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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#51 Furlise
January 04 2014, 03:49PM
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It is truly a very sad time in Oiler history. I find it embarrassing, hurtful, and shameful that this team has regressed to this point. Oiler Pride is slowly diminishing ...and I no longer wear Oiler colours with Pride.

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#52 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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#53 CMG30
January 04 2014, 10:23AM
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Reading through the comments here the level of frustration is off the charts. While I don't actually believe that firing Lowe will solve anything (at least in the short term) I can totally respect that fans feel so strongly because it means that despite the decades of putrid filth dished up by the Oil, the fans still actually care - And that's why Oiler fans are the best in the world.

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#54 Rod from Viking
January 04 2014, 10:29AM
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FireKLowe wrote:

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!

I just read that as well, Ryan still makes that stupid shoot from 70ft with a 55mph slapshot when he has someone open to pass to, is too slow to make a wrap around goal even with the more room behind the net, and can't clear the puck out on the penalty kill. I do how ever blame the coaching staff for this, he should be playing at the most 2 out of 3 games and on the 4th line. Ryan should also want to be dealt at the deadline if any contender thought they could use him.

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#55 michael
January 04 2014, 11:13AM
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Brent Sutter. Klowe and Mact are in Sweden for WJHC. Perhaps a dinner and a conversation should be in order.

Eakins signed for 4 years. Who the frak cares. I for one do not. My believe is that Eakins will not be able to take this team to the next level. I believe he is a good coach. But not for this group of young men. My opinion.

Regardless of what MacT said about continuity and not changes coaches. He made a mistake.He bought Eakins sales pitch but it turned out to be coming from a carpet bagger.

MacT will change players. As he should. We are lacking in several areas. Everyone knows that. But its how those players are used and how the players respond is what is important. We could have Sid Crosby on this team and we still would be getting killed. Eakins systems amd personality are not condusive to winning with this group of players. And the deal is that your not trading away Hall Nuge and others to match the coaches system and personality.

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#56 Rama Lama
January 04 2014, 11:58AM
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Brent Sutter has Canada playing like a real team after a hand full of practices..........we have Eakins after 40 games still telling us that none of his players understand his sytems.

Can you say clown.

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#57 Spydyr
January 04 2014, 01:19PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Replace Mr. Chop Water carry wood .........with Brent Sutter.

That would work for me.In fact I wanted him when they hired Ralph.

Just wondering if he wants to leave Red Deer to come to this mess.

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#58 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 09:45AM
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Dave wrote:

Actually, I am surprised that Stauffer is as critical of his team as he is.

He travels with the team and and is to some extent an Oiler insider. If he was too critical of the team he would be replaced by a total sycophant and we would lose a insiders perspective completely.

Stauffer has made negative comments about Eakins coaching in recent broadcasts.

How can you even listen to that slobbering fool. When I used to listen to bob I kept waiting for him to drown in his saliva....

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#59 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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#60 cubsfan
January 04 2014, 09:38AM
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YAKCITY64 wrote:

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.

'I love struds'......more struds, less everyone else

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#61 Rotten Ron
January 04 2014, 11:21AM
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cubsfan wrote:

'I love struds'......more struds, less everyone else

I like Strudwick when he talks about anything but the oilers. He absolutely refuses to call out any players or staff. I totally understand why, this was his team and team mates not long ago but at some point you have to call a spade a spade. My guess is he is trying to leave the door open for oiler employment in the future. Best analyst in town by far is Rob Brown, surprisingly with the turkeys he's surrounded by.

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#62 Hockey fan 1976
January 04 2014, 10:53AM
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I would love to have a media guy like Kevin Kurz in San Jose and call out these clowns in public during a press conference. Unfortunately we have no one in this city with big enough balls to do that. They are too afraid to lose privileges in the new toy if arena when it opens even though it will still house the joke of the NHL for years to come until Management leaves. We've hit rock bottom now that other city's media personnel laugh at our expense. Pathetic!!!

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#63 Serious Gord
January 04 2014, 10:58AM
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FireKLowe wrote:

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!

If - as Willis argued that Smyth is a signable player - then he's a tradeable asset.

TRADE HIM.

I think that he is of very limited effectiveness and he won't be a part of this team when (if?!) they become Competitive. Wills argues he is on a 35 pt pace. Fine. That means he will likely be on a sub-30 pt pace next year. NO one fears him - he has zero physical presence and seems to be easily moved our of his old stomping grounds around the net. His shot is getting weaker (hard to believe it could bet worse).

He is embarrassing himself more often than not and is tarnishing he reputation - one that he built on blood and guts all those years ago.

For the love of god retire already.

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#64 Oiler1980
January 04 2014, 01:11PM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

@Gregor

"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."

