Been busy the last couple of weeks but I will start blogging with a bit more regularity for those who care. Here is a small piece to keep you occupied.
Last night the Oilers paid homage to the 1984-1985 Edmonton Oilers... in case anyone had forgottten in the last 20 minutes that they were a really good hockey team. It's the mantra this team follows religiously; Reward the past and ignore the facts.
Remember how Milan Lucic was really good 8 years ago? Remember when Ryan Strome had that one good season? Remember when Reinhart was a really good Oil King? Remember when Kris Russell was a top 4 defensem..... okay just kidding with that last one. Kris Russell has never been a top 4 defenseman.
The Oilers sometimes do ignore the past. They ignored that Jordan Eberle was a regular 24+ goal scorer before having one bad year. They ignored that Taylor Hall was the driving force behind this team when everything around him was bad. I can go on and on here.
My point for rehashing all of this is the to stress why the Oilers need to fire Chiarelli.
Trade deadline is fast approaching and old Petey has not instilled any confidence that he will navigate that in a way which will set the team up for future success. Thinking of Chiarelli trying to “fix” the team this summer has left me shaken in the middle of the night in a cold sweat.
The Oilers need someone else in charge of player personnel on this team. They need someone who wants to build a team that can compete in the current fast and skilled NHL, instead of a team to compete in 2009. That person is not Peter Chiarelli.
By bringing in that person now, it gives them a chance to evaluate the team over the rest of the year and figure out what pieces they do and don't have. This new person can work with the scouts and analyze what types of players that want in the future. The Edmonton Oilers need someone else in charge of this roster and it is in the teams best interests to give this person as much time as they can to evaluate.
Unfortunately I see Peter getting another year to try and fix his mess. This most likely means we will see Nugent Hopkins traded for Pominville and Puljujarvi traded for Rick Nash or something horrible like that. Every day Chiarelli continues to mismanage this team makes the next guys job that much harder.
Thanks for reading.