GDB 43.0: SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS

Jason Gregor
January 02 2014 12:11PM

During their seven, soon to be eight, year playoff drought the Edmonton Oilers have done surprisingly well against the San Jose Sharks. While the Oilers have floundered near the bottom of the standings the Sharks have circled near the top, finishing 5th, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 7th and 6th in the western conference.

Once again, the Sharks are one of the best teams in the west, sitting 4th with a 25-9-6 record, and the Sharks lead the league with a +7.3 ratio in shots for/against. Despite the Sharks consistency as an elite team and the Oilers as a bottom-feeder, Edmonton is 6-6-1 in San Jose during the past seven seasons.

Why? I have no idea, but the Oilers are hoping they continue to be competitive in the Shark Tank tonight.

The Oilers' struggles against western division playoff teams continued in Phoenix on Tuesday with a 4-3 OT loss. The score flattered the Oilers as they were outshot 45-25. In 14 games against the top-8 western teams the Oilers have been outshot by a combined 163 shots and are a paltry 1-11-2. It has been ugly vs. the best in the west, and the Oilers need to wake up to avoid another "shot kicking" tonight.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Perron
Yakupov-Gagner-Eberle
Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
Joensuu-Lander-Gazdic

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

Bryzgalov/Dubnyk

Those were the lines at practice yesterday, so they likely stay the same tonight. Eakins likely won't play his goalies back-to-back and Bryzgalov has played two very strong games, so they could go with him tonight and Dubnyk tomorrow; unless Eakins wants Bryz to face another one of his former teams. Either way, goaltending hasn't been the issue the past few games.

Yakupov draws back in while Roman Horak played one game and was sent back to OKC. I'm curious to see how Yakupov responds to Eakins' "plan." The simple part of the plan is that Eakins will play Yakupov with offensive guys as long as Yakupov plays better without the puck and in the D zone.

I expect Yakupov to play hard tonight, but based on what Eakins said he'll need to do it consistently to stick in the top-six. That is fine, but it's about time Eakins starts thinking about challenging some other forwards the way he has Yakupov. Gagner and Eberle need to be better.

QUICK HITS

  • Anton Belov's play on the OT goal was the epitome of a soft play. For reasons unexplained he elected to coast for one stride at the blueline and then he made a weak stick check on Yandle. I understand that players will make mistakes, turn the puck over and not always execute, but soft plays are inexcusable and the Oilers have too many players who make soft plays fairly frequently. Until that stops this organization won't improve. If Belov plays significant minutes tonight what message is Eakins sending his team?
     
  •  The players need to be more accountable to each other, and I liked that Ilya Bryzgalov showed his displeasure after the tying and OT goals. You don't want players doing it all the time, but at certain times it is necessary. It might cause some discomfort now and then, but when Bryzgalov, who spent the past 120 minutes standing on his head keeping his team in the game, gets fired up his teammates should listen. He was playing his ass of and it is nice to see a player demand that his teammates put forth the same effort.
     
  • Scott Burnside wrote a fantastic article on how TEAM USA picked their 25-man roster. It was great to get a glimpse into the process. The thing that stood out to me, yet didn't surprise me, was how cautious they were about offensive players. That is the biggest issue in our game in my opinion. GMs and coaches would rather go with safe players than highly skilled guys who might make mistakes.

    Bobby Ryan has scored 160 goals since the start of the 2008/2009 season. Phil Kessel, 175, is the only American with more goals during that span, yet Ryan didn't make the team.

    What perplexed me the most was that the coaches felt they didn't need him on the PP, because he only had 8 PP points in Ottawa. The majority of the game is played five-on-five, and the only forward on the USA roster with more ES points than Ryan's 28 is Patrick Kane. Ryan produces at ES, and Brian Burke even admitted in the article that he is an elite finisher. Instead of downplaying his PP production, shouldn't they have been applauding his ES totals?

    My biggest beef about the state of hockey is that coaches are drawn towards safe players instead of finishers.Hockey is becoming to risk averse. I understand the need to have reliable players on the roster, but if you can't score you won't win. Is Derek Stepan going to be a difference maker more than Ryan? Ryan has been one of the top-ten most productive goal scorers in the NHL the past five years, yet the USA elected to go with guys who were "safer" and had a good first 40 games of the season. I suspect they will regret that decision.
     
