One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure

Lowetide
October 01 2010 07:26AM

Oiler fans finding themselves spending work hours fretting over the possible loss of Shawn Belle or Richard Petiot to waivers need to remember one thing: the Oilers are #1 on the list for all players on the waiver wire. Once again, first overall could come in handy over the next few days.

The waiver wire can impact a hockey team in a big way. Phoenix claimed goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in mid-November of 2007 and they've been a more successful team since they did it. Atlanta plucked Rich Peverley in January of 2009, Los Angeles grabbed Kyle Quincey in October of 2008.

The Oilers are going to risk waivers on several solid players in the next few days. They could lose Martin Gerber, Sheldon Souray (hey, Glen Sather is still an NHL GM), Theo Peckham, Shawn Belle, Liam Reddox, Jeff Deslauriers and others who have/could/will been exposed. However, they could also pick up a terrific piece for the future and I hope Steve Tambellini is keeping a watchful eye on the waiver wire (I've always thought of it as a big, noisy teletype machine in the basement of the building. Cobwebs in the corner, maybe a bucket with a mop and a pile of 8-tracks in the corner next to the Roger's Syrup cans).

What bubble players could be available? Matt Pelech from the Flames (he's a huge DD with toughness) has been mentioned a few times, but the waiver pickups aren't usually famous on the day of the transaction. Ideally the Oilers would pluck someone like Quincey off the waiver wire. A solid, inexpensive option who could push the current top 4 (Gilbert, Whitney, Smid, Foster) within a year or so. There are also going to be more established players (eg, Brian Lee in Ottawa) who won't go on waivers but could be available for less than 100 cents on the dollar in trade.

There's every chance Steve Tambellini won't pull the trigger on a waiver player in the next few days. However, here's hoping he is closely watching the transactions list and grabs any player considered an upgrade. Especially among the blue.

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#51 dawgbone
October 02 2010, 08:33AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Sure, but intimidation still has an application. We saw it last night, with a Flames forward (I believe Ivanans) physically and verbally working over a young Oiler.

Next shift: MacIntyre crumples a young Flame in the opposite corner.

They don't throw a brush back pitch like Bob Gibson used to, but pitcher can still intimidate. Same with enforcers.

That would be valid if that shift by Smac altered how the Flames were playing.

It didn't, so I'm not sure where the intimidation is.

Instead, the Flames ended up suckering Smac into taking a stupid spearing penalty against the smallest player on the ice, and the guy he speared laughed it off.

The Flames didn't look intimidated last night at all.

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#53 dawgbone
October 03 2010, 08:55AM
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Lowetide wrote:

dawgbone: By the time the Oilers get good, one hopes they have a more capable option. As it is, watching Regehr manhandle another generation of Oiler skill forwards without reaction is too much to endure.

What reaction are you going to get though?

Go ahead and send a goon after him. Not only will Regehr have done his damage physically but he's going to suck someone into a penalty for it afterwards.

Maybe we'll send Smac after Iginla. I'm sure Iginla is quivering at the thought that his line gets to go out on the ice against what is essentially a 5 on 4.

Edmonton fans are obsessed with a big lumbering brute after Boogaard happened to catch a couple of Oilers a few seasons ago. They've ignored that he didn't do anything in subsequant years and was even a healthy scratch a few times.

A guy who can play hockey and be physical is fantastic. A guy who can only do the latter and not the former is useless.

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