Have The Edmonton Oilers Done Enough?

Jonathan Willis
July 05 2012 08:23AM

The Oilers have had a good start to the summer of 2012. Signing unrestricted free agent defenseman Justin Schultz is a move that should payoff in both the near- and long-term, and thanks to the NHL’s entry-level system it didn’t cost the team significant dollars. Bringing back forward Ryan Smyth was also a strong move by the club, particularly given the modest $2.25 million cap hit.

Is it enough?

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Realistically, the only significant personnel additions so far thus summer are a pair of rookies – Schultz and first overall draft pick Nail Yakupov. Both players should play in the majors, and both should be impact rookies, but there’s a limit to what can be expected of them. I tend to agree with Lowetide that Taylor Hall’s rookie season is a good benchmark for Yakupov, while the best comparison for Schultz is likely Jake Gardiner’s rookie season in Toronto (30 points, 20+ minutes per game). Schultz has posted better offensive numbers than Gardiner all down the line and is a year older, so he may well surpass Gardiner’s offense as a rookie but it’s a good starting point.

Internal growth is going to continue to be banked on for the major improvements. I could list the young players but there’s really no need – we all know who they are and in a few cases (specifically Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Petry) there’s the potential for massive strides. As it stands, veterans such as Ales Hemsky, Ryan Whitney and Eric Belanger will also be counted on to return to form.

Trade Winds?

Listening to the various media people around the league (including Bob Stauffer, who is easily one of the most credible sources of inside information on the Oilers), one gets the sense that the market was paralyzed as the biggest players waited for a decision from Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. That may or may not be the case, but there’s been a slow bleed of free agents since July 1 and it now seems that if the Oilers are going to make a major addition it’s more likely to be via trade than it is the unrestricted market.

Certainly that’s what general manager Steve Tambellini hinted at in his July 1 press conference, recognizing that the Oilers have a surplus of bodies and that it gives them options on the trade market.

The question is what a trade would look like.

Ales Hemsky’s name is the one that seems to continue to draw attention. TSN’s Ryan Rishaug stated his belief that Hemsky was “heavily in play on the trade front” a few days ago, while the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson relayed Tambellini’s denials of Hemsky discussions but noted that the Oilers depth chart at right wing seems fairly full.

Leaving out the potential for a deal involving one of the Oilers’ big-four (in order of seniority: Eberle, Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov), there really aren’t a lot of pieces to move in a swap for defense. Sam Gagner could go, but he would leave a hole at centre. It also seems a little early to give up on Magnus Paajarvi.

Still, generally a team needs to give up something to get something. Of the forwards, Gagner’s probably the guy with the most cachet given his age, RFA status and NHL experience.

If Nothing Else Happens…

… then this will still have been a good summer for Oilers fans. The arrival of Schultz was a major coup, and rivals almost any move the Oilers could have made in free agency – they weren’t getting Schultz or Garrison, and Matt Carle’scontract ($33 million over six years) was an interesting thing to see.

On the other hand, a solid trade or two to clear out some deadwood and solidify the back end would go a long way toward helping the Oilers post more respectable totals next season. It’s to be hoped that the team still has an arrow or two left in the quiver.

This week by Jonathan Willis

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 Oilfan69
July 05 2012, 08:26AM
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Have I obtained the mythical FIST?

I do think that this is where tambo starts to earn ( or not) his pay cheque as this is day 0 of the hard part of the rebuild from this point on. Our potential talent needs to be surrounded by people that will allow them to succeed and develop their potential.

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#2 The Soup Fascist
July 05 2012, 10:19AM
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Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Toronto and the Islanders among other teams seem to have a glut of D-men and coincidentally could use scoring wingers.

I am a Hemsky fan but I would sooner part with him than Gagner as we do NOT have a viable choice at #2 center. For you Gagner haters raise your hand if you look forward to Horcoff centering two talented young wingers. Anyone? ... Bueller? .... Anyone?

Once the soap opera, "As the Nash Turns" has run its course there will be several suitors coming hat in hand asking about Hemmer. If a good deal is not to be had, I have no trouble keeping him. But I suspect Hemsky will fetch a legitimate top 4 veteran.

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#3 TigerUnderGlass
July 05 2012, 08:49AM
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I haven't read the article yet but the answer to your question is "no".

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#4 5 Cups
July 05 2012, 08:38AM
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If Whits stays healthy thats a huge difference from last year too. I think at one point the Oilers top 4 D men were out due to injury. If they all stay healthy it will be a huge plus.

