30 DAYS IN THE HOLE

by Lowetide

On Sunday, April 27, 1975, a strange thing happened. The Buffalo Sabres, who had been to one playoff series (they lost) in previous seasons, opened up their semifinal series against the Montreal Canadiens at home. You don’t know this (unless you’re older), but the 1975 NHL had four or five strong teams (basically three of the original six and the Philadelphia Flyers) and everyone else. Buffalo was not in that inner circle of possible Cup winners, even though they ripped through the NHL for 113 points that year.

On that Sunday in Buffalo, the Sabres scored early and often. It was 3-1 until Guy Lafleur scored late in the first period to make things interesting. These Habs, the 1975 club, were frequent Stanley winners and a year away from another Golden Era (four in a row). On Sunday, April 27, they were bested by an expansion club, the Buffalo Sabres, who had come into existence earlier in the decade. It took Buffalo until 4:42 of overtime before Danny Gare sealed the deal in Game 1 and gave all hockey fans an indication that a second expansion team may have escaped the lower tier. Buffalo won again on the Tuesday at home, this time 4-2 and in regulation.

And then the Habs hammered the Sabres back in Montreal. The score on Thursday was 7-0 and on Saturday it was 8-2. The series was tied, but it was over. We all knew it, the way we knew it during past seasons when Minnesota or St. Louis would push deep into a series and we’d all get excited. The Buffalo Sabres, on the night of Saturday May 3, 1975, had been blown out 15-2 in the most recent two games and looked dead in the water.

Game 5 was back in Buffalo, and the Sabres got it to overtime—and they won! Rene Robert from Gilbert Perreault and it was a big damned story. However, Game 6 in Montreal would see that staggering Habs team playing desperate hockey. The refs would be calling the game we know to this day (veteran teams get the calls) and Buffalo would need to be perfect.

And they were. Craig Ramsay scored early, the Sabres were up 3-1 after one and 4-1 after two. The expected surge by Montreal did arrive, but goals by Guy Lafleur and Peter Mahovlich weren’t enough to win the day. Scoring summary is here.

What’s the lesson of this story? The Oilers could be coming back to lose 8-2 at Rogers Place, or the San Jose Sharks may have won their final game of the season. We don’t know how this series is going to turn out, we only know that history favors the Sharks—just as it did on May 3, 1975. This Oilers team has surprised me all season long, I’m looking forward to seeing how they play Thursday night. I haven’t checked the numbers, but iirc McLellan’s Oilers recover fairly well.

  • Connor McDavid: “The series is still 2-2 & we’re still in a good spot. We got a split here & that’s what we came to do. You just scrap it. We were bad tonight, obviously. That’s not our team, not our game. It’s a one-off.”

Yes. It’s important for the Oilers to come out in Game 5 and establish their game, while also changing up a few things. For the life of me I don’t know why this team is having such trouble figuring out where the penalty line is drawn, but if they continue along this line they won’t have to worry about it past this weekend. They’ll be gone.

I also think coach Todd McLellan needs to have a good long look at his injured players, because these men are not getting things done. If Connor McDavid’s wingers are injured, get him two healthy linemates and let’s get this party started!

Finally, the club needs Cam Talbot to stop more shots. The first two goals were tipped, and the third goal was on the power play, but that’s the job. Edmonton can’t go down 3-0 on Thursday night.

JESSE PULJUJARVI: 18 AND IN THE AHL

During the past three AHL seasons, there have been six youngster (18) who have been regulars. Rantanen and Pastrnak were the class of the group as AHL players and Pastrnak has blossomed. Here, in the order of productivity, are each man’s NHL numbers:

  1. William Nylander 103gp, 28-46-74 .718
  2. David Pastrnak 172gp, 59-54-123 .715
  3. Mikko Rantanen 84gp, 20-19-39 .464
  4. Jesse Puljujarvi 28gp, 1-7-8 .286
  5. Kevin Fiala 60gp, 12-5-17 .283
  6. Alexander Nylander 4gp, 0-1-1 .250

I think JP is still telling us his story, but we have had two seasons now (draft year and draft+1) and we find him in the middle of the offensive pack most of the time. It’s a tell, and we wait for more information. I reached out to Jeff Veillette in regard to Nylander’s linemates during this period, and he gave me Ryan Rupert, Matt Frattin, Greg McKegg, Byron Froese, Connor Brown. I would rate all of these men as being solid to excellent AHL players, and superior to Puljujarvi’s group (Josh Currie, Jaedon Descheneau, Scott Allen) save for the quality time JP spent with Anton Lander. Is Puljujarvi closer to Toronto’s Nylander or Kevin Fialia? Don’t know.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

I’m not going to drill down as usual, this was one ugly baby and there’s not much use writing 19 versions of “he has to be better.” I went into last night thinking one (or both) of two things had to break:

  • Either Edmonton was going to stop taking penalties or San Jose would score some power-play goals.
  • Connor McDavid was going to break out on the 5×5.

