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Dallas Eakins About To Be On The Hot Seat

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Eakins’ failure to instill a defensive posture into this roster may be his undoing. Yes, the goaltending undermines everything. But this team is incapable of pulling its horns in on a night when two-thirds of its top line is out of the lineup due to injury, and trying for the 2-1 win. Edmonton simply bleeds point blank chances on a nightly basis, and considering that the GM added four veteran players over the summer — two on defence — you might look to the coach to install a system that limits the chances.

Vancouver is in town Friday night, as Edmonton opens up a seven-game home stand that Eakins’ job and the Oilers season hinges on. Rexall Place will be tense and angry if pucks start piling up behind Scrivens once again.

The term “goalie graveyard” is now being applied to Edmonton, and that is entirely fair. It’s been a coaching graveyard for some time now.

We wonder: if Dan Bylsma’s phone rang today and he saw the 780 area code, would he even pick up?

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Different Year, Same Results For The Oilers

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Yes, deju vu, all over again. How can we get a rewind of last season? Last year, the Oilers never got the swarm defence, chasing people around and leaving people wide-open and their goalie at the mercy of shooters, fully-cocked. There were not nearly enough saves, either, from Devan Dubnyk or Jason LaBarbera to bail the team out, somewhat. Dubnyk admits that.

This October, there is no swarm to denigrate, after the fact. Now, the Oilers can’t seem to check anybody in a different colour jersey in their end of the rink. The goal Arizona’s Rob Klinkhammer, hardly a sniper of the Steve Stamkos variety, scored Wednesday- the 4-2 goal where he was standing all by his lonesome- was painful to watch. Five guys in a freeze-frame, nobody taking a man. Certainly, Ben Scrivens has to make some saves–he admitted as much, more than once after the 7-4 loss (one empty netter to give Mikkel Boedker his first hat-trick, five goals in three games, the first-ever Coyote to start that hot–but, again, the Oilers team defence is, frankly, non-existent right now. It is, as we’ve said, like the opposition is playing against air.

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Below, watch coach Eaking post-game...

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The Edmonton Oilers Had No Fight Against The Los Angeles Kings

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Two minutes after LA Kings’ winger Tyler Toffoli made like Brett Hull, lacing a 25-footer under the crossbar after spinning away from a check, halfway through the first period Tuesday, Edmonton Oilers’ goalie Viktor Fasth went to the bench and then to the safety of the dressing room, hobbled by a sore groin. Most likely that wasn’t the only body part hurting a proud guy, but at least Fasth wasn’t put through 60 minutes of a nightmarish show.

There was no “we were in the fight” quote from coach Dallas Eakins after this one. The Oilers flat-out didn’t compete; they were like Wal-Mart greeters in the first period and into the early part of the second, waving the Kings in and asking if they could help them find anything The Kings didn’t any help finding the net. For a time it looked like it   might rival the 11-0 decimation by the Hartford Whalers in 1984, but the Oilers dug in a bit and wouldn’t let the Stanley Cup champions hit double figures. But make no mistake, this was a subterranian low.

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Video- Perhaps Another Example Why There Should Be A Coach’s Challenge

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The distinct and deliberate action demonstrated by Alexandre Burrows to play the puck with his hand constitutes a violation of rule 79.1 (Hand Pass). Play should have been immediately stopped once Dan Hamhuis gained puck possession following the redirect off the glove of Burrows.  No goal should have resulted on this play.

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The Edmonton Oilers Need To Pick Up the Pace

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

So the Edmonton Oilers have one loser point out of four on the table through their first two games, and they’ve given up nine goals, with the Stanley Cup ring-bearers next on the playbill.

Even with some good moments, it’s all about winning for the Oilers, and once again, they are stumbling out of the gate.

“At worst we have to be .500 in our first 10 games,” said David Perron.

That’s 10 points in October. They have one with eight games left. LA, Arizona (on the road), Vancouver, Tampa, Washington, Montreal, Carolina and Nashville at home to end October. They’ll have their usual road trip east during the annual rodeo at Rexall Place early next month — six games.

Make no mistake, there has been some light in the first two games.

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Video- One Time Owner Of The Edmonton Oilers, Peter Pocklington Introduced At Reunion Ceremony

The Edmonton Oilers held a reunion last night for the 1984 Stanley Cup team and the Oilers' website posted numerous videos of the celebration.

This one stood out for me...

 

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One Big Reunion In Edmonton

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

Fans who gobbled up 12,000 tickets in less than an hour will Friday watch the Boys on the Bus return to Rexall Place after 30 years.

But the 1984 Oilers Stanley Cup champions might be more excited about their reunion than even the city is about hosting them, Wayne Gretzky said.

“This team had such pizzazz and flair about it, so many Hall of Famers ... it was the perfect formula for memories,” said former Oiler Dave Lumley, his fingers grazing his Stanley Cup ring....

“It kind of reminds me of Grade 10, back in high school, when everybody goes their separate ways in the summer,” Lumley said. “Now take away how everybody looks ... and it’s like it was only three months ago that we were all together.”

The ’84 Oilers are now grey-haired men whose reunion has not only brought them back for the first time since that championship, but has also rekindled memories for those who watched them go on to win a total of five championships over the heady course of the next seven years.

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How Much Better Are The Edmonton Oilers?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The team that gave us the TV series “Oil Change” has ironically managed not to change even a bit. So we asked second year general manager Craig MacTavish on cut-down day: Why should fans think that this year is going to be any different?

“You’re underestimating the quality of our fans. The educated fan base would say there is a lot of reasons for optimism,” was how his reply began. Then he began to tick off the reasons:

“I know the goaltending is stabilized. We set out to make some changes and improve the depth on defence. We’ve done that. We’ve got development of our star players, [and additions] with Leon playing well. Teddy Purcell has played very well the last three games. Benoit Pouliot has been an extremely valuable addition.

“So there’s no question, in my mind, that we’re better. And we’re significantly better. But…” It was a big but. One that requires explanation.

The question with this team isn’t if it is better. Of course it is it, for all the reasons MacTavish just stated.

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Morning Line - Devan Dubnyk

“It’s a very fickle business and, you get a much bigger appreciation for having an opportunity to play in the NHL. You come to the rink every day, you have a chance to get to do it again. You get a really strong appreciation for that after what I went through last year.”

-Devan Dubnyk, goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes reflecting on his time with the Edmonton Oilers.  More from Dubnyk from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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Questioning Some Of The Signings Made By The Edmonton Oilers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Apparently, hiring all of the hockey analytics people west of Toronto wasn’t enough to save the Oilers from signing Group II free agent Justin Schultz to the single most illogical contract of the summer and, by extension, to save every other NHL front office from Edmonton.

But what else is new from this dysfunctional operation that for year upon year has whined, whined and whined some more about the collective bargaining agreement, but apparently doesn’t have the barest insight as how to apply the NHL’s governing document?

The Oilers sign unrestricted free agents to contracts that appear cockamamie (Benoit Pouliot, five years for $20 million; Nikita Nikitin, two years for $9 million) because they have to pay players more in order to entice them to move to Edmonton. They’re not the only team in that situation, cough, cough, Charles Wang’s Islanders. Fair enough.

But for no discernible reason whatsoever, the Oilers under Kevin Lowe’s watch have doled out a flurry of questionable second contracts to players straight out of Entry Level lacking any leverage, including the twin seven-year, $42 million deals with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

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