PICKPOCKET

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There’s more than one kind of pickpocket.

Back in the old Sather days, the GM would find a way to trade two 6’s for a 10 and the Oilers would magically have a LW to fill in until Taylor Hall returned. You might think I’m making this up, but I swear he did it and more than a time or two. Today’s NHL doesn’t give the smart GM’s a chance to fleece the dumb ones because the dumb ones can’t get hired anymore.

So Craig MacTavish and Dallas Eakins decided to try Will Acton in that spot a night ago, and the team didn’t mark their man terribly well. In the world of sports, that means a tweak, and since nothing can stand in the way of Luke Gazdic’s roster spot, Acton is on waivers this evening and off the the Barons tomorrow. Meanwhile, we get to discuss replacement possibilities, but of course we’ve been discussing them for awhile now because we’re the cool kids.

There’s more than one kind of pickpocket.

The natural order of things has the kids who turned pro in 2011 now graduating to the NHL. For the Oilers, that would be Tyler Pitlick, Anton Lander, Curtis Hamilton, Ryan Martindale and Cameron Abney. Pitlick, Lander and Steve Pinizzotto (acquired for Martindale) are all candidates for callup tomorrow, but Hamilton and Abney have not progressed and wouldn’t be considered at this time.

Tyler Pitlick got the call at just about this time a year ago, but he’s concussed currently and won’t be recalled despite a strong start to the year (6GP, 1-5-6). Lander can play the wing, he played in a utility role one year ago, but with the club sending out Acton it’s perhaps unlikely the Swede gets the call.

Steve Pinizzotto is probably under consideration because he brings a physical element, and he has had some limited NHL experience. Against a team like Boston, the Oilers are clearly interested in bringing the heavy (Keith Aulie is drawing in for Martin Marincin) and Pinizzotto is a game rooster.

There’s more than one kind of pickpocket.

  • Elite Prospects: A large winger shooting from his right. An energetic player with good skating and a nice frame. Possesses a good sharp, wrist shot and is a solid finisher. A hard worker and versatile player who can also play as a defenceman. (Matias Strozyk, 2012)

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My money is on Iiro Pakarinen, who appears poised to swoop in and steal an NHL job. We talked about him as a TC hopeful here. He’s basically the same age as Pitlick and Lander, and is lighting up the AHL in his North American pro debut. (Barons photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).

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  1. Woodguy says:

    Calgary Hitmen @WHLHitmen · 23m 23 minutes ago
    Greg Chase was a healthy scratch in Saskatoon on Tue. related to on-ice discipline. He has since requested a trade and has returned home.

    Uh oh.

  2. Woodguy says:

    I’m hoping for Iiro because we need a hero.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fpjuoKhfJo

  3. VanOil says:

    My guess is it will be Gadzook with Uncle Jesse playing up the line up. Iiro makes to much sense for this team to try it.

    My suggestion, much as it has been for weeks is;

    Leave Schultz + Prospect + Pick in Buffalo for Tyler Myers

    Send Perron + Lander to the Habs for Ehler + 2nd + conditional pick

    Draft Zacha with our 1st and Tkachev with our 2nd

    Sign Marincin and Petry and find a coach who can figure out they are easily top 6 defenders on this piss poor team.

  4. oliveoilers says:

    Woodguy:
    Calgary Hitmen @WHLHitmen·23m 23 minutes ago
    Greg Chase was a healthy scratch in Saskatoon on Tue. related to on-ice discipline. He has since requested a trade and has returned home.

    Uh oh.

    He’d just learned he was the Oiler’s call up.

  5. Numenius says:

    On the Marlie theme, maybe its Ryan Hamilton.

  6. Woodguy says:

    I said this 3 days ago:

    Bring up the Finn because you need a winger and he’s the best winger in the org not in the NHL. Don’t over think this.

    http://lowetide.ca/2014/11/02/exercise-in-futility-take-one-2/comment-page-1/#comment-350534

    If Pitlick was healthy it would be him.

    That kid did something in a previous life that makes the hockey Gords dangle a NHL career just out of his grasp….man I hope he makes it.

  7. VanOil says:

    Woodguy:
    Calgary Hitmen @WHLHitmen·23m 23 minutes ago
    Greg Chase was a healthy scratch in Saskatoon on Tue. related to on-ice discipline. He has since requested a trade and has returned home.

    Uh oh.

    All this week needs in a RNH injury and an Agent dispute.

  8. oliveoilers says:

    VanOil:
    My guess is it will be Gadzook with Uncle Jesse playing up the line up. Iiro makes to much sense for this team to try it.

    My suggestion, much as it has been for weeks is;

    Leave Schultz + Prospect + Pick in Buffalo for Tyler Myers

    Send Perron + Lander to the Habs for Ehler + 2nd + conditional pick

    Draft Zacha with our 1st and Tkachev with our 2nd

    Sign Marincin and Petry and find a coach who can figure out they are easily top 6 defenders on this piss poor team.

