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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#51 Zipdot
September 17 2013, 09:42AM
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@Reg Dunlop

Do you have a picture link of the Queen's pic? I like that kind of oldschool Canadian stuff.

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#52 pkam
September 17 2013, 01:43PM
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datFOZ wrote:

The introduction of a McGratton isn't going to prevent Hall from fighting Dorsett, nor is it going to prevent RNH from skating into the boards, nor is it going to prevent Eberle from picking his toe and hurting his knee, or breaking his finger for that matter.

So.... what's your point?

I believe his point is to add an enforcer who can't play to help securing that 1st overall.

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#53 Quicksilver ballet
September 17 2013, 02:13PM
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An apple a day will keep anyone away.....if you throw it hard enough.

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#54 Walter Sobchak
September 17 2013, 03:29PM
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DSF wrote:

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.

Thanks DSF

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#55 pkam
September 17 2013, 04:37PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

He asked to get out. It was mutual, both sides agreed. Simple. Nothing more to it. It makes sense. You don't want a player who doesn't want to be here, and Rajala was not close to being an NHL player, and most likely never will be.

The Oilers currently have 47 contracts, (I don't include Nurse or Khaira since when they go to junior they don't count towards 50), so the Oilers had no reason to just buyout Abney. They aren't at max of contracts.

Omark wanted out too, didn't he? And I believe probably Hartikainen too. But Oilers choose to hang on to them.

Is Omark any better than Rajala? If you ask me, they are about the same size but Rajala skates better and is younger so I'll give the edge to Rajala.

Not saying that Rajala will make NHL, but I think Rajala definitely has better chance of making the NHL than Abney.

It only makes sense to me if they know for sure that Rajala will not return to NHL because it is hard to believe Abney is more likely to make NHL than Rajala.

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#56 MessyEH!
September 17 2013, 05:02PM
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http://m.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/blues-paajarvi-honing-defensive-skills/article_cafcfb51-b0c0-53dd-b03d-1b234c6cd59d.html?mobile_touch=true

MPS may come back to haunt to us. It's interesting to read what the St Louis media see him as.

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#57 konst16
September 17 2013, 07:37PM
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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.

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#58 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
September 17 2013, 08:41PM
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The Oil are missing four of their top six forwards and their starting goalie. You must be trolling, no?

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#59 Quicksilver ballet
September 17 2013, 10:13PM
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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.

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#60 Quicksilver ballet
September 17 2013, 10:56PM
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@Rocket

I'm with you on the Hall thing. I'd much rather see Eberle move to the middle.

Jordans openly admitted he'd be willing to move to the middle, while Taylor is somewhat indifferent to a move like this. Without the games premier left winger, the Oilers have one more vacancy to deal with. Take from the right side where they have a little more depth, Yakupov,Hemsky, Gags,Omark, etc etc etc.

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#61 madjam
September 18 2013, 07:45AM
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Bring back Kreuger ?

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

What spin? So just because I have a different view point than you I must be under some sort of influence or am blindy following someone else.

Also where did you get 2.3?

"By including all 30 teams in the NHL... During the 60 years covered in our study....This suggests that the average tenure for coaches was 3.54 seasons...." http://iveybusinessjournal.com/topics/leadership/leadership-succession-what-can-we-learn-from-the-national-hockey-league#.UjnIpWXHSDc

"The average tenure of an NHL coach is 2.86 years in 2011." http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/the-nhl-coaching-landscape-then-and-now?urn=nhl,wp11270

NHL Teams Fire Coaches | saupulse.comsaupulse.com www.saupulse.com/2011/12/08/nhl-teams-fire-coaches/‎ Dec 8, 2011 - These changes are not surprising, seeing as NHL coaches have an average tenure of 2.3 seasons behind the bench; this is the lowest average ...

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#63 Spydyr
September 18 2013, 10:07AM
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Mikey wrote:

What spin? So just because I have a different view point than you I must be under some sort of influence or am blindy following someone else.

Also where did you get 2.3?

"By including all 30 teams in the NHL... During the 60 years covered in our study....This suggests that the average tenure for coaches was 3.54 seasons...." http://iveybusinessjournal.com/topics/leadership/leadership-succession-what-can-we-learn-from-the-national-hockey-league#.UjnIpWXHSDc

"The average tenure of an NHL coach is 2.86 years in 2011." http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/the-nhl-coaching-landscape-then-and-now?urn=nhl,wp11270

Coming from a person who called another person "retarded" for having a different opinion.

