GDB 64.0: DRAFT LOTTERY DUEL

Jason Gregor
March 06 2014 03:03PM

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Now that the playoff roster deadline has passed, the focus, unfortunately for Oilers fans, once again turns to the draft lottery.

The Oilers are virtually guaranteed to finish in the bottom five, and unless one of the teams finishing 17th-25th wins the lottery, the Oilers will have another top-five pick.

24  Carolina M 62 27 26 9 63 26 154 175 -21 15-12-5 12-14-4 1-3 3-7-0 Won 1
25  Nashville C 62 26 26 10 62 25 151 188 -37 15-14-4 11-12-6 1-7 3-4-3 Lost 2
26  NY Islanders M 64 24 32 8 56 18 176 217 -41 9-16-8 15-16-0 6-4 3-7-0 Won 1
27  Calgary P 62 24 31 7 55 20 145 186 -41 13-15-3 11-16-4 4-3 6-4-0 Won 1
28  Florida A 62 23 32 7 53 16 152 201 -49 11-13-4 12-19-3 7-5 2-8-0 Lost 1
29  Edmonton P 63 21 34 8 50 19 157 206 -49 11-15-3 10-19-5 2-2 6-2-2 Won 1
30  Buffalo A 61 18 35 8 44 12 124 183 -59 12-17-5 6-18-3 6-4 4-5-1 Lost 1


Tonight's game is critical, if you believe a higher draft spot guarantees the Oilers a better player, because a win puts the Oilers within four points of the Islanders, while a loss puts them eight points back.

Let the race begin.

The Oilers are 6-2-2 in their last ten games, with only Minnesota and Philadelphia picking up more points during that stretch. They've been out shot in 9 of those games, and were tied in the other one, a 3-0 loss to Minnesota.

Ben Scrivens and Ilya Bryzgalov have been exceptional in goal, and during the two regulation losses the Oilers were shutout out both times. They are winning due to goaltending which hasn't happened regularly in quite some time.

The offence has only scored 10 goals in the last seven games, and their top-six forwards need to play better.

Hall, Eberle, Perron and Yakupov have one goal each over the last seven games, while Nugent-Hopkins and Gagner have none. These six need to start producing goals.

LINEUP

Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
Perron-RNH-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Fraser-Larsen

Scrivens

I like the decision to play Gagner with Hall. The Oilers need Gagner to play well down the stretch for various reasons. If they don't trade him they him need to regain some confidence, and if MacTavish is looking to move him then he needs 89 to play much better. It will be difficult to trade him for anything of value if he keeps struggling, so play him with Hall the rest of the year and hope he gets going.

I thought they might start Fasth. Usually coaches play players against their former team, and with the Kings coming in on Sunday I thought Scrivens would play then, but Eakins said he told Fasth to prepare that he is playing Sunday.

Fasth's last NHL game was November 18th. He missed 37 games with a muscle inflammation/lower body issue, but he did play four games in the AHL in February and told me on Tuesday that he is 100% healthy and ready to play.

It is hard to argue against playing Scrivens because he has been outstanding, so it does make sense to stick with the hot goalie.

Fasth is looking forward to battling for the starting job. "It is good to have two goalies competing for the job. I think it helps a team to have two guys who want to start and are capable of it," he told me Tuesday.

I love his attitude. This team needs more competition. The second line should be competing with the first line for PP and ES time. Same thing on the blueline, and it would refreshing if Fasth's attitude towards competition was embraced by all the players and the organization. 

The management, coaching and the players have to show they don't accept losing. It is easy to say you don't, but actions speak louder than words and it is time that everyone in the franchise displayed a winning attitude.

QUICK HITS...

  • The NHL's decision to lower the Devil's punishment regarding cap circumvention looks awful. Did Lou Lamoriello think this was possible at the 2012 draft, when he elected to keep the 29th overall pick instead of forfeiting it? Maybe, but today that decision still looks foolish. Currently the Devils own the 11th overall pick, and depending how the final 19 games unfold they could forfeit a top-ten pick.