  • What makes Ryan's omission even more surprising is the make up of their blueline. Only one of the eight D-men named to team USA would crack Canada's top-seven, Ryan Suter. The rest are Ryan McDonagh, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Justin Faulk, John Carlson, Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler. Orpik is the only physical defender, and only Carlson is the only other one above 6'2".

    How do they plan to defend Canada's big skilled forwards like Getzlaf, Perry and others? They can't expect to win games 2-1 just because they have Jonathan Quick in goal? Their blueline is made up of puckmovers, but they cut their 3rd most productive forward and that seems somewhat contradictory to me.

    I'm very surprised Dustin Byfuglien wasn't one of their eight defenders. He adds a different dimension. To me Carlsson, Faulk, Fowler and Shattenkirk are essentially the same player. I don't see how their blueline will be able to handle Canada's forwards when they start cycling. That is great news for Canadians. I don't see USA as a main threat in this tournament.
     
  • You can point at Taylor Hall and make an argument that he should make Team, Canada based on his offence, and that is a valid point. However, the difference between him and Ryan is that Canada has other guys with more points than Hall. Crosby, Toews, Getzlaf, Perry, Sharp, Tavares, Kunitz and Thornton. Kunitz also has more points, but playing with Crosby definitely helps.

    I've said I'd have Hall on the 25-man roster, but Canada has the luxury of going with guys who are also very good offensively, but have a bit more experience in Staal, Nash and Giroux.  Even in the case of Kunitz he is showing he can produce. Pascal Dupuis also played with Crosby and he only had 20 points. If Kunitz makes the team at least they can say he is producing more than guys who didn't make it, unlike Ryan with Team USA.

    When Hockey Canada makes their announcement next week it will be interesting to see which forwards aren't on it. We could see Hall, Seguin, Benn and Duchene on the outside.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Their struggles against top teams continue with a 4-2 loss.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hall has eight points in his last four games and he continues his strong play tonight with a goal and an assist. He is making a strong push to make Team Canada, but even he admitted he doesn't think he'll crack the roster. Hall could be top-15 in scoring by the time January 7th rolls around, which will only add to the debate if he doesn't make the cut.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After scoring four goals in his first six games, Boyd Gordon only has one in his last 30. He buries his 6th of the season tonight which puts him on pace to shatter his career high of eight goals.
 

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#201 Bryzarro World
January 02 2014, 10:40PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

This is not notify you that you have been traded to Calgary.

Sad thing is that I'd rather have Burke in charge than Lowe...

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#202 HOFFFF
January 02 2014, 10:40PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

I wonder if there is record for the total yardage in goals per game? We gotta be a couple of football fields on 'Devonwhohadnochanceonthatone'

One of the stats nerds can help with that I bet!

I've always said that Dubnyk probably needs glasses? He'd probably look like Bubbles....

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#203 cubsfan
January 02 2014, 10:40PM
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cubsfan wrote:

GDP

Oilers outshot 20 to 4 in the 1st period, but only down 2-0

Gene Pricipe interview The Nuge...he says they have to try harder and they are better than this, and have to start taking body, let the puck do the work for them.....blah blah

Gene cracks a bad Pun that the 2 guys in the booth are obligated to laugh at... and I quickly change the channel and watch Oklahoma v Alabama game

....in this way i dont throw the remote at the TV when the Oilers lose again with a half-arse effort

This team has turned me into a glass half empty guy

I guess its better the glass totally empty guy like serious gord....but im getting there

I know its not in good taste reposting my own GDP....and i'l get trashed...

but.......

All i want to know is if I got the prediction hat Gene Principe made a bad pun .....i changed the channel early and watched a great NCAA football game....and saved my TV at the same time

I'm not bragging about the 2-0 prediction and the shot differential (very close on that)..........Im not bragging...... because that prediction is like predicting the sun comes up in the morning and sets in the evening.... it is more like Obvious game prediction.....

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#204 Rod from Viking
January 02 2014, 10:42PM
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Kr55 wrote:

Lol, it's a hybrid of MacT and 6 rings. The combination of two such massive egos unfortunately will give it such a fat head it don't be able to balance on skates.

