UPDATE from 3-on-3 Tournament...MPS impresses and changes his name.

Jason Gregor
July 09 2010 08:06AM

COLOGNE, GERMANY - MAY 23: Ilya Kovalchuk of Russia looks dejected after losing the IIHF World Championship gold medal match between Russia and Czech Republic at Lanxess Arena on May 23, 2010 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

I return home from the greatest fishing trip of my life (more on that in a few days) and I see that the Hall-hype is in overdrive, the Oilers still don’t have a veteran 3rd liner, Ilya Kovalchuk is still an UFA and Lebron James might have the biggest sports ego of all-time.

I’ll be at Clareview this morning watching the 3-on-3 rookie tournament and I’ll be most interested in Hall, MPS and Teemu Hartikainen. I won’t put too much stock in how they play because dominating against rookies is much different than going up against NHL veterans, but I am curious to see them live.

I’ve seen Hall on TV and his game speaks for itself, but I just want to see the hype up close and personal. MPS is the big wild card for me. So many scouts have told me they think he is ready to make the jump to the NHL and that is speed is his best asset. Hartikainen is another guy that some think is a wild card to make the squad because of his style of play; which possesses more grit and sandpaper than any of the other young prospects.

I don’t see Hartikainen making the squad, but today is the first chance to see if the kid has the potential to make the NHL in the future.

This camp isn’t about finding out who can play in the NHL, rather it will show which young guys can’t.

Veteran still needed

The Oilers were interested in Rob Niedermayer, but he took Buffalo’s offer because the Oilers didn’t make him a direct offer. Normally teams will submit an offer to a guy and give him a short window to make up his mind. It came down to Buffalo making a secure offer and rather than wait for a “what-if” from the Oilers he took the sure thing. He had an offer on the board from another team but choose Buffalo.

Niedermayer would have been a good fit in Edmonton on a one-year deal. He’s won a Cup, is a great team guy and would have given them a solid 3rd line centre.

They still need to add that guy, and I haven’t got any info regarding Dominic Moore, but if I’m the Oilers I’d look at him. The only problem is he isn’t that big or physical, but he is reliable and might be the best option left, unless Steve Tambellini can add a centre via trade.

Kovalchuk still free

This is the longest a player of Ilya Kovalchuk’s status has remained on the market, but I wonder if this is good for hockey. Edmonton isn’t interested and wouldn’t have a chance if they were, but even fans here are curious to see where he will end up. The rumours and possible scenarios is keeping hockey in the conversation in places where normally they wouldn’t get a sniff. It’s not a hype-crazed machine or anything, but I think it is good to see a guy like him float around for longer than six hours on July 1st.

Let me be clear and say a little speculation is good, but thankfully NHL players aren’t like the NBA.

In what other sport would you have a guy who has won nothing hold a press conference to say where he is signing. The best part of my fishing trip was there wasn’t any TV, Internet or phone so I didn’t have to follow Lebron James’ ridiculous saga.

James is a great player and a phenomenal athlete, but after watching his press conference last night I hope to hell the Miami Heat never win a championship with him. This entire James, Dwayne Wade and third-wheel Chris Bosh saga made me sick. James has a one hour show to tell the world where he is playing, while simultaneously ripping out the heart of his home state. Classy move Mr. James, classy move.

The players and their player’s association would be crying COLLUSION if the owners ever did anything similar. The best part about this putrid scenario is that the NHL looks even better by having a solid salary cap. The soft cap of the NBA is a joke, and the JWB signing will hurt the league long-term. In 2009, 40% of the teams in the league lost money, and there has been speculation that as many as 20 teams lost money last year. I’d bet you can add Cleveland to the list of teams that will lose money next year.

MLB is a joke because normally it is the same 10 teams with a realistic shot to win. You get the odd upset but that’s it. The NBA will be the exact same. The Lakers and Heat will exceed the cap every year and they can afford it. I know the Knicks prove that overspending doesn’t guarantee a winning team, but any decent GM with a brain and an abundance of money will give his team a chance to win.

