NURSE TO JUNIOR, EAKINS HATES SITTING BACK

Jason Gregor
September 25 2013 09:16AM

Darnell Nurse definitely made an impression in his first NHL camp. His infectious smile and polite demeanor allowed him to fit in off the ice, but it was his on-ice play that impressed his teammates the most. None of the Oilers had ever seen him play before, but his fluid skating stride grabbed their attention the first day of camp.

"He moves incredibly well," Taylor Hall said to me on the second day of training camp. "He's so smooth for a big man. He'll be scary when he fills out," continued Hall.

When Hall is impressed by a player's skating ability, you take notice.

Last Wednesday in Vancouver, Nurse played a dominating 24 minutes vs. the Canucks. He gave management, coaches, teammates and the fans a glimpse of his future potential, and he should go back to Sault Ste. Marie feeling very good about his game.

While Nurse dominated in Vancouver that night, in his other preseason games he was solid. At times he looked his age, and you could see that he'll need to add some weight to his 6'4" frame, but every game he played he did something that caught your attention.

Even the most pessimistic Oiler fan was impressed by Nurse, and in 12 months I think he'll be even more impressive.

The Oilers made the right decision to send him to junior. He'll go back to the OHL, play 25-30 minutes a night, develop his game, improve his strength and he'll take on more of a leadership role. He'll be a better player next year, and when he comes to training camp he'll be focused on making the team.

Prior to the draft I interviewed Nurse, and when I asked him about going straight to the NHL he gave an incredibly honest and mature answer, "I think I need to keep developing my game. There are areas I need to improve on, and I think it would be best for me to play another year in junior."

For Nurse to recognize in the summer that the best thing for him would be another year in junior, shows you why he'll be successful, but that doesn't he mean he wasn't crushed when Eakins told him the news last night.

"If anyone tells you it feels good to get cut, they're probably lying to you," he said. "It sucks. There's nothing fun about it but they (Oilers) have the best plan for me and my development. I'm going to go back and dominate my league and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to play in World Juniors," continued Nurse.

I love his attitude. He'll use this as motivation to become even better. He'll make a serious push for the World Junior team and that experience will also help his development.

THIS IS A GOOD THING

There is no negative in sending Nurse back to junior, the only negative out of training camp was that we didn't get to see him play against a complete NHL team. Every game he playe, the opposition had very few proven NHL players. Regardless, that game in Vancouver gave us all a glimpse of his potential. 

He didn't look out of place, even when the Sedins were on the ice, and the best part was that he didn't look intimidated at all. You can't teach confidence, and you can't teach competitiveness. Nurse has both in abundance, and I can't wait to see how he looks next September.

THREE MORE CUTS

Tyler Pitlick, Anton Lander and Taylor Fedun were assigned to OKC last night. They will be on the team charter to OKC this morning and all of them will play significant minutes in OKC this season. Fedun continues to improve. He's an incredibly smart player who rarely makes mistakes. He or Oscar Klefbom will be the first call up, if the Oilers suffer any injuries on the blueline.

Pitlick had the best training camp of his short career. He is close to being an NHL player, and if he can stay healthy this year. and keep improving. he should make a serious push to crack the lineup next season.

Lander wasn't a factor in training camp. He just never looked comfortable and wasn't able to stand out in any of the games. If he can get off to a good start and play well, I think there is a good chance he will play some games in Edmonton this season. He needs to be a leader and one of the best players every night in OKC.

***EDIT at 10:00 a.m.***

The Oilers placed Ryan Jones on waivers this morning. If he clears he'll start the season in OKC. I haven't seen anything from Ryan Hamilton or Ben Eager that suggests they are better NHL players than Jones, but Jones didn't have a strong camp and the Oilers do save cap space by keeping Hamilton up and sending Jones down.

Eager brings a completely different element, so I understand why he is here. Hamilton's footspeed in the preseason was an issue, we'll see how he looks against NHL lineups. Good for him he worked hard to make the lineup, but I don't think anyone on the Oilers fourth line is a lock to stay the entire season.

