12 Biggest Deadline Deals (Oilers)

Lowetide
February 09 2011 06:17PM

This is Ron Low. A deadline deal that sent the big goalie to Edmonton for Ron Chipperfield was the first of many deadline deals made by the Oildrop. That deal--made just one day after the famous "Goring to the Island" trade--was a very important transaction in Edmonton's NHL history. Is it one of the 12 biggest deadline deals in Oilers history? Read on.
 

  • #12: March 11, 1980- Oilers trade C Ron Chipperfield to Quebec for G Ron Low. This is a quite famous trade for two reasons: first, the club badly needed goaltending help at the time and second Chipperfield's Mom was gravely ill at the time of the trade. Low played well and the young Oilers thrilled the fanbase with an incredible playoff run.
  • #11: March 20, 1996- Oilers trade R Kirk Maltby to Detroit fro D Dan McGillis. This turned out to be a set up deal (McGillis would be sent along a year later at the deadline) but the trade was an excellent one for both teams. The Oilers could use a deal like this one right now.
  • #10: March 6, 1990- Oilers trade D Jeff Sharples to New Jersey for D Reijo Ruotsalainen. Do you remember Ruotsalainen as a player? If you saw him, it was impossible to forget him. People have their favorite memories of this player, but for me it was his incredible passing ability. He was stunning. Anyway, when he arrived in 1990 Ruotsalainen stepped right in and had a major impact on the team's final successful Stanley run. Beauty player.
  • #9: March 9, 2005: Oilers trade G Tommy Salo and a 6th rd pick in 2005 to Colorado for D Tom Gilbert. A terrific trade that gave the Oilers a bona fide top 4 defender. Although the fanbase is divided in regard to his career value, few Oiler fans can argue that this trade was quality.
  • #8: March 23, 1999: Oilers deal a 2nd (2000) and 4th (1999) round pick to Toronto for D Jason Smith. Helluva timely deal, as Smith was run out of Toronto by Pat Quinn just in time to quickly become a dependable player and leader for the young Oilers. Blood and guts throwback won the hearts of every fan who ever saw him in Copper and Blue.
  • #7: March 24, 1998: Oilers trade D Dan McGillis and their 1998 2nd rd pick to Philadelphia for D Janne Niinimaa. Wonderful deal for the Oilers, Niinimaa gave them his best 5 best seasons in the NHL and still had enough trade value at the end of it to garner Raffi Torres.
  • #6: March 1994: Oilers trade C Craig MacTavish to New York Rangers for C Todd Marchant. The classic trade for a have-not team: deal a quality veteran who contributed to championships for a player who could (and did) replace the veteran for years to come. Lordy. Thanks Slats.
  • #5: March 8, 2006- Oilers trade 2006 1st rd pick and 2007 3rd rd pick to Minnesota Wild for G Dwayne Roloson. A wonderful deal perfectly addressed a strong need and Roloson's .927 SP during the Stanley run doesn't begin to reflect his contribution. Will be remembered always for the San Jose save.
  • #4: March 8, 1988- Oilers trade G Andy Moog to Boston for G Bill Ranford, L Geoff Courtnall and Boston's 2nd rd pick in 1988. The pick didn't amount to anything at the NHL level, but the payoff was a Conn Smyth goaler and a speed demon. Oilers won that trade going away, but there were an exceptional number of Oiler fans who were devastated by the way Moog's Oiler career ended. You could say that about a few former Oilers. 
  • #3: March 18, 1997- Oilers trade L Miro Satan to Buffalo for L Barrie Moore and D Craig Millar. Biggest doesn't mean best, and this one was the worst. Awful deadline deal made necessary because coach Ron Low didn't see what Miro Satan would become. What a bad deal. I feel ill. The two players coming Edmonton's way did not establish themselves as major leaguers. Satan? Over 320 NHL goals since the deal.
  • #2: March 17, 1993- Oilers trade L Esa Tikkanen to New York Rangers for C Doug Weight. An absolute killer trade, one that rivals the Pronger deal (the one that got him here) as the best in Oilers' history. I can't begin to imagine the Edmonton Oilers in the 90s without Doug Weight.
  • #1: February 27, 2007: Oilers trade L Ryan Smyth to NY Islanders for C Ryan O'Marra, L Robert Nilsson and their 2007 1st rd pick. The pick turned into D Alex Plante and the other two assets proved to be less than inspiring. Smyth was the face of the franchise and this trade more than anything else divided the organization from their fanbase. It is a fracture that remains to this day.
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#1 DaveChamp
February 09 2011, 06:23PM
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I hope tambo makes his fist blockbuster trade this season!

