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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 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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#152 hankthetank
March 23 2014, 04:02PM
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7 is a number

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#153 Rick
March 23 2014, 08:40AM
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Well that didn't take long for Chabot to completely destroy the two new goalies games did it . Has he improved any goalie since he came on board? No And Then there is Smith and Acton and Eakins …….Nelson and crew do a great job of making players NHL ready and sending them up and these guys turn them into beer league players within a month .

I do however believe MacT has Katz'z trust and the authority to make what ever changes that are necessary and that will including toasting the coaches I just wish he would do it sooner then later because if he doesn't I think he is going to spend the first week of the off season dealing with players demanding to be traded including a few of our stars.

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#154 Drowning in Oil
March 23 2014, 09:23AM
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People on this site make me laugh! I get jumped on for throwing Mac T under the bus but think of this......

I think Dallas Eakins is an absolutely horrible coach but he is really only doing what he can.

I think the players on this team are brutal most night but what are they suppose to do, if they arent good enough, they aren't good enough.

It is incumbent on the General Manager of the team to fix any problems and Mac T will not admit failure when it comes to Dallas Eakins. Eakins is certainly not going to fire himself.

The players on this team do not gel but who's fault is that? The offense is very small and weak but whos fault is that? Not the players! Again, it is Mac T!!

I may get a lot of thumbs down for thinking this way but it really is the only logical way of thinking if you leave your emotions at the door.

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#155 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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#156 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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#157 Serious Gord
March 23 2014, 12:17AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Sorry to say, anyone who thinks we have hit rock bottom is forgetting how often we hit it in the past. Zero points in the remaining games will be the new rock bottom. Then, Hall demanding a trade. Then, Ekblad refusing to put on an oil jersey at the draft. Then, no signings at free agency followed by another 'bold moves' presser from Mac. The oil still have lots of gongshow in them.

The last two got a lot closer to coming true tonight - That incident on the bench could have legs - Tremblay vs Roy type legs...

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#158 John Kirsch
March 23 2014, 07:29AM
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OilBomber wrote:

The Oilers realize that their sports motivational psycho-babble of assigning values to a meaningless icon/deity (the Oilers logo, for example) may work to motivate them, it does NOT APPLY TO A PAYING CUSTOMER. Oilers players and management should take the jersey on the ice for what it is - a paying customer providing honest feedback on the value of entertainment service provided. NOTHING MORE.

If the Oilers want people to be respectful, show respect for your customers.

Lowetide, is there a word for a lower nadir? Maybe a sub nadir? I thought we had already reached the nadir of the season a couple months ago.

Using Dante's model, the bad news is that we are likely only in the eighth circle (Fraud). We still have to descend to the ninth circle (Treachery) before we can start climbing our way back out - and experiencing it all over again.

The good news is that there are allot of good hockey teams out there to cheer for - the professional ones would welcome your business, the amateur ones your support.

Great post!

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#159 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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#160 hemi
March 23 2014, 01:16PM
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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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#161 samurai003
March 23 2014, 04:00PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Wonder what MacT and KLowe are doing today?

Getting ready for golf season, as they have done for the past 8 years.

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#162 vetinari
March 23 2014, 04:03PM
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@Admin -

please review comment #271 and remove the offensive commentary.

Debate management decisions, criticize ownership or complain about players but leave out the anti-semitic commentary.

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#163 Eulers
March 22 2014, 11:17PM
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Offensively, the OIlers weren't terrible tonight. But, defensibly... whoo boy! Absolute comedy!

Two positives though: 1) Scriven's Give-a-Shit meter bursts through Rexall's roof and 2) great for one (last?) draft pick position.

Just need that aging #2 defenceman to come in next year as our #1 to plug the leaks.

Tears in my beers.

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#164 Spydyr
March 22 2014, 11:46PM
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What is next? The final scene in Scarface when the hit squad jumps the wall at the Montana um Katz compound.Literally not figuratively.

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#165 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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#166 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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#167 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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#168 Rod from Viking
March 23 2014, 12:34AM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Taylor Hall for captain chants quieted down yet? Spoiled brats! We need a Tyler Seguin kind of move. Did you see Hendricks during Halls locker room interview. He looked like he wanted to reach over and strangle the kid.

Something is very wrong in that dressing room.

At first I thought he was just in a hurry to get to the After Hours and then watching him you could see he was really holding back from saying something.

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#169 Distant
March 23 2014, 02:09AM
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Stop ragging on Hall. If I had to play for such an inept group and a foolishly absurd coach, I doubt any kind of real motivation (not just money) would develop. He still gives a damn. He is only 22. He does not compare to Arnott. Oilers fans (I am one) are the absolute worst at reliving the past, whether it be the glory years or the horrible early-mid 1990's. Let the distant past go. It does not have any relevance to what is happening now. The recent past on the other hand...

