How much time does Craig MacTavish have to turn this thing around? I would have thought 5 years or so, that’s kind of the deal for a General Manager. However, there’s a group (large) who feel the MacT GM regime is more of the same.
One of them is Ray Ferraro.
Twitterer Hope Smoke (a must follow) tweeted out these words attributed to Ferraro this afternoon on TSN (Toronto):
- “in Edmonton management everybody thinks the same, you need a contrarian to offer a different perspective”
- “if it took me this long to rebuild my house I would have fired the contractor long ago”
- “there is a strong tie and love affair with the old Cup teams in Edmonton.”
- “if Fla or Cbj were being run as poorly as the Oilers were we’d all be calling them a joke franchise.”
I have a great deal of respect for Ray Ferraro, he’s a smart man and very insightful about the game. When he’s on a broadcast, I make a special note to watch the game no matter the opponent—there’s not a hockey commentator alive who warrants that kind of respect (well, Howie Meeker, but I can’t find the channel he’s working for these days).
However, I would argue that the Oilers have been MacTavish’s team for less than a year, that he has added pieces and that the team is going in a good direction (won-loss record aside). I would further argue that firing MacTavish and Eakins might send this thing the wrong way.
Surely we can agree this is better than the Tambellini era.
Or can we?