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#2 jake
February 09 2011, 06:31PM
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Cool picture, back when goalies didn't look like Transformers.

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#3 The Real Scuba Steve
February 09 2011, 06:36PM
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Tambo still hasn't made a defining trade since he got here except for Whitney. He is a lackluster G.M.

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#4 RossCreekNation
February 09 2011, 06:39PM
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Via twitter, Hawks about to announce trade.

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#5 Craig W
February 09 2011, 06:40PM
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Bruins currently have 6 guys in the penalty box.....Game of the year!!!!

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#7 RossCreekNation
February 09 2011, 06:44PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Via twitter, Hawks about to announce trade.

Blackhawks acquire forward Michael Frolik and goaltender Alexander Salak from Panthers for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.

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#8 RossCreekNation
February 09 2011, 06:46PM
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Yep, Too bad Thomas & Price tilt didn't last longer.

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#10 Jodes
February 09 2011, 06:48PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Via twitter, Hawks about to announce trade.

Here's the specs:

Blackhawks get Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak from FLA for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.

And for many us.. its like, umm who?

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#11 Milli
February 09 2011, 07:06PM
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Wow, and Ya Lowtide that has been a crazy game tonight!!! Can't remember the lastime I was one like this. As for deadline deals, 2 of my favorite players, Jason Gator Smith...the warrior! I still remember hin getting stiched up behind the bench during the 06 run! And another 06er, Roli, wow, a battler, a competitor, he was awesome! The only reason I am somewhat happy he wasn't resigned, we would not have Taylor Hall if he was here.

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#12 Freezing Weather Fan
February 09 2011, 07:39PM
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@ Anyone.

Anyone know where to catch a replay of the Bruins game without having Centre Ice? I'd love to watch it from the start if at all possible.

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#13 RossCreekNation
February 09 2011, 07:42PM
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@Freezing Weather Fan

TSN2 @ Midnight (MST)

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#14 Milli
February 09 2011, 07:56PM
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I never look at game sheets, but I can't wait to see the penalties from the habs bruins game. I'm at work so I have the Habs bruins on TV and the MIGHTY OILERS on my computer radio as I can't get any live streaming to work.

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#15 RossCreekNation
February 09 2011, 07:59PM
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BIG.BAD.BRUINS.

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#16 russ99
February 09 2011, 08:01PM
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I still have my Miro Satan Oilers jersey.

So annoyed that the team didn't see what had, that anyone who watched him play in the IHL with the Detroit Vipers would have known.

Let's hope they don't repeat the same mistake with Omark.

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#17 Winnie Cooper
February 09 2011, 08:08PM
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@ Milli

This stream is OK:

http://devoutoxhd.webatu.com/ch1.html

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#18 Quicksilver ballet
February 09 2011, 08:19PM
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Another pretty good deal for the Oilers was Willy Lindstrom, Oilers grabbed him from the Jets for Boschman at the deadline in 83. Great fit with Messier and Anderson, think he was here just for the first two cups.

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#19 ubermiguel
February 09 2011, 08:24PM
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Smyth could have become a UFA in the off-season and we would have got nothing. The deal wasn't done at the deadline so there's no way Lowe can take that chance. The fact that he got garbage back...that's another issue.

