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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#101 michael
April 29 2013, 03:45PM
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Apparently Gregor's boy Whitney impressed MacT so much that he decided to show him the door. Tambo was not wise enough to ship him out the door at the trade deadline when he had a chance.At least Oilers Nation will not have to debate Whitney's on ice merits anymore. Hocus or Pocus his analytics showed he could not play defense. Potter looked a lot better and more confident without Whitney on the ice with him. Funny that.

MacT has a good grasp on what this team needs. It will be interesting to see whom he decides is not going to be back next season.

My belief is that Hemsky returns next season.

My belief is also that the hockey god will give the Oilers the first pick tonight despite the odds.

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#102 A-Mc
April 29 2013, 03:47PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Hi Racki.

I don’t understand this argument, especially from Oiler fans; we have seen three amazing kids at the NHL level without having bad growing pains. The other thing is these kids are scouting so hard know that there really isn’t a lot of surprises, they are constantly interviewed and are well prepared, you have people saying amazing things about both Barkov and Monhahan.

Things like the ability to step in right away, the good thing about the Oilers position is these kids don’t have to step in and play tough comp right away. That’s what makes getting them more attractive.

I just can’t get my head around why the Oilers would move Gagner to the wing? or where they plan on getting a L shooting puck moving defensemen without using someone as part of the deal?

The person most likely to be used for this would be Gagner unless you want to move a kid. IMO

you're talking about 3 first overalls. As soon as you move to 2nd and 3rd even, your chances of that player making the team are extremely slim.

I'm of the opinion that on a good team, only Hall would have made the team in his first year. Nuge and Yak would likely have spent most of their rookie years on the farm (for different reasons). Yak needed to learn the NA game (he has stated that the game is different here and he's still figuring it out) and Nuge to mature physically, even if it were only an extra year.

Eberle didn't play his first year. he was drafted 2 years before Hall and came in the same season hall did.

So anything outside of the first overall is basically 1 year out, likely 2.

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#103 DSF
April 29 2013, 03:47PM
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Racki wrote:

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

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

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#104 Will
April 29 2013, 03:56PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

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?

Good point, and I'm not saying we should, just maybe we should see if we could. What is there to lose by trying him there in training camp to see what he can do. Rattling around somewhere in my memory is that Messier didn't want to move to centre either. And look how that turned out.

What I think Hall really doesn't want to do, is play with anyone but the Nuge and Eberle.

I mean look at Yak, he'll play anywhere and play that position as hard and as well as he possibly can. It became very obvious at the end of the year he fits best on the RW, but that doesn't mean his time over on the left with Gags and Hemsky wasn't worth a shot.

Say hypothetically management went to Hall and asked him if he wants this team to be better, if wants this team to start winning. So they say well, we have a deal for Weber, but in order to get him, you'll need to play centre, and play it like you want to play there. Do you think Hall would say he's uncomfortable with that or do you think to upgrade the team, he would actually want to pay centre? I think Hall as much as anyone recognizes this is a team game and if the team is made better by him at centre, I think he'd be all too happy to play the position. But this is all hypothetical and it doesn't seem like they'll move him over to Centre anyway, especially because the Oilers are not deep on LW.

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#105 DieHard
April 29 2013, 03:58PM
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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.

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#106 Ducey
April 29 2013, 04:05PM
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DSF wrote:

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

They will try and do that anyway.

I don't hear the guys he plays against complaining, just the old men in the media who think they know better than everyone else.

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#107 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 04:12PM
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A-Mc wrote:

you're talking about 3 first overalls. As soon as you move to 2nd and 3rd even, your chances of that player making the team are extremely slim.

I'm of the opinion that on a good team, only Hall would have made the team in his first year. Nuge and Yak would likely have spent most of their rookie years on the farm (for different reasons). Yak needed to learn the NA game (he has stated that the game is different here and he's still figuring it out) and Nuge to mature physically, even if it were only an extra year.

