THE WAY I SEE IT: SPIN

Robin Brownlee
September 04 2013 08:23PM

What we heard today from Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and Ales Hemsky was a combination of pure spin and putting the best foot forward for the sake of public consumption.

After suggesting it might be time for Hemsky and former captain Shawn Horcoff to move along after being beaten down by seven years of losing, and successfully unloading Horcoff to Dallas, MacTavish told media summoned to Rexall Place that No. 83 was off the trading block.

What MacTavish didn’t say was that Hemsky is off the block and back in Edmonton because he didn’t get anything resembling what the Oilers deemed a reasonable return for the unquestionably talented Czech winger. That the market for him was, at best, minimal. I deemed it, essentially, zero.

For his part, Hemsky, who looked as comfortable as the lone man in the office getting dragged along to a company lunch with 20 of his female co-workers, went along, saying he was happy to be back and would do his utmost to be a better player and more of a leader.

What Hemsky didn’t say today is he'd still welcome a move to a new address because all the defeat and losing in Edmonton has worn him down, as MacT suggested it had months ago. That he'd play along for the sake of appearance, hoping that a hot 20-30 games to start this season might bump his value and produce a ticket out of town.

What else did you expect?

NOT MANY OPTIONS

With the Oilers making it known for at least the last couple of seasons that Hemsky has been available, and given his suggestion a chance in scenery might be the best thing for Hemsky and the Oilers this off-season with no serious takers, MacTavish doesn't have a lot of options. He picked the best one today.

Yes, it's spin, but today's staged kiss-and-make-up routine is better than having an asset like Hemsky sit on the sidelines or feel like he's on the outside looking in as he diminishes in value. There is no upside to that, as we saw with the clumsy handling of Sheldon Souray by ousted GM Steve Tambellini.

Thus, we got talk today about the possibility Hemsky could be a valuable piece of the puzzle moving forward. I don’t buy it, at least not for any period beyond the next trade deadline, but, like a politician stuck in an unhappy marriage at election time, better to put on a united front until the polls close before calling in the lawyers to draw up the divorce papers.

There is a win-win scenario here and that happens if Hemsky stays engaged in the process and tears it up like he can until enough pro scouts from the 29 other NHL teams conclude that he's not only capable of staying healthy, but returning to productivity. If that happens, Hemsky might get his ticket out of town and the Oilers might get a return that makes some sense.

But off the block? My eye.

THIS AND THAT . . .

. . . With the rookies set to get started in Penticton Thursday, we’ll get our first look at Oscar Klefbom, who, at least right now, is the best of a pretty good crop of young blueliners looking to impress. Darnell Nurse will get his share of the spotlight to be sure, but Klefbom's pursuit of a roster spot now through main camp is what has my attention.

. . . As assistant coach Steve Smith told Jason Gregor and I today, Anton Belov is having some problems with his visa and delays will see him miss the start of training camp. Right now, we don’t have any more details than that, as in when he'll arrive, but not a good start for the 27-year-old Russian.

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#1 Woogie63
September 04 2013, 08:33PM
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We have too much cap space tied up in our third line RW and our number D5.

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#2 Quicksilver ballet
September 04 2013, 08:35PM
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I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Worth a second look- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjxo4b_mrs-brown-gets-a-bikini-wax_shortfilms

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#3 Eulers
September 04 2013, 08:36PM
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Picture at top: "Lipstick and a pig."

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#4 OilLeak
September 04 2013, 08:39PM
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The Hemsky hate is strong in this article.

Maybe Mactavish realized that Hemsky can help the Oilers more than an inferior player that would be offered in a trade?

For years Hemsky was the only real skill keeping this team afloat now that he is less shiny everyone piles on player. I just don't get the hate the media has for Hemsky.

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#5 OilLeak
September 04 2013, 08:41PM
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Woogie63 wrote:

We have too much cap space tied up in our third line RW and our number D5.

Don't look at the current depth chart as lines 1, 2, and 3. Think of the team now possessing a 1, 2A, and 2B lines.

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#7 Where's Your Towel
September 04 2013, 09:01PM
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@OilLeak

The only thing I strongly disagree with is the suggestion that this team has been in any way afloat.

