Game 73 2018-19: Oilers at Blues

The future’s uncertain and the end is always near. A pretty smart hippie poet wrote that line and it applies to all kinds of things. People generally don’t like change, or death, or finality in all forms. Even unhappy, people mostly try to keep things as close to “normal” as possible.

I’m not suggesting the Oilers “turn on, tune in, drop out” like the old hippies did, but doing things “because we’ve always done it this way” isn’t working at all. Time for a change and a brand new day.

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of the group. INSANE NEW OFFER IS HERE!

  • New Lowetide: Identifying the risk and the right price if the Oilers were to trade Adam Larsson (to Toronto?)
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ prospect Tyler Benson’s rookie AHL season a revelation.
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers draft early, the WHL is loaded and there’s a lot of history.
  • Jonathan Willis: Analyzing how much the Oilers should be willing to spend on pending free agent Alex Chiasson.
  • Lowetide: Leon Draisaitl and the Oilers’ history of 50-goal seasons
  • Jonathan Willis: Keith Gretzky is a legitimate Oilers GM candidate, but would be a hard sell in Edmonton
  • Lowetide: How the Oilers can build a contender during Connor McDavid’s prime.
  • Lowetide: How the emergence of William Lagesson in Bakersfield complicates Edmonton’s 2019-20 depth chart.
  • Jonathan Willis: The Oilers aren’t good, but this group has more potential than teams from the decade of darkness
  • Lowetide: Bob Nicholson’s search continues for the Oilers new tomorrow, but at a leisurely pace.
  • Jonathan Willis: Potential GM candidates and why Edmonton needs to consider those with varied experiences
  • Lowetide: Identifying Oilers roster needs reveals a familiar list
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Leon Draisaitl has found ‘another level’ by matching offensive wizardry with sound positioning.
  • Lowetide: How many future NHL goal scorers are playing for the Bakersfield Condors this season?
  • Lowetide: The career destination for Oilers phenom Jesse Puljujarvi remains unknown.
  • Jonathan Willis: Learning from a flawed argument I made about Leon Draisaitl in 2016.
  • Black Dog Pat: How the Oilers can emerge from the Bob Pulford-like era they’re stuck in.
  • Lowetide: The Oilers’ deadline decisions inform what may come in spring and summer
  • Jonathan Willis: From Mikko Koskinen to Bakersfield, the next two months will reveal a lot about the Oilers
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the OHL.

OILERS AFTER 73

  • Oilers in 2015: 28-38-7, 63 points; goal differential -36
  • Oilers in 2016: 39-25-9, 87 points; goal differential +22
  • Oilers in 2017: 32-36-5, 69 points; goal differential -34
  • Oilers in 2018: 32-33-7, 71 points; goal differential -25

I would like to see the team finish with 82+ points, and March has made it possible so far. The next two games (St. Louis, Columbus) along with the Vegas roadie were (imo) the tough part of the month.

OILERS IN MARCH

  • Oilers in March 2016: 5-4-0, 10 points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in March 2017: 5-3-1, 11 points; goal differential +10
  • Oilers in March 2018: 4-4-1, nine points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in March 2019: 5-3-0, 10 points; goal differential +1

WHAT TO EXPECT IN MARCH

  • On the road to: Columbus, Buffalo (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • At home to: Vancouver, Toronto, NY Rangers, NJD (Expected 2-1-1) (Actual 2-2-0)
  • On the road to: Arizona, Vegas, St. Louis (Expected: 0-2-1) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: Columbus, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Dallas, Anaheim (Expected: 3-1-1) (Actual)
  • Overall expected result: 5-5-4, 14 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 5-3-0, 10 points in eight games

I suggested Josh Leivo before he was cool, Nic Petan too. Patrick Maroon matter of fact, and yes, Teddy Purcell way back in 2008. Every once in awhile a player we’ve trumpeted as a group will find his way, and we’ll all say “I knew it!” and feel good about things.

This isn’t scouting, or even math really. Not the difficult math anyway. It’s about believing the talent pool is larger than what is available at any given time in the NHL.

You know who taught me that? Whitey Herzog. Crew cut old man naked press conference post-game Whitey Herzog. When he became manager (and GM) of the St. Louis Cardinals, Whitey went fishing for ballplayers in the minors and found Willie McGee. Got him for a broken pitcher and a drunken mule, or maybe it was the other way around.

