TIME FOR OILERS TO TRADE?

Jason Gregor
November 19 2012 10:46AM

This was Steve Tambellini moments after winning the 2012 draft lottery, and since then he's added two important pieces to what he hopes will eventually be a playoff puzzle. He took Nail Yakupov first overall on June 22nd, added Justin Schultz on July 1st and along with Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins they are the future core of the Oilers.

If the Oilers are going to be more than playoff contenders on paper, Tambellini will need to look at moving any of the other young Oiler prospects once the lockout is over.

Stockpiling prospects is imperative for any successful organization, but most won't end up playing for the Oilers, so if Tambellini can acquire proven NHL talent in exchange for a prospect or two, he needs to make that move. The question is if he will have any cap space to make a few significant moves.

When the season starts the Oiler's won't have much cap space, if any, depending on the new CBA.

Hall, Yakupov, RNH, Eberle, Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth, Ryan Jones, Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Darcy Hordichuk and Lennart Petrell have a combined cap hit of $34,433 million.

Schultz, Ryan Whitney, Ladislav Smid, Nick Schultz, Jeff Petry, Theo Peckham, Andy Sutton and Corey Potter have a total cap hit of $18,875 million.

Devan Dubnyk and Nikolai Khabibulin are a combined $7.25 million cap hit.

Add them up and the Oilers sit at $60,558 million.

If they decide to have Magnus Paajarvi, $1,525 million, or Teemu Hartikainen's, $875,000 million cap hit, and send down a veteran forward that might add to their cap, because the new CBA might have all one-way deals count against the cap. Either way, the new CBA will determine how much cap flexibility they could have.

There have been some rumblings that the Oilers might make a big splash when the lockout ends, but I don't see how they will be able to add a big contract, unless they move a few big ones of their own. Hall and Eberle's combined cap hit this year is $4.91 million, but starting next year it jumps to $12 milllion.

The only way I see the Oilers adding a top-end player is if they move Hemsky, Horcoff or surprise everyone and move one of Eberle or Hall. Hemsky is still enticing for many teams, because he is a PROVEN top-six forward, and Horcoff's contract will be attractive to a team that needs to reach the cap floor, but pay less in actual dollars. I doubt one of the kids is moved anytime soon, but if Tambellini is going to make a major splash it will be difficult due to cap restrictions.

YOUTH WILL BE SERVED

Looking down the road the Oilers will need to find guys to play in their bottom-six. They have enough skill in their top-two lines, although some skill with size is a definite must-have, so as they look to the future they need to find players who are good penalty killers, solid defensively and most importantly, consistent.

I find it interesting how many people want to deal Ryan Jones away because Magnus Paajarvi, Teemu Hartikainen or Tyler Pitlick need a chance. Hartikainen has size, but he doesn't skate as well as Jones and to date he doesn't shown the ability to score the gritty, plugger-type goals that Jones does. If Jones can score 13-17 goals on your third line and kill penalties, he's a solid asset. He's done that the past two years. I'd like him to crash and bang on a more consistent basis, but only Hall drew more penalties amongst top-nine forwards.

The Oilers had the 5th most PK minutes in the NHL last year, and only Horcoff had more PK minutes amongst the forwards than Jones. Jones has a decent cap hit or $1.5 million and he's scored 17 and 18 goals the past two seasons. Moving him out to make room for a young player makes no sense at this point, because I don't see any prospect who can kill penalties, go to the tough areas to score, and actually produce like Jones has.

The Oilers won't win with a lineup based solely on youth. They need some veterans. If Horcoff had a lower cap hit, he'd be the perfect complement. If Smyth was a few years younger, he'd be able to play here for another four years. They Oilers need to find versions of those two, but proven NHL players, not guys in the farm system.

When the NHL resumes, Tambellini and his staff will need to find some 26-32 year-old veterans who can help nurture the young core, and he'll need to use some of his 2nd tier youth as trade bait.

Too many people fall in love with prospects, but the harsh reality is that very few of them ever pan out. The Oilers have to start over-hyping their prospects, and then move a few of them to a team that will fall in love with their "potential."

I've read articles suggesting the Oilers might end up with five or six players from their 2010 draft playing in Edmonton. That will only happen if the Oilers continue to be a bottom feeder. If they want to take the next step, they will need to have more proven, every day NHLers, and not worry about parting with young prospects to obtain those veterans.

