Tell No One

by Lowetide

The strangest firing of a coach—technically a demotion—saw Al MacNeil take over as head man of the Nova Scotia Voyageurs only weeks after coaching the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1971. MacNeil’s crime? Correctly identifying that John Ferguson was eroding (replaced by Bobby Sheehan for a time, and then carried to the finish line by a young Rejean Houle who played wing on the other side and did all the checking) and that there were nights when the Habs had three centers better than Henri Richard.

One minute MacNeil was saying “I have no comment on my decision to bench John Ferguson”, the next minute Henri Richard said “(MacNeil) is incompetent. The worst coach I’ve ever played for” and bam! Scotty Bowman is the new head coach in Montreal. Firing the coach is the easiest, and therefore the busiest, way of addressing a team’s shortcomings. Todd McLellan’s Oilers have been an opportunity missed so far, we’ll see if today brings any news. My guess is we’re close to a move, with the season in the balance and recent performances so very poor. No one likes to see people lose jobs, but there is an inevitability about this situation hanging in the Edmonton air this morning. The Oilers spent the weekend worrying about Matt Tkachuk and what Ryan Strome didn’t bring, and they gifted four points to the enemy. Very bad.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Jonathan Willis: A list of which Oilers are likely to be traded.
  • New Tyler Dellow: Ryan Strome for Ryan Spooner looks like a change for change sake
  • New Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect winter 2018: Evan Bouchard.
  • Jonathan Willis: Tobias Rieder will miss a critical month, creating problems for Edmonton but opportunities for its players.
  • Tyler Dellow: If nothing changes, Oilers should buy out Milan Lucic next summer.
  • Lowetide: The past, present and future of the Andrej Sekera contract.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Elmer Benning on his 47 years as a scout (excellent article).
  • Jonathan Willis: After several failed attempts to fix their issues on the wings, it’s time for the Oilers to explore the trade market.
  • Lowetide: Connor McDavid, a 50-goal season and chasing Phil Esposito’s magical 1970-71.
  • Lowetide: Oilers send Puljujarvi and Yamamoto to Bakersfield; recall Marody
  • Lowetide: Oilers trade options: Dealing from strength is finally a possibility.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Klefbom-Larsson were 15-12 in 18:21, 13-8 shots, 0-2 goals and 4-3 HDSC. A weird weekend, the top pairing was porous, Larsson had three shots to Klefbom’s two and Oscar blocked five shots! Duo played in some poor luck but need to be better. Karlsson line went 7-5 Corsi 5-on-5 with a pair of goals against the Swedes.
  • Garrison-Russell went 8-13 in 11:19 together, 2-6 shots, 2-5 HDSC and no goals.  Russell is more effective on third pair, I like him with Kevin Gravel more than Garrison. Pair were 3-6 against the Tuch line but were also 1-0 in goals.
  • Nurse-Benning were high event and that shouldn’t be their role. Were 10-19 in 13:58, 5-9 shots, 2-2 goals and 2-3 HDSC. The Benning pass to Drake Caggiula was a Monty Python sequence and an instructional video for ‘is our children learning?’ Gack! Were 3-8, 1-1 goals against the Eakin line. The pairings minutes were reduced on the weekend, partly due to Nurse’s Saturday night fight.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 25 of 31, .806. I think he is a little lost these days, but the Golden Knights are a fine shooting team. Doesn’t matter of course, Mikko Koskinen is eating his lunch. Still, I’m not going to bury Talbot, Edmonton still has a chance and they’ll need him. Talbot is bleeding free-agent dollars now though. Man.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Lucic-Marody-Russell is the least likely combination ever, but were 15-8 in 11:40, 9-4 shots and 5-1 HDSC. I mean honestly. Went 9-5 in five minutes against McNabb-Miller. I wonder what Tyler Benson would look like on this line.
  • Caggiula-McDavid-Draisaitl were 18-17 in 16:31, 10-9 shots, 2-2 goals and 5-4 HDSC. Went 11-3 against Engelland, 11-7 against McNabb, 9-4 against Holden and 5-7 against Miller. McDavid looked frustrated for much of the game, perhaps trying to do too much. However, he also did some things that were other-worldly.
  • Spooner-Nuge-Chiasson were 7-15 in 10:21, 6-6 shots, 0-1 goals and 0-3 HDSC. This line isn’t working so far, Nuge can’t seem to pass the puck lately and Spooner is serving as an alarm for impending doom when stepping on the ice. Lordy.
  • Khaira-Brodziak-Kassian were 1-12 in 12:16, 0-1 goals. Disaster. 0-5 HDSC. Barf.

