GDB -6: JETTING TO WINNIPEG

Jason Gregor
September 17 2013 08:00AM

The Oilers will have their pregame skate in Edmonton this morning, and then fly to Winnipeg this afternoon to take on the Jets. That would never happen in the regular season, but that's life in the preseason.

For many of the veterans it is another opportunity to sharpen their skills, while those on the bubble hope to impress Dallas Eakins, and for some it is likely their final preseason game.

After Saturday's split-squad games vs. the Flames the Oilers have had a few days to try and learn Eakins new systems. It will take a few games before every player is completely comfortable with the new system, so expect a few defensive breakdowns.

 When you look down tonight's roster it seems easy to pick who falls into the category of veteran sharpening his skill, bubble boys and guys destined for reassignment.

LINEUP

Jones-Gagner-Omark
Joensuu-Lander-Pitlick
R. Hamilton-Arcobello-Yakupov
Moroz-Martindale-Abney

Smid-Petry
Grebeshkov-Klefbom
Larsen-Davidson

LaBarbera
Bachman

Gagner, Jones, Yakupov, Smid, Petry, Grebeshkov and LaBarbera are safe bets to be on the team.

Lander, Joensuu, Omark, Hamilton, Arcobello and Larsen are in battle for a roster spot up front or on the backend.

Martindale, Abney, Bachman, Pitlick and Davidson will be heading to OKC eventually.

It looks like Klefbom will start the season in OKC, which will allow him to get comfortable to the North American game, and I won't be surprised if his recalled at some point this season.

Moroz will be heading back to junior, likely on Wednesday, and get set for the Oil Kings season opener this coming Friday.

Joensuu, Hamilton and Arcobello had strong first games, but playing well early in preseason isn't as important as playing well late when the rosters are filled with more NHL caliber players. They will need to build on their strong start to stay ahead of the pack.

Omark, Lander and Larsen were okay in their debuts, but a strong performance tonight could put them right back on track. Tonight is Pitlick's first opportunity to impress the coaches, and he feels he is ready to take a serious run at a roster spot. Davidson has impressed early in camp, but he'll need some more seasoning in the AHL before he's ready for a regular

Tonight's game will be streamed live on the Oilers website at 6 p.m. MST.

JETS LINEUP...

Tonight's lineup will come from this group of forwards and D-men. It sounds like the top three lines and top four D-men will dress, and then the 4th line and final D pairing will be decided at the morning skate. When I get confirmation I will edit the lineup to the usual 18 skaters.

***Edit*** Here is the Jets lineup.***

Kane-Jokinen-Setoguchi
Wright-Scheifele-Frolik
Telegin-Slater-Peluso
Tangradi-O'Dell-Klingberg


Byfuglien-Clitsome
Stuart-Postma
Trouba-Melchiori

Pavelec
Montoya

DALLAS THE DOER

Yesterday on my radio show, Ryan Jones talked about gaining confidence, trying to get back to his style of play and the impact Eakins has had on the organization. 

Jason Gregor: It’s pre-season and I’m not sure if there are any studies that say that if you score in the pre-season, it carries over but it’s always good to score for a guy like you. Does it build confidence when you get a goal early in the pre-season?  

Ryan Jones: It has to. Even if you score in shinny hockey or in practise you get a little bit more confidence. So it has to. You know what, that goal just reiterates what I have to do to be a successful player.  

I’ve said all along that I’m trying to get back to the way that I was playing a couple of years ago which made me successful and that’s exactly what I did in the exhibition game; just be a pain in the ass. Sorry, can I say that? Be a pain in the butt [laughs], get to the front of the net because there are so many guys throughout this line-up who are so good with the puck and there is no sense in me, once I can get in there. Bang a body, get the puck on their stick, it’s useless for me to crowd those guys.  

So to get in front of the net, to crowd that net area, to allow them to have a little bit of space, to allow them to bring it to the net is the most ideal thing that I can do. Especially when I’m playing with [David] Perron. Once I got in, I made a hit and the puck goes to him there’s no sense in following that guy around. He’s skilled enough to make plays and get it into the net so I just made it a point to put my butt in the goalie’s face and try to make as much havoc as I could. We had a tonne of grade ‘A’ scoring chances out of me doing it.  

