March 24 2016 01:09PM
Will next season be any different for the Edmonton Oilers? The optimist in me says it has to, because you simply can't be this terrible for this long, but the crushing reality for Oilers fans and the players is there is no guarantee.
The fans have watched the lack of improvement in the standings, and a few players have lived the nightmare year after year. Every year there has been a different catalyst leading them to the bottom of the standings: inexperience, bad defence, inconsistent goaltending, lack of scoring depth, lack of competitiveness, inconsistency throughout the lineup, bad coaching, bad management or injuries.
During the past seven years it has never been just one of the above. Often, multiple factors aided in their demise, and as this season comes to end I ponder: will next year be better?
March 22 2016 05:46PM
After the trade deadline, Todd McLellan challenged his team to have a solid final 18 games. He wanted them to be competitive, consistent and show a winning effort every game. The Oilers are 6-5 since the deadline, a significant improvement over their first 64 games (23-24-7), but McLellan was not happy with his skilled players after Sunday's 3-2 loss to Colorado.
McLellan refuses to sit back and let this team be comfortable. He is not afraid to voice his displeasure, but he doesn't embarrass individuals, he simply speaks honestly about when he sees them not playing up to their potential.
March 21 2016 11:16AM
Last week Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was announced as the new Ambassador for Sport Central. Sport Central was established in 1991, and they have provided equipment and bicycles to over 125,000 children in need over the past 25 years.
The day after Todd McLellan was hired as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers he received a phone call from St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. He thought it was going to a congratulatory phone call, but Hitch had other motives.
March 18 2016 12:20PM
The Oilers began their final ten-game stretch of the season with a 6-4 victory over the St.Louis Blues on Wednesday, and with the playoffs once again out of reach they are playing out the string, but Todd McLellan has challenged his players to do something they haven't done in a long time: finish the season strong.
March 16 2016 06:22PM
The Oilers' previous eight games against the St. Louis Blues have been ugly. The Oilers lost all eight, one in OT, were outscored 34-13 and out shot 257-169. The two losses this year were improvements over the previous six -- losing 3-1 and 4-2, the shots a combined 60-50 -- but they still lost.
The Oilers played the Blues twice in the first four games of the season, and Todd McLellan was hoping he could gauge if his team has improved. He admitted this morning that with so many injuries it will be difficult to get an accurate read on his team, but was also quick to mention he wants to see how his team competes against the big, skilled Blues.