WONDER WALL

by Lowetide

Back in the 1970s, variety was an issue. Most people shopped at the same stores because towns had only one or two in each shopping category. For instance, most of the stuff we bought for the house came from Nelson Lumber in Lloyd. Same as everyone else. So, you’d all end up with the same wood paneling in everyone’s basement. Seriously. It wasn’t expensive, easy to put up and required very little (if any) maintenance. Nowadays, you have to look hard to find it, people hated it after awhile BECAUSE everyone else had it and of course it’s been forty bloody years. Blonde wood paneling didn’t come to my town, but it got to Pittsburgh in the 1970s and in Pittsburgh folks are too damn busy to take down the 1970s. Thank you Pittsburgh, you make me feel mighty real.

  • Chiarelli on making a trade to save the season: “It doesn’t mean that you won’t make a move, but the last thing you want, is to try and go out and force a move to shake things up. I’m not adverse to making moves and certainly I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last two weeks. But to think I have to go out and make a move because I have to shake things up, I think that’s the wrong way to approach it.” Source

This is, of course, the correct path. Peter Chiarelli chose his team over the summer, made some bets that worked (Andrej Sekera, that McDavid kid might have a future) and was wrong on damned near everything in-house (Darnell Nurse, Leon Draisaitl)—one imagines his handy-dandy assistants were front and center on those things. Perhaps they’ll fire up the forensics rack in the spring.

DEALING WITH MEDIA: CONTROL THE MESSAGE

It is important for the Oilers to get their message out in the best way possible, to control the daily content. Media avails can go sideways (as an Oilers fan, you know this) in a heartbeat. From what I can tell, there seems to be some kind of ‘controlled opening’ for Chiarelli, and then the hounds are released once the pace and setting are established. Current avails go like this:

  • Early reporter pumps in a difficult question that will be asked by others, but frames it around a softening sentence. “Larry, we know those forklifts have been known to tip over and kill people, so that’s done. But is there any way to make sure it doesn’t happen again?” that kind of thing. The reason the question is asked? It’s important to get to the meat early, because a more focused question (“Your safety record is insane, what in the hell is wrong with you people???”) may startle the spokesman and it’s harder to control the message.
  • Once the central question is asked and answered (“I’m disappointed, but we’re staying the course”) the follow ups are easier to answer (“as I said, we’re staying the course and one of the reasons is we don’t want to make a trade just to make a trade, that’s when mistakes happen”) and the avail goes along happily without much fanfare. Reporters get their quotes, write their stories, the office is happy because they can put something online and in the paper, and the process continues.

BUT THERE’S A PROBLEM

In the olden days, teams could use the media as an extension of their own PR department—some will say that is still the case. Glen Sather used to do contract negotiations through the media, giving interviews that cast youngsters as perhaps selfish as the day of their renewals arrived. By the time Kevin Lowe took over, no one was that brash, but in terms of give and take with media, I don’t think much changed. He had his contacts and brought them in as he saw fit (by now the media was cynical, but not like they are now) and the media bit him from time to time but there was a working relationship.

Steve Tambellini—again this is me—didn’t trust anyone because he knew the leaks were coming from inside the house. I bet you a 2-4 Tambellini covered his mouth and made whirring sounds as he talked into a phone at the office. How do I know this? Well I don’t, but can say the period when Tambellini ran the team, it was dark days for the media.

MacT jumps in, and it’s like we took a commercial break but we’re back with the Johnny Carson show, business as usual. Relationships are relationships, and rapport over a long period builds trust, even though the media is not your friend. This is all my opinion, but I’ll bet it’s close.

IN THE DAYS AFTER THE RAPTURE

Peter Chiarelli is a veteran GM and he’s worked in a strong media market filled with the crazy and the good, so there’s zero doubt in my mind the man has a plan in regard to controlling the message. The plan, as I see it, is the following:

  • Hold very few media avails, and when you have one, make it in Pittsburgh in front of a 1970s wall. Ringing phones optional.
  • Drive home the important things early: We’re disappointed, not making trades, had to send Griffin down even though I’m seeing good things, throw in a bone for the kids in Bakersfield, thanks everyone don’t forget about the golf tournament in July, see you at the draft!
  • Know who you can trust (remember, we know these media folks far better than the GM), and for God sakes make sure you’ve covered the important points previously. The reason for that? One of the truly effective responses to a question is “As I said not one minute ago…..” because it makes the person asking the question look like they’re not paying attention, or being pushy. NOTE: Terry Jones doesn’t care, he keeps pushing. This is an asset for a reporter.
  • Make sure you know ALL of the possible questions. Make sure to get out in front of things, as in: “I’m sending Griffin down, don’t want to, but we can’t have nine D” so the next question can’t be “does your acquisition of Reinhart, who was sent down today, expose at least one of your summer transactions as being a failure?” and on it goes.

