Takin’ Care of Business

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers won on the road in Vancouver Sunday night, delivering instant redemption for the Tabernac Saturday troupe who were not as good as they needed to me.

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 Athletic, less than two coffees a month offer here. There is also a Christmas gift offer here.

  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Mikko Koskinen is seizing his opportunity to take over the Oilers’ crease
  • New Lowetide: Eight assets the Oilers could use to acquire Taylor Hall
  • New Lowetide:  Edmonton Oilers’ farm team recalls invaluable in playoff seasons and paying off in 2019-20
  • Lowetide: Oilers deployment shuffle will continue with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins still sidelined
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: One-on-one with Ken Holland, who is facing his first deadline in the Jesse Puljujarvi saga
  • Jonathan Willis: Should the Oilers go short or long term on Ethan Bear’s next contract?
  • Lowetide: The 2010s: Revisiting the Connor McDavid draft lottery — the day the earth stood still in Edmonton
  • Jonathan Willis: The 2010s: Unveiling the Oilers all-decade team
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The 2010s: What went wrong with Nail Yakupov? How the No. 1 pick became the decade’s biggest NHL draft bust
  • Jonathan Willis: The 2010s: Ranking a decade’s worth of Oilers coaches
  • Lowetide: Tyler Benson posting a strong November in hopes of an Oilers recall
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A superstar shines, a goaltender stands tall and a ‘road hockey’ power play helps the Oilers return to form
  • Lowetide: Why Dave Tippett’s deployment is a sign the Oilers need a No. 3 centre
  • Jonathan Willis: A Jesse Puljujarvi trade is an opportunity of which only one NHL team gets to take advantage
  • Daniel Nugent-BowmanLeon Draisaitl takes the blame as the Oilers’ struggles against lowly foes continues
  • Jonathan Willis: A list of which Oilers are most likely to be traded in 2019-20
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Woodcroft on Benson’s ‘gift,’ the next step for Bouchard and acting like a proud parent watching the Oilers
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 2 prospect winter 2019: Philip Broberg
  • Lowetide: Joel Persson’s demotion highlights difficult adjustment for Oilers’ ‘European showtime’ trio
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis: Evaluating the Oilers’ readiness for the 2021 Seattle expansion draft
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 1 prospect winter 2019: Evan Bouchard

OILERS AFTER 29 GAMES

  • Oilers in 201512-15-2, 26 points; goal differential -10
  • Oilers in 2016: 14-11-4, 32 points; goal differential +5
  • Oilers in 2017: 12-15-2, 26 points; goal differential -10
  • Oilers in 2018: 15-12-2, 32 points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in 2019: 17-9-3, 37 points; goal differential +8

This is a quality record and the Oilers own it. We’ll delve into last night’s game and what it means in just a minute, but do me a favor and line-by-line this table and imagine the songs that go with each one. First up is “Long December” followed by “Oh What a Night (December 1963)” and right back to Norah Jones “December” and once again “If we Make it Through December”. So it’s the world’s weirdest juke box, until this year when “December will be Magic Again” hits the stylus.

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in December 2016: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in December 2017: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in December 2018: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in December 2019: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +1

This kind of freaks me out. I’m going to worry about next year all year. What kind of strangeness is this? Come on. Tell me you knew this. Liar!

WHAT TO EXPECT IN DECEMBER

  • On the road to: VAN (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0) 
  • At home to: OTT, LAK, BUF, CAR (Expected 2-1-1)
  • On the road to: MIN (Expected 1-0-0)
  • At home to: TOR (Expected 0-1-0) 
  • On the road to: DAL, STL (Expected 0-2-0)
  • At home to: PIT, MTL (Expected 1-1-0)
  • On the road to: VAN (Expected 0-0-1)
  • At home to: CAL, NYR (Expected 1-1-0)
  • Overall expected result: 6-6-2, 14 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 1-0-0, 2 points in 1 game

That victory vaults Edmonton seven points clear of Vancouver, while a regulation loss would have resulted in just three points of clearance. Losing the opener of the weekend set was a mortal sin, but winning the second game is like getting a Pac-man power pellet. If you listen closely, you can actually hear the sound.

