MACT: THE HAMMER AND THE EOOBC

Robin Brownlee
June 08 2013 06:18PM

Craig MacTavish is riding such a wave of popularity right now, the new GM of the Edmonton Oilers could probably declare himself a candidate for mayor and do well at the polls. So far, so good.

That said, with the firing of head coach Ralph Krueger reverberating around the city in the first significant move of his brief tenure, the tough calls for MacTavish, and boss man Kevin Lowe and owner Daryl Katz, for that matter, are still to come.

In moving Krueger, as I pondered here MacTavish might May 23 – albeit for a bigger name than Dallas Eakins – MacT has certainly started delivering on the bold moves he talked about when he took the job. MacTavish walking the walk after talking the talk isn't surprising to anybody who knows him.

It should be noted, or course, Krueger was an outsider without membership in the Edmonton Oilers Old Boys Club – the same EOOBC that brought MacT back into the fold last season. Krueger, like Pat Quinn, Tom Renney and Steve Tambellini, all fired during this rebuild, wasn't a card-carrying member.

Fans stunned by having a GM who actually does something might think I'm quibbling about details because it can be argued that any change on a team that's been out of the playoffs for seven consecutive years is a good thing, but that's how the cards have fallen so far.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Now, what about those remaining with the organization who hold EOOBC cards? What happens with them? For starters, with assistant coaches Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger, who has taken on the invincibility of a cockroach and survived the firing of four head coaches – MacTavish, Quinn, Renney and, as of now, Krueger?

Much will depend on what Eakins decides after he's unveiled as new bench boss, but I can't imagine Eakins agreed to take the job here without being given the latitude to pick his staff. Will Smith and Buchberger be cut loose? Will they be retained? Will they be given a cushy place in the organization to fall? How much input will MacTavish, Lowe and Katz have in that?

If MacTavish intends to make good on turning this organization around, and we've got no reason to believe he's fibbing given what he's already said about Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky and what he did with Krueger, he'll have to cast a critical eye throughout the organization.

Will Smith and Buchberger get a pass? What about the pro scouting staff, where Morey Gare, another none EOOBC member, runs the show and Dave Semenko earns a pay cheque? Given the swings and misses with free agents in recent seasons, has the pro scouting staff been good enough?

I still wonder about another old Oiler, regardless of what has been said publicly. That would be veteran Ryan Smyth. We'll have to wait – likely not long – on all of the above, but for the first time in a long time it's going to be an interesting off-season. It already is.

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#51 JeZza
June 08 2013, 08:10PM
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Hire will smith!

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#52 David S
June 08 2013, 08:18PM
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@Harlie

Aren't you tired of sewering assets like Jones, Smyth, Whitney, Peckham for either not playing to their strengths or not playing them at all?

Those guys did a pretty good job of sewering themselves with crappy play and generally not being competent NHL'ers. Krueger just called them on it.

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#54 Spydyr
June 08 2013, 08:45PM
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What about the pro scouting staff, where Morey Gare, another none EOOBC member, runs the show and Dave Semenko earns a pay cheque?

Look at their past record and give them what they deserve.A fresh start in another place.

Also hope Smyth is also set free.Time to look forward not back.

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#55 Naky
June 08 2013, 08:49PM
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While I'm not shocked at Krueger's dismissal, I will definitely be interested to see what they do with the assistant coaches, and as Robin mentioned, the pro scouting staff which has clearly crapped the bed over the years with no repercussions that we've seen. That being said, I also said for years that Prendergast needed replacing and thought they'd never do him in and they did, so maybe MacT will wake up and do what needs to be done there too. I think this organization's biggest weakness for a long time is being far too patient and far too loyal to vastly underachieving (and perhaps under qualified) employees who ultimately are doing the organization a disservice with their mediocre results.

This may sound cold, but this is a very results oriented business and if I had as many expensive strike-outs as the pro scouting staff has had in the past half a dozen years, I know I'd be fired at my job too. How many millions has Katz spent for bums recommended by them so far? Yikes.

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#56 meowmixman
June 08 2013, 08:52PM
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I scanned quickly through the "WHAT'S NEXT?" section and became very excited when I saw "Will Smith" being mentioned multiple times.

