“I got your back!”

Jason Strudwick
March 14 2014 09:54AM

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Everyone has said the phrase above to a family member or friend at some point in their lives.

Who hasn’t had a buddy that needed some cash for lunch and you stepped up to help out?

Who hasn’t been out with a buddy for a night on the town and you meet up with a couple of girls? One is attractive and the other is a little bit rougher around the edges. Your bro is really into the hot one. As a good friend you step into the breach and are a good wing man.

Who hasn’t had to help out a family member with a big or small helping hand? Maybe you don’t really have the time or desire to do it but you are there for your family.

I believe a hockey team needs to be a close knit group. There should be a respect for each other’s abilities and skill sets. There needs to be an understanding of what every player contributes to the group, some more than others, but each one contributes to success.

I don’t think everyone needs to be best friends. There is no need to share your life with each and every teammate. At times a blow up is healthy. It clears the air. If two guys decide they need to come to blows, get after it. It is healthy on a team.

I don’t think everyone has to enjoy each other’s company. I have been on teams where linemates didn’t hang out away from the ice. That is fine as long as there is respect.

But….once you leave the room to play a game everyone becomes united. Each individual unites under one banner or better yet team logo. You play for each other, stick together and support one another.

The Oilers have had a hell of a rough season. For many fans, expectations were set too high and a slow start has brought them to the point of giving up. Another lottery pick is a long way from the playoffs…..again.

I did not expect this team to make the playoffs nor did I expect a lottery pick. I would never have expected to see the lack of team unity I have seen too often this season.

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Twice against the Blues on Thursday night, Taylor Hall was a part of scrums. Both times it started with Blues goalie Ryan Miller. I want to focus on the second incident.

Hall was called for off side. After the whistle, he took a very light backhand shot on Miller. The Blues took exception. I have no problem with their reaction. Most teams would react the same.

The first Blues player to confront Hall was Vladimir Tarasenko. He was quickly joined by Jay Bouwmeester. They were pushing Hall around. A third player Blues player jumped in before one Oiler arrived.

Bouwmeester and Tarasenko are big players but I can’t imagine anyone is fearful of them. With thirty two penalty minutes between the two of them we can safely assume they are not aggressive even if you have never watched them play a second.

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Hall was left to his own with the players. No one rushed over to even out the numbers. Mark Fraser was intercepted but that left Hall’s linemates and Justin Schultz.

There is no excuse for not coming to his aid. He is a teammate, one of the team’s best players, he deserves the support.

When a scrum arose four if not five Blues players were always in the picture. The Oilers were lucky to have two. Where was the support? Did the other guys pull the old “What happened? I didn’t see it!”

Imagine if the situation were reversed. If Jaden Schwartz had got involved with Scrivens. Is there anyone who believes there would not have been all his buddies right there with him? For sure! Front and center!

Why were the Oilers not there you ask? Two reasons I hope…. One reason I don’t hope.

1 – I hope it is the youth in the higher minute players. They are unsure how to handle these situations.

2 - I hope it is the lack of the feeling of ability to handle those situations. They feel they lack size or that skill set. The good news is it can be taught. It is very easy to go into a pile and hold on to a guy from behind.

The one reason I hope they don’t go to help teammates is they don’t care to. This is very scary if it is actually true. This would mean they feel it is every man for himself. There is not a sense of team inside the dressing room. How can you ask guys to hold each other accountable when there is no sense of team?

I don’t think and don’t want to believe there is not enough care in that room for each other.

The next time there is a scrum where a player is isolated I will be interested to see the group’s reaction.

If I were the coach, after tonight’s game I would have blown the roof off yelling at my team for this.  

We have seen the group come together in the past. I am reminded of Yakupov and the Jets situation with Ladd and company. I loved that! Showed that the guys were together.

After last night’s display I wonder where that has gone or if that was an anomaly. Do they really have each other’s back in that dressing room?

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Jason hosts the Jason Strudwick show from 9pm to 12am, weeknights on the team 1260. He is an instructor at Mount Carmel Hockey Academy and loves working with the kids. Having played over 650 games in the NHL, Jason has some great stories and unique takes on life in the NHL. He loves Slurpees and Blizzards. Dislikes baggy clothes and close talkers.
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#1 Jerry the sailor
March 14 2014, 10:05AM
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Struds should coach this team. Keep it coming, call it like it is.

