Not "Bold," but solid

Jason Strudwick
July 05 2013 03:48PM

Edmonton Oilers fans have been waiting for rookie general manager Craig MacTavish to make some moves. He started yesterday by trading Captain Shawn Horcoff to the Dallas stars for Philip Larsen and an offensive zone faceoff win next season in Dallas.

Horcoff

It was time for Horcoff to move on. No one could ever question his professionalism and dedication to the Oilers. He is the consummate pro. After so many years of struggle for the Oilers he will get new energy in Dallas next season.

After being with the same team for so long Horcoff will be very uncomfortable with the move. Everything is new. New city, teammates, arena and travel. It will make him uncomfortable but that will provide him with jump. A change isn't always good but in this case it is.

I expect Horcoff to have a strong season next year, but I am not talking about more points. He will be the strong center that Dallas needs. No longer will he be the lightning rod of attention for many unhappy Oiler fans. The difference between playing in the States and Canada is like night and day for attention from fans. I think Horcoff will enjoy the break.

Horcoff did many things in the community that were unknown. Having played with him though, I know of many. I wish him luck in the big D!

In the trade the Oilers pick up young Danish blue-liner Philip Larsen. His is only twenty-three years old. He is a slight young man that can move the puck. Is he a long term NHL’er? He should get a chance here to prove he is. He is a player that will move the puck up to the young group of Oilers forwards. That is what MacT said he wanted more of when he took over at GM.

This Morning

This morning once free agency got going MacTavish quickly moved to fill some holes in the line-up. He signed Andrew Ference, a d-man, who played last year with the Bruins. He got both Boyd Gordon, a centreman and Jason LaBarbera, a back-up goalie, out of Phoenix. These are not big, bold moves but there are a very solid start.

I felt the biggest issue for the Oilers was their overall ability to compete every night. They needed more players that give predictable effort and results from game to game. There were too many question marks in the lineup.

Andrew Ference brings experience, steadiness and a compete level to the Oilers. He will be the oldest dman on the team and will be able to mentor everyone in the group. He is a player that is not afraid to speak his mind in the dressing room. When he stands up and addresses the team he will have instant respect from the team because of his career so far.

I do not think he is a top pairing defencemen. He can easily slide into the Oilers second pairing. He is a western guy who played in the WHL. I think the Oilers need more of that. He is also very environmentally informed. Expect the Oilers to start recycling.

Boyd Gordon is also a WHL alum. I cannot tell you how important having more WHL’ers and western players is to a team that is in need of more competitiveness. He is a player with very little offensive upside but he will guide and teach some of the young developing players how to play the game the right way at the crucial times of the games. I would expect rookie head coach Dallas Eakins to use him first in PK situations and important defensive zone draws; think end of the game while protecting a lead.

Lastly the Oilers have brought in Jason LaBarbera to back up Devan Dubnyk. Labarbera has been a back-up all is career so he understands how to stay ready between infrequent starts. I have been told he is a very good guy in the dressing room which I think is very important. In my opinion a back-up goalie needs to be able to play the game but must also be part social director and comedian to entertain and relax the guys.

This signing sends a huge message of support to Dubnyk. There is no doubt whose net this is now. There is no one else for the team, or Dubnyk, to fall back on. This is a huge year for him. He must continue to prove that he is a starter in the NHL and the Oilers goalie moving forward. I will be very interested to watch how he steps up this year. I believe he is the goalie for the future but it isn't me he needs to convince. He must convince the management and more importantly his teammates.

MacTavish still has a way to go to get his team set for the season. This is a good start today.

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#51 wigswag
July 05 2013, 06:06PM
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@Rama Lama

From all accounts Ference is a hard to play agains Dman. That is what the oilers need.

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#52 fig pucker
July 05 2013, 06:08PM
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ferrence is a solid blue liner, he has leadership which will be usefull with horc gone, and he's been to the dance before and can teach some of our young players how to win, pleased with this signing. in terms of blaming mact for seguin or ryan not showing up, these players would have filled big holes on our roster, so not to hear any rumblings that we were even interested in them makes me scratch my head. there are a few teams with cap issues we can only hope mact is working hard to "help them with their problem" and how about an offer sheat to peterangelo, if he can swing it major problem solved. at the very least i want to hear that the oilers are aggressively pursuing some of these options.

