This day on December 13
Departed: Tom Bladon (1980)

Happy Birthday To: OlyGoalie, Lesterpolyester

F.A.Q. Terms of Use F.A.Q. F.A.Q.
Members Members   Search Search     Register Register   Login Login   Home Home
 Oilers » McLellan Out. Hitchcock In.Pages (4): [1  2  3  4  >  »]
Switch to flat viewSwitch to tree viewCreate a new topicSubmit Reply
 McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722722]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:31 Go to next message
CrusaderPi  is currently offline CrusaderPi
Messages: 9567
Registered: December 2003
Location: AB Highway 100

6 Cups

TSN 1260 is reporting the Oilers made a coaching move, from Dreger.


This is fine.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722723 is a reply to message #722722 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
CrudeRemarks  is currently offline CrudeRemarks
Messages: 1260
Registered: November 2010
Location: Edmonton

1 Cup

WE DID IT!!!


You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you can get a lottery pick.


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722724 is a reply to message #722722 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Suomalainen  is currently offline Suomalainen
Messages: 2500
Registered: May 2002
Location: Austin, TX

2 Cups

CrusaderPi wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:31

TSN 1260 is reporting the Oilers made a coaching move, from Dreger.


So Coach Q said no?

https://www.tsn.ca/oilers-fire-mclellan-hire-hitchcock-as-ne w-head-coach-1.1212882



97.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722725 is a reply to message #722724 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
CrusaderPi  is currently offline CrusaderPi
Messages: 9567
Registered: December 2003
Location: AB Highway 100

6 Cups

Suomalainen wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:34

CrusaderPi wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:31

TSN 1260 is reporting the Oilers made a coaching move, from Dreger.


So Coach Q said no?

https://www.tsn.ca/oilers-fire-mclellan-hire-hitchcock-as-ne w-head-coach-1.1212882

I'm glad McLellan is out. He was simply not a good coach for the Oilers. Hiring Hitchcock worries me, it reminds me of when they went out and hired Pat Quinn.



This is fine.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722728 is a reply to message #722725 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Suomalainen  is currently offline Suomalainen
Messages: 2500
Registered: May 2002
Location: Austin, TX

2 Cups

CrusaderPi wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:39

Suomalainen wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:34

CrusaderPi wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:31

TSN 1260 is reporting the Oilers made a coaching move, from Dreger.


So Coach Q said no?

https://www.tsn.ca/oilers-fire-mclellan-hire-hitchcock-as-ne w-head-coach-1.1212882

I'm glad McLellan is out. He was simply not a good coach for the Oilers. Hiring Hitchcock worries me, it reminds me of when they went out and hired Pat Quinn.


Yeah happy on one account, but bewildered on another. I would have felt better had they given Yawney the interim (not GG) and kept the search up.

Feel that Hitchcock hire is 15 years too late.



97.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722738 is a reply to message #722728 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
GabbyDugan  is currently offline GabbyDugan
Messages: 1275
Registered: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, AB

1 Cup

Suomalainen wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:42



Yeah happy on one account, but bewildered on another. I would have felt better had they given Yawney the interim (not GG) and kept the search up.

Feel that Hitchcock hire is 15 years too late.


...pretty much my sentiments...hope for all the best for Hitchcock...alas, it probably is about 15 years too late, but I hope this works out, even though it will clearly be short term...

...stay away from those Rogers Place burgers, Hitch....and welcome home finally....I'll be pullin' for ya'...





Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722742 is a reply to message #722738 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Suomalainen  is currently offline Suomalainen
Messages: 2500
Registered: May 2002
Location: Austin, TX

2 Cups

Don't forget - Hitchcock's connection to Nicholson via team Canada, so it's tangential to the Old Boys Club

[Updated on: Tue, 20 November 2018 10:00]


97.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722755 is a reply to message #722742 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
stemhovlichski  is currently offline stemhovlichski
Messages: 676
Registered: March 2006
Location: Edmonton

No Cups

I think he knew the OBC when they were still the Bus Boys. He worked at United Cycle and did custom skate fittings and such. I bought a pair of VacuTacks off him back in the day, nice guy.