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#2 Sevenseven
March 14 2014, 10:06AM
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Hall should call out Eakins publicly on his attitude towards no payback, not getting into scrums. Stick his neck out and show how much that clown has lost the room. I think Eakins is to blame for the lack of cohesion in the locker room, Especially with the toughness Mac T brought in this year.

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#3 Max
March 14 2014, 10:10AM
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Jason - good article. I truly believe the guys are sick and tired of this losing cycle, of the coaching changes and the lack of chemistry throughout the team and coaching staff. Unfortunately, the youngsters have had no continuous direction or stability on the benches. Is Eakins the right one going forward? I seriously doubt it. He is certainly not Mr. Personality and his coaching methods seem quite off whack. The say a new broom sweeps clean, well, Eakins certainly has the bristles but he doesn't have the experience or ability to mold these players in to a team. Until this happens, we are in big trouble. MacT has made some great trades/picks, but his biggest mistake was hiring another new head coach - especially one with no NHL experience. All well and good to hire a rookie HC for a team at the top of their game, not to teach rookie players. The Renney/Krueger tandem was working well - look at Tom Renney now, look at Krueger - top men passed over on a whim because someone had "grit speak." The team are miserable, the fans are depressed, the coaching staff? "Hey, we know what we have to do," well, seems like we just don't seem to be able or wish to do it. I for one am sick to death of hearing that same old line day in day out from Eakins AND the players. If they know what they have to do to win consistently, then for God's sake DO IT

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#4 Tyler
March 14 2014, 10:11AM
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Great read strudwick! I've came to the conclusion that outside of David Perron, Our group of Core players can be referred to as "pussies". Some of you may not like that term but it's the best way to describe them. Have you ever seen Shultz or ebs get mad?? They may roll there eyes after a bad call or slam there stick on the ice after making a mistake but I've NEVER seen them truly loose there cool. And to me that's a major issue. Every team employs a few "pussies" but a team will never be successful if 5/6 of their top players are "pussies". This team needs anger in the worst possible way.

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#5 The Towel Boy
March 14 2014, 10:17AM
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I wonder how Hall is perceived by his teammates?

Do they think he's a knob for screaming "F&CK!!!" and smashing his stick on the boards every time a play doesn't work out or he doesn't get a penalty call?

Or do they appreciate his competitive spirit because he yells "F*CK!!" alot?

I know if I despise the guy I play hockey with, I'm not gonna go to bat and get punched in the face for him.

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#6 DrDave
March 14 2014, 10:19AM
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Too soft around all the edges of this team... No wonder we are the league's joke...

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#7 ThatButthurtOilersFan
March 14 2014, 10:25AM
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Eakins must have lost have lost the room. When you come out to a tied third period like that... Really tempted to think that we should have Todd Nelson as coach next year.

Also, Hall getting gang banged and no one helping him is the most disheartening thing ever.

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#8 He Who Knows
March 14 2014, 10:27AM
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Bang on Struds, this is the one aspect that rattles me to the core. Players need to stick up for each other at all times. I see more team unity in beer leagues. This has been going on for too long. This is why you need guys like Gator, chopper, Staios, Struds....even Souray would beat the crap out of someone if his teammate was getting pushed around (remember Cal Clutterbuck?).

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#9 Reagan
March 14 2014, 10:31AM
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Regardless of last nights outcome they showed up as a team last night! We can tall about how badly they were out played last night but the stomach gutcheck was there. Now only if this would happen in a nightly basis... Here hoping for next year. Good game regardless the poor outcome

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#10 shifty203
March 14 2014, 10:33AM
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@Struds

From the article: "The first Blues player to confront Hall was Vladimir Tarasenko. He was quickly joined by Jay Bouwmeester. They were pushing Hall around. A third player Blues player jumped in before one Oiler arrived. "

I've seen the replay a couple times. It looked like J-Bo just grabbed Hall, and stepped between him and Tarasenko. Looked like he was trying to calm it down. I didn't see him give Hall a facewash or anything.

It's odd to me, that not even Eb's jumps in when Hall is in the middle of scrums. Always looks like they're tight, so can't believe his buddy wouldn't jump in when they're on the ice together.

Then again, Hall never looks interested in standing up for himself, so why would anyone else?