QUICK HITS

  • The NHL and NHLPA will meet today and both sides will have some new blood in the room. The NHL is keeping it hush on which owners will be there, but maybe some fresh faces will bring some fresh ideas.
     
  • Another Oiler, Oscar Klefbom, has suffered a serious shoulder injury. Swedish sports reporter Johan Eriksson tweeted me an update about the situation. "As I understand his shoulder got dislocated but "jumped back in" immediately. But when it got dislocated he got a fracture on the joint capsule and bleeding in the shoulder." The only good news is that he should be ready for camp next September.
  • In the history of Edmonton sports the Ricky Ray trade might be 2nd worst all-time. I'm not including trades where the player asked to be traded, Pronger, or where the deal was strictly due to money, Weight, Messier, Coffey. Do you have any other trades you'd rank ahead of Ray, besides Gretzky?

    I'd hope the Eskimos fans who liked the trade will realize they undervalued Ricky Ray.  The move also illustrates how badly Danny Maciocia and Eric Tillman managed the Eskimos the past six years. Maciocia gave Ray virtually no supporting cast, while Tillman made an awful decision. The Eskimos can't afford to hire the wrong guy as their next GM. They need a leader, a guy who isn't afraid to make tough decisions, and a man who is very organized. Ed Hervey will be one of the four to six men to get an interview, and he's my leading candidate to land the job.  
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#1 geoilersgist
November 19 2012, 10:55AM
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Man with Klefbom being injured possibly for the whole season it's as though he actually made the Oilers this year.

Also FIST!

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#2 Will
November 19 2012, 10:58AM
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I was really hoping you would have taken the time to speculate on some of the trade rumors circling, based on what you see as the cap predicament the team is in.

If, what Tambellini said is true, and there will be a wow trade once the lockout ends, who do you think it will be?

P.S. I also agree moving Jones is a bad idea. The guy is one of Tambellini's best acquisitions when you look at how much he produces for what he gets paid. I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone better for that role, that comes at a cheaper price in the entire NHL.

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#3 Esks are a JOKE
November 19 2012, 11:04AM
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I hope Rick Ray wins the Grey Cup and then I hope Eric Tillman winds up as the GM in Toronto. Then people might realize what a joke the CFL is.

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#4 Big Cap
November 19 2012, 11:12AM
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Just because Jones doesn’t have the glitz or glamor of our Fab 5 that doesn’t mean he isn’t a key cog in the wheel.

Jones a 3rd/4th line winger who produces goals, decent PK, good energy, good team guy and comes at a very reasonable price. What’s the down size here??

I hope if there is the "WOW" trade, it involves a D-man. We need a true horse back there. While our young D core grows. Though Weber is a 1000-1 long shot, I hate to say I’m thinking J-Bo.

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#5 Truth
November 19 2012, 11:15AM
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I can't imagine Tillman ever getting another GM job. Unless it was Toronto and that was his plan all along, in which case it would all make sense.

I sure hope the Oilers don't botch a trade or make one that forces them to give up or be unable to resign the young guys in the future.

If Yakupov continues this pace in the KHL I believe he would be the most likely to be shipped out in a trade. I think Yakupov is going to be one of the best of the young bunch, but as of yet he isn't really part of the bunch. The Montreal rumours would appear to be the most fitting, with Galchenyuk there now. If that happened, I would like to see something like: Yakupov and Marincin for Pacioretty (sp?) and Subban. I would much rather see Yakupov as an Oiler though.

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#6 Archaeologuy
November 19 2012, 11:17AM
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The way I see it the Oilers need fewer forwards and more defense. There is no legit #1 d-man on the Oil. We had Petry and Smid pulling the top pairing duties but they are 3-4 on a decent club. I hope the WOW trade brings in a defender and I'd be just fine if that trade meant that the Cap hits of Hemsky/Horcoff went and a few AHL guys like Pitlick, Teubert, Hartikainen, or even Marincin were sent the other way.

I'm pretty high on the futures of Marincin and Hartikainen, but if you are getting a legit top 2-3 defenseman then you cant just give up Horcoff and the rights to Omark.

