Early Morning Rain

by Lowetide

I called last season “possibly the most disappointing season in Oilers’ history” but to be honest this one is more painful. Daryl Katz is the owner. Remember that old line I used to use about players gaining experience? Some had five years experience after five seasons, others had one year’s experience five times? I believe the scouting report on the Oilers owner and his 10+ years at the helm leaves us with just one conclusion to draw. Tell me again why you think this time will be different?

THE ATHLETIC

The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of the group. INSANE NEW OFFER IS HERE!

  • New Lowetide: How winning the draft lottery and drafting Jack Hughes could transform the Oilers.
  • New Lowetide: The Oilers have a trio of Condors blue pushing and all three are tracking well. How does this group compare to the Petry, Chorney, Wild college men from a decade ago?
  • New Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers, the republic of Finland and the 2019 draft.
  • New Lowetide: Will the new GM continue the Oilers aggressive pursuit of college free agents?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Connor McDavid’s frustration should be seen by the Oilers as a warning of possible disaster.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers have another problem to solve: Lifting the cloud over a clearly frustrated Connor McDavid
  • Lowetide: What’s going on with Connor McDavid’s with or without you numbers?
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The four blows that set up the knockout of the Oilers from playoff contention.
  • New Jonathan Willis: The Oilers’ failures of 2018-19 will cost people their careers.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Chipped teeth, playing DJ and lots of Game of Thrones: A week in the life of Darnell Nurse.
  • New Lowetide: Kailer Yamamoto’s first pro season a cause for concern.
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the giant talent pool that is the USHL.
  • Lowetide: How the Oilers can shop for a big bang on a small budget
  • Jonathan Willis: How the Oilers can turn their prospect depth into the blueline of a contender.
  • Lowetide: What Mark Hunter’s draft record in Toronto means for his Oilers GM candidacy.
  • Lowetide: The Oilers made a rare move and shopped the QMJHL at the 2018 draft. It could happen again.
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers draft early, the WHL is loaded and there’s a lot of history.
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the OHL.

50-MAN (LONG FORM)


  • Although the roster sits at 42, you can cull this herd plenty. Ryan Mantha, Tobias Rieder, Tyler Vesel, Colin Larkin, Ty Rattie may not get qualified. I believe Jesse Puljujarvi (RFA) will be traded.
  • Edmonton may sign UFA Alex Chiasson.
  • Hayden Hawkey, Ryan McLeod and John Marino either have to or can be signed this spring.
  • I think the actual number is around 40 men on the 50-man list at this time. Plenty of room to wheel.

TODAY’S MEDIA AVAIL

I doubt there will be much news today, the Oilers aren’t going to hire a coach (Kris Knoblauch is my guess) until the new general manager (I’ll go with Pat Verbeek) is in place.

Today’s avail will be about due diligence on the general manager over the summer, about comfort level with Keith Gretzky running the draft (btw, if I’m Gretzky and don’t get a piece of the future action, I’m gone).

That’s if things go according to Hoyle. I won’t 100 percent discount the possibility management is already enamored with someone. I don’t think we’ll see an announcement a week from now but it isn’t impossible.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

I’m on the round table this morning with Dusty, Eric, Tom Gazzola and Matt Iwanyk. We’ll do the Oilers postmortem. At 10, we’ll carry the media avail and then names like Ryan Rishaug and Jason Gregor will chime in. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Oh, and one more thing: Lottery tomorrow! I’ll have an updated draft list. In the meantime, you might want to read my latest on the 2019 draft here.

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OmJo

Tell me again why you think this time will be different?

For no other reason than because if it isn’t different it’s going to hit Katz where he cares most and that’s the wallet through fed up season ticket holders not renewing.

frjohnk

A lot of the talk is about McDavid and his frustration but I think everybody is looking in the wrong area.

McDavid is not going anywhere, we all knew this and McDavid confirmed it yesterday.

The area of concern is RNH. If anybody watched is avail yesterday, he is frustrated with where the team is, frustrated with all the different line mates. He rarely says anything to ruffle feathers. If the Oilers can not turn this around by next summer and get him some stable line mates that can actually play top 6, RNH might be looking forward to FA.