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#53 smokey
July 05 2013, 06:14PM
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Lebrun said Clarkson left money on the table. Did MacT offer 6 mil x 7 years? Scary....I wonder what was the backup plan? I don't see Ottawa overpaying like that.

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#54 Rama Lama
July 05 2013, 06:41PM
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wigswag wrote:

From all accounts Ference is a hard to play agains Dman. That is what the oilers need.

If that is all he has going for him.........god help us. What I want to hear is that he is a great puck mover, PP specialist, and mean on top.

I will cut him some slack, but there had to be better options out there?

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#55 madjam
July 05 2013, 06:42PM
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Changing Perspective : Is there anything there in todays acquisitions that excite you ? Appears on the surface to be only a small sample of a new base , certainly not enough to get very excited about yet . I suspect MacT. will now turn his attention to adding more quality personnel to that still unfinished base, the kind that will create excitement .I certainly hope so . We need a more successful stage two to create a contender and some excitement .

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#56 HardBoiledOil
July 05 2013, 06:43PM
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smokey wrote:

Lebrun said Clarkson left money on the table. Did MacT offer 6 mil x 7 years? Scary....I wonder what was the backup plan? I don't see Ottawa overpaying like that.

i listened to his interview on TV and he made it quite clear that he wanted to play in his hometown of Toronto so that's likely why he might have left money on the table with the Oilers. i'm OK with that.

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#57 WhattaMike
July 05 2013, 06:45PM
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Hey dudes and dudettes...the summer frenzy of free agents and trades just began so for those moaning already...take a chill pill.Come on...7 yr contracts for some of those guys(Horton/Clarkson etc)???? I am glad we did not get stuck with that type of crap..

ference is excellent for both Schultz and Klefbom this year...with never give up and Compete always... Excellent pick up. He will play strong but he is here to teach the future of J. Schultz, Klefbom, Nurse, Marancin, Petry, etc..

I wanted Khudobin or Emery myself for the Oilers and yet they didn't come...LaBarbera has very decent numbers for a backup and Dubnyk has been groomed for six yrs to show it now this season anyways...

Gordon is excellent and is here for defensive centre on 3rd line...not for offence or leaky playing.. The offence is here with the kids...REMEMBER???

We got some decent new depth at centre and wing for the 4th lines with Acton, Hamilton and Joenuus..

Now its that top 2nd LW we need (and this will be thru a big trade), then two third/fourth type line tough boys who can skate..

The defence is strong enough and will likely still change some more when either one of N. Schultz or Smid is traded.

IMO, I think the Coburn plus Schenn deal from Philly to the Oilers may be still coming forth with the Oilers throwing up a one of a 2014 or 2015 1st rounder, then a defender, and a prospect....

Who knows but today was decent/not super great but very decent to start with...and i am glad so far.

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#58 bazmagoo
July 05 2013, 06:54PM
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@westcoastoil

"With the signing of Ference, I don't see the need for Coburn unless there is a D going back the other way (Schultz Sr.?)."

I agree 100%, Schultz Sr or maybe Hemsky are the only two ways Coburn coming here makes sense to me.

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#59 oilbaron
July 05 2013, 06:54PM
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@smokey I doubt it... which is why Clarkson is not an Oiler now. They probably offered a shorter term as to not relive the horcoff situation.

I am quite happy with these signings... need a couple more top end guys and the Oilers could actually have a chance at the playoffs next year

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#60 Smokey
July 05 2013, 06:58PM
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WhattaMike wrote:

Hey dudes and dudettes...the summer frenzy of free agents and trades just began so for those moaning already...take a chill pill.Come on...7 yr contracts for some of those guys(Horton/Clarkson etc)???? I am glad we did not get stuck with that type of crap..

ference is excellent for both Schultz and Klefbom this year...with never give up and Compete always... Excellent pick up. He will play strong but he is here to teach the future of J. Schultz, Klefbom, Nurse, Marancin, Petry, etc..

I wanted Khudobin or Emery myself for the Oilers and yet they didn't come...LaBarbera has very decent numbers for a backup and Dubnyk has been groomed for six yrs to show it now this season anyways...

Gordon is excellent and is here for defensive centre on 3rd line...not for offence or leaky playing.. The offence is here with the kids...REMEMBER???

We got some decent new depth at centre and wing for the 4th lines with Acton, Hamilton and Joenuus..

Now its that top 2nd LW we need (and this will be thru a big trade), then two third/fourth type line tough boys who can skate..

