BUSY WEEK FOR OILERS...UPDATE ON PECKHAM

Jason Gregor
July 02 2013 01:58PM

Theo Peckham's future with the Oilers will be decided today. The Oilers have to submit qualifying offers to Peckham, Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi, Colten Teubert, Alex Plante, Teemu Hartikainen, Taylor Fedun, Antti Tyrvainen, Philippe Cornet and Niko Hovinen.

Gagner, Paajarvi, Hartikainen and Fedun are easy decisions. During his end of the season presser, MacTavish stated Ryan Whitney wouldn't return, and hinted the same for Peckham, but will he stick with that plan.

I don't expect both Plante and Teubert to get qualified, Plante looks to the be the odd man out, but I won't be surprised if they let both of them walk. They will have Davidson, Fedun and Marincin in OKC next season, and they will likely sign an AHL veteran. There isn't room for both Plante and Teubert, and the Oilers could let all three D-men walk, but if you had to pick one of the three to stay it definitely would be Peckham.

I think Peckham can be an effective 3rd pairing D-man. Peckham has quicker feet than people realize, and he moves the puck well enough to stay in the league. When he's playing with confidence he can be an effective PK guy, play physical and block shots.

He'll get signed by another team, if the Oilers don't qualify him.

Keep in mind Peckham played well up until getting Ko'ed by Nathan Horton near the end of the 2010/2011 season. He suffered a concussion, and when he returned he lost some of his swagger. Of course, he is to blame for not being in great shape last January, although his body fat % and other tests weren't much different than in September of 2011.

Either way he didn't do himself any favours by electing to stop working out weeks before the end of the lockout. Keep in mind he was in great shape in September, and the Oilers knew that. Will they take that into account when deciding on his future?

It will be up to Peckham to prove that he is ready and willing to be a professional. If he proves that, I believe he can stick on an NHL roster. He is a very good athlete, he just needs to re-dedicate himself. Not being qualified would be a good motivator, and if the Oilers keep him  then should show him they still believe in his ability.

My gut tells me they let him walk, but I know MacTavish likes him...If it was me, I would qualify Peckham.

UPDATE..

***The Oilers have elected to let Peckham, Teubert, Plante and Cornet become free agents. They didn't qualify them.***

BIG WEEK....

  • The Oilers and the other 29 NHL teams can start talking to free agents at midnight tonight. This year teams will have a 48-hour window to convince UFAs to sign with them, but they can't "officially" sign until Friday. If a team "unofficially" lands a UFA tomorrow that could lead to a few more compliance buyouts.
     
  • The compliance buyout period ends at 5 p.m. EST on Thursday.
     
  • Teubert's play away from the puck is good. He's hard to play against, is physical and his footspeed is decent, but he needs to improve his ability to make plays under pressure. At this point he has more upside than Plante, and that is why I expect the Oilers to let Plante walk. Unfortunately concussions have set his career back, and I'm 50/50 on Teubert. MacTavish talked about needing guys who can move the puck, and considering that is Teubert's biggest weakness it would make sense if they let him go.
     
  • The Oilers summer prospect camp starts tomorrow, physicals, but the players won't be on the ice until Thursday. The on-ice workouts will be at Millenium Place in Sherwood Park and they are open to the publice. The first on-ice session is Thursday morning at 9:30.
     
  • Here are my thoughts on Craig MacTavish's weekend in New Jersey. He'll be disappointed, but it is way too early to say he failed to deliver on "bold" moves. He has another month before we can rip him for not making any moves. The next three weeks should give us a better view of what the Oilers' roster will look like in October.
     
  • Fedun had a very good 2nd half of the season, and he will get lots of minutes in OKC next  year. He's incredibly smart with the puck, and if he continues to regain his footspeed he will get a look in Edmonton sometime in the next few years.
     
  • Mark my word, Greg Chase will be the best late round draft pick in years. Chase was ranked higher, and should have gone higher based on his skills. He's a shift disturber on the ice, and some scouts worried that he was a bit mouthy. If that is the reason teams passed on him, then they will be regretting it. The kid has skills, but he also is fearless on the ice. He is great at annoying the opposition. He is exactly the type of pest the Oilers need, but don't downplay his skills. He had 49 points this year as a 17-year-old with limited PP time. He'll play significant minutes in Calgary this coming season and I see him scoring 35-40 goals. I suspect Oiler fans will really like him.
     

