G79 2015-16: DUCKS AT OILERS

by Lowetide

I remember the day Nail Yakupov was drafted like it was yesterday. After many months of zero information being available, suddenly it was all out there. Before the draft, I heard:

  • The Oilers were taking Ryan Murray for sure.
  • The Oilers wanted to take Griffin Reinhart, but weren’t sure how far they could trade down.
  • CBJ didn’t want to trade at all, they were happy at No. 2.
  • The owner was pushing for Nail Yakupov.
  • They were definitely taking Mitch Moroz in the second round.
  • Stu McGregor told Jason Gregor “there has been the consensus amongst the public of Yakupov being the player, but I think some of the players from behind have closed that gap considerably, and that’s why it has been more interesting.” Source

In the end, I wrote three different No. 1 overall posts, one I published day of, and the others later:

  • Nail Yakupov:  ”That’s a wonderful scouting report, I’m going to miss these. There’s no skating issues, no “wide body style slows him down” or “had mono” or “born with a tail” or some of the other maladies we’ve seen in the past with Oiler picks. Another finisher, after a long stretch of few or none. This kid shoots bullets. He can pass and take a pass and has some spine.”
  • Ryan Murray: ”Those who suggest Edmonton made a mistake today have an extremely strong case. If the Oilers felt Murray was the man, dealing down was the move. This is the kind of asset management that losing teams do over and over again. Not recognizing the situation tells us the Oilers are not strong in the front office. This lands squarely on Steve Tambellini. Inertia.”
  • Griffin Reinhart: ”Reinhart is not the type of player who ordinarily covers the bet for a lottery selection. A player like Luke Schenn had many of the same tools as Reinhart, and several years later a re-draft would no doubt send Schenn down the list.”

Suspect the return was not substantial enough, but also believe we will see the trade go through over the summer—possibly before the draft. For the record, I still think drafting Nail Yakupov was the right call. What went wrong? Sometimes in life, the truth is hard to come by, but, no matter the exact sequence of events, somewhere in there the die was cast. It’s nobody’s fault, but: That my friends is not a good line, any time, when it comes to your life story. If I could, I would tell Nail he is going to be fine, there’s a place for him where he belongs. In a quiet moment, I might even imply he is the lucky one, and you could absolutely make that case this morning. I think they drafted him, but never embraced him. One day, someday, one of us might have a chance to share a coffee with Nail and Ralph, and talk about what might have been. Far from skype, and the fog, a brand new day.

OILERS 5X5

One of the main problems for Yak is shown here. The left side is the skill group, and mercy Nail should be there. Now, he IS there if Connor McDavid is his center (2.38/60 5×5, Corsi over 50 percent), and is not with Mark Letestu (0.28/60 5×5, Corsi of 43 percent). I don’t think he will be remembered well as an Oiler, but he isn’t Greg Joly or Patrik Stefan either. He arrived in a time of braintrust addlement and was not well equipped for the job of overcoming it. That’s no sin for a young man.

  • Maroon/Pouliot—McDavid—Eberle
  • Hall—Nuge—Draisaitl

Next up? I think we will have a new answer this summer, but it is a good bet there will be no questions this fall that feature the young Russian as the answer. After all those years of ignoring Russia, this is the payoff? We hoped for the best, but never thought it would be this bad.

LOST TOGETHER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1
  • Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-5-2
  • Oilers in February 2015: 5-6-1
  • Oilers in February 2016: 4-8-2
  • Oilers in March 2015: 5-6-3
  • Oilers in March 2016: 7-7-0
  • Oilers after 78 in 2014-15: 23-42-13, 59 points (-78 GD)
  • Oilers after 78 in 2015-16: 30-41-7, 67 points (-39 GD)

Oilers lost G79 to the Flames 4-0, as the hits kept on coming. If the Oilers can win tonight, you would have to think 70 points is within reach, I think that is the final goalpost available to show progress (unless they can gets the GD below -30).

OILERS DEFENSE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

The one area of the roster Edmonton has depth is LH defense. That depth is compromised currently, but if Oscar Klefbom and Brandon Davidson are healthy, could Chiarelli cash some of that depth to address RH side? If you ran Klefbom, Sekera and Davidson LH side, and kept Fayne for RH side, could you acquire two righties with a combination of Darnell Nurse, Griffin Reinhart, Jordan Oesterle and David Musil get you anywhere? Don’t know, but Darnell Nurse was apparently part of the ask for Dougie Hamilton last summer, so he should have substantial value. I don’t think Edmonton trades Nurse, he fits their template too well. What about Klefbom or Davidson? One imagines their injuries have either reduced their value or delayed potential deals until health is proven.

