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Carlyle says McDavid gets ‘White-glove Treatment’

Before the series began Randy Carlyle said the Oilers would be whining about faceoffs and other things. Todd McLellan responded jokingly due to the Oilers lack of success in the dot with, “I’ve been complaining about them all season.”

Today Carlyle was back at it and his comment will surely fire up Oilersnation.

Carlyle had an interesting take on Connor McDavid.

“To me it seems like there is somewhat of a white-glove treatment for Mr. McDavid. The restrictions on anybody touching him seems to be a little bit higher than normal. It’s fact. Simple. We review the tape numerous times. He does draw penalties because of his speed. But if you don’t get close to him and you’re not inside of him, you’re going to watch him or you’re going to try and impede his progress.”

This is classic Carlyle trying to get the refs to think twice. McDavid did draw the most penalties in the regular season, and in three games vs. the Ducks he has drawn four calls.

Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfvergberg in game one, Josh Manson in game two and Corey Perry in game three.  I thought the Perry call was a bit soft, as they just ran into each other, but the rest were deserved and there has been other calls

I’m sure Oilers fans would argue it is the Ducks star centre, Ryan Getzlaf, who is getting more leeway with his stick work, than McDavid is getting calls go in his favour. And I do believe the Oilers have got away with a few calls themselves.

Carlyle loves stirring the pot, and this is classic gamesmanship from him. If his comment saves his team one penalty that could be the difference in winning or losing.

I’m curious to see how McLellan responds. Historically he is calmer than Carlyle and rarely makes statements about opposing players, but I wonder if he feels now is the time to defend his captain and possibly plant a seed in the ears of referees to take an extra look at the hacking and whacking in the series.

We won’t know for sure if Carlyle’s comments impact the officials or not, but it just adds another piece to a rivalry that will be much more intense next season.

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  • Spiel

    Carlyle is right though.
    Since McDavid got injured last year, the league has been “looking out” for him and the Oilers.
    The Oilers had the fewest back to back games in the division, and played opponents who were tired (played the night before) more than any other team in the league. NHL wanted to make sure McDavid stayed healthy this year.

    • Not a First Tier Fan

      This sounds like a loser trying to explain why the Oilers beat his team.

      Watching all the uncalled hacks and slashes (and sometimes cross-checks) that McDavid has to put up with during just one shift on the ice indicates how the refs and the league officials just don’t give a sh*t about protecting the best player in the league. However they WILL call chintzy penalties on any Oiler that tries to stand up for him.

      What a laugh.

  • LordVallko

    I would love to have Carlyle instead of Todd as our coach. He’s proactive, sneeky and clever. Todds just Todd, always reactive never proactive and misses on Carlyle’s tricks everytime which could evidentally cost us this series. Every year of Todd is a wasted year of McDavid.

  • Tombstone

    Even though I don’t agree
    Good for Carlyle to say something that will piss people off.
    The media is so sugar coated and everyone is a snowflake.
    Besides he’s just saying it to gain popularity with ANA fans.
    Do you think he cares about the Oilers feeling because the Oilers fans sang the Star Spangle Bander.

    Here come the Edmonton hockey roit of 2017.

  • Natejax97

    Cue the fan raging pandemonium in 5….4….3….2….1….

    It’s no wonder he left Edmonton between games with stupid comments like that. Yikes Randy…grow some nuts.

  • OilCan2

    Randy is just stupid. He runs illegal plays and has his goon squad going full tilt with slashing, slew footing, hooking, cross checking, choke holds and THEN he gripes about non calls on the most talented player in the league? Grow a brain buddy. Then use it.

    The NHL is just about BLOOD SPORT. The highest scorer in the whole sad outfit gets high sticked in the face and as he is falling gets cross checked to the head. Yup just another hockey play folks. No penalty here.

    I know I will spend exactly ZERO DOLLARS on any NHL tickets or merchandise. I play hockey for the exercise, fun and to develop skills. I am fortunate to belong to a club that has respect for each other as well as a love of the game.

  • Oiler Al

    Carlyle is a gamer, having some fun with the media and McLellan. Mclellan better wake the fk up and make sure Randy dosnt have any other tricks up his sleeve.Also McL., give a wakie up call to Eberle, Lucici, and Pouiliot, three veterans that have done diddley squat for the playoffs.

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    This is what eight year olds do… They move their fingers from up their noses to in their ears and say ‘I know you are but what am I?’

    What a chump.

  • giddy

    I doubt McLellan will have much to say. Maybe another witty, non-serious reply, but that’s likely it. He doesn’t have time for bullcrap, McLellan is there to focus on getting his players to win hockey games, not talk crap in a media scrum.

    I do like Carlyle trying to add a little drama into the mix. He’s sure got a lot of my fellow Oilers fans up in arms.