The men and women covering the Oilers get a lot of crap from blogs like this one for not uncovering pertinent stories around the club. With that as the backdrop, credit where due. John Short doesn’t write much anymore but when he does it packs a punch. The story is here. The money quote talks about former Oilers currently playing in Carolina:
A warm and welcoming dressing room climate can overcome a host of problems. That comfort didn’t exist here — not for these guys, anyway — and the record shows that it was non-existent for others, as well. Blame the coach? Sure. Blame the organization? Absolutely. But don’t delude yourself that the so-called veteran leaders of the Oilers were blameless, because they weren’t.