The Edmonton Oilers have been an unmitigated disaster as of late and things may finally be coming to a head.
According to a breaking news report from TSN's Dustin Nielson it now appears that the Oilers have outright cancelled a practice that they had scheduled for this morning which of course is never a good sign. Nielson reports that the scheduled practice has instead been replaced with a impromptu team meeting that will take place earlier than the practice would have, and that some members of the Oilers will be made available to the media after the fact.
At the time of this writing we do not know who it is that will be joining the media following the team meeting but considering the current trajectory of the team you have to wonder if there is not a major shake up coming to the Oilers organization. It's no secret that I myself have been calling for the ousting of general manager Peter Chiarelli for quite some time now and that movement has gained an overwhelming amount of support over the course of the 2018 - 2019 National Hockey League regular season, with perhaps the biggest surge coming earlier today.
It was announced earlier today that the Oilers were placing 2 players on the waiver wire, but it was the inclusion of Ryan Spooner in that group that really set things off. Spooner of course is the end result of a series of trades from Chiarelli that began with his decision to deal forward Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders, and is viewed by many to be the worst piece of every trade that led to him becoming an Oiler. Let me put it this way Ryan Strome, the player Eberle was traded for, is not on waivers today and neither is Eberle himself.
I of course have no knowledge of what is actually coming down from the Oilers today and it could merely be an attempt at a public relations spin from the team to ease some of the immense public pressure that has followed off the heels of their last 2 ugly losses on home ice. That being said there will be many, myself included, who hope the Oilers finally pull the trigger and make some big changes.