ONE-ON-ONE WITH MACTAVISH

Jason Gregor
June 26 2013 10:49AM

Yesterday Craig MacTavish came on my radio show to discuss his thoughts on free agency, Sam Gagner, Ryan Jones, goaltending, a desire to find heavier players and more.

Here is our conversation along with my thoughts/opinions to his answers.

Jason Gregor: What is your plan with Ryan Jones and Mark Fistric?

Craig MacTavish: The plan is to see, get a little bit more information on what we are capable, or able to do coming through the draft. I know that the timeline is squeezed pretty tight but right now I’ve spoken with Ryan already, but it’s just trying to buy a little bit of time and see what happens in the draft. I’m not sure how this is all going to shake down. And then we will be in a better position to assess our own UFAs.

Gregor: You mentioned again today that you need to improve your bottom six. Last year you had guys who could at best break even and likely were a negative type player. Two years in a row, Jones had 18 and 17 goals playing 3rd line minutes, but last year coming off of that freakish eye injury didn’t have the same production. Do you look at him as a bottom six forward who still has enough skill that you desire to play that role?

MacTavish: Yeah I do potentially. I like a lot of things about Ryan Jones. He’s a very hard working guy, very good guy in the room for our group, very good teammate. I think that coming off of this season, the lockout season was a little bit of a different season for everybody, especially Ryan. So we’re just trying to get a read on what our needs are going to be coming through this draft and again as I said we’ll make that decision at that time.

*** The Oilers have talked to Jones' agent, but it sounds like they will explore some trade opportunities at the draft first. If they don't land the guy the want, they will circle back to Jones. MacTavish didn't even address Fistric, so I'd guess he isn't in their plans. Sounds like they will be looking for D-men with good puck moving skills.

Gregor: You’ve admitted you’re a big fan of Sam Gagner, not only as a player but more as a person; how hard he competes and everything he brings. Do you think Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gagner as a tandem, whether it’s two, three years down the road , have enough intangibles that you can be successful with those two as your top centres?

MacTavish: That’s the question, that’s the unanswered question right now and I think that for us, we want to build through the draft and the way that we develop players. We drafted Sam at number six, so at that point we were obviously very prepared to put a lot of stock in smaller centremen. He’s a couple hundred pounds and people forget that he’s only 23 years old.

Remember the Conn Smythe trophy winner was probably just a little under that height of Sam. Maybe we need to surround Sam with something that is more a fit for him and make that read at that point. But one thing that I know for sure about Sam is that he is a real good hockey player on a pro-rated basis you would have had 63 points in an 82 game schedule. He’s durable; he’s gritty so there are a lot of things that I like about Sam. I do have confidence that Sam is going to be a part of the solution here.

*** The Oilers are close to signing Gagner to a contract extension. A source told me it could be a four-year deal.

Gregor: You mentioned the main priority for you at the draft would be a centreman with the number seven position, and you`re probably not going to trade up because it’s worth too much to do. I talked to Stu MacGregor about trading down yesterday, and he mentioned number 14 was where he thought that there was a drop off. If by chance you got a good enough offer to move down, is it accurate to say you likely won’t go past number 14?

MacTavish: No I think that that’s unlikely that we’d go even that far back, but I think that we would move back a little bit, given the right set of circumstances. What the right circumstances are, my definition of that and my trading partner’s would be the critical issue.

** *The Oilers won't be trading picks with the Maple Leafs. I don't see the Oilers moving down past #10. MacTavish was adamant at his press conference that he wants to improve the team now, but he won't sacrifice too much of the future. He is hopeful this will be their last top-ten pick for many years.***

TRADES AND SIGNINGS...

Gregor: There was a story today by Mike Russo regarding Cal Clutterbuck. I know that you can’t comment on players specifically, but is that the type of player that you feel is a necessity to acquire? A guy that can add a little bit more angst to the opposition, because your team hasn’t been hard to play against for a few seasons.

MacTavish: Well you know the division that we’re going into. You have to have some competitiveness and it’s been well documented, we’ve beaten it around for almost two months now that that’s one of our primary objectives is to get bigger and heavier and that’s something that we’re trying to address on a daily basis. So those types of players are the types of players that we would like to add, no question.

