POST GAME AND NEW COACHES??... (ESKIMOS)

Jason Gregor
January 04 2014 12:03AM

The Oilers come home with 38 games left in the season sitting in 29th place overall. No one should be surprised they lost two games in 27 hours at San Jose and Anaheim, but once again the combination of bad defensive zone coverage and Bryzgalov allowing a weak goal cost them.

Eventually you hope the players make more correct decisions that wrong ones, but right now it is clear they have a long way to go before they can compete with the good teams in the western conference, and specifically in the pacific division.

Here are some thoughts on tonight's game and also some news for Eskimos fans.

  •  I didn't have a problem earlier in the season when Eakins wanted Yakupov to play better. I felt that was fair. Tonight, however, Eakins' decision to not use Yakupov on the 6-on-3 PP late in the game was very perplexing. The Oilers biggest problem with their top-two lines is they have no diversity, they all offer similar things.

    The six players on the PP mirrored that problem. None of them can shoot a one-time like Yakupov, so why wasn't he on that PP? It made no sense. I wonder if Eakins let his stubborness get the best of him tonight? I understand if he wants Yakupov to earn his icetime, but Yakupov was good yesterday and tonight, so why wasn't he rewarded with a spot on the man advantage?|
     
  • The Oilers made some glaring errors on four of the five Ducks goals. RNH had the puck under control but gave it away on first goal. Bryzgalov has to stop the 3rd goal with 4.4 seconds remaining on the clock. Marincin (he is a rookie, so the odd mistake is expected) left Jackman wide open on the 4th goal, while Petry shot the puck directly into Cogliano's shinpads leading to his breakaway.

    The Oilers have to find ways to cut down on those mistakes, or they will never improve.
     
  • The Oilers top-six had an average weight of 192 pounds, while the Ducks top-six was 212 pounds. They are giving up 60 pounds every shift. The Oilers will never be able to compete with the big, heavy, skilled teams in the Pacific until they add some size in their top-six. (When I say in their top-six, I assume most people realize that means skilled players. We shouldn't have to add "size with skill" every time we mention the need for size. When I mention top-six, I believe that skill is a given part of the equation.)

    The Oilers have too many of the same players right now. That isn't a knock on them, and doesn't mean they aren't good, but they are all the same and there is no diversity within their top-six. Size is needed.
     
  • No one can be shocked the Oilers lost back-to-back games in the two toughest road rinks in the league. It is disappointing, but these two losses should not cause massive uproar. The Oilers aren't close to the top teams in the league, especially on the road in San Jose and Anaheim.  

ESKIMO RUMBLINGS...

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The Eskimos have been rather quiet about their coaching staff, but it seems like Chris Jones is getting closer to naming his staff.

Look for Stephen McAdoo to be the offensive coordinator. My sources tell me he hasn't re-signed with the Argos. McAdoo has been with the Argos for four seasons as the O-Line coach and run game coordinator, and prior to that he was the offensive line/running back coach in Montreal from 2003-2005 and then added co-offensive coordinator title in 2006.

This would be McAdoo' first OC job, but he has 15 years of coaching experience. McAdoo and Jones have worked together in Montreal (2003-2006) and in Toronto (2012-2013). They have a history together.

My sources also state that Jarious Jackson will be the quarterbacks/passing game coach. The Eskimos desperately need a former QB to work with the Mike Reilly, and the Esks are close or have already signed him to a deal. Jackson played 8 seasons in the CFL and was the QB coach in BC last season. He will help Reilly and the other QBs. He also should add some insight into pass patterns. Last season the Eskimos ran too many intermediate routes, but never had any safety/under routes that Reilly could dump off to if no one was open downfield.

I'm also hearing that Kevin Strasser could be added as the receivers coach. He has worked with Jones in the past and previously worked with the Eskimos. Sources say the Strasser signing isn't confirmed, but he is a candidate for that job.  The main concern is if he would be a distraction. (My apologies for sending out an erroneous tweet earlier today that said he was in the running for the OC job, when it clearly was for WR coach. Stupid mistake on my part.)

McAdoo and Jackson look to be solid additions. McAdoo has a lot of experience while Jackson fills a huge void on the coaching staff. 

