GDB 50.0: DO THE MOVES MATTER?

Jason Gregor
January 16 2014 12:25PM

Instead of firing another head coach, Craig MacTavish has decided to move out some players who have been here for most of the losing. Ladislav Smid was traded earlier this year, and yesterday Devan Dubnyk was sent to Nashville for Matt Hendricks. MacTavish quickly replaced Dubnyk by acquiring netminder Ben Scrivens from Los Angeles. 

Will these moves make the Oilers better? 

I don't see Hendricks making a major impact, but I also don't expect 4th liners to be difference makers. His salary is too high for a 4th liner, but if he plays well, helps out on the PK and adds some energy then he could break even. The Oilers aren't in a massive cap crunch and I don't see anyone on the roster in line for a significant raise over the next two seasons, so I don't see his $1.85 million cap hit hampering them financially. You can critique Hendricks the player, and have reservations about his play, but his cap hit is not going to hinder the Oilers.

Scrivens has an opportunity of a lifetime. He's coming to a team that is desperate for adequate goaltending. He doesn't need to be great, he just needs to be better than Ilya Bryzgalov's .904 SV%, and if he can avoid allowing weak goals he'll be considered an improvement.

Let's make one thing abundantly clear, however, Dubnyk was not the main reason the Oilers are in 29th place.

He was brutal at the start of the season, but since November he has been no worse than the majority of the roster. I've heard and read suggestions that that his slow start ruined the Oilers season.

I'd say that is just a tad misleading.

No doubt he was brutal early on, especially against the Jets, Canadiens and Leafs. Had he played decent they win those games. However, when you look closer you realize that the Oilers winning % didn't go up when Dubnyk was out of the lineup, it went down.

In the 29 games Dubnyk started the Oilers won 11 of them.
The 20 games he didn't start they won 4.

The Oilers won 38% of the games he started, but only 20% of the games he didn't. In case you are wondering in his 11 wins he only allowed 20 goals, so you can't say the offence carried him. 

I'm not giving Dubnyk a free pass. He didn't play well this year. He has to own that, but they Oilers need to realize that when he didn't play they won 4 of 20 games. FOUR. I'd say they have many other issues besides Dubnyk.

The goaltending needs to be better, but after speaking to a few scouts and goalie coaches I'm not sold that Scrivens is an automatic upgrade.

Dubnyk played much better last season; however, he hasn't been able to shed the "weak goal" label. Those goals were magnified on a losing team, and if he wants to be a starter somewhere else he'll need to limit the softies. Scrivens is a good backup, but he's yet to show he can be a starter. He'll get every opportunity to prove he can be over the next few months.

Dubnyk didn't look comfortable this year and to me it became clear the organization had lost faith in him, and I sense that Dubnyk's confidence was waning. Sometimes you just have to realize that both sides are better off without one another, and I think that was the case.

I won't be surprised if Dubnyk puts up decent numbers elsewhere, but I will be shocked if he re-signs in Nashville. With Pekka Rinne signed for another five seasons, I doubt Dubnyk wants to settle for a guaranteed backup role. I suspect he will sign with a team that doesn't have a clear cut starter.

HENDRICKS...

He is a 4th liner who kills penalties, but he hasn't produced much offence since he tallied 25 points in 2011. He is competitive and will battle, but some won't be able to get past his $1.85 million salary for the next three seasons. If you expect him to produce a lot of points due to his salary, then you'll be disappointed. He won't bring much offence.

He's never been a regular centre, but he has won 53% of the 700+ faceoffs he's taken. I'd have him centre the 4th line the rest of the season. Smyth is better on the wall than he is down the middle.

At best he's a 4th liner who kills penalties and will add some energy and break even offensively. The latter will be his biggest challenge, and MacTavish has opened himself up for criticism if Hendricks can't be break even. 

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Gagner
Yakupov-Arcobello-Eberle
Perron-Gordon-Hendricks/Jones
Jones/Hendricks-Smyth-Gazdic

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Belov-N.Schultz

Scrivens

Starting Scrivens was the obvious decision. He'll want to make an impression right away and Bryzgalov wasn't very good in Dallas. The Oilers are 2-16-3 in their last 21 visits to Minnesota, so any new face in the lineup could be a welcomed addition.

