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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#1 TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan
January 21 2014, 12:30PM
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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??

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.

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#2 TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan
January 21 2014, 12:44PM
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Jay wrote:

I'm just a lowly tier2 fan

what are you 12? grow up already...

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#3 Jay
January 21 2014, 12:13PM
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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??

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#4 TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan
January 21 2014, 12:56PM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

Whoa there bud, this must be your first time in the Nation...let me show you around

http://www.wood-floor.co.uk/images/doors/door-headers/Wood_Door-Liner_skirting.jpg

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.

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#5 TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan
January 21 2014, 12:50PM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

Whoa there bud, this must be your first time in the Nation...let me show you around

http://www.wood-floor.co.uk/images/doors/door-headers/Wood_Door-Liner_skirting.jpg

thank you for proving my comment

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#6 TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan
January 21 2014, 12:33PM
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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.

very good authority....good grief

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

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#7 K_Mart
January 21 2014, 12:52PM
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Serious question.... maybe..

Does a Perron and Klefbom+ package get the oilers any of the following Dmen:

Jonas Brodin, Roman Josi, Andrew MacDonald, Travis Hamonic, Ryan McDonagh...

No? fine, forget I asked.

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#8 Dubs-nik
January 21 2014, 12:08PM
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I have as many fists! As the oilers have wins, trouble brewing, bring the farm up, finish up the auditions

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#9 THRNHJE
January 21 2014, 07:05PM
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First of all the jersey toss thing is old, and it shows your fairweather fandom. Any real Oilers fans would agree the jersey goes beyond current situations, and it lacks respect to throw it.

Second the whole anyone who disagrees with you must be sent from corporate thing is pretty stupid. The argument that KLowes value should be apparent based on the fact that he is an integral part of hockey Canada has its merits, even if the record shows otherwise.

I know it is frustrating to have a team it is easier to be ashamed of than proud of these days, but all this negativity on the blogs doesnt help anything at all.

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#10 @Oilanderp
January 21 2014, 01:07PM
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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??

Why not be a man and make up your own mind?

“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.” Giordano Bruno

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#11 Rick Stroppel
January 21 2014, 12:40PM
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THIS IS HOW EAKINS GOT HIRED

Listening to more of Eakins' psycho-babble has put me in a bad mood. Earlier in the year, a reporter asked Eakins if he was happy with the "compete level" of the team. He replied something like this: "we are competing, but we are not winning the competitions". WTH does that mean?

Anyway, I was hiding behind the curtains listening when Eakins got hired. It happened like this:

MacTavish: Congratulation Dallas, we are offering you the Associate Coach job!

Eakins: Screw that, you big dummy! You played too many years without a helmet, my friend. Don't you watch TSN [Toronto Sports Network]? I am the flavour of the month in the AHL! I am the second coming of Scotty Bowman! So you fire Kreuger and give me the Head Coach job! ALSO, no piddly 2-3 year contract for me. I want FOUR years! ALSO, you give me a yes or no by four o'clock this afternoon, because everybody in the league wants to hire me!

MacTavish: (Furrows brow, thinking furiously, 'Wow, this guy is BOLD, aggressive. He reminds me of me, and I love me!') OK Dallas. I will talk to Daryl and Kevin and I will be back to you in an hour.

Honestly, that's how Eakins got hired.

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#12 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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#13 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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#14 Zarny
January 21 2014, 07:54PM
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RexHolez wrote:

First off... The jersey toss is a symbolic gesture towards the disgrace that this team has become. A fair weather fan doesn't care anymore. Katz has released a letter stating that nothing is going to change, someone needs to show that we don't accept that. You can just sit back and keep hoping and praying

How spoiled are Oiler fans that they can throw away a jersey some kids only dream of owning as part of a symbolic hissy fit?

If the jersey tosser disavows all association to the Oilers never again buying a ticket or watching a game it's a statement. I'm done.

