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Lowetide
March 22 2014 11:08PM

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As an Oiler fan, I can give you chapter and verse about low points in organization history. The quick exit in 1983 was nothing—we knew the Oilers would be back. The Pronger trade request was a bad damn day, I suspect you remember it. Tonight? Losing like this to the current edition of the Calgary Flames? Come on.

I'm not one for grand gestures, and I'm certainly not one who believes any business or organization should have a knee jerk reaction to a specific trainwreck. However, the score and the Hall-Eakins exchange are the cherry on top of a truly incredible season.

Oiler fans have, in my opinion, been amazingly patient during this rebuild. Even in this season—which is the most trying year of all—the grumbling has been less than one might expect based on performance/expectation.

The remaining schedule is difficult, the jerseys keep flying from the stands (and may I say that's getting old) and the hits just keep on coming.

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Looked liked Dallas Eakins and Taylor Hall had some frayed nerves tonight. That can be a good thing—this has to be a low for both men—and something good could come from it. Sometimes these things don't work out, and history tells us if one of them is leaving we already know his name.

This has all the makings of a bizarre spring. It is, at the very least, a dramatic low point in a season that defies description. We've passed surprise and driven through anger, and long ago stopped checking the standings.

What's next? I suspect the answer is indifference.

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#151 VK63
March 23 2014, 09:34AM
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As i see it.

The Oilers have lost to the worst team in the league and one of the worst teams in the league by a combined 12-2…. on home ice in the last two games.

Perhaps that Jersey was chucked to help wipe up the deuce the team dropped on its own "sacred" centre ice logo.

while Im at it… anyone else see hall of fame writer Mattys tweet last night? Ekblad is good but Leon Draisaitl is big and can pass.. or some such thing.

12-2 and the HOF writer infers that a bit more offence is maybe the answer.

2 freaking goals against two of the worst teams in hockey is indeed an indictment on the "skill" of these "talented" Oilers but alas……. a dozen against…. is this teams special thing.

Sadly.

welcome to an annual Oilers tradition… an epic failure with a seat renewal notice on the way. 8 years of suck….. your reward. A price increase.

nice.

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#152 M22
March 23 2014, 09:41AM
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~Well, I predicted 9-1 Flames, sooooo, really, I'm quite impressed by how well the Oilers did. If Calgary hadn't scored 8 goals, we'd be talkin' 'bout a 1-0 shutout! High Five!!!!~

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#153 -30-
March 23 2014, 09:42AM
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The best thing about last was that Yakupov wasn't playing.

Who ya gonna blame now MSM?

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#154 nick
March 23 2014, 09:43AM
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VK63 wrote:

As i see it.

The Oilers have lost to the worst team in the league and one of the worst teams in the league by a combined 12-2…. on home ice in the last two games.

Perhaps that Jersey was chucked to help wipe up the deuce the team dropped on its own "sacred" centre ice logo.

while Im at it… anyone else see hall of fame writer Mattys tweet last night? Ekblad is good but Leon Draisaitl is big and can pass.. or some such thing.

12-2 and the HOF writer infers that a bit more offence is maybe the answer.

2 freaking goals against two of the worst teams in hockey is indeed an indictment on the "skill" of these "talented" Oilers but alas……. a dozen against…. is this teams special thing.

Sadly.

welcome to an annual Oilers tradition… an epic failure with a seat renewal notice on the way. 8 years of suck….. your reward. A price increase.

nice.

Hey VK63, in case you didn't know it the Oilers are the worst team in the league so it should come as no surprise to you that they lost like that. They have the worst coach in the NHL without a doubt, this guy could not coach a pee wee team to a win. The biggest joke organization in the NHL and will not change until everyone in coaching and management are fired and gone.

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#155 camdog
March 23 2014, 09:43AM
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The Flames have now scored more goals then the Oilers this season...

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#156 oilabroad
March 23 2014, 09:47AM
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MacT has to root out the problems here and figure out what he needs to do this summer. the only way to do that is to fire Eakins and get behind the bench himself for the last 10 games...