Unless you personally know Eakins "you are under some sort of influence or am blindly following someone else." Maybe not blindly that is your choice of words. The influence is:

Anything you have seen and heard about Eakins has influenced you. That is called spin.

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#64 Mikey
September 17 2013, 08:22AM
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As a side note. If Jones and Joensuu make the team and play they way we hope, the oilers could look very good. Both guys could play a shift or two on a higher line and add something to those lines that are lacking. Could have three solid scoring lines that way.

A successfull team needs players who can, in a pinch, play up and down the line up.

I hope Joensuu gets into 7 fights this year, not fighting just to fight but fighting becuase he is sticking up for someone or is defending himself becuase he has annoyed the other team.

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#65 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 17 2013, 08:43AM
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Mikey wrote:

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

I'm sure they think they have a good reason(s), but I can't think what it would be.

This just works to drive fans away, frustrate their experience, stifle their enthusiasm... and it is just plain "old media" thinking. It's like we are being transported back to the days of suing Napster.

Oh and... all this does is shave advertising potential away from the NHL and drive up the market for piracy.

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#66 OilClog
September 17 2013, 08:55AM
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Zero sense to black out a professional hockey game, that one game could generate 10new fans and thousands of dollars in merchandised sold down the line.. But nope.. Blackout. Good marketing that is

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#67 Zipdot
September 17 2013, 09:22AM
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Krueger: motivational speaker

Eakins: motivational doer

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#68 Reg Dunlop
September 17 2013, 09:33AM
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Am I reading this right? Did Jones just stick the knife in Krueger's back and twist?

It is time for an Oiler/AHL roster to upset a mostly NHL squad. Like always, we prevail in Winnipeg 3-2. Anyone know what happened to that giant picture of the Queen in the old arena?

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#69 geoilersgist
September 17 2013, 10:09AM
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@DSF

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...

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#70 OilClog
September 17 2013, 11:17AM
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Ivan Drago wrote:

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

I have to leave him alone (as per orders), but potatoes are delicious.

I can see Eakins putting a no fight order in place, but IMO Joenssu still could of responded to the hit. Send a quick message out.. "I'll bash your face, then power move to the net and score"

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#71 book¡e
September 17 2013, 12:47PM
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Wonger wrote:

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

What's a GENIOUS?

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#72 pkam
September 17 2013, 12:48PM
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datFOZ wrote:

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.

I don't think Subban is better than Drew Doughty though, and probably not better than Letang. He may later but at least not now.

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#73 master of my domain
September 17 2013, 12:56PM
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as for the streaming, I used http://www6.hockeystreams.com/ all last year and it was great. I cancelled my cable years ago and I'm out of market and this gives me all of the games.

it is a pay site, but I found it very worth it. no blackouts, all hockey(nhl,ahl,whl,khl...). but probably the most useful for me, being a night shift guy, is the instant archiving. unlike gamecentre I can watch the game right when I get home from work at 1am instead of having to wait 24-48hrs (unless they changed that).

plus I'm still a little bitter about the constant lockouts so I hate giving my money to gamecentre.

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#74 master of my domain
September 17 2013, 12:59PM
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as I check it though, it doesn't look like they have tonights game. I think they "borrow" their streams from gamecentre.

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#75 datFOZ
September 17 2013, 01:04PM
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As for Gregor's confusion as to why OEL is ranked below Pietrangelo... I rate OEL higher too, I don't think its that farfetched at all. OEL gets no love because he's in PHX, but that guy is a stud. I'd trade Eberle+ for him in a NY minute.

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#76 datFOZ
September 17 2013, 01:37PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

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.

The introduction of a McGratton isn't going to prevent Hall from fighting Dorsett, nor is it going to prevent RNH from skating into the boards, nor is it going to prevent Eberle from picking his toe and hurting his knee, or breaking his finger for that matter.

So.... what's your point?

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#77 Rocket
September 17 2013, 02:05PM
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So how much will RNH get paid?

I would rather a long term deal with less money than a shorter more expensive contract. True #1 centres are not that easy to get so I think locking Nuge up for at least 6 years would be pretty cool.

Also, Ryan Jones needs to prove this season that he belongs on The Oilers. No more cheating for offense but quality 2-way play. And if he can bring the grit all the better.

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#78 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 17 2013, 02:28PM
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Rocket wrote:

So how much will RNH get paid?

I would rather a long term deal with less money than a shorter more expensive contract. True #1 centres are not that easy to get so I think locking Nuge up for at least 6 years would be pretty cool.

