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Lowetide
May 04 2013 08:09PM

A week ago, Craig MacTavish talked about adding size to the supreme skill in the Oilers top 6F. If we made a "wish list" of possible additions, how close can we come to naming the actual target?

POSSIBLES

  1. W Viktor Stalberg (27 years old) 47, 9-14-23 (UFA this summer, expiring $875k cap hit). I've listed him ahead of Bickell because he can play both wings. Stalberg is a fine winger with a nice range of skills, and could play on the 2 and 3 lines effectively. A target for sure.
  2. L Brian Bickell (27 years old) 48, 9-14-23 (UFA this summer, expiring $540k cap hit). This is an insane underpay for value. 2.30 5x5/60 (4th on team). Bickell's size/speed combination makes him an outstanding option for the Oilers. Big strong, possessing two-way ability and should be able to step into a larger offensive role. 
  3. F Nathan Horton (27 years old) 43, 13-9-22 (UFA this summer, expiring $4M cap hit). 1.95 5x5/60 (7th on team). Big man has some concussion issues but can also play more than one position (a key for MacT) and is certainly very physical. Horton on a line with Nuge and Hall? Gagner and Yakupov? Interesting.
  4. W Nikolai Kulemin (26 years old) 48, 7-16-23 (UFA 2014, $2.8M cap hit). 2.00 5x5/60 (5th on team). An excellent 2-way option, not the physical player hoped for but certainly a player who can impact the game with and without the puck. Toronto seems to be indifferent about Kulemin, I think he might come at a reasonable price.
  5. L Tomas Vanek (29 years old) 38, 20-21-41 (one year left at $7.14M). 2.64 5x5/60 (1st on team). THIS is an attractive option, if only because the pricetag would be less than some of the players below. Vanek is not a physical player, not at all--but I've included him because he's simply too talented to keep off the list. If the Oilers could get him for just picks or prospects it would be worth every penny.
  6. F Jakub Voracek (23 years old) 48, 22-24-46 ($4.25M cap hit through 2016 summer) 2.58 5x5/60 (1st on team). Ranked lower on the list because the cost would be dear. Voracek was drafted right after Gagner, and is a skilled winger with size. He could be an outstanding addition, but the cost (in terms of trade assets) makes him a far less attractive trade target.
  7. L Raffi Torres (31 years old) 39, 7-11-18 (UFA this summer, $1.75M cap hit) 2.15 5x5/60 (2nd on team). Hear me out, please. Raffi isn't a perfect hockey player, but he can impact the game. Torres is a physical player with skill, and can move up and down the depth chart as needed. Kind of a poor man's Esa Tikkanen.
  8. L Dustin Penner (30 years old) 33, 2-10-12 (UFA this summer $3.25M cap hit) 1.85 5x5/60 (4th on team). Hear me out volume two. Penner playd well with both Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky, and I believe he might be a perfect fit for this Oiler club. If they could get him at a reasonable price, this could be music!

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Who knows, really. However, if the Oilers are looking for a bigger forward with offensive abilty this summer, I think Horton, Stalberg and Bickell is a very good place to start.

Sail on, Ales.

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#101 justDOit
May 05 2013, 11:02AM
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@Gerald R. Ford

At first I thought you were just rambling, Mr. President, but as usual you made a great point.

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#102 Dub t
May 05 2013, 11:02AM
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John Chambers wrote:

Unfortunaly $3m is about what they cost.

Joel Ward costs $3M, Troy Brouwer a bit more, while Paul Gaustad, Ville Leino, Brooks Laich, and Ryan Malone are above $4M.

Brandon Prust cost $2.5 and he doesn't even bring any offense.

It won't be a buyers market this summer, but if you got Stalberg and Bickell both for $5.5M, you're laughing.

Exactly. I agree with the other poster in that they may not be worth it in theory but unfortunately theory never holds.

Any other obtainable options at centre? I love gagners compete level but I think we trade at his highest value. I don't think you pay him 5 mill. 4 or 4.5 tops. Gagner plus the first gets us a good centre I think (if there are any available). However I would prefer trading gagner plus both seconds and draft Monahan with the 7th. Good to keep the cupboard ready with top end talent IMO.

