G44 2015-16: OILERS AT COYOTES

Nail Yakupov may be in tonight’s lineup for the Edmonton Oilers, and that is very good news. A terrible bit of poor luck (and a damned stupid bit of friendly fire) cost the young winger some very important time in a vital season for him. Hopefully clear sailing from here.

FRANKENSTEIN, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1
  • Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1
  • Oilers in January 2016: 2-2-0
  • Oilers after 43 in 2014-15: 10-24-9, 29 points (-48 GD)
  • Oilers after 43 in 2015-16: 17-23-3, 37 points (-22 GD)

A year ago G44, Edmonton lost (again) 4-2 to St. Louis with just 15 shots on their net. The Oilers have lost contact with the Pacific Division, so for now I will list their overall standing and projected draft number (No. 28 overall and No. 3, respectively). The months of October and November saw the team post poor records, but their was a nice spark in December. This month sits at 2-2, vital that Edmonton pulls some victories before the All-Star break.

OILERS DEFENSE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

  • Halfway through the season, and my six best blue are Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera, Brandon Davidson, Mark Fayne, Darnell Nurse, Eric Gryba.
  • Nurse is probably at a point where a trip to the minors is possible, if and when Klefbom gets back that may be the time. I doubt that happens, as Todd McLellan has been playing the rookie heavily all year. I had him playing 50 games in the RE, he is at 34. The rookie has had some tough moments in the last couple games, something to monitor moving forward.
  • Jason Gregor reported yesterday that Oscar Klefbom has an infection in his leg, ‘some sort of staph infection’. That can be extremely serious, very worrisome thing. Best thing to do is hope he recovers completely, return date no longer matters in the grand scheme. Seriously.
  • How many defensemen go at the deadline? I will guess two—Schultz and Gryba. Fayne if they can find a market. If they don’t trade Gryba, he will be signed.
  • If Chiarelli could add Kevin Shattenkirk and Jason Demers to Sekera, Klefbom, Davidson, Nurse and Fayne, would that be any good? I think it would.

CENTERS, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

  • Leon Draisaitl’s numbers are beginning to slide down to McDavid levels (and that is still very good), we should expect a cooling trend in the second half. No worries, big man. I do wonder if we see a line juggle, perhaps RNH joining Leon and Hall for a time.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been below par at 5×5 all year, his linemates finally appear to be getting healthy. Edmonton needs that even-strength /60 number to head toward 2.00 in the second half. I was pleased to attend his 300th NHL game.
  • Mark Letestu isn’t scoring at evens (enough, anyway) but I like pretty much everything else about him.
  • Anton Lander is maybe my favorite Oilers forward who cannot piss a drop offensively since Boyd Devereaux—and that isn’t really fair to Devereaux.
  • You will notice I have added a new column for each of the graphs, it is for High Danger individual scoring chances. That was suggested by someone (couldn’t find the post), try it out for awhile and see if you like it. One thing I noticed right away? Taylor freaking Hall (below).

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

  • Taylor Hall found a new partner in the first half (Leon) and I wonder who gets that other spot if Teddy Purcell is dealt at the deadline.
  • Jordan Eberle is starting to post crooked numbers, suspect we see some road goals for this line. Benoit Pouliot is moving now too, maybe they break out tonight.
  • Nail Yakupov could be back tonight, hope he receives a feature role, or at least a center who can help move the play in the right direction. Hopefully a PP goal for the Russian.
  • Iiro Pakarinen would be my choice to move up for Matt Hendricks, but my guess is Rob Klinkhammer will play on the 3line. We could see Luke Gazdic draw in on the Lander line.

I think that is fair, the Oilers had to know there was a chance of at least one game since there was no penalty on the play. Three seems to be a little harsh, but that likely comes from the NHL wanting that kind of hit out of the game. I think the Panthers showed poor judgement in letting him play after that hit. I also think some are way over the top in their criticism of Matt Hendricks. He is an honest player, the hit was dangerous, he gets three games. It doesn’t change my opinion of Matt Hendricks.

I don’t know what the future brings, and do understand Nail Yakupov is a player of unique talents and challenges, but man I hope he hangs around for another decade. Good Canadian boy from Nizhnekamsk.

ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER

There has been so much talk since the Florida game about lack of retribution and I still haven’t seen anyone talk about the connection between the Hall and Ekblad hits. Here is my take (and I was in the building).

