Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Next time its Tambo's head on the block though. MacT was at the end of a long run and said himself that he was done but we're talking about the third hire now for the GM and its his last one unless a few years down the road the club has had some success and it looks like Kreuger can't get them over the final hump.
I didn't like how the Oilers handled the Renney situation, they fucked him over pretty good but I really don't mind that they took this long to hire Kreuger. They had some candidates in mind, I presume, who may not have been available to interview until the playoffs were over (and yes as I said I am presuming here) so I'm not one to make a big deal of it. Of course if they didn't then lol and wow are these guys terrible.
They're terrible anyway but can't get on their asses when not merited, right?
As for the actual hire, I like it. As I have said before I think that you have a handful of great coaches, a handful of rotten coaches (Craig Hartsburg, Michel Therrien, Pat Quinn for example) and then the vast in between where there are varying degrees of competence. If you're coaching at the NHL level you're one of the best in the business regardless of how fans moan and groan but switching out a guy like Craig MacTavish (good NHL coach) for Tom Renney (good NHL coach) isn't going to make the Oilers a playoff team.
Better players will.
I am glad though that Edmonton did not go the route of hiring Marc Crawford or Brent Sutter, the same old same old tired retreads that seem to make their way through the league year after year. For me when it comes to a coach I'd rather go off the beaten path in the hope that you might find a topnotch guy. Is Kreuger that? Probably not. He seems like an articulate guy and he had success last year (very small sample size) and with the Swiss program. In other words I think worse case he is an average coach and maybe, he's better than average.
What's that old saying, sometimes its not what you do but what you don't do? Is that a saying? How would I know?
Its a sign of how little faith in the Oilers many fans have that no other team is surrounded by so much angst, rumour and innuendo and it all culminated last Friday. The Oilers were probably shopping the pick and couldn't hit the home run they would have had to hit to make it worthwhile and so they did the only thing they could do and they picked Yakupov. But oh the questions. Who did the scouts want? Who made the final decision? Did Katz come from on high and lay down the law? What media member/shill was in the know?
God what a circus. I presume the Oilers showed up to the draft in a Beetle and all piled out in clown outfits. Katz, his kid, Lowe, the scouts, Stauffer and Tencer. And Tambo riding behind on one of those tiny bikes, honking a horn. BWAP! BWAP!
Tough? Sure but they deserve it. Stop losing and then maybe folks will start respecting you. Losers.
So they got the one and only guy they should have picked at number one and as for the rest of the draft who knows? Tyler Dellow did his usual excellent work and so one is left wondering (as they did at the time) what they were thinking when they picked Moroz when they did. He may have been at the top of their board but of course it seems like a reach, especially when they couched it as picking complimentary guys for the talent. Not the best plan.
But they are the pros, we're not and its not like this kid doesn't have some good arrows. Same as the next two they got and there Zharkov seems like he may be a steal indeed. When will we know? Maybe in two years. More likely in five, if then.
We still don't know how 2007 is going to rate so don't get your knickers in a knot lads. If they end up with Yakupov and another player from this draft then its a good one. Yakupov and two and its a big win.
So we'll see.
Posted by Black Dog at 12:43 PM