I CAN SEE SUMMER FROM HERE!

Lowetide
February 19 2014 08:52PM

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We're just a week away from NHL hockey returning, but I'm thinking about the summer. Warm breeze, barbeque humming, lawn mower rumbling, beer in the fridge and those Oilers are making noises. It seems so far away, and yet the draft and free agency are on the way! Here's what might happen.

TRANSACTIONS BY THE EDMONTON OILERS, FEB 20TH THROUGH JULY 10

  1. Trade Nick Schultz to Boston for a 3rd round pick.
  2. Trade Anton Belov to Toronto for a 4th round pick.
  3. Trade Corey Potter to Minnesota for a 5th round pick.
  4. Sign G Ben Scrivens to a three-year contract.
  5. Sign R Ales Hemsky to a one-year contract. 
  6. Sign D Dillon Simpson to an entry-level contract.
  7. Sign C Bogdan Yakimov to an entry-level contract.
  8. Sign G Joel Rumpel to an entry level contract.
  9. Trade D Oscar Klefbom, C Sam Gagner and 2nd overall pick to Philadelphia for D Braydon Coburn, C Sean Couturier and 17th overall pick.
  10. Oilers select D Julius Honka with the 17th overall pick.
  11. Oilers draft John Quenneville. 
  12. Oilers also draft at least one Edmonton Oil King.
  13. Sign G James Reimer as a free agent.
  14. Sign L Daniel Winnick as a free agent. 
  15. Sign L Ryan Smyth as a free agent

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THE PROJECTED LINEUP

  • Goal: Ben Scrivens-James Reimer
  • D1: Braydon Coburn-Justin Schultz
  • D2: Martin Marincin-Jeff Petry
  • D3: Andrew Ference-Dillon Simpson*
  • ex: Phil Larsen
  • L1: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Taylor Hall-Jordan Eberle
  • L2: Sean Couturier-Nail Yakupov-David Perron
  • L3: Boyd Gordon-Daniel Winnik-Ales Hemsky
  • L4: Anton Lander-Ryan Smyth-Matt Hendricks
  • ex: Luke Gazdic-Tyler Pitlick*

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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This is just one man's attempt to look into the future. It's impossible. Right?

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#51 bazmagoo
February 19 2014, 11:57PM
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@toprightcorner

Maybe Philly likes Klefbom? That's the best comeback I can think of. You're right, trade doesn't add up.

How about Gagner & Klefbom for Coburn and a 2nd round pick? That makes a little more sense to me.

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#52 THRNHJE
February 20 2014, 12:19AM
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Sizzay wrote:

Gagner + 2nd + klefbom for Josi + Watson + 6th overall

Draft draisaitl

Sign guys like Kulemin, goc, girardi

I dont think that Nashville does this, I think it will take eberle to get Josi from the Predators

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#53 mlcselli
February 20 2014, 12:22AM
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Jeff Ferris wrote:

I have never wrote a blog before. I do not where or how to post one... So please let me know what you think.

Four centre's MacTavish should target

When I look at the Oilers roster and within their system they have some weaknesses. They need someone who can play a solid 2 way game for more than a limited minute role. They need someone big as the current Oilers have limited size. They need someone that will initiate contact. They need someone to be able to wins face off in their top 2 lines. They need someone who is not going to break the bank as the current Oilers roster already boasts 6 million dollar contracts to Hall, Nuge, Eberle and will need to sign Yakupov after next season. They need a veteran as the current Oilers top 6 is full of kids.

This is a long shopping list for a forward. If they can get this right the Oilers will be able to not only shelter Nuge but the entire top line. It also narrows the list.

Martin Hanzal. Hanzal is big. 6'6" 236 pounds of big. He is 26 years old and playing in his seventh season. So far this season he has 14 goals and 36 points in 52 games. Playing 19:01 a game and winning 55.3% of his draws. He has delivered a 164 hits and plays a solid 2 way game. Hanzal has played under the hard working Dave Tippett and could help Ference out by bringing some good culture to the Oilers system. Hanzal also has a very attractive contract as he is signed for$3.1 million until 2017. I don't believe Phoenix would be completely unopened to trading him but they are definitely not going to give him away. An interesting side note is he is from Czech Republic, same home country as Ales Hemsky. Trading one of Yakupov or Eberle is an overpayment but perhaps there is a defenseman in Phoenix that could help balance the trade scale. This would then allow the Oilers to resign Hemsky and give us another year of trading Hemsky blogs.

Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky has good size. 6'2" and 216 pounds. Dubinsky is 27 years old and playing in his seventh season. He has 12 goals and 36 points this season. He logs 18:48 a game and is winning 54.9% of his draws. Is also not afraid to mix it up giving out 162 hits. Known for his solid 2 way game and is part of the leadership group in Columbus. An interesting side note he is not from the Czech Republic so.... But Centre is a position of strength for Columbus with the emergence of Ryan Johansen, Artem Anisimov and Boone Jenner. All big, all centre man and all younger than Dubinsky. He has one year left and $4.2 million before he is an unrestricted free agent. So from an assets stand point his value may never be higher than between now and the June NHL entry draft.

Ryan Johansen. Although not quite filled out Ryan stands 6'3" and weighs in at 203 pounds. Enjoying a break out year with 24 goals and 46 points in 58 games. Despite being a younger player he is quite good in the face off circle winning 52.3% of his draws and has laid 79 hits. Ryan does not quite fit the mold I laid out earlier as he is only 21 years old. He is also an RFA at the end of the season and is probably in Blue Jacket plans for a long time. Getting this player would cost us one of our players we have plans for but we must change the mix.

David Backes. 6'3" 221 pounds and mean. 20 goals 42 points in 52 games played and probably in the Selke conversation. His face off stats are a little low by his standards at 50.4% and has 179 hits on the year. Getting Backes is probably a pipe dream. He is the captain on a very good team. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will be among the stars. Too bad we don't have Omark for trade bait anymore.

I was going to include Crosby on this list but he is to hard to play with. If we can give our young stars the right support we may have a very dangerous team tomorrow. Lander is maybe our only current prospect ready to make the jump. Problem is, is that he has been jumping for so long we think he is a jack rabbit. Any other prospect that we have is skeptical that can even make the jump and if they do it is in a limited role years down the road. A second line centre than can complement Nuge and the rest of the team should be first priority.

At least on defense we have solid prospects in Nurse, Klefbom, Marincin and with a little luck Ekblad. With solid prospects you never know when they can make a real contribution to your team. With four shots in the barrel lets hope at least one can hit the target next year. Moving heavens and earth or tying up way to much cap space for way to long could hurt the long term success of this team.

OMG--What a lunch bucket. You're right. You don't know how to write a blog. On the list of these players you mention, who do you seriously think would come here. Lowetides' article references the Oilers, not the Blackhawks. It must be the koolaid.

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#54 toprightcorner
February 20 2014, 12:24AM
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No bold moves there to me, just semi-bold.

Need to add much better quality to defense and basically 3 rookies in Marincin, Simpson and Larsen on the back end is not a step forward.

Gagner and Klefbom to PHI for Simmonds

Eberle and 1st to CBJ for Tyutin and Dubinsky

Sign one of Girardi, Orpik, Markov or Niskanen

That gives the team 2 top 3 dmen, a gritty winger and a big center, exactly what they are missing. Al we really give up is a very good (not great) player in Eberle, a center we need to dump in Gagner, a solid dman prospect when we are loaded with them and a top pick that likely won't help the team for a couple years. In other words 2 quality prospects, a below average center and a very good player for 3 really good players all that fill holes on the team.

Thats BOLD and effective

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#55 Phil Kessel is a Dreamboat
February 20 2014, 12:25AM
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Oilers better get more than just a Coburn-type player, if they ever want their offensive players to be successful. With all the Russians' high-end elite talent, it did them no good when they couldn't even get out of their own zone.

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#56 toprightcorner
February 20 2014, 12:31AM
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THRNHJE wrote:

I dont think that Nashville does this, I think it will take eberle to get Josi from the Predators

You may be right, but Josi will likely be 3D next year behind Weber and Jones so would be available but they would probably want proven offensive players in return and Gagner would not interest them.

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#57 THRNHJE
February 20 2014, 12:44AM
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@toprightcorner

I am not saying that they are not interested in Gagner, because they are currently #1 in the Gagner rumor department, I am just saying Josi is a beastly defenseman on a value contract, he would command a top notch offensive player if he got traded. Not to say Gagner isnt good, I am just saying Josi gets someone better.

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#58 THRNHJE
February 20 2014, 12:50AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

No bold moves there to me, just semi-bold.