  1. It was a physical game from the start, but the hit on Hall changed the atmosphere. It was a clean hit, but there is also a change in the weather coming for this team. Peter Chiarelli’s Bruins were a chippy bunch, and his Oilers will one day be the same.
  2. Eric Gryba was hammering people stupid, suspect he is exactly what the Oilers want on the third pairing (maybe a little more foot speed).
  3. Despite almost universal damnation for not seeking retribution for the Hall hit, the hit on Ekblad looked exactly like a retribution hit. Am I the only one who remembers the phrase ‘take a number’? Zero doubt in my mind that the Ekblad hit never happens without the Hall collision.
  4. Your Edmonton Oilers are going to be doing more of this, not less.
  5. If Milan Lucic comes available in free agency, expect Edmonton to be aggressive.
  6. Probably a good idea to watch for deadline deals that bring in big forwards from the AHL, and we could see Kale Kessy here before the end of the season.

BRUINS’ PHYSICAL PLAYERS

Back in 2011, and I assume that would be Chiarelli’s template (allowing for the fact Edmonton possesses more natural talent), the Bruins employed the following physical players:

  • Milan Lucic: Huge, physically dominant winger with attitude and the ability to play beyond the modern outer marker. The Oilers have no one like this, but then again no one else does either. Lucic is not the same player today he was in 2011.
  • Nathan Horton: At that time, he was a power forward type who could skate well, impact the game physically. I always felt he was more of a scorer than power forward. The Oilers don’t have this player either, they are rare, valuable and seem to get injured a lot. Unicorns.
  • Zdeno Chara: Giant from Japanese horror film, he is the answer to ‘what do both rock and hard place fear?’ at least during his prime. The Oilers don’t have this player, no one does.
  • Brad Marchand: Not a big winger, but skilled and a world class agitator. Titmouse. Oilers may have a version of this player in newly acquired Zack Kassian, who is something of a tweener. I would say he has some Lucic and Marchand elements to his game.
  • Greg Campbell: A useful role player who is adept at doing the tough work (PK, checking) but is shy offensively. I would say Matt Hendricks is similar, I like Hendricks more as a player.
  • Shawn Thornton: 4line enforcer, who scored 10 goals that year. His impact on winning games would be will into the red, but in 2011 NHL teams employed this player more heavily than today. Oilers have Luke Gazdic, but play him far less which is the style at the time.
  • Adam McQuaid: Big, strong defender who will drop them any time, he is limited in the skill portions of the game but can hit and intimidate. Oilers have Eric Gryba, McQuaid plays a little higher in the order (shouldn’t) but they are similar.

They had various other scoundrels and troublemakers but this is the most of it. To review, Edmonton has the McQuaid, the Thornton and the Campbell. They lack the Marchand, the Chara, the Horton and the Lucic. Expect changes (and Kassian’s call to the Oil). Seriously. One thing to keep in mind: Benoit Pouliot doesn’t fit any of the slots above, that could spell his doom (despite the fact that he is a perfectly good hockey player).

 

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy, fun show with smart people—we try to do that every day! 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Cult of Hockey and Oilers Nation. With the news of Oscar Klefbom’s actual injury, what are reasonable expectations for the rest of this season?
  • Andrew Bucholtz, 55-Yard Line. National championship goes to Alabama (love seeing those young men playing for nothing but a scholarship), plus some CFL trades and moves (Eskimos signed Sean Whyte, important—just ask the Vikings). We will talk free agency as well, some impressive names out there.
  • Travis Yost, TSN. More about the CFB Championship game, Coughlin to the Eagles and we will no doubt make a Senators-Oilers deal.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Frank has a range of skills, we will put all to use today. Shattenkirk trade chatter, post-game antics in Vancouver and how real are the Capitals?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. Centre of attention says:

    G Money,

    Remember that time we had Petry, Gilbert, signed Souray and had 3 first round picks going into the 2007 NHL draft…

    *silently begins to sob*

  2. hunter1909 says:

    G Money: Hmmm, I’m thinking most of them should have no such worry. And those that do, well, they wouldn’t have to worry about that kind of thing if they’d, you know, stop being such titanic assholes.

    Unfortunately your wit fails to answer any of the concerns of this major demographic group. In fact, the blitheness with which you dismiss them adds fuel to the Trump Presidential campaign.

  3. PunjabiOil says:

    The product we are seeing is a direct reflection of the activity (or lack of) during the summer. This should not come as any surprise.

    The only surprise should be the severe regression of the Pacific division.

    Having that said, there wasn’t much available this summer and paying 4-5-6 defenceman 1st or 2nd pairing money isn’t the solution either, and exactly how we got in the mess in the first place.