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#8 Poolanov
September 04 2013, 09:06PM
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Strange... looks like that lady's throat has been enlarged somehow or by something.

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#9 Kodiak
September 04 2013, 09:10PM
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Too much of a risk with his injury history for teams to give up much for Hemsky and not much risk and possible big rewards to keep him. Not real tough to understand.

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#10 SlowTalker
September 04 2013, 09:11PM
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Could the Belov's PED usage be an issue when it comes to a work visa?

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#11 DSF
September 04 2013, 09:15PM
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Brownlee has nailed it here.

MacT was trying to put lipstick on a pig that was entirely of his own creation when he told the world that Horcoff and Hemsky were done.

Hemsky will play out the string, likely getting 3rd line minutes, because he was signed to a ridiculous $5M a year contract.

MacT tried all summer to move him but no other GM in the league would pay that kind of coin for a player who is always injured and posted all of 20 points (-6) last season.

As a comparable, Vancouver's 3rd line RW played 47G. scored 10G 27P and Jannik Hansen has a cap hit of $1.35M.

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#12 Serious Gord
September 04 2013, 09:16PM
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Spin = lying.

When hemsky is traded/given away at the deadline the media and fans should call MacT on it.

The mistake that was made - as I pointed out on stauffers show at the time was lowe/tambellini signing hemsky for five million. By doing so he became of nil trade value - he could only be moved if MacT took back another crap contract. What should have been done - what would have been done if we had an owner who not only had dough but was prepared to spend it - was buy him out when the opportunity was available. That would have freed up some cap room and with that cap and some prospects and draft picks the oil could have gotten the 2/3 line fierceness it needs.

Instead they will cower until at least the trade deadline with no opponent feeling any fear of going into the boards after a puck.

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#13 DSF
September 04 2013, 09:21PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Spin = lying.

When hemsky is traded/given away at the deadline the media and fans should call MacT on it.

The mistake that was made - as I pointed out on stauffers show at the time was lowe/tambellini signing hemsky for five million. By doing so he became of nil trade value - he could only be moved if MacT took back another crap contract. What should have been done - what would have been done if we had an owner who not only had dough but was prepared to spend it - was buy him out when the opportunity was available. That would have freed up some cap room and with that cap and some prospects and draft picks the oil could have gotten the 2/3 line fierceness it needs.

Instead they will cower until at least the trade deadline with no opponent feeling any fear of going into the boards after a puck.

This.

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#14 StuckOutHere
September 04 2013, 09:22PM
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So Robin, what MacT and Ales didn't say is what YOU speculate? Now that is some spin.

MacT did pretty much say he couldn't get what he wanted for Hemsky though:

"We went about the prospect of potentially moving Ales and Horc (Shawn Horcoff), and I really found out, at the end of the day, that I had a great appreciation of him and his skill set than most people that I talked to. I've seen him at his best and that's why I have a great appreciation of what he does. "

And Hemsky did acknowledge that all the losing had gotten him down:

"Like Mac said there was a lot of frustration for me. I understand the process, not being in the playoffs for seven years is hard for every body and you lose it (desire) a little bit."

I think he came off pretty sincere, and its true that Hemsky can really help this team. Even if he only plays to his last two years boxcars he's a better bet than anyone else to fill a role on this team. Ryan Jones can't hold a candle and he doesn't get half the flack from the Nation. Add that to the list of things I will never understand.

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#17 OilLeak
September 04 2013, 09:31PM
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Where's Your Towel wrote:

The only thing I strongly disagree with is the suggestion that this team has been in any way afloat.

Too true.

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#18 uks ya!
September 04 2013, 09:32PM
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Woogie63 wrote:

We have too much cap space tied up in our third line RW and our number D5.

Hemsky yes, KiNda....

HOWEVER.....if 1 of our top 6 go down with a serious injury then we love Mac for keeping hemmer around!

and if you mean old ballz Shultz? as the over paid dman then yes I very much agree, but if you mean Ladi, then buddy...u went from getting props to trashed!

cheers!

