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
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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...

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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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#1 Dan
March 06 2014, 03:39PM
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Bloodsweatandoil wrote:

ha ha ha ha...Sorry, I am still laughing my ass off at Vancouver!!! 59 combined NHL games for their goalies and nothing to really show for those trades.....now only if the Leafs will miss the playoffs...

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

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#2 Oilers4ever
March 06 2014, 11:15PM
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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...

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#3 Shredder
March 06 2014, 03:22PM
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"Currently the Devils own the 11th overall pick, and depending how the final 19 games unfold they could forfeit a top-ten pick." - They ended up getting the 30th overall pick in the draft...not a top ten pick.

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#4 Dan
March 06 2014, 03:23PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

Let me be the fist to hide my shock that there are organizational issues affecting day to day practice, facepalm! It's a never ending string of bad news/press in Oiler land. When will we hit our all time Lowe?

At this rate I say this team will hit rock bottom in 3-4 years. hopefully Lowe will finag be gone by then. This team is pathetic.

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#5 Anton
March 06 2014, 10:17PM
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Yeah, that's how I feel about first and second star. Both Smytty and Scrivens won this game for Oilers. As for Gagner, you need to count your blessing from Smytty and Scrivens to give you a chance to make up the mistake for that SHA.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#6 cccsberg
March 06 2014, 04:01PM
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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?

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#7 Jacques Strap
March 06 2014, 03:28PM
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Just saw a story that said the Oilers didn't dress Szabados as backup on Tuesday because she isn't good enough to play in the NHL. Two questions:

1) Since when is that the bar you need to hurdle to make the Oilers?

2) When are they going to apply that criteria to their 4th line and defense?

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#8 Oilbaron
March 07 2014, 01:21AM
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Anton wrote:

Again, I've said this so many times but somehow someone still like to use "consistency" as an excuse for NOT firing a coach. So for one more time: just because we need some consistency at coaching position doesn't mean that we have to settle for BAD consistency. No one can trade the entire roster away (maybe Gillis can, still...) so it will be coach's job to bring out the best of the players. Eakins has only brought out the worst of the players, he points all fault on EVERYONE ELSE including FANS! How can you entrust someone who cannot shoulder any responsibility to lead? Not for once that he has ever admit the coaching errors which happened so many times throughout the season. You are drinking too much of Eakins' cool-aid, he is the reason why we suck so much this season. Just because Oilers have a little run for 7-2-2 which should be how this team suppose to be. In case that you missed it, we are still floating around basement of the league. That little run only prevent Oilers for being the worst team in the league again!

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

seriously stop posting.

did you even watch the game or were you on your computer the whole time?

The team is finally starting to buy in and you want to fire the coach? You must really want McDavid.

I don't think you really understand hockey. This team has not had a real NHL coach since Mac-Tavish, and they haven't had a real GM since I don't know. Now they have both and if you can't see the changes you really aren't looking very hard.

Take a deep breath, everything will be ok. This team will get better

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#9 Sevenseven
March 06 2014, 03:57PM
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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.

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#10 Mike
March 06 2014, 10:47PM
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tabs wrote:

No problem I caught the sarcasm in your original post. Gawd I hate this group of players, don't often call for a coaches head but Eakins needs a buy out at the end of the season.

You say you hate the group of players, but then blame the coach?

How do you expect a coach to win with this sad sack group of soft, lazy, uninspired players…All Oilers fans need to wake up and realize the players aren't that good. They don't work hard enough. I'm not even an Eakins fan, but I don't blame him with this pathetic group.

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#11 DrunkGuyTy
March 07 2014, 06:26AM
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@Anton

I'm going to hazard a guess here that Eakins' 150 games in the NHL are about 150 more than you played.

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#12 Dan
March 06 2014, 04:01PM
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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.

I don't understand why the NHL even allows these losers to play in the league. They pride themselves on being the best league in the world, so why do they let these bums lower the quality

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#13 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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#14 bulldog12
March 06 2014, 07:53PM
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Joensuu already looks better than Hemsky. Probably out score him the rest of the year to.

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#15 Zamboni Driver
March 06 2014, 08:58PM
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Someone please put Principe out of everyone's misery.

When Rogers rules the world I hope he gets assigned to Bantam C Ringette coverage.

What an embarrassment.

Also get a frickin' haircut.

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#16 RexHolez
March 06 2014, 06:09PM
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** wrote:

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.

