Oilers Vice Chairman Bob Nicholson spoke about Pat Quinn on Monday, who passed away on Sunday.
"On behalf of the Oilers, and especially myself and my wife Lorna, we'll never forget all the great summers we had together," Nicholson began. "(Pat) will always be one of my best friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Quinn family."
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins and winger Jordan Eberle also gave their thoughts on the passing of Quinn.
“It’s a sad day with the passing of a great coach, Pat Quinn. A guy that I looked up to and has been somewhat of a mentor over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Eakins remarked.
Jordan Eberle won a Gold Medal with Quinn at the World Junior Hockey Championship and World Under-17s.
"Pat was a guy I have fond memories of," said Eberle. "I had him in the World Juniors in 2008 and the World Under-17. I remember being 17 years old and he was our coach and walking in scared to talk to him because of the presence that he was.
"The way he conducted himself he had a lot of respect for sure. It's tough to see him go. Condolences to his family and the organization here he was a big part of, too."
Viktor Fasth also provided his thoughts on goaltending coach Freddie Chabot being relieved of his duties on Monday following practice in Leduc.
"It's a tough day," said Fasth. "We have to play better and it feels like we let Freddie down. We've got to do better than we've done so far, from me and the whole team. We've got to be better.
"We lost a lot of games lately here and I don't think anybody is happy with their performance."
David Perron spoke to the media after practice on Monday in Leduc, addressing trade rumours out in the media with his name front and centre.
"I think everyone's aware of it and obviously my name popped up but it doesn't matter," he said. "I'm actually glad in a way that it's me because I know I can handle it and I'll work through it. We want to make this thing right here and Edmonton.
"I think everyone in the room is aware that when we have the kind of record, stuff can happen. It's not something we want. We want to go on this road trip and have a real good performance and turn this thing around."
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins provided his thoughts on the dismissal of goaltending coach Freddie Chabot following practice Monday in Leduc:
"It's the nature of the business. Sometimes it's not always right but sometimes it's necessary. We wish Freddie well. He's a hard-working guy. We believe he'll land on two feet and we're thankful for his service to our organization."
Eakins also spoke about Dustin Schwartz, who replaces Chabot as goaltending coach.
"It's just to the point where we've been struggling at the position and we felt that we needed to do a correction there," he said. "Right or wrong, it's the nature of the beast and not always fair but I'm taking it personally, our players are taking it personally and our goaltenders are taking it personally."
Following practice on Monday in Leduc, Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens met with the media and spoke about goaltending coach Fred Chabot getting relieved of his duties.
"It's a terrible day," Scrivens began. "Vik and I, we both feel terribly about what's happened. Neither of us will come out here and say we're pleased with our performances so far this season. As an individual, I've got to elevate my game and I thought I was working hard to do that and still feel I'm on the right path but it's unfortunate."
Scrivens felt responsible for what ended up happening to Chabot.
"I take it personally that Freddie took responsibility for the work that Vik and I had done," he continued. "Whether it's fair or not, it's something that happened. For Vik and I we've got to keep working hard and got to stop some pucks."
The Oilers goalie also has a history with new goalie coach Dustin Schwartz, dating back to his days with the Spruce Grove Saints.
"He's a great guy," said Scrivens. "Great man, great husband and father. Good character guy. Works extremely hard. I had the pleasure of working with him during the summer a couple of times. He's a real student of the game but demands a high level of execution and work ethic. I'm excited to be working with Schwartzie but obviously not thrilled for Freddie that it had to end up like this."
Oilers have relieved goaltender coach Frederic Chabot of his duties; Dustin Schwartz will replace Chabot in the role.
Schwartz is the Edmonton Oil Kings goaltending coach.
Bob Stauffer expands more on Dustin Schwartz and his training as a goaltending coach in our regular Monday Morning Inbox feature (click here).
The #Oilers have relieved goaltender coach Frederic Chabot of his duties. Dustin Schwartz will replace Chabot in the role.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 24, 2014
For those asking Dustin Schwartz has had success working with Laurent Broissot and Tristan Jarry with the Oil Kings...— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) November 24, 2014
...he is from the Optimum Reaction Sports goaltending tree...played 5 seasons at U of A (2000-05) and in WHL (Medcine Hat/Red Deer)— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) November 24, 2014
Ference - Petry
Marincin - Fayne
Aulie (Nikitin) - Schultz
Hall-RNH-Eberle. Purcell-Arcobello-Perron. Joensuu(Gazdic)-Draisaitl-Yakupov. Hendricks-Gordon-Pinizzotto. Lines in Leduc this morning.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) November 24, 2014
Ference - Petry. Marincin - Fayne. Aulie (Nikitin) - Schultz on D today.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) November 24, 2014
A 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks had the Oilers players frustrated in the locker room, but they aren’t pointing fingers at anyone but themselves.
“It’s on us,” Taylor Hall said. “It’s our fault as players and we’re going to have to make up for that.”
Andrew Ference said, “I think all we ask of each other is to play to the potential of what we know each guy can bring. You set the bar at a certain level and you have to meet it. You have to get up to that level, whether they scored a goal or not. Get over it. That didn’t happen. I think the play dipped after they scored the first goal. It took way too long to recover from that. That’s just every guy having the mental ability to shake it off and get back after business.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added, “It’s all on us. Nobody can control the game except us. We go out there every night and we’re the ones competing out there. It’s all on the players in here and we’ve just got to find a way to motivate ourselves to get back on track and push forward.”
“Everyone has to take ownership,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “You can keep talking about it or you can do it.”
After a 7-1 loss, the pressure to turn things around is on full blast. Head Coach Dallas Eakins said he’s ready to take it on.
“I face it head-on,” he said. “If I wasn’t up to the task I wouldn’t be here, I would go do something else or I would have taken another line of work. For me, we’ll get out of the rink tonight, probably won’t sleep much, spend the day with my family and then it’s going to be right back to work to try and get the group past this to refocus and get a refresher for our team and get ready for Dallas. If we’re going to sit and cry over the losses then we’re never ever going to get out of it. The feeling sorry for ourselves, that doesn’t work. The pain I feel is for our organization and our city. That’s what I feel. That’s what helps you focus to get onto the next one.”