GDB 66.0: A FASTH START

Jason Gregor
March 11 2014 11:58AM

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Viktor Fasth stopped 19 of 21 shots in regulation and three in the shotout to win his NHL debut 3-2 over Nashville on January 26th, 2013. He went on to win his first eight NHL games with a dazzling .934sv% and a 1.87 GAA.

During his next twenty starts, 15 last year and 5 this year, he's compiled a 9-8-3 record with a .901sv% and a 2.45 GAA. Tonight in Minnesota, he'll get his first start as an Oiler and his first NHL start since November 18th, 2013.

He is excited about the opportunity to compete for the starting job in Edmonton, but he'll need to be very good down the stretch to match Ben Scrivens.

Fasth should have ample opportunity to impress the coaching staff and his teammates. The Oilers have been out shot in 11 of their past 12 games by an average of 36.4 to 25.3. The only game the Oilers weren't out shot was in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota with both teams firing 21 shots.

Fasth will need to play like he did last January and February if he hopes to play as much as Scrivens. Scrivens has been exceptional in ten starts with the Oilers. He is 5-5 with a 2.30 GAA and a sparkling .938sv%.

LINEUP

Hall-Gagner-Perron
Yakupov-RNH-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Marincin-Petry
Fraser-J.Schultz
Klefbom-Ference

Fasth

Gagner's line played very well vs. LA. Hall has four points in his last two games and Gagner is starting to show some offensive life. They will need to be very good again if the Oilers hope to start the road trip with a win.

The RNH line wasn't great vs. LA and individually they've struggled to score goals recently. Eberle has 1 goal and 3 points in his last 9 games. RNH has 0 goals and 3 points in his last 11 games, while Yakupov has 1 goal and 6 points in his last 10 games. Yakupov has at least produced some points, but these three need to score more consistently.

Oscar Klefbom makes his NHL debut. The 19th overall pick in 2011 has had shoulder issues for a few years. He only played 11 games last season, and he's dressed for 45 of 60 games in OKC this year. Hall and Nugent-Hopkins returned from shoulder surgery and haven't had any issues, but Klefbom is still having minor shoulder problems. The Oilers are hoping he can stay healthy, but you wonder if one more surgery would help him stay healthy?

Regardless of his shoulder problems, he adds much needed size, strength and mobility on the backend. If he stays healthy, I'd play him every game down the stretch. I don't need to see more of Philip Larsen to realize he isn't a long term answer.

QUICK HITS...

  • Ales Hemsky's comments yesterday in Ottawa had the Nation fired up. The Oilers management and players should take his comments to heart rather than brush them off. There are clearly some issues within the organization, and instead of saying Hemsky was never a leader, so he shouldn't be commenting on it, they must take hard look in the mirror and change some things.

    The young players need to be more competitive, and management needs to surround them with some veterans. No team wins with a top-six comprised of all young players. David Perron is the veteran of the group, but he's only been here for 65 games. They need a veteran skilled forward to help teach, challenge and mentor the kids, and of course they need to improve the backend. Neither acquisition will be easy, but that has to be Craig MacTavish main focus this summer.

  • I've said for years that rotating the 4th line or 6/7 D-men wasn't going to solve anything, and it hasn't. Hemsky was bang on with that assessment. I wish Hemsky would have shared these thoughts when he was here, and maybe he did privately, but considering how Sheldon Souray was treated after he voiced his concerns, I can see why Hemsky said nothing. Granted, Hemsky's comments weren't a direct attack on any person specifically, but I wonder if he feared being ostracized if he spoke out?

  • Scary situation in Dallas last night with Rich Peverley. Early reports suggest he is doing okay, but no one knows if he will play hockey again. There is a push to have every hockey rink in Alberta equipped with an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in the coming years. We will discuss this on my show today at 4 p.m. The AEDs are very easy to use. I took a CPR course two weeks ago where we got to use one, and they are idiot proof (I figured out to use it), so any parent or spectator could use it safely and properly in case of an emergency. They save lives.

  • No radical rule changes have emerged from the annual GM meetings, but there is an appetite to lower the amount of SO games. I'd love to see 3-on-3 after five minutes of 4-on-4, but the easiest change could be for them to switch ends. When teams have the long change we see more goals.

    NHL teams have scored 1492 goals in the first period, 1844 in the second period and 1792 in the third. The difference between the 2nd and 3rd period isn't much, but clearly most teams feel their way into games in the first. Switching ends in the SO might increase scoring a bit, but I'd like to see them do that and play four minutes of 3-on-3.

