It looks as though Craig MacTavish has chosen his hill to die on. Dustin Penner. In a stunning article by Jim Matheson today we got word that #27 is in some serious trouble with the organization. The article is here.
This is the third time this season Craig MacTavish has taken verbal shots at his players in public. Each have been reported, and one imagines that they have some impact on the people involved. That’s a double edged razor. I think these are the end times for Craig MacTavish as a head coach for the Edmonton Oilers. You can only shit on people for so long, no matter how correct you are in saying it. After awhile, they quit on you and it’s impossible to fire the whole team. And it’s also impossible to trade Dustin Penner.
The chances of all of the players in this soap opera surviving the event are not great, and at the very least this probably weakens Kevin Lowe’s position within the organization. If Craig MacTavish’s words are an indictment of Penner, and they certainly are, what then do they tell us about Kevin Lowe?