Oilers acquire Mark Fraser from Toronto

Jonathan Willis
January 31 2014 09:06AM

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that the Oilers have added some size to their blue line, adding Mark Fraser from Toronto.

What The Oilers Sent Away

The players going the other way in the deal were both outside of the organization's plans, so the cost on this isn't especially dear.

Teemu Hartikainen is having a pretty good season in Russia and has to be the guy the Leafs were interested in on this deal. He's a big winger with some skill who couldn't do much in 23 NHL games last season with the Oilers; he wasn't interested in staying in the organization on a two-way deal and so he went off to Russia. I've been told down the line that this isn't a player that Edmonton really had plans for, but that doesn't mean he might not break out with the Leafs. 

Cameron Abney, the other guy in the trade, has negative value; he's an ECHL enforcer taking up a spot on Edmonton's 50-man list. In the Oilers' organization he was passed as a player by Erick Lizon (currently with the CHL's Wichita Thunder). 

What the Oilers Added

Everybody hoping Edmonton would add a big, physical defenceman for the third pair got their wish today.

Fraser is listed at 6'4", 220 pounds. He has had three fights in the NHL this season; last year he had nine fights in the majors and eight in the AHL. He's a stay-at-home defenceman who plays a throwback style; the new Theo Peckham on Edmonton's blue line. 

As for what he is as a player? Theo Peckham isn't far-off as a comparison there, either. Fraser has struggled badly this year, with regular partners Paul Ranger and Morgan Rielly both faring better without him than with him. Of interest, though, is the way he and Cody Franson played together last season, and the way his regular partners in New Jersey (primarily Andy Greene and Johnny Oduya) played with and without him. He has had a measure of success in the NHL before, even if he isn't enjoying that this season.

For the time being the pending unrestricted free agent can provide the Oilers with physical play in the six/seven slot and provide the Oilers with a warm body if they choose to move other free agents like Anton Belov or Nick Schultz or Corey Potterat the deadline. He has familiarity with Dallas Eakins from time spent with the Marlies, so he should slot in to the Oilers system with relative ease, and his skillset is a nice fit alongside any of Potter, Philip Larsen or Taylor Fedun on that bottom pair.

This is a small trade, but it adds a dimension the Oilers were lacking at the cost of players the team didn't really care about anyway. The player with the most potential to be an NHL difference-maker went to Toronto, but Hartikainen wasn't going to be that guy in Edmonton and the trade market for 'tweeners who want one-way deals isn't as robust as it could be. 

Update - via @Steve_Dangle of Leafs Nation comes this Hockey Night in Canada segment on Fraser:

Additionally, Jeff Veillette - who covered Fraser in person when Fraser played for the AHL's Toronto Marlies - wrote a piece on the trade for Leafs Nation.

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#102 Joe Mamma
January 31 2014, 11:59AM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

So now he's playing on the Ducks, is 2nd on their team in hits and has played 28 games..you're telling me that wouldn't be something you'd pay for. He has 128 hits at 2nd on his team 40 hits above the next best player, and he'd be 1 hit behind Jeff Petry (team leader)...you'd be stupid not to pay somehow who goes and crushes people all day. We have more than enough non-offensive, non-defensive defensemen, they could have used one who could at least lay the body.

Mark Fraser has 66 hits in 19 games, hardly comparable. They overpaid Gagner, Horcoff, Hemsky, and on and on...overpaying a player who actually does his job is a huge plus. You get Matt Hendricks who is being paid because he's an energy player on the Oilers. I like it. He does his job and it's working for them.

Going from 29th to 24th = progression. Going from 24th to 29th = regression.

Moving up (progression) is a positive thing, so they are in the basement, they're atleast walking to the door. Moving down (regression) is a negative and shows that they like hiding in the dark and getting kicked around by their abusive older brothers (the rest of the league).

This a useless argument. $2mil a year for Fistric is a joke, and the Oil were right not to re-sign him. Period.

If they had agreed to that deal, for a guy who lays the body and NOTHING ELSE, we'd be burning MacT in effigy by now.

Fistric and Hendricks are not comparable situations. All Fistric does well is hit (usually at the cost of positioning). Hendricks hits, fights, takes draws, plays center or wing, kills penalties, provides leadership in the room, and wins battles at both ends of the ice. He's been a nice addition, and is worth his contract to this team. For #150K LESS than Fistric wanted.

