WHAT THE CLUTTERBUCK???

Jason Gregor
June 25 2013 11:43AM

Minnesota Wild beat reporter Mike Russo wrote that the Oilers are actively pursuing Cal Clutterbuck and the trade could involve Tyler Pitlick. 

One team hot after him is Edmonton; the Wild has talked to the Oilers about a deal that would include Minnesotan Tyler Pitlick. 

Russo had the above line in his piece on the Wild's salary cap situation and where Clutterbuck fits. Clutterbuck is an RFA, and he just finished a three-year deal with a $1.4 million cap hit. He made $1.7 million in actual dollars last year, so you'd think he'd be looking at a deal north of $2 million.

Clutterbuck is coming off his worst season in four years. He scored only 4 goals and 10 points in 42 games last season, but the previous three years he was decent offensively.

YEAR             GP      G        A      PTS      PIM        +/-
2010              74      13      8        21         52         -8
2011              76       19     15      34         79         -5
2012              74      15      12      27        103       -4

The Oilers wouldn't add Clutterbuck just for his offence. He's been a 3rd pairing forward on the PK the past four seasons in Minnesota, and he plays with an edge. He's one of the most physical forwards in the NHL, having led the NHL in hits in 2010 (318), 2011 (336) and he was 3rd in hits in 2012 with 288.

Some will argue that because the Chicago Blackhawks rarely hit you don't need physical players to win, but the Oilers don't possess a blueline like the Hawks, nor are their forwards in the same category as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.

The Oilers haven't had a physical player, who could produce and play significant minutes since Ehan Moreau scored 20 goals in 2004. Ryan Jones was pretty good in 2011, but he's not an overly physical player.

JF Jacques led the Oiler forwards in hits in 2010 with 158.
Ryan Jones had 152 in 2011, and he scored 18 goals.
Lennart Petrell had 122 in 2012 and Mike Brown led them with 65 this past season.

Outside of Jones, none of the others played significant minutes or made much of an impact offensively, and they were usually a liability defensively.

Clutterbuck's corsi numbers aren't stellar, but in 2012 the Wild had the worst corsi rating of any team in the league. The entire team sucked, but Clutterbuck has shown improvement over the years. If you want to see his Corsi, Fenwick and other stats read here.

Clutterbuck is exactly what the Oilers need. A fiesty third line player, who can inject some energy, annoys the opposition, skates well, can help out on the PK, plays on the edge and has some decent offensive potential.

If the Oilers have to part with Pitlick and something else to obtain Clutterbuck, I'd do it yesterday.

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#51 ricfrankton
June 25 2013, 12:09PM
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im hearing nuge hallsy and the seventh for webs and the fourth. almost a done deal book it. sources Robert Tychkowski, Jim Matheson nd kypreos book it

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#52 Romulus' Apotheosis
June 25 2013, 12:09PM
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Don't mind Clutterbuck, don't mind the price (though if Pitlick turns a light switch on this year, we'll be kicking ourselves).

But we need to curb our expectations of what Clutterbuck is and can do and how much impact he is going to have on our team.

A quality bottom 6 player is important, but let's not pretend this acquisition (if it happens) overturns anything re: size vs. skill, or the fortunes of the Oilers.

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#53 justDOit
June 25 2013, 12:10PM
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Racki wrote:

Yah, what I'm wondering is how many choice words will Clutterbuck have for Hall?

Anyways, if you can't beat 'em, trade for 'em?

Hopefully, he puts his arm around Hall and gives him some tips for pulling that knee trick without getting suspended.

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#54 justDOit
June 25 2013, 12:12PM
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ricfrankton wrote:

im hearing nuge hallsy and the seventh for webs and the fourth. almost a done deal book it. sources Robert Tychkowski, Jim Matheson nd kypreos book it

Nuge I could see, but Hall - no way.

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#55 Racki
June 25 2013, 12:14PM
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I think it goes without saying, I'd take Clutterbuck in a heartbeat, BTW. EXACTLY what this team needs.

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#56 Taylor Gang
June 25 2013, 12:14PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Don't mind Clutterbuck, don't mind the price (though if Pitlick turns a light switch on this year, we'll be kicking ourselves).

But we need to curb our expectations of what Clutterbuck is and can do and how much impact he is going to have on our team.

A quality bottom 6 player is important, but let's not pretend this acquisition (if it happens) overturns anything re: size vs. skill, or the fortunes of the Oilers.

Baby steps though. If we acquire Clutterbuck and Zack Smith, and find a replacement for Jones, our third line is already a huge upgrade over what it was before.

Or maybe Paajarvi could be dropped to the third line and we get a solid second liner with size.

