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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#52 sizzay
January 16 2014, 03:25PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Ekblad was fine at WJC for me. He was 17 playing in the top pair. How many other 17 years old have done that over the years?

I have no concern with his hockey sense. I don't agree with that.

I haven't watched them all enough to make an accurate pick at this point. I have started watching more of their games and will have a write up later in the year.

Historically the best forwards in the draft are taken early, while the best D-man is rarely the best in his class.

Of course guys like Pronger, Doughty, Niedermayer and a few other special D-men buck that trend... Ekblad is a heck of a player as are the rest. I will watch more and then decide who I'd take first...

Fair assessment. I have no objections to taking the player. We will have to wait and see a few years down the road. Hopefully he is a hell of a player.

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#53 1manwolfpack
January 16 2014, 03:25PM
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sweet jeebus.who are those ladies?!Great article, by the way...

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#54 Puck JammeR!
January 16 2014, 03:25PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Ekblad was fine at WJC for me. He was 17 playing in the top pair. How many other 17 years old have done that over the years?

I have no concern with his hockey sense. I don't agree with that.

I haven't watched them all enough to make an accurate pick at this point. I have started watching more of their games and will have a write up later in the year.

Historically the best forwards in the draft are taken early, while the best D-man is rarely the best in his class.

Of course guys like Pronger, Doughty, Niedermayer and a few other special D-men buck that trend... Ekblad is a heck of a player as are the rest. I will watch more and then decide who I'd take first...

my tummy kinda hurts but I didn't eat anything weird today. any suggestions?

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#55 Lochenzo
January 16 2014, 03:26PM
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Ekblad played better at the WJHC than 19 year olds Griffin Reinhart and Matt Dumba.

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#56 Cody anderson
January 16 2014, 03:30PM
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Everyone is complaining about the contract length and amount. Were you aware Mact offered him more to sign with us prior to the season?

A bigger, gritty utility player that is good in the dot and willing to stand up for teammates may be a step in the right direction for a small soft team that has trouble winning faceoffs.

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#57 Hockeycrazed
January 16 2014, 03:33PM
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I have to agree to disagree, JG, stats is just that, a statistic of sorts, it only paint part of the whole picture, winning and losing comprise of a few different elements; e.g. second game of a double header, game after a winning streak (3 games or more), time zone difference, etc. etc. Whereas, when a goalie repeatedly give up soft goals, the whole team approach a game differently (tentatively, I should say), and because Dubnyk's backups are just as bad doesn't mean much, it only means that the team's all that more frustrated is all! Not to say Scrivens is the answer, either! I still think they should pry one of Bernier or Reimer from the Leafs, one of them will feel the need to play more games!

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#58 Chainsawz
January 16 2014, 03:37PM
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We traded a nothing goalie for a 4th line plug. The amount of discussion this is generating is surprising to me.

The cap hit doesn't bother me. In 2 years the cap is probably going to be somewhere around $10,000,000,000 and he won't even be making the league minimum.

Thanks Rogers.

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#59 Rama Lama
January 16 2014, 03:39PM
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I watched the game with the Oilers glasses on. The two players that stood out for me was Ho-Sang and Eakblad.

Eakblad because he looks like a man child with ice in his veins. Ho-Sang because I never knew he existed and he was always making something happen at high speed.

We should be doing everything to secure Eakblad.......make a deal now with Buffalo if required. Although it's hard to predict how defenceman turn out, this one looks like the next coming of Chris Pronger.

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#60 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
January 16 2014, 03:40PM
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At the beginning of the year, I used to read GDBs. Now I just come for the top props comments.

Cheers.

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#61 pkam
January 16 2014, 03:42PM
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Max wrote:

I just read the comments re Duby on the Predators' web site. What a nice, agreeable, welcoming group of fans they have. They are happy to have Duby, no negatives and feel that now he has some defense in front of him, he will excel. I have to agree. What do the Oilers' fans do? Slam Ben Scriven's wife, call Matt Hendricks a has been, moan about MacT and his choices,and generally moan about everything. Here we go again............. A little positive energy would sure go a long way. Maybe it's the fans who are the problem in Edmonton, they've blamed everyone else, how about taking some responsibility as well.

