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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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#201 Rod from Viking
March 23 2014, 11:31AM
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@6 ring circus

I have said this before, not one head coach that has left this team either by being fired or not renewed has gotten another head coaching job in the NHL that wasn't hired by Sather except John Muckler. That is an unbelievable fact, either this team destroys their credibility or they aren't that good or both, I can't blame Eakins for demanding a 4 year contract when you consider the track record for the last 20 years.

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#202 The Last Big Bear
March 23 2014, 11:31AM
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But wait, you guys were cheering for losses for years!

You wanted draft position, youth on the roster, to rebuild PROPERLY, remember? Now the hockey gods are showing a rare shred of justice, and they are giving you your fill.

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???

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#203 Serious Gord
March 23 2014, 11:32AM
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camdog wrote:

The Flames have now scored more goals then the Oilers this season...

That is an amazing stat. Thanks.

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#204 Serious Gord
March 23 2014, 11:34AM
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Harry2 wrote:

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.

This thread has 200 plus posts - indifference my a$$.

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#205 Serious Gord
March 23 2014, 11:35AM
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Cameron wrote:

"Oh somewhere there is singing, And somewhere people, shout. But there is no joy in Mudville, Mighty Casey had struck out."

At least casey's team was competitive...

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#206 Rod from Viking
March 23 2014, 11:37AM
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Another day with Oiler management being called out on national TV. http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/03/23/relentless-ineptitude-from-management-tsns-the-reporters-tee-off-on-edmonton-oilers/

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#207 Harry2
March 23 2014, 11:37AM
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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.

Some of the writers on this site must be in the pockets of the team itself. Anyone who knows a damn thing about hockey knows that this team needs a major overhaul.

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#208 Serious Gord
March 23 2014, 11:38AM
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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.

they already prevent that, and they won't let you park your car in the lot if it has "fire lowe" written on it.

I'm wondering if during one of the season ticket holder consultation meetings a season ticket client got up and said that lowe should be terminated that they would revoke that clients season ticket rights?

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#209 bb
March 23 2014, 11:43AM
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I'd be satisfied it fewer than 1000 fans showed up to the next game.

the easy protest is to not go to your seat until after the National Anthem.

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#210 Oasis
March 23 2014, 11:45AM
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People getting kicked out handing out bumper stickers, signs being confiscated, now people being kicked out of Rexall for a inside out jersey.

Wow, the arrogance of this organization that it treats it's fans like this. It will be interesting to see how many people don't renew next year. Last year I had an Oiler employee tell me that they had 100% renewal......yeah right. I personally know one guy who let 10 seasons seats go.

Its not the team I hate, it's the management. There is only one message that will get to the management....EMPTY SEATS.

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#211 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
March 23 2014, 11:45AM
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For all the frustration the fans (deservedly) are feeling, I can't stop imagining Daryl singing to himself:

"Hey, dirty, baby I got your money

Don't your worry, I said hey. Baby I got your money"

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#212 dan
March 23 2014, 11:48AM
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so, just threw out everything with an oilers logo on it. was gonna donate the jerseys and clothing, but homeless people have it bad enough without having to put the logo for pathetic on.

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#213 Spurzey
March 23 2014, 11:51AM
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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.

The "Big Guy" has been unusually quiet for the last couple years. He is either getting ready to retire or has also been "bought"

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#214 Zamboni Driver
March 23 2014, 11:57AM
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I'm going to set the record for trashes here probably but here goes...

It's highly entertaining that firing the coach...again...is universally accepted as the solution (notwithstanding they've done that about 1000 times in the last few years). So let's all jump on that bandwagon.

Again, to be clear, I think Eakins has been bad and Smith/Bucky are a joke.

But anyone suggests some of the players with whom mancrushes are so strong, he/she gets trashed. Folks, it's ENTIRELY possible that Yakupov is just not a good player. It's possible that Hall is never going to be Messier (in fact it's probable, so stop). It's VERY possible Eberle is about Eberle. It's VERY VERY possible RNH is way too small and timid to ever get anywhere.

Perhaps that's why we jump all over coach/management (again, they deserve it) - because we're stuck with the "young talent" that are supposed to be getting better. And are getting worse.

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#215 baggedmilk
March 23 2014, 11:58AM
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Harry2 wrote:

Some of the writers on this site must be in the pockets of the team itself. Anyone who knows a damn thing about hockey knows that this team needs a major overhaul.

