GDB 52.0: MATCHING INTENSITY

Jason Gregor
January 21 2014 12:04PM

 

John Tortorella is on third day of his 15 day suspension, but tonight is the first game he'll miss as head coach of the Canucks. It is too early to tell how the Canucks will react to 15 days without their fiery coach.

You have to believe the Canucks will bring a lot energy and emotion into Rexall tonight, and it would be nice to see the Oilers match their desire. The Oilers don't have enough guys to brawl with them, but they need to learn to match the intensity of their opponents.

Tonight will be a good test.

Recently the Canucks have tried to ignite their passion with fighting. Their recent games vs. Calgary and LA have the Canucks tied with the Flyers for most fights in the league, and you can expect they will try to intimidate the Oilers tonight.

After Saturday's loss I wrote about the Oilers losing too many one-on-one battles, and yesterday I asked Eakins about those battles and specifically Jeff Petry.

Gregor: Petry was in the right position to make a play twice against the Jets, but both times he lost his man. How can you instill an increased competitive level amongst the players, because too often your team is losing too many important one-on-one battles?

Eakins: It is interesting we were talking about it after the game and then this morning. Early in the season we had some guys who didn't understand where they were supposed to be and we were teaching that. Now it has come down to we have people in the right spot, but we need them to finish off the execution. There are a number of things that go into it...

I'm guessing I know the plays you are referring to. Every player wants to do it, they are going to dig their heels in and do the best they can. Sometimes it is not being so aggressive, or overplaying the guy, sometimes it is not being aggressive enough. And what we try to do with that is we may show instances to the whole team with a video session, but a lot of times it is one-on-one stuff.

I think we have been doing a good job of instilling winning those one-on-one battles in practice, whether it is full ice one-on-one, down low two-on-twos or three-on-threes and the importance of not getting beat one-on-one...cause in the end that is what it comes down to. You can run whatever system you want, offensively or defensively, but the winning of the one-on-one battle is huge and the creating of a two-on-one battle is huge when you have the puck.

For some players it is small adjustments and for some it is experience."

Gregor: Being a former player, I'm sure you played with guys who found ways to win more battles than they lost. Is that something you gauge, and if you are going to improve do you need more guys who are winning instead of losing those battles?

Eakins: Exactly. A lot of times it is the personality test. There are some guys, that are just so...it doesn't matter what they are doing, they are competitive and they have just that slight uncertainty....listen they are polite guys in public... your wife walks in, they will hold the door open, but if you look sideways at you they might smack ya...there has to be a little meanness in them.

That is part of the evaluation going forward for, not only are coaching staff, but for Craig and managment. We've got some good, good players and we've got to see if they fit...especially playing in this conference; this conference is nasty. The game is being played by strong men who enjoy doing hard things. Not only do we have to look at our skill set, we have to look at the makeup of the guy's DNA when it comes to the level of battle that comes naturally to him.

THOUGHTS...

I don't expect, or need, every player to be aggressive or a banger, but you need a team filled with players that when they find themselves in a one-on-one situation have the internal drive to make it difficult for their opponent.

Randy Gregg is a perfect example. To be clear I'm not saying Petry is as good as Gregg, I'm just comparing styles.

Gregg was a valuable member of the Cup winning teams, but he wasn't nasty or a banger. They had Craig Muni, Jeff Beukeboom, Kevin Lowe and Steve Smith who played gritty, but Gregg was a guy his teammates could rely on when he engaged in a battle. He was a very cerebral player, and usually used his positioning and smarts to make good plays, but whether it was battling for positioning in front of the net, in the corner or fighting for a loose puck he always held his own.

The Oilers don't need Petry to suddenly become nasty, that isn't his persona, but he has to show more effort than he did in those two one-on-one situations in Winnipeg. I'm a firm believer that when the Oilers acquire more guys with a fierce desire to win battles it will rub off on other players.

It can be contagious, and if every player becomes even 5% grittier for lose pucks or battles, then the team's chance of success will improve. 