    Does the recent treatment of Petry and Marincin give you any indication that the management consider them in the future of this team, unless they sign undervalue contracts? THIS is why you don’t overpay free agents unless you are sure you want them long term.

  9. Woodguy says:

    VanOil,

    My guess is it will be Gadzook with Uncle Jesse playing up the line up. Iiro makes to much sense for this team to try it.

    Gazdic is already on the roster.

    He’s in OKC on a conditioning stint, he’s still on the active NHL roster.

  10. oliveoilers says:

    VanOil: All this week needs in a RNH injury and an Agent dispute.

    After every bombshell I keep expecting the Coronation Street theme music. It’s getting like a bloody soap opera.

  11. Pouzar says:

    oliveoilers: After every bombshell I keep expecting the Coronation Street theme music.It’s getting like a bloody soap opera.

    I am convinced Oiler Mgt ruined that show too.

  12. VanOil says:

    Woodguy: conditioning stint

    Getting Gadzook up to game speed would be nothing short of miraculous. He has never attained this so far. A heavy bag in the gym seems more relevant.

    Gadzook seems more likely to me than Iiro to be on the 5 1/2 hour flight to Boston tomorrow. (getting the boys there in games shape is an Oilers tradition)

    Acton was only waived to open up cap room for when we trade Yakupov to TO for Clarkson.

  13. VanOil says:

    oliveoilers: Coronation Street theme music

    Years of living in Britain have conditioned me to get up and leave the room every time I hear that music. Maybe I should develop a similar reaction to a Principe pun.

  14. cabbiesmacker says:

    Woodguy:
    Calgary Hitmen @WHLHitmen·23m 23 minutes ago
    Greg Chase was a healthy scratch in Saskatoon on Tue. related to on-ice discipline. He has since requested a trade and has returned home.

    Uh oh.

    I wouldn’t worry too much WG. He probably lapsed into Oiler breakout mode and just needed a good headslap.

  15. Lowetide says:

    Huh. Alex Plante had a tough time with the Calgary Hitmen too. I guess Oilers draft picks don’t do well there? 🙂

    It’s too bad, you want this kid to have a strong year and make the WJ team. He began slowly but seemed to catch fire a little in the last two or three weeks.

  16. VanOil says:

    http://thehockeywriters.com/interview-with-qmjhl-prospect-vladimir-tkachev/

    Little bugger is even going through a growth spurt to further mock the Oilers managements Ass Hatery.

  17. VanOil says:

    Lowetide,

    There is no way Hockey Canada will take Chase now. They are OK taking kids who have committed flagrant assaults on the ice, that shows character, but kids that enter into labour disputes don’t have the gumption to play for the Country. Its just he way it is 😉

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    J. Ireland tipped her hat to Iiro today on twitter.

    If Greg Chase were Russian and packed up and went home after being scratched the world would be crying about everything right now.

    I’ll be interested to see how this plays out for more reasons than my interest in Chase as an Oilers’ prospect.

    It’s worth remembering the entire NHL passed on Tkachev quite good and thoroughly. The Oilers lucked into getting a call from his junior coach and then got the wires mixed up on the fine print. But… he was lost to the NHL talent scouts long before the Oilers saw him for what he actually is.

  19. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    Has the sky stopped falling yet? This was a team with glaring holes before the season started–before they started trotting out Acton and Hunt and outsmarting themselves, and before Hall got hurt and the goalies shat the bed, and, and, and…

    It is what it is. They are 4-4 at home. They are a mediocre team. Their PDO shows they are “unlucky,” but they could stay “unlucky” for a long time before they become “lucky” again.

    Watching them is frustrating, but let’s try to separate out frustration of watching the games from the bigger picture. 80 points with a healthy Hall and average goaltending. With neither, 70pts. With excellent goaltending, Hall healthy, and a bit of luck, 90pts. We are facing the worst case scenario of the 3. That’s ok. We will survive. The Oilers will survive.

    Rom! Good to see you again.

  20. Yeti says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Comrade Rom!!
    You don’t know how lucky you are boy,
    To be back in the USSR.

  21. oliveoilers says:

    The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL":
    Has the sky stopped falling yet? This was a team with glaring holes before the season started–before they started trotting out Acton and Hunt and outsmarting themselves, and before Hall got hurt and the goalies shat the bed, and, and, and…

    It is what it is. They are 4-4 at home. They are a mediocre team. Their PDO shows they are “unlucky,” but they could stay “unlucky” for a long time before they become “lucky” again.

    Watching them is frustrating, but let’s try to separate out frustration of watching the games from the bigger picture. 80 points with a healthy Hall and average goaltending. With neither, 70pts. With excellent goaltending, Hall healthy, and a bit of luck, 90pts. We are facing the worst case scenario of the 3. That’s ok. We will survive. The Oilers will survive.

