Trade Winds

Lowetide
February 19 2011 08:22AM

This is Sarah Jessica Parker. All of North America was swept up with NHL trades yesterday and there's a "tell" about possible Oiler trades. Once again, the deadline is all about the blue.
 

Injuries to defensemen are going to happen during the long run to the Stanley. The best recent example were the 2006 Buffalo Sabres. The club started the playoffs with the following players on D:

  • Teppo Numminen (later lost to hip flexor)
  • Henrik Tallinder (later lost to broken left arm)
  • Dmitri Kalinin (later lost to broken ankle)
  • Toni Lydman
  • Brian Campbell
  • Jay McKee (later lost to infected shin)


You know, that's a nice group of defensemen. No Pronger in the 6, but veterans with the ability to make plays in big games and a couple of puck movers too. Here's what they looked like in G7 of the conference final later that spring:

  • Brian Campbell
  • Toni Lydman 
  • Rory Fitzpatrick 
  • Doug Janik
  • Jeff Jillson 
  • Nathan Paetsch
     

Buffalo has horrible luck as an organization, but that's a devastating change in what was about 7 weeks of playoff hockey. For that reason, NHL teams stock up on defensemen at the blueline. Who can blame them?

Yesterday, the NHL exploded with deadline deals. I can't imagine the actual deadline being as busy, and the talent that was exchanged is breathtaking. Here's a quick rundown:

  1. Colorado acquired goalie Brian Elliott from Ottawa for G Craig Anderson. Avs clearly had no interest in keeping Anderson around and get an inexpensive option with some NHL experience. Sens will see what Anderson can do over the rest of the season and may re-sign him. Looks like a blah trade, but you never know.
  2. San Jose acquired D Ian White from Carolina for a 2012 2nd rd pick. A couple of things about this trade: I don't think SJS gave up much when you consider that pick will likely be in the 50's. Also, the fact that the Hurricanes wanted a pick in 2012 is a tell in terms of the quality and depth of this year's draft. Good deal for the Sharks.
  3. Tampa Bay acquires D Eric Brewer from St. Louis for D Brock Beukeboom and a 3rd rd pick in 2011. Brewer hadn't been in the black plus minus since 2000-01; he's healthy and can help a defense. Beukeboom is a hitter and he can skate, and that combination added to size (he's 6.02, 200) make him an attractive prospect. I suspect he's from the Matt Greene tree, although I haven't seen him play. The pick is another bullet. I think Yzerman did very well, but the Blues did too. Helps both teams.
  4. Atlanta acquired F Blake Wheeler and  D Mark Stuart from Boston for F Rich Peverley and D Boris Valabik. This was a salary dump for the Bruins, but the did well in getting a skill player like Peverley. Wheeler gives the Thrashers more size and Stuart is an NHL defenseman--a very valuable item at this time of year. Thrashers win the trade, and could win it by a nice margin if they can sign Stuart to a reasonable deal before July 1.
  5. Boston acquired D Tomas Kaberle from Toronto for C Joe Colborne, Boston's 1st rd pick in 2011 and a conditonal 2nd rd pick in 2012. I think Boston got a fine player and gave up less than what one might believe at first blush. Colborne has stalled in the AHL (but he's a rookie pro, so there's time) and that first round pick is likely to be 25-30. Burke did okay, but I do believe he could have gotten more one year ago.
  6. St. Louis acquired F Chris Stewart, D Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional 2011 or 2012 2nd rd pick from Colorado for D Erik Johnson, F Jay McClement and a condtional 1st rd pick in 2011 or 2012. This is the kind of trade that will probably cost someone their job. When you deal a first overall pick (Johnson) you better be right. Doug Armstrong is rather new to the job and this could cost him the rest of the honeymoon. Shattenkirk looks like a really good young puck mover and Stewart is a big man with skill, but that first overall pick still has time to turn into Rod Langway. If injuries don't end a career here, I think Colorado wins the trade because Johnson could be an absolute killer for a decade rolling forward.

What does this mean? I suspect the Oilers have calls coming in about Penner, Hemsky, Cogliano and other forwards, but even the Oilers will have some teams knocking and asking about defense. Vandermeer, Smid, Gilbert?

You never know. Silly season is even sillier this year.

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#1 Tha Legion
February 19 2011, 08:24AM
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I hope something happens I tell ya, also these afternoon games are hurting your radio show's WAAA!! I'll still listen!

