SO LONG!

Lowetide
April 12 2014 02:02PM

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The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish have been flushing players at an incredible rate, and that's not going to slow down this spring. Here's a quick look at the exits over the last 12 months.

HERE'S YOUR HAT, WHAT'S YOUR HURRY!

Craig MacTavish did a lot of work before training camp last spring and summer, bringing in David Perron, Andrew Ference Boyd Gordon and others. He also sent away 18 men:

  1. Shawn Horcoff: The captain left via trade, and signaled a new era in Edmonton. Horcoff's new team made the playoffs.
  2. Magnus Paajarvi: Moved on to St. Louis and a his first playoffs.
  3. Ryan Whitney: His career may be over. 
  4. Lennart Petrell: Finn was fuun but he's goone forever.
  5. Mark Fistric: Big man cost a fairly high pick but they didn't sign him. Off to playoffs.
  6. Theo Peckham: Wandering the minors.
  7. Teemu Hartikainen: Traded to Toronto for Mark Fraser. 
  8. Eric Belanger: Retired. 
  9. Jarred Smithson: Played 18 NHL games this season. 
  10. Yann Danis: AHL depth for Philly.
  11. Darcy Hordichuk: Didn't play this season. 
  12. Chris VandeVelde: 18 NHL games in Philly this year. 
  13. Nikolai Khabibulin: Ghastly in 4 games with Chicago this season. 
  14. Phil Cornet: Middling season in the AHL for Charlotte. 
  15. Colten Teubert: He's now a Iserlohn Rooster! 
  16. Alex Plante: Played in Austria this season. 
  17. Antti Tyrvainen: Went back to Finland. 
  18. Niko Hovinen:Terrific season in the KHL. 

OFFLOADED DURING THE SEASON

  1. Mike Brown: Gazdic ate his lunch.
  2. Ladislav Smid: One of the strangest moves of recent seasons. 
  3. Jason LaBarbera: He couldn't stop a hockey puck.
  4. Linus Omark: One of the predictable moves of recent seasons.
  5. Devan Dubnyk: Belly flop off the high board. Hope he recovers.
  6. Corey Potter: One day up near Salinas, Lord, they let him slip away,
  7. Ales Hemsky: Huge uptick in production for 83 in Ottawa. 
  8. Nick Schultz: Deadline exit, everyone saw it coming. 
  9. Ilya Bryzgalov: In through the out door, quick as you please.
  10. Ryan Smyth: Sail on, Moose Jaw Warrior. Godspeed.

LIKELY GONE SOON AFTER THE SEASON

  1. Sam Gagner: It's time to start again, for both sides. 
  2. Anton Belov: I like him, mobility a big concern.
  3. Ryan Jones: He mentioned it a few days ago, he's down the line.
  4. Jesse Joensuu: Signed for another year, he didn't do much.
  5. Ben Eager: Concussions impacted his Oiler career.
  6. Denis Grebeshkov: He didn't get much of a chance, but he's gone.
  7. Mark Fraser: Needed to show more.
  8. Anton Lander: You have to score. At least a little.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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The NHL is the toughest league on the planet. Standing still? Chances are you'll be snowed under. Craig MacTavish changed a lot in one year.

Next: What did he bring?


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    #1 Oilcruzer
    April 12 2014, 02:08PM
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    Bring in a strong centre please.

    Edit. Looking this over, I have to give MacT props. You can't expect 100% of the moves to be correct, but most of these made great sense. The questionable ones deal with other matters. Smid brought a major goaltending prospect. Hemsky wasn't what this team needed going forward, and he wasn't going to be extended. The other right wingers are more durable, and he deserves a shot while his skill set can be matched with established centres.

    The more I look at this the more I wonder what was Tambo doing, and how did everyone stand back and watch this for so long?

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    #2 camdog
    April 12 2014, 02:16PM
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    Disagree with the comment that Grebs didn't "get a chance". That's like saying Pechkam didn't get a chance, they both got their chances and both failed.