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#103 Taylor Gang
May 05 2013, 11:25AM
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LT, what is the L, W, and F stand for? I couldn't work it out for the life of me.

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#104 Spydyr
May 05 2013, 11:26AM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

LT, what is the L, W, and F stand for? I couldn't work it out for the life of me.

L= Left wing W= can play both sides F=can play centre or wing

Me thinks anyhow.

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#105 Gaz
May 05 2013, 11:56AM
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@Walter Sobchak

Fine and fair, but if the post is incomprehensible, it is only slightly less irritating to read than a New Age Sys post, and in the end people end up skipping it, when it might be a valuable contribution.

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#106 RexLibris
May 05 2013, 11:59AM
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Spydyr wrote:

L= Left wing W= can play both sides F=can play centre or wing

Me thinks anyhow.

Unless listed in the Oilers' regular season stats, which then come to mean L = "Loss", W = "Win", F = "F--- me, were they even trying?".

On the price tag of the UFAs Bickell and Stalberg, we have, on occasion, seen players take less to go to organizations on short term. Vokoun as an example. His circumstances were different, but we have to leave the discussion open to the possibility that MacTavish and Howson can negotiate contracts that serve the team's financial interests with those of the player. The Oilers got good contracts on Petry and Smid recently, and they haven't handed out at NTC/NMC since the Horcoff contract. It is a tall order, but not outside the realm of possibility.

Of course, Jay Feaster could come in and offer them both five years at $5 million per with a full NTC.

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#107 Dangilitis
May 05 2013, 12:01PM
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Lowetide wrote:

He'd be a dream, but I don't see it happening. I could see him signing back in Calgary, though.

Sorry but you don't sell the $4 million home that your children grew up in if you have any intention of re-signing in Calgary. I will take any bets that think he is re-signing in cowtown. He, unlike Smytty, is not a sucker for punishment.

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#108 @Oilanderp
May 05 2013, 12:16PM
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@SLAM

http://lowetide.ca/blog/2012/07/oilers-score-in-free-agency.html I'm still waiting for my $100 of free beer courtesy of DSF...

It's almost at the last few comments of the linked article, for anyone looking.

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#109 Dangilitis
May 05 2013, 12:16PM
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How about Brad Boyes on that list? A little long in the tooth at 31 but is Torres' age and brings lots of experience, plays big.

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#110 @Oilanderp
May 05 2013, 12:26PM
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I wish we could find a younger Torres. Who knows, maybe we already have him. Time will tell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0KC91Wuz2k

Remember the hit that changed the series?

EDIT: "right in the ear hole!" lol

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#111 Curcro
May 05 2013, 02:09PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Boston can not buy out Savard since you are not allowed to buyout an injured player. His salary does not count against the cap though since he is on the ltir

It is true you can not buy out a player on LTIR however Savard has been skating. The LTIR is a credit so Savard's contract still counts vs the cap if they are unable to buy him out. Then they could bring in a player of equivalent salary.

Savard says he is still working to return so he could be a thorn in the side of the Bruins. If he gets cleared to play and the Bruins have his salary in the lineup they are kind of screwed.

Best for the Bruins is for him to retire. But my guess is he wants his money so he may come back to be bought out without actually playing as a win win for both parties.

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#112 andrewmk20
May 05 2013, 02:21PM
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@Lowetide

Come on Lowetide don't rag on him for that, have you seen the Canucks Army site? It's a ghost town. I went on there once just to check about the Luongo situation and I only saw one article with more than 5 posts and I went back a good 9 to 10 pages. Canucks Army is more like Army of One (DSF). Maybe that should be his new handle AOO.

I do think Chicago signs Bickell and lets Stalberg go though because Chicago does not have a lot of physical players. With the two buyouts they will have enough cap space for Leddy and Bickell, just not much beyond that.

