Deep thoughts XI: Making due

Robin Brownlee
August 05 2009 11:45PM

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Making the best of a bad situation is usually easier said than done, but when it's the only option, you can either play the cards you're dealt and suck it up or fold your hand, pee your pants and curl up in a corner sobbing at the injustice of it all.

That's pretty much where Steve Tambellini sits today after failing to get Dany Heatley to stop sucking his thumb long enough to agree to a trade that would make him an Edmonton Oiler during a summer in which he's managed exactly one notable player personnel move -- the overpayment that is the four-year contract inked by Nikolai Khabibulin.

Tambellini still hasn't addressed the need for a first-line left-winger, hasn't added a checking centre who can kill penalties and win face-offs and he hasn't done anything to replace the production lost when Ales Kotalik was allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent.

That said, and with the challenges obvious to anybody with a functioning brain stem, I don't see any need for fans make like Mr. Leahy and assume a prone position with a big pee stain on the front of their pants.

Call me naïve, or a rights holder even, but there's got to be a way to turn a fistful of jokers into a decent hand, or at least something to bluff with. What could possibly go wrong?

THE PDP SOLUTION

The way I see it, Dustin Penner remains the best option from the personnel under contract now as this team's first-line left-winger.

I don't think being included in the Ottawa package for Heatley with Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid is going to bother Penner a bit -- at least not as much as the subtraction of Craig MacTavish behind the bench is going to help him.

If I'm Pat Quinn and Tom Renney, I've already made a call to Penner that he better arrive for training camp in the best shape of his life because I'm going to play his ass off in the first 20 games of the season and see what happens. First-line time. First-unit power play time. The works.

Will Penner score 40-50 goals even under optimum circumstances? Not a chance. Could he manage 35? If PDP has any spine and even one shred of pride under that spare tire, I think so. How better to shove it to MacT than succeed in his absence?

If Penner can't succeed here this year after cashing cheques he hasn't earned for two seasons, he can't succeed here at all.

What's the option? Sit him out? Bury him on the fourth line? Bury him in the minors? That's cutting off your nose to spite your face.

OUTSIDE THE BOX

-- I never got caught up in the YouTube ga-ga over the offensive wizardry of Rob Schremp, but if I'm Quinn and Renney I'm giving the kid a real look this pre-season in a position where he can succeed.

Schremp was never going to get a sniff here under MacTavish. If he isn't too far gone, if he isn't sulking at how he's been treated and if he wasn't wrecked by the horrid season he just had in Springfield, maybe there's a chance he can show something.

While I'm not betting the house on it, Schremp might surprise his critics if he's encouraged for being what he is, a creator of offence, instead of being criticized for what he's not. Nothing to lose. It's time.

-- Gilbert Brule has a job to lose at training camp. He's faster, more skilled and grittier than Kyle Brodziak. Is there any reason he shouldn't be able to fill his spot and role on this roster?

-- If J.F. Jacques and a draft pick or prospect won't get it done, offer the Washington Capitals Cogliano for David Steckel.

-- Let teams know Ethan Moreau and Steve Staios are available, cheap. Let a handful of teams know that Tom Gilbert or Denis Grebeshkov are available, not cheap.

AND...

-- So Michael Nylander, on the outs in Washington, thinks Edmonton might be a good place to play? Really? Is that so? Is that right? Nothing personal about the way you flipped off the Oilers the first time and pulled a fast one on Kevin Lowe, eh? No chance.

-- Charlie Huddy should still be employed here.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on Team 1260.

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#151 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 01:36PM
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@ Ogden Brother:

Steckel, easy.

No cheering. Copious amounts of ale when deadline is done (that's the norm anyway), but no cheering. You aren't there as a fan. You aren't there to cheerlead.

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#152 442Junkie
August 06 2009, 01:39PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Let’s just say it involved a weekend in Vegas, a bottle of Absinthe, and 2 of the 4 Golden Girls.

I'm hoping it was the two living ones, otherwise I'm suddenly not so sure about the Renney/Quinn duo...

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#153 Travis Dakin
August 06 2009, 01:41PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

No cheering. Copious amounts of ale when deadline is done (that’s the norm anyway), but no cheering. You aren’t there as a fan. You aren’t there to cheerlead

but you're smiling right? I just can't picture seeing the boys actually win the cup and all you guys sitting there without emotion typing up that story. It would look hilarious though.

