CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Jason Gregor
June 28 2013 10:50AM

For the first time since 2006 the NHL draft will be a one day event. It starts at 1 p.m. MST on Sunday and is scheduled to last eight hours. Edmonton currently has the #7, #37, #56 (from Anaheim), #128, #158 and #188. They traded their 3rd rounder (Fistric) to Dallas and 4th rounder to Florida (Smithson).

This week has already had many story lines, and we can expect to many more before Sunday evening. The Oilers were in the news again this morning when Dallas Eakins announced his coaching staff.

As Robin Brownlee accurately predicted on June 09th, Keith Acton is the new associate head coach. Acton played 72 games with the Oilers in 1988 and 1989, but this hire doesn't fall under the heading "the old boys club." Acton has been an NHL assistant or associate coach for 16 seasons, four with the Flyers, two with the Rangers, nine with the Maple Leafs and last year in Columbus.

He and Eakins worked together for two years in Toronto, and they've been close ever since. Eakins wanted a coach with NHL experience and someone he is familiar with, and Acton is that guy. I believe an assistant coach is only as good as the head coach allows him to be. Some head coaches like to control everything, others like to delegate. I'm not certain which one Eakins is at this point.

Bringing back both Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger doesn't look good for the organization. Essentially they are saying only the head coach has been the issue the past four seasons. Buchberger will work under his 5th head coach in six seasons. It is rare for any assistant coach to stay employed while the head coach continually gets the axe.

How can you constantly blame the head coach for the failures of the team, while simultaneously stating the assistants are doing a great job? Unless the organization feels the players were the problem, retaining both assistant coaches is odd. I sense that that Daryl Katz has had a say on Buchberger's involvement with the team, and that Eakins and his predecessors didn't have free reign in who they hired.

The optics aren't great, but Eakins did get to hire the guy he really wanted. Eakins admitted he spoke to Paul Maurice, but decided that Maurice was better suited as a head coach. It is difficult for most strong-willed head coaches to become an assistant and not have the final say.

Expect Acton and Smith to be on the bench with Eakins most of the season.

BIG BUCK BUYOUTS

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 Tampa Bay surprised many when they bought out Vincent Lecavalier yesterday for a measly $32.67 million.

They bolts will pay him $4.76 million for the next two seasons, $3.76 million in 2015/2016 and then $1.76 million for the next 11 seasons.

Lecavalier is 33 and he's averaged .80 points per game the past three seasons. He's scored 135 points in his last 168 games. I suspect he'll be highly motivated on his new team due to new teammates, new surroundings and he'll want to prove he can still play.

Despite his age he is now the most attractive centre in a weak free agent class, and because of his size, skill and Stanley Cup experience I expect he will get at least a three-year deal worth $14-$16 million.

He's the type of centre the Oilers need, but don't expect him him in Edmonton. He'll want to go to a playoff contender. The Habs make sense for many reasons, but so do many other teams. The Leafs have cap space and are desperate for a centre. The Canucks would like him, but they'd need to shed some salary (Luongo). The Stars have cap space, an owner who will spend money and a GM who loves veterans.

Lecavalier is allowed to talk to teams immediately, but he can't officially sign with a team until July 5th, and I'm sure he and his agent will get a lot of calls.

Bryzgalov's Bottle

The Flyers said goodbye to Ilya Bryzgalov after only two seasons. He essentially made $39 million in two seasons with the Flyers, after they bought him for $23 million. The Flyers will pay him $1.64 million for the next 14 seasons, but Bryzgalov will likely get a two or three-year deal from someone.

Right now he's a low-end #1 goalie. In three of his last four seasons he's had good numbers, but this past year he had a woeful .900 SV% and a 2.79 GAA. He's a great interview and a fun guy, but teams will be leery of his aloof attitude.

Not many teams are looking for a #1 goalie, but I could see him returning to Phoenix (Seattle/Quebec) if they don't re-sign Mike Smith. I could see him making $3 million+ on his new deal.

The Oilers need to sign two goalies, and if they don't land Anton Khudobin or another younger UFA, they might have to look at Bryzgalov, but I don't see him being a fit in Edmonton.

Komisarek and Ovechkin, 8 + 8

The Leafs announced they will buy out Mike Komisarek, but they haven't officially done it yet. The Leafs have to pay him $1.16 million for the next two seasons. He'll get a new deal, but I don't see it being longer than two years, and most likely a one-year pact for around $1.3-$1.5 million.

