THE EDMONTON OILERS LIVE A LOTTO LIFE

Lowetide
March 09 2013 09:27AM

It's a strange morning for Oilers Nation. The things we might like to do--bag skate the management team, for instance--are not available to us. The team has not delivered entertainment for two games now, the coach is running out of positives (and baby that's saying something) and we are here. Again. What can we do?

SERENITY NOW!

The job that has to be done now belongs to a higher power. No,no not him--Daryl Katz! Robin Brownlee wrote a terrific article this week that put things in perspective:

  • Brownlee: Given the record over the previous 11 seasons and what I'm seeing play out so far this season, I know what I'd do if I was signing the cheques in Edmonton and I didn't have a playoff race on my hands right down to the wire – Lowe and Tambellini would be relieved of their duties. That call, of course, belongs to Katz, and, given his relationship with Lowe, I don't see that happening. Tambellini, coming off an underwhelming two-year extension as a mandate, will be the fall guy if there is one. That could open the door for MacTavish, now the senior vice-president of hockey operations, but that's an item for another day.

Robin framed the issue nicely, and I do think this would happen in the spring (after the season) if it happens at all. I know there's hot and cold running anger in all Edmonton and area homes this morning over the town team, but a hot streak (and we know they're capable) changes the mood in a heartbeat and the job of an owner is to look at the long term.

Robin's thoughts above do seem to have a strong logic to them, though. How long do you allow a rebuild to turn the corner? Is this Chicago or is this Columbus?

HOW BAD IS IT?

For Oiler fans this is all too familiar. We're reaching a point where the lockout is a sweet memory, where other fanbases no longer use their "A" material against us, where someone considers suing someone else for "cruel and unusual punishment."

Collectively, we're here:

And there's not much we can do about it. The Edmonton Oilers are telling us there is no help available--no center to shore up that position, no defenseman to help there--so we're just going to have to endure another season of losing, another night of Steve Tambellini at the lottery show, another spring of knowing more about the draft's first two rounds than we should without drawing a paycheque.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The road trip to hell lived up to its reputation. The Oilers have been outmatched in the last two games and will head into Chicago facing a Hawks team newly motivated. The major stories for Edmonton were supposed to be Hall going supernova, Yak-Schultz fighting it out for the Calder and much merriment over passing Calgary in the standings.

The actual stories have been 5x5 scoring disappearing, Whitney's foot and Horcoff's knuckle. The rebuild began in 2010 and we should expect results in 2015. That's the message here.

I don't see much evidence the Oilers ownership and management feel any kind of pressure to improve. Do you?

Maybe they really like lotteries?

All is not lost. There is a tremendous amount of talent here, but adding an enforcer isn't going to help this team. They need actual NHL players, and the management team to find them. I expect Craig MacTavish will be playing a more prominent role in the organization soon. He'll have to trade in his NCAA scouting pass for a bigger office and no sleep.

We wait.

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Lowetide at High Noon hits Team 1260 today noon to 2 Edmonton time. Our guests:

  • Terry Jones from the Edmonton Sun. We'll talk brier and the Oilers, specifically this painful road trip. We'll also discuss implications of another lost season on players and management.
  • Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey. We'll discuss his zone exits and what they are telling us about the Oilers, the current state of the team and who gets a passing grade through the season's first half.
  • Kirk Luedeke from Redline Report. Kirk has been a friend of Team 1260's since the John Short days, and is a splendid resource for the draft. We'll talk about some of the impressive NY/New England kids this year and get an idea about the depth of this year's draft compared to a year ago.
  • Darcy "Woodguy" McLeod from all parts Oilogosphere. Darcy has posted guest articles at Copper and Bue and at Lowetide, the latest being an exceptional defense of Magnus Paajarvi this week. We'll talk about Paajarvi, measuring success via shots on goal and what the numbers say about fixing the Oilers.
  • Neal Livingston, from Tend the Farm. One of the brilliant people we've had a chance to encounter since the Oilers moved their farm team to OKC, Neal's site is a joy and a valuable resource. We'll talk about the season for Barons fans, and I'll ask if any of the current Barons looks like they are matriculating toward an NHL job.

Hope you tune in.

