FTHM PART I: WITH THE FIRST PICK . . .

Robin Brownlee
May 03 2011 08:42AM

Edmonton Oilers chief scout Stu MacGregor knows whose name he wants to call with the team's second consecutive first overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota June 24.

Of course, MacGregor isn't about to tell me who he has in mind, and he's not above letting people try to sway his opinion when he and his scouting staff, along with GM Steve Tambellini and president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, open four days of meetings in Phoenix May 15.

Regardless of who MacGregor has in mind, it won't be a two-horse race (one that soon turned into a runaway for Taylor Hall over Tyler Seguin) like it was a year ago at this time when he and his scouts compared a season worth of notes and put together a final list heading into Los Angeles.

My guess is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels is the player MacGregor has pegged for the top pick. Then again, it could just as well be smooth Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson. And what about big Sean Couturier of Drummondville, red-hot Jonathan Huberdeau of Saint John or Gabriel Landeskog of Kitchener?

If you look at the rankings of all the different scouting services and talk to hockey people, you can make a case that any one of the above players should be part of the conversation. Does that diversity of opinion exist on MacGregor's staff?

That's what the meeting is for.

MACGREGOR HAS HIS GUY

"I'm pretty good on one, yes," said MacGregor, when I asked him if he's leaning toward any one player at this point. "I feel pretty good about my guy, yes."

A lot of people would be willing to wager that the gifted but undersized Nugent-Hopkins is the player MacGregor likes with the first overall pick. The slight centre obviously has talent and he plays a position the Oilers didn't fill last summer when they took Hall over Seguin.

After all, MacGregor and a rotating series of Edmonton scouts, along with Lowe and Tambellini among other team brass, have had eyes on the kid, as you'd expect, several times this season.

Then again, MacGregor just got back from the east coast where he was following Huberdeau, who has been tearing it up of late. And he was just over in Europe to see Larsson. Eyes on Couturier. Eyes on Landeskog. He's been living out of a suitcase, making only occasional stops back home in Kamloops.

"There's a lot more players in the mix this year than there was last year," said MacGregor, who was completely sold on Hall by the time the staff met at Predator Ridge a year ago. "Probably four or five . . . I would think that you could hear, probably, four."

THE PROCESS

By the time Hall and Windsor rolled through the playoffs and Memorial Cup a year ago, it was obvious to MacGregor who the Oilers had to pick. It's not nearly as cut-and-dried this time, and that's why there's bound to be plenty of lively debate in Arizona.

"This is where we put our final list together," MacGregor said. "We make some major decisions on positioning and how it all fits together."

If there isn't a clear and concise consensus with his staff, MacGregor gets the deciding vote. It's a standard part of a process in which a year or more of travelling, drinking bad coffee and taking notes culminates with everybody making a case for the player they have in mind.

"If you watched Oil Change, this is where everybody was talking about each player (a year ago)," MacGregor said. "This is where most of your major discussions go on. We'll have more at the draft and so on, but this is where the majority of your work gets done."

Is Nugent-Hopkins the player MacGregor has in mind? He isn't saying. Might he be swayed if one or two or more of his scouts insist Couturier, Larsson, Landeskog or Huberdeau is the way to go? Maybe. By the way, who is the one you're "pretty good on," Stu?

"That's a good one," he laughed. "I knew that was coming."

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#101 Matt Henderson
May 03 2011, 03:48PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

A waste of time because you couldn't grasp this simple topic?

I believe what he's getting at is that the Oilers WONT be doing anything like what you or Quicksilver have laid out. Therefore coming up with elaborate means of chasing after windmills is a waste of time.

They arent going whale hunting. No Weber, nothing even close. Marty Reasoner or Laich? Maybe. Weber via offer sheet? Not a chance in hell if it means losing a single 1st rounder.

And the Prof isnt getting that from his own take, he's getting that from Tambi.

