GDB 53.0: HOME COOKING...BAD

Jason Gregor
January 24 2014 12:48PM

The Oilers have played 23 home games. They have only won eight of them.

Last year they won 9 of 24 home games.  The last season the Oilers and their fans left Rexall place in a good mood more often than a bad one was in 2007/2008 when the Oilers won 23 of 41 home games.

Since October 2008, the Oilers have played 213 home games and they've won 86.

The Oilers have 18 home games remaining this season, and hopefully for their sakes and the fans, they can find a way to start winning on home ice.

When the Oilers finished dead last in 2010  they were at least competitive at home winning18 and losing 23 (OT loss is still a loss for me), so there is no reason this team shouldn't be able to match 18 wins or better it.

It won't be easy with 14 of the 18 games against western opponents.

They play the Kings, Ducks, Sharks and Flames twice and the Coyotes, Avalanche, Wild and Canucks once. The Senators, Rangers, Islanders and Sabres will visit from the East. Ten of those games will be against teams currently in the playoffs, but if the Oilers are going to start improving eventually they need to be a few playoff caliber teams, especially at home.

The Oilers won't make the playoffs, but they need to start building a foundation for the future, and one of those bricks needs to be molded into a good home team.

Of the current 16 playoff teams, only the Rangers have a losing record at home winning 12 of 28. Of the 14 teams not in the playoffs only three, Washington, Phoenix and Dallas have won than half of their home games. Winning at home doesn't guarantee you a playoff spot, but it increases your chances significantly, especially if you can be a dominant team at home.

The Oilers need to start creating winning habits at home, and since I highly, highly doubt Dallas Eakins gets fired at the end of the season, it is up to him and his team to start finding a winning formula on home ice.

HITS...

After Tuesday's loss to Vancouver Dallas Eakins made reference to "the perfect game."

Do you know what the perfect game is? The perfect game is no hits. Do you know why that is? It’s because you have the puck. You don’t have to hit anybody; you have the puck. 

That statement got some people excited. Many believe hitting doesn't help you win games, mainly due to the reason Eakins outlined above. In theory that makes sense, however, practicality and reality often offer up different outcomes.

There is no such thing as the perfect game, no hits, and many successful teams use their physical play to help them win. Here is a hit chart for this season. Playoff teams are in bold.

Hits Team Hits/game
1768 Toronto 33.3
1662 Los Angeles 31.9
1569 Ottawa 30.7
1519 Columbus 30.3
1397 Winnipeg 26.8
1323 Phoenix 26.4
1263 Buffalo 25.7
1263 Colorado 25.7
1300 Pittsburgh 25.4
1313 Philly 25.2
1232 Boston 25.1
1307 NYR 24.6
1298 NYI 24.5
1264 Anaheim 23.8
1181 Washington 23.6
1153 Carolina 23
1178 Edmonton 22.6
1093 Florida 21.8
1076 Calgary 21.1
1048 St.Louis 20.9
1047 Montreal 20.9
1049 New Jersey 20.5
1030 Dallas 20.1
1029 Tampa Bay 20.1
1030 Nashville 19.8
1015 Vancouver 19.5
963 San Jose 18.8
1001 Detroit 18.5
898 Minnesota 16.9
888 Chicago 16.7

I think we all agree that hit charts from building to building can be subjective. The Leafs have 1099 hits in 28 home games, but only 669 in 25 road games. Are they magically that much more physical at home or do the statisticians in Toronto consider every rub out a hit?

That being a team like Columbus has virtually the same amount of hits on the road as they do at home. I'd say it gives us a general idea of which teams are more physical than others.

The chart proves that some teams win by being more physical, while others don't need to.
Nine of the top-14 teams in hits are in the playoffs, while seven of the 11 teams with the fewest hits are currently in the postseason.

My issue with Eakins comment is that he tried to deflect the issue of contact and brought up the unattainable "perfect game" scenario. No team is perfect, but the suggestion that being physical will automatically decrease your chances of winning is somewhat misleading.

Of course you want your team to have the puck, but both teams want it, and I find many of the successful teams are not only good at controlling the puck, they are excellent at getting it back.

Many consider Pittsburgh to be a puck possession team, and they are, but they also are top-ten in hits/game. Delivering a hit hasn't hurt them, and clearly they win despite not playing a "perfect game."