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#1 Rama Lama
July 02 2013, 02:14PM
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I can't remember another defenseman who plays with more piss and vinegar than Theo.

He has never looked out of place playing a 5 or 6 role with the Oilers.......exactly who did he piss off so badly that he has never been given a legit opportunity to make amends?

It is my belief that we will regret letting this guy walk. THe guy we let go ( Theo if that the case) will be exactly the type of guy we will be looking for to replace him........makes no sense.

I'm with you on this on Gregor.......you make an excellent point.

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#2 bazmagoo
July 02 2013, 02:04PM
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Could be the fist free agency period in years that provides a little excitement in Oiler-ville.

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#3 vetinari
July 02 2013, 02:45PM
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The 48 hour "interview" window will bring all kinds of wild speculation on the internet and Twitter for the next few days ("I just saw Nathan Horton getting a back massage from Jay Feaster at the airport. Okay, maybe it wasn't Jay Feaster. Or a back massage.") Let the rumours and speculation begin!

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#4 Quicksilver ballet
July 02 2013, 03:32PM
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The Oilers have fed more than one of their 6'0" 18 yr old first overall selections to the surgeons for their first major surgeries in the past two years. Why shouldn't the 6'4" 200 lb kid have a chance at a surgery as well, he is a man already, no?

Smid, N.Schultz, J.Schultz, Petry, Potter, Belov, Klefbom. What we see here, is a very impressive top 6 no doubt, but i can see 4 guys on that list that might not have as good a training camp as Darnell Nurse may have in the fall.

To select Nurse over an assumed NHL ready Nichushkin, doesn't scream atleast one yr away to me. Who gives a flying puck how much experience/lack thereof the other dmen have, if Darnell is better than some of those guys from day 1 of camp. The best 7 dmen in t/c should stay, atleast for nine games anyways. I see 2 guys on that list alone, with zero NHL experience. Along with another kid named Potter.

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#5 2004Z06
July 02 2013, 05:31PM
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Vinnie is signing with Philly. Maybe the cap crunch will force the Coburn trade....Or perhaps a Simmonds, Talbot or Hartnell?

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#6 bwar
July 02 2013, 06:46PM
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Gotta say I was rooting for Peckham. I'm a little bit sad to see the Oilers let him go. Really felt he didn't really get a chance last year. Hopefully someone picks him up and gives him a shot.

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#7 GVBlackhawk
July 02 2013, 11:23PM
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Hey DSF,

Remember Peter Mueller, the guy you said was better than Yakupov? The guy who you claimed that Florida would never 'giveaway'?

Well they gave him away today! No qualifying offer. Ouch.

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#8 2004Z06
July 02 2013, 02:10PM
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Couldn't Peckham be a piece going back to Philly in a Cuhburn deal? They need D and could shed some salary. I think he would fit nicely there.

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#9 oilerjed
July 02 2013, 02:32PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I can't remember another defenseman who plays with more piss and vinegar than Theo.

He has never looked out of place playing a 5 or 6 role with the Oilers.......exactly who did he piss off so badly that he has never been given a legit opportunity to make amends?

It is my belief that we will regret letting this guy walk. THe guy we let go ( Theo if that the case) will be exactly the type of guy we will be looking for to replace him........makes no sense.

I'm with you on this on Gregor.......you make an excellent point.

Considering some of the Dmen that have replaced him I have to agree, we have definetly had worse. Makes me wonder if there is more to his story that the team is respectively not disclosing. They could have dropped him at anytime and never looked back but somehow he is still here.

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#10 Lochenzo
July 02 2013, 02:36PM
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I think you need one of Peckham or Fistric. If MacT does land Coburn, then yeah, you can let them both walk. But that's a mighty big IF and time is running out.

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#11 Vaclav
July 02 2013, 02:36PM
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With Tambellini and Krueger both gone I wouldn't be surprised to see them qualify Peckham. If the organization does qualify him and he doesn't make the team he'd likely get plucked off of waivers or they could put him and his $1.075M salary in OKC.

Not much risk in qualifying him IMO. Especially if they plan on dumping both Teubert and Plante.

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#12 Rick
July 02 2013, 02:40PM
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I don't get the debate on Peckham to be honest.

If you are prepared to lose him all together then qualify him on the cheap considering he has virtually no leverage based on his fitness boner from last season and give him a chance to prove himself. If he fails to measure up then send him down. So what if someone picks him considering they were prepared to let him walk anyways.

