RUMOUR MILL IS GETTING HOT...

Jason Gregor
June 19 2013 11:34AM

The next three weeks will be extremely exciting for hockey fans. Compliance buyouts could start as early as Monday, June 24th, or as last as Friday, June 28th, the 2013 NHL entry draft happens Sunday, June 30th and the free agent signings occur July 5th.

Between now and then we will hear some juicy rumours, witness some interesting trades, debatable draft selections and some horrendous UFA signings.

I can't wait, and thankfully we won't have to with copious speculation already circulating around the hockey world.

Here's some of the big stories already floating around.

Beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Josh Yohe, had a strong piece on why the Penguins will trade Kris Letang. 

Shero is fairly confident Letang has become a must-move player. 

That is true because Letang is not the consensus best defenseman on the Penguins, at least in the eyes of management and coaches.

That is true because the Penguins are deepest on defense among top prospects, including a couple of first-round picks from last summer (Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta).

That is true even though terms of Malkin's new contract will provide the Penguins with more cap room to keep good players around him and Crosby — if the cap increases annually under this labor contract, as it did during the last one.

The Penguins are set up for Letang to count around $6 million against the cap and to continue paying Crosby ($8.7 million), Malkin ($9.5 million), right winger James Neal, Martin and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury ($5 million apiece). Evidence of that was their offer to Staal, who would have counted about $5.75 million annually against the cap had he stayed — and that was with Letang taking up $3.5 million in space.

Letang, 26, a first-time Norris Trophy (top defenseman) finalist, aims to at least double his current salary on any new deal. He was the only NHL defenseman to average a point per game during the regular season. He is in his prime. 

According to Yohe the Pens are prepared to pay Letang $6 mill/year, but nothing more. Letang is very good offensively, more physical than some think, but some question his defensive zone play. The Penguins have the luxury of having the best offensive one-two punch (Crosby and Malkin) in the NHL, so they can risk moving a proven puck moving D-man.

I suspect playing with Crosby and Malkin might hurt Letang, because some wonder if they make his stats (points and advanced) look better than he is. I'd guess they do to an extent, but I still believe many teams would be interested, and I'd put the San Jose Sharks near the top of that list. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle have one year remaining on their contracts, ( a combined $20.56 million), and Doug Wilson loves puck movers and he isn't afraid to make major trades.

Before you scream Letang doesn't deserve to be paid like Shea Weber, keep in mind Brian Campbell makes $7.14 million.

LETANG IN EDMONTON

Letang would be the #1 pairing D-man the Oilers desperately need, but what is the asking price?

Would the #7 pick in this year's draft, Jeff Petry (#4 D-man) and a young forward get it done?

The Canes gave up the #8 and Brandon Sutter (3rd line C) to get Jordan Staal last year. Letang is worth more, but how much? Pens might ask for Paajarvi, but would they settle for something less? I don't know, but I'm curious to see if the Pens and Letang can't reach a new deal what is asking price would be.

AVS PASSING ON JONES?

"If we do pick first, we're leaning more toward one of those three forwards," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said in Adrian Dater's article yesterday.

Is this a bluff by Joe Sakic, or is Colorado seriously looking at one of Nathan Mackinnon, Jonathon Drouin or Alexander Barkov? In 2009 there was talk the Islanders might take Matt Duchene instead of John Tavares, in 2010 it was Taylor vs. Tyler, in 2011 there were rumours the Oilers would trade down and last year it was Nail Yakupov or Ryan Murray.

In every case the projected #1 pick went first overall, but I don't recall Garth Snow or Steve Tambellini/Kevin Lowe suggesting they wouldn't pick the consensus #1. Seems like an odd approach from the team holding the #1 selection.

While Sakic isn't the GM, in title, it is clear he is the main decision maker. His comments just made the final 10 days leading up to the draft more interesting.

Do you think the Avs will pass on Jones and take a forward, trade down or that this is a bluff and they will stick with Jones?

THE HOCKEY NEWS...SAY WHAT?

Dater tweeted this yesterday:

The Hockey News will name Detroit-Colorado biggest rivalry of all time in NHL history.

You could make an argument that the Wings/Avs was the best rivalry of the past 20 years, but to suggest it was the best of all-time tells me the Hockey News is trying to appeal to the younger demographic, or an All-American one.

