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Jonathan Willis
July 10 2009 08:22AM

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There is no secret as to what Steve Tambellini’s number one priority this offseason has been: acquiring a goal-scoring LW, namely Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators.

It isn’t possible to argue that the Oilers don’t need some more offensive punch; they scored 152 even-strength goals (7th in the WC) and their powerplay clocked in at 17.0% (10th in the WC). Neither of those numbers is overly respectable.

That said, with the Dany Heatley situation currently on hold (and Eugene Melnyk making noises about him possibly coming back with the Senators), there’s no reason not to take some time to deal with other matters as well. To his credit, Steve Tambellini has made some minor housekeeping moves (sending Sestito to New Jersey, adding AHL players) and didn’t leave the goaltending situation unresolved. There is however, more to be done, something evident from a couple of statistics I pointed out last week:

Penalty-killing Percentage: 77.5% (14th in the West) Faceoff Percentage: 47.9% (13th in the West)

Other teams are making moves. The only team in the Western Conference weaker than the Oilers in both of the above categories was the Phoenix Coyotes, something that Don Maloney acknowledged in an interview published today:

MONIQUE: What do you see as the biggest areas you want to improve? MALONEY: Penalty kill, power play and faceoffs. We picked up Fiddler for those reasons. Vern is 54% on the faceoff and plays big PK minutes. We need to improve those stats in order to have success next season. Our goaltending has to be better.

In addition to bringing in Fiddler, Don Maloney also signed Adrian Aucoin, who was Calgary’s second most-used penalty killer last season.

These aren’t big, headline generating moves, and I don’t think the Phoenix Coyotes are a model to emulate in most cases, but I do know this: a couple of lower-profile veterans to shore up the Oilers weakest points (faceoffs and penalty-killing) would make me feel a lot more at ease about this team.

Some players off of the following list might be of interest:

  • Andrew Alberts (D): 2:28 SH TOI/GM, 157 hits, 133 blocked shots
  • Blair Betts (C): 2:59 SH TOI/GM, 93 hits, 49.3% faceoffs
  • Radek Bonk (C): 59.9% faceoffs, 6th in QualComp in NSH
  • Chris Gratton (C): 2:05 SH TOI/GM, 58.5% faceoffs, 37 hits (in 24 games)
  • Mike Grier (RW): 2:29 SH TOI/GM, 147 hits, 1.61 EVGAON/60
  • Manny Malhotra (C): 2:49 SH TOI/GM, 74 hits, 58.0% faceoffs
  • Marek Malik (D): 2:45 SH TOI/GM, 3rd in QualComp in T.B.
  • Travis Moen (LW): 2:21 SH TOI/GM, 171 hits, 5th in QualComp in S.J.
  • Dominic Moore (C): 2:19 SH TOI/GM, 75 hits, 54.1% faceoffs
  • Scott Nichol (C): 2:40 SH TOI/GM, 79 hits (in 43 games), 54.6% faceoffs
  • Rob Niedermayer (LW): 3:09 SH TOI/GM, 1st in QualComp in ANA
  • Martin Skoula (D): 2:39 SH TOI/GM, 126 blocked shots

There aren’t a lot of guys out there left; the lower-tier veterans are slowly being signed away, and Edmonton needs to pick up one or two – either via free agency or trade.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#101 Jack Bauer
July 10 2009, 02:42PM
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Jeff Finlay wrote:

Kotalik is gone. UGH!!!

Someone is a little late to the dance.

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#102 godot10
July 10 2009, 02:46PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Last year, the Oilers decided not to send away Stoll and Reasoner without hiring replacements. Reasoner, at least, would certainly have signed a cheaper, relatively short-term contract. Instead, we watched as a succession of players - starting with Pisani but also including Cogliano, Brodziak and Pouliot - were tried without success in the third line centre role. If a hole remains unfilled, at the end of the day the GM deserves the blame. And as for Malhotra, take a look at how Ken Hitchcock used him. Personally, I know that I’ll take Hitchcock’s judgement over pretty much any of the Oilers’ professional scouts.

