NEVER LET GO

Lowetide
October 30 2013 07:04AM

I'm not sure if this is a sign of age, I'm going crazy or it's a reflection of current turmoil, but my love for the 2006 Stanley team continues unabated 88 months later. 

Many believe the 2006 team got "hot" or "lucky" during their run, but the fact is the 2005-06 Oilers were a powerhouse in search of goaltending pretty much the entire year. Much has been made of their just slipping into the playoffs, but once Dwayne Roloson came over from Minnesota the club was a tight unit, and after the deadline they were loaded for bear.

They were deep, ladies. Deep at center (veterans Horcoff, Peca and Stoll), deep at defense (Pronger, Smith, Spacek, Staios, Tarnstrom) and deep on the wing (Smyth, Hemsky, Samsonov, Pisani, Torres, Dvorak) and deep (but not deep enough, as it turned out) in goal.

They were a wonderful team, they caught fire and they ran deep into the spring and then well into summer.

VALUE CONTRACTS

The Oilers had a tremendous 6-pak of value contracts in 2005-06, and that helped increase their depth and quality to Stanley calibre levels:

  • Ales Hemsky ($901,740). Hemsky played 1375 minutes in the 05-06 season, slightly over 400 of them on the powerplay. His PP/60 number (6.17) was very nice, his EV number 2.25 but that PP number helped him lead the team in scoring (19-58-77) and he delivered 6-11-17 in the playoffs too. A wonderful payoff for less than a million, a season to remember.

  • Shawn Horcoff ($1M). Horcoff played almost 1600 minutes, almost 300 on the PP and 225 on the PK. In 05-06 he went 3-3-6 on the PK (about 1.6/60), went 4.82/60 on the PP and then 2.44 at EVs and this was against the other team’s good players.

  • Fernando Pisani ($611,800). In 05-06 he was excellent in the regular year and ridiculous in the postseason. Pisani played 1100 minutes in 05-06, 150 on the PP. He did a lot of heavy lifting at EVs and still managed to score 1.84/60 and 3.59 on the PP. Pisani was Guy Lafleur in the post season, 14-4-18 in a run I will never forget. At $611,800 he was ridiculous value.

  • Jarret Stoll ($501,600). Stoll played 1500 minutes in 05-06, 410 on the PP and 200 on the PK. He was a pretty valuable hockey player. On the PP he was 4.53 and at EVs he was 2.35 on the way to 82gp, 22-46-68 totals. At the price, he was extremely valuable.

  • Raffi Torres ($875,000). Raffi played 1100 minutes in 05-06, 224 of them on the PP. His EV number in 05-06 was 2.07 and his PP number was 2.95. Torres biggest moments in the season came during the playoffs when he made some massive hits (one of which had an impact on the SJS series). At this price, he was a bargain.

  • Marc Andre Bergeron ($931k). Bergeron played 1600 minutes in the 05-06 season, 350 of that on the powerplay. He delivered 2.74/60 with the man advantage but was pretty solid at EVs (1/60) and his 15-20-35 for the season was exceptional for the price.

  • The quality of the youngsters in their entry level deals is actually higher now (Nuge, Yak, Schultz, etc) but the pricetag (that includes bonus dollars) is very dear, and gives the current team a distinct disadvantage. All those #1 overall's come at a significant price, and there are few value deals on the current club that compare to the 2005-06 group (Petry, Arcobello, Belov being the best of the current group so far this season to my eye). 

     

I am writing this in the exact spot I was sitting the night of G7 SCF. It's a new sofa, but I never sit on this side--it still reminds me of G7 SCF 2006. Maybe I should sell the house.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Oilers Nation needs new memories. Soon. Situation critical. Shirts off for Yakupov? Soon, please. And one more thing: when this thing turns around, how about we make a deal that crushing Toronto every time is job 1?

Thanks. 

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#51 Cynic
October 30 2013, 12:56PM
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I wish I had written what PutzStew has written. I might even steal it and claim it as my own.

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#52 outdoorzguy
October 30 2013, 02:24PM
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aeiouY wrote:

I am sick of hearing people say that it is so hard to go out and get these types of players.....

Off of the top of my head I can name at least 10 big strong forwards that have been traded for or picked up in free agency that we could use.

lets try it....

chris stewart zack kassian jeff carter ryan clowe mikael hanzus jarome iginla wayne simmonds rich nash JVR bobby ryan we tried on david clarkson

These types of players are moved. get to work MAC T

Nobody wants to come to Edmonton. Anyone we would want here has a no movement/no trade clause. The team is a joke and management is worse. Why would you want to come into that environment? Our Old Boys Club ensures this happens.

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#53 Dog Train
October 30 2013, 02:29PM
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Oh yeah winning. I forget what that feels like.

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#54 Zarny
October 30 2013, 04:05PM
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Timely article.

The central theme in 2006 was depth. All contenders are characterized by depth.

The 2013 Oilers are the antithesis of depth.

The core of the rebuild (Eberle, Hall, Nuge, Yak and Schultz) average 123 NHL games.

They've insulated that young core with a 27 y/o "prospect" in G who might be good enough, an average to below average blueline and a 3rd and 4th line with borderline NHL players like Acton, Joensuu, Jones, Gazdic and Acrobello who have virtually no NHL experience.

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#55 Slats
October 30 2013, 04:08PM
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oilbaron wrote:

As an Oilers fan living in Calgary, I just gotta say RELAX people. These guys are still boys, 20 and 21 and 22 and 23.... wait til they are a few years older, then the Oilers will dominate. Look at Kessel, it took him a few years, but now he's 26 and he's top level elite.

Our team will get there, you'll just have to wait a bit longer, sorry to say!

Really Phil Kessel

That guy is a 30 goal sniper . . . .for the last 6 years! They are naming pucks after this guy.

Please when or who was last 30G we had?

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#56 PutzStew
October 30 2013, 04:35PM
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Cynic wrote:

I wish I had written what PutzStew has written. I might even steal it and claim it as my own.

Please do. The only way this team will change is if the fans start to demand it. Until then…well you see what happens.

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#57 Oiler Al
October 30 2013, 04:43PM
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No argument on the value 6 pak, they all contributed to the Cup run.

I still maintain, the difference makers on that team run, was the magnificent "Tiple P "... Pronger, Peca and Pisani.

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#58 Rod from Viking
October 30 2013, 07:46PM
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Hayek wrote:

You realize Laforge has nothing to do with hockey operations. He runs the business aspect of the team. To even mention his name here is just a total lack of knowledge, and malicious with no need to do so.

I have talked with Patrick a couple of times and he is a damn good man with a lot of common sense and really cares.

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#59 Casey
October 30 2013, 08:16PM
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aeiouY wrote:

I am sick of hearing people say that it is so hard to go out and get these types of players.....

Off of the top of my head I can name at least 10 big strong forwards that have been traded for or picked up in free agency that we could use.

lets try it....

chris stewart zack kassian jeff carter ryan clowe mikael hanzus jarome iginla wayne simmonds rich nash JVR bobby ryan we tried on david clarkson

These types of players are moved. get to work MAC T

Chris Stewart Jeff Carter Wayne Simmonds Rick Nash JVR, and Bobby Ryan all got signed before we even got to offer them anything. Plus no one wants to come out and play here. Soo tell me if it is easy

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