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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#51 Serious Gord
March 11 2014, 08:30AM
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The Beaker wrote:

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.

Cleaning up signing gagner isn't going to be easy. Icing one if the worst lineups in oilers history and thus squandering a year of development of the young stars can not be reversed.

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#52 michael
March 11 2014, 08:37AM
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I would include also in the good move catergory

1. Trading Linus Omark and getting a pick.

2. Aquiring Luke Gazdic. He has solidified that role and has become a top 3 enforcer in the NHL.Other than Kassian the Oilers have not had to deal with the kind of cheap shots at their stars that they have had in the past 3 years.Matt Kassian will get his. Give it time.Plus he is playing for NUCK's. Its only getting worse for them.

3.Getting Matt Hendricks.I really like this guy.He is Kevin McLeland kind of guy.Glue guy.Vocal.stands up for his teammates.Not the most skilled guy on the ice but when paired with Gordon he is an effective shutdown forward. For my money Hendricks brings thekind of leadership needs.His value is not on the score sheet.

The biggest mistake I believe that was this year was not giving Hall the "C". Hemsky alluded to the kids needing to take more leadership of this team. For me Ference has been a good captain but not the Captain we need to push this team forward. Hall is the engine that drives this team.He needs to given that responsibility of Captaincy. If ever this team is going to take the next step forward it will have to be Hall who steps up and leads this team. Eakins has to revisit this issue in the off season.

MacT has my confidence and I think we are on the right track. Adding Klefbom and Lander was another of MacT's good moves. They gained confidence and experience in OKC and now its time to see what that time in OKC reaps in the NHL.

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#53 The Beaker
March 11 2014, 08:39AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Cleaning up signing gagner isn't going to be easy. Icing one if the worst lineups in oilers history and thus squandering a year of development of the young stars can not be reversed.

We have no idea about what is in the works about Gagner yet. Any GM taking over this crap pile of a team is going to take a while to fix it. Look at Lombardi in LA. His team actually got worse the first two years he was GM. Now everyone thinks hes a genius. The whole team isnt the worst on in Oilers history. The defense might be though. As much as we'd have all loved for him to make some giant moves in last offseason it probably wasnt reasonable to expect him to be able to do it a few months after taking over as GM.

Nevermind the fact that goaltending was SO bad to start this season. MacT never was confident in Dubnyk but tried to fix that and there was nothing reasonable to do it so he tried with the goalies he had and they were WAY worse than their historical records. Thats not on MacT.

You know there was a GM before him here right? And likely the only worse GM in the NHL in the last decade is maybe Garth Snow? Fixing 8 years of scorched earth doesnt happen in one offseason 3 months after taking the job.

Im not saying MacT is a great GM im just saying we really dont have enough evidence to decide yet.

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#54 Michael
March 11 2014, 08:50AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Cleaning up signing gagner isn't going to be easy. Icing one if the worst lineups in oilers history and thus squandering a year of development of the young stars can not be reversed.

Would you agree that the lineup today is better today than it was at the start of the season?

The teams overall development I would argue has been improved because of its failure to execute earlier this season.The argument is that the teams failure has accelerated some of the moves that MacT has been forced to make.I would counter that if not for the teams early failure we would have moved forward with players like Dubnyk and Labarbera. Or Acton and Eager.

The teams faliure has imo been an eye opener and has given us an opportunity to identify players and areas of need that had we been winning would have masked an underlying rot.

The moves that MacT has made and will make will remake this team into something more competitive. The coaching with Eakins at the fore will evolve.I see definite changes in the assistants this off season.

Faliure this season has been hard to swallow.But like Castor Oil this years failure may have been the best medicine for this team moving forward.