Had no idea he would be considered a viable coaching option in today's NHL. I think this officially nails the coffin shut on the season. The OBC in job protection mode, scapegoating and smoke and mirroring.



Restored: "We're sucking hind banana here." - Pat Quinn, Jan 18, 2010


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722773 is a reply to message #722725 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Adam  is currently offline Adam
Messages: 11829
Registered: August 2005
Location: Edmonton, AB

6 Cups

CrusaderPi wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:39

Suomalainen wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:34

CrusaderPi wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:31

TSN 1260 is reporting the Oilers made a coaching move, from Dreger.


So Coach Q said no?

https://www.tsn.ca/oilers-fire-mclellan-hire-hitchcock-as-ne w-head-coach-1.1212882

I'm glad McLellan is out. He was simply not a good coach for the Oilers. Hiring Hitchcock worries me, it reminds me of when they went out and hired Pat Quinn.


So do we have the whole management team from the 2002 Olympic team now? Quinn of course is gone, but once an Oiler always an Oiler, right?

Thrilled they pulled the trigger on the coach. Hopefully this helps - I lack confidence in Hitchcock. How’ve his teams done the last several years?

Hopefully it’s a stop-gap and everyone gets axed at years end.



"This team needs an enema!"
#FireLowe #FireMacT #FireHowson #FireBuchberger #FireHowsonAgain #FireChiarelli #FireMcLellan #FireBobbyNicks and...SIGH...#FireTheGretzkys

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722821 is a reply to message #722773 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 14:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
stemhovlichski  is currently offline stemhovlichski
Messages: 676
Registered: March 2006
Location: Edmonton

No Cups

Hahahaha!!!!!!!!! Brilliant call.

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/news/2000-nr-089-en




Restored: "We're sucking hind banana here." - Pat Quinn, Jan 18, 2010


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #723064 is a reply to message #722821 ]
Fri, 23 November 2018 08:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jay  is currently offline Jay
Messages: 1086
Registered: January 2007
Location: Edmonton

1 Cup

stemhovlichski wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 14:05

Hahahaha!!!!!!!!! Brilliant call.

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/news/2000-nr-089-en



Good lord. Nope no nepotism here!



"Initiative comes to thems that wait"

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722823 is a reply to message #722773 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 14:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
philly boy  is currently offline philly boy
Messages: 691
Registered: July 2007
Location: E-Town

No Cups

that's amazing


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722727 is a reply to message #722724 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
nullterm  is currently offline nullterm
Messages: 5165
Registered: July 2007
Location: Port Moody, BC

5 Cups

Gotta hand it to the Oilers. They give people what they want, but still find a way to make it a sneaky and unexpected curveball. I think Hitch will get more effort from the players.

Man it’ll be weird that first game with him behind “our” bench. All those years in the 90s vs the Stars.



Illegitimi non carborundum.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722731 is a reply to message #722724 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
PoolParty  is currently offline PoolParty
Messages: 188
Registered: November 2009
Location: Edmonton

No Cups

I think Hitch is here to ride the season out. Then we fire Coach Q a dump truck of money in the off season.

Side note im happy Hitch got his chance to coach the Oilers



This forum has turned into a pessimistic cesspool of bitching and whining about the same topics consistently.

#Adam #Kr55 #CrusaderPi #inverno76

#RDOilerfan is possibly reformed, time will tell.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722732 is a reply to message #722724 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
RDOilerfan  is currently offline RDOilerfan
Messages: 4822
Registered: January 2016

4 Cups

Suomalainen wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:34

CrusaderPi wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:31

TSN 1260 is reporting the Oilers made a coaching move, from Dreger.


So Coach Q said no?

https://www.tsn.ca/oilers-fire-mclellan-hire-hitchcock-as-ne w-head-coach-1.1212882


Based on what I heard ever yesterday when he was brought up, it doesn't sound like Q is ready to take a job yet. Money won't be a problem for him. He was doing shots on a ski the other day so that doesn't look like a guy ready to jump in to a job right away. He may just want to hang out and take some time off.



Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722741 is a reply to message #722724 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
oiler2112  is currently offline oiler2112
Messages: 42
Registered: December 2003
Location: California

No Cups

I got an email about this and thought it was a joke! icon_biggrin

I have absolutely no problem with this. Despised Hitchcock when he coached Dallas, but that just means more often than not, he was out-coaching us and beating us. My only worry is, has the game passed him by?



Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722753 is a reply to message #722724 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
K.McC#24  is currently offline K.McC#24
Messages: 3847
Registered: March 2004
Location: ALBERTA

3 Cups

Suomalainen wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:34

CrusaderPi wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:31

TSN 1260 is reporting the Oilers made a coaching move, from Dreger.


So Coach Q said no?

https://www.tsn.ca/oilers-fire-mclellan-hire-hitchcock-as-ne w-head-coach-1.1212882


Yeo fired in St. Louis, so that's where I'd expect Quenneville to go.



Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722730 is a reply to message #722722 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
JPro  is currently offline JPro
Messages: 684
Registered: January 2006
Location: Edmonton

No Cups

This will be fun to talk about, but with Chiarelli still in the GM spot, I don't see the team getting much better. The next 10-15 games will be fun though. Then back to the "How long before McDavid requests a trade?" thread.


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722734 is a reply to message #722722 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
stotto  is currently offline stotto
Messages: 133
Registered: November 2015
Location: edmonton

No Cups

It had to happen. Hitch is an unexpected hire. It will be interesting.

I guess I will keep watching. icon_biggrin



Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722737 is a reply to message #722734 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
RDOilerfan  is currently offline RDOilerfan
Messages: 4822
Registered: January 2016

4 Cups

Sounds like it's just for the rest of the season for Hitchcock based on what Rishaugh is guessing. We shall see.


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722736 is a reply to message #722722 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
bigEfromGP  is currently offline bigEfromGP
Messages: 1533
Registered: July 2006
Location: GP, AB

1 Cup

Unlikely seeing that they already have Hitchcock signed, but did the Blues firing Yao influence Oilers brass decision?


Visual Win > Moral Win > Strong Effort with signs of improvement > Actual Win

December 15th, 2014: REBUILD #4 OFFICIALLY BEGINS!

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722739 is a reply to message #722722 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
philly boy  is currently offline philly boy
Messages: 691
Registered: July 2007
Location: E-Town

No Cups

3 things:

1. good job, kick rocks McLellan
2. bizarre replacement, they can't possibly believe Hitch to be a viable long term option

and

3. if everyone knows the roster (while underperforming) still isn't good enough, then what point does it make to "salvage" a season, if they're still 2-3 good young pieces away? Or are we simply of the mindset they can't afford to tank anymore, and they need to push for the playoffs regardless, and hope that what they have in the pipeline is good enough? I don't see anything overly encouraging on the farm aside from JP, not overly confident in how Hitch handles younger, developing players. And if they do have decent short term success this season and slip into the playoffs... then what? Re-sign Hitch long term?

So many questions. They need to tank this season IMO and kick Chia to the curb as soon as the season is done. How is this not obvious.

[Updated on: Tue, 20 November 2018 09:55]


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722743 is a reply to message #722739 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
RDOilerfan  is currently offline RDOilerfan
Messages: 4822
Registered: January 2016

4 Cups

If you are Katz and you have to pay McLellan the remaining part of his 3 mill salary this year plus one more year of 3 mill for next year, I don't think you are giving the green light to spend 5-6 mill on Q if he would come until you see what happens with letting McLellan go. If the Oilers miss the playoffs, the GM might not be hear so how can you authorize letting Chia hire another long term guy.

Dreger just said Hitch's status as the coach will be reevaluated at the end of the season. I thought Hitchcock was retired so I am guessing he comes in, stays for the rest of the year, then continues being retired.



Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722745 is a reply to message #722743 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
OilPeg  is currently offline OilPeg
Messages: 671
Registered: December 2010
Location: Winnipeg

No Cups

Geeze, Hitch can't even get retirement right. Isn't this now his third return from retirement?

I'm just glad McLellan is out, he's a terrible coach.



