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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#1 Jeff Ferris
February 19 2014, 10:20PM
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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.

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#2 horndog77
February 19 2014, 09:23PM
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Not sure I like some of those predictions. Smyth in my opinion should not be retained.

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#3 Woogie63
February 19 2014, 10:53PM
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You just about got it right... Here is what the Oilers will do

At the trade deadline

Trade Hemsky to Pittsburg for Beau Bennett ( second choice Despres) Trade N. Shultz, Jones and Brygalov for Chicago for Raanta and McNeil Trade Gagner and Belov for Dwight King and Matt Greene Sign Scriven to a three year deal Sign Simpson and Yakimov

In the summer trade Eberle and the second from LA for B.Schenn and Phil 1st Sign Moss as a FA

Draft Ekblad, Bennett, Reinhart, Dristail in that order.

L1 - RNH, Hall, Yak L2 - Schenn, King, Perron L3 - Gordon, Bennett, Moss L4 - Lander, Hendricks, Pitlick

D1 Greene, Shultz D2 Marincin, Petry D3 Fedun, Ference

G Scriven, Raanta

Farm depth at Center, McNeil, Yakimov, Arco

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#4 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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#5 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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#6 count
February 19 2014, 10:33PM
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The Philly trade is not bold, is plain just stupid. ENOUGH

Pfft it is his website ,say the trade is good.

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#7 Toro
February 19 2014, 09:14PM
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I don't like that trade at all with Philly , especially if we are trading the 2nd overall pick plus I think I'd rather have Brayden Scheen over Couturier anyway, and Coburn seems like another second pairing defenseman instead of the top pairing one we need.

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#8 Smokey
February 19 2014, 10:23PM
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The Philly trade is not bold, is plain just stupid. ENOUGH

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#9 bazmagoo
February 19 2014, 10:15PM
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@Randaman

Trashed your comment, haha. Signing Smyth as a 13th forward at $1 mil for 1 season can't hurt the Oilers.

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#10 Sizzay
February 19 2014, 10:22PM
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Gagner + 2nd + klefbom for Josi + Watson + 6th overall

Draft draisaitl

Sign guys like Kulemin, goc, girardi

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#11 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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#12 Quintana
February 19 2014, 09:12PM
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Good Job Lowetide, John Quenneville almost a PPG in the WHL and the Philly trade, I like it.

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#13 @Oilanderp
February 19 2014, 09:58PM
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I don't want to think about how much we would have to overpay Winnik, right after winniking the Cup in Anaheim. Dreams.

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#14 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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#15 Dan the Man
February 19 2014, 09:03PM
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I really like the trade with Philly.

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#16 Sizzay
February 19 2014, 09:50PM
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Would love that philly trade.

I hope we go hard after girardi if he doesn't get resigned. Goc too.

I hope we get a big centre this draft like draisaitl. Perhaps Bennett grows another inch or so too, to go with that grittier style.

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#17 Randaman
February 19 2014, 10:13PM
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horndog77 wrote:

Not sure I like some of those predictions. Smyth in my opinion should not be retained.

As per usual, when you mention not signing Smyth even though it is time to cut the ties, out comes the trash crew. You people really have to learn to put the team before players or we will continue to suck for a long time. Eberle and Gagner too. Trade bait for the larger picture going forward. Hard truth I know but life and building winners isn't easy

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#18 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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#19 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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#20 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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#21 jonny94
February 19 2014, 09:31PM
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Depending on our draft pick I'm not too sure about that Philly trade...

If Ekblad is within reach you almost have to draft him .

If Ekblad isn't available this is what I'd consider;

Draft Sam Reinhart, trade Gagner to the Islanders for Griffin Reinhart + Clutterbuck type player.

Gagner gets to play wing with Tavares and we get both Reinharts.

Not sure if I'm being Oilers biased on that trade but I'd like those moves.

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#22 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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#23 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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#24 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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#25 Sliderule
February 19 2014, 09:10PM
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I don't like the trade if oilers have a top three pick.

If they drop down to four to six it's ok.Couturier is not that much better than Gagner and if Klefbom shows like Marincin when they bring him up the deal won't happen.

