OILERS: CHANGES COMING

Jason Gregor
April 30 2013 11:40AM

Before Craig MacTavish had his final press conference, it was clear to everyone that the Oilers would need to make some major changes this summer. The GM agreed, and he said that having eight new faces next year would be reasonable.

MacTavish went on to explain the weaknesses he sees with his current lineup.

"We want more toughness, more meat in our lineup and more depth. We need our core players to be better without the puck, and be better defensively. We lack the real structure in our game that you need to have success. We need to address that and get better with that group," started MacTavish.

"We have to add some specific role players. In today's NHL you have to be a threat to score at some point, even marginally. We had a lot of guys who really... the best they were going to be in any given game was a non-factor. There wasn't a lot of upside for our role players to significantly help us. But, the few times that they did, we ended up winning those games. We have to get more impact out of our bottom-six forwards, so we will try to improve that."

I like that MacTavish was blunt and to the point, and although he didn't name names it is pretty clear who he was talking about. Of course those bottom lines need to improve, but the bigger changes need to come on the blueline and with a change of attitude in the top-six.

"From our defensive perspective we need more footspeed. To play a style that best suits the skill-set that we have, we need to be able to move the puck quicker. We got to have defencemen that skate up into open ice and try to open the ice up for our forwards.

"We need depth. The good thing is we don't need to add the high-end skill. We need the complimentary pieces. I know those are easier to come by, I know they are still difficult, but they are easier to acquire than high-end skill. Our elite skilled players have to play a better game away from the puck. If we can get those two things; the lineup complimented by some acquisitions and the guys that we have improve from their experience we'll be better," continued MacTavish.

COACHING

Many have questioned Ralph Krueger, and the main criticism seems to be that he isn't enough of a hard ass. That might be true, but I don't see how anyone could have expected him to get much more from this lineup. MacTavish said this about his coaches.

"Ralph and I will get together this week. We will discuss a myriad of things. There are some concerns I have and some questions for Ralph, and I'm sure he has some for me. We can't continually point the finger at the coach in this process. We've gone through four coaches in the last five years. My sense is to give the coaching staff greater tools to do their job moving forward."

There will be at least one move within the coaching staff. MacTavish will want a 3rd assistant coach, but I also believe there will be some lengthy discussions whether they bring in two new assistants and make a change to the current staff.

SAM GAGNER

Gagner had the best season of his career. MacTavish is a big supporter of Gagner's off-ice contributions as much as his on-ice play.

"Sam had an unbelievable year. We will be in discussions with Sam's agent and see where that goes. Sam has really developed into a leader here. He's a guy who has developed into the type of character that we want. That is going to be important when I'm making decisions (on personnel) is that we have the type of culture in that room.

"I would way rather take a marginal step backwards and have the culture that we want, because I know it will be more impactful going forward. We've had a few years of...It's just been too much of a circus in there (dressing room)."

You will never be able to track/calculate how important team chemistry is. If you don't believe it is part of a winning team, then you likely have never played on one. Of course you need good players to win, but it is easy to see the negative attitudes of players emerge when a team is losing. Based on what I've seen and after listening to MacTavish, it is clear they need a few more positive role models and more guys who are mentally tough.

ONUS ON THE BEST PLAYERS

In a perfect scenario MacTavish will acquire some veteran players who are not only good on the ice, but also can be strong leaders in the room. Guys who will challenge the young kids to reach their potential.

No one doubts that the Oilers' young players have loads of talent, however, it was refreshing to hear the GM admit that this team simply doesn't work hard enough. We can breakdown the game with our eyes and the stats, but many times the game is decided strictly by those who are willing to outwork the opposition.

"I do think as a group we are a bit naive to how hard you have to work to have successs," said MacTavish. "

"I've said this many times to the group since I took over; all the productivity is in that last five percent of effort, that's where all the productivity is. Ninety percent of your goals are in that last five percent of effort.

