Slow but steady

Jason Strudwick
January 17 2014 07:26AM

When Craig Mactavish took over as Oilers GM he said the Oilers needed to be harder to play against. Move by move he is slowly grinding this Oiler team in that direction.

Since taking over he has added Andrew Ference, Boyd Gordon, David Perron, Luke Gazdic and most recently Matt Hendricks.

This is a group of players that should make playing against the Oilers less enjoyable than it has been. Nearly every game this year, teams play against the Oilers and their teams trainers don't even bother turning on the ice machine. There is no need for ice bags. These games are not physical.

That had to change. The Oilers inability to challenge teams physically or even match it has been a big issue. Take a look at the Pacific Division! These are big heavy teams, with skill, that most nights push the Oilers around. I don't even want to think about the oilers matching up in a seven-game playoff series against the Kings or Blues! They would lose in three.

Hendricks is a player I thought the Oilers needed to bring in last summer. I have no issue with his cap hit per year. The cap will continue to go up and the Oilers are not in a cap crunch. The issue is the term. I wonder what Hendricks will bring in year four.

He is a physical player that should, I hope, help the oilers connect emotionally with their games. You can't win or have success in the NHL without passion and emotion in your game. This Oilers squad is vanilla basically to a man. There are a few exceptions but not enough. I hope Hendricks comes into the dressing room and stirs up the pot. On the ice, I expect him to chirp and drag other guys into getting pissed off!

Think back to when Yakupov got into it with basically the whole Winnipeg Jets team. It was beautiful! That is one of the few times I saw the Oilers bench on their feet and passion on the guys faces. There is no stat to measure the value of passion but I know it is so important to team moral and confidence. Without it, a team sleep walks through games.

There is still work to be done for MacT. He needs to find a way to bring in edgy players to the top six forwards. These players are hard to get. Sorting out the bottom six is the easier job but slowly the team is starting to get some heart.

Old Goalie out, New Goalie in

Does this even matter? NO. It doesn't.

The overall team defence hasn't changed for the Oilers. Why should we expect Ben Scrivens to come in and have more success? This isn't me saying Scrivens can't be a decent goalie. The facts are that any goalie with an Oilers jersey will see shots and chances against that he will not believe.

Scrivens has been playing behind the Los Angeles Kings and that group controls shots against as good as any team in the NHL. Scrivens is in for rude wakeup call here. He will need to be on his toes the whole sixty minutes.

I like the test drive that the rest of the season brings for the oilers to watch Scrivens up close. I am not convinced he is an upgrade on Dubnyk but we can all watch him close up and form an opinion. Keep an eye on his glove had. He holds it to high which makes most saves a downward motion instead of up. That is the harder way.

I see no reason why Scrivens shouldn't start the bulk of the games the rest of this season. I would expect that Bryz will not be back with the oilers next year. So far he has done nothing to suggest he is the man for the Oilers. I think the team will look to a potential UFA like Jaroslav Halak or Jonas Hiller or make a trade for a guy like Cam Ward. The backup will most likely by Scrivens. In other words: two new goalies to start next season.

I believe Dubnyk is a good goalie. He is the luckiest person in Edmonton right now. He probably skipped all the way to Nashville. The Predators have a history of building goalies. The Preds play a pretty good defensive game. Dubnyk will get a chance to work with Mitch Corn, the Preds goalie coach. He has had success with tall goalies.

Public Breakups

I witnessed a breakup at Starbucks this morning. In fact I had a front row seat and decided to live tweet it! Surrounded by 20 or so people this lady gave her man an outright release.

I don't normally get into other peoples nightmares but I was literally sitting right beside them. Once it started I couldn't stop listening.

This poor guy was dropped like he was hot over a double chai latte. I will give him credit he did fight for it but she wasn't buying his "I will change" or "You deserve better from me" lines.

She shut him down and was convinced a breakup was the right way to go. This is where it got painful to watch.

Judging by their conversation I would guess they hadn't been together long. But this guy was determined not to lose her! It was embarrassing to say the least. At some point shouldn't you just take your lumps and move on? Not this guy! It wasn't like Jen Aniston was breaking up with him.

In the end they both got up and gave the most awkward hug I have ever seen. she says "We will be in touch soon". From what I saw there is no chance that will happen.

What is the right way to break up with someone these days? I know for sure doing it at Starbucks at 9:30 AM is a very cold way to do it.

I guess it is better than by text.

