GDB 67.0: What Is Left To Play For?

Jonathan Willis
March 13 2014 12:17PM

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It’s pretty easy to dismiss Thursday’s Oilers/Blues game as a meaningless affair, but the truth is that there’s still some point to the games being played – if not at the team level, than at least at the individual one.

Expected Lines

  • Taylor Hall – Sam Gagner – David Perron
  • Nail Yakupov – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
  • Matt Hendricks – Boyd Gordon – Jesse Joensuu
  • Luke Gazdic – Ryan Smyth – Ryan Jones
  • Martin Marincin – Jeff Petry
  • Mark Fraser – Justin Schultz
  • Oscar Klefbom – Andrew Ference
  • Ben Scrivens

Why It Should Matter

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The top line has at least two players for whom this game is important. For Sam Gagner, he’s at a crossroads in his career. He’s likely to be dealt in the off-season, and he can both increase his appeal to a contender and increase Edmonton’s likely trade return if he finishes the year strongly. He has seven points in his last five games and doubtless would like his recent run of effectiveness to continue. At right wing, there’s no question that David Perron would like to show well against his old team.

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A good game or a bad game isn’t likely to impact a bunch of the players in the middle of the lineup, but at the outer edges there are a few players who need to play well down the stretch. Jesse Joensuu is under contract for another season, but should certainly be seen as playing for a spot on next year’s team, as his contract is small enough to bury. Ryans Jones and Smyth are pending unrestricted free agents, and either could find himself outside the NHL next season.

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Defence is where things really matter. Three different players continue to fight for a spot next season. Mark Fraser is a pending unrestricted free agent and a fringe NHL’er; he has a shot at a depth job in Edmonton next year and needs to play well. Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom, meanwhile, need to show quickly that they belong; both guys have a bit of time but the fact is that players like Darnell Nurse and perhaps Aaron Ekblad are on the way – there are only so many jobs available for young guys and getting a leg up on the competition is massively important for both players.

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Finally, Ben Scrivens looks likely to get first run at Edmonton’s starting job next year, but he’s hardly immoveable in that position. Every strong game is another data point in his favour, another reason for Dallas Eakins to stick with him long-term.

Predictions

GAME DAY PREDICTION: 3-0 St. Louis. These teams are at different ends of the NHL spectrum. 

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Perron plays well, yet again, but he's one of the few Oilers with jump against arguably the NHL's best team. 

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Fraser continues to show fairly well on a pairing with Schultz.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 13 2014, 03:01PM
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sizedoesmatter wrote:

That's what I'm hoping for easy to pick on the team when they struggle Go oil

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Boys! That's the one and only beautiful thing about being an Oilers fan this year......you don't have to be conflicted.....you can cheer loudly for them in good conscience knowing that they're going to get their as**s handed to them on a platter. It's a win win.

Unless?...................the Blues get SCRIVENATED!

GDP: Oilers get outshot 61-12 and Win a 1-0 SHUTOUT! (Scrivens gets credited with an assist on the game winning goal)

BEN! BEN! BEN!

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#52 Randaman
March 13 2014, 03:04PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

What the heck is wrong with Yak this season? Man, he looks like a lost child out there on most nights.

One word; Eakins, Buchberger & Acton. Ok, three words.

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#53 Oiltown3000
March 13 2014, 03:05PM
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RNH and Ebs are not be playing well right now. It seem like they don't want to play anymore and I wouldn't either because there is no use of playing if we're not playing in the playoffs.

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#54 vetinari
March 13 2014, 03:07PM
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Okay sheep, smear this bar-b-q- sauce all over your bodies and just step right through that gate into the lions' den... it'll only hurt for 60 minutes...

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#55 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 13 2014, 03:08PM
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Oiltown3000 wrote:

RNH and Ebs are not be playing well right now. It seem like they don't want to play anymore and I wouldn't either because there is no use of playing if we're not playing in the playoffs.

Coach Eakins called....said you can't be a fan anymore....cause you're a quitter......please turn in you're Oilers hat and jersey and change your login name to something without the word oil. That is all.

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#56 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 13 2014, 03:10PM
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vetinari wrote:

Okay sheep, smear this bar-b-q- sauce all over your bodies and just step right through that gate into the lions' den... it'll only hurt for 60 minutes...

I don't know....sounds like an improvement over the food in the Rexall Place concessions.