I can assure you this is one of the dumbest/most hilarious things I've ever read. Untrue 100%

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#216 Harry2
March 23 2014, 11:58AM
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http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/03/23/relentless-ineptitude-from-management-tsns-the-reporters-tee-off-on-edmonton-oilers/

This is a great article and its very refreshing to see writers actually calling out this gong show of an organization/managment team. So when do the writers on this site start asking the tough questions?

I beg you Oilers fans, stop financially supporting this franchise that has insulted every one of us with this down right embarrassing display of incompetence.

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#217 bb
March 23 2014, 11:59AM
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bb wrote:

the easy protest is to not go to your seat until after the National Anthem.

sorry, hit enter before finishing:

think about it, imagine the players on the ice looking around and seeing a completely empty building.

It would be awesome TV and the tier one fans can show their displeasure without losing 200-300 a game in wasted tickets.

Sure they might miss a couple of goals against but rest assured there will be more.

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#218 Dyckster
March 23 2014, 12:04PM
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Rock bottom, IMO, will be when we still suck and don't sell out the inaugural game in our new arena.

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#219 RexHolez
March 23 2014, 12:04PM
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so, we have media all over the country bashing and making fun of how inept our management is. we have our own fans throwing jerseys on the ice, we have our most bitter and hated rival's feeling sad for us. How bad does it have to get before Katz finally says enough and Fire's Lowe??

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#220 samurai003
March 23 2014, 12:04PM
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#221 Serious Gord
March 23 2014, 12:12PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

I'm going to set the record for trashes here probably but here goes...

It's highly entertaining that firing the coach...again...is universally accepted as the solution (notwithstanding they've done that about 1000 times in the last few years). So let's all jump on that bandwagon.

Again, to be clear, I think Eakins has been bad and Smith/Bucky are a joke.

But anyone suggests some of the players with whom mancrushes are so strong, he/she gets trashed. Folks, it's ENTIRELY possible that Yakupov is just not a good player. It's possible that Hall is never going to be Messier (in fact it's probable, so stop). It's VERY possible Eberle is about Eberle. It's VERY VERY possible RNH is way too small and timid to ever get anywhere.

Perhaps that's why we jump all over coach/management (again, they deserve it) - because we're stuck with the "young talent" that are supposed to be getting better. And are getting worse.

I and many others on this site have criticized the players. But a fish rots from the head first. Address that issue first before making truly uncategorical judgements on the players.

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#222 Zamboni Driver
March 23 2014, 12:22PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I and many others on this site have criticized the players. But a fish rots from the head first. Address that issue first before making truly uncategorical judgements on the players.

Again, I have been anti-OldBoys forEVER.

but you'd really have to go a long way to explain to me how getting rid of Kevin Lowe is going to help RNH play harder.

How changing ANOTHER coach is going to stop all the toe-drag nonsense. To make clearly unintelligent players suddenly smarter. To make someone give a damn when you're getting destroyed on national TV AGAIN.

(And don't give me Hall really caring by the water bottle crap. The HNIC boys did a pretty good job showing Hall's lack of brain cells.)

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#223 6 ring circus
March 23 2014, 12:23PM
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If Lowe was fired does anyone really think there is another NHL team stupid enough to hire him as there GM/POHO? Mactavish could not get another NHL coaching or management job except in Edmonton,Howson lasted a few years in Columbus before coming back to Edmonton because there were no other teams knocking on his door ,and Kevin Lowe's GM replacement Tambellini is now a scout for Anaheim ,if he was such a great hire why didn't any other NHL team pick him up as a assistant or general manager after the Oilers let him go? The 29 other teams in the league know that this group is not qualified to run a NHL team,except for Edmonton no wonder we are in this mess,what a joke!!!!

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#224 Kevin R
March 23 2014, 12:26PM
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Sorry ladies & gentleman. Indifference to to the team you love in a sport you love is nothing but a short term emotion. Drink a bottle of old Scotch & I guarantee those feelings will be fleeting. As painful as last night was, that is the first step. I don't know how bad the Owner needs to see it get or how much more pain we will be subjected to in the future, but natural selection will eventually catch up in this Lost World. Just like that Meathead signing Paradise on the Dashboard Lights.... we are all praying for the end of time.

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#225 Distant
March 23 2014, 12:28PM
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Devolution wrote:

Why do you care? It's not like it is bothering anyone.