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#5 Archaeologuy
July 05 2012, 08:57AM
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My summer of hope continues!

I agree, this has been a good summer, but I still hope something can be done to add another NHL defenseman. Omark + Peckham + MPS gets you ???*

*Magic 8-Ball says: A number 4 d-man with character issues.**

**Sweet! I always wanted one of those!!

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#6 TigerUnderGlass
July 05 2012, 09:24AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm 99% convinced that even if Nashville considers moving Weber, there's absolutely no way the Oilers land him without offering up one of Hall, Eberle or Nugent-Hopkins.

As far as I'm concerned, there's absolutely no chance a package centered on Gagner or Hemsky gets it done.

The thing is - if they trade him it's because he's leaving and they want to avoid getting nothing.

As far as I know nobody has EVER given up anything as valuable as one of those three for a guy who's contract is expiring. Not even close.

Offering one of those three would be an over-payment of Khabibulin proportions given that no other team will offer anything close and would show a similar misunderstanding of the market.

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#7 Archaeologuy
July 05 2012, 09:31AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm 99% convinced that even if Nashville considers moving Weber, there's absolutely no way the Oilers land him without offering up one of Hall, Eberle or Nugent-Hopkins.

As far as I'm concerned, there's absolutely no chance a package centered on Gagner or Hemsky gets it done.

I look at the impending Weber deal then look at the Staal deal to Carolina as my template.

There is no way any team should give up a franchise type player for a pending UFA. Nashville can ask that price and they will end up in the same boat as Columbus is with Nash. The price is too high.

Weber>>>Staal has nothing to do with it either. This is a bargaining power problem. The longer this drags out, the less power Poile has. In reality, he should have recognized bother Suter and Weber were destined to be gone when Weber took a 1 year deal LAST season. He has already dithered a year.

He is going to be up against it and no GM in the league should give up a player of Hall, Ebs, Yak, or RNH's calibre for a pending UFA. Even with the right to negotiate a deal first, its a complete failure to understand the bargaining power of the interested parties for a GM to treat this like a "Hockey Trade".

Staal's deal was a pick, a good but not great young player, and a prospect.

For the Oilers, it would have been the equivalent of MPS, the 1st rounder of 2013, and Kyle Bigos. And THAT was with Carolina knowing Staal would sign AND people thought Shero got more than was expected.

Lets not get ahead of ourselves thinking it will take a Brinks truck filled with Blue Chip prospects and players to get Weber. It just wont happen.

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#8 lolhockey
July 05 2012, 09:39AM
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Why does everybody throw Omark's name into the mix whenever they suggest trades, as if he's some kind of dealbreaker? Without him, the trade is just not going to work? Omark is the equivalent to a bag of pucks at this point. We couldn't even get a bottom of the barrel draft pick for him.

The only way we get Weber is if someone significant is going the other way. That is, in order to outbid other teams. But even then, there would need to be a guarantee that he signs with us otherwise it would be pointless. I would think that Weber, arguably the best D-man in the league, would rather wait one more year to be a UFA and be able to sign with any team for a boatload of money.

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#9 tileguy
July 05 2012, 10:41AM
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Stay the course, Hemsky and Gagner are important cogs in the oilers success this year. JW hit the nail on the head when he used that ugly term "deawood" (be nice Willis)but there is a host of contracts on the farm that need to be moved.

One positive note on the minny signings is that the young oilers are going to learn how to play hard 60 minuet games in order to win, as we have to play them 6 games a year. Things are shaping up nicely.

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#10 michael
July 05 2012, 11:42AM
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The free agent defenceman market is now at a point where I now put Ryan Whitney on the trade market and see what is offered. What? Yes now would be the time when teams have need and caproom and fresh 2012 picks yet unsigned. Whitney is a FA at the end of this season. Who here wnats to sign him for 5 million dollars with his feet the biggest unknown. What would Detroit be willing to pay? Or Philly? Or Columbus?

Columbus has Ryan Murray and the Oilers have Hemsky and Whitney to offer along with picks of prospects. They are not going to go with an 18 year old dman in Columbus. The fans want a winner this year.

Put Ryan Jones in a package and see what gives.Peckham is a useful 6-7 dman that Philly could use or Ottawa. Potter may fill someones bottom pairing nicely.Like the Rangers who will likely lose delzotto in a trade with Columbus.

