Over the past couple of days there has been plenty of chatter from Oil Country on whether or not the Edmonton Oilers should fire Kevin Lowe. Twitter has been the platform where the majority of the debate has taken place and while there are a great degree of fans that want the Oilers President of Hockey Operations canned, there are those that feel he shouldn’t be the one to be held accountable for this poor start.
It’s easy to see both sides in this argument. Lowe has been responsible for recent hirings and firings, including Steve Tambellini who failed to make a free-agent signing or trade that had an impact on this club. Tambo is now gone but his blue print is still visible despite rookie GM Craig MacTavish doing all he can to renovate this Oilers club.
But is it Lowe who should take the fall for the Oilers poor start? The fans are crying for someone to get the ax and you can stroke MacTavish or coach Dallas Eakins off that list, that’s not going to happen.
Both Mac-T and Eakins will get more than a 15-game tryout to turn this ship around and besides, the Oilers coaching door has already been a revolving one and getting rid of Eakins might be enough to scare off every potential coach in the future.
There are the players who need to be held the most accountable for this 3-10-2 start by the Oilers. There is a lack of hustle, a lack of heart and a whole lot of inconsistency at both end’s of the rink.
So is it fair to fire Lowe, even at a time when making a move could be warranted? Someone needs to be held liable for his mess that this hockey club is in and the GM and head coach aren’t available. You can’t fire all the players, as much as we’d like to on some nights out of pure frustration, so that leaves Lowe as the only option when you do a simple process of elimination.
Whether it’s the right move or not is the question, which is where you the reader comes in. Do you think the Oilers should fire Kevin Lowe or does he get more time to sit in his comfy chair and pretend he’s still the man with his five Stanley Cup rings? Take part in our daily poll and let’s see what the results are. I’m looking forward to this one.