Ales Hemsky named to Team Czech Republic

Jonathan Willis
January 06 2014 02:37PM

 

Edmonton Oilers' right wing Ales Hemsky was named to the Czech Olympic team on Monday. 

Hemsky has been a staple of the Czech national team for years now. He missed the 2010 Olympics but won a bronze with the team in 2006, and he has also played in 25 World Championship games, recording 16 points and a plus-10 rating. He last played in Europe during the 2012-13 NHL lockout, putting up more than a point per game in the Czech Republic's top league.

This wasn't a foregone conclusion; the Czechs made a bunch of weird decisions and quality NHL'ers like Jiri Hudler, Radim Vrbata and Jan Hejda were left off the team while players Petr Nedved and Tomas Kaberle made the cut. 

It's a nice reward for Hemsky, whose offence has dipped a little in a recent years and particularly this season as he takes a back seat to players like Jordan Eberle, David Perron and Nail Yakupov. He's been providing the Oilers with an improved defensive game and doing yeoman's work on a line with Ryan Smyth and Boyd Gordon; it will be fun to see him flying on the big ice at Sochi. 

He'll be joined by his old teammate, Ladislav Smid, who was also named to the team today. Smid's likely to play key minutes in a shutdown role for the Czechs. 

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#1 RexHolez
January 06 2014, 02:40PM
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Good luck hemmer! He's gonna light it up!

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#2 redhot1
January 06 2014, 02:42PM
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Jiri Hudler not making the team makes zero sense. Who decided Nedved should be a better option?

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#3 vetinari
January 06 2014, 02:49PM
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Go get 'em Hemmer... of course, you may have a new NHL team within a week or two after your return...

As for Smid, congrats to him too... now it really hurts to think that we traded a stay at home Olympic calibre blue liner for two middling prospects...

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#4 RexHolez
January 06 2014, 02:50PM
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Hudler probably failed the spelling exam.

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#5 OilBlood
January 06 2014, 02:52PM
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Good luck to Hemmer and Laddy (still an oiler in my books)

You think Smid will play key minutes in a shutdown role for an Olympic team? Not we sure could use a player like that on our team.

Hey here's a thought for a bold move MacT, let's do Yak for Smid..... Does the incompetence of this organization surprise any of us anymore?

Again good luck boys!

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#6 They're $hittie
January 06 2014, 02:52PM
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this isnt a shot at Hemsky, but did Brent Sutter pick this team. You know, leaving two or three of the best players at home.

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#7 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 06 2014, 02:53PM
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Congrats Hemsky....like Smitty was Captain Canada.....Hemsky is becoming Captain Czech!

Here's hoping he shines like he did the last time and stays healthy so his trade value rises.

Gregor makes a good point that with their injury situation, Pittsburgh could use a player like Hemsky at the deadline.

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#8 RexHolez
January 06 2014, 02:55PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Congrats Hemsky....like Smitty was Captain Canada.....Hemsky is becoming Captain Czech!

Here's hoping he shines like he did the last time and stays healthy so his trade value rises.

Gregor makes a good point that with their injury situation, Pittsburgh could use a player like Hemsky at the deadline.

I would love to see hemsky on a team like Pittsburgh. It'd be amazing to watch him get his passion back playing for a real life hockey team

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#9 Truth
January 06 2014, 02:59PM
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They're $hittie wrote:

this isnt a shot at Hemsky, but did Brent Sutter pick this team. You know, leaving two or three of the best players at home.

Hemsky on a Sutter team?!? Do you know that he is the last on and first off at practice. Also, soft as butter.

Who needs to score goals when your team is built to prevent all the goals? Soft European teams, that's who.

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#10 Spydyr
January 06 2014, 03:05PM
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"Ladislav Smid, who was also named to the team today. Smid's likely to play key minutes in a shutdown role "

Sure wish the Oilers had someone to do that.

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#11 Lil Breezy
January 06 2014, 03:09PM
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A shutdown dman that made the Czech national team? do you think we could acquire him? Stupid MacT.

