Rod Brind’Amour always speaks his mind, and on Wednesday, he didn’t hesitate to completely butcher his own team during a mid-game interview with Darren Pang that quickly went viral because of his honesty and harsh assessment of his team.
The Edmonton Oilers started the season shockingly bad, but with a new head coach on the bench, they seem to have turned things around.
They had a five-day break between games heading into Wednesday’s game with the Hurricanes and got off to a quick start with two goals in the first minute of the game.
The Oilers had built a 4-0 lead before the first intermission, and early in the second, they extended their lead to 5-0.
Rod Brind’Amour wasn’t happy standing on the bench. And to be fair, it was brave of TNT’s Darren Pang to even approach him for a mid-game interview during such a moment of the game.
But we’re really glad he did because Brind’Amour handled it absolutely hilariously, and he didn’t hold back one bit with how bad he felt his team performed.
“We’re on our way to lose 50-0 right now,” Brind’Amour told TNT’s Darren Pang in the second period. “I’ve never seen our team play this brutal. I’m lost for words, to be quite honest with you.”
Darren Pang’s colleague Paul Bissonnette praised him for his bravery in doing the interview with Brind’Amour.
”I wouldn’t do that interview with riot gear on. Get him an Emmy for Christ’s sake,” Biz said on X.
The Hurricanes ended up outshooting the Oilers 40-34, but Edmonton won the game 6-1. Postgame, Brind’Amour had even more harsh words for his team.
”It was a bad game from start to finish. We didn’t have anything going,” Brind’Amour said. “Not acceptable, that’s for sure. Our top guys, especially, have got to show up a little more. You see their top guys out there, that’s for sure. We’ve got to be better.”
While the Oilers are now on a five-game winning streak, Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal called his team’s effort ‘embarrassing.’