Need to add much better quality to defense and basically 3 rookies in Marincin, Simpson and Larsen on the back end is not a step forward.

Gagner and Klefbom to PHI for Simmonds

Eberle and 1st to CBJ for Tyutin and Dubinsky

Sign one of Girardi, Orpik, Markov or Niskanen

That gives the team 2 top 3 dmen, a gritty winger and a big center, exactly what they are missing. Al we really give up is a very good (not great) player in Eberle, a center we need to dump in Gagner, a solid dman prospect when we are loaded with them and a top pick that likely won't help the team for a couple years. In other words 2 quality prospects, a below average center and a very good player for 3 really good players all that fill holes on the team.

Thats BOLD and effective

1) Gagner and Klef do not get you Simmonds.

2)We have to wait and see, but if that pick is still top 3 end of season, I wouldnt do that trade, and I dont think MacT would either

3)In my dream world Niskanen makes it to the summer and we somehow convince him to sign here.

I am curious how you arrange the lineup even if you do get that dream trade for Simmonds.

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#59 toprightcorner
February 20 2014, 12:51AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

Here's my Oilers line up for next season:

Hall - Nuge - Eberle
Perron - Reinhart - Yakupov
Winnik - Gordon - Kulemin
Gazdic - Lander - Hendricks
Smyth - Arcobello

Coburn - J Schultz
Marincin - Petry
Nurse - Ference
Belov

Scrivens - Reimer

And no, I don't think we make the playoffs with that roster. But it's improved and hopefully we are close.

Reinhart not ready for 2C in first year and he and Yak on the same line may be a bit frustrating for Perron. Even if Reinhart is 2nd pick overall, I beleive he should go back to Junior for another year and then play 5 games in the AHL to be properly developed and better prepared to makle the jump. Unless your like Taylor Hall and has achomplishe everything in juniors with to Memorial mvps, players will be better if held back, Gagner is prime example.

Nurse also needs to spend another year in junior and half a season in the AHL minimum. Ddmen develop slower. Webber, 2 more junior season and ove half a season in the AHL, Keith spent 1 season in college, 1 in WHL and 1 in AHL, Suter playes 1 season in college and a season in the AHL, Pietrangelo 2 seasons in OHL, Ekman-Larson 1 season Sweden agains men and partial season in AHL, Subban played 2 years in juniors and 1 year in AHL.

I would also sign Moss instead of Kulimen or Winnik. Has bast chemistry with Gordon and plays the toughs and awesome PK with size and hits a lot.

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#60 Hair bag
February 20 2014, 12:55AM
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How about Eberle for O'Rielly in Colorado? Or see if you can get Stastney to sign here...

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#61 Oilerfan
February 20 2014, 12:58AM
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Sizzay wrote:

Gagner + 2nd + klefbom for Josi + Watson + 6th overall

Draft draisaitl

Sign guys like Kulemin, goc, girardi

A $7M defenceman for a lightweight, a lottery pick and a pipedream. I would think David Poile would at least ask the Oilers to toss in a Shooter Tutor, a bag of pucks, and some smelly tube socks.

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#62 toprightcorner
February 20 2014, 01:15AM
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THRNHJE wrote:

1) Gagner and Klef do not get you Simmonds.

2)We have to wait and see, but if that pick is still top 3 end of season, I wouldnt do that trade, and I dont think MacT would either

3)In my dream world Niskanen makes it to the summer and we somehow convince him to sign here.

I am curious how you arrange the lineup even if you do get that dream trade for Simmonds.

Was thinking you may have to add a bit more to get Simmonds but we don't have a 2nd round pick, I would actually throw in Lander who has some value and sign a free agent like Boyle who would be a mountain on the 4th line.

I would trade our first pick in a package to get a top pair dman in a blink of an eye, this package gets you a top pair dman and the perfect 2C for the team with size, grit, leadership, two-way with good offence. top pick is 3 years a way from playing a role on the team and then onlya couple years left on Hall's contract. Need to make moves to make playoffs now, not in 2 years.

I would also sign Moss from PHX instead of Wynnik, played with Gordon last year and is big, gritty, hard on puck and used to playing toughs, learning from Tippet is also a bonus. Those two were the shut down guys on Phoenex who were the best in the biz

My lineup would be:

Hall - Nuge - Yakapov

Perron - Dubinsky - Simmonds

Moss - Gordon - Hemsky

Smyth - Lander/Boyle - Hendricks

Gazdic/Pitlick

Tyutin - Petry

Orpik or Niskanen - Schultz

Ference - Marincin

Belov/Fedun

I beleive that mix of player get us into the hunt of the playoffs right to the end next year an possibly into it.

