Pat Quinn Post-Game Comments


The following is a transcript of Pat Quinn’s comments to the media following the Oilers 3-2 preseason win over the New York Islanders.  Audio is available at the Oilers’ official site.

Quinn: Early they came out with some vim and vigour, they jumped everything – according to Mike Sillinger, that’s the way they play. We weren’t expecting it, I don’t think; they challenged the passes and the puck everywhere. Early on, we get a rush and out player turns it over and that sets the tone for the next ten minutes or so, and it’s a bad thing. The ebb, flow, whatever you want to call it, it suddenly comes the other way and now you’ve got to get a hold of yourself again and for the first ten minutes – until they started taking penalties – we were under a lot of pressure and not ready for it.

Reporter: Is there much you’re not seeing out of Jordan Eberle that makes you believe he’s not ready to be an NHL’er?

Quinn: That’s the first game. We’ve been watching practice; I know Jordan has a lot of skill, and on a night like that when the whole group seemed to be surprised by what was going on and the aggressive pursuit of the puck by the Islander group, you get away from that early teamwork that we felt good about in our practices. We weren’t supporting the puck early, it was very individual and then we started guessing with the puck – and none of those things work. We finally, after the first period, seemed to get a little bit of a change in how we were playing and got ourselves some chances. Early on, especially on the power-plays we had a couple of ones that you thought were going to be in the net; we didn’t bear down well enough and they made a couple of good saves. It probably should have been 2 or 3-1 after the penalties since they scored the first one, 2 or 3-1 in our favour, but that’s what sports is; it wasn’t in our favour and we had to scramble.

Reporter: We’d love to have a mic on the bench and hear some of the things that you’re espousing to the players. Sam said he heard some things back there that “ok, yeah”, and Sheldon said the same thing, that you’re keeping them honest.

Quinn: It is early, and you tend to think that you’re going to get perfection right away. It doesn’t happen, and sometimes you may be impatient for that perfection. I’ve been experienced and around long enough to know that it’s ebb and flow. Early on, I just want to try to nip bad habits that are there and see if we can get them changed. Habits aren’t easy, as you all know, some of you smoke for crying out loud, I can smell it from here.

Reporter: (laughs) You’re missing it?

Quinn: (laughs) I am, as a matter of fact. Habits are tough to break.

Reporter: Two panes of glass from one player is pretty rare, right?

Quinn: I would rather see it break the net than break the glass. Well, not really; we know he can fire that thing with such great velocity and he’s got a tremendous shot, it’s his bread and butter for a lot of years. I’m sure the Rexall building people are starting to say ‘maybe we should get a penalty on him’ or something, you know…

Reporter: Send him the bill?

Quinn: Well…

Reporter: His legend’s growing now, with the shot.

Quinn: It’s funny what we cheer now a days, we cheer broken glass.

The only comment I’ll make is this: I wonder if Quinn ever tried that hypnotist…

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    His line was one of the few lines that got the puck out of their own end. The Hemsky line was the one that was hemmed in all night.

    I thought that Penner/Cogs/Eberle line was by far the best line for the Oilers last night. What did you think of them?

  • Hippy

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    I was actually quite surprised at the way Dustin Penner played. If he can keep that up over the course of the entire season he will definitely improve upon the numbers he posted last year.

  • Hippy

    Chris. wrote:

    Obviously Gagner is making this team; but will he automatically draw the gravey minutes he had under MacT if he continues to make brutal decisions with the puck in the neutral zone?

    venue wrote:

    Lets not get crazy after watching game 1 of the preseason. Gagners pros heavily outweigh his cons; I think that is what enables him to draw the “gravey” minutes.

    When is appropriate to say "gravey", and when should you use the more traditional "gravy"? Also, is it OK to sneak in "gravee" once and awhile?

  • Hippy

    Chris. wrote:

    Gagner was amoung a group of players that was often not held accountable under the old coaching regime… this will change.

    I think that with young players in situations like the one Gagner was in it is a much better idea to let the young player make his mistakes and play through it rather than condemn him for it. And the difference with Sam Gagner was he at least put it an honest effort more often than not. Coaches can live with mistakes when the effort is still there.

  • Hippy

    The Menace wrote:

    When is appropriate to say “gravey”, and when should you use the more traditional “gravy”? Also, is it OK to sneak in “gravee” once and awhile?

    Gravee is only good in limited portions. Just ask PDP.

  • Hippy

    venue wrote:

    I think that with young players in situations like the one Gagner was in it is a much better idea to let the young player make his mistakes and play through it rather than condemn him for it.

    Sorry. Wrong. If you can't perform at this level you shouldn't be at this level. Gagner will still be a "young player" for another three or four seasons… At what point is it reasonable for fans to expect consistant, responsible play without the excuses? IMO, players should be able to iron out most of the wrinkles in their game after 100 or so outings. A player should not be entitled to keep making the same mistakes again and again, season after season, just because he is still "young".

  • Hippy

    Further to my thoughts:

    Listen to Quinn's most recent comments on the Oilers website. It's clear that Quinn is talking about the Gagner giveaway (Where he lazily tried to saucer a pass to Nilsson over Doug Weight of all people) when he referrs to an "offensive player" making a "bone head play" that set the team scrambling for the "first ten minutes". Quinn never said Gagner's name… but he didn't have to. Clearly, even the "golden boy" will be held accountable by the coach. It's about time. Gagner will be better for it.

  • Hippy

    I thought Pouliot had a pretty good game last night and usually I'm not a big fan of his. Trukhno wasn't that great but I didn't really expect him to outplay anyone.

  • Hippy

    I was referring to your comment about him not being held accountable by Mac T. I agree he shouldn't be making "bone-head" plays over and over again as he "should" know better at this point in his career.