No Fast Times, But Slow, Steady Progress

Lowetide
July 28 2010 06:02PM

Steve Tambellini (and the Oilers management group) are staying the course. It might not be spectacular but it will be effective if they make good decisions on the kids and resist a quick fix. 

Let's review the major transactions of this calendar year:

  1. March 1: Oilers trade D Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville for the Predators 2nd round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft. That picked ended up being WHL forward Curtis Hamilton. This trade looks good already, with the Oilers cashing an rfa they didn't plan on signing and perhaps picking up a draft sleeper who fell due to injury.
  2. March 3: Oilers claim LW Ryan Jones from Nashville. Picked up a depth player who may help in a 4line role without giving up an asset.
  3. March 3: Oilers trade D Lubomir Visnovsky to Anaheim for D Ryan Whitney and 2010 6th round draft pick. That player ended up being WHL defenseman Brandon Davidson. Traded a more talented offensive defenseman for a younger one with a nice range of skills. The prospect is a flier, may or may not turn out.
  4. March 3: Oilers trade D Steve Staios to Calgary Flames for D Aaron Johnson and a 2011 3rd round draft pick. This is music! Dealing Staios (a good solder but a spent force) and his contract (he was not a UFA) in exchange for a reasonable pick and a depth defender was a nice move.
  5. June 23: Oilers acquire C Colin Fraser from Chicago for Oilers 6th round draft pick in 2010. That player ended up being German C Mikro Hofflin. No lose deal for a 4th line C on a deep team. He could end up being that 2-way center the Oilers have been searching for over the last few years (from the Reasoner/Brodziak tree) and at the very least brings energy and grit.
  6. June 25: Drafted Taylor Hall. Amen.
  7. June 26: Had a nice draft beyond round one. A lot of interesting pieces added.  
  8. June 26: Oilers trade C Riley Nash to Carolina for a 2010 2nd rd draft pick. That player ended up being Slovak defenseman Martin Marincin. Gave up on a young player, which is not in the rebuild handbook.
  9. June 30: Ethan Moreau is claimed off waivers by Columbus. Good times.
  10. June 30: Oilers trade forward Patrick O'Sullivan to Phoenix for D Jim Vandermeer. A depth move to be sure, although the Oilers might have picked up a better player on the free agent wire. Hard to argue with what was a "get out of Jail free" card, though.
  11. June 30: Oilers buy out contract of forward Robert Nilsson. Good luck, Row-bert. And tell your Dad he was a helluva Oiler.
  12. July 1: Oilers sign defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 2-year contract ($1.8M per season). A nice signing, better than that if he can emerge as a legit top 4 defender.
  13. July 2: Oilers sign D Jason Strudwick to a 1-year contract ($725,000 per season). The term is fine, but the number is too much.
  14. July 2: Oilers sign defenseman Richard Petioit to a 1-year contract ($550,000 per season). Good depth for the farm, and maybe he's this year's Arsene (only with quicker feet).
  15. July 2: Oilers sign L Steve MacIntyre to a 1-year contract ($500,000 per season). Serves a role the coach clearly wanted filled this summer.
  16. July 3: Oilers sign L Alexandre Giroux to a 1-year contract ($500,000 per season). Possibly the best AHL free agent available this summer.
  17. July 7: Oilers sign C Brad Moran to a 1-year contract ($500,000 per season). Under the radar, he could be an NHL player on this team.
  18. July 9: Oilers sign R Ben Ondrus to a 1-year contract ($550,000 per season). AHL toughness.
  19. July 13: Oilers sign G Devan Dubnyk to a 2-year contract ($800,000 per season). He'll get more playing time this season and we should know by the summer.
  20. July 13: Oilers sign D Shawn Belle to a 1-year contract ($600,000 per season). Good AHL signing and maybe he can push the kids. If he wins an NHL job, even better.
  21. July 16: Oilers sign L Greg Stewart to a 1-year contract ($500,000 per season). More AHL toughness.
  22. July 27: Oilers sign R Gilberrt Brule to a 2-year contract ($1.85M per season). Every chance to be a value contract.

This is a much better summer. Adding some nice items and then some depth on the blue (Whitney, Foster, Strudwick, Belle), culling the herd up front to make room for the kids and then adding draft picks for Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor.

The omissions are even more heartening. No trading Penner, Cogliano and Smid for the latest Hockey Jesus, and no Jagr rumors or stories about Nylander's wife. Yes, the Oilers have some holes (veteran center, a winger who can mentor the kids, the goaltending is askew) but there is a plan and a direction.