"I know that from playing the game myself. Amazingly when you got more reckless, worked harder, went to the tougher areas and were more committed how much more lucky you got. We need more from our group in there and they need to recognize that it is tough to have success at this level. I little more effort, responsibility and maturity along with some more beef in the lineup will go a long ways."

QUICK HITS

  • I think it is great that NBA player Jason Collins won't have to live a lie anymore. I couldn't imagine how difficult that would be. However, I'm amazed that some want to compare him to Jackie Robinson. In my opinion they aren't close. First off all, Collins isn't currently playing. His season is over, and he is a 34-year-old free agent journeyman. There is no guarantee he'll play next season. I hope he does, but when he does, I doubt he endures the same hatred that Robinson did.

    And that is a good thing, it shows that many in society don't care about the sexual orientation of a professional player. Personally, I don't have any issues if a player is heterosexual or homosexual. I just hope he plays next season, because if he doesn't, then he's essentially another former player who "came out" after retirement. I doubt he came out just to be "the first active gay player," so I'm sure he doesn't care either way, but part of me wonders if the straight community/news outlets are trying to glorify his story. He only played 38 games last year, and when you look at his age (34) and his minutes played (10/game) there is a reasonable chance he might not play.

    I'm not trying to downplay what Collins did. I applaud him, because it a lot of guts to come out publicly. I have friends who struggled to even come out to their family,  so I can only imagine how scary it would be to tell the world. However, I think the comparisons to Jackie Robinson are unfair to both men.
     
  • I'm a sucker for punishment so here are my first round NHL picks.
    In the west: Blackhawks, Kings, Ducks and Sharks. In the East: Penguins, Bruins, Senators and Capitals.
     
  • I'll take the Penguins and Kings in the final, and the Kings win in 6 and repeat. Feel free to pick the exact opposite. You'll likely have better luck.
     
  • Speaking of the playoffs, here is a different type of playoff pool. Usually, we go into a pool pick the players on the teams we think will win, but if the lose, we usually lose interest. This pool is about picking winners. The more correct picks you get the more you win. Awesome. Enter here. Good luck.

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#51 Bloodsweatandoil
April 30 2013, 01:11PM
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Well,in the past I had faith in MacT, heres hoping he will be able and ALLOWED to pull all the quills out of the dogs jaw this summer once and for all!

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#52 EHH Team
April 30 2013, 01:20PM
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Ducey wrote:

Gregor,

You have access to the room.

What do you think MacT was referring to when he said that there was a circus in the dressing room?

It didn't sound to me that he was talking about the current dressing room. It sounded to me that he was talking about the last years of Moreau's captaincy when there was a veteran-youth split in the room.

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#53 Quicksilver ballet
April 30 2013, 01:44PM
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Similar article every April it appears. They really need to hand out napkins before they unload this annual comedy upon us. Last season, it was a new coach. This season, it's a new GM. How long will it be before this new GM is up to speed, does he get yet another couple yrs as well?

All while the puppet master himself hides behind the guarded gate. Kevin Lowe is living proof. A successful career as a player doesn't always transition into being able to run a hockey club. 20 yrs of a whole lotta nothing special since your last ring there Jasmine.

I sure miss Glen Sather. He was a hardnosed player and followed it up by being an AllStar GM. Lowe it appears, is an AllStar player, followed by a long stint as a dud GM/shot caller.

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#54 Butters
April 30 2013, 01:44PM
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@Spydyr

It is befuddling as to why Gagner has not been able to upside his defense after 6 years in the league. I still think he can do it though.

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#55 Spydyr
April 30 2013, 01:55PM
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Butters wrote:

@Spydyr

It is befuddling as to why Gagner has not been able to upside his defense after 6 years in the league. I still think he can do it though.

Fair enough. I think an upgrade at 2nd line center would be better. Even moving him to the wing would help.

