I thought about Craig MacTavish today. I thought about 2009 April and how Steve Tambellini held his media conference 88 hours after the season ended–MacT was gone, the world had changed.
There have been reports about Renney’s future for weeks now and today’s PC wasn’t about a new contract. I don’t know if the Oilers will retain him, no crystal ball here and no connections to the conclave that will soon convene. I don’t think coach Renney has made any missteps aside from roster makeup and usage but when you bring a knife to a gunfight heaven knows the final score is mostly written.
I don’t have the same feeling about coach Renney that I had about MacT, the same confidence. MacT’s decisions had clarity and as a fan you got the feeling the town team was getting the best chance to win each night. The week they fired MacTavish I wrote about the situation and concluded “I can’t help feeling the nadir of this franchise is on the other side of Sunday.”
If they choose to flush coach Renney, I won’t feel the same way about the franchise as I did the day MacT was let go. I believe they’re heading in a good direction because of the efforts of the amateur procurement department.
On the other hand, I don’t believe the Oilers will get the immediate help required at the draft, on July 1 or through trades in order to get themselves into a playoff position. I expect we’ll hear a lot about making changes and adding enough help to make this team a playoff organization.
History tells us innovators make good bets, cultivate them and then retain those who pay off and rid themselves of the ones that fail. How innovative has Oilers management been at the pro level these past seasons? The Edmonton Oilers will not be serious contenders for anything until Mr. Katz takes ownership of his team.