  • I'd love to see the NHL adapt a new point system that rewards teams for winning in regulation, three points, but right now the league, sadly, has no interest in it.

TONIGHT....

girlsgonewild

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers' struggles in Minnesota continue. They are 2-14-3 in their last 19 visits to the Excel Energy Centre, and they pick up their 15th loss in their last 20 trips by a 3-1 score.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers get out shot. The good news is the Wild don't generate many shots so it will only be about 25-22.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Klebom levels Dany Heatley with a solid check in the second period and instantly becomes a fan favourite.

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#1 Taylor Gang
March 11 2014, 12:03PM
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Really excited to see Fasth and Klef, but the Xcel Energy Centre is the Oilers' kryptonite. 4-0 shutout.

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#2 mayorblaine
March 11 2014, 12:07PM
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he'd better be.

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#3 Zed
March 11 2014, 12:08PM
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Other than the previous comments by Gregor, I have no background information on this Fasth fellow and will judge him purely on his last name.

This man will be a great goalie.

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#4 Czar
March 11 2014, 12:08PM
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I'd rather they switch ends and go to 10 min OT rather than 3 on 3.

Nice smorgasbord of women Gregor!

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#5 Sean17
March 11 2014, 12:10PM
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I have a hard enough time sitting through a regulation time game. Unless they can speed up the regulation time, they shouldn't be looking to add additional time at the end of the game.

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#6 vetinari
March 11 2014, 12:15PM
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First, I hope Peverly makes a speedy recovery.

As for the Oilers, getting a win out of Minnesota will be tough, especially with the current lineup.

GDP: Wild 4 Oilers 1

OGDP: Fasth will see at least 40 shots tonight. Why? Look at the Oilers defence-- can you find a defensive defenceman on the second pairing?

NSOGDP: It's revealed during the second intermission that the Oilers have been involved in the largest incidence of identity fraud, ever. It turns out that the real Oilers are somewhere hanging out with Zach Galifianakis filming "The Hangover 4" while the Lethbridge Senior Men's League Comets have been filling in for them since October.

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#7 Fresh Mess
March 11 2014, 12:20PM
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Just get rid of the loser point.

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#8 Will
March 11 2014, 12:21PM
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Is Gene Principe secretly the GM of the Oilers, choosing players he can make awful puns about?

GDP Fasth will make a great save prompting principe to yell, 'Not so Fasth." Much to the cringe of literally everyone.

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#9 Fatbob24
March 11 2014, 12:22PM
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vetinari wrote:

First, I hope Peverly makes a speedy recovery.

As for the Oilers, getting a win out of Minnesota will be tough, especially with the current lineup.

GDP: Wild 4 Oilers 1

OGDP: Fasth will see at least 40 shots tonight. Why? Look at the Oilers defence-- can you find a defensive defenceman on the second pairing?

NSOGDP: It's revealed during the second intermission that the Oilers have been involved in the largest incidence of identity fraud, ever. It turns out that the real Oilers are somewhere hanging out with Zach Galifianakis filming "The Hangover 4" while the Lethbridge Senior Men's League Comets have been filling in for them since October.

Don't I wish...

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#10 dmac4532
March 11 2014, 12:22PM
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In regards to Hemsky perhaps not voicing his insight to managment in light of what happened to Souray I can't help but wonder about this posibilty. I would suspect that in Detroit ( because we always use them as the model) The players input is used to help make the team better. I have a hard time believing their players would be scared to voice their opinions.

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#11 The real minnow
March 11 2014, 12:23PM
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Obvious gameday prediction: Look for the Oilers to get SMASHED tonight. Victor Fasth will get the hook after the first. This team does an excellent job of not showing any heart, and making themselves harder to watch than a Sarah McGlauchlan SPCA commercial 6-0 wild

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#12 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
March 11 2014, 12:26PM
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Are Hemsky's comments really a surprise? If you can't see guys like Eberle and Gagner consistently put just enough effort in to make it look like they're trying, you're simply not ready to face reality.

If MacT really does want difference makers, he'll find them a new home.

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#13 Old Timer
March 11 2014, 12:31PM
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Jason, I had something really important and profound to comment on but when I got to the pictures at the bottom of your blog, I seem to have forgotten what they were.

Oh well, another 3 - 1 loss tonight I'm afraid.

