Tambellini’s Take On Sutton, Oilers Rebuild

Jonathan Willis
February 13 2012 01:14PM

The Oilers’ official website has posted Steve Tambellini’s take on Andy Sutton’s new deal, and the general manager speaks about Sutton and the direction of the Oilers in general.

The video above is an interesting one, and a few lines stood out to me.

He expressed a real strong interest in staying in Edmonton; likes the city, likes the direction of the team, and we’re happy he’s back.

The idea that it is important to sign guys who want to play in Edmonton stretches back to the early days of Tambellini’s time with the Oilers. This isn’t new. The comment that Sutton “likes the direction of the team” strikes me as interesting, though, since it’s something we’ve heard more recently.

On Oil Change, Tambellini mentioned the third year of Eric Belanger’s contract in a significant way, saying, “One of the reasons why he wanted a three year deal is because he sees what’s happening, not next year, in year two and three, and ‘if I’m gonna go there, I wanna be part of that, in year two and three,’” (tip of the hat here to Tyler Dellow, who has made this point before).

It’s an interesting comment, and I wonder if it’s something Tambellini believes or something he says to try and emphasize what a good job he’s doing. Either way, if I were the player agent for Ales Hemsky or Cam Barker or any other player negotiating with the Oilers, I’d be sure to mention how much my client believes in the team’s current direction. Probably right before I asked for money.

It says a lot, I think, to the recognition of we know where we’re going. It’s hard at times, but we know that we’re acquiring elite talent.

Sutton’s place in the Oilers’ rebuild is an interesting one. He’s old enough that he won’t be a major contributor even if everything goes well and the Tambellini rebuild turns the Oilers into a Stanley Cup contender. His signing, however, now brings the number of NHL defenseman who are either under contract to the Oilers for next season or approaching RFA status to a total of eight – the eight guys currently with the team. The Oilers might dump Peckham or opt not to re-sign Barker, but Petry’s sure to be back and one imagines that Corey Potter will be too. Even if both Peckham and Barker leave the team this summer, that leaves only one spot for the Oilers to use on new defensive talent. If the Oilers decide to keep one of Peckham/Barker, their blue-line for next year could already be set.

We have a much better team than what the results and standings show, we know that.

This is Tambellini’s most interesting comment. Do the Oilers deserve to be higher than 14th in the West? Is the talent on their roster such that Tambellini’s comment is justified, that this season represents underachievement? If – and with NHL managers, there’s always an ‘if’ – Tambellini really believes that this team is better than their record, what does that suggest about the decisions he’ll make this summer, at the draft and during free agency?

Tambellini comes across as content that the Oilers are improving, that they’re moving in the right direction, and that no major changes are required. Time will tell whether that viewpoint is justified.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Charlie Huddy
February 13 2012, 01:20PM
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I'll be the FIST to say that Sutton has been a pleasant surprise this season. I always have a bit of a chuckle when he comes streaking in off the wing and fires a shot at the goal. Love it.

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#2 Jesse
February 13 2012, 01:23PM
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I believe that with minimal changes, the oilers could slowly develop into an 8th place team, which would render the rebuild a colossal waste of time. *sigh*

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#3 Talbot17
February 13 2012, 01:26PM
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Real glad Sutton is back another year. Clear indication Barker is done

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#4 steelymac
February 13 2012, 01:27PM
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Dithers just gave Katz the same speach.Geez Steve havent heard from you for a month or two what have you been doing?This is what you call winging it.

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#5 vetinari
February 13 2012, 01:28PM
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Yeaaahhh! After 2 years of placing 30th in a thirty team league, we are now sitting in 29th! Progress! By his logic, give the man a 28 year extension so that we can finish 1st in the league...

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#6 JB
February 13 2012, 01:29PM
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The same blueline will totally work. All we need is Whitney's return to health, no other significant injuries, linear progress for Petry, no regression from Smid, Sutton not showing his age...

Never mind. Can we have a new GM please?

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#7 A-Mc
February 13 2012, 01:35PM
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I get the sense that there just aren't the right D options available to us right now.

As Gregor pointed out during his spirited session with LT on nation radio this weekend, teams aren't trading top 4D type players. The couple that are speculated to be available this summer are big WHAT IF's and even if they are available July 1st, is Edmonton a place they want to come to.

I Imagine it's tough to bring in top established talent because lets be honest, the Edmonton Oilers haven't been very good for quite some time.