If you look at the NHL like a pyramid, the top end (McDavid division) is populated by very few people. Next up are the players just outside the elite of the elite, and there’s a handful. After that, there are a few dozen very capable players who remain key to winning hockey games.

That’s followed by a group who are “slightly” above league average, a group that is average and then replacement level players who I define as being good enough to keep a job due to convenience, despite not reaching average level. Below that are these ghastly contracts that teams are forced to keep, the players basically roster ghosts waiting for a merciful end.

Somewhere in there, I’ll say in the bottom portion of the “average” group, lies the AHL-NHL fringe players like Petan and Leivo and Maroon. Here are some AHL-NHL forwards Edmonton should look at this summer.

  1. LW Joe Gambardella, Bakersfield. You might think I’m joking, but Gambardella leads AHL forwards (30+ games) aged 22-26 in 5-on-5 goals per game (.46) and 5-on-5 goals (22 in 48 games). He is 25 and RFA, suspect the Oilers are having a look to see if he’s worth another contract. I would say yes.
  2. LW Reid Boucher, Utica. Also 25, he’s played in 133 NHL games, averaging just over 12 minutes per game. He’s averaging 12 goals and 141 shots per 82 NHL games, and given more playing time and a prominent role, there’s probably a player here. He is an RFA this summer, Boucher has played in just one game this season for the Canucks. Has 197 shots this season in 48 AHL games.
  3. LC Carter Verhaeghe, Syracuse. He’s 23, drafted by Toronto traded to NY Islanders and is now a Lightning prospect. His numbers were pedestrian until arriving in Syracuse but he now looks close to NHL-ready (has 20 5-on-5 goals in 63 games).
  4. LC Chase de Leo, San Diego. He’s 23 and I’ve mentioned him before, de Leo is having a good season with Dallas Eakins on the coast. Has 15 5-on-5 goals in 57 games.
  5. LW Daniel Carr, Chicago. I’d love to say Brandon Pirri will be available but doubt it happens. Carr is having his best AHL season and is 15-20-35 in 100 NHL games. A little older (27) but a reasonable bet.
  6. LW Nick Paul, Belleville. I’m not sure why he hasn’t made the grade already but the numbers (16-19-35 in 32 games) are solid and he’s still only 23 (24 later this month).

ROSTER OPTIONS AT FORWARD

If we can agree that a perfect world involves the centers three playing in their natural habitat, then Edmonton has an enormous amount of work to do this summer. If we can believe the organization in regard to slow playing the kids, the new general manager’s whiteboard on Day One might look like this:

  • ???—Connor McDavid—???
  • ???—Leon Draisaitl—???
  • ???—Nuge—???

Who is the top option to fill the first square? Zack Kassian? Alex Chiasson if he signs? Sam Gagner? Jujhar Khaira? Jesse Puljujarvi may be down the line, Tyler Benson and Kailer Yamamoto are going to be in Bakersfield apparently. I’m telling you, that’s too much work for one summer.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. We’ll chat about the Oilers down the stretch and what we can learn from recent performances. We’ll also chat about wingers for 2019-20.
  • Matthew Scianitti, TSN. We’ll chat about the CFL ratio change that is being discussed and about the labor negotiations.
  • Andrew Stoeten, The Athletic. Jays!

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

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  1. Scungilli Slushy says:

    A sensible owner would clear the decks over the Koski contract. If it was consensus everyone wears it.

    I have a feeling the owner doesn’t watch games and when he gets mad it’s after he talks to the money people about revenue forcasts.

    The contracts don’t matter in the sense he said spend to the cap.

  2. digger50 says:

    Another miss – Patrick Maroon.

    I remember we need to get faster…….etc. So we got Rieder.

    Maroon would be a 20 goal scorer on this years Oilers.

  3. hunter1909 says:

    April 9! April 9!

  4. Gerta Rauss says:

    Jesus H

    I run a couple errands between periods and it’s 4-0

  5. flyfish1168 says:

    Oilers have left the building

  6. hunter1909 says:

    Blues out shooting Oilers 24-6

  7. OriginalPouzar says:

    Although he had one of his worst periods of the year in the 1st period, I’m looking for Drai to get himself a goal tonight.

  8. hunter1909 says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Jesus H

    I run a couple errands between periods and it’s 4-0

    So. It’s all your fault!

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Can they fire Kurri before they officially hire him?

