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.

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#51 Citizen David
March 27 2013, 12:05AM
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In my opinion Yakupov will be much better than Eberle in a couple years. Also plays with more jam. No chance I'm trading him.

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#52 Jay
March 27 2013, 12:12AM
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@Citizen David

I agree! This kid is a stud. Once it clicks for this kid he's going to beast! Eberle and RNH play a similar game. I think in a couple years yak will be a better fit beside hall and RNH because he'll add a different dimension - pure sniper

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#53 Clarko
March 27 2013, 12:14AM
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I personally wouldn't even look at a Clarkson for Yakupov trade. If the question is "Who makes your team better today?", then sure, Clarkson would probably be the player.

But looking into the future, the Oilers realistically won't be competing for the Cup for another 3-4 seasons. Who is more valuable at that point? A 22-23 year old Yakupov who is in his 4th or 5th season and possibly a 30-40 goal scorer? Or a 33-34 year old Clarkson who may have more grit, but will probably score between 15-20 goals and could possibly be worn down due to his style of play?

Trust me, the fans will be all over management if Yakupov is scoring 40 goals in New Jersey and Clarkson is looking like an old tired veteran when this team is ready to make a push.

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#54 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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#55 Dangilitis
March 27 2013, 12:50AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Not looking to trade Yakupov. But, in the scenario Gregor put forth, I would because I see Clarkson being exactly what this team needs in terms of ability, skill set and timing with this young group.

When fans go on and on and on and about needing more grit and compete level in the top six, and they do, then understand you're not going to get that kind of player for secondary prospects or spare parts.

If were talking specifically about Clarkson (signed) and not just a player "like him," then I'd do the move. If I could get him for less, sure, but that's not the scenario Gregor offered.

I am sorry, but losing for so long has made you and Jason hit the sauce hard today?

You want to trade a #1 overall or are even suggesting it is a clever move to get a UFA who is 28 y/o already and maxed out at 46 pts?? He is listed at 6'1" and 200 lbs (smaller than Paajarvi). He has 4 pts in the last 19 games. That's Clowe territory, but at least Clowe has a better track record and is playing injured this year. Clowe circa 2009-2010 for Yak, that's a good trade for the Oilers if they had all the other pieces together. Oilers 2012-2013 with patchwork defense, a subpar bottom 6, and no chance of a cup in sight, trading for a 28 y/o Clarkson at the top of his hill and trending down fast - that's worse than the Shattenkirk-Stewart for Johnson deal and multiply by an obscene number. That's a move so stupid we'd be talking about why Katz still hasn't fired the management (unfortunately, still intact) in 2020, kind of deal. Paajarvi and a 2nd (cogliano pick) for Clarkson signed - would be a very good trade, if the NJD were selling, which they're not. That's a trade scenario where a team who wants to win in the next few years goes and gambles, as its very conceivable that Paajarvi (who has RFA years remaining) surpasses Clarkson's production in the next 7 years. Add a 2nd rd pick in a deep 2013 pool for good measure. You don't trade #1 picks less than 1 year into their career, you just don't, unless its too good to be true. Like Lucic and Horton for Yakupov and Paajarvi kind of deal, one so good that even Tambo wouldn't deliberate over it.

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#56 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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#57 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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#58 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 27 2013, 01:46AM
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Only way i include one of the kids is if the guillotine on skates Shea Weber came back this way.

Yakupov, Gagner or Hemsky, along with Smid or the first in 2014. Pick 3, any 3.

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#59 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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#60 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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#61 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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#62 Walter Sobchak
March 27 2013, 03:32AM
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I honestly mean no disrespect RB

Also, I apologize if anyone has mentioned this already (to many comments to read)

This is the kind of thinking that lead’s GM’s to infinity rebuilds.

If we’re going to” what if” this thing, then we need to think bigger then Clarkson for Yakupov, while I am sure Lamoriello would make that trade in a nanosecond, I doubt Tambellini is this stupid.

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.

The Oilers need size, skill, toughness, but certainly not at the expense of franchise type players.

I’m not going to throw Omark, plus a draft pick at you, but the Oilers have other assets.