MacT "lost it" last year and didn't do any coaching. Did the PK look like it was being coached? Not last year. The PP under MacT has also looked totally uncoached.

Malhotra wants $3 million per year for several years (which is why Palsson took his place in Columbus). The Oilers can't afford that. On September 15th, maybe he'll be willing to accept a one-year deal for $2 million dollars.

Tambellini doesn't get out of cap hell if he signs a role player for a contract longer than a year.

Either he trades for a real solution like Patrick Sharp or Simon Gagne, or he waits till he can get Malhotra or Betts on a 1-year deal in September.

Renney is here, and Betts isn't signed. That should tell you something about what Renney thinks of Betts vs. his belief in his own ability to coach Pouliot or Stone or Cogliano up to kill penalties.

The first key to being a successful GM and having a successful team is getting control of the salary cap, and flexibility under the cap.

The battle between Pouliot and Brule and Stone and Reddox and Potulny for 4th line positions will be a battle of who can kill penalties. The guy who can kill penalties will get an NHL job. The guys who can't won't. A pretty easy riot act to read to the 4th line candidates at the start of training camp.

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#103 GSC
July 10 2009, 02:47PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

While we’re at it: Everyone here who believes that with a wave of his magic wand, Pat Quinn will make his players play up to potential (either actual or as imagined by fans) go read what San Jose Sharks fans were saying once Ron Wilson was fired. Then read what they’re saying now.

Agreed, I'm not at all for sitting around for another "show me" season when it's clear what the results will be with certain players (Pouliot, Schremp, Jacques, Nilsson, Staios). The time is now to begin altering the core of this hockey club.

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#104 Jeff Finlay
July 10 2009, 02:50PM
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@ Jack Bauer

Why is his deal with Rangers not mentioned then?

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#105 Alon
July 10 2009, 02:56PM
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@ godot10:

+ over 9000!!!!

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#106 KTambo
July 10 2009, 03:01PM
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Hello, first time posting here and here is what I think about all this. Last year, the Oil win the first four games. All of a sudden, one of the wheels comes off. After that, they do a comeback tour and go above .500. After that, inconsistency sets in and they win and lose in bunches. Come the last part of the season, they sort of put it togetther and find themselves with a comfortable 6 point lead for eight place going into Minny. But....just like that, all four wheels come off and they fall out of the planet. This leads me to two conclussions: 1. Their inconsistency led them to underachieve big time. 2. The team really bought into all the "best team in the division" hype.

So, in my humble opinion, this is not about a comlpete makeover. This is about making smart and timely decisions that will really help the team. I also remember that at the end of the season, everyone wanted the whole team gone. Now, after this whole unnecesarry Heatly mess, I hear more conciousness coming out of most of the posts here.

What this team really needs is ON ICE LEADERS AS WELL AS A GOOD COACHING STAFF. SO PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM DANNY AND TRY AND BRING IN A VET OR TWO AND KEEP THE YOUNG ONES LIKE COGS IN AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.....

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#107 oilersinsider
July 10 2009, 03:07PM
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Coaching changes are often most effective during a season to break a slump and as a wake up call to a number of the players who have underperformed to get the team in a position that a coaching change was required.

That said, new life behind the bench is a good thing. And the combination that brings Quinn and Renney together is a good thing. We worry a lot that Quinn couldn't name his centres from his forwards, but Renney sure can.

These two will make them accountable and so much so, that I won't be surprised to see a Heatley type of reaction with some of our players.

Nillson comes to mind first. He's either going to finally use his skill and have a break out year or he's going to want out because of the pressure. To me, that too is a good thing.

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#108 JB
July 10 2009, 03:12PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: Jonathan Willis wrote:

And since I’m on a roll…. Is ‘we don’t need a checking centre because Pat Quinn can turn Marc Pouliot into one’ really a compelling argument? Especially since MacTavish’s specialty was polishing projects who might not have otherwise had a career into defensive specialists (see Pisani, and virtually every other less-than-skilled forward MacT’s ever coached)?

