THE BUZZ: TUESDAY PRESSER

Robin Brownlee
June 23 2013 09:44PM

With the Edmonton Oilers announcing a media availability with GM Craig MacTavish Tuesday, there's been no end of speculation and rumors about what, exactly, MacT wants to talk about.

Twitter, the tool that for many in the media biz has taken the place of an old-fashioned notion like picking up the telephone and sniffing around, has been abuzz about the possibilities. Let us mention just a few . . .

1. MacTavish will announce Sam Gagner has been signed to a new multi-year deal.

2. MacTavish will announce Sam Gagner has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

3. MacTavish will announce Paul Maurice as an addition to the coaching staff of Dallas Eakins.

4. The new phonebooks are here.

THE BUZZ

Twitter buzz from media types included the following:

Josh Rimmer of Sportsnet tweeted Sunday: "Hearing Leafs have had discussions with Oilers about Sam Gagner. Leafs are looking for a young centre and he certainly fits the bill" and "I do see the Leafs adding one of Gagner, Stastny or Stephen Weiss" and "Vancouver has also has discussions about Gagner as Sam’s dad Dave is part of Canucks MGMT."

Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun wrote: “Edmonton Oiler GM Craig MacTavish to meet with media Tuesday. Let the speculation begin. Horcoff deal done? Hemsky? Draft update?”

Oiler fan, author and Scott McKeen supporter David Staples of The Journal added:" #Leafs kicking the tires on Sam Gagner, Toronto sports insider says. But does it mean much? #Oilers."

MY BEST GUESS

My best guess, and that's all it is because MacTavish was tight-lipped even when I was on the beat and he certainly isn't whispering in my ear now as the GM, is we'll be getting news about Gagner – that he's staying rather than going to Toronto, or anywhere else for that matter.

MacTavish is on the record as seeing Gagner as a piece of Edmonton's puzzle moving forward. He's also on the record as saying it's probably best that both Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky move along.

If Horcoff is being bought out or traded, there's no way, zippo, that the Oilers are going to take both Gagner and Horcoff out of the mix at centre, leaving Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and not much of anything else down the middle. That, of course, assumes there isn’t a pivot coming back in any trade.

The next best bet, from where I sit, is an announcement about an addition to the coaching staff. Maurice has the inside track there (although I do wonder if MacTavish put in a call to Columbus to get permission to talk to Keith Acton).

Stay tuned.

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#1 DoubleJ
June 23 2013, 09:55PM
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I'm guessing its the resigning of Gagner. Do the oilers need a pressed for assistant coaches? Maybe if it Paul. But I doubt it.

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#2 Racki
June 23 2013, 09:58PM
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My guesses were Gagner extension, Hall captaincy (now that Horcoff's damn near guaranteed to be gone in some fashion), or coaching additions (less likely though just due to no one really talking about any candidates the Oil have talked to since hiring Eakins).

However, seems that Bob Stauffer ruined the fun on Twitter when he mentioned that the Oilers usually hold a presser with the GM before the draft. So that's probably all this is.

Even if that isn't what it is, I'd say almost no chance it's a trade.

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#3 book¡e
June 23 2013, 10:01PM
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Trades don't get announced by pre-announced press releases so its not a trade UNLESS it is Horcoff and a quiet trade was made with Horcoff's knowledge (i.e. no need to avoid leaks) and all parties agreed to hold off until a press conference. However that is very unlikely. Signings usually leak out pretty quick as well so I don't know why they would hold a press conference for that.

So my call is one of two things in order of likelihood.

1. Hiring of Associate and assistant coaches.

2. Signing of Long Term contract for Sam Gagner AND announcement of Sam Gagner as the next Captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

Or the phone books (i.e draft talk).

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#5 jonnyquixote
June 23 2013, 10:07PM
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Eakins fired.

There were some concerns about his ability to take this team to the next level, but he did get a de facto vote of confidence from MacTavish when he was signed earlier this month. However, after speaking with him about his plans for the assistants position, MacT realized he wanted a coach that was still more closely aligned with the way he wants to run the team.

Rumors have it that the move was also spurred by the sudden availability (or willingness to accept the job) of Mark Messier as a head coaching option.