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#14 Dan 1919
March 11 2014, 12:39PM
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You want to increase offence, make an OT win worth 1 point, OT loss 0 points.

The teams will go for it in the third period and try to put up goals to get the full 2 points (the only way to actally make up ground v.s idiling in the standings)

Interested to see the Trash or Props of this one?

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#15 Dan 1919
March 11 2014, 12:43PM
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3 on 3 would be worth a shot, what do they have to lose? A shootout is already a circus act (entertaining circus act that I enjoy), what would be wrong with doing a 3 on 3, maybe it would end up being more entertaining than the shootout itself... A constant exchange of odd man rushes with only 6 guys on the ice sounds pretty fun to me.

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#16 Czar
March 11 2014, 12:55PM
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@Dan 1919

As a kid I enjoyed Showdown in the NHL but never thought it would earn you points in the NHL one day.

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#17 Cain
March 11 2014, 01:05PM
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Sean17 wrote:

I have a hard enough time sitting through a regulation time game. Unless they can speed up the regulation time, they shouldn't be looking to add additional time at the end of the game.

Maybe Track and Field or Drag-Racing is more your thing. They go really fast and you can stand up and watch any time you feel like it.

Hockey games tend to take a little while longer.

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#18 northof51
March 11 2014, 01:17PM
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My wife, who is as interested in hockey as I am in any show on TLC, will actually watch OT. When the shootout comes on, she leaves. I personally love the 4 on 4 OT, and I think they just need to extend it to 10 mins.

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#19 McScotterson
March 11 2014, 01:21PM
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dmac4532 wrote:

In regards to Hemsky perhaps not voicing his insight to managment in light of what happened to Souray I can't help but wonder about this posibilty. I would suspect that in Detroit ( because we always use them as the model) The players input is used to help make the team better. I have a hard time believing their players would be scared to voice their opinions.

Could not agree more,...the mishandling of Souray was ridiculous. That would never of happened to a team properly evaluating the going value of any player in their system. Sending him to the AHL for anything other than a conditioning stint shows ineptitude.

Losing Money and a tangible asset? In the private sector if you this happens your fired. They may even call this a near miss and allow all parties to voice what happened so that id never happens again. Something newer business need to do very often, how old are the Oilers?

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#20 VK63
March 11 2014, 01:22PM
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How bout them Canucks?

Studs and Duds boy doesn't know if he should quote everything he heard in that room last night or go have some more alone time with palmella.

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#21 Fresh Mess
March 11 2014, 01:25PM
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Dan 1919 wrote:

You want to increase offence, make an OT win worth 1 point, OT loss 0 points.

The teams will go for it in the third period and try to put up goals to get the full 2 points (the only way to actally make up ground v.s idiling in the standings)

Interested to see the Trash or Props of this one?

^This is also a good idea.

There is absolutely no reason to have the loser point. It was brought in prior to the adoption of the shootout to encourage teams to 'go for it' in OT because too many games were ending in ties.

Once the shootout came in there were no more ties.

If you think it's a crappy way to lose a game, then score more goals than the other team in regulation time. Simple.

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#22 vetinari
March 11 2014, 01:25PM
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I'd like to start a petition now to ban Geno from using Fasth's name for bad puns during broadcasts. In particular, I would suggest that he banned from using:

"Fasth and Furious"- to describe frantic action in front of our net

"Pull a Fasth One"- to describe an exceptional save by our goalie

"Fasthing" - to describe when we allow very few shots on net (yeah, right!)

"Fasth Start" - to describe a quick lead

"Fasther, Quicker" - to describe that day when we inevitably play the Kings and these guys are the starting goalies

"Lightning Fasth Reflexes" - to describe an exceptional glove save

"Fasth Food" - to describe any of his eating habits

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#23 2015Playoffs?Nope!
March 11 2014, 01:33PM
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I think its blantantly obvious what the rest of the seasons GDP look like: Oilers Lose.

I stand by my arguement that the 3-0 game the Oilers lost to the Wild in Edmonton was the worst game i have ever seen in my life. Not one player tried, and the energy in Rexall was equivalent to that in a hospital. Only at least in a hospital, there is a lot of hope! Hard to ever cheer or watch (for that matter) a team that cares so little as this franchise.

Frankly, i couldnt give a sh1t what the score is or who gets what for points. Hard to care when its been so meaningless for 8+ years...

