There is real wit, some of it delightful, embedded in Twitter, a truly democratic forum, when it’s on its best behaviour.

Take the dude who runs that phoney Craig MacTavish account (@FakeOilersGM), who tweeted this after the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Oilers 2-1 at Rexall Place on Tuesday night:

“You may think that Zack Kassian got the best of us, but rest assured that there’s a very angry letter from Daryl Katz on the way to him.”


A sardonic jab at the Oilers that blends disappointment over the Canucks’ forward facing zero retribution for his reckless pre-season stick to the face of Sam Gagner with a reference to the Oilers owner’s open letter to the fans, asking for more patience as the endless rebuild sputters along, the team stumbling to an eighth-straight non-playoff season.

Katz’s open letter vibrated with tone deafness, but that’s been part of the package all along. It’s not likely to change.

On the ice, the Oilers do not play a “big-boy game,” in the parlance of our times. Or, at least, in the parlance of head coach Gregg Popovich of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.

The Oilers don’t give their opponents much adversity and they have the 15-31-6 won-lost record to prove it.

That’s not likely to change dramatically, either, until the Oilers more muscular prospects, like defencemen Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom and winger Mitch Moroz and others earn regular spots. And until some members of the current roster incorporate into their game the defensive responsibility necessary for consistent NHL success.