OILERS 2019-20

All numbers NST and five on five unless referenced. McDavid and Draisaitl both hit 50 points in 29 games and that’s a big damned deal historically.

LINE 1 James Neal-Connor McDavid-Josh Archibald played 13:07, going 13-9 Corsi, 8-3 shots, 1-0 goals and 2-0 HDSC.

James Neal played well, he was aggressive and engaged, he had a power-play assist and a shot on goal. Liked his game, he could have cashed but things happen in a hurry. Connor McDavid is so fast! I know you know, but we should throw that in once in awhile. Two assists, two takeaways, missed out on a PP assist because everyone was passing, took a penalty and should have drawn a dozen. I don’t know what Oilers fans did to deserve 97, but my goodness it was worth it. Josh Archibald scored a nice goal and has finally joined the hit parade. Credit to Dave Tippett for getting everyone a chance with the human cheat code.

LINE 2 Jujhar Khaira-Leon Draisaitl-Sam Gagner played 11:22, going 7-8 Corsi, 6-4 shots, no goals and 0-1 HDSC.

Jujhar Khaira didn’t get a lot done at five-on-five but was solid on the PK and kept the line moving. Leon Draisaitl had four shots and a takeaway and a goal (plus one on the PP) and looked much more involved than the previous night. I liked the line, but Leon did his damage with 97. Sam Gagner had three shots and made some nifty passes too.

LINE 3 Joakim Nygard-Riley Sheahan-Alex Chiasson played 6:34, going 5-4 Corsi, 4-3 shots, 0-1 goals and 1-3 HDSC.

Joakin Nygard skates swiftly and it creates chaos. Oilers need to play him more so he can find the range. I think he might be able to help. He had two shots and one HDSC. Riley Sheahan marked JT Miller right to the edge of the property before Miller sent a dart that started the first Vancouver goal. Tippett needs him to fill that checking role, he has struggled. Alex Chiasson delivered a great pass which led to a Leon PP goal, and had another at five-on-five; he is finding the range more often offensively.

LINE 4 Markus Granlund-Gaetan Haas-Patrick Russell played 8:22, going 9-4 Corsi, 4-2 shots no goals and 1-0 HDSC.

A fine night from this line, they were on pucks like a fly on stink. Markus Granlund forechecked well and was strong on the PK. Gaetan Haas had four shots, one HDSC and a takeaway. He continues to impress with his utility. Patrick Russell scored his first NHL goal, but the Scrooge was in town and found two ghosts, so disallowed.

PAIRING ONE Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear played 19:28, going 20-16 Corsi, 12-8 shots, 1-1 goals, 3-2 HDSC and 9-4 offensive-defensive faceoffs. Nurse played 13:21 with 97, Bear 11:34. Played 9:10 against Pettersson group.

Darnell Nurse picked up an assist on the Archibald goal, sending a dandy tippable pass to the slot and the cash. Bear was caught both trying to stop the pass from Hughes to Boeser and interrupt Boeser’s open net opportunity and was unable to do either. Nurse had a brief chance to intercept the pass from Miller but that was a dart and a helluva play. Nurse had three shots on goal and a couple of promising sorties (one a pass from McDavid that never did get to Nurse), Bear had some rookie vapor lock in one instance but delivered cherry passes all over as well. Good pairing.

PAIRING TWO Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson played 17:19, going 13-22 Corsi, 8-10 shots, 0-1 goals, 0-2 HDSC and 5-4 offensive-defensive faceoffs. Klefbom played 4:40 with 97, Larsson 4:31. Pair was 6:40 against Pettersson trio.