The last guy had 4 more jerseys at home and isn't going anywhere.

His act was no different than a drama queen who "breaks up" with their SO with a public meltdown but is back in bed that night.

It just means your high maintenance.

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#15 DisappointedFan
January 21 2014, 12:58PM
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TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan wrote:

thank you for proving my comment

First off, let's not forget that you do not understand what a full sentence is or what proper capitalization could possibly be used for. Second, we shall investigate the fact that you are calling someone referencing a "poor taste" remark towards a fan-base childish where it is perfectly within the means and rights of this forum to discuss such actions. So to "call out" someone for such actions shows that you should probably find the door to exit this forum for discussion because you obviously take things in your life slightly too seriously and might get your feelings hurt if someone bad mouthed your favorite Oiler.

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#16 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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#17 Zarny
January 21 2014, 08:47PM
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RexHolez wrote:

So just sit down, shut up or just stop watching??? I don't get people like you. You're last post you were calling for kassians head, wanting someone to intent to injure "specifically the head". Yet we as fans can't do anything but accept the garbage we are being force fed??

You are free to do what you want. Free will.

I simply stated the truth. Tossing a jersey will accomplish nothing. Especially if you don't stop watching.

If you say I'm done, quit buying tickets and merchandise you will make a statement. They will have lost a fan.

If you come back for more it's a temper tantrum to fulfill some immature need to be "heard".

And yes, if you are so privileged and well off that you can throw away a $100 jersey in "symbolic" protest you're a spoiled brat. I gave a jersey to a kid in a group home last Christmas and he bawled his eyes out. File your "symbolic gesture" under First World Problems.

I simply didn't expect the Oilers to be good this year. They don't have a top pairing D. That's 20-25 min X 2 where the blueline is playing above their head. No chance. Sure it's disappointing. I'll live. I've seen this show before. I'm a 49ers fan.

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#18 Rick Stroppel
January 21 2014, 11:31PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Poor Jay.......pushed all in then folded on the river.....I didn't even know you could do that!

I'll bet throwing your jersey on the ice is harder than it looks. I'd be interested to hear what Jay has to say about it. Could learn something.

DRAMA QUEENS

What exactly do you think we are going to "learn" from this clown Jay? Hundreds of bozos responded to his post.

I am tired of Jay and all the other DRAMA QUEENS on this site whining about throwing their jersey, burning their jersey, giving up their season tickets, holding their breath until they turn blue, etc., etc., etc.

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#19 Tikkanese
January 21 2014, 01:32PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

I live in Canuck-land, and so I pay attention to their team a little more. They are nasty. Whether it's Kassian showing zero remorse for breaking Gagners jaw and mocking him about his shield on the ice, or little dirty things they do when the ref isn't looking.

Call it intensity, gamesmanship,grit or whatever you like, but for me it is classless nastiness and teams take exception. This nonsense in Calgary is an example. The inordinate amount of dislike for Canucks fans is another. I can honestly say there is not another team that I want the Oilers to beat more than Vancouver.

So go Oil, Kick some butt. 6-4 Oil, three of them on the PP.

I agree with what you are saying. Except that Kassian was making fun of Gazdic's beard, not Gagner. He was in a very heated discussion solely with Gazdic.

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#20 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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#21 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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#22 TayLordBalls
January 21 2014, 12:39PM
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Go Oilers!

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#23 DisappointedFan
January 21 2014, 12:47PM
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TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan wrote:

what are you 12? grow up already...

Whoa there bud, this must be your first time in the Nation...let me show you around

http://www.wood-floor.co.uk/images/doors/door-headers/Wood_Door-Liner_skirting.jpg

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#24 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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#25 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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#26 @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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#27 Taylor Gang
January 21 2014, 12:48PM
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So... Are we chanting Lowe must go?

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#28 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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#29 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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#30 DisappointedFan
January 21 2014, 12:19PM
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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??

