2016 is coming soon and with it, a sense of guarded optimism for Edmonton Oiler fans.
Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov, Oskar Klefbom and Brandon Davidson will return to the lineup, and with them, the faint hope of meaningful hockey being played into March by an Oilers team that hasn’t done that in many years.
Taylor Hall might be involved in his first ever NHL playoff push, fans might have a real rallying point for next season other than a high draft pick in June, the coaching staff might have something to hang their collective hats on when they say the team is showing progress. (Statistically rather than visually).
Oh, but for the dreams of the resilient Oiler fan, reality is a real bitch with exceptionally pointy heels hovering precariously over their collective nether regions.
The Oilers have been akin to the Mindbender Rollercoaster for fans this year, up, up, up the hill only to free fall back down to earth time and again until your ready to vomit repeatedly. (Should have laid off the corn dogs)
The most recent plunge downward is a skid through the Christmas season, which saw that old defensive posture & sub-par goaltending we all know and hate, rear it’s ugly head again.
Blame management for not providing better players, blame the coach for not utilizing what he has properly, blame the players for not performing up to their abilities and not giving the appropriate effort consistently. Whatever makes you feel better, and what ever it takes to keep looking down the road to better days right?
If Oiler fans really want to find the secret to the Oilers woes they must only ‘look in the mirror’ (Jim Prentice 2015)
Standing idly by while their beloved team is relegated to the rank of perpetual basement dweller and top 3 draft picker.
You want a competitive NHL team? Do you really?
Than voice your concerns in a manner which all businesses understand, not via social media rants or billboard rentals calling for heads, not via MSM articles about your upset at the current situation, or tossing ridiculously overpriced sweaters on the ice from your overpriced seat, all while spending hundreds of thousands of your oil recession dollars during the holiday season on Oiler related merchandise, tickets and future promises of good hockey.
Quit the shit. Stop paying for a terrible product. Turn off the TV set.
Support your team, but not the business behind it.
Put Darryl Katz on notice that all Oiler fans demand to be treated with respect and dignity, not next year, not next month but RFN.
Tell them with your money. Tell them to get busy, make a trade, waive some players, fire someone, anyone, hell get rid of the damn useless Octane team and blame them for the collapse, but do something to win back the respect of the league, and give your fans some dignity.
Connor McDavid & the ICE District may save this organization but at what cost, the pride and dignity of loyal Oiler fans, lost forever.
Bob Nicholson & Darryl Katz don’t give a rats ass about putting a competitive product on the ice this year, they want to give Northlands a big middle finger on the way out, by denying them any chance at a playoff game in the old barn.(And the revenue it creates)
The conspiracy is simple and has been perpetrated since 2010 when Darryl saw the first light of day for his plan for a downtown arena district.
Now we are in the final phase, which would keep the team in a state of suckage until the late spring of 2016, denying the old Northlands regime from hosting any successful hockey in the old barn in its’ final season and punishing them all for daring to fight against Darryl.
So rest easy Oiler fans, do nothing, say nothing and allow the GREAT PLAN to be completed as Darryl envisioned it.
All the while, making this city and loyal fans of the Edmonton Oilers look like a bunch of sad sack pathetic losers in order to make a billionaire businessman even more dough and realize his dreams at our expense.
The Oilers will be competitive in 2016 but it won’t be until October 2016, when they no longer have to play in the old, run down, Northlands controlled, arena.
Enjoy the rest of the year of terrible hockey brought to you by Darryl Katz, Peter Chiarelli, Bob Nicholson, and the rest of the Oilers evil empire of greed.