Just Because

And we continue to wait for the other shoe to drop.

Craig MacTavish had his season-ending press conference today, but didn’t answer key questions, refusing to comment on his future or that of Dustin Penner. The Oilers have the tenth worst record in the NHL this season, but we have to wait for the lottery to see where they end up exactly. The rumours of a massive shakeup in the front office are everywhere, and Robin Brownlee has as good a take as anybody on them in the post below this one.

There’s a sense that the changes this summer will define the Oilers for the coming years, either for good or for bad, but there’s still no concrete idea what those changes will be, so we wait. This seemed like a safe video for the interim, given that neither Coffey or McSorley is in contention for the Oilers’ head coaching job, so we can safely enjoy their connection to the glory years without the distaste many feel for the occasional nepotism of the current club. Dave Hodge also has a cameo.

On a completely different note, with the draft coming up I’ve been thinking about the way picks are made. I realize that having the worst teams pick first helps ensure parity and prevent laughing stocks in the league, and also that the lottery is supposed to discourage tanking for the number one overall spot. But my question would be why the NHL doesn’t do a zig-zag style draft.

If, as expected, the Islanders win the lottery, they’ll get the rights not only to the first pick of the first round, but also of the second round, third round, and so on. Wouldn’t it be fairer to good teams as a whole if the second round were conducted in reverse order of the first round? Bad teams would still get their superstars to build around, but it wouldn’t be so difficult for good teams to restock on the run, and would minimize the advantages of holding a firesale and tanking the season. Just something to keep in mind while we wait,

  • Hippy

    I posted my reaction to MacT's pressor on the last thread. I was in aggreement with much of his assessment. I also appreciated his candor… Bottom line is; the coaching staff never found a baseline system that consistantly worked… nothing to fall back on. The guys were either not physically committed enough, or just plain too small to win enough battles to dump and chase; and weren't able to move the puck well enough to play a puck possesssion style. The season was a complete failure and there is plenty of blame to go around.

  • Hippy

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    I would hope that there would be roster changes whether or not MacT stays or goes. With the players drafted this year we should be able to get a feel for the type of team that Tambellini wants to see on the ice in the future. I am anxious to see the moves the GM takes this summer.

  • Hippy

    shakey wrote:

    Jonathan,
    I didn’t hear his press conference on CHED but a buddy sent me a text saying that MacT was throwing the players under the bus saying they didn’t show up etc.
    What is your take on his comments?
    Do you think there was anything there that gives a hint as to if he’s coming back as coach here?

    If by "throwing them under the bus" your buddy meant he gave a pretty accurate assesment, then sure he did that.

  • Hippy

    @ shakey:

    I think there are going to be huge roster changes if MacTavish stays. Certainly Penner and Pouliot, probably Nilsson, maybe more. The only people he really exhonerated to any degree were the defense.

  • Hippy

    Ogden Brother wrote:

    What do you think the odds are of the team trying to trade up into the top 7?

    No idea. We won't have a clue what the plan is until it starts going into effect (or until somebody starts leaking bits of it).

  • Hippy

    Jonathan,
    I didn't hear his press conference on CHED but a buddy sent me a text saying that MacT was throwing the players under the bus saying they didn't show up etc.

    What is your take on his comments?
    Do you think there was anything there that gives a hint as to if he's coming back as coach here?

  • Hippy

    Zig Zag would be an interesting concept…. lets wait until we're in the upper 3rd of the league.

    What do you think the odds are of the team trying to trade up into the top 7?