Live blog... NHL Draft Day 2 - Tambellini on Brodziak trade!

Jason Gregor
June 27 2009 08:10AM

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8:05 a.m. MST

Day two doesn't have the same build up as day one, so I wouldn't be surprised to see more trades today.

And just like that the Day starts with a bang. And it is a piss in your cornflakes day for Oiler fans.

The Flames have acquired the rights to Jay Bouwmeester for Jordan Leopold and a 3rd pick. When the Flames sign him, they will have to trade some big contract away, and that would seem to be either Regehr or Phaneuf. We will watch with interest.

8:12 a.m MST

Six minutes in and we already have seven picks, it's amazing how much faster it goes. Landon Ferraro goes 32nd to the Detroit Red Wings, a big relief after sitting here for four hours yesterday without hearing his name called.

With the 40th pick the Oilers take another Swede, Anton Lander a 6'0" 194 pounder. Here is the scouting report on him.

"Great two-way player, plays as both a center and left wing, has decent faceoff skills as a center. A gifted playmaker, but also with some ability to score, will be known more for his passing skills however. Good gritty and physical player in the J20 in Sweden, battles well in the corners. Plays with great emotion and comes to play day in and day out, however this competitiveness has led to him taking unnecessary penalties at times. Hasn't adjusted to playing with men in the Elitserien yet, but they may happen over the course of the 08-09 season."

There is lots of talk on the floor about what this Flames deal means. Early speculation is that Dion Phaneuf could be dealt. The Flames don't have the cap space to keep Bouwmeester, Phaneuf and Regehr so one of them will move.

8:24 a.m. MST

The St. Louis Blues take Beaumont boy Brett Ponich, a 6'7" 210 pound giant. He is tough and physical D-man playing for the Portland Winterhawks. His stock kept rising all year and he is projected to be a solid D-man in a few years, as long as he improves his foot speed.

Darryl Sutter is now working the phones. You wonder how long he will wait to make a deal, because everyone knows he can't keep all three D-men. If the Human Rake can get you two players, and two first rounders, what do you think Phaneuf will attract?

8:38 a.m. MST

Round two is already over. This will be over quickly.

More on Lander. He played with MPS in Timra, and was his centreman. He's been the captain of the under 18 national team, and is very competitive. He admits he needs to improve his skating to play in the NHL, but like MPS, he will play in Timra again this coming season before heading over to North America.

Not a lot on the Heatley front right now. but the fact that Calgary took J-Bo has everyone talking. This muddies the waters, because it mean another big name, either Phaneuf or Regehr, is now on the block.

With the speed of the picks today, you don't see managment leaving their tables as often as yesterday.

I just had a brief talk with an eastern conference asst. GM and he said the interest level in one of the Flames D-men will be intense. He said Phaneuf might fetch more than the Human Rake. We will see.

8:50 a.m MST

With their third pick, 71st overall the Oilers took high schooler Troy Hesketh. He wasn't ranked anywhere by Central Scouting, in fact, he didn't even have a name card to slide in right away. They had two other name bars in below him, before they finally got a name plate for him on the big draft board.

He is going to Wisconsin next season. He is 6'2"  and 185 pounds and is an offensive d-man. He had seven goals and 21 points in 25 games for the Minnetonka Skippers and was an impressive +23.

9:02 a.m. MST

A quick  recap of yesterday's trades in case you missed them.

Ducks traded the Human Rake and prospect Ryan Dingle to the Flyers for Lupul, Sbisa, the 21st pick yesterday, a 1st rounder in 2010 and a conditional pick in 2010 or 2011.

Columbus traded picks #16 and #77 to the Islanders for #26, #37, #62 and #92

Minnesota traded #12 pick  to Islanders for #16, #77 and #182.

Calgary traded pick #20 to New Jersey for #23 adn #84.

Anaheim traded #21 to Columbus for #26 and #37.

