G21 2017-18: Oilers at Blues

by Lowetide

The St. Louis Blues haven’t yet won a Stanley but have a rich history. Their early years featured two goalies who belong on hockey’s Mount Rushmore (Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante) and the greatest coach in NHL history (Scotty Bowman) figuring out how to keep players off balance and insecure. Pick a name from those early teams and you’ll find a treasured hockey story. Gerry Melnyk played for St. Louis in their first year of expansion, then was traded to Philadelphia. He retired before the start of the 1968-69 season, went into scouting for the Flyers and was instrumental in the drafting of Bobby Clarke. A rich history.

THE ATHLETIC

The special Lowetide offer is here. I’m so pleased that many of you have decided to come over and give it a try, I’ll do my best to keep you reading. The great thing is there are so many great writers you’ll never get a chance to read all the worthwhile articles. Seriously. Four new items this morning and that’s not all you’ll find there!

THE LION IN WINTER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in November 2015: 3-6-1, goal differential -5
  • Oilers in November 2016: 3-6-1, goal differential -8
  • Oilers in November 2017: 4-5-1, goal differential -3

November Game 10 in 2015-16 was a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Last year it was 5-0 over Chicago as the Oilers were finally turning north for good (or so we thought). Edmonton will be no worse than tied with last year’s team if they lose in regulation this evening.

AFTER 20, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 7-12-1, goal differential -8
  • Oilers 16-17: 11-8-1, goal differential +7
  • Oilers 17-18: 7-11-2, goal differential -13

G20 2015-16 was a tough 1-0 loss to Washington. Last year, it was a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Edmonton badly needs a win tonight, all hands on deck and the goalie needs to be as brilliant as Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante were in St. Louis during the expansion era.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NOVEMBER?

  • At home to: Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Detroit (Expected: 2-1-0) (Actual 1-2-0)
  • On the road to: NYI, New Jersey, NYR, Washington (Expected: 1-2-1) (Actual: 2-1-1)
  • At home to: Vegas, St. Louis (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual: 1-1-0)
  • On the road to: Dallas, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Boston (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • At home to: Arizona, Toronto (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-7-2, 16 points in 16 games 
  • Current results: 4-5-1, nine points in 10 games

I have tonight as a loss, the Oilers are going to have a tough time with the Blues (who are 7-3-0 in their last 10). You can’t turn a switch and make up for all things, but if the goaltending holds I think Edmonton can begin to recover. The team is now six points behind No. 8 and five points behind No. 13 in the Western Conference. It’s a very bad way.

FORWARDS, LAST 10 GAMES

  • It’s always helpful to look at recent numbers and in the case of Oilers forwards some of the “fourth liners” are beginning to bust a move.
  • McLellan sounded frustrated when Anton Slepyshev got hurt again and the numbers suggest our Russian was coming on (well, we knew it but this is more proof) at the time. He is on the trip and could play before the weekend.
  • Connor McDavid, Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl are in the range of where you’d like them.
  • Jujhar Khaira and Drake Caggiula are showing some promise, not enough to establish themselves as bona fide skill options but enough to get regular at-bats.
  • The rest need to pick up the pace. A guy like Patrick Maroon is streaky, so this is going to happen. Mark Letestu is in a massive slump and veterans like Zack Kassian need a little more puck luck.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi needs another point, hope he gets one soon.

DEFENSE, LAST 10 GAMES

  • This is sorted by time on ice and it is revealing.
  • Adam Larsson and Darnell Nurse are playing big minutes and have solid Corsi numbers. The top pairing is performing well, despite a lack of experience.
  • Oscar Klefbom and Matt Benning are solid with the puck on their stricks and an adventure without it. I think they would be well suited to third pairing minutes, perhaps asking a lot of two still inexperienced hands.
  • Kris Russell and Eric Gryba are the most often seen third pairing. Russell is losing his grip on a top 4D job, may return to a bigger role when Andrej Sekera returns. What happens if Yohann Auvitu and Gryba play together, and flourish?

TRADE RUMORS

The Blue Jackets are looking for centers and the Sabres are the Sabres, so the list of possibles is long and varied. I’ll have a lash at some names that interest me.