I see the Oilers attracting new talent and has-been talent; Guys who believe they are NHL ready but cannot break free from the AHL bonds, and guys who have had bad seasons recently and need to be given another chance.

I am hesitant to believe that there are any real 4D Talents available to the Oilers right now; and i'm even more hesitant to believe that the 1 guy on the chopping block (Hemsky) has enough value to bring anything of real value to our team if he were traded.

I imagine next season we'll have 1-2 first round D's in our system and maybe a 1st round forward up playing with the team. I Truly don't expect much to change unless it's lower pairing guys like Hordy/Eager/Petrell/Peckham/etc being used as a package to get 1 5/6D

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#8 Time Travelling Sean
February 13 2012, 01:35PM
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@JB

Ever heard of Ryan Murray, he'll help.

Gernat looks good.

Marincin looks good.

KlefBOMB looks good.

Musil might crack camp.

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#9 Terran
February 13 2012, 01:38PM
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Regarding your last paragraph Jonathan, I don't think the team needs "major" changes. The Oilers had a lot of injury issues this year, Whitney didn't come back as he was expected to, and nobody expected Belanger's shooting percentage to approach negative integers.

It also seems to me that those who aren't fans of the Sutton signing are also those who complain about the lack of depth on the blue line.

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#10 Damian
February 13 2012, 01:39PM
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As we've seen over the last couple weeks, this team IS far better than the standings show. A complete healthy roster for the majority of the season and the Oil could very well be pushing for a playoff spot. I'm not saying that this team is a contender by any means. Give the kids some time to grow and a few minor personnel changes and this team will be on the right track. Glad to see Sutton back for another year.

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#13 Terran
February 13 2012, 01:46PM
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No offense Jonathon (and this is directed more to certain posters than to you), but you can't complain about having an "AHL" defense when you're bringing D up to the big club, and in the same breath state that signing a decent 6/7 D for a short term is a waste of minutes that should be going to developing D.

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#14 JB
February 13 2012, 01:49PM
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Time Travelling Sean wrote:

Ever heard of Ryan Murray, he'll help.

Gernat looks good.

Marincin looks good.

KlefBOMB looks good.

Musil might crack camp.

I didn't realize the draft had already occurred. Thanks man. You must be a time traveller.

None of the other 4 prospects you note should be on the roster next year if the club has any interest in developing players patiently. That leaves the current group, which isn't very good. Is the goal playoffs or another lottery pick next year? Hop in your hot tub time machine and break it down...

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#16 OILERSORDEATH
February 13 2012, 01:58PM
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Kinda off topic here, does anyone know if there is any truth to there being a little riff between Hall and Whitney? Dan Clouter form Hockeybuzz mentioned something to that fact as being a reason why he didnt celebrate with Whitney after his OT Goal? Any thoughts on this? Or is it just dumb gossip?

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#17 Terran
February 13 2012, 02:01PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

@ Terran:

Fair enough, though I'd suggest that people critiquing the Sutton deal would probably just prefer the Oilers to go out and sign a guy like Milan Jurcina, who might be a longer-term fit.

But what's to stop them from doing that? Gilbert and Smid are a solid pair, Petry is going in the right direction, Barker is (god willing!) gone, Peckham is extra/trade sweetener, and Whitney is either in or gone That leaves us 3 solid D, 1 maybe, 2 6/7 D so we still have room for at least 1 new D, probably 2, and there's still 2 weeks to the trade deadline, and then deals can be made before next season starts.

Unless I'm missing something, I'm not sure how this deal means we have the same D next year.

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#18 René Guerra
February 13 2012, 02:03PM
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"We have a much better team than what the results and standings show, we know that."

So, the injury crutch will continue to be employed, and this may also point to management blaming coaching.

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#19 revingev
February 13 2012, 02:10PM
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I highly doubt it is anything other then gossip. For any player to act that way would be unprofessional and would be a bad sign. Also if it were true I would only trust a source from inside the dressing room.

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#20 Terran
February 13 2012, 02:13PM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

Kinda off topic here, does anyone know if there is any truth to there being a little riff between Hall and Whitney? Dan Clouter form Hockeybuzz mentioned something to that fact as being a reason why he didnt celebrate with Whitney after his OT Goal? Any thoughts on this? Or is it just dumb gossip?

Sounds like bad speculation to me. May as well say that Gagner has a beef with Sutton the way he skated past him after scoring against Chicago last week.

