The Edmonton Oilers: Today & Tomorrow

Jonathan Willis
July 08 2013 11:31AM

 

Craig MacTavish has been busy in free agency, substantially altering the makeup of his team. It's a sign of where he started from that there's still substantial work to do to improve the Oilers' roster.

Forward Depth Chart

The chart above is my interpretation of the current Oilers' North American roster. I have included only players with an NHL component to their deal, and omitted players expected to be overseas. How does it look?

One thing that comes to mind is that there should be no shortage of competition for depth roles, something the team lacked a year ago. Anton Lander is pencilled in as fourth line centre, but players like Andrew Miller, Mark Arcobello and Will Acton will all be in the mix. Ryan Hamilton, Toni Rajala and Ben Eager should all also compete for playing time as things currently stand. Depth, particularly on the wings, is better than it was a year ago.

Additionally, in Boyd Gordon, Craig MacTavish located the best UFA replacement available for Shawn Horcoff.

But it isn't good enough. The top line is fine - it was fine last year, and it's fine now. Magnus Paajarvi is a stretch as a second-line winger at this point in his career, particularly on a line featuring Nail Yakupov, whose overall game is still rounding into NHL form. Jesse Joensuu, an occasional New York Islander in the past, is a long way from a sure thing on the third line. There's likely still an Ales Hemsky trade coming, at which point the team needs someone to fill his spot - Ryan Jones can in a pinch, but asking Jones to play that role for 82 games is asking for trouble. Anton Lander's riding an end-of-season hot streak but likely should start 2013-14 in the minors.

Ideally, the team should add three more bodies to the mix:

Second-line left wing - a guy who in a perfect world adds size, aggressiveness, and a two-way game is going to be difficult to find and almost certainly needs to come via trade. My guess is that the Oilers can probably land a player with two out of three for not too much - as examples, R.J. Umberger would add a responsible two-way presence and a 6'2", 220 pound frame while a winger like Ryan Malone (if willing to accept a trade West) would bring all three but comes with a significant injury tag. Finding a perfect fit will be very hard to do, especially without paying a fortune.

Third-line right wing shouldn't be too hard to acquire - he's likely the player that comes back when Hemsky gets shipped out of town. This is another position that probably needs to be filled via trade, as the UFA crop is thin on players who can kill penalties and handle a ton of defensive responsibility in this role.

Fourth-line centre is a spot the team should be able to fill. Players like David Steckel, Tim Brent, and Manny Malhotra are still unsigned, and would significantly shore up the Oilers depth, allowing them to continue developing Lander in the AHL for the beginning of 2013-14.

Defensive Depth Chart

As before, my interpretation of where the Oilers are, this time on the blue line and in net. Players with an asterisk are left-shooting defencement slotted in at the right-hand side for the purposes of this exercise.

Goaltending is relatively solid. Dubnyk is a respectable number one, LaBarbera a cheap and effective backup, and Bachman a number three with relatively extensive NHL experience. LaBarbera is seen as a pure backup in some quarters, but that likely isn't totally fair - Ilya Bryzgalov and Mike Smith have been fairly difficult to supplant in recent years, and LaBarbera's NHL numbers over that span indicate a guy who could play more without hurting his team. He is a real option should Dubnyk struggle or get hurt.

Defensively, depth is good, particularly on the left side. A quick note about Lee Moffie - he isn't signed, but given that the Oilers traded for him it's a reasonable expectation that he will be. There are eight defenders on my NHL roster at the moment, but I fully expect Edmonton to go with fourteen forwards and seven defenders - it's a reasonable bet that the acquisition of Philip Larsen makes Corey Potter the odd man out. The AHL team should be bursting at the seams with recall options - Fedun (and possibly Potter, should he clear waivers and be assigned to Oklahoma) on the right side, Klefbom and Marincin for sure on the left. The problem is the top pairing: Petry and Smid struggled in the role last season. That means the Oilers have one slot to fill.