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#57 mesa
March 13 2014, 03:11PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

So you should fire the coach since one of your 20 year old players has had trouble adopting to it?

NOT for that reason only.if you get out shoot in 90% of the games and the pp is not working and refusing to do something about that is a big problem.give me 2 to 3 players had adopted to his system yet this year?

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#58 vetinari
March 13 2014, 03:30PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I don't know....sounds like an improvement over the food in the Rexall Place concessions.

LOL-- it's been a while since I've stepped through the doors of RX1 (being an out of province fan), and from what I remember, you need about 3 overpriced beers to prepare for the food and then another 2 or 3 to wash it down afterwards.

Of course, those were the days that March games determined whether or not we could sneak into the playoffs... man... I miss those days... meaningful spring hockey...

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#59 jr_christ
March 13 2014, 03:33PM
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The think that's really improved in gagner's game is that he doesn't just fall down randomly when near an opponent all the time.

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#60 jr_christ
March 13 2014, 03:34PM
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jr_christ wrote:

The think that's really improved in gagner's game is that he doesn't just fall down randomly when near an opponent all the time.

Wait... I'm a tier 2 fan. Am I allowed to comment?

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#61 Anton
March 13 2014, 03:36PM
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Just by numbers that Eberle looks ok for the past 2 seasons but somehow whenever I watch Eberle that I felt that he doesn't skate enough. He just like to shoot the puck a lot and looks lazy at times, he has a great sense of where the puck would be and score lots because of it. Nuge has not played this many games into the season and Eakins was having him on ice for more than 20 mins per game, he may just not physically able to adapt to the harsh minutes consider that he hasn't really build muscles much.

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#62 Zarny
March 13 2014, 03:41PM
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Jobs.

Personal pride.

To not be the laughing stock of the NHL.

It's easy to think of reasons to play for.

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#63 2015Playoffs?Nope!
March 13 2014, 03:43PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Fity Fist

Boys! That's the one and only beautiful thing about being an Oilers fan this year......you don't have to be conflicted.....you can cheer loudly for them in good conscience knowing that they're going to get their as**s handed to them on a platter. It's a win win.

Unless?...................the Blues get SCRIVENATED!

GDP: Oilers get outshot 61-12 and Win a 1-0 SHUTOUT! (Scrivens gets credited with an assist on the game winning goal)

BEN! BEN! BEN!

That would also mean that Scrivens just set the NHL record for most saves in a shutout in one game... the same record he destroyed a couple weeks ago. I like your optimism.

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#64 Zarny
March 13 2014, 03:43PM
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Randaman wrote:

One word; Eakins, Buchberger & Acton. Ok, three words.

I'll give you one word: Yakupov.

That's what's wrong with Yakupov this year.

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#65 Al Low
March 13 2014, 03:44PM
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Why does Eakins have Yak on the left wing now? It's almost like he's doing everything he can to get the kid to fail under his watch.

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#66 Stamsky Hemkos
March 13 2014, 03:44PM
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After watching Gagner's poor defensive play over and over again, I was hoping he would sit this game out and give Lander a shot.

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#67 Sean17
March 13 2014, 03:45PM
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Fraser is horrible at handling the puck. Good enough at D and breaking up the cycle. But a worse option then similar guys that have already been shipped outta town - Fistric, Schultz, Smid, Potter - so why keep him around? Is Eakins developing man crushes as a coach the way MacT did for the Toby Peterson's and Liam Reddox's of the world?

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#68 2015Playoffs?Nope!
March 13 2014, 03:46PM
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Oiltown3000 wrote:

RNH and Ebs are not be playing well right now. It seem like they don't want to play anymore and I wouldn't either because there is no use of playing if we're not playing in the playoffs.

Yet they are being paid the same salary as if it were oct 1. If eakins werent such a pussy, he would sit those two in hopes of waking them up by embarrassment.

either try 82 games a year, or go play somewhere else. That should be our mentality, but unfortunately, we give these high draft picks all the credit when we do well, and they skip all the blame when we dont.

Eakins talked about accountability and threw it out the window as soon as the season started.

Sounds pretty familiar.....Lowe

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#69 Benny Botts
March 13 2014, 03:47PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Fity Fist

Boys! That's the one and only beautiful thing about being an Oilers fan this year......you don't have to be conflicted.....you can cheer loudly for them in good conscience knowing that they're going to get their as**s handed to them on a platter. It's a win win.