OBSERVATIONS

The stats above. Do you enjoy them? Let me know.

  • Ryan Spooner: He’s a good NHL player but in two games Spooner is showing up in some bad video. He lit the runway for Pacioretty while never impacting a thing. Classic ‘also in photo’ play.
  • Ty Rattie was a healthy scratch.
  • In the two games since Ryan Strome has been traded, the PK hasn’t been able to keep opponents off the scoresheet.
  • Cooper Marody did some good things with the puck last night.
  • Leon Draisaitl is a fine young player, needs a little more refinement without the puck but he’s going to have a long successful career as an above average NHL player. In my opinion.
  • Zack Kassian isn’t as noticeable as Patrick Russell.
  • Alex Chiasson sure scores goals a lot.

OILERS AFTER 20

  • Oilers in October 2015: 7-12-1, 15 points; goal differential -8
  • Oilers in October 2016: 11-8-1, 23 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in October 2017: 7-11-2, 16 points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in October 2018: 9-10-1, 19 points; goal differential -9

The 2018 team is now closer to the 2017 edition than the playoff group of 2016. The current Oilers are on pace to finish about the same as the group from last year. The 2017-18 team was 36-40-6 for 78 points, this year’s team would come in about 37-41-4, 78 points. That’s going to get everyone fired. This season needs a turnaround quickly, that usually means a coaching change.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 3-5-1, seven points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in November 2016: 2-6-1, five points; goal differential -11
  • Oilers in November 2017: 4-4-1, nine points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in November 2018: 3-6-0, six points; goal differential -7

The gales of November have been a consistent issue for McLellan’s Oilers, the team is bleeding out in real time. What’s more, and this is going to be an issue for this week, much of the future is in Bakersfield. Is that a good idea? Does playing the complementary players above (Spooner, Patrick Russell) give the team productive time to further develop Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto? Or are they the first two men back from Bakersfield when the change comes.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NOVEMBER

  • At home to: Chicago (Expected 1-0-0) Actual (1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Detroit, Washington, Tampa Bay, Florida  (Expected 2-2-0) (Actual 1-3-0)
  • At home to: Colorado, Montreal (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • At home to: Vegas (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Dallas, Los Angeles  (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 8-5-1, 17 points in 14 games 
  • Current results: 3-6-0, 6 points in 9 games

This isn’t yet a complete disaster and it cannot be one. I have the Oilers winning three more games this month, that gets them to 12 points in 14 games. You can recover from that kind of a run, but man it can’t be worse than 6-8-0 on November 30.

PERSONAL OPINION

I believe the Oilers are going to replace the coach in the coming days. A strong trip to the west coast could save Todd McLellan’s job but we’re not even sure he’ll be on the plane. My stated opinion has been this all along: He didn’t have the horses. I can’t tell you how much impact he had on the trades that sent away all the goals, but if we agree the coach coaches and the general manager procures, then firing the coach today means ownership didn’t aim high enough. In my opinion.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

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  • Cameron DaSilva, Ramswire. We’ll preview Chiefs-Rams.
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Nuges Bank Account

Would Sekera playing be making a difference?

OmJo

The thing is, you fire the coach and GM (it must be both), but is it not too late?

We have 3 top 3 forwards and 3 top 4 defencemen, but absolutely no cap space to work with. So how does somebody fix this mess, because I have no ideas? What do you do if you’re the new GM, other than tell the fanbase that you time to fix things?

Chiarelli did almost awe-inspiring damage to this roster. It takes a special kind of skill to turn the 15-16 roster into this… You’re gifted a roster with Hall and McDavid. This wasn’t how it was supposed to go down.

Jethro Tull

Sure TMac doesn’t have the horses. But he’s sure made some strange decisions using the ones he’s got.

There’s a fine line between innovation and bat-shit crazy and both Chia and TMac have been guilty of some “crazy like a fox” decisions.