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#24 oilerjed
March 11 2014, 01:45PM
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vetinari wrote:

I'd like to start a petition now to ban Geno from using Fasth's name for bad puns during broadcasts. In particular, I would suggest that he banned from using:

"Fasth and Furious"- to describe frantic action in front of our net

"Pull a Fasth One"- to describe an exceptional save by our goalie

"Fasthing" - to describe when we allow very few shots on net (yeah, right!)

"Fasth Start" - to describe a quick lead

"Fasther, Quicker" - to describe that day when we inevitably play the Kings and these guys are the starting goalies

"Lightning Fasth Reflexes" - to describe an exceptional glove save

"Fasth Food" - to describe any of his eating habits

Nice going. You just filled up his notebook.

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#25 oilerjed
March 11 2014, 01:50PM
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Oilers lose in another snoozer which is good as it will cure my insomnia. 4-2 empty netter.

Two questions:

1)If Klefbom is still having problems with his shoulder why is he getting his shot at the bigs now?

2)With Nuge having a very mediocre year Im left wondering if we havent been off the mark with our team needs. We shouldnt be hunting for a 2c at all, maybe a 1C is what is required. Leave Nuge in the 2C spot for a couple years and let him learn and grow at a better pace.

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#26 Rob...
March 11 2014, 01:50PM
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oilerjed wrote:

Nice going. You just filled up his notebook.

I was hoping he'd start the next Avs game, so we could get 'Fasth Times at Rocky Mountain High".

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#27 GoCanadaGo
March 11 2014, 01:50PM
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Hey Gregor. What happened to not calling them the "young kids" anymore. The "core" as they are now are in their 4-5th years on the team and are about 22 years old. A few weeks ago a few bloggers on here wrote that by calling them "young kids" was like they are given a free pass to their faults in leadership. Players in their early to mid 20's have been counted on as leaders before. (Toews, Crosby, Stamkos). Yes these are highly skilled players, but so are Eberle and Hall.

Toews and Stamkos especially took it upon themselves to be leaders of their team (crosby had a great backup crew behind him) and show commitment pretty much every game by giving 110%. I cant remember them ever being referred to as "kids" within their organization for this long of a time.

Its the media labeling that fans follow with that doesn't do anything but harm the look of the leadership on the Oilers.

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#28 He Who Knows
March 11 2014, 01:57PM
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There's all these ex oilers coming out and basically pointing the direction at management. The fan base is pointing the direction at management, members of the media have pointed at the incompetence of management. The rest of the league does not understand how the Oilers are still brutal with all those picks in the lottery rankings. The 7-2-2 span was a disguise because these guys got outshot and outplayed, difference being the goaltending. The Oilers are basically an episode from the Outer Limits. The Canucks just hit rock bottom, well they should see what rock bottom looks like for almost a decade. That 2011 riot would seem like a peace rally if they have to endure what oil nation has. Thanks Daryl Katz!

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#30 2015Playoffs?Nope!
March 11 2014, 02:02PM
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GoCanadaGo wrote:

Hey Gregor. What happened to not calling them the "young kids" anymore. The "core" as they are now are in their 4-5th years on the team and are about 22 years old. A few weeks ago a few bloggers on here wrote that by calling them "young kids" was like they are given a free pass to their faults in leadership. Players in their early to mid 20's have been counted on as leaders before. (Toews, Crosby, Stamkos). Yes these are highly skilled players, but so are Eberle and Hall.

Toews and Stamkos especially took it upon themselves to be leaders of their team (crosby had a great backup crew behind him) and show commitment pretty much every game by giving 110%. I cant remember them ever being referred to as "kids" within their organization for this long of a time.

Its the media labeling that fans follow with that doesn't do anything but harm the look of the leadership on the Oilers.

"Sid the Kid"?

But i completely agree, the time for being worshipped and excluded from the blame is over. These "kids" are no younger then Gagner and we refer to him as a Veteran!

Its been suggested and doenst need to be pounded into the ground anymore, but the make-up of this team is terrible and not competitive at all. Three of the young guns should go if the right deals are available to bring in a true #1 dman (who wont escape town in a year if we make it to the SCF), and a #1 or #2 center with size, and (if possible) and complimentary top 6 winger with size. Nobody is untouchable anymore. Not after this embarassing season. 7 was enough.

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#31 Sean17
March 11 2014, 02:12PM
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Cain wrote:

Maybe Track and Field or Drag-Racing is more your thing. They go really fast and you can stand up and watch any time you feel like it.