Ben

I’d read a book about the Oilers’ draft history: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/teams/dr00005632.html

They filled their boots with legend from 79-81 (I’m guessing by total accident), but there can’t have been a worse-drafting team from 1982 – 2009. Just look at that list. In.Credible.

And highlights on the development side include not even having an AHL affiliate for awhile under KLowe, to putting babies on the first line and then blaming them for team failure.

In my view, pretty much everything that sucks about this team–losing trade after trade, bad contracts for famous veterans–stems from poverty in drafting and developing.

Even a poor-trading manager will be challenged to fuck up a system that consistently spins out quality prospects.

Bottom line: if your garden’s overflowing with ripe fruit, you don’t end up shopping hungry at the grocery store.

TheOrangeDesk

If Oil do trade Larsson for a more mobile Dman, I’d like them to take a run at getting Manson from the Ducks. I’ve always liked that player and he may be available now..

Professor Q

frjohnk:
A lot of the talk is about McDavid and his frustration but I think everybody is looking in the wrong area.

McDavid is not going anywhere, we all knew this and McDavid confirmed it yesterday.

The area of concern is RNH.If anybody watched is avail yesterday, he is frustrated with where the team is, frustrated with all the different line mates.He rarely says anything to ruffle feathers. If the Oilers can not turn this around by next summer and get him some stable line mates that can actually play top 6, RNH might be looking forward to FA.

Hey, who knows.

Maybe having a linemate squad of Kakko/Hughes and Maksimov can rejuvenate him.

Bohologo

Katz is not yet in the same neighbourhood as Bruce Wirtz, but is he just down the street from Harold Ballard?

frjohnk

Professor Q: Maksimov can rejuvenate him

If Maksimov is on the 2nd line in 19-20, Id hate to see who is on the 3rd and 4th lines.

Nice prospect but he is a few years away if he makes it.

OmJo

I’m with you on Benning, LT.

While I think he’ll be the odd one out and get traded, I think there’s a player there. Would like to have seen he and Nurse reunited late this season but the Oilers seemed hellbent on keeping Nurse and Russell together.

I’m afraid of what a Nuge trade looks like. And what happens if one of McDavid or Draisaitl go down with an injury. A smart organization would try to build around the best C depth in the league and find some wingers to complement them. A solid top 9 can outscore an average defence and win you hockey games if the goaltender helps. At the end of the day, you win hockey games by scoring more than the other team, not by letting in fewer goals than the other team.

Seeing Bouchard start the season in the NHL, unless he has a dominant preseason and scores a 3 PPG average…. part of me is gonna end up tuning the Oilers out. Because that’s a sign that Mr. Burgers blatantly just lied right to our faces when he said the Oilers are going to give young players time to mature in the minors. That means nothing is ever going to change with this organization.

Why does Kassian have to be a 4th liner who can move up? Granted I didn’t watch every game when he got moved up the lineup so is there something the stats aren’t saying? I would personally like to see Kassian as a minimum 2RW, with one of McDavid or Draisaitl. Any thoughts on why he couldn’t fill that role?

Hope the Oilers don’t ‘Yakupov’ Maksimov, playing him on the 4th line with Lucic and Cave and expecting him to score.

v4ance

Just playing with numbers, I wanted to point out how difficult it is to be an NHL goalie. The margins are so thin.

If you take an “elite” 0.920 goalie versus an “average” 0.910 goalie, the difference is about 1 extra goal per 4 games, assuming the goalies face an average of 25 shots a game. The difference between a 0.920 goalie and a “tweener NHL/AHL” 0.900 goalie is about 1 extra goal allowed every 2 games.

Goalies can’t affect the number of shots that they face; that’s more a function of the play of defencemen and forwards and the quality of the defensive system devised by the coaches..

Woodguy keeps using the phrase, “Hockey should be called mostly goalie” and it’s so true. The problem is main stream media is still filled with hot takes about “improved teamwork and heart” when it’s just a better goalie shows up and the coach puts him in.

Exhibit A:
https://www.nhl.com/news/craig-berube-has-blues-in-tune-entering-playoffs/c-306572250
Berube sees ‘tough’ approach pay off with Blues entering playoffs
Coach challenged players, changed tactics after taking over in November

It’s not Berube’s tactics. It’s Binnington in net, dummy! The app I talked about yesterday shows that the players hate Berube but the goalie is dragging them into the playoffs.