I’m a fan of the NBA, but yesterday’s ridiculous and ego-induced press conference has drastically lessened my interest. I will only watch hoping the Heat loses. And rooting for a team to lose is never as fun as rooting for an underdog or your favourite team. Being a spiteful observer isn’t as enjoyable as being a passionate fan.

And if James does win a championship or two, can you compare him to Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant? Teams were built around those guys. They didn’t have to set up summer meetings with other star players and agree to from a supposed terrific trifecta.

The NHL has a lot of warts, but today I’m glad Edmonton is an NHL city rather than an NBA city. Thankfully the NHL will never have to endure the same disgusting lunacy because of their hard salary cap.

**UPDATE AFTER 3 on 3**

MPS was the best player on the ice, followed by Jordan Eberle. It is hard to get a true evaluation of players in the format of 3-on-3 from the blueline in, but Magnus Paajarvi (he has dropped the Svensson) showed his experience and dominated at times. He was very good on the cycle and down low.

Eberle scored some nice goals, going by a D-man, cutting to the net and either roofing it upstairs, or going fivehole. Since being drafted Eberle has talked about improving his speed and he does look a bit faster, but he is much stronger than before and that is imperative if he is going to battle against NHL defenceman.

Jeff Petry is bigger than I expected and he also stood out. He will need some seasoning in the AHL and getting used to playing 80 games, but I think he has better upside than Taylor Chorney.

Martin Marincin really impressed me. He uses his stick incredibly well down low and his raw talent jumps out at you. Once he fills in a bit this kid might be a steal for the Oilers. He moves well for a big man and coming to the WHL should help him get used to the North American game.

Teemu Hartikainen didn't do much for me, but this 3-on-3 concept isn't the best format to judge guys. He skates okay, but at times he looked frustrated.

Anton Lander could easily play in the AHL and I think after one more year in Sweden he could make the jump to the Oilers. He is very poised and seems mature beyond his years. He thinks the game incredibly well, especially in his own zone. I really like his game. But it is his leadership that might be his best quality. When I asked Paajarvi about him he couldn't stop raving about what a great guy he was. It almost seemed like Paajarvi looked up to him and they are the same age.

Cameron Abney has really improved his skating. He will never be a great skater or puckhandler, but he has made great strides. He is a 4th liner at best, but he has size and toughness and if he can improve his skating even more he might have a shot.

Tyler Pitlick has a great shot. He ripped a few one-timers past the goalies with ease. He is easily 6'2" and might be taller come next year. I'll be making sure I will be at Rexall when the Medicine Hat Tigers play the Oil Kings this year.

Taylor Hall was solid. He had a few moments where you really noticed his skill and speed. After the skate he said he wants to improve his balance. He feels he needs to improve his leg strength and will spend the next two months improving in both those areas.

Paajarvi was the most impressive player and I'm looking forward to seeing how he matches up against NHL players come September.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 Matt Henderson
July 09 2010, 09:54AM
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@Crash

"Besides what happened around here the last time this team had a bunch of young up and coming kids that were deemed to be cocky and liked to have some fun away from the rink once in awhile?"

One is a New York Islander and the other was just bought out. Oh, you werent talking about Schremp and Nilsson. Nevermind.

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#52 freeze
July 09 2010, 09:55AM
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RT @TSNRyanRishaug Hall looks a little frustrated. Half ice no contact 3 on 3 isn't his strength, can't get the jets going. Playing with Abney and m. Connolly

Rishaug's twitter feed has been awesome this summer! I hope he keeps it up.

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#53 Bandwagon jumper
July 09 2010, 09:55AM
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Ogden and Crash,

I hear you. I'll take your advice and cut the kid some slack.

