Unacceptable

Jonathan Willis
February 01 2014 01:58PM

Without superhuman goaltending from Ben Scrivens (and he was just fine in today's loss) the Edmonton Oilers were on the wrong end of a 4-0 score against Boston. They were outshot, outchanced, somehow outhit despite never having the puck and flat-out out-played.

The Last Two Games

 

Edmonton has allowed 100 shots over its last two contests. They have matched up against the NHL's powers and been found not just wanting but humiliatingly, embarassingly unable to even put in a respectable showing. Team Switzerland has been more competitive in Olympic matches against Team Canada.

The scoring chances today paint an ugly picture of an outsmarted, outskilled and outworked team:

The Problems

 
The problems are myriad. Let's take a quick walk-through:

  • The powerplay. A strength as recently as a year ago - with much the same cast of players - it has devolved into a terrible weakness. Boston outchanced Edmonton 2-0 during Oilers powerplays today, and after a decent start to the night a first period power play sucked whatever energy the team had out of them. This one is on the coaching staff.
  • The Oilers had a top-10 penalty kill a year ago. This year, they sit 17th in the NHL, and they allowed two goals on five opportunities against the Bruins. The cast may even be improved from last season - this one too is on the coaches.
  • The top line. A year ago, the top line was an undisciplined run-and-gun trio that outshot and outchanced the opposition. This year, it's an undisciplined run-and-gun trio that gets badly outshot and outchanced by the opposition.
  • Sam Gagner. Just that.
  • The defence. This one is on the current general manager to some degree, and on the one before him to a much larger degree. A year ago, Nick Schultz and Justin Schultz were in over their heads as the Oilers' second pair. Currently, they're in over their heads as the Oilers' top pair. Andrew Ference and Jeff Petry have good points, but they're being asked to play at levels well beyond their ability to handle. Rookie Martin Marincin is in the top-four on merit. Mark Fraser is just the latest addition to a forgetable group of bottom-pairing blue liners that have demonstrated little beyond an ability to get lit up in the NHL.

Today's loss is yet another in a long series of humiliating low points for the Oilers. There is no excuse. It cannot be allowed to continue. This team desperately needs to turn things around, and soon. Maybe that means reworking the coaching staff so that new assistants can add some outside insight during an Olympic break reworking of team strategy - and provide better support for a rookie head coach. Maybe it means replacing Dallas Eakins with a veteran NHL bench boss.

Maybe it means more than that, or that and more than that. But this team cannot continue as-is. 

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 Retsinnab5
February 01 2014, 02:03PM
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Our Defence sucks, Our PP sucks and Our first line is having a bad game.

What does Dallas Eakins do?

He decides to bench Yak. What an Idiot!

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#2 Air on Egg blood
February 01 2014, 02:05PM
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JW, that power play is a disgrace. Guy Boucher was not too succesful in his tenure as the head coach of the lightning, but he is a power play master mind. Don't you think he would be a wonderful associate coach for Eakins? He's got NHL experience, but not too much, so he wouldn't cast too big a shadow over Eakins. He is working in some swiss league right now, so he's sorta available. Whar do you think?

P.S. Bruins GM Chiarelli is a Genius. Sigh.

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#3 TeddyTurnbuckle
February 01 2014, 02:11PM
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Couple of things. Didn't like the play when Nuge passed it to Eberle breaking out of the zone but Eberle was changing and it came back the other way. Why is he changing before his team is able to dump it in. Didn't like the play when the defense were changing inside the Boston blue line while a puck battle was going on just outside the blue line. We won the puck battle but we went offside. You are allowed to jump over the boards so you are not offside you know? Lastly Taylor Hall's back pass to the other team summed up his night and that's why he isn't on team Canada.

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#4 emonkee
February 01 2014, 02:13PM
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JW, I am not sure I agree with you on this...as I posted in LT's GDB today, the PLAYERS made a ton of mistakes...in the latter part of a PP in the second period...after a fairly decent 1PP shift, 2nd unit stepped on, hemsky can't control the dump-in, puck was sent down, next possession, after the oilers dump-in, puck was sent around to Gagner, he can't control the puck, and puck got sent down again. Ference retrieved the puck and going up the left side....3 oilers were standing on the left side, leaving only hemsky on the right to try to stop the dump-in, either that is Ference's lack of vision, or the 3 oilers who were on the stuck on the same side. In that play, hemsky tried to drop the puck back to ference, kreiji picked off and created a 3 on 2. Next PP, hall was deep in the zone, but he elected to make another drop pass (these oilers luv to make blind drop passes) to JSchultz, Paille pressured and have a breakaway, thank goodness Scrivens saved it. These are simple plays, not defending Eakins, but I doubt Eakins told the players to cough up the puck that much in the PP. These are on the players...

