APRIL FOOLS: SEVEN TO GO

Robin Brownlee
March 30 2014 09:58PM

If there's a silver-lining to the 5-0 speed-bagging the Edmonton Oilers took from the New York Rangers at Rexall Place Sunday, it's that coach Dallas Eakins and his team have just seven games remaining in their dumpster fire of a season and only four of those are at home.

While there's very little new to report in terms of the overall ineptitude and futility that's been fodder for discussion most of this season, the particulars from this no-show included another feeble night by Edmonton's power play, which went 0-for-5 and allowed not one but two shorthanded goals, and failure to score a goal of any kind for the ninth time in 2013-14.

Save for the lucky stiff who won $53,250 in the 50-50 draw, the faithful who hung in long enough to see who won the dough headed for the parking lot sour as the Oilers lost their 20th home game and hit 40 losses overall, dropping to 26-40-9, in the final game of a six-game homestand.

With road games in San Jose, Anaheim and Phoenix before they return home to close out the campaign against the Ducks, Colorado, Los Angeles and the Vancouver Canucks, I can't remember a season – I got to Edmonton in 1989 – in which the fans have been pummeled numb to this degree.

As I wrote that last paragraph, I listened to 630 CHED analyst Rob Brown say he thinks all the changes this off-season will be with players, not with management. All the changes? How many people veered off the road on the drive home when they heard that?

THE WAY I SEE IT . . .

Dallas Eakins 17

  • I don't know about you, but I feel my stomach contents rushing up my throat every time somebody refers to the Oilers as this young, exciting club loaded with offensive talent (I've been guilty of that myself a time or two). The Oilers have scored 184 goals in 75 games. Only three teams, Florida, New Jersey and Buffalo, have scored fewer.
  • Eakins, at least, seems to recognize characterizing the Oilers high-powered on the attack is bogus. He addressed it tonight in his post-game availability with media. Addressing it on the ice in the style the team chooses to play is a different matter. Nine shutouts, six of those at home.
  • If the Oilers had a power play that ranked in the top five or six in the league, you could at least make an argument that 13 shorthanded goals against isn't a big deal. When the Oilers are sitting in the bottom third – they're listed 23rd at 16.2 per cent – all those shorties are a big deal. The Oilers need to get back to the drawing board next season and they need somebody new drawing it up when they do.

WHILE I'M AT IT

Nail Yakupov

  • After scoring 17 goals in 48 games last season, Nail Yakupov has 11 in 63 games this year and is out with an ankle fracture. I laughed at people who suggested he'd score 35 this season. I had him pegged for 25, which puts me in the ranks of the over-optimistic as well.
  • Speaking of over-optimistic, I wrote after the 41st game that the Oilers would be better in the second half and that I could see them playing at or near .500 (in terms of available points) even with a tough schedule. They'll need one more to match the 62 they got in 2010-11 under Tom Renney and they hit the road 13 off the 74 they had in 2011-12.

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#51 Quicksilver ballet
March 31 2014, 12:13AM
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@toprightcorner

What part of rebuild from within don't you understand? You don't think they tried to do the same thing last summer? Their so called "progress" landed them squarely in 29th place this season.

Who are your 4 vets you want to bring in? I hear Danny Heatley is available now. Anybody who can help has already said, thanks, but no thanks to the Oilers.

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#52 Kr55
March 31 2014, 12:22AM
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Lots of excuses from Eakins lately. He said the teams mix is wrong and he has to fix it with MacT. Not sure I've ever heard a coach talk that way about his players with 9 games left in a season. Then he's in a nhl.com article saying the team would be better if they played in the East. Then more junk about how the players are still learning the system and how he knows EXACTLY what he needs to do next year. Like Oiler fans need to hear more people from the Oilers org promising better times next year.

Sucks that MacT probably knows he is a dud but doesn't want to embarrass himself by firing him after all the hype he created around him.

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#53 Walter Sobchak
March 31 2014, 12:29AM
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I’m still flabbergasted that Lowe and company aren’t wearing this disaster, rumor has it Lowe & MacTavish took out the book how to build a team version 2.0 by Mike Milbury and used it on the Oilers.

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#54 Big Cap
March 31 2014, 12:37AM
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I would give MacT a slight passing grade for the season. Some good moves and some not so hot moves.

