April 14 2013 09:23AM
The Oilers won't be making the playoffs, again, but watching them fall apart during the most meaningful stretch of the season has been painful, and a bit surprising.
I doubt anyone expected them to score a measly four goals in five games when battling for the 8th and final playoff spot.
I suspect Oiler fans have never been more frustrated and disappointed as you are right now.
The past few years you accepted losing because it was part of the "process," and you expected it to get better. But this year was supposed to be about progress, but after a five-game win streak gave you hope the Oilers have wilted under the pressure of push-for-the-playoffs hockey.
Last night's game was pathetic. You can't even state they put forth a great effort, but didn't get any bounces. Calgary, a team with six AHLers in the lineup, worked harder, worked smarter and showed more skill.
The players knew it was an awful performance, but I'm not sure they know how to change it, or if they have enough good players to do it.
Many thought last season was the lowest of the low, but last night the Oilers might have reached a new depth of despair. This organization needs to take a long look at every person involved. From upper management, to the coaches, to the players and weed out those who don't have the drive, smarts, will or desire necessary to improve moving forward.
Mr. Katz you might need an outside evaluator to look at all aspects of your team, because it is obvious that those in charge aren't making the right decisions.
It is Suggestion Sunday in Oilersnation.
What are your best, and most realistic suggestions that should occur for the Oilers. Because it is clear something is lacking.
Is it leadership from Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini?
Is it a losing culture?
Is there a lack of desire?
Is it a lack of experience?
Is it all of the above?