One of those things broke loose last night, the other did not. History tells us these things regress to the meat, but if the meat doesn’t show up this week, the Oilers may be pooched. That’s going to be the storyline for the rest of the week, along  with some madcap coverage by Edmonton’s defense that needs to be ironed away. Interesting stat from last night: Oilers had three takeaways, and 17 giveaways.

A lot has been made about McDavid versus the Vlasic pairing, and the time may have come for Todd McLellan to change the matchup. During the regular year, McDavid had a 51.11 Corsi for 5×5 percentage (in one hour at 5×5) against Vlasic, 28-35 in scoring chances for/against. In the playoffs, in 40 minutes, McDavid is 45.24 Corsi for 5×5 and has a 22-21 scoring chance ratio. If the Oilers are going to win, they need 97 roaring with clean air, and seeing McDavid cross checking Sharks and taking useless back-checking penalties on the PK tell me he’s frustrated enough to need a change. No sin in it, and if he gets rolling, McDavid can grab this series by the throat.

LEON’S SUSPENSION

NHL Player Safety’s roulette wheel could land on ’tilt’ or ‘mutton’ for all I know, but it seems unlikely Leon Draisaitl will get any further punishment for his lack of discipline.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Today on the show, beginning at 10 TSN1260:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. What happened? Can they get it back? Matchups!
  • Jake Sundstrom, Fear the Fin. We’ve reached a point where this series is going to write its final chapters. Are the Sharks back?
  • Jeff Veillette, Leafs Nation. Can the Leafs do this thing?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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admiralmark

GMB3: What evidence do you have despite him only playing 4 games? You just said he’s been a regular season performer. In those previous 7 years he played in no big games, non at all. Drai has been painfully bad in the playoff, his first really meaningful NHL games. Also a fairly small sample. So yeah your opinion is based loosely around your own opinion without any real facts, so I stand by my assessment.

In both of my last 2 posts i used the terms in “big time games in the regular season” or “playoff games” But you keep twisting it to your narrative that I only consider playoff games meaningful. Regardless the statement i’m making is obviously a subjective one. Although we can agree there are games bigger then others or moments (say down by 1) where scoring is considered “clutch”. It’s still gonna be a subjective opinion.

And although this blog leads the way in advanced statistical analysis. And I actually quite enjoy the work done here in this regard even if at times it does go over my head. I value it. But last I checked this blog still has room for opinion based on just what we see.

So going from there based on my 7 years of watching Eberle play including all the great goals he has scored. My subjective opinion is that when the team needs a big goal now. When clutch is the term that fits. Eberle has become less and less clutch. Has he ever been clutch? Well hell yes. I would say top 5 if not #1 most clutch WJC goals ever scored was Eberle. Heck his 1st game in the NHL against the Flames.. who can forget?

I don’t want to feel this way about the player. I’ve been one of his biggest fans. I considered him near untouchable a couple years ago. But somethings not right. He misses wide, misses high, he makes that extra move, dusts it off, you name it. I will say this there has been a marked improvement in his battle since about a month prior to season end. Which has carried into the playoffs. So hopefully he can prove me wrong these playoffs or ever. I would love nothing more then to see things click with him again. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point and it pains me to say but I just don’t see it happening. Hopefully you’re right and someday I will be the one saying my opinion was garbage.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

I’m considering retracting my “The Caps are done. Book it” statement from a few days ago

Material Elvis

JDI Хоккей: https://www.hockeyfeed.com/nhl-news/nhl-rookie-loses-2-million-dollar-bonus-in-absolutely-brutal-fashion

That’s the reference to ‘stole his lunch’. A $2M lunch.

Wow I had no idea. Jesus, no wonder Eichel was so pissy.

Dirk Dangler

JDI Хоккей:
Draisaitl is fine.