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I find it amusing that SJP's face is covered in the pic hiding all her horse-like facial features. If you're like me and look forward to seeing those traits, hop over to the following linked site:

http://sarahjessicaparkerlookslikeahorse.com/

Lol.

Ps - I love trades.

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#3 Shane
February 19 2011, 09:43AM
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I'd rather Tambo be too late because of overvaluing(sp?) than make a trade just for the sake of making a trade

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#4 Captain Obvious
February 19 2011, 10:11AM
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The only bad trade is the one where you get too little. There is no such thing as a bad none trade.

The definition of a bad GM is the GM who makes a trade for the sake of making a trade.

To take Hemsky as an example there are three possibilities.

Trade Hemsky for too little. Not trade Hemsky. Trade Hemsky for Gold.

Only the first move is a bad move.

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#5 Spottheloon
February 19 2011, 10:47AM
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Wow, it is always so interesting to hear people say that Tambi doesn't know what he is doing and on and on. The underlying comment is that these writers of such comments think that they do know better. Have you ever worked in the NHL? Have you ever had to try to make a trade? Just because you don't hear something doesn't mean anything isn't happening. I thought Tambi did pretty well at the trade deadline last year. Now we have the people who sit home and wring their hands because they haven't heard something. It gets very tiresome.

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#6 Brodie
February 19 2011, 11:31AM
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There may be another reason Tambellini hasn't made a trade. It takes two parties to make a trade. Maybe the other 29 GM's are not interested in anything we have other than our young players. When you are the last place team in any league your veteran players are most culpable. The other GM's may not value these veterans as highly as the Oilers management does.

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#7 Ben Dover
February 19 2011, 11:46AM
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With numerous teams already making waves before the trade deadline, Steve Tambellini is once again M.I.A. I simply don’t understand the misguided optimism some people have in Tambellini as a G.M. What is their wishful thinking based on? Does the word “rebuild” really excuse how the Oilers got to this point in the first place? The reality is, wishful thinking won’t make a bum’s nut sack smell like a rose, nor will it slow the downward momentum the Oilers franchise has gathered while Tambellini watches and waits...and waits...

Prior to the lockout, subpar results were typically attributed to an uneven playing field that was, for the most part, rectified by the current CBA and subsequent parity in the CDN and U.S. dollar. With a billionaire owner, who’s also a long-time fan, and 226 straight sellouts at RX1, money is no longer an issue.

Today, the root cause of the Oilers performance problems can be traced back to the arrival of Tambellini and, to a lesser extent, the previous actions of his immediate boss, Kevin Lowe. Not the ever-changing carousel of players and coaches, the scouts or the owner; but an oblivious G.M. who continues to assess an obviously imbalanced and inferior line-up, yet somehow expects different results (at least publicly). Some might define that as insanity. I think it’s just plain ignorance and ‘analysis paralysis’ on the part of Tambellini.

It can be argued that Lowe started the downfall, handcuffing Tambellini with boat anchor contracts and a bloated cap when he came on board; but Steve certainly finished the job by doing as little as possible, while watching almost 2 full seasons swirl around the bowl before the rebuild HAD to be announced.

Last season, Oilers fans were treated to some of the most pathetic, uninspired hockey ever witnessed in this town. A year later, despite flashes of the future from several rookies, we’ve actually gone from bad to worse on the NHL leader board. Those on-ice results affect not only the morale of an already sadsack team, but the mood and outside perception of an entire metropolitan region. City of Champions? Not quite.

Throughout all this, some delusional fans would have us believe we’re bearing witness to the early stages of a carefully crafted rebuild, and that Tambellini (the puppet) and Lowe (his master) are the ideal tandem to engineer, execute and fine tune “the plan” for optimal results down the road. Remain calm, be patient, it’s still early in “the process” they insist. Like this was somehow the intent all along. I strongly disagree.

I believe it was a simple PR spin strategy. To keep their jobs, and with no other options, the concept of a rebuild is what Tambellini and Lowe force-fed the masses to deflect attention away from their ineptness. While a good part of what’s happened also falls on the players and coaches, they’ve been a team constructed to lose, intentionally or not. In fact, this team has been a TOTAL loser two years running with only Taylor Hall and another upcoming lottery pick to show for it. While there’s value in that, they could easily be a loser again next year unless Tambellini learns to make honey out of dog sh*t real soon.

Well, as former U.S. president and unwitting quote machine George W. Bush famously observed several years back “… fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again."

