GDB 80.0: PERSONAL MILESTONES

Jason Gregor
April 08 2014 12:26PM

Milestones

Every player prefers wins over personal statistics, but with three games remaining the personal goals are more interesting to discuss than whether or not the Oilers will have a 14.2% chance (28th place) or an 18.8% chance (29th place) of winning the draft lottery.

Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and David Perron are battling for the team lead in goals -- they each have 27 --  while Hall is also trying to become the 12th player in Oilers' history to score 80 points.

Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson did it, but can you name the other six? (*answer at bottom)

Hall is putting together an outstanding season. He already has 60 even strength points. When Doug Weight scored 104 points in 1996 and 90 in 2001 he had 58 and 50 ES points respectively. Right now only Ryan Getzlaf has a better ES points-per-game ratio than Hall.

Getzlaf is at .84, while Hall and Crosby are at .833. Hall has become a dominant offensive player and as he said yesterday in our interview, he is working hard at improving his overall game. He is going to be even better next season, and if he stays healthy he could push for 90 points and be a better defensive player.

While Hall is battling to become the 12th Oiler in team history to get 80 points, he is pushing Eberle and Perron to reach 30 goals. The Oilers haven't had two 30-goal scorers in the same season since Ryan Smyth (39) and Andrei Kovalenko (32) did it in 1997. They haven't had three 30-goal men since 1990.

It is unlikely all three of them will average a goal/game over the final three games, but it will be fun to watch who takes over the lead in goals.

Eberle is trying to become only the 10th Oiler to have two 30-goal seasons. (**List of the others is at bottom). He's quietly had a good season. He wasn't very good early in the season, and I think the trade talk was bothering him, but he's been quite good, 19 points in 18 games, since the Olympic break.

Scoring 30 goals twice as an Oiler would put him in pretty good company.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Gagner-Lander
Pinizzotto-Gordon-Smyth
Hendricks-Acton-Larsen

Marincin-Petry
Klefbom-Schultz
Fraser-Belov

Scrivens

I asked Eakins about Lander playing centre. "We know he can play centre, we need to find out if he can play the wing in the NHL," said Eakins. "I won't compromise the structure of our team to watch one player play centre. If he is going to play here he'll need to be able to play centre, right wing and left wing."

Lander hasn't looked bad, but he hasn't produced any offence, and in the future if he hopes to be a 3rd line he'll need to show he can produce at the NHL level. It is still to early to give up on Lander, but he'll need to show a pulse offensively in camp next season if he has any aspirations of making the team.

QUICK HITS...

  • The Oilers are 12-4-4 in their last 20 vs. the Avs including an 8-2 drubbing earlier this season. The Avs are one of the few top teams in the league that the Oilers dominate.

  • Nathan MacKinnon will win the Calder. He leads rookies in scoring with 60 points, and he's only the fourth 18 year old in the last decade to score 50+ points. Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were the others.

  • This is a big game for the Avs. They have a two-point lead over Chicago for home ice advantage in their upcoming playoff series. The Avs finish the season with four road games.Tonight, Thursday in Vancouver, Friday in San Jose and Sunday in Anaheim. If they can win two of four they secure 2nd place in the central division and home ice against the Hawks. They should be movitvated to beat the Oilers.

  • When asked where he'll play next year, Ryan Jones replied, "Not here," to Rob Tychkowski. Jones went on to say he felt it was mutual from both sides. This isn't breaking news, because it was clear neither party had much interest in the other, but you don't hear a player admit it on the record very often.

TONIGHT...

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    GAME DAY PREDICTION: The SpOilers upset another team battling for home ice advantage with 6-4 victory.

    OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: There will be multiple statistical comparisons between MacKinnon and Hall or Nugent-Hopkins throughout the broadcast.

    NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: MacKinnon and tough guy Patrick Bordeleau are the only Avs to have played all 78 games heading into tonight's tilt. Bordeleau picks up a 2nd period assist and reaches double digits in points for the first time in his career.

    * Weight (104 and 90), Jimmy Carson (100), Blair MacDonald (94), Vincent Damphousse (89), Mike Krushelnyski (88) and Joe Murphy (82) were the other Oilers with 80-point seasons.

    ** Kurri (10), Gretzky (9), Anderson (9), Messier (8), Smyth (4), Coffey (3), Esa Tikkanen (3), Craig Simpson (3), and Petr Klima (2).

