ARMCHAIR GM XIV: GOT BALLS?

Robin Brownlee
July 30 2012 12:10AM

When July began I complimented Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini for doing some nice work, mostly of the housekeeping variety, this off-season but suggested there was more to do. As August approaches, we're still waiting on that.

Landing former Anaheim Duck property and UFA defenseman Justin Schultz made for some justified excitement with the fans on the heels of the selection of Nail Yakupov at the Entry Draft, but everybody with a functioning brain stem realizes there is more to do – specifically, putting the right players in a package that will land the Oilers another top four defenseman.

That won't happen by tossing spare parts at a GM – the Spin-o-rama shootout guy from Sweden, Corey Potter and a box of tape. It'll take a top-six forward (Sam Gagner), one of the four or so bottom-pairing caliber defensemen the Oilers have looking for a roster spot and a prospect. In other words, a deal that sends out two of three bodies and returns only one. This, we know.

It'll mean identifying the right defenseman and picking up the phone willing to part with a player who has real value from a depth position to get a player of value where the depth remains questionable. Does Tambellini, who I recall saying more than once this off-season he intends to change the complexion of the team, most likely by trade, have the wherewithal to pull it off?

Again, I don't have a problem giving Tambellini credit where it's due, but if you look through his portfolio as Edmonton's GM, is there a trade that stands out to you as a big bang win for the Oilers – a put-it-together transaction that was both ballsy and smart? I don't.

No time like the present . . .

WHILE I'M AT IT . . .

. . . So, according to an item Saturday by Jonathan Willis, "Linus Omark believes he'll be an NHLer in 2012-13." I "believe" I'll be on the cover of GQ Magazine in 2012-13 as well. That doesn’t mean there's a chance in hell of that happening, but I'm certainly free to believe it might.

Perhaps, as Willis pointed out, something actually was lost in the translation – like the part about the over/under on NHL GMs who'd have even the slightest interest in the one-trick Swede (and Omark isn't even all that prolific at his one trick) is probably two, and those are maybes.

. . . Shane Doan is a helluva player and is leader of men, but if he's expecting a four-year contract for $30 million at the age of 35 to leave Phoenix, he won't have to worry about the need for a moving van unless there's an NHL owner out there who has fallen down the stairs and hit his head in recent days.

Sorry, but $7.5 million a year for Doan at this point in his career would be an over pay of biblical proportions. I get it that Doan wants to cash in on his final contract and that Jason Strudwick is a Kamloops alum, a former teammate and a friend, but listening to him trying to justify how Doan is worth a tall stack like that on Jason Gregor's show Friday made me squirm.

NOT SO FEARLESS PREDICTION

. . . If Tambellini doesn't get anything done in the way of adding another top four defenseman, I see the roster as it stacks up now missing the playoffs but finishing ahead of the Calgary Flames in the standings for the first time in a decade (I had this discussion on Twitter the other day) in 2012-13.

Aided by the new software I acquired for the Bronte 5000, my best guess is the Flames (90 points in 2011-12) will drop off by five points or so, putting them in or around 85 points. I see the Oilers (74 points in 2011-12) improving by 12-15 points, putting them in the range of 89. They'll come up short of a post-season berth for the seventh straight year but finish ahead of the Flames.

AND . . .

. . . If you look at the Twitter rankings of people covering the NHL and combine MSM types with bloggers, Eklund rates third behind only Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger of TSN in terms of followers. One of these three is not like the others . . .

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#2 BurkeTheTurd
July 30 2012, 02:44PM
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If you lose Gagner, and one of the other centres gets hurt, which is more than likley for a periods of time over a season...Oils are 30th again.

We need a second line centre, horc can't be that for a full season. Then imagine if we lost horc or nuge for 30 games, this team is toast.

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#3 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
July 30 2012, 04:00AM
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Eklund is like WWE - everyone knows it's fake but it's entertaining.

Not entertaining for me though, I can't stand either.

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#5 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
July 30 2012, 02:51PM
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@ Spyder

All that matters is scoring and stopping goals from being scored.

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#6 andrewmk20
July 30 2012, 01:00AM
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@Eddie Edmonton

do you watch TSN? McKenzie and Dreger are actually plugged in with insiders in the NHL. They have actual phone conversations,texts, and emails with people inside NHL organizations. Everything I've seen or heard from and about Eklund is he throws everything including the kitchen sink against the wall and sees what sticks.

