ARMCHAIR GM XVI: BLOWING SMOKE

Robin Brownlee
April 18 2014 06:30PM

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Having known Craig MacTavish as a player, coach and manager in the NHL these past 25 years, many of them spent travelling around the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers until 2007, I have a lot of respect for him.

Of MacTavish's many virtues, gamesmanship – on and off the ice – sits high on my list of his attributes. It was no surprise, then, to hear him spin The World According to MacT the other day when he met with local media, specifically as it pertained to head coach Dallas Eakins and how he'll handle his coaching staff. Will Eakins retain Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger? Will he add another coach?

MacTavish insisted the call on the coaching staff moving forward – as it was to keep Smith and Buchberger in the first place -- belongs to Eakins, but with the following caveat: "But my sense is we have the right people. We have the right coaches in place."

I characterized what MacTavish had to say about the coaching situation as "spin" and "blowing smoke" and "ass-covering" on the Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260 Wednesday. The more I think about it, I was likely selling MacT short. Yes, it was spin, but my take today is it was far more calculated than that. Gamesmanship at its finest.

In simple terms, over to you, Dallas.

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Added to the coaching staff in 2008-09 by MacTavish in his final season as head coach, Buchberger is now on his fifth coach – MacTavish, Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger and Eakins. It's unheard of that an assistant coach in the NHL survive that much changeover. Smith, by the way, is on his third head coach, having arrived in 2010-11.

My take on the situation is straightforward: Buchberger remains employed today because president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe is his friend and has his back. The same can be said on both counts for MacTavish. The ties that bind them are strong and go back many years. Loyalty, cronyism, the Old Boys Club – call it what you will.

Owner Daryl Katz, who grew up cheering for the Oilers, is happy to defer to Lowe and MacTavish. He damn sure isn’t going to fire Lowe, at or near the top of hockey ops as GM or POHO since 2000. He's not going to insist Lowe or MacTavish fire Buchberger or Smith. So, here were are, with the Oilers eight straight years out of the playoffs and fans demanding changes at every level of hockey ops. Rightfully so.

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Like others who've been moved along – coaches Quinn, Renney, Krueger, Bill Moores and Rob Daum and former GM Steve Tambellini – Eakins isn’t a former Oiler. Now, we're told Eakins will make the call on the coaching staff. He gets to be the heavy, if there is to be one.

Does Eakins value Buchberger as an assistant coach? Are they on the same page philosophically? Will he keep Bucky on? I don't know for sure. Might Eakins move Buchberger or Smith along despite MacTavish's suggestion the right people are in place? That would take some brass, no?

I think it's time for Buchberger to go. You think it's time for Buchberger to go. MacTavish is an intelligent and perceptive man. Is it a reach, given the discontent of the fan base, to wonder if the GM has reluctantly come to the same conclusion but that he doesn't want to be the person to pull the trigger, loyalty being what it is?

Over to you, Dallas.

Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260.

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#1 vetinari
April 18 2014, 06:37PM
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If I was an assistant coach this off-season, I don't know if I would want to take any calls via Skype from either MacT or Eakins.

But yes, my guess is that if Eakins does let one or both of Smith or Buckberger go, MacT and Lowe can come out smelling like roses with their buddies. "Hey, I publicly said that you guys were assets to the team. Darn Eakins. So what time do you want to tee off?"

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#2 Soccer Steve
April 18 2014, 06:39PM
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If it's loyalty alone that is keeping Buchberger in a job then I don't want MacT steering this sinking ship. Grow a pair man.

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#3 Vincheese
April 18 2014, 06:39PM
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If Eakins next season goes like his first, it won't matter what he does with his assistants. Similarity, if he generates a decent improvement, it will not matter what he did with his coaches as well. If I were him, I would bring my own people in if I thought it would make a difference.

6-Rings, while cemented in his position, mist still feel heat. If improvements come, he's not going to fire the coach. Right now it the best opportunity Dallas will ever get to make changes. Does he have the guts to do so?

I wait and see.

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#4 Naky
April 18 2014, 06:41PM
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-Buchberger +Huddy

* Owner fanboi stays happy. * Ratio of old boys to non-old boys in organization remains the same. * Oilers get an honest to god capable coach that could actually teach something. * Defense may actually improve.

It just saddens me to think that it simply won't happen though.

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#5 jonny94
April 18 2014, 06:46PM
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It's in Dallas best interest to rid himself of Buchberger and Smith, after all he's the one that's treading water. Do yourself a favor and bring in who you think will help support your philosophy best. The Oilers fans have your back if you do.

