Okay, who’s next – Joey Moss?
The house cleaning continued for the Edmonton Oilers today, with the firing of three of the club’s training staff.
Three of the team’s longest-serving members – dating back to the glory years – including Trainer Ken Lowe and equipment personnel Barrie Stafford and the beloved Lyle “Sparky” Kulchisky, got the boot today.
The basis behind the firings, especially Lowe’s dismissal, is the result of the Oilers’ 531 man-games lost to injury this season, and close to 300 last year.
The Oilers IR list this season resembled a modern-day M.A.S.H. Unit!
Oilers GM Steve Tambellini would do well to target those responsible for players’ off-season conditioning, which used to be Ethan Moreau’s brother, Chad. Not sure who those responsibilities fell to this past season, but sending that individual packing, as opposed to a fellow who prepared Gretzky, Kurri, Messier, Fuhr and Coffey for battle on a nightly bases, makes more sense to me.
Kulchisky was in his 34th season with the club. He was hired on with the Oilers. during their World Hockey Association days in the late 1970s.
Stafford had worked more than 2,000 NHL games and was named to numerous Canadian international teams. Ken Lowe, the brother of Edmonton’s President of Hockey Operations, Kevin Lowe, recently completed his 29th season.
Word is circulating today, that the Oilers may also be considering the replacement of the team’s most beloved locker room son, Joey Moss, a locker room attendant with a disability, who many of the players, including The Great One, befriended during the Glory Years.
Such a move would be increasingly short-sighted, and I would be surprised if management would take that risk. Fans love the passionate Moss, who wears the Oiler logo on his chest each and every day. If that happens, mark my word, Oilers Nation would show their disgust by cancelling season tickets.
The guy carries icon status for fans of the copper and blue.
Nonetheless, that famed chrome-coloured Oilers’ locker room door has hit many of the team’s mainstays in the rear-end this past week, as Tambo continues to sweep out the proverbial deadwood in an attempt to restore the roar to a team that was once synonymous with success.
Who’s next? Stay tuned.
In the meantime, keep your chins up and your sticks down Oiler fans.
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Written by Scott Pattison
Scott is an award-winning sports writer whose career spans more than 20 years. He's proudly covered the Oilers since moving to the Alberta capital in 2000.