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#56 Oiler Al
April 30 2013, 01:56PM
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Still laughing at the picture... funny! Well done.

I taught MacT, was aboveboard as possible in his recend presser. He said more about the needs of the team and changes needed to be made in very candid manner. He wasnt about giving out names and addresses at this point, but when speaking about as many as 8 player changes, this is more than a tweeking.

My point is that he outlined more to the media and fans,in general terms, than Tambelini did in his entire four years at the GM's desk.

We can all speculate the specific changes, but when is talking about is music to my ears.

He now has to deliver...

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#57 Racki
April 30 2013, 02:29PM
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@Oiler Al

Re: the "All in the Family" picture.. agreed.. I can't stop laughing at Gagner and Eberle. Kudos to whomever did those.

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#58 Reg Dunlop
April 30 2013, 02:48PM
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Regarding Jason Collins; other than Oprah, who cares? What people do in the privacy of their home is nobodies business. For pro athletes, all that should matter is how you play the game.

Regarding MacT, Lowe's new human shield; the jury is out. This off-season is huge. What is certain is this is Lowe's last play. If MacT fails, he takes Lowe down with him.

Regarding play-offs; what exactly are play-offs? Sounds familiar but...

Finally, regarding dressing room chemistry; it can be the difference between winning and losing but not always. Remember the '72 Athletics with Billy North and Reggie Jackson duking it out after games. Sometimes talent trumps chemistry, but that doesn't mean the oil should cling to Blancmanger, Eager, Smyth, Jones, Whitney, Hemsky or Yakupov. Better dead than red (just kidding about Yak, he deserves the Calder).

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#59 Ralph
April 30 2013, 02:48PM
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My guess at the top 7

Colorado – Seth Jones Florida – Nathan MacKinnon/ Drouin TB- Nathan MacKinnon/ Drouin Nash – Barkov Carolina- ? Calgary- Sean Monahan Edmonton- ?

Carolina needs Defence, I could see Oilers trading up with Carolina depending on who they want. My guess is they will pick either Monahan or Valeri Nichushkin

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#60 Lochenzo
April 30 2013, 02:59PM
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RNH looks like a geeky ScarJo.

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#61 Lochenzo
April 30 2013, 03:03PM
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How big is the gap between Barkov vs Lindholm or Monahan? Barkov is a big boy and I would guess he's the closest of the 3 to playing right now. Lindholm has been playing against men too.

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#62 madjam
April 30 2013, 04:22PM
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Jeffff wrote:

"The Oilers have been the worst team in the NHL since the season-long lockout of 2004-05. In the eight seasons since, they’ve only won 255 of 622 games. The organization likely doesn’t want to hear it, but the team’s on-ice performance has been worse than the New York Islanders (259 wins), Columbus Blue Jackets (262), Florida Panthers (266) and Tampa Bay Lightning (278)."

Point well taken - we are the worst and hopefully next season is better results wise . I think MacT. made it very obvious that the entire team is not immune to being Upgraded by someone else ! That should keep them all on their toes . Floaters will not be tolerated by the sounds of it .

It is difficult for MacT. to point out specific players until at least he has someone else signed to take their position , etc.. He is as open as he can be at this stage , and a welcome step above ex GM in his dealing with media and fans . I can't imagine he can do any worse than last seven years have given us .

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#63 Oiler Al
April 30 2013, 04:35PM
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Racki wrote:

Re: the "All in the Family" picture.. agreed.. I can't stop laughing at Gagner and Eberle. Kudos to whomever did those.

My fav was Nuge and Hall with the afro.

They should blow this up, and its" guys play like you mean it" or we are hanging this up in the rafters at Rexall.

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#64 NewAgeSys
April 30 2013, 04:38PM
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Digger wrote:

Regarding the 'circus' comment by MacT, I can't help but wonder if at least part of that is in reference to having cameras following the team around as part of that "Oil Change" farce these past 2 seasons.

