Interesting item from tsn this afternoon: Coach Craig Mactavish singled out forwards Dustin Penner, Kyle Brodziak and Marc Pouliot at practice on Monday and then made them bag skate after pratice. General Manager Steve Tambellini was asked if a coaching change is needed, and he said no.
I think the Edmonton Oilers have lost their way. They have somehow managed to forget the things that made the Boys on the Bus a team, the things that spawned a new generation of Oilers fans who were ignited by the Marchant OT goal. They have managed to become what the WHA Oilers were–porridge. A prairie team with a following but no real chance to fly above the rest.
The Oilers are no longer a world class organization, as they seem more concerned with radio station sendups than addressing on-ice issues. Their absolute devotion to “the product” and their belief that the FOG can do no wrong has given them a false sense of reality.
You can go too far, you can lose the room, you can in fact do things that sour even the most rabid fan. The Edmonton Oilers management group look like tired old men today, with their pride misplaced, their prejudice in clear view, and the legacy secure: they’re not the good guys anymore.
The wand is broken.