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#21 Quicksilver ballet
February 13 2012, 02:14PM
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~Trade deadline fears averted, whew! that was close. Thank you Mr. Gatekeeper.~

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#22 Smokey
February 13 2012, 02:16PM
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Why are we talking about getting rid of Peckham??? Don't we need 8 NHL caliber defencemen like a San Jose or Detroit. Peckham is are number 7 or 8 and hes played 45 games this year. The Sutton signing for a 6/7 guy with a crazy mean streak just says the Oilers are working towards a NHL caliber defence core. Tambo needs to add hopefully a top 4 defender, keep Wreckum and this defence is skilled, has some depth and has some old school toughness. He filled the Matt Greene hole, and now I hear people suggest we should trade him?

The other thing I don't get is why people are complaining about money on Sutton's contract. A guy that big and mean who can contribute who wants to be there for 1.75m seems reasonable to me. Veteran depth defenders with toughness are worth more then 700 grand. You pay unproven guys like Potter that. Sutton would get that money elsewhere.

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#23 Smokey
February 13 2012, 02:24PM
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Terran, I would not read anything into that. Ive seen it before, the guy who scored is just too ramped up and wants to celebrate with a huge fist pump. Just a baseless opinion on a slow non game day type of story.

Many teams have been successful when players are not buddy buddy. Think of the Bulls. Jordan, Rodman, Pippen never were best friends. Rodman burned bridges everywhere he played, but they were professionals and they won. Dissention can be a problem in or room, and sometime it is.

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#24 RexLibris
February 13 2012, 02:37PM
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This trend works for me. Bring back Sutton, use Potter and perhaps Chorney as 7th defencemen with Teubert, Plante and Fedun as injury callups. Then focus on strengthening the forward ranks in depth.

We have a defensive core coming, we just need to bide our time and find some short-term bodies to fill out the ranks.

I would rather elevate Gilbert, Whitney, Smid, and Petry's time and have a bottom three of Sutton and company than go out and blow our cap restraint to pieces on a Bryan Campbell contract.

From my perspective, moving Peckham at the deadline, perhaps in a package with Hemsky, might garner a much better return. This way you are sending a team not only a top-six rental player, but also a depth defenceman that you get to keep for the following few seasons.

This also changes the Oiler's focus during the free agency period. Instead of going toe-to-toe with Suter's agent and all his suitors, we could sell Edmonton to someone like Shane Doan. Just a thought.

This time next year we may well be looking at the playoff picture from the outside (although hopefully not with binoculars, as we are now) and we may have Ryan Jones, Sutton, and Khabibulin to move.

From what I have seen, Tambellini is a much better seller and small-contract negotiator than he is at trying to land the big free agent. Perhaps that will change, but we'll see.

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#25 Chris
February 13 2012, 02:38PM
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Time Travelling Sean wrote:

Ever heard of Ryan Murray, he'll help.

Gernat looks good.

Marincin looks good.

KlefBOMB looks good.

Musil might crack camp.

I hear this a lot. From media, fans, comments etc. We have d-prospects and just need to draft more this year.

I'd like someone to lay out a scenario where that works out in the real world... Unless we are talking Stanley Cup 2018 or 2019 I don't see it given the natural development of dmen vs forwards.

D take time to MAYBE pan out. Gernat, Marincin, Klefbomb, Musil.. these guys are all good prospects many many years away from maybe turning into top 4 d men. So how does that work in the timeline of Hall/Ebs/Nuge??

Vancouver had exactly 0 (zero) d men that they drafted on their team last year.

Chicago drafted Keith/Seabrook 5+ years BEFORE Kane/Toewes. 7-8 years before they won a cup. Thats just how long d men normally take!

I just don't see what the Oilers plan is, or how anyone can hinge the future on some 18 year old kid d men when the normal development curve for defenders takes so long.

The way I see it Oilers mgmt either is serious that the team is 5+ years away from being competitive still OR they are hoping one of their prospects turns into a miracle Drew Doughty generational talent. Even Doughty has shown his tender age of late....

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#26 Quicksilver ballet
February 13 2012, 02:56PM
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@Chris

The Oilers best have something on the go before these kids start getting plunked into the lineup. I think there's little option but to plunder someone else from an exclusive list. A Suter,a Weber or a Yandle are what's needed.... or there's always the Canucks (ala Sundin) approach. ~Offer Niklas Lidstrom a boatload of cash to extend his playing career for two yrs till some of these kids are ready.~

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#27 Spydyr
February 13 2012, 03:00PM
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Finally the last piece is in place.Cup run next year.......yawn.