For too many years the Oiler have overvalued their tweeners. Peckham can play in the AHL next year and definitely help more than Teubert or Plante. Isn't that path to a strong organization? Having the best players possible to draw from?

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#13 Saytalk
July 02 2013, 02:42PM
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Pass. With free agency in July and waivers in the fall, there will be more talented and harder working defencemen available to put on the third pairing. You could hope that Eakins finds a way to push Theo's buttons and get him to work harder, but then you could also hope the same thing for any other player and get better odds. This team needs to improve and they won't do that by bringing back the same lazy scrubs that got them to 30, 30, 29, 24.

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#14 admiralmark
July 02 2013, 02:52PM
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Busy week "trying" or "making" deals that is the question? What a diff getting a Coburn would be? I also would be intrested to see if they could pry Tyler Myers from Buffalo while his value is somewhat diminished?

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#15 2004Z06
July 02 2013, 03:09PM
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Well they didn't qualify him, so thats a no.

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#16 D'oh-ilers
July 02 2013, 03:09PM
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Oilers have listed the players receiving qualifying offers on their website: Taylor Fedun, Teemu Hartikainen, Niko Hovinen, Antti Tyrvainen, Sam Gagner & Magnus Paajarvi

Plante, Teubert, Peckham & Cornet are gone.

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#17 Lozhenzo
July 02 2013, 03:10PM
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Man, the more I think about Tyler Bozak, the more I think of Shawn Horcoff. College player who did all the little things right. The coach loved him and he slowly moved up the depth chart. Struck a chort with an uber-talented winger and posted career offensive numbers and followed it up with a very good playoff performance. Then signs a big $5 mill plus contract. And then...

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#18 Bucknuck
July 02 2013, 03:12PM
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I was pretty excited the Year Tambo got Belanger, Eager, Barker and others during free agency. We all know how that went.

I have higher expectations for MacT. I hope the players he get's don't drop into a black hole upon arrival in the Orange and Blue.

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#19 LinkfromHyrule
July 02 2013, 03:20PM
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grebeshkov would be a good pickup imo if that's who they are speaking with. Peckham should be given a qualifying offer, him and fistric play a similar game and I think it would hurt to let both walk for nothing.

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#20 WhattaMike
July 02 2013, 03:24PM
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The Oilers cleaned house a bit I now see. Peckham, who I was rooting for, likely did not take his fitness level too seriously and those concussions he had must have played a role too.

I nsuspect he was let go as well due to I think the Oilers are either bringing in two more defenceman for 5/6/7 duties like Ranger or Grebeshkov or even Coburn ....and/or they expect Klefbom to be here with Belov.

From what I read and heard, Belov is 6'3", is only a couple yrs older at 26... he loves to hit big time and agitates, is a much better skater, can be a little more with offence and has better passing skills too...all for the same type price of Peckham....

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#21 John Chambers
July 02 2013, 03:26PM
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Not qualifying / signing these guys is a good move. Shows the club is going to move forward, hopefully with only NHL players on the roster.

Lochenzo mentioned it in the last article, and it looks like it will have to be defense by committee rather than adding a true #1. in any event, adding a player like Ference or Hainsey via UFA, or trading for Boychuk or Coburn will effectively give the team three solid, if unspectacular, pairings.

Let's say we acquire Hainsey and Ranger, each of those players along with Belov are all individually better than Whitney or Potter. It's not that the Oilers D as a whole was atrocious last year, just that bottom pairing and about 20 rotten games from Justin Schultz.

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#22 Lochenzo
July 02 2013, 03:27PM
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I always thought that they were a little quick on the trigger for letting Grebeshkov go. Good rookie year. Struggled in his sophmore year. Then he was gone. It was like they blamed the bad year on young guys like Grebeshkov and Robert Nilsson when, as we can clearly see from 7 years out of the playoffs, that the problems were much deeper. I'm open to seeing Grebs back to see what he can do.

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#23 Spydyr
July 02 2013, 03:37PM
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Sure hope the Oilers are scouring the other teams castoffs.

There are quite a few more talented teams letting players go today.

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#24 washed up
July 02 2013, 03:39PM
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July 5th prediction. MacT try's hard, but can only watch as higher profile FA's sign elsewhere. He then signs a few spare parts and/or reclamation projects who are not going to improve this club. Then comes the presser, with the same old same old. Price was too high and blah, blah, blah. Except for young guys being a year older the 13/14 Oilers will be no better then the 12/13 team.

