GDB 32.0: SINGING THE BLUES

Jason Gregor
March 26 2013 01:29PM

The frustration is mounting in Oilersnation. The Oilers have won 8 of their past 26 games and once again they find themselves closer to the basement than a spot in the playoffs.

For the first 40 minutes last night the Oilers didn't play with the smarts, energy or passion you'd expect for a team fighting to stay in the playoffs. They were good in the 3rd period, but this team isn't good enough to play one solid period and win. 

The bigger question is what is ailing the Oilers?

The harsh reality is there is no quick fix for the Oilers. One or two moves won't suddenly make this team a contender. They need to upgrade their blueline, they need to mix in some size in their top-nine and they need to find more players who will go to the net regularly. They could improve their 4th line, but that isn't the main concern.

Do the Oilers have the right mix of players to win moving forward? It seems everyone wants to ship out veterans or fringe players, and I see why, but when you get rid of them do you believe the core group has the right combination of skill sets to win?

Some will say it is too early to tell. I'd agree it is too early to know how productive the young kids will be in the future, but is it too early to tell what style of game they'll play?

Can they alter their games to the point they go to the net regularly, or become better puck retrievers, or win more one-on-one battles?

I think the Oilers have a lot of good young players, but I'm not sure that collectively they possess the right mixture of skills to win regularly in the NHL. I assume they will put in the necessary work during the off-seasons to get stronger and quicker and improve any deficiencies in their game, but will that be enough?

I just don't see how the Oilers can develop all their young, skilled forwards at the same time and expect to win. Can six skilled forwards between the ages of 19-23 , none of whom are over 200 pounds or possess a consistent physical element in their game, simultaneously develop the skills, work ethic and gamesmanship that lead to winning ?

I'm not sure anyone knows for sure, but when I look at the history of the game, it seems very unlikely that could happen.

Tonight is another good test to see how the Oilers match up vs. a veteran team filled with numerous strong, heavy players. On Saturday, David Backes, Patrick Bergland and Chris Stewart were too big and strong for the Oilers. Tonight we'll see if they can alter their game and force the Blues to match their speed. The Oilers can't match the size and strength of the Blues, so they'll need to try and quicken the pace. If that doesn't happen, this could be another agonizing evening for the Oilers and their fans.

LINE UP

Eric Belanger aggravated his groin injury after only eight shifts, and he's headed back to the IR, however the Oilers will make the mistake of moving Ryan Smyth back to centre. He's more effective as a winger, there is no point moving him to centre. They should have called up Chris Vande Velde or Anton Lander.

Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins played pretty well last night. Taylor Hall continues to be their most dangerous forward and while the 4/93/14 trio was great together in the 3rd period they ultimately didn't produce anything. I'd keep the triple-H line together, play Eberle with RNH and slide Gagner back with Yakupov and Paajarvi.

I think Theo Peckham has gotten the message. He screwed up in December and January, by not staying in game shape, and he admits as much, but he played decent the games he dressed and after last night's struggles for the 3rd pair I'd dress Peckham tonight. However, it looks like Whitney will draw in for Fistric.

The Oilers aren't mathematically out of the playoff race, but their chances of making it are extremely low. It is inevitable they will move Whitney, so they will showcase him for the next four games, unless he gets moved earlier.

Hall/Horcoff/Hemsky
Jones/Nugent-Hopkins/Eberle
Paajarvi/Gagner/Yakupov
Brown/Smyth/Petrell

Smid/Petry
N.Schultz/J.Schultz
Whitney/Potter

Khabibulin

QUICK HITS

  • I watched the replay numerous times and I still don't understand what Fistric was doing on the Mueller goal. I also am perplexed as to why Potter elected to go that far to his left. Fistric's lapse in judgement was the worst, but Potter's wasn't good either. Maybe lack of communication from rarely playing together was a factor, but it is hard to excuse that type of play.
     
  • Bad timing for Belanger to get injured. If he isn't healthy by next week, it is unlikely they can move him. A source told me they would have certainly moved him, but if his groin doesnt' heal then a deal is unlikely.
     
