The Gambit

Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009 09:50AM

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I’ve always enjoyed the game of chess. I can’t claim that I’m especially good at it (although I achieved one childhood ambition and am now at the point where I can play my dad to a standstill), but I like it nonetheless. One of the common terms used in chess is the gambit. For those of you unfamiliar with the gambit, here’s a brief and relatively accurate definition, from Wikipedia:

A gambit is a chess opening in which the first player risks or sacrifices material, usually a pawn, with the hope of achieving a resulting advantageous position.

The gambit is closely related to sacrifice, of which there are many examples. Shot-blocking is an example; the player sacrifices some pain in order to prevent the shot from getting through to the net. Dump-ins are another example; the team sacrifices possession of the puck in order to gain the zone,  or sneak in a line change while the opposition reacts.

If I were sitting behind Steve Tambellini’s desk, the Oilers strategy at the trade deadline would revolve around the principle of sacrifice. As I write this, the Oilers are tied with the Anaheim Ducks for 9th place in the Western Conference. They’re five points out of 5th and six points out of 15th in the West, so they’re just one of eleven teams hoping to snag the bottom four playoff spots. There really isn’t that much differentiating them from any of the other teams in that block; just for example, let’s compare the Oilers’ goals for and against the two worst Western teams (St. Louis and Colorado):

Edmonton: 165GF – 182GA = -17 differential St. Louis: 165GF – 178GA = -13 differential Colorado: 165GF – 186 GA = -21 differential

The lucky teams in those bottom four spots will meet Chicago or Calgary. The unlucky teams will meet Detroit and San Jose. The smart money says that whoever does squeak into the playoffs will get knocked down in the first round.

I know that all bets are off once the playoffs start, any team can win a seven-game series, etc., etc., but the likelihood of any of the bottom eleven teams in the Conference working their way to the Stanley Cup is extremely low. There are arguments to be made for some (Vancouver’s improved substantially, Dallas is only ranked this low because of their bizarrely awful start, etc.), but not for Edmonton. Their location in the standings has been earned; this is the team they are. A fringe playoff team without the horses to do much in the playoffs.

Dan Barnes has a column out today where he argues that Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky could use a legitimate first-line left wing. I completely agree with Barnes that this is an area of weakness, but I disagree with his assertion that the Oilers should shore it up.

I think the Oilers should sell at this trade deadline.

Is scrabbling into the post-season to be first-round fodder enough? I think not. If it isn’t enough, why should this team burn useful assets (draft picks, prospects, and young roster players) for a couple of home playoff games?

If I were in charge, I’d make the following moves:

1. Trade Erik Cole. Erik Cole is an unrestricted free agent who has suffered through the worst season of his career here in Edmonton. Still, he has a strong track record season over season and should have some value to an Eastern Conference team, so it makes sense to move him for something rather than lose him for nothing in the summer. Mike Brophy contended the other day that his poor playoff stats mean his value as a playoff guy is low; but I’d argue that he’s wrong. 23 of Cole’s 25 career playoff games came in his rookie season, where he didn’t score much, the other two came as a surprise comeback from a broken neck en route to a Stanley Cup win. I’d suggest that most GM’s place value on the latter, and recognize the context of the former.

2. Trade Steve Staios. If at all possible, Staios should be traded. He’s a player I’ve always liked, and there’s no questioning his desire, but he’s on a contract with a 2.7-million cap hit until 2010-11. 2010-11, by the way, is when Sam Gagner’s and Andrew Cogliano’s entry-level deals run out, and the cap is slated to drop. If at all possible, the Oilers should get out from under that contract.

3. Trade Ethan Moreau. Most here will recognize that Moreau’s penchant for awful penalties drives me a little batty, but that’s not the principle reason he should be traded. The principle reason he should be traded is that he’s a) 33 years old b) having his first healthy season in three years and most importantly c) signed to a contract with a cap hit of two-million per season until 2010-11. The Oilers aren’t going to win this year, and Ethan Moreau should have considerable value to a playoff team.

4. Trade Rob Schremp. I laid out my thoughts on Schremp the other day; suffice to say that while he is still a prospect, I think a trade would be in the interests of both him and the Edmonton Oilers.