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#1 spliff
March 09 2013, 09:37AM
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FIST (I have no idea WTF that means)

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#2 horndog77
March 09 2013, 09:44AM
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Has Ralph already lost the team? Maybe they should fire him and bring in Ruff? These players need a wake up call. Maybe start recalling players from the AHL and send those sucking down there.

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#3 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 09 2013, 09:35AM
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Last night was truly embarrassing.

If I had a dollar every time I heard that...

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#4 Rod from Viking
March 09 2013, 10:02AM
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Shermanater wrote:

Can't wait to watch oil change on this road trip, gonna be alot of dark, ominous tone playing the background

They just changed the name to Oil Shame.

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#5 Mike Krushelnyski
March 09 2013, 10:43AM
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If Katz won't fire Lowe, then hire Brian Burke to be the GM an tell Lowe to go f**k himself when he tries to do the ol' puppet master routine.

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#6 Hemipower
March 09 2013, 10:59AM
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Ravo wrote:

How many of us would prefer if the 1st Line was Landeskog - Seguin - Eberle

Not me.

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#7 Dangerous Neil
March 09 2013, 11:59AM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a lottery pick 5 years in a row, and after the last of those lottery picks (Jordan Staal 2006) it was two seasons before they became contenders and three years before they won it all. They also have Sid. If we follow their timeline we still have two more lottery picks to go before things start to turn around. Watching last night was painful, but you can't rush a rebuild, we aren't the Blue Jackets yet...

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#8 DCC
March 09 2013, 04:16PM
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The recipient of my Season Seat holders survey has a shiny new rectum. And my seats will be empty for the remainder of this debacle. The tickets are a sunk cost but I will be damned if I'm going to waste anymore money for parking, "food" or beer on this embarrassment of a pro sports organization.

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#9 DaveChamp
March 09 2013, 09:56AM
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I'm so scared that all this losing is going to ruin the competitive nature of our young guns. Hall never had a losing season in his hockey career and now he'll have three in a row to start his NHL career.

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#10 Shermanater
March 09 2013, 09:59AM
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Can't wait to watch oil change on this road trip, gonna be alot of dark, ominous tone playing the background

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#11 Gerald R. Ford
March 09 2013, 10:28AM
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@John Chambers

Nice Seinfeld reference, but I'd say it's more like an old man waiting for soup that never comes, then getting a bill, and an email survey asking him to confirm how great his soup was.

x 7 years

Anyway... *sigh*

http://imageshack.us/a/img109/4739/welcomewz.jpg

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#12 oilfaninvic
March 09 2013, 10:48AM
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I took this rare life opportunity to live in Argentina for 6 months. I was only sorry I wouldn't be able to watch the Oilers during their breakout year! Well good news / bad news.

My NHL.com package for 50$US works down here. That's the good news.

The bad news is that I have been able to watch the Oilers.

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#13 Smokey
March 09 2013, 11:10AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

They just changed the name to Oil Shame.

I stopped watching Oil Change after season 2, cause I was unable to figure what was the change. I'll start watching it next season, when Laforge, Lowe, Tambo, MacT, and Krueger all are carrying boxes and picture frames out to their car...Then they can call it Oil Change.

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#14 Hemipower
March 09 2013, 12:03PM
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Dangerous Neil wrote:

The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a lottery pick 5 years in a row, and after the last of those lottery picks (Jordan Staal 2006) it was two seasons before they became contenders and three years before they won it all. They also have Sid. If we follow their timeline we still have two more lottery picks to go before things start to turn around. Watching last night was painful, but you can't rush a rebuild, we aren't the Blue Jackets yet...

Stop being reasonable !!! The sky is falling, remember ?

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#15 Klima's Mullet
March 09 2013, 02:00PM
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Dangerous Neil wrote:

The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a lottery pick 5 years in a row, and after the last of those lottery picks (Jordan Staal 2006) it was two seasons before they became contenders and three years before they won it all. They also have Sid. If we follow their timeline we still have two more lottery picks to go before things start to turn around. Watching last night was painful, but you can't rush a rebuild, we aren't the Blue Jackets yet...

I have read hundreds of comments on this site and I think this is the best one I've seen. 29th to top 16 was never possible. And please don't give me the "well Montreal did it why can't we" argument. They took the SC champs to game 7 OT 2 years ago. We were 30th by a wide margin. Firing RK would be like trading Nuge...bad idea.