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#7 Archaeologuy
November 19 2012, 11:20AM
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Oh, and the Ryan Smyth trade ripped my heart out, so based on that alone I would have it ahead of the Ray trade. The truth is Danny Maciocia already killed most of the passion that I had for the Esks. Tillman just spit on its rotting corpse.

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#8 Sanaa Montana
November 19 2012, 11:33AM
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Hemsky is more valuable to the Oilers than he is to any other team. Hemsky ain't going no where. If Eberle gets injuried: where is your RW?

Gagner, a good prospect or two and 1 or 2 first round picks of the future should get the Oilers an improvement that they need.

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#9 Archaeologuy
November 19 2012, 11:39AM
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@Sanaa Montana

Yakupov is a RW. After Eberle would be Yak. Without Gagner the Oilers have ???? as a 2C?

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#10 Oops
November 19 2012, 11:40AM
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Arch said "The truth is Danny Maciocia already killed most of the passion that I had for the Esks. Tillman just spit on its rotting corpse."

Here Here

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#13 freeze
November 19 2012, 11:46AM
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I prefer the conspiracy theory that the Esks/Tillman were paid off in order to give TO the quarterback needed to get the Argos into the 100th anniversary Grey Cup game in Toronto. :P ~~~

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#15 ItsTheBGB
November 19 2012, 11:50AM
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I don't consider the Pronger trade bad at all. Eberle, Smid, and Lupul is a solid haul, didn't we also get a first round pick that turned into Buffalo drafting Tyler Myers?

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#16 TeddyTurnbuckle
November 19 2012, 11:56AM
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Keep Hall, Eberle, Nugent hopkins, Yakupov, Shultz. Everyone else is trade bait. Not that I don't like some of the players I didn't mention but we may have to give up something good to get something great. Love the young talent on this team but I don't like the mix of players at all in Edmonton. Not enough quality veterans and we might be the smallest team in the league. If we head into the season with almost the same group as last year plus two rookies we will be looking at another lottery pick. We should make a new rule in edmonton that we don't get too excited about prospects before they make an impact at the NHL level. I like what I see with Kleefbom but is he really that far ahead of Smid at his age?

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#17 T__Bone88
November 19 2012, 11:57AM
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I really can't see the oilers trading for anyone over a 6 million cap and has more than 3-4 years on a deal. Right now the future players I believe that need to be traded for is a number 2 center man or 2nd line LW and a top defenseman (not a defined 1-2 pairing) the rest can be signed for in free agency. I do hope in the CBA they do get rid of the rookie bonuses counting against the cap.

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#18 Racki
November 19 2012, 12:04PM
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Didn't Andy Sutton end his season, recently (shoulder I think it was??)? So he's off the books, so to speak, and this was his final year of deal too. I really liked him... I know that in this crazy city that probably isn't the popular opinion. Personally, I'd be a little sad to see the guy done as an Oiler though (potentially his career, at this stage).

Anyways, I think the Oilers need to shore up the D and goaltending (well, who doesn't... even Lowe said the same recently). Take Potter, Whitney, Khabibulin, Dubnyk, some forward lesser prospects we have... maybe make some sort of package to improve the D / G (and no, I'm not saying all of those players.. just saying you could use a few for a multi-player deal).

Admittedly though, I'm interested to see Whitney and Schultz together though.. might rejuvenate Whitney a bit, and then our blueline looks completely different with the players we already have... especially if Peckham wakes back up.

Smid - Petry Whitney - J.Schultz Peckham - Potter/N.Schultz

Couldn't hurt to try and improve that though since there are still question marks and you're banking everything on hope that a few guys will look good.

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#19 Sanaa Montana
November 19 2012, 12:04PM
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@Archaeologuy

Yakupov can play RW. If there is no trade Yakupov won't be playing RW on the 3rd line.

Lets say Oilers do trade Hemsky and Eberle gets injuried: that would mean Yakupov as a rookie is your only skilled RW. As stupid as some stupids think the Oilers management is, I can't see them taking that chance.

Hall, Horcoff, Lander. Patrick Sharp? I believe the Oilers will make a big deal with a team like Chicago or San Jose for example, teams that have cap problems and sense that their time is passing or need a new direction.

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#21 OilClog
November 19 2012, 12:13PM
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I'd set my sights on Anaheim and Getzlaf. They're close to a full rebuild, he would immediately give the oilers a scary 1-2punch up the middle. Gagner, Omark, Potter and a 2nd round pick. Only if Getz agrees to an extension first.