It’s a damned good strategy to my eye, but you can’t lose the reporters because the message from the team loses impact unless it’s THE story of the day. The team will want to control the content, as much as possible. If one (or more) of these veteran reporters decides the team isn’t forthcoming, or these scrums have no value, it may free said reporter to use his or her extensive contact list to work outside the current coverage cocoon. Friends close, enemy closer.

Now. If any Edmonton newspaper folks are reading this and looking for story ideas, may I uggest a few:

  • Did the Oilers make a boner by acquiring Griffin Reinhart, who lost his NHL job to Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson?
  • Why can’t the Oilers goalies goal?
  • What do other NHL teams really think of the Oilers?
  • Is there pressure from the league for the Oilers to improve? Perhaps an article on the changes to the draft lottery that were made with the Oilers in mind, with a quote from someone like Ed Snider—who has to be seething about the talent drain to the NHL’s most northern outpost.
  • An independent former GM who could go over the last five seasons of transactions and rank them.
  • A series on the 2016 draft, complete with a running count of where Edmonton is projected to select players (they could use this blog as a resource).

There. Some of those should be good thought starters.

SHOULD YOU WORRY AS A FAN?

No. This is all curio stuff, inner workings deals. I think Oilers news will—more and more—break via the broadcast rights holders and the Oilers own website—with the newspapers on the outside looking in. This coincides with, and I’m being serious now, the very real and harsh truth facing the men and women of media. Downsizing is a ghastly thing and it’s on the minds of everyone in the industry. Now, a man who has been on the beat since the days of wood paneling is likely set, but what about the guys 10 years in? I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for these people (you may not, and that’s fine) because the amount of work that goes in to getting any kind of tenure in the industry is incredible. Every small event, every goofy angle, every blasted prediction, the hard work to get there is mind numbing.

So, we are here. What happens now? As someone who has observed Edmonton media (and spent time in it) for decades, I predict we may be in for a very nice run of several months worth of incredible stories. These reporters aren’t going to wait to read a breaking story they have no access to, they’re going to find their own stories to compete with the Oilers-driven verbal. Nothing bad about that for the fan, not one damn thing. About time the media in Edmonton got rid of that wood paneling.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

nilsson capture2

Fantastic game. Todd McLellan needs only time, another defender and a goalie who does what he says he’ll do. Speaking of, Anders Nilsson’s EV SP is now .917 and that’s miles better than Ben Scrivens (.897) one year ago. Nilsson ranks No. 32 in the NHL among goalies with 10 or more starts. He’s winning the job, but miles to go.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

nov 28 d oil

Davidson—Schultz looked good from here, there were a few antsy moments for both and Schultz (while on the PK) got one of those ‘puck over boards’ penalties. Neither man was involved on the PP but both played significant amounts on the PK. Well done Todd McLellan, a smart move bringing Schultz in slowly (only Fayne played less at evens).

Klefbom—Fayne once again received the tough assignments and I remain stubborn in my defense of the duo. Oscar got Malkined by one of the best players on the planet for an incredible goal and Fayne was also in photo. I think they performed well considering the opponent and remain hopeful we don’t have to go through one month of Klefbom—Schultz before McLellan sees what we know.

Nurse—Sekera had some adventures and I believe they were facing less difficult opposition than the Klef pairing. For that reason, the numbers are disappointing, although the boxcars were good (no minus, Sekera an assist).

CENTERS, LAST NIGHT

nov 28 c oil

One thing about McLellan, it’s usually hard (especially on the road) to see what he’s after—as opposed to the other coach—in terms of matchups. Mark Letestu performed well in my opinion, he seems to be finding his way a little more. I don’t know if we’re counting him as a positive add, but would suggest the ‘epic fail’ comments are overly dramatic.