Best of luck Dallas you may start the season with the Oilers but will you finish it.

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#6 Retsinnab5
April 18 2014, 06:58PM
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Fire Bucky and Smith, bring in Todd Nelson as assistant coach

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#7 Kr55
April 18 2014, 07:02PM
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People need to stop buying tickets if we ever want this to end. As long as the Oilers sell every ticket (doesn't matter what happens with the tickets after the sale), they will keep treating this organization like a boys club where no one in the special circle ever has to be accountable for being terrible at their job.

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#8 ThatButthurtOilersFan
April 18 2014, 07:18PM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Fire Bucky and Smith, bring in Todd Nelson as assistant coach

If that happens, then #1, who is going to be the coach in OKC and #2 who's going to develop our prospects? Besides, what we need right now is NHL experience behind the bench, not another rookie coach.

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#9 Herbert
April 18 2014, 07:22PM
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Hi Robin. Nice writing, but my only question is that when MacT is on the Gregor show, why don't you make an appearance as well and call him on his bs right then and there and see what he has to say. A press conference like he had the other day puts him in the drivers seat and lets him say whatever pro-oilers with not much back lash. In a radio appearance on 1260 puts you guys in the drivers seat. Why not say hes just blowing smoke up our asses when youre face to face?

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#10 admiralmark
April 18 2014, 07:28PM
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If this is true? Meaning MacT knows they are going but doesn't want to pull the trigger? Then it is a crap move on his part. Why put the pressure on his coach to retain his buddies? Why couldn't he simply say all aspects of the team will be evaluated this off season and Eakins will decide who he chooses to be on his staff? I get the loyalty thing but 5 Coaches and he's still there?! Thats enough Loyalty no?? I lost some respect for MacT in the way he responded big time.

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#11 Seanjohn667
April 18 2014, 07:35PM
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If MacT is afraid to fire his buddies, then he is in over his head. I sure hope that isn't what he is up to.

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#12 Derian Hatcher
April 18 2014, 08:00PM
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@Herbert

An interesting question for RB. Correct me if I'm wrong, and I have definitely not observed every presser, but other than John Mackinnon's hardball questioning when MacT was introduced as GM (when kLowe had his little tantrum) I cannot recall many tough questions of oiler personnel. Why doesn't MSM ask some tough questions? Maybe we need to bring in some of the journalists who cover the legislature.

The yard sale continues....sigh.

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#13 a lg dubl dubl
April 18 2014, 08:10PM
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ThatButthurtOilersFan wrote:

If that happens, then #1, who is going to be the coach in OKC and #2 who's going to develop our prospects? Besides, what we need right now is NHL experience behind the bench, not another rookie coach.

Coach Laxdal of the Oil kings could fill the spot in OKC nicely imo. Shuffle the deck chairs, that's what the big club does lol.

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#14 Time Travelling Sean
April 18 2014, 08:12PM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Fire Bucky and Smith, bring in Todd Nelson as assistant coach

I'm pretty sure Nelson being an AHL HC and not an assistant for whichever team is enough of a sign to tell you that he's preparing himself to be a HC, and showing other teams that he's a pretty good coach coaching in the 2nd toughest league in N.America.

Just make Bucky a scout or Sr.Adviser or something, if you're so worried about his feelings.

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#15 Cameron
April 18 2014, 08:19PM
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I am just so tired of hearing MacT talk about how he sees progression....and his comments on the assistant coaches are an insult to Oiler fans.

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#16 Young Oil
April 18 2014, 08:28PM
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I don't know if it's funny or sad that Buchberger, who I'm assuming was hired partly to teach the forwards how to play defensively, has the worst +/- in franchise history.

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#17 SmythforMayor
April 18 2014, 08:31PM
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OKC just clinched

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#18 etownman
April 18 2014, 08:34PM
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Herbert wrote:

Hi Robin. Nice writing, but my only question is that when MacT is on the Gregor show, why don't you make an appearance as well and call him on his bs right then and there and see what he has to say. A press conference like he had the other day puts him in the drivers seat and lets him say whatever pro-oilers with not much back lash. In a radio appearance on 1260 puts you guys in the drivers seat. Why not say hes just blowing smoke up our asses when youre face to face?

Good post.....my thoughts exactly!

