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Lowetide
May 26 2013 11:02AM

Although we're still a few weeks away from the draft and what might be a wild summer of trading and free agency, NHL teams are beginning to tip their hands. What's coming? A LOT of movement--buyouts, trades to save cap dollars, Euro contracts for NHLers no longer wanted--and for fans maybe a summer of activity the likes of which we've never seen before. In dear old Edmonton, the 'waiting for the paint to dry' approach of the previous administration appears to be a distant bell. There's a new sheriff in town--and he's impatient.

UFA ROUTE

The Oilers under owner Katz have spent to the cap in the past, overpaying (in dollars and term) men like Nikolai Khabibulin--which continued a trend that began in the shadow of the Pronger trade to the left coast and continued until the rebuild was put in place (finally) in the cold wintry days of 2010 January.

If we take the Oilers shopping list (top 4D, 2-way center, LW with size and skill, backup goalie) there are some interesting options: I'll list Mark Streit, Boyd Gordon, Viktor Stalberg and Anton Khudobin, but your mileage may vary.

In the past, Edmonton had to overpay to the extreme in order to attract free agents, and there are still a couple of those contracts Craig MacTavish is going to have to deal with this summer (Eric Belanger, Ben Eager). However, with Ryan Whitney, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ryan Jones, Lennart Petrell, Andy Sutton and the last of the Souray buyout dollars all in the rear view, there is an opportunity for the Oilers to quickly turn this thing around--especially in areas badly in need like center, defense and the 3 and 4 lines.

I was encouraged by MacT's words the other day in terms of free agency (approach free agency cautiously, players are often in decline stage when UFA is reached) and thought it might be a good idea to look at the "younger end" of this year's free agents.

UNDER 30, READY TO ROCK

  • C-R Nathan Horton, Boston: $4M this season, 27-year old is a very nice option for the Oilers. He'll have all kinds of options this summer, including a return to the Bruins if they can make the money work. I would rank this player as an ideal, but possibly unrealistic option. If MacT lands him, that should be considered a massive win.
  • R David Clarkson, New Jersey: $2.67M this season for the 29-year old. Although it is unlikely Edmonton would be his first option, I think he is pretty close to a 'perfect fit' for this team and perhaps worthy of an overpay. Should MacT get him, it should be considered in the same category as a Nathan Horton acquisition.
  • C-L Valtteri Filppula, Detroit: $3M this season, 29 years old and a famous Finn. He'd be an ideal solution for the Oilers, but Red Wings players are usually loyal to the team and this guy has enjoyed a lot of success in Motown.
  • L Viktor Stalberg, Chicago: $875,000 this season, he'll get a raise for sure and Chicago is unlikely to re-sign (their system is producing players at a rapid clip). Rumor has Edmonton and Montreal very interested, you can see why the Oilers would be interested in this 27-year old with size and skill.
  • L Bryan Bickell, Chicago: $542,000 this season, 27 years old and listed below Stalberg only because he's more likely to be signed by the Blackhawks before reaching free agency. A very nice option should he shake loose.
  • L Clarke MacArthur, Toronto: $3,250,000 this season, 29-years old and with some grit. Not the ideal option--the pricetag may be a little dear--but he's certainly skill enough to chip in 20 goals on what should be a strong 2line.
  • C Boyd Gordon, Phoenix: $1.325M this season for the 29-year old, another 'perfect fit' option for an Oiler team that badly needs help at center. The Phoenix situation is somewhat in flux, there may be an opportunity to jump in and pick up this fine veteran.
  • G Anton Khudobin, Boston: $875,000 this season, effective backup and 27 years old. Bruins have a nice option in the AHL and may pass on signing him. He is young enough, and good enough to be an option for the Oilers.
  • L Guillaume Latandresse, Ottawa: $2M this season, 29-year old has lost much of his recent career to injuries but perhaps he's turning a corner. Certainly brings size, and has scored well in the NHL when healthy.
  • L Patrick Bordeleau, Colorado: $525,000 this season, 27-year old is 6.06, 220 and looks and plays like an extra in Slap Shot! I don't know if MacT will devote 2 roster spots to this type of player (Mike Brown is the current fighter, but not a heavyweight) but if that's a priority this fellow fits the bill.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Craig MacTavish's point about free agents is certainly true--often NHL teams overpay for players in their 30's and end up waiting for the contract to expire so they can better use the sunk cost of a wayward contract. However, there are players--several players--who have shown well in the NHL and are some distance from their 30th birthdays.

