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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#51 Jon Kerber
June 27 2009, 09:19AM
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This is a pick to toughen up the minor system down the road.

This is a pick that could have been made 2-4 rounds later.

Terrible pick.

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#52 patty
June 27 2009, 09:22AM
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RossCreek wrote:

patty wrote: Darryl Sutter has proven to be horrible at cap management, I look forward to the mess that happens over the next few weeks. How is he horrible at cap management. They weren’t at the cap! He has stated that he actually had another deal lined up at the trade deadline that put them to the cap, but it fell thru. If they didn’t suffer so many big-name, high-priced injuries with less than 10 games to go, they wouldn’t have had the cap problems. With less than 10 games left, you can’t put guys on injured reserve. Therefore, their money stays on the books. If the guys got hurt with 11 games left, noone would’ve said a thing because it wouldn’t have been an issue. Bad luck, thats all. Could’ve happened to anyone.

Could have's and should have's don't get results. Bringing in all that money (Jokinen) at the deadline and not shipping enough out is not wise. He may have had something worked out that fell through, but it didn't go, so the team suffered greatly because of it. The blame for that can only fall on Darryl Sutter. He did get screwed a bit with the 10 game rule, but I still think it was mainly poor management on his part that cost them the division.

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#53 tommyjr26
June 27 2009, 09:24AM
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No Vincour yet? Or local kid Burke Gallimore.

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#54 Dave
June 27 2009, 09:27AM
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F@#K!...sigh

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#55 tkap84
June 27 2009, 09:30AM
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Hey Gregor,

Just wanted to say thank you for all the up to date coverage on the website, yesterday and today.

Here's to hoping the Oil land a big fish July 1st!

Waking up to see Jay Bo rights are to the flamers hurts.

tkap

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#56 Milli
June 27 2009, 09:31AM
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RossCreek wrote:

patty wrote: Darryl Sutter has proven to be horrible at cap management, I look forward to the mess that happens over the next few weeks. How is he horrible at cap management. They weren’t at the cap! He has stated that he actually had another deal lined up at the trade deadline that put them to the cap, but it fell thru. If they didn’t suffer so many big-name, high-priced injuries with less than 10 games to go, they wouldn’t have had the cap problems. With less than 10 games left, you can’t put guys on injured reserve. Therefore, their money stays on the books. If the guys got hurt with 11 games left, noone would’ve said a thing because it wouldn’t have been an issue. Bad luck, thats all. Could’ve happened to anyone.

that's still poor cap management. You need to always have a plan worst case, and, did it cost them in RND 1?

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#57 Librarian Mike
June 27 2009, 09:31AM
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Nice to see that Sutter has learned his lesson from last season about cap management. hahaha

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#58 OpenAir
June 27 2009, 09:32AM
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Brodz traded to Minny.

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#59 j v
June 27 2009, 09:32AM
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Brodz 2 Minni for?

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#60 Victoria
June 27 2009, 09:33AM
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Brodz?!

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#61 OpenAir
June 27 2009, 09:34AM
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j v wrote:

Brodz 2 Minni for?

99 haha

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#62 Clarkenstein
June 27 2009, 09:34AM
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This radio broadcast on 1260 is so bush league I can hardly stand listening to it....

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#63 OpenAir
June 27 2009, 09:34AM
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Kyle Bigos, apparently.

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#64 tkap84
June 27 2009, 09:34AM
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Brodziak gone? to create room to get Heatley? haha

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#65 Peter Pan
June 27 2009, 09:35AM
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Too many centres. It needed to happen. Brodziak never played big enough. But I didn't mind him. Not much cahs shedded, the Wild will like him.

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#66 alphah.
June 27 2009, 09:36AM
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Brodziak is extremely underrated, and hes a local boy. He took a lot of defensive face offs this year and carried around the worst quality of teammates in the league (almost), and he proved last year that when with decent linemates he can score at will. This is disappointing, I assume its for Harding.

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#67 Clarkenstein
June 27 2009, 09:36AM
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Brodziak clears about a buck and a half from the cap...

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#68 oilguyry
June 27 2009, 09:37AM
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For who Harding?

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#69 Harlie
June 27 2009, 09:37AM
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Brodz to Min for Gabby!?

We can dream can't we.

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#70 Harlie
June 27 2009, 09:38AM
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@ Clarkenstein:

Tune into the TEAM 1250. That's where Jason is at.

;)

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#71 Hemmertime
June 27 2009, 09:38AM
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At least we know we are getting a good faceoff man somehow now.

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#72 Clarkenstein
June 27 2009, 09:39AM
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Rajala... 5'10" 163 lbs... just the size we needed

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#73 heavyd
June 27 2009, 09:39AM
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Why would they trade brodz, for a prospect?

Doesn't really make sense.

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#74 OpenAir
June 27 2009, 09:39AM
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Toni Rajala.Hemmertime wrote:

At least we know we are getting a good faceoff man somehow now.

Yeah, Ryan Stone.

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#75 Steve
June 27 2009, 09:40AM
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Minnesota Twitter site says Brodziak and the 161 pick for 99 and 133

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#76 MattL
June 27 2009, 09:40AM
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Why Brodziak? Are we going to give up on faceoffs all together this year and throw all three guys on the wings?

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#77 OpenAir
June 27 2009, 09:40AM
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@ heavyd:

They traded him for the 99th overall pick, Kyle Bigos.