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#7 Reg Dunlop
July 30 2012, 01:30AM
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Since it takes two to tango is it possible that our GM has not yet found a team willing to part with a valuable commodity like a top 2 defenceman? I am not a Tambo-apologist but his lack of success on the trade front may not be his fault. I think that if we enter next season with the present line-up, knowing that prospects like Musil and der bomber are a year away, well, it won't be that bad. Not having Hasbeenbulin stinking for 40 games(if DD is for real) will help our present D immensely.

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#8 jake
July 30 2012, 10:17AM
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Maybe he doesn't trust his PRO scouts enough. On the surface anyway, this aspect of the organization seems to be lacklustre.

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#9 Bucknuck
July 30 2012, 10:38AM
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I would like Tambellini to trade the 1st round pick for next year. I would expect that pick to have a lot of value considering the previous three seasons, and it would also make a statement to the fans and the team, saying the rebuild is over and it's time to win.

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#10 WeridAl
July 30 2012, 11:24AM
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With top4 D in such a high demand, the cost of one could cripple the Oilers rebuild. Why do the Oilers do this, to justify some peoples fantasy the Oilers will make the playoffs this season if they do. The Oilers have too many other holes to fill before the fans can start believing that.

Tambo has said their going to build through the draft and he's stayed the course. What make's people think he's going to change now.

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#11 Cody anderson
July 30 2012, 02:08PM
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@Spydyr

I like Hall on the wing. I would not be opposed to trying him at center but it sure would not be this year.

He has just had shoulder surgery, has not been able to train like he would in a normal summer, and likely will not have full strength in his shoulder when he returns to the lineup.

There is always a lot to overcome after injury and we would simply be piling on more for him by changing his role at this time.

We are also not loaded on the left side. Hall is our only legit top 6 winger who is used to playing the left side. yak has elite skill and they are talking about moving him to the left side, but his off wing one timer is one of his top weapons.

Look at Gagner's draft class. We should be very happy to have a 22 yr old centre that already has as much NHL experience as him and that has been able to put up the numbers he has often with poor teammates on a last place team in the league. If they decide he is not the right guy going forward and wish to package him with other assets to get an improvement at 2c I would be ok with it. The problem is finding a big centreman with his offensive skill and what that person will cost.

I believe if you put Paajarvi or Hartikainan on the 1st line with Ebs and Nuge you are making up a bit for their size. Gagner flanked by Hall and Yakupov is not a huge line, but Hall and Yak are both strong players that are still filling out and play bigger then they are. neither of them is going to get pushed off the puck regularly.

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#12 Cody anderson
July 30 2012, 02:52PM
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i just went through the lineup that I have suggested to see what listed hight and weight is of our players. Obviously we have a very young top 6 which means in a lot of cases they are not done growning and in almost all cases they still have to fill out.

I believe if you averaged out the height and weight of all top 6 forward in the league you would get a player that is about 5'11.5" and around 193 lbs.

We are not as far off that average as most people (including me) thought.

Paajarvi 6'2" 204 - Nuge 5'11" 184 - Eberle 5'11" 187 (line avaerage 6'00.67" and 187+)

Hall 6'1" 194 - Gagner 5'11" 195 Yakupov 5'11" 185 (line average 5'11.67")

These guys are all young and still have to fill out. I see Paajarvi being over 210, Nuge being over 190, Eberle being over 190, Hall being over 205, and Yak being over 200.

With 2 years of natural growth our top 6 is average size in the NHL. We obviously get smaller if you remove Paajarvi out of the top 6 and replace him with Hemsky who is 6'00" and 185 with no growth projected.

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#13 Eddie Edmonton
July 30 2012, 12:20AM
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Ek is just like Bob and Darren, its just that the two work for TSN and get the backing of MSM. But all three of their rumour accuracy is at 2%.

I hope the Oilers make a trade before the beggining of the season, but I highly doubt it.

@Robin You related to Jack, as in Nicholson?

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#14 Cervantes
July 30 2012, 12:43AM
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I think it's obvious that Tambo doesn't have the stones to pull off a notable trade. I'm pretty sure the not awful ones that have passed his way (POS for Jimmy VDM, for instance) were someone else's idea.

