Surprisingly revelatory piece in the Edmonton Sun today on Kevin Lowe's bewilderment over our off-season failings. Lowe invites reporters over to his house ostensibly to talk about the possibility that the Oilers will try to launch a few offer sheets at RFAs to get the forward that we so desperately need. But as the interview goes on, the story's focus shifts from hopeful business talk to the confused, mournful peals of a man who knows he's drawing his last breath.
Among the bombshells that Lowe drops along the way: Nylander decided not to take our offer because — WAIT FOR IT — his wife didn't want to move here; leading up to free agency, the Big Three of Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez wouldn't even return his calls; and Lowe sheepishly admits that if he had known how badly the Oilers would strike out in July, he probably would have given Ryan Smyth what he wanted at the deadline.
Lowe admitted he can't take this team to the start of the season without more talent on offence.
"We need one forward for sure. Maybe we can hold on for a while until we get a second one in a deal after the season starts.
"We spent a lot of time at this. Our inability to attract guys. What is it? The city? Me? What's the statement?"
The way it's all worked out, with the $50.3 million salary cap, $43 million budget and not being able to land a free agent, Lowe probably should have given Ryan Smyth what he wanted at the trade deadline.
"If I had known ..."
No plan, no hope, and no idea what went wrong. Take a good look, folks. This is the beginning of the end of Lowe's tenure in Edmonton.
ELSEWHERE IN MISERYLAND: Lowetide also sounds Lowe's death knell in his post, "Melting," MC79 pulls the juiciest quote from Matheson's take on the interview and decides he hates this team in "It Wasn't a Hockey Decision," and Matt from BoA uses his vast knowledge of the Godfather to call out Lowe's jibber jabber as "loser talk" in "It's you, Kevin."