Gagner – Hartikainen – Paajarvi – Belanger – Smyth – Hemsky – Horcoff - Jones – Lander – Smid – Whitney – Petry – Peckham – Petrel – Roy – Bunz – Moroz – Ewanyk – Omark - Rieder

Would a trade of Smid – Paajarvi and Ewanyk get you Clarkson?

I would think so.

Yakupov has already made Hemsky expendable.

The Oilers have draft picks they can move and most likely another elite player, What the Oilers dont have is depth a center.

I would be looking at these players first before Clarkson anyways.

Brett Connolly - Chris Stewart – Ryane Clowe - Henrik Samuelsson - Brandon Dubinsky - Tyler Bozak – Troy Brouwer – Steve Ott - Yakupov for even a signed Clarkson is a horrible trade.

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#63 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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#64 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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#65 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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#66 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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#67 Monkeyswan
March 27 2013, 06:08AM
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I disagree and think this was a silly question to begin with

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#68 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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#69 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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#70 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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#71 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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#72 lolhockey
March 27 2013, 07:58AM
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On this night, the Oilers were the chocolate covered hazelnut.

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#73 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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#74 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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#75 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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#76 oilers2k10
March 27 2013, 08:33AM
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David Clarkson. One time 30 goal scorer, never had more than 46 points in the NHL (Torres once had 27 goals in a 41 point season but unlike Clarkson Torres also has a 20 goal season on his resume unlike Clarkson)

This Seasons stats.. 33 games, 12 goals and 20 points..average time on ice 17:41, and 57 Hits..

David Backes has 111 hits this year, 19pts.. Lucic has 108 hits, 18pts.. Evander Kane has 109 hits, 25pts.. Nikolai Kulemin has 76 hits, 17pts.. Bobby Ryan 58 hits, 24pts Bryan Bickell 76 hits, 17pts Dustin Brown 103 hits, 19pts Jamie Benn in only 25 games has 36 hits, 22pts

Yakupov for David Clarkson and Adam Larsson? Maybe.. Instead of way overpaying for Clarkson by giving up a first overall prospect, find the next Clarkson..or the next B.Bickell and give up much less..

I just don't think you trade away a 19 year old first overall pick with unlimited potential for a 28 year old who has never cracked 50 pts, or more than 20 goals twice.

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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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#78 Peter
March 27 2013, 08:36AM
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@morgie99

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.

Do you see the irony in your post. You rant and rave because you don't agree with Brownlee and make personal attacks. If you don't like what he says don't follow him or tweet him. Seems simple to me. Media people don't have to respond to you. If you whined like this to me I wouldn't respond either. Maybe you are a kook.

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#79 CopperBlueBalls
March 27 2013, 08:42AM
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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

This had me laughing hard. So true. Stupid couch scouts. Some hockey fans are just clueless.

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#80 Jason Gregor
March 27 2013, 08:43AM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

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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#81 Eddie Shore
March 27 2013, 08:44AM
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@Jason Gregor

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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#82 James
March 27 2013, 08:49AM
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I normally agree with you Robin but holy cow!!! Trade a number 1 overall who was drafted less than a year ago for a guy who's barely broken 30 points? I understand there are other intangibles he brings to the table but don't you think that that would be a massive overpay to fill a need? We'd be the laughing stock of the league even more so than we are now.

I hate to say it, but patience is required here. Find out what we have in Yak before we just peddle him off in a knee jerk reaction trade for a guy who's about to be unrestricted. Who knows, maybe he reaches free agency and we can entice him to come here for free.

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#83 Evan
March 27 2013, 08:49AM
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Gregor and Brownlee, trading Yakupov for Clarkson would be akin to the Niewendyk for Iginla trade. Dallas got Joe for 2-3 decent years and Iginla has been a powerhouse in the league the last 20 years.

The concensus by almost all scouts last year was that Yak is an absolute gem with a shot and the the dynamics that we have not been seen since Bure.

Brownlee, if they need grit then Hemsky is the one to go. Yes he will not fetch as much as yak but he would get us something pretty nice.

