DUCK HUNTING

Jason Gregor
January 03 2014 01:24PM

After a 5-1 attack by the Sharks last night, things don't get any easier for the Oilers tonight when they will try to hand the Ducks their first home regulation loss of the season. The Ducks are 15-0-2 at home, and have outscored their opponents 65-31. The Ducks have allowed three goals twice and four goals once in 17 games, so don't expect much offence from the Oilers tonight.

The harsh reality is that the Oilers are severely overmatched heading into tonight's match. While they try not to think about that, I'm sure it is impossible not to have those thoughts creep into their head. If the Ducks score early, things could get ugly.

LINEU...updated

Hall-RNH-Perron
Yakupov-Gagner-??
Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
Joensuu-???-Gazdic

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

Bryzgalov

Eberle has a knee injury and won't play.  It sounds like Jones and Arcobello will return, so we won't know the exact lines until later. If it is me I put Hemsky with Yakupov and Gagner. Yakupov has more success playing with Hemsky than he does any other forward.

The Oilers have recalled D-man Brad Hunt from OKC, and he'll be a game time decision. Maybe an Oiler D-man is banged up, or maybe they want to put someone in the pressbox. Martin Marincin has played well enough to stay in the lineup, and it would be odd to take him out and insert 5'9" Hunt against the Ducks.

Quick scouting report on Hunt... "Smart player. Moves the puck well and fires it hard. Not overly fast, but makes up for it with hockey sense."

Why was Hunt recalled and not Klefbom some wonder? Fair question, but it happened because Hunt is playing better right now, and partially because it is best to keep Klefbom away from a losing environment. Klefbom is also still dealing with an injury, but even prior to that he was only playing okay according to coaching reports.

Either way, the Oilers need a strong effort from all 18 skaters if they have a hope of being competitive tonight.

QUICK HITS

  • Oilers are so far away from the elite teams in the league it is scary. It illustrates just how far they have to go. I don't see a quick fix over the summer.
     
  • I might be in minority, but I think J.Schultz has improved his defensive game a lot the past two weeks. He's making smarter decisions with and without the puck. He's only played 83 NHL games, so he likely needs at least another 100 before he's really solid, but he's been one of the few positives recently.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Many will ask who is that? It is Nina Agnal, and with -30 weather coming to Edmonton and a likely 4-1 loss to the Ducks tonight, I felt Oilers fans needed a small "pick me up."

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oiler fans will watch, and some will be infuriated when the Oilers make a bad play. I love the passion and the fact fans still have hope that things will change. God love you.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The entire comment section will be full of positive posts. They will only focus on the good plays in hopes that that will change the fortunes of the Oilers. Pointing out every bad play hasn't helped the Oilers, so posters elect to channel their inner "George Costanza" and write the opposite of their first thoughts.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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#51 Chet134
January 03 2014, 02:56PM
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Chet134 wrote:

I agree with ur comment. Klefbom and nurse r our future. U may not want to hear this but I honestly think Ekblad is that player. He's a stud. He's been playing 20/25 minutes at the worlds. That's unheard of with Canada but r the fans willing to wait.

Sorry as a 17 yr old.

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#52 Soccer Steve
January 03 2014, 03:02PM
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Serenity Now Serenity Now Serenity Now Serenity Now

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#53 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 03:02PM
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Waiting for Ekblad or Nurse or Klefbom to turn this team competitive is not the way to build a contender. Bringing them in slowly into a competitive environment is. This team needs a Dman

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#54 cubsfan
January 03 2014, 03:02PM
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Gameday prediction: I dont care anymore

I'll be enjoying the Mizzou vs Oklahoma st (cotton bowl)

and later Clemson v OSU Orangebowl

Not so Obvious game day prediction:

Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner, Mark Fistric and Sheldon Souray all get points tonight.....hmmm what do they have in common

Obvious prediction.....Oilers get shutout.....Bryz stands on his head....loses it and snaps at someone for another give away that leads to a goal......Anaheim 3 - Oilers 0

Bob Stauffer opines that the Oilers played well considering its a back to back game against 2 good opponents......and he knows how that feels because he once played a back to back at the Soiuth Side athletic club

I actually like bob....but its fun busting his chops

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#55 Zamboni Driver
January 03 2014, 03:06PM
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@cubsfan

Interesting (barely) bit of trivia.

Both college games tonight feature:

Tigers vs. OSU.

