Happy New Year, Nation!
I know we’ve watched an Oilers game together today and there’s a bunch of stuff for you to read on the site, but I still wanted to take a minute to jump in and wish each one of you have a great year from all of us at Oilersnation. Hopefully at this point in your day the debilitating hangover you may have woken up to has subsided and the only thing left on the agenda for the day is a bit of time with your loved ones and maybe a little nap.
I don’t think I’m talking about school when I say it’s been a crazy year (I feel like it’s cool) to be an Oilers fan or a human being in general, especially considering given the way COVID-19 refuses to move on from its kung fu grip. For the purposes of this article, however, I’ll stick to the sport, as being an Edmonton Oilers fan is more than enough for a roller coaster ride without having to dive into everything that is going on in the world. I mean, we’re here on New Years Day and we’ve gone from celebrating the best start in franchise history to talking about firing the coach despite the team currently sitting in the playoffs (read: Wildcard), and if that isn’t a snapshot of what the vibe has been like here, then I don’t know what it is.
For Oilers fans, 2021 was another twisty road that offered the highest of highs and lowest of lows, and I wonder what 2022 will have in store for a recall ?! As with any new start, whether it’s a new year or otherwise, we’ve got a long list of questions to answer as the Oilers look to turn the page on a new schedule while moving on to another. tangible step. move forward as a team. Will they be contributors as we all hope, or will they be passengers? How long will it take before the seats start to heat up at the management and coaching level? Will Dave Tippett and his team be able to adjust their strategies to get this team back on track? Who will be SIUTBOHC? Only time will tell, but we are all lucky to be able to sail these waters together.
To wrap up, I’m going to end this article here with a handful of New Year’s Resolutions for the Edmonton Oilers in hopes that they will have a much better year in 2022 than in 2021. Is that too much to ask? No, I didn’t think so either. Have a good hangover.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
- The organization will develop the stones needed to make the tough decisions in coaching and management.
- In fact, you will respect the limited resource that is Connor McDavid’s career by surrounding him with GOOD players.
- You’ll remember Leon Draisaitl is the kind of player other teams would kill for having on their roster, and we need to make sure we appreciate the shine he brings to the table every night.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will find a way to improve his low percentage of shots on the ground. The tides must be turning at some point, right?
- You will NOT treat the top players on this team like whip boys when the team is struggling, as they are often the ones who keep this ship afloat while the rest of the team struggles to stand still. At some point in our travels together, we all have to collectively realize how much depth matters and how impossible it is to win in the National Hockey League when you only have a handful of players who can put it all together. washer in the net.
- You’ll do a better job of supporting goalies with defensive zone coverage that doesn’t let them dry out. I know goalies are the last line of defense, but the Oilers tend to rely too much on them instead of helping them in their own camp.
- Speaking of goalies, the pressure is on Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen to provide the team with the foundation they need to regain their confidence, which is a nice way to say we have to eliminate those early goals.
- You’ll continue to remove deadweight from this list while doing what you can to avoid racking up even more dead capitalization space with buyouts and retained wages.
- No longer will you be surprised when the GM of your favorite hockey team makes a bizarre choice with the cap space available to him.
- You will no longer expect the head coach to change his ways, not because you are wrong in your assessment of what is going on, but rather because it will save your sanity.
- As always, you will always be down with OPP