OILERS AT DUCKS, G44 13-14

This can’t go on. The Edmonton Oilers are losing games, but they’re losing much more than that during these punching bag games—they are losing their ability to function as a group. For instance, Dallas Eakins has this nasty habit of placing blame without taking responsibility. Even when he does take responsibility, it’s kind of backhanded: “I assumed that we knew what traditional d-zone coverage was” isn’t really “my bad, but we’re on the same page.”

LAST NIGHT

eakins yakupovHere’s the thing: no they weren’t. The Oilers were getting their asses kicked around the parking lot before the second goal (13-6 Corsi SJS at 5×5 up to that point by my count and using Extra Skater) and only strong goaltending from Dubnyk had it 1-0 before the Marleau goal. Never-ending underlying facts.

Anyway, back to Eakins. This nasty habit of not taking responsibility and pointing the finger at others in public is irritating but not a deal breaker. I suspect we’ve all worked with someone like that, but their good qualities outweigh the bad and these events happen rarely enough that we don’t say anything.

Except. Except in a season where the nightly press conference becomes a blame game. Then a player’s name is out there consistently, and that’s going to be an issue at some point in my opinion. Now, a kid like Nail Yakupov can talk to his agent, and his agent can blow into town and make things worse, but that’s a sign that communication is very bad and that things aren’t going well.

It’s easy enough to set aside one player, Yakupov is struggling and the Oilers are drowning. I wonder though if this problem with calling guys out and communication doesn’t run deeper. Ladislav Smid was an Oiler for a long time, and he’s gone early in the season to a rival—and what’s more there’s no acknowledgement at all from the organization when he returns with his new team. A small, trivial item to be sure, but employees notice these kinds of things.

Communication.

I’ve been thinking about communication since early in last night’s game. The team’s breakouts look like the plan hasn’t been communicated properly, the players don’t know the script. Nail Yakupov is going to get the blame here, but there was a lot of wonk along with the work that went into that play before the kid screwed up.

WHY? In game 43 of the season? WHY? “I assumed that we knew what traditional d-zone coverage was” came the answer last time, so we assume it’s the same answer today.

Communication.

We NEVER hear about or from the assistant coaching staff. Do they know what they’re doing? Are they able to communicate with their players? Can you tell me why the best defenseman last night was the kid who hasn’t been here long? Can you tell me why the Oilers best players many nights are the guys who arrived in fall?

This can’t go on. Communication.

There are only a few reasons why a team would be performing like this 40+ games into the season—they can’t possibly be this bad, I’m no longer buying it.

  • Youth. Young players make mistakes, it’s just a fact.
  • Age. Older players struggle when their skills erode and they can no longer make the plays that came easily in past seasons.
  • Communication. I’ve been a manager and I’ve been an employee, and most of the time when things screw up this is the reason. And it isn’t always management by the way. These issues do require a buy-in from the worker and if you don’t understand, ask someone!
  • Stubborn. Man, I know this one well. I think there’s a lot of stubborn on this team, married to youth and inexperience. And it isn’t always the player by the way. These issues do require reflection on behalf of management—is it a good idea to say “I assumed that we knew what traditional d-zone coverage was”, suggesting the players are dummies? That kind of thing usually puts distance between you and the people you’re dealing with in any business setting.
  • Quitting. I’ve saved this for the bottom, because it’s a very touchy item and people shouldn’t just march around throwing these ideas into the wind—it might catch fire. However, when I watch this Oiler team right now it looks for all the world as though these players have not bought into the plan. That’s not to say that they aren’t working hard, or don’t want to win, but belief is a powerful thing in life, and I’m not sure these 23 believe in themselves and the system used by Dallas Eakins. After the “intimidation” comments last night, I’m not sure Eakins believes in the team.

Solutions

Well ladies, there aren’t many. They can trade that first round pick for Christian Ehrhoff, but the value will be higher at the draft. They can deal off Eberle, but I don’t think that’s going to happen during the MacT regime.