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#56 The Swarm
January 03 2014, 03:08PM
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Eakins = The Hunter

Boudreau = The Duck

Eakins: "I am so revolutionary and genius, that out coaching Boudreau will be as easy as shooting ducks in a barrel".

klikt...

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#57 etownman
January 03 2014, 03:09PM
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I wouldn't be so quick to write off the future Gregor! Bad contracts ending, trades, experience of one more year, FA signings can change things very quickly! I for one trust MacT when he says he's impatient to win & I do understand he needs to be in a better position to make meaningful trades & signings! I'm pretty sure everybody knows the type of players the Oilers need, let's just give MacT a good opportunity to make it happen! He hasn't had that opportunity yet to make his mark!

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#58 Soccer Steve
January 03 2014, 03:14PM
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etownman wrote:

I wouldn't be so quick to write off the future Gregor! Bad contracts ending, trades, experience of one more year, FA signings can change things very quickly! I for one trust MacT when he says he's impatient to win & I do understand he needs to be in a better position to make meaningful trades & signings! I'm pretty sure everybody knows the type of players the Oilers need, let's just give MacT a good opportunity to make it happen! He hasn't had that opportunity yet to make his mark!

You forgot "if that's ever a concern."

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#59 Rama Lama
January 03 2014, 03:20PM
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I'm getting ready ahead of time:

Oilers get blown out.....as usual.

Penner gets a hatty. Souray crushes one of our Smurfs.

Eakins calls out Yaks as being the culprit, yet again.

Final score Ducks 8 Oilers 2

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#60 nick
January 03 2014, 03:20PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

There's nothing wrong with Dallas Eakins. He's had success bringing along young players and getting them to play at a high level. But it took time to build that with the Marlies and it will take time here.

I don't understand why some people want to start at the beginning again with a new coach and new system. I guess you could argue that the Oilers are still learning the basics so systems do not matter at this point.

I hear Jon Cooper's name mentioned as a coulda-shoulda-woulda. But Jon started with the Admirals so a lot of players currently on the TB roster learned to play the pro game under Jon's system. I think Jon's success is attributable to that.

Give your head a shake, who did he develop with the Marlies? Oh ya Khadri, that is his claim to fame and that is it. Eakins is a joke and everyone knows it. Even the 5 year old knows that

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#61 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 03:21PM
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I'm curious, out of all the comtracts with limited no trade clauses where the player gets to give a list of teams he can't get traded to, i wonder how many Edmontons on

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#62 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 03 2014, 03:25PM
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Brief and to the point article. I like it. The Chick is hot. Haven't watched a game since the loss before the Jets game. After looking at the scores and reading about the efforts am I ever glad. I now take joy in their misery cause I know deep down Lowe and MacT are dying inside. They have to be or they aren't human.

last point and saw it on another thread MacT said that Glencross was replaceable when they didnt try to re-sign him. MacT said Brodziak and Chimera weren't NHL caliber players. This is the guy making the teams personnel decisions(except Lowe still has his hands all over it)...enjoy.

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#63 dobiezeke
January 03 2014, 03:25PM
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michael wrote:

Happy New Year. Welcome to January where the weather is cold and the hearts of Oilers fans grow even colder.

Listening to Lowetide and Mcurdy today was like being at a wake before the body has arrived.

I am not naïve. I am not a at all costs kind of guy. Nor am I an eternal optimist. I am realist. And what we've so far from Dallas Eakins instills me with no confidence in his ability to coach this team to the next level. Regardless of the players MacT puts on the ice.

Rookie head coach. Rookie mistakes. I have no confidence in him. At all. Last night was bizzare. Saying nothing during the timeout. His body language and facial expressions are all wrong. He exudes anger. Its like he is pissed off all the time. Its not contusive to teaching young players. At all.

Instead of taking the time to teach. Eakins just stares off into space. Silence can certainly send a message in the dressing room. But on the bench during a timeout, during a game? Please anyone correct me if I am wrong. Is that not inappropriate.

The message I think it sends is I can't be bothered to say anything because you all just won't listen to me anyways.

MacT should step up to the podium after this season is over and announce another new coach for next season. Someone with NHL experience as a head coach.

The proof is in the win/loss column. This train wreck will continue for another 40 games. I have never/ever wished for a season to end as much as I do this year. I see very little in the way of positives. MacT provided the players. What we did not expect was that the coach was wearing the Emperors new clothes. Did not see that coming. At all

I don't disagree that Eakins saying nothing isn't disturbing however if you watch any other NHL game you rarely see the head coach talking to the players during a timeout. Normally it is the assistant/special teams coaches talking to the players.