If this is what you think we are in uproar about then you are as out of touch with the fan-base as the Oilers management are.

By the way, however many years we are into this "re-build" now, getting crushed 5-1 and 5-2 back-to-back by the Sharks and Ducks is cause for uproar. Absolutely. If that isn't, then what the hell is?

It's sad when we just accept loses now. We accept loses like the players are. Eakins can kick and scream about "no one quitting". This team is so messed. I have no idea what we have here anymore. What kind of team are they? Why are they so bad? Have we been too young too long? Have we lacked true NHL experiance for so long? I would not like to be in his position right now.

Is there any GM on this great green earth who could solve this mess?

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#65 Good News
January 04 2014, 02:13PM
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The good news is we don't have to watch our team get embarrassed on national tv tonight.

the bad news ... well there is a lot of that ...

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#66 blue31
January 04 2014, 04:11PM
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Rod Phillips got the hell out of E-town just in time.

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#67 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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#68 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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#69 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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#70 Cynic
January 04 2014, 10:16AM
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I like how the banner ad at the edge says "30." It's something to shoot for, Oiler fan.

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#71 michael
January 04 2014, 10:55AM
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Spoils wrote:

I really don't like the statement that you earn PP time, and I get the feeling Eakins has a bit of a power trip thing going and hands out PP as a reward.

The PP is not a reward it is a job that we need to get done right. Yak's shot is a tool that needs to be put to work.

Find other ways to manage the players that doesn't weaken the team.

Top 10 PP last year. This year? Why. The players are the same but the philosophy on how to run a PP has changed. Who made that change? Eakins.

Your comment rings so true. "Find other ways to manage the players that does not weaken the team". The benching of Hall/Nuge/Perron in SJ for 12 minutes in the second period reflects that comment to a tee. Talk about hurting the teams chances of winning. Eakins comments post game regarding Yak and the second goal were just unforgiveable. Eakins body language is all wrong. For me I would have preferred a coach with NHL experience who works well with kids. Brent Sutter?

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#72 Dog Train
January 04 2014, 11:05AM
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The fact that Yakupov is getting very little PP time baffles me. Our PP has been brutal over the past month or so because we have nobody who poses a threat as a shooter. While I agree that Yakupov is the person who is most responsible for his own play at 5 on 5, I do believe that Eakins has failed Yakupov when it comes to PP time. Also, just because we have lots of skilled players does not mean that we can just throw 5 of them out there on the same PP. Somebody like Ryan Smyth or Boyd Gordon should be out there on the PP more often. Our 4 on 3 in OT against the Coyotes a few games back was embarassing. Four players all standing on the outside, none of them with a threatening shot, expected to perform magic and pass the puck into the net. What a joke.

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#73 Rama Lama
January 04 2014, 01:17PM
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Spydyr wrote:

As POHO? Or coach?

Replace Mr. Chop Water carry wood .........with Brent Sutter.

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#74 Kevin
January 04 2014, 03:40PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Randy Gregg,Charlie Huddy, Grant Fuhr,Glenn Anderson,Jari Kurri,Mark Messier and Kevin Lowe all won 5 Stanley cups with the Oilers,4 of these players are in the HHOF,Messier one of the greatest leaders in hockey was passed over as head coach of the NYR 's this past year. Using Kevin Lowes way of thinking, how come none of these other guys are in charge of NHL teams,They all know a thing or two about winning ,appointing Lowe as a general manager when he had no experience was a mistake ,making him president of hockey operations has been a colossal failure,his management record speaks for itself ,the Oilers have been at the bottom of the standings for the past 8 years,it is time that Katz hires a experienced President with a winning record to restore this once great franchise,and undo the damage that Lowe has done,until then I will no longer support this team,I will not renew my seasons tickets which i have had for 14 years,I am not a quitter,I was a die hard Oilers fan ,but I cannot support this team any longer ,doing so would mean I support the incompetence of management and I no longer do, management has had enough time to correct this sinking ship ,we have sunk to the bottom and it's time we release the anchor s Kevin Lowe ,kelly Buchberger,Steve smith,Scott Howson,Craig Mactavish and Dallas Eakins,only then will the sinking end and the Oilers can become a winning team.

Here, here- good on you ! its hard to take for sure and cudos to you for shelling out $$ for so long through this debacle of a decade. We need more ticket holders like you to make a stance !

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#75 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 04:28PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Anyone have any ideas what's wrong with the Oilers?