I always wonder why Peca chose Toronto over Edmonton for less money. And Spacek was willing to go to Montreal but would not return to Edmonton.

Now I start to wonder if Oilers fans are worse than Leafs fans and Habs fans.

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#62 rob
January 16 2014, 03:42PM
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If you look at macts body of work he is slowly changing the mix of this team,scrivens is ahead of dubnyk by a lot,he got rid of horricable,brought in perron(best oiler besides from hall)picked up ferrencebrought in hendricks,so while nothing is bold he is doing a good job,will reserve any negativity till I see what he does this sommer and trade deadline

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#63 pkam
January 16 2014, 03:47PM
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Puck JammeR! wrote:

my tummy kinda hurts but I didn't eat anything weird today. any suggestions?

Go eat something weird, and don't read the negative comments here.

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#64 Matt Henderson
January 16 2014, 03:47PM
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zomg that picture...must...get back...to...work

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#65 BLAKPOO
January 16 2014, 03:53PM
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Max wrote:

I just read the comments re Duby on the Predators' web site. What a nice, agreeable, welcoming group of fans they have. They are happy to have Duby, no negatives and feel that now he has some defense in front of him, he will excel. I have to agree. What do the Oilers' fans do? Slam Ben Scriven's wife, call Matt Hendricks a has been, moan about MacT and his choices,and generally moan about everything. Here we go again............. A little positive energy would sure go a long way. Maybe it's the fans who are the problem in Edmonton, they've blamed everyone else, how about taking some responsibility as well.

Thank you!

It's easy to understand why everyone's so mad, we've been terrible for so long. But MacT is actually trying to fix the problems. It takes two to dance - just because we all want Shea Weber and Boone Jenner doesn't mean they can be had.

He's added Perron, Gordon, Joensuu, Ference, Bryzgalov, Hendricks and Scrivens. He's also done this moving only a few picks and the junk from a bottom dwelling hockey club.

I seriously don't see how people can think he's been ineffectual. You can't become a cup winning team in one year, dealing from a huge point of weakness as we are. Tambo would still be sitting on his hands, counting the light fixtures in Rexall.

Ragging on the guys he's brought in to help before you actually see if they're able to contribute is just wrong. Any moves is good moves for this club.

Welcome to Edmonton, Ben and Matt. Here's to finding success with our team!

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#66 westcoastoil
January 16 2014, 04:05PM
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DD out Scrivens in, sure. Hendricks, well OK.

Canucks get aired out 9-1 AND JG posts a pic of my new 2 favourite girls...it is indeed a sunny day!

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#67 RJ
January 16 2014, 04:09PM
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For anyone familiar with advanced stats: are there any advanced thats that rate:

1) size and grit 2) veteran leadership

If there is, I'd be curious to see where Hendricks fits in terms of those stats. Add to it that he's pretty solid in face-offs, it seems like a decent pick-up.

And if people are whining now about his salary, I can only imagine what they would say had Hendricks come as a free-agent signing.

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#69 mayorblaine
January 16 2014, 04:14PM
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really! has come to reading stupidity about the fans are reason for the Oiler woes. there will always be a "darwin award" worthy segment of the population who will say and do bad things, but the fans here in Edmonton should be applauded for their unwavering love for a team that doesn't love them back. most certainly doesn't have any idea how to show it.

these comments maybe some of the stupidest i've ever read here and i'm not overly discerning.

the OILERS ORAGNIZATION is the reason for the woes. the plight is their own, the sword they need to fall on.

winners want to win and unless drafted here, they aren't coming to lose.

bad fans you say, GREAT FANS I SAY!

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#70 Johnnydapunk
January 16 2014, 04:19PM
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I guess I'm in the camp of let's see what happens, I am curious though as everyone seems to be ripping Hendricks because he chose Nashville over the Oil and that he is not worth 2 million. His interview sounded like he was looking forwards to playing for the Oil and in hindsight that he may have made a mistake in picking Nashville over the Oil, he seems to feel that he has something to prove which is always a good sign.