Detroit traded #29 to to Tampa for #32 and #75.

9:04 a.m. MST

The Oilers take from Everett in the WHL Cameron  Abney.  He is a tough as nails but the scouting report is he needs to improve a lot as a player.

9:13 a.m MST

Round three is over, and both Oiler picks weren't rated in Central scouting.

Abney is 6'4" 195 pounds who is tough as nails, but won't bring much offence. He had 1 goals and 4 points in 48 games with Everett this past year.  He is a great fighter, but hasn't shown an ability to do much else.

This is a pick to toughen up the minor system down the road.

9:20 a.m MST

Now we start to see the GM's interacting. Most GM's don't know any of the players past the 3rd round and can now move a bit more freely to discuss possible moves.  I don't see Sutter on the floor right now. He has been receiving a lot of calls, and now some are speculating that he will try to keep his big three for one run, before the cap goes down. But Even if they get Jay Bo signed to a $6 million cap hit that puts them around $53.4 million with six D-men, two goalies and nine forwards signed. They would need to sign four more players just to get to 21. It will be interesting to see if he can balance the books to keep the big three on the backend.

9:28 a.m MST

OILERS TRADE BRODZIAK TO MINNESOTA FOR PICKS.

9:34 a.m MST

Computer crashes...WTF...

9:55 a.m MST

The Oilers dealt Brodziak for the 99th pick and swamped late picks with Minnesota. The Oilers then took Kyle Bigos a 6'5" 230 pound, 20 year-old D-man who played in the BCHL for Vernon.

Brodziak's departure opens the door for Gilbert Brule to slide into his 4th line centre spot. The Oilers wanted Brodziak to be grittier and got tired of waiting it seems.

Then with the 101st pick the Oilers took talented finnish forward Toni Rajala. He was ranked 11th amongst European players. He broke Ovechkin's record at the under 18 championships, when he scored ten goals, and had 19 points in six games. He is small at 5'10" 165 pounds but he loads of skill. He was ranked the 2nd best play maker behind Duchene and third best puck handler behind Duchene and Glennie according to Central Scouting.

10:03 a.m MST

Oil Kings prospect Tomas Vincour goes 129th to the Dallas Stars. They butchered his name, but he could be a sleeper for them. He was rated way higher to start the year, but slipped due to injury. If he can stay healthy he might turn out to be a decent mid round pick.

10:07 a.m MST

The Oilers pick Olivier Roy. The netminder was ranked 2nd amongst north american goalies by central scouting. ISS had him ranked second amongst every goalie in the draft. The crowd gave the pick a huge ovation, since he played in the QMJHL.

10:43 a.m. MST

Just spoke with Ken Holland. He and Rich Winter, Hossa's agent, are talking to see if they can find a cap number that fits into Detroit's plans.  Hossa isn't completely out of their plans but he'll have to take a pay cut to stay there. I'd bet he needs something around $5.5 cap hit to fit in.

It's been almost three hours since the Bouwmeester deal to Calgary and the rumours are wide ranging. Some think Phaneuf is gone for sure, while others think Sutter wants to make one great run, and then when the cap goes down next year he will move one or two big tickets.  Early speculation is that Jay Bo will sign a long term deal to get a lower cap hit, some where around $6.3 to $6.7.

10:51 a.m  MST

The Flames just traded Jim Vandermeer to the Coyotes for Brandon Prust. That opens a spot on the backend and brings in another NHL forward. That just saved them 1.75 in cap space. Vandermeer was making $2.3 while Prust is a .525 cap hit.

10:58 a.m MST

The seventh round is under way. There are 25 picks left and it is painful to watch the handful of kids that are still sitting in the stands waiting for their name to be called. I have no idea what parents are thinking when they agree to let their son come here, unless he is rated in the top 60. Those guys do drop, but normally not all the way out of the draft. If you son is rated in the 4th or 5th round, don't bring him.

