IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES UPDATE! TRADED

Lowetide
December 19 2013 05:00PM

 

It could happen as soon as today (the trade deadline is tonight at midnight, after that no deals until Christmas past), but it's clear Linus Omark is once again hell bent on bolting the Oilers organization. A marriage that has always been uneasy appears to have reached the point where reconciliation is impossible.

An article by Michael Baldwin in the Oklahoman spells things out with so many specifics the mind boggles. After reading his entry on Omark I am convinced this deal may come down tonight. An example:

  • Edmonton isn't a good fit for Omark. The Oilers have several young, highly skilled forwards. But his stock could be on the rise. A couple of teams reportedly are interested. The past two months with the Barons, he's shown noticeable improvement on the defensive end.

If the story is true, we might be hearing something in the next few hours. Mr. Baldwin suggests the return expected might be an AHL player or a pick, which makes sense. I also think there's a chance Edmonton might take back a useful player with a bad contract if that player addressed a current need (two-way winger, defense) if it was necessary. It is extremely likely Edmonton would prefer to lose the contract and further reduce the number of the 50-man list (now at 48). 

HE HAS NO VALUE, FOOL!

Well, there certainly has been a lot of disagreement about Omark, but he's played in the league and there may be a window of opportunity for him. Elliotte Friedman framed the issue nicely in this week's 30 Thoughts:

  • Edmonton is trying to trade AHLer Linus Omark, who deserves a shot at the NHL level and isn't going to get it with the Oilers. This is pure speculation on my part, but Buffalo makes sense. The Sabres are on a pace to score 137 goals. The last time a team scored fewer? Chicago in 1953-54, with 133 in 70 games. Twelve teams bettered that in lockout-shortened 1995. Last year? Eight. Omark's not a cure, but it's a sensible gamble, no?

Now, we'll see, but at least someone is talking about it being possible aside from Jon Willis and me. I think Omark has the ability to play in the NHL, but other clubs have their own prospects lined up and I'm not certain how many would be willing to take a chance on him. It only takes one, and chances are his agent has been working hard to make it happen.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Omark needs an expansion draft, but he'll have to make do with a trade. Which could come down tonight.

(Omark photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)

 

Update! Edmonton Oilers have traded Linus Omark to the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional 6th round pick in the 2014 draft. Sail on, Linus. Godspeed.

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#51 JJ
December 19 2013, 07:52PM
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With Omark and Paajarvi gone, you have to imagine Lander is on the way out pretty soon as well. It'll be the great Swede purge, just like the great Finn purge in the summer by ridding of Harti, Rajala, Petrell, et al.

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#52 Josh Oiler
December 19 2013, 08:01PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Oilers on the verge of sending a package consisting of Nick Schultz, Grebeskov, the conditional 6 rounder and the future considerations from the LaBarbera deal to LA Kings in exchange for Drew Doughty.

as per Odie.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? IS NOBODY SCREENING FOR IDIOTS LIKE THIS? I mean c'mon, Does Fresh Mess (if that's even his real name) think that Dean Lombardi is smoking Crack Cocaine?

Maybe Fresh Mess is smoking the rock? Look here Dude: Grebeshkov and Nick SCHULTZ and those conditionals are all garbage for the Kings? And who?? Drew Doughty! I mean Drew Doughty!!!!!! Please!!!!!! Go and watch Lacrosse or something!!

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#53 Josh Oiler
December 19 2013, 08:12PM
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Screw Linus Omark. Too soft anyways!

The Oilers are losing with skill! No Grit! No sandpaper, or whatever else you like to call it, just beat up your opponents and make it hard to play against!

ITS TIME TO PART WITH THE KIDS!!! Everyone is afraid to say it, but everyone knows it's true! Well I just said it. I'd part with half our team for a Milan Lucic.

We can't even win in the regular season. Never mind the playoff are won by grit!

Time to re-analyze and make some stinking Real Trades!!

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#54 Fresh Mess
December 19 2013, 08:19PM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

Screw Linus Omark. Too soft anyways!

The Oilers are losing with skill! No Grit! No sandpaper, or whatever else you like to call it, just beat up your opponents and make it hard to play against!

ITS TIME TO PART WITH THE KIDS!!! Everyone is afraid to say it, but everyone knows it's true! Well I just said it. I'd part with half our team for a Milan Lucic.

We can't even win in the regular season. Never mind the playoff are won by grit!

Time to re-analyze and make some stinking Real Trades!!

