GDB 43.0: Coaching (and playing) for a job

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2015 01:01PM

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Interim head coach Todd Nelson has the Oilers trending in the right direction for the first time in a long time, but there is still a sizable contingent out there that hopes to see a veteran head coach take over the reins when Edmonton makes a final decision this summer. How good does Nelson have to be to lose that “interim” tag?

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IN PRAISE OF DEREK ROY

Lowetide
January 11 2015 10:34AM

As a fan, I'm always impatient for prospects and young players to get their NHL chance. Come on, give the guy a chance! Call him up! NHL coaching staffs are pretty much the exact opposite, in that they play the weathered veterans shift after shift.

Why? We're getting an excellent lesson in "WHY?" from Derek Roy these days.

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Whole Again

Matt Henderson
January 11 2015 07:22AM

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Early in the season one of the lone bright spots for the team was the play of the Gordon line. The 4th line that wasnt the 4th line was spectacular. The Oilers started tinkering with it for some reason and they lost a little of what made them effective, but Rob Klinkhammer has seemingly made that line whole again.

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The Edmonton Oilers under three coaching regimes

Jonathan Willis
January 10 2015 01:00PM

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I like Todd Nelson as a coach, and strongly suspect that the combination of a new coach and an influx of new personnel did good things to a team that seemed to be badly in need of some fresh air.

With that said, the team’s current 3-1-2 run under Nelson is built on things that are not going to last.

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WEEKEND UPDATE

Lowetide
January 10 2015 10:59AM

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Josh Winquist (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) is one of several minor leaguers, juniors, college players and European players who performed well this week.

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