FIRE UP THE MACBLENDER

Jason Gregor
November 08 2013 11:28AM

It was five years ago that I posted an article about the MacBlender. People were outraged that Craig MacTavish would change his lines up frequently, of course 95% of NHL coaches do this, but people needed someone to blame so MacTavish was the guy.

Fast forward five years, and I think it is time for the GM to fire up the MacBlender again.

This time the blender will be set on the Trade setting.

The Oilers need a shake up.

You can try different line combinations, bring guys up from the minors, but it won't mask the issues.

The first order of business has to be bringing in another goalie. I'm not sure MacTavish can wait much longer, hoping that Devan Dubnyk will find some consistency. MacT needs to bring in someone to challenge Dubnyk or even move him to the backup position.

The Oilers outplayed the Lightning last night. The Bolts turned the puck over way more than the Oilers, but Ben Bishop covered up their mistakes. Right now, the Oilers don't have that luxury.

OPTIONS...

Most teams won't just hand you their backup, unless they have a solid #3 waiting in the wings.

Anaheim has lots of depth in goal, but I don't see them making a move right away.

Jonas Hiller, 31 years old, will be a UFA at the end of the season. He has a $4.5 million cap hit, so the Oilers would need to send some money to Anaheim to acquire him. He is their starter so it is unlikely he's the one the Ducks would move.

Viktor Fasth is on injured reserve. He is 31 years old and has one year left at $2.9 million. He's only played 28 games, and after a ridiculous start his numbers have come back to reality.

Frederik Andersen, 24 years old. He's won all four of his NHL starts and has a sparkling 0.952 SV% and a 1.36 GAA.

John Gibson, 20 years old in his first pro season. He's had 9 starts in the AHL with a 0.951 SV% and a 1.61 GAA. The Ducks aren't trading him.

The Ducks would most likely be willing to part with Fasth, but they can't trade him until he is healthy, so I don't see a Ducks/Oilers trade happening right away.

BLUES...

The Blues have Jaro Halak and Brian Elliott, with Jake Allen playing in the minors. The Blues could move Elliott, but they aren't in any rush. The Blues expect to make a long run in the playoffs, and I doubt they would weaken their goaltending depth right now. Unless the Oilers were willing to overpay for Elliott, I don't see a trade brewing.

LEAFS...

Many expect James Reimer to be dealt, but the Leafs are in no rush to move him. They know Edmonton is desperate, so their asking price is very high. They could move Reimer and bring up Drew MacIntrye, 2.11 GAA and 0.912 SV% in AHL, but the Oilers would need to overpay.

It is a fair argument to suggest the Oilers should overpay, because until they get consistent goaltending they aren't going to win. Maybe MacTavish feels the same and would be willing to "lose" a trade, to better his team.

OTHER....

The Oilers could sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a pro-rated one-year deal. He is big on family and his son plays hockey and his daughter is a figure skater. There would be lots of opportunities for his kids to enhance those skills during the Edmonton winter. Bryzgalov wouldn't cost you any players, and he has a much better track record than Jason LaBarbera.

I understand there would be much trepidation in signing him, but the Oilers might have no better option.

Do you see another option, a realistic one, for MacTavish to pursue?

WRAP UP....

We know that MacTavish, Kevin Lowe and many of the Oilers scouts are on the road scouting opposing players and goaltenders, and they have had conversations with opposing general managers.

Is a trade coming? I believe it has to.

The players will never come out and say it, but their confidence in Dubnyk is diminishing. I know he isn't the only issue on the team, but it is easier to hide an inconsistent winger or defenceman. When your goalie is struggling it is easy to see, and even more difficult to overcome.

I believe it is time to fire up the MacBlender.

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#51 Stack Pad Save
November 08 2013, 12:28PM
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DSF wrote:

He certainly has been in the past.

He traded JVR for Luke Schenn.

True....He is also the guy who traded Bobrobsky away for next to nothing and Versteeg.

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#52 BingBong
November 08 2013, 12:29PM
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For what it's worth:

@DarrenDreger: In the eyes of Oilers managment, Eberle will be an Oiler forever. Forever is a long time, but, he's not a trade target.