You can see the frustration, sadness and humiliation in their body with ever pick that passes them by.

There is no need for them to be here and I think it is on the shoulder of the parents and agents to convince them not to come.  Some might be motivated by it, but many never recover from not getting the call.

11:15 a.m MST

The Oilers just traded their 7th pick for a pick next year.

Many have asked how many contracts the Oilers have now that Brodziak has been traded.

Starting July 1st they will have 33 contracts, but I'd expect Hrabel to go back to Europe, or they buy him out and they will be down to 32. Three of those include Eberle, Plante and Kytnar, so if they go back to junior they don't count. I'd guess Plante might go to the minors so lets say they are at 30.

The Oilers will add Smid, Grebeshkov and Brule for sure so that puts them at 33. They have room to move, but moving Brodziak was for a few reasons. They had too many forwards under contract, and they like Brule's grit better.

11:20 a.m. MST

The Nashville Predators use the first time out of the day...ohhh...and after the break they choose Cameron Reid from Westside in the BCHL....we"ll see if that time out pans out in a few years. Remember the name Cameron Reid, that timeout might have been the best 30 seconds the Predators took...or maybe not.

11:45 a.m. MST

Tambellini talks about  Brodziak trade

"We do need to change our line up a bit. We have too many bodies at forward. We are willing to give some people a chance that haven't had a chance before."

Is Brule that guy?

"He'll get a very good look this year, there is no question about it. But I'm not sure if that's exactly what's going to happen with that position."

How aggressive do you expect to be on July 1st and what areas do you need to upgrade?

"I think most teams, regardless of what they are looking for will be aggressive. A lot of the times it is first what you have to MOVE in order to bring something in. And that's very difficult right now and that's why there is a lot of hesitation in the market. There are great players out there, but it is difficult at times to move contracts. I think that aggressiveness will depend on what happens prior to July 1st."

Do you feel pressure to keep pace with the Flames after they added Bouwmeester?

"Every day you try to make your own team better, you can't  control what other teams do. They're in a different situation than we are with our roster. We are a little bit younger than they are, but they have a good hockey club and we know that, but I have to do what is best for our team."

Tambellini made it clear that some people will get a bigger chance this season. Brule and Pouliot will be the two that battle for Brodziak's opening, they also want to give Jacques a legit shot on the wing. He also hinted that he'll make another move before July 1st to free up some space and a body. They still have too many forwards, so don't be surprised to see another one moved soon.

12:04 p.m. MST

That wraps up the 2009 Draft and the first OILERSNATION live blog from the draft. It was a great experience and I'm looking forward to hitting the town this afternoon. Thanks again to all of your donations and for following the blog from Montreal. Next year's location hasn't been announced yet, but we'll be there and we will find a way to make it even better.

Now we can turn our focus towards free agency.

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#151 Victoria
June 27 2009, 12:02PM
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Bruno wrote:

tkap84 wrote: I hate seeing all this flames action happen and all we do is trade Brosziak. What do you think this is checkers?

Lol! With Lowe, it was.

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#152 Bruno
June 27 2009, 12:05PM
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They could have as as many steady D men as they want. How are they gonna replace Cammilleri's 40 goals? Win one nothing all the time? Great for us if they keep all three but I dont think it will happen. One of them should will probally get moved.

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#153 Bruno
June 27 2009, 12:07PM
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Ya.. The Horcoff signing..

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#154 Bruno
June 27 2009, 12:09PM
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Victoria wrote:

Bruno wrote: tkap84 wrote: I hate seeing all this flames action happen and all we do is trade Brosziak. What do you think this is checkers? Lol! With Lowe, it was.

oops I mean't the last posting for you Victoria.

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#155 Rick
June 27 2009, 12:13PM
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Bruno wrote:

What do you think this is checkers?I’d rather see the right deal made not “action” because of what the shames or anyone does. The off season just begun we got time. let them do there job RIGHT!

