BACK AT IT: TRULY FEEBLE

Robin Brownlee
February 28 2014 12:07AM

Team-5

As much of a dumpster fire as this season has been for the Edmonton Oilers, there was at least a hint of anticipation as fans dutifully filed into Rexall Place to begin the stretch drive against the Minnesota Wild after three weeks off for the Olympic break. Should have known better.

Rather than come back with some gusto and jump in a stretch that will see the Oilers play 15 of their final 22 games at home, they served up another feeble and indifferent display for the hometown faithful, collectively shrugging their shoulders in a half-hearted, half-assed 3-0 loss to the Wild.

Fans who arrived with at least a hint of hope the Oilers might finish off this mess of 2013-14 with enthusiasm and maybe a win here or there after a tidy roll before the break, were booing by the final buzzer at the Oilers were shut out for the fifth time at home this season, dropping to 10-15-2 at the Rex.

The power play has fallen and it can't get up. There was next-to-no flow on the attack. Ben Scrivens didn’t look particularly sharp. Worst of all, the give-a-damn meter appeared to be as low as it's been all season, save for some nastiness from Matt Hendricks and Luke Gazdic.

Played like their heads and hearts were still on the beach somewhere warm, did the Oilers. The only grit was the sand in their shorts.

NOT CLOSE TO GOOD ENOUGH

When a team has been as bad as long as the Oilers have, virtually every angle involving personnel, team chemistry, coaching and the X's and O's has been exhausted. The power play, at least this 1-3-1 version of it, is brutal. There are holes throughout the lineup front and back. The defense isn’t good enough. All this we know. More fodder for these last days before the trade deadline.

One ongoing glaring deficiency – far from the only one -- that stood out for me in this game was the lack of push-back from the Oilers, the unwillingness to back each other up. The all-for-one, one-for-all mentality most successful teams show consistently. Big problem.

That was illustrated best as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall were getting knocked around near the Minnesota goal by Keith Ballard and Matt Cooke. Out near the blue line stood Jeff Petry and Anton Belov, two of the biggest players on the ice. And that's where they stayed as Ballard cuffed RNH and Hall had a brief altercation with Cooke. They watched.

I'm not foolish enough to think having Petry and Belov wade in and kick some backside, or at least show up, in that circumstance comes anywhere near close to addressing the many needs of this team, but showing opponents they don’t get a free pass in that situation would solve one of them – the lack of will to play and stand up for each other.

I'm not suggesting GM Craig MacTavish go on a thug hunt at the deadline or over the summer, but while he's looking for another defenseman or two and some size that can play in the top-six up front, find a player or two who isn’t so ready to turn the other cheek -- as too many players on this roster now are.

Culture change? Let's start with MacTavish getting some players who are as sick of losing as the fans who filed in to watch yet another no-show by a team that keeps talking the talk but refuses to walk the walk.

Enough already.

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#51 ryan
February 28 2014, 08:28AM
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I wish nuge would have just dropped his gloves and started giving it to ballard, even if he got his ass kicked he would hae shown some emotion and fight.

How long before hall asks for a trade out of edmonton ? I think if there isnt a huge improvement next year, then he'll ask for a trade

Why is Ryan Jones in the NHL ? What the hell happened to hime , he does nothing. If your not playing well then you can always be physical , he barely hits, he is useless

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#52 GriffCity
February 28 2014, 10:23AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Went to the game last night (thankfully someone else paid for the duckets) - it was even more horrible than you saw if you watched on tv.

The ONLY thing to cheer for all night were Wickenheiser and Szabados - great reaction from them.

Worst player on the ice, and it wasn't close, was Belov - completely useless, clueless, fell down about 5 times, whiffed on a shot and a pass at least.

But Belov sucks, so who cares?

Second worst, especially with respect to give a damn....Eberle. Horrid. No effort, no heart (and probably another major organ as well) - just horrific to watch a supposed 'star' completely go through the motions.