    Rom! Good to see you again.

    I think 70 points is a long, long way in distance.

  22. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    oliveoilers: I think 70 points is a long, long way in distance.

    Would you take the under?

  23. delooper says:

    What’s going on LT? You used to try to cheer us up. When you brought the bad news, you’d pin up someone enjoyable to look at. Now it’s all bad news “this is what the good GMs did, back when the Oilers had good GMs”. Dark, dark stuff man.

  24. Yeti says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”,

    I took 69 in Hunter’s poll. But that was because it was 69, not because I thought it was a realistic points total for the season.

  25. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    delooper:
    What’s going on LT? You used to try to cheer us up. When you brought the bad news, you’d pin up someone enjoyable to look at. Now it’s all bad news “this is what the good GMs did, back when the Oilers had good GMs”.Dark, dark stuff man.

    Started with Smid and Hemsky trades. Oilers started trading a 5(Smid) for two Jokers and then a Jack (Hemsky) for a 3 and a 5.

    So, yeah…

  26. Lowetide says:

    My update on Greg Chase story
    http://oilersnation.com/2014/11/5/chaser

  27. Bruce McCurdy says:

    VanOil: Getting Gadzook up to game speed would be nothing short of miraculous. He has never attained this so far.

    Patient: “Doctor, will I be able to play the piano when my broken arm heals?”
    Doctor: “Certainly!”
    Pateint: “That’s wonderful, because I couldn’t play it before!”

  28. Woodguy says:

    VanOil:
    http://thehockeywriters.com/interview-with-qmjhl-prospect-vladimir-tkachev/

    Little bugger is even going through a growth spurt to further mock the Oilers managements Ass Hatery.

    Thanks for that.

    Sounds like a real good kid.

    Wish the Oilers had him, but when you can draft an over-age. 880 goalie, well you just have to.

  29. Woodguy says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    J. Ireland tipped her hat to Iiro today on twitter.

    If Greg Chase were Russian and packed up and went home after being scratched the world would be crying about everything right now.

    I’ll be interested to see how this plays out for more reasons than my interest in Chase as an Oilers’ prospect.

    It’s worth remembering the entire NHL passed on Tkachev quite good and thoroughly. The Oilers lucked into getting a call from his junior coach and then got the wires mixed up on the fine print. But… he was lost to the NHL talent scouts long before the Oilers saw him for what he actually is.

    If he were Russian everyone on TSN would have weighed in by now and Dave Hodge would have tweeted *tsk, tsk*

  30. Lowetide says:

    delooper:
    What’s going on LT? You used to try to cheer us up. When you brought the bad news, you’d pin up someone enjoyable to look at. Now it’s all bad news “this is what the good GMs did, back when the Oilers had good GMs”.Dark, dark stuff man.

    The world has changed, GMs don’t get fleeced like they used to. Part of that is they have (usually) a group of people who give them input.

    That’s not framing the issue in a negative way, that is a fact.

  31. Lowetide says:

    Nurse with an assist tonight, now 6GP, 2-5-7 since going back to junior.

  32. Ryan says:

    Everybody calm down. At least that’s a phrase I heard at a drunken bachelor party 15 years ago. So what if the guy who kept repeating it was walking around all night with a six pack in one hand and a bottle of vodka in the other. He wasn’t right in the head either, but I digress.

    The Oilers are in a predicament right now. Most of their trade currency involves futures (picks/prospects). It’s too early for teams to start trading futures.

    The Oilers seem content to flush another year of the Hall contract. It’s a damn shame gentlemen.

  33. Dicky94 says:

    Hope Chase gets traded to the Wheat Kings. They have a great team this year and have a chance at going pretty far in the playoffs. Plus I am thirty minutes away from Brandon so it would give me even more reason to go to games lol.

  34. LMHF#1 says:

    It’s known around the rec leagues that Chase isn’t exactly easy to get along with, not because of his play but because he’s a jackass.

    Not surprising. Maybe he’ll mature. Maybe not.

  35. Lowetide says:

    Dicky94:
    Hope Chase gets traded to the Wheat Kings.They have a great team this year and have a chance at going pretty far in the playoffs. Plus I am thirty minutes away from Brandon so it would give me even more reason to go to games lol.

    I can’t believe how good and young that Brandon team is, lordy.

  36. "Frank The Dog" says:

    Some credit due for sending down little Willy. Eakins looked really distressed. How does he think MM felt when he was sent down? Don’t they all do their best to do everything they are told? Nonetheless a + for this.

    Credit negated by sitting MM in order to play Aulie. But let’s hold judgement, see if Aulie plays like Ricki thinks he will, defending the box and facepunching Bruins. Earns a ~ maybe ok.

    Big tell is who comes in to play left of Drai. Pak could be exciting if he works out.

  37. Ryan says:

    As a thought experiment, what do the Oilers need to make the playoffs this year?

