LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES

Robin Brownlee
March 26 2013 09:49PM

I believe it was Momma Gump who said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get." Forrest's mom must have had the Edmonton Oilers in mind when she coined that bit of wisdom.

That about sums up what we saw tonight as the Oilers, coming off a stretch of games that's been spotty at best, waltzed into the Scott Trade Center and beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0 to win in the Show Me State for the first time since 2009. Who saw that coming? Not me. I thought Ken Hitchcock's team would chew up Ralph Krueger's bunch and spit them out.

The opportunistic Oilers, backstopped by Nikolai Khabibulin, who made 43 saves for his 46th career shutout – again, who called that one? – not only beat the Blues on the heels of a disjointed effort in Nashville, they hung together and showed plenty of jam when St. Louis finally got revved up and picked up the physical pace.

The Oilers had goaltending, to say the least. The rink was tilted toward the Oilers end all night, but Khabibulin refused to budge. Speaking of stubborn, and every bit as important as the score, the Oilers showed plenty of push-back when the Blues, led by captain David Backes, tried to flex some muscle.

They got virtuoso performances from Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, who looked as good as they have all season reunited with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between them. Feeble attack side, everybody looked engaged. Where was this in Music City or against the Blues at Rexall Place Saturday?

Tough read, this bunch.

THE WAY I SEE IT

. . . There's been absolutely nothing not to like about Khabibulin in relief of Devan Dubnyk this season, but that doesn’t mean I want to see him carrying more of the load in the games that remain. Khabibulin started out last season red-hot, then the wheels came off. At this point in his career, he's best spotted in without being overworked.

What I wouldn’t mind seeing, and I think it's something that GM Steve Tambellini should consider, is re-signing Khabibulin as Dubnyk's back-up for next season. The price has to be right, of course, and I wouldn’t be looking at more than one year, but if Khabibulin can still get the job done as a back-up with limited duty, I'd offer him a contract. That said, between now and then, I'd certainly accept calls from teams looking for a veteran back-up before the trade deadline.

. . . When Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins play together, the Oilers are a better team, period. I understand why it's tempting for Krueger to split them up in the name of a more balanced attack, but if the second and third lines are wanting, then tinker with those units and leave the top line alone.

ONE LAST THING

Jason Gregor has been talking for some time about the Oilers needing to unload one of their young core forwards to change the mix in the top nine. I happen to agree with him on that. The question is, who moves to land a player who brings experience and a different dimension?

Gregor offered a scenario to Jason Strudwick today, asking if he'd be willing to trade Nail Yakupov for New Jersey's David Clarkson, assuming Clarkson was signed to a new contract – he's a pending UFA.

I said I'd do it in a heartbeat, which I would. Not because I don't think Yakupov will turn out to be a very good player, but because I think Clarkson would bring exactly what the Oilers need – grit and skill capable of playing significant minutes – and because if I HAD to part with one of the kids, it would be Yakupov before Hall, Eberle or Nugent-Hopkins.

That, of course, drew a lot of razz from kooks people on Twitter, who seem to think the Oilers can land impact players for spare parts and the rights to Linus Omark. While I blocked them respect their opinions, I'd roll the dice and make that move.

Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260.

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#51 Rocket
March 26 2013, 10:19PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Agreed. I'd try to get more, or to get Clarkson for less, but I was choosing between yes and no on Jason's what-if?

I think you both bring very valid arguments to the table but I thought everyone at Oilersnation should be ripping their hair out over how bad the team is & demanding they trade every player.

Seriously though, trading Yakupov for Clarckson is only a maybe if NJ added something else. And not just garbage (Omark) pieces but quality prospects. Then I'd listen.

It seems first overall picks are looked at as special by everyone & Yakupov is still very young & not considered a bust yet so I would be very apprehensive in moving him.

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#53 vetinari
March 26 2013, 10:32PM
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Please... no more Khabibulin after this year... give him a gold watch, buy him a steak supper and wave goodbye to him on July 1st because we need to bring in and develop the next generation of goaltenders or at least go with someone a few years younger with less of an injury history and better consistency. I see Khabibulin being next year's Sutton if we extend him...