I disagree on Belov, he had his moments but he also made some good passes and laid a couple big clean hits in open ice. The worst players on the team last night were Hall and Ference with a side of Eberle. Hall turned the puck over more than a drunken Nail Yakupov, who ironically was the best player on that line last night.

Everyone knows Hall turns the puck over, he has been doing it forever. The difference is he usually counter-balances that by generating offense and scoring goals. Last night he did not generate a single decent chance but turned the puck over at a high rate. Eberle looked like he was on the outdoor rink with his toe drags. Sorry Jordan, those dont always work in the NHL, especially while you move at 2 MPH when attempting it. Ference was just as bad, he looked small and unsure of himself. I am worried about his age & contract length as he is IMO a 5-6 dman on what is arguably the worst defense in the nhl.

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#53 oprah sucks
February 28 2014, 11:50AM
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reading lots of comments about oilers high paid forwards, particularly eberle. tell ya what, take rnh hall and ebs, swap them out with top line from ur la's and chicago types and whats the result? oilers would have yet another underachieving top line and the old top line would be competing as one of the best lines in the league. The answer is better d!!!lots goes on with teams other than what fans see on the ice. maybe eberles lackluster effort is a result of what happened with rnh and hall infront of the net. its not just last night but these young players need security and havent had any their entire career so far in edm. it was very nice to see push back from hall and rnh but at the same time very disheartening to see no one else jumped in. if fans feel that way i cant imagine what the players think or feel but the result definitley shows on the ice!!

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#54 BigE91
February 28 2014, 02:31PM
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~To be perfectly honest, this is all on the fans of the team. The woes of the Oilers begin and end with the tier 1 and tier 2 people who allegedly cheer for this team.

How can the coaches and players concentrate with all of this negative energy? Scrivens stop 60 shots, back up the Brinks truck. He lets in a couple send him back to St. Albert. Hall and Ebs are the best one day, the next day one has more turnovers than the Safeway bakery and the other needs a prosthetic set of seeds.

Can't people see? These guys are fragile 90% of them have never "worked" a day in their life. I'm sure training and working on puck handling skills is arduous but I'd give it a shot if someone paid me a couple of hundred grand to do it. Their fragile psyches can't handle the pressure of playing in Edmonton. Cold winters, fan expectations, syphilis from the girls at the Ranch. My goodness, how do they cope?

Our mortgages, car payments, kids clothing, braces, job stress pales in comparison to what these guys are subject too.~

Seriously, I have a hard time blaming the coach here. It's his charge to motivate and get the most out of these players but maybe he actually is and this is all we get.

SAD.

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#55 Bryzarro World
March 01 2014, 09:36AM
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Culture change will start when Lowe goes. Until then the nhl and the oilers can blowe me

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#56 bwar
February 28 2014, 01:12AM
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Closing in on another #1. Obviously things are finally going in the right direction.

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#57 Mason Storm
February 28 2014, 03:01AM
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Dallas Eakins said that the Oilers can't defend against a 1-3-1 when other teams use it against them. I'm sure it looks good in practice too.'

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#58 Drowning in Oil
February 28 2014, 06:47AM
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That fact that Mac T hides his head in the sand and lives in a world of rainbows and unicorns squarely puts this train wreck on him.

He has already tried to turn the fact that we can't get any decent trades for actual NHL talent into a well thought out plan to stock the cupboards full of draft pick, like there was any other option. Teams aren't going to give away talent for any of the heartless playing bunch here.

Then he throws his vote of confidence behind the worst decision he has ever made in Dallas Eakins. He is clearly not NHL ready. Is last nights performance not example enough. People, we've watched it all season. This team is never ready to play. That is on the coach! Mac T will never admit failure and his whimsical words of improvement the other day are laughable.

Mac, until you can fully open your eyes to the true extent of this disaster, you must take the majority of the blame.

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#59 Bubba
February 28 2014, 07:26AM
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It sucks to come to Oilers Nation and have to read stuff like this, mostly because it is 100% true. Not sure the solution, keep trading and maybe bring Kreuger back as a PP coach?

