MacGregor spills the beans: Hall will go first!

Robin Brownlee
May 25 2010 11:31PM

Windsor Spitfires Taylor Hall hoists the Memorial Cup after defeating the Brandon Wheat Kings in Brandon

Edmonton Oilers chief scout Stu MacGregor came out and said it Tuesday night -- the Oilers will take Windsor Spitfires star and two-time Memorial Cup winner and MVP Taylor Hall first. Then, they'll take Tyler Seguin.

Now that I've got your attention, I'm talking, of course, about the order of interviews being conducted by an Edmonton contingent that includes MacGregor, GM Steve Tambellini, president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe and OHL scouts Kent Hawley and Brad Davis at the NHL Combine in Toronto.

Having interviewed 22 players Tuesday, the Oilers will be sitting down with Hall on Wednesday for a 20-minute session just before the lunch hour. They will interview Seguin Thursday.

So, does who goes first in the poke-and-prod sessions between Hall and Seguin telegraph who goes first on draft day in Los Angeles, where the Oilers have first pick? MacGregor, surprising nobody, isn't saying.

MacGregor's silence aside, don't bet on it.

TALK IS CHEAP

While some people insist player interviews at the combine carry a lot of weight in the decision-making process, and that can be the case if a prospect absolutely soils the sheets in the gab session -- or shows up for the draft with two black eyes like brawler Link Gaetz did back in 1988  -- MacGregor is downplaying the interview.

"It's a minor part of it all," MacGregor said from Toronto after wrapping up interviews on Tuesday. "It's about getting to know them a bit more. We've already had discussions with these kids.

"Steve (Tambellini) wants to make sure we go through the process. Each and every day you look at it and you evaluate it. Maybe you can pick up something you missed."

Realistically, and even if MacGregor won't say it, neither Hall nor Seguin are going to change anybody's mind with what they say in these sessions. MacGregor, himself, has already had two face-to-face talks with Hall and Seguin, as have other members of the Oilers contingent.

Nobody's going to come up with a psyche-probing question that's going to tip the scales, are they? In the case of Hall and Seguin, no.

CAN'T MISS?

While MacGregor declined an invitation to slip me his list on the down-low, I'm still of the mind the Oilers will take Seguin, even with Hall's MVP performance for Windsor at the MC in Brandon.

With the majority of Oilers fans clamouring for Hall in the wake of his playoff performance, many suggesting there's no good reason to take Seguin first overall -- really? -- the call will come down to MacGregor.

One thing perhaps lost in the debate about the dynamic Hall and the talented Seguin, the right-handed centre from the Plymouth Whalers, is that maybe there is no bad pick from this tandem.

"I don't think there's a miss here," MacGregor said. "We've seen both these players a lot and both of them are special for different reasons. Having said that, you want to get the best guy."

Think Seguin. Just saying...

DAMAGED GOODS

I was chatting with Bob Stauffer today and we got around to talking about former Oiler Eric Brewer, and whether it would make sense for Tambellini to pursue him, maybe in a package with tough guy D.J. King.

The Oilers, of course, are thin on the back end beyond Ryan Whitney, Tom Gilbert and Ladislav Smid, if you assume Sheldon Souray is history, which he is. Likewise in the tough guy department, considering the Oilers will likely ice a small and young line-up and are weaklings beyond willing Zack Stortini.

We got to plugging names into scenarios, and Brewer and King came up in the conversation. With Brewer, it's because the Blues might be looking to move him and his $4.25 million cap hit because they have a young, loaded defence that includes Erik Johnson, veteran Barret Jackman and Roman Polak, to name just three, vying for minutes.

King, of course, is an up-and-coming ruffian who can play a little, and he's an RFA who made $550,000 this season. He'll be cheap and he'd fit better into Pat Quinn's "has to be able to play" edict than a re-cycled cop like Georges Laraque or Derek Boogaard.

Brewer, now 31, is worth  his cap hit when healthy, but that's a big "if" when you consider shoulder surgery and back problems have limited him to 87 games the past two seasons.

