“The time for talk is over. We just have to get results.” It was a two-question post-game scrum for Connor McDavid Saturday night, and not because he cut it short. He simply didn’t require any more questions to say what you needed to hear from the captain of a listing ship. “I don’t know what needs to be said,” he quipped. “We just have to be better.” Let’s cut to the chase: Was last season a fluke? Are the Edmonton Oilers just McDavid and a bunch of average Joes? Has general manager Peter Chiarelli’s gamble proven bad, when he went through the summer without signing a top-four NHL defenceman? And, by the way: What the heck happened to Cam Talbot, who was pulled for the second time in four games, flushed by Ottawa in a 6-1 Senators win. The Oilers are 1-3, and that’s not good. But the truly disconcerting part is the level of their play, which is nothing short of horrendous, particularly for a team that many expect to challenge for a Stanley Cup. The Oilers got pounded at home by Winnipeg on Monday, had an off-day and then three solid days of video work and practice. They looked ahead to this game all week, and on Saturday they came out to show what they’d learned. The Senators scored the game’s first six goals.
Oilers’ play not living up to supposed Cup-contender status
Sportsnet | Oct 15