APRIL 15, 2013

One year ago, the Edmonton Oilers moved on from the Tambellini rain and welcomed Craig MacTavish as General Manager. In the following months, MacTavish traded for David Perron and Ben Scrivens, signed Boyd Gordon and Andrew Ference, ALMOST signed David Clarkson, traded away Ladislav Smid and more. As a trader, he’s exhausting. He also hired Dallas Eakins and several other manager types including Bill Scott, this week.  There’s so much gone and so much new, it’s difficult to know if the 50-man list is better today than one year ago. Or is it?

Would the Oilers have been better off signing Gordon and keeping Horcoff? Signing Hemsky in the summer? Keeping Laddy? No GM is 100% correct of course, but it’s interesting to note how much has been done in year one of the MacT era.

As part  of the RE series, I’ll be doing posts on MacT, Eakins, MBS and (by request) Kevin Lowe. What are some of the questions you’d like (sort of) answered?

 

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  1. Mr DeBakey says:

    What are some of the questions you’d like (sort of) answered?

    Would the Oilers be better off if Dallas Eakins had been made Chairman of Southampton FC?

  2. WeirsBeard says:

    Are they committed to winning? This could apply to Katz too.

  3. Mr DeBakey says:

    The NY Sunday Times did a bit on Mr Corsi this week:
    “The Buffalo Sabres parted ways last week with Jim Corsi, their goaltending coach since 2001 and the man who…”

    http://tinyurl.com/l9j5s3d

  4. Lloyd B. says:

    I know there are a number of question marks regarding the trading of Smid. I for one, and maybe the only here believes that MacT did this with purpose. A guy that was not going to be part of the mid term solution that was signed long term for questionable dollars. MacT created some cap space and also acquired Broissat ( sp) who undoubtedly came from a recommendation from Green who is in charge of finding the guys that were missed in the draft or who are under the radar in their formative years. I believe Brossait ( sp) was Greens first suggestion to MacTavish. MacTavish may or may not have shopped Smid around but if the guy you hired for the express purpose of finding hidden gems makes this recommendation then he needed to do it. To quote the author of this blog. We wait.

  5. spoiler says:

    What are some of the questions you’d like (sort of) answered?

    Why does LT MacT hate Smid?

    Cap space? Futures? Making room for Marincin? Avoiding a raise where the O numbers don’t justify it?

  6. TheOtherJohn says:

    Can you ask MacT if he was aware that B Scrivens March/April stretch of games .904 Sv% looks remarkably similar to Dubnyk’s December #’s?

    Because the later numbers by Dubnyk, as the narrative goes, was part of an abomination that sunk the Oilers season and the later numbers by Scrivens was part of MacT’s solution of the goaltending woes moving forward

  7. speeds says:

    Q: Will every question in the MacTavish section be rhetorically answered by LT with “If you have to ask the question…”?

    A: If you have to ask the question…

  8. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    how’s he handled the free agency world?

    The Bob Green related moves from the past month are interesting and I like how he’s working.

    now, after Grebs and Belov, I wonder if he’s soured on the Euro free agents? It will be interesting to see if he takes a run at a few players from overseas now.

    I’d have time for Peter Mueller, Kontiola and Thoresen. I’m sure there are others too.

  9. godot10 says:

    Why did MacT trade Horcoff, with Nugent-Hopkins injured/recovering, a compliance buyout handy in his back pocket if he needed it in June 2014, and Horcoff’s ability to play wing?

  10. regwald says:

    Why did MacT not bring in more help at center ?
    Why didn’t he believe in Dubnyk ?

    What does MacT like about Eakins and his assistant coaches ? Supporting his own decisions ? Loyalty ?

    What changes did MacT make to the organization below him vs what Tambo had established ?

    Is Stu able to influence mgmt to improve drafting processes ?

    KLowe – does he own the corporate mission statement and org direction for how to build a team ? I.e.based on speed, possession, size, etc. What is the Oilers culture under KLowe ?

  11. godot10 says:

    Most GM’s undergo an extensive process when hiring a coach. They interview a bunch of guys to get many different point-of-view of their team, what is wrong with it, and what to do to fix it.

    Why didn’t MacT use such a process, instead of making an impulsive decision (and getting conned by a con man), and make a fool of the organization and himself by firing the previous coach on Skype?

    Why doesn’t MacT/organization like people with contrary opinions?

  12. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 2m
    The #Oilers have signed defenceman Dillon Simpson (@Simmer18) to a three-year entry-level contract. @UNDMHockey

    it’s done!

  13. cc says:

    Here’s an interesting thought to chew-on and comes second hand via, I best not say at this point.