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#5 emonkee
February 01 2014, 02:15PM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

Couple of things. Didn't like the play when Nuge passed it to Eberle breaking out of the zone but Eberle was changing and it came back the other way. Why is he changing before his team is able to dump it in. Didn't like the play when the defense were changing inside the Boston blue line while a puck battle was going on just outside the blue line. We won the puck battle but we went offside. You are allowed to jump over the boards so you are not offside you know? Lastly Taylor Hall's back pass to the other team summed up his night and that's why he isn't on team Canada.

That's right TT, Taylor is one of my favorite oilers, but those drop passes, as I mentioned, is unacceptable. Hall also likes to pass cross ice when there were multiple sticks in between...he has to avoid those if he wanted to be selected for the next Olympic.

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#6 TeddyTurnbuckle
February 01 2014, 02:16PM
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Some people want Hall on the half boards instead of Nuge because he is more of a threat to shoot. David Staples tonight was a perfect example why Taylor can't play the position. He may have a hard shot and is a great skater but his decision making is below the NHL average until he matures as a player. He gave the puck away on the offensive end tonight at least 5 times,

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#7 Dan 1919
February 01 2014, 02:20PM
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Here we are 4 season into the stamped and certified KLowe rebuild and we’ve got 1 good player in Taylor Hall, a few small flashy forwards like Ebs and RNH, and a team no where close to NHL compete level... utter failure.

Hopefully Mac-T can right this ship in the next year or two because if he doesn’t there would be no choice left but to actually rebuild the rebuild, meaning a very long time without watching a real NHL team.

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#8 #ThereGoesTheOilers
February 01 2014, 02:21PM
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If at first things dont go your way, try try again? Yeah, that doesn't work if you're doing it WRONG in the first place.

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#9 dougtheslug
February 01 2014, 02:22PM
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What a rude dose of reality.

Sad return to Boston for Ference. I think he was on the ice for all 4 goals. No wonder Boston could let him go when they had 2 stud rookies, Hamilton and Krug, nicely marinating in Junior or down in Providence, then brought up to develop beside real 1-2 d-men.

Boston can afford to let an elite talent like Tyler Seguin go for little more than spare parts because he didn't play Bruin hockey. You don't play Bruin hockey, you don't play in Boston.

Which raises the question, what is Oiler Hockey? The one player who, pound for pound, is arguably their hardest, most responsible player, Mark Arcobello, gets sent down to OKC.

Maybe Oilers were saving themselves for their version of the cup. That would be against Buffalo on Monday. And I'm not sure they will be trying to win. Is that Oiler hockey?

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#10 Dan 1919
February 01 2014, 02:24PM
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I agree with your overall article JW, I haven’t watched in weeks, and with a fresh view today, you realize this team is so far away from competing it’s genuinely sad. They have a few pretty good players and a team full of guys who will never win.

The team is a disaster, good luck MacT.

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#11 Fresh Mess
February 01 2014, 02:25PM
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I'm guessing we'll be seeing head coach Messier before too long.

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#12 madjam
February 01 2014, 02:28PM
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This regression hockey has more to do with management and coaching than the players I'm afraid ! Same mind think and same regressive results ?

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#13 Serious Gord
February 01 2014, 02:30PM
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Six shut outs this year. What's the record for a season?

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Good to see johnathon formally joining the ranks of journos who are willing to consider removal of Eakins.

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Benching yak seems foolish to me. Hard to see how he was any worse than than any other player. How come gagner was NOT benched? Heck how about benching hall for his peewee-level passing attempts?

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And is this a first for Johnathon to completely single out a player Sam Gagner for criticism in his very own bulletpoint in a game review?

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#14 Fresh Mess
February 01 2014, 02:30PM
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The problem is the owner and his right hand man Lowe.

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#15 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 01 2014, 02:39PM
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By the sounds of it, missing this game was a very, very good thing.

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#16 jake
February 01 2014, 02:39PM
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Remember that game when the goalie saved 59 shots in a shut-out? That was awesome.

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#17 Alsker
February 01 2014, 02:41PM
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@dougtheslug

Well my guess on Arco is Eakins and MacT had had enough of his effort, physical play and heart making others look bad. ~Definite dressing room issue taken care.~ As for Oiler hockey, MacT went out his way telling us snowpants was everything in an Oiler: ability,skill,character...umm you're right, what is Oiler hockey?

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#18 Rick Stroppel
February 01 2014, 02:44PM
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SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT GAGNER

I honestly don't know the answers to these questions. Is his NTC reduced to writing in his contract? Does the NTC remain in effect for the last two years of his contract if he is traded? If so, he is basically untradeable. A team looking at the long term will simply wait for the summer hoping to get him on the cheap after a compliance buy-out. A team looking for short-term help will not want any part of that contract with a NTC.