Gregor: What’s your plan for the second round? Would you look at a goaltender or have you done enough studies to suggest that you can get a quality goalie for the future later in the draft?

MacTavish: We don’t have a 3rd and we don’t have a 4th, so we’ll see what the scouts have to say. We get into New York and into those meetings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and yes we’d like to add a goalie. We’ve talked about that being an area of need for the organization but we’ll see what’s available when we’re picking.

Gregor: Ilya Bryzgalov will be bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, would you have any interest in a veteran like that.

MacTavish: That’s the first time that I’ve had that question. I’m anticipating that about 30 different times between now and when I walk out of that draft but we’ll see. We’ll talk to the pro scouts and see what our interest level is on Ilya Bryzgalov.

Gregor: Are you looking for a guy who will push Devan Dubnyk or more of a veteran who will support him?

MacTavish: Depends on the cost. It’s not an either or, it’s something that you’ve got to measure the cost. Ideally you want the best goalie that we can find to go in there with Devan, but what that cost is remains to be seen and what we want to pay for that piece is all going to be a part of the judgement that we apply to some of these moves that we’re contemplating.

Gregor: Many fans want to know about Linus Omark. What’s the plan, do you think that there is any chance that he comes back to the Edmonton Oilers, or is he potential trade bait?

MacTavish: I have not had a team inquire about him. I’ve had Linus’ agent ask me if I’d be willing to move his rights and I would be. Again, he’s had a good year in Europe, playing in Zug I think, and so far no one has called. We’d be happy to get involved in a discussion with Linus, about Linus.

***Hopefully this will end the constant speculation that Omark should be used as trade bait. It is hard to trade a player, if no other team is interested in acquiring him. MacTavish's last line was interesting though. I sense he would talk to Omark about a return to Edmonton, but only if he was willing to compete for a job, and not walk away from the AHL if he didn't make the team right away. I don't see how Omark fits in Edmonton. The Oilers don't need more skill in their top-six, and I'm not sure he fits in their bottom six. He competes hard for pucks in the offensive zone, but his defensive game wasn't great. I'd like to see him get another shot in the NHL, but I don't see it happening in Edmonton.

Gregor: Do you see Mark Arcobello as a guy who can potentially work his way up to the NHL?

MacTavish: I think that he’s got potential, sure. I liked him last year, I was an advocate of giving him an opportunity, especially in our bottom six last year, but he only came up for the one game. It all boils down to your ability to make plays with the puck. When he played with Hall and Eberle in Oklahoma City this year earlier, his production was excellent. It was actually on par with Nuge. I’m not saying that he’s Nuge, but it was on par with Ryan. So I think that we’ll get him to training camp.

When we signed him again to a contract I had a conversation with him and told him that he would get a look at training camp. He hasn’t played in an exhibition game or didn’t last year, so we’ll get a look and the rest will be up to him to prove to the coaching staff that he’s got enough game to warrant a bigger look as training camp goes by. I promised him that opportunity and we’re going to give it to him.

***Interesting to hear MacTavish say Arcobello only got to play one game. MacTavish likes his skill and awareness with the puck. Is it possible they would look at him as a 4th line C? Seems unlikely due to his size and stature, but MacTavish made it very clear at his press conference he wants guys in his bottom-six who are smart with the puck, and have the ability to make smart plays all over the ice.

OFFER SHEET?

Gregor: What about the RFA route, would you contemplate an offer sheet, or is the UFA pool deep enough?

MacTavish: Well there aren’t too many examples of offer sheets paying off as far as I’m concerned. It is a tool, our organization has done it in the past, so it’s something to contemplate, but at this point I don’t anticipate that happening. The UFA market this year, we’ll sit down with our pro scouts at this draft, they’ll be there, and spend some time with them. We had our pro meetings about two weeks ago and have our lists down and will try to formulate what exactly our specific strategy will be going into July 5th.

***MacTavish wasn't the biggest Dustin Penner fan, so it isn't a surprise he is leery of making an RFA offer sheet.

Gregor: Can you give us an update on Oscar Klefbom? Do you expect him to compete for a spot on the roster in camp, or in an ideal world would you like to let him to develop for a half a year in the American Hockey League?

