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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#151 madjam
January 16 2014, 08:47PM
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8 years to make us this bad . Looking like MacT. and his dealings are becoming more of a problem than Tams ever was . Should maybe change team name to Edmonton Postal - as we continue to mail in the points .

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#152 Kevin
January 16 2014, 08:47PM
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ok- who want to write the obituary ? come on this could be fun !

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#153 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 16 2014, 08:49PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

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.

This team will continue to lose. Management is bad. A change is needed in the whole culture for there to be any progess. If a fool is making your decisions then the results will always be less than desirable.

Bringing in 4th liner forwards and unproven back up goalies is not going to get this on track.

There is no way we will say this is a great trade because it was far from great anything.

Once again if your leaders can't do their job then all those under the umbrella are handicapped. When the leaders cant make good decisions it is time for new leadership.

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#154 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 16 2014, 08:49PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

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.

This team will continue to lose. Management is bad. A change is needed in the whole culture for there to be any progess. If a fool is making your decisions then the results will always be less than desirable.

Bringing in 4th liner forwards and unproven back up goalies is not going to get this on track.

There is no way we will say this is a great trade because it was far from great anything.

Once again if your leaders can't do their job then all those under the umbrella are handicapped. When the leaders cant make good decisions it is time for new leadership.

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#155 Robert
January 16 2014, 08:49PM
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Yak nailed it tonight....too bad. Hope he can play the rubber match vs the Jets.

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#156 Nowuknow
January 16 2014, 08:50PM
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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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#157 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 08:51PM
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#oilerspositives - Stauffer will assure us that they will learn from this game

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#158 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 16 2014, 08:52PM
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Alsker wrote:

Since no QSB again, allow me to remind everyone this was another step closer to Ekblad or whomever we choose with the #1 this year. Even with fLames getting their asses kicked tonite we still are able to maintain our lead for epic fail of the year.

That's how bad the Flames suck.....they don't even know how to loose good!

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#159 hockey fan 1976
January 16 2014, 08:53PM
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did anyone see the highlights after this horror show on Paul Maurice in Winnipeg. How he talks to the bench, the intensity and respect you see in the player's faces? man...why did we not go after this guy again. Eakins just stands there with this f#%* look on his face all the time. What is he thinking? he looks lost out there. God I hate the Klowe and Mac Crap

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#160 outdoorzguy
January 16 2014, 08:54PM
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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!!!

Huh???

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#161 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 16 2014, 08:56PM
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BLAKPOO wrote:

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.

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

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#162 Hockey mom
January 16 2014, 08:56PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Mercy Star.

Like a participation ribbon:)

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#163 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 16 2014, 08:56PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

Huh???

Nowuknow is Syders drunk login persona.

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#164 Robert
January 16 2014, 08:56PM
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hockey fan 1976 wrote:

did anyone see the highlights after this horror show on Paul Maurice in Winnipeg. How he talks to the bench, the intensity and respect you see in the player's faces? man...why did we not go after this guy again. Eakins just stands there with this f#%* look on his face all the time. What is he thinking? he looks lost out there. God I hate the Klowe and Mac Crap

Add the Buchyburger and the Stevofries with that so I can find the nearest trash can to throw them all in!

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#165 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 08:58PM
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Ok starting now.... Lowe vs Burke!! Who can build a better team?? Just to be fair, Burke gave Lowe a 4 year head start

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#166 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 16 2014, 09:01PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

The team got worse under Mac T's first year? He's only had the job for 7 months. Everybody is getting really tired of your constant whining.

Show me different. Show me the success

Mact makes moves Oilers still lose.

too early to evaluate scivens yet but this D will break him down.

Get me the cheese

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#167 God
January 16 2014, 09:03PM
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I'm somehow happier when they lose big. No more small character-building losses. I want nothing that can be mistaken as positive. NOTHING.