Unless?...................the Blues get SCRIVENATED!

GDP: Oilers get outshot 61-12 and Win a 1-0 SHUTOUT! (Scrivens gets credited with an assist on the game winning goal)

BEN! BEN! BEN!

My name is Ben and I thoroughly enjoyed this comment.

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#70 Al Low
March 13 2014, 03:50PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

So you should fire the coach since one of your 20 year old players has had trouble adopting to it?

What exactly is the Eakins system anyways? He seems more intent on getting Ryan Smyth that powerplay record than helping the number one overall pick from 2 years ago become a better player. If there's one thing that shouldn't be wrong with this offensively talented group, it's the Power Play but Eakins has managed to make a complete mess of that, as well. Say what you want about Ralph Krueger but he, at least, had that part of the team clicking.

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#71 2015Playoffs?Nope!
March 13 2014, 03:53PM
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Al Low wrote:

What exactly is the Eakins system anyways? He seems more intent on getting Ryan Smyth that powerplay record than helping the number one overall pick from 2 years ago become a better player. If there's one thing that shouldn't be wrong with this offensively talented group, it's the Power Play but Eakins has managed to make a complete mess of that, as well. Say what you want about Ralph Krueger but he, at least, had that part of the team clicking.

Alberta seems to be missing the two most important Ralph's - Klein and Kruger.

Both were complained about when we had them, then missed when they left.

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#72 Anton
March 13 2014, 04:00PM
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Yak will likely get a 2 year deal much like what Habs offered to PK. It is a safe deal and team get the chance to see 2 more years down the road to see how he has developed.

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#73 Oiltown3000
March 13 2014, 04:03PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Coach Eakins called....said you can't be a fan anymore....cause you're a quitter......please turn in you're Oilers hat and jersey and change your login name to something without the word oil. That is all.

Nobody seems to listen to Eakins anymore. Anyways I'm not a quitter, if I was I wouldn't be wasting my time reading these articles.

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#74 Schmidty66
March 13 2014, 04:10PM
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Zarny wrote:

I'll give you one word: Yakupov.

That's what's wrong with Yakupov this year.

Yak proved himself last year only to be put back on the fourth line and in the pressbox this year. Eakins didn't give him a shot this year instead Smyth took his spot. Yak got upset and if I was a betting man he would love to punch Eakins in the nose along with most Oiler fans in this city. I know a billion coaching changes in the last 6 years but the clown we have now can barely find his way home from the rink on his bike. Just because we have had all of these coaches does not mean we have the correct one right now. Admit you made a mistake and move on. Maybe Eakins and Nelson could swap positions? Saving Mac T some face??

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#75 BobbyCanuck
March 13 2014, 04:19PM
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Play Gagner to up his value? You do realize that ALL of you that are saying this will be screaming bloody murder when he gets traded for a bag of pucks? Or my worst nightmare, you all will be screaming to keep him...because well, look how good he plays!

If you all have any hope of us making the play-offs in the next couple of years we have to trade RNH, Eberle, and Gagner. There is simply no room in the West for more then one smurf on the ice at any given time. These 3 players could add serious value to a big tough team which is lacking in some natural goal scoring talent. We get the messier v.2.0 and they get someone that can score goals, sounds fair to me.

I expect Hall, our only player of any trade value, to demand one around the middle of next season.

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#76 Rod from Viking
March 13 2014, 04:26PM
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2015Playoffs?Nope! wrote:

Alberta seems to be missing the two most important Ralph's - Klein and Kruger.

Both were complained about when we had them, then missed when they left.

I never complained about Ralph Klein, I bet he is rolling over in his grave over his replacement.

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#77 Craig1981
March 13 2014, 04:29PM
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Al Low wrote:

What exactly is the Eakins system anyways? He seems more intent on getting Ryan Smyth that powerplay record than helping the number one overall pick from 2 years ago become a better player. If there's one thing that shouldn't be wrong with this offensively talented group, it's the Power Play but Eakins has managed to make a complete mess of that, as well. Say what you want about Ralph Krueger but he, at least, had that part of the team clicking.

What I was saying was Yakupov's season and troubles should have little to no impact on Eakin's firing.