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    #3 Citizen David
    April 12 2014, 02:23PM
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    Tobias Rieder was a Tambi move.

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    #4 Clarkenstein
    April 12 2014, 02:29PM
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    He's purged most everybody except his cronies behind the bench! Combine that with the fact that he hired a Coach that has bombed...I don't care what anybody says. Maybe if he could fire the Owner and Pres he'd have a chance.

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    #5 Bgess
    April 12 2014, 02:29PM
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    THE GM HAS DONE WELL AND REMEMBER, IT WAS HIS ROOKIE SEASON AS AN NHL GM. NOT BAD AND OBVIOUSLY NOT PERFECT.HE WON MOST, SOME WERE BIG WINS SOME OF THE SMALLER VARIETY BUT THERE WERE NO BIG LOSSES. I AM EXPECTING THAT HE IS GAINING RESPECT FROM THE REST OF THE GMS IN THE LEAGUE WHICH IS SOMETHING LOWE DID NOT AND I SEE FRUITS OF HIS HARD WORK COMING UP WITH SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES (BOLD MOVES) WITH THE UPCOMING DRAFT IN JUNE AND THE FREE AGENCY SIGNINGS IN JULY. HE HAS DONE WELL AND IS MATURING IN HIS ROLE AS GM FOR THE OILERS. I SAY WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT GM AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE GOOD WORK HE HAS DONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO AS THE OIL FINALLY TURNS THE CORNER.

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    #6 Dave
    April 12 2014, 02:38PM
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    That's 37 players! Holy Zoink Batman - the bat cave got cleaned out! Nothing says this ain't a stable stable like pushing the old mares out to the glue factory at that rate.

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    #7 Dan
    April 12 2014, 02:38PM
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    Wish they would flush the POHO and assistant coaches like they do players

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    #8 Kayen
    April 12 2014, 02:41PM
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    Don't know why the Reider trade is there, since, as stated prior that was a Tambellini move.

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    #9 billythebullet
    April 12 2014, 02:44PM
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    MacT has proved one thing so far, he's not gun shy. Can he upgrade 2c? Maybe even get Ference some help? One things for certain, he's going to try.

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    #10 Oilers101
    April 12 2014, 02:56PM
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    Bgess wrote:

    THE GM HAS DONE WELL AND REMEMBER, IT WAS HIS ROOKIE SEASON AS AN NHL GM. NOT BAD AND OBVIOUSLY NOT PERFECT.HE WON MOST, SOME WERE BIG WINS SOME OF THE SMALLER VARIETY BUT THERE WERE NO BIG LOSSES. I AM EXPECTING THAT HE IS GAINING RESPECT FROM THE REST OF THE GMS IN THE LEAGUE WHICH IS SOMETHING LOWE DID NOT AND I SEE FRUITS OF HIS HARD WORK COMING UP WITH SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES (BOLD MOVES) WITH THE UPCOMING DRAFT IN JUNE AND THE FREE AGENCY SIGNINGS IN JULY. HE HAS DONE WELL AND IS MATURING IN HIS ROLE AS GM FOR THE OILERS. I SAY WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT GM AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE GOOD WORK HE HAS DONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO AS THE OIL FINALLY TURNS THE CORNER.

    Are you yelling this?

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    #11 michael
    April 12 2014, 02:59PM
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    And sadly under the "Other" category we have Kristian Pelss. Gone but not forgotten.

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    #12 lucky
    April 12 2014, 02:59PM
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    Lots of crested jerseys in the discount racks

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    #13 Richard
    April 12 2014, 03:00PM
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    Statistics show that roughly 70% of all lottery winners are broke within a few years of receiving their jackpot.

    Does not matter if we get the #1 pick for 5years straight. Oilers management and or philosophy is wrong. Hard to explain the last 8 years

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    #14 michael
    April 12 2014, 03:02PM
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    How valuable has Bryzgalov become to the Wild.