MacTavish: I think that that’s all going to be dependent on what the coaches’ opinion is of Oscar. I know what my opinion is of Oscar having seen him over in Sweden this year. He’s a very complete guy. I liked his game immensely, but one of the things that I really view as a benefit is a fresh set of eyes on our players. Dallas will come into our camp with a fresh set of eyes; largely form his own opinions and conclusions on our players. I would be extremely surprised if Oscar doesn’t make a good case for himself to stay, but we don’t have to predict that now, that will be based on training camp.

***The more the Oilers talk about Klefbom the more I feel they plan on playing him next season. He's big, strong, skates well and makes good decisions with the puck. If he starts the season in the 3rd pairing that would make sense, but it is very risky to have two players, (J.Schutlz and Klefbom) in your top-four with a combined 48 NHL games.

Gregor: When you look back at the years you coached, you didn’t have Hall, Eberle type of offensive guys. [Ales] Hemsky was really the only high level offensive player that you had. You had a lot of guys that worked incredibly hard and battled and got the most out of it. Did those players have that in them or was that a little bit of you having the ability to get that out of them? Do you think that Dallas Eakins can get more guys to be more competitive on a nightly basis?

MacTavish: Well this is a great opportunity for a self-serving comment on my part, but I’m going to avoid it. I think that largely that level of competitiveness has to be attributed to the players that we had here at the time. We had a very determined, close knit group of players, and really they went to war for each other on a nightly basis. At that point, we didn’t have enough skill.

We made a decision way back when to try to get some more skill in the lineup because the goals were normally by attrition and now the team’s really made a 180 degree turn and we need the Todd Machants and the Mike Griers and the Ethan Moreaus and the Rem Murrays and the Todd Harveys and the guys that have that character and all of that grit, and an amalgamation of the team that we have now. The team that we had then would be very exciting to watch for a lot of years, if we had the skill we have now, but right now I think that it is paramount in our mandate to try to get those players in to compete hard and we’re going to try to do that.

Gregor: Have you had any preliminary discussion for a contract extension for Magnus Paajarvi?

MacTavish: We really haven’t with any of our RFAs with the exception of Sam, a little bit. But again, those discussions will start quickly.

Gregor: Do you think the new window to talk and court free agents on July 3rd and 4th can make a difference in free agency?

MacTavish: Well, I know that Edmonton is a pretty nice place to be in July. I think that that can make a difference, but I’ve said many times that our story here in Edmonton is a very compelling story to not only young players, but veterans as well. You’ve got an opportunity to play a prominent role on an emerging team. In this game you’re never going to outrun expectations forever, but we very much plan on exceeding expectations here and that’s when you can have some fun. It’s a great story here to tell players that are open minded and want to play a prominent role in the re-emergence of the Edmonton Oilers and that’s what we want to be able to try to do.

Gregor: Patrick Kane was named the Conn Smyth trophy winner. I’m not sure there is a better player on zone entries in the NHL. He’s incredibly confident with the puck; he can come across the blue line and just out wait everybody. Do your skilled guys, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Eberle and Yakupov need to improve that aspect of their game, and if so, how does the coaching staff or even management help them do that?

MacTavish: Well I would make an argument for Nugent-Hopkins being every bit as effective and will be as Patrick Kane. Taylor Hall, he’s a little bit different player, he’s more of a power player. He’s got stick skill but he doesn’t have quite the dexterity as Patrick Kane, but Patrick doesn’t have his power. So I think that we saw Patrick Kane on the tying goal, on the entry and beat a few guys, he’s a jitterbug out there, but Eberle has a great set of hands. The play seldom dies with him; he’s great at making the right decisions at the blue line and backing people off. Yakupov too, with his skill set can back people off so we got lots of guys like that, so the future is going to be bright here.

***In the future the Oilers might match Kane, but today he is the best in the NHL on zone entries. One NHL player text me, "The guys has no worries in the world with the puck on his stick. He looks so relaxed and confident. It is amazing."

WRAP UP

  • It is clear MacTavish is willing to make some trades, and I'd be very surprised if he left New Jersey without making one. He stressed the value of 2nd rounders yesterday, and since the Oilers have two, we could see him include one of them in a package deal.
     