But in response to your question. Now yes last year we did have the 7th best PP in the NHL as compared to the 21st. 21rst is midrange which is what the Oil are offensively. No quarterback on the backend, no Top 20 offensive players, no big bodies with skill in front of the net. I'm sorry I just don't see players that make a top tier PP here. The Oilers overachieved last year on a small sample size. I don't hold Eakins accountable for that

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#78 2015Playoffs?Nope!
March 13 2014, 04:30PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I never complained about Ralph Klein, I bet he is rolling over in his grave over his replacement.

Nor did I. I saw the value that klein brought to alberta, and how he did everything possible to make us a debt-free province. Now look at us...

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#79 Oiler Al
March 13 2014, 04:33PM
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BobbyCanuck wrote:

Play Gagner to up his value? You do realize that ALL of you that are saying this will be screaming bloody murder when he gets traded for a bag of pucks? Or my worst nightmare, you all will be screaming to keep him...because well, look how good he plays!

If you all have any hope of us making the play-offs in the next couple of years we have to trade RNH, Eberle, and Gagner. There is simply no room in the West for more then one smurf on the ice at any given time. These 3 players could add serious value to a big tough team which is lacking in some natural goal scoring talent. We get the messier v.2.0 and they get someone that can score goals, sounds fair to me.

I expect Hall, our only player of any trade value, to demand one around the middle of next season.

Hey Bobby Cansuck, isnt it a little early in the day to be chewing on those west coast mushrooms.

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#80 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 13 2014, 04:37PM
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Anton wrote:

Just by numbers that Eberle looks ok for the past 2 seasons but somehow whenever I watch Eberle that I felt that he doesn't skate enough. He just like to shoot the puck a lot and looks lazy at times, he has a great sense of where the puck would be and score lots because of it. Nuge has not played this many games into the season and Eakins was having him on ice for more than 20 mins per game, he may just not physically able to adapt to the harsh minutes consider that he hasn't really build muscles much.

That's odd....the Oilers bought him a $6,000,000 gym membership........Just kidding....

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#81 Rod from Viking
March 13 2014, 04:39PM
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Sean17 wrote:

Fraser is horrible at handling the puck. Good enough at D and breaking up the cycle. But a worse option then similar guys that have already been shipped outta town - Fistric, Schultz, Smid, Potter - so why keep him around? Is Eakins developing man crushes as a coach the way MacT did for the Toby Peterson's and Liam Reddox's of the world?

I see a lot of hate for Fraser and I don't get it, he plays within his limitations and plays hard.Fraser is a 7/8 d man but he is the only one that makes life miserable for the other team around the net, pairing him with Larsen was a disaster but with Schultz he has been serviceable, he also practices very hard. It would be nice to have his size and toughness with more skill but until Nurse gets here or a trade is made I think he is a good guy to have at least for the rest of this year. I don't expect Backus and Ott will be quite as willing to crash the net with him on the ice.

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#82 DisappointedFan
March 13 2014, 04:42PM
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@Zarny

Anyone who still thinks that it's Eakins, Buchy, or Father Will that's the problem, with respect to Yakupov, needs to give their head a shake. He's doing exactly what we saw with Omark in training camp. "trying too hard to force plays...trying to hard to do it all themselves...getting too caught up and making mistakes...not doing the little things."

If we could compare what Arcobello did when he was on the ice to Yakupov, his first instinct was always to make the smart defensive move and try to take advantage of whatever happened from there. Playing hard on the puck, battling to keep it in your teams possession and being aware of where everyone else was so you could put yourself into position.

Yakupov doesn't do any of that...he tries to take on every situation with a high risk mentality that is easy to do in junior but next to impossible in the NHL.

When Yakupov starts playing like he's in the NHL and realizes he's no longer the most talented player on the ice and that he needs to work hard to get things going...he will start to succeed.

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#83 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 13 2014, 04:43PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I never complained about Ralph Klein, I bet he is rolling over in his grave over his replacement.

I felt better about Alberta when Ralph was King.

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#84 Alsker
March 13 2014, 04:46PM
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vetinari wrote:

Okay sheep, smear this bar-b-q- sauce all over your bodies and just step right through that gate into the lions' den... it'll only hurt for 60 minutes...

So that makes Eakins the shepherd that leads his flock to the slaughter,fitting. Hope it only lasts 60 minutes, Backes & co. seem like the type that enjoy playing(embarrassing) their prey.

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#85 jr_christ
March 13 2014, 04:46PM
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We actually run a pretty high risk of being a decent team next year if we keep these goalies...

That means we can't come on here and vent our anger.