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#170 Devolution
March 23 2014, 04:17AM
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Distant wrote:

On a different note. It's high time the Oilers change their goal horn. With the exception of their fluke Cup Run of 2006, They have been the worst team in the NHL since they adopted that stupid sounding honky horn.

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

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#171 TeddyTurnbuckle
March 23 2014, 09:25AM
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This loss was coming. The team only played 2 good games over their recent winning streak and rest was goaltending. We have 29 th wrapped up and you can argue the team hasn't improved at all this season.

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#172 Spydyr
March 23 2014, 09:32AM
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hurryhard! wrote:

You nailed it Spyder! Its called integrity. Lowe should be ashamed of the work he's done running this once great franchise into the ground and he should be gone. He is not the only one to blame, but he is at the top of the food chain and needs to answer for the incompetence. Where is the accountability?

How can an organization any organization hold the workers (players) accountable if no one from the owner on down is accountable?Accountability starts at the top.The Oilers have absolutely none.

It is hard to fathom anyone having a job after not meeting their objectives for eight straight years.In the real world (when your boss is not your buddy or your Uncle) you would have been shown the door years ago.

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#173 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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#174 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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#175 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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#176 Distant
March 23 2014, 01:18PM
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Harlie wrote:

Rectal Place home of the Coilers

Lol!

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#177 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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#178 Loweblows
March 23 2014, 02:18PM
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Wonder what MacT and KLowe are doing today?

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#179 Spydyr
March 23 2014, 07:42AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I cant even remember the last time when this team had one, I think Renny had one, they have deserved many but Mr Healthy usually has an optional instead that only the real team guys show up to. I hated the Hall interview, to me that is what is the problem of this team, talk is extremely cheap. Mac T is going to have to take back his "Dallas isn't going anywhere" and or "we like our core" just like the "bold moves" statement.I really can't see the season ticket holders being led down the path t as easily this year. It is time for someone who is being paid by Katz to be shown the door for this debacle.

Accountability.The Oilers should get some.

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#180 Wonger
March 23 2014, 08:41AM
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DoubleDIon wrote:

I don't think McGratton has lost a fight in his time with the Flames. He's also hardly a bully. He only fights heavyweights and isn't chippy at all. Ignorant comment, guys like Scott go after Kessel type players. McGratton has never done anything like that. BTW, McGratton would tool Scott.

You are completely right! He is the top enforcer, becoming a good hockey player, and most important, A WONDERFUL human being who makes everyone who knows his story want to try harder and be a better person!Apologies to Brian and everyone from a VERY FRUSTRATED and DEFEATED Oiler fan!

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#181 hurryhard!
March 23 2014, 09:22AM
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Spydyr wrote:

At least Redford had the balls to step down unlike Lowe.

You nailed it Spyder! Its called integrity. Lowe should be ashamed of the work he's done running this once great franchise into the ground and he should be gone. He is not the only one to blame, but he is at the top of the food chain and needs to answer for the incompetence. Where is the accountability?

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#182 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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#183 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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#184 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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#185 #ThereGoesTheOilers
March 23 2014, 02:53PM
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I can appreciate the tone from most of us right now because this season has been such a disappointment. However, I am left wondering why should these last two losses sting so badly? We're not a good team and our recent success is misleading. I'm not buying that we're getting better - are you?

I had a quick look back at the previous 3 seasons. Here are all the wins/losses where 7 or more goals were tallied by the winner:

Oct 29, 2010: EDM (7) CHI (4) Nov 9, 2010: CAR (7) EDM (1) Nov 14, 2010: NYR (8) EDM (2) Nov 19, 2011: EDM (9) CHI (2) Feb 2, 2012: EDM (8) CHI (4) Apr 3, 2013: EDM (8) CGY (2) Apr 27, 2013: EDM (7) VAN (2) Nov 19, 2013: EDM (7) CBJ (0) Dec 5, 2013: EDM (8) COL (2) Mar 22, 2014: CGY (8) EDM (1 )

Couple of thoughts - interesting that we beat the Flames last year almost to the same tune. We've been a bad team for a long time now. We knew just how bad when we were eliminated from playoff contention in November.

Look at those games. The majority of the lop-sided victories belong to us. I think that says more about the offensive potential and defensive deficiencies of this group than just how close 'rock-bottom' is.

I'm not selling koolaid here. We suck and we know it. Why do these losses come as such a sting? Even good teams can lose badly. Why should the losingest team in the past 8 years be shocked when they lose so badly?

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#186 Zamboni Driver
March 23 2014, 03:22PM
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I'm still looking for a 'young talent' defender to tell me where Hall was yesterday.

Eberle?

Nugent-Hopkins (wherever he has been all year).

Lowe did not play. MacTavish didn't either.

These "young superstars with huge upside" did.

And got waxed.