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#168 Getting worse
January 16 2014, 09:04PM
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There must be a Lowe must go chant next game..I would start it but pride won't let me buy tickets

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#169 hockey fan 1976
January 16 2014, 09:06PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Ok starting now.... Lowe vs Burke!! Who can build a better team?? Just to be fair, Burke gave Lowe a 4 year head start

LMAO!!! the sad thing is, in 2 years most I can see Burke having the Flamers back into the playoffs. Why? because as much of an arrogant prick as he is, he doesn't not accept mediocrity and actually holds people "accountable". So really, it will have taken Burke 3 years to take them from the bottom of the barrel to top 8 in 3 years max, while KBlowe, and Mac Crap get their furniture measured at the new arena while going for all time NHL record 6 straight first draft picks!!!

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#170 Bryzarro World
January 16 2014, 09:06PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

Willis and Staples will show us how the oilers are actually improving with the advanced stats.

Well you see, us peons that have been watching hockey our whole lives don't really know wtf we are watching and need fart catchers to help explain it to...

I'm sure Willis will tell us that we are idiots and forgot to factor the earth's rotation into the stats. Will also blame Gazdic and tell us all that we need a team of Arcos...

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#171 Yaz
January 16 2014, 09:08PM
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Would be nice if the coaching staff gets sacked after the upcoming loss in Winnipeg preferably at the airport so they can get out of town asap. These coaching dorks are so damn lost it is unbelieveable. If we keep Eakins into next year he will destroy whatever spark of hope or potential exists on this team. I know Lowe has to go but on a go forward basis Mac T takes over til the end of the year, brings up Nelson fron OKC and whatever he has for available assistants and resets the players confidence and spirit before they all ask for a trade to get them away from these idiots, they have badly digressed this year and it is all on Eakins and the assistants. At least last year with less talent, younger players and a reduced schedule we were competative til the fateful west coast road trip where they got hammered but at least it was nearly 40 games into the season that we had some hope.

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#172 Randaman
January 16 2014, 09:14PM
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God wrote:

I'm somehow happier when they lose big. No more small character-building losses. I want nothing that can be mistaken as positive. NOTHING.

No need to worry. We are so far down the toilet drowning is a concern. WE SUCK!!! If anybody trashes this they are either too young to know better or completely dosed on MacT koolaid. Brutal!

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#173 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 09:14PM
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hockey fan 1976 wrote:

LMAO!!! the sad thing is, in 2 years most I can see Burke having the Flamers back into the playoffs. Why? because as much of an arrogant prick as he is, he doesn't not accept mediocrity and actually holds people "accountable". So really, it will have taken Burke 3 years to take them from the bottom of the barrel to top 8 in 3 years max, while KBlowe, and Mac Crap get their furniture measured at the new arena while going for all time NHL record 6 straight first draft picks!!!

And he'll probably do it without any #1 overall picks

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#174 Primo
January 16 2014, 09:18PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Ok starting now.... Lowe vs Burke!! Who can build a better team?? Just to be fair, Burke gave Lowe a 4 year head start

Great post! One small correction.....Burke gave Lowe a 7 year start!

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#175 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 16 2014, 09:19PM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

Well you see, us peons that have been watching hockey our whole lives don't really know wtf we are watching and need fart catchers to help explain it to...

I'm sure Willis will tell us that we are idiots and forgot to factor the earth's rotation into the stats. Will also blame Gazdic and tell us all that we need a team of Arcos...

(Sarcasm Alert)......on an unrelated note....Linus Omark is really driving the play in Buffalo....he's playing 12 minutes a game and has 3 shots and one assist in nine games....that's one shot on goal every three games.....let's see Hendricks try and beat those kind of numbers!

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#176 Johnnydapunk
January 16 2014, 09:23PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

This team will continue to lose. Management is bad. A change is needed in the whole culture for there to be any progess. If a fool is making your decisions then the results will always be less than desirable.

Bringing in 4th liner forwards and unproven back up goalies is not going to get this on track.

There is no way we will say this is a great trade because it was far from great anything.