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#19 OilLeak
September 04 2013, 09:42PM
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@Robin Brownlee

"What MacTavish didn’t say was that Hemsky is off the block and back in Edmonton because he didn’t get anything resembling what the Oilers deemed a reasonable return for the unquestionably talented Czech winger. That the market for him was, at best, minimal. I deemed it, essentially, zero."

So an unquestionably talented Czech winger with only 1 year left on his contract has zero market value? Deeming that Hemsky has no market value is selling the player short and speaks to the opinion of the writer on said player. On the flip side a more positive view would believe that Mactavish values Hemsky for the quality player that he is and felt that equal/fair value was not offered so he chose to retain him.

Also, you've been shoving Hemsky out the door for some time. A quick search regarding your Hemsky articles here at Oilers nation proves as much.

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#20 StuckOutHere
September 04 2013, 09:51PM
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DSF wrote:

Brownlee has nailed it here.

MacT was trying to put lipstick on a pig that was entirely of his own creation when he told the world that Horcoff and Hemsky were done.

Hemsky will play out the string, likely getting 3rd line minutes, because he was signed to a ridiculous $5M a year contract.

MacT tried all summer to move him but no other GM in the league would pay that kind of coin for a player who is always injured and posted all of 20 points (-6) last season.

As a comparable, Vancouver's 3rd line RW played 47G. scored 10G 27P and Jannik Hansen has a cap hit of $1.35M.

But DSF, Hansen played 9 more games than Hemmer did this season. I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but in a short season that's a 5th of the games. Hansen also has no history of huge production in the NHL, while Hemsky has a NHL career pts/gm of .755.

It's a terrible comparison. The worst part is, you know that it's a terrible comparison, and you choose to use it anyways.

Even last year Hemmer still had a .526 pts/gm. I'd take that for a guy playing on the 3rd line. Depth is a good thing isn't it?

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#21 Serious Gord
September 04 2013, 09:52PM
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OilLeak wrote:

"What MacTavish didn’t say was that Hemsky is off the block and back in Edmonton because he didn’t get anything resembling what the Oilers deemed a reasonable return for the unquestionably talented Czech winger. That the market for him was, at best, minimal. I deemed it, essentially, zero."

So an unquestionably talented Czech winger with only 1 year left on his contract has zero market value? Deeming that Hemsky has no market value is selling the player short and speaks to the opinion of the writer on said player. On the flip side a more positive view would believe that Mactavish values Hemsky for the quality player that he is and felt that equal/fair value was not offered so he chose to retain him.

Also, you've been shoving Hemsky out the door for some time. A quick search regarding your Hemsky articles here at Oilers nation proves as much.

He has negative value.

Sure he's a decent player but he has a contract that is far too expensive relative to his ability. Add to that the fact that his strengths are redundant on the oil - which is why he's on the third line rather where would be on a team that has a shortage of his ability which would be the second line.

But pride, stubbornness, fear of losing face, parsimony and a general lack of professional business conduct means the oil is stuck with hemsky as a net negative.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo7zkd0kRS4

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#22 Oil Noggin
September 04 2013, 10:01PM
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Hemmer has been injured for a good chunk of time each of last four seasons. His scoring is down due to health and he is being paid 5 million to play half of each season. To top it off he is somehow injured almost every trade deadline. I won't be the only one who isn't surprised when the oil do not get full value for him.

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#23 DSF
September 04 2013, 10:01PM
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StuckOutHere wrote:

But DSF, Hansen played 9 more games than Hemmer did this season. I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but in a short season that's a 5th of the games. Hansen also has no history of huge production in the NHL, while Hemsky has a NHL career pts/gm of .755.

It's a terrible comparison. The worst part is, you know that it's a terrible comparison, and you choose to use it anyways.

Even last year Hemmer still had a .526 pts/gm. I'd take that for a guy playing on the 3rd line. Depth is a good thing isn't it?

$5.0M vs. $1.35M

Is there anything else you need to know?

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#24 Oil Noggin
September 04 2013, 10:01PM
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Hemmer has been injured for a good chunk of time each of last four seasons. His scoring is down due to health and he is being paid 5 million to play half of each season. To top it off he is somehow injured almost every trade deadline. I won't be the only one who isn't surprised when the oil do not get full value for him. The kid has skills but no teams want to take on that risk.