That’s a ridiculous way to break the news. Well done.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

Drai gets max fine ($2500 snicker snicker) no suspension and should be ready to make amends to his teammates.

http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/1284264

Spengler

godot10:
A couple of points after catching up on yesterday’s and today’s thread.

1) Martin Jones saved that Nugent-Hopkins shot.It deflected off of Jones’ arm as he reached back in desperation.

2) Losers bitch about referees.Referees suck.Get over it.Part of life.Many Oilers, including McDavid were out of control emotionally last night.That was not the referees fault.

3) Maroon and Russell are not the long term solution to anything.Maroon has a year left.Milk it and then forget about him.Only one year at a time with Russell and only if one cannot find a better option.

4) San Jose learned some lessons about playing fast from losing to Pittsburgh, and watching other eastern teams play fast this year. The Oilers coaching staffmay be a little bit behind the curve on this evolution.

5) McLellan is really stubborn (in a bad way) about some players….i.e. Pouliot, Lander, even Nugent-Hopkins.

6) The rookie douchebag in Calgary was gifted a stable line with two of the most under-rated two-way forwards in the NHLat the peak of their careers in Backlund and Frolik.Puljujarvi wasn’t gifted neithersuch stability or capable linemates.

P.S.Backlund and Frolik are really the second coming of Peca and Pisani.Peca and Pisani made Torres look like a hockey player too.

Solid points.

Referees do what they can but they’re human. They respond to things emotionally as well. There might be better ones and worse ones out there, just like in every job. But if you fire these ones, who replaces them? Are the AHL refs better? CHL? Conspiracy theories are fine in jest but how exactly would that actually work? Bittman calls up the ref and says “Do a good job tonight (for the Sharks)”? The book deal alone would be worth the firing for revealing this.

The sharks were faster last night. They forechecked hard for the first time all season. The Oilers didn’t adjust in game, or take advantage of the breaks they got late in the first when they got behind the forecheck. DeBoer made the right adjustment before last game. He’s alone just quality coach. We will see what the adjustments are before next game.

Puljujaarvi is young. But he wasn’t a tire fire this year like almost every other rookie we’ve had over the years. Solid CorsI numbers with and without McDavid, often with far worse than McDavid. And at a young 18 years old. That matters. Draisaitl couldn’t piss a point his first year plus here. Not that this guarantees anything. Yak was on a 52 point pace his rookie year. Datsyuk could hardly score in the KHL until he was 22. Rookies man, I don’t know.

jzed

Oil will come out moving their feet and initiating contact, not chasing the play. Hard physical payments will be ‘tenaciously’ extracted from bigmouth Couture and weasel Pavelek. And Martin will get a steady diet of copper n’ blue in his face all night.

Book it!

JD_Wry

Draisaitl is fine.

Jethro Tull

Professor Q: The second post did, as they said they they made a similar suggestion yesterday but added Puljujarvi. Which was what I was addressing.

Quote. Reply. And read. I also included Barrie. And i also asked why you think this would be a bad trade beyond your gut feel and first impression.

Eichel may become Hall. He may be better. He may bust next year. Duchene has a better PPG than Nuge or Eberle and is faster than either. My main reasons for suggesting one of them is as a replacement for Duchene and salary swap. But i’m cool with keeping them too, especially if they play like we know they can. Nurse is a promising young D. Pool has potential, as yet too early to tell with him. I hope he’s a late bloomer. Barrie is already establish as a very good PP specialist.

Or do you think the rights to Lander and some loose change is enough?

classict

Professor Q,

Ah ok.

I thought Jethro’s yesterday was, correct me if I’m wrong, about Duchene and Barrie. Nothing to do with Eichel. But he was saying that he included Puljujarvi yesterday in that trade proposal along with I’m not sure what else.

I wouldn’t run Eichel beside McDavid. 2C in Nuge’s spot. Let Drai stay on the wing.

Professor Q

classict: The post didn’t include Puljujarvi. Nuge is a good second line centre who is possibly slightly overpaid, the first is probably in the 20’s and may be nothing, Nurse (imo) is likely a good second pair dman.

Eichel will probably be a top 10 player in the league for the next 10 years…the side giving up 3 in the 3 for 1 usually wins.

All that being said I don’t think those three pieces get it done, because I don’t think Buffalo is in some low bartering position. It’s just the media trying to make news out of nothing.

The second post did, as they said they they made a similar suggestion yesterday but added Puljujarvi. Which was what I was addressing.

