ANSWER THE PHONE

Lowetide
May 06 2013 06:58PM

Dear NHL: As an industry, you are badly overlooking the Edmonton Oilers. I have a request: keep doing what you're doing.

Right now, the NHL and the industry that surrounds it doesn't really take these young Oilers seriously. Taylor Hall gets benched by Lindy Ruff at the World Hockey Championships, Nail Yakupov doesn't get enough votes to qualify for the Calder, and on it goes. This is nothing new, hell the Oilers have been in the second division so long there are likely some NHL men and media who can't name 10 Oilers.

Keep it up. Keep going. Keep taking this Oiler team for granted.

One day soon, the rag-tag Oilers will come in to your town and you'll contemplate giving away the tickets, or you'll give them to a staff member who hasn't seen a game in a decade. Go for it. The Oilers have been down so long the amount of respect they get is somewhere between slim and none and slim just left town.

Sent in your awards votes early? No worries, it's only the Oilers, it's just Yakupov out in the cold (on a 33 degree day).

 WHO CARES ABOUT THE OILERS?

Exactly. WHO CARES ABOUT THE OILERS? Oh sure, they were almost in the playoffs for a minute there, but then they realized they were the Oilers and stepped back in the elevator shaft. Who can blame Lindy Ruff for running Matt Read out there instead of Hall--after all, what has Hall ever done, aside from pushing the river at 5x5 since he arrived from the draft and (this past season) finishing in the league's top 10 scorers? It was a SOFT top 10, right? SURE.

Keep. Doing. What. You're Doing.

THE PLOT TWIST

Mark my words, NHL. One day your teams will come to our city, good old "2 points in the bank" Alberta and you're going to get a wake up call. All over. And when it gets very bad, you'll be dialing 9-1-1 and will hear the operator say "if you'd like to make a call, please hang up and try again!"

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The Oilers have been out of the playoffs so long my kids don't really remember what this city looks like when excitement rules the spring and summer.

Oh brother, they will. And Lindy Ruff will know what Taylor Hall can do, and the Calder votes that didn't go to Yakupov (and Nuge and Hall and Eberle before him) will all be cashed in one glorious movie climax.

Answer the phone.

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#51 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 06 2013, 11:17PM
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@NewAgeSys

I figure 15-17 new players on this team before it's a playoff team again. 6-8 changes coming this summer, and still almost a dozen more additions in the coming years.

Out with the deadwood, in with more ambitious players.

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#52 Walter Sobchak
May 06 2013, 11:23PM
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A little off topic but on the same wave length.

If Mac-T and Klowe don't get there sh!t together this summer, I can see a few kids walking most notable Hall.

What makes me giggle is listening to 630 , a few MSM and bloggers mention that the Oilers need "Roll" players, "top pairing" defensmen, a "two way" center plus size in the top six to make the playoffs.

Then, at the same time, they say things like I can see the Oilers " moving back" in the draft.

Where the hell are they getting these payers from???

I can see two tradable assets and a few draft picks, other then the five kids, that's it.

Gagner & Paajarvi

The math ain't adding up.

I can see Hall & Schultz being the first to ask for a trade.

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#53 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 06 2013, 11:24PM
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@DSF

The Bruins are only as strong as their weakest link(s)

Toronto needs a couple of well placed, pre-meditated chicken wing elbows delivered at the heads of Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron. These guys need to be drinking from straws sooner rather than later. Orr and MacLaren can afford to sit out a couple games each without hurting the Leafs. The Leafs just aren't willing to do what needs to be done just yet.

No guts, no glory till the Leafs are willing to do what needs to be done. It's a frigging war out there. Chop the head off and the body will fall.

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#54 DSF
May 06 2013, 11:26PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

The Bruins are only as strong as their weakest link(s)

Toronto needs a couple of well placed, pre-meditated chicken wing elbows delivered at the heads of Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron. These guys need to be drinking from straws sooner rather than later. Orr and MacLaren can afford to sit out a couple games each without hurting the Leafs. The Leafs just aren't willing to do what needs to be done just yet.