I have subtracted Nick Schultz from this equation, but Ladislav Smid is a player with significant trade value and could be out instead if the Oilers add a top-pairing player. Also worth noting: that player does not necessarily need to be a left-side defenceman - I have it set up that way because the pairing of Ference (or Nick Schultz) and Philip Larsen is one I would be more comfortable with than an Anton Belov/Justin Schultz pairing.

My guess is that this is why the Oilers were looking at Braydon Coburn. If they believe that Coburn is a similar player to Smid in many areas (especially as a physical presence in front of the net) but an upgrade in his ability to move the puck, than a Coburn/Petry top pairing makes some sense. That would leave Smid (or Andrew Ference) on a pairing with Justin Schultz, and Andrew Ference (or Nick Schultz) on third pairing duty with Philip Larsen. It still wouldn't be an ideal defence core because of the lack of a clear number one defenceman, but as a by-committee approach it really isn't bad.

The big, physical winger position is the one that has received most of the attention; the need for a new top-pairing defender might be the team's greatest actual weakness, as currently constructed.

Recently around the Nation Network

There is still much to do in Edmonton, but it appears things are done in Calgary:

It appears the Flames are finished window shopping for UFA's. Word is the club hasn't even bothered contacting Mason Raymond and probably the only other worthwhile player on the market given Calgary's needs is Mikhail Grabovski. Naturally, there hasn't been even a whisper that Calgary has any interest at all. So, absent any left field trades, what you see is likely what you get when it comes to the roster.

Click the link to read more, or alternately, feel free check out some of my other pieces here:

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Taylor Gang
July 08 2013, 01:07PM
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YEGFan wrote:

I'd offer Petry, Marincin, 2014 1st Round for Pietrangelo.

Overpayment by Edmonton, clearly

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#2 rickithebear
July 08 2013, 03:14PM
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Quick silver Ballet?

D men like smid are easy to find?

Lets look at comp level 1st zone start 48% EVGA 2.26 there are 28 Dmen From 3% below or better than his numbers.

His Pk numbers 4.78 GA/60

At this point there are 7 Dman: Chara Bos Boychuck Bos Hjalmarsson Chi Oduya Chi Jackman STL Petry EDM Smid EDM

YES! So easy to replace!

Classic!

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#3 dawgtoy
July 08 2013, 12:17PM
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JW, do you think the Oilers would look at a Dustin Penner return?

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#4 Supernova
July 08 2013, 01:10PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Overpayment by Edmonton, clearly

disagree.

no way St.Louis does this need much more than that

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#5 Spydyr
July 08 2013, 01:39PM
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6'3" 230 pound defenseman who constantly block shots in any way possible, and bring great energy into the dressing room are easy to find?

Sure they are on planet Quicksilver

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#6 Walter Sobchak
July 08 2013, 01:59PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

6'3" 230 pound defenseman who constantly block shots in any way possible, and bring great energy into the dressing room are easy to find?

Blocking shots doesn't mean your an effective defemsmen, it may mean he cant get the puck out of his own end.

care to wager which one it is?

I also heard Hordichuck is an amazing teammate, care to bring him back too?

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#7 Quicksilver ballet
July 08 2013, 03:30PM
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@rickithebear

I can play mathlete too Ricki...

How does 7 yrs as an Oiler, and zero playoff appearances rate on your chart there. Is there a statistical category for that?

It took a great deal of effort, but I created a pie chart for his time spent in the playoffs during his time here, here it is...

- O -, I know it's a little small, but you get my point? The white indicates non playoff years and the red indicates the times played in the playoffs.

Yeah, he's irreplaceable alright. Ladislav Smid, the Oilers answer to a top pairing blueliner, priceless.

Can I get a virtual high five for the work involved in setting up that pie chart OB? PIE CHARTS RULE!!!!

