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‘They’re a quitter’ — Eakins rips fan who threw Oilers jersey on ice

Dec 23, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

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A frustrated Dallas Eakins met with the Edmonton media this morning to discuss his team’s six-game losing streak that culminated Saturday with a 6-0 loss to St. Louis on home ice.

Actually, check that. The losing streak really culminated with an Oilers fan throwing his jersey on the ice after said loss to the Blues. And Eakins — never afraid to talk — had some scathing words for that fan.

“Whoever threw that jersey on the ice, they’re out, they’ve given up, they’re a quitter,” said Eakins. “We don’t want that here.”

He added: “For some fan to show us all that he quit, he’s done, he threw in the towel, I think that says volumes about the individual. I don’t believe this city was built on people like that.”

That fan, by the way, was interviewed by the Edmonton Sun. And it doesn’t sound like he’s quitting on the team at all; more like making a statement about the way the Oilers have performed this season.

“I just felt I had to do something,” said 29-year-old Curtis Goyetche.

“I was just fed up. Frustrated. I was just being a passionate fan making my own statement, I guess. It just happened.”

It’s hard to blame him for being fed up. This was supposed to be the season the Oilers emerged out of the rebuild and made an honest run at a playoff spot. To put the team over the hump, the club hired Eakins, and did so with much fanfare. He was supposed to be the kind of coach who knew how to get the most out of his players, who keyed in on what made them tick and exploited that.

So far, all the talk has amounted to is an 11-24-3 record, good for dead last in the Western Conference, seven points back of second-to-last Calgary.

“I understand the booing,” said Eakins. “It comes when you’re not playing well and you’re not producing the results. Obviously there’s been losing going on for quite some time in the past, so I firmly respect that. In regards to [whoever] threw the sweater on the ice, that’s about as bad as it gets for me. I have great sympathy, I understand, I respect our fans, but that’s a bunch of bull crap to me.”

PS — here’s what Eakins said when he was hired: “In pro sports, winning is the bottom line.”

Related: Under Pressure: Dallas Eakins

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  1. drewsylvania - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    He are an Oilers.

    • 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      He’s toast. The media will have a field day ripping him for being stupid enough to respond to that. If he were at all remotely sane, he would’ve said the PC response “We are doing everything possible to better our product on the ice. We know this is not acceptable. Our fans deserve better, etc…”

    • mlhegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Kevin Lowe is the problem. Kevin Lowe has got to GO!

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Saw a great sign from an Oilers fan

        “Aim High, Fire Lowe”

  2. c9castine - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM


    • c9castine - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      let me be a bit less cryptic. its almost like he’s interviewing to keep his job through the media to the fan base.

      kinda silly. says a lot about how bad things are for them though.

  3. travishenryskid - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    This team has been constructed so poorly. What ever happened to MacTavish coming in and being super aggressive? The guy hasn’t done anything.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Hey don’t forget when he traded Smid to make room for Bryz. That’s what you call an effective signing!

      • mikebel11 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Don’t discount the return he got for Smid. A minor league forward and a goalie who might be a pretty good backup one day. Now that’s how you fix a team that’s struggling defensively!

      • mikebel11 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Roman Horak seems to carry some sort of magic trade powers tho. He’s been the center piece of two trades for pretty good d-men so maybe the oilers will be able to continue that trend and actually acquire defensive help by flipping him somewhere else.

  4. thecheeman - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Wow. I’d be crying if my coach was so unhinged by losing that he was killing a fan for jersey-tossing.

  5. btlpper68 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Oilers just blow half their team is top 10 1 rd picks n still blow been rebuilding for ages oilers just suck feel bad for the passionate fans

  6. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Maybe his problems stem from his lack of understanding the difference between singular and plural. “They’re a quitter” would imply that jersey came from more than one person, and that would be both sad, and/or sad. I’m glad he’s not quitting though. I’d hate a press conference where he proclaims “Me’s a quitting”.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      *sad, and/or scary.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      eh, he didn’t make up the “singular they” at least.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        short story, if you don’t want to click the link, is that you can use ‘they’ for an individual of an unknown gender. it borders on bad grammar but if I hear that in conversation, I personally don’t even think twice about it. context usually makes it sound better.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        : ) I like it. I know, its not really a misnomer. I just like pointing out other peoples failures to feel better about myself. It only works for so long before I start crying again.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        lmao best justification of being a grammar nazi ever. and as one myself, I feel your pain.