No guts, no glory till the Leafs are willing to do what needs to be done. It's a frigging war out there. Chop the head off and the body will fall.

The Leafs are feeling their way in and learning what it takes to win.

They have a great coach and a lot of character but I don't think it will all come together this season.

Still some work to be done there.

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#55 Walter Sobchak
May 06 2013, 11:31PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

The Bruins are only as strong as their weakest link(s)

Toronto needs a couple of well placed, pre-meditated chicken wing elbows delivered at the heads of Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron. These guys need to be drinking from straws sooner rather than later. Orr and MacLaren can afford to sit out a couple games each without hurting the Leafs. The Leafs just aren't willing to do what needs to be done just yet.

No guts, no glory till the Leafs are willing to do what needs to be done. It's a frigging war out there. Chop the head off and the body will fall.

I don't think the Leafs can get into it with the Bruins like that yet, the Bruins are still very team tough.

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#56 G Money
May 06 2013, 11:46PM
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Hmmm, Taylor Hall vs Phil Kessel.

That's an interesting comparison. Let's do a little fun PPG math. Here are Kessel's Games, Pts, PPG, +- during his time in the league:

70, 29, 0.4142, -12 (age 19)

82, 37, 0.4512, -6

70, 60, 0.8571, 23

82, 55, 0.7857, -8

82, 64, 0.7805, -20

82, 82, 1.0000, -10

48, 52, 1.0833, -3

And here is young Mr. Hall:

64, 42, 0.6462, -9 (age 18)

61, 53, 0.8689, -3

45, 50, 1.1111, 5

How about that. Regardless of whether you look at it by age, by year in the league, or specifically this year, Hall > Kessel. Shock. Surprise. Consternation. Not.

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#57 Taylor Gang
May 06 2013, 11:49PM
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The reason we have so much deadwood is because Tambellini failed to get rid of it progressively, and now it has accumulated over time. Think of it as cutting your weeds. If you do it once every weekend, you will have very minor work to do. If you wait for 3 months, then you might need more than one day to do it. Tambellini failed as a GM because he didn't realize that the Oiler fans have been right all along; apart from the kids this team is absolutely garbage. I am trying very hard to be optimistic but I just can't bear it.

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#58 DSF
May 06 2013, 11:58PM
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G Money wrote:

Hmmm, Taylor Hall vs Phil Kessel.

That's an interesting comparison. Let's do a little fun PPG math. Here are Kessel's Games, Pts, PPG, +- during his time in the league:

70, 29, 0.4142, -12 (age 19)

82, 37, 0.4512, -6

70, 60, 0.8571, 23

82, 55, 0.7857, -8

82, 64, 0.7805, -20

82, 82, 1.0000, -10

48, 52, 1.0833, -3

And here is young Mr. Hall:

64, 42, 0.6462, -9 (age 18)

61, 53, 0.8689, -3

45, 50, 1.1111, 5

How about that. Regardless of whether you look at it by age, by year in the league, or specifically this year, Hall > Kessel. Shock. Surprise. Consternation. Not.

Let's bear in mind the Bruins break in their rookies far differently than the Oilers who gift them prime minutes and PP time.

In the 3 years Hall has been in the league:

12/13

Kessel - 52P

Hall - 50P

11/12

Kessel - 82P

Hall - 53P

10/11

Kessel - 64P

Hall - 42P

In those 3 seasons, Kessel has outscored Hall by a margin of 208P - 145P.

Now, I know Hall is younger but anyone standing up on their soapbox and demanding Hall get "respect" while not respecting Kessel is out to lunch.

Hall will likely earn his "respect" but he certainly hasn't done it yet.

And, now that Hall is paid significantly more than Kessel, the rubber is about to hit the road.