Komisarek is only 31 years old, and while his footspeed is an issue teams are always looking for experienced defenders. The Oilers don't need another 3rd pairing D-man.

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Marc Bergevin had to use his 2nd buyout on a player that he didn't acquire. The Habs were so upset with Kaberle that they didn't want us to use a picture of him in a Habs jersey. They bought him out for $3 million and will pay him $1.5 million for the next two seasons.

Kaberle is 35, and while he is a good puck mover, there is little else about his game that scouts like at this point. Unless a GM sees something I don't, I'd be very surprised to see him get a new contract.

Briere

The Flyers bought out Daniel Briere for ONLY $3.33 million, and considering his cap hit was $6.5 million it made sense. He'll receive $833,333 from the Flyers for the next four seasons. Briere can still produce, especially on the PP, and he'll likely land a two-year pact around four or five million dollars.

The Oilers shouldn't have any interest in Briere, he isn't the type of player Craig MacTavish needs at this point.

Rostislav Olesz was acquired by the Hawks just so they could get rid of Brian Campbell and his $7.14 million cap hit. Olesz played only six games with the Hawks the past two seasons, despite being paid $7.4 million during that time. The Hawks bought him out of the final year of his deal ($4.25 million), and they will pay him $1.41 mill for the next two seasons.

Essentially, the Hawks paid him $10.2 million to play six NHL games. Yikes.

Olesz is only 27 years old. He had 19 points in 14 AHL games this year and 41 points in 50 games last season. Some GM might take a chance on him and sign him to a one-year, two-way contract, but he seems destined to play in Europe.

No chance the Oilers look at him.

The Hawks also bought Steve Montador from the final two years of his deal. He was owed $4.1 million, but he had a cap hit of $2.75 mill and the Hawks need cap space so they will pay him $683,333 for the next four seasons.

Montador was one of Stan Bowman's rare mistakes. They signed him to a four-year, $11 million deal in the summer of 2011, but he only played 52 games for the Hawks. Montador's footspeed is a major concern, and if he does get a contract it will be a one-year deal for $1 million or less. If Cam Barker can get a new contract anything is possible.

QUICK HITS

  • Interesting to note that so far the only western conference team to make a buyout was Chicago. The Hawks (2), Flyers (2), Canadiens (2), Leafs (1 pending), Rangers (1) and Tampa (1) are the only teams who have used their compliance buyouts. I expect some teams to use some between the draft and the July 4th deadline. If the Oilers can't trade Eric Belanger, there is a very good chance they will buy him out.
     
  • ESPN reported yesterday that Kris Letang turned down an eight year deal worth around $56 million. Does his agent really believe he can get $8 million/year on the open market? If he can then the GMs clearly haven't learned any fiscal restraint. I think Letang is a very good D-man, he's a legit top-pairing defender, but I'd be leery of paying him that much. I know most GMs will pay him based on the salary cap going up, but it is still a risky venture.
     
  • Jonathon Willis has a good piece on why he'd stay away from Dave Bolland. He brought up some great points, about potentially over paying for him. Those are valid concerns, as is the fact he is only one-year away from being a UFA. I like Bolland's game, and I wouldn't be worried about him rebounding after a unproductive 2013 regular seasons, but there is a risk in acquiring him. The one difference between him and Pominville is that Pominville had two more years left on his contract. Bolland only has one year before he's a UFA. If the Oilers could get permission to talk extension before making the trade, then I'd consider it.
     
  • Congratulations to Anthony Bennett and his family. Bennett was the first Canadian drafted #1 overall in the NBA draft last night. The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised everyone when they took the UNLV freshman, but they clearly like Canadians. They took Tristan Thompson 4th overall in 2011. Canada could have the #1 pick next year as well. Andrew Wiggins is considered the best prospect since Kevin Durant. It is great to see Canada producing top quality basketball players.
     
  • The NLL relocated the Washington (Everett) Stealth to Vancouver (Langley) yesterday. This is good news for lacrosse fans, especially if you like watching it on TV. You can expect more lacrosse games on TV next year, now that there is a 4th Canadian team in the league. Look for  Sportsnet/Score to broadcast more games.
     