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#16 Archaeologuy
March 09 2013, 09:39AM
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As for the Oilers. Ugly last couple of games. Magnified by being on extended road trip. The cavalry is NOT coming via trade. Horcoff will... ..Help when he returns but the team will have to look within to turn it around

Stauffer via Twitter

The Tank is on.

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#17 Shermanater
March 09 2013, 09:47AM
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Just let Seattle have them. Competing for a fan base would do wonders for accountability

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#18 John Chambers
March 09 2013, 09:51AM
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The Nation is angry this morning. Like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.

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#19 Shredder
March 09 2013, 10:03AM
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So correct me if I'm wrong, but the draft is supposed to get you that one ideal player that you build your team around...besides getting first overall picks, have we done anything to build around any of our top picks? Let's build a team here, or I'm going to watch soccer exclusively.

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#20 Gavin
March 09 2013, 10:19AM
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Whether the Oilers like it or not, we need a systems coach that knows the NHL level. RK is showing his inexperience and if I see another stupid Flick the puck in the air break out, I will go insane. RK, that is not a break out strategy!

I want Lindy Ruff in Edmonton and I want a serious trade that adds muscle up front to free up the skilled guys.

We are seeing good players going backwards and it reminds me of the MacT days, when players leave and come back to haunt the Oliers.

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#21 Taylor Gang
March 09 2013, 10:26AM
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My cycle for watching the Oilers game last night:

Turn on TV.

Dubnyk scored on from centre ice.

Go watch Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on Netflix.

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#22 gazmort
March 09 2013, 10:43AM
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Isn't it clear to everyone at this point what the problem is?

Going back to MacT as coach, then to Quinn, Renney and now Krueger, what is the common element? I don't think these guys suddenly forgot how to coach once they signed on with the Oilers. Do you?

This is not a coaching issue.

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#23 Ravo
March 09 2013, 10:48AM
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How many of us would prefer if the 1st Line was Landeskog - Seguin - Eberle

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#24 Hemipower
March 09 2013, 11:11AM
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This team needs a game changing player like Stamkos or Ovechkin to change things ! Oh wait... Tampa and Washington have 21 points too... O.k. we need a coaching change like Buffalo - wait, they have 21 points. I give up.

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#25 DevoKnows
March 09 2013, 11:20AM
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Dear Santa Please Help (I've chosen Santa over Katz, he seems more real)

Over the last 6 years, I've started giving my season tickets away 1/2 way through the year (Jan) because the product on the ice has been to brutal to justify the effort and monies needed to attend games. Every year The Oilers tell me to hang in there, this year the product on the ice will be faster stronger, and more talented, but every year ends up with the same results!!! The Oilers keep telling me this years first rounder is the one, gonna be the one to make all the difference. First it was Gags, then Ebs, then Pajami, then Hallsy, then The Nuuge, now Yakapov. Every year that draft pick ends up being a smaller offensive forward that after the first 10 games gets punished and bullied around the rink for 60 minutes!!! So every year The Oilers tell me not to worry, they're getting an enforcer to protect our baby Oilers. Every year The Oilers tell me the enforcer can't keep up, can't play at the NHL level. I just have one wish this year, as I dearly miss going to a full season of hockey I've paid for. If we finish in the bottom 5 again, COULD YOU PLEASE DRAFT SOMEONE WITH A LITTLE TALENT, SIZE AND GRIT? Now I'm not saying these 6 picks aren't good picks, and I'm pretty damn sure all of them would be in the NHL with or without The Oilers, but what I am saying is WAKE THE FACK UP!!! Who wouldn't want a 6'2" 200 pound North American born center named Alex Galchenyuk over Yakapov right now? I've more requests for Oiler stupidity that I'll address at a later date Peace Out Santa

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#26 EricOG
March 09 2013, 11:31AM
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Hemipower wrote:

This team needs a game changing player like Stamkos or Ovechkin to change things ! Oh wait... Tampa and Washington have 21 points too... O.k. we need a coaching change like Buffalo - wait, they have 21 points. I give up.

What the team needs is some tough love from all of us fans.

1. No more buying tickets. 2. No more buying merchandise. 3. No more blind fate in the team for at least the rest of this calendar year.

And maybe then, Katz will get off his ass and do what is needed.

FIRE TAMBOLOWEMCTAVISH NOW!!

