GDB Wrap Up: Avalanche @ Oilers

Popcorn

I appreciate you this much…Final Score: 4-1 Avalanche

While all you Tier 2 fans were at home watching the game, I was sitting in Tier 1 territory getting showered with free gifts (read: free popcorn) and apologies (no apologies were given)! It was Fan Appreciation Night at Rexall and your ol’ pal baggedmilk was in the building swinging his Tier 2 wallet like no one’s business. What did I buy? Nothing. I refuse to buy merchandise until Kevin Lowe writes me a hand written apology for the last 8 years of my Oilers-loving life. Wait…does beer count? Because I did buy a lot of that.

Tonight was the first time I’ve ever been to Rexall on Fan Appreciation Night and a lot of people in the stands around me had some theories about how the prizes were distributed. The theory was that a good chunk of prizes were given to the empty seats. If I was to guess, I would say that 80% of the prizes were awarded to the lower bowl – I’m talking 100s – and the crowd was not happy about it. One of the loudest boos I heard all night was when two consecutive free flights were given out down there. In my section, nothing. Why am I complaining about the prizing? Because it was more interesting than the game.

Let’s wrap it up…

The Bright Side

  • I tried taking a picture of a dude with a Nation Hoodie for about 10 minutes, but he dodged me like a ninja
  • Said man with the Nation Hoodie probably wondered why I was stalking him and I found it hilarious
  • 28 goals for DP!
  • My total beer bill cost less than the cab ride home!
  • Not a single jersey was thrown on the ice
  • Toronto is out of the playoffs

The Face Palmers

  • NO OLD DUTCH SNACK ATTACK
  • The winning 50/50 number started with 115 and my number started with 144 – he must have gotten to Rexall at 3pm
  • I took the over for how many times Blue by Eiffel 65 would be played – it was 2x

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  • ubermiguel

    Why is Smyth on the second line?? Why can’t he retire already and let someone else take his spot… He is WAY to slow. Why cant anyone else see this?? Maybe we need actually skilled veterans on the team to help the kids and not Smyth telling them how to play.

  • Reg Dunlop

    My old neighbor dodged the VietNam draft by painting his nails and arguing with himself. Maybe Ekblad will try the same ruse to avoid being selected by Leo Sayer aka Katz jr.

    • Reg Dunlop

      I have it on reliable information that they wanted to put ‘I don’t care and it shows’ on the back of Petry’s sweater but they couldn’t get it to fit.

  • mesa

    There isn’t a colonel of truth to the rumor that Orville Redenbacher is Katz’ nom de plume. Sorry I turned down those free tickets so I could drive down to E-town from Grande Prairie for that gesture of Katz’ largesse. Popcorn free but the container that holds it costs $10.00.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Pretty funny to see Landeskog pile drive Gagner like that. Must’ve just about knocked Sammy out cold. Taylor should spray paint a dead body outline on the ice where that happened before practice in the morning.

    #89 in your program, #1 in our hearts…….he’s just so fluffy I could die!

  • dougtheslug

    It’s hard to swallow watching other teams rise from the non-playoff grave seemingly overnight (Dallas, Avs) and other teams get by on blood, guts and smarts (Detroit, Columbus) while year after year this organization aimlessly flounders with no end in sight.

  • dougtheslug

    Wow! Canucks fans are so soft!

    A half season of suck and they are screaming “Fire Gillis” and not buying season tickets.

    Up here in Northern Alberta, we could teach them a thing or two about endurance.

  • Reg Dunlop

    Come on you guys! Wasn’t anyone else born when Kennedy was alive? Leo Sayer= Katz jr? ‘You make me feel like dancing’? This is my best stuff… google ‘Endless Flight’ album cover and tell me truthfully that jr isn’t the illegitimate love child of Leo.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      We’re not worthy Reggie.

      We were all scrambling doing exactly as you explained. Some of us oldtimers only use one finger when we type, eh. The song that Woody Harrelson sang in Anger Management, You make me feel like dancing, that wasn’t the original?

  • mesa

    Cheer up BM, I hear they are playing Guy Lombardo,Tennessee Ernie Ford and Tiny Tim for next year as pump up music. Apparently KLowe is positively jiggy with it.

