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Connor Mcdavid, Oilers, Edmonton discussed on The Lead

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The only team you could really compare to them is the nineteen seventies dynasties of the Montreal Canadians which you know. We're we're a whole other level entirely as well and it was. It was a different world. We haven't seen it like the nineteen eighty s oilers since edmondson's unique city because unlike a lot of other markets. It's a one team city and the oilers are are everything sometimes it's to their detriment because Edmonton is kind of perceived as a fishbowl. oilers are recognized on the streets. Everybody knows them. It's it's it's the talk of the town they are maybe the number one one civic activity in Edmonton and I and I have to say from my perspective it feels like the oilers put Edmonton as a city the on the map to a lot of people outside of Canada and it's so far north in it so far out of the mainstream. It's you know if you're not in the oil industry street which is the other way you might might come across it. Alberta of course being famous for its oil and for its beef but Even if you're not a hockey fan I think most people have heard the name Wayne. Gretzky having that sort of transcendental star it can't help but raise the profile the city and and I think ultimately the expectation is that at some point Connor mcdavid will reach at the same level of consciousness. Obviously we're still very early in his career. And of course Gretzky era ended in nineteen eighty eight in one of the most shocking and monumental moments in sports history. I'm disappointed about having to leave Evanson. Truly Meyer all the fans and oilers fans recovered from that yet. I think there's been recovery because I think there's understanding you know in hindsight. It's it's one piece civil larger collapse because the OILERS Cup after Gretzky which I think a lot of people who may be aren't in Edmonton or or more casual fans don't know there was a phenomenal supporting cast. Ask those guys were all removed. Sort of in the span of five years and It it was such a total collapse that you you almost kind of had to start from scratch as a fan and now fast forward to the modern era this Edmonton oilers team was really bad for a really long time thickly even though it would go over all time ago cargo Edwardson and thanks the owners. I kept getting number one. Pack after number one pick but kept losing and then they got the number one pick the Edmonton oilers would like to select with their first. Pick nick from the Connor mcdavid and yet even with Connor mcdavid. This team has really struggled. Why why is that? Why haven't they been able to win even with this generational talent historically incompetent management that? That's the that's the simple answer right there. This was a team that should be far ahead of where it is now. And the reason it isn't you have to look at the at the time. Peter Sara Lee who was fired midway through the past season and and deservedly so because he he was handed a good young core Connor mcdavid and got one playoff appearance out of it and there was this big moment home at the end of last season. Where in an unexpected moment of candidness connor mcdavid talked about how frustrated in unhappy he he was with the team's lack of success has been roller coaster? It's been emotionally challenging. It's been hard mentally to to kind of keep keep on going. You know You know but we were always kind of. He was so upset. He was so frustrated he was so disappointed with the performance of the team and and where it was ad in the NHL standings where it was at in in the broader NHL picture that he just reacted in the heat of the moment and it. It's it's impossible to to criticize him for that because it would be frustrating. He's holding up his end. He needs the the franchise around him to hold up. It's and I think this year there's been a transition to where we've seen the team around him get better. We've seen more support. We've seen more intelligent decision making from the front office and ultimately that's the only cure to those sorts of frustrations uh-huh and Jonathan. There have been whispers that perhaps Connor mcdavid request to be traded. If the oilers continue to fail is is that a realistic possibility like could Edmonton fans. Who once lost Wayne Gretzky also lose? Connor mcdavid I think it's possible but I also think the danger of it is overstated. I think there's a level of wish fulfilment in other markets where they see mcdavid being Wasted on a team that that has struggled for so long and want to get him out of there. I also think that the mcdavid feelings on the matter were made pretty clear when his entry level deal expired he could the four something at that point. He didn't instead. He signed an eight year commitment with the oilers and That that's not an indication of the player who wants to bail on a problem. NHL wants it superstars to succeed. They need their superstars to succeed for lead to be successful as it wants to be and this guy is the face of the NHL so from the perspective of the League what is at stake with. Connor mcdavid success every league. Take me to market at stars in the NHL has been criticised and rightly. So I think for years for failing to do that. They've they've tried to get better at it to me. You want the best talent to play at the highest stage possible and ultimately that means getting mcdavid on a long playoff run plane in the Stanley Cup finals and I think it would be good for the game. I think it'd be good for the League. I think it'd be good for Edmonton. If that were to occur.