A WELCOME CHANGE

A few things I've never understood; how someone thinks Olivia Wilde isn't hot or why coaches play prevent defence in football or sit back when they have a lead in hockey.  The picture answers the first question, and when I've watched the Oilers games this season I've noticed a refreshing approach when they have a lead. Eakins wants them to keep pushing forward, rather than sitting on a lead. THANK GOODNESS.

I find when I watch games on TV, even worse on the web, that it is hard to see some of the small nuances of the game. The camera only focuses on the puck carrier, so it's hard to see what players are doing away from the play. Luckily the Oilers have had the lead for every home game this season, and I noticed early on that they never "sat back" on a lead.

In the first few games I wondered if it was just the quality of the opposition, but after watching last night's game I was confident the Oilers' were in fact trying to remain aggressive.

David Perron played in St.Louis the past few seasons, and the Blues have a reputation of protecting leads, so I asked him if Eakins' message, when protecting a lead was different than what he'd previously experienced. 

He tells us to keep going, and I love it and I think everyone in the room does. I don't think that other coaches say sit back, but they way they react it says it without saying it. If you read between the lines, it is pretty easy to figure out that (sitting back) is what they want from the team. 

If you are up 3-2, yeah you need to be smart, but even if you are down 1-0 you need to be smart. It is the same game all the time, and I like that. Dallas wants us to learn to play the same game; in the preseason, the regular season and then when we get in the playoffs we won't be as nervous. 

It is refreshing to hear that a coach is constantly telling his team to push forward, and it is equally good to hear a player already thinking about the playoffs. That is the type of attitude the Oilers need.

After speaking with Perron, I asked Eakins about his gameplan to never stop attacking. 

It kills me. It makes me crazy. I was getting ready to check myself in in the third period because we started to sit back and I don’t understand  why you would. After having great success for two periods by pushing the pace, and limiting their time and space, why would we suddenly give them time and space when the otherwas working for us. I feel the best way to defend a lead is to score a goal. That’s the way to do it. To sit back and give them chance after chance doesn’t make sense to me. 

There are things we can do in practice to work on that, but that is more of a mentality. We have to plant the seed, then start taking great care of that seed and watering it every day, and that's what we are going to do here. That is the one thing I didn't love about the game, because we started to sit back in the third period. 

When the regular season begins and the games matter, if the Oilers are sitting back on a lead, don't blame the coach. He'll be just as frustrated and perplexed as you if his team stops pushing forward. I'm curious to see how long it takes before the players are confident enough not to sit back.

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#101 Czar
September 25 2013, 09:33AM
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It might be disappointing for him to get sent down but at least he'll get to WIN a gold medal at the WJC. Absolutely the right call for his development.

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#102 freelancer
September 25 2013, 09:40AM
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Love to see Nurse so fired up about being cut. In the end it's great to see them take their time with the kid. He's looked good in preseason but still probably not ready for full time NHL duty. Giving him the 9 games was a possibility but in the end I'm okay letting them use those spots for the guys who will stay around the whole season.

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#103 pkam
September 25 2013, 09:58AM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Hey JG,

Can you find out what is going on with Curtis Hamilton?

Why hasn't he been cut yet? Have you seen him around, on the ice or anything?

I'm assuming he's injured, if so what's the injury? And, if so, why would that keep them from cutting him from the TC roster to rehab if he isn't going to make the team anyway?

It is very confusing.

Thanks!

If I remember correctly, he had a surgery late last season and is recovering so he will be on IR when season starts.

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#104 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:01AM
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pkam wrote:

If I remember correctly, he had a surgery late last season and is recovering so he will be on IR when season starts.

Cool...

but why would that keep him on the TC roster for the big club?

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#106 916oiler
September 25 2013, 10:19AM
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I immediately took a shower after watching Nurse dish that apple to Ebs; I felt downright FILTHY just watching it.

Can't wait for that kid to make the jump!

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#107 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:26AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

He tore his ACL playing soccer before a game in OKC late last season. He is around camp and has been rehabbing, but is still a few weeks away from playing, if not longer.

Thanks!

That sucks for him. That 3 (him plus Martindale and Pitlick) have a huge year ahead of them... anything in the way like a lingering injury isn't going to help.

Is that typical? For an injured prospect to remain on the TC roster? I would have assumed they'd cut him long ago, or does it affect his rehab in someway (like maybe where and with whom he can rehab)?

thanks again.