  • R Josh Anderson, Columbus. A big winger with good hands, he’s certainly a Chiarelli/McLellan type player. At 23 and with 115 NHL games, he’d be a nice plug-and-play who could be around for some time.
  • L Evander Kane, Buffalo. If PC is of a mind to hit a home run, Kane (along with OEL and Max Pacioretty) might be an ideal target. He’s is playing very well this season.
  • L Sonny Milano, Columbus. Fleet scoring winger still trying to find the range at the NHL level, his name has been attached to the Oilers in the past.
  • RD Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo. A long shot for sure but the Oilers have a need and Ristolainen matches with his skill set. I expect the Sabres remain strong on the Finn’s future but you never know.
  • RD David Savard, Columbus. Another player who has been attached to Edmonton over the years, he’s a big defender who has some mobility and can move the puck. Although many believe Edmonton needs wingers (and they do), important to remember Peter Chiarelli didn’t address second-pairing RHD over the summer. With Matt Benning’s struggles, now may be the time.

OHL PROSPECTS

I won’t be talking draft until January but there are some interesting items I track during the early part of the draft year. This is one. The OHL is a brilliant league, more fantastic talent comes from the Ontario league than any other annually. The names listed by Mr. Otten and friends are worth noting.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we’re drunk with guests on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. We’ll talk about Jon’s article (above) detailing the first 20 games of the season and what ails the Oilers.
  • Lou Korac, NHL.com. The St. Louis Blues are a strong team in the NHL’s toughest division, and are getting more help (Jay Bouwmeester) as some injured players get healthy.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. The CFL season has one game remaining after a fantastic playoff season. Plus, are the Oilers too far behind?
  • Vinny Iyer, The Sporting News. NFL playoff races are coming down to the wire and some very good teams (NFC) will be on the outside looking in.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

 

 

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OmJo

OriginalPouzar,

Edmonton, the goalie and coach graveyard. Lol…

Talbot will recover sometime this season. He’s a good goaltender. Maybe he’s fatigued. Maybe he’s sick. If he’s sick, he cant be playing 99% of our games, he needs time to rest. I thing it’s fatigue. He went from being a backup goaltender to a 70+ game goaltender over the span of a season. I’d think that takes its toll, physically and mentally. Throw in twins (I have younger brothers who are twins, they were a handful to raise) and that probably adds more to the mental fatigue.

I have confidence LB can be a solid backup. Unfortunately (and fortunately) I’m not the head coach. I can see LB being the next Dubnyk.

OriginalPouzar,

He isn’t bad. And he will bounce back.
But I do think the workload is catching up to him.

If TMc does not believe in Brossoit get a better backup. We have been saying this for over a year now.

OriginalPouzar

A few months ago Cam Talbot was a goalie well-deserving of his fourth place Vezina trophy ranking – a goalie that started over 70 games and I believe only once had back to back bad performances – a goalie who back-stopped his team with an average defence to 103 points and near the third round of the playoffs.

I can’t believe he’s gone from that to a goalie that isn’t even a reliable NHL starting goalie. Its been over a quarter of a season so the sample size is getting up there and there is reason to worry for the future, however, I can’t believe that this goalie does not re-find his form – at least some semblance of last year’s form.

Maybe its not until next year but I can’t believe that the goalie we have seen this year is the goalie we can expect for the term of his contract.

JD_Wry

I blame the fans. And Mr Moss better watch his step too.

OriginalPouzar

russ99:
Gotta do something, can’t let this stagnate.

My first move would be to replace Wooecroft. Get some new ideas among the staff. The only issue with this is that most Head Coaches despise this move, and it could mean Todd out too, eventually,which would be a mistake.

My second is the shakeup trade. And I’m sure everyone is going to hate it but it has to be Nuge. What’s different about this year?Nuge has to find his offense, we can’t move Leon to center because what would we do with Nuge, we can try wingers in areas where they could grow because Nuge,

One player has become more important than the group, bad team dynamics. If anyone should get that treatment it should be our generational star.

Don’t see the assistant coaches being fired and not the head coach – that seems odd and I’m not sure it will have any sort of desired effect.