Eakins alluded to the fact the Pacific division is filled with strong men who enjoy doing hard things, and while the Oilers try to improve their blueline and forward group, it sounds like they will also be looking for players who, not only fill those holes, but also possess a strong desire to compete.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Gagner-Jones
Smyth-Gordon-Hendricks
Joenssu-Arcobello-Gazdic

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

Scrivens

Two changes. Belov comes out and Potter takes his place in the 3rd pairing, and Ben Scrivens gets his first home start as an Oiler. 

QUICK HITS...

  • After watching Dubnyk and the other goalies in the Oilers organization, I sense there will be a new goaltending coach next season. Which goalies have continually developed during Chabot's time? Maybe the goalies simply weren't good enough, but with little progress look for a new goalie coach next year.
     
  • Ales Hemsky skated after practice with no equipment yesterday, while Nail Yakupov was on the ice with him in full equipment. Hemsky has a deep bone bruise, but no broken bones. They Oilers need him healthy for the Olympics and up until March 5th so he has trade value.

    I've always liked Hemsky as a player, there are very few players who can skate as fast with the puck as without it, and won't be surprised if he produces elsewhere, but I believe he has less than 10 games remaining as an Oiler. If he plays nine more games before being dealt he will be 12th all-time in GP as an Oiler and he'll finish 8th all-time in points. The only way I see him staying past the deadline is if he is injured. I don't see him re-signing in the summer, so there is no point letting him leave without getting some sort of asset in return.
     
  • The Oilers could keep half of his remaining salary in a trade, just over $600,000, and that would make him even more attractive to potential trading partners. If the Oilers keep part of his salary, the return will likely be more.
     
  • I wonder if a team will inquire about Nick Schultz or Ryan Smyth?

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: I have no idea about tonight. Gut says Oilers lose, likely because that is the smart bet, but I'll pick the Oilers to win, 4-2, which is still smarter than the actions of the above Canucks fan. What is your best guess why the guy behind him is carrying a pillow? Never change Canucks fans, never change.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Gazdic ends his 12-game fighting drought with a first period tilt against Tom Sestito. Sestito is first in the NHL in fights, 15 while Gazdic is second with 10.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: One day after writing his letter to the fans, or at least signing the bottom of the letter, D. Katz makes an appearance at Rexall. During the 2nd intermission he hangs out on the concourse chatting with fans and thanking them for their support. **I know this will never happen, but it should happen a few times a year.**

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#51 K_Mart
January 21 2014, 01:43PM
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Stew wrote:

Only a mouth breather would suggest that...

you know me very well.

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#52 loweblows
January 21 2014, 01:46PM
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TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan wrote:

very far from new here "bud"

just sick and tired of all the immature self-entitled whining and crying that goes on here...what ever happened to mature hockey discussions....waaaaaaah im gonna throw my jersey on the ice. wow that'll show 'em! do us all a favour and just dont go to the game if thats your attitude.

7 years and counting with no playoffs tends to make Oiler fans feeling bitter and alone. It is almost like there is the NHL and then us. True fans will stick it out but for now we just eat our own.

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#53 Tikkanese
January 21 2014, 01:49PM
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I'd love to see Smyth win a Cup but I also want him to retire as an Oiler. Sadly as he probably has one year left at most, that Cup won't come as an Oiler.

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#54 Cynic
January 21 2014, 01:50PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

Are there no PR/Media monitoring companies in Edmonton? /purely rhetorical Q b/c I know there are

I guess when you only get a $600M gift from Edmonton taxpayers, it's tough to break out a Yellow Pages and hire locally.

Karpetbagger Katz.

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#55 loweblows
January 21 2014, 01:52PM
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Game day prediction: Oilers go with a hunch and for goal they use a 3/4 piece of plywood that covers the entire net. The game is tied but with 10 seconds left Belov and Petry are knocked into the plywood, dislodging it and allowing for Vancouver to win 1-0.

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#56 pkam
January 21 2014, 01:54PM
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Cynic wrote:

Are there no PR/Media monitoring companies in Edmonton? /purely rhetorical Q b/c I know there are

I guess when you only get a $600M gift from Edmonton taxpayers, it's tough to break out a Yellow Pages and hire locally.

Karpetbagger Katz.

No, because only in Vancouver can they have enough business to survive.

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#57 Truth
January 21 2014, 01:54PM
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Hendricks would get himself in the good books of many Oiler fans by beating the snot out of Kassian tonight. I don't care if Kassian is willing or not.