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#27 Dog Train
March 09 2013, 04:19PM
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@MapleLeafer

Don't throw stones when you live in a glass house. Nobody on here is arguing that the Oilers don't suck because the results speak for themselves. However, the Leafs have an even longer playoff drought than we do while playing in the horrible eastern conference. Enjoy your spot in the standings while it lasts because we've all seen this show before with the Leafs and we all know how it ends.

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#28 FastOil
March 09 2013, 04:23PM
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"While trolling, I seemed to have raised some valid points to which ....."

My friend, a Leaf fan issuing insults regarding the quality of a hockey team, well, just doesn't sting that much.

It comes across more like sitting in the psych ward listening to delusional patients. Oooo, the Leafs are awesome and the Oilers suck. We realize the Oilers suck, the other part that isn't about how bad the Leafs are is your delusion.

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#29 Spydyr
March 09 2013, 07:23PM
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jadeddog wrote:

It really is shocking that Tambo hasn't been fired yet. SHOCKING. In the years since he has been hired, here is where the Oilers have finished: 21st, 30th, 30th, 29th and we are currently 28th right now this year.

How is it possible that this person still has a job? HOW IS IT POSSIBLE!?!?!?

My guess.They want one more high pick.He is following orders to not fix it.

Or they may all be incompetent.

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#30 Rod from Viking
March 09 2013, 09:39AM
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It has been said that the young players wanted Ralph Krueger for the new head coach, their wish was granted, then they got $6M/year contract extensions and then A's on their sweaters,I don't see any leadership or compete and that is scary. I just hope the management can bring in a couple veteran players with both skill and leadership for their top six(Scott Hartnell and or Cory Perry)a true # 2 defenseman and a proven goal tender.I have been a season ticket holder for 20 years and not very many hi-lights.

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#31 Dave
March 09 2013, 09:44AM
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If I were Katz I would fire Tambo and Kreuger and bring back Lowe as GM and MacT as coach.I would bring in a new goalie. Just about anyone will do.

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#32 Hemipower
March 09 2013, 09:53AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

It has been said that the young players wanted Ralph Krueger for the new head coach, their wish was granted, then they got $6M/year contract extensions and then A's on their sweaters,I don't see any leadership or compete and that is scary. I just hope the management can bring in a couple veteran players with both skill and leadership for their top six(Scott Hartnell and or Cory Perry)a true # 2 defenseman and a proven goal tender.I have been a season ticket holder for 20 years and not very many hi-lights.

Agreed 100%. I just don't think Perry would want to come here - no matter what the weather is. The players not playing for Kreuger is the biggest surprise. It is almost like they are rebeling against his system.

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#33 John Chambers
March 09 2013, 09:53AM
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Also, perhaps MacT coaches the second half of the year once the team gets home.

I don't necessarily want Ralph to go - just have 'Assistant' added to his title.

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#34 VK63
March 09 2013, 09:58AM
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Furthermore.

Double fist friday at the brier patch is over and a stark realization that the kids looked completely over whelmed once again takes its place.

Im not sure what to think about what appears to be a disconcerting regression by the steeds that the Oilers future hangs on. I can absorb a fair bit of talk about snake bit and cyclical slumping and such but when that result is coupled with physical indifference to the task at hand.

Well..... thats a bit scary.

From a strictly tactical standpoint Im not sure I understand yanking Dubnyk after that muffin hopped by him. Yah it was a horrible goal but he now sits on it for an extended period of time which included 40 minutes of live suck from his team mates.

A puzzling decision to be sure.

Oh well. The golf business has set up its wares right beside the brier patch. NICE!! I shall test smash a few drivers in anticipation of some lush local courses coming out of this ridiculous amount of accumulated snow.

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#35 Shredder
March 09 2013, 10:00AM
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Glad i didn't watch the game...maybe I'll skip a few more

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#36 Rama Lama
March 09 2013, 10:09AM
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Outside of offence, defence, and goaltending, we are pretty good!

As they say, the chickens are coming home to roost. We have known for at least three years we need to upgrade our bottom six, add some toughness on the top lines, and get a real goaltender. In stead we got Tamby telling us to be patience.........in other words let's totally tank for a few years so we can stockpile some number 1 draftchoices.

The question we should have asked this moron, is how many years are we going to tank? New to Tamby and Lowe, stop hiding and start being leaders! Lead, follow, or get out of the way, you incompetent pucks!