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#104 michael
January 31 2014, 12:01PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

There was once this player that really hadn't done much at the NHL level. He was a big bodied tough as nails defenceman that was past his prospect due date (26 yrs old). He played for Toronto, and his skating was suspect and no one was expecting much.

Jason Smith was his name.

Now I am not saying this guy is Jason Smith, I'm just saying that a tough as nails all heart defenceman is something this team needs, and you never know what can happen when a player gets a new start.

Before Jason Smith there was guy named Crag Muni. Before him a guy named Don Jackson.DJ could absolutely punish you physically. he was dirt mean.

There were nights when him and Wier just punished guys. They had Semenko back in the day but they had complimentary players through out the lineup who could and would just tear off your head when required.

MacT understands that and sees a need for a grittier hard nosed dman who can bring that to the lineup for 15 minutes a night.

RJ has come around and that grit that was buried after his eye injury has returned. Add Matt Hendricks. Gazdic and now Fraser and we might not get our lunch taken away by the other teams bully boys ever night.

Your 3rd and 4th lines now have 3 guys who can bring that grit.Add a dman or 2 with those same qualities and we might be able to win a few of those scrums in front ofour net.And not have our dmen pushed over like bowling pins(Belov)when the other team comes calling in our blue paint.

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#105 Bucknuck
January 31 2014, 12:01PM
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Joe Mamma wrote:

Sorry Gord, when you're in a hole, stop digging. Buying out a legit NHL forward with no replacement, for no reason other than to get him off the roster is brainless.

I agree with you that the Gagner extension and Grebs signing were legit errors on MacT's part, but this Hemsky argument is a stupid one. Frankly it just looks like you're trolling for an argument. Which you likely are.

Even a world-class cynic like yourself has got to admit that MacT has made some pretty decent moves this year, and has easily blown Tambo out of the water in 9 months on the job.

Maybe, just once, you could skip the grumpy pills with breakfast?

I've never understood the "buying out Hemsky" argument. There was no reason to do so. His contract is gone after this season, and he will have some value at the deadline, and the guy has scored some nice goals this year.

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#106 Serious Gord
January 31 2014, 12:01PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

They had tons of room that they didn't use because they were scared of running into rookie bonuses.

Thus they didn't have tons of room.

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#107 Rama Lama
January 31 2014, 12:03PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

I can't agree more or prop this enough. I am so sick of hearing about Fistric.

News flash people: HE DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY HERE.

Fistric is a marginal 6-7 dman, who badly priced himself out from playing here. He was willing to sign with a good team for half the money he demanded from Edmonton.

No he would have signed here but at the time we were obsessed with skill and he knew that.

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#108 Taylor Gang
January 31 2014, 12:03PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

If you think this team can't use Brian Campbell, you need to get your head checked.

Seriously. He'd be the best blueliner on the team by a mile and the only legitimate top-two defenceman on a team loaded to the gills with Nos. 4-6.

I get why people go '6'3"! ZOMG!' but at some point hockey-playing ability matters. I personally think that point is when a team without a legitimate top-two rearguard adds one, but hey maybe it's me who is crazy.

Look, I get that Campbell is a good defenseman, maybe even a top pairing defenseman, but he is massively overpaid and you know it. Why hinder our ability to add better bang for your buck players down the road with a player that has maybe 2-3 good years left in him? We should certainly look for top 4 defensemen, but our top 2 for the future is Nurse.

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#111 YEGFan
January 31 2014, 12:08PM
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@wellsy

Hartikainen. Cam Abney is exactly the sort of draft pick I'm complaining about.

I know the Finn was looking pretty unexciting last year, but his performance in the KHL sounds like he has been taking major steps forward. It is still entirely possible (I am saying possible, not likely) he turns into a winger that can move up and down the line up. That is not "nothing." He could have actually been a useful player for the Oilers to have.

Mark Fraser looks like he will actually make the Oilers worse under the guise of making them tougher.

Ultimately I agree, this trade is probably inconsequential. I decided to fight this fight because so many people keep talking about toughness as if it's a valuable commodity in and of itself, when it is not.

The toughness philosophy has been the organization's MO for years. They keep getting tough players with glimmers of competence who just never pan out and cost the team goals. Everybody quickly forgets, notices that the team lacks competent tough players, and screams that they need to go out and get them. Rather than getting a player who is having success and driving possession they go out and get another tough guy who isn't. The tough guy doesn't get better and instead gets super exposed because he can't make up for the overwhelming inexperience elsewhere in the line up (mostly defense right now), and it all repeats itself.