  • Hemsky played junior in Hull, just outside Ottawa, but I don't think that will be enough of a reason for him to not test free agency. This year's crop of free agents forwards isn't very deep, so he could fetch a good contract in July.

  • I wrote above that yesterday was the playoff roster deadline and not the trade deadline. NHL teams can still make trades today, but the players traded aren't eligible for the postseason. If the Oilers and Sabres wanted to make a trade today or next week they could.

  • I don't understand why the NHL only allows four callups from now until the end of the season. The lottery eliminates teams from guaranteeing themselves the first overall pick, but even if they put in a rule that said you could only have three call ups on an NHL roster at one time, baring injury, after the deadline would make more sense.

    The Oilers would like to see Anton Lander, Tyler Pitlick, Taylor Fedun, Oscar Klefbom and maybe even Marc Arcobello, but based on the rules only three of them can be recalled, unless the Oilers get into serious injury troubles. (If I read CBA correctly, I think Larsen counts as one -- can anyone confirm? -- which leaves only three recalls left.) If there are only three recalls remaining, then Klefbom, Lander and Pitlick would be the three I'd want to see.

    Playing one or two NHL games can be a great learning tool for young players. It gives them a taste of the league, but more importantly they can find out how challenging the league is and what they need to work on in the off season. Players always tell themselves what they need to work on, but when they actually get to play in a game, they have a better sense of how hard it actually is and what they need to improve on to stay in the NHL.

  • The goalie situation in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton is very even. Today the Oilers' goalies have 79 career NHL starts, the Flames' duo has 68 career starts while the Canucks tandem has started 59 NHL games.

    Out of those six goalies: Scrivens (51), Fasth (28), Ramo (66), Ortio (2),Markstrom (38) and Lack (21) which one do you think emerges as the best goalie?

  • The Edmonton Oilers need to change their practice habits. Earlier this year Ladislav Smid said he was surprised at how intense the Flames' practices were. Today, after his first practice in Minnesota, Ilya Brzygalov said Minnesota's practices have "a way faster pace." Compile that with Barry Trotz ripping Devan Dubynk's techniques, and Ken Hitchcock saying Magnus Paajarvi needed to learn the game, I'd say this is an organizational issue. Paajarvi, Dubnyk and Smid were all here before Eakins, so the lack of intense practices and attention to detail has been an issue this year and in previous seasons.

    The Oilers, specifically MacTavish and Eakins,  need to listen to these comments from former players, take them to heart and improve the situation. If they don't improve how they practice, it will be hard to improve on game day.

TONIGHT...

fish

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Both of these teams would love to eventually jump into the big boys fish bowl and compete for the playoffs, and tonight the Oilers show they are at least closer to getting there than the Islanders with a 6-1 victory (they have to score at some point).

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: ~The Islanders won't be very competitive.~ Tavares is injured while Vanek and McDonald were traded in the past 48 hours. That is three of their top-six scorers.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers sell out streak ends tonight. Of all the remaining home games none are less attractive to hockey fans than tonight. The surprise is that the Oilers announce that it isn't a sell out.

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#101 **
March 07 2014, 12:27AM
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RexHolez wrote:

If this team gets less emberassing it will be inspite of coaching and management.

Dallas 6-1, Canucks 1. Oilers win in ot. I feel good, nanananana, more good than I could, nanananananana....Best part was reading Luongo's tweets.

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#102 Rob F
March 07 2014, 04:04AM
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Dave wrote:

Atleast smytty scored. It'll help Stauffer argue how amazing this team is gonna be. He'll probably tell everyone that Eakins is gonna win the jack Adams next year

I hope Stauffer does predict Eakins wining the Jack Adams

its the Stauffer curse......last time he predicted that, Kruger was fired

dont let us down Stauffer....say it!

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#103 still hoping
March 06 2014, 04:59PM
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cccsberg wrote:

Question for Oilers fans: If you jumped ahead let's say 3 years and had the following line-up, where do you think the Oilers would be re the league/play-offs/Cup potential?