A major benefit from being physical is that your aggressive play will force teams to move the puck quicker than they want, which often leads to turnovers. Having players who can separate opponents from the puck through body contact is also valuable and a significant part of the game.

The problem with the Oilers is that their overall skill isn't good enough to be a puck possession team, and right now they aren't very good at retrieving the puck once the opposition has it.

I'm sure Eakins will strive to build his team to become more of a puck possession team, but I'd hope he realizes that until they become great at protecting the puck and not turning it over, they will need to improve their puck retrieval skills at the same time, and often pressuring the puck carrier, hitting and being physical is the best way to create turnovers.

I respect that he wants his team to have the puck, but I felt bringing up the notion of the "perfect game" was an attempt to deflect attention away from an area of their game, physicality and aggression, that has been lacking for years.

LINEUP...

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

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Belov-Potter

Bryzgalov

Hemsky is still nursing a deep bone bruise, but Nail Yakupov returns to the lineup.

The optics don't look great having Yak on the fourth line and Smyth on the second, but I doubt they stay that way very long. They were hoping Hemsky was ready and he'd be playing there.

Gazdic hasn't had a fight in 13 games and while Eakins stressed being a healthy scratch wasn't performance-related, I wonder if his lack of aggressiveness recently is the reason he is in the pressbox? If your job is to play physical and get the opposition's attention, then you have to find a way to do it. However, Eakins defended him in the post-game presser on Tuesday saying he tried to do his job.

So either he isn't doing it well enough or he is sitting because Phoenix rarely dresses a tough guy. What do you think?

QUICK HITS...

  • I would have liked to see Eakins put Gazdic on the ice more often against Kassian. I never expected him to jump him, but had he been on the ice more often the chances of a "heat of the moment" altercation would have been higher.
     
  • I don't buy the Bertuzzi/Moore argument as a reason why Gazdic couldn't have done something to Kassian. That happened a decade ago, and since then many teams and players have found ways to send a message to the opposition without being suspended.

    Andrew Ference didn't ask Lee Stempniuk to fight earlier this year. He dropped his gloves and Stempniuk had no choice but to eat a few rights or defend himself. In the past week I've seen Milan Lucic and Tom Sestito go after Jordan Nolan instead of waiting for him to politely oblige their request to fight.

    Sestito and Lucic went after Nolan after he hit one of their teammates earlier in the game. Had Gazdic been on the ice for more than one and a half shifts against Kassian, he would have had a much better chance of engaging him.
     
  • I wouldn't have worried about Gazdic taking an instigator or even worse a 7-minute penalty like Sestito did in LA last week. Was getting the win that important in the overall picture? The Oilers are in 29th, had the won they'd still be in 29th and out of the playoffs in late January.

    Whether they like it or not, the perception from players around the league is that teams can take liberties with the Oilers skilled players without fear of retribution. If Gazdic had got a hold of Kassian and landed a few shots that wouldn't have stopped every team from trying to hit the Oilers in the future, but at least it would show that if you do there will be some consequences to your actions.

    If the Oilers were in a battle for a playoff spot, I could understand being worried about giving up an extended powerplay, but that wasn't the case on Tuesday and it won't be the rest of the season. I'd hope the next time someone cheap shots one of the Oilers skilled players, Eakins will at least give his physical players an opportunity to try and even the score; in a manner that won't lead to a suspension like Lucic or Sestito managed to do. 
     
  • It is smart not to rush Hemsky back. You want him healthy for the deadline.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: I'm taking a night off. The first person to tweet @jasongregor their GDP I will add it to this post. Look deep into your crystal ball.

Update...Courtesy of @JaredGorbahn GDP: Oilers 4-1. Bryz forced to stand on his head and Hall adds 2 assists.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Yakupov and Arcobello combine to score and many will suggest they should be playing with Perron.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Eberle ties a career-high with goals in four consecutive games, but it is his game celebration that surprises many. After the game he sends Wanye a tweet, "I know yesterday was difficult for you with the Biebs' arrest. Don't worry I won't let you down. I'm not getting traded." Wanye promptly retires from twitter saying his life can't possibly get any better. 

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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#51 Curcro
January 24 2014, 02:39PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Did you mention the team that is 2nd in hits won the Cup in 2012.