As for trading one of the kids, it's going to happen at some point and Yakupov might be the best candidate because his value would be the highest while on his ELC and he would likely bring back at least a couple of key pieces and not spare parts... I just don't trust the current management team to be the ones to properly identify and secure the pieces.

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#54 Rocket
March 26 2013, 10:34PM
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Thinker wrote:

Top six going forward seems set Hall nuge ebs Pajaarvi gagner yakupov Now we just need a bottom six, defence and backup goalie.

We also might need a new G.M.

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#55 Maggie the Monkey
March 26 2013, 10:43PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Please, try to follow along. The scenario Gregor offered was trading Yakupov for Clarkson -- with a new contract.

I followed that, by why not wait to try to sign him without giving up a player? Is it because there's a reason to believe that he'll only sign with the Devils? If so, would he not also demand a NMC or NTC from them?

Forgive me if I'm being dense. This monkey's had an exceedingly long day after very little sleep.

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#56 Serious Gord
March 26 2013, 10:44PM
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And as for the "box of chocolates" Confucianism;

I know what we are NOT going to get...

To see the oil play a playoff game this year.

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#58 Muji
March 26 2013, 10:49PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Then why the hell did the oil draft yak in the first place? The kid has the potential to be a hall of famer.

Gagner does not. Trade him (and hemsky) to fill the holes...

As for khabi - he can barely give your #1 a rest every five games without suffering an injury. We need a solid, reliable number # 2 , not one that hasn't had a healthy season for three years and counting.

Trade Gagner and Hemsky to fill the holes? You mean... the holes that will be created when we lose Gagner and Hemsky?

This is Steve Tambellini-type thinking!

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#59 justDOit
March 26 2013, 10:54PM
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steelymac wrote:

How about a signed Clarkson and Larsen for a Yakupov and a signed smid?

My thoughts exactly. This evens it up.

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#61 Hair bag
March 26 2013, 10:56PM
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On Sportsnet the other day one of the guys (I think it was Kipreos) mentioned that with all the RFA's that are going to need to be signed in the next couple years with STL, Stewart might end up being the odd man out because they won't be able to afford everyone - wouldn't he be exactly what the Oilers need...

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#62 Hair bag
March 26 2013, 10:59PM
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On a goaltending note, maybe the Oilers should take a run at Bishop - sounds like a 2nd rounder and a prospect could get him. Him and Dubnyk could push each other to be number 1...

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#63 David S
March 26 2013, 11:01PM
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Khabibulin is 209/222 for .941 this year. Used properly and in a limited number of games, he's been pretty damn good.

If we can get him for $1.5M or we've got a cracking good backup, as we've witnessed tonight.

The real issue is Dubnyk. Yes he has a fair save percentage but he lets in far too many suspect goals that absolutely kill a team's momentum - i.e. the "Dubnyk softie of the game™".

If anything the issue at hand is that we don't have a clear #1 goalie.

Well OK. That and our bottom six *spits* and weak D. *spits again*

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#64 justDOit
March 26 2013, 11:06PM
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New game: Sign Trade Waive.

1) Belanger Smid Fistric:

2) Clarkson Kovalchuk Larsson:

3) Kurri Ruotsalainen Anderson:

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#66 steelymac
March 26 2013, 11:12PM
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Thinking about trying to lure Larson from the devils Im thinking he could really help Klefbom adjust faster to the NHL,so what would it take

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#67 Bonvie
March 26 2013, 11:13PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

"The kid has the potential to be a hall of famer."

Because he was taken first overall? Like, say, Sidney Crosby or . . . Erik Johnson? Or maybe he just becomes a really good hockey player, which Clarkson already is.

I think trading Yakapov for an important piece of the future would be a wise move but I think it would be wiser to target a top notch D man such as a trade for Tyler Myers. Myers is a struggling player on a struggling team, but I still believe he will rebound and be the real deal. Not saying Buffalo would trade Myers but now would be the time to as they need to do something to change around their organization.

