Reverse Mailbag – My Questions for OilersNation

YourTurn

Every week I answer five questions from all of you. The good, bad and dumb questions are all answered. It is now your turn to answer mine. I only have three questions. I couldn’t compete with your ability to produce five.

Here you go!

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1 – Why do you want Katz, MacT or Lowe to come out and speak? 

This makes no sense to me. What do you want to hear? An apology? A plan? Are you looking to be inspired? Talk is just that…talk. It’s not going to change anything. 

As a player, I was always about results. If a teammate or a coach told me they were going to do something I would think it’s great, they are talking a good game, lets see how this goes.  If a guy said he wanted to get stronger, would I see him in the gym the next morning? If he was concerned about his weight, would I see him putting back bagels dripping in cream cheese the next morning? He wanted to kill penalties, so would he flamingo all over the ice when shots were coming at him?

Talk is easy and cheap. Results are all that matters. Anyone can say they want to change or improve, but putting a plan into action is much harder.

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Personally, I don’t need to hear from anyone in the organization. This won’t do anything for me. I suppose, if it is an action press conference, where a change is happening with the staff or a trade, then I would be interested. I am not interested, however, in a state of the union. Quite frankly you shouldn’t be either.

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2 – Why are the goalies blamed for so much of the lack of success for the Oilers?

Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth have yet to prove they are NHL starters. That day may never come, however, since they are both fighting for their lives in the net every night.  Right now, they’re getting very little consistent support around them from their teammates. The lack of an overall team defensive structure, and consistent ability to play it, has got to be frustrating for these two. These goalies face five bell chances every single period. Breakaways, two on ones, three on twos, and top NHL snipers being left in the slot alone happens far too frequently. 

These two have let in some bad goals, and they have owned up to it. But why do you all let the skaters off the hook with their defensive play? I can’t understand it. Yes, the goalies are easy targets to pin a failed season on, but there’s plenty of blame to spread around. 

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3 – Why is it just assumed that Oilers scorers that are struggling to score will simply rebound to their “previous” shooting percentage of years past?

This may be the most baffling of my three questions. This question is the one I would really want some clear answers for. 

I get that players go through tough times, and that their previously set benchmarks are what becomes expected for them. But if a player is struggling to score is it just luck that turns around for them? Can it be that easy? LUCK? In a game that players work out, and practice all year to prepare for, success comes down to the worst phrase in hockey: “PUCK LUCK?” No, it doesn’t.

Goals are earned the hard way. You don’t score goals by shooting from the perimeter, or trying to tip pucks in with a long stick so you don’t get roughed up in front of the goalie. Scoring goals hurts, and it should because it is so much fun to do. 

An example is Yakupov. His shooting percentage is 5.5%. Down from 9.0% last season. He is playing too much on the perimeter. He needs to get to the net, and battle for position and goals. That will get him on track and open up for the further out shots he likes to shoot. That is what will increase his goal total and shooting percentage. It won’t just go up on it on because that is what has happened in the past. He needs to change his playing habits, not pray to the hockey gods for the words phrase in hockey, “PUCK LUCK”

I now leave it to you, OilersNation. Answer my three questions like I answer your five every week. You owe me, and I am genuinely interested in your answers.

  • Serious Gord

    I am a gutless apologist
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    That is all.

    • Derian Hatcher

      First let me say that I admire Stauffer as he has worked his way up from university Info Guy to his current gig (although I still dont know what happened with Morely Scott…) Anyways…There is no doubt that Bob has inside information but I think that is part of the problem. He is too close to the team to be objective and is constantly excusing this mess of a franchise. He has hinted many times that he could not coach but would look at managing (wonder if he could do better than MacT) His comments re: Andrew Ferance calling out his teamates were typical Ched Stauffer (as opposed to 1260 Stauffer). Stauffer criticized Ferance as a captain “should bring the team together”. THIS IS NOT A TEAM, it is a bunch of entitled hockey players (save for a few like 23, 27) who are coasting their way through games and seasons. Stauffer constantly interupts those that disagree with him so he can tell all the listeners what is really going on. I wonder if he listens to his own show to see how slanted and apologetic he comes across. Bob loves to say things like “there are some bloggers and media in town who…” Hang on Stauffer, look at yourself first. Are YOU calling it like it is or are you simply an extention of the excuse-laden Oiler group who believe “this is part of the process” That said, I do enjoy most of his guests, but get rid of the previous night game calls – time filler and a complete waste!

      there are so few media who will call it like it is in Edm….wonder why?