Hall-Gagner-Yakupov Perron-RNH-Eberle Hendricks-Gordon-Joensu Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Ference-J.Schultz Marincin-Petry Fraser-Larsen

Scrivens/ Fasth

ADD-INS: 2014 1st, 2014 2nd, 2015 1st, Nurse, Klefbom/Marincin

Feel free to substitute in your picks... CHALLENGE: Is the current CORE good/strong enough to win?

Nope and I would put money on it because Lowe and Mac T will still be around. Again zero leadership in Oilers management.

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#105 nunyour
March 06 2014, 06:04PM
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Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy! wrote:

This entire organization is out to lunch. My blood boils hearing how pathetic the Oilers are from other teams.

I was at the Q&A the Oilers had during their meet and greet a couple of weeks ago. Eakins had the balls to ask the fans to get louder and get on the other teams. He wants THE FANS to make it a tougher building to play in. THE FANS!!

All these guys, as a group, are so delusional it's hard to point out which ones actually can't breath and walk at the same time. From Kevin Lowe to Taylor Hall and everyone in between.

**Meanwhile at Rexall, the boys are running some half speed drills to work up a bit of a sweat.**

Pathetic.

Did season ticket holders ask any tough questions that made them swallow hard,or just sit there smiling?

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#106 Sammy D
March 06 2014, 06:25PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Umm...If the Devils miss the playoffs it is good chance they have a top-ten pick or close. They won't use that pick.

Had they forfeited their 29th pick in 2012 then they would use this year's pick, and they wouldn't be picking 30th. Thus they could forfeit a top-ten pick.

From TSN:

The Devils will keep the first-round draft pick they were scheduled to forfeit this year, and the league will reduce the $3 million fine assessed against the team for circumventing the NHL-NHLPA collective bargaining agreement

The league said the Devils will be entitled to the 30th selection overall -- the last pick in the first round -- in the 2014 draft. They will not be permitted to trade or transfer its right to that pick.

So they get the last pick of the 1st round and it doesn't matter where they finish in the standings.

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#107 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 06 2014, 06:26PM
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** wrote:

Same as the number of licks it takes to get to reach the center of a tootsie pop. No one really knows, but they'll sure keep licking.

Oilers management prefers to suck their Tootsie Rolls, not lick them.

So no one really knows, but they'll sure keep.....?

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#108 Alsker
March 06 2014, 07:41PM
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Looking at our line up, it's obvious that if it ain't broke-don't fix it! Epic. Simply epic.

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#109 Rod from Viking
March 06 2014, 08:13PM
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Anton wrote:

The only No.89 plays in C that I remember was Mike Comrie.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

How many of the 11 SH goals have been scored with Gagner on the ice?

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#110 Dan
March 06 2014, 08:13PM
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Who put NHL jerseys on these echl teams?

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#111 Dan
March 06 2014, 08:38PM
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kale wrote:

I blame this on the fans, they are not cheering loud enough and supporting the team on their 1-3-1 powerplay

probably those lousy tier 2 fans again

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#112 Anton
March 06 2014, 08:43PM
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Maybe Gagner should shoot from blue line more often.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#113 Alsker
March 06 2014, 09:10PM
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Lofty wrote:

Do I smell another home ice shutout?

Don't jinx it!!!

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#114 vetinari
March 06 2014, 09:11PM
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Lofty wrote:

Do I smell another home ice shutout?

Deadline pressure is off them so they can now return to sucking in epic proportions...

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#115 Anton
March 06 2014, 09:29PM
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RexHolez wrote:

So is this game yet another learning experience?? Is it me or are these guys real slow learners??

The only thing that I learned from this game is that Oilers really want the title for most SHA.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#116 Randaman
March 06 2014, 09:46PM
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albertabeef wrote:

If they made a movie about Kevin Lowe and Garth Snow, they would have to cast Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

Now that's Funny!! LOL Dumb & Dumber. Which is which? Never mind, I just checked the standings. Go Sabres

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#117 Serious Gord
March 07 2014, 09:08AM
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Let's talk Canucks for a minute:

Looking at that team - does anyone reading this think that either the coach or GM should keep his job?