Also, Ryan Jones needs to prove this season that he belongs on The Oilers. No more cheating for offense but quality 2-way play. And if he can bring the grit all the better.

These post ELC contracts for big time players don't usually work that way.

Usually you pay the big money all along in order to buy long term (see Hall's contract), or you pay considerably less for a short "bridge contract" (see Subban), where the team isn't sure the player will pan out completely and the player doesn't want to lock in and restrict earning potential.

It's only with more established free agents that you can shave down the $$ by offering longer term, because more vet players are looking for security and have more than likely reached their peak.

I couldn't agree more BTW. I'd love to have him locked in long term.

Oh and Jones. I wish him all the best, but I think MacT could have done better with that roster spot and for that money. If he can prove me wrong, few will be more excited than me.

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#79 Ivan Drago
September 17 2013, 02:56PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

An apple a day will keep anyone away.....if you throw it hard enough.

I'll hire Roger Clemens to whip one at your head if it keeps you away for good.

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#80 pkam
September 17 2013, 06:06PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Not sure why you are obsessed with Abney. He has NOTHING to do with Rajala. The Oilers had room for both. Please understand this.

And Rajala is not better than Omark. Rajala was never in the NHL, he can't return to a place he has never been. Let it go, he wasn't a top prospect, not close in fact.

Hartikainen didn't have a contract, the Oilers qualified him and kept his rights because he has played in the NHL, just like Omark had and both were better prospects when they left to Europe.

I think I am more disappointed that Oilers let Rajala go than obsessed with Abney. I really wish to watch Rajala play a few NHL games before letting him go.

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#81 datFOZ
September 17 2013, 06:54PM
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@pkam

If you are a frequenter in the blog circuit, you'd already know that a ton of bright hockey minds were very high on Subban before Markov came back, in fact calling him Weber-esque based on his performance BEFORE his Norris season.

Did you read those links, errrr?

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#82 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
September 17 2013, 09:03PM
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@jetsfan

I wasn't making excuses for the loss, if you actually read my original comment, you'd see I was replying to a poster who has the Oilers pegged for a lotto pick this year. My point was, the Oilers are playing terrible, yes, but don't decide the season is lost over one pre-season game that doesn't even feature all of the Oilers top end talent.

Now get back in your holes, you filthy Jets fans.

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#83 Ivan Drago
September 17 2013, 09:28PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

.....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.

Lmao what does that even mean?

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#84 Truth
September 17 2013, 09:01AM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

I'm sure they think they have a good reason(s), but I can't think what it would be.

This just works to drive fans away, frustrate their experience, stifle their enthusiasm... and it is just plain "old media" thinking. It's like we are being transported back to the days of suing Napster.

Oh and... all this does is shave advertising potential away from the NHL and drive up the market for piracy.

The NHL must get a decent cut from NHL Center Ice. Having satellite for many years I used to watch all Canadian teams' games on the various regions of Sportsnet. NHL Center Ice becomes available and all of a sudden there is regional blackouts. Unsurprisingly, you can watch games on Center Ice that are blacked out in your region. Unbelievably frustrating.

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#85 West
September 17 2013, 09:01AM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

I'm sure they think they have a good reason(s), but I can't think what it would be.

This just works to drive fans away, frustrate their experience, stifle their enthusiasm... and it is just plain "old media" thinking. It's like we are being transported back to the days of suing Napster.

Oh and... all this does is shave advertising potential away from the NHL and drive up the market for piracy.

Sitting up in northern Alberta. Tried to watch Flames at Oilers on Oilers TV on Saturday and kept getting a message saying I was outside their area. A little frustrating as I am sure I know my location better than their computer does.

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#86 Czar
September 17 2013, 09:07AM
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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.

Behave yourself young man, next time it will be 2 weeks and no X-box.

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#87 Truth
September 17 2013, 09:11AM
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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.

Strictly going off some of Joenssu's comments and video of him fighting in NY when a teammate got hammered, I think he would drop the mitts if necessary. I would guess the Oilers coaching staff had the no-fight order on last weekend. There were numerous times the Flames fighters challenged Oilers and no response. I would assume Eakins wants the players to make the team on the merit of their ability to play hockey. Fighting to make the squad, like WHL open tryouts years ago, doesn't seem to be Eakin's thing.

Jackman was picking on Nurse all game in Edmonton. Would love to see Nurse tune him in 4-5 years from now if Jackman still has a career, hopefully in Calgary.

