WHAT WILL MACT DO?

Jason Gregor
April 29 2013 10:03AM

Craig MacTavish has a press conference at 11 a.m. today. Will he make a major announcement?

I'm very curious to see what he says. I wrote this on what I think he needs to do.

AWESOME EVENT...

I'm bagged from an awesome weekend playing in the  ProAm for Alzheimers. The Journeymen (named in honour of our good buddy Jason Strudwick) had a great time.

We lucked out and finished 2nd in fundraising, $50,900, so we got the 2nd pick in the draft, but we also got treated like NHL players and had our own dressing room the entire weekend. We drafted Jeremy Roenick 2nd overall, Marty McSorley went 1st, and we couldn't have drafted a better guy.

JR was great. After drafting him at 7:15 p.m. Friday night, he spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with our team. He bought a round of tequila shots for the boys minutes after we got to our table and that set the tone for a fun night. He interacted with all the guys on the team and told some great stories.

Trent Yawney crushing Mike Keenan off his chair while he sat at centre ice overseeing a "bagskate" was one of the best.

We left the draft around a 11 p.m., jumped in a Blue Sky Limo and proceeded to take JR on a mini pub crawl. On the limo JR told more stories and you could tell why he was liked by his NHL teammates. He made sure he talked to all the guys.

At the Druid he took pics with anyone who asked and he always looked them in the eye and asked them their name. It is a small gesture, but one that wasn't overlooked. We bounced around a few places, had a final drink at On The Rocks and then when we were leaving he wanted some late-night grub.

We took a cab to All Happy and proceeded to order way too much food. Roenick told me about the Olympics in Vancouver being the best time he'd ever had, how pissed he was at Derian Hatcher for breaking his jaw, and how he'd treat the fans if he owned a team. He has a group of guys that are negotiating with a team, but couldn't say which one.

We witnessed a mini-brawl during our late-night meal, but the people involved actually policed themselves and broke it up. Very odd, and just another twist to a great night.

Thank God we didn't have to play until 2:45 Saturday afternoon, because most of the Journeymen were hurting. Even better was that our opposition was Oilersnation. Wanye didn't even show up. Supposedly he's allergic to skating nowadays.

We beat the Nation 7-6, although three goals in the final 4 minutes made it appear closer than it was. Buck75 was as effective as Eric Belanger, while Nation owner, JD, struggled mightily going -5.

We had a team dinner Saturday night at Vons, and that kickstarted another great evening out. Oilersnation drafted Brad May and he was also a beauty. He overheard JR and I talking about our late-night eats so he proceeded to take a few of the Journeymen with him for food on Saturday night. Classic.

Roenick's skill on the ice was apparent. Sick hands. He chirped a guy every time they'd miss the net on one of his tape-to-tape passes. It was a thrill for the guys to play with him and Struds. Struds might have lost 10 pounds over the weekend. He played for us and he also got drafted. He ended up playing 6 games on Sunday. Beauty.

It was a great weekend, and a big thanks to all the guys who played on the Journeymen this weekend. It was great meeting some listeners and I hope you had a blast.

Roenick signed two new sticks for me that we will auction off in the future. He'll also be making a few more appearances on my show and here on the Nation. He definitely knows how to have fun.

Congratulations to all the guys who played in the Pro Am this weekend, and great job in fundraising. The tournament raised over 900,000 for Alzheimer research.

It was also a thrill for me to meet Gordie Howe and have the pleasure of  emceeing the Gordie Howe Luncheon on Friday afternoon. Sitting at the table speaking with Gordie and his son Marty was awesome. Having the chance to host the round table with Bryan Trottier, Marty McSorley and Tom Webster was a blast as well. They had some great stories, and I encourage any of you who are hockey fans to consider playing in this event next year. I guarantee you'll have a great time.

I'm off to MacTavish's press conference... I wonder if he'll make an announcement....

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#1 Kevin
April 29 2013, 05:00PM
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I think Mac's first move is to fire Kevin Lowe

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#2 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
April 29 2013, 10:07AM
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SEND THE BELANGER TRIANGLE PACKIN!

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#3 Butters
April 29 2013, 12:34PM
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I too take exception to Spector's comments regarding the YAK hatty. Meaningless? In the grand scheme of things, yes. But not meaningless for YAK, it was his first, and not meaningless for the fans. Yak respects the game, the league, and gasp, even the fans. The tres salute was for the fans not for Canucks, not for the media. PFO YAK detractors. Thanks

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#4 Racki
April 29 2013, 03:10PM
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DSF wrote:

Yakupov needs to start acting like he's been there before...even if he hasn't.