  • The NHL closed a loophole in the CBA so teams can't trade a player, have new team buy him out, and then re-sign back with his original team. Larry Brooks had the story.
     
  • Reminder there is a new  wrinkle in free agency this year. From July 3rd to 4th teams will be allowed to speak to pending UFAs. They can even fly them into their city for a tour.
     
  • The compliance buyout period ends at 5 p.m. EST on July 4th. This means teams can court a pending UFA for a day and a half, and if they verbally agree to a contract, we could see some teams use compliance buyouts closer to the deadline. If you have a replacement confirmed it is much easier to buy a player out.
     
  • MacTavish wouldn't comment on which RFAs the Oilers will qualify. Gagner and Paajarvi will be qualified. MacTavish already said they will let Theo Peckham walk. Teemu Hartikainen, Colten Teubert, Antti Tyrvainen, Alex Plante, Phillippe Cornet, Niko Hoivenen and Taylor Fedun are the other RFAs. I don't see the Oilers qualifying both Plante and Teubert, and it will be interesting to see which one, or possibly both, they choose to let go.
     
  • Chris Vande Velde (group six), Yann Danis, Darcy Hordichuk, Tanner House, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ryan Whitney,  Jerred Smithson, Lennart Petrell, Fistric and Jones are UFAs. Jones and Vande Velde are likely the only two they would re-sign. Danis might get a new deal if they can't land any other goalies, but they'd prefer to find a #3 goalie in the system who has a shot to be a regular back up in the NHL.
      

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#1 LinkfromHyrule
June 26 2013, 11:18AM
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@snoopy

if no longer an oiler fan why post on oiler fan blog?

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#2 Quicksilver ballet
June 26 2013, 12:02PM
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@NewAgeSys

Will you PLEASE, go hawk your wares on another forum. Nobody here is interested in buying your crap!

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#3 Harlie
June 26 2013, 11:01AM
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Great interview. I love the contrast between MacT interviews and the dull one's that Tambo used to spoon feed to us.

Also, I like that you added your own comments after every question and answer. Made the article even more informative.

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#4 Smokey
June 26 2013, 12:33PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Will you PLEASE, go hawk your wares on another forum. Nobody here is interested in buying your crap!

Please go pull your wagon a little further on down the road.

He was concise I thought. It was readable, and made sence. I think u should scroll down.

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#5 Mean Machine
June 26 2013, 11:22AM
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PLEASE DO NOT TRADE TO 10 AND DRAFT LAZAR.

If we trade back I hope it's for Horvat, Zadorov, or maybe you get lucky and Nurse/Ristolainen are still there.

"Lets draft players outside of the Oil Kings and sons of former and current Oiler staff" - said nobody in the Oilers organization. Ever.

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#7 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
June 26 2013, 11:39AM
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Let Teddy walk?? And he's not yet sure what to do with Fistric....

I'm not very happy about this.

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#8 NewAgeSys
June 26 2013, 11:52AM
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Nice interview, great questions.

Kane and Gagner are identical in so many ways it odd.

Both are perfect for an Adjusted-Hybrid that utilises the possesion/transition style.

When the Oilers utilise an Adjusted-Hybrid like we should and manage it properly Sam performs better than Kane in the same dynamics. Our team is better suited to the system execution Chicago uses.

Chicago emulated us by incorporating the NHS influenced Adjusted-Hybrid tactics we were working on and trying to sort out. We had a headstart and they did a better job, period.

You are correct about Kane being an elite zone entry specialist, he is one of the best, and his System supports his skillset as it does Gagners perfectly. With the proper coaching from an NHS perspective Hall would compete for the Art Ross and Sam would score at least a PPG.

I dont know what the team will do but we are perfectly set up to play OUR NHS influenced Adjusted-Hybrid and head to head with the Hawks interpretation and we outclass the Hawks hands down skill wise, they arent in our league. Had we had continuity and better managment of our defensive zone transitions as per the NHS as CHICAGO DID in the beginning of the year, we would have had excellent results last year, the Oilers only utilised "some" of the data what they wanted and the Hawks utilised it all in the correct sequence.

Without knowing the System we will use it is impossible to properly asess and valuate Mac-Ts answers. I trust his judgement. And Dallases intentions. Time will tell.