At least the Czechs weren't so arrogant as to leave one of the fastest most skilled LWers in the game off the big ice in Europe.

I hope the Czechs beat Canada for that one. Otherwise they'll never learn.

Duchene and Hall wouldn't fly on the big ice like an old Martin St. Louis can. No sir.

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#12 The Fasthest Man Alive
January 06 2014, 03:13PM
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Truth wrote:

Hemsky on a Sutter team?!? Do you know that he is the last on and first off at practice. Also, soft as butter.

Who needs to score goals when your team is built to prevent all the goals? Soft European teams, that's who.

Soft as butter? Have you watched this guy play? He is not the most physical guy in the league but he is far from soft. He constantly goes into the high contact areas of the ice. Took a beating from Regehr, Phaneuf, Bieksa, etc. for the better part of a decade. Also the guy usually leading the charge out of the defensive zone. Soft? No sir.

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#13 RexHolez
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The Fasthest Man Alive wrote:

Soft as butter? Have you watched this guy play? He is not the most physical guy in the league but he is far from soft. He constantly goes into the high contact areas of the ice. Took a beating from Regehr, Phaneuf, Bieksa, etc. for the better part of a decade. Also the guy usually leading the charge out of the defensive zone. Soft? No sir.

Don't forget he's one of the few skill guys I ever see on this team willing to block a shot! Hemsky is far from soft!! He's just been on a cr@p team for way too long!

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#14 merfer
January 06 2014, 03:49PM
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I'm sorry, Smid is a great guy but if he is their best shut down defenceman Canada will kill them. Really, he wasn't that spectacular with us so I don't know why everyone is so upset. Some of Canada's players will have him spralling all over the ice on a regular basis. IMHO

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#15 Craig1981
January 06 2014, 03:57PM
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Petr Nedved is still playing hockey?!?!!!

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#16 Tikkanese
January 06 2014, 04:05PM
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The only real question is: Did Michel Reisen the "Can't Miss Swiss" make Switzerland?

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#17 Kr55
January 06 2014, 04:08PM
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Yay for 1 Oiler getting to do something worthwhile this season!

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#18 Neal
January 06 2014, 04:10PM
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I REALLY hope Hemmer is the Star of the Games...

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#19 Truth
January 06 2014, 04:12PM
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@The Fasthest Man Alive

Ha, I agree. I thought it was clear that I was mocking Sutter's selections for the WJC's.

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#20 6 ring circus
January 06 2014, 04:15PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Petr Nedved is still playing hockey?!?!!!

Let's just hope Lowe and Mactavish don't sign him to a multi year deal after the Olympics are over !!!!

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#21 Jay
January 06 2014, 04:23PM
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@6 ring circus

think 3 years at 4 million would be enough?? we'll trade RNH to make room

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#22 They're $hittie
January 06 2014, 04:25PM
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The Fasthest Man Alive wrote:

Soft as butter? Have you watched this guy play? He is not the most physical guy in the league but he is far from soft. He constantly goes into the high contact areas of the ice. Took a beating from Regehr, Phaneuf, Bieksa, etc. for the better part of a decade. Also the guy usually leading the charge out of the defensive zone. Soft? No sir.

I think you are all missing what I was trying to say. I think hemsky should be on the team and that my comment was not aimed at a shot at him.

The czechs are not taking their best players. They are trying to build a team for the large ice surface. Brent sutter just did this when he left Nurse and Domi at home.

I am not saying Hemsky made the team and shouldnt have, i was saying my trashing of the team has nothing to do with hemsky being on it.

EDIT: sorry it replied to the wrong person

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#23 Chris A
January 06 2014, 04:27PM
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@Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

Gregor said that??? No way Pittsburgh takes on a player like Hemsky. He is the antithesis of Penguins hockey and would very very very quickly end up in Bylsma's doghouse.