He will be wearing a size 15 M-11 autographed helmet to protect him, he will probably have red hair too.

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#205 @Oilanderp
January 02 2014, 10:43PM
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These guys aren't standing up for each other. I don't know why. Ference and Eakins need to figure out who is willing to go to war and who's just there to collect a paycheck. Then they need to recommend to MacT to trade their useless asses. I don't care who they are, but they need to be identified and removed, ASAP.

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#206 OILERS SUCK
January 02 2014, 10:43PM
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This Oilers franchise is a complete JOKE.

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#207 Rod from Viking
January 02 2014, 10:45PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

5-1

So many dark analogies are running through my mind for what the collective mental state for this team must be.

A beaten Labrador is one of the meeker less politically inappropriate ones...

Well the coaches and management have been "Romancing the Canine"and no one wants the pups.

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#208 Loweblows
January 02 2014, 10:46PM
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Note to yakmeov, shoooooooooooooooooot!

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#209 camdog
January 02 2014, 10:46PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

These guys aren't standing up for each other. I don't know why. Ference and Eakins need to figure out who is willing to go to war and who's just there to collect a paycheck. Then they need to recommend to MacT to trade their useless asses. I don't care who they are, but they need to be identified and removed, ASAP.

The "team" hasn't stood up for each other since Pronger left...

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#210 Zamboni Driver
January 02 2014, 10:47PM
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HOFFFF wrote:

I've always said that Dubnyk probably needs glasses? He'd probably look like Bubbles....

Heard Gregor talking about Dubnyk one day saying scouts in the NHL don't think Dubnyk is nearly athletic enough to be a starter in the NHL.

I was thinking that very thing yesterday watching the Canadian kid goalie stop the breakaway (or was it the US game?..whatever...) - I thought "No way in the world Dubnyk makes that save. Can't bend, stretch...that's a goal on him."

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#211 Zamboni Driver
January 02 2014, 10:49PM
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Anyway. This train wreck is over.

Whoever mentioned the NCAA game was totally right. Flipping back and forth that game was WAY more entertaining than watching this collection of losers.

Keep drinking the koolaid though, blind-faithers. Six Cups and Batman are counting on you.

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#212 OILERS SUCK
January 02 2014, 10:50PM
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Hey zamboni driver as JR would say "wake up, wake up!" U need to wake up and smell the coffee as this team is a JOKE. A complete and utter joke.

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#213 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 10:51PM
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Has anyone seen an oiler scrum or face wash a shark tonight? How about giving Niemi an ice shower?

Were I Eakins I would promise any forward who did one of the above twenty minutes of ice time in the next game. Savagery can be taught/learned.

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#214 Zamboni Driver
January 02 2014, 10:52PM
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Hey zamboni driver as JR would say "wake up, wake up!" U need to wake up and smell the coffee as this team is a JOKE. A complete and utter joke.

I actually just LOL'ed.

I think I've made my views on that subject fairly clear. But thanks for the pep talk.

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#215 Loweblows
January 02 2014, 10:52PM
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On almost all the goals tonight I don't think I saw Flubnik move until the pucks were well out of the net.

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#216 camdog
January 02 2014, 10:53PM
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camdog wrote:

The "team" hasn't stood up for each other since Pronger left...

This team's colors used to be orange and blue, but the last 8 years you could say they have been "black and blue". That's for those looking for a bad "Principe pun" right about now.

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#217 Loweblows
January 02 2014, 10:54PM
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I think there should be a new rule. No player shall be allowed to be on a commercial until their team has a winning record. Jordan Eberle commercials are getting stale now.

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#218 Brian
January 02 2014, 10:55PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Has anyone seen an oiler scrum or face wash a shark tonight? How about giving Niemi an ice shower?

Were I Eakins I would promise any forward who did one of the above twenty minutes of ice time in the next game. Savagery can be taught/learned.

Had anyone seen an Oiler? I just see big guys in black jerseys.

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#219 Randaman
January 02 2014, 10:55PM
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OILERS SUCK wrote:

This Oilers franchise is a complete JOKE.

Thanks for pointing out the obvious. Any solutions to add? I am waiting for the first home game after this road trip. They will suck and get booed off the ice. Quinn & DeBrusk will be utterly disgusted and cry foul to the fan base.