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#9 G Money
June 26 2013, 01:35PM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

Really?? I would mention them in the same breath any day. Basically they are identical in stats, neck to neck 17pts difference. Kane has two cups yes, but Sam would have two cups if he was on Chicago too. Sam is Grittier, more passionate, more intense, fights, and isn't a little punk ass bitch like Kane is. Sure no doubt Kane is shifty and highly skilled, but I still would rather have Sam any day. Eberle is just as shifty as Kane and has a better shot in my Op.

Oh, come on dude.

I'm a fan of Gagner - I think he is a gifted offensive player with lots of heart, and though he has some distinct flaws in his game, makes for a solid 2C with the appropriate (read: big) wingers.

And yeah, Kane may be a spoiled cabbie-beating punk ass bitch.

But "only" 17 pts difference? Over a 48 game season? That is an ENORMOUS difference.

Sammy is a good player and by all accounts a better human being than Kane - but as a hockey player, he's not in Kane's class, and never has been.

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#10 Jimmeh
June 26 2013, 11:14AM
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Great quote about MacT in Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts today...

12. As we approach what could be a wild draft week, GMs to watch include MacTavish: "He's got his fingers in everything," said one compatriot.

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#11 gongshow
June 26 2013, 11:17AM
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JG - I agree with Harlie, your editorial commentary following each of MacT's answers puts his answers in context nicely. Nice work.

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#12 HugThePost
June 26 2013, 11:39AM
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Gregor,

Sorry, my understanding was that with the win vs. Calgary that season finale, the OIlers finished ahead of Chicago and gave them a better lottery chance, which turned out to be #88.

Also, MacT says this in his interview with you:

Remember the Conn Smythe trophy winner was probably just a little under that height of Sam.

What he didn't say was that the Conn Smythe winner is also a way better player than Sam.

I guess it might be apparent that I am in the "Trade Gagner" corner.

thanks

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#13 OILERSORDEATH
June 26 2013, 11:56AM
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HugThePost wrote:

Sam Gagner should not be mentioned in the same breath as Patrick Kane. One of them was drafted #1 and the other #6 for a reason. Kind of ironic that MacT was the head coach for that fateful meaningless final regular season game vs. Calgary that we so skillfully won, knocking us out of the draft lottery and letting CHI into said lottery. Guess who won the lottery and drafted Kane.

I don't know.....for all of the big talk and pie-in-the-sky thoughts about a bigger, faster, more skilled team that will hit the ice in Sept., I will get excited when I see it. Suspect MacT will have to add players this summer for the pro roster through the draft because free agents courting several offers will not come here unless they see a winner.

The promising thing is that it does look like MacT is actually going to try.

Really?? I would mention them in the same breath any day. Basically they are identical in stats, neck to neck 17pts difference. Kane has two cups yes, but Sam would have two cups if he was on Chicago too. Sam is Grittier, more passionate, more intense, fights, and isn't a little punk ass bitch like Kane is. Sure no doubt Kane is shifty and highly skilled, but I still would rather have Sam any day. Eberle is just as shifty as Kane and has a better shot in my Op.

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#14 justDOit
June 26 2013, 12:07PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Will you PLEASE, go hawk your wares on another forum. Nobody here is interested in buying your crap!

Please go pull your wagon a little further on down the road.

May I suggest, hockeybuzz?

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#15 EP
June 26 2013, 12:08PM
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mr. common sense wrote:

oh man, thats so true....Tammy was worse than terrible. Glaring difference in the calm, articulate, experience voice of MacT vs the gibberish and confusion that used to come from Tammy.

Gregor, i got so excited by the pic of Steve Ott and thought MacT raised his name. I see it is the guy he is feeding that MacT was talking about....any sense from you on specific players other than him MacT may be targeting when he mentions "meat and muscle"?

Agreed.

MacT is a refreshing change from ST. ST reminded me of Brick Tamland from Anchorman. I kept picturing him in GM meetings saying "I love lamp" and everyone shaking their heads at him. I'm so glad he's gone.

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#16 Benny Botts
June 26 2013, 12:31PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Hard to get a read on exactly who, but I can tell you Ott is not available. Buffalo really likes him.