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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#1 Kr55
January 04 2014, 12:12AM
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Lowe and his gang cannot be allowed to deflect blame again by firing another coach. Without a doubt Eakins is probably getting the least out of an Oilers team than we've ever seen, but it's pointless to fire him now.

The only hope for this franchise is for tier 1 fans to run Lowe out of the Oilers organization. Then the old boys club can finally be dismantled and we can start filling management positions in this organization with actual qualified people that know how to build a hockey team. People that think being lucky enough to play with Gretzky and Messier means they are good at management need not apply.

It's all up to you tier 1 fans. Fire Lowe chants, a #4 Lowe jersey tossed on the ice after the next embarrassing home loss. Lowe and Katz need to know you want a REAL change in this organization for once.

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#2 joshgladu
January 04 2014, 12:12AM
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Thank god the Oilers drafted that Nichushkin kid.

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#3 Drowning in Oil
January 04 2014, 12:31AM
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Keeping Eakins as the teams coach any longer can only further harm the already fragile state this team is in. He is way over his head and honestly, should never been considered as a NHL coach in the first place. The only reason he was is because MacT thought he needed to make a statement about the new direction he was taking this team. It hasnt worked. Kruger was getting more from this team than Eakins is, plain and simple! Change has to happen, and not only at a coaching level. Management has as much, if not more to do with this teams failings!!

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#4 Paul
January 04 2014, 12:33AM
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Thanks for the Eskimo news Gregor. Good work breaking that story. I like what I read about McAdoo and agree we need a QB coach with QB experience to help Reilly.

I forget that you don't just cover one sport. You break stories for football and lacrosse. Good on you.

Go Esks...sad that I have to say that in January, but the Oilers are done already.

I guess Go Rush as well...at least they are 1-0... #oilerfanproblems

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#5 Tuningout
January 04 2014, 12:34AM
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Kr55 wrote:

Lowe and his gang cannot be allowed to deflect blame again by firing another coach. Without a doubt Eakins is probably getting the least out of an Oilers team than we've ever seen, but it's pointless to fire him now.

The only hope for this franchise is for tier 1 fans to run Lowe out of the Oilers organization. Then the old boys club can finally be dismantled and we can start filling management positions in this organization with actual qualified people that know how to build a hockey team. People that think being lucky enough to play with Gretzky and Messier means they are good at management need not apply.

It's all up to you tier 1 fans. Fire Lowe chants, a #4 Lowe jersey tossed on the ice after the next embarrassing home loss. Lowe and Katz need to know you want a REAL change in this organization for once.

Not that I don't support Lowe being fired because I do. But how does that help or improve this team in the short term ? Sure fire him and expect positive change years down the road. But 10 games after Lowe is gone and this team still sucks then what do we chant ?

If you want real change now. Fire the entire coaching staff. Do a real search for a head coach with real due diligence. Give him the reins. That may.. Result in short term positives.

Oh and trade for a defenseman. Someone. Anyone. :(

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#6 Walter Sobchak
January 04 2014, 12:41AM
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I said this in a previous thread, Eakins is going to lean on Yakupov to distract from the obvious problems on the team.

After watching another debacle of a game again, Eakins bench's Yakupov on the PP after being one of the better Oilers in another brutal game, AFTER he laid out his magical Yakupov plan.

I hate to be so negative here, but Eakins really knows how to distract & deflect criticism from both himself & his team, mostly from himself.

The last three games Hall-RNH & Peron were absolutely destroyed!!

Eakins accountability is pure lip service.

His system didn't work, he said he needs players buying in and playing the game he wants? Since he abandoned his systems, I can't for the life of me figure out what system the players are using to buy in?

He was clearly out coached tonight, having his forth line out when the Getzlaf line was out was the last straw, he needs a co-coach badly or just fire him.

MacTavish made a brutal play to fire Krueger, wrong coach got axed.

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#7 6 ring circus
January 04 2014, 12:48AM
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If Kevin Lowe is so smart and he said it himself that he knows a thing or two about winning, why doesn't he take over as coach,he can stand behind the bench waving his six rings and prove to everyone that hes not a idiot.