We're not going to like some things in the new Oilers order. They may end up trading Hemsky or Penner because they'll be UFA by the time this bunch is any good; they're going to play Horcoff in a role most Oilers fans will hate (unless Tom Renney is off his nut); they don't appear to be in any hurry to give this roster veteran balance despite useful (and well priced) free agents still being available.

Some will complain the Oilers haven't addressed the major issues, but there's no hurry. There are more contracts to burn off, there are kids to develop and their are roles to be decided on merit. This is the beginning.

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#51 Dyckster
July 29 2010, 07:46AM
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Eve Stambellini wrote:

@The Webmaster

Some of us work in offices where there are women who take offense at the cheesy photos of women like the one at the top of this post.

Is everyone here 12 years old and still getting woodies looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits.

I can't red this blog at work for fear of upsetting someone who might be passing by my desk.

PLEASE CUT OUT THE CHEESY ART.

Ummmmmmmm, if it's an issue, don't access the sight at work.

PLEASE ADD MORE CHEESY ART.

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Lowetide wrote:

GSC: That's the thing that has me baffled. From what I can tell he signed with Carolina in the first 5 minutes available and his contract doesn't look bonus laden to me.

SO, if it wasn't about money--and he just gave up his final year at Cornell--where was the disconnect?

The other day Bob Stauffer suggested the agent said Nash didn't want to play in the AHL. I can see that being a reason to prefer Carolina (they have little depth)and that is a reasonable (although it doesn't put Nash in a very good light) conclusion.

Still, you draft a guy in the top 25 and deal him three years later for #46?

I think the organization has had a good summer, but feel it is reasonable to put an X beside that decisison. Marincin may be quality, though so the mark could change down the line.

Better then letting him walk away after his final year of NCAA.

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@Eve Stambellini

You know you could just scroll down and avoid the whole picture.

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#55 rubbertrout
July 29 2010, 07:54AM
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Eve Stambellini wrote:

@The Webmaster

Some of us work in offices where there are women who take offense at the cheesy photos of women like the one at the top of this post.

Is everyone here 12 years old and still getting woodies looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits.

I can't red this blog at work for fear of upsetting someone who might be passing by my desk.

PLEASE CUT OUT THE CHEESY ART.

The lede says "No Fast Times". The picture is from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". Scroll down right away and then the pic isn't visible. This isn't rocket science you know.

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#57 Banger
July 29 2010, 07:55AM
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Eve Stambellini wrote:

@The Webmaster

Some of us work in offices where there are women who take offense at the cheesy photos of women like the one at the top of this post.

Is everyone here 12 years old and still getting woodies looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits.

I can't red this blog at work for fear of upsetting someone who might be passing by my desk.

PLEASE CUT OUT THE CHEESY ART.

ummmmmmmm you cant be serious.....I hope your not serious..... wait you are serious?

I love the picture and i want more of the same in the next post.

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#58 rubbertrout
July 29 2010, 07:56AM
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Lowetide wrote:

I changed the photo because it wasn't a really good picture of Phoebe Cates. So, we have a new one.

However, I do reserve the right to post photos that fit the theme.

Boo.

By the way LT you are nothing short of incredible in regards to the sheer quantity of quality posts you throw out there. Between your own site and this one I have no idea how you do it.

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Lowetide wrote:

Ogden Brother: Its still a reflection of poor asset management. They knew Riley Nash was going to Cornell before the draft (he declared in I believe April) and still chose him in the first round.

Yes, but we aren't talking about what they did in 2007. We are talking about the last calendar year, are we not? Otherwise you might as well say that Nilsson buyout is a bad asset move, acquring O'Sullivan a mistake, over paying those vets etc...

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#60 Banger
July 29 2010, 07:59AM
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Lowetide wrote:

I changed the photo because it wasn't a really good picture of Phoebe Cates. So, we have a new one.

However, I do reserve the right to post photos that fit the theme.

hey wait a minute, what about the people at my work place that are offended by a box of pizza............

BRING BACK THE CLASSY ART!!!

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#61 Dyckster
July 29 2010, 08:04AM
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Lowetide wrote:

I changed the photo because it wasn't a really good picture of Phoebe Cates. So, we have a new one.

However, I do reserve the right to post photos that fit the theme.

Awwww, c'mon LT don't let @Eve Stambellini get in the way of the ON Right of Passage.