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#112 Hemmercules
January 31 2014, 12:09PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

None other than bill belechik has said that the most important thing in a cap league to have is plenty of cap room during the season. Having it enables one to fill holes due to injury or other unforeseen things but also to have the space to pick up players from other teams under cap space pressure - like Philly was early this season.

Having lots of cap space would have given the oil much more options. Buying out hemsky didn't require another move to be done - it should have been done in order to be ready to take advantage of future opportunities.

Part of the reason why all of MacT's in-season deals have been such small ball is because he lacks the cap room roster space to make a big ones.

I see your point. Cap space is always good. I think we might just be on the outside looking in on this one. Maybe Katz didnt want to toss 5 mil in the toilet?? Maybe they decided they might as well keep him seeing how big player moves hardly (if ever) happen before Christmas anyway and they were hoping his value would rise for the deadline so they could get a return on him. If a trade arises and cap room is needed, good GM's find ways to get the deal done and stay within the cap. I think buyout are for horrible contracts or terrible play, neither of which fit Hemsky.

I think Mact's trades have been "small ball" because blockbuster trades don't happen in the first half of the season very often.

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#113 Eddie Shore
January 31 2014, 12:11PM
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"Hartikainen is a pest with limitless energy and a willingness to hit everything in sight, with some ability to contribute offensively" from Leafsnation.

That is not the Hartikainen I watched...

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#114 Oil glob
January 31 2014, 12:14PM
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Moving the franchise forward? From boys on the bus cult following to I want to be part of wanker eeeeeekins boys club cult!!!

Replacing NHL players with marlies wanna be close to Eakins is not a path forward.

This guy iis a clown, just like Eakins system of methodical defense

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#115 michael
January 31 2014, 12:14PM
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Hemsky's 5 million looks great next season off the books. Add Eager,N.Shultz(3.75),Smyth at 2.25(I think he is resigned at 1.5).Grebby,Belov,Potter,Larsen(1.1)and whole whack of other guys.We'll save on the goaltending.DD was 3.75. think you can sign Scrivens and one other goalie for a lot less than that.I see Gagner being shown his hat at the draft.There goes 4+million.

My point is that cap space even with having to sign RFA's will be plentiful.Hemsky's return if its a 3rd is fine by me.Its better than nothing.

Eakins quote "Fraser adds a growl back there"

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#116 Taylor Gang
January 31 2014, 12:15PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Darnell Nurse is at least two years away from being a top-two defenceman. The UFA market is terrible.

If they can get a guy like Campbell, they should grab him and be happy about it.

Yeah but the entire core is probably two years away from contention anyways.

I do agree that a stop gap is needed, but don't you think there are better options out there than Campbell? Players that spring to mind for me are Matt Niskanen, Trevor Daley, or even Andrew MacDonald

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#117 wellsy
January 31 2014, 12:15PM
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YEGFan wrote:

Hartikainen. Cam Abney is exactly the sort of draft pick I'm complaining about.

I know the Finn was looking pretty unexciting last year, but his performance in the KHL sounds like he has been taking major steps forward. It is still entirely possible (I am saying possible, not likely) he turns into a winger that can move up and down the line up. That is not "nothing." He could have actually been a useful player for the Oilers to have.

Mark Fraser looks like he will actually make the Oilers worse under the guise of making them tougher.

Ultimately I agree, this trade is probably inconsequential. I decided to fight this fight because so many people keep talking about toughness as if it's a valuable commodity in and of itself, when it is not.

The toughness philosophy has been the organization's MO for years. They keep getting tough players with glimmers of competence who just never pan out and cost the team goals. Everybody quickly forgets, notices that the team lacks competent tough players, and screams that they need to go out and get them. Rather than getting a player who is having success and driving possession they go out and get another tough guy who isn't. The tough guy doesn't get better and instead gets super exposed because he can't make up for the overwhelming inexperience elsewhere in the line up (mostly defense right now), and it all repeats itself.

We clearly have philosophical differences in what the team needs. I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect it...I guess we'll see...

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#118 Czar
January 31 2014, 12:15PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Anyone that makes the Oilers harder to play against works for me.They have been the softest team in the NHL for far too long and it shows in their record.

I agree 100%! Look at the infuence Gadzic and Hendricks have had so far, at least the rest of the team are bringing their balls to the games now.

