MACT'S BEST MOVES, YEAR ONE

Lowetide
March 10 2014 10:13PM

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The Edmonton Oilers have not enjoyed a good season, but there has been plenty of good work done. GM Craig MacTavish took over one year ago, and has been very active. Which move has worked out the best?

DRAFTING DARNELL NURSE

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The defenseman Edmonton is looking for right now? Darnell Nurse may be that exact player. A strong step forward in boxcars (including an impressive power-play spike) married to tough minutes means Nurse is displaying a wide range of skills in one of the best junior leagues on the planet.


SIGNING BOYD GORDON

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Extreme zone starts, penalty killing, and scoring more than we expected, Boyd Gordon makes a strong case for team MVP. The zone starts are the third toughest in the league. 

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Gordon's crazy zone starts show up in the Vollman Sledgehammer. He's playing very difficult minutes and has been doing it all season long. 

TRADING FOR DAVID PERRON

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The assets given (Paajarvi and a 2) had value, but Perron has covered them with a strong season. His offense is obvious, but he also plays with an edge and has provided the club with terrific even strength offense.

5x5/60, Oiler forwards

  1. Taylor Hall 3.15
  2. David Perron 2.10
  3. Mark Arcobello 1.93
  4. Jordan Eberle 1.79
  5. Nail Yakupov 1.60
  6. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.60
  7. Sam Gagner 1.54

Perron's 2.10/60 at 5x5 ranks him 64th overall in the entire NHL among regular forwards. That's a helluva player.

ACQUIRING AND SIGNING BEN SCRIVENS

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He leads the NHL in save percentage, and his numbers have improved since he arrived in Edmonton. The Oilers haven't had goaltending this good since Dwayne Roloson. The fact that he's a pretty good interview and has that 'goalie cool' attitude make it even more fun.

I SAID PARDON?

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Which is it? The "perfect fit" defenseman Darnell Nurse, the shutdown center, the scoring winger with an edge or the show-stopper in goal?

I know this much: if Steve Tambellini had 12 months that included Perron, Scrivens and Gordon the Oilers wouldn't be in this mess. Can MacTavish repeat things this summer? He'll have to, and more. 

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#1 6 ring circus
March 10 2014, 10:20PM
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Mact's worst move of year one, was hiring Eakin's !!!

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#2 mlcselli
March 10 2014, 10:31PM
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I agree with the 1st comment. The only thing I'd add that makes it his worst move is keeping the sad sacks that stand beside him. Firing them all will be his smartest move.

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#3 Waiting4six
March 10 2014, 10:34PM
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Wow how nice is to see the canucks euterly fail tonight, plus NYI will get the 2 points.

However, with a top 5 pick and this many young forwards and D prospects MacT must doing something bild have to next year with a 1st pairing d-man.

Its unaccpetable managment of this team if we dont immedatley address the D, unless you wanna ride the coaster again next year

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#4 Retsinnab5
March 10 2014, 10:35PM
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Props if you like what MacT has done this year.

Trash if you dislike what he has done and think he should be Fire.

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#5 Reg Dunlop
March 10 2014, 10:38PM
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I understand the need to remain positive but I can't. Mac added the prospect Nurse who may never develop into a NHL regular. Mac added Peron, at significant expense, who is a solid 2nd line NHLer. A good move. Finally, Mac added a 4th liner who appears to be solid but since the team is no better since this addition, does it really matter? Only one significant good move when many are needed. An underwhelming first year for the Silver Fox.

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#6 BC BOY
March 10 2014, 10:38PM
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It could be worse.... We could be Canucks fans

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#7 Anton
March 10 2014, 10:39PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Mact's worst move of year one, was hiring Eakin's !!!

Maybe LT will have the "WORST MOVES, YEAR ONE" out soon and I will be very surprised the fire/hire coaches is not on the list.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! (Since Oct. 10th)

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#8 sheldon
March 10 2014, 10:43PM
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All these fans calling for Eakins head are completely asinine. You really think ANOTHER coaching change will help the oilers. If you look at last year compared to this year: last year almost every game, ALL YEAR, it looked like the oilers gave no effort (it was my main criticism of them) this year not great, but MUCH better. second, this is the first time in a long time the team has some structure to their game, Eakins can't help it if he has only bottom pairing Dmen. Ralph Kruger let this team run around the ice with no structure or accountability whatsoever and its hurting us now. Lastly, the last 10-20 games the oilers are actually looking like a somewhat difficult team to play against, guys are sticking up for one another! never saw that once last year(excluding Horcoff). This is the first year many of these players have had to play with structure and when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads, we'll be looking at a much better hockey team. Provided we get at least one good Dman.