Simply put the dominos are falling and Tambo should be able to move some of his pieces to aquire other assets.

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#11 WhattaMike
July 05 2012, 08:46AM
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I am,for one, very happy so far with getting Yakupov and Schultz, then picking up future kids like Zharkov and Moroz too, etc, and then the signings we have made with Hordy, Smitty and now depth forward Dane Byers.

Yet I can see, like the many others out there that moves have to be made and a trade or two has to be done prior to next season.

For me, we need another big forward with great toughness, one more vet type defenceman of quality and these two type players have to be cost effective for at least one to two more years.

However, if Eager were to pick it up a few more notches, I would be okay on the forward front. Belanger should be much better also or a trade with Montreal could be around the corner. Getting Haljmaarson from Chicago might be a good pick up in a trade or Yandle from the Coyotes, but we do have to dump some extra contracts riught now, no matter what.

I believe the Oilers should call Nashville and make up a huge package for Weber, if possible, with Hemsky, Paajarvi, some draft picks (2nd rounders) and add/offer one to two of any other youngsters on defence like Teubert, Peckham, Potter, Plante etc, or say, one of either Marancin or Gernat.

I also think Kabby should be cut loose now as well and the Oilers should either use Danis as backup here with another depth goalie in OKC, but, with Yakupov and Zharkov around, the russian mentor thing is probably in play right now.

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#12 Woogie
July 05 2012, 08:51AM
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My question is what is going to happen with Omark? I understand he doesn't fit in the plans but the Oilers qualified him so he couldn't become a UFA. I don't see a trade market for him.

Why not let him loose remove one more of the 50 contracts and say good luck with another organization.

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#13 T__Bone88
July 05 2012, 08:58AM
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If Oilers had to deal Hemsky I could definitely see a deal involving him plus a Potter/Omark/Tuebert for Mike Green. Green has been injury plagued like Hemsky the last few years & Carlson has taken Green's spot on top pairing. This is all depending upon Semin if he goes to another team because right now they would have no 1st or 2nd line RW. It would be a win-win for both, Hemsky would flourish with Ovie as a set up man.

Otherwise a deal for Hjalmarsson or Meszaros would also be good.

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#14 Gret99zky
July 05 2012, 09:00AM
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This roster is basically the same, except for two players who have 0% NHL experience, therefore the results will also be the same.

Hello lottery pick.

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#16 Rama Lama
July 05 2012, 09:01AM
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We have had made some solid additions ( Schultz) of that there is no doubt. Yakapov and Schultz will make a difference but we shoul not expect too much out of them as they are rookies......too much pressure kills young players.

Our glaring weakness is down the middle, and reviving Belenger is about the dumbest thing I have heard Ralph say. Moving Taylor Hall is a non starter in my books.........this throughbred is designed to drive to the net with power and authority not be a set-up man. The skill sets do not match and I for one cannot beleve the Oilers are considering this.

If we need anything is a legit top-six centerman.......moving players from their natural positions never seems to work.

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#17 Eddie Edmonton
July 05 2012, 09:08AM
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Rishaug is a news reporter, he reports news. Who cares what he believes? I remember how hard him and his "in crowd" at TSN believed Hemsky was gone and not resigned at last years trade deadline. Oops. Gypsy rumours should be left to gypsies and not made "professional" The Oilers are doing the rebuild right, there is no reason to get ahead of them selves.

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#18 WhattaMike
July 05 2012, 09:11AM
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If the Oilers were to say, trade Hemsky, Gagner, and maybe Paajarvi and Omark, in one to two type huge package deals for Weber and/or another high end type forward or goalie, what about offering a one to two year deal for Jason Arnott as a safe strong second centre in place of Gagner?

We now have many to use in deals such as other trade bait type players too with Sutton, Plante, Teubert, Peckham, Belanger, Eager, etc.

I see this as a good thing as Arnott is very comparable to Gagner's stats. Getting Yandle or Halmjaarson would be very good help on the blue line too.

No matter what though, some bodies have to move this year to open up the team's flexibility with contracts and progress for making the playoffs.

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#20 WhattaMike
July 05 2012, 09:27AM
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@Jonathon Willis.

I csn see your point, but IMO, the Oilers should not give up any of the kids (Nuge, Hall, Ebs, Yakupov, or even J.Schultz or Petry)

But what about say trading a full package of Hemsky, Gagner, Smid, and one of Gernat or Marancin for Weber? Is that too much?