The chance of pulling the move off is astronomically low as it is, combined with a GM that isnt willing to do it just reinforces the suggestion that it's all a waste of time.

Myself, I dont mind a little time-wastery, so I'm cool with it.

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#102 Bruce
May 03 2011, 03:50PM
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@Dan the Man: You're on the right track, but the actual figure for compensation purposes from that 14-year deal for 12-12-12-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 would be its Total value (which is $103 MM, not the $91 MM suggested) divided by 5, or $20.6 MM. Either way, the compensation would be the maximum four first rounders. No getting around that with extra years.

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#103 Matt Henderson
May 03 2011, 03:51PM
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Bruce wrote:

Hold the phone with these ridicuolous front-loaded contracts. RFA compensation is determined by dividing the total dollar amount of the contract by the number of years in it OR by five, whichever is LESS. So a ten-year, $60 MM offer sheet may have an average cap hit of $6 MM, but for compensation purposes would be caluclated as $60 MM / 5 = $12 MM and a boatload of draft picks (four first rounders). Doesn't matter how front or backloaded it is. The idea is to circumvent the kind of ridiculous contracts being proposed above.

And extra points go to McCurdy for adding a healthy dose of reality.

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#104 Slapshotzky
May 03 2011, 03:54PM
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There's a lot of Shea Weber talk, but I think Brent Burns name will start to pick up some steam leading up to draft.

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#105 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 03:54PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

For RFA offer sheets compensation is based on the cap hit for the length of the contract or the cap hit for the first five years, whichever is the lower number of years.

In your scenario even though it only generates a 6.5 cap hit to the team, for compensation purposes the cap hit would be based on the first 5 years only resulting in an 11.6 cap hit so the Oilers would be giving up 4 first rounders.

Edit: Compensation cap hit on contracts over 5 years is based on total value of contract divided by 5.

You say: "Whichever is less"

That would be the 6.5 million?

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#106 Wax Man Riley
May 03 2011, 03:57PM
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@Wax Man Riley

Double post.

If I were building this team, I would definitely entertain offers for the 1st overall pick. I doubt I would move it, but you never know. I think any of the centers are a few years away from being impact players.

Would anyone entertain a deal for Stastny? Even if it gave Colorado the #1 and #2 picks?

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#107 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 03:59PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

I believe what he's getting at is that the Oilers WONT be doing anything like what you or Quicksilver have laid out. Therefore coming up with elaborate means of chasing after windmills is a waste of time.

They arent going whale hunting. No Weber, nothing even close. Marty Reasoner or Laich? Maybe. Weber via offer sheet? Not a chance in hell if it means losing a single 1st rounder.

And the Prof isnt getting that from his own take, he's getting that from Tambi.

The chance of pulling the move off is astronomically low as it is, combined with a GM that isnt willing to do it just reinforces the suggestion that it's all a waste of time.

Myself, I dont mind a little time-wastery, so I'm cool with it.

This did all start when another poster asked what I'd do, not what I think Tambillini would do so for this discussion it really shouldn't matter what he'd do or what's realistic or not.

As for the proffesor he pulled the apples to oranges cap hit vs salary comparisons, so he clearly wasn't following

That said, it's would be pretty weak if the team didn't explore every possible avenue. It's not every day two elite dmen on cash strapped teams become RFA's.

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#108 Dman09
May 03 2011, 03:59PM
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Slapshotzky wrote:

There's a lot of Shea Weber talk, but I think Brent Burns name will start to pick up some steam leading up to draft.

Agreed Brent Burns is someone that could turn it around and I think you could get him at a good price. Maybe a way to include Fraser and Brule in that deal somewhere.

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#109 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:02PM
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Bruce wrote:

Hold the phone with these ridicuolous front-loaded contracts. RFA compensation is determined by dividing the total dollar amount of the contract by the number of years in it OR by five, whichever is LESS. So a ten-year, $60 MM offer sheet may have an average cap hit of $6 MM, but for compensation purposes would be caluclated as $60 MM / 5 = $12 MM and a boatload of draft picks (four first rounders). Doesn't matter how front or backloaded it is. The idea is to circumvent the kind of ridiculous contracts being proposed above.