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#119 2004Z06
January 31 2014, 12:15PM
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Hilarious. People bitch Gagner is an overpay, Ference is an overpay, Hendricks is an over pay and in the same breath say that Fistric would have been an acceptable overpay at 2 mil?

Put down the bong!

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#120 Lochenzo
January 31 2014, 12:16PM
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@ Serious Gord

I don't know why you are so hard up for using the last compliance buyout on Hemsky. If you want to believe Mark Spector, Hemsky is worth at least a 3rd round pick. I think that Hemmer is worth more than that. I would only use the compliance buyout on guys that you couldn't even give away.

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#122 Taylor Gang
January 31 2014, 12:17PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

None of those guys are better than Campbell.

Especially not MacDonald.

I never said they were better than Campbell, but they're certainly an upgrade over what we have right now

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#123 Taylor Gang
January 31 2014, 12:18PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

None of those guys are better than Campbell.

Especially not MacDonald.

I'm just saying there are other ways of upgrading the defense other than Campbell.

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#125 YEGFan
January 31 2014, 12:20PM
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Hemmercules wrote:

I see your point. Cap space is always good. I think we might just be on the outside looking in on this one. Maybe Katz didnt want to toss 5 mil in the toilet?? Maybe they decided they might as well keep him seeing how big player moves hardly (if ever) happen before Christmas anyway and they were hoping his value would rise for the deadline so they could get a return on him. If a trade arises and cap room is needed, good GM's find ways to get the deal done and stay within the cap. I think buyout are for horrible contracts or terrible play, neither of which fit Hemsky.

I think Mact's trades have been "small ball" because blockbuster trades don't happen in the first half of the season very often.

The cap has not hindered the Oilers this season.

Right now it is Bill Belichick's "during the season" and the Oilers have plenty of cap flexibility. They are free and clear to fill all the holes caused by injury and unforeseeable circumstances... Mission accomplished!

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#126 Noooo!!!
January 31 2014, 12:23PM
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michael wrote:

Hemsky's 5 million looks great next season off the books. Add Eager,N.Shultz(3.75),Smyth at 2.25(I think he is resigned at 1.5).Grebby,Belov,Potter,Larsen(1.1)and whole whack of other guys.We'll save on the goaltending.DD was 3.75. think you can sign Scrivens and one other goalie for a lot less than that.I see Gagner being shown his hat at the draft.There goes 4+million.

My point is that cap space even with having to sign RFA's will be plentiful.Hemsky's return if its a 3rd is fine by me.Its better than nothing.

Eakins quote "Fraser adds a growl back there"

I sure hope you are very, very wrong about Smyth being resigned at ANY cost.Please,please tell me you are going to be wrong.

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#127 Taylor Gang
January 31 2014, 12:23PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

So was Andrew Ference when they signed him. "Better" isn't good enough; the team needs a top-pair defencemen and the options are awful. If Campbell's available, he is one.

But he's expensive! Horrendously expensive. With the amount of holes the Oilers have in their lineup, I wouldn't feel comfortable if Mac-T invested that much money into an aging defenseman such as Campbell.

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#128 james_dean
January 31 2014, 12:26PM
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Serious gord is an idiot.

boot this douche from this great site

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#129 Randaman
January 31 2014, 12:26PM
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JimW wrote:

Apparently the Oilers like to make moves in pairs, so who is next? Nultz, Larsen, Potter, Jones, Gagner, or Hemsky?

All of the above and with Gagme the sooner the better

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#130 james_dean
January 31 2014, 12:26PM
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Serious gord is an idiot.

boot this douche from this great site

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#131 VK63
January 31 2014, 12:27PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

"Hartikainen is a pest with limitless energy and a willingness to hit everything in sight, with some ability to contribute offensively" from Leafsnation.

That is not the Hartikainen I watched...

But but….. finnish juggernaut and all that …….

I agree. "A willingness to hit everything in sight"….. bwahahahaha.

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#132 Egg on Air blood
January 31 2014, 12:28PM
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Apparently there are FOKs (friends of Katz) but there are also FOEs (friends of Eakins)...

Jokes aside, I agree with this trade, even if we lose Fraser for nothing at the end of the season. Our players look like a bunch of little girls when the Oil are playing teams like the St-Louis Blues. Fraser brings a little bit of toughness and it may rub off on the other players for the rest of the season. Besides, it cost the Oil practically nothing.

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#133 YEGFan
January 31 2014, 12:29PM
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@Taylor Gang

Top two defensemen are worth 6M plus. There's no getting around it. Once one is established he will get paid.