However, now that Mac T is on board, I think that adds some spice to things.

I can see either Gagner + for a top d, or Whitney (with a medical report and a games played conditional) and pick/parts getting us a replacement / younger mid level d. Does anyone on the Oilers management have the stones to offer our first, a roster player and a prospect? No, probably not. I'd be surprised if they have the wherewithal to get a mid level pick for shipping MVP to a team needing to make the cap floor. I love my copper and blue, but this management team just doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to make hard choices and risky calls. Not saying we need Burke, but when Katz fires Tambo, it will be a happy day.

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#15 Hemmertime
July 30 2012, 01:48AM
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@Eddie Edmonton

Pardon my language.

But Holy SHlT you are SOOOOO wrong

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#16 Walter Sobchak
July 30 2012, 03:37AM
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Good read RB

I really think the Oilers are done for the summer, I don’t see them improving the club much beyond as you see it now.

I think the Oiler’s don’t want to do anything till the CBA is completed which should take them close to the start of the season, by that time it maybe to late to really complete anything they really need on the trade front anyways.

A couple things are bugging me, why only one year deal for Samwise? Is it because they want to see if he takes the next step? Is it because the Oilers want a 1-B option instead of a 2nd line center option? A Lazar –Mackinnon - Barkov - Shinkaruk – Monahan are all extremely good draft options to be front line players and all are centers.

If the Oilers are on a five year plan, as been mentioned by the Oilers then I’m sure it’s also backed by Katz, So it would make sense the Oilers try and get the most out of players like Gagner, Hemsky and Whitney this year to up there trade value come next year or for Whitney at the trade deadline.

So with Klefbom coming next year, it make more sense to use players like Gagner, Hemsky, Whitney next year to go after that top defensemen and the other pieces the Oilers need.

If the Oilers are intent on sticking to there plan, then I don’t see the Oilers or Tambellini making a ballsy trade anytime soon. I see a bottom 8 team with a shot at a really great player and the pieces need to move for Weber.

There’s always next year.

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#17 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
July 30 2012, 04:02AM
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@Walter Sobchak

You working night shift or just up ridiculously late?

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#18 Walter Sobchak
July 30 2012, 04:14AM
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@ Max

Ha, Night shift at the hall.

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#19 Trader Joe
July 30 2012, 04:28AM
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With the cap being bumped up to $70M, no one has a dire need to free up cap space and trade quality for quantity. You would have to overpay to get that defenceman, and one-dimensional smurf centers aren't worth that much so Gagner doesn't give you much of a starting point to build that overpayment.

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#20 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
July 30 2012, 05:42AM
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@Walter Sobchak

Right on. Good to see a fellow shift worker here at ON. I take it the hall means firehall? Regardless, if you're being paid to comment here then it must be a good gig.

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#21 Walter Sobchak
July 30 2012, 05:50AM
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Yep,it's a really good gig. How about yourself?

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#22 pelhem grenville
July 30 2012, 06:55AM
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Robin this is a hellava read thanks ...but i worry about how feckless our GM really is...

you did say..."Does Tambellini, who I recall saying more than once this off-season he intends to change the complexion of the team, most likely by trade, have the wherewithal to pull it off?..." i say nooooooooooooooo!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchidometer

...he obviously has no balls so how on earth could this highly sophisticated instrument be of any use at all...now if we're talking balls? there isn't a GM with bigger testicles than Paul Holmgren...our ditherer needs to resign ...period

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#23 Oilcruzer
July 30 2012, 07:03AM
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I would pay Doan 7.5 a yr.

For two years that is, and two more at 2.5. Or 20 over 4.

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#24 Robin Brownlee
July 30 2012, 07:33AM
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Doan has been a terrific player who brings more dimensions than his numbers. I don't see why he should be the ONLY player who has had the career he has not to try to cash in, but four years? No chance. No way. I'd be in your neighborhood as far as cap hit, but just for two years ($10M).

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#25 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
July 30 2012, 08:04AM
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@Walter Sobchak

Plant Operator. Good gig as well and sure as hell better be if they expect me to stay awake all damn night.

@Robin - that props was from me for making me lol with the bong comment. You really do have a way with words.