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#20 John Chambers
February 09 2011, 08:39PM
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Nice analysis, LT.

Does the Selivanov deal count as a deadliner? How could the Jeff Norton for Drew Bannister deal not make the list? It was a franchise-changer.

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#21 Oilersordeath
February 09 2011, 09:43PM
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Jesus Christ !! What fu@$in horrible game

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#22 Heavyd
February 09 2011, 10:15PM
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@ubermiguel

There were trying to make a extension on the contract. And the trade did happen on the trade deadline day.

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#23 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 09 2011, 10:20PM
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I find it very frustrating how many people think we got hosed on the Smyth trade, we got a friggen 15th overall DP for 18 games of Ryan Smyth.

All you need to do is take a quick look at what a rental typically returns and you'll see we recieved more then fair compensation.

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#24 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 09 2011, 10:25PM
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Also, begining his first season in Colorado Smyth has scored 183 points.

Even just assuming we got him for the 5.5 that was speculated....

Since then Horcoff has 157 points and we've had non-stop whining that he is one of/the most overpaid guy in the league.

That's 6.5 more points per season people, between a guy that everyone wishes we kept vs a guy that 90% of the fan base would drive to the airport if it meant he was leaving town.

Finally the guy we signed to replace Smyth (at over a million dollars less per year) has 181 points over that same time span.

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#25 oilers2k11
February 09 2011, 10:27PM
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I just hope the Oilers Management doesnt make the same mistake with Omark that they made with Satan.. I am only comparing the two players as far as goal scoring and point getting ability goes..not in their style whatsoever.

Every time I see Omark play he looks better out there, and lately often has looked like the best Oiler Forward on the ice in offensive situations..

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#26 Matt Henderson
February 09 2011, 10:31PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

Uh yeah, Face of the Franchise for 2 nobodies and a potential someone. We did get hosed. The best player in the trade left Edmonton and the worst part was that it really appeared like the two sides really werent that far off.

Any time a perenial 25-30 goal scorer who loves your city and never believed he would play for another team leaves and in return you get heartless failures, it's a hose job.

The Oilers got hosed. Not by the Islanders though. They hosed themselves.

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#27 book¡e
February 09 2011, 10:43PM
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Ron Low used to drive me crazy with his stuborn refusal to play certain players. He sent away Satan, the Oilers gave Ray Whitney away after some brilliant play because Low wouldn't play him, and I think he missed a real opportunity when he flat out refused play Kent Nilsson when Sather brought him in. Not that he would a have been a star like the other two, but whenever he got on the ice (rarely), he looked damn good even though he was in his late 30's.

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#28 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 09 2011, 10:46PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Uh yeah, Face of the Franchise for 2 nobodies and a potential someone. We did get hosed. The best player in the trade left Edmonton and the worst part was that it really appeared like the two sides really werent that far off.

Any time a perenial 25-30 goal scorer who loves your city and never believed he would play for another team leaves and in return you get heartless failures, it's a hose job.

The Oilers got hosed. Not by the Islanders though. They hosed themselves.

Interesting that one of the biggest Horcoff bashers out there can argue for Smyth's 183 points yet loath Horcoff's 157

Take off the goggles, and like I said look what rentals return in a trade.

Not to mention the fact that we can very resonably have a 2nd pairing dman on our hands for 10 years after Smyth is retired.

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#29 esa tikkanen
February 09 2011, 10:49PM
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I would argue the guy they signed to replace Smyth was Souray. In terms of salary it was almost dollar for dollar...I guess in Lowe's mind Pitkanen and Souray would help us forget Pronger and Penner with rookie that year Gagner would make us forget Smyth. Neither worked.

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#30 Team Hall
February 09 2011, 10:54PM
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I hope all these people still cursing the Smyth deal will remember that this trade deadline as they whimsically trade away Penner and Hemsky for magic beans. History repeats itself...