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#19 Sammy27
April 18 2014, 08:39PM
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If only we could trade coaches, Bucky and Smith for Charlie Huddy. Is one Oiler alumni for two enough?

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#20 Taylor Lineham
April 18 2014, 08:51PM
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Just watched OKC score in overtime to propel them to a playoff spot. Todd Nelson should be considered for a N.H.L. job. I hope the Oilers do the right thing and offer the assist coach position to someone who has paid his dues. Not to mention the success of bringing a team that had 153 roster moves to the playoffs. Well done I say

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#21 ThatButthurtOilersFan
April 18 2014, 09:00PM
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ThatButthurtOilersFan wrote:

If that happens, then #1, who is going to be the coach in OKC and #2 who's going to develop our prospects? Besides, what we need right now is NHL experience behind the bench, not another rookie coach.

And I'm not saying we should keep our assistants, heck no, but what I'm trying to get at is that bringing in more rookie coaches to fix our coaching problems isn't the answer.

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#22 hemi
April 18 2014, 09:09PM
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I am sure the Mac-T is smart and definitely smooth enough to see that Bucky and Smith are boat anchors on the Coaching Staff. One can also through in the Goalie Coach “Chabot” as well.

I have always had a good respect for Mac-T and when all said and done, I still do. I do have to wonder about his press release. Is it the old soft shoe shuffle in my opinion. He does not want to come right out and reveal that the coaching staffs are one of the poorest in the league regarding results and effectiveness. It is this that I have the problem with Mac-T. I would prefer he come right out make those cuts now instead of deferring it to a later point and possibly having Ekins do the nasty. Oh to be a fly on the wall in the closed door meetings between Lowe and Mac-T regarding this matter. As for having Todd Nelson come on board to the big club, a simple YES. He has shown his capabilities as an AHL coach and as progression is what it is, he deserves to be here as an Assistant.

There has been a lot of smoke blowing with this organization over the last many years. Cronyism, nepotism, favouritism and what have you, should be put aside going forward even though having Mac-T as the once Coach and now GM smacks of all of the above descriptors. As much as a hypocrite as I am for supporting Mac-T, I do believe he has skill and the desire to make this team into a contender.

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#23 CMG30
April 18 2014, 09:16PM
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I've been on record saying that keeping Eakins this year was the right move. I don't extend that to the assistants.

Eakins has to at least let Bucky go. His comment earlier in the season about the team not knowing basic defense has to seal his fate.

If both assistants survive this year then it's a message throughout the NHL that coaches in Edmonton don't have the freedom to hire their own staff.

In fact, with the whistle-stop head coach position in Edmonton I would make the case that the real coaches of the Oilers for the past number of years are the assistants and thus they bear more responsibility for the state of the Oilers than the current and past head coaches.

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#24 Woogie63
April 18 2014, 09:27PM
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I continue to be shocked for what a passes for journalism in sports.

These sports reporters travel with the team, stay in the same hotels talk to the players on a causal bases ALL YEARS LONG. Then we get a blog where they ask the question does Dallas value Buchberger? Shouldn't a reporter know this question and inform the reader?

I know Brownlee is not as active with the team as prior years ... But ....

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#25 max
April 18 2014, 09:33PM
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Not only do Lowe, Bucky and Smith have to go, so do Cabot, MacGregor and the rest of the pro and amateur scouting staff. Seems like all the #2's are doing great, the BPA's aren't so hot. Funny how Potter was slammed - he played a damned good playoff game today with Boston - something most of our guys will never get to do. Go figure.

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#26 Oiler Al
April 18 2014, 09:37PM
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No sugar coating here Robin... one of the few scribes around that has the ya yas to call it like it is.

I'll go to my grave with the notion that Eakins did not have a say in retaining these two clowns, when he was first hired.

It was a good news/bad news situation: Good news is you have the job, the bad news is so do SMith and Bucky.

Eakins, get on with it, and do the dirty work for Lowe and MacT.

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#27 Herbert
April 18 2014, 09:37PM
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@Derian Hatcher & @etownman

Thanks guys. I really wonder what the case is with Edmonton's "journalists". This season has been a whole lot of accusations, assumptions and rhetoric by the media.

You could say him hiding behind the internet right now, but a lot of people would say that "journalists" are hiding too. Whenever a writer gets a one on one interview,(if they even get one) they seem to cower from calling management on their bs.

Its nice to rant an rave on a blog, but take the chance, get the gm(or someone) one on one, and say exactly whats being said on these blogs.

