Rumors and Coaching Speculation

Bruce Garrioch of Slam Sports is reporting that Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish could be in trouble.

With the recent losses in Edmonton, including a recent blowout by the Hawks it is believed that MacTavish may be on a short least as the Oilers head coach. Garrioch speculates that one possible replacement could be Kevin Lowe.

Another huge tid bit that is reported in this article is the possibility that the Thrashers and Wild may be exploring a deal that would include the huge names of Gaborik and Kovalchuk. It is well known that both of these players may be on the trade market however HTR can not see this deal working out. Gaborik is in the final year of his contract and is very injury prone. Why would Atlanta take Gaborik who is in the final year of a contract in exchange for a superstar who at least has one more year to go.

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9 Responses to Rumors and Coaching Speculation

  1. JannettyTheRocker says:

    MacTavish has had long enough now to get the Oilers back on track. We're always 'rebuilding' or 'a young team with potential'. Well, eventually you can't use these excuses anymore, and you have to look at the coach. I've always been a fan of MacT's, but his time has come. We need a new face in the dressing room to change things up. I'm hearing rumors of Pat Quinn and John Tortorella coming to E-town. Either would work fine for me at this point. It's been ages since we've had a truly experienced head coach, and I think either of these men could make a huge impact.

    In net, the Oilers need to get one of the three goaltenders traded, waived, or send one to the AHL and risk losing him on waivers. Then they need to designate one of the goalies as the starter and start playing him consistantly, so he can find his stride. My choice at this point is to put the aging Dwayne Roloson on waivers and then send him to the AHL or buy him out if nobody takes him. Mathieu Garon is a great goaltender, but needs to play in a string of games to get his consistancy back. And Jeff D-D has shown that he's got what it takes to be a strong back-up.

    The Oilers on defense are set, but I'd say if anything they should trade Steve Staios and let's bring in a younger stay-at-home defenseman who can grow with our already young-core.

    On offense we do have great talent, but it's still not enough to get us in to the playoffs. Tambellini needs to get off his ass and make a trade here. We're going to have to give up some prospects/draft-picks and/or roster players, but the Oilers need to go hard after Ilya Kovalchuk. He's a franchise player, one that the Oilers have been desperately needing since Mark Messier left town. You shouldn't have to give up too many key-players. C'mon, this is Atlanta we're talking about here. It's not like their GM is too bright, look at their team.

    And to all those people who say "why would Ilya Kovalchuk want to go to Edmonton" blah blah blah, you clearly have never been to Edmonton. It's a hockey-market, with passionate fans who are die-hards. The city itself is great, and if you've ever spent significant time there you'd know this. I'm guessing that the people who are negative about Edmonton are just puppets who base their opinions on crap that's stirred up by the media. People who bash the city of Edmonton need not reply back here, because your opinions mean crap to me.

    Anyways, I'm done here. GO OILERS GO!!!

  2. hockey_lover says:

    I agree with everything you said.

    Just one comment .. the whole "why would he want to play for Edmonton?"   Im Canadian and I love Canada. Edmonton, while I have never been there, seems like a kick arse city. However, if Ilya wants to win a cup, no offense, the Oilers arent even close. If he wants to play in a hockey mad city, then by all means, Edmonton is one of the best.

  3. KingCanada says:

    The one problem that many players have with going to Edmonton is that it is the smallest market in the league (the city and geographical area barely has 1 million people) and also the northern most city which makes it the coldest place to play.  Russian players for example escape Russia not only for the communism and stuff but also the cold.  The team has always had issues with money altho they are spending up to the cap this year. 

    In retrospect…players with identical contracts would make more money in Alberta then say Montreal due to taxes.  Alberta has no PST while taxes are the highest in the province of Quebec.

    Oh also Id like to point out that the cost of living is HUGE in Alberta.  Like im not putting the city down…its just not on the shortlist of most UFAs like it or not.

  4. TradeMaster66 says:

    "why would Ilya Kovalchuk want to go to Edmonton"?
    A better question would be why would Kolvachuk want to play for Kevin Lowe and McTavish.

  5. papichulo71 says:

    PST is a sales tax.  It does not relate to income

  6. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I agree with you there. I am getting tired of the 'old boys club'. I like the fact that Steve Tambellini is our new GM. It's time to give MacT the boot, and bring in some fresh blood to get this team going. I still say that the Oilers need to get Ilya Kovalchuk, but first they do need to get a new coach.

  7. FlamingHomer says:

    Good to see you've re-appeared on this site.
    Don't you think Lowe has made some terrible decisions as a GM and now the Coach is taking the fall? I've always though McTavish has got all lot out of what he had to work with. Whatever the reasons the high profile free agents refuse to
    consider Edmonton as a place to play, Lowe has to realize they exist and move on instead of keep flogging that dead horse. He lost Glencross (thanks by the way) while trying to sign Hossa. I could go on with examples but my point is that
    McTavish is not the problem and that will be confirmed if Lowe goes behind the bench. Unless you want Keenan? For free? We'll pay you?

  8. dannyd98 says:

    id say for edmonton to make a move for Kovo but i dont see who they can possibly give up that wont make a huge hole in their line-up. thats probably one thing i like about edmonton…. EVERYONE CONTRIBUTES!!!!! everyone goes on the ice and does what they are suppose to. but having a guy that can score 40-50 goals a year wouldnt be a bad idea… there are some nights they struggle to put the puck in the back of the net. and he can help them out with them, especially how quick this team is. Kovo would love to play with a playmaker like hemsky and even horcoff creating all the openings infront of the net.

    i dont see edmonton making a move for him unless they get rid of just draft picks… the team is extremly young. just get the talent now… and they could be a very strong playoff team.

  9. K-Mill says:

    What do you think of a trade between New York and Columbus?

    To Rangers – Mike Commodore

    To Jackets – Michal Rozsival

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