  10. hunter1909 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Although he had one of his worst periods of the year in the 1st period, I’m looking for Drai to get himself a goal tonight.

    The way he’s been playing proves that he wants nothing less.

  11. HT Joe says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Perron is a feisty little prick, man I miss him as an oiler

    I miss him as an Oiler too, but trading him for the draft pick that turned into Mat Barzal softens the blow tremendously…

  12. Ryan says:

    Just tuned in, what’s the score?

    That’s Hunter’s joke and it never gets old.

  13. hunter1909 says:

    Anyone have any idea what happened to Paul Coffey coaching the defence? It’s like they announced something, took a few photo ops, then crickets.

  14. McSorley33 says:

    Just tuned in NHL.com must be broken says we only have 6 shots…..

  15. ArmchairGM says:

    Pretty sure the Oilers have 1 regulation win against a playoff team in the past 100 days – since early December. This isn’t going to change tonight.

  16. fishman says:

    Mikko can’t be having much fun. Maybe he says f**k it and goes back to Europe! (wishful thinking)

  17. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    hunter1909:
    Blues out shooting Oilers 24-6

    Ha! Hahahahaa!!

    … oh, you were serious??

    Barf…

  18. ArmchairGM says:

    Shots are 26-6. Yikes.

  19. McSorley33 says:

    Rotten luck?

  20. hunter1909 says:

    Gagner getting bullied lol. He’s so miserable looking since returning to the Oilers. To add insult to injury, everyone in the dressing room probably loves Kassian.

  21. McSorley33 says:

    Bad schedule?

  22. McSorley33 says:

    Injuries?

    Remember that one….

  23. Scungilli Slushy says:

    hunter1909: Watching Gagner fills me with dread for some reason. The last game he just kind of let up as soon as he approached the opposition puck carrier in a way that spells “AHL bound” on a contending team.

    He’s a 4th liner.

    Right now Gagner is the most talented of the wingers that are suspect defensively, not quick, inconsistent on the boards and puck watch because they are worried about getting walked if they pursue too aggressively. No man’s land too much. So he’s got that going for him.

    Really, keeping or re-signing players that have been cast offs and demotions in multiple other teams may not cure what ails the Oilers. That is different than using ‘analytics ‘ to find undervalued or underused players. But the Oilers wouldn’t know about all that math voodoo.

  24. McSorley33 says:

    Just wait until Klefbom comes back……

  25. digger50 says:

    Koskinen is still tired. Coaches fault again.

  26. McSorley33 says:

    And then when Sekera gets back……we will be rolling.

  27. hunter1909 says:

    Best fight of the season.

  28. Gerta Rauss says:

    Kassian and Maroon drop the gloves

  29. Reja says:

    Remember when they dumped Perron and got nothing for him because he told pretty boy Eakins off.Still pisses me off to this day .

  30. Scungilli Slushy says:

    hunter1909:
    Anyone have any idea what happened to Paul Coffey coaching the defence? It’s like they announced something, took a few photo ops, then crickets.

    Parachute coach to feel out what is wrong. Big mystery it is. What is wrong.

    What is most offensive to me is that the people smart teams hired to dig and give advantage are largely Oiler fans . It’s fitting but still incredibly offensive.

  31. OriginalPouzar says:

    fishman:
    Mikko can’t be having much fun. Maybe he says f**k it and goes back to Europe! (wishful thinking)

    I’m thinking $13.5M makes that more than just wishful thinking.

  32. ArmchairGM says:

    I’m just glad relegation isn’t a thing in the NHL.

  33. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Could it be that when you play heavy grinder hockey that very few winning teams are playing, but you can’t hold amd interfere and all of the players on the other team can skate and handle the puck, it doesn’t work?

  34. Pouzar says:

    digger50:
    Koskinen is still tired. Coaches fault again.

    Need some Load Management here.

  35. Gerta Rauss says:

    Reja:
    Remember when they dumped Perron and got nothing for him because he told pretty boy Eakins off.Still pisses me off to this day .

    you’re calling Rob Klinkhammer nothing..?

  36. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Can they fire Kurri before they officially hire him?

    Can we call you George

  37. Oil2Oilers says:

    ArmchairGM:
    I’m just glad relegation isn’t a thing in the NHL.

    I am not so sure, the whole team working there way up from the minors might have been more entertaining over the last decade.