Once again if your leaders can't do their job then all those under the umbrella are handicapped. When the leaders cant make good decisions it is time for new leadership.

Thing is, that is nothing new, and there is little that any of us can do about it, we can complain and boo and vow to never go to a building with the word "Rexall" in it but until the people who make the decisions make those decisions, all we can do is talk about what we got.

I am not trying to pick fights here so I hope it's not interpreted that way, but you have yet to answer the question I had. What would it take for these two players to make people think it was a decent trade. It can be anything, surely it has to be something. Unless you are telling me that if Hendricks goes on a 30 game scoring streak and Scrivens posts 15 shutouts in a row would not make people think the trade was decent.

It sucks being an Oil fan right now, it has sucked for a while actually, but there isn't any point in being upset about yesterday's as you can do f*ck all about them! but there is tomorrow's and I guess next season.

I don't see a point in being annoyed as nothing will really change anytime soon.

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#177 Drowning in Oil
January 16 2014, 09:24PM
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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.

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#178 Jtfan
January 16 2014, 09:29PM
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Primo wrote:

Great post! One small correction.....Burke gave Lowe a 7 year start!

I put my money on burke....why has it taken so long to figure you build a team with great goaltending and d men.....suter demonstrated that tonight and we are far from having the back end fixed

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#179 Bryzarro World
January 16 2014, 09:30PM
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Primo wrote:

Great post! One small correction.....Burke gave Lowe a 7 year start!

We might have a shot if Lowe steps down and Katz appoints Joey Moss...

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January 16 2014, 09:31PM
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Yaz wrote:

Would be nice if the coaching staff gets sacked after the upcoming loss in Winnipeg preferably at the airport so they can get out of town asap. These coaching dorks are so damn lost it is unbelieveable. If we keep Eakins into next year he will destroy whatever spark of hope or potential exists on this team. I know Lowe has to go but on a go forward basis Mac T takes over til the end of the year, brings up Nelson fron OKC and whatever he has for available assistants and resets the players confidence and spirit before they all ask for a trade to get them away from these idiots, they have badly digressed this year and it is all on Eakins and the assistants. At least last year with less talent, younger players and a reduced schedule we were competative til the fateful west coast road trip where they got hammered but at least it was nearly 40 games into the season that we had some hope.

this team has no passion no soul no pride.....starts from the coaches......i wanted eakins to succeed........we have to cut our losses and purge this coaching staff.....

ive lost all hope......these guys are totally regressing.....nothing redeeming whatsoever

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#181 tileguy
January 16 2014, 09:33PM
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Any tweets from mrs scrivens yet?

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#182 tileguy
January 16 2014, 09:37PM
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tileguy wrote:

Any tweets from mrs scrivens yet?

#yeg here I come, hubby is going to buy me the biggest igloo eva.

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#183 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 16 2014, 09:40PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

Thing is, that is nothing new, and there is little that any of us can do about it, we can complain and boo and vow to never go to a building with the word "Rexall" in it but until the people who make the decisions make those decisions, all we can do is talk about what we got.

I am not trying to pick fights here so I hope it's not interpreted that way, but you have yet to answer the question I had. What would it take for these two players to make people think it was a decent trade. It can be anything, surely it has to be something. Unless you are telling me that if Hendricks goes on a 30 game scoring streak and Scrivens posts 15 shutouts in a row would not make people think the trade was decent.

It sucks being an Oil fan right now, it has sucked for a while actually, but there isn't any point in being upset about yesterday's as you can do f*ck all about them! but there is tomorrow's and I guess next season.

I don't see a point in being annoyed as nothing will really change anytime soon.

Not trying to pick a fight here either at all. Most of us are true fans and i have respect for those bros.

A decent trade would address need. this team needs defence. they traded a goalie for a goalie which will most likely look like a push and they got a 4th line center. We are 2nd last in the leage and a 4th line center will do nothing to change that.

As far as being no point in being upset I find that a tad naive. Upset is what it is gonna take for an absentee owner to realize he has a sh(t show for an NHL team.