Hockey games tend to take a little while longer.

I don't think I explained my post. I love hockey. I actually even watch baseball. I loved watching the Olympics where the games were done around 2hrs 15mins. Instead of the bloated broadcasts we watch. How many times do I need to see the commercial about the chick who loves helping kids. I've seen it a million times and still don't know what it is for... It's a PSA so, it's not like it is huge money for the broadcaster. Cut the anthem to just the host team's anthem. Cut intermission down 1 minute. Cut one commercial break. Cut Glenn Healy altogether.

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#32 Cold Hard Truth
March 11 2014, 02:15PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Yakupov and RNH are still 21.

The call him Sid the Kid, so I think he was referred to a kid a few times..ha

The difference in Toews and Crosby was that they have veteran leaders amongst their forward group. Crosby learned from Lemieux. They also had Roberts and Guerin around when he won...

Hossa and Sharp were with Kane and Toews. Having skilled veterans makes it easier to adapt.

Stamkos had Marty St.Louis. I believe it helps having skilled leaders to learn from.

Hemsky was most skilled fwd they had, but he was pushed to side quickly, before younger forwards had proven they were better, IMO.

They haven't had highly skilled guys to shelter them in Edmonton, and I feel the young players haven't worked hard enough to become leaders. It is hard.

That ship has sailed. The kids should have been surrounded by capable vets two years ago. Now that the Kids are onto their bloated contracts, the Oilers won't be able to afford a supporting cast like Pittsburgh or Chicago did when they won the Stanly Cup. Remember: Toews and Kane, and Crosby were all on their entry level contracts when they won their Stanly cups. That playoff experience and the Stanly cups solidified them as elite players. That opportunity for the Oilers is long gone.

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#33 rock 'em sock 'em
March 11 2014, 02:16PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Really excited to see Fasth and Klef, but the Xcel Energy Centre is the Oilers' kryptonite. 4-0 shutout.

I feel like other hockey teams are the OIler's kryptonite.

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#34 Ryan2
March 11 2014, 02:16PM
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@ Jason Gregor - I don't know if you have any insight into this, but how is Gagner perceived in the dressing room? When MacT signed him over the summer his leadership was one of things I recall being a reason for retaining him. I never saw it, but maybe it was there behind closed doors.

FWIW, I looked at Hemsky's comments as more of an indictment of the management of the team than anything else.

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#35 Bruner
March 11 2014, 02:22PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Really excited to see Fasth and Klef, but the Xcel Energy Centre is the Oilers' kryptonite. 4-0 shutout.

All the arenas in the NHL are the Oilers kryptonite, including Rexall

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#36 Cold Hard Truth
March 11 2014, 02:23PM
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The "they're still kids" argument is so flawed. It assumes Hall, RNH, Yakupov, and Eberle will turn into the players fans hope they'll be. But more likely, and if the losing continues, they won't.

After all, Gagner, Hemsky were the previous messiahs, and how did that turn out?

Not to mention, Pouliot, Jacques, Stortini, Brodziak, and Schremp....

Truth is, the Oilers have been rebuilding for much much longer than 4 years.

Saying the Oilers started rebuilding with drafting Taylor Hall, as Katz suggests, is pure folly. It's merely a way for management to move the goal posts on the rebuild timeline, and buy themselves more time.

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#37 Cold Hard Truth
March 11 2014, 02:24PM
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Here's a letter Kevin Lowe sent out to season ticket holders when he was still GM:

Hi, this is Kevin Lowe.

After a very eventful week around the hockey club, I wanted to take a moment and communicate to you, our most valued customers, our continued commitment to success.

As I stated last week, our hockey club will always do what we feel is in the best interest of our fans, and in the best interest of building a Stanley Cup championship team here in Oil Country.

Right now, we have a core group of veteran players and a wealth of emerging young talent. Last week’s trade brought us two more young players in Robert Nilsson and Ryan O’Marra, and another first round draft choice in this year’s NHL draft. They will join players like Pouliot, Jacques, Stortini, Brodziak, and Schremp, just to name a few, as potential members of a championship Oilers club. Certainly, along the way, we will add to our roster through trades and free agency when the right opportunities are there, now that we have the resources to do so. Make no mistake; our plan is to return the Stanley Cup to Edmonton.

We have an exciting future ahead of us all, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Thanks again for your ongoing support of Oilers Hockey.