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#11 scotian oiler
March 14 2014, 10:34AM
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@The Towel Boy

Regardless if you like or dislike your teammate for his passion, gotta say hall shows it every game, you stick together. People like you need to be punched in the face. I wouldn't want you on my team, I'd probably punch you in the face myself. Go play soccer or cricket.

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#12 Tikkanese
March 14 2014, 10:37AM
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Gazdic had Smytty's back when Reaves was after Smytty.

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#13 Jimmer
March 14 2014, 10:40AM
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There is no "I" in TEAM...but there sure is in OILERS.

Culture of losing has led to a culture of looking after number one.

I miss guys like Messier and Weight.

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#14 vetinari
March 14 2014, 10:44AM
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@ Struds -- I'm guessing it's a little of all the above, including a bit of "let's just get out of this game, and this season, and try again in the fall".

The player's "give a dam meter" flat-lined about November and although its had a dead cat bounce once in a while, they really do look like they are finished for the year.

So, is this a coaching issue? A player support issue? Or a player experience issue?

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#15 ColourMeImpressed
March 14 2014, 10:46AM
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I noticed Yakupov will jump in now, though sometimes it takes him a second to realize what's going on, and he'll at least wrap an arm around someone and prevent him from going in.

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#16 GriffCity
March 14 2014, 10:46AM
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J.Schultz and Petry are honestly all-world pansies and should be under the spotlight for their consistent soft play. ZERO upper body strength on these two fairies and it is a joke to watch. I realize Petry was not on the ice during this dust up but time and time again he is out muscled and outworked, usually right in front of his own net.

While it was disheartening not to see more players rush in to the aid of Hall, it makes you wonder what kind of a locker room guy he is. Is he a great team guy who cares about his teammates and plays for them? Or is he a selfish, self-intitled primadonna who thinks he is Gods gift to this team and better than everyone else so that is why they don't mind him getting whats coming to him?

That is a disturbing question to have to ask.

I found it ironically funny that our best player last night hands down was the former STL blues cast-off David Perron. The guy really knows how to get under your skin while not looking like such a dirty player. We could use a couple more Perrons. STL is a hell of a team though and the Oilers...well, aren't.

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#17 oilerjed
March 14 2014, 10:46AM
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Was it me or was that a record for the most people being thrown out without a punch being thrown. Thought it was a little awkward for Hall when he was in the box and the Refs were sorting things out. Looked to me like he was really pushing for the ref to give him a 10min misconduct so he could get tossed too. The look on his face when he realised he had to wait it out was kind of funny but mostly sad .

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#18 Bishai in the Benches
March 14 2014, 10:48AM
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@The Towel Boy

By all accounts Eberle and Hall are best buddies, but I think Eberle would be last (now that hemmer is gone) to get involved in a scrum, even if it was his best friend. I think it's more-so a combo of struds points 1 and 2. Even if I hate a guy on my own team, I'll still go to bat for him because hockey is highly emotional and I'm competitive. People see a hockey game as "us vs them" or "good guys vs bad guys", and I think even a dink in the dressing room should get protection because he's wearing the same jersey as you.

Just my thoughts. The oilers need to be taught how to stick up for themselves and others. As much as I hate to bring in another "old boy", messier would be perfect for this squad.

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#19 Gordie Wayne
March 14 2014, 10:50AM
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Struds...one of your best articles.

To me, it is obviously #2:

"2 - I hope it is the lack of the feeling of ability to handle those situations. They feel they lack size or that skill set. The good news is it can be taught. It is very easy to go into a pile and hold on to a guy from behind. "

Most of our players never had to do this a lot on their junior teams because they were the stars of their teams. The real question is, if this is something that can be easily taught, then why hasn't Eakins taught it to them??? I know he has preached about this in the past, but is he doing any teaching to go along with his preaching (my guess is no). Frustrating to say the least...

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#20 Will
March 14 2014, 10:51AM
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That's it, call Denzel.

The Oilers need to go remember the Titans somewhere. Take em to Vimmy Ridge for training camp or something.

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#21 The Towel Boy
March 14 2014, 10:55AM
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@scotian oiler

People like you need to be punched in the face. I wouldn't want you on my team, I'd probably punch you in the face myself. Go play soccer or cricket.

Hey now, turn to the douche nozzle down a few notches.

