There are still scores of apologists who want you to believe that Kevin Lowe has recused himself from day to day decisions regarding the hopeless, hapless Edmonton Oilers.
That, as I’ve maintained for years, is a pile of horse puckies.
Over the last 10 days, Lowe has been spotted scouting several OHL games and has also been in the building while the Oilers are playing.
That’s very unusual behaviour for someone who is “hands off” in day to day decision making.
In fact, as I’ve said many times, nothing happens with the Oilers without Lowe’s stamp of approval…NOTHING.
Lowe’s fingerprints are all over the current team and its futility, just as they have been for the past 9 years of incompetence.
The latest word from the agent representing the Oilers best defenseman, Jeff Petry, is that the Oilers have not made even cursory attempts to negotiate a contract with Petry’s camp and Lowe/MacTavish are bound and determined to watch him walk away for peanuts to nothing at all.
Bumping Lowe up to POHO was nothing more than a PR stunt to take the heat off him while he is allowed to continue his sorry record of cronyism and incompetence.
Bringing in Bob Nicholson to conduct “a forensic audit” of the organization was just an effort to provide Lowe with another layer of insulation from the real world.
I would imagine, after another sad, sad season there will be a bloodletting of some members of the staff (likely the scouting staff…for good reason) but the man who hired and nurtured that group of failures and also hired Tambellini, McTavish, Eakins and the lame duck Todd Nelson will carry on with his vision of “what it takes to win…if ever there was a doubt about that”.
What a circus.