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

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#2 godot10
June 19 2013, 03:01PM
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Acquiring Letang would be a rebuild killer. In a hard cap world, value for money matters.

1) Letang's offense is inflated by playing with Crosby and Malkin.

2) Letang was horrible defensively against a heavy Boston Bruins team. The Oilers are moving into a conference with 3 heavy teams. LA, San Jose, and Anaheim. And two very good cycling teams, Vancouver and Phoenix.

3) $7 million for Letang also breaks the Taylor Hall salary cap.

4) Justin Schultz will be Kris Letang by the time the Oilers are contending. So paying full value for Letang's offense, when the Oilers' really need better two way big defenders (who can make a breakout pass AND handle the big divisional teams) is a waste of cap money.

Trading three players with size (the #7, Paajarvi, and Petry) for a smal offense only defenseman on a full value mega-contract is the height of whale-hunting stupidity, IMHO.

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#3 The Soup Fascist
June 19 2013, 09:55PM
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DSF wrote:

Good grief...

In the playoffs when all hands were on deck...

Phaneuf - 25:22

Gardiner - 23:01

Franson - 22:49

Kostka - 22:22

Gunnarsson - 22:05

Fraser - 18:26

Liles - 15:25

O'Byrne - 15:13

So, Gardiner played 12 seconds a game more than Franson.

12 seconds.

The only reason Franson might be available is because Gardiner is a blue chip prospect.

Minutes played by Justin Schultz in the playoffs - 00:00

Weber played 0:00 too. Schultzy is in good company!

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#4 MKE
June 19 2013, 08:35PM
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DSF wrote:

Nonsense:

Phaneuf - 1208:33

Franson - 845.29

Gunnarsson - 827:27

Kostka - 722:47

Fraser - 763:05

Liles - 600:34

Holzer - 407:09

Gardiner - 245:56

O'Byrne - 137:25

Komisarek - 61:23

In the playoffs:

Phaneuf - 177:35

Franson - 159:46

Gunnarsson - 154:35

Gardiner - 138:06

O'Byrne - 91:21

Fraser - 73:44

Liles - 61:41

Kostka - 22:22

Randy Carlyle, who knows a thing or two about defensemen used Franson as his second most reliable defenseman.

Please stop while you're behind.

Ya...I said AVERAGED more ice time.

Dion Phaneuf 25:10

Michael Kostka 22:04

Carl Gunnarsson 21:16

Jake Gardiner 20:28

Cody Franson 18:47

Hmm...seems to me there were 4 guys who AVERAGED more time then Franson when they did play.

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#5 TV6
June 19 2013, 08:44PM
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@DSF

I'm guessing since DSF "knows everything" about puck, that he might, just might, be able to grasp what the definition of TERM is in a Salary Cap system...

But for some reason he seems to pass over what it means to a Hockey Club in the Cap world.

Grabovski...

I swear DSF, there simply HAS to be a picture of you beside the word 'pedantic' in the dictionary, because if there is not, you seriously need to get outside more...

And while you are at it... You need to see a therapist & instantly become their Pulitzer Prize winning patient.

Just think what you could do for the entire world.

Grabovski... That was just past the point of pedantic... Just F'n Wow..! ('o')

x6

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#6 Dangilitis
June 19 2013, 10:07PM
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DSF you have a 3 post limit from now on. This is not your blog. 3 for you is being quite generous. But this is a democracy, so let's vote on it if you take issue with it.

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#7 Dangilitis
June 19 2013, 10:08PM
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I realize you are a master(de)bater and all, but you can't always have the last word. Especially when you talk BS.

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#8 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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#9 Tikkanese
June 19 2013, 12:33PM
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7th + Petry + PRV for Letang is highway robbery.

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#10 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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#11 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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#12 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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#13 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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#14 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
June 19 2013, 02:20PM
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There's absolutely no chance MacT and Co. go after Letang. Especially at the price some have suggested.

$7M/year is a bit steep for a one trick pony. MacT won't get caught up in the hype.

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#15 Oiler Al
June 19 2013, 02:54PM
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Reasonable facsimile , if you want a puck moving defense man,.. Nick Leddy, shoots, left, 4 years younger at half the price.

He's an RFA, not sure what Chicago's intentions are?

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#16 vetinari
June 19 2013, 03:43PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Looking at the last dozen drafts, other than one year where #21 ended up clearly better than #7 and a couple of judgement calls, there would appear to be a fairly big gap in talent.

2012 - Dumba vs. Jankowski

2011 - Sheifle vs. Noesen

2010 - Skinner vs. Riley Sheahan

2009 - Kadri vs. John Moore

2008 - Colin Wilson vs. Anton Gustafsson

2007 - Voracek vs. Riley Nash

2006 - Okposo vs. Bob Sanguinetti

2005 - Jack Skille vs. Tukka Rask (oops)

2004 - Olesz vs. Wolski

2003 - Suter vs. Mark Stuart

2002 - Lupul vs. Babchuk

2001 - Komisarek vs. C. Armstrong

Overall a fair bit of talent difference. Especially in a draft where there is a reportedly a dropoff after 10 to 12. Proceed with caution.

How dare you say that there is a big drop off between Dumba to Jankowski???? Jankowski?????

Well, I almost got through that with a straight face....

Point well made, Soupy.

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#17 Tikkanese
June 19 2013, 03:56PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

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

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

#1 You people way overrate Petry. PRV is going to be a 3rd liner here and the same in 3/4 of the rest of the league if not more

#2 Gilbert? What's your point? A career 30-35 point D man? Letang is nearly a Point Per Game the last two seasons. You're seriously comparing Gilbert to Letang? WOW.

