There was lots of time spent on cleaning this thread up after several personal attacks and off-topic comments. Cool it with that stuff and keep this thread on-topic, or else we'll have to lock it down. Thanks.
__________________ "How many Twix does that make for you today? Like eight Twix?!"
As Barnes said, maybe this has taught MacT a lesson about communication. Let's see where this takes us in the last 10 games.
Oh and BTW, being against Zionism doesn't mean you're anti Semitic. I would know this considering that I wear a Yarmulke and my last name ends in witz. But I digress, it wasn't me that brought it up in the first place.
"For me, it's just carry the puck and don't be scared to turn it over. I'm here to make plays. I should play my game. When I play my game, I'm good. I can't be scared to play my game."
That quote really sticks out to me.
Where have I heard that before???
Originally Posted by Oilfan#81
From TSN (taken from the Ottawa Citizen):
Unless you are Robbie Schremp. He's the former London Knights phenom who can do cooler things with a puck than a stripper can with a pole. For four years, he's been trying to crack the Edmonton Oilers' lineup. He now finds himself in a three-way fight for the 13th forward spot. To him, this preseason only means ... everything.
"I want to be an Oiler," Schremp says, almost desperately. "I don't want to be a Springfield Falcon anymore, no offence to them. I'm so sick of the minors. This is where I've dreamed of playing. I don't want to go home."
And so every game, every shift, Schremp feels intense pressure to make all the right decisions and show he belongs.
"You just keep thinking, 'Don't screw up.' I just can't screw up because the next guy is right there. It's so close. It's incredibly frustrating, really, having no security. I just sit around my hotel room all afternoon thinking, worrying about whether or not I'll make it. It's hell."
To get this a bit more on topic...
The comments by Hemsky are indeed odd to say the least. If we take them at face value then his comments have, so far, been the most direct criticism of the coaching staff (although I'd use the term "criticism" somewhat lightly). The "checkers" comments was, imo, quite calculated since it resonates well with the growing anti-MacT crowd. He complains that he wants to play his game and that he plays best when he plays his own game. There is a definite vibe that suggests MacT is somehow trying to force some players to play a game they are not used to, although, in theory, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
However, these comments can be taken positively because Hemsky emphatically states that he wants to be a leader of the Oilers. He wants to be the go to guy. You should always love to hear the star player of your team make those kind of comments. (Imagine if the Oilers had Torts who is notorious for riding his best players ) Either way, I suspect MacT will be gone by the end of the year. No way is Hemsky going to be the odd man out in all of this.
But the fact that Hemsky so openly spoke to the media does signify not everything is alright in the locker room.