• The Worst

    by  • April 6, 2012 • Hockey • 9 Comments

    With last night’s results, the Oilers have clinched it: they are the worst team for the entirety of the 2005-12 CBA, the collective bargaining agreement that was going to save Edmonton. I thought it might be interesting to look at the list of guys who are going to ensure that that isn’t the case for the next CBA. Job title, name and when they joined the team.

    President of Hockey Operations – Kevin Lowe (1998)
    General Manager – Steve Tambellini – (2008)
    Assistant GM/ Director of Hockey Operations & Legal Affairs – Ricky Olczyk (2007)
    Senior Director of Player Development – Billy Moores (2000)
    Director of Player Development – Mike Sillinger (2008)
    Head Professional Scout – Morey Gare (1998)
    Professional Scout – Duane Sutter (2011)
    Professional Scout – Michael Abbamont (2005)
    Professional Scout – Chris Chihocki (2008 – a guess based on when he was fired as coach of the Stockton Thunder)
    Professional Scout – Dave Semenko (1996)
    Head Amateur Scout – Stu MacGregor (2000)
    Amateur Scout – Bill Dandy (2000)
    Amateur Scout – Kent Hawley (2005)
    Amateur Scout – Chris McCarthy (1992)
    Amateur Scout – Brad Davis (?)
    Amateur Scout – Bob Brown (2002)
    Amateur Scout – Jim Crosson (2010)
    Amateur Scout – Scott Harlow (2010)
    Amateur Scout – Frank Musil (2001)
    Amateur Scout – Pelle Eklund (2010)
    Amateur Scout – Robert Nordmark (2010)

    You tell me: the Oilers have had an advantageous situation forced upon them by their constant losing – why in the world would you expect the people responsible for creating those circumstances to make the most out of it? What possible reason could there be to believe that these people will maximize the results of their own failure? I’ve said it a million different ways over the past few years – I’m out of ways to say it. I’ve got no faith that this management group will experience any success and if they find away to piss away the gift of talents like Taylor Hall, RNH, Jordan Eberle and this year’s pick…well, what? Do they get fired then? When does the accountability start?

    From the Department of ‘Tis better to be thought the fool and remain silent, than speak and remove all doubt.:

    It’s going to be very interesting to see what Edmonton decides to do with their 7th round pick. I wasn’t entirely sure the Oilers had to do anything this spring with Pelss because he was drafted out of Latvia. I was uncertain if Latvia was like Sweden and Finland, countries with a transfer agreement that means NHL teams have two years to sign players drafted from there. That’s not the case with Russia and I didn’t know if Latvia shared that scenario.

    I actually ran into Stu MacGregor at a recent Oil Kings game and asked him that question. Of course knowing the CBA inside and out isn’t the job of a scout so I wasn’t surprised that he didn’t know the answer although he said it would be interesting to find out. I tried to get clarification from the Oilers but was flatly denied. I was told that information like that was not something the NHL team would share with the media. I found that odd so placed a call to another contact employed by an NHL team and in less than 5 minutes I got the answers I needed. Perhaps it was Edmonton’s way of trying to avoid another possible CBA-related gaff in less than a week.

    Huh. Anyone else distinctly unexcited to watch Ricky Olczyk and the Edmonton Oilers go through the learning curve on a new CBA?


    9 Responses to The Worst

    1. April 6, 2012 at

      You named names

    2. April 6, 2012 at

      Tyler for GM!!!!!

    3. April 6, 2012 at

      The Oilers, by the by, were still showing 212 consecutive sellouts in January. If they sellout the rest of the season, they will have had 360 consecutive sellouts (over 4 years of complete seasons).

      At least in oil-rich Oil Country, there’s no fear that their performance is in any danger of impacting their bottom line.

      • April 6, 2012 at

        We don’t know that they couldn’t charge more for the tickets at a market-clearing price if they weren’t so shitty. They almost certainly could.

        • The Rage
          April 7, 2012 at

          Playoff revenue is significant as well.

        • April 8, 2012 at

          Oh they could most likely *improve* on their revenue by being better, but it wouldn’t be the first time that a company rested on their laurels and kept putting out what they were accustomed to rather than aggressively seek to improve their product and their profitability. Research in Motion comes to mind.

          It’s not always easy to see where you can make more profit, especially when you aren’t in any danger of (immediately) posting any losses.

          • Doogie2K
            April 10, 2012 at

            And the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    4. Maestro Fresh Mess
      April 8, 2012 at

      Quite right.

    5. Clay
      April 12, 2012 at

      100% agree. Lowe has been captain of this ship, more or less, for 13+ years, and it’s just embarrassing how bad he is at his job.

      The pro scouting department is just as poor.

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