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#54 K-UGER Industrial Smoothing
July 09 2010, 10:04AM
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freeze wrote:

RT @TSNRyanRishaug Hall looks a little frustrated. Half ice no contact 3 on 3 isn't his strength, can't get the jets going. Playing with Abney and m. Connolly

Rishaug's twitter feed has been awesome this summer! I hope he keeps it up.

I totally agree! TSN needs to give shauger more air time, the guy follows the Oilers better than any other TSN reporter follows other teams, and gives good information out. Too bad Edmonton is too "small" to gain sufficient airtime on TSN

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#55 Crash
July 09 2010, 10:07AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

"Besides what happened around here the last time this team had a bunch of young up and coming kids that were deemed to be cocky and liked to have some fun away from the rink once in awhile?"

One is a New York Islander and the other was just bought out. Oh, you werent talking about Schremp and Nilsson. Nevermind.

No, I was just going back a just few short years before those 2 and was thinking about guys with just a bit more hype than Nilsson and Schremp :)

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#56 book¡e
July 09 2010, 10:09AM
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Gregor - I thought your rant was great until I read the letter from the Cavs owner. Her are a couple of quotes.

"As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment. "

"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE""

http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/gilbert_letter_100708.html

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@K-UGER Industrial Smoothing

He needs to get a blog going. His tweeter is nice and his apperances on Gregor's show are good too, the problem he has is he covers a western team.

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Millhouse saying Eberle is the best 3 on 3 player out there.

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#59 Matt Henderson
July 09 2010, 10:14AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Millhouse saying Eberle is the best 3 on 3 player out there.

lots of room to play, with his skill set 3 on 3 should be a breeze for him.

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#60 Souby
July 09 2010, 10:15AM
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Hey Gregor. What would be the chances of the Oil being able to ship Cogliano for a veteran third line center? If this would be possible, who would you like to see the Oil get in return?

I had a quick look and I came up with 4 guys that I think would be a good fit:

1) David Steckel WASH -F/O 59.2% -6'5", 217lbs, 28yrs old -1.1M x 3yrs remaining

2) Paul Gaustad BUF -F/O 57.4% -6'4", 229lbs, 28yrs old -2.3M x 2yrs remaining

3) Blair Betts PHI -F/O 50.9% -6'3", 210lbs, 30yrs old -700K x 2yrs remaining

4) Rich Peverly ATL -F/O 54.2% -6'0", 200lbs, 28yrs old -1.325M x 2yrs remaining

What are your thoughts on these guys? Could a trade involving Cogs be feasible?

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#61 DBO
July 09 2010, 10:16AM
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Wouldn't it make sense to follow the phoenix model from this past year? Last year they sent their top prospects to the AHl and let them play together, get minutes and not get killed. They then filled out their roster with solid NHler's and put together a decent team that was filled with guys on one year deals. One year deals are important because you have guys playing hard for a new deal, and if the team is sucking you have solid deadline trade pieces. Dominic Moore has went for a 2nd rd pick two deadlines in a row. I'd love to see the org actually take the slow approach and sign a few more vets and send all the kids but Hall to the minors. this might not be the best team in the world, but I would love to see this kind of lineup next year

Hall-Horcoff-Hemsky Penner-Gagner-Comrie(1yr) Brule-Moore(1yr)-Pisani(1yr) Jones-Fraser-Stortini

Whitney-Gilbert Souray-Smid Foster-Vandermeer(1 yr)

Bulin/Theodore(1 yr) (yes he is nothing special, but he's a vet that will come cheap and he is better then the kids)

That's 5 pieces you can look to deal at the deadline, and that veteran team will have a much better shot at the playoffs then anything else we can ice this year.

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#62 Matt.N
July 09 2010, 10:19AM
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Re: LeBron James

What has he done wrong? He is a free agent going in the system that has been set up for him. We alway knock players about being money whores. He took less money to play in Miami. He left his home state knowing full well that he would be villified. He did all of this to get a better chance at winning.