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Jason hosts the Jason Strudwick show from 9pm to 12am, weeknights on the team 1260. He is an instructor at Mount Carmel Hockey Academy and loves working with the kids. Having played over 650 games in the NHL, Jason has some great stories and unique takes on life in the NHL. He loves Slurpees and Blizzards. Dislikes baggy clothes and close talkers.
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#101 TigerUnderGlass
January 17 2014, 02:07PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Yet it's ok for MacTavish to fly to Sweden to watch one game of Klefbom and declare he's " seen enough to know"

It's ok to fly to mother Russia and declare that Grebeshkov still has game!

He can't board Katz private jet fly out for the day to see a coach he just told to take his summer break, that he will handle the finding of a co-coach for Krueger.

Instead, "screw it I found a new coach so I don't really need to fly because I'm firing him anyways"? This is fine with you?

People are still talking about this? It doesn't matter.

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#102 Pucker
January 17 2014, 02:09PM
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emonkee wrote:

No one is going to give up a top 4D, especially as we inch toward the playoffs....I doubt MacT can do anything until the off season. To get a top 4D, we have to give up something, not sure what piece yet...

You can ride on Petry all you want, but he is, unfortunately, the best we have got. NSchultz will be gone for sure, either trade deadline or UFA if no taker.

It's pretty thin this year in the UFA pool for D.

Age

Waiting for the off season to do anything???

Oilers seem to be doing that every year. What is the off-season? 2 months. You have maybe 2 weeks of that two months to compete against 29 other teams trying for the one's that will help, while they're pretty well a least desirable destination.

I agree with other Posters. Any goalie that signs here is going to have their resume blown to shreds. Any defenseman is going to have to work his butt off because the puck will be in the defensive zone most the game while howitzers get fired towards the net. Any forward - well there's a lot to list here. . Bottom line is despite the weather and travel associated with Edmonton, the team just isn't good. Given a choice, who's going to pick them? Schultz did but I'm sure he's questioning that decision now.

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#103 gcw_rocks
January 17 2014, 02:24PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Way to know absolutely nothing about Hendricks the player. He brings elements badly lacking on the Oilers that more than make up for your offensive wishes for the 4th line.

He is nothing like Eric Belanger.

Positive shot differential at even strength? Nope.

Moderate offence? Nope.

Value contract? Nope.

What are these elements that you speak of?

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#104 A-Mc
January 17 2014, 04:09PM
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Pokey wrote:

Oilers are 3 pts ahead of Buffalo. Buffalo have 4 games in hand. I predict that the Oil will fall off the edge of the planet and could easily end up 30th overall.

Doesn't that make us all so proud of our ownership and management.

What's with this confidence B.S. being tossed around by apologists like Stauffer and Lowetide.

What has confidence got to do with putting both hands on your stick and battling with your check in front of the net. It has nothing to do with confidence and playing with some semblance of respect for yourself, your team-mates and the fans.

I'm not proud of where we are but i DO think MacT is doing good things, 1 piece at a time. No one re-tools a team in 1 season while retaining all the talent. You can't trade garbage for a brand new car.

That being said! We have suffered so much this year that i think we deserve to have the top 1/2 pick at this years draft. The only way more disappointment can creep into my feelings of this season, would be for the Oilers to win just enough to not be able to draft Ekblad. OR. MacT passes on ekblad and picks some 170lb winger instead (which i doubt would happen).

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#105 S cottV
January 17 2014, 04:41PM
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D-Unit wrote:

So, what you are saying is the Oilers need a coach who will do to all the "talent" what Eakins was trying to do with Yak. Make Yak defensively accountable. Yet, it seems 99% of the people on here and around Edmonton said Yak doesn't need defence and Eakins was ruining Yak.

As it relates to Yak - trade him as part of acquiring a key piece. Goaltender, Top D man or a 2C. You Yak guys are kidding yourselves.

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#106 Walter Sobchak
January 17 2014, 07:51PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

I can't believe anyone who hates Belanger so much is suddenly excited at the idea of trading for a 32 year old 4th liner with a 4 year deal at 1.85M.

Almost 33, so ya, 38 when his contract expires for a guy who on "most nights will be a non-factor".

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#107 pkam
January 17 2014, 09:01AM
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vetinari wrote:

I agree that we need a better mix and balance of players but we stubbornly are trying to re-create the Flyers, or Chicago, or the Maple Leafs without success.