If TMac is gone, I would like to see someone of the Nelson or Kruger ilk.

Woodguy v2.0

The stats above. Do you enjoy them? Let me know.

Love them.

Thank you.

Jethro Tull

Nuges Bank Account:
Would Sekera playing be making a difference?

Maybe we wouldn’t be leaking as many goals or more accurately, not giving up so many HDSC.

But my intuition tells me Seksy is done. I hope not. I like him, he’s like a de-badged sleeper car.

hunter1909

OmJo:
The thing is, you fire the coach and GM (it must be both), but is it not too late?

We have 3 top 3 forwards and 3 top 4 defencemen, but absolutely no cap space to work with. So how does somebody fix this mess, because I have no ideas? What do you do if you’re the new GM, other than tell the fanbase that you time to fix things?

Chiarelli did almost awe-inspiring damage to this roster. It takes a special kind of skill to turn the 15-16 roster into this… You’re gifted a roster with Hall and McDavid. This wasn’t how it was supposed to go down.

They’ve managed to make me start to feel apathetic.

The jerks in charge have basically managed to lose with every single 1st overall pick, generational talent, whatever. From here on, there doesn’t appear to be anything other than more losing. And with Kats in charge the team is stuck with cronies like Lowe+MacT forever.

So. What exactly is left for them to offer?

Woodguy v2.0

Oiler Goal Share after 20 games (9-10-1)

Even strength (5v5, 4v4, 3v3):
McDavid On Ice 20-14 (59%)
McDavid Off Ice 18-28 (39%)
Net EV -4

Special Teams (PP+shorties for – PK + shorties against):
17-19 Net ST -2

Empty Net: 2-5
Net EN -3

Net Goal Differential -9

Analysis: I was excited when non-McDavid 5v5 goal share got up to 45% but then it turned out like always

Jethro Tull

OmJo,

Why must it be both? As a rule of thumb, as GM, you get one coaching change…..

Woodguy v2.0

I believe the Oilers are going to replace the coach in the coming days. A strong trip to the west coast could save Todd McLellan’s job but we’re not even sure he’ll be on the plane. My stated opinion has been this all along: He didn’t have the horses. I can’t tell you how much impact he had on the trades that sent away all the goals, but if we agree the coach coaches and the general manager procures, then firing the coach today means ownership didn’t aim high enough. In my opinion.

I agree that he doesn’t have the horses.

I also think he gets less out of the roster than many coaches would, and that’s a fire-able offense.

slopitch

Fire Chiarelli today. Fire them both. McLellan earned the coaching loss on Sat and the team came out worse the next day. Seems the room is lost. The team is spiralling and can still be salvaged. But fire them both. They can let Gullitzan be interim and spend the year looking for a GM. If they do fire Chai they will need to get the replacement right. Absolutely critical to keep 97 happy.

jake70

Who does Katz go to for hockey ops personnel hiring advice?

zatch

LT: Two questions.
1) What does it take for the team to fire PC
2) Could some of the almost constant rot be coming from the top? Does Katz have any idea who to hire?

fishman

jake70:
Who does Katz go to for hockey ops personnel hiring advice?

OBC!

oildrop99

Love the stats. If you can give me one solid reason why chia and Tmac deserve to still be employed I’m all ears. Roster is poorly constructed and capped out. Defense is a mess. And we can’t develop prospects. Either this team is the unluckiest in the world at drafting players with commitment issues or it’s our management. I say fire them all. Back up the brinks truck to yzermans house. Hell give him ownership of the team if that’s what it takes. Maybe just maybe we win before McDavid asks for a trade.

Sierra

I guess the Oilers have their answer to whether they can win 1-0 games.

Unequivocally, no!

Sierra

Woodguy v2.0:
I believe the Oilers are going to replace the coach in the coming days. A strong trip to the west coast could save Todd McLellan’s job but we’re not even sure he’ll be on the plane. My stated opinion has been this all along: He didn’t have the horses. I can’t tell you how much impact he had on the trades that sent away all the goals, but if we agree the coach coaches and the general manager procures, then firing the coach today means ownership didn’t aim high enough. In my opinion.

I agree that he doesn’t have the horses.

I also think he gets less out of the roster than many coaches would, and that’s a fire-able offense.

I agree with both your comments.