It’s definitely media making a scruff, and my original comment was T. I. C., but Nuge, Nurse, and a 1st is definitely an overpay for Eichel. Sorry that we’ll have to disagree on this but it is what it is.

Nuge and Nurse have much more value to us than Eichel would.

And for those saying it’d be automatically awesome with him aside McDavid rather than Draisaitl: they don’t have chemistry. Same thing with Hall and McDavid.

Matthews and MacKinnon had the chemistry with McDavid, however.

classict

Professor Q:
I think it would be an absolute overpay and a Firing Offence.

Nuge, Nurse, Puljujarvi, and a 1st for Eichel?

Even NNP or NN1 are overpays. Especially with Buffalo in the lower bartering position in such a scenario.

The post didn’t include Puljujarvi. Nuge is a good second line centre who is possibly slightly overpaid, the first is probably in the 20’s and may be nothing, Nurse (imo) is likely a good second pair dman.

Eichel will probably be a top 10 player in the league for the next 10 years…the side giving up 3 in the 3 for 1 usually wins.

All that being said I don’t think those three pieces get it done, because I don’t think Buffalo is in some low bartering position. It’s just the media trying to make news out of nothing.

JD_Wry

Woodguy,

As always, great segment.

JD_Wry

pocession charge: I’m pretty sure JE had a better points per game average than Drai

https://www.hockeyfeed.com/nhl-news/nhl-rookie-loses-2-million-dollar-bonus-in-absolutely-brutal-fashion

That’s the reference to ‘stole his lunch’. A $2M lunch.

Material Elvis

godot10:
A couple of points after catching up on yesterday’s and today’s thread.

1) Martin Jones saved that Nugent-Hopkins shot.It deflected off of Jones’ arm as he reached back in desperation.

2) Losers bitch about referees.Referees suck.Get over it.Part of life.Many Oilers, including McDavid were out of control emotionally last night.That was not the referees fault.

3) Maroon and Russell are not the long term solution to anything.Maroon has a year left.Milk it and then forget about him.Only one year at a time with Russell and only if one cannot find a better option.

4) San Jose learned some lessons about playing fast from losing to Pittsburgh, and watching other eastern teams play fast this year. The Oilers coaching staffmay be a little bit behind the curve on this evolution.

5) McLellan is really stubborn (in a bad way) about some players….i.e. Pouliot, Lander, even Nugent-Hopkins.

6) The rookie douchebag in Calgary was gifted a stable line with two of the most under-rated two-way forwards in the NHLat the peak of their careers in Backlund and Frolik.Puljujarvi wasn’t gifted neithersuch stability or capable linemates.

P.S.Backlund and Frolik are really the second coming of Peca and Pisani.Peca and Pisani made Torres look like a hockey player too.

Many salient points here. Backlund might be the most underrated player in the league. He’s damn good.

Material Elvis

frjohnk: Draisaitl?

pfftt
Draisaitl stole Eichels lunch money this year.

That’s the point. They wouldn’t trade Eichel unless the return was absurd. I would trade Drai for Eichel — JE playing on CMD’s right wing would be amazing and he would beat Leon’s boxcars. I’m pretty sure JE had a better points per game average than Drai, so I question if he stole Jack’s lunch money.

Either way, it’s a moo point.

Jethro Tull

JDI Хоккей: Well Tierney definitely wasn’t scoring after the game.

Buh-dum tish! Try the veal! I’m here all week, but only until Thursday. Take my wife…..please!

godot10

A couple of points after catching up on yesterday’s and today’s thread.

1) Martin Jones saved that Nugent-Hopkins shot. It deflected off of Jones’ arm as he reached back in desperation.

2) Losers bitch about referees. Referees suck. Get over it. Part of life. Many Oilers, including McDavid were out of control emotionally last night. That was not the referees fault.

3) Maroon and Russell are not the long term solution to anything. Maroon has a year left. Milk it and then forget about him. Only one year at a time with Russell and only if one cannot find a better option.

4) San Jose learned some lessons about playing fast from losing to Pittsburgh, and watching other eastern teams play fast this year. The Oilers coaching staff may be a little bit behind the curve on this evolution.

5) McLellan is really stubborn (in a bad way) about some players….i.e. Pouliot, Lander, even Nugent-Hopkins.

6) The rookie douchebag in Calgary was gifted a stable line with two of the most under-rated two-way forwards in the NHLat the peak of their careers in Backlund and Frolik. Puljujarvi wasn’t gifted neither such stability or capable linemates.

