Continuing on with the break it down series. The others can be found at the following location.
I skipped this part of the series last year, cause I could only talk about Tambellini so much, and really the only change had been Renney for Krueger.
But now! Tambellini was fired which could only be described as “about fucking time!”, and while I don’t think Krueger necessarily deserved to be fired his lack of line matching probably doesn’t fit with the approach the new GM wishes to take.
As mentioned above, I don’t think Krueger was given a fair shake as coach of this team. I think he was a fantastic leader of the team, but I think the X’s and O’s became somewhat lacking by the end. And he didn’t line match. Racki knows that just kills me.
I honestly think that Krueger is a perfect NHL assistant but just couldn’t bring the tactical advantage needed. Or he needed a better supporting cast in regards to assistant coaches.
But all that said, it has lead to the Oilers landing quite possibly the prize free agent coach in the league. Everything I hear and read about Eakins makes me like him more and more. He seems to be a sharp hockey mind, that expects everything from each player on his team. He also brings 0 preconceptions to this team, therefore allowing players a new start as required.
And he won’t be letting the media in this town off easy either! In Toronto he’s called out reporters for lazy questions (apparently hates the questions that start “Can you talk about ***”, calls it lazy reporting), and has already started by staring at Tencer for a dumb question. And he took their food! I love it.
Assistants haven’t changed, but I think he’s just giving them a chance before making his own decisions. Mac T seems to be giving him free reign to do as he wishes.
I should mention this first, but I like MacTavish. Always have. Thought he got the shaft when run out of town as coach earlier. I couldn’t be happier to have him back with the team, and love the fact that they finally got rid of Tambellini and put MacT in his place. Love it.
And then he starts making changes to the team! Holy crap, a GM that actually has a plan and starts implementing it. Starts shoring up the defense and goaltending, and is starting to address the bottom 6 forwards.
This is the first time in a long time (pre-cap Kevin Lowe) that I have faith in the management group. Obviously it’ll take the year to really see if he’s good at what he does, but I say it’s been a good start and as a plus he can actually speak in public!
All in all, I think the team has made a big jump forward in both areas. Optimism!