It's possible to disagree with someone without being a dick, you know.

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#22 Mikey
March 14 2014, 10:57AM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

I wonder how Hall is perceived by his teammates?

Do they think he's a knob for screaming "F&CK!!!" and smashing his stick on the boards every time a play doesn't work out or he doesn't get a penalty call?

Or do they appreciate his competitive spirit because he yells "F*CK!!" alot?

I know if I despise the guy I play hockey with, I'm not gonna go to bat and get punched in the face for him.

You should always stick up for your teammate. Even if you despise him.

Unless the guy is a joke and always dives. I played with one guy who would grab an oppositions stick and hit himself with it. I got tired of the "boy who cried wolf" act.

I always stick up for my teammates. But on some teams I stopped. When ever I got into a scrum, no one came to back me up. So over time I started to stop running into the scrum to grab someone. I bet this is how some of the oilers feel.

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#23 Randaman
March 14 2014, 10:59AM
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Reagan wrote:

Regardless of last nights outcome they showed up as a team last night! We can tall about how badly they were out played last night but the stomach gutcheck was there. Now only if this would happen in a nightly basis... Here hoping for next year. Good game regardless the poor outcome

Please pull your head out of your a$$! What game did you watch? Maybe you have been overdoing the Kool-aid. This top six group needs to be partially changed for more size and grit for more balance (See: St. Louis Blues). Eberle and Yak need to be jetisoned this summer to aquire these missing pieces. Gagner and a pick and a prospect should garner a top 2 D-man to mentor the youth as they mature. Also, the "C" is on the wrong jersey. Messier, Gator, Chopper or even Weight would not have stood for this CRAP!

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#24 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
March 14 2014, 10:59AM
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Newsflash: The assistant coaches are incompetent. I am very confident that if they are replaced by eakins' choice for staff we would see immediate changes... everywhere. Less goals against, more responsible two plays and slightly better defence...

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#25 The Towel Boy
March 14 2014, 11:01AM
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@Bishai in the Benches

Hey fair points.

All I was trying to say is that maybe dressing room politics come in to play with on-ice decisions.

This is a different generation of hockey player than the old school "YOU LOOKED CROSS EYED AT MY GUY NOW I GOTTA PUNCH YOU FOR IT" generation. It's the ME generation.

I'm not even condoning it, really.

I'd like to see a team stick together no matter wha...just postulating a theory, that's all.

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#26 Randaman
March 14 2014, 11:02AM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Gazdic had Smytty's back when Reaves was after Smytty.

Agreed but Gazdic is the only one with this mindset.

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#27 Randaman
March 14 2014, 11:07AM
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ONTARIO OILERS FAN wrote:

Newsflash: The assistant coaches are incompetent. I am very confident that if they are replaced by eakins' choice for staff we would see immediate changes... everywhere. Less goals against, more responsible two plays and slightly better defence...

Fire them all! I bet Ted Nolan will be available after the season with what happened in Buffalo. He won't put up with this lack of effort or lack of caring. Guaranteed!!

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#28 Reagan
March 14 2014, 11:07AM
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@Randaman

It is obvious that the sarcasm was missed, dumba$$

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#29 mayorblaine
March 14 2014, 11:08AM
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i hate fighting. despise. never done it. i have though tried twice to get engaged, it never went down that path (thankfully for my teeth).

both times were because my buddies (close friends) were in the mix or being targeted. i'm not tiny but not a monster either, but be sure there is no way on this green earth that i don't go to bat for them. hate fighting or not.

i will always have their back, and them mine. it's not a question.

the Oilers well....that was sad to see.

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#30 westcoastoil
March 14 2014, 11:11AM
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The reality is the guys that other teams want to push around on Edm are the Oilers top 6 skill group, and if it's a scrum in front of the nets it's the forwards that are closest players there. They need 2 tough grumpy vets who are big enough to push back - that will let everyone else stand a little taller. Ladd would be manna from heaven - can't get him, but that's the type of player needed. Until then they'll keep getting sand kicked in their face

Having Messier in the box up high does not help

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#31 Spydyr
March 14 2014, 11:13AM
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This has been mentioned by some here for years.Then the stats guys say the corsi what about the corsi.

Bottom line a team needs to play as a team have each others back and for the love of all things hockey have some players with grit and balls on the team.