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#8 Quicksilver ballet
July 08 2013, 04:08PM
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@OilersBrass

There are just players, guys who've been here through the darkest eras ever of Oilers hockey. Half of them are gone now, but there are a few more to go.

Pardon me for not being overly excited by 30th, 30th, 29th, 24th and 25th (this coming season) place finishes. Aren't you frustrated by the lack of progress on this hockey club (management), the people who put the Oilers in this mess to begin with?

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#9 WheresYourTowel
July 08 2013, 07:33PM
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If Taylor Hall moves to center, Alex Ovechkin makes the All-Star team 3 times next year.

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#10 LinkfromHyrule
July 08 2013, 11:36AM
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well, we have more depth I guess. The small moves have been made, but now it's time for bold! Bold but not stupid.... one would hope.

cue the crazy trade proposals

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#11 dunk7
July 08 2013, 11:54AM
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Supernova wrote:

good article Jon.

whats your thoughts on

Hemsky (retain 50%) and Nick Schultz for T. Ruuttu

you retain 50% because carolina is pinched and they acquire to roster players for 1.

Edmonton gets its big body that can play top 6 minutes.

Seriously? Don't think we need to give up Hemsky and Schultz to get Ruutu...but I'd also question why we'd want him (fragile, not a really a big body and not exactly a huge goal producer).

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#12 Taylor Gang
July 08 2013, 11:54AM
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What happened to bold? I get it's early but I thought something crazy would've happened by now

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#13 A-Mc
July 08 2013, 12:16PM
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I don't understand how a few of these writers (Willis and Lowtide, specifically) can be so high on Jeff Petry. He doesn't play nearly good enough to warrant a #2 position. I may even go so far as to say that, all things being equal at the start of this season, Justin Schultz will likely surpass Petry entirely. Hell i think Justin had a better year on the whole than Petry did last year, and Justin is a 1st year rookie.

My Top 2 would be Ference/Jschultz with Smid/Petry being #3/4. And under no circumstances would Ference drop down to #5 if we acquired a #1-2 defenseman. Ference can play both sides and has said so several times publicly. Petry would drop to my #5.

Coburn/Ference
Smid/JSchultz
NSchultz/Petry
?TBD?

As far as i gather from Twitter, TV and articles, The Coburn option is there because of salary cap issues. We wouldnt be acquiring him in a trade for something that sends similar salary back the other way (NSchultz 3.5m, Coburn 4.5m). Actually, Petry + Picks might be the asking price.

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#14 K_Mart
July 08 2013, 12:34PM
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I definitely have Belov ahead of Larsen

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#15 The Soup Fascist
July 08 2013, 12:45PM
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Sanaa Montana wrote:

Gagner still a 2LC.

Since he has joined the Oilers and the Oilers invested in him, the team has sucked. As long as Gagner gets the opportunity he gets, the opposition will keep taking advantage of that opportunity as well.

Slot Boyd in at 2, he's pound for pound better then Gagner-silver spoon him the linemates Gagner would get and see how quick he makes that 3M look like an underpayment.

Oh ... So Gagner is the reason the Oilers have sucked. Thanks for clearing that up. All along thought it was Horcoff's fault.

Scapegoat much?

The problems have been far reaching and pinning it on one guy is delusional. Boyd Gordon is not an offensive guy. Never has been / never will be.

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#16 Quicksilver ballet
July 08 2013, 01:44PM
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@fig pucker

Have to wonder by now if the Sabres wished they hadn't matched the Oilers offer sheet on Vanek. Only thing it managed to do was insured that he was overpaid by 2 1/2 million per season. Look at where those lotto selections would've been, in lieu of Vanek. Tomas would've been another Penner, here by himself with the weight on the hockey club on his shoulders.

Hard to believe a kid just barely at the end of his ELC, is seen by some here as a legitimate No.1 blueliner already. He may become one, but he isn't a league wide unanimous one yet like Weber is. How many Norris' has he won so far?

