“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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#51 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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#52 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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#53 mayorblaine
March 14 2014, 12:37PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

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.

if that's what you think a leader does, oh boy.

i'll just assume this facetious.

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#54 VK63
March 14 2014, 12:40PM
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the word is "pussy".

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#55 Freewheeling Freddie
March 14 2014, 12:47PM
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Hey are Moose Dupont Dave "the Hammer "Schultz"or Bob Houndog Kelly available. This team needs a serious intervention. Bucky Smith must be gone after this season. It is painful to watch this team get completely manhandled. Lowe and Katz cant keep blowing smoke up everybodys butts. This market has too many smart fans. Toughen this team up .Playoffs please.

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#56 mayorblaine
March 14 2014, 02:30PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

this is age irrelevant.

i'm smart enough to know leaders aren't from the scars on your knuckles but the brains in your head.

that has nothing to do with age.

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#57 Harry
March 14 2014, 03:09PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

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.

^^

Says the fat slob from his mothers basement

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#58 GriffCity
March 14 2014, 03:40PM
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BobbyCanuck wrote:

rumor has it that Smid calleds out Eberle for his lack of compete, Hall did not like this public display of accountability and the end result was Smid being traded to Calgary.

A rumor, but if true, would certainly explain why we traded the exact type of D-man that we are always looking for.

If you, as a player, were not part of that 'inner circle' there would be very little reason for you to stick your neck out to defend someone, that in your heart you knew would not have your back.

I think that you need one D-Man, and one forward on the ice at all times that is willing to drop the gloves.

Especially on our team, as other posters have suggested our so called core was never trained to fight, hit, or play D, all they have ever been expected to do is score goals.

Highly unlikely Smid did this, and he is in no way the type of defenceman we have been looking for. Smid was a good soldier, a good team player but overall he was a major disappointment given he was such a highly touted prospect. The only thing Smid did really well was block shots. The only time he got involved physically was after the whistle and even then was ultimately ineffective. He was not a great puck mover and he was slow footed.

Furthermore, there is no way Hall would have anything to say about someone getting traded. Thats not how it works. Unless of course the player was a major cancer in the dressing room and hated throughout the team, but this was not the case with Smid.

I do agree on one thing though. Eberle and his lack of compete...Brutal

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#59 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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#60 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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#61 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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#62 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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#63 El Pindo
March 14 2014, 12:30PM
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GriffCity wrote:

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.

I'd say Hall is god's gift to this team, and usually to be that good you have to know it, just because someone is better than you and they know it, doesn't make them a bad teammate, ovi knows he's the best on the team, and there isn't a single player in the league that could get away with laying a hand on him (partly because he'd handle it himself), I see where you're coming from though, but despite that they need to be there for him, no one is asking ebs or gagner to drop the gloves, just grab a guy and even things out!

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#64 oilcountryforlife
March 14 2014, 12:51PM
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Okay, I have three points to make.

1. how do you know what the dressing room is like in relation to heart? Is is assumed because the players look like zombies out on the ice that they don't give a rip?

2. Taylor Hall shooting after the whistle or making contact after the whistle, with a goalie, is an unspoken no no. Did the other players on the team actually think he deserved a couple hits from the other team?

3. Is there an issue when you have five guys all making around 5 or 6 million a year, who maybe feel entitled, and that has caused bad blood among the guys making a million or less...Kinda a Justin Bieber approach to things. I think we have some spoiled little brat players who should be traded. I'll take grit and heart anyday....Ryan Smyth, and Zack Stornini for starters...as a working guy, I just expect these guys to be working a heck of a lot harder. Some are paid superstar wages, and there is no return other than Hall, I suppose. Send a message...trade 'em....too bad no one wants 'em though.

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#65 Harry
March 14 2014, 03:01PM
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freelancer wrote:

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.

You are the problem. Fans with this mindset are the same ones who wanted Hemsky and Gagner resigned.