#3 How could that go either way? It'll be 4+ years before that #7 pick is anything good. If ever. Letang will have another 200+ points in that time. Robbery for the Oil, plain and simple.

#4 Pitt will not trade Letang, this is just smoke screens for negotiations. They'll trade Fleury before Letang

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#18 DSF
June 19 2013, 03:59PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

If you are MacTavish is a Gardiner or Franson enough to give up #7 for #21? Typically a pretty big difference in talent in those 14 spots.

Cody Franson is a big (6'5" 215) right shooting defenseman who scored 29 points and was +4 last season. (6 points in 7 playoff games).

He's only 25 years old so he still has some upside.

In other words, he outscored Justin Schultz and went +4 on a team with only a slight goal differential.

He would likely be the Oilers best defenseman right out of the blocks.

If the Oilers are looking for a defenseman who fits the young core, he would be absolutely perfect and Toronto is the place to find to find a young talented defenseman. They have them coming out of their ears.

Where do I sign?

(By the way, I suggested the Oilers should have acquired him 2 years ago when he was on the outs with Ron Wilson and likely could have been acquired for a draft pick. Of course I was shouted down by the masses.)

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#19 DSF
June 19 2013, 04:02PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Looking at the last dozen drafts, other than one year where #21 ended up clearly better than #7 and a couple of judgement calls, there would appear to be a fairly big gap in talent.

2012 - Dumba vs. Jankowski

2011 - Sheifle vs. Noesen

2010 - Skinner vs. Riley Sheahan

2009 - Kadri vs. John Moore

2008 - Colin Wilson vs. Anton Gustafsson

2007 - Voracek vs. Riley Nash

2006 - Okposo vs. Bob Sanguinetti

2005 - Jack Skille vs. Tukka Rask (oops)

2004 - Olesz vs. Wolski

2003 - Suter vs. Mark Stuart

2002 - Lupul vs. Babchuk

2001 - Komisarek vs. C. Armstrong

Overall a fair bit of talent difference. Especially in a draft where there is a reportedly a dropoff after 10 to 12. Proceed with caution.

If you add the value of a player like Franson to the 21st pick, that gap gets bridged really quickly.

I'm not sure Toronto would do that deal but I sure as hell would throw in Hemsky to get it done.

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#20 godot10
June 19 2013, 05:28PM
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Just offer sheet Gunnarsson at the 2nd round compensation level is a far better option than considering Franson from Toronto.

Or if you really want Franson. Offer sheet him. Don't surrender the 7th for him.

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#21 djc
June 19 2013, 08:08PM
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DSF is the PJ Stock of Oilersnation.

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#22 MKE
June 19 2013, 08:32PM
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@DSF

I know. I'm clueless, know nothing, and am a total moron. Didn't we cover this the other day?

Franson couldn't even be a top 4 dman on his own team.

A 4th year dman who can't crack the top 4?

Ya...I'll take Schultz every day of the week. He will be the far better player when its all said and done.

And no, Grabovski is not better then Ganger at 5 million. Horcoff had 12 points and was plus 8 in 31 games.

Grabovski had 16 points...in 58 games...and was -10. And was -10 in 7 playoff games! And he's better then Horcoff and Gagner at 5 million?!!?

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#23 Mean Machine
June 19 2013, 08:41PM
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DSF wrote:

1) Like who.

2) No, he can't.

1) Letang and Kulikov

2) Yes, he can. Provide me a comparable that states he can be had for more.

Kyle Turris, although not a defenseman, was a top 6 or at least a projected top 6 player, was had for an A level prospect (Rundblad) and a 2nd rounder. Kyle Turris is worth more than Franson. Therefore, a second and a B level prospect is fair.

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#24 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 09:27PM
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30th, 30th, 29th and 24th.

You'd have to be pretty arrogant to even consider trading down in this draft. If there's a team in the NHL that needs that 7th selection, or better, it's the Edmonton Oilers.

MacTavish should still be in, we need all the help we can get mode.

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#25 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 10:15PM
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MKE wrote:

What if you can use that to get a top pairing guy? Especially someone under 25..

Lets talk, are we talking Gudbranson? Not that he's ready for top pairing minutes quite yet. Feel free to grab a couple extra bodies from the free basket if you feel it'll even things up some. Who you got, Hamonic?

Certainly not Letang.

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#26 Walter Sobchak
June 19 2013, 10:37PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Lets talk, are we talking Gudbranson? Not that he's ready for top pairing minutes quite yet. Feel free to grab a couple extra bodies from the free basket if you feel it'll even things up some. Who you got, Hamonic?

Certainly not Letang.

You know.......crazy, but this might be the year you could make a full on assault on Gudbranson.

Smid, next years first?

keeping our 7th.

If you take Belov, the possibility of Ranger joining and possible Gardnier joining its going to make roster spots available.

Time is now for Weber Jr.

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#27 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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#28 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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#29 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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#30 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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#31 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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#32 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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#33 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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#34 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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#35 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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#36 Quicksilver ballet
June 19 2013, 12:16PM
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@geoilersgist

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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#37 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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#38 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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#39 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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#41 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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#43 Eddie Shore
June 19 2013, 12:31PM
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@Benny Botts

Horcoff and Hemsky deals?

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#44 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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#45 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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#46 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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#47 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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#48 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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#49 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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#50 Dangilitis
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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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