Can the Oilers trade him and agree to pay part of his contract? Does this count against the cap?

Sorry about the silly questions and thanks for the answers.

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#19 Dan 1919
February 01 2014, 02:47PM
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Next Year’s lineup:

(Hall-x-x), (Perron-RNH-x) (x-x-x) (Hendricks/Gazdic - Gordon - x)

( X-X) (Nurse- Marincin) (J-Shultz- Kefbom)

Use current roster players to fill in as many x’s as possible to be a good team. Ready-set-Go MacT.

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#20 Buck Negged
February 01 2014, 02:51PM
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Another disgraceful display. Total lack of effort. Too many mental brain fart pass attempts through multiple sticks. And too many multi-millionaire "super stars" trying to beat multiple NHL players with junior hockey moves. MOVE YOUR LEGS AND THE PUCK QUICKER. DUH!

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#21 Dan 1919
February 01 2014, 02:58PM
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@Rick Stroppel

NTC kicks in this summer, so if they dealt him now, starting this summer, the team that has him can’t trade him without his permission for 2 years.

Someone would still take him, just as they would Ebs, but we would only get for them what they are worth. Something most Oiler fans can’t seem to realize.

Your point is exactly valid, there’s a reason we’ve been terrible for so long, terrible D and overvaluing guys like Ebs and Gagner. They’re both overvalued and signed long term now, we’d only get peanuts for them because we’ve overvalued them and hung on too long.

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#22 fasteddy
February 01 2014, 02:58PM
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Eakins needs to go. There isn't one thing that we are "building" on......everything is brutal

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#23 Rick Stroppel
February 01 2014, 02:59PM
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SHOULD ALL THE COACHES BE FIRED NOW?

Jonathan, you seem to imply that the coaches should all be fired now. If so, I disagree. You may be craving a Winnipeg Jets style bounce. I do not think that would help in the long run. Hiring a new head coach is often like eating a big chocolate bar: you get a big burst of energy followed by a let down. Look at Buffalo.

How much do any of us know about what is going on behind the scenes? People are ready to fire many of these guys because they don't like their facial expressions during the game. For all we know, maybe SOME of them are actually good at what they do.

Somebody has to coach the team between now and the end of the season. The franchise is reeling from crisis to crisis. The LAST thing they need is Lowe and MacTavish hiring people hastily, out of a limited pool, based on somebody's misguided hunch. Plenty of time to do an honest assessment in the summer. Have a REAL search to fill these positions, like REAL NHL teams do.

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#24 D-Unit
February 01 2014, 03:00PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT GAGNER

I honestly don't know the answers to these questions. Is his NTC reduced to writing in his contract? Does the NTC remain in effect for the last two years of his contract if he is traded? If so, he is basically untradeable. A team looking at the long term will simply wait for the summer hoping to get him on the cheap after a compliance buy-out. A team looking for short-term help will not want any part of that contract with a NTC.

Can the Oilers trade him and agree to pay part of his contract? Does this count against the cap?

Sorry about the silly questions and thanks for the answers.

According to Capgeek, the NTC in Gagners contract is only 2014-15. This year, it is the "verbal" that MacT gave him, whatever that's worth.

If he gets traded this year, the NTC would still be in effect next year.

According to Elliotte Friedmans 30 thoughts this week, Gagner could not be a compliance buy out, as he signed the deal after the current CBA came into effect.

The Oilers could trade him, and continue to pay some of his salary. Yes it would count against the Oilers cap.

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#25 hark65
February 01 2014, 03:07PM
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@Retsinnab5

Yak is part of the "defence sucks" problem. Doesn't have a clue where his own end is or what to do when he get in it.

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#26 Spaz
February 01 2014, 03:08PM
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DEAR COACHING STAFF - The one man high umbrella PP formation DOES NOT WORK with this group. Please stop forcing it.

Just try the traditional two dmen on the point, or even Yakupov on there for a one timer.

As much as people malign the defence the one thing I noticed again and again recently was whenever the team got the puck out of their zone the forwards couldn't get 20 feet into the bruins zone without coughing it up. Rag on the blue line all you want but when you're busting your ass to get it out of the zone and it's back across your blue line before you can blink it must be demoralizing.

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#27 Manfly
February 01 2014, 03:08PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

By the sounds of it, missing this game was a very, very good thing.

i picked up the game in the middle of the 2nd period when it was 1-0 Boston and said to myself...."i guess i didn't miss much". looks like i didn't. same old same old. but i was expecting this to happen, the win streak can't last forever and they will eventually fall back on the suck again. Eakins should stay, but for the love of God, please don't tell Eakins next year he has to work with Smith and Bucky on the bench again! let him hire the rest of the coaching staff HE wants!

and MacT is really on the hot seat this summer. he MUST find as close to a #1 d-man that he can, as well as better bottom end d-men. he also MUST find some size and grit that can actually play NHL hockey, but i realize he may not find all these things in just one summer. the heat is really on this guy starting at the trade deadline!

