BUY, BUY BELANGER

Jason Gregor
July 04 2013 12:06PM

The Oilers have placed centre Eric Belanger on waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.
When the Oilers signed Belanger two years ago, many felt he was a good addition. He'd help win faceoffs and he could chip in around 30 points. He was great in the dots, winning 55% of his draws his first year and 53% this past season, but he only had 4 goals in 104 games over two seasons. His offence was non-existent.

When he was signed I mentioned the one concern former teammates and organizations said was that he wasn't considered a great dressing room guy. That turned out be accurate. He wasn't a distraction, he didn't yell at this teammates or cause friction, he just had a negative auru about him. You know the type.

That wasn't the reason he was let go, four goals in 104 games was the main one, but the Oilers are trying to "cleanse" their dressing room and they decided they'd be better off without him.

This was an easy decision for the Oilers. I know they don't have a faceoff specialist to replace him, but winning faceoffs didn't result in more scoring chances. Belanger's advanced stats were horrendous despite winning faceoffs.

I don't believe in ripping a player when he leaves town, but I've mentioned for over a year that Belanger was a detriment to this team and this is one decision that I 100% agree with for the Oilers.

QUICK HITS

  • Ray Emery could be a good fit with the Oilers. He's matured the past few seasons, and last year he was outstanding with the Blackhawks. He could push Devan Dubnyk, but he'd be supportive in the back up role as well.
     
  • Interesting situation with the Leafs. They buyout Grabovski ($14.4 mIllion) and the analytics guys hate the decision. Grabovski was overpaid, but not to the point you just give up on him. If they replace him with Bozak and Clarkson I suspect our pals at www.theleafsnation.com might need counseling. The best part is that the Leafs are buying out a guy because he is overpaid, but they will replace him with two players who will also be overpaid. Awesome.
     
  •  Darren Dreger tweeted the Stars and Bruins have a huge trade in the works involving Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson. Jim Nill and Joe Sakic have made some significant moves right away since grabbing the reigns in Dallas and Colorado. The next week should be highly entertaining for hockey fans.  

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#201 GVBlackhawk
July 04 2013, 07:00PM
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Rocket wrote:

I guess My bitterness at Tambo is coming through. Your right in that not getting Couterier didn't screw The Oilers up. I guess Tambo's overall performance grinds my gears a bit & not drafting Couterier, who has potential, just adds fuel to the fire.

What's up with Horcoff? Did he really just get traded?

Rocket, that is the year that the Oilers drafted RNH. Although I think Couturier is quality, there is no comparison to a player of Nuge's quality.

RNH was the correct choice.

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#202 GVBlackhawk
July 04 2013, 07:07PM
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Rocket wrote:

I guess My bitterness at Tambo is coming through. Your right in that not getting Couterier didn't screw The Oilers up. I guess Tambo's overall performance grinds my gears a bit & not drafting Couterier, who has potential, just adds fuel to the fire.

What's up with Horcoff? Did he really just get traded?

Sorry I missed your earlier post. You were hoping that Tambi was going to move up on the 2nd first round pick in order to draft SC.

Hard to say if he tried or not (dithers) but you might not regret the decision he made to take Klefbom.

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#203 TV6
July 04 2013, 08:36PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

You are correct about the cap circumvention. Bill Daly explicitly stated that teams could not engage in this activity. Good call.

You & MKE BOTH need to read that ruling again...

Plus that kind of trade is not what I am talking about.

Racki already explained this earlier... As for the application of keeping the COB's, having them next season when other team won't & may need to dump salary is when they will have the most worth to the Oilers.

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#204 MKE
July 04 2013, 11:01PM
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"They could use them BOTH to secure a trade & then buy-out the players that they traded for & received further compensation for by taking a large salary/Cap hit from the team they traded with."

The above is from your earlier post. This is CLEARLY cap circumvention.

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#205 TV6
July 04 2013, 11:39PM
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@MKE

AGAIN...

READ the Rule...

Or re-read what you just posted & TRY to grasp what it means.

For example...

The Sabres trade Leino to the Oilers along with their 2014 2nd round pick to the Oilers for the Oil's 4th round pick in 2015.

The Oilers could then buy-out Leino & keep their 2nd round pick.

That is NOT against the rules or is Cap circumvention in ANY way.

Fair Enough..?

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#206 TV6
July 04 2013, 11:48PM
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@TV6

Take a peek at this MKE & GVB...

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"Recently the New York Post reported that the Bolts and Toronto Maple Leafs had begun trade talks for the veteran forward. The scoop was that the Leafs would obtain Vinny in exchange for undisclosed assets, they would buy out his contract, then he would be able to sign again with the Lightning as a free agent at a much lower salary, reducing the cap hit Tampa Bay were facing by keeping him.

While these reports were denied, it prompted NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to forward a memo throughout the league warning teams against engaging in discussions which could be interpreted by the league as trying to circumvent the current CBA.

NHL rules prohibit teams from re-signing players that have been bought out for one year.

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SO AGAIN... Fair Enough..?

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