The word ‘frustration’ is the hallmark of the Oilers young season. Patience is waning thin. While I understand the sentiment and share it, it really does not excuse some of the ridiculous suggestions heard over and over again. Let’s discuss some of these:
Really? Sure coaching is always a part of the problem. Perhaps you could even blame the coach for some of the special teams issues. Maybe, but special teams were great last year and the team still finished 24th. The Oilers are 30th in the NHL in save percentage, 30th in goals against. Defence has been a problem for a decade and the Oilers have had 5 different coaches. I’ll go out on a limb and say that the players – and not the coaches – have been the issue. Finding another coach is not going to help this team as we should have learned time and time again. Let’s try a new tack and give this coach time to turn things around.
Trade Yakupov NOW!
The idea of trading Yakupov or another young player is not necessarily crazy. Mactavish may need to look at that move to give the team balance and move the team forward. The adage sell high, buy low is applicable in hockey. Trading Yakupov now at his lowest possible value is asinine. The value for Yakupov right now is too low.
Where is that bold move, do something now?
Yes Mactavish brought it on himself when he promised bold moves. Let’s be realistic – the other GM’s didn’t fall off the zamboni yesterday. They are not going to offer any easy solutions or easy deals. I am sure they have made numerous suggestions to help Mactavish out of his difficulties, and all of them dangerously one-sided. Mactavish needs to listen to offers and try to improve the team but there is no miracle move to salvage the season. When the team is 3-8-2 the vultures are circling. Still that same buy low-sell high idea applies. The Oilers at present are trading from a position of weakness. Other teams are going to be looking to pick the carcass.
We are frustrated and upset and that is completely understandable. Panic is not the answer. I am not going to tell any fan to be patient. Oiler fans have had a decade to make patience a curse word. I will say that making a bad move or a panicked move is not going to solve the Oilers woes or resolve that frustration