Sure, Nuge can be traded but it better be some definite full value coming back and a player or set of players that help this team not only now but in the medium/long term future – a real hockey trade (as opposed to a rental or a cap space trade) and that type of trade is very rare mid-season.

I just don’t see a Nuge trade mid-season that helps this team now and in the next few years and, if the trade doesn’t accomplish exactly that, what is the point of it?

OriginalPouzar

Ice Sage: No, there aren’t two points available to this team tomorrow.The only question will be whether they can score a goal (as they didn’t vs Red Wings last game).
This is a terrible team.
I can’t think of a reason to give any time or attention here –they have clearly thrown in the towel.
Save your optimism for next year!

You are free to have whatever mind-set you want and feel (and express) any emotions you want with respect to the team.

Myself, I 100% acknowledge the awful effort put forth last night and am dumbfounded by the lack of professional pride that I saw (or didn’t see), however, they are scheduled to play another game tonight, in Detroit, and as soon as i get home from the office I will be watching that game in full and am looking forward to it.

I expect one hell of an effort – I may very well be setting myself up for disappointment but there are 60 games left in the regular season and I am going to watch them and look forward to them, as I do – I am very disappointed in the season and the team but I’m going to spend most of my Oiler energy looking forward to hockey games as opposed to expressing vitriol online.

Go Oilers!

OriginalPouzar

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):

I would definitely not be on board for trading any material futures (such as Yamamoto) for Max P – that is one decling asset about to be on the wrong side of 30. He is at the very top of the list of GA/60 and has one PPG in his last 45 games and is averaging almost 4 PP min/game.

At least that would be a hockey trade that provides a piece that could help in the medium term, I just don’t like the piece.

It would be infinitely better than trade Yamamoto (or another material future) for a pending UFA.

OriginalPouzar

Another game tonight – here is hoping the team can show some professional pride and put out a good effort.

I’m guessing that the effort last night was due to illness going around the room – that is an excuse, nothing but an excuse but I refuse to believe that, given the position they are in, the team put out that effort without some sort of mitigating factor – as lame as it might be.

hoser313

Some random thoughts:

I really hope we don’t see a panic trade.

Cammelari trade should be a positive. Give it time.

Give Talbot some nights off.

Stop “blendering” the lines. I swear the new guys (Strome and Jokinen (now Cammelari)) still don’t know where they’re supposed to be. Give the forwards a chance to build their own chemistry.

GMB3

russ99:
Gotta do something, can’t let this stagnate.

My first move would be to replace Wooecroft. Get some new ideas among the staff. The only issue with this is that most Head Coaches despise this move, and it could mean Todd out too, eventually,which would be a mistake.

My second is the shakeup trade. And I’m sure everyone is going to hate it but it has to be Nuge. What’s different about this year?Nuge has to find his offense, we can’t move Leon to center because what would we do with Nuge, we can try wingers in areas where they could grow because Nuge,

One player has become more important than the group, bad team dynamics. If anyone should get that treatment it should be our generational star.

How anyone can spew this type of bullshit blows my mind. RNH is playing great hockey but somehow this comes down on him. Drai has yet to prove he can drive his own line. You ever played or coached yet you think you know what’s going on out there. Laughable.

JimmyV1965

rope-a-dope:
I just don’t see how Tmac could have lost the room. They’re 20 odd games removed from almost making a conference final. A tonne of players had breakout years, Todd plays a role in that. If the room has turned, we’re back to serious culture problems with the player group.

Tmac showed a lack of confidence in his team by voicing concerns about a slow start way back at the Penticton tournament. Even if he felt that way he shouldn’t have said it publically.

D will cost the Oil dearly.

Focus on wing and backup G, I say.

Chasing D meant instead of trading Nuge now with Barzal in place we now risk trading Nuge just to maybe fill a D hole that Sekera will fill soon enough.

No big moves here unless it is futures for a good winger.

McSorley33

I am not saying they should but as some else mentioned this roster is Not this bad.

Further, efforts like tonight really do imperil a head coach.

More third party reports commenting on the oilers “speed” on the wings….

Peter, Please do not answer the phone if Garth calls….

russ99

Gotta do something, can’t let this stagnate.