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#53 Stack Pad Save
November 08 2013, 12:29PM
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@BingBong

Management always says that about their better players..... Gretzky got traded .... anyone can get traded.

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#54 Stack Pad Save
November 08 2013, 12:30PM
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@BingBong

Management always says that about their better players..... Gretzky got traded .... anyone can get traded.

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#55 Rival
November 08 2013, 12:32PM
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Ducey wrote:

How in the world is Bryzgalov a good option??

He had a .900 save % last year. He got cut from an ECHL team in October! The guy is done.

An easier solution to the fact that both of your goalies (who have historically been pretty good) suck? Turf the goalie coach. Maybe a new guy gets them back on track.

Still better than Dubnyks .878! lol

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#56 Alsker
November 08 2013, 12:37PM
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BingBong wrote:

For what it's worth:

@DarrenDreger: In the eyes of Oilers managment, Eberle will be an Oiler forever. Forever is a long time, but, he's not a trade target.

Ok if Eberle,Hall,Nuge,Gags, JSchulz,Ference,Gordon,Perron, are all untouchable who exactly are we trading for help? Smid, Petry, Dubnyk, Hemsky Eager, and what would we actually get inreturn if anything?

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#57 Stack Pad Save
November 08 2013, 12:43PM
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@Alsker

Go Bold. If Philly wants Eberle, give him to them .... just make them pay for it. Get back Couturier and SImmonds somehow.

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#58 Truth
November 08 2013, 12:46PM
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Stack Pad Save wrote:

Go Bold. If Philly wants Eberle, give him to them .... just make them pay for it. Get back Couturier and SImmonds somehow.

Bold is Giroux. Any less is a downgrade.

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#59 Alsker
November 08 2013, 12:50PM
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Stack Pad Save wrote:

Go Bold. If Philly wants Eberle, give him to them .... just make them pay for it. Get back Couturier and SImmonds somehow.

I fully agree, I have no problem with that. Eberle or anyone off our lineup. I was here when 99 was dealt(sold) and from that point on NO ONE is untradeable. As for this verbal agreement with Gags..WTF..sorry you negotiated a NTC after the first year, why? Maybe I just missed that BOLD move.

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#60 NJ
November 08 2013, 12:51PM
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Steve Ott.

20 min TOI last night vs LA.

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Why the negativity towards this guy...??

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#61 Czar
November 08 2013, 12:52PM
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MacT should be calling the Wild about Harding or even Kuemper,both would be an upgrade on our cardboard cutout Dubnyk.

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#62 Truth
November 08 2013, 12:52PM
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@Citizen David

I agree that trading Giroux for Eberle is rather pointless, as they are both offensive specialists. IMO, if the Flyers seriously wanted Eberle the only player I would accept in return is Giroux. It is aalways said that the team who acquires the best player wins the trade. You don't trade Eberle for Couturier and spare parts. You trade for Giroux using Eberle and spare parts.

Don't ever see that trade happening, but if it's Eberle they're after, it's Giroux or bust.

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#63 Citizen David
November 08 2013, 12:53PM
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Giroux is goalless in his last 21 games. 15GP, 0G, 7A, 7P, -11 this season. Going to be making 8.275 a year after this year. He's what we have with Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Yak, Hemsky, Gagner.

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#64 Crooked
November 08 2013, 01:00PM
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The incompetence of Steve Tambisleepy: the gift that keeps on giving.

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#65 Soccer Steve
November 08 2013, 01:00PM
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Citizen David wrote:

Giroux is goalless in his last 21 games. 15GP, 0G, 7A, 7P, -11 this season. Going to be making 8.275 a year after this year. He's what we have with Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Yak, Hemsky, Gagner.

Giroux is a crushing upgrade over all of those players you listed. Points aside, his durability alone is worth it for us.

Calm down though. We never get him.

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#66 Lochenzo
November 08 2013, 01:01PM
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Unfortunately, those teams with extra goalies are all high in the standings right now. They can afford to be patient. An Oiler kid or a 2014 or 2015 1st round pick. I would not want to give up any of those in a bad deal.