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#58 Dog Train
January 21 2014, 02:00PM
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This game could get rough which we're obviously not built for. We owe these guys. Gazdic needs to grab Kassian and keep him honest. They've run us out the building twice this season already, please show some passion tonight!

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#59 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 21 2014, 02:03PM
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Jay wrote:

Been waiting for this GDB all day!!

Going to the game tonight

Like - and my jersey's on the ice Trash - and I'll reluctantly take it home with me

What say you oilersnation??

Jay! Jay! Jay!

Oh Jay can you see!

All hail Jay!

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#60 arsenaloilerbarca
January 21 2014, 02:07PM
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Dog Train wrote:

This game could get rough which we're obviously not built for. We owe these guys. Gazdic needs to grab Kassian and keep him honest. They've run us out the building twice this season already, please show some passion tonight!

I think most fans wouldn't mind losing (to most teams) if the oilers would just show some passion and a 180% improved compete level...

often though, when they do look like they are bringing emotion to the games, they are just outclassed by a better team...

its ok though, 6 rings is consistently involved with hockey Canada, he already said he knows a thing or two about winning, the oilers are going in the right direction.

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#61 DrunkGuyTy
January 21 2014, 02:10PM
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It was nice of the guy with the pillow to move his bedroom so the other guy could try and lacerate himself.

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#62 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 21 2014, 02:13PM
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TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan wrote:

Better yet, give me your jersey and I'll wear it with pride. Throw it on the ice and I hope someone in the building throws you on the ice with it.

Holy crap.......DSF got sucked into a black hole and this guy came out the other side!

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#63 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 21 2014, 02:16PM
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TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan wrote:

very good authority....good grief

i have it on very good authority there are a lot of trolls on this site

You have it on THE BEST authority....cause you're one of them! Corporate schill!

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#64 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 21 2014, 02:18PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

via hfboards and calgarypuck

Originally Posted by Kennedy2013 I have it on very good authority that the Oilers have hired a private PR/Social media company based out of Vancouver. The goal of the campaign is to promote the promise and the upside of the Oilers, while highlighting the great work of the management team under difficult circumstances and the respect of the Oilers management team around the NHL. The firm has talking notes from the Oilers and were given a list of message boards to visit and post. These are third party so called social media experts working on behalf of the Oilers. The responses will be very generic and pro Oilers.

TrueFanNotaFaiWeatherFan is clearly one of them. What a tool!

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#65 tileguy
January 21 2014, 02:19PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Holy crap.......DSF got sucked into a black hole and this guy came out the other side!

I wish DSF would come back and tell us what we are doing wrong, he was right after all.

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#66 Oiler Al
January 21 2014, 02:20PM
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Ask yourself this question.... which will inspire you team more. 1. A, B.S. letter written by some PR person , signed by the the owner, a letter everyone can see through, besides Katz and Lowe, or 2. Your little coach running down the hallway wanting to kick the sheet out of the opposing coach. . I think you know the answer.

The three stooges standing motionless and staring into space game after game, is not my idea of inspiration.

You wonder why the team plays flat most nights... There is nothing flatter than those three statues.

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#67 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 21 2014, 02:20PM
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Jay wrote:

I take it your against the jersey toss and voted against it then? Looks like your in the minority. I like the hockey tape Lowe idea.... I still got time

Jay! Jay! Jay!

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#68 etownman
January 21 2014, 02:37PM
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'One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities', really??

Petry's progression has been steady, once the whole d-corp matures some more he'll be an excellent defender!

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#69 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 21 2014, 02:49PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Ask yourself this question.... which will inspire you team more. 1. A, B.S. letter written by some PR person , signed by the the owner, a letter everyone can see through, besides Katz and Lowe, or 2. Your little coach running down the hallway wanting to kick the sheet out of the opposing coach. . I think you know the answer.

The three stooges standing motionless and staring into space game after game, is not my idea of inspiration.

You wonder why the team plays flat most nights... There is nothing flatter than those three statues.

I would take the obviously hollow letter over having an embarrassment of a coach like Torts.

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#70 corky
January 21 2014, 02:52PM
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Who knows, maybe this could spark the oil to a win tonight. They have nothing to lose now which is a dangerous component to play against.