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#60 mlcselli
February 28 2014, 07:42AM
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On or before March 5, my friendly bet is our roster looks the same--no trades. What other GM in the league looking at our group, could ever be convinced that any Oiler could be a benefit to their team. We are just lucky that there are a number of expiring contracts.

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#61 Wonger
February 28 2014, 08:06AM
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I missed Oil hockey- but not for long! Wasted another100 bucks on my seat , food, 2 beer and parking to watch that??? What the hell is wrong with me! Love GAZDIC and Hendricks, why doesn't anyone else on this team stick up for their teammates? Why won't any of theses "stars" finish their checks or play nasty/hard when they are down? Why do so many of our STARS quit as soon as they lose the puck! WHY? WTF!!!

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#62 Bi-Curious Gord
February 28 2014, 08:18AM
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A half full arena for the remainder of the season might get someone's attention. Until then, forget about anything changing. If you're paying $ for tickets and beer & popcorn & jerseys you're sending a clear message:

"WE'RE NOT PISSED OFF YET"

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#63 Spydyr
February 28 2014, 09:48AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

4 different coaches with the same type of team with the same holes equals zero success. Why does everyone think the 5th coach is the answer?

Fix the team, fill the holes and give a coach, any coach a fighting chance to succeed.

Firing the coach for not winning with this team is like firing a Formula 1 driver for not winning while driving a Pinto.

Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

Oilers definition of insanity: firing coach after coach with the same team makeup and expecting different results.

Fix the team, worry about the coach later.

In my humble opinion they has been regression in coaches since Renney who was better than Ralph who was better than all hat no cattle.

This team is so broke from the top down.

They have a owner who treats the team as a toy hiring buddies in many key positions.

Then there is six rings.Need I say more?

Then there is the so called "silver fox" a GM who spoke out of turn about bold moves and cannot tell the difference between 2006 and 2007.

Then there is the coach he hired because of a man crush. Saying things like the Oilers powerplay will be impossible to defend against.Really, wow.just wow.

Then you have the assistant coaches.They have survived three head coaching changes.That says it all about who they are buddies with.

Then finally the players.They expect to lose and believe it is acceptable.No passion no heart.

An organization that believes they are the smartest people in the NHL .The record proves otherwise.

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#64 tileguy
February 28 2014, 10:07AM
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City of Chumps

Now we want to spend 120 Million on a soccer stadium when we have telus field sitting idle. Oh just bulldoze the cement infield out, no team is coming here.

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#65 2004Z06
February 28 2014, 10:19AM
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But....but.....the Corsi! What about the Corsi?

Oilers emailed me yesterday about purchasing tix for the remaining games. I told them after 25+ years of supporting/defending the team I was done and would not return until significant changes were made at the top.

Turned down free tix again last night. Heading to Minnesota next week and will be taking in the Wild/Flames game. Not sure how I will react seeing two teams that actually compete.

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#66 Tikkanese
February 28 2014, 11:30AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Anyone who thinks Eakins is an NHL head coach please explain this too me.

Ryan Smyth, Led the team in powerplay time with 4:55.

Probably because he was the only one out there with a consistent try effort.

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#67 Robin Brownlee
February 28 2014, 11:33AM
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Red-Tide wrote:

The product on the ice is so terrible I wouldn’t go even if I was given free tickets. I am so sick of being asked to believe and spend more money supporting this team. Im ready to throw in the towel, me and a couple hundred thousand other fans. Is it really going to take us boycotting the games before something happens? Does Mr. Katz allow his pharmacies to be run like this? If he did, he certainly would not be a billionaire today. Such a sad state of affairs. 25 years I have been an Oil fan and never have I felt more disgusted and disappointed with this team. The coach talks like he is coaching a different team, the GM talks of his brilliant coaching staff and all I see is a whole ton of fail.

/sigh

It’s tough being an Oiler fan.

*This didn't appear twice after posting, maybe because I had a curse word? Third time a charm?

Probably caught by the swear or disagree-with-Brownlee filter. We spend big dough to make sure unwanted stuff like that doesn't get in.