During the press conference, please look for Kelly Buchberger standing in the background, weeping (possibly bleeding) with relief.

I only hope that for the team's PR sake, Eakins was told of his dismissal in person.

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#6 jonnyquixote
June 23 2013, 10:14PM
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This just in: MacTavish apparently informed Eakins of his dismissal by using WhatsApp Messenger, the program that allows you to send SMS messages using a wifi internet connection. Eakins got a text earlier asking him to download the app, only to discover this message on it from his former boss. David Shoalts will tweet on the matter shortly, after he changes pants that were wetted in excited rage.

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#7 michael
June 23 2013, 10:17PM
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MacT is going to drop another bomb on the media just before the draft. no rest for wicked around here. Stauffer is barely out of Canmore before he has to come home to do a Tuesday presser and then fly off to the other side of the continent in forsaken swamps of New Jersey. In Newark no less, where goodfellows rule and the Devils play. The Leafs want Gagner make em pay. I really hope MacT isn't thinking about Tyler Bozak. Or Grabovski. Give Gagner a 4 year extension is more likely. But MacT is who he is it might not be any of the above.Go Chicago Go and finish off this miserably long season.

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#8 Mr common sense
June 23 2013, 10:20PM
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***note plz do NOT read this unless you want me to ruin the surprise

MacT will be announcing the deal to get the negotiating rights to Mike Smith and David Clarkson

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#9 justDOit
June 23 2013, 10:25PM
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Presser is to announce that MacT has traded himself for the rights to Todd Marchant and a Jerry Seinfeld Pez dispenser.

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#10 Norm
June 23 2013, 10:29PM
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jonnyquixote wrote:

This just in: MacTavish apparently informed Eakins of his dismissal by using WhatsApp Messenger, the program that allows you to send SMS messages using a wifi internet connection. Eakins got a text earlier asking him to download the app, only to discover this message on it from his former boss. David Shoalts will tweet on the matter shortly, after he changes pants that were wetted in excited rage.

Run your comments past someone with an actual sense of humor before submitting them. Your lame attempts at humor just ain't funny pal.

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#11 Probert
June 23 2013, 10:30PM
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What about the Hemsky for Nino Niederreiter or Zack Smith rumours ? If either of those pan out I could see Gagner going to Toronto; maybe for Gardiner?

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#12 Shifty203
June 23 2013, 10:36PM
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I believe Dreger said he heard Toronto was kicking the tires on gags, but sam's agents said they are still actively working on an extension.

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#13 Walter Sobchak
June 23 2013, 10:45PM
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You can't trust what MacTavish is saying, he said Krueger was fine, look how that turned out.

So he has a little misdirection in him I'm thinking.

Having said that I expect an extension to Gagner.

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#14 Rodd
June 23 2013, 11:36PM
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Paulina Gretzky announced as head octaine girl!

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#15 Jimmer
June 23 2013, 11:38PM
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Announcement is to no longer use the word "unflappable." Instead these synonyms will now be used for the 2013-2014 season:

collected, composed, deliberate, disimpassioned, easy, impassive, imperturbable, level-headed, nonchalant, relaxed, self-possessed, unruffled

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#16 Quicksilver ballet
June 23 2013, 11:45PM
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During these Ganye negotiations. MacTavish realized during this process he was really looking for a 3 zone 2nd line center, and not just a one zone specialist like Sam.

Craig will mention on Tuesday, negotiations with Sams peeps are ongoing and could be wrapped up soon. Watch for that cute cuddly guy get dealt in the first hour of the draft on Sunday.

Much like with the Krueger situation, MacTavish will lead us to believe one thing, and then do another.

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#17 stretch14
June 24 2013, 12:08AM
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Usually contract extensions and hiring of assistant coaches aren't grounds for a presser...

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#18 Ever the Optimist
June 24 2013, 01:23AM
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Gagner and a 2nd for Phaneuf

it would be bold .... and I would love seeing him play cowtown

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#19 Oiler Al
June 24 2013, 04:21AM
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Please say it ain't so.... Phaneuf or Bozak coming to Oilers. Phaneuf is hardly an upgrade on Smid!and Bozak isnt much of an upgrade on Gagner.