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#71 corky
January 21 2014, 02:55PM
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I dont really see what another jersey on the ice would accomplish. Was an original statement weeks back. With people short attention span and the medias quest for fresh stories this would barely cause a ripple.

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#72 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 21 2014, 03:01PM
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corky wrote:

I dont really see what another jersey on the ice would accomplish. Was an original statement weeks back. With people short attention span and the medias quest for fresh stories this would barely cause a ripple.

Good chance it will be viewed as a response to Katz PR letter and will garner lots of media attention.

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#73 pkam
January 21 2014, 03:21PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Good chance it will be viewed as a response to Katz PR letter and will garner lots of media attention.

It means when the team starts to win in a couple of years, there will be higher demand for Oilers jerseys. In other words, more revenue and profit.

If I am Katz, I will ask my assistants what else can be done so more fans will throw away their jersey now.

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#74 DisappointedFan
January 21 2014, 03:26PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Good chance it will be viewed as a response to Katz PR letter and will garner lots of media attention.

I see this going three ways:

1) Oilers win tonight, no jersey hits the ice and this whole letter incident blows into the wind because no body in the media can remember anything past 15 minutes.

2) Oilers lose tonight, no jersey hits the ice and everyone just turns off the TV or leaves the arena grumbling about the letter and how nothing will ever change with them.

3) Oilers outcome doesn't matter, jersey hits the ice and everyone is in an uproar discussion of how this signifies the final straw for many fans with Lowe and Katz' letter...but nothing changes.

I know I'll be at the game tonight with my Lowe Must Go jersey, let's see how it plays out.

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#75 MessyEH
January 21 2014, 03:37PM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

I see this going three ways:

1) Oilers win tonight, no jersey hits the ice and this whole letter incident blows into the wind because no body in the media can remember anything past 15 minutes.

2) Oilers lose tonight, no jersey hits the ice and everyone just turns off the TV or leaves the arena grumbling about the letter and how nothing will ever change with them.

3) Oilers outcome doesn't matter, jersey hits the ice and everyone is in an uproar discussion of how this signifies the final straw for many fans with Lowe and Katz' letter...but nothing changes.

I know I'll be at the game tonight with my Lowe Must Go jersey, let's see how it plays out.

My thoughts are with you brave souls. It is tough to watch loved ones suffer. (We just have watched it for 8 seasons.) They shall not heal until the Lowe life is removed.

Lowe must go! Lowe must Go!

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#76 AutoOilers
January 21 2014, 03:40PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Jay! Jay! Jay!

Slow clap.

Jay!

Jay!

Jay!

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#77 pkam
January 21 2014, 03:41PM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

I see this going three ways:

1) Oilers win tonight, no jersey hits the ice and this whole letter incident blows into the wind because no body in the media can remember anything past 15 minutes.

2) Oilers lose tonight, no jersey hits the ice and everyone just turns off the TV or leaves the arena grumbling about the letter and how nothing will ever change with them.

3) Oilers outcome doesn't matter, jersey hits the ice and everyone is in an uproar discussion of how this signifies the final straw for many fans with Lowe and Katz' letter...but nothing changes.

I know I'll be at the game tonight with my Lowe Must Go jersey, let's see how it plays out.

Your 1st point answers all the problems.

NHL office, team owner and management, and players all know majority of the fans, especially Canadian fans, will never quit. No matter how frustrated they are, they may stay away for a while, but eventually they will return.

Weren't fans so upset during the lockout that they promised they would boycotted the games, some said one season, some said forever. Did it change the league or PA one bit? Did they still take as much time as they wanted to negotiate?

What happened after the lockout? Fans forget all their frustration and what they had said. Record sales after each of the 2 lockouts proved it.

It doesn't matter how frustrated the fans are, it doesn't matter if it takes another year or 2 or 3, once the team starts to win again, they will forget in 15 minutes and everything will be fine.

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#78 corky
January 21 2014, 03:43PM
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Maybe Bob Nicholson needs a full time POHO at Hockey Canada. It would serve the pound of flesh fans looking for and guarantee excellence in canadian hockey.

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#79 blueliner44
January 21 2014, 03:47PM
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@Truth

I pulled up Hendricks fights off of the intertube web. He's out of his weight class with Kassian. Gadzic did however pound Kassian in the AHL.

