Edmonton Oilers: Changes Still Need to Happen

Ty LoneyContributor IOctober 28, 2008

This past summer Daryl Katz bought the Edmonton Oilers from EIG. This needed to be done in order for the Oilers to take the next step from being a farm team of the NHL to becoming a legitimate team in the league.

On the first day of free agency, the Oilers pursued Marian Hossa day and night. On day two, they pursued Jaromir Jagr.

In my opinion, the next big change was not needed: Steve Tambellini being brought in as the GM. I have a problem with this because KLowe was making a difference. He made a lot of bold trades (Pronger in, Pronger out; Smyth out, Visnosky in).

This leaves one part of the management that has yet to be changed: coaching. Sure, MacT brought the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Final, and sure he brought them three points shy of the playoffs last year. But another team in the NHL was going through the same process as Edmonton, that being Tampa Bay.

Tampa landed a lot of free agents and made some decent trades. However, after winning a Stanley Cup in 2004 and still making the playoffs after, they laid off John Tortorella, who had won the Jack Adams Trophy. Why did the Oilers keep MacT?