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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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  • BringitbacklikeSlats

    Hey Jason,
    It’s not always to catch your weekly segment on air with Fraser. It would be really great if you included some of his more poignant comments in here. I’d love to hear his take.
    As far as Carlyle goes; well I’d say that’s an old vet coach of playoff hockey doing whatever he has to. It stinks of a bit of desperation but hard to fault the guy. And as much as I dislike Kesler (immensely) he’s paid to do what he’s doing to Connor. The biggest disappointment of that last game was the lack of physical retribution doled out once we slipped 3 down late in the 3rd. It was a perfect opportunity to take a “stupid” penalty and make a few of the ducks think twice about their stuckwork going forward.

    • Rob...

      Love it. “Hey Connor, why are you looking so serious. Lazar says you never smile on the ice”. McD: “Really!?!?!? Would you smile if you were about to get the ‘White Glove Treatment’. Would you?!?!?!? Have you seen the size of Steve Kozari’s hands?!?!? His fingers are as thick as Mundare Garlic Sausage!”

  • camdog

    The only player that I have noticed getting special treatment is Getzlaf. If any other player would have played the way Getzlaf has this series, they would all have had half a dozen penalties by now.

  • That's My Point

    BLACK GLOVES: that’s what Kesler, Getzlaf and Perry wear while clobbering and mugging the Oilers all game long while none of this is witnessed by a referee. There fixed it for you Carlyle.

  • ET

    The way they call, or rather don’t call penalties, in the NHL post season is a joke! I am so sick and tired of hearing and reading moronic comments like “let them play”, “refs shouldn’t decide the game”, etc, etc, etc. It’s bush league and always will be. There could be a legitimate call on McDavid pretty much every shift so Carlyle also shows his lack of intelligence with his comments although the “experts” will call it gamesmanship, another moronic comment. It’s no wonder the NHL is fourth and even lower in some places in the US as far as pro sports popularity is concerned. Name another professional sport that changes it’s rules when the playoffs start? How can we expect Americans to understand our game and appreciate it when we change the rules every playoffs? It’s asinine and the very definition of insanity. Refs may not lose us any games but they sure make it harder to win. Not to even mention the fact that the players themselves have no respect for one another. If they truly did then concussions would be drastically reduced as guys would just cease withy the cheap head shots. I realize that you will never get rid of them all as it is a violent game and you will always have the idiots who just don’t care. Make it clear to the refs that they are to call the game by the rule book for the entire season NHL and both you and your fans will be much better off in the long run.

    • jaszby

      Do you even watch the NBA where the refs never call travelling against star players and let fouls go based on their star status. The NFL in the 4th quarters or playoffs pass interference calls are drastically reduced. Then MLB you don’t know what a strike will be from inning to inning. So don’t think for a second the other leagues are that much better.

    • Officiating has cost us games in the regular season and the playoffs. Other games they have made it harder to win, and those are sweet victories. Does not change the fact that the officials are bias towards US franchises under direction from head office, because growth in the States is good for us too?

    • BobbyCanuck

      Usually it takes a watershed moment to change perception. What would that watershed moment be? It would be horrible for the Oilers, but in the long run it will prove that the best officiating philosophy would be to call the game as per the rule book

      We are half way to that watershed moment if…
      1) Crosby’s latest concussion, knocks him into retirement
      2) The same happens to McDavid, and/or Mathews

      Only than will we see changes.

  • Buzz Killer

    carlyle is a tool, who cares what he has to say. Considering how the lame ducks play with their headlocks & stick work the same could be said about them.

  • leftcardoor

    Did Carlyle talk about Getz, getting away with murder? He virtually 2 handed a linesmen when he was hacking away at McDavid and Lucic after the whistle. Didn’t see any tomfoolery by Kesler, Manson or Getz…eh Carlyle? STFU princess.

  • Ol_OneNut

    Jason, the play the Ducks used to score their first goal on Sunday is well know to the officials. They call it the ‘magic door’ and it is an illegal play and a too many men on the ice penalty should have been called. Any thoughts on this.

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    Especially classless after the news that Crosby is out with a concussion. The league does nothing to protect its superstars and money-makers. It’s open season on talent.


  • Newhip44

    If anyone gets the white glove treatment it’s Getzlaf. Lucic and Maroon get 2 minutes for ever post whistle shove yet Getzlaf skates around sticking and punching everyone after the whistle and gets nothing!

  • Drill Bit #97

    Ha, ha…… this is like Carlyle saying he would have won a Stanley Cup as a player if only those other teams didn’t keep scoring more than his teams did……..

    Fake news. Move along people, nothing to see here….

  • btrain

    I think calling it gamesmanship is giving Randy a little too much credit. I think it’s just him beimg a grumpy old man. I see absolutely no way that this comment would have any impact on the game. If anything it’s an unwarranted criticism of the officials which is more likely to encourage them to call more not less.

    • Oil_Thick

      Agreed, and his comments also seem to be an admission that his team is in trouble. But calling out the refs could swing them to make more calls against Anaheim. And the timing of Crosby getting double head slashes doesn’t really help him Either. Oilers in 5 Carlyle! Yeah, 5!

  • JumboJim

    The timing here is interesting. Carlyle knows that Crosby’s injury yesterday plays to the Oilers’ advantage. There will be a correction in the way the refs call penalties vs. stars going forward until the novelty wears off again, and McDavid until Crosby’s return is the game’s biggest star. Gamesmanship to be sure, and the timing is telling.

  • That's My Point

    Can’t the league fine Carlyle for complaining about the officials? I’m sure if any Oiler says anything about the officiating after tonight’s game even though it’ll be warranted they’ll be fined.

  • FISTO Siltanen

    Carlyle has put TMac in a tough spot.

    If he complains about the refs incompetence now he leaves his team susceptible to being targeted by the refs for the rest of the series.

    If he instead says what a great job the refs are doing and he has no reason to think the NHL would dare to fix games to get major market teams deep in the playoffs he has to do it maintaining a straight face.

    Very, very hard to do.

  • geoilersgist

    Carlyle is a dingleberry who cares? Let him talk all he wants. The best thing McLellan and the Oilers can do is use it as fuel to add to their fire and kick the crap out of the Ducks tonight. I also hope it works against Carlyle and Getzlaf actually has penalties called against him tonight.

    • BleedOrange

      Just watched the live stream of the interviews… He did a great job of answering the question. Said he wouldn’t comment on the officiating of the refs, but that he was surprised by them because he thought he was supposed to be the one whining. Also stated that there are a few players in the league who get hooked and slashed and draw penalties, but should probably draw at least double. He referenced “Connor and a player who isn’t playing in Pittsburgh tonight”.

      Overall thought he did a great job of getting in some jabs while staying classy and not drawing any heat from the refs.

  • Randaman

    Carlyle knows exactly what he is doing. Sid got taken out by dirty plays and there was absolutely no response by players because of the stupid instigator rule. The league did nothing as well which really makes McDavid vulnerable whether you want to believe it or not. Keep your head up Connor.