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#80 MessyEH
January 21 2014, 04:00PM
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blueliner44 wrote:

I pulled up Hendricks fights off of the intertube web. He's out of his weight class with Kassian. Gadzic did however pound Kassian in the AHL.

I would have loved to see the Oilers ice. Gadzic,Hendricks and Smack for the opening face off. Hell; call up Abney and Eager as well.

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#81 @Oilanderp
January 21 2014, 04:01PM
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Jay wrote:

My mind is made up, I want to throw it. But an action like this will be looked at as a generalization of the fan bases mood. Just trying to be fair

Fair enough... just remember that a bunch of people trashed downtown Vancouver after a hockey game. Maybe it seemed like a good thing to do at the time....

I know you are frustrated right now, but that jersey is holy. Rosters change, coaches, GMs, owners all come and go through the fullness of time.

That logo represents more than them. More than now. I will fight you over this.... to the death with mini-sticks if forced.

:)

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#82 @Oilanderp
January 21 2014, 04:04PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

I'd love to see Smyth win a Cup but I also want him to retire as an Oiler. Sadly as he probably has one year left at most, that Cup won't come as an Oiler.

Hey, maybe he'd make a good assistant assistant coach...

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#83 MessyEH
January 21 2014, 04:06PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Fair enough... just remember that a bunch of people trashed downtown Vancouver after a hockey game. Maybe it seemed like a good thing to do at the time....

I know you are frustrated right now, but that jersey is holy. Rosters change, coaches, GMs, owners all come and go through the fullness of time.

That logo represents more than them. More than now. I will fight you over this.... to the death with mini-sticks if forced.

:)

Jay!

Jay!

Jay!

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#84 @Oilanderp
January 21 2014, 04:07PM
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loweblows wrote:

Game day prediction: Oilers go with a hunch and for goal they use a 3/4 piece of plywood that covers the entire net. The game is tied but with 10 seconds left Belov and Petry are knocked into the plywood, dislodging it and allowing for Vancouver to win 1-0.

See this is how I know you are making this up: Neither one could move anything out from the front of the net, let alone a 3/4" sheet of plywood!

*ba doom ching*

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#85 Johe
January 21 2014, 04:16PM
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I am a diehard Oiler fan. I am also a big optimist. As long as it was possible, I have watched every single game of crap over the last four or five years. I am loyal to this team. But tonight, I honestly hope they get crushed. And I hope Jay throws his jersey on the ice. And I hope it pisses off Eakins and MacT and Lowe and Katz. And I hope the Lowe Must Go chant echoes through the arena. And I hope I have the will not to watch this garbage. And I hope one day I CAN watch this team with pride. Le sigh...

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#86 DisappointedFan
January 21 2014, 04:24PM
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pkam wrote:

Your 1st point answers all the problems.

NHL office, team owner and management, and players all know majority of the fans, especially Canadian fans, will never quit. No matter how frustrated they are, they may stay away for a while, but eventually they will return.

Weren't fans so upset during the lockout that they promised they would boycotted the games, some said one season, some said forever. Did it change the league or PA one bit? Did they still take as much time as they wanted to negotiate?

What happened after the lockout? Fans forget all their frustration and what they had said. Record sales after each of the 2 lockouts proved it.

It doesn't matter how frustrated the fans are, it doesn't matter if it takes another year or 2 or 3, once the team starts to win again, they will forget in 15 minutes and everything will be fine.

Well all the vocal fans who declare to never watch again are lying to themselves because they are the ones who care enough to even make a statement.

Will I still watch at home if they game is on, of course. Will I buy another Oilers jersey with the latest first round picks name on it, of course not. But there are too many people who don't really follow but like to stay on the popular trend because they know that Edmonton only has one sport and that's hockey, so they'll buy the jersey or the Tee-shirt and keep chugging along.

When the hardcore fan base starts to slowly dissipate from actions like tossing a jersey for that final desperation sigh...that's when people start to take notice that people are actually kind of tired of seeing a bad product.

1 year lockout is one thing, but 8 years of garbage is another...people will come back by the hordes when they start to win. Until then it's just going to be a long drawn out dissipation.