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    #15 oil leak
    April 12 2014, 03:06PM
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    @lucky

    After watching the teams pies poor effort is a few buck off worth lining the pockets of millionaire babies

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    #16 book¡e
    April 12 2014, 03:12PM
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    That Gif is like the end and start of a season for Oiler fans! The rebuild is almost done - oh, my - the rebuilt is just about to really start now.

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    #17 I tried it at home
    April 12 2014, 03:15PM
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    LT, I like trivia and obscure references as much as anyone... oh wait. No I dont. What the heck is the Salinas reference about Potter, and them letting him slip away?

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    #18 Soccer Steve
    April 12 2014, 03:19PM
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    The only head-scratcher is Smid. Maybe the other half of what he was going to do fell through at the last minute for MacT.

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    #19 lucky
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    Oilcruzer wrote:

    Bring in a strong centre please.

    Edit. Looking this over, I have to give MacT props. You can't expect 100% of the moves to be correct, but most of these made great sense. The questionable ones deal with other matters. Smid brought a major goaltending prospect. Hemsky wasn't what this team needed going forward, and he wasn't going to be extended. The other right wingers are more durable, and he deserves a shot while his skill set can be matched with established centres.

    The more I look at this the more I wonder what was Tambo doing, and how did everyone stand back and watch this for so long?

    The only answer with Tambo that I can think of is that he was under direct orders to tank, and his silence (bought and paid for) after the fact only adds credence to the theory. I believe Katz's fingerprints are all over this trainwreck and he's too arrogant and controlling to let the hockey guys run things. I was never a fan of Tambellini, but I would love to hear his story.

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    #20 eric
    April 12 2014, 03:22PM
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    Oilers are not a playoff team next year, or the year after. Oilers need to draft with that in mind. 2015 draft is suppose to be a " very strong" draft.

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    #21 Bucknuck
    April 12 2014, 03:31PM
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    lucky wrote:

    The only answer with Tambo that I can think of is that he was under direct orders to tank, and his silence (bought and paid for) after the fact only adds credence to the theory. I believe Katz's fingerprints are all over this trainwreck and he's too arrogant and controlling to let the hockey guys run things. I was never a fan of Tambellini, but I would love to hear his story.

    Tanking is one thing. Making stupid trades and poor asset management is another. You can tank without bleeding picks for borderline players.

    His silence after the fact is probably due to embarrassment for being the Worst GM in the NHL since Milbury.

    The guy was terrible, but I don't believe for a second that he was told he had to be. He was just inept.

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    #22 nuge2nail
    April 12 2014, 03:37PM
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    Oiler Domination To Follow

    Least we have Tuesdays lottery draft to look forward too.

    There's one thing the Oilers are used to winning.

    MacT has done a great job his first year, gives me a small sense of hope.

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    #23 Rama Lama
    April 12 2014, 03:40PM
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    Mac T has done more in one year than Tamby would have done in a hundred lifetimes..........the only one more usless than him was Horcoff.

    He was our star centre here in Edmonton and will be playing on Dallas's farm team next year........show just how far we have to go.

    I'm optimistic that Mac T will find a stud centerman who is taller than a Hobbit!

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    #24 dougtheslug
    April 12 2014, 03:44PM
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    I tried it at home wrote:

    LT, I like trivia and obscure references as much as anyone... oh wait. No I dont. What the heck is the Salinas reference about Potter, and them letting him slip away?

    Me and Bobby Mcgee

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    #25 madjam
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    Bringing in a new GM and coach proved to be more of a failure than Tambo and Kreuger , as results point out beyond any Kool Aid rhetoric . A reverse step was all that was accomplished , and that's hard to do considering where we have been last 7 years . How can any of you justify keeping them on ? A whole year of miserable results is more than enough to make changes - players, coaches and management.

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    #26 Frank
    April 12 2014, 03:59PM
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    Richard wrote:

    Statistics show that roughly 70% of all lottery winners are broke within a few years of receiving their jackpot.