Gregor: Do the goalies look smaller with the smaller pads? Have you noticed it at all?  

Jones: It’s funny because when we were skating in Minnesota and Josh Harding wore them, I thought that he looked tiny. When he put his pads together and stood in the net, it just looked like there was so much open net. Other than that one time, I haven’t really noticed.  

You know what? They all look gigantic in there. It seems like every time I come down to shoot there are very little openings but like I said, that’s not my game. Usually they’re on their back or their sides or their knees when I’m chipping pucks in so they pretty much all look the same for me.  

Gregor: Dallas Eakins has come in and made some subtle things; the locker room is different, the pictures are down, he has a big focus on nutrition, he’s a real task master on wanting the guys to be in shape. Did this team need a real culture change and have you noticed it from your head coach?  

Jones: I have noticed it. You want to know what, there are doers and talkers and we’ve unfortunately had a lot of people who were great talkers. And I mean even to you guys, they answered all of the questions the right way but it seemed like it was never different in the room compared to when I came here all of the way through last year.

Yeah we got a little bit better, we got younger, we got more skilled, but even in the locker room with the guys there were a lot of guys who seemed to talk the right game but nothing ever seemed to get done.

I haven’t heard Dallas say very many words outside of what you guys ask him, but he just does everything. He shows us in this locker room what he wants to be done by example. He wants something done, he goes out there, he shows us, we do it. And he demands that out of us. That’s what this locker room needs. He’s going to demand everything out of everybody and Dallas, as far as I can tell, is exactly that guy. From what I’ve heard, and briefly seen, he’s a player’s coach, he’s demanding and his accountability is second to none.
 

Gregor: He talked earlier about how he likes longer practices and he likes to push guys. What did you think about the practice?  

Jones: [Laughs] They are fairly long, but you know what, they’re detailed and you’re not just out there wasting time. You’re never out there just doing a shooting drill to do a shooting drill. Everything that we did out there on the ice today was a team game, some sort of aspect of what we’re going to need to do to win and be a successful team. At the end we got to do a shoot a puck but everything else was a backcheck or a forecheck or faceoffs. There’s no wasted time when you’re out there and that’s good because it keeps you on your toes and it keeps your mind in every single practice, that’s what we need. We can’t have any guys sleeping at any point in time. 

PARTING SHOTS....

Jones' comments on Eakins being a doer, and not just a talker spoke volumes. I think we'd all agree that for the past few seasons we've heard a lot of talk, but we never saw the action match the words.

Eakins has shown he isn't afraid to make changes. Will changing the paint and decor of a room make the Oilers play better on the ice, unlikely, but it illustrates that Eakins won't be sticking with the status quo. Yesterday's practice was uptempo the entire time, and it will be interesting to watch how they practice throughout the year.

I've written on many occasions the past few years how different the Oilers practices were compared to other teams. Chicago and Detroit had quicker paced practices, especially their puck drills.

He wants to change the culture in his dressing room, and he will make his players more accountable on the ice. He's outlined a new workout routine that he expects the players to follow. He's given them an outline for what he expects on practice days, as well as game days.

Some players won't be impacted by the changes, because many of them had pre-skate work out routines as well as post-game routines, but it will be different for some. It is no longer optional.

  • ESPN ranked the top-50 D-men in the NHL and J.Schultz was the only Oiler to crack the list at #40. I was surprised to see Ekman-Larsson and McDonagh ahead of Pietrangelo, albeit only a few spots, but overall I'd agree with most of the rankings. Your thoughts? Schultz is ranked a bit high, if you go off last seasons numbers, but I suspect they added his potential when ranking him. His overall game will be much better this year compared to last season.

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#1 Wonger
September 17 2013, 12:26PM
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David S wrote:

I'll take a shot.

McGrattan will play about 2:30, basically doing no more than cruising around like a great white shark. Eventually he'll get his staged fight from some sucker looking to make an NHL roster where he'll be given a double minor and a game misconduct.