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#9 THE PUZ
March 10 2014, 10:52PM
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Before we all start high-fiving each other, lets talk about the disaster that is MacTavish. We desperately needed a starting goalie before the season started-FAIL (but we now have 2 backup goalies as a consolation prize). We needed any top 6 defenceman-FAIL. We needed a top 6 power forward-FAIL. We needed to trade Hemsky or Gagner before they were worth a late round draft choice that will never make the NHL, especially with this pathetic inbred scouting staff. We needed an experienced NHL coach to handle all our young talent. Instead, we have got an idiot who cannot transform his coaching to fit his talent, but wants his talent to fit his coaching. He has double standards amongst treatment of various players-see Nail Yakupov. We have some journeyman ex-Oiler coaches that have helped this team regress. I can hardly wait until Ryan Smith moves onto the coaching staff. We have the worst goaltending coach on the planet. Overall grade for MacTavish (Lowe)=F. My question to Lowetide is how could anyone do any worse than MacT. This could very well be the worst record in Oiler history.

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#10 nqmt
March 10 2014, 10:52PM
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we may not agree with all the moves MacT has done or not done...but we can all agree that he is a man of action and he doesn't sit on his hands like Tamby did

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#11 kale
March 10 2014, 10:54PM
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LT...I sure hope you are planning to balance this article with MacTs worst moves given that notwithstanding his best moves they sit in 29th. What would it be? hiring Eakins? encouraging Eakins to keep his assistant coaches(he said he hoped Eakins would keep them when Eakins was hired)? Grebeshkov signing? Belov signing? Labarbera signning? Smid trade? Acton, and keeping him up here forever? Hamilton? Gagner extension? Perhaps you are planning to write such an article, however you did not state that.

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#12 6 ring circus
March 10 2014, 10:55PM
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@sheldon

You are joking right? The only reason Eakins is still here is because of the coaching carousel of the last 3 years,that does not make it right,Mactavish jumped the gun on hiring Eakins ,there is no system in place,no accountability,both the PP and PK have failed this year ,if this was any other team ,he would of been fired at the Olympic break.

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#13 Dan
March 10 2014, 10:56PM
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MacT's best moves... #1 becoming best friends with Lowe

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#14 Rod from Viking
March 10 2014, 10:58PM
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Anton wrote:

Maybe LT will have the "WORST MOVES, YEAR ONE" out soon and I will be very surprised the fire/hire coaches is not on the list.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! (Since Oct. 10th)

LT is too nice for that article, will have to be Robin or Gregor writing it, for me at least Mac T was trying. Taking Eakins advice on players resulted in Acton,Hamilton,Fraser and Scrivins, a .250 average. Grebeskov was a bad idea and it looks like Belov is more of the same, Labarbara was poor as well. I agree with LT on the rest, he will really have to be magical this summer if this team isn't going to be in the running for McDavid next year. I would imagine next years season ticket renewals will be arriving any day now.

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#15 Woogie63
March 10 2014, 11:00PM
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It has been a good year for MacT, i would add to this list;

Faith in Marincin and letting Klefblom mature on the farm.

We need to address the coaching, we keep trying to find the next great coach, i would like to see MacT bring in a head coach with a winning NHL track record and one who has Stanley Cup appearances.

MacT needs to make Hall the captain, Ference is nice, but this has to be Halls team for the core to committed.

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#16 **
March 10 2014, 11:03PM
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The end is nigh

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#17 kale
March 10 2014, 11:04PM
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nqmt wrote:

we may not agree with all the moves MacT has done or not done...but we can all agree that he is a man of action and he doesn't sit on his hands like Tamby did

You dont know what Tabellinis mandate was and if he was given the same freedom that MacT has. As far as I am aware no one asked Lowe if Tambellini and MacT had the same amount of freedom.