  38. Gerta Rauss says:

    oh ffs…Nuge robbed

    NO…more Nuge points!!

  39. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hey – A Sekera/Larsson pairing – I don’t think it was due to a line change either….

  40. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nuge ties his career high in goals.

  41. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gerta Rauss: you’re calling Rob Klinkhammer nothing..?

    Canadian Hockey Olympic Bronze Medalist!

  42. Gerta Rauss says:

    some nifty stickwork by Reggie as that delayed penalty was being called…too bad it was Lucic he was passing to/from

  43. Gerta Rauss says:

    Kassian robbed…

    NO…..lol

    that’ll count…4-2

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kassian makes it a hockey game – I’m pretty sure – yup, that’s in.

  45. digger50 says:

    That Bennington, I hear he’s really weak low left side pad.

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    Poll: Will Lucic get his 500th point this year?

    Ha: I guess “season” and “calendar year” both provide a legit question.

  47. flyfish1168 says:

    Zack dragging the team back into the building

  48. Gerta Rauss says:

    digger50:
    That Bennington, I hear he’s really weak low left side pad.

    we’ve just got to get 2 more video reviews and we’re on easy street

  49. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers powerful attack pots 2 just before the end of the period, setting up another one of their patented 3rd period comebacks.

    When they return to Fortress Rexall it’s going to get even better, with Oilers stellar home record after taking road trips.

  50. Andy Dufresne says:

    After Two

    Oilers goalies SV% .857

    St Louis goalie SV% .846

  51. Andy Dufresne says:

    Our Defense is Crap tonight. D Corpse and Team D.

  52. hunter1909 says:

    Reja:
    Remember when they dumped Perron and got nothing for him because he told pretty boy Eakins off. Still pisses me off to this day .

    Lowe+MacT have always been more about keeping up appearances than getting results.

  53. flyfish1168 says:

    Just saw another Zdeno fight. Thinking he may be the heavyweight champ at his age.

  54. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    4-2 St. Louis (3-2 St. Louis in the second)
    28-13 St. Louis shots (15-8 St. Louis in the second)
    36-16 St. Louis Corsi 5-on-5 (20-8 St. Louis in the second)

    Huh.

  55. hunter1909 says:

    Speaking of OBC, when are they announcing Shawn Horcoff’s return to the team in an upper management capacity?

  56. jake70 says:

    hunter1909:
    Speaking of OBC, when are they announcing Shawn Horcoff’s return to the team in an upper management capacity?

    Lol. Same time they bring back “chicken hawk” as coach.

  57. Andy Dufresne says:

    flyfish1168:
    Zack dragging the team back into the building

    Kassian has value.

    If Nicholson is accurate and we’re going to be adding a Top 2 Dman, Then chances are we wont be adding more than one scoring forward. Kassian may be a first line Winger next year. The guys got game. He’s really cleaned up his act / managed his anger in terms of not taking stupid penalties.
    Hitch doing a nice job with him. It looks sustainable to me.

  58. Reja says:

    HT Joe: I miss him as an Oiler too, but trading him for the draft pick that turned into Mat Barzal softens the blow tremendously…

    The draft pick in the trade for 4 months of Spacek turned into Lucic. Why doesn’t that cheer me up.

  59. Andy Dufresne says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    some nifty stickwork by Reggie as that delayed penalty was being called…too bad it was Lucic he was passing to/from

    Reggie deserves to start in Overtime with Conner and Drai…..Someone show Hitch the tapes from last year/two years ago!

  60. jake70 says:

    Not sure if mentioned, Mark Hunter was on PTS earlier…. said he hadn’t been contacted by Oilers yet about GM job.

  61. Andy Dufresne says:

    ArmchairGM:
    Shots are 26-6. Yikes.

    Its Koskinen’s fault….he cant make a pass….

  62. nelson88 says:

    Tune in late and we are getting tuned in 4-0 and six shots

    Cagey play by Gagner to give a bit of momentum and then Kassian gets the building and his team fired up by dropping the gloves. Almost feel bad for maroon as he should have never taken that fight

    No fan of goon hockey but emotionless sleep walking is just as painful. Biggest pet peeves with TMac was how he would try and suck any emotion out of his team in the name of discipline. Nice to see Hitch give Kassian some love

  63. Reja says:

    Gerta Rauss: you’re calling Rob Klinkhammer nothing..?

