PLEASANTVILLE (UPDATE: HALL SIGNS!)

Lowetide
August 22 2012 11:07AM

The Edmonton Oilers have procured boatloads of elite level young talent. That requires a loyal fanbase, an owner willing to buy in (or in this case suggest) on a rebuild, an effective scouting group and time. To build a winner, there are a few other elements.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL, PATIENCE

"More recently, the Red Wings have been able to build around good players--not only good players, but great players. They did a good job drafting other guys, now they can be patient with their other players. Kenny (Holland) can argue that it's a strategy, I think it is more a product of how deep they are. I think more often than not, you succeed by leaving your guys--like a fine wine--to let them play in the minors. I remember being so envious of Kenny over, say the last three to five years. He was so matter of fact about what was going to happen to his team next year and the year after. 'We have this guy, he's going to fit in here.'  It was all going to fall into place because he knew he had Datsyuk signed. He knew he had Zetterberg signed. He had Lidstrom signed for two more years. With those guys, you can win."

-KEVIN LOWE, Behind the Moves

I believe there is a lot of the Oilers current roadmap in that quote. The signings of Hall and Eberle--perhaps imminent based on credible sources like Ryan Rishaug--would represent the first two of four 'franchise' contracts to be negotiated during the last days of the rebuild. Get those gentlemen signed to reasonable, long term deals and it sets the outer marker for Nuge, Nail and the rest.

The other item--and this may partly explain the inertia displayed by the Oilers after noontime July 1--is that the club may finally be willing to 'roll their own' role players via the AHL. Although we've been talking about a guy like Teemu Hartikainen for a long time now, he is still not a waiver worry this fall! The Oilers could send him down and have him play in OKC for another season. That's what Detroit would do, difference being it is going to be very difficult to argue that Hartikainen is outside the 12 best forwards on the team--Magnus Paajarvi too for that matter.

THE RIGHT MEN IN THE RIGHT JOB

Detroit always seems to have the right man in the right spot. Although there are some short term missteps (Dave Lewis as head coach), they are quickly fixed in a precise manner and things roll along as usual. The Oilers have been doing some fine addition in this area over the years, with (imo) Stu MacGregor and Todd Nelson clearly quality in their roles.

The jury is out on the front office trio of Tambellini, Lowe and MacTavish but in fairness the decisions made so far--since the owner suggested rebuild Feb 2010--have had more to do with the draft table than signings and trades. I'd count management victories over the last 5 years as the hiring of Stu MacGregor in his current role, retaining Ales Hemsky, bringing back Ryan Smyth, improving the farm system and winning the Justin Schultz sweepstakes.  Your mileage may vary.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

We've been in a black and white, two channel world for several years now but the foundation seems solid, the leaks are slowing being fixed and the improvements up front give massive curb appeal.

Upate: word from Bob McKenzie's twitter is that the Oilers and Taylor Hall have concluded negotiations on a 7-year, $42M contract. MUSIC! 

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#51 Cowbell_Feva
August 22 2012, 03:56PM
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It feels good to have a future superstar want to be an Oiler. Hasn't happened since Messier left town. Dougie Weight was the closest we had. Eberle and Hall wanting to be here is a good sign. RNH and Yaks to follow I hope, in the next few years.

My only nagging thought is that if Hall can't stay healthy for a full season he might not make the end of his contract. Lets hope he can start seeing the hits coming a bit better and not get run over game in game out. Other than Scott Harntnell, Taylor Hall has got to spend the most time on the ice in the NHL. Every shift there is snow on his jersey.

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#52 Wäx Män Riley
August 22 2012, 04:01PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Lander and to a lesser extent Paajarvi are great examples as to why you SHOULDN'T "earn a spot in camp"

I had to think about your reply for a few mins, but you're right. They kinda earned a spot, then couldn't cut it for the season. I expect to see them both where they belong this year: OKC.

And there is nothing wrong with 21 year olds playing on the farm. That is what it is for.