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#55 j
March 11 2014, 08:51AM
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I'd have to go with Perron at this point. Gordon is really a replacement on Horcoff i.e. we already had a player of this genre on the team (albeit a lesser version). Perron on the other hand is exactly the type of addition we required. Unfortunately, the hiring of Eakins has probably off-set many of the advancements. I like Eakins but his ego/approach really hurt this team early in the season. I would have preferred if he had come in with a bit of a soft touch for a month or two and then tried to implement change. He tried too much, too early without really knowing the personnel. In my opinion (as shared by many after Hemsky's comments), Eakins and possibly Ference have inadvertently removed some of the leadership growth from the kids. This needs to be rectified.

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#56 Dave Lumley
March 11 2014, 08:58AM
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Hey Lowetide. The improvements to the roster can't be debated. But I am wondering how Kreuger would have done this year.

Especially with - Improved team - Playing a league wide schedule - And the team being one year more mature.

Makes you wonder about the epic fail Eakins has been.

If you "kreuger" Eakins this summer while on holidays and go back to Ralph then there is still the same amount of coaches in 6 years, if that is what everyone is concerned about.

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#57 God
March 11 2014, 09:01AM
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My vote is for Scribbles. He's an excellent goaltender. Too bad the team playing in front of him is as organized as a pee-wee club.

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#58 Czar
March 11 2014, 09:09AM
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@michael

I don't think he got squat for Skidmark because he didn't play enough games for Buffalo.

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#59 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 09:11AM
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Michael wrote:

Would you agree that the lineup today is better today than it was at the start of the season?

The teams overall development I would argue has been improved because of its failure to execute earlier this season.The argument is that the teams failure has accelerated some of the moves that MacT has been forced to make.I would counter that if not for the teams early failure we would have moved forward with players like Dubnyk and Labarbera. Or Acton and Eager.

The teams faliure has imo been an eye opener and has given us an opportunity to identify players and areas of need that had we been winning would have masked an underlying rot.

The moves that MacT has made and will make will remake this team into something more competitive. The coaching with Eakins at the fore will evolve.I see definite changes in the assistants this off season.

Faliure this season has been hard to swallow.But like Castor Oil this years failure may have been the best medicine for this team moving forward.

Last time I looked, this was a results driven business.

How can anybody talk about "improvement" in the roster when the team has regressed in just about every metric ?

They are on pace for their worst record ever, with this so-called "improved roster". Check out their schedule over the next 17 games. If they win six I'll be amazed.

Against elite clubs they are less competitive than at anytime in the 35 years I've been watching them in the NHL. Against the California teams they have been an embarrassment. Watching them give up shot after shot from the slot last game against LA was a clinic in how not to defend. MacT may have improved an inferior roster, but the gap between the Oilers and elite teams keeps growing. Which tells me that this management team doesn't have a clue about building a winner in the modern NHL.

The core youngsters have lost a full year of development and endured another year of being steeped in a losing culture. If you want to know what that does to a player, take a look at Hemsky's small sample of work with a team in a playoff race and compare it with his dispirited play here. We can assume the same thing is happening to Hall and company.

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#60 NJ
March 11 2014, 09:14AM
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Everyone can yak about bad moves but the facts are 90% of MacT's "bad moves" were low risk high reward. Grebs and Belov? Who cares if they weren't any good, they cost us nothing. I thought Bryz was good while he was here, he was signed as a UFA and got us a draft pick. And it goes on. One year contracts etc aren't killing this team. Eakins in the other hand possibly is, however I refuse to let the kids / team off the hook. They are the common denominator in this rebuild fail, not Eakins. Did you know Torts is signed for 5 years in Vancouver? Facts are a coach can always be fired. It's not your money, why do you care about his perishable contract?

Also, the pros of MacT's moves far outweigh the cons. FAR. He got a roster player for Dubnyk and he's settled his goaltending for the next couple years at least, and at 2.3 mil I'd say that's a deal. Hemsky wasn't re-signing here as a 3rd liner (Eakins fault, not Macs) so he got something for him. Better than overpaying him or watching him walk for nothing. If Joensuu (sp) isn't an nhl player that also isn't a problem. We claimed him off waivers and he cost us nothing.