Not that the water bottle incident is the reason for his firing, but that was really embarrassing, so glad the we got to air our dirty laundry in front of the whole country

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#157 dougtheslug
March 23 2014, 09:47AM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Judging by the props to trashes ratio, apparently a few people think that a blowout loss in a meaningless game between two non-playoff teams IS WORSE THAN TRADING WAYNE GRETZKY.

Gretzky then went on to score an empty netter which sealed a comeback elimination of the Oilers in the playoffs. The Oilers were up 3 games to 1 and the Kings came back to take the series.

Youth often means well but exaggerates. Everything is the best or the worst and nowhere in between.

You may not want to hear this right now but I am here to tell you that this is not the low point. Things could get a LOT worse.

I cried for days when they traded Gretzky. Days.

Time marches on (for whom the bell tolls).

Oilers actually got Jimmy Carson for Gretzky plus a just drafted Martin Gelinas. After scoring a hundred points the next year for Edmonton, Carson was flipped for Adam Graves, Petr Klima and Joe Murphy. Gelinas, Klima, Graves and Murphy were all instrumental in helping the Oilers win the Stanley Cup the very next year.

That was when the Oilers had shrewd management, and competent hockey leadership that could transcend corrupt and incompetent ownership.

Now leadership is non-existent and management is trapped in a loop of self congratulation where Kevin Lowe can say things like "It would be fair to say that half the teams in the NHL would trade their roster for ours" and believe it himself.

You cried for days when Gretzky was traded? Were you cheering less than 2 years later when the Oilers won the Cup?

With this group of owners and management we've been crying for 8 years, with the bottom not even in sight.

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#158 Harry2
March 23 2014, 09:47AM
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The remaining schedule is difficult, the jerseys keep flying from the stands (and may I say that's getting old) and the hits just keep on coming.

You must not be a fan Lowetide. I for one am sickend by this team and am embarrassed to cheer for them. Shame on you and the Oilers.

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#159 dougtheslug
March 23 2014, 09:48AM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Judging by the props to trashes ratio, apparently a few people think that a blowout loss in a meaningless game between two non-playoff teams IS WORSE THAN TRADING WAYNE GRETZKY.

Gretzky then went on to score an empty netter which sealed a comeback elimination of the Oilers in the playoffs. The Oilers were up 3 games to 1 and the Kings came back to take the series.

Youth often means well but exaggerates. Everything is the best or the worst and nowhere in between.

You may not want to hear this right now but I am here to tell you that this is not the low point. Things could get a LOT worse.

I cried for days when they traded Gretzky. Days.

Time marches on (for whom the bell tolls).

By the way, its no exaggeration to say this is the worst of times.

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#160 Harry2
March 23 2014, 09:50AM
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You are however right about one thing. Indifference has definately set in. If people really care stop going to the games, and dont buy anything that has a rexall or an Oilers logo on it. Simple, and if we all follow it hopefully something changes.

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#161 M22
March 23 2014, 09:52AM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Some of you older guys have been Oiler fans longer than most of the current team has been alive. If I'm this disgusted, I can't even imagine how you guys are feeling.

Actually, it's a lot easier to take. If I was much younger, this would really be eating me, but it doesn't. This circus has gone on so long, with countless examples over the years of incompetence and arrogance, that I've just become numb. The entire thing is rotten, and all I can do is hold my nose and turn away. Disgust and animosity have made way for contempt and pity.

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#162 Cameron
March 23 2014, 09:52AM
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"Oh somewhere there is singing, And somewhere people, shout. But there is no joy in Mudville, Mighty Casey had struck out."

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#163 Turnover
March 23 2014, 09:54AM
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Sevenseven wrote:

Im starting to think bridge contracts would have been better for the young stars. Make them earn their money.

"Young ***** ? That's funny. But it did make me chuckle a bit.

A musician buddy of mine a few years ago called me looking for a job. This is almost the actual conversation we had.

He said: i'm not looking for big bucks, just pay me what i'm worth.

I said: I can't do that, I gotta give you something.