Dupuis is a terrific two way forward who is a top notch penalty killer, plays a physical north-south game and can chip in 15-20 goals with little or no PP time. No way is a good GM like Ray Shero (are you taking notes MacT?) going to replace Dupuis with a dead weight like Hemsky.

I'm kind of disappointed in Gregor if he really thinks a high end team like the Pens would think Hemsky can help them.

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#24 Chris A
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Lil Breezy wrote:

A shutdown dman that made the Czech national team? do you think we could acquire him? Stupid MacT.

At least the Czechs weren't so arrogant as to leave one of the fastest most skilled LWers in the game off the big ice in Europe.

I hope the Czechs beat Canada for that one. Otherwise they'll never learn.

Duchene and Hall wouldn't fly on the big ice like an old Martin St. Louis can. No sir.

I don't think anyone doubts that Hall would fly on the big ice. Not to mention the fact that you're posting as if the roster has already been released.

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#25 DAVE
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Craig1981 wrote:

Petr Nedved is still playing hockey?!?!!!

Good question, He's gotta be older than smallpox.

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#26 He Who Knows
January 06 2014, 04:42PM
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Can someone for the love of god tell me why Smid was traded?????? Was it really cap space or did Mac T royally eff this up?

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#27 **
January 06 2014, 04:45PM
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HAppy for both Hemsky and Smid.

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#28 RexHolez
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He Who Knows wrote:

Can someone for the love of god tell me why Smid was traded?????? Was it really cap space or did Mac T royally eff this up?

he royally eff'ed it up. if he knew he didn't want smid, Ottawa would have taken him for bishop. it was a reactionary move that tells me the whole "stick with the plan" idea is out the window

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#29 Ari Gold
January 06 2014, 04:49PM
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Yay.

He made it and that's all there is to say. If the Czechs had the depth that Canada has, he's be left off for his weak defensive play.

Honestly, no Oiler belongs on any Olympic squad. Two way play has been pathetic on this entire club. I thought Eakins was supposed to create responsibility and accountability. How then, has the team digressed from last year?

This second tier fan, that lives far from Edmonton, is dissatisfied.

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#30 Oilblood
January 06 2014, 04:54PM
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OilBlood wrote:

Good luck to Hemmer and Laddy (still an oiler in my books)

You think Smid will play key minutes in a shutdown role for an Olympic team? Not we sure could use a player like that on our team.

Hey here's a thought for a bold move MacT, let's do Yak for Smid..... Does the incompetence of this organization surprise any of us anymore?

Again good luck boys!

Just to clarify, no I was not serious about trading Yak for Smid, that was just mocking our joke of a franchise for trading one of the few true defensemen we had for nothing and now teams set up shop in front of our net like nobodys business.

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#31 Rama Lama
January 06 2014, 04:55PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Yay.

He made it and that's all there is to say. If the Czechs had the depth that Canada has, he's be left off for his weak defensive play.

Honestly, no Oiler belongs on any Olympic squad. Two way play has been pathetic on this entire club. I thought Eakins was supposed to create responsibility and accountability. How then, has the team digressed from last year?

This second tier fan, that lives far from Edmonton, is dissatisfied.

I find it hard to believe that "no Oiler", should be going to the Olympics. I think that we could have at least three player that should be considered and probably more.........except they are all getting a new defensive system rammed down their throats by Mr. Chop Water carry wood.

I suspect if we had a real coach who played his players to their strengths and not their weaknesses, we would have a lot of players being considered.

Go Hemmer........I hope he scores a ton.

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#32 billythebullet
January 06 2014, 05:23PM
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Petr Nedved is 42. Plays for some provincial team over there. Or that's what the press release says.

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#33 Harlie
January 06 2014, 05:29PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Petr Nedved is still playing hockey?!?!!!

SHhhh! MacT might hear you.

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#34 EricOG
January 06 2014, 05:52PM
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I will cry myself to sleep for at least a week the day Hemsky gets traded.

I will also celebrate like a madman should KLowe ever get a pink slip.