My first move would be to replace Wooecroft. Get some new ideas among the staff. The only issue with this is that most Head Coaches despise this move, and it could mean Todd out too, eventually,which would be a mistake.

My second is the shakeup trade. And I’m sure everyone is going to hate it but it has to be Nuge. What’s different about this year? Nuge has to find his offense, we can’t move Leon to center because what would we do with Nuge, we can try wingers in areas where they could grow because Nuge,

One player has become more important than the group, bad team dynamics. If anyone should get that treatment it should be our generational star.

Ryan

frjohnk:
A part of me still thinks we can make the playoffs.

-Only 7 points out of 8th spot!!!!

-Gonna half to pretty much run the table against all Pacific teams.

-Need 79 points in the last 61 games to hit 95 points. ( that’s a 106 point pace)
35-17-9 or something of the sort

Other part of me is now going to wait for LT’s draft posts to start.

That’s why Lowetide deserves to make the big bucks. He’s the only person who can help us maintain our sanity during times like this. 🙂

Scungilli Slushy

Lloyd B.: Willis had a great stat in an article this week on the Athletic.

When Talbot is 0.910 plus the Oilers have only lost one game this year.

When he is less than 0.910 the Oilers have only won one game this year.

Maybe that is where to start??0.923 would be dreamy!!

.910 is out there right now I bet. And wouldn’t cost more than the cap cushion.

Edit: we’re hearing Chia is looking for D, maybe we’re assuming skaters.

frjohnk

A part of me still thinks we can make the playoffs.

-Only 7 points out of 8th spot!!!!

-Gonna half to pretty much run the table against all Pacific teams.

-Need 79 points in the last 61 games to hit 95 points. ( that’s a 106 point pace)
35-17-9 or something of the sort

Other part of me is now going to wait for LT’s draft posts to start.

Lloyd B.

Kinger_Oil.redux:
– This is an interesting tell: ““My target is .920 to .925. I set my target at .923 this season,” Talbot told reporters Monday when talking about his save percentage. “Maybe I don’t have to steal games, but I have to give us a chance to win.”

– You’d rather his quote was: “I need to be the best player on the ice, every game, I want to help so bad”

– It wouldn’t surprise me that there was a collective mentality that we are a good team, all’s I got to do is show up, play properly, not screw up, and my awesome team will win games

Willis had a great stat in an article this week on the Athletic.

When Talbot is 0.910 plus the Oilers have only lost one game this year.

When he is less than 0.910 the Oilers have only won one game this year.

Maybe that is where to start?? 0.923 would be dreamy!!

Ice Sage

OriginalPouzar:
Nice to see a few goals in the third if nothing else.

Well, that happened – on to Detroit – two points up for grabs tomorrow late afternoon.

No, there aren’t two points available to this team tomorrow. The only question will be whether they can score a goal (as they didn’t vs Red Wings last game).
This is a terrible team.
I can’t think of a reason to give any time or attention here – they have clearly thrown in the towel.
Save your optimism for next year!

Scungilli Slushy

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Good points all around. And I think Talbot is just suffering a rough stretch after his first full year really carrying a big starter’s load. Really think he could have used a better backup since last season. Would have reduce the angst now until he bounces back. That said he will bounce back.

It concerns me he is tanking a second season. He has no track record of consistently playing well other than last season, which was an average NHL season. At the end of the day a pro athlete has to get the job done. I think he’ll bounce back but you can’t torpedo the team while you settle in every second season.

No excuses, he has enough money for a squadron of nannies and a couple of houses. It would be extremely foolish to not have a really strong option next year, creating another cap issue. Might have to make a strong call on the most important position on the ice and ditch early, NMC lifts next summer. It’s not smart to sign him to anything but a low shortish contract anyway at his age and pedigree, and if he’s still good then that won’t happen.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

LMHF#1,

No it’s bordering on insanity

It’s trying the same damn solution 8 times in 9 years (thanks for the reminder)

Scungilli Slushy,

This is the break right here. I think the plays you mentioned are young guys forgetting their assignments. They didn’t chase like this last year, they didn’t turn pucks over as frequently and when they did they got a save.

