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02-22-2013, 12:55 AM
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Lindy Ruff?

Let me preface by saying Ralph Krueger isn't at fault for everything and probably deserves at least a full season.

Tambellini should obviously be fired too as soon as the season is over.

Having said that ... Lindy Ruff is available. And who knows for how long.

And the team is playing about as flat as I've seen them play even over the last few years under Krueger. Something's not right, I don't even mind the losses as we're not going to be world beaters with a group this raw, but this team is flatter than soda that's been left out over night. Should we consider making a move here? If we wait, Ruff will likely get scooped up by someone else.

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02-22-2013, 12:57 AM
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I would like it,


But Honestly i think it has more to do with personnel on the ice

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I would have liked Ruff and a new gm (Burke or anyone with a brain). But we all know that will never happen

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I think Krueger is a great coach, and I have a lot of respect for him. Having said that, he is not the coach this team needs. That is brutally clear at this point in the season.

Ruff is an excellent alternative in my opinion. All options need to be explored at this point.

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02-22-2013, 12:59 AM
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Not a chance. That would entail Tambellini, and by extension the organization admitting to a mistake.

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Ruff would be a terrible hire. Kruger was a bad hire, mostly because they kept the awful assistants we had and because he is leaning on MacT for advice.

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As good of a coach as Lindy Ruff is, if we let go of Krueger (which too early to determine that), I would have a hard look at Doug Weight, Dallas Eakins, and OKC's own Todd Nelson, who I believe are all better fits than Ruff, although all are less experienced by far.

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02-22-2013, 01:04 AM
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They need to start from the top. Get a competent GM for once, then replace professional scouts. Unless, such changes are made, changing the coach is pointless--even the best coach in the league would not be able to do too much with this roster.

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I have to ask, why all the hoopla about Ruff? Honest question.

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I have to ask, why all the hoopla about Ruff? Honest question.
I just want an emotional coach on the bench for one game Like ron low used to be

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I have to ask, why all the hoopla about Ruff? Honest question.
He's a pretty good coach, especially with an offensive group.

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As good of a coach as Lindy Ruff is, if we let go of Krueger (which too early to determine that), I would have a hard look at Doug Weight, Dallas Eakins, and OKC's own Todd Nelson, who I believe are all better fits than Ruff, although all are less experienced by far.
Considering the success of Nuge, Eberle, Hall, and Schultz in Oklahoma, and their complete failure so far this season in the NHL (aside from Hall I suppose), I'd be in favour of Todd Nelson becoming coach.

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I have to ask, why all the hoopla about Ruff? Honest question.
He can't get a team with Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller to the playoffs on a consistent basis...

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Considering the success of Nuge, Eberle, Hall, and Schultz in Oklahoma, and their complete failure so far this season in the NHL (aside from Hall I suppose), I'd be in favour of Todd Nelson becoming coach.
Was not impressed with the kids in OKC honestly.

We need someone with a lot of NHL experience with a group this young and fragile.

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Was not impressed with the kids in OKC honestly.

We need someone with a lot of NHL experience with a group this young and fragile.
Not necessarily, and I say this because we've had that before, in Tom Renney, and that didn't work either.

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Was not impressed with the kids in OKC honestly.

We need someone with a lot of NHL experience with a group this young and fragile.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to watch more than 2-3 games, but I think their stats speak for themselves. At least they were putting up points.

The entire Oilers coaching staff needs an overhaul. Ruff at the reigns with Nelson as an assistant could work?

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02-22-2013, 01:26 AM
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We need a lot of things. A real number 1d-man, another top 4 d-man, a couple of big forwards with top 6 skill, a better checking line, an upgrade in net. This team is at least 5-6 pieces away from being a good club.

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Some of these holes may eventually get filled from within or at the draft, but others will have to be filled through trade or free agency.

Hemsky, Gagner may land some useful pieces for now and for the future. Paajarvi, Hartikainen can probably fetch a better player for now, if not for the future. Then there is free agency. Getzlaf is an interesting option. So is Horton. Horcoff might have to get bought out.

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02-22-2013, 01:33 AM
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Ruff is the guy I wanted to see hired last offseason, but Buffalo retained him.

But the Oilers aren't dumping Kreuger 1 month in. Nor should they when the team is chronicly unbalanced, fodder for teams that take away skating room, and the front line players can't get anything done.

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02-22-2013, 01:48 AM
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Kruegar also never got a training camp.

I wouldn't throw him to the wolves yet. But Tambo Lowe MacT, and now Howson can all go.

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02-22-2013, 02:15 AM
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I wouldn't fire a guy after what 6 or 8 practices..


I actually think he's been saying all the right things since he's been here and we are playing through difficulties better than the other three coaches.

Tonight after Eager laid the big hit and Peckham did the same the ice opened up for a few minutes and we had some scoring chances. I just think we need more of that and maybe the kids' AHL stint developed some bad habits

Coaching is the last of our concern imo

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02-22-2013, 04:10 AM
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I also think it is far too early to be calling for his head, however....

- Too have that much offence and not be able to convert 5-5 is concerning. This team pre-Wild game was 26th in total scoring. Brutal.
- Both Yakupov and more recently Schultz are starting to struggle

I think we are all agreed that Tambellini has got to be fired before any steps with coaching take place.

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02-22-2013, 05:02 AM
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I'm so down to fire Krueger right now.

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02-22-2013, 05:06 AM
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I'd rather push for a gm change before replacing Ralph. But of course lindy would be top of the list if need be.

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Oilers should be seeking for instant trade involving Yakupov then. he will be hated and misused by Ruff just as much (if not more) as Afinogenov was all his career with the Sabres.

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Tambellini needs to be fired first. The new GM can then decide what he wants to do with the coaches.

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