Hemsky is back in Edmonton getting his swollen ankle looked at. If it is just bruised, I'd sit him out until it was 100%, not 80 or 90, but 100% before I'd put him back on the ice. The Oilers need him healthy and at his best to maximize his trade value. He won't re-sign to be a 3rd line RW next year, so they need to get something for him at the deadline.

Hendricks should play 4th line centre, mainly because Smyth is better on the wall, but Eakins suggested you might see him on the wing, possibly with Gordon. The Oilers like his energy, which is great, but he'll need to generate some offence if you play him on the third line.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers haven't had a lot of luck in the Twin Cities (inner Gene comes out) recently, but the new faces will give them a boost and they will skate away with a rare win in Minnesota. They get a break not having to face Niklas Backstrom -- he is 25-4-1 all-time vs. Edmonton, although the way he's playing maybe they would prefer to face him -- and they score three on Darcy Kuemper to win 3-2.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: You can change the coach and the players, but the Wild are still a boring hockey team. They are 26th in scoring, but have the 10th best GAA. This game is a reminder of how awful it was to have to watch the Wild six times a year. Thankfully we are only subjected to it three times a year now.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Most stats suggest Hendricks won't produce much offence, but he picks up a 2nd period assist and Oilersnation rejoices. Also, in a rare change of fortunes an Oiler scores against his former team when Nick Schultz scores his first of the season. Kyle Brodziak watches in disbelief. He was certain he would score tonight.

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#201 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 10:21PM
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Jackson wrote:

As an Oiler fan I have to agree with you. Oilers Organization is an embarrassment. City of losers

Is it hard climbing up on such a high horse everyday?

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#202 hall2010
January 16 2014, 10:21PM
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Eakin needs to go. we can blame mact and klowe as well but at the end of the day, its clear that the players don't want to play for him. mact needs to step up and fire this clown asap. i may not like all his trades but some of them were decent. his biggest mistake was hiring eakins. i bet if the oilers fire eakins, the team will improve dramatically!

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#203 Oiler Al
January 16 2014, 10:22PM
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At least they won't have to launder the equipment for the next game.... no one broke sweat in this one.

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#204 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 10:23PM
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Islanders of the North wrote:

Really? This is what NHL hockey has become in Edmonton, pathetic, you do not deserve n NHL team.

Do you need a ladder to climb up onto your horse??

Ate we suppose to just be thankful we get the privelage of paying to watch??

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#205 Rod
January 16 2014, 10:26PM
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@hall2010

Eakins is known around the league as an Ass. No one wanted him for a coach except Edmonton.

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#206 Rod
January 16 2014, 10:31PM
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Eakins was laughed out of Vancouver when they interviewed him. Gillis couldn't believe anyone would hire him.

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#207 Hockey mom
January 16 2014, 10:32PM
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Randaman wrote:

Ya, it's Hall. Saw it in the first period. My wife doesn't like him anymore. LOL

It was probably Hall muttering to himself "give me a f*%^# trade so I can play for a real f*^%# coach"

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#208 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 10:37PM
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Eakins is not the problem!! Let me explain.... His "swarm" defence could theoretically work brilliantly!! Definition of swarm : a great number of things or persons, especially in motion.

You see, Eakins strategy isn't the problem, the problem is the NHL only allows us to play 5 guys at a time. But if we could play say 10-15 guys we'd be laughing

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#209 camdog
January 16 2014, 10:38PM
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Jackson wrote:

As an Oiler fan I have to agree with you. Oilers Organization is an embarrassment. City of losers

Have to give credit to Lowe. He sold everybody from the fans to the ownership that losing was acceptable as a tool to gain assets. The very fact that it took 8 years of being the worst team in all of hockey before we became embarrassed is quite the testament to how good of a used car salesman Mr. Lowe is.

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#210 Serious Gord
January 16 2014, 10:39PM
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Drowning in Oil wrote:

GOTTA LOVE THE OILER SYMPATHIZERS. THEY SAY..... MAC T HAS ONLY HAD 7 MONTHS. GIVE HIM A BREAK..........