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#37 Chet134
March 09 2013, 10:13AM
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People have to understand that Katz is a businessman and he looks at dollar signs. Katz will make another profit this year cuz the fans are loyal and luv the oilers. The only statement the fans can make is stop going to the games and stop buying jerseys. From day one I never thought the oilers would make the playoffs. I wanted to see an improvement and compete every night. Ask yourself have the oilers improved from last year, do they have leadership to help grow the kids, are the cupboards full in our AHL team and do you agree with managements long term philosophy on how to build a winner. I believe loyalty off the ice is destroying us moving forward. As a fan I just want to see an intertaining product and an improvement in the standings. right now I'm hearing the same excuses that I've heard for four years.

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#38 Rod from Viking
March 09 2013, 10:18AM
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@Shredder

You are right and it usually starts with a big skilled center and a stud D-man and then complemented with speed and grit.We are doing this backwards if you ask me.I think Stu TMB was given too much credit earlier, it doesn't look like many of the picks out of the first round are going to work out.

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#39 9 inches uncut
March 09 2013, 10:18AM
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Shredder wrote:

So correct me if I'm wrong, but the draft is supposed to get you that one ideal player that you build your team around...besides getting first overall picks, have we done anything to build around any of our top picks? Let's build a team here, or I'm going to watch soccer exclusively.

Sadly unless you like the idea of exclusively watching soccer I would recommend a different hockey team to cheer for. How about the Oil Kings?

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#40 Shermanater
March 09 2013, 10:18AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

They just changed the name to Oil Shame.

and the info on my dish reads "watch the Edmonton oilers as they burn a respectable NHL franchise to the the ground"

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#41 Taylor Gang
March 09 2013, 10:19AM
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Shredder wrote:

So correct me if I'm wrong, but the draft is supposed to get you that one ideal player that you build your team around...besides getting first overall picks, have we done anything to build around any of our top picks? Let's build a team here, or I'm going to watch soccer exclusively.

Wow, I completely agree with that. It seems management doesn't get that there are two parts to a rebuild: draft the superstars and build your team around them. They get the first part perfectly fine, but then they say "Looks good enough" and does squat to fix up the joke that we dare to call "supporting cast". Is there anyone other than Jones that you'd want on your team in the bottom 6? I feel bad for players like Hall who have been on championship teams and signed for long term, only for management to show no respect for them by putting no effort in to win.

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#42 Rod from Viking
March 09 2013, 10:20AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

You are right and it usually starts with a big skilled center and a stud D-man and then complemented with speed and grit.We are doing this backwards if you ask me.I think Stu TMB was given too much credit earlier, it doesn't look like many of the picks out of the first round are going to work out.

Correction,OUTSIDE the first round

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#43 Shaun Doe
March 09 2013, 10:24AM
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I almost feel that if we are writing this season off now why not replace the current management team ( assuming we have a good idea who will replace the old names ) and then give those newly in charge the remainder of the season the assess the talent to see who stays and who goes in the off season. I fear that if we axe tambo and company in the off season that will leave the entire off season and at least the beginning of the season to figure out which pieces fit and which need to be removed from the equation. If that's the case then we could potentially be looking at yet another season of ineptitude

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#44 15w40
March 09 2013, 10:30AM
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Oilers are bad. Whats the saying, "hard work beats talent that doesn't work hard every time".

That looks to be the current version of the Oilers - stars on ice. Although in their defense, the upcoming "leadership" group hasn't really been shown the ropes either.

Sydney Crosby thrived being thrown in the deep end right off the bat. The oilers top line has been ground into the dirt playing against the other teams top offerings night after night. We don't have a Crosby.

Holding onto #64, #14, #4, and #93 may not be feasible when building this team - somebody may need to go to land a franchise defenseman or a coke machine forward with hands and a chip on his shoulder.

Tough decisions that I really don't know if the current people in place can make. One bad choice could sewer this whole thing and turn the rebuild in to a perpetual process. (More than it already looks like it is).

We still don't have a true #1 defensemen and we don't have somebody that can lean on the other team and we don't have a really get under your skin - hate to play against player (Steve Ott - I hate that guy)

This isn't even close to being a completed project - in fact I would say they haven't even started the hard part from a management standpoint.

