EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER: DALLAS EDITION

Wanye
September 18 2013 01:38PM

 

We returned late last night from a jaunty jaunt to Las Vegas. We locked eyes with Joe Jonas, slapped hands with Enrique Iglesias and stood 5 feet away from a grumpy looking Lil Jon. To say that it was the experience of a lifetime is an understatement. 

So we are just getting our head wrapped around the recent renovations that Coach Eakins made to the dressing room Chez Oil. Old news to you perhaps but to a level 156 fanboy still floating in celebrity sighting heaven it's news over here.

RENOVATIONS

So said the Oilers Website a few days back:

No more does the hockey rink with the old copper and blue Oilers logo cover the carpet in the center of the room.  The ‘Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler’ wall has been removed as well, adding to the list of alterations to the dressing room at Rexall Place.

“I think when a coach takes over he needs to change things in the room just for the sake of changing them sometimes,” said Eakins. “With that being said, when I went through it I have a vision for our dressing room. Believe me, we’re not done in there yet.

“We were under the gun just to get what we have done so far. Each day, more will be added. First and foremost, we wanted to brighten it up a little bit... We have moved some pictures and plaques and we’re going to put them out for our fans to enjoy.”

Whoa whoa whoa. Eakins has a vision for the design of the Oilers dressing room? Who does this guy think he is Antoni Gaudi? Does dressing room decor fall under the responsibilities list of an NHL head coach job posting? Does he have a vision for the pregame show too? Does his ambitious approach to the game know no bounds?

We cannot recall a coach in the history of the game of hockey - one with nary an NHL game on the bench under his belt - make so many changes in such a short span of time. At the same time Eakins manages to acknowledge that us Oilers fans exist and put the memorabilia on display for us to look at. Shouldn't he be taking us for granted and offhandedly reminding us that you can pre-purchase mini packs for 2023 starting on Monday?

Yes this Dallas Eakins is certainly making some waves isn't he.

*swoons*

ON THE ONE HAND

It's great that Eakins is grabbing a broom and chasing the ghosts of TBOTB out of the dressing room at Rexall Place. As anyone with more than a passing interest in the team can tell you the Oil have been using the 80s as a crutch for far too long. Refusing to refer to the team as a "young team" anymore is incredible too.

It seems as though this guy wants to win and wants to win immediately and changing the culture of the room requires an immediate series of deliberate steps. Waiting and assessing can only prolong a torturous process as we have all witnessed in watching the office of the General Manager these past few seasons. 

ON THE OTHER HAND

 

What the heck is wrong with a plaque that reads "once an Oiler always an Oiler" hanging in the dressing room? We can't help but wonder what Lowe, MacT and Co think about all these changes and breaks with tradition before a single regular season game has been played. The original #4 still points to his Cup rings as a player as a testament to his success as a GM for heaven's sakes.

That doesn't strike us as the kind of boss that wants all evidence of his earlier dominance put out to pasture in the concourse of the arena for us rabble to stare at open mouthed while we line up for $1000 beers.

Is Eakins right to renovate the dressing room within an inch of it's life? Is this overkill or a necessary part of the rebuild which has now officially kicked into high gear.

Holler at your boy in the comments will you?

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#1 **
September 18 2013, 01:44PM
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like you so eloquently said at the beginning of your post Wayne: "it's old news".

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#2 WONGER
September 18 2013, 01:49PM
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Now if he could just makeover the line-up with about six guys who will drop the gloves with almost anybody - Engellend, Tootoo, etc. to go with Brown, Eager, Hamilton and Acton and maybe an AHL Super Heavy, we would be well on our way to respectability and the PLAYOFFS! BIG STEVE MACINTYRE OR PIERRE LUC LETOURNEAU LEBLOND will be available on waivers from Pittsburgh soon! Hint Hint!!!!!