When the opportunity to speak to these new free agents arrives, the Edmonton Oilers have a great story to tell these free agents. Objectives--playoffs, playoff wins, series victories, deep trips into the spring--are likely to happen with this Oiler team during the back half of the 2010's.

Telling that story to Viktor Stalberg, to Anton Khudobin, to Boyd Gordon, may be enough in one or more cases to win the day.

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#1 Gret99zky
May 26 2013, 12:07PM
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Unlike homer fans, NHL UFAs probably still see the Edmonton Oilers as they really are, a bottom team wandering in a seemingly endless rebuild.

The story is not that good.

The only way MacT is going to get any of those players on the list is to overpay, overpay, overpay.

What player is going to leave Detroit, Chicago or Boston to come play in Draftown?

They will take a paycut to stay or sign with a contender.

The Oilers brass has been selling HOPE season after season and delivered nothing but top draft picks. But wait til next year...

I don't think the top 4D, 2way C, or LW with size are as impressed with MacT getting the GM position his fanboys are. Sure looks smart in them glasses.

Prove me wrong Mac. Prove me wrong.

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#2 Racki
May 26 2013, 07:25PM
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Lowetide wrote:

I think the Oilers may sign Jones this summer. It'll depend on price of course, but this season he struggled with the eye injury and I don't think it was a far reflection of his ability.

He can play a gritty style, take and make a pass and from what we know is a valued member of the team.

Glad to hear one of the knowledgeable folks thinking this about Jones. There's a lot of people that have given up on him, but I feel the same as you do. He brings a fair bit when his game is on. The eye injury certainly could have been a big cause for his disappointing season. I'd throw another year his way. At worst, he'll be one of the 13th/14th forwards. Actually, I'd go as far to say that at worst, he's a 4th line winger.

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#3 magisterrex
May 26 2013, 08:37PM
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One SHUT-UP! Two SHUT-UPs! Three SHUT-UPs! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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#4 The Soup Fascist
May 26 2013, 08:51PM
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The WKRP Carp was the best radio station mascot - EVER.

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#5 TwoSkidoos
May 26 2013, 09:31PM
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Look at the Memorial Cup. As good as Jones was in the regular season and WHL playoffs, MacKinnon picked up another gear and put it in overdrive in the biggest games of his career.

Five points in the last, most meaningful game in junior hockey tells me one thing - Nate MacKinnon is a gamer. Gamers win hockey games. Good players don't.

Which would you rather have?

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#6 Spydyr
May 26 2013, 01:13PM
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eastcoastoil wrote:

On a side note, what happens if...

Gagner-Hall-Yak

Nuge-Omark-ebs

Arcabello-Rajala-Nichushkin

Horc-Smyth-Hemsky

Just Talent hits the ice

Sub in Harti/MPS

Please don't roast me too bad

I have seen midget teams tougher than that lineup.

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#7 Rocket
May 26 2013, 07:35PM
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Racki wrote:

Glad to hear one of the knowledgeable folks thinking this about Jones. There's a lot of people that have given up on him, but I feel the same as you do. He brings a fair bit when his game is on. The eye injury certainly could have been a big cause for his disappointing season. I'd throw another year his way. At worst, he'll be one of the 13th/14th forwards. Actually, I'd go as far to say that at worst, he's a 4th line winger.

Yeah no kidding. I don't know why people hate on Jones. He's an OK player that had a bad luck injury(aren't they all?) so I think he has value staying with The Oilers. I just hope they don't overpay him.

Also, what's with all the YELLING on this site lately. Chill out people. We're talking about a last place club in the offseason! At least wait until training camp to start freaking out.

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#8 PutzStew
May 26 2013, 07:38PM
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count wrote:

CUT THAT CARP AND SHUT UP.

See what happens when you live in Edmonton? You become grumpy and miserable. You need to move bud. It's OK. There are other places you can go. Just head south. You feel better as soon as you get past Leduc.

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#9 YFC Prez
May 26 2013, 09:38PM
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count wrote:

That will be great because some people idiots and neeed to listen to some hellhammer.

lol.... here let me hold your blog while you type this beer

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#10 vetinari
May 27 2013, 09:55AM
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I SWEAR, I WILL PULL THIS BLOG OVER AND COME BACK THERE IF YOU ALL DON'T START TO BEHAVE AND TYPE IN LOWERCASE.*

*in honour of father's everywhere who reach the end of their rope

As for actual hockey stuff-- I would be surprised if we snag more than two or three players via free agency (mainly the goalies) and suspect that most of the guys that MacT will bring in will be via trades.