Either way, I think a major reason we end up where we do every year is because of our poor third line. The fourth line isn't too difficult to fix, but I believe that fixing the third line will do wonders for the team.

I do agree that individually, it's not a HUGE step forward though and we should curb expectations.

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#57 Spydyr
June 25 2013, 12:17PM
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BlazeLazer wrote:

The article forgot to mention Clutterbuck's most impressive characteristic:

The 'Stache

One of the best in the league.

Clutterbuck's and Brown's mustaches will lead the NHL in toughness in regards to facial hair.

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#58 HugThePost
June 25 2013, 12:18PM
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I think most are well aware of what C-buck can and cannot do.

Like most here, I am excited for him coming if it is true. It's probably an indicator of the trash Tambo paid to populate our bottom 6 over the past few years.

Yes, I'm excited we are upgrading our mucking. But, muckers play big roles too. Look at the goal Bolland scored last night.

Here's hoping we are about to land the next coming of The Rat

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#59 Taylor Gang
June 25 2013, 12:19PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

The thing about Clutterbuck that sticks out for me is that he is always hustling. The guy's feet are always moving. With his kind of hustle, I can't see what's not to like about this one. Not sure what's in it for Minnesota, though.

Keep in mind his value isn't amazing. Pitlick plus a low draft pick should do it.

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#60 Stack Pad Save
June 25 2013, 12:20PM
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justDOit wrote:

Hopefully, he puts his arm around Hall and gives him some tips for pulling that knee trick without getting suspended.

If you trade Nuge ... and Gagner ... and Horcoff ... and Belenger ... Our Center depth would be:

1 st line center: Lander 2 nd line center: Acrobello 3 rd line center: Van De Velde 4 th line center: pylon

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#61 justDOit
June 25 2013, 12:24PM
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Stack Pad Save wrote:

If you trade Nuge ... and Gagner ... and Horcoff ... and Belenger ... Our Center depth would be:

1 st line center: Lander 2 nd line center: Acrobello 3 rd line center: Van De Velde 4 th line center: pylon

I think you meant to reply to the person who was 'reporting' that rumour. I could see Nuge going if it brings back Barkov with the 4th, but I don't want it.

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#62 WhattaMike
June 25 2013, 12:27PM
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While not one to get my hopes too high, the Clutterbuck for Pitlick deal (plus maybe a 2014 - 4th to 5th rounder) count me in as a big supporter as this would be an excellent deal.

I am also liking the other rumour deal for of Coburn from Philly...which is now making the latest brumour rounds as well....being 6'5" tall and over 220 lbs.

If the Oilers could actually also get Gordon as a UFA -Pho too, or....even that young Zack Smith kid from Ottawa, the third line could be very decent to very good with by adding Ryan Smyth as the other winger...for this coming season at least.

Smyth - Gordon/Z.Smith - Clutterbuck

Now that would probably put R. Jones out to pasture for sure, along with Petrell, but for 4th line duty...who knows for sure anymore. Jones could maybe stay here and re-sign for as one of the 4th liners if the price is right, as he does have some offensive capabilities too/along with being a decent PK'er.

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#63 Smokey
June 25 2013, 12:30PM
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justDOit wrote:

Nuge I could see, but Hall - no way.

Troll, hit the ignore button.

Easy decision. If we were in the same division, this would not happen, cause he's a player you trade far far away. However, Pitlick a potential 3/4 with no offence for the premier poop disturber in the Western Conference is an easy choice.

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#64 rickithebear
June 25 2013, 12:31PM
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Oilers get called tight by refs.

do you think Clutterbuck would be allowed to late hit the players wearing oiler silks.

He will not get that kind of freedom from the league with us.

That makes 70% of his hits penalties.

So what would he be.

A non fighting wimpy version of mike Brown.

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#65 Reg Dunlop
June 25 2013, 12:32PM
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dallylamma wrote:

The Oil need to get this guy to keep him if for no other reason to keep him from running Taylor Hall next year.

If only the oil could acquire all the gronks that are sure to abuse Hall and the boys. Our roster would then have a salary 1.5 billion over the cap distributed among 300 players. Do-able? Katz would have to sell a lot of Ambien.

At any rate, put me down for a big Hell Ya for Clusterbuck.

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#66 Shifty203
June 25 2013, 12:32PM
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ricfrankton wrote:

im hearing nuge hallsy and the seventh for webs and the fourth. almost a done deal book it. sources Robert Tychkowski, Jim Matheson nd kypreos book it

Lol. Thats a good one. Weber can't even be traded till the end of July, or was it the beginning of August?