Even if the Blues would take a Patrick O'Sullivan or Robert Nilsson in a swap, I'd pass on Brewer because of his recent medical history. It makes no sense to spend north of $4 million on a guy who might play fewer than 60 games. The Oilers, for the time being, already have that in Souray.

As for King, 26, I'd make a phone call on him, but the first questions I'd ask are about the right hand injuries (he needed surgery) and shoulder problems he's had. There's some risk with him, too, but it's a $600,000 or $700,000 gamble, not a $4.25-million roll of the dice.

THIS AND THAT

-- I don't get it when some fans espouse the need for the Oilers to acquire an agitator -- fill in the name of your favourite loudmouthed, face-washer-cheapshot-artist here.

If you're talking about adding hard-nosed players who make a team more difficult to play against -- a Steve Ott or a Daniel Carcillo -- fine. If you're talking about the type of players who wag their gums or do much of their handiwork after the whistle, that makes no sense.

The Oilers don't have enough toughness in their line-up to take care of the small, soft players they already have. So how is it they would benefit from bringing in a sh*t-disturber to start stuff they can't finish?

-- MacGregor and the rest of he Oilers staff will take a backseat when prospects go through their fitness testing, starting Friday.

The Oilers contingent will leave it to fitness consultant Simon Bennett to decipher results from the testing sessions.

-- Mark Pysyk of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Nino Niederreiter of the Portland Winter Hawks and Vladimir Tarasenko of Novosibirsk (Russia) are among the top prospects interviewed by the Oilers already.

Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260.

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#1 Adam D
May 25 2010, 11:46PM
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Daniel Carcillo? Really?

I do tend to like having some semblance of pride in my team.

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#2 Racki
May 26 2010, 12:00AM
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I feel burned, much like that time someone at work sent me a fake news e-mail from the Edmonton Oilers saying that Pronger was traded back to Edmonton.

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#3 Steve-N
May 26 2010, 12:18AM
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I think MacGregor is leaning Hall from that interview. Maybe I'm reading into things, but he always said Taylor Hall's name first and Tyler Seguin second when talking about them...Subliminally maybe he's thinking Hall first...

Plus did your hear him defend Hall's critics about his head down? Sounded pretty convincing to me

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#4 Tha Legion
May 26 2010, 12:29AM
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@Steve I think it also has to do with it's always been called the Taylor/Tyler Debate. Like you wouldn't call Betty and Veronica Veronica and Betty, think there was an issue about that.

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#5 Jamie B.
May 26 2010, 12:53AM
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I'm just glad the draft is in June. We're already this goofy about Taylor vs. Tyler, can you imagine if it was allowed to combine with the bored-out-of-our-minds-nothing's-happening-while-waiting-for-the-season-to-start days of August?!

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#6 Fingort
May 26 2010, 01:36AM
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You really got my hopes up there, Robin. That's dirty pool, man.

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#7 Ken
May 26 2010, 02:02AM
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So, how is it that we get both first picks?

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#8 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
May 26 2010, 03:43AM
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That's flagrant false advertising Robin. I actually had a smile on my face as I clicked on your link. Bastard.

That being said, another great article.

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#9 RossCreekNation
May 26 2010, 06:18AM
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Funny, Robin. LOLZ.

About 6 weeks back, I mentioned a Souray for Brewer swap thinking cap hits are similar and both teams may be looking to move their player. I realize Brewer doesn't bring the booming shot (or boners across the Nation) that Souray does, but both are injury prone $4.25M d-men - one headache for another?

Say you can get Brewer & King for Souray & Jacques... you do it? IIRC, Brewer obly has 1 year left compared to Souray's 2...

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#10 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
May 26 2010, 06:56AM
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Adam D wrote:

Daniel Carcillo? Really?