  • It looks like the NHL will finally pull the plug on the Phoenix experiment. Yesterday Gary Bettman said Glendale has until July 2nd to reach an agreement or the Coyotes will be done. I hope the mayor of Glendale and the councillors recognize this is a bad deal and walk away. I feel for the diehard Coyote fans, but the reality is hockey will never be financially viable in Phoenix. Seattle and Quebec seem the most likely relocation destinations, but like I wrote earlier, I'd love to see a dispersal draft. 

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#51 book¡e
June 28 2013, 02:49PM
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For those wondering why people are critical of the two assistants being retained.

First, it is a rarity that a head coach gets fired and an assistant coach remains. It is so rare that when 2 assistant coaches remain through a number of head coaches, there is a significant likelihood that the coaches do not have free reign to make their own hires and that someone up above is pulling the strings. Not that releasing the assistant coaches does not even come off as a negative to them as it is normal practice. They would find work elsewhere.

Second, every aspect of the Oilers has sucked for years, and as such it is logical to suspect that the assistant coaches have been a part of that.

Third, other than Joey Moss, every other person in the organization has been replaced over the years, so why do they stay?

Fourth, In management and the coaching staff there are four ex-oilers out of about 7 positions. That is a strange distribution if it is a merit based system.

Fifth, Krueger indicated that he needed an associate coach because the assistants had never really developed good coaching skills.

They may be great assistant coaches, but its likely they are being kept due to interference from above.

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#52 HugThePost
June 28 2013, 02:53PM
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Acquiring Letang (or any player of his stature) would go a long way towards making Edmonton a desired place to play for free agents. I'm a bit leery of his price though. He is turning down money that is a hair less than what 87 and 71 are getting. He's a top end player, but he does not stir the drink in PITT, and I wonder how he would look on a team without two generational talents as centres 1 and 2?

I guess if the price is right, I'd take him. Not convinced about overpaying dearly though.

If he goes to TO as is rumored, would TO be looking to offload someone like Phaneuf? I think Phaneuf would be a nice fit here. He's got his warts, but he's an instant upgrade on all of the defencemen we have. His Hollywood fiance might have something to say about Edmonton though. Sigh.

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#53 jake
June 28 2013, 02:56PM
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Those buy-out amounts/terms are unreal. They go on so long they could be called pensions ffs. Need some or more of players' compensation to be based on performance.

Letang has 1 more year then UFA. Chatter about the cap going up quickly and by large amount. Why would he sign a big extension now when he may get his 8 or 8.5M next year if the cap goes up?

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#54 OilersBrass
June 28 2013, 03:02PM
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Tapdog wrote:

I think it is safe to say that by Letang's refusal of the Penguin offer, something has happened there and by doing so he is writing his ticket out of town(ie:Jordan Stall last year) same thing happened. Now comes a off the wall question that I would appreciate feedback on. If Letang could be acquired; would that help in convincing Lecavalierto put pen to paper here? Apparently team can talk with him and his agent already, just can't sign until the 5th. Thx

Stalls situation was different, he was being held back as a third string behind two of the best players in the world. He isn't a third line centre and deserved a chance else where. Letang is their top pairing D (franchise defenseman) and was just offered a ton of money. I don't know what possibly could have happened for him to want to go else where.

As for the Lecavalier thing, there's always a possibility for it. Happened last summer with Parise and Suter.

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#55 Robin Brownlee
June 28 2013, 03:21PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

Maybe Bucky is still around because Taylor Hall, RNH and Ebs gave it the thumbs up. Not a stretch to think that they asked these kids about their relationship with Bucky.

You couldn't be further off if you tried.

Buchberger is Daryl Katz's friend. Period.

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#56 LinkfromHyrule
June 28 2013, 03:21PM
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@book¡e

when did Krueger state he needed an associate? I don't recall hearing about that.

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#57 Eddie Shore
June 28 2013, 03:25PM
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@Zamboni Driver

So if the Oilers make the playoffs this year will you still be pissing and moaning about the assistant coaches or will they have miraculously have learned how to be effective coaches? When listening to Eakins' comments this morning, I found myself agreeing with his logic for keeping them around. I really don't think its a big deal. People hire their friends in every walk of life. Katz isn't the first and he won't be the last to do it.

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#58 Walter Sobchak
June 28 2013, 03:27PM
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LinkfromHyrule wrote:

when did Krueger state he needed an associate? I don't recall hearing about that.