Any regular fan could ask the simple questions.

Just wonder if the media has been warned of being blacklisted...

(I had to use a different IP address to post this because for some reason I was blocked)

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#28 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
April 18 2014, 09:38PM
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"Buchberger remains employed today because president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe is his friend and has his back." Only if KLOWN could man up and say: Buckie, you are fired. It's a command decision, not personal.

"Owner Daryl Katz, who grew up cheering for the Oilers, is happy to defer to Lowe and MacTavish. He damn sure isn’t going to fire Lowe, at or near the top of hockey ops as GM or POHO since 2000". BS! Anyone in higher management who truly love the Oilers would step down ASAP. This organisation has been mismanaged for far too long and has now become the laughing stock of all pro sports. I can't wait for the Flames to beat Edm while Burke is smiling at KLOWN.

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#29 Robin Brownlee
April 18 2014, 09:49PM
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Woogie63 wrote:

I continue to be shocked for what a passes for journalism in sports.

These sports reporters travel with the team, stay in the same hotels talk to the players on a causal bases ALL YEARS LONG. Then we get a blog where they ask the question does Dallas value Buchberger? Shouldn't a reporter know this question and inform the reader?

I know Brownlee is not as active with the team as prior years ... But ....

Passes for journalism?

I have not travelled with the Oilers since 2007. I don't get to see Eakins and Buchberger, or any of the coaches for that matter, interact like I used to.

I don't see the coaching staff interact with the players like I used to. I don't talk to the coaches or the players like I used to. The guys writing for the dailies, on the other hand, do, so your question is probably better directed at them.

Or would you prefer it if I pretended to know something when I don't?

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#30 Herbert
April 18 2014, 09:59PM
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Robin, you are on Gregors show every week. He's around the team a lot. A lot. Have you never asked him whats going on or is he that tight lipped around you?

Im sure his @Woogie63's comment wasn't directed solely at you because there are others who write on this blog that IS around the team daily.

Easy now.

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#31 Young Oil
April 18 2014, 10:08PM
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If you're complaining about what content is on the site, perhaps you should ask for your money back.

Thanks for the good read RB, as always.

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#32 oil leak
April 18 2014, 10:11PM
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ThatButthurtOilersFan wrote:

If that happens, then #1, who is going to be the coach in OKC and #2 who's going to develop our prospects? Besides, what we need right now is NHL experience behind the bench, not another rookie coach.

Well that should not be problem, nelson can continue to teach the young guys and help them grow since there seems to more of them on the oilers rather than the barons

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#33 Robin Brownlee
April 18 2014, 10:13PM
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@Herbert

Fair question.

I don't book guests on the show. I co-host Wednesday and Thursday. I don't get to just "make an appearance" when I want to.

As for the face-to-face part, it's not difficult to ask tough questions, but if you're expecting somebody to say things like "I don't believe you" or "you're blowing smoke" or "that sounds like BS to me," after they answer a question, then the interview is going to be very brief.

You let them answer, digest it and then you give your take on what was said. I don't know how you can be more up front than doing that on a show as popular as Jason's.

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#34 admiralmark
April 18 2014, 10:16PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Passes for journalism?

I have not travelled with the Oilers since 2007. I don't get to see Eakins and Buchberger, or any of the coaches for that matter, interact like I used to.

I don't see the coaching staff interact with the players like I used to. I don't talk to the coaches or the players like I used to. The guys writing for the dailies, on the other hand, do, so your question is probably better directed at them.

Or would you prefer it if I pretended to know something when I don't?

I can see that since you do not travel with the team you would not be privy to all the inside dealings. And I wouldn't assume you could dig it out somehow. But the issue thats talked about the assistant coaches does ultimately require more information for anyone really to make an assessment. So it would be nice for just one reporter around the team to figure out what the hell these two do or have done?

For example: 1) Who runs PP schemes either of them? ever? 2) Who gives guidance to the D men? either of them? ever? 3) Do either of them have any specific duties at all? ever and if so what?

Is this information that secret? Can it even be kept secret? Robin I am not saying you should know or could dig it up. But I have to admit its kinda weird that these details are so sketchy when this question is so on the forefront of many of the fans.

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#35 risto siltanen's slapshot
April 18 2014, 10:17PM
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i appreciate you sayin' you won't comment when you don't know, brownlee. but isn't this what this site is for? if we fans knew what we were talking about we'd have made the playoffs for the last 2 years.rememeber the nilson gagner cogliano koolaid we drank in the past or hope song on the bear haha .just as cogs scores

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#36 -30-
April 18 2014, 10:24PM
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If Eakins values his success as an NHL coach he'll do everything he can to put the odds in his favor.