The defence is strong enough and will likely still change some more when either one of N. Schultz or Smid is traded.

IMO, I think the Coburn plus Schenn deal from Philly to the Oilers may be still coming forth with the Oilers throwing up a one of a 2014 or 2015 1st rounder, then a defender, and a prospect....

Who knows but today was decent/not super great but very decent to start with...and i am glad so far.

Acton, Hamilton and Joennus are AHL'ers. There no new depth there. Maybe one might fill out a depth role.. Gordon is an overpay, but saves money so I can live.with it Ference I like. We are weaker at forward, better on defence. Same in net. We have not improved. We have seen depth NHL'ers like Cooke, Lapierre, Pouliot go for peanuts while we trade for ahl vets. Barons are going to win the Calder, hooray.

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#61 Oilfan
July 05 2013, 07:06PM
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@cam

Completely agree with Cam. With Dubnyk now reassured that it is his net, what is going to push him? He too often appears lackadaisacal in his positioning when a bad goal is scored on him. On shootouts, I find he gets beaten to often. He does not have the desperation of a Grant Fuhr, a Luongo, a Kipper...he needs to more convincingly demonstrate that he will NOT give up on a play.

I believe that the Boston Bruins' backup might have been a nice and cheap option, but even more I would have aggressively gone after Emery (17-1 last season...are you kidding me?), and even consider a performance based contract (if possible for a goalie) and taken a deep flyer on Tim Thomas. At the very worst, Dubnyk would have been mentored by a Stanley Cup winner. As nice as LaBarb is, he is not Tim Thomas. We desperately and quickly need to make this team a contender so that our young Oilers can experience the taste of and develop the hunger for the playoffs. Remember when the Oilers lost to the Islanders in 82-83? Do you remember how hungry they were the next year. Point made.

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#62 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 07:07PM
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Thought from the beginning that David might be using Edmontons interest in him to help drive up the price. Can't say that my feelings have changed by his actions. Oh well, big deal. Hope the Leafs get two solid yrs out of him before he's deemed overpaid.

Hope Craig can get in on some Grabovski. Lotsa passion in that fellow after hearing his exit comments from Toronto. Had it wrong all these yrs on Carlyle. Thought his first name was Randy Carlyle, not Pucking Carlyle.

Who knew...

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#63 The Real Scuba Steve
July 05 2013, 07:25PM
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You got to trade talent to get talent, we just signed cheap 3rd stringers players, nobody who can help us make a serious push to the playoffs next year, all we hear is how bright the future is for the Oilers and to be reminded that we are entering Year 4 now of our 5 to 7 year rebuild master plan. Another top 5 pick next year.

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#64 michael
July 05 2013, 07:40PM
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WhattaMike wrote:

Hey dudes and dudettes...the summer frenzy of free agents and trades just began so for those moaning already...take a chill pill.Come on...7 yr contracts for some of those guys(Horton/Clarkson etc)???? I am glad we did not get stuck with that type of crap..

ference is excellent for both Schultz and Klefbom this year...with never give up and Compete always... Excellent pick up. He will play strong but he is here to teach the future of J. Schultz, Klefbom, Nurse, Marancin, Petry, etc..

I wanted Khudobin or Emery myself for the Oilers and yet they didn't come...LaBarbera has very decent numbers for a backup and Dubnyk has been groomed for six yrs to show it now this season anyways...

Gordon is excellent and is here for defensive centre on 3rd line...not for offence or leaky playing.. The offence is here with the kids...REMEMBER???

We got some decent new depth at centre and wing for the 4th lines with Acton, Hamilton and Joenuus..

Now its that top 2nd LW we need (and this will be thru a big trade), then two third/fourth type line tough boys who can skate..

The defence is strong enough and will likely still change some more when either one of N. Schultz or Smid is traded.

IMO, I think the Coburn plus Schenn deal from Philly to the Oilers may be still coming forth with the Oilers throwing up a one of a 2014 or 2015 1st rounder, then a defender, and a prospect....

Who knows but today was decent/not super great but very decent to start with...and i am glad so far.