Basically, play to your team's strengths. Krueger seemed to do that better than Eakins. We have a small, young team so use your speed to drive the zone and take control of the centre of the ice for possible one-timers, dekes and shots off the rush-- be content with being outshot if you could make your chances count. Not ideal but a necessary evil given the type of team that we had. Yes, they needed to be better defensively, and they needed bigger bodies in some parts of the lineup, but at least they were heading in the right direction.

Eakins is coaching a small team to try and play like a big, physical team, and you can see our results. Yes, we're hitting more and yes, we're blocking more and yes, we have reduced the shots against by a bit, but the offensive pop is gone from our game, the players look like they are on a death march, and our defence is in shambles-- a young Marty Broduer couldn't backstop this team to success. So why do we try the same tactics over and over if they are not successful?

We seem to be assembling the team that Eakins wants to coach and not use the team that we have properly (which, I would argue, Krueger did with better success).

As for the breakup--- that was cold! In a public place-- what's a guy to do. The only thing worse is if the staff suddenly turned into a Glee flashmob and helped her breakup with him in song--

"We're so happy to see you, but sad to say, she's going to dump your a$$ today!" [jazz hands...]

I listened to almost all the post practice and and pregame interviews, all I hear from Eakins was to beat our opponents with speed and skill.

He didn't tried to coach to team to play like a big team. You can argue that he is not very successful, but you can't say that is his intend.

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#108 tileguy
January 17 2014, 09:33AM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

That cork board with nothing on it behind MacT says it all, doesn't it?

Sorry, not sure what it says, can somebody please tell me what it means?

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#109 pelhem grenville
January 17 2014, 09:56AM
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barry.moore23 wrote:

Hahahaha.

QuickSilver Ballet where ya been ?? I miss you.

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YOU BETTER BE OK MAN !!!!!!!!!!!

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#110 Rama Lama
January 17 2014, 10:08AM
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S cottV wrote:

Oilers have to create conditions to shelter the fact that too many pucks are going in the back of our net.

It may be 3, 4 - even 5 years before the team has a legitimate back end. Guys like Nurse and maybe this years draft pick - will have to be part of the mix and they will take time to get there.

Sure - trades and ufa's may speed things up but development time will still be a big part of this dilemma.

The last thing the Oilers need right now, is continuance of their run and gun - offence first culture. It is an embarrassment. It over exposes the very area where the team is weakest. It hampers the goalie and d corps development process because there are so many bombs going off - these guys get shell shocked and a major dose of ptsd.

This team needs 3 years of Hitchcock like, Sutter like, Torts like, Maurice like - defense first influence, to at least keep things close - while our back end is under construction.

Eakins is not the guy. He is an inexperienced risk taking run and gun guy - who even wants to run and gun on defence for crying out loud. Under his leadership - the team looks so shakey - so unstable, its downright scary.

What is needed is a tough nuts and bolts veteran coach - who can bring some stability to this mess, by influencing (one way or another) our spoiled brat forwards to play 200 feet of hockey.

Its one thing to have the right philosophy for the times and its another thing to have the ability to influence the player group to do what you want them to do.

Eakins has neither the philosophy or the ability to influence because the players do not take him seriously.

Get someone with the right stuff, that will not be ignored - least of all, by a bunch of spoiled brat forwards...

Brent Sutter

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#111 S cottV
January 17 2014, 10:16AM
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@Rama Lama

Definately a strong candidate.

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#112 Oiler Al
January 17 2014, 12:39PM
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Jason, you sure that the couple you speak of breaking up at Starbucks, wasnt Katz , talking to Lowe. We would be so lucky. Then again Katz and Lowe are going steady?

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#113 Wonger
January 17 2014, 01:26PM
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Pinnizotto is tough as nails, has bite to his game and can play! Keep going MACT!!!!! Great job!!! WONGER'S GETTING A WOODIE!!!!! OIL getting tougher!!!!!

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#114 TigerUnderGlass
January 17 2014, 01:53PM
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@Tikkanese

He is nothing like Eric Belanger.

If by this you mean, "he has never been as good as Belanger had been his entire career before coming to Edmonton," you are correct.

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#115 Tikkanese
January 17 2014, 02:11PM
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Kr55 wrote:

On pace for 57 points and the worst Oilers season of all time. There is nothing slow and steady about this season, we're at a complete halt and starting to tip backwards.

The only player that we got that apparently is hard to play against with any size is Gazdic, and he's not good at actual hockey. And we traded away Smid so we could have the softest D in the NHL.

