GDB 14.0 EXPECTATIONS

Wanye
February 16 2013 12:25PM

 

As promised the 2012 Lockout has condensed the 2013 season and put 'er on FF. Normally as Oilers fans we are entitled to at least several weeks of unreasonable optimism, followed by about a month or so where we are confused and perplexed about the team. Are they underachieving? Is the performance we are seeing legitimate given the talent the team has? Then we turn on each other for a month or two and then finally invent snazzy acronyms for being in last place.

But with the lockout shortened season this annual dance has been compressed and months have become weeks. Weeks have turned into days. Days become seconds. It's all happening so fast.

THE POWER OF EXPECTATION

We all have one buddy who is the eternal optimist. No matter how bad things may get the guy just has that rosy expectation that things are going to turn out ok. And often as not that is exactly what happens. We have a buddy who is like this particularly when it comes to gambling.

He will walk into a casino and expect to leave up on the night. It's just in his DNA that on the odd night when his old lady lets him go out sans leash he is going to walk away up a fat stack and then will spend the next few weeks telling us how he has spent the money secretly without the Missus finding out.

Others may sit at the blackjack table with him getting bad hands. "I never win" they will mutter under their breath. "This dealer is crooked. I can't believe casinos are legal." As the night goes on they will come up with a million different reasons for why it is impossible to win at the tables.

And all the while our buddy will keep his mouth shut, brimming with secret positivity. If he loses a few hands - fine. If the dealer makes 21 off of a 6 and screws the entire table that's ok too. Even if he has to make a few trips to the ATM in the process he is still completely confident he is walking away at some point up on the night.

And he always does.

EXPECT TO WIN

As it goes with a guy who can't help but make a few hundy at the casino so goes it with professional athletes. Confidence is a big part of the game and an overriding belief that you are going to win goes a long way to being a winning team.

A team that is now this stocked with talented Super Kids has a major dose of individual confidence. Guys like Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn't dominate through minor and junior hockey ranks by being fatalists. They operate on the base assumption that they are going to win - just like our buddy at the casino.

Organizationally the Oilers have about as much confidence as Lindsay Lohan on Oscar nominations day* We can't imagine what thoughts rattle around in Steve Tambellini's head while he assesses the situation for the 6907th game in a row but we can't think its "now with a couple more pieces added to the puzzle it's playoff time for Steve!"

Hardly. He has shown us beyond a shadow of a doubt that he lacks the confidence to make any major moves and put himself at the risk of being crucified by fans and media alike for doing the wrong thing. He continues to sit and be fit.

THE TRANSITION TO WINNING

 

Part of the transition of this club away from the Shitanusly Bad Hockey Era (2007-2012) is removing all of the negative nancies in the room and moving towards the swagger that seeps from the pores of 4, 14, 19, 64 and 93. Think that the Nuge considers himself to be crappy now that he has been cold for a couple weeks? Please. Think King Jordan of Eberle lies awake at night surrounded by naked sleeping supermodels wondering if he will ever score again? As if.

This team is loaded to the rafters with world class talent. The pieces that need to be added - a couple role players here - a couple upgrades on the back end there - are waaaaaay easier to find than the Fab 5 that will be lacing them up for the Oil for the next 15 years.

Expectations cannot be lowered. Period.

Ask teams like Columbus and the Isles what happens when expectations are lowered and the belief in winning is snuffed out. You sit at the bottom of the league and never ever leave. Think Scott Howson came to work every day looking for ways to make big moves to get the team out of the basement? Nope.

Winners win. Losers lose. Excuses in the long run are just that. If you are paid by Kay-Z to play or work for this club and you  don't think you can make the playoffs with every fibre of your being you gotta go. Yesterday.

GAME DAY VS AVS

The Oilers (5-5-3) play the Colorado Avalanche (5-6-1) tonight. A team with high expectations for its season - say the lofty goal of being the 8th best team in the Western Conference - looks to a game like this with an opponent below them in the standings as a night to score some goals and walk away with a win. The Avs are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and there is nothing going on in Colorado that would suggest that the Mighty Oil can't break out against them tonight.

Dubnyk is starting in the next for the Oil and the lines are as follows courtesy of the Oilers twitter feed:

Hall-Nuge-Eberle

Hartikainen-Gagner-Hemsky

Smyth-Belanger-Yakupov

Eager-Vandevelde-Petrell

Whitney-Petry

Schultz-Schultz

Smid-Fistric

IN CLOSING

Leave your game day predictions in the comments below. We predict only one thing: the Oilers win. Seriously.

*ZING!

**ZING!

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#51 Time Travelling Sean
February 16 2013, 08:08PM
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Let's hope this game is like Dallas and not like the game at Columbus???

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#52 Dog Train
February 16 2013, 08:09PM
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Drinking the kool-aid tonight. I am in the mood to break out and have a comfortable victory. I'll say 6-2 Oilers. Smid with all six goals, unassisted. GO OILERS GO!!