  • Klefbom—Hamonic
  • Sekera—Demers
  • Davidson—Fayne

Lots of experience, and if you have two of Nurse, Reinhart and Oesterle on the farm then the callups will have some chance of succeeding. I am not a big fan of trading players before five years after the draft, those years need to burn off before you know what you have. We are year three of Nurse, don’t think the Oilers will deal him. But if he is the ask in a Hamonic deal?  Interesting idea.

WHAT COULD EDMONTON GET FOR YAKUPOV?

Tough question. Nail  can be a successful winger, but a team acquiring him has to assess if he is above what we might call replacement level. By that I mean the following: Does Nail Yakupov, as a feature player in your lineup, deliver a stronger goal differential than a replacement-level player like Lee Stempniak? Because Stempniak is unlikely to cost more, and might cost less—plus he has shown an ability to serve as a solid plug-and-play option.

NHL managers and coaches are always going to believe they can unlock a player, and I do suspect Yakupov could flourish in some NHL cities. Anaheim has been mentioned as a possible destination, and I can see him doing well on that team. New Jersey is also a possible destination, his way is less clear on that team—they have a lot of hard workers but seem shy on skill.

Nail Yakupov could stay here next year, play on the McDavid line and end up on the left-hand column above—I believe that to be true. More than that, I believe Todd McLellan entered into the year with the intention of unlocking Nail, and Justin, and others. It did not happen. Remember that media avail where McLellan talked about these kids hearing the same message from different coaches? And remember when he said maybe the players should ask themselves if it was more about them?

We are here. The one lingering question I have, is this: What if it isn’t about the player at all? What if these gifted but flawed men simply needed a more sound organization behind them? I believe that is a question worth asking today.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show as we hit the airwaves for the first time since Thursday. Scheduled to appear:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. McDavid Calder? Doughty Norris? Holtby Vezina? Plus the Canucks driving hard to the lottery hoop.
  • Corey Graham, TSN1260. The Oil Kings shocked the Brandon Wheat Kings and now are (incredibly) in control of their first round series. How did this happen?
  • Sunil Agnihotri, Copper & Blue plus The SuperFan. The Yakupov issue, plus trading one of those lefty blue for righty help.

10-1260 on text machine, @Lowetide on twitter. I will also be on the roundtable at nine. Talk soon!

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marchmentsknee,

Well said. And I believe this to be true. IF they don’t blow it all up this summer
It’s a real threat.

GarbanzoHumanBean

Good morning fellow Oil fans. I hope the dust has settled.

It’s been close to 20 seasons since I walked the halls of high school wearing a T-Bird jacket while spending lunch at Westmount mall. Being a larger than average – midget C – hockey player, I was prone to the ill fledged attacks of equally poor skaters who happened to be smaller than myself. These gnats bounced off me often injuring themselves depending on their proximity to the boards or other hazardous objects. Sub par youth hockey requires you to keep your eyes on the puck while dangling so to my dismay I would only look up after hearing a whistle and seeing a ref with his arm up. I would end up with two minutes for being bigger or slower, perhaps the combination. I knew then, REFS SUCK.

Competitive athletics would lead me to junior college baseball where only the upper echelon of studs compete. I can remember getting thrown out after a legitimate conversation with an umpire.

Me – Was that pitch on the black?
Ump – Good pitch. Right there on the black.
Me – The black isn’t part of the f_____g plate!

UMPS SUCK.

Now, as I raise a family in the heart of peach trees and southern drawls I have to faithfully watch Oiler games through a mixture of Center Ice and reddit streams. “Y’all have to wear ice skates to play ice hockey?” isn’t a painful question anymore. I have hope and McDavid. I have a team to cheer for that actually looks competitive. I have a core of youngsters that haven’t reached their mid twenties. More importantly, I have the ability to step away from the Deadmonton myopic view of the Oilers that natually occurs when you live and die copper and blue.