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#25 Lochenzo
July 02 2013, 03:52PM
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Well, there you have it. Peckham not qualified. Let's hope that means that Coburn will be an Oiler soon. I'm surprised to see Tyrvainen's name in there.

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#26 madjam
July 02 2013, 03:53PM
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Jeff Schultz , Jeff Schultz , Jeff Schultz ! I want the Three Amigos . I want Lurch the big boy .

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#27 bazmagoo
July 02 2013, 03:54PM
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Free agency doesn't work in building championship NHL teams - crafty trades and consistent drafting do.

Oilers will fill the 3rd and 4th line with spare parts in the next week, no big fish will come to Edmonton. As long as we get sizeably bigger and grittier on those 2 lines I'll be happy.

@ John Chambers - agreed it will be defence by committee, my guess is the Oil have 8 defencemen on their roster most of the season.

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#28 Young Oil
July 02 2013, 03:56PM
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I love not qualifying those players, because now the OKC defense will look something like:

Marincin-Gernat

Klefbom-Fedun

Musil-Davidson

Letting the kids play. I love it. Gets them all a lot of ice time and experience.

Some might say its too inexperienced, but in my opinion the more ice time the better, Nelson helped Fedun, Marincin and Davidson a lot last year, and he likely will for the 3 new rookies.

Musil essentially replaces Plante, Klefbom will likely be an upgrade on Tuebert, and Gernat could surprise, so no harm in starting the season with them as your defence. If any of them struggle, AHL vets like Stafford are easy to come by.

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#29 bazmagoo
July 02 2013, 03:56PM
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@madjam

Jeff Schultz would seem to be a pretty good fit for the Oilers - I agree. 1 year 1.5 - 2 million?

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#30 bazmagoo
July 02 2013, 04:00PM
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washed up wrote:

July 5th prediction. MacT try's hard, but can only watch as higher profile FA's sign elsewhere. He then signs a few spare parts and/or reclamation projects who are not going to improve this club. Then comes the presser, with the same old same old. Price was too high and blah, blah, blah. Except for young guys being a year older the 13/14 Oilers will be no better then the 12/13 team.

Well when you have 3 #1 draft picks getting a year older along with Eberle & J Schultz, I wouldn't poo poo on that. You might be surprised how far they come along this season.

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#31 Lochenzo
July 02 2013, 04:00PM
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Young Oil wrote:

I love not qualifying those players, because now the OKC defense will look something like:

Marincin-Gernat

Klefbom-Fedun

Musil-Davidson

Letting the kids play. I love it. Gets them all a lot of ice time and experience.

Some might say its too inexperienced, but in my opinion the more ice time the better, Nelson helped Fedun, Marincin and Davidson a lot last year, and he likely will for the 3 new rookies.

Musil essentially replaces Plante, Klefbom will likely be an upgrade on Tuebert, and Gernat could surprise, so no harm in starting the season with them as your defence. If any of them struggle, AHL vets like Stafford are easy to come by.

I think they could use a good mentor in the mix there who is really gung ho about helping out these kids progress. A veteran guy who may be angling to be a coach some day.

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#32 Quicksilver ballet
July 02 2013, 04:01PM
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Now that Theo is a free agent, the Oilers can offer him a more affordable two way deal and turn him into a forward in OKC.

He is free to sign with anyone he wants, isn't he? Someone with an ego problem is holding this kid back. Who could that be?

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#33 Ducey
July 02 2013, 04:18PM
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Young Oil wrote:

I love not qualifying those players, because now the OKC defense will look something like:

Marincin-Gernat

Klefbom-Fedun

Musil-Davidson

Letting the kids play. I love it. Gets them all a lot of ice time and experience.

Some might say its too inexperienced, but in my opinion the more ice time the better, Nelson helped Fedun, Marincin and Davidson a lot last year, and he likely will for the 3 new rookies.

Musil essentially replaces Plante, Klefbom will likely be an upgrade on Tuebert, and Gernat could surprise, so no harm in starting the season with them as your defence. If any of them struggle, AHL vets like Stafford are easy to come by.

Gernat is likely to play in Europe for a year or so rather than the AHL.

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#34 madjam
July 02 2013, 04:20PM
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Cudos to fast acting Feaster adding a bottom NHL sixer @$950,00 in T.J.Galiadi9@5 years old) from San Jose for a paltry 2015 Fourth rounder . When is MacT. going to get out of the dugout ?