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#8 Anton
January 04 2014, 12:55AM
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Kr55 wrote:

Lowe and his gang cannot be allowed to deflect blame again by firing another coach. Without a doubt Eakins is probably getting the least out of an Oilers team than we've ever seen, but it's pointless to fire him now.

The only hope for this franchise is for tier 1 fans to run Lowe out of the Oilers organization. Then the old boys club can finally be dismantled and we can start filling management positions in this organization with actual qualified people that know how to build a hockey team. People that think being lucky enough to play with Gretzky and Messier means they are good at management need not apply.

It's all up to you tier 1 fans. Fire Lowe chants, a #4 Lowe jersey tossed on the ice after the next embarrassing home loss. Lowe and Katz need to know you want a REAL change in this organization for once.

It is not pointless to fire him now, at least that will be the first bold move by Mac-T like he promised. Why do you want a coach that is clearly assassinating young players' careers to keep on coaching?

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#9 Kr55
January 04 2014, 01:02AM
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Tuningout wrote:

Not that I don't support Lowe being fired because I do. But how does that help or improve this team in the short term ? Sure fire him and expect positive change years down the road. But 10 games after Lowe is gone and this team still sucks then what do we chant ?

If you want real change now. Fire the entire coaching staff. Do a real search for a head coach with real due diligence. Give him the reins. That may.. Result in short term positives.

Oh and trade for a defenseman. Someone. Anyone. :(

The problem with letting LoweT fire Eakins is that it gives LoweT another free pass. Also I'm scared that it might finally be Buchy's turn to br the HC and that scares the hell out of me.

If Lowe is fired, MacT will be fired and when the new GM comes in that is properly qualified, they can put a qualified coach in. We have gone too long only having buddies or flavours of the week people ruining this great franchise.

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#10 Anton
January 04 2014, 01:03AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

If Kevin Lowe is so smart and he said it himself that he knows a thing or two about winning, why doesn't he take over as coach,he can stand behind the bench waving his six rings and prove to everyone that hes not a idiot.

Because Moose is not coaching. The only thing that 6lings knows about winning was just chasing Moose's tail around the league.

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#11 Blue Giraffe
January 04 2014, 01:11AM
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Enough coaching changes. As painful as this is, there is no quick fix. The needs are obvious, and won't begin to get filled until the offseason and long term through the draft.

Pick an NFL team to cheer for, that will help for a few weeks.

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#12 Remember The Oilers?
January 04 2014, 01:13AM
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Potential top picks must be scared s***less about getting caught up in this trainwreck. Feel Bad For Ekblad. Have a Heart For Reinhart.

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#13 Anton
January 04 2014, 01:16AM
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Paul wrote:

Thanks for the Eskimo news Gregor. Good work breaking that story. I like what I read about McAdoo and agree we need a QB coach with QB experience to help Reilly.

I forget that you don't just cover one sport. You break stories for football and lacrosse. Good on you.

Go Esks...sad that I have to say that in January, but the Oilers are done already.

I guess Go Rush as well...at least they are 1-0... #oilerfanproblems

Actually, I've heard good things about the other franchise that we have in town like FC Edmonton the soccer team. Maybe we should start to check it out too.

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#14 M22
January 04 2014, 01:16AM
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Tuningout wrote:

Not that I don't support Lowe being fired because I do. But how does that help or improve this team in the short term ? Sure fire him and expect positive change years down the road. But 10 games after Lowe is gone and this team still sucks then what do we chant ?

If you want real change now. Fire the entire coaching staff. Do a real search for a head coach with real due diligence. Give him the reins. That may.. Result in short term positives.

Oh and trade for a defenseman. Someone. Anyone. :(

Short term? Short term is hardly a consideration right now. This disaster will take a long, long time to repair. We know what we're getting short term, whether Lowe is fired now or not. The sooner he is gone, the better. The healing starts at that very second.