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#53 DSF
February 16 2013, 08:18PM
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Darrell wrote:

I think DSF us like snuff-a-luff-a-gus of hockey .... Only shows up when it's convenient on an Oilers blog. Unlike Oiler fans, we think we are the best every year and will tell anyone who asks :)

So, you're not all that bright?

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#54 Johe
February 16 2013, 08:22PM
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DSF wrote:

Sure.

Will you?

Yessir! :)

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#55 Darrell
February 16 2013, 08:22PM
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DSF wrote:

So, you're not all that bright?

No DSF - the point is that's this is our house .... Get it? Do they have blogs in Minny or Vancouver where you might fit in better ? Might be a good idea as I often feel bad for the personal attacks but you appear to get off on it.

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#56 Harlie Wahlberg
February 16 2013, 08:34PM
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Rollin on Dubs...let's go boys! That's really great!

http://www.videolog.tv/video.php?id=439626

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#57 michael
February 16 2013, 08:44PM
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any kind of physicality from whitney would be nice.

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#58 Harlie
February 16 2013, 08:57PM
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Darrell wrote:

I think DSF us like snuff-a-luff-a-gus of hockey .... Only shows up when it's convenient on an Oilers blog. Unlike Oiler fans, we think we are the best every year and will tell anyone who asks :)

I think you mean..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghWpAgFfgV0

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#59 Harlie
February 16 2013, 09:08PM
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OH MY GOODNESS IT'S 3 NOTHING AVALANCHE!! ;(

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#60 thepeetso
February 16 2013, 09:09PM
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call timeout ralph

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#61 Darrell
February 16 2013, 09:10PM
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Harlie wrote:

I think you mean..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghWpAgFfgV0

Yes - that too ...

Visiting fans always bugged me in Edmonton and this guy exemplifies a Calgary fan wearing a Canucks jersey with a green riders wig on and can kiss my ass.

That being said - they need to pull Dubbie before six this time ....

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#62 Jeffff
February 16 2013, 09:18PM
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Don Cherry is crazy saying the Oilers should get bigger. We are building an All Star team here. We don't need grit or size. We like soft players here.

Go home Cherry

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#63 vetinari
February 16 2013, 09:19PM
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Wow. I'm happy that I at least have "reasonable expectations"... and beer...

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#64 6 ring circus
February 16 2013, 09:25PM
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I can't believe this is happening!!! This year was supposed to be the year we took a huge step forward ,instead we are heading right back into a bottom feeder.This is brutal!!!!

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#65 tom.MTL
February 16 2013, 09:26PM
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@Darrell

dsf ROXXX

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#66 Felt
February 16 2013, 09:27PM
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Oilers will win this game. Yo can put that in writing.

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#67 Darrell
February 16 2013, 09:27PM
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tom.MTL wrote:

dsf ROXXX

Is it weird that its yours ?

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#68 tom.MTL
February 16 2013, 09:28PM
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@DSF

Is it weird pretending your mom is reading over your shoulder?

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#69 Darrell
February 16 2013, 09:31PM
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Back to hockey - Dubbie gets pulled - Lets keep it going now !

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#70 Darrell
February 16 2013, 09:33PM
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Darrell wrote:

Is it weird that its yours ?

LOL - sorry I was pissed off and thought that was for me :)

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#71 DSF
February 16 2013, 09:35PM
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Johe wrote:

Yessir! :)

Colorado 3 ES goals

Oilers 1PP goal

Who could have seen that coming?

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#72 vetinari
February 16 2013, 09:40PM
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At least when we now see the Oiler's implode, they give us terrific effort in the cause... ELPH...

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#73 Felt
February 16 2013, 09:49PM
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These are 2 bad team look how much ice each team has. Looks like the AHL

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#74 StHenriOilBomb
February 16 2013, 09:53PM
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What if DSF is really Wayne? It's just devious enough to be true, no?

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#75 Walter Sobchak
February 16 2013, 09:55PM
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DSF wrote:

Colorado 3 ES goals

Oilers 1PP goal

Who could have seen that coming?

Krueger...Nope

Coaching Staff....Nope

Tambellini....Nope

KLowe....Nope

Mac-T.....Nope

The Oilers scouting staff......Nope

Guess we're screwed!

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#76 Wanyes bastard child
February 16 2013, 09:56PM
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NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEE

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#77 Wanyes bastard child
February 16 2013, 09:58PM
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#78 schevvy
February 16 2013, 10:01PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

PANIK?

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#79 Wanyes bastard child
February 16 2013, 10:01PM
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schevvy wrote:

PANIK?

never ;)

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#80 Oilersfan4
February 16 2013, 10:04PM
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I wasn't one to complain about the oilers but they are terrible,why oilers management never surrounded these kids with muckers and grinders is crazy,every other team that goes through a rebuild surrounds the youth with size and toughness.I wonder if this management lacks knowledge.Common Mr Katz you been spending near the cap on multiple near last place seasons it's time to get rid of this management that runs your team.