Next thing you know Ice Girls of the week will be replaced with Hairy Backed Men of the week.

*Goes home, shaves back.*

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#62 Crackenbury
July 29 2010, 08:05AM
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Eve Stambellini wrote:

@The Webmaster

Some of us work in offices where there are women who take offense at the cheesy photos of women like the one at the top of this post.

Is everyone here 12 years old and still getting woodies looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits.

I can't red this blog at work for fear of upsetting someone who might be passing by my desk.

PLEASE CUT OUT THE CHEESY ART.

Looks to me like you found a way to read it. Uh-oh, here comes a co-worker, try to look busy.

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#63 baggedmilk
July 29 2010, 08:16AM
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rubbertrout wrote:

The lede says "No Fast Times". The picture is from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". Scroll down right away and then the pic isn't visible. This isn't rocket science you know.

I recommend you read a great Oilers blog called jeanshorts and baggedmilk. There are definitely no "boobies" on that "site"

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#64 baggedmilk
July 29 2010, 08:17AM
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Wait that wasn't for Rubbertrout....

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#65 madjam
July 29 2010, 08:27AM
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Lowetide wrote:

GSC: Nash forced the issue, but logic dictates something happened in those three seasons to create a rift. He didn't sign for millions in Carolina.

Nash did not overly impress in NCAA this season . Couple that with the new youngsters that were going to beat him out anyways , it's likely he decided to try his wares elsewhere .

He looked promising over a year ago but regressed like a lot of Oiler prospects . More than losing a first round and second round pick to originally draft him , it still burns me to see we passed over D.Perron to get the kid in the first place !

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#66 Racki
July 29 2010, 08:29AM
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rubbertrout wrote:

The lede says "No Fast Times". The picture is from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". Scroll down right away and then the pic isn't visible. This isn't rocket science you know.

Exactly. I work in an office and it's a very quick scroll down, and you don't have to worry... shrink your browser window a bit.

Keep doing what you do, LT! Some people complain about everything..

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#67 Poo Czar
July 29 2010, 08:32AM
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Though I much prefer the original pic (oh how that scene helped my adolescence, thanks Phoebe Cates!), in this new one I like to think of Mr. Hand as Lowe and Spicoli as Tambo for the first year of their working relationship. Everyone else in the class is the collective "Management Team", only half of which are shown.

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#68 madjam
July 29 2010, 08:42AM
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Pick ups at a reasonable price if available might be W. Mitchell (if healthy enough ) , Madden and Turco . Several others are still available as role players as well . Any RFA's worth going after that are low enough priced ?

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#69 Matt Henderson
July 29 2010, 09:01AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Yes i am suggesting it would hurt the Oilers to terminate this contract. Dany Heatley took a team members life and caused considerable public damage and he never lost a cent of his contract, what gives the Oilers the right to turf a contract over a misdemeanor creating zero public damage or injuries/fatalities? Khabibulin will plead guilty to a lesser charge and barely receive what some may call a penalty/fine, he'll be guilty of something but it surely won't be for Extreme DUI.

(1) We can split hairs over the Edmonton issue till the cows come home but it remains true there are only 750 NHL well paying jobs to be had. After 7 years of course all players are going to have multiple options to choose from. Is there really a need to add one more reason to avoid Edmonton?

(2)Agree on the Camp-run-amuck thing.

(3)Agree with the first sentence and we won't have to deal with the Khabibulin issue anyways. There were no feathers ruffled with Lou sending guys to the AHL to circumvent the salary cap because all of the monies due to the players were paid in full.These same opportunities were available to all 30 NHL teams and therefore not deemed as cheating.

The difference between the Dany Heatley case and the Khabibulin case is the possibility of going to jail. If memory serves me correct then Heatley did not serve jail time. If Khabibulin has to go to prison then he will have put the Oilers in a different position than the Thrashers were in.

This isnt about life/death/misdemeanor/felony. This is about Prison time and the possibility of having serious Visa problems. This is about an inability to play because of self-inflicted legal woes.

IF the Oilers void Nik's contract it wont be because he drove while drunk, it will be because he is unable to honour his contract.

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#70 rubbertrout
July 29 2010, 09:09AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

Wait that wasn't for Rubbertrout....

I knew that must not have been intended for me as I'm well aware of your classy web-establishment.

*thinks if he wishes really long and hard Rusty will bring back NSFW Fridays

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#71 George B
July 29 2010, 09:11AM
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LT,

It could be as simple as someone in the organization suggesting that Nash might spend a couple years in the minors developing and Nash saying..."They don't like me as a player and I am not going to get a legit NHL shot. I am outta here."