It's great to be optimistic and all but the reality is that the Oilers have a tonne of holes to fill, too many forwards and are way too unbalanced.

There is a lot of work there and this should have been an opportunity to atleast start addressing them.

Instead Tambellini goes on the radio and says he wants to see what he has here...

He had a whole year to "see" and outside of a creative deadline move that didn't improve the team he has done jack.

I dunno, I expected more...

And WTF is the point of selecting a nuckle dragger with a 3rd round pick?

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#156 Bob Cob
June 27 2009, 12:14PM
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Something will happen, Tambellini is stock piling prospects to move for a big name guy after July 1. As for the Flames, one word "Overrated", there is more wrong with that team than bringing in Brent Sutter and Jay Bo can fix.

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#157 Jason Gregor
June 27 2009, 12:15PM
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Peter Pan wrote:

@ Gregor: Jagr’s name came up again. Did you hear anything about him?

He is still under contract so teams were hesitant to talk about him. Varying reporst on whether they think he can get out of his KHL deal. If he can, and the Oilers haven't made any other moves he would be on their radar, but it doesn't sound like he is at the top of the list.Milli wrote:

I agree about the flames comment, it looks good, but who says they sign him, what does it do to the rest of the D? I want tambo to make a deal, but at the same time, it needs to be the right deal. I get the fealing from seeing him, that when he makes a move, it will make sense for where he see’s the team going.

Don't kid yourself, the Flames will sign him. They already got rid of Vandermeer and his $2.3 cap hit. How the hell do the Coyotes take on that contract?? Bouwmeester will sign there.

But it doesn't sound like he will sign to a ten year deal. He's probably looking more for six or seven so he can be a free agent again in his early 30s.

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#158 JB
June 27 2009, 12:19PM
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@ Rick:

couldn't agree more . For a team that has preached team toughness why waste a pick on a goon with your 3rd pick? stick with the program and pick the best talent. Strange moves picking off the board,liked their first to picks. thought we might blow out some other dead weight like pouliot for some more picks. still should be an interesting next 5 days.

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#159 DBO
June 27 2009, 12:22PM
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This was a painful draft to pay too much attention to. lots of hope, hype and speculation and no action except to move one of our servicible players.I know we need to move contracts, but brodziak is one I like. And his old AHL coach grabbed hi mright away which should tell you he thinks highly enough about him. a 14 goal scoring 4th liner is nothing to sneeze at.

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#160 smiliegirl15
June 27 2009, 12:25PM
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Well someone made an offer for the Phoenix Coyotes to keep them in Glendale. They said who on XM Home Ice but I don't remember the name. As for Tambo not making a splash, I'm okay with that. That was more Lowe's style and the more unlike Tambo is the better. I didn't think Brodz would be here next season. I think Tambo will make some progress once the Free Agent Frenzy starts.

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#161 freeze
June 27 2009, 12:25PM
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Thanks for the updates Jason. Sorry it was so anti-climatic.

Enjoy the rest of your time in Montreal.

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#162 Jamie
June 27 2009, 12:33PM
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Sorry if I missed this answer somewhere else, will MPS come to the prospects camp?

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#163 RossCreek
June 27 2009, 12:34PM
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Bruno wrote:

They could have as as many steady D men as they want. How are they gonna replace Cammilleri’s 40 goals? Win one nothing all the time?

Well for one, having Olli Jokinen there for a full season will replace a chunk of those goals. I believe I saw a stat from Mark Spector that shows Jokinen has averaged 35 goals the past 3 years. Even if he doesn't get that, he probably still pots 30. Two, with Cammallerri's presence,Iginla scored fewer goals this year than normal. With Cammallerri's absence, he's likely to score a few more next season. Their problem last year was their defensive play and special teams, 2 things that I'd expect will be greatly improved next year.

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#164 Rick
June 27 2009, 12:34PM
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JB wrote:

thought we might blow out some other dead weight like pouliot for some more picks. still should be an interesting next 5 days.