Between 1996 and 2002 the Avs/Wings combined to win five Stanley Cups, met five times in the playoffs and in three of those meetings the winner went on to win the Cup. It was a great rivalry but it isn't the best of all-time.

The Oilers and Flames combined to make eight consecutive Stanley Cup appearances between 1983-1990, winning six of them. It was an epic battle during the playoff and the regular season.

The Leafs and Habs have met 15 times in the playoffs, but none since 1979, and only twice since the 1967 expansion. You can say it was easier to meet in the playoffs during the original six era, but these two combined for 10 straight Cup appearances from 1951-1960, and they won 7 championships.

The greatest rivalry is the Habs/Bruins. They've met 33 times in the playoffs, and while the Habs dominated the series for a 45 year stretch, the Bruins have won 7 of the last 11 series. No rivalry has lasted longer, and while Detroit/Colorado was good for seven years, it isn't even in the top-three of all-time.

PARTING SHOT...

Took this pic in Vegas. I'm guessing most of you feel this way, yet you still eat there. Convenience store owner must have a good sense of humour.

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#1 Tha Legion
June 19 2013, 11:39AM
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7+Petry+MPS for a signed Letang is a price I'd pay gladly

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#2 Justin
June 19 2013, 11:44AM
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Joe Sakic is trying to squeeze some juice out of Florida. Florida will give up something to get NM. I would not be surprised to see Colorado and Florida exchange picks. Colorado will then take Seth Jones.

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#3 Jerico
June 19 2013, 11:46AM
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Also

Terry Jones ‏@sunterryjones 2h Sure sounds like Craig MacTavish has a couple of deals done and is just waiting for the Stanley Cup to end so he can announce them.

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#4 Giz
June 19 2013, 12:00PM
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Can we pay Letang $7mill/year and afford to keep RNH, Yakupov, and J Shultz once their contracts are done?

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#5 T__Bone88
June 19 2013, 12:02PM
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It's a joke that they named Det-Col the greatest rivalry. If that's the case an argument for a Dal-Edm rivalry could be made for one of the greatest, happened about in the same time frame. I agree that Mon-Bos and Mon-Tor would be 1st and 2nd for greatest rivalries.

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#6 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 12:03PM
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Ken Holland is probably already on this Letang thing. He's locked him up long term at a 5.5 cap hit. Maybe another one of those post dated deals.

A lot could happen in the next two weeks that could leave MacTavish standing at the alter with these couple supposed deals. Two weeks is along time, especially if something better (Letang) comes a teams way, and the team involved decides to go in a different direction.

Screw the money back guarantee Craig. Lock these post dated deals in now (like Holmgren did) and have the teams on the hook now. Todays NHL game/teams needs or direction, can turn on a dime.

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#7 A-Mc
June 19 2013, 12:05PM
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Holy Christ i would be tickled pink if we landed Letang.

I would only give up the 7th/Petry/Paajarvi if as part of the deal, Letang signed a new contract for an extra 4+ years over his 1 remaining. It would absolutely kills us to pay that price and have Letang walk after next season.

Also i'm not sure what the optics would be like if Letang showed up and commanded a 7M/yr contract when the previous super stars (hall/ebs) were signed for 6m. Also, once you have 1 guy that breaks that 6M/yr barrier, that opens the door for the other potentials in Nuge, Yakcity, and Schultz Jr.

If somehow there was a way to snag Letang @ 6M/yr to equal hall/ebs, i say go for it. GO GOGOGOGOGOilers!

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#8 mayorblaine
June 19 2013, 12:06PM
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lots of what-ifs in deciding to aquire Letang. the one for sure thing is that he would make us much better. should the opportunity arise...yes please.

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#9 geoilersgist
June 19 2013, 12:11PM
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Those gas stations make me laugh. You have to love 'merica. Man I can't wait for October so I can be in vegas.

Can wait for the next two weeks to go. Going to be some amazing hockey news going down.

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#10 Spydyr
June 19 2013, 12:13PM
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So Letang is new Weber here.

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#11 WhattaMike
June 19 2013, 12:14PM
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Hey JG...I agree that the rumour mill is ready to explode...it probably already has.

I would deal Petry, MPS and the #7 for sure..for Letang...if he would sign with the Oilers at $5.5 to $6 mil per yr at say 6 six yrs long term.