And yet they'll still be better than this pathetic team

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#17 tabs
March 06 2014, 10:33PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I know, I was being sarcastic, they are going to trade Gagner, Yakapov,Gernat and this years #1 for Tavares so it doesn't matter if they win.(lol)

No problem I caught the sarcasm in your original post. Gawd I hate this group of players, don't often call for a coaches head but Eakins needs a buy out at the end of the season.

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#18 Anton
March 06 2014, 04:15PM
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Who knows, maybe Gillis is trying to pull an all-time heist by tanking the team just in time for the five star prospect McDavid. Either way, the bright spot for this team this year has been not getting many injuries in exchange for a very bad record.

And, from now on until he is finally gone, I will end every post with:

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#19 russ99
March 06 2014, 04:17PM
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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?

The core, yes but not with at least half the defense and all of the bottom six except Gordon.

Replace them all with NHL veterans of better quality than we're a playoff team at worst in 3 years, and possibly more depending on how the defense prospects develop.

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#20 **
March 06 2014, 06:13PM
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RexHolez wrote:

And yet they'll still be better than this pathetic team

Will they?. Let's revisit this conversation at next season's trade deadline. For starters, this season they are missing the playoffs.

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#21 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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#22 Reg Dunlop
March 07 2014, 12:29AM
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@Oilers4ever

Who runs practice? Wouldn't you guess the coach? Eakins? Interesting comments from comrade Bryz regarding how tough he found his 1st practice with the Wild. He said it was much faster paced than what he was used to. I guess Eakins wants his squad to be fresh for golf season. Sh!tcan Eakins NOW.

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#23 -30-
March 06 2014, 03:30PM
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So the Oilers don't practice as intensely as other teams?

That does answer a lot of questions about the direction this team has been going doesn't it?

The more things change...

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#24 Dog Train
March 06 2014, 03:31PM
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If the Larsen recall does indeed count against our total for the rest of the season then why did we waste it on Larsen? I would have much rather seen Fedun than Larsen at this point.

These comments on our practice habits are deeply disturbing. We can talk about our lack of grit or our terrible blueline but if you look around the league, there are teams with worse looking rosters than ours. Difference is what they do with what they have and our constant underachieving. We should not be second last in the league but we haven't earned anything better.

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#25 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 06 2014, 04:23PM
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And who says the losing culture doesn't start at the top here in Edmonton.

The arrogance of this organization has been long established. Intensity during practice/games isn't a concern/job of Lowe and MacTavish, they hired Eakins to oversee the day to day acceptable practice habits. They obviously feel they're already doing more than their part, being near Hall of Famers I guess.

I was going to run one of those prop this if you want Ekblad/regulation loss, or trash this post if you want the Oilers to win, but I wouldn't want to wish this organization upon any kid entering into his NHL dream.

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#26 Ivan Drago
March 06 2014, 04:28PM
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Dan wrote:

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

Why? What have Toronto and Vancouver ever won? Are they contenders this yr?

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#27 Dave
March 06 2014, 09:01PM
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Gagner and this years 1st rnd pick to anyone for a 5th rounder

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#28 Sam
March 06 2014, 09:02PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Someone please put Principe out of everyone's misery.

When Rogers rules the world I hope he gets assigned to Bantam C Ringette coverage.

What an embarrassment.

Also get a frickin' haircut.

Give the guy a break. Poor guy has to cover the oilers.

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#29 Randaman
March 06 2014, 09:57PM
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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.

I have been a loyal supporter since 1978 and NO it has never been this bad. Not even close!

Note: anybody that thinks Smyth should be resigned forfeits the right to criticize the organization of nepotism. Time to retire and do community relations work. Cue the trash button...

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#30 Anton
March 06 2014, 10:09PM
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Is it just me or Gagner just kept tossing the puck to the open ice with no one around within a mile?

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#31 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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#32 Anton
March 06 2014, 10:27PM
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Dog Train wrote:

Looks like I picked a good night to miss the first two periods. Exciting finish but we won't continue to win if we continue to play for only 20 minutes a night. I actually think Fraser has really settled down the last few games. His physical play in the 3rd was a bit of a spark if you ask me.

And Scrivens, what a goalie. Obviously that save on Grabner late in regulation stands out but he also made a point blank save (can't remember on who) when it was 2-1 with about 5 minutes left. He gave us a chance to pull one out.

