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 OilClog
June 28 2013, 12:36PM
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Vinny would make our roster as strong and capable as Montreal or Toronto.. Lets not forget we were as playoff team with 10gamea left.. Sure the Oilers were seriously flawed.. But even so.. They were in the mix.. Oilers have as much chance of being a contender for the next five years as any team mentioned.. Skill like this can only be held back for so long

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#52 Zamboni Driver
June 28 2013, 12:37PM
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@Eddie Shore

Kevie and Patty are delighted to read this.

Oh sorry..."K-Lowe", because I think it's cool that a Team President has a nickname.

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#53 Eddie Shore
June 28 2013, 12:44PM
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@Zamboni Driver

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

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#54 etownman
June 28 2013, 12:56PM
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Disagree totally with the notion the Oilers placed the blame for the state of the Oilers on head coach Krueger! Tentative Tamby was axed & MacT brought in his own coach, end of story! I'm sure Eakins made his own mind up in regards to Bucky & Smith! Just can't see MacT making that dramatic move for his head coach & then telling him what to do for his staff, doesn't make sense!

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#55 mr common sense
June 28 2013, 01:03PM
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JOE wrote:

Letang is an elite level defenseman. He's a lock for the Canadian Olympic team.

150%

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#56 denis boul
June 28 2013, 01:08PM
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Not you too Gregor. Old boys club? common! Leave that to the negative journalist who don't know what to write about. It sure seemed to me Eakins was truthful in the media release. This comments made sense.

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#57 DieHard
June 28 2013, 01:08PM
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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?

Ya, I agree. It's like these people think they know something and really have no clue what their talking about. Someone else mentioned something and now they're experts at assistant coaches.

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#58 Ca$h-Money!
June 28 2013, 01:10PM
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Rick wrote:

At 1-1.5 mil I would totally take a run at Komisarek. Foot speed aside he possess a lot of what the Oilers are missing. Use him in the bottom pair where he is best suited right now and let him prove he is motivated to be a NHLer again.

Similar reclamation stories have been written over and over with decent success. It seems like a reasonably low risk move especially if Peckham will be given his walking papers and worse yet a guy like Potter is being slotted in still. Low risk high reward given the money suggested.

I'd rather have Fistric for a few more dollars.

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#59 Zamboni Driver
June 28 2013, 01:15PM
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@Eddie Shore

Buchberger has been 'coaching' during last place (twice), second last place and sixth last place.

it's a results business.

Also I didn't say he was a bad coach. I actually think he's a pathetic mascot (see: Semenko, Dave)

I said Oilers fans who honestly believe that this was Dallas Eakins' decision exclusively are just the right kind of morons that Lowe and Laforge have come to expect.

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#60 SrCain
June 28 2013, 01:18PM
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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 agree with you completely. There's no evidence that bucky and smith are bad assistants. Firing someone just because they've been with a company for awhile is retarded. The PLAYERS are the main reason for all the losing, Tamby was responsible for which ones were here. Someone please tell me how exactly it's the assistant coaches fault? In time, after Eakins has been able to properly assess their abilities, he may change his mind, but for now there is no logical reason to fire them. He also brings in his guy in Acton, who will be doing more than Smith and Bucky.

Besides, a little continuity is a good thing considering there is a new GM, coach, and hopefully a handful of new players. They have fairly minor roles ppl, get over the complaining.

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#61 Zamboni Driver
June 28 2013, 01:47PM
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@SrCain

You're right. My bad.

Because there's lots of evidence to the contrary.

The rest of us will wait while you look up "contrary".

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#62 SrCain
June 28 2013, 01:56PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

You're right. My bad.

Because there's lots of evidence to the contrary.

The rest of us will wait while you look up "contrary".

Ok. I'm done. Now what?

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#63 Lochenzo
June 28 2013, 02:03PM
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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.

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#64 madjam
June 28 2013, 02:19PM
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Be prepared to maybe disappointed on draft day , as nothing major appears to be in the making . Stu takes over , and MacT. will not be very active I predict . Oilers by Sun reporter are going to draft BPA regardless of size ,grit or position . Skill being uppermost even if it will take a couple of years or more to develop . Only way that changes (albeit unlikely ) is if a couple of choices or more they view much the same with whats left after six-then they might go to default and choose a defenceman or centerman in that order I would think . They apparently will fill holes with current inside personnel and hope to add other pieces at a later date apparently . Probably means Lindholm , Nicushkin in that order if available .

Deals during draft day appear to be remote , probably equalling zero . Not looking forward to another season of new holes and past being filled within once again .

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#65 Tapdog
June 28 2013, 02:34PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

So greedy! As if 7M a year isn't good enough, especially for a defenseman, what a joke.

He says he wants at least 7.5M a year. The guy couldn't even take a half a million dollar pay cut to play on the team that developed him into the player he is now. It'll be interesting to watch how much his stats drop if he goes to another team.

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

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#66 Oiler Al
June 28 2013, 02:43PM
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Eakin and Acton will be hands on running the team. Buck will be up in the box counting the hits, making popcorn and sharpening pencils.

Smith will be behind the bench dreaming about that great goal he scored for the Flames, wearing an Oiler jersey., looking stupid as he is.

After practice its over to Lowe's house to shovel the driveway.

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#67 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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#68 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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#69 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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#70 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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#71 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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#72 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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#73 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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#74 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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#75 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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#76 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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#77 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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#78 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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#79 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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#80 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
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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#81 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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#82 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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#83 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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#84 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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#85 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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#86 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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#87 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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#88 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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#89 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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#90 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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#91 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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#92 Rocket
June 28 2013, 06:58PM
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@RyanCoke

Wow nice investigative journalism. Props.

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#93 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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#94 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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#95 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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#96 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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#97 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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#98 DSF
June 28 2013, 07:24PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

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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#99 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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#100 Rocket
June 28 2013, 07:36PM
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@DSF

Sweet. I love big deals involving a lot of teams.

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