Or what? He won't get invited to any NHLPA parties?

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#5 messyEH!
April 29 2013, 03:16PM
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DSF wrote:

Yakupov needs to start acting like he's been there before...even if he hasn't.

"Comrade YAK must thinks he is an Entertainer. Little Burt Reynolds, with his mustache. " lame russian accent.

No one goes to the games to be entertained. What the hell is the kid thinking showing emotion in front of 16000+ oilers fan. Does he not realize we Oilers fans have plenty to cheer about. Like the invention of winter tires and Calgary's biannual kiss your cousin festival. Good grief.

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#6 dougtheslug
April 29 2013, 06:55PM
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As bad as this season ended, NOT having to see Tambo's sh!teatin grin at the lottery is as much a highlight as watching Luongo seethe at Yak's awesome celly. Don't like it Lou? Then stop the effing puck!

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#7 Quicksilver ballet
April 29 2013, 10:27AM
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Craig, whenever you see Lowe flapping his lips please take it with a grain of salt. Listen and knod to everything he says, but pay him no attention. This is your gig, your shot. For our sake, please don't botch it up. Lowe is no longer required for on ice decisions. Be your own boss. Get Doug Weight in here next season, and let him pick his own assistants.

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#8 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 10:36AM
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Mac-T will be the busiest GM this off season, off the top of my head some of the major things I think need to happen.

The Oiler's need to swap picks with the Hurricanes or the Predators. Possible moving Paajarvi,Hemsky and a second to swap picks.

This gives the Oilers a shot at Barkov or Monahan and thus better options moving into the summer.

The Oilers will then move Gagner for a number 1 defensman.

I can see Mac-T making a few UFA deals, possible a shot at Clowe.

I can then see Mac-T looking for bottom six.

After that, I think he waits to see who comes out of the amnesty buyouts.

From there he buyouts Belanger and Smyth.

I think these players are gone.

Belanger - Jones - Whitney - Petrel - Fistric - Peckham - Smyth

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#9 A-Mc
April 29 2013, 02:03PM
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@Walter Sobchak

"The Oilers will be moving Gagner moving up in the draft and drafting a center".

I think you missed what Mac T was saying. he was actually talking about moving DOWN in the draft to get a servicable player that can play right away (+ pick) because the draft is so deep this year.

How do you go from Mac T saying he is looking at moving down in the draft, to moving a player Mac T spoke very highly of (and that he thinks we need more of) to move UP in the draft?

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#10 Butters
April 29 2013, 02:13PM
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The Oilers have no redundancy at center. How is trading Gagner an option unless they get another?

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#11 G Money
April 29 2013, 02:24PM
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I don't know about *moving* Hall to C, but with this quote from Joanne Ireland's story on Hall:

Being a better player means shoring up his defensive game. “I turn over the puck a lot and my defensive zone play is pretty lackluster at times,” said the brutally honest winger. “Those are the things that as we grow as a team and as we move up the standings, everyone has to play the right way. When the guys on the first line are playing like that, it sends a message to the rest of the team,” he continued. “That’s something I really have to improve on. I got benched one game for that kind of play, so I still have a lot to improve on. “Maybe next year I don’t have as many points, but I improve in my own end and overall as a player.”

Just *give* the kid the C, please.

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#12 Tom
April 29 2013, 02:25PM
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@A-Mc

I agree. Sam is staying. I thought MacT was very honest and up front about his plan. No BS. I am excited for what October brings.

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#13 A-Mc
April 29 2013, 02:27PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Really? How do you upgrade Gagner position?

Where do you get a defensman, better yet how do you get a top # 1 defenseman, a Left sided moving number 1 defenseman?

How do you upgrade your bottom six and get a big skilled LW on the top six?

How do you replace 6-8 players?

what player on the Oilers beside the kids has interest to other GM's?

Gagner moving book it

There is a difference between what YOU would do, and what the new GM has alluded to wanting to do.

He heavily praises Gagner's skill, but more so his character and work ethic. Mac T also says a major problem with the team is their lack of knowing what it takes to win. ie: Cut the fat and keep the guys who represent what your organization should look like in the future. In Mac T's eyes, Gagner is iconic of what he wants his team to look like.

