FINALLY SOME LEADERSHIP

We were in the midst of peppering Gregor and Brownlee’s articles with commentary about Sheldon Souray demanding a trade when we remembered that we could actually write an article of our own and force everyone to listen to our opinion too. We gave ‘er a day to calm down, but calm down we have NOT.

Although we generally agree with most everything Brownlee and Gregor have to say, we dispute with the idea that Souray has done the team a disservice by opening his mouth about his disdain for Oilers management. The timing wasn’t great we will grant you that, but it pulls back the curtain and reveals the Wizard for all to see.

BEHOLD

One of the things that has pissed us off the most this season was the complete lack of accountability on the part of Players, Coaches and the 7,382 Managers of the team. The arrogance displayed by virtually every single member of this organization has been hilariously disconnected with the performance on the ice. Contenders for the Cup are entitled to a certain level of arrogant swagger.

30th place Crap Squads? Not so much.

With the exception of Ryan Whitney – who has been awesomely honest in the papers and on the air – the Oilers have to a man remained silent all season and have been content to give the usual platitudes as to why things are going poorly.

Finally someone has had the stones to shed light on an area many here on the Nation have long suspected and secretly hoped has been the case – players don’t like it here in Edmonton in large part because of team management.

Ahhhhh.

Not because of the pot holes in our roads, not because of the Northernly weather patterns or the lack of night life. Instead it is the people running the team and their attitudes towards the players, which seems to eerily echo their attitude towards the rest of us fans. 

LET’S REWIND

For years now we Oilers fans have been subjected to numerous slights and insults from the other 29 Cities in the League. First CFP left town in a hail storm of rumour and innuendo. Then Hossa spurned us, then Heatley. Jagr burned us too somewhere in there, as did Bouwmeester and countless other free agents that have told Edmonton to eff off behind closed doors.

All the while media types have been quick to suggest that the reason players didn’t want to sign here had more to do with things we could not control. Weather, quality of living in the City, ugly ass buildings and uglier citizens. Every insult imaginable was hurled in our direction and resulted in a dark cloud of emotion unfairly hanging over our City since 2006.

Thanks to Sheldon Souray, plans to pick up and move the entire City of Edmonton 500 miles in a warmer direction can be put on hold.  The problem instead is actually quite solveable: get new people to run this squadron.

"You talk about Prongs (Chris Pronger) and guys like that, and it should raise an eyebrow when players who leave town are skipping out with a smile on their face."

Our eyebrow is so raised it popped clean off our head and ran down the street. We hear you loud and clear Big Sexy.

You have to wonder how many players (both here and long since gone) have echoed these sentiments behind closed doors but lacked the nuts to say it aloud, letting the City of Edmonton take the brunt of the blame for the reason why players seek to ply their trade elsewhere.

PRIMA DONNA BS?

The counterpoint to all of this of course is the idea that it is Souray that is the problem and not Tambellini, not Kevin Lowe and not anyone else associated with the team.

This is certainly possible and we wouldn’t put it past Souray to be embellishing the issues he has had with the team as part of a larger "get me the hell out of here" type strategy. Some of the other quotes in the article make no sense, at least if you have been paying attention for the past year or two.

QUOTE 1: I WAS OFFERED MORE MONEY ELSEWHERE

"People will question me, that they overpaid me … that it was a bad decision to sign me. But I can tell you this: I turned down more money in other places" Souray was quoted as saying. 

Er, wasn’t the story going around that the Oilers came out of nowhere to offer him substantially more money than any other team in the running? Didn’t the Oil open up the same vault that they have creaked open from time to time with disastrious results with the likes of Horcoff, Khabibulin et al?

QUOTE 2: I HAVEN’T TALKED TO ANYONE

"The Oilers always prided themselves in being a family. Whatever happened to that? I haven’t talked to (Tambellini) since mid-January."

Er, didn’t Souray give the Oilers a list of teams he wanted to go to just prior to the trade deadline? How do you provide a list of teams without speaking to anyone directly? This is shady too, but perhaps one can do all of one’s talking via an agent. We don’t have an agent, so we don’t know.

If we DID have an agent we would be all "what the business Agent? How come you ain’t got me no deodorant endorsements? You know I gots them pheremones people wanna emulate!"

AT LEAST KAY-Z NOW KNOWS THE SCORE

 

Much has been said about Daryl Katz’s ownership and management style of the team. An admittedly non massive hockey fan, Katz has been content to rule the team from afar, staying out of day to day matters and making the occasional comment or interview to Stauffer.

As is the case with most power ballers,  Katz gets the bulk of his performance reporting on the company from a handful of his top level executives and in the instance of the Oilers, Katz gets all his information from Lowe. It’s easy to see how Katz could be led down the proverbial primrose path by eventual Hockey Hall of Famer Lowe and Company.