Then, if Gagner was gone, what of getting Arnott as your second line centre for one to two years only?

And if not a deal for Weber at all, what is possible instead and decent, in your opinion, for either Yandle or Halmjaarson?

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#21 Cody anderson
July 05 2012, 09:32AM
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I think we will see a trade or 2. Either way we are a far better team on paper this year then we were last. There are still a lot of ifs involved though.

If Whitney is healthy, if Klefbom is ready and comes over, if Hemsky returns to form, if Belanger returns to form, if Eager and Hordichuk are used properly, if we are not decimated with injuries, if Hartikaninan and Paajarvi are finally ready to contribute consistantly at the NHL level, if Dubnyk coninues to improve, stay healthy, and gets 55+ starts.

If we do nothing else any one of those hurts our season and some of them destroy it. If 2 or more of those happen we would be in a lot of trouble.

This is why I see a trade or 2. I like Gagner and think we can with with him but I could see them looking to replace him with someone bigger, stronger, and better defensively. I can see them looking to replace Hemsky with a Power forward. I also think that unless they are very sure about Klefbom we will see them add one more defender.

People i see on the block are Gagner (only if it brings back a bigger 2nd line center) Hemsky, Eager, Teubert, Sutton, Potter, Plante, Omark or any of our other middling prospects. We also have extra draft choices next year so I would consider them in play as well.

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#22 Will
July 05 2012, 09:36AM
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Ya, these kind of trading parts for the best talent in the league is just not worth talking about. I like the chatter about Yandle or the trade with Chicago for the guy whose name I'm not going to try and spell. I wonder if it is better to do nothing and wait till some of these players have better trade value? Losing Gagner would be tough, but with two potential top end scoring wingers on that second line, even if one is a rookie, I wonder how much skill at that position is really needed? Plus if that meant we had Yandle on our back end, then breaking out on the rush with speed becomes that much easier, and now we have an option to go back to the point for a hard shot and clean up rebounds. I guess my question is would losing gagner be worth getting Yandle? Or do we do a big package deal and get someone else that might be able to handle second line center?

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#24 admiralmark
July 05 2012, 09:40AM
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They have done enough to finish out of the Lottery at this point... But not enough to make playoffs. A top 4 D addition would be enough to squeak in the playoffs but not go very far. A top 4 D plus an upgrade of Grit and size at 2nd line Center and 3rd line would be enough to possibly scare some people. Putting on my Psychic Fortune Tellar hat.. I predict Tambi makes 1 more move before season start and goes with that lineup until next seasons trade deadline... If Hemsky can stay healthy that long and produces reasonably well... we'll see him moved then.

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#25 sreelymac
July 05 2012, 09:42AM
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Ryan Getzlaf for Ganger,Mps,Pecham and a pick

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#26 Tim in Kelowna
July 05 2012, 09:42AM
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The Oil are not ready for next season. If ST thinks that Klefbom can be our "other" blue line addition on top of Schultz then he is totally out to lunch. I am thrilled with the addition of Schultz and Klefbom is going to be a very good NHL Dman- but adding two rookies to your blueline does not make your team appreciably better for next season.

The fact is we need a #2/3 guy that can play 20-25 minutes a night! Obviously it's easier said than done, but that is the job of an NHL GM. As we all know by now, the Oilers have a glut of talent at the forward position; at some point we need to turn some of those assets into a top 4 NHL dman.

I have long believed that ST is not capable of pulling off this type of deal. I hope I am wrong, but if I am right then we may well be looking at another lottery pick.

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#27 Archaeologuy
July 05 2012, 09:46AM
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@Jonathan Willis

Thats the only way I see it happening too. But, again, look at Nash in Columbus. Presumably the short list of teams that he wants to play for already know they're on the list, and nobody is jumping to trade their best players for him.

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#30 Cody anderson
July 05 2012, 09:51AM
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I think any one of Gagner, or Hemsky would be an overpay for 1 year of Weber, and they would laugh in your face if you made that offer. Unless you thought he was the final piece on an aging team like vancouver to win the cup he is a rental player unless he was willing to sign long term before the trade.

Weber is not coming here.

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#31 lolhockey
July 05 2012, 09:57AM
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Agreed with Cody. I think there’s almost no chance that Weber or a top of the line dman signs here unless the Oilers play out of their minds next year and become a Cup contending team.

We’re better off looking for a solid shut down defenseman and hope that Schultz, Petry and/or one of the prospects pan out and become a top 2 dman.