And the point is that winning the game wouldn't impact the standings of future of the Oilers. You feel the Oilers should never send a message. You're entitled to that, but I feel last game but show me the guarantee that playing Gazdic vs. Kassian would have automatically resulted in them losing worse?

So hitting is irrelevant to winning is what you are saying. There is no direct correlation.

Some teams use it to win. Some teams use alternative strategies.

Based on how the Oilers are built which is going to win them more games?

Sending a message is kind of pointless, makes for good radio shows, but show me a player in the NHL that is chicken &&&& and I'll show you a player in the AHL. Find me one player that lays off a hit because he is scared...

As Eakins said early it is a bigger boost for your own team.

I think you'd rather create good habits as a coach, if I told a player this year to go psycho on Kassian - then again later in the season on Ladd, then later on Giordano... suddenly you have a habit formed. Next year when the results matter, he does something stupid because the habit is there. There is a big chance at some stage he does a Thornton, pushing it to far to get revenge.

Yes, you guys have a story to write about that sells your brand of journalism, but the player suffers, and the coach could pay a price as well (Hartley recently).

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#52 faithfully embarrassed
January 24 2014, 02:41PM
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The problem I have with the comment about number of hits is that it is totally misleading. There are many different types of hits that probably all register but some are more effective than others.

If you just finish a check but it doesn't affect the play - not very effective Hitting a player but that player maintains control of the puck - not very effective Cause a player to rush the play - effective Take a player out of the play (without putting yourself out of position) - effective Separate man from puck - very effective

I find the Oilers probably get most of their hits from the first two. I generally see the Oilers hitting players on the opposition while they are in the cycle. The hits aren't effective and the cycle continues. In contrast, when the Oilers are hit in the offensive zone, we tend to have the puck turned over to the opposition. The Oilers need more of the effective type of hits.

The reason noone notices the Oilers hits is that they are too ineffective at doing anything positive for the team.

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#53 jonrmcleod
January 24 2014, 02:42PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

You are the one seems accustomed to losing, so that you don't want change. Oilers are too soft and have been for years. They rarely stand up to other teams. This is a major issue.

You're putting words in my mouth. I'm not saying I'm against having a tough team. I'm all for that if they're tough AND can play. Of course I don't want the Oilers to be soft. I'm saying (as Eakins said) that the most important thing in that game is to win it. And Kassian is going to continue to be Kassian whether he's roughed up or not.

The major problem with the Oilers is not that they're not tough enough; it's that they're not talented enough--not enough talent on D and not good enough in net.

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#54 TayLordBalls
January 24 2014, 02:42PM
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Yes - Go Oilers

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#55 Hall the time
January 24 2014, 02:45PM
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When are we going to see the #1 pick line? Eventually it has to happen right?

We're try to have our whole roster full of #1 picks.

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#56 Rick Stroppel
January 24 2014, 02:46PM
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Gregor, if you could ask for one 'bold move' what would your bold move be with the Oilers?

MACTAVISH SHOULD DO NOTHING

This is an interesting question. But in my opinion it would be very foolish for MacTavish to try to make any kind of major trade before the amateur draft.

We all remember the "impatient, bold moves" speech. I am sure that MacTavish regrets saying that. But he had at least two good reasons for saying that at that time. First, he wanted to distinguish himself from Tambellini. Secondly, like many other people, he thought that one big move might put this team in the playoffs (or at least contend).

To make money in the stock market, you buy low and sell HIGH. The value of players like Gagner and Yakupov is probably the lowest it will be in their career. The people calling for an Eberle trade want a big trade for the sake of a big trade.

So MacTavish should ride it out and PRAY that Ekblad falls into his lap. If not take the best BIG forward and work on a trade for a defenceman.

I also don't buy the "losing culture" argument. After about five years of total suckitude, a few more months of losing is not going to kill anyone. The players are intelligent young men and they will figure that out.

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#57 sleighbells
January 24 2014, 02:47PM
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@Curcro

"Yes, you guys have a story to write about that sells your brand of journalism"-bang on bud. nail on the head!

If this was any other hockey market not in canada, where the city had a population over 1 million, this wouldnt even be news! The media here is probly a huge reason that makes it difficult to play here (Canada). Just look at the whole twitter fiasco with Scrivens' wife when he got traded here. The media (tsn/sportsnet/cbc/bloggers...) have way too much airtime that they are forced to drum up stories for the sake of viewers and a lot of it is just plain silly.