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#154 442Junkie
August 06 2009, 01:44PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

No cheering. Copious amounts of ale when deadline is done (that’s the norm anyway), but no cheering. You aren’t there as a fan. You aren’t there to cheerlead.

I was driven nuts last year listening to the Canucks radio broadcast, the colour guy was cheering like crazy and all they did was win the first round. I'd hate to have heard him should they have gone the distance. Mind you the radio rights holders usually are homers for every team. Still the cheering was a bit much.

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#155 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 01:44PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Robin Brownlee wrote: No cheering. Copious amounts of ale when deadline is done (that’s the norm anyway), but no cheering. You aren’t there as a fan. You aren’t there to cheerlead but you’re smiling right? I just can’t picture seeing the boys actually win the cup and all you guys sitting there without emotion typing up that story. It would look hilarious though.

You can't cover a team day-in and day-out for several years without being happy for them in a situation like that, but if you're slapping ass and shaking hands in the dressing room or the press box, you're a mascot and a jock-sniffer, not a reporter.

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#156 Harlie
August 06 2009, 01:47PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

you Rick Rolled me. :(

In the words of Jeff Spicoli " YOU D!CK!"

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#157 ronaldo
August 06 2009, 01:48PM
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Totally off topic but wanted to give ON sponsor Oodle Noodle a shout out. Had a Singapura Box for lunch...yummy. That is all.

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#158 Harlie
August 06 2009, 01:50PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

I don't get it...it's cool to be a fart catcher but it's not cool to be a jock-sniffer? Or are they both uncool? I know they both don't sound like fun to me.

** franticly searches keyboard for a green faced smiley guy who looks like he's puking**

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#159 DeepOil
August 06 2009, 01:57PM
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MattN wrote:

To: Steve Tambellini RE: Nylander OK. Here is the plan. Call his agent and tell Capitals that you are willing to pick him up, but only on re- entry waivers. Nylander waives his No Movement Clause and the caps send him down to the minors. The second his name appears on the Hersey Bears AHL roster you call his agent up and say “ My wife has changed her mind on you coming here. She says your too cold and boring. Sorry about that. ” Lets see how Mrs. Nylander likes spending the winter in Hershey. Or alternatively, the Caps could recall him and he gets a %50 pay cut. Win, Win IMO.

How uninformed are you.... really.

Players have ONE way contracts, whether they play in the bigs or in the bus league. The math is the TEAM has to pay 50% of his contract on the way up in combination with the OTHER TEAM picking up the OTHER 50%. So the next time you write a bedtime story, about an NHL player losing 50% of his paycheque, make it real like it was his alimony or paternity payment.

Think before you write horsecrap.

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#160 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 01:58PM
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Harlie wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: I don’t get it…it’s cool to be a fart catcher but it’s not cool to be a jock-sniffer? Or are they both uncool? I know they both don’t sound like fun to me. ** franticly searches keyboard for a green faced smiley guy who looks like he’s puking**

Both uncool.

I'm not about to make myself an authority on the suject, but I've always found that if you're fair and balanced as a reporter -- boring, I know -- then you'll be OK in the long run. When a team, player etc performs well, reflect that in what you write. When they don't, write it that way, too.

If you've constantly got your lips around the company Johnson, players coaches etc might be chummy with you, but there's not a lot of respect there. They own you. They know you're a fan boy. If you're negative no matter what, then you get shut out because players and coaches know you're looking to run them every chance you get.

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#161 The Fish
August 06 2009, 02:02PM
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@ ronaldo: I had Japanese Village and it was quite lovely.

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#162 mjsh
August 06 2009, 02:05PM
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A friend of mine who is the brother of a fairly prominent trainer in town tells me that Penner has been in California and is in very good shape. Lets hope that is true

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#163 Dallas
August 06 2009, 02:06PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

would anybody trade Cogs as part of package to get Stoll back? I would.

I would too BUT it would have to be straight across but I also think we would maybe need somthing else in return maybe I value him too much though

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#164 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 02:08PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: Steckel, easy.

Interesting, I'll have to pay more attention to him when I get to see the Caps.