    Why do I feel like we’d require all of Ryan O’Reily, Pk Subban/drew Doughty, and Carey Price?

  38. RexLibris says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Patient: “Doctor, will I be able to play the piano when my broken arm heals?”
    Doctor: “Certainly!”
    Pateint: “That’s wonderful, because I couldn’t play it before!”

    Heh, I’ve been thinking about that line for awhile and waiting for the right time to include it in the comments.

    I love me some Vaudeville humour.

    Btw, Bruce, saw this tonight and thought of you: http://xkcd.com/1389/

    Interesting and cool, but mostly just made me wonder how much time this guy has on his hands.

  39. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    Lowetide: The world has changed, GMs don’t get fleeced like they used to. Part of that is they have (usually) a group of people who give them input.

    That’s not framing the issue in a negative way, that is a fact.

    While I agree, these things do still happen:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capitals-insider/wp/2013/04/03/capitals-acquire-martin-erat-from-nashville/

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2013/07/04/tyler_seguin_heading_to_dallas_stars_boston_bruins_closing_in_on_trade_for_loui_eriksson_report.html

    http://www.defendingbigd.com/2011/2/21/2006394/dallas-stars-trade-james-neal-alex-goligoski-Penguinsiskanen-

    Just a few recent examples. I know it doesn’t happen often, but it still can from time to time. I don’t want to give up hope for the three for one unicorn!

  40. sliderule says:

    Marincin and Petry don’t fit in the Kevin Lowe hockey world.

    Lowe who never won a fight but was willing to stick his nose in can’t stand anyone he thinks is not a Buchberger type.

    When Marincin was in Prince George and made a big hit and another teams goon went after him he turtled.My thought at the time was thats not good for Marty as an oiler with the way Lowe thinks.Never mind he was only 18 years old.

    He has got rid of Brodziak Cogliano Stoll and even Horcoff for the same reasons he is going to dump Petry and Marincin.

  41. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    Ryan,

    Sure. I was upset last year about wasting the Hall contract, but saw the summer moves and realized it wasn’t going to be this year they contend for a playoff spot. I’d be happy with progress this year. It’s there, although very hard to see, I know.

  42. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I’m guessing there’s only been 5 trades of significance before American thanksgiving in the past 5 years. NHL GMs are a conservative bunch these days. There’s really only January to the deadline and early summer to make deals. If you don’t have your team in order by October you’re likely effed as MacT is learning for the 2nd time.
    NHL needs more milburys and clarkes

  43. []JUST[]KEEP[]CALM[]AND[]CORSI[]ON[] says:

    Here’s a rockin’ little diddy to distract you from thinking about hockey for a while.

    http://vimeo.com/61739791

  44. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    I’m guessing there’s only been 5 trades of significance before American thanksgiving in the past 5 years. NHL GMs are a conservative bunch these days. There’s really only January to the deadline and early summer to make deals. If you don’t have your team in order by October you’re likely effed as MacT is learning for the 2nd time.
    NHL needs more milburys and clarkes

    I blame Bettman points for this also. It creates more “buyers” and teams that think they are in contention than there really are. Realistically, with 3pt games, you’re 10pts out with 20 to go, you’re toast. But it makes it seem like you have a chance.

  45. hunter1909 says:

    sliderule: He has got rid of Brodziak Cogliano Stoll and even Horcoff for the same reasons he is going to dump Petry and Marincin.

    This is the end of any cup aspirations. I’d gleefully bet money they win a cup elsewhere.

    Schultz+Yakupov both appear to be busting under Eakins. Eventually Orr phones MacT who will giggle like a 10 year old until Orr demands a trade for Taylor Hall, leading to more wrath from Kevin Lowe who from his whiskey bottle packages Eberle. RNH develops into Doug Weight II and voila! It’s 2000 all over again.

    The price of crude oil has dropped by 20% recently. How is this perceived in Edmonton?

  46. oliveoilers says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: Would you take the under?

    I don’t want to, lordy gordy baby jeebus, I don’t want to. But I will. At least i’ll know by the end of this road trip. If something good doesn’t happen soon, I fear the worse will happen, which will be nothing. I’m not advocating wholesale changes, we had them this year. I mean; no analysis of where we went wrong, no striving to improve, no showing our best effort from ALL members of the organisation. Just nothing. Stay the course. We know what we’re doing. We are so smrt. Procrastination seems to be our new calling card. Can’t shake the feeling that the stats hire was PR.

    Now is the winter of our discontent. Again.

  47. Ryan says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”:
    Ryan,

    Sure. I was upset last year about wasting the Hall contract, but saw the summer moves and realized it wasn’t going to be this year they contend for a playoff spot. I’d be happy with progress this year. It’s there, although very hard to see, I know.

    You’re an intelligent guy…. Question.

    When are the Oilers officially in their second rebuild?

    We’ve already traded devan Dubnyk, Laco Smid, andrew Cogliano, sam Gagner… All first round picks. For virtually nothing.