Eberle didn't play his first year. he was drafted 2 years before Hall and came in the same season hall did.

So anything outside of the first overall is basically 1 year out, likely 2.

I agree with your point about the first picks, I also agree on both yours and Racki's points about the draft and draft standings.

However, that's a normal draft year, this is a special year, the draft is deep and depending on who you follow there can be an argument made about the top four or five being almost equal.

with the exception of Jones everyone from 2-5 can be flipped.

that's exceptional elite talent.

RNH did what Gagner couldn't do in 5 years, in RNH first year.

I'm not comparing any of these kids to RNH but Willis has a great piece on Barkov at the cult of hockey that really cant be ignored.

I will say is IMHO Barkov would be an instant upgrade.

@ Racki

For the record, a lot of teams are wishing they didn't pass on Fowler, who played that same year.

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#108 Butters
April 29 2013, 04:35PM
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Vancouver rested their best players for whatever reason, to avoid injury and/or to give some AHLers a cup of coffee. Their choice. They hung Luongo out to dry in the process. If YAK would have given the tres salute to the Canucks' bench, I would have had an issue with it. He didn't and he wouldn't.

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#109 madjam
April 29 2013, 04:39PM
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Gagner likely to be a Luxury we can not afford as a third line center at least . Expect Oilers to deal him for a bigger , grittier center the likes of a young S.Coutourier . We are upsizing down the middle remember !

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#110 Racki
April 29 2013, 04:45PM
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@Walter Sobchak

I was already sold on Barkov.. been paying attention to the hype surrounding him. And I do think he has a reasonable shot to jump in right away since he's been playing against men in Finland.

I wouldn't say with certainty that Barkov would be an instant upgrade, but he does bring a solid skill set that we need.

I'd still like to see this team have someone more experienced for C though, but maybe Horcoff could be moved up the depth chart if Barkov struggles (going with the assumption that Gagner is moved, and we get a pick that allows us to draft Barkov).

I don't think this is the best plan though, but admittedly, I'm not sold that Gagner is our best plan either (again, noting that I wasn't ever opposed to trading Gagner.. but it has to be a pretty sure bet, for me to be happy). I probably wouldn't be at all upset if we moved up to draft Barkov. But that will need a #3 pick to be fairly sure.

As for the Fowler note, that speaks more to my point that the draft is still a crapshoot, albeit a far cry from what it was 20 years ago or more.

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#111 Racki
April 29 2013, 04:47PM
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I think guys have been trying to murder Alex Burrows, Matt Cooke, Sean Avery, etc, etc, for years now, and they all still have their heads... and they've got a much longer, more hated list of crimes than a knee slide down the ice or flipping signs to the fans in your own rink. The only thing these actions of Yak's will result in is a bunch of crybaby millionaires whining about it to the press after a loss. (See LA Kings)

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#112 15w40
April 29 2013, 05:17PM
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In the spirit of abrasiveness, what about a Colby Armstrong for a 3rd line winger that can tick people off and still contribute a little?

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#113 AGUY
April 29 2013, 05:22PM
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Raffi Torres "should" be an Oiler next year.

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#114 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 05:30PM
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Racki wrote:

I was already sold on Barkov.. been paying attention to the hype surrounding him. And I do think he has a reasonable shot to jump in right away since he's been playing against men in Finland.

I wouldn't say with certainty that Barkov would be an instant upgrade, but he does bring a solid skill set that we need.

I'd still like to see this team have someone more experienced for C though, but maybe Horcoff could be moved up the depth chart if Barkov struggles (going with the assumption that Gagner is moved, and we get a pick that allows us to draft Barkov).

I don't think this is the best plan though, but admittedly, I'm not sold that Gagner is our best plan either (again, noting that I wasn't ever opposed to trading Gagner.. but it has to be a pretty sure bet, for me to be happy). I probably wouldn't be at all upset if we moved up to draft Barkov. But that will need a #3 pick to be fairly sure.