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#63 toprightcorner
February 20 2014, 01:17AM
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Oilerfan wrote:

A $7M defenceman for a lightweight, a lottery pick and a pipedream. I would think David Poile would at least ask the Oilers to toss in a Shooter Tutor, a bag of pucks, and some smelly tube socks.

FYI, Josi is on a 7 year deal with 4 mill cap.

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#64 toprightcorner
February 20 2014, 01:24AM
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THRNHJE wrote:

I am not saying that they are not interested in Gagner, because they are currently #1 in the Gagner rumor department, I am just saying Josi is a beastly defenseman on a value contract, he would command a top notch offensive player if he got traded. Not to say Gagner isnt good, I am just saying Josi gets someone better.

Hey, I love Josi, that kid can play and would be perfect addition to the Oilers. I just think that NSH wants proven offence in return and they will likely get a much better offer than Gagner.

If they are rumoured to want Gagner, it will be becasue of a playoff push before the deadline and would only likely give up prospects.

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#65 toprightcorner
February 20 2014, 01:30AM
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Hair bag wrote:

How about Eberle for O'Rielly in Colorado? Or see if you can get Stastney to sign here...

Bit of an over pay but I would do that. We could probably get a 2nd rounder as well.

I think I would use Eberle on a top pair dman though as that is what it would take to get one.

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#66 andrewmk20
February 20 2014, 02:06AM
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The only way that trade works is if it happens at the draft and Ekblad is selected first overall. If he is off the table that trade with Philly is pretty decent, otherwise the Oilers should not deal.

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#67 andrewmk20
February 20 2014, 02:13AM
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@Hair bag

I've thought the same thing but this only makes sense if O'Reilly refuses to re-sign in Colorado, which is a possibility given the OS he signed with Calgary.

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#68 THRNHJE
February 20 2014, 04:32AM
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@toprightcorner

On second look, I think I underestimated that second trade, it actually looks competitive. For the D though I would try a Niskanen Tyutin top pairing, keep Petry and Marincin together as they have chemistry, and would be even better down the depth chart, and then you would have JSchultz and Ference as your bottom pairing. Looks really good actually

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#69 seanjohn667
February 20 2014, 05:25AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

Bit of an over pay but I would do that. We could probably get a 2nd rounder as well.

I think I would use Eberle on a top pair dman though as that is what it would take to get one.

a lightweight dangling winger does not get you a top pairing D. It does have a chance of getting a 2-way, 2C. If anything, its an overpayment by Colorado.

Why does every one think Eberle is so fantastic? he's a lightweight, dangling winger. That may be the most tradeable player-type in the league. Didn't the Finns just prove, yet again, that highend skill is useless against a team full of two-way players?

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#70 Flyer fan
February 20 2014, 05:56AM
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As A Flyer fan, I once again don't think Homer would go for it. Philly will likely lose Timonen to retirement, and Mezaros will walk as a UFA. That leaves only Coburn, Grossmann and Streit as their regular d-men. A vet Dman will need to come back.

Also Homer has consciously built a BIG team, Gagner doesn't at all fill that mode. The #2 overall would be very tempting, but Couturier is the teams #1 PK-ing F and likely 4th best forward at a cap friendly 1.75M for the next 2 years.

But never underestimate what holmgren will do - seeing Carter and Richards traded within an hour of each other was a total shocker for everyone.

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#71 Flyer fan
February 20 2014, 06:28AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

Was thinking you may have to add a bit more to get Simmonds but we don't have a 2nd round pick, I would actually throw in Lander who has some value and sign a free agent like Boyle who would be a mountain on the 4th line.

I would trade our first pick in a package to get a top pair dman in a blink of an eye, this package gets you a top pair dman and the perfect 2C for the team with size, grit, leadership, two-way with good offence. top pick is 3 years a way from playing a role on the team and then onlya couple years left on Hall's contract. Need to make moves to make playoffs now, not in 2 years.