Outside of those four moves, a number of other players should be considered for new addresses. Dustin Penner is signed long term, and I do like him as a player but it’s fair to ask if he’ll ever deliver value on his contract. Robert Nilsson has had a dreadful season, and while his contract is a bargain if he can perform consistently, the phrase “consistent performance” doesn’t leap to mind in connection with his name. Marc Pouliot’s been in the doghouse for much of the season, but he’s incredibly cheap and has some versatility, so I’d personally keep him as a bottom-six forward. I’d also hang on to Fernando Pisani; given his health woes his value is likely low, and while his contract is expensive it expires next season, at which point it should be possible to sign him for less money.

Finally, one of the Oilers’ top-four defensemen could be trade-bait. It’s probably worth considering that Sheldon Souray is having by far the best season of his career, has a track record of injury, and isn’t getting any younger. That said, Souray’s physical presence is unique in the top-four and would need to be replaced, so I’d guess that if one of the top-four was moved it would be Tom Gilbert.

As for what the Oilers should be looking for in exchange, I’d be happy with prospects and picks, as well as a third-line centre. Typically, checkers are not expensive deadline acquisitions, and the Oilers have been desperate for another veteran centre behind Shawn Horcoff. It’s also worth considering that while the Oilers’ are ranked 8th in their conference in goals for, and 13th in goals against – in other words, while upgrades all over are important, upgrading the team’s ability to prevent goals is probably the most urgent concern.

The moves I’ve outlined help address a current weakness, while at the same time vastly improving the cap situation of this team going forward. I’d say that it’s a better course to take than sending away prospects in a likely futile attempt at a playoff run.  In the big picture, it's far better to jeopardize a playoff spot now than it is to risk this team's ability to contend over the next few seasons.

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 Monday Guy
February 24 2009, 10:00AM
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Kind of like putting that old dog down you know it's probably for the best it might be the 'right thing' to do but you know it's gonna suck not having him around come playoff time. You'll hafta watch someone else's dog run and play and we all hate that I'm with you on the outlined moves, just hurts to think about another spring of playoff hockey I really dont care about

FMTF

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#2 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 10:03AM
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Monday Guy wrote:

I’m with you on the outlined moves, just hurts to think about another spring of playoff hockey I really dont care about

Although by acquiring that third line centre, it's still entirely possible the Oilers could grab one of those bottom playoff spots.

There really isn't much separating these teams at the bottom.

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#3 Reggie
February 24 2009, 10:04AM
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I think you missed one key player. Roli. Miller is injured in Buffalo, Philly is unhappy with Biron and I believe Detroit is in dire need to shore up their weakest link - Osgood/Conks combination.

I think you can parlay Roli into a nice dividend if you are willing sacrifice that playoff payoff of $1M per home game.

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#4 The Towel Boy
February 24 2009, 10:07AM
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Oh I wish I could be a fly on the wall in Tambo's Fortress of Solitude. This waiting game to see if he pulls the trigger on a trade is killing me.

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#5 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 10:11AM
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Reggie wrote:

I think you missed one key player. Roli. Miller is injured in Buffalo, Philly is unhappy with Biron and I believe Detroit is in dire need to shore up their weakest link - Osgood/Conks combination. I think you can parlay Roli into a nice dividend if you are willing sacrifice that playoff payoff of $1M per home game.

Yeah, but I can't force myself to wish the Oilers to completely tank the season (which is what trading Roloson would be). The guys I've listed aren't really essential to the team; but there's no doubt that Roloson is.

On the other hand, trading Roloson would fetch a nice return, and we'd finally see if Jeff Deslauriers is as ready fro big league action as the brass believe.

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#6 smytty777
February 24 2009, 10:11AM
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Reggie wrote:

if you are willing sacrifice that playoff payoff of $1M per home game.

This is why it will not happen. I couldn't agree more that the Oilers should sell at this trade deadline and the list of assets above pretty much mirrors my own list, but do I think it will happen. Absolutely not.

The Oilers are committed to making the playoffs this year and will do what they can to achieve it, at the expense of future assets if necessary.

I am fully prepared to be wildly disappointed by the Oilers moves this trade deadline, as I am sure Ottawa fans are disappointed in their GM's latest move.