So based on any comments he has made thus far, Gagner isn't going anywhere.

Follow that up with the fact that Mac T continually says he needs pieces that play now, not 3 years from now. How is moving up in the draft to grab a C that will play in 2+ years, accomplishing that goal?

You suggested we Move a perfectly fine 2nd line player for a pick that probably wont play for atleast a year or two.

How does that fit with making the team better today? you've created a hole and gained a 'Maybe' asset that wont show for atleast a year.

In my opinion, i dont think Mac T can afford to trade valuable players for Potentials of the future. We're past that point now: that was Tambi's job.

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#14 Racki
April 29 2013, 02:47PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

So whats he going to say?

Gagner is a small center, we need to upgrade this position, he's weak defensively?

I would expect him to say the right things?

By they way, we need to increase our size on the wings, you sure you want a guy who is 5'10 on the LW side?

don't we have enough of these players?

or would it not make sense to offer up a Paajarvi or a Hemsky to say the Hurricanes and move up to draft a Barkov or a Monahan and use Gagner for a defensmen?

what do you think is actually more plausible?

I think Barkov and Monahan would be nice additions long term, but it's probably an even bigger long shot to think that they could come in here and do instant wonders faster than Hall could moving to center. So it's no better a solution, IMHO.

I don't think MacT is interested in moving Gagner. His words were very indicative of this. It wasn't a simple "we probably won't move him" or "we're not really interested in that". He was speaking highly of his leadership and character, and went on to say that they'd rather take a step back and keep that kind of player because he felt the long term gain of having the right mix of locker room guys would go farther than cycling in someone else.

Anyways, not saying it's a bad idea to trade Gagner, personally, just saying I don't think MacT will.. unless it's an offer he can't refuse, kind of deal.

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#15 Eddie Shore
April 29 2013, 03:50PM
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DSF wrote:

You can bet someone will try and take his head off.

Cause that hasn't been happening his whole life.

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#16 Will
April 29 2013, 04:04PM
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As for Yak's celly's, it's about time Oiler fans were able to celebrate something other than winning the draft lottery. Yak, even right out of the draft admitted he plays for the fans. So every other player from every other team be dammed. Yak isn't playing for them, he's playing for us. His celebrations are our celebrations.

The only people he needs to earn respect from are the fans and the rest of his team and coaching staff, which from the sounds of the other team mates and coaches, he has done in spades. The kid has a great work ethic, a better attitude, and flat out loves to pay hockey and score. If that doesn't earn him the right to celebrate, then what does?

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#17 A-Mc
April 29 2013, 04:05PM
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DieHard wrote:

What was MacT supposed to say regarding Gagner? What would raise his value more? We have no intention of moving him and we like him a lot OR we have to move him out for a D-man.

As a new GM, Mac T comes out and says the team needs more character and work ethic; this is paramount to the success of the Oilers.

If he then turns around and trades the guy he praised as having exactly what the team needs more of, he's committing credibility suicide.

Mac T is very deliberate with his words. If he intended to trade Sam, he would praise him in ways that don't tie Sam to the overall image of the team.

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#18 Johe
April 29 2013, 05:55PM
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DSF wrote:

I really don't think Yakupov wants to meet Dustin Brown in the corner.

I really don't think Yakupov could care less. In fact, as he bulks up a little bit, I think there's almost an equal chance that it's Brown who ends up on his ass.

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#19 DSF
April 29 2013, 10:46AM
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oliveoilers wrote:

A little off topic, but has anybody else read that article on bobby lu by that tool Spector on sportsnet? It was like reading a DSF post. I wonder......nah, it can't be. Can it?

No it can't.

But it was an excellent column.

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#20 DSF
April 29 2013, 11:45AM
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They're counting on Klefbom and Marincin making the D corp.

Yikes.

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#21 EHH Team
April 29 2013, 11:55AM
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Lochenzo wrote:

What'd you guys think of Kreuger's systems? I like it in philosophy and think its a good match for the Oilers' speed. Lots of pressure on the puck. But it's complicated with lots of moving parts. A bad pinch or a missed assignment can look real bad and it happened often with this young team and a sub-par defence. Ralph used the trap when he coached the Swiss team. Granted, he had to given the skill differential he always faced and I wouldn't expec the Oil to use it all the time. But we should lose the shackles in Edmonton that we can't use the trap here. Chicago will use the trap from time to time, especially when playing on back to back nights. Nobody is complaining about Chicago's results.