Sorry to be a downer, but this team is not harder to play against compared to last season. The record reflects that. Also, how we are absolutely terrible against western teams compared to last year really leaves no room to defend MacT or Eakins. 13 games under .500 vs the west this season while being dominated in the vast majority of those games. Krueger had us 3 games under .500.

So Perron, Ference, Gordon or now Hendricks are not hard to play against?

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#116 emonkee
January 17 2014, 02:38PM
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Pucker wrote:

Waiting for the off season to do anything???

Oilers seem to be doing that every year. What is the off-season? 2 months. You have maybe 2 weeks of that two months to compete against 29 other teams trying for the one's that will help, while they're pretty well a least desirable destination.

I agree with other Posters. Any goalie that signs here is going to have their resume blown to shreds. Any defenseman is going to have to work his butt off because the puck will be in the defensive zone most the game while howitzers get fired towards the net. Any forward - well there's a lot to list here. . Bottom line is despite the weather and travel associated with Edmonton, the team just isn't good. Given a choice, who's going to pick them? Schultz did but I'm sure he's questioning that decision now.

Yes I think Schultz will think twice before resigning here....

what I was saying earlier was the top 4D in the teams that are in playoffs or in playoff contention are most likely not going to be a trading partner for us. And the team looking from the outside aren't going to part ways with their study D unless you give up a key piece.

The UFA is definitely thin. There are only 2 guys we may want that are under 30, and they aren't even the 1LD we want.

Whatever the case is...we will have to overpay for them to come...

You got anyone in mind?

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#117 Johnnydapunk
January 17 2014, 03:03PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

So it appears that the media (Anthony Vasquez-Peddie, Edmonton Sun) has driven a wedge into Scrivens...what, two days after we get him? Now we have to look for another goalie in the summer to replace him because of the "Warm" welcome he received. Maybe instead of going after the guys wife, he should have directed his angst at team management and the coaching staff. This organization has a free pass. They don't care what the fans say. The media are on a first name basis with everyone on the team. How long will they get away with this. Go after the guys wife. That's classy Edmonton media. No wonder nobody comes to play here.

I think there is one thing that is completely missed by seemingly everyone here.

That Vazquez Peddie Muppet is a writer for the Toronto Sun and writes for the Leafs and Jays, he has nothing to do with Edmonton except for the fact that the Edmonton Sun is part of Quebecor Corp and they share articles nationwide.

I have no idea of the article appeared in the Edmonton Sun or not, either way it would have been online and easily seen and Scrivens must have assumed it was from Edmonton.

What sucks is that everyone Scrivens included, thinks that it was an article by someone who is Edmonton based, which makes the Oil look even worse when it wasn't anything like that.

I hope this isn't like I'm defending Vasquez, but I hope that Scrivens and others see it's not anything to do with Edmonton. Though I am guessing the damage is done already.

This oversight does maybe say something about the rest of the NHL's view on being in Edmonton though, which is not so good.

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#118 A-Mc
January 17 2014, 03:36PM
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I dont agree that Hendricks is a lateral move, like most other people here are saying. He looked more capable to me.

My impression of him was first that he definitely moves a little slower (but so does Gordon and to some extend Perron), but he was really aggressive at times that we normally dont see. Aside from throwing some hits, he was grind on guys by getting his glove in faces and being a pest. I liked him alot.

For the first time last night i said out loud that the Oilers are seemingly close to resembling a team with a little jam to their game. If they were bottom barrel before, they are slowly working their way into the picture.

If we kept Smid and Fistric... Suddenly we're not looking too bad. There is a good chance that 1-2 guys on the ice at any given time have some real Jam and grit to their game.

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#119 A-Mc
January 17 2014, 04:15PM
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Sisyphus wrote:

Just a thought. There seems to be more and more of the "stop screaming, these were small trades, no point in rushing things, wait til the offseason" commentary going around. And I have to say--waiting for the off-season, thinking that we can plug holes with FA's, is delusional. Given Scrivens less-than-thrilled reaction to coming to EDM, to Hendricks passing on more $ to go someplace other than EDM when he had a choice, should say a lot. FA's aren't going to come here. At least the ones who can get an offer from any other team. And the ones who can't get offers from other teams....do we really want to sign that? We can't afford to wait until our d prospects are hopefully ready, and we're not going to get any valuable FA's

The ONLY way to improve this team for the foreseeable future is via trades. And not like the Scrivens trade, for a guy who's here for 3 months then leaving town. These have to be big, bold, LT trades. Yes, we're going to have to get rid of at least one young stud, possibly two. Get over it. Identify the stud who's going to have the most trade value to other teams, then make a big trade. I would rather see us trade one of our studs, even if its RNH or Hall, and get back 2 or 3 solid pieces that we need. I refuse to listen to those who say that there are untouchables on this team. If by trading one player you fix 2+ holes at once, I say its a win for the team. Period.