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#220 Rod from Viking
January 02 2014, 10:55PM
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The team's are brutal but isn't that new ATB commercial with Ebs and Giordano awesome? "Good Grief"

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#221 Rick Stroppel
January 02 2014, 10:58PM
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LET'S LOOK ON THE POSITIVE SIDE!

I am listening to the game on the radio and what they are saying is making me feel much better about the situation. For example:

1. Michaels has said REPEATEDLY that the Oilers are on a "four game unbeaten streak". Strange. I thought those last two games were LOSSES.

2. Stauffer keeps talking about Dubnyk having to break in new pads tonight. Poor guy! I bet his pads last a long time, because the puck hardly ever hits them.

3. They both keep talking about how the Sharks got creamed by the Ducks last game, so the coach yelled at them, and they are all mad, and they are taking it out on the Oilers. Weird. I bet stuff like that doesn't happen to other teams!

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#222 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 11:01PM
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Randaman wrote:

Thanks for pointing out the obvious. Any solutions to add? I am waiting for the first home game after this road trip. They will suck and get booed off the ice. Quinn & DeBrusk will be utterly disgusted and cry foul to the fan base.

Next at home game is against the very good TB.

But the next game is against the BLUES - that will be the denouement.

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#223 Oasis
January 02 2014, 11:01PM
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Loweblows wrote:

I think there should be a new rule. No player shall be allowed to be on a commercial until their team has a winning record. Jordan Eberle commercials are getting stale now.

The only product that an Edmonton Oiler deserves to represent right now is a Tampon. This team plays like a bunch of _______

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#224 Randaman
January 02 2014, 11:01PM
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I just heard that the Sharks practice tomorrow has been cancelled as it was held tonight instead. Aw come on, that's funny

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#225 Randaman
January 02 2014, 11:03PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Next at home game is against the very good TB.

But the next game is against the BLUES - that will be the denouement.

I'm ok with that. Doesn't the message have to get through sometime or are they really that stupid?

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#226 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 11:03PM
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Fun with stats eh Jason?:

Your spin:

"...Edmonton is 6-6-1 in San Jose during the past seven seasons..."

The reality:

Tonight's loss is the sixth straight against the sharks.

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#227 I Remember the Orange Jerseys
January 02 2014, 11:03PM
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Loweblows wrote:

I think there should be a new rule. No player shall be allowed to be on a commercial until their team has a winning record. Jordan Eberle commercials are getting stale now.

Well, it is your only opportunity to see him throw a body check.

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#228 Loweblows
January 02 2014, 11:04PM
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What a shi$ team, led by shi$ management, owned by an absent shi$ owner and coached by shi$ coaches with shi$ goaltending and a shi$$y DJ to boot. They should change the name of Rexall Place to the Depend Dome to handle all this shi$,

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#229 Arius Mumin
January 02 2014, 11:05PM
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Eakins should bathe in his players piss.

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#230 HOFFFF
January 02 2014, 11:05PM
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3 tripping penalties and 2 hooking penalties in a 5-1 beat down. It's embarassing how soft we are. Nicest team to play against ever. Oh yeah, there was one boarding penalty, but the Sharks did it.

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#231 He Who Knows
January 02 2014, 11:05PM
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This is what Mike Brown had to say of the state of the Oilers dressing room...

http://m.edmontonsun.com/2014/01/02/former-edmonton-oilers-winger-mike-brown-settling-in-nicely-with-san-jose-sharks

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#232 Rod from Viking
January 02 2014, 11:08PM
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Loweblows wrote:

What a shi$ team, led by shi$ management, owned by an absent shi$ owner and coached by shi$ coaches with shi$ goaltending and a shi$$y DJ to boot. They should change the name of Rexall Place to the Depend Dome to handle all this shi$,

You forgot "Fire Kevin Lowe" Fire Kevin Lowe!

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#233 6 ring circus
January 02 2014, 11:08PM
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Katz don't give a sh*t,Mactavish is in over his head,Eakins is in over his head ,the players are in over their heads,the pro and amateur scouting staffs are in over their heads,Lowe and Stauffer are giving Katz head.

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#234 Oasis
January 02 2014, 11:08PM
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@Loweblows

Was anybody else hoping for an Oiler jersey to be thrown on the ice again tonight? That would be epic.