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#108 Czar
September 25 2013, 10:27AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

In my opinion he isn't ready for the NHL. Needs to be stronger, and most of his opponents weren't NHL players. It would only have gotten more difficult for him.

Belov's overall game, today, is better, but Nurse's upside is monumental. He showed he has all the tools to be a very good, and maybe an elite D-man.

But I don't feel he was NHL ready.

In the couple games Belov has played he's already ahead of N.Schultz in my books. Hell of a pick up, can't wait until he's more comfortable with the NA game and starts throwing his weight around.

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#109 Lochenzo
September 25 2013, 10:32AM
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Glad to see Arcobello play well last night with Perron and Eberle. Arcobello was invisible playing with 3rd and 4th line wingers. I guess it's top 6 forward or bust for Arcobello.

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#110 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:33AM
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Forrestt wrote:

Your article title from yesterday is funny "Players will decide who makes the team". I think Fedun played his way into the mix, was better than some proven NHL'ers, but alas, his 2 way contract was easier to park him back in the AHL rather than make a tough call on one way contracts. Hopefully the Oilers don't carry 8 defencemen at least and he gets a shot at a relief role occasionally...

Waiving Jones today counters your argument.

The team is clearly going with who they think is the better players regardless of contract situation.

It's a good sign.

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#111 Lochenzo
September 25 2013, 11:15AM
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Will wrote:

Have you been watching any clips of Nichushkin in Dallas pre season. Sending him down to AHL would hinder his development if anything since he would just skate through most of the competition down there. At least up in the NHL he'll have to learn play on both sides of the puck.

You have to evaluate what you know on draft day. We didn't know how good Nichuskin would be at camp. We also don't know what will happen if Nichuskin doesn't want to sign a bridge deal for his second contract. I'm just saying that there are risks with this player. You have to ask the question, will this guy be a player for this franchise 5 years down the road. Nichuskin certainly has the talent. But which league will he be playing in?

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#112 OilClog
September 25 2013, 11:25AM
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Debating on whether Nurse was the right choice.. Still??? Nation is such a confusing place, when the last time an Edmonton Oiler defender didn't get beaten like a rented mule by the Sedins? Nurse was/is a fantastic choice. We're spoiled to have him.

Jones on waivers.. Eakins will lead us to the glory land, this is a new day.

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#114 bazmagoo
September 25 2013, 11:32AM
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Even though I like Jonesy, I'm glad to see him on waivers. He's one dimensional to me, and doesn't bring enough grit and size to warrant a roster spot currently. Kind of bummed for the guy, until I remember that he's guaranteed to make $1.5 million dollars this year.

Hopefully he makes it back to the big leagues some day, but he's got a lot of work ahead of him based on his performance in pre-season.

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#115 michael
September 25 2013, 11:32AM
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Jones on Waivers is not a surprise to me at all. His return from an eye injury has left him tentative. I know from my own experience the effect that this has on ones psyche. I lost my vision in my left eye due to a puck in the eye when I was very young. I did not play sports after that at all. Fear of the loss of my vision totally made me wary of sports and other situations that may have involved danger to my sight.

I said it last year and I'll say it again now. Ryan Jones has lost that part of him that gives him the edge when he is on the ice. I and others have seen it in his play. he is less engaging physically. His best chance in life is to walk away now from hockey and refocus his energies elsewhere. No shame in taking a path that leads to success in other things other than hockey. Ryan Jones was for 2 years a very good Oiler. But the injury he suffered has taken away his edge. It may be by just a little but in hockey as in all sports its that what makes the difference in being a top tier players vs being a minor leaguer.

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#116 Crackenbury
September 25 2013, 11:51AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Stand pat and make due with what's already in the system. Ride this season out, and hope the kids can do it on their own. One more season of hockey that doesn't matter coming to RX1 this fall.

It's difficult to understand how a team with so many holes on the roster can send someone who may have been able to contribute back to junior. To even believe he couldn't be a contributor under Eakins watch is stuborn. Guess we'll never know now. Despite being well inside the top 6 group of defenders on this team during camp, we won't get to see how he'd fare against NHL players, he didn't even get that opportunity.