As far as Eakins is concerned I'm of the opinion that we needed an experienced NHL coach. However the onus is on the players to get out there and give a crap, to play the system, regardless of their personal opinion and to buy in. To protect their teammates and not be pussies. They get paid well to do that. This is not coaching failure.

Lastly. MacT and BOLD. I'd rather busy and smart then BOLD and Stupid. He has been calculating and he's been active. I believe he'll do everything he can to address our defensive liabilities. While he hasn't found a gem yet, I at very least, believe he's doing everything he can.

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#61 City of Champignons
March 11 2014, 09:21AM
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Great article, but I think he's made a lot of other good moves too. Most of them are already mentioned here. I think MacT is doing a great job.

It's easy to say "trade for this guy, sign that guy..." but we have to rememebre that NHL deals require two willing partners. It's clearly not as easy as we assume it is to get a willing partner to make a deal with. Sometimes you have to make due with what you've got and while I'm not happy with what we're stuck with - namely our "skilled players" - MacT has brought in some quality players. I just wish he could unloaded some of our "skilled Players" for some assets the team sorely needs.

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#62 vetinari
March 11 2014, 09:27AM
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I can't complain about MacT not moving quickly enough when it came to goaltending, but there has been too much emphasis on tinkering with the bottom two forward lines rather than upgrading our defence or getting the kids motivated to step up.

Also, I still question whether Eakins is the coach for this team and whether the players really, truly believe in him as their leader.

Can't wait until the draft and UFA season to see how many things he can check off the Oilers "to do" list....

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#63 admiralmark
March 11 2014, 09:31AM
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Boyd Gordon was the best move. I shudder to think how much more awful they would be. I hate to say but i have waited a long time and thought about this all year long and firing Krueger was the worst move. Krueger in my opinion is absolutely the better coach. Had they hired on Paul Maurice to give Krueger a hand in addition to the few roster changes MacT has made we would be looking at real on ice improvement this year. I personally believe Eakins negated all that.

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#64 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 09:48AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Cleaning up signing gagner isn't going to be easy. Icing one if the worst lineups in oilers history and thus squandering a year of development of the young stars can not be reversed.

Gagner is not the problem here and "cleaning" it up is not needed. Nor is Eakins the issue.

At the start of the season we had 2 goaltenders that BOTH have passed waivers without being picked up. As well we have a decent bottom half of blueliners (#4 Ference, #5 Shultz, #6 Marincin) That means they were with average AHL quality goaltender and are currently without a top half of a quality blue line.

I don't think it is fair to try and find goats in Gagner, Eakins, etc. THE OILER'S ISSUE IS NOT WITH THE PLAYERS THEY HAVE BUT THE PLAYERS THEY DON'T.

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#65 Danger Pay
March 11 2014, 09:57AM
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Tambo was at the helm of the Titanic and Mac T will be the Phoenix that resurrects this franchise from the ashes!

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#66 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 09:58AM
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vetinari wrote:

I can't complain about MacT not moving quickly enough when it came to goaltending, but there has been too much emphasis on tinkering with the bottom two forward lines rather than upgrading our defence or getting the kids motivated to step up.

Also, I still question whether Eakins is the coach for this team and whether the players really, truly believe in him as their leader.

Can't wait until the draft and UFA season to see how many things he can check off the Oilers "to do" list....

I wonder what the players view on Eakins is too. Maybe they don't like him.... But also, he has taken as much heat this year as anyone. He has given interview and never said "we can't win with this goaltending", "we need more horses on the back end" or "we are only going to finish 2-5 places back from last year and Dubynek's s% went from .920 to .894" By refusing to sell out his players ability and the team short comings, he has shielded them at his own expenses. If I was many of those players it would not be lost on me.

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#67 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 09:59AM
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MacT's response to finding the top 4 defencemen he sorely needs was to acquire Belov, Larsen, Grebeshkov,Fraser, and Ference. In terms of top 4, that's 0 for 5. In terms of actual top 7, thats probably 1 for 5. Which just tells me he has a hard time recognizing what an NHL d-man looks like.