Ha! Maybe opposing teams are more motivated not to hear it, so they put in more of an effort against the Oil.

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#226 Batfink
March 23 2014, 12:31PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Again, I have been anti-OldBoys forEVER.

but you'd really have to go a long way to explain to me how getting rid of Kevin Lowe is going to help RNH play harder.

How changing ANOTHER coach is going to stop all the toe-drag nonsense. To make clearly unintelligent players suddenly smarter. To make someone give a damn when you're getting destroyed on national TV AGAIN.

(And don't give me Hall really caring by the water bottle crap. The HNIC boys did a pretty good job showing Hall's lack of brain cells.)

UHH, sigh. I will say again: Any coach's job security MUST be judged on results, not whether or not five guys were fired before you.

If the players won't play for this coach, then you change until you find one that they WILL play for. It is the coach's job to motivate these players and provide the systems needed which complement their skills in order to WIN. The coach is the focal point, the be all, the PERSONALITY of the team. The buck really does stop with him.

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#227 Zamboni Driver
March 23 2014, 12:41PM
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UHH, sigh. I will say again: Any coach's job security MUST be judged on results, not whether or not five guys were fired before you.

If the players won't play for this coach, then you change until you find one that they WILL play for. It is the coach's job to motivate these players and provide the systems needed which complement their skills in order to WIN. The coach is the focal point, the be all, the PERSONALITY of the team. The buck really does stop with him.

But not judging the only constant...the same players?

That makes zero sense, sorry.

Four different guys in 6 years (or whatever) - you don't think there's an outside chance that it's the maybe the players who might wanna suck it up and play for whoever they're told to play for.

I don't like my boss. So I'm going to stop working so that HE gets fired. Just like in the real world.

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#228 15w40
March 23 2014, 12:47PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Well they kicked a guy out the building for wearing his jersey inside out. What do you think Lowe would do if hall publically criticized the team?

If this is actually true, that they kicked out a fan for wearing his jersey inside out - then they are THE sorriest professional sports franchise currently operating & I am including some of the circuses that operate in the CFL.

Its nice that Scrivens is fired up about another jersey on the ice, but it wasn't disrespectful to the former Oilers, it was representative of how the fan base feels and it is warranted. The way that this current team is run and is playing is disrespectful to the former players and the logo.

If the management and ownership spent even 10% of the energy on trying to turn this thing around and be accountable as is expended on controlling the message and policing disgruntled fans for showing their distaste for the current state of the franchise, they would have a punchers chance of making some positive headway.

There is absolutely no argument to be made that in any way shape or form is this franchise on any type of upward tick with respect to success in player development or operation as a hockey team.

Souray - bad apple/poison to the team, he leaves and is a very serviceable player elsewhere. Remember, he actually signed in Edmonton as a free agent.

Cogliano - never developed here, completely stalled, now is a key player on a very good hockey club.

Hemsky - grew stale and sour at the current state, playing at a ppg pace with his new team - whom by the way is not that good of a team.

Gagner - probably will end up else where and if history holds true will end up being a solid piece on another team.

All of these players left or will likely leave for next to nothing coming back in assets. That is a recipe for continued futility.

There is no happy medium, the players value goes from being through the stratosphere (internally) to being sold off for futures and bit parts.

Haven't watched a game in a while and probable won't either. I'm just a 2nd tier fan though so it doesn't really matter.

Until that building sits empty on television, there will be no change.

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#229 Distant
March 23 2014, 12:53PM
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@Harlie

I saw it in a similar way. It seems that the players are not even allowed to show they give a damn by the coaching and management.

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#230 Batfink
March 23 2014, 12:54PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

But not judging the only constant...the same players?

That makes zero sense, sorry.

Four different guys in 6 years (or whatever) - you don't think there's an outside chance that it's the maybe the players who might wanna suck it up and play for whoever they're told to play for.

I don't like my boss. So I'm going to stop working so that HE gets fired. Just like in the real world.

Re-check your facts. It isn't the same roster, is it?

Smyth Hall Nuge Eberle Petry Jones J Schultz

Last year's incumbents. Out of 30 players. Did I miss any?

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#231 yep
March 23 2014, 12:56PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Again, I have been anti-OldBoys forEVER.

but you'd really have to go a long way to explain to me how getting rid of Kevin Lowe is going to help RNH play harder.