  48. Bruce McCurdy says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: I blame Bettman points for this also. It creates more “buyers” and teams that think they are in contention than there really are.Realistically, with SOME BUT NOT ALL 3pt games, you’re 10pts out with 20 to go, you’re toast. But it makes it seem like you have a chance.

    Fixed that for ya.

  49. Bruce McCurdy says:

    RexLibris: Btw, Bruce, saw this tonight and thought of you: http://xkcd.com/1389/

    Interesting and cool, but mostly just made me wonder how much time this guy has on his hands.

    Thanks, hadn’t seen that one. Love xkcd.

  50. sliderule says:

    Ryan:
    As a thought experiment, what do the Oilers need to make the playoffs this year?

    Why do I feel like we’d require all of Ryan O’Reily, Pk Subban/drew Doughty, and Carey Price?

    If any of the players you mentioned pissed Lowe off he would dump them for penny’s on the dollar like he will do with the oiler number ones unless Katz gets his head out of you no were.

  51. SK Oiler Fan says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: I blame Bettman points for this also. It creates more “buyers” and teams that think they are in contention than there really are.Realistically, with 3pt games, you’re 10pts out with 20 to go, you’re toast. But it makes it seem like you have a chance.

    Yep. Salary cap and NMCs as well. Obviously Edmonton isn’t tops on many players and wives lists of places to live. Lots of barriers for deals. I think LTs mention of the 2011 draft tells a story as well. You have some misses at the draft table and low and behold 3 years later you’re struggling to fill holes.

  52. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    oliveoilers:

    Now is the winter of our discontent.Again.

    I hear what you are saying, but need to point out to you that you’ve unfairly cut off the 2nd part of Richard III’s opening lines.

    Now is the winter of our discontent
    Made glorious summer by this sun of York;

    That line is about the present being glorious summer when all is well. It isn’t about current, miserable winter.

  53. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Fixed that for ya.

    Thanks. I usually need a lot of fixing. That’s for certain.

  54. oliveoilers says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: I hear what you are saying, but need to point out to you that you’ve unfairly cut off the 2nd part of Richard III’s opening lines.

    Now is the winter of our discontent
    Made glorious summer by this sun of York;

    That line is about the present being glorious summer when all is well. It isn’t about current, miserable winter.

    I always thought that it meant that the period of discontent was nearly at an end due to the coming of Richard III. I misquoted because a) Shakespeare did love him some double meanings and b) it fits!

    Thanks for pointing it out (no sarcasm), I think we’re going to need a few diversions this season. LT likes his fitting songs for various situations, but to overlook the Bard?

    Now, if some bugger could find me a horse, I’d probably give him something pretty good.

  55. Marcus Oilerius says:

    I would have thought the Oil Kings an ideal situation for Chase, from a development perspective.

  56. hunter1909 says:

    Will no one rid me of this turbulent coach?

  57. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    oliveoilers,

    Oh, there is always double entendre. And as you go further along in the passage, you get more hints of trouble. But that opener is meant to be joyous.

    And I totally understand where you were going with it. I’d say in common usage these days, they tend to cut it off right where you did to use it in a similar fashion (that it’s miserable now). And English lit majors around the world cringe every time. (No, I am not an English lit major, but I do love some Shakespeare).

  58. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    hunter1909:
    Will no one rid me of this turbulent coach?

    So, Hunter, your real name is Henry is it? And are you saying Dallas Eakins is Thomas Becket? Because that would imply one day he will be Saint Dallas, wouldn’t it?

  59. McSorley33 says:

    Lowetide: The world has changed, GMs don’t get fleeced like they used to. Part of that is they have (usually) a group of people who give them input.

    Tell that to Washington fans, Forsberg is leading the preds in scoring at the age of 20.

    Erat is 33, but plays in the desert……

    Of note, preds radio told the story of the theft. Poile harassed Curious George…..said no. Poile kept on…Finally, George caved at the deadline……

  60. oliveoilers says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: So, Hunter, your real name is Henry is it? And are you saying Dallas Eakins is Thomas Becket? Because that would imply one day he will be Saint Dallas, wouldn’t it?

    Haha, the Blackadder version is funnier!

  61. Marcus Oilerius says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: Because that would imply one day he will be Saint Dallas, wouldn’t it?

    It would also imply that like, the Eastern Conference canonized him.

  62. hunter1909 says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: So, Hunter, your real name is Henry is it? And are you saying Dallas Eakins is Thomas Becket? Because that would imply one day he will be Saint Dallas, wouldn’t it?

    I signed the contract as Peter O’Toole. St. Dallas is perfect. Pilgrimages to his hairdresser. Holy Water bottles on sale at the gift shop.

  63. edoil1 says:

    SK Oiler Fan,

    Edmonton is not top’s on the list but either is Calgary,Wnnipeg ect ect,I know we keep looking for excuses.