The Oilers are a few moves away from a dynasty. Look at the age of the core. The coverage down here didn’t mention the bad calls but every fanatic has eyes. Unfortunately, the Oilers have sucked as bad as the refs. You don’t get calls when you don’t have respect. The good news, remember after the exodus of the Oil dynasty and our new core consisted of try hards like Marchant and Dougy. I snuck into those playoff games with the help of my usher friends and watched as the guys upset those Stars. I remember the calls beginning to go our way as those underdogs earned the respect of said SUCKY REFS.

The media down here is catching on to McDavid. The time will come for Joey to scream us through the national anthem again. And this time it will feel so much better. It won’t feel like a fluke. We won’t watch Pronger leave after a cup run. Y’all will have a team you watched grow together. Y’all will have a new downtown. Gretzky won’t be the only tie Edmonton has to greatness. Good days are ahead. I can’t wait to use more excuses to get back up there and visit my mom.

Woodguy

Norman Greenbaum: If this were true, then it would be reflected in the quality of the reffing for other teams.The whole league would be complaining.

EDIT: Also, Owners and GM’s have no say in who Bettman appoints as what.

I follow a lot of bloggers for other teams on twitter.

This is a league wide issue.

Jethro Tull

Woodguy: No, its pure incompetence by Campbell.

Asleep while the quality of reffing circles the toilet bowl.

If this were true, then it would be reflected in the quality of the reffing for other teams. The whole league would be complaining.

EDIT: Also, Owners and GM’s have no say in who Bettman appoints as what.

Woodguy

Norman Greenbaum: So, is this some kind of ‘dirty protest’ by the refs?

And if so, why are we the butt of it?Kerry must still have good connections with the union, so may be in the know.

But if this is true, Katz and Chia should be screaming bloody murder.To deliberately influence games to demonstrate leverage to the league over a dispute?Did they pick Edmonton as an example, “hey look, this year we just did it to shitty Edmonton, but next year you can expect golden boy Sid to get his face smashed in by an AHLer with no call.”

I’m not sure I like where this is headed.You’re right WG, his use of language is interesting.‘Owners & GM’s?That’s very specific.

Oh boy…..

No, its pure incompetence by Campbell.

Asleep while the quality of reffing circles the toilet bowl.

Sugar Reijo

There used to be certain refs you’d dread seeing. This season it’s like *every* freakin’ night is a Mick McGeough night.

Jethro Tull

Woodguy:
Kerry Fraser agrees there is a problem with the reffing:


OilersFANATIC ‏@Oilers1966·
@kfraserthecall what is wrong with officiating this year?Serious question. It’s terrible. Did they take away the repercussions and reviews


Kerry Fraser
‏@kfraserthecall
@Oilers1966 Not much will change until the owners & GM’s recognize where the failure comes from & take action to replace the problem.

Fraser’s suggested fix of “to replace the problem” suggests its lands on one person.

*checks NHL executive list*

Executive VP & Director of Hockey Operations: Colin Campbell

Probably.

The fact that he’s Director of Hockey Ops after Tyler shone a light on his emails interfering with officials is beyond the pale…….also standard for a bush league organization like the NHL.

So, is this some kind of ‘dirty protest’ by the refs?

And if so, why are we the butt of it? Kerry must still have good connections with the union, so may be in the know.

But if this is true, Katz and Chia should be screaming bloody murder. To deliberately influence games to demonstrate leverage to the league over a dispute? Did they pick Edmonton as an example, “hey look, this year we just did it to shitty Edmonton, but next year you can expect golden boy Sid to get his face smashed in by an AHLer with no call.”

I’m not sure I like where this is headed. You’re right WG, his use of language is interesting. ‘Owners & GM’s? That’s very specific.

Oh boy…..

Woodguy

Kerry Fraser agrees there is a problem with the reffing:


OilersFANATIC ‏@Oilers1966 ·
@kfraserthecall what is wrong with officiating this year? Serious question. It’s terrible. Did they take away the repercussions and reviews

Kerry Fraser
‏@kfraserthecall
@Oilers1966 Not much will change until the owners & GM’s recognize where the failure comes from & take action to replace the problem.

Fraser’s suggested fix of “to replace the problem” suggests its lands on one person.

*checks NHL executive list*

Executive VP & Director of Hockey Operations: Colin Campbell

Probably.

The fact that he’s Director of Hockey Ops after Tyler shone a light on his emails interfering with officials is beyond the pale…….also standard for a bush league organization like the NHL.

Stephen Walkom is the current Director of Officiating, he’s probably part of the problem too.