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#17 tileguy
July 08 2013, 01:44PM
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Why are you so eager to push out a 60 pt 3rd line RW. What a luxury I say.

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#18 Smokey
July 08 2013, 01:45PM
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fig pucker wrote:

yes i would give him a big offer sheet. he's a legitimate number one d man. offer sheets do work, dustin penner, while granted he and peiterangelo are not even close in value, st.louis may decide to walk and take the picks, if they match the offer they will be forced to trade a few significant pieces to stay under the cap, shake the tree see what falls out. in terms of blow back if they offer sheet one of our players we'll deal with it then, caps going up anyhow (new tv deal in canada coming) timid thinkers never make bold moves.

Dustin Penner was an overpay for 2 of the four years. And the 1st round draft pick we eventually lost went to Buffalo for Tyler Myers. (hopefully Klefbom makes up for that loss) Plus they pissed off how many GM`s. So when you piss off other GM`s, how many want to trade with you. No one knows for certain, but it probably hampered our ability to trade. Remember our lack of ability to trade for the next couple years, coincidence. We became the ugly sister of the NHL.

And if this is a good example, then what else do we have to look at in recent history...

St. Louis will match anything...so its a purely mute point. Pieterango is great, but a 9 mil contract or worse is what it would take for the next 7 years would blow.

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#19 WhattaMike
July 08 2013, 02:33PM
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Earlier I brought up that both defenders Smid and N. Schultz won't be on the Oilers this year and that is because of the contracts and that the Oilers have to make a trade splash liekly for that top LW they need.

Concerning both is that the contracts are very similar but Smid is better as trade there because he is locked into 4 yrs more while Schultz is of just one more yr.

I like Smid more so as to stay on the Oilers cause he is big, sakates well, blicks tons of shots, and he is fun/popular too in the Oilers room...but people/Oilers want that Top 1 or 2 defender still or that top high ned 2nd line centre or LW... so there will have to be a big trade!!!!!!

The Oilers have a lot of Committee defencemen now and the kids are coming now up here faster each yr (Klefbom, Marancin, Fedun, Gernat, Musil, Davidson, Simpson)..then its the Nurse show...then they still got Gustafsson, Larsen,

To get what everyone wants or still whines about, the Oilers have to start getting rid of some more players and Hemsky tops the list right now but then there is likely N. Schultz too...or Smid...then look at dealing Gagner, MPS, get rid of Omark, then there's Rajala or possibly Lander, Pitlick, Martindale,... and also future picks to trade with....

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#20 tileguy
July 08 2013, 02:37PM
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grrrrrr, I can't understand why you want to get rid of Hemsky a 60 pt RW who can QB the second line PP. Replace him with what, a 30 pt concussion prone 80 pim. Probably the cap hit would be the same. Hemsky goes ONLY in a PACKAGE for a real power forward.

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#21 madjam
July 08 2013, 02:54PM
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san wrote:

Why do the best players want to play in the US? As a true fan of the game, I need to know. The league loses credit with me when Teams like Tampa and San Jose get all the best free agents and former dynasties like Montreal and Edmonton only attract career third and forth line role players. How does Tampa win a cup and then pick no 1 in the draft within two years? no#one forward, over the height of six two has been drafted or willingly signed to a Canadian team for well over a decade. Considering how much Canadian teams suck this is a shocking miracle but probably a conspiracy of finance and American nastiness. The executives know that even unhappy, bored Canadians will still watch stupid television commercials to see their sad teams. What a clever idea! destroy the game that defines Canada and make sure, by whatever means, that the most talented players' lives are waisted by using there talents to market the game to those currently uninterested south of the border. Those boring twins in Vancouver? boring. As an Edmonton fan, I feel sorry for Vancouver fans. I fall asleep whenever they get the puck against Edmonton. Then there is Danny H. Didn't want to sign in Edmonton. What kind of waist of skin wouldn't want to play hockey in the house that the great one and Messier built? No honor among over payed babies. Stay down there with the swamp people Danny because that is where you belong.