However he must realize and acknowledge that his decision to fire Krueger and hire this AHL Blowhard has demolished this team and their confidence and really set everyone's development backwards. There is not one stat we are better in than last year, or one facet of our game that is even slightly improved.

If MacT gave Mr. Fitness his walking papers as well as ALL the assistants and even mumbled out a half apology for hiring Eakins, I for one would forgive him and look forward to a new coach and team system.

We hired an AHL coach and have an AHL team.

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#55 hagargt
March 31 2014, 12:37AM
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Kr55 wrote:

Lots of excuses from Eakins lately. He said the teams mix is wrong and he has to fix it with MacT. Not sure I've ever heard a coach talk that way about his players with 9 games left in a season. Then he's in a nhl.com article saying the team would be better if they played in the East. Then more junk about how the players are still learning the system and how he knows EXACTLY what he needs to do next year. Like Oiler fans need to hear more people from the Oilers org promising better times next year.

Sucks that MacT probably knows he is a dud but doesn't want to embarrass himself by firing him after all the hype he created around him.

Kevin will put eakins in the spotlight more and more as the season comes to an end. He will encourage him to make enough comments on the state of the team, that the inevitable contradictions in the direction of the team will show like you are quoting. This is a very simple mis-direction he has been employing since his first year as an F'up.. He can't promote himself any higher than president, so he now needs to throw his underlings out for the dogs. I am in no way an eakins fan, but where the hell is kevin when the screams for his head are at an all time high? He is hiding like the coward he is, hoping that the oilers win another 2 games in a row, or until he can fire another coach to make us all "happy campers" again.

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#56 Time Travelling Sean
March 31 2014, 01:02AM
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Big Cap wrote:

I would give MacT a slight passing grade for the season. Some good moves and some not so hot moves.

However he must realize and acknowledge that his decision to fire Krueger and hire this AHL Blowhard has demolished this team and their confidence and really set everyone's development backwards. There is not one stat we are better in than last year, or one facet of our game that is even slightly improved.

If MacT gave Mr. Fitness his walking papers as well as ALL the assistants and even mumbled out a half apology for hiring Eakins, I for one would forgive him and look forward to a new coach and team system.

We hired an AHL coach and have an AHL team.

Todd Nelson is an AHL coach I wouldn't mind.

Jon Cooper was an AHL coach.

Patrick Roy was a QMJHL coach and they're doing well.

You can't coach around crappy defense and drifting forwards.

If Gagner or Eberle were as committed to defense and understanding systems and where to be, who to cover, and what to do as any other forward on a successful team we might be somewhere.

The Canucks have a very good D but helpless forwards, we have a poor D with helpless forwards.

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#57 seanjohn667
March 31 2014, 01:04AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I see at least two changes with the coaching staff next season. I can't imagine Buchberger, Smith and Chabot all surviving this mess.

the least significant pieces.... big surprise. And KLowe will remain comfortable in the corner office. How does he face people at work and in the industry. He's got to know they are snickering the minute he turns his back.

top 5 pick in 2015 in the bag.

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#58 hagargt
March 31 2014, 01:10AM
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@seanjohn667

Start calling him kevin with a lower case k. For some reason it just sounds way more personal. Lol!! He probably signs off his emails Klowe.

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#59 seanjohn667
March 31 2014, 01:12AM
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Support the Rush. Oiler fans need to move on to other things. when (if) they ever get their act together (in about 3 years), come back then. in the mean, (and in between time) f--- this organization!!!

(I've actually found myself watching wrestling instead of the Oiler, this year)

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#60 Gored 1970
March 31 2014, 01:53AM
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Well, that was really embarrassing. Not only did the nation get to see how pathetic the Oilers are (I'll bet not too many media types will pick the Oilers to make the playoffs next year) but anyone tuning in got to see ... cheerleaders. Japan has given the world sushi, great cars and cheerleaders at hockey games. Why cheerleaders - it's because nobody in Japan understands hockey so they throw in cheerleaders and a bunch of stupid mascots to entertain the fans. What moron in marketing dreamed up the use of cheerleaders at Oiler games and what management idiot approved it? And then when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I watched Gadzic trying to instigate a fight while wearing a visor. What a characterless buffoon. Noon is and Gillis may have turned their respective franchises into gong shows but Levin Lowe has given us a full 3 ring circus.