From my standpoint, the player forced the hand, not the team. How can you blame a team for moving a player that from all accounts was lukewarm to being an Oiler?

If that were the case, CFP would still be in Copper and Blue.

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#72 madjam
July 29 2010, 09:15AM
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Whom is going to beat Omark out of a job with Oilers this year ? He's flying under the radar for now . He looks to be another S.Sullivan to me .

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#73 Oil_Loc8or
July 29 2010, 09:25AM
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madjam wrote:

Whom is going to beat Omark out of a job with Oilers this year ? He's flying under the radar for now . He looks to be another S.Sullivan to me .

I haven't seen him play. That would be good. At first I thought you wrote POS.... thank god

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#74 Lebowski
July 29 2010, 09:31AM
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Eve Stambellini really should not be stealing from her employer's time in the first place.

Then there are important issues such as the freedom of the press (or the blogger) and artistic licence.

Lastly it is my view that men have been simply getting pushed around too much since about 1970.

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#75 DC
July 29 2010, 09:47AM
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Eve Stambellini wrote:

@The Webmaster

Some of us work in offices where there are women who take offense at the cheesy photos of women like the one at the top of this post.

Is everyone here 12 years old and still getting woodies looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits.

I can't red this blog at work for fear of upsetting someone who might be passing by my desk.

PLEASE CUT OUT THE CHEESY ART.

Please do NOT!! cut out the cheesy art. Maybe at work you should work. Just a thought. The "Cheesy art" Is one of the best parts about the site. Other than all the Oilers talk.

Oh and Nate's rants, Like the new name by the way. You seem much more laid back Nate!! Did you discover weed?

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#76 Racki
July 29 2010, 09:55AM
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madjam wrote:

Pick ups at a reasonable price if available might be W. Mitchell (if healthy enough ) , Madden and Turco . Several others are still available as role players as well . Any RFA's worth going after that are low enough priced ?

I'm hoping that the rumors of the Oil talking to Madden are true. I think he's the guy we're looking for to help with the PK (well, one of several that could help). Willie Mitchell, I also like, if we can dump Souray.

Turco... well... we've got a mad jam of goaltenders right now, but I wouldn't complain if the Oilers picked him up, let JDD go, and then figured out what to do with either of Khabi or Dubnyk. But only if he came cheap. I think this coming season and the next, we have some decent cap space to play with. After that, we definitely don't want to have any big money contracts lying around. So a 1 or 2 year contract would be good for a good goaltender like Turco.

I know people are saying "we already have 3!" but we actually don't have a single goaltender who is reliable. We have one guy who can't cover the bottom of the net, one that gets beat up high all the time, and one that might face jail time and has injury issues (although ultimately, a healthy Khabi is still a good option, I think). I would easily kiss all 3 goalies goodbye in favor of Turco for a couple of years.

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#77 Racki
July 29 2010, 09:56AM
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Btw, in regards to my above comment... I know we can't actually kiss Khabi's contract goodbye..

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#78 Rob...
July 29 2010, 10:00AM
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Please say no to the Turco idea. I can't stand goalies who think it's their right to play the puck all the way to center ice without being touched.

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#79 GSC
July 29 2010, 10:10AM
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Lowetide wrote:

GSC: That's the thing that has me baffled. From what I can tell he signed with Carolina in the first 5 minutes available and his contract doesn't look bonus laden to me.

SO, if it wasn't about money--and he just gave up his final year at Cornell--where was the disconnect?

The other day Bob Stauffer suggested the agent said Nash didn't want to play in the AHL. I can see that being a reason to prefer Carolina (they have little depth)and that is a reasonable (although it doesn't put Nash in a very good light) conclusion.

Still, you draft a guy in the top 25 and deal him three years later for #46?

I think the organization has had a good summer, but feel it is reasonable to put an X beside that decisison. Marincin may be quality, though so the mark could change down the line.

Well sure, dealing a first round selection for the 46th overall pick is a loss, no question about it. But better to get something for Nash while you still can, no?

No doubt the Oilers do share some blame in this, but I blame them for another reason: Did they fail to do their homework before drafting him? In a results-driven business, you're right about putting an "X" beside the decision to trade Nash. IMO, I would put an "X" beside the decision to draft him. I see in one of your comments above that you might agree with that notion?