Free agency has not favored the Canadian teams except those few occasions they have been top competitive clubs . We had no problem getting them when we looked to be a top contender . Canadian teams are like any weaker teams - few want to go to those teams . Free agency allows every player to explore other options than their parent club to continue and finish their careers . They want to expand their horizons and go to a location of their choice . That is won/granted going to free agent status . Has everything to do with them having served their time and a chance at going to another location or in some instances the cash cow . When/if all the Canadian teams become the top clubs again , then the vast majority will choose us once again . That's the reality and not a knock on Canada even though there might be the odd exception , but not the rule .

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#22 Dman09
July 08 2013, 02:58PM
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@Jonathan Willis

JW,

The one thing I had a problem with was your view on Belov. I highly doubt that either Edm or Belvo signed that deal to not have him play in the NHL. I think he will at the minimum be in the bottom pairing but with his projected ability he could be in the top4.

At this point the only way I see the Oilers making a move on the defense is for a sure thing Vet top2 player. And that will likely require one of N Schultz or Smid going back the other way. But if it improves the team then its worth it.

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#23 OilersBrass
July 08 2013, 03:22PM
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rickithebear wrote:

Quick silver Ballet?

D men like smid are easy to find?

Lets look at comp level 1st zone start 48% EVGA 2.26 there are 28 Dmen From 3% below or better than his numbers.

His Pk numbers 4.78 GA/60

At this point there are 7 Dman: Chara Bos Boychuck Bos Hjalmarsson Chi Oduya Chi Jackman STL Petry EDM Smid EDM

YES! So easy to replace!

Classic!

*Virtual high five!

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#24 Oiler Al
July 08 2013, 04:26PM
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san wrote:

Why do the best players want to play in the US? As a true fan of the game, I need to know. The league loses credit with me when Teams like Tampa and San Jose get all the best free agents and former dynasties like Montreal and Edmonton only attract career third and forth line role players. How does Tampa win a cup and then pick no 1 in the draft within two years? no#one forward, over the height of six two has been drafted or willingly signed to a Canadian team for well over a decade. Considering how much Canadian teams suck this is a shocking miracle but probably a conspiracy of finance and American nastiness. The executives know that even unhappy, bored Canadians will still watch stupid television commercials to see their sad teams. What a clever idea! destroy the game that defines Canada and make sure, by whatever means, that the most talented players' lives are waisted by using there talents to market the game to those currently uninterested south of the border. Those boring twins in Vancouver? boring. As an Edmonton fan, I feel sorry for Vancouver fans. I fall asleep whenever they get the puck against Edmonton. Then there is Danny H. Didn't want to sign in Edmonton. What kind of waist of skin wouldn't want to play hockey in the house that the great one and Messier built? No honor among over payed babies. Stay down there with the swamp people Danny because that is where you belong.

The beachs are much nicer in Tampa than they are in Edmonton or Montreal. You can also golf on the weekend in January if you like.

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#25 @Oilanderp
July 08 2013, 10:40PM
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I can't wait till Penner gets back. and I don't mean Fred.

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#26 Supernova
July 08 2013, 11:40AM
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good article Jon.

whats your thoughts on

Hemsky (retain 50%) and Nick Schultz for T. Ruuttu

you retain 50% because carolina is pinched and they acquire to roster players for 1.

Edmonton gets its big body that can play top 6 minutes.

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#27 Rocket
July 08 2013, 11:42AM
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Well the defence is looking a little better at least. The forward bottom 6 still worries me though. any update on Sam Gagner?

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#28 The Real Scuba Steve
July 08 2013, 11:44AM
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If this is all he is going to do, and no more trades till training camp we are going to be the same or slightly better.