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#88 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 17 2013, 09:12AM
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The NHL must get a decent cut from NHL Center Ice. Having satellite for many years I used to watch all Canadian teams' games on the various regions of Sportsnet. NHL Center Ice becomes available and all of a sudden there is regional blackouts. Unsurprisingly, you can watch games on Center Ice that are blacked out in your region. Unbelievably frustrating.

You are probably right. Center Ice/Game Center probably have a lot to do with it...

But I still -- even in those cases -- don't follow the argument for regional blackouts. I mean obviously it is some kind of collusion between the broadcasters, cable providers and the NHL to get you to pay for everything... but it is really outdated thinking in the on-demand world.

And... that still doesn't explain why you would block exhibition games.

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#89 Racki
September 17 2013, 09:47AM
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Wow that oiler lineup looks terrible. Good test for Labarbera and Bachman I guess though

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#90 Will
September 17 2013, 09:49AM
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I promised myself I'd wait till one month in to begin putting expectations on this team and the players. But it's soooo hard. Of all the things to come out of this training camp, I'm really hoping one of Joensuu, Jones, or Eager can be the successful big body wing that can play in our top nine with the skill guys.

Who knows if it will last, but Eakins certainly looks like he's trying to balance the team instead of just having one power line. It will be interesting to see how that strategy pays off in the regular season.

In addition to our pre season, it has been fun watching some other teams around the league, and the effects of some of the off season moves.

Iginla could have found his old self on a line with Kreichi and Lucic. If so, that would be one of the most difficult lines to play against in the NHL.

Clarkson looked pretty good on the leafs. I still think they overpaid, but he really does add that element every team is looking for.

Way too early prediction: Senators win the eastern conference in the regular season.

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#91 Where's Your Towel
September 17 2013, 09:52AM
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@Romulus' Apotheosis

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.

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#92 Chilly Canadian
September 17 2013, 09:53AM
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I like Ryan Jones. He seems like a genuine guy, and hearing the interview yesterday was no exception. Hopefully the recovery from the eye injury last year is complete and he'll be back to the 15-20 goal guy he was the year before! I always liked how he could move from the fourth line grinder position all the way up to the first line on injury basis and still contribute.

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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

You are probably right. Center Ice/Game Center probably have a lot to do with it...

But I still -- even in those cases -- don't follow the argument for regional blackouts. I mean obviously it is some kind of collusion between the broadcasters, cable providers and the NHL to get you to pay for everything... but it is really outdated thinking in the on-demand world.

And... that still doesn't explain why you would block exhibition games.

If it fixes the feed problems(no sound, buffering, not even loading period for some people, etc) then I'm ok with that. But if it is Rob Kerr doing the play by play, I'm more than fine with no sound!

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#94 Cary
September 17 2013, 09:55AM
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I live in Langley BC and I tried to stream the Edmonton/Calgary game the other day and I got “outside the viewing area” from the Edmonton Oilers website. However, I could stream the game from the Calgary website. I do have NHL Game Center and they do not show any preseason games.

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#95 justDOit
September 17 2013, 09:57AM
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@Where's Your Towel

Check out a browser plugin called Stealthy. It isn't perfect, but it worked all last year.

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#96 geoilersgist
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ESPN also didn't even have Dubnyk ranked for the goalies. ESPN's rankings are totally bogus.

Has the season started yet????

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#97 justDOit
September 17 2013, 09:58AM
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Anybody see this:http://imgur.com/DD2rhV7

That's the Panthers preseason opener, an afternoon affair. Gilbert will do well there.

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#98 Bill
September 17 2013, 10:11AM
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I liked hearing Jones' comments about Eakins. The mention of a lot of talk & no action confirms how it looked from the outside. The 2 previous coaches here were downright eloquent in front of the media, especially Krueger. Too bad coaching isn't limited to sounding impressive in front of the media, because Krueger would have a Jack Adams on his mantle if that were the case.

I think Krueger's hire was a huge mistake that delayed the team's progress. He was Renney's guy, and from the outside at least, his tenure looked like Renney 2.0.

Kelly Buchberger somehow survived Krueger's dismissal, but I have to think that he'll be gone if Eakins doesn't find him useful. Same goes with Smith.

I'm totally on board with Eakins so far, it remains to be seen how the team responds in terms of preparedness for games and in terms of deploying his systems.

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#99 Terranq
September 17 2013, 10:16AM
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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...

Use adfreetime. Same service as unblock-us, only $1.99/mth

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#100 Walter Sobchak
September 17 2013, 10:18AM
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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.

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