GDB Wrap Up: Sabres @ Oilers

baggedmilk
March 20 2014 10:18PM

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Luckily no one gets relegated in the NHL. Final score: 3-1 Sabres

There is nothing that will fire up the Nation more than a 29th vs 30th place battle! Not so long ago (only 8 years *sigh*) I remember sitting at the bar with some buddies and trying to decide who I'd rather the Oilers play in the finals, Carolina or Buffalo. Fast forward to tonight and neither team have anything to play for except draft picks and spoiler statuses. A Sabres/Oilers game has all the allure of milking a tiger, and that is a sad state of affairs.

The Buffalo Sabres are a terrible hockey team. There were periods in this game where the Sabres looked like they would never win another hockey game - the suck knob has been broken clean off in Buffalo. With that being said, our suck knob has been broken for years. Even though there were stints (short ones) where the Oilers dominated the hockey game, they lost to the FUNKIN' SABRES!  Losing to the Sabres is 10 shades of awful, yet we managed to accomplish it with all the style of a jalapeno shart.

Let's wrap this thing up...

The Bright Side

  • Ben Scrivens will stop pucks and break faces if he needs to
  • Justin Schultz has apparently learned about slap shots
  • Lots of AHLers got NHL pay cheques
  • The Power Play actually looked like an actual Power Play

The Face Palmers

  • Losing to the Sabres should result in 50 lashes and not the sexy kind either
  • The safe word for Oilers name is the sound of weeping adults
  • The shorthanded 2 on 1s are almost comical at this point
  • Getting booed because you lost to the Sabres is bad news
  • Ales Hemsky may have scored the goal of the year *sigh*

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#1 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 21 2014, 09:37AM
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After Nashville's comments about Dubnyk, I think one of the best things the Oilers could do is replacing the goalie coach. I don't want Chabot anywhere near Scrivens.

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#2 Tuningout
March 20 2014, 11:04PM
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Gregor said. Lose to the Sabres and forget all the positives from the previous games. I wonder how he spins his pro Eakins campaign now.

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#3 Soccer Steve
March 20 2014, 10:23PM
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Hemsky for goal of the year.

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#4 M22
March 20 2014, 11:06PM
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"I've missed you. Welcome back, old pal."

-- said Rock Bottom to the Oilers.

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#5 hallsyoilerforever5
March 20 2014, 10:25PM
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Hope the ones that want the oilers to desperately lose and tank for Ekblad are satisfied. Losing at home, especially to the last place sabres who were on a losing streak is just disgraceful.

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#6 geeker99
March 21 2014, 12:47AM
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Only watched the 3rd due to parent teacher interview but was excited to see pitlick play. Don't remember hearing his name, 10 minutes Dallas Eakins? Really? Jones get over 5 mins of pp time? why call up the heart of the Barons if they don't get a look. This team is hurting for direction, understatement!

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#7 dougtheslug
March 20 2014, 11:23PM
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After the first period, I was thinking "Man, that Buffalo teams looks a lot like Latvia, the way they played against Team Canada".

After the the second period, I was thinking, "Man, this game looks a lot like Latvia vs Norway."

After the third period, I was trying to think of a Southern Hemisphere country that would complete the joke. Latvia vs...New Zealand? Fiji? Western Samoa?

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#8 dougtheslug
March 21 2014, 12:21AM
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Has anybody thought of how bad this season could have been if the Oilers had run into the type of injury problems Calgary or Detroit has run into this year?

Boy, I'm glad we've been healthy. Can you finish lower than 30th?

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#9 GriffCity
March 21 2014, 09:39AM
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I honestly dies laughing for a minute when i saw Connacher put on Scott's helmet. What a beauty move, who could help but to laugh. Then The little gy goes out and daggers the Oil right in the heart with 2 beans. Im happy for BUF, Oilers are such a bad hockey team, im embarrassed. The Vanekless, Moulsonless, Ottless, Millerless, Myersless Sabres just beat our mostly healthy Oilers on home ice. Nothing like helping a team snap a losing streak hey Oilers? Good job boys..Go kill yourselves

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#10 RexHolez
March 20 2014, 11:14PM
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did hemmer score that goal or was I dreaming? we should trade for that guy, think a 3rd round pick would do it?

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#11 Rick Stroppel
March 20 2014, 11:18PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Biggest face palm, those homely Oilers cheerleaders!!

DO NOT PICK ON THE CHEERLEADERS!

They look like attractive young women to me and they try hard.

Speaking of "palm", Mr. Huge, you sound like the sort of fellow who is dating Mrs. Palm and the Finger Sisters.

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#12 TKB2677
March 21 2014, 09:37AM
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I have a question that I hope people will answer.

For all those people that bitch and moan every time Hemsky does something good or scores a point for the Senators. What would you rather?