WELL, YOU PATHETIC, SYMPATHETIC REJECTS, ASK YOURSELVES HOW LONG MAC T GAVE KRUGER?

I'LL TELL YOU IT WAS LESS THAN 7 MONTHS.

Very interesting point. One should search the transcripts to see if Lowe or MacT have used the "too soon to judge/fire Eakins" justification/Defence.

One thing I wonder is: did kreuger rub MacT or Klowe the wrong way? Was his end of season report damning of oiler management - perhaps recommending the firing of some of the assistants? Was he being too independent-minded? Was he a threat to the power structure or rebellious within it?

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#211 6 ring circus
January 16 2014, 10:40PM
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Rod wrote:

Eakins is known around the league as an Ass. No one wanted him for a coach except Edmonton.

Eakins rolled into Edmonton like he was a Jack Adams winner,the day he painted Chop wood ,Carry Water in the Oilers dressing, I'm pretty sure most of the players were like WTF ,this guy is a tool!!!

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#212 Turnover
January 16 2014, 10:43PM
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Why is there a new arena being built ?

Is Edmonton getting a hockey team ?

If I was a season ticket holder, I would sue the organization for false promices.

But Jason...that is 2 nice butts.

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#213 Serious Gord
January 16 2014, 10:44PM
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Rod wrote:

Eakins was laughed out of Vancouver when they interviewed him. Gillis couldn't believe anyone would hire him.

Got proof of that?

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#214 dougtheslug
January 16 2014, 10:52PM
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Two nights ago in Dallas, off the opening faceoff, the left dman ( Justin Schulz) jumps up too quickly on a bouncing puck, doesn't control it, causing a 2 on 1 the other way. Nick Schulz flops down too early and Dallas scores a gimme to start the game.

Tonight, off the opening faceoff of the 3rd period, the left dman (Martin Marincin ) jumps up too quickly on a bouncing puck, doesn't control it, causing a 2 on 1 the other way. Jeff Petry makes a half hearted effort to block the pass across, and Minnesota scores a gimme to start the period.

My question is this: Do the oiler coaches actually coach? Do they tell the D not to gamble off a center ice faceoff because the potential reward is not worth the risk? (like I used to tell my son's houseleague peewee team). Did they say anything to the D when they were reviewing the films of the Dallas game? If they did, were the D man listening and incapable of learning, or were they tuning out because at this point of a hopelessly lost season, they couldn't care less what their coaches say?

Just asking.

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#215 Jeffery
January 16 2014, 10:52PM
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How much money does KLowe make a year?

How much money does Eakins make a year?

How much money does MacT make a year?

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#216 Mike Krushelnyski
January 16 2014, 10:54PM
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I Smell Negro

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#217 Rod
January 16 2014, 10:55PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Got proof of that?

Yes I do, but it is hard to prove.

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#218 Serious Gord
January 16 2014, 10:58PM
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Buffalo is three points back with four games at hand and a much easier schedule from here to the end of the season than the oil has.

Cgy seems to be able to just suck a little less than the oil does and remains three points ahead with two games at hand.

Thirtieth is within the oils grasp.

If I was to have posited at the beginning of the season that even with the team being relatively injury-free that they would finish dead last - and with the worst record in franchise history - would anyone reading this have said that despite that horrendous - record-setting outcome no one in management should be fired?

As I am stating it now, does anyone think that anyone will be fired save for perhaps one or more of the assistant coaches?

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#219 Serious Gord
January 16 2014, 11:00PM
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Rod wrote:

Yes I do, but it is hard to prove.

That is a nonsensical statement. Either you have proof or you don't.

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#220 Jay
January 16 2014, 11:01PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Buffalo is three points back with four games at hand and a much easier schedule from here to the end of the season than the oil has.

Cgy seems to be able to just suck a little less than the oil does and remains three points ahead with two games at hand.

Thirtieth is within the oils grasp.

If I was to have posited at the beginning of the season that even with the team being relatively injury-free that they would finish dead last - and with the worst record in franchise history - would anyone reading this have said that despite that horrendous - record-setting outcome no one in management should be fired?

As I am stating it now, does anyone think that anyone will be fired save for perhaps one or more of the assistant coaches?