Bryzie is the route I would take given the current situation. But assuming the Oil do sign Simpson, that'd take them to 50 contracts.

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#67 Citizen David
November 08 2013, 01:05PM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

Giroux is a crushing upgrade over all of those players you listed. Points aside, his durability alone is worth it for us.

Calm down though. We never get him.

Durability changes in the blink of an eye. I certainly don't think he's a "crushing upgrade" on Hall, Nuge, and Ebs. If the oilers make trades they need to be from what we have plenty of to what we need.

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#68 Alsker
November 08 2013, 01:06PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

Unfortunately, those teams with extra goalies are all high in the standings right now. They can afford to be patient. An Oiler kid or a 2014 or 2015 1st round pick. I would not want to give up any of those in a bad deal.

Bryzie is the route I would take given the current situation. But assuming the Oil do sign Simpson, that'd take them to 50 contracts.

The contract issue is a problem, unless Grebs retires and gets a nice retirement gift and goes back to europe. If you cant make our lineup who would want you?

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#69 Lochenzo
November 08 2013, 01:06PM
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Do you think Ryan Miller may waive his NTC just to get out of Buffalo at some point this season? He'd just be a rental.

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#70 Reg Dunlop
November 08 2013, 01:07PM
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If #99 can be dealt, anyone can. Can you imagine the social media activity, if it existed, around the oil circa 1988? Would have been insane. But this Philly crap is nothing more than speculation. Mac is as paralytic as Stumblinni was. Dream on about a big trade, no way it happens. They're taking the hobbits to Isengard, to Isengard, but we are stuck with these particular hobbits.

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#71 Alsker
November 08 2013, 01:08PM
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Citizen David wrote:

Giroux is goalless in his last 21 games. 15GP, 0G, 7A, 7P, -11 this season. Going to be making 8.275 a year after this year. He's what we have with Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Yak, Hemsky, Gagner.

And that 8.275 is thru the 2022 season. That would be a cap nightmare.

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#72 Mik
November 08 2013, 01:08PM
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Why all the Couturier talk and nothing about B Schenn? He is what the Oil need!

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#73 tileguy
November 08 2013, 01:10PM
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Alsker wrote:

Ok if Eberle,Hall,Nuge,Gags, JSchulz,Ference,Gordon,Perron, are all untouchable who exactly are we trading for help? Smid, Petry, Dubnyk, Hemsky Eager, and what would we actually get inreturn if anything?

you forgot Omark.

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#74 Equinox
November 08 2013, 01:10PM
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Giroux also has a cap hit of $8.275 million per season until 2021/22. There is no way that I'm moving a $6 million cap hit for an $8.275 if I'm moving one forward for another.

Sure, Giroux has been a point per game on a regular basis and will rebound this season, but Eberle who was almost a PPG in 2011/2012 and .76 PPG so far this season.

If I'm trading Eberle it has to be an area of need. Grit, defense, or goaltending...prefer all three.

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#75 Crooked
November 08 2013, 01:12PM
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NJ wrote:

Steve Ott.

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Why the negativity towards this guy...??

He'd be a great addition, however, he's an UFA at the end of the year. He's got great value, and come the trade deadline a playoff bound team will gladly overpay to rent him. Buffalo knows it and his pricetag will be set very high. Unless the Oil are offering up a package of high picks & prospects, they aren't getting him.

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#76 Alsker
November 08 2013, 01:12PM
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tileguy wrote:

you forgot Omark.

My bad, he definitely is on the Oiler forever list.

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#77 Soccer Steve
November 08 2013, 01:13PM
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@Citizen David

Fair enough.

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#78 Ricky
November 08 2013, 01:21PM
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@Soccer Steve

No Reimer! He is the only goalie in the league that looks shakier than doobie! He is playing on a better team, therefore his numbers look better stats guy!

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#79 Step Daddy J
November 08 2013, 01:22PM
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Truth wrote:

I would like to see Stauffer (or someone connected to the organization) tweet that MacT is talking to Holmgren about Giroux. Just for fun.