Hemsky stay for the month and a half that was left in the season at the deadline with the Oilers, finish the season. Then in the offseason just walk away and the Oilers get NOTHING for him or trade him at the deadline like they did and get a much as they could?

I'd really love to hear people's answers because lets be frank. He's playing to his capabilities with the Sens because he's excited to play hockey again and he's excited to play hockey for a team that is in the playoff hunt. If he had stayed with the Oilers, Hemsky would of played EXACTLY like he was this whole season. Brief flashes but overall sick of losing and playing relatively disinterested.

Hemsky wasn't resigning with the Oilers. He said he was heading to free agency. HE WAS NOT GOING TO RESIGN. So is it not better to get at least something for the asset rather than NOTHING?

I don't understand why people can't understand that.

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#13 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 21 2014, 09:34AM
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Gagner will learn defence.

When they trade him to the Kings.

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#14 beloch
March 20 2014, 10:30PM
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If the Oilers were an American club they'd make a movie out of this season. Bruce Willis (in a wig) would play Eakins and they'd can call it "Tank Hard".

P.S. Yes, I watched, and yes, I'm drunk. It would have been unpossible to watch this game sober.

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#15 ColourMeImpressed
March 20 2014, 11:23PM
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Eakins needs to go.

I'm sorry, but after like, 70 games... to lose to the Sabres on top of the entire season? GET FIRED, FVCKFACE.

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#16 hagargt
March 20 2014, 11:23PM
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There is absolutely no end to the ups and downs of the oilers. This team is stuck in some sort of hockey purgatory. Still a fan, but man is it awkward to even praise any sign of improvement. It's downright awkward to even get the slightest bit happy after a win. You just know it means nothing at some near time. Kinda feels like falling for the same lie over and over. You know it isn't true after the 10th time, but hope the 11th time it might actually be.

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#17 ColourMeImpressed
March 21 2014, 09:52AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Can we get him in a barn with Lowe?

I don't think Lowe can sustain any more blows to the head. He might forget everything he ever knew about winning.

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#18 Ari Gold
March 20 2014, 10:35PM
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Biggest face palm, those homely Oilers cheerleaders!!

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#19 dougtheslug
March 21 2014, 12:41AM
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@bazmagoo

Clubs that are relegated from the English Premier League to the Championship League (second division) will lose, on average, about £ 25 million the first year after relegation, (thats $46,000,000), and thats with a £16 million ($30 million) parachute payment for the first two years after relegation, dropping to £8 million for years 3 and 4. That's mostly in lost TV revenue.

If a team doesn't earn promotion by year 5, the cost of relegation will grow to over 41 million pounds, thats over 70 million dollars per year in foregone revenue.

That would be enough to make even Jocksniffer Katz sit up and take notice.

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#20 albertaboy19
March 20 2014, 10:33PM
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Oilers lose, bandwagon blows up after a collision with John Scott who is trying to complete a cross over. Ben Scrivens punches a photo of Conacher while the rest of the team sings Coom by ya. Eakins breaks out the yoga mats and has the team meditate, while MacT throws out a third and fifth piece of paper after watching the Hemsky goal.

BOOOOOOOO BAGGED MILK

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#21 RexHolez
March 21 2014, 12:06AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

When we miss the playoffs next season due to a slow start before Eakins gets fired we will be one of 4 NHL franchises that has missed the post season 9 years in a row, throughout the leagues history. Only the Florida Panthers from 1999/2000 to 2011/2012 will have been worse, at ten seasons.

This is what the Oilers have been reduced to. Pathetic.

out of those 4 pathetic franchises how many kept the same brain trust in charge?

this isn't just a bad team going through a rough patch, this is historically one of the worst ran franchises in history. And it's all topped off with the same guys in charge... just to make sure future generations don't run out of jokes

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#22 dan
March 21 2014, 12:29AM
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at what point does the league step in and take away the oilers 1st round draft pick?? these are young stars to build the nhl around and this team just ruins them. I honestly believe at the next owner meeting, they need to seriously discuss kicking the oilers to the ahl.

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#23 Spydyr
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Gazdic sure can throw the mitts though, his fights are high energy and he's always looking to land the big hook.

Can we get him in a barn with Lowe?

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#24 Mason Storm
March 20 2014, 10:38PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

Next year HAS to be better, right? RIGHT?!?

It sure will be. *turns away in shame from lying to an innocent fan*

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#25 Anton (still waiting for playoffs)
March 20 2014, 10:26PM
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This wrap up is rather quick...did you have this ready before the buzzer?

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#26 The Last Big Bear
March 21 2014, 07:36AM
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Full page newspaper open letter to Katz telling him youve changed your minds and he can **** right off to Seattle, and take his bull**** team with him?

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#27 **
March 20 2014, 11:10PM
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Tuningout wrote:

Gregor said. Lose to the Sabres and forget all the positives from the previous games. I wonder how he spins his pro Eakins campaign now.