How will being positive change anything?

I am allowed to be pissed because my city government is forking over about 350 million dollars to a guy who could have paid for this arena on his own.

I am pissed because the Owner used dirty tactics to speed up the Arena deal when if he had used an honest open approach he could have gotten the same results and also the respect of this city's people, well a little respect anyway.

i am pissed because kevin Lowe has taken the sports team that i love more than any other on this planet and through incompetence and nepotism has made this team worse.

Sorry for the rant but to all those true oiler bros out there, no matter your views of this team we all deserve better.

To the trolls and people the Oilers send on here and we know they are here, I wish you a happy life

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#184 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 16 2014, 09:40PM
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tileguy wrote:

Any tweets from mrs scrivens yet?

Yeah....she was sitting poolside in LA and tweeted an injury report dated last Tuesday proving that Scrivens was injured before the trade occurred ....making the trade null and void!

(she then put down her mobile device and went into the kitchen to find a rolling pin)

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#185 hockey fan 1976
January 16 2014, 09:41PM
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tileguy wrote:

Any tweets from mrs scrivens yet?

"@mrsscrivens,getme the hell out of here Benny, or I swear I'll sleep with Hallsy and then you'll have to demand a trade" LOL

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#186 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 09:45PM
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Lets do random draws and let the winner be G.M of the team for a month! Betcha the oilers would win more than "15 WINS IN 50 GAMES" how pathetic Does that sound out loud? 15 wins in 50 games! Hahaha

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#187 6 ring circus
January 16 2014, 09:49PM
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Can anyone still blame Pronger or any other player who wants out of this organization ? This is as dysfunctional as it gets!!!!

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#188 KSC10032
January 16 2014, 09:51PM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

Hitler did less harm than Lowe

Just when you think comments can't possibly get more "douchy".

Read a WWII history, watch a documentary on The Holocaust, get some kind of #@%ing idea about the single most important event in the formation of today's world before you use this kind of description of what is just a hockey team and one of its staff.

Sometimes I despair.

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#189 Mack Strong
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Just watched the Oil vs the Wild( thats two hours of my life I'm not gonna get back) and saw Ben put out effort and was fighting to keep us in…then I look at Petry, Ference, J Schultz, and Marincin (he's young so he gets a pass for now) completely leave him out to dry! MAC T….you once played with the OILERS jersey on your back and played with pride….we as fans love the OILERS jersey (besides one guy) and wear the jersey with pride….how can you just sit there and make these cheesie a$$ trades and figure that this is going to save this titanic from the bottom of the atlanic!? DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN DUMP SALARY AND PAY 4TH LINER AHLers 2 MILLION DOLLARS! If "its a tight market" or if you can't seem to get something going…..take you and your sorry a$$ transition glasses, flow bee hair do eakins and "I'm the winningest guy in hockey right now" for a walk to tsn and ask to sit where maurice was sitting on the panel. This is getting too hard to stomach…..The defence and lack of anything being done is flat our retarded!!

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#190 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 16 2014, 09:53PM
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Lets do random draws and let the winner be G.M of the team for a month! Betcha the oilers would win more than "15 WINS IN 50 GAMES" how pathetic Does that sound out loud? 15 wins in 50 games! Hahaha

If the Buffalo Sabres win just half of the games that they have in hand over us, they will be ahead of us in the standings.

All together now!

Here We Go Sabres! Here We Go! Clap Clap!

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#191 Cynic
January 16 2014, 09:54PM
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I missed the memo where we stopped blaming Janet Gretzky.

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#192 Islanders of the North
January 16 2014, 09:55PM
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Scrivens is noting more tan a scrub brush! Eakins is a dork

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#193 Islanders of the North
January 16 2014, 09:58PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

If the Buffalo Sabres win just half of the games that they have in hand over us, they will be ahead of us in the standings.

All together now!

Here We Go Sabres! Here We Go! Clap Clap!