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#164 kboof
March 23 2014, 10:01AM
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MINOR LEAGUE COACH = MINOR LEAGUE TEAM

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#165 CMG30
March 23 2014, 10:06AM
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People are saying that this is the worst Oilers game in history. Is it? Maybe. Still, worst game ever for the Oilers is a very high bar... Besides I wouldn't know, I turned it off at 5-1 in the second.

That's what I suggest. Forget jerseys on the ice. If you want change, exercise your only power... Just stop supporting the franchise. Don' buy merchandise, don't go to games and don't watch it on TV.

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#166 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 23 2014, 10:08AM
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If that guy really did get booted from Rexall for wearing his jersey inside out, that is more than alarming. It's one thing to be kicked out for handing out bumper stickers, but turning your jersey inside out? What is this, Berlin circa 1938?

I feel like getting a custom jersey made up with "Fire Lowe" on the back. Though they'd probably put the boots to me as soon as I got within ten feet of the door.

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#167 Dan
March 23 2014, 10:09AM
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Oilers can Blow ME!! it'd be a nice change from them screwing me!

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#168 D-Unit
March 23 2014, 10:09AM
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oilabroad wrote:

MacT has to root out the problems here and figure out what he needs to do this summer. the only way to do that is to fire Eakins and get behind the bench himself for the last 10 games...

Not that the water bottle incident is the reason for his firing, but that was really embarrassing, so glad the we got to air our dirty laundry in front of the whole country

At least the water bottle incident showed what it takes to get Emotion out of Eakins.

Terrible hockey team? Nope

Lack of Effort as a team? No

Group of guys playing as individuals? Nada

Getting out coached regularly? Again no

Wet coat and tie? Yup, that'll do it. Snap, lose it...

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#169 D-Unit
March 23 2014, 10:13AM
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kboof wrote:

MINOR LEAGUE COACH = MINOR LEAGUE TEAM

Can't disagree. But to be fair, half, or more of the team should be playing in the minor leagues, yes leagues, some look like they would have a hard time earning an ECHL pay cheque.

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#170 He Who Knows
March 23 2014, 10:24AM
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One thing I know about Mac-T so far is that he will shake things up if he sees fit. Interesting off season on its way. To see Eakins finally show some passion out there but it was against his own guy, lol.

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#171 Jeffff
March 23 2014, 10:27AM
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You have the fancy stats you watch all the games, you have info at your fingertip. And these so called experts don't know much about hockey. Oilers have not passed the eye test for the last 8 years. Why does this casual fan ME know Oilers are a bad team with bad management. Every year i say the same thing get abused on this site. The Oiler philosophy is wrong they don't know how to win in the NHL. Oilers ruin players. Until they get rid of Klowe they will be a losing team.

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#172 Chaffic
March 23 2014, 10:27AM
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@lowetide, If Krueger is still being paid by the Oilers, Why don't they just bring him back for the rest of the season. It would be nice to see Taylor Hall with a real smile again.

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#173 Spydyr
March 23 2014, 10:28AM
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It seems like just yesterday Lowetide wrote an article stating he was against making trades to improve the team.

After last nights debacle IMO no one should be safe outside of Scrivens.This team is broke from the top on down.

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#174 kboof
March 23 2014, 10:28AM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

If that guy really did get booted from Rexall for wearing his jersey inside out, that is more than alarming. It's one thing to be kicked out for handing out bumper stickers, but turning your jersey inside out? What is this, Berlin circa 1938?

I feel like getting a custom jersey made up with "Fire Lowe" on the back. Though they'd probably put the boots to me as soon as I got within ten feet of the door.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers

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#175 Jackson
March 23 2014, 10:37AM
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Spydyr wrote:

It seems like just yesterday Lowetide wrote an article stating he was against making trades to improve the team.

After last nights debacle IMO no one should be safe outside of Scrivens.This team is broke from the top on down.

Lowetide thought the Oilers were going to be good also for the last couple years. So what does he know?

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#176 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 23 2014, 10:39AM
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@Chaffic

The big one for me is Yak. He used to have the most infectious personality and love for the game. I still remember that big interview he did in the middle of last season, the one where he said he loved Edmonton because it reminded him of his home town, and how the winters back home are three times as cold as here.