I do tend to like having some semblance of pride in my team.

have you watched this team the last 3 years?

only pride anywhere near the oilers lately has been that guy dancing in the tight pink pants and furry top by the gretzky statue..

rumour has is, pink pants boy is an ogden "brother"

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#11 hamzinoilcntry
May 26 2010, 06:57AM
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We need to focus on working over Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins to do whatever possible and send whomever possible to snag both of these players. I know it's unrealistic but a guy can sure dream!

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20 minute interviews? What is this KFC?

Robin

Who does Dallas have to back up Ott? How about Philly for Carcillo? Cooke played in Pittsburgh while Godard was no where to be found.

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#13 Reagan
May 26 2010, 08:00AM
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Listening Bob's show yesterday, some Bruin fan clammed in to say that the Oilers were in talk with the Bruins about picking 2ND overall and the Bruins second round pick + Blake Wheeler. The Oilers would have to give up the 1st overall selection and their second round pick. No offence but why are these useless rumors starting already? It is beyond me to this point to start projecting this form of lunacy too soon. I can see the day of the draft about mulling this form of deal over in fact if the Oilers are to take Seguin. Then it could possible benefit them.

However I do have a feeling the Oilers may trade a couple later round picks and some dead cargo for a second first round pick! That is mere speculation but not a rumor.

For the record, I would love to see a guy like Carcillo, or Cooke play here. Crap Vancouver has two of these wieners and they do quite well against the Oilers!

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#14 Robin Brownlee
May 26 2010, 08:03AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

20 minute interviews? What is this KFC?

Robin

Who does Dallas have to back up Ott? How about Philly for Carcillo? Cooke played in Pittsburgh while Godard was no where to be found.

Read it again. Ott and Carcillo fight their own battles. They don't just yap and agitate and expect somebody else to clean up the mess like many players labelled as agitators do. That aside, you might want to look closer at the line-ups both these players play on. You think Krys Barch and Mark Fistric in Dallas are a walk in the park? Philly has Aaron Asham, Ian Laperriere and and Scott Hartnell.

What about Cooke? He cheapshots guys and then turtles. "Here Zack, you take over because I just got tossed for elbowing Daniel Briere in the mouth and the Flyers are pissed . . .|

Yes, that would work.

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#15 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
May 26 2010, 08:03AM
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Damn it Brownlee! Get my hopes up just to crush them... it's going to be a long day. Great read though.

My first thought on the re-acquiring Brewer was why? But then I thought about it a little more and the only way I see that going through is if we can dish out more salary then we bring back. Say a Souray + Nilson duo for Brewer + King. I could see King and Stortini raising all kinds of havoc on the other teams soft 2nd liners. It would be grand.

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#16 BUCK75
May 26 2010, 08:09AM
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~I didn't mind Brewer here, after all he made the Olympic team that one season.~

I think Brewer is too similar to a Gilbert/Whitney to bring him here. The injuries don't help either after we have watched our dmen get hurt numerous time the last couple of years.

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@Robin Brownlee

Barch, Fistric etc... Are those guys really any tougher then Stortini, Jacques etc...?

My other point I'd add is I don't just want to go out and get one guy that plays tough this summer. Ideally we are getting a couple guys up front and at least one more on the backend.

I read your post again. So who was talked about yesterday that made you talk about not getting an agitator that doesn't back himself up? I thought we were talking about guys like Ott and Carcillo yesterday.

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@BUCK75

I just can't see St.Louis trading their captain for junk.

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#19 smiliegirl15
May 26 2010, 08:23AM
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Ken wrote:

So, how is it that we get both first picks?

Seriously???

Dude you have to stop with the cheap stuff at 2am and reread the article.

Who lets these people in???