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#28 Dave
February 01 2014, 03:13PM
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The good news is that the colors of this site officially were adopted by the team today.

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#29 6 ring circus
February 01 2014, 03:18PM
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Lowe: Hi Daryl, we lost again today,4-0 to Boston. Katz: Inst that a coincidence,I was just watching reruns of the 1990 Boston- Edmonton Stanley cup finals,Peter Klima,he scored one heck of a goal in triple overtime: were is he anyways?I think he would be a great addition to management or he could help out Bucky and Smith,What do you think? Lowe:He knows a thing or two about winning, not as much as me of course,but then who does? Katz:Oh Kevin, we do not need to go over this again,your my man and it doesn't matter how poorly the team does,you will be the POHO for as long as I own the team,plus your one of the FOK's and the more FOK heads we have, the better our chances of icing a good team,so give that Peter Klima dude a call,I am going to help Junior pick out his suit for the NHL draft, we are going to be picking top 3 again this year and me and JR love going up on that stage, maybe another number one overall pick will be in the cards!!!!

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#30 Cynic
February 01 2014, 03:19PM
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Shooled by a real team.

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#31 Oiler Al
February 01 2014, 03:21PM
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U G L Y;.. Its not that they lost, we are pretty much used to that program... Its the way they lost. Honestly there are better beer league and peewee teams than this. Utter disgrace.

Should change the name to the Edmonton Gliders.

Note To Hall and Eberle.. You are no longer in the Jr. league, play like men ,or is the game to fast for your brains and skill.

This isnt a Re-build it's a Crumble.

If the players cared half as much as the fans did, we might win a few more games.

JW, good call out... I say Fire all the coaches upon return of this road trip. No gain in keeping these banana peels behind the bench.

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#32 toprightcorner
February 01 2014, 03:24PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT GAGNER

I honestly don't know the answers to these questions. Is his NTC reduced to writing in his contract? Does the NTC remain in effect for the last two years of his contract if he is traded? If so, he is basically untradeable. A team looking at the long term will simply wait for the summer hoping to get him on the cheap after a compliance buy-out. A team looking for short-term help will not want any part of that contract with a NTC.

Can the Oilers trade him and agree to pay part of his contract? Does this count against the cap?

Sorry about the silly questions and thanks for the answers.

Gagner's NMC is only for 14/15 (cap geek)though MacT verbally agreed to a NMC for this year as well. Though it sounds like Gagner will approve a trade for the most part.

MacT can trade him and retain up to 50% of his salary that WILL count against the cap though you can only do this for 3 contracts at time.

Gagner is getting tons of ice time to showcase him but it is making him look worse. I think it would be smarter to sit him for 2 games and then drop him to the 3rd line for a few games in hopes Hendricks will rub off on him or stick him on the 4th line, either way he needs to earn his spot. Quinn and Renny both did that and he responded well and moved up the depth chart.

If Gagner knows he will be traded he has no reason to play hard cause he doesn't care what the return is.

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#33 hark65
February 01 2014, 03:27PM
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Dan 1919 wrote:

Here we are 4 season into the stamped and certified KLowe rebuild and we’ve got 1 good player in Taylor Hall, a few small flashy forwards like Ebs and RNH, and a team no where close to NHL compete level... utter failure.

Hopefully Mac-T can right this ship in the next year or two because if he doesn’t there would be no choice left but to actually rebuild the rebuild, meaning a very long time without watching a real NHL team.

Completely agree. The team is a LONG way from being a solid roster and I don't see any big name FA's coming this summer to help the defence or top 6 (which is where they desperately need help). Unless one considers Ryan Callahan or Milan Michalek "big names". Would they consider signing with the Oilers?

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#34 hark65
February 01 2014, 03:29PM
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@Manfly

I agree. Eakins needs to bring in his own coaching staff for next year.

