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  1. one-bit

    Welcome Home! Coach Hitchcock

    Sharptooth, I get that it's exciting for the team to be winning right now but it's a ten game sample size. I don't think we should be planning any parades yet.
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    GDT: Cowgary at Edmonchuk 7PM(MT) Sun, Dec 9.18 SNW

    Ice looks a little lame tonigt. Some strange hops
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    Shhh. Don't tell HappyHappy that. He still thinks you should raise with them
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    That's like asking, if I lose the next time I have pocket aces in a poker game, will I be convinced to never play the hand again. Small data samplings have no meaning to me.
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    I agree with everything you said here and it's what gives me hope. The current results are still very much linked to "impressing the new boss" but if Hitch gets them to fully buy in and the result going forward is consistent effort then I will officially declare myself his greatest fan.
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    FWIW, I was never a fan of TMac's. I didn't like the constant line blender, didn't like the way certain players were used (JJK, PLRV, Lucic, Kassian), didn't think they were always prepared to play. Plus, more than once when we were on mini-winning streaks he made changes to the line up for no apparent reason. It was too much like throwing darts at a board blindfolded. Still, I'm not ready to give Hitch the keys to the city based on a 9 game run. My issue with this team over the past 12 years has always been consistency and a 9 game run doesn't alleviate those concerns.
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    Ten games in, is it more likely that new guy has magically transformed the defense and shifted the culture of the team or that the players are embarrassed about getting their previous coach fired and having to prove their value to the new coach?
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    You might be right. Thing is, over the last couple years, the 2 biggest problems with the Oilers have been consistency and complacency. They win a few, lose a bunch, win a few more. Now, after a 6 - 2 -1 run people want to give Hitch the keys to the city. It's no wonder this board is so nasty and negative most the time... people get so delirious at the tiniest signs of pending success that "let down" is almost a foregone conclusion.
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    I appreciate you making my argument for me. You said: "The adjustments Hitch has made defensively". Then went on to say: "The players are buying in". MacLellan talked about forwards not coming back deep enough. Obviously, he was trying to teach the same thing. Why are they buying in now and not with TMac? My point is that, for whatever reason, TMac wasn't getting through and Hitch is; which is why Chia deserves credit for making the change. It simply can't be stated that Hitch fixed all the defensive systems in a few weeks. He did however, get the players to buy in. A big part of the reason for that was players getting a wake up call the day TMac was fired. We can't compare this team to L.A., Chicago or St. Louis. Each team has it's own issues. Edmonton's biggest problems have been goaltending, consistency and complacency. Since Hitch arrived, 2 of those issues have, at least temporarily, corrected themselves. Consistency is a long way from being proven. I'm hoping Hitch is the guy that finally gets that from them.
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    Welcome Home! Coach Hitchcock

    There is talent on this team. We have seen what they are capable of. There is/was nothing wrong with MacLellan's systems. The problem was that for whatever reason, he couldn't get them to consistently buy what he was selling and thus a change became necessary. Good coach, good players, wrong chemistry between them. It happens.
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    What are the differences between Who says that changing coaches didn't charge those teams up? I don't personally know enough about their situations to adequately comment. Here's what I DO KNOW: 1. The Oilers were one game away from the conference finals 2 years ago under TMac. (Can the same be said about the teams you mentioned?) 2. These Oilers were 8:3:1 at the start of the year and were beating the best teams in the league. (Can the same be said for those other teams?) 3. These Oilers have the best player on the planet. (Do the others?) 4. Goaltending since Hitch took over has been exceptional. (Same for L.A., Chi and St. Loo?) Let me repeat, even Hitch says he hasn't been here long enough to have made significant difference. While I posit that TMac's firing is the major catalyst for their recent success, one could conceivably argue that it's simply a coincidence. One thing you cannot argue is that Hitchcock has somehow magically fixed all the systems on this team in less than 3 weeks time.
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    By the way, it's like I said, they're human, just like you and me. So who doesn't work a little harder to impress the new boss?
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    What charged them up? Their coach getting fired. To whom should the credit go? Chiarelli, for doing what had to be done.
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    WILD @ OILERS - Dec 7 - 7pm mst, snw

    Interesting. Was just listening to Hitch on the radio and he, himself, agrees that they have not played enough hockey, practice or games, for his systems to have had any significant impact on the team. Sports is not magic, coaches don't come in, wave a magic wand and fix things over night. The reality is, we have seen what this team is capable of. They were 8 - 3 - 1 at the start of the season under TMac and beating some damn fine teams. Were the systems broken then? No. They became complacent. Started reading their own press and stopped putting in the effort. We all saw it. Suddenly, coach is fired and the effort returns. Fighting for pucks, fighting for space, driving the net... all things we saw at the start of the year but we want to credit Hitch for this latest round of heroic effort? Even he would say that's wrong. In the short term, success is to the credit of Chia who gave them a kick in the quantum singularity by firing TMac. How well Hitch is able to manage their newfound commitment to playing the right way will be his real test.
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