I'd like for the Oilers to go after Joel Ward though to fill the 3rd line wing option. Capitals have cap issues as well and have to sign Alzner and Ribeiro. Ward would fill the quotient of hard working strong wingers who can actually handle the puck and has versatility in terms of moving up and down within the top 9. He skates and moves very well for a 6'1 220 guy and adds offence. Just too expensive for Washington to have a 4th line 3M player, whereas in Edmonton he'd be much higher on their depth chart and is an upgrade on the Ryan Jones type of player.

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#113 messyEH!
May 05 2013, 02:58PM
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Rene bourque. Could be had for very little.i really think he could be a nice fit.

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#114 michael
May 05 2013, 03:16PM
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Forget either of the Hawk players we have been down that road before with Eager. Voracek would be my pick. Costly but I think its a better choice given the past history with Chicago cast offs. I like that Philly is in the deep dodo because of cap issues also. Holmgren could buy Brier to help himself but would it be enough? How about targeting L.Shenn at the same time. Philly is not going to be asking for any salary back in any trade with the Oilers. So orget about asking for Eberle and Hall. Or soon to be expired RHN. I think the #7 would look attractive to Holmgren for Voracek and L.Shenn. There is a deal to be made that is for certain. Go boldly. Plus Voracek is a player is very familiar with.

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#115 madjam
May 05 2013, 03:45PM
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A few others to consider with good contracts : Talbot $1.75M , Dupuis $1.5M, Franson $1.2M , Alzner $1.25M, Bogozian and Wheeler $2.55M ,Sbissa $2.175M , Yip $.750 , Fiddler $1.8M, Sobotka $1.3M ,Ponikarovski $1.18M ,Pysyk $.87M , Henrique $.854 , Moss $2.1M , Morris $ 2.1M , Gomez .70M ,and Berglund $2.25M .

Pricier : Letang $3.5M , Brouwer $3.67M , Schenn $3.6M, Kunitz $3.75M ,Giroux $3.750M , Franzen $3.75M ,Duchene $3.5M ,Clarkson $2.67M,Couture $2.85M , Stewart $3.0M , and Daley $3.3M .

Side note : Is Hall playing in world tournament and with whom . I see Eberle and Dubbie in boxscore , but no mention of Hall .

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#116 michael
May 05 2013, 03:50PM
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Lowetide how fluid is the Pheonix situation. Is the NHL going to plug after this season. No owner is in sight. What would a likely move be? We know Seattle is out of the equation since the NBA's relocation commitee put the kibosh on the Sacremento Kings move last week. Would The next likely destination be QC or Portland? With the NHL and the MLS being the only 2 leagues with any expansion on the horizon. Though Daly denies it continually. Though arena's are being built in QC and Markham for no reason other than they can. What will be the asking price in terms of dollars? 300 million? Also all those Jet fans have their season tickets up for renewal this summer. It was buy 3 years or else Bettman. How ast would Le Colisee sell out if the Yotes moved to QC. 11 minutes? 3 years? naw? Sign us up for 5 the Nordique fans would say.

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#117 Eddie Shore
May 05 2013, 04:20PM
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You mean Dubnyk isn't he only goalie that lets in the odd bad goal?

(see: Crawford, Cory)

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#118 @Oilanderp
May 05 2013, 04:48PM
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Hall was benched.

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/05/05/taylor-hall-benched-by-lindy-ruff-as-canada-falls-3-2-in-shootout-to-switzerland/

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#119 Shaun Doe
May 05 2013, 05:32PM
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I wonder if the Oilers would consider signing Cheechoo to a reasonably priced 1-2 year contract. The guy has scored in the past but fell off the map almost completely after that. He is a bigger body (He's listed as 6'2" and 204lbs) and perhaps used in a more limited role, 3 liner, with some movement up the roster as needed, he could be of use to us. He has been a good soldier and a consistent threat down in the AHL so perhaps he is the type of player who can chip in once and a while and be complementary rather than running the show. Perhaps he would be open to contract discussions as we threw him a life preserver down in OKC. I can't honestly recall his grit during his tenure with the sharks but I really don't remember him as being 'Soft', any input on that front would be of interest.