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#68 Danny
March 11 2014, 10:02AM
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There are the moves MacT tried to make and did not work out .

There are moves he didn't make also.

There are the moves he made and did work out also.

Hard to add those up because we do not know the details

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#69 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 10:08AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

I wonder what the players view on Eakins is too. Maybe they don't like him.... But also, he has taken as much heat this year as anyone. He has given interview and never said "we can't win with this goaltending", "we need more horses on the back end" or "we are only going to finish 2-5 places back from last year and Dubynek's s% went from .920 to .894" By refusing to sell out his players ability and the team short comings, he has shielded them at his own expenses. If I was many of those players it would not be lost on me.

He repeatedly threw Yak under the bus. By name.

He told us his players didn't know what basic defence was. Which was why his brilliant swarm didn't work. Was he kidding? Players get drilled into their heads from peewee what "basic defence" is. They know. "The Swarm" is an AHL tactic that doesn't work in the NHL. Just like the 1-3-1 PP.

The players look so confused on the ice, they probably don't know what to think. Other than to tune Eakins out.

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#70 Rama Lama
March 11 2014, 10:20AM
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Mac T made a lot of real good moves this year of that there is no doubt.

He also made a very grave mistake in bringing in Eakins. Besides hockey, player management, and coaching abilities, Eakins is a swell guy.

Once his massive ego leaves this team will flourish...........bring in Brent Sutter and watch the kids perform!!

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#71 Will
March 11 2014, 10:20AM
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I like how this was an article about Mac T's best moves which immediately got twisted into a comments section about his worst moves. His bad moves, especially when looked at during the time of the signing were all at worst low risk moves.

People are pointing to Gagner and Eakins, but Gagner was coming off his best season and looking like he might finally take the next step; and Eakins was being courted by a few NHL teams. So again at the time these looked really good.

I also like the Belov signing. I know fans have a tendency to overvalue the Oilers, but after watching Belov in the Olympics, I would bet on another team he'd be pretty impressive. I bet he gets a raise and term somewhere in the off season.

What's impressed me the most about Mac T, is that he actually seems like he is doing literally everything he can to improve this team. The guy has been spotted all over the place watching players, calling GM's, and making the most moves out of any NHL GM. The guy is determined, the right man for the job, and really makes me believe he will right the ship.

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#72 Chainsawz
March 11 2014, 10:20AM
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Isn't it a bit early to call Nurse a good move with 0 NHL games under his belt? His selection has no effect on the Oilers and projecting what his future effect will be is speculation. Also, considering the Oilers passed on Nichushkin, I would be hesitant to put Nurse on this list without seeing Nurse actually make the NHL first.

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#73 zenoil
March 11 2014, 10:32AM
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Nurse hasn't played a single game in the bigs and Boyd Gordon provides nil for offense and is -11. Perron and Scrivens were good maybe even great trades and his best signing was the one that never happened in David Clarkson at 5 million plus a year. Arco was third in points at 5x5 and led the forward in hits before Jimmy Hendrix. A good Gm would maybe keep such a player on the team me thinks. MacT deserves little praise thus far. The way I see it, there's a couple tulips growing from a fat turd.

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#74 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 10:38AM
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dougtheslug wrote:

He repeatedly threw Yak under the bus. By name.

He told us his players didn't know what basic defence was. Which was why his brilliant swarm didn't work. Was he kidding? Players get drilled into their heads from peewee what "basic defence" is. They know. "The Swarm" is an AHL tactic that doesn't work in the NHL. Just like the 1-3-1 PP.

The players look so confused on the ice, they probably don't know what to think. Other than to tune Eakins out.

Wouldn't say he threw Yak under the bus. He did call him out on stuff, but I think he needed to. Back in Sarnia his attitude was an issue. I know at work when there is a coworker thats a pain the majority of us like it when the boss "deals" with it.

I recall his comment being how these players had so much skill in junior needing to pay attention to defense wasn't needed. I didn't view it as an insult, but the fact that many of these player played the bulk of their CHL career in the offensive end.