I'll give you Props for being one helluva troller. You're consistency is impressive. I think you may even be starting to believe your own nonsense.

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#117 pkam
September 25 2013, 11:53AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Potter isn't even in the Oilers top-8 though... Fedun will need to beat out guys like Larsen and Belov moving forward...

Belov may start his NHL career as a 3rd pairing, but I believe he will be a top 4 just a matter of time. So Fedun does not need to beat Belov just to make to top 6.

Larsen and Grebeshkov, perhaps if they are willing to be a 3rd pairing making about 1M, which is what Potter and Fedun will be.

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#118 Bloodsweatandoil
September 25 2013, 12:05PM
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No offence to Jones,but he has looked awful. I'm all about giving a guy a second chance, but he obviously did not buy into Eakins/Oilers mantra this camp. Just one of many more to come of subtle signals by Oilers Management to the rest of the team....take nothing for granted!

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#119 Geoff
September 25 2013, 12:14PM
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I for one was glad when they picked nurse in the draft. People were clammering for a top 2 defencemen with size that would play hard. Well there he is. We just have to wait now.

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#120 Doomoil
September 25 2013, 12:14PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

is this the first time you've ever followed a training camp?

it sure seems like it.

it's been funny watching your transition from pessimist to straight troll.

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#121 abbeef
September 25 2013, 12:16PM
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@TeamOmark

I think this line would be brutal as well but Eager is not slow at all, he is faster than Omark. All three should never be dressed for the same game as that line would give the opposition a huge advantage,

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#122 Harlie
September 25 2013, 12:17PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Jones likely has to prove he can still produce after the eye injury. Harsh, but likely the reality of how teams will look at him. Needs to move his feet and get back to skating. I suspect he'll get another shot in NHL in near future.

JG, do you think Jones knew about his waiver thing before last nights game? They showed a few closeups of him on the bench and I've never seen him with such a stone face and lack of emotion before. Seemed like he knew something was up and his mind was already working out the details.

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#123 Pucker
September 25 2013, 12:18PM
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michael wrote:

Jones on Waivers is not a surprise to me at all. His return from an eye injury has left him tentative. I know from my own experience the effect that this has on ones psyche. I lost my vision in my left eye due to a puck in the eye when I was very young. I did not play sports after that at all. Fear of the loss of my vision totally made me wary of sports and other situations that may have involved danger to my sight.

I said it last year and I'll say it again now. Ryan Jones has lost that part of him that gives him the edge when he is on the ice. I and others have seen it in his play. he is less engaging physically. His best chance in life is to walk away now from hockey and refocus his energies elsewhere. No shame in taking a path that leads to success in other things other than hockey. Ryan Jones was for 2 years a very good Oiler. But the injury he suffered has taken away his edge. It may be by just a little but in hockey as in all sports its that what makes the difference in being a top tier players vs being a minor leaguer.

I too lost the vision in an eye when young. I am quite active in many sports, including hockey and, until recently MMA.

I think it's attitude. He didn't lose vision. He just has to decide to move on and apply himself.

He seems like a good guy. I'm cheering for him but it's all up to him and his mindset. Physically he's able.

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#124 Pucker
September 25 2013, 12:22PM
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Quickie - you're gettin' old. You should get back on whatever you were before, or get off whatever you started on these past few months.

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#125 Ducey
September 25 2013, 12:23PM
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Capgeek has the Oilers as having $1.648 M in Cap room. They have adjusted for Jones but not for a few others.

When we take into account the moves in the last 24 hrs we get:

Off the books: Lander $900,000 Eager $125,000 (for his buried contract)

Added salary: Hamilton $600,000 Eager $1,100,000 Arcobello $600,000 Acton $680,000

Adjusted Cap room: $-307,000

What am I missing? It looks like they are over the Cap. Maybe Nuge and Gagner qualify for LTIR?

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#126 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 12:30PM
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Ducey wrote:

Capgeek has the Oilers as having $1.648 M in Cap room. They have adjusted for Jones but not for a few others.