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#67 rickithebear
June 25 2013, 12:34PM
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Exactly what the tea needs??????

Penalties or the Minus 6

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#68 justDOit
June 25 2013, 12:35PM
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@Shifty203

About July 24th.

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#69 BArmstrong
June 25 2013, 12:36PM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

Clutterbuck is a relatively clean player - not quite over the edge like Torres - I respect that about him. Hate to have him on the other team.

Like Bucknuck said - he's a hustler. He gets himself in position to battle for pucks and finish checks.

Maybe he can teach Paajarvi to hit:)

I'm skeptical this trade happens, but... OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE.

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#70 Racki
June 25 2013, 12:39PM
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BArmstrong wrote:

Clutterbuck is a relatively clean player - not quite over the edge like Torres - I respect that about him. Hate to have him on the other team.

Like Bucknuck said - he's a hustler. He gets himself in position to battle for pucks and finish checks.

Maybe he can teach Paajarvi to hit:)

I'm skeptical this trade happens, but... OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE.

I think Clutterbuck is dirty, just the NHL isn't all over him like they are Torres. Maybe he isn't as bad as Torres, but he still hits high, hits a LOT from behind, and isn't afraid to throw out a leg from time to time.

That said, I want that on our team.

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#71 michael
June 25 2013, 12:40PM
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With Gilbert and Brodziak also on the block I'd think there is an opportunity for the Oilers to bring back 2 ex Oilers who IMO were let go and were brainfarts by ST. Brodziak would fit the 3rd line role well. if you could add Gilbert and get rid of N Shultz I'd take that. Add Paul Ranger and Oscar Klefbom as the 7th dman and the d improves.

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#72 rickithebear
June 25 2013, 12:42PM
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I forgot hall hit him and the baby had to be carried of like he wrecked his knee for a charlie Hoarse.

you need to be able to play with two seprated shoulder to get to the cup final. Jason Smith grit.

you want a charlie hoarse carry off the ice cry baby guy around our young players.

I take horcoff blocking a puck with his face over this baby!

Pathetic! need this GUY? hall lays it on the line and you bring in a wimp like this!

Just Pathetic!

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#73 Romulus' Apotheosis
June 25 2013, 12:42PM
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Racki wrote:

I think you undervalue him, perhaps. I think most of us are still upset about the loss of Curtis Glencross (whom I'd take over Clutterbuck, mind you) and Brodziak. We need quality bottom six guys. They won't necessarily make Eberle or Gagner play bigger, no, but they can help pot some goals when good old fashioned skill isn't getting the job done.

I think Clutterbuck could also slide up to line two, as needed. It's good to have players in the line up that bring some versatility.

He definitely won't solve all our problems, but if that's MacT's first move (Clutterbuck for Pitlick), he's off to a flying start.

Pitlick might turn into a really good player for Minny, but right now he's doing squat for us, and isn't helping his value any. It's not likely to get any better while he's here either.

Unrelated, but if Gagner signs here, I hope they move him to the wing and find a solid player for that 2nd line C role. We need to get better up the middle somehow.

I really think we are arguing at the margins here.

That said, I really don't see Clutterbuck on a 2nd line on a contending team. If he's there on our team Eakins is crazy or we are looking for another lottery pick.

Agreed about Pitlick. looking like a 2nd round bust. But he's still got time to turn things around and showed well(ish) in the playoffs. He wouldn't be the first prospect to take a strange route to the NHL and find success. But at this point, getting an actual NHL player (even a 4th liner with 3rd line up-side) for near-expiry magic beans is a no-brainer.

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#74 Sanaa Montana
June 25 2013, 12:50PM
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Sign him for the 4th line with Konopka and Green.

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#75 Jesse
June 25 2013, 12:52PM
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@JasonGregor

"Some will argue that because the Chicago Blackhawks rarely hit you don't need physical players to win, but the Oilers don't possess a blueline like the Hawks, nor are their forwards in the same category as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp."

I hope you're not talking about Willis's article, because otherwise that's a great big straw man.

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#76 Lochenzo
June 25 2013, 12:55PM
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Paajarvi doesn't need to hit to be effective. He just needs to use his body to win contested pucks and get his butt to the net. Tomas Holmstrom was a pretty darn good player with some size and he wasn't a hitter.

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#77 Lochenzo
June 25 2013, 12:57PM
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I was thinking the same thing with Gags. It's an offer, not a signing. Maybe it's a message to the other teams that if they are interested in Gags, they'd better step up their offer.

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#78 DieHard
June 25 2013, 12:59PM
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Clutterbuck + for Pitlick. After all, Pitlick was 31st overall and has size. Hate to be hoodwinked again by those Wild.

