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

Neuvirth Saves on Lightning Breakaway

 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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#101 OilClog
June 28 2013, 07:40PM
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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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#102 Quicksilver ballet
June 28 2013, 07:41PM
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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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#103 OilClog
June 28 2013, 07:51PM
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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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#104 Rod from Viking
June 28 2013, 07:59PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

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.

No they would not know me and I'm not pretending for one second I know them either.The point is it gets so tiring that 3 or 4 posters on here only have negative things to say and I don't think Dallas Eakins would have taken a job if he thought for a second he would be a puppet. Give them a chance, if nothing has been done in two weeks by Mac T and if the coaching staff doesn't do the job next year, have at er.

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#105 tim
June 28 2013, 08:00PM
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RyanCoke wrote:

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.

thats for sure her, to funny

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#106 OilClog
June 28 2013, 08:03PM
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tim wrote:

thats for sure her, to funny

99% of all moves are terrible and deserve bashing.

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#107 OilClog
June 28 2013, 08:03PM
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tim wrote:

thats for sure her, to funny

99% of all moves are terrible and deserve bashing.

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#108 OilClog
June 28 2013, 08:06PM
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iPhone dbl dbl post, my bad.

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#109 Quicksilver ballet
June 28 2013, 08:12PM
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@Rod from Viking

They're just opinions Rod, people come here to vent. Nothing will ever come from it. See it as a cry for entertainment. Someone's always going to try and ruffle some feathers and butt heads. They're/we're, likely not jerks at all, they're just looking for some spontaneous cyber violence.

Lets face it, where else can we go, put the boots to each other, and not need medical attention?..................why Oilersnation ofcourse.

Chill dude, enjoy your holiday weekend.

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#110 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 28 2013, 08:42PM
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OilClog wrote:

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.

I'm with ya OC......ready to proceed headlong into a glorious future.......but don't ask me to forget where we've come from......

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June 28 2013, 09:31PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I'm with ya OC......ready to proceed headlong into a glorious future.......but don't ask me to forget where we've come from......

I believe sir you may need glasses.. and/or thicker glasses.. as I never said forget where you come from.. but sadly all I want to do it forget the last decade of Oilers hockey for the most part.. what do you tell a room full of 8yr old Oiler fans.. Probably start something like this..

... Once upon a time,

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June 28 2013, 09:31PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I'm with ya OC......ready to proceed headlong into a glorious future.......but don't ask me to forget where we've come from......

I believe sir you may need glasses.. and/or thicker glasses.. as I never said forget where you come from.. but sadly all I want to do it forget the last decade of Oilers hockey for the most part.. what do you tell a room full of 8yr old Oiler fans.. Probably start something like this..

... Once upon a time,

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#113 OilClog
June 28 2013, 09:32PM
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is because I'm signed in on my phone and computer the reason it double posted.. I'm so confused!

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#114 OilClog
June 28 2013, 09:32PM
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is because I'm signed in on my phone and computer the reason it double posted.. I'm so confused!

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#115 Senhor
June 28 2013, 10:01PM
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Memo to Dallas Eakins: Hire whoever you want for associate coach, but Bucky and Stevie will be staying, right? Enjoy your stay here. Regards, Darryl, Kevin, and Craig. P.S. We will replace the training staff if you wish.

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#116 Rod from Viking
June 28 2013, 10:57PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

They're just opinions Rod, people come here to vent. Nothing will ever come from it. See it as a cry for entertainment. Someone's always going to try and ruffle some feathers and butt heads. They're/we're, likely not jerks at all, they're just looking for some spontaneous cyber violence.

Lets face it, where else can we go, put the boots to each other, and not need medical attention?..................why Oilersnation ofcourse.

Chill dude, enjoy your holiday weekend.

Thats true, but a little positive spin once in a while is alright too, as a matter of fact I have three daughters that live in Edmonton and I'm thinking what if one of these anti-Oiler dudes are one of their men,yikes. You have a great weekend too and go get an oil change(lol)

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#117 The Soup Fascist
June 28 2013, 10:57PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

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

I think you are guilty of LEAPING to conclusions. If he was counting his actual day of birth he would have been born on February 29 1960 (1961 was not a leap year) Making him 53.

Or he is an extremely cynical 13 year old.

Those appear to be the only logical answers, Captain.

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#118 Jofa
June 29 2013, 12:00AM
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I get that Buchberger is a well-liked guy who clearly must bring a lot to the table as an assistant coach to have outlasted the revolving door of coaches, but seriously, a new voice and fresh perspective in the locker room and in the coach's ear wouldn't be the end of the world guys.

Looking forward to Sunday and seeing MacTavish's first real test as a GM. I'm cautiously optimistic, and giving him the benefit of the doubt that no trades are happening yet to better weigh out his options on draft day. Worst case scenario, we get a stud at 7, provided he doesn't go Niinimaki on us with his first pick as GM. But he's going to have to start pulling the trigger(s) on something soon if he wants the kind of turnover he's led us to expect....