When we take into account the moves in the last 24 hrs we get:

Off the books: Lander $900,000 Eager $125,000 (for his buried contract)

Added salary: Hamilton $600,000 Eager $1,100,000 Arcobello $600,000 Acton $680,000

Adjusted Cap room: $-307,000

What am I missing? It looks like they are over the Cap. Maybe Nuge and Gagner qualify for LTIR?

Don't forget to IR a few cats.

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#127 bazmagoo
September 25 2013, 12:31PM
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Ducey wrote:

Capgeek has the Oilers as having $1.648 M in Cap room. They have adjusted for Jones but not for a few others.

When we take into account the moves in the last 24 hrs we get:

Off the books: Lander $900,000 Eager $125,000 (for his buried contract)

Added salary: Hamilton $600,000 Eager $1,100,000 Arcobello $600,000 Acton $680,000

Adjusted Cap room: $-307,000

What am I missing? It looks like they are over the Cap. Maybe Nuge and Gagner qualify for LTIR?

I believe the Oilers have room because RNH, Yak, and J Schultz all have 2.85 in potential bonuses attached to their entry level deals. I'm not 100% positive, but I think these bonuses are pretty hard to achieve. That 8.55 million total is likely available to the Oilers in cap room.

Plus, as Romulus just stated, RNH, Gags, and Potter are on the IR

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#128 Doomoil
September 25 2013, 12:31PM
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madjam wrote:

Quicksilver on the pulse of a lot of fans feelings going into the season , like it or not . Nurse decision seems more economic decision and contract numbers , than his so called lack of not making team .Will Nurse get better going back to Junior again ? Unlikely as he will not be playing with or amongst men . At least in Europe , etc. the better Juniors are playing in men's leagues . Nurse added a strong element we do not have much of and would have helped this years squad . Why they didn't allow him to stay for at least 8 games into season is puzzling - it would have done him well in his progression . I guess they want to give that time to others whom quite frankly are not as good as he . This is a controversial decision that may well backfire .

it's not a controversial decision among anyone who has followed the development paths of any top flight defensemen not named drew doughty.

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#129 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 12:46PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

I believe the Oilers have room because RNH, Yak, and J Schultz all have 2.85 in potential bonuses attached to their entry level deals. I'm not 100% positive, but I think these bonuses are pretty hard to achieve. That 8.55 million total is likely available to the Oilers in cap room.

Plus, as Romulus just stated, RNH, Gags, and Potter are on the IR

http://www.capgeek.com/oilers/

Unless I'm wrong, the bonuses built into ELCs count against the cap in full, whether achieved or not.

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#130 Fresh Mess
September 25 2013, 01:16PM
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Omark?

I see Theo Peckham got waived by CHI.

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#131 pkam
September 25 2013, 01:17PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

You and me bud, we'll convert all these heathens surrounding us. It just seems counter productive to bring all these kids into camp that have zero chance of making this non playoff team.

Where the Oilers are today, roster wise, wouldn't it have been a significant benefit to have been down to this group two and a half weeks ago? Implement that new system and have the guys get use to each other. Hit the ground running as a 25 man group Oct 1st. On a team that needs every competitive advantage they can get. It appears to be a missed opportunity having all these kids with zero chance of making the club just getting in the way these last couple weeks. Looks more Gong Show than serving a functional purpose if you ask me.

The serious injury to Gagner probably insures Hopkins will be rushed back into this lineup.

Speaks like a man with no tomorrow, just today.

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#132 Shifty203
September 25 2013, 01:32PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

I love the camera from behind the net angle. I wish the entire game was from that angle! You get to see the play develop as the players see it. They can revert to the 1940's side angle for replays on offsides as that is really all that it is good for.

If you saw the Toronto-Buffalo brawl the other night, you may have noticed 2 of the ref's were wearing Go Pro helmet cams. I couldn't find and footage from the game from the refs angle online, but I did find a video from a Detroit Exehibition game that had one ref wearing a Go Pro.

Go to google, and search "Detroit Referee Go Pro". You should get several links to the video.

I love the view on faceoffs, and from the goal line as the play moves towards the net.

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#133 Craig1981
September 25 2013, 01:33PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

You and me bud, we'll convert all these heathens surrounding us. It just seems counter productive to bring all these kids into camp that have zero chance of making this non playoff team.