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#165 Hemmertime
August 06 2009, 02:12PM
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The Fish wrote:

I had Japanese Village and it was quite lovely.

Went there for the first time about 2 weeks ago, now I am hooked. Delicious.

@ Robin Brownlee: I could agree on your assessment of Steckel being the type of player we need, but his contract is only 1 year left. I know we SHOULD be able to resign him, but instead of Cogs RFA having Steckel UFA seems too big a drawback to consider it. Especially when Steckel played in the south east, Eric Cole is a helluva lot better than Steckel and he wasn't looking good here. Seeing how Steckel does with 1/3 of his season against the NW instead of the SE would likely see his +/- fall, and for a player that is only +2 that would mean trading Cogliano for a minus player.

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#166 Harlie
August 06 2009, 02:20PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

quite the balancing act!

P.S - I'd hate to see the ON company Johnson. Probably looks like a cheese pizza with everything on it.

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#167 typol99
August 06 2009, 02:21PM
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Give Dustin Penner 20 games. If he is a minus and plain shitting it up like he has since he donned the oil colors then trade him. No team wants him so we will be lucky to get ..ohhh i dunno perhaps Mike keane from the manitoba moose... Just waive em ..send em back to winkler.

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#168 dyckster
August 06 2009, 02:25PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

Eric Cole is a helluva lot better than Steckel

Dude, Cole and Steckel are 2 TOTALLY different types of players. Not a fair comparison. I haven't watched Steckel enought to comment intelligently about him specifically, but from what RB has to say, comparing him to Cole is ludicrous.

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#169 Jonathan Willis
August 06 2009, 03:05PM
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Since we're going there...

Cogliano > Stoll.

It's an age thing; Stoll wasn't an NHL'er until the age of 21 and didn't have a season worth talking about until he was 23. Cogliano, who just turned 22, already has two solid seasons under his belt.

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#170 Jodes
August 06 2009, 03:06PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

The Fish wrote: I had Japanese Village and it was quite lovely. Went there for the first time about 2 weeks ago, now I am hooked. Delicious.

I haven't been to the Japanese Village in about 16 or so years.. I guess thats what happens when you get food poisoning and are "incapacitated" for the next 16-24 hours..

Too each their own I guess

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#171 The Fish
August 06 2009, 03:07PM
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@ Jodes: I've been going there religiously for about 20 years and it has been cock on every time.

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#172 TV
August 06 2009, 03:08PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

like a guy who can share Horcoff’s defensive responsibilities…. Like STOLL. Trade Cogs for Him and someone and this team is transformed. I miss that hockey player.

Travis... Trading Cogs for Stoll aside, I can see your point from Stoll's skill-set wise, but do you think it's prudent for a Hockey club to be spending $3.6mill per for a 3rd line Center..?

I really think that type of deal would hurt the Oilers if that deal was made. The players seem to fit, the $$$'s & term just don't at all.

As for Malholtra Masses, I'm still baffled as to why Oiler fans want to pick up a player who cannot, & more importantly, will not, make even 1 hit per game..?

Why pay this guy what he wants for a measly few extra % points on the dot..? That player MUST make it MUCH harder to play against versus the opposition every game to be a real factor on the ice. (IE; A Steckel type player) The Oilers just dumped a soft & edgeless player in Brodziak, so why bring in another 1 at 3x the price..?

Brule fills #51's spot with more grit, more speed & more offensive upside, so now all that is left is to "tough up" at that 3rd line Center Spot & the Oilers are off to the Races. (& Manny sure does not "tough up" a thing except for Cap issues/space)

x6

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#173 Wanye Gretz
August 06 2009, 03:10PM
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Harlie wrote:

@ Wanye Gretz: you Rick Rolled me. In the words of Jeff Spicoli ” YOU D!CK!”

Oh Harlie, will you EVER learn.

*laughs heartily and smashes desk for second day in a row at Harlie's expense*

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#174 Bob Cob
August 06 2009, 03:56PM
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Cogliano in a package deal for Stoll, why? Cogliano's upside and potential outway Stolls abilility hands down. Just because Stoll is a better face off man is not a reason to do the deal. You'd be giving up a kid that has the potential to score 30+ a couple times in his career, for a aging face off man, that you can use on the PP because he has heavey shot on his off wing. Now on the other hand if Stoll hadn't suffered that concussion it would be a better trade for the Oilers because prior to that he was captain material.