  • tomger

    im an advanced old guy i use two fingers you guys should just do what i do and wear rangers jersey in honor of the last time the oilers won the cup in 94 7 former oilers 200% less shame

  • Anton CP

    I think that I will pass on the draft. It really doesn’t matter how if or and Oilers get Ekblad. How many of you can tolerate another 2 years of sucks when if or and he will be ready?

  • Reg Dunlop

    Apparently 50% of the fans back Eakins and the job he has done this season. MacT. wants organizational stability. (Read: save face) and says Eakins stays. By what measure has Eakins done anything to improve this team? Turn the bottom 6 players into AHLers?Take a #1 draft pick and destroy his growth and confidence? How does gross incompetence equal stability and overall improvement for the future?

    This crew of idiots could have the 1st overall pick for another 5 yrs and still
    f**k it into a cocked hat.

    • Anton CP

      We have lots of fans believe that they know hockey, but I doubt that they know a thing or two about winning since that they did not grew up during the glorious day back in 80s. They were watching the struggling Oilers throughtout most of their lives and they will jump on any bandwagon that can provide a simple answer to the problem. Most of them going to the game not to support but for the prestige of high price entertainment.

    • Chainsawz

      Lol, cock hat.

      I’m picturing Lowe and Katz wearing expensive robes beside a fireplace drinking a fine red sharing a good laugh wearing cocks on their heads.

      Fitting.

  • Anton CP

    Was that – again – a moral victory? As in one less to go before they’re all off golfing?

    Oilers could get back to legit playoffs candidate IF 3 things are done: Legit 1/2 Defence pairing (Canucks could supply one), new assistant coaches for Eakins, a tough two way D or for bottom 6.
    As a bonus: no more Lowe and no more interference from Katz.

  • ubermiguel

    It probably is just a coincidence, but in recent years the Oilers always seem to churn out a total stinker on “Fan Appreciation Night,” so I was kind of expecting it.

    As someone who for years has sat in the front row of the Gallery with my rowdy mates and nearby season ticket holders, we long ago noticed our second class citizen status among the “Tier 1 Fans.” As you noted the big giveaways are obviously not randomly drawn and mostly go to those in the 100 sections or private boxes, and NEVER go to anyone in the nosebleeds up in the 300s. This approach extends to all other forms of giveaways and games. Our car, the red one, is lucky to win the race game once or twice a year etc. Of course the people chosen to participate in the quizs and other games are also ‘selected’ from the lower seats. We mostly just laugh at this, but it does reflect the precise attitude expressed by Kevin Lowe that offended so many people.

    I can’t prove it but it also seems clear that different classes of season-ticket-holding fans are notified at different times about opportunities to attend team events. There have been occasions when I noted an e-mail from the Oiler office almost instantly and responded immediately only to be told that it was already filled up. Either they notify the “Top Class” season ticket holders earlier or they just intentionally save the spots for them.

    As George Orwell and Kevin Lowe believe, “All customers are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

    • JSR

      2nd last row of the gallery here.

      We are definitely tier 1C fans. That t-shirt cannon can fire across 3 sections, but do you think they would point it up once towards the 300’s? We got a lot of kids up here as these are the “cheap” seats.

      Oh well, at least I have a concession stand 10 feet behind me so I can get a drink between whistles. Oh wait, Northlands closed that down for this season as well…

  • Lofty

    Wow, that business plan basing a website on the Oilers is paying off now… 30 whole fan posts to a post game wrap. Remember the days of hundreds of posts, thousands of views, the potential ad sales through the roof, Lexus having come on board? Sucks to have to sell hope in hockey while pimping for ad sales!

  • Lofty

    Well lets hope they can get up for Vancouver on Saturday. This has the makings of an epic tilt if they bother to show. Maybe some retribution, maybe some personal milestones and for God’s sake, please let Smitty get that damn power play goal so he can retire.

  • JSR

    Right out of the gate last night you could tell the oilers weren’t into it. I just don’t get it. What’s the deal? Is there an advantage with corado being a mile high? Fraser handles the puck like a bomb, has no f$&8ing idea what to do with it and the rest with no hustle or compete? Didn’t Eakins stress this in September? I just don’t get it. Sad, just sad.

    What should be done if they have another crappy start next year which is highly likely?

  • JSR

    what i like about Canucks ownership is they hold people accountable because, apparently,it’s good to have high standards. can you even imagine what that would be like. you know standards.

