July 01 2008 11:37AM
Ah, Christmas in July.
With so much drama in the LBC, we are going to get right into the trades and the thoughts. Considering the staggering traffic on the Nation in the past two days, we know you want to talk. Let 'er rip Lambs, just remember that we are always correct, particularly Brownlee, who regularly scares off Dobermans who stop by to talk puck.
Torres for Brule - GOOD Deal
This shows you how little interest there was in Torres for any real assets around the league. Brule was drafted 6th overall and before breaking his leg was considered a hot property. At just over $700G per year, expect Brule to get the lengthy tryout denied to Rob Schremp all these years.
We like this deal because sometimes a second chance and a change of scenery is all that a player like this needs to catch fire. Plus he has literally had a bad break thus far, whereas our boy Torres has declined of his own persistent doing. 146 Games into his NHL career, there is way more potential upside to Brule than Torres.
Pitkanen for Cole - IFFY Deal
Firstly Erik, we are going to have to ask you to hand in your Stanley Cup ring that you won against the Mighty Oil, who were scorned with a referee error in SCF06G7, when the referee failed to award more goals to the Oilers than the Canes. We are going to ask that it be melted down into scrap and sold on the local market. You are an Oiler now my man, and there is no room for Cane's Cup rings up in herrre.
We like this deal because despite coming off of a serious neck injury, Cole has continued to score regularly,and with seasons of 30, 29 and 22 goals in the past three years Cole should fit in nicely on the squad. We aren't jumping into the arms of the closest hobo over the deal because of who Pitkanen could be. But you can't wait around waiting for someone to turn into something they are not, living in some sort of dream world where he is a Norris winning defenseman, Bucky's got his flowing hair back and Rexall beer is back to a reasonably priced $543 dollars per glass. Nope. If we wanted to go to fantasyland, we would go to Fantasy Land, you know at the mall, before it was renamed Galaxy Land.
Pitkanen's departure seems to be a case of being careful what you wish for. Want a soft puck moving defenseman? OK, but he is going to be the first guy off the ice at practice, and won't necessarily fit in to your dressing room of pirates and amateur magicians. Peace out Pitkanen, may you never win the Norris.
The WONDERBREAD defense
In honor of all the money being thrown at the Oilers defensive corps, we christen them Wonderbread. Why? Cause they are made of dough and as soft as a newly baked loaf of bread. You think Smid is excited to learn that he is the second toughest defenseman on the team? We will hold judgment until K-Lowe is finished, but man the Oil are softer than fresh puppy turds right now.
Stoll, Greene for Visnovsky - BAD Deal
We will go out on a limb here and say this is a bad deal for the Oil. It may be an unpopular stance, but at the end of the day, the Oil traded two young NHL players for a 31 year old puckmoving defenseman, who isn't particularly stellar on D, and makes a boat load of cash. Didn't the Oil sign one of those last year too? And didn't they just trade another one of those away mere hours ago? Hmm.
Greene is a fine young physical defenseman, and having been to the SCF has invaluable experience. Stoll at $2 mil is a great deal no matter what you think of him, and it would have been interesting to see if he was going to rebound next year, particularly with local bad influences being traded to the Blue Jackets.
You can call this the official end of Stoll's serious career. Living in Tinseltown with his old lady, he is one publicist and agent away from appearing on Dancing with the Stars.
Stoll and Greene were good Oilers, and they shall be missed.