You Guys Want Bold ?? Well What About Bold and SMART ?? Here It Is ; Bold and Smart !!!! : Jordan Eberle , Taylor Hall , Jason LaBarbera , Justin Shultz , to Philadelphia Flyers for Erik Gustafsson , Ray Emery , Matt Read , Samuel Morin , Anthony Stolarz , 2014 1 st Rounder , 2015 1 st Rounder .

I Think this is a great deal for both teams .

What do you guys think ??

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#80 Truth
November 08 2013, 01:29PM
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Funny how things change. At the end of the 2011/2012 season there was a serious buzz about Giroux. He was grouped with Crosby, Stamkos, and Malkin. Now, his $8.275M cap hit is being considered as a burden. I take the Giroux of 11/12 at that cap hit (in an ever increasing cap) all day long. Can he return to form is the question.

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#81 Truth
November 08 2013, 01:30PM
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Step Daddy J wrote:

You Guys Want Bold ?? Well What About Bold and SMART ?? Here It Is ; Bold and Smart !!!! : Jordan Eberle , Taylor Hall , Jason LaBarbera , Justin Shultz , to Philadelphia Flyers for Erik Gustafsson , Ray Emery , Matt Read , Samuel Morin , Anthony Stolarz , 2014 1 st Rounder , 2015 1 st Rounder .

I Think this is a great deal for both teams .

What do you guys think ??

I think I better come join you at whichever local establishment you've been at since 10AM.

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#82 Step Daddy J
November 08 2013, 01:41PM
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Truth wrote:

I think I better come join you at whichever local establishment you've been at since 10AM.

Erik Gustafsson and Samuel Morin , who is 6"6 by the way , are excellent Defenceman . Morin is the real question . He could turn out to be Gold , or Bust . Some people might say the same thing about Eberle ..

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#83 pkam
November 08 2013, 01:42PM
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Step Daddy J wrote:

You Guys Want Bold ?? Well What About Bold and SMART ?? Here It Is ; Bold and Smart !!!! : Jordan Eberle , Taylor Hall , Jason LaBarbera , Justin Shultz , to Philadelphia Flyers for Erik Gustafsson , Ray Emery , Matt Read , Samuel Morin , Anthony Stolarz , 2014 1 st Rounder , 2015 1 st Rounder .

I Think this is a great deal for both teams .

What do you guys think ??

Sounds like a move to start another rebuild.

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#84 Rama Lama
November 08 2013, 01:54PM
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Right now I would take any back up goaltender on any team as an upgrade over Duby.

For that matter I would take a cut-out over Duby.......big holes and all !

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#85 Step Daddy J
November 08 2013, 01:57PM
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pkam wrote:

Sounds like a move to start another rebuild.

Not So .. Think about it guys ... Taylor Hall is often injured . Eberle is streaky . We need D right ? Gustafsson is our replacement for Justin AHL Shultz . Matt Read is a great young kid and could replace Eberle or Hall , for that matter , at least Read doesn't get hurt . Emery for LaBarbera . Emery is vastly undervalued . I think he could start on the Oilers Team . Anthony Stolarz would be our Future Goalie . Samuel Morin would go great with Nurse . Morin is 6"6 .

And hey , if the Flyers Tank ( And they will ) than 2014 1 st Rounder could help us land Aaron Ekblad ( D Barrie Colts Ht/Wt:6' 3"/207 lbs ) . 2015 First Rounder , well , I think you guys know who Katz really wants .

This is not another move to start a rebuild , this is a Genius Glen Sather type of trade where the Oilers deal a Star ( Jimmy Carson ) to another team and get 3 - 4 awesome pieces back .

Now I'm not saying Hall is Carson ( Even though Jimmy had better numbers than Taylor at this point in their career ) but I really believe this trade would work majic for the Oilers . I really like Matt Read . I think he could bring grit , heart and determination to the Oil . Spark some magic .