Just because they formally admitted they’re rebuilding doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing. Even a casual fan can observe the glaring roster holes that go unaddressed year after year. Prolonged assessment and replacing spare parts from other teams' scrap heaps is not a viable, long-term solution. Nor is sitting on your hands and repeatedly picking first at the draft podium an actual strategy. Any idiot can do that. Even the promise of the ELC rookies and other young RFA players can’t be wholly attributed to Tambellini or Lowe, but rather a scouting staff that has vastly improved since the arrival of the Magnificent Bastard.

To return this franchise back to contention mode, I’m sure the Oilers brain trust probably has some idea of WHAT” (“the plan”) they intend to do. Unfortunately, like many failed ventures, HOW (“the process”) they will do it seems to be the stumbling block and source of fan angst. It doesn’t matter how early we are into the rebuild, intentions and actual results are very easy to evaluate in the NHL. You either win or you don’t. So far, the statistics are less than promising. At some point there has to be progress or you’re back to firing coaches and/or swapping proven players for picks and prospects at the annual trade deadline and draft.

Thanks to Lowe, we now know the internal timeline for “the plan”, but I don’t think he, Tambellini or anyone else in the Oilers front office really understands what “the process” entails or what the interim milestones are supposed to be. If it’s systematically losing - often in horrific, heartless fashion - and further demoralizing the team and a city in the process, then maybe they have a handle on things. But I doubt it. I also doubt other Katz Group managers get the same leeway Tambellini's received since arriving on the job. "Plan, um, what plan? I, uh, thought first pick was the plan. Was I supposed to put that on paper, Daryl?" Ugh.

The worst thing that could happen over the next 2-3 years is that (gasp!) “the plan” doesn’t work. What then? How many years will fans continue tuning in to second string TV commentators, buying the hats and jerseys, or bucking up top ticket dollars to watch a bottom feeder that has already missed the playoffs for the 5th year in a row and, outside of the ’06 Cup run, hasn’t actually won anything in 21 years? In my opinion, the players, coaches, team bureaucrats, sponsors and, above all, the loyal / paying fanbase deserve better. A once proud and venerable team like the Oilers should be held to a higher standard than expected failure.

Tambellini already set the low-water mark for incompetence last season, and (surprise!) he’s on pace to do it again. I doubt Katz plans to step in and tell Lowe to fire his G.M. before the trade deadline, or anytime in 2011; so like it or not we’re inevitably stuck waiting to see if Tambellini can pick up the phone and work some monotone magic over the coming months. The next 10 days will be the litmus test to see if he actually has some skill as a G.M., or if he’s as incompetent as I believe he might be, and the NHL standings say he is.

IF he finally takes off his thinking cap, stops scratching his junk and makes some moves before the trade deadline that either improve the team now or in the very near future - without overpaying or trading away key pieces and fan favourites for magic beans - then I’m more than prepared to cut him some slack.

IF he amazes everyone this summer by signing or trading for cost-effective role players with character and one or more sorely needed skill sets (e.g. PK specialists, 50%+ FO men, a regular-shift enforcer, D-men that can actually hit the net on the PP and/or block shots and clear the front of the net, at least 1 forward willing to stand anywhere near the blue paint, etc.) to properly balance the skill and youth already here and win at least as many games as they lose next season, then maybe he really is the man for the job.

Until then, the G.M. and his boss are, once again, the primary reason the Oilers are where they are...LAST PLACE in a 30-team league. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Or doesn’t. I mean, there are some pretty big IF’s and they’ve still got another 6 years to figure things out, right? ~Right.~

For those who study the evidence and still believe Tambellini and Lowe can be trusted to fix their own mess in a timely manner, I suggest you wish in one hand and sh*t in the other. See which one fills up first.

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#8 Peterborough
February 20 2011, 02:23PM
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Boomer97 wrote:

That Boston/Atlanta trade kinda made me mad. That looks like two players that could help the Oilers. Why couldn't Tambo have been proactive and tried to pick up Boston's salary dumb. Do people think that Wheeler and Stuart would be good additions for the Oilers who are need some help in the centre position in the bottom 6. Well in the top 6 as well. And they need a couple more actual defencemen.

stop with that talk we didn't have what Boston needed in that trade and that offence. Who would we give them??? Their is no comparable low cost veteran scoring presence on this team. To make a trade you need to have the peices teams want and we didn't.

