January 18, 2013
After three basement-dwelling seasons, Edmonton Oilers have to reverse the trend
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
The trouble with being on the bottom of the barrel, lowest of the low, worst of the worst team that does nothing but lose like the Edmonton Oilers these last three years is that you learn how to be losers.
Edmonton and several precincts around the National Hockey League are expecting the Oilers to suddenly, like an ugly caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly, be transformed from serial losers into overnight winners this season.
There’s all that developing young talent, yadda, yadda, yadda, etc., etc., etc..
But, just a minute, time out, hold the phone.
It takes winners to win hockey games.
Throughout the miniature training camp of this lockout-shortened season, with so many pieces and parts of the team under the magnifying glass, there hasn’t been much discussion or debate about maybe the most important part of the whole package — learning how to win.
“Actually, internally, it was something addressed right off the bat as a team,” said capt