They lose hockey games

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#76 outdoorzguy
January 04 2014, 08:55AM
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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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#77 Loweblows
January 04 2014, 10:12AM
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Looking at the schedule ahead for the next month the prospect for even 1 win looks dim. The only teams I see them having a marginal chance against are Winnipeg and Dallas. When Buffalo comes to town and we lose I wonder will that be the tipping point when sweeping changes are made? On a positive note maybe the team can recycle all the sweaters they will be recieving soon.

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#78 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 12:03PM
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tileguy wrote:

Give it a rest Bizzaro. The man is doing his job. He probably hates his job right now, but it is his whole world, wife, kids, mortgage. He is not at fault for this disaster and will be great to listen too if this ever gets turned around. Let him do his job.

Sounds like you work for the Oilers. You don't like the idea of holding people accountable. Stauffer chose his job and the consequences are that he will get run down for being a PR man dressed as a journalist.

His fault for this disaster? Of course not but he is a lackey that has been trying to shine up this pile of garbage to con the fans into thinking all is good and to keep spending your money on the team.

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#79 Rama Lama
January 04 2014, 02:06PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Anyone have any ideas what's wrong with the Oilers?

The reason the Oilers suck is due to very, very, bad management. The list is long and well documented, from player selection, drafting, coaching, and trades.

Everything starts and ends with KLowe. He started by stating there was a new NHL where small fast players would excel. He ended by creating a poisoned atmosphere for the players .........it's no wonder no players wants to come to this team. Add to that the great players that have left the Oilers under suspicious circumstance, only to excel in their new teams. Too many player to mention here.

Now that the going gets tough, he disappears! IF one care to look close enough every bad thing that has happened to this organization can be traced back to very bad management.

I'm waiting for someone to start the chant FIRE LOWE on the next CBC broadcast.

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#80 Rotten Ron
January 04 2014, 02:12PM
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@Rick Stroppel

As I said I do enjoy listening to him. He did call out Yakupov but he was also never a team mate of his and he was in agreement with management, had he written a story before he was sat saying they should do so it would be a different story.

Stauffers hands are tied, hes an Oilers employee, I wish I had more employees who were that loyal. Ha. However he has more lately than ever given callers, texters and emailers with differing opinion a voice alot more airtime maybe his way of letting others say what he cant.

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#81 Randaman
January 04 2014, 03:36PM
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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.

I have a very easy poll I would like to do because I am curious to know how many season ticket holders come and post on this site. Trash = Non season ticket holder Props = Season ticket holder The reason for this is if you are a season ticket holder and you come on here to vent with us tier 2 fans, we are counting on you to make your displeasure known to management. Don't be afraid to toss a jersey or hat or scarf (whatever you have) on the ice. I would be more than willing to throw in a few bucks for compensation. Eakins called the first guy a quitter. 95% of this team has quit as far as I see anyway. A FIRE LOWE chant would be fine too. Walk the Walk!!! Don't just talk the talk. Step up!!!

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#82 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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#83 Dave
January 04 2014, 09:39AM
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Actually, I am surprised that Stauffer is as critical of his team as he is.

He travels with the team and and is to some extent an Oiler insider. If he was too critical of the team he would be replaced by a total sycophant and we would lose a insiders perspective completely.

Stauffer has made negative comments about Eakins coaching in recent broadcasts.

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#84 Rod from Viking
January 04 2014, 10:00AM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

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

That is horrible but hilarious, which finger get's double ringed? At least there should be a good supply of "Lube All" from Rexall.

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#85 Chet134
January 04 2014, 10:03AM
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As fans expect things to get worse. The trade deadline is coming up and Expect to lose Schultz and hemsky for draft picks. that means we replace them with AHL players. Any team that is in the playoffs or on the bubble won't make an significant trade giving up roster players. Expect draft picks back. Plus the value of our players are at a all time low unless your name is Nug/hall/Ebs. When it comes to our first round pick, this franchise won't trade that pick til they know where we're picking. Off season. Unfortunately this management has put us in a tough spot where we can make a trade but we ll lose the trade. I think fans will have to suck it up and wait til the off season to make bold moves where some of our players have value. We may not like it but it's reality.

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#86 Spydyr
January 04 2014, 11:26AM
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It has been said over and over but the only way to fix this mess is from the top.Since i don't see Katz selling the team it is Lowe that has to go.Then the new guy can bring in his own people from GM on down.

My question is who available at this time would be the man to fix this mess?

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#87 LoweMustGO
January 04 2014, 05:20PM
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2014- Lowe: "You're telling me you're impatient after 4 years??? ...I know something about winning, if that's ever a concern"

2015- Lowe: "You're telling me you're impatient after 5 years??? ...I know something about winning, if that's ever a concern"

2016- Lowe: "You're telling me you're impatient after 6 years??? ...I know something about winning, if that's ever a concern"

2017- Lowe: "You're telling me you're impatient after 7 years??? ...I know something about winning, if that's ever a concern"

and so on until Lowe finally kicks the bucket at the ripe old age of 110. Sorry everyone, but the Oilers suck will probably outlive most of us.

