Here come the Sonics!by Kent Clark | March 6, 2017, 1:28 PM ET
Don't look now, but the Edmonton Supersonics, after starting the season on everyone's "most disappointing team" lists, have turned things around in a big way, going 10-0-2 in their last 12, and sitting only 7 points out of a playoff spot.
Mere months ago, the 'Sonics were mired in their worst start in franchise history, and GM Mike Franceschini is known to have contacted other GMs about dismantling his team. Franceschini did make one move, trading Jarome Iginla to the Calgary Mustangs for Joonas Donskoi and a first round pick in 2018, but the exodus stopped there.
"The cacaphony of ECHL players offered to us were simply not enough for us to consider tearing it down," said Franceschini. "We knew that we had good players, and we knew we were underachieving. I liked the odds of the team sorting itself out better than the odds of a 27 year old third-tier player ever playing a game in the SICHL. And if we were going to rebuild, it didn't make any sense for us to trade away draft picks. The fact is we made a number of quality offers that would've helped teams in the playoffs, and now we're thinking instead that we'll be playing against those very same teams."
In their 19-year history, the Supersonics have failed to make the postseason only once, in 2006. Famously, that is the season where an indecisive Franceschini chose to surrender the season for the span of one game, before re-focusing for a late-season playoff push. That one game, a loss against the Calgary Mustangs, came back to haunt them, as the Mustangs finished the season one point ahead of the Supersonics for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Canadian Conference.
"I have carried that with me my entire career," said Franceschini. "We won't make that mistake again."