Saturday, April 4, 2009

MacT's Potential Departure Could Make Edmonton a Much More Desireable NHL Destination

With Sheldon Souray, Ales Hemsky, Robert Nilsson, Dustin Penner, and Ladislav Smid (at the very least) all hoping that there will be a new coach next season or probably hoping that they get moved away from this once proud organization, it is not a place that perspective free agents want to come to.

Low offensive output from the forwards, a boring style of play, and mediocrity are hardly the criteria that free agents are looking for when they try to decide where they want to reside and work for a number of years.

A change of the coaching staff and shedding ourselves of overpaid vets like Moreau, Staios, and Pisani could really get this team looking like a suitable destination for free agents. We have a lot of talent on this roster and if they are freed up to play a style that matches their skill sets more it will make us an exciting team that will also put up some nice offensive production.

Everyone loves a winner, and everyone enjoys having fun at work vs. the alternative. If Souray and Hemsky don't like it here because of the coach despite obviously liking it enough to sign on here long term, it's obvious what needs to be done. Fire MacT, trade Moreau and Staios, and unleash the skilled forwards that have been neutered under MacT's system.

And who knows, maybe a new coach will be the icing on the cake needed for this team to lure Bouwmeester?

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