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#87 Oilerz4life
January 21 2014, 04:27PM
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You know we have a weak line-up when you see Jones on the second line.

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#88 Spydyr
January 21 2014, 04:32PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

You know we have a weak line-up when you see Jones on the second line.

You know we have a weak line-up when you see Jones in it.

Fixed it for you.

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#89 Sisyphus
January 21 2014, 04:42PM
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Oilers are lucky they play in Edmonton. A town that basically has nothing else to do this time of year. If this team played in a bigger city, or heaven forbid, in one of the US cities, they'd have empty stands by now--too many other offerings of things to do, to make it worthwhile to spend big $ to go watch a crappy hockey team look like a bunch of junior weinies.

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#90 Craig
January 21 2014, 04:47PM
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@DisappointedFan

Someone should print out that letter and toss it with there jersey as well.

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#91 Spydyr
January 21 2014, 04:54PM
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Craig wrote:

Someone should print out that letter and toss it with there jersey as well.

I printed the letter onto a roll of toilet paper because that is what it is good for.

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#92 Casey
January 21 2014, 05:03PM
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LoL Potter replacing an injured defensemen is hilarious. MacT what do you hate about Fedun? Too little offense? 2 goals in 4 nhl games. Too bad defensively? Hey better than anyone we have. Line combinations are funny. Why not move Gagner to wing and Arco on 2nd line while Hendricks plays centre for 4th.

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#93 Craig
January 21 2014, 05:04PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I printed the letter onto a roll of toilet paper because that is what it is good for.

I'll take a couple of those rolls.

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#94 pkam
January 21 2014, 05:05PM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

Well all the vocal fans who declare to never watch again are lying to themselves because they are the ones who care enough to even make a statement.

Will I still watch at home if they game is on, of course. Will I buy another Oilers jersey with the latest first round picks name on it, of course not. But there are too many people who don't really follow but like to stay on the popular trend because they know that Edmonton only has one sport and that's hockey, so they'll buy the jersey or the Tee-shirt and keep chugging along.

When the hardcore fan base starts to slowly dissipate from actions like tossing a jersey for that final desperation sigh...that's when people start to take notice that people are actually kind of tired of seeing a bad product.

1 year lockout is one thing, but 8 years of garbage is another...people will come back by the hordes when they start to win. Until then it's just going to be a long drawn out dissipation.

All it matters is fans will come back when the team starts to win, and why would anyone thinks otherwise.

You can throw away your jersey now, but you will be back soon. So why should Katz and management worry?

They just have to focus on turning the corners ASAP. Once the team starts to win, all the problems disappear.

Just look at the Hawks and the Pens.

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#95 Asian on Oilers Nation
January 21 2014, 05:21PM
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If only I had a jersey to throw on the ice....

- tier 3 fan

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#96 Chris.
January 21 2014, 05:23PM
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Game Day Prediction: There is so much rage in Oil Country right now Murphy's Law will kick in and the boys will beat Vancouver 3-2.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Footage from this rare home victory will be used at the conclusion of the next episode of Oil Change as Aquila producers search harder and harder for ways to put a positive spin on this stalling rebuild.

Not-So-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Kassian cowardly avoids Gazdic all night but is basically forced into action halfway through the 3rd since his team is behind. Gazdic lands one clean on the jaw and will spend the next three years rubbing his chin and faking dizziness every time they see each other.

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#97 HOFFFF
January 21 2014, 05:27PM
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Cynic wrote:

Are there no PR/Media monitoring companies in Edmonton? /purely rhetorical Q b/c I know there are

I guess when you only get a $600M gift from Edmonton taxpayers, it's tough to break out a Yellow Pages and hire locally.

Karpetbagger Katz.

Hopefully not the same company that made the video for Heatley to watch!

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#98 james_dean
January 21 2014, 05:29PM
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@They're $hittie

Hey overpaid...

tell me more about your First World Problems

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#99 psale63
January 21 2014, 05:35PM
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Seems Eakins is speaking of... truculence... huh...

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#100 admiralmark
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Give Petry a bonafide NHL 1st Pairing D man and we would be fine. He would gain some confidence and learn a few things about battling. I honestly cant think of another team that would improve as much as the Oilers would by adding a 1st pairing D man.

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