Hendricks; ****, whats his deal? What did you do to deserve being here?
Bucky: Heres a white towel if you wanna throw it in the ring..
Ref: Sieg Heil!
My bet is that Gordon and Hendricks are discussing some sort of escape plan to the Swiss league this summer.
Eakins... well I think he's finally driven himself ****ing insane from all the bs rationalizations that flow through him after every loss... eventually that stuff rots the brain and you end up looking like THAT.
If we start seeing him come to practices with a stingray stapled to his back or a lemon tied to each skate... we'll know it's time for a coaching change... if they won't fire him... insanity is his only escape.
So we keep Eakins for at least two years? Was that the plan? And we're sticking to it?
Hypothetical, no chance but what if we lose every game here out? Then we'd have to fire him surely. But that won't happen...
What if he leads us to dead last? Got to at least consider it. Well friends we are nearly at the bottom, to me if you hit 30th in the NHL after 50 games you have to consider a coaching change, simple as that.
There has to be a line drawn. Firings happen cause they have to, not because you plan for them. Fire Eakins today.
exactly. they can't keep him just because they don't like the idea. If he is an abject failure, he makes the decisions for them.
that said, it is so difficult to evaluate him with this AHL D-corp.
He strikes me as a guy that will live and die by his system. Rather than adapt it to the players he has, he'd rather go and get the players that will fit it.
Case 1: I noticed that his system is geared to block passing lanes, and try to force turnovers.
What the other teams were doing to get around that is to force pucks on net. This means you need a goalie who has excellent rebound control.
Any goalie the Oilers bring in, could be much worse than any we've had, but if they have good rebound control they'll look much better in our system.
Secondly, to me, hockey is a real simple game in that, whichever teams wins the races to the puck, and puck battles will win the hockey game.
Eakins system doesn't use our team speed effectively. He wants to slow it down, and force puck battles, win them and then breakout.
What he should be doing is have our team win the races to the puck, so the battles are limited.
Also hurting us, is special teams, but not by a lot. Last year we had great special teams. If we were the same % on PP and PK as we were last year, we'd have only about 5 more goals for, and 5 against, which would probably mean 5 more wins than we currently have, but nothing crazy.
Doesn't help he's seemingly lost the room. Eakins doesn't understand how to command his players.
Perhaps during preseason but once the poor play and lack of REAL accountability set in, players just tuned out.
I said it before. I don't think he ever had the room in the first place. Naming a guy captain that hasn't played for your franchise yet wasn't the best start. I think that started things out on the wrong foot for a lot of guys who have been around a while.
But his system is designed to take a group of AHL grinders and make them play to their strengths. You can't just cut and paste that onto our roster of high draft picks. I think he's learned that its much harder to coach high-end talent than a bunch of slugs. Those AHLers have to buy-in, or they won't make the next step. All our top guys are on guaranteed contracts. Its easier to fire Eakins than to move them. They know that. Who has the upper hand?
lmao at the Dubnyk and Oilers bad habit comment. I'd be interested in hearing Trotz explain those bad habits in more detail. Not really sticking up for the Oilers or Dubnyk here, but what bad goalie habits does he have that is particular to the Oilers?