This is Dan Boyle. I liked the Sharks to go deep into the second season before they acquired him, and it looks to me like the team to beat in the west wears teal and black.
I hope they win it all. The Oakland Seals fanbase deserves it.
As for the Oilers, what a dreadful way to end an entertaining season. I stubbornly maintain Craig MacTavish doesn’t deserve the ass-kicking he’s getting from the fans (and he’s getting it) due to the shoddy template used by Oilers management (“we’re out of balance now, but we’ll figure out what we need at the deadline”) but that train has left the station.
Craig MacTavish is a dead man walking today in terms of his Oilers coaching career. I’ll predict two things:
- MacT gets an NHL job in a heartbeat.
- The Oilers hire someone with deep ties to the organization to replace him.
- Said person is a little shy in terms of coaching experience.
We’ll see. Go Oilers. Clap. Clap.