    • Chainsawz

      Hmmmm. Didn’t we just fire a GM? And a bunch of coaches? And half the roster? I don’t think accountability is the issue. MacT is already demonstrating that he is an astute GM. You think Trevor Linden is the answer? Messier? C’mon.

      • Chainsawz

        A GM was fired so Lowe could hire his buddy, I doubt a proper hiring process was followed to find the best man for the job (though MacTavish is keeping his above water).

        Firing all those coaches wasn’t accountablity, that was a GM finding a scapegoat. Maybe it’s my own version of history but I don’t recall Renney or Kreuger getting the venom Eakins has. In both cases I was surprised they got axed.

        And half the roster… maybe half the rosters we’ve seen for the last 4 seasons weren’t NHL players. That’s not accountability, that’s the nature of the business of running a bottom dwelling team.

        I agree about Messier or Linden, they aren’t the best people available to take over for the Nucks (spit).

      • I tried it at home

        you know he was President as well, right? C’mon. that accountability and yes it is very real and a concern.

        you think they have standards? i suppose losing is some sort of standard.

        i like MacT.

        • Chainsawz

          I just don’t think Lowe is the problem everyone says he is. I haven’t been watching Oil Change so may be speaking from ignorance but Lowe’s primary role isn’t managing the day to day roster/transactions. He is much higher up the food chain of a large organization going through major business transactions (arena, purchase of ECHL team, stability of Oklahoma, management changes etc). MacT is a legitimate GM and arguably a great fit for this team. Everyone is praising Yzerman despite him having less pedigree than MacT and inheriting a much stronger team. The past 4 years under Tambo were a disaster and will require time to rectify. Continuous turnover of management/ coaches is part of the problem. Gillis had a 6 year opportunity with a star studded, veteran team. His fall from grace has been spectacular. There are no magic beans – I am willing to give MacT a 5 year run and then we can evaluate where we are at.

          • Chainsawz

            i have zero insight about Lowe, but what i do know is that good organizations have goals and expectations and if management continually fails to meet them then they are held accountable. only so many coaches he can fire and GM’s he should hire. nothing against the man, never met him. just the Oilers need to strive for better. as a leader he has continuously let the ticket buying, merchandise wearing fans down.

            give Mact some time i can live with.

  • I tried it at home

    Colorado knows something about rebuilding. Who wouldnt trade MacKinnon,Landeskog and Duchene for
    Hall, Eberle, and RNH. straight up.

    2009 was a good draft yr. for Denver.. Duchene, ORiely, Barrie, Elliott…Other than Elliott the other three are starters for the team ..Duchene currently on IR.

    Edmonton 2009, not so good , the only one from that class on the ice last night was Lander..and that was barley. Pajarrvi was traded, and guys like
    Heskth, Abney and Bigos, will never see the light of an NHL jersey.

    Major lesson in how the game is played, and thats without Duchene,Parentuae, and Tanguay on the ice.

    • This is why I love Oilers fans, the so called most knowledgeable in the league, all Oilers players are garbage compared to everyone else’s. Really “no one would trade the oilers top three for those avs” the combined 0.821 points per game of Hall eberle and RHN compared to the 0.75 points per game says otherwise. I will give you one thing though is the oilers drafting past round one is terrible considering nearly every NHL team has had at least one true impact player drafted beyond round one.

      • Gerald R. Ford

        Fair enough on .821 vs .075, but if you look at the other side of the ledger my friend, you will see that the AVS, bunch are more responsible defensively.

        My frustration is that the Oiler kids are very talented, but other than Hall RNH, Eberle and Yak,dont bring it evert night. Can you honestly say in last nights game that RNH and Eberle were even noticeable.

        • Gerald R. Ford

          And you can say that Landeskog, Duchene, and Mackinnon are noticeable every night as well ? Taylor Hall has actually had a better plus minus that Duchene up until this year (sorry the first year he was -9 and Duchene was -8), not to mention your argument is based on dumping on individuals for a team system. I also love how you argue that RNH and Eberle are 2 of the 4 that bring it every night then go on to say that they were not noticeable last night.

  • ubermiguel

    ‘sigh’….this debacle of a season can’t end soon enough. I haven’t sat in my Tier 1 seats since November so….do they really play that awful Eiffel 65 song?
    Thankfully last night was SN’s last telecast. Maybe those guys can all find time for haircuts now. It has become the Bad Hair Club for Men.