Skookum Jim wrote on Sat, 02 June 2012 00:29

But he (Belanger)'s as soft as room temp. margarine.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722746 is a reply to message #722743 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
GabbyDugan  is currently offline GabbyDugan
Messages: 1275
Registered: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, AB

1 Cup

...from the Oilers website...gushes over Hitchcock's impressive resume, but like so many other things related to the Oilers reflects more on the past rather than moving into the future.....

https://www.nhl.com/oilers/news/release-oilers-name-ken-hitc hcock-head-coach/c-302127280

...I still won't say anything negative about Ken Hitchcock the person and hockey guru....wishing him all the best, and still wishing he would replace Don Cherry on HNIC after he completes the season in Edmonton....

...Go out a winner, Hitch....




Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722744 is a reply to message #722739 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 09:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
WhoreableGuy  is currently offline WhoreableGuy
Messages: 1572
Registered: August 2006
Location: Calgary

1 Cup

philly boy wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 09:52

3. if everyone knows the roster (while underperforming) still isn't good enough, then what point does it make to "salvage" a season, if they're still 2-3 good young pieces away? Or are we simply of the mindset they can't afford to tank anymore, and they need to push for the playoffs regardless, and hope that what they have in the pipeline is good enough? I don't see anything overly encouraging on the farm aside from JP, not overly confident in how Hitch handles younger, developing players.


2 games played for JP, 1 goal and 1 assist. Are you expecting him to score at a higher rate down in the AHL?



"Bah Gawd! Would somebody stop the damn draft!"

- Jim Ross calling the NHL Draft Lotto 2015 as the Oilers win

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722747 is a reply to message #722744 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lesterpolyester  is currently offline Lesterpolyester
Messages: 67
Registered: January 2006
Location: Saskatoon

No Cups

I think he lost the team but that being said he was Coaching the team that he was provided.


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722748 is a reply to message #722747 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
RDOilerfan  is currently offline RDOilerfan
Messages: 4822
Registered: January 2016

4 Cups

All the hockey insiders are now reporting that Hitch has signed for the remainder of the season. This is a wake up call for the team. You know he will challenge the players because that is what he does. Personally, even though the roster isn't good enough, I think there are a bunch of guys on the team that could use a kick in the ass. The big thing is, if the future of the GM is in question which I assume it is if they miss the playoffs. The owner will not want to be letting Chia hire a new long term coach if he may not be here.


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722751 is a reply to message #722748 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
GabbyDugan  is currently offline GabbyDugan
Messages: 1275
Registered: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, AB

1 Cup

...Peter Chiarelli speaks at 11:00 AM MST....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cLS23TVPqg





Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722749 is a reply to message #722747 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
inverno76  is currently offline inverno76
Messages: 1091
Registered: September 2005
Location: Prince Albert, Saskatchew...

1 Cup

MacLellan lost 30lbs as the Oilers coach. Hitchcock will be meth skinny by January.


Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722837 is a reply to message #722749 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 15:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
shootsaverebound  is currently offline shootsaverebound
Messages: 304
Registered: April 2006
Location: Houston, TX

No Cups

This made me cry laughing... thanks for that icon_thumbsup icon_thumbsup

McLellan lost the team last year IMO, and hiring new assistant coaches was clearly not going to fix that. Hitch has a good track record and respect around the league. I might just be back on the kool-aid though....



"But I say to you, Oilfans, breathe it in deeply...feel the pain and the shame and the anger...feel it all..." Mybestguess

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722839 is a reply to message #722837 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 15:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ragnarok73  is currently offline Ragnarok73
Messages: 5932
Registered: February 2011

5 Cups

shootsaverebound wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:33

This made me cry laughing... thanks for that icon_thumbsup icon_thumbsup

McLellan lost the team last year IMO, and hiring new assistant coaches was clearly not going to fix that. Hitch has a good track record and respect around the league. I might just be back on the kool-aid though....

The scuttlebutt from the team was that TMac was not letting his new assistants do their job, particularly Vivieros on the PP, hence their continued failure this season so far. If so, then that alone was reason to see TMac gone, if more reasons were actually needed.



"There's no greater springboard to development than failure." - Craig MacTavish, April 13/15.

5-14-6-1

"Sabres think the suck is their ally? They merely adopted the suck. The Oilers were born in it...molded by it."

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722840 is a reply to message #722839 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 15:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Magnum  is currently offline Magnum
Messages: 3117
Registered: June 2009
Location: Rogers' Arena > Banff

3 Cups

Ragnarok73 wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:44

shootsaverebound wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:33

This made me cry laughing... thanks for that icon_thumbsup icon_thumbsup

McLellan lost the team last year IMO, and hiring new assistant coaches was clearly not going to fix that. Hitch has a good track record and respect around the league. I might just be back on the kool-aid though....