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#68 ssb1963
February 28 2014, 11:53AM
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@Zamboni Driver

What this team needs is a Robin Regher type defense man. Nobody on this team strikes any kind of fear into the forwards on opposing teams.

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#69 Pucker
February 28 2014, 01:17PM
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toprightcorner wrote:

I actually own a business and have 15 years managing expirience. Any owner or manager will tell you that the manager is only as good as the people under him. Great sales manager and terrible sales team equals poor results. A new Sales Manager and same terrible sales team still equals poor results

Smith and Bucky are part of the problem, they have not proven they bring anything to the team. A rookie coach with poor assistants is a recipie for a disaster. An associate coach with NHL coaching expirience would be very beneficial.

You seem like the type of guy who blames the tool instead of the operator.

I get it, your a disgruntled fan and deservedly so but the people who score the goals and stop the pucks need to be held accountable and not just blame the coach.

If your kid whines to get what he wants and you always give it to him he will always whine, he doesn't know any better and doesn't learn to change.

A Great Sales Manager would address the terrible sales team problem. And I doubt very much it would take more than a few months to take care of it.

If not handled, then the Sales Manager isn't so Great, nor is he likely a manager.

Looks to me that MacT blew it here. Perhaps he'll right the ship.

I thought Perron had a good game. I thought the Oiler's made more passes than they have in most games the past few seasons. I think the time I spent watching the game was a terrible waste of time.

I'd like to see a line of RNH, Gadzik and Hendricks.

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#70 oilcanz
February 28 2014, 01:29AM
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nice job Reuben-you nailed it. these ijits are boring in their ineptitude and their weakness.

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#71 mlcselli
February 28 2014, 03:40AM
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All the GD hype and hope the coach and some players sold us about their practices, working on special teams over the Olympic break. Unfortunately, they won't be in the playoffs, but they will be playing spoilers for other teams

MacT tells us he is happy with the consistency of the coaching staff, and the hard work paying off. He is happy that he is seeing huge improvements in the last few months from the players.

Really???? As far as I'm concerned, everybody in this organization is full of shat. Where in the hell did we see any evidence of what they're saying? Just a note to the Organization---the fans aren't idiots and don't like being lied to.

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#72 mayorblaine
February 28 2014, 04:56AM
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the Olympic hockey was the most definitive example of how to achieve victory through commitment and execution. it was in the most plain view for all to see and aspire to achieve.

the Oilers neither have the players to perform nor commit to that level.

if that level of excellence is not a goal, then go. leave. trade. waive. replace. fire. reassign.

it couldn't be more clear. if clarity is your thing.

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#73 Naky
February 28 2014, 07:21AM
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I watched the first period last night and turned it off in the intermission. I already knew they had lost, you see. I watched 20 minutes of Scrivens looking shaky, 20 minutes of the team not being able to connect most passes, 20 minutes of dumping the puck in and not even remotely fighting for possession afterwards, and 20 minutes of nothing look remotely anything like a will to play.

I've seen it before. Many times. I know exactly what it means. So I did something else with my time. Sad that that this is where this team now sits and that I can almost guarantee a loss after watching them for a single period of play.

Oh I'm sure they'll make some sort of official excuse too. Oh the guys, they're just wound up and stressed out because they think they'll be traded. Here's a scary thought, what if they're all playing poorly so MacT will try to trade them all out. After all, what does the player care what sort of return the team gets for them so long as they're out.

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#74 NsxZero
February 28 2014, 08:03AM
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@mlcselli

You can't play as spoilers if you don't win...

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#75 Alsker
February 28 2014, 08:23AM
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I still don't get how after a weeks practice/mini-camp the coaching staff doesn't have a game plan specifically targeted towards the Wilds weaknesses. Almost as bad on the road as we are, no practice time, players returning from Sochi. To hel[ with your system Eakins, plan an attack for Minni only, give the guys some confidence and some trust in you!!! Instead we get another evening of playing into Minni's strengths and another crapfest for our guys. Not giving the players a free ride here,way to much same old-same old crap, but at least give them a fighting chance.