How changing ANOTHER coach is going to stop all the toe-drag nonsense. To make clearly unintelligent players suddenly smarter. To make someone give a damn when you're getting destroyed on national TV AGAIN.

(And don't give me Hall really caring by the water bottle crap. The HNIC boys did a pretty good job showing Hall's lack of brain cells.)

Simple. If they are not capable of making this team better they need to be replaced with someone who can. Period.

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#232 wiseguy
March 23 2014, 12:59PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

But not judging the only constant...the same players?

That makes zero sense, sorry.

Four different guys in 6 years (or whatever) - you don't think there's an outside chance that it's the maybe the players who might wanna suck it up and play for whoever they're told to play for.

I don't like my boss. So I'm going to stop working so that HE gets fired. Just like in the real world.

In your job, are you yelled at in public, on camera, by a guy paid 1/10 your salary?

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#233 Fresh Mess
March 23 2014, 12:59PM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

For all the frustration the fans (deservedly) are feeling, I can't stop imagining Daryl singing to himself:

"Hey, dirty, baby I got your money

Don't your worry, I said hey. Baby I got your money"

You can thank the 'world class' crowd for that.

These big thinkers understand economic development.

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#234 oildawg99
March 23 2014, 12:59PM
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Reading the comments are a little surprising. So the answer now is to run Hall out of town? Who needs a point per game guy on the worst team in the league? The guy is frustrated too. I get the fans frustration but the answer isn't to start running your top players out of town. We are slowly becoming like Vancouver fans and it makes me a little ill.

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#235 Rick Stroppel
March 23 2014, 01:05PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

If Lowe was fired does anyone really think there is another NHL team stupid enough to hire him as there GM/POHO? Mactavish could not get another NHL coaching or management job except in Edmonton,Howson lasted a few years in Columbus before coming back to Edmonton because there were no other teams knocking on his door ,and Kevin Lowe's GM replacement Tambellini is now a scout for Anaheim ,if he was such a great hire why didn't any other NHL team pick him up as a assistant or general manager after the Oilers let him go? The 29 other teams in the league know that this group is not qualified to run a NHL team,except for Edmonton no wonder we are in this mess,what a joke!!!!

ASS KISSING MEDIA

Totally agree with this post. Not only that, do you remember what ALL the so-called sports journalists (contradiction in terms) said when MacTavish was fired? "He's so smart...he'll get another HC job in no time...just wait" Still waiting. Actually, he probably will get that job...with the Oilers.

Edmonton is a small, small pond. Lowe and MacTavish are big frogs. The local media refuses to admit that they are incompetent. In order to hear the truth about this sh!t show of a team, we have to go to HNIC or TSN. The local media is still in love with the boys on the bus.

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#236 RexHolez
March 23 2014, 01:09PM
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how come I havnt heard it confirmed yet that Lowe and Eakins have been fired?? where's the press conference?

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#237 samurai003
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6 ring circus wrote:

If Lowe was fired does anyone really think there is another NHL team stupid enough to hire him as there GM/POHO? Mactavish could not get another NHL coaching or management job except in Edmonton,Howson lasted a few years in Columbus before coming back to Edmonton because there were no other teams knocking on his door ,and Kevin Lowe's GM replacement Tambellini is now a scout for Anaheim ,if he was such a great hire why didn't any other NHL team pick him up as a assistant or general manager after the Oilers let him go? The 29 other teams in the league know that this group is not qualified to run a NHL team,except for Edmonton no wonder we are in this mess,what a joke!!!!

Exactly. Look at their records, positions and previous experience.

If management is fired, would ANYONE come in here and clean up this mess?

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles maybe.

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#238 hemi
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There are no positives! Dark days will continue. Shame on the Owner, Management and Players alike.

I have come to realize that even the media coverage of this team is questionable. Edmonton deserves a whole lot more than the pure crap that has been served for the past oh so many years.

Simply put, the state of this team and everything associated to it is pure $hit.

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#239 Bryzarro World
March 23 2014, 01:16PM
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Spydyr wrote:

"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.

It's both. Players aren't good enough and that falls to Kblowe who has been in charge for about 15 years. Coach is a useless tit that has to go.

From top down, from kblowe to moss, fire them all and get some experienced people to coach and manage this team.