Perhaps that's one thing he's looking to get rid of? I could see it happening.

Definately need to get rid of Oil Change,what a waste of time and energy and great way to muddy the focus and ability to self-valuate of young learning players,a 3 part series or something but this has been far to much.This team has gone wayy overboard doing theatrical things,Darkhorse Analytics bottom feeding from cyberspace, Oil Change TV shows,whats next Remote Viewing,ha ha ha ha.

That picture is the coolest dam thing I have ever seen,ha ha ha,someone is very talented,that is an artistic masterpiece.

Mac-T doesnt need help,he needs clear concise information,and accurate feedback,he needs a general state of group clarity consistantly.

I betcha Darkhorse has a formula for that which will give mac-T some wonderfully insightfull ideas,just phone in the order as usual and they will "scrape up" whatever the Oilers need from the internet,like you said right Craig?Do you have to pinch your nostrils shut when you drink that DarkPurple Kool-Aid Craig?You old dogs were right in the first place Mac-T,stats arent as valuable as they are marketed to be,somehow you all lost your grip and lined up at the Kool-Aid stand together.

Mr.Mactavish just between you me and the fencepost, condemnant quod non intellegunt.You need a new communications platform from top to bottom and that only comes with systemic change.

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#65 Gag me
April 30 2013, 04:39PM
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Sorry I am not a fan of Sam. He is OK, better than most on the team. I think of him in the same way I think of Hemsky. We might get a bigger, meaner almost as skilled player in return on a trade.

Not a fan of Smyth either - just too slow.

Jones may have a comeback season.

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#66 Oiler Al
April 30 2013, 04:44PM
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madjam wrote:

Point well taken - we are the worst and hopefully next season is better results wise . I think MacT. made it very obvious that the entire team is not immune to being Upgraded by someone else ! That should keep them all on their toes . Floaters will not be tolerated by the sounds of it .

It is difficult for MacT. to point out specific players until at least he has someone else signed to take their position , etc.. He is as open as he can be at this stage , and a welcome step above ex GM in his dealing with media and fans . I can't imagine he can do any worse than last seven years have given us .

Just to add to your point Mad., there has not been enough push from the "farm" OKC only because in quality and quantity there hasn't been players there fighting to get to the big club. Even the ones that did get upLander, Hartikianen, are not up to speed and might never be. Guys like Hamilton are barely hanging on to an AHL gig. In other words the pool is shallow.

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#67 Jeffff
April 30 2013, 05:10PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Not sure why this would be a revelation to anyone Jefffffff. The Oilers have drafted 1,1,1,10,22,6 over the last 6 years.

If you are surprised, I imagine you are on a short list. If you are mentioning it to be a troll, bugger off.

That is all.

I use that quote to show how bad the Oilers have been and how hard it is going to be to get this team back on the track.

Also use the quote for fans who think it is easy to trade players and get quality back, w/o trading the core.

Tambo probably tried to trade Gagner and Hemsky but the return is so low. Fans overrate most players. That is why the quote was there. You don't have a record like Oilers having good players

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#68 genoreda
April 30 2013, 05:10PM
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mayorblaine wrote:

No Weber.

trade up for Seth or trade pick+ for need.

Zadorov! Zadorov! Zadorov!

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#69 Jeffff
April 30 2013, 05:27PM
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I wish Lowe was fired, he was there through all of this. What a track record. He truly knows about winning

I guess I could see someone like Ruff becoming coach. Maybe he is rehearsing in the World Championships in Sweden

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#70 horndog77
April 30 2013, 06:10PM
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Since there's no way Edmonton could trade up for the first overall draft choice, what would it take to trade up to second overall? Would it be worth trading are first and both second draft picks? Thoughts anyone.

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#71 DigDeepNBleedBlue
April 30 2013, 06:24PM
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"There are some concerns I have and some questions for Ralph..." - GM

Me too...