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#11 TwoSkidoos
May 27 2013, 03:57PM
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@OilersBrass

Oh God. Leave it to TO and VAN to overvalue their players and undervalue everyone else in the league.

Fistric for Crosby and Neal.

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#12 speeds
May 26 2013, 11:32AM
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We'll see how MacT goes about addressing the D, the RFA offer sheet market doesn't have the age related drawback and includes a vastly superior quality of player this summer. It would certainly fit in terms of being "bold".

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#13 106 and 106
May 26 2013, 11:48AM
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" I'll list Mark Streit, Boyd Gordon, Viktor Stalberg and Anton Khudobin, but your mileage may vary."

If this happens, the Edmonton Oilers are one - massive - step - better. Say what you will about Streit's age, but he's an improvement and secondary scoring? Defensive ability (as opposed to Liability)? Depth? A back-up goalie not 40+?

Lordy, dare to dream.

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#14 Dale Crawford
May 26 2013, 12:54PM
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oilabroad wrote:

I was talking to a couple current NHL players last week about this, and they said exactly the same thing... Edmonton will have to overpay any players they want to bring in, and that will not change just because they move up a few spots in the standings... They said, outside of Vancouver, Canada has no appealing places to play, TO is a fishbowl, Montreal is a french Fishbowl and the rest are small markets with very little appeal from a living/working perspective. They did mention the quality of the organization makes a big difference in terms of where they will sign though, and once again Vancouver was the only one that got full marks (hopefully MacT can start to improve this in Etown). Edmonton should stick to trades and offer sheets if they want to bring in any elite talent, otherwise be prepared to pay for it.

BTW neither player was from or has ever played for Vancouver

In other words, Edmonton is the Sibir of the NHL. Maybe Edmonton should apply for a KHL expansion franchise.

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#15 eastcoastoil
May 26 2013, 01:04PM
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On a side note, what happens if...

Gagner-Hall-Yak

Nuge-Omark-ebs

Arcabello-Rajala-Nichushkin

Horc-Smyth-Hemsky

Just Talent hits the ice

Sub in Harti/MPS

Please don't roast me too bad

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#16 @Oilanderp
May 26 2013, 03:32PM
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We. Are. Screwed.

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#17 Rama Lama
May 26 2013, 04:11PM
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I would love to see two big power forwards ( Horton & Bickell) get signed. It's bad enough Tamby was able to find the smallest non-enforcer in the laegue of the Brown variety.........but having two big mean power forwards would totally change the dynamics of this team.

No more half measures for any position.........like Brown. A bold move would be package up some attractive prospects and a pick to move up and get what we really need........Barkov.

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#18 Quicksilver ballet
May 26 2013, 05:34PM
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From your list there, the Oil probably should extend an offer to Clarkson and Filppula. Valeri's versatility would come in handy when injuries occur.

Tender an offer to David Clarkson. Offer him 18 over 4 yrs and see what happens. Sending Krueger to see him with that offer in hand, is our only shot at this guy. If he stays in Jersey, atleast you can say you gave it your best effort. Horton, a) wouldn't come here, and b) is a much higher risk to stay healthy.

Hartnell,Ott, and David Clarkson, along with Barkov and Nurse, would be my homerun/dream summer, all wrapped up in a pretty bow. If we could rid ourselves of Hemsky, Horcoff and Gagner, there would be plenty of opportunity to change the indentity of this hockey club.

The other more affordable types on your list, Bickell and Stalberg, the Oilers have a guy who can already do what they do in Theo Peckham. Move him up to the wing and let him be next yrs version of Stalberg or Bickell.

FREE PECKHAM!

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#19 Walter Sobchak
May 26 2013, 06:45PM
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LT Please stop with the Clarkson and Horton

Nathan Horton His wife is a playboy playmate…seriously look it up.

What are the chances he brings his trophy MODEL WIFE to Edmonton?

David Clarkson His whole family is from NYC, he is honestly going to uproot his young child, his born and raised NYC wife to Edmonton?

Stalberg or Filppula

They are both playing for a Stanley Cup; do you think they will be playing for one in Edmonton soon?

The Only one the Oilers should have interest in, who won’t be a bloody dear overpayment would be..

Boyd Gordon

The rest have run their course, are injury prone.

UFA route Bad!!!!! Have we as fans let alone the organization not learned from the past??

