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RDOilerfan wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 11:45

CrudeRemarks wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 11:43

RDOilerfan wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 11:41

GabbyDugan wrote on Tue, 20 November 2018 11:25

....Spector chimes in....

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/ken-hitchcock-perfect-hi re-oilers-right-now/

..."Hitchcock is not what you’d call a players’ coach. In fact, Ty Rattie — who could never make Hitchcock’s roster in St. Louis — will not be pleased with this move, we’re guessing.

But the answer in Edmonton, as far as the players are concerned, is simple: Play better."...

....after this morning's press conference, Chia has to know he's gone at the end of this season...he's failed at pulling a rabbit out of a hat too many times...


The only thing I would say is what can the organization do mid season? If they fire Chia right now like most people want, what does that do right now? The season is going, rosters are set, most teams don't have cap space to work with, that includes the Oilers. Free agents are all signed, you can't buy out guys and trades just don't happen because most teams can afford it. So other than make fans happy, what does firing Chia right now accomplish?

When it comes to the coach. I don't think Hitchcock is the long term answer and based on what Chia said and everyone else has said, it doesn't sound like it will be. He's signed for the rest of the year, that's it. But based on what has happened, there has been problems with the structure at times, there has been problems with players reverting back to doing bad habits at times and there has been problems with players under performing. As an example, how many times have we seen guys like Caggulia, Benning, Nurse, etc doing the same stupid mistakes they did 2 seasons ago? They should know better by now. So the message isn't getting through to them. Hitchcock is known for being a good structure guy especially defensively. We have seen that the Oilers CAN play good structure, they just don't do it all the time. So if he can tweak these guys a bit to play with more structure, it might help. The big thing is he is a demanding coach which wears on guys hence why he moves around but for short periods of time, you see immediate improvements in his time. Quite frankly, even though the roster has holes in it all thanks to Chia doing a lousy job, there are a lot of guys on this team flat out under performing. So if Hitchcock can come in a give a bunch of guys a boot in the ass, maybe they can get into the playoffs.

Prevents Panicky Pete from mangling the roster further between now and the deadline?


In all seriousness, do you actually think that Chia right now has the full reins to make any move he wants? I don't. So you fire the guy right now, then what? I am not advocating he should keep his job. A lot of the Oilers woes are on him so if this team doesn't make the playoffs, he most definitely should be gone in my books and even if they make the playoffs but lose out in the first round, I am not convinced he should have a job. But firing him right now doesn't do anything in my opinion other than please the fans. You don't even have the ability to hire anyone to replace him right now because any quality candidates will be working for another team.


If Oiler management has lost confidence in Chiarelli's ability to manage a hockey team why on earth would he be here another single day?



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