I think the presser was over the top and he probably handled the media part poorly. So what. He wants to win. He can't win in Cleveland.

If Cleveland fans want to be mad at someone, be mad at the ownership group who refused to pay for players to help get over the top. They gave him a broken down Shaq and a has been Antwon Jameson.

Cleveland was the 15th highest spending team with 49M. Lakers the highest with 81M.

Why is he the bad guy for wanting to win and using his CBA.

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#63 Traktor
July 09 2010, 10:19AM
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Gagner - Horcoff - Moore

Probably the softest 1,2,3 down the middle in the entire NHL.

If we're going bypass that fact that Horcoff should be the clubs 3rd line C then why not go out and get a guy that will actually swing the pendulum in the opposite direction of pansy?

What about that big Russian Svitov that Matty was talking about. He still hasn't signed anywhere.

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#64 Whitney27
July 09 2010, 10:27AM
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I have no problem with Lebron James taking time to decide where he wanted to go but to have a 1 hour t.v special to announce is pretty disgusting, and shows that he has no class.

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#65 BBOil
July 09 2010, 10:29AM
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@DBO

I agree. I'd be alright with a slow approach. Start all, but Hall in the AHL. They may still get the opportunity for NHL experience as the season goes on.

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#66 Evilstu
July 09 2010, 10:30AM
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While I understand some of your concern for our young players going out and endulginging in the wobbliest of pops, I encourage you to tuck your horns a bit. What gives any of you the right to chastize ANYONE for what they do in their free time? I understand that they are somewhat famous and therefore are easily critisized but I can't say I agree with that logic. They play hockey people....HOCKEY!! For all you know your family Dr. is a closet drunk yet I am sure that is not something you worry about when you bump into him/her at a local pub or dining establishment. Their job is far more important although FAR less entertaining, yet they would escape the critisim they guys have to deal with.

Cut these kids some slack, I just hope those of you who point the finger and comment on what these kids should be doing, or how they should be behaving, have the ability to set the same standards for yourself.

Quit talking about how they are kids. If they are old enough to join the military, and fight for our country, they are old enough to handle their own affairs.....and yes, that includes getting pinned now again and chasing some skirts.

Deal with it.

On another note, I am excited for the upcoming season. Nolan would be a great fit, and I hope we have THREE rookies starting the season. It's going to be a blast to watch.

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#67 Senator Theo
July 09 2010, 10:33AM
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Matt.N wrote:

Re: LeBron James

What has he done wrong? He is a free agent going in the system that has been set up for him. We alway knock players about being money whores. He took less money to play in Miami. He left his home state knowing full well that he would be villified. He did all of this to get a better chance at winning.

I think the presser was over the top and he probably handled the media part poorly. So what. He wants to win. He can't win in Cleveland.

If Cleveland fans want to be mad at someone, be mad at the ownership group who refused to pay for players to help get over the top. They gave him a broken down Shaq and a has been Antwon Jameson.

Cleveland was the 15th highest spending team with 49M. Lakers the highest with 81M.

Why is he the bad guy for wanting to win and using his CBA.

Don't forget, he also grew a weird cheek-beard that makes his already wide face look abnormally caveman-ish.

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#68 Stuart
July 09 2010, 10:34AM
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I totally disagree. There was an appetite by the fans for the hype, and why not, he's a great player. And why shouldn't the players choose their own destiny, that is the whole point of free agency.

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#69 gretzkycurry
July 09 2010, 10:36AM
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Yes, Lebron was a free agent and he is entitled to shop his services anywhere.

However, here's the part that I think makes him a jerk. Lebron took his time and waited until the best of the free agents have been signed and then tells the Cavs to stick it. Could he not have given the ownershipthe heads up that the odds were slim on his return so that they could have made a play for some replacement parts.

Basically, what Lebron did to the Cavs is similar to what Heatley did to the Oil last year except for one major difference: Heatley didn't owe the Oil anything, whereas Lebron has been well treated by the fans and ownership in Cleveland and he screwed them over big time.