  • El Pindo

    Oooooh questions! Feels like I’m back in school!

    1) Fully Agree! They should all just fall through a hole, land on an island with lots of hot chicks and plentiful food so they NEVER come back again!!!

    2) Scrivens and Fasth are doing the best they can. Ference is the best defense and he’s not that good. I actually liked Bryzgalov!! I also thought he lacked support. Sometimes I feel like I’m watching our five year old daughters soccer game; hence four guys on one player chasing the puck. Ya, so the offensive team can cherry pick…seriously if the net was a girl; she’s getting penetrated A LOT!!! That sounded really dirty, didn’t it…I apologize. But hey; its a pretty awesome analogy!

    3) IF EAKINS is playing his fourth line donkey train all the time; and breaking up Hall, Eberle and Nuge with different peeps; of course you won’t ever build a rythym. So why oh why people care that Eakins is nice; can he get the job done. No. When I go to McDonalds I expect them to make my burger to look like a burger…not missing the patty. Where is the meat to the Oilers!! Eakins isn’t bringing the meat!! I’m hungry!!!!

  • El Pindo

    1. I don’t want to hear anything from anyone, I just want to see them win.

    2. I don’t blame the goalies entirely, but their play isn’t exactly bailing anyone out either, and yes they have also been hung out to dry on many occasions.

    3. I’ve wondered the same thing, whether it really is just luck or if the shots we’re taking are just low percentage shots, could explain the lack of results considering our possession numbers.

  • Gordie Wayne

    Strudwick’s article = 743 words

    NewAgeSys response = 1577 words

    Strudwick, please get Wanye to ban anyone that can’t keep their response smaller than the actual article.

    From now on, when I see NewAgeSys responding, it is an automatic “Trash”.

    That is all…

    • El Pindo

      “Every week I answer five questions from all of you. The good, bad and dumb questions are all answered. It is now your turn to answer mine”

      Jason Strudwick asked for answers to his questions,not comments on his article.

      Is only Hockey…why you Heff be mad?

    • “Struds 743, NewAge 1577”

      Lmao what the hell is wrong with this newage guy. Is there a back story only some of the older members know? Was he burned in a terrible chemical accident and given the powers of irrelevant rambling?

  • Aitch

    Those are 3 excellent questions.
    My best take on actually answering them.

    1) I don’t think people want a press release or early annual apology letter, but they do want to see them answer up to the media.

    Katz, Lowe, MacT have no accountability inside the organization for putting together a team that is 0-15 against their conference to start the year.

    The reason people want them to speak is so they can feel bad about this. If they feel bad enough about having to talk about what they have accomplished, if they have to be accountable to the media for this mess; maybe they will realize they have to make a change not just for the fans but for themselves.

    2) The Goaltending situation is not one they were stuck with. Over the off-season 2 other Western Canadian teams found a new starting goaltender, both with the pedigree of winning and keeping his team in games even when things broke down.

    The Oilers instead elected to go with 2 unproven goalies hoping they would push each other like they’ve hoped guys on the downswing Bryz and Bulin would push Dubnyk to greatness for the years prior.

    Although there is rage towards the goalies people don’t blame them, they are just fed up with GM’s not addressing an extremely important position.

    3) Advanced stats are becoming so used in the online community following hockey that people are trying to predict patterns on incomplete data, and it works sometimes but you’ve brought up where that falls off for the Oilers.

    We simply haven’t gotten to the Baseball degree of statistics yet where you are accounting for multiple variables and the sport itself isolates them from the rest of the game better.

    The other part of this is the expectations put on players to always be playing at their best (or better). If you score 30 once you are a 30 goal scorer and expected to score 30 more next year. Right now if asking Oiler’s management or their fans the price of Eberle in a trade he’s a 76-point scorer who is clutch in elimination… and they won’t get a deal done.