The ONLY reason anyone would ever consider moving someone like Campbell is because he is a little over paid (not horrendously by any stretch).

My opinion is that an actual top 2 defenseman would have a monumental difference on this team's success. A slight over pay for two years is completely worth it.

With the cap going up top pairing defensemen will be earning 9M on the open market in a couple years. They are simply that valuable and difficult to acquire.

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#134 michael
January 31 2014, 12:37PM
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Noooo!!! wrote:

I sure hope you are very, very wrong about Smyth being resigned at ANY cost.Please,please tell me you are going to be wrong.

I really don't think I am wrong.I think Smyth has accepted his role on this team. A fourth line guy who gets PP time.

Last year and earlier this season Smyth was playing out of place. He initially was playing with Hall at center along with Hemsky. What a disaster.

You look at effective Smyth has been on the 4th line and you can see why I am saying he'll be back.His ice time is way down. He gets some Pp time. He along with Gazdic and JJ have been effective.

He is a bridge for the younger players to current management. His work ethic is a good example to them also.I really think his role currently on the 4th line is exactly what it should be.

MacT signs him but for less cash.

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#135 Ed in Edmonton
January 31 2014, 12:37PM
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Oil glob wrote:

Moving the franchise forward? From boys on the bus cult following to I want to be part of wanker eeeeeekins boys club cult!!!

Replacing NHL players with marlies wanna be close to Eakins is not a path forward.

This guy iis a clown, just like Eakins system of methodical defense

I must have missed something. I thought the Oil traded Hartski and Abney. Were there some NHL players the there somewhere as well?

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#136 Spydyr
January 31 2014, 12:40PM
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Czar wrote:

I agree 100%! Look at the infuence Gadzic and Hendricks have had so far, at least the rest of the team are bringing their balls to the games now.

At first I did not like the team picking up Hendricks .Due to his contract and age. Now having watched him play here I stand corrected.He brings a positive energy on the ice,bench and although we cannot see I'm guessing the dressing room too.Along with his work effort and take no crap attitude Mac-T appears to have made a good move here.

He has addressed a need on the team and filled it.Let us hope he can do the same with some bigger needs at the deadline and this summer.

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#137 Oiler Al
January 31 2014, 12:42PM
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No harm done, if the guy isnt part of the future he is gone at the end of season if need be. Oiler get to audition the guy for remainder of the season.

Hendricks sandpaper rubbed off on almost all of the team, and Fraser may add to this demension. Heck he might even drop the gloves if need be. Certainly Gadzic hasnt done much of it lately, and has left it up to guys like Jones and Hendricks.

Different postitions but Fraser will add more to this team than Gadzic, for what its worth.

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#138 Oliveoiler
January 31 2014, 12:42PM
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While this isn't the "bold" move yet to be seen, it's certainly a step in the right direction. Give the guy a chance, don't run him out of town before he lands here. Bring Fedun up, and play them together, their opposite style of play would surely compliment each other. As for Belov and Larsen - I'd certainly like to see them go, and as much as I like Potter's massive shots, he probably has to go as well. This team is like a jigsaw puzzle, several pieces missing, which makes it frustrating, but man oh man, after Ben's amazing night, I dare to hope and dream. Save the negative comments IF he doesn't pan out - he surely has to be an improvement on what we have now.

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#140 Ed in Edmonton
January 31 2014, 12:44PM
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@ Serious Gord

I don't know why you are so hard up for using the last compliance buyout on Hemsky. If you want to believe Mark Spector, Hemsky is worth at least a 3rd round pick. I think that Hemmer is worth more than that. I would only use the compliance buyout on guys that you couldn't even give away.

That is why players are bought out, i.e. they have zero value as a trade (other than a unique situation like Souray).

There is, however, an interesting point wrt to Hemsky. He might fetch more at the trading dealine that he would have last summer as his boat anchor contract is now almost done.

Nonetheles,s I don't see any good argument as to how not buying out Hemsky has hurt the Oil this year.

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#141 gongshow
January 31 2014, 12:48PM
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JW, Lowetide etc - Could one of you gents that is way smarter than me do a comparative analysis of Fistric, Smid and Fraser? Does Fraser add something that these these other two didn't? Does he provide the same results but at a discount? Did MacT covet Broissoit and/or Horak and figured Smid was a replaceable piece?

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#142 Taylor Gang
January 31 2014, 12:48PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Less than the combination of Ales Hemsky and Nick Schultz. The Oilers have the room to add him.