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#58 hall the time
January 24 2014, 02:47PM
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@Hall the time

edit(trying)

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#59 BabyNuge'sBaby
January 24 2014, 02:47PM
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I really hope the only reason Gags is playing on the second line is to showcase him for a trade. This lineup is retarded, pretty much what I would expect Eakins to put together. Yak and Markabello should be on the second with Perron.

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#61 MessyEH
January 24 2014, 02:49PM
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I am looking forward to only one Oilers hit;

The one were Lowe hits the unemployment line.

Just to be clear, Fire Lowe.

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#62 pkam
January 24 2014, 02:50PM
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@JG,

"My issue with Eakins comment is that he tried to deflect the issue of contact and brought up the unattainable "perfect game" scenario. No team is perfect, but the suggestion that being physical will automatically decrease your chances of winning is somewhat misleading."

I have more issue with your statement that Eakins because your statement is more misleading than his.

What Eakins said is the number of hits is a direct result of how much time you don't have the puck. So when the number of hit is down, it is more likely your puck possession time is up. In other words, we should rather see the number of hits going down instead of going up.

Didn't we outhit the Canucks 28-13? Do you think it is a good sign or bad sign? I agree with Eakins, how much is enough? 40-6, 60-2, is this what you want to see?

If you look at the chart, none of the top 5 teams is puck possession team. You may argue the LA Kings are but I don't consider them a strong puck possession team. The bottom 5 are all strong puck possession teams, the only one questionable is the Wilds. A coincidence?

So what should Eakins focus more on improving? The number of hits or puck possession? I'll rather see our puck possession get better than the number of hits get higher.

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#64 Ricky
January 24 2014, 02:54PM
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I'll tell you what is the perfect game.

The perfect game is not seeing your smug face Dallas at the game.

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#65 MessyEH
January 24 2014, 02:54PM
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@Rick Stroppel

So when do you expect Eberle to have higher value? He's a redundantly butter soft winger, on a buttery soft team. Now is the time to trade him.

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#66 Doctor Smashy
January 24 2014, 02:55PM
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Hi Jason. Can you clarify what your point is with pointing out that 9 of the top 14 teams in hits and 7 of the bottom 11 teams in hits are in the postseason? That is 64% in both cases (which I'm sure you noticed) which suggests no correlation between hits and winning. However, the tone of the article suggests that you think the Oilers are too soft (I agree) and that more should have been done to pay Kassian back. On the first point, I think Kruger adopted an approach where you play a system that suits your players, where Eakins seems to be doing the opposite. I think Kruger's approach is better because he has no control over personnel (not withstanding lineups). The Oilers are not a big team, sure it would be nice if they were but they are not, so doesn't it make sense to try to play a possession game and not have to get the puck back so much? I know they can't do that either because they are playing terrible but, barring trades, don't you think they should play to their current strengths? As for the Kassian situation, I think going after a guy for something done 4 months ago doesn't accomplish anything (I would have to agree with Eakins' comments on this). However, taunting the player for breaking his jaw happens in the here and now...I think someone should have pounded Kassian's face for taunting Gagner, not for breaking his jaw four months ago. It may seem like a trivial difference but it is a better way to frame the discussion.

On an semi-related note, I loathe the Canucks and their fans for a variety of reasons, but even I have a hard time believing that Kassian's teammates or Canuck fans think that taunting a guy for breaking his jaw is somehow 'gamesmanship'. Kassian is a bad person...do you think he is 'liked' on his team? I can't think of a perfect example to liken his behaviour to but if Clarke MacArthur taunted Richard Zednik (if he were still playing) for his accidental role in tripping Jokinen into him (resulting in his horrific neck injury) would it be viewed as blithely as Kassian's appears to be in Vancouver? I mean he is a serious douche...

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#67 GoOilersGo
January 24 2014, 02:58PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I think you are grossly overrating the situation, if you believe doing it once means the players will suddenly become undisciplined every game.

I never said attack or jump a player, but you can do what Ference did earlier to Stempniak or Lucic did to Nolan.

I don't see Lucic and Ference doing it all the time. Players are smart enough to know when to do it, but they need to be in spot to do it and have a coach that will allow it.

