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  1. A series of bad moved have doomed the Oilers Drafting Nail number one. Granted it was a poor draft class but still he bombed and is in the argument as the worst number one ever. Hall for Larsson even up. Eberle for Strome Reinhart for what turned out to be Barzal Giving up on Schultz instead of defining a role The Lucic signing Constant rotation of other organizations lower end rejects such as Rattie, Kassian and Chiasson expecting them to play bigger roles than they are ever going to be capable of drafting Puljujarvi ahead of Tkachuk, Nylander or Keller who went right behind so bad drafting, even worse developing, questionable decision making as for roster management, trading players out on a whim, horrible signings and hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with other teams rejects which happens but rarely. McDavid and Draisatl could be playing with Hall, Eberle, Barzal, Galchenyuk (if taken ahead of Yakupov) and RNH, Schultz could and should be in the middle pair bringing veteran presence to the defense instead of Larsson who I like but who would not have been needed if they hadn't given up on Schultz at about the time he finally completed the difficult learning curve of an nhl defenseman. This organization needs a complete overhaul, management wise. They have very few actual movable pieces at this point, they need to hold their picks and draft well and probably make a splash in free agency but it is looking pretty bad. Frustrating when you have a generational talent who will keep you from picking at the bottom of the draft singlehanded but the talent around him is not playoff caliber.
  2. It truly is stunning. The team's biggest weaknesses - PK and goaltending - went unaddressed in the offseason. That's a big failure. And there really aren't any "easy" games in sight, except maybe Ottawa. Guess that's what happens when you're an unpredictable, mediocre team. However, the injuries to Elliott and Neuvirth provide a built-in excuse to keep Hak's job safe. In any event, I would be stunned if Hextall fired him in the middle of the season.
  3. The Edmonton Oilers have fired head coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock, Sportsnet has confirmed. The swap at head coach will be the only change behind the Oilers bench. The move comes after a poor run that has seen the Oilers lose six of their past seven games, including a pair of tough results this past weekend against the Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights. McLellan, 51, finishes his tenure in Edmonton with a record of 123-119-24 in 266 regular-season games over three-plus seasons behind the bench. Outside of a trip to the post-season in 2016-17, McLellan’s time with the Oilers has been a disappointment given the talent the team boasts – most notably Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. McLellan was hired in May 2015 by general manager Peter Chiarelli after seven seasons with San Jose Sharks, where he led the team to six playoff appearances and three division titles. [Hidden Content]
  4. He had a shorter stint with the Blues than with the Wild...Any team that hires him will be downgrading.
  5. I don't know. He's survived worse. The conventional thinking would dictate that he be fired. However, Hextall isn't conventional and Hakstol's hiring is Exhibit A in that regard. Also, there is so little separation between the top and bottom teams in the conference. It's amazing. Another excuse Hextall could use...
  6. I tend to agree with this... Hextall is a very patient and cautious guy. But I have to believe that Hak wouldn't survive a 6 game losing streak, which would put us in the basement of the Eastern conference (currently two points out). And the three teams below us have 1-2 games in hand.
  7. I love his system....skate harder and faster...GO!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. It makes you wonder if the issues with the team are not much deeper than just head coach. If I remember correctly Hitch was fired rather abruptly to bring in Yeo in his last season. AND out of the blue (pun intended) Assistant, GM Marty Brodeur leaves the organization this summer. And the team just failed to get out of the gate. There is quite a bit of chatter that the Blues Fans would like for Quenneville to be hired, but that may be too steep of a price tag as Chicago would like for his next employer to take on that $6M salary the Hawks are paying him along with the year and a half salary left over from Yeo. Sink or swim I think the cheap Berube will be the coach for the remainder of the season.
  9. The one word I would use to describe the Oilers is this REACTIVE Schultz isn't developing fast enough, dump him. Hall has struggled, dump him. Eberle has a poor playoff run, dump him. Then they look around and realize they have nothing left and overpay for a Russell and Lucic. Bad organizations do that PROACTIVE is what great organizations are described as. Take the Penguins, Neal is developing a bad rep, trade him for essentially the same player at less money in Hornqvist. Kessel is available, get the Leafs to take part of the salary. Make it an open secret that Fleury is a goner to the Knights but keep him around to mentor Murray as long as possible. Add Schultz and Oleksaik and hand them off to the d-man whisperer. reactive creates chaos. Proactive creates winners.