I have no issue with Brodziak moving down the road IF Tambellini has another deal in his back pocket.

However in isolation it looks like a flat out stupid move.

Brodziak is a NHLer even if he never takes a step off the 4th line and considering he pretty much gave him away Tambellini comes off lokking pretty bad.

The first guys out the door, considering the holes they have should have been Pouliot followed by Nilsson. Neither guy is worth much but at the same time he didn't get jack for Brodziak either. Can anyone honestly say that no one would take either guy in a give away?

Now the Oilers have one defensive center on the roster...too bad he is pencilled in on the 1st line.

Ohh good times indeed.

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#165 Bryant
June 27 2009, 12:42PM
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Tambo give us Heatly or your head

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#166 Ogden Brother
June 27 2009, 12:43PM
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To bad to see Brodziak go, I seen alot of a young Horc in him..... we better be picking up at least 1... maybe two centers with strong 2 way games.

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#167 Sandra
June 27 2009, 12:44PM
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Dean Lombardi called Tambo " Mr. Conservitive" he is way to cautious, maybe he was scared to get rid or Ethan Moron?

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#168 David S
June 27 2009, 12:44PM
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Sheesh! You guys are critiquing a chess match by questioning the individual moves and not knowing the player's strategy. Little bit premature to call checkmate don't ya think?

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#169 bingofuel
June 27 2009, 12:45PM
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@ Everyone:

Thanks so much for being with us while Gregor reported live from the Draft.

Thanks especially to everyone who donated money to send Gregor to La Belle Province, and to give to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. Citizens of the Nation make up the best community on the web!

I'm looking to all of those who participated in the discussion or just by reading online to help us think of ideas for how to make this even better next year. Drop me an email: oilersnation [at] oilersnation dot com. Tell me what you thought worked, what didn't, what you'd like to see more of, and what you'd like to see less of when we do live blogs.

Don't worry about things like server capacity and such. We're already planning to move the sites over to a place that can handle such ridiculous traffic

I'm looking into using some liveblogging software next time we do something like this (like for game-day threads and such), so we definitely have some ideas here at Nation HQ™ as to how that should work. But I'd love to hear from you all.

Thanks again, *bingofuel

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#170 Harlie
June 27 2009, 12:46PM
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Have fun rippin it up today & tonight Gregor!

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#171 The Towel Boy
June 27 2009, 12:48PM
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Just popped in here to see what's goin' on and give a big thanks to you Gregor for giving us some sweet updates from the draft. ...and another thanks to all that donated to make it happen.

*group hug*

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#172 Ogden Brother
June 27 2009, 12:48PM
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I was hoping we could grab Ferrero, too bad he didn't keep dropping.

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#173 Greg MC
June 27 2009, 12:48PM
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Thanks Jason, bonne chance on the town!

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#174 MattL
June 27 2009, 12:50PM
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Good work Gregor, that was excellent live blogging coverage of the draft!

See you on July 1, ON.

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#175 kingsblade
June 27 2009, 12:51PM
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IT's great the Tambellini has patience, but my fear is that he is so afraid of making the wrong deal he is paralyzed from making any sort of significant deal at all.

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#176 Ogden Brother
June 27 2009, 12:53PM
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On the bright side we may have walked away with the 3rd/4th best forward of the draft.

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#177 JB
June 27 2009, 12:54PM
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maybe we can pick up a guy like Samuel Pahlsson for a couple million better value than broziak. I have faith in TAMBO.

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#178 Cam
June 27 2009, 12:55PM
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Just watchesd some youtube on Cameron Abney... he's definitely a fighter, I just hope he learns how to play some hockey.

Rajala has some serious moves and scouting is quite hogh on him.

Tried hard to find stuff on Hesketh, but from all accounts I was able to find it looks like a big stay at home defensement with some upside.