Some good Oiler tracking over the next few days ... Hell, with the Oil, this time of the year has been the most rewarding as a fan, full of such hope and naieve promise we are.

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#119 Pucker - B class
June 29 2013, 12:23AM
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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.

RE. 5TH

Krueger apparently was involved with McTavish in looking for an associate coach. It was his suggestion.

At no time did he have any criticism of the Assistants.

Really - these guys are just gophers for the Head Coach, and probably Acton as well this season. It would have been more exciting to have brought in a hole new staff but I'm looking forward to seeing how this year comes down.

Acton sounds like a good hire. I'm sure Bucky and Smith don't make the decisions.

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#120 count
June 29 2013, 02:28AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

You couldn't be further off if you tried.

Buchberger is Daryl Katz's friend. Period.

HEY BROWNLEE SHUT UP,DARYL KATZ DID NOT SAY ANYTHING.

IT WAYS EKINS ALL THE WAY.

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#121 count
June 29 2013, 02:31AM
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Oilersnation has the best trolls of any hockey website. "A" quality

Because HF boards trolls come along ruin everything.

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#122 Quicksilver ballet
June 29 2013, 08:13AM
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Look at MacT going after Cory Schnieder like a hungry dog on a bone. Guess Craig isn't such a Dubey fan afterall.

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#123 TayLordBalls
June 29 2013, 08:29AM
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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.

agreed

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#124 TayLordBalls
June 29 2013, 08:30AM
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michael wrote:

Saw that this morning on TSN.WTF? Goalie was not on the shopping list. And it should not be. Schneider you think is better than DD? I think that if DD had Vancouvers D in front of him he would be in the same conversation as Schneider and Crawford. DD's save percentage does not warrant MacT wasting our Number 7 pick on Schneider. We have bigger needs to fill. Like Center. Or Left wing. Or D. Schneider over Monohan? Not a chance. I'd rather the big center. BTW when did we start giving charity to the NUCKs? They are stuck with 2 goalies. Let them eat that cap hit. They'll have to pay to get out of that RL contract. No quarter. Let the Nucks wallow in their own filth

agreed also

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#125 rob
June 29 2013, 08:31AM
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michael wrote:

Saw that this morning on TSN.WTF? Goalie was not on the shopping list. And it should not be. Schneider you think is better than DD? I think that if DD had Vancouvers D in front of him he would be in the same conversation as Schneider and Crawford. DD's save percentage does not warrant MacT wasting our Number 7 pick on Schneider. We have bigger needs to fill. Like Center. Or Left wing. Or D. Schneider over Monohan? Not a chance. I'd rather the big center. BTW when did we start giving charity to the NUCKs? They are stuck with 2 goalies. Let them eat that cap hit. They'll have to pay to get out of that RL contract. No quarter. Let the Nucks wallow in their own filth

NO TO SCHIENDER!!!DD is just as good,go after Miller from buffalo!!!!!!!!!!!

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#126 Tom
June 29 2013, 08:49AM
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agreed also

Schneider? That would be very disappointing. DD is our guy. Very steady #s over the past few seasons. Now lets see how much better his #s are with better defence. Come on Craig, getting distracted by shiny objects doesn't seem like your forte.

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#127 Tom
June 29 2013, 09:06AM
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Anybody have an opinion on Braydon Coburn. Is he worth the 7th pick? If he is a stud defenseman then we instantly get better. Play him alongside Justin.....

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#128 madjam
June 29 2013, 09:40AM
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Tom wrote:

Anybody have an opinion on Braydon Coburn. Is he worth the 7th pick? If he is a stud defenseman then we instantly get better. Play him alongside Justin.....

I don't think so , and Nurse is the same anyways - cheaper and longer period we would have him for . Mind you , I would not take Nurse at 7th either , i'd rather have Risto's upside .

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#129 NewAgeSys
June 29 2013, 09:43AM
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SrCain wrote:

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.

I dont believe the players are the main reason for losing.

A lack of System consistancy and continuity in terms of managment and execution was the Oilers achillies heel, and still may very well be.

The stark reality is that someone foots the bill here and gives us all a blueprint to follow.

If anyone wants to expend a few rounds of ammunition to vent they need to aim high and shoot straight.

Twasnt the players or the managment defining this team , it has been the System Template, the {ideaology}. If we want to spit-roast an entity that must be ths one we stack the wood around.

At the end of the day it is katzs money to invest how he likes.

We tried doing a better job here as a community catalysed group for a number of years, and look where we are today?

Every man standing that defends the Oiler colors is on the same side wether they work in managment or not.