P.S. Backlund and Frolik are really the second coming of Peca and Pisani. Peca and Pisani made Torres look like a hockey player too.

JD_Wry

Lowetide: (from his show today) What goal was Leon stopping with that play?

Well Tierney definitely wasn’t scoring after the game.

GMB3

admiralmark: I guess you missed my point that I have watched “7” years of Eberle play hockey. Compared to Drasaitl’s 2 when he’s still developing. My main point also being what i call being clutch. There’s a difference between a regular season performer and one that comes through in the clutch. Be it big time games during the regular season or playoff games. Anyways you disagree based on what you see and I’m doing the same. I can respect your opinion because its ok to disagree. But my opinions garbage. Got it.

What evidence do you have despite him only playing 4 games? You just said he’s been a regular season performer. In those previous 7 years he played in no big games, non at all. Drai has been painfully bad in the playoff, his first really meaningful NHL games. Also a fairly small sample. So yeah your opinion is based loosely around your own opinion without any real facts, so I stand by my assessment.

Professor Q

I think it would be an absolute overpay and a Firing Offence.

Nuge, Nurse, Puljujarvi, and a 1st for Eichel?

Even NNP or NN1 are overpays. Especially with Buffalo in the lower bartering position in such a scenario.

Jethro Tull

John Chambers:
Hypothetically

If Tim Murray says privately to the GM community that he’d trade Jack Eichel for a substantial package, and Edmonton is one of the few teams who can offer a significant batch of players (including a young, top-6 centre), would you be on board with a deal that looked like:

Nuge + Nurse + 2017 1st for Eichel?

I can’t see too many other teams (or any) able to offer up a young C and D which are what Buffalo would undoubtedly want.

I suggested roughly the same thing yesterday, but i included Poolparty and Barrie.

Lots of push back, very similar to today, but no-one really explaining why not, just a visceral ‘NO’, very similar to today.

Use your big person words, peeps and please explain why John’s trade idea is bad. And show your working out! Numbers are good. We like numbers here. Not so much ‘intangibles’.

John Chambers

pocession charge,

Buffalo would be in an awfully poor negotiating position.

I wouldn’t trade Drai straight up for Eichel.

classict

John Chambers: Eichel is a point per game player at 20. He is also under 5 years of restricted team control.

He is essentially the third most valuable trade asset in the entire league behind McDavid and Matthews.

So undoubtedly Duchesne is on the market for less.

I think your original price was a bit of a low ball for Eichel. I absolutely do that deal, but what you had there I think is closer to what the deadline ask for Duchene probably was.

So the reason I ask is that if that’s the cost of Eichel what’s Duchene? Nuge and a 2nd? I jump on that…

frjohnk

pocession charge: They might consider Draisaitl, Klefbom, and a 1st. That’s a big overpay but they wouldn’t take anything less than a big overpay.

Draisaitl?

pfftt
Draisaitl stole Eichels lunch money this year.

Material Elvis

John Chambers:
Hypothetically

If Tim Murray says privately to the GM community that he’d trade Jack Eichel for a substantial package, and Edmonton is one of the few teams who can offer a significant batch of players (including a young, top-6 centre), would you be on board with a deal that looked like:

Nuge + Nurse + 2017 1st for Eichel?

I can’t see too many other teams (or any) able to offer up a young C and D which are what Buffalo would undoubtedly want.

They might consider Draisaitl, Klefbom, and a 1st. That’s a big overpay but they wouldn’t take anything less than a big overpay.

John Chambers

classict:
John Chambers,

Depends, is Duchene on the market for less?

Eichel is a point per game player at 20. He is also under 5 years of restricted team control.

He is essentially the third most valuable trade asset in the entire league behind McDavid and Matthews.

So undoubtedly Duchesne is on the market for less.

blainer

I was expecting the loss last night but not by that score. A loss is a loss no matter the score though and just as well they learned a lesson in the process. The officiating has been terrible for the oil and I’m surprised Tmc hasn’t taken on a fine yet.

The next game is a must win for the OIL just like the last one was for the sharks.

I’m predicting a win this time unless Drai is out. If that happens we are in trouble.

Bring the Cam Talbot from the first three games not the one that played game five please !!

Shutouts are always awesome.

Smart move on JP. He is not ready for this pressure cooker yet.

classict

John Chambers,

Depends, is Duchene on the market for less?