Eazzyy, "it's mostly on the players, because the players are the ones who play".

How can you argue with that logic?.

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#28 RexHolez
March 20 2014, 11:49PM
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#oilerpositives - tonights game will in no way affect Eberle's commercial filming schedule

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#29 elgruntus
March 21 2014, 09:46AM
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Pouzar99 wrote:

I hope the mysterious flock of 'new,' rah rah "Oilers are great" posters tone it down a bit, now. Yes, the boys have played better lately I'm glad to say but this is a painful reminder of just how bad and utterly uninspired they can still be at the drop of a hat. A 29th place team that takes the 30th place team for granted has a lot of Chutzpah.

Frankly, Scrivens did very well to hold it to three goals. Apart from Hall, who skated a few million miles, the rest seemed to think that showing up would be enough. This may have been their ugliest game of the year, which is really saying something. If they play like that against the Ducks or Sharks, small children will have to be refused admission.

The Oilers are still a long, long way from being a playoff team, let alone competing for anything more, especially as long as the strategically-impaired head coach is grinding the line shifts out of a blender, as Eakins was again tonight. Hopefully no one will dig up an arcane statistic to claim the team is actually improving under Eakins. I concede that the anthem singing is better, but I think that covers it. Every single one of our young 'stars' has regressed under his tutelage. If there is a stronger ground for firing a coach I would like to know what that is.

After years and years of reading these comments, someone finally pushes it too far and makes me create an account to respond! There is NO way that the anthem singer is better this year!!

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#30 Ari Gold
March 20 2014, 10:36PM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

Hemsky for goal of the year.

The only way he scores that is in silks of a team other than the Oilers.

I knew it was coming. He's going to be a superstar.

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#31 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
March 21 2014, 10:03AM
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@Spydyr

I could just imagine KLowe's response to a question about the Octane in a press conference:

"I think it's pretty safe to say that half the teams in the league would trade our cheerleaders for theirs. There’s one other guy I believe in hockey today, that is still working in the game, that has won more Stanley Cups than me, so I think I know a little bit about sexy outfits. If that’s ever a concern..."

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#32 BingBong
March 21 2014, 10:09AM
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exsanguinator wrote:

What did he have to say about Dubnyk?

That he had some BAD habits, like you know, not been able to stop a puck.

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#33 Pouzar99
March 20 2014, 11:33PM
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I hope the mysterious flock of 'new,' rah rah "Oilers are great" posters tone it down a bit, now. Yes, the boys have played better lately I'm glad to say but this is a painful reminder of just how bad and utterly uninspired they can still be at the drop of a hat. A 29th place team that takes the 30th place team for granted has a lot of Chutzpah.

Frankly, Scrivens did very well to hold it to three goals. Apart from Hall, who skated a few million miles, the rest seemed to think that showing up would be enough. This may have been their ugliest game of the year, which is really saying something. If they play like that against the Ducks or Sharks, small children will have to be refused admission.

The Oilers are still a long, long way from being a playoff team, let alone competing for anything more, especially as long as the strategically-impaired head coach is grinding the line shifts out of a blender, as Eakins was again tonight. Hopefully no one will dig up an arcane statistic to claim the team is actually improving under Eakins. I concede that the anthem singing is better, but I think that covers it. Every single one of our young 'stars' has regressed under his tutelage. If there is a stronger ground for firing a coach I would like to know what that is.

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#34 RexHolez
March 21 2014, 10:30AM
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if you hired me to build you a house because I burnt down the one you were already living in, and 4 long years later while im finally starting to frame the foundation collapses, how long will you give me until you look for another contractor?

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#35 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 21 2014, 07:37AM
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Yeeeeeesh, Hems moves to the East and he becomes the Messiah. Next we'll have TSN reporting why the Leafs should trade for him.

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#36 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 21 2014, 09:46AM
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Gazdic sure can throw the mitts though, his fights are high energy and he's always looking to land the big hook.

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#38 RexHolez
March 20 2014, 11:37PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Muwahahahahahahahhahaaaa!

6-2 Flames on Saturday. Another blessing in disguise for you beginner hockey fans.

umm, ok! the flames who just started to rebuild is winning and competing while the oilers 8 years later are still the pathetic joke in pro sports! lucky us!!

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#39 hagargt
March 21 2014, 12:39AM
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@bazmagoo

The sad part is this isn't an intentional tanking. A lot of people like to feel better about the situation by rationalizing it as a possibility, but as sad as it can be imagined, this is actually our full effort as an nhl team. I feel bad for mactavish, and I am ready to receive my first "trash its" for saying so. I am pretty confident him and Eakins are the people losing sleep at night. Eakins is boned because even though he cares a lot, he just plain sucks as a coach for this team full of lazy folk. MacT at least is trying new things, but is handcuffed by what he has to work with, and he also has king turd kevin lowe checking his spelling at every turn.