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#7 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 10:12AM
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smytty777 wrote:

I am fully prepared to be wildly disappointed by the Oilers moves this trade deadline, as I am sure Ottawa fans are disappointed in their GM’s latest move.

I was more than a little surprised that Murray made that move - I mean, I assume that Campoli's the biggest part of the deal from Ottawa's perspective, but it's still bizarre.

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#8 Soup
February 24 2009, 10:13AM
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Reggie wrote:

I think you missed one key player. Roli. Miller is injured in Buffalo, Philly is unhappy with Biron and I believe Detroit is in dire need to shore up their weakest link - Osgood/Conks combination. I think you can parlay Roli into a nice dividend if you are willing sacrifice that playoff payoff of $1M per home game.

Fully agree. If you get rid of Staios and Moureau, you're basically handing the team to the kids - which makes a lot of sense to me. Now is the time to see what you have as it relates to goalies. Run JDD and see what happens. If you make it in, fine - ride the horse as long as you can. If not, you're fully aware of what you need to shop for in the off season.

Facts are clear, this team is not built yet to be a contender and probably wont be for a few years. Make the commitment now to go with the kids. Thing is, would we the fans be patient enough for a full and true building from the bottom up?

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#9 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 10:18AM
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Soup wrote:

Facts are clear, this team is not built yet to be a contender and probably wont be for a few years. Make the commitment now to go with the kids. Thing is, would we the fans be patient enough for a full and true building from the bottom up?

Do they need to be? I'm not advocating a total tear-down and rebuild (as far as I'm concerned, 2006-07 was enough), just acknowledging that at this point they aren't a contender and I'd rather not see a Coburn-for-Zhitnik type trade where the Oilers send out young players.

Honestly, with a goaltender in the summer and some lower-tier veteran additions, I think this team will be on the upswing sooner rather than later.

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#10 APE - FMNF
February 24 2009, 10:21AM
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Why is everyone so sure that if Roloson is gone we cannot get into the playoffs? It's not like we need to play .800 hockey to get in. At the start of the year everyone was sure JDD was good enough to be playing but now all of sudden he isn't?

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#11 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 10:23AM
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@ APE - FMNF:

At the beginning of the year, I was all but convinced that Deslauriers was at best a serviceable backup, and I've seen nothing to convince me otherwise.

He's proved nothing at the NHL level yet, and his AHL track record isn't encouraging.

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#12 BUCK75 - FMNF
February 24 2009, 10:27AM
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Grgor was mentioning the same thing on his show yesterday. He didn't think that 'selling' would not necesarily mean that we wouldn't make the play-offs. I agree with his take. Gettin rid of Moreau & Staios would get us some usable assets, whether it be a cheaper 'plug' or a draft pick. I would not be disapointed to see a few guys leave & put the pressure on our younger core, similiar to last season to make a push for 6 to 8th place.

If Tambo doesn't move some players it will be the same story next season. Too many top heavy salaries for under producing players & the same high expectations going into the season.

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#13 smytty777
February 24 2009, 10:32AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I was more than a little surprised that Murray made that move - I mean, I assume that Campoli’s the biggest part of the deal from Ottawa’s perspective, but it’s still bizarre.

Agreed, the deal just does not make sense to me. Although buying at the trade deadline when realistically you are staring at another season out of the playoffs or a first round matchup with Detroit or San Jose does not make sense to me either.

It will be a seller's market this year, too many teams think they have a shot and based on the Ottawa deal the prices look to be high.

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#14 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 10:37AM
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smytty777 wrote:

It will be a seller’s market this year, too many teams think they have a shot and based on the Ottawa deal the prices look to be high.

Absolutely - and that's a big part of the reason why the Oilers should sell.

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#15 Mike Krushelnyski
February 24 2009, 10:40AM
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Haha I was a little baffled by that article in the Journal this morning too. LET'S GET KOVALCHUK AND ST. LOUIS!! Since when did Dan Barnes start copy-pasting off HFBoards?

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#16 Fiveandagame
February 24 2009, 10:49AM
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I think the Oilers need to turn this team over to the kids. Have the kids be the leaders, much like Chicago.

That room is a lot different if Cogliano is wearing an "A". I say granddad MacT has to give the kids the keys to the corvette.

this team has some great young players, but until the greatness is put on their shoulders, I don't believe they will rise to the challenge.