I'm actually thinking for the first time that Eakins maybe fired. It really looks like the Oilers are not playing for him.

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#221 Serious Gord
January 16 2014, 11:02PM
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I'm actually thinking for the first time that Eakins maybe fired. It really looks like the Oilers are not playing for him.

From your keyboard to Katz' eyes...

And yet I think that doesn't solve the much more deeply embedded problem: The incompetence of Kevin Lowe and the relationship between him and the owner that keeps him in place and unaccountable for the myriad transgressions he has committed against this team and thus against the fans.

Let's see what happens if the jets with their new coach waxes the oil on Saturday afternoon...

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#222 bazmagoo
January 16 2014, 11:02PM
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So let me get this straight - team shows improvement last year (ever so slight) in a shortened campaign. GM fires coach, improves roster. Hires new "wonder boy" coach, yet team is worse than they were last year. Seems like simple math to me, and it has from about game 10. Glad to see Oilers Nation is starting to realize it's time to Chop Eakins! He can go chop wood in the AHL and actually win something before he comes back to the NHL.

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#223 Rod
January 16 2014, 11:03PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

That is a nonsensical statement. Either you have proof or you don't.

Let's say I heard Gillis say this. Now you will say no you didn't.

Like I said hard to prove

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#224 bazmagoo
January 16 2014, 11:14PM
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The way it's going the Oilers are going to get Ekblad, because they could finish last in the league again!

Wonder how nuts the Fire Lowe crowd would go if that happened, might have a riot on our hands.

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#225 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 16 2014, 11:19PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Very interesting point. One should search the transcripts to see if Lowe or MacT have used the "too soon to judge/fire Eakins" justification/Defence.

One thing I wonder is: did kreuger rub MacT or Klowe the wrong way? Was his end of season report damning of oiler management - perhaps recommending the firing of some of the assistants? Was he being too independent-minded? Was he a threat to the power structure or rebellious within it?

I think mact saw a shiny new toy that his contacts in the media talked a lot about. A rash decision by a rookie gm. Made worse by the fact he is a hypocrit. He says the Team needs stability as a head coach after firing the coach who only had half a season and no real training camp.

How does he have any credibility when it comes to managerial decisions? Lowe hired his friend, there was no search for a replacement as a team doing it's due dilligence would do. MacT hires a new head coach over a phone call. Doesn't do any real thinking. Both instinct decisions that were wrong. There have been many instinct decisions gone wrong. proof is in the record

This team has no plan. just guys going through the motions looking for insperation from somewhere.

Not a good way to run anything

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#226 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
January 16 2014, 11:19PM
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@Rod

Hearsay isn't proof. But I think I'm starting to agree with imagiGillis. Eakins looks like he hasn't the faintest idea of how to coach in the NHL.

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#227 Anton
January 16 2014, 11:48PM
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I felt the Eakins was a wrong coach by second game and I felt that they should have fired Eakins by tenth game. And 50 games later that Eakins is still here. The moment when Eakins was thanking Eller for "inspiring" his team to beat Habs that's the moment that I feel so strongly which Eakins should be fired. Isn't that coach's job to inspire your own team?

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#228 spliff
January 16 2014, 11:49PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

I think mact saw a shiny new toy that his contacts in the media talked a lot about. A rash decision by a rookie gm. Made worse by the fact he is a hypocrit. He says the Team needs stability as a head coach after firing the coach who only had half a season and no real training camp.

How does he have any credibility when it comes to managerial decisions? Lowe hired his friend, there was no search for a replacement as a team doing it's due dilligence would do. MacT hires a new head coach over a phone call. Doesn't do any real thinking. Both instinct decisions that were wrong. There have been many instinct decisions gone wrong. proof is in the record

This team has no plan. just guys going through the motions looking for insperation from somewhere.

Not a good way to run anything

Absolutely agree. I wonder if there was any analysis done to see whether Eakin's systems and ideas would be successful for the Oilers? Where was the due diligence and proper management? It seems like it was another decision made by "hockey minds" and ex-player management types that used to have a place in nhl management(pre - 1990s)but not anymore. Just because MacT is well spoken and educated doesn't translate into managerial acumen.