  10. The last (and only) Iowa Wild's nominee's were Teemu Pulkkinen, Jordan Schoeder and Jeremy Smith, AHL career men all of them. So as a token of Wild's player development this means very little although none of those guys were drafted by the Wild. Could Kahkonen be Wild's trailblazer?
  11. Couldn't be happier that this news is spreading like a plague.
  12. But is this change for the better...
  13. If anyone ever deserved to be fired, it's him. Completely inept.
  14. Boudreau pointed out his team may have crashed the net, but rarely did they really screen Crawford. In fact he criticized their penchant to want to hang around 'on the sides' of the crease instead of stepping out in front to make things really difficult for Crawford. I think its accurate and fair criticism from Boudreau and some of us have been saying that for years. This is a team that wants to avoid paying the price...
  15. Sabers win 42-0 and we never hear the end of it from halibut man
  16. Watch on last Sat during second and third period on hockey in Canada. Just want some jam in the game. No goons but like Tocchett and Neely that are all around players. In the end just like my hockey want them to win.
  17. I've been telling myself "stay away from this conversation" but, it's slow at work and I think this "lack of toughness" take us utter ********. @TropicalFruitGirl26 is right on point by saying a mentally weak team rolls up the carpets and heads for Buffalo down 5-1 with less than 10 to play. This team kept skating, kept going to the net and was finally rewarded. That's toughness, that game was over, yet somehow this group managed a point when the parking lot was filling up after the 5th goal. This same group of players managed to keep playing and grinding even though they didn't win 10 straight games last year, somehow that bunch of gutless sissies managed to accrue 98 points and a playoff berth. Mentally weak teams fold the tents and don't make the playoffs after that. I don't give a **** about fighting anymore, the league has made it so that aspect of the game isn't accessible. The self policing and pressure release from home and home games isn't tolerated. The staged fights suck, the game suffers IMO because of this, however this is the reality we live in. Longing for a game and style that is no longer feasible is a fools errand. Losing on the scoreboard but beating someone's ass still means losing on the scoreboard, they don't give cups to the guys that win the fights until they're in their 60's and at the home. This team is repeatedly betrayed by its goaltending and penalty kill. Fighting and "toughness" do not fix those issues.
  18. I voted for "Sweden" because that's where I'd like to see him end up. I don't like this guy at all despite whatever 'talent' he has. He is a bona-fide prima donna. The type that causes all kinds of problems on a team due to his 'me first', selfish attitude. He flies by, doesn't back check, cherry picks, takes all the credit for goals when someone else has in fact done all the work. I hope he holds out until Dec. 1st and finds that Dubas has traded him to Carolina or Phoenix where he can fade into the background at 6 million a year. Good riddance!
  19. @radoran Vanek is a first ballot guy in the Hall of Very Good Players.