Waiting until the off season doesn't necessarily mean building via only FA. You're right in that it'll be hard for edmonton to attract UFA's. Also, the UFA crop isn't very good right now

Teams that are in a playoff spot and/or are close, are reluctant to move significant pieces. Why fix what ain't broken, right? Those teams are looking to acquire depth with picks. I think we can both agree that the oilers dont need more picks. So if we want proven talent, the teams we're able to realistically pull from are other bottom feeders. These trades are more likely to happen at the trade deadline when there is more of a market and the return will be higher. The rest of the teams aren't willing to move anything until the season is over, ie: The Off Season.

If you want the doors open for all 29 other teams, the Off season is really the only time.

This is a timing thing, not a Free Agency thing.

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#120 Tikkanese
January 17 2014, 04:42PM
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Kr55 wrote:

Yeah, we were really hard to play against last night when Cooke took out Yak and went on to dominate us almost every shift he had the rest of the night with no Oiler touching him.

Fact remains, this team is getting dominated almost every night now. These supposed hard to play against players are spending more time trying to figure out how to play hockey than actually doing stuff that makes life difficult for the other team. Ference especially looks completely lost out there lately.

I'd take Smid and Fistric making life miserable for other teams forwards in a heartbeat right now to help this butter soft D group and I don't think either are that good of players. But those are guys that are actually hard to play against because they can punish you physically. If we're only talking about compete level here, well, look no further than Eakins if you want to lay blame. He's running this team into the ground (Perron's recent drop in level of play is the most recent example) and we've seen no indication of this amazing ability to motivate that MacT claims he has.

Seriously, on pace for 57 points, worst Oiler season ever. Every team playing their backup against us. The respect this team gets and the respect they deserve drops with every game they play.

LOL at "Smid and Fistric can punish you physically". Fistric sure but only 1/20 games when someone has their head down, but otherwise is way to slow and takes way to many dumb chances at trying to hit people putting himself out of position. Smid tried, but never scared anyone. He at least tried, I'll give him that.

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#121 Puck JammeR!
January 17 2014, 09:12AM
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Oilers trade Ryan Martindale to Florida for Steve Pinizzotto!

The final piece of the puzzle. Florida just got Pinizzottowned

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#122 pkam
January 17 2014, 09:21AM
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Twoskidoos wrote:

She should have done it by Skype.

Definitely better than doing it in Starbucks. Could be worse, she could have done it in MacDonald or Tim Hortons.

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#123 outdoorzguy
January 17 2014, 10:49AM
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tileguy wrote:

can you send a link please.

http://blogs.canoe.ca/slam/hockey/biggest-loser-in-oilers-kings-trade-mrs-scrivens/

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#124 Johnnydapunk
January 17 2014, 01:26PM
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@ Mr. Strudwick

Found this article from in goal magazine where Scrivens talks about his high glove hand which might explain the reasoning behind it. Not sure how on topic it is but was good nonetheless.

In Goal Mag Ben Scrivens

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#125 gus1000
January 17 2014, 07:48PM
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Quick tidbit on Perron, they said on the broadcast last night he was battling some illness or ailment the past couple of weeks and is finally starting to feel normal again. Although I agree, the ailment could be a back problem from carrying the team around.

This makes sense for the recent poor play, and he did have a little spark last night. Hopefully he gets back to scoring goals, because we apparently need to average 6 a night to win.

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#126 jim
January 17 2014, 09:14PM
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i'd rather get dumped in person at starbucks than fired over skype

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#127 S cottV
January 17 2014, 11:29PM
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D-Unit wrote:

I would have traded Yak to Siberia for a bag of ice the day he said something to the effect he doesn't want to back check or play any D.

When the best players in the world understand that the D zone needs to be part of their game there is no excuse for a guy like Yak saying he doesn't need to.

Too bad for Yak there is no hockey equivalent to the Harlem Globe Trotters.

He could be the star of the show and beat those Generals every night.

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#128 Andrew
January 18 2014, 05:20AM
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I wonder how long it will take for the 'sheep' to wake up and stop buying seasons tickets. If the team does mail it in as they have done in the past and the situation gets even worse I can't imagine anyone plopping down a big wad of cash for this kind of disfunctional product. How can Oiler hockey be considered real entertainment for the dollars being laid out?