They can tweak the coaching staff, and that’s where it gets dicey. First, no one wants to see someone lose their job, but this isn’t working so perhaps a change in job description for one or two of the staff. Second, bringing in a veteran “co-coach” like Paul Maurice to make certain things run smoothly, we can call it the Renney role if you like, but I think we’re heading there sooner than later.

Finally, I do think we’re at a point where it’s reasonable to talk about the entire coaching staff being replaced. No fun in that, epic fail as a matter of fact. I believe Dallas Eakins is a good coach lacking experience, but the results continue to disappoint. Not just wins and losses, but Corsi and breakouts and communication and “I assumed that we knew what traditional d-zone coverage was” and calling out the kid when 10 other things ghastly happened on the same play.

My Dad always had this phrase he’d use at times like this: if you’re not for me, you’re against me. I wonder how many Oilers are for Dallas Eakins this morning. When I watch this team, I don’t believe the answer is 23.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

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  1. VanOil says:

    That speedy wee bugger really want the wings.

  2. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Every shlub in the Anaheim area should get their dirtiest shirt out and head down to Hooters immediately.

  3. OilBuzz says:

    Peewee shot?

  4. Gerta Rauss says:

    If Cogliano still played for us he would have put that breakaway shot into the 5th row

  5. hunter1909 says:

    Wings all around.

  6. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Anaheim bench ” hey guys just shoot to his blocker side, he couldn’t stop a beach ball there”.

  7. hunter1909 says:

    Ducks getting a make up call to help the oilers save face.

    So. Cogliano scores on a breakaway. And oilers have a 2nd round pick somewhere.

  8. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    If there is a Hockey Gord, we’ll get our first PP and bag a quick one and make this interesting.

    No, no, no… that’s all wrong.

    Wait until the game is long gone before you reward PP time. We’ve got wings to give out here.

    Priorities.

  9. sliderule says:

    Cogliano was a warrior for us.

    Management thought he was chicken.

  10. jp says:

    RexLibris:
    Not watching the game but went to ES to check out the stats.

    Oilers are getting absolutely killed by virtually every metric except faceoffs.

    Ducks CF% is 71.6.FF% is 77.1.

    So much for controlling play and shot attempts.

    The only good news is that the Flames were shutout tonight for the third time in four games.

    No, no, no.

    You forgot:
    Hits 23-25
    Blocked Shots 14-6
    PIM 16-2

    There’s some good things.

  11. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Can we take back Cogliano and give them Ganger and that 2nd rounder?

  12. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    these Duck girls are pretty hot.

  13. D says:

    Do you think the Ducks can score shorthanded against the Oilers on a 5-3 powerplay?

  14. Gerta Rauss says:

    D:
    Do you think the Ducks can score shorthanded against the Oilers on a 5-3 powerplay?

    With the net empty, yes, yes they can.

  15. danny says:

    Eakins: “Ok guys i know we didn’t plan on addressing the powerplay until we finished the chapter on boardwork, but I’m going to step outside of my comfort zone… timeout!”

  16. D says:

    Gerta Rauss: With the net empty, yes, yes they can.

    I promise I posted that before I saw the Oilers pulled the goaile!

  17. LMHF#1 says:

    6-on-3 and they can’t do a damn thing. That is stunning.

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Ducks announcers mesmerized by how bad that 6 on 3 was… “how do you lose puck battles when it’s 6 on 3?”

  19. D says:

    LMHF#1:
    6-on-3 and they can’t do a damn thing. That is stunning.

    Stunning? Not with this Oiler team.

  20. RexLibris says:

    Hall -4, 4 PIMs, 1 SOG and 14:14 TOI.

    Am I reading those last two right?

  21. Lowetide says:

    That Oiler powerplay didn’t help. The list of awful things is awful.

  22. OilBuzz says:

    was that not the worst oiler powerplay of all time?

  23. VanOil says:

    I would of loved to see that Brad Hunt slapper on the PP

  24. hunter1909 says:

    That 6 on 3 has got to be a historic moment in oilers futility.

  25. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide: The list of awful things is awful.

    Maybe that’s a blog post title… looks good from here.