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#18 dougtheslug
March 10 2014, 11:13PM
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sheldon wrote:

All these fans calling for Eakins head are completely asinine. You really think ANOTHER coaching change will help the oilers. If you look at last year compared to this year: last year almost every game, ALL YEAR, it looked like the oilers gave no effort (it was my main criticism of them) this year not great, but MUCH better. second, this is the first time in a long time the team has some structure to their game, Eakins can't help it if he has only bottom pairing Dmen. Ralph Kruger let this team run around the ice with no structure or accountability whatsoever and its hurting us now. Lastly, the last 10-20 games the oilers are actually looking like a somewhat difficult team to play against, guys are sticking up for one another! never saw that once last year(excluding Horcoff). This is the first year many of these players have had to play with structure and when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads, we'll be looking at a much better hockey team. Provided we get at least one good Dman.

I'm an old fart, and have missed the ~~ signs signifying sarcasm a few times this month. So I double checked this time. I assume you are serious.

During the Oilers last dozen games, while their record has been an inexplicable 7-3-2, they have been outshot 11 times, including two games when they allowed over 50 shots, and another 2 when they allowed over 40 shots.

Their power play has surrendered almost as many goals as it has scored.

Against upper echelon teams (San Jose, Boston, Los Angeles), they looked like Latvia against Canada, and it took a once-in-a-decade goaltender performance to win against the Sharks. And goaltending has stolen probably 6 of those wins.

They are as structureless and as soft to play against as a flacid male organ, and give about as much pleasure.

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#19 Anton
March 10 2014, 11:20PM
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sheldon wrote:

All these fans calling for Eakins head are completely asinine. You really think ANOTHER coaching change will help the oilers. If you look at last year compared to this year: last year almost every game, ALL YEAR, it looked like the oilers gave no effort (it was my main criticism of them) this year not great, but MUCH better. second, this is the first time in a long time the team has some structure to their game, Eakins can't help it if he has only bottom pairing Dmen. Ralph Kruger let this team run around the ice with no structure or accountability whatsoever and its hurting us now. Lastly, the last 10-20 games the oilers are actually looking like a somewhat difficult team to play against, guys are sticking up for one another! never saw that once last year(excluding Horcoff). This is the first year many of these players have had to play with structure and when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads, we'll be looking at a much better hockey team. Provided we get at least one good Dman.

Actually, it won't hurt. Since there was ZERO progress (well,more like regress) also I don't know which team that you are watching (which I assume was Flames) because the team showed ZERO effort this year.

Oh,it was not 10-20 games, it was somewhere around 12 games which they have 7-3-2 record by beating only 2 teams that were in playoffs picture that Scrivens made a total of 95 saves in those two games.

For every time that anyone keep on using the phrase of "...when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads..." needs to realize one thing. This is not some peewee or school league, this is the professional hockey league. Get real.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#20 Canuck338WinMag
March 10 2014, 11:53PM
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MacTavish should swallow his pride, fire Eakins and rehire Krueger who had the Oilers trending upwards not downwards. There would be a sliver of continuity there and we could be rid of a failing coach.

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#21 bazmagoo
March 10 2014, 11:56PM
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I'm starting to think Eakins is the new Tambellini, brought it to get us another high draft pick or two. Eventually he'll have to be fired, but buys a few more years for the maestro of this never ending rebuild.

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#22 Anton
March 11 2014, 12:05AM
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Canuck338WinMag wrote:

MacTavish should swallow his pride, fire Eakins and rehire Krueger who had the Oilers trending upwards not downwards. There would be a sliver of continuity there and we could be rid of a failing coach.

Krueger is now well respected member of Southampton. I doubt that he will return to Canada anytime soon.

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#23 Trent
March 11 2014, 12:10AM
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More "best" moves-

- hiring Eakins -giving a rookie coach a 4 year deal when Cup champions only get that kind of term -not firing Eakins -bashing Dubnyk publicly last summer, -sticking with Dubnyk, -LOLbarbara, -ditching Smid to clear room for Bryz when it was already too late, -Grebs, Belov, Larson on main roster, -Grebs, Belov, Larson on AHL roster -saying it is best for 83 and the team if they go separate ways then not trade him for 10 months, -going to Seattle to watch MNF with Katz and friends - telling fans he is impatient and bold and not following up on that -preaching patience this season -telling season ticket holders that we are further ahead now than last year -saying at December interview with Stauffer that Oilers play an entertaining brand of hockey - trading 2nd round picks for like three 4ths or so, -trading a 4th for like two 7ths or whatever the hell that was last summer -keeping Smith + Buchy around, -keeping pro scouts around, -giving Ralph vote of confidence then firing him a month later (I thought MacT said he had a plan), - saying team needs toughness then deleting Smid and not signing Fistric, -thinking Jonesu would have any impact and could play NHL hockey, -telling fans that we can challenge for a playoff spot and then coming as far away from that as is mathmatically possible. -Gagner contract -going to work each day