People might say it would be too much pressure but look at last year when the kids ran the team the final 20 games of the season. That was fun hockey.

I really hope we can be both seller AND squeak ourselves in.

@ Jonathan Willis:

Whats the good word in Springfield now that Daum is at the helm?

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#17 Tim S
February 24 2009, 10:50AM
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The guys we are talking about what could they really bring in return?? Cole has been linked to a couple of 2nd rate prospects in Boston. What team in there right mind would actually give up something for Staios? And I agree whatever you can get for Schremp is worth it. Moreau would have some value, but if MacT would just hold him accountable for his penalties then he would have even more value just staying here.

I would like the Oilers to try and shore up a few holes to get into the playoffs while at the same time look to next season. This would include Dealing Cole if there is something of Value there, as he will not return next season. Getting rid of some of the guys that are not quite regulars like a few of Brule, Schremp, Reddox, JFJ, Pouliot, Poltuny. And if there is a big move to be made to aquire a line mate for Hemsky then by all means.

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#18 hockeysmack
February 24 2009, 10:51AM
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Well said JW. It seem's that one thing that NHL brass in general have failed to learn from other leagues with caps is that keeping cap space and ridding yourself of bad contracts gives you an opportunity to reload quickly through a) the chance at collecting draft picks and prospects; and b) the flexibility to add talent through free agency or trades. The Oil seem stuck in thinking that spending close to the cap every year will give you a chance to win; that's only true if the money is spent well. That's clearly not the case here.

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#19 Colin
February 24 2009, 10:53AM
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Nice article Willis, I completely agree, I've been hoping we'd be sellers for almost a month, but since the hoped for tanking hasn't happened I fear Lowe/Tambo will pull the boneheaded trigger and do some Leaf style trade the future for today even though today is almost gone deal.

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#20 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 10:54AM
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Tim S wrote:

And if there is a big move to be made to aquire a line mate for Hemsky then by all means.

But who is the centre-piece of that deal the other way? I don't think it happens for less than Tom Gilbert or Andrew Cogliano as the centre-piece, and I don't like that at all.

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#21 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 10:56AM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

@ Jonathan Willis: Whats the good word in Springfield now that Daum is at the helm?

2-3-2 record so far. It hasn't been all that pretty.

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#22 Chaz
February 24 2009, 10:59AM
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Here is an e-mail I wrote to Gregor about this same topic a couple of weeks ago:

"Hey Gregor,

Does it make me a bad fan that I want the Oilers to drop a few games over the next while so it’s obvious they should be sellers at the trading deadline? My fear is that if they keep up the mediocrity as of late, then the mangement will be tricked into thinking we should be buyers. This may result in some short sighted move which MAY result, if we’re lucky, into sneaking into the playoffs. From what I’ve seen lately we don’t stand a chance against an elite team like SJ or Det, so I really don’t want to mortgage our future just to bow out to a powerhouse like the previously mentioned. I think dropping a few right away is the only thing that will convince Oiler Management they should be sellers. Should I be ashamed?"

If the Oilers do trick themselves into thinking they are playoff bound at the deadline and make deals as such, I for one will be disappointed. I'm with you JW, get rid of some of these future salaries and get whatever you can back for them. It's obvious this team needs a new identity and getting rid of some of the baggage will help this. This is hard for me to say, because I really like all of the players you mentioned (Schremp aside), but it's time for tough love. Hope Tambo figures this out too.

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#23 Mike Krushelnyski
February 24 2009, 11:00AM
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@ hockeysmack:

Completely agree. Dealing those guys still keeps the core of the team around and gives them a lot of flexibility to shore up in the off-season when the price will be lower.

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#24 Tombo
February 24 2009, 11:04AM
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Nice article Jonathan. I agree with you entirely. The names above are all on my list aswell.

I may have included Pouliot too, just because I don't see him succeeding here down the road and would rather see his roster spot go to somebody else. Time for the Oilers to cut their losses with that one in my opinion.

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#25 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 11:07AM
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@ Tombo:

The only real tragedy with finally closing the Pouliot chapter, is it makes not drafting Parise that much harder to swallow. I can't believe I'm still butthurt over that, but my god that kid is a gamer. DAMN YOU JERSEY!!!!