  • Alex Semin gets $35 million over five years. Did Jim Rutherford honestly believe someone would have paid him that on the open market?
     
  • Currently there are only two potential free agent D-men younger than Ladislav Smid, and one of them is Mark Fistric. Here is the complete list of the potential free agent D-men. If the Oilers don't re-sign him do any of these names excite you as possible replacements for him? I don't see many, if any, who play the same role as Smid and would be an upgrade moving forward. It would be foolish to not re-sign Smid.

 

  Team  Age  Cap Hit 
Aucoin, Adrian  CLB  39 $2,250,000
Gonchar, Sergei OTT  38 $5,500,000
Hamrlik, Roman  NYR  38 $3,500,000
Sutton, Andy EDM  38 $1,750,000
Visnovsky, Lubomir  NYI  36 $5,600,000
Zidlicky, Marek NJD  36 $4,000,000
Poti, Tom  WAS  36 $2,875,000
Streit, Mark NYI  35 $4,100,000
Lydman, Toni ANA  35 $3,000,000
Corvo, Joe CAR  35 $2,000,000
Wade Redden STL  35 $1,000,000
Scuderi, Rob  LAK  34 $3,400,000
Ference, Andrew  BOS  34 $2,250,000
Rozsival, Michal CHI  34 $2,000,000
Hannan, Scott  NAS  34 $1,000,000
Murray, Douglas  PIT  33 $2,500,000
Hainsey, Ron WIN  32 $4,500,000
Regehr, Robyn  BUF  32 $4,020,000
Leopold, Jordan  BUF  32 $3,000,000
Walker, Matt PHI  32 $1,700,000
Bergeron, Marc-Andre  TBL  32 $1,000,000
Alberts, Andrew  VAN  31 $1,225,000
Whitney, Ryan  EDM  30 $4,000,000
White, Ian  DET  28 $2,875,000
Babchuk, Anton  CGY  28 $2,500,000
Pardy, Adam  BUF  28 $2,000,000
O'Byrne, Ryan COL  28 $1,800,000
Lundin, Mike  OTT  28 $1,150,000
Smid, Ladislav EDM  27 $2,250,000
Clitsome, Grant WIN  27 $1,250,000
Fistric, Mark EDM  26 $1,475,000

  •  I'm curious which teams Doug Maclean thinks would offer up a 2nd rounder for Nikolai Khabibulin? Do you see a fit for him?
     
  • Would you re-sign Khabibulin to a one-year deal at $1.2 million to be the back up next year? His injury history is the major concern, and I wonder if the Oilers would want a veteran or a younger, unproven goalie to push Dubnyk.

TONIGHT....

 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Blues are healthy and they are too big, strong and experienced for the Oilers. The Oilers lose 3-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Chris Stewart, Alex Steen and David Backes have their way with the Oilers all night. The Oilers aren't big enough, strong enough or skilled enough to handle them.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Some of the most dedicated and diehard Oiler fans will walk away from the TV tonight. Guys like Racki, Humantorch, Vetinari, Geoilersgist, Newj, Bucknuck, Crusty Grit, Archaeologuy, Ducey, Smokey, A-Mc, Phixieus666 and many more Nation loyalists will switch the channel. They'll end up in the fetal position questioning their sanity and wondering why they are more loyal to the Oilers than they were to any of the first few girlfriends.

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#51 gord962
March 26 2013, 02:28PM
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If the Blues are so much bigger, why are the Oilers not dressing their two biggest/most physical defensemen? Teddy Peckman and Fistric should be in if size is a major factor tonight.

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#52 vetinari
March 26 2013, 02:33PM
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LOL- read NSOGDP prediction twice since it caught me so off guard. Major props.

My negativity on the Oilers' current management stems from seeing the same thing tried over and over again, and expecting different results. Also, Tambellini is not a good communicator or even an average communicator; I defy anyone to tell me what the plan for the Oilers is from management's perspective at this point in time. I watch Oil Change, follow the blogs and newspaper reports, and still find myself going whattheheck?

As for player roster moves-- this is game 32 of the season or 2/3 of the way through the season. Even if the Oil start a rampage through the Western conference, so long as most of the teams ahead of them play .500 or better hockey, we're on the outside looking in again.

