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McKenzie: ‘Damaged’ Oilers need to be ‘radically altered’

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Bob McKenzie was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Monday morning.

On what he takes away from Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan’s level of frustration from Saturday night, as far as the team moving forward with this group:

“What it suggests to me is that there’s a price to be paid for all the losing in Edmonton, and that the core group of players on this team may well be what I would say – use the word – damaged. By damaged I guess I mean having the wrong mindset, psyche, psychologically. Just the constant losing, revolving door of coaches and management regimes, and just seemingly a bunch of players individually and then almost collectively losing their way.

“The Oilers, we know they’re a flawed group the way they’re constructed. But even so, there are a lot of good hockey players. I think of Taylor Hall, I think of Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, among others. But just the constant getting beaten up over the years, and I wonder where their mindset is at collectively as a group. Because I guess what Todd McLellan is really saying is, ‘I’ve had this group for 200 days,’ and on a night that should have had some special element to it – Battle of Alberta, last Hockey Night in Canada game at Rexall – there was a reason for them to rally around it, and come up with a real good effort. The fact that they didn’t suggests to you just how badly flawed this group is right now. Outside of Connor McDavid, and probably Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse – there’s probably no option on the table that shouldn’t be considered – at least considered if you’re Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan.

“…You have to be really here that you don’t – I always used to say don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. But this is a clear indication that this group needs to be radically altered. It’s not just what’s missing, it’s what the group that’s there isn’t doing.

“And that’s a problem.”

Source: TSN 1260/ Transcript: Nichols

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