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MacTavish wants a ‘non-complaining culture’ in Edmonton

Jul 31, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

Craig MacTavish. AP

Craig MacTavish’s return to Edmonton as their new general manager sees him looking to change up more than the roster.

While speaking as a guest of a local hockey school, MacTavish says he wants to make sure players aren’t complaining as Ryan Frankson shares.

“It’s incumbent on everyone in that locker room to provide the kind of working environment we want … a productive, hard-working, non-complaining culture,” MacTavish said. “I’m going to be diligent in my decision-making in terms of weeding out the complainers. We want guys who want to be here, who want to come to work every day. The competitive environment that is going to be created in training camp is going to have a real residual effect on the rest of our year.”

We’ve all seen our fair share of players complaining, usually to referees, but MacTavish’s aim here makes sense for such a young team. It’s easy for younger players to fall into bad habits and he wants to prevent that from happening.

Of course, the first time you see an Oilers player pick up a penalty for barking at an official a zoom-in on Mac’s face will be necessary.

Curious to know what Ryan Whitney‘s reaction to this new policy would be.

  1. thailer35 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Correction, that should read curious to see what Taylor Hall’s reaction will be. That kid can throw a temper tantrum.

  2. laxman1944 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Do they have any veterans???? Guys that are good “in the room” ?

    This club has been pretty lousy over a number of years now and all the while drafting in the top ten……..what gives?

    No offense meant just curious.


    • ray2013 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      It’s Ryan Smyth’s 18th season this year. He won’t put up 40 goals, but he brings a lot of compete. Brad Ference isn’t a long time Oiler, but he has played in a couple of SCFs, and has a ring.

      But to answer your main question, people got tired of battling for 8th spot and a 1st round exit every year. They had bad injuries, and decided to bomb out for a chance with Taylor Hall & Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (and got lucky with Yakupov). with a full re-build; meaning bottoming out, getting some high draft picks and getting a shot at some elite talent the only way they can (via the draft).

      They’re finally starting to come around, but a few more key veterans would help this along.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        I agree with you Smythe and Ferrence are good locker room guys (Ferrence should really help) only correction is its Andrew not Brad who was an enormous bust for the Canucks and I believe traded in the Bure to Florida deal.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        And of course I screw up a name! Smyth not Smythe.

      • esracerx46 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Who the hell is Brad Ference? And since losing to the Hurricanes in 05-06, the Oilers have never lost a first round playoff series because well…. they haven’t made the playoffs. If a team truly does bomb out on purpose that team should be sent to purgatory. I get the trade veterans for younger assets and prospects thing, but thats not bombing to get the number 1 pick… 3 years in a row. Even if the team stinks, players better play hard because theyre still playing for a job. Maybe not with Edmonton but for a new team or a new contract.

      • pastabelly - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        I’m not sure if Andrew Ference is going by Andrew or Andy these days, but probably not Brad. Well, you got his last name righ and the other person correcting you got his last name wrong. In any case, he should be a leader on that team and he wore the A on his uniform in Boston and the Oilers should make him an alternate captain as well. At this point in his career, they are overpaying for his skills, but not his leadership. I hope it works out for him there.

      • ray2013 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:17 AM

        I don’t know where Brad came from. Brainfart I suppose.

  3. canucks30 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    He should look in the mirror

  4. hockeyflow33 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Good thing he didn’t get hired in Vancouver, Montreal or Pittsburgh

    • donniesd - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      I am sure Sid has contacted all of the officials in advance to let them know what to be looking for…. I am sure the conversation ends with an “DONT YOU KNOW WHO I AM!”

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      I believe you forgot to include Chicago, the second biggest whiner in the league j toes, also known add junior Crosby.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Gretzky was a “whinner”
        So was Lemieux, and Pat Roy, and even Messier
        Crosby whines to the refs and Toews.

        Count the rings

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Sorry for trying to make a joke

    • hockey412 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Crosby could break you in two and give you a brother just by LOOKING at your mom.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        So many ways to go to make a funny joke and you didn’t….

  5. ray2013 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Could we get one for PHT for one week? No whining about spelling, grammar or punctuation., picture selection. Just hockey all week. Merci beaucoup.

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