Ah, so that's how it works. I'm assuming Rishaug (and I believe Stauffer) didn't realize that either then.

Also, I don't know how ridiculous the contracts are when most of the top teams in the league are handing them out.

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#110 Dman09
May 03 2011, 04:04PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

List these top teams?

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#111 Dan the Man
May 03 2011, 04:05PM
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Bruce wrote:

@Dan the Man: You're on the right track, but the actual figure for compensation purposes from that 14-year deal for 12-12-12-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 would be its Total value (which is $103 MM, not the $91 MM suggested) divided by 5, or $20.6 MM. Either way, the compensation would be the maximum four first rounders. No getting around that with extra years.

Thanks for clarifying, I re-read it and you are correct sir, I misunderstood it originally.

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#112 Matt Henderson
May 03 2011, 04:06PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

I'm sure they did consider it. But I wouldnt be surprised in the least if they took that option right off the table considering they have finished dead last 2 years in a row and next year's pick could easily be another lottery selection.

I wouldnt give up the 1st overall pick in any draft, and that's exactly what is at stake. Maybe Toronto takes a run at one of them, but not the Oil. The plan is already working. Changing it now would be silly.

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#113 Bruce
May 03 2011, 04:07PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

Well, my personal opinion is that all of those long-long term deals are ridiculous, and if it's good business for teams to sign them then the CBA did a ridiculously poor job of doing what it was supposed to do.

But at least when it comes to RFA poaching such extended deals are effectively limited to 5 years duration, and more years only hurts the club making the ridiculous offer. :)

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#114 Dan the Man
May 03 2011, 04:07PM
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@OB1 Team RNH - F.S.T.N.F

When I said wichever is less I was referring to the length not the cap hit. Please see Bruces post ...he did a better job explaining it.

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#115 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:08PM
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Dman09 wrote:

List these top teams?

Vancouver, Detroit, Washington, Chicago, Flyers.

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#116 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:11PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

I'm sure they did consider it. But I wouldnt be surprised in the least if they took that option right off the table considering they have finished dead last 2 years in a row and next year's pick could easily be another lottery selection.

I wouldnt give up the 1st overall pick in any draft, and that's exactly what is at stake. Maybe Toronto takes a run at one of them, but not the Oil. The plan is already working. Changing it now would be silly.

Ya giving up the 1st overall would be tough. Depending on draft class though, I'd have to strongly consider it for an elite dman in his early to mid 20's.

Also, strong possibility the pick would be 4-5-6 etc etc and in that case the odds would be stacked in our favour.

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#117 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:13PM
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Bruce wrote:

Well, my personal opinion is that all of those long-long term deals are ridiculous, and if it's good business for teams to sign them then the CBA did a ridiculously poor job of doing what it was supposed to do.

But at least when it comes to RFA poaching such extended deals are effectively limited to 5 years duration, and more years only hurts the club making the ridiculous offer. :)

Ya it was a poor loop hole IMO, but we might as well take advantage of it before it's closed (also IMO)

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#118 Wax Man Riley
May 03 2011, 04:14PM
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Dman09 wrote:

List these top teams?

Well in all fairness:

Washington, Tampa, Van, Chicago, Det, Phi

All have deals or multiple deals with players for 8+ years

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#119 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:15PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Well in all fairness:

Washington, Tampa, Van, Chicago, Det, Phi

All have deals or multiple deals with players for 8+ years

~I'd hate to follow in there footsteps~

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#120 Wax Man Riley
May 03 2011, 04:17PM
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The thing is, we have a Hall and Eberle to try to ink to one of these deals. I think I would take both of them long term over Weber.

I don't consider Pääjärvi in this group, but he may turn out to be just as good or better, so that is a possibility as well.