The defence was required to play a lot of man coverage, rather than zone. They seemed to have too many breakdowns, which could be blamed partly on the players not fitting the system.

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#22 Harlie
April 29 2013, 12:21PM
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Gregor, any chance you can get Tambellini on the show to get his thoughts on everything that went down? Haven't heard a peep about him since his firing..

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#23 Obiwan Eberle - Team Silver Fox
April 29 2013, 12:27PM
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@Harlie

he's assessing his response options....your grandchildren should be able to catch the interview though

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#24 Spydyr
April 29 2013, 12:33PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Yeah, I wouldn't read that "nothing much" is going to happen - MacT is just going about supporting his coach and players diplomatically, and will action some moves as appropriate.

1) Hemmer is gone. Thank God - hope they use the cap space on a Dman or Weiss.

2) Gagner would be a good replacement to Hemmer on the wing. Hall to C please.

3) Better get a good return on that pick because at this time of year everyone in the top-20 looks like a perennial All-Star in the making, although it would be 3 years until Monaghan or Nurse turn into solid contributors, so I really hope they move the pick for a top-pair D.

4) Footspeed comment may be damning of Potter & Whitney

5) Glad MacT understands stats. Surprisingly, very few people over 50 do.

6) Kruger has a short leash. I wouldn't fire him yet either, but I would have someone primed if next season starts off the rails.

This is both what I interperet and hope. In MacT we trust - because everyone else has failed us.

Glad MacT understands stats. Surprisingly, very few people over 50 do.

Typical young whipper snapper thinks they invented everything.

Get off my lawn!!

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#25 HugThePost
April 29 2013, 01:03PM
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I think MacT plans to have a chat with Krueger over the summer re: strategy, systems, etc. I am sure the horror of watching the chaos that is our team play ate away at MacT's innards and he won't have any more of it.

Then, I would hope Krueger's leash would be a very very short one when next season starts. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to have one (or more) coaching candidates waiting in the shadows in case Krueger gets the yank.

No more excuses, the future is here.

Go get 'em MacT.

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#26 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 01:55PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Why do so-called Oilers fans want to run Gagner out of town. No wonder players don't sign in Edmonton as they know fans will run them out of town.

How exactly are you going to upgrade positions of much needed help if you can’t trade players?

bash, bash, bash, bash, bash, bash, bash, bash,

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#27 Racki
April 29 2013, 02:17PM
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Agree, A-Mc.

In MacT's conference, every indication was that Gagner is one of the core guys he really wants to hang on to, and the Oilers will trade DOWN (as you noted) to a later pick, most likely, in hopes of turning that higher pick into a player they can use now.

Gagner isn't going anywhere, except for possibly to the wing.. and that is something that would be more Krueger's call than anything.

I personally would love to see what Hall can do at center, but fully recognize it isn't an easy position to play and could sap his offense. It's worth a fairly long look though - more than just a few games. But if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out.

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#28 Geoff
April 29 2013, 02:34PM
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The problem with moving hall to wing is that there isn't any depth in the Oilers system aside from magnus that can be legitimately called a scoring LW. If Gagner can do it as good as hall minus his power forward style sure but even if then the top six still lacks power and strength.

I'd love to see hall at center but who replaces him would be a great question to answer.

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#29 The Soup Fascist
April 29 2013, 02:44PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Again, my best-case scenario has us signing a veteran top-6 C, and trading or buying out Hemsky to free up cap space. If that happens Hall stays on the wing.

I just can't fathom this team being hard to play against while Gagner gets torched on the dot and on possession season after season. It has to end.

I realize you have already alluded to it, but I also have to subscribe to the "if it ain't broke ..." argument about moving Hall. His interview yesterday was basically, paraphrasing - I would do what the team wants but I REALLY want to stay on the wing.

You have a dynamic 21 year old who is top 10 in league scoring who does not seem "all-in" to a change. I would NOT push this move.

I understand your logic and I am sure he could play center, but why give a bunch more defensive responsibilities to handcuff your best hockey player? There were very few encouraging signs this year - Hall's skill and compete level were one of them.

If Gagner is the issue, I would rather find a different solution than messing with one of the few things that were functional on the Oilers this year.

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#30 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 02:50PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Hall to C

I can see why ppl are so polarized on the issue - after all Hall has had a lot of success at LW so why mess with a bad thing.