Buchberger, Lowe, Mac-T, the Stick man, the trainers, the Oilers website moderator{arse}, the players they are all the same entity. What one does speaks to the CHARACTER of the manager all by Proxy--- see Daryl katz.

Katz pays the bills, he is the tip of the Spear here.

But he pays many men to take and absorb the public and media scrutiny and pressure for him, as is the norm.

At the end of the day hockey is a chess game for rich people to play with each other, and as fans we pay money to sit and watch them all play together second hand and after the fact, 30 men playing a rich mans game. They arent doing it for us, they are doing it for themselves, and we all like what they are doing enough to pay to take part in their games. They just found a way to subsidize their hobbys and get business type legal tax benefits where they can and if they dont get those then they are just burning money by choice.

We arent paying for the players free rides, hell no, we are paying to watch second hand hockey the Rich cats treat like a Chess game. We pay to eat their scraps. Hi Daryl, hows it goin pal.

Lets not forget who we are here as fans, and where we stand.

Money bags and his number one henchman are the men who are accountable in that order.

Katz--then K-lowe. The buck stops there.

And this is exactly how the Oilers seem to be run these days.

All we need to do is aim our comments and critiques at the right people consistantly, after all if we think there is a better system available, it is those two people we need to get through to.

As things stand these two men simply use everyone else below them as cannon fodder, they watch the fans and media attack and poke and prod and tear down their subordinate emplyoees so they can learn without being burned. They pay for this privilage.

It isnt just the players and fans who get the butt end of the "business side" of hockey. All but one in managment suffer alongside everyone else.

The owners and their sidekicks lap up our comments critiques and ideas because they cannot evolve any other way. We are their most critical resource and many of us dont even know why.

If I were Katz I would be honest and tell anyone who cared that of goddam course I have friends running my business, who the hell would you give your house keys to when you went on holidays? Why lie about it or avoid the true answer? It just makes you subversive and untrustworthy.

Hey Daryl, do you have a few friends running your business for you? I dont expect names, just aknowledgment so we can put this one to bed. There is nothing wrong with that dynamic.

Stop the unfair roasting of your friends Daryl, dont Pimp them out if they are friends. Stand and deliver the goods back them up.

Maybe you dont see it but there are other ways to find a winning level of success besides the old school ways.

I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y

There is no rule saying an owner cannot be fan friendly and open and honest, you arent Howard Hughes, and the template to making money isnt exactly a secret so you arent risking trade secrets here man. Be happy you even have friends, its a hard world out there Pal. Stand up for them like you stand up for the bucks you collect. No ride lasts forever, share the glory man. Show us you are human and need to support your friends, or let us all believe that you sleep soundly in a bed full of 100$ bills, and your friends are fairweather friends. Define yourself man! Your team needs the leadership. Roll up your sleeves.

I am sick and tired of watching MY friends and your employees twist in the wind , if this isnt a cold blooded money grab for tax reasons, then show us that by having some fun already. Loosen up man.

Money gives you the freedom to be WHOEVER you want to be, and we all dam well know that, so you are being judged as we speak in as fair a court as there is to be had, the Peoples court. Stick up for your friends in a bigger way than securing their jobs, defend their integrity they sure spend a lot of time defending yours, people do that for each other you know.

What say you, Daryl Katz?

Viva le Resistance !!!!!

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#130 madjam
June 29 2013, 10:07AM
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The Oilers are a business success despite on ice results . I don't forsee that aspect changing even if we continue to be a cellar dwelling team . Katz and all management would like to improve on ice performance , but that's become a lot easier said than done .

Maybe they should add some consultant fees to wheeler dealer types like Pocklington and Skalbania .

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#131 Quicksilver ballet
June 29 2013, 11:39AM
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michael wrote:

Saw that this morning on TSN.WTF? Goalie was not on the shopping list. And it should not be. Schneider you think is better than DD? I think that if DD had Vancouvers D in front of him he would be in the same conversation as Schneider and Crawford. DD's save percentage does not warrant MacT wasting our Number 7 pick on Schneider. We have bigger needs to fill. Like Center. Or Left wing. Or D. Schneider over Monohan? Not a chance. I'd rather the big center. BTW when did we start giving charity to the NUCKs? They are stuck with 2 goalies. Let them eat that cap hit. They'll have to pay to get out of that RL contract. No quarter. Let the Nucks wallow in their own filth

I agree with every word you mentioned.

But it is safe to say, we will be seeing a new goalie here in the next year or two.

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#132 Quicksilver ballet
June 29 2013, 11:42AM
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StHenriOilBomb wrote:

well, you probably wouldn't have to pay for the wedding...

...Katz would get the taxpayers to.

BAZINGA!

well played sir.

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#133 Oilersman
June 29 2013, 02:59PM
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@NewAgeSys

I agree with the first and last words of your essay. I enjoy these responses but just can't bring myself to go through all that. Probably banned but it was said.

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