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

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#194 RexHolez
January 16 2014, 10:06PM
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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.

Correction - this hockey team does not deserve fans that sellout every game for the worst team in league

Gotta be getting close to that elusive title of "worst team in the history of the game"

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#195 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
January 16 2014, 10:07PM
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Seriously, I've never once actually thought to myself 'Gee I hope we bomb this year for x draft pick', but I'm there now.

I hope we dive to 30th and draft Ekblad. Keep him the hell away from the big club, let him develop at his own pace away from the losing. Fire the coaching staff and get rid of Lowe. A new coach would most likely bugger us in the standings once again, which would hopefully allow us to draft McDavid. Keep Hall and Nuge, maybe Yak.

Hall, Nuge, Yak, McDavid, Nurse, Ekblad. That's a core I could get behind.

EDIT: Just to elaborate a bit more, this gives us two centres in RNH and McDavid, two possible first line D men in Nurse and Ekblad, and hopefully the goalie situation can be worked out via free agency or a trade. I remember a couple years ago DSF was ranting about drafting centres and D men before wingers. Damn was I ever sure he was full of it.

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#196 Jed
January 16 2014, 10:11PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Seriously, I've never once actually thought to myself 'Gee I hope we bomb this year for x draft pick', but I'm there now.

I hope we dive to 30th and draft Ekblad. Keep him the hell away from the big club, let him develop at his own pace away from the losing. Fire the coaching staff and get rid of Lowe. A new coach would most likely bugger us in the standings once again, which would hopefully allow us to draft McDavid. Keep Hall and Nuge, maybe Yak.

Hall, Nuge, Yak, McDavid, Nurse, Ekblad. That's a core I could get behind.

EDIT: Just to elaborate a bit more, this gives us two centres in RNH and McDavid, two possible first line D men in Nurse and Ekblad, and hopefully the goalie situation can be worked out via free agency or a trade. I remember a couple years ago DSF was ranting about drafting centres and D men before wingers. Damn was I ever sure he was full of it.

They still wouldn't make the playoffs , the teams and management philosophy on how to build a team is wrong and has been for years.

They need to get rid of all of the management and coaches. Then they need to start rebuilding this team.

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#197 Jerod
January 16 2014, 10:14PM
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Tear it down

get rid of all the coaches get rid of Klowe get rid of MacT

Find someone who understands how to build a team.

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#198 He Who Knows
January 16 2014, 10:15PM
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A team stuck in purgatory and yet has a full house every home game is more rattling than the futility of the management. The prognosis is not good with the team's current crop of executives and invisible owner. Another lottery pick is outright embarrassing. As a rabid and loyal fan base, we do not deserve this.

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#199 Drowning in Oil
January 16 2014, 10:16PM
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BREAKING NEW!!

Craig MacTavish declares that the Edmonton Oiler Hockey Club now has all lthe pieces in place to become a contender. "It all started with the brilliant signings of Boyd Gordon and Andrew Ferrence. Sure I overpaid for both of them but there was maybe one other team looking for their services, and you know how it is in Edmonton. If there is any other team interested in a player, they always seem to choose the other team.

I also hired the real star in the coaching world, Dallas Eakins. He came very highly recommended by someone so I passed up all the existing candidates with actual NHL experience and went with the new hotshot. I really think things look good. Dallas knows exactly what he is doing. You can see the clock turning in his head during the game. It is really quite impressive.

Now with the trades for Hendricks and Scrivens, the Edmonton Oilers can finally look to go over that bump in the road that has been 29th place for so, so long."

"One day" says MacTavish, "I envision myself sitting in the new arena actually watching this team compete for something other than a lotto. I mean, honestly, myself and Kevin Lowe feel like we've already won the lottery. Darryl loves us."

* to alleviate any confusion, I am just a fan, and this is a concocted, made-up speech by a very real person, Mr Craig MacTavish. This never happened.

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#200 Jackson
January 16 2014, 10:17PM
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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.

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

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