OmJo

frjohnk:
A lot of the talk is about McDavid and his frustration but I think everybody is looking in the wrong area.

McDavid is not going anywhere, we all knew this and McDavid confirmed it yesterday.

The area of concern is RNH.If anybody watched is avail yesterday, he is frustrated with where the team is, frustrated with all the different line mates.He rarely says anything to ruffle feathers. If the Oilers can not turn this around by next summer and get him some stable line mates that can actually play top 6, RNH might be looking forward to FA.

Yup.

He explicitly said he wants playoffs next season, not one or two seasons from now. If the Oilers shit the bed he’s good as gone. And I’m sure he’s not going to leave without giving McDavid and Draisaitl a warning of what they’re getting themselves into. He wasted almost a decade of his career in Edmonton. Eight seasons. Basically half of his career.

What a shame.

elgruntus

Ben,

From 1984 to 1990, our first round picks scored a total of 4 goals….over the course of their playing careers!!
Worse yet, they played a total of 290 games in the NHL, with Francois Leroux playing 249 of them.

Todd Macallan

LT,

Curious on your level of enthusiasm for both Knoblauch and Verbeek, difficult to glean based on text alone if you are resigned to those options or see them as inspired picks.

Personally Knoblauch is high on my list given his past success in both the Dub and OHL. The fact that he has positive history with Connor is a bonus but think he would be a qualified hire even without that on his resume.

Woodguy v2.0

Tabernac

Ben

elgruntus,

It’s weird–those guys looked great from Cabo San Lucas…

Rich M

v4ance,

v4ance,

Actually it is a little bit of both. I get to watch a lot of St. Louis games and #1 is Binnington is making saves that Jake Allen was not. But the other thing is that they are much better structured in their defensive zone coverage. Teams are having a very hard time breaking them down.

Not sure how to accurately describe it, but it’s almost like they play a trap in their end where all 5 skaters come down below the hashmarks. If the entry drives wide, there are 2 men on him denying the middle of the ice and vision, making it very difficult to set up the attack 5×5. Keith Jones did a nice job drawing this up on NBC Sports a couple weeks ago.

It’s a bit of a tactical change. Noticed this because for a couple of years, they used to play a team like Nashville (with offensive defensemen) by getting right up in their face and not giving them time and space. Now, they just deny them lanes.

Todd Macallan

Woodguy v2.0:
Tabernac

Is this in response to no Connor at the Worlds?

hunter1909

So long as Katz hears Lowe+MacT giving him advice of which they have no clue…

bendelson

Woodguy v2.0:
Tabernac

These seemingly random one word ‘tabernac’ posts are very disconcerting WG…

JimmyV1965

v4ance:
Just playing with numbers, I wanted to point out how difficult it is to be an NHL goalie.The margins are so thin.

If you take an “elite” 0.920 goalie versus an “average”0.910 goalie, the difference is about 1 extra goal per 4 games, assuming the goalies face an average of 25 shots a game.The difference between a 0.920 goalie and a “tweener NHL/AHL” 0.900 goalie is about 1 extra goal allowed every 2 games.

Goalies can’t affect the number of shots that they face; that’s more a function of the play of defencemen and forwards and the quality of the defensive system devised by the coaches..

Woodguy keeps using the phrase, “Hockey should be called mostly goalie” and it’s so true.The problem is main stream media is still filled with hot takes about “improved teamwork and heart” when it’s just a better goalie shows up and the coach puts him in.

Exhibit A:
https://www.nhl.com/news/craig-berube-has-blues-in-tune-entering-playoffs/c-306572250
Berube sees ‘tough’ approach pay off with Blues entering playoffs
Coach challenged players, changed tactics after taking over in November

It’s not Berube’s tactics.It’s Binnington in net, dummy!The app I talked about yesterday shows that the players hate Berube but the goalie is dragging them into the playoffs.

Just listened to an excellent podcast about goalies called PDOCast. It’s a weekly podcast hosted by Dimitri Filipovic. His guest was goalie writer and consultant Kevin Woodley, who we often hear on 1260. It was really enlightening. They talked about everything from the role of analytics in analyzing goalie performance to the impact of goalie coaches. Something that blew my mind was how one team used their goalie coach to analyze the weakness of opposing goalies during a playoff match. Fascinating stuff. Throughout the podcast I kept wondering if the Oilers were doing any of the stuff they talked about. My take. Very unlikely.

