At some point you just have to sit back, relax, and try to find the humor. For quite a few years now that has been my modus operandi which has allowed me to get through one Oiler season to the next. I am not throwing in the towel quite yet this year but the reality of the situation is something we have witnessed before. Every once in a while even I have to remind myself that it is just entertainment. For some, the grief of another potentially lost season has already set in. For those, I suggest you follow Homer Simpson’s progression and get over it quick.
Dr. Hibbert: “Now, a little death anxiety is normal. You can expect to go through five stages. The first is denial.”
Homer: “No way! Because I’m not dying!”
Dr. Hibbert: “The second is anger.”
Homer: “Why, you little…”
Dr. Hibbert: “After that comes fear.”
Homer:[cringing] “What’s after fear? What’s after fear?”
Dr. Hibbert: “Bargaining.”
Homer: “Doc, you gotta get me out of this! I’ll make it worth your while!”
Dr. Hibbert: “Finally, acceptance.”
Homer: “Well, we all gotta go sometime.”
Dr. Hibbert: “Mr. Simpson, your progress astounds me.”
Yes, the Oilers are losing. Yes, the team is starting to collect some injuries. But really, there is still plenty of talent on this team to enjoying watching. I am still hopeful with a few changes here and there that this team will be in a position to be competitive every night. For the next month with Taylor Hall being out, an opportunity will be provided for someone to step up. This team needs multiple leaders. As good as Hall can be I am not sure there were many nights so far this year where he carried the team on his back via on-ice leadership. That being said, the same statement could also be directed to a few other of the Oilers talented offensive players.
Productive consistency is going to be needed before this team begins to achieve continuous success. This team has the skill to overcome a Hall injury. The question is, “Do they have the heart?”.