Khabibulin is neither a reliable option or a long term option-- take what you can get for him. Jones could be signed (my preference) or traded, without too much uproar. Smid should be made a priority and resigned quick, and even Fistric.

My preference is that the Oil target cash strapped teams with decent but slightly overpaid vets and swap some of our vets or our affordable AHL'ers (like Hamilton and Plante) for them. We need NHL proven help-- not NHL ready help.

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#53 50 in 39
March 26 2013, 02:36PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

For the life of me, I can't understand the love for Taylor Hall. I'm very disappointed in his play this year. He makes terrible decisions in the offensive zone time after time, trying to pass through legs and split defenders with no results.

Don't get me wrong, I was as excited as anyone else when they drafted him, but in my eyes he's just not progressing. Is it just me?

I just about lost my mind when he tried to toe drag around Weber last night. You finally have posession in the offensive zone and are in a shooting position. Yep, perfect time to try to toe drag around Weber and provide the Predators with a quick counter-attack.

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#54 Quicksilver ballet
March 26 2013, 02:37PM
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What ails the Oilers....

Has to be the fact that most of these veterans are collectively worth diddly squat. If it wasn't for those imbeciles in management they probably wouldn't have jobs.

The Oilers certainly won't be the better team tonight with captain spongebob centering the first line. You know you're in trouble when you trot out the damage control line against a near .500 hockey club like the Blues. The beauty of Tankage in action.

4-zip St.Louis.

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#55 Eddie Shore
March 26 2013, 02:40PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Why does Theo Peckham never play? Does anyone know? Anyone?

Gregor? Brownlee?

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#56 Dallylamma
March 26 2013, 02:41PM
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Sanaa Montana wrote:

it would be very hypocritical of anyone of those to try that. Hall goes out and does what he wants, shift in shift out. Gagner makes the most random passes to no one most of the night. Smyth is the slowest guy on the ice any given night.

This team is not a team, it is a bunch of individuals led by the blind.

Well maybe they need to bring in some of the scary old men from year's past for a little motivational speaking session. Bobby Clarke might be a good place to start...

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#57 French Toast Mafia
March 26 2013, 02:42PM
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The only thing that made that last home game in any way fun was hearing some of the comments drunk fans threw out at the bums running this organization.

It's also funny that guys that have put away 8 Rexall beers still know that there is no way the Oilers ever should have signed Smyth for 2 years yet our management struggles with that evaluation.

Or that Belanger is a bum, or our team doesn't work hard enough, or that if we lose a center to injury Smyth or Petrell have to step in. It's a joke.

Say what you want about patience and rebuilding but my Grandma could look at this roster at the start of the season and know that you should probably try and do something about the massive holes in the roster if you want to get better. You can't just go on development of kids. They need more support.

Our management blows.

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#58 Butters
March 26 2013, 02:51PM
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I hate the Oilers right now just as much as any die-hard Oilers fan, but I will be watching tonight nonetheless. I will still cheer for this squad, because when our day comes, and it will come, I will have one of the best seats on the bandwagon. (I will save a spot for DSF, our prodigal son) Bring the Scotch DSF, thanks.

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#59 Sanaa Montana
March 26 2013, 02:59PM
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Ducey wrote:

Hall is tied for 35th in the league in points, despite playing fewer games than most others.

He is tied with Patrice Bergeron, Zach Parise, Corey Perry, Ilya Kovalchuk, Brad Boyes, and Daniel Sedin. Thats good company.

He is also a Corsi machine. He is about 35th in shots taken.

He HAS progressed into one of the top 30 wingers in the game.

Top 30 winger on the Top 30 team.

110th in scoring.

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#60 GVBlackhawk
March 26 2013, 03:00PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

For the life of me, I can't understand the love for Taylor Hall. I'm very disappointed in his play this year. He makes terrible decisions in the offensive zone time after time, trying to pass through legs and split defenders with no results.

Don't get me wrong, I was as excited as anyone else when they drafted him, but in my eyes he's just not progressing. Is it just me?

Criticize the guy who is providing some modicum of offense and pressure.