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#31 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 09 2011, 10:54PM
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@ LT, any idea why Smith was run out of TO?

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#32 Matt Henderson
February 09 2011, 11:12PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

And take off your Horc loving Goggles and look at what I said. The Oil werent hosed by the Islanders. They hosed themselves. Points aside, the trade sucked the soul out of the team.

You're right though, I know Ryan Smyth only failed to score 20 goals once in that time (the year he was limited to 55 games) and Horc has ONLY scored more than 20 goals twice in his entire career, but yeah it's totally BS for me to like one player over the other.

I havent spent a minute this season bashing Horcoff. You're just banging this drum for the sake of finding a argument. You know I'm always willing to argue.

You're wasting time coming up with a way to point out that Horcoff quantifiably contributes less than Smyth but twisting it to make it seem like they're comparable.

ADDITION: And we WANT Plante to turn into a 2nd pairing guy. So far he is just that, except it's in the AHL.

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#33 Crash
February 09 2011, 11:38PM
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I'd be all for bringing Smyth back here as soon as he's free. He could definitely show this team what it takes in todays game to score more goals. The Oilers don't spend enough time around the blue paint, screening, pounding in rebounds and deflecting pucks.

Smytty knows how to do this...he'd be a fine example to show the growing youth what it takes to score.

It's never going to matter what personnel we use on our PP if we don't crowd the crease and throw pucks into that area....never.

Same thing with even strength....

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#34 The Beaker
February 09 2011, 11:39PM
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@Matt Henderson

Produces 15% less at what about 20% more (real dollars) ?

Talk about comparing apples to .... carrots.

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#35 The Beaker
February 09 2011, 11:44PM
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Team Hall wrote:

I hope all these people still cursing the Smyth deal will remember that this trade deadline as they whimsically trade away Penner and Hemsky for magic beans. History repeats itself...

ummmm there is a significant difference between trading a player who has 15 games left on his contract compared to 100 games left. Also the oilers were in a position of weakness because they HAD to trade Smyth. They do NOT have to trade Hemsky or Penner. HUGE HUGE difference.

Edit: and what i mean when i say they had to trade Smyth is that it is assumed they had already decided not to sign him (obviously)

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#36 Steve Smith
February 09 2011, 11:54PM
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I think you guys are debating two different things. Archaeology is saying that Smyth shouldn't have been traded, and OB1 is saying that we got good value for him in the trade. Those positions aren't mutually exclusive.

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#37 Steve Smith
February 10 2011, 12:03AM
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Double post.

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#38 pelhem grenville
February 10 2011, 05:11AM
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"...This is Ron Low..." and that's what i thought as soon as i saw the picture...does he ever look svelte in his Caps getup too... never saw that picture before...nice find ...anyway LT here's my off topic question for today if you'll indulge me please...is there a story behind how you and Mr.Ron Low seemingly share the moniker Low[e]tide? His is for obvious reasons i'm thinking and the spelling,ah,spells that out. I kept saying,nah that's not Ronny Low writing here and there under the nom de plume Lowetide.I knew him through his coaching career as he had left by the time i got here in early 1980 and there was always only one Lowtide for me so...

i was always a bit of a nickname freak when i was the sports beat photographer here...maybe you can 'splain this small yet interesting point [to me] ?

thankyou sir...good luck saturday... ...i look forward to seeing you on the radio

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#39 Aitch
February 10 2011, 05:20AM
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@Matt Henderson

I think it's pretty funny that a guy named Archaeologuy is using hindsight to make an argument.

We got three 1st rounders for him. If he walked, they got nothing. Hosed? Not hardly. The trade may not have worked out in the Oilers favour, but the Oilers hardly got hosed... hoser. :P The Islanders on the other hand, how did that rental work out for them?

People talk about the $100,000 difference, but it takes two to tango. Smyth could've narrowed the gap just as easy as Lowe could've. Neither did.