Where the Oilers are today, roster wise, wouldn't it have been a significant benefit to have been down to this group two and a half weeks ago? Implement that new system and have the guys get use to each other. Hit the ground running as a 25 man group Oct 1st. On a team that needs every competitive advantage they can get. It appears to be a missed opportunity having all these kids with zero chance of making the club just getting in the way these last couple weeks. Looks more Gong Show than serving a functional purpose if you ask me.

The serious injury to Gagner probably insures Hopkins will be rushed back into this lineup.

But you see all 23 players have been on the ice together since the start of preseason. They have been learning the system together. Its given players like Nurse a chance to develop with the team and given players like Omark, Jones, Pitlick, and Kelfbom have all learned the system now.

If we would of cut the team when you wanted we would of had injuries to Gagner and Grebeshkov, then had to call up players that had not been with the team. And its a long 82 games season, lets not wear everyone out.

As well playes like Belov and Eager might not be on the team.

30 teams do do not feel your way is a opportunity, so I'm quite sure it is not.

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#134 Doomoil
September 25 2013, 01:34PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Change, embrace it.

The game has changed considerably the last 25 yrs. Eakins could be the first coach to break tradition and be the first guy through the wall next fall.

you're a dunce.

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#135 bazmagoo
September 25 2013, 01:43PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

http://www.capgeek.com/oilers/

Unless I'm wrong, the bonuses built into ELCs count against the cap in full, whether achieved or not.

They don't count against the cap, unless achieved.

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#136 Truth
September 25 2013, 02:01PM
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I thought that the new CBA made it impossible to hide 1-way contracts in the minors. If I am remembering correctly, this means Jones will count towards the cap unless he gets picked up by another team.

Edit: Please disregard. I did not realize we were on page 2 and Romulus' Apotheosis covered this already.

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#137 Tikkanese
September 25 2013, 02:39PM
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Shifty203 wrote:

If you saw the Toronto-Buffalo brawl the other night, you may have noticed 2 of the ref's were wearing Go Pro helmet cams. I couldn't find and footage from the game from the refs angle online, but I did find a video from a Detroit Exehibition game that had one ref wearing a Go Pro.

Go to google, and search "Detroit Referee Go Pro". You should get several links to the video.

I love the view on faceoffs, and from the goal line as the play moves towards the net.

Yea that ref cam could get the odd great replay angle for sure.

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#138 wiseguy
September 25 2013, 03:06PM
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Previous posts in discussing Omark being placed on waivers:

#6 tileguy September 14 2013, 11:11AM What is interesting is Omark will have to clear waivers to be sent down (I believe) so either he makes the team or he is lost for all time and I can easily see him lighting us up. I still would cheer for him though in different colour silks."

"#11 tileguy September 14 2013, 11:25AM

I think this is a little bit more than over-valuing a prospect. No chance in he!! that he clears. (I'll bet money on that)"

"#45 Scobydoo September 14 2013, 07:09PM Omark 1 year 600k = claimed! If he clears, im gonna start sending cristmas-card to Don Cherry!"

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#139 Wax Man Riley
September 25 2013, 03:56PM
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TeamOmark wrote:

That would just about be the slowest line in the NHL. All it needs is an Omark in there somewhere to speed things up.

Actually, Brown and Eager are pretty good skaters. Omark is not an NHL player.... obviously. He has a league minimum contract (or close to it), and he just cleared waivers. that means EVERY team in the NHL had a chance to get him for nothing or next to nothing.

Yet here he is... in the AHL.

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#140 wiseguy
September 25 2013, 04:08PM
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tileguy wrote:

tail between legs wimping to corner. I was really high on Gagne for captain now I want Hallsy. Guess thats why there is a pre season.

You're a big man. Props to you. It wasn't the response I usually get for bringing up stuff.

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#141 Wax Man Riley
September 25 2013, 04:10PM
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smokey wrote:

Many were commenting on the terrible signing when he could of had Beniot Pouliot or Mason.raymond for less money,. What was MacT thinking signing a guy for 1.5. For every good move MacT made was an equally stupid one.

Jones does not get claimed on waivers since no team wants him for $1.5M.

He goes to OKC, works hard, gets his confidence back, and when injuries occur, there he is ready to go dig pucks out of the corner to shovel them in front of the net to nobody.

