The End of Loyalty?

The following was emailed to us by Jag, one of our yet-to-post writers waiting in the wings. It was supposed to be posted on the day of our launch, but the MacT showed up asking if he could eat our skin. We told him no, but the Zombie MacTavish is nothing if not persistent.

But Jag makes an interesting point about the nepotism problem in the Oilers organization. Here’s some of what he had to say:

“The Oilers’ net leaves me most concerned:

The Edmonton administration understands loyalty, but theirs can be not only based on nobility or team unity but, unfortunately and damagingly, on turgid history and illogical allegiance. Is Kevin Lowe the best GM for this team? Is MacTavish the most appropriate coach? Should Roloson start every game? The first two are debatable, but the third is an incontestable NO. This is a team that is loyal to a fault. I know those glory years are not easy to forget—nor should they be—and hey if the other four girls could forgive Ginger Spice there’s hope for anybody, but still, it’s time these guys stop worrying about friendship and start to be loyal to victory.

Look, I know Dwayne was superb in our own public-nipple-displaying Stanley Cup run of 2006. And I’m sure MacT and Lowe love to wax nostalgic about the good ol’ days, but this type of loyalty shown, admirable as it may be, has to end. Success isn’t like wine or Clint Eastwood, it does not get better with age. It’s a harbinger of expectation and desire. We want more. 1990 was a long time ago.

Garon should start in net for every game as long as he produces. People should worry about their jobs, there should be intra-team competition—we need a streak of winning, not retrograde nepotism.”