    Speaking of the Oil, “Its not that their not that good, fact is they have a crazy amount of talent and ability, its just that they don’t play as if they want it. Kind of a whatever attitude.”

    So, what’s the answer. Is it Eakins? Youth with an attitude of entitlement?

  14. Bar_Qu says:

    Can he continue this frenetic pace next year? Did he get out-GM’d in his first year by speaking his mind too much?

    Or did he have an average to above average first year for rookie GMs?

  15. Bar_Qu says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers2m
    The #Oilers have signed defenceman Dillon Simpson (@Simmer18) to a three-year entry-level contract. @UNDMHockey

    it’s done!

    Woohoo!

  16. Lowetide says:

    speeds:
    Q: Will every question in the MacTavish section be rhetorically answered by LT with “If you have to ask the question…”?

    A: If you have to ask the question…

    Shut down the internet. It’s over. (that was funny)

  17. Clay says:

    I’ve often wondered if MacT knows that, having won the Stanley Cup four times, he’s only two thirds as smart as Mr. Lowe?

  18. LostBoy says:

    godot10:
    Most GM’s undergo an extensive process when hiring a coach.They interview a bunch of guys to get many different point-of-view of their team, what is wrong with it, and what to do to fix it.

    Why didn’t MacT use such a process, instead of making an impulsive decision (and getting conned by a con man), and make a fool of the organization and himself by firing the previous coach on Skype?

    Not sure about the con man part, but it’s hard to disagree that there was no obvious due diligence. Todd Nelson took the unusual step of complaining out loud to the press about it. Obviously he felt he had to act immediately (boldly…) to get his man, but it’s not how most franchises conduct business.

    What’s never really been clear to me is why, since the search was ostensibly for an extra member of Krueger’s staff, MacTavish was running the show with Krueger back in Switzerland, not directly involved in interviewing the potential associate coaches. I’m not sure I can think of another situation in which an NHL head coach was a passive onlooker while his GM was out interviewing for his potential subordinate. If the quest was to find somebody to support Ralph, shouldn’t, you know, Ralph have been doing the looking?

  19. VanOil says:

    Yeah, Simpson is signed!

    Next on MacT’s list Petry (we know Schultz is going to happen)

    And then why not Jim Corsi just so he can answer every fancy stat question with, “what do you mean Gadzook’s can’t Corsi, Jim is right over there” Which is no where near as funny as Speeds suggestion.

  20. Clay says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers2m
    The #Oilers have signed defenceman Dillon Simpson (@Simmer18) to a three-year entry-level contract. @UNDMHockey

    it’s done!

    Good news indeed!

    So LH Oilers dmen under 26 years old:

    Nurse
    Marincin
    Klefbom
    Gernat
    Simpson
    Musil
    Davidson
    Osterle
    Betker
    Gustafsson
    Hunt
    Laleggia

    If that ain’t a logjam, I don’t know what is. Good problem to have, I guess – some good trade chips in there.

    Also, with only Schultz, Petry (26), Larsen, and Fedun on the starboard side, you have to figure this is partly why they covet Ekblad.

    Mind you, the C depth is still worse.

  21. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Clay,

    apparently Musil and Simpson both prefer the right side. JW said that recently IIRC.

  22. OilClog says:

    if the Oilers want to develop Lander in a utility role, why was he thrusted into a scoring line role out of position, when it’s clear that he belonged on Gordon’s wing, or any position not top 6. This has to be one of the most mishandled players in the last 6 yrs.

  23. spoiler says:

    OilClog: if the Oilers want to develop Lander in a utility role, why was he thrusted into a scoring line role out of position, when it’s clear that he belonged on Gordon’s wing, or any position not top 6. This has to be one of the most mishandled players in the last 6 yrs.

    Yes. Playing with talent when trying to find your offensive mojo is an egregious case of mishandling.

  24. Glock9 says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    What are some of the questions you’d like (sort of) answered?

    Would the Oilers be better off if Dallas Eakins had been made Chairman of Southampton FC?

    We NEED this answered please !

  25. spoiler says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: apparently Musil and Simpson both prefer the right side. JW said that recently IIRC.

    Prefer, or can play? Neither is an offensive threat so I can’t imagine why either would prefer to have their stick to the inside when defending or when trying to move the puck in their own end. I can see a comfort level being there, due to having done it often, but that’s different than saying it’s their or a coach’s preference.