  64. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    oliveoilers: Haha, the Blackadder version is funnier!

    Ha ha, it is so funny! Been years since I’ve watched it. Time to do so again!

  65. VanOil says:

    The economics of ice hockey has something to do with Mark Messier http://www.tickld.com/x/capitalism-explained-this-is-so-accurate-it-hurts

  66. "Frank The Dog" says:

    edoil1:
    SK Oiler Fan,

    Edmonton is not top’s on the list but eitheris Calgary,Wnnipeg ect ect,I know we keep looking for excuses.

    You can compare us to Winnie for sure, but most people I know down south prefer Cowtown (spits) over Edmonton. Mostly because of the close proximity of the mountains, our city has a much grittier reputation. Look, I live here, this is just what I get as feedback.

  67. hunter1909 says:

    VanOil,

    American capitalism: When corporations patronizingly tell you: “We’re not offended you’re using Adblock”, when the only reason you use Adblock in the first place is you don’t trust corporations.

  68. Gret99zky says:

    “Frank The Dog”: You can compare us to Winnie for sure, but most people I know down south prefer Cowtown(spits) over Edmonton. Mostly because of the close proximity of the mountains, our city has a much grittier reputation. Look, I live here, this is just what I get as feedback.

    Yup. It’s closer to the Okanagan as well.

  69. edoil1 says:

    Really stretched, to find a positive,I like the old (Alberta)Oiler uniform,now used by Oklahoma,maybe if we changed into them,we could disguise the disgust.

  70. "Frank The Dog" says:

    Someone creative should design a witty baseball cap that dissatisfied Tier 1 fans could wear to games. Oilers shirts, protest caps. Witty enough to get the point across without being escorted out.

  71. Dee Dee says:

    Speaking of Pickpocketing …..

    If you made a team out of Ex-Oilers still playing in the NHL, would they be better or worse than the current crew?

    Is it possible to pick your own pocket?

  72. "Frank The Dog" says:

    Dee Dee:
    Speaking of Pickpocketing …..

    If you made a team out of Ex-Oilers still playing in the NHL, would they be better or worse than the current crew?

    Is it possible to pick your own pocket?

    Almost any team coached by Renney or Krueger would beat this team under Eakins. Provided R&K were able to choose their own assistants.

  73. hunter1909 says:

    “Frank The Dog”:
    Someone creative should design a witty baseball cap that dissatisfied Tier 1 fans could wear to games. Oilers shirts, protest caps. Witty enough to get the point across without being escorted out.

    Maybe a scarf with holes so it can double as a paper bag. But ISIS gets hold of one, and suddenly the team finds itself in a giant PR shitstorm.

  74. VanOil says:

    hunter1909,

    Good one.

    I am more familiar with Vancouver Capitalism; Wait for your house price to go up and deny that anyone has to get there hands dirty to make a living.

  75. edoil1 says:

    I think that the number one problem with the Oiler’s is,unlike most sucessfull business model’s,that hire the best person for the job,they have not,thus creating the giant clusterf=ck that exist’s and it all run’s downhill.I don’t blame the player’s,I blame the structure,Eakin’s is the next sacrificial lamb,but we all know who need’s to step back and or go.This is becoming historic.

  76. "Frank The Dog" says:

    There is an NFL team that reminds me of the Oilers. that would be the Washington Redskins. Billionaire owner, Daniel Snyder. Cant keep his fingers out of the daily business of running the team.
    Fond memories of their glory days way back when, over a decade of suckage, a place where coaches go to die. Sound familiar?

  77. RexLibris says:

    Carolina, Columbus and Buffalo all sit one point back of the Oilers.

    Maybe I’ve just become so twisted and abused over the years, but the masochist in me is almost hoping that the Oilers find themselves in 30th place by the weekend just for the sheer lunacy of it all.

    Maybe we could get really giddy off of some bad karma and have the Oilers at 30th with the Flames 1st overall for a day or two.

    I’ve come to this – wallowing in the pain and misfortune of my hockey team to the point where further injury only serves to deliver a marvelous agony that reminds me I’m alive.

  78. Hammers says:

    We will wake up and find out Gazdic is coming up . It’s the only way Eakins can screw up all 4 lines .Pakirinen makes to much sense and only 2 lines get shuffled . Actually I wonder what IIro ,Leon & Yak would look like . The other 2 already get 100% of there draws in O zone so perfect place for IIro . Not sure why I care but I guess I do .

  79. Gerta Rauss says:

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=737879&navid=DL|EDM|home

    A nice piece on Kyle Platzer

  80. G Money says:

    Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

    Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Canadian dream.

    I have a dream that one day this Oiler Nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that the Stanley Cup must return to Edmonton.”

    I have a dream that one day on the green hills of the River Valley, the players and the former players and the sons of former players will be able to sit down together and drink from the Cup.