TMac should be fired because of his systems, or lack there of.

fifthcartel

I don’t think we see any changes. They’re going to preach continuity because “we’ve fired so many GMs and HCs before!”.

Firing McLellan means the spotlight goes on Chiarelli and his management record speaks for itself. He’ll wait as long as possible so he can try and pull that card later and prolong his lifespan.

Kinger_Oil.redux

– Koski will either save or bury Coach. Koski will get the starts untill he falters. If Koski plays a brutal his next 5 starts as Talbot has: going to be someone paying I suspect

– Boys going to ‘Cali for a week: good weather, good gap between games

– Burke had a great piece last week talking about how he used to go grocery shopping and he and Neidermeyer would be at same one, same time with his kids, and no one said boo to either of them, even after they won the Cup!

– Will be an opportunity for team to work hard, enjoy better weather and be out of the cesspool of hate and vitriol that seems to be pervasive in Edmonton

– We will see…

slopitch

Woodguy v2.0:
I believe the Oilers are going to replace the coach in the coming days. A strong trip to the west coast could save Todd McLellan’s job but we’re not even sure he’ll be on the plane. My stated opinion has been this all along: He didn’t have the horses. I can’t tell you how much impact he had on the trades that sent away all the goals, but if we agree the coach coaches and the general manager procures, then firing the coach today means ownership didn’t aim high enough. In my opinion.

I agree that he doesn’t have the horses.

I also think he gets less out of the roster than many coaches would, and that’s a fire-able offense.

Im with ya WG.

Whats with this 4th line. They looked great for a run there and have been real bad the last couple games.

OmJo

The stats above. Do you enjoy them? Let me know.

I appreciate those summaries, especially as somebody who doesn’t get to watch every game. It paints a much better picture than just a boxscore or even highlights.

itsaleaf

Here they are, near the bottom, With one secondary scorer (chaisson).

What happens when shen his scoring dries up (and history says it’s going to)?

This is a bad hockey team.

SteveZ

I believe that Keith Gretzky could fill in as GM. Drafting has been way better. As for a coach? I don’t agree with Glen G as head coach (Calgary gig seemed uninspiring), but maybe Trent Y … and also let Manny V coach the powerplay …

OmJo

Jethro Tull:
OmJo,

Why must it be both? As a rule of thumb, as GM, you get one coaching change…..

Because Chiarelli is as much responsible for this mess as McLellan. I know how it works though, coach gets fired and the GM will get another season to hope McDavid and New Coach can save his job.

fishman

fifthcartel,

fifthcartel,

Decision on change needs to come from Nicholson or above. 5 or 6 more bad loss’s and playoff chance may be gone. Let Gullickson and Keith Gretzky take over and take some time to figure out path forward. Could things be any worse?

McSorley33

Cannot believe we have not heard word that the coach has been let go.

Keep the kids on the farm far away from this tire fire.

Fire PC.

Anyone else getting a sense as to why the Rangers ran as fast from Spooner as they could?

Offer Yzerman the keys to full and complete control. Failing that, hire a Kyle Dubas or John Chayka
protege.

OmJo

fifthcartel:
I don’t think we see any changes. They’re going to preach continuity because “we’ve fired so many GMs and HCs before!”.

Firing McLellan means the spotlight goes on Chiarelli and his management record speaks for itself. He’ll wait as long as possible so he can try and pull that card later and prolong his lifespan.

Yup. Because once he’s fired, he most likely won’t be working in the NHL again.

OmJo

Kinger_Oil.redux: – Will be an opportunity for team to work hard, enjoy better weather and be out of the cesspool of hate and vitriol that seems to be pervasive in Edmonton

Lmao.

Ben

So, uh–what time do they leave for California? Can we get a puff of smoke for “Todd is on the plane”?

Or how about a zesty: “MacT is on it”?

Hey Nugent-Bowman, need to see the team’s flight manifest up on The Athletic asap.

Kinger_Oil.redux

OmJo: Yup. Because once he’s fired, he most likely won’t be working in the NHL again.

– When Chia and Coach are no longer in day-to-day management, they won’t be promoted up to the Red Wine Group…At least thats organizational progress to look forward to…

LMHF#1

I also think he gets less out of the roster than many coaches would, and that’s a fire-able offense.