Or Hemsky, Marincin, and a 3rd to phoenix for yandle and a late round pick.

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#22 oiler/hab
November 19 2012, 12:13PM
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Ok, this just in...

To Nashville: 1st round pick 2013 2nd round pick 2014 Belanger, Peckham,Omark

To Oilers: Shae Weber, Michael Latta

To Anaheim:

1st round pick 2014 Plante, Paajrvi, Bunz

To Edmonton:

Bobby Ryan, Mat Clark

Ok, ship the cup to PO box ??? Edmonton AB

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#23 Sanaa Montana
November 19 2012, 12:16PM
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@Jason Gregor

My bad, I was unaware of the cap situation. I was using them more of the example of teams whose time is passing with the current rosters. Anaheim would make sense as a trading partner, no?

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#24 OilClog
November 19 2012, 12:21PM
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@oiler/hab

Nashville would never do that, even if it was allowed

Bobby Ryan has no place on this team, we're already dressed to the 9 in wingers.

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#26 T__Bone88
November 19 2012, 12:36PM
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One trade I think would make sense is Hemsky for Mike Green. Green makes just over 6 million for 3 years compared to Hemsky's 2 yr at 5 million. Wash gets a top 6 RW while Edm gets a top 4 defenseman. Both coming off being injured for past few years so almost a wash in value, Edm might have to add a little bit more but not much.

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#27 Rival
November 19 2012, 12:36PM
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As bad of GM Maciocia was he wasn't even dumb enough to trade Ricky Ray. Can't wait to see Ray put the screws to both the Stamps and the Esks on Sunday.

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#28 etownman
November 19 2012, 12:39PM
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Oilers obviously have holes to fill but I see something like this happening! Krejci & Hemsky have been lighting up the Czech League during the lockout. Maybe the Bruins have said to the Oilers, what would it take to get Hemsky's services? I've read where the Bruins would like to have Seguin in the middle, but it's too crowded. We need to read between the lines! Maybe the Oilers have said Bergeron would look good in Oiler colors & the salaries & length of contracts are basically a trade off! This is a hockey deal no less but I could see something like this happening. Then you have the prospect of moving a smaller skilled center like Gagner to a team like the Hawks who were asking about him in times past! Just saying, but I don't think it's that far fetched!

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#29 druds
November 19 2012, 12:40PM
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@oiler/hab

Oh boy, what are you smoking? could you spare some? its obviously very potent...

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#30 HardBoiledOil
November 19 2012, 12:44PM
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oiler/hab wrote:

Ok, this just in...

To Nashville: 1st round pick 2013 2nd round pick 2014 Belanger, Peckham,Omark

To Oilers: Shae Weber, Michael Latta

To Anaheim:

1st round pick 2014 Plante, Paajrvi, Bunz

To Edmonton:

Bobby Ryan, Mat Clark

Ok, ship the cup to PO box ??? Edmonton AB

these are lousy trades for everyone but the Oilers. this isn't HF Boards!

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#31 millpoo
November 19 2012, 12:52PM
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Re: Klefbom injury

For those who have been following the Klefbom injury, it started out as a "bruise", then progressed to a dislocated shoulder (out 4-6 weeks, but he was expected to return to SEL action by the end of November.

Now, this news that he'll be out the year.

How does this happen? Do you have any info from your source Gregor?

It's SO frustrating to see injuries mis-diagnosed like this.

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#32 Archaeologuy
November 19 2012, 01:03PM
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Is PK Subban for Hemsky, Hartikainen, and Colten Teubert/Marincin a deal that might work?

Hemsky is a legit talent and Hartikainen is the guy most Oiler fans see as "The Guy the Oilers have been Missing" and the Habs need big physical forwards even more than the Oilers do. Add to that either big physical Teubert or lanky but talented Marincin and there might be a deal to be done.

$ in will likely be close to $ out. The Oilers give up two prospects that are earmarked for the pros and a player that can help MTL now.

If Oilers fans arent at all uncomfortable with giving up Harski and Teubert/Marincin then the deal is too lopsided and just garbage.

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#33 Walter Sobchak
November 19 2012, 01:04PM
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Good read Gregor.

My take on this is.