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#26 yawto
July 30 2012, 08:09AM
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Good read Robin. As for the eklund thing, I liken him to the National Enquirer or the Sun ( periodical not newspaper) that you see at the grocery store. You know that two headed monkey boy raised in Arkansas by lesbian sisters is not real but it is hard not to read while you are just standing in line behind the old lady with her change purse. Same as hockeybuzz, no real truth, just a funny read while killing time in a slow summer.

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#27 Bushed
July 30 2012, 08:12AM
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Your take on a trade seems dead on, depressing as that is for fans (since WHA days) like me.

Robin, any idea what "the plan" might be? If D take longer to develop, either the rebuild is proceeding backwards (getting forwards first), or "the plan" seems to rely on many astute trades moving forward (wildly optimistic with this GM). Also, the wunderkids' entry contracts expire eventually.

Any thoughts/guesses?

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#28 justDOit
July 30 2012, 08:15AM
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As difficult as this is to say, I think Eklund was on top of the Weber offer sheet - so he's just one forecast away from being as reliable as a stopped clock.

As for bringing in a decent dman - how about Coliacovo? He's UFA, I believe.

Cue posts about QC, relCorsi and more on Carlo...

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#29 Manfly
July 30 2012, 08:20AM
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problem with trying to trade for a top 4 d-man is would he stay here? you give up a top 6 forward from the roster, a lesser d-man and a prospect not named Klefbom for him, and he asks for a trade out of here a year later? that's what i always worry about! meanwhile, we let maybe Gagner, perhaps Tuebert and Marincin or a 2nd rounder go and end up not being able to keep top 4 d-man. for me it's pretty risky!

and when Doan said he wanted as much money and years as he did at his age, he basically told the world he didn't want to leave Phoenix. (i honestly don't understand his loyalty to that franchise given the constant turmoil there and the fact i don't see them winning a cup in the next 4 or 5 years!)

would i pay Doan too much for too many years at his age? hell no!! but the owners may not be so bright, and if things go sour for Doan in Phoenix, if an owner thinks he's the last piece of the puzzle for a chance to win a cup (Rangers anyone? Nash, then Doan?), he might get what he wants contract wise. just my 4 cents!

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#30 D
July 30 2012, 09:19AM
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RB,

If the Oil can finish with 89 points with the current roster, maybe a trade or two can be made mid-season or near the deadline that could put the team over the top? Something like what happened in 2006?

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#31 2004Z06
July 30 2012, 09:30AM
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Would Jason Arnott be interested in coming back to Edmonton on a 2 year deal? If Sam gets packaged for a top 4 D-man, we will need a big solid center. Arnott would fit the bill and could likely be had for a reasonable price. He could fill the gap until some of the prospects are ready to make the jump.

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#32 Jaw17
July 30 2012, 09:48AM
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If we trade gagner who's our second line centre, it'd be suicide on Hall's shoulder to put him at center now and I sure as hell don't want Horc playing that role, the only other option you have to trade for a top 4 d-man is Hemsky and he's way under valued now you sell high and buy low by sell low and buy high, with the roster they have now you have to hold steady, you can trade Hemsky at the deadline if he's healthy but you have to have a replacement at second centre to trade Gagner or your creating another whole in the lineup, at least on d we have some big name prospects that should turn out a couple top four d who do we have at centre

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#33 admiralmark
July 30 2012, 09:50AM
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I personally think Tambellini lacks the understanding of how to showcase players for a trade. A 29th place team like we had last year later in the season was a perfect time to bring up an Omark or even a Paajarvi for that matter and get them some top 6 min's. Pump up those tires and then pull a trade off.. As it stands he lowered the value of these players even more by not bringing them up when he could of.

Also Treenas'oil reported that a GM from the East told Tambellini that he overvalues his players... Not sure if true but that would make some sense in light of no movement.

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#34 Bucknuck
July 30 2012, 09:58AM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Would Jason Arnott be interested in coming back to Edmonton on a 2 year deal? If Sam gets packaged for a top 4 D-man, we will need a big solid center. Arnott would fit the bill and could likely be had for a reasonable price. He could fill the gap until some of the prospects are ready to make the jump.

That is an interesting thought. I think at this point Gagner > Arnott, but if Gagner goes I sure don't want Horc as the 2nd line centre. If they trade Gagner, I sure hope that they have a plan to replace him before the season starts.