You missed 3-on-1 and follow by 2-on-1 in second period, which both saved by Scrivens. If Scrivens can keep playing like this for the next 2 years, MacT made a hell of a steal from Kings.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#33 vetinari
March 06 2014, 03:29PM
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Funny. I thought that Eakins was to give us well conditioned supermen hockey players who would be capable of playing at a high level of hockey for at least 40 minutes per night for when we eventually got into quadruple overtime in the playoffs. What are they actually doing out there? A little soccer to loosen up followed by a family skate around the ice?

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#34 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
March 06 2014, 03:54PM
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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.

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

I don't understand why the NHL even allows these losers to play in the league. They pride themselves on being the best league in the world, so why do they let these bums lower the quality

Totally.

Relegate teams and payrolls down to ECHL level.

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#36 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 06 2014, 05:04PM
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@Shredder

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.

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#37 cccsberg
March 06 2014, 05:30PM
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Oiler63 wrote:

Current core players are not bad players. Hall, RNH, Eberle and Yaks are not bad players. They are all very talented but also very raw. They need proper guidance to reach their potential and be the players they can be. That's why you don't hire rookie coach to guide roockie players. Someone in there has to have a clue on what they are doing.

Would agree, some excellent raw talent but very questionably developed, not having a team with the right atmosphere/veteran players to provide a good example/shelter. Multiple coaches doesn't help, just part of the merry-go-round.

Although I think yesterday's purging for draft picks may be helpful down the road, you've got to scratch your head on why Edmonton's so set on dumping vets with no replacements. Just leads to bestowing spot to kids and a sense of entitlement rather than forcing new kids to beat out vets and earn their spots. Seems backwards.

Hard to believe but I think the Oilers just got worse yesterday... guess we'll see...

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#38 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 06 2014, 06:34PM
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Call me bad fan....I don't care....after suffering through this brutally crappy year I want a top three pick....GO ISLANDERS!

Samwise with a goal from his knees and we loose 2-1.

Calgary already stole Monahan from us....we need one of Ekblad, Reinhart, or Bennett.

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#39 Kaihl
March 06 2014, 08:53PM
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Can we bring up the entire barons team? If not, can sportsnet atleast stop showing oiler games. It's emberassing to have this junk on my tv all the time, year after year after year after year after year after year

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#40 Sailge
March 06 2014, 08:54PM
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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.

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#41 A rye morning
March 06 2014, 09:02PM
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Dave wrote:

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

Only if you retain half the salary

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#42 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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#43 Anton
March 06 2014, 09:47PM
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75ers wrote:

Well I think we're only 5 or 6 players away from contending for playoff spot. Sign Smyth long term!

Maybe have him as part of coaching staff? At least he can teach bunch of tin men to find hearts.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#44 Anton
March 06 2014, 09:58PM
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That was a nice set up by Smytty too, I feel sad about that he is getting too old. He is the heart and soul for Oilers, only if the youngsters can learn from that.

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#45 Rod from Viking
March 06 2014, 10:21PM
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tabs wrote:

That win could cost the Oil a higher draft pick, meaningless win.

55 minutes of horrible hockey

I know, I was being sarcastic, they are going to trade Gagner, Yakapov,Gernat and this years #1 for Tavares so it doesn't matter if they win.(lol)

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#46 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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#47 bazmagoo
March 06 2014, 03:10PM
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Let me be the fist to hide my shock that there are organizational issues affecting day to day practice, facepalm! It's a never ending string of bad news/press in Oiler land. When will we hit our all time Lowe?

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#48 Bloodsweatandoil
March 06 2014, 03:38PM
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ha ha ha ha...Sorry, I am still laughing my ass off at Vancouver!!! 59 combined NHL games for their goalies and nothing to really show for those trades.....now only if the Leafs will miss the playoffs...

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#49 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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#50 Shredder
March 06 2014, 04:37PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

And who says the losing culture doesn't start at the top here in Edmonton.

The arrogance of this organization has been long established. Intensity during practice/games isn't a concern/job of Lowe and MacTavish, they hired Eakins to oversee the day to day acceptable practice habits. They obviously feel they're already doing more than their part, being near Hall of Famers I guess.

I was going to run one of those prop this if you want Ekblad/regulation loss, or trash this post if you want the Oilers to win, but I wouldn't want to wish this organization upon any kid entering into his NHL dream.

I only trashed because I want the Oilers to win as much as possible...you want to get rid of a losing culture? STOP LOSING!

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