I agree that Sakic is playing with Florida under the premise of getting one of the top forward picks...MacKinnon, Barkov, Drouin.

But i don't think Florida is worried to rush now for number 1 cause there are three to look at not two or one.

Besides...Calgary threw out publicly the thought...into the ring... to of trading it's three 1st rounders in order to get the #1...

Pending what Colorado actually does with/about Jones, I can see even Calgary then going to Florida for a big trade deal situation too.

The Oil are still ok at #7 in my mind but I hope they can get up to 4th with Nashville for Barkov.

I truly think that Calgary tips the scales with what they do decide they want with by trading all or any of those three first rounders - for the #1 to until it gets to #5 with Carolina.

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#12 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 12:16PM
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Can't really see what's so funny about this picture. Is it the name of the store/restaurant? Can't really see from the image provided.

Tried using my binoculars, but it obviously doesn't have the same affect as at the football game.

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#13 VK63
June 19 2013, 12:18PM
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Isn't Dater the guy who picked the Oil as #1 in his pre season power rankings?

Something about electric lettuce being legal down there and such.

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#14 HugThePost
June 19 2013, 12:20PM
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Hey Gregor, I remember you posted a while back that the Oilers should seriously consider signing Jagr this off-season.

I'm wondering if you still feel that way? I think Jagr has looked great in this final. Sure, he's not the early '90s Jagr, but he's still big, can move ok, and clearly hasn't lost his hands (just ask Ryan Whitney).

He would look great as an oiler, if he's willing to take on a mentor role on an up and coming team instead of a true contender.

It's usually the gems in the 2nd or 3rd tier of free agents that brings the best bang for the buck. While everyone is excited for the big shiny baubles like Bickell (who is sucking in the SCF, BTW), I hope MacT and his pro scouting crew are leaving no stone unturned in their search for better players who will help their group.

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#15 A-Mc
June 19 2013, 12:23PM
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@HugThePost

If Boston wins the cup and Jagr isn't finished, i wouldn't be surprised if he takes the road of mentor on a developing team for a year or two to finish out his career.

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#17 Benny Botts
June 19 2013, 12:27PM
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@ Gregor

Terry Jones is reporting that MacT has some deals already done, and that he is awaiting the cup finals to be complete before he can announce them.

Can he not announce them during the finals? Or does the NHL have some kind of rule put in where you cannot announce any trades during the finals?

And lastly any wild guess what those deals could be?

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#19 Eddie Shore
June 19 2013, 12:31PM
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@Benny Botts

Horcoff and Hemsky deals?

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#20 HugThePost
June 19 2013, 12:32PM
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ok thanks Gregor.

I know Jagr sang Hemsky's praises and the 2 of them would have been a great pair here.

I guess I would like to see MacT get a vet like Jagr though....a winner, someone who can play and not just do the rah rah stuff in the locker room and sit in the press box, and someone who knows the league. Jagr's temperment seems good too---he doesn't come across as nutty or high strung--ie. at this point I think he is smart enough not to be a distraction.

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#21 Tikkanese
June 19 2013, 12:33PM
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7th + Petry + PRV for Letang is highway robbery.

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#22 WhattaMike
June 19 2013, 12:47PM
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Lets add to rumour mill time with some questions...

J.G... or anyone else too...

1) What would ya say about the Oilers ... keeping their #7 pick... but ... offering Petry, MPS and Marancin or Gernat to Pittsburgh for Letang??

2) The Oilers can easily then get either one of Lindholm or Horvat...or ...Can they package their #7 now with next yr's 1st rounder and a prospect (Musil, Fedun, Rajala etc) to trade with Nashville for the #4 pick...aka..Barkov?

3) Also..J.G... I heard... listening to Staufer today on Oilersnow... that Jim Nill strongly wants a good veteran centreman now...could this sound like a Horcoff deal possibility?

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#23 Bonvie
June 19 2013, 12:48PM
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Tha Legion wrote:

7+Petry+MPS for a signed Letang is a price I'd pay gladly

I would like to see the Oilers target Myers out of Buffalo with pressure on management about the contract and with Myers having a bit of a step back in the last few years, this is perfect timing for a team to make a strong bid for an elite defenseman.