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#76 mlcselli
February 28 2014, 08:32AM
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NsxZero wrote:

You can't play as spoilers if you don't win...

I agree completely with you. Those were the words of Jordan Eberle yesterday when he was doing an interview. He said that even though they aren't making the playoffs, they can still play spoilers for the teams still in the hunt. If last nights game was any indication of what we can expect, the other teams have no worry going into the post season. Oilers won't be a problem.

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#77 Hockey Problems
February 28 2014, 08:41AM
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Ahhh!! Good to see nothing has changed.

Maybe next year.

Or not,

My guess is not.

More loser garbage.

More excuses.

More draft picks.

More excuses.

More losses.

More excuses.

This is one bad hockey team.

Perennially.

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#78 Zenoil
February 28 2014, 09:00AM
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This just in!! The Oilers are Improving.

Oilers department of propaghanda

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#79 Bushed
February 28 2014, 09:30AM
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Bi-Curious Gord wrote:

A half full arena for the remainder of the season might get someone's attention. Until then, forget about anything changing. If you're paying $ for tickets and beer & popcorn & jerseys you're sending a clear message:

"WE'RE NOT PISSED OFF YET"

You're forgetting that most of those tickets were sold before last year's draft, in the form of season seat renewals.

Check out the Ticket Exchange link on the Oilers website and you will find many seasons ticket holders' seats listed for resale below cost and well below ticket face values (less than half price in most cases). Season seat holders are already sending a message by taking a loss when listing their tickets.

Want to send a message with empty seats? Buy Ticket Exchange tickets online, then don't use them.

And by the way, as a soon-to-be former season ticket holder, I was pissed off in October.

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#80 O-Town
February 28 2014, 10:09AM
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Totally think you're right about the culture change Robin. The problem I see is how difficult it is to bring in the right players to create that change. I believe they thought they were doing that by bringing in guys like Nick Schultz, Andrew Ference, Boyd Gordon and David Perron but that doesn't seem to be working.

That apathy grows every year and these character guys seem to fall into this pit along with the kids.

If a Culture Change is going to come it has to be from players who will lead the team. Unfortunately that now means Hall, Nuge, and Eberle. I say unfortunately because I don't think they're ready to take on that responsibility which means it is time to find an appropriate leader and if it means trading one of those three then that's the cost of taking the next step forward.

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#81 Red-Tide
February 28 2014, 11:26AM
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The product on the ice is so terrible I wouldn’t go even if I was given free tickets. I am so sick of being asked to believe and spend more money supporting this team. Im ready to throw in the towel, me and a couple hundred thousand other fans. Is it really going to take us boycotting the games before something happens? Does Mr. Katz allow his pharmacies to be run like this? If he did, he certainly would not be a billionaire today. Such a sad state of affairs. 25 years I have been an Oil fan and never have I felt more disgusted and disappointed with this team. The coach talks like he is coaching a different team, the GM talks of his brilliant coaching staff and all I see is a whole ton of fail.

/sigh

It’s tough being an Oiler fan.

*This didn't appear twice after posting, maybe because I had a curse word? Third time a charm?

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#82 oprah sucks
February 28 2014, 11:34AM
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@Spydyr

all good pp teams have net presense. as sad as it is ryan smyth is the best on our team for that. dont blame him or the coach for that. eakins is playing the cards hes dealt. the pp system as a whole, well that could be a different story, but the personel thats out during that time isnt the problem!

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#83 blue31
February 28 2014, 02:44PM
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NsxZero wrote:

You can't play as spoilers if you don't win...

Sure you can.

Every time the Oilers play a team battling for a playoff spot, they spoil the chances of the other teams that are also trying to get in.

They are the ultimate spoilers. They will cost some team a playoff spot without even playing them.

You look at the schedule and hope your immediate rivals aren't playing the Oilers, because it's Guaranteed 2-Points For The Opposition Night.

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#84 kale
February 28 2014, 02:45AM
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You pretty much summed it up perfectly RB

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#85 Oil_Dude
February 28 2014, 04:46AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I said this earlier, went to the game and the thing that stood out the most was how much the Oilers were dumping the puck in, I honestly never seen anything like it before.