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#187 Ed in Edmonton
March 23 2014, 03:48AM
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Anton CP wrote:

We have 7 more home games to get "Fire Eakins!" chant going. Peoples with tickets should still go to the game and start the chant to give this so-called organization a piece of our mind.

I understand that all involved parties should all be removed from this organization which include Katz himself. Since that is not a possibility then we should at least to hold the clown Eakins responsible for this horrendous display.

The game against Avs should be a good example of what Oilers can be when they are managed and coached properly.

You need to go to the root of the problem. Fire Lowe should be the go.

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#188 wiseguy
March 23 2014, 06:31AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

When I was a kid we didn't even have a NHL team to cheer on so quit crying. And we had to walk to school through snow that was over our heads. Damn kids. Get off my lawn.

So the only difference now is global warming has resulted in less snow and you're no longer in school...

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#189 geeker99
March 23 2014, 06:36AM
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@nuge2nail

I wouldn't want to make any drastic moves till kids play a meaningful pro game. It doesnt look like they had to play a bit of defensive hockey growing up. IMO calgary are in a much better rebuild position cause they have a solid defense core.

a couple of years ago a buddy asked who would I trade for a 1-2 d-man. I said Hall cause i didnt think he was going to live to play a third. Then his shoulder operation smarten him up and then the Clutterbuck hit. Man i love that hit, and was close to being a legit hit. Love nuges hockey brain but physically not ready to play in this league. Love ebs but he would be my trade bait. when he is not scoring he is invisible.

This rebuild should be a documentary on how not to rebuild. A young number 1 line doesnt work when you don't have puck moving D and playing dump and chase . goaltending? sorry for the ramble on

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#190 Wintoon
March 23 2014, 07:43AM
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In reading the comments there is a lot of venting going on. Some of the comments are over the top but most are justified. The most perplexing question, however, is "What is next for the organization?"

It will be very interesting to see the corporate response to this humiliating debacle. Will Katz issue another letter of apology to the fans? Will Lowe offer up his resignation to Katz only to have Katz not accept it? Will MacTavish change his plan relative to the draft and the re-build? Will Eakins actually admit to having misjudged the situation?

Or will it be none of the above?

Will the critical decisions regarding the future of the franchise be left to the fans? Will the fans have to express their fury by staying away from the rink, by not renewing season tickets, by not buying merchandise?

Will be interesting to see which way this all goes.

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#191 Rod from Viking
March 23 2014, 02:49PM
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If you want to watch a well coached team that plays with structure tune into the CIS final on Sportsnet W and watch the Bears.

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#192 6 ring circus
March 23 2014, 04:33PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Wonder what MacT and KLowe are doing today?

They are both at Katz's house washing his windows, deciding on who they are going to throw under the bus at the end of the season.

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#193 nuge2nail
March 23 2014, 01:06AM
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Milos wrote:

Your intro and outro are greatly contradicting eachother. Shut the **** up.

Oiler Domination To Follow

Lol relax there bud.

I'm sorry I offended you- I'll leave you to your misery.

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#194 Path
March 23 2014, 08:02AM
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LoweBlow wrote:

I'd be satisfied it fewer than 1000 fans showed up to the next game.

It seems to me that this sort of action is the only thing that would trigger a meaningful response from Katz. But I can't see it happening.

The organization clearly knows that the fan base is quite pissed. But what incentive does Katz have to do anything about it (other than write a letter)? The building still sells out constantly (even if the physical bodies in the stands don't reflect that). That obviously won't change when the new building is finished, even if this team continues to be a perennially 25-30th place team until it's finished. We're so hockey mad in this city that the quality of the on ice product ultimately doesn't matter. If we were in most other markets (with some exceptions) with this performance since 2006, that fan base would have responded where it counts (attendance), and the organization would have been compelled to respond: Lowe, MacT, Buchberger, Smith would have been ousted permanently long ago. But this organization is the Toronto Maple Leafs 2.0.

So in a sense, I don't really see Katz as a bad businessman. Business is good for him, even with what, 7 or so years of no playoffs? So why change?

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#195 hurryhard!
March 23 2014, 09:16AM
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-30- wrote:

The really funny thing about Saturday's game and this website is that the next time the Oilers have a good game the mood will be 180 degrees different.

The Oilers needed to be spanked and I'm a fan.

Until the forwards learn to come back and help our pathetic defence they will continue to be draft hopefuls.

I still see a lack of effort from this team. We're not changing coaches for a year at least but in my fantasy world I see Hitchcock or Keenan coming in here and reading the riot act. I swear that would make a difference.

You do Not want Keenan. Trust me. The game has passed him by. Just look at his sad work in Calgary. Hitchcock would certainly make a difference but only if someone gets him the talent to work with. Coaching does make a difference for sure but so does having a team that is willing to sacrifice personal needs every night to make the group better. Dont see that from a lot of the Oiler's stars. Or is that just me?

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#196 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.

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#197 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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#198 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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#199 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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#200 Serious Gord
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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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