I do wonder though what it would take for him to shake off this tag he has already about being a waste? What would he need to do to justify his price tag and that he was worth trading for? I can' t really figure out what everyone wants.

I think he could be a decent asset to the Oil who lack size and grit and the ability to win face offs, I watched a few YouTube videos of him which of course don't show a lot, though his "paralyser" move in shootouts is pretty impressive so if he can be a guy who gets the puck on the breakaway, he could put a few in.

As for Scrivens, let's see what happens, it seems everyone knows the issue here is the Oil's porous defence so again, what would it take for him to be considered a decent choice?

I would have been shocked if he was head over heels excited to come here as he is leaving a team with a pretty decent shot at winning the cup and the Oil are almost booking their tee times. He is playing for a contract somewhere and teams look at stats and he is going to have to play like a Demi god to come out of the season looking half decent. I have only known of one player in recent years who have requested a trade to the Oil and that was Smyth so whether we like it or not, the Oil aren't a great destination for a player for the time being, maybe that will change in a few years, I hope so.

I'm only asking this stuff as a lot of people are ragging about both of them and this can't make it any easier to attract players if the second they are part of the Oil, they are already considered wastes before they even play a game.

I hope they both do alright and as we have Hendricks for a few years, I especially hope that he can prove that he is a bargain at 2 million and not a waste.

As for Dubnyk leaving, I'm looking forwards to seeing how he plays in a different system, maybe without the pressure here he might do alright and as he seems like a nice enough guy, I hope for the best for him.

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#71 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 16 2014, 04:28PM
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BLAKPOO wrote:

Thank you!

It's easy to understand why everyone's so mad, we've been terrible for so long. But MacT is actually trying to fix the problems. It takes two to dance - just because we all want Shea Weber and Boone Jenner doesn't mean they can be had.

He's added Perron, Gordon, Joensuu, Ference, Bryzgalov, Hendricks and Scrivens. He's also done this moving only a few picks and the junk from a bottom dwelling hockey club.

I seriously don't see how people can think he's been ineffectual. You can't become a cup winning team in one year, dealing from a huge point of weakness as we are. Tambo would still be sitting on his hands, counting the light fixtures in Rexall.

Ragging on the guys he's brought in to help before you actually see if they're able to contribute is just wrong. Any moves is good moves for this club.

Welcome to Edmonton, Ben and Matt. Here's to finding success with our team!

The team got WORSE under Mact's first year and you " seriously don't see how people can think he's been ineffectual" HIS TEAM IS WORSE!!! thats how people think he is ineffectual

your a Troll or on the Oiler payroll. Perron been good

Gordon ok

Joensuu has brought nothing

Ference has made no difference at all

Bryz is what he was in Philly. Overrated

you forgot grebeshkov. remember how Mact knew this guy was ready for a good year after being away from the NHL

Belov "personally scouted by macT" is average at best

take your PR efforts to the Oilers site where it belongs

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#72 Mclick
January 16 2014, 04:32PM
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The team make up hasn't worked for the last 4 years. Players need to be moved out, which in some cases is unfortunate. 2 years away from competing for a playoff spot....at least that is what I have been saying for the last few years.

Get rid of them all slowly, keep your top picks and get something for Gagner or Eberle if a really good offer comes up.

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#73 Jaroslav Pouzar
January 16 2014, 04:32PM
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Scrivens is sure one weird-looking dude... befitting of a goaltender.

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#74 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 16 2014, 04:33PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

I guess I'm in the camp of let's see what happens, I am curious though as everyone seems to be ripping Hendricks because he chose Nashville over the Oil and that he is not worth 2 million. His interview sounded like he was looking forwards to playing for the Oil and in hindsight that he may have made a mistake in picking Nashville over the Oil, he seems to feel that he has something to prove which is always a good sign.