As for the Fowler note, that speaks more to my point that the draft is still a crapshoot, albeit a far cry from what it was 20 years ago or more.

Good points, I should have mentioned that I feel that Horcoff would slide up.

Nothing about Barkov scares me at all, and like I said, I would much rather the Oilers be aggressive in moving up as to moving back.

It just gives them more options to move players for need.

I feel if the Oilers need to make that next step you need the size up the middle, you need skill up the middle and you need a two way player up the middle.

The Oilers currently don't have this in one player.

I see the draft unfolding differently

I can see the Avalanche moving up to take Jones number 1.

The kid is from Denver, grew up in Denver and was a Avalanche fan.

I think the Panthers oblige them.

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#115 DSF
April 29 2013, 05:46PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Good points, I should have mentioned that I feel that Horcoff would slide up.

Nothing about Barkov scares me at all, and like I said, I would much rather the Oilers be aggressive in moving up as to moving back.

It just gives them more options to move players for need.

I feel if the Oilers need to make that next step you need the size up the middle, you need skill up the middle and you need a two way player up the middle.

The Oilers currently don't have this in one player.

I see the draft unfolding differently

I can see the Avalanche moving up to take Jones number 1.

The kid is from Denver, grew up in Denver and was a Avalanche fan.

I think the Panthers oblige them.

The Panthers will take Drouin no matter what

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#116 DSF
April 29 2013, 05:48PM
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Racki wrote:

I think guys have been trying to murder Alex Burrows, Matt Cooke, Sean Avery, etc, etc, for years now, and they all still have their heads... and they've got a much longer, more hated list of crimes than a knee slide down the ice or flipping signs to the fans in your own rink. The only thing these actions of Yak's will result in is a bunch of crybaby millionaires whining about it to the press after a loss. (See LA Kings)

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

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#117 Quicksilver ballet
April 29 2013, 06:03PM
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Here we go. The most exciting 1/2 hour of television for Oiler fans these last 5 yrs.

Really great for the NHL to change the rules so we can select first overall yet again.

Go Oil!

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#118 Harlie
April 29 2013, 06:20PM
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Monahan it is.

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#119 Quicksilver ballet
April 29 2013, 06:26PM
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Harlie wrote:

Monahan it is.

Tallon wanted Jones bigtime, could sure see the disappointment in his face. Now that it isn't a reality, I can see that second pick being had for the right price. Hemsky and the 7th for the second pick.

Jones has ties with Colorado, even if Colorado didn't win the lotto, they would've moved heaven and earth to get their hands on him. 2nd yr in a row the 30th place team gets booted.

Let the offseason begin.

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#120 DSF
April 29 2013, 06:32PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Tallon wanted Jones bigtime, could sure see the disappointment in his face. Now that it isn't a reality, I can see that second pick being had for the right price. Hemsky and the 7th for the second pick.

Jones has ties with Colorado, even if Colorado didn't win the lotto, they would've moved heaven and earth to get their hands on him. 2nd yr in a row the 30th place team gets booted.

Let the offseason begin.

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.

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#121 michael
April 29 2013, 06:42PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Tallon wanted Jones bigtime, could sure see the disappointment in his face. Now that it isn't a reality, I can see that second pick being had for the right price. Hemsky and the 7th for the second pick.

Jones has ties with Colorado, even if Colorado didn't win the lotto, they would've moved heaven and earth to get their hands on him. 2nd yr in a row the 30th place team gets booted.

Let the offseason begin.

So begins the Curse of the Tambolini. No more first overall picks. Should have kept the tie at the very least.

Colorado is doing cart wheels. Seth Jones. Hometown kid makes good. Great story.

Now the games begin. We are set at #7. Sean Monohan or Nichushkin. I think Nicky falls to us. I would take him. Or do we go to Columbus and offer 7 for 14 and another of their first round picks. The Oilers good put themselves in a position to cash in and get 2 first round picks that could help them in the years to come.

Hemsky and our number 1 for Nashvilles number 1? Barkov?

