MACT’S WORST MOVE, YEAR TWO (YOU MAKE THE CALL!)

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Year two of the Craig MacTavish regime went sideways in a hurry and kept on going. Another lost season that looked strangely like the last one resulted in a fired coach, several defensive media avails and a (mostly) universal case of lost faith in the team leadership. The list of questionable moves? It’s a long one.

NOT ADDRESSING CENTER

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During the summer, there were many rumors about adding a veteran center but none arrived in time for training camp. “Two centers and mud” described the situation perfectly and the GM waited until the absolute end of the 2014 calendar before acquiring veteran Derek Roy. In sports, inertia is death and in this case a major contributor to another lost season. Leon Draisaitl’s NHL debut for almost any other team in the NHL would have taken place one year (or more) after Edmonton set him loose. Incredible, incredible lack of roster awareness. The mind boggles.

ACQUIRED AND SIGNED NIKITA NIKITIN

It’s like a punch line for one of those “let me get this straight” moments. You mean the Oilers gave up a draft pick AND signed him to a 2-year, $9 million deal AND are still convinced of him? Look, the Oilers were not going to be a playoff team WITH an effective top four defender but adding Nikitin instead of one was a major contributor to this lost (again) season. And he’s coming back for next season!

FAILED TO ADDRESS G WHEN IT WAS STRUGGLING

There was a time during the early part of the season when Craig MacTavish could have saved his coach by acquiring a veteran C and shoring up the goalie position. He’d done exactly that in 2013-14, bringing in (first) Ilya Bryzgalov and then Ben Scrivens to help the team. This season? No sir. It’s an issue that has effectively ruined another Edmonton winter and placed the team in the McEichel sweepstakes.

A cynic would suggest that might have been the plan. 

IT’S NOT GOOD!

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I could list five more items and you’re free to choose your own issues. What, in your opinion, was the worst move in year two of the MacTavish regime?

  • Saazman

    Too many bad moves or lack of moves by MacT that even Maggie the Monkey could have seen from afar. I like MacT, but he is in over his head. Not signing an effective 2nd line centre early on, the horrible Nikitin signing, the pumping of Nikitin and Schultz over Petry, letting Petry go, not properly recognizing Perron’s talents, lack of faith over Dubnyk and Marincin…list goes on and on. Borders on incompetence right now…if Nicholson can’t see this in his audit, then he too is being brainwashed by Katz and Co. We have the worst management in the NHL bar none.

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    hiring eakins was his worst move specially when under ralph, they showed signs of improvement. i know thats was last yr but it translates into this yr also! gotta go with that! not blaming eakins or saying hes a bad coach but two months into last season team was lost and never ever did buy-in to his coaching philosophys.