LIES!!!

>:(

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#57 Rama Lama
June 08 2013, 08:54PM
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From all that I can gather about Eakins his calling card is working with youth and development.

Was that not Krueger's calling card........I'm thinking MacT's coaching style compares favorably to Eakins's therefore he got the job.

I'm not sure if this is good or bad?

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#58 Rocket
June 08 2013, 08:59PM
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Lots of love for Will Smith on here. Must be the handful of people who saw his recent movie.

So far MacT has been pretty active. Hopefully it continues this summer.

Couturier for Petry + 7th? Yes please.

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#59 DSF
June 08 2013, 09:01PM
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@Rama Lama

Eakins has been hyped tremendously, mainly by the hyperactive media in the Centre of the Universe.

To be honest, the track record of highly hyped young tigers being promoted from the AHL to the NHL has been pretty dismal. Scott Arniel, John Stevens, Guy Boucher, Cory Clouston, Davis Payne and others were all highly regarded AHL coaches who soon floundered in the NHL.

While there are also some recent success stories, it appears the smarter and safer route is to find a head coach who has significant experience as an NHL assistant.

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#60 Dangilitis
June 08 2013, 09:02PM
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@ robinbrownlee-

"In moving Krueger, as I pondered here MacTavish might May 23 – albeit for a bigger name than Dallas Eakins "

Do you think that he should have gone for a bigger name? Is Tippett talking to other teams? I don't suspect his style would have fit MacT's vision for the team based on playing to its strengths of skill and pace. AV took a bad rap for what happened this year but he had no legitimate #2C for much of the year, and he, like MacT, got a team to game 7. Eakins looks good and an upgrade - but could it have been an even better one?

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#61 Serious Gord
June 08 2013, 09:07PM
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Count me out of the MacT popularity contest. And robin you certainly don't share the same oilers fans as friends and acquaintances as I do.

The termination if Krueger has been handled abysmally. That he should have been terminated is something I wholeheartedly agree with but he should have been let to the same day tambellini was fired and the a new proper GM search - not a katz/lowe selection from the EOOBC (as you acronym it) - been done followed swiftly by a similar process to acquire a coach.

MacT is both a symptom and posterchild of what is wrong with oilers management.

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#62 Rocket
June 08 2013, 09:09PM
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DSF wrote:

Eakins has been hyped tremendously, mainly by the hyperactive media in the Centre of the Universe.

To be honest, the track record of highly hyped young tigers being promoted from the AHL to the NHL has been pretty dismal. Scott Arniel, John Stevens, Guy Boucher, Cory Clouston, Davis Payne and others were all highly regarded AHL coaches who soon floundered in the NHL.

While there are also some recent success stories, it appears the smarter and safer route is to find a head coach who has significant experience as an NHL assistant.

Yeah no kidding. While I hope Eakins works out, it seems there are other more proven coaches out there that should be considered.

Maybe other coaches don't want to coach The Oilers? Time will tell if Eakins is worth the hype.

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#63 Racki
June 08 2013, 09:10PM
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DSF wrote:

Eakins has been hyped tremendously, mainly by the hyperactive media in the Centre of the Universe.

To be honest, the track record of highly hyped young tigers being promoted from the AHL to the NHL has been pretty dismal. Scott Arniel, John Stevens, Guy Boucher, Cory Clouston, Davis Payne and others were all highly regarded AHL coaches who soon floundered in the NHL.

While there are also some recent success stories, it appears the smarter and safer route is to find a head coach who has significant experience as an NHL assistant.

Those folks in Vancouver also seem to be begging for him to be hired there too, from what I hear. But you're right, an AHL coach isn't anything to get too overly excited about. I'm still optimistic though. Now there is rumor out there that Maurice could also be hired as associate, but a lot of that seems to be more fan driven... but you never know. He was talked to by the Oilers. That combo didn't work out in Toronto though, but those were just 2 years during some pretty dark years there.

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#64 DSF
June 08 2013, 09:16PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Count me out of the MacT popularity contest. And robin you certainly don't share the same oilers fans as friends and acquaintances as I do.