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#35 oilerjed
January 06 2014, 05:57PM
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RexHolez wrote:

he royally eff'ed it up. if he knew he didn't want smid, Ottawa would have taken him for bishop. it was a reactionary move that tells me the whole "stick with the plan" idea is out the window

I disagree, I don't think MacT blew this at all. He got a center prospect that we are low in, a goalie prospect that we also desperately needed and he got us a bonafide NHL goal tender. The blackhole immediately after Brys was signed. He needed to get rid of a contract and Smid is possibly the only one he could unload in a hurry. And its not like our goals against has really plummeted without him.He didn't know he needed Bryz until Dubs shat the bed, then what was he supposed to do? If anything he MacT missed the boat in the summer by sticking by Dubs. But at the time I agreed with him thinking Dubs would at least stay at an even level. So thats a 5th and a 6th for a stay at home dman. not terrible.

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#36 Arius Mumin
January 06 2014, 06:10PM
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Truth wrote:

Hemsky on a Sutter team?!? Do you know that he is the last on and first off at practice. Also, soft as butter.

Who needs to score goals when your team is built to prevent all the goals? Soft European teams, that's who.

You're cool. Want to hang out sometime?

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#37 Arius Mumin
January 06 2014, 06:13PM
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@He Who Knows

Smid was traded because he flipped out on Eberle on more than one occasion. This is Hall's team, him and Eberle shared a bunk bed.

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#38 pkam
January 06 2014, 06:15PM
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RexHolez wrote:

he royally eff'ed it up. if he knew he didn't want smid, Ottawa would have taken him for bishop. it was a reactionary move that tells me the whole "stick with the plan" idea is out the window

Who is this 'he' you refer to?

If you mean MacT, he wasn't the GM when Tampa and Ottawa pull the trade, so how could he offer Smid to Ottawa for Bishop?

If you mean Tambo, I wonder how you know he didn't want Smid because he wasn't even here when Smid was traded?

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#39 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 06 2014, 06:26PM
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oilerjed wrote:

I disagree, I don't think MacT blew this at all. He got a center prospect that we are low in, a goalie prospect that we also desperately needed and he got us a bonafide NHL goal tender. The blackhole immediately after Brys was signed. He needed to get rid of a contract and Smid is possibly the only one he could unload in a hurry. And its not like our goals against has really plummeted without him.He didn't know he needed Bryz until Dubs shat the bed, then what was he supposed to do? If anything he MacT missed the boat in the summer by sticking by Dubs. But at the time I agreed with him thinking Dubs would at least stay at an even level. So thats a 5th and a 6th for a stay at home dman. not terrible.

MacT did not NEED to clear cap space or contract space to sign bryz. Depth at forward by adding the same as we have already? Brilliant. Depth at goal? maybe but who knows, Broissant is a few years from being NHL ready. MacT told us at his presser when given the reigns at GM that he is impatient and wants to start winning now. That is the standard to hold him to. His words his work.

Drink more Kool-Aid.

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#40 Zarny
January 06 2014, 06:26PM
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Nedved and Kaberle? I thought you were joking but nope. I guess you can't make that kind of stupid up.

I love Smid but his play has dropped off big time. He was getting walked around this year and not even brushing a jersey.

Best of luck to Hemmer. After seeing the Czech roster the Olympics is probably going to feel a lot like playing with the Oilers.

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#41 D
January 06 2014, 06:28PM
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I am really happy for Hemsky!

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#42 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
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pkam wrote:

Who is this 'he' you refer to?

If you mean MacT, he wasn't the GM when Tampa and Ottawa pull the trade, so how could he offer Smid to Ottawa for Bishop?

If you mean Tambo, I wonder how you know he didn't want Smid because he wasn't even here when Smid was traded?

MacT was VP hockey ops at the time and the Oiler PR told us he was going to be working very closely with Tambo under Lowe.

"he" actually still fits.

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#43 pkam
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He Who Knows wrote:

Can someone for the love of god tell me why Smid was traded?????? Was it really cap space or did Mac T royally eff this up?