But Hall is both a superior player physically and mentally. His positioning iand defensive acumen are superb and in my - albeit amateur - opinion his cerebral play will translate into success in the middle.

Let's face it, the games best players are centers - Crosby, Stamkos, Malkin, Toews, Staal, Giroux, Kopitar, Bergeron, Tavares, etc. Hall matches most of their levels of skill. Many of them began their NHL careers as wingers then made the transition as appropriate. Many top NHL players - Zetterberg, Briere, Couture, Seguin, alternate between C and W as needed.

To have Hall anchor a line would allow the Oilers to take pressure of the wingers to be the team's primary offensive engines, would allow us to build a more cost effective top-6 with a plug and play guy on the wing, and not have to wait 3 years for a young 2013 draftee to take on a bigger role than they're prepared for.

Renney xperimented with it during Halls rookie season. I suggest it would make sense as an early season experiment, especially since 93 will be on the shelf, and then the debate will be concluded for all time.

Don't be surprised if it happens in '13-'14, and I also won't be surprised if it doesn't.

This is absolute non-sense....again,I'm not picking on you because this has been thrown around so much!

Moving to the wing from Center is one thing, moving to Center from the wing is just ludicrous.

Watch Hall's exit interview, he say's hes not ready, he say's he doesn't want to, he says the things he has to stop doing for next year is turning over the puck, to become better defensively, he mentions his benching from Kruger.

does this at all sound like a guy who A) want's to play center B) is responsible enough defensively to accomplish this on a consistent basis..

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#31 A-Mc
April 29 2013, 02:51PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

So whats he going to say?

Gagner is a small center, we need to upgrade this position, he's weak defensively?

I would expect him to say the right things?

By they way, we need to increase our size on the wings, you sure you want a guy who is 5'10 on the LW side?

don't we have enough of these players?

or would it not make sense to offer up a Paajarvi or a Hemsky to say the Hurricanes and move up to draft a Barkov or a Monahan and use Gagner for a defensmen?

what do you think is actually more plausible?

I don't think you understand what my point was.

You're trying to come up with a solution for our problems, and that's cool. But you're also looking for a solution that goes directly against all indication from the GM regarding certain players.

More newbies to the NHL on this team is not going to put us in a position to make the playoffs next year. Mac T can't afford to do that. His Objective is clear: Make the playoffs.

If you're going to project trades and changes, it might be a wise choice to atleast consider all indications coming from both the coaching staff and the GM regarding personnel and organizational Need. I think you're over looking or ignoring the pieces of information that have been strategically provided to you by the coach and GM.

And to steal what Racki said at the end of his Post (I share this sentiment): "Anyways, not saying it's a bad idea to trade Gagner, personally, just saying I don't think MacT will.. unless it's an offer he can't refuse, kind of deal."

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#32 TrentonL
April 29 2013, 03:10PM
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The main takeaway is MacT recognizes advanced stats as a tool in the kit, even though it is not the sole decision maker.

In other words he forgives Dustin Penner and wants him back next year.

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#33 The Soup Fascist
April 29 2013, 03:33PM
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Will wrote:

I think the problem is in using the assets we have, while not losing our top end skill, while making the team better and more competitive. Sure putting Hall at centre might knock his point totals down a bit, but if it say brought up both Yak's and Paajarvi's on a second line, while then being able to go out and trade for either a LW power forward vet, or a top two D or both, then the team as a whole becomes much much better.

Just look at Tampa. The leagues top two scorers are not enough to even make a competitive team. Hall, much as he tries, will not win a cup for Edmonton all by himself on the wing.

I'm not saying this is the best solution, just saying it is a possible one, that IMO is at least worth a shot.

Yeah, fair enough. I agree the overall success of the team is obviously paramount to Hall's points total. I just think he is thriving on the wing and if he is not 100% committed to play center - which I sense he isn't - it is doomed to fail.

I think the kid is a professional and will do what he is told to do, but IMO he has more than held up his end so far - why alienate him?

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#34 The Soup Fascist
April 29 2013, 03:48PM
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DSF wrote:

You can bet someone will try and take his head off.

Woo hoo! A powerplay!

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#35 PapaMike
April 29 2013, 03:53PM
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DSF wrote:

Yakupov needs to start acting like he's been there before...even if he hasn't.