    Does not matter if we get the #1 pick for 5years straight. Oilers management and or philosophy is wrong. Hard to explain the last 8 years

    Kevin Lowe has no idea how to build a good hockey team. The results of the last 8 years proves this beyond a reasonable doubt.

    No other profession would keep an employee like Kevin Lowe given his results. Either Daryl Katz enjoys losing or he is out of his mind.

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    #27 godot10
    April 12 2014, 04:05PM
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    What is it with Lowetide and 22 year old centres?

    He "hated" Arcobello at 22 when Tambellini gave him a 2-year contract after a split season between the ECHL and AHL. Where's Jeremey Blain these days?

    And now Lander, with a better and breakout year than Arco at 22, LT wants him sent off into the sunset.?

    Patience. Centre Depth. Time for Khaira to develop properly. There are all sorts of reasons to keep a 22-year old Lander around.

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    #28 Mike IA
    April 12 2014, 04:08PM
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    When Tambo was hired I was pretty sure it was to rebuild the farm club. That was his area of expertise in Van.

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    #29 RexHolez
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    Frank wrote:

    Kevin Lowe has no idea how to build a good hockey team. The results of the last 8 years proves this beyond a reasonable doubt.

    No other profession would keep an employee like Kevin Lowe given his results. Either Daryl Katz enjoys losing or he is out of his mind.

    Katz has a man crush. We're at the point where even IF this team ever scrapes into the playoffs again, Lowe can't take any credit or say he's done a good job. You could randomly pick anyone out of the phone book and they would've done a better job.

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    #30 CMG30
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    eric wrote:

    Oilers are not a playoff team next year, or the year after. Oilers need to draft with that in mind. 2015 draft is suppose to be a " very strong" draft.

    True, too bad Murphys law dictates that Oilers are just barely going to make the playoffs next year. Murphy's got them penciled in for a one-and-done appearance followed by a decade of futility.

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    #31 Sid
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    godot10 wrote:

    What is it with Lowetide and 22 year old centres?

    He "hated" Arcobello at 22 when Tambellini gave him a 2-year contract after a split season between the ECHL and AHL. Where's Jeremey Blain these days?

    And now Lander, with a better and breakout year than Arco at 22, LT wants him sent off into the sunset.?

    Patience. Centre Depth. Time for Khaira to develop properly. There are all sorts of reasons to keep a 22-year old Lander around.

    The only way for Khaira to develop properly is stay away from the Oilers. Horrible team for young players.

    Put a young player with potential with a good team he will develop. Put him with a bad team chances are not good.

    I wonder how Lander would do if he played for Detroit.

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    #32 Serious Gord
    April 12 2014, 04:11PM
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    That the large majority of what was moved/left has fallen far below where they fit on the oil depth chart says a lot about how bad this organization was and still is from top to bottom - particularly past the top four or five players.

    And how many of the scouting and development staff remain?

    and how many of the old boys have been moved in the past ten years?

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    #33 -30-
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    I guess that it's easier to let 28 players go than it is two old buddy assistant coaches that are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

    -30-

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    #34 HardBoiledOil
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    at least the Oil recalled Roman Horak for tonights last game of the season. he deserves a chance after 45 points in 50 games.

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    #35 Captain Spaulding
    April 12 2014, 04:53PM
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    You know what I always thought was a joke? The Captain Canada nickname. More like Captain B team or Captain no one cares about that team. ONLY reason he was captain is because they weren't in the playoffs.

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    #36 Sevenseven
    April 12 2014, 05:01PM
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    Soccer Steve wrote:

    The only head-scratcher is Smid. Maybe the other half of what he was going to do fell through at the last minute for MacT.

    I hope so.

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    #37 He Who Knows
    April 12 2014, 05:02PM
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    LT YOU SUCK dude.

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    #38 Slats
    April 12 2014, 05:18PM
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    @Captain Spaulding

    you putz . . do you how many players turn down the invite because they don't make the playoffs or because they get outsted early? for what? because they don't want to put in the time or effort, to play golf, etc.