Leon Draisaitl is an absolute joy to watch. At 20, he scored a big goal for the Oilers, battled one of the best players in the game and helped his team walk out with two points. I hope he plays here until he’s 40, winning his final Stanley in the same way Jean Béliveau won his final one: A smokey rink in Chicago, in shocking fashion. I imagine comments about his speed will end in the next two years and not return until his 35th birthday. He’s a killer. I love his game. Anton Lander is in more plays again, good to see. I liked his game, he’s finding some chem with his linemates and he is one of several players who mark smart, subtle plays in-game.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may be the media choice for sacrifice this season, lordy they’re all over him. I watch the games and I look at the numbers, and the flu issue aside, he’s sublime. Skated miles and had a monster assignment, came out even in plus minus, had three shots, an assist and worked his tail off. I remain amazed that people seem hellbent on calling out this team’s best players. At least they’re not on Hall anymore.

WINGERS, LAST NIGHT

nov 28 w oil

Jujhar Khaira had a fine debut, honestly he was solid. Made a great interception of a pass and got a shot off, there was a better option there but we can’t expect him to negotiate it in real time in game one NHL. Matt Hendricks must make his coach smile every night after the game, just a hard-working veteran who works and works and works. Warrior.

When I look back on this season and wonder when I became a Teddy Purcell fan, it’ll be this little book of games when they really needed him to be steady and productive. He’s on pace for 45 points this year, and makes smart plays, places the puck in good spots, passes well, has more to his shot than the reputation implies. Smart, smart player, he’ll fetch something of value at the deadline but I’d argue for at least thinking about keeping him.

Lauri Korpikoski had one of his better games, scoring a goal and offering better form and structure than in most of his previous efforts. He’s kind of a strange player, he shows up in odd spots and then struggles to make a play. Todd McLellan likes him, he played third-line minutes again last night.

Taylor Hall is a wonderful, wonderful hockey player. He was struggling to post a crooked number on this trip, nice to see him get rewarded for hard work. Took a penalty, but it looked like one of those accidental things to my eye (not saying he didn’t earn the two). Iiro Pakarinen couldn’t hold on to the big job, but I think that had to do with an improving veteran back from injury than anything the Finn did. Impressive skill set, don’t know why his drafting team passed on signing him.

Benoit Pouliot had four shots, threw some shade (I know I’m not using that right, but I like the word there) on the Korpikoski goal and had a reasonably productive night. On pace for a 43-point season. Jordan Eberle, like Lander, was in on more plays last night. Made a quality dive to interrupt a promising sortie heading the wrong way and scored in the shootout. Oilers need Eberle to deliver, and he’s underachieved, but as is the case with the Nuge I’m surprised people (media people) are drilling him. Clearly not at 100 percent and he has to be better, hell I bet he would tell you that. He isn’t 40 and he didn’t marry Scarlet Johansson, so I assume hockey still matters to 14. He’ll be back soon with a flourish.

WHAT’S THE STORY, MORNING GLORY?

  • 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: 4-6-2
  • Oilers after 24 in 2014-15: 6-14-4, 16 points (-33 GD)
  • Oilers after 24 in 2015-16: 8-14-2, 18 points (-13 GD)

If the Oilers win in Toronto, we’ll have to consider November a slight change in the weather—and a possible turn north.

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So many good nuggets in this post, LT. Love the wood paneling story. I guess these days it’s kind of still the same way, masked by the fact IKEA has more variety. Cookie cutter variety, but people should be getting sick of it.

In my mind the starter’s job is now Nilsson’s to lose. A 50-30 split pace from here on out should be the goal so that they can still give Talbot time to work things out.

I will try to give the MSM some slack but for years they didn’t ask any tough questions. Probably because MacT gave them way too much access. Remember complaining about his loud mouth and how much he seemed to like to hear himself speak. It was terribly detrimental to doing the work.

Chia is the new guy and he hasn’t been so giving. The MSM is angry and feeling petty. That phone interruption where they insinuated Marc Spector was calling to get a scoop was childish and pathetic and that man should be a tad ashamed. Chia shut him down, as he should.

John Chambers

A friend of mine who grew up in East Germany remarked to me how everyone he knew had one of three varieties of crappy couches, virtually the same car or household appliances (if they were lucky to have any, which they had to apply for and wait). He’d go to his friends houses and all their stuff was the same, but occasionally someone would get good news in the mail stating that they could apply to the State Agency that allowed them to buy a blender.