The termination if Krueger has been handled abysmally. That he should have been terminated is something I wholeheartedly agree with but he should have been let to the same day tambellini was fired and the a new proper GM search - not a katz/lowe selection from the EOOBC (as you acronym it) - been done followed swiftly by a similar process to acquire a coach.

MacT is both a symptom and posterchild of what is wrong with oilers management.

This.

Both the new GM and the new head coach (likely) were hired without a thorough examination of the available options.

MacT was hired when Jim Nill was obviously available ...the "stuff" runs down hill from there.

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#65 David S
June 08 2013, 09:21PM
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Robin,

Will either you or Jason be posting a follow-up article that gets more in depth regarding the possible philosophical gap between MacT and Ralph that inevitably led to this decision? MacT wouldn't go into detail today during the presser, but hinted that the media would have a pretty good sense of what that divide consisted of. I'm very interested to understand why this happened from a strategic point of view.

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#66 Rocket
June 08 2013, 09:25PM
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David S wrote:

Robin,

Will either you or Jason be posting a follow-up article that gets more in depth regarding the possible philosophical gap between MacT and Ralph that inevitably led to this decision? MacT wouldn't go into detail today during the presser, but hinted that the media would have a pretty good sense of what that divide consisted of. I'm very interested to understand why this happened from a strategic point of view.

I would also like to know this. Good call David S

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#67 Tony Montana
June 08 2013, 09:36PM
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michael wrote:

So Robin are you volunteering to tell Dave Semenko that he is fired from the EOOBC? Good luck with that. He'll be part of the EOOBC till he dies. The guy is loved. Who cares what he does. Community relations. Personal thug for Katz and Klowe. Remember the guy from The Godfather? The Big guy what was his name.He was sitting around practicing his thank you to Don Corleon. Same kinda deal. Some things you just leave as they are. How about Joey Moss. Wanna be the guy who tells Joey he isn't welcome into the EOOBC anymore? Thought so. The EOOBC club has some interesting characters. But that is what clubs are all about.

Bad example Michael. That was Luca Brasi. He is the reason you know the phrase "sleeps with the fishes.".

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#68 oliveoilers
June 08 2013, 09:51PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

With Eakins in the fold, I'd be stunned if Maurice isn't named to the staff.

Hey Rob, does Eakins have any NHL coaching experience? If not, would it not be prudent to hire an established coach and have Eakins as an assistant? It would be like giving the apprentice the keys to the business. I truly believe that this team needs the steady hand of a Dave Tippett or Lindy Ruff. And it has been pointed out that there are other AHL coaches with possibly a stronger resume (Todd Nelson). I'd be grateful for your insight. Personally, with this coming out of left field, anybodies got a shot!

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#69 Racki
June 08 2013, 10:10PM
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oliveoilers: Eakins hasn't head coached in the NHL. He did act as assistant coach to Paul Maurice for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 06/07 and 07/08 seasons (after a year as assistant for the Toronto Marlies). He has 4 years under his belt in the AHL as head coach, one of which he made it to the Calder Cup final (last year). This year he made it to round 2, losing to the team that knocked the Barons out as well).

As for Todd Nelson, he has 3 years AHL head coach experience, and nothing at the NHL level for head coach, but 2 years as assistant for the Atlanta Thrashers (head coach John Anderson) and also two years as assistant of the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate for the Thrashers at the time) before that.

Not sure I'd say Nelson is all that more seasoned than Eakins, but I guess he's at least coached/assisted in different organizations rather than 100% Toronto.

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#70 Serious Gord
June 08 2013, 10:18PM
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As I said in that thread - MacT himself and stauffer both said he made the decision in the last 24 hours - and entirely by himself.

People who use ad hominems usually resemble those very same ad hominems.

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#71 Serious Gord
June 08 2013, 10:18PM
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As I said in that thread - MacT himself and stauffer both said he made the decision in the last 24 hours - and entirely by himself.

People who use ad hominems usually resemble those very same ad hominems.

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#72 Jason
June 08 2013, 10:28PM
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Leadership starts at the top. If K-Lowe loves this team as much as he claims to he should step down (or be fired). This team is far too used to losing and a major clean-up of the EOOBC is needed to turn it around. Run them all.....K-Lowe, Mac T, Bucky, Smith and hire some winners from this era, not theirs.