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#25 StuckOutHere
September 04 2013, 10:02PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

He has negative value.

Sure he's a decent player but he has a contract that is far too expensive relative to his ability. Add to that the fact that his strengths are redundant on the oil - which is why he's on the third line rather where would be on a team that has a shortage of his ability which would be the second line.

But pride, stubbornness, fear of losing face, parsimony and a general lack of professional business conduct means the oil is stuck with hemsky as a net negative.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo7zkd0kRS4

Good players are never redundant.

Also if there wasn't such a young guns/veteran dichotomy on the team, and hemsky was offered the cushy minutes that eberle and yak have gotten the last 3 years, hemmer would not be talked about as being a 3rd liner. As it stands he may still be the best RW on the team, now. For the future? No. Now? Quite possibly.

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#26 Darrell
September 04 2013, 10:03PM
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DSF wrote:

Brownlee has nailed it here.

MacT was trying to put lipstick on a pig that was entirely of his own creation when he told the world that Horcoff and Hemsky were done.

Hemsky will play out the string, likely getting 3rd line minutes, because he was signed to a ridiculous $5M a year contract.

MacT tried all summer to move him but no other GM in the league would pay that kind of coin for a player who is always injured and posted all of 20 points (-6) last season.

As a comparable, Vancouver's 3rd line RW played 47G. scored 10G 27P and Jannik Hansen has a cap hit of $1.35M.

Hope Nonnis stocked up on lip stick too as the Hemsky scenario is minor distraction in Edmonton - it's all relative and depends on what side of the tracks you live on folks ...

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#27 DSF
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Darrell wrote:

Hope Nonnis stocked up on lip stick too as the Hemsky scenario is minor distraction in Edmonton - it's all relative and depends on what side of the tracks you live on folks ...

Someone else is an idiot so MacT is a genius?

Or maybe there are 2 idiots?

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#29 OilLeak
September 04 2013, 10:09PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

He has negative value.

Sure he's a decent player but he has a contract that is far too expensive relative to his ability. Add to that the fact that his strengths are redundant on the oil - which is why he's on the third line rather where would be on a team that has a shortage of his ability which would be the second line.

But pride, stubbornness, fear of losing face, parsimony and a general lack of professional business conduct means the oil is stuck with hemsky as a net negative.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo7zkd0kRS4

And the evidence of all these outlandish claims would be?

Having talented hockey players beyond lines 1 and 2 is suddenly redundant? I always thought the good hockey teams were in active pursuit of adding skill/talent be it on the 1st line or the 4th. Better inform Stan Bowman of the redundancy on his roster so he can get the team back on track.

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#30 StuckOutHere
September 04 2013, 10:12PM
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DSF wrote:

Someone else is an idiot so MacT is a genius?

Or maybe there are 2 idiots?

Or maybe 30, which would explain why Hemsky has no value while everyone went chasing after Clarkson.

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#31 oilerjed
September 04 2013, 10:14PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

He has negative value.

Sure he's a decent player but he has a contract that is far too expensive relative to his ability. Add to that the fact that his strengths are redundant on the oil - which is why he's on the third line rather where would be on a team that has a shortage of his ability which would be the second line.

But pride, stubbornness, fear of losing face, parsimony and a general lack of professional business conduct means the oil is stuck with hemsky as a net negative.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo7zkd0kRS4

The contract has been signed for a year already, you cant take it back. If there wasnt an offer that could at least return equal points, why bother? We would have had to retain at least 1/3 of his salary either way. Buying him out doesn't work either as we still need to fill his spot with at least an equal body, which after the buyout would leave us where we are now cash wise in the end. Your beef with MacT doesnt change the reality of the situation, the Oilers already have to pay Hemsky and since he is pretty damn good anyway, why not keep him for a year and smile? Trade him at the deadline for a pick if there is interest,but why ruin our depth now?

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#32 DSF
September 04 2013, 10:19PM
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OilLeak wrote:

And the evidence of all these outlandish claims would be?