I get that he has to learn defense and up his hockey IQ, but it really seems like Eakins has crushed his passion.

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#177 David
March 23 2014, 10:45AM
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kboof wrote:

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers

Seems Katz/Rexall security has more rights than airport security, Last night they were going through a womans purse that wasn't any bigger than an Ipad, maybe they thought she had a hamburger or pop in there? it wont fit. When I sat down in my seat I was telling the fan next to me and he goes he seen them once go through a kids pack that had insulin in it and they had it all over the placebeside them. MY LAST GAME Don't want to be in that kind of regime!

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#178 admiralmark
March 23 2014, 10:45AM
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As a long time Oilers fan and by that i mean even the last 2 seasons of the WHA. I can finally say that last night I actually went from anger to laughter. I love my Oilers. But there is a point in time sometimes when things are so horrendously crappy it evokes a laughter response. Last night did it. I mean what could be more comical then an oh so serious coach going off on his star player for accidentally splashing water on him?! I bet MacT forgot to ask that in the interview last year?

The next 10 games are literally the most difficult set of opponents the Oilers could ask for. I think there is no doubt they finish 2nd to last. And I can't believe I'm saying it but Eakins HAS to be done. The good thing is the next coach will be given free reign to hire his own Asst.'s and that mean no more Smith and Bucky at least. Or maybe i'm just hoping this is how it goes down? LOL back to laughing again.

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#179 Hockey Problems
March 23 2014, 10:47AM
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Can the Oilers change their logo to an empty roll of toilet paper ? It would symbolize a few things The fact that the fans are at the end of the line, that there's an obvious need for change, and when the roll inevitably gets switched out,it will be used to wipe Crap !

It seems fitting !

PS Katz and Lowe, Yes, that is your own fans laughing at you. Next stop...

Apathy !!!

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#180 Rod from Viking
March 23 2014, 10:55AM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

The big one for me is Yak. He used to have the most infectious personality and love for the game. I still remember that big interview he did in the middle of last season, the one where he said he loved Edmonton because it reminded him of his home town, and how the winters back home are three times as cold as here.

I get that he has to learn defense and up his hockey IQ, but it really seems like Eakins has crushed his passion.

It seems like 10 years ago he kissed the crest and did the slide after beating LA and the ref's that night in OT.

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#181 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 23 2014, 10:57AM
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Should be a good Brownlee article coming out on this soon. He's one of the only writers on here that tells it like it is concerning the Oilers these days.

No offense meant to LT and Gregor, but they seem to try to keep it fairly PC.

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#182 Soccer Steve
March 23 2014, 10:59AM
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Since November, I have been one of the "whiners" who has maintained that the Oilers are better off losing so we get a higher draft pick.

No one, NO ONE, can convince me I'm wrong.

As far as Eakins goes, I have been indifferent to him, but to the coach-haters out there, you can rejoice. He put the final nail in his coffin last night. He handed his own head on a platter to MacT.

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#183 A Rye Morning
March 23 2014, 11:00AM
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Eakins' motto for hard work should not be "Chop wood, carry water." It should be "Keep digging." Maybe if this team showed up to the rink with shovels instead of sticks they would find the bottom faster.

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#184 Zamboni Driver
March 23 2014, 11:00AM
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He Who Knows wrote:

One thing I know about Mac-T so far is that he will shake things up if he sees fit. Interesting off season on its way. To see Eakins finally show some passion out there but it was against his own guy, lol.

You know that how? Because he managed to get marginally better back up goalies to start? Or is it the 4th liners he seems to think are the problem?

I was about to trash your "if he sees fit" line....the huge problem with Six Cups and Mr. MBA is that they, like their vastly vastly overrated hero Sather, they really think they're smarter than everyone else. I wonder if Craig's pretend, mail order degree included any self reflection seminars?

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#185 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 23 2014, 11:00AM
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@Rod from Viking

I long for another moment like that. Kissing the crest is the best goal celebration a player can do, and adding the Fluery skid just sent it over the top. I think it was Lowetide that tried to start a new article series on here at the start of the season called Nights With Nail, where he went through that game. Obviously he (and most of us) thought there was more coming, but Eakins shut the door.