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#86 pkam
November 08 2013, 02:26PM
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Step Daddy J wrote:

Not So .. Think about it guys ... Taylor Hall is often injured . Eberle is streaky . We need D right ? Gustafsson is our replacement for Justin AHL Shultz . Matt Read is a great young kid and could replace Eberle or Hall , for that matter , at least Read doesn't get hurt . Emery for LaBarbera . Emery is vastly undervalued . I think he could start on the Oilers Team . Anthony Stolarz would be our Future Goalie . Samuel Morin would go great with Nurse . Morin is 6"6 .

And hey , if the Flyers Tank ( And they will ) than 2014 1 st Rounder could help us land Aaron Ekblad ( D Barrie Colts Ht/Wt:6' 3"/207 lbs ) . 2015 First Rounder , well , I think you guys know who Katz really wants .

This is not another move to start a rebuild , this is a Genius Glen Sather type of trade where the Oilers deal a Star ( Jimmy Carson ) to another team and get 3 - 4 awesome pieces back .

Now I'm not saying Hall is Carson ( Even though Jimmy had better numbers than Taylor at this point in their career ) but I really believe this trade would work majic for the Oilers . I really like Matt Read . I think he could bring grit , heart and determination to the Oil . Spark some magic .

Matt Read can replace Eberle or Hall? Both Hall and Eberle scored a point per game in the ELC. When in Read's NHL career does he score a point per game?

I think after that trade, it will be us, not the Flyers, finish last.

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#87 Dog Train
November 08 2013, 02:27PM
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A shoe is bound to drop sooner than later. With players returning from injury, we all of a sudden have a bit of a logjam up front and especially on the blue line.

At this point, any trade for a goaltender would have to address the question of who will mind the net for us next season. Upgrading the goaltending is no guarantee that we make up the ground that we've already lost in the playoff race so if we are going to lose a trade, hopefully it makes us better for the foreseeable future.

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#88 sizzay
November 08 2013, 02:33PM
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Assuming Dreger is not entirely correct on the Oilers not trading Eberle, I would like this deal:

Eberle + 1st for Simmonds + Couturier

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#89 DumbestComment
November 08 2013, 02:46PM
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Step Daddy J wrote:

You Guys Want Bold ?? Well What About Bold and SMART ?? Here It Is ; Bold and Smart !!!! : Jordan Eberle , Taylor Hall , Jason LaBarbera , Justin Shultz , to Philadelphia Flyers for Erik Gustafsson , Ray Emery , Matt Read , Samuel Morin , Anthony Stolarz , 2014 1 st Rounder , 2015 1 st Rounder .

I Think this is a great deal for both teams .

What do you guys think ??

We think you are retarded!

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#90 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 02:52PM
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@sizzay

I'd do that trade. It would sting losing Ebs but we'd be eliminating a redundancy and gaining much needed grit.

I would see if tossing in Gags could get Brayden Schenn in that deal too, Schenn would be a perfect 3rd liner for us imo.

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#91 Benny Botts
November 08 2013, 02:53PM
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Step Daddy J wrote:

You Guys Want Bold ?? Well What About Bold and SMART ?? Here It Is ; Bold and Smart !!!! : Jordan Eberle , Taylor Hall , Jason LaBarbera , Justin Shultz , to Philadelphia Flyers for Erik Gustafsson , Ray Emery , Matt Read , Samuel Morin , Anthony Stolarz , 2014 1 st Rounder , 2015 1 st Rounder .

I Think this is a great deal for both teams .

What do you guys think ??

No offence to you my man cause it is positive friday, but that has to be one of the worst trade proposals I have seen on ON

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#92 Benny Botts
November 08 2013, 02:54PM
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Step Daddy J wrote:

You Guys Want Bold ?? Well What About Bold and SMART ?? Here It Is ; Bold and Smart !!!! : Jordan Eberle , Taylor Hall , Jason LaBarbera , Justin Shultz , to Philadelphia Flyers for Erik Gustafsson , Ray Emery , Matt Read , Samuel Morin , Anthony Stolarz , 2014 1 st Rounder , 2015 1 st Rounder .

I Think this is a great deal for both teams .

What do you guys think ??