If Toronto ever manages to find that mythical "First Line Centre Not Named Bozak" ™ this might be a race worth watching.

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#59 DSF
May 06 2013, 11:59PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

The reason we have so much deadwood is because Tambellini failed to get rid of it progressively, and now it has accumulated over time. Think of it as cutting your weeds. If you do it once every weekend, you will have very minor work to do. If you wait for 3 months, then you might need more than one day to do it. Tambellini failed as a GM because he didn't realize that the Oiler fans have been right all along; apart from the kids this team is absolutely garbage. I am trying very hard to be optimistic but I just can't bear it.

It's far worse than that.

Think of how much "deadwood" Tambellini added to the team.

Do you need a list?

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#60 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 07 2013, 12:11AM
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@Taylor Gang

I figure it was a team effort, not just on Steve. These players were retained to help the Oilers finish very poorly. 30th,30th,29th and 24th in the bag for the fruits of their labour. Tankage on the menu 4 yrs in a row. It'll be difficult to turn off the (losing)faucets now I have to think. Lowe has bitten off more than he can chew, letting all his intended underachievers pile up like this.

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#61 DSF
May 07 2013, 12:27AM
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Looks like the Oilers are about to blow off another asset for nothing.

Matheson reports the Oilers and Fistric have reached a contract impasse.

The Oilers have offered a 3 year deal at $1.5M while Fistric wants $2M.

How much is a #7 defenseman worth in a cap world?

$750K?

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#62 Oilcan
May 07 2013, 12:57AM
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@DSF

Ah the old "read the stats a certain way to prove my point" method.

In the 3 seasons Hall was in the league, you mean when he was 18, 19 and 20? And even still lets play along with your post: Kessel outscored him 208-145 over those 3 years, however Kessel did it in 212 games and Hall did it in 170. So if you take their PPG over the past 3 seasons and put it into a full 82 game season Kessel has 80 points to Hall's 70 points and Kessel is 5 years older then Hall.

I will take Hall every day of the week and that's me acknowledging that Kessel is a great scorer.

Question of the day: How hungry does a troll get in one day?

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#63 stretch14
May 07 2013, 01:52AM
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You are an absolutely terrible writer. What is this drivel along with your last few articles? Are you trying to meet a quota or something? What is the point to this article exactly?

Lindy Ruff benched Taylor Hall at the WHC (an international Head Coach at a non-NHL event) because he turned the puck over several times and Nail Yakupov gets snubbed on a nomination voted on by PHWA members makes you go on a "NHL hates the Oilers tirade"?

Seriously, this is the fourth "Yakupov gets snubbed" article on this site alone today and it provides zero to little (and little just left town) insight. Except "the Oiler's will make you pay one day soon" even though they've shown no sign of it.

I think Yakupov got snubbed too but if your gonna waste a minute (and that's literally how long it took to read this crap) of my time, offer something of value to the readers. Not just speculative "we're gonna beat you one say day soon" garbage.

This article is more pictures than content. Really...step your game up lowetide, It's embarrassing that you get paid to do this.

P.S.- It's spelt surrounds. I think you meant "wake up call". "All over" is not a sentence and you never start a sentence with the word "And". "9-11" is not an emergency phone number, 9-1-1 is however. Journalism 101, ever hear of a proof read?

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#64 ed in indonesia
May 07 2013, 02:20AM
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stretch14 wrote:

You are an absolutely terrible writer. What is this drivel along with your last few articles? Are you trying to meet a quota or something? What is the point to this article exactly?

Lindy Ruff benched Taylor Hall at the WHC (an international Head Coach at a non-NHL event) because he turned the puck over several times and Nail Yakupov gets snubbed on a nomination voted on by PHWA members makes you go on a "NHL hates the Oilers tirade"?

Seriously, this is the fourth "Yakupov gets snubbed" article on this site alone today and it provides zero to little (and little just left town) insight. Except "the Oiler's will make you pay one day soon" even though they've shown no sign of it.