Philly is up and over the cap with only 43 contracts and counting. I agree that if we are looking to make a deal Holmgren is the likely trade partner. Brayden Shenn and Sean Courtier along with Colbourn are the likely targets. Return/I think a 2014 first round pick is fair along with one of our A prospects like Marincin or Musil plus perhaps a roster player like Potter. NHL2013 I know but Philly will not be able to afford BS or SC both going forward. They would love to dump Messaroz and I would oblige them only if the pick becomes a second round 2014 pick.Use a compliance to get what we need in SC or BS. Holmgren could look elsewhere. Pheonix or Winnipeg have cap space but do they have assets that Philly needs? Its going to be stupid crazy the next few weeks. MacT is in a good position to take advantage.

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#65 Dave
July 05 2013, 07:43PM
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Still think that Ryan Jones deserves another chance.

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#66 G Money
July 05 2013, 07:47PM
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Dave wrote:

Still think that Ryan Jones deserves another chance.

I agree. If they can sign him for a discount after an injury-affected year and play him at 4R, this is an upgrade over having Brown at that position.

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#67 G Money
July 05 2013, 07:51PM
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michael wrote:

Philly is up and over the cap with only 43 contracts and counting. I agree that if we are looking to make a deal Holmgren is the likely trade partner. Brayden Shenn and Sean Courtier along with Colbourn are the likely targets. Return/I think a 2014 first round pick is fair along with one of our A prospects like Marincin or Musil plus perhaps a roster player like Potter. NHL2013 I know but Philly will not be able to afford BS or SC both going forward. They would love to dump Messaroz and I would oblige them only if the pick becomes a second round 2014 pick.Use a compliance to get what we need in SC or BS. Holmgren could look elsewhere. Pheonix or Winnipeg have cap space but do they have assets that Philly needs? Its going to be stupid crazy the next few weeks. MacT is in a good position to take advantage.

Jim Matheson tweeted this yesterday:

Jim Matheson ‏@NHLbyMatty 4 Jul Braydon Coburn will eventually wind up in EDM via PHI. Could he be def. security blanket guy for Justin Schultz? Coburn coming off poor yr.

Sounds like he thinks its a done deal, and I think Matheson's reasonably well plugged in.

I like the Ference deal, but I really like it if we also have Coburn - two legit NHL D - in the fold, especially if its a salary dump trade a la Horcoff and we don't have to give up too much.

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#68 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 07:53PM
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Stanley Cup Champions sign Nikolai Khabibulin. Finally a decent team/set of blueliners to play behind. His unfortunate incarceration with our Oilers is officially over.

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#69 Jerod
July 05 2013, 07:58PM
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@G Money

Getting Courtier would be nice, I would think it would be unlikely. They also have Scott Laughton. Oilers would have to give up value.

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#70 Serious Gord
July 05 2013, 08:02PM
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Struds uses the term "solid".

I think the more apt descriptor is "workmanlike". Which is precisely the kind of person MacT is.

I have now real beefs with what he's done so far, but I also think nothing so far could be characterized as daring or inspired or... Bold. Compare that to the Seguin trade and several other moves made by other GMs.

Time has yet to run out between now and the first game of the 2013-14 season so we may yet see something that sparkles and makes oil fans talk for weeks/months/years - not days - about it.

And Trading hemsky for a similar but different level of talent is not going to cut it. The big dog play is going to require gagner.

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#71 Simon
July 05 2013, 08:09PM
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I hear the 2014 draft is weak.

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#72 madjam
July 05 2013, 08:17PM
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G Money wrote:

Jim Matheson tweeted this yesterday:

Jim Matheson ‏@NHLbyMatty 4 Jul Braydon Coburn will eventually wind up in EDM via PHI. Could he be def. security blanket guy for Justin Schultz? Coburn coming off poor yr.

Sounds like he thinks its a done deal, and I think Matheson's reasonably well plugged in.

I like the Ference deal, but I really like it if we also have Coburn - two legit NHL D - in the fold, especially if its a salary dump trade a la Horcoff and we don't have to give up too much.

Hope Matheson accurate -certainly brings more excitement if they acquire him . Coburn is the player a lot of scouts predict Nurse will emulate . That combo would certainly look good for the future . Philly unlikely to want cotracts in return , so who knows what the cost will be other than a prospect and draft picks . Hazard a guess - could be Paajarvi and a high draft pick .

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#73 Jeffff
July 05 2013, 08:35PM
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@madjam

"Coburn is the player a lot of scouts predict Nurse will emulate"

Really do you have a source for that madjam?

I heard differently

http://www.coppernblue.com/2013/7/3/4490400/how-does-darnell-nurse-stack-up

Scout #1, an NHL amateur scout: "I'd rate him just behind Murray, but ahead of Larsson and Gudbranson."