You say "Do a real search for a head coach with real due diligence." Okay, but tell me: who is going to be in charge of hiring this new coaching staff? MacTavish? Lowe? Both? Please don't suggest that MacT would be given carte blanche to hire whomever he feels is the right bunch to lead this organization out of the wilderness. If he had ANY say in keeping Buchberger/Smith around, then he should not be trusted to hire the next group. He needs to be gone also. His pick of Eakins, a rookie head coach, to lead a very young team that needed much better than that, was a poor decision. It was too big of a gamble, when what the organization needed at that position was stability that a proven NHL-level coach could more likely provide.

The bigger problem of all that ails this org. is Katz's unwillingness to do what must be done to save this sinking ship, and I'm guessing many sound hockey minds throughout the league think privately: get rid of Lowe. Do that, and everything below Prez of Hockey Ops starts to repair.

Katz is not a hockey man, he's a fan. And as an owner who's reclusive, as he appears to be to the fanbase, he naturally and understandably feels most comfortable with someone he trusts, someone close to him. That's Lowe. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is problem numero uno.

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#15 Anton
January 04 2014, 01:29AM
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M22 wrote:

Short term? Short term is hardly a consideration right now. This disaster will take a long, long time to repair. We know what we're getting short term, whether Lowe is fired now or not. The sooner he is gone, the better. The healing starts at that very second.

You say "Do a real search for a head coach with real due diligence." Okay, but tell me: who is going to be in charge of hiring this new coaching staff? MacTavish? Lowe? Both? Please don't suggest that MacT would be given carte blanche to hire whomever he feels is the right bunch to lead this organization out of the wilderness. If he had ANY say in keeping Buchberger/Smith around, then he should not be trusted to hire the next group. He needs to be gone also. His pick of Eakins, a rookie head coach, to lead a very young team that needed much better than that, was a poor decision. It was too big of a gamble, when what the organization needed at that position was stability that a proven NHL-level coach could more likely provide.

The bigger problem of all that ails this org. is Katz's unwillingness to do what must be done to save this sinking ship, and I'm guessing many sound hockey minds throughout the league think privately: get rid of Lowe. Do that, and everything below Prez of Hockey Ops starts to repair.

Katz is not a hockey man, he's a fan. And as an owner who's reclusive, as he appears to be to the fanbase, he naturally and understandably feels most comfortable with someone he trusts, someone close to him. That's Lowe. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is problem numero uno.

Being a fan to the team as a owner doesn't mean that he can't make the right decision. Look at NBA for Mark Cuban, he is one of the biggest fanboy among professional teams owners but he made right decisions and once the worst franchise in North America ended up winning a championship. Katz is not a real fan, he is a business man that only care about the profit. As long as the management can still fill the seat and sell merchandise that he could care less about the team's performance. Think about it, as long as the team remain bad that they can keep on drafting high profile youngsters that will guarantee incomes without have them to actually search for one.

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#16 M22
January 04 2014, 01:51AM
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Anton wrote:

Being a fan to the team as a owner doesn't mean that he can't make the right decision. Look at NBA for Mark Cuban, he is one of the biggest fanboy among professional teams owners but he made right decisions and once the worst franchise in North America ended up winning a championship. Katz is not a real fan, he is a business man that only care about the profit. As long as the management can still fill the seat and sell merchandise that he could care less about the team's performance. Think about it, as long as the team remain bad that they can keep on drafting high profile youngsters that will guarantee incomes without have them to actually search for one.

I didn't say that he CAN'T make the right decision. My point was that he WOULDN'T. At least not yet. The comparison to Cuban ends there, I believe.

Your assertion that he's not a "real fan" is misguided. He was a fan through all the glory years in the 80s; it's well-known. He didn't buy into this for the fame, clearly. Nor does anyone buy a pro sports team to make a ton of money. If you're rich enough to buy a pro sports team, you're also smart enough to know there are less risky ways of making big bucks. I think he bought it because he could, plain and simple. I think he wanted to own something he had a strong affinity for. Nothing wrong with that.

Your argument about drafting high-profile youngsters, etc etc is a silly one which I won't even address.

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#17 Anton
January 04 2014, 01:58AM
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M22 wrote:

I didn't say that he CAN'T make the right decision. My point was that he WOULDN'T. At least not yet. The comparison to Cuban ends there, I believe.