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#20 madjam
May 26 2010, 08:30AM
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Any day now i expect to see or hear Oilers make a deal that addresses upsizing and upgrades over the downsizing and downgrading of on ice product ! If Souray must go then how about Alzner and Laich from Capitals ,or Subban and Laperrier from Habs ? A defenceman and size upgrade at forward . I look at our seemingly good youngsters about to crack lineup and figure we can be a very good club come next season . My optimism changes when i reconsider whom management and coaching are however . M.I.A. ( missing in action) again this season is management team to make good things happen in rapid succession . Last year we were only two bodies away from being a strong contender , and this season once again we look to management to address even more holes they created to fill adequately . To date, once again, i see nothing being done ; and i have grave doubts this managerial team will fill old or new voids with upgrades ! Present management is not very adept at making deals or even keeping talent here . You can't build a contender that way . I see another one got by Katz in Yzerman . I still think we can turn the tide quickly as early as next season, but not with present managerial staff and coaching . Our 30th place finish is evidence our weakest point is management and coaching . The resultant on ice product is the result/reflection of management and coaching more than just the players ! Show me some signs that are positively going to address their multiple player problems and not scare more away . Big signings in Cornet and i forget whom else? Is that it for this season now i ask ? Whoopty ding dong . I see we are rated deadlast in efficiency. Now that comes as no surprise . This club should be going for Cup next season with some of the talent we have coming in and presently still in lineup - not destroying all the base and making for a long road back of 3-5 years .

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#21 Wanye
May 26 2010, 08:34AM
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This misleading headline forced me to call my roommate into the living room and say "LOOK! LOOK! BROWNLEE HAS THE SCOOP!"

Well played Sir.

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@madjam

I don't think Subban is leaving Montreal anytime soon. Especially given the talks that they may lose Markov next year.

As for Souray to the Caps. Caps aren't making any deals til after July 1st. Lots of talk they are going after Volchenkov, so I'm not sure they make a play for Souray.

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#23 Wanye
May 26 2010, 08:37AM
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"The Oilers don't have enough toughness in their line-up to take care of the small, soft players they already have. So how is it they would benefit from bring in a sh*t-disturber to start stuff they can't finish?"

Second well played. I'm glad I stayed up all night and was one of the first to read this.

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#24 BUCK75
May 26 2010, 08:55AM
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@madjam

Whoa we're a Stanley Cup contender this season? We're gonna get the best young defenceman Montreal has had in the last 20 years for Souray?

You sir need to go back to the doctor for some more Zoloft.

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#25 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
May 26 2010, 08:56AM
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madjam wrote:

Any day now i expect to see or hear Oilers make a deal that addresses upsizing and upgrades over the downsizing and downgrading of on ice product ! If Souray must go then how about Alzner and Laich from Capitals ,or Subban and Laperrier from Habs ? A defenceman and size upgrade at forward . I look at our seemingly good youngsters about to crack lineup and figure we can be a very good club come next season . My optimism changes when i reconsider whom management and coaching are however . M.I.A. ( missing in action) again this season is management team to make good things happen in rapid succession . Last year we were only two bodies away from being a strong contender , and this season once again we look to management to address even more holes they created to fill adequately . To date, once again, i see nothing being done ; and i have grave doubts this managerial team will fill old or new voids with upgrades ! Present management is not very adept at making deals or even keeping talent here . You can't build a contender that way . I see another one got by Katz in Yzerman . I still think we can turn the tide quickly as early as next season, but not with present managerial staff and coaching . Our 30th place finish is evidence our weakest point is management and coaching . The resultant on ice product is the result/reflection of management and coaching more than just the players ! Show me some signs that are positively going to address their multiple player problems and not scare more away . Big signings in Cornet and i forget whom else? Is that it for this season now i ask ? Whoopty ding dong . I see we are rated deadlast in efficiency. Now that comes as no surprise . This club should be going for Cup next season with some of the talent we have coming in and presently still in lineup - not destroying all the base and making for a long road back of 3-5 years .

i look forward to the day when the enter button on your keyboard gets fixed

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#26 madjam
May 26 2010, 08:56AM
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I'd like to see Simmonds in an Oiler uniform ,and maybe even a a Boals . Byfuglien and/or Versteeg would be nice additions over Potulny , Stone, Brule , Comrie and the likes . We need a core of efficient forwards with size , youth ,speed and physicality to surround our many incumbent rookies and draft picks . Saying it, and getting it, however, is another story with present managerial and coaching staff .