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#24 Lochenzo
June 19 2013, 12:49PM
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That's a huge dilemma for Shero though. I think he needs to improve his group of 6 D, and if he is moving out his #1 guy, I think the only way you improve the D is if you get two quality defenders back.

So let's say that the Oilers' offer of 7th plus Petry and Paajarvi is on the table. As Pitt, I'd want another deal in place with a 3rd team. Let's say dangling 7th overall plus change for Kulikov in Florida. THEN, that would be mission accomplished for Shero.

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#25 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 12:50PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

7th + Petry + PRV for Letang is highway robbery.

Could go either way, who's zooming who...

Tom Gilbert could get you 30 pts a year playing with Crosby and Malkin, no?

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#26 book¡e
June 19 2013, 12:51PM
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I wish the stupid hockey games would end so we could get to some exciting Hockey stuff!!!

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#27 Yonsy
June 19 2013, 12:52PM
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I would love Letang. One of the best puck movers in the show. But that would be a steep price for MacT to pay for one year of Letang. And why would a player that is in his prime want to move/extend to a rebuilding team like Edmonton? Nice idea but chances are very slim.

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#28 Dangilitis
June 19 2013, 12:53PM
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I'd be living in a fantasy world if Jagr and Hemsky would play in Edmonton... slotted in as our 3rd line wingers behind Ebs/Hall and Gagner/Yak (Gagner as winger recently implied by MacT)!!! In all seriousness, Jagr has been pushing play in the right direction all post-season (much like Seguin) and both have had no puck luck. I'd love for him to come but not at 5 mil per season and as Gregor mentioned, I don't think veterans want to go to a team whose chances of a playoff spot are uncertain, and especially when the roster is so volatile. Same goes for Briere. MacT does need to move fast to upgrade this team to make it more attractive to veterans, which includes adding a top pair D man and 2nd line center fast (if they are serious about moving Gagner to wing).

I know Letang is better than Petry, I am not going to be so foolish to say that he isn't. But Petry holds immense value, and I think could be a legitimate top pair Dman on the team if given a top pair linemate (Smid is a solid #3 and hopefully Klef or JSchultz earn #3/4 in the future). His contract is a steal for another year and is still an RFA at the end of it. Trading him also creates a big hole as him and Letang are different players. If they want a roster D-man (which they may not), Smid or Schultz are tradeable veteran assets. #7, #38 and Marincin? Or they could be crafty and swing a deal to move up to #5, which might hold more value to the Pens?

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#29 Oilers#1fool
June 19 2013, 01:00PM
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Oilers should stay away from letang! The asking price will no doubt be too high. His salary will be bloated and our defence is already too soft! We need to get big and MEAN on the back end! Wear down the other team forwards

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#30 John Chambers
June 19 2013, 01:00PM
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Don't see why not. Pittsburgh will pay him $6 mill and they have Crosby and Malkin at combined $18.2 mill.

So for argument sake you give RNH same as Hall and Eberle, that is $18 million. Pens have James Neal at $5 million, similar to Yakupov.

I don't see any reason J.Schultz should get much more, if any, than Voynov so that puts him at $4.1 million.

Hall, Eberle, Letang, Schultz, Yakupov and RNH would be combined at around $34 million, if the latter three produce to get big raise.

Is a bit of a risk, but cap likely to be back at $70 mill in two years when 64 deal kicks in, so wouldn't be crazy. You'd hope players would be more proven by then, that is the major question mark.

Agreed - the Oil can afford Letang at $7M.

The rub though is that they might have to trade Eberle or Yakupov once Yak comes off his ELC.

But that's a good thing - look at the return Pitt is getting from Staal and Letang - young, economical, proven NHL'ers + high picks. It's like having a mini-rebuild.

The Oil could acquire Letang (dump Hemsky & Horcoff), and be very competitive for the next two seasons until Yak comes off his ELC. Assuming RNH, Yak, and Shultz are signed to a combined $16M at the end of the '15 season, you trade Eberle for a high pick and solid prospect.

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#31 BArmstrong
June 19 2013, 01:01PM
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@WhattaMike

Your #3

I'll bet he's got his eye on Valtteri Filppula (Detroit connection and all) - but in turn maybe Detroit takes Horcoff and half his salary?

