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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#101 dallylamma
June 25 2013, 02:47PM
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Smokey wrote:

Funniest post ever!

Have you been saving that for this day.

Lol, well there must be a reason they called her Peanut....

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#102 Bucknuck
June 25 2013, 03:03PM
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I've often thought that I would like to see Clutterbuck on the Oilers, but I never thought he would be attainable for anything less than a gross overpay. It would add instant grit to the forwards.

The lack of depth at centre terrifies me. MacT must have a plan of some fashion to solve that one.

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#103 madjam
June 25 2013, 03:08PM
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Looks like Gagner for Perron and Reaves .

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#104 Curcro
June 25 2013, 03:14PM
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As for the why of Clutterbuck's offensive decline this year.

1) No Powerplay Time this year. Last year he averaged 2:11 PP Time per game. This year 0:05 PP Time per game. (7 Points last year versus NIL this year)

2) His PDO dropped by 29 points. The majority coming from the on-ice shooting percentage side of the equation.

3) One of his top 3 linemates Kyle Brodziak(71.6%) also had a crap year 8-4-12. Last year he split Matt Cullen (39.4%) and Broziak (33.4%) pretty evenly.

Based on this information, I think that Clutterbuck as an Oiler would likely get in the range of what he accomplished last year which was a 20 point season more or less.

I don't see him getting more PP Time. His PDO may increase resulting closer to 25 points. And I don't think the Oilers have a Centre to play with him at the level of Cullen or Brodziak even.

Don`t even dream of the 34 Point season unless they put him with Hall & Gagner.

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#105 DieHard
June 25 2013, 03:18PM
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Smokey wrote:

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

I know all about Pitlick. I just want payback for Brodziak.

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#106 Bucknuck
June 25 2013, 03:39PM
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madjam wrote:

Looks like Gagner for Perron and Reaves .

God I hope not.

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#107 Benny Botts
June 25 2013, 03:45PM
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madjam wrote:

Looks like Gagner for Perron and Reaves .

Who reported this??

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#108 EHH Team
June 25 2013, 03:51PM
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justDOit wrote:

Taylor for sale or rent

Nuge to Nash for picks (get bent!)

Call Poille and don't relent

Before Weber's bonus is spent

Ah but, two hours of workin phones

Gets a Clowe or Bickell clone

MacT's a man of deals and some zeal

King of the Oil

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#109 madjam
June 25 2013, 04:53PM
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Is Clutterbuck better than Pitluck ? Does Clutterbuck fill a role at NHL level where Pitluck currently after 3 years does not ? If yes , then do it . Is there any role Pitluck will do better than Clutterbuck - we are talking about now , not some hype down the road . Is Pitluck more readily replaced than Clutterbuck , or are they both readily replaceable ? Even on our AHL club he is replaceable and lags behind others like Arcobello .

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#110 Rod from Viking
June 25 2013, 05:16PM
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dallylamma wrote:

She's got a huge Clutterous?

Doesn't peanut mean small not cavernous?

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#111 madjam
June 25 2013, 05:20PM
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Default option ? What is that market -buy out ?

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#112 Mikey
June 25 2013, 05:39PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Doesn't peanut mean small not cavernous?

Same deal as calling a big dude tiny.

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#113 Taylor Gang
June 25 2013, 05:46PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Doesn't peanut mean small not cavernous?

Lol

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#114 geeker99
June 25 2013, 06:03PM
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@LinkfromHyrule

wasn't it nice to hear a hockey mind that wasn't programmed what to say? Mac T's phone is probably going to be be plugged in unlike tambo's who is asking Stu if he can breathe. Going to be a interesting weekend hopefully.

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#115 Bucknuck
June 25 2013, 06:56PM
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Can you imagine how much fun Gene Principe is going to have if the Oilers manage to get Clutterbuck!?

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#116 DrDave
June 25 2013, 06:58PM
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Just make this happen!!