Torts has put the team into full collapse. He has clearly failed and not changed his spots. He should be fired and I bet that is the near unanimous opinion of Canucks fans.

The GM hired torts to a four year contract. Dithered and dithered on his goalies and other players. Still with three years on his deal he too should be terminated.

Has Eakins done any better than torts? The teams play and record sure don't indicate that he has. Why shouldn't he be fired?

I really dislike two things in people - cockiness and incompetence.

Eakins is a cocky incompetent coach.

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#118 The Real Scuba Steve
March 06 2014, 05:08PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Lowes plan is simple. Keep this team at, or next to last in the league, until they draft a kid who makes them all look like winners.

They won't find a Weber type to come to this ship show, so securing Ekblab is their best option. And that starts with another loss tonight to the Islanders. Losing is clearly the intended/acceptable outcome under Kevin Lowes watch.

True, because Lowe with his 6 rings as a player does know something about winning.

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#119 Rick Stroppel
March 06 2014, 06:13PM
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NEW JERSEY PENALTY KERFUFFLE

The main reason the NHL gave New Jersey a break is because Kovalchuk went back to Russia, leaving NJ holding a big bag o' doo doo. Nobody will admit that. NJ tried to deke out the NHL, then Kovalchuk deked out NJ. The NHL decision is not very principled, but it is understandable. The NHL should have acted a lot sooner to stop those lengthy bogus contracts. Funny that a supposedly brilliant lawyer (Bettman) signed off on a system that had a loophole so big you could drive a truck through it.

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#120 **
March 06 2014, 06:18PM
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Butters wrote:

I'm an Oiler fan. Someone remind me who I should be cheering for. Thanks

Kenny, cheer for Kenny.

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#121 RexHolez
March 06 2014, 07:23PM
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** wrote:

Of course I do, otherwise why bother to post here and follow them?, that would just be torture or stupidity. The Oilers have nowhere to go but up, whereas Vancouver is on full free fall mode. Cheer up though, at least the Canucks can say they know the feeling when it comes to losing game 7 of the Stanley cup. West coast Canada NHL: The little teams that could.

If this team gets less emberassing it will be inspite of coaching and management.

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#122 dougtheslug
March 06 2014, 08:18PM
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kale wrote:

2-0 against a team that has 6 offensive leaders gone...the future looks so bright

Out shot 13-4. The Edmonton Oilers - still searching for a bottom

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#123 vetinari
March 06 2014, 08:49PM
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That does it... I'm demoting myself to be a fan of the AHL's Barons... I've watched AHL hockey in the NHL all year long, so I might as well make it official.

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#124 Rod from Viking
March 06 2014, 08:58PM
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Sailge wrote:

It is unbelievable how terrible of a hockey player Snowpants is.

Jaw excuse is not even close to valid anymore. It's been 50 games of crap now.

I think Clifford would have been an overpay for LA, at least he is tough and knows how to defend.

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#125 75ers
March 06 2014, 09:45PM
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Well I think we're only 5 or 6 players away from contending for playoff spot. Sign Smyth long term!

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#126 Rod from Viking
March 06 2014, 10:12PM
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I love Ganger, what a steal of a contract, f#%k me.

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#127 Rob F
March 07 2014, 04:09AM
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Oilers4ever wrote:

You people talking about firing Eakins make me sick. This organization has had enough of the coaching carousel. These players will NEVER get better if the damn systems change every year. Fricking suck it up and deal. He's better than Quinn and Renney in my books. This team is now 7-2-2 in their last 11. I'm not saying they dont still have issues but Eakins said from the start he expected half a season or more till results started showing. Well imagine that. If we'd had Scrivens and Bryz to start the season we'd probably have 10 more wins cuz Dubynk blew that many games; thus why he's on the Habs farm team. This team wi get better. Lucky tonight sure. Give them a bit more size top 6 and a top 2 dman and they'll be fine. I doubt any of you fire the coach whiners could do a better job. You'd be coaching instead of whining if you could...

thanks for your input mrs eakins

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#128 Dave
March 07 2014, 08:39AM
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Could one of the ON staff writers please write an article on the merits of bringing up Arcobello to replace Sam Gagner.