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#70 Whitney27
July 09 2010, 10:39AM
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gretzkycurry wrote:

Yes, Lebron was a free agent and he is entitled to shop his services anywhere.

However, here's the part that I think makes him a jerk. Lebron took his time and waited until the best of the free agents have been signed and then tells the Cavs to stick it. Could he not have given the ownershipthe heads up that the odds were slim on his return so that they could have made a play for some replacement parts.

Basically, what Lebron did to the Cavs is similar to what Heatley did to the Oil last year except for one major difference: Heatley didn't owe the Oil anything, whereas Lebron has been well treated by the fans and ownership in Cleveland and he screwed them over big time.

Agreed

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#71 Bar Qu
July 09 2010, 10:40AM
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Traktor wrote:

Gagner - Horcoff - Moore

Probably the softest 1,2,3 down the middle in the entire NHL.

If we're going bypass that fact that Horcoff should be the clubs 3rd line C then why not go out and get a guy that will actually swing the pendulum in the opposite direction of pansy?

What about that big Russian Svitov that Matty was talking about. He still hasn't signed anywhere.

It is not hard to believe that Traktor is bashing Horcoff, but Gagner and Moore?

Dude, guys do not have to be cast-offs from Slapshot to be good hockey players. Just able to get more of the play going their way than their opponents'. Gagner and Moore have done that (both on bad teams).

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#72 Quicksilver ballet
July 09 2010, 10:41AM
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Is Cleveland the Edmonton of the USA?

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#73 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
July 09 2010, 10:42AM
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~ZZZZZZOMG!!! San jose signs Hjalmarsson to a 4 year offer sheet!!!

wilson = the devil!!~

edit: 4 year 14mil. compensation looks to be a 1st and a 3rd

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#74 Traktor
July 09 2010, 10:46AM
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Bar Qu wrote:

It is not hard to believe that Traktor is bashing Horcoff, but Gagner and Moore?

Dude, guys do not have to be cast-offs from Slapshot to be good hockey players. Just able to get more of the play going their way than their opponents'. Gagner and Moore have done that (both on bad teams).

I like Gagner but we need to look at the other 17 skaters when discussing who should be the 18th.

If we had a Getzlaf, Kesler, Richards ect we could get away with two non-physical centers but Gagner - Horcoff - Moore is going to get bytch slapped around the ice every night.

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#75 Jamie B.
July 09 2010, 10:46AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

~ZZZZZZOMG!!! San jose signs Hjalmarsson to a 4 year offer sheet!!!

wilson = the devil!!~

edit: 4 year 14mil. compensation looks to be a 1st and a 3rd

*kicks back to watch teh dramaz*

Oh, wait, there won't be any because Burke's not involved? Right, carry on.

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#76 madjam
July 09 2010, 10:47AM
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OILERS DEPTH CHART - Already shows pencilled in Omark, Svensson , Eberle , Fraser and Giroux . Comrie , Pisani and Souray noticeably absent and not even on depth chart . Jacques and R. Jones currently are but that could change. My how things have changed on the depth chart in such a short time .

Put Hall at center and line combo's become very tantalizing ! Look at current depth chart on Oiler site and see the possibilities and type of team they look to be forming . Quite different that i expected a month ago , but i do like it now it seems to be unfirling in a direction toward youth up front .

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#77 Bandwagon jumper
July 09 2010, 10:54AM
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Well Evilstu, I agree to a certain extent with your comments, but there is a major disconnect between comparing my boozing family doctor and a young fellow who's now a role model for hundreds of kids. I don't see any kids wearing jerseys with Family Dr. on the back.

I want my kid's heros to be like Gretzky not like a Habibulan awaiting his day in court. And I am sure Wayne had his share of wobbly pops but tried to do so in a manner that would not put his, or his teams, or his city's reputation in a bad light.