And as for your "swarm" comments. Have you researched it? It does get used constantly in the NHL. Eakin's just called his version of the overload system a "swarm" (I bet he regret ever telling the media that) Typically there are 2 main type of defense. Overload aka "swarm" and collapse. Now the collapse is typically used by bigger team boxing out players man-on-man. I think you would agree not the best for the Oilers.

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#75 nuge2nail
March 11 2014, 10:39AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Other Solid Moves By MacT:

1. Dubnyk for Hendricks

2. Bryzgalov Sign and Trade for Picks

3. Linus Omark Trade for Picks

4. Horcoff Trade for Picks

5. Viktor Fasth Trade

6. Nick Shultz Trade for Picks

7. Luke Gazdic Waive Pickup

My personal favourite being the Horcoff Trade, not sure how the silver fox pulled that off.

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#76 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 10:40AM
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@Danny

So of the best moves a GM can make are the ones her doesn't

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#77 nuge2nail
March 11 2014, 10:40AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Shocking how much work still needs to be done with this team.

Next on the list is the Center position, than Defense.

I would prefer the Oilers overpay for a center like Statsny and keep the pick.

Draft Bennett or Reinhert and we finally have some depth at center.

Hopkins - Statsny - Bennett - Gordan

Trade Gagner for a #3-#4 defenseman.

Spend the remaining 30+ MILLION IN CAP SPACE on Defense, preferably on 2-3 year deals

On the bright side, Oilers are 7-3-2 since MacT addressed the team toughness and goaltending problems.

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#78 zenoil
March 11 2014, 10:43AM
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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

Yes he is a man of action, but what I don't see is man with a vision. He has taken the blender philosophy with him from the bench to the GM's office. The support for this guy baffles me when the team sucks so hard. Like what am I missing?

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#79 Dodd
March 11 2014, 10:43AM
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Quick reminder: MacT got a serviceable defenseman for Horcoff. A year ago people were realistic about a possible buyout.

To me, he did the near - impossible: he moved a terrible contract, and actually got something back.

I'm not suggesting Larsen will or won't amount to anything. But Horcoff went out, and something came back. Miracle.

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#80 Czar
March 11 2014, 10:44AM
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1. Scriven 2. Gordon 3. Perron 4. Hendricks 5. Nurse

I will reserve judgement on Fasth for at least one more day but suspect he'll be in the 2-4 range by season end.

I also think Gene Principe will deserve a blocker to the throat after the Fasth intro tonight. The guys a poor mans Ron Maclean.

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#81 Zarny
March 11 2014, 10:45AM
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MacT's best move?

All of them. Because it actually moved the Oilers off step 1 of a rebuild. A contender needs a Boyd Gordon as much as they need a David Perron.

In an amazing display of ineptitude Tambo didn't acquire one piece beyond the 1st overall draft picks.

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#82 Mike
March 11 2014, 10:46AM
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Can MacT be both GM and coach? That would be nice.

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#83 Gordoil
March 11 2014, 10:46AM
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Would like to see (just for my own silly reasons) a comparison of Darnell Nurse 1st & 2nd year junior numbers $ Seth Jones 1st & 2nd year numbers. I remember hearing after Mac T drafted Nurse that he may very well have been the best D man in the draft. Would be cool to see!

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#84 Kr55
March 11 2014, 10:49AM
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All the good MacT has done is completely cancelled out by his hiring of Eakins.

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#85 Zarny
March 11 2014, 10:51AM
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dougtheslug wrote:

He repeatedly threw Yak under the bus. By name.

He told us his players didn't know what basic defence was. Which was why his brilliant swarm didn't work. Was he kidding? Players get drilled into their heads from peewee what "basic defence" is. They know. "The Swarm" is an AHL tactic that doesn't work in the NHL. Just like the 1-3-1 PP.

The players look so confused on the ice, they probably don't know what to think. Other than to tune Eakins out.

Eakins didn't throw Yak under the bus. He rightfully called him out on his absolutely atrocious defensive play not to mention his penchant for trying to do it all himself.