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#40 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 10 2011, 05:52AM
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Steve Smith wrote:

I think you guys are debating two different things. Archaeology is saying that Smyth shouldn't have been traded, and OB1 is saying that we got good value for him in the trade. Those positions aren't mutually exclusive.

Agreed, I've mentioned that many times but it doesn't seem to stick.

However, considering production per $$$ over that time frame along with the production per $$$ of the guy brought in to replace him (for essential the same package we recieved for Smyth in the first place) I think you can make a strong argument that trading him and replacing him with a younger, more durable Penner was the correct move

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#41 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 10 2011, 05:54AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

And take off your Horc loving Goggles and look at what I said. The Oil werent hosed by the Islanders. They hosed themselves. Points aside, the trade sucked the soul out of the team.

You're right though, I know Ryan Smyth only failed to score 20 goals once in that time (the year he was limited to 55 games) and Horc has ONLY scored more than 20 goals twice in his entire career, but yeah it's totally BS for me to like one player over the other.

I havent spent a minute this season bashing Horcoff. You're just banging this drum for the sake of finding a argument. You know I'm always willing to argue.

You're wasting time coming up with a way to point out that Horcoff quantifiably contributes less than Smyth but twisting it to make it seem like they're comparable.

ADDITION: And we WANT Plante to turn into a 2nd pairing guy. So far he is just that, except it's in the AHL.

It is what it is, you think a 26 point gap over 3.5 years is enough to go from horrible to a guy that should have been kept.... for the same $$$$.

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#42 Matt Henderson
February 10 2011, 06:53AM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

I think it's 26 points, 23 of them being goals, the face of the franchise, the soul of the team, and one sick mullet.

Horcoff hasnt even come close to living up to his end of the bargain, but yet again, you're bringing up Horcoff, not me. I have been trying to be supportive of his mildly better play this year.

Horcoff was not brought into the fold to replace Smyth either. He was already here. He was probably signed to his contract because of the Smyth incident, but he didnt replace him at all and was never intended to. If anything your comparison should be Penner and Smyth, not Horc and Smyth.

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#43 Matt Henderson
February 10 2011, 06:58AM
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@Aitch

I will direct you to Steve Smith, who correctly understood what I was saying.

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#46 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 10 2011, 07:29AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

I think it's 26 points, 23 of them being goals, the face of the franchise, the soul of the team, and one sick mullet.

Horcoff hasnt even come close to living up to his end of the bargain, but yet again, you're bringing up Horcoff, not me. I have been trying to be supportive of his mildly better play this year.

Horcoff was not brought into the fold to replace Smyth either. He was already here. He was probably signed to his contract because of the Smyth incident, but he didnt replace him at all and was never intended to. If anything your comparison should be Penner and Smyth, not Horc and Smyth.

I'm comparing Smyth to Penner.

I bring up Horcoff to show the contrast between what fans think is "good" and what they think is "horrific"

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#47 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 10 2011, 07:31AM
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More on Penner vs Smyth

Who do people think brings back more in a trade today?

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#48 The Beaker
February 10 2011, 07:42AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

More on Penner vs Smyth

Who do people think brings back more in a trade today?

Even if all things were equal, Penner for sure.

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#49 RossCreekNation
February 10 2011, 07:49AM
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@ Team Hall

The difference in the Smyth deal & dealing Penner or Hemsky is Smyth was a rental. It was either trade him for magic beans or risk losing him for nothing. There is no such risk this time around, at least not yet. Anyone wanting to trade either of those guys for "magic beans" (picks or prospects not yet playing in the NHL) are off base. Trading either of those guys for a good young player however, might make sense. Good deals can be made. A guy like Zach Bogosian isn't exactly magic beans (nor is it a guarantee he reaches his full potential), but at least he's an NHL player. And one with huge upside that would fill a huge hole.

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#50 RDS
February 10 2011, 07:49AM
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Who did the two draft picks given up for Roloson turn into?

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