The permutations are endless. Love the draft.

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#122 Harlie
April 29 2013, 06:43PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Tallon wanted Jones bigtime, could sure see the disappointment in his face. Now that it isn't a reality, I can see that second pick being had for the right price. Hemsky and the 7th for the second pick.

Jones has ties with Colorado, even if Colorado didn't win the lotto, they would've moved heaven and earth to get their hands on him. 2nd yr in a row the 30th place team gets booted.

Let the offseason begin.

Yeah the looks on the GM's faces were priceless. haha

I didn't hold up much hope on this one and not seeing anyone from the Oilers there cemented that feeling right away.

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#123 Racki
April 29 2013, 06:52PM
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DSF wrote:

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

I don't like Brown because he runs around and seldom will back it up, but he's going to run guys any opportunity he can, regardless of what they say or do. That's what he does (and I respect that part of his game though), just like Clutterbuck (they are very similar players on both notes).

Yakupov quietly going to the bench after a goal isn't going to prevent Dustin Brown or Cal Clutterbuck from throwing a dirty hit on him any chance they can get. Did Robyn Regehr punish the **** out of Hemsky because he was doing the Ovechkin "hot stick" after goals?

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#124 DSF
April 29 2013, 06:58PM
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Racki wrote:

I don't like Brown because he runs around and seldom will back it up, but he's going to run guys any opportunity he can, regardless of what they say or do. That's what he does (and I respect that part of his game though), just like Clutterbuck (they are very similar players on both notes).

Yakupov quietly going to the bench after a goal isn't going to prevent Dustin Brown or Cal Clutterbuck from throwing a dirty hit on him any chance they can get. Did Robyn Regehr punish the **** out of Hemsky because he was doing the Ovechkin "hot stick" after goals?

Remember the Oilers are moving into a division with LA, Vancouver and Anaheim.

They won't put up with that adolescent nonsense.

Regehr punished Hemsky because he knew he could get away with it and there would be no push back.

Just a reminder that Regehr now plays for the Kings and the Oilers still have no push back.

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#125 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 07:04PM
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michael wrote:

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.

Tallon takes Drouin, the Panthers are set at center, even without Weiss, that's why they wanted to move him but he got injuried.

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#126 Racki
April 29 2013, 07:08PM
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DSF wrote:

Remember the Oilers are moving into a division with LA, Vancouver and Anaheim.

They won't put up with that adolescent nonsense.

Regehr punished Hemsky because he knew he could get away with it and there would be no push back.

Just a reminder that Regehr now plays for the Kings and the Oilers still have no push back.

My reply to this seems to have not posted, but pardon me if this gets repeated (typing it all over again)...

Your last 2 statements are playing to my point. Regehr punishing Hemsky has nothing to do with Hemsky's hamming it up on goals (because he doesn't do that).... it has to do with a lack of toughness and push back from the team. Bingo. Your thoughts that Yakupov's celebrations are going to cause him or others to be in danger is a red herring in my opinion because guys like Hemsky have been beaten around for a while now, and Hemsky is a fairly gentlemanly player, I'd say.

The Oilers are going to need size and team toughness regardless of whether Yakupov does crazy celebrations or not because guys like Regehr (in his prime), Clutterbuck, and Brown will always punish guys as long as they can get away with it. They'll try and punish Hall, Eberle and Nuge and any of the rest of our stars any chance they can get too, just like Mike Brown will try and hit anyone he can catch up to. It's what they get paid to do. They won't hold back on Yakupov if he starts celebrating goals "like he's been there before".

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#127 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 07:08PM
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DSF wrote:

Remember the Oilers are moving into a division with LA, Vancouver and Anaheim.

They won't put up with that adolescent nonsense.

Regehr punished Hemsky because he knew he could get away with it and there would be no push back.

Just a reminder that Regehr now plays for the Kings and the Oilers still have no push back.