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#240 Casey
March 23 2014, 01:18PM
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I just don't get it. Is management blind or are they just plain stupid? YOU GUYS ARE LOSING!! OPEN YOUR DAMN EYES!! THIS IS A LOSING TEAM!! When are they going to learn that doing the same thing over and over again won't make the result any better?I'm so tired of this garbage.

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#241 Distant
March 23 2014, 01:18PM
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Harlie wrote:

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Lol!

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#242 Spydyr
March 23 2014, 01:23PM
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I have not paid to go to Oiler game or brought any Oiler merchandise for a few years now.I respectfully request more people join me.It is the only way fans can attempt to force change by affecting the teams bottom line.

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#243 luke
March 23 2014, 01:36PM
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Omark and a second for weber???

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#244 nofiltercanholdme
March 23 2014, 01:42PM
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Hall is the only player in the entire organization that seems to give a Ϝuck about losing...

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#245 Chris
March 23 2014, 01:44PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

What do the Oiler's and Islanders have in common?

Charles Wang = Daryl Katz. Kevin Lowe = Garth Snow/Mike Millbury

After tonight's game there is no way I am renewing my tickets,I have had enough of this gong show and wasting my money !!!

I might agree with you if Dubnyk had been signed to a 20 year contract... It's too bad Katz won't fire Lowe, but he's no wang.

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#246 truth
March 23 2014, 01:50PM
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The worst thing about this is the Oilers made the wrong choice (again) on their head coach selection. How can any player respect a coach that throws a hissy fit like that after getting inadvertently sprayed with WATER.

Arguably one of the best coaches in the game, Mike Babcock, is shown preaching body language on 24/7. Eakins repeatedly makes sour faces and poor gestures when the team is performing badly. The coach is held to a higher standard than the players, don't outperform Hall's negative reaction to adversity by publicly displaying one of the most embarrassing childish fits ever witnessed.

How do you change coaches again? You can't. Before the Oilers get better, they will need to significantly restructure their team (practically full turnover from 1 year ago) to get players that put up with that sort of nonsense, or they will have to get a new coach. I think it will eventually be both before this team is any good.

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#247 Truth
March 23 2014, 01:53PM
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And my 4 season tickets are up for grabs next year unless Lowe and Eakins are gone.

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#248 Chainsawz
March 23 2014, 01:57PM
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nofiltercanholdme wrote:

Hall is the only player in the entire organization that seems to give a Ϝuck about losing...

Really? He wasn't embarrassed about the result last night. His hissy fits are more around his own performance. Don't confuse that with caring about losing.

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#249 oildrop
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Ryan Smyth needs to go. if he would have retired 2 years ago I would have the upmost respect for him. He can not compete. When you watch him play all he does is fall and point fir other players to cover his man. His excuse of a slapshot is amusing. I can not keep count of the countless flybys On the PK I cant recall the last time he blocked a shot. And look at all his goals this year. 75% were shot of him (not deflections, literally shot of his hand or chest) one of them was an empty netter and another 2 were lucky shots. Id rather have a bog body screening on the powerplay than some skinny twig.

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#250 Smokey
March 23 2014, 02:03PM
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I was trying to think of the lowest of the lows with this rebuild.

Pronger traded for prospects rather players started it all.

The Heatley, Hossa rejections. Thank goodness, it wouldn't made a difference except Katz would have had to bought out those aweful overpays.

Souray debacle showed the diabolical insanity of Lowe, and his egotistical nature. Souray had a big mouth, and did not know how to shut it, but he was right. The organization was junk. They through a home town guy under a bus and tried to destroy his career. In the end Souray rose from the ashes and had the last laugh.

The first Hemsky injury in 09' that ended that season and precipitated fall for Hall.

Last years death march was a low. The Oilers fortune turned when Hemsky got his foot injury. In a playoff spot and played like ars down the stretch.

The Scrivenator show against San Jose. Theres no positive having your goalie pull a top 10 all world goaltending display because you gave up 59 shots.

The Jersey.

Loosing against short handed AHL laden Buffalo team followed by a drubbing at the hands of a bad but hungry Calgary Phlegms squad, was the ultimate test of loyalty.

Gagner signing. He needs change, and we need a first or second line center.

Horcoff signing. Just plain dumn.

Khabby signing.

The Oilers youngins need to pull their balls outta their throats and play for pride. They need to disreguard the coaches and play for themselves, cause unfortunately these bum coaches are wrecking them.

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