It has the look that Krueger will return. Not sure that's wise.

Since the end of the season I've heard Ralph make a lot of excuses as to why the wheels fell off. He took a little responsibility and good on him for that.

But, IMO, I think this is a type of situation that mirrors Savard in Chicago. Move on and get a coach who can implement a better system. Also, has some balls to make the tough decisions.

If they do keep Krueger I hope I'm wrong, because it will be a long year next season if I am right.

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#72 Slats
April 30 2013, 06:44PM
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Butters wrote:

I wouldn't give up on Gags, you can teach a player to play better defensively. I have seen some lazy defensive plays on Gags part. He cleans that up a little and he has a place imo.

Agreed . . .go see the Brett Hull Project as a case in point.

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#73 Electric Jesus
April 30 2013, 06:46PM
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What, Jason? No love for the oilkings in your quick hits? I hope they crush the hitmen tonight in game 7. LB! LB! LB!

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#74 Slats
April 30 2013, 06:51PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Yep, four years of drafting #1 and ignoring all other aspects of management will put you in a hole alright.

With your comment - What comes to mind for me is the sequence in Oil Change when you have something like 16 Scouts around the room debating whether Yaks should be #1 Pick.

On what was a "universal" #1 maybe having 4 guys study this and have the other 12 researching who can play with this #1 + our 3 other #1s may have bee better direction and leadership for this club. I'm oversimplifying sure.

Overthink the easy and underthink the difficult is what this team/management is guilty of and what Mac T needs to do better.

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#75 Senhor
April 30 2013, 06:56PM
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6-8 new players including some leaders+lindy ruff=great summer.

And can someone please tell Hartikanen (sp?) how rich he could get by using his God given size effectively!!

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#76 Eetu
April 30 2013, 07:05PM
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Senhor wrote:

6-8 new players including some leaders+lindy ruff=great summer.

And can someone please tell Hartikanen (sp?) how rich he could get by using his God given size effectively!!

I don't speak his language

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#77 madjam
April 30 2013, 07:05PM
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Do you see the size and weight of some of the finalists this year ? No way we can compete in playoffs with the fab 5 and J.Schultz right now , and unlikely going forward either . Lets get back in the game , and keep two or maybe three if Hopkins or Schultz can pan out . Defence is still a shambles and far too soft , lacking skill to reach upper eschilon . We need to be able to neutralize the size and weight factor if we hope to compete in the playoffs .

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#78 JoJo
April 30 2013, 07:11PM
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madjam wrote:

Do you see the size and weight of some of the finalists this year ? No way we can compete in playoffs with the fab 5 and J.Schultz right now , and unlikely going forward either . Lets get back in the game , and keep two or maybe three if Hopkins or Schultz can pan out . Defence is still a shambles and far too soft , lacking skill to reach upper eschilon . We need to be able to neutralize the size and weight factor if we hope to compete in the playoffs .

Adam Larsson

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#79 Slats
April 30 2013, 07:11PM
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"We need depth. The good thing is we don't need to add the high-end skill. We need the complimentary pieces. I know those are easier to come by, I know they are still difficult, but they are easier to acquire than high-end skill."

So does that mean D is not considered "high-end" skill - I would say this lack a legit #1-#2 D pairing. Those players are high-end skill.

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#80 Taylor Gang
April 30 2013, 07:28PM
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Slats wrote:

"We need depth. The good thing is we don't need to add the high-end skill. We need the complimentary pieces. I know those are easier to come by, I know they are still difficult, but they are easier to acquire than high-end skill."

So does that mean D is not considered "high-end" skill - I would say this lack a legit #1-#2 D pairing. Those players are high-end skill.

The thing is MacT can't just say "We need a #1 defenseman", because then he's banking on the fact that he will get a #1. What happens if he doesn't get it? He was just saying how he will definitely go for better 3rd and 4th liners. Just because he didn't explicitly say it does that mean he won't go for one? Probably not, we don't really know what goes on behind the scenes.