Must be nice to be able to walk to the store to buy wood paneling, or an electric can opener, but I’ll still tour around IKEA this morning and lament that they don’t have the optimal colour of the Skjord I’m shopping for.

Woogie63

I wish the Oilers cycled and had more commitment to grinding in the offensive zone. We are so easy to play against.

Hall rushes down the wing, snaps a hard wrister front 35 feet out at the net, the goalie controls the rebound because there is no traffic in front and the puck is out of the zone for a 2 minutes cycle in our end.

Eberle rushes down the wing, snaps a hard writer front 35 feet out……

Colieo87

LT loved the story. I’m 28 so I didn’t know Sather used the media for contracts bait. Cool.

Hey, you know why we’re easy to play against is because we don’t have that big one time from the blue it rarely happens. Man I haven’t seen that fear from another nhl team since the pronger days

D

Quite frankly LT, I miss the wood paneling days.

dustrock

The thing I like about playing the Pens is that you can have an embarrassment of talent and still struggle sometimes even to make the playoffs. Other than 2 Finals appearances years ago, they haven’t been a class team. And they have 2 of the top 10 players in the world.

Am I blind or what am I missing. The Oilers haven’t seemed that easy to play against for much of the year. The results haven’t been there but they’ve been more competitive. Chicago and Washington both commented on this.

The Oilers seem to rise to the occasion vs. good teams but mail in efforts against weaker opponents. They aren’t good enough to be doing that.

But easy to play against? I’m not so sure.

Kmart99

Oh the wood paneling! At least it comes off easy. What’s really insane is how many houses still have it up.

At this rate, fighting will be eliminated from the NHL before wood paneling is eliminated from homes.

Sorry D, but I’m removing wood paneling from as many houses a year as possible:)!

Bohologo

I’m mildly troubled that our new GM does not appear to know the difference between “adverse” and “averse,” in meaning or usage. One of those You Keep Using That Word; I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means moments. You know, like people who say, “I could care less,” when in fact they mean to say, “I could not care less.”

Yes, I am a grammar dork, or even a SNOOT.* (“The sorts of people who feel that special blend of wincing despair and sneering superiority when they see EXPRESS LANE — 10 ITEMS OR LESS or hear dialogue used as a verb or realize that the founders of the Super 8 motel chain must surely have been ignorant of the meaning of suppurate. There are lots of epithets for people like this — Grammar Nazis, Usage Nerds, Syntax Snobs, the Language Police. The term I was raised with is SNOOT.”)

*This definition of the family word SNOOT (an acronym for “Sprachgefühl Necessitates Our Ongoing Tendance” or “Syntax Nudniks of Our Time”) appears in David Foster Wallace’s review article “Authority and American Usage” (in Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, 2005); also found here if you really, really like DFW:
http://instruct.westvalley.edu/lafave/DFW_present_tense.html**

** Brief sample, it’s really worth reading:
When I say or write something, there are actually a whole lot of different things I am communicating. The propositional content (the actual information I’m trying to convey) is only one part of it. Another part is stuff about me, the communicator. Everyone knows this. It’s a function of the fact that there are uncountably many well-formed ways to say the same basic thing, from e.g. “I was attacked by a bear!” to “Goddamn bear tried to kill me!” to “That ursine juggernaut bethought to sup upon my person!” and so on. And different levels of diction and formality are only the simplest kinds of distinction; things get way more complicated in the sorts of interpersonal communication where social relations and feelings and moods come into play. Here’s a familiar sort of example. Suppose that you and I are acquaintances and we’re in my apartment having a conversation and that at some point I want to terminate the conversation and not have you be in my apartment anymore. Very delicate social moment. Think of all the different ways I can try to handle it: “Wow, look at the time”; “Could we finish this up later?”; “Could you please leave now?”; “Go”; “Get out”; “Get the hell out of here”; “Didn’t you say you had to be someplace?”; “Time for you to hit the dusty trail, my friend”; “Off you go then, love”; or that sly old telephone-conversation ender: “Well, I’m going to let you go now”; etc. And then think of all the different factors and implications of each option.

