Tonight could be a modern incarnation of the “Fog Bowl” as the NHL’s two laggardly teams fumble and sway. It’s the dim bulbs versus the addled ones, ladies and gentlemen, with a promise of a better tomorrow sometime next week. We’ve seen this movie before.
Providing the Oilers have a genuine interest in competing for a playoff spot in 12-13, the summer should see multiple additions of NHL players. However, even if they devote all of their energy to turning this ragtag group into something useful, there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to improve more than the Ohio players.
The truth about the Oilers? They have splendid young talent learning how to lose and a bunch of veterans who can’t hold back the water on account of the organization’s attempt to develop rookies by the 6-pak. That’s why Renney’s so frustrated. This job SHOULD be a golden one for an NHL coach, but he’s got to get to the other side. Right now he’s in a paddle boat out on the ocean. Has he made enough mistakes to merit the handshake? Probably.
He shouldn’t be the only one.