But the Clarkson type player and top pair Dman should be top priorities and its one thing to always draft the Best player Available but with the Oilers its come to a point where we have a lot of talented but small wingers both in the NHL and the organization, and we need to use assets to balance out the roster.

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#68 Serious Gord
March 26 2013, 11:14PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

"The kid has the potential to be a hall of famer."

Because he was taken first overall? Like, say, Sidney Crosby or . . . Erik Johnson? Or maybe he just becomes a really good hockey player, which Clarkson already is.

The three players you named are all known quantities - we know their potentials. . Yakopov has the POTENTIAL to be a HOF player. We have yet to see what he will become. Less than twelve months ago you and everyone else thought he should be the oils pick. Now you want to trade him for an established but finite asset. What has changed over that time period?

Nothing. The holes in this lineup are the same holes that existed a year/two years/ three years ago. The oil PBA in each draft yet hasn't moved any of the assets - the finite ones that needed to be moved IF that's strategy is going to work.

Now you are saying that the PBA strategy should be scrapped mid-stream - trade the undefined assets, KEEP the finite ones and aquire more finite ones. IOW trade high level long term potential for mid level mid term finite assets.

This you are saying that the past few miserable years were for naught. That rather than a dynastic sensational team we should settle for a middling one with just moderate potential to win a cup.

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#70 jomha20
March 26 2013, 11:32PM
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@Robin Brownlee

I think you meant this for me... And no. Not trying to put words in your mouth... "Or maybe he just becomes a really good hockey player"... I agree clarkson would bring what we need ... But any trade for yak that would have a player of clarksons caliber as the center piece would be just atrocious ... And nobody seems to remember that all these top 6's around the NHL are on average over 6 years more developed than these kids ... And these kids are already holding there own... I just can't wait for 4 years from now and every one that was bashing timid tamby eats their shorts because these kids have filled out their frames and we have the best top 6 in the nhl

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#71 D
March 26 2013, 11:32PM
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It would be tough to part with Yak before seeing what he eventually could achieve.

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#72 Serious Gord
March 26 2013, 11:35PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Don't try to put words in my mouth.

In this particular case, given the scenario Gregor put forward (and because I agree this team is loaded with young talent but lacks needed dimensions), I would make this deal. It addresses one of the holes in the line-up you say has existed for years. Disagree if you want.

Your recommendations for action says a lot about your philosophy.

So do tell - in your own words why you think it was a mistake to draft the bpa last year. Or at least what has changed to make it a bad idea.

On less desparate teams yak wouldn't even have played in the NHL and yet you want to trade him. Why pull the plug on him now?

There are other assets that can be traded gagner/hemsky et al, that don't have potential for a massive blowback a few years hence - why not trade them?

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#73 jomha20
March 26 2013, 11:37PM
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And oops... But I think my point was made :)

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#74 Bonvie
March 26 2013, 11:39PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

The three players you named are all known quantities - we know their potentials. . Yakopov has the POTENTIAL to be a HOF player. We have yet to see what he will become. Less than twelve months ago you and everyone else thought he should be the oils pick. Now you want to trade him for an established but finite asset. What has changed over that time period?

Nothing. The holes in this lineup are the same holes that existed a year/two years/ three years ago. The oil PBA in each draft yet hasn't moved any of the assets - the finite ones that needed to be moved IF that's strategy is going to work.

Now you are saying that the PBA strategy should be scrapped mid-stream - trade the undefined assets, KEEP the finite ones and aquire more finite ones. IOW trade high level long term potential for mid level mid term finite assets.

This you are saying that the past few miserable years were for naught. That rather than a dynastic sensational team we should settle for a middling one with just moderate potential to win a cup.

Exactly you draft BPA, but year after year if you have an overabundance of skilled wingers without size like we do, and depth in our organization to replace that small winger, than you make good hockey trades using your positional strengths to fill out your roster.

I see Rieder, Omark, and Rajalla as three of our top five players outside of the NHL on our roster, but unfortunately the makeup of our team will not allow us to advance wingers without size unless trades or made.