Oscar Klefbom had his man but the puck squirted to Josh Leivo (I SO said the Oilers should acquire him many many times) and that’s all she wrote. Adam Larsson looked like his old self to me, or at least closer to, and seems to be more mobile by the hour. Good sign.

THIRD PAIRING Caleb Jones and Matt Benning played 6:01, going 0-8 Corsi, 0-5 shots, no goals and 0-3 HDSC.

Matt Benning’s final shift ended at 16:49 of the second period, he was pulled from the game for impersonated Mathieu Roy. Caleb Jones final shift was the same one as Benning’s, although Jones remained on the ice for another 30 seconds. Neither man played the third period, one due to injury and the other due to rookie.

GOALIE Mikko Koskinen stopped 30 of 32, .938. He was rock solid in net, exactly the kind of goaltending this team needed on a night when some important pieces were missing. Do me a favor and remember this game, spent on the road against a good team, shorthanded and in need of a win to stop the bleeding. Koskinen is the Oilers best goalie and it’s not close.

BIG WIN

The Bettman NHL is a lot about avoiding long losing streaks and Edmonton went into last night’s game having lost two in a row with an ugly goal differential. It was a big win, in division and in regulation. Remember this one.

MATT BENNING

After the slap shot to the head (hockey is such a dangerous game) Matt Benning returned and he made a play that has me a little worried about him. I don’t remember the forward, but a Canucks player had a seam and the puck came to him inside the blue line. Benning was the last line of defense, but he took a weird route (I think he was trying to hit the Vancouver player) and botched it, leaving the puck, the Canuck and Mikko Koskinen alone together. Matt Benning doesn’t make a reckless play like that one. I know the Oilers will make sure he’s ready before return, but this young man has had some head hits over the years. It’s a worry.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning with much to discuss gets underway at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Reid Fowler from Draft Kings/NFL looks back at a crazy weekend, Guy Flaming from The Pipeline Show will preview Canada’s World Junior roster (announcement this morning at 11). Jason Gregor will be by at 11 to talk Oilers and the big win last night.

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jp

ArmchairGM: They aren’t. I’m thinking they may want to shake things up a bit, this could be a possible piece out.

I imagine it wouldn’t be too difficult to persuade Nashville to move Granlund and his $5.75M salary in season.

The Oilers would have to make some significant moves to clear salary for him though. Is he a players you’re going to make multiple move to fit in? I don’t know. I guess Nashville could use a RD like Larsson though… Hmmm

ArmchairGM

frjohnk: I understand where you are coming from and if Nashville was not a playoff team, then I totally agree with you.

They aren’t. I’m thinking they may want to shake things up a bit, this could be a possible piece out.

HT Joe

hunter1909:
…like the high school dropout who keeps turning up at recess.

HH has never wedgied any of the posters here.

Using a high school analogy, HH is more like the comic book fan who is pushing the greatness of DC or Dark Horse comics, while the majority of his classmates are reading Marvel comics, and don’t want to read non-Marvel comics.

HH “Oh you’re reading the story line with Thanos? He’s just a derivative of Jack Kirby’s Darkseid”
*general community* “Go away troll, Thanos is better. We’re a Marvel comic book community in this sub-basement of the high school. Which comic books do you read anyways? Last week it was Dark Horse, this week it’s DC. Several months ago, you were reading Dreamwave comics *pukes*. I hate those guys”
HH “Marvel has lost its edge… sure the comics are strong right now, but if you take Spiderman out of the equation, DC sales are way better”
*general community* “But Spiderman IS part of Marvel, and his merchandise outsells Batman’s and Superman’s combined”
HH “Yeah, but Spiderman isn’t really part of the MCU, his rights are owned by Sony”
*general community* “We weren’t talking about the movies, just the comic books”
HH “Chris Nolan’s take on Batman is better than anything from the MCU”
*general community* “Go away. No movies”
HH …
*general community* …
HH “Indigo comics are suitable for a more sophisticated comic book enthusiast… you wouldn’t get it”
*general community* AGGGGGH

