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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#1 Mike Krushelnyski
January 16 2014, 08:08PM
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Hitler did less harm than Lowe

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

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#3 Arius Mumin
January 16 2014, 01:49PM
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*if you don't look at the two faces-the picture of those two broads is amazing.

Dubnyk was a weak golatender, presence wise, he never exerted confidence between the pipes: just kind of stood there and moved sometimes.

Hendricks on the 4th line, will be better than any player he replaces that was there the game before.

When did Smyth become a centre? C'mon man! Really Eakins?

6-2 for the Wild tonight, Scrivens gets a rude introduction into the life as an Oiler

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#4 Joel
January 16 2014, 02:32PM
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Hendricks won't be in the NHL within 2 years. So if you like wasting money he is your man.

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#5 Rick Stroppel
January 16 2014, 01:04PM
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HISTORY OF THE OILERS

Once upon a time, in 1985, a man bought a video store. He carefully researched the matter and decided that Betamax was better than VHS. Nobody rented his tapes. He was very stubborn! He kept buying Betamax tapes. After EIGHT YEARS of losing huge amounts of money, he got a great idea. "I will just trade all my Betamax tapes for VHS tapes because nobody wants Betamax tapes."

Poor silly man!

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#6 2004Z06
January 16 2014, 07:49PM
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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

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.

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#7 Walter Sobchak
January 16 2014, 01:43PM
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Best of luck to the new Oilers........you're going to need It.

Eakins sucks!

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#8 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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#9 Carlos Danger
January 16 2014, 12:47PM
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I was going to say something i thought was clever but probably wasn't insightful or funny. All I can think now is DAYUM! DAYUM! DAYUM!Thank You Jason.

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#10 Ricky
January 16 2014, 02:37PM
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It is not easy to hold the title of worst team in the NHL for 7. 5 years. You need moves like Hendricks to keep the title.

Management is a joke a bunch of amateurs that have convinced Daryl Katz they are professionals.

Any poster here could have done a poorly as management in the last 7.5 years

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#11 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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#12 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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#13 1983 and This Year
January 16 2014, 12:36PM
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Scene opens in Katz mansion. Lowe is in a leather chair, stroking a cat, flanked by Katz and MacT. Hendricks is led into the room, held by 2 guards.

Lowe: Matt, remember what I told you last summer? That's right, you hadn't seen the last of me. Someday, you would be mine. And now you know -- one way or another, I always get what I want.

Katz points towards Rexall

Katz: Now get in the pit with the others!

MacT throws his head back and laughs maniacally

End scene

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#14 Valter Slobchuk
January 16 2014, 02:59PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Best of luck to the new Oilers........you're going to need It.

Eakins sucks!

YOU SUCK YOU DUMB RETREAD!!!!!!!

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#15 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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#16 Truth
January 16 2014, 02:15PM
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Twins?!?!

Don't mind having a player like Hendricks on the team. He is overpaid for his skill set. You say that doesn't matter, I disagree.

I think if they let Dubnyk walk they could have signed a replacement for Hendricks for about $800,000 easy. Here's a list of similar type players becoming UFA's this off-season currently getting paid in that range: Carcillo, Thorburn, Bernier, Barch, Regin, Bissonnette, Brown, Westgarth.

In doing that the Oilers would have spared themselves over $1,000,000 they could have thrown at any one of the following UFA's IN ADDITION to what they would have originally offered them: Ryan Miller, Andrei Markov, David Legwand, Jonas Hiller, Ryan Callahan, Derek Roy, Matt Stajan, Jaroslav Halak, Dave Bolland, Radim Vrbata, Steve Ott, etc.

I would much rather overpay any one of those players than to overpay a 32 yr old 4th liner. Of course many of those players will be signed by their current team, but some will make it to market.

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#17 Arius Mumin
January 16 2014, 02:37PM
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If you google "hendricks" and "predators" you get a lot of weird white guys.;-')

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#18 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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#19 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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#20 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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#21 Yowza
January 16 2014, 12:42PM
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Gregor, who are those beautiful ladies???

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#22 mayorblaine
January 16 2014, 12:39PM
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happy to see Dubnyk get a change. he needed it and probably isn't sad either.

whilst the oilers keep piddling around in bottom 6, with aims at high draft picks, other teams will build winning teams. unitl we touch the top 6 we stay bad.

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#23 Max
January 16 2014, 02:51PM
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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.

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#24 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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#25 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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#26 ghostofberanek
January 16 2014, 12:40PM
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Mmmmm, twin cities.......

3-1 win for the Oil tonight!

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#27 Truth
January 16 2014, 02:32PM
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BRHLBryce wrote:

Of the guys you listed, the only one remotely close to bringing to the table what Hendricks does is Regin, who has no physical element to his game at all.

In short, he's a better overall player than you give him credit for. As a 4th line player, who has multiple "layers" to his game, I am fine with getting him for what we did. Is he overpriced? Not by much in the market today.

What does Hendricks bring to the game other than being physical?

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#28 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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#29 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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#30 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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#31 Arius Mumin
January 16 2014, 02:23PM
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Mac962 wrote:

LOL- Chipped ice till my arms are numb - First beer is underway.

Chop Wood Carry Water

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#32 Shredder
January 16 2014, 03:06PM
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Ricky wrote:

It is not easy to hold the title of worst team in the NHL for 7. 5 years. You need moves like Hendricks to keep the title.

Management is a joke a bunch of amateurs that have convinced Daryl Katz they are professionals.

Any poster here could have done a poorly as management in the last 7.5 years

Wait, wait, wait...the point of your argument is that management has done the worst job of all NHL franchises over the last 7.5 years?

Why didn't you just say so? I think I've heard that comment before, but from somewhere else.

Sarcasm aside, I really think that making these types of comments is pretty boring. Add on to the negativity why don't you. I don't know how Hendricks makes this team worse, and Dubnyk wasn't going to make it better. But hey, if it gives you an opportunity to be heard somewhere on some obscure hockey blog, then it can't be all bad right?

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#33 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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#34 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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#35 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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#36 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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#37 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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#38 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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#39 Dallylamma
January 16 2014, 12:34PM
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Dem asses...

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#40 A-Mc
January 16 2014, 12:36PM
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Oilers win 4-1 and for the next week or so, OilersNation swoons at the thought that scrivens might be the real deal.

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#41 etownman
January 16 2014, 01:38PM
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I don't give a s**t how much he's paid, this is what the Oil need now! Hendricks will fit in nicely until the guys like Kessy, Ewanyk, Moroz & Khaira, to name a few, make their way through the system! Excellent moves MacT, keep them coming!

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#42 Arius Mumin
January 16 2014, 01:57PM
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Dog Train wrote:

Here's hoping for a Bryzgalov-esque Oilers debut for Scrivens. I'm pulling for the guy.

I think we need to get Perron going again. I get that he is a solid two-way player and fits in well with other checkers but if he plays on a line with Gordon and Hendricks, we are wasting his talent. Maybe put Smyth on their wing as a pure defensive line, move Arco to fourth line centre and Gagner back to the middle.

Smyth Hendricks Gazdic would be a solid 4th line.

Jones Gordon Gagner on the 3rd. Why not?.

Perron RNH Yakupov and Hall Arco Eberle as the top two lines. Hall's line has expirience together and Eberle's play would elevate playing with his favorite hcokey player. I am also convinced that RNH and Yakupov need to play together, if given time-I can see them developing into a solid duo.

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#43 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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#44 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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#45 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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#46 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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#47 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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#48 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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#49 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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#50 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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