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#35 The Beaker
July 30 2012, 10:23AM
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Arnott is not 2nd line center material anymore. Sure hes big but he doesnt provide enough offense.

I'm still in the trade Hemsky if you can get value for him (ahead of Gagner)

If you are dealing Gags then not only do you need to bring in that D but you need to get someone to replace Gags. Seems entirely too difficult for Tambo.

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#36 The Soup Fascist
July 30 2012, 10:47AM
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Robin, Are the Boston Bruins a team with their ..um ... finger in the ringer for the 2013-2014 season in terms of cap issues? They already have $42.8 million committed. For 42.8 mil they have exactly ZERO goaltenders signed, six defencemen under contract including a "Torey Krug" (whoever he is) and eight forwards.

Presumably, Rask will be able hold them for ransom and will be looking for at least a $5 to $6 million paycheque. Even with Tim "El Presidente" Thomas' salary off the books, they need a decent backup - $2 million or so.

You need to add 6 forwards including RFAs Lucic ($5 mil?) / Marchand ($4 mil?) / Seguin ($5.5 mil?) and consider UFA Horton or a healthy replacement ($4.5 mil?). Add two serviceable forwards and two decent D-men for a total of another $6 million a year. Add it all up and you are looking at a 2013 season with a proposed cap hit of $75.8 mil for the Bruins. This does include Savard who will likely be an insurance issue and his $4 million cap hit goes away (I assume), but that leaves another body on the roster that will need to be replaced.

While there is no need for Boston to panic until a CBA is ratified, to me they are very vulnerable. While Lucic would likely be an "untouchable" under normal circumstances, would their salary situation force Boston to look at a move to add some lower cost, younger talent? Lucic is a guy I would over pay for in terms of trade or RFA offer sheet, especially given the Oilers current make up. Is he available in this scenario - assuming the salary cap does not leap next year?

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#37 TwoSkidoos
July 30 2012, 10:48AM
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I don't mind Eklund, he's always entertaining to read, throws out a lot of "theories" and is more likely to be closer to

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#38 Dman09
July 30 2012, 10:50AM
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I say work out a trade with Buffalo and get a defenseman and Stafford back.

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#39 TwoSkidoos
July 30 2012, 10:52AM
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I don't mind Eklund, he's always entertaining to read, throws out a lot of "theories" and is more likely to be closer to less than 1% correct.

He also throws out what he hears alot, but I'm guessing he hears alot of voices.

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#40 Cody anderson
July 30 2012, 10:52AM
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@Bucknuck

I am ok with them trading the 1st round pick if it brought back a good asset witha good contract that will be part of the team today and in the future.

I would not part with that pick easily in order to signal the rebuild is over........but right now that pick's value is probably at an all time high. 3 years of first overall and most teams thinking we will have a modest improvement year over year. A strong draft year.

The funny thing is, my preferance if we were trading it would be to go for another skilled young centreman. I think our D looks like it will sort it self out in the next couple of years. Obviously if we could steal a young top pairing Dman on their entry level deal that changes everything but other then that I would be looking at a 2/3 line centre. Who knows what wil happen with Gagner when his contract is up. Does Horc resign at the typical cost of a 3rd or 4th line centre?

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#41 Quicksilver ballet
July 30 2012, 10:53AM
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Looking back over the last 3 summers, the most recent summer was by far the most successful. Landing Schultz may be the equivalent of having 2 lotto picks to insert into your lineup in the fall. I'd hoped Edmonton could manage to land 6 lotto picks over a 4 yr span, the addition of Justin has us only one off that pace.

With 6 lotto selections (over that span), hopefully 3 or 4 turn into the impact players you'd hope to get in those positions is enough of a start considering the scorched earth rebuild path that was chosen.

With the pillars of blueliners all locked into new deals it's time to go after a 1B type blueliner. I'm hoping the Oilers would be looking in the direction of a Tyler Myers or an Erik Gudbranson (Shea Weber jr) as targets.

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#42 Oiler Al
July 30 2012, 10:58AM
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Honestly, is TAmbelini, REALLY the G.M. of this team? I understand there are sign offs, etc. but is he really the quy thats the got the vision for building this team and makes timely decisions on matters that need change. Or, is he the front man for the beloved Lowe who was being slaughtered by the fans and continues to play the GM behind the scenes.?? They could be running this thing totally by committee,[includes Katz] so there is no real ownership on the calls that are being made.