Year end stated that he could use an experiance assistant.

Then Promptly got fired.

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#59 Walter Sobchak
June 28 2013, 03:31PM
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It feels like waiting for Christmas!

Question is, are we going to open our present only to find a Casio watch or a Breitling?

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#60 LinkfromHyrule
June 28 2013, 03:39PM
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@Walter Sobchak

that'll show him for being realistic about his abilities!!

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#61 Dog Train
June 28 2013, 03:54PM
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I like the Acton hiring. Acton is an experienced NHL assistant coach and he doesn't bring the ego that an established head coach like a Paul Maurice brings. We've tried the star tandem coaching strategy and it hasn't worked. I don't mind Smith being back but Buchberger must be untouchable. I doubt Eakins was truly given free reign to pick his entire staff because Bucky has somehow survived coaching change after coaching change and never taken the fall for anything.

The calm before the storm is exactly how I would describe this. Mactavish promised moves and he has been very quiet so far. There have been rumours but nothing has come to fruition yet. Once he pulls the trigger on a deal, I think the dominos could start to fall.

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#62 Bucknuck
June 28 2013, 04:30PM
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You know that the team needs to start winning again when fans are frothing at the mouth because of assistance coaching announcements. Give me a friggin' break. If they were really terrible they could be reassigned within the organization as a consultant or some other nepo-position, so I don't buy the conspiracy. But even if I did, it's not that friggin important. The coach is the one running the plays and calling the shots and that makes the winning or losing in his hands.

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#63 OilersBrass
June 28 2013, 04:30PM
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Dog Train wrote:

I like the Acton hiring. Acton is an experienced NHL assistant coach and he doesn't bring the ego that an established head coach like a Paul Maurice brings. We've tried the star tandem coaching strategy and it hasn't worked. I don't mind Smith being back but Buchberger must be untouchable. I doubt Eakins was truly given free reign to pick his entire staff because Bucky has somehow survived coaching change after coaching change and never taken the fall for anything.

The calm before the storm is exactly how I would describe this. Mactavish promised moves and he has been very quiet so far. There have been rumours but nothing has come to fruition yet. Once he pulls the trigger on a deal, I think the dominos could start to fall.

I have a feeling there'll be some type of trade today by the Oilers.

If not draft day is going to be very interesting.

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#64 I am the Liquor
June 28 2013, 04:43PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

What makes you say they are bad assistant coaches? Serious question...

The Oiler's record?

Going out on a limb I know.

It was all Mactavish's/Quinn's/Renney's/Krueger's fault. Bucky was the only good thing to come out of all of those regimes. Thank god we didnt lose him!

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#65 Walter Sobchak
June 28 2013, 04:47PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

I have a feeling there'll be some type of trade today by the Oilers.

If not draft day is going to be very interesting.

I can't help but feel the same, I'm think nothing huge but my gut tells me a trade is going down.

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June 28 2013, 05:01PM
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@I am the Liquor

It was all Mactavish's/Quinn's/Renney's/Krueger's fault. Bucky was the only good thing to come out of all of those regimes. Thank god we didnt lose him! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

You sir, win the internet for this day. Well played IATL.

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#67 OilersBrass
June 28 2013, 05:06PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I can't help but feel the same, I'm think nothing huge but my gut tells me a trade is going down.

It's just been to quiet. I know everyone is complaining about Mac T not doing much, but come draft day and free agency it's going to be hectic.

I don't remember exactly how many there were, but after the last lockout there was something crazy like 15-20 trades on draft day.

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June 28 2013, 05:11PM
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With our Oilers being the laughing stock of the NHL for 7 yrs now, and counting.

Is there anything legal The City of Edmonton can do to prevent the Oilers from using the city name before it? Maybe the Oilers are doing the city more harm than good linking the two entities together.

Wouldn't it be better to call this hockey team the.....Daryl Katz and friends Hockey Club?

Just sayin....

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#69 OilersBrass
June 28 2013, 05:17PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

With our Oilers being the laughing stock of the NHL for 7 yrs now, and counting.

Is there anything legal The City of Edmonton can do to prevent the Oilers from using the city name before it? Maybe the Oilers are doing the city more harm than good linking the two entities together.

Wouldn't it be better to call this hockey team the.....Daryl Katz and friends Hockey Club?