Mac-T doesn't even think the UFA pool is good. let it go.

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#20 PutzStew
May 26 2013, 07:03PM
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Gret99zky wrote:

Unlike homer fans, NHL UFAs probably still see the Edmonton Oilers as they really are, a bottom team wandering in a seemingly endless rebuild.

The story is not that good.

The only way MacT is going to get any of those players on the list is to overpay, overpay, overpay.

What player is going to leave Detroit, Chicago or Boston to come play in Draftown?

They will take a paycut to stay or sign with a contender.

The Oilers brass has been selling HOPE season after season and delivered nothing but top draft picks. But wait til next year...

I don't think the top 4D, 2way C, or LW with size are as impressed with MacT getting the GM position his fanboys are. Sure looks smart in them glasses.

Prove me wrong Mac. Prove me wrong.

This is my thoughts too. To many, better options and I can't see them being able to sell the city using the same selling point hey have used for 2-3 years now.

I also winder how many free agents will look at previous free agents and how the did in Edmonton. THere haven't been very many free agents succeed in Edmonton for a very long time. Most seem to get run out of town.

I totally agree that rest of the NHL isn't as impressed with the re-hiring of MacT as the People in the City. I think I have read more stuff making fun of the hiring, then praising it. Combine that with the Arena fiasco and you'd have an easier time selling a date with Wanye at a bachelor auction then you would trying to convince any of those player Edmonton is better place to be then just about every other city, in the NHL.

Not trying to be a dink, but I can't see why I would go to Edmonton if Vancover, San Jose, LA, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, ETC,ETC, ETC was offering me the same money. Just Saying.

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#21 PutzStew
May 26 2013, 07:23PM
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@count

Don't like reality eh?

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#22 count
May 26 2013, 07:27PM
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PutzStew wrote:

This is true. If Edmonton is gonna be signing free agents I think they better look for local boys. That is if Souray hasn't spoiled that source too.

CUT THAT CARP AND SHUT UP.

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#23 Racki
May 26 2013, 08:36PM
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Too many of you guys here feed the trolls rather than get a good discussion going.

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#24 Rocket
May 26 2013, 09:05PM
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madjam wrote:

MacKinnon goes first overall to Colorado as he eats up Jones a scond time in Memorial Cup . That gives them MacKinnon , Landescog , Duchenes and Stashny for center . Will Stashny end up being traded to Oilers ?

I don't know. His pop played for The Nuggets I think & Colorado needs puck moving defencemen. MacKinnon would definitely help them so I don't think it's clear who they choose. It's like Yakupov vs. Murray. The Oilers need both.

On Sportsnet Kipreos & Cox were big on MacKinnon so I guess we'll have to wait until draft day to find out.

I love the draft drama!

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#25 madjam
May 26 2013, 09:10PM
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Make that O'Reilly ,not Landeskog , who is actually left wing -sorry for that . MacKinnon BPA and Colorado will draft him first just like we took Yakupov instead of a defenceman . Would not surprise me if Jones goes after Drouin as well falling into 3rd slot .I'd take both before Jones . MacKinnon is 1 year younger than Jones almost -11 months !

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#26 Racki
May 26 2013, 09:13PM
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I honestly think MacKinnon will be the better player in the long run.. just my gut feeling. But I think there's enough people thinking Jones is the #1 guy, or at least these guys are close enough to being equally good, that the Avs will go with need and take Seth Jones.

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#27 Jason
May 26 2013, 09:50PM
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I'd rather have Connor McDavid

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#28 Racki
May 26 2013, 11:51PM
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Racki hearts 80's thrash metal *horns*.

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#29 Quicksilver ballet
May 27 2013, 12:36AM
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Rocket wrote:

First of all, it's a terrific skin flick & second: Why would I put my bong down? It's the same one Kevin Lowe uses and he only picks the best players to be on his team!

HELLHUMMER RULZ! Rick Astley Droolz!

Lol, alright, you got me.

So, are these guys from before Duran Duran, or after?

and i'm hungry like a wolf..... Lawrence Welk > Hellhummer.

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#30 Will
May 27 2013, 10:24AM
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Jones will go number one. Sure Mckinnon was stellar in the memorial cup, but Jones single handily beat the Oil Kings. Colorado already has a great group of up and coming forwards, with a good mix of size and skill. Having a franchise - home town no less - defenceman whose ready to step in and make a difference right away, is something they can't pass up.