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#32 Tim in Kelowna
July 05 2012, 10:00AM
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Acquiring Weber would be the best case scenario. The guys is a stud, both physically and offensively. The thing with trading for Weber is that Poile will be looking for defensemen, given that he now has the task of filling two giant holes on his blueline. We simply can't offer him what he would want.

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#33 A-Mc
July 05 2012, 10:07AM
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Jonathan,

How good realistically is fedun? There was lots of buzz around that player with how well he was playin before he hit the boards. If he has returned to form (as a minimum) where does he rank on the team? If he makes the team this season, is he enough D to fill the gap until next years prospects cash in? (klefbom)

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#34 madjam
July 05 2012, 10:14AM
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Nash is out as hev wants instant playoff guarantee by the sounds of it . We are not on his wish list even if we are the best destination for him . Not much else out there right now that might be a decent upgrade worth persuing . We could trade many , but other teams don't value our rim players , etc. nearly as much as we do . A big splash will not be easy , and may not be even advisable this season . Let the youth dictate which way to go the season after - might be the most prudent way to go .

Seeing how this free agency has developed and pending CBA - it might be best served if we just evaluate what we have now and see how we proceed into the season after . We might /should have an improving team as things stand now ,and even lucky enough to perhaps be in playoff mix . Getting to radical at this point might" upset the apple cart" prematurely and make a turn for the worst .

We are going to be an exciting developing young team this season , and veterans will be stretched /challenged to keep us within striking distance most of year . Krueger should be a plus afterall is said and done .

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#35 Jimmeh
July 05 2012, 10:15AM
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sreelymac wrote:

Ryan Getzlaf for Ganger,Mps,Pecham and a pick

He is a UFA next year. Giving up a lot for a guy who can leave after one season. Not to mention he is also coming off his worst season since being a Rookie.

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#36 VMR
July 05 2012, 10:19AM
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Detroit lost Lidstrom, Philly are missing Pronger, that's a couple big spenders that will surely outbid any deal based around Gagner and Hemsky.

Personally I'd guess Philly will throw something like the 2 Schenns a pick and a prospect which would be tempting. I'd bet they're already talking with Weber's agent to see if a long term deal can be worked out (he is a free agent even if it is restricted).

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#37 Walter Sobchak
July 05 2012, 10:22AM
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If the goal is to make the playoffs then No, they have not done enough.

The Oilers need size and grit, and still require a top two defensive player.

Yes, I still think Bouwmeester is a much better option then Yandle and a more realistic option then Weber.

If we're talking wishful trades then put me down for Ryan Clowe!

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#38 WhattaMike
July 05 2012, 10:26AM
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I agree with Archaeologuy with that no one is offering huge frachise players yet for Nash. I am one who would not trade any of the super playing kids up front (Nuge, Hall, Eberle, Yakupov) or Petry or Schultz at the back for now for say...Weber.

Now Hemsky is down to just two more years and is 28 already. He makes perfect sense as being the high end of a very good player trade package for some other high quality players, especially with Yakupov and Eberle locked into the top two RW posoitions for the future.

We have the extra picks, prospects and middlers too to trade with such as Belanger, Eager, Sutton, Peckham, Teubert, Potter, Jones, etc. Gagner is a great kid and of decent numbers but he is not a very great 2nd line centre, unless for some reason he explodes this coming season of which is hopeful but not guaranteed, if ever.

The Oilers could very very improve with adding Winnik at forward, then either Yandle or Halmjaarson (from Chicago). The Oil should be even letting Khabby go with a buyout and then getting Yann Danis in up here as Dooby's back-up for this year.

I would look at another goalie too for both the farm with experience to be up as emergency backup as well.

But no matter who comes in or who the Oil trade for, bodies have to get out here now.

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#40 Hammers
July 05 2012, 10:35AM
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Go after Streit / Potter or Peckham with Jones & 2nd next year . Or Tyutin for Hemsky straight up / same basic $$$$ . If I had to through in Potter . Thay have to get a "D" and that means giving something up .

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#41 nathan
July 05 2012, 10:41AM
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@Jonathan Willis

JW, Whoever lands him will not include any single player like Hall, Eberle, or Nugent-Hopkins. Easiest way to frame the value is the 2nd rung on the offer sheet. Two first rounders +. Whoever offers the best upgrade on the standard 2nd and 3rd rounders and can arrange a long term trade and sign wins.

