The Oilers have canned Darryl Duke, their strength and conditioning consultant of ten years, because they want a new voice in the team gym. That "new" voice? Likely to be Kelly Buchberger, an old pal who coached with the Roadrunners last year. From the Journal:
"The former NHLer returned to the Oilers fold last season, working as an assistant coach with the Road Runners. Known for his relentless work ethic, it's conceivable that the Oilers would want to find a way to keep the former winger in the organization.
Duke, meanwhile, was disappointed with the turn of events but will be contracted out to zone in on increasing the toughness of players during the course of the season."
Look, Buchberger is a buff guy and apparently a fitness nut, and he's been in the league a long time, but don't fitness trainers usually have a lot of experience with this, maybe even certification from some college? Maybe he'll do a great job, or maybe he'll ruin the team by putting them all on an atkins diet or something. And I'm still unsure of what Craig Simpson has done as Special Teams coach, but we know for sure that it's been terrible for years now.
Bah! I'm cheering for the wrong team (or league!) if I'm gonna let Oilers patronage get stuck in my craw... especially when I can dredge up other examples like Curt Brackenbury, Kent Nilsson, Glen Sather, Kevin Lowe, Dave Semenko, Mike Krushelnyski, Mac T, Craig Simpson, Charlie Huddy, or Ron Low. The list goes on, getting longer and longer, to the point that we have a coaching staff of all ex-Oilers. In the meantime, we haven't won a playoff series in almost ten years... Hm.