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#35 Otis Winchester the third
February 01 2014, 03:30PM
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this makes allot of sense today............... We have a roster full of bonafide shooters ,it is the system that dictates who is and isnt a shooter,nothing else.Not the player or his abilitys. If the Oilers play the NewAge Hockey System or a variant this year we will see 45 shots per game over 82 games. The NewAge System spreads offensive accountability 100% across the board like no other system being played in the NHL today.The offensive shot decisions are ALL system dictated and the shot choices are also SYSTEM dictated,many responsibilitys are removed from the players focus,and his game speed is drasticly improved as is his execution of system requirements. If a player like Nail,who I have watched a lot of video on,is allowed to contribute to a system like the NewAge System his speed and instincts will if he works hard enough put him in CONSTANT position systemwise to be releaseing his shot,premier shot positions on a consistant basis.With this system and the Oilers talent it will literally be a matter of who works hardest gets the most goals,the opponent will have virtually nothing to say or do about this outcome,the system is THAT offensive and superior to the "hybrid system"being played by most NHL teams. I recognised the finish but we have at least three guys in that league,with a d-man who looks like a sniper as well in Schultz. Yakupovs sucess will depend on the system the coach chooses to use him in if he makes the team out of camp as we all seem to expect. I created the NewAge Hockey System for the Oilers specificly and presented it to them on-line last year,I read Mr.Kruegers comments related to the type of offense we might see being similar to the PP of the 80s Oilers,welcome to my world,my system is absolutely and completely based off of the Oilers PP execution dureing the 80s,i have converted the core values of that PP to a superior 5 on 5 hyper-offensive system unlike any ever seen before.It is unique ,and it is mine.LA used it last year as did our farm team,the Oilers started to implement it with about 25 games to go and had steady sucess. I posted extensively about my system on the Oilers website over a two year period,in an attempt to have it recognised and implemented,I believe I accomplished that,and along the way LA through Jarret Stoll and co. piggybacked the data from the Oilers site and implemented it,and the farm team also implemented my system data effectively,both LA and the farm team attained the expected results,and the Oilers were righting the ship at the end of the year believe it or not,you could feel it. Players like Nail work so very hard every time they hit the ice that they need to play in a system that allows this extra effort to be immediatly rewarded and consistantly rewarded,they need a system that rewards extra effort and individual efforts that are aggressive and offensive for 60 complete minutes.A system that drains them of offensive energy,not one that stifles it ,not even for 5 mins of a game. If Nail is on the second line consistantly he will push for the team goals lead and walk away with the Calder hands down,possibly by a record margin of points if he stays healthy for 82 games,I believe Sam Gagner is a natural fit with Nails vision and insincts,and because Sam looks to be anchoring the 2nd line their unavoidable chemistry will rear its head through many multiple point games for the two of them,if we see this dynamic for 82 games I peg Yakupov within the NewAge System to score 35 plus goals,if he finds a home on the PP maybe 40---and the 2nd line will propel us into the playoffs with those multi-point games.Remember this is a system specific prediction.If we play a hybrid system like we did most of last year,I say he will be a 20ish goal guy no matter what icetime he gets.i appreciate nails skillset and shot ect. but I still firmly believe that offensive sucess is catalysed by system induced opportunitys---so with an average system he will perform above average for a rookie,with a superior system he will perform above average on the NHL level. Just make sure you remember to not blame Sammy for shooting a lot this year with nail on his line if we use the NewAge System,because the shots will be system dictated not dictated by anyones greed.And there should be 45 per game to go around,and i love the math when I see nails conversion ability,he will get four shots per game average,so it should be interesting. If we play a hybrid system he will get less shots per game by a large margin,I see Nail useing his onetimer on the PP a lot and getting most of his goals from there which is why i pegged him in the 20s,but in the NewAge System he will be generateing his goals off 5 on 5 situations as well as the PP and he will have a constant stream of system induced shooting opportunitys which is why I pegged him at possibly 40 goals. Yes,he is a finisher,yes he has an invisible release,and yes he can score from absolutely everywhere,and yes he will fit in here and have a lot of great young teachers to help him out,like a third born he will talk-walk-and score goals faster because of his slightly older siblings like Hall-Gagner-Nuge-Ebbs ect. But lets remember that he is walking into a room full of high picks with a serious skillset depth---this may be the toughest test he has ever had,and certainly tougher than the fellas before him,he has to compete with the full deck of cards with hemsky-Nuge-Hall-Ebbs-Gagner-Schultz-MPS ect.I dont see there being that much pressure or expectations put on him,we dont exactly need a savior these days with all the young studs we have. As with all our players,as the system goes so goes the players statistical seasons.We can already count on one thing,Nail will be ready to put in the hard work needed to be a system asset,and the system wont matter in that regard,the rest is still unwritten history,and anyone who wants to can pick up the pen and start writeing,they just need the desire---I see a lot of that in this young man.

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#36 master of my domain
February 01 2014, 03:31PM
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I think the problem is pretty obvious, Eakins has never won a cup with the Oilers in the 80's, how can he know anything about winning.

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#37 toprightcorner
February 01 2014, 03:35PM
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I think they should fire Smith and Buchy and give Eakins another year with the team. Players need to know they are being held accountable and firing Eakins now lets them off the hook, again.

They need special teams specialists as assistant coaches. Smith, Bucky and Acton likely have less than 100 PP min playing time combined. Kreuger was the man behind the power play 2 years ago and therefore he could still oversee that same system last year.

