General Manager Kevin Lowe is looking to tap a few new wells, considering his current holes seem to have come up dry in the early stages of the NHL season. The Oilers (and their faithful fans) had approached the season with great expectations. The team had made a couple of high profile signings, had managed the NHL cap with extreme sensibility and generally were quite optimistic about the new season to come.
With a terrible start the rumblings are starting to get louder from St. Albert to Leduc, something has to be done. Losing is not something the Oiler fans had banked on in the new NHL, they felt that their team was ready to step up and be a contender, but so far it's been anything but.
With a couple of embarrassing efforts in front of the home fans and now a lengthy road trip, there is much debate in Edmonton that Kevin Lowe needs to spend some of his reserve money now to get his team back on track.
One of the more interesting rumors to come out of the Oil patch this week has been the possibility of a trade with Ottawa for the presently suspended Martin Havlat, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun a panicky Lowe is trying to bring the kickin' magician to Edmonton to help his charges find a way to put a puck in the net. Only problem for Lowe is the fact that the Sens apparently have no desire to trade Havlat just yet.
For the time being coach Craig MacTavish is trying to get the attention of his players and find away to turn around a horrible start. Time may be short however, if the players don't respond quickly they may find themselves plying their trade in some other hockey market and Kevin Lowe may find himself writing a few more cheques than he thought he would be in October.