"Things are working their way through Daryl," they would nervously explain. "We have had some ill timed injuries and some players depart. But once we get through the draft and start winning again people will sign. Don’t you worry."

With the revelations courtesy of Big Sexy, a new problem has been brought to the surface. Management seems to be the issue here in Edmonton and now this is all out in the open.

For a guy like Katz, he really just wants to ice a winner and finally receive some good PR for paying close to thrice what this team was actually worth. Comments like these by Souray won’t lead to the immediate dismissal of anyone, but it certainly provides some weighty insight as to what is wrong with this team. 

FINAL TEETH GNASHING

Is Souray right or wrong? Is he part of the solution to righting this Titanician hockey team? Or instead is the best looking Oiler since Igor Ulanov part of the very same problem that has led to the considerable decline of the quality of Ice Hockey around these parts?

When #44 looks in the mirror this morning is he gazing longingly at his sexy good looks – content to look out for number one – or is he staring smack dab into the tender eyes of the man who has blown the lid off the real problem with the Oilers?

  • Oilitsinyoutogive

    I guess what i would like to see is for the oilers to clean house with management and Souray, at least then if we keep loosing we would know management is not the problem right? Also i cant think of a good legit reason K lowe or Tambo should keep their jobs, at least not from this fans point of view. On to Souray, once someone wants out, you gain nothing in value and you gain nothing in effort. Trading him should be the first order of business for a new Management team.

  • Isn't there some kind of something tonight where by GM's play powerball or something and it helps determine something pretty huge?

    Oh, sorry, I guess that is WAY off topic.

    Souray something something, management something something, a-hole something something.

  • BarryS

    About management/ownership: I've worked for some pretty silly people in my life and you know what, jut like Pat Quinn said, I didn't want to be there so I got the hell out! I didn't make a big stink, or cause a fuss I left. Souray may be right he may be wrong, who cares!? Shut up and leave like the big boy you are! Pronger left quietly but did so professionally. A personal issue/problem that the so called lame management in E-Town knew about all year handled equally Professionally as well for Pronger. Souray needs to talk with his bosses quietly and handle this professionally. He didn't and now as another GM I'd be leary of bringing him to my dressing room!

    Oh and owners can be goofy, look at George Stienbrenner with the New York Yankees, Yeah pretty wild…. Have they ever been successful?

    As for leadership, Pat Quinn said he has never been part of such a quiet dressing room. That must have been due to Souray being injured so much… So my question is, Do we need a rally guy(s) or a bunch of follow my example guy(s)? I think we according to Pat's comments, have the latter. I guess that's why we ended up worst in the league, the non leaders followed the leaders in that they all had their worst years.
    Captain Moreau- Horrible year, like him in the last month or so, and gee the team seemed a little better.

    Staios – Assitant, gone now, thank all that is holy, but man has been going down hill the last few years.

    Souray – Assistant Tough as nails, but hey like nails you apply heat and pressure and the snap! Yes three tough years have taken it's toll on 44.

    Horcoff – Assitant who has picked it up, claims a change in his training buggered him up this year. He switched back at the olympic break and seems to be back on track! Cross your fingers it lasts. Team seems to follow this trend.

    Pisani- Assistant, Battles health issues courageously, and with Captain Moreau and Horcoff seems to be rebounding. Team seems to follow this rebound as well. (Hmmmmmm)

    Penner – Assistant. Who da thunk it? NO ONE. Penner an Assitant? WTF. I seriously have him on the tops of my list as fav Oiler. What a year. Sagged in the middle and so did the team! Resurged and so did the team! I am very excited to see him look to have the puck on his stick more often next year!

    Hemsky – Assistant, Hurt and done for the season, no real shock that the team followed him. What would his and Penner's numbers have been for the year if they'd played all year together?

    So In conclusion, I probably missed a few of the other assistants this year but I think the trend shows. Those who lead by example the team follows. But I also think 1 or 2 rah rah guys may help too. So who fills that rah rah void? Hall? Seguin? Eberle? MPS? Jagr?

  • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

    He wants to go GO! Personally I would make him suffer by playing here and if he doesn't play send him to the minors and demolish his career!

    I don't like Lowe he is a cocky ass but the bottom line is that he isn't playing. These guys are babies! get in the game or go home. You don't get to pick and choose where you go, they should be thankful just to play here in the NHL and collect millions of dollars. If you can't handle it get a real job like the poor stiffs that shell out hard earned dollars to watch your lame ass complain and suck balls on the ice.. PULL you head out of your assess, stop making excuses and play the dam game……For our newest oilers and ones to come this summer ….GO OILERS GO! Seguin or Hall…Fricken eh…who to choose!! I bet you they will play their asses off and won't complain where ever they go!