    I have a dream that one day even the Province of Alberta, a province sweltering with the heat of many years with no playoffs, sweltering with the stench of the Flames, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

    I have a dream that my three little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the Oiler logo shirt they are wearing.

    I have a dream today!

    —————————————

    Then I woke up and the Oilers were one point out of DFL. Again.

    With sincere apologies to Dr. Martin Luther King

  81. meanashell11 says:

    G Money:
    Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

    Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Canadian dream.

    I have a dream that one day this Oiler Nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that the Stanley Cup must return to Edmonton.”

    I have a dream that one day on the green hills of the River Valley, the players and the former players and the sons of former players will be able to sit down together and drink from the Cup.

    I have a dream that one day even the Province of Alberta, a province sweltering with the heat of many years with no playoffs, sweltering with the stench of the Flames, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

    I have a dream that my three little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the Oiler logo shirt they are wearing.

    I have a dream today!

    —————————————

    Then I woke up and the Oilers were one point out of DFL.Again.

    With sincere apologies to Dr. Martin Luther King

    You and I are cut from the same cloth! I love that speech and your version is sweet!

  82. Aitch says:

    Maybe I’m late to the party, but did anyone else notice that in Tkachev’s interpretation of what happened this summer he said that the Oilers reached out to his agent, not the other way around as the Oilers had implied before? I’m not sure if this makes me happy or mad. Nah, mad. If they had this guy on their radar, why not burn the late draft choice on him rather than gamble on the back-up guy who looked good for one period while a scout was present?

  83. Woodguy says:

    Aitch:
    Maybe I’m late to the party, but did anyone else notice that in Tkachev’s interpretation of what happened this summer he said that the Oilers reached out to his agent, not the other way around as the Oilers had implied before? I’m not sure if this makes me happy or mad. Nah, mad. If they had this guy on their radar, why not burn the late draft choice on him rather than gamble on the back-up guy who looked good for one period while a scout was present?

    I had read the Oilers invited him before so don’t get too hung up on that.

    As for why they didn’t draft him, that is a question we are all asking ourselves.

    To the credit of many posters here, they we pushing for him and other undersized CHL scorers in the later rounds.

    Most of us like to pick on the 5th rounder Coughlin as he’s an over-ager in a Tier II league who can’t score 1pt/gm.

    Picking on the 7th round selection of a back up goalie putting up .887 is also acceptable.

    Lancer in the 6th is defensible, even if he’s another over-ager.

    The other two are not.

  84. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Woodguy: I had read the Oilers invited him before so don’t get too hung up on that.

    As for why they didn’t draft him, that is a question we are all asking ourselves.

    To the credit of many posters here, they we pushing for him and other undersized CHL scorers in the later rounds.

    Most of us like to pick on the 5th rounder Coughlin as he’s an over-ager in a Tier II league who can’t score 1pt/gm.

    Picking on the 7th round selection of a back up goalie putting up .887 is also acceptable.

    Lancer in the 6th is defensible, even if he’s another over-ager.

    The other two are not.

    The funny thing about the post draft interviews was Stu going out of his way to publicly state that he (and presumably his scouting staff) had to push MacT into drafting two goaltenders. He goes on to say that they need to bolster their G depth.

    https://twitter.com/RomulusNotNuma/status/482950260973895680

    As I alluded to at the time… this occasions a few questions:

    1. What’s the Oilers’ list without consideration of Gs? Does it include the likes of Tkachev and Watson? Or, is it more Campbells and Coughlins?

    2. Why is the scouting staff determining what areas the organization needs more depth in and forcing the hand of mgt in one direction or another?

    If, in later rounds, a priority for positional needs gets addressed (over say, best player available), shouldn’t mgt. be making the call: “Hey Stu, for the 7th round I want your short list of best available G”

  85. Gret99zky says:

    It seems much easier to fill holes in the roster during the summer months than when the season has started. MacT needs to learn that the time to fix your roof is when the sun is shining.

  86. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    BTW, for those of you tracking Tkachev… a few other names worth tracking.

    Spencer Watson, a first round pick by my eyes, is currently 14 10-10-20 playing without Sam Bennett who we were told was carrying his soup all last year. He went right at the end of the damn draft to the LAKs.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=189462

    THAT… is a pickpocket.

  87. Woodguy says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: The funny thing about the post draft interviews was Stu going out of his way to publicly state that he (and presumably his scouting staff) had to push MacT into drafting two goaltenders. He goes on to say that they need to bolster their G depth.

    https://twitter.com/RomulusNotNuma/status/482950260973895680

    As I alluded to at the time… this occasions a few questions:

    1. What’s the Oilers’ list without consideration of Gs? Does it include the likes of Tkachev and Watson? Or, is it more Campbells and Coughlins?

    2. Why is the scouting staff determining what areas the organization needs more depth in and forcing the hand of mgt in one direction or another?