  26. danny says:

    When the list of awful things, includes the length of the list of awful things, that’s…. bleak.

  27. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Bruce Boudreaux ” ok guys who doesn’t have a point? Ok you are up next and try to pass it back to Hiller so he can get in on this action”

  28. Rebilled says:

    The Ducks should have put Fistric out on that 6 on 3. Would have been a sure thing.

  29. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Let’s go a little Borges here and include the list of awful things in the list of awful things.

  30. Lowetide says:

    Jackson houck with a hat-trick tonight.

  31. flyfish1168 says:

    Our best shooter couldn’t make it out for the 6-3 interesting tragedy

  32. Gerta Rauss says:

    I didn’t think this was a soul crushing defeat like last night, but his club continues to find ways to disappoint me.

  33. hunter1909 says:

    Someone please photoshop Eakins and his angels at Hooters getting their wings, please.

  34. VanOil says:

    Well look on the bright side no more California or Pacific teams for a while. Tampa, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago.Two nice soft Eastern teams in there.

  35. danny says:

    I bet LT’s blog would be a lot more interesting these days if he were Gary Larson.

  36. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Let’s go a little Borges here and include the list of awful things in the list of awful things.

    Russell wants a word with you.

  37. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide:
    Jackson houck with a hat-trick tonight.

    I believe that is called a Houck Trick.

  38. Gary says:

    This road trip has been like those documentaries showing baby seals clubbed to death. It’s ugly and cruel but you still watch.

  39. OilBuzz says:

    Why are the fans booing jultz? Late to the game here

  40. Lowetide says:

    danny:
    I bet LT’s blog would be a lot more interesting these days if he were Gary Larson.

    oh YEAH!

  41. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    The refs feel compelled to try and make the special teams sheet look more balanced.

  42. Gerta Rauss says:

    OilBuzz:
    Why are the fans booing jultz? Late to the game here

    Because he refused to sign with them after they drafted him the 2nd round and he would up signing with us.

    Granted, they boo Nick Schultz as well.

  43. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    OilBuzz:
    Why are the fans booing jultz? Late to the game here

    That whole free agent loop hole thing where he abandoned the team that drafted him.

  44. VanOil says:

    My perdiction for the post game presser:

    Eakins “We can’t have a young man going down there and scrambling a second goal in, it just wakes the other team up”

  45. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Good game.

  46. Well Oiled and Enthusiastic says:

    Another purple arse tonight. But the forum was lively today. Thanks gents.

  47. bookje says:

    RexLibris:
    Hall -4, 4 PIMs, 1 SOG and 14:14 TOI.

    Am I reading those last two right?

    Hall is leading the quiet revolt.

  48. Gerta Rauss says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    haha

    #beadyeyes

  49. OilClog says:

    Not one coach was talking to eachother or to the players when the camera panned the bench. Ghost Town.

  50. hunter1909 says:

    There were a number of positives tonight. The game ended. Free wings at Hooters.

  51. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Belov and Lander looked good.

  52. Gerta Rauss says:

    hunter1909:
    There were a number of positives tonight. The game ended. Free wings at Hooters.

    and the ice girls…you can’t forget the ice girls.

  53. RexLibris says:

    They scored one more than last night.

    Progress!

  54. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    OilClog:
    Not one coach was talking to eachother or to the players when the camera panned the bench. Ghost Town.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqZ8428GSrI

  55. Ben says:

    Alright, Oilers. I put up a valiant and desperate fight, but you win. I’m out.

    See you all next September.

  56. Romulus Apotheosis says:
  57. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    hunter1909:
    There were a number of positives tonight. The game ended. Free wings at Hooters.

    Two! Two things!

    This is great news. Last night there was just the game ending.

  58. RexLibris says:

    Well. Looks like we’ll be breaking down the top three draft-eligibile prospects right on schedule.

    January? Check.

    Meaningless games? Check.

    Roster holes? Check.

    Debate over drafting forward or defenseman? Check.

    Feels good to be on familiar ground again.

  59. danny says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: Is that Cogliano?

    Eakins on Yak?

  60. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    RexLibris: Feels good to be on familiar ground again.