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#24 toprightcorner
March 11 2014, 12:19AM
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Gordon is the best deal to date for MacT. I would hate to see the Oilers without his defensive and faceofff prowess.

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#25 Igor ulanov
March 11 2014, 12:26AM
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Perron story. Just the kind of guy we need in our top 6. What a steal. Say what you want about the guy.. MacT has done a hell of a job in the year he's been with the team.

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#26 bwar
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I was really hoping we were going to draft Valeri Nichushkin. I know we are already overflowing with wingers but none of them can compare with his size and he has high end skill as well. We will see if Nurse turns out to be a good move but I think we missed out on a piece that we may never have a shot at acquiring again.

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#27 Striker
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Best move was Perron for Pajaarvi + 2nd - prick of a player (in a good way) and a legit top 6 forward for developing potential bottom 6 forward - sure, they wanted to dump some salary but MacT was happy to oblige when they stopped at the side of the road. Came outta nowhere.

2nd best move was Gordon UFA signing was out there as a UFA but pleasant surprise that they actually grabbed him.

3rd best move was Scrivins for a 3rd - desperately needed goaltending help and Scrivins seems to have temporarily [unfortunately] stopped the bleeding) - price for tenders not too dear this year, good gamble.

4th best move was drafting Nurse - most draft lists had him in the range but credit for picking him there nonetheless. Seems to be developing nicely and likely the best Oilers prospect (in terms of upside) right now.

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#28 **
March 11 2014, 12:47AM
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Between Lowe and Tambellini, they gutted the Oilers d corps. Now that the goaltending is (hopefully resolved), I think the major focus should be on the defence. Enough with the bottom 6 carrousel. There are officially no more veterans to pin this on (Smyth plays lower in the batting order so I don't think anyone blames him).

It won't matter if the Oilers bring the best goalscorer in the world until the defence is competitive. Just ask the Washington capitals. As for the coach, the Oilers didn't need a rookie coach to learn on the job. The Oilers just don't have the mental strength for that. Maybe Eakins will be great, maybe he won't, but Edmonton wasn't the place for him to figure it out. Even if Mac. T. didn't like Krueger, there were plenty of veteran options, Ruff, Maurice, even Brent Sutter.

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#29 Taylor Gang
March 11 2014, 12:51AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

Gordon is the best deal to date for MacT. I would hate to see the Oilers without his defensive and faceofff prowess.

You're entitled to your own opinion of course, but you'd say the Gordon signing was better than the Scrivens trade/Perron trade?

Heck, I'd keep Perron before I'd keep Eberle.

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#30 **
March 11 2014, 01:06AM
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Anton wrote:

Actually, it won't hurt. Since there was ZERO progress (well,more like regress) also I don't know which team that you are watching (which I assume was Flames) because the team showed ZERO effort this year.

Oh,it was not 10-20 games, it was somewhere around 12 games which they have 7-3-2 record by beating only 2 teams that were in playoffs picture that Scrivens made a total of 95 saves in those two games.

For every time that anyone keep on using the phrase of "...when Eakins can finally drive it into their heads..." needs to realize one thing. This is not some peewee or school league, this is the professional hockey league. Get real.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

To further your point, team Canada, who are peers of the Edmonton Oilers, didn't need anything to be drilled into their heads. They had a good system and came together playing with passion.

Yes team Canada were better players than the Oilers, but they all play in the same league, so it shouldn't be too much to ask for the Oilers to learn a system in pre season and play decent hockey.

Eakins simply doesn't have the proper systems, he doesn't utilize his players properly, he doesn't know his players at all. He keeps trying to come up with a brilliant never before seen power play.