Can we get a ON petition or something ?

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#129 cccsberg
March 06 2014, 04:05PM
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Sevenseven wrote:

I think we did WAY better than the islanders this deadline. I can honestly see this team finish 20th next year, but still in the hunt till close to the end. I think Mac T is slowly, but wisely, changing this team for the better. Eakins will be around next year, but with a whole new coaching staff. The oil are 6-2-2 all you people saying how bad they are. That is a huge improvement If we can keep that up down the stretch it would be better for the team. No Ekblad, but any trade assets will be valued higher on a team crushing it down the stretch.

Yes, way better than NYI, and I like your attitude...

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#130 Turnover
March 06 2014, 05:37PM
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D wrote:

The NHL lost (even more) credibility with the NJ forfeit decision.

Yeah..! But still far ahead of the Edmonton Feather-Pillows

Petry for once had a real good game aganist Ottawa...reason...hoping to get out of here.

Yakapov...actualy backchecked. Honest, he did....reason...hoping to get out of here.

Hemsky....flying...making sure someone got him out of here.

And being a lottery team again? You should be ashamed to accept it.

Disgrace to this good city and it's LOYAL stupid paying customers.

@ -30- and Rishaug...? He's had that 18 hour girdle on far to long..release it Ry-ann

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#131 Turnover
March 06 2014, 05:49PM
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Sevenseven wrote:

I think we did WAY better than the islanders this deadline. I can honestly see this team finish 20th next year, but still in the hunt till close to the end. I think Mac T is slowly, but wisely, changing this team for the better. Eakins will be around next year, but with a whole new coaching staff. The oil are 6-2-2 all you people saying how bad they are. That is a huge improvement If we can keep that up down the stretch it would be better for the team. No Ekblad, but any trade assets will be valued higher on a team crushing it down the stretch.

You said: I can honestly see this team finish 20th next year.

NEWS FLASH NHL to ELIMINATE 10 teams after this season.

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#132 **
March 06 2014, 05:51PM
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Dan wrote:

Pretty sure Vancouver and toronto are laughing harder at this sad sack of losers we call oilers

And.....here come the stupefied Vancouver fans. One thing we have learned is that the Gillis school of management runs franchises to the ground. Tambellini was his disciple right?. Vancouver is now left with a bat $hit crazy coach, the Sedin sisters, and a bunch of goons/dirty sacks. Kesler will be out in the summer and Edler will probably jump ship too.

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#133 kale
March 06 2014, 08:14PM
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@dougtheslug

2-0 against a team that has 6 offensive leaders gone...the future looks so bright

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#134 Swish
March 06 2014, 08:48PM
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Only the oilers can make the islanders without Tavares and Vanek look like contenders! What year if the rebuild is it?? Safe to say its not working??

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#135 Rod from Viking
March 06 2014, 09:03PM
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Dave wrote:

Gagner and this years 1st rnd pick to anyone for a 5th rounder

He will end up getting bought out and will play somewhere else and between the Oilers and the new team(KHL) will be making 6mil/yr.

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#136 Dave
March 06 2014, 09:04PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Our economy is strong.

Full house to watch this absolute mess.

Crappy vs. Couldn'tgiveash*t.

Hope they raise loads of dough for Charity in the 50/50.

At the game. I would say 10 percent empty.

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#137 Anton
March 06 2014, 09:34PM
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Actually, I don't see many wearing Oilers jersey in the stand, are we finally running out jerseys to toss?

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#138 Anton
March 06 2014, 09:39PM
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RexHolez wrote:

The only thing I learned from this game is that the rink they suck in seems to be a good enough rink for them to suck in. Not sure why were paying for a new arena for them to go suck in when they suck just fine in this one.

With new arena, maybe we can finally lure a real NHL team to come.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#139 Anton
March 06 2014, 09:43PM
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Dave wrote:

You should add Fire Lowe! Fire Buchberger! And Fire Smith!

HAIL TO THE MULLET!