I'm hearing Hemsky and Curtis Hamilton are going to the Bruins in exchange for Lucic

as per Heathcliff

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#55 Tommy Ryan Salo-Smyth
December 19 2013, 08:20PM
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Someone must have been ill the day they went over the concept of sarcasm in elementary...

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#56 The Soup Fascist
December 19 2013, 08:20PM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

Facts, reality and common sense have no place in the fantasy world of a Lowetide article.

How true. If only Lowetide had some credibility.

...something like predicting Omark's trade hours before TSN announces it would be a good start.

Wait! What??

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#57 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 19 2013, 08:30PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Now THIS is a fine idea. Weber bbq's are very good. Maybe a beer fridge?

I'm asking too much, aren't I? I've BRUINED THE TRADE BY ASKING FOR TOO MUCH!

Weber lowetide? WEBER!!! Damn you have you not tried the Master Chef BBQ? You call yourself a hockey man. geez.

Of course i am saying this jokingly. Consider it my Moral Victory :)

Six Rings and Counting!!!!

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#58 Kent Wilson
December 19 2013, 08:33PM
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@Rotten Ron

If your only purpose here is to run persistently down the writers, I'll have to show you the door.

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#59 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 19 2013, 08:42PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

If your only purpose here is to run persistently down the writers, I'll have to show you the door.

But the writers here make it so easy. :(

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#60 outdoorzguy
December 19 2013, 08:44PM
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Didn't know the draft went six rounds. Bold moves McTavish, bold moves!! Just another example of why the entire Oiler management team needs to be shown the door.

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#61 Quicksilver ballet
December 19 2013, 08:52PM
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Another guy celebrating in silence as he heads onto greener pastures. Miroslav Satan 2.0?

Good luck kid. Ba bye Edmonton.

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#62 Zarny
December 19 2013, 09:15PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

So, Omark gets a chance in Buffalo. Good for him. Perhaps now we'll see what all the fuss is about, although I highly doubt it.

If they turn the league into no-touch Omark and Ennis will tear it up.

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#63 G-Unit
December 19 2013, 09:23PM
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Who is coaching this powerplay? Time for a change, because I can't remember the last game where our powerplay has had better chances for than against.

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#64 redhot1
December 19 2013, 09:32PM
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Bold.

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#65 Cynic
December 19 2013, 09:46PM
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Oilers on the verge of sending a package consisting of Nick Schultz, Grebeskov, the conditional 6 rounder and the future considerations from the LaBarbera deal to LA Kings in exchange for Drew Doughty. as per Odie.

That was good for a laugh.

Nice to see the NHL's worst franchise picking up an AHL-level player from the league's second-worst franchise. Good luck, Leenus, in the other toilet bowl of North America.

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#66 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 19 2013, 10:09PM
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Culture of losing...still in tact.

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#67 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 19 2013, 10:10PM
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MORAL VICTORY!!! MORAL VICTORY!!! MORAL VICTORY!!!

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#68 Comrade GT
December 19 2013, 10:14PM
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Love those one goal loses.

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#69 madjam
December 19 2013, 10:22PM
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They are playing much better , and got the consistency they wanted , just not the positive results . A decade of being a power and now it looks like a similar fate being a cellar dweller . From first to worst - seeing the best of Lowe and company , and now the worst for an equally long gated time . Six rings has expired ,no magic left there .

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#70 Harlie
December 19 2013, 10:28PM
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In a minor league way this kinda mirrors the Souray situation.

Hmm..who else has recently spoken out against the org?

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#71 Loweblows
December 19 2013, 10:29PM
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Man the power play sucks! Under the guidance of Krueger you saw actual improvement in special teams. Under Eakins you get bush league coaching! Thanks MacT , that is what us long suffering fans wanted to see this year. A rookie coach learning his trade at our expense. Oiler management sucks big time!

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#72 Woogie63
December 19 2013, 10:30PM
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I don't understand what the purpose of bringing OMark back this year. He would have been a perfect 13 forward during the next 25 games. If any of the wingers were not working/producing slip Omark into the line-up. The guy is doing anything he can to be in the NHL, has above average skill and would not kill you playing 10-12 minutes a game.

Instead he comes back and sits on the farm team, and adds nothing to the club.

Waste

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#73 Loweblows
December 19 2013, 10:33PM
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G-Unit wrote:

Who is coaching this powerplay? Time for a change, because I can't remember the last game where our powerplay has had better chances for than against.

Eakins the rookie is learning how to teach the power play to rookie players. Sounds like a recipe for success.

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#74 Jackson
December 19 2013, 10:38PM
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When will Oiler fans realize it's groundhog day?