I was watching the game tonight Ottawa vs Nashville, the commentators were wondering, even going so far as saying it was a "mystery" why Hemsky was so under utilized in Edmonton. The guy has 6 points in 2 games, already looks like Mac Tavish got swindled by Murray. He is playing on the first line of a team that was already much better than the Oilers.

As Hemsky said it, it is hard to play with passion when year after year you find yourself with no real goal to play for. Just because they get handsomely paid doesn't mean they stop being human.

Hemsky will be the ultimate monument to the Oilers sins and failures.

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#31 **
March 11 2014, 01:09AM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Props if you like what MacT has done this year.

Trash if you dislike what he has done and think he should be Fire.

bad choices.

Props if you think Eakins should be fired, given his team is regressing in almost every stat.

Trash if you think Eakins just needs more time because he doesn't have the right mix of players and the d needs serious overhaul.

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#32 @Oilanderp
March 11 2014, 01:12AM
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Boyd 'Sisyphus' Gordon. You don't realize how good this guy is until he isn't there.

Also, consider some of the moves MacT DIDN'T make. Imagine if Nurse and Marincin were on the Canucks!!! They almost were.

Also, David Clarkson isn't being paid $5+ mil until 2020 by the Oilers (in 2016 he will get $7mil haha).

Sam Gagner wasn't magic beaned into a 3rd round pick yet. So far so good.

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#33 **
March 11 2014, 01:16AM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Boyd 'Sisyphus' Gordon. You don't realize how good this guy is until he isn't there.

Also, consider some of the moves MacT DIDN'T make. Imagine if Nurse and Marincin were on the Canucks!!! They almost were.

Also, David Clarkson isn't being paid $5+ mil until 2020 by the Oilers (in 2016 he will get $7mil haha).

Sam Gagner wasn't magic beaned into a 3rd round pick yet. So far so good.

Mac T dodged a cruise missile with Clarkson.

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#34 Anton
March 11 2014, 01:27AM
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Since so many are keep mentioning that MacT should trade for a No.1 D-man, let's try to break down every other team's No.1 then:

Ducks: Beauchemin has only played 12 NHL games prior to join Ducks.

Bruins: Chara was one of those who was affected by cap rule that he left Ottawa for Boston.

Sabres: Myers was drafted.

Flames: Giodano was drafted.

Hurricanes: Sekera was traded from Sabres for McBain.

Blackhawks: Keith was drafted.

Avalanche: Didn't we drafted Hejda?

Bluejackets: Johnson was traded for Carter.

Stars: Goligoski was traded for Neal.

Red Wings: Kronwall was drefted.

Panthers: Campbell was traded because of bad contract.

Kings: Doughty was drafted.

Wild: Suter signed a big contract along with Parise to join home town team.

Canadiens: Markov was drafted.

Predators: Weber was drafted.

Devils: Greene was promoted from AHL.

Islanders: Hamonic was drafted.

Rangers: Girardi was promoted from AHL.

Senators: Karlsson was drafted.

Flyers: Coburn played only 38 games prior to join Flyers.

Coyotes: Ekman-Larsson was drafted.

Penguins: Well...they don't really have one at this moment. Letang was drafted however.

Sharks: Vlasic was drafted.

Blues: Pietrangelo was drafted.

Lightning: Hedman was drafted.

Maple Leafs: Phaneuf is one of the rare case that was actually dealt due to failing performance.

Canucks: Hamhuis signed to join his home town team.

Capitals: Carlson was drafted.

Jets: Bogosian was drafted.

16 out of 29 were drafted by their the teams which they are playing for, 2 were promoted from their own system as undrafted players, 2 have a very limited NHL career prior, 2 were signed because they want to play for their home town team, some others were either traded to unload the big contract by other teams or for a hefty price to pay. Other than some special backgrounds that it is not you can just go out there and find a No.1 D out of nowhere. A team has either develop within or pay a big price for some may or may not be the No.1 into the future. So the question for those suggested that MacT should find a No.1 D for this team, where do you find them and how do you get them?

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#35 Anton
March 11 2014, 01:43AM
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** wrote:

To further your point, team Canada, who are peers of the Edmonton Oilers, didn't need anything to be drilled into their heads. They had a good system and came together playing with passion.

Yes team Canada were better players than the Oilers, but they all play in the same league, so it shouldn't be too much to ask for the Oilers to learn a system in pre season and play decent hockey.