Columbus could be a fit, since they have lots of guys who fit that bill and the Howson connection. Hemsky fits a need in Columbus.

Jason,

How do you feel about Jared Boll on the oiler's 4th line? I am not saying he should come over in a straight one for one deal with hemsky, it would need to be a part of something bigger. But to me, if hemmer goes to the jackets I would love to see Boll as part of the package coming back.

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#17 BurkeTheTurd
June 26 2013, 01:32PM
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I would be a bit surprised if they didn't offer Lennart Petrell a little something.

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#18 Spydyr
June 26 2013, 01:40PM
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G Money wrote:

Oh, come on dude.

I'm a fan of Gagner - I think he is a gifted offensive player with lots of heart, and though he has some distinct flaws in his game, makes for a solid 2C with the appropriate (read: big) wingers.

And yeah, Kane may be a spoiled cabbie-beating punk ass bitch.

But "only" 17 pts difference? Over a 48 game season? That is an ENORMOUS difference.

Sammy is a good player and by all accounts a better human being than Kane - but as a hockey player, he's not in Kane's class, and never has been.

So that is the Oilers problem. Too many nice guys and we all know where they finish.

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#19 Darrell
June 26 2013, 05:42PM
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snoopy wrote:

when i read stuff like this i'm glad i'm no longer an oiler fan, let s see sign #89 it's clear this team has no idea what to do, you wont dare trade hall,eberle, RNH, Yak and now gagner ( who i like as a player ) so what are your trade pieces?? Horcoff please Hemskey nope so how is this team going to get players in trade when they have nothing to offer?? get ready for another long period of time with no playoffs Edmonton unless Mac T touches the big 5 just who are you going to trade?? Gagner in my opinion was the one piece you could trade and get some value, it appears now like that won't happen so going forward with 2 centers that are small and no size on your top 6 ??

Why are you here - goto www.screwoff.com keyword DSF .....

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#20 Bucknuck
June 26 2013, 06:18PM
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MacTavish is a much more compelling speaker than Tambellini. Can you imagine Tambellini in a heated conversation with another manager and coming out on top. Can you imagine him convincing someone that a player is great for their organization. MacTavish I can see being a LOT more convincing, and a better negotiator, and so better at pulling off trades. At least, that's my take.

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#21 OilersBrass
June 26 2013, 06:18PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Difficult to say who is available..?

UFA chase for left wing ... Fippula - Clowe - Stalberg- Matt Cooke- Clark Mccarthur- Clutterbuck.

Trade for Defense men... Letang, Boychuck, Klein- Edler.Letang would have to be a sign and trade, with probably $6.75 for X 5yrs. Giving up Hemsky , probably with salary take back, and Petry.At least for Letang and Edler.

Center Chase... Steve Ott, Rich Peverley for starters.

Probably silly to put out names, but its a crap shoot... I would not give # 7 for any of the above names...[ maybe Letang if he signs first ]

Letang will want 8 million a year minimum. I personally wouldn't do it considering how often he's injured, and the team will need cap space for the rookies.

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#22 2004Z06
June 27 2013, 09:32AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

It seems citizens are getting restless. Maybe MacT should have paid attention to Stumblinni; promise nothing concrete and deliver nothing. Craig seems to be promising the world, setting oiler fandom up for a crash when Horc, Khabbi, Petrell and Jones ankle their way onto the ice at Rexall in October.

It reminds me of the hype that Jon Landau smeared all over the British press prior to Springsteen's 1st overseas tour. After, the Brits commented," They promised Jesus but delivered Billy Graham".

Mac T hasn't promised a damn thing. He has simply stated what he sees as his vison going forward. Don't confuse what he wants to do with what he can do. All 30 teams are looking for the same things as the Oilers and not everyone will find a dance partner. Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed. He can only work with what is available. What should be noted is that he seems to be very active and forthcoming and that is a start.

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Who is our #2 goalie?

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#25 Spydyr
June 26 2013, 11:08AM
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So far all I have seen is one KHL defencmen and a whole lot of talk. Hope that changes at the draft.

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#26 LinkfromHyrule
June 26 2013, 11:12AM
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Great interview, made me forget for 5 minutes that we still have a few long days until the draft and free agency. :( I have a suspicion not much will be done until then...