Frank the dog

Consider this:
As a small market Canadian team that no-one wanted to play for, and all of the GM’s still mostly consider as an NHL incubator they can poach off us for an extortionate price, what else can a well funded, ruthless owner do but build through the draft? And what better way to build a dynasty than bottom dwelling for a 5-6 year period, to produce his 5-6 years of cup runs in his phantasmagoric arena?
I’m not saying for a moment that he intentionally hired Tambo – or MacT – to tank the team. But I do think there was likely some fire under the smoke of comments from Renney and the dementor that Katz was prepared to take the hit of being a bottom dweller as being the only way he could kickstart this franchise back to the top, the coaches being the fall guys when the heat from the crowd got too intense.
I really do think that we should see the real team that Katz intended, emerge in the last 40, and at the very least, in the last 20m games of the season. The Katz fire is not far from the feet of Bob, Chia and TMac.

innercitysmytty

LT, excellent post! Based on a number of your recent posts I have a question for you. Do you think what the media or fans say about a player has any impact on the moves a GM makes? You hear people suggest that fans or media are driving players out of town but I don’t buy this. Of course, that doesn’t mean that ideas aren’t floated by the media because management wants to test the weather for an idea. I’m guessing this GM is smart enough to understand the value of RNH regardless of DVD or any other media throwing him under the bus. So why the concern?

Sugar Reijo

All kinds of talk in T.O. that if Reimer still can’t go Babcock will start Garrett Sparks over Bernier against us. Am hoping that’s the case since we always seem to provide the antidote for guys who are struggling.

Also, go Esks go!

Kmart99

Bohologo,

10 items or less doesnt seem like an issue to me. So many people use ‘less’ in place of ‘fewer’ for countable items these days that the supposed correct usage seems odd. You are a grammar Nazi of the highest magnitude! 🙂 … … Or order.

I literally shit a brick every time I hear someone say ‘I seen ’em score twice last night. Notice the use/usage of literally?

Let’s try the correct approach:

I figuratively shit a brick…. Hmmmmmmm. Eff that. There are so many examples of grammar problems everywhere that I just go with the flow.

Soup Fascist

The thing about wood paneling was it was the home decor equivalent of comfort food. The brown wood paneling, 20 year old cabinet TV moved from downstairs, an old couch with some hideous floral pattern and old patchwork quilt were pretty welcoming coming home for a weekend during college years.

I know I am old but when it comes to wood paneling and hockey I have bad memories. I think of the Gretzky trade presser from Molson House. The second thing that comes to mind was a picture of alleged billionaire Michael Largue who was going to save the Oilers from moving to Houston.

If there was any hope that this was the guy who was going to save the Oilers post-Pocklington, his press picture with 1970’s mobile home paneling in the background stomped those notions like grapes.

Pretty sure Jonesy broke that story too.

blainer

just a few points LT.

– No way I’m trading Nuge. Unless its for doughty and that ain’t happenen.

– Purcell is making an argument for another contract. . like his size.

– The most important point is Hits. In most of the games we won and were close we were hitting. Last night we had 31 hits and one of the Chicago games we had 35 hits. Playing physical creates scoring chances. Its what teams are doing to us and why we are hemmed in our zone so much.

It isn’t discussed much here but to me it is sooo important and one of the main reasons Darnell made this team. Our bottom six especially needs to hit to create chances for all the forwards.

It’s why I loved the Hendy trade and why it hurts when he is injured

Klink is also good for this. If we finish our checks more good things will happen.

Bohologo,

While I agree with you, “averse/adverse” is very commonly botched, and on the list of egregious errors it falls decidedly short of your/you’re, which makes me think of fingernails on chalkboard every time I see it written incorrectly.

Errors in speech are more forgivable than those in the written word, in my opinion.

Unwashed Oilfan

In today’s builds, we have great rooms and feature walls. In ’81 when my dad turned the downstairs into living space (not a makeshift garage anymore), our “feature wall” was wood panelling. 3 walls of drywall and the famed wood panel wall. He was so proud of that wall. When both mom and dad passed I sat down in the basement for an hour knowing the house would soon be gone. His proud feature wall was by this time a tribute to all of the grandchildren and I’m sure that wall made him proud everyday.

jake70

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
Bohologo,

While I agree with you, “averse/adverse” is very commonly botched, and on the list of egregious errors it falls decidedly short of your/you’re, which makes me think of fingernails on chalkboard every time I see it written incorrectly.

Errors in speech are more forgivable than those in the written word, in my opinion.