Scout #2, an OHL scout: "He's a top 5 pick in 2010, and the second defenseman taken in 2011 and 2012."

Scout #3, an NHL amateur scout: "He's the best defenseman in the draft in 2010, equal to Larsson and very close to Murray, though not nearly as polished in his own end as Murray."

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#74 Zarny
July 05 2013, 08:40PM
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Solid moves are better than stupid moves. It's always about the right player for the right price.

I like what Clarkson has done in NJ. However, he's 29, was undrafted and didn't produce until he was 27 playing with Parise and Kovalchuk.

The points-per-game peak age in the NHL is 25. At best, Clarkson has another 2-3 years and he's back on the 3/4th line. And I won't be surprised if he never finds the success he had in NJ's system again.

Labarbera is a good backup. I think Khudobin or Emery are better but as long as Dubnyk stays healthy Labarbera should be solid for 20 starts. MacT should be checking to see what Buf wants for Miller.

I like Ference as an upgrade to the 4-7 D. If you expect more he's going to disappoint. Gordon is an excellent signing to upgrade for 3/4th line C.

More needs to be done. Prying Coburn out of Phi should be priority #1. I'd also see what they want for Couturier. With the UFA frenzy over Hemsky's value should go up. Jagr would be a great addition for 3rd line minutes and PP. His puck possession skills are invaluable.

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#75 2004Z06
July 05 2013, 09:21PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I'm still stumped by all the signings, only Ference seems somewhat understandable, and even that one is a little confunding?

OK we need defense, I get that. Ference is small, not overly fast, not described as a puck mover, so I guess he falls into the good defender category at the young age of 34. If we wanted that kind of player why not just go our and get Tom Gilbert? He is younger, cheaper, and bigger.

The rest of them are nobodys and will never amount to much of anything. I do like Boyd Gordon seems like a good third line guy..........but since when are third line guys worth 3 Million a year.

I like that Mac T is trying to please some of critics by doing something, but I do not hope that he is doing this because he thinks these players will change our fortunes.

Clearly you have never watched Ference play. He may not be the biggest, but he plays like he is 6'3. He is gritty, tough and a guy that competes every shift. He is also a great puck mover that clears the zone quickly. He is exactly what the Oilers need to lead our young D core. Its not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. If Klefbom and Belov make the team this year, size on D will not be an issue. Marincin, Musil, Nurse coming down the pipe are all over 6'2.

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#76 HardBoiledOil
July 05 2013, 09:25PM
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Simon wrote:

I hear the 2014 draft is weak.

link?

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#77 WhattaMike
July 05 2013, 10:03PM
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Oh yeah I also forgot nto tell the many whiner outs there that it is not possibly ineptitude on behalf of MacT or KLowe or the Oilers..

Did ya hear some of the players today...even between the lines???

"I don't want to play in a real hockey city:

"I want over $5 to $6 mmil a yr for 7 to 8 yrs with NMC or NTC"

"I want to stay in the east and not play in the west"

And one more thing...Calgary, LA, San Jose, Phoenix, Vancouver or Anaheim won't trade their better to best players to the Oilers cause they play in the same damn division!!!!!!

So people please begin to think before complaining against the Oilers and MacT for what was just one day of deals so far...

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#78 voom04
July 05 2013, 10:21PM
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So far macT has done exactly what he said he would do, Bold is having the balls to make the moves available to him, changing the coach when he didnt like how it was shaping up, trading the Captain, let it be known players where available, signing vital pieces to the puzzle, This team is improved enough right now to make the playoffs

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#79 Hall Awaits
July 05 2013, 10:58PM
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I to also hold out hope for the Coburn deal. Adding him to play with Schultz Jr. would give us defense depth we haven't had in years.

Has anybody heard what the Brunner camp is asking for? If were going for skill, a third line of Paajarvi,Gordon and Brunner would look pretty good.

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#80 madjam
July 05 2013, 11:42PM
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Jeffff wrote:

"Coburn is the player a lot of scouts predict Nurse will emulate"

Really do you have a source for that madjam?

I heard differently

http://www.coppernblue.com/2013/7/3/4490400/how-does-darnell-nurse-stack-up

Scout #1, an NHL amateur scout: "I'd rate him just behind Murray, but ahead of Larsson and Gudbranson."