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#73 gcw_rocks
June 08 2013, 10:43PM
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Not sure where all this MacT love is coming from.

I hope MacT has the guts to hire an expereinced coach, but I doubt it. I don't see Eakins as a better choice than Nelson if rookie head coaches were the only option. We have some good evidence that Nelson is pretty good at strategy and tactics, in the subtle things he does with his team.

I guess we will see if Eakins gets to bring in his own assistants. If he doesn't then we know its the same old same old. Then those of us who haven't drunk the kool-aid will have to wait for Re-Build 4.0. I for one am not impressed with version 3.0 so far.

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#74 DSF
June 08 2013, 10:53PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Wonder how the players will view this. This is the 3rd coach, and 2nd GM for these kids already.

It's good to see someone other than Lowe calling the shots and doing things his way, but some stability needs to work its way into the picture now.

Lowe is still calling the shots.

Count on it.

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#75 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 08 2013, 11:05PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Stop phrasing things in a way intended to draw a negative reaction and you likely won't get one.

There's plenty of room to criticize this management team given the results these past seven years without the "6cuplowe" and "MastersMcT" junk. It isn't witty. It's playground stuff. Save it.

True Dat ! Nice job RB.

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#76 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 08 2013, 11:10PM
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EricOG wrote:

Sorry to have offended you. I have nothing but respect towards you and your work. The first championship I witnessed was back in 1984. I was 10 years old. I loved McTavish as a player and still do.

But I'm a very competitive and loyal person and just hate it when I see the state of my Oilers.

Once again, I'm sorry, but that's just the way I feel about all of this.

Just one thing.... Oilersnation was born as a way to vent and express your feelings with regards to anything Oilers, so that is what I am doing.

Good response.....measured...shows some character.

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#77 madjam
June 08 2013, 11:35PM
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Things should get interesting when he starts introducing the on ice product he's signed . It's not whose going -but whose coming ! All the manoevering and grandstanding won't add up to a" hill of beans" if the on ice product remains poor .

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#78 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 08 2013, 11:35PM
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G Money wrote:

This move is an obvious one, not sure why anyone is surprised by it (if you are).

Under RK, while Hall went supernova (as many expected post-surgery), Ebs and RNH went sideways (both get a pass due to broken wings - I expect RNH to go supernova next year). I don't think RK can get a lot of credit for how good the first line was.

Every other line 2/3/4, every other second-year-or-more player, from former young gun Gagner to solid mid-career guys like Smid to wily vets like Horcoff, and every D save Schultz Sr (barely) - all went backwards, especially defensively, under RK. The individual raw Corsis and Staples' Neilsen numbers last year to this year are rather stark in that regard.

Now there MIGHT be reasons for that - young team, short season, no practices.

Or it could be just a lousy system - or a lousy coach.

If you're the new GM coming into a town with ratcheted expectations - do you take the chance? Or do you go with a coach you hired yourself that you have more confidence in (whether justified or not)?

Not sure why anyone has a problem with the timing either - seems like MacT took the time to assess the situation, drew a conclusion, took action.

RK seems like a decent man and I wish him all the best. But this was probably the right decision for the Oilers, and definitely the right decision for MacT.

This about sums it up for me. Well thought out.

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#79 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
June 08 2013, 11:53PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Wonder how the players will view this. This is the 3rd coach, and 2nd GM for these kids already.

It's good to see someone other than Lowe calling the shots and doing things his way, but some stability needs to work its way into the picture now.

You're freaking me out man......you've been calling for wholesale changes for about 200 posts....even calling for shock and awe because just plain bold won't cut it.........how do you get from there to a call for stability to work it's way into the picture??

But to answer your question, I think they're sh$tting themselves with nervous anticipation......and that's a good thing......because there are really only two great motivators.....FEAR. and. MONEY.....and these kids already cashed their cheques.

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#80 Rod from Viking
June 08 2013, 11:58PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

You're freaking me out man......you've been calling for wholesale changes for about 200 posts....even calling for shock and awe because just plain bold won't cut it.........how do you get from there to a call for stability to work it's way into the picture??

