June 13, 2024

SAN JOSE, California: With a thousand-mile stare, Leon Draisaitl sat dejectedly in his cubicle in the visitors’ dressing room. At times, Evander Kane and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found it difficult to provide logical answers to queries.

It appears that the highly compensated goalie Jack Campbell’s relegation is insufficient. That’s not enough to shake up the Oilers.

For a squad that has seen many lows, a depressing 3-2 loss to the humble Sharks, who entered Thursday’s game in last place in the NHL and gave up 10 goals in back-to-back games last week, is the lowest of lows.

To begin his postgame scrum, Draisaitl remarked, “I don’t really know what to say.”

For the Oilers, the game proceeded much like many others had this season.

Despite outshooting and outattempting their rivals, they were unable to score enough. The opportunities they gave were enormous, and nearly every one of them resulted in the red light blinking.

With twelve games played, the Oilers are 2-9-1. After extra time, they are currently knotted with the Sharks. The season has gotten off to an absolutely disastrous start.

Kane remarked, “It’s confusing, but sometimes that’s just how it goes.”

This squad is strong. We’re not performing like a strong squad.

Firing coach Jay Woodcroft, the man behind the tire fire bench, is the simplest course of action. It’s much easier to can a man whose contract doesn’t go against cap space since the Oilers are in cap hell.

The fact is, from this vantage point, the Oilers haven’t given up on Woodcroft.

Kane declared, “We’re all in this together.” “Everyone is attempting to solve this puzzle.

“If you consider the objectives we’re giving up, they’re sporadic. We just cannot afford to make any errors. It’s just gone that way.

It seems harsh to fire the coach after he won three postseason series and had a.640 point percentage in 132 games during the regular season. Though obviously, there are far larger expectations for this team, that is just 19 games more than the infamous reign of Dallas Eakins.

“I worry about making sure I give my players something to concentrate on and focus on, as well as taking care of my daily business and process,” Woodcroft stated. “Everyone owns the fact that we are not happy where we are, and that is why I am focusing on improving.”

It is the duty of General Manager Ken Holland, who is in charge of this unexpectedly sluggish, old, and disorganized roster, to trade his coach before the prospect of firing Woodcroft arises.

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