December 19 2014 11:45AM
Todd Nelson has only been behind the bench for two games, so it's too early to say if he will make a difference long term or not, but his presence has made one noticeable difference.
December 18 2014 01:08PM
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the first airing of the Simpsons. On December 17th, 1989 Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the rest of the gang debuted on TV. It was almost cancelled after the first episode, because the animation wasn't great, but David Silverman produced the second episode and the rest is history.
The San Jose Sharks weren't around in 1989, while the Oilers were in the middle of a season that would end with their 5th Stanley Cup in seven seasons.
How times have changed. The Sharks have the second longest active playoff streak at 10 seasons, while the Oilers are already eliminated from the playoffs (not mathematically, but realistically) for a ninth straight season, despite only playing 32 games.
It could get ugly in San Jose tonight.
December 17 2014 07:49AM
I appreciated Dallas Eakins' honesty when discussing his time with the Oilers. "We probably got ahead of ourselves systems wise. We should have focused on the fundamentals more," Eakins said.
He also stated that he should have been more patient. "The thing you forget, and I was guilty of it too, is that you forget the players are 19, or 21 or 23. They are pulling on the jersey and going on the ice and you expect them to play like they are 28 or 29 years old. It just isn't there yet."
I agreed with those comments, however, I couldn't get behind his statement to the fans. "My message to the people here and to the fans is, I can speak freely now, and like it or not you need to be patient."
December 16 2014 12:40PM
The MacNelson regime begins tonight. Craig MacTavish will go behind the bench for an unspecified amount of time, to help transition the team to Todd Nelson, and then Nelson will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
MacTavish wants to get a more accurate pulse of his team, and I believe get a firsthand insight into which players he likes and who he wants to jettison out of town.
The pressing question is: will this coaching change help the team?
December 15 2014 01:35PM
When you are a 30th place team every aspect of your team game is below average. This season the goalies, defence, forwards, coaching, scouting and management have all been underwhelming. Today, Dallas Eakins paid the price for the shortcomings of the team and was fired, but he is far from the only one who needs to improve.
Which area needs to be addressed the most?