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Wanye
March 03 2010 03:25PM

"Its just one of those days when you don't wanna wake up, everything is f***ed, everybody sucks. You don't really know why but you wanna justify, rippin' someone's head off. Your best bet is to stay away mother f****r - its just one of those days."

- Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit fame rapping directly to Oilers fans around the world.

So this is it is it Nation? After a season of waiting for someone - anyone among the 4,026 people collecting a Kay-Z paycheque to run this team - to step up and fix the squadron and provide us with a micron of hope. This is the best we could do is it?

It is clear that we have now crossed the threshold of a team looking to make upgrades to the current roster and have now become a team looking to blow it all up and let it all die. 17 points out of 14th place in the Western Conference, it's hard to imagine how things could get worse for the Oilers.

But that is exactly what the monkeys running the zoo have been able to pull off.

So, lets take a quick gander at the trades the Oilers managed to pull off today shall we?

INSULT NUMBER ONE

Lubomir Visnovsky to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round draft pick.

Wow, where do we start with this humdinger of a crappy deal? Perhaps by pointing out that dealing away the only only offensive defenseman that isn't currently staring down hand amputation surgery - helpfully announced with about an hour to the deadline we might add - the Oilers are basically saying "there is no sense keeping good players around here. Not with what we are in the midst of destroying."

RYAN WHITNEY - 4 Million per season, signed through 2012-13.

2009-10 ANA 62 GP 4G 24A  28 Pts  -6 48 PIM

2008-09 ANA 20 GP 0G 10A 10 Pts +1 12 PIM

2008-09 PIT 28 GP 2G 11A 13 Pts -15 16 PIM

2007-08 PIT 76 GP 12G 28A 40 Pts -2 45 PIM

2006-07 PIT 81 GP 14G 45 A 59 Pts +9 77 PIM

2005-06 PIT 68 GP 6G 32A 38 Pts -7 85 PIM

Here is the boiled down deal with Whitney. When he broke into the league with Pittsburgh, he collected mad second assists, scored at an above average pace for a defenseman and used to hit. This all went down on a young gun team of Penguins and he was able to coast along with an offensively gifted team.

Then he stopped hitting, scoring and collecting points and got dealt to Anaheim late last year.

Then the Ducks took a look at him doing less and less and dealt him to the Oilers for one of the better offensive defensemen in the game in Visnovsky. Even on the worst team in the NHL (and possibly the AHL) Visnovsky has been able to contribute regularly this season and was arguably one of the only positives on the team.

This trade is a salary dump - plain and simple - and for 1.6 million less per season it wasn't even a good one in that regard. The Oilers are still paying 4 million for a substantially worse defenseman that they have up for another 3 seasons to come.

Welcome to the Oilers Tom Gilbert II.

INSULT NUMBER TWO

Steve Staios to the Calgary Flames for defenceman Aaron Johnson and a third round draft pick.

Steve Staios, Assistant Captain and former folk hero with 99% of Edmontonians, has exactly one year left on his contract but was moved to the Calgary Flames of all teams to save $2.7 million dollars on a team that will still be incapable of even hoping to be .500 next year. Remember when trading within your Conference or Division was considered unwise? Remember when deals with the Flames were rarer than a 2010 Oilers victory? All these rules seem to have gone out the window now.

It's as though the Oilers head office have a secret list of "the hell we can put our fan base though in a 6 year period" and they are just checking off each item as fast as they can.

Really Tambellini? Staios to the Flames huh? Are there any insults left you can hurl in our collective direction?

We aren't going to even bother looking at Aaron Johnson's career stats. Know why? Cause he sucks and we don't care. And as he is a UFA at the end of the season hopefully he hits the dusty trail as quickly as he arrived.

HERE IS WHAT WE DON'T UNDERSTAND

As crappy as the Oilers have been, they have at least been able to lay claim to a decent - albeit expensive - defensive corps. It has been one of the few bright spots on this team that justice and time have forgotten. But now with the departures of Lubo, Staios and Grebs, coupled with the wonderfully timed season ending hand infection suffered by Sheldon Souray, this leaves the Oilers with the following defenseman:

Whitney - Gilbert

Smid - Studwick

JUNK - JUNK

JUNK

This could be somehow overlooked if by some miracle the holes on the team had actually been plugged as a result of the decimation of our defensive corps. Defensive forward anyone? Nope. Physical forward or d-man capable of hardening up this butter soft lineup? Nope. The ever elusive player capable of winning faceoffs on a regular basis? Crickets. A mercy trade for our shell shocked Captain? Nein. A goalie to plug in behind Glug Glug Ripoffibulin and the backup AHL goaltending duo? No.