    There will be opportunity this summer for Chia. How he fares, and whether he will exploit opportunities will tell us whether he is a good GM.

  4. G Money says:

    hunter1909,

    Sorry, I don’t buy the idea that the most privileged and self-important demographic on the entire fucking planet has any real ‘concerns’, other than the loss of that privilege and an enormous number of formerly exploited and discriminated-against people demanding to be treated as equals.

    if that makes them sad, and look to a quasi-fascist equally self-absorbed douchebag like Trump to save them from the nasty unwhite hordes – boo fuckin’ hoo.

  5. OF17 says:

    Is this the point where we quit hoping for wins? That question stings as much as ever, but I’d rather add Laine to this group than Nylander.

  6. G Money says:

    Centre of attention,

    It’s OK, we only have two 1OV’s in the mix right now, and two more are coming to save the day with no effort on our part!

  7. Centre of attention says:

    G Money,

    This is going to sound silly, but I thought that last summer. What if we win the damn thing AGAIN?

  8. G Money says:

    Centre of attention,

    I would love this, because we will hear heads exploding in Toronto all the way here!

  9. OF17 says:

    Centre of attention:
    G Money,

    This is going to sound silly, but I thought that last summer. What if we win the damn thing AGAIN?

    You sign Stamkos and run an all-1st OV top-6!

    Hall-Nuge-Stamkos
    Matthews-McDavid-Yak

    Pouliot-Draisaitl-Eberle would be the checking line of course. And Schultz would be #3D.

  10. Centre of attention says:

    G Money:
    Centre of attention,

    I would love this, because we will hear heads exploding in Toronto all the way here!

    *re-exploding

    RexPloding?

    I’m going to bed.

    This damn team. *shakes fist groggily*

  11. G Money says:

    OF17,

    Well you know, we were never going to make the playoffs anyway, so we always had a shot at the lottery.

    Fact is, the team was missing two Top 4 D before we even started. That holds the entire enterprise back, no matter the coaching or the McSaviour.

    Now that same roster is ravaged with injury.

    We win when the goalie steals us one, and that’s pretty much it.

    So I’m hoping for a win everytime, because wins confirm that we have a goalie (assuming Tal-bot keeps it up AND re-signs), and that’s one less critical gap to fill.

  12. Centre of attention says:

    G Money,

    I think if the Oilers had Klefbom and/or McDavid threw this entire stretch we would be in a much better position.

    6 straight 1 goal games.

    Think about it.

    A Klefbom zone exit here or a McDavid goal there and were all happy.

  13. OF17 says:

    G Money,

    I guess the thing is that until 5 or so games or so, the playoffs were at least a somewhat reasonable possibility. No one thought we’d actually make them, but we were close enough that it might, just might, happen. I think we’re past that point, past the point that wins actually mean something, which unfortunately is past the point that the games actually mean anything. Moving into the draft portion of the season means moving away from the hockey portion of it, which sucks, because it’s a long time in between now and October when actual, wins-bring-us-closer hockey begins again.

    They could go on a 5-10 game winning streak and bring it all back, but every game the playoffs and importance become less and less clear.

    Sorry for the downer post, but tonight is probably the most downer part of the season for me.

  14. godot10 says:

    I can no longer tell the difference between the “Oilogosphere” and the opening act of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”.

    My reality is absurd. Or I may be dead.

  15. hunter1909 says:

    OF17:
    G Money,

    I guess the thing is that until 5 or so games or so, the playoffs were at least a somewhat reasonable possibility. No one thought we’d actually make them, but we were close enough that it might, just might, happen. I think we’re past that point, past the point that wins actually mean something, which unfortunately is past the point that the games actually mean anything. Moving into the draft portion of the season means moving away from the hockey portion of it, which sucks, because it’s a long time in between now and October when actual, wins-bring-us-closer hockey begins again.

    They could go on a 5-10 game winning streak and bring it all back, but every game the playoffs and importance become less and less clear.

    Sorry for the downer post, but tonight is probably the most downer part of the season for me.

    Not being downer. Everyone agrees with you, for the most part.

    Meaningful hockey until the New Year, when the 10th Annual mice+pumpkin show returns to Rexall Place.

  16. hunter1909 says:

    godot10:
    I can no longer tell the difference between the “Oilogosphere” and the opening act of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”.

    My reality is absurd.Or I may be dead.

    I reckon being an Oilers fan is akin to studying in the Shaolin Temple on the “Kung Fu” tv series.