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#28 vetinari
February 13 2012, 03:01PM
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I think you can start pairing up some of the bubble players like Peckham and Chorney and trade quantity for some quality, whether with each other or paired with a surplus forward.

None of the playoff bound teams will have players to spare before the deadline and the non-playoff teams are all unloading, thus, the Oilers will have to wait until the draft or July 1st to make any major moves unless it is for picks and/or prospects.

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#29 knobby
February 13 2012, 03:16PM
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The comments strike me as somewhat self-serving. If he gets re-signed and we also find out what Renney's fate is then those comments will present a clearer picture. He is still only capable of signing role/marginal players to renewals. He cannot land the big fish so he says to the fans 'I'll make the rebuild the plan' so I don't have to do anything but sit on my hands while maintaining my employment.

The GM just seems to be an expert at mis-handling players and making publicly messy situations even messier. Everything he does with players seems to be born sideways. Ouch!

He is one hell of a GM if you enjoy the cellar and seeing players leave.

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#30 Archaeologuy
February 13 2012, 03:18PM
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Whitney - ???

Smid - Gilbert

Petry - Sutton

Potter

Who is ???

Ryan Murray? Matt Dumba? Ryan Suter?

My money is on Theo Peckham.*

*Cue Infinibuild

And next year we can be in year 3 of "This is just year 2 of the rebuild!"

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#31 Jesse
February 13 2012, 03:23PM
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I see klefbom, musil, and marincin as pieces that will likely ensure a measure of sustainability for the club when (/if?) it gets really good. They are, obviously, not a short term solution, as they will not really be solid contributors for probably a good five years. However, should the club actually progress to a higher level of contention and should these defensive prospects develop well, they could be what eventually bridges the gap once the team looks to a post-hall/eberle/RNH offense. What I'm saying is, the timings of the development of the front and back ends are clearly not lined up. Assuming hall/eberle/RNH spend their whole careers with the oilers, once they pass their prime the team will hopefully have a solid back end to build around. I realize this is tons of speculation and a lot of "ifs", but you would hate for most of your talent to all die off at once (read: Calgary).

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#32 jimmy carson 12
February 13 2012, 03:24PM
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While i do like Sutton and I am glad he will be here next year I do not understand the timing of this signing. Why not wait till 2 weeks after the trade deadline???

what if a bidding war gets going for veteran D-men like Gill or Kubina. A team out there could end up overpaying for one of those guys. Why not wait and see if a better than expected offer came in on sutton. you could always look to re-sign him in the off season.

if no offer wowed you then sign him in March.

You risk nothing by waiting. Instead you now have to watch and hope a comparable player doesnt get traded for a price you would have loved to have seen here.

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#33 Dman09
February 13 2012, 03:31PM
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Terran wrote:

But what's to stop them from doing that? Gilbert and Smid are a solid pair, Petry is going in the right direction, Barker is (god willing!) gone, Peckham is extra/trade sweetener, and Whitney is either in or gone That leaves us 3 solid D, 1 maybe, 2 6/7 D so we still have room for at least 1 new D, probably 2, and there's still 2 weeks to the trade deadline, and then deals can be made before next season starts.

Unless I'm missing something, I'm not sure how this deal means we have the same D next year.

Because there is already speculation that Tambo whats to sign Barker to a multi year deal and if that happens tambo would likely just sign Peckham too. This whole situation is just turning into a joke now. Our star players are just going to get sick of it and go looking for greener pastures. And don't think it won't happen, look at Turris.

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#34 OilLeak
February 13 2012, 03:38PM
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If the Oilers Jettison Peckham and Barker and bring in 2 quality D I'm fine with the Sutton signing, if not, hello lottery.

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#35 Terran
February 13 2012, 03:39PM
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@Dman09

If you're going to hang the guy, at least do it on what he has done, not what you heard he might do.

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#36 OilLeak
February 13 2012, 03:39PM
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Why did I have a message saying my ip address was banned? I had to reset my connection to post.

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#37 Schmidty66
February 13 2012, 03:45PM
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Sutton must have been working on his contract from the press box when he sat those two games last week? We need a new coach!

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#38 steelymac
February 13 2012, 03:54PM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

Kinda off topic here, does anyone know if there is any truth to there being a little riff between Hall and Whitney? Dan Clouter form Hockeybuzz mentioned something to that fact as being a reason why he didnt celebrate with Whitney after his OT Goal? Any thoughts on this? Or is it just dumb gossip?

