I feel as though we’re all in the mall trying to find “you are here” on that big honking display so we can find the exit. Edmonton Oilers fans can’t take much more of this, I can only imagine what these players are going through, every day grey, every game a series of roll-eyes and endless minuses next to their name.
All is lost. The day is ruined. The coach says conditioning, the GM says he likes this group and we can all see the coach is learning on the job. The fans can see the talent, but nothing rhymes. WHERE ARE WE? Down in the Tube station at midnight, on the floor, staring at “Jesus Saves” and wondering what draft year he’s available.
And yet, the truth is that Craig MacTavish has been on the job less than a year and Dallas Eakins has been coach for less than 30 games. The hard lessons of being responsible without the puck (‘it’s what you leave’) were easier to endure when it was just Craig MacTavish teaching Ales Hemsky, but this is an entire group learning on the fly in the NHL.
My question for you: how much longer can MacTavish wait? Is there progress (they are 4-3 in the Hunter ‘second 20′)? Do they trade a cornerstone?