The Edmonton Oilers lost another game making it 17 losses in their last 20 games. A lot of the problems that haunt this team happened yet again last night. They certainly have cut down on the number of ridiculously bad turnovers but the ones I do make continue to end up in the back of their net as we bared witness to yet again.
I was sent a video last night. It is posted below and it is a monologue from a fellow Oilers fan. His story is similar to mine in the progression of timeline to becoming an Oilers fan. I am older than him, so my love for the game and adoration of The Moose began earlier – but, since I didn’t live here until after the last Cup it follows pretty closely. The thing that stuck out to me the most in this video was that he referenced a team that was known for their blue collar work ethic. I had actually forgotten that. I had gotten so caught up in the flash and dash that is “the kids” and waiting for the potential to develop that I forgot about why I identified with the team.
I want to preface this by saying I don’t have anything against any of the players I am mentioning. This is a very macro view of the team and I am going to make some assumptions that people may think are unrealistic, but nonetheless, I feel this is a fun discussion.
I was sitting with my father last night and I asked him a simple question about the Oilers: “Wouldn’t they be a better team if they blew it all up and assembled 21 random NHL players?” Now, he is usually very calculated with his responses to hockey questions but, he quickly responded: “They would have to be, wouldn’t they? At least be average?”
The Edmonton Oilers continue to be the laughing stock on the N.H.L. and I truly don’t know how much more I can take of watching the awful product that us fans pay through the teeth to watch. Owner Daryl Katz continues to sell out the building all while getting to hang out with his buddies so who knows if and when the worm will turn.
The dreadful Edmonton Oilers are a woeful 6-11-2 this season and find ways to lose night in and night out. I watch the games and I cannot believe some of the bush league, amateur, men’s league mistakes that I watch this team do over and over and over again. It is extremely painful and I see no end in sight. Nobody gets benched. Nobody pays the piper. It’s just the same old every single night.
I didn’t think we would be a playoff team this year. I didn’t. I thought we would be better than a lottery team and the season is still young, so that reality may still come to fruition. But…it is just more and more of the same and while I am trying to be optimistic that things are heading in the right direction, the striking feeling I keep getting is that the organization has some major flaws. I am not talking about the symptoms: a decade’s worth of poor goaltending, inability to execute game plans, free agent signing after free agent signing not panning out…etc… What I am talking about is the underlying core values and direction from the top that is leading to these symptoms. The way the organization is assembled is out of a comic book rather than any sort of business manual.
The Edmonton Oilers are on another losing streak and the fan base are an angry bunch yet again. Fire the coach! Make a “bold” trade! Fire Lowe! The reality is that non of these are going to happen. Mact isn’t trading 93 or 4. 14 has a bum shoulder and 10’s value is pretty darn low. What is there really to trade other than their 2015 fisrt round pick…???