What bothered me was every line did it, and more often then not they just gave the possession away.

How the hell does a team this skilled & small play a dump and chase game.

Well a fast team can win a dump and chase game if they are willing to compete for the puck. Sadly it doesn't matter what type of game we play as there is no one that can compete on this team right now.

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#86 NewfoundlandOil
February 28 2014, 05:42AM
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@nuge2nail

Yes, this team needs those things. But beyond filling the positions of weakness this team needs more fire in their belly.

Will adding any of these players accomplish that or is there a bigger issue here? One would have though that adding Ference, Gordon, Perron, etc. would have upped the compete/care level, but this remains a vanilla team.

Filling positions of need will not by itself fix what ails this team. It would be a start however.

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#88 BingBong
February 28 2014, 07:13AM
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Another stinker. One thing I noticed last night is Easkins' presser. He sounds tired, just doesn't really know what to say anymore. "Systems, in the fight, 3rd best PP, blah blah blah". He's just tossing out cliches wherever/whenver he can.

He'll start next year as coach, and I really have no idea if he's the right coach for the job, but for now he just sounds fed up.

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#89 j
February 28 2014, 08:37AM
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Anonymous from Calagary wrote:

So is McGarattan, Westgarth, Breen, Bouma, Glenncross, Trevor Gillies, etc. Watch what happens when somebody fu(kz around with our skill players they way Ballard and Cooke did with RNH and Hallsie last night!!! WATCH and LEARN wise guy!!!

I agree completely.

And your team shows up every night to play,with passion and effort...I don't see how anyone can disagree with either of those points.

I wish we had that commitment and drive here. It's hard for me to criticize a team that lacks talent but shows up every night, and the Calgary Flames definitely do.Like I said, I wish we had that here in Edmonton.

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#90 laughing pug
February 28 2014, 09:37AM
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The walk to the rink was crisp and refreshing.

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#91 6 ring circus
February 28 2014, 10:00AM
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8 Years and counting!!!! At this rate a Decade will have passed and the fans will still be fed the same old garbage from management,the focus will now change to the New arena to divert the mess that we have on the ice,coaching,scouting etc etc etc...

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#92 Jofa
February 28 2014, 10:20AM
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Time to move to Rebuild 2.0. The first attempt has already been wasted, the second coming of the Boys on the Bus has been an illusion. What a disappointment this team has been, and even more disappointing is that the owner will trust this same group to have another go at getting it right...

I guess if management is learning from their mistakes, they should be the smartest men in hockey now, right? What a joke... Honestly, at this point I'd be happy to see a guy like Brian Burke come in and shake this team up. Seems almost fitting considering how much ol' Six Rings feuded with the guy and talked such a big game about how his team was run. Who's laughing now?

I had to chuckle every time I saw Lowe in Team Canada's "brain trust" box at the Olympic. How could they take the guy seriously give the state of team he has handcrafted for a decade?!? Thanks for all the super helpful ideas Kevin, but we've got this...

Sad state for the franchise... Getting to home games while I was living in Edmonton 15 years ago was awesome, the atmosphere was electric and it was a blast cheering for our plucky underdogs who could slay the giants on any given night with their blue collar effort and speed. Going to a game now seems like it would just be the start of a bad night. I don't know why fans are paying or even showing up, considering their team isn't showing up. The fans in the stands just kind of look like schmucks at this point. Brutal. Thanks Kevin and Darryl.

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#93 Fresh Mess
February 28 2014, 10:51AM
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Jofa wrote:

Time to move to Rebuild 2.0. The first attempt has already been wasted, the second coming of the Boys on the Bus has been an illusion. What a disappointment this team has been, and even more disappointing is that the owner will trust this same group to have another go at getting it right...

I guess if management is learning from their mistakes, they should be the smartest men in hockey now, right? What a joke... Honestly, at this point I'd be happy to see a guy like Brian Burke come in and shake this team up. Seems almost fitting considering how much ol' Six Rings feuded with the guy and talked such a big game about how his team was run. Who's laughing now?

