Is this it for Oilers' Moreau?
Oilers captain talks frankly about his cloudy future with the organization
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency
If Wednesday was his last game at Rexall Place, and you’ll get better odds that it was than it wasn’t, Ethan Moreau is glad it ended the way it did.
There’s no erasing all of the bad this season heaped upon the 30th place Oilers and their besieged captain, but being able to close it out with a couple of wins at home, on a line with longtime friends and teammates Shawn Horcoff and Fernando Pisani, was pretty good.
“If it was my last game it was fun to play with Horc and Fernando the last few games, and we had a good home record the last month,” said Moreau, who had two goals and an assist in the final two-game homestand. “It was fun. The fans are great; we got a great ovation last game. If it was the end it was a good way to end, with a couple of wins. We’ll see what happens.”
Moreau knows as much as you do: The Oilers want to go in a newer, younger direction and he, being neither new nor young, isn’t the same fit he was four or five years ago. That’s why every time he turns around somebody is asking him about the end of his era in copper and blue.
“There’s no secret this team wants to get young and rebuild,” said Moreau, in his 11th season with the Oilers and fourth as team captain. “I’ve had conversations with (GM Steve Tambellini) and he’s been really honest. He’ll try to improve his hockey team and move in the direction that he wants to.”
Moreau is equally receptive to change.
“I’m never going to be a guy who’s going to demand a trade or show lack of respect to the organization. I’ve been here for 11 years. I’m going to handle it properly and so is he. If I still have an opportunity to come back I’ll play well and play hard and if I’m not, then it’ll be amicable.”