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#121 Dman09
May 03 2011, 04:17PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

Well Detroit and Wash are looking like alright deals but Van Lou hasn't really been overly impressive, same with hossa. Zetterberg has had a fair few injuries lately so we will have to see where that goes. What happens if Ovi gets pissed that they can't seem to get it done in the playoffs, as its looking like right now, and decides he wants out. How easy is it going to move a player with a big long contract requesting a trade? I realize this may not be the case but its still something that needs to be considered. As a GM its your job to look at the past, assess what you need currently, get what you need while also thinking about what may need to be done in the future. Long contracts are still too risky.

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#122 Matt Henderson
May 03 2011, 04:21PM
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@Dman09

I have One and a Half Italian words to add to your list. DiPietro.

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#123 Slapshotzky
May 03 2011, 04:21PM
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I can't see Weber signing in Edmonton. Montreal maybe if it's a Canadian team he wants. Shea will resign now that Nashville has a bit of a core group,...no way he pulls a "kovalchuk" and bails on that franchise. Nashville ain't Fla, or Atl. They are a decent team.

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#124 Slapshotzky
May 03 2011, 04:22PM
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I can't see Weber signing in Edmonton. Montreal maybe if it's a Canadian team he wants. Shea will resign now that Nashville has a bit of a core group,...no way he pulls a "kovalchuk" and bails on that franchise. Nashville ain't Fla, or Atl. They are a decent team.

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#125 Slapshotzky
May 03 2011, 04:23PM
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I should point out the fact that I'm aware that Weber is an RFA. ( see above)

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#126 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:24PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

The thing is, we have a Hall and Eberle to try to ink to one of these deals. I think I would take both of them long term over Weber.

I don't consider Pääjärvi in this group, but he may turn out to be just as good or better, so that is a possibility as well.

You honestly think anyone outside of Hall is going to need a star/superstar type deal?

All the good teams have 2-3 players with star contracts (either big dollars or big term)

In todays dollars, Hall is probably a 7.5 million player at his peak and Eberle might be a 5 - 5.5 million player at his peak...if he's lucky.

I really don't know what everyone is so worried about saving up for.

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#127 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:27PM
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Dman09 wrote:

Well Detroit and Wash are looking like alright deals but Van Lou hasn't really been overly impressive, same with hossa. Zetterberg has had a fair few injuries lately so we will have to see where that goes. What happens if Ovi gets pissed that they can't seem to get it done in the playoffs, as its looking like right now, and decides he wants out. How easy is it going to move a player with a big long contract requesting a trade? I realize this may not be the case but its still something that needs to be considered. As a GM its your job to look at the past, assess what you need currently, get what you need while also thinking about what may need to be done in the future. Long contracts are still too risky.

Isn't Luongo up for the Venizna? Shaky few games or not he's still an elite goaltender.

You wouldn't take AO on his current deal? I bet 90% of the league would.

Just say for examply at 23 we sign Hall for 5 years (which is what everyone here seems to think is a "smart" contract length).

We do that and the risk is he bolts at 28

Again, theirs risk either way.

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#128 Quicksilver ballet
May 03 2011, 04:34PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

~I'd hate to follow in there footsteps~

Oh no you di'int....

It's their Obbie, not there or they're.

this concludes this public service announcement....

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#129 NastyNate
May 03 2011, 04:38PM
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This RFA talk is ridiculous. ON seems to be home to large numbers of pipe dreamers/smokers. How many players have been signed to offer sheets since penner? One of the worst moves in this teams history and created alot of distaste for this city and franchise aruond the league. We are finally starting to shed tht negative by building an exciting young core. Must be 50+ posts on here arguing the RFAs and offer sheets. What a joke, get real oiler fans.