Eakins simply doesn't have the proper systems, he doesn't utilize his players properly, he doesn't know his players at all. He keeps trying to come up with a brilliant never before seen power play.

I was watching the game tonight Ottawa vs Nashville, the commentators were wondering, even going so far as saying it was a "mystery" why Hemsky was so under utilized in Edmonton. The guy has 6 points in 2 games, already looks like Mac Tavish got swindled by Murray. He is playing on the first line of a team that was already much better than the Oilers.

As Hemsky said it, it is hard to play with passion when year after year you find yourself with no real goal to play for. Just because they get handsomely paid doesn't mean they stop being human.

Hemsky will be the ultimate monument to the Oilers sins and failures.

Thank you.

Btw, I guess that Oilers are slightly better than Canucks right now? That was such a bad beatdown by Islanders.

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#36 Bruner
March 11 2014, 02:41AM
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THE PUZ wrote:

Before we all start high-fiving each other, lets talk about the disaster that is MacTavish. We desperately needed a starting goalie before the season started-FAIL (but we now have 2 backup goalies as a consolation prize). We needed any top 6 defenceman-FAIL. We needed a top 6 power forward-FAIL. We needed to trade Hemsky or Gagner before they were worth a late round draft choice that will never make the NHL, especially with this pathetic inbred scouting staff. We needed an experienced NHL coach to handle all our young talent. Instead, we have got an idiot who cannot transform his coaching to fit his talent, but wants his talent to fit his coaching. He has double standards amongst treatment of various players-see Nail Yakupov. We have some journeyman ex-Oiler coaches that have helped this team regress. I can hardly wait until Ryan Smith moves onto the coaching staff. We have the worst goaltending coach on the planet. Overall grade for MacTavish (Lowe)=F. My question to Lowetide is how could anyone do any worse than MacT. This could very well be the worst record in Oiler history.

Your post was hardly tolerable, but at the very least try to spell Ryan Smyth's name correctly. Any real Oilers fan would know he deserves that much.

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#37 v4ance
March 11 2014, 03:29AM
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I mentioned on Twitter that MacT will probably give Eakins til next Dec to turn the team around. With a revolving door of 5 coaches in 5 years, there has to be a point where you can't just blame the head coach anymore. Eakins was MacT's first hire and so he'll be given every opportunity to turn things around above and beyond normal circumstances.

MacT's biggest mistake was to promise "Bold moves" in the worst possible year. With the cap coming down due to the CBA, most teams had no money to move any players around. The lack of cap space had a secondary effect that teams wouldn't deal 1st or 2nd rounders for rentals like they had in the past.

This first year really has been an effort to clean up Tambellini's train wreck which was caused by too much indecision.

A good starting point for next season would be replacing some of the assistant coaches. Another would be to sign Anton Stralman and Daniel Winnik to a reasonable UFA deals.

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#38 Saytalk
March 11 2014, 04:29AM
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It's really encouraging to now see a GM that can acquire legitimate NHL players via trade and free agency. If MacT continues this work, then the Oilers will become competitive.

Tambellini could only find players by drafting finesse forwards in the first round, but he didn't provide the infrastructure of coaches and veteran players to develop the kids properly.

I also think it's a little premature to say that Nurse is MacT's best move. Wait until he's made it to the NHL before making a call on that. A player's boxcars are *supposed* to improve each year in junior, so I've never bought into Lowetide's overly optimistic assessments of the team's prospects.

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#39 Bi-Curious Gord
March 11 2014, 05:13AM
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Give the MVP to Gordon. The guy consistently busts his ass even though he's given no gravy zone starts. It's a damn shame he hasn't rubbed off on his younger teammates after the better part of a season.

Throw this guy a bone!

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#40 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 06:38AM
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It was the reporter's question last spring at MacT's coronation after Tambo was dispatched, to the effect that,"How was MacT going to clean up this mess when he was part of the management team that created it?", that prompted KLowe's infamous "I know a thing or two about winning" retort.

Despite all his deck chair shuffling, this team is on pace for the worst season in their history, after 8 years of "rebuilding" and 6 top 10 picks. They are worse today than they were a year ago..

Watching Hemsky dance and cavort like a new born colt in Ottawa, while at same time, seeing a player like Yakupov, probably the most enthusiastic, passionate, and joyful Oiler I've seen transformed into a joyless, listless, shell of a player, is an indictment of Oiler management, from MacT on down.