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#26 APE - FMNF
February 24 2009, 11:18AM
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@ Tim S: I agree with the names you listed excepty Potulny. He is not fully developed so I don't see the point in sending him packing. He's skilled and bigger than Cogs, Gagner, Nilsson. I'd rather see them move Nilsson than Potulny. Nilsson is a bust.

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#27 Tim S
February 24 2009, 11:18AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Tim S wrote: And if there is a big move to be made to aquire a line mate for Hemsky then by all means. But who is the centre-piece of that deal the other way? I don’t think it happens for less than Tom Gilbert or Andrew Cogliano as the centre-piece, and I don’t like that at all.

Depending who, I would do it. I have dreams about what these kids could become, but in Cogliano and Gagner we have 2 young undersized centers, it is not unreasonable to assume that at some point you have to decide between the 2. If you can bring back a proven scorer who is on a long term contract then I deal Cogliano or Gilbert, or both. A top line player is not something that is likely to be aquired as a free agent, so if and when that chance comes you take it.

Having said that, I doubt such a deal is out there.

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#28 APE - FMNF
February 24 2009, 11:20AM
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@ Jonathan Willis: But how can you know for sure? The organization spent a considerable amount of time developing him so if we are never going to try him then what was the point?

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#29 APE - FMNF
February 24 2009, 11:26AM
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I just think now is the time to try because Roli should garner some interest from other teams. I don't see the point of finishing 8th to play 4 straight against SJ or Detroit and get spanked. That serves no purpose.

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#30 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 11:29AM
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APE - FMNF wrote:

@ Jonathan Willis: But how can you know for sure? The organization spent a considerable amount of time developing him so if we are never going to try him then what was the point?

I don't know for sure. On the other hand, if I had to wager money, or say my team's playoff spot on it, I wouldn't.

I don't view hockey as certain; even the best prognosticators, scouts, and general managers get it wrong. But I do believe that you take the best odds you can find, and based on his track record I'd say the odds are that Jeff Deslauriers turns into a perfectly usable 1B goaltender - and that isn't something worth flushing a season for.

As for the time spent developing him, the Oilers gave him one season on their AHL farm team, and he had to spend that with Dubnyk. Beyond that, he's been loaned to other organizations or spent time in the ECHL.

Deslauriers has never been treated like a priority prospect by the organization, until this season when they decided it was worth screwing around with their cohesion at the NHL level to keep him off of waivers.

Much like the squad on the ice, the management of this team is inconsistent.

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#31 TonyT
February 24 2009, 11:37AM
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I hate to say it, although I will cheer for my team till the end and if they don't make the playoffs I will cry like a girl but I agree the Oilers need to sell. Given their performances this year against Chicago, Detroit, and San Jose they may be able to squeak one out but to beat three or even two of them is most unlikely. I'd also like to add Horcoff to that list, Horcoff is a decent player but his contract extension will only serve to way us down especially if the Cap drops. It's safe to say I would trade Horcoff for a bag of pucks.

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#32 raged
February 24 2009, 11:38AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Honestly, with a goaltender in the summer and some lower-tier veteran additions, I think this team will be on the upswing sooner rather than later.

I agree.Gotta love hope. I think goaltending is the biggest issue facing this team next season. I dont have confidence at all in Roli as a starter, and apparently the organization doesnt have much faith in JDD as a backup. I would move any dman but lubo in a second to be able to pay Backstrom.

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#33 Chris
February 24 2009, 11:49AM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Hi Willis. Awesome post. I agree 100% that we should sell!

Thanks to Katz' billions the Oilers don't need to sacrifice what few developing assets they have to generate lifesaving playoff revenue... Does anyone really want to see the Oilers humiliated in the post season anyway? I'd be hesitant, however, to move Gilbert who is tied for 15th amoung defencemen scoring. This team is above .500 despite an abysmal lack of second line production ...(We must have close to the worst second line in Hockey!) Why mess with the chemistry on the back-end when virtually any offseason aquisition, leftover, or castaway, will be an upgrade over what Nilsson-Cole-Gagner have brought to the table?

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#34 Tombo
February 24 2009, 11:53AM
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@ Jeanshorts

Ahhhh yes, I don't know if that draft day blunder will ever stop stinging.

