I can blame them for quitting as well. In any professional career, no matter the circumstances you are being paid to perform at 100 percent day in, day out. If I went into work, found out that they had fired one of the top cooks (i am a cook by the way) and I just started slacking off not doing my job, I would not be staying around that place much longer then the guy who just got fired. I don't care what your profession is, you never stop giving it your all.
it's all fine and good to say that in theory. i'm assuming you've never worked in a job where upper management is either totally incompetent, or completely unsupportive of their staff, or refuses to acknowledge shortcomings and needs that their employees have.
trust me, i have, and it's completely IMPOSSIBLE to stay motivated in that kind of situation. so let's just set aside the self-help book rhetoric for a moment and pretend like this is real life, kay?
What's the score??? No big surprise that the team imploded after losing one of the true heart and soul players on the team. That said, by tomorrow they need to pull their stuff together or just look at playing for the BPA Best Pick Available
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Originally Posted by HotToddy
You know we wouldn't be watching hockey in Edmonton if a group of gentleman didn't take an extremly large risk in an uncertain market.
If the EIG needs to pay off debt first so be it. 40 million should be enough to ice a decent club.
Keep muttering that mantra of mediocrity. You and all Edmonton Oilers' fans who are like minded, and you will get exactly what you are willing to accept - a vision grounded in small time thinking.
What happens if the CAP next year is U$46 million dollars and the Oilers' Owners imposed a U$40 million dollar budget. (6/40=15%) So when we play teams that spend to the CAP, those teams will always have a 15% edge talent/depth-wise, each and every time we play those teams. In an era where parody is pervasive and having a competitive edge looms large not PAYING THE PRICE OF ADMISSION dooms diehard Oilers' fans into having to support a second class, weak sister, backwater organization that will continue ice also-ran teams. This from a NHL Franchise that is making money and choosing to deliver substandard product by avoiding risk in order to pocket small time profits.
Well I've bought every PPV game the Oilers have had on, that I was around home for. But I beleive I can find a better use for that money. This is like watching a ****ing AHL team.
Actually, with precious few exceptions, that's pretty much what we have at this point. Pouliot, Stortini, Syvret, Petersen, JFJ, Gilbert, Roy...all AHLers probably up here before they should be, due to injuries and lack of results. Other non-AHLers on the roster are either young or inexperienced (Lupul, Smid, Hejda, Greene, etc). Really, the only guys we have in the active lineup right now who are proven legit experienced NHL players are Pisani, Smith, Staios, Horcoff, Reasoner, and Sykora (I'll toss Hemsky on that list because he's obviously quite talented. Rolie doesn't count because he's got to stay in his net and stop pucks).
Not a good state of affairs It's no wonder we're having trouble winning games, with a lineup mostly composed of AHLers and first/second year pros.