Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/28/13 at 09:45 AM ET
from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,
How much longer will fans continue to support an organization that can’t win, never mind be competitive?
Prior to the 2004-05 lockout, the Oilers had a financial disadvantage compared to the big spending teams such as the Devils, the Detroit Red Wings, the Colorado Avalanche and the Philadelphia Flyers. The fans accepted and understood the Oilers didn’t have the money to buy consistent, winning teams, and they seemed to relish the underdog role.
That changed after the lockout ended.
The Oilers no longer have one of the smallest payrolls in the league. Owner Daryl Katz has given president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe and general manager Craig MacTavish, as well as MacTavish’s predecessor Steve Tambellini, the green light to spend money, yet despite the added payroll, they are still no closer to being a playoff team.
It is clear something isn’t right within the Oilers. Their plan isn’t working. They can’t keep blaming the head coach for all the failures of the franchise.
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