Ignore the guys who don't provide any offense 5v5: Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Lennart Petrell, Mike Brown.

Ignore the putrid defense.

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#61 ghostofberanek
March 26 2013, 03:00PM
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@French Toast Mafia

I do see him creating chances, but about 70% of the time he just throws it away with a play that has no chance of working. Last night he tried to pass between a Preds d-mans legs. The d-man was 40 feet away! How about a far side, low shot for a rebound? (that doesn't miss the net for a change) I know the game isn't as simple as it looks on TV, but that's pretty basic stuff.

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#62 ghostofberanek
March 26 2013, 03:05PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

Criticize the guy who is providing some modicum of offense and pressure.

Ignore the guys who don't provide any offense 5v5: Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Lennart Petrell, Mike Brown.

Ignore the putrid defense.

The difference is, I actually expect Hall (a first overall pick) to provide some production, not just "pressure". The putrid defence is just that, I happen to like what Petrell, Jones and Brown have done (for the most part), and who expected Belanger to do anything at all this year?

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#63 GVBlackhawk
March 26 2013, 03:12PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

The difference is, I actually expect Hall (a first overall pick) to provide some production, not just "pressure". The putrid defence is just that, I happen to like what Petrell, Jones and Brown have done (for the most part), and who expected Belanger to do anything at all this year?

But Hall IS providing production...even with poor puck luck and an astonishingly low shooting percentage. He is set for regression in that department and his production will climb even higher.

Pressure is important. Pressure leads to shots, leads to scoring chances, leads to goals, leads to wins. Simple really.

My point was that Hall is the LEAST of the problems. Please direct your ire towards management for not addressing the lack of depth at center (or bottom 6) and the AHL level defense corps.

Teams need secondary scoring to be successful -- the Oilers have none.

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#64 Eulers
March 26 2013, 03:12PM
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Awww...

Cheer up, chums!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmENMZFUU_0

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#65 ghostofberanek
March 26 2013, 03:18PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

Gregor,

I do not agree that the Blues were too big for the Oilers or that the Oilers couldn't handle the size of the Blues.

The Oilers did not play with any desire or effort that last game versus St.Louis. They would have lost to a team of dwarves playing that way.

Additionally, it was St.Louis's forecheck that the Oilers had problems with, not necessarily the size of their players.

TJ Oshie, who is not a big player, made the Oilers look foolish. He was skating hard and playing smart -- something the little Oilers could do and have some success.

I absolutely agree with this. Even the smaller Blues were having their way with the Oilers in that game. Size is overrated, they need to show some heart.

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#66 ghostofberanek
March 26 2013, 03:25PM
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@GVBlackhawk

Teemu Hartikainen also provides lots of pressure. He can rag the puck along the boards with the best of them. He also has no idea what to do with it after that. I can go on for days about how I feel about the management, but nobody needs to scroll through that novel. It's time to start getting on our "stars" for their role in what this team has become. I hope they make me look like an idiot, I truly do. To me, scoring chances mean little. Actual scoring is what's important.

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#67 ghostofberanek
March 26 2013, 03:30PM
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All my complaining aside, I still love my Oilers through thick and thin. I'm just afraid we've become a culture of losing like the Islanders...

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#68 Ogie Oilthorpe
March 26 2013, 03:36PM
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gord962 wrote:

If the Blues are so much bigger, why are the Oilers not dressing their two biggest/most physical defensemen? Teddy Peckman and Fistric should be in if size is a major factor tonight.

Because Fistric made the dumbest defensive move of the year (which is amazing see Corey Potter) by cutting off his own D-man to miss a check, that lead to a game winning goal...

Not sure on Teddy, he hasn'thad much of a shot this season but its his own fault for coming into training camp out of shape.

I think they are trying to showcase Whitney a bit before the deadline, he should draw a second round pick so we can continue the ten year Tambo rebuild plan.

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#69 Jay
March 26 2013, 04:07PM
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Just give it time guys. That's all we need is patience! We don't need to do anything but sit on our hands and wait! We will be good one day... One day... Maybe tonight will be our one day

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#70 Jonathan Willis
March 26 2013, 04:08PM
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BigE91 wrote:

~Still thinking three or four year pact, Jonathon?~

I seem to recall Tambellini last summer saying that Khabibulin felt like he could play three or four more years. Gotta lock that up.