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#81 RSD
February 16 2013, 10:07PM
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Jeffff wrote:

Don Cherry is crazy saying the Oilers should get bigger. We are building an All Star team here. We don't need grit or size. We like soft players here.

Go home Cherry

Couldn't hurt to have a couple of players that can punish opposition and make a little room for the guns to work.

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#82 dougtheslug
February 16 2013, 10:10PM
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DSF wrote:

Colorado 3 ES goals

Oilers 1PP goal

Who could have seen that coming?

Hmm. Oilers outshooting Avs 38-19 after 2. 2 even strength goals. Who could have seen that coming? Not DSF, apparently. Now just win this so he will STFU.

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#83 RSD
February 16 2013, 10:10PM
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Oilersfan4 wrote:

I wasn't one to complain about the oilers but they are terrible,why oilers management never surrounded these kids with muckers and grinders is crazy,every other team that goes through a rebuild surrounds the youth with size and toughness.I wonder if this management lacks knowledge.Common Mr Katz you been spending near the cap on multiple near last place seasons it's time to get rid of this management that runs your team.

I think that's the message Brownlee was trying to get across in his post yesterday about expectations.

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#84 m3sh
February 16 2013, 10:11PM
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Oilersfan4 wrote:

I wasn't one to complain about the oilers but they are terrible,why oilers management never surrounded these kids with muckers and grinders is crazy,every other team that goes through a rebuild surrounds the youth with size and toughness.I wonder if this management lacks knowledge.Common Mr Katz you been spending near the cap on multiple near last place seasons it's time to get rid of this management that runs your team.

http://www.capgeek.com/oilers/

if $14M under, or 20% of the available cap unspent, is near the cap, then I must need new maths classes.

Fail.

edit: not that I don't disagree that Dithers still strikes me as... unsure - however, what do you think another GM would/should do differently? yes there's holes, how would you fill them?

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#85 Harlie
February 16 2013, 10:14PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Hmm. Oilers outshooting Avs 38-19 after 2. 2 even strength goals. Who could have seen that coming? Not DSF, apparently. Now just win this so he will STFU.

But, what if it's another SNAFU? And I mean really, if you want to break it down, SNFU.

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#86 Rick
February 16 2013, 10:16PM
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@Felt

Maybe this guy saw it coming

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#87 Oilersfan4
February 16 2013, 10:17PM
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m3sh wrote:

http://www.capgeek.com/oilers/

if $14M under, or 20% of the available cap unspent, is near the cap, then I must need new maths classes.

Fail.

edit: not that I don't disagree that Dithers still strikes me as... unsure - however, what do you think another GM would/should do differently? yes there's holes, how would you fill them?

Yes you must need math classes because they are only about 4 to 5 mill short of the cap

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#88 m3sh
February 16 2013, 10:18PM
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@Oilersfan4

Oh, well I blame the interwebs then. It says $14 million. Apologies for the fail, I was apparently misled. Kindly point me to your data?

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#89 Wade
February 16 2013, 10:28PM
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Where is the game available online? CBC needs stupid flash player

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#90 m3sh
February 16 2013, 10:32PM
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@Wade

trust me go with the stoopid flash player. Better than what vipbox.tv puts you through.

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#91 Oilersfan4
February 16 2013, 10:37PM
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@m3sh

Hockey buzz cap central. Nhlscap.com

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#92 Wanyes bastard child
February 16 2013, 10:38PM
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#93 @Oilanderp
February 16 2013, 10:43PM
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Man this team is something else. "The most dangerous team at both ends of the ice".

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#94 m3sh
February 16 2013, 10:51PM
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@Oilersfan4

nhlscap.com is a domain referral to capgeek.com, which is what I originally posted, and it clearly states 14M for the Oil.

I'm missing something. But I'll take you at your word.

Curious, are you screaming for death less now that we've tied it? I was in the depths of despair myself for about 20 minutes there.

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#95 RSD
February 16 2013, 10:53PM
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DSF wrote:

Colorado 3 ES goals

Oilers 1PP goal

Who could have seen that coming?

Yes, who could of seen this turn of events? Coming back 3 down is pretty good despite what the stats are? 2 ES 2 PP

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#96 The Soup Fascist
February 16 2013, 10:58PM
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Paaaaaaaaaa da man hees money!!!!!!

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#97 RSD
February 16 2013, 10:59PM
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@DSF

Well what do you say now?

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#98 The Soup Fascist
February 16 2013, 11:00PM
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@RSD

Who could have seen that coming???

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#99 dougtheslug
February 16 2013, 11:01PM
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RSD wrote:

Well what do you say now?

"crickets", no doubt

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#100 Darrell
February 16 2013, 11:02PM
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@ DSF - don't make us wait too long ....

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