The Edmonton Oilers are focused on being a strong contender this season. Captain Connor McDavid is growing impatient, and you could tell this summer that GM Ken Holland was trying is hardest to prove him he was serious about improving the team.
Results have started to show as the Oilers kicked off the 2021-22 campaign with two consecutive wins and added another one, winning against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. They have a perfect 3-0-0 start to this season.
With success in tow, this is pushing Holland to keep busy on the market as he has admitted he is willing to spend big to make his team a top contender. A bit like he did back in the day when he was at the head of the Detroit Red Wings. And they were Stanley Cup champions after all. This is how Elliotte Friedman reported in on Tuesday in his latest 32 Thoughts column on Sportsnet:
“Edmonton is 2-0 [this was prior to last night’s game]. GM Ken Holland told Oilers Now propagandist Bob Stauffer “my history in Detroit was when the team was good and we have a chance, I’ll spend.” (Stauffer did specify not a rental, but someone with term or team control.) Probably not smart to make any judgments after two games, though. “If you’re in the top eight and you think you’ve a real chance,” Holland added, “the time is now, we’re trying to take another step.”
So far, you have to admit the changes made by Holland this summer are stating to pay off, and so can you imagine when the GM can pull off if he goes all in?
This will be interesting to watch as the season unfolds…