Oilers Quick Hits..

By , April 17, 2013 4:57 pm

So I had an actual work day today, and missed the goings on with the Oil today.

One of them, was an apology from Kevin Lowe for his comments about there being “two types of fans”. I’m pretty sure that anyone offended by his words the other day are going to still be just as offended.

The other was the signing of Yale forward Andrew Miller. This makes me wish I watched the NCAA Frozen Four, but I completely forgot about this. Ah well. It’s a one year deal and I don’t see any problem with this, although we really should be concerned about the number of contracts we have and not waste them on just anyone. The one thing I’ve noticed is this guy is quite small at 5’8, 170lbs. Beyond that, I know nothing about him yet.. but will do some digging.

Justin Schultz was also named the AHL defenseman of the year, which is impressive considering how he only played 34 games there. I’m pretty surprised he didn’t win rookie of the year too. But hey, defenseman of the year is pretty much as good or better.

Oilers 3, Wild 5 – Game 42 – 2013-04-16 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 16, 2013 11:33 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild
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16-18-7 Record 23-16-3
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 16, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST


So the Oilers decided to cut loose patsy Steve Tambellini yesterday. In turn, the Oilers pushed Craig MacTavish into the hot seat as General Manager, and moved Scott Howson into MacT’s old position, which I call the “hanging out until I’m promoted” spot. I believe the correct title is Sr. VP of Hockey Operations, however. This came with a wave of emotions. Was it warranted? I definitely think so. But was it the complete “solution”? Definitely not. Kevin Lowe is still here, and a lot of people aren’t happy about it.

In yestereday’s presser, Edmonton Journal reporter John MacKinnon asked MacTavish how he can reassure things will be different when the people that created the mess are still here. Ouch. I think mostly that was directed at Lowe, but Howson and MacTavish also had a part of “the mess”, albeit a lesser one (especially Howson, who wandered off before shit really got bad). Anywho, MacTavish didn’t take this too well and ended up defending his time here saying basically that he didn’t think he did anything wrong with his time here, to which I agree. At that point, Lowe jumped in and went on a rant that will forever be remembered. He was clearly pissed off. He commented on how the group got the Oilers to 1 win away from a Stanley Cup… warranted. MacKinnon (or someone) then piped in “7 years ago”. Lowe’s response was that the reporter and everyone knew the “cycle of that” and that the Oilers “chased the dream” for fans, trying to get that team back to cup form, but failed. I think that’s fair, and puts a little more perspective on why they claim the rebuild started in 2010. I’m still not so sure about that, but it’s feasible. Lowe then went on to mention his place in Oilers history, with a Patrick-Royesque “I can’t hear you with my 6 cup rings in my ear” speech. That’s not what he said, but that was pretty much the gist of it.

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Tambellini fired… MacTavish takes on General Manager position, Howson to take over MacT’s old role

By , April 15, 2013 9:52 am
The more things chance, the more they stay the same.

The more things chance, the more they stay the same.

The Edmonton Oilers have fired Steve Tambellini as General Manager. In an ironic twist of fate, a man Tambellini once fired, has been named his replacement – Craig MacTavish.

My thoughts here:

1) Happy that Tambellini is gone. He did a terrible job. I think the “apologist” types would say that he was a puppet for Lowe and company. Maybe.. but if that’s the case, he’s really useless anyways.

2) I think Lowe should be gone too. Clearly he’s a part of the mess and isn’t doing anything to help. He won’t be gone, however.

3) I like Craig MacTavish. Smart guy. He brings a coaching perspective to this. He knows what made life difficult for him as a coach and will likely work a lot closer with Krueger.

4) I hate that we stuck with the same ol’ same ol’. OBC forever, folks.

Minute improvement, like much of what we’ve seen around here. But I’ll give it a chance.

Scott Howson will also replace Craig MacTavish as Head Senior in Charge of Waiting Around for Someone To Get Fired… or Sr. Vice President of Hockey Operations, for short.