Lose and loose…..uggh.

blainer

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
So many good nuggets in this post, LT. Love the wood paneling story. I guess these days it’s kind of still the same way, masked by the fact IKEA has more variety. Cookie cutter variety, but people should be getting sick of it.

In my mind the starter’s job is now Nilsson’s to lose. A 50-30 split pace from here on out should be the goal so that they can still give Talbot time to work things out.

I will try to give the MSM some slack but for years they didn’t ask any tough questions. Probably because MacT gave them way too much access. Remember complaining about his loud mouth and how much he seemed to like to hear himself speak. It was terribly detrimental to doing the work.

Chia is the new guy and he hasn’t been so giving. The MSM is angry and feeling petty. That phone interruption where they insinuated Marc Spector was calling to get a scoop was childish and pathetic and that man should be a tad ashamed. Chia shut him down, as he should.

Well said.

I wouldn’t last long in a media job covering the oil.

I always get pissed they never ask tough questions. Where are those reporters that put Torts over the edge. We need some of that.

blainer

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
Bohologo,

While I agree with you, “averse/adverse” is very commonly botched, and on the list of egregious errors it falls decidedly short of your/you’re, which makes me think of fingernails on chalkboard every time I see it written incorrectly.

Errors in speech are more forgivable than those in the written word, in my opinion.

I apologise to you both in advance.. Just was never good at grammar.. Or math .. actually was never a very good student but loved all the athletics associated with school.

Material Elvis

jake70: Lose and loose…..uggh.

I could of ignored that in the passed. But know I cant.

böök¡je

Bohologo:
I’m mildly troubled that our new GM does not appear to know the difference between “adverse” and “averse,” in meaning or usage.One of those You Keep Using That Word; I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means moments.You know, like people who say, “I could care less,” when in fact they mean to say, “I could not care less.”

Yes, I am a grammar dork, or even a SNOOT.* (“The sorts of people who feel that special blend of wincing despair and sneering superiority when they see EXPRESS LANE — 10 ITEMS OR LESS or hear dialogue used as a verb or realize that the founders of the Super 8 motel chain must surely have been ignorant of the meaning of suppurate. There are lots of epithets for people like this — Grammar Nazis, Usage Nerds, Syntax Snobs, the Language Police. The term I was raised with is SNOOT.”)

*This definition of the family word SNOOT (an acronym for “Sprachgefühl Necessitates Our Ongoing Tendance” or “Syntax Nudniks of Our Time”) appears in David Foster Wallace’s review article “Authority and American Usage” (in Consider the Lobster and Other Essays,2005); also found here if you really, really like DFW:
http://instruct.westvalley.edu/lafave/DFW_present_tense.html**

** Brief sample, it’s really worth reading:
When I say or write something, there are actually a whole lot of different things I am communicating. The propositional content (the actual information I’m trying to convey) is only one part of it.Another part is stuff about me, the communicator.Everyone knows this.It’s a function of the fact that there are uncountably many well-formed ways to say the same basic thing, from e.g. “I was attacked by a bear!” to “Goddamn bear tried to kill me!” to “That ursine juggernaut bethought to sup upon my person!” and so on.And different levels of diction and formality are only the simplest kinds of distinction; things get way more complicated in the sorts of interpersonal communication where social relations and feelings and moods come into play.Here’s a familiar sort of example.Suppose that you and I are acquaintances and we’re in my apartment having a conversation and that at some point I want to terminate the conversation and not have you be in my apartment anymore.Very delicate social moment.Think of all the different ways I can try to handle it: “Wow, look at the time”; “Could we finish this up later?”; “Could you please leave now?”; “Go”; “Get out”; “Get the hell out of here”; “Didn’t you say you had to be someplace?”; “Time for you to hit the dusty trail, my friend”; “Off you go then, love”; or that sly old telephone-conversation ender: “Well, I’m going to let you go now”; etc.And then think of all the different factors and implications of each option.

I literally could care less about that, your a looser!

Seymore

I strongly feel the record would be better if they did not play Ference at all. Mactavish does not have a Stanley Cup ring for a coach because he was being “human” and rotating the backup goalies. Roloson went down and the best backup wasn’t on the bench. We lost game 1 which we had the lead in because Ty Conklin who had no confidence at the time was on the Bench instead of Markanen. Hockey is in the business to win. Playing Ference caused us to lose some winnable games. I hope Charelli/TMac decide to win more and be less human in the near future.

böök¡je

Kmart99,

The word literately has now been recognized by many dictionaries to mean figuratively. Thus literally is literally its own antonym. I suspect this is the beginning of the end for civilized institutions.