Maybe the oilers should have more pesky players on their team. Gazdick could have jumped kassian, but in the end would would have ended up short handed. Maybe we should look at the make up of this team. If the oilers had maybe a hard working agitator type player or another player in the mold of Perron that goes out of his way to get in the head of the other team, we would instead "retaliate" different ways. Why not have a guy like Hendricks make life hard and abuse the p!ss out of a Sedin? Kassian made the NHL being a certain type of player, one scrap with Gazdick isnt gonna change the way he plays the Oilers.

You cant fault the players that we do have for not playing they way we want them to play. The oilers are made up a certain way and they will only play a certain way until the make up of the team is different.

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#68 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 03:04PM
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@Rick Stroppel

While I think MacTavish will do nothing anyway, selling while Yakupov has some potential value is better than selling when he gets the branding of Patrick Stefan. Now I hope it never comes to that, but if he keeps playing in Edmonton it is a possibility he will get poorly handled as a rookie and lose his value. The same goes for Gagner, his highest sell point value was the day after he scored 8 points in one game...HE WILL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. Gagner is leveling back out to his ~40 point production expectation as an Oiler 2nd liner and there is no reason to think he will regain his value.

It's not a few months of losing, it's all about developing an attitude for moving forward. If they finish the season 0-30-0 in their last 30 there is no way that players will WANT to come back. If they can string some wins with a good acquisition and get a tad of prospective hope maybe it'll translate into next year, maybe it won't but these "intelligent" young men haven't figured it out after 3 years I don't think they are going to show up next fall with the light bulbs suddenly turned on.

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#69 pkam
January 24 2014, 03:05PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

MACTAVISH SHOULD DO NOTHING

This is an interesting question. But in my opinion it would be very foolish for MacTavish to try to make any kind of major trade before the amateur draft.

We all remember the "impatient, bold moves" speech. I am sure that MacTavish regrets saying that. But he had at least two good reasons for saying that at that time. First, he wanted to distinguish himself from Tambellini. Secondly, like many other people, he thought that one big move might put this team in the playoffs (or at least contend).

To make money in the stock market, you buy low and sell HIGH. The value of players like Gagner and Yakupov is probably the lowest it will be in their career. The people calling for an Eberle trade want a big trade for the sake of a big trade.

So MacTavish should ride it out and PRAY that Ekblad falls into his lap. If not take the best BIG forward and work on a trade for a defenceman.

I also don't buy the "losing culture" argument. After about five years of total suckitude, a few more months of losing is not going to kill anyone. The players are intelligent young men and they will figure that out.

I disagree.

Major trade or bold trade is not a problem. Stupid trade is. It is no better time to be a seller at trade deadline. We may not get the player we want, but we will likely get more return than off season. Now we can use the asset we get at trade deadline for trades at the draft or in off season.

Just don't force a trade. If someone offer a good return for a trade that can benefit our team, why wait? I don't think we will get better offer than the trade deadline.

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#70 Batfink
January 24 2014, 03:06PM
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Tell you what guys. Even teams that aren't known to play a physical brand of hockey play it against us. What does that tell you? I was taught to stand up to bullies, not to whine to anyone who'll listen. By that I don't mean hunt them down, but if the opportunity is there for a little pay back with in the frame work of the game, then take it. Otherwise the bully will be back and people will move from sympathy to contempt.

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#71 Lowe Expectations
January 24 2014, 03:07PM
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The most effective part of hitting is the psychological one. If your opponent knows that every time they go for a loose puck they will be hit, over time they will slow down or take a different path. It's not running someone through the boards, but simply them knowing a bump or jostle will take place. No easy possessions.

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#72 outdoorzguy
January 24 2014, 03:11PM
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MessyEH wrote:

I am looking forward to only one Oilers hit;

The one were Lowe hits the unemployment line.

Just to be clear, Fire Lowe.

I think the much more prudent move at this point is the coaching staff!!

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#73 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 03:16PM
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@outdoorzguy

Why not both?

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#74 papler
January 24 2014, 03:17PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Sending a message when game is out of reach, never has the same impact.

If the Oilers were about winning then they would start building a winning atmosphere...and allowing teams to take advantage of you isn't a winning atmosphere...

Going after a player weeks or even months after the guy hurt one of your team isn't building a winning culture. That is plain and simple: revenge.