I mean, at the end of the day, HH is still talking hockey. Assuming you understand its a game and you don’t let yourself get upset, the worst that could happen is that you may better understand if his criticisms are fair, or learn enough that you know his criticisms aren’t true and why.

frjohnk

ArmchairGM: He also played 16 games for NSH last year and scored 1 goal + 4 assists in that span. Plus 6 playoff games where he added 1 goal + 1 assist. This is a marriage that is not working out. They may be willing to trade him in-season for another piece that might fit better.

I understand where you are coming from and if Nashville was not a playoff team, then I totally agree with you.

ArmchairGM

frjohnk: He has 11 points in 26 games

If he had 17 or so in 26 games, he would be near his career average. This is what I was referring to.

26 games is a small sample compared to a whole season.In a small sample, guys can go on hot streaks, cold streaks.I dont know enough of what is going on, but a quick peak and it looks like he is playing top 6 minutes and PP1.He is scoring 0.93 points on the PP.I would imagine this would get a bump up in a bigger sample size.

He also played 16 games for NSH last year and scored 1 goal + 4 assists in that span. Plus 6 playoff games where he added 1 goal + 1 assist. This is a marriage that is not working out. They may be willing to trade him in-season for another piece that might fit better.

frjohnk

ArmchairGM: And a few points off his season average?

He has 11 points in 26 games

If he had 17 or so in 26 games, he would be near his career average. This is what I was referring to.

26 games is a small sample compared to a whole season. In a small sample, guys can go on hot streaks, cold streaks. I dont know enough of what is going on, but a quick peak and it looks like he is playing top 6 minutes and PP1. He is scoring 0.93 points on the PP. I would imagine this would get a bump up in a bigger sample size.

Admiral Ackbar

To further HH’s assertion that Bo Horvat is a ‘gamechanger’. I’d like to compare him to the best 2-way Cs that are out there. If you want to criticize my comparables, feel free.

5×5 pts/60mins from 2017-18 to present

Kopitar 1.90
Toews 1.86
Krejci 2.24
Barkov 2.39
Bergeron 2.40

Horvat 1.64 (from the past 2 seasons only, to zoom his numbers)

Yikes. But HH thinks that Horvat is a ‘gamechanger’. Good grief.

ArmchairGM

frjohnk: Not sure why Nashville would trade him now.

He is only a few points off his season average.

Nashville has, in my opinion, the deepest forward group in the league and could be contributing to why he is not scoring as his usual self.Their time to win is now, not sure they would trade a guy like Granlund.

Put it another way, lets say the Oilers had a deep roster and their time to win was now.They had a guy who was UFA season after, was not putting up the points as usual at the beginning of the year.But with this guy, they can run 4 lines against anybody.Would it wise to trade this guy for picks/prospects?

That’s why I said “either in-season or in the summer.” And a few points off his season average? He’s on pace for 35, his career average is 54 (per 82) and average of the past 3 seasons is 66 (per 82). He’s WAY off pace.

Admiral Ackbar

Harpers Hair,

Petterson is a gamechanger (past 2 seasons 2.40 5x5pts/60min).
Boeser is a good winger, a great one perhaps, but not a gamechanger (2017-present 2.00 5x5pts/60min).
Horvat is a great 2-way C but no where near Kopitar, Bergeron, nor Barkov even. He’s not a gamechanger (past 2 seasons 1.64 5x5pts/60min).
Miller is good, but has never demonstrated gamechanging abilities. He’s a complimentary player for a good top-6 (at best) – (past 2 seasons 1.80 5x5pts/60min).