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#61 Kr55
March 31 2014, 02:00AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I see at least two changes with the coaching staff next season. I can't imagine Buchberger, Smith and Chabot all surviving this mess.

Isn't Buchy good friends with Katz? He likely gets a promotion if anything. Smith is one of the old boys club too. MacT was dumping on dubs for the longest time so not sure if Chabot really takes any heat.

I think we should all be patient and see what Eakins has up his sleve next year. He said himself that he knows exactly what to do next season to turn things around, so it must be true.

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#62 @Oilanderp
March 31 2014, 02:02AM
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#63 @Oilanderp
March 31 2014, 02:09AM
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http://coveredinoil.blogspot.ca/2007_02_01_archive.html

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#64 hagargt
March 31 2014, 02:11AM
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Kr55 wrote:

Isn't Buchy good friends with Katz? He likely gets a promotion if anything. Smith is one of the old boys club too. MacT was dumping on dubs for the longest time so not sure if Chabot really takes any heat.

I think we should all be patient and see what Eakins has up his sleve next year. He said himself that he knows exactly what to do next season to turn things around, so it must be true.

Why would we question the direction of the infection?

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#65 Air on Egg blood
March 31 2014, 02:43AM
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The story goes like this: When MacT got the GM job, the first thing he did was reassure Ralph Krueger that his job was safe and that he would get an experienced associate coach to help him. As usual, the first idea was the best one.

But then MacT decides to pull a publicity stunt by hiring the darling of the summer, giving Eakins the head coaching job. With his pals remaining as assistants. That was his way of telling everybody "this his my team!". Oh, and he fired Krueger - a coach well liked by the players - by skype, at a moment when the organization needed to prove they weren't run by a bunch of jerks anymore. Remember Souray? Peckham?

Now MacT didn't do many mistakes as a GM so far. I love what he has done with the goaltending. But his first mistake was huge and probably will cost the Oil next season two. And the worst part, he probably knows it, but he can't do anything about it. Not with the entire media world - TSN and The Hockey News included - saying that he must keep Eakins. Continuity will solve everything apparently, even hunger in the third world. After all, people from Toronto can do no wrong... Is it me, or the last thing the Oilers need is continuity, after this season?

My best guess is that we are stuck with Eakins for at least another half season, when MacT has no choice but to replace him. That sucks.

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#66 Dan
March 31 2014, 02:55AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

Wow you cant be that sick if your still reading the blogs about the Oilers.

Trading every management member will make less than a 10% difference on this team at the most.

Fire Jones, Joensuu, Lander, Smyth, Pitlick, Gagner, Fraser, Belov and Larsen and replace them, with vets approx 26-29 years of age and toss i a big top 6 winger as well. That will make the biggest difference to improving the team.

I agree they should fire all those players, but first you gotta fire the guy who brought them all here!

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#67 Jason
March 31 2014, 03:16AM
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@Brownlee

Would you want to have a teacher tell you all of your classmates are stupid, they have been stupid the last 5 years?

Or do you want a teacher make you better and believe in yourselves? Instead of degrading the whole class?

Eakins comment after the game was unacceptable, he said the team has been near the bottom in goals scored last 5 years. It's his job to get them better and score goals. The power play allowed 2 more shorthanded goals tonight, who has the power play here? It's a joke and the fans has to put up with this?

Time to fire this clown Eakins.

Patrick Roy get the Avs the chance win 50 games this season after they finished 2nd worst last year with same young team and unproven Dmen.

No excuses, they just keep on winning.

Eakins can't coach in NHL level, we have seen it this year.

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#68 Arius Mumin
March 31 2014, 03:18AM
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Eakins is a tool and a mole.

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#69 hemi
March 31 2014, 04:11AM
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Another embarrassing year is almost behind us. Pretty sad when the home town fans look forward to the end. Is KATZ really not seeing the mismanagement of this team?

There must be a Judgement Day for this Management and Coaching Staff. The smoke and mirror show has run its course. There are players on this team that fall into the floater category as well but watching the Oil struggle for as long as they have (this year is very obvious)the main reason for such dismal outcomes has to fall upon Management and Coaches.