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#27 Scott in Grande Prairie
May 26 2010, 08:58AM
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Not sure if you're still dialed in this morning, Robin, but if you are, I was wondering if there's been any word of any interest in Souray?

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#29 The Fish
May 26 2010, 09:18AM
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madjam wrote:

Any day now i expect to see or hear Oilers make a deal that addresses upsizing and upgrades over the downsizing and downgrading of on ice product ! If Souray must go then how about Alzner and Laich from Capitals ,or Subban and Laperrier from Habs ? A defenceman and size upgrade at forward . I look at our seemingly good youngsters about to crack lineup and figure we can be a very good club come next season . My optimism changes when i reconsider whom management and coaching are however . M.I.A. ( missing in action) again this season is management team to make good things happen in rapid succession . Last year we were only two bodies away from being a strong contender , and this season once again we look to management to address even more holes they created to fill adequately . To date, once again, i see nothing being done ; and i have grave doubts this managerial team will fill old or new voids with upgrades ! Present management is not very adept at making deals or even keeping talent here . You can't build a contender that way . I see another one got by Katz in Yzerman . I still think we can turn the tide quickly as early as next season, but not with present managerial staff and coaching . Our 30th place finish is evidence our weakest point is management and coaching . The resultant on ice product is the result/reflection of management and coaching more than just the players ! Show me some signs that are positively going to address their multiple player problems and not scare more away . Big signings in Cornet and i forget whom else? Is that it for this season now i ask ? Whoopty ding dong . I see we are rated deadlast in efficiency. Now that comes as no surprise . This club should be going for Cup next season with some of the talent we have coming in and presently still in lineup - not destroying all the base and making for a long road back of 3-5 years .

Meth binge?

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#30 Carry
May 26 2010, 09:27AM
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Robin.

Just wondered why you felt the need to remind us all that Seguin is a right handed center? I think everybody in the universe knows it by now.

I'm also really surprised that you still think the Oilers are going to take Seguin. I guess winning the Memorial Cup, and MVP for a second straight year, tying Seguin in points and winning silver at the Jr's just can't overshadow all of Seguin's accomplishments.

I listened to the MacGregor interview, and if I am a betting man i would say he is more in Hall's camp then Seguin's.

And since he said they are taking the BPA regardless and position has nothing to do with it the "right-handed center" argument means nothing anymore.

You have been of the mind the Oilers are taking Seguin for months now, and even went as far to say they had already made the pick months ago and you had some contacts in the Oilers organization saying Seguin was the guy.

I'll say with 110% certainty that your wrong on the 25th.

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#31 Ender
May 26 2010, 09:29AM
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Many people seem to think that Stu MacGregor is telegraphing a preference for Hall. That might be wishful thinking, but it also might be true for reasons different than one might expect.

Let's suppose that the Oilers had already decided on Seguin. They might also know that Boston wants Hall badly, and Hall has certainly done nothing to change their minds lately. Is there any way the Oilers could have their cake and eat it too?

Sure there is. Pretend like you are going to draft Hall. Make Boston sad. And then at the draft, trade down one spot, let Boston have their guy with the first pick, and you take the guy you wanted (Seguin) second along with whatever compensation you managed to squeeze from the Bruins. It's potentially win-win, but if the Oilers are doing that, they better be right. If Seguin turns into the better player, they'll look like freakin' geniuses. If Hall dominates the pair and the public realizes that Tambi could have had him but let him go, though . . .

Does Tambi have the guts to put his job on the line and swing for the fences?

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#32 Oil99
May 26 2010, 09:29AM
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@Robin Brownlee

Robin

I was just wondering if/when Edm picks Hall, will you have the balls to come here and tell us that you were totally wrong.

This was an off the record chat between me and someone very involved in the Oiler organization. He said they "WILL NOT" pass up on Hall.