Woogie63

LT

I like a lot of the above, however we will have to meet at the Pink Church after school is you keep talking about

Trading;
Larrson our only 1RHD options …. by a long shot
Benning who now has 205 NHL games, RFA making $1.9M
Puljarjarvi … If Kassian and Rattie can play with McDavid …..
Nuge …yikes has it come to this

Buying -out;
Manning – Trade him for a 6 rounder and retain salary

Starting the season;
Bouchard – he needs to play 50 games in the AHL everyone will be better for it (Jones, Bear, Lagesson and may Persson are great option to be ahead of Bouchard.

JimmyV1965

Bohologo:
Katz is not yet in the same neighbourhood as Bruce Wirtz, but is he just down the street from Harold Ballard?

I really really detest the Katz comparison to Harold Ballard. I think it understates what a truly awful, mean person Harold Ballard really was. Ballard was directly involved in daily operations and would often go out of his way to make life miserable for his employees. Katz doesn’t even live in Canada.

Dustylegnd

v4ance:
Just playing with numbers, I wanted to point out how difficult it is to be an NHL goalie.The margins are so thin.

If you take an “elite” 0.920 goalie versus an “average”0.910 goalie, the difference is about 1 extra goal per 4 games, assuming the goalies face an average of 25 shots a game.The difference between a 0.920 goalie and a “tweener NHL/AHL” 0.900 goalie is about 1 extra goal allowed every 2 games.

Goalies can’t affect the number of shots that they face; that’s more a function of the play of defencemen and forwards and the quality of the defensive system devised by the coaches..

Woodguy keeps using the phrase, “Hockey should be called mostly goalie” and it’s so true.The problem is main stream media is still filled with hot takes about “improved teamwork and heart” when it’s just a better goalie shows up and the coach puts him in.

Exhibit A:
https://www.nhl.com/news/craig-berube-has-blues-in-tune-entering-playoffs/c-306572250
Berube sees ‘tough’ approach pay off with Blues entering playoffs
Coach challenged players, changed tactics after taking over in November

It’s not Berube’s tactics.It’s Binnington in net, dummy!The app I talked about yesterday shows that the players hate Berube but the goalie is dragging them into the playoffs.

Ask Bob Boughner what he thinks of Goalies…..Dale Talon is an absolute piece of work…..hangs Boughner out with crap Goalies….fires Boughner…pays Q 6 mill per and will sign Bob and Panarin and say….see what an exceptional coach Q is….yeesh

JimmyV1965

frjohnk:
A lot of the talk is about McDavid and his frustration but I think everybody is looking in the wrong area.

McDavid is not going anywhere, we all knew this and McDavid confirmed it yesterday.

The area of concern is RNH.If anybody watched is avail yesterday, he is frustrated with where the team is, frustrated with all the different line mates.He rarely says anything to ruffle feathers. If the Oilers can not turn this around by next summer and get him some stable line mates that can actually play top 6, RNH might be looking forward to FA.

This is the reason I keep saying we should trade RNH this summer if the team decides to go with another slow rebuild. Losing him to free agency is a district possibility if the team sucks again this year.

Melman

Is Verbeek getting less MSM chatter because it’s assumed he will follow Stevie Y and become the Wings GM, or is being missed for another reason? With his resume you’d think he’d be one of the names at the top of the list.

anjinsan

Judge by behavior. Katz wraps himself in the flag (Oiler greatness) but treats the Oilers as a profit generator along multiple dimensions in a captive market he takes for granted.

frjohnk

JimmyV1965: we should trade RNH this summer if the team decides to go with another slow rebuild

Imagine McDavids reaction after a RNH trade this summer for another rebuild.

And the fans reaction.

My belief is that the new GM will dump some dead money and try to add fill in some of the larger holes.

Kinger_Oil.redux

Woogie63:
LT

I like a lot of the above, however we will have to meet at the Pink Church after school is you keep talking about

Trading;
Larrson our only 1RHD options …. by a long shot
Benning who now has 205 NHL games, RFA making $1.9M
Puljarjarvi … If Kassian and Rattie can play with McDavid …..
Nuge …yikes has it come to this

Buying -out;
Manning – Trade him for a 6 rounder and retain salary

Starting the season;
Bouchard – he needs to play 50 games in the AHL everyone will be better for it (Jones, Bear, Lagesson and may Persson are great option to be ahead of Bouchard.