This is a players execution issue ATM combined with bad goalering

Kinger_Oil.redux,

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker),

Agree with both of you

Albeit with a little more angst towards the players for shooting themselves in the foot with goofy plays lately

Kinger_Oil.redux

– This is an interesting tell: ““My target is .920 to .925. I set my target at .923 this season,” Talbot told reporters Monday when talking about his save percentage. “Maybe I don’t have to steal games, but I have to give us a chance to win.”

– You’d rather his quote was: “I need to be the best player on the ice, every game, I want to help so bad”

– It wouldn’t surprise me that there was a collective mentality that we are a good team, all’s I got to do is show up, play properly, not screw up, and my awesome team will win games

Scungilli Slushy

rope-a-dope:
I just don’t see how Tmac could have lost the room. They’re 20 odd games removed from almost making a conference final. A tonne of players had breakout years, Todd plays a role in that. If the room has turned, we’re back to serious culture problems with the player group.

At some point it has to go full Babcock if buy in is an issue. STFU and do your job and we’ll see what happens. If not out. It works with the right voice, look at ‘the greatest team ever in any sport’ this year. Maybe McLellan didn’t stay long enough with MB to get enough curmudgeon lessons. Has to practice that angry turtle behind the bench look. Angry is the best mood your ever in.

godot10

OmJo:
Is Adam Oates available as a HC?

I think Adam Oates like his current job. Trailblazed a new coaching category.

Kinger_Oil.redux: – Nice to not be arguing with you, my dear friend!

– I figure things should be in lock-down mode, from the higher ups.While the results suck Chia is going to be hard pressed to sell another big move IMO

– And firing McL now is just reducing the team to Mickey Mouse status. Dude was in game 7 of second round last year.Off season didn’t bring him “better” players.

– If team is sh$t all year, for sure bye bye Todd., but Chia needs to save his bullets

– Bad goalies get coaches fired all the time

Good points all around. And I think Talbot is just suffering a rough stretch after his first full year really carrying a big starter’s load. Really think he could have used a better backup since last season. Would have reduce the angst now until he bounces back. That said he will bounce back.

Scungilli Slushy

Maybe they need some new assistant coaches first. There are some weird assignments almost Eakins style in coverage and obviously the players can’t handle it.

The D are being asked to follow players out of their more typical position it seems 5v5 and PK. When they abandon the net front chaos or goals ensue. Why do that with 4 young players not yet in prime, 1 vet crashing spectacularly, and a non skater?

It is weird. Either plug up the slot or clear the puck fast. This system ends up being us chasing around and too many players are too good at skating now and evade it until a lane opens for pass or shot.

Kinger_Oil.redux

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
Kinger_Oil.redux,

Agree with you.

– Nice to not be arguing with you, my dear friend!

– I figure things should be in lock-down mode, from the higher ups. While the results suck Chia is going to be hard pressed to sell another big move IMO

– And firing McL now is just reducing the team to Mickey Mouse status. Dude was in game 7 of second round last year. Off season didn’t bring him “better” players.

– If team is sh$t all year, for sure bye bye Todd., but Chia needs to save his bullets

– Bad goalies get coaches fired all the time

rope-a-dope

I just don’t see how Tmac could have lost the room. They’re 20 odd games removed from almost making a conference final. A tonne of players had breakout years, Todd plays a role in that. If the room has turned, we’re back to serious culture problems with the player group.

OmJo

treevojo: Great.

It really is a win win for me.

If one doesn’t get fired it probably means the season turned around.

If one does get fired I was long over due for a donation.

Same for me lol.

HT Joe

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!: This will be the 5th coach in the last 5 years if I count correctly.

It will be the 8th coach in 9 years (if you count MacT’s stint between Eakins and Nelson)

I would try to buy low on Max Pac. Getting Kane now would be risky and buying high.

No idea what it costs. Yamamoto, 2nd or 3rd round pick and an NHL contract (Maroon?)? I know giving up one of our top 2 forward prospects hurts. But with big raises due for 97 and 29 the team has to compete harder now.
Pacioretty-McDavid-Strome
Lucic-Nuge-Drai

At least gives you 2 good scoring lines.

LMHF#1

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
OmJo,

How many more times do we go through this cycle though?

This will be the 5th coach in the last 5 years if I count correctly.