I do wonder though what it would take for him to shake off this tag he has already about being a waste? What would he need to do to justify his price tag and that he was worth trading for? I can' t really figure out what everyone wants.

I think he could be a decent asset to the Oil who lack size and grit and the ability to win face offs, I watched a few YouTube videos of him which of course don't show a lot, though his "paralyser" move in shootouts is pretty impressive so if he can be a guy who gets the puck on the breakaway, he could put a few in.

As for Scrivens, let's see what happens, it seems everyone knows the issue here is the Oil's porous defence so again, what would it take for him to be considered a decent choice?

I would have been shocked if he was head over heels excited to come here as he is leaving a team with a pretty decent shot at winning the cup and the Oil are almost booking their tee times. He is playing for a contract somewhere and teams look at stats and he is going to have to play like a Demi god to come out of the season looking half decent. I have only known of one player in recent years who have requested a trade to the Oil and that was Smyth so whether we like it or not, the Oil aren't a great destination for a player for the time being, maybe that will change in a few years, I hope so.

I'm only asking this stuff as a lot of people are ragging about both of them and this can't make it any easier to attract players if the second they are part of the Oil, they are already considered wastes before they even play a game.

I hope they both do alright and as we have Hendricks for a few years, I especially hope that he can prove that he is a bargain at 2 million and not a waste.

As for Dubnyk leaving, I'm looking forwards to seeing how he plays in a different system, maybe without the pressure here he might do alright and as he seems like a nice enough guy, I hope for the best for him.

I dont think the players coming in are too worried that the fans are in a bad mood. They know the standings. The Oil have been crap for the better part of a Decade. players know and thats why they dont want to be here.

Dont listen to the laForge school of spin and blame the fans. This disaster is 100% on oiler management.

They need to be gone so they can stop making dumb trades and signings.

I have no idea about hendricks but who cares because he is a 4th liner not a difference maker.

Scrivens...Dude i am so sorry you had to come home to this garbage. Good luck but even Georges Vezina himself would have bad numbers behind this defense

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#75 Serious Gord
January 16 2014, 04:36PM
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Glen Healey says he can't believe thAt Nashville got out from under Hendricks' contract.

That makes at least two of us.

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#76 outdoorzguy
January 16 2014, 04:39PM
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I hope Scrivens plays well, but not well enough for a win. I'm still hoping the next loss for the coaching staff will be their last loss as Oiler coaches!!

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#77 Curt Brackenberry
January 16 2014, 04:44PM
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The salary cap era has ruined blockbuster trades of the past. So much for excitement on trade deadline.

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#78 tileguy
January 16 2014, 04:45PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

I hope Scrivens plays well, but not well enough for a win. I'm still hoping the next loss for the coaching staff will be their last loss as Oiler coaches!!

It's weird how you kinda want to see oil loose 7-0, just like slowing down to gawk at a bad car accident, but inside you get excited if they blow out the other guys

GDP... Oil 6, wild 0, Hendricks with 2 points and a fight, Gadzic with a goal and a fight.

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#79 Serious Gord
January 16 2014, 04:48PM
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GDP - josh Harding isn't in net. 5-2 oil.

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#80 Jerod
January 16 2014, 04:48PM
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Personally I have no faith in Oiler management given their track record. A clock is right twice a day. Oilers not so much

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#81 Sid
January 16 2014, 04:54PM
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Jason,

Maybe this will bring a smile

http://www.fastcocreate.com/3024885/theres-a-marauding-devil-baby-scaring-people-on-the-streets-of-new-york

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#82 Johnnydapunk
January 16 2014, 05:15PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

I dont think the players coming in are too worried that the fans are in a bad mood. They know the standings. The Oil have been crap for the better part of a Decade. players know and thats why they dont want to be here.

Dont listen to the laForge school of spin and blame the fans. This disaster is 100% on oiler management.

They need to be gone so they can stop making dumb trades and signings.

I have no idea about hendricks but who cares because he is a 4th liner not a difference maker.