Just sayin....

Weren't you kicked off this site?

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#70 Tom
June 28 2013, 05:28PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

With our Oilers being the laughing stock of the NHL for 7 yrs now, and counting.

Is there anything legal The City of Edmonton can do to prevent the Oilers from using the city name before it? Maybe the Oilers are doing the city more harm than good linking the two entities together.

Wouldn't it be better to call this hockey team the.....Daryl Katz and friends Hockey Club?

Just sayin....

you're an idiot, go watch the bachelorette with your wife

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#71 RyanCoke
June 28 2013, 05:32PM
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LMAO I found out who Jasmine is by accident... read the story on edmontonjournal at http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Edmonton+Oilers+Keith+Acton+Columbus/8592398/story.html

and look at the comments...

Angela Peterlin · Top Commenter · Alberta College

Oilers have got the worst fans in the NHL. All they do is bash any move the Oilers make because Slats is no longer the GM. They've been bashed since Slats left and Oilers fans hate no matter who is GM or coach and they also hate players on the Oilers.

same crap Jasmine has been spewing here repetitively.

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#72 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 28 2013, 05:35PM
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@Tom

That's not the way I really feel Tom. It is often helpful to an alternate theory in everything put before us, shouldn't there?.

Relax, have a beer, and a good weekend my fellow hoser.

@Oilerbrass....No.

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#73 OilersBrass
June 28 2013, 05:46PM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

Serious question, how old are you?

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#74 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 28 2013, 05:50PM
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@OilersBrass

Hey OB

You may want to tape a couple pillows to your arse this weekend. You could fall off your rocker if that blockbuster deal happens this weekend. Keep in mind, if one of the fab 5 are involved, it could be because they've asked to be moved.

Is it at all possible? We won't have to wait long to find out.

Page 4 here we come baby!

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#75 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 28 2013, 05:53PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

Serious question, how old are you?

I've had 13 actual birthdays, how old would that make me, serious question.

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#76 OilersBrass
June 28 2013, 05:55PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

I've had 13 actual birthdays, how old would that make me, serious question.

Sure seems that way.

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#77 Rod from Viking
June 28 2013, 06:03PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Love how everyone is ragging on Smith and Buchberger... Any of you ever had them as an assistant coach? Or ever interviewed them on their thoughts/philosophy on coaching? If not, how the hell can you be so sure they are such awful assistants? The voice of the staff has changed, who cares who shoots pucks and back slaps with the team before, during and after practice?

I always have said if you can say something negative about someone you have never met and are not willing to say it to their face STFU. Both of these guys were heart and soul players that never ran away from a fight. They sure didn't hide in their basement and throw mud via key board like some of the chicken shi## posters on this site.

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#78 Bucknuck
June 28 2013, 06:10PM
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Letang is a great player, and he might be worth eight million to somebody, but the Oil should take a pass. No one on this team should be earning more than Taylor Hall.

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#79 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 28 2013, 06:12PM
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@OilersBrass

Don't you ever get tired of being mundane OB, one of the many here who take the path of least resistance all the time?

Why don't you have an adventure, take your usual predictable common sense decisions, and do the opposite. Doesn't have to become the mundane norm, but every once in a while see what happens. Live on the edge a couple days at a time. Puck normal.

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#80 OilersBrass
June 28 2013, 06:19PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Don't you ever get tired of being mundane OB, one of the many here who take the path of least resistance all the time?

Why don't you have an adventure, take your usual predictable common sense decisions, and do the opposite. Doesn't have to become the mundane norm, but every once in a while see what happens. Live on the edge a couple days at a time. Puck normal.

I'm just a realist, it's how I am.

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#81 magisterrex
June 28 2013, 06:19PM
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Oilersnation has the best trolls of any hockey website. "A" quality

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#82 djc
June 28 2013, 06:24PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Don't you ever get tired of being mundane OB, one of the many here who take the path of least resistance all the time?

Why don't you have an adventure, take your usual predictable common sense decisions, and do the opposite. Doesn't have to become the mundane norm, but every once in a while see what happens. Live on the edge a couple days at a time. Puck normal.

I think you and DSF should just start your own blog and you can take turns commenting on each other articles all day long. Hopefully you both will receive all the attention you have been searching for.

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#83 NewAgeSys
June 28 2013, 06:31PM
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book¡e wrote:

For those wondering why people are critical of the two assistants being retained.