McDavid – past 3 years 3.04 5x5pts/60mins
Draisaitl – past 3 years 2.64 5x5pts/60mins
Kucherov – past 3 years 3.09 5x5pts/60mins
Kane – past 3 years 2.48 5x5pts/60mins
Matt Duchene – past 3 years 2.26 5x5pts/60mins (what I’d consider the cutoff for ‘gamechanger’, and that’s pretty low)

The typical valuation model on this blog has 2pts/60min as the cutoff for a top 3 player. You seem to be overvaluing all the forwards discussed to a significant degree. If you’ve got another model of valuation, I’d be interested to know what it is because it sure looks like eye-test-esque.

frjohnk

ArmchairGM: Mikael Granlund

Not sure why Nashville would trade him now.

He is only a few points off his season average.

Nashville has, in my opinion, the deepest forward group in the league and could be contributing to why he is not scoring as his usual self. Their time to win is now, not sure they would trade a guy like Granlund.

Put it another way, lets say the Oilers had a deep roster and their time to win was now. They had a guy who was UFA season after, was not putting up the points as usual at the beginning of the year. But with this guy, they can run 4 lines against anybody. Would it wise to trade this guy for picks/prospects?

jp

ArmchairGM:
Open Forum

What do you think of Mikael Granlund as a potential “buy-low” candidate either in-season or in the summer?

He’s a 27-year-old skill winger (turns 28 right after the deadline) who has been struggling to put points up with Nashville, whom he was traded to at the 2019 deadline. He becomes a UFA next summer.

Trade: https://www.capfriendly.com/forums/thread/205441

Scouting report:“A smart playmaker with excellent vision. Works hard, can skate and shoot. Blessed with great hockey sense and hands, he can score highlight-reel goals. Is extremely versatile. Is undersized, so he must prove capable of withstanding the constant pounding in North America over the long haul.”

http://sportsforecaster.com/nhl/player/8408

Would that mean little bro Markus returns too?

Mikael clearly has skill. And the Oilers have an open slot to too. I doubt the price falls far enough to be worth it though, the man makes damn close to $6M today.

ArmchairGM

Open Forum

What do you think of Mikael Granlund as a potential “buy-low” candidate either in-season or in the summer?

He’s a 27-year-old skill winger (turns 28 right after the deadline) who has been struggling to put points up with Nashville, whom he was traded to at the 2019 deadline. He becomes a UFA next summer.

Trade: https://www.capfriendly.com/forums/thread/205441

Scouting report: “A smart playmaker with excellent vision. Works hard, can skate and shoot. Blessed with great hockey sense and hands, he can score highlight-reel goals. Is extremely versatile. Is undersized, so he must prove capable of withstanding the constant pounding in North America over the long haul.”

http://sportsforecaster.com/nhl/player/8408

Pouzar

Update:

They called me again. Upped their offer another 4k.
Only a 16k deficit now! ugh.

hunter1909

…like the high school dropout who keeps turning up at recess.

hunter1909

HT Joe: He’s not a fan of the Oilers? Why should he be… the Oilers have been a dogshit organization for a decade or so, and it’s amusing to see someone take the piss out of them on a regular basis. Why can’t we cheer for a team with an objectively terrible track record (playoffs once since Katz bought the team) while also tolerating the team’s detractors…

…Probably because Oilers are currently leading the Division. Because the schtick remains identical from last time, for some people, the trolling comes off as borderline pathological.

hunter1909

LOL @ the Lowetide Pitchforks and Torches Club. That same poster wound people up the same way before and got the exact same result.

duct tape and foil

Lowetide: I have found that it doesn’t work. If I ban people, or ask them to leave then a group of posters miss them.We’re a community and not everyone gets along. I don’t think it’s too much to ask posters to skim over items they don’t enjoy.

Bit hard when it’s half the content. But it’s up to you, and I understand you’ve got other things going on. A lot of good posters will certainly move on though.

Jethro Tull

This’ll cheer yez up!

Second year curler, first year skip.

Enjoy Ice Golf immensely.

Get ass handed to us tonight, first time shut out. Monday is supposed to be beginners night.