Oh well at least I can entertain myself somewhat by reading the absolutely unbelievable trade proposals that some people propose..

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#27 snoopy
June 26 2013, 11:17AM
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when i read stuff like this i'm glad i'm no longer an oiler fan, let s see sign #89 it's clear this team has no idea what to do, you wont dare trade hall,eberle, RNH, Yak and now gagner ( who i like as a player ) so what are your trade pieces?? Horcoff please Hemskey nope so how is this team going to get players in trade when they have nothing to offer?? get ready for another long period of time with no playoffs Edmonton unless Mac T touches the big 5 just who are you going to trade?? Gagner in my opinion was the one piece you could trade and get some value, it appears now like that won't happen so going forward with 2 centers that are small and no size on your top 6 ??

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#28 HugThePost
June 26 2013, 11:19AM
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Sam Gagner should not be mentioned in the same breath as Patrick Kane. One of them was drafted #1 and the other #6 for a reason. Kind of ironic that MacT was the head coach for that fateful meaningless final regular season game vs. Calgary that we so skillfully won, knocking us out of the draft lottery and letting CHI into said lottery. Guess who won the lottery and drafted Kane.

I don't know.....for all of the big talk and pie-in-the-sky thoughts about a bigger, faster, more skilled team that will hit the ice in Sept., I will get excited when I see it. Suspect MacT will have to add players this summer for the pro roster through the draft because free agents courting several offers will not come here unless they see a winner.

The promising thing is that it does look like MacT is actually going to try.

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#29 mr. common sense
June 26 2013, 11:19AM
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Harlie wrote:

Great interview. I love the contrast between MacT interviews and the dull one's that Tambo used to spoon feed to us.

Also, I like that you added your own comments after every question and answer. Made the article even more informative.

oh man, thats so true....Tammy was worse than terrible. Glaring difference in the calm, articulate, experience voice of MacT vs the gibberish and confusion that used to come from Tammy.

Gregor, i got so excited by the pic of Steve Ott and thought MacT raised his name. I see it is the guy he is feeding that MacT was talking about....any sense from you on specific players other than him MacT may be targeting when he mentions "meat and muscle"?

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#30 Hall Awaits
June 26 2013, 11:24AM
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Elliot Friedman mentioned in his 30 thoughts today that Mac T pretty much has his fingers in everything. That comment alone is enough to get me somewhat optimistic about this weekend. A good GM should be doing his due diligence and I never got the impression ST was doing much of that. I would love to see them make a play for David Perron at the draft, apparently he's available. Clutterbuck would be amazing to!! I hate that frickin' guy!

The anticipation for this weekend is basically killing me...

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#31 Quicksilver ballet
June 26 2013, 11:28AM
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Andrew Ference and Cal Clutterbuck would be a good start to this renovation. Ference would help bridge the gap while Klefbom and Marincin and Schultz jr get a little closer to their potential.

Had to laugh at that Ott/Clutterbuck picture. Ott is Sam Gagners own personal boogeyman, and Clutterbuck and Hall in the same dressing room.....the odd couples i'm sure.

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#32 Rondo
June 26 2013, 11:28AM
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JG,

Do you think they will draft a center with the 7th pick. At least 1 of these players will be available with the 7th pick. Do you have a preference ?

Valeri Nichushkin

Sean Monahan

Elias Lindholm

Darnell Nurse

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#34 Quicksilver ballet
June 26 2013, 11:33AM
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@Jason Gregor

With Florida being the likely destination for Seth Jones, Jason. Do you feel there's any chance the Oilers could pry Erik Gudbranson from Tallons grasp?

Would Tallon have any interest in 89,83,91 etc etc?

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#37 Mean Machine
June 26 2013, 11:37AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

They will take a centre it seems. If Monahan or Lindholm are there they will take them. If both are gone, then it gets interesting, and that is when I could see them trading down.

Do you think Lindholm is a possibility? He is 5 on Mackenzie's list, however Mac T in one of his press conferences (I believe) mentioned only Barkov, Mackinnon, Monahan, Barkov.

JG, in your opinion, what do you think it takes to get to 4 and would you be willing to do it. Barkov long term would be awesome for this team.