Your assertion that he's not a "real fan" is misguided. He was a fan through all the glory years in the 80s; it's well-known. He didn't buy into this for the fame, clearly. Nor does anyone buy a pro sports team to make a ton of money. If you're rich enough to buy a pro sports team, you're also smart enough to know there are less risky ways of making big bucks. I think he bought it because he could, plain and simple. I think he wanted to own something he had a strong affinity for. Nothing wrong with that.

Your argument about drafting high-profile youngsters, etc etc is a silly one which I won't even address.

Then, lets hope that you are right and he may eventually do the right thing.

Of course, his tactic of how he got the team and also the whole arena mess makes you wonder about what he is truly thinking right now.

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#18 M22
January 04 2014, 02:11AM
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Anton wrote:

Then, lets hope that you are right and he may eventually do the right thing.

Of course, his tactic of how he got the team and also the whole arena mess makes you wonder about what he is truly thinking right now.

He's thinking about offering me Lowe's position.......or else he's in bed sleeping.

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#19 Oilerz4life
January 04 2014, 02:49AM
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M22 wrote:

He's thinking about offering me Lowe's position.......or else he's in bed sleeping.

The only position you're being offered is over a barrel, being six ring fisted.

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#20 Anton
January 04 2014, 03:02AM
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On Gregor's last blog that he was not-so-obviously predicting positive comments...well, Yak was playing a hard game, that's positive.

Then...Eakins decided not to let him play more often especially during the 6-on-3 PP.

It is very difficult to focus on the positive when the coach won't allow us to do so.

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#21 mlselli
January 04 2014, 04:01AM
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What was the plan that Eakins had for Yak? Yak played his ass off the last 2 games after the benching, and a public comment that a plan was being put in place. (It is now obvious why Eakins didn't reveal to us what this big plan to motivate Yak was). Yak is the guy that got on the scoreboard and then stapled to the bench for the power play. I'm not seeing how this plan is helping Yak with his confidence, but I am seeing a complete bias that Eakins has against Yak. I'm also seeing Eakins further proving himself to be a complete liar as a person and total bust as a coach. I can't understand why MacT is not flexing his muscle and telling Eakins to use Yak fairly.

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#22 MessyEH
January 04 2014, 05:02AM
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I am starting to think Yak and Smid ran a train on Eakins wife.

Great for them.

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#23 Ex Oiler Fan
January 04 2014, 05:40AM
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Yet another pathetic performance from a pathetic team. It won't take long before a "star" player makes a very public & negative calling of this pathetic organization. Then the real gong show will begin in Deadmonton. Should be fun to watch!

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#24 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
January 04 2014, 06:28AM
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I am ready for the Trashes here, and it could be because I haven't slept yet, but....

Is it time for the Silver Fox to FIRE Eakins and step behind the bench himself?

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#25 huskamania
January 04 2014, 06:31AM
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Ex Oiler Fan wrote:

Yet another pathetic performance from a pathetic team. It won't take long before a "star" player makes a very public & negative calling of this pathetic organization. Then the real gong show will begin in Deadmonton. Should be fun to watch!

I really hope it happens, time to say what we are all thinking

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#26 huskamania
January 04 2014, 06:43AM
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MacT working for sportsnet or Tsn No other team wanted him but the Oil took him cause he's good dammit and we need a good GM ,even though he was fired once by them as a coach.

Eakins, all the talk he made Kadri good and he was destined to be Leafs head coach, hmm they didnt want him and the Leafs sucked then too, but the Oil will grab him, cause a guy that couldnt get hired by another team wanted him, great!

Bucky really? hes still there free cheque Smith really? hes still there free cheque

I dont know how many games and how bad you have to play to be able to keep a job, I am reading a ton of blogs and not one comment have I heard the coaching staff or managment say we have to do better and try somthing that will work, nope they blame individual players. The only reason he is still around must be and I dont want to say it because its about his wife so I wont. Frustration builds dont trade players that are the future when we have no season left , we are out of Playoffs only thing to change is managment and see if we can get life out of the players when that change happens. Yaks I feel for you, your not the issue..

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#27 Ed in PV
January 04 2014, 06:53AM
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M22 wrote:

Short term? Short term is hardly a consideration right now. This disaster will take a long, long time to repair. We know what we're getting short term, whether Lowe is fired now or not. The sooner he is gone, the better. The healing starts at that very second.