I think the Oilers or the person slipping you the Seguin info may be taking you for a ride. Or maybe it's just you going against the grain to garner more traffic and page views around here.

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#33 Vince
May 26 2010, 09:30AM
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Pass on Brewer. In fact, pass on anyone who's injury prone for the time being. This team is never going to get over their injury woes as long as they continue to bring in injury prone players like Souray, Pitkanen, Visnovsky, etc.

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#34 BUCK75
May 26 2010, 09:32AM
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@Robin Brownlee

I was the guy who brought up Cooke yesterday, so I will take my lumps I guess. I brought him up from Gregor's article yesterday, even though JG didn't mention him...

I think of Cooke in the same category as Lapierre. A player who is tough to play against finishing checks & who "might" fight once in a while. This past year Cooke had a career high in fights according to hockeyfights.com with 6. Lapierre had 3, Carcillo had 17 this past season. Konopka was mentioned by both of you a few times, & nobody thinks he will even become a free agent. I think Carcillo will play himself into a bigger contract than he might have received if Philly didn't make it to the SCF.

While I suggested Cooke, I agree with your take on him not being the right fit. We would need a few people willing to take lumps for a guy like that.

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#35 Senator Theo
May 26 2010, 09:33AM
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madjam wrote:

Any day now i expect to see or hear Oilers make a deal that addresses upsizing and upgrades over the downsizing and downgrading of on ice product ! If Souray must go then how about Alzner and Laich from Capitals ,or Subban and Laperrier from Habs ? A defenceman and size upgrade at forward . I look at our seemingly good youngsters about to crack lineup and figure we can be a very good club come next season . My optimism changes when i reconsider whom management and coaching are however . M.I.A. ( missing in action) again this season is management team to make good things happen in rapid succession . Last year we were only two bodies away from being a strong contender , and this season once again we look to management to address even more holes they created to fill adequately . To date, once again, i see nothing being done ; and i have grave doubts this managerial team will fill old or new voids with upgrades ! Present management is not very adept at making deals or even keeping talent here . You can't build a contender that way . I see another one got by Katz in Yzerman . I still think we can turn the tide quickly as early as next season, but not with present managerial staff and coaching . Our 30th place finish is evidence our weakest point is management and coaching . The resultant on ice product is the result/reflection of management and coaching more than just the players ! Show me some signs that are positively going to address their multiple player problems and not scare more away . Big signings in Cornet and i forget whom else? Is that it for this season now i ask ? Whoopty ding dong . I see we are rated deadlast in efficiency. Now that comes as no surprise . This club should be going for Cup next season with some of the talent we have coming in and presently still in lineup - not destroying all the base and making for a long road back of 3-5 years .

~ I was a little lost on all of this, until I re-read it and saw you clarified that M.I.A. means missing in action. ~

FYI (for your information), that's one that most people will understand without having to use the acronym AND spell out each word. ;)

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#36 Balf82
May 26 2010, 09:33AM
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Forget Brewer. Can we swing a deal for Jackman. He is what we want. A solid stay at home Defenseman who has a mean streak. He is basically a clone of Gator, but has a Calder on his resume!

King and Jackman

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O'Sullivan, JFJ and JDD.

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#37 madjam
May 26 2010, 09:46AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Your combination of rambling foolishness and 300-word sentences gives me a headache.

I don't want to call the Grammar Police and slap the knucklehead cuffs on you, seeing this is a hockey website, but either write stupid stuff with proper punctuation or provide something meaningful when you're bashing off these marathon paragraphs.

Otherwise, I'm going to start deleting these off-the-rails trains of thoughts of yours.

Censorship ? Who made you God ?

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#38 BUCK75
May 26 2010, 09:52AM
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@madjam

He said you can write stupid things as long as you finish sentences with periods. Not spaces then periods.