MacT wants to add goalie depth and he trust Bob Green so he overpays for Laurent Brossoit.

Didn't fans here say rather he do something than nothing even if we have to overpay?

Some posters here suggested Hall + RNH + Kelfbom + 2014 1st round for Weber. Some suggest Hall/RNH + Eberle + Klefbom + 2014 1s rounder + a prospect for Weber.

Personally I don't like the trade cause I don't like to overpay, but IMO, Smid for Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit wasn't as bad as the above suggested Weber trade.

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#44 Zarny
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

MacT did not NEED to clear cap space or contract space to sign bryz. Depth at forward by adding the same as we have already? Brilliant. Depth at goal? maybe but who knows, Broissant is a few years from being NHL ready. MacT told us at his presser when given the reigns at GM that he is impatient and wants to start winning now. That is the standard to hold him to. His words his work.

Drink more Kool-Aid.

And Smid was playing like junk and was the Oilers worst puck-moving D.

The team started 4-14-2 with Smid playing significant minutes. That's how effective he was.

I love how hard he played but he was a very expensive bottom pairing D.

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#45 pkam
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

MacT was VP hockey ops at the time and the Oiler PR told us he was going to be working very closely with Tambo under Lowe.

"he" actually still fits.

Should Scott Howson tell MacT to make trades? Or the other way round?

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#46 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
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pkam wrote:

MacT wants to add goalie depth and he trust Bob Green so he overpays for Laurent Brossoit.

Didn't fans here say rather he do something than nothing even if we have to overpay?

Some posters here suggested Hall + RNH + Kelfbom + 2014 1st round for Weber. Some suggest Hall/RNH + Eberle + Klefbom + 2014 1s rounder + a prospect for Weber.

Personally I don't like the trade cause I don't like to overpay, but IMO, Smid for Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit wasn't as bad as the above suggested Weber trade.

Itss not about the value per se. It is about adding help now. the Oilers weren't supposed to be adding futures. they were suppossed to be making deals to help now.

Evidence that there has never been a real plan I think

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#47 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
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Zarny wrote:

And Smid was playing like junk and was the Oilers worst puck-moving D.

The team started 4-14-2 with Smid playing significant minutes. That's how effective he was.

I love how hard he played but he was a very expensive bottom pairing D.

I am not defending Smid as much as I am saying the Incompetent management has ruined this team more than any player has.

If someone says they are going to start trying to win now and makes deals that have no or negative impact then how can we trust this person to do anything correctly?

Smid is meaningless in that it doesn't matter who we talk about because management will screw it up.

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#48 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 06 2014, 06:56PM
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pkam wrote:

Should Scott Howson tell MacT to make trades? Or the other way round?

None of these guys are qualified to do anything when it comes to important organizational/player decisions.

So no, Howson should not tell Mact or any hockey person anywhere what to do. None of the coaching or management staff should be here or anywhere significant in the NHL

S.Smith K. Buchberger F. Chabot and his assistant K. Acton D. Eakins C. Mactavish S. Howson R. Olchyk I believe he is the "cap" expert but if I am incorrect then ignore this one K. Lowe D. Katz

These are the accountable ones. Pick your order and maybe a couple arent as bad as they look but none have had any real or consistent success in the NHL (as management and coaches only)

Unless katz sells the Team he is untouchable but still accountable.

This team will never be relevant with these fools running things

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#49 ToppsSmith
January 06 2014, 07:14PM
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I like to always be an optimist, Him and Smid... They could go all the way!!

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#50 ToppsSmith
January 06 2014, 07:33PM
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@reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)

You are 100% right, however when they sell out every game, and get the next big name each draft do they care? The object is business, and to do business you got to make money. This team makes tons of money on their stars, they have a line of 1st overall draft picks for goodness sakes. They don't need to build a team because they will always be making money with the team. But I agree on the point of Edmonton has to forget the 80's ever happened to move on.

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