I would also sign Moss from PHX instead of Wynnik, played with Gordon last year and is big, gritty, hard on puck and used to playing toughs, learning from Tippet is also a bonus. Those two were the shut down guys on Phoenex who were the best in the biz

My lineup would be:

Hall - Nuge - Yakapov

Perron - Dubinsky - Simmonds

Moss - Gordon - Hemsky

Smyth - Lander/Boyle - Hendricks

Gazdic/Pitlick

Tyutin - Petry

Orpik or Niskanen - Schultz

Ference - Marincin

Belov/Fedun

I beleive that mix of player get us into the hunt of the playoffs right to the end next year an possibly into it.

Gagne, Klef and now Lander for Simmonds? Apparently Omark is off the table??? You gotta give something to get something.

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#72 Woogie63
February 20 2014, 07:03AM
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Pittsburg, Boston, Ducks, Chicago, San Jose;

all will be going into the play-offs thinking they have a legit chance to win the Stanley Cup. They will be looking for UFA vets to help them add that one addition player that will increase their chances to win. These teams will be willing to give up prospects to get vets.

We have lots of UFA vets that would help a play-off contender;

83, 15, 80, 94, 77, 28, 30, 44.

Can we get a prospect from the top teams that,

Adds a heavier winger, goalie, bigger defenseman or more organiztional depth at centre

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#73 j
February 20 2014, 08:16AM
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Trade D Oscar Klefbom, C Sam Gagner and 2nd overall pick to Philadelphia for D Braydon Coburn, C Sean Couturier and 17th overall pick.

This seems a bit of an overpay IMO. Klefbom is an unknown but was drafted 19th overall and is trending nicely despite injuries. By all accounts, he will be a Tier II stud. That is worth more than Coburn. The remainder of the trade is Gagner and 2nd for Couturier and 17th. We don't need to trade Gagner at this point and the 2nd overall projects to be a better long term bet than Couturier. I admit we need immediate help but this appears to be a desperation play. I am not convinced that Couturier is even covering his draft position at this point in time (and I like the player). You could get a lot more for the 2nd pick alone.

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#74 wintoon
February 20 2014, 08:18AM
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Now that the extent of Tavares' injury has been confirmed as season ending, the Oilers will have to recalibrate their focus on the 2014 drfat. It is likely that the Isles will overtake the Oilers for 29th position. Accordingly, the likelihood of Ekblad being available has just decreased substantially. It might be time to carefully observe Reinhart and Bennett.

On a separate yet related note, have the Isles just become candidates to acquire Gagner?

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#75 rama
February 20 2014, 08:28AM
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You forgot , trade Kevin Lowe for a bag of broken pucks!

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#76 flynn
February 20 2014, 08:36AM
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Hemsky and Smyth must go! Please accept this Lowetide and lets all move on. They pretty much do nothing for this LAST place team.

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#77 nuge2nail
February 20 2014, 08:37AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

There's tons of players to choose from:

Ott, Callahan, Moulsen, Orpiks, Downie, Stempniak, Zidlicky, Girardi, Raymond, Jagr, Markhov, Vanek, Mitchell, Greene, Boyle, Meszaros, Nikitin available that can help the oilers.

34+ million(39+ after the Gagner trade).

Statsny at 7mil.

Michalek at 4mil.

Kulemin at 3mil.

B Boyle at 3mil.

Glass at 3mil.

Robidas at 5mil.

Hainsey at 4mil.

Diaz at 3mil.

Halak at 5mil.

Adds up to 37 million- overpaying for each player- but who cares. You can replace guys like Boyle and Glass with stempniaks, etc.

Just saying lots of cap space and lots of quality Ufa's out there this year.

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#78 nuge2nail
February 20 2014, 08:43AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Tough decision at the draft for MacT.

Increase the depth at Center or on Defense.

Hopkins Reinhert

Or

Ekblad Nurse Shultz Marincin Klefbom Petry

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#79 camdog
February 20 2014, 08:55AM
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@Flyer fan

Difference is Hextall and Berube are getting ready to run the show. Homer's on his way out. A changing of the tide you could say in Philly.

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#80 Zarny
February 20 2014, 09:28AM
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I like the cut of your jib LT.

Packaging this year's draft pick for a package like Coburn and Couturier should be plan A.

The top prospects this year project to be more Jordan Staal and Erik Johnson than Stamkos, Tavares and Doughty. Ekblad will certainly be good and perhaps in 5-6 years better than Coburn, but the Oilers need a presence on the blueline now and you aren't losing a franchise player.