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#26 Reg Dunlop
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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.

Hey rookie, I have one word for you. Brevity. I am proud to break your trash cherry.

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#27 toprightcorner
February 20 2014, 12:31AM
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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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#28 THRNHJE
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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

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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#29 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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#30 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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#31 Casey
February 19 2014, 09:19PM
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Hey LW who are some depth defensemen we could get via trade or free agency?

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#32 bazmagoo
February 19 2014, 10:06PM
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I'm on board with all of this. Would hate to lose Klefbom, even if it brought back a proven guy like Coburn. Could be cool to have the brothers playing with each other, nothing quite as competitive as a sibling rivalry.

If we had RNH, Reinhart, Gordon, Lander, and Arcobello down the middle next season that would be an improvement on what we currently have.

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#33 bazmagoo
February 19 2014, 10:44PM
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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.

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#34 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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#35 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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#36 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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#37 kdunbar
February 19 2014, 09:00PM
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looks good,

I would call that Philli trade bold.

I would also like to see one more UFA D man signed...

would be interesting to see us with the leafs goaltending from when they made the play-offs last year.

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#38 seanjohn667
February 19 2014, 10:09PM
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I like that Philly trade if Ekblad is off the board. but, I don't see Mact making it. I will believe he is bold when I see it. Up until now, I haven't seen anything bold, other than betting the farm on a rookie coach, a crapping out for it.

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#39 Randaman
February 19 2014, 10:15PM
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THRNHJE wrote:

I agree with all of this, and I may be in the minority, but even though Ekblad is a beast, I would still rather draft Reinhart, the guy looks like he could be Toews 2.0. I really like the idea of trade old Sam for new Sam's brother.

I think Bennett is the better tougher option for a #2 center in my opinion

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#40 Retsinnab5
February 19 2014, 10:37PM
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I still would like to see Belov around for another year.

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#41 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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#42 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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#43 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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#44 Air on Egg blood
February 19 2014, 09:50PM
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Good god! That would be a great line-up! Here are a few things I might add/change:

- Hire Guy Boucher as an associate coach / power play specialist. - Fire useless assistant coach (I'll let you chose) - Instead of your choice, I pick Barbachev with your 17th overall pick, as the "russian factor" will make him fall all the way there. - Instead of Belov to Toronto for a 4th rounder, package him with some 2015 draft pick or some prospect to Tampa Bay and get Gudlevskis in return. - MacT pledges an oath to never bring back Grebeshkov again.

Done.

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#45 bwar
February 19 2014, 09:53PM
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I really like Cotourier but god damn that seems like a high asking price. The #2 pick is a very valuable asset trading it for a 2C doesn't quite seem right to me. Oh nvm I just realized Philly has to take Gagner in the trade. Damn get that trade done asap.

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#46 Naky
February 19 2014, 10:10PM
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If Coburn is the only serious defensive move made, we can look forward to another 1st or 2nd overall in 2015.

Schultz with a little over 100 games played.

Petry with barely over 200.

Marincin with, what, barely 50 by then?

*Dillon Simpson (i.e. rookie defensive prospect) with zero games played.

Larsen with like 100 games played too.

A grand total of two, yes, two veteran NHL defensemen.

Oh, and two ex-Leafs backups in goal.

Oh wait, this is the plan for McDavid! Gotcha, the whole article makes sense now. Whew, you had me worried there for a bit Lowetide, you ol' rascal you!

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#47 toprightcorner
February 19 2014, 11:44PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

If Ekblad isn't available it would be adviseable to take one of Reinhart or Bennett and then trade Gagner. How about Gagner and Klefbom for Braydon Coburn and the 17th overall pick? Remember Klefbom was a 19th overall pick who is progressing nicely. That's a move that could work really well for the Oilers if they end up drafting one of those centers. Coburn could be an ideal D partner for J Schultz in my opinion.

So basically you are saying Klefbom for the 17th and Gagner straight across for Colburn? Not a chance PHI goes for that. That is way over valuing Gagner, I doubt they would do Colburn for Gagner and Klefbom as it weakens their defense which is the weakes part of their team.

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#48 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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#49 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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#50 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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