Scrivens...Dude i am so sorry you had to come home to this garbage. Good luck but even Georges Vezina himself would have bad numbers behind this defense

This is it, I'm asking what it would take Hendricks and Scrivens to do so people can say, "yeah that was a great trade and I'm glad we got these guys!"

What kindof numbers do these players have to put up for people to be satisfied ?

As everything about this season is a write off, all I am hoping for is that the new players settle in alright and the end of the season they say that this was a great move for them, and maybe attract other free agent players to come here and try to bring the glory back that has been long gone.

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#83 junior
January 16 2014, 05:18PM
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Wintoon wrote:

Oiler fans amaze me. Hendricks has not played one minute for the team and already the knives are out. I said the other day that in a re-build you don't have to win every trade but you do have to win the key trades. This folks is not a key trade.

Fans have been crying about no size, no grit, no energy and no compete. MacT acquires Hendricks who meets those criteria and every body is moaning that he won't score, he won't this, he won't that. For goodness sake give him 10-15 games and then offer your thoughts but for now give him and MacT the benefit of the doubt. You are starting to sound like Leaf fans.

You Sir, could not be more correct in my opinion. I hate the 8 years of futility as much as anybody else but wow,this is a tough crowd...

My questions to the critics are these...

How do you change a losing culture if you don't make changes?

How do you make changes if you are too scared to make a trade; because you may lose the trade,or there may(or may not) have been a better trade possible?

Not to mention trading a goalie who is very obviously struggling on a last place team. Haven't the majority in here(myself included) been saying it seems clear that the team appeared to have lost faith in Dubnyk's ability to be a number one goaltender?

The Oilers are not about to improve without taking a few chances...would you rather stand pat and keep what we have for yet another losing season? Where are all the people that were screaming to fire Tambo because he was too scared to make a trade?

The Oilers are a complete and utter mess,we all get that.Ya gotta start somewhere

We scream for change, and then criticize when change happens, before even one game has been played with the new players...makes no sense to me.

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#84 Sam
January 16 2014, 05:23PM
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@junior

These are not knives but facts. Interesting article

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hendricks-a-dangerous-get-for-the-oilers/

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#85 BLAKPOO
January 16 2014, 05:42PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

The team got WORSE under Mact's first year and you " seriously don't see how people can think he's been ineffectual" HIS TEAM IS WORSE!!! thats how people think he is ineffectual

your a Troll or on the Oiler payroll. Perron been good

Gordon ok

Joensuu has brought nothing

Ference has made no difference at all

Bryz is what he was in Philly. Overrated

you forgot grebeshkov. remember how Mact knew this guy was ready for a good year after being away from the NHL

Belov "personally scouted by macT" is average at best

take your PR efforts to the Oilers site where it belongs

Right, so I guess myself and anyone else thinking that MacT has tried to make a positive impact on this team must be on the payroll.

Brilliant.

So if you don't think MacT's done anything at all to try and improve the train-wreck Tambellini left him, you must be on the Flames' payroll? Or is it the Canucks?

Any of the players that have under-performed, or were expected to make more of an impact cost us nothing but a short-term, low-dollar, contract. Maybe in your angry little world the Grebeshkov signing kept Weber off the team? Not sure, don't care. If he works out, great. He didn't. OMFG the sky is falling! Damn you MacT and your calculated risk contracts!!!

Too bad we traded Taylor Hall for Bryzgalov, because he's over-rated. Oh wait, we didn't. He just cost us some money and gave us an excuse to banish LaBarbera. Yeah, what a bad deal.

Maybe you should take your negativity and stupid comments back to you Mom's basement, where it belongs.

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#86 pelhem grenville
January 16 2014, 05:43PM
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Yowza wrote:

Gregor, who are those beautiful ladies???

...all Gregor did was type 'sexy twins' into his search engine and click ->

after he did whatever he did he must have decided on these two . . .

it's really clever the way he put that Minnesota game day thing juxtaposed with this gratuitous shameful display of the female form to it's best use... don't you think?

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#87 Will
January 16 2014, 06:15PM
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I like the moves being made. Slowly and surely Mac T is building that grinder team around the talent he never had during his time as coach.