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#32 BArmstrong
June 19 2013, 01:07PM
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I don't know if Wanye's offered this up yet, but why not move Eberle to defense? He can play top paring by himself...zing

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#33 The Soup Fascist
June 19 2013, 01:09PM
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book¡e wrote:

I wish the stupid hockey games would end so we could get to some exciting Hockey stuff!!!

As an Oilers fan, I can say that truer words have never been spoken .... er ...... written.

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#35 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 01:13PM
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Oilers#1fool wrote:

Oilers should stay away from letang! The asking price will no doubt be too high. His salary will be bloated and our defence is already too soft! We need to get big and MEAN on the back end! Wear down the other team forwards

In two yrs, Darnell Nurse could be that guy.

Edmonton doesn't work like that though. Oilers have traditionally chased the big fish/offensive dreamy types, to try and mask the rampant holes throughout the lineup. Park Letang up on the shelf next to the Hossa,Heatley types.

To borrow a phrase from DSF. Letang ends up in Detroit, book it!

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#36 djc
June 19 2013, 01:13PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Ken Holland is probably already on this Letang thing. He's locked him up long term at a 5.5 cap hit. Maybe another one of those post dated deals.

A lot could happen in the next two weeks that could leave MacTavish standing at the alter with these couple supposed deals. Two weeks is along time, especially if something better (Letang) comes a teams way, and the team involved decides to go in a different direction.

Screw the money back guarantee Craig. Lock these post dated deals in now (like Holmgren did) and have the teams on the hook now. Todays NHL game/teams needs or direction, can turn on a dime.

Wouldn't it just be easier to use cut and paste since you are pretty much writing the exact same thing after every article?

We get it, you want trades and you want them now. Oilers management is terrible. Weber is God. Blah blah blah ....

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#37 Truth
June 19 2013, 01:17PM
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How about waiting to sign Letang next off-season? By the sounds of it whoever acquires his rights will have to pay market value for his contract plus give up a fortune to get his rights. Smart move is to wait it out, the asking price will drop by the deadline or even in the off-season and you practically trade for his rights.

Let some other fool trade a high pick, a great prospect, and an NHL player for a guy that you will either have to sign at a Free Agent rate or might even walk away in the off-season.

Letang would be a great addition, but it definitely makes J. Schultz expendable, they are both relatively small R shooting offensive d-men/PP specialists that will (should) be making over $5.5M/yr. The Oil would be much better suited to have a Drew Doughty/Ryan Suter/Shea Weber come in if they are going to be paying the big money and big assets to acquire a player. Letang and Schultz are too one dimensional to be 1/2 D-men on the same team, IMO.

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#38 WhattaMike
June 19 2013, 01:20PM
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I have other questions to put out there...

1) What if the Oilers were to leave the Letang trade thing alone...and instead...then go to St.Louis...trading N.Schultz and Gernat, and/or their #56 pick...for RFA Shattenkirk???

Too much or about right?

2) What about the Oilers giving... their #7, then next yr's 1st rounder, plus Omark's or Rajala rights, and also, either Marancin or Gernat....so as to take this yr's #2...pending if MacKinnon is there still from Colorado or not ...?

Is this do-able or too much?

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#39 Lochenzo
June 19 2013, 01:22PM
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The Oilers would be better with Letang. But if they make that deal, they would still be looking for another mobile defenceman, preferably one that shoots left. Ideally you want a puck possession type D that has one puck mover on each pairing, just like the way Chicago has it set up.

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#40 mr common sense
June 19 2013, 01:27PM
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Letang is unreal. Immediately the best player on the oilers. remember, the oilers will be in a diff div with sj,la, ana......will get crushed with the D they have now. they need this guy, a modern day Brian Leetch

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#41 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 01:33PM
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Letang only makes 3.5 next season. Take him for a test drive, and flip him next yr if you want/need. He would be a trinket to add to the small asset pile next trade deadline. If you can land him without it costing one of the 5, it could be a good way to liquidate some bodies or even faux assets.

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#42 geoilersgist
June 19 2013, 01:35PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

The convenience store/gas station is called Terrible's and a bunch of them in Vegas (probably all of the US) have McD's attached to them. So it looks like it is called Terrible McDonalds

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#43 WhattaMike
June 19 2013, 01:35PM
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@mr. common sense...