Anyways, tomorrow I am off to Indianapolis for a couple of NFL games. I have been an NFL fan for many years but over the last few years have been heading south to catch a few games. I am strongly considering giving up my seasons seats and instead using that money to go down south 3 or 4 times a year to watch a few games.

Getting tired of this crap!

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#235 Loweblows
January 02 2014, 11:10PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

You forgot "Fire Kevin Lowe" Fire Kevin Lowe!

And fire Kevin Lowe!

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#236 kale
January 02 2014, 11:10PM
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Kr55 wrote:

Lol, it's a hybrid of MacT and 6 rings. The combination of two such massive egos unfortunately will give it such a fat head it don't be able to balance on skates.

That kid has already been born...he is coaching

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#237 dobiezeke
January 02 2014, 11:11PM
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Thank you Eakins for benching the first line. They looked like steaming dog poop.

Eberle - please get us a decent return.

Belov - good luck in the KHL.

Hemsky - thank you for only signing for two years...can you take Gagner with you?

Dubnyk - our 8A team is looking for a solid back up - we will suffer and take your sorry ass.

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#238 OILERS SUCK
January 02 2014, 11:13PM
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Hey Randaman these guys are all similar players... one way players with no heart. Kruger was a much better coach than Eakins but the Oilers brass wanted Toronto's golden boy. they need to clean house from Lowe to Yakupov but Katz won't make this happen until he sees some serious amounts of empty seats. Unfortunately no matter how poor the product as long as the foolish lovestruck fans keep attending games he will do nothing other than count his $$$.

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#239 OILERS SUCK
January 02 2014, 11:17PM
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Hey Randaman these guys are all similar players... one way players with no heart. Kruger was a much better coach than Eakins but the Oilers brass wanted Toronto's golden boy. they need to clean house from Lowe to Yakupov but Katz won't make this happen until he sees some serious amounts of empty seats. Unfortunately no matter how poor the product as long as the foolish lovestruck fans keep attending games he will do nothing other than count his $$$.

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#240 dobiezeke
January 02 2014, 11:17PM
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OILERS SUCK wrote:

Hey Randaman these guys are all similar players... one way players with no heart. Kruger was a much better coach than Eakins but the Oilers brass wanted Toronto's golden boy. they need to clean house from Lowe to Yakupov but Katz won't make this happen until he sees some serious amounts of empty seats. Unfortunately no matter how poor the product as long as the foolish lovestruck fans keep attending games he will do nothing other than count his $$$.

Isn't ironic that nothing has been said by lowe and mact recently...

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#241 Rod from Viking
January 02 2014, 11:18PM
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OILERS SUCK wrote:

Hey Randaman these guys are all similar players... one way players with no heart. Kruger was a much better coach than Eakins but the Oilers brass wanted Toronto's golden boy. they need to clean house from Lowe to Yakupov but Katz won't make this happen until he sees some serious amounts of empty seats. Unfortunately no matter how poor the product as long as the foolish lovestruck fans keep attending games he will do nothing other than count his $$$.

I think that if there are no bold moves to improve this team the sell outs will be over and probably for a long time, it has been too poor for too long and almost every season ticket holder I know feel the same.

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#242 Drowning in Oil
January 02 2014, 11:20PM
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WHAT A SHOCKER!!!!!!

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#243 dobiezeke
January 02 2014, 11:21PM
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@HOFFFF

As we tell our 8 year olds - stop trying to rake leaves from under the bush.

This team is so weak defensively on the puck. They make one token sweep at the puck and then circle away. Happened numerous times tonite.

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#244 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 02 2014, 11:21PM
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dobiezeke wrote:

Isn't ironic that nothing has been said by lowe and mact recently...

Lol....what the fcuk are they gonna say?!!?.......they are thanking their lucky stars they are in Sweden scouting Ekblad.....and will stay there till it's time to head to Sochi!

.....so....getting back to the Hall in the Olympics conversation......

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#245 Oasis
January 02 2014, 11:25PM
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Its time to trade Eberle. Rape me on this if you want. The guy is my favourite player, but I am sick and tired of watching him mail it in game after game. I mean, would it kill you to actually even pretend you will throw a hit or be physical?