No offence to you my man cause it is positive friday, but that has to be one of the worst trade proposals I have seen on ON

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#93 Ryan2
November 08 2013, 03:00PM
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@ Jason Gregor - We all agree that the team is poorly constructed, but why is the coaching staff getting a free pass on the struggles this season? Everyone piled on Krueger last season when the team started to fall apart at the start of the stretch run last year, BUT they were at least in the playoff hunt at that point. This season, they will be out of it by the end of November with what everyone agreed is a better roster.

There are a number of coaching related issues on this team. The special teams are a disaster this season (PK can be explained by losing key pieces from last year, but the PP has the same or even better cast than last year), d-zone coverage is non-existent and even when the team is playing the "system" the overcommit can be manipulated by passing to leave the slot open (see Detroit game), and the players do not seem to be playing with any fire/passion (or maybe they do not believe in what Eakins is preaching?).

A good coaching staff will adapt its scheme to the roster it is dealt. Thus far, we have not seen anything in Edmonton to indicated that the current one is capable of doing this. At what point do they pay the price for it?

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#94 A-Mc
November 08 2013, 03:04PM
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I didn't really have much exposure to Bryzgalov so can someone please fill me in:

He has gone through periods of being a flake and playing horribly, but is he capable of stealing a game for you even on rare occasion?

There was something there that sparked the contract he had gotten from the flyers, so if there is any chance you can get him in for DIRT CHEAP, then i think it's a better option than Labarbara for sure. You already know that labarbara isn't getting any better... so why not take the chance on bryz?

The worst that can happen is that the Oilers continue to lose..

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#95 Naky
November 08 2013, 03:11PM
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Oh my god. Can we please, please, stop bringing up Bryzgalov?

Watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ns14hRqwY8

And combine that with all the other drama around this clown and do you really, really want that guy on our team right now? Seriously? Do you think he's really changed his mind? He'll come here because he wants an NHL contract but if he's just gonna be another player looking to cash in on a short term deal to earn another one with another team, I'll take a pass. A big pouty baby who can't take the heat of the local press or the cold of our weather is the absolute last thing this team and organization needs.

I'm almost disappointed in you for bringing it up, Gregor.

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#96 Step Daddy J
November 08 2013, 03:14PM
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DumbestComment wrote:

We think you are retarded!

I think Peter Pocklington is Retarded . You all want the Oilers to win but you're too blind to see what a great deal this is , for both teams ..

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#97 ThatButthurtOilersFan
November 08 2013, 03:16PM
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Ducey wrote:

How in the world is Bryzgalov a good option??

He had a .900 save % last year. He got cut from an ECHL team in October! The guy is done.

An easier solution to the fact that both of your goalies (who have historically been pretty good) suck? Turf the goalie coach. Maybe a new guy gets them back on track.

It isn't the goalie coache's fault his goalies aren't confident. A goalie coach can only do so much.

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#98 Step Daddy J
November 08 2013, 03:17PM
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Benny Botts wrote:

No offence to you my man cause it is positive friday, but that has to be one of the worst trade proposals I have seen on ON

You Want Bold , You Want a shot at another Gretzky ? , do the trade . The 2015 1 st Rounder would give us a shot at the 2015 1 st overall pick .

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#99 Serious Gord
November 08 2013, 03:50PM
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The playoffs are out of the question.

Thus there is NO - ZERO - need to make trades anytime soon. MacT is being reckless to look for trades now unless it would be massively lopsided in favour of the Oil.

He should be communicating his lack of urgency publically rather than let the rumor mongers have an open field.

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#100 Spoils
November 08 2013, 04:22PM
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Spoils wrote:

3 trashes eh, let me expand on this.

undisciplined own zone turnovers, goaltending radically below expectations, worst injured team in the NHL, new systems...

I like the view that time will clean a lot of this up.

I say have patience. We are more likely to win the cup two years from now (than now) so let's wait until a good deal presents itself or until we are a contender.

Then lets bring in a goalie.

max trash for me I guess.

But, Dubnyk will readjust to .92 and we will have a dramatically better chance of getting the right goalie if we wait.

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