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#75 john
December 19 2013, 10:39PM
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Weird thing is 30 years ago, NY Islanders and Oilers were burning up the NHL. NY won 4 cups then the following year 30 years ago Oilers took over as the next Dynasty. Now both are bottom 3 teams in NHL, when will their fortune reversed? Omark will be scoring in bunches, you will see, this team doesn't know how to fit players in their system. Now the Barons will start losing too with their top scorer gone. They will screw up Yakubov also, he got another -1 tonight, that's -25 for the worst in NHL. The poor guy deserve better. Time to change the coach, Eakins can't do it in this level, another short handed goal against tonight. All forwards with no defensemen on power plays in this league you are asking for trouble.

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#76 Stamsky Hemkos
December 19 2013, 10:39PM
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Another trade where we get nothing tangible in return. This team is nowhere close to competing with the big boys. There's no depth or contribution from their bottom 6. Their D would mostly be 6/7's on legitimate teams. The goaltending is questionable. Too many holes to fill. I can see this team tanking another 3 years before they start to assemble the right pieces.

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#77 @Oilanderp
December 19 2013, 10:46PM
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Jackson wrote:

When will Oiler fans realize it's groundhog day?

I feel like I have heard that before somewhere...

Anyway, best of luck Linus. Prove them wrong bother. All the best.

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#78 G-Unit
December 19 2013, 10:48PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Eakins the rookie is learning how to teach the power play to rookie players. Sounds like a recipe for success.

Not everything can be blamed on coaching, but with the talented players on the ice we should be dynamite on the pp. And no more Smitty on the PK while the special teams are up for chat

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#79 Turnover
December 19 2013, 11:11PM
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Todd Nelson has turned this kid into a good player. You'll see.

Good luck kid.

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#80 G-Unit
December 19 2013, 11:29PM
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@john

I am tired of hearing Gregor, Lowetide and Stuffed Turkey saying that the Oilers can't keep changing coaches, because the good organizations like Detroit don't. Good teams don't need to change coaches, because they have the right guy in place. Once the Oilers get a good, proven coach it will be different. Good thing we didn't pursue Brent Sutter a number of years ago, his hard-nosed, hard-working attitude isn't near as impressive as an iron man. Oh wait, he's not that kind of Ironman.

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#81 Pikester
December 19 2013, 11:39PM
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So let's see... in the last 5 weeks we've seen 2 players traded for a bag of pucks each, & 1 player traded for a handful of magic beans + a bag of pucks. The Oilers are obviously stocking up for free gifts to hand out on opening night in the new arena!

Seriously though I hope they are simply freeing up cap space & roster spots for bigger changes & not just getting ready to jettison half the roster to begin drafting & rebuilding... again.

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#82 **
December 20 2013, 12:32AM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? IS NOBODY SCREENING FOR IDIOTS LIKE THIS? I mean c'mon, Does Fresh Mess (if that's even his real name) think that Dean Lombardi is smoking Crack Cocaine?

Maybe Fresh Mess is smoking the rock? Look here Dude: Grebeshkov and Nick SCHULTZ and those conditionals are all garbage for the Kings? And who?? Drew Doughty! I mean Drew Doughty!!!!!! Please!!!!!! Go and watch Lacrosse or something!!

I will explain this as delicately as I possibly can:

Fresh mess is what we in the internetz call a troll, a hideous entity who feeds off poor naive souls like you by laying bait that is designed to push your buttons and elicit an angry response.

That's about it I guess. Welcome to the internetz.

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#83 MessyEH!
December 20 2013, 02:23AM
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I HOPE that Omark does well in Buffalo. A team that is trying to rebuild correctly. Fire sale all your useful pieces for futures.

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#84 Omark
December 20 2013, 02:37AM
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Loweblows wrote:

Eakins the rookie is learning how to teach the power play to rookie players. Sounds like a recipe for success.

You missed about rookie Bold Moves and useless kilo!!

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#85 Death Metal Nightmare
December 20 2013, 04:19AM
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please get rid of all these players next:

Jordan Eberle / Sam Gagner / / Ryan Smyth / Jeff Petry / Philip Larsen / Anton Belov / Andrew Ference / Ryan Jones / Nick Schultz / Will Acton / Corey Potter / Jesse Joensuu

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#86 pelhem grenville
December 20 2013, 06:06AM
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...finally

one less smurf...

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#87 D-Unit
December 20 2013, 07:57AM
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I hope he doesn't come back to hurt the Oilers, like the previous savior Robbie Schremp did.

Schremp still kills us every time he faces the Oilers.

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#88 michael
December 20 2013, 07:58AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Another guy celebrating in silence as he heads onto greener pastures. Miroslav Satan 2.0?