    I loved the last name. I think he’s still playing good hockey in Europe.

  64. Andy Dufresne says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    After Two

    Oilers goalies SV% .857

    St Louis goalie SV% .846

    And thats with Parayko picking one out of the air behind Binnington

  65. digger50 says:

    Kassian and Maroon was outstanding!

    I thought Maroons beat down on Manning last year was straight punishment. Little did Manning know that Oilers were going to trade for him and finish him off.

  66. Drew says:

    jake70:
    Not sure if mentioned, Mark Hunter was on PTS earlier…. said he hadn’t been contacted by Oilers yet about GM job.

    Bob S suggested that the job was KGretzky’s a couple of days ago

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: The draft pick in the trade for 4 months ofSpacek turned into Lucic. Why doesn’t that cheer me up.

    Nope, it was the Samasnov trade.

  68. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: Nope, it was the Samasnov trade.

    That’s right. Thanks

  69. OriginalPouzar says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    After Two

    Oilers goalies SV% .857

    St Louis goalie SV% .846

    See, this is why the constant posting of stats on Koskinen do not reflect his level of play (worse than his overall stats):

    – STL goalies let in two goals – both of which the goaltender almost made an absolutely miraculous save (in particular the first one)

    – EDM goalies let in 3 bad goals out of the 4.

  70. Andy Dufresne says:

    Nurse Russell are a tire fire

  71. Andy Dufresne says:

    OriginalPouzar: See, this is why the constant posting of stats on Koskinen do not reflect his level of play (worse than his overall stats):

    – STL goalies let in two goals – both of which the goaltender almost made an absolutely miraculous save (in particular the first one)

    – EDM goalies let in 3 bad goals out of the 4.

    Dont get me started. 🙂

  72. BONE207 says:

    Hi Gang…just tuned in.

    So they started Stolarz tonight. Interesting

  73. hunter1909 says:

    0 goal Rieder crosses the blue line, sending the opposition into paroxysm’s of terror.

  74. Reja says:

    When’s the last Oiler to get a Gordie Howe hat trick. Come on kass

  75. nelson88 says:

    That a boy Alex. Channel your best pouliout and get our momentum back

  76. hunter1909 says:

    Another Oiler(okay ex) scores!

  77. Gerta Rauss says:

    Perron with a crafty little tip in front makes it 5-2

    the Oilers season could be in jeopardy lol

  78. hunter1909 says:

    Great tune up game for St Louis. Physical, beating down the Oilers on the scoreboard in a stress free situation.

    Does anyone know what the Oilers are getting out of this game?

  79. jake70 says:

    Perron ever score a tip goal like that as an Oiler? Not a chance.

  80. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Wow 14 shots. Go oilers.

  81. Andy Dufresne says:

    hunter1909: Does anyone know what the Oilers are getting out of this game?

    Kappo Kakko?

    Dylan Cozens?

  82. Reja says:

    Oilers have to be first percentage wise in the history of the NHL of former players that got run out town scoring on them.

  83. Andy Dufresne says:

    Kassian definitley has some chem with McDavid.

  84. BONE207 says:

    hunter1909:
    Great tune up game for St Louis. Physical, beating down the Oilers on the scoreboard in a stress free situation.

    Does anyone know what the Oilers are getting out of this game?

    Hunter…they are cleansing their minds & souls after the horrible things they saw in Sin City

  85. Gerta Rauss says:

    Perron rings it off the crossbar on a 3 on 1

  86. ArmchairGM says:

    Andy Dufresne: Kappo Kakko?

    Dylan Cozens?

    Winner!

  87. Andy Dufresne says:

    Oilers got Perron for Paajarvi and a 2nd

    how about Puljujarvi and a 2nd? 🙂

    Kidding………..

  88. BONE207 says:

    Reja:
    Oilers have to be first percentage wise in the history of the NHL of former players that got run out town scoring on them.

    Not only that Reja…they not only break scoring droughts anymore. Now they look for hat tricks against the Disorganization. Tambellini had it right all along…who knew?

  89. Reja says:

    Andy Dufresne: Kappo Kakko?

    Dylan Cozens?

    Cap dump and a scoring winger for the pick.

  90. Andy Dufresne says:

    hunter1909:
    Another Oiler(okay ex) scores!