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#71 Phixieus666
March 26 2013, 04:11PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I seem to recall Tambellini last summer saying that Khabibulin felt like he could play three or four more years. Gotta lock that up.

JW

Just wondering what your thoughts on the Oilers trying to sign Jagr in the off season to a 1 year deal? having him in the lineup could be just the learning experience this young team needs.

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#72 Marc.C1971
March 26 2013, 04:27PM
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Given this is a back 2 back AND after the absolutely brutal effort last night, I say 5-2 Blues. Yes Fistric had a horrible play last night, but who on this roster didn't? I would rather have him in tonight against a huge team that likes to steal our lunch money, than a guy we all know makes more mistakes AND won't be here next week. $20 says Whitney breaks his tibia tonight so we can't move him next week. Karma!

Anyone else see the premo scoring chances in the last 20 games Yakupov has had if only his playing partners would pass him the puck, especially on the PP. Please, Mr. Motivational speaker/Coach/Soon to be fall guy, for all that's pure and holy, please play the Yak Attack on the second line AND keep him there! Especially the last 10 minutes of a 1 goal game. The guys gets a russian chubby just thinking about scoring goals. God love you my little commie infiltrator. Use the horses you have effectively coach, or we're going to replace you with Richard Simmons!!! I'd watch that on a nightly basis for sure.

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#73 DrunkGuyTy
March 26 2013, 04:33PM
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I can't quit on this team no matter how I try...

Last game, every time they showed the bench, the guys looked like a bunch of zombies - and not the cool ones.... and Krueger had this wierd frown thing goin' on.

Eberle was done 1/2 way through the game after he got hit by his teammate behind the Preds' net. That was after the trip by Clune. Dare I say he needs a rest?

Khabibulin looked like he didn't even know what city he was in while on the bench. If there was ever a ship who we should let sail off into the sunset....

EFFIN F-BOMB!!!!!!

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#74 Ambassador humantorch
March 26 2013, 04:39PM
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"what is ailing the Oilers?"

If there's anyone in the universe who doesn't recognize how inept and brain-dead the entire management around this team is yet, put up your hand so I can come whack you with a rubber mallet.

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#75 Zamboni Driver
March 26 2013, 04:42PM
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The most refreshing thing about year, what....20 of this 'planned rebuild' is that fans are finally staring to demand better of the 'braintrust'.

The geniuses who brought you 30, 30, 29. Who tricked you into thinking "Eric Belanger" was an NHL player.

Or even better that someone named "Fernando Pisani" was worth 3 mil.

These bozos have no clue. And yet the sheep keep lapping it up.

Maybe no longer.

I'm thrilled to see Brownlee calling them out. Would like to see some of the other main stream guys having the same sack.

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#76 GVBlackhawk
March 26 2013, 04:50PM
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Marc.C1971 wrote:

Given this is a back 2 back AND after the absolutely brutal effort last night, I say 5-2 Blues. Yes Fistric had a horrible play last night, but who on this roster didn't? I would rather have him in tonight against a huge team that likes to steal our lunch money, than a guy we all know makes more mistakes AND won't be here next week. $20 says Whitney breaks his tibia tonight so we can't move him next week. Karma!

Anyone else see the premo scoring chances in the last 20 games Yakupov has had if only his playing partners would pass him the puck, especially on the PP. Please, Mr. Motivational speaker/Coach/Soon to be fall guy, for all that's pure and holy, please play the Yak Attack on the second line AND keep him there! Especially the last 10 minutes of a 1 goal game. The guys gets a russian chubby just thinking about scoring goals. God love you my little commie infiltrator. Use the horses you have effectively coach, or we're going to replace you with Richard Simmons!!! I'd watch that on a nightly basis for sure.

Would a broken tibia actually hinder Whitney's skating ability? I'm going with 'no'.

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#77 Hammers
March 26 2013, 04:51PM
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Some of us won't even put the game on and Mr. Katz better realize his real move is his GM .