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#53 Old Retired Guy
August 22 2012, 04:02PM
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Rama......Buddy......

What's up?.......Is Steve Tambolini dating your mom or something?

This is a great day in Oilers history....Hall will be the Captain of YOUR team when they win thier next Stanley Cup! Rejoice Bro.....There will be lots of time for whining and complaining in September what with the CBA and all....

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#54 DieHard
August 22 2012, 04:41PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Really man.....would not have everyone done the same thing?? His contract was due to expire next year, the CBA is ongoing, and others have to be signed?

This hardly consitutes a management victory........if Tamby want to impress us, do something totally on your own, that the fanbase is not expecting. A major trade for current unperforming talent, acquistion of draft choices, sigining a UFA that no one expects to come here, now that would be impressive.

" A major trade for current unperforming talent" Need to drop the word "major" then.

"acquistion of draft choices" What, a 4th rounder for Omark?

"sigining a UFA that no one expects to come here" like Schultz?

Sorry, this is all still part of a HUGE rebuild. From the ground UP!

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#55 Milli
August 22 2012, 04:44PM
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OH DAMN!!!!!! THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT OILER SUMMER!!!!! WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME A PLAYER WANTED TO STAY!!!!!

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#56 Dave Casselman
August 22 2012, 05:10PM
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Many believe that Hall, despite injury, despite risky style of play, is heart and soul of the franchise. Me included - he's future captain material and if what I read is true, his will to win is not all that distant from a past Oiler, the Moose, #11.

His contract sets the bar; just as in the Detroit example, no one else's salary should exceed that of #4. That said, we may have as many as 5 potential superstars going forward. (JE, RNH, Yak, Shultz the Younger and perhaps even Klefbom.)

I get way ahead of myself, but nonetheless if these kids turn out to be as good as I think they might, hopefully they see the future benefit of staying together and price themselves accordingly.

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#57 Dave Casselman
August 22 2012, 05:12PM
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And one more thing: Congratulations to the Oiler braintrust. This is a great signing and if ever accolades were due and payable, now's the time.

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Shredder wrote:

This has me so excited for hockey...let's get this CBA figured out and start on time, because I'm pumped! Hall probably more so, and we all know what a pumped up and excited Hall is like!

"Ebs! Ebs! Ebs! Guess what?! Guess what?! I signed a new contract today! By the way, what's a millionaire? Does it mean I have to tie my own shoe laces now?" "No Taylor, I can still do that for you. It just means you get to play hockey everyday for 8 more years." "YAY! I'm going to score a goal!" "Yeah you will." "Ebs, you're not mad at me are you? Are you grumpy because I won the TSN under 26 voter challenge?" "You can win that, I'll win the contract negotiation. You got $6M, I'm going to get $6.25M" "Awwww. That's not fair!"

you forgot the tag line...

Side by Side in big boy beds, they're best friends ,they're Hall and Ebs.

That would actually be a pretty good episode.

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Rama Lama wrote:

Really man.....would not have everyone done the same thing?? His contract was due to expire next year, the CBA is ongoing, and others have to be signed?

This hardly consitutes a management victory........if Tamby want to impress us, do something totally on your own, that the fanbase is not expecting. A major trade for current unperforming talent, acquistion of draft choices, sigining a UFA that no one expects to come here, now that would be impressive.

Does the sun ever shine where you live?? It's a great day for the Oil, you're allowed to be positive for once.

Your schtick is getting old. Even John Travolta agrees. I watched a movie of him last night and he kept singing RAMALAMAISADINGDONG.

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#60 Oilcruzer
August 22 2012, 07:23PM
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Gotta be the exact same contract for his roomie.

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#61 Wäx Män Riley
August 22 2012, 07:38PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Really man.....would not have everyone done the same thing?? His contract was due to expire next year, the CBA is ongoing, and others have to be signed?