    15 other players scored 30 goals once as a member of the Oilers: Carson (49), MacDonald (46), Krushelnyski (43), Damphousse (38), Murphy (35), Eberle (34), Jason Arnott, Mike Comrie, Ken Linseman and Stan Weir (33), Kovalenko, Dave Lumley and Dustin Penner (32), Zdeno Ciger (31) and Bill Guerin (30). Hall and/or Perron could become the 25th player to hit the 30-goal mark.

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    #1 vetinari
    April 08 2014, 12:32PM
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    Looking at the positives... hoping for Smyth's PP goal before the end of the season... hoping for Hall's first 80 pt+ season... and hoping for a few more wins to end the season on a good note.

    Go Oilers!

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    #2 Stompinstoms
    April 08 2014, 01:40PM
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    RexHolez wrote:

    Vancouver chants fire gillis and boom, they fire gillis after 1 bad year. Why are edmonton fans so darn slow? 8 years?? Lets here the Fire Lowe chants

    As an Oiler fan living here in Vancouver, I know a lot about Canucks fans. I really don't think that we should be modelling our behaviour after them.

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    #3 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
    April 08 2014, 12:47PM
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    Gillis done in Vancouver. Should ship that axe to Edmonton, and use it.

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    #4 Bishai in the Benches
    April 08 2014, 01:36PM
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    RexHolez wrote:

    Vancouver chants fire gillis and boom, they fire gillis after 1 bad year. Why are edmonton fans so darn slow? 8 years?? Lets here the Fire Lowe chants

    ENOUGH with the fire Lowe posts. We get it... You don't like him. I'm pretty tired of reading 5 different comments on every article saying the exact same thing. Comment if you have discussion or insight pertinent to the article, shut up if you're just going to blab on about how Lowe sucks.

    Everyone on this site agrees with you, it's time for Lowe to go... We don't need to be told multiple times on every article. How about you go spam somewhere else. Start posting on the oilers website, or tweeting at the oilers instead.

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    #5 RexHolez
    April 08 2014, 01:25PM
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    Atleast Vancouver is smart enough to fire their POHO!!

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    #6 RexHolez
    April 08 2014, 01:28PM
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    Vancouver chants fire gillis and boom, they fire gillis after 1 bad year. Why are edmonton fans so darn slow? 8 years?? Lets here the Fire Lowe chants

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    #7 RexHolez
    April 08 2014, 02:46PM
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    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    If we re-posted your last 10 comments from various articles here, how many would have a "Fire Lowe" reference?

    You're fixating.

    EDIT: I see Bobo beat me to this. Really, enough.

    Sorry guys. Fixated is a proper word for my fire Kevin Lowe comments. I'm just amazed he's still with the organization. I'll try to write more Shea Weber trades and keep updating our Ekblad draft chances instead. Cuz the best way to solve the Kevin Lowe problem is to not talk about it, it's working so well

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    #8 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
    April 08 2014, 02:37PM
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    @BorisMironov2
    @Robin Brownlee

    Apply your own logic: Don't like his stuff - don't read it.

    This season has been a disaster and people are voicing their displeasure. Use your own discretion to filter out the voices you're not tired of hearing or agree with.

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    #9 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
    April 08 2014, 01:33PM
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    RexHolez wrote:

    Vancouver chants fire gillis and boom, they fire gillis after 1 bad year. Why are edmonton fans so darn slow? 8 years?? Lets here the Fire Lowe chants

    They kick the Tier 1 fans out of Rexall place for even whispering such insubordination.

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    #10 Craig1981
    April 08 2014, 12:53PM
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    I hate posts going "sure hall has 77 points, but he is -13" The only player in the positve, of the 31 that have suited up for the Oil this year, is Ben Eager (who played 7 games)! +/- can be an indication of a players skills, but it needs to be used in context. Ference was +9 last year and -18 this year. Did his game really change??

    People need to ease off the +/- stat

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    #11 Robin Brownlee
    April 08 2014, 01:39PM
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    RexHolez wrote:

    Vancouver chants fire gillis and boom, they fire gillis after 1 bad year. Why are edmonton fans so darn slow? 8 years?? Lets here the Fire Lowe chants

    If we re-posted your last 10 comments from various articles here, how many would have a "Fire Lowe" reference?

