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04-21-2013, 01:30 PM
...better... or not
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Souray was and is a ****... I don't think many disputed that then or do now. He had issues beyond just injuries... but not getting into that as it derails the topic at hand. Saying that though, at the time many said where there is smoke there is often fire and his comments likely had some truth to them... it was just the way he went about doing what he did that secured his immediate exit and exile... and I think many other GM's and organizations would likely have done something very similar in that situation.

The Oilers DO seem to have a pattern of not dealing with injuries well... and not addressing holes in the lineup created by them.

The fact that they didn't put four and four together when Horcoff/Belanger/RNH/Lander were basically almost all simultaneously out of the lineup... and not dealing to try to acquire more depth at centre goes directly against the image of thinking your team is capable of competing for a playoff spot.

The fact that they kept RNH playing with a sore shoulder while icing a crap lineup that was by design guaranteed to struggle shows that they were deluded.... believing they were a possible playoff contender while clinging to AHL fill-ins and lingering-injured players to get there.

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