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#81 Spydyr
April 30 2013, 07:33PM
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Slats wrote:

Agreed . . .go see the Brett Hull Project as a case in point.

You just compared Gagner to Brett Hull.Let that sink in a minute and get back to us.

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#82 dougtheslug
April 30 2013, 07:42PM
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horndog77 wrote:

Since there's no way Edmonton could trade up for the first overall draft choice, what would it take to trade up to second overall? Would it be worth trading are first and both second draft picks? Thoughts anyone.

Other than Brian Burke's complex flipping and flopping to acquire a second overall in 1999 to secure the Sedin twins, I can't think of another time in the last 13 years that a team has traded a top five pick for any reason.(Kessel for what turned into Seguin doesn't count, as leafs did not expect that to be a #2).I just don't think it will happen in the post cap era.

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#83 DSF
April 30 2013, 07:57PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Other than Brian Burke's complex flipping and flopping to acquire a second overall in 1999 to secure the Sedin twins, I can't think of another time in the last 13 years that a team has traded a top five pick for any reason.(Kessel for what turned into Seguin doesn't count, as leafs did not expect that to be a #2).I just don't think it will happen in the post cap era.

I can see Columbus being very active in trying to move up in the draft.

With 3 first round picks and a surplus of young defensemen, they might want to move picks and prospects to try and get a player like Barkov.

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#84 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
April 30 2013, 08:02PM
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By the way, huge props to the awesome dude (I'm assuming) that photoshopped that!

It's one of the best pics I've ever seen. And that includes the first time I saw nudies.

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#85 Oilersfan4
April 30 2013, 08:03PM
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What would it take to get Ryan Reeves out of St. Louis, this kid is a beast.Would a 2nd round pick do it?

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#86 DSF
April 30 2013, 08:07PM
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Oilersfan4 wrote:

What would it take to get Ryan Reeves out of St. Louis, this kid is a beast.Would a 2nd round pick do it?

Why do you think other teams want to give away their "beasts" for magic beans?

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#87 Slats
April 30 2013, 08:18PM
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Spydyr wrote:

You just compared Gagner to Brett Hull.Let that sink in a minute and get back to us.

I was referring to Brett's MO that he was one-dimensional player. Wasn't until he went under Dallas and new coaching did he learn to play D as part of system.

Did not say Gagner was a 50G man or had developed a slap shot.

Back to you.

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#88 horndog77
April 30 2013, 08:20PM
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@DSF

Remember when the oilers had three picks in the first in 2007! Geez plante and Nash are garbage. It makes more sense to trade those picks for a stud player. Edmonton should trade up if possible

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#89 DSF
April 30 2013, 08:20PM
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Slats wrote:

I was referring to Brett's MO that he was one-dimensional player. Wasn't until he went under Dallas and new coaching did he learn to play D as part of system.

Did not say Gagner was a 50G man or had developed a slap shot.

Back to you.

Some players are so good at scoring, you can overlook their defensive liabilities.

Until Gagner can outscore the opposition, he doesn't qualify.

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#90 The Soup Fascist
April 30 2013, 08:20PM
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LA / St Louis is big boy hockey. Blues look very tough.

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#91 DSF
April 30 2013, 08:23PM
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horndog77 wrote:

Remember when the oilers had three picks in the first in 2007! Geez plante and Nash are garbage. It makes more sense to trade those picks for a stud player. Edmonton should trade up if possible

Yeah, I remember.

That was a watershed draft for the Oilers and they blew it.

Could have drafted Voracek, Pacioretty and Perron and ended up with a player who 6 years later is still not established as a two way player in the NHL.

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#92 DSF
April 30 2013, 08:25PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

LA / St Louis is big boy hockey. Blues look very tough.

And big boy hockey is exactly what it takes to win.

If Elliot gives them some decent goaltending the Blues will be very tough to beat.