As long as the Oilers get a skilled bigger center, a bigger LW, and a mean SOB number 1 D-Man, my guess is you will see Reggie in the objects appear closer mirror.

My guess is St.Louis badly exposes him as well.

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#128 Harlie
April 29 2013, 07:13PM
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DSF wrote:

Remember the Oilers are moving into a division with LA, Vancouver and Anaheim.

They won't put up with that adolescent nonsense.

Regehr punished Hemsky because he knew he could get away with it and there would be no push back.

Just a reminder that Regehr now plays for the Kings and the Oilers still have no push back.

You talk from experience...I've seen this movie before too..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEh53OWz0jU

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#129 michael
April 29 2013, 07:15PM
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Tampa bay with another high pick. They need defence. Could a deal be had there for the Oilers who have depth at that position in their system? Or do they buy out Vinny and add Mckinnon? St Louis wins the Art Ross. Stamko's is a beast. Yzerman's play will be interesting.

NJ has the 10 pick.And must forfeit next years pick if they choose to use this years. Is Broduer coming back? Clarkson is a free agent. Going to be interesting to see what they do with that pick. Adam Larsson? Could they use him to get a roster player?

Columbus has 3 picks. Calgary has 2 picks. Fun times ahead.

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#130 Butters
April 29 2013, 07:23PM
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Does Taylor Hall celebrate too much? Is that why Bieksa was slashing his injured wrist a few games back?

The Oilers need some toughness, but the coach also needs to allow these players to do their job. Still, even if Clutterbuck or player of his ilk get their clocks cleaned(if you could get them to fight) they will be back to taking cheap shots the next shift.

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#131 csaw84
April 29 2013, 07:25PM
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The thing about moving Hall to center is he is a bonafide 1st line left winger just as Nuge is a bonafide 1st line center. Move Hall to center and one of the two is now second line. Balanced scoring on two lines is great, but they have a strong first line with Hall on LW and Nuge on center (plug either Yak or Ebs on RW)

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#132 michael
April 29 2013, 07:27PM
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My bad. Calgary has 3 picks in the first round. Their own.St Louis and Pittsburghs. Plus Columbus with 3. 6/30 picks to 2 teams. Wow. Thank goodness Columbus will be in the East next year.

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#133 DSF
April 29 2013, 07:39PM
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Butters wrote:

Does Taylor Hall celebrate too much? Is that why Bieksa was slashing his injured wrist a few games back?

The Oilers need some toughness, but the coach also needs to allow these players to do their job. Still, even if Clutterbuck or player of his ilk get their clocks cleaned(if you could get them to fight) they will be back to taking cheap shots the next shift.

Hall has never been a hotdog.

He's a class act.

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#134 Racki
April 29 2013, 07:48PM
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Being an 80s hockey guy, it was hard for me to adapt to this fact, but really the only response for guys like Clutterbuck and Dustin Brown is to have your own Clutterbucks and Browns... cause those guys aren't going to stop for very long if you try and intimidate them. The league has turned into one of having the biggest nuclear deterrent, back in the 80s, to "eye for an eye". Actually, I might even say often it's more a case of annoying them first and get them focused on your ass-hat player rather than your stars. I think it's kind of stupid, but that's what it often is.

*channeling Sean Connery* "You send one of ours to the hospital, we send one of yours to the morgue!"

And in case you didn't catch it, DSF, Butters comment was to expose the theory that hot dogging is going to endanger you more than anyone else (just like my Hemsky comment, the Hall theory disproves that). I assume you get that part of the argument now though.

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#135 DSF
April 29 2013, 08:01PM
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Most of what you say is true but, if Yakupov continues to celebrate inappropriately, he WILL get attention.

Professional athletes don't like being humiliated.

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#136 Johe
April 29 2013, 08:07PM
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DSF wrote:

Hall has never been a hotdog.

He's a class act.

Would you make him the next captain? I would.

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#137 DSF
April 29 2013, 08:21PM
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Johe wrote:

Would you make him the next captain? I would.

