I don’t normally create posts these days based solely on posts on other blogs, however David Staples has been doing some good write ups lately that I have an easy time agreeing with.
If the Oilers don’t make the playoffs, Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini will have to resign.
The Oilers need to blow up this team and trade for expiring contracts and draft picks.
If Jim Rutherford can do it in Carolina, why not Kevin Lowe in Edmonton?
They echo a lot of sentiments heard around here. They’re unforgiving and honest articles. Often, I find that journalists are a bit too afraid to tell it like it is, but Staples pulls no punches in his criticisms towards management.
To sum up, they’ve had plenty of time to right the ship here. Things are looking to be veering off course here still (understatement of the year?). We’ve replaced the players several times, we’ve now replaced the coaching, we even replaced the owners and even management, however things remain much the same. Well, we changed the management, but you’d never think it because the philosophy management employs has not changed.
Tambellini’s excuse this year is that it’s not too easy to trade these bad contracts. But you know what, I don’t want to hear that. Other journalists (not mentioning any names) are even backing that up. Quite frankly, Jim Rutherford sounds like he’s going to prove Tambellini wrong. As I also pointed out on Staples’ blog, Cliff Fletcher has also done the same thing in Toronto before Burke came in. Of course, the fruits of that have not been seen yet… but a rebuild isn’t usually a quick process. Plus, the task to re-build the team after Fletcher cleaned things up a bit was put in Burke’s hands, so we can’t say for certain that Burke isn’t the bottleneck on that re-build.
Really, the excuses need to stop. We need to know if this team is making the playoffs this year. And if that is the plan, then management needs to bolster the defense on the team (most importantly). If the plan is to “Tank for Taylor/Tyler”, then the Oilers need to be giving the Islanders (given the go ahead to spend cash) and other teams some calls. And if they aren’t listening, then perhaps Tambellini needs to grow a pair and start going the Fletcher route.
Next year is a big year in that there are 13 RFAs that need to be re-signed or cut loose. There are some players waiting in the wings as well, such as Eberle, Omark, Chorney, Peckham, Plante, Dubnyk, Svensson-Paajarvi and others. Plans need to be made, and it would be nice to know that our GM isn’t just playing Donkey Kong up in his super-fortress in the clouds. Show a little spark of life there Steve, and let us know what’s going on with this team.