I think Edmonton HF posters that are saying MacT will not be fired in the near future are forgetting one very large item: Katz. There is no way that Katz brought in all that money and tried to lure Hossa and Jagr here- just to watch his team blow the first 20 games.
Katz is pulling the strings now and with Lowe one step removed from the GM, don't be surprised to see the end of this dreadful Oiler nepotism of "hire your own, protect your own".
If the Oilers struggle on the road, we will have a new coach.
I don't care who it is- I just want an offensive minded coach with a decent record, AHL or NHL.
I agree....this road trip should determines the future of this club. It's time for change....and not someone from the old boys club. Quinn, Crawford, Tortorella, who ever...someone NEW
Any coach is going to play with what he has to work with (at least a good one). I don't see the problem of bringing in a coach who's been successful in the past but gets labeled as a veteran coach. Let's be honest, what veterans could a coach possibly defer to? Strudwick over Smid? No coach is going to put Moreau on a scoring line. I think really besides Horcoff and Pisani and Cole all of the teams impact players are youngsters. We have a veteran team on the back end with Vis, Shelly, and Staios and Strudwick. Any new coach, regardless of his past experience, is going to have to play the kids. He really doesn't have any other options.
I like Bugg's choice for the coach, Scott Arniel. I'm not overly familiar with him but Matt did a great sell job on him.