Re-signing Hemsky all depends on what he'll sign for. The luxury of Hall, Eberle and Nuge on entry level contracts is over. You aren't going to find a player with equal skill in the draft or free agency so if Hemmer will sign for the right price the Oilers should look at keeping him.

I'd like to see MacT pursue a 2D to go with a guy like Coburn on the top pair. Girardi, Ehrhoff, etc.

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#81 Death Metal Nightmare
February 20 2014, 09:49AM
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that Philly trade is cringe worthy. mediocre swaps on both ends but EDM gives a way a high end talent. EDM always shows their hand in guys they "must have", chase them, get them, and then watch them flounder in their infrastructure.

and re-signing Smyth? if that seriously happens i might drop out on following the team for a few seasons (and quite possibly never come back to them or hockey in general)...

either way, that's still not a playoff team. good luck.

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#82 Wohin gehst du?
February 20 2014, 10:09AM
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40 Double D wrote:

The Russian defence was almost as bad as the Oilers.

Are you kidding? Not even Latvia's defence is as bad as the Oilers'. They only allowed 57 shots...

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#83 HardBoiledOil
February 20 2014, 10:23AM
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a few things....i'm all for trading N. Schultz, Belov and Potter, but we may not get more than 6th and 7th rounders back for each

Hemsky at 30 and a UFA likely isn't going to re-sign here and i can't blame him when, even if he didn't get the money he likely could here, he could play on a contending team and have a chance to win a cup.

Scrivins and Reimer? how well did that work for the Leafs? not a huge Reimer fan.

Joel who?

i guess i'm OK with trading the 2nd overall along with Gagner and Klefbom to the Flyers for Cobern, Couturier and the #17, but keep in mind, the Oilers have been playing well enough of late that they could still catch not just the Flames, but the Panthers and the Isles as well, especially with Tavares now out 'till the fall, so out pick could be as low as #5 when all is said and done.

if we do pick at #17 after a trade, then i would take Bleackley or Kempe if one or the other or both are still there. both are listed as centers and that's a position we are sorely lacking at in our system. if we did, we may not need to draft Quenneville, who will likely go in the top half of the 2nd round and we don't as yet have a 2nd rounder after trading it to St. Louis.

and yes to signing Scrivins to 3 or more years, yes to re-signing Smyth to one year more, yes to signing Winnik, and Simpson and Yakimov to entry levels.

my 2 cents.

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#84 Will
February 20 2014, 10:31AM
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Let the arm chair GMing ...BEGiiiiiin!

Problem is most people only how to be a gm through the EA NHL franchise. Sadly, it's much more difficult than that.

My only questions is will this be the year Edmonton is finally able to attract a free agent that isn't a third line grinder? Can we actually go and acquire some higher end talent to balance out our top six or help our defence.

There are certainly some decent names out there. Stasny, Moulsen, Downie, Callahan, Spezza. If I was Edmonton, I'd dump truck loads of money at someone's door.

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#85 oprah sucks
February 20 2014, 10:49AM
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gagner, yak, d prospect and first rounder to nashville at trade deadline for shea webber

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#86 oprah sucks
February 20 2014, 10:53AM
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@oprah sucks

sorry peeps i meant to say at draft day in off season not at trade deadline because i dont think webber is gonna go anywhere til off season.

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#87 Wonger
February 20 2014, 10:57AM
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Are you fri%^kin kidding me Lowetide!!!!! Select Julius Honka 5.11 175lbs 17th overall. Just what we need - another frick&n midget! Jesus! How about acquire Daiby from Nashville and draft Rithchie from Peterborough - even #1. Keep FRASER as a 6-7 D, Acquire Simmonds and Moen/Prust/Cillford and a top 2 BEAST D and the OIL will be on their way.....!!!!! NO MORE MIDGETS, DAFODILS or STICK CHECKING FLY BY FAIRIES ON THIS TEAM PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#88 John
February 20 2014, 11:03AM
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The name "Julius Honka" makes me giggle for no coherant reason.

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#89 BobbyCanuck
February 20 2014, 11:20AM
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86 comments, all making the assumption that the mentioned players will actually accept a trade to Edmonton.