– I can totally seeing them trading Larsson for say a Barrie or a Faulk: and those would be downgrades, and older players IMO

– We basically had a younger Barrie or Faulk with Jultz, who was never slotted properly, and we’ve got a number of them percolating that have offense.

– Would you trade Bear + Lagesson for a Barrie or Faulk?

– If they could trade Benning + Russell, I could also see them acquiring net a Barrie or Faulk

LMHF#1

“The new GM will have complete say”.

“Ken Hitchcock will be part of the organization”.

Out of both sides of the mouth at ALL times…and doesn’t even realize he’s doing it…

Bleh…

New structures are very rarely designed by a resident and product of the structure…

LMHF#1

The “some people will stay because we have prospects now” stuff is so weak…and such a low bar…

He’a also likely speaking about MacTavish in addition to Keith Gretzky…which is horrendous.

Pouzar

LMHF#1,

At least he referenced the need for “analytics and sports science”. Yay!

Bohologo

JimmyV1965: I really really detest the Katz comparison to Harold Ballard. I think it understates what a truly awful, mean person Harold Ballard really was.Ballard was directly involved in daily operations and would often go out of his way to make life miserable for his employees. Katz doesn’t even live in Canada.

Living on the same street as Ballard is not tantamount to sharing a room with Ballard.

While I might point to Katz’s alleged involvement in operations such as the Yakupov draft pick, his lead-pipe negotiations over arena terms, and tacit threats to move the team, you certainly have every right to consider him a fine fellow.

The point was: Katz is entering Wirtz and Ballard territory in terms of sustained on-ice results.

Pouzar

The more Bob speaks the less confident I become.

LMHF#1

Pouzar:
LMHF#1,

At least he referenced the need for “analytics and sports science”. Yay!

Perhaps they will start using the newfangled computer program Al Gore invented as well…

What’s it called? The interworld? The webinar?

And stop saying “fans want a plan” Bob…there have been “plans” since ever…this all started with an utterly horrible plan that MacTavish and the rest of them “shared”.

frjohnk

K Gretzky

“turnover rate in the defensive zone is too high”

Yup.

Interesting to see what the new GM does here.

“bottom 6 has to better”

Yup.

Worst bottom 6 in the league.

barry.moore23

We are so fucked.

LMHF#1

Don’t know about the rest of you…but I don’t give a damn about the organization being an open box, closed box, flying box or pizza box…I don’t care if the GM never speaks. Get. Results. Whatever that takes.

Reja

JimmyV1965: I really really detest the Katz comparison to Harold Ballard. I think it understates what a truly awful, mean person Harold Ballard really was.Ballard was directly involved in daily operations and would often go out of his way to make life miserable for his employees. Katz doesn’t even live in Canada.

People that compare Katz to Ballard must be on the younger side there is absolutely zero likeness between them. Talk to any hockey player or employee when he ruled the roost and get the real info straight from the horses mouth on what kind of human being Ballard was.

frjohnk

Kinger_Oil.redux: – I can totally seeing them trading Larsson for say a Barrie or a Faulk: and those would be downgrades, and older players IMO

– We basically had a younger Barrie or Faulk with Jultz, who was never slotted properly, and we’ve got a number of them percolating that have offense.

– Would you trade Bear + Lagesson for a Barrie or Faulk?

– If they could trade Benning + Russell, I could also see them acquiring net a Barrie or Faulk

Larsson is same age as Faulk, Barrie is 1 year older.

Proper play would be to keep Larsson and add a Dman who can play top 4 but can also skate and pass the puck like what Barrie can do. Oilers need a stop gap until Bouchard is ready.

Oilers would have to use some of their assets to do it.

Alpine

So on the no POHO front, is there a chance they’re waiting for Ron Francis to cease his Canes ownership stake in November? I seem to recall there being whispers before today that Bob was interested in hiring a POHO.