    We left?

  61. RexLibris says:

    bookje,

    We’ll know he’s had enough when we see him intentionally dive into the boards in order to incur season-ending shoulder surgery.

  62. teddyturnbuckle says:

    RexLibris,

    Ha! Ya well at least we are way ahead of schedule this year. Just think how prepared we will be come July.

  63. Lowetide says:

    Maybe if they explained the rules?

  64. TheOtherJohn says:

    We held Anaheim to only 7 shots in the 3rd period. Solid defensive period. Got 5 shots of our own. Slightly outshot in the third but definitely in the battle

  65. danny says:

    Being a fan of Taylor Hall, it sometimes is tempting to wonder how much he would have accomplished by now as a Bruin. I’m guessing he would be an Olympian.

  66. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Best game Belov has played all season

  67. RexLibris says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: We left?

    Yeah, remember last year when we climbed to 24th. Man, heady days those. I got kind of dizzy from looking that far down the standings.

    Speaking of which, I have a book of sports caricatures by Dave Elston, one of which seems appropriate for that season. It shows the 90-91 Leafs wearing an oxygen mask and being asked by a reporter if it was safe to assume the team was unfamiliar with being this high in the standings.

    I picture the Oilers looking at the Sabres and shouting childishly “HEY! That’s MY spot!”

  68. bookje says:

    Here’s my take on Hall.

    He has accepted that he is not getting selected to play on the Olympic team.

    He has realized that if he played for any one of about 20 other teams, he would likely have been selected to the Olympic Team

    Hockey is everything for him. The Olympics are a dream.

    He has been deeply committed to the Oilers.

    The Oilers seem to be wrecking everything he has worked for and dreamed of.

    He is falling out of love with the Oilers and thinking about asking his agent to request a trade.

    He is sad about all of this.

  69. VanOil says:

    RexLibris:
    Well. Looks like we’ll be breaking down the top three draft-eligibile prospects right on schedule.

    January? Check.

    Meaningless games? Check.

    Roster holes? Check.

    Debate over drafting forward or defenseman? Check.

    Feels good to be on familiar ground again.

    Have faith Rex we can still catch Buffalo. #1 #1 #1

  70. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Maybe if they explained the rules?

    Didn’t we cover this a few months ago?

    You throw the puck, you hit the puck, you catch the puck.

    And there’s no crying in hockey.

  71. RexLibris says:

    VanOil,

    I posted over at FN the race for the bottom with the Panthers, Islanders, Flames, Oilers and Sabres.

    Sabres are 5 pts back with 2 games in hand.

    And we gave them Omark.

    Should be smooth sailing to the bottom of the ocean now!

  72. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Stauffer names Marincin Oiler player of the game.

    I’m fine with that.

  73. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I can’t wait until we are bitching about the Oilers rushing Reinhart into the NHL next fall.

    Like children, all Oiler fans crave repetition.

  74. danny says:

    I know there are movie buffs here, so I say this lightly, but I watched ‘RUSH’ tonight with the lady. The movie about the F1 rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

    It’s a fantastic story, and told well by Ron Howard… If you liked Argo, you should enjoy this film. It’s a gel capsule, coated for maximum ease to swallow, but last I checked so was Argo and we all know how that turned out.

  75. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Agreed one bright spot

  76. RexLibris says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    I can’t wait until we are bitching about the Oilers rushing Reinhart into the NHL next fall.

    Like children, all Oiler fans crave repetition.

    If they were to draft him, I’m actually less convinced that they would rush him with MacTavish at the helm now than under previous administration.

    Or maybe that’s just me trying to establish cognitive barriers to an imminent emotional collapse.

  77. RexLibris says:

    danny:
    I know there are movie buffs here, so I say this lightly, but I watched ‘RUSH’ tonight with the lady. The movie about the F1 rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

    It’s a fantastic story, and told well by Ron Howard… If you liked Argo, you should enjoy this film. It’s a gel capsule, coated for maximum ease to swallow, but last I checked so was Argo and we all know how that turned out.

    Okay, OT but a question about Argo.