Woodguy

Here’s the total TOI against each PIT C for Nurse, Klef, and Shultz (using them as proxies for both players)

Nurse
Nick Bonino 6:47 (3-12) 20%
Evgeni Malkin 5:53 (0-7) 0%
Sidney Crosby 5:18 (6-8) 43%
Eric Fehr 1:33 (2-1) 67%

Klef
Evgeni Malkin 6:29 (7-8) 47%
Sidney Crosby 6:07 (4-7) 36%
Eric Fehr 3:18 (4-2) 67%
Nick Bonino 2:37 (2-4) 33%

Schultz
Evgeni Malkin 4:21 (13-6) 68%
Nick Bonino 4:11 (2-2) 50%
Eric Fehr 3:56 (4-2) 67%
Sidney Crosby 3:23 (2-4) 33%

I think that matches the eye from last night too.

Davidson-Schultz had the “easier” minutes, but certainly acquitted themselves well vs Malkin, especially comparatively.

Bonino’s line ran roughshod over the Oilers too and 88-19 sawed off against him.

I tweeted this two days ago when chattering on the twitters about where to play Schultz when he got back:

Woodguy ‏@Woodguy55 Nov 27
@ReidWilkins @knockoutpanda5 Fayne is a better partner for Klef and having Davidson-Schultz is a good 3rd pair for the 1st time in 8 years

Glad to see the first game was good.

88-19 would be the best Oilers 3rd pairing in recent memory for sure.

Would probably have to go back to the roster when MacT was coach to find a comparable pair.

Also,

Nurse is not having a good roadie. I wonder if McLellan is tempted to put Schultz up there if 88-19 look good again in TOR and if Nurse struggles again in TOR.

Sure love Nurse’s speed and abilities in that spot, but when rookies struggle you can’t leave them hanging.

stush18

Your all bein kinda adverse about grammar. We all no we don’t knead it. Phones and t9 have fixed them for us.

My problem with grammar is when I’m typing out something here, my brain runs faster than what I’m typing. And unless it’s a post I care about, I don’t bother proofing it.

Soup Fascist

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
Bohologo,

While I agree with you, “averse/adverse” is very commonly botched, and on the list of egregious errors it falls decidedly short of your/you’re, which makes me think of fingernails on chalkboard every time I see it written incorrectly.

Errors in speech are more forgivable than those in the written word, in my opinion.

So is it NYC Oil’s position that errors in the written word are more egregious than those committed while speaking?

Supposebly ……………

(Never was a big Friends fan, but Joey convincing himself that “supposebly” was a word in the English language still makes me giggle).

Material Elvis

Seymore:
I strongly feel the record would be better if they did not play Ference at all.Mactavish does not have a Stanley Cup ring for a coach because he was being “human” and rotating the backup goalies.Roloson went down and the best backup wasn’t on the bench.We lost game 1 which we had the lead in because Ty Conklin who had no confidence at the time was on the Bench instead of Markanen.Hockey is in the business to win.Playing Ference caused us to lose some winnable games.I hope Charelli/TMac decide to win more and be less human in the near future.

I strongly feel that ‘bench’, in the middle of a sentence, should NOT be capitalized!!

Woodguy

I used to sell wood paneling to stores like Nelson Lumber in Lloyd and WIndsor Plywood etc.

There was two types:

1) A paper on top of an 1/8″ Luan plywood that looked like wood

2) Solid wood (usually Pine)

Don’t miss it at all.

I have some form of wood paneling in my house, but its a “library wall” made from solid Maple and Maple plywood and maple mouldings.

That’s the kind of paneling I like.

Wood. Its what’s for breakfast!

Material Elvis

Soup Fascist,

Apparently the people who watched that show convinced themselves of the same thing. Supposebly is used all the time now.

Material Elvis

Woodguy:
I used to sell wood paneling to stores like Nelson Lumber in Lloyd and WIndsor Plywood etc.

There was two types:

1) A paper on top of an 1/8″ Luan plywood that looked like wood

2) Solid wood (usually Pine)

Don’t miss it at all.