    You calling out Rattie? 🙂

  91. Gerta Rauss says:

    ..and there’s the goal for Maroon LOL

  92. Reja says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Oilers got Perron for Paajarvi and a 2nd

    how about Puljujarvi and a 2nd?

    Kidding………..

    Jesse’s stock is dropping faster than SNC-lavalin.

  93. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers need more cowbell.

  94. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    VETERAN LEADERSHIP PLAY BY LUCIC

  95. Lowetide says:

    Lucic with the dangerous hit.

  96. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m not sure what any of that has to do with Koskinen’s play – I critisize all sorts of player, coaches, managers, etc. when they do things worthy of critisism in my opinion.

    I kept saying that Spooner needed a chance so that we know what he have – he never got that chance (after his first couple of games).I simply wanting the coaching staff to give him a chance.

    Gagner is a middle six player in a depth role and he’s been fine in the role. Not quite the same as the starting tender letting in bad goals in most games.

    Koskinen has had more bad games than good on the year. Koskinen has shown zero inability to provide consistent goaltending which gives the team a chance to win on a nighly basis – something that is extremely important for starting goaltending – probably the most important attribute of any player on the team as far as being a good team.

    Koskinen gets criticism because its deserved.

    Are you comfortable with his level of performance going forward for the next 3 years?

    The fact that the Koskinen signing was allowed to occur is approaching the Hall and Reinhard trades as the stupidest, most incompetent thing this team has ever done. It’s downright deserving of a tier one fan class action lawsuit.

  97. hunter1909 says:

    Glovjuice: The fact that the Koskinen signing was allowed to occur is approaching the Hall and Reinhard trades as the stupidest, most incompetent thing this team has ever done. It’s downright deserving of a tier one fan class action lawsuit.

    Why Tier One fans? Most of them only buy tickets as an investment. They don’t give a fuck.

  98. Gerta Rauss says:

    ..a big PK here or this game could get out of hand…

  99. hunter1909 says:

    I predict an 8-2 final score.

  100. nelson88 says:

    On the bright side secondary scoring percentage has improved

  101. Reja says:

    BONE207: Not only that Reja…they not only break scoring droughts anymore. Now they look for hat tricks against the Disorganization. Tambellini had it right all along…who knew?

    The simulator is predicting 6th from the bottom of the shit pile wins the Hope Diamond.

  102. BONE207 says:

    Edmonton Oilers…the Welcome Wagon of the Nhl
    Got a slump? We’ll fix that.
    Hurt cause you were traded? Hint…Shoot high glove.
    Got a special occasion coming up? We’ll bake a cake & bring our special type of fire.

    The benevolence of the Disorganization is beyond belief

  103. texmex says:

    7-2
    43-16 SOG
    Is that good??

  104. jake70 says:

    Glovjuice: The fact that the Koskinen signing was allowed to occur is approaching the Hall and Reinhard trades as the stupidest, most incompetent thing this team has ever done. It’s downright deserving of a tier one fan class action lawsuit.

    Hard to imagine they may be looking for a starter this summer. Unforced error #______ …. can’t rember where were at.

  105. Andy Dufresne says:

    OriginalPouzar: Koskinen has shown zero inability to provide consistent goaltending

    Finally……you’re coming to your senses……about time!

  106. Reja says:

    nelson88:
    On the bright side secondary scoring percentage has improved

    It must have Tripled.

  107. Johnny skid says:

    edmonton oilers have a way of making any goaltender look like junk.

  108. BONE207 says:

    Reja: The simulator is predicting 6th from the bottom of the shit pile wins the Hope Diamond.

    Which will get turned into cubic zirconia dust

  109. Gerta Rauss says:

    whatever

    I’m in draft mode now

  110. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers didn’t deserve to win.

  111. digger50 says:

    jake70: Hard to imagine they may be looking for a starter this summer.Unforced error #______…. can’t rember where were at.

    So, so true.

    The same group behind Manning, Petrovic, Spooner and then Koskinen. Sure Chiarelli but also in picture all the dumb asses who cannot assess talent.

    Let’s hire those guys.

  112. texmex says:

    Man, there’s no way out of this is there?

    Wait out the bad contracts and draft high end prospects.

    2-3 years from playoffs?

  113. StixMalone says:

    Screw the playoffs or the Cup lets get something we’re good at….a high draft pick!!!

  114. Reja says:

    texmex:
    7-2
    43-16 SOG
    Is that good??

    If you have Vladislav Tretiak in net it is.