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#186 Rod from Viking
March 23 2014, 11:01AM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Should be a good Brownlee article coming out on this soon. He's one of the only writers on here that tells it like it is concerning the Oilers these days.

No offense meant to LT and Gregor, but they seem to try to keep it fairly PC.

There are two "Hall of Fame" writers in this town that need to call out those responsible for this mess, and it isn't the players.

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#187 Zamboni Driver
March 23 2014, 11:04AM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

The big one for me is Yak. He used to have the most infectious personality and love for the game. I still remember that big interview he did in the middle of last season, the one where he said he loved Edmonton because it reminded him of his home town, and how the winters back home are three times as cold as here.

I get that he has to learn defense and up his hockey IQ, but it really seems like Eakins has crushed his passion.

Also there is a better than equal chance that he's a self-involved one-trick pony (Killer one-time shooter with 11 goals) - you think the fact that he didn't even get second look by the hugely dysfunctional Russian Olympic Team doesn't say something?

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#188 Bringbackslats
March 23 2014, 11:04AM
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Gaz wrote:

Completely wrong, my platitude-filled friend.

The guys on the ice play the game. They are professional athletes and don't like to lose either.

The object of the fans' anger is management, not the players they have assembled to play.

I will NEVER understand disrespecting and belittling employees for the actions of owners and managers.

As you claim to be a business owner, I would expect you to stand up and take it on the chin when your company has a misstep...or do you hide in your office and let your front-line take heat?

Wrong... This is sports ENTERTAINMENT!!!! Paying customers have the right to show their displeasure and it's been done for hundreds of years. The disloyal and disrespectful tag being placed on these fans is ridiculous. Reminds me of the American right wing supporting Bush and his atrocious policies...Blind patriotism. It reeks and is the worst betrayal of all.

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#189 Zamboni Driver
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Rod from Viking wrote:

There are two "Hall of Fame" writers in this town that need to call out those responsible for this mess, and it isn't the players.

Firstly, you're right but don't expect Matheson to do that in a million years.

Secondly "It's not the players".

Don't get me wrong, I don't think Eakins has done a good job, and Smith and Bucky are a walking embarrassment....but for the love of god YES IT IS SO THE PLAYERS.

Hate on Eakins all you want, but this group of overrated, 5'9" heartless p*ssies ARE SO TO BLAME.

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#190 6 ring circus
March 23 2014, 11:07AM
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Mactavish is not going to wave a magic wand and make things all better,the Oiler's have been poorly run for the past 10-12 years,Katz is not going anywhere and neither is Lowe.There will come a point were some fans will stop renewing there tickets,but it does not matter, because other fans will drink the cool aide and will replace the old season seat holders.Forget about any top end free agents signing up to play here,they didn't want to come before and after watching this gong show unfold these past few years, they are not going to want to come here now.Its only a matter of time before Hall,Yakopov,or Eberle are traded out of town, not because we are getting a good return or players that we need, its because they will not want to play here (can you blame them)we will not get any top end coaches to come here either, after watching the coaching carousal these past 5 years why would any decent coach subject themselves to this incompetent management group,plus they would inherit Buchberger and Smith as assistants (what a joke)everyone blames Gagner because of how poorly he plays,do not blame him, he was miss managed from day one,he has had 5 head coaches since he has been here,they rushed him into the NHL instead of sending him to the minors so that he could properly develop,like other top organizations do with there top prospects,yet we blame the player,look whats happened to Yakopov in one year, he goes from being one of the top rookies in the NHL to a player who is disinterested,if I was him I would want a first class ticket out of Edmonton,as a long time season seat holder and Oilers fan I cannot support this owner and management group any longer,I bought into the rebuild 5 years ago and now I am being told that the rebuild has really just started again,the cool aide has gone sour and we are being served vinager and are being told its cool aide,if you take a step back and look at this Oilers organization objectively from the top down to the bottom and what has happened here this past decade, tell me that we aren't screwed with Katz and Lowe running the show.