Other than the slide to center ice, his celebrations are awesome. The game needs more of that, if only to up the intensity level on both sides. I still remember the awesome goals and the awesome celebrations to this day. Selanne shooting his glove, Ovi burning his stick, Struds waving his arms. There is nothing wrong with them at all, IMO.

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#36 Racki
April 29 2013, 04:04PM
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DSF wrote:

You can bet someone will try and take his head off.

Awesome, we can check off the "agitator will skill" checkbox! :P

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#37 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 04:18PM
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DSF wrote:

You can bet someone will try and take his head off.

Good Lord...Ya, cause the NHL looks so favorable on that, no one will touch his head you MO-MO this isn't the WWE for Pet sakes.

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#38 michael
April 29 2013, 06:53PM
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DSF wrote:

Nope.

Tallon will take Drouin to play with Huberdeau.

Then, the Panthers will move to Quebec City. (the team is for sale again).

Tallon was born in Noranda PQ.

Tallon takes Drouin? I'd think he'd take McKinnon. Need a back up to Huberdeau. Did not know that Florida is for sale again. Their tv/arena contract guarantees that they make money. So they won't move. Quebec City gets a franchise but I think it will be an expansion franchise. What is a couple> 400 million between friends in Quebec. The political mafia can raise that in a weekend in at Chretien's hometown golf course.

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#39 BingBong
April 29 2013, 10:15AM
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Ya think Krueger is gone?

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#40 EHH Team
April 29 2013, 10:21AM
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BingBong wrote:

Ya think Krueger is gone?

Good possibility. Given the timing, I think it relates to coaching and if not Krueger, then at least one of the assistants.

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#41 15w40
April 29 2013, 10:26AM
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Potentially no firing at all but rather an announcement of more help for the coaching staff.

I think this has been discussed at length on the airwaves.

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#42 Zack
April 29 2013, 10:32AM
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Well judging by management decisions, they'll probably bring in Wayne because after all, who knows more about success in hockey than Gretzky?!

Or maybe he'll be letting us know that they are willing to move the pick and a valuable roster player to bring in immediate help. However, if a good enough deal doesn't present itself they are happy adding another quality blue chipper to the organization, especially with the depth in this years draft.

Edit: They are happy to see so many of our young players head to the world tourney and even though they are disappointed with the Oilers results this year fans can look forward to the future of this team because of the core group of young talent.

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#43 oliveoilers
April 29 2013, 10:37AM
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A little off topic, but has anybody else read that article on bobby lu by that tool Spector on sportsnet? It was like reading a DSF post. I wonder......nah, it can't be. Can it?

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#44 Spydyr
April 29 2013, 10:37AM
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Lindy freakin' Ruff

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#45 oliveoilers
April 29 2013, 10:55AM
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DSF wrote:

No it can't.

But it was an excellent column.

Sorry DSF, I apologize. You're more cold, analytical and aloof in your anti-oiler diatribes. Spector was positively venemous. It's as if the whole bobby lu thing was just a front for 'How can I write a damning article on the Oilers and get away with it.'

PS. YAKCITY!

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#46 Ducey
April 29 2013, 11:04AM
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My guess:

Smith and Bucky fired.

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#47 DSF
April 29 2013, 11:10AM
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Same old, same old.

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#48 Ducey
April 29 2013, 11:15AM
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My work internet is so slow I can't watch it...is it just a state of the union type thingy?

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#49 Lochenzo
April 29 2013, 11:19AM
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Of course, the only immediate fixes I can think of are expensive and may be detrimental to the team in the long run in terms of salary cap.

Sign one of Tyler Bozak or Stephen Weiss. Centres that will improve time of possession numbers and as a result, improve shot differential, which the Oilers were so bad at this year.

Add a puck moving, left-shot Dman. I'm thinking of the potential fire sale in Buffalo and Christian Erhoff. Moves the puck well 5 on 5 and knows how to QB a powerplay.

The problem is that the UFA Bozak and Weiss will command 5 mill per season and will probably require longer term contracts. Erhoff already has a large contract with significant term. Fixing things now could put us in the same situation as Chicago a few years ago. But given the urgency to fix this team now, you might have to bite that bullet.

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#50 Harlie
April 29 2013, 11:21AM
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Ducey wrote:

My work internet is so slow I can't watch it...is it just a state of the union type thingy?

Yep, sounds like it.

No coach firing, said he will be meeting with Krueger a few times upcoming and to not keep looking at coaching as the issues for the team. Etc etc..

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