Its not a secret that our top 6 forwards have the wrong mix of size an skill set this must change this offseason.

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#66 Buhl_Country
March 14 2014, 05:29PM
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Good article Struds. My main concern is that Eakins seems to be behind some of the "coward" moments with this group. I still can't believe Nolan didn't have to answer the bell against the Kings a few games ago. Also, let's not forget the whole "a perfect game is no hitting" BS. It sure looks like Eakins is preaching mixed signals, talking about accountability, but other teams sure haven't had to be accountable when they take shots at us...but I could be wrong. Sure wish there would have been a few coaches interviewed, rather than throw a long contract at an unproven guy who looks to be too arrogant to change methods and adjust to an NHL level, i.e. the PP...yikes. Who knows what's best moving forward, the Oil will look like a bigger joke firing yet another HC. What to do?

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

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#68 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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#69 GriffCity
March 14 2014, 02:11PM
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El Pindo wrote:

I'd say Hall is god's gift to this team, and usually to be that good you have to know it, just because someone is better than you and they know it, doesn't make them a bad teammate, ovi knows he's the best on the team, and there isn't a single player in the league that could get away with laying a hand on him (partly because he'd handle it himself), I see where you're coming from though, but despite that they need to be there for him, no one is asking ebs or gagner to drop the gloves, just grab a guy and even things out!

Being better than your teammates is one thing, acting like you are better than them is another. Mark Messier may have been better than most of this former teammates but instead of pouting on his way off the ice, or slamming his stick when someone missed a pass he lead them not only by example but with his personality as well. The same can be said for many great leaders.It is ironic you mention Ovechkin because you are right, he is a great player, and what has his team done with him on it? Answer: Very little. He also "lead" his Russian Olympic team to a disappointing finish - no pun intended.

That's what happens when you get "great players" who have an ego bigger than their team - they lose. You only need to look as far as STL captain David Backes to see what a leader looks like. I dont like him because he is American but dont try and tell me he isn't a premier leader on and off the ice. Meanwhile Hall is busy pouting on the ice most nights and busy wheeling 20 somethings at the bar every other night. So...your argument is invalid

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#70 Brown bag fan
March 14 2014, 10:56PM
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Hall was love tapped by a Russian that would never do harm. Massive overreaction. I would rather focus on why the entire team does not know their responsibilities on the ice. They look as lost on the ice as they do upstairs in the management group. Nobody seems to know how to do their job.

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#71 John B
March 14 2014, 12:36PM
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Jason, I think you stumbled across a revelation near the beginning of your blog; 'There should be a respect for each other's abilities and skill sets.' It is very evident that there is very little of this happening in the current roster. I think it is partly due to the "systems" they are playing, or more accurately trying to play.

Eakins changes the formations & systems on these guys for 5 on 5, PK, & especially the PP on a seemingly monthly basis. It would be difficult for a highly skilled veteran team like Chicago or Pittsburgh to adjust to that much change & indescision - never mind the rag tag group who currently wears the oildrop!

When you have a group of young players who for the most part haven't found their way in the NHL yet, throw in a handful of veteran players who are used to established systems play on better teams, then throw in a sprinkling of raw rookies on top of that it's no wonder the players lose confidence in their team mates ability to do their own jobs & fall back into what they know.

That is play their own game their own way & trust only themselves. Sad & dangerous.

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#72 Tikkanese
March 14 2014, 02:48PM
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Zarny wrote:

In my experience attitude isn't really something you pick up or learn; at least not when you're 18+.

Nuge, Eberle, Gagner etc aren't going to learn how to be feisty and physical. That's just not who they are. It wasn't who Gretzky or Lemieux or Yzerman were.

The trick is to acquire players who have Hendrick's attitude but top 6 skill.

I'm not saying that they should be completely changing but not even a little seems to be rubbing off. Even Hall and Yak who have shown signs in the past of having a little of that in them look to have regressed in that department despite having more of those players around them and every coach on the team having that in them as well.