Hallzy and Whitney went to Mexico at the all-star break maybe they got gassed up and were fighting over the same chick.

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#39 MICHAEL
February 13 2012, 03:55PM
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COLTON TUEBERT IS ON MY LIST OF DMEN GOING FORWARD. WE ALL HAVE TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHERE THIS REBUILD IS GOING. ITS GOING TO START FROM THE MINORS UP. THAT INCLUDED THE DMEN. THE OILERS WILL DEVELOP 1-2 DMEN LIKE NASHVILLE HAS DONE. IT TAKES TIME. IF WE PICK 2 WE WON'T BE PICKING MURRAY. IT MORE THAN LIKELY BE GRIGORENKO. THEN YOU CONSIDER MOVING SAM GAGNE FOR A TOP 10 PICK TO TAKE THAT STUD DMAN WHO WILL DEVELOP INTO YOUR 1-2 DMAN.

BULIN WILL LIKELY BE GONE ON FEB 27. CHICAGO IS DESPARATE FOR HELP IN GOAL. THE OILERS HAVE 27 GAMES LEFT.IF WE WIN 12 MORE I WILL BE ESTATIC. THE FUTURE IN MY OPINION IS BRIGHT. ANDY SUTTON WILL HELP THE OILERS TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN TERMS OF DEVELOPMENT YEARS NEEDED FOR THE DMEN IN OKC. HE ISN'T GOING TO WIN THE NRRIS ANYTIME SOON BUT HE IS A VERY SERVICABLE 5-6 DMAN.

WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME TO SEE PECKHAM MOVED ON THE 27TH EITHER.

GOOD SIGNING TAMBO.

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#40 Archaeologuy
February 13 2012, 03:58PM
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@MICHAEL

1) Stop Yelling

2) Who is Sam Gagne?

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#41 dougtheslug
February 13 2012, 04:00PM
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Amid all the negativity is an inspiring video on Oilers website - Taylor Fedun skating again after probably the most horrific injury I've ever seen in hockey last Sept. Good for him. Even if he never plays again, it is heartwarming to see that kind of courage and perserverance

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#42 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 13 2012, 04:18PM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

Kinda off topic here, does anyone know if there is any truth to there being a little riff between Hall and Whitney? Dan Clouter form Hockeybuzz mentioned something to that fact as being a reason why he didnt celebrate with Whitney after his OT Goal? Any thoughts on this? Or is it just dumb gossip?

did you seriously just use "truth" and "hockeybuzz" in the same post?

next time you feel the need to venture over to hockeybuzz, please do yourself a favour and bash your bag on the corner of a table. it literally will provide you with the same insight into the inner workings of the oilers.

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#43 justDOit
February 13 2012, 04:20PM
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jimmy carson 12 wrote:

While i do like Sutton and I am glad he will be here next year I do not understand the timing of this signing. Why not wait till 2 weeks after the trade deadline???

what if a bidding war gets going for veteran D-men like Gill or Kubina. A team out there could end up overpaying for one of those guys. Why not wait and see if a better than expected offer came in on sutton. you could always look to re-sign him in the off season.

if no offer wowed you then sign him in March.

You risk nothing by waiting. Instead you now have to watch and hope a comparable player doesnt get traded for a price you would have loved to have seen here.

I think that if a team comes looking for Sutton on deadline day, having a one year contract actually makes him more valuable. Maybe not to a team who just wants a rental, but it makes his return higher to a team who would want him for the extra year.

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#44 rubbertrout
February 13 2012, 04:23PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

1) Stop Yelling

2) Who is Sam Gagne?

I love it when folks call Samwise "Gagne".

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#45 rubbertrout
February 13 2012, 04:25PM
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I'm glad we firmed up a deal on a guy who has been a healthy scratch how many times? Especially when we haven't yet spoken to a PPG player who still has a lot lft in the tank and is an impedning UFA.

Why do I cheer for this team again?

*closes his eyes and thinks of Eberle

**remembers that mchockey1979 tells me Eberle isn't as good as I think he is.

***still closes his eyes and thinks of Eberle

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#46 Harlie
February 13 2012, 04:30PM
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So, dive for five 3.0? THE REDUX

Not to be confused with REDDOX from dive for five 1.0.

Actually i don't mind the cap hit and term but it's not a signing that is exciting either.