Are we all going to get sprayed by firemen on whyte ave again if we win a playoff game in the near future? That was fun.

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#86 Fresh Mess
March 13 2014, 04:47PM
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@DisappointedFan

Two sensible and realistic comments in a row regarding Fail...how refreshing and uncharacteristic of ON.

Drafting Yak was another blunder. Just think what that draft pick would have fetched in trade.

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#87 DisappointedFan
March 13 2014, 04:52PM
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Schmidty66 wrote:

Yak proved himself last year only to be put back on the fourth line and in the pressbox this year. Eakins didn't give him a shot this year instead Smyth took his spot. Yak got upset and if I was a betting man he would love to punch Eakins in the nose along with most Oiler fans in this city. I know a billion coaching changes in the last 6 years but the clown we have now can barely find his way home from the rink on his bike. Just because we have had all of these coaches does not mean we have the correct one right now. Admit you made a mistake and move on. Maybe Eakins and Nelson could swap positions? Saving Mac T some face??

Yak didn't prove himself last year...Yak showed that given a new powerplay and new team system he was able to capitalize on teams.

Remember when Yak had that huge drought mid/late season last year...yah that's because every team in the NHL figured out Yak does the same thing every time and cut him off. You're seeing a continuation of that now and you're seeing what happens when teams figure out how to play off of a junior level player.

You could call him Eakins/Quinn/Renney/MacT/Torts/whoever, Yak would get benched on any team in this league with the performance he had at the beginning of this season. Heck I'd have sent him to OKC LONG AGO, but they kept him up and give him a chance to show what he's worth...and he has spurts of good play...and he has stretches of terrible play.

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#88 Alsker
March 13 2014, 04:53PM
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@DisappointedFan

First, Yak looks like he's scared shi[less to f*ck up and end up back in the press box. When instict and ability are deemed a negative you ruin the player. It is up to the coach to put the players abilities to best use NOT reprogram a first over all pick. Eakins is not the smartest guy in the room. As for Arco(love the guy) where did all his hard work get him. Nowhere, that's where!!!! What message does that give to the room??? Reports out of Russia say Yakimov is heading over next season, I for 1 am looking forward to a line of Yakimov,Yakipov, & Perron. It's time Eakins figures out how to adjust his sh*t to match the talent he is given!!

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#89 DisappointedFan
March 13 2014, 04:54PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Two sensible and realistic comments in a row regarding Fail...how refreshing and uncharacteristic of ON.

Drafting Yak was another blunder. Just think what that draft pick would have fetched in trade.

You have me thinking this comment is laced with sarcasm...but then you say Fail instead of Nail and I can't figure out what side you are taking in this.

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#90 admiralmark
March 13 2014, 04:58PM
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Anybody else thought of the possibility Gagner plays decently for the rest the year and they decide to keep him? I can see it happening. And it kinda makes me cry on the inside.

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#91 DisappointedFan
March 13 2014, 05:02PM
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@Alsker

Okay, so it was poor handling by MacT and Yakupov should have been sent to OKC 5 games into the season is what you're saying?

If Yakupov were about average on the team for +/- and give aways, I'd say "you're absolutely right" but he is pretty far down the stats sheet and consistently a liability when he's on the ice. Just watch one shift, and you'll see how much I'd never want the puck on his stick.

When he's ON HIS GAME, he plays great...but he's not on his game often. I'm sorry, but he's playing like he's still in junior and it's not the coaches fault that he can't handle the pressure. The coach isn't on the ice whispering into his ear "pass it to the other team Yak...loosen your grip on the puck Yak..."

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#92 Spydyr
March 13 2014, 05:03PM
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Zarny wrote:

Jobs.

Personal pride.

To not be the laughing stock of the NHL.

It's easy to think of reasons to play for.

"To not be the laughing stock of the NHL".

About four years too late for that.

See: desert---wondering.

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#93 Alsker
March 13 2014, 05:05PM
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admiralmark wrote:

Anybody else thought of the possibility Gagner plays decently for the rest the year and they decide to keep him? I can see it happening. And it kinda makes me cry on the inside.

This would be the fifth, maybe sixth year out of Gags' career that he impresses after the team is dead in the water and the trade deadline is passed. I could care less if he scores 20 goals in the last 20 games, when it counts you can not count on him, period end of discussion. Hope MacT can package him into a decent trade at the draft(but that contract is gonna make it very hard).