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#35 Reggie
February 24 2009, 11:55AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

smytty777 wrote: It will be a seller’s market this year, too many teams think they have a shot and based on the Ottawa deal the prices look to be high. Absolutely - and that’s a big part of the reason why the Oilers should sell.

The silly thing about Ottawa is that they are currently sitting on a lotto pick and they traded it away for a prospect dman and Comrie ? Now how you like to be a Sens fan three years from now and quote that trade ?

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#36 Tombo
February 24 2009, 11:59AM
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Reggie wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: smytty777 wrote: It will be a seller’s market this year, too many teams think they have a shot and based on the Ottawa deal the prices look to be high. Absolutely - and that’s a big part of the reason why the Oilers should sell. The silly thing about Ottawa is that they are currently sitting on a lotto pick and they traded it away for a prospect dman and Comrie ? Now how you like to be a Sens fan three years from now and quote that trade ?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the trade for SanJose's first round pick that Ottawa had aquired, which will surely be in the bottom 5? I still would not have made this trade, but I also don't know much about the Dman that was the centre piece.

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#37 APE - FMNF
February 24 2009, 12:00PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

and that isn’t something worth flushing a season for.

But how is that flushing the season? That's the part the I don't agree with. So we keep Roloson and get murdered by SJ or Detroit in the first round? How does that benefit the organization?

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#38 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 12:01PM
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@ Reggie:

Actually the pick they traded away was originally San Jose's. Which will probably fall between 26-30. It's still a first round pick, so it was a terrible move, but at least they still have their own if they continue to tank.

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#39 TDSM31
February 24 2009, 12:01PM
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Reggie wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: smytty777 wrote: It will be a seller’s market this year, too many teams think they have a shot and based on the Ottawa deal the prices look to be high. Absolutely - and that’s a big part of the reason why the Oilers should sell. The silly thing about Ottawa is that they are currently sitting on a lotto pick and they traded it away for a prospect dman and Comrie ? Now how you like to be a Sens fan three years from now and quote that trade ?

The first rounder Ottawa traded away is a San Jose pick (via Tampa), thus will most likely end up as 29 or 30th.

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#40 smytty777
February 24 2009, 12:01PM
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@ Reggie: The pick they traded was actually the Sharks (probably 24-30 overall) not the lotto pick. They still have their lottery shot. Regardless it was a pretty ridiculous move.

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#41 APE - FMNF
February 24 2009, 12:01PM
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Other than possible saving Mac T's job?

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#42 knobert
February 24 2009, 12:04PM
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Who wants to bet they are thinking of bringin Smytty back to do a cup run??

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#43 Tombo
February 24 2009, 12:05PM
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Hahaha, yikes. Think enough of us pointed out the draft pick mistake?

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#44 Jonathan Willis
February 24 2009, 12:11PM
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APE - FMNF wrote:

But how is that flushing the season? That’s the part the I don’t agree with. So we keep Roloson and get murdered by SJ or Detroit in the first round? How does that benefit the organization?

Fair enough. I suppose the benefits to the organization (outside of revenue) are mostly the experience factor for the young guys.

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#45 Reggie
February 24 2009, 12:12PM
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@ Tombo: ah, ok. I didn't realize that. Thanks for the clarification.

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#46 CurtisS
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Great article Jonathon. I feel the same really.

I guess our next 3 games will tell us what to do. You are a week early with this post.

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#47 CurtisS
February 24 2009, 12:16PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Hey keep a close eye on # 4 tonight. What a great player. ;)

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#48 Tombo
February 24 2009, 12:18PM
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@ Reggie: No sweat man, honest mistake.

@ Jonathan Willis: JW, how likely would you say it is that the Oilers take a run at one of the UFA goalies this summer?

While I wouldn't necessarily agree with it, I could see the Oilers signing Roloson to a one year deal and focusing their efforts on bringing in some help on forward. What are your thoughts on the goaltending situation?

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#49 Fiveandagame
February 24 2009, 12:24PM
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@ knobert: He's 6.2 mil cap hit is too rich for this Oiler blood.

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#50 knobert
February 24 2009, 12:29PM
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@ Fiveandagame:

I realize that the cap hit is huge but who knows what our crazy head office is thinking nowadays.

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