How can we have even less hope after the trade deadline? It boggles the mind.

We are really rollin' now.

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#51 S.Tambellini
March 03 2010, 04:12PM
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Sleepover at Kev's tonight to celebrate the sweet deals.

And thanks for the great tune! I keep rollin! rollin! rollin!

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#52 Travis Dakin
March 03 2010, 04:12PM
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So whatever happened to The Ducks wanting Moreau? Why the hell couldn't they find a way to make the Ducks take him with Visnovski? I think that would have been a nice courtesy from the Ducks.

You know, a little extra lube to ease the forced entry.

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#53 In Hall We Trust
March 03 2010, 04:14PM
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Ok im not sure why everybody is in panic mode. The sky is not falling !!!

1) Tambo got us a depth player who can play physical in Ryan Jones. Everybody complains this team is far too soft.

2) Tambo got rid of the turnover machine known as Grebeshkov (Garbagekov).

3) We dumped a bad contract in Lubo (33 with 3 more seasons left on his contract)and added a younger more physical d-man in Ryan Whitney (yeah he makes 4 million per but Zidlicky just got 4 million per contract so is it that bad?)

4) We cut more cap in Steve Staios (seriously this isnt a bad move)

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#54 Charlie
March 03 2010, 04:14PM
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Oilers fans are never satisfied.

Tambo ditched some contracts, and this summer he'll have around 14 million in cap space.

Contracts for Gags and Cogs, drafting a stud, and golf - look forward to that.

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#55 Zamboni Driver
March 03 2010, 04:15PM
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David S wrote:

Stauffer was explaining it as cap savings, younger guy and bigger (and theoretically tougher). Although he could just as easily be, and probably was reading the Oilers press release.

Just think. Every team we meet until the end of the year is going to look like the Harlem Globetrotters. We'll see more goals in 20 games than we will have seen for the balance of the season. If we ignore which team scores them, it should make for some exciting hockey.

Winning of course will be something our dads will have to tell us about, you know, in the "olden days".

...and probably was reading the Oilers press release.

Change "was reading" to wrote.

His participation on the radio was sad sad sad.

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#56 Word
March 03 2010, 04:15PM
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I wonder if this is supposed to be some kind of terrorist hostage style posturing by Katz?

"Until the City of Edmonton buys us a new arena, I will continue to order my minions to sabotage the team... Mr. Tambellini, trade Hemsky for Wade Redden.... now."

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#57 Westcoastoil
March 03 2010, 04:15PM
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At the risk of making Wayne's D line up look worse, isn't Smid battling neck issues? the potentially season ending time. Tambellini will basically icing the drowning AHL D corps for the rest of the season. Makes you wonder what caused all his hatred for Pat Quinn.

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#58 Matt Henderson
March 03 2010, 04:17PM
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@In Hall We Trust

Visnovsky's contract wasnt bad. He was the only D-Man on the team that was actually earning his paycheck. The other contracts were bad, his was just expensive. There is a difference.

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#59 In Hall We Trust
March 03 2010, 04:17PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

At the risk of making Wayne's D line up look worse, isn't Smid battling neck issues? the potentially season ending time. Tambellini will basically icing the drowning AHL D corps for the rest of the season. Makes you wonder what caused all his hatred for Pat Quinn.

It's called tanking and ensuring we see Taylor Hall in Oiler silks come June.

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#61 Mur
March 03 2010, 04:19PM
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What a garbage article! Maybe Oilers Nation could trade Wanye!!!!!!!!!!

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#62 Matt Henderson
March 03 2010, 04:20PM
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In Hall We Trust wrote:

It's called tanking and ensuring we see Taylor Hall in Oiler silks come June.

Or Seguin, I'm not sure who is better. A lot of people say its pretty even and the Oilers need a superstar Centre.

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#63 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
March 03 2010, 04:21PM
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Mur wrote:

What a garbage article! Maybe Oilers Nation could trade Wanye!!!!!!!!!!

For whom - RossCreek?

...and you thought the Visnovsky trade was bad!

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#64 In Hall We Trust
March 03 2010, 04:21PM
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Tyler Seguin is more of a complete player but less skilled than Hall.

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#65 jeanshorts
March 03 2010, 04:23PM
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Wanye wrote:

I wasn't suggesting filling holes for 20 games only.