  17. SwedishPoster says:

    Most of the smart things about this game have already been said but I’d add that there was, imo, some crappy in game coaching at the end. Letestu was a disaster all night and was out of position on every PK, still gets thrown out there for the last 30 seconds. Davidson and Gryba had rough games as well. They get the nod. That’s not a lot of fingerspitzgefuhl from the coaching staff. I was yelling at the tv before the faceoff and behold. Letestu loses the faceoff, Davidson gives up the puck and OEL scores.

  18. AsiaOil says:

    Pretty much every damn word in place……..we have zero existing top pair dmen

    Sekera is a great 2nd pair dman as Chia said on the day he signed him
    Klef is 2nd pair now and may be top pair next season (get well soon)
    Davidson is 3rd pair rookie doing well and is now over his head
    Nurse is a rookie who needs to be sheltered with a decent vet on the 3rd pair
    Reinhart is a rookie who needs to be sheltered with a decent vet on the 3rd pair

    Everyone else doesn’t belong on a decent NHL roster and they all need to be flushed at the deadline or in the summer – Shultz, Fayne, Gryba, Niki, Hunt, Ference. So we need 2 guys – one at the trade deadline (preferably) and a second at the draft or as a UFA. Nothing else matters – it’s points 1-5 on the 10 point plan.

    G Money:
    Folks, we have two Top 4 defensemen on this team.

    One of them is missing, which means we have one – ah ah ah – Top 4 D on this team.So five of the six remaining spots feature defensemen forced to play significantly above their current level.

    I like Davidson but he’s not a Top 4 D on a top team; Nurse is likely two years away from that.

    Somebody earlier asked if just getting Klefbom back would really make that much of a difference.

    YES!Yes it would. Not only because you get a vastly superior player on the roster over the one that comes out, but also because it forces every other defenseman not named Andrej down one spot.

    So having Klefbom back improves five defensemen, not just one.

    But even that’s not enough, because you’re still missing two Top 4 guys. If you’re patient, you get one now and wait for Nurse to develop.If you aren’t patient, get two.

    Either way, the facts are this: until we have 4 Top 4 D instead of 1 (2 when healthy), this team will find ways to lose a lot more often than they’ll find ways to win.Today it’s the PK.Last game it’s an own goal implosion. Other nights its going to be regular old defensive gaffes, or goals off tire fires, or last minute brain cramps to give up the losing goal.Whatever.

    It doesn’t stop until there are four legitimate Top 4 D playing in the Top 4.

    The good news is – when that happens, it vastly improves the team everywhere on the ice, not just in the D zone.

    But it’s the hinge point, and all the coaching in the world isn’t going to get you out of the problems caused by icing three AHL quality D every night in the NHL.

  19. AsiaOil says:

    Sorry man but you are talking your book here – pun intended 🙂

    Canadians elected Harper for years and he used the same tactics and is part of the same agenda that utterly controls US politics. Are Canadians dumb and their education system defective for failing to recognize that bullshit? There are ZERO differences between the Dems and Repubs on major economic and foreign policy issues – ZERO. Obama has facilitated a surveillance state that feeds a MIC which bombs and invades just as much as Bush. He’s sold the country out to the banks just like Bush. Obamacare is a massive sellout to the health care / pharma lobbies. Obama supports the same trade deals as the Republicans which have gutted the middle class. The same peanuts are thrown to the under-classes to keep them distracted and quiet while the country is looted. The only way a facade of choice is maintained is through wedge social issues like immigration and gay rights which distract and divide.

    Trump is a bombastic asshole – but his support is based less on ignorance than you suggest. A lot of it is based on a growing number of people across the political spectrum who see that the Clinton’s, Bushes and all of the rest of the mainstream political elite are corrupt liars. That’s not ignorance – it’s a growing awareness and anger that the game is rigged – and Trump for all his obvious flaws is the only outlet for that anger. Obama’s hope and change bullshit produced this and I remain aware that Trump’s anti-establishment act may be just another way for the deep state to con the electorate. In fact that is likely the case given his historical links to the Clintons. You want scary? Hillary Clinton is an abomination and I honestly fear for the world if that monster is elected. Pass the popcorn – this will be another “interesting” year.

    böök¡je: That actually doesn’t make any sense at all.A better explanation for Trump would be that public education has been starved of funding so lots of poor undereducated Americans can no longer recognize basic tactics of populism in the way they could in the 1960s.Furthermore, it could have something to do with the Republicans adopting the ‘Southern Strategy’ decades ago which involved adopting social issues and artificial social issues (make believe attacks on Christianity, abortion, gay marriage, etc) combined with standard scapegoating and xenophobia(dem Mexicans are why you are poor) that result in masses of ignorant low and middle income Americans supporting the Republicans and Trump even though it strongly goes against their own best interests.

