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  1. Let's take it to the Leafs boys! Lots of pressure on Stolarz but things are never easy with the Oilers. Reider scores in the 1st period (possibly a shorty)...then is sent down to the Bake for inconsistent play. Looking for a 60 minute, 200 foot game tonight as we kick things up a notch. Thanks for the GDT, C2G...now get your sons, nephews, and grandkids hot for the win!
  2. We gotta make the home barn more intimidating for the visitors...what about some English soccer singing for 60 minutes? The Oilers gave the Nucks a clinic on puck management for 2 periods, then seemed to ease up too much. But we got the 2 pts...and more to come on Saturday!
  3. RIP Ted Lindsay. I actually saw him play (on TV) in the late '50s while he was with Detroit. He was the meanest sombitch you could find in a small body! Off the ice, a real gentleman and friendly character. I remember how awful he was treated by Adams / Detroit (on behalf of the teams' owners when he started organizing the players. But he stuck with it and here we are today...well done!
  4. The playoff watch continues....the Oilers sit at 65 points and those in the know suggest we need about 90 pts to get a wildcard spot. In other words, we need to win 75% of the remaining games. So, we start with the Canucks! While our home record is not very promising, Hitchcock feels that is about to change as our players bring more patience to their home games (i.e. don't fall apart if we get behind - get even!). We've been rolling quite well as of late (7 of 10 points on the road), Koskinen is playing like a money goalie, and our roster is in pretty good shape. Khaira appears to be ready but not certain whether he draws in. Look for some Hitchcockesque tweaks to the lineup, but the main order of business would be to come out hard and fast and get ahead. GO OILERS !!!!!!!! P.S. has anyone had a Gravel sighting or update? Seems like he's just disappeared.
  5. Bill....McTavish as VP of hockey operations was responsible for the Condors...no direct Oilers involvement. The President of hockey operations has broader responsibilites than the GM...he has the corporate functions (marketing, partnerships, community etc), as well as overseeing the AHL and ECHL teams, in addition to the Oilers. Also, he's the one responsible for setting the course / plan for the team, acts as the alternate governor (usually) and deals with the league. If the GM can just focus on the Oilers, coaching, and scouting, that makes for a better arrangement.
  6. One approach I'm liking more and more is that of making the President of Hockey Operations a separate position from the GM. Chiarelli held both positions and that greased the skids for this team as there wasn't a direct oversight to the GM's handling of things (BN became too remote in the organization to take that on...as he always deferred to "Peter's plan..."). I don't have any solid ideas about who the POHO might be, but I would be comfortable with K Gretzky as the GM in that situation. He's led our amateur scouting, knows the business (Boston and here), and with solid guidance from a credible / capable POHO, could succeed here.
  7. So, we're all agreed then....our first pick will be used to get any player from PEI,
  8. Well done Oilers!!! That's all we've asked of you for the past 50+ games...better late than never.
  9. Here's a chance for wishful thinking....my choice would be Jon Cooper (TBL). He hasn't extended his contract with the Bolts, so he's free to sign in July. Why would he come here? Well, if the Bolts win or lose this season, he's pretty much achieved a lot already in Tampa. And, I believe the McDavid factor (Leon, young prospects, building a fast and skilled team also) would be enticing to him. He's a Canuck enjoying the Florida climate and favourable tax regime, but he would likely consider "compensation" for giving that up. Sure it's a long shot but the Oilers need to go after the best - management and players - to create a new culture here and make this a more desirable destination.
  10. Looks like we're going with the same lineup today as the Sens game. The Blue Jackets will be a much tougher game and the Oilers are wearing down - not a good thing, especially in the matinee time slot. GO OILERS !!!!!!
  11. Very disappointing trade deadline. How was KG not able to convince 30 GMs that our bottom six forwards are really cleverly disguised all-stars?
  12. Whatever else we do this season, the OMB must sign Fogolin to provide the graphics...hilarious! Again!
  13. Even in a season filled with struggles, beating the Leafs is always a highlight...let's do it, Oilers! It appears that Klefbom will play after that nasty wrist injury against the Preds, and our bad-boy is back in the lineup after the 2-game suspension. This game outta be a whole lot of fun with plenty of highlights. Connor must be champing at the bit and there's no better venue than in front of his hometown crowd. Hang on tight. GO OILERS !!!!!!!!
  14. Regarding the Russian players... When these guys think about playing in the NHL, they think about the better aspects of being here. They love the New Yorks, California teams, Florida, Boston, Chicago because of the sizzle of those places. Sure, they've heard of the Oilers and Gretzky, etc but living in Edmonton is not exciting to them. They play here if it means getting in the door of the NHL, but that's pretty much it.
  15. Sometimes I think the whole draft business is a crap shoot. For instance, Detroit got Datsyiuk in the 7th round. On the other hand, we got Yakopov 1st overall. Regardless of scouting talent, the whole thing is a crap shoot, mainly because we're trying to project how an 18 year old will develop / grow / etc into an adult elite league. Scouts can't win for trying in those circumstances. So, I'm not wedded to keeping draft picks per se. If our #2 helps move Lucic's contract, then do it. There's not much perceived trade value in rounds 4 to 7. Almost better to take a chance on picking.
  16. Fog ??????? Think you misread my comments....home ice is not good news.
  17. Still in the home stand, so that's not good news. Will Connor be in the lineup? GO OILERS !!!!!!!!
  18. Hey Bronco...have a great trip and change from this winter world. Of course, we'll save a seat for you on the SC Parade planning committee.
  19. Gotta think you're right JT....this business is not about injuries. Can't help wonder why now...before we name a new GM? It's not like there's a lot of trade interest for him....hmmm.
  20. The jury's out on him...until I see him actually play some games behind this team.
  21. We've all had a nice break and a chance to renew our enthusiasm for more hockey! Right? Some roster changes expected - Sekera draws in? Manning, not. Also, JP and JJK have been placed on IR due to complications arising from ? For those of you that think "Oilers" and "playoffs" belong in the same sentence, we're 7 pts out....have your drinks ready. For the rest of us, handicapping the draft....have your drinks ready. GO OILERS !!!!!
  22. After 1 period, we have not been scored on. Gagner's first game back with the Oilers. Coincidence????
  23. Hard to believe that with all the history the Oilers have been through since Gagner left, that he's only 29 years old! He should be like geezer old! He started with us when he was 18-19...wow.
  24. With Elliott being UFA next year, then we'd be bringing in a rental...in other words, the trade is only about getting some cap space (Sekera). As we're not "planning" on playoffs this year (and likely next year as well), going with Montoya for the rest of this season and possibly Starett next year (assuming we don't sign Elliott as a free agent) could work out. The sum total of all this is that we still don't / won't have a quality starting goalie. Lots of prospects, so Koskinen and ? will have to hold the fort for another season at least.
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