If Eakins is gonna be the business man-like disciplinarian teacher then shouldnt Acton be the motivator and confidence builder? I'd like to see Simmer back if they're not gonna bring in Mess. He is at least positive and nurturing and can stroke an ego or two.
Stauffer's apologies are getting so silly. Injuries are not an excuse.
I am starting to think about the Oilers as a comparable franchise to the early 1990s Nordiques. It may be necessary to deal our Sundin, Nolan and Lindros equivalents (RNH, Hall and Yakupov) in order to BUILD a true TEAM. We are simply lacking too many pieces and talent along doesn't get you very far in this league. I would personally try to identify two guys to keep from our "big 4" if you can call them that, and deal the other two (in my world you keep RNH and Hall).
Drafting and pro scouting have been NOWHERE near the caliber of the Hawks, Kings and other elite franchises. The worst fears are being realized and the Oilers are just like the Thrashers, Panthers and other recent laughingstock franchises.
Being over your head doesn't cause you to chase a fwd north of the face off circles while they are on a cycle... And it wouldn't inspire you to flip the puck away up the middle of the ice when off the boards and out would do.
The guy just does not have the head to excel at this level. You guys are all looking at the tools not the results... And after this many years, the results ARE in.
If he thought the game like Lidstrom he'd be a #1. He's still a solid 2/3
Originally Posted by Matt19Oilers
Honestly, I would be fine with this. I don't think it can overstated just how important that top pairing guy can be.
Ya, we need one badly
"The Sabres think the suck is their ally? They merely adopted the suck. The Oilers were born in it...molded by it" - dnicks17