I love Ben Massey's rants. They never disappoint.
This Brier roadtrip that the Oil have been on has pretty much killed this season and has brought out the knives for the whole damn rebuild, which was pretty much stupid from the start.http://www.mc79hockey.com/?p=5624
If you pay any attention to the Eastern Conference, you know what a horse Ilya Kovalchuk has been for New Jersey, both last year and this year, playing a ton of minutes for them. It is a sin that eight years of his career was wasted in Atlanta but that isn’t really on him – it’s on the guys who were completely unable to put a decent hockey team on the ice around him. That’s how these teams that get high draft picks and then suck forever do it – they surround the guy with terrible hockey players.
There is basically nothing in the Oilers’ farm system as far as forwards right now and defencemen are a bit of a mystery – it could be two or three years before one of them is ready to play in the top four, if any of them ever are. Things happen. If you had to pick a path that the Oilers were on right now – Atlanta or Chicago, Columbus or Pittsburgh – the smart money’s on the Atlanta/Columbus one.
BTW, the Oilers re-hired Scott Howson! So Howson leaves because Lowe is blocking him getting promoted to GM, Tambo comes in to be the GM when Lowe finally steps aside, Lowe sticks around as a meddling president, Tambo fires MacT after 1 season and eventually MacT comes back as Tambo's superior. And after a complete failure in Columbus that may have ruined that franchise for good, Howson is brought back in as a possible heir apparent to Tambo just as pressure on Tambo ratchets up.
This is how not to run a NHL franchise, folks.