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Eakins lays down challenge for Scrivens

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07:42 AM ET 02.24 | While the NHL has been napping, its head coaches and players have been back to work across North America. The Oilers don't play until the Minnesota Wild come to town on Feb. 27, but [Dallas Eakins] and his coaching staff know that they have some decisions to make when it comes to [Ilya Bryzgalov] and the recently acquired Ben Scrivens in net. The duo was splitting games as the team went into the Olympic break and, by all indications, that's how the team will continue as it starts its five-game home stand next week. "The plan is to play who's playing well," Eakins said. ... "There's a part of me that yeah, I want to see if Scrivens is for real. I'd like to give him more games, but then the delicate balance is handing and giving things to people. But (Scrivens) has earned his starts."

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February 24, 2014  07:58 AM ET

Can't be worse than Bryz... can he?

February 24, 2014  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can't be worse than Bryz... can he?

Just what I've been missing, an Oilers thread!

And to answer your question, Otis, no he can't. When he's on, Scrivens is a pretty capable NHL goalie. Much better than what they had before.

February 24, 2014  09:22 AM ET

So if I read the article right, he's going to play both goalies and see which ones better. Then go with that goalie. That's some pretty heavy strategy there. Why would he divulge that to the media?

February 24, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can't be worse than Bryz... can he?

But what does he think about the universe?

February 24, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

But what does he think about the universe?

Got a hunch Oilers fans are pretty much done with deep-thinking goalies.

February 24, 2014  10:02 AM ET

"There's a part of me that yeah, I want to see if Scrivens is for real. I'd like to give him more games, but ....."


Good heavens! If Eakins still doesn't know if Scrivens is for real, then he's far more inept and clueless than I thought!

Hey, Eakins! Let me clue you in: It's not Scrivens who needs to be challenged! It's all the other useless, over-payed and over-hyped underachievers on the team that need it. You need to borrow a page out of the Czech coach's playbook and nail Alice's pillow-soft arse to the bench for a while! That'd be a good place to start.

February 24, 2014  11:43 AM ET
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But what does he think about the universe?

He thinks it's amazing awesome big

February 24, 2014  11:44 AM ET

Play Scrivens every single game left Dallas , i mean seriously Man !

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February 24, 2014  12:40 PM ET
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Why wreck the possibility of another first overall pick? Bryz 4 lyfe.

Now .... you're on to something! Too bad they'll waste it on another useless smurf.

February 24, 2014  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Why wreck the possibility of another first overall pick? Bryz 4 lyfe.

"Trailer Park.....Life !" J.Roc , Sunnyvale

February 24, 2014  03:25 PM ET

Will it be Ben on, or Ben off?

February 24, 2014  03:35 PM ET

Sounds like Eakins is a 'the bucket's half empty' type. I fully expect the Jets and Stars to make the playoffs, and the Can'ts, Coys, and Preds not too. Mini-scrota - I'd love to see not win another game, but that's probably not going to happen.

February 24, 2014  03:59 PM ET
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Can't be worse than Bryz... can he?

Not many can........wait.......there was Raycroft........but at least he was normal and had his park addiction in check, never mind the unfocused universe sightings....

The challenge.....STOP PUCKS!

He should be really surprised! I am at the way he has played, yet we have a way of trading away good tenders.

February 24, 2014  09:09 PM ET
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So if I read the article right, he's going to play both goalies and see which ones better. Then go with that goalie. That's some pretty heavy strategy there. Why would he divulge that to the media?

LMAO

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