But to answer your question, I think they're sh$tting themselves with nervous anticipation......and that's a good thing......because there are really only two great motivators.....FEAR. and. MONEY.....and these kids already cashed their cheques.

Exactly

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#81 ghostcoins
June 09 2013, 12:28AM
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Heh, he said Will Smith.

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#82 bazmagoo
June 09 2013, 12:42AM
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@Naky

Pro scouting is a major weakness in the Oil and has been since 2006.

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#83 MKE
June 09 2013, 01:00AM
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DSF wrote:

Eakins has been hyped tremendously, mainly by the hyperactive media in the Centre of the Universe.

To be honest, the track record of highly hyped young tigers being promoted from the AHL to the NHL has been pretty dismal. Scott Arniel, John Stevens, Guy Boucher, Cory Clouston, Davis Payne and others were all highly regarded AHL coaches who soon floundered in the NHL.

While there are also some recent success stories, it appears the smarter and safer route is to find a head coach who has significant experience as an NHL assistant.

Funny how you didn't bring that up when you said we could "book it" that he would be the next coach in Vancouver.

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#84 MKE
June 09 2013, 01:04AM
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Slyers wrote:

And people who use words like "ad hominems" come off sounding like pompous asses!

Earlier you suggested that MacT knew what he was going to do when Tambo was fired... Make up you mind. Furthermore, does it matter.... He made up his mind and made a decision, don't like his choice .. Fine stick to that, but don't comment on how it went down, or how it was handled, because You Don't Know! Because you my friend are only fan with a inflated ego.

I couldn't agree more

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#85 Walter Sobchak
June 09 2013, 02:17AM
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I think we might be a little premature on the MacTavish hype here.

So far MacTavish has moved out deadwood, this should have been done two years ago and shouldn't come as a surprise.

Firing Krueger isn't "bold" it's a difference of opinion on coaching.

All we have is talk so far.

Substantial player moves need to be made and until those actually start happening, I will treat MacTavish with as much scepticism as the Oilers rightfully deserve.

I'm in the show me phase of this continuing rebuild.

I think we need to ask ourselves how he intends on bringing in the needed players without using 64-4-93-14-19-89 and Klefbom?

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#86 Quicksilver ballet
June 09 2013, 02:23AM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

You're freaking me out man......you've been calling for wholesale changes for about 200 posts....even calling for shock and awe because just plain bold won't cut it.........how do you get from there to a call for stability to work it's way into the picture??

But to answer your question, I think they're sh$tting themselves with nervous anticipation......and that's a good thing......because there are really only two great motivators.....FEAR. and. MONEY.....and these kids already cashed their cheques.

I wanted Tippett.

This is a little like the anticipation of Christmas. I wanted a VCR. Christmas mourn, i open it up, and it's a Betamax. Stability in coaching and management may have escaped us again with this Eakins coaching move. Time will tell.

Really the only player changes I've been pushing for is to have Hemsky, Horcoff and Gags moved on outta here. Move what's available for a shot at Barkov and Nurse.

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#87 jake
June 09 2013, 07:18AM
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madjam wrote:

Things should get interesting when he starts introducing the on ice product he's signed . It's not whose going -but whose coming ! All the manoevering and grandstanding won't add up to a" hill of beans" if the on ice product remains poor .

Pretty much sums it up to this point.

So much of the fanbase is so starved to see "action" and communication of a plan, and not dithering, that the excitement about an actual move can trick the brain into thinking it's automatic improvement. (not immune myself, should clarify)

Not defending Tambellini....in fact the Smithson move was silly IMO and I went from flip-flopping in my mind on ST to a definite: it's time to go.

We wait.

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#88 Paul Le Coffee
June 09 2013, 07:22AM
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My impression is that Eakins is unproven at the NHL level. I'd prefer the oilers go with Ruff or Vigneault.

Am I wrong to have concerns?

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#89 magisterrex
June 09 2013, 07:23AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

I wanted Tippett.

This is a little like the anticipation of Christmas. I wanted a VCR. Christmas mourn, i open it up, and it's a Betamax. Stability in coaching and management may have escaped us again with this Eakins coaching move. Time will tell.