John Chambers

Hypothetically

If Tim Murray says privately to the GM community that he’d trade Jack Eichel for a substantial package, and Edmonton is one of the few teams who can offer a significant batch of players (including a young, top-6 centre), would you be on board with a deal that looked like:

Nuge + Nurse + 2017 1st for Eichel?

I can’t see too many other teams (or any) able to offer up a young C and D which are what Buffalo would undoubtedly want.

stephen sheps

Lander, Fayne, Joey Leggs and Oesterle called up. Fleming’s ‘black aces’ practice squad or something like that.

I know I’m a broken record, but as the secretary/treasurer of the Anton Lander Appreciation Society (ALAS… as in alas, he’ll never actually be set free…DBO is the sitting president, but one day I’ll defeat him), I hope he draws in for DD tomorrow night. It won’t happen, but a man can dream.

#freeAnton (am I doing this right?)

Woodguy v2.0

Oilin4:
The lack of offensive production is really troubling. 5 goals in 4 games isn’t going to get it done. Generally I find arguments like “squeezing the stick too tight” etc to be unsatisfying. But it sure seems like that’s happening here.

I find lowetide not crunching the numbers and Woodguy’s silence sad. It seems nobody has any explanation for this that suggests this isn’t the point San Jose turns it on.

Here’s hoping Connor craves revenge for the embarrassment…

Just very busy today, no time to post.

Managed to make it on LT’s show.

Here’s a link to Lieutenant Eric’s twitter feed with a link to the show on Soundcloud.

I start after the break at 10:20

https://twitter.com/Lieutenant_Eric/status/854747914236723207

Rake 2.0

Dirk Dangler:
Pouliot – McDavid – Kassian
– Forecheck, backcheck, paycheck. Those two wingers can wheel and get in on Vlassic and Braun and turn over some pucks to McDavid. Kassian has the hot hand and can run crazy eyes on Pavelski so that McDavid isn’t so distracted. If we can shift some of Pavelski’s focus away from McDavid and onto Kassian, that’ll provide a breath of clean air every once in a while. Veteran presence on McDavid’s wings and Pouliot / Kassian have recent chemistry on the same line. I’d like to see Nuge take a shift or two on the LW if game state permits.

Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
– I like this line. I think they are getting their chances (eye tested, stats approved). Seem to fair well against both SJ pairings not containing Vlassic-Braun. It’s tempting to split them up to get McDavid some help, but I’d keep them together.

Maroon – Draisaitl – Puljujarvi
– Puljujarvi is going to receive some pushback. But for me I want to see Desharnais pulled from the lineup. Lander isn’t going to happen, and I think Puljujarvi is the best candidate. Played half the season learning the systems. Has the speed to get the push over Pakarinen/Hendricks. Decent board work. Defensive conscience. Draisailt and Maroon have recent chemistry on the same line. Puljujarvi may provide some energy being inserted into the lineup that rubs off on Maroon and Drai.

Caggiula – Letestu – Slepyshev
– Caggiula has shown glimpses of being an offensive threat. He can be a wildcard for in-game lineup changes. Letestu has been underwhelming in my opinion. But he has the ability to help out on special teams. Slepyshev is my choice because of his shot. He needs to finish every check if he wants to stay in the lineup.

This!
Make it so Todd.

Oilander

New Improved Darkness:

Anagram Barbie’s pull-string seems to have dialed up some kind of Gods-must-be-crazy Tsawwassen kiosk creole, but nevertheless, bushman Sacagawea’s bikini-charades divination is of true cosmic fundament and morally unblemished.

I can see sparking wires sticking out of the back of your head. Do you require some marettes or a fusible link? Last night’s game has hurt us all.

boneshj

pocession charge:
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matt Hendricks get the nod for tomorrow’s game.Not that he’s a better player than Slepy, but he might provide some spark.

I’m fine with it too. Slepy got some prime gametime with McDavid and didn’t do too much. Still like his potential but he’s the most likely guy to sit.

A'bunadh

pocession charge:
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matt Hendricks get the nod for tomorrow’s game.Not that he’s a better player than Slepy, but he might provide some spark.

He should get the nod in place of Desharnais

Material Elvis

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matt Hendricks get the nod for tomorrow’s game. Not that he’s a better player than Slepy, but he might provide some spark.

admiralmark

GMB3: You don’t see the correlation? Really? Both have played 4 playoff games, one has been worse than the others might as well say Drai doesn’t have what it takes to win. Can’t produce any offense in the playoffs right? Same garbage your saying.