The Oilers won't trade - Yakupov - Schultz - Hall - RNH - Eberle

The Oilers don't have a lot of cap space to make a huge "WOW" type trade unless serious money is leaving, the don't have a lot of roster spots left unless they dump a bunch of players.

So, with that being said it makes more sense for the Oilers not to make any significant deals especially with a shorten NHL season.

I would still suggest the Oilers are a bottom 5 team and would get a significant piece without having to trade this season.

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#34 TigerUnderGlass
November 19 2012, 01:10PM
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@Jason Gregor

That's why you trade Eberle instead.

Well no, that's not why. You trade Eberle because Yakupov will probably be better, but the thing you said helps too.

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#35 Chris
November 19 2012, 01:22PM
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Where are all the Ricky Ray haters now?

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#36 Will
November 19 2012, 01:57PM
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millpoo wrote:

Re: Klefbom injury

For those who have been following the Klefbom injury, it started out as a "bruise", then progressed to a dislocated shoulder (out 4-6 weeks, but he was expected to return to SEL action by the end of November.

Now, this news that he'll be out the year.

How does this happen? Do you have any info from your source Gregor?

It's SO frustrating to see injuries mis-diagnosed like this.

Last heard was that he dislocated his shoulder, but the doctors missed a small fracture that was causing internal bleeding (see giant bruise) Thus they now have to go in and repair damage.

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#37 The Towel Boy
November 19 2012, 01:57PM
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oiler/hab wrote:

Ok, this just in...

To Nashville: 1st round pick 2013 2nd round pick 2014 Belanger, Peckham,Omark

To Oilers: Shae Weber, Michael Latta

To Anaheim:

1st round pick 2014 Plante, Paajrvi, Bunz

To Edmonton:

Bobby Ryan, Mat Clark

Ok, ship the cup to PO box ??? Edmonton AB

I like it. But maybe we could add two more teams, like sayyyyy Washington and Pittsburgh? I really think this trade proposal needs to have Ovechkin and Crosby heading to Edmonton.

Just saying...

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#38 Gale
November 19 2012, 02:04PM
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Silly silly silly there going to stick to their guns not much to this story just gay tails dreams

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#39 Rama Lama
November 19 2012, 02:31PM
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Although I like the suggestion of trading to get someone to mentor our youth.......is this not supposed to be what Jones, Horcoff, and Smyth should be doing?

If these three are played less, my contention is that they can be good mentors. They were overplayed last year to the point where they looked spent.

Trade Hemsky and a couple of prospects but leave the fab five alone.

Tamby has never showed any creativity in trading and does not have the vision to know what to do in the trade department.

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#40 dessert1111
November 19 2012, 02:41PM
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Appreciate the positive paragraphs on Jones -- I think he might be underrated because he skates funny and is over 23. A surprisingly versatile player that I hope will stick around and not demand (much) more than he currently makes.

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#41 They're $hittie
November 19 2012, 03:08PM
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Can we please get off the Hall to center thing. Why not Eberle? Why not Magnus? Why not Hemsky?

LW is where we have the least NHL depth. RNH and Gagner is way more depth than Hall and who ever you wanna plug in with him.

RW is the strong point. You do not move Yakupov. A natural goal scorer playing his off wing plays their for a reason. If you move one it is hemsky. He should adapt easier being a veteran and if he doesnt produce as much it is little to give up for Yaks 30 Goals.

Like Hemsky but he is the only realistic piece that can be traded. He and Gagner are the two highest values that are tradeable. One injury to Nuge and a Gagner trade has a Center Depth of

Horcoff, Belanger, Lander, Pitlick, Vande Velde

And if you think gagner plus some prospects is going to get you a bigger higher producing center ask why would a team do that, and also ask how we will afford a 60pt power center and the fab 5. Does not add up. You want a big power second center who could produce, you have to make room by moving one of the big wingers.

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#42 jordan
November 19 2012, 03:27PM
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I've heard that marleau could be in the picture, potentially gags and MPS or a 1st/2nd rounder in return. i'd be content with that, dunno if we could handle the cap hit though. i'd also like the oil to look into a trade dealing horc+ or gags+ to tampa for lecavalier

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#43 They're $hittie
November 19 2012, 03:36PM
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We sound like the flames. Everyone wants a trade to bring in a top old player to help to try and win now, which isnt happening. Wait another year of development and push for it next year when we are legit.