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#84 Evan
March 27 2013, 08:52AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

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.

Jason, it has been said a thousand times, whoever gets the better player in the trade wins the trade......this one would not be even close. Can you imagine looking for the next 20 years and everyone in the hockey world wondering how the Oilers could trade Yak who will be a star for the next 20 years for some guy that they will not remember the name of in 5 years.

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#85 Minister D-
March 27 2013, 08:56AM
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Trading Yakupov for Clarkson is the kind of move the Islanders would've made a few years ago. It didn't work for them and it wouldn't for us. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have Clarkson, but if he's a UFA next year, why not throw our hats in the ring and see if we can get him that way, rather than trade a number 1 pick? That route wouldn't risk any more of an overpay than trading Yakupov.

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#86 Evan
March 27 2013, 08:57AM
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Gregor and Brownlee,

This is not meant to be sarcastic, but I really challenge both of you to write down this proposal you made and the fact you would do it and in 5 years or less please revisit it to see what your reaction would be then. I think it will be a lot of head shaking in disbelief that you even wrote that.

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Jason Gregor wrote:

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.

What did you tell me once before? Don't say I said something when I didn't? Where did I say fluke?

I'm not saying Clarkson is brutal by any means, but he's been a 3rd liner for most his career who can step up to the 2nd line from time to time. He's battling consistency he's whole career. There have been numerous guys that have had career years and then fall back.

Yes I'd love to get him, but what is that plus? Larsson? Doubtful. After that there really isn't a d-man on NJ that I'd take with Clarkson for Yak. Then do you really want to invest the coin that he's going to ask?

I rather go after Kane who's been mentioned a few times out of WPG. At least he has potential and is somewhat proven. Why settle for the older versions when we have the big pieces that can acquire the younger versions? And no I have no issue with making the hard trade. I too figure we deal one of the kids eventually. I just thought we'd wait another year or two when we realize we can't make that next step.

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#88 Eddie Shore
March 27 2013, 08:57AM
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@Jason Gregor

I would rather see what it takes to pry Stewart out of St Louis. Im not sure why they would move him but I keep hearing on TV that he may be available so I would be kickin' those tires for sure.

I would also be calling Hortons agent 12:00 AM on July 1 to see what type of $$ he is looking for.

I think both those players are a better option than Clarkson. He'd be the 3rd option for me.

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#89 Rick
March 27 2013, 08:58AM
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It's frustrating to watch this team "develop" at such a glacial pace, recognize that most of the problem is the mix of players, listen to the incessant crying and complaining that results from it all and then listen to why the difficult choices should be avoided at all costs when it comes to player decisions.

Yakupov for a signed Clarkson, you would have to seriously consider it.

Although the preferrence would be to go shopping with Gagner and Hemsky first in order to see what you could shake outta the trees with them before you pull the trigger on one of your sacred bullets.

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#90 ed in mexico
March 27 2013, 09:00AM
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Evan wrote:

Gregor and Brownlee, trading Yakupov for Clarkson would be akin to the Niewendyk for Iginla trade. Dallas got Joe for 2-3 decent years and Iginla has been a powerhouse in the league the last 20 years.

The concensus by almost all scouts last year was that Yak is an absolute gem with a shot and the the dynamics that we have not been seen since Bure.

Brownlee, if they need grit then Hemsky is the one to go. Yes he will not fetch as much as yak but he would get us something pretty nice.

True enough, but Niewendyke was also a key to the Stars one and only Stanley cup. Without him they may never have had won one, or maybe they do some time later if Iggy was with them.

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#91 James
March 27 2013, 09:07AM
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@Jason Gregor

Clarkson has scored over 20 goals once in his career and he's about to turn 29 years old on Friday, what you see is what you get. That's a lot of potential to give up for a guy who's more than likely to start to decline during the next 3-5 seasons. Besides, are we to believe that if he wanted to come to Edmonton the only way it happens is if he is traded to us? If he wanted to leave New Jersey, why wouldn't he just play out his current contract and hit the market?