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#38 NJ
March 11 2014, 02:26PM
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Veteran forward to surround the youngs uns? Principle focus for MacT? I would suggest, with all due respect, that a number 1 AND number 2 d man come in significantly higher on that list, and much more difficult to attain I might add. I have no doubt there's lots of teams that'd take Eberle off our hands for a "veteran mentoring top 6"...

Just my opinion.

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#39 CaptainLander
March 11 2014, 02:34PM
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@2015Playoffs?Nope!

Moving of the "young guns" sounds about right. This is how I would like to see the Oil start next year. Filling in "player" with of course quality, size and skill (easy to find right?))

Hall RNH Player Perron Player Player Player Gordon Hendricks Don't care

Player Player JSchults Player MAricin Player Kbom

Scrives Fasth

Sad to see ebs and Yak traded of course but can't get quality without quality

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#40 Bruner
March 11 2014, 02:34PM
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vetinari wrote:

I'd like to start a petition now to ban Geno from using Fasth's name for bad puns during broadcasts. In particular, I would suggest that he banned from using:

"Fasth and Furious"- to describe frantic action in front of our net

"Pull a Fasth One"- to describe an exceptional save by our goalie

"Fasthing" - to describe when we allow very few shots on net (yeah, right!)

"Fasth Start" - to describe a quick lead

"Fasther, Quicker" - to describe that day when we inevitably play the Kings and these guys are the starting goalies

"Lightning Fasth Reflexes" - to describe an exceptional glove save

"Fasth Food" - to describe any of his eating habits

You're just jealous he makes money off his word play...and you've probably wasted the better part of an hour doing his homework

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#41 james_dean
March 11 2014, 02:45PM
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The real minnow wrote:

Obvious gameday prediction: Look for the Oilers to get SMASHED tonight. Victor Fasth will get the hook after the first. This team does an excellent job of not showing any heart, and making themselves harder to watch than a Sarah McGlauchlan SPCA commercial 6-0 wild

The mcglachlan reference is clutch.

What about eddie lack?

Not 1. Not 2. Not 3

Not 4. Not 5. Not 6

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#42 Mike IA
March 11 2014, 02:46PM
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re: Hemsky comments

Leaders lead. They don't ask for permission, or wait for someone to let them. at the moment, the Oilers have no leaders, just committee chairmen or leaders by consensus.

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#43 Dog Train
March 11 2014, 02:46PM
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The Wild are a perfect cure for insomnia. I'm just glad that we will get to witness Klefbom and Fasth tonight. Too bad they didn't wait until tonight to give Bryz his first start with the Wild.

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#44 2015Playoffs?Nope!
March 11 2014, 02:53PM
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Ive gotta say, im pretty impressed with Darcy Kuemper. After tonight, that will be 2 straight shut outs vs the Mighty Oil! Not a bad stat...

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#45 mesa
March 11 2014, 02:54PM
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look at fasth smile man .it is going to fade fasth .ha Geno?

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#46 Oilbaron
March 11 2014, 03:09PM
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seriously, F Jim Matheson.

I've never heard more idiotic questions from a so called "journalist". Is he paid by other teams to psych the Oilers out because if he is... damn I think he does an amazing job.

Just cause he was around for the glory days doesn't mean the stick up his ass has earned him the right to play judge, jury and executioner for this team.

I just don't understand how these guys can't realize that they are more of a detriment to the team than a help.

Sure the fans want to hear players answer questions, but we want good questions, not asinine ones being asked to the wrong personnel in the wrong context. what a blowhard

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#47 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
March 11 2014, 03:15PM
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Rob... wrote:

I was hoping he'd start the next Avs game, so we could get 'Fasth Times at Rocky Mountain High".

in an un-related report...Colorado state officials report a $2.1M tax windfall from legalizing marijuana.

@ Sean17 (comment 31),

I propped you for the last line alone.

We forgot that classic Americana movie:

Fasth Times at Ridgemont High

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#48 Mike Krushelnyski
March 11 2014, 03:19PM
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Will wrote:

Is Gene Principe secretly the GM of the Oilers, choosing players he can make awful puns about?

GDP Fasth will make a great save prompting principe to yell, 'Not so Fasth." Much to the cringe of literally everyone.

Fasthen your seatbelts, Oilers fans!

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#50 Lochenzo
March 11 2014, 03:25PM
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I think Gags is one of those guys who would speak up. But I think his own personal struggles affected his leadership ability. I know that I'm less prone to speaking up on the bench when I'm having a bad game.

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