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Matt Henderson wrote:

The difference between the Dany Heatley case and the Khabibulin case is the possibility of going to jail. If memory serves me correct then Heatley did not serve jail time. If Khabibulin has to go to prison then he will have put the Oilers in a different position than the Thrashers were in.

This isnt about life/death/misdemeanor/felony. This is about Prison time and the possibility of having serious Visa problems. This is about an inability to play because of self-inflicted legal woes.

IF the Oilers void Nik's contract it wont be because he drove while drunk, it will be because he is unable to honour his contract.

I'd say the other difference is Dany Heatley was a healthy young top goal scorer full of potential. Bulin quite the opposite.

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#81 Dyckster
July 29 2010, 10:22AM
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Andrew Ladd signed for 2.35 million, he had 1 more assist than Brule last year, that's it.

Any chance young Mr. Brule is regretting his decision to sign for 1/2 a million less?

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#82 Matt Henderson
July 29 2010, 10:23AM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

That's fair, but if Dany Heatley lost his ability to work in the US because of a conviction then his youth and goalscoring potential dont really matter.

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#83 Reggie
July 29 2010, 10:26AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I'd say the other difference is Dany Heatley was a healthy young top goal scorer full of potential. Bulin quite the opposite.

The comment about the Heatley scenario is that he was not impaired and was not charged with a DUI. There was alcohol in his system, but he was not above the legal limit.

Details are here of actual charges, court results, etc.

Heatley Court case

A tragedy with the loss of life, but Khabi was lucky he was only caught and didn't cause an accident.

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#84 Matt Henderson
July 29 2010, 10:26AM
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@Dyckster

Andrew Ladd also has 2 Stanley Cup rings and a longer history of NHL success than Brule. If Brule tried to throw out Ladd as a comparable he would be laughed at.

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#85 Racki
July 29 2010, 10:31AM
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On the Riley Nash stuff, a lot of prospects just don't work out. And you're not going to get 100 cents on the dollar for a player that doesn't work with your team. It sucks it happened, and I'm interested to know how the rift was created if Nash really didn't have interest in going back to College this year. But I don't see it as that big of a deal. We're going to lose high drafted players for peanuts from time to time, but we'll also pick up other team's high draft picks for peanuts from time to time too (personally, I consider the Gilbert Brule an example of that, even if we gave up a guy who was drafted slightly higher).

We'll survive ;)

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#86 jake
July 29 2010, 10:37AM
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Racki wrote:

Exactly. I work in an office and it's a very quick scroll down, and you don't have to worry... shrink your browser window a bit.

Keep doing what you do, LT! Some people complain about everything..

I work in a mid-size hospital which is like 80% female staff (yeah it's real rough...lol) and I see computer backgrounds, calanders all the time of firefighters etc. with no shirts on etc. ...works both ways.

I say put the Jill Hennessay photo up 24/7 over in the River Cree ad area, beats looking at Kim Mitchell, Loverboy etc. for weeks and weeks..haha.

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#87 HardBoiledOil
July 29 2010, 10:44AM
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@Racki--

ya, it sucks that Nash is almost NHL ready, maybe as soon a this year and is a center with legit talent that we could have really used. but getting a player like Marincin for him is starting to look better and better, Martin has a chance to be a very good d-man very soon. here's hoping!

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#88 David S
July 29 2010, 10:49AM
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Eve Stambellini wrote:

@The Webmaster

Some of us work in offices where there are women who take offense at the cheesy photos of women like the one at the top of this post.

Is everyone here 12 years old and still getting woodies looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits.

I can't red this blog at work for fear of upsetting someone who might be passing by my desk.

PLEASE CUT OUT THE CHEESY ART.

I COMPLETELY agree Eve. This can be an evil place with all the cheesy pictures and smutty articles.

You might want to check out the wonderful, uplifting site below. They have daily gospel readings and the readers contribute uplifting and inspirational comments that make your heart skip a beat with their sincerity. There's no other site out there that gives you such a positive spiritual boost every day. You will NOT be disappointed.

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#89 Racki
July 29 2010, 10:54AM
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@Racki--

ya, it sucks that Nash is almost NHL ready, maybe as soon a this year and is a center with legit talent that we could have really used. but getting a player like Marincin for him is starting to look better and better, Martin has a chance to be a very good d-man very soon. here's hoping!

Yah, on a good note, we do have Vande Velde as an up-and-coming centreman too, and he at least is willing to play some games in OKC. When Nash was still here, I looked forward to Vande Velde more than I did Nash anyways, just because of their style of play.

