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Everything posted by Greyone

  1. There's no comparison between Gaudreau and Martin St Louis. Gaudreau is 165lbs on a good day. St. Louis was strong as a bull and despite his size played a power game. His legs were so strong it was impossible to push him off the puck. It was the work ethic and mental toughness that made St. Louis successful. Frankly, Gaudreau doesn't seem to have it. He's a finesse player with fine hands but not particularly fast.
  2. Same here. Tampa, Calgary, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh gone. Nashville hasn't looked too strong so far. If Vegas wins game 7 they might be able to go all the way. Or the Caps are set of the repeat who knows. I'm having terrible prediction record. For all I know it might be St. Louis - Columbus in the final. NHL has become very unpredictable. More fun to watch.
  3. I wonder how the Lightning now feel about extending Jon Cooper.
  4. It amazes me how unpredictable NHL playoffs are these days. In Tampa's case it's most likely mental block of some kind and the team has fallen apart. I wish they'd prove me wrong but highly unlikely they could win the next 4 against the Blue Jackets at this point. I can see Stamkos never winning the Cup, which would be a shame but that's the way it is. Same for Joe Thornton and Henrik Lundqvist. The teams win the Cup not the stars.
  5. West seems wide open. Jets, Preds and Sharks have not been playing that strongly lately so really anything can happen. Leafs v Bruins will be a great series to watch for sure. There's a chance for yet another Pens v. Caps in the second round.
  6. They don't have a chance against the Sharks or Vegas in the second round anyway if they make it there. Other than the 2003-04 run to the Finals, they won a grand total of 1 playoff series since 1990. Anyways, my favorite part of the year is approaching.
  7. Either way, does anybody really believe this team can win 12 of the remaining 16 games? Not impossible but very, very unlikely.
  8. One jersey toss leads to another usually. Come summer, people start reevaluating whether to spend on season tickets. That's how the fans voices are heard.
  9. Mike Johnson had an interesting opinion the other day. Daryl Katz has been an avid fan of the 80's Oilers and now he gets to work with many of them OBC at the helm. It may be too hard for him to let go and realize that his idols are not good at managing a hockey club in the 21st century. I think it's a valid point but sooner or later he needs to initiate the changes that are badly needed. I hope Katz did not buy the Oilers as a collector's memorabilia.
  10. Two points. One, there's nothing wrong with having your ex-players work in hockey operations as long as they have results to show. Oilers don't have the result. Two, the legacy of the 80's dynasty is not relevant anymore. None of the players are old enough to actually see any of the 80's stars play. The pride of the 80's champions has disappeared and it is not a solid foundation to build on anymore. Might as well scrap it all and start from scratch. It's painful to watch Flames succeed like they have done so far this season but even more painful is watching Canucks doing just fine without the Sedins. Those of us who expected 5 years of terrible hockey in Vancouver are surprised.
  11. Controversial but: - the Oilers should consider trading McDavid in a Lindros-type deal package and get 5-6 solid NHL players. Otherwise, it will take 4-5 years to form the team to support McDavid and seriously contend. - Montoya should get a 1-yr bridge so there's stability in the net - since the Oilers can't afford any high profile goalies hitting the market this summer anyway.
  12. Agree. It's not going to be a process of finding the best GM but a GM candidate willing to take on the Oilers in their current state knowing it will be an uphill battle. Somebody that has bare minimum qualifications but no other prospects or shot at an NHL job and nothing to lose. I feel like that's how PC got his job in the first place... Either way, we are in for another 1-2 seasons of re-shaping the roster, addressing the cap crunch left behind by PC, re-defining the Oilers' identity, finding a new coach, a new system - i.e. no playoffs any time soon. I'm surprised people still spend their hard earned money attending the games as high as the ticket prices and concessions are. At the same time, it's January and the Oilers are still within a shot of the wildcard spot which is positive compared to last year.
  13. So what are some long-term GM options out there? Any guesses?
  14. One thing that's hopefully clear by now is that the coaching is not the root of the problem.
  15. Yeah, no playoffs again this year. They'd need at least 45 points in the remaining 37 games, which is highly unlikely to happen. I don't see any catalyst that would spring the team up other than getting Klefbom back eventually. The recent losses to Vancouver (2x), LA and Arizona have been very sobering.
  16. It's not a train but a rollercoaster. The expectations are high before each ride, then we go through ups and downs and end up exactly in the same place where we started.
  17. All trades are futile if the players don't work hard and play as a team. If the Oilers miss the playoffs this year I believe that's it for P. Chiarelli. Hello, Ken Holland?
  18. I was just teasing. Imagine if the two teams do end up playing each other in the playoffs this year. We can dream I guess.
  19. Ha! So you are a Flames fan not an Alberta fan! I knew it all those years!
  20. Surprised it's Talbot again especially since the Wild got 4 shots past him on 28 shots (.857 pct) on Oct 30.
  21. The more defense oriented system is what the team desperately needs. Unfortunately, McDavid can kiss his Art Ross good bye - an I'm totally OK with that.
  22. There was an article on oilersnation yesterday why they should claim him. I guess it's another low-cost shot and finding a viable right handed winger as Chiasson is currently the only one. He'll probably start in Patrick Russell's spot?
  23. Koskinen is the starter tonight. Looks like Talbot will have to earn his starts going forward unless he gets traded soon.
  24. Yes, Koskinen is in the process of taking over as the #1 and Talbot seems to be only watching his starting job disappear.
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