Nick Schultz is worth a million less than what he's paid and Hemsky is worth about 2.5 million as well. You're comparing two overpaid players to one.

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#143 Serious Gord
January 31 2014, 01:00PM
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YEGFan wrote:

The cap has not hindered the Oilers this season.

Right now it is Bill Belichick's "during the season" and the Oilers have plenty of cap flexibility. They are free and clear to fill all the holes caused by injury and unforeseeable circumstances... Mission accomplished!

I keep getting conflicting interpretations regarding how much space the oil has.

The rookie bonus issue apparently leaves the oil with very little truly FREE cap space.

And thus MacT hasn't and isn't in line with belechiks strategy.

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#144 DisappointedFan
January 31 2014, 01:01PM
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@Joe Mamma

So we complain all year because we have no one who lays the body and then defend the decisions not to pay a guy who lays the body and plays the same level of Defense that other players on this team do.

Okay so don't compare a forward and defensemen, let's compare him to the current 5-6 defensemen or even 3-4 defensemen who don't lay the body, are complete pushovers in their own zone, and are the constant reason why we get man handled in every board play in our own zone. Maybe you can show a few Oilers D-men (exception Marincin) who are actually meeting expectations at something.

If the only reason is bang for you buck on, I think you're forgetting just how bad Oilers management is a paying players their worth (Sam Gagner).

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#145 Serious Gord
January 31 2014, 01:03PM
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james_dean wrote:

Serious gord is an idiot.

boot this douche from this great site

Thanks for reading!!!

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#146 OilClog
January 31 2014, 01:13PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Nick Schultz is worth a million less than what he's paid and Hemsky is worth about 2.5 million as well. You're comparing two overpaid players to one.

What is wrong with you.. Dense much

It's not anything to do with abilities with being able to absorb Campbell's contract. It's that the Oilers are paying more for the two currently then what Campbell's contract is worth. Understand. If we move the two, bring in the one. We actually will be paying less.

If Campbell is available he's definately worth looking into, there are a few other players I try to shake loose first though.. Subban, Weber, that guy Montreal traded for Gomez, Big Buff..if they can't be had, I'd grab Campbell.

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#147 Serious Gord
January 31 2014, 01:14PM
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Ed in Edmonton wrote:

That is why players are bought out, i.e. they have zero value as a trade (other than a unique situation like Souray).

There is, however, an interesting point wrt to Hemsky. He might fetch more at the trading dealine that he would have last summer as his boat anchor contract is now almost done.

Nonetheles,s I don't see any good argument as to how not buying out Hemsky has hurt the Oil this year.

Whether buying out hemsky would have helped is unknowable. Having lots of room early in the season could have gotten the oil a good piece from the flyers early in the season when they were really struggling, but who knows? It's impossible to prove either way. It's whether the strategy is sound that is the question. I think it is.

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#148 Craig MacTambeloweni
January 31 2014, 01:22PM
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I like this trade, Mac T got us another guy who can punch faces and do it for cheap. We just became a little harder to play against

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#149 A-Mc
January 31 2014, 01:22PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Whether buying out hemsky would have helped is unknowable. Having lots of room early in the season could have gotten the oil a good piece from the flyers early in the season when they were really struggling, but who knows? It's impossible to prove either way. It's whether the strategy is sound that is the question. I think it is.

If it is unknown how it would have affected the team by buying out Hemsky, then by that same logic you can't possibly conclude that it was a bad move to NOT buy him out; so please drop it.

You've said your piece. We've all read it in many of your posts prior to the ones in this article. There is no reason to continually repeat yourself.

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#150 2004Z06
January 31 2014, 01:25PM
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Spydyr wrote:

At first I did not like the team picking up Hendricks .Due to his contract and age. Now having watched him play here I stand corrected.He brings a positive energy on the ice,bench and although we cannot see I'm guessing the dressing room too.Along with his work effort and take no crap attitude Mac-T appears to have made a good move here.

He has addressed a need on the team and filled it.Let us hope he can do the same with some bigger needs at the deadline and this summer.

I knew you would come around. Ha ha. As for his contract, I am fine with it. Currently, 900k to 2 mil is the going rate for a 3/4th liner. In 2 years, his cap hit will be the league minimum.

It really isn't and won't be an issue. Any player that injects a little grit and energy into the team is worth a bit of extra cash in my books. The Oilers have all played like they are 3 inches taller lately. I don't think it is merely a coincidence.

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