    You're fixating.

    EDIT: I see Bobo beat me to this. Really, enough.

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    #12 Sevenseven
    April 08 2014, 02:37PM
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    Rob... wrote:

    I don't want him anywhere near this team. Anyone who headed out on a hunting trip (as per his twitter feed near the start of the season) after suffering a knee injury that prevented him from playing should be kicked out of the NHLPA and have his contract rendered null and void. I hated seeing a player I liked a lot take his job so lightly.

    In Alberta when we cant work we go hunting. Hiking through a bush I bet was cleared as exercise by his doctor. Physical activity is important rehab. Have you been hunting? All it is is hiking. My 75 year old Grandpa does it. Id have more of an issue with him sitting on his butt eating cheetos.

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    #13 Anton (still waiting for playoffs)
    April 08 2014, 03:11PM
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    (I asked Eakins about Lander playing centre. "We know he can play centre, we need to find out if he can play the wing in the NHL," said Eakins. "I won't compromise the structure of our team to watch one player play centre. If he is going to play here he'll need to be able to play centre, right wing and left wing.")

    What a load of BS from Eakins. WHAT STRUCTURE?

    Shifting players up-and-down the lines?

    Getting Hall and Smyth to play C?

    Getting Larsson to play forward?

    NOT getting Gagner to play on wing?

    What kind of STRUCTURE is he talking about? Eakins knows best structure?

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    #14 RexHolez
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    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    If you've been paying even the slightest bit of attention over the last several months you'll know I've pointed the finger directly at Lowe multiple times -- to the point somebody here accused me of having a vendetta against Kevin.

    So, is your comment a matter of ignorance to the above or are you just trying to get a reaction from me?

    I get what you're saying brownlee. You're sick of the fire Lowe comments. I'm sick of typing them out. But the day Gillis is fired for missing the playoffs 1 time in his 6 years on the job, you gotta expect me to point out that this team hasn't even made it in once in 8 years without change. It just bugs me, and I know you're on the fire Lowe band wagon too. You think I'm beating a dead horse, but I won't be happy til Lowe is gone.

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    April 08 2014, 01:50PM
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    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    If we re-posted your last 10 comments from various articles here, how many would have a "Fire Lowe" reference?

    You're fixating.

    EDIT: I see Bobo beat me to this. Really, enough.

    It's acceptable if it's a righteous anger though Robin. The silent majority speaks. Nothing but chuck steak on the grill at Rexall for 8 yrs now.

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    #16 Bishai in the Benches
    April 08 2014, 02:06PM
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    Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

    It's acceptable if it's a righteous anger though Robin. The silent majority speaks. Nothing but chuck steak on the grill at Rexall for 8 yrs now.

    Posting it here is useless though... 95% of people who visit the site are thinking the exact same thing. Katz likely doesn't spend his days pouring through the comments section looking for how he should run his franchise. Direct your anti-lowe commentary elsewhere, because it's annoying and useless. Everyone agrees with you already.

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    #17 Arius Mumin
    April 08 2014, 08:33PM
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    What kind of coach puts Gagner and Smyth on the same line, and why?

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    #18 Wonger
    April 08 2014, 12:39PM
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    Still two more opportunities for BIG MAC to get into an NHL game this season!!!!

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    #19 Wonger
    April 08 2014, 03:20PM
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    Rob... wrote:

    I don't want him anywhere near this team. Anyone who headed out on a hunting trip (as per his twitter feed near the start of the season) after suffering a knee injury that prevented him from playing should be kicked out of the NHLPA and have his contract rendered null and void. I hated seeing a player I liked a lot take his job so lightly.

    Completely untrue!!! Get your facts straight before making unfair statements like this!!!! Big Mac is the consumate gentleman, team player and a highly conditioned athlete! Despite very limited ice time, he is one of the best conditioned athletes in the AHL or NHL! You would have a hard time finding a better person in professional sports - he and McGrattan in Calgary are top notch, very dedicated people!!!

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    #20 Craig
    April 08 2014, 08:09PM
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    Why are the sports media so gutless in Edmonton? Are they afraid they won't get a interview or some access to the gong show called Oilers?

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    #21 Cubsfan
    April 08 2014, 08:40PM
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    Sounds like season ticket sales in Vancouver were slumping with renewals starting tomorrow

    Hit them where it hurts....the wallet

    Maybe problem here is that we keep selling out the place....no sense of urgency for change.....