This hardly consitutes a management victory........if Tamby want to impress us, do something totally on your own, that the fanbase is not expecting. A major trade for current unperforming talent, acquistion of draft choices, sigining a UFA that no one expects to come here, now that would be impressive.

I have to sort of agree with Rama Lama. Tambo still has not proven anything. Lowe and MacT orchestrated Schultz's signing. Smyth traded himself (props to Tambo for the re-up though). Apparently (can someone find me a link??) Lowe did the Hemsky deal. A monkey could have picked Yakupov, but I guess ... props to Tambo for putting this team in last place for the Yak pick, I guess??

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#62 Dog Train
August 22 2012, 08:55PM
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It's a relief to have the first contract out of the way. Hall has made his commitment to us and vice versa. The kids seem to like playing here and hopefully they all stick together for many years to come.

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#63 jdrevenge
August 22 2012, 10:01PM
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Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Goosebumps.

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#64 KleptoKlown
August 23 2012, 03:05AM
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For the next 2, maybe 3 years(after ELC) Hall is going to be considered overpaid (only 100k less than the Sedins) but for the remainder of the term, he is going to be a huge bargain.

Most importantly, this contract sets a ceiling for the foreseeable future. Ebs and RHN won't be able to negotiate a higher rate.

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#65 NewAgeSys
August 23 2012, 04:07AM
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Great news,now lets get Ebbs settled in .

This was a very professionally handled signing,and it is an indicator of the level of seriousness and committment the Oilers are willing to support with this core group.

The men want to play and stay here,the owner understands value and maintains a proactive position on retaining it--we havent lost anything we didnt want since we got our new daddy--take note.The management team is quality and qualified,and was improved upon with Mac-Ts addition last year.

You can feel a sense of calm surrounding the players and management here,everyone is waiting to see what happens with this group,but no one is holding their breath here,its all eyes forward,all hands on deck and all engines forward,seemingly every single step is in the right direction and properly paced and patient.

Excellent job done by everyone involved.nice to see things rolling smoothly along.

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#66 pelhem grenville
August 23 2012, 06:24AM
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Lowetide wrote:

pelham: I don't know that the GM can be credited with a lot of those victories. Smyth traded himself, Hemsky negotiated with Lowe, MacGregor and his group drafted the kids.

I don't know that Tambellini is the wrong man in the GMs chair, but I don't know if he's the right guy either.

Suspect the Hall/Eberle contracts will be major tells.

...your point is well taken, I can see you are clearly sitting on the fence though and i wish you wouldn't say "i don't know" because you sir DO KNOW ...MacT has a Masters in Business and while I think he was supposed to get the coaching job in Van City after Vigneault failed to get his team a SC two years in a row MacT always had the trump card that is his position now with the Oilers...[see OldBoysClub]not sure what our GMs' credentials [educationally speaking] are but I find him to be the weakest link in the chain of [command]management...and so now that that Hall is signed and everyone is falling all over themselves with the news people are in fact crediting our GM... some say it makes sense that it was our GM who did the work but for me it was MacT who put the paper in front of #4, it was Kevin who put the pen in his hand and it was Bobby Orr who said over the speaker phone ... Do It Kid, trust me you won't regret it... oh and our GM was sent out to get the fruit trays at Safeway for the office party...

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#67 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
August 23 2012, 08:28AM
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Wäx Män Riley wrote:

I had to think about your reply for a few mins, but you're right. They kinda earned a spot, then couldn't cut it for the season. I expect to see them both where they belong this year: OKC.

And there is nothing wrong with 21 year olds playing on the farm. That is what it is for.

It's the fan mantra every fall "cut vetran A that isn't giving 100% in a meaningless pre-season game and keep rookie B, because he's just trying so hard"

I remember when Lander made the team how happy everyone here was that justice was finally served that a guy got the well deserved NHL roster spot because he looked good over a couple of weeks against sub par competition.

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#68 Clyde Frog
August 23 2012, 01:40PM
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Long story short; some people will never be happy.

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