The Oshawa Generals find themselves in the basement of the Eastern Conference at the Ontario Hockey League's halfway mark and that's rubbing at general manager Brad Selwood.
"We didn't think we would be much more than .500 when we first looked at (the season ahead) but we're a little worse than we thought we would be," Selwood said. "I have to take a look at everything."
Selwood said that includes the job of rookie coach Bob McGill. The Gens are 10-21-1, and McGill asked his players to return after the Christmas break with a refreshed attitude. McGill, like Selwood, a former Maple Leaf, knows that a couple of fast wins could put them on the road to recovery. But it won't be easy.
Each of Oshawa's first four games after the break, starting Dec. 28 against Ottawa, are against division rivals.
"It's time for us to put our money where our mouth is," McGill said. "We've been shooting ourselves in the foot with mistakes but we haven't had things go our way either. A lot can be forgotten if we get a few wins under our belts."
If not, does McGill worry that his job may be in peril?
"That's beyond my control," McGill said. "I'm only concentrating on trying to make these guys better players. I can't look at it any other way."
Meanwhile, there could soon be a resolution regarding Tyler and Justin Donati. Selwood said he and Mississauga IceDogs general manager/owner Mario Forgione yesterday resumed trade talks regarding the twins, who want to be dealt together. With a few other doors closed, the brothers want to be traded to Mississauga.
"I'm okay with dealing with Mississauga but until we get what we want, it's not going to happen," Selwood said. "Do I think I can get something done with Mario? Possibly."
The OHL's trade freeze ends Dec. 28, with the deadline on Jan. 10.
Bud Stefanski has two words for the break:Bah humbug.
That's not to say Stefanski, the director of hockey operations/coach of the St. Michael's Majors, won't enjoy the time off. But with three wins in their past three games, the Majors started to breathe again in the Eastern Conference. St. Mike's is off until Dec. 29, when it visits the IceDogs.
"It probably is bad timing," said Stefanski, whose team has 27 points, seven behind Ottawa and Kingston for the final playoff berth in the East.