    This guy always went. He always new that every day was a "privilege not a right" to play professional hockey.

    “It’s hard to play in this league but it’s even harder when you leave.” R. Smyth (Captain Canada)! Always.

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    #39 Walter Sobchak
    April 12 2014, 05:28PM
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    Looks like MacTavish is going to rebuild the third and fourth lines........Again.

    What do you do when your team is the worst 5x5 team in the NHL and has the worst GA/G, you add third and fourth line players that can't piss a drop.

    What happens when your defence bleeds shots and chances, you add more rookies.

    To make matters worse this team is going to add more Gordon's & more Hendricks.

    Brutal.

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    #40 NJ
    April 12 2014, 05:35PM
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    Best thing Lowe has EVER done was to hire MacT. Period. Quite frankly, that may save his job. I may live to regret these words, however I think MacT will make enough moves this summer to make us just barely miss the playoffs next year. Maybe 18-20th in the league. The following year, this will be a playoff team.

    I don't care about Eakins supposedly being a rotten coach. At all. There is NO coach, not Kreuger, not Todd Nelson, not Babcock who would have had a winning Oct / Nov with the ridiculous display (or lack thereof) of goaltending. We've kicked the coach out of town every summer and it's time for us to change something else because kicking the coach out ain't working. The common denominator over the last few years is the core and the youth. BOTH of those things need to be changed and I freaking hope that MacT shakes things up in a BOLD way. That's not "just" moving out Gagner. That means moving out someone of value on this team... which means likely one of Eberle, Nuge or maybe Shultz or Perron, someone of value... may need to depart.

    I hate it. I think Eberle and Nuge are amazing and Perron is a required antagonist for the oil, but if it means defensive help is coming back, please make it happen.

    And Ekblad isn't the answer. We needed Ekblad to be drafted about 4 years ago so he'd be ready next year or the year after to play 1st line minutes. Way smarter to draft a big centre who is legitimately ready in 2-3 years to BE a number 2 NHL centre.

    Also: If I hear "Todd Nelson" mentioned again as our next coach, I may just junk punch myself. Another AHL / rookie coach is not what this team needs. I'm not saying that Eakins is what this team needs but I'd prefer to give him 40 games next year AT LEAST to see. Heck, give him another season and give the team at least some consistency to see what they're made of. We change coaches more often than a nurse changes bed pans.

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    #41 Johnnydapunk
    April 12 2014, 05:43PM
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    I am always gonna be a fan, and no matter how much they poop the bed, I'm still gonna be annoyed when they lose and all that, but this is the first time I'm genuinely clueless as to where to start with the Oil. I get that they are terrible and have been for years, it used to be a money thing before the salary cap, but that's not an issue and I don't think the solution is that easy.

    It's baffling as to how it's gone this far, I've never heard so much about how horrible they are and it's not even funny anymore. When commentators are regularly taking the p*ss out of the Oil and Gord Miller on TSN talking about the glory days and how far from that they are now. It's mindblowing...

    I'm not big on terrible theories and stuff, but seeing the Canucks fire their president and GM for a crap few seasons and seeing 6Rings still in there is painful.

    This is a a way off idea and yeah trash all you want, but could it be that Katz is keeping his hands well in the pie and basically wanting the Oil to be crap until the new arena? I realise that's far fetched, but I just can't get my head around how it's like they seem to have decent players, but the results are abysmal.

    Well one game left for Smytty which I'm sure will be lovely to see and I don't know what to expect next year.

    It can't get much worse, can it??? (Please don't say it can....)

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    #42 hagargt
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    RexHolez wrote:

    Katz has a man crush. We're at the point where even IF this team ever scrapes into the playoffs again, Lowe can't take any credit or say he's done a good job. You could randomly pick anyone out of the phone book and they would've done a better job.

    You are giving him too much credit that he won't try and take credit. He would probably make a Kevin Lowe fan appreciation day.