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#3 The Towel Boy
September 18 2013, 01:49PM
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I am enjoying Eakins putting his stamp on this team. We've seen a lot of coaches roll through RX1 over the past few years and it's nice to see someone "rock the boat" if you will.

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#4 The Towel Boy
September 18 2013, 01:50PM
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Also, is Bryan Brown the girl in that Heath Ledger movie poster? Bryan Brown?

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#5 Hall for Captain
September 18 2013, 01:52PM
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Dallad Eakins = Refreshing. BRING IT ON!!!

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#6 In the Grease
September 18 2013, 01:58PM
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Speaking of deceased actors... this item out of New Zealand today about the untimely passing of.... Wanye Gretz ?!?

http://wanye.gretz.mediafetcher.com/news/top_stories/actor_new_zealand.php

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#7 2004Z06
September 18 2013, 01:58PM
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I am ok with almost all of it, but I personally like the slogan "Once and Oiler, Always an Oiler" That was something the Glen Sather instilled and it speaks to loyalty. I guess it is just another bit of evidence that these guys are mercs and loyalty is no longer expected.

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#8 #ThereGoesTheOilers
September 18 2013, 02:15PM
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I think the changes are a non-story written up to be something. There's an awful lot of people in Edmonton that need something to write about, no slight intended to those that do.

Why couldn't Eakins trounce the 'here come the Oilers slogan' while he's at it?. I cringe every time I see it.

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#9 #ThereGoesTheOilers
September 18 2013, 02:21PM
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@2004Z06

I wonder if that slogan evokes a positive sentiment out of guys like Sheldon Souray? Maybe it's time for an update.

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#10 Mr common sense
September 18 2013, 02:25PM
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Man, Eakins sure is a tough mother.....seems like the type that drinks a bottle of scotch every night, then wakes up at 5am ready to kick ass.

Just hope his tough-love attitude doesn't rub off too soon......bullies are always mocked behind their back.....

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#11 VK63
September 18 2013, 02:26PM
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Does this mean Oil Change won't run as long as Coronation Street?

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#12 BK
September 18 2013, 02:30PM
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The whole once and Oiler thing has less cache when the team has ridden the bottom of the barrel as long as they have. I would be happier if they were focused on the here and now than the past or even the future. I am all for the change, and fans should appreciate the memorabilia more anyhow.

LMAO @ WANYE "Shouldn't he be taking us for granted and offhandedly reminding us that you can pre-purchase mini packs for 2023 starting on Monday?"

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#13 FastOil
September 18 2013, 02:31PM
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When your team is awful "Once an Oiler always an Oiler" is like a bad joke, farcical. Eakins obviously saw this. It's time to write a new story, clean slate.

I think this also really puts the onus on who's sitting around the room now. Make it happen or move on.

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#14 Alex
September 18 2013, 02:36PM
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I just hope part of Eakins vision is to ban those God-awful "BP's - Finger cooking with Bill" commercials because disturbance in the force.... AREYOULISTENINGSPORTSNET????

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#15 2004Z06
September 18 2013, 02:53PM
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@#ThereGoesTheOilers

I agree the Souray situation was poorly handled, but could I could ask the same question of a guy like Ryan Smyth.

I respect the fact that a lot of fans here weren't even a twinkle in the old mans eye when I became a fan, but I always respected Sather's comment that "this team may not always be able to pay the most, but the organization will always try to look after you when you playing days are done."

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#16 Lochenzo
September 18 2013, 02:56PM
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I hope they take this lockerroom memorabilia and display throughout the new rink for the fans to see. I've followed this team all of my life and I'd love to see this stuff.

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#17 David S
September 18 2013, 03:04PM
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Mind you, those are DELICIOUS $1000 Rexall beers!

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#18 DRUDS
September 18 2013, 03:09PM
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Joe Jonas,Lil Jon?....celebrities? Oh yeah I keep forgetting your like 17 years old, wanye...As for changes ...mmm yeah it is his dressing room so let him get on with it. Why that should bother you is a much a mystery as why you consider Joe Jonas a celebrity.