The scuttlebutt from the team was that TMac was not letting his new assistants do their job, particularly Vivieros on the PP, hence their continued failure this season so far. If so, then that alone was reason to see TMac gone, if more reasons were actually needed.


The power play not being fixed made everyone aware who/what the cause of the problem was with the power play. It seems odd that Todd wouldn't have stepped back and let someone else help.

Woodcroft vindicated?



2015/2016 - This Kool-Aid tastes like McDavid flavoured Drain-O.
2016/2017 - This Kool-Aid is starting to taste like juice.
2017/2018 - I'm drinking this Kool-Aid, in hopes that it's Drain-O.
2018/2019 - Another round of Drain-O, good sir!

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722841 is a reply to message #722840 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 15:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
CrusaderPi  is currently offline CrusaderPi
Messages: 9567
Registered: December 2003
Location: AB Highway 100

6 Cups

Magnum wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:47

Ragnarok73 wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:44

shootsaverebound wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:33

This made me cry laughing... thanks for that icon_thumbsup icon_thumbsup

McLellan lost the team last year IMO, and hiring new assistant coaches was clearly not going to fix that. Hitch has a good track record and respect around the league. I might just be back on the kool-aid though....

The scuttlebutt from the team was that TMac was not letting his new assistants do their job, particularly Vivieros on the PP, hence their continued failure this season so far. If so, then that alone was reason to see TMac gone, if more reasons were actually needed.


The power play not being fixed made everyone aware who/what the cause of the problem was with the power play. It seems odd that Todd wouldn't have stepped back and let someone else help.

Woodcroft vindicated?

Nope! The belief that only one person can be to blame is faulty. They both sucked.



This is fine.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722842 is a reply to message #722840 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 15:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ragnarok73  is currently offline Ragnarok73
Messages: 5932
Registered: February 2011

5 Cups

Magnum wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:47

Ragnarok73 wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:44

shootsaverebound wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 15:33

This made me cry laughing... thanks for that icon_thumbsup icon_thumbsup

McLellan lost the team last year IMO, and hiring new assistant coaches was clearly not going to fix that. Hitch has a good track record and respect around the league. I might just be back on the kool-aid though....

The scuttlebutt from the team was that TMac was not letting his new assistants do their job, particularly Vivieros on the PP, hence their continued failure this season so far. If so, then that alone was reason to see TMac gone, if more reasons were actually needed.


The power play not being fixed made everyone aware who/what the cause of the problem was with the power play. It seems odd that Todd wouldn't have stepped back and let someone else help.

Woodcroft vindicated?

Not if Jay was the guy who created the system they currently use and fail with. Viveiros could turn out to be the savior of the team's PP if Hitch lets him actually do his job. I suspect Hitch will mainly because he himself will be far too busy working on improving the team's defensive zone coverage to take pressure off Talbot and Koskinen, not to mention instilling the kind of work ethic his teams are generally known for.



"There's no greater springboard to development than failure." - Craig MacTavish, April 13/15.

5-14-6-1

"Sabres think the suck is their ally? They merely adopted the suck. The Oilers were born in it...molded by it."

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722750 is a reply to message #722747 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
OilPeg  is currently offline OilPeg
Messages: 671
Registered: December 2010
Location: Winnipeg

No Cups

Lesterpolyester wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 11:05

I think he lost the team but that being said he was Coaching the team that he was provided.


You're right, and now Chia's insulation is gone. He's next for sure and when it happens, it won't be soon enough.



Skookum Jim wrote on Sat, 02 June 2012 00:29

But he (Belanger)'s as soft as room temp. margarine.

Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722757 is a reply to message #722750 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
RDOilerfan  is currently offline RDOilerfan
Messages: 4822
Registered: January 2016

4 Cups

I hope that Hitchcock will let Viverios run the PP which I thought was one of the reasons he was brought in. According to Gregor who was just on Lowetides show, he has talked to players and they said he doesn't run the PP which is dumb.