You say "Do a real search for a head coach with real due diligence." Okay, but tell me: who is going to be in charge of hiring this new coaching staff? MacTavish? Lowe? Both? Please don't suggest that MacT would be given carte blanche to hire whomever he feels is the right bunch to lead this organization out of the wilderness. If he had ANY say in keeping Buchberger/Smith around, then he should not be trusted to hire the next group. He needs to be gone also. His pick of Eakins, a rookie head coach, to lead a very young team that needed much better than that, was a poor decision. It was too big of a gamble, when what the organization needed at that position was stability that a proven NHL-level coach could more likely provide.

The bigger problem of all that ails this org. is Katz's unwillingness to do what must be done to save this sinking ship, and I'm guessing many sound hockey minds throughout the league think privately: get rid of Lowe. Do that, and everything below Prez of Hockey Ops starts to repair.

Katz is not a hockey man, he's a fan. And as an owner who's reclusive, as he appears to be to the fanbase, he naturally and understandably feels most comfortable with someone he trusts, someone close to him. That's Lowe. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is problem numero uno.

Couldn't agree with you more. The Oil's hockey organization is rotten to the core and must be fixed by addressing the root cause. Fire Lowe and get a qualified hockey executive to build an organization. He can judge whether MacT, Howson, Eakins or anyone else is the correct fit. Firing anyone below Lowe at this time will actually be counterproductive.

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#28 Sisyphus
January 04 2014, 07:00AM
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Ex Oiler Fan wrote:

Yet another pathetic performance from a pathetic team. It won't take long before a "star" player makes a very public & negative calling of this pathetic organization. Then the real gong show will begin in Deadmonton. Should be fun to watch!

Agreed--I am eagerly awaiting the day one of the young core players, or more than one, makes a huge statement.

Yak "I've had enough of this, I'm breaking my contract and going back to the KHL where not only will they pay me more, I'll get to play for a not-bigoted, not-batsh*t coach"

Hall/RNH/Eberle "I'd like a trade out of Edmonton. I've given it a few years to see things turn around, but instead we've gotten even worse. I no longer want to be a part of this organization, and would like a trade as soon as possible"

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#29 Ex Oiler Fan
January 04 2014, 07:02AM
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Since this sport franchise is incompetent I say signEeakins to a very long term contract. Better yet also extend his lackies Bucky & Smith and that goalie "coach". yeah know since Lowe knows about winning and considering that this young team is promising. If I ever read again that writers on here ever compares this team to the Nordiques this will put into question their journalistic credibility.

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#30 Sevenseven
January 04 2014, 07:46AM
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Agreeing with many of you guys and like I posted yesterday on Jason's last posting:

@ Jason Gregor We can talk about the players, coaching, scouting, the gm till we are blue in the face. We can talk about how top notch players may not want to sign here or how hard it is to get a number one defenseman. But at what point do you, or any other Edmonton media call out six rings, the common denominator of the past 8 playoff-less years. The man who orchastrates, to my amazement, a more disappointing organization year after year, after year? At what point does ownership fire this guy who has had chance, after chance.

Kevin Lowe must go! Kevin Lowe must go!

There is a great chant for the next home game.

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#31 Rdubb
January 04 2014, 07:59AM
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Question; where the Oilers mistakes as bad in the previous past 2 or 3 seasons? I don't think they were nearly as bad, even when all the kids where, well, kids...I see the Oilers mistakes as being far worse this season over seasons past, why? Because they should have all learnt from their mistakes these past few seasons, the coaching staff should have taught the mistakes out of them by now... listening to your show last night (Jan 3/2014) and Struds said that the Oilers hardly ever used tape to teach guys, & I found that, well...RIDICULOUS!!!!

Peck

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#32 Sliderule
January 04 2014, 08:03AM
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I believe a much bigger problem than size of our forwards is size of our defence.

Ducks defence average was just under 205 lbs,oilers just over 191.