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#120 TeddyTurnbuckle
May 05 2013, 05:48PM
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Taylor Hall benched today vs Swiss. Love Hall but it doesn't surprise me at all. This kid had more turnovers than all the other Oilers combined from what I saw most nights. He will be a great player but he is part of the problem a lot of nights here in Edmonton. How's that toe drag working for you? Have you ever scored off of it?

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#121 pelhem grenville
May 05 2013, 06:09PM
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... i saw TH a couple days ago ...vs. another team ...wasn't paying attention enough...anyone heard how RNH survived surgery?

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#122 madjam
May 05 2013, 06:35PM
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Maybe benching Hall cost them the game ? Must be a bigger story behind it. A calculated risk that turned sour perhaps on Ruff . Would Dubnyk been better to stay/keep in goal seeing as he won first game ? Wonder how rest of team reacted , not just Hall . Shocker here .

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#123 NewAgeSys
May 05 2013, 06:51PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

I wonder if the Oilers would consider signing Cheechoo to a reasonably priced 1-2 year contract. The guy has scored in the past but fell off the map almost completely after that. He is a bigger body (He's listed as 6'2" and 204lbs) and perhaps used in a more limited role, 3 liner, with some movement up the roster as needed, he could be of use to us. He has been a good soldier and a consistent threat down in the AHL so perhaps he is the type of player who can chip in once and a while and be complementary rather than running the show. Perhaps he would be open to contract discussions as we threw him a life preserver down in OKC. I can't honestly recall his grit during his tenure with the sharks but I really don't remember him as being 'Soft', any input on that front would be of interest.

Cheechoo should fit into the bottom 6,he has the scoring we need and it is good enough to keep him in the lineup.He can also play PP and rotate up if we need him to.

He definately wont be running the show here,he cant even break into the top 6 here,we can use him to fill in but he couldnt compete for a spot.

I think mac-T might have room for him,we do need scoring ability,add Torres and Cheechoo centered by Horcoff as our 3rd line.That might fly.

Training camp should be extended and the Oilers should start making it more competative as it was in the old days,we need to see guys in the bottom 6 winning their jobs here again and knowing if they dont make he cut we will move them immediatly.No more free contractual rides through training camp for anyone below the top 6.

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#124 NewAgeSys
May 05 2013, 06:58PM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

Taylor Hall benched today vs Swiss. Love Hall but it doesn't surprise me at all. This kid had more turnovers than all the other Oilers combined from what I saw most nights. He will be a great player but he is part of the problem a lot of nights here in Edmonton. How's that toe drag working for you? Have you ever scored off of it?

Taylor Hall needs Moma2 and the NHS to keep him in line and on task.

Hall tried out his wings this shortened season,had it been an 82 gamer he would have scored over a ppg.

How he got his points this season is why his line sucked for so long and why Nuge was mired in a season long goal drought and Ebbs was constipated in the points dept for the first 2/3 of the season.

Blame the coaches and a general lack of Intuitive Analytical ability.

Taylor will get better.

If we let him write his own dynamic ticket again without giving him the C we are fools,he CAN lead the team if we let him do it his way,same as Mess was ready early like Wayne was,we have the same problem today,is Nuge going to lead this team or is Taylor/Or someone else?

If someoen else is going to lead the Oilers then Taylors wings need to be clipped regularly.

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#125 madjam
May 05 2013, 08:42PM
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Well, on second thought, maybe I should drop Hall from my retention list and replace him with a smaller contract like T. Sequin @$5.2M ? Does Hall require an attitude adjustment ? Second thoughts on Hall ? Now he's a problem ? No wonder Eberle's and Hopkins numbers are so low . I doubt it !

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#126 madjam
May 05 2013, 09:09PM
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Montreal and Van. in trouble first round . I have visions of Subban ,Kesler , Bieksa and Luongo dancing thru my head . Where are the invisible twins , that was the Canucks ?

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#127 Oiler Al
May 05 2013, 09:23PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

The Habs were a disgrace to the game tonight. Several players as well as the coach should be fined and/or suspended. Subban is a punk.

I dont know if they were a disgrace, but they surely got their butts kicked, both on the scoreboard and in the alley.