Gong Show through and through. Us fans have been more than supportive and still have nothing to show for it. Up to KATZ now to take that step forward and correct the teams Management. How much more of this crap can he ignore? There better be more than just players being changed this summer.....

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#70 TheresAlwaysNextYear
March 31 2014, 04:24AM
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hey guys i want to get in your minds and find out what inspires u

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#71 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
March 31 2014, 05:02AM
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This team is so awesomely mismanaged that I am mesmerized.

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#72 BlueMile
March 31 2014, 05:23AM
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At least we know N64 isn't part of the problem now... only 22 more to go!!

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#73 Fresh Mess
March 31 2014, 06:12AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I see at least two changes with the coaching staff next season. I can't imagine Buchberger, Smith and Chabot all surviving this mess.

That would be text book Lowe/Katz move, pin it on the assistant coaches.

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#74 Andrew
March 31 2014, 06:17AM
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Checked out youtube. Zack Rinaldo of the Flyers rag dolls Iginla like I've never seen before.

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#75 Fresh Mess
March 31 2014, 06:19AM
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R U Kidding Me! wrote:

Why again, did the Oilers fire Kreuger?

Because despite the revisionist canonization of Saint Ralph by ON readers, he consistently made glaring tactical decisions and the results were poor.

Remember the usual suspects here derisively referring to Ralph as "the motivational speaker" in their annual Fire The Coach campaign?

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#76 Loweblows and so does Eakins
March 31 2014, 06:22AM
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I see Bruce McCurdy finally included Eakins in his post game review and rated him a 1. So Eakins lovers tell me again why we need him? Tomorrow is April fools but the joke is on us fans every freakin day.

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#77 Loweblows and so do all the coaching staff
March 31 2014, 06:24AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

That would be text book Lowe/Katz move, pin it on the assistant coaches.

You are wrong. Textbook Lowe would be to blame the stick boy and skate sharpeners.

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#78 Fresh Mess
March 31 2014, 06:47AM
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Loweblows and so do all the coaching staff wrote:

You are wrong. Textbook Lowe would be to blame the stick boy and skate sharpeners.

I stand corrected.

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#79 The Soup Fascist
March 31 2014, 07:07AM
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"This team looks like a comedy sketch from SCTV."

Scaaaaarrrryyyyy kids but I would prefer Blowed up real good.

Unless you are over 40, it is difficult to explain how funny this is.

Props, Spydyr.

Guy Caballero for President of Hockey Ops!

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#80 Fresh Mess
March 31 2014, 07:19AM
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@The Soup Fascist

Jonny LaRue and Bobby Bittman for GM and Coach.

HOW ARE YAAA!!!

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#81 camdog
March 31 2014, 07:47AM
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In goals for/against our powerplay is bottom 5. Been a long time sinse we were bottom 5 in in this stat.

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#82 Oiler Al
March 31 2014, 08:19AM
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It would appear that Eakins has already had his year end review with MacT, why else would he be spewing all this stuff about how he and MacT will be fixing things this summer moving forward,picking the right players etc etc. Very scary.

He also takes great measure to point out that the team as not been scoring for the last 4 years.. well egghead, thats why you were brought in was to change that... you didnt do it.. not even close.

It will be a tragic if Eakins is not fired at seasons end, along with the other clowns behind the bench.

He just dumped all his player under the bus, to make himself look good.

Not only is he a bad coach , he is a coward.

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#83 Zamboni Driver
March 31 2014, 08:25AM
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Yeah. Kevin Lowe was really awful on the PP last night. Can't believe he pinched and they gave up two shorties.

And Eakins. That floater. He's young with a huge upside, skates like the wind and won those world juniors.

Don't get me started on MacTavish, with that killer one timer, he should have way more than 11 goals.

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#84 madjam
March 31 2014, 08:43AM
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Just back from 40 day snowbird holiday , devoid of internet and hockey . Now that was great relief from the troubles of our hockey club obviously . Sad to see our club is still so bad . Obviously this club needs new management , coaching and scouting in the future if it ever hopes to contend again . No one receives a passing grade and the long term results of this group are reason for them all to be gone , lock , stock and barrel ! Our youth of players are all underperforming under their tutaledge . Their long term poor results in management , coaching , scouting and development are all reasons an entirely different group and philosophy is required here before we see an upturn . Keeping status quo just makes cellar dwellers of our club inevitable for many years to come .