Once the Ducks got the puck in corners the oil couldn't move them and take the puck away resulting quite often in a stick foul.Fistric and Smid were players that we had that could break the cycle.Oh but they are no longer on team.Our best at that last night was Marincin and he is a 21 year old kid who hasn't filled out.

The oilers have to get bigger but it should start on the D.

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#33 The Swarm
January 04 2014, 08:03AM
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Last year, even after imploding down the stretch, the Oilers had a -9 goal differential, which was a huge improvement over the previous years. Fans had some hope that things were finally improving.

This year, after 4 less games than last year, they have a -41 goal differential, which puts them on pace for something around -80 (or worse given the tougher Western Conference competition).

It's a results based business.

Eakins has to go.

Eating his contract at this point will be rounding error relative the long term damage his next 3-years will bring upon the organization.

It's a simple cost/benefit analysis that Katz's son can figure out.

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#34 VK63
January 04 2014, 08:06AM
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On reflection it is simply amazing that there is a team in this league thats worse than these Oilers. It seems ……… impossible.

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#35 Gored 1970
January 04 2014, 08:15AM
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And many Oiler fans laughed when Vancouver didn't consider Eakins and hired Torts. Can you imagine Torts trying to get these Oilers to play a forechecking puck pressure game. He'd be bonkers by now and the press conferences would be totally beeped out

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#36 Oneeye
January 04 2014, 08:18AM
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Listened to Stauffer yesterday, he's still preaching patience....these so called kids aren't kids anymore. Sure hope he doesn't lose his job with Coilers as he has negative credibility as a sports reporter now.

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#37 outdoorzguy
January 04 2014, 08:37AM
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Gored 1970 wrote:

And many Oiler fans laughed when Vancouver didn't consider Eakins and hired Torts. Can you imagine Torts trying to get these Oilers to play a forechecking puck pressure game. He'd be bonkers by now and the press conferences would be totally beeped out

No it wouldn't be like that. Tortorella would eat these guys alive. The Edmonton media have no urge to ask tough questions. They're just like the owner...fans first. They won't ask the tough questions because they might get a ring thrown at them and get banned from the building, thereby losing the right to watch their buddies play live hockey. There is only a couple media in town who are capable of working somewhere else other than at the local community league newsletter.

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#38 camdog
January 04 2014, 08:39AM
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Gregor,

We are past the mid way point of the season and we have not beat one single top 10 team. If this isn't reason to be pissed off what is?

The question remains will the Oilers beat 1 top 10 team this season?

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#39 VK63
January 04 2014, 08:45AM
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@Oneeye

Bobs "skills" ensure a very long tenure as a paid Oiler apologist. Credibility really isn't part of the job description.. in fact… its irrelevant.

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#40 outdoorzguy
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The Swarm wrote:

Last year, even after imploding down the stretch, the Oilers had a -9 goal differential, which was a huge improvement over the previous years. Fans had some hope that things were finally improving.

This year, after 4 less games than last year, they have a -41 goal differential, which puts them on pace for something around -80 (or worse given the tougher Western Conference competition).

It's a results based business.

Eakins has to go.

Eating his contract at this point will be rounding error relative the long term damage his next 3-years will bring upon the organization.

It's a simple cost/benefit analysis that Katz's son can figure out.

Katz's kid doesn't have time to do any analysis. He's to busy trying to figure out who to tell McTavish to draft first again. Speaking of that, will McTavish smile when he makes that pick again? I don't think the GM of the leagues annual doormats should be smiling when making that pick. You're only there because you sucked!

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#41 RussHil
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The last time anyone in the bloody media around here asked the Oilers management or coaches a difficult question was back when MacT got hired ( I think that was Mackinnon at the time). That's when KLowe fired back with the whole "I know a thing or two..." comment. Since then? The team has been beyond horrible and unwatchable, and where are the tough questions? Crickets...

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#42 Oneeye
January 04 2014, 09:06AM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

Katz's kid doesn't have time to do any analysis. He's to busy trying to figure out who to tell McTavish to draft first again. Speaking of that, will McTavish smile when he makes that pick again? I don't think the GM of the leagues annual doormats should be smiling when making that pick. You're only there because you sucked!