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#130 Dman09
May 03 2011, 04:39PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

Well my theory on Lou is that its not just him there. The team was really well put together and their defense was great. I think you can tell that by looking at Cory Schneider's numbers in the regular season. So far in the playoffs the team itself hasn't done as good and the times when they needed the goaltending to steal the show, with exception of game 7, it didn't happen. Look at Thomas, Roloson, Rinne. I think those three are a good contrast.

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#131 Quicksilver ballet
May 03 2011, 04:41PM
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NastyNate wrote:

This RFA talk is ridiculous. ON seems to be home to large numbers of pipe dreamers/smokers. How many players have been signed to offer sheets since penner? One of the worst moves in this teams history and created alot of distaste for this city and franchise aruond the league. We are finally starting to shed tht negative by building an exciting young core. Must be 50+ posts on here arguing the RFAs and offer sheets. What a joke, get real oiler fans.

Where else is they're to go to escape the harsh reality of the last two years Nate?

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#132 Wax Man Riley
May 03 2011, 04:46PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Where else is they're to go to escape the harsh reality of the last two years Nate?

Build from within. That is what they're going to do. It is their plan, and there is nothing you can say that will change it.

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#133 Wax Man Riley
May 03 2011, 04:48PM
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Now lets all go watch the Tampa game and cheer on Rolli... then shove it in Tambo's face.

Thank you Khabby for securing us the distinction of being only the second team in NHL history to have the #1 pick twice.

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#134 NastyNate
May 03 2011, 04:51PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Build from within. That is what they're going to do. It is their plan, and there is nothing you can say that will change it.

It's stange how many times management has reiterated and how quickly it is forgotten by fans

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#135 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:53PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Oh no you di'int....

It's their Obbie, not there or they're.

this concludes this public service announcement....

Ahahahaaha, I'll never get those correct.

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#136 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:53PM
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NastyNate wrote:

This RFA talk is ridiculous. ON seems to be home to large numbers of pipe dreamers/smokers. How many players have been signed to offer sheets since penner? One of the worst moves in this teams history and created alot of distaste for this city and franchise aruond the league. We are finally starting to shed tht negative by building an exciting young core. Must be 50+ posts on here arguing the RFAs and offer sheets. What a joke, get real oiler fans.

I belive theirs basically been one RFA offer sheet/year since Penner.

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#137 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:55PM
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Dman09 wrote:

Well my theory on Lou is that its not just him there. The team was really well put together and their defense was great. I think you can tell that by looking at Cory Schneider's numbers in the regular season. So far in the playoffs the team itself hasn't done as good and the times when they needed the goaltending to steal the show, with exception of game 7, it didn't happen. Look at Thomas, Roloson, Rinne. I think those three are a good contrast.

That doesn't change the fact that he's been thought of as an elite goaltender for years and years now.

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#138 Quicksilver ballet
May 03 2011, 04:55PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Build from within. That is what they're going to do. It is their plan, and there is nothing you can say that will change it.

No way there going to do that Waxy, in 30 yrs its never been part of they're game plan, and theirs nothing we can do to change that.

Wax Man, you do know we have Taylor Hall today partially because of that decision on Roli eh?

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#139 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 04:56PM
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NastyNate wrote:

It's stange how many times management has reiterated and how quickly it is forgotten by fans

You know what's even more ridiculous and unrealistic then talking RFA's? Insiting the team is only going to "build from within", theirs not one good team out there that doesn't have at least a few good pieces that were either traded for or signed as free agents.

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#140 Wax Man Riley
May 03 2011, 04:58PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

No way there going to do that Waxy, in 30 yrs its never been part of they're game plan, and theirs nothing we can do to change that.

Wax Man, you do know we have Taylor Hall today partially because of that decision on Roli eh?

HAhahahaha.... man, Quicks, you make this place fun.

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#141 Dman09
May 03 2011, 04:58PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

In the last five years how many teams have won the stanley cup with an Elite goaltender? Numbers mean little, its about stepping up and getting the job done when you really need it.