  7. frankiesweep - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Glad I’m not paying those ticket prices to watch that garbage.

    I’m inviting all Oiler fans to become Coyote fans.

    • lonespeed - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      There’s certainly plenty of room.

  8. bcsteele - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Edmonton has failed on a basic front office level. They’ve spent so much time trying to get the best player that they over look the right ones. You look at the past few Stanley Cup champions: Chicago, L.A., Boston…all the way to Detroit. These teams did get a few key, big name players, but that’s not where they stopped. They built support players around them.

    As a Blues fan we’ve done things the same way. Look down our roster and we have few top 10 draft picks (Petro is the only I recall off hand, in fact) but the players are big, fast and are managed correctly in the right environment. We’ve spent a lot of times digging for gems in the later rounds of the draft and its paid off. I don’t feel like Edmonton has done any of this.

    Just my opinion…

    P.S. In no way am I saying they shouldn’t have taken the best player available when they’ve had these picks, I’m simply saying it seems they pretend the draft is over after they’ve gotten “their guy.”

  9. tlow97 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Matt Millen School of Management right here

  10. bigtganks - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I remember the first game the Canucks played the Oilers, and Eakins said to Kesler “We’re gonna kick your a**!” LOL. Canucks won 6-2. This guy’s been told one too many times he looks like Wolverine/Hugh Jackman and needs to just stop with the tough guy facade.

  11. pastabelly - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    This guy has already lost it. They shouldn’t even wait around. He should be replaced.

  12. canucks30 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    If my favourite team had won 5 Stanley Cups in 7 years and featured Wayne Gretzky in his prime, you wouldn’t see me complaining.

    • 19to77 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      If my team drafted first overall three years in a row and still somehow held the second-worst record in the League, I sure as hell would be.

    • sabatimus - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      That was like 25-30 YEARS ago.

  13. 19to77 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    That fan still gave your garbage team 38 more chances than any of its players did, coach. They all quit before puck drop in game bloody one.

  14. steelers88 - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I think that the Oilers ownership should clean house. Get rid of the people in the front office including the GM. Get rid Eakins. I know the Oilers fans are going to hate this but they need to go back to the drawing board. I think the Oilers should have drafted defense first in the draft. If I were the Oilers I would have so much defensemen that I would trade one or two of them for the forwards I needed.

  15. hockey412 - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Dallas should probably just use this as a barometer and not insult the fan base. I think its a huge statement.

  16. dumbassgreg - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    watch your back dallas you are not part of the oilers old boy network. the knives are coming. I lived in northern alberta . dallas have you spend time with deadmonton media quitters everywhere. you think anyones dream job is edmonton. anyone with real talent leaves in about 2 or3 years after starting there. millard ,dreger,dutchie etc. the guys who stay are the terry jones and bryan hall minor leaguers. you will be added to reason oilers fail. along with quinn,tambellini,renney,kreuger. but never lowe or mctavish. just as lame deadmonton media gave sather a pass for years they still give it lowe. as sather has shown in new york. he was never a hockey genuis as people in deadmonton called him for years. just a guy who was lucky gretzky fell into lap when nelson skabania needed fast cash. another criminal pockington stole from someone else to give to nelson lmao. they lived for years off their first two drafts. they only two they seem to got right in their history lmao. sorry nugent hopkins and eberle are keepers . hope they are traded so they can save their career like arnott. lmao..

    • lordstanley65 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM


  17. warrenhajr2013 - Dec 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Thanks also a LOT and a LUMP for that this i of Mr. J. Brough’s said accounts recounts also that Eakins has also just had what RIPS also into HUGETIME said fan who threw said Oilers jersey onto ice for others and even for us, too….

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