Does anyone believe that he doesn't see that Oiler head coaches get fired but assistant coaches don't?

That means, different assistant coaches.

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#37 Herbert
April 18 2014, 10:27PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Fair question.

I don't book guests on the show. I co-host Wednesday and Thursday. I don't get to just "make an appearance" when I want to.

As for the face-to-face part, it's not difficult to ask tough questions, but if you're expecting somebody to say things like "I don't believe you" or "you're blowing smoke" or "that sounds like BS to me," after they answer a question, then the interview is going to be very brief.

You let them answer, digest it and then you give your take on what was said. I don't know how you can be more up front than doing that on a show as popular as Jason's.

Understandable. But instead of a reporter or interviewer asking, "do you have confidence in the assistant coaches?" Which we know what the GM of this organization is going to answer with. Why not ask the man directly something like you said in your article? "How does a groups of assistant coaches survive this long and not a head coach?" Possibly even phrase a question where you already address previous answers? "You've stated your confidence in the assistants before. Could you explain how those two individuals have out lasted that many head coaches? Because at what point can you consider them a part of the problem?" This is what some dailies should ask IMO.

My reference to you being on Gregor was in reply to you saying you're not around the team and know insider things. I was trying to say that you are on gregors show 2/5 days a week and find it hard to believe that you don't have an interaction with them like you used to. I would assume that you still have a good idea of what is actually happening just by getting info from Gregor.

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#38 The Swarm
April 18 2014, 10:41PM
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Blowing smoke or delusional drivel?

MacT supports Eakins due to his "relentless messaging"? What message is that exactly?

How to have a lousy PP with some of the most talented players in the NHL?

How to give up multiple 2 on 1's every PP?

How to get out shot 2 to 1 most games?

How to espouse "compete level" and "accountability" with no discernable evidence of either attribute, especially when compared to the far less talented Flames.

If anyone has any idea what this mysterious "messaging" refers to please let me know.

MacT, get over your man crush and get rid of this egomaniac.

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#39 thatguy
April 18 2014, 10:43PM
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Why are all these articles about coaches and assistant coaches??? If the players are giving big contracts and not playing with any determination that's not on the coaches. Post some articles on trades and free agents. Those are a whole lot more interesting.

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#40 Jackie S.
April 18 2014, 10:56PM
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@RB what do you think of Roy pulling his goalie with 3 min left do you think he copied Eakins who used to do it with 13 min left? Please if you can explain to me what"system" the Oilers played. I just don't get what Mactavish meant when he said he seen progress in the systems play. Thank you, Jackie;)

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#41 Al Low
April 18 2014, 11:05PM
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Great article. Completely on point. One thing that always surprised me is how Dallas was allowed to switch up the Oilers dressing room and the Boys on the Bus culture that permeates from the top (Katz) all the way down (Buchberger and Steve Smith). Let's hope Eakins fires those 2 bums that he was handcuffed with and brings in some guys that can actually help him.

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#42 Ambassador humantorch
April 18 2014, 11:14PM
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Counterpoint: didn't Eakins bring in Keith Acton as an assistant, which then led to Will Acton "anchoring" our 4th line for way too long this season?

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#43 Walter Sobchak
April 18 2014, 11:16PM
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Good read RB.

So, Oklahoma City Barons have been in the playoffs despite some serous difficanceys with the Oilers stripping the team all season long.

Nelson, has something ALL the coach's don't........success, plan and simple.

You can argue Eakins took a glorified NHL club to the finals. After that his team dropped like an anvil.

Nelson players come up and are at the very least prepared, Marincin has done well, Petry has done well, Klefbom has been a pleasent surprise.

None of Nelson players seem lost?

MacTavish has this coach, it's time to bring him up as associate coach and get him working with those kids.

If you can't apoligize and take the hire back then get a coach in here you can take that pressure off Eakins.

After 20 games and the Oilers sit 6-8 it's time to gut the whole staff.

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#44 Chainsawz
April 18 2014, 11:26PM
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Herbert wrote:

Understandable. But instead of a reporter or interviewer asking, "do you have confidence in the assistant coaches?" Which we know what the GM of this organization is going to answer with. Why not ask the man directly something like you said in your article? "How does a groups of assistant coaches survive this long and not a head coach?" Possibly even phrase a question where you already address previous answers? "You've stated your confidence in the assistants before. Could you explain how those two individuals have out lasted that many head coaches? Because at what point can you consider them a part of the problem?" This is what some dailies should ask IMO.

