It's simple, Hamilton came in and took his job... That's what pre-season is for, he wasn't playing and the Oilers took exception. He is a good player but his eye injury has effected his play. I hope another team gives him a shot.
Add to this Hamilton has looked worse than Jones out there so far.
What there is some revisionist history going on here. I recall most posters noted that Jones was not having a good camp. For Ryan Hamilton, its more than just "coaching nepotism". By most reports, Hamilton finishes his checks, has outhit Jones and outworked Jones in the corners and he is defensively superior, not just at training camp but as a Marlies last year. He also scored 30 goals in 56 games in the A. Apparently he also did well in killing the 5 v 3 PK the other night. Can Jones do the same?
The Ryan Jones of 2010 is not the same Ryan Jones of 2012 lockout season, nor of preseason training camp today. In 2010, Ryan Jones hit people constantly, was a bit of a disturber of the opposition and would go head first into the scrum around the net if he thought he could dig the puck out and score.
Where is that Ryan Jones? That Ryan Jones hasn't been seen for a while.
I'm not dissing Jones, he's been a good Oiler and I hope that he can bounce back in the AHL and return to the 2010 Ryan Jones. There's certainly a role for that guy here on the Oil.
Not really surprised he cleared. A lot of teams have their own cap issues and can't afford to take on any salary. For those teams that do have space, they may be waiting to see what else comes yet, as I suspect several other teams will be need to waive players to be cap compliant and/or have more breathing room from the ceiling.
If Jones can't understand why he was demoted then there's no helping him. From Eakins' comments this morning I get the impression that the Oilers still like him and are hoping that he'll find his form and confidence again in OKC.
Too bad he can't take it in stride like a Reasoner. Why is he so mad? He did nothing in pre season. Coasted. He took his spot for granted or his eye is bothering him. That's life. He got replaced for now.
Go take it as motivation and work your butt off.
What a breath of fresh air. I didn't think they would send him down.
Why? It's not the Oilers fault he got outplayed by a career AHLer. Do you think they should have kept him simply because he's a nice guy? No. He can only be 'not happy' at himself for his performance.
Jones sucks. Hope he can hunt down in OKC because that's where he'll dwell.
He doesn't suck. He needs to find his edge again. He used to be a "do anything for the team" guy. Since his eye injury, he has been tentative and shies away from physicality. If he gets that back, he's still a good bottom sixer.
Sad day that he's off the team but it had to happen. He was playing terrible and he needs to find his game again. Jones has always been one of my favorites so I hope to see him get back to how he was and see him back in an Oilers jersey soon.