I don't know much about Marincin, but from what I've read, it sounds like he is a decent prospect to have on our blueline anyways, as you pointed out. :)

Who knows... we shouldn't count a trade as bad until we've seen it completely play out.

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#90 hockeyboiler
July 29 2010, 10:57AM
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Excellent article again, LT.

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#91 Dyckster
July 29 2010, 10:58AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Andrew Ladd also has 2 Stanley Cup rings and a longer history of NHL success than Brule. If Brule tried to throw out Ladd as a comparable he would be laughed at.

Fair enough,

But if you were to add Clarke MacArthur to your (Brule's) argument though.....?

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#92 Matt Henderson
July 29 2010, 10:59AM
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@Dyckster

Clarke MacArthur is currently unemployed. Brule's 1.85 million a year are significantly more than Clarke's 0.00 dollars a year.

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#93 Quicksilver ballet
July 29 2010, 11:05AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

The difference between the Dany Heatley case and the Khabibulin case is the possibility of going to jail. If memory serves me correct then Heatley did not serve jail time. If Khabibulin has to go to prison then he will have put the Oilers in a different position than the Thrashers were in.

This isnt about life/death/misdemeanor/felony. This is about Prison time and the possibility of having serious Visa problems. This is about an inability to play because of self-inflicted legal woes.

IF the Oilers void Nik's contract it wont be because he drove while drunk, it will be because he is unable to honour his contract.

We both know he's not going to be doing any time. A guilty plea to a much lesser charge and a fine and this gets swept under the rug for less than a hundred grand.

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#94 Dyckster
July 29 2010, 11:05AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Clarke MacArthur is currently unemployed. Brule's 1.85 million a year are significantly more than Clarke's 0.00 dollars a year.

Pffffffft,

Minor detail in the grand sceme of things. :)

Good point though, fine, you win.

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#95 Matt Henderson
July 29 2010, 11:10AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

We both know he's not going to be doing any time. A guilty plea to a much lesser charge and a fine and this gets swept under the rug for less than a hundred grand.

We definitely do not know that. He hasnt plead guilty to a lesser crime yet and the State seems to believe it has all the evidence required to convict*. Arizona has very strict Drinking and Driving laws. To go along with that, Russians in America havent exactly had the best press of late, AND Arizona isnt exactly a welcoming state to foreigners (especially foreigners commiting crimes).

Nonetheless, if this becomes a 150 dollar fine then Khabibulin reports to camp on time and this is a non-issue.

*I heard that on Law & Order

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#96 madjam
July 29 2010, 11:12AM
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RFA's of note : B.Ryan , J.Neal, M.Hanzal , P.Hornqvist , M.Stall , D. Setoguchi , I.White , P.Mueller, and A.Niemi . Any worth a second round loss of next years draft if the price is right . Some obviously will be signed for significantly more than that , however .

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#97 Megahurts
July 29 2010, 11:23AM
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Lowetide wrote:

I changed the photo because it wasn't a really good picture of Phoebe Cates. So, we have a new one.

However, I do reserve the right to post photos that fit the theme.

I'm with you buddy. It was out of focus but not out of taste. And to to dude worried about his co-workers ... unless your job is reviewing hockey blog sites, don't open it at work.

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#98 Quicksilver ballet
July 29 2010, 11:27AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

We definitely do not know that. He hasnt plead guilty to a lesser crime yet and the State seems to believe it has all the evidence required to convict*. Arizona has very strict Drinking and Driving laws. To go along with that, Russians in America havent exactly had the best press of late, AND Arizona isnt exactly a welcoming state to foreigners (especially foreigners commiting crimes).

Nonetheless, if this becomes a 150 dollar fine then Khabibulin reports to camp on time and this is a non-issue.

*I heard that on Law & Order

Law and Order? isn't that Canadian law.

You would've been much better off grabbing the Hillstreet Blues compilation (US)....with no commercials you could have your degree within a week dude.

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#99 Matt Henderson
July 29 2010, 11:28AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

Pretty sure Law & Order is American...being set in New York and all

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#100 rubbertrout
July 29 2010, 11:45AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

We both know he's not going to be doing any time. A guilty plea to a much lesser charge and a fine and this gets swept under the rug for less than a hundred grand.

Charels Barkley went to tent city in AZ. He may not do much time but if he's convicted of a DUI he'll do some time.

Tent city with a dehydration problem might be an issue.

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