  • Aitch

    1) I don’t care if they ever talk to the public. Nothing they say in a press conference without action is going to change a thing. And if motivational speeches to the masses is a thing that’s going to help the team on the ice, then MacT made a really big blunder is letting Krueger go.

    2) The goalies are getting the blame because it’s easy. But only part of it is earned. (Fasth has let in his share of stinkers and Scrivens is the anti-Brodeur when it comes to puck-handling.) Fact is, until this team can get the odd-man rushes down to an NHL average level, a sheet of plexiglass is the only thing that’s gonna help the team in net.

    3) PDO normalizing to 100% only makes sense if all shots are created equal. They’re not. See #2 for half the explanation. For the other half, watch the front of the opposition’s net out through the slot and see how much time any Oilers forward spends there. They act like it’s a basketball key and they’re only allowed to spend a short amount of time there.

  • Aitch

    1. The only time I want to hear from Katz will be one minute after the Oilers play their last game of the season when he announces he has dismissed the entire upper management, the GM and the coach. He will the announce the name of a very reputable hockey man (for franks sake, not Messier or any other ex Oiler) will assume the role of President and review all aspects of the org, dismiss others (scouts) as he sees fit and hold interviews for replacement for the GM and coaches. Without significant changes there will be no free agent willing to come to Edmonton and if I were one of the top draft picks I would refuse to report or sign and go back into the draft in 2years.

    2. It’s because MacT had 3 things to change – get a starting goalie, a 2nd line centre and a top pairing D. He didn’t get the centre or D so the Org was crowing about our improvement at goal to make it look like Craig was on the job. However he completely missed Hiller, Boychuk and Leddy. Do you think he thought Nikitin was Niskanin when he threw the big $$ at him?

    3. Who knows. Our offence has dried up so maybe our young guns aren’t that good. Could be why no GMs are offering much for them.

    • MorningOwl

      Edmonton fans have to accept that other teams look at these young could-have-beens as damaged goods. All of the “young stars” would be considered reclamation projects at this point by any team that takes them.

      Other teams scouts see how they give up, don’t play a 200 foot game, are not committed.

      The Oilers opportunity to sell high is LONG past, and there is no doubt they will need to take pennies on the dollar for any trade they make.

  • 1)I want to hear what the hell they are thinking and planning. Do they think they can salvage the season? If so, how? If not, speak up and take some heat off the players! We want MacT to stand up and explain how he could spend all summer listening to everyone and their dog talk about how the Oilers need a center, then not sign a center, THEN TALK ABOUT “NO EXCUSES” THIS YEAR. If MacT was serious about winning, wtf? If this was another “rebuild year”, wtf?

    No point in talking to Lowe – I wish I could remember him for his King Clancy and all those great seasons in a jersey, but I’m forced to be reminded constantly of the festering mess the Oilers have become under his watch, while he just kept cashin them paycheques. Maybe someday circumstance will allow me to *see* Lowe well, instead of *remembering* him well.

    All I want to hear from Katz is that he’s going to do basic due diligence on any and all new hirings. I highly doubt that his drug empire succeeded because he gave every important post to the “most qualified best friend available”. Why would he expect this approach to work for the BUSINESS that is the Edmonton Oilers?

    It pisses me off to no end knowing that the biggest problem with my hockey team is that it has ceased to be operated as a hockey team, and is instead operated as a clubhouse for Katz and his old heroes. Don’t get me wrong, if Katz wants a clubhouse to party down and tell stories that start with “Do you remember when…?” then AWESOME, more power to the guy… BUT KEEP IT THE F* AWAY FROM MY OILERS, DAMMIT!

  • 2)The goalies are blamed because very few people have played goal. Non-goalies who think they understand say that the goalies job is to give his team a chance to win. It would be wonderful (for us keepers) if this is true, but it is incorrect. People talk about “great saves” but what they don’t understand is that PREPARATION is 90%, REACTION 10%. If you want to see whether the goalie played the shot right, don’t look at the save itself – look at the goalie’s positioning in the instant before the shot is released.