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#175 Travis Dakin
August 06 2009, 04:30PM
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Bob Cob wrote:

Cogliano in a package deal for Stoll, why? Cogliano’s upside and potential outway Stolls abilility hands down. Just because Stoll is a better face off man is not a reason to do the deal. You’d be giving up a kid that has the potential to score 30+ a couple times in his career, for a aging face off man, that you can use on the PP because he has heavey shot on his off wing. Now on the other hand if Stoll hadn’t suffered that concussion it would be a better trade for the Oilers because prior to that he was captain material.

Aging face-off man? he's 27. jeebus. So you'd prefer to let Cogliano fill the third line C role when he can't do any of the things that Stoll can do? He should be on one of the top two lines but where does he fit? He can't play wing so you propose what? It's called an asset. He has potential sure, but more so than Gagner? I'd love to keep him but where? That's why I said a package. Like Stoll AND Greene. Imagine how this team would look then. Just a thought.

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#176 Hemmertime
August 06 2009, 04:40PM
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dyckster wrote:

comparing him to Cole is ludicrous.

Yes, unless your comparison is SE players coming to Oilers and failing is the context you are using.

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#177 Hemmertime
August 06 2009, 04:42PM
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@ Travis Dakin: Why cant we keep 2 players who have potential? Neither Gagner nor Cogs needs to go anywhere.

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#178 Hemmertime
August 06 2009, 04:43PM
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TV wrote:

s for Malholtra Masses, I’m still baffled as to why Oiler fans want to pick up a player who cannot, & more importantly, will not, make even 1 hit per game..?

See: Pisani

Dont need to hit to be defensive.

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#179 Dyckster
August 06 2009, 04:52PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

Yes, unless your comparison is SE players coming to Oilers and failing is the context you are using.

That's painting a lot of players with the same brush isn't it?

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#180 Travis Dakin
August 06 2009, 05:26PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

Why cant we keep 2 players who have potential? Neither Gagner nor Cogs needs to go anywhere.

Because they both play the same role. They are both centers except Gagner is better. There is no room for him. Asset managent. There are 8 guys that can play in the top 6. Someone needs to go and he would get the most valuable return. He's not good enough at the things a 3rd line center needs to do.

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#181 steve thomas
August 06 2009, 06:09PM
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Chris wrote:

@ Steve Thomas: Lowetide has a nice statistical breakdown of Horcoff`s importance to the team. While it never hurts to have an opinion; it`s a bonus if it`s an INFORMED opinion.

Maybe if you'd ever seen the game from ice level, your "INFORMED" opinion would be different. While stats are a good way for armchair hockey critics to form an opinion, it doesn't always reflect the actual athletes ability. For example: a fire hydrant with Gretzky could have been a 30 goal scorer. Horcs could have been a 50 goal scorer last year if he could only find the net. I won't even start with how many effortless and lackluster games I had to sit through watching him.

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#182 TV
August 06 2009, 06:11PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

TV wrote: As for Malholtra Masses, I’m still baffled as to why Oiler fans want to pick up a player who cannot, & more importantly, will not, make even 1 hit per game..? See: Pisani Dont need to hit to be defensive.

Well, Goggles hits more than 1x a game, (he likely would have been 3rd over-all in hits on the Oilers if he played the entire season) & I'm talking about getting tougher in that spot & not not just defensively better.

Pisani is not a quality comparison at all IMO...

If you want to go that way, then go for a Bonk in lieu of a player like Manny. I still think Malholtra is a not the player the Oilers require in that 3rd line Center spot.

x6

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#183 Westcoastoil
August 06 2009, 06:17PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: instead of overpaying for Steckel, trying to pry Hanzel out of Phoenix seems like a better move. Not as good on the dot, but close to 50% with more offensive upside. Don’t need a guy “near” 50 per cent on the dot. They have those guys already. Don’t need guys with “offensive upside.” They have those. They need a dominant centre who can play in defensive situations and PK. Steckel is that guy.