Gardnair, or Franson would be better pick ups for the Oilers.

My guess its either Paul Maurice or Hemsky/Horcoff departures.

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#20 Time Travelling Sean
June 24 2013, 04:53AM
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They are naming Taylor Hall the captain, and unveiling the new #10 jersey for Yak.

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#21 Robin Brownlee
June 24 2013, 06:33AM
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stretch14 wrote:

Usually contract extensions and hiring of assistant coaches aren't grounds for a presser...

Thanks, tips. Do tell, what are pressers usually about? Enlighten us.

So far, this latest comment and "What a dumb article" the last time I wrote are your contributions. Anything else to offer?

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#22 etown
June 24 2013, 06:37AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

During these Ganye negotiations. MacTavish realized during this process he was really looking for a 3 zone 2nd line center, and not just a one zone specialist like Sam.

Craig will mention on Tuesday, negotiations with Sams peeps are ongoing and could be wrapped up soon. Watch for that cute cuddly guy get dealt in the first hour of the draft on Sunday.

Much like with the Krueger situation, MacTavish will lead us to believe one thing, and then do another.

You are thee most negative fan of all-time!! Let me ask you? Are you saying ypud rather have tentative tamby calling the shots? I for one am lovong mact's approach and no nonsence style. You sir remind me of Randy Quaide the super fan in major league. Get a grip!!!

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#23 Darrell
June 24 2013, 07:13AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Thanks, tips. Do tell, what are pressers usually about? Enlighten us.

So far, this latest comment and "What a dumb article" the last time I wrote are your contributions. Anything else to offer?

Robin, The article was fine; its just the way us crazy fans salivate at the thought of success ...

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#24 Benny Botts
June 24 2013, 07:52AM
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Mr common sense wrote:

***note plz do NOT read this unless you want me to ruin the surprise

MacT will be announcing the deal to get the negotiating rights to Mike Smith and David Clarkson

Is this a serious comment?

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#25 Benny Botts
June 24 2013, 07:55AM
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@Robin Brownlee

Robin, Seems like signs are pointing towards an announcment for an associate coach or announcing a new coaching staff. Have you heard any rumblings or any names on some of these "deals" that MacT is already suppose to have in place?

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#26 Romulus' Apotheosis
June 24 2013, 08:02AM
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For me the biggest item is the timing.

They announced for a day that is potentially before or after the SCF and before they knew the SCF would be over.

I'm guessing it is pressing enough that they can't wait until Thurs, but not so pressing that they hold it Monday.

Probably means something like a Coaching announcement or a contract extension.

A trade would probably have been announced Sunday or Monday, i.e., right away.

A general GM meeting setting up for the draft would probably be Thurs at the earliest.

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#27 Truth
June 24 2013, 08:15AM
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Coaching announcement would be my guess. If it was a trade I'm sure it would have been announced prior to the media availability being announced. If not, who decides that the Oilers get to hold the availability for the announcement and not the other team in the trade? Has that ever happened before?

Paul Maurice as Associate is my guess.

They have to sign Gagner. If they do not, and decide to trade him, then they must directly replace him before next season. With Horcoff on his way out, Nuge most likely out until November, and Belanger probably being bought out, Anton Lander would be the #1 center in training camp. MacT already has his work cut out for himself by creating depth at C, trading Gagner for anything other than a better replacement would be a step backwards

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#28 MarcusBillius
June 24 2013, 08:17AM
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Norm wrote:

Run your comments past someone with an actual sense of humor before submitting them. Your lame attempts at humor just ain't funny pal.

I thought it was pretty damn funny!

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#29 YFC Prez
June 24 2013, 08:44AM
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Most likely just conincidence but the leafs announced last night that they are planning on buying out Komisarek contract. Making cap room for Gagner?

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#30 vetinari
June 24 2013, 09:42AM
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Doubt that Gagner to Toronto for Phanuef has any merit-- why would we trade for a defenceman that has one year left on his contract before becoming a UFA? Makes no sense because we lose a quality RFA centre for little to no long term value.