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#9 sizedoesmatter
February 19 2011, 08:26AM
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I wish tambo had the voodoo spell burke has to get so much for marginal talent

Also I notice you hid Jessica,s face.lol

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#10 DoubleJ
February 19 2011, 08:32AM
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Do you think St. Louis is in the hunt for bogo now?

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#11 gongshow
February 19 2011, 08:35AM
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I've been surprised at what some of the trade values have been this year - some on the high side and some on the low side. I'm interested to see where trade values go as we get closer to deadline.

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#12 @NateInVegas
February 19 2011, 08:46AM
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Alex Pietrangelo must be some kinda freak for the Blues to move a #1 so soon...

Love the depth STL added but in a few years Colorado will win this trade by a mile.

(Stewart woulda looked good in copper&blue, no?)

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#13 Henry
February 19 2011, 08:49AM
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The Johnson trade is a real headscratcher! The best player goes out with a first and a second comes back. There has to be something wrong with Johnson in St. Louis to make this deal. The two guys coming back look fine, but St. Louis' first should be around 5-10 in 2011.

Colorado is going to be loaded soon. Jeez

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#15 a lg dubl dubl
February 19 2011, 08:51AM
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I wonder if ST even tried to get Johnson from the Blues?

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#16 Dr. Oil
February 19 2011, 08:52AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

I wonder if ST even tried to get Johnson from the Blues?

Based on what Colorado gave up, I'm glad he didn't.

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Lowetide wrote:

Henry: I read somewhere that the Blues first rounder is "top 10 protected" but can't find it now.

It was on Twitter, I think Bobby Mac made mention of it. The conditions are if it isn't a top ten pick this season, it will carry over to the next seasons (2012) draft.

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Wait, I had that backwards:

(as per TSN - Scott Cullen) The first-round pick could roll over to 2012 if it falls in the Top 10 this year, but a middle of the order first-round pick still has a decent chance to provide the Avalanche with another NHL-calibre player.

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#19 a lg dubl dubl
February 19 2011, 09:14AM
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Dr. Oil wrote:

Based on what Colorado gave up, I'm glad he didn't.

I think the Avs won that trade, to get Johnson AND a 1st round pick for Stewart and Shattenkirk is pretty good IMO. Wouldn't that be like givin up Brule(but bigger) and Peckham

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#20 kinnick kinnick
February 19 2011, 09:18AM
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If everything goes right for the Avs, they could end up with two picks in the top 11 this year.

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#21 Jeremy S.
February 19 2011, 09:26AM
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Honestly, I'm getting a little antsy... obviously draft pics and prospects are both available out there, and everyone is making moves except the Oilers... honestly is there move teams that have made moves then haven't now?

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#22 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
February 19 2011, 09:28AM
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Dr. Oil wrote:

Based on what Colorado gave up, I'm glad he didn't.

Colorado did it right - traded Shatenkirk while his value was high. The guy has never scored at the pace he has this year. Not even close.

I hope ST takes note. Colgliano is riding a decent run right now. Gilbert's value, on the other hand, is low right now, simply because of the lack of offense.

I hope this team ends up a little more mean and a little more aggressive in 10 days.

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Shattenkirk is a rookie, he's only played this one season and is having one hell of one.

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#25 6 ring circus
February 19 2011, 09:37AM
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Tambellini may just be asking for to much for our players,or he may still be evaluating the trade proposals, by the time he makes up his mind its to late.

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#26 Racki
February 19 2011, 09:43AM
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I might seem silly, but I think Foster and Vandermeer might be two d-men that get the most interest from teams out East even though we don't see them as having that big of an impact (in fact I would describe Foster as useless to this team).

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#27 Jeremy S.
February 19 2011, 09:45AM
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@6 ring circus

I hope he doesn't miss out on the right player because he is asking too much and then the trade is already gone *cough* Johnson *cough*... how perfect would he be on the Oil?

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#28 Henry
February 19 2011, 09:47AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Henry: I read somewhere that the Blues first rounder is "top 10 protected" but can't find it now.

That is an interesting condition. Wonder if the first rounder flips to 2012 if it is below 10. If so, the way SLB's GM is going he is a bad goalie decision from giving away a top three pick in 2012.

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#29 Mike Modano's Dog
February 19 2011, 09:48AM
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I am also getting more than a little antsy that the Oil have yet to make a deal. It could be that he is waiting for the best possible deal, but another part of me wonders if the deal he wants is going to go right out the window if another team comes in and knocks the other team's socks off.