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#142 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 05:12PM
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Dman09 wrote:

In the last five years how many teams have won the stanley cup with an Elite goaltender? Numbers mean little, its about stepping up and getting the job done when you really need it.

Fleury and Gigi

What does that have to do with anything anyways? Luongo is an elite goaltender with the 8th highest cap hit in the game. It's a good deal thus far.

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#143 Team Hoppy
May 03 2011, 05:12PM
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I find it really hard to have an opinion this year, unlike last year where I felt strongly Hall had more pedigree and desire. This year is a mixed bag. Couturier has more pedigree and size (2 96pt seasons in a row) and plays center. Hoppy has sick hands and speed and plays center Landeskog is a tough power forward. Larsson plays defense. Strome, Huberdeau are just entering the conversation, but seem to have size and play center. We actually need all of these players, and not one seems to be above the others. I think Hoppy and Couturier are my fave picks.

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#144 NastyNate
May 03 2011, 05:20PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

Seeing as how we are 1 year into a re build, seems a little pre mature to start talking about offer sheeting a player that would cost us draft picks and wad of cash. A little patience is needed, if in a year or two when our young stars have blossomed into NHL players/stars and only then if we have glaring needs would i consider an offer sheet. Not when we have 4 offensive forwards coming back for a Sophomore season, 3 picks in the first 31 including first overall, and a goalie who has yet to play a full season.

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#145 Peterborough
May 03 2011, 06:15PM
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Bruce wrote:

Hold the phone with these ridicuolous front-loaded contracts. RFA compensation is determined by dividing the total dollar amount of the contract by the number of years in it OR by five, whichever is LESS. So a ten-year, $60 MM offer sheet may have an average cap hit of $6 MM, but for compensation purposes would be caluclated as $60 MM / 5 = $12 MM and a boatload of draft picks (four first rounders). Doesn't matter how front or backloaded it is. The idea is to circumvent the kind of ridiculous contracts being proposed above.

dude great post, finally some knowledge. Ya so lets not do an offer sheet to anyone ever. The Penner deal still hurts = Tyler Myers would be nice right now.

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#146 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 07:36PM
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NastyNate wrote:

Seeing as how we are 1 year into a re build, seems a little pre mature to start talking about offer sheeting a player that would cost us draft picks and wad of cash. A little patience is needed, if in a year or two when our young stars have blossomed into NHL players/stars and only then if we have glaring needs would i consider an offer sheet. Not when we have 4 offensive forwards coming back for a Sophomore season, 3 picks in the first 31 including first overall, and a goalie who has yet to play a full season.

1 year in? I guess we are all intitled to our own opinion.

I've got 2 straight 30th place finishes, top 10 picks in 4 of the last 5 years and no PO for 5 straight years that tell me it's been longer then that.

You can make a fair argument that we are a year too early to be looking to pluck a #1Dman, but it's also pretty rare you'll get 2 of them of this caliber up for RFA contracts with cash strapped teams in the same year.... when the "time is right" their might not be the guy we need available.

Besides, if Bruce is correct I'd have Webber off the table (4 first would be just too much for me)..... though something probably could be worked out for Yandle that would still fall in the 2x1st range.

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#147 Quicksilver ballet
May 03 2011, 08:13PM
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Have to think Keith Yandle would be an easier target compared to Weber. With the situation in Pheonix now they would be hard pressed to match even a shorter term front end loaded deal.

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#148 @Oilanderp
May 03 2011, 08:53PM
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No Whales!

One quick way to ruin a half-decent article? Open it up to comments.

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#149 brodie
May 03 2011, 08:58PM
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Why waste draft picks on RFA's like Weber and Yandle when you can sign UFA James Wisniewski. All he would cost is money and Katz has lots of that.

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#150 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 03 2011, 09:35PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

No Whales!

One quick way to ruin a half-decent article? Open it up to comments.

This thought process makes 0 sense.

Adding great players makes teams better. When you have an oppertunity to add one without giving up the farm you do it.

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