As for the presser, my guess is to announce either a long term contract to Gagner or the assistant coach situation has been sorted out.

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#31 I am the Liquor
June 24 2013, 09:45AM
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A new multi year extension for Ales Hemsky.

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#32 Truth
June 24 2013, 10:02AM
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No to Phaneuf at any cost. Please no.

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#33 Harlie
June 24 2013, 10:03AM
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Rodd wrote:

Paulina Gretzky announced as head octaine girl!

Where do I sign up for seasons tickets?

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#34 mlcselli
June 24 2013, 10:11AM
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If we are guessing the reasons for the presser tomorrow, I'm thinking that if MacT is about bold moves being made this year, my guesses are:

A) He is trading the draft pick in a package for a roster Center or Defender and he is just giving us the consideration of letting us know before the draft.

B) He will exercise his right for both buy outs.

C ) Ryan Smyth will be introduced as part of the new coaching team

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#35 They're $hittie
June 24 2013, 10:18AM
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Three things to be announced.

1/ Hall is captain

2/ Gagner is signed

3/ Maurice is the associate coach

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#36 oilers2k14
June 24 2013, 10:49AM
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Damn I hope the place I'm going camping this weekend has a good Wifi connection

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#37 Smokey
June 24 2013, 11:20AM
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Norm wrote:

Run your comments past someone with an actual sense of humor before submitting them. Your lame attempts at humor just ain't funny pal.

Relax, not your cup of tea. Scroll down. It put a smile on my face...better then Penner Pancake eating contest jokes.

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#38 Henry
June 24 2013, 11:25AM
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What time is the presser tomorrow? I need to know how much beer to get.

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#39 Gordoil
June 24 2013, 11:46AM
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Will not be taking Seth Jones with the 7th pick

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#40 Rama Lama
June 24 2013, 11:48AM
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I had a dream last night............Jarome Iginla signed with the Oil to play a second line third line role and to mentor the young kids coming up.

Then I woke up and realized it was just a wet dream........

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#41 Spydyr
June 24 2013, 12:11PM
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The new phone books are in!!! The new phone books are in!!!

Anyone who ever saw the now very old movie "The Jerk" . Will get this.

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#42 Preston Hodgkinson
June 24 2013, 12:41PM
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If the news about gagner refusing a 4yr/4m per contract is true I believe a trade could be announced on Tuesday....we could also hear Horcoff being bought out...I don't expect a hemsky announcement ....Paul Maurice will be welcomed into the organization and possibly the signing of Paul Ranger could be announced as well

So the list of things that I think are possibly happening Tuesday are: - gagner trade/ signing -Horcoff buy out -Hall Captaincy -Paul Maurice Associate coach -Paul Ranger signing

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#43 DrDave
June 24 2013, 02:26PM
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MacT will be announcing that the Flames will also be playing their home games at Rexall place until the Saddledome is restored or Calgary has a new arena.

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#44 Junior mint
June 24 2013, 06:32PM
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Mr common sense wrote:

***note plz do NOT read this unless you want me to ruin the surprise

MacT will be announcing the deal to get the negotiating rights to Mike Smith and David Clarkson

So much for Common Sense!

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#45 oilerman53
June 24 2013, 09:53PM
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MacT announces he is the new spokesperson for Just For Men hair products. MacT circa 1987 wigs will be handed out if the Oilers reach the postseason.

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#46 jonnyquixote
June 25 2013, 12:35AM
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Breaking news: The presser on Tuesday announcing Messier's hire will be immediately followed by one announcing the Oilers have fired Mark Messier as head coach. Apparently, while preparing for the press conference MacTavish realized that he wanted someone who was STILL more in-tune with the way he wants to coach the team. On Wednesday, he is expected to announce the hiring of Kelly Buchberger as the team's newest head coach and promises that when Kelly speaks you won't be able to see Craig's lips move at all.

Early reports indicate that MacTavish let Messier know of his dismissal during a game of DrawSomething, in which MacT sketched a bonfire and an arrow pointing to the word "You." The firing was extra insensitive as it made it impossible for Messier to guess the actual word, which was "Beyonce." This ruined an impressive 16-correct streak.

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