I guess you missed my point that I have watched “7” years of Eberle play hockey. Compared to Drasaitl’s 2 when he’s still developing. My main point also being what i call being clutch. There’s a difference between a regular season performer and one that comes through in the clutch. Be it big time games during the regular season or playoff games. Anyways you disagree based on what you see and I’m doing the same. I can respect your opinion because its ok to disagree. But my opinions garbage. Got it.

Dustylegnd

classict,

4 games a career does not make…and yes he is fair value at even 4.5 mill per year but guess what… he aint taking a 2 mill pay cut…..at 6 mill per year with his size and lack of speed……he HAS to Score…not be “gritty”……the 2nd line has been great but $18 mill combined needs to score at 5×5 or you soon will be calling four…not playing game 4 in round 2

Material Elvis

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
pocession charge,

Eichel will calm down the minute Tim Murray gets shown the door IMHO.

Think of it this way. You’re an 18 year old kid, probably the most highly touted prospect in American hockey history, now the lottery balls fall where they do and the first thing that happens is your new soon to be GM goes on air and throws a childish fit because you aren’t Connor McDavid. Sure he tries to backtrack but the damage is done. Said GM then gives you a couple of decent players and a whole lot of meh while your team gets kicked square in the head for the next two years and to top it off you miss a chunk of each season injured. Oh and now there is this Matthews kid in TO who has also taken over your role as American Superstar. You know what? I might be kinda pissed as well.

I’m not defending the guy’s attitude because he clearly needs to grow up but if the Petula’s have half a brain Tim Murrary should be shown the door ASAP or else you are gonna get a Subban in Montreal level of drama happening and that isn’t good for anyone.

I don’t care for Tim Murray either. That scene you referenced was despicable, unprofessional behaviour on his part. And it seems like many of his moves have been questionable to awful. But I’m not sure about his relationship with the Pegula’s. More to the point, some of the more interfering owners like a GM who do their bidding without question. In Murray’s year end presser, he stated that he needed to get ownership’s feedback before any decisions were made. As a fan of the Oilers, I love to see a meddling owner on another team. They usually don’t know what they are doing and undermine their GM’s (looking at you Bill Foley!).

classict

Dustylegnd:

Like ditching an undersized, soft, perimeter playing 1 trick pony that makes 6 mill a year?
He is still on the team because nobody wants him
Market value is maybe a 2nd round pick…so figure it out

You’re referring to Ebs yea? I’m not sure any of that describes his play of late. Keep him and in two years get him to re-sign for 4mil to stick around for the cups. That’s a steal.

Also he’s worth more that a 2nd.

Dustylegnd

Truth,

Hall was the only forward on the Oil’s roster any other team wanted…..Stauffer gave us all plenty of warning prior to the trade last year that Chia would have no say in who would be traded…10 years of misery and the rest of the league decides who they take while picking your bones clean….. it was a hockey trade, nothing more re Hall’s “attitude”…..5×5 God with 2 Mem cups 1 Sr. World Championship,2 OHL scoring championships and he HATES losing….ya don’t need that kind of player on the team at Hall….end of discussion….nobody wanted Nuge or 1 trick pony…these fellas are not stupid….next trade Chia picks bones clean boys…like he did on the Maroon and Kass deals…take it to the Bank

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

pocession charge,

Eichel will calm down the minute Tim Murray gets shown the door IMHO.

Think of it this way. You’re an 18 year old kid, probably the most highly touted prospect in American hockey history, now the lottery balls fall where they do and the first thing that happens is your new soon to be GM goes on air and throws a childish fit because you aren’t Connor McDavid. Sure he tries to backtrack but the damage is done. Said GM then gives you a couple of decent players and a whole lot of meh while your team gets kicked square in the head for the next two years and to top it off you miss a chunk of each season injured. Oh and now there is this Matthews kid in TO who has also taken over your role as American Superstar. You know what? I might be kinda pissed as well.

I’m not defending the guy’s attitude because he clearly needs to grow up but if the Petula’s have half a brain Tim Murrary should be shown the door ASAP or else you are gonna get a Subban in Montreal level of drama happening and that isn’t good for anyone.

boneshj,

I really hope you are right but given the officiating so far in this series I wouldn’t in anyway be shocked if they suspended him for the rest of the playoffs #becauseOilers

Material Elvis

Dustylegnd:
pocession charge,

thanks for the correct but he does play the right side no?

No. Mostly left wing with Backlund and Frolik.

