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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#101 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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#102 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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#103 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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#104 Spoils
November 08 2013, 04:22PM
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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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#105 Dan 1919
November 08 2013, 04:37PM
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http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/

Go there and watch Taylor Hall’s interesting choice of sentence structure on NOV 7th. I think it was a deliberate indirect comment, and I think he’s telling management to get serious and send us a goalie down here.

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#106 greg
November 09 2013, 08:50AM
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david perron...no improvement..4.5 mil..macT=-1.....not getting boston's old goalie....macT-2......smid gone...macT-3.....new goalie??????macT-4

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