Good luck kid. Ba bye Edmonton.

The other comparable for us long time Oilers fans would be Ray Whitney. he once upon a time was an Oiler. Only has player 1000+ games in the NHL and won a Cup and kills us all the time.

Doan? Ottawa? Is Hemsky done after the Christmas break? What is the return? Is it possible the Oilers trade Hemsky to the Rangers for Del Zotto?

If the deal is that this a lost season. If. Would you trade Gagner to Toronto for Jake Gardiner. Sam needs a change of scenery whether he believes it or not.He needs a fresh start without the ghosts of the past.

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#89 Spydyr
December 20 2013, 08:00AM
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Finally something positive Team Canada's first pre-tournament game is starting right now on TSN

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#90 outdoorzguy
December 20 2013, 08:21AM
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A loss is a loss is a loss. Moral victories should get coaches and management fired!! You can't sugar coat zero points again and again.

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#91 g bearpoo
December 20 2013, 08:29AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

If your only purpose here is to run persistently down the writers, I'll have to show you the door.

Go follow your Flames loser - McGrattan rocks!!!!! You don't!!!

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#92 Wonger
December 20 2013, 08:35AM
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MacTavish is a man of integrity. He promised Omark he would move him if things didn't work out in Edmonton and he kept his promise! Three spots open on 50 man roster - things will start to gey better very soon! MacTavish and Eakins are men of integrity! I believe in the Oilers because I believe in them.

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#93 camdog
December 20 2013, 08:49AM
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@Wonger

Didn't Omark demand the trade?

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#94 Wonger
December 20 2013, 08:55AM
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camdog wrote:

Didn't Omark demand the trade?

Yes, but MacTavish did not have to trade him. If Taylor Hall demands a trade today MacT does not have to trade him. Hall for Lucic, Chara McQuaid and Iginla....hhhhhmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!

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#95 Zamboni Driver
December 20 2013, 09:03AM
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I haven't been able to sleep.

Linus was by far my favourite 8-goals in the NHL, second line AHL player the Oilers have ever had.

At least now that 6th round pick will bring the Oilers that help on D that someone way smarter than I was suggesting yesterday.

Other 6th round picks:

Ben Betker John McCarron

Interesting info found while doing "research" on Wikipedia. The Sabres drafted a guy named: Linus Ullmark last year.

Funny.

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#96 tileguy
December 20 2013, 09:15AM
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I hope he lights up th e eastern conference and becomes a steady 20 goal player. Sure would give us something further to cluck about.

Perhaps now that 3 grit for one skill trade is in the works.

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#97 CMG30
December 20 2013, 09:20AM
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D-Unit wrote:

I hope he doesn't come back to hurt the Oilers, like the previous savior Robbie Schremp did.

Schremp still kills us every time he faces the Oilers.

I'm not sure you've been paying attention.

Since Schremp was claimed off waivers by NY, he flunked out there as well and was eventually waived again. He was then picked up by Atlanta but was not offered a qualifying contract when Atlanta moved to Winnipeg. No one else wanted to waste their time on him so he has been playing in Europe since June 2012.

As difficult as it is to hear: Schremp is not good enough to be a regular in the NHL. Omark was trending the same and for a number of reasons was highly unlikely to re-sign with Edmonton. Good on MacT to get even a bag of pucks for him.

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#98 Tikkanese
December 20 2013, 09:22AM
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MacT the miracle worker?

Got assets for the impossible to trade Horcoff, Omark and Labarbera. The last two who both cleared waivers, yet he was still able to trade not much later for assets. Miracles.

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#99 Zamboni Driver
December 20 2013, 09:29AM
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CMG30 wrote:

I'm not sure you've been paying attention.

Since Schremp was claimed off waivers by NY, he flunked out there as well and was eventually waived again. He was then picked up by Atlanta but was not offered a qualifying contract when Atlanta moved to Winnipeg. No one else wanted to waste their time on him so he has been playing in Europe since June 2012.

As difficult as it is to hear: Schremp is not good enough to be a regular in the NHL. Omark was trending the same and for a number of reasons was highly unlikely to re-sign with Edmonton. Good on MacT to get even a bag of pucks for him.

This actually isn't that hard to hear.

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#100 Spydyr
December 20 2013, 09:43AM
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Tikkanese wrote:

MacT the miracle worker?

Got assets for the impossible to trade Horcoff, Omark and Labarbera. The last two who both cleared waivers, yet he was still able to trade not much later for assets. Miracles.

A 6th round pick is not a miracle.

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