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. 

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#1 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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#2 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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#3 joshgladu
January 04 2014, 12:12AM
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Thank god the Oilers drafted that Nichushkin kid.

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#4 tileguy
January 04 2014, 09:58AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

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....

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.

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#5 TURNOVER
January 04 2014, 10:46AM
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I never thought i'd come to Kevin Lowe's defence (no pun). But if these players played with the same determination Kevin did when he was an Oiler, they would'nt be in 29th place. You've got to want something, and be willing to work for it.

I think we should put in 2 goalies.

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#6 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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#7 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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#8 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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#9 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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#10 CMG30
January 04 2014, 01:34PM
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I was cautiously optimistic when Eakins was hired in the summer, I believed that it was high time to put the onus on the players and that was what Eakins was promising. I saw what he was able to do with Kadri and I had hope he could replicate that here.

Right now I believe that hiring Eakins has turned into a mistake. I realize that there is only so much that can be done without top defense men and I still believe that the players are ultimately falling down with what it takes to win but the things he should be controlling are not working. His PP is a disaster and the team looks increasingly unorganized out there. What I'm seeing is that Eakins is growing as a coach along with the team. I suppose this would be fine if the Oil were in a better position that they are. A rookie head coach along with a bunch of rookies is not showing returns.

Having said that, I don't believe that firing another head coach is the solution at this point. There needs to be continuity sometime. If you fire another Coach you're sending the message to the players that they don't need to listen and do what the coach wants -he'll be gone in a month anyway. Instead I believe that MacT needs to take some of the responsibility away from Eakins. He could do this by hiring an assistant coach with experience, someone to take over the PP and PK. Sort of like a Tom Renney to Pat Quinn arrangement. As an added bonus, this would make for a smooth transition if Eakins was to move along in the next year or two.

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#11 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 04:11PM
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tileguy wrote:

To quote "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...."

He should go back under his rock.

Because I have a certain expectation when I listen to people who's job it is to be palatable to the audience?

Blow me you mindless fool...

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#12 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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#13 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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#14 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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#15 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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#16 Dave Lumley
January 04 2014, 01:46PM
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@CMG30

I was disappointed at the Kruger firing, disappointed at the MacT hiring, but open minded on Eakins.

Eakins is a disaster OR the boys are at the stage of learning when they still have to think about what they have to do at any particular point or situation in a game. This hesitation make them look they they are not trying. Once the thinking stops, action begins. The process just has to unfold, this year is a write off.

So, keep Eakins. Worst case scenario is that we will be drafting McDavid next year. What scares me more is having MacT behind the bench.

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#17 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 03:56PM
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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.

His job is to speak clearly and not disgust his listeners with the saliva sound effects. There are about 7 billion people on the planet, you telling me they couldn't find one that doesn't stuff his face on air or that can swallow and talk at the same time?

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#18 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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#19 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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#20 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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#21 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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#22 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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#23 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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#24 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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#25 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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#26 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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#27 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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#28 michael
January 04 2014, 01:45PM
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Brent Sutter is the solution. Eakins is the problem.

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#29 tileguy
January 04 2014, 02:00PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

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.

To quote "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...."

He should go back under his rock.

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#30 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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#31 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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#32 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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#33 M22
January 04 2014, 02:11AM
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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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#34 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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#35 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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#36 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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#37 Anton
January 04 2014, 01:16AM
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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

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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#38 Ex Oiler Fan
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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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#39 Oilers4ever
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Eakins should be fired and put MacT behind bench for rest of year. I am sorry as I thought eakins was a good cjoice at the start of the year but you dont bench yaks on a 6-3 when clearly he's the best one time shot you have. Whwn personal vendettas are getting in the way of smart choices its time to go. Yak has scored in two straight games and seems to me their defense is a bigger pronlem. bryz was terrible. Should have had both lovejoy shots. Marincin should be on the farm team still. He's not good enough to handle the big teams in the pacific division. This team will be lucky to get to 60 points and will finish 30th again. If they dont gut the mgmt and coaches and get rid of all exoilers then I am done with this team. Clearly katz doesnt care and doesnt get it. Ex oilers have ran this team for years and they've done jack crap. Read the writing on the wall for pete sakes. Frig katz the damn fans no more than you. This team isn't even exciting to watch anymore.

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#40 Oiler Al
January 04 2014, 10:38AM
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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!

Willis is hangin out at OKC these days, not sure if he is working for the Oilers or doing spot work for them,, but one thing for sure he is driking the kool aide big time this year.

Use to think he was a knowledgable , probably still is, except for the kool aide.

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#41 Ted Sheckler
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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.

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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#42 2004Z06
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@YAKCITY64

And just why is it the medias responsibility to call these people to the carpet? This is a small market with only one real game in town. Any media member would be banned from the Oilers and the Oil Kings. It would be career suicide in Edmonton.

Why don't you do us all a favor and make your voice heard!

Whether you are a tier 1 or 2 fan, you and the rest of the fans should be the ones applying the pressure and asking for accountability.

Boycott a game or two, stop buying the merchandise, stop watching the games on TV.

Sign a petition (there have been several started) or call the Oilers office and voice your displeasure. Ask to speak to Mr. Lowe.

Stop whining on a blog that no one within the organization reads and stop asking the media to fight your fight!

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#43 2004Z06
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@YAKCITY64

And just why is it the medias responsibility to call these people to the carpet? This is a small market with only one real game in town. Any media member would be banned from the Oilers and the Oil Kings. It would be career suicide in Edmonton.

Why don't you do us all a favor and make your voice heard!

Whether you are a tier 1 or 2 fan, you and the rest of the fans should be the ones applying the pressure and asking for accountability.

Boycott a game or two, stop buying the merchandise, stop watching the games on TV.

Sign a petition (there have been several started) or call the Oilers office and voice your displeasure. Ask to speak to Mr. Lowe.

Stop whining on a blog that no one within the organization reads and stop asking the media to fight your fight!

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#44 mlselli
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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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#45 Ed in PV
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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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#46 VK63
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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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#47 cubsfan
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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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#48 Loweblows
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Gregor wonders that maybe Eakins didnt play Yak on the PP because he is stubborn. For clarification the reason he didnt put him on the PP is because Eakins has no clue how to run a bench in the NHL and is way over his head. Eakins must go now! Some make the argument that a revolving door of coaches is bad but letting this disaster continue is doing more damage long term. These young men need direction not some rookie coach who experiments with systems. Grow some cojones MacT and get rid of this amateur.

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#49 He Who Knows
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Eakins is a disaster. Mac is a disaster, Katz is a disaster....Lowe should have never been an Oiler in any capacity. I think people are running out things to say about these arrogant fools. You know it's bad when rival fanbases are feeling bad for us. The folks that still go to the game should probably stop doing that. Ban Rexall products too. The media contingent need to grow the cohones and demand accountability. All these disasters have become one big catastrophe.

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#50 Spydyr
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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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