Walkom was in charge of officials after the lost season and they cracked down on obstruction, so he has a history of knowing what to do.

My guess is that he’s following his marching orders, which come from Campbell.

Jethro Tull

Caramel Batman: I disagree. There is disagreement amongst friends and there is disagreement amongst enemies, but these two things are not the same.Hence the distinction between friends and enemies is prior to rational disagreement.

One must decide who ones friends are and who ones enemies are before you can reason.

The NHL is the enemy.Those who defend the NHL are the enemy.They are not to be conversed with, for they are immune to reason.They are to be destroyed.There is no middle ground.

Once the line has been crossed there is no going back.For years I’ve thought gmoney’s talk about the officiating was too much.I’ve crossed the line now and no matter what happens in the future no call they make can be seen with integrity.I stopped watching the NFL for this very reason.

They must be purged in fire.There is no other recourse.

No body expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Bruce McCurdy

Soup Fascist:
All that was missing tonight was Kesler clubbing Hall over the noodle with a steel chair he brought onto the ice while the referee was “distracted” by Perry’s incessant whining.

Yeah, that pretty much nails it.

It’s hard to laugh about these things while they are happening, but once the anal bleeding is brought under control one might as well look at the humorous side.

I got a kick out of this one too: https://twitter.com/iJamesTown/status/714669265878720512

jp

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:

I just fear that it’s too little too late. If we suffered for this long as fans only to have them blow it all up again now I don’t know if I can go through another five years of trying to rebuild again.

I hope they find a way to keep Hall, Yak, Ebs, Nuge, Draisaitl,Klef, McDavid together and add more Maroons, Pouliots, Backes, Sekera, Demers types to make next year worthwhile. This is the greatest threat to this team yet.

If they stick together through it I do believe something special is around the corner.

I hope they keep most of the current core together too.

But even if they tear a hole in the old core it’s not going to be a rebuild rebuild. If Nuge/Ebs/Hall are headed out of town it will be for established players rather than futures.

jp

G Money:
Hey!I just realized that today is the 1 year anniversary of Nerd Alert!

Congrats. Been enjoying it!

AsiaOil

Soup Fascist,

Great stuff SF – how about a few old Stampede Wrestling comparisons for fun.

Kessler the Butcher has gouged Hall’s eye with skive and now he’s going to splash him from the top rope while Corey “the Cuban Assassin” Perry is distracting the referee, and Jamie “the Stomper” McGinn is beating Jordan “Sky Low Low” Eberle over the head with a folding chair. Finally the referee looks up and sees Hall being pinned by Kesler and counts him out. What a match!

It wasn’t that far off last night……

Soup Fascist

All that was missing tonight was Kesler clubbing Hall over the noodle with a steel chair he brought onto the ice while the referee was “distracted” by Perry’s incessant whining.

Seriously NHL, want to increase scoring? Get your officials to call blatant holding and interference. Oh and maybe not shredding an offside call 18″ inside the blue line with 7 seconds left could have been job one tonight.

Mo-rons.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/29/living/real-unicorn-remains/index.html

Maybe there’s still hope since they found a real unicorn.

G Money:
Hey!I just realized that today is the 1 year anniversary of Nerd Alert!

Omedeto gozaimasu!

Please keep up the good work.

On another note this type of game where the officials are against you can help to bring a team together.

I just fear that it’s too little too late. If we suffered for this long as fans only to have them blow it all up again now I don’t know if I can go through another five years of trying to rebuild again.

I hope they find a way to keep Hall, Yak, Ebs, Nuge, Draisaitl, Klef, McDavid together and add more Maroons, Pouliots, Backes, Sekera, Demers types to make next year worthwhile. This is the greatest threat to this team yet.

If they stick together through it I do believe something special is around the corner.

In an expansion draft world thar 1St rounder is worth a lot more. That should be enough to get Hamonic and something else. Fayne at 1/3 retained plus #2 overall for Hamonic and Clutterbuck and the Isles’ 1St? I know Hall and Clutterbuck have a history but Hall and Kassian had a worse history and Hall seems to have buried the hatchet.

Clutterbuck is another 4th line grinder and agitator who isn’t completely useless with the puck.

€√¥£€^$

G Money:
Hey!I just realized that today is the 1 year anniversary of Nerd Alert!

Happy Anniversary! Awesome site, thank you for helping me improve my hockey knowledge, I look forward to your Blog’s 2nd Anniversary!!