Really the only player changes I've been pushing for is to have Hemsky, Horcoff and Gags moved on outta here. Move what's available for a shot at Barkov and Nurse.

FYI: the Betamax was a superior quality recording an playback device, was much more expensive at the time and is still highly sought after by collectors of retro tech today, with machines fetching as much as $1000.

Your parents were wise.

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#90 Smokey
June 09 2013, 07:33AM
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DSF wrote:

Lowe is still calling the shots.

Count on it.

I'd normally agree with you in that Lowe has pulled the strings in the past. However it was pretty clear this was a MacT orchestrated move. Bringing in from outside the organization where the guys new blood is a not a Lowe trademark.

Oh yeah, enjoy getting Ruff as your coach. Here he's good at getting underacheiving teams almost to the dance.

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#91 oilabroad
June 09 2013, 07:39AM
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I dont necessarily think this was a sudden realization that they had different philosphies, I think this was a realization that when you tell a guy you are bringing in a new guy to help him with the fundamentals of how to coach you have already fired the guy without actually doing it...

other than goaltending and the kids keeping the teams head above water, this team was worse than the year before, anyone who thinks this was a shock or 'un professional' haven't been paying attention. MacT's job is to overhall the organization, just as the new coaches job will be to overhaul the coaching staff. MacT just fired Bucky and Smith without having to actually do it himself

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#92 Rheal G.
June 09 2013, 07:49AM
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Do we have proof that Eakins is coming on board? Facts are that the NYR were interested in the guy. He reportedly interviewed with Vancouver once, maybe twice - which is the deal sealer, usually. Eakins to Edmonton? Another inexperienced coach. A gamble. Could he be successful, as in how MacT wants results NOW, season 2013-24? I highly doubt this. However this is only my opinion. How about AV? He led the Canucks to two 100+ pts seasons. Whatever will happen, MacT will be held accountable for his boldness. Good or bad. Go Oilers! Hall-RNH-Eberle Paajarvi-Gagner-Yaks Best top 6 in NHL next season!!!

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#93 Mark-LW
June 09 2013, 07:57AM
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I am not a coaching expert, and this is not a pro or anti Eakins comment. But, every NHL head coach is a first time NHL head coach at some point in their career.

It apparently didn't work for Krueger, but that doesn't guarantee that Eakins will fail.

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#94 The Soup Fascist
June 09 2013, 08:17AM
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MKE wrote:

Funny how you didn't bring that up when you said we could "book it" that he would be the next coach in Vancouver.

Not funny at all, predictable as the sunrise.

For a quick read check out Aesop's Fables - read the one about the Fox and the Grapes. Substitute either "Schultz the Younger" or "Dallas Eakins" for the grapes and "DSF" for the "fox".

Spooky.

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#95 NewAgeSys
June 09 2013, 08:18AM
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Mactavish is doing his job at the elite level we expected him to execute at,the decisions he is required to make require a tremendous level of business and hockey acumen projected via proper preparation and integrity driven accountability,these are the exact things Craig Mactavish is providing for us right now.

I am confident we will see a capable and prepared Head Coach retained by the Oilers soon,and that the man will be put in a position to suceed.

I appreciate as a fan the clarity of direction and high level of transparancy we are recieving,when a G.M clearly tells you his incoming Head Coach will have the latitude to bring his support staff with him,the buck stops there.The levels of accountability are clearly defined.The decisions will not be made by Mac-T,they will be rightfully made by the man who is going to be primarily accountable for that dynamic.

I cant wait to hear a Name so I can research the data and make some anticipatory analysis on the potential new influences we might experience here.At this point in time the Name really doesnt matter to me,I trust Mac-T 100%.I know he is looking for the right ingredient,that is enough for me.

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#96 NewAgeSys
June 09 2013, 08:38AM
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Rheal G. wrote:

Do we have proof that Eakins is coming on board? Facts are that the NYR were interested in the guy. He reportedly interviewed with Vancouver once, maybe twice - which is the deal sealer, usually. Eakins to Edmonton? Another inexperienced coach. A gamble. Could he be successful, as in how MacT wants results NOW, season 2013-24? I highly doubt this. However this is only my opinion. How about AV? He led the Canucks to two 100+ pts seasons. Whatever will happen, MacT will be held accountable for his boldness. Good or bad. Go Oilers! Hall-RNH-Eberle Paajarvi-Gagner-Yaks Best top 6 in NHL next season!!!