He is also at least attempting to solve the goal tending situation and that's a positive.

Still the Oilers really won't be competitive until they solve their defensive issues, and balance out the player types in the top six. I am much more comfortable with the idea of trading any or all of Gagner, Yak, and Ebs to get what's needed up front and on the blue.

Moreover, I would move hell and earth to sign Moulson and Callahan as free agents this summer. Then look at trading anyone of Gags, Ebs, Yak and one of our Blue chip defensive prospects to get this team into shape for next year. If you got Callahan and Moulson signed, then the returning pieces for one of the wonder kids might just be enough.

That starts to look more like a very solid team from top to bottom.

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#88 Jay
January 16 2014, 06:22PM
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7 minutes in, looks like its gonna be another special outing by this juggernaut of a team we all waste our time watching. I've had my fill for the night

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#89 Jason!
January 16 2014, 06:30PM
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1manwolfpack wrote:

sweet jeebus.who are those ladies?!Great article, by the way...

If you do not know, they are Gerger's twin sisters. You could find them on your dreams, just close your eyes and make a wish.... good luck....

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#90 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 06:33PM
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Welcome to life playing bet behind the oilers defence Scrivens! Don't worry, it gets worst

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#91 Gee
January 16 2014, 06:38PM
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Someone commented on here that Hall hates Yak, is there any truth to this, if so could explain some things and although i hate to say it would not look good on Halls part specificaley if true.

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#92 Spellchecker
January 16 2014, 06:55PM
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@RexHoles yah, it gets WORST lol

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#93 Harlie
January 16 2014, 07:06PM
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You say tonight and I say HELLO!

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#94 DevoKnows
January 16 2014, 07:08PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Oilers didn't offer him four years though...was a three year deal worth a bit more...

That being said too much onus is put on 4th liners in Edmonton...

The Oilers change coaches and 4th liners like no other team, and it doesn't change anything...

Hendricks, or any other 4th liner will make a small impact at best...

Until Oilers improve their top-7 forwards and top-4 D-men the ever-changing 4th liners, new coaches or goalie carousel won't change anything.

I agree totally with your coach/4th liner comment. Weird!!! Is it a classic case of a "safe move" (least effect on team) to show your at least trying to shake things up?

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#95 Air on Egg blood
January 16 2014, 07:14PM
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I think those two trades are fine. Getting rid of Gagner, Hemsky and N. Schultz for picks and prospects will be fine also. Sending Labarbera away for a bag of pucks was ok too. But none of those moves address our 3 main problems:

1. We need a top pairing D-man. Remember Indiana Jones 3? Remember how obsessed Sean Connery's character was with finding the holy grail? That's how Oil fans have been with that top D-man since Pronger left town. Unfortunately, I think we will have to wait for the drafting/development of Ekblad;

2. That big 2nd line center. Draisaitl or Reinhart aren't the solution. We don't need another kid learning on the job in the top 6 forwards. They will have to trade for this one. That's exactly the "bold move" MacT must make;

3. Our coaching staff is inadequate. Do we simply need to replace one of Smith or Bucky for an assistant with NHL experience (like Guy Boucher for example)? Or do we need to clean house? I'll leave that to MacT.

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#96 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 16 2014, 07:16PM
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Puck JammeR! wrote:

my tummy kinda hurts but I didn't eat anything weird today. any suggestions?

Watch the Oilers play tonight....it will make you puke....then your tummy will feel better.

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#97 Spaz
January 16 2014, 07:23PM
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Can we PLEASE go back to having two guys on the point during PPs?

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#98 Sketchy
January 16 2014, 07:23PM
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So this is what a rebuild looks like?? If I knew that I wouldn't of been onboard for one 4-5 years ago

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#99 Loweblows
January 16 2014, 07:25PM
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Good grief! Please, no more powerplays! Why does Eakins refuse to set up Yak with Nuge? Eakins has destryoed the PP!

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#100 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 07:27PM
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I'm really getting tired of looking at Bucky and Smith standing on the bench.

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