I know that the players are contactually obligated to play for whomever they are traded to, but the said player can easlily decide to 'mail' it in once they get here, after all its not like you can fire a player or deduct pay for non-performance

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#90 dangilitis
February 20 2014, 11:34AM
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lowetide - so when do you move into management? (please tell me its forthcoming)

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#91 Rod from Viking
February 20 2014, 12:00PM
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flynn wrote:

Hemsky and Smyth must go! Please accept this Lowetide and lets all move on. They pretty much do nothing for this LAST place team.

There is no place for these two anymore on this team, we are 8 years removed from when they were the two best players.

I don't mind the Scrivins/Reimer goal tending combo and would rather see David Moss over Winnek. It would be interesting to know what teams Gagner would accept a trade to, I would fully expect the verbal no trade to be honored by Mac T and this would really limit the options.

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#92 Oiler Al
February 20 2014, 01:14PM
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MacT, should target signing at least one major player this summer. Cant trade away all your young assets, so lets get Katz to step up with the coin.

Here is a couple to consider: Niskanen on defense and Stastny at Center.

Stastny could take on No. 1 duties, while Nuge grows up. I know folks are suggesting Josi on defense which is a good one, but you can try get Niskanen as a UFA, two similar players.

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#93 Zac
February 20 2014, 01:58PM
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I believe Reimer is a RFA.

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#94 big slick
February 20 2014, 04:01PM
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I thought the Oilers traded there 2014 2nd round pick in Perron trade.

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#95 Mustrangheart
February 20 2014, 06:27PM
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wintoon wrote:

Now that the extent of Tavares' injury has been confirmed as season ending, the Oilers will have to recalibrate their focus on the 2014 drfat. It is likely that the Isles will overtake the Oilers for 29th position. Accordingly, the likelihood of Ekblad being available has just decreased substantially. It might be time to carefully observe Reinhart and Bennett.

On a separate yet related note, have the Isles just become candidates to acquire Gagner?

Try to pry / trade the elder Reinhart from the Islanders and draft Sam Reinhart. You fill your D and your C needs. I am so sorry to hear about Tavares. What a class act !!

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#96 Brad
February 20 2014, 06:48PM
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I really hope our defense is better than that next season.

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#97 Hall Awaits
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2014-15 Hall / Nugent-Hopkins / Yakupov Perron / Anisimov / Hemsky Hendricks / Gordon / Kulemin Smyth / Wilson / Pitlick Gazdic, Arcobello

Coburn / Weber Marincin / Schultz Ference / Engelland Fedun

Scrivens C.Johnson

UFA Signings: Nikolai Kulemin (5 x 4) Ales Hemsky (3 x 4.25) Deryk Engelland (2 x 900,000) Chad Johnson (1 x 1.25)

Trades: To CBJ - Anton Lander To EDM - Artem Anisimov

To NSH- Jordan Eberle, Jeff Petry, 1st rounder 2014&2015 Oscar Klefbom To EDM- Shea Weber, Colin Wilson

To PHI - Sam Gagner, David Musil To EDM - Braydon Coburn

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#98 I3igI3ig
February 23 2014, 05:27PM
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Hall Awaits wrote:

2014-15 Hall / Nugent-Hopkins / Yakupov Perron / Anisimov / Hemsky Hendricks / Gordon / Kulemin Smyth / Wilson / Pitlick Gazdic, Arcobello

Coburn / Weber Marincin / Schultz Ference / Engelland Fedun

Scrivens C.Johnson

UFA Signings: Nikolai Kulemin (5 x 4) Ales Hemsky (3 x 4.25) Deryk Engelland (2 x 900,000) Chad Johnson (1 x 1.25)

Trades: To CBJ - Anton Lander To EDM - Artem Anisimov

To NSH- Jordan Eberle, Jeff Petry, 1st rounder 2014&2015 Oscar Klefbom To EDM- Shea Weber, Colin Wilson

To PHI - Sam Gagner, David Musil To EDM - Braydon Coburn

So, let's be clear here on a few things:

- we resign Hemsky for over $4mill a season to play our third line RW role with our checkers (That Eberle trade isn't going through...)?

- CBJ willingly trade one of there NHL centremen on a reasonable contract straight-up for our AHL C struggling to make our team?

- We trade away our best RW on a longterm contract through his prime years, our steadiest dman that is finally starting to round into form, a top 3 pick and a pick anywhere from 5-20 next year and one of our most promising prospects for yes, one of the best dmen in the league who may not want to come here and go Pronger on us?

I wouldn't put any money on these proposals coming to fruition if I were you.

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