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#40 Dodd
March 21 2014, 10:12AM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

I agree with what you're saying, but I think fans are upset with how Hemsky as an asset was managed.

Flipping a former first round pick/proven NHLer for magic beans is a bit disappointing, even if the other option was watching him walk away for nothing.

Blame KLowe/Tambo for not moving him earlier in the rebuild for better assets or for giving him his contract (also for not supporting him with skilled leadership earlier in his career), or blame MacT for tipping his hand to the press and saying he wanted to move him. Either way, it doesn't really look great on the organization to let a proven NHLer with skill leave without much to show for it.

So Tambellini moves Hemsky in 2011 (for 2 slightly better picks plus a prospect). Hemsky goes on to play like he is today. Entire fanbase want Tambellini legless for not keeping Hemsky.

Moving a player like Hemsky who was clearly finished playing inspired hockey for Edmonton is a no-win situation.

Everyone angry for not moving him sooner would be angry that we moved him then, too. The Hemsky that Ottawa got would never be the Hemsky that played for us. Losing ate his soul as an Oiler. We traded our broken toy to another kid, who replaced the batteries.

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#41 Anton (still waiting for playoffs)
March 20 2014, 10:46PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

The only way he scores that is in silks of a team other than the Oilers.

I knew it was coming. He's going to be a superstar.

Not a surprised here, Oilers always produce superstars...for other teams.

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#42 Ari Gold
March 20 2014, 11:02PM
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If we want to be a true NHL team, we need some real talent on that cheerleading team. That looks like my junior high team. Who were the girls that were turned away?? Has Etown lost all of its talent? Anyway, why even talk about the Oil anymore?

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#43 **
March 20 2014, 11:09PM
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In other news, Lander sucks.

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#44 RexHolez
March 20 2014, 11:20PM
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oh look, the oilers played tonight too. who'd they play?? buffalo? that's easy buffalo sucks, our record is the 4th best team in the league since....??? what they lost? haha pathetic once again... how we gonna spin this one??

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#45 Spydyr
March 21 2014, 09:53AM
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ColourMeImpressed wrote:

I don't think Lowe can sustain any more blows to the head. He might forget everything he ever knew about winning.

That was my hope because what he does know sure isn't working.

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#47 S cottV
March 21 2014, 08:22AM
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BobbyCanuck wrote:

I realize that 1/2 of you hate Hemsky, and are glad that he is gone, this is for the other half.

From the Ottawa Citizen

Rarely does a single hockey play completely transcend the game that contained it, but Ales Hemsky’s breathtaking goal Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre will surely accomplish the feat.

As the crowd of 17,136 chanted “Hemsky, Hemsky, Hemsky,” CTC public address voice Stu Schwartz took the mic to announce the “goal of the season.”

If the Senators were considering re-signing their prized trade deadline acquisition — he has eight points in seven games since coming over from the Edmonton Oilers — Hemsky’s tally just might be the clincher

While an Oiler, Hemsky never had a true one or two C or top pairing dmen men to compliment him.

Clearly he is the kind of player that needs to play with high end guys who generally play in the forward zone.

A smaller offensively skilled winger, generally playing in the wrong end - is certainly not going to show in the most positive light. A guy like Hemsky can support forward zone play but he can't drive it, for crying out loud.

Instead of addressing what Hemsky needed throughout his career, the Oilers brought in more of the same.

Then - lets relegate the veteran Hemsky by handing the keys to the team, to some spoiled brat young guns way before their time and ability to lead an NHL team.

And we wonder why he never performed to his capabilities.....

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#48 Shifty203
March 21 2014, 09:40AM
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BingBong wrote:

Eric Staal might be availabe this summer per TSN. Yak, Gagner and our 1st for E. Staal? BOLD.

Eric Staal might be availabe this summer per TSN. Yak, Gagner and our 1st for E. Staal? PIPEDREAM

*Fixed that for you*

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#49 RexHolez
March 21 2014, 10:46AM
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im not mad that they traded hemmer to Ottawa this year for a 3rd rnd pick. Im mad that this team sucks and has been mismanaged so poorly for so long that they sucked the life out of him and were in the position to have to make that trade in the first place!

for the love of all things holy, end the pain, cut the cord and FIRE KEVIN LOWE!! you want drastic?? try changing up your assistant coaches after a couple consecutive last place finishes!! this team is laughably terrible!!

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#50 Serious Gord
March 20 2014, 11:33PM
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Epically bad year.

Yet I'm trying to get four tickets to an upcoming game to take a kid to his first ever NHL game and there is next to nothing available that isn't 360$ or the last row in the place.

No one can ever say that Edmonton and area isn't NHL hockey-crazed.

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