Hanzal 6'5" 218lbs age 22, RFA next year: Hits 132 BS 46 Total FO 1078 48.3% G 11 A 20 -4 (on a terrible team)

Steckel 6'5" 222lbs Age 27, UFA next year: Hits 91 BS 52 Total FO 886 57.9% G 8 A 11 +2 (on a good team)

I'll take Hanzal if i can get him, potential for a poor man's Jordan Stall

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#184 oilFan
August 06 2009, 06:21PM
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Let Gagne take the draws and then move over to the wing letting Cogs play center, add penner on the other wing inchase Gagne gets pulled from the draw that leaves Patty-O - Horc - Hemmer Penner - Gagne - Cog Moreau - Brule - pisani Stortini - Pouliot - Nillson

Not bad could move penner to third line center he has took draws before.

Your thoughts guys

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#185 Charlie
August 06 2009, 06:21PM
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Damn rights Huddy should still have a job. He's a beauty.

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#186 Dallas
August 06 2009, 06:58PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

Robin Brownlee wrote: @ Robin Brownlee: instead of overpaying for Steckel, trying to pry Hanzel out of Phoenix seems like a better move. Not as good on the dot, but close to 50% with more offensive upside. Don’t need a guy “near” 50 per cent on the dot. They have those guys already. Don’t need guys with “offensive upside.” They have those. They need a dominant centre who can play in defensive situations and PK. Steckel is that guy. Hanzal 6′5″ 218lbs age 22, RFA next year: Hits 132 BS 46 Total FO 1078 48.3% G 11 A 20 -4 (on a terrible team) Steckel 6′5″ 222lbs Age 27, UFA next year: Hits 91 BS 52 Total FO 886 57.9% G 8 A 11 +2 (on a good team) I’ll take Hanzal if i can get him, potential for a poor man’s Jordan Stall

I fricken totally agree I commented on this post very early in the morning when it first come out stating that I would sooner trade cogs in a package for Stall out of pit or someone Like him and Hanzel is another one I REALLY Like that kid is gonna be good he has it all but like Stall what would be our chances of getting him I'm sure the coyotes know what they have there

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#187 Jonathan Willis
August 06 2009, 07:04PM
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Martin Hanzal's a heck of a player.

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#188 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 07:09PM
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steve thomas wrote:

Chris wrote: @ Steve Thomas: Lowetide has a nice statistical breakdown of Horcoff`s importance to the team. While it never hurts to have an opinion; it`s a bonus if it`s an INFORMED opinion. Maybe if you’d ever seen the game from ice level, your “INFORMED” opinion would be different. While stats are a good way for armchair hockey critics to form an opinion, it doesn’t always reflect the actual athletes ability. For example: a fire hydrant with Gretzky could have been a 30 goal scorer. Horcs could have been a 50 goal scorer last year if he could only find the net. I won’t even start with how many effortless and lackluster games I had to sit through watching him.

Effortless games from Horc?

Anyways, you are hanging your hat on "stats not being everyting" while trying to defend Hemsky and critic Horc? That's certainly a new one. Stats are all Hemsky has my friend.

The facts are, the Oilers get outscored at a better then 2 to 1 ratio when Hemsky is on the ice without Horcoff (5 on 5) that should be enough proof to demonstrate Horcoffs contributions and Hemsky's reliance on others to cover the "other" 2/3rds of the ice.

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#189 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 07:32PM
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@ Ogden Brother: People need to separate Horcoff the player from his contract. He's overpaid, but "effortless" is not a word I've ever associated with him. I've seen first-hand how hard he works on and off the ice. There is more substance than style to his game.

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#190 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 07:40PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Martin Hanzal’s a heck of a player.

Yes he is, but Phoenix has no cap issues, is building with youth and they aren't going to make him available. Besides, he's not going to be a third-line checking centre, which is the need I'm talking about.

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#191 Chris
August 06 2009, 07:46PM
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steve thomas wrote:

Maybe if you’d ever seen the game from ice level, your “INFORMED” opinion would be different.

I have seen several games at ice level... Hemsky is the guy who drives me crazy... Unfocused eyes, lollygagging back to the bench after another turnover...etc. Fact is, as fans observing the games, each and every player does something to irritate different people. In person, Hemsky irritates me: but that doesn'ty mean I am unable to grasp his importance to the team. Coming off a major injury Horcoff seemed to fight the puck a lot last year; his timing seemed off. I never, however, witnessed a lackluster effort. It's possible you witnessed the exhaustion of an overused workhorse..?.. I know so many guys who look at Penner's long stride and assume he's being too lazy to move his feet... I guess what I'm saying to you is, look at the numbers before calling someone garbage.