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#78 Hemmertime
June 27 2009, 09:41AM
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OpenAir wrote:

Toni Rajala.Hemmertime wrote: At least we know we are getting a good faceoff man somehow now. Yeah, Ryan Stone.

still need another, pahlsson or bonk hopefully.

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#79 OpenAir
June 27 2009, 09:42AM
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Hemmertime wrote:

OpenAir wrote: Toni Rajala.Hemmertime wrote: At least we know we are getting a good faceoff man somehow now. Yeah, Ryan Stone. still need another, pahlsson or bonk hopefully.

True, but I'm guessing they feel better about Brule or Stone to ice on the 4th. I hope we can sign Malhotra.

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#80 Hemmertime
June 27 2009, 09:44AM
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@ OpenAir: Would still only leave us with 2 competent faceoff men and we all saw how that worked out, forgot about malhotra, wouldnt mind him either.

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#81 Hemmertime
June 27 2009, 09:46AM
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@ Jason Gregor: So the atlanta talks are completely defunct now?

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#82 BigE57
June 27 2009, 09:47AM
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Have to believe trading Brodziak is a precursor to something bigger.....PLEASE let this just be the beginning!!!

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#83 Boundz
June 27 2009, 09:47AM
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Brodz trade alleviates the Oil of a contract and opens the door for gritty Brule...

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#84 Boundz
June 27 2009, 09:51AM
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On Bigos:

Tournament MVP Kyle Bigos Talks RBC Cup Win It's fair to say that few British Columbia Hockey League players have boosted their resumes to the extent that Vernon Vipers assistant captain Kyle Bigos has this season.

On Sunday, the six-foot-five defenceman capped a tremendous year with a highlight reel goal in Vernon's RBC Cup-clinching win over the Humboldt Broncos. One night earlier, he was recognized as the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player, and he finished the event ranked second in points with nine in six games.

After Sunday's Championship, BCHL Insider Garrett James had a chance to catch up with Bigos.

On the satisfaction of a job well done:

"It's just a great feeling. It hasn't really sunk in yet, but right now just overwhelmed with joy and the sense that we did everything we could and we came out with the win."

"We worked (really hard) and we've been trying for this all year. From the beginning of the year, everyone came into camp talking that we wanted to win the RBC this year. We owed it to ourselves, our fans, our owner Duncan Wray and our coaches Mark Ferner and Jason Williamson, and this is something that no one is ever going to take away from us."

On the sofy hands he displayed on Vernon's second goal:

"Had it all along, it was just a well-kept secret."

On Vernon's game-plan entering Sunday's contest:

"We just had to play a simple game; Pucks out at our blueline, pucks in at theirs and just try to outwork them from the dots to the boards. We just kept our heads down, our blinders on and kept working for that goal."

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#85 oilerzz
June 27 2009, 09:52AM
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nice to see the oilers clearing space in the bottom 6 ??

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#86 Clarkenstein
June 27 2009, 09:53AM
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With Bigos you mean they draft somebody that has actually won something??? I think this could upset the chemistry in the dressing room!!

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#87 JB
June 27 2009, 09:56AM
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to bad we couldn't have packaged him with someone for harding

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#88 oilerzz
June 27 2009, 09:56AM
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could the oilers not of made that trade and got j bo's rights ??

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#89 Dave
June 27 2009, 09:57AM
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What did the Oilers get in return for Brodziak?

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#90 Dave
June 27 2009, 09:59AM
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I see, salary dump.

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#91 Milli
June 27 2009, 09:59AM
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Ya, I don't understand this trade???? I would sure hope it is the begining....of something

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#92 patty
June 27 2009, 10:03AM
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I think it was just to get 1 more contract off the books. nobody wants our crap (MAP, JFJ) so at least Brodz got us something. Addition by subtraction I guess. He plays like a teddy bear, and they probably think Brule can be better in that role. Hopefully his faceoffs are good because we are in deep doodoo if not.

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#93 dunciano
June 27 2009, 10:03AM
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Blair Betts is coming. 4th line C. Penalty killer. Played for Tom Renney

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#94 Jason Gregor
June 27 2009, 10:03AM
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Clarkenstein wrote:

Rajala… 5′10″ 163 lbs… just the size we needed

He has sick skills...check out my post about what he did at under 18 championships...he is very skilled.

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#95 Hemmertime
June 27 2009, 10:06AM
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@ patty: cant find brules faceoff stats, mostly cuz I just woke up and am too lazy, but by all accounts he is a competent faceoff man. Brodziak leaving is a salary dump as well as getting rid of a player under contract.

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#96 ryan78
June 27 2009, 10:06AM
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Well I guess maybe brodziak wanted too much. Either way we have to make a move for someone that can win draws.

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#97 RossCreek
June 27 2009, 10:07AM
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dunciano wrote:

Blair Betts is coming. 4th line C. Penalty killer. Played for Tom Renney

Possible.

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#98 heavyd
June 27 2009, 10:08AM
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@ heavyd: They traded him for the 99th overall pick, Kyle Bigos.

I realize but that doesn't haelp us this year.

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#99 ryan78
June 27 2009, 10:09AM
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@ Jason Gregor: funny that rajala went so late. would've thought all the teams that were taking guys so early in the first round would've taken a flyer on him late in the second or early in the third.

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#100 dunciano
June 27 2009, 10:10AM
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They need some energy on the 4th line. Not passive Brodziak's and Pouliot's

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