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#140 dougtheslug
March 06 2014, 09:49PM
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This is Painful wrote:

I could be wrong, but doesn't the ~ mean sarcasm.

I'm hoping it was meant as a joke…kind of like this organization.

Has it ever been this bad? I'm sure it felt like it in 2010 and 2011 and 2012, but this is pathetic.

I hope it was sarcasm. But it was also accompanied by a game prediction of a 6-1 Oilers win.

Has it ever been this bad? I keep asking myself the same question. And I keep getting the same answer.

No. But it still keeps getting worse.

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#141 Dave
March 06 2014, 10:02PM
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Overtime- lets just hope they don't get a powerplay

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#142 This is Painful
March 06 2014, 10:19PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

I hope it was sarcasm. But it was also accompanied by a game prediction of a 6-1 Oilers win.

Has it ever been this bad? I keep asking myself the same question. And I keep getting the same answer.

No. But it still keeps getting worse.

Not sure, but assumed the competitive part was a subtle jab at Oilers lack of it…

It did look bad, and then they come back and win a game they had no business winning… haha… Life of an Oiler fan…

Snowpants scores or assists on the winner…Classic end to this game.

Score was off, but I guess Gregor was right in picking winner...

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#143 DrunkGuyTy
March 07 2014, 06:32AM
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@Walter Sobchak

Don't kid yourself with the 'co-coach', Renny is an assistant coach to one of the best.

I'm not necessarily an Eakins fan, but you put all of the blame on him for anything bad and give him zero credit for anything good. That speaks to your credibility.

I'll take 7-2-2 in the last 11. It's not great, but its progress.

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#144 Smokey
March 07 2014, 08:23AM
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Gk1980 wrote:

Couple things I noticed at last nights game: - it was dead quite all game, fans not into it. Only when gretzkys face was shown - Fraser played mean, best game as an oiler - Larson is fast, maybe karlson type? - Kids invisible - Scrivens is a battler! So far so good! - Hendricks is an awesome character guy, during warm up would hoot and holler and acknowledge the fans. Cool guy!

Larson is a Karlsson type? He is lucky he is in the NHL. He's playing for a job next year, probably in the KHL.

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#145 justthestatsman
March 06 2014, 05:45PM
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Racki wrote:

I was thinking maybe they'd get the Full Metal Jacket, soap-in-a-sock beatdown by teammates for making practice harder. But really, there has to be a guy that is too proud to sit and take it easy in practice like Gordon, Ference, Smytty etc. So it sounds a little far fetched in a way too unless it just happens that those other two teams have a crazy pace. I don't know. Just odd this is suddenly news now.

Yeah, this sounds weird to me too. Maybe Smid and Bryz were just trying to pump the tires of their newest coaching staff. They'd never say it their new team's practices were easier than where they came from.

If Oilers practices really are slow compared to other NHL practices I'd say it has more to do with the caliber of players than effort. If our players are slotting in lines or pairings 1 or 2 levels higher than they should be then "slow" might be as fast as it gets for them.

Get good players, keep good players...

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March 06 2014, 06:45PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Haha sounds like you think the oilers will improve. I don't see that happening anytime soon

Of course I do, otherwise why bother to post here and follow them?, that would just be torture or stupidity. The Oilers have nowhere to go but up, whereas Vancouver is on full free fall mode. Cheer up though, at least the Canucks can say they know the feeling when it comes to losing game 7 of the Stanley cup. West coast Canada NHL: The little teams that could.

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March 06 2014, 07:47PM
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Looking at our line up, it's obvious that if it ain't broke-don't fix it! Epic. Simply epic.

Where else could you find a defense like that, look on the bright side it has to be improved this summer.

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#148 Anton
March 06 2014, 08:03PM
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The only No.89 plays in C that I remember was Mike Comrie.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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Good job by Perron, no shorty opportunity. Seriously that sucked tho not as bad as our PP does. Dougtheslug hit the nail right on the head.

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#150 The Real Scuba Steve
March 06 2014, 08:23PM
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We loosing to the ISLANDERS!!! This is so sad.

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