Having talented hockey players beyond lines 1 and 2 is suddenly redundant? I always thought the good hockey teams were in active pursuit of adding skill/talent be it on the 1st line or the 4th. Better inform Stan Bowman of the redundancy on his roster so he can get the team back on track.

Stan Bowman's 3rd line:

Brandon Saad ($895K)-Michal Handzus ($1M)-Jimmy Hayes ($875K).

Please note that Hemsky is paid twice as much as THE ENTIRE Chicago 3rd line.

Better inform Stan Bowman so he can get his team back on track.

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#33 DSF
September 04 2013, 10:22PM
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StuckOutHere wrote:

Or maybe 30, which would explain why Hemsky has no value while everyone went chasing after Clarkson.

Clarkson is one hell of a player.

I'd wager he scores 30 goals in Toronto.

How many 30 goals season does Hemsky have?

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#34 DSF
September 04 2013, 10:24PM
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Brian Burke poised to take over the Flames:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=431209

Be very afraid Oiler fans.

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#35 madjam
September 04 2013, 10:31PM
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Hemsky a top line winger , and second line at worst . He is not a 3-4th line type player .

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#36 Serious Gord
September 04 2013, 10:34PM
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StuckOutHere wrote:

Good players are never redundant.

Also if there wasn't such a young guns/veteran dichotomy on the team, and hemsky was offered the cushy minutes that eberle and yak have gotten the last 3 years, hemmer would not be talked about as being a 3rd liner. As it stands he may still be the best RW on the team, now. For the future? No. Now? Quite possibly.

Absolutely Good players can be redundant. Should we stock the team with just good defense men? Silly comment on its face.

As for buying him out - yes Katz gets stuck with 1/3 the salary but the gets ALL of the five million in cap - something we have virtually none of now and we have a Player - hemsky who has a skill set the oil has little to no need for. And thus the team limps into the beginning of a new season with stark deficiencies.

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#37 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
September 04 2013, 10:36PM
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DSF wrote:

Brian Burke poised to take over the Flames:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=431209

Be very afraid Oiler fans.

Be very afraid??

Please oh wise one, tell us why,

then shut the hell up.

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#38 Serious Gord
September 04 2013, 10:40PM
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OilLeak wrote:

And the evidence of all these outlandish claims would be?

Having talented hockey players beyond lines 1 and 2 is suddenly redundant? I always thought the good hockey teams were in active pursuit of adding skill/talent be it on the 1st line or the 4th. Better inform Stan Bowman of the redundancy on his roster so he can get the team back on track.

Outlandish?!

Comrie Souray Horcoff contract Hiring the coaches who were friends Six rings Bold And on and on and on. When you get a chance read what the hockey news says about oilers management in their yearbook. They have a horrible reputation - deservedly so - league-wide.

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#39 Serious Gord
September 04 2013, 10:42PM
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madjam wrote:

Hemsky a top line winger , and second line at worst . He is not a 3-4th line type player .

Ipso facto he is redundant.

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#40 Kodiak
September 04 2013, 10:42PM
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DSF wrote:

Clarkson is one hell of a player.

I'd wager he scores 30 goals in Toronto.

How many 30 goals season does Hemsky have?

And I'll wager he never puts up a season matching Hemsky's PPG. Keep on cherry pickinG DSF. It's the only thing you are good at.

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#41 Woogie63
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uks ya! wrote:

Hemsky yes, KiNda....

HOWEVER.....if 1 of our top 6 go down with a serious injury then we love Mac for keeping hemmer around!

and if you mean old ballz Shultz? as the over paid dman then yes I very much agree, but if you mean Ladi, then buddy...u went from getting props to trashed!

cheers!

I meant Shultz, i would consider Smid D2.

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#42 DSF
September 04 2013, 10:49PM
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@Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate

1) He is much smarter than Jay Feaster

2) He is much smarter than Kevin Lowe

3) He has a history of turning around moribund franchises in short order (VCR, ANA, TOR)

4) He wins (often by a wide margin) every trade he engineers.

5) He has no patience for being a loser.

6) He has won a Stanley Cup.

7) None of the above applies to the Oilers management team.

Now shut the hell up.