And what is really scary is the Blues top 2 prospects, Tarasenko and Ty Rattie aren't even playing.

Yikes.

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#93 Oilersfan4
April 30 2013, 08:27PM
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Why do you think other teams want to give away their "beasts" for magic beans?

I actually think the Blues could be a team ripe for the picking this summer. They are an organization with a self imposed salary cap, and have big name players to sign in the off season like McDonald,Stewart,Berglund,Shattenkirk,and Pietrangelo.Can't see them signing everyone that's why I pointed out Ryan Reeves for the oilers 2nd round pick. I thought that would be an over payment. Just my opinion

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#94 Reagan
April 30 2013, 08:29PM
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Just about died when I saw the family picture! Hilarious!

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#95 Hockeyfan_99
April 30 2013, 08:29PM
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MacT is saying what a lot of us have been saying and thinking....next year will be interesting at the very least!

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#96 DSF
April 30 2013, 08:31PM
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Oilersfan4 wrote:

I actually think the Blues could be a team ripe for the picking this summer. They are an organization with a self imposed salary cap, and have big name players to sign in the off season like McDonald,Stewart,Berglund,Shattenkirk,and Pietrangelo.Can't see them signing everyone that's why I pointed out Ryan Reeves for the oilers 2nd round pick. I thought that would be an over payment. Just my opinion

If they are trying to get under a self imposed budget, the last player they would move is someone like Reaves who is signed for another year at $600K.

I would imagine, if they make a run to the cup finals, they will have made so much playoff revenue they won't have any trouble hanging on to anyone they want to.

They have $25M in free cap space next season.

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#97 Slats
April 30 2013, 08:33PM
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@DSF

I disagree if you told MacT that Gagner would post these types of # and was a respectable + he would sign him up for longer term.

The fact is Hull never won a cup until he was more responsible defensively not because he had more goals in fact he wsa 4th on his team that year.

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#98 SlowTalker
April 30 2013, 08:35PM
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Ol'Bob was dropping hints about a third coach last week. He said it would probably be a career assistant who knows about offense. Naturally you start to think about people with Edmonton connections. There's Doug Weight and Martin Gelinas, but they're still new. Perry Pearn and Charlie Huddy are defense guys. Maybe its Keith Acton of CBJ. He's a career asistant. There are some outside the NHL such as Lamb, Krushelnyski. Acton isn't looked upon as part of the old boys club so it might be him. Whoever it is I hope the coach gets to choose for once.

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#99 Oilersfan4
April 30 2013, 08:38PM
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DSF wrote:

If they are trying to get under a self imposed budget, the last player they would move is someone like Reaves who is signed for another year at $600K.

I would imagine, if they make a run to the cup finals, they will have made so much playoff revenue they won't have any trouble hanging on to anyone they want to.

They have $25M in free cap space next season.

The blues are a team that never plays to the cap.They are also a team that hasn't made a profit in years. And remember the cap is going down next year.

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#100 Alex Steenberger
April 30 2013, 08:42PM
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MacT To Do List

1. FIRE UNCLE RALPH 2. FIRE KEVIN LOWE 3. HIRE LINDY RUFF 4. PACKAGE GAGS AND HARTAKAINEN FOR ZACK KASSIAN 5. PACKAGE HEMSKEY AND LANDER + pick FOR WAYNE SIMMONDS 6. BYE BYE RYAN SMYTH - sorry man! 7. PACKAGE 7th overall for MALCOLM SUBBAN 8. Oscar KLEFBOM for Milan Lucic .. Trust me.. Thank me later! 9. PECKHAM NEEDS TO PLAY 4th line forward.. He's a banger. 10. GIVE TAYLOR HALL THE "C" already. Change the dynamic. It's his team.

There you go MacT. Jot it down... Memorize it.. Take a picture.. If you want to hoist Lord Stanley's cup again do these 10 things and you're in.

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