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#30 Taylor Gang
July 08 2013, 11:56AM
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JW, because Seguin was traded do you think that Boston would be willing to trade any other forwards? Lucic is at a hefty 6 million dollar price tag now, perhaps they're looking to shed cap in order to keep flexibility?

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#32 Will
July 08 2013, 12:00PM
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It was nice to see that in short work, Mac T brought back the grinder style guys that defined the Oilers he coached. As everyone says, The team we need is a combination of the old team and the new one, and this looks to be a huge step. At the very least the guy has secured a bunch of needed pieces and now whittled his needs down substantially.

I hope that second line left wing can come back via a Hemsky trade, and we can still nab a few free agents for the remaining needed pieces.

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#33 dunk7
July 08 2013, 12:01PM
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I'm more with what was suggested on the radio this morning. Make an offer to Alex Pietrangelo

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#34 Taylor Gang
July 08 2013, 12:03PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I very much doubt Boston has any interest in moving Lucic.

That was more of an example rather than a trade proposal, I'm just spit balling here. My idea of bold involves one of the kids being moved, maybe that's too bold for MacT

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#35 Taylor Gang
July 08 2013, 12:05PM
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dunk7 wrote:

I'm more with what was suggested on the radio this morning. Make an offer to Alex Pietrangelo

Any offer sheet that St. Louis wouldn't match would be an overpayment. Expect Pietrangelo to be resigned within the month. Chris Stewart meanwhile...

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#36 horndog77
July 08 2013, 12:09PM
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How about trading Hemsky and a forward prospect and a draft pick to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek. Both key players are entering there final years. That would solve the 2nd line LW and replacing Hemsky on the third side RW would not be that hard to do.

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#37 dunk7
July 08 2013, 12:09PM
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@Taylor Gang

Force their hand with Pietrangelo and then Chris Stewart is ripe for the picking ;-) They are pretty tight up against the cap as is.

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#38 Toro
July 08 2013, 12:12PM
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I think this team is no better then last years team at all, for this to be a playoff team alot more moves have to take place, and the idea of getting rid of Smid doesn't appeal to me at all especially if its only barely an upgrade, I could understand dealing him for a legit number 1 guy but for Coburn not worth it.

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#39 Sanaa Montana
July 08 2013, 12:16PM
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Gagner still a 2LC.

Since he has joined the Oilers and the Oilers invested in him, the team has sucked. As long as Gagner gets the opportunity he gets, the opposition will keep taking advantage of that opportunity as well.

Slot Boyd in at 2, he's pound for pound better then Gagner-silver spoon him the linemates Gagner would get and see how quick he makes that 3M look like an underpayment.

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#40 Supernova
July 08 2013, 12:17PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

It's not a bad thought - particularly since Carolina could use a veteran left-side D - but there are some issues with Ruutu. He isn't actually that big (6', 200 pounds) - he just plays a power forward style. He's also 30, has three years left in his deal and plays a style that always runs an injury risk.

I have a lot of time for the player, but I think I'm not sold he's an optimal fit.

I keep scouring the lists on best (could be) available power forward type that can play Top 6 to Top 9 minutes.

my list is;

Evander Kane- He & Seguin seem to have off ice issues Hartnell- ideal fit, cap crunch team Chris Stewart- Cap crunch Tuomo Ruuttu

Maybe one of the young guys in LA

but this list isnt long, maybe someone else can suggest or find something.

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#41 Smokey
July 08 2013, 12:17PM
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I like the Ference signing, gives us a legitimate NHL 3-5 defender according to how he was used in Boston, but the length is bad. I like rolling the dice on Belov, however the forwards are a concern.

Gordon is great addition, he gives us what we are severely lacking. Gritty two way shut down defender. People say we signed him for too much, but I see it as you pay your top 6 and your number 3 center. He`s a premier number 3 center that I assume had a lot of suitors. The price is palatable because your saving on Horcoff and he better defensively, and he`s not on the tale end of his career, he should be effective at the age he is. He knows how to get the puck out of the zone and send it the other way, and that is huge.

