The 2017-18 season was believed to be disastrous for the Edmonton Oilers, however, fans and even players were encouraged as the team picked this up later in the campaign, though it was too late to make the postseason. Promises were made in the summer as many player and Oilers management stated they would be back with a vengeance, ready to go out of the gates with intensity and the will to prove they could be contenders again.
Let’s us tell you: it’s not going according to plans…
The Oilers have yet to win a contest this season and will be looking for their first victory of the season Saturday afternoon as they face the New York Rangers. If they cannot beat the struggling rebuilding team, you better believe we are approaching a major cleanup in Edmonton.
NHL insider Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 and discussed the heat and the pressure on everyone in the Oilers organization.
“I honestly think guys - and they play tomorrow afternoon in New York - but I really do believe that one of the real tough places right now in the NHL is in Edmonton,” indicated Friedman. “They’re 0-2. McDavid has looked great and done spectacular things in both games and they can’t sustain it.
“I just think the heat internally in that organization - I was just told this morning it’s a really tense place. I think everybody there is feeling it. I think that is clearly one of the - it’s going to be one of the hot areas in the league, and not in a good way. I think everybody there is really feeling the pressure.”
When asked if general manager Peter Chiarelli or head coach Todd McLellan was more to blame, Friedman indicated anyone could be on the hot seat at the moment…
“I would just say this: I don’t there’s a person in that organization who feels secure,” noted Friedman. “Maybe Gretzky because, I mean, he’s Gretzky. But I don’t think there’s anybody in that organization who feels secure about what’s going on right now.
“So I wouldn’t say one guy, I would say it’s probably just about everybody.”
Let’s see what happens tomorrow in New York City, however, the heat is on more than ever now, just three games into the season…
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