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#79 ricfrankton
June 25 2013, 01:03PM
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my sincere apologies with my immature post boring morning lol..... but lets just say weber could be traded how would people think of my mentioned trade? oil get an unquestioned 1d arguably the best in the nhl plus the fourth to pick Barkov which replaces nuge (in a way) as much as oiler fans love Hall i would think weber would be worth it, maybe add colin wilson and eric belanger to the trade. i guess its not a very good topic because its all dream wishes but it is that time of year that anything is possible (besides whats mentioned above LOL)

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#80 Racki
June 25 2013, 01:04PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

I really think we are arguing at the margins here.

That said, I really don't see Clutterbuck on a 2nd line on a contending team. If he's there on our team Eakins is crazy or we are looking for another lottery pick.

Agreed about Pitlick. looking like a 2nd round bust. But he's still got time to turn things around and showed well(ish) in the playoffs. He wouldn't be the first prospect to take a strange route to the NHL and find success. But at this point, getting an actual NHL player (even a 4th liner with 3rd line up-side) for near-expiry magic beans is a no-brainer.

Yah, we agree on Pitlick.

As far as Clutterbuck on the 2nd line, let me take a step back. I just more mean he can slide up in a pinch if an injury occurs (mind you, I thought Jones could too). I wouldn't want him there full term either, and I'm not so sure either if I'd want him for very long at all (maybe a game or two here and there).

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#81 Ducey
June 25 2013, 01:06PM
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Clutterbuck 42GP 10pts -5 15th in team scoring, 13:44 TOI, 87 shots, 155 hits

Petrell 35 GP 9pts -4 14th in team scoring, 11:31 ATOI, 23 shots, 63 hits

Other than hitting (and apparently ineffective extra shooting), there is not a lot of difference between the two. Of course Clutterbuck had a down year.

Not saying that the Oilers shouldn't pursue him, but they should not be selling the farm and they should understand why his offense dropped to Petrellian levels.

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#82 Racki
June 25 2013, 01:07PM
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ricfrankton wrote:

my sincere apologies with my immature post boring morning lol..... but lets just say weber could be traded how would people think of my mentioned trade? oil get an unquestioned 1d arguably the best in the nhl plus the fourth to pick Barkov which replaces nuge (in a way) as much as oiler fans love Hall i would think weber would be worth it, maybe add colin wilson and eric belanger to the trade. i guess its not a very good topic because its all dream wishes but it is that time of year that anything is possible (besides whats mentioned above LOL)

Barkov sets us back, likely (as he's young and you and I can't say for certain he'll jump right in the league and start running). Weber would be a phenomenal addition.

I think this would be a bad move though.

Hall and Nuge are the future of this team at forward.. Barkov will bring risks. I doubt he would be better than either of Nuge or Hall. HIGHLY doubt. So we're losing talent at F. As far as the D, Weber would be amazing on D, but I'd sooner retain both Hall and Nuge and find a lesser d-man to bring in here.

BTW, I missed your original suggestion (or I glossed over it, cause it seemed ridiculous to me), but you might not realize that Weber can't be traded until some time after the draft (due to when he signed his offersheet).

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#83 Manfly
June 25 2013, 01:10PM
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Pitlick + for Clutterbuck and Gagner to Florida for Nick Bjugstad...i could handle that as long as Bjugstad is NHL ready? he's listed at 6'6" and 220 on HockeyDB.

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#84 Will
June 25 2013, 01:12PM
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Hmm, I like this signing. What position does he play? He seems like a guy that could be slotted up and down the line up depending on how the coach wants to approach the opposition. Need a Tikkanen to protect the Nuge, Clutterbuck. Need a third line to shut down the opposition, Paajarvi and Clutterbuck. This would improve our PK and add the nastiness we've been desperately needing. I just hope he's not another Barker and is on the downturn as oppose to turning it around.

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#85 Will
June 25 2013, 01:18PM
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Will wrote:

Hmm, I like this signing. What position does he play? He seems like a guy that could be slotted up and down the line up depending on how the coach wants to approach the opposition. Need a Tikkanen to protect the Nuge, Clutterbuck. Need a third line to shut down the opposition, Paajarvi and Clutterbuck. This would improve our PK and add the nastiness we've been desperately needing. I just hope he's not another Barker and is on the downturn as oppose to turning it around.

Sorry, rumour, not signing.

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#86 vetinari
June 25 2013, 01:20PM
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If it's Pitlick and a mid round pick or another prospect, make it happen, MacT!

