Thursday, December 18, 2008

Arrogance in Management Leads to a Poor On-Ice Product

Between team President and former GM Kevin Lowe, head coach Craig Mactavish and current assistant coach and head coach in grooming Kelly Buchberger, the Oilers are cursed with 2 people in prominent roles that will not embrace change and a 3rd that will undoubtedly follow in their footsteps.

Both of the first 2 were contributors in the dynasty years, but both have an attitude of never being wrong, and their way is the only way and the right way. If you don't like their way, take a hike.

Their "my way or the highway" mentality is killing this team. They knew what it took to win over a decade ago, now it's obvious that they don't have a freaking clue. Mactavish tries to play his defensive brand of hockey while Lowe gives him offensive players to work with.

They obviously don't see eye to eye on personnel decisions, yet they remain the best of friends. That's great if you're at a bar shooting the breeze with a buddy and agree to disagree, but this is a multi million dollar business that's being left twisting in the wind and hundreds of thousands of Oiler fans, from the casual fan to the most extreme of diehards.

Change needs to come, either the coach embraces the hand that he has been dealt by his former GM and plays a more offensive brand of hockey, or the team needs to be a full on defensive team like the current coach wants. If not, at least one of these 2 men needs a change of address.

And if a coaching change is coming, please, oh please, hire from outside of the organization (No Huddy or ESPECIALLY no Buchberger), and don't let it be Marc Crawford for crying out loud. We don't need an influx of former Canucks failures, we've had enough Oilers management failures to have lasted a lifetime in the last 10-15 years.

We need proven winners in a coaching capacity, and probably in a president capacity as well.

1 comment:

LMHF#1 said...

If Kelly Buchberger becomes coach of this hockey team there will be a full-scale on-line riot followed by an eventual revolt from within the building. That would be one of the worst things to ever happen to this hockey team.