I was hoping that they could move some of the higher priced assets for some of the cheap role players we need so badly.

These problems are only going to be worse after a summer of being turned down by free agents from near and far.

Thankfully though, instead of having free agents turn our team down, they'll must likely be completely ignored as Tambo and Lowe spend their entire summer trying to woo Peter Bondra out of retirement.

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#66 Matt Henderson
March 03 2010, 04:24PM
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@In Hall We Trust

It's hard for me to tell because Seguin has more points and 10 more goals on a worse team than Hall.

But honestly, I dont know enough. Stu MacGregor has done a pretty good job drafting. I'll defer to him.

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#68 Westcoastoil
March 03 2010, 04:24PM
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Everyone should be simultaneously logging into SportsAction right now. Whatever the over/under is for the Chicago game it's too low.

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#69 David S
March 03 2010, 04:25PM
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Wanye wrote:

I wasn't suggesting filling holes for 20 games only.

I was hoping that they could move some of the higher priced assets for some of the cheap role players we need so badly.

These problems are only going to be worse after a summer of being turned down by free agents from near and far.

Wanye, the goals for this year have been to tank the season to get the #1 pick and shed salary. As soon as Khabby went down and we didn't dial up a replacement, that strategy became obvious.

So as you see, everything is indeed going to plan.*

*Play Dr Evil laugh

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#70 Ball Buster
March 03 2010, 04:25PM
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@In Hall We Trust

Is that Steve Yzerman complete or Shawn Horcoff complete?

Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question but I've never seen either Seguin or Hall play.

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#71 David S
March 03 2010, 04:26PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

Everyone should be simultaneously logging into SportsAction right now. Whatever the over/under is for the Chicago game it's too low.

Its gonna be a bloooooodbath!

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#72 BUCK75
March 03 2010, 04:26PM
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@Wanye

Trying to be a little positive here, but PHX signed a bunch of cheap, no name free agents last summer & look where they are at now. Teams weren't knocking down Vern Fiddler's doors I don't think. We won't be getting many sexy big name free agents, but we might get some more grit.

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#73 Petr's Jofa
March 03 2010, 04:26PM
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I'm confused. If this team is committed to a proper rebuild why do we need all this cap space for next season?

Or does proper rebuild it mean showing up on some UFAs door step again next summer with a big check and a fancy video about Edmonton?

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#74 BUCK75
March 03 2010, 04:28PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

Everyone should be simultaneously logging into SportsAction right now. Whatever the over/under is for the Chicago game it's too low.

5.5

*calls bank to refinance house*

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#75 Racki
March 03 2010, 04:32PM
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I'm Staios' biggest fan, but I like that deal. Yah he went to Calgary, but:

a) Staios is a dinosaur and fading. b) More salary Calgary's way = awesome.. they completely ruined their team in a short span. c) We're still aways away, so if Calgary were suddenly competitive.. meh.. no big deal. Staios is only there for the end of this season plus one more year.

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#76 Matt Henderson
March 03 2010, 04:32PM
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Man, I look at that Peter Mueller for Wolski trade and I wonder how the Coyotes managed to trick the Avalanche into taking their Magic Beans. Then I wonder what it would have taken for the Oilers to get Wolski.

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#77 Racki
March 03 2010, 04:33PM
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Petr's Jofa wrote:

I'm confused. If this team is committed to a proper rebuild why do we need all this cap space for next season?

Or does proper rebuild it mean showing up on some UFAs door step again next summer with a big check and a fancy video about Edmonton?

Quite a few RFAs this year, including the big ones.. Gagner, Cogliano, Brule, to name a few...

So having that cash is good. Plus, why spend money to suck? :)

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#78 rubbertrout
March 03 2010, 04:39PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Thankfully though, instead of having free agents turn our team down, they'll must likely be completely ignored as Tambo and Lowe spend their entire summer trying to woo Peter Bondra out of retirement.

PETER BONDRA IS AVAILABLE!!

*Katz gasses up the bat-jet he was taking to the Czech republic to woo Jagr and decides to swing by Slovakia to try and swing a Ziggy Palffy/Bondra two-fer as well

Problem solved.

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#79 Jodes
March 03 2010, 04:40PM
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@Racki

I just hope that we're able to do more in the off season then "we tried to pursuse players X, Y and Z to no avail" and "we'll have to look inside our organization for PK, F/O's and scoring". But frankly I don't think anyone in management has a clue where to proceed anymore..

I think we're starting to see why Vancouver and other teams didn't want Tambellini as their GM.