I agree about your point re: not letting other teams take advantage. But a reaction has to come instantly, in the same game. And absolutely NOT with headhunting but with hard checks on every frigging player on the other team. You need real players able to do that, and not some knucklebuster playing 5 minutes a night

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#75 Quintana
January 24 2014, 03:20PM
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Hayley Wickenheiser for Sam Snowpants and 3rd.

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#76 Mason Storm
January 24 2014, 03:23PM
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I'd much rather have Gazdic take 27 minutes in penalties and beat the snot out of Kassian, then have Kassian feel there are no repercussions to playing the Oilers. 29 other teams bully this team around. When are they going too stand up for themselves?

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#77 Mason Storm
January 24 2014, 03:25PM
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Quintana wrote:

Hayley Wickenheiser for Sam Snowpants and 3rd.

Wickenheiser wouldn't lift her no trade clause too come here.

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#78 Gordie Wayne
January 24 2014, 03:25PM
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OK Gregor, since it is Friday...this one is for you:

Carmen in Brass Bonanza

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#79 Oiler Al
January 24 2014, 03:26PM
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Kinda of sad, because the Oilers dont stand up to other teams and they certainly seldom stand up for each other. There is a great divide in this dressing room, because there is no real leader here.

Oilers will win total of 20 -21 games this year.

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#80 MessyEH
January 24 2014, 03:30PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

I think the much more prudent move at this point is the coaching staff!!

It would be the same Loweser hiring the next round of incompetent Exoilers as coaches.

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#81 I AM KEVIN L.
January 24 2014, 03:41PM
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Oilers have decent forwards. Now, finally they may have decent goaltending. Let's revamp the D. Bold move #1--> Eberle, Darnell Nurse & our the 2014 2nd round pick to Montreal for PK Subban & Josh Gorges. Any takers???

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#82 RexHolez
January 24 2014, 03:42PM
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RexHolez wrote:

From everything I've read and seen about that presser suggests that Eakins is plenty annoyed with guys like Mark Spector who just try to hard to be the biggest personality in the sports media world. When was the last time Spector added something useful during his intermission chats with Gene? He's repetitive, obnoxious and loud. The guy basically speaks like he has run a successful sports team.

I'm just curious why you keep using my screen name? It doesn't bother me at all but it makes you come across like a little knee pad wearing copy cat trying to be accepted. Did your mommy not hug you enough growing up? Or have you even grown up yet?

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#83 RexHolez
January 24 2014, 03:46PM
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RexHolez wrote:

From everything I've read and seen about that presser suggests that Eakins is plenty annoyed with guys like Mark Spector who just try to hard to be the biggest personality in the sports media world. When was the last time Spector added something useful during his intermission chats with Gene? He's repetitive, obnoxious and loud. The guy basically speaks like he has run a successful sports team.

That said I agree with your comment, spector's a little dork and would be better suited covering curling

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#84 I AM KEVIN L.
January 24 2014, 03:50PM
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Oilers have decent forwards. Now, finally they may have decent goaltending. Let's revamp the D. Bold move #1--> Eberle, Darnell Nurse & our the 2014 2nd round pick to Montreal for PK Subban & Josh Gorges. Any takers???

Trashes for a bold move!!!! Wow. What do you guys want? A winner? Or a loser? We all know that Edmonton WILL lose again tonight. Status quo = loser. Improve your D = winner.

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#85 TigerUnderGlass
January 24 2014, 03:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

They have played 6 more road games than home games at this point...So they would have more hits.

uh-huh.

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#86 Rama Lama
January 24 2014, 04:03PM
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Benching Gazdic is yet another attempt for this coach to try and look like he has a plan.

A real plan would not see a coach benching a fourth line guy. In stead he should be trying to figure out why the PP is so ineffective? If Eakins was so smart like he thinks he is, find a way for the first PP unit to actually shoot the puck. This first PP unit thinks the point of the PP is to perimeter pass the puck while never intending to shoot the puck.

Eberle has become so predictable with his wait and see attitude with the puck it's becoming so boring. If Eakins can teach this guy to one-time the puck he could add 10 goals to his season.......or teach them it's OK to score a greasy goal.

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#87 pkam
January 24 2014, 04:03PM
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I AM KEVIN L. wrote:

Trashes for a bold move!!!! Wow. What do you guys want? A winner? Or a loser? We all know that Edmonton WILL lose again tonight. Status quo = loser. Improve your D = winner.