While short-handed the fLames will get scored on three times, effectively ending any chance to win the game ten minutes into the first period.

Sound about right?

NOT QUITE GENIOUS.....Calgary beats Edmonton in the standings and none of their stars get injured every year!!!!!!!

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#2 OilClog
September 17 2013, 08:57AM
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I can post! Woooooooooo. After Wideman nailed Joenssu the other day, I wouldn't expect him to drop the gloves too much, he had his chance and didnt.

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#3 oilersOne
September 17 2013, 07:31PM
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Here we go again! The oil barely beat the lames in one of two split squad games. Arguably against the absolute worst team and franchise as far as depth goes in the entire league :( Now they are getting pumped by the Jets!! I think we are spinning tires but going in reverse! Season prediction... Lotto pick, again! I have been right on all my predictions made based of the lack lustre preseason performance the last three years. Enough said.

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#4 Mikey
September 17 2013, 08:06AM
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Lets go Omark!

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#5 Wonger
September 17 2013, 11:38AM
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@OilClog

Of course he didn't drop the gloves MORON!!! McGrattan was in their line-up and he would have been Joensuu's next fight! Watch the Calgary-Ottawa highlights. Jones runs around so SDAO (Ottawa) nails him. Stajan jumps Sdao. Sdao kicks the s%^t out of Stajan. Next time Sdao is on the ice, Hartley sends McGrattan after him. Sdao gets cut and dropped. Thats why nobody screws around with the Flames! Oilers don't have that luxury. We don't believe in enforcers like most of the other teams in the NHL do. Could you have imagined what McGrattan would have done to Sarich if he were an Oiler, and the coach let him do his job after Sarich steamrolled Hall two years ago! By the way, Matt Kassian was not in the Ottawa line-up last night, but he will be when these two teams meet again, and he will line up with McGrattan, and you can guess the rest! THE LEAGUE KNOWS NOT TO SCREW AROND WITH THE FLAMES EVEN IF THY START TROUBLE!!!!!

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#6 jetsfan
September 17 2013, 08:29PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

You did read the rosters, right? The Oil are essentially icing an AHL team tonight.

Yakupov, Gagner, Petry, Smid, all part of your AHL team I assume? Sureee..

Any team the Oil comes up with will get spanked here in winnipeg. The rookie tourny, the preseason, first regular season game come Oct 1st. Been a nice few results thus far.

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#7 madjam
September 17 2013, 09:59PM
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Oilers showed better than expected considering our lineup . Veterans showed rust and mistakes . Landers , Grebs and Omark did little to impress making opening roster . Gagner seemed to be slow a foot and not efficient on faceoffs . He is capable of much better . Bachman played well . Most disturbing is another loss , while arch rival Flames rip off back to back wins against the Isles . Eakins has got to be concerned with mounting losses even if it is early . Once again we got pushed around a lot physically . We seem to have nothing physically to hurt other clubs like they can hurt us .

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#8 WIMPY
September 17 2013, 10:09PM
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madjam wrote:

Oilers showed better than expected considering our lineup . Veterans showed rust and mistakes . Landers , Grebs and Omark did little to impress making opening roster . Gagner seemed to be slow a foot and not efficient on faceoffs . He is capable of much better . Bachman played well . Most disturbing is another loss , while arch rival Flames rip off back to back wins against the Isles . Eakins has got to be concerned with mounting losses even if it is early . Once again we got pushed around a lot physically . We seem to have nothing physically to hurt other clubs like they can hurt us .

get used to it!! OIL not interested in guys who can FIGHT! Flames and others look for it! Until most of your team can go you will be pushed around. Of course, having a MCGRATTAN in your lineup makes everybod 4 inches taller and 30lbs heavier. OIL management doesn't get this so it's going to be another LONG YEAR!!! MOST IF THE OILERS ARE FAIRIES and DAFODILS and I am a sucker that pays to watch them pushed around nightly!!!

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#9 WONGER
September 17 2013, 10:28PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Not an unexpected outcome considering there was maybe only 5 players in the lineup who will be on the opening nights roster.

