Ten days after captain Chris McAllister called the Thunder "the joke of the league" and called on management to bring in new players, the team has made exactly two moves.
And those involved suspending players Jordan Little and Tim Boron, who said they wanted off the last-place team. So we're not talking wholesale changes.
It's not for lack of trying, general manager Joel Lomurno said.
He said the Thunder has had trades in place, only to have other Central Hockey League teams back out.
"It's very frustrating," he said. "We're fully prepared to make any move that makes sense."
Lomurno said other teams are asking for Thunder defensemen in trades. The Thunder's need is obvious: offense.
The Thunder has lost a franchise record 15 games in a row, including eight at home, also a record. Lomurno, though, said that making moves just for the sake of making moves won't help the team.
"Bringing in a guy who is a third-line forward or a rookie defenseman _ is that really a worthwhile move?" Lomurno said. "Shake-up is nice, but we need to find players who have some kind of a track record who can bring something to the team."
* The Thunder has been successful on just 1 of its last 42 power plays. The team's percentage is 8.9, worst in the league.
* It's gotten so bad for the Thunder that fans are mocking the team during home games. The traditional "He shoots, he scores!" chant, used for years after a Thunder goal, broke out after Missouri scored a late shorthanded goal in a 6-2 victory over Wichita on Saturday.
The Thunder finished with 39 shots against Texas on Sunday. Granted, Wichita still got shut out, but this space has to be filled somehow.
The Thunder is 0-15-1 when trailing after the first period. Amarillo is the only other team in the CHL without a win under the same circumstances.
TAP OF THE STICK
Thunder staff delivered stuffed animals from the annual teddy bear toss to children's organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Youthville and the Ronald McDonald House. Players had earlier delivered teddy bears to children in Wichita hospitals. "The players are very good about taking time out, playing games with kids and things like that," said Amy Wilds, director of ticket and group sales. "They don't just drop a bear off and leave."
The promotion for Saturday was "Down in Flames Night," described on the Thunder's web site as "An ode to the Oklahoma City Blazers." Before the game, I wasn't sure if it was a tribute or a way to poke fun at the defunct Blazers franchise. I still don't know. And I'm not trying to nitpick, but everyone knows that an ode is a poem devoted to the praise of a person, animal, or thing, usually written in an elevated style and often expressing deep feeling. Pretty sure I didn't hear any of that on Saturday.
Number of tickets the Thunder has sold for opening night in Intrust Bank Arena on Jan. 23.
HE SAID IT
"This team on paper is not a 15-in-a-losses-row team. We seem to do just enough to lose most nights."
—Lomurno on the underachieving Thunder