I see Yakopov as a very shiny expensive bargaining chip, that will be able to fill one of our largest holes through a trade. The Clarkson scenario does just that it addresses a hole in the roster using an assest where you have a strength and are able to replace that asset on your roster and provide opportunity to a smaller winger in the organization.

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#75 Dog Train
March 26 2013, 11:44PM
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Khabby and the kids stole that game. We didn't generate a PP all game and we gave up numerous breakaways.

Hopefully a GM looking for insurance in goal saw that game. I applaud Khabby for working hard to keep his game at a high level at his age but he always does this when you are ready to write him off. He is playing to extend his career and I wish him luck with that but I would rather it be somewhere else. I would rather bring in somebody younger who can conceivably push Dubnyk for an entire season. Khabby is always one tweak from having our 3rd string goaltender having to come into a high octane game against the top team in the league like happened to Danis in Chicago.

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#76 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 26 2013, 11:50PM
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Clarkson would be nice, but I don't agree. Yakupov's potential is unrealized. This kid could turn out to be the sh*t.

Hemsky might fit better for a trade with NJ. Bring back a pick (hope 1st) and Merrill. No?

NJ has a vet with offence who can contribute in their playoff push and Edmonton gets some magic beans and a respectable prospect.

I'd prefer that.

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#77 Fresh Mess
March 26 2013, 11:53PM
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I would be all for Yakupov and Hemsky in exchange for a signed Clarkson and Larsson.

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#78 Jeetz
March 26 2013, 11:54PM
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D wrote:

It would be tough to part with Yak before seeing what he eventually could achieve.

I also believe Yak City will be a star. That said I would wait until the draft lottery and then try and trade Yak for the first overall for Seth Jones

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#79 Alex
March 26 2013, 11:59PM
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Eck. Why would you trade a 19 year old potential superstar for a 28 year old winger( we need a big center) with a career high 46 point season, and maybe a couple good years left. Add Larson and a pick and then it might be considerable.

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#80 Slats
March 27 2013, 12:18AM
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Vote is No on Clarkson

Would prefer Ladd in Winnipeg - same age I think better for the room too. Would hate to see Yak in my conference!

I would do MP for Clarkson.

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#81 Oilcan
March 27 2013, 01:27AM
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People suggesting the Oilers trade Yakupov need to give their head a shake. He is 18 years old! He has had success everywhere he has played. And was having (statistical) success to start the year, I think he has played better lately then when he was scoring, I think he needs to shoot the puck more but so does the whole team. He plays with a little edge and thats what this team needs if he can do that at 18 while learning to play in this system I look forward to what he does when he is comfortable in the system.

The Oilers need a different mix on their roster but that has been a theme for a while so whouldnt you start looking at guys who have been here and havent got the job done?

As much as the Oilers need size at forward, there biggest problem is on D, get some players who can breakout and hit the forwards in stride and size might not be as big of an issue as it is currently.

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#82 Supernova
March 27 2013, 01:40AM
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I would do Yakupov for Backes, but not for clarkson.

Backes has a longer history, is bigger, is also a right handed centre, who is good at face offs. Backes showed tonight why he is the perfect fit for what ails the Oilers.

Trade yak and move gagner to Wing. When injuries occur you have a capable replacement, instead of rolling for weeks with 3 centres.

Backes is our 3 for 1 target. He is this teams Pronger, than bring in a top 4 LH D and he can be this teams Peca.

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#83 Mumbai Max
March 27 2013, 01:54AM
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Crazy man! That is a nightmare trade! The one and only way I would move one of the big 4 is for Weber. Period.

You know, people make fun of Tambellini, but the best thing about him is that he DITHERS instead of making super crazy trades like this one.

God knows what this team would look like if the gurus of the oilogosphere were running things. Tambo would look like a genius.

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#84 pan0ramic
March 27 2013, 02:18AM
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Spot on about trades. Every year we hear the same rabble from the rabble. They think that other teams will want our struggling players. "How about Whitney and Omark for Crosby?" That's hyperbole, but it's not too far off...