I think Yakupov got snubbed too but if your gonna waste a minute (and that's literally how long it took to read this crap) of my time, offer something of value to the readers. Not just speculative "we're gonna beat you one say day soon" garbage.

This article is more pictures than content. Really...step your game up lowetide, It's embarrassing that you get paid to do this.

P.S.- It's spelt surrounds. I think you meant "wake up call". "All over" is not a sentence and you never start a sentence with the word "And". "9-11" is not an emergency phone number, 9-1-1 is however. Journalism 101, ever hear of a proof read?

Totally agree, that article wouldn't make a junior high school rag.

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#65 madjam
May 07 2013, 05:35AM
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Are the Oilers spoiled here by the fans even if they are not very good as a hockey team ? Do we accept futility far to easily ? We(the fans and media ) don't run them out of town , they run themselves out by underachieving and other problems .

After the gutting we have never had a competitive team , and last season at least we showed some signs we might become competitive . Competitive maybe , but upper eschillon very unlikely without another massive gutting of the core . The players get more respect here in many ways than most deserve from fans and media . Darlings without the results to validify that respect , etc..

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#66 DrunkGuyTy
May 07 2013, 06:10AM
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@stretch14

What? Did you not get your money's worth? You must have spent more time typing than reading.

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#67 DrunkGuyTy
May 07 2013, 06:16AM
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@Rocket

"In 2006 injuries in the playoffs did them in or they could have won the cup. A lot more deserving than The Hurricanes."

That could be said about numerous teams every year. Shoulda, coulda, woulda...

I'm not saying he's garbage, I just don't get the hype.

...maybe I just don't like his name.

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#68 madjam
May 07 2013, 06:24AM
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Swiss move to 3-0 with win over Sweden(home team and ice) 3-2 in world championship . Who are those guys ?

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#69 Oilfred
May 07 2013, 06:25AM
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DSF wrote:

Let's bear in mind the Bruins break in their rookies far differently than the Oilers who gift them prime minutes and PP time.

In the 3 years Hall has been in the league:

12/13

Kessel - 52P

Hall - 50P

11/12

Kessel - 82P

Hall - 53P

10/11

Kessel - 64P

Hall - 42P

In those 3 seasons, Kessel has outscored Hall by a margin of 208P - 145P.

Now, I know Hall is younger but anyone standing up on their soapbox and demanding Hall get "respect" while not respecting Kessel is out to lunch.

Hall will likely earn his "respect" but he certainly hasn't done it yet.

And, now that Hall is paid significantly more than Kessel, the rubber is about to hit the road.

If Toronto ever manages to find that mythical "First Line Centre Not Named Bozak" ™ this might be a race worth watching.

You're taking an 18 year old rookie and comparing his stats to an established scorer.

Really?

Really?

I now dub thee Mr. Walking Joke.

(assuming you can walk)

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#70 book¡e
May 07 2013, 06:41AM
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stretch14 wrote:

You are an absolutely terrible writer. What is this drivel along with your last few articles? Are you trying to meet a quota or something? What is the point to this article exactly?

Lindy Ruff benched Taylor Hall at the WHC (an international Head Coach at a non-NHL event) because he turned the puck over several times and Nail Yakupov gets snubbed on a nomination voted on by PHWA members makes you go on a "NHL hates the Oilers tirade"?

Seriously, this is the fourth "Yakupov gets snubbed" article on this site alone today and it provides zero to little (and little just left town) insight. Except "the Oiler's will make you pay one day soon" even though they've shown no sign of it.

I think Yakupov got snubbed too but if your gonna waste a minute (and that's literally how long it took to read this crap) of my time, offer something of value to the readers. Not just speculative "we're gonna beat you one say day soon" garbage.

This article is more pictures than content. Really...step your game up lowetide, It's embarrassing that you get paid to do this.