Hunker down, it'll be well into the New Year before we see the fruits of Eakins labour starting to take shape on this team. The sooner the players buy in, the earlier this team will start seeing results. Could take 2 yrs for Dallas Eakins to weed out the non participants on this upcoming current roster.

Eakins looks to be what this team needs right now. It's unfortunate it's back to square one yet again as far as making this his hockey club.

I agree that EAKINS and MACT are top notch but this team is facing an IMPOSSIBLE task overcoming its lack of toughness!!! Look at the D. SOFT except for FERENCE and maybe SMID. Need about 6 more guys who can compete and FIGHT - YES FIGHT!!!

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#10 DSF
September 17 2013, 10:06AM
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Where's Your Towel wrote:

We cut our cable (sattelite) just before last season finally got started.

GameCenter is subject to local blackouts. You cannot watch any game that is being offered by a "local" company that wants your money. This is incredibly frustrating, especially considering that cable and satellite providers intentionally package their product to increase the cost to individuals who only want one thing.

For example, Telus has two packs of "Sports" channels. Knowing that there are a large number of their customers who only watch hockey, they put TSN and Sportsnet in separate packs to ensure hockey fans will have to buy both. Inexcusable money grubbing in my opinion.

I assumed I would just order GameCenter when the season started last year only to find out that living in Calgary, I would not be able to watch any Oilers games broadcast on CBC, SN, or TSN.

I realize that the whole reason for this is that the NHL has contracts with the cable providers and they have to live up to these obligations. That being said, these ridiculous restrictions have given me all the incentive I need to pursue.. ahem.. other options for streaming games. They have *not* made me reconsider cable/sattelite. If anything, they have strengthened my resolve.

Easy to work around.

Get a streaming box like Apple TV.

Then, use a VPN service like Un Block Us to generate a new IP address for you.

http://www.unblock-us.com

Enter that new address in your Apple TV, set up Game Center on your Apple TV and, voila, you appear to be watching from the U.S.

No blackouts.

(This also allows you to watch U.S. Netflix and Hulu Plus)

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#11 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 17 2013, 04:29PM
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I was the premier Water Polo player in all of Canada, until my horse drowned.

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#12 Fresh Mess
September 17 2013, 12:10PM
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For me Eakins is a blank slate, and that is a good thing. I haven't been impressed with MacT's moves aside from the masterful offloading of Horcoff's contract. Signing Jones was a very good move IMO. Signing freakinGrebeshkov not so much.

Eakin's gets a fresh start to try and do something with this roster. After this season he's going to be a bit more grey and have a higher hairline. I wish him luck.

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#13 datFOZ
September 17 2013, 12:37PM
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Bushed wrote:

Kronwall, Subban, and Phaneuf are all way over-rated in the ESPN list (especially Kronwall).

Lots of guys lower on the list I'd rather have on my team than any of those three (Subban mostly because of his mouth and attitude, admittedly. If he could grow up and shut up, I'd like him a lot better.)

Not saying these guys wouldn't make the list, but I'd put them all a lot lower than ESPN.

WTF does Subban's perceived (yes, perceived, you have NO idea what he's like personally) attitude have to do with you, or with his ability to be the best defender in the NHL last year?

I will agree that Kronwall and Phaneuf are overrated, but Subban is a legitimate Weber-calibre defender, and anyone who still thinks otherwise is simply incorrect.

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#14 DSF
September 17 2013, 06:24PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Thanks DSF

No problem.

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#15 Bushed
September 17 2013, 09:54AM
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Kronwall, Subban, and Phaneuf are all way over-rated in the ESPN list (especially Kronwall).

Lots of guys lower on the list I'd rather have on my team than any of those three (Subban mostly because of his mouth and attitude, admittedly. If he could grow up and shut up, I'd like him a lot better.)

Not saying these guys wouldn't make the list, but I'd put them all a lot lower than ESPN.

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#16 DSF
September 17 2013, 10:13AM
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geoilersgist wrote:

This is actually a very useful service, however people looking for *free* hockey still have to pay for gamecentre and $5/month for unblock-us.