First, it is a rarity that a head coach gets fired and an assistant coach remains. It is so rare that when 2 assistant coaches remain through a number of head coaches, there is a significant likelihood that the coaches do not have free reign to make their own hires and that someone up above is pulling the strings. Not that releasing the assistant coaches does not even come off as a negative to them as it is normal practice. They would find work elsewhere.

Second, every aspect of the Oilers has sucked for years, and as such it is logical to suspect that the assistant coaches have been a part of that.

Third, other than Joey Moss, every other person in the organization has been replaced over the years, so why do they stay?

Fourth, In management and the coaching staff there are four ex-oilers out of about 7 positions. That is a strange distribution if it is a merit based system.

Fifth, Krueger indicated that he needed an associate coach because the assistants had never really developed good coaching skills.

They may be great assistant coaches, but its likely they are being kept due to interference from above.

Be carefull you dont blow your cover you sound like an NHS agent. That was a very well prepared and presented dynamc template, congratulations. There is no escape from this type of tsctic.

Nice job.

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#84 admiralmark
June 28 2013, 06:51PM
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I have a funny feeling the way talk is going around the Oilers that they want Monahan at #7. And if he's not there.. a trade wil be triggered... Likely with Philly. Just a guess but it sure sounds like it.

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#85 NewAgeSys
June 28 2013, 06:54PM
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Hey OB

You may want to tape a couple pillows to your arse this weekend. You could fall off your rocker if that blockbuster deal happens this weekend. Keep in mind, if one of the fab 5 are involved, it could be because they've asked to be moved.

Is it at all possible? We won't have to wait long to find out.

Page 4 here we come baby!

"You may want to tape a couple pillows to your arse this weekend. You could fall off your rocker if that blockbuster deal happens this weekend."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ahaaaaaaaaaa.

That was the best oneliner of the year not disrespectfull, just a tinge of sarcasm and a shade of pure humor with an extra dash of snappy thrown in for good measure , who the hell gives out the prizes here at Oilersnation?? Come on give it up already, that was Classic in any era!!

Makes me wonder if we can all throw in and get a package deal from Ikea on some round cushions for the folks who rest at the round table, just in case a random loud noise startles them and we lose the entire core in one shot, huh? Ha ha ha.

Wow that was a funny comment , now I dont just feel old, I feel jovial and old, I am sitting on a goddam cushion as we speak, my god that one hit hard, ha ha freaking ha, thanks kiddo.

Where is Harlie, maybe we can find him a nice banana shaped one for his new Harley he is aiming at? Gotta cover a bros back man, we are all ageing faster than Blue Freaking Cheese, last thing we want to do is take a bad fall, ha ha ha.

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#86 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 28 2013, 06:54PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

I'm just a realist, it's how I am.

You're missing out on a big wide world out there my friend.

The simple joys of life are picking yourself up after giving it your best shot, and embracing change when put in your path.

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#87 Rocket
June 28 2013, 06:58PM
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@RyanCoke

Wow nice investigative journalism. Props.

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#88 madjam
June 28 2013, 07:05PM
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SETTELING THE STORM : Oilers draft the player with "Pronger type skills" and many compare his level of skill to S.Weber .Projected to be an ALL-Star ". How can you pass on a projected talent like that I ask ? Thats R.Ristolainen and I don't see any way we will pass on him if he is available . For a second player i'd like to see us make a deal for M.Domi -character plus .

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#89 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 28 2013, 07:12PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I always have said if you can say something negative about someone you have never met and are not willing to say it to their face STFU. Both of these guys were heart and soul players that never ran away from a fight. They sure didn't hide in their basement and throw mud via key board like some of the chicken shi## posters on this site.

Not to play the contrarian again here Rod

If these guys(Bucky and Smith) passed you by walking down the street. Would they know you by name?

You don't really know these guys either, but I get the impression you'd be willing to let them marry your daughters.

The majority of opinions out there don't agree with you. Maybe it's time to let truth have its day.

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#90 Loogoo
June 28 2013, 07:13PM
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Head coaches get fired all the time without evidence that they're bad head coaches so why can't the same standard be held for assistant coaches.