My reference to you being on Gregor was in reply to you saying you're not around the team and know insider things. I was trying to say that you are on gregors show 2/5 days a week and find it hard to believe that you don't have an interaction with them like you used to. I would assume that you still have a good idea of what is actually happening just by getting info from Gregor.

Did you watch the press conference? MacTavish was asked pretty close to what you are looking for without the "part of the problem" part. I think it was even Gregor who did.

Easily the best and most uncomfortable part of that joke.

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#45 DonDon
April 18 2014, 11:45PM
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I don't know if MacT realizes it or not, but his statements in the media conference firmly put his job on the line, or should anywhere else in the world of professional sports.

As others have remarked, some of MacT's comments sounded delusional. The SCP have started and once again we witness what real hockey is all about. The Oilers are still so far removed from being a Stanley Cup contender it's ridiculous.

It is sad when one thinks that the Oilers could have had a veteran GM and veteran head coach at the start of this past season, but selected rookies for both positions! Priceless. Next season they won't be rookies, but will they be better? If you think so, I've got a bridge for sale that you would really like.

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#46 MacTastic
April 19 2014, 12:32AM
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This is perhaps the most clearly articulated counter-argument I have ever read to the notion that Lowe's continued presence as POHO is irrelevant to the day-to-day goings-on of the Oilers hockey operations. To those who would argue that Lowe's dismissal would be purely symbolic and have no real impact upon organizational mechanics, we have exhibit A.

We have a GM who, by all accounts, is or seems to be a pretty sharp guy. However, for him to state in public that the head coach's decision about coaching staff is his alone while simultaneously praising the same staff's sacred link to past glories seems, to me at least, unprecedented in professional sports. Like Buchberger's tenure itself: survival of 5 head coach turnovers while remaining in place throughout.

Mr Lowe's friendship with Mr Katz is the foundation upon which the Oilers culture of clinging to past glory and stale loyalties is playing itself out in a tangible way on the ice and behind the scenes.

The fish rots from the head. Well done Mr Bronte.

*Sheepishly steps off soapbox*

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#47 oilers2k10
April 19 2014, 12:40AM
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No need to blame it all on a few guys..but maybe management..or Eakins need to bring in a defensive specialist..especially now with so many potential good defencemen coming up through the system..maybe Nelson is that guy..but then u need to replace him on the farm..maybe Bucky and Smith take care of the farm? Maybe bring in an experienced defensive coach/assistant coach to help assist Eakins? Either way it's an Oil Change..it's called that for a reason..it's taken a few years to change the Oil..you never know the difference until u rev up the engine with the new Oil.

Time to rev it up boys..next seasons gonna be a blast. Mark my words. Hall is sick of watching Seguin in the playoffs..he'll lead this young group to more promising lands very soon..

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#48 Caligator
April 19 2014, 01:11AM
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We are the worst run team in all of professional sports starting from the owner Katz. What do you expect to happen. MacT was passed over by every organization in the league already at head coach so he goes back to school and gets his degree so the old boys could hire him as gm. What a pathetic franchise. Eakins has to fire his own staff with a loaded gun to his head. I took my name off of the season seat registry. The 5 grand I spent in 2013/14 in mini packs will go to better use.

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#49 Andrew
April 19 2014, 01:29AM
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If Buchberger and Smith are so darned good why have they not been given a kick at the can to be head coach. Because Katz/Lowe/Mact are hiding these two chunks of deadwood in plain sight.

They hire people like Quinn, Renney etc to be the cannon fodder for an incompetent organization. What happens if there is a massive fail in the first 30 games next season? I can tell you Eakins will be fired and Smith and Buchberger will emerge from the smoke.

Mact's nose will grow from this debacle and he will look like a freaking elephant.

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#50 mlcselli
April 19 2014, 02:30AM
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Question---Does Eakins have the brass to do Macs dirty work ?

Answer---Anyone new to the organization that walks into the dressing room on his first day and takes down, (and removes from the room permanently), pictures of all the greats has balls. I think anyone as arrogant and oblivious to the treasured past as Eakins is will have no problem letting his 2 ass coaches bite the dust. This could potentially be the start of the Oil being competitive.

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