P.S.- It's spelt surrounds. I think you meant "wake up call". "All over" is not a sentence and you never start a sentence with the word "And". "9-11" is not an emergency phone number, 9-1-1 is however. Journalism 101, ever hear of a proof read?

Troll.

LT can write opinion pieces if he chooses. It's a blog.

Cancel your subscription if you find the quality is not up to your standards.

Troll.

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#71 SrCain
May 07 2013, 06:41AM
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Jasmine wrote:

Hall will never ever get the respect from the clown Lindy Ruff. Team Canada blew it by hiring a clown in Lindy Ruff to coach Canada. Don't be surprised if Lindy Ruff decides he won't dress hall in the remaining games.

OMG!!!! will you please stop with the same reply over and over on the same topic. Thx :)

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#72 SrCain
May 07 2013, 06:51AM
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DSF wrote:

Let's bear in mind the Bruins break in their rookies far differently than the Oilers who gift them prime minutes and PP time.

In the 3 years Hall has been in the league:

12/13

Kessel - 52P

Hall - 50P

11/12

Kessel - 82P

Hall - 53P

10/11

Kessel - 64P

Hall - 42P

In those 3 seasons, Kessel has outscored Hall by a margin of 208P - 145P.

Now, I know Hall is younger but anyone standing up on their soapbox and demanding Hall get "respect" while not respecting Kessel is out to lunch.

Hall will likely earn his "respect" but he certainly hasn't done it yet.

And, now that Hall is paid significantly more than Kessel, the rubber is about to hit the road.

If Toronto ever manages to find that mythical "First Line Centre Not Named Bozak" ™ this might be a race worth watching.

Your an idiot. No one was disrespecting Kessel. You just decided to bring it up. Why don't you head over to Canucks Army for your next meal troll? Oh wait... there's nothing to eat there, no one goes on that site. Do you know why? It's because nuck fans aren't true hockey fans, they're wagon jumpers, and right now, that wagon is on FIRE!!

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#73 pelhem grenville
May 07 2013, 07:02AM
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...Taylor Hall played 71 games and had 84 points this year...and at closer look he played only 45 games and had 50 points in the NHL...whats the expression ...on pace? ...sooo if TH had played 48 games he might well have outscored this kessel fellow you speak of here ...no?

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#74 The Soup Fascist
May 07 2013, 08:20AM
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Thoughts of the day:

- Phil Kessel could score 100 points a year and I would not want him on my team. Honestly, there is just something "off" with this guy. He has the personality of a fig. "Aloof" does not come close - seriously get in for some testing, Phil.

- Stretch 14, if you are going to troll and criticize spelling at least know that the word is "spelled" and not "spelt". We already knew you were a moron - no need to shout it from the rooftops. And no, "irony" is not a word to describe your wrinkled "I'm With Stupid -->" wife beater.

- Nice to go an actual seven days in a row without snow. Only 45 days until days start getting shorter!

- Fun fact of the day: The Stanley Cup holds 14 bottles of beer. Put the "Old Vienna" back in the cooler for the 43rd year Canucklehead fans.

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#75 Will
May 07 2013, 08:27AM
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I'm not sure I understand all this, if we don't start winning soon, Taylor Hall will want out of town and so will so and so.

This is Hall's team, you think players, even on losing teams want to go somewhere where they are not the team star? There are plenty of teams with great players that don't win, who never ask for a trade.

Look at Doan in Phoenix, he has actively said he won't move even if the entire team itself goes someplace else. Or Weber in Nashville, the guy is still there. Or how about Boumester who up until this year had never even been in a playoff game.

The list of good players on bad teams who don't go and demand a trade is endless. Players want to be traded when their ice time gets cut, or they have problems with the coaching staff. I can't see that as the case here.

Yes we have tanked, but the new GM has already said he is going to try and do everything he can to make this a winning team. Why would you want to leave a team like that?