Furthermore, I think the only thing that might be more difficult than acquiring elite forward talent is getting a top five defenceman that can do it all. There are only so many Webers and Charas in the league. I know statistically the high drafted defencemen don't tend to ever be the best player in the draft, or even the best defensmen, but Jones is a lock to be one of the greats.

I really think a summer of buy outs all over the league is going to combine the deepest recent draft, with the deepest free agent market. It should be enough to ensure a team like ours can get the pieces it needs without excuses. A tough first summer for Mac T as a more experienced GM would likely be able to build an impressive team around the talent we already have.

Terrified to here that Gagner is a priority resign. I envision a second line with a big centre, Yak, and a big LW power forward like the Russian kid in the draft. But, I guess if we score more goals than the other guys it doesn't much matter.

Finally, I hope Hall gets the C. He's a little hot headed and maybe doesn't have the respect of every player, but at the same time his on ice performance and work ethic is hard to argue with.

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#31 OilersBrass
May 27 2013, 10:54AM
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Will wrote:

Jones will go number one. Sure Mckinnon was stellar in the memorial cup, but Jones single handily beat the Oil Kings. Colorado already has a great group of up and coming forwards, with a good mix of size and skill. Having a franchise - home town no less - defenceman whose ready to step in and make a difference right away, is something they can't pass up.

Furthermore, I think the only thing that might be more difficult than acquiring elite forward talent is getting a top five defenceman that can do it all. There are only so many Webers and Charas in the league. I know statistically the high drafted defencemen don't tend to ever be the best player in the draft, or even the best defensmen, but Jones is a lock to be one of the greats.

I really think a summer of buy outs all over the league is going to combine the deepest recent draft, with the deepest free agent market. It should be enough to ensure a team like ours can get the pieces it needs without excuses. A tough first summer for Mac T as a more experienced GM would likely be able to build an impressive team around the talent we already have.

Terrified to here that Gagner is a priority resign. I envision a second line with a big centre, Yak, and a big LW power forward like the Russian kid in the draft. But, I guess if we score more goals than the other guys it doesn't much matter.

Finally, I hope Hall gets the C. He's a little hot headed and maybe doesn't have the respect of every player, but at the same time his on ice performance and work ethic is hard to argue with.

Pretty sure it was Ty Rattie who single handily beat the Oil Kings.

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#32 Racki
May 27 2013, 11:18AM
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OilersBrass wrote:

Pretty sure it was Ty Rattie who single handily beat the Oil Kings.

Leipsic too. He was at least as good as Rattie in the WHL final, and a real thorn in the Oil Kings' side.

I'll say that I wasn't blown away by Seth Jones in that final round... but maybe it's because I was surprised how a guy gifted with size like he is could lack a physical edge in his game. But he was solid/reliable.

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#33 spOILer
May 26 2013, 11:08AM
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He's slightly older, but comes with less miles and plays a position that favours age and experience, so I'd like to throw his name into the hat: Ray Emery.

There were no blueliners in your list!

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#35 Taylor Gang
May 26 2013, 11:17AM
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Higly unlikely Clarkson leaves New Jersey. His family was all born there, plus why would he want to move?

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#36 Taylor Gang
May 26 2013, 11:18AM
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On an unrelated note, the UFA pool will get more interesting once the buyouts come fast and furious.

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#37 geno
May 26 2013, 11:25AM
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@Taylor Gang

I think he's going to toronto. Something about being a huge wendel clark fan and being born there. Sucks. He'd be a great fit in EDM.

Also I'd rather take Bickell over Stalberg (if available). Just look at the highlights from last night. Bickell was running over people and scored. Good fit on a line with Nuge-Eberle

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#38 The Worrier
May 26 2013, 11:36AM
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As for the back half of the 2010 the Oilers may get close but with contracts and aging players they will have plugged the holes torn down what they tried to build in terms of the top round picks. I think it is a tough story to pitch free agents.

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#39 speeds
May 26 2013, 11:36AM
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Also, even though he's over 30, I wonder how a D like Leopold might fit, especially if EDM could get him on a 2 year deal?

I haven't seen him play much the past couple seasons, but by memory and reputation he seems like a guy that might interest EDM.

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#41 Kyle
May 26 2013, 11:48AM
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Pretty sure MacArthur is only 28 LT. I haven't looked at his birth year or anything, but he went to high school with me when he played in the AJHL. Unless he got held back....lol

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#42 spOILer
May 26 2013, 11:56AM
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speeds wrote:

Also, even though he's over 30, I wonder how a D like Leopold might fit, especially if EDM could get him on a 2 year deal?

