NHL on TSN Quiz: Who is to blame for the Oilers' lost season?

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4/8/2009 10:02:08 PM
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Every week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

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Question No. 1: Maggie the Monkey has a lifetime record of 40-35, but ultimately will she be judged by her dismal Stanley Cup final record of 0-5?  With the Monkey announcing her retirement at the end of this post-season, is Maggie a primate prophet or a loveable loser?

Keith Jones:She is a primate prophet.  Five games over .500, much better than the two chumps sitting beside me.  However, picking playoff champions unfortunately has not been her best category, but at picking winners - especially in the first round - she was terrific.

Ray Ferraro: Loveable loser.  You know we always talk about a whether a player is any good or not based upon how they do in the playoffs, so she's done fine, but has no long-term playoff success.  Loveable loser.

Bob McKenzie: Nothing loveable about her at all, just “L” for loser.  I'll be curious when Joe Sakic retires whether his tribute will be as long as the one that the monkey is getting.  The monkey is on a farewell tour as well - she couldn't just retire, she had to come back one more time for all the accolades.

Question No. 2: In the annual NHL on TSN pre-season poll, 10 NHL general managers picked the Edmonton Oilers to be the most improved team in the West.  Who is to blame for the Oilers' disappointing season?  Is it management?  Is it the veteran players (Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, Dustin Penner) or the youngsters (Sam Gagner, Kyle Brodziak, Robert Nilsson, Andrew Cogliano)?

Ray Ferraro: There is always enough culpability to go around when you don't make the playoffs, but this is management's fault here, when you look at the way that the team was constructed.  They had way too many expectations that their second year players were all going to improve.  When is the last time that happened?  Never.  Aside from the players that didn't produce, the team that was put together was nowhere near as good as the Oilers management thought.

Bob McKenzie: I will say the veterans.  I watched too many Oilers games down the stretch and Hemsky, Horcoff and Penner simply didn't do enough and didn't score enough. 

Keith Jones: I am in agreement about the veterans, especially when I look at the departed Erik Cole.  With Edmonton, Cole had 27 points in 63 games playing with Hemsky and Horcoff.  Playing with a superstar like Eric Staal in Carolina he has 15 points in 15 games.

Question No. 3: Among the big late-season acquisitions, who has been the biggest disappointment: Mats Sundin or Olli Jokinen? 

Bob McKenzie: I'll go with Mats Sundin, only because his body of work with the Vancouver Canucks is larger than that of Olli Jokinen with the Calgary Flames.  Having said that, I believe that the prospect of Mats Sundin reversing what has happened in the regular season and making noise in the playoffs is far greater than Jokinen with the Flames.

Keith Jones: For me it is Olli Jokinen and for this reason: he shoots the puck a lot; therefore Mike Cammalleri has stopped scoring goals.  Since the trade deadline, just three goals for Cammalleri due to the negative effect of Olli Jokinen.

Ray Ferraro: I'm going to go with Mats Sundin because I don't believe that the Vancouver Canucks got the player that they thought they were going to get.  Sundin has clearly lost at least a step.  He's most effective below the goal line down, and that's only about three feet of ice.

Question No. 4: Halifax native Don Koharski will referee his final NHL game Thursday in Tampa Bay.  What is the greatest measure of this man and his long NHL career?

Keith Jones: To me, he was a terrific referee, number one.  He was balanced in the way he approached the game.  If you yelled at him one night, he would forget about it the next.  He controlled star players as well as the tough guys.  He was a terrific referee.

Bob McKenzie: Easy for me: 11 Stanley Cup Finals - that is the measure by which referees are judged.  He did it 11 times - that's good enough for fifth best in NHL history, that's the testament to the man.

Ray Ferraro: As a player, all you want is for the referee to have a great feel for the game.  You mentioned the way that “Koho” dealt with the players. I always had a great feel for the way that he would deal with the game.  He had a very even-handed approach and he was a great official.

Dustin Penner, Ethan Moreau and Sam Gagner  (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)


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