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#21 The Funky Chicken Has Left The Building
September 18 2013, 03:14PM
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New dressing room slogan "Shut the hell up and just win!"

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#23 rubbertrout
September 18 2013, 03:15PM
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DRUDS wrote:

Joe Jonas,Lil Jon?....celebrities? Oh yeah I keep forgetting your like 17 years old, wanye...As for changes ...mmm yeah it is his dressing room so let him get on with it. Why that should bother you is a much a mystery as why you consider Joe Jonas a celebrity.

You might not realize it but Wanye Gretz is actually a 49 year old housewife. He has 14 cats, a host of Twilight fan fiction, and owns "50 Shades of Grey" in 5 different languages.

He also has a cleverly crafted internet persona.

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#25 vetinari
September 18 2013, 03:26PM
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Coach Eakins rocks the best "grimace face" in hockey and if he says that the pictures, the wall, and the whole stadium goes, then a-goes they will...

As for the Vegas trip, were you doing some advance scouting for an expansion team, perhaps??? The Vegas High Rollers?

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#26 DRUDS
September 18 2013, 03:39PM
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@Wanye

Damn straight ! Rene was the man... Levesque tried to destroy a country and what the hell did Joe Jonas ever destroy? I mean besides pop music...

*pulls out a pack of players and jams 6 cigs in his mouth*

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#27 Chaz
September 18 2013, 03:42PM
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.......Wait! It's been broke for flippin' years. Fix EVERYTHING Mr. Eakins. By all flippin' means FIX IT ALL!

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#29 Bucknuck
September 18 2013, 04:09PM
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I'm just happy that the coach did something that is obviously 100% Eakins. That way everyone can't scream "OH THAT WAS JUST MACT AND LOWE PULLING THE STRINGS". I'm pretty tired of that storyline.

I just hope like hell that the team can put a sixth cup in that display case soon. I can't wait!!

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#30 Aitch
September 18 2013, 04:46PM
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This is just a warm-up. Wait until you see the redesigned plans he has for the new rink.

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#31 Word
September 18 2013, 04:52PM
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I heard he stared right at Grebeshkov when he took down the "Once an Oiler always an Oiler" plaque, while shaking his head as if to say "Once an Oiler, about to be a Baron..."

I'm just kidding, I'm one of the few people that liked Grebby's tenure in Edmonton.

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#32 Naky
September 18 2013, 05:07PM
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I don't care what they do to the dressing room. Paint the whole thing pink with MLP and Cabbage Patch Kids all over the walls if that's what it takes for an honest to god culture change that encourages winning for once. Over the past three or four years, we've been hearing every coach speak rhetoric about changing the culture and not a single one of them managed to do it the way they went about it, so if taking down some old crap off a wall and putting some baby pictures of every roster Oiler player on the walls will help then by all means, go for it.

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#33 G Money
September 18 2013, 05:12PM
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When you're out of the playoffs for seven straight years, "Once an Oiler, always an Oiler" is not so much a statement of pride as it is a taunt.

When Kevin Lowe brags about his rings, I wonder if he calls them his PRECIOUSSSSSSSES?

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#34 Senator Theo
September 18 2013, 05:20PM
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@The Towel Boy

I thought that Bryan Brown was the old guy in Cocktail. He's aged very well.

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#35 John Chambers
September 18 2013, 05:40PM
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A man with hair that perfect obviously has a keen eye for aesthetic. Ryan Jones better cut that hair, and Joensuu better fix that mug of his if they want to get any playing time.

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#36 tom.MTL
September 18 2013, 05:50PM
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A picture of every player will hang in the room? I hope Eager first makes the team and then I hope they choose that timeless shot of that Canucks skank flashing Eager in the penalty box.

