Is it MacTavishâ€™s fault? His intense forensic investigation has discovered that â€¦.
No, this is totally not his fault, according to no less an authority as Craig MacTavish.
When grouped in with Kevin Lowe and Scott Howson as part of the Oilersâ€™ braintrust, MacTavish bristled.
Â â€œIâ€™ve been on the job for 18 months. So you want to lop me in â€¦ I coached the team for a long time, but I have nothing to do with management. So donâ€™t lop me into a situation of power and influence in the management level of this organization,â€ he said.
MacTavish coached the Oilers for eight seasons. The idea that he didnâ€™t have input on player personnel decisions is, frankly, nonsensical. So essentially here heâ€™s passed the buck for the poor construction of this roster over the years to former GM Steve Tambellini and Kevin Lowe, who is MacTavishâ€™s boss and currently being helped from under a bus.
But MacTavish has attempted to position himself not as another example of the franchiseâ€™s addiction to nostalgia and cronyism, but as an â€œoutsiderâ€ that is coming in to fix this mess. And claiming this isnâ€™t his mess â€“ and he lack of restructuring in both the roster and the teamâ€™s maligned scouting department says it is, at least partially â€“ helps establish that persona.
â€œIâ€™m pissed off. No one lives it more than me. And our fans are pissed off,â€ said the Rebel GM.
â€œWeâ€™re going to continue making rational, responsible decisions based on the situation that weâ€™re in.â€
No panic buttons. Stay the course. Patience with the young players.Â
More of the same. Another year in the basement.