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#42 Rick
July 05 2012, 10:42AM
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Done enough for what?

If you're talking about further reinforcing what the team may be down the road, as in beyond next season? Sure.

If you're talking about making moves that will help the team take the next step next season, they haven't done much of anything.

Adding two rookies, even blue chip rookies, doesn't help a team that is/has been/will still be crying out for veteran help.

If anything, when talking about next season, this summer has so far been closer to a bust than a boon.

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#43 Gret99zky
July 05 2012, 10:47AM
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after 281 man games lost to injury in 2011 and 246 man games lost to injury in 2012 I think maybe instead of hoping that injuries won't happen the smarter thing may be to acquire a couple of NHL players for when it happens.

But that's just me.

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#44 Will
July 05 2012, 10:52AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

If the goal is to make the playoffs then No, they have not done enough.

The Oilers need size and grit, and still require a top two defensive player.

Yes, I still think Bouwmeester is a much better option then Yandle and a more realistic option then Weber.

If we're talking wishful trades then put me down for Ryan Clowe!

On what planet is Bouwmeester a better option than Yandle? IN Boumester's last three seasons with Calgary he's gotten 24, 27, and 22 points, and last year he was a minus 22! Yandle's last three seasons with Phoenix, he's gotten 45, 59, and 41 points and has been plus 5,12, and 16. Oh ya, and Boumester has two years left at 6.68 million dollars, whereas Yandle has 4 years left at 5.25 mill, and he's only 25, whereas boumester is 28. The only category Boumester wins out is he has more hits with less penalty minutes and that's it. Plus, wouldn't it be better to see an Edmonton asset go to the dogs instead of the flames?

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#45 Kodiak
July 05 2012, 10:53AM
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Jonathan, what do you think is going to happen at center? There's has been talk of moving Hall to center and if that happens, wouldn't you presume Gagner's days here would be numbered? Buffalo is looking for a center so would you consider a Gagner + Musil+ for Luke Adam and Andrej Sekera?

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My real concern would be whether Harski has the footspeed and offense to play with Hall & Hemsky.

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#46 Cheap Shot Charlie
July 05 2012, 10:53AM
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We're more than a couple pieces away from being a strong playoff team. This coming year will be another year of watching rookies stumble and grow. The side of Weber's game that we need to most is not the offense. It's the defensive reliability. Since getting him is out of the question ST should focus a defensive defenseman. Size up front would be nice too. Moving Hall to Center makes sense. He might actually sustain fewer injuries because he'll have to pivot east-west as well as north-south. It will slow his game down from break neck speed to sprain neck speed. I'm not sure moving him will work but it's well worth trying. We are still, at best, a 10th place team that needs time and experience before it become a 5th place team. It'll be another year of pain but we're on the right track. Fill holes cheaply and wait for the right piece, not just the best available piece.

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#47 Oiler AL
July 05 2012, 11:02AM
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Webber will want a Suter sytpe contract, and will probably get it.. I dont think its in the best interest of the Oilers setting the stage for up and coming contracts for its star players. Besides I dont think Oilers are on his map.

Get a solid stay at home type [SMid] to fill in while we await for guys like Fedun, Klefbom, etc to come up.

Need a tough big center to replace Belanger, and need more depth in goal.

I dont expect much, not when Tambelini resigns guys like Hordichuk. Both he, and Eager are side show on this team.

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#48 Will
July 05 2012, 11:03AM
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I know he's old but Spacek is a free agent this summer. He is a prototypical defensive defenseman. Would anyone consider him as an upgrade to our defense? Then you have Whitney-Spacek

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#49 madjam
July 05 2012, 11:05AM
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I do not believe Hemsky will fetch much interest at $5M /season . Gagner might fetch more interest as his contract is lower for now . With steady progression this upcoming season we should see a lot of players putting us on their priority lists. Might the cost at this stage be to high and disruptive to make to many upgrades ? Defence may prove better than most anticipated . An elite defenceman would be nice , however . Nash in Pitt. pretty scary thought .

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#50 Copperblueandwhite
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Have The Edmonton Oilers Done Enough? NO

Need 2 NHL D men..Colaiacovo, Taormina, Rozsival..as a pair would help...and someone who can win the draw...it is hard to drive possession when you can't get the puck....waiting may be the best strategy...that's how Washington got Vokoun for a song last year....Getzlaf would be a welcome addtion if the price were right...coming off a bad season may lower his demand...as always Jon, good article.

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