    The goalies job is not to give his team a chance to win – frankly, MechaRoyHasekTretiakMcGoku couldn’t do that for these Oilers most nights. The goalies job is to always be properly positioned, to always PREPARE PROPERLY.

    If an NHL goalie, who is set in his crease, gets a clean look at a shot, they stop nearly 19/20 (.949). If an NHL goalie has to face a shot directly after a pass, causing him to have to adjust his net position then make a save without having the chance to get clearly set, his save percentage drops to .643.**

    And if you find this frustrating, Struds, you’re lucky you’re writing in Edmonton, where there are very many people who have actually played ice hockey. Try writing in a market like Vancouver, where only 10 or 15% of their fans have ever played ice hockey.

    **These figures are off the top of my head, there was a great article on Sportsnet.ca the other day on the subject I highly recommend reading.

  • 3)People expect shooting percentage to “correct itself” because the advanced stats people tell us it usually does, and we watched it happen with Eberle. However, people forget that we have yet to make what the fancy stats tell us mesh with what our eyes tell us. The fancy stats tell us the Oilers have terrible PDO and are bound to positively regress to the mean. This would be true – IF the Oilers were playing like an NHL team.

    If you take many shots on a set goaltender with no traffic in front, you will end up with a shooting percentage of about 0.51 (remember the .949 from earlier?). If the Oilers’ shot rate is mainly shots the goaltender was set for, there will be no regression to the mean, because they’re already at the mean!

  • Oilers21

    OK here goes:

    1) I don’t really care if anyone comes out to speak, and I would never expect any of this to happen,but if Katz took the podium I would like to hear his justification for keeping the same management year after year when it is clearly not working. “They played for the Oilers and won before” is not good enough because their strategy (if there is one) is not working. If Klowe took the podium I would like to hear exactly what it is he does on a day-to-day basis. How much input does he have in personnel decisions, etc? Does he chill in his office all day? And I would like to hear from MacT why, having accepted that he was going into the season with like 1 1/2 NHL centres and a weak defense, is all of a sudden scrambling for help. What kind of GM would think that’s in any way a good idea?

    2) The goalies aren’t very good right now. Neither is the rest of the team of course, and I don’t think any rational person blames ONLY the goaltending, but they are definitely part of the problem this year

    3) I don’t know. Way too much perimeter play. I don’t see any reason why the shooting percentage should increase, except for random fluctuations. I do feel like Yak is working way harder than before and he does seem a bit unlucky, but that’s just from the games I have seen

  • TeerZ

    Struds,

    Here are my answers.

    1) Like you said, unless it is a press conference to announce some serious changes, it would just be a waste of time.

    2) They are being blamed because of the bad goals that are going in. Not for the open man left in the slot for 5 minutes to pick his corner and perfect his shot goals. That is all D. It is the “leave the net to play the puck and pass it right to the opposite team” goals that get the blame.

    I know that they should not get all the blame, but 1 less bad goal a game would make a difference.

    3) I do not know it is believed, but hoped that they would return. If those levels have been there consistently, then one would hope that it is the norm and not the exception. These players are young and you would hope that they hare not lost their accuracy just yet.

    Garret

  • cmandev77

    Jason what do you see wrong with Oilers Offensive and Defensive systems.

    Who is in charge of changing these or teaching the players them?

    Would there be any feedback from management to the coach on how they want the team to play or is this all up to the coaching staff?

    I cannot fathom why we are still playing the same kind of hockey two years in a row when it is proven it doesn’t work.

    You can’t tell me that the players do not care. No-one makes it that far in their careers to not take losing personally. What is holding these players back?

    I keep coming to the same conclusion, it’s a coaching issue but I am not a professional athlete nor will I ever be. I am just a keyboard warrior who has never played a professional game in my life.

    The players may like Dallas Eakins but do they respect him. You remember when you were a kid, you had the nice teacher everyone liked but she/he let you get away with everything. Your grades fell as a result. Then you had the strict teacher who pushed you as hard as he could. You hated him but your grades had never been better. Is that the same thing with coaches?