I also love the idea of signing Khabi for another year, say for 2.5 or 3?

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#85 SiD
March 27 2013, 03:23AM
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I’ve seen some points made here like how Paajarvi being bigger than Clarkson, however he sure doesn’t play the same game as Clarkson. Outside of Gagner, Hall, Horcoff, Brown, and Yakupov no one in this forward group works in the hard areas or does it successfully. Scott Hartnell is only 6’2” and 210 but I can guarantee no one questions his ability to work down low and in tough areas on the ice. The Oilers need those players in the top 9. Philly traded Richards for Shenn and Simmonds either way you look at that a good player was moved for a high prized prospect and a player who plays a tough game. Players with hard nose intangibles don't get moved for spare parts.

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#86 Justin S
March 27 2013, 03:44AM
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Really trying to get people going with this eh Robin lmao Yakattack isnt going anywhere and you know that lol i bet tambellini and co do a whole lotta nothing come deadline.

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#87 SiD
March 27 2013, 04:01AM
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@Walter Sobchak

Well trading Smid is out of the question really. Who do you replace him with Potter Fistric? Two players who each made a terrible defensive decision on the same play? The Oiler’s do not have top 4 d-man depth. Klefbom and Marincin isn’t going to come in and be an automatic success so who do you replace Smid or Whitney with? Outside of Gagner no one on that list can even come close to fetching a Clarkson/ Hartnell/ Simmonds/ Clowe type of player.

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#88 jonnyquixote
March 27 2013, 05:15AM
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"That, of course, drew a lot of razz from kooks people on Twitter, who seem to think the Oilers can land impact players for spare parts and the rights to Linus Omark"

If 19yr old 1st overalls can be sold for guys like Clarkson, solid players who are pushing 30 who have never cracked 50 points and only popped their 20g cherry once, the price of impact players is probably lower than you think.

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#89 admiralmark
March 27 2013, 06:03AM
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No way trading a consensus 1st overall for a 2nd line center is getting a value trade. I would suggest Yak on the open market would fetch a better return. I like Clarkson a lot but i would not do this deal straight up as I feel there would be potential to get more out of NJ in a deal like this. But i also think its a bad time to trade Yak because he has not been given the best opportunity to succeed as of yet. Next season we should see more from him as the right linemates haven't been found to maximize his abilities as of yet.

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#90 Walter Sobchak
March 27 2013, 07:07AM
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SiD wrote:

Well trading Smid is out of the question really. Who do you replace him with Potter Fistric? Two players who each made a terrible defensive decision on the same play? The Oiler’s do not have top 4 d-man depth. Klefbom and Marincin isn’t going to come in and be an automatic success so who do you replace Smid or Whitney with? Outside of Gagner no one on that list can even come close to fetching a Clarkson/ Hartnell/ Simmonds/ Clowe type of player.

Really? Trading Smid is out of the question? Then tell me why his name is on the trading block?

My guess is the Oilers already know that Klefbom is a better choice then Petry,, that's why the Oilers did everything they could to keep him here earlier this year.

Do you need to trade a defensmen for a defensmen? No, that's why I put up a number of names.

3-4 defensmen are the easier ones to acquire, so I'm not to worried about replacing Smid or Petry, I also don't think the Oilers are to concerned as well.

As for Clowe he's a UFA this year, a prospect and a second might just do it.

With the exception of Connoly and Samuelsson, the rest I mentioned are already rumoured to be on the block or there contracts are coming to an end, making them ideal trading partners.

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#91 morgie99
March 27 2013, 07:16AM
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That, of course, drew a lot of razz from kooks people on Twitter, who seem to think the Oilers can land impact players for spare parts and the rights to Linus Omark. While I blocked them respect their opinions, I'd roll the dice and make that move.

That above comment makes sense coming from you Brownlee, I guess anyone that doesn't agree with you is a kook?