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#179 Harlie
June 27 2009, 12:56PM
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@ bingofuel:

1. reduce the cost for Oilersnation merch. ($40 a t is steep imo) I want to GEAR up!

2. find a way to have a live webcam or something from the Draft floor

3. Get Brownlee to wing man it with Gregor next year

That is all. Great work this year! Kudos to everyone who made it happen!!

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#180 reb98
June 27 2009, 01:00PM
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Thanks Gregor & crew

This was a great way to keep updated(especially from an Oil perspective) without having to waste away in boredom watching it on TV.

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#181 Harlie
June 27 2009, 01:06PM
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kingsblade wrote:

IT’s great the Tambellini has patience, but my fear is that he is so afraid of making the wrong deal he is paralyzed from making any sort of significant deal at all.

I think he's proven in the past that he is not paralyzed in making deals..

from Sportsnet

The Edmonton Oilers got busy late in the proceedings on NHL trade deadline day as they have acquired forward Patrick O'Sullivan in a pair of deals involving four teams.

The 24-year old O'Sullivan was originally shipped along with a second round draft pick in 2009 from the Los Angeles Kings to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Justin Williams.

The ‘Canes then turned around and dealt O'Sullivan and the draft pick they received from the King to the Oilers in exchange for Erik Cole, sending the Oswego, New York native back to the team where he won the Stanley Cup in 2006 and a fifth round pick in 2009.

The Oilers were not done there as they sent a second round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Ales Kotalik.

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#182 Cam
June 27 2009, 01:11PM
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@ Harlie: I was going to point that out but you did it so much better. Patience is not a bad thing.

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#183 Gerald R. Ford
June 27 2009, 01:15PM
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This weekend does NOT get the Presidential seal of approval. Tambo is starting to look like the prototypical MacT forward. Defence first! No mistakes! Creativity kills puppies and babies! And, why no Michigan grads?? Bring back Ollie! Greatest. Oiler. Everrrrrrr.

Oh, man, if the Flames sign JBo, I'm going to have to spend some serious time deep inside Betty Ford...

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#184 jenga
June 27 2009, 01:30PM
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Thanks Gregor. Much better than trying to follow in TV or on radio (sorry 1260 but the draft does not make for great radio)

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#185 RossCreek
June 27 2009, 01:35PM
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If the Flames sign J-Bo, I'll spend some serious time deep inside Betty White! Thanks for the updates Gregor!

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#186 oilerzz
June 27 2009, 01:39PM
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RossCreek wrote:

If the Flames sign J-Bo, I’ll spend some serious time deep inside Betty White! Thanks for the updates Gregor!

betty white nothing is that bad !!!!

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#187 kingsblade
June 27 2009, 01:43PM
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Harlie wrote:

kingsblade wrote: IT’s great the Tambellini has patience, but my fear is that he is so afraid of making the wrong deal he is paralyzed from making any sort of significant deal at all. I think he’s proven in the past that he is not paralyzed in making deals.. from Sportsnet The Edmonton Oilers got busy late in the proceedings on NHL trade deadline day as they have acquired forward Patrick O’Sullivan in a pair of deals involving four teams. The 24-year old O’Sullivan was originally shipped along with a second round draft pick in 2009 from the Los Angeles Kings to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Justin Williams. The ‘Canes then turned around and dealt O’Sullivan and the draft pick they received from the King to the Oilers in exchange for Erik Cole, sending the Oswego, New York native back to the team where he won the Stanley Cup in 2006 and a fifth round pick in 2009. The Oilers were not done there as they sent a second round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Ales Kotalik.

Please note the word significant from my post.

We've all been sitting here expecting a big move and when I suggest he seems a bit timid you want to use the Cole deal as contrary evidence?

Sure he did a good job making a deal in a situation where he absolutely had to make a deal. What is he doing now that he has a choice? So far nothing SIGNIFICANT.