Seriously though the $5/month is worth it without gamecentre. American netflix is great...

Hulu Plus is even better.

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#17 Wonger
September 17 2013, 02:13PM
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Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe! wrote:

Calgary beating Edm in the standings had nothing to do with their goalie, right? So can you explain to me why, even in all those games with Smacintyre, Hemsky was still getting run by every goon in the league, AND we still finished at the bottom?

Besides, if Joensu fights Wideman, who says he has to fight McGratten? He can skate away like the entire league did when Macintyre went looking for a fight after the fact.

As for the whole online video streaming: garbage. It didn't work for me out in Saskatoon. The whole system seems to be set up to make it difficult/expensive to get what you want legally (Game of Thrones style). If gigantic media corporations are gonna give me the runaround, and try to make obscene profits by screwing me, then I'm not going to play their games, especially when other options exist. I'll happily pay a reasonable amount for what I will actually use, but I'm not into paying way more money for crap I neither want nor will use.

Btw, I've purchased both seasons of G of T once available. And spent hundreds (probably thousands) on Oilers jerseys/tickets over the last 20 years. If anyone thinks I'm 'stealing' from the NhL, the Oilers or HBO, they have a very narrow vision of reality that I can't respect.

If the coach lets MacIntyre grab the offender and beat the tar out of him, regardless of the penalties, he will probably only have to do this once and THE MESSAGE WILL BE SENT!!!!! Don't MESS WITH THE OIL SKILL!!!!!

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#18 DSF
September 17 2013, 07:46PM
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konst16 wrote:

Despite the warnings that, being in vancouver, I would be "blacked out" of todays peg game.. I tried, and its working right now.

Well, if you consider this laggy ass feed "working".

Too funny if they are blocking people in their defined "market", but are still letting in bums like me living in hong'couver.

Racist comments are unnecessary.

If you don't like the city....move.

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#19 Spydyr
September 18 2013, 07:05AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Not an unexpected outcome considering there was maybe only 5 players in the lineup who will be on the opening nights roster.

Hunker down, it'll be well into the New Year before we see the fruits of Eakins labour starting to take shape on this team. The sooner the players buy in, the earlier this team will start seeing results. Could take 2 yrs for Dallas Eakins to weed out the non participants on this upcoming current roster.

Eakins looks to be what this team needs right now. It's unfortunate it's back to square one yet again as far as making this his hockey club.

Eakins will make it all better. Just like the three coaches in three years before him. It is different this time.

Enjoy your kool-aid.

Unless the players buy in Eakinis will be gone in short order also.

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#20 ColourMeImpressed
September 17 2013, 12:09PM
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why does Yak keep getting stuck with Invisobello?

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#21 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 17 2013, 06:09PM
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@Ivan Drago

.....says the guy who can barely afford to pay attention. Might want to run that possible expense by your trophy (guess they can't all be first place, eh Ivan?) wife first. May want to start saving the allowance she gives you.

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#22 jetsfan
September 17 2013, 08:53PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

The Oil are missing four of their top six forwards and their starting goalie. You must be trolling, no?

The Jets are missing three of their top six forwards and Pavs *shouldn't* be a starting goalie. Again, the difference isn't as much as you're trying to make it seem. A loss is a loss, no need to concoct the "so and so wasn't playing" excuse.

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#23 DSF
September 17 2013, 10:50AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Hmmm. I have an I-Pad, does anyone know the best package to buy to stream games? What carrier to use?

Totally off topic sorry.

Game Centre is great on iPad and you can stream it to your big screen TV using Air Play if you have an Apple TV.

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#24 OilClog
September 17 2013, 11:56AM
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So if McGratton is dressed, we tuck tail and cower.. Check.

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#25 DSF
September 17 2013, 08:45PM
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konst16 wrote:

Quite the contrary, sunshine. I quite like it here and the people in it. I live here because I *choose* too, and right now I wouldn't choose anywhere else in the world (assuming its a decent snow year anyway).

I'm calling myself a "bum" because I live far away and never go to games. ie. tier 2 fan.