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#117 Ari Gold
June 25 2013, 07:09PM
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I hope Cal and Hall can reconcile after the suspension earlier this year. Aside from that, I would LOVE to see Cal in an Oiler uniform. He's a warrior.

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#118 madjam
June 25 2013, 07:28PM
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Does anyone know what MacT. meant by Default Option , or what it is ? Only thing I found was an article by Toronto sending Reilly back to juniors an additional year .

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#119 Rod from Viking
June 25 2013, 07:46PM
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Wäx Män Riley wrote:

dallylamma wrote:

She's got a huge Clutterous?

Ummmmmm.... do they teach anatomy in Viking?

out here usually if one is huge so is the other.

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#120 Smokey
June 25 2013, 07:47PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

I'd take Clutterbuck over a bloated contract from Bickell any day

Kelly Hrudey stated he should get up over 4 mil today on "cough cough" Dan Tensers show. (I listened for 5 minutes today, wanted a road report, honestly) I wasn't sure if he thought he should get 4 million or would get. Both are assinine.

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#121 madjam
June 25 2013, 07:48PM
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What's more annoying : Tams , that said very little and done little , or MacT. that says a lot but questionably little as well ? Tams was more the "if you win say little , if you lose say less ".

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#122 spawnlauncher
June 25 2013, 07:51PM
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Who would you rather have GM your team? Gregor or Willis?

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#123 WheresYourTowel
June 25 2013, 07:54PM
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I've been more anxious when C-Buck is on the ice than when Heatley is.

We have to take advantage of these opportunities where the other team needs to trade as well.

DO IT.

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#124 HabFab
June 25 2013, 08:05PM
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Hockey Inside Out site is reporting a three team deal with Montreal, Philly and the Oilers involved.

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#125 Rod from Viking
June 25 2013, 08:06PM
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WoW, Did I just hear we traded for frikking Carey Price??

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#126 spawnlauncher
June 25 2013, 08:27PM
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spawnlauncher wrote:

Gary Bettman here for 20 years now, and no Canadian based team has won a Cup yet, Coincidence. Also, Most NHL Players come from Canada, we provide junior league for them to develop, and when star become free agents, at least the better ones, they head for the States and help Their teams win all the Stanley Cups. And guess what, Canadian based teams sell out and have to put money into Bettmans Profit sharing scheme, keeping loser franchises like Phoenix, both Florida teams and a cople of others afloat. Why are we Canadians allowing this scam.

Here let me correct your garbage.

"Gary Bettman has been here for 20 years now, and no Canadian based team has won a Stanley Cup yet. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. Also, most NHL players come from Canada, we provide the junior leagues for them to develop and when the stars become free agents (at least the better ones), they head for the USA and help their teams win copious amounts of Stanley Cups. Also, Canadian based teams sell out and have to put money into Bettman's Profit Sharing scheme, keeping loser franchises like Phoenix, both Florida teams and a couple of others up and running. Why are *WE*, as Canadians, allowing this scam?"

If you're going to impersonate me at least figure out how to type.

Oh and by the way, I disagree with all of it.

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#127 bwar
June 25 2013, 08:29PM
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Assuming a Horcoff buyout and assuming the trade wouldn't involve any roster pieces. Edmonton could eat Heatley's contract and potentially also grab Clutterbuck or some other bottom six piece. The Oilers would be stuck with Heatley's contract but they do have a little bit a of cap room to work with and if things don't work out he's a UFA after next season anyways.

Basically we would become Minnesota's salary dump and get two guys for our bottom six who could both fill in on the second line if needed at the cost of a prospect who has been just ok and maybe a late round pick that we would probably waste anyways.

I guarantee this won't happen but it is something worth considering.

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#128 oilersRgonna
June 25 2013, 08:37PM
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oilers will change that in the next 3 years

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#129 madjam
June 25 2013, 08:45PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

How about we let Mac T have a couple of weeks that include his first draft and free agent period before we say he does little or not. Crow probably doesn't taste that great.

When there are still none of our RFA'S and UFA"s signed , that is concerning seeing as Hartikainen jumped to the KHL . Arcobello being the exception .