New Improved Darkness

Judging by Tierney’s automatic four-on-the-floor, Drai’s vertiginous cruise-ship canoe is not a ragtop.

Yippee-ki-yak, motherfucker.

Sadly, this new Draigoon line (g for “god”, obviously) is not a good look for the boys.

Oaring Do. Oar dingo. Gonad iron. Groin nadir.

At most one ‘n’ for ‘nutter’ shy of the complete break down.

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Radio dogs, a sordid go. Go rid soda.

Anagram Barbie’s pull-string seems to have dialed up some kind of Gods-must-be-crazy Tsawwassen kiosk creole, but nevertheless, bushman Sacagawea’s bikini-charades divination is of true cosmic fundament and morally unblemished.

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Dustylegnd

pocession charge,

thanks for the correct but he does play the right side no?

Dustylegnd

pocession charge,

They would trade him for McJesus or Mathews you can be sure of that….however….no other players currently in the league show any more promise than the previously mentioned…so your point is extremely well made amigo

Material Elvis

Dustylegnd:
classict,

Like ditching an undersized, soft, perimeter playing 1 trick pony that makes 6 mill a year?
He is still on the team because nobody wants him
Market value is maybe a 2nd round pick…so figure it out

R E L A X……we are tied 2-2 with a team that is deep deep deep deep into its winning window…Sharks went to the cup final last year, this is as good as it gets for them, followed by 10 years of their own losing hell trust me on that….

Chicago is down 3-0…Sharks and Chicago are out of options, how does that Toews contract feel now Stanley Bowman, seriously $10.5 mill and 58 points…..the Oil have endless options to tweak this roster, Would you rather be Washington??

RE getting Eichel,,,ya ok boys get off the pipe…Buffalo trades him for 1 player on Edmonton’s roster, figure out who that is and then tell me if you like the trade

Right bow it looks like Edmonton F#ked up on another top 5 pick Fo Sho….and yes right here right now Thachuk looks like everything the oilers roster doesn’t have in players under 25 ….big, nasty, right shot finisher that is a complete PRICK to play against….but hey it was unanimous on this blog last year that the hockey gods had delivered a gift form heaven when we were able to get Poolparty at #4 which is it fellas? figure it oot……but what did Winnipeg’s fan base think of Scheifle even draft year plus 3????

put on your big boy pants and be real and sober fans fellas

Tkachuk is a left shot. You are correct that it is way too eartly to say how any of the 2016 drafted players will turn out.

Truth

Jon K: There’s a lot in the media right now about Eichel not signing if Bylsma is still coach. Realistically Eichel wins that fight easily, this time.

If there was any chance of Eichel be traded there would be 30 GMs reaching for the phone so quickly half of them might put out their shoulders.

McDavid to Eichel on the power play would be a dream though, wouldn’t it…

If Hall’s attitude had anything at all to do with him being the one on the way out in Edmonton I can’t see them wanting to bring in a player trying to strongarm his GM into removing the team’s coach prior to the player completing his ELC. I wouldn’t blame them, regardless if there is any truth to that being a reason Hall was high on the “out” list.

Dustylegnd

classict,

Like ditching an undersized, soft, perimeter playing 1 trick pony that makes 6 mill a year?
He is still on the team because nobody wants him
Market value is maybe a 2nd round pick…so figure it out

R E L A X……we are tied 2-2 with a team that is deep deep deep deep into its winning window…Sharks went to the cup final last year, this is as good as it gets for them, followed by 10 years of their own losing hell trust me on that….

Chicago is down 3-0…Sharks and Chicago are out of options, how does that Toews contract feel now Stanley Bowman, seriously $10.5 mill and 58 points…..the Oil have endless options to tweak this roster, Would you rather be Washington??

RE getting Eichel,,,ya ok boys get off the pipe…Buffalo trades him for 1 player on Edmonton’s roster, figure out who that is and then tell me if you like the trade

Right bow it looks like Edmonton F#ked up on another top 5 pick Fo Sho….and yes right here right now Thachuk looks like everything the oilers roster doesn’t have in players under 25 ….big, nasty, right shot finisher that is a complete PRICK to play against….but hey it was unanimous on this blog last year that the hockey gods had delivered a gift form heaven when we were able to get Poolparty at #4 which is it fellas? figure it oot……but what did Winnipeg’s fan base think of Scheifle even draft year plus 3????

put on your big boy pants and be real and sober fans fellas