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#191 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 23 2014, 11:10AM
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@Zamboni Driver

Not saying you're wrong, Yak has a lot of work to do with his game. But I truly believe he has the tools to be a force of nature in this league, if he can get out of this funk and commit to playing defense. I'm just not sure if Eakins is the right guy to teach him.

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#192 Oiler63
March 23 2014, 11:12AM
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If the Leafs are stupid enough to show Carlyle the door end of the season, Oilers should grab him in a heart beat. He's a good coach. If not him then Ted Nolan. Either of them will do. Just make sure they keep Lowe at least 50 feet away from the new coach all the time and let him do his job. No actually the best place for Lowe to be is his house. Just stay home please.

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#193 Spydyr
March 23 2014, 11:14AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Firstly, you're right but don't expect Matheson to do that in a million years.

Secondly "It's not the players".

Don't get me wrong, I don't think Eakins has done a good job, and Smith and Bucky are a walking embarrassment....but for the love of god YES IT IS SO THE PLAYERS.

Hate on Eakins all you want, but this group of overrated, 5'9" heartless p*ssies ARE SO TO BLAME.

"YES IT IS SO THE PLAYERS."

Who implements a system and comes up with a game plan---Eakins

Who acquires the players and who hired Eakins---Mac-T

Who is in charge of overseeing all hockey operations and hired Mac-T--- Lowe

Who owns the team and runs it like a hobby not a business hiring friends in many key positions and stays loyal to them despite the team being a dismal failure---Katz

So if they players are to blame logic dictates it is the people who are in charge of player acquisition and development that are truly with blame.

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#194 Oiler Al
March 23 2014, 11:15AM
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Ok, there are many that think making yet another coaching change would be anti-productive, etc, In theory that makes a lot of sense.

However, you have to ask yourself, if at the start of the season the players didnt know how to play effective defensive hockey etc etc. then how is it after 70 games with Eakins and the two stooges in charge, this team is no where closer to playing defensive hockey? In fact it was worse than last year. Either what Eakins is teaching them is out of wack or the players have turned off his voice.

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#195 Zamboni Driver
March 23 2014, 11:16AM
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Btw...want more evidence about them thinking they're the smartest in the room?

Think maybe ole #4 could have coughed up the extra ten bucks for Glencross? If for no other reason than he MURDERS the Oilers every time they play.

Wonder why...

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#196 Zamboni Driver
March 23 2014, 11:19AM
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@Spydyr

Nowhere did I say the others weren't also to blame.

Giving the players a pass is ridiculous.

Is RNH (young superstar, huge upside, mini-Gretzky, remember?) even still in the NHL? How'd he play last night? Lots of push back?

How about everyone's superhero Eberle? (Was so awesome for Team Canada in the World Juniors)

Gagner?

Smyth? The guy they COULDN'T GIVE AWAY FOR FREE.

The players are definitely additionally to blame.

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#197 Rod from Viking
March 23 2014, 11:24AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Firstly, you're right but don't expect Matheson to do that in a million years.

Secondly "It's not the players".

Don't get me wrong, I don't think Eakins has done a good job, and Smith and Bucky are a walking embarrassment....but for the love of god YES IT IS SO THE PLAYERS.

Hate on Eakins all you want, but this group of overrated, 5'9" heartless p*ssies ARE SO TO BLAME.

Not hating on Eakins, he is a rookie and is finding this isn't the AHL with players trying to get to the NHL. This is all about the job that Katz had allowed Lowe to do without consequences. This team has players that were drafted or traded for by Tambo(Lowe) and Katz that as a group are not a fit on the ice or in the locker room, they were small and skilled and why was the decision made to draft so many of them and then prematurely sign them to six year contracts. I think the only 5'9 player is Arco and he plays bigger than almost anyone in the top six. Terry Jones never used to be scared to do this.

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#198 Harlie
March 23 2014, 11:27AM
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Rectal Place home of the Coilers

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#199 Freddy
March 23 2014, 11:28AM
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Klowe is going to play chicken again with Daryl and pretend to resign again.

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#200 samurai003
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Lahey: We're in the eye of a sh**i-canne

I'd put more faith in Ricky, Julian and Bubbles.

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