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#35 mlcselli
July 02 2013, 04:23PM
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It's nice to see MacT bringing out the broom and start cleaning house. Hopefully he doesn't finish until he sweeps Belanger out the door too.

I haven't seen confirmation one way or the other regarding Fistrics' future as an Oiler. Anyone know?

I wish Mac continued success as he tries to add skill. size and dedication to the roster.

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#36 GVBlackhawk
July 02 2013, 04:25PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

The Oilers have fed more than one of their 6'0" 18 yr old first overall selections to the surgeons for their first major surgeries in the past two years. Why shouldn't the 6'4" 200 lb kid have a chance at a surgery as well, he is a man already, no?

Smid, N.Schultz, J.Schultz, Petry, Potter, Belov, Klefbom. What we see here, is a very impressive top 6 no doubt, but i can see 4 guys on that list that might not have as good a training camp as Darnell Nurse may have in the fall.

To select Nurse over an assumed NHL ready Nichushkin, doesn't scream atleast one yr away to me. Who gives a flying puck how much experience/lack thereof the other dmen have, if Darnell is better than some of those guys from day 1 of camp. The best 7 dmen in t/c should stay, atleast for nine games anyways. I see 2 guys on that list alone, with zero NHL experience. Along with another kid named Potter.

No, don't rush Nurse. Develop him properly and reap the rewards in three years. Even if he has a better training camp than the incumbents, send him back to the Soo! The Oilers have rushed so many rookies over the years that people think it is the norm.

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#37 GVBlackhawk
July 02 2013, 04:28PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Now that Theo is a free agent, the Oilers can offer him a more affordable two way deal and turn him into a forward in OKC.

He is free to sign with anyone he wants, isn't he? Someone with an ego problem is holding this kid back. Who could that be?

Uhhh...Chef Boyardee?

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#38 Quicksilver ballet
July 02 2013, 04:35PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

Uhhh...Chef Boyardee?

Well played GVB, you're probably right on Nurse, especially if they do go ahead with those Ference/Coburn type options. No doubt, a full year in the AHL would help Klefbom as well.

Looks like the Flyers are the frontrunner in the Lecavilier sweepstakes. Wouldn't that present some buying opportunities in the coming week. Hartnell, Simmonds, Mezaros, Talbot, Coburn, maybe even Couturier. All could suddenly find themselves in the "available" basket. Maybe the conversations with Holmgren on the weekend will bear fruit afterall. Stand firm and demand Couturier, Craig.

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#39 NewAgeSys
July 02 2013, 05:05PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

No, don't rush Nurse. Develop him properly and reap the rewards in three years. Even if he has a better training camp than the incumbents, send him back to the Soo! The Oilers have rushed so many rookies over the years that people think it is the norm.

I personally think he is very motivated to make the Oilers ASAP, so lets give him a realistic gameplan to work with here.

Lets NOT say he is DEFINATELY doing anything, lets leave the goddam opportunity in the mans hands, he is a young man but still a man so treat him with some respect already no one has a right to take the longshot away from another man, it was a longshot to be picked number 7 overall, if we expect him to war for us lets treat him like a young warrior. Its a longshot for him to walk onto the NHL team, so what, it is his shot to earn or lose.

I dont believe Darnell would say he is at an NHL playing weight yet, and those pounds arent that easy to put on even at his age when you are burning calories like wildfire working out.I do believe Darnell is game enough to give it his 100% effort if half a chance presents itself to accelerate his evolution into an NHL player. He has Pro Athlete advice from his family, I believe his expectations will be realistic already, and they will not allow him to risk anything by rushing it if they can help it.

I am thinking he needs a gameplan and a bar to reach for , and we have the right men to give him that it seems. So git er done.

Look at the size of his relatives, they are Big Packages, and so is he, but obviously he needs to put on the beef. That takes time.

I would say he should feel pretty good about an early opportunity whenever he is ready judging by the pro-active approach the Oilers have taken the last 3 years.

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#40 OilClog
July 02 2013, 05:10PM
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Letting Peckham go like this is a crime.

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#41 GVBlackhawk
July 02 2013, 05:29PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Well played GVB, you're probably right on Nurse, especially if they do go ahead with those Ference/Coburn type options. No doubt, a full year in the AHL would help Klefbom as well.