Bruce McCurdy

Congrats G. Your reviews get more thorough by the week.

AsiaOil

G Money:
Hey!I just realized that today is the 1 year anniversary of Nerd Alert!

Great work and many thanks G.

Hockey Buddha

G Money,

Funny. Thanks for that.

BONVIE

G Money:
Hey!I just realized that today is the 1 year anniversary of Nerd Alert!

Congratulations!!! I have checked your site out after every game since you startef tracking games, it has become my routine. Lowtide, Oiler site for traditional boxcars, then i hit your site.

G Money

Hey! I just realized that today is the 1 year anniversary of Nerd Alert!

BONVIE

In looking at Gmoneys icetime charts its obvious that Mclellan definitely tried to get Reinhart and Nurse against Perry and Getzlaf, especially Reinhart who led the defenseman in icetime against these two jaugernauts.

Professor Q

Offside,

I can agree with that.

Crazy commitment to bettering himself even minute by minute.

Offside

Professor Q,

Professor Q: That could be said about many players today.

Higher rate and quality of training from an earlier age, better equipment, etc.

Exactly. Which is why I think the best player in 30 years is also the best player of all time

G Money

jp,

Thanks JP!!

Professor Q

Offside:
If McDavid was transported back in time to the ’80’s – he’d break all of Gretzkys single season records. Also, the refs suck

That could be said about many players today.

Higher rate and quality of training from an earlier age, better equipment, etc.

G Money

Ha ha, sometimes all you can do is laugh (worth a click on the picture):

@EdmontonOilers @lowemustgo @dstaples @NHL Refs got the right call. pic.twitter.com/Bf6Ko9noSJ— James (@iJamesTown) 29 March 2016

jp

G Money:
Post game

https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/g79-2016-03-28-oilers-vs-officials-ducks-were-there-too/

Ignoring the obvious story on reffing, some interesting goings-on w.r.t. to the defense and the lines. My new viz is pretty cool if I (and Oil2Oilers and Bruce Mc) do say so myself!

I think new viz is damn near perfect.

G Money

Halfwise: If there’s a compilation of bad calls by NHL officials, I’m going to bet that the Oilers are the team that suffers the most. And no, it isn’t so that the Oilers have better lottery odds.

I am totallly psyched that our own Rex has taken up the ‘track the reffing’ challenge. Cannot wait for the actual data (he’s doing a handful of Oiler games plus a handful of neutral games as a control).

I’m fairly sure the subjective impressions will be supported by a more objective exercise.

Caramel Batman,

I hear you my friend. I hear you.

Offside

If McDavid was transported back in time to the ’80’s – he’d break all of Gretzkys single season records. Also, the refs suck

Professor Q

At least Yak spoke out against the calls tonight in his interview.

Cassandra

G Money:
Post game

https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/g79-2016-03-28-oilers-vs-officials-ducks-were-there-too/

Ignoring the obvious story on reffing, some interesting goings-on w.r.t. to the defense and the lines. My new viz is pretty cool if I (and Oil2Oilers and Bruce Mc) do say so myself!

What’s the point talking about progress. This team will never win so long as the officiating remains the same. The margins are too thin. It is impossible.

Cassandra

Centre of attention:
Caramel Batman,

You can disagree with someone, but lets please refrain from calling people “cowardly fucks”

thank you.

I disagree. There is disagreement amongst friends and there is disagreement amongst enemies, but these two things are not the same. Hence the distinction between friends and enemies is prior to rational disagreement.

One must decide who ones friends are and who ones enemies are before you can reason.

The NHL is the enemy. Those who defend the NHL are the enemy. They are not to be conversed with, for they are immune to reason. They are to be destroyed. There is no middle ground.

Once the line has been crossed there is no going back. For years I’ve thought gmoney’s talk about the officiating was too much. I’ve crossed the line now and no matter what happens in the future no call they make can be seen with integrity. I stopped watching the NFL for this very reason.

They must be purged in fire. There is no other recourse.

JD_Wry

Wolf Of Ross St,

Well you know, you get older – priorities change, blood blow patterns change.

Foege Foegele Torpe

Caramel;
The other front of attack is the local media guys starting with lowetide. He should use the platform to attack the NHL.

Have you ever listened to his show? That’s pretty much all it is, that and Woodguy. Lowetide gets wood at least once a week, I think it should be daily. But that’s just me.