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#78 Ducey
July 09 2010, 10:58AM
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Oh, wait, there won't be any because Burke's not involved? Right, carry on.

Don't be so sure. You can bet Burke is volunteering his comments on the subject right now. Lowe to be interviewed shortly thereafter. Blogs to follow...oh, I guess the blogs have started already.

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Souby wrote:

Hey Gregor. What would be the chances of the Oil being able to ship Cogliano for a veteran third line center? If this would be possible, who would you like to see the Oil get in return?

I had a quick look and I came up with 4 guys that I think would be a good fit:

1) David Steckel WASH -F/O 59.2% -6'5", 217lbs, 28yrs old -1.1M x 3yrs remaining

2) Paul Gaustad BUF -F/O 57.4% -6'4", 229lbs, 28yrs old -2.3M x 2yrs remaining

3) Blair Betts PHI -F/O 50.9% -6'3", 210lbs, 30yrs old -700K x 2yrs remaining

4) Rich Peverly ATL -F/O 54.2% -6'0", 200lbs, 28yrs old -1.325M x 2yrs remaining

What are your thoughts on these guys? Could a trade involving Cogs be feasible?

I know that #1, 3 and 4 are very well liked by their teams and were recently re-signed by their clubs. I just don't see them being dealt. Gaustad I haven't really followed.

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#80 Souby
July 09 2010, 11:01AM
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@madjam

Just so you know Souray is listed on the Oilers depth chart on the 2nd pairing. Not like he will actually be there next year mind you.

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#81 Peter Griffin
July 09 2010, 11:01AM
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Ender wrote:

Peter Griffin wrote:

what's the difference to what everyone was doing with Hossa a few years ago. Private meetings with ownership, players contacting him. Then he bounced around from team to team looking for a ring?

All the difference in the world. Whatever team signed Hossa had to make serious concessions with the rest of their roster to make room for him under a hard cap. There could be no 'stacking the deck' on any single team. Unlike in the NBA, which was the main point Gregor was making.

My point was to get a cap in the NBA to stop the 'stacking' but Hossa shopped around like Lebron did.

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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

~ZZZZZZOMG!!! San jose signs Hjalmarsson to a 4 year offer sheet!!!

wilson = the devil!!~

edit: 4 year 14mil. compensation looks to be a 1st and a 3rd

I can't see Chicago letting him go, they have the space right now and really what were they offering the guy to begin with?

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#83 Peter Griffin
July 09 2010, 11:05AM
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book¡e wrote:

Other people play the same game, but have some sense of how not to be a total ass.

Agreed, he is a primadonna but to be fair he did donate 2.5M of the proceeds from last night's show to charity.

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#84 Souby
July 09 2010, 11:08AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I know that #1, 3 and 4 are very well liked by their teams and were recently re-signed by their clubs. I just don't see them being dealt. Gaustad I haven't really followed.

I can see why they are liked and that is why the Oil should target them. I haven't seen much of Gaustad but his numbers are good. he is the priciest option listed, but thecap hit isn't too bad if he can keep winning faceoffs.

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@Souby

Well Betts was sitting around last summer with his thumb up his butt and would've signed here, but last year Tambo decided to change the team through internal changes.

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#86 Evilstu
July 09 2010, 11:15AM
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Bandwagon jumper wrote:

Well Evilstu, I agree to a certain extent with your comments, but there is a major disconnect between comparing my boozing family doctor and a young fellow who's now a role model for hundreds of kids. I don't see any kids wearing jerseys with Family Dr. on the back.

I want my kid's heros to be like Gretzky not like a Habibulan awaiting his day in court. And I am sure Wayne had his share of wobbly pops but tried to do so in a manner that would not put his, or his teams, or his city's reputation in a bad light.

I can agree with that.

There is a responsibility there for these proffesionals to show proper conduct. That being said, chastizing someone because they were spotted in a bar half in the jar does not make them any less of a role model.