Pouliot is beyond useless; the only reason he managed to hold a spot versus the possiblity of resigning Glencross last year is that he was a first round pick; rarely do we see hockey people cover their own asses more readily than when they have to justify disastorous plaayer personnel decisions. Once again: useless.

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#109 Nick Dynasty
July 10 2009, 03:13PM
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Since we missed out on Kotalik, what do ppl think of bringing back Petr Sykora for the second line RW? He just had his 3rd consecutive 20+ goal season. You'd get more production for less money compared to Kotalik.

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#110 Nick Dynasty
July 10 2009, 03:15PM
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*check that, it was actually his 10th consecutive 20+ goal NHL season.

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#111 Chris
July 10 2009, 03:17PM
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@ Nick Dynasty:

We have too many smallish, perimeter/complimentary forwards under contract already. The Oilers need to trade for a Dustin Brown type player.

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#112 Archaeologuy
July 10 2009, 03:23PM
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@ Chris: What is with everyone hating on smallish players? Sykora scores goals, the Oilers dont. It makes no sense to say the Oilers couldnt use a guy because he is an inch too small and weighs 10 pounds less than ideal if he can bring something that is desperately needed on the top 2 lines.

This love affair with big tough guys is fine but since its obvious that the Oilers ARENT doing anything to get those guys to the club maybe the fans should focus on the quality of the player and not the size of shoulder pads he wears.

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#113 Jonathan Willis
July 10 2009, 03:26PM
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Soup wrote:

I’m figuring that the OBT (Oil brain trust) probably assumed last year that Pou, Cogs or Brods would learn to fill the holes left by Reasoner and Stoll, and at the end of 07/08 that was a pretty fair assumption. all three played very well for the last half of the season previous and showed all kinds of potential to move into more prominent roles.

Betting on potential is a sucker's game, as we saw this season.

The talk of the Betts or Malhotras of the world is way off base in my mind (and for what its worth, I know fully that my opinion is worth no more than anyone elses). Plugging holes on lines 3 and 4 totally ignores that our line 1 and 2 aren’t near the upper side of performance compared to the rest of the league.

The thing about lines 3 and 4 is that the holes are much easier to fill there than they are on lines 1 and 2.

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#114 Jonathan Willis
July 10 2009, 03:28PM
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JB wrote:

Pouliot is beyond useless; the only reason he managed to hold a spot versus the possiblity of resigning Glencross last year is that he was a first round pick

Did the Oilers also swap Torres for Brule based on Pouliot's potential?

I don't imagine it was a Pouliot vs. Glencross item because a) the skillsets are different b) the salaries are different and c) Glencross plays LW while Pouliot's played all three positions but mostly RW and C.

As for beyond useless, he looked plenty good every time he played with decent players.

I don't feel a burning need to praise the guy, and he's a bit piece, but he combines two things the Oilers don't have a lot of right now: versatility, and a bargain-basement contract.

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#115 Harlie
July 10 2009, 03:30PM
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Chris. wrote:

@ Jonathan Willis: Oh believe me… I regularly shake my head at some of the decisions the Oilers have made. Why didn’t they scout the way Cole drives to the net, and realize it wouldn’t be easy for him to do so from the left side? Why did they offer a one way contract to JDD when his performance at the AHL level was only average.(Anyone remember the three-headed-goalie-monster, or the fact that Roli played a thousand games in a row?) This offseason, why did they offer Niel so much money? Why didn’t the lawyers read Heatley’s contract and realize that the bonus deadline was twenty-four hours later than initally reported? The thing is… I’m trying to remain upbeat. It took me a few seasons to realize that Lowe never had REAL long-term plans; and was flying be the seat of his pants. I still hold out hope for Tambellini… I’m trying real hard to believe that there may be a method to his madness… When we, just as casual observers, can see so many obvious mistakes… It makes me wonder why Katz is paying these guys. Though it could be worse: Tambellini could have pulled a Tallon with some paperwork, or signed Pronger to a seven year deal without realizing that it wouldn’t in fact take effect till after he was 35….

