It's here. It's finally here.
After many long, cold, and miserable painstaking years, the end of days is finally here for the Edmonton Oilers. The firing of Eakins serves as a long overdue acceptance that this "rebuild" has failed. It is time to...rebuild...again
Rather than admit this fate was inevitable, the organization pressed on, trying to save our world one small trade or signing at a time. The weight of the universe was placed on the shoulders of inexpeience. Now here we sit, in the darkest days yet.
Where do we go from here?
My dreams of meaningful post-WJHC Oilers hockey have been shattered earlier than ever before. I myself can honestly say I have no idea where the long road to recovery begins. It's quite possible that Oilers management hasn't the slightest clue either. This latest personnel change buys management some time. Not much..but some.
Can McDavid be our leader in the post-apocolyptic era?
I can't say I've seen a ton of Connor McDavid other than his frequent appearances as the highlight of the night. Does he have the strength, determination, and poise to lead the Oilers to the playoffs or perhaps a championship? Is this even a realistic expectation for any player not named Crosby? These are the types of questions we will be asking ourselves while other teams focus on making a playoff push down the stretch.
Over the last few seasons I've usually been able to see some semblance of a plan with each move we've made. For the first time in a long time I find myself unable to determine where each move fits in this puzzle. Do we even have a plan at this point? Unfortunately for us Oil fans only time will tell (yes....more time). I sincerely hope our fearless leader Mac T is not as disoriented as I am. If so then it will not just be eyes that are rolling. Heads will follow.