Face it folks, Kevin Lowe and his *&^% contracts will continue haunt this team for another 10+ years..

Its just another another mediocre day in the life of a Oilers fan. I guess we should be use to this by now.

Sigh

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#80 rubbertrout
March 03 2010, 04:42PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

Trying to be a little positive here, but PHX signed a bunch of cheap, no name free agents last summer & look where they are at now. Teams weren't knocking down Vern Fiddler's doors I don't think. We won't be getting many sexy big name free agents, but we might get some more grit.

Pro hockey players like to golf. Their wives and girlfriends like the sun. I'd be willing to bet that it would have taken more money to get them to come to Edmonton than Phoenix seeing as it loooked like neither team was really going anywhere last summer.

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#81 Red Deerian Convert
March 03 2010, 04:44PM
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In Hall We Trust wrote:

Ok im not sure why everybody is in panic mode. The sky is not falling !!!

1) Tambo got us a depth player who can play physical in Ryan Jones. Everybody complains this team is far too soft.

2) Tambo got rid of the turnover machine known as Grebeshkov (Garbagekov).

3) We dumped a bad contract in Lubo (33 with 3 more seasons left on his contract)and added a younger more physical d-man in Ryan Whitney (yeah he makes 4 million per but Zidlicky just got 4 million per contract so is it that bad?)

4) We cut more cap in Steve Staios (seriously this isnt a bad move)

Way to be positive... props

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#82 Ender
March 03 2010, 04:46PM
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@Jodes

No, it's not just another day in Oilerville. I had hope before today, though granted that hope was for next season. Now, I'm having to re-evaluate that. This day is . . . well, I have several adjectives that fit, but mediocre is not one of them.

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#83 Librarian Mike
March 03 2010, 04:47PM
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You all think you're depressed. Imagine how Ales Hemsky feels:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNRUjnp-5Rw

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#84 Ducey
March 03 2010, 04:51PM
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Wayner,

The Oilers defence is decent? Last I checked they had given up the most GA in the league. They can't be worse than worst.

Plus, with the gutting of Carolina and the Leafs, the Oilers might as well gut now and keep the DFF going.

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#85 DoubleJ
March 03 2010, 04:52PM
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Ryan Whitney is the Cheechoo of defense. He peeked two and half years ago. We just got raped. If it was a salary dump, why not get a stay at home d-man and a 2nd round pick? I'd prefer that then Whitney. He better prove me wrong.

What's worse it looks like we might be leaning towards Fowler more then ever now.

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#86 Red Deerian Convert
March 03 2010, 04:52PM
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The thing that we can look forward to is a complete overhaul, because the current roster on the oilers website only has 6 of 30 players over 30.

But as of now lottery pick here we come!

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#87 OilFan
March 03 2010, 04:53PM
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Tambo has proven again why he is the worst GM in the world. Last season he never tryed to replace Vish when he went down, instead let us drop out of a playoff spot. Then finished the year off chasing Hossa instead of filling the holes. Then this year, trades are only center that could win a draw for a pick, sign's Habby to a three year deal when he could have signed Rolli for two years at less money. Then finshed it off again chasing Heatly. Wow I wonder what he will do this off season ? Lubo was by far our best dman and possibly best player. I will be so pissed if they don't replace Tambo by the end of this season. I can't handle another season or a draft/rebuild with him making any decision related to hockey. We must be a joke accross the league.

The Staios trade was a good one since he is getting payed to much for a bottom five dman, but with the defence line up we have now Staios would probably be in the top three. Ryan Whitney and Gilbert together brutal.

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#88 OilFan
March 03 2010, 04:55PM
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DoubleJ wrote:

Ryan Whitney is the Cheechoo of defense. He peeked two and half years ago. We just got raped. If it was a salary dump, why not get a stay at home d-man and a 2nd round pick? I'd prefer that then Whitney. He better prove me wrong.

What's worse it looks like we might be leaning towards Fowler more then ever now.

I agree. Whitney is brutal and at least I think Tambo could have got a better return. As for Fowler it looks that way.

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#89 David S
March 03 2010, 04:55PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

You all think you're depressed. Imagine how Ales Hemsky feels:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNRUjnp-5Rw

Katz asks Tambellini to join him in his office after today's activities...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akOSLIf_DvU&feature=related

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#90 Librarian Mike
March 03 2010, 04:57PM
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David S wrote:

Katz asks Tambellini to join him in his office after today's activities...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akOSLIf_DvU&feature=related

Nice reply! Props to you, good sir.