  20. I have a rather long winded post about this sort of thing.....maybe relevant, maybe not....pick it apart if you wish, but here it is... My 39 cents, as I like to say, from a Florida gal who likes to think she is just as knowledgeable about this wonderful winter sport as any Minnesotan or Canadian... Compared to many of you Wild fans, I am relatively "new" to the Minnesota hockey scene. I really started following the franchise around the 2005-06 season and have been an NHL fan since around the 94-95 season (forgive my incorrect seasons if I didn't get it right...it was the year the Rangers won the Cup after about 900 years...)… Lightning from around that time, Lightning and Wild from 05 onward. Anyways, while I don't know a ton about the North Stars previously, what I DO KNOW, comes from my husband, a Minneapolis native and longtime follower of Minnesota sports that includes the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, and yes, the North Stars. Notice I didn't mention the Wild in there with regards to him. That's because, while he does sorta follow what they are doing, and listens to whatever I have to say about them, they actually are more MY team than his, ironic, since I am a born n raised Clearwater Beach, FL gal. My point being, like many Minnesota pro hockey fans, he never forgave the North Star ownership for leaving the fanbase behind, spent the time between the N.Stars leaving and the Wild being brought in focusing more on the NFL, the MLB, the NBA, and the college rank sports (he loves his Gophers basketball), and when Minnesota once again got a pro hockey team, he DID welcome them.....but, to hear him tell it...."it just isn't the same". And I suspect many longtime MN hockey fans perhaps feel the same. While having a pro hockey team in the state is fantastic, the Wild STILL have not measured up to the North Stars in pure fan affection. Why? Could be lots of reasons. Some of you already pointed out about the ownership of the Wild....how, frankly, the team was looked at as "boring" under the systems of Jacque Lamaire (much like the NJ Devils teams of his were), but worse than that, they were "boring", but unlike NJ, didn't win anything. Also, the rules of hockey have been changing dramatically...moving away from the bash n pound style of the 80's and 90's ( I understand the North Stars, while also not winning any Cups, could at least ice some real tough hombres to stand up to anyone in the league), and to a more finesse type league where the types of players Minnesota fans were used to no longer really had a place. Just lots of transition from the time the North Stars left all the way to even today, with the Minnesota Wild and their quest to continue to gain mindshare amongst their own fans and the NHL as a whole. I would dare say the recent Wild teams, talent-wise, are probably better than many Minnesota North Stars teams, player for player. However, compared to the former MN pro team, today's Wild, to many, just seem..... tepid at best. The current franchise, aside from some improbable runs earlier in their history with cast off players, simply has not done a whole lot to really excite and invigorate the hardcore Minnesota pro sports fan. As for performance on the ice, well, that goes to management, coaching, and the types of players the franchise has drafted or signed, obviously...………. but perhaps, and I am NOT giving management any kind of excuse here, if the Wild fanbase were as rabid about the team as the fans were about the North Stars (could still happen......time, time, time....hopefully), maybe management would have been under more pressure to ice a more exciting, identifiable, or just plain "fun team" to watch than they have done for the most part already. Don't get me wrong...I like watching the Minnesota Wild play, but talking to former North Stars fans, and LIVING with one, I can sorta see their point of view.....its almost like, "Well, we like having a pro sports team. The Wild are nice. They are ok." But then it is left at that....and maybe management perceives that kind of attitude as, "Well, what we have been giving them is satisfactory" Satisfactory. Hardly the word you want to use to describe what should be a very exciting team, with a rabid fanbase, with fans who have hockey in their DNA, and a team located in an area where tons of NHL players could say they call home. Also, side note.....what is up with the Wild NOT drafting, developing or otherwise encouraging Russian pro players to the franchise? I notice many of their players are either Minnesota boys (again, not surprising because many DO come from the state), or of Scandinavian origin (Fins, Swedes)…..again, understandable because the state as a whole is rooted in Scandinavian peoples. But the Russians produce EXCELLENT hockey players....many of which are pretty good scorers too (though many Russian forwards may not be as defensively responsible...but that can be taught)...AND exciting players too! It is great that you want to give a primarily Scandinavian fanbase some players they can likely ethnically relate too (and the Fins and Swedes DO produce good players too, obviously), but don't limit where you get your talent from! Get some Russians in here....get some backwoods raw boned Canadian boys in here.....get some players who all they think about is rushing the net or shooting the puck so hard, that goalies want to retire early....even if they are a bit defensively deficient. Excite the fanbase. Get them to be more than just "satisfied" with the product.... there would be less cynical fans then, less grumbling, and management would be forced to see that "doing just enough" isn't going to cut it.....and then MAYBE a superior, exciting, and championship caliber product becomes the norm round these parts. Just a relative "outsider's view" to what the OP originally alluded to.
  21. The last few years the Wild have had to trim down their middle of the road FA signings in order to retain players like Coyle, Granlund, Nino, Zucker, Spurgeon... And in essence they're pretty much forced to get dirt cheap older players straining to keep playing. Bargain dwellers to say the least. Tweak, tweak tweak. Going into this season available cap space wasn't even marginal. Their Cup bid has a huge crack in it. Who has hopes of what next years roster will look like?
  22. Gritty drives a '97 Lumina with a wonky transmission.

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