Once again the Edmonton Oilers are one of the worst teams in the NHL, a storyline that has become all too familiar in Edmonton over the past five or six years. By now most people expected that their collection of high draft picks would start to help the franchise turn the corner. It's not happening.
The latest setback came on Saturday night at home, a 6-0 beatdown from the Blues. With the loss the Oilers dropped to 11-24-3, giving them seven fewer points than their provincial rivals in Calgary, a team just about everybody picked to finish last in the Pacific Division.
It's understandable that frustration would be mounting, so much frustration that one fan turned in their team jersey on Saturday night. Quite literally. Late in the game there was an Oilers sweater just sitting on the ice.
That's a few hunderd bucks down the drain for one fan not only in the price of the sweater but the price of a a ticket close enough to the ice that you could throw a jersey out there. In other words, that's one frustrated fan.
That fan isn't the only one frustrated in Edmonton, so is first-year coach Dallas Eakins.
"I've had enough misery already," Eakins said after Saturday's loss. "There has to be a change in the commitment level and accountability."
All of this happened the night after the Edmonton Journal's David Staples wrote about the growing sense of apathy among the Oilers fan base. So yes, they've seen better days.
S/t SB Nation