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#76 Will
May 07 2013, 08:35AM
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As for the Kessel / Hall comparisons, I know this is an Oiler fan site but come on. The kid is just off the charts in terms of scoring chances, driving the play, and so many other important areas of the game. Add to that his reputation for showing up to work, every night, every practice and every shift, and it is clear the Oilers drafted a bonafied superstar.

Will his entourage of Schultz, Ebs, Nuge, and Yak, Hall is going to lead a very good team of young stars to a cup very soon.

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#77 justDOit
May 07 2013, 08:38AM
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@stretch14

Go back to posting mean comments on youtube.

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#78 bored
May 07 2013, 08:57AM
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I'm with LT on this...the snubs, the jokes, the mockery that the rest of the league has for the Oilers needs to be used as motivation. I wouldn't put it past an uber-competitive guy like Hall to go into Eff-You mode next year and take this team on his back. I hope Yak will also harness some of negativity as well and play pissed off next year too...That would get the Oil a few more wins. Of course, management needs to provide a full NHL roster to get the rest of the wins needed for the playoffs....but that's out of the players hands.

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#79 oilerjed
May 07 2013, 09:17AM
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jerod wrote:

Do you think if Alain Vigneault gets fired this week Oilers will pull the trigger and hire him as head Coach.

I believe he would be an excellent coach for the Oilers, I would feel bad for Krueger but these things happen. Lowe might not want this to happen he would lose some control.

As much as people hate the Canucks they did build a team to win the cup. Unfortunately or not they played a great team in Chicago and lost, and played against a very good Boston team with great goaltending.

This may very well be the worst idea I have ever read on the ON. Not to be rude but........ AV is notorious for not playing youngs guys and wicked at holding grudges against players. And seeing the makeup of our team most years that would mean smytty and horcoff and hemmer would be our #1 line. Shuddering at the thought. Leave all things Vancouver in Vancouver.

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#80 DSF
May 07 2013, 09:24AM
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Oilcan wrote:

Ah the old "read the stats a certain way to prove my point" method.

In the 3 seasons Hall was in the league, you mean when he was 18, 19 and 20? And even still lets play along with your post: Kessel outscored him 208-145 over those 3 years, however Kessel did it in 212 games and Hall did it in 170. So if you take their PPG over the past 3 seasons and put it into a full 82 game season Kessel has 80 points to Hall's 70 points and Kessel is 5 years older then Hall.

I will take Hall every day of the week and that's me acknowledging that Kessel is a great scorer.

Question of the day: How hungry does a troll get in one day?

And when Hall actually outscores Kessel in real terms, not projections, he will get respect.

That was the point.

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#81 DSF
May 07 2013, 09:25AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...Taylor Hall played 71 games and had 84 points this year...and at closer look he played only 45 games and had 50 points in the NHL...whats the expression ...on pace? ...sooo if TH had played 48 games he might well have outscored this kessel fellow you speak of here ...no?

Yes.

But he didn't.

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#82 Romulus' Apotheosis
May 07 2013, 09:48AM
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Since when is advancing a straw man to make an argument that doesn't hold up even under the favorable circumstances of said straw man... an interesting, thought-provoking or informative way to proceed?

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#83 djc
May 07 2013, 10:33AM
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This website should just be renamed Trollnation.

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#84 Jprime
May 07 2013, 10:58AM
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@stretch14

I love how you attempted to provide an English lesson on sentence structure and spelling. Did you proof read your own post? You're sentence structure is atrocious. You used the incorrect form of "you're". Lastly, learn the how to properly use past and present tense.

You knew reading the title what the topic of the article was most likely going to entail; yet, you chose to read it anyways.

Don't like it? Don't read it.

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#85 2004Z06
May 07 2013, 11:12AM
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Who cares! Start winning! The respect will come. Hell even a loss with a modicum of effort will earn you some respect. How about we try having this team bring it every night first?

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#86 Romulus' Apotheosis
May 07 2013, 11:18AM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Who cares! Start winning! The respect will come. Hell even a loss with a modicum of effort will earn you some respect. How about we try having this team bring it every night first?