The roster isn't good enough but there are guys on this team that need a boot in the ass as well. Lucic being #1, Kassian, Brodziak, Khaira, Nurse, Benning, Rattie. I might even put Nuge in there as take him away from McDavid and what as he done plus he has only 4 goals.



Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722761 is a reply to message #722757 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 10:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
K.McC#24  is currently offline K.McC#24
Messages: 3847
Registered: March 2004
Location: ALBERTA

3 Cups

RDOilerfan wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 10:33

I hope that Hitchcock will let Viverios run the PP which I thought was one of the reasons he was brought in. According to Gregor who was just on Lowetides show, he has talked to players and they said he doesn't run the PP which is dumb.

The roster isn't good enough but there are guys on this team that need a boot in the ass as well. Lucic being #1, Kassian, Brodziak, Khaira, Nurse, Benning, Rattie. I might even put Nuge in there as take him away from McDavid and what as he done plus he has only 4 goals.


I'd probably throw LD in that list as well. You can't just haul ass on the ice when you're looking for a feed from Connor on a 2 on 1, and coast/be stationary for most of the rest of the time.



Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722791 is a reply to message #722761 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 11:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
RDOilerfan  is currently offline RDOilerfan
Messages: 4822
Registered: January 2016

4 Cups

K.McC#24 wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 10:41

RDOilerfan wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 10:33

I hope that Hitchcock will let Viverios run the PP which I thought was one of the reasons he was brought in. According to Gregor who was just on Lowetides show, he has talked to players and they said he doesn't run the PP which is dumb.

The roster isn't good enough but there are guys on this team that need a boot in the ass as well. Lucic being #1, Kassian, Brodziak, Khaira, Nurse, Benning, Rattie. I might even put Nuge in there as take him away from McDavid and what as he done plus he has only 4 goals.


I'd probably throw LD in that list as well. You can't just haul ass on the ice when you're looking for a feed from Connor on a 2 on 1, and coast/be stationary for most of the rest of the time.


I would agree with you on Leon. With McDavid, he is fantastic. I also think that when he is center his own line, he at time CAN look dominate but he doesn't do it all the time and he doesn't always play with enough structure. The Oilers need McDavid and Leon going all the time.



Send a private message to this user  

 Re: McLellan Out. Hitchcock In. [message #722800 is a reply to message #722791 ]
Tue, 20 November 2018 12:31 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
K.McC#24  is currently offline K.McC#24
Messages: 3847
Registered: March 2004
Location: ALBERTA

3 Cups

RDOilerfan wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 11:51

K.McC#24 wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 10:41

RDOilerfan wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 10:33

I hope that Hitchcock will let Viverios run the PP which I thought was one of the reasons he was brought in. According to Gregor who was just on Lowetides show, he has talked to players and they said he doesn't run the PP which is dumb.

The roster isn't good enough but there are guys on this team that need a boot in the ass as well. Lucic being #1, Kassian, Brodziak, Khaira, Nurse, Benning, Rattie. I might even put Nuge in there as take him away from McDavid and what as he done plus he has only 4 goals.


I'd probably throw LD in that list as well. You can't just haul ass on the ice when you're looking for a feed from Connor on a 2 on 1, and coast/be stationary for most of the rest of the time.


I would agree with you on Leon. With McDavid, he is fantastic. I also think that when he is center his own line, he at time CAN look dominate but he doesn't do it all the time and he doesn't always play with enough structure. The Oilers need McDavid and Leon going all the time.


I'm hoping it comes with maturity for Leon. Maybe become headier as a center in terms of choices in distributing the puck as well. He's one of those guys that you watch and think there is a player in there that could be among the very few of the elite, and you come away many nights thinking there's more there to give.



Send a private message to this user  

Pages (4): [1  2  3  4  >  »]  
Previous Topic:GDT: Los Angeles @ Edmonton (Game #2)
Next Topic:Pregame: Los Angeles @ Edmonton (Game #2)
Oilers NHL Minors Speculation For Sale 


Copyright © OilFans.com 1996-2019.
All content is property of OilFans.com and cannot be used without expressed, written consent from this site.
Questions, comments and suggestions can be directed to oilfans@OilFans.com
Privacy Statement


Hosted by LogicalHosting.ca