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#64 Virtual_Xi
January 03 2014, 03:26PM
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Brian wrote:

Where is Toby Peterson when we need him? Wasn't he the guy MacT said was Sakic-like? That enough should have should have warned us all about his judgment and kept him far away from a GM office.

Did sakic have diabetes? Because if so that is the only thing that would compare those two players

*mad props to Peterson for Player no professional hockey with type 1 diabetes.

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#65 Old Timer
January 03 2014, 03:26PM
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N.S.O.G.D.P. Oilers win 6 - 1

After the game a disgruntled Ducks GM Bob Murray announces to the press that the Ducks are going to have to find a way to get smaller and softer to be able to compete with teams like the Oilers.

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#66 Lowe Expectations
January 03 2014, 03:28PM
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I'm personally done with the Oilers for this season. Tonight I'm watching the Raptors game. Their a young, hard working team where you can see the players getting better. A big opposite from what this hockey team is.

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#67 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 03 2014, 03:32PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

There's nothing wrong with Dallas Eakins. He's had success bringing along young players and getting them to play at a high level. But it took time to build that with the Marlies and it will take time here.

I don't understand why some people want to start at the beginning again with a new coach and new system. I guess you could argue that the Oilers are still learning the basics so systems do not matter at this point.

I hear Jon Cooper's name mentioned as a coulda-shoulda-woulda. But Jon started with the Admirals so a lot of players currently on the TB roster learned to play the pro game under Jon's system. I think Jon's success is attributable to that.

Eakins is quoted saying he isn't here to develop he is here to win. 0 for 2

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#68 The Real Scuba Steve
January 03 2014, 03:33PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Anaheim has more Home Wins, than the Oilers Total Wins. Ouch.

Now you know how really bad your team is when the opposition has more wins at home that your whole teams total LOL.

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#69 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 03 2014, 03:34PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I do not want anyone traded for anyone unless we have " fresh minds" at the table.

I for one do not trust anyone ( including Mac T) in acquiring players........they are still operating under the small, fast, player category and Brad Hunt is a perfect example. I do not trust Eakins in being able to coach anyone properly.

I'm still waiting for Eakins to put one of the forwards in goal as a new age coaching strategy.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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#70 Chet134
January 03 2014, 03:34PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Waiting for Ekblad or Nurse or Klefbom to turn this team competitive is not the way to build a contender. Bringing them in slowly into a competitive environment is. This team needs a Dman

Valid point however I think we lose any trade with Eberle or our number one pick cuz we won't get a subban type defenseman back. There's very few of those type players unless u draft them. No one will give them up. Management put us under the eight more than people think. from day one I thought we going to be a bottom feeder again cuz we didn't fix the problem. Soft, small, too many young kids in a leading role and defense.

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#71 BaconWrapped
January 03 2014, 03:38PM
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This defensive coverage....IS MAKING ME THIRSTY!!!

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#72 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 03:42PM
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Chet134 wrote:

Valid point however I think we lose any trade with Eberle or our number one pick cuz we won't get a subban type defenseman back. There's very few of those type players unless u draft them. No one will give them up. Management put us under the eight more than people think. from day one I thought we going to be a bottom feeder again cuz we didn't fix the problem. Soft, small, too many young kids in a leading role and defense.

I don't think we need to win a trade. We just need to balance out the roster. I also think you're overrating Eberle a bit, and quality Dmen are hard to find but they're out there. This rebuild is being terribly managed

Smid was a reactionary move that tells me the whole stick with the plan idea is going out the window. If you knew you didn't want smid, would Ottawa not have taken him in return for bishop??

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#73 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 03:44PM
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I pray to any God that by noon tomorrow we have a new coaching staff. An entire new management team would be nice but I think that's asking too much on short notice. Can you imagine how the fans in Montreal, or Toronto or Detroit would deal with this dogs breakfast? The media would have a feeding frenzy. But not here, it's call them all by their first names and try to be the players best friend.

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#74 camdog
January 03 2014, 03:50PM
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Lowe tried to sign Glencross, however the two had a disagreement/arguement during contract negotiations. That's where Mact defended Lowe for not getting the deal done, by telling the media that players like Glencross are a dime a dozen. I don't know why, but that quote always stuck with me. More than anything it's a symbol of the bond between Lowe and Mactavish.