I had to chuckle every time I saw Lowe in Team Canada's "brain trust" box at the Olympic. How could they take the guy seriously give the state of team he has handcrafted for a decade?!? Thanks for all the super helpful ideas Kevin, but we've got this...

Sad state for the franchise... Getting to home games while I was living in Edmonton 15 years ago was awesome, the atmosphere was electric and it was a blast cheering for our plucky underdogs who could slay the giants on any given night with their blue collar effort and speed. Going to a game now seems like it would just be the start of a bad night. I don't know why fans are paying or even showing up, considering their team isn't showing up. The fans in the stands just kind of look like schmucks at this point. Brutal. Thanks Kevin and Darryl.

The team stunk 15 years ago too. Maybe not as bad as the last 5 years, but they were bad. This organization has been poor for a long time.

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#94 Bushed
February 28 2014, 11:32AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Why try to win games?Let's chase records.Smyth has 4 powerplay goals in 51 games.

On second thought why not at this point of the season might as well get the best draft position possible.

Yup. Agreed.

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#95 Zamboni Driver
February 28 2014, 11:36AM
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@GriffCity

You're right on re: Hall.

He was abhorrent too. A one man show over and over. The only positive is there is at least a little TRY in him. It's misguided most of the time (the Olympics talk is more and more hilarious), but at least there seems to be some try.

There is none whatsoever in Eberle.

I would hammer on Gagner too, but....honestly. Why?

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February 28 2014, 12:06PM
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That was on fine piece of writing Mr. Brownlee. I was disgusted last night, and your article articulated my feeling exactly.

"Enough already." Indeed.

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#97 Dave
February 28 2014, 01:23PM
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john wrote:

Are you serious man? Have you ever run a company or anything before? The coach teach the team, the assistants follow up with the system and the drills. Those assistants has been around since 2006 sup run, so it's not the problems. Those assistants know how the Power Play and Penalty Kill run with previous coach but they can't run those drills if Eakins want to play it his way. So they had to practice PP and PK with Eakins system (4 forwards and 1 Dman, the result is 10 short handed goals against). Oilers got shut out 8 games, 5 at home, would you pay to see that? Lose but at least score some goals so fans has something to cheer for. PP, PK and goals against are among the worst in NHL. What more proof do you need?

Sorry, is there a recognized symbol for sarcasm ?

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February 28 2014, 01:30PM
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MEMO: From the Coach ^....

Will the following players please turn in their jockstraps and cans: Belov, Petry, Gagner, Eberle, and Jones.

You only need these if you have balls.

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#99 Dwarr
February 28 2014, 02:08PM
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toprightcorner wrote:

I actually own a business and have 15 years managing expirience. Any owner or manager will tell you that the manager is only as good as the people under him. Great sales manager and terrible sales team equals poor results. A new Sales Manager and same terrible sales team still equals poor results

Smith and Bucky are part of the problem, they have not proven they bring anything to the team. A rookie coach with poor assistants is a recipie for a disaster. An associate coach with NHL coaching expirience would be very beneficial.

You seem like the type of guy who blames the tool instead of the operator.

I get it, your a disgruntled fan and deservedly so but the people who score the goals and stop the pucks need to be held accountable and not just blame the coach.

If your kid whines to get what he wants and you always give it to him he will always whine, he doesn't know any better and doesn't learn to change.

Regardless if he is the new sales manager and his team failed him you wouldn't want that individual around. The old boys club has to go and the only way that happens if they hire someone who has the gall to stand up and get what he wants. He is sitting back happy with thee status quo and he is the only one that can be blamed for that, which is the most discouraging thing for employers and fans. Time to go

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February 28 2014, 02:28PM
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I can recall a time when coach mac t wouldn't let his players engage in bru ha' ha's for fear of a stupid penalty...stortini,torres,and moreau weren't allowed to go but Eakins has no soldiers and he gives the green light. maybe this is mact's team vision after all.or maybe we used to care about wins. either way I long for a tough 3rd line let alone a 4th

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