    After watching it I was left with one question. Did Ben Affleck actually…act at any time during that movie? I’m pretty certain I’ve seen a greater emotional range from Keanu Reeves at times. I think I could count every one of his character’s reactions to events on one hand.

    I can understand wanting to play a calm and cool undercover operative, but it felt like there was more effort put into backdrop selection than his acting performance.

  78. danny says:

    There’s no way they don’t take Ekblad after the Yakxperience of 2014.

  79. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    RexLibris: If they were to draft him, I’m actually less convinced that they would rush him with MacTavish at the helm now than under previous administration.

    Or maybe that’s just me trying to establish cognitive barriers to an imminent emotional collapse.

    Nah… MacT needed Klefbom to show up off-centre and Nurse to be a really, really young D-man to keep them off the roster.

    He’ll put them on the team.

  80. RexLibris says:

    danny:
    There’s no way they don’t take Ekblad after the Yakxperience of 2014.

    Not sure about that. This team has a number of defensemen developing. They have virtually no high-end centers in their system. If anything catastrophic were to happen to Nugent-Hopkins they would be so far up the proverbial creek that it would be nearly impossible to recover without moving significant assets.

  81. Halfwise says:

    FFS, I’ve been cheering for this team since before Gretzky arrived, back in the Dennis Sobchuk days. But damn they make it hard to be a fan in 2014. NHL prices for AHL talent, no entertainment value, drag Edmonton’s civic reputation through the mud.

    Thanks, Kevin 6 Rings, for all you have done to steer the ship onto this rocky shore. Does your last name pre-sage some sort of secret message, like Last Overall, Wasting Everything?

  82. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    RexLibris: Okay, OT but a question about Argo.

    After watching it I was left with one question. Did Ben Affleck actually…act at any time during that movie? I’m pretty certain I’ve seen a greater emotional range from Keanu Reeves at times. I think I could count every one of his character’s reactions to events on one hand.

    I can understand wanting to play a calm and cool undercover operative, but it felt like there was more effort put into backdrop selection than his acting performance.

    His suits were emoting too much, he had to compensate.

    http://themoviemash.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Argo.jpg

    http://tchadquarterly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Argo_320x240.jpg

  83. Fixall with Rexall says:

    Will we ever be good enough to compete with California in Hall’s contract window? I don’t think so, not like this.

  84. G Money says:

    I assume it’s safe to assume that we lost?

    How close was my 8-3 prediction with goals for Cogs and Pens and the empty net hattie for Lovejoy?

    RexLibris: they would be so far up the proverbial creek that it would be nearly impossible to recover without moving significant assets.

    Where on the proverbial creek are we now?

  85. edoil1 says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    I wonder If they formed an ex Oiler club with Stoll.Lupul,Chemera,Glencross,Brodziak,Cogliano,Cole,Pavarvi,Horcoff,Gilbert,Souray,Greene,Hjada,,forget injuries for now, throw in a goalie,a couple more D not a bad team with no draft picks for the last 5 years, some bad decision’s on our part.

  86. G Money says:

    edoil1,

    in fairness, your list should only include Oilers who walked away for nothing or were traded for magic beans. So you’d have to remove Cole and Pajaarvi from your list. [Edit: but I guess you'd have to add Pitkanen]

    *sobs*

  87. art vandelay says:

    That team would finish last.
    For proof, wait 2 years when many of thoses guys will be the expansion draft selections of the Seattle franchise.

  88. Thinker says:

    Something has to be done to at least slow the bleeding. Leaving the players to die for forty games might, scratch that, will destroy many of the players desire to improve, and ultimately stay with the team. I don’t think a trade does it. More and more, I think the best thing to do is to have MacT step in as coach, and at least settle the troops for the remainder of the season. Players can’t find themselves dominated every night for forty games, and use that as motivation in the summer, it doesn’t work like that. There has to be a glimmer of hope, something that shows them that they are in fact on the way up. Eakins is only serving to show the players that they are terrible, and that the only way they can be good is to buy in. I think the players don’t believe that Eakins is the solution, and quite frankly, I think they hate him for being an arrogant prick, just like the fans do.

