It's the curse of being a diehard fan, we're gluttons for punishment. After watching what we have the last 3 years the hope was that we'd at least see winning hockey at this level under these special circumstances, I guess it's time to bury that idea based on what we've been seeing.....
Why would you expect Hall Eberle and RNH to try down there? You take a 90% (or whatever the number actually is) pay cut and a relocation at your job and tell me how hard you try.
You try to not get hurt and that's about it.
Projecting a last place finish based off their effort level? C'mon. We should be solidly 25th-22nd.
You're right. We'll just have to accept these guys are losers. Like its quite clear these three players have proved so much at th NHL level that they have the green light to put no effort in the AHL. personally, I'd like to see them not called up if/when the lockout is lifted this season. If you put forward a putrid effort, you shouldn't be awarded.
I would have hoped that the addition of Eberle, Hall, & RNH would make the Barons a better team, not worse. These guys should be setting a good example for potential future Oilers. If they're not going to bring their "A" game, then the team would be better served dressing players that will.