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#75 Chet134
January 03 2014, 03:51PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I don't think we need to win a trade. We just need to balance out the roster. I also think you're overrating Eberle a bit, and quality Dmen are hard to find but they're out there. This rebuild is being terribly managed

Smid was a reactionary move that tells me the whole stick with the plan idea is going out the window. If you knew you didn't want smid, would Ottawa not have taken him in return for bishop??

Eberle has scored 34 goals two years ago and was on his way to score 30 goals last year but it ws a lockout season. Only 17 players in the league score over 30 a year plus he's 23 yrs old. Then add in his pedegree. Do I think its a straight up trade subban for Eberle. No but close maybe Ebs and kleffbom get it done. Montreal won't trade him tho

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#76 Sisyphus
January 03 2014, 03:53PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I'm curious, out of all the comtracts with limited no trade clauses where the player gets to give a list of teams he can't get traded to, i wonder how many Edmontons on

All of them. But seriously, I mean ALL OF THEM. Can you imagine a player who wouldn't include them. Makes the job of fixing things via trade much harder. No one with a NTC/ltd NTC is going to waive it for Edmonton.

Keeping that in mind, how many FA's do you think would rather take a lesser offer from a team OTHER than Edmonton, just to avoid having to come here? Or take a PTO with another team, rather than signing on here. Definitely no FA is signing more than a one-year contract here until there are hints of light at the end of the tunnel

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#77 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 03:55PM
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Chet134 wrote:

Eberle has scored 34 goals two years ago and was on his way to score 30 goals last year but it ws a lockout season. Only 17 players in the league score over 30 a year plus he's 23 yrs old. Then add in his pedegree. Do I think its a straight up trade subban for Eberle. No but close maybe Ebs and kleffbom get it done. Montreal won't trade him tho

Can't disagree, but you're the one thinking Subban not me. But Subban would be perfect. I'd be happy with Weber too. Lol I'd even take Phaneuf

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#78 cubsfan
January 03 2014, 03:55PM
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BaconWrapped wrote:

This defensive coverage....IS MAKING ME THIRSTY!!!

This one isnt as famous but is apropos in this situation;

"Yeah, I’m a great quitter. It’s one of the few things I do well. I come from a long line of quitters. My father was a quitter, my grandfather was a quitter… I was raised to give up." George Costanza

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#79 Gaz
January 03 2014, 03:56PM
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That was awesome.

Cooooooostanza!

Does anyone else get the sense that MacT and Eakins are George and that Lowe is Mr. Wilhelm?

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#80 He Who Knows
January 03 2014, 03:56PM
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Im so choked. Katz is a POS owner. this is what dystopia is. Old boys club has damaged the heart of Oilers fans. Cal Nichols please please comeback with your posse and fix this up.

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#81 Randaman
January 03 2014, 04:03PM
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Mac962 wrote:

What i dont understand is why no one, MACT - KBLOWE-KATZ None of them address the die hard paying and non paying tier 1 and 2 fans. WTF is going on , what are your intentions ? Do something for crying out loud, talk to the fans. I have bleed Orange and Blue since the days of the Alberta Oilers in the WHA and this lack of respect towards US THE FANS ! and the only reason this league exists. But not a word, MacT , Have you gone into that dressing room and tore a strip off this dwarf of a team, i somehow doubt it. You sit and hide and do nothing but cash your cheque.

Never , ever in my wildest dreams did i think the Oilers would ever be in this state, Yeah, we are a small market team, but the rink is packed night in and night out because we are fools who love our hockey, our city and our team. And you have done this to us ??

Man up Katz you recluse SOB Weirdo, rich or not, you dont deserve this team. Lowe ? Get out of town please and never ever come back. MacT , Grow a spine - show the core players [ all 3 of them] you will do something. BE Bold, show us you are trying, if you make a move that backfires, we can deal with that, but show some balls.

Our Edmonton Oilers - the Joke of the NHL. I cannot believe it.

^ This. Bravo Sir!!!

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#82 Yaz
January 03 2014, 04:05PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I'm getting ready ahead of time:

Oilers get blown out.....as usual.

Penner gets a hatty. Souray crushes one of our Smurfs.

Eakins calls out Yaks as being the culprit, yet again.

Final score Ducks 8 Oilers 2

2 goals seems optomistic.. Hopefully now that Christmas is over and more ineptitude has been displayed with the year over year digression despite a better lineup and a year older players that Eakins is shown the door. He is in way over his head and he is ruining whatever talent we have left. He lost the room weeks ago..Admit the mistake and get it done !!