This. All day every day. And it doesn’t take “time” or “wait and see” or anything to figure this out. This can be determined quickly and should have been figured out long ago. They didn’t want to see that it was true. Just like SJ didn’t.

LMHF#1

McSorley33:
Cannot believe we have not heard word that the coach has been let go.

It’s the Oilers.

It will be a miracle if it happens despite the complete necessity of doing so.

McSorley33

Kinger_Oil.redux,

– Will be an opportunity for team to work hard, enjoy better weather and be out of the cesspool of hate and vitriol that seems to be pervasive in Edmonton
***************************************************************************************************
Just need better weather and better fans….

That will get Big Looch through the neutral zone.

fifthcartel

fishman,

IIRC Nicholson had a hand in hiring both Chiarelli and McLellan. I wonder if he doesn’t want to make a change because he’s admitting his ‘stability’ hires aren’t working out?

OmJo,

I’m not sure about this. He’ll get some random scouting job from an old friend/colleague. A GM job? No way. Although, I’m not sure if “Assistant Amateur Procurement Director” really counts as a job.

It starts with Katz. I heard he was furious after the Dallas game last season and had to be talked down from firing everything. Katz has to get fed up with this. That’s the only hope.

doritogrande

Watching the last two games, I came away with the feeling that despite having the fastest player in the world, and the highest skilled player in the world, we are hopelessly outclassed in both team speed and team skill. Calgary literally skated circles around us in the 3rd period, and Vegas just came at us in a direct bull rush. We could do nothing to stop either strategy.

I place blame squarely at Chiarelli’s feet, while at the same time understanding that McLellan will go before Pete. I worry that the GM will bleed more assets (read: futures) in an effort to save the season and thus, his job. Nicholson should be holding final say about making trades for the rest of the year.

Bag of Pucks

You fire the HC because you need to determine first and unequivocally if it’s the coaching, roster or both.

If this becomes like the Pens replacing Johnston with Sullivan, you’re a happy camper.

If you put an interim HC in place and there’s no substantial improvement, then you’re back to square one.Yay!

GMB3

I almost get the feeling that Chiarelli needs to jump through some hoops or may not have the final say in firing McLellan.

When a team is playing as poorly as the Oilers for the last 1.25 years, someone needs to take the fall imo. Either the roster isn’t constructed very well or the coach isn’t getting the most out of the roster. It’s on either the coach or the GM and I’m surprised we haven’t seen Chia axe McLellan already

frjohnk

Stats are perfect LT

Professor Q

Bag of Pucks:
You fire the HC because you need to determine first and unequivocally if it’s the coaching, roster or both.

If this becomes like the Pens replacing Johnston with Sullivan, you’re a happy camper.

If you put an interim HC in place and there’s no substantial improvement, then you’re back to square one.Yay!

Hey, the Penguins won the Cup both times after replacing the coach. You’re on to something…

jtblack

Woodguy v2.0: means ownership didn’t aim high enough. In my opinion.

+1

LT: I just look at the charts. Don’t neccessarily read each individual lines #’s … but that’s just me

**edit. meant for LT .. came out wierd

GMB3

Bag of Pucks:
You fire the HC because you need to determine first and unequivocally if it’s the coaching, roster or both.

If this becomes like the Pens replacing Johnston with Sullivan, you’re a happy camper.

If you put an interim HC in place and there’s no substantial improvement, then you’re back to square one.Yay!

Are there parallels between this team and the Penguins that season?

As I recall Sullivan was coaching their AHL affiliate, and they weren’t happy with the composition of the roster (not enough speed) and brought up a few AHL players with him?

I can see a couple from where I’m standing

jtblack

“then firing the coach today means ownership didn’t aim high enough. In my opinion.”

what do you mean by this ? not aiming high enough?

GMB3

doritogrande:
Watching the last two games, I came away with the feeling that despite having the fastest player in the world, and the highest skilled player in the world, we are hopelessly outclassed in both team speed and team skill. Calgary literally skated circles around us in the 3rd period, and Vegas just came at us in a direct bull rush. We could do nothing to stop either strategy.

I place blame squarely at Chiarelli’s feet, while at the same time understanding that McLellan will go before Pete. I worry that the GM will bleed more assets (read: futures) in an effort to save the season and thus, his job. Nicholson should be holding final say about making trades for the rest of the year.