P.S. Hemsky is no Gretzky.

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#192 vern
August 06 2009, 07:47PM
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If he can be had steckel fits the oilers needs perfectly. Im also currious to see Penner at camp. If he his working out as hard as some are saying.

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#193 Dominoiler
August 06 2009, 08:08PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

The Fish wrote: I think the fact that he took a rag tag bunch of mutts to game 7 of the stanley cup finals will probably hold some water with some desperate franchises. It’s a common misconsetion throughout the league that they were an an average 8th place team. The roster in December was, but that team that started the playoffs was a deep, beautiful team. Anchored by arguably the best D-man in the league at the time. Hemsky, Smyth, Horcoff, Stoll, Torres, Peca, Samsanov, Dvorak, Murray, Moreau, Pisani, Laraque, Harvey, Winchester CFP, Spacek, Smith, Staios, Greene, Bergeron, Tarnstrom, Ulanov Roli, Markannen Deep. But it can’t be argued that he did not out coach all the other coaches. Only a key injury……

notice how he left out Conklin... Fkn Conklin... Smith!!! Nnnoooooo.......

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#194 David S
August 06 2009, 08:12PM
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Man it'd be nice if every post that wasn't penned by Wanye Gretz didn't devolve into a fantasy trade free for all.

"The way I see it, Dustin Penner remains the best option from the personnel under contract now as this team’s first-line left-winger."

Yeah. Sad but true. But I get worried when Edmonton's #1 Oilers writer gets to the point of submission a month before training camp. I mean, there's gotta be a plan in place, right? Right?

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#195 BigE57
August 06 2009, 08:14PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: Is the Steckel thing still just your idea of a good fit, I tend to agree with you on that by the way, or have you heard from your sources that the Oil may have more than a passing interest?

Is there any news on the Oilers in signing their remaining RFA's?

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#196 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 08:15PM
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David S wrote:

But I get worried when Edmonton’s #1 Oilers writer gets to the point of submission

There is a happy medium between panic in August and submission. You will find me there.

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#197 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 08:19PM
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BigE57 wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: Is the Steckel thing still just your idea of a good fit, I tend to agree with you on that by the way, or have you heard from your sources that the Oil may have more than a passing interest? Is there any news on the Oilers in signing their remaining RFA’s?

If you read the previous item on Steckel you will know where I stand on him and I why I stand there. The Coles Notes version is the Caps have called around because they are interested in adding grit and toughness. If I'm the Oilers and I can help fill the Caps needs with a J.F. Jacques and a pick or prospect, the guy I'm asking for in return is Steckel.

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#198 Dominoiler
August 06 2009, 08:23PM
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Chris wrote:

This goes out to all the guys who are freaking out that Tambellini hasn’t signed any UFA role players; while simultaneously being critical of him for signing Khabibulin too quickly: SHUT UP!

who is this guy,.. wtf?!?.. unless we are going to talk about heatly, oh wait.. then what else has this off season produced...

" Wait a minute…I recognize you… repeat after me: “Leave Britney alone.” ... LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!! "

HAhahahaha...

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#199 Tyler
August 06 2009, 08:23PM
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If you're the Caps, does that do it for you? It seems to me that the pick/prospect would have to be pretty good to make up for the drop-off in results to date between JFJ and Steckel. If you're the Oilers, why make this deal prior to the FA market clearing out? Prices are, presumably, continuing to fall.

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#200 Dominoiler
August 06 2009, 08:45PM
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Oh.. and your hypothetical scenario (Chris) that consists of Tambo slow-playing the FA market is laughable...

The Oil havent done Jack S. since blowing their cap space load all over Khabibulin and judging from the no heatly presser, the team is apparently good enough to contend for the playoffs without any more additions... The reason for all the negativity is because there have been NO additions, NO actions to back up anything that was said at seasons end about getting tougher... and if you were so informed by LT's blog, then you would agree that a serviceable 3C would do far more the this team than ignoring the problem...

Thats a summary for the many that dont need it.. I guess I should have kept it short n sweet w my own...

"You shut up!.." "no, no... you..."

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