It is not a coincidence the Oilers have been the softest team in the NHL going on eight years now the same amount of time outside the playoffs.

Too many pussies not enough men on this team.

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#32 J
March 14 2014, 11:14AM
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Hi, im doing a paper on hockey for school and was wondering were i could find what the average 2013 2014 salary is. Thanks

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#33 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
March 14 2014, 11:20AM
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I have trashes for this:

"Newsflash: The assistant coaches are incompetent. I am very confident that if they are replaced by eakins' choice for [his own]staff we would see immediate changes... everywhere. Less goals against, more responsible two [way]plays and slightly better defence...

Well, since that suggestion got me trashes, let's keep things unchanged and all should be happy with our Oilers.

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#34 Bishai in the Benches
March 14 2014, 11:24AM
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J wrote:

Hi, im doing a paper on hockey for school and was wondering were i could find what the average 2013 2014 salary is. Thanks

The NHL recently introduced a salary cap which makes calculating average salaries very difficult. For example, Dustin Byfuglien has a stipulation in his contract that provides him 25% of his salary in doughnuts if he is playing under 280 pounds. But I would guess that the average NHL salary is approximately 6,948,000,000 rupees (standard currency used by the NHL, as per the new CBA -better exchange rate). However the average salary is expected to go up next year, because Linus Omark will be needing a new salary.

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#35 freelancer
March 14 2014, 11:25AM
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We don't just need more face punchers on this team, you know what the only kind of deterrence that works is? Team deterrence. If another team wants to take a whack at any of our guys, they should know that whoever is on the ice is going to get in their face. I'm not expecting Nuge to drop the gloves every game, but they all need to show that same kind of comradery. Right now, it's not just the not fighting it's this level of apathy that goes through our entire lineup.

That's the most painful thing as a fan to watch.

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#36 Bishai in the Benches
March 14 2014, 11:25AM
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@The Towel Boy

Very true, but I would hope that the Oilers manage to keep this childishness outside of their room. They are stuck playing together for 82 games, hopefully they'd realize it's in their best interests to get along, play as a team, and protect each other.

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#37 City of Champignons
March 14 2014, 11:28AM
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I couldn't agree more. THat was really sad to see. Although Hall didn't really stick up for himself either. He gave the obligatory face wash (weakly) but allowed himself to be pushed around.

There were a number of times that kind of stuff happened - I'm thinking specifically when Schwartz runs into Scrivens on the 2 on 1. He's going for his hat trick goal in a 6-2 game, runs into Scrivens. Gagner literally sits on his ass chewing his mouthguard and waits for Schwartz to get up like nothing happened. Come on. Show some emotion.

Pussies.

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#38 GriffCity
March 14 2014, 11:31AM
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Oh, on a side note, David Backes is a beast! Thats the kind of player you need to lead your team and wear the "C". What an absolute world beater this guy is, big, strong, and can play the game. I watched one play where Ganger slightly bumped into Ryan Miller and Backes came in and shouldered Gagner so hard he yard saled and hit the ice - problem solved. Fearless that guy and hard to play against. STL should win the cup this year and Backes is a huge reason for that.

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#39 Tikkanese
March 14 2014, 11:32AM
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Randaman wrote:

Agreed but Gazdic is the only one with this mindset.

Hendricks, Ference and Fraser would disagree.

Smytty and Perron would never fight, but they'll at least grab someone. The rest of the team however...

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#40 Randaman
March 14 2014, 11:34AM
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ONTARIO OILERS FAN wrote:

I have trashes for this:

"Newsflash: The assistant coaches are incompetent. I am very confident that if they are replaced by eakins' choice for [his own]staff we would see immediate changes... everywhere. Less goals against, more responsible two [way]plays and slightly better defence...

Well, since that suggestion got me trashes, let's keep things unchanged and all should be happy with our Oilers.

Not true. I trashed you because you only want the assistants fired. I say clean house and bring in a coaching staff with some Fire!! This staring off into space (Eakins), checking my rolex (Buchberger) or staring at the floor (Smith). Acton may be of use to a new coach (Ted Nolan, yes I know I like Nolan, does team Latvia ring a bell).