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#37 DSF
September 18 2013, 06:16PM
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DRUDS wrote:

Damn straight ! Rene was the man... Levesque tried to destroy a country and what the hell did Joe Jonas ever destroy? I mean besides pop music...

*pulls out a pack of players and jams 6 cigs in his mouth*

You mean Slim Pickens, don't you?

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#38 DSF
September 18 2013, 06:16PM
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OilClog wrote:

I can post! Wooooo

Good grief.

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#39 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 18 2013, 06:17PM
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Good luck to Eakins, for as long as it lasts here anyways. Who does he to think he is to come in and try to raise the bar. Why should these millionaires be made to play just a little bit closer to the edge, after the bar was set at an alltime Lowe here the last 5 yrs. The players are probably laughing under their breathe, while Eakins enjoys his moment in the sun. The players are in control here, not Dallas Eakins.

It'll take a helluva lot more than just a new coach to get this thing back on the rails. I give Dallas Eakins 2 yrs before they mutually part ways.

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#40 steelymac
September 18 2013, 06:34PM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

You know quick I have read every post you wrote today and your really quite depressing.Cheer up or get a rope.

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#41 book¡e
September 18 2013, 06:46PM
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Wanye wrote:

PERHAPS YOU MISSED THE PART WHERE I SAID I WAS OUT OF TOWN MEETING ENRIQUE

*slap*

Yeah GBear, do you think they have the Internet everywhere?????

How could Wanye keep up with OilrsNation and the Oilers from Las Vegas.

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#42 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 18 2013, 06:48PM
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steelymac wrote:

You know quick I have read every post you wrote today and your really quite depressing.Cheer up or get a rope.

I'll chose the second option Steely, thanks for noticing/your concern.

Ah, the perils of cheering for a laughing stock franchise...

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#43 pelhem grenville
September 18 2013, 06:56PM
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steelymac wrote:

You know quick I have read every post you wrote today and your really quite depressing.Cheer up or get a rope.

...GET A ROPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???

take that back...and get out

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#44 David S
September 18 2013, 07:05PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Good luck to Eakins, for as long as it lasts here anyways. Who does he to think he is to come in and try to raise the bar. Why should these millionaires be made to play just a little bit closer to the edge, after the bar was set at an alltime Lowe here the last 5 yrs. The players are probably laughing under their breathe, while Eakins enjoys his moment in the sun. The players are in control here, not Dallas Eakins.

It'll take a helluva lot more than just a new coach to get this thing back on the rails. I give Dallas Eakins 2 yrs before they mutually part ways.

This is an astute and well thought out comment.

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#45 David S
September 18 2013, 07:06PM
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PSYYYYYCH!

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#46 steelymac
September 18 2013, 07:06PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...GET A ROPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???

take that back...and get out

Your right pelhem I take that back and my apologies to anyone offended.I will say that all the negativity is getting old and why bother bringing it every dam day.

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#47 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 18 2013, 07:17PM
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steelymac wrote:

Your right pelhem I take that back and my apologies to anyone offended.I will say that all the negativity is getting old and why bother bringing it every dam day.

Ah, you flip flopper. Your testicles recede up into your pelvis a little? It's just hockey we're talking about. Not really of any importance in many of our lives. I appreciate your sense of humor.

Pick a path, and stay on it.

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#48 Poolanov
September 18 2013, 08:53PM
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Watching tonight batman??????

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#49 Poolanov
September 18 2013, 09:00PM
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Maybe quicksilver and DSF should get together and watch the Oilers kick some ass this year. Then they might shut up ...........hahaha, who am I kidding, they'll never shut up.

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#50 Serious Gord
September 19 2013, 02:29AM
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Well, if Eakins turns out to be a flop and out on his a$$ in two years this dressing room renovation is going to be viewed very differently by fans AND players.

An argument can be made that Eakins hasn't yet earned the right to rip up the visible legacy that was that dressing room.

He better win or he's going to look just as bad and wear it as "six rings" and his "bold"ness for their over-reach.

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