Asking what the best thing MacT has done this year is like asking the proverbial question to Mrs. Lincoln, "Aside from what happened to your husband, how did you enjoy the play?"

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#41 godot10
March 11 2014, 06:52AM
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Good moves don't matter if you make two bad moves for every good one, which is what MacT has done.

It is misleading to talk about the good moves without talking about all the bad moves at the same time.

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#42 The Beaker
March 11 2014, 06:54AM
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@Anton

Well the big problem with your list is that its debatable some of the #1s you had. As well as guys like Beauchemin might have been drafted by the ducks but he was actually acquired by trade...

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#43 The Beaker
March 11 2014, 06:56AM
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godot10 wrote:

Good moves don't matter if you make two bad moves for every good one, which is what MacT has done.

It is misleading to talk about the good moves without talking about all the bad moves at the same time.

B.S. if you make one good move like say Perron but you are counting Labarbera, Grebs as his two bad moves to counter it then the one good move is easily a bigger deal. Outside of Eakins pretty much all of MacTs bad moves have been easily cleaned up. Perron trades arent easy to find.

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#44 The Real Scuba Steve
March 11 2014, 07:15AM
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Just finish ahead of Calgary.

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#45 gcw_rocks
March 11 2014, 07:58AM
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In the interest of balance, I sure as heck hope there is a "MacT's worst moves, year one" on the way soon.

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#46 gcw_rocks
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Props if you like what MacT has done this year.

Trash if you dislike what he has done and think he should be Fire.

Clearly the 148 props people didn't read Willis' post yesterday on the Oilers shots against and Fenwick.

Despite his good moves, MacT's bad moves have this team trending to be the worst defensive oiler team in history. Look at that Fenwick chart. I haven't seen anything scarier about this team.

This team is now performing worse than a defence that included Whitney hobbling on one foot and maybe worse than the team defence we saw after Smyth was traded.

The MacT propaganda machine can point to a few good moves and tell the world everything is good, but that's a lie.

This management team do not grasp the fundamentals of today's hockey. Period. If you support MacT, the hockey you are watching is exactly what you deserve.

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#47 John Chambers
March 11 2014, 08:11AM
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@Anton

This is why I'm not opposed to paying big cap space over as short a term as possible to Markov, or trading Eberle and his salary away to bring back a D from a team who needs offense like Winnipeg, Nashville, Buffalo or New Jersey

Markov - Josi Marincin - Petry Ference - Schultz Klefbom

With Nurse, Simpson, Gernat and Musil in the pipeline.

I don't think we would be able to make the claim that D is our problem for about a decade.

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#48 Serious Gord
March 11 2014, 08:27AM
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nqmt wrote:

we may not agree with all the moves MacT has done or not done...but we can all agree that he is a man of action and he doesn't sit on his hands like Tamby did

All of the moves were on the third and fourth line. Deck chairs on the titanic.

I dare Lowetide to publish a MacT's worst move thread. It's a far longer and far more damaging list.

And many of the good moves are really yet to be determined - Scrivens or nurse may be a bust for example.

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#49 mlcselli
March 11 2014, 08:30AM
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We all remember the presser MacT held when he announced that Kruger was relieved of his duties, (by Skype--pathetic), and Dallas Eakins would be the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. MacT said that Eakins was his hire, and that he would be judged alone for that. Well, judgement day arrived before Christmas when it was clear that we were not going to be contenders again this year. With just a handful of games left before golf season starts for the Oil, Eakins should be relieved of his duties now (in person), and MacT can take over the bench. The management needs to do a lot of cleaning up in the off season, and aggressively look for an experienced NHL head coach. This shatshow has to stop.

After his whole career playing with the Oilers, and hardly ever giving an interview, Hemsky said a mouthful to the Ottawa Citizen yesterday. Nobody knows how to sort out the mess, and nobody wants to take leadership. I hope Katz and all upper management take off the rose coloured glasses, and address every issue and get a stronger and more committed team together for the next season.

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#50 The Real Scuba Steve
March 11 2014, 08:30AM
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mlcselli wrote:

I agree with the 1st comment. The only thing I'd add that makes it his worst move is keeping the sad sacks that stand beside him. Firing them all will be his smartest move.

They are staying, Kazts has their back.

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