I wouldn't be surprised if the Oil traded places with OKC and we may not see many wins but I'd bet we would see a better effort night in and night out. I personally think Todd Nelson does a better of getting the most out of the talent he has been given to work with.

My bet is Eakins sees Yakupov as a young inexperienced player who he has turned into his lightning rod to deflect attention away from his own inexperience and incompetence.

Surely the 'Peter Principle' is still required for MBA candidates. It certainly should be readily available to Katz and all Oiler executives. Can you even read Mac?

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#129 copper
January 18 2014, 08:44AM
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@Sisyphus

UFA's Ferrence + Boyd signed last off season. No reason not to expect others to sign this off season. Players take time to develop. Why throw away high end talent now before they develop? The type of players we need, top 6 talent with size, skill and attitude along with top pairing dmen are what ever team wants. Hard to come by and who wants to give them up if they have them?

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#130 Gbeat
January 17 2014, 10:26AM
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Hmmm..

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#131 tileguy
January 17 2014, 10:46AM
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@outdoorzguy

can you send a link please.

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#132 Serious Gord
January 17 2014, 11:53AM
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Without doubt the two best break-up songs ever:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NHOf3s70w-c

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp5Rdb9ncfM

Enjoy.

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#133 Valter
January 17 2014, 01:57PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Yet it's ok for MacTavish to fly to Sweden to watch one game of Klefbom and declare he's " seen enough to know"

It's ok to fly to mother Russia and declare that Grebeshkov still has game!

He can't board Katz private jet fly out for the day to see a coach he just told to take his summer break, that he will handle the finding of a co-coach for Krueger.

Instead, "screw it I found a new coach so I don't really need to fly because I'm firing him anyways"? This is fine with you?

VALTER VALTER, VALTER................!!!!!!!

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#134 corky
January 17 2014, 07:56PM
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Perron has been a bright spot. I wonder what mgmt tells these free agents to get to come here? Or is it longer terms and bucks that other teams wouldn't offer (khabby).

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#135 camdog
January 17 2014, 10:46PM
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Woogie63 wrote:

Wow is there a lot of distraction at the Oiler brain trust. They seem to be busy shuffling the deck chair. In the meantime,

1) what assets are you going to link together to get a starting goalie/top 2 dman or a 2C

2) have we signed Simpson yet?

No word on Simpson. With limited draft picks available to trade and with few high rated prospects in the system, short of trading one of the chosen 4 we have no other option but to wait another 2-3 years.

Then again we could just fire Eakins and bring in a coach that knows how to coach NHL players. There are many AHL coaches that are good AHL coaches, that never ever make it in the NHL. George Burnett is one of the top coaches in OHL history. Worst coach of all time to ever coach for the Oilers. Sometimes the transition to the big leagues just doesn't happen. Eakins doesn't deserve a free pass, because of past Oiler failures.

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#136 Josh Oiler
January 17 2014, 11:28PM
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YAK IS AND WILL BE THE BEST OILERS -BAR NONE

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#137 Cynic
January 17 2014, 11:49PM
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I am shocked. I thought the Sun chain folded years ago. Apparently, the interwebs isn't killing newspapers quickly enough.

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#138 wintoon
January 18 2014, 07:24AM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Oh let's see.

Little things called:

compete level

plays with size

has been known to stick up for teammates

even drops the gloves once in a while... All the Gazdic haters should be rejoicing

You know, things everyone and their dog has been asking for the Oilers to get more of in the top 6, bottom 6 and on defense. He just happens to be a bottom 6 that we have for up to 3.5 years for a failed goalie that was not going to be re-signed in the summer.

He's also more of a winger than a center but is adept at winning faceoffs(about the only thing he shares with Belanger) as well as being a useful penalty killer.

Not every trade can be a David Perron. He's still a big upgrade over Will Acton, Eric Belanger, Lennart Pettrel and even Anton Lander at this point. Why does everyone have to be such "Negative Nancy's" about every little transaction?

Posters please note.

This exchange is obviously between one person who is a hockey nerd (totally statistics focussed)and another who is a hockey player (anhas actually been on a rink).

I wonder which is which?

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#139 D-Unit
January 18 2014, 09:28AM
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S cottV wrote:

Too bad for Yak there is no hockey equivalent to the Harlem Globe Trotters.

He could be the star of the show and beat those Generals every night.

Omark too.

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