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#85 michael
March 31 2014, 08:51AM
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I took a night off from the Oilers and watched Dr Pol. Glad I did.

I am at wits end.I can't defend a coach who has turned this team into a such a bipolar disaster. As much as there is no consistency from the players there isn't any from the coach either.

Talk about mind games.

2 more short handed goal for 13 on the season is unforgivable.

The good thing is Dr POl was a nice family night. I slept better than I have in a long time. I think I am going to shut her down for the season and focus on the Oil Kings. Eakins and this team has sucked the hope out of me enough for one season. I'm done. Next time I post it'll be for the draft lottery. Enjoy the last 7 games.

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#86 Chongler
March 31 2014, 08:54AM
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Loweblows and so do all the coaching staff wrote:

You are wrong. Textbook Lowe would be to blame the stick boy and skate sharpeners.

I'm pretty sure that his next off-season move will be to blame the fans for not motivating the team enough. Between us and the local sports media, this team had zero chance at success.

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#87 Bloodsweatandoil
March 31 2014, 09:28AM
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I have posted some of this at the beginning of the season on ON: Just my thoughts only.....

I feel Eakins was wrong for this team in many aspects and the turning points for resentment by the current players probably started early.

-The hire of him and the embarrassing dismissal of Krueger, the guys respected Krueger and "played" for him

-The Eakins fitness and diet regime, I am pretty sure the guys were in pretty good skating shape prior to his arrival, correct me if I am wrong, but prior to Eakins arrival, I have never heard the Oilers called slow and unenergetic, always quite the opposite...

-Eakins dismantling of the dressing room by removing any reference to past glory and history. If I am a current player for the Oilers and I am walking by those pictures and testaments, that would put some spring in my step to be just like those guys, probably would be inspirational...It would be anarchy in Toronto and Montreal if a newby coach tried that.

-The acquisition of Ference and making him Captain immediately. I think this is where the dominos fell loudly. Out of all the prior Oilers, 4 years or more; Management showed no faith in them and made an outsider the leader. I strongly feel that the "C" should have went to Hall. This was never Ference's team, seems to me that Ference quit being a leader in January.

Swarm this, swarm that, obtuse powerplay etc, combined with Dubnyk totally forgetting how to goaltend, this team was done in October.

Where there is smoke there is fire, Eakins is the root of this seasons demise. He is too much in the players heads, too much dictating and not showing or leading, Eakins is just a great talker. Optional skates for the guys, Eakins in the bleachers during practises/skates on game days. I could see that if the Oilers were in the top 10 of the league, not holding down bottom 3 worst for last 4 years...

Traded Oilers to other clubs not prepared for real practises with their new clubs and stating OMG!! Oiler's practises were never this hard!

As indicated that Eakins is probably back next season and is having input into what players to acquire, he is just admitting that he cannot coach this current group, this tells me that the room is lost or probably has been since September.

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#88 Sickofthis
March 31 2014, 09:28AM
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Time Travelling Sean wrote:

Todd Nelson is an AHL coach I wouldn't mind.

Jon Cooper was an AHL coach.

Patrick Roy was a QMJHL coach and they're doing well.

You can't coach around crappy defense and drifting forwards.

If Gagner or Eberle were as committed to defense and understanding systems and where to be, who to cover, and what to do as any other forward on a successful team we might be somewhere.

The Canucks have a very good D but helpless forwards, we have a poor D with helpless forwards.

Seems to my Roy did a fine job of coaching around crappy defense and drifting forwards. Eakins is plain and simply way over his head. The players can't stand his arrogance. Not sure where he gets his ego from he has not accomplished anything in his life other than to fool the moronic management of the Oiler's into hiring him. When is it going to be warm enough to golf?

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#89 mlcselli
March 31 2014, 09:32AM
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If the players give scathing exit interviews about the coach, his system and his decisions, we have hope for change. If Eakins stays behind the bench next season, then the pile gets higher and the stink gets worse.

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#90 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 31 2014, 09:35AM
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as much as it pains me to, i need to give DSF some credit.

prior to the start of the year, he made claims that the Oilers could/would even finish behind the Flames this season. I, like many, ripped him to shreds. I even proposed a wager, which thankfully he didnt have the stones to accept at the time.