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#78 Hammers
March 26 2013, 04:54PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

The most refreshing thing about year, what....20 of this 'planned rebuild' is that fans are finally staring to demand better of the 'braintrust'.

The geniuses who brought you 30, 30, 29. Who tricked you into thinking "Eric Belanger" was an NHL player.

Or even better that someone named "Fernando Pisani" was worth 3 mil.

These bozos have no clue. And yet the sheep keep lapping it up.

Maybe no longer.

I'm thrilled to see Brownlee calling them out. Would like to see some of the other main stream guys having the same sack.

You must realize 30 to 30 to 29 means Tambellini will be happy with 28 .

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#79 Bucknuck
March 26 2013, 05:01PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I seem to recall Tambellini last summer saying that Khabibulin felt like he could play three or four more years. Gotta lock that up.

What a friggin dummy. HOW has he kept his job!? I don't get it.

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#80 Pucker
March 26 2013, 05:04PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

I absolutely agree with this. Even the smaller Blues were having their way with the Oilers in that game. Size is overrated, they need to show some heart.

I'm here too.

It looked to me that St. Louis was skating their a$$es off. Oilers . . . well they just weren't.

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#81 outdoorzguy
March 26 2013, 05:06PM
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Gregor asks "the bigger question is what is ailing the Oilers"?

Very simple answer. A junior coach and inept moronic management (which led to the Junior coach). Nothing more, nothing less.

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#82 outdoorzguy
March 26 2013, 05:15PM
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What if nobody showed up for Thursdays next home game? Do you think anyone would get the message or even be concerned?

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#83 2004Z06
March 26 2013, 05:16PM
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What's ailing the Oilers? Easy...The fans! We keep drinking the kool aid, buying the snake oil salesman's pitch that "next year we will start seeing improvement" and selling out the building every night. I dare the fans to boycott one game...just one game to send the message to ownership that we won't settle for this mediocrity any longer.

But no...we will continue to file through the turnstiles, buy the beer, the ball caps and the burgers....Then come on here the next day and bitch about it.

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#84 vetinari
March 26 2013, 05:18PM
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Worst Oiler contract this past year was Tambellini's three year extension in June... Only 2.5 more years to go... [curl into fetal position and start drinking]

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#85 Crusty Grit
March 26 2013, 05:18PM
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Being in CGY most weeks and having to ask Bartenders to change the channel to the Oilers game may have to stop. Didn't have a problem asking for it to be done until the last game.

Side note - If Hall played centre and learned the defense side as we assume he can, we may find out that when he's on the ice we'd have #'s at the other blue line coming with speed.

The winger's will have a head start breaking out instead of Hall always being 2 lines ahead and trying moves that only work an extremely small amount of time against any defender he's going to be matched against.

At that point, several options are available to attack.

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#86 DSF
March 26 2013, 05:19PM
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Ambassador humantorch wrote:
NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Some of the most dedicated and diehard Oiler fans will walk away from the TV tonight. Guys like Racki, Humantorch, Vetinari, Geoilersgist, Newj, Bucknuck, Crusty Grit, Archaeologuy, Ducey, Smokey, A-Mc, Phixieus666 and many more Nation loyalists will switch the channel. They'll end up in the fetal position questioning their sanity and wondering why they are more loyal to the Oilers than they were to any of the first few girlfriends.

Maybe the greatest paragraph ever written on ON.

Also, I've been questioning my own sanity for a couple of decades already.

I walked away when they signed the Russian Tippler.

What took you guys so long?

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#87 Bucknuck
March 26 2013, 05:19PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

What's ailing the Oilers? Easy...The fans! We keep drinking the kool aid, buying the snake oil salesman's pitch that "next year we will start seeing improvement" and selling out the building every night. I dare the fans to boycott one game...just one game to send the message to ownership that we won't settle for this mediocrity any longer.

But no...we will continue to file through the turnstiles, buy the beer, the ball caps and the burgers....Then come on here the next day and bitch about it.

I think what you mean is that Ownership has no desire to win?

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#88 DrunkGuyTy
March 26 2013, 05:21PM
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@vetinari

Check.