Lecav, Marleau, Bowmeester,

good players but washed up and not worth their contract. The game is getting younger not older.

Let Calgary give up their future for that.

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#44 Will
November 19 2012, 03:40PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Speculate...The Luongo deal? I don't think any deal has much truth until we see what the new CBA looks like. Regardless I don't add Luongo due to his age. Oilers aren't primed to win in the next three years, and after that Luongo will be 36. No thanks.

Bouwmeester...Not sure how they can afford his cap-hit...In two years when he as UFA I'd look at him, but not now.

Haven't heard/read any others...If there are others, let me know which ones...

Ok, those are fair points on both names. However, if hypothetically there is going to be a 'wow' trade who do you think it will be and what can you see going back the other way?

I think Hemsky's trade value has gone way up since he's been playing well in the Czech league. Not to mention he has a very attractive contract. Since we have what looks to be a very capable right wing coming in from the KHL (Nail), do you think the Hemsky signing was more of an insurance policy that could turn into trade bait to plug other holes on the team?

Do you think he'd be enough to net a center with size? Or a top two D man?

I don't see Yak or Nuge going anywhere since we currently get them for nothing and if I understand your article right, we'd need to send money out if we're going to take money back in.

Finally, if the Oilers are trading out vets, won't we run into a problem of being an all around young and inexperienced team? Is that a bad thing or can the kids get it done under the leadership of Hall who plays his heart out every night.

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#45 Tim in Kelowna
November 19 2012, 04:07PM
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Gregor, I'm pretty sure the Gretzky trade was because of money. Not in the short term, but long term it was all about $$$

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#46 Pucker
November 19 2012, 04:24PM
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Chris wrote:

Where are all the Ricky Ray haters now?

I'm not a Ricky Ray hater but I would have liked to have seen him replaced with someone almost as good and more mobile. I can't believe they thought Jyles would be the guy.

I had to PVR a game yesterday. Only had room for one. Did the BC/Calgary. Poor choice. I started watching it, then realized I wanted them both to lose. I'll be cheering for Ray and the Argo's.

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#47 gr8one
November 19 2012, 04:50PM
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I think we need to factor in an amnesty clause as well post lockout...

In other words we could factor out Horcoff assuming he'd be the likeliest buyout.

But what really gets my mind wandering are what other players might be able to be had at a much reduced cost because their teams bought them out?

Say Tampa buys out Vinny...and we scoop him up at a couple/few mill per year...wouldn't he look pretty damned sweet as our second line center?

Same with Bouwmeester or Luongo...Teams that really might see value in having the cap space and knowing that they won't be able to offload those players without taking salary back might just choose to buy them out and let them go UFA...this amnesty clause if it happens could totally change the whole league dynamic with some really good players possibly be had for bargain contracts since they're already getting paid from their buyouts.

Just a little food for thought anyways.

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#48 michael
November 19 2012, 05:00PM
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How would Yakupov look on the NY Islanders team? Tavares could use a shooter like Yak.The Isles could use another marquee name before they pack their bags for Brooklyn. They have Strome and Rheinhart as trade options.

The other option is Montreal.Montreal needs to be a player this off season. How would YAK look in Montreal? They have picks and the Oilers covet Subban.A problem player in Montreal.But. How good would that first unit PP look with Subban and J Shultz on the point.

If the Oilers keep Yak its just as good. The issue is that we need to look at upgrading our 2cd line center position if we do.Gagne is ok.Meh. But for the Oilers to compete they need a guy like Coutier. Someone with size and skill.

Christmas is coming.But hopefully not Louongo.

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#49 Taylor Gang
November 19 2012, 05:54PM
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What if we did klefbom, pajarvi, gagner and a first (with the option to throw In horcoff so nashville can reach the cap floor without paying a lot) for weber and a center? Klefbom isn't as needed now that we have schultz, plus pajarvi still has some decent value.

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#50 toprightcorner
November 19 2012, 06:08PM
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Worse trade than Ray, hard to say but I have a close contender.

I would say when the Oilers traded Miroslav Satan to Buffalo for Barrie Moore and Craig Millar. Ended up with over 350 goals and 700 points.

He was the goal scorer the Oilers needed badly and would have been the top goal scorer on the Oilers during the rest of his career.

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