I have some form of wood paneling in my house, but its a “library wall” made from solid Maple and Maple plywood and maple mouldings.

That’s the kind of paneling I like.

Wood.Its what’s for breakfast!

Do you sell would veneer, to?

Soup Fascist: So is it NYC Oil’s position that errors in the written word are more egregious than those committed while speaking?

Supposebly ……………

(Never was a big Friends fan, but Joey convincing himself that “supposebly” was a word in the English language still makes me giggle).

My position was that press availabilities in an informal setting are likely to lead to a few misspoken words, supposebly speaking literally of course. 😉

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

Woodguy,

What about:

Klef Fayne
Davidson Sekera
Nurse Jultz

Give Nurse a break on the third pair. Continue to bring Jultz up to speed slowly. Plus I have really enjoyed Davidson.

Lloyd B.

Wood. Its what’s for breakfast!

Sometimes I wake up with wood !

Klima's_Bucket

blainer: Just was never good at grammar.. Or math .. actually was never a very good student but loved all the athletics associated with school.

I defiantly agree!

Material Elvis

Lloyd B.:
Wood. Its what’s for breakfast!

Sometimes I wake up with wood !

Eating it?

LostBoy

My favourite word confusion thing on hockey boards these days is “cache” used when “cachet” is intended.

I don’t know how it got started, but you see it everywhere.

flyfish1168

Not trying to hijack this blog but

Its funny how prior to the beginning of the season some of my phlegm fans were saying they will go deep into the playoffs and they are now a much better team with Hamilton and Frolik. Now they are all not admitting to it and they have always known that they are a mediocre team.

Just wondering how some of you guys are handling these yahoo.

John Chambers

Woodguy,

Wood. It’s in you to give.

🙂

jfry

böök¡je: I literally could care less about that, your a looser!

On those days when you just want to scan the comments section, you can always count on “fuck you bookjie” to sum it up perfectly!

Halfwise

Grammer and speling is one thing . Dont forget puting a space in front of comas and dots .

Oilerville is a much happier place after a win. Man.

Material Elvis

flyfish1168:
Not trying to hijack this blog but

Its funny how prior to the beginning of the season some of my phlegm fans were saying they will go deep into the playoffs and they are now a much better team with Hamilton and Frolik. Now they are all not admitting to it and they have always known that they are a mediocre team.

Just wondering how some of you guys are handling these yahoo.

Mostly we just humour Rex and let him go on thinking that.

RPG

Not sure who he is, but I hope he stinks.

@jonasTSN1050: Garret Sparks will make his first NHL start tomorrow. Told after practice by Mike Babcock.

"Steve Smith"

Soup Fascist: I know I am old but when it comes to wood paneling and hockey I have bad memories.I think of the Gretzky trade presser from Molson House. The second thing that comes to mind was a picture of alleged billionaire Michael Largue who was going to save the Oilers from moving to Houston.

No, no, you’re getting it wrong (which is damned near unforgivable, since this is maybe the greatest story in Oilers history). Largue wasn’t a billionaire – he was just the frontman. The money was coming from Lester Mittendorf, a reclusive and retired Swiss banker – he was the billionaire.

You know, I love the internet, as I’m sure do we all, but every now and then I think back to that story, and realize that it could never happen today, and I go start up my car and let it idle until it’s out of gas, just to spite Al Gore.

Lloyd B.:
Wood. Its what’s for breakfast!

Sometimes I wake up with wood !

http://images1.villagevoice.com/imager/u/original/6380708/lovewiththeproperstranger_1.jpg

Lucky dog.

Lowetide:
Wood—Wood—Wood
Wood—Wood—Wood
Wood—Wood—Wood
Wood—Wood—Wood

Wood—Wood
Wood—Wood
Wood—Wood

Wood

Your wish is my command.
http://img12.deviantart.net/ab97/i/2012/251/d/6/natalie_wood_wallpaper_by_nestorladouce-d5dzsru.jpg

Soup Fascist

“Steve Smith”,

Of course you are correct. Largue was only portraying himself to be a millionaire investment banker representing the mysterious (and fictitious) owner of the Bern Bears hockey club, Mittendorf.

The image that remains is still the mobile home wood paneling, St. Patty’s Day plastic table cloth and overloaded electrical outlet in the background of Largue’s “office”. All were ample confirmation that the Oiler’s new “Sugar Daddy” was not to be.