    If, in later rounds, a priority for positional needs gets addressed (over say, best player available), shouldn’t mgt. be making the call: “Hey Stu, for the 7th round I want your short list of best available G”

    Yeah, its seems like MacT’s plan in the latter rounds is pretty mushy.

    The draft is free gold and you have to treat every pick that way.

  88. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Mirtle on the Avs.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/mirtle-avanche-are-a-team-in-turmoil-after-warning-signs-were-ignored/article21472457/?cmpid=rss1&click=dlvr.it

    Fantastic. This is what LT means, I think, when he says it is better to lie in wait and think things out than to fight in the moment.

  89. Woodguy says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    BTW, for those of you tracking Tkachev… a few other names worth tracking.

    Spencer Watson, a first round pick by my eyes, is currently 14 10-10-20 playing without Sam Bennett who we were told was carrying his soup all last year. He went right at the end of the damn draft to the LAKs.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=189462

    THAT… is a pickpocket.

    That as the other name everyone was bandying about in the later rounds.

    Smaller players are gaining more traction in the NHL lately and late round fliers on these types of players should be top priority.

    A small skinny kid scoring 1pt/gm in the CHL as a 17 year old has a much better chance of making the NHL than a large overager who can’t score 1pt/gm in the CHL, let alone the BCHL.

  90. season not played says:

    Lowetide:
    Nurse with an assist tonight, now 6GP, 2-5-7 since going back to junior.

    How’s his plus/minus

  91. Woodguy says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Mirtle on the Avs.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/mirtle-avanche-are-a-team-in-turmoil-after-warning-signs-were-ignored/article21472457/?cmpid=rss1&click=dlvr.it

    Fantastic. This is what LT means, I think, when he says it is better to lie in wait and think things out than to fight in the moment.

    Revenge is a dish best served cold.

  92. PunjabiOil says:

    Marincin to AHL. Double standard, hypocritical behavior. Did they do the same with Justin Schultz?

    GTFO.

  93. Woodguy says:

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 6m6 minutes ago
    Oilers recall forward Iiro Pakarinen from Oklahoma City; Assign defenceman Martin Marincin to the Barons.

    One smart move, one dumb one.

  94. Woodguy says:

    Speculation is the Marincin move is a paper one to get Iiro up in time for the game.

    Otherwise they’d have to wait until 10am to call him up and he might not get to the game on time.

    Marincin is scratched anyhow.

    Back on the roster tomorrow.

    I hope.

    I also hope no Dman gets dinged during the morning skate or pre-game.

  95. PhrankLee says:

    Woodguy,

    If one waits quietly beside the river the body of his enemy will float by.

  96. Woodguy says:

    PhrankLee:
    Woodguy,

    If one waits quietly beside the river the body of his enemy will float by.

    Sun Tzu?

  97. DBO says:

    The Marincin thing is a paper move. Has to happen until Acton clears waivers then Marincin will be recalled.

  98. TheGreatMutato says:

    oliveoilers:
    Now is the winter of our discontent.Again.

    To be fair, this is more like Westeros where we are currently in year seven or eight of a long, cold winter. What we can do is hope it breaks soon and leaves another nine year summer in its wake.

  99. rickithebear says:

    Marincin-Schultz were in Mact’s list of would not trade the core?

    Perception versus results (wowy) test!

    Aulie with the 10 most minute D:
    Phanuef; Brewer; Gudas; Lee; Schenn; Salo; michelson; Commadore; Hedmann
    These D gave up 1.03 EVGA.60 less with him.
    Do not give flying F……………
    about peoples stuart smalley saw him bad feelings.

    1.03 EVGA/60 better with!
    that is 21less goals Goals in a season.

    they as a group gave up 1.76 EVGA/60
    that giving up only 36 goals playing 15:00 ev/gm in a season

    without Lee and mickelson non nhl Dman
    1.44 EVGA/60 that is 29 goals in 82 games.

    that would be best in the game.

    now if we just roll Marincin 2.08 EVGA/60 17min AT EV
    that would be 48 G at even

    Nikitin and fayne 2nd comp are 1.65 Evga/6017 min at EV
    that would be 38 G.

    6min PK????????????

  100. Zangetsu says:

    My impression of Ricki
    “But Aulie 67Y 24S
    Marincin 77r subtract the schultz time 67r
    Dmen play defence
    Top 5 in the league weber, subban, aulie, doughty, seabrook.
    Aulie and marincin best pairing in WC.”

    *Drops pen

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x3PPO-somvk

  101. oilswell says:

    Woodguy: Thanks for that.

    Wish the Oilers had him, but when you can draft an over-age. 880 goalie, well you just have to.

    Truer words have never been written.

  102. oilswell says:

    was able to watch the game a little last night. Is pakarinen the new Ryan Jones?

  103. Lowetide says:

    oilswell:
    was able to watch the game a little last night. Is pakarinen the new Ryan Jones?

    Could be, but he’s going to need to improve the hair.

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