The Jonesuu is our Finnish component replacement. Big and faster the Harti and Petrell, the guys a beast. After that we got 3-4 holes. We still need a top 6 forward, a third line checking forward, and two fourth liners. If MacT passed on Pouliot, or Lapierre or some of the other value contracts in favor of resigning Jones for more money then he failed and badly. I like Jones but I like bigger bodies like Pouliot better, cause he produces more.

We are moderately better on defence, but not good enough to make the playoffs, and when you subtract Hemsky for the bad return we are rumoured to get, we are weaker in our entire forward group. Frankly I would bandaid the forward group with Jagr for 5 to 5.5 mil, and keep Hemsky. Who cares if its a one year overpay. At least we might have a chance at the playoffs. I know there are those who say well look at his playoff production. I thought Jagr looked ok, still drove possession (got no advanced stats to share) and was just a bit snakebit, but so were a lot of Bruins. Track record will show he should be at least a 50-55 point player if not more, and frankly whats the risk of one year`. People are suggesting Grabbo, but you gotta assume he wants 4 years at 3.5-4. I rather have a temporary fix that doesn`t hamstring you. Lets make the playoffs. Other then that what is left to augment our line-up.

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#42 Will
July 08 2013, 12:17PM
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I think this team is no better then last years team at all, for this to be a playoff team alot more moves have to take place, and the idea of getting rid of Smid doesn't appeal to me at all especially if its only barely an upgrade, I could understand dealing him for a legit number 1 guy but for Coburn not worth it.

This team is better than last year's team simply by virtue of Whitney and Belangier no longer being on it. Just as we got better with the simple subtraction of Habby as our number one, so to will we get better with the simple subtraction of those two players.

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#43 Taylor Gang
July 08 2013, 12:18PM
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Sign Grabovski in free agency, then trade Gagner in a package for a #1D. Grabovski is one of the hardest workers on the Maple Leafs so he would help with the identity change.

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#44 David
July 08 2013, 12:19PM
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How about Edmonton adding Mikhail Grabovski, into the 2/3 centre position? Either push Gagner to RW to fill the Hemsky hole (if someone will take him) OR Grabovski can push Gordon down to 4C which is really a better fit for him (replacing Belanger not Horc). 3 puck possession lines and a checking line might look pretty good.

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#45 Quicksilver ballet
July 08 2013, 12:20PM
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Don't trust atoms. They make up everything.

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#46 Sanaa Montana
July 08 2013, 12:21PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Don't trust atoms. They make up everything.

I made up my mind, it doesn't matter.

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#47 Smokey
July 08 2013, 12:24PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Any offer sheet that St. Louis wouldn't match would be an overpayment. Expect Pietrangelo to be resigned within the month. Chris Stewart meanwhile...

What do you offer-sheet him to a 7 year x 9 million dollar contract. St. Louis might even match that. Offer sheets are stupid, they never work, and karma will bite you in the ars, cause someone will drive the price on RNH or Yak. Big N O.

And St. Louis have players and good contracts that other teams would want. I expect they will trade a Oshie, or Sobotka, or Berglund and retain Stewart and Pieterangelo.

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#48 Dulock
July 08 2013, 12:25PM
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JW,

What do you think of Antropov? 6'6" 240lbs and plays physical, 35-40 point player and can play any forward position (mostly C/RW though) on a 1 or 2 year deal?

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#49 PandaBearJelly
July 08 2013, 12:25PM
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my question is how do we fill 3 spots (two wings and a d) throught trade without creating more holes that we cant fill?

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#50 Matt
July 08 2013, 12:28PM
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If the Oilers started the season today, am I right in thinking that the only two players in the entire forward group who aren't Oilers-drafted-and-developed are Boyd Gordon and Mike Brown? Is that totally nuts? I can't think of any other team that has even *close* to that in home-grown talent.

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