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#87 Randaman
June 25 2013, 01:21PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

The thing about Clutterbuck that sticks out for me is that he is always hustling. The guy's feet are always moving. With his kind of hustle, I can't see what's not to like about this one. Not sure what's in it for Minnesota, though.

Cap relief. When you are paying two players (Parise & Suter) 1/3 of your payroll something has to give.

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#88 Taylor Gang
June 25 2013, 01:25PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

For sure. Bottom 6 was brutal last year and has been since the 06 season. improving there by baby steps is very important.

But we still need to have some perspective on what adding a depth player means. The same goes for the Eager signings.

These guys have a tendency (esp. regarding a team like the Oil that overvalues IMO "size") to be overhyped.

100% agreed. Clutterbuck is at the very least a young hitter so it's pretty safe to say he'd be a better player than Eager.

Mind you, Smithson, Hordichuk, Petrell. All players acquired in the Tambellini era. He just had no sense of what a big skilled player was.

Let's just hope MacT does have that sense.

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#89 Archaeologuy
June 25 2013, 01:34PM
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Clutterbuck to the Oilers for Pitlick and change would be music to my ears. It's too good to pass up.*

*Also, to be real

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#90 Manfly
June 25 2013, 01:45PM
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They're $hittie wrote:

Nick is 20 and has 1 nhl point. Gagner already had 130 by than. We need the best player in the trade not future assets because they are big. This sets us back.

true it would, but it makes you wonder if MacT is doing a sign and trade with Gagner and whether MacT is eyeballing one of the Panthers young players in return. i don't really want the Oilers to go and get players who are just "big" either, but let's not forget that Bjugstad was a former 1st rounder and was playing in the NHL last year and is very talented, though didn't do much on the score sheet.

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#91 LinkfromHyrule
June 25 2013, 01:46PM
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lol the hype about that macT conference led to nothing. Right out of the gate he says "I don't really have much for you" and opens the floor for questions. Man I hate this time of year. :(

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#92 Spydyr
June 25 2013, 01:50PM
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LinkfromHyrule wrote:

lol the hype about that macT conference led to nothing. Right out of the gate he says "I don't really have much for you" and opens the floor for questions. Man I hate this time of year. :(

So...the new phone were in after all.

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#93 LinkfromHyrule
June 25 2013, 01:54PM
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@Spydyr

pretty much. About the only interesting thing he did say was that they will likely stay at 7 and draft the player.

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#94 TonyT
June 25 2013, 02:07PM
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Wow! I hate Clutterbuck and he isn't he on record as saying some pretty disperaging remarks after the Gilbert-Schultz trade? Having said that, he's probably exactly the type of a-hole the Oilers haven't had and need.

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#95 blue
June 25 2013, 02:08PM
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madjam wrote:

Gagner and our 7th , for Gudbranson and second overall leaving us Jones .

Seriously ?

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#96 Lochenzo
June 25 2013, 02:14PM
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I wonder what Chuck Fletcher would be willing to pay to get rid of Heatley's contract. That's the one they want to get rid of.

I'm not saying the Oil are the right team to hold onto that contract until Heatley is healthy and then buy him out. But it would be fun to have a new whipping boy in Edmonton that we can agree, actually deserves it.

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#97 Thinker
June 25 2013, 02:16PM
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I think jones is going to slide in the draft 1)Mackinnon-avs love him 2) Drouin- florida just can't pass up his offence 3) nichushkin- tampa reaches, as they have already drafted a dman high in hedman 4) jones-nashville drafts him and trades weber for money reasons 5)Carolina trades down to highest bidder in top 12 to get nurse/ristolainen. Bidding war between Edm and Cal for Barkov. Suspect calgary wins by throwing in their three firsts(feasters an idiot) 6)Calgary drafts... Bo Horvat because jankowski right? Sorry theres some technical feaster logic in there. 7) Edmonton is upset at absence of nichushin, and failure to getbarkov, so they fight over lindholm vs. Monohan. Monohan is 3-line center, and gagner stays, or they trade gagner for big lw, and take lindholm. I suspect the former

Edmonton top 9 looks like this coming out of the draft. Hall gagner yakupov ??? Rnh Eberle Mps Monohan ???

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#98 bdaZZler
June 25 2013, 02:20PM
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What about a guy like Steve Downie? One would think he could be available in Colorado...Thoughts?

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#99 Smokey
June 25 2013, 02:32PM
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@DieHard

He's done very little offensively in two years in the AHL. Worse case scenario is a third liner for a future 4th liner.

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#100 Smokey
June 25 2013, 02:45PM
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dallylamma wrote:

She's got a huge Clutterous?

Funniest post ever!

Have you been saving that for this day.

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