G Money

Post game

https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/g79-2016-03-28-oilers-vs-officials-ducks-were-there-too/

Ignoring the obvious story on reffing, some interesting goings-on w.r.t. to the defense and the lines. My new viz is pretty cool if I (and Oil2Oilers and Bruce Mc) do say so myself!

JD_Wry

Just in case your lividity has subsided: https://streamable.com/mrdl

note: I had no idea that was actually a word.

Johnny Larue

Oh well same as it ever was as David Byrne would say. It only helps us in the long run . I don’t know what the Oilers have done to get the short end of the stick constantly maybe Mess bagged a refs wife

Centre of attention

Caramel Batman,

You can disagree with someone, but lets please refrain from calling people “cowardly fucks”

thank you.

jake70

Suntory Hanzo:
Maybe the linesman guessed because he couldn’t believe it happened.

Exactly……big brain McDavid put him in a state of disbelief…..and the linesman, like good old Peter realizing he was walking on water, panicked and sank. (“your faith is small, why did you doubt?” 😉 )

Cassandra

JDï™: You won’t get the calls next game? LOL!

note: I don’t usually LOL this often, but missed the game because of dinner and beers with the in-laws.

Exactly. It is impossible for the Oilers to get less calls. Indeed, if they did get less calls that might make it even more obvious. The contradictions must be enhanced.

Cassandra

Add Nielsen to the list. What a cowardly fuck. If you defend the NHL you are a piece of shit. End of story.

Media who aid and abet this abomination should be run out of town. Not players who are trying their best in a corrupt system.

Time to run Nielsen out of town.

Professor Q

Caramel Batman: If I had a longterm multi-million dollar contract like Taylor Hall I would take every fucking fine.There is no fucking end to the blasphemy that would come out of my mouth.Every interview I gave, every miscall on the ice I would rip their ear off until they had to kick me out of the league.

What do you have to lose?You have millions of dollars in the bank and you play in a corrupt league in which winning is impossible.

I may never win the Stanley Cup and I will never play in the Olympics or the World Cup, but these things aren’t going to happen anyway.This way he’s still rich as fuck and he gets to be famous for having integrity.

I would make each day a masterclass of foul mouth invention.I would cross every line imaginable, and it would still be less than they deserve.

I was not really being ‘worried’.

More so a tiny bit facetious and pointing out a really odd stance the NHL has on such endeavours.

Refs should not be immune to critique.

JD_Wry

Caramel Batman: What do you have to lose?

You won’t get the calls next game? LOL!

note: I don’t usually LOL this often, but missed the game because of dinner and beers with the in-laws.

frjohnk

jake70:
i think the linesman got caught offguard there, some confirmation bias – well Mr.linesman, use your eyes,not your brain.Man. Hilites 97’s ability.

Thing is, if it’s an inconclusive play at the line, or the linesman just can’t see if the puck crosses the line, don’t blow the whistle and stop the play.

If the team scores, they can always go back to video review and overturn the goal if it was indeed offside.

But if you blow the play dead when it’s actually onside during a good opportunity to score, it just fucks the team. There is no getting that scoring chance back.

Officials should let the close plays they can’t see at the blue line go. If they blow the whistle at calls too quickly it’s just another way to choke offense from the game.

DevilsLettuce

Oilers Twitter is on fire.

Katz finally gave the attack signal.

flyfish1168

I hate this NHL reffing, totally brutal. I think the fans need to be more vocal, loud, lengthy and try to intimidate the ref with noise of displeasure whenever we feel they make a bad call. Whenever I go to games in the Saddledoom I see fans helping the ref make calls just by the load noise when an infraction happens. JMHO

Cassandra

Professor Q: Unfortunately, I do believe you can get fined by the NHL for suggesting their officials can have faults.

If I had a longterm multi-million dollar contract like Taylor Hall I would take every fucking fine. There is no fucking end to the blasphemy that would come out of my mouth. Every interview I gave, every miscall on the ice I would rip their ear off until they had to kick me out of the league.

What do you have to lose? You have millions of dollars in the bank and you play in a corrupt league in which winning is impossible.

I may never win the Stanley Cup and I will never play in the Olympics or the World Cup, but these things aren’t going to happen anyway. This way he’s still rich as fuck and he gets to be famous for having integrity.

I would make each day a masterclass of foul mouth invention. I would cross every line imaginable, and it would still be less than they deserve.