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#229 Serious Gord
January 17 2014, 12:17AM
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Rod wrote:

Let's say I heard Gillis say this. Now you will say no you didn't.

Like I said hard to prove

No that's not "hard to prove" what it is is hard to back up - quoting anonymously on a hockey blog. You put your identity and the time and place and that pretty much proves it - or gets you sued.

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#230 john
January 17 2014, 12:36AM
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Oilers lost again tonight to a bunch of no names and back up goalie in Minnesota? Scored 1 goal for, goals against is worst in NHL. I can see the players are not having fun out there playing for Eakins. Mac T doesn't want to admit that he made a mistake hiring this coach but it shows right now in the standings. They can't score goals and they allowed too many against which means losing games not winning them.

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#231 BLAKPOO
January 17 2014, 02:04AM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

aww did I offend you., i will ask my mom to make you a cake.

So once again no one should be held accountable. You don't mind losing year after year with the SAME guy pulling the strings?

You blame tambellini for this mess but think Lowe is free and clear?

When a person who is not qualified for his job (macT) makes changes they are typically poor. What calculated risk is he taking? The players are underperforming, well who brought these players in? LOWE I will give no credit for effort in a professional sport. Only results.

Mom wants to know what type of cake you want, Troll

Naw.. I don't get offended by angry kids.

Don't remember saying anything about Lowe. I could care less about Kevin Lowe. Fire him tomorrow. I bet the team will still be losing.

Just so you know, a calculated risk is a risk that you can take with a determinable result. For instance, you can spend some of Katz's money on a few one year deals - like Grebeshkov and Belov, because if they are utter failures you can put them on waivers and get rid of them altogether, or bury them in the minors with a minimal salary cap hit. I know it might be a little soon for you to process this, you can ask your grade 8 math teacher about it if you're still having problems.

..and don't bother your Mom about the cake, I'll ask her when she wakes up. All that hard work made her sleepy, poor thing.

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#232 shaddup
January 17 2014, 06:11AM
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BLAKPOO wrote:

Naw.. I don't get offended by angry kids.

Don't remember saying anything about Lowe. I could care less about Kevin Lowe. Fire him tomorrow. I bet the team will still be losing.

Just so you know, a calculated risk is a risk that you can take with a determinable result. For instance, you can spend some of Katz's money on a few one year deals - like Grebeshkov and Belov, because if they are utter failures you can put them on waivers and get rid of them altogether, or bury them in the minors with a minimal salary cap hit. I know it might be a little soon for you to process this, you can ask your grade 8 math teacher about it if you're still having problems.

..and don't bother your Mom about the cake, I'll ask her when she wakes up. All that hard work made her sleepy, poor thing.

ouch, reaperfunkss...you got OWNED little boy...

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#233 camdog
January 17 2014, 06:11AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Very interesting point. One should search the transcripts to see if Lowe or MacT have used the "too soon to judge/fire Eakins" justification/Defence.

One thing I wonder is: did kreuger rub MacT or Klowe the wrong way? Was his end of season report damning of oiler management - perhaps recommending the firing of some of the assistants? Was he being too independent-minded? Was he a threat to the power structure or rebellious within it?

In the off season report from Krueger he requested an experienced assistant coach to help him behind the bench. When looking for this assistant coach Mact ran into Eakins. Eakins told Mact he wasn't coming to the NHL to be an assistant. So Mact fired Krueger and hired Eakins.

The question are why wasn't Krueger involved in the process to hire a new coach? How can a GM get fleeced by a coach? How stubborn is Mactavish? When will admit the mistake and fire Eakins. It sure is easy to fix others mistakes but it's dam hard to admit you were wrong.

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#234 shaddup
January 17 2014, 06:15AM
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Nowuknow wrote:

So much is so for game day prediction!!!! Instead bold move will be Coilers to apply to Garry , to use two Golies at once on a game or relegation to the AHL. This will solve everything may be, may be!!!

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#235 Serious Gord
January 17 2014, 06:20AM
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BLAKPOO wrote:

Naw.. I don't get offended by angry kids.

Don't remember saying anything about Lowe. I could care less about Kevin Lowe. Fire him tomorrow. I bet the team will still be losing.