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#91 Homie
March 03 2010, 04:57PM
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In Hall We Trust wrote:

Ok im not sure why everybody is in panic mode. The sky is not falling !!!

1) Tambo got us a depth player who can play physical in Ryan Jones. Everybody complains this team is far too soft.

2) Tambo got rid of the turnover machine known as Grebeshkov (Garbagekov).

3) We dumped a bad contract in Lubo (33 with 3 more seasons left on his contract)and added a younger more physical d-man in Ryan Whitney (yeah he makes 4 million per but Zidlicky just got 4 million per contract so is it that bad?)

4) We cut more cap in Steve Staios (seriously this isnt a bad move)

Word.

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#92 Stonedole
March 03 2010, 04:59PM
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Good couple trades for the Oil today, thought we could have gotten rid of Moreau's contract but hey, you cant have everything.

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#93 Jodes
March 03 2010, 04:59PM
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Ender wrote:

No, it's not just another day in Oilerville. I had hope before today, though granted that hope was for next season. Now, I'm having to re-evaluate that. This day is . . . well, I have several adjectives that fit, but mediocre is not one of them.

I know Ender.. I'm just trying to stay positive, and "mediocre" is about all I can muster.

Honestly though after I've thought about it, I guess the best word would be "numbing" becuase we aren't sure where we go from here.

I know there's more to life then Oilers hockey, but after living through the craptacular teams that were the 90s Oilers and being told that our future is bright, these past 4 years is like Deja Vu all over again (and again, and again and again).

We could draft Hall or Sequin, but if there isn't any support for these players, this team will wallow at the bottom for many more years.

Its like we never learn from our mistakes..

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#95 Matt Henderson
March 03 2010, 05:09PM
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Has Tambellini shipped out the better player in every move he's ever made?

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#96 Lofty
March 03 2010, 05:10PM
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Am I the only one who thinks the worst news of the day has nothing to do with the trades???

Sheldon Souray could become the Jim Abbott of the NHL. I hope its nothing serious but that fight>injury>infection is gang green for the Oilers organization.

A broke neck drunk Goalie and a one handed Big Sexy makes the next 3 years even more bleek.

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#97 OilFan
March 03 2010, 05:13PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Has Tambellini shipped out the better player in every move he's ever made?

I don't recall any good players he has received in any trade. Do you?

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#98 MrCondor
March 03 2010, 05:15PM
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I like what we did today. Consider the big picture.

Vis was our best D Man. No one can doubt that. But by the time this team is ready to compete, he'll be older than Steady Steve. If you don't recall, Staios' age was one of the main reason people wanted to trade him. We got younger, stronger, and CHEAPER with that deal. I'm glad we got it done before Vis's age started to take his toll on his market value.

I won't pass judgement on Whitney until I see a couple of games with him in our system, but the guy was an olympian. He has put up large numbers in the past and maybe a change in scenery will help. Don't judge the exchange until we know everything.

Staios' deal is the same situation as Vis'. Younger and cheaper. Plus I think we got a hell of a deal for him. (Anyone else think Sutter has lost it?)

Grebs - We got cheaper.

We couldn't trade Moreau. It's not that we didn't try, it's that no one wanted him for that price and term. World doesn't end tomorrow people - wait for the next trade deadline when he's a rental and we could get a much better return. Teams need that leadership and grit in the playoffs. I'd love him gone too, but is there really that big of rush?

We couldn't trade Pisani. If you're a GM, do you take the risk on him staying healthy for a cup run? He's off the books next year anyways.

And did anyone honestly think we could pawn Horcoff on to someone today?

Today, we've freed up a lot of cap space and have gotten a lot younger. I'm quite confused why everyone is so upset about that.

We have a potential 14 million in cap room next year. The buzz about our future is strong - hopefully free agents won't be as hesitant to come north.

We're on the 3 year plan, not the March 4th plan. What did you expect to happen today?

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#99 Matt Henderson
March 03 2010, 05:17PM
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@Lofty

I wonder if the Oilers realize they just shipped out 3 NHL defensemen and received 1 in return then rethink the whole Trade Souray thing. If the Oilers trade him in the summer (assuming a recovery) They are down to 4 (including a 200 year old Strudwick) bonafide NHL defensemen in the entire system.

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#100 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 03 2010, 05:18PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Has Tambellini shipped out the better player in every move he's ever made?

well, POS for Cole was s*** for s***....

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