I love those two lines,line #1 and line #1A.

In a perfect world both lines have 40 goal scorers in Hall and Yakupov,and 70 assist players in Nuge and Gagner.If Ebbs and MPS can each pot 20 goals and Gagner and Nuge get lots of PP time,we could see this play out.

We will definately be in a position to ice two capable lines with legitimate NHL goal scorers in Hall and Yakupov,never mind Mr.Invisible Eberle.Nuge is still an unknown,with a new shoulder and his shot back he may decide to shoot more and take contact to make passes less when he returns,and Gagner in my opinion has not seen his best offensive year by a longshot he is still an unknown who can explode if he shoots the puck,and MPS is evolving and is just getting beefier and beefier,have you seen any recent pictures of him,what the hell is he eating,small children?

Every game has a predictible number of possesions attatched to it,the conversion % of those possesions into offensive opportunitys will be the defining factor to our success,and the proper managment and distribution of those possesions to the right people at the right times will be the crux of the managment challenge our Coach will face.

Wow,I have high hopes,eh?

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#97 madjam
June 09 2013, 08:45AM
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The new look Oilers phase two - a makeover ? Hot to trot and full of snot . Lets hope he's a distance runner and not just a sprinter . The patience just flew out the window and not one flew over the cuckoo's nest . MacT. has our attention and that's a nice change in and of itself .

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#98 Ryan2
June 09 2013, 08:49AM
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NewAgeSys wrote:

Mactavish is doing his job at the elite level we expected him to execute at,the decisions he is required to make require a tremendous level of business and hockey acumen projected via proper preparation and integrity driven accountability,these are the exact things Craig Mactavish is providing for us right now.

I am confident we will see a capable and prepared Head Coach retained by the Oilers soon,and that the man will be put in a position to suceed.

I appreciate as a fan the clarity of direction and high level of transparancy we are recieving,when a G.M clearly tells you his incoming Head Coach will have the latitude to bring his support staff with him,the buck stops there.The levels of accountability are clearly defined.The decisions will not be made by Mac-T,they will be rightfully made by the man who is going to be primarily accountable for that dynamic.

I cant wait to hear a Name so I can research the data and make some anticipatory analysis on the potential new influences we might experience here.At this point in time the Name really doesnt matter to me,I trust Mac-T 100%.I know he is looking for the right ingredient,that is enough for me.

You are kidding with the first statement, right? MacT has done nothing yet to improve the biggest weakness on the team, the blueline. Signing a prospect/project from the KHL does not count. Until he actually addresses that with a truly bold move by trading for a top end d-man then count me unimpressed.

Right now, he is just talking about making the obvious trades that everyone in the hockey world has been discussing for what, two or three years now? Wow. Dismissing the coach from the old regime is not a big move either and most GMS will do this in any sport as they will want to have "their guy" in charge. That being said, if he allows the new coach to dump the underachieving Smith and Buchberger as assistants then I will be more encouraged that an actual change is coming.

As a long time fan, I will wait to pass judgement on him rather than jumping on the bandwagon for the sole reason that he is just doing something. FWIW, I did not want him selected as GM in the first place as it just continues the EEOBC group think, but as a fan I will be happy if he eventually proves me wrong.

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#99 mihael
June 09 2013, 08:54AM
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BTW Robin are you going to NJ. Who really "wants" to go to Newark? For the draft this month as a ON rep. I gotta think that the draft will be HUGE in terms of what comes next for this team. MacT apparently has gone Milbury and has the fire sale sign up for anyone not named Hall or RNH. Its going to be a one day buffet of intrigue and storylines.

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#100 Bob Loblaw
June 09 2013, 09:05AM
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I look forward to seeing who our new coach will be and if he's slightly inexperienced in the NHL how the Oilers intigrate someone like Paul Maurice for support.

I don't want MacT to give up our excellent draft pick + for just anyone but I would be satisfied with a number one D-man or large pedigree centre.

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