If they are beating cabbies, driving impaired, or getting in brawls I can see it. I just find it curious that the personal lives of these athletes are such fodder at times.

Many kids see their parents have social gatherings with alcohol, and the individuals at those functions are not suddenly any less of a role model. Strong moral fiber, and a good family setting should provide our kids with the knowledge of what is acceptable or not.

On some levels, although understandable, it is unfortunate that Dr.s, teachers, and various other types of proffesionals arent looked up to as much as proffesional athletes.

Being in the spotlight tends to skew how we view these people, and we inflict our own personal morals on them.

More often than not, those views can be hypocritical.

Point taken though.

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#87 Souby
July 09 2010, 11:17AM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

I hear you. I thought they would have signed Betts last year but for some reason they declined. Overall, this team will improve the most through internal changes (ie. drafting & development), but I think signing or trading those key veteran, character players is crucial to a team being able to improve.

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#88 Bandwagon jumper
July 09 2010, 11:19AM
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Well Said EvilStu.

How do I get the quotes to work?

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@Souby

I understand what they tried to do last year, but I just can't see why you don't get that Vet for the just in case scenario.

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July 09 2010, 11:24AM
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More opportunities to deal with Chicago. San Jose sent an offer sheet to Hjallmarsson so they need to make more moves to get back under the cap, especially once Niemi gets his arbitration hearing.

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#91 Souby
July 09 2010, 11:25AM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

I couldn't agree more. You cannot discount having a solid veteran presence around to help settle down the kids on and off the ice and to play quality minutes when called upon.

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Maybe sign Gagner first, so you don't help Chicago out and then SJ throws and offer sheet at Gagner.

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#93 Evilstu
July 09 2010, 11:27AM
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Not sure, I was posting without being signed in and it asked if you wanted to quote. Now that I'm signed in, I don't see that option.

Hmmm......

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dantencer Oilers will name assistant coaching staff by this time next week, according to Steve Tambellini.

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#95 Petr's Jofa
July 09 2010, 11:33AM
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Bandwagon jumper wrote:

Well Evilstu, I agree to a certain extent with your comments, but there is a major disconnect between comparing my boozing family doctor and a young fellow who's now a role model for hundreds of kids. I don't see any kids wearing jerseys with Family Dr. on the back.

I want my kid's heros to be like Gretzky not like a Habibulan awaiting his day in court. And I am sure Wayne had his share of wobbly pops but tried to do so in a manner that would not put his, or his teams, or his city's reputation in a bad light.

Are you suggesting that Gretzky didn't ever step into a bar in Edmonton and have one too many? I think the only difference between today's athletes and our sports heroes from yesterday is that now all the athletes' actions are under the watchful eye of the random internet user.

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July 09 2010, 11:33AM
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Agreed, he is a primadonna but to be fair he did donate 2.5M of the proceeds from last night's show to charity.

Should he have made a dime from that show? Should announcing where you're playing be a money-making venture?

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July 09 2010, 11:38AM
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I looked at Chicago's roster and they dont have anything left worth trading for (that they'd possibly give up) so I guess thats a dead end.

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I guess it depends on how much they like the kid. If they really like him maybe Bolland, Hossa or Sharp are on the table.

Then again Hjallmarsson is more of a defensive guy then offense, so maybe they take the picks and try get a vet to fill his spot for now.

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I think Hawks will let Hjarlmarsson walk. A first and a third are decent return, and that 3.5 mil cap hit can be used to sign a vet D or two, or those picks can be used to get a D via trade. When a team has Kieth, Seabrook, and Campbell, I think they can afford to let a guy like Hjarlmarsson go. May prefer to keep him, but I don't think they'll have trouble filling the whole.

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#100 Peter Griffin
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Ender wrote:

Should he have made a dime from that show? Should announcing where you're playing be a money-making venture?

Isn't "Oil Change" the same thing. Bringing up the hype.

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