Just so you know, a calculated risk is a risk that you can take with a determinable result. For instance, you can spend some of Katz's money on a few one year deals - like Grebeshkov and Belov, because if they are utter failures you can put them on waivers and get rid of them altogether, or bury them in the minors with a minimal salary cap hit. I know it might be a little soon for you to process this, you can ask your grade 8 math teacher about it if you're still having problems.

..and don't bother your Mom about the cake, I'll ask her when she wakes up. All that hard work made her sleepy, poor thing.

Grebeshkov and belov weren't calculated - they were emotional picks:'grebe was someone MacT liked and chose to hire despite there being plenty of other options that cost less and could be had on a two way contract. Below was personally scouted by MacT apparently and hired with little if any input from oilers scouts - a seat of the pants hire if you will, no calculators were harmed.

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#236 shaddup
January 17 2014, 06:22AM
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Getting worse wrote:

There must be a Lowe must go chant next game..I would start it but pride won't let me buy tickets

Pride, and a paper route that needs me...

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#237 BobbyCanuck
January 17 2014, 09:21AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Eakins rolled into Edmonton like he was a Jack Adams winner,the day he painted Chop wood ,Carry Water in the Oilers dressing, I'm pretty sure most of the players were like WTF ,this guy is a tool!!!

Known as an ass, that does not surprise me, considering the type of comments he makes. esp. the one calling the fan that threw the jersey on the ice after the loss to the Blues, (wish I had not left the game after the second period)gutless or something like that. The big thing Eakins does not realize is now his poorly thought out comments get plastered all over N. America, when he was in the minors they only got splashed around too, I am thinking the village newspaper, and the equivelant of our Channel 10.

You in the SHOW now Mr. Eakins, please comport yourself accordingly

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#238 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 17 2014, 10:47AM
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BLAKPOO wrote:

Naw.. I don't get offended by angry kids.

Don't remember saying anything about Lowe. I could care less about Kevin Lowe. Fire him tomorrow. I bet the team will still be losing.

Just so you know, a calculated risk is a risk that you can take with a determinable result. For instance, you can spend some of Katz's money on a few one year deals - like Grebeshkov and Belov, because if they are utter failures you can put them on waivers and get rid of them altogether, or bury them in the minors with a minimal salary cap hit. I know it might be a little soon for you to process this, you can ask your grade 8 math teacher about it if you're still having problems.

..and don't bother your Mom about the cake, I'll ask her when she wakes up. All that hard work made her sleepy, poor thing.

Easy to be brave on the internet isn't it?

Troll

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#239 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 17 2014, 10:48AM
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shaddup wrote:

ouch, reaperfunkss...you got OWNED little boy...

Yup guess I will stop logging in. You sure showed me the error of my ways. Troll

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#240 samurai003
January 17 2014, 01:18PM
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Anton wrote:

I felt the Eakins was a wrong coach by second game and I felt that they should have fired Eakins by tenth game. And 50 games later that Eakins is still here. The moment when Eakins was thanking Eller for "inspiring" his team to beat Habs that's the moment that I feel so strongly which Eakins should be fired. Isn't that coach's job to inspire your own team?

His coaching has given us the Edmonton Marlies.

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#241 samurai003
January 17 2014, 01:25PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Grebeshkov and belov weren't calculated - they were emotional picks:'grebe was someone MacT liked and chose to hire despite there being plenty of other options that cost less and could be had on a two way contract. Below was personally scouted by MacT apparently and hired with little if any input from oilers scouts - a seat of the pants hire if you will, no calculators were harmed.

Seems to be a lot of emotional picks. Scrivens played for Eakins on the Marlies.

Katz picked Lowe, b/c no one else would hang out with Katz.

Lowe picked MacT and Howson, b/c no one would hang out with Lowe.

Did better with Tambo, Renney and Krueger, all of whom were voted off the island.

Now it's just the boys club.

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#242 Punkins
January 17 2014, 06:16PM
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I agree Eakins has got to go! A friend of mine has a son that plays in The NHL and he said that he couldn't believe that Edmonton hired Eakins!! Worst coach ever!!!!! I guess he had some dealings with him along the way and said he is an ASS! Gtg

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