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#88 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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#89 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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#90 S cottV
January 04 2014, 09:42AM
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@Rdubb

The Oilers don't use video tape very often to teach and review performance??

I find that very hard to believe.

Well maybe not - now that I really think about it...

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#91 Ed in PV
January 04 2014, 10:00AM
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kevin wrote:

Good Read as usual JG. It would be interesting to note how many time over the life of the nation you would have noted similar comments about the oiler short comings and I couldn't agree more. I suspect many of the nation writers and readers would be on the same page yet management current and past have done nothing to address this. The common denominator being six rings. I ask with all sincerity how much longer do we have to put up with a management team that is not worthy of their post on mahogany row ?? How many many more after tax dollars does one need to shed on this mediocre franchise. At some point, someone has to pay for how poorly this organization has been run and how the fan has been treated. How LOWe can we go ??

Oil hockey ops is well below mediocre.

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#92 merfer
January 04 2014, 12:11PM
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Let's get real here. Katz, Lowe and Mact aren't going anywhere so we need to just get over this already. They are Katz's buddies and this is his toy so forget it already. MacT is like a young man who just bought a lemon of a used car (Eakins). He has made a mistake but refuses to accept that this was a mistake. Instead he tries to fix all the problems and just sinks more and more money into this pig because of his pride. It's a tough lesson for any new manager, admitting a huge mistake, and baby this is huge mistake that is only getting worse. I hope he man's up and takes over the team till year end. This is just gross already.

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#93 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 12:21PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Lest I be misinterpreted - I would like Eakins and Lowe terminated and MacT made INTERIM coach to th end of the year.

I would expect the new POHO to get a new GM and that they would then get a new coach and MacT could then begin work on his correspondence PhD in biz admin. (IOW I think MacT is just as incompetent/culpable as the others.)

Fair enough. Dont bring someone in when your shaking things up. i get that.

I do know however there are those out there that think MacT would do a good job as coach and that has me terrified.

Sad that katz has bilked us for $350 mill but the chicken s*&t media here are never gone be actual journalists and start making a stink about this situation.

Pocklington would be proud of Katz.

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#94 6 ring circus
January 04 2014, 01:07PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Who would be your guy to fix this mess?

Whoever they try to bring in ,might not want to leave the team they are with,I would try to get one of these assistant general managers from the Black Hawks Norm Maciver from the Bruins Jim Benning or Don Sweeney or from the Penguins Jason Botterill all of these guys are working for really good teams and the managers of these teams know how to build a competitive and winning team.

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#95 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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#96 Oneeye
January 04 2014, 09:06AM
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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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#97 michael
January 04 2014, 09:49AM
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Oneeye wrote:

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.

Your opinion is "interesting?". To say that Stauffer has no "credibility as a sports reporter" is so asinine. Why are you listening to Stauffer if he has in your opinion no credibility? If your listening to his show that implies that your giving credence to his opinion as a sports reporter. Why would you listen otherwise? For Stauffer"s anecdotes? You like the sound of his voice?

Be better than this kind of negative post. Its beneath you to post this kind of stuff. Focus on the team and its play.

There is an old saying that perhaps we have all heard. "If you having nothing nice to say, say nothing at all".

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#98 Oiler Al
January 04 2014, 10:57AM
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No. 1 line didn't show up for the game, again. Were on the ice for 3 goals against and scoring zero themselves.

Glider 1 and Glider 2, have not scored a goal in such a long time they are sure not if it was this year or last.^That would be #89 and #83, I speak of.!I think Gagner was playing better hockey with his face guard, maybe he should put it back on.

Both these guys should get their pee wee sticks taken away, then maybe they will play like men.

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#99 Ted Sheckler
January 04 2014, 11:39AM
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YAKCITY64 wrote:

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.

Couldnt agree more on your comments regarding TSN's 10-12am program. Absolute waste of airtime. If its not Dellow, hockey buzz, stats boy on the bus he rolls in Mccurdy to pant and wheez. Seems totally uniformed about the game itself. Tosses around contridicting numbers to back up his "I'm seeing good things" adgenda.Throws in a reference from the 70's once in a while to make himself sound like a big fan, talks about the 80's and 2006 every other minute.Talks about the nfl,which it seems he understands even less than hockey.

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#100 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 12:17PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Who would be your guy to fix this mess?

No clue, I am not in that profession, although i would sniff around Jim Hollands staff. Maybe Chicago, LA, San Jose for a guy who has exposure to winning and how teams are built.

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