Does the 7th, Paajarvi, Hemsky, and a second rounder do it?

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#38 Nells
June 26 2013, 11:37AM
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Great interview but jones scored 17/18 goals because most of our top 6 forwards were hurt, so he got more ice and opportunity! Don't see him scoring 15 to 20 if he's only on 3/4 line !

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#39 book¡e
June 26 2013, 11:41AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Who is our #2 goalie?

I think this question was in relation to a confusing statement made by MacT, I had to read it twice to 'get it'.

MacT said "we don't have a 3rd and we don't have a 4th". In the context of the paragraph, that could be interpreted as we don't have a #3 goalie or a #4 goalie, which leads to the question - who is #2. However, what MacT meant (I believe) was that they don't have a 3rd round pick or a 4th round pick to trade away to get a goalie.

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#41 HugThePost
June 26 2013, 11:49AM
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I thought there might have been an announcement this week about a new associate coach......wouldn't it have been good to have the coaching staff in place leading up to the draft?

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#42 Rondo
June 26 2013, 11:52AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

They will take a centre it seems. If Monahan or Lindholm are there they will take them. If both are gone, then it gets interesting, and that is when I could see them trading down.

I guess if it was between Nurse and Nichushkin at 7, i think i would have to take Nichushkin.

BTW great interview.

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#43 Quicksilver ballet
June 26 2013, 11:57AM
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@HugThePost

Could see it being an issue if they didn't have a head coach in place. Associate coaches, traditional non taser holders are not as much of an issue.

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#44 Quicksilver ballet
June 26 2013, 12:16PM
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@justDOit

HFBoards and Hockeybuzz, is that the same place?

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#45 CaptainLander
June 26 2013, 12:50PM
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Ference not being retained by Boston (see TSN) Mac T - go!

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#46 justDOit
June 26 2013, 12:53PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

I don't think so, but as long as they don't have word limits on posts, I'm fine with either New Age Destination.

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#47 Oil Can
June 26 2013, 01:00PM
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I sure hope that I am wrong but it is starting to sound like there are not going to be many changes to the Oilers roster for next year. Now Mac T. Is saying things like Jones might be back and Gagner is a big part of the future, the top two lines sound like they are staying the same, and if Jones stays, then where are the bold moves going to be, to change one or two third or fourth line guys, this will not be enough. I am really hoping that Mac T. can bring in a number of new bodies into the dressing room and change the culture in there. I thought that Gagner,Paajarvi, Lander, Hemsky Horcoff, some prospects, as well as the rights to Hartikanen, would give Mac T. enough bodies to trade and change the look of this team. I am still hoping that he can make the moves that will make this team more competitive.

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#48 vetinari
June 26 2013, 01:17PM
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MacT definitely gives better interviews than Tambellini... I suspect that Tambi is holed up in a room somewhere in Rexall trying to figure out which door he should leave by...

As for the article, I appreciate a candid interview that shows a GM on top of the team's most pressing issues and trying to do something about them. We (the fans) and other GMs know what the Oilers are trying to do, so getting cute by being evasive accomplishes nothing.

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#49 Lochenzo
June 26 2013, 01:22PM
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I think the Oil stated that they would have taken Kyle Turris if he was available. Plays centre and has little more size than Sam. But now in retrospect, I think the Oil did well with the Gagner pick. They only guys you would pick up in a redraft are Logan Couture and Jamie Benn.

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#50 The Soup Fascist
June 26 2013, 01:40PM
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Spydyr wrote:

So far all I have seen is one KHL defencmen and a whole lot of talk. Hope that changes at the draft.

Well the season HAS been over for going on ...what? .... three days now, so I would hope that slacker is planning something soon.

Mind you he did bring in a new head coach, so maybe be should consider that a wee bit of a significant change too.

Tell you what, why don't we be charitable and let him get through a couple of pesky little deadlines like The NHL Draft, Compliance Buyout Season, Free Agent Frenzy and the 100 or so days before the season starts before we deem MacT's reign as GM a total disaster and run him out of town.

Call me crazy but I think, that would seem reasonable. But if we are not in first place when November 1st rolls around ..... I say we do the only prudent thing and frame him for the decapitation of Harvey the Hound and send him to the Big House.

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