    These guys need a new teacher. Someone who will not sugar coat things (except maybe the donuts for the reports), get these guys to play to their potential. Call people out when they are playing like crap and give praise when and only when they deserve it.

    Sorry for another long rant. Just frustrated with this team and the lack winning. We should be A LOT better then what we are. We should not be talking about McDavid or Eichel. We should be talking about beating Calgary and fighting for the playoffs.

  • taz115

    1. For me it simply about accountability. Management is preaching it and yet we do not see it. If everyone gets to keep their job they should be held to account for failing to deliver to fan expectations. For me I’d prefer to get rid of MacT rather than hear him talk, but if he is still driving this bus then he should feel obligated to step up and own up to his mistakes just as he expects the players to.

    2. I don’t blame the goalies, they are not good enough, but we’d still be terrible with better tenders. They certainly do not deserve a free pass just because the defence is terrible.

    3. I think it is a misunderstanding of how stats should be aplpied. Regressing back to the mean occurs if everything but randomness stays the same. CORSI does not measure shot quality, so if the overall shot quality drops by playing from the outside all the time your new average shooting percentage should be expected to drop. Yak, playing the style he is this year, with the players he is this year might be a 5% shooter now. I know his tendency to take weak shots from just inside the blueline is not going to get him back to traditional average.

  • taz115

    1. Words without actions will fall on deaf ears at this point. We’ve had enough apology letters these past few years. Actions and results are all that will appease fans now.

    2. The goaltenders haven’t been good enough. The team as a whole is a mess but we have also lost quite a few one goal games that better goaltending could have made a difference in. Goaltending is a part of the problem but, just like the coach, if changes aren’t made to the skaters in front of the goaltenders then we still won’t have much success.

    3. Very few scorers in the NHL can consistently score from far outside unless there is traffic in front. Yakupov has a good shot but not a great shot. I agree that he needs to take the puck to the net more and it would open up more space for him to get his shot off.

  • Spiel

    1. It is not so much what Katz/Lowe/MacT say in a prepared statement, but that they can be asked questions. The fans pay the way for this team. The media is the fans only real link to the owner and management. Management must make themselves available to answer the questions the fans want asked. This requires the media doing their job and not towing the Oiler party line.

  • ubermiguel

    1 – Why do you want Katz, MacT or Lowe to come out and speak?

    Katz needs to come out, talk about a vision for the team, admit to prior mistakes and clean management house. Communication plus action will engenger support. Lowe or MacT have nothing to say that I want to hear at this point, except Lowe resigning or MacT annoucing the greatest trade of his career.

    2 – Why are the goalies blamed for so much of the lack of success for the Oilers?

    Goalie is one of the most important positions in all of team sports up there with QB and pitcher. If you can change one person and get the biggest impact it’s goalie. We’ve all seen what a hot goalie can do for a team. We’ve also seen what a cold goalie can do. Problem is with a team this lousy there’s little chance for a cold goalie to heat up so you stay in this never ending cycle of suck.

    3 – Why is it just assumed that Oilers scorers that are struggling to score will simply rebound to their “previous” shooting percentage of years past?

    Unless we have evidence to the contrary it’s a safe bet that data will regress to the mean. What you describe about Yak is a great example of evidence to the contrary though. Until he goes back to what he was doing before the safe bet his shooting percentage will remain low. I’m ok with low shooting percentage as a development step. First step: get more pucks to the net. Second step: get bodies in front of the net. The 2nd step seems to be missing making a sound 1st step pointless.

  • Bucknuck

    Answers to questions.

    1) I don’t want Katz to speak unless someone is getting fired. I don’t want Lowe to speak. I don’t want MacTavish to speak unless he is announcing a major change or trade.

    2) Goalies are getting blamed because they are performing statistically awful, and everyone needs a scapegoat. Remember this is a city that has been blessed with excellent goaltending in the past (Cujo, Roloson, Fuhr) and they have unreasonable expectations. All in all some of the responsibility falls on the goalies, but there have been serious defensive lapses. You are right. Enough blame to go around.

    3) We gotta have some hope somewhere, don’t we? Hoping that players will rebound at some point is a reasonable thing. Expecting it is quite another.