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#130 TeddyTurnbuckle
June 25 2013, 08:51PM
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The most we could hope for for Pitlick is 15 goals and Clutterbuck is already there so I'd do the trade.

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#131 Bucknuck
June 25 2013, 08:51PM
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spawnlauncher wrote:

Who would you rather have GM your team? Gregor or Willis?

Gregor might have traded Yakupov for Clarkson, I just can't get over that. He can't be my GM based on that alone. But he would be the best media relations guy ever.

I want Willis making the decisions, and Gregor at the press conferences. That would be great.

EDIT - I do want to add that the point that the top six needs an overhaul with some grit inserted is a good one I am open to... but it has to be the right person. Clarkson? no.

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#132 nuge2nail
June 25 2013, 08:52PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Belov, Nichuskin, Clutterbuck, Z Smith, Stafford, Lappiere and One Top 4 D.

Would be an epic summer.

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#133 nuge2nail
June 25 2013, 08:56PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Belov, Lindholm, Clutterbuck, Z Smith, Stafford, Lappiere and One Top 4 D.

Would be an epic summer.

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#134 nuge2nail
June 25 2013, 08:56PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Belov, Monahan, Clutterbuck, Z Smith, Stafford, Lappiere and One Top 4 D.

Would be an epic summer.

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#135 nuge2nail
June 25 2013, 08:56PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Belov, Nurse, Clutterbuck, Z Smith, Stafford, Lappiere and One Top 4 D.

Would be an epic summer.

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#136 Rod from Viking
June 25 2013, 08:57PM
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madjam wrote:

When there are still none of our RFA'S and UFA"s signed , that is concerning seeing as Hartikainen jumped to the KHL . Arcobello being the exception .

How many of them will make the Oilers better next year except for Gagner?

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#137 Rod from Viking
June 25 2013, 09:00PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

WoW, Did I just hear we traded for frikking Carey Price??

Whats going on with the site? i didn't post that comment

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#138 madjam
June 25 2013, 09:15PM
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Is MacT. still under suspicion/investigation for Harvey The Hounds severed head floating in the flooded Saddledome ?

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#139 The Soup Fascist
June 25 2013, 09:44PM
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Bonvie wrote:

No they are not going to try to get teams to make highball offers, which they will eventually have to match. This comment makes no sense.

I am guessing he means trade offers, not RFA offer sheets.

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#140 madjam
June 26 2013, 08:16AM
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Several teams around and below us are going to have to draft defenceman if they hope to get back in the playoff picture . The time is right to draft for need !!!

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#141 Tikkanese
June 26 2013, 08:41AM
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Racki wrote:

You have got to be f---ing kidding me if you think Clutterbuck and Petrell are at all the same player.

Not only is the comparison funny, the fact that they think Petrell is a player is hilarious!

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#142 Ducey
June 26 2013, 08:57AM
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Racki wrote:

You have got to be f---ing kidding me if you think Clutterbuck and Petrell are at all the same player.

I didn't say Petrell and Clutterbuck were the same player.

I am just saying that the difference between the two last year was not that pronounced.

I look at Petrell as a below replacement 4th line player. If Clutterbuck can't clearly beat him on some basic stats, then I have trouble getting excited about Clutterbuck. Petrell was also an excellent Pk'er. Clutterbuck isn't.

Clutterbuck has had better years. Maybe he will again. But if this is his new normal due to injury, alcohol, concussion, laziness or whatever, he looks the part of a 4th liner.

Is he worth Pitlick? Probably. Is he worth Pitlick and a 2nd rounder? No.

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#143 nuge2nail
June 26 2013, 09:13AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Judging by MacTs presser yesterday, we are keeping the 7th. He also made it clear he was actively looking at trading both 2nd round picks for immediate support of the core. Emphasis to get bigger, and if it costs us some current roster players(Gagner is the only small player I could see being dealt) he would be more than willing to trade them. He will only add size if the players are 25, 26, and 27 - not older vets via trade.