Looks like the Flyers are the frontrunner in the Lecavilier sweepstakes. Wouldn't that present some buying opportunities in the coming week. Hartnell, Simmonds, Mezaros, Talbot, Coburn, maybe even Couturier. All could suddenly find themselves in the "available" basket. Maybe the conversations with Holmgren on the weekend will bear fruit afterall. Stand firm and demand Couturier, Craig.

The Flyers will have to dump salary now that they have signed Vinny. I'm not sure what they plan on doing next season when they need to re-sign Giroux, Couturier, and Brayden Schenn. Something's got to give.

Wayne Simmonds would be a great pickup but I doubt Holmgren gives him up.

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#42 GVBlackhawk
July 02 2013, 05:31PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Well played GVB, you're probably right on Nurse, especially if they do go ahead with those Ference/Coburn type options. No doubt, a full year in the AHL would help Klefbom as well.

Looks like the Flyers are the frontrunner in the Lecavilier sweepstakes. Wouldn't that present some buying opportunities in the coming week. Hartnell, Simmonds, Mezaros, Talbot, Coburn, maybe even Couturier. All could suddenly find themselves in the "available" basket. Maybe the conversations with Holmgren on the weekend will bear fruit afterall. Stand firm and demand Couturier, Craig.

Oh yeah. And the best part is the Flyers current number one goalie is Steve Mason. That's just plain scary (if you are a Flyers fan).

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#43 Quicksilver ballet
July 02 2013, 06:33PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Vinnie is signing with Philly. Maybe the cap crunch will force the Coburn trade....Or perhaps a Simmonds, Talbot or Hartnell?

Mezaros and Couturier achieve the same thing. Flyers are stacked at center. Lecavilier, Geroux, Schenn, Rinaldo and Newbury. Oh, and Couturier.

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#44 DSF
July 02 2013, 06:37PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Vinnie is signing with Philly. Maybe the cap crunch will force the Coburn trade....Or perhaps a Simmonds, Talbot or Hartnell?

Time to put to bed the notion that Philly is cap strapped and desperate.

With Vinny on the payroll, they are $300K over the cap with a 24 man roster and NINE defensemen.

When Pronger goes on LTIR they are close to $5M UNDER the cap with a 23 man roster.

I’m sure they would like to shed Mezaros’ $4M cap hit but they don’t have to.

Any trade with Holmgren is going to have to be a hockey trade and I can’t think of one thing the Flyers need from the Oilers that doesn’t involve one of the young guns.

While the Flyers need to sign another goaltender, they have up $5M to pull that off.

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#45 DSF
July 02 2013, 06:37PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Mezaros and Couturier achieve the same thing. Flyers are stacked at center. Lecavilier, Geroux, Schenn, Rinaldo and Newbury. Oh, and Couturier.

What do the Oilers have that Philly needs?

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#46 GVBlackhawk
July 02 2013, 07:15PM
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DSF wrote:

Time to put to bed the notion that Philly is cap strapped and desperate.

With Vinny on the payroll, they are $300K over the cap with a 24 man roster and NINE defensemen.

When Pronger goes on LTIR they are close to $5M UNDER the cap with a 23 man roster.

I’m sure they would like to shed Mezaros’ $4M cap hit but they don’t have to.

Any trade with Holmgren is going to have to be a hockey trade and I can’t think of one thing the Flyers need from the Oilers that doesn’t involve one of the young guns.

While the Flyers need to sign another goaltender, they have up $5M to pull that off.

Once they sign a goalie, they will have very little cap space to sign three very important pieces for next season: Giroux, B. Schenn, and Couturier.

They definitely need to move some cap dollars.

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July 02 2013, 07:27PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

Once they sign a goalie, they will have very little cap space to sign three very important pieces for next season: Giroux, B. Schenn, and Couturier.

They definitely need to move some cap dollars.

Nonsense.

The cap will go up next season and Philly will deal with it a year from now.

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#48 gcw_rocls
July 02 2013, 08:08PM
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Disappointed about Cornet. He seemed to do everything expected of a scoring winger and still doesn't get qualified. They are going to miss his scoring next season in OKC.

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DSF wrote:

Nonsense.

The cap will go up next season and Philly will deal with it a year from now.

Nice management strategy DSF. That's classic reactionary management, which is usually a recipe for disaster.

Nonsense indeed.

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#50 Locksmithluke
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I'm of the same thought regarding PHY and not having to shed to awfully much, I can see Mezaro being shuffled but as far as any talent laden losses, Holmgren will cross that bridge (next year) when he gets to it... Just one mans opinion.

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