Great post.

**feverishly types up resume and emails it to the Katz Group. Crosses fingers but secretly knows his chances are good. Real good..**

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#116 David S
July 10 2009, 03:38PM
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godot10 wrote:

The battle between Pouliot and Brule and Stone and Reddox and Potulny for 4th line positions will be a battle of who can kill penalties.

~That's gonna be some epic battle.~

*facepalm*

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#117 Soup
July 10 2009, 03:42PM
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Jonathan Willis:

Betting on potential is a sucker’s game, as we saw this season.

Couldn't agree more. That said, I wonder if you have a coice in this new cap constrained world? Do you pay Stoll his $3m for third line work or try for a cheaper option?

The thing about lines 3 and 4 is that the holes are much easier to fill there than they are on lines 1 and 2.

Which tells me better to swing for the rafters in a Heatly deal than get too worried about replacing the spare parts it takes to get him in the first place.

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#118 Soup
July 10 2009, 03:43PM
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@ Soup:

Sorry - got to learn how to block quote...

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#119 ronaldo
July 10 2009, 03:43PM
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I was talking with a buddy last night, a flames fan (*reflects on how this unholy alliance came about*), and he asked why the oilers didn't try to sign a free agent instead of the non-ending quest of trying to get Heatley. I replied that we have no cap space. To which he wondered how that could be, "you have no players." I hung my head. Stupid KLo.

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#120 misfit
July 10 2009, 03:48PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

@ misfit: Really? the coaching changes in Pittsburgh, Carolina, and Washington have all produced incredible results. What about in Ottawa, where Clouston had the team playing like they were supposed to by the end of the year? Coaching is not overblown, if anything it has been underrated in edmonton in recent memory because the coaching has been terrible yet everyone wanted to believe that good results would occur despite that.

Pitsburgh is the perfect example of a coaching change being overblown. The Pens got the the SCF with Therrien, and were a terrific team that year even before they added Hossa. Gonchar misses the first 60 games of the season, and all of a sudden the same guy who was behind the bench the year before is a bum? The turnaround in Pitsburgh had more to do with them getting their #1 defenseman back in the lineup than it did Bylsma's genuis coaching.

I'd also be careful to look too much into Clouston's influence. Oiler fans should know better than anyone that just because a team that's well out of the playoffs puts together a run where they look pretty good at the end of a season, it doesn't guarantee they're going to pick up where they left off the following year.

I'm not saying there aren't good coaches and bad coaches, or that they have no affect on the success of a team, but to suggest Rumplestilts-Quinn™ to turn this team to gold is a little much.

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#121 Harlie
July 10 2009, 03:49PM
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@ ronaldo:

yeah but we got the Hoff! Shawn Horcoff!! Wait a minute..

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#122 JB
July 10 2009, 03:49PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: Jonathan Willis wrote:

JB wrote: Pouliot is beyond useless; the only reason he managed to hold a spot versus the possiblity of resigning Glencross last year is that he was a first round pick Did the Oilers also swap Torres for Brule based on Pouliot’s potential? I don’t imagine it was a Pouliot vs. Glencross item because a) the skillsets are different b) the salaries are different and c) Glencross plays LW while Pouliot’s played all three positions but mostly RW and C. As for beyond useless, he looked plenty good every time he played with decent players. I don’t feel a burning need to praise the guy, and he’s a bit piece, but he combines two things the Oilers don’t have a lot of right now: versatility, and a bargain-basement contract.

The Torres-Brule swap was to clear out the $2.25 million cap hit of a guy who a) was a bit of a tool and b) missed the entire previous year with a blown wheel.

In regards to Pouliot-Glencross, they were in direct competition for both a roster spot and a one way contract at roughly the $1 million dollar mark (give or take a couple hundred thousand). As far as position goes, suggesting they don't play the same position is misleading as Pouliot hasn't claimed a forward spot with any certainty and as you point out, was pencilled in at all three forward spots, including 4th line LW.