He becomes a not bad stopgap player when injuries occur. Jones once proved that he can play in the NHL.

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#142 Wax Man Riley
September 25 2013, 07:05PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

I'd steer more respect to your comments Gregs if you weren't wearing hipster glasses in that photo....

Those are Lady Gaga shades btw...

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#143 Thumby
September 25 2013, 08:19PM
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If Force = mass x acceleration, what will happen to Monoghan in a couple years when a 225lb Nurse comes calling?

That kid has some kind of sweet skating action going on!

See you next year Darnell!

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#144 Oilcruzer
September 25 2013, 09:09PM
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If this was game 80 of any of the last 5 years, I get the (deserved) slamming of the Oil at all levels.

But to take such a negative approach before game 1 is in the books?

"inconceivable"

The team looks to be finally turning the corner now. The days of JF Jacques being hyped as a reason to spend your $ on a ticket might now be history.

Might.

For this team, the window is opening.

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#145 Oilcruzer
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Nah. Prefer to compare the 23 man roster vs previous years.

And the change by a GM done between the last game of last season to first game of next.

More importantly, predicting gloom is a bit silly at this point. Give it 10 games anyway.

Reminds me. If NYR and Vancouver each have worse records than last year, and they likely will, what does that say about the exchange of coaches.

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#146 dougtheslug
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Oiler Al wrote:

Cuzer, question.... " finally turning the corner now" ?? Check out the bottom six.. barely got one legit NHL'er there.!

The depth of this team is not what you think it is. You have two centers out of the line up, and depth guy like Ladner, who has been around for a couple of years can't fill the crack, and is sent down to the AHL, only to be replaced by another AHL,er.

Bottom six by November (assuming top six is Hall, Hemsky, Smyth, RNH, Eberle, Perron), is Gordon, Yak, Joensuu, Brown,Eager, Lander, and occasionally Mac. When Gagner returns, Lander drops back.Barely one legit NHLer???Gordon, Yak, Brown and Eager have nearly 1500 NHL games between them.

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#147 Dave
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It seems to me that the coach was favoring Hamilton even before camp started. I hope Hamilton delivers. We needed more grit in the line up.

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#148 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
September 26 2013, 08:52AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

So which of the Oilers current top-four is out? Smid, J.Schultz, Petry or Ference?

Did they just disappear?

Also you aren't including Klefbom and Nurse who will be in the mix next season. And Larsen makes the money are mentioned.

If you think Fedun is battling Potter next year, you aren't paying attention.

At some point someone is going to be hurt and he'll probably get a shot. What happens from there who knows.

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#149 djc
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Haven't been paying attention Wax Man. Figured those buttons were there for the kids to play with, not be a meter to gauge the popularity contest the kids seem to enjoy. Never really paid much attention to the arse kissing scores or negative prop buttons.

I've been trying hard to put up more of the so called cookie cutter answers that are popular here, but as you can see, I still have a ways to go before I become one of the mundane normal vanilla types.

People give you "thumbs down" not because they don't like you or because it's a popularity contest, but rather because your comments make no sense and your knowledge of hockey is laughable.

Oooooh you are such a rebel because you don't give cookie cutter answers (ie: opinions that are different than yours)! Hopefully you get your internet trophy soon.

Keep trying to convince yourself that you don't care what people think while you post 50 times a day and try to rile people up with your comments about kids committing suidice and visible minorities. Hopefully you have other things in life besides this blog since you don't appear to have much else.

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#150 Harry
September 26 2013, 09:45AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Kicking and screaming bud, kicking and screaming... one game at a time. Hard to see the Oilers stuck in neutral for so many years. In three years, after the Oil have turned the corner, there will be nothing to complain about. Instead of passing judgement on Oiler players here on ON i'll need a new hobby.

With the Oilers being the only game in town, I guess we'll just have to force ourselves to like them. Going to be another long year boys...it's good to have a place to come and vent one game at a time.

So you admit that your hobby is to be a complete goof in an online blog?

Truly sad. When this team turns the corner this season I cant wait to see you try and weasel your way back in.

You need to learn how to be a fan and not an a$$ho#e

Best of luck

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