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    #43 flyfish1168
    April 12 2014, 06:10PM
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    MacT did some good things. But the one bad thing he did was hiring Eakins. Ralph had the room last year and not to let him build on it is a step back, especially with a rookie, arrogant coach with no NHL experience.

    I see Eakins evolving during the season. Lets hope he continues learn how to handle things with the media and his players better.

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    #45 kale
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    Bucknuck wrote:

    Tanking is one thing. Making stupid trades and poor asset management is another. You can tank without bleeding picks for borderline players.

    His silence after the fact is probably due to embarrassment for being the Worst GM in the NHL since Milbury.

    The guy was terrible, but I don't believe for a second that he was told he had to be. He was just inept.

    Then why did Lowe not only keep him but also extend his contract? I think you are being unfair, this is lowes fault

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    #47 tileguy
    April 12 2014, 06:31PM
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    @-30-

    Can you tell us who you are in real life?

    30

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    #48 blainer
    April 12 2014, 06:34PM
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    NJ wrote:

    Best thing Lowe has EVER done was to hire MacT. Period. Quite frankly, that may save his job. I may live to regret these words, however I think MacT will make enough moves this summer to make us just barely miss the playoffs next year. Maybe 18-20th in the league. The following year, this will be a playoff team.

    I don't care about Eakins supposedly being a rotten coach. At all. There is NO coach, not Kreuger, not Todd Nelson, not Babcock who would have had a winning Oct / Nov with the ridiculous display (or lack thereof) of goaltending. We've kicked the coach out of town every summer and it's time for us to change something else because kicking the coach out ain't working. The common denominator over the last few years is the core and the youth. BOTH of those things need to be changed and I freaking hope that MacT shakes things up in a BOLD way. That's not "just" moving out Gagner. That means moving out someone of value on this team... which means likely one of Eberle, Nuge or maybe Shultz or Perron, someone of value... may need to depart.

    I hate it. I think Eberle and Nuge are amazing and Perron is a required antagonist for the oil, but if it means defensive help is coming back, please make it happen.

    And Ekblad isn't the answer. We needed Ekblad to be drafted about 4 years ago so he'd be ready next year or the year after to play 1st line minutes. Way smarter to draft a big centre who is legitimately ready in 2-3 years to BE a number 2 NHL centre.

    Also: If I hear "Todd Nelson" mentioned again as our next coach, I may just junk punch myself. Another AHL / rookie coach is not what this team needs. I'm not saying that Eakins is what this team needs but I'd prefer to give him 40 games next year AT LEAST to see. Heck, give him another season and give the team at least some consistency to see what they're made of. We change coaches more often than a nurse changes bed pans.

    I think MacT will even tell you that he could have done better last summer. He tried different things and was unsuccessful ie clarkson, and going with a plan B of ex Marlies. I think he has learned from that and will do much better this summer. I agree with you on Ekblad as we are finally developing lots of Defense. Too risky to draft defense this high. I Don't think he is Bobby Orr and it will most likely take forever for him to develop..like hedman. I know this opinion will upset the fans....

    What most fans don't realise here is how long it takes to develop a farm system. We are very close now and will be graduating players like detroit very soon. This takes years to come to fruition, and I think we have drafted well the past couple of years. We are very deep on defensive prospects and the forwards will start to come in the next couple of years. Nurse, Klefbom, Marincin, Simpson, Gernat, Musil,fedun, Oesterle. We do not have anywhere near that kind of depth at center. Draft a Big center or trade the pick for one please.

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    #49 Joel
    April 12 2014, 07:00PM
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    Lowetide wrote:

    NOT TRUE! It's a vicious rumor!!!!

    LT,

    Don't worry LT, He Who Knows does not know anything he just repeats what everyone else says.

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    #50 nunyour
    April 12 2014, 07:22PM
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    The oilers are terrible defensively ,have been for years,I have a hard time believing 5 different coaches don't know how to teach defense.So either the core players can't learn to play defensively or don't want too.

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