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#83 Chet134
January 03 2014, 04:05PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Can't disagree, but you're the one thinking Subban not me. But Subban would be perfect. I'd be happy with Weber too. Lol I'd even take Phaneuf

I will be shocked if weber gets traded in the next four years. I can't see it. For sure I don't trade Nug or hall. Sorry my opinion is we draft Ekblad and only Ekblad if hes available cuz I think were screwed. We won't get that type of d man.

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#84 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 04:08PM
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The one positive thing that comes out of this train wreck is that we will see Katz's son grow up before our eyes as he makes his annual trip onto the draft stage with daddy to make another first pick selection. I'm curious if he'll grow taller than his dad? We'll see in about 5 years.

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#85 Primo
January 03 2014, 04:10PM
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Chet134 wrote:

Sorry as a 17 yr old.

Man are you patient or have you lost your perspective on the spirit of sports which is all about winning! The Oilers fans have been waiting 8 years. Enough of waiting and destroying young players dreams. Get on with the business of firing Kevin Lowe then this franchise can move on with perhaps a leader that has a vision and will deliver on accountability!

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#86 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 04:12PM
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Chet134 wrote:

I will be shocked if weber gets traded in the next four years. I can't see it. For sure I don't trade Nug or hall. Sorry my opinion is we draft Ekblad and only Ekblad if hes available cuz I think were screwed. We won't get that type of d man.

of course you draft Ekblad, but we cant pin our hopes on him. MacT needs to find a dman. doesn't have to be named subban or Weber but he needs to be able to play in the NHL, kinda like how Smid did

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#87 EP
January 03 2014, 04:13PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I'm curious, out of all the comtracts with limited no trade clauses where the player gets to give a list of teams he can't get traded to, i wonder how many Edmontons on

Much like a morality clause is standard language in any NHL contract, I'm sure a NTC to Edmonton will soon be included.

Player - "I would like to include Edmonton in my NTC."

GM - "Of course, that's a given. It's already in the contract. Now pick 5 more teams you want included."

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#88 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 04:14PM
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I hope Yakupov scores tonight. I like watching guys make fools of themselves. When you're down 4-0 and you score, you don't celebrate like it was the cup winning goal. You put your tail between your legs, skate back to center ice for the face off and try and do it again.

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#89 pkam
January 03 2014, 04:15PM
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Sisyphus wrote:

All of them. But seriously, I mean ALL OF THEM. Can you imagine a player who wouldn't include them. Makes the job of fixing things via trade much harder. No one with a NTC/ltd NTC is going to waive it for Edmonton.

Keeping that in mind, how many FA's do you think would rather take a lesser offer from a team OTHER than Edmonton, just to avoid having to come here? Or take a PTO with another team, rather than signing on here. Definitely no FA is signing more than a one-year contract here until there are hints of light at the end of the tunnel

Do the Oilers have the most trade request from players in the past decade too?

I can also see the other GM try to freeze our management in trade discussion. Honestly, I would too if I am the GM of a NHL team.

So we can't sign UFA unless we overpay. Most players if not all are refusing to be traded here. When there is a few who have no NTC, we have to give more to make trade with other teams. Then some of our players are requesting trade after we sign them to a juicy contract or being traded here.

I find it funny that fans seem to understand all the challenges our management are facing, yet they keep complaining that our management is not doing a good enough job.

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#90 Sisyphus
January 03 2014, 04:25PM
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pkam wrote:

Do the Oilers have the most trade request from players in the past decade too?

I can also see the other GM try to freeze our management in trade discussion. Honestly, I would too if I am the GM of a NHL team.

So we can't sign UFA unless we overpay. Most players if not all are refusing to be traded here. When there is a few who have no NTC, we have to give more to make trade with other teams. Then some of our players are requesting trade after we sign them to a juicy contract or being traded here.

I find it funny that fans seem to understand all the challenges our management are facing, yet they keep complaining that our management is not doing a good enough job.

Obviously I can't speak for all fans, but it seems to me the reason there is so much complaining is this:

Given how truly BAD this team is, at this point we'd rather see moves, even if they maybe dont work out (a risk anytime a move is made), rather than continuing status quo. Because that leads to more of the same, for at least several more years.