Losing sucks but you get some high picks for that. Not a lot of deep thinking for management when you are picking first all the time. Filling the holes is the part that takes brains and man are there a lot of holes right now........

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#45 Kevrock
March 09 2013, 10:34AM
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Ya if the Calvary is not coming via a trade could I please apply for the GM position...I sure would like a 6 figure salary and not have to do anything! Lifelong fan, Couldn't give away my second ticket 20ish years ago but this team is stinking even worse with all this talent floating. At least back then there was a very obvious level of effort at every game. I'm out of patience, Did not expect the cup this year but better results than back to back shut outs for sure. For management to just sit on their hands is completely unacceptable, especially after a lock out, We as fans deserve better!!

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#46 Rama Lama
March 09 2013, 10:37AM
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Honestly people.........just how many of you waxed poetic about Ralph Krueger, his straightforward style, his communication abilities, his motivational speeches and so on?

I'm starting to think for the first time, he has lost the bench! The young guns were pressed into top six duties far too early in their careers. Maybe Renny was right after all in his approach........bringing in the talent slowly. The only problem we have is our bottom six is total need of a rebuild.

If past behaviour is any indication of future behaviour..........Tamby and Lowe will do nothing!

I can't watch this team anymore, it's far too painful.

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#47 Locksmithluke
March 09 2013, 10:42AM
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My two cents, for those who care to listen... I don't, for a moment, believe Kruger is the right man for the job with these boys! He's too soft spoken, too reserved and too lax when this team is in a perpetual slump! I think this team needs a coach screaming at the top of his lungs, kicking trash cans, throwing sticks both in the locker room and on the bench! Someone to instill some passion in these players lifeless corpses!! When a coach with a well documented past of pushing the defensive style of hockey is placed in a position of coaching a team with a non existent "D", well... Like a few of you have said, a Lindy Ruff or a Sutter styled purveyor of wrath would, in my opinion, perhaps get these guys feet moving at least.

And as far as net minding goes, I personally don't believe Dubnyk is anywhere near a starting NHL calibre goalie!! I know the list is thin as to who could be aquired, but I think this should be the first of any action taken. If it means scouring the planet, from Russia to Ghana, get on it!!!

That is all... Everyone have a great weekend!

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#48 H.Beale
March 09 2013, 10:48AM
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Firing Steve and replacing him with MacT is not the solution.

Bring in a new gm - somebody with no former ties to the team - and eliminate the "president of hockey operations" position completely. Allow the new gm to hire his own staff. Competency should be the determining factor, not cronyism.

Until then? Expect more losing, more inactivity by management, no communication whatsoever from Katz and more "we have to solve this from within" rhetoric.

Ad infinitum.

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#49 jonny94
March 09 2013, 10:50AM
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I like Ralph Krueger but Lindy Ruff looks better each Oilers game. Actual NHL players coached by experienced NHL coaches.... Go get 'em Tamby *shrug*

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#50 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 09 2013, 10:59AM
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I thought the effort was better then the Detroit game. That don't say a tonne, though. This team is fragile right now. They look like they are in the fetal position, thumb in mouth, rocking back and forth while they hum the chorus to 'I will survive.'

A few thoughts:

They need some of the IR players back and bad.

The D unit is weak. It's really hard to get out of your own zone when the D can't control the play. They, not alone mind you, are a major reason the play is being dictated against them. They need a stud back there. That guy doesn't need to be a Pronger or a Weber, but the same hard nosed, talented player type at least a tier below. Those are not easy to come by.

I'm not a coach, more of a crazy person with a 'puter, but it seems to me that the strategy on ice is more of a defensive one. I notice that when the boys get into the O-zone they only commit one or two guys to the forecheck while the third peels off to get ready to play D in the neutral zone. I get it, but I don't like it. To me, all you are doing is creating a passive attack and ceding territory. I've notice a player win a battle then chip the puck into the corner only to have no one there. Not cool. Gotta go balls out. Commit all three forwards to the forecheck. Play to score.

The Brown trade was good, but it didn't shake up the locker room. And, I wonder if there are issues there with vets being benched and sulking afterwards. Might be a good time to trade someone away and bring someone new in. Shake it up a little.

At this point almost anything should lead to different results. So, back to the drawing board with Chi-town up next. SOB! Keep it simple boys, play hard and with some pride.

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