Pouliot had one good ten game stretch last year. Wow. Definitely worth a roster spot and the cost of $400,000 difference with Glencross. Not saying Glencross would have been a difference maker but if he was a high Oiler draft pick they would have made a strong effort to resign him. Pouliot was resigned at roughly an $800,00 cap hit while offering no signs of life. Glencross received the goodbye wave after actually producing. Good call.

Versatility is great if the guy can actually produce in a given role at any of the positions he plays; Pouliot fails to accomplish that. As I said: useless.

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#123 Downright Fierce
July 10 2009, 03:49PM
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Soup wrote:

@ Soup: Sorry - got to learn how to block quote…

Hate to interrupt your discussion with... yourself. But all you need to do is highlight the text you want to quote and hit the quote link in the bottom right corner of the comment. Ta-da!

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#124 Librarian Mike
July 10 2009, 03:56PM
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JB wrote:

Versatility is great if the guy can actually produce in a given role at any of the positions he plays; Pouliot fails to accomplish that. As I said: useless.

I'm not a big Pouliot fan, but he's still young and hopefully can develop a bit with some new guidance. "Useless" is on his way to New Jersey as of yesterday.

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#125 Jonathan Willis
July 10 2009, 04:01PM
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@ JB:

Glencross was a UFA, Pouliot an RFA. In other words, Pouliot wasn't going anywhere - whereas Glencross had options and chose to take them despite offers from the Oilers.

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#126 Jonathan Willis
July 10 2009, 04:02PM
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Soup wrote:

Which tells me better to swing for the rafters in a Heatly deal than get too worried about replacing the spare parts it takes to get him in the first place.

Which would be fine, except that they did it last year with Visnovsky, and never bothered replacing the spare parts.

There's no reason not to do both at the same time.

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#127 The Menace
July 10 2009, 04:03PM
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Jeff Finlay wrote:

Kotalik is gone. UGH!!!

And they traded Ryan Smyth!

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#128 Archaeologuy
July 10 2009, 04:07PM
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@ misfit: Sure. 1 defenseman was the difference between almost missing the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. OK.

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#129 charlieangels
July 10 2009, 04:07PM
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Any truth to the subject that Hemsky still wants out? Lupal said on Team 1260 that Edmonton now has the reputation of a team/city players do not wish to go to or wish to leave early.

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#130 tyler
July 10 2009, 04:28PM
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Pouliout showed improvement last year we just have to get used to the fact he maxes out as a servicable third/fourth line player which is fine its not the players fault klowe and his staff passed on parise,getzlaf and perry (which in hindsight still hurts lol)

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#131 Craig "Norris" Muni
July 10 2009, 04:47PM
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David S wrote:

godot10 wrote: The battle between Pouliot and Brule and Stone and Reddox and Potulny for 4th line positions will be a battle of who can kill penalties. ~That’s gonna be some epic battle.~ *facepalm*

hilarious man.

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#132 Ogden Brother
July 10 2009, 04:51PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

@ misfit: Sure. 1 defenseman was the difference between almost missing the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. OK.

Hilarious, you try to discredit the return of a guy that's probably a top 10 - 12 dman in the the league while crediting the arrival of a rookie coach.

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#133 misfit
July 10 2009, 05:22PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

@ misfit: Sure. 1 defenseman was the difference between almost missing the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. OK.

So the coach was the difference between being out of the playoffs and winning the cup then?

It just seems odd that the same coach who took basically the same team to the finals the year before became a coach incapable of getting his team into the playoffs over the course of one offseason.

I also find it funny that Pitsburgh went from being the #4 team in 07/08 on the powerplay to the #20 team with the same personnel (other than being Goncharless for 60 games, of course). But I suppose that was coaching as well. Therrien must've forgotten how to coach a powerplay back when he hit his head sometime last summer.

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#134 Jeff Finlay
July 10 2009, 05:42PM
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What a waste, a 2nd rd pick for 19 games, yeah that was worth it wasnt it?