I think you missed the point.

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#87 2004Z06
May 07 2013, 11:20AM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

I think you missed the point.

I wasn't referring to the article as much as the commentary.

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#88 2004Z06
May 07 2013, 11:23AM
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No need to compare Hall to Kessel, both great players, but under different divisions/systems/coaches and with different supporting casts. All variables that can affect individual performance.

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#89 Rama Lama
May 07 2013, 11:40AM
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Have no fear and do not lose faith people, we have Kevin Lowe in charge. There is no way he will allow any GM to turn this team into a perrennial loser.

Yes Kevin is now in charge, the past 10 years were necessary so that we can truly experience what is feels like to be a loser. Imagine how good it will feel when he decides we have had enough, and will turn the "winner" light on.

Oh man I can't wait.......I'm so exicited.

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#90 The Funky Chicken Has Left The Building
May 07 2013, 12:39PM
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Hey Oilers - I'm done watching. You call me when you get a playoff spot - http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI/223/1849/PreviewComp/SuperStock_1849-805.jpg

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#91 Spydyr
May 07 2013, 04:50PM
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Well, I've been down so Goddamn long That it looks like up to me

The Doors

Suits this article perfectly

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#92 Spydyr
May 07 2013, 04:54PM
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Hall is still making a lot of junior hockey moves.Toe drag, giving the puck up in the neutral zone,not getting the puck deeps when it should be.

It is about time a coach made him sit and think a bit on the bench.Instead of getting handled with kid gloves.Sometimes tough love is what it takes.

I'm sure Jasmine remembers Slats sitting Gretzky a time or two.99 always came back with fire in his eyes.

Hall could use a coach that holds players accountable.

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#93 The Real Scuba Steve
May 07 2013, 05:04PM
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NewAgeSys wrote:

All K-Lowe needs to do to turn this tugboat into a Destroyer is utilise the NHS and give Taylor and the rest of the kids a chance to turn the NHL upside down next year.

Ralph has some cutting edge coaching concepts he has been trying to incorporate but he isnt going to make any errors with his acumen and without a heavier more consistant stream of systemic data and tactics his new perspective will likely not evolve next year.

I believe we need to look to improve our bottom six by holding an Open training camp.

We need to learn to self-valute more accurately,we dont need to scrape the league for players, Players need to come here with a mission to earn and hold a spot on our roster,and we need to support this atmosphere by 86ing dead weight with no hesitation and making it a legitimate NHL playing field.The Oilers have literally wasted their farm roster for decades and absolutely black-balled everyone opportunity wise,giving them zero chance to really earn a spot on the roster thats not very Bold is it ?.

LOL!!

Did you just move here?

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#94 The Real Scuba Steve
May 07 2013, 05:08PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Have no fear and do not lose faith people, we have Kevin Lowe in charge. There is no way he will allow any GM to turn this team into a perrennial loser.

Yes Kevin is now in charge, the past 10 years were necessary so that we can truly experience what is feels like to be a loser. Imagine how good it will feel when he decides we have had enough, and will turn the "winner" light on.

Oh man I can't wait.......I'm so exicited.

Don't forget his 6 Stanley Cup rings as a player...

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#95 Oilcan
May 07 2013, 05:13PM
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DSF wrote:

And when Hall actually outscores Kessel in real terms, not projections, he will get respect.

That was the point.

Haha again better PPG and 5 years younger.

Answer this question:

Whats more impressive Crosby's 56 points in 36 games or Stamkos with 57 in 48 games?

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#96 Oilcan
May 07 2013, 05:15PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Hall is still making a lot of junior hockey moves.Toe drag, giving the puck up in the neutral zone,not getting the puck deeps when it should be.

It is about time a coach made him sit and think a bit on the bench.Instead of getting handled with kid gloves.Sometimes tough love is what it takes.