You need to stop taking differing opinions personally and learn from Struds how to communicate with strangers that don't see things the way you do, instead you get defensive and make it personal, grow the hell up, what makes you think you have all the answers and anyone else that thinks otherwise is a kook, ridiculous

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#92 gcw_rocks
March 27 2013, 07:31AM
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You need to set the bar higher if you are going to trade one of the young core. You want Backes, or John Carlson, or PK Subban, or Mike Richards.

Clarkson would be nice, but you trade Hemsky or Klefbom as part of the package to get players at that second tier.

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#93 Nucky
March 27 2013, 07:57AM
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Trading a first overall pick knowing my owner/employer intervened in the draft ordering me to draft him would be tantamount to requesting my pink slip.

The reason the Oil face this issue is they have drfted stupidly. Too many munchkins!!

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#94 lolhockey
March 27 2013, 07:58AM
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On this night, the Oilers were the chocolate covered hazelnut.

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#95 oliveoilers
March 27 2013, 08:18AM
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Much better effort. We still need a solid, nasty, SOB a la 'keep it in your pants' Pronger, but I realise it's not gonna be cheap. Can anyone speculate what RK said to Hall in the 3rd? And did I see the Mc blender make an appearance late in the game? Talk about trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Stick with what's been working, Ralph.

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#96 Romulus' Apotheosis
March 27 2013, 08:28AM
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Put this game in context. Nik and the 93-4-14 line won the game with exceptional goaltending and opportunistic scoring.

Contingency, however, is not apt to give that one to us very often.

Replay that game 100 times and we lose, badly, the majority of the time.

No one need take anything away from a plucky team eeking out a win. Equally, no one need be deluded about what happened last night.

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#97 Jason Gregor
March 27 2013, 08:30AM
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@Walter Sobchak

I would like to point out, I to think the Oiler’s need to upgrade size with a little pugnaciousness, some truculence, but, This type of player (Clarkson) is not all that hard to obtain and certainly not worth a first overall pick or a possible franchise player, it far is too costly for a franchise to make these kinds of moves.

Not that hard to obtain, then how come the Oilers haven't got one for years.

Please name the players who can score 25-30 goals who are physical and can actually protect your skilled players, because they are good enough to play on their line.

Wayne Simmonds, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Jarome Iginla, Scott Hartnell and who else? Ryan Clowe was, not sure he is anymore. These players aren't easy to acquire.

I'd look at these guys before Clarkson...Brett Connolly - Chris Stewart – Ryane Clowe - Henrik Samuelsson - Brandon Dubinsky - Tyler Bozak – Troy Brouwer – Steve Ott -

You do know that Bozak is a small, skilled forward right, which is what the Oilers have. Brett Connolly hasn't played in the league and you think he's better than a 25-30 goal scorer. Same as Samuelsson. The only one of those who is as good or better than Clarkson is Stewart. I'd look at him, the rest aren't in Clarkson's class.

Ott is a great agitator, but he's an excellent 3rd line guy, not a regular top-six.

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Clarkson has to be one of the most overrated players in a long time.

3 goals in his last 21 games. 5 points in his last 21 games.

At 28 years old is this going to get better? Have to think he's the 18-32 point player he was for most his career not the 30 goal scorer seem to think he'll be.

Heck of a player, but I'm not investing 5 years at 5mil for him. Plus Yakupov.

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#99 Jason Gregor
March 27 2013, 08:43AM
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Interesting that you say last year was a fluke when he has 12 goals this year, (prorated to 30 goals in 82 games season) which would be tied for the lead on the Oilers.

And because he's in a slump now he's brutal. Aren't players evaluated on their entire season, not specific stretches. Cause if you go on stretches, Yakupov has 1 goal in 22 games.

The proposal was a question I asked. The facts are the Oilers need to move someone in their top-six. They won't win with six kids, who all play the same way.

Of course you wouldn't do the deal straight up, you'd ask for a D-man as well, but the reality is that the Oilers will need to move likely two of their young six forwards...

The question is who and when.

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#100 Eddie Shore
March 27 2013, 08:44AM
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Clarkson has only scored 30 once. His career high was 17 before that. You make it sound like he's an automatic to do it every year.

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