We all expected a significant move during the season too, but in reality all he really accomplished was to come out the Cole situation no worse off. Well done, but hardly a bold significant, team changing move.

If he is going to talk about making big changes then maybe he should get started.

Your example does not, in any way, indicate a lack of fear in making a bold move since there was nothing bold about it.

My point is that I hope he is being patient, while I fear he is being too cautious. One is good one is bad. Unfortunately we wont know which it is until it's too late to matter.

Cam wrote:

@ Harlie: I was going to point that out but you did it so much better. Patience is not a bad thing.

Perhaps you will note the part of my statement where I point out that it is indeed good that he is patient. There is a difference between patience and being overly cautious.

I repeat from above...I hope he is being patient, while I fear he is being too cautious.

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#188 Harlie
June 27 2009, 01:46PM
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@ RossCreek:

your a brave man...Betty White is so old that she farts dust!

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#189 David S
June 27 2009, 01:50PM
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Gerald R. Ford wrote:

Oh, man, if the Flames sign JBo, I’m going to have to spend some serious time deep inside Betty Ford…

We're familiar with the place.

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#190 rogue
June 27 2009, 02:14PM
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Brodz!!! Great. Now is Horcoff going to take ALL the faceoffs? I will give Tambo time, but I feel this is a huge mistake....And we got nada 4 him. Impressed,NOT.

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#191 mike76
June 27 2009, 02:44PM
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phaneuf is still the ugliest sob in the league

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#192 Vic Oiler
June 27 2009, 02:51PM
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@ rogue:

Like most fans we over value our bottom 6. Love Brods.... But let's he is just a spare part, and we have a ton of those.

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#193 Sourcrouse
June 27 2009, 03:47PM
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Brule replaces Brodziak quite easily.

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#194 hoss
June 27 2009, 04:40PM
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Thanks for the input from the draft Gregor, I want you to buy a beer from the 25 measly bucks I could donate for yourself and one for Tambellini! People get to caught up in the hype of the draft, I think there will be some good things to come in the future for the organization.

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#195 BigE57
June 27 2009, 05:29PM
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@ hoss: Totally agree, make sure you buy a beer with Hoss' money Gregor.

I also would have liked to have seen a big move at the draft, but everyone including myself gets too caught up in the hype, particularly with all the ON exclusive coverage this weekend, I think maybe we overhyped the whole thing. Looking back now, I think it is good as drafting MPS is the biggest move of the weekend and in a lesser move the Oilers ditch one of their spare parts to make room for Brule who really could have been here last year.

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#196 Ogden Brother
June 27 2009, 05:32PM
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BigE57 wrote:

@ hoss: Totally agree, make sure you buy a beer with Hoss’ money Gregor. I also would have liked to have seen a big move at the draft, but everyone including myself gets too caught up in the hype, particularly with all the ON exclusive coverage this weekend, I think maybe we overhyped the whole thing. Looking back now, I think it is good as drafting MPS is the biggest move of the weekend and in a lesser move the Oilers ditch one of their spare parts to make room for Brule who really could have been here last year.

Their really only was 2 "big moves" at the draft... 26 teams sat on the side lines. Last year we made two of the biggest trades... that's just not going to happen ever year.

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#197 Milli
June 27 2009, 06:00PM
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Gretz, bingofuel, gregor and the rest of the nation...THIS WAS THE BOMB!!!!!! This site rocks!!!!! Keep it up boys!!!!

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#198 TonyT
June 27 2009, 06:35PM
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On the way home from Toronto ac159 and rob Daum, stauffer, and a couple others are on my flight, all in coach. Just another result of the Horcoff signing.

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#199 Jim
June 27 2009, 07:31PM
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@ Bob Cob:

One word - "jealous".

Thanks

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#200 SLURVE
June 27 2009, 11:11PM
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Why can't Tambo have the aggressiveness and heads up to get the rights to Bouwmeester as Calgary did? I believe Klowe did the same thing with Leetch of the NYR.

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