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    #22 Serious Gord
    April 08 2014, 09:26PM
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    Re: firing Lowe

    In toronto two years ago the hometown fans chanted "fire Wilson" for most of a game - it was deafening.

    The next day Burke fired Wilson saying that it would be cruel (or words to that effect) to put him behind the bench for another home game.

    At the game in Van last night the fans chanted "fire Gillis".

    Less than 18 hours later he was fired.

    Do the oilers fans have the guts to chant "fire Lowe"?

    Would katz act and do so if fans did that?

    I say no and yes respectively.

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    #23 Arius Mumin
    April 08 2014, 09:53PM
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    RNH should get a toilet paper endorsement-he is soft.

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    #24 Reg Dunlop
    April 08 2014, 09:46PM
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    Timing is everything. Our three 1st overalls COMBINED are worth less than Mackinnon. Sorry, but it is true..

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    #25 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
    April 08 2014, 10:46PM
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    Thought the score flattered the Oilers. That was like NHL vs AHL out there with the different pace of each club. The game slowed down whenever the Oilers had the puck.

    The Oilers had only one kid who played the game at that pace. And that was Nail Yakupov last year under Krueger. Now that he's had that Eakins lobotomy, he fits in with the rest of this group now. Under Dallas' new defence first system they've given up the most goals in the league. If they're going to continue to bang their heads against this brick wall, maybe Alberta Health Care should start refusing coverage to these bozos.

    Didn't take long for Ben Scrivens to be affected by the cancer within this organization. All of a sudden his numbers have dropped down to that average .917'ish Dubnyk area.

    God bless those season ticket holders who have not seen, yet still believe in these idiots (Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins) will get this thing turned around anytime soon.

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    #26 Sevenseven
    April 08 2014, 12:49PM
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    I like what Brian Elliot said today. Ultimately the players on the ice dictate the record. Roy has a great record. He also had amazing goaltending, many forwards having career years and a defense that is better than the Oil. Eakins had abysmal goaltending, top players not only slumping offensivly, but struggling defensively too. Not to mention the worst collective defenseman in the NHL. Im not trying to take away from Roys rookie coach season. Im not defending Eakins. But I bet you that if you swapped the two coaches this year, the results would not be very different for their respective teams. Similarly the coach swap Vancouver and New York. Vancouvers horses are on the past their prime. There was no way they were going to be close to a presidents cup team.

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    #27 RexHolez
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    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    I agree with your sentiment from top to bottom. I left your comment in place, but it just becomes noise when you offer it up multiple times under multiple items day after day -- wouldn't be any different if I wrote a "Fire Lowe" article every day.

    I'm hoping you're not beating a dead horse, but that call belongs to Katz alone.

    I wish you would write a fire Lowe article everyday. In fact I wish every article that anyone writes about the oilers is a fire Lowe article. I wish no one could turn around without Fire Lowe being talked about, printed, chanted, graffitied, sung, danced or tweeted! Maybe then change will be made. but I will stop spamming the site with fire Lowe comments, but I won't drop it completely

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    #28 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
    April 08 2014, 08:57PM
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    I'm sick of watching guys coast back to bench for the line change. New Rule....you can't leave the bench until the guy who's coming off is actually off the ice.

    Would open up the game a little.....and take some of the lazy out of the game.

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    #29 Bishai in the Benches
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    Wonger wrote:

    Completely untrue!!! Get your facts straight before making unfair statements like this!!!! Big Mac is the consumate gentleman, team player and a highly conditioned athlete! Despite very limited ice time, he is one of the best conditioned athletes in the AHL or NHL! You would have a hard time finding a better person in professional sports - he and McGrattan in Calgary are top notch, very dedicated people!!!

    Wonger is that even you?? There weren't any CAPS LOCKED words in that whole post! I'm impressed. I'm also lobbying for BaggedMilk to start up a weekly Wonger article.

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    #30 Randaman
    April 08 2014, 09:24PM
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    A couple observations of the game so far;

    Lander is not an NHL player yet. Three times he was down low with somebody wide open out front but he holds on or turns away. His decision making skills are still too slow.