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#135 GSC
July 10 2009, 05:42PM
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The Menace wrote:

Jeff Finlay wrote: Kotalik is gone. UGH!!! And they traded Ryan Smyth!

There's a sale at Penney's!

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#136 Chris
July 10 2009, 06:52PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

What is with everyone hating on smallish players? Sykora scores goals, the Oilers dont.

It's about dimension. It's about intimidation; and dictating the terms of the game. Players arriving into the icy darkness of Edmonton are usually in the middle of some sort of crazy western road swing... let's make their night a little bit worse. When 6'1"+ players go through a dry spell offensivly, it's easier for them to find other ways to make an impact (pun intended). There is NO room on a good team for a small player who lacks physical dimension unless they bring a LOT of offence; I'm talking Martin St Louis/ Theron Fleury offence! My team has room for Gagner... not Sykora or Reddox... Even O'Sullivan needs to show more IMO.

I believe the greatest single playoff performance EVER, was by the 1988 Edmonton Oilers. They went 16-2, scored 87 goals in 18 games, and were statistically the youngest team (avg age 24.22) to EVER win the cup.

They MUST have been a small skilled team...a skating team... a finesse team... right?

WRONG! Oilers hockey was as much about physical domination as skill. Sure Gretz and Kurri were skill guys, but let's look at the lineup:

At Center: Gretz 6' 185lbs (The best example of soft skill EVER) Mess 6'1" 205 lbs (Not SOFT) MacT 6'1" 195 lbs (Not SOFT) Krusher 6'2" 210 lbs (And you thought Mess was mean?)

On The Wing: Kurri 6' 198 lbs (More soft skill) Anderson 5'11" 175 lbs (Smallish but FEARLESS) Tikanen 6'1" 205 lbs (Super Pest) Courtnall 6' 195 lbs (Speed, and more Speed) Simpson 6'2" 200 lbs (Drives the net like Anderson) Lacombe 5'11" 205 lbs (Hard on the puck) McLelland 6' 195 lbs (Massive MEAN streak) Acton 5'8" 170 lbs. (Looks like Woody Harrelson)

On Defence: Lowe 6'2" 200 lbs (Ultra Competative) Smith 6'3" 210 lbs (Mean) Beukeboom 6'5" 230 lbs (the NAME says it all) Gregg 6'4" 215 lbs (Cerebral) Huddy 6' 200 lbs (Once was a +62) Muni 6'2" 200 lbs (Devestating hip checker) McSorely 6'1" 235 lbs (Good fighter)

So my question is; considering guys were generally smaller in the eighties; Does this look like a finesse club to you? These guys were big, mean, aggressive, and took crap from no one.

If the 1988 Oilers were suddenly re-animated as they were: they would put out their smokes, comb out their mullets, drive their camaro's down 118th, and kick the living crap out of the current roster for being so lame. Tambellini might not be able to find another Gretzky or Messier... but there is no reason why he can't load up on McSoreley's, Krushelnyski's, Beukeboom's, Muni's, and Tikanen's.

Yes I have a hate on for small players... unless they are super skilled, I see them as nothing but filler... I'd like to see the Oilers play hockey the RIGHT way for a change; the way they used to play; even after the dynasty ended.

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#137 Milli
July 10 2009, 07:48PM
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We'll see what happens, but I think if you listen to Tambo, he dosn't like where he is. Up against the cap, little room to manouver, combined with some sh1tty contracts. I believe in what his goal is, and hope he is given time to deliver the goods. Heatley, ya, I'd love his goals, but don't really agree that he is the missing link. But I do like what Tambo wants this team to be, and I think that the young players will be a year further along. I also think they ain't sitting around drinking the Koolaid this summer dreaming about how easy it's gonna be. New coaching, a summer of discontent? No doubt about it, we are in tough. I am not dreaming like last summer, but, I think there are going to be a few players that rebound strong, a few more tweaks of the roster, and, hopefully it's enough for 8th. To me, if we make the playoffs this season, it's an achievement. This team is a ways away from be able to do some damage in the dance. I still believe we have a strong D core, and hopefully that will give Tambo some ability to fill the holes up front.