I don't see an assistant coaching change this year as most candidates are likely under contract. Making this move would take some heat from the Old Boys Club rep, which would be a good thing

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#38 gcw_rocks
February 01 2014, 03:37PM
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So, to summarize,

The powerplay is on the coaches signed or retained by MacT.

The penalty kill is on the coaches signed or retained by MacT.

The fall off of the top line would seem to be coaching as well. Nothing else had changed. So,on the coaches signed or retained by MacT.

Gagner. MacT passed up the chance to sell high on Gagner this summer to fill a hole on defence because of his man crush Gagner. And he gave a verbal no trade that Gagner is not entitled to under the CBA.

I think you are being to kind on MacT for the defense. Hainsey went the whole summer without a contract. So did Gilbert. Even signing one of those two would have been a huge improvement. MacT gambled on a whole series of long shots rather than placing some safe bets. That's on him. Imagine what this defence would be like if Marincin hadn't been ready. By all rights, he shouldn't be.

So, there is a common thread to the failure. MacT.

All the MacT fans out there are getting EXACTLY what they deserve. To bad the rest of us have to suffer with you.

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this makes allot of sense today............... We have a roster full of bonafide shooters ,it is the system that dictates who is and isnt a shooter,nothing else.Not the player or his abilitys. If the Oilers play the NewAge Hockey System or a variant this year we will see 45 shots per game over 82 games. The NewAge System spreads offensive accountability 100% across the board like no other system being played in the NHL today.The offensive shot decisions are ALL system dictated and the shot choices are also SYSTEM dictated,many responsibilitys are removed from the players focus,and his game speed is drasticly improved as is his execution of system requirements. If a player like Nail,who I have watched a lot of video on,is allowed to contribute to a system like the NewAge System his speed and instincts will if he works hard enough put him in CONSTANT position systemwise to be releaseing his shot,premier shot positions on a consistant basis.With this system and the Oilers talent it will literally be a matter of who works hardest gets the most goals,the opponent will have virtually nothing to say or do about this outcome,the system is THAT offensive and superior to the "hybrid system"being played by most NHL teams. I recognised the finish but we have at least three guys in that league,with a d-man who looks like a sniper as well in Schultz. Yakupovs sucess will depend on the system the coach chooses to use him in if he makes the team out of camp as we all seem to expect. I created the NewAge Hockey System for the Oilers specificly and presented it to them on-line last year,I read Mr.Kruegers comments related to the type of offense we might see being similar to the PP of the 80s Oilers,welcome to my world,my system is absolutely and completely based off of the Oilers PP execution dureing the 80s,i have converted the core values of that PP to a superior 5 on 5 hyper-offensive system unlike any ever seen before.It is unique ,and it is mine.LA used it last year as did our farm team,the Oilers started to implement it with about 25 games to go and had steady sucess. I posted extensively about my system on the Oilers website over a two year period,in an attempt to have it recognised and implemented,I believe I accomplished that,and along the way LA through Jarret Stoll and co. piggybacked the data from the Oilers site and implemented it,and the farm team also implemented my system data effectively,both LA and the farm team attained the expected results,and the Oilers were righting the ship at the end of the year believe it or not,you could feel it. Players like Nail work so very hard every time they hit the ice that they need to play in a system that allows this extra effort to be immediatly rewarded and consistantly rewarded,they need a system that rewards extra effort and individual efforts that are aggressive and offensive for 60 complete minutes.A system that drains them of offensive energy,not one that stifles it ,not even for 5 mins of a game. If Nail is on the second line consistantly he will push for the team goals lead and walk away with the Calder hands down,possibly by a record margin of points if he stays healthy for 82 games,I believe Sam Gagner is a natural fit with Nails vision and insincts,and because Sam looks to be anchoring the 2nd line their unavoidable chemistry will rear its head through many multiple point games for the two of them,if we see this dynamic for 82 games I peg Yakupov within the NewAge System to score 35 plus goals,if he finds a home on the PP maybe 40---and the 2nd line will propel us into the playoffs with those multi-point games.Remember this is a system specific prediction.If we play a hybrid system like we did most of last year,I say he will be a 20ish goal guy no matter what icetime he gets.i appreciate nails skillset and shot ect. but I still firmly believe that offensive sucess is catalysed by system induced opportunitys---so with an average system he will perform above average for a rookie,with a superior system he will perform above average on the NHL level. Just make sure you remember to not blame Sammy for shooting a lot this year with nail on his line if we use the NewAge System,because the shots will be system dictated not dictated by anyones greed.And there should be 45 per game to go around,and i love the math when I see nails conversion ability,he will get four shots per game average,so it should be interesting. If we play a hybrid system he will get less shots per game by a large margin,I see Nail useing his onetimer on the PP a lot and getting most of his goals from there which is why i pegged him in the 20s,but in the NewAge System he will be generateing his goals off 5 on 5 situations as well as the PP and he will have a constant stream of system induced shooting opportunitys which is why I pegged him at possibly 40 goals. Yes,he is a finisher,yes he has an invisible release,and yes he can score from absolutely everywhere,and yes he will fit in here and have a lot of great young teachers to help him out,like a third born he will talk-walk-and score goals faster because of his slightly older siblings like Hall-Gagner-Nuge-Ebbs ect. But lets remember that he is walking into a room full of high picks with a serious skillset depth---this may be the toughest test he has ever had,and certainly tougher than the fellas before him,he has to compete with the full deck of cards with hemsky-Nuge-Hall-Ebbs-Gagner-Schultz-MPS ect.I dont see there being that much pressure or expectations put on him,we dont exactly need a savior these days with all the young studs we have. As with all our players,as the system goes so goes the players statistical seasons.We can already count on one thing,Nail will be ready to put in the hard work needed to be a system asset,and the system wont matter in that regard,the rest is still unwritten history,and anyone who wants to can pick up the pen and start writeing,they just need the desire---I see a lot of that in this young man.