I agree that Letang will be the #1 defender on the Oilers if he was traded for...but...I still think $7 mil is too much.

Tell me please, who ya think is another top defender that the Oilers could go for in trade deal(s) at about $5 to $5.5 mil per yr max?

Then tell me next also... what ya how ya would make the 3 pairs plus the 7th d-man or what ya would do with the other defenders now on the team (Smid, Petry, J. Schultz, N. Schultz, Klefbom, Belov)???

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#44 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 01:36PM
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@geoilersgist

Thank you sir.

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#45 The Soup Fascist
June 19 2013, 01:38PM
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mr common sense wrote:

Letang is unreal. Immediately the best player on the oilers. remember, the oilers will be in a diff div with sj,la, ana......will get crushed with the D they have now. they need this guy, a modern day Brian Leetch

.... a better hockey player than Taylor Hall? You are in danger of not living up to your name.

Letang is a very nice puck moving D-man who is a threat to score (unfortunately at BOTH ends of the ice). A very skilled guy who has greatly benefitted from playing with two of the top hockey players on the planet.

Would he become the Oilers best defenseman? Yes. But IMO he is NOT a better hockey player than Taylor Hall.

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#46 Jason
June 19 2013, 01:41PM
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First of all, I really like Kris Letang. But I don't see him as a great fit on the Oilers. He would strengthen an area of strength, but in the process, would fail to address holes, and depending on his cost, might create more. The Oilers do need to add a Top-4 defensemen, but it needs to be a guy to play the left side (Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry are fine on the right side), and it needs to be done without moving J. Schultz, Petry, or Smid... otherwise it doesn't fill a hole, it simply replaces a body. What the Oilers should be looking for is a guy to play with Justin Schultz and while Letang is the better player, Paul Ranger, Michael Del Zotto, Dmitry Kulikov, or Jake Gardiner would be better fits for the club. My guess is it would cost the Oilers Gagner + 1st Rd. Pick + Petry to get Letang, although they might be able to get a depth player from the Penguins as well (like Kennedy).

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#47 T__Bone88
June 19 2013, 01:50PM
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Although Letang would be a great pick-up for the oilers I would hold off selling the farm to acquire him. If i remember correctly from what Eakin mentioned in his press is that he wants defenders that defend first before thinking offense. I know the game plan is acquire more puck-moving defensemen but at the price tag that Pittsburgh wants for Letang as well as the cap hit, I would think the oilers explore more cheaper options that still are good quality defensemen. Don't get me wrong Letang I would enjoy having on the oilers as a PP quarterback, but if the Oilers are going to be offering up big packages for players it would be more ideal to acquire a more shut-down defense that is still mobile.

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#48 WhattaMike
June 19 2013, 01:52PM
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@Jason...

I agree with ya that Letang is excellent but not the total package especially at his wanting $7 mil per year apparently...

Ya mentioned J. Gardiner...who is a very good prospect but...he is pretty small at only being 184 lbs...

I prefer Klefbom at his size and excellent skating mobility to a J. Gardiner.Now if the Oilers could get a big mean top skating #2 defender...wow...that would be great..

Who would fit the bill based on big and great skating skills for the Oilers in your opinion?

This is where I see the Oilers pick up Nurse or Ristolainen at #7....although i want them to pick up one of Barkov (if trading up to 4th), or Lindholm, Monahan or Horvat...

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#49 Lochenzo
June 19 2013, 01:58PM
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you're right about Letang being cheap next year, but the assets you have to surrender to acquire him via trade is going to be near the top. He was a Norris trophy candidate this year and there are not very many options for teams shopping the free agent market.

I could see Detroit putting forward an offer. Smith, Kindl, Dekeyser are all attractive options for Pittsburgh to choose from.

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#50 Rocket
June 19 2013, 02:12PM
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Oilers#1fool wrote:

Oilers should stay away from letang! The asking price will no doubt be too high. His salary will be bloated and our defence is already too soft! We need to get big and MEAN on the back end! Wear down the other team forwards

Totally. Wearing down the opposing forwards seems to work well in the playoffs so far. The Oilers have to be careful though. Dallas & Colorado both have really big & mean defencemen but they're not considered that good (although Dallas has good D prospects) so puck movement is also important.

Letang can move the puck well but I think it would be an overpay

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