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#138 ronaldo
July 10 2009, 07:53PM
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@ Chris Nice post. A good trip down memory lane reading those names. You forget about the role players over time. Looking at the '88 roster now you can see how all those players actually had roles and most provided more then one dimension to their game. A stark contrast to the current bunch.

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#139 ronaldo
July 10 2009, 07:59PM
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@ notcomingagain *wooosh* (door missing ass on the way out) bye

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#140 Sandra
July 10 2009, 08:00PM
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If Hemsky wants out then we are in trouble, so did he request a trade?

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#141 Chris
July 10 2009, 08:12PM
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@ Sandra:

If he did it's sure being kept quiet... as it should be.

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#142 Soup
July 10 2009, 08:22PM
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Downright Fierce wrote:

Hate to interrupt your discussion with… yourself. But all you need to do is highlight the text you want to quote and hit the quote link in the bottom right corner of the comment. Ta-da!

HEY... IT WORKS.

Thanks DF. One day I'll get the hang of this interweb thang...

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#143 Harlie
July 10 2009, 08:29PM
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@ notcomingagain:

make like Michael Jackson and BEAT IT.

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#144 Librarian Mike
July 10 2009, 08:31PM
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@ notcomingagain:

Don't make us get Robin...

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#145 West Coast Oil
July 10 2009, 08:53PM
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I think Tambo and company are actively working the phones trying to clear cap space. You cant tell me the New Jersey called Tambo saying they really need Tim Setito (sp?) That is something that came about from the Oilers end. Most probably the conversation was along the lines of "Lou Tamby here. Hey I have a great player I am pretty much giving away! Who? Well Bobby Nillson the kid is going to be great this year. Lou, lou can you stop laughing. Um well how about Steve Staois then? What, when what freezes over? Whats that you will take a farm player for free to help me out and I only have to give you my soul. Deal!!"

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#146 Librarian Mike
July 10 2009, 08:59PM
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@ West Coast Oil:

Knowing Lamorello's reputation, Sestito will probably end up getting 37 goals next year.

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#147 Robin Brownlee
July 10 2009, 09:00PM
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notcomingagain wrote:

Librarian Mike wrote: @ notcomingagain: Don’t make us get Robin… Oh no the wanna be blogger/ whatever the fack he thinks he is.

Pardon? Put down the self-suck manual and take the French tickler out of your arse and try to write something that makes sense. OTAY?

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#148 Chris
July 10 2009, 09:02PM
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notcomingagain wrote:

So from this you get no body is coming to the Oilers?

Tambellini has made it abundantly clear that He feels the Oilers have too many players under contract...

So yes; I doubt there will be futher UFA signings until some guys are moved. Khabibulin replaced the outgoing Roli. The proposed Heatley deal was a three for one. Brodziak and Sesito were moved for picks.

It seems the thinking, moving forward, (gleaned from several interviews from the likes of Tambellini, Quinn, and Renny) is that each player under contract must have a clearly defined role, and will be expected to make specific contributions to maintain a place in the orginization. This philosophe, according to Renny, is mostly for the players benifit; they want each individual to feel valued; to feel like a key contributer during each win. Having piles of fringe players hanging around hurts this culture. From a basic management perspective, this kind of thinking makes a lot of sense... AFTER TRAINING CAMP. C'MON..!.. Why not bring lots of bodies to camp and let them fight it out? Katz has deep pockets, and Springfield could use some vetrans.

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#149 Jonathan Willis
July 10 2009, 09:04PM
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Notcomingagain:

Either talk without taking constant potshots at the other commenters here, or just live up to your promise to leave and not come back.

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#150 notcomingagain
July 10 2009, 09:08PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: What's not to understand. You aren't a good writer.

Gregor on the other hand, might be the best this city has seen in 20 years. Only guy that sees both sides of the story.

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