Yes.

I would even go as far as to send Horcoff to the Austrian league.

But that's just me.

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#138 Johe
April 29 2013, 08:45PM
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DSF wrote:

Yes.

I would even go as far as to send Horcoff to the Austrian league.

But that's just me.

Now that's just not very nice. :)

In all seriousness, I'm totally fine with Horcoff as the third line center. If he made 3 million instead of 5.5 I'm pretty sure everyone else would be fine with it, too. Except maybe you.

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#139 Walter Sobchak
April 29 2013, 08:53PM
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Is anyone else pumped to watch the St.Louis L.A series?

Will two teams be this closely matched again? Wow!

This series is going to be bloody warfare!

I'm calling St.Louis but its going to be close and nasty.

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#140 Oiltimer
April 29 2013, 09:06PM
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yak's not a hotdogger ... Shremp was one. Yak is enthusiastic only and will stop once he gets a few behind him ... or them as the case may be. Young and enthusiastic ... gotta love it !!! Let the rest of the league worry about it.

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#141 michael
April 29 2013, 09:07PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Is anyone else pumped to watch the St.Louis L.A series?

Will two teams be this closely matched again? Wow!

This series is going to be bloody warfare!

I'm calling St.Louis but its going to be close and nasty.

St Louis finds goaltending they very well could win the Cup. I loaded up on Blues in my draft along with PENGUINS. Chicago is a good team but their goaltending is suspect and will be found wanting in this playoffs. They will take Minny in 5 only because Backstrom will one game.I think San Jose does Vancouver like a rented mule.

Toronto beats Boston in 7 games. Montreal over Ottawa in 6 games. Pittsburgh in 4 games. Washington in 7 games.

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#142 madjam
April 29 2013, 09:19PM
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Johe wrote:

Now that's just not very nice. :)

In all seriousness, I'm totally fine with Horcoff as the third line center. If he made 3 million instead of 5.5 I'm pretty sure everyone else would be fine with it, too. Except maybe you.

Horcoff makes $4M next year and $3M , the year after . The cap hit however is $5.5 for each season .

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#143 madjam
April 29 2013, 09:38PM
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ARM CHAIR GM ROLE PLAY : We buy out Horcoff's #7M @2/3 (I believe), leaving $4.67 M for buyout . Does the cap hit then reduce from $5.5 each year to $2.33 for two years or is it added on in some form ? That looks like a $3.2M savings/season . Can we do better @ $3.2M than Horcoff on marketplace over next two seasons ?

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#144 Wax Man Riley
April 29 2013, 09:46PM
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DSF wrote:

Most of what you say is true but, if Yakupov continues to celebrate inappropriately, he WILL get attention.

Professional athletes don't like being humiliated.

The thing is, I have only seen 1 inappropriate celebration.

The ice slide.... and even that can almost be forgiven.

He scores, puts his arms in the air, jumps at the glass, then hugs his teammates. George Laraque did that. Hall will fist pump and touch the ice.

He is 18 and loving life being in the NHL. He loves scoring goals, and is an emotional player. As he gets older, his enthusiasm will lessen. It won't be an issue.

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#145 Will
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With the 6th overall pick, Calgary screws over the Oilers and takes Mohnahan, leaving us with the smaller Lindholm centre.

However, before Mac T gets to the podium, Betman announces a trade. "The Edmonton Oilers have traded their pick at seventh and Sam Gagner, to the Philadelphia Flyers for their pick at eleven and Sean Coutier."

With the seventh pick, the Flyers select the Power forward Russian winger Valeri Nichushkin (As they are one of the few teams who can guarantee he plays in the NHL, and only the NHL. In their division they need the next coming of Malkin, and Valeri Nichushkin will be willing to play for such a talent laden team.

At eleven, The Edmonton Oilers feel comfortable reaching a little down the rankings, and draft the coke machine of all coke machines, Gauthier. Thus grabbing two young, big mean centres in a single draft. They are now big and deep down the middle for years to come.