  115. Andy Dufresne says:

    On the bright side….the Leafs went down in flames tonight….

  116. hunter1909 says:

    It just took me 21 tries on the Tank-A-Thon to get Oilers winning the draft lottery.

    They need to pick up the pace to improve their chances.

  117. Andy Dufresne says:

    This loss tonight is like when the Leafs lost to the Senators 6-2 on Saturday.

  118. hunter1909 says:

    texmex:
    Man, there’s no way out of this is there?

    Wait out the bad contracts and draft high end prospects.

    2-3 years from playoffs?

    …maybe.

  119. Reja says:

    BONE207: Which will get turned into cubic zirconia dust

    That’s why they’re going to trade it to the highest bidders. Playoffs here we come next year.

  120. Andy Dufresne says:

    hunter1909:
    It just took me 21 tries on the Tank-A-Thon to get Oilers winning the draft lottery.

    They need to pick up the pace to improve their chances.

    Were you wearing a blue and maroon striped tie?

  121. leadfarmer says:

    Can’t believe we’re so bad yet not even bottom 5 in league.
    There’s some truly terrible teams

  122. Andy Dufresne says:

    We secured 13th place in the West tonight.

  123. BONE207 says:

    Reja: That’s why they’re going to trade it to the highest bidders. Playoffs here we come next year.

    So it’s official: Reja is now the Lowetidian optimist taking over from OP.
    Congratulations

  124. Reja says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    On the bright side….the Leafs went down in flames tonight….

    Also Tkachuk will get Leon money next year.

  125. Andy Dufresne says:

    Patrick Maroon a $1 million Oiler next year??

  126. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    So Bobby B says last year that the way things turned out is unacceptable. They have to be better. They will be.

    Fast forward to this year. They are literally exactly the same. No progress at all. Nothing.

    FIRETHEMALL

  127. Glovjuice says:

    hunter1909: Why Tier One fans? Most of them only buy tickets as an investment. They don’t give a fuck.

    Well, all fans, then. Whatever. Insert whoever. fak.

  128. Reja says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Patrick Maroon a $1 million Oiler next year??

    His ex agent sure fuked him over.

  129. GMB3 says:

    OriginalPouzar: See, this is why the constant posting of stats on Koskinen do not reflect his level of play (worse than his overall stats):

    – STL goalies let in two goals – both of which the goaltender almost made an absolutely miraculous save (in particular the first one)

    – EDM goalies let in 3 bad goals out of the 4.

    I’ve been on vacay for a week, swear to god the last time I read this plot you were saying he’s shown he can be a consistent starter

  130. Glovjuice says:

    jake70: Hard to imagine they may be looking for a starter this summer.Unforced error #______…. can’t rember where were at.

    10 this year, literally. Come on LT buds. Let’s add em up. I’ll start. Koskinen, Manning, No piri etc., not trading Chaison, Puli yanked up, letting Chia do anything, Yamo up at all and many more. Oilers are fucked. Totally fucked.

  131. OriginalPouzar says:

    That didn’t go well.

    If they had more than one call-up left, they could call some players up from Bakersfield – they are in a stretch of one game (this weekend) in 10 days.

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    Andy Dufresne: Finally……you’re coming to your senses……about time!

    Solid typo.

    Of course, you are just arguing for the sake of it now – I don’t imagine you even believe in your defence of this player.

  133. OriginalPouzar says:

    texmex:
    Man, there’s no way out of this is there?

    Wait out the bad contracts and draft high end prospects.

    2-3 years from playoffs?

    Yup, it will only take two years.

  134. Andy Dufresne says:

    GMB3: I’ve been on vacay for a week, swear to god the last time I read this plot you were saying he’s shown he can be a consistent starter

    Are you suggesting OP is an inconsistent poster?

    I’d argue he’s more streaky…..

  135. Andy Dufresne says:

    OriginalPouzar: Solid typo.

    Of course, you are just arguing for the sake of it now – I don’t imagine you even believe in your defence of this player.

    I won the arguement a long time ago…..dont you remember?

    The answer you’ve been searching for is right there in your statement…….. defence….or in hockey terms “defense”

    Go back and have a look at yesterdays post and read Bruce McCurdy’s synopsis of the Oilers Golden Nights game…..Salvation Lies Within….

  136. Sierra says:

    texmex:
    7-2
    43-16 SOG
    Is that good??

