I'm pretty conflicted about this. We've seen mediocrity in the past several seasons, but never enough to drop into the top 5 drafting order. Now that it's a real possibility, well...no one likes to see their team tank this badly.
In the end, though, I'm one of those who fall on the 'no pain, no gain' side. We need that game breaker, no doubt about it, and if it means watching and enduring our beloved Oilers hitting bottom, well so be it.
If the team is going to suck at least get a good draft pick out of it. I hope not to see any desperation trades in a response to the Oilers position in the standings. There will be opportunity to make changes this summer, but right now isn't the time to try and salvage the season.
The whole point is that we're in a position where we can wait to trade.
We don't need to make a deal now. We're not going to make the playoffs. Surely no one wants to see Tambo do a deal to clear salary just for the h e l l of it. That just doesn't make sense.
I think it's still too early to get any considerable value for some of the vets.
When you think about it, the deadline has become considerably more important because, at that point in the season teams close to the cap have enough room to swallow 1/4 of a season + playoffs of wages for a player that, at the december portion of the season, they could not.
So, I can see why the Oilers are willing to wait...
That doesn't mean it's not frustrating to see them play terribly.
I am about as "glass is half full" as you can get. But given the injury to Hemsky and the others who are out I don't see a playoff run in the picture. So for the first time ever I am on the bandwagon for a bottom three finish.
From the beginning of this year I was ok with managment using this season to evaluate what they have. I think they will get a pretty clear picture in that regard. As such the time has come for a new direction. I suspect that short of this the feelings that poisoned the last years of the Pocklington era could well start to return.