If you want to make a trade suggestion, at least do some research. We don't have our 2014 2nd round pick any more. Anyone who thumbs up your post is an idiot.

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#88 I AM KEVIN L.
January 24 2014, 04:09PM
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If you want to make a trade suggestion, at least do some research. We don't have our 2014 2nd round pick any more. Anyone who thumbs up your post is an idiot.

I was not aware of this, pkam. Thank you. How about our 3rd, or 4th? Would that be good for immediate improvement? Would you pull the trigger?

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#89 I AM KEVIN L.
January 24 2014, 04:12PM
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Just did my due diligence...............................................Looks like we have a 5th round pick that still belongs to us. LOL!

So... how about Eberle, Nurse & our 5th for PK and Gorges?

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#90 Tikkanese
January 24 2014, 04:17PM
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Just did my due diligence...............................................Looks like we have a 5th round pick that still belongs to us. LOL!

So... how about Eberle, Nurse & our 5th for PK and Gorges?

Not sure Montreal would. I believe they have the same issue as the Oilers with to many small & soft forwards in the top 6.

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#91 Stompinstoms
January 24 2014, 04:21PM
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@I AM KEVIN L.

We don't have our own 2nd, 3rd, or 4th; we have San Jose's 4th, so that will be a deep 4th.

In other words, we don't have a lot of picks to be throwing around that will bring anything of meaning back.

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#92 pkam
January 24 2014, 04:23PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Not sure Montreal would. I believe they have the same issue as the Oilers with to many small & soft forwards in the top 6.

In terms of top 6 size, Montreal beat us hand down.

Other than Pacioretty and Galchenyuk, is there anyone else that weight even 180 lbs?

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#93 Twiggs
January 24 2014, 04:24PM
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Best NSOGDP ever. I would want to see Wanye's face in that situation!

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#94 joshgladu
January 24 2014, 04:24PM
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Gazdic isn't playing because hes one of the worst players in the NHL. If he couldn't punch people in the face he would be selling used cars in some small town in ontario.

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#95 sketchy
January 24 2014, 04:25PM
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hey look, clowns are on ice tonight

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#96 Stompinstoms
January 24 2014, 04:29PM
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Barry Trotz is one of the most respected coaches in the business, I think we can all agree on that. Here's what he said the other day regarding his new goaltender acquisition:

"Devan Dubnyk came from Edmonton, and let's just say... he has some bad habits."

Why is this not a bigger story? To me it's actual proof that the Oilers are the laughingstock of the league.

It's not the first time this season it's happened, either. When Smid went to Calgary, he said to reporters that the practices were much more intense and involved than what he was used to in Edmonton.

These statements are extremely concerning to me, and aren't getting the attention they deserve. Who cares what Eakins said to Spector in a press conference after a meaningless game.

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#97 camdog
January 24 2014, 04:33PM
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"Yes, you guys have a story to write about that sells your brand of journalism"-bang on bud. nail on the head!

If this was any other hockey market not in canada, where the city had a population over 1 million, this wouldnt even be news! The media here is probly a huge reason that makes it difficult to play here (Canada). Just look at the whole twitter fiasco with Scrivens' wife when he got traded here. The media (tsn/sportsnet/cbc/bloggers...) have way too much airtime that they are forced to drum up stories for the sake of viewers and a lot of it is just plain silly.

Are you referring to the Twitter fiasco that was started by a Leaf guy from Toronto, whom was throwing jabs at an ex Leaf and Edmonton in the same boat?

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#98 camdog
January 24 2014, 04:41PM
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We don't have our own 2nd, 3rd, or 4th; we have San Jose's 4th, so that will be a deep 4th.

In other words, we don't have a lot of picks to be throwing around that will bring anything of meaning back.

Mact can still trade our 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 picks.Don't worry we have lots of picks for Mact to dangle this off season, just not at the trade deadline... lol

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#99 pkam
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I AM KEVIN L. wrote:

Just did my due diligence...............................................Looks like we have a 5th round pick that still belongs to us. LOL!

So... how about Eberle, Nurse & our 5th for PK and Gorges?

If I am the Habs GM and MacT phones me to propose this trade, I'll think either MacT is an idiot, or he thinks I am an idiot.

If Marc Bergevin agrees to this trade, then we all know he is an idiot.

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#100 Sketchy
January 24 2014, 04:45PM
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This team sucks balls

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