GDB 32.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Coyotes

December 16 2014 09:53PM

Welcome back, MacT! Final Score: 2-1 Coyotes in OT.

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GDB 32.0: Will coaching make a difference?

Jason Gregor
December 16 2014 12:40PM!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg

The MacNelson regime begins tonight. Craig MacTavish will go behind the bench for an unspecified amount of time, to help transition the team to Todd Nelson, and then Nelson will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

MacTavish wants to get a more accurate pulse of his team, and I believe get a firsthand insight into which players he likes and who he wants to jettison out of town.

The pressing question is: will this coaching change help the team?

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The Second Opinion

Jonathan Willis
December 16 2014 09:53AM

Todd Nelson

One of the interesting complications to the Edmonton Oilers’ decision to dismiss Dallas Eakins and promote Todd Nelson is that the new coach brings with him a firm understanding of what’s happening in Oklahoma City, a firmer understanding than probably anyone else in the organization.

The general manager sets the roster of the team, but the head coach has the power to influence those decisions and it’s going to be awfully hard to tell Nelson that he can’t have Player X from the farm if he thinks Player X will help the situation. Which players currently on the farm might benefit from that?

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It's Not Your Fault

Matt Henderson
December 16 2014 08:12AM

It's not your fault.

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It’s important to know where the accountability needs to stop

Jonathan Willis
December 15 2014 06:10PM

Dallas Eakins 19

As anyone reading this almost certainly knows, on Monday the Oilers dismissed head coach Dallas Eakins. It’s the most significant change to the team in quite a while, and it’s a very good bet that the changes don’t stop with the head coach.

However, it’s also a very good bet that the changes stop somewhere well below Craig MacTavish and Kevin Lowe.

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