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We all know the number Eakins has done on Yakupov this year. Nail coming off a big end to last season and then starting this season on line 3 with 4 minutes of ice time. Then being called out by the coach for his lack of point production with his limited ice time and sub par line contribution after only playing 48 games in the NHL. Then he sits Yak 4 times this season. Most recently a healthy scratch against Phoenix to bring him back and tell him to prove himself against a far superior SJ. Yak picks up the gauntlet thrown down by Dallas Eakins and smacks him with it by scoring the only goal that game for the Oilers. He continues by answering with another the next game.

Not to hear positive praise by Dallas to the press, only to hear that Yak came out and "did better." Meanwhile, yak was out there proving his stuff with no help as Eakins decided in the Dallas game that the top 2 goal scorers and the number one and only real center we have were not playing good enough for him. So he sat them on the bench for almost 15 minutes of the second period. Opting to go with the offensive might on Lander, Gaznik, Jones, Smyth, Gagner, Yak, Gordon, Hemsky and Eberle on a shortened bench.

It might come as a surprise to some but this attempt to sit the Oiler top line had the reverse effect. The Oilers played worse as a team and the guys who were sitting came out and seemed to play worse in the third period. This was one of many attempts to use punishment as his only motivational tactic with the Oilers young squad. Something that might work with players trying to make the NHL but oddly not working with players who have never had that worry. Players who know they are the foundation of the team and have yet to find any sense of the play they ended last season with.

One would think that Eakins would get the hint but in the last game during a 3 -3 tie he opted to bench the Oilers highest goal scorer for the Power play. He also made extra use of the second unit and gave Hunt the quarterback on a crucial PP. Smyth and Gordon finding Power Play time at the expense of players like Hemsky and Perron who are having great seasons allowed the Oilers to give up two goals and be dominated in the second period. The Oilers fourth goal and a post were the only reason they came out of the night with a win.

I want the Oilers to pick a goalie and stick with him. I want to see some continuity with their management but Krueger was the one that deserved a second season. Eakins doesn't deserve another week.
Filed Under:   Oiler   Eakins   Lowe   MacTavish   MacT   Oilers   Edmonton  
January 7, 2014 9:33 AM ET | Delete
I doubt it is Eakins fault. The Oilers are still a horrible hockey team. Just because all Oiler fans think every player is the best thing since sliced bread does not make them a legitimate team.
January 7, 2014 10:59 AM ET | Delete
This sounds like the same reason, phrased in several different ways.
January 7, 2014 1:27 PM ET | Delete
We picked Dubnyk and he shat the bed....
January 7, 2014 1:35 PM ET | Delete
Mact is the worst, Lowe is the worst, Eakins is the worst??/same shit with you all the time...HALLFAN IS THE WORST EVER! Quit writing about the Oil.
January 7, 2014 1:58 PM ET | Delete
I wish he was a fan of a different team...his opinions embarrass me as an Oilers fan.
January 7, 2014 4:09 PM ET | Delete
This is the same dude who told us all that the Oilers top 6 was gonna be better than the Avs top 6.. lol
January 7, 2014 4:55 PM ET | Delete
Also the same dude that said Edmontons Defense was better than Bostons and that if we had Rask we would be cup contenders....duh....
January 7, 2014 5:13 PM ET | Delete
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January 7, 2014 5:14 PM ET | Delete
January 7, 2014 5:46 PM ET | Delete
Trade you an often benched Michael Del Zotto for Yakupov straight up :)
January 7, 2014 7:23 PM ET | Delete
Wsste of time.EK i want my 5mins that it too to read this, laugh, feel bad for oil fans and to post this ,back please Thx
January 7, 2014 10:00 PM ET | Delete
Ron Rolston. that is all.
January 8, 2014 12:29 AM ET | Delete
Rookie coach, rookie mistakes...
January 8, 2014 9:22 AM ET | Delete
simple logic would dictate that if the oilers top 6 is better than the avs, dutch, and if their defense is better than bostons, iggy, it must be the coach...sheesh
January 8, 2014 7:35 PM ET | Delete
Rookie coach with a totally offensive team and most of the top end players seem unwilling to find their own end and play in it if they had a gps strapped on to their helmets to help them find it! The Oilers are far and away still a work in progress and do NOT have the right mix of players at all. You can have a Bure or two but you cannot have a full team of them.Oilers problems are they do not have a whole LOT to trade they want to part with but in all honesty they likely HAVE to part with a Yakupov to bring in better pieces for goaltending, defence, and to fix the effort level in competing at both ends of the ice.
January 11, 2014 3:28 AM ET | Delete
If we thought we could contend right away and the long term by moving Yak or Ebs we probably would. But realistically, we are 2 more full seasons away from playoffs.In that time we can develop some D and maybe some top 6 forwards, and when the time comes, maybe Ebs or Yak will be somewhat expendable due the emergence of a bigger, grittier forward that can score. No chance this team is completely fixed by 2014-2015.
January 11, 2014 10:16 AM ET | Delete
Jeropotato yup I agree. At least another season. Overachieving can be done though. Leafs did it last season so there is some hope. I think you have to move one like Yak or Ebs but only if you know it is the right time and right deal to make. Youre looking to hit that homerun type deal. Im not sure MacT will get a lot done right this second and last thing they need to do is just start making random trades to try and shake it all up. Theyll get there though and when they do this should be a pretty dangerous team with the amount of talent already on it. If they could get some solid goaltending they COULD put up a few more Ws in general though.
January 15, 2014 12:52 PM ET | Delete
because guys getting paid millions of dollars to play hockey should always be encouraged and receive back rubs when they play well......
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