Supersonics Mired in Worst Start in Franchise Historyby Kent Clark | December 18, 2016, 1:51 PM ET
What is going on in Edmonton?
The Edmonton Supersonics, a franchise with three Continental Cup Championships that has only missed the playoffs once in the league's 18-year history, is off to its worst start in franchise history, dropping to 4-14-1 after Saturday's loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings.
"We're not going to panic quite yet," said GM Mike Franceschini. "We have a lot of really good players on this team, and maybe it's just a matter of finding some chemistry. This shouldn't be a problem based on how this same group performed last season, but that's how hockey goes sometimes."
Indeed, there was very little turnover on this roster since last season's 52-20-10 squad finished tied for second overall in the SICHL. The only notable subtractions were Trevor Daley on defense and backup netminder Michal Neuvirth.
So does Franceschini have a plan to stop the tailspin?
"Todd [head coach McLellan] and I will be discussing lineup options in the near future," stated Franceschini. "If we can't get things turned around by the new year, I think it's fair to say that we will have to make some changes."
Whether these changes will be by addition or substraction remains to be seen, but for a team that has been among the league elite for as long as the Supersonics have, maybe it's finally time to re-tool. And if one of the core is moved for a younger player, it's easy to envision a domino effect throughout the roster.
The 4-14-1 Supersonics host the 9-8-2 Fredericton Express on Monday.