Phil Posted January 22, 2019 Share Posted January 22, 2019 ?I heard you talk about Chiarelli there, and it?s true. A very well-respected general manager in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, and obviously won a Cup there,? recalled McKenzie. ?And yet go down the list of moves he?s made? ?I always maintain with every general manager in the league, I could build you a case that even the best general manager in the league - I could probably go through and find five or seven things if you just ratatat them off you?d say, ?This guy is the worst general manager ever. Look at these draft picks. Look at these trades. Look at these signings. These are terrible.? ?Because everybody makes mistakes. Not everybody turns out. You have to deal in volume and you?ve got to hope at the end you?re on the right side of the ledger. ?I don?t ever recall a situation where you go transaction-by-transaction where the team - in this case the Oilers - comes out on the wrong side of it so clearly just about every time. I don?t ever recall a situation like that, and especially for a guy like Peter Chiarelli, who has been a very well-respected guy in the National Hockey League. ?So it?s got to be tough on him. It?s got to be tough on Oilers? ownership/management. It?s got to be even tougher on their fans. ?I don?t know. Something has obviously got to give because as we?ve talked about, the brand and the image and just the relationship? the fans have completely lost faith, and understandably so because you go through better than a decade of just terrible hockey. Basically from the moment Chris Pronger got traded and the Oilers lost to Carolina in the Cup, it?s been a rocket ride to hell for Edmonton Oiler fans. ?And then you get McDavid and you think you?ve turned the corner two years ago, and now you find out you haven?t turned the corner. Maybe you?re not in as deep of a hole as you were seven or eight years ago, but you?re still in a pretty deep hole, and you?ve got to find your way back. ?Finding the way back is the hard part, and it?s going to take a really intelligent person to figure out how they?re going to crack this nut now.? https://www.nicholsonhockey.com/archives/2019/1/22/mckenzie-rocket-ride-to-hell-for-edmonton-oiler-fans Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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