DSF takes alot of abuse around the interwebs, and most of it is justified. However, in this case, he was bang on.

I will now go watch the "Boys on the Bus" VHS 10 times to repent.

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#91 Spydyr
March 31 2014, 09:50AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

as much as it pains me to, i need to give DSF some credit.

prior to the start of the year, he made claims that the Oilers could/would even finish behind the Flames this season. I, like many, ripped him to shreds. I even proposed a wager, which thankfully he didnt have the stones to accept at the time.

DSF takes alot of abuse around the interwebs, and most of it is justified. However, in this case, he was bang on.

I will now go watch the "Boys on the Bus" VHS 10 times to repent.

Then get as $hitterd as Gretzky when he is talking about this is my puck get your own puck.

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#92 vetinari
March 31 2014, 10:14AM
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I had the chance to watch the game last night but I took a pass because I've watched at least 60 or so Oilers games this year and they aren't getting any better-- in fact, they seem to be regressing.

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#93 hagargt
March 31 2014, 10:19AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Yeah. Kevin Lowe was really awful on the PP last night. Can't believe he pinched and they gave up two shorties.

And Eakins. That floater. He's young with a huge upside, skates like the wind and won those world juniors.

Don't get me started on MacTavish, with that killer one timer, he should have way more than 11 goals.

Who cares if it's the players screwing up the end game? I don't give two poops if the players are spoiled dorks that don't listen! Be a freaking managment and fire them! Do something!

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#94 #ThereGoesTheOilers
March 31 2014, 11:35AM
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That picture of Eakins is dying for a caption.

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#95 mlcselli
March 31 2014, 11:52AM
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#ThereGoesTheOilers wrote:

That picture of Eakins is dying for a caption.

First thing that went through my mind when I saw that is " Another puppet of Klowe". Eakins arms, hands and mouth are perfect for strings to be pulled. The other thing I thought was, that must be the picture Eakins wants in the dressing room to replace all the greats he decided to remove the second he stepped through the door.

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#96 nick
March 31 2014, 12:37PM
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Dallas Eakins is a joke as a coach in the NHL. If they keep this clown on over the summer then write off next year as well. I know the Oilers can't continually change coaches every year and I might add that firing Kruger was a huge mistake, keeping Eakins on is just wasting another year so cut your losses. If one of the upper management in Edmonton can actually show some balls and admit they made a mistake hiring this guy that would add some credibility to an otherwise shambles of an organization. The Oilers are without a doubt the worst run and coached organization in the NHL. If Eakins is so clear on what he has to do to make this team win why hasn't he thought about sharing his vast knowledge this year? I know why, because he is blowing smoke up everyone's ass now about how smart he is. Give up Eakins you are a JOKE

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#97 Loweblows and so will MacT if ache- ins isn't fired
March 31 2014, 12:45PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

It would appear that Eakins has already had his year end review with MacT, why else would he be spewing all this stuff about how he and MacT will be fixing things this summer moving forward,picking the right players etc etc. Very scary.

He also takes great measure to point out that the team as not been scoring for the last 4 years.. well egghead, thats why you were brought in was to change that... you didnt do it.. not even close.

It will be a tragic if Eakins is not fired at seasons end, along with the other clowns behind the bench.

He just dumped all his player under the bus, to make himself look good.

Not only is he a bad coach , he is a coward.

Hey MacT are you reading theses posts? I for one supported your hiring but your inaction is causing serious harm to the fan base. Do something!

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#98 nick
March 31 2014, 12:46PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I see at least two changes with the coaching staff next season. I can't imagine Buchberger, Smith and Chabot all surviving this mess.

There is no way in hell that the entire coaching staff doesn't get axed. This team has regressed so badly under Eakins it is a shame. MacTavish should be embarrassed by Eakins inability to coach. As one of the others put it "you can't fix stupid" and unfortunately that is what is in charge of this team.

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#99 tileguy
March 31 2014, 01:33PM
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Calm down everybody, this is a deliberate tank job for a high draft pick. It is soooo obvious.

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#100 Spydyr
March 31 2014, 02:20PM
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tileguy wrote:

Calm down everybody, this is a deliberate tank job for a high draft pick. It is soooo obvious.

Eight years is a long time to tank.

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