Dallas Eakins makes a lot of sense and that’s a good thing. For a team that recently had a coach hold court and say “pubis thing” and “a bunch of Barbara Ann Scott’s” Eakins’ more direct, intelligent approach is more effective and no less entertaining.
ON TAYLOR HALL AT CENTER
- “It’s not like I’ve asked this guy to go play right defence. He’s played centre before. It may be an option for us a I want as many options as I can. This is my experiment. If it works, great, if it doesn’t I was crazy and we’ll move him back to left wing where he’s a pretty good player.”
Completely reasonable approach and it makes sense. You know, Hall might end up taking to it and become an effective center for 15 years, who along with Nuge provide top level performance up the middle. It’s worth a try, and if it doesn’t work Hall can move back to wing.
JUST LIKE BILLY MARTIN
- “I don’t want to look 82 games down the road, I want to look at the first exhibition games coming up, and we’re going to try to win those. And then the next one, we’re going to try to win that one, and then the next one after that. That’s the way this is going to go.”
Billy Martin was a meticulous mlb manager, and a successful one. There’s a legendary story about Martin arriving in Oakland A’s training camp as the new manager in 1980 and his talk to the pitching staff. “We’re going to throw strikes” Martin said to his pitchers, and they all agreed this was to be the case.
Game one of the exhibition season, Mike Norris (I believe it was Norris this was a helluva long time ago and could have been Steve McCatty or Brian Kingman) goes to the mound and throws his first pitch. “Ball one!” screams the ump, Martin calls time, walks to the mound and says “I thought we agreed we were going to throw strikes!”
The A’s had given up 654 walks the year before Martin arrived, and allowed 521 in Martin’s first season on the coast. Attention to detail can go a long, long way.
THE CERTAIN OILERS (18)
- Goalies (2) Devan Dubnyk and Jason LaBarbera
- Defensemen (5) Jeff Petry and Ladislav Smid, Justin Schultz and Andrew Ferense, Nick Schultz
- Centermen (3) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (inj), Sam Gagner, Boyd Gordon
- Left Wing (4) Taylor Hall, David Perron, Jesse Joensuu, Ryan Smyth
- Right Wing (4) Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones
THE UNCERTAIN OILERS (15)
- Goalies (none)
- Defensemen (7): Anton Belov, Denis Grebeshkov, Corey Potter, Phil Larsen, Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, Taylor Fedun
- Center (4): Anton Lander, Mark Arcobello, Will Acton, Andrew Miller
- Left Wing (3): Linus Omark, Ryan Hamilton, Ben Eager
- Right Wing (1): Mike Brown
EAKINS ON THE PUCK
- “We will be very, very aggressive in our defensive zone, we will have a definite plan in the neutral zone when we don’t have the puck, we will have a definite plan when we don’t have the puck in the offensive zone; but the biggest thing I want this group to do is have the puck. We are not going to give it up, and if we do, we are going to have a quick and immediate plan to get it back.”
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Looking forward to the show this morning, 10 to noon on Team 1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Ryan Batty from Copper and Blue. We’ll talk Eakins, the enforcer tweet from McKenzie and Will Acton.
- Neal Livingston from Tend the Farm. We’ll talk about the Barons at Oilers camp, and which ones we should be keeping an eye on.
- Corey Graham from Team 1260′s Oil Kings broadcasts. Lots to discuss as we’re about one week away from the start of the Oil Kings season.
- John Butchko from Gangreen Nation. We’ll set up the Thursday nighter (Jets-Pats).
@Lowetide_ on twitter, 10-1260 via text. Hope you’re listening!