Eric Belanger calls the Oilers a “graveyard for players”

Eric Belanger apparently didn’t love his time with the Edmonton Oilers.

The retired veteran center signed a three-year, $5.25 million deal with the Oilers in 2011, appearing in 104 games with Edmonton while scoring four times with 19 points. His tenure ended after being bought out by the team. Despite a relatively short, unmemorable stint with the Oilers, Belanger took to Twitter to take shots at his former organization.

His engagement with fans started after he tweeted Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz isn’t “missing the Oilers right now.”

He followed that up by saying he hoped the team had success, but that the organization need’s “major change.”

A fan tweeted that he didn’t understand why Belanger was so mad given his “cheques cleared,” to which the former NHLer responded by calling the Oilers a “graveyard for players.”

Belanger said he was never given the chance to be a role player.

He seemed to take issue with younger Oilers, tweeting the “kids did everything they want.”

He said he doesn’t believe top free agents will sign with the team.

Edmonton is working on rebranding itself as a franchise, but past actions have scorned former players, like Belanger.

Clearly, Belanger wasn’t happy during his stint with the Oilers. Edmonton was a huge mess during his tenure with the club. They didn’t have an identity and Belanger was somewhat lost in the shuffle during his time with the team. Does that make him right? No. Calling out the organization is a bad look. Being bitter online doesn’t help.

[Edmonton Journal]

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