  89. edoil1 says:

    Halfwise,

    I feel for all longtime Oiler and city of Edmonton fan’s,I listened to the Gregor show this afternoon and he pointed out that only one other team in the” history” of the NHL has missed the playoffs for 8 consecutive year’s and here we are,and it look’s like a couple more years ahead,how can the management and ownership fiddle while the Oiler brand burn’s,in all honesty has any top management leader in all sports held his job with such an awful record as Lowe?The Captain is supposed to go down with the ship,well here we are the ship is down,give Gilligan a try.

  90. edoil1 says:

    art vandelay,

    My point was that they formed a better nucleus for a team that you could build around,and we “had” them.Plus you would have had additions, lower draft picks,maybe an Eberle.

  91. Gerta Rauss says:

    edoil1,

    Don’t even bother-if you look up troll in the dictionary there is a picture of Art

  92. regwald says:

    There is an old comic – Hagar the Horrible about a Viking and his warriors go around trying conquer the world. I searched for a copy of the one I wanted to post, but couldn’t locate it.

    It goes something like this. Hagar is praising his warriors for being such a finely tuned fighting machine and he asks what was the turning point that caused them to gel. The response: We all hate you.

    Might be what the Oilers battle cry.

    I thought after the Oilers defended Yak a few games ago that it brought the team together and they might have found their cohesion as a group and could move forward from there. But it didn’t seem to happen. The spiral continues.

  93. justDOit says:

    Fixall with Rexall:
    Will we ever be good enough to compete with California in Hall’s contract window? I don’t think so, not like this.

    There’s still hope for the San Andreas – that would help The Katz Kids!

  94. justDOit says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    edoil1,

    Don’t even bother-if you look up troll in the dictionary there is a picture of Art

    But really, what is Art?

    Is it this: http://www.iniva.org/dare/themes/play/images/ono4.gif

    Is it this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdZ9weP5i68

    Is it this: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/fornication-ben-walker.html

  95. Andy P says:

    bookje: Hall is leading the quiet revolt.

    But haven’t they revolted against every coach they’ve had from Quinn onwards when they discovered their power? Isn’t that part of the gdf ing problem?

  96. russ99 says:

    Andy P,

    Not last year.

    But MacT decided that keeping Bucky and Smith were more important than having a head coach that could get the most out of our players. How dare Ralph challenge The Lord of Five Rings and ask for actual coaching help.

    Besides isn’t quietly soldiering on and never questioning those above you the Oiler way under Lowe?

    Man that looks like an awful decision. Think where we’d be now with Krueger and two good assistants.

  97. godot10 says:

    danny:
    I know there are movie buffs here, so I say this lightly, but I watched ‘RUSH’ tonight with the lady. The movie about the F1 rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

    It’s a fantastic story, and told well by Ron Howard… If you liked Argo, you should enjoy this film. It’s a gel capsule, coated for maximum ease to swallow, but last I checked so was Argo and we all know how that turned out.

    I saw American Hustle over the holidays. It was fantastic. One of LT’s faves, Amy Adams is in it, wearing skimpy dresses, as well as Jennifer Lawrence playing irresistible white trash. Batman is fat with a bad combover. And Brad Cooper plays the “all-American government agent”. The plot doesn’t really much matter, since the acting burns the screen up.

    I also saw Dallas Buyer’s Club. Matthew McConaghey is skinnier than Eakins and an Oscar candidate for real. Jared Leto is too, and surprising enough makes you wonder if you are swinging the bat from the right side.

    Twelve Years a Slave though should collect most of the awards.

  98. bookje says:

    Andy P: But haven’t they revolted against every coach they’ve had from Quinn onwards when they discovered their power? Isn’t that part of the gdfing problem?

    No, I haven’t seen that. It may be that the coaches were less agressive but I did not get the sense that they quit on previous coaches.

  99. bookje says:

    Man, it feels just as bad this morning. hall has given up and the.coach doesn’t put Yakupov out on a 6 on 3. The players and coaches are flailing and there is nothing coming from management.

