Taylor Hall is a young man driven to be excellent, and the Edmonton Oilers are an organization that is not competitive. These two things are bound to cause friction.
For Taylor Hall, it must be very difficult to come to grips with the realization that he is the first of what may be as many as 5 high end lottery picks in a row. When an organization is doomed to failure that’s one thing, but when the organization itself sets sail on a long journey without adequate manpower then it’s another.
The Edmonton Oilers have a plan, and that plan involves these young men beginning their careers as laughing stocks to even mediocre teams like the Calgary Flames. I welcome his youthful contempt for this kind of unbalanced approach (laying down today for a better tomorrow) and remain hopeful that Daryl Katz–the owner of the team–comes to the realization that breaking Taylor Hall’s spirit is just about the worst thing you can do.
FIRE THE COACH!
I know many feel that firing the coach is the solution, but for me that’s not the best option. The Oilers have been running through coaching staffs like crazy over recent seasons and Renney doesn’t have the bullets to compete many nights. There have been times when the club iced a fully healthy group and looked competitive, for me that’s a better estimation of Renney’s ability.
He is not without error, I am still amazed that Linus Omark was flushed so early and that the coach couldn’t find a way to get Magnus Paajarvi into the top 9 effectively. Having said that, those issues can be solved between now and the last game of the season and I expect both players will get a chance to shine.
FIRE THE GM!
Lots of people are on this train and I can understand it. The things that are right about this organization are somewhat independent of the General Manager’s office and the things the GM is in charge of directly seem to blow up real good. This past off-season’s best moves came via the draft (RNH), reportedly a player trading himself (Smyth) to the team and the coach remembering a distant bell (Potter) that could work out. The Andy Sutton deal is a plus arrow, but consdering the contributions versus cost delivered by Ben Eager, Eric Belanger and Cam Barker the GM’s report card is a sea of red.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
Darryl Katz is the owner of the team and the leader of the organization. The rebuild was adopted by most of the fanbase and now the fanbase is tiring of it, and it looks to me like their star player–the franchise on-ice foundation–is growing weary of taking a knife to a gunfight. #4 has literally bled for this team, and pushed hard to get back into action as soon as possible.
And last night he’d had enough and the CBC lip sync specialists (likely numbering in the thousands) appear to have correctly identified the verbal. I don’t blame Taylor Hall, I praise him. The worst thing that could happen to the Oilers future is Taylor Hall taking it; it isn’t in his DNA. I think Daryl Katz has a similar will to win, because he is a very successful businessman in an exceptionally competitive field.