Scout #2, an OHL scout: "He's a top 5 pick in 2010, and the second defenseman taken in 2011 and 2012."

Scout #3, an NHL amateur scout: "He's the best defenseman in the draft in 2010, equal to Larsson and very close to Murray, though not nearly as polished in his own end as Murray."

Jefff: Please do us both a favor and go to page 7 of Jets site and read over Pronman's take on Nurse and Coburn in first sector and then read the glowing report on Nurse under prospects 11-15. He speaks very well of Nurse , but also cautions "scouts (not just one ) have concerns about his offensive game " . He concludes from all his sources that the "next level for Nurse will have to be addressing his below average shot" . It's an honest assessment he has found from many scouts . Pronman and his sources are highly regarded and go far beyond just the normal bias and Kool-Aid many will do . Even the writers here speak highly of his works , however , I doubt you are one of them , and I doubt you have even read the articles .

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#81 Walter Sobchak
July 05 2013, 11:53PM
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Simon wrote:

I hear the 2014 draft is weak.

You heard wrong.

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#82 Rod from Viking
July 06 2013, 07:48AM
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@WhattaMike

Agree 100%,is everyone forgetting that our defense core in 3 to 4 years should look really good if properly developed, until then Oiler management is going to try to add one or two more solid d-men and getting a 1-2 will be very difficult. All free agents are an overpay but at least Ference brings it every night,sticks up for his team mates and by the way is a fitness fanatic so no one knows how long he will be effective.It was also great to see the class Mac T had when describing the Clarkson choice of Toronto.

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#83 Jeffff
July 06 2013, 08:50AM
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@madjam

You read 1 source and if it matches your opinion it is gold

More Corey Pronman

Prospects 1-5

1. Nail Yakupov, Left Wing, Sarnia-OHL* 2. Mikhail Grigorenko, Center, Quebec-QMJHL* 3. Alexander Galchenyuk, Center, Sarnia-OHL* 4. Filip Forsberg, Right Wing, Leksands-Allsvenskan* 5. Teuvo Teravainen, Left Wing, Jokerit-SM-Liiga*

Prospects 6-10

6. Matt Dumba, Defense, Red Deer-WHL* 7. Morgan Rielly, Defense, Moose Jaw-WHL* 8. Ryan Murray, Defense, Everett-WHL* 9. Pontus Aberg, Left Wing, Djurgarden-SEL* 10. Radek Faksa, Center, Kitchener-OHL*

Prospects 11-15

11. Sebastian Collberg, Right Wing, Frolunda-SEL* 12. Jacob Trouba, Defense, USA Under-18 National Team-USHL* 13. Cody Ceci, Defense, Ottawa-OHL* 14. Zemgus Girgensons, Center, Dubuque-USHL* 15. Griffin Reinhart, Defense, Edmonton-WHL*

Interesting list but

Welcome to the first edition of Hockey Prospectus' Top 100 NHL Draft Prospects!

We don't want you to keep waiting on who our Top 100 NHL Draft Prospects are and how they're ranked, so here's the full list. Follow the links below to detailed scouting reports, Projected Peak GVT and Statistical Comparables of each group of prospects. We've started from 91-100 and will make it all the way through Ryan-Nugent Hopkins and Prospects 1-5 by June 10, in plenty of time for you to digest all of this material by the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, held in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 24-25.

Prospects 1-5

1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Center, Red Deer-WHL* 2. Sean Couturier, Center, Drummondville-QMJHL* 3. Ryan Strome, Center, Niagara-OHL* 4. Jonathan Huberdeau, Center, Saint John-QMJHL* 5. Adam Larsson, Defense, Skelleftea-SEL* *Ranking explanation included

Prospects 6-10

6. Ryan Murphy, Defense, Kitchener-OHL* 7. Mika Zibanejad, Left Wing, Djurgarden-SEL* 8. Nathan Beaulieu, Defense, Saint John-QMJHL* 9. Mark McNeill, Center, Prince Albert-WHL* 10. Rocco Grimaldi, Center, USA Under-18-USHL* *Ranking explanation included

Prospects 11-15

11. Alexander Khokhlachev, Center, Windsor-OHL* 12. Dougie Hamilton, Defense, Niagara-OHL* 13. Gabriel Landeskog, Right Wing, Kitchener-OHL* 14. Joe Morrow, Defense, Portland-WHL* 15. Joel Armia, Right Wing, Assat-SM-Liiga*

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