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#89 DSF
March 26 2013, 05:24PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

What if nobody showed up for Thursdays next home game? Do you think anyone would get the message or even be concerned?

Someone should organize a ticket burning ceremony outside Rexall and tip the media about it.

Or throw thousands of waffles.

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#90 DSF
March 26 2013, 05:25PM
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vetinari wrote:

Worst Oiler contract this past year was Tambellini's three year extension in June... Only 2.5 more years to go... [curl into fetal position and start drinking]

His boss is the real problem...not the sock puppet.

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#91 Zamboni Driver
March 26 2013, 05:25PM
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Hammers wrote:

You must realize 30 to 30 to 29 means Tambellini will be happy with 28 .

True. After all, he's still 'assessing what he's got'.

All I know is in the next life I want to be friends with a billionaire. You get to be lousy at your job for YEARS, still be famous, paid famously and fail relentlessly.

And have scores of wanna-be jock reporters like cocker spaniels jumping at your every word.

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#92 Oil4Life
March 26 2013, 05:26PM
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Hope the oilers can pull off a good game tonight. gain some confidence and kick the poop put of the blues. maybe then they'll be the ones singing the blues. Lets go oilers!!!!

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#93 Zamboni Driver
March 26 2013, 05:27PM
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DSF wrote:

Someone should organize a ticket burning ceremony outside Rexall and tip the media about it.

Or throw thousands of waffles.

The EDMONTON media?

Please.

They all look at Stauffer as a success story, and wish they could have been drinking with Matty, Jones and Chubey with the boys on the bus.

Though it's true some of them ARE drinkin' buddies of the players.

Not naming any names.....

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#94 DSF
March 26 2013, 05:31PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

The EDMONTON media?

Please.

They all look at Stauffer as a success story, and wish they could have been drinking with Matty, Jones and Chubey with the boys on the bus.

Though it's true some of them ARE drinkin' buddies of the players.

Not naming any names.....

The actual journalists...not the fart catchers, would show up.

Too bad John Short got silenced and Cam Cole moved to Vancouver.

Sports journalism is almost an oxymoron.

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#95 2004Z06
March 26 2013, 05:32PM
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No Bucknuck, I mean exactly what I said. Fans continue to support this organization (that includes management) in droves. Until the fans express their displeasure with the only ammunition they have...their wallets, nothing will change. We can bitch all we want on these forums and radio shows, as long as they continue to sell out every game, they have no incentive to deviate from the status quo.

Now I am not saying give up your season tix because we all know that the waiting list will ensure that you will never get them back....but one stinking game! They would lose literally millions and a very clear and concise message would be sent.

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DSF wrote:

The actual journalists...not the fart catchers, would show up.

Too bad John Short got silenced and Cam Cole moved to Vancouver.

Sports journalism is almost an oxymoron.

Anyone remember Al Nagy?

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#97 The Soup Fascist
March 26 2013, 05:50PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

Anyone remember Al Nagy?

I was more of a Greg Musselman guy.

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#98 Rob...
March 26 2013, 05:55PM
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Did I miss an article devoted to the knee-on-knee that Eberle took? I swear I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere and can't understand why. It looked much worse and more blatant than Hall's hit on Clutterbuck, and yes I'm aware Clutterbuck got a bruise from the Hall hit... big deal.

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#99 DSF
March 26 2013, 05:58PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

Anyone remember Al Nagy?

Yes. Why do you ask?

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#100 hemi
March 26 2013, 06:00PM
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As with most organizations, the voice of the common man (VOCM for my fellow Newfoundlanders)is usually disregarded like yesterdays newspaper.

I believe the once Mighty Oil falls into that same category of disregard. However, is there not a slight chance that with the continuance of horrible hockey year after year, that maybe the odd Oil player and or management type would actually see that the fans are becoming disenchanted with the fairy tale?

For all things Oil, this has to be corrected now. Enough of the story line that we are building up to a contender type of team. We have five excellent young players whom are more boys than men. The vast majority of the remaining players, I grade as mediocre to poor. Management has failed, there is nothing one can say to reverse this assessment.

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