The Oilers lost their 10th consecutive game Monday against the Coyotes, and now former Edmonton alumni from the franchise’s glory years are speaking out publicly and calling for major changes.
The Edmonton Oilers’ horrific losing streak reached the 10-game mark Monday at the hands of the equally unimpressive Arizona Coyotes, and although media outlets have been calling for sweeping changes to the core of the roster and upper management for months, if not years now, even the team’s alumni are now speaking out publicly with the same calls for change.
Former Oilers right winger Dave Lumley got on his Twitter account during Monday’s game and the 60-year-old, who won two Cups in Edmonton in 1984 and 1985, did not mince words in registering his frustration with the direction of the franchise:
Somebody in this organization has to put their 'Big Boy' pants on, forget about their ego and admit they were wrong about this group.#SoSad
— Dave Lumley (@lummer20) December 2, 2014
Every additional loss seems to be another brick on the back of belabored head coach Dallas Eakins, but his status is a symptom of the real problem: the combination of the team’s star players – in combination with the complement of veterans around them – is simply not good enough. Ownership and management can try playing the “we can’t deal now from a position of weakness” card, but the point is moot if the group they’ve assembled isn’t able to get better.
And it certainly appears that way. The only question now is how many more losses it will take – Fifteen out of their next 17? Twenty out of their next 25? – before owner Daryl Katz is shamed into acting meaningfully.