That what happens when you dont have tough team. Its a problem when little Gallagher is your second most gritty guy on the team.

There were to many passengers in tonights game, in both the rough stuff, and the skill/scoring side of things.

PLUS.Ottawa's goalie was 5 x better than Price.

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#128 Taylor Gang
May 05 2013, 09:33PM
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The way I see it, I think grit in the top 6 should be our #3 priority. (#1 being a top 2/4 defenseman, and #2 being a total overhaul of the bottom 6). That being said, we shouldn't go for Horton, Clarkson or any of the big names simply because of their shear cost in dollars. The only way it would work is if a big contract was on it's way out of town (I'm looking at you Hemsky and Horcoff). A name I would consider is Wayne Simmonds. Big strong reliable scorer willing to fight and a cap hit much lower than what Horton and Clarkson will fetch on the open market.

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#129 Taylor Gang
May 05 2013, 09:35PM
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On a side note, no insult to RNH here, but wow McDavid centering Hall and Ebs/Yak? Hands down best line in the NHL if that ever came to be.

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#130 Todd
May 05 2013, 09:36PM
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madjam wrote:

Well, on second thought, maybe I should drop Hall from my retention list and replace him with a smaller contract like T. Sequin @$5.2M ? Does Hall require an attitude adjustment ? Second thoughts on Hall ? Now he's a problem ? No wonder Eberle's and Hopkins numbers are so low . I doubt it !

Seriously... WTF

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#131 @Oilanderp
May 05 2013, 10:22PM
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It's easy. Just do what I do on my GM connected league in NHL 13. Super-overpay UFAs on a 1 year contract and then sign them for normal money the year after once they see we have a contender...

On second thought... barring some sort of 'we gave up the best player' trade or massive overpay on the UFA market, I forsee another lean year ahead for the Oilers.

MacT is going to have to pull a rabbit out of his butt, let alone his hat.

Reasonable expectations...

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#132 madjam
May 05 2013, 11:04PM
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Todd wrote:

Seriously... WTF

Response to NAS blog #119 . He seemed to be dumping on Hall .

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#133 madjam
May 05 2013, 11:18PM
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For Hall and Todd - The comment on Hall for Sequin was just a tease for NAS , and seem to fit into my blog #113 on my retention list . Sorry I wasn't more clear .

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#134 pelhem grenville
May 06 2013, 07:21AM
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...madjam...here's the problem...Taylor Hall is in Europe to scrape his horn on every Finnish and or Swedish chick he can meet...he was probably out all night and showed up unfit to practise...Ruff throws a predictable fit and the rest as they say is history...like Messier and all those good 'ol boys from back in the day...they did the same thing playing for their country in the off season and they turned out ok...

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#135 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 06 2013, 08:58AM
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The three stages of life...

1) You believe in Santa.

2) You don't believe in Santa.

3) You believe you're Santa.

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#136 Tikkanese
May 06 2013, 09:26AM
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Where is Clarkson or Iggy on this list? They're exactly the type of player the Oil need. Not to mention both UFA's.

I hope the Penner inclusion was a joke. Not to mention Torres and Kulemin cannot play top 6, yet that is what this article is supposed to be talking about... If those guys are in our top 6 then we're in even bigger trouble. Our top 6 needs skilled size that plays with their size and a for sure bet to produce consistently. Not more wishes and hope that there's some unseen untapped offense and physical play in a 27 year old...

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#137 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 06 2013, 09:35AM
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Wow, the kid who wins the rookie scoring race not even nominated for the Calder trophy.

Sadd,Huberdeau and Gallagher.

Must be all the nothing games the last quarter of the season catching up to the Oiler rookies.

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#138 steelymac
May 06 2013, 09:38AM
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Yak got boned for the calder.

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#139 Twiggs
May 06 2013, 09:53AM
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Ya those Calder nominations are a load of BS

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#140 mr. common sense
May 06 2013, 10:07AM
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No mention of Steve Ott? is this a joke?