I'm sure Jasmine remembers Slats sitting Gretzky a time or two.99 always came back with fire in his eyes.

Hall could use a coach that holds players accountable.

No Jasmine just remembers that "everybody hates Lowe and it's not fair!" and "fans drive players out of town."

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#97 stretch14
May 07 2013, 06:17PM
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@Jprime

"You're sentence structure is atrocious. You used the incorrect form of "you're".

It kinda hurts your cause when you make the exact same mistake one sentence prior that you're trying to correct somebody on, no?

Lastly, learn the how to properly use the past and present tense.

Ummm ya, that makes sense.

My use of past and present tense was fine, as was my sentence structure.

You knew reading the title what the topic of the article was most likely going to entail; yet, you chose to read it anyways.

Sorry, how does the title "Answer the Phone" provide any insight whatsoever that the article would be a rambling diatribe about Taylor Hall getting benched?

Don't like it? Don't read it.

You're right though, I think in the future i'll just skip past lowetide's pointless musings. I prefer a little bit of substance to what I read.

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#98 Wax Man Riley
May 07 2013, 06:52PM
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@stretch14

I think Yakupov got snubbed too but if your gonna waste a minute (and that's literally how long it took to read this crap) of my time, offer something of value to the readers. Not just speculative "we're gonna beat you one say day soon" garbage.

YOU'RE. Not YOUR. YOU'RE. A contraction of YOU and ARE. YOU'RE.

P.S.- It's spelt surrounds. I think you meant "wake up call". "All over" is not a sentence and you never start a sentence with the word "And". "9-11" is not an emergency phone number, 9-1-1 is however. Journalism 101, ever hear of a proof read?

P.S - Spelt is a species of wheat. It is spelled "spelled"...unless you are from Europe, then it's ok.

Oh ya, also, beat it.

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#99 Wax Man Riley
May 07 2013, 06:55PM
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stretch14 wrote:

"You're sentence structure is atrocious. You used the incorrect form of "you're".

It kinda hurts your cause when you make the exact same mistake one sentence prior that you're trying to correct somebody on, no?

Lastly, learn the how to properly use the past and present tense.

Ummm ya, that makes sense.

My use of past and present tense was fine, as was my sentence structure.

You knew reading the title what the topic of the article was most likely going to entail; yet, you chose to read it anyways.

Sorry, how does the title "Answer the Phone" provide any insight whatsoever that the article would be a rambling diatribe about Taylor Hall getting benched?

Don't like it? Don't read it.

You're right though, I think in the future i'll just skip past lowetide's pointless musings. I prefer a little bit of substance to what I read.

"You're sentence structure is atrocious."

Please read: SARCASM

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#100 stretch14
May 07 2013, 07:20PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:
I think Yakupov got snubbed too but if your gonna waste a minute (and that's literally how long it took to read this crap) of my time, offer something of value to the readers. Not just speculative "we're gonna beat you one say day soon" garbage.

YOU'RE. Not YOUR. YOU'RE. A contraction of YOU and ARE. YOU'RE.

P.S.- It's spelt surrounds. I think you meant "wake up call". "All over" is not a sentence and you never start a sentence with the word "And". "9-11" is not an emergency phone number, 9-1-1 is however. Journalism 101, ever hear of a proof read?

P.S - Spelt is a species of wheat. It is spelled "spelled"...unless you are from Europe, then it's ok.

Oh ya, also, beat it.

Thanks wax man, jprime had already pointed out that mistake. I'm well aware of the difference.

As far as the spelt vs. spelled debate goes last time I checked we weren't in America, at least I'm not.

"Outside the U.S., the two forms are interchangeable in these senses, and both are commonly used."

http://grammarist.com/spelling/spelled-spelt/

So since you couldn't formulate a legitimate counterpoint to the actual content of what I wrote you decided to nitpick the one grammatical error I made in my original post and attempted to erroneously correct me on the usage of spelt. Good work!

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