Knowing basic defense is one thing. Sticking to basic defense is another and that is where many of the Oilers fail. Hall, Nuge, Eberle, Gagner, Yakupov and Schultz are all guilty of either forgetting or ignoring "basic defense" habitually.

The swarm defense actually does work in the NHL when you have the right personnel. Several other teams use it and all it amounts to is having your forward come in and get the puck when your Dman pins his man to the boards instead of letting other team get the puck and then having to check that player.

The only difference is other teams don't give it a cute name like "the swarm".

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#86 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 10:58AM
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@Zarny

Wow, almost they same reply to dougthe slugs post eh! Well said, btw

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#87 Craig1981
March 11 2014, 11:01AM
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Czar wrote:

1. Scriven 2. Gordon 3. Perron 4. Hendricks 5. Nurse

I will reserve judgement on Fasth for at least one more day but suspect he'll be in the 2-4 range by season end.

I also think Gene Principe will deserve a blocker to the throat after the Fasth intro tonight. The guys a poor mans Ron Maclean.

Just sit back and enjoy the pun, whoever you czar

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#88 Will
March 11 2014, 11:01AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

Shocking how much work still needs to be done with this team.

Next on the list is the Center position, than Defense.

I would prefer the Oilers overpay for a center like Statsny and keep the pick.

Draft Bennett or Reinhert and we finally have some depth at center.

Hopkins - Statsny - Bennett - Gordan

Trade Gagner for a #3-#4 defenseman.

Spend the remaining 30+ MILLION IN CAP SPACE on Defense, preferably on 2-3 year deals

On the bright side, Oilers are 7-3-2 since MacT addressed the team toughness and goaltending problems.

^This all day.

I would also take Legwand if no Stasny. Either way Mac T needs to get a dump truck of money.

And if we're talking UFA's then include Steve Downie to grab the RW spot on the 3rd line left by Hemsky. Gordon, Hendricks, Downie would be such a crappy line to play against.

Fingers crossed Klefbomb shows well downt he stretch and can take over number 7 duties. Get a Markov like guy (veteran number 2 defender) to push everyone down the depth chart and help mentor and I think this team could finally start moving up in the standings.

I hate to point to terrible goal tending that sunk the season, but I'm going to. Had the Oilers had average goal tending, they'd be much further up in the standings right now. Way, way too many leads blown late in the game due to poor tending.

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#89 Lochenzo
March 11 2014, 11:02AM
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Goaltending: I think MacT handled the crease situation about as well as he could have.

Collapse! The performance in goal was nothing short of shocking and disappointing across the organization. Bunz, Roy, LaBarbera, Dubnyk. Brought in Brossoit, Bryz, Scrivens and Fasth. I don't think I've seen a goalie overhaul like this during the season. And I think each acquisition was an improvement. I really like our goaltending moving forward and look forward to adding a goaltending prospect or two at the draft.

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#90 Les
March 11 2014, 11:08AM
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Danny wrote:

There are the moves MacT tried to make and did not work out .

There are moves he didn't make also.

There are the moves he made and did work out also.

Hard to add those up because we do not know the details

MacT wanted David Clarkson, was thinking of trading the #7 draft pick, at the draft did or didn't move up in the draft to get Monahan. Traded Hemsky for ? Could not trade Gagner. And others we will never hear about.

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#91 Zarny
March 11 2014, 11:16AM
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@Craig1981

Yep we're in complete agreement.

It's good to see not every fan has completely lost touch with reality.

And it's amazing how many fans are clueless to what "the swarm" actually is. Just an overload system with a cute name and used by several NHL teams.

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#92 Chainsawz
March 11 2014, 11:18AM
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Eakins had about 19 players on any given night to thrash publicly but chose to do so to only 1. I'm glad he's shelved that act. Now if he would only take his act to another NHL city...

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#93 wiseguy
March 11 2014, 11:25AM
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gcw_rocks wrote:

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.