I haven't seen him play much the past couple seasons, but by memory and reputation he seems like a guy that might interest EDM.

If we're going to stretch the age limit, I'd like Hainsey in the discussion too.

Ian White's just under the 30 yo cut off, but I can't say I'm a big fan.

Out of the young RFA Dmen out there this summer, I think the cheapest would be Bogo as he hasn't really hit his stride offensively yet.

And out of all those Jet Dmen, By Fusion (as a buddy refers to him) might be the easiest to obtain (by trade).

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#43 Muji
May 26 2013, 11:57AM
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I'm usually not one to post crazy trade proposals, but: Pietrangelo Petry + our 1st + Hemsky/MPS

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#44 Dash
May 26 2013, 12:32PM
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I wonder if a player like Derek Stepan would be available in a trade?

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#45 oilabroad
May 26 2013, 12:37PM
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Gret99zky wrote:

Unlike homer fans, NHL UFAs probably still see the Edmonton Oilers as they really are, a bottom team wandering in a seemingly endless rebuild.

The story is not that good.

The only way MacT is going to get any of those players on the list is to overpay, overpay, overpay.

What player is going to leave Detroit, Chicago or Boston to come play in Draftown?

They will take a paycut to stay or sign with a contender.

The Oilers brass has been selling HOPE season after season and delivered nothing but top draft picks. But wait til next year...

I don't think the top 4D, 2way C, or LW with size are as impressed with MacT getting the GM position his fanboys are. Sure looks smart in them glasses.

Prove me wrong Mac. Prove me wrong.

I was talking to a couple current NHL players last week about this, and they said exactly the same thing... Edmonton will have to overpay any players they want to bring in, and that will not change just because they move up a few spots in the standings... They said, outside of Vancouver, Canada has no appealing places to play, TO is a fishbowl, Montreal is a french Fishbowl and the rest are small markets with very little appeal from a living/working perspective. They did mention the quality of the organization makes a big difference in terms of where they will sign though, and once again Vancouver was the only one that got full marks (hopefully MacT can start to improve this in Etown). Edmonton should stick to trades and offer sheets if they want to bring in any elite talent, otherwise be prepared to pay for it.

BTW neither player was from or has ever played for Vancouver

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#46 eastcoastoil
May 26 2013, 12:56PM
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LT, Looking at the free agent market for defence, have you heard any more about Grebeshkov?

Stopgap between next season and the future(Klefblom,Davidson, Musil, MARINCIN)

As far as forwards go, Lander not going to cut it for you as a 4th Line C?

Still think Penner would be a good fit

Nuge-MPS-EBS

Gagner-Hall-Yak

Horc-Penner-Hemsky

Lander-Smyth-brown/harti

Shultz-Grebs

Petry-Smid

Shultz-Fistric/Klefblom/Sutton/Musil

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#47 HardBoiledOil
May 26 2013, 01:09PM
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in an ideal world, we'd sign all of Clarkson, Filppula, Bickell, Khudobin and Bordeleau. if Filppula was used as a center, then Gagner or Horcoff would become expendable. Khudobin for Khabby, Bickell and Bordeleau for Petrell and Brown, Clarkson for Jones. but realistically, because many teams are interested in these players, the Oilers could still score a few of Stalberg, Gordon, Khudobin, MacArthur, Latandresse and Bordeleau.

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#48 oilabroad
May 26 2013, 01:10PM
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Dale Crawford wrote:

In other words, Edmonton is the Sibir of the NHL. Maybe Edmonton should apply for a KHL expansion franchise.

yes but Winnipeg, Ottawa and Calgary were not considered any better... so we have that going for us

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#49 jonny94
May 26 2013, 01:42PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I have seen midget teams tougher than that lineup.

That 3rd line doesn't have much talent and even less experience. I'm also pretty positive we will never see Omark in Oilers silks again. Aside from being lucky and drafting Nichushkin this roster looks worse then last years.

Watched the Bruins/Rangers matchup yesterday and thought it was pretty awesome of Shawn Thornton to step in on Dorsett when Dorsett was picking a fight with Paille.... If we don't go with Mike Brown I'm ok with grabbing a mean mug to make people think twice before taking liberties at our talent.

I'm sure many of you are tired of seeing the boys get pushed around and the rest of the NHL thinking its an easy 2pts coming into Edmonton.

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