He has also talked to every GM and is working the phone lines.

If he flew all over the country to sign Belov I'm sure he will make a small splash at free agency, and make some solid moves at the draft.

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#144 Quicksilver ballet
June 26 2013, 09:13AM
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If the Yotes lose Smith. Will Bryzgalov end up back in the desert?

If the Oilers packaged the 37th and 56th selections, would that get the Oil another mid'ish to late first rounder?

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#145 Zipdot
June 26 2013, 09:19AM
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madjam wrote:

Default option ? What is that market -buy out ?

Madjam, no, in this context, he meant that the default option was to draft a player, rather than trade the pick.

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#146 madjam
June 26 2013, 09:29AM
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Zipdot wrote:

Madjam, no, in this context, he meant that the default option was to draft a player, rather than trade the pick.

Thanks for the clarification .

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#147 rickithebear
June 26 2013, 09:51AM
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Grocery Stick:

I do not Him.

he is a 2nd Comp 26EVP player who faces hellish Zone start. around 40%. who gets equal shots. he is better than average Pk winger.

He gets you in the playoffs.

A guy who roles on the ice with zero pain toleeance gets you knocked out in the first round.

if we get him I hope he was faking.

In a cap World thou:

In a 64.3M cap the average salary for 23 roster spots is 2.796M 39.14M for 14 forwards.

The cap structure for most playoff teams. 17-18M in top 3 forwards. 13-15M in forwards 4-7 7-8M for forwards 8-14

Hall6M Eberle 6M Gagner 5M 17M

RNH 3.775M Yakupov 3.775M XXX 3M MP 1.75M 12.3M

XXX 2.5M Smyth 2.25 XXX XXX XXX Lander .9M Rajala .8M

Slot him were?

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#148 StHenriOilBomb
June 26 2013, 09:53AM
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madjam wrote:

When there are still none of our RFA'S and UFA"s signed , that is concerning seeing as Hartikainen jumped to the KHL . Arcobello being the exception .

He has so many lines in the water, he doesn't want to plan dinner until he knows what kind of fish he has caught...

He's in discussions with Gagner's agent.

All of the UFA's are guys it sounds like he wants to get rid of.

Paajarvi is my only concern at this point, but it's unlikely he's presented with an unreasonable offer sheet.

Sounds like MacT is hoping for so much change that he doesn't want to tie his hands.

What would you suggest he should have done in his first 9 weeks? Besides, of course, hiring a new coach, preparing for the draft, and building relationships with other GM's.

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#149 Tikkanese
June 26 2013, 09:57AM
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Ducey wrote:

I didn't say Petrell and Clutterbuck were the same player.

I am just saying that the difference between the two last year was not that pronounced.

I look at Petrell as a below replacement 4th line player. If Clutterbuck can't clearly beat him on some basic stats, then I have trouble getting excited about Clutterbuck. Petrell was also an excellent Pk'er. Clutterbuck isn't.

Clutterbuck has had better years. Maybe he will again. But if this is his new normal due to injury, alcohol, concussion, laziness or whatever, he looks the part of a 4th liner.

Is he worth Pitlick? Probably. Is he worth Pitlick and a 2nd rounder? No.

Do you even watch hockey? Stat lines hardly tell the story.

To quote Gregor "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."

The only thing Petrell mirrors out of that entire list is that he can PK ok, he isn't a top pairing PK'er by any stretch either.

Clutterbuck definately annoys the opposition and he does it with honor by hitting a lot, playing hard and backing it up. Unlike a Lapierre who cheap shots, never shuts up and never backs it up. Petrell only annoys his own organization from being a non-factor night in and night out.

Pitlick is all but a bust at this point. 2nd rounders have about a 15% chance of ever playing a game in the NHL let alone being a regular. Sure, you could hit a home run with a 2nd rounder, but it is very rare. That is hardly an overpay.

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#150 vetinari
June 26 2013, 10:38AM
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Pitlick and change for an NHL roster player is a win in my books. I hope that this comes to pass.

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