These guys have been Sam Gagner-ing there for 15+ years. Big fish, small pond.

They are up 10-0 in 5th, still sweeping our scoring shot through, and in the 6th, measuring if they get 3 or 4.

Go to pub. Have very nice NEIPA from Peace River Brewing. Get called in to work.

Bunch of programming done during day on PLC preventing “thread up”. Guy not answering phone.

Need more beer.

The end.

Munny

Harpers Hair: I see the mob is circling again.

Staggering again, more like.

Numenius

Ryan: I’ve always defended DSF here in part because I’m immune to his antics and because I value dissenting opinions.

Dissenting opinions are perfectly fine, and DSF has some intelligent ones.

it’s the toxic “tone” that he often (but not always) communicates that’s the main problem. This baits other people into replying in an equally toxic way and as a result, the thread becomes toxic.

For my part, I think it would be better for all involved for something to change.

There are three solutions that I can see.

1) Posters should stop engaging with DSF unless they can do so very diplomatically and very occasionally. This would likely work, but it’s difficult to do because it’s hard to convince so many people to do so, and some people can’t help themselves (e.g. OP, who is diplomatic but not occasional!).

2) DSF should voluntarily choose to stop posting here, or at least do it rarely. This would work and he has done this before, to his credit.

3) DSF should politely be talked to and asked to refrain from posting here. This would also work, but I know our diplomatic host is hesitant to do so because he values the individual and knows some posters appreciate his contributions.

It’s a tough one. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out this time.

HT Joe

Lowetide: Oh no, I assure you, people missed him. They really did. DSF is a good fellow all told and he, like you, has a strong opinion and would like to be heard. I understand you wouldn’t run the blog this way and I know most sites don’t have this blog’s mission statement.

For what it’s worth (not much I suspect), I would miss Harper’s Hair if he was driven / forced out. His posts are fun and pokey.

He’s not a fan of the Oilers? Why should he be… the Oilers have been a dogshit organization for a decade or so, and it’s amusing to see someone take the piss out of them on a regular basis. Why can’t we cheer for a team with an objectively terrible track record (playoffs once since Katz bought the team) while also tolerating the team’s detractors…

Also, whenever I’ve interacted with him directly through this blog, he’s seemed thoughtful and decent.

Henry

geowal:
The problem is it’s a Monday with no game on so most folks aren’t in the mood for discussing their favourite Scotch, so new and creative views of the standings are apparently interesting. Although I just got back from the local brewery so maybe that doesn’t hold up either…

I have spent the evening drinking Glenglassaugh ‘Evolution’ and enjoying a good mn football game. And enjoying the blog as well, arguments and all. I highly recommend that scotch though it is hard to find. Like Highland Park, it is good at everything.

I find Mr HH pretty entertaining too, though I am among the planet’s mostest biggest Oiler fans. The community on this blog brings a lot of Alberta’s diaspora together. It, and its scribe, should be appreciated and respected, but salt adds flavour too. Just dont add too much, you know?

Tesla's Hair

Maybe we can ask the people peeing all over LT place, why they are peeing?

1. Bladders are too full
2. They are bored with toilets
3. Too much drinkin’
4. They hate peeing alone
5. If they dont pee they might die of uric acid
6. They want to make sure they have at least one hole working
7. They hate this blog, space, internet, world, universeand want to watch it burn down while they pee on it.
8. They cant aim
9. They are grade A dinks
10. Time to pee all over the top 9 and go to sleep.

jp

Lowetide: Oh no, I assure you, people missed him. They really did. DSF is a good fellow all told and he, like you, has a strong opinion and would like to be heard. I understand you wouldn’t run the blog this way and I know most sites don’t have this blog’s mission statement.

Let me tell you a story. The week my Mom died there was a three day storm that blew through here. I couldn’t get to the blog until well past midnight each evening and had to spend about an hour each night deleting posts andfixing my blog.