  • Tikkanese

    1. I agree and don’t care what they have to say as it’s all been a lot of talk and no substance so far.

    I however want to hear MacT say he’s traded for a Yandle or OEL or Shattenkirk or any top pairing calibre D for that matter. The Oilers desperately need two of them.

    I also want to hear that he’s sent Leon down. Don’t really care if it means Lander comes up or they’ve traded for a stop gap center. 0 offense from Lander, 0 offense from Leon is a sideways move but it at least saves Leon from being exposed to this mess for too long.

    2. I somewhat agree. Fix the D first and then see what you have in the goalies. There is a chance that the current goalies could be at least passable.

    3. I agree again. They need to work harder and smarter for things like their shooting percentages to get back to normal.

  • cmandev77

    THIS IS ONLY ANSWER!!

    I’m getting into a detailed report of how the Oilers breakouts and stand the line defence should be. Its been sent to Winnipeg so Dallas can review it.

    It’s like this all 5 skaters stand still in the defence blue line and have active sticks and knock the luck away. Then use full body torso checks and plant the skater through the boards. This is called the active torso swinger play, Dallas needs to call it from the bench by waving 2 water bottles in the air like an airport runway guy. I’m saying too much here.

    The breakout is a hard pass by whoever has the puck right up the middle to avoid board pressure then skate laterally through the neutral zone and horizontally into the offensive zone and using the back side winger defenceman as an option A with the centre winger as option B. Option C is the trailing puck carrier. He has the option of a swing play or just a routine regroup into the boards by the net. This way we get neutral pressure diverted by the trailing 3rd Dman on the boards by the blue dot. This will initiat all access to the middle left slot for an easy tap in backhand onetimer play. All the big western conference division teams use this play.

  • cmandev77

    After the opening puck drop the first offside winger needs to stop up hard at the blue dots further swinging right. If neutral zone forecheck swig play is an option he can move to the lateral side of centre and get deep, exposing the left defencemans short gap. This will allow for the centre to push the puck into the short zone by the glass, the other winger is an option for a stick exchange with the trailing Dman who should have the puck by now from the neutral winger, after this is established its a simple give and go and a pass and a shot with the rebound. 1-0 Oilers.

    If the face off is lost then the full body torso check is needed immediately for the swing play. Then it’s a D to D pass after the turnover by the stand up lateral play on the blue line. Then an icing is needed for the face off unit to create the turnover which is followed by a simple shot off the glass to the streaking far winger with speed and a drop pass with a neutral lateral regroup to the strong side winger.

    It’s all basic hockey and all the western eastern teams use it as a simple way to break out and forecheck to the strong post but on the weak side. If followed it should be 3-0 Oilers after 4 whistles on the right side.

    • Joe Mamma

      For the love of all that is holy.

      Please.

      Stop.

      What do you even get out of posting these mountains of drivel day after day?

      Take a hint. No one cares. No one believes your tripe. Everyone thinks you are certifiable. Seriously, like room-with-rubber-wallpaper type crazy. Elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top. A couple sandwiches short of a picnic. Ridin’ the rubber bicycle. Surfin’ in Saskatchewan.

      Go away.

      • cmandev77

        THIS IS ONLY ANSWER!!

        I’m getting into a detailed report of how the Oilers breakouts and stand the line defence should be. Its been sent to Winnipeg so Dallas can review it.

        It’s like this all 5 skaters stand still in the defence blue line and have active sticks and knock the luck away. Then use full body torso checks and plant the skater through the boards. This is called the active torso swinger play, Dallas needs to call it from the bench by waving 2 water bottles in the air like an airport runway guy. I’m saying too much here.

        The breakout is a hard pass by whoever has the puck right up the middle to avoid board pressure then skate laterally through the neutral zone and horizontally into the offensive zone and using the back side winger defenceman as an option A with the centre winger as option B. Option C is the trailing puck carrier. He has the option of a swing play or just a routine regroup into the boards by the net. This way we get neutral pressure diverted by the trailing 3rd Dman on the boards by the blue dot. This will initiat all access to the middle left slot for an easy tap in backhand onetimer play. All the big western conference division teams use this play.