  26. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    spoiler: Prefer, or can play?Neither is an offensive threat so I can’t imagine why either would prefer to have their stick to the inside when defending or when trying to move the puck in their own end. I can see a comfort level being there, due to having done it often, but that’s different than saying it’s their or a coach’s preference.

    here’s the tweet:

    Jonathan Willis ‏@JonathanWillis Apr 18
    @Archaeologuy Just a reminder: Simpson’s stated preference is RD rather than LD, and Musil played RD virtually all yr. @RomulusNotNuma

  27. spoiler says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: here’s the tweet:Jonathan Willis ‏@JonathanWillis Apr 18@Archaeologuy Just a reminder: Simpson’s stated preference is RD rather than LD, and Musil played RD virtually all yr. @RomulusNotNuma

    Thank you… so for Musil we can say familiarity not preference. Simpson, we will know better once he’s playing against men and not getting PP minutes. Nor does any of that address coaches’ preferences.

    It’s great they’ve played the right side in their development. I don’t think we can rely on that capability at higher levels though.

  28. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    spoiler: Thank you… so for Musil we can say familiarity not preference. Simpson, we will know better once he’s playing against men and not getting PP minutes. Nor does any of that address coaches’ preferences.

    It’s great they’ve played the right side in their development. I don’t think we can rely on that capability at higher levels though.

    agreed on all counts. not to mention, neither preference nor familiarity = effectiveness per se.

  29. rich says:

    Questions I’d like answered:

    Re: KLowe. The rumor is you offered your resignation to Katz this past season and it was turned down. Why did you feel it was necessary to do this during the season instead of a year ago, or even at the end of the season. Also, how do you think you can effectively do your job/what is it you think you still bring to the job if you reached a point when you felt it was in everyone’s best interests if you left?

    Re: MacT. What is the most important thing you can do for your coach this summer (aside from a change in on-ice personnel) so that your team is better prepared going into next season?

    Also, and this might be for Katz. Your team took several steps backwards this year, the fans were frequently left booing the product your management team put on the ice and went a step further by throwing tangible examples of their devotion on the ice. Why should anyone buy into the notion that things are about to get better when the architect of this at the top of hockey ops is still running the program that’s been out of the playoffs 8 year? Also, he’s brought in someone who’s an inexperienced GM to improve the product, why should we believe he’s up to the job?

  30. VanOil says:

    Just catching up on my CBC Saskatchewan viewing (I did not know they had TV stations there) and came across a Draisaitl interview. I was unaware that CHL teams get compensated, a secret amount, from the NHL. Pro rated to how high the CHL teams draft picks go. If they are getting paid by the NHL should the NHL not have the hammer in putting players like Nurse and Grigs in the AHL during there 19 year old seasons?

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/p-a-raiders-leon-draisaitl-could-score-as-nhl-prospect-1.2591093

  31. Philosophil says:

    “One year ago, the Edmonton Oilers moved on from the Tambellini rain…” Rain, or more specifically a depressing, prolonged, dull west coast drizzle. If spellcheck reared its ugly head and we meant reign, then it was a puppet regime propped up by false economies and pervasive propaganda. Either way, Oilers are still drowning.

  32. Hammers says:

    My question would be to Eakins . What is your plan to improve the PP or at least get it back to where it was ?

  33. Oilanderp says:

    Q (to the fans): 1. Why haven’t you washed (the dishes)?

  34. Nuckout says:

    If you’re Eakins, what are the 3 biggest priorities you’re asking MacT for this offseason? How much does he REALLY value size in the bottom 6, Or has he figured that part out yet?

  35. judgedrude says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    The NY Sunday Times did a bit on Mr Corsi this week:
    “The Buffalo Sabres parted ways last week with Jim Corsi, their goaltending coach since 2001 and the man who…”

    WHAT! What did he do!!?? Don’t cut off the quote like that and leave me in suspense.

  36. gcw_rocks says:

    Eakins: why doo you appear to be taking an “me vs them” confrontational approach to you players, including throwing them under the bus with the media, when respected head coaches like Dave Tippett are saying the days of that coaching style working are over?

    MacT: When can we start getting more proven players (Perron, Gordon) and fewer gambles (Scrivens, Fasth, Fraser, Grebeshkov, Belov, Acton, Hamilton, Joensuu, etc.)?

    MacT: if you are still on Lowe’s rebuild timeline of six years to cup contender, add Katz’s letter to the fans seems to indicate, how do you justify a season that was 36 points below the average cup finals minus two seasons of recent cup finalists (even if you exclude last year since both were recent finalists)?

    Lowe: When are you going to bother to share that thing or two you know about winning with rest the oiler organization?

  37. kinger_OIL says:

    How about the process behind firing Ralph and hiring Dallas What management process was in place I suspect MacT just fired him alone. That’s an awful HR process. Plus not in person? Sucessfull corporations with 100′s of millions of sales, and 100+ employees are managed differently, and things don’t happen in a vacuum. Plus Mac T was telling people that “Ralph is not my guy” for awhile before pulling the trigger.

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