In summary, is Tambellini stalling when he most needs to pull the trigger? Does he have a fall-back plan/deal if the one he wants goes south? There have been so many deals taking place lately.

I, for one, am really getting worried that ST might be too indecisive to make the deals he needs to make - at the right time.

I believe that we need to make a deal for a franchise center, and yes, to do that we have to trade quality players and likely more pieces than the other team to get that. Brayden Schenn would be my number 1 choice, for Hemsky and maybe another descent prospect.

We have so many prospects that at some point, they have to be paired down so we don't have an over-abundance of the same type/quality of player. We need that big center or stud defenceman and I, for one, am willing to part with players/prospects currently on our roster to get that. The question is, "Will there be any left for the taking before Steve Tambellini pulls the trigger this year?"

Just my thoughts right now...

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#30 @NateInVegas
February 19 2011, 09:50AM
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With all the trades and picks being tossed around this doesn't help Tambellini's reputation.

Maybe this afternoon will be the last game for one of the Oilers?

I'm not saying he should panic but it looks bad when you're the last student handing in your homework all the time.

Getting Ryan Whitney for 35 games is his biggest accomplishment next to a 3rd for Staois.

Lemon

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#31 Jeremy S.
February 19 2011, 09:52AM
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@Mike Modano's Dog

I am right with you except for trading for the franchise centremen. They just don't come along and you have to over pay for them.

I firmly believe that the only way to get that centremen is to draft them. Trades right now should be focused on defensive prospects.

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Lowetide wrote:

Shattenkirk isn't that young either, though. He's about 10 months younger than Johnson.

On the St. Louis side of things, do you think picking up Stewart will prove big for the Blues at all?

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#33 6 ring circus
February 19 2011, 10:02AM
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@@NateInVegas

I agree 100%, maybe Tambellini keeps catching the wrong school bus or could he be in the wrong class?

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#35 Jeremy S.
February 19 2011, 10:08AM
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This is probably blastphamy on this site... but I honestly wish Tambi would be a little more out coming sometimes... I'm not asking for a Burke or a Gillis... but just someone who who will take some action, even talk a little bit and then go back it up. All this close to the chest stuff and never let anyone in is brutal.

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#36 B.D.G.
February 19 2011, 10:08AM
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St.louis definitely got shafted in this one. johnson for stewart, colorado wins. McClement for shattenkirk, st.louis wins. 1st round for a 2nd round pick??? St.louis should be receiving that first and colorado the second. Shattenkirk has the potential to become a good offensive defensive in the national hockey league and he was chosen 14 overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft. I like to see where this kid is at in two or three years.

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#37 andrewmk20
February 19 2011, 10:11AM
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@a lg dubl dubl

it would be like edm giving up petry and penner. But a 1st rounder and eric johnson would still have been something to be considered.

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#38 the tikk
February 19 2011, 10:15AM
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Souray on waivers!

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#39 Jeremy S.
February 19 2011, 10:17AM
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WOW Souray on waivers! (i know i'm not first but wow!)

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#40 RossCreekNation
February 19 2011, 10:18AM
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Souray on re-entry waivers today. Half price... somebody's buying. St. Loo? 48 hours. Tic toc...

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#41 CSimpson18
February 19 2011, 10:19AM
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"This is Sarah Jessica Parker." Lol. Man I love you LT. You must just sit at home and giggle when you write stuff like that.

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#42 andrewmk20
February 19 2011, 10:19AM
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@Mike Modano's Dog

Not much chance of getting a no.1 center through trade. Vincent L was never moved by Lawton and Spezza isn't getting moved by Murray because they are the rarest commodity in the league. Teams can build solid defensive units and find decent goaltending by watching the waiver wire, under the radar UFA's, and middle of the pack trades like what the Thrashers did with Stuart. So far in the league the only way to get a no.1 center is by drafting them.

Also what's the rush with deals. The only reason for making deals by the deadline date is because your team has a big impending UFA or your team is making the playoffs. Neither of which apply to the Oilers. The only target that would require Tambellini to work the phones is Bogosian and it's still only rumour that he wants out of Atlanta, not to mention i'd be tough to get him as the Thrashers are preparing for a run at the playoffs. Like the article says dmen are at a premium come this time of the year. Just ask the Canucks.

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#43 madjam
February 19 2011, 10:21AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Tambellini may just be asking for to much for our players,or he may still be evaluating the trade proposals, by the time he makes up his mind its to late.