I know we all understand this but if anyone in the city of edmonton thinks the current oilers could withstand even ONE period of the pounding inflicted by the Blues, Kings, Sharks, Bruins, Leafs....they are dreaming. We need more changes than people realize, and it starts with Steve Ott, Wayne Simmonds, Curtis Glencross and Brandon Dubinsky. Then, we need a Darius Kasparitus nutcase and a Matt Greene (ill smash your face-in D). Then we need a faceoff specialist. ONLY then will the Oil be even close to a playoff spot

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#141 Truth
May 06 2013, 11:01AM
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mr. common sense wrote:

No mention of Steve Ott? is this a joke?

I know we all understand this but if anyone in the city of edmonton thinks the current oilers could withstand even ONE period of the pounding inflicted by the Blues, Kings, Sharks, Bruins, Leafs....they are dreaming. We need more changes than people realize, and it starts with Steve Ott, Wayne Simmonds, Curtis Glencross and Brandon Dubinsky. Then, we need a Darius Kasparitus nutcase and a Matt Greene (ill smash your face-in D). Then we need a faceoff specialist. ONLY then will the Oil be even close to a playoff spot

Exactly. I would even take 2 nutcases.

Most teams must look at a game against the Oilers as a night off. Even if the Oilers beat them on the scoreboard it's an easy night. "Oh they're sitting Fistric, do we have to wear shoulder pads tonight coach?"

How about that Gallagher. An NHL rookie who throws two punches before the other guy even knows he's in a fight. He gives a crap, unlike the league low in fighting majors Edmonton Oilers.

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#142 mr. common sense
May 06 2013, 11:25AM
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Truth wrote:

Exactly. I would even take 2 nutcases.

Most teams must look at a game against the Oilers as a night off. Even if the Oilers beat them on the scoreboard it's an easy night. "Oh they're sitting Fistric, do we have to wear shoulder pads tonight coach?"

How about that Gallagher. An NHL rookie who throws two punches before the other guy even knows he's in a fight. He gives a crap, unlike the league low in fighting majors Edmonton Oilers.

100%

Amazing how it takes a Queens MBA to figure out anorexic midgets can NEVER win in the nhl. Tammy and KLowe didnt realize this? jesus.

good point on Gallagher. what a great little pest, totally IN the game in any way possible, pure winner.

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#143 Truth
May 06 2013, 11:47AM
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I would definitely add:

David Clarkson

Ryane Clowe

Cal Clutterbuck

Jordin Tootoo

Steve Ott

Jaromir Jagr (not of the same mold as above, but every place he goes raves about how his work ethic and attitude have a major impact on the young players. Also getting advice from a surefire hall of famer can't be discounted)

I would remove:

- Penner (unless you sit him until the playoffs, when he shows up. Can't see it with MacT running the show now)

- Kulemin (too much finesse for what the Oilers should be looking for)

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#144 mr. common sense
May 06 2013, 12:13PM
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@Truth

This is a winning lineup:

1) Clarkson-Nuge-Eberle, 2) Hall-Dubinsky-Yak, 3)Clowe-Ott-Pajaarv, 4) Brown-Faceoff specialist-Clutterbuck, Extras: Tootoo, Smythe

Delete: Whorecough (buy-out), Alice, Gagner, Petrol, Jones, Belanger

D; 1) Streit-Boychuk, 2) J. Schultz-Nutcase (think Kasparitus), 3) Smid-Petry, Extras: N. Schultz, Matt Green type, Fistric

Delete: Peckham, Potter, Whitney

Goalies: 1) Dubnyk, 1A) Tim Thomas

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#145 John
May 06 2013, 12:53PM
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Smokey wrote:

I think he should stay. There is always someone weak minded enough to comment. I find it entertaining that someone always gives in. It pure genious. Many have said you wanna get rid of him don't comment, but always a few do over and over again.

DSF is welcome in my books. I got a soft spot in my heart for this mommies teet sucking basement dwelling green leotard inbred my team worships the conference finals basement dwelling troll. Your alright....

Well said. Why should we punish DSF for our own stupidity in engaging in his little game.