GordieHoweHatTrick

Questions…
Realistically, which team could be a trade partner for:
1 – Lucic
2 – Russell
3 – Bear
4 – Sekera
5 – Nurse

Listed in no particular order…well sort of…

I think teams that get shit kicked in the first round could be interested in a Lucic trade with salary retained…

ALSO: NOT that I want to trade the last 3 on the list, but if the next GM can make an actual hockey trade, we may have to give up some quality to fill holes elsewhere. By my eye, the greatest depth and prospect for trade (i.e., a situation in which another team might actually WANT a player) is LD…AND I think with the influx of young RD, Bear could be moved now to help elsewhere…If I could I would keep 3,4,5 on the list, but…

GordieHoweHatTrick

Exit interviews.
I think Lucic should consider seeing a sports psychologist. He has some family history of depression and I think he is struggling. Also under a lot of pressure for obvious reasons. Regardless of whether he stays or goes…

LMHF#1

GordieHoweHatTrick:
Exit interviews.
I think Lucic should consider seeing a sports psychologist. He has some family history of depression and I think he is struggling. Also under a lot of pressure for obvious reasons. Regardless of whether he stays or goes…

If he isn’t doing this already with the team’s full support and encouragement, I’d be rather appalled. I assume he’s not being made to take on what he’s had to deal with alone.

hunter1909

Reja: People that compare Katz to Ballard must be on the younger side there is absolutely zero likeness between them. Talk to any hockey player or employee when he ruled the roost and get the real info straight from the horses mouth on what kind of human being Ballard was.

People neither remember nor care about Harold Ballard’s warped persona. Katz for his part comes across as a fairly sad human being all by himself.

What people do compare is the utter hopelessness of following either team. As bad as the Leafs used to be, I doubt with they were as terrible as Katz’s Oilers.

Katz for his part finds himself over a barrel, since his buddies are proving themselves to be, at NHL level anyway nothing more than a pack of hockey idiots. He can’t even fire them, or else who will he share his LA fantasy Kingdom with? He left it all 10 years too late.

Professor Q

Alpine:
So on the no POHO front, is there a chance they’re waiting for Ron Francis to cease his Canes ownership stake in November? I seem to recall there being whispers before today that Bob was interested in hiring a POHO.

That seems way too long of a wait.

doctoreye

Hoping for a low pick on Tuesday.We should package the pick with Sekera and trade with Ottawa for Chabot.Ottawa needs a 1st pick,and we don’t need to wait for three years for the pick to be usable!Chabot would immediately have an impact on an entry level contract,and throwing in Sekera would give us 5.5 million to spend on a good RHD,or a very good winger for top 6.Any ideas gang?

LadiesloveSmid

doctoreye,

Even Ottawa would hang up & laugh. Chabot is a stud

Alpine

GordieHoweHatTrick,

I have NYR, Florida, and Carolina down as potential Lucic destinations. Each team has lots of cap space now and likely into the future. Other options include possibly Montreal and maybe Boston.

There’s also Ottawa but that’s one of the places I’m not sure Lucic would waive for.

As for Russell, I look at Dallas, Buffalo, and Montreal as destinations. Dallas’ D outside their top three is not good. Montreal and Buffalo are deep at RHD and need LHD. Maybe Philly is an option if you could flip him for Gudas, who has a smaller cap hit and only one year left. Russell probably wants to stay out west but there’s not many teams out west who either need him or are able to fit him in.

Sekera’s potential destinations probably look to similar to Russell’s.

GordieHoweHatTrick

In the past I have argued for unicorns (McD-Drai-Nuge) as the first 3C.
After seeing the magic between McD-Drai continue (fantastic years!), I am now “OK” to see them kept as a pair for one more year. Regarding exit interviews, Nuge stated he prefers C to LW, just need to find him 2 quality wingers….and agree with FRJOHNK’s assessment – he is the least happy camper, and with fucking good reason! I want him to stay…

Alpine

Professor Q: That seems way too long of a wait.

It doesn’t seem like the team is in a hurry to fill that position though.

Reja

GordieHoweHatTrick:
Exit interviews.
I think Lucic should consider seeing a sports psychologist. He has some family history of depression and I think he is struggling. Also under a lot of pressure for obvious reasons. Regardless of whether he stays or goes…

I’m sure he does what he and his family went through while still playing at a high level add in the pressure of his contract must be extremely difficult. I think him and the new GM will try to find a new home that works best for both parties this offseason.