This is a flipping joke right?

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#40 Show me da Money
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That power play is such a mystery. With the same young players being one year older and hopefully improved it should have been a power play to fear.

Is it the players or the coaching this year that is responsible for the poor results? Wasn't that Krueger's baby last year?

I am guessing/hoping that the assistant coaches Eakins inherited were done with the understanding that if they didn't work out this year that they would be gone. Please let that be the case.

You can only do so much with poor talent of which the Oilers have plenty but for gawds sake, that power play should be otherworldly by now.

Nothing against Bucky and Smith but guys it's obvious that you aren't part of the solution.

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#41 Show me da Money
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Ivan Drago wrote:

This is a flipping joke right?

I think that his RETURN key is broken.

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#42 Oilcruzer
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In other news...

Vancouver has won 3 of its last 10. One win over a playoff team in last 18.

This year for the Oil is awful, so I guess there's always Schadenfreude.

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Otis Winchester the third wrote:

this makes allot of sense today............... We have a roster full of bonafide shooters ,it is the system that dictates who is and isnt a shooter,nothing else.Not the player or his abilitys. If the Oilers play the NewAge Hockey System or a variant this year we will see 45 shots per game over 82 games. The NewAge System spreads offensive accountability 100% across the board like no other system being played in the NHL today.The offensive shot decisions are ALL system dictated and the shot choices are also SYSTEM dictated,many responsibilitys are removed from the players focus,and his game speed is drasticly improved as is his execution of system requirements. If a player like Nail,who I have watched a lot of video on,is allowed to contribute to a system like the NewAge System his speed and instincts will if he works hard enough put him in CONSTANT position systemwise to be releaseing his shot,premier shot positions on a consistant basis.With this system and the Oilers talent it will literally be a matter of who works hardest gets the most goals,the opponent will have virtually nothing to say or do about this outcome,the system is THAT offensive and superior to the "hybrid system"being played by most NHL teams. I recognised the finish but we have at least three guys in that league,with a d-man who looks like a sniper as well in Schultz. Yakupovs sucess will depend on the system the coach chooses to use him in if he makes the team out of camp as we all seem to expect. I created the NewAge Hockey System for the Oilers specificly and presented it to them on-line last year,I read Mr.Kruegers comments related to the type of offense we might see being similar to the PP of the 80s Oilers,welcome to my world,my system is absolutely and completely based off of the Oilers PP execution dureing the 80s,i have converted the core values of that PP to a superior 5 on 5 hyper-offensive system unlike any ever seen before.It is unique ,and it is mine.LA used it last year as did our farm team,the Oilers started to implement it with about 25 games to go and had steady sucess. I posted extensively about my system on the Oilers website over a two year period,in an attempt to have it recognised and implemented,I believe I accomplished that,and along the way LA through Jarret Stoll and co. piggybacked the data from the Oilers site and implemented it,and the farm team also implemented my system data effectively,both LA and the farm team attained the expected results,and the Oilers were righting the ship at the end of the year believe it or not,you could feel it. Players like Nail work so very hard every time they hit the ice that they need to play in a system that allows this extra effort to be immediatly rewarded and consistantly rewarded,they need a system that rewards extra effort and individual efforts that are aggressive and offensive for 60 complete minutes.A system that drains them of offensive energy,not one that stifles it ,not even for 5 mins of a game. If Nail is on the second line consistantly he will push for the team goals lead and walk away with the Calder hands down,possibly by a record margin of points if he stays healthy for 82 games,I believe Sam Gagner is a natural fit with Nails vision and insincts,and because Sam looks to be anchoring the 2nd line their unavoidable chemistry will rear its head through many multiple point games for the two of them,if we see this dynamic for 82 games I peg Yakupov within the NewAge System to score 35 plus goals,if he finds a home on the PP maybe 40---and the 2nd line will propel us into the playoffs with those multi-point games.Remember this is a system specific prediction.If we play a hybrid system like we did most of last year,I say he will be a 20ish goal guy no matter what icetime he gets.i appreciate nails skillset and shot ect. but I still firmly believe that offensive sucess is catalysed by system induced opportunitys---so with an average system he will perform above average for a rookie,with a superior system he will perform above average on the NHL level. Just make sure you remember to not blame Sammy for shooting a lot this year with nail on his line if we use the NewAge System,because the shots will be system dictated not dictated by anyones greed.And there should be 45 per game to go around,and i love the math when I see nails conversion ability,he will get four shots per game average,so it should be interesting. If we play a hybrid system he will get less shots per game by a large margin,I see Nail useing his onetimer on the PP a lot and getting most of his goals from there which is why i pegged him in the 20s,but in the NewAge System he will be generateing his goals off 5 on 5 situations as well as the PP and he will have a constant stream of system induced shooting opportunitys which is why I pegged him at possibly 40 goals. Yes,he is a finisher,yes he has an invisible release,and yes he can score from absolutely everywhere,and yes he will fit in here and have a lot of great young teachers to help him out,like a third born he will talk-walk-and score goals faster because of his slightly older siblings like Hall-Gagner-Nuge-Ebbs ect. But lets remember that he is walking into a room full of high picks with a serious skillset depth---this may be the toughest test he has ever had,and certainly tougher than the fellas before him,he has to compete with the full deck of cards with hemsky-Nuge-Hall-Ebbs-Gagner-Schultz-MPS ect.I dont see there being that much pressure or expectations put on him,we dont exactly need a savior these days with all the young studs we have. As with all our players,as the system goes so goes the players statistical seasons.We can already count on one thing,Nail will be ready to put in the hard work needed to be a system asset,and the system wont matter in that regard,the rest is still unwritten history,and anyone who wants to can pick up the pen and start writeing,they just need the desire---I see a lot of that in this young man.