    Either that or because this Women has made a tremendous achievement.

  20. Chicken Laser says:

    Curious why you specified Pouliot regarding a set of heavy players. He’s fairly big, but that doesn’t mean he has to be one of those guys does it? If he’s good at hockey, doesn’t he have as much chance at a spot as any of the many non-combative types?

    I’m also wondering what the Ekblad hit would have looked like if he had ‘kept his head on a swivel’. Sounds like blaming the victim, but it’s not a public sidewalk, so expectations are different. Looking around is always encouraged, and he really looked at that puck (only) for a long time…

  21. Woodguy says:

    JDï™: It’s a show about nothing!

    Phenomenal.

  22. Woodguy says:

    PunjabiOil:
    The product we are seeing is a direct reflection of the activity (or lack of) during the summer.This should not come as any surprise.

    The only surprise should be the severe regression of the Pacific division.

    Having that said, there wasn’t much available this summer and paying 4-5-6 defenceman 1st or 2nd pairing money isn’t the solution either, and exactly how we got in the mess in the first place.

    There will be opportunity this summer for Chia.How he fares, and whether he will exploit opportunities will tell us whether he is a good GM.

    That’s it in a nutshell.

    Chia saw that the Dman crisper was almost empty, but everything at the store was soft, spotted and over priced.

    If he doesn’t fix the Dcorp this summer it will be 11 years out of the playoffs, regardless of the talent up front.

  23. Woodguy says:

    OF17:
    Is this the point where we quit hoping for wins? That question stings as much as ever, but I’d rather add Laine to this group than Nylander.

    Yes.

  24. Adam Wu says:

    The frustration of these last few games is the direct consequence of what many, if not all, of us here had been hoping for – that the team would be in the playoff conversation through Christmas even if the chance of actually making it is slim.

    This is precisely what happens to teams that are “in the conversation but not expected to actually make it”, heartbreaking close losses that finally knock back out of the bubble….

  25. theres oil in virginia says:

    AsiaOil,

    It amazes me how much I agree with you on these issues.

    Let’s keep talking (arguing and shouting) about the issues we believe in so strongly, let the politicians continue to feed us rhetoric to fuel the fire, and let the policies remain effectively unchanged. Polarization is a wonderful strategy with which to maintain control.

  26. GCW_69 says:

    PunjabiOil:
    The product we are seeing is a direct reflection of the activity (or lack of) during the summer.This should not come as any surprise.

    The only surprise should be the severe regression of the Pacific division.

    Having that said, there wasn’t much available this summer and paying 4-5-6 defenceman 1st or 2nd pairing money isn’t the solution either, and exactly how we got in the mess in the first place.

    There will be opportunity this summer for Chia.How he fares, and whether he will exploit opportunities will tell us whether he is a good GM.

    I don’t buy this at all. A GMs job is to make things happen. If free agency lacked defensemen, trade forwards and replace them in free agency. Never say, well, that’s all that can be done. A GM needs to push and push if their team is as broken as the Oilers are.

  27. Kmart99 says:

    Oilers have just flipped me over to cheering for losses again. Jan 12. My Bday. Been a while since theyve/ive held out this long.

    Without another 6 game win streak in the next 8 games, I’ll likely be cheering for losses and Auston Mattews the rest of the way.

    The Connor injury really hurt, but the Klefbom injury cost the season. Maybe 1 more win before Feb 2.

  28. PhrankLee says:

    godot10:
    I can no longer tell the difference between the “Oilogosphere” and the opening act of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”.

    My reality is absurd.Or I may be dead.

    I’ve been waiting for you to say that.

  29. kinger_OIL says:

    PhrankLee: I’ve been waiting for you to say that.

    – Its a bold move Godot, referencing your nic. Desperate times = desperate measures

    – And props Phranklee for your response, I too have been waiting…

  30. russ99 says:

    The defense is subpar, but the forwards are too, and very few of them are giving us a complete game on both sides of the ice.

  31. Gret99zky says:

    Sell, sell, sell @ the deadline, Chia!