Isn’t Nicholson a business guy more than a hockey guy?

Bruce McCurdy

Woodguy v2.0:
The stats above. Do you enjoy them? Let me know.

Love them.

Thank you.

Ditto for me. Keep em coming.

Primetime

I think in theory, Chia would want to hold on a coaching change as long as possible, because the clock starts ticking on him the moment that happens.

However, I don’t think ANYONE survives another season without playoffs…so if he waits too long, he won’t even get the chance. He needs to save this season now or he is on the way out right behind Todd.

The problem is, what kind of coach do you hire at this point of the season if you are Chia?

Option 1: Promote Gulutzan- does anything really change with this move? It would fully focus the spotlight on the roster construction if Glen fails to get them into the playoffs, rather than blaming McLellan’s shortcomings

Option 2: Experienced winner (Quenneville, Vigneault) – again, is this team ready to win now anyway? Would these 2 guys be beneficial to the young players coming up, or more suited to a veteran team on the verge of a championship

Option 3: Young, cutting edge coach – No chance Chia has the time to survive a learning curve on a new coach

OmJo

fifthcartel: OmJo,
I’m not sure about this. He’ll get some random scouting job from an old friend/colleague. A GM job? No way. Although, I’m not sure if “Assistant Amateur Procurement Director” really counts as a job.
It starts with Katz. I heard he was furious after the Dallas game last season and had to be talked down from firing everything. Katz has to get fed up with this. That’s the only hope.

I thought that was exclusively an Oiler thing?

Brantford Boy

LT, I really enjoy the stats… but I will admit I skim them much quicker after a game with last nights effort… but that’s not on you, keep up the great work…

I’ll take a moment to say I really didn’t mind Strome’s game this year. He wasn’t getting points but he sure wasn’t on the snide of 2 goals in 65 games or anything… his absence is already noticeable on the PK…

Sure hope the California trip turns this around… not much time left before we look like the Penguins…

who

At this point I almost hope they hang on to Tmac until the New Year. AS LONG AS THEY KEEP THE YOUNG PROSPECTS IN BAKERSFIELD! I don’t want to see JP anywhere near Tmac again!
If there is no improvement by then, you fire him and let the intern coach have access to any player he wants.
Hopefully the next coach and Chia will be on the same page but if the new coach can’t stop the bleeding you fire Chia at the end of the year. Give the new GM full authority to hire his own staff. I’m not sure that was ever the case with Chia and has led to a lot of the dysfunction.

jtblack

“He didn’t have the horses. ” …. I think that’s the easy way out … Most coaches have to deal with an imperfect roster … Everyone laughed at Toronto’s Defence. They haven’t made any major trades to address it, yet Babcock keeps them near the top each season.

TMAC has enough quality players and a couple exceptional ones, he should be able to cobble together a better than average team ….

IF anything, I am starting to point the finger at #33 … He has been poor for 18 months now … No coach can win with below average goalering. Irrelevant of their roster.

Anyway, I am 100% good if we let TMAC go. I think there are enough horses on this roster to compete for a playoff spot and be competitive in EVERY game.

GriffCity

Bob Nicholson at the end of last season, and i am paraphrasing. ” If the fans could just understand the plan, we have a plan at work, we need to stick with the plan”

Really Bob? Was trading Strome for Spooner part of the master plan all along? Good grief. That was like a few years ago when the Oilers fired all the equipment staff and stick boys lol, that’ll show em, that’s true accountability right there.

Oilers defence is a mess and goaltending not nearly good enough to bail out the mistake-laden defence. Really glad they didn’t sign Nurse to a big money long term deal because he is junk. Benning? Woof – AHL defenceman. Klefbom has been munching a lot of minutes but plays too soft, never hits ever, and has 0 goals to show for all his ice time. – Not an elite offensive d-man at all. Larsson, mostly steady, but the trade is one for one…FML. Russell, honest, hard worker, bottom pair type. This back end coupled with sub-par goaltending is going to lead to nowhere. PC, you’re fired. TM, you’re fired. Bob, you’re fired!

LadiesloveSmid

I like seeing the stats, but I hate what they’re telling me!

This organization needs a makeover