It began with the morning newspaper and radio reports that Kevin Lowe admitted to making a mistake (a money mistake btw, as detailed by Mudcrutch at his site) and then going downhill to the point where Lowe started to sound like Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (sans the booze but with the same despair) or Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice (her choice being decidedly more difficult than anything that’s going to face any NHL General Manager).
Hope, it seems, is gone.
Which is, of course, ridiculous. The Oilers have a bright future unless the man in charge does something stupid. RFA offer sheet on the verge of an historic draft stupid.
This is an extremely dangerous time for the future of the Edmonton Oilers. Kevin Lowe followed the Pronger trade (which clearly didn’t work out) by identifying his key players moving forward (Ryan Smyth wasn’t one of them) and then entered the 06-07 season with a poorly balanced team (there weren’t enough NHL defensemen). The team suffered, Smyth was dealt and Lowe entered the offseason overpromising.
And now he’s under-delivering.
His job is on the line, and there is growing unrest in Edmonton. Lowe knows it, and is extremely likely to make a bold move which may or may not involve an offer sheet to a young rfa. Although it’s a move that has merit in most seasons, it’s a poor bet for next year when the Oilers first round pick may well be an impact player.
Is Zach Parise worth more than the 3rd pick in a deep, deep draft? Are the Oilers close enough to the playoffs so that one player is a difference maker? Is Parise that player?
I hope you enjoyed the playoff run to the final in 2006. It might be the last one we see in a long, long time. Kevin Lowe is about to mortgage the future in a search for mediocrity.