  32. Pouzar says:

    AsiaOil:
    Sorry man but you are talking your book here – pun intended

    Canadians elected Harper for years and he used the same tactics and is part of the same agenda that utterly controls US politics. Are Canadians dumb and their education system defective for failing to recognize that bullshit? There are ZERO differences between the Dems and Repubs on major economic and foreign policy issues – ZERO. Obama has facilitated a surveillance state that feeds a MIC which bombs and invades just as much as Bush. He’s sold the country out to the banks just like Bush. Obamacare is a massive sellout to the health care / pharma lobbies. Obama supports the same trade deals as the Republicans which have gutted the middle class. The same peanuts are thrown to the under-classes to keep them distracted and quiet while the country is looted. The only way a facade of choice is maintained is through wedge social issues like immigration and gay rights which distract and divide.

    Trump is a bombastic asshole – but his support is based less on ignorance than you suggest. A lot of it is based on a growing number of people across the political spectrum who see that the Clinton’s, Bushes and all of the rest of the mainstream political elite are corrupt liars. That’s not ignorance – it’s a growing awareness and anger that the game is rigged – and Trump for all his obvious flaws is the only outlet for that anger. Obama’s hope and change bullshit produced this and I remain aware that Trump’s anti-establishment act may be just another way for the deep state to con the electorate. In fact that is likely the case given his historical links to the Clintons. You want scary? Hillary Clinton is an abomination and I honestly fear for the world if that monster is elected. Pass the popcorn – this will be another “interesting” year.

    Thank you.

    Spot on. And as an American I couldn’t care less if Trump is an asshole. He’s their only hope. He’s funding this goddamn thing by himself. The Clinton’s? The Bush’s? The works should be in jail.

  33. Dicky94 says:

    Kmart99,

    What if the Oilers hadn’t won the lottery last year. Where would this team be heading then. The rebuild started when we drafted McDavid and hired Chia. The last ten years have just been filler.

  34. G Money says:

    Pouzar: He’s their only hope.

    Then all hope is lost.

    You know what Trumps claim to fame is? He’s rich. That’s why people listen to him. For no other reason.

    Now as far as those riches go – he says it was ‘all him’, funded by a ‘small loan’ from his Dad.

    Except if he’d taken that ‘small loan’ from his dad and just invested it in an S&P 500 index fund, he’d have approximately 4x as much money as he does now.

    So there you have it. The hope of the US apparently lies on the shoulders of a loudmouth asshole whose only accomplishments are being born rich and being a worse-than-average investor.

  35. Pouzar says:

    G Money: Then all hope is lost.

    You know what Trumps claim to fame is?He’s rich. That’s why people listen to him.For no other reason.

    Now as far as those riches go – he says it was ‘all him’, funded by a ‘small loan’ from his Dad.

    Except if he’d taken that ‘small loan’ from his dad and just invested it in an S&P 500 index fund, he’d have approximately 4x as much money as he does now.

    So there you have it.The hope of the US apparently lies on the shoulders of a loudmouth asshole whose only accomplishments are being born rich and being a worse-than-average investor.

    Without attacking the person can you come up with a single tangible thing you don’t like about his ideas? Platform? Please don’t tell me he hasn’t been specific enough.

    So how does 1 million grow to 4 billion by investing in an Index Fund?

  36. Adam Wu says:

    Voting for Donald Trump over Hilary Clinton (or in fact anyone) for President of the United States because you don’t like Clinton’s perceived corruption and Trump speaks to your anger is equivalent to trading Jeff Petry for picks because you don’t like his lack of physicality and replacing him with Andrew Ference because he speaks to your love of fitness.

    Of dumping Ralph Krueger via Skype and replacing him with Dallas Eakins because he shared your philosophy of how a team should be built and articulated it well to you.

    What we will see in the coming election is whether or not the American electorate is, or is not, as competent as Oilers management.

  37. Pechetr says:

    Adam Wu,

    Whomever is more popular on Social media will win. Same as in Canada.

  38. theres oil in virginia says:

    Adam Wu: What we will see in the coming election is whether or not the American electorate is, or is not, as competent as Oilers management.

    That’s good for a laugh. We certainly don’t need to wait until the NEXT election to see the answer to that!

  39. Kmart99 says:

    Pouzar,

    Building a wall is idiotic.
    Claiming Rhonda Rousey was supporting him, then backtracking and calling her a bad person is lying. So he’s a liar with an epically bad idea.

    The only people who’d vote for him are the same kind of people that are willing to waste their own time answering a poll over the phone.

    When’s the last time a reasonable person answered one of those poll phone calls with something other than ‘No thanks, I’m not interested’ as if it were some sort of annoying sales call.

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