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So, to summarize,

The powerplay is on the coaches signed or retained by MacT.

The penalty kill is on the coaches signed or retained by MacT.

The fall off of the top line would seem to be coaching as well. Nothing else had changed. So,on the coaches signed or retained by MacT.

Gagner. MacT passed up the chance to sell high on Gagner this summer to fill a hole on defence because of his man crush Gagner. And he gave a verbal no trade that Gagner is not entitled to under the CBA.

I think you are being to kind on MacT for the defense. Hainsey went the whole summer without a contract. So did Gilbert. Even signing one of those two would have been a huge improvement. MacT gambled on a whole series of long shots rather than placing some safe bets. That's on him. Imagine what this defence would be like if Marincin hadn't been ready. By all rights, he shouldn't be.

So, there is a common thread to the failure. MacT.

All the MacT fans out there are getting EXACTLY what they deserve. To bad the rest of us have to suffer with you.

Bingo

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#45 Eulers
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We could rename the team the

Edmonton Coach-Killers

If you can't strike fear in the opposition, at least scare the coaches!!

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Eakins and the coaching staff are out of their league, in my opinion. But I think the best we can hope for next season is Smith and Bucky to be gone, with Dallas given the option of bringing in his own people.

Not sure why everyone is so annoyed by today's game. What did you expect? My expectations are pretty LOWE these days.

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Yak is part of the "defence sucks" problem. Doesn't have a clue where his own end is or what to do when he get in it.

Exactly same with Hemsky zero back checking pressure by these wingers just let guys stroll into the offensive zone without putting pressure on them. Yak lets Hamilton stroll by on the goal he scored, it all started out by the blue line a bit of back check and pressure to take away time and space would have made all the difference instead Hamilton strolls down into the Oilers zone like hes playing in a rec game.

Exact same thing observed by Hemsky on i believe it was the 3rd goal at the blue line the puck carrier skates right by Hemsky without any effort from him to battle for the puck or play physical.

This is a very stark difference between Boston who took away time and space from our Offensive players all game long, and made quality scoring chances so scarce to come by.

I wonder about those who have to ask why Yak may have been benched. I have seen better back checking pressure in celebrity charity games.

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#48 Mason Storm
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Ivan Drago wrote:

This is a flipping joke right?

Was this Eakins sales pitch?

Actually meant for Otis and his 2012 rant. Sorry.

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#49 Oiler Al
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Show me da Money wrote:

I think that his RETURN key is broken.

No its not a joke, its only The New Age System, back home from the asylum.

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#50 ColourMeImpressed
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Keep posting like this and soon you'll be on CnB.

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