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#41 oilerjed
March 14 2014, 11:36AM
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@ Jason Strudwick

Its starts at the top. Lets see if any of the Oilers coaching/management staff stick up for Yak after Dregers rant last night. Whether its true or not(most likely not) how can they stand by and say nothing and expect anything less from their players. We can be pretty sure Eakins wont do it.

As a player how would you look at this?

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#42 Randaman
March 14 2014, 11:36AM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Hendricks, Ference and Fraser would disagree.

Smytty and Perron would never fight, but they'll at least grab someone. The rest of the team however...

Understood but Eakins is too stupid to put Gazdic on the top line for a shift or two, probably because he would not keep up but there are others in this league that would. Trades are required besides the fourth line and #7 D men.

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#43 Quicksilver ballet
March 14 2014, 11:38AM
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We can't say we're all surprised this rebuild hasn't gone as planned. The same people are still in charge who got them into this mess, making mistakes at every turn. Good thing the leader knows so much about winning, hate to see how bad things could get without his input.

Wash, rinse and repeat. Suck it up you bunch of buttercups. This management group isn't going anywhere. So, shut the puck up and keep filling those seats every game night. It's the only thing type 1 and periodically type 2 fans are good at. Know your role......you bunch of sheep. Infinibuild confirmed.

Go Redwings!

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#44 Jordan1126
March 14 2014, 11:41AM
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I notice Perron is always engaged, getting under the opponents skin and especially the goalies....he must have heart X 1 million considering he willingly does this knowing he has 0 backup

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#45 laughing pug
March 14 2014, 11:53AM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Gazdic had Smytty's back when Reaves was after Smytty.

Gazdic has everybody's back. Always. That's the pure definition of a guy that's in it for the team.

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#46 Hayek
March 14 2014, 11:53AM
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Jason, you're a dinosaur

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#47 The Funky Chicken Has Left The Building
March 14 2014, 11:58AM
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Rather than watching 'Oil Change' (..gawd I hate that guys voice...) see the true Oiler 'rebuild' process here... http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmt3uh_homer-trying-to-do-a-bbq_shortfilms

When players don't stand up for each other it indicates that they've given up and that they would much prefer to be somewhere else.

Oh how a Daryl Katz hockey analogy laced speech would be a pick me up right about now.

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#48 Tikkanese
March 14 2014, 12:01PM
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Randaman wrote:

Understood but Eakins is too stupid to put Gazdic on the top line for a shift or two, probably because he would not keep up but there are others in this league that would. Trades are required besides the fourth line and #7 D men.

Agree but I think Gazdic could keep up. He skates pretty well and I recall him skating well enough to lay hits on JBo and a couple other fleet footed stars this year.

Hopefully MacT can score the next Chris Stewart or two when they become available.

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#49 Quicksilver ballet
March 14 2014, 12:01PM
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mayorblaine wrote:

i hate fighting. despise. never done it. i have though tried twice to get engaged, it never went down that path (thankfully for my teeth).

both times were because my buddies (close friends) were in the mix or being targeted. i'm not tiny but not a monster either, but be sure there is no way on this green earth that i don't go to bat for them. hate fighting or not.

i will always have their back, and them mine. it's not a question.

the Oilers well....that was sad to see.

You're missing out on life then there buddy. Overcoming the fear of being a victim is part of the growing up process. Life gets better when you can stare fear in the eyes and ram it down their throat when needed.

Learn to walk with your head up, and look people in the eyes. Be a leader. You may be surprised at how enjoyable fighting can be. I use to fight (till my mid 30's) for entertainment/recreational purposes and well as when necessary. Toughest part for me was trying to fight while laughing at the same time. Watching out for a teammate and controlling your opponent is the type of multitasking any man should be able to handle.

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#50 tylerpmoney
March 14 2014, 12:06PM
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I'm sorry, but watching those scrums bothered me for two reasons. Taylor Hall, you are 6'1 205 lbs, you can stand up for yourself as well. Instead of looking scared and trying to avoid the situation, why don't you push back? Honestly! I'm not trying to say he needs to fight someone like Dorset and get hurt, but for crying out loud stand up for yourself!!!!! To me with how he was, and how the rest of his teammates are not attempting to get involved in any altercations shows me that they have quit on this season and on each other. It's pathetic. How you let Tarasenko and Bouwmeester push you around and do nothing is embarassing. The Change in the top 6 needs to be made. We need someone who can play that will punch back when we get punched.

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