Oilers' season going down the tubes

Ladislav Smid's dejection Saturday night is shared by many fans about the entire season. (CODIE...

Ladislav Smid's dejection Saturday night is shared by many fans about the entire season. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

JASMINE FRANKLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

In the words of die-hard Oilers fans, this year's season is lost and disappointing.

"It's frustrating," said life-long Oilers fan Karianne deMilliano. "It was almost like a teaser at the beginning of the season — they played so well and now it's the complete opposite."

Depressing is the word Edmontonian John Barbour used to describe this year's NHL season that has seen the Oilers win only 17 out of 47 games.

"I didn't think the team would be very good this year, but I didn't think they would be this terrible," said Barbour, who thinks it's time to get new management.

"Trusting the same management team that took us to 30th place in the league, to take us out of it, is probably a bad idea."

Jay Kulyna, 32, has lived away from the city of champions, but has always remained a loyal fan willing to drive seven hours into Edmonton to watch a game.

But even his patience is wearing thin for a team that has been focusing on rebuilding with younger players the past few years.

"It's been rebuild, rebuild, rebuild -- just show us something. I was at the game (Saturday) night and it's just like —  why bother anymore?" said Kulyna, who for the first time wants to see Coach Tom Renney benched for good.

"It's the decisions he's making, like pulling the goalie during a 5-2 loss. They don't make any sense."

But not all is lost, says Jeremy Klausner. In fact, this season's bad turnout can be widely attributed to the long injury list, he says.

"I think people's expectations are too high — when we were perfectly healthy in October, we had a good team," said the season ticket- holder.

"I don't know that we will do better — we don't have the supporting cast," said deMilliano. "I believe that the drive is in that team, I'm just not sure where that got lost."

jasmine.franklin@sunmedia.ca 


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