Talk is cheap, but MacTavish said all the right stuff I hoped to hear.. much of it is in this big quote of his I put together from the presser (Read on): Continue reading 'Tambellini fired… MacTavish takes on General Manager position, Howson to take over MacT’s old role'»

Oilers 1, Flames 4 – Game 41 – 2013-04-13 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , April 13, 2013 12:02 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames
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16-17-7 Record 15-21-4
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 13, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST


The fat lady has sung. It’s over. The other teams are increasing their gap on us too much for there really to be a chance. Not only does Edmonton have to outpace the 9th, 10th and 11th place teams now, but they of course have to outpace their original target, Detroit, by 7 points (possibly 6, if we somehow picked up the tie breaker… gaining 4 more regulation or overtime wins on Detroit in the process). This just isn’t going to happen in 8 games. That basically means that not only does Edmonton need to be perfect, but Detroit needs a monumental loss and needs to completely fall apart. Let’s also throw in the fact the Oilers have been struggling to win put a string of wins together all season (although they did win 5 in a row leading up to this 4 game losing streak). I do expect a win tonight for the Oilers, which will mislead some people into thinking that maybe this team still has what it takes to make the playoffs… they just don’t. It takes a lot for me to give up on the season’s playoff hopes, but I have now. I’ll still watch the games now though and hope for all the wins they can get, even if their draft position potentially gets worse.

Hemsky will be out for at least a week with a “nagging foot injury” from blocking a short a while back. That means more opportunity for Yakupv. With 8 games left and no hope in making the playoffs, I wouldn’t mind seeing Yakupov with Hall and Nuge for a bit, or even with Gagner and Hall.. juggle the lines a bit to maximize offensive potential, and see what he can make with it. Of course it could be a disaster defensively too, but who knows.

Lines below have been confirmed. Khabibulin gets the start tonight, which I don’t think is a bad idea considering Dubnyk played a pretty bad one the last game. But you aren’t going to win too many games with one goal, so I don’t pin the loss on him.. just saying it is a good time for some Khabi action.
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Oilers 1, Coyotes 3 – Game 40 – 2013-04-10 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 10, 2013 10:22 am
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16-16-7 Record 17-16-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 10, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST


The Oilers are on the ropes. Not mathematically done, but basically done. They’re going to need a miracle at this point. They don’t hold the tie breaker on Detroit or Dallas (regulation or overtime wins), so that makes life tough, as is. They’re also now 4 points out of a playoff spot with 9 games left to make up that difference. They can’t worry about other teams though, only themselves. They can’t worry about Saturday’s game yet, only today’s. They just have to keep showing some fight until they are mathematically eliminated. The problem is, I’m not sure they’ve shown that much fight as of late, outside of the usual suspects. Some players like Hall are dragging this team along, while others such as .. well… let’s just say the usual people… are dragging this team down, instead. I don’t think this team is really built yet for playoffs, or to even compete to make the playoffs, so I give them a bit of slack.

They have glaring holes, so a lot of this rests on the shoulders of the GMs that continually watch it happen. There are fans that seem to accept this too, making excuses: “we can’t trade during the regular season.. it never happens. We can’t sign guys in the off-season, they won’t come here (granted, they won’t if we keep messing things up here). We can’t trade guys leading up to the deadline, because we might crush the team’s spirit (a lot of good that did). We can’t trade for guys during the off-season, because we should see what we have here first. Where are we going to find a big center.. no one trades those.” Enough with the stupid excuses. The management doesn’t need our free pass. Management needs to address the team needs. Other teams trade for big centers from time to time.. other teams trade in the course of a season, even if it’s more rare. We also didn’t need to go through another bad season to recognize the holes. Just because The Hockey News thought we’d be good doesn’t mean we don’t have issues here. I would have fired the group a while ago, but I’d imagine Katz is on the same page as our management group.

Anyways, enough on that.. this is a new game, and we just have to take them 1 by 1. Every loss is going to be astronomical, but until there is no chance, there’s still a chance.. so I hope to see some “give a damn” the remainder of our games. Will we make the playoffs? As I told my friend, Vygur: “The realist in me says no. The optimist in me says.. probably not.” But it ain’t over til it’s over.

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