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Alternatively, they trade they swap firsts with Phoenix and swap Gags with Yandle, and still draft Gauthier.

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#147 Walter Sobchak
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michael wrote:

St Louis finds goaltending they very well could win the Cup. I loaded up on Blues in my draft along with PENGUINS. Chicago is a good team but their goaltending is suspect and will be found wanting in this playoffs. They will take Minny in 5 only because Backstrom will one game.I think San Jose does Vancouver like a rented mule.

Toronto beats Boston in 7 games. Montreal over Ottawa in 6 games. Pittsburgh in 4 games. Washington in 7 games.

Oh, I like it, except T.O ...the Bruins spank them

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#148 madjam
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Oilers obviously felt Horcoff and Smyth to be diminishing talents by their contacts . Can we expect either to play as well as this year ?Unlikely sorry to say , as it will be a full season . Can't see us going forward with too many diminishing veteran talents much longer.

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#149 Smythyyy
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@A-Mc

I don't know what game you're watching but Petry is second on our team in hits and 13th overall for defensemen (tied with Shea Weber). He's also way cheaper than any defenseman with his skillset and age. Unless that trade you're proposing is for Weber or franchise D, you're losing this deal.

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#150 Smythyyy
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A-Mc wrote:

I would do something like this (ROUGHLY):

1. Pickup a UFA/BuyOut Winger or Center with appropriate size and grit. Point totals would definitely be lower, likely in the 30 range over an 82 game season. If it's a centerman, face off %'s need to be above 50% and Gagner plays wing. Typically speaking this guy would likely be a 3rd line player but inserted into OUR 2nd line, he'll be just fine. He needs to be mobile!

2. Move Hemsky + Peckham + pick for an experienced defenseman that will play 20 mins a night. I dont care if he's a puck mover or not, but he needs to be fairly solid physically and has to be able to move around well. Personally, this could be another Nich Schultz type for all i care.

3. Move Petry + Harti + pick or prospect, for an offensive defenseman that Jam's regularly. His buy in needs to equal that of Smid, but instead of a defensive role, he's the puck mover (we're not talking superstar here, just someone that can play the same minutes Smid does). Essentially i'm saying we move Petry for a copy of himself but that will actually impose his will on guys every game. Petry is too soft and doesn't play hard enough for me personally. He is talented though and i bet there is interested in him.

4. Klefbom joins the Oilers. Unless he stinks it up, i would have him as part of my bottom 3 rotation.

5. Fistric Re-sign him.

6. Re-Sign Jones.

7. Move Paajarvi + Petrell (If he's re-signed) + 2nd round pick for a 3rd line winger that can actually play tough hockey. He has to be able to actually play though (Think the difference between Hordichuk vs Brown. Both are bangers but Brown can actually play hockey). We need this upgrade on the 3rd line to play with Jones and Horcoff. He could also spot in on the 2nd line at times.

8. Smithson, Eager, Belanger = let them go, or trade for picks if possible.

9. Lander makes the team permanently, starting as 4th line C, between Smyth and Brown.

10. re-Sign Petrell as the 13th Forward. He's good defensively and can do spot work when needed.

11. Re-sign Khabi for 1 more year. but ALSO pickup a 3rd goalie that will be in OKC. This new goalie will be good enough for spot duty and will also come up in year 2 to be the backup full time. Essentially khabi for 1 more year that's it.

New Permanents: 1x 2nd line winger or center. 2x 18-20min defensemen. Klefbom. Lander. 1x 3rd line winger. 1 Rookie goalie. That's 6-7 right there.

UPDATE: Reading it now, you could probably swap #2/3 for what's offered. u get the idea though

I don't know what game you're watching but Petry is second on our team in hits and 13th overall for defensemen (tied with Shea Weber). He's also way cheaper than any defenseman with his skillset and age. Unless that trade you're proposing is for Weber or franchise D, you're losing this deal.

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