Imagine at the 2012 draft if Gary Bettman had stepped up to the podium and announced that the Edmonton Oilers had just traded the first overall pick for David Clarkson. You would have led the charge in mocking that move and rightfully so.

I'm not saying getting Clarkson is a bad idea, just that you're offering a kings ransom to do so.

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#92 Romulus' Apotheosis
March 27 2013, 09:08AM
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That Clarkson for Yakupov trade has "Truculence! Good Canadian Kid! Grit!" and other bs written all over it.

Bad GMs want to make love to that string of meaningless words.

There's a good chance KL and ST go for it!

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To add to your list of players that play big with skill

Wayne Simmonds, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Jarome Iginla, Scott Hartnell and who else? Callahan, Kunitz, Dubinsky, Umbgerger, Kulemin, Brouwer, Ladd, Dupuis, Antropov.

Now while some aren't as good or probably aren't available maybe we should look at names that don't get tossed around as often. And you probably don't have to have Yak on the table for anyone except Callahan from that group.

As a side do we need that size up front or do we target a mean d-man if we are trading a young kid?

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#94 Mike Krushelnyski
March 27 2013, 09:15AM
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On Khabibulin: it's more of an indictment on Dubnyk than Khabi that I wouldn't take him back on a one year deal. I'm comfortable with Khabi playing 10-15 games, the problem is that leaves Dubnyk playing 65-70. Realistically we need a backup/1B/potential #1 who can play 25-50 games next year.

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#95 Lochenzo
March 27 2013, 09:18AM
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What's your read on the Rangers wanting to unload Gaborik? They want to move that fat contract but want value in return. Now, if we were to offer Hemsky, another body, and a Dman for Gaborik and Kreider. Rangers get a softer cap hit and more productive player in Hemmer, plus add the Dman that they need. I'd guess that they would ask for Petry, but I'd be reluctant to part with him. If Tambo can do it without moving him, I'd be game.

Oilers get an albatross in Gaborik on contract till next year. If he returns to form, fantastic. If not, well, the crown jewel for me is actually Kreider. A big body kid, just 20 years old, former 1st rd selection. Was explosive in the playoffs last year, but has had his struggles this year.

This is a buy low, sell high scenario we talk about.

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#96 Rick
March 27 2013, 09:18AM
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@Mike Krushelnyski

I agree, Dubnyk's been around long enough to move beyond any need for a mentor.

They have to get someone in that will push him through the season, not hold his hand through it.

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#97 Chirp26
March 27 2013, 09:21AM
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would a guy like Kyle Beach fit our cluster better than Clarkson? Would that be close to the Hodgson for Kassian trade?

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#98 morgie99
March 27 2013, 09:23AM
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Peter wrote:
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.

Do you see the irony in your post. You rant and rave because you don't agree with Brownlee and make personal attacks. If you don't like what he says don't follow him or tweet him. Seems simple to me. Media people don't have to respond to you. If you whined like this to me I wouldn't respond either. Maybe you are a kook.

I do see Irony, so is your response to me how ironic! LOL

BTW

I would suggest I wasn't ranting and raving, I know that may sound "kooky" to you so be it

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#99 Ducey
March 27 2013, 09:28AM
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Wow.

Have people gone of their meds?

Bulin for another year? If he had given up 5 goals last night you would not even suggest keeping him.

There are dozens of legitimate goalies out there. You want the 40 yr old who can't stay healthy? Trade him!

Clarkson will be a free agent. Why not just wait until he becomes one and then sign him? Giving up a Yakupov for him would be Mike Milbury insane.

The Oilers do not have to give up anyone from their young core. They are not the problem. Its the supporting cast and the defense.

Last year everyone would have traded Gagner and MPS for defensive depth players. How would that look now?

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#100 GOILERS-TEED
March 27 2013, 09:33AM
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Hall Nuggent-Hopkins Eberle _________ _________ Yakupov Pajaarvi Horcoff ________

________ J.Schultz Smid* Petry N.Schultz Fistric/Peckham/Klefbom

*If Smid signs for less than 3.5m

Trade Hemsky, Gagner, Jones, Whitney, Smid, draft picks (any pick but this years first) to fill in the blanks.

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