I asked people to stop, explaining my mom was ill, and most tried but there were a few who couldn’t resist hammering away at each other.

Nothing changed.

Leadfarmer, if I ban one person then six months from now it’ll be someone else. Avoid the posts you don’t enjoy, and share your considerable knowledge and life experience with the group. I hope you do, it’s one of the reasons I love reading the comments on this blog.

FWIW (maybe nothing), I think this is a good way.

ChiliChunk

Reja: You have a lot of Gall calling B.J Macdonald a shrub

lol

Reja

geowal: Yeah it seems better, you would certainly think Smith has an influence.The fact that most want Koskinen to get a majority of games going forward is a product of all the things that have helped him improve, including his handling/sharing with Smith

Kosh is way more comfortable this year he’s not over playing the shooter and it looks like he’s solved the yipes on his glove hand. I sure hope Smith isn’t out for long if they have to pump Kosh like Hitchcock did last year it could get messy.

HT Joe

TheOrangeDesk:
HT Joe,
I know, its home theatre, but the below link is a a good guide on home audio.. I have the fluance speakers and I LOVE them. you may need a pre-amp for your turn-table depending on when it was made.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Zeos/comments/5zt8mw/guide_surround_sound_51/

Thanks TheOrangeDesk!

HT Joe

Glovjuice: HT Joe

Thanks Glovjuice!

Scungilli Slushy

Nowhere is perfect.

We all reach a gut full in our own way at times.

The way I get sick of here is different from anything I’ve seen mentioned.

So I do something else, and miss the community.

If my line gets crossed too far I’ll be done.

With thanks to the host and all, does anyone really care? Who pines for the historic legends of the commentator community anymore? As in employed by NHL teams now?

Don’t overestimate your own importance in the world of things. They chug on or die out.

geowal

Reja: Have you noticed Kosh’s puck handling abilities his calmness this doesn’t happen in my opinion without Tippett and Smith. The mob can whine and cry about Smith all they want but he’s done a hell of a job mentoring as well as sharingthe net with Kosh.Mark my words, Smith If healthy will go on a timely heater before everything is said and done.

Yeah it seems better, you would certainly think Smith has an influence.The fact that most want Koskinen to get a majority of games going forward is a product of all the things that have helped him improve, including his handling/sharing with Smith

Reja

geowal: A bit late, you may not see, I didn’t mean to give Koskinen no credit for work he put in, I’m sure he worked hard to improve. I just think it would’ve been all for naught without Tippett. Jmho.

Have you noticed Kosh’s puck handling abilities his calmness this doesn’t happen in my opinion without Tippett and Smith. The mob can whine and cry about Smith all they want but he’s done a hell of a job mentoring as well as sharing the net with Kosh. Mark my words, Smith If healthy will go on a timely heater before everything is said and done.

geowal

The problem is it’s a Monday with no game on so most folks aren’t in the mood for discussing their favourite Scotch, so new and creative views of the standings are apparently interesting. Although I just got back from the local brewery so maybe that doesn’t hold up either…

geowal

Justthestatsman: My memory is poor, but my recollection was that Bobby N had indicated he or the management group had signed off on the Koskinen deal at the press conference.to announce the Chia firing.Anyone else remember it that way?

I thought he threw Chia under the bus, what really happened we can’t say.

geowal

OriginalPouzar: The above is very much true but its not the entire story – as per Wooley via Gregor, there have been numerous technical changes to his game, at least 3 or 4, that have made a big difference.

A bit late, you may not see, I didn’t mean to give Koskinen no credit for work he put in, I’m sure he worked hard to improve. I just think it would’ve been all for naught without Tippett. Jmho.

leadfarmer

Lowetide,

People always argue with each other
I mean it’s the internet after all
But I’ve never encountered another person here whose goal was to destroy something others enjoy
He’s a die hard anti-fan
And desperately needs all things Oilers to fail

northerndancer

OilClog,

I believe that this post should be considered a passionate, effectiveshit and perhaps slightly over the top shit kicking. A beat down. A stomp. Done on the front lawn, sparing the carpet. I must admit to enjoying it very much more than I should.