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#43 DSF
September 04 2013, 10:53PM
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Kodiak wrote:

And I'll wager he never puts up a season matching Hemsky's PPG. Keep on cherry pickinG DSF. It's the only thing you are good at.

And I will wager Hemsky never puts up another season matching Hemsky's PPG.

While Clarkson, who is younger than Hemsky, scores 30 goals.

Keep on remembering 2008.

It's only 5 years ago.

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#44 Dave
September 04 2013, 11:01PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Spin = lying.

When hemsky is traded/given away at the deadline the media and fans should call MacT on it.

The mistake that was made - as I pointed out on stauffers show at the time was lowe/tambellini signing hemsky for five million. By doing so he became of nil trade value - he could only be moved if MacT took back another crap contract. What should have been done - what would have been done if we had an owner who not only had dough but was prepared to spend it - was buy him out when the opportunity was available. That would have freed up some cap room and with that cap and some prospects and draft picks the oil could have gotten the 2/3 line fierceness it needs.

Instead they will cower until at least the trade deadline with no opponent feeling any fear of going into the boards after a puck.

I was always amused when Serious Gord phoned in to Stauffer trying to give the impression that was some sort of hockey insider rather than the typical fan that we all are.

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#45 Zarny
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It's obviously spin. Hemsky is off the market till the trade deadline because isn't worth $5M/yr.

Everyone knows the Oilers need to add size. The top 6 are among the smallest group in the NHL.

Ergo small, skilled forwards are not what they need on the 3rd and 4th line.

Hemsky is good. There will be a buyer at the trade deadline when the price tag isn't $5M. Unless he gets hurt. Then he'll just walk for nothing as a UFA.

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#46 Serious Gord
September 04 2013, 11:04PM
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DSF wrote:

1) He is much smarter than Jay Feaster

2) He is much smarter than Kevin Lowe

3) He has a history of turning around moribund franchises in short order (VCR, ANA, TOR)

4) He wins (often by a wide margin) every trade he engineers.

5) He has no patience for being a loser.

6) He has won a Stanley Cup.

7) None of the above applies to the Oilers management team.

Now shut the hell up.

Largely accurate reposte.

However Burke is not without his weaknesses:

Far too pro american - Wilson, kessel etc.

Pretty weak judge of goalie talent

Kessel trade was a disaster caused largely by his misjudging how good the leafs defense and goaltending was (it wasn't).

Biggest flaw - his mouth. Became a liability to the team both in van and in Toronto.

Could be a move up for cgy - cant be any worse than feaster. But ken king and he will not get along - one of them will be out the door within two seasons.

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September 04 2013, 11:05PM
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Hemsky > Burrows, Kassian, Hansen, Clarkson

Hemsky is the superior player to all mentioned above. Eat it.

Brian Burke has not turned Toronto around, Vancouver is still CUP LESS!, Anaheim was a gift from Pronger's wife

6 cups will always have 6 cups, Burke..1?

Toronto made the playoffs under Nonis.

Good Grief

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#48 Serious Gord
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Dave wrote:

I was always amused when Serious Gord phoned in to Stauffer trying to give the impression that was some sort of hockey insider rather than the typical fan that we all are.

Never ever have I implied that I am an "insider". A keen observer with opinions - I will cop to that.

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#49 VK63
September 04 2013, 11:13PM
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Old Arnie must need prop up pills for that one. Nasty.

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#50 Serious Gord
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OilClog wrote:

Hemsky > Burrows, Kassian, Hansen, Clarkson

Hemsky is the superior player to all mentioned above. Eat it.

Brian Burke has not turned Toronto around, Vancouver is still CUP LESS!, Anaheim was a gift from Pronger's wife

6 cups will always have 6 cups, Burke..1?

Toronto made the playoffs under Nonis.

Good Grief

Is hemsky a better physical player than clarkson. No way. Hemsky is better at somethings and worse at others. What he's good at the oil doesn't have much need.

Anaheim got a lucky break getting pronger just as the oil did. Without pronger Lowe and co would not have had a playoff game in eight years. Five cups all happened before the Berlin Wall came down save the last one.

Burke was forced out of Toronto by a meddling bell telco executive who demanded Burke trade for luongo. Who got the last laugh in that?

Good grief indeed.

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