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#73 BobbyCanuck
March 14 2014, 03:10PM
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rumor has it that Smid calleds out Eberle for his lack of compete, Hall did not like this public display of accountability and the end result was Smid being traded to Calgary.

A rumor, but if true, would certainly explain why we traded the exact type of D-man that we are always looking for.

If you, as a player, were not part of that 'inner circle' there would be very little reason for you to stick your neck out to defend someone, that in your heart you knew would not have your back.

I think that you need one D-Man, and one forward on the ice at all times that is willing to drop the gloves.

Especially on our team, as other posters have suggested our so called core was never trained to fight, hit, or play D, all they have ever been expected to do is score goals.

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#74 slats
March 14 2014, 06:50PM
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A couple of points:

1. Hall is a beast - when focused and committed he is an elite winger. When not he is becomes a good winger on a very bad team.

2. Are top 6 are coasting thru this season and their objectives are - don't sustain a LT injury. Hence the effort and compete wains a lot.

3. Speculation only and as Struds I hope I'm wrong - but look back in the last 2-3 years and we have seen this story before about lack of "man-up" but there is a central figure to this Taylor Hall.

A lot of noise about the personnel not stepping up but perhaps "they choose" not to. Why? Is Hall a jerk off ice? Has he lost the the respect of team mates because of what he has said or done? Is he a whiner?

We do not know. But what we do know is no one has his back time after time after time. And if you factor in that this has happened for 150 games with different players ALL not choosing to "man up" - That is a VERY serious issue. You cannot trade all 20 players ...... but you may have to trade one.

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#75 joshgladu
March 14 2014, 09:11PM
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good lord, who cares

just distracting from the real issue in edmonton and thats the lack of good hockey players not none of this BS. Gregor used to be cool until strudwick and sutherby came along which led him to losing the ability to form his own opinion. "OH STRUDS AND SUTHERBY SAID IT! THEYRE IN THE LEAGUE! IT HAS TO BE TRUE"

god i hate this city

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#76 Wildcard
March 15 2014, 06:31PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

I used to be a fighter too. I also have a doctorate in medicine and I have also been to the moon twice.

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#77 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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#78 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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#79 Harry
March 14 2014, 03:05PM
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Randaman wrote:

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).

I cant figure out why Bucky and smith are still there. I mean getting fired is one thing but to put up a performance like this team year in and year out would be embarrassing.

If Lowe doesnt have the balls to fire these two they should be men and resign.

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#80 Stack Pad Save
March 14 2014, 04:36PM
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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...

Please tell me, What did Ference, Fraser or Hendricks do last night to protect any of the young offensive guys on there team? This team lacks Character, and the "CHARACTER" guys keep not showing up in these games. This is the type of game where you need to see 1or 3 of your 3rd and 4th line to get promoted for a shift or 2 with your quality top lines to protect them go to bat for them.

Since the Oilers coach in his infinite wisdom won't protect his star players, you as 3rd or 4th liner need to take a number and explain to him when you get a shift that if you touch Taylor Hall or RNH or any other top line player I will remember and take it back 10 fold on you. However the Oilers "Character" guys never do this. We need a Jordan Nolan!

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#81 Dockstaff
March 14 2014, 10:51PM
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@shifty203

Good observation. I'd say it's because they are all young guys playing against men. They need some old wily vets, like a Jason Smith, to show them how to stand up. Ference has a few times, but they need to mature.

I have yet to see J. Schultz stand up for anyone, Petry neither. They always avoids a scrum. Even Jari Kurri, not the world's toughest, would grab a guys jersey and keep him out of the melee.

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#82 Cain
March 15 2014, 09:35AM
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BobbyCanuck wrote:

rumor has it that Smid calleds out Eberle for his lack of compete, Hall did not like this public display of accountability and the end result was Smid being traded to Calgary.

A rumor, but if true, would certainly explain why we traded the exact type of D-man that we are always looking for.