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#43 Etown Rebel
July 30 2012, 11:16AM
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Ive been chewing on this idea for a while but why not bring in mike commodore to play some D for us? He's a local boy with a ton of experience (including playoffs). He's only 33 and could probably be had for a cool million or so. I know he won't bring all the answers but could be another veteran mentor for the young up and coming defense in the system. I know I'd take his services right now over potter, chorney and Peckham any day. Thoughts?

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#44 RyanCoke
July 30 2012, 11:25AM
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I can see the argument for the oilers not being a playoff team next season, but realistically they should be. Just adding wins by subtraction should be significant. The way I see it and I think a lot can agree is that by getting rid of cam barker we can expect 3 more wins over the season(keeping the number low and attainable). Also by giving Dubnyk 12 more starts after Christmas, obviously cutting down 12 starts to khabibulin in the process, gives the oilers 5 more wins using math alone(Dubnyk 50% win percentage to nicks 5%). That's 8 wins with addition by subtraction. Now you add yak and justin, and improvement by the kids and subtract veteran slow down and factor in healthier Hemsky and Whitney and factor in some injuries and change in coaching style, I am sure that ends up in more wins. I would put that number at 3-5 with higher upside. So we added 11 wins and 22 points, and I didn't even mention the amount of 1 goal games that could have went our way.

I know this sounds over simplifying but it does make sense to me and I don't see us not fighting for that playoff spot come February-April next year.

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#45 bdiddy18
July 30 2012, 11:33AM
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Over an 82 Game schedule - the Oilers may be hard pressed to make the playoffs with the current roster and the continued growing pains for some of the squad.

but.....

In a lockout shortened season and the Oilers getting out to a strong start just might give them a playoff birth. One thing going for this roster is that there isn't such a huge turnover. 75% of the team is the same that helps in a short season.

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#46 Bucknuck
July 30 2012, 11:56AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Honestly, is TAmbelini, REALLY the G.M. of this team? I understand there are sign offs, etc. but is he really the quy thats the got the vision for building this team and makes timely decisions on matters that need change. Or, is he the front man for the beloved Lowe who was being slaughtered by the fans and continues to play the GM behind the scenes.?? They could be running this thing totally by committee,[includes Katz] so there is no real ownership on the calls that are being made.

I think not. Love him or hate him, Kevin Lowe was a very aggressive GM who wasn't afraid to make a splash and make moves. The movements since Steve Tambellini came to town are modest and conservative by comparison. This is Tambellini's team, and if it succeeds this year we can give him (and Stu) the credit.

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#47 WeridAl
July 30 2012, 12:12PM
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@Bucknuck

Look what Lowe did to this franchise, he drove it into the ground and made it the laughing stock of the NHL. Do you want to go that route again, just hoping to make the playoffs every year. Or do you want to have a contender for the cup.

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#48 The Beaker
July 30 2012, 12:27PM
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WeridAl wrote:

Look what Lowe did to this franchise, he drove it into the ground and made it the laughing stock of the NHL. Do you want to go that route again, just hoping to make the playoffs every year. Or do you want to have a contender for the cup.

I dont think he ever even mentioned anything about not having tambellini. Directly or implied.

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#49 Spydyr
July 30 2012, 12:31PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

I would like Tambellini to trade the 1st round pick for next year. I would expect that pick to have a lot of value considering the previous three seasons, and it would also make a statement to the fans and the team, saying the rebuild is over and it's time to win.

@Bucknuck

Sam Pollock who won more Cups than anyone once said "never make a trade unless you know what your giving up".

There is a good possibility you will be trading away a lottery pick.

You better be getting a top player under contract for a long time for that.

Keep you draft picks .Trade redundant players.Gagner, Hemsky one of the many 6-8 d-men.

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#50 Stompinstoms
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Have the Oil given any thought to UFA Michal Rozsival? I read something on this site about it probably 6-8 weeks ago, and haven't heard much since.

I feel like he's a proven #4 D-man with probably three good years left in him. Perhaps slide him in to compensate for the development of Klefbom and Marincin? I have no insider info, but I bet he could be had for 3.5 x 3 years. I'd do it.

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