Seems like the need to want others to fix our own mistakes is becoming a global trend. To stupid not to save for retirement? Get the government to reimburse you. Can't stop replying to DSF and getting angry at him being a troll? Get oilersnation to ban him. It is pretty pathetic.

Nicely said Smokey.

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#146 John
May 06 2013, 01:01PM
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madjam wrote:

FROM MY SHOPPING LIST - EXAMPLE ONLY , HERE IS MY NEW SQUAD : 1, I drop 16 players totalling 6 defenceman and 10 forwards totalling in one form or another = $35.175M with Souray included in that figure .

2. Retention list : Dubbie and Khabby (interim and less money ) , J.Schultz , Smid , Fistic ,Paajarvi , Brown Yak , Hopkins Hall and Eberle .

3. Additions totalling $33.544M and 14 new faces , leaving two spaces for those on the prospect list to graduate -such as Klefbom and Hartekainen perhaps . 6 new defence totalling $13,57M :Alzner ,Bogozian , Morris ,Letang ,and Daley , 8 new forwards totalling $19.974M : Wheeler ,Duchesne, Couture , Franzen , Brouwer , Sobotka , Henrique , and Dupuis .

Not a bad complimentary economical core I would say .

I don't really get what your doing. Is this just your dream if you could swap salary or do you honestly believe that you can get these players? If I was having a wishlist it would be much better than this so maybe I just don't understand the point of the post. Especially when you consider guys like Letang, Duchene, etc. are in need of raises within a year or two.

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#147 stretch14
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WHAT IF ANY INSIGHT DOES THIS PROVIDE THE READERS OF OILERSNATION!?

Let me break it down frame by frame:

-You provide a vague yet somewhat intriguing title to get some hits for your article.

-Picture

-You reiterate the fact that everybody knows about the Oilers needing to add more size/grit to their elite talent.

-Yay! Another picture after two sentences.

-You provide a crapshoot of several players the Oilers COULD target with no real basis for your argument except pure speculation, some of whom are under contract beyond this year. Any clown on oilfans.com could make a list several players the Oilers MIGHT target and pull up their advanced stats.

-Oh whaddya know, another random picture. Cat wearing glasses, cute. That ties in well

- Two more uninspiring sentences of "But hey, who really nows what's gonna happen...your guess is as good as mine"

-And finally the obligatory "What does it all mean?" (the answer is nothing btw) semi-hot chick picture followed by the clever quip "Sail on, Ales".

Which one can only assume means that with the free-agents the Oilers COULD sign may mean Ales Hemsky is on his way out. Even though you didn't allude to him once throughout your entire article or provide a solid reason for why signing one of these guys means that he will be moved.

Sports journalism at it's finest ladies and gentleman.

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#148 merfer
May 07 2013, 10:40AM
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@Truth

100% correct We are so far from a playoff team that I can't see us making playoffs for two to three years at best.

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#149 pelhem grenville
May 07 2013, 02:45PM
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stretch14 wrote:

WHAT IF ANY INSIGHT DOES THIS PROVIDE THE READERS OF OILERSNATION!?

Let me break it down frame by frame:

-You provide a vague yet somewhat intriguing title to get some hits for your article.

-Picture

-You reiterate the fact that everybody knows about the Oilers needing to add more size/grit to their elite talent.

-Yay! Another picture after two sentences.

-You provide a crapshoot of several players the Oilers COULD target with no real basis for your argument except pure speculation, some of whom are under contract beyond this year. Any clown on oilfans.com could make a list several players the Oilers MIGHT target and pull up their advanced stats.

-Oh whaddya know, another random picture. Cat wearing glasses, cute. That ties in well

- Two more uninspiring sentences of "But hey, who really nows what's gonna happen...your guess is as good as mine"

-And finally the obligatory "What does it all mean?" (the answer is nothing btw) semi-hot chick picture followed by the clever quip "Sail on, Ales".

Which one can only assume means that with the free-agents the Oilers COULD sign may mean Ales Hemsky is on his way out. Even though you didn't allude to him once throughout your entire article or provide a solid reason for why signing one of these guys means that he will be moved.

Sports journalism at it's finest ladies and gentleman.

...piss off jerk

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