Expectations prove to be beast of burden

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Changes are imminent.

Within the next week, the Edmonton Oilers are expected to announce what direction they'll take with their coaching staff and then in the upcoming months leading towards next season they'll address player personnel issues.

"There is going to be turnover every year," said Oilers captain Ethan Moreau.

"You're going to see new faces regardless of how you do during the year. Even if you go on to win the Stanley Cup there are always going to be changes. We'll see what happens."

By missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season, it's clear the Oilers didn't have the means necessary to contend for a top eight spot in their conference.

It's a realization that hit home hard at the end of the season as players were set to go their separate ways.

"I think everybody realizes that we have to get better," Moreau said.

"Whether that's through personnel or getting more out of the people we have, we'll see. Definitely things need to change and we have to get better in a lot of areas."

Expectations were high coming into the season with the additions of new faces, the return of injured veterans and experienced gained by talented rookies.

The Oilers probably could have done without the added burden.

"Hopefully we learned a lesson," Moreau said. "You just come to training camp and if you have confidence, you have quiet confidence. You can talk about your goals among your group, but I don't think you need to predict you're going to win the Stanley Cup or win your division.

"I think you just go about your business. I don't think you need to have your expectations. Those are conversations you need to have within your team.

"As an athlete and as an individual you do your best and you hold your head up high," Moreau said. "The only reason you should feel ashamed is if you didn't do your best, and I think there's always something to look forward to. There shouldn't be any negative energy going into next year."


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