Turns out some of the pet names for the city I love are border line racial slurs, so in the name of helping you deal with your anger issues, I'll try to keep them to myself.

Thanks.

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#26 Ivan Drago
September 17 2013, 09:49AM
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OilClog wrote:

I can post! Woooooooooo. After Wideman nailed Joenssu the other day, I wouldn't expect him to drop the gloves too much, he had his chance and didnt.

Welcome back. Imo Brownlee banned you for small, small potatoes.

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#27 Genious
September 17 2013, 07:47PM
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Thumby wrote:

Don't you love it when a "genious" uses words he can't spell?

maybe he was being SARCASTIC REtREAD!!!

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#28 Genious
September 17 2013, 07:47PM
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Thumby wrote:

Don't you love it when a "genious" uses words he can't spell?

maybe he was being SARCASTIC REtREAD!!!

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#29 konst16
September 17 2013, 08:29PM
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DSF wrote:

Racist comments are unnecessary.

If you don't like the city....move.

Quite the contrary, sunshine. I quite like it here and the people in it. I live here because I *choose* too, and right now I wouldn't choose anywhere else in the world (assuming its a decent snow year anyway).

I'm calling myself a "bum" because I live far away and never go to games. ie. tier 2 fan.

Turns out some of the pet names for the city I love are border line racial slurs, so in the name of helping you deal with your anger issues, I'll try to keep them to myself.

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#30 jetsfan
September 17 2013, 08:34PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

3/10. Your troll-fu needs work, grasshopper. There is a powerful shaman by the name of DSF, he can show you the way.

I'm not trolling I'm just saying, the results speak for themselves no? If your excuse is going to be that it's an AHL lineup and the Oilers are missing the best players, then the same can be said for the opposition missing Ladd Little Wheeler. So that's a wash.

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#31 Mikey
September 18 2013, 08:49AM
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Spydyr wrote:

I never said the players aren't buying in. Of course it is way too early to tell. What I said was "Unless the players buy in Eakinis will be gone in short order also. "

Short order to me would be next summer .Like the last three coaches. They were going to make everything better too .Remember?

So you think they would trade Hall or Nuge or Yak before getting rid of Eakins."Get your head out of the sand."

I don't mean to be rude or insulting but you're retarded if you think Eakins will be gone next summer.

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#32 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 17 2013, 08:32AM
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Quick note for out of town fans.

The NHL has implemented a regional blackout on these preseason games. You can only watch the Oilers-Jets game on the Oilers site if you live in AB, SK or NWT.

https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/statuses/379752612393791488

Edmonton OilersVerified account ‏@EdmontonOilers Following up on a few questions, we are unable to webcast games outside of our region (AB, SK, NWT) as per the @NHL Broadcast Agreement.

The Jets will also stream the game, but it will also be regionally blacked out per the same NHL BS.

https://twitter.com/NHLJets/statuses/379425323768508416

Winnipeg JetsVerified account ‏@NHLJets For those asking about the live feed, the league has implemented a regional restriction on the stream, sorry out-of-town fans!

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#33 David S
September 17 2013, 12:07PM
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*Drops mic*

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#34 ColourMeImpressed
September 17 2013, 12:51PM
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@datFOZ

Subban is like a young Phaneuf. Lots of flash, lots of bad positioning.

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#35 Wonger
September 17 2013, 08:10PM
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Little Brett GALLANT NYIslanders gave McGrattan all he could handle in Regina. HE CAN ALSO PLAY hockey!!!!! can we get him MACT PLEASE!!!!!!

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#36 madjam
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I prefer Hall at center over Gagner . He has the attitude and drive to be successful there . Looked good on faceoff circle as well , just needs to be a little sharper defensively . We certainly have the type of wingers to compliment him . Just got to add some NHL size and grit still .

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#37 Spydyr
September 18 2013, 07:41AM
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Manfly wrote:

unless the players buy in, the players will be gone! if this is what it takes to make a soft team into winners then i hope they give Dallas the green light to do whatever it takes to win.