Sunk cost.

It is not relevant now. You never stick with underperforming because your last change was bad.

And my vote would be for Todd Nelson. He was my second choice after Babcock when they hired Other Todd and I really liked the way they played hockey for him.

HT Joe

Réal Goudenyéu: Young guns Emilio?

Heh 🙂

treevojo

OmJo:
treevojo,

Deal.

Great.

It really is a win win for me.

If one doesn’t get fired it probably means the season turned around.

If one does get fired I was long over due for a donation.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

OmJo,

How many more times do we go through this cycle though?

This will be the 5th coach in the last 5 years if I count correctly.

OmJo

Is Adam Oates available as a HC?

Kinger_Oil.redux,

Agree with you.

I very much doubt McLellan gets fired any time soon.

If Chia does that he is intimating that the roster is not the issue but that it is coaching. If the team does not turn it around under the new coach then he clearly will be wrong in his assessment.

So he will be gone. I think he likes his job. Trade coming before coach is gone.

Kinger_Oil.redux

– Firing McL now is a mistake: your just telling the players they rule the roost. Your going to be hard pressed to get a good coach to come in, unless they get a king’s ransom, because they have no job security. Let the players figure it out. Then evaluate at end of year

– Team is sucking, Talbot trying too hard and sh%ts bed, game over in less than 7 minutes

– Tough situation for sure

– I would think Chia would be on tight lease as well in terms of buy-in for player/personel moves

McSorley33

Rotten luck….

McSorley33

Still to early?

npanciroli

Todd Nelson!

OmJo

npanciroli:
Curious who people would want if it is the coaching staff that goes?

Ralph Krueger.

/troll

(I miss you Ralph! Damn you, Skype!)

OmJo

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!:
OmJo,

So at what point does the shitty play of the guys on the ice actually factor in?

Like I don’t think it’s Chia or TMacs fault that Larsson tips the first shot of the game into his own net and Talbot decides that he doesn’t want to stand on his skates on the 3rd shot.

I don’t think TMac coaches Klefbom not to tie up Schenn in front on the 3rd and I’m sure he didn’t tell JK to lose another puck at the opponents blue line leading to an odd man rush the other way.

These are fundamental miscues and that is on a player to execute

I replied before you finished your post, my bad.

What I meant by firing TMac could fix something was this:

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!: Some think the roster is playing far below what it should be even if we can both agree expectations were too high

I’m assuming he’s lost the room and a change could get the team going.

Why are players that have been in the league for a few years now making day one mistakes? I don’t think they just forgot how to play. I’m more inclined to think the system is rotten. Or coaching.

For example… The Klefbom-Benning pair isn’t working. Nurse is playing great. See if he can ‘Sekera’ with Benning? Put Larsson back with Klefbom and let them try and rekindle the magic from last season? They played on the same pairs all night, in an 8-3 L.

We know Draisaitl and Lucic have some chemistry from what they did in the playoffs. Why not put them together? Have Nuge out there with McDavid. In an 8-3 L. Or Strome with McDavid? Try something new? It took him what, 20 games to finally separate McDavid and Draisaitl? After they went 5 or 6 games without getting a 5v5 point. He’s too slow to adapt and put players in better positions to succeed.

I really didn’t want to rant about TMac but there it is.

flea

It’s ok, the oilers are just setting up for an epic run to the third pacific seed, and a first round matchup with the Flames. I haven’t watched the last few games (thankfully) but when there is McDavid, I’ll still believe. Need to finish this trip strong.

Scungilli Slushy

npanciroli:
Curious who people would want if it is the coaching staff that goes?

The time to move on is when there is somebody to hire. The Oilers don’t need rookie coaches again to coach rookie players. They need somebody that has enough gravity to draw the thoroughbreds in. IF it happens probably a summer move. I can’t think of anybody not ancient (wouldn’t that be great, more of the same or worse) still unemployed.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

npanciroli,

The carousel goes round and round and round

Réal Goudenyéu

HT Joe: Emilio Estevez

Young guns Emilio?

Réal Goudenyéu

npanciroli:
Curious who people would want if it is the coaching staff that goes?

T.RENNEY 2.0!!!!