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#47 Thinker
February 13 2012, 04:31PM
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I would hate to see the same defence return, but sutton hasn't been part of the problem. Barker sucks, and while i had no problem gambling on him its time to cut ties. Petry needs a legitimate shot. And i dont want to give up on peckham just yet as he has shown flashes in the past, and i think this is just an off year. Gilbert and smid are keepers. I could see potter stay up or go down much like this season. That gives us. Sutton gilbert smid petry potter and peckham(try saying that 10 times fast). Whitney is a bonus at this point, as his ankles have crippled him(consider him a safer cam barker bet) i don't want to sound obvious but thats weak. One big fish would be great for pushing guys down the depth chart. I would also like one more d prospect at the same stage as petry, that would help solidify the d for next season, and add a piece for the future. I really want jonathon blum, and would be okay with a trade of hemsky for blum and a first. I dont know that nashville would do that but principe brought that up. Thats about the only way ide let hemsky leave town. Even if hemsky isn't part of the future, why not wait til next year when his value is appropriate.

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#48 Chris
February 13 2012, 04:37PM
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MICHAEL wrote:

COLTON TUEBERT IS ON MY LIST OF DMEN GOING FORWARD. WE ALL HAVE TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHERE THIS REBUILD IS GOING. ITS GOING TO START FROM THE MINORS UP. THAT INCLUDED THE DMEN. THE OILERS WILL DEVELOP 1-2 DMEN LIKE NASHVILLE HAS DONE. IT TAKES TIME. IF WE PICK 2 WE WON'T BE PICKING MURRAY. IT MORE THAN LIKELY BE GRIGORENKO. THEN YOU CONSIDER MOVING SAM GAGNE FOR A TOP 10 PICK TO TAKE THAT STUD DMAN WHO WILL DEVELOP INTO YOUR 1-2 DMAN.

BULIN WILL LIKELY BE GONE ON FEB 27. CHICAGO IS DESPARATE FOR HELP IN GOAL. THE OILERS HAVE 27 GAMES LEFT.IF WE WIN 12 MORE I WILL BE ESTATIC. THE FUTURE IN MY OPINION IS BRIGHT. ANDY SUTTON WILL HELP THE OILERS TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN TERMS OF DEVELOPMENT YEARS NEEDED FOR THE DMEN IN OKC. HE ISN'T GOING TO WIN THE NRRIS ANYTIME SOON BUT HE IS A VERY SERVICABLE 5-6 DMAN.

WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME TO SEE PECKHAM MOVED ON THE 27TH EITHER.

GOOD SIGNING TAMBO.

WAY TO MAKE YOUR POINT WITH ALL CAPS!

I'd like one of the folks preaching patience, draft and develop on the back end to explain how it works. Please show how many years you think it'll take, how we will get through entry level and UFA contracts for the current big 3 etc. When do you plan on contending for the playoffs in this decade?

I'm not saying its not possible, I just would like to see it laid out in front of me since I can't see a world where it works to draft d-men 3 years after your star forwards. Its a$$ backwards.

Looking at a few top teams you'll see how few young d-men there are on good teams:

Vancouver: youngest D man - 25 Detroit: youngest D man - 25 Bruins - youngest D man - 25 SJS - youngest D man - 24

The Rangers have a few in the 21-24 range. So they are an exception.

And if you look at the Bruins/Nucks/Bruins their D are MUCH older than 25. 25 is just the absolute youngest any single 1 guy is. The 'stud d-man' you refer to on these teams is typically around 30.

So if we draft a stud this year in 2012, and we follow the trend of the top teams above we are about 7 years away from being ready. I wonder how Taylor Hall feels about that. Probably quite similar to how Turris felt about Phoenix.

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#49 Puritania
February 13 2012, 04:44PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

did you seriously just use "truth" and "hockeybuzz" in the same post?

next time you feel the need to venture over to hockeybuzz, please do yourself a favour and bash your bag on the corner of a table. it literally will provide you with the same insight into the inner workings of the oilers.

Props my good sir.

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#50 DieHard
February 13 2012, 04:46PM
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knobby wrote:

The comments strike me as somewhat self-serving. If he gets re-signed and we also find out what Renney's fate is then those comments will present a clearer picture. He is still only capable of signing role/marginal players to renewals. He cannot land the big fish so he says to the fans 'I'll make the rebuild the plan' so I don't have to do anything but sit on my hands while maintaining my employment.

The GM just seems to be an expert at mis-handling players and making publicly messy situations even messier. Everything he does with players seems to be born sideways. Ouch!

He is one hell of a GM if you enjoy the cellar and seeing players leave.

Stop it!

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