DO SOMETHING. At this point, I literally cannot think of a player that I would be opposed to sending out of town, if it brought something we really needed back. That includes RNH and Hall. If we got something back that we really, really need now, I'd be okay with it

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#91 bwar
January 03 2014, 04:40PM
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I agree with you about J. Schultz. I thought he had been atrocious the first half of the year but has started to play better defensively over the past week or two. Hopefully he continues to improve and can be considered a legit 1st pairing guy in the near future.

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#92 pkam
January 03 2014, 04:42PM
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Sisyphus wrote:

Obviously I can't speak for all fans, but it seems to me the reason there is so much complaining is this:

Given how truly BAD this team is, at this point we'd rather see moves, even if they maybe dont work out (a risk anytime a move is made), rather than continuing status quo. Because that leads to more of the same, for at least several more years.

DO SOMETHING. At this point, I literally cannot think of a player that I would be opposed to sending out of town, if it brought something we really needed back. That includes RNH and Hall. If we got something back that we really, really need now, I'd be okay with it

I am sure Weber will help us. Did someone suggest in another article that Hall + RNH + Klefbon + 1st rounder for Weber? I think this will be good enough for Nashville. So you are okay with this?

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#93 Gerald R. Ford
January 03 2014, 04:46PM
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@Rick Stroppel

I hear ya.

I wish they would get rid of the loser point, and just go to a straight wins and losses system. It's so much simpler. Hearing people in the media say that, for example, a 10-10-8 team has a "five hundred record" is beyond annoying. The Oilers are 13-30 and have lost 8 of their last ten. That's the cold, brutal, reality.

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#94 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 04:50PM
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pkam wrote:

I am sure Weber will help us. Did someone suggest in another article that Hall + RNH + Klefbon + 1st rounder for Weber? I think this will be good enough for Nashville. So you are okay with this?

can we take out hall and put in eberle??

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#95 ValleyviewSports
January 03 2014, 04:55PM
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Curious to see the lines tonight. I wonder with Arco back in the fold it will allow Coach to switch Gagner to wing and use Gordon against ANA's big line. That IS what we should be seeing night in night out for Gordon. Doubt it thought of course

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#96 Oliveoiler
January 03 2014, 04:57PM
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I'm angry, depressed and sick and tired of this. I love my team, but cannot for the life of me raise ANY enthusiasm for this gong show of a team. I believe MacT is trying his hardest to sign D men, he's not sitting up in his glass penthouse (unlike POHO) and reminiscing about 6 rings. What I am mostly sick and tired of hearing from coaches AND players is "we know what we have to do to win" Well IF they KNOW, why the hell aren't they doing it? I have 4 tix for the upcoming Preds game and 4 for the Kings in March game. Have tried almost giving them away, no-one wants them, and I certainly can't/wont sit through another 60 minutes of agony, and have to pay for the privilege. I'm looking forward to NEXT season and hope the merry-go-round stops and this losing is over.

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#97 pkam
January 03 2014, 04:58PM
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RexHolez wrote:

can we take out hall and put in eberle??

You sure can try, but I don't know if this is good enough for Poile though.

I wish Poile will just take Klefbom/Nurse + Eberle for Weber. Unfortunately it takes two parties to make a deal.

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#98 Sisyphus
January 03 2014, 05:06PM
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pkam wrote:

I am sure Weber will help us. Did someone suggest in another article that Hall + RNH + Klefbon + 1st rounder for Weber? I think this will be good enough for Nashville. So you are okay with this?

Close. Make that Hall OR RNH, Klefbon, 1st rounder, and hey, throw in another prospect (not top quality, but decent) for Weber, and sure, that would do for me.

I wouldn't send Hall AND RNH for the same player, but one or the other, sure. Or Hall for one top quality needed player, and RNH or Ebs for another very needed player, again, yes, I'm okay with that

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#99 John
January 03 2014, 05:14PM
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The one positive thing that comes out of this train wreck is that we will see Katz's son grow up before our eyes as he makes his annual trip onto the draft stage with daddy to make another first pick selection. I'm curious if he'll grow taller than his dad? We'll see in about 5 years.

Wonder if Hall has already warned Nurse to wear his best fake selfie smile when he's paraded on stage during the pick. " ... And Darnell, don't ruffle the Katz kids hair on the way up ; he fricken hates that!"

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#100 Freewheeling Freddie
January 03 2014, 05:15PM
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I would love to see Cal and and calvery ride into town and send Katz to seattle. One can only dream.Its definitely not duck hunting season or wabbit season it is oil smurf hunting season. We are witnessing the worst Oiler season in franchise history that is actually one way to keep your hockey watching sanity.

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