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#91 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 28 2013, 07:16PM
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Thinker wrote:

Having been to several yotes games, I can say the problem has a lot to do with the arena's location. The city is stocked full of snowbirds, and the phoenix area is densely populated. The arena is such a pain to get to however, and talking to residents there location is a major detterant. It's like if rexall was out in beaumont.

Beaumont.? ......hell ...people come from Regina and Fort Mac and Drumheller ...to catch an Oilers game............Beaumont.......

What do call a guy who won't drive in from Beaumont for $50 tickets at center ice and $1 dollar beers?!?!?..............Desert Dwelling D^ckheads!

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#92 Eddie Shore
June 28 2013, 07:17PM
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I can't wait for something to happen so we can discuss something other than who to draft and how our assistant coaches kept us out of the playoffs. C'mon Mac!

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#93 DSF
June 28 2013, 07:24PM
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I can't wait for something to happen so we can discuss something other than who to draft and how our assistant coaches kept us out of the playoffs. C'mon Mac!

Here ya go....

Gil Roy ‏@GilroyTX 48m

@SunGarrioch @tpanotchCSN @JoshuaCooper @Russostrib Four team trade in the works between Sens, Flyers, Preds and Wild. More detail shortly. Retweeted by Bruce Garrioch

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#94 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 28 2013, 07:32PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I always have said if you can say something negative about someone you have never met and are not willing to say it to their face STFU. Both of these guys were heart and soul players that never ran away from a fight. They sure didn't hide in their basement and throw mud via key board like some of the chicken shi## posters on this site.

Yeah.....I like the fact that the Oilers look after some of the guys who gave it their all and didn't walk away with a gazillion bucks......Bucky...Smitty....I'm particularly glad that Semenko still has a job with the Oil....in the day...that guy was something to see...he was some kinda entertainer.....the fans loved this guy.....and so did the players.

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#95 Bucknuck
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DSF wrote:

Here ya go....

Gil Roy ‏@GilroyTX 48m

@SunGarrioch @tpanotchCSN @JoshuaCooper @Russostrib Four team trade in the works between Sens, Flyers, Preds and Wild. More detail shortly. Retweeted by Bruce Garrioch

That was just a joke because the four people are media reps for those four teams and they were trying to have a meal together. It's not even a rumour.

The rumour that IS something exciting (to me at least) is the one that PHI and EDM are talking about Cobourn. That would be a great addition.

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#96 Rocket
June 28 2013, 07:36PM
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Sweet. I love big deals involving a lot of teams.

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#97 OilClog
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Smith.. Atleast it seems he's had a positive effect on Smid

Bucky.. Well I can't name a forward that has developed his on ice like performance.. I dunno.. Acton is clearly the upgrade and they made it. Good sign, Bucky will be in the skybox learning.. Hopefully.

MacT does all the leg work for the other teams to find out who costs what.. Then they all go around him.. I would be afraid if it was Tamid T.. But it's MacT.. he will corner and talk people into a corner, pause.. Push his glasses back into place.. And continue to educate whomever the sorry soul is that day and a trade will take place. This is my faith

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A spinoff of what DSF mentioned.

Islanders are willing to part with the 15th, for a player who'll help them now. Hemsky, N.Schultz, Horcoff at half price, do sumfin MacT! There's Nurse/Monahan AND Lazar in your back pocket....go get it! Give them the pre-July 5th rights to Peckham and Whitney.

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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

I've had 13 actual birthdays, how old would that make me, serious question.

I'm going to say 52. Born on February 29th.

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#100 OilClog
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@Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

That's true Semenko was awesome.

Here's the thing though.. What have you done for us lately?

I'm fine with hiring nostalgia for management positions if that's our thing.. I would hope then every position has a jr or sr advisor that actually makes the decisions to properly run a winning organization.

Sir I care not for nostalgia or boys on the bus any more. The last forever and ever as an Oiler fan have been some of the toughest years to endure a fan should really ever have to go through. I want to cheer my team as they win, dominate, and create a exciting rokus all across the land. I'm beginning to feel like a lost wondering Toronto Maple Leaf fan.. It's hurts, truly. My inner pains I would not lie about, they're truly impossible to mask.

I want to be able to look at all these Canuck fans I'm out here with and finally have a leg to stand on again. Not just laugh because they still don't have a cup, their riots fail massively, and they relentlessly kill their own goalies off. Lolol.

Anywho! Enough with nostalgia, lets become what the organization actually once was, envy.

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