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#39 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 26 2010, 10:00AM
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I like the later of the two you mentioned ...Carcillo or even if we could pry Steven Downie out of Tampa, either would make a fine assassin on skates here, piss and vinegar is something thats been missing from the Oilers game for a number of years..... not sure Dallas would be willing to part with Ott after extending him late last season.

Robin....please take a moment and complete this short survey. How aggressive are the Oilers in pursueing another top five pick next month.....Circle one of the numbers listed below. 1... (last season was a fluke and we should still be playing) 10.... (Steve is currently camping on Chiarellis lawn while Hemsky is roasting them mashmallows)

1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10

Will we be successful in adding another top five pick?

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#40 Ryan14
May 26 2010, 10:05AM
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Enter the Dragon: Thats a pretty good idea. Maybe Edmonton and Boston make a trade, with an underlying factor being Edmonton drafts Seguin first overall? That way, we still `control our destiny` while still getting something from Boston, whatever it be..( not going to start inserting crazy trade rumours)

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#41 BUCK75
May 26 2010, 10:05AM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

Stauffer would quit working for the Oilers if Downie ever played here. Maybe we could get Akim Alui to play on his wing?

A Downie type is what is lacking here. We would need to draft him I think because Colby Armstrong I think would be his equivalent in points. Armstrong will be getting a big raise somewhere.

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#42 swany
May 26 2010, 10:07AM
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RB any news on contracts for Brule, Gagner, and Cogs. I don't see why the winger/centre debate is still raging, Seguin can play wing and has done so in the past but 99% of the time he's a centreman, Hall played centre his entire career until Jr. his coach ONLY switched him to wing because of the depth the Spitefires had at centre and because of his SPEED off the wing NOT because he couldn't play the position. Would it be so hard for him to go Back to centre?

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#43 Ogden Bothered
May 26 2010, 10:22AM
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madjam wrote:

Censorship ? Who made you God ?

Madjam, that is probably the most unintentionally funny thing I have read in weeks. I'm gonna start throwing out the arbitrary "who made you god" saying all the time now:

"Kraft Dinner on a Wednesday? Who made you God?"

"Facebook invite to join Farmville? Who made you God?"

"Cancelled the U-God concert? Who made you God?"

Or maybe it was an actualy question of flattery towards Brownlee:

"Who made you, God?"

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#44 Oil_Loc8or
May 26 2010, 10:31AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Funny, Robin. LOLZ.

About 6 weeks back, I mentioned a Souray for Brewer swap thinking cap hits are similar and both teams may be looking to move their player. I realize Brewer doesn't bring the booming shot (or boners across the Nation) that Souray does, but both are injury prone $4.25M d-men - one headache for another?

Say you can get Brewer & King for Souray & Jacques... you do it? IIRC, Brewer obly has 1 year left compared to Souray's 2...

Thats just what the Oilers need two more players that can't play full seasons. Brewer doesn't have a boomng shot since he takes wrist shots not slap shots.

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#45 Archaeologuy
May 26 2010, 10:32AM
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@Ogden Bothered

"Who made you, God?" is hands down my favourite. Well played.

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#46 Crackenbury
May 26 2010, 10:36AM
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@swany

I read that quote from the Spitfires coach. It didn't make a lot of sense to me. If you've got speed, are a natural center and one of the best players in the game, why aren't you playing center? If he didn't play center through his junior career, there's no way he's switching back now. There has to be a better explanation for his move to wing and I'm guessing his coach just didn't want to point out a weakness at that position prior to draft day.

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#48 Dave
May 26 2010, 10:40AM
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From what i've read and seen in interviews(which isnt a lot) i think Seguin is more of a character guy then Hall and with both players being equal in the talent department like most scouts seem to think then I would go with the Seguin.

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#49 Westcoastoil
May 26 2010, 10:44AM
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@madjam

Souray for Alzner & Laich or Subban & Lapierre. Really? Maybe we could swing Malkin + a 3rd rounder for POS and and Nilsson.

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#50 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 26 2010, 11:04AM
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Maybe we should end all this suffering and trade the first pick for Lecavalier

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