Craig MacTavish knows the fan base is like the cork on a bottle of champagne, ready to pop.
He knows they’re like the air inside a balloon ready to escape.
And the new general manager of the Edmonton Oilers knows a significant percentage of the hockey world is anticipating he’ll be the most active general manager in the NHL between now and Sunday.
It’s crazy the way it is here with the anticipation.
And, MacTavish, in complete contrast to predecessor Mr. Dithers, Tentative Tambellini, stood at the annual pre-draft press conference Tuesday showing confidence and embracing those expectations.
“I’m motivated to do something,” he said.
“I want to add at least a big piece with that first pick. But outside of that I’m pretty open minded to do anything.
“I want to be much more motivated than we have been in recent years, anyway. We need to add to the current roster and allow us to be more competitive next year.
And, yes, the new GM has certa