    Gagner is absolutely brutal. No strength on the boards and plays from the perimeter. The only time he goes to the net area defensively, he takes a shot in the chops and drops like he was shot. Bye bye Snowpants!! PLEASE!

    Smyth on the second line. Really?? He needs a power play goal. Please get the goal and retire!

    Eakins actually got on the linesman for that weak icing call at the end of the period! More Please!!

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    #31 Wonger
    April 08 2014, 12:48PM
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    Wonger wrote:

    Still two more opportunities for BIG MAC to get into an NHL game this season!!!!

    C'MON MACT and EAKINS - listen to your INNER WONGER - GET THE BIG BRUISER UP HERE FOR LA THURSDAY AND THE CANUCKLHEADS SATURDAY!!!! The OKC Barons are in Abottsford Friday and Sunday afternoon - they will only need him if Trevor Gillies makes a rare appearance in the Heat line-up!!!! Maybe BIG MAC can dress for all four games???!!!!! Wonger may have to make a couple of trips between Abbotsford and Edmonton this weekend!!!

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    #32 Oiler63
    April 08 2014, 01:23PM
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    If you screw up, there're consequences. Even the canucks know it.

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    #33 Robin Brownlee
    April 08 2014, 07:03PM
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    Bryzarro World wrote:

    Katz and kblowe get to you? Starting to act like rexall security now....

    If you've been paying even the slightest bit of attention over the last several months you'll know I've pointed the finger directly at Lowe multiple times -- to the point somebody here accused me of having a vendetta against Kevin.

    So, is your comment a matter of ignorance to the above or are you just trying to get a reaction from me?

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    #34 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
    April 08 2014, 09:16PM
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    Leafs are eliminated!

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    #35 Jakester
    April 08 2014, 10:26PM
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    Wow is McKinnon ever a special player. Kid can flat out play. He's going to be phenomenal in this league!

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    #36 Rob...
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    Wonger wrote:

    Completely untrue!!! Get your facts straight before making unfair statements like this!!!! Big Mac is the consumate gentleman, team player and a highly conditioned athlete! Despite very limited ice time, he is one of the best conditioned athletes in the AHL or NHL! You would have a hard time finding a better person in professional sports - he and McGrattan in Calgary are top notch, very dedicated people!!!

    You're right. It was unfair. I went back and checked the time between the injury and the tweet about hunting (including climbing up to a tree stand). They were over a month apart. Statement retracted with apologies to anyone offended, including Big Mac.

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    #37 Robin Brownlee
    April 08 2014, 07:16PM
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    @RexHolez

    I agree with your sentiment from top to bottom. I left your comment in place, but it just becomes noise when you offer it up multiple times under multiple items day after day -- wouldn't be any different if I wrote a "Fire Lowe" article every day.

    I'm hoping you're not beating a dead horse, but that call belongs to Katz alone.

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    #38 shaun
    April 08 2014, 06:38PM
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    Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy! wrote:

    @BorisMironov2
    @Robin Brownlee

    Apply your own logic: Don't like his stuff - don't read it.

    This season has been a disaster and people are voicing their displeasure. Use your own discretion to filter out the voices you're not tired of hearing or agree with.

    I agree with this because it is a fan site and it is nice to know others feel the same way you do about issues, when you start censoring you have no clue about consensus. Further it is clear from the trashes above that not all agree with the clearing of management especially lowe comments. The object of this site is opinion and diversity is respected, or should be -just because boris you dont like something does not make others opinions less valid.

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    #39 Randaman
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    Serious Gord wrote:

    Re: firing Lowe

    In toronto two years ago the hometown fans chanted "fire Wilson" for most of a game - it was deafening.

    The next day Burke fired Wilson saying that it would be cruel (or words to that effect) to put him behind the bench for another home game.

    At the game in Van last night the fans chanted "fire Gillis".

    Less than 18 hours later he was fired.

    Do the oilers fans have the guts to chant "fire Lowe"?

    Would katz act and do so if fans did that?

    I say no and yes respectively.

    Sorry Gord, I disagree. The fans here don't have the guts to start that chant and Katz wouldn't care if they did. He only watches the games in Vancouver. Maybe we could get the Canuck fans to chant for us. LOL

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    #40 RexHolez
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    I have a nightmare of seeing Lowe smirking and pointing to his rings in self satisfaction 3 years from now when the oilers finally make their first playoff appearance and have 4 1st overall picks and 4 or 5 lottery pick players on the team. "I told you 2nd tier fans that I know somthing about winning" he'll proclaim.

