Myth busting-Goalie Coach Edition

Apr 16, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) makes a save during warmup against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) makes a save during warmup against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oiler fans should know more than anybody at this point that whenever a new coach or GM comes in, the typical practice is to bring in their own people that they know and are comfortable with – and usually have had past success with. The current crop of coaches 9 times out of 10 are usually fired.

Since Schwartz joined the team in 2014, how many head coaches have we been through? Assistant coaches? GMs? I know it’s been three GMs (MacT, Chiarelli, Holland). Assistant coaches I know has been at least three. Head coaches have been a carousel – not to mention the interim head coaches as well.

And yet, Schwartz has remained no matter who the head coach or GM is. If he was really as bad as the conspiracy theorists say he is, why would he have survived this housecleaning of superiors?

Obviously the hockey world must think highly of Schwartz or he would’ve been fired long ago. After all, the Oilers didn’t even make the playoffs until 2017, three years after Schwartz was hired. Not a lot of coaches would survive that long, especially when the GM comes in and wants to sweep away the past failure.

But Schwartz has remained. Logically, there’s a reason for that.