He STAYS!

Lowetide
February 24 2012 04:36PM

Are we there yet?

I bet most Oiler fans are tired of hearing about the Hemsky contract, and frankly it has reached overload. Besides, there are so many other things to talk about:

  • Oilers interested in Methot!
  • Oilers/Leafs talking Khabibulin!
  • Smyth/Oilers talking contract!

This is good stuff! On the heels of the wins over Calgary and Philadelphia, things are heating up at the deadline and Oiler fans are engaged in chatter about how this team will look in 12-13.

BEFORE WE MOVE ON....

I have one more item on Hemsky and then nothing until we hear some news about the contract. Some races are more important than others and sometimes you're chasing, sometimes you're running and sometimes you're the guy taking the picture.

You and I are taking the picture. Steve Tambellini is in the photo.

I was thinking about this today: all Oiler fans have strong opinions on Ales Hemsky's trade/contract situation, but none of us has a job riding on it. It's an interesting item, really. As a fan, I can argue my point strongly and convince some, but at the end of the day there's beer in the fridge and the internet works for reasons other than my hockey opinion (and I'm certain my family is very happy about it!).

Steve Tambellini doesn't have that luxury. Making a decision on Ales Hemsky will have a major impact on this organization. There are 4 ways this can play out: Oilers sign Hemsky and he's not worth the cash; Oilers sign him and he is worth the cash; Oilers send him away and he's ineffective in his 30's; Oilers send him away and he kills it in his 30's.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

It's coming down, it's coming down, it's coming down. The Edmonton Oilers are about to:

  • sign Ales Hemsky
  • trade Ales Hemsky

It's an enormous decision. Godspeed, Steve Tambellini.

 

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#151 mayorpoop
February 25 2012, 03:24PM
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Clyde Frog wrote:

So what is this magical package that would have landed us a big scoring power forward?

Also who are all the teams you know were shopping them to us?

Don't worry I'll wait...

Other than pure speculation where we throw out names and run trades through NHL 12, can anyone bitching honestly say they know what the interest in Hemsky actually was?

We locked up a decent player and didn't give up any part of future, the cap hit is managable for the next 2 years, the term works and is movable. How can this be a bad hockey move?

Also giant defensively responsible second lines don't exist... Other teams call them third lines.

Never played NHL any year. Thanks tho. Thinking outside a box defined by the Oiler fan is bad?

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#152 pelhem grenville
February 25 2012, 03:24PM
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onefityfist?

fail

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#153 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
February 25 2012, 05:57PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

HOZ...don't tell Sheldon about Yosemite Sam... K?

Thanks guys that was awesome. I must be to dense to get the Sam joke however!

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#154 Clyde Frog
February 26 2012, 11:24AM
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mayorpoop wrote:

Never played NHL any year. Thanks tho. Thinking outside a box defined by the Oiler fan is bad?

Because when you post you post with conviction like there were actual scenario's Tamby passed over in favour of this signing.

All the MSM rumors seemed to be centred on us wanting an NHL player and okay prospect or Grade A+ prospect and picks, which they say teams were not interested in paying.

Thinking outside the box is fine, but is equivalent to saying I wish we could have packaged Hemsky and a prospect for a power forward! Not the same as saying we should have...

At the trade deadline you are either overpaying for rentals or selling assets in the hopes that you can find the diamond in the ruff prospect or turn those picks into something. (Remember the 3 first rounders we got for Smyth?)

Teams aren't trading integral parts of their team that are performing...

At least thats where my thinking comes from when I read all these hater posts wishing Tambellini had traded for player X; who their friend Ted, who totally knows a guy and has an in, totally said was offered to us just last week.

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#155 mayorpoop
February 26 2012, 01:31PM
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@Clyde Frog

Yes I post with some conviction as do all the Gagner-items and lovers of the Hemsky deal. Listen I have no insider info, no connections to anyone or anything, I am just a fan who does expect better and believes there are GMs in this league who do take risk and make maneuvers. Not for the sake of making moves but for the betterment of the team.

Maybe there was no deal out there to be had. But it does not mean I have to satisfied with the mediocrity we show as an organization. Rebuild I can live with, but there a more ways to accomplish that than thru drafting and standing pat playing it safe.

You think teams won't part with integral parts of their team and I think teams will if we are willing to take chances. What's it gonna hurt, we gonna finish bottom of the league?

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