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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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 Serious Gord
January 04 2014, 12:11PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Why do people want MacT to coach so badly? He sucks at that as well. Makes no sense to replace incompetence with more incompetence. Although that should be Lowes Motto

"Replace Incompetence With More Incompetence!!"

except in latin so it looks smart

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.)

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#52 Rick Stroppel
January 04 2014, 01:20PM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

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.

LET'S BE FAIR TO THE JOURNALISTS

It is not correct that Strudwick "refuses to call out" Oilers players. FOUR DAYS AGO he wrote an article right here explaining carefully why he thought Yakupov deserved to be benched. In any event, Strudwick does not pretend to be a "hard-hitting" journalist. He parlayed minimal talent into a 15 year NHL career, he has a great sense of humour, and I enjoy him.

Now you are going to think this is strange for me to say this because I have been ripping pretty good on Stauffer the last little while. Calling Bob Stauffer a "slobbering idiot" is just plain mean and unhelpful. As somebody else pointed out, he has stuck his neck out a little bit recently. I think I heard him say the Oilers were 8 or 9 players away from being a competitive team, not 3 or 4. And he is clearly taking Yakupov's side in the Yakupov-Eakins controversy. He thinks Eakins should recognize that he is a rookie coach, put his ego aside, and try to capitalize last years' top goal scorer. I disagree with Stauffer, but it's a fair point.

I guess what bugs me most about Oilers press coverage is that for about 6.5 years they treated the Oilers Glory Boys like holy cows. The press shared the arrogant and conceited attitude of the organization itself. If anybody questioned "the plan", well that was just because they were stupid and they didn't really understand "the plan". Obviously "the plan" is an utter failure. Thank goodness there are more and more people (like Tychkowski and MacKinnon) willing to say so. The press, like the team itself, needs to give us less "attitude", and a lot more humility and realism.

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#53 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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#54 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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#55 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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#56 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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#57 -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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#58 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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#59 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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#60 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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#61 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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#62 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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#63 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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#64 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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#65 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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#66 DAVE
January 04 2014, 11:35AM
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TURNOVER wrote:

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.

I think what your trying to say is some players are afraid to win, and some afraid to lose,or don't care. If they don't care, their in the wrong city.

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#67 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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#68 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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#69 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 12:06PM
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Why do people want MacT to coach so badly? He sucks at that as well. Makes no sense to replace incompetence with more incompetence. Although that should be Lowes Motto

"Replace Incompetence With More Incompetence!!"

except in latin so it looks smart

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#70 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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#71 Spydyr
January 04 2014, 12:32PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Katz has to open his eyes and realize good business is not run based on friendship. Then maybe there is a chance.

This is like a really bad mushroom trip that just won't end to me. Just when you think there is a light ahead it somehow extinguishes itself.

The thing is, from the looks of things Katz is running the off ice part of the team like he runs his business. That arena deal he got was pretty sweet.

As for the on ice part of the Oilers it appears as he is running it like a toy, a plaything and it is destroying the hearts of many long time Oiler fans.

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#72 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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#73 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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#74 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 04 2014, 01:47PM
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Anyone have any ideas what's wrong with the Oilers?

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#75 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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#76 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 03:57PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

Is Skype down?

Katz cut the budget, using carrier pigeons now...

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#77 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 04:01PM
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@michael

Bingo!

The difference between Sutter and Dally is that Sutter is proven to work well with kids, Dally did what?

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#78 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 04:26PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

LET'S BE FAIR TO THE JOURNALISTS

It is not correct that Strudwick "refuses to call out" Oilers players. FOUR DAYS AGO he wrote an article right here explaining carefully why he thought Yakupov deserved to be benched. In any event, Strudwick does not pretend to be a "hard-hitting" journalist. He parlayed minimal talent into a 15 year NHL career, he has a great sense of humour, and I enjoy him.

Now you are going to think this is strange for me to say this because I have been ripping pretty good on Stauffer the last little while. Calling Bob Stauffer a "slobbering idiot" is just plain mean and unhelpful. As somebody else pointed out, he has stuck his neck out a little bit recently. I think I heard him say the Oilers were 8 or 9 players away from being a competitive team, not 3 or 4. And he is clearly taking Yakupov's side in the Yakupov-Eakins controversy. He thinks Eakins should recognize that he is a rookie coach, put his ego aside, and try to capitalize last years' top goal scorer. I disagree with Stauffer, but it's a fair point.

I guess what bugs me most about Oilers press coverage is that for about 6.5 years they treated the Oilers Glory Boys like holy cows. The press shared the arrogant and conceited attitude of the organization itself. If anybody questioned "the plan", well that was just because they were stupid and they didn't really understand "the plan". Obviously "the plan" is an utter failure. Thank goodness there are more and more people (like Tychkowski and MacKinnon) willing to say so. The press, like the team itself, needs to give us less "attitude", and a lot more humility and realism.

Trouble is there are not many actual journalists covering the Oilers.

Sportsnet coverage is a complete joke. Written by the oilers PR for the Sportsnet guys to spew.

TSN has good coverage but they don't care much about anything outside of Toronto and even when they do why cover repeat losers closely.

The papers in this town used to have journalists writing sports but it seems that some (terry jones) are now just PR guys as well. Sorry but Lowes blow up deserved more than it got. Edmonton Hockey writers are wimps. I cut them no slack. The seem to get paid to be fan boys.

Spector Is still wondering why Dubnyk hasn't won a vezina as the Oilers "Guy in net"

Sad days Unless you live in the Katz 6rings MacTerrible world. then whatever they say is gold.

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#79 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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#80 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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#81 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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#82 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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#83 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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#84 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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#85 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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#86 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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#87 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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#88 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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#89 outdoorzguy
January 04 2014, 08:55AM
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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.

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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#90 RussHil
January 04 2014, 09:01AM
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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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#91 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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#92 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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#93 Dave
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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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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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#94 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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#95 hall the time
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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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@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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#97 kevin
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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 ??

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#98 Ed in PV
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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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#99 Loweblows
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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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#100 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
January 04 2014, 10:14AM
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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

Did anyone see Torts' bleep-show while the Cansucks practiced the pp. a lot of f-bombs cause no one would go to the blue paint.

Man I wish we had that!

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