Go easy on the kid. He maybe our only shot at an end to this miserable management. His dad isn't going to read the press/blogs but the kid may. " Hey dad, the fans say we suck, can we do something like higher some competent hockey Op's people...your looking like an idiot right now"

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#43 -30-
January 04 2014, 09:12AM
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@ Oneeye, don't get all twisted up over Stauffer.

His situation is different than Terry Jones and the rest of the media.

Stauffer is in fact employed indirectly by the Oilers.

Stauffer is NOT a sports reporter.

Stauffer is NOT to blame for the wreck that the Oilers are.

Mainstream media is partially responsible for not calling out the responsible parties in public.

Fans are responsible for continually buying anything Oiler related.

Katz is a business man. Boycott Rexall Drugs and anything Oilers related. See how quickly that gets his attention.

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#44 Brian
January 04 2014, 09:15AM
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Ok . Let's assume Eakins gets the axe. Who is available? Maurice? Laviolette? So one of them comes in and inherits the same D- Men, the same small seemingly heartless forwards,and the same screen door goalies. He also inherits KSlow (who knows dick about winning), MacT, Bucky, Smitty, and now perhaps Acton given that he once rode the bus too. Why in God's name (not Katz, the other one) would a solid coach with any self-respect come to this fiasco?

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#45 YAKCITY64
January 04 2014, 09:26AM
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I completely agree ALL of the media in this town are cowards and really do a piss poor job of representing and asking the difficult questions that fans who actually employ them would like to hear. I think many of them are just as arrogant as oilers owner/managment as they love there cushy little jobs. I have respected and listened to the Team 1260 since these guys worked at 790 and now they bring in Lowetide. I would think to cover hockey you would actually have to know something just anything about the subject and all this guy can do is just come up with uninformed and unintellegent comments based on others opinions and some stats that he finds somewhere. My wife finds it funny that I change the sports radio station from 10-12:) If strudwick wasnt here I have no idea who I'd listen too.

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#46 Dave
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-30- wrote:

@ Oneeye, don't get all twisted up over Stauffer.

His situation is different than Terry Jones and the rest of the media.

Stauffer is in fact employed indirectly by the Oilers.

Stauffer is NOT a sports reporter.

Stauffer is NOT to blame for the wreck that the Oilers are.

Mainstream media is partially responsible for not calling out the responsible parties in public.

Fans are responsible for continually buying anything Oiler related.

Katz is a business man. Boycott Rexall Drugs and anything Oilers related. See how quickly that gets his attention.

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I bet that there are fewer bums in the seats at Rexall resulting less beer, food revenue and logo royalties coming in. I suspect the bottom line is being impacted. If not now, certainly by the seasons end.

I agree that the contract pay out for Eakins will be less of a hit than the loss of revenue should he continue as coach.

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#47 FireKLowe
January 04 2014, 09:28AM
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Just read Willis' article in the EJ justifying resigning 38 year old Ryan Smith for next year. Well if it isn't the idiotic Oiler management making stupid decisions, its the retarded EJ homies constantly trying to put lipstick on a pig and making head scratching recommendations!

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#48 Bryzarro World
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If anyone from SN had balls they would start firing off real questions to Kblowe and MacT. They have the rights for the next 10 years. Wtf would kblowe do? Ban them from the rink? He can't!! They will be the main and pretty much only source for coverage so klowe would have to play nice or watch the team slip away from the sports page.

We can't count on the local media to ask anything. They are scared of being cut off and won't be allowed to watch for free. Too reliant on sucking the hind teet.

Maybe all the media should take a press conference or two off. Let these losers talk to themselves if they don't want to answer questions that all of society has to as some point. I mean, does anyone even care what Dallas or anyone has to say at this point? Who cares what any of them have to say? All crap, lies and excuses.

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#49 Rob F
January 04 2014, 09:35AM
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I was just thinking of a new documentary series for the Oilers that connects past with present

'The Girls on Th Bus'

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#50 hall the time
January 04 2014, 09:37AM
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MacT shot him self in the foot when he fired Kurger, MacT should have gave him a chance and if there were no results then fire him that's how it works.

MacT now need to show that he means business and will not take losing and get a new coach. AND COACHING STAFF.

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