Oh really, so if Hall does not buy in or Nuge or Yak they will be gone before the coach. Are you new to the NHL?

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#38 Spydyr
September 18 2013, 08:21AM
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Ivan Drago wrote:

How do you figure Eakins will be gone? Why should he be gone? For one, it's pre-season, the team isn't even made up yet and in your view the players aren't buying in. That makes zero sense. Two, after 5 yrs and 6 coaches, maybe you have to realize it's not necessarily the coaches fault. Maybe the roster players should be looked at. Which falls on the GM, who has been in that position for a matter of months, and many players are gone with new ones in. Did MacT address every problem right away, no, but he damn sure tried. With the cap going down this year, it really handcuffed him.

Bottom line, saying Eakins will be gone in short order after 2 pre season games is plain stupid. Get your head out of the sand, Dallas is no daisy, like Renney and Krueger. The players will buy in or be gone before he is.

I never said the players aren't buying in. Of course it is way too early to tell. What I said was "Unless the players buy in Eakinis will be gone in short order also. "

Short order to me would be next summer .Like the last three coaches. They were going to make everything better too .Remember?

So you think they would trade Hall or Nuge or Yak before getting rid of Eakins."Get your head out of the sand."

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September 18 2013, 09:09AM
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Spydyr makes a good point. What if one/some/all of the fab 5 don't buy into Dallas' gameplan, you do have your head in the sand if you don't think it will be Eakins who falls on that sword. Where do all these puckers who don't know this, keep coming from.....darn kids.

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#40 pkam
September 17 2013, 01:18PM
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@ColorMeImpressed

Phaneuf has never been able to drive play like Subban. All that bad positioning got him was a Norris trophy and some of the best possession numbers from the back end in the league over the last two years. He's literally Weber-class. Lumping him with Phaneuf (who is still a legitimate top pairing NHL defenseman) isn't giving Subban enough credit.

@pkam

Anyone who discounts Subban for his defensive work needs to attribute Letang with the same flaws. Doughty is a beast though, but I don't consider Subban a full tier below him, not by any stretch.

The difference between Subban and Letang is Subban was playing with Markov last year. He wasn't as good the year before without Markov. If Subban can keep playing as well this year, then I'll agree with you the two are tied. For now, Letang is ahead of Subban in my book.

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#41 Spydyr
September 18 2013, 09:16AM
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Excatly, I base that on the fact the last two coaches only lasted two and one year.

I understand you said unless, the fact remains you still think there is a posibilty. I would say there is a 0.0% chance Eakins is fired inside of three years.

So your saying a coach who has never coached at this level has no chance of getting fired in three years?

A quick google search:

NHL coaches have an average tenure of 2.3 seasons behind the bench.

You have consumed all spin the team has sent your way.

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#42 Czar
September 17 2013, 08:19AM
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Time to start pounding the Jets like the good old days!

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#43 Mike Krushelnyski
September 17 2013, 08:54AM
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Jason, what happens to Omark if he gets cut? Does he go on waivers, straight to OKC, or back to Europe?

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#44 David S
September 17 2013, 12:05PM
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Wonger wrote:

Of course he didn't drop the gloves MORON!!! McGrattan was in their line-up and he would have been Joensuu's next fight! Watch the Calgary-Ottawa highlights. Jones runs around so SDAO (Ottawa) nails him. Stajan jumps Sdao. Sdao kicks the s%^t out of Stajan. Next time Sdao is on the ice, Hartley sends McGrattan after him. Sdao gets cut and dropped. Thats why nobody screws around with the Flames! Oilers don't have that luxury. We don't believe in enforcers like most of the other teams in the NHL do. Could you have imagined what McGrattan would have done to Sarich if he were an Oiler, and the coach let him do his job after Sarich steamrolled Hall two years ago! By the way, Matt Kassian was not in the Ottawa line-up last night, but he will be when these two teams meet again, and he will line up with McGrattan, and you can guess the rest! THE LEAGUE KNOWS NOT TO SCREW AROND WITH THE FLAMES EVEN IF THY START TROUBLE!!!!!

I'll take a shot.

