Friday, March 08, 2013
Everyone laughed and said I was being paranoid.
Except we had friends in Florida who had neighbours who weren't all there and somehow, they don't even know how, things turned ugly. The neighbours installed cameras that were pointed at their house 24/7 and within one month the county came and picked up their dog after complaints that it was a menace (he was a fat gentle retriever who never even looked the wrong way at anybody) and family services came to talk to them about taking away their kids after calls about abuse, drug use and neglect. Yeah. Serious insane shit.
Everything was cleared up once it became clear that they were victims of a malicious bent mind but in the end they actually bought the house from the neighbours (they immediately flipped it) just to get them out of their hair.
ITS NOT PARANOIA IF EVERYONE IS AFTER YOU
I've been thinking about the Oilers and what came to me just a few moments ago is this:
The way this season is going works out perfectly for one guy. Craig MacTavish.
As as been noted here and elsewhere this week as the Oilers circle the drain for the seventh straight year we, as fans, are running out of people to blame. The roster has been turned over. We're on our fourth coach in five years. The director of scouting, the minor league coach, the training staff, even the owner has changed. Lowe was kicked upstairs (or kicked himself upstairs - smart move) and Tambo was hired and now, well now its his turn.
I figured this club for a possible playoff team but I also figured (YOU CAN LOOK IT UP!)that if the club fell short that the head that would roll would be that belonging to the mumbling glaze eyed general manager.
All this a year after MacT returned to the fold.
Now Lowe and MacT are part of the management team and so part of me thinks that even if Tambo goes nothing will change but there is also a part of me that thinks this.
MacT was one of the aforementioned coaches and so he knows what its like to go to war when you don't have the horses and you're forced to run out a top four of Jason Smith (ok), Steve Staios (ok), Daniel Tjarnqvist (um) and a baby Ladi Smid (oh oh). Or with so few options that Liam Reddox or Toby Peterson are your best options for certain, erm, roles.
And so I suspect, and maybe I am wrong, that he knew things might not go so swimmingly this year.
And I suspect that he knows that all of this is reparable and relatively easily at that. Its this fact, after all, that has been making thinking fans insane for years. Its not like we haven't seen the holes in the lineup since 2006 and one would think that a guy like MacTavish knew that Tambo was making a lot of bets this year that were slim to none.
And if Tambo takes the gaspipe (and he's going to, have no doubt about it) then MacT gets to ride in on his white horse.
- he will get another high pick to throw into the mix or trade for help
- maybe he will trade Hemsky for a Dman or burly forward with one year left on their deal. Yak will slide up to RW in top six on a soft minutes line.
- he trades for a big winger like Brouwer from a team looking to dump salary (or maybe this is what comes in the Hemsky deal)
- he signs another winger, lets say Stallberg or MacArthur to complete the top nine:
Smyth-Belanger-quality 4th liner who can PK as well
- he trades for a true top 4 dman from a team looking to dump salary to clear space or because they are poor - Michalek and Visnovsky were had for what, seconds?
- he signs Smid
new guy-Schultz younger
- he signs a quality backup
That's the thing that makes everybody mental. Its not that hard. In the summer you have teams looking to move bodies and they can generally be had for cheap. Whereas Hemsky is desirable to a contender and thus would only garner picks/prospects in the spring, he could bring a player in the summer.
Lots of options. Personally I'd rather keep Hemsky and run him on a tough minutes with Horcoff and a new winger, if Eberle or Yakupov get hurt or simply can't get the job done you can slide 83 up and you don''t lose a beat.
But anyhow the option is there.
That's a club that makes a real jump and guess what? Your man MacT and the man who will be by his side, his old buddy Lowe, will be hailed as heroes by a city starved for a team that for the first time in nearly a decade is winning.
Paranoid? Sure. Conspiracy theory? Maybe a bit. But its just falling into place a little too perfectly for our man MacTavish to make a triumphant return. The team is broken. Fixing it would be pretty easy for anybody with an ounce of sense.
And based on past experience MacT has at least that.
Posted by Black Dog at 8:09 PM