    Depends, compared to what?

  137. OriginalPouzar says:

    hunter1909:
    It just took me 21 tries on the Tank-A-Thon to get Oilers winning the draft lottery.

    They need to pick up the pace to improve their chances.

    Just under 5% – a bit of bad luck vis-a-vis the 6.5% odd at 7th last.

  138. Andy Dufresne says:

    OriginalPouzar: you are just arguing for the sake of it now

    Arguing for the sake of arguing is called “debate”

  139. Gret99zky says:

    Just need to bring back Magnus Paajarvi and Patrick Maroon to placate the fan base.

  140. OriginalPouzar says:

    GMB3: I’ve been on vacay for a week, swear to god the last time I read this plot you were saying he’s shown he can be a consistent starter

    Not quite – I was trying to be optimistic on him and saw some signs that his recent play was not just a second heater that would be followed by another long old streak. Hopeful that they were signs that he was settling in and finding some consistency.

    It turns out, that was clearly not the case – 10 game heater followed by another cold streak 3 bad games and a meh game in the last 4.

  141. Dee Dee says:

    My concern about Keith Gretzky getting the GM job is that its the same folks sitting at the same table making the same decisions they made before and the only difference is that Chiarelli isn’t there anymore.

    Now if Chiarelli was the real problem those same folks sitting at the same table would have been doing perfectly well before they hired him right??

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  142. Reja says:

    Remember when we picked Dubnyk in the first round and groomed him properly and then pretty boy decides he was going to reinvent the game with the Swarm.

  143. Ribs says:

    I’m glad to hear that Bob’s internal audit is finally over. I am a little surprised that not having Matt Hendricks on the roster any more is the reason we have descended into the fiery depths of hockey hell, but at least we now have the answer.

    I think the clear decision to be made here is to hire Matt Hendricks as the next General Manager/Head Warlock, and call it a day. *two burgers thumbs-up*

    This team.

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    A Gretzky hire wouldn’t be all that bad – it should get me even that much closer to season tickets.

  145. Primetime says:

    Reja:
    Remember when we picked Dubnyk in the first round and groomed him properly and then pretty boy decides he was going to reinvent the game with the Swarm.

    Groomed him properly? Do you mean like when we sent him to another teams farm team (Pens) since we didn’t have one of our own and they didn’t play or develop him?

    I’d be surprised if Dubnyk can even say the word “oilers” without steam coming out of his ears….

  146. Professor Q says:

    Primetime: Groomed him properly?Do you mean like when we sent him to another teams farm team (Pens) since we didn’t have one of our own and they didn’t play or develop him?

    I’d be surprised if Dubnyk can even say the word “oilers” without steam coming out of his ears….

    That was Schremp, I believe, who went around the merry-go-round.

    Dubnyk played a lot in Stockton that year, and only like 7ish games for WBS. He then promptly joined Springfield the very next year.

    I don’t think one year should write his development, taken in the context of slow playing Dubnyk for 5 seasons in Kamloops, one season in Stockton with some games in WBS, then 3 seasons in Springfield, with the last season turned into quite the “backup” appearance of 19 games with Edmonton due to Khabibulin being injured.

    Trading him was extremely unfortunate. It would have been a perfect time to sign him in 2015, though, if he wanted to return to McDavid Land (he didn’t).

  147. Reja says:

    Primetime: Groomed him properly?Do you mean like when we sent him to another teams farm team (Pens) since we didn’t have one of our own and they didn’t play or develop him?

    I’d be surprised if Dubnyk can even say the word “oilers” without steam coming out of his ears….

    Once he had gotten to the NHL I thought Quinn, Renney and Kueger did as best job as they could with him and I’m sure khabibulin mentored him to be a pro. I thought they all did a good job with him under the circumstances.

  148. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    A Gretzky hire wouldn’t be all that bad – it should get me even that much closer to season tickets.

    He’s on the list!

    https://www.reddit.com/r/EdmontonOilers/comments/b2rmz8/the_future_of_the_oilers_notes_from_bob_nicholson/

  149. Ryan says:

    Kinda a funny to read that summary…

    The Oilers are 15 years plus behind other teams in analytics and now they realize they’re important.

    Also with the new development mantra and the need to find and develop players outside of the first round.

    Better late than never.

    Certainly sounds like the status quo of three former GM’s along with a likely Gretzky hire.

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