McGrattan will play about 2:30, basically doing no more than cruising around like a great white shark. Eventually he'll get his staged fight from some sucker looking to make an NHL roster where he'll be given a double minor and a game misconduct.

While short-handed the fLames will get scored on three times, effectively ending any chance to win the game ten minutes into the first period.

Sound about right?

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@ColorMeImpressed

Phaneuf has never been able to drive play like Subban. All that bad positioning got him was a Norris trophy and some of the best possession numbers from the back end in the league over the last two years. He's literally Weber-class. Lumping him with Phaneuf (who is still a legitimate top pairing NHL defenseman) isn't giving Subban enough credit.

@pkam

Anyone who discounts Subban for his defensive work needs to attribute Letang with the same flaws. Doughty is a beast though, but I don't consider Subban a full tier below him, not by any stretch.

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#46 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
September 17 2013, 01:28PM
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David S wrote:

I'll take a shot.

McGrattan will play about 2:30, basically doing no more than cruising around like a great white shark. Eventually he'll get his staged fight from some sucker looking to make an NHL roster where he'll be given a double minor and a game misconduct.

While short-handed the fLames will get scored on three times, effectively ending any chance to win the game ten minutes into the first period.

Sound about right?

How does that hurt the Flames? They are in a lotto hunt and can keep their kids safe during a rebuild. Something we should've did.

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#47 Spydyr
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Spurzey wrote:

I would like to think that MacT and Eakins were hired to bring some continuity and stability to the team. No more of the "insane running the asylum" If one of the top 5 or 6 didn't buy in, they would be gone in a heartbeat to fill some of the holes.

I would like to think that too. Here is to hoping that this year will be better than the last seven. It is the time of year to sell hope. The team said the same thing the last three coaches. This is the guy to turn things around. I love the Oilers but I'm tired of getting smoke blown up my butt every fall. Obviously some people are not tired of it yet.

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#48 Spydyr
September 18 2013, 09:01AM
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Mikey wrote:

I don't mean to be rude or insulting but you're retarded if you think Eakins will be gone next summer.

What do you base that on? The record of the last three coaches?

Once again for the people that can't comprehend I said "UNLESS". I hope Eakins is the best coach in the history of the game and wins five Cups here. The team's recent record with coaches suggest otherwise. Every team sells hope this time of year.After the last seven years I will hold off on calling Eakins the second coming of Scotty Bowman.Until he does something like say win his first NHL game!

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Ivan Drago wrote:

And for the record, I stopped paying attention to you long ago.

...and then you go and write this jibberish.

One player, no, he will be gone before Eakins. Some already think one of the kids needs to be traded, if one had a bad attitude, sure it would make that decision easier. Again, why do you think Seguin got traded? It sure as hell wasn't because he's a bad hockey player.

More than one or even two, yeah Eakins may then be in trouble, but what evidence is there that all the kids suddenly aren't buying into Eakins. None right now, at all. That's the point here. Quit with the doom and gloom after 2 pre season games for crying out aloud. There have been pre seasons where the oilers almost won them all, then finished dead last in regular season. It means nothing. Guarantee Eakins is here for at least 3 seasons, worst case scenario.

Thought we had an agreement Drago (you stopped paying attention long ago). Are you a liar, or does the truth keep changing, in your world? Take off eh, you hoser. Stick to your word, for once.

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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Quick note for out of town fans.

The NHL has implemented a regional blackout on these preseason games. You can only watch the Oilers-Jets game on the Oilers site if you live in AB, SK or NWT.

https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/statuses/379752612393791488

Edmonton OilersVerified account ‏@EdmontonOilers Following up on a few questions, we are unable to webcast games outside of our region (AB, SK, NWT) as per the @NHL Broadcast Agreement.

The Jets will also stream the game, but it will also be regionally blacked out per the same NHL BS.

https://twitter.com/NHLJets/statuses/379425323768508416

Winnipeg JetsVerified account ‏@NHLJets For those asking about the live feed, the league has implemented a regional restriction on the stream, sorry out-of-town fans!

Any good reason why the NHL does this? For pre season? Lame!

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