  100. oliveoilers says:

    For those that think that changing coaches/managers matters, that team dynamics was brought to Earth by Ancient Aliens I refer you to a small soccer team call Manchester United. You may have heard of them. Try typing them into a well known search engine and if you dig enough you may find them. All they did last season was change coach (due to the retirement of some has-been bum) and add two players. Didn’t lose any players. Perfect example. Players very confused by how new manager wants them to play, but they are sticking with him for now. Man U aren’t rock bottom though. Anyways, go Oil Kings!

  101. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    This RUS-SWE game is fantastic. RUS is dominating but down 1-0 late in the 2nd.

    Yaki and Slappy both look good. Zadorov looks a lot more mobile and offensively threatening than I would have expected.

  102. oliveoilers says:

    Loving the Swedish coach! Every call is a dive, complete with approved international sign language hand signals. Both teams throwing themselves to the ice like it’s sniper alley in downtown Sarajevo. If Canada get through, hope they get refs that see through it!

  103. VanOil says:

    Yakimov skates like he has a stick up his jacksy. I am unsure if it is just awful or just awkward. I hope he joins Musil and Simpson in a skating camp this summer run by Simpsons step-mom.

  104. Gret99zky says:

    The outfits Amy Adams wears in American Hustle would provide LT a years worth of “What Does It All Mean”.

  105. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    VanOil:
    Yakimov skates like he has a stick up his jacksy. I am unsure if it is just awful or just awkward. I hope he joins Musil and Simpson in a skating camp this summer run by Simpsons step-mom.

    Big man disease?

  106. VanOil says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Possibly.

    What a great hockey game. I need to stop watching the Oilers. I had forgotten what good hockey looks like.

  107. theres oil in virginia says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    The refs feel compelled to try and make the special teams sheet look more balanced.

    I knew it would be one of those nights when Getzlaf tripped Yakupov in the o-zone and then on the ensuing Ducks rush, Perry chicken-winged and went down causing the refs to call Ference for holding…somehow. Not that it would have mattered, because the Oilers were not winning that game, regardless (or is that irregardless?).

  108. Andy P says:

    russ99:
    Andy P,

    Not last year.

    But MacT decided that keeping Bucky and Smith were more important than having a head coach that could get the most out of our players. How dare Ralph challenge The Lord of Five Rings and ask for actual coaching help.

    Besides isn’t quietly soldiering on and never questioning those above you the Oiler way under Lowe?

    Man that looks like an awful decision. Think where we’d be now with Krueger and two good assistants.

    Well it seems as if MacT did offer Eakins 1 good assistant – but Ralph didn’t like the idea for some reason………

  109. oliveoilers says:

    wow, the passion! When’s the last time we saw ol’ chickenhawk go ape scat for his players?

  110. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    theres oil in virginia: irregardless

    Not a word… but this is the Oilers, so rules of the road don’t apply in Hell.

  111. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Andy P: Well it seems as if MacT did offer Eakins 1 good assistant – but Ralph didn’t like the idea for some reason………

    Is this the case? I don’t recall RK being offered a job.

  112. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Slappy one of the 3 best players of Russia.

  113. theres oil in virginia says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: Not a word… but this is the Oilers, so rules of the road don’t apply in Hell.

    Sorry, that was a friendly poke at someone (I forgot who) here who recently revealed that the use of that (non-)word is a major pet peeve.

    :)

  114. Lowetide says:

    I liked both Slappy and Yakimov in the games tsn broadcast. I’m quite pleased with both players.

  115. oliveoilers says:

    Inflammable means flammable? What a country!

  116. oliveoilers says:

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/irregardless

    Thanks guys! Learnt something new today. May the luck continue with Canada!

  117. theres oil in virginia says:

    oliveoilers:
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/irregardless

    Thanks guys!Learnt something new today.May the luck continue with Canada!

    Don’t forget this one (my favorite):

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/literally

    In some circles, literally means figuratively.

  118. David says:

    When does Slepyshev’s contract with his KHL team end? Can he come over this summer with Yakimov?

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