    This team will get better simply because they draft high for a decade. Coaching and management will have nothing to do with it. It's sad really

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    #41 Tikkanese
    April 08 2014, 03:34PM
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    Rob... wrote:

    I don't want him anywhere near this team. Anyone who headed out on a hunting trip (as per his twitter feed near the start of the season) after suffering a knee injury that prevented him from playing should be kicked out of the NHLPA and have his contract rendered null and void. I hated seeing a player I liked a lot take his job so lightly.

    Hunting is not kick-boxing bears in a pit. If you are allowed to walk, sit in a tree stand, ride a quad, drive your truck with your gun out the window; you can hunt.

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    #42 Reg Dunlop
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    Also, I hate to continually grind a legend but Smyth is SO slow. It's like watching Brad Marsh execute the 3 point turn in the neutral zone. Please hang up the axe Ryan.

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    #43 shaun
    April 08 2014, 10:04PM
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    Hey Klowe there is an opening in Vancouver, you should apply

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    #44 Robin Brownlee
    April 08 2014, 04:32PM
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    Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy! wrote:

    @BorisMironov2
    @Robin Brownlee

    Apply your own logic: Don't like his stuff - don't read it.

    This season has been a disaster and people are voicing their displeasure. Use your own discretion to filter out the voices you're not tired of hearing or agree with.

    When essentially the same remark appears multiple times no matter what the topic, it's spam -- even if I happen to agree with the sentiment being expressed (which I do in this case). As a writer here, I moderate comments. I read them all -- the witty, the dim, everything in between. "Just skip over it if you don't like it" isn't an option. If I choose to remove a comment for any reason, I will. If I choose to remark about a comment, as I did in this case, I will -- whether you like it or not.

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    #45 kale
    April 08 2014, 08:25PM
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    okay I just really liked MacTs response to Genes question about the draft...Ekblad or Drasaitl, MacT says both areas are an area of need, fist pump! He recognizes Gags isnt the guy

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    #46 Arius Mumin
    April 08 2014, 09:48PM
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    Down by two goals, time to get Gagner and Smyth out there.

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    #47 RexHolez
    April 08 2014, 10:00PM
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    Serious Gord wrote:

    So you agree with point one.

    I think Katz would fire Lowe. It would be nice to see the fans do the chant to see which of us is right.

    Fans won't chant. It's like edmonton likes being losers. Aside from a few jerseys tossed. I can't see a fire Lowe chant from edmonton, and it frustrates the heck out of me

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    #48 Rob F
    April 08 2014, 08:16PM
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    What the heck was that goal all about. they just let johnson skate right through.... Stupid Lowe.....

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    #49 Virtual_Xi
    April 08 2014, 08:17PM
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    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    From my article March 23:

    "Firing Lowe tomorrow won’t undo the lousy signings and free agent acquisitions made by departed GM Steve Tambellini. It won't immediately effect some of the questionable tactical decisions made by Eakins. It won't make the defensive group in place now good enough or deep enough.

    All the above said, continuing to hire and fire GMs, coaches and assistant coaches and to bring in and ship out players and turn over the entire roster, as has happened in recent seasons, without addressing the one constant since 2000 – Lowe – before firing up the hockey-ops carousel again is insanity.

    How can Katz not make that change this off-season? How can he not offer the people who buy the tickets to watch his team something resembling a clean slate at the top after eight straight years out of the playoffs? Why should fans, having seen what we've seen, demand anything less?"

    Any questions?

    You're right about this one Brownlee, but your point seems illogical to me as Lowe hired Tambellini and his ineptitude pushed the oilers further and further down the town well. No accountability from him from katz. I argue that it will undo some of the mistakes at least in the perspective of the fans by giving them some faith that the organization won't tolerate year after year of suck.

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    #50 Tim
    April 08 2014, 05:21PM
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    Rick Stroppel wrote:

    ADIOS SMYTTY!

    The fact that they have tried so hard to get him the record this year tells me that he is probably not coming back next year. They could have done a "farewell Smytty" tour, but Smyth probably would not want that.

    PS : I hate to break it to everyone, but those yabos are fake.

    They're fake? Doesn't bother me, they are spectacular.

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