I propped the poll because I felt he did much better than Tambo did in many years. After reading your comment, I feel guilty about doing it. Help! I don't want to deserve the crap hockey I'm watching.

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#94 Czar
March 11 2014, 11:26AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Just sit back and enjoy the pun, whoever you czar

Enjoy them?? I hit mute as soon as the Oiler broadcast crew hits the air! They're a joke nation wide and hope like he!! none of them get rehired at contract time. I did prop and trash you punny guy.

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#95 michael
March 11 2014, 11:37AM
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Zarny wrote:

MacT's best move?

All of them. Because it actually moved the Oilers off step 1 of a rebuild. A contender needs a Boyd Gordon as much as they need a David Perron.

In an amazing display of ineptitude Tambo didn't acquire one piece beyond the 1st overall draft picks.

Exactly my feeling. People talk about this being year 4 of the rebuild.If that were true where are all the players from 2010?

MacT has had less than a year to move this rock up the hill. Tambo did nothing except build a team to draft number 1 every year.

MacT has jettisoned players like Belanger,Eager and brought in guys like Perron and Gordon.

Serious Gord pushed hard for deals to be made at the trade deadline for Hemsky and the teams other UFA's.MacT managed to dump 3/5.Not bad considering where we sit in the standings.In fact he got assets back in return and opened 3 contract spaces for next season.

This years failure to achieve in my mind is a boon.The positives are that the team has rid itself of contracts/players that were no longer performing.Horcoff/Hemsky/Belanger. And it helped MacT to identify the teams needs going forward.

Rome was not built in a day.The job MacT has in reshaping this organization will be ongoing.I like what he has done this year.The teams core in no longer being sheltered and that has been a good thing in my opinion. The likes of Hall,Ebs,RNH and Yak need to be put up against the leagues best.They will only improve if there asked to compete at the highest level.

There are still many moves that will need to be made but at least the GM we have now is willing to try. I trust MacT a whole lot more than I ever did Tambo.

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You forgot the two of the best moves:

- the trading of the Shawn Horcoff contract(dubbed by many "experts" on here the impossible to move contract and demanding a buyout)

- the trading of one Linus Omark (also dubbed impossible by almost everyone)

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#97 ColourMeImpressed
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Yeah, MacTavish made all those good moves.

He also hired Eakins, now the Oilers are last in the West, behind even Calgary and they scrapped their core at the deadline and over the summer.

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#98 dougtheslug
March 11 2014, 12:24PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Wouldn't say he threw Yak under the bus. He did call him out on stuff, but I think he needed to. Back in Sarnia his attitude was an issue. I know at work when there is a coworker thats a pain the majority of us like it when the boss "deals" with it.

I recall his comment being how these players had so much skill in junior needing to pay attention to defense wasn't needed. I didn't view it as an insult, but the fact that many of these player played the bulk of their CHL career in the offensive end.

And as for your "swarm" comments. Have you researched it? It does get used constantly in the NHL. Eakin's just called his version of the overload system a "swarm" (I bet he regret ever telling the media that) Typically there are 2 main type of defense. Overload aka "swarm" and collapse. Now the collapse is typically used by bigger team boxing out players man-on-man. I think you would agree not the best for the Oilers.

Call it "The Swarm", "overload", "collapse", or whatever. It still looks to the rest of the NHL like the "Chinese Fire Drill" (with all due respect to our Asian-Canadian brethren). A defensive system that gives up shots and chances by the boatload no matter who is on the ice.

It has resulted in the worst goals against in the league and the worst collective defense in recent memory.

Hard to think of what MacT has done right when so much on this team is going wrong.

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Serious Gord wrote:

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.

The whole blaming the bottom 6 company line needs to stop. Find a way to shore up the top 4 d and let's go from there.

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#100 Dave Lumley
March 11 2014, 12:27PM
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Kr55 wrote:

All the good MacT has done is completely cancelled out by his hiring of Eakins.

As mentioned earlier, what could have Kreuger done with all the positives MacT brought?Especially Kreuger and Maurice or pick your favorite associate.

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