This team has lots of skill, too much skill. We need heart. Hall has heart, Nuge has some and we all know Perron has some. Eberle has no drive whatsoever. He is one guy who can get us a return.

Rip on me if you want. I am not saying he isn't talented or skilled. Eberle is a great player, but not what this team needs right now.

You want a Bold move MacT. There you go.

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#246 cubsfan
January 02 2014, 11:26PM
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Oasis wrote:

Was anybody else hoping for an Oiler jersey to be thrown on the ice again tonight? That would be epic.

Anyways, tomorrow I am off to Indianapolis for a couple of NFL games. I have been an NFL fan for many years but over the last few years have been heading south to catch a few games. I am strongly considering giving up my seasons seats and instead using that money to go down south 3 or 4 times a year to watch a few games.

Getting tired of this crap!

I was thinking same

you can buy San Diego season tickets, or Arizona Cardinal tickets, even Chicago bears (direct flights now).....

Only 8 home games......

You can pay for a flight for 2, watch NFL game, and hotel.....all for the price of GOLD Seats ......LITERALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the idea

or

I can save my 15k, go to a masters, fly to the UK and catch EPL game, go to the final four, go to Kentucky derby, go to Vegas and watch some UFC live....... and have life experiences.......

Seriously considering

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#247 dobiezeke
January 02 2014, 11:28PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Lol....what the fcuk are they gonna say?!!?.......they are thanking their lucky stars they are in Sweden scouting Ekblad.....and will stay there till it's time to head to Sochi!

.....so....getting back to the Hall in the Olympics conversation......

Yes, the Olympic team needs a guy who throws the puck to no one in the slot and watches a player floating into our end have a clean shot for a goal...yikes.

Hall has no responsibility with the puck and is clueless in his own end.

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#248 Oasis
January 02 2014, 11:30PM
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cubsfan wrote:

I was thinking same

you can buy San Diego season tickets, or Arizona Cardinal tickets, even Chicago bears (direct flights now).....

Only 8 home games......

You can pay for a flight for 2, watch NFL game, and hotel.....all for the price of GOLD Seats ......LITERALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the idea

or

I can save my 15k, go to a masters, fly to the UK and catch EPL game, go to the final four, go to Kentucky derby, go to Vegas and watch some UFC live....... and have life experiences.......

Seriously considering

I am a Chiefs fan. An organization that has had plenty of failure for many years. Well last year the fans got together and said enough is enough. We flew plans over the stadium asking for heads to roll and one day they actually did. They cut ties, fired everybody and brought in new blood and turned it around.

I know full well that I could attend at least 4 games a year, hotel, airfare, etc for what I pay for my seats now.

I can watch the Oiler games on TV and shut er down at anytime I want. Oh look Twister is on tonight, I think I will watch that instead of the Oilers.

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#249 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 11:31PM
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cubsfan wrote:

I was thinking same

you can buy San Diego season tickets, or Arizona Cardinal tickets, even Chicago bears (direct flights now).....

Only 8 home games......

You can pay for a flight for 2, watch NFL game, and hotel.....all for the price of GOLD Seats ......LITERALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the idea

or

I can save my 15k, go to a masters, fly to the UK and catch EPL game, go to the final four, go to Kentucky derby, go to Vegas and watch some UFC live....... and have life experiences.......

Seriously considering

I could have went to school and became a surgeon in the time it's taking the oilers to simply make the playoffs again

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#250 dobiezeke
January 02 2014, 11:36PM
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Oasis wrote:

Its time to trade Eberle. Rape me on this if you want. The guy is my favourite player, but I am sick and tired of watching him mail it in game after game. I mean, would it kill you to actually even pretend you will throw a hit or be physical?

This team has lots of skill, too much skill. We need heart. Hall has heart, Nuge has some and we all know Perron has some. Eberle has no drive whatsoever. He is one guy who can get us a return.

Rip on me if you want. I am not saying he isn't talented or skilled. Eberle is a great player, but not what this team needs right now.

You want a Bold move MacT. There you go.

I agree - I have been a huge supporter of Eberle since he came to the Oilers.

He is weak on the puck, does nothing positive in the defensive end and plays like he is pouting when he isn't with Hall/RNH.

But we shouldn't be surprised after he called out Krueger last year for breaking up the top line...

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