I expect to see some follow through on this 'bold move', show 6-Rings and Captain Katz how a Tier One fan feels about the infamous letter to the fans.

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#31 A-Mc
January 21 2014, 12:33PM
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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??

Hockey tape "Lowe" onto the back of it first, for added effect!

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#32 Jay
January 21 2014, 12:55PM
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TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan wrote:

thank you for proving my comment

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

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#33 DisappointedFan
January 21 2014, 01:04PM
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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.

If you wanted to talk about Mature Discussions, you're probably also the person who would ban people 18 under from these forums as well. Making a statement that shows the disapproval of a fan base compared to just taking it, is something people should be taking action on if they actually care. You think the fans of British Soccer teams just love watching their team get spanked nightly, no they take action and do some hilarious antics to show their disapproval. So if this guy wants to do the jersey toss he has my full support.

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#34 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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#35 DisappointedFan
January 21 2014, 01:06PM
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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.

I'd even pitch $20 to his cause to see that jersey on the ice tonight if it means getting a real response to the fans from Katz.

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#36 Tuningout
January 21 2014, 01:16PM
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TrueFanNotaFairweatherFan wrote:

what are you 12? grow up already...

I always love this. The immature reply of telling someone to stop being immature. Fun fun.

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#37 arsenaloilerbarca
January 21 2014, 01:35PM
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Tier 2 fan here:

I'd throw my jersey on the ice tonight, but I'm too cheap, it cost me way to much money, just like my tickets and every other oiler related product does.

Maybe I'll throw a canuck fan's jersey on the ice...

I support jersey tossers...I would just rather support the fan cause in a more economical way, by not purchasing oilers related (tickets and memorabilia) anything after my mini pack finishes (tonight).

really want an oilers win tonight though. As much as I hate seeing lowe, mactavish and eakins running this mess, I hate the canucks even more...

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#38 @Oilanderp
January 21 2014, 08:56PM
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@Reg Dunlop

Sorry, but Jeff Petry is our best d-man right now. Marincin showing well though!

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#39 @Oilanderp
January 21 2014, 10:45PM
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Close.

Nice try boys. Luongo stole one.

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#40 Jay
January 21 2014, 12:22PM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

I expect to see some follow through on this 'bold move', show 6-Rings and Captain Katz how a Tier One fan feels about the infamous letter to the fans.

I'm just a lowly tier2 fan

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#41 Jay
January 21 2014, 01:19PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Why not be a man and make up your own mind?

“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.” Giordano Bruno

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

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#42 pkam
January 21 2014, 01:36PM
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The Canucks fans in your photo do look dumb, but in reality, they are the smarter ones among them.

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#43 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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#44 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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#45 @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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#46 Reg Dunlop
January 21 2014, 09:15PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Sorry, but Jeff Petry is our best d-man right now. Marincin showing well though!

How sad is it that Jeff Petry is our best Dman when he would be, at best, the 7th defenceman on contending teams?

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#47 Zarny
January 21 2014, 10:23PM
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Jersey? Nope lol.

Close call. 4 or 5 posts, good pressure and Hall reminding Kesler and Danny what's it's like to be young. They almost pulled a silly and won.

Eakins that crafty devil. Having the D miss the puck so they have to clear the offensive zone in the last minute leaving the Canucks vulnerable to the dump and chase scramble for a last minute shot.

Yep...all coaching.

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#48 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 21 2014, 12:24PM
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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.

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#49 dougtheslug
January 21 2014, 12:45PM
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I am getting very tired of Dallas Eakins continuing to blame his players for "not understanding" defense. Ralph Krueger's team last year, with arguably a worse roster, had given up nearly 40 less goals by this stage of the season, had among the best special teams in the league, and for sure were not giving up almost as many short handed goals as they were scoring PP goals.

Come on, Dallas, this "My players are stupid and last years coaches didn't know what they were doing" excuse is wearing pretty thin. I thought you were preaching accountability. Where's yours?

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#50 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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