Johnny skid

OilClog: Vacouver sucks and the piss soak carpet salesman are pathetically cute.

this is true and very very funny.

Material Elvis

Lowetide: I have found that it doesn’t work. If I ban people, or ask them to leave then a group of posters miss them.We’re a community and not everyone gets along. I don’t think it’s too much to ask posters to skim over items they don’t enjoy.

They start stalking you LT, don’t they. Be honest.

Pouzar

Great…gotta get up to pee now.

Material Elvis

Sean Avery is online shaming an old coach for poor behavior.

DSF is online shaming other posters for inflammatory comments.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the train has arrived in Hypocrisyland. Next stop….Bizarro World.”

Side

leadfarmer: That
Or telling the guy peeing on the rug to maybe pee elsewhere
Both are possible options

If only the guy peeing on the rug would do some self-reflection and take accountability for his actions and decide to change his ways by using the urinal instead. Instead of said guy cryin about a mob who will not let him pee on the rug while others insist we just look away and maybe if no one watches him and covers their ears and plugs their noses, that he will stop or find another rug to pee on elsewhere.

leadfarmer

Lowetide: I have found that it doesn’t work. If I ban people, or ask them to leave then a group of posters miss them.We’re a community and not everyone gets along. I don’t think it’s too much to ask posters to skim over items they don’t enjoy.

Except that’s really hard to ignore 60% of the blog some days
Also I don’t ever recall anyone asking about where DSF was for the 12 years I’ve been here
It was more like don’t say his name 3 times or he may reappear

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

If you don’t want to talk about the greatness of the Canucks, don’t respond to DSF. And understand he’s having fun doing this, and if you’re not then that’s a shame.

Ding, ding, ding!

OilClog

James Neal is as much a game changer as anyone on Vancouver. No one on the Canucks roster has more goals then James Neal. Goals is the hardest thing to obtain in the NHL, he has more then anyone on the Vancouver Canucks. If goals win you games, and games won is the most important factor of all factors, James Neal is a game changer.

Wins, Edmonton has 17, 2 more then anyone else. Vancouver has 13. They’re 5th in the standings, falling rather then climbing. Their hopes fall on second tier stars, rookie defence, and a timeless tradition of being the drunk bridesmaid.

It’s humorous watching someone try to support their piss soaked rugs.

Oscar Klefbom is a game changer, he’s firmly entrenched into smashing through his ceiling. He’s recieving praise around the league and is seriously impacting and changing the game with his abundance of minutes he chews up.

Nuge is a game changer, with 93 the Oilers are able to load up 97/29 all game and usually have the opponents on their heals with or without a lead. Again 17 wins, 2 more then anyone else in the division. And if all games played were equal, no one has enough games left to catch.

With 93 dragging along anyone and everyone.97/29 are leading the league in scoring by a wide margin. Oilers had an amped game and Gagner was able to saw off competition for a game. Oilers lose 2 by straight allowing 10 goals. Tipps breaks up the Duo and for 1 game their able to to have some short term success and beat Vancouver in their own rink leaving them no closer in the standings then they were on Friday.

The track is getting shorter, the bettman coins shorten it even more, Vancouver is already running out of time.

Vancouver has 13 wins in 28 games, if they had 5 legit game changers they wouldn’t be 5th in the division.

Vacouver sucks and the piss soak carpet salesman are pathetically cute. I imagine the show will hit the road soon and land in Vegreville near January.

leadfarmer

Lowetide: Haha. I am fine with that, leadfarmer. There was no one here when I began writing, and if there’s no one here at the end then I’ll still have gained decades of enjoyment.

That
Or telling the guy peeing on the rug to maybe pee elsewhere
Both are possible options