If you, as a player, were not part of that 'inner circle' there would be very little reason for you to stick your neck out to defend someone, that in your heart you knew would not have your back.

I think that you need one D-Man, and one forward on the ice at all times that is willing to drop the gloves.

Especially on our team, as other posters have suggested our so called core was never trained to fight, hit, or play D, all they have ever been expected to do is score goals.

Where did you hear this rumor?

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#83 David S
March 15 2014, 04:17PM
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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

http://www.ehow.com/info_7858061_average-salary-nhl-hockey-player.html

You should call Google and see if they can send tech service out to your house. Clearly it's not working properly. ;)

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

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

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#85 Quicksilver ballet
March 14 2014, 01:16PM
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mayorblaine wrote:

if that's what you think a leader does, oh boy.

i'll just assume this facetious.

How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?

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#86 Tdh
March 14 2014, 03:56PM
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I think that there is no Family feeling on this team

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#87 Rob F
March 14 2014, 05:37PM
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Thanks for reminding me....ive taken a few for the team in the past...

good from far, but far from good

there is a special place in heaven for me.....

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#88 The Last Big Bear
March 14 2014, 09:01PM
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@slats

"You cannot trade all 20 players..."

No, but some are on expiring contracts, and you can waive anyone who doesn't have a buyer.

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#89 Mustangheart
March 15 2014, 06:31PM
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Zarny wrote:

In my experience attitude isn't really something you pick up or learn; at least not when you're 18+.

Nuge, Eberle, Gagner etc aren't going to learn how to be feisty and physical. That's just not who they are. It wasn't who Gretzky or Lemieux or Yzerman were.

The trick is to acquire players who have Hendrick's attitude but top 6 skill.

Hall needs a Semenko type on his line like a Neil from Ottawa to send a message. To touch Hall, you're gonna get swatted.

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#90 Rdubb
March 16 2014, 08:25AM
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Struds, I know I am writing this a few days after it has come out, but hopefully you read it and comment on what I have to say: All yr I have been saying this team is talented, they try, but they don't have or play with nearly enough heart. I have not played to this level of hockey, nor come close, but did play the game for many yrs and always played very competitive ball hockey for many yrs too, and I can tell you that any time a mate would get into trouble or a "scrum" happened, there was always 4 others skating or running their asses off to get in there. Even being a goalie, I got into a rukus once and the play was down in the other end, I can honestly say that the guys on the ice literally stopped playing the puck and were down in my end before one could spit...and it also worked both ways as I have gone into the corner to aid a pal who was getting pummelled due to his size, and again, it didn't take long for others to rush in...always, we hung out as group. When of age, after a game we'd enjoy a "soda pop" in the room while getting undressed and showering, then we'd generally go to a lounge and enjoy a pizza and more soda's. Yes, we all had our own little groups, but everyone (if possible) would join. One group here, the next beside them and so on, but we always had each others back. Even when out with other friends at a bar, and if one team mate got into a scuffle, well, if any of us were there, we had his back... Enough of that...I thought that Hall, Eberle, RNH & J.Schultz were such good and close friends? Shouldn't they skate like hell into the corner to help such a good friend getting pushed around? Even if Hall is by far the stronger of the group? My feeling is that by know one racing to help, it "MIGHT" just fracture this friendship somewhat off of the ice, and that'll generally tend to lead to that showing up on the ice... These guys had it so easy growing up, being the best player on teams, having everyone look out for them, they never had to be the one helping...time for Ference to lead, if he can??? If Hendricks play doesn't rub off on any of them, time to re-build all over again...Tambi grabbed the best players (except for Yak), but did he always take the guy with the most character??? Peck

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#91 Mr. Pederson
March 16 2014, 12:59PM
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What really bugged me about that play was Hall had just come back from the dressing room after being high sticked in the face. If you aren't going to protect a teammate in that situation...when the heck are you going to?!

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