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#94 Shredder
March 13 2014, 05:15PM
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Spydyr wrote:

"To not be the laughing stock of the NHL".

About four years too late for that.

See: desert---wondering.

Aside from one year when we had the best defenseman in the NHL, we've been desert wondering for over 20 years. Sure we squeeked into the playoffs for a few years from 97 to 2003 (not all of them mind you) - but that was a budget team full of rookies, and they played their hearts out. But other than that magical 06 run where we caught lightning in a bottle, what have we done? Beat Dallas in a first round playoff matchup? Other than 91 and earlier, we have been known as a team that is not good. Teams have thought they can and should beat us routinely. Lately we've been seeing a whole lot of backup goaltending at the other end of the rink. Four years too late? We are a lot further than that.

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#95 Alsker
March 13 2014, 05:15PM
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@DisappointedFan

He probably should have spent all of last year in the KHL, this year in OKC(if he could). Development is crucial, and as we have seen with Gags, RNH and Hall rushing guys is not the best route. With Yak he left his homeland at 16 to go to a foreign land to play his sport to better prepare him for his ultimate goal. That took serious balls. Hes got the ability, the attitude, the ambition, its the coaching staff that have to prove they can polish this diamond in the rough. And yes, some time in OKC would have been awesome for Yak. Coach Nelson knows what he's doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#96 Dog Train
March 13 2014, 05:25PM
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We are encountering a juggernaut tonight folks. Scrivens will need to stand on his head for this one to not get out of hand. I'll say a comfortable 3-1 win for the Blues.

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#97 Harry
March 13 2014, 05:26PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Fity Fist

Boys! That's the one and only beautiful thing about being an Oilers fan this year......you don't have to be conflicted.....you can cheer loudly for them in good conscience knowing that they're going to get their as**s handed to them on a platter. It's a win win.

Unless?...................the Blues get SCRIVENATED!

GDP: Oilers get outshot 61-12 and Win a 1-0 SHUTOUT! (Scrivens gets credited with an assist on the game winning goal)

BEN! BEN! BEN!

The goalie on my ball hockey team was Price's backup in midget. He said they would go to tournaments and win games 1-0 after being outshot 70-15!!

In Scrivens we trust

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#98 Harry
March 13 2014, 05:30PM
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Zarny wrote:

I'll give you one word: Yakupov.

That's what's wrong with Yakupov this year.

I totally agree. Drafting Yakupov was a huge mistake. Guys like him, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk ect....theyre all the same. Lazy and dont give a flying F66k

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#99 Smokey
March 13 2014, 05:58PM
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Harry wrote:

I totally agree. Drafting Yakupov was a huge mistake. Guys like him, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk ect....theyre all the same. Lazy and dont give a flying F66k

Am much as I like Murray, he has been injured 70 percent of his pro career, and Galchenyuk is just about as aweful as Yakupov.

Yakupov was a consensus 1st overall pick most of that year. Hall or Nuge weren't even that. The right guy was taken, hes 19. He is suppose to struggle for the first few years.

I think the question is why haven't we moved him for right building block or that we should move him for the right piece. Thats a valid statement.

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#100 Anton (still waiting for playoffs)
March 13 2014, 06:08PM
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On the bright side, Chris Stewart is not Blues anymore.

When Omark finally decided to come to North America that he was already 23 years old and Yakupov was actually only 15 when he decided that he wants to play the best hockey. Also whoever has problem with how Yakupov playing needs a reality check, this is only his second year and who else from that year's draft that you can possibly argue is better right now? Majority of them are still playing in minors. Maybe you can argue in the short run of Hertl was better, then anyone that play next to Joe Thronton will be good (remember Cheechoo?) What Oilers should do is by letting Yakupov playing in AHL instead of sat him at press box or bury him at 4th line which in both are just wasting his development. His defensive play? Does Eberle has any? You figure that Eberle is a bit older and more experienced would know how to commit to defense better but apparently he is not really much more committed then a sophomore.

Once if Eakins ever dare to put Eberle on 4th line then tell me how he plays his defense compare to Yakupov. You know what, I do hope that Yakupov can get traded so he will actually be a better player than stay in Edmonton getting wasted by incompetent managements, clueless coaches, and unrealistic fans. As long as the fans can never have any realistic expectations that Oilers will be forever know as a place either killing careers or a gateway to other real hockey teams.

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