    • MorningOwl

      After the opening puck drop the first forward should float to nowhere land. The second man should disappear to shangri-la and float back to the dot and do nothing. The center should hold up in nowhereville float back to shangri-la and say WTF. If the puck goes deep the D should cross into each other taking each other out allowing the other team to have a 5 on nothing break. Fans should exit right and Katz go straight to the bat cave.

  • Joe Mamma

    1. I don’t. If I wanted to hear from an a-hole, I’d let one rip.

    2. I don’t blame it all on them. I doubt the test tube love child of Hasek, Roy, and Brodeur could post a sv% >.900 behind this buttery-soft collection of sucks.

    3. I don’t assume that. I’d love to add something to your argument Struds, but you nailed it right on the head. Here’s some nice hyperbole that I’m sure ol’ Metaphor Mouth Eakins would love…. No Guts, no glory.

    This is also where the whole “the oilers are improving! Look at the Corsi!” argument falls on it’s face. There is nothing differentiating between a muffin from the perimeter, and a hard nosed shot from the low slot or deflection in the paint. Good for the Oilers, they’re managing to pad their CF% through gutless low percentage crap! Hooray for us! Until the “talent” on this team learns to grow a pair and get their nose dirty, they will continue to be a low scoring, impotent offence. No one is afraid of the vaunted Oiler offence. They want to compare themselves to a “skill team” like Chicago? Well when they came in here and tattooed us into the end boards, I saw a team driving the net, banging bodies, and generally working harder and and showing more guts. Chicago may have skill, but they’ve got balls too, and that’s where the comparison falls flat. Bunch of spoiled brats and chickensh!ts, complemented by has-beens and never-was’s is what we’ve got. Nuke it from orbit. Start over.

  • Wolverine_Oiler

    1. Could care less. When they do talk my ears hurt. They say the same thing over and over like the Energizer Bunny. Blah. If they had something new and insiteful, sure. But they never do, so go make the team better.

    2. A bad team and a bad defense can only hide the true talent of the goaltenders so much. Both goaltenders were career back-ups. I admit that both were young in their careers, but their prior play on there former teams relegated them to the pine except for a handle of games a year. MacT took a chance on both, hoping one would grab the spotlight and solidify himself as a #1. Well, I think everyone can see after a short time that both have failed to seize glory and we have two #2 goalies on this team. Until we get a true #1, who can steal a few games, its a glaring area of weakness.

    3. Never cared for shooting percentage as a stat. I’d love a guy on my team that has a 5-10% rate if he scores 20-30 goals. That just means he’s shooting like crazy. Shooting like crazy leads to goals from the shooter or from a rebound poke. Oilers have been notoriously poor at shots per game over the last 10 years. More rubber please. Less passing.

  • cmandev77

    I don’t want to hear anyone speak. The last time I heard the GMspeak, he was talking about Norris trophy potential for one of our #4 dmen. The last time I heard the owner talk, he was saying that he wanted to make us proud to be oiler fans. He has failed!

    Goalie numbers have been horrible! The amount of “five star” scoring chances this team gives up is astonishing. I honestly think that if the best goalie in the history of the world was in our net, we might have 2 or 3 more wins. You can’t win in the NHL if your team defence is this bad.

    This is and has been the softest organization in the league for the better part of the last decade. How can we expect them to score gritty goals? Shooting percentage doesn’t mean anything to me.

    BTW I’m sitting in one of those medi centres in a Rexall pharmacy waiting to see a Dr for a throat infection. Once I get my prescription, it would be soooo convenient to simply walk 15 feet to the Rexall pharmacy, however I’m going to drive to shoppers drug mart to get the medicine and the list of things my wife asked me to get. I haven’t stepped in to a Shoppers since I first heard that Mr Katz was buying the team. I wanted to support his businesses in Edmonton. Well, all of that is changing today! The only votes that count in this world are your dollars and I am choosing to spend $100 at shoppers today. Will it make a difference in the grand scheme of things? Nope, but I will feel better about where I’ve spent my money.