Maybe the assessor is flawed in his assessments far too frequently as well . To believe we could be competitive with a defence and goaltending like we have is more than just a little questionable about the ability of someone building a competitive club if you get the drift . It's not like we have a decent core to build around , as it appears to get less and worse every year . Saving grace is we have the odd draft choice to help compensate , but little to surround it with to make it competitive . Beyond our top 3 rookies this year , the rest are all crapshoots at this point and maybe years before being a regular decent acquisition . Taking a look at some other clubs and their rookies in waiting and we see they look to be better stocked over next few years than we are to be honest , and that list keeps growing each season by leaps and bounds .

If i had optimism in our assessor i'd say do something , but i don't, and feel it might be best he do nothing to make matters even worse than they are now . One day he might surprise me , but i'm not banking on it .

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#44 Quicksilver ballet
February 19 2011, 10:29AM
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Mr. Dithers silence is golden, is it true he's on holidays while all this is going on?

I wonder what the boobie prize will be for Bryan Murray and Cory Clouston at seasons end this year. Katz looks content to let Tambellini shoot for a hat trick of last place finishes next season.

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#45 stevezie
February 19 2011, 10:47AM
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It would not have been like Edmonton giving up Petry and Penner. Shattenkirk had a better scouting report and has firmly established himself in the NHL, to the point he has to be considered a calder candidate. Stewart had Penner's breakout season at age 22 and is on pace for another one this year. It is also one million times better than Brule and Peckham. I like all those guys, but c'mon.

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#46 a lg dubl dubl
February 19 2011, 10:50AM
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andrewmk20 wrote:

it would be like edm giving up petry and penner. But a 1st rounder and eric johnson would still have been something to be considered.

Do you really see Stewart getting 30 goals/yr and 50-60 points? I thinks not, but if i was ST i might have swung that deal of yours no problem, then flip that pick to LA to somehow swindle them outta Shenn...WITHOUT involving Hemsky, but thats just me

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#47 Mike Modano's Dog
February 19 2011, 11:01AM
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Okay, to be clear I'm not talking about receiving someone's current franchise centerman. I'm talking about acquiring someone who may one day be. Perhaps I should have said a number one center prospect instead of a franchise center...either way, I'm talking about Brayden Schenn (ideally) or Ryan Johansen and then seeing how high their careers take them.

That is something teams may give up because they are not playing for their big club yet, and as such are unproven. Those gems can be unearthed if you are willing to pay the price necessary to entice their GMs to move them. If you can get a GM to pull the trigger now to help them for this playoff push you may just get that player. Next year Schenn should be in your starting line-up, for sure. Currently we have, in no particular order:

Horcoff Cogliano Gagner Brule Fraser

and coming down the line:

Vande Velde Pitlick O'Marra Martindale etc...

I do not see a bonafide #1 center there, although while wearing my Oiler goggles hope that Pitlick or Martindale may someday become one but know in my heart that is dreaming.

At some point we do have to move some of those bodies, and the best answer in my opinion is to move the quantity of our centers for quality. We have the looks of a lot of #2 centers but not a serious #1.

Even if we pick a center with our first pick in this draft there is no guarantee that player will work out....the person I like best to fill that role is Brayden Schenn, from last year's draft. If we do acquire him we will have someone with the qualities to become that allusive first line center.

It is also my belief that if we can acquire a true top-2 d-man we should do it at this trade deadline, as well. The reason for a sense of urgency is because of timing. If we wait until that player is in the NHL and becoming the player he is supposed to be the GM is less willing to part with the player they had waited for.

Either way, if we draft a potential first line center or top d-man in the draft we would still need the other position. This way we could just take the best player available. We can only do that, though, if we pare down the number of players and prospects we have to acquire better quality prospects.

The time to do that is now.

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#48 TigerUnderGlass
February 19 2011, 11:01AM
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@Spottheloon

At least those people are commenting about hockey instead of how they think other people's comments are tiresome.

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#49 Rogue
February 19 2011, 11:06AM
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ineptflux - Team Trade WanyeGretz For Oodle Noodle Instore Credit wrote:

I find it amusing that SJP's face is covered in the pic hiding all her horse-like facial features. If you're like me and look forward to seeing those traits, hop over to the following linked site:

http://sarahjessicaparkerlookslikeahorse.com/

Lol.

Ps - I love trades.

Best face pic of her I have ever seen!! Horseface is a compliment for her.

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#50 Mike Modano's Dog
February 19 2011, 11:12AM
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hahahha....!

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