Oilers GM MacTavish Spotted In Toronto

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 05 2014 09:51AM

 

The Toronto Marlies have an 11AM home game today. Why? Because they hate logic (actually, it's a school day game, something they do a few times a season). To some, this isn't very interesting on the surface (if it is? We'll have a recap on TheLeafsNation), but a bit of an eyebrow raiser came in the form of Craig MacTavish being in attendance.

I can't tell you exactly what he's here for, but this is what we do know. 

  • The Marlies don't face Edmonton's AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons for another three weeks.
  • Oklahoma doesn't face San Antonio until March 2nd
  • If he's scouting a Panthers prospect, there are multiple other opportunities to see San Antonio in Canada ahead of the Trade Deadline (17th and 23rd in Hamilton, 22nd in Toronto)
  • If he's scouting a Leafs prospect, the Marlies play ten straight games at home through March 2nd.
  • With the Oilers in the middle of an Eastern road trip (Sabres/Rangers/Devils), this is a convenient time for him to check in on some players he's interested in. Given the amount of New York-based teams in the AHL, however (including games in Binghamton and Rochester tonight), it's unlikely that this is watching hockey for the sake of watching hockey.
  • The Leafs have a home game against Vancouver on Saturday night., but I don't think it's likely he's here because he plans on keeping tabs on that game as well.
  • Edmonton and Toronto don't face each other for the remainder of the season.
  • The Edmonton Oilers have five players and the head coach of the 2011/12 Marlies roster, and there's still two guys from that team wearing AHL blue and white today (Korbinian Holzer, a defensive defenseman, and Jerry D'Amigo, a utility bottom six winger).
  • The Oilers just acquired Mark Fraser from the Toronto Maple Leafs a few days ago.
  • MacTavish has been a regular at Ricoh Coliseum for several years, even as his role and employers changed.

What does this mean? I couldn't tell you for certain. But it's a thing that happened, if nothing else.

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#51 40 Double D
February 05 2014, 07:18PM
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Joy S. Lee wrote:

Actually, not so fast. They have a ways to go there, too, not kidding.

You'll recall, some of Kevin Lowe's earlier moves included having shared farm teams. Before that, no farm team at all.

No doubt this reflects the sheer genius of the man with 6 rings. Who needs a farm team, anyway?

Ok, I'm being sarcastic. The farm team is one of the most important things a team has, and we all know it. MacT knew it when he started trading down for more picks last year, too. Long way to go just yet...won't be finished until every player on the team is a truly potential call-up. At least that would be my gauge.

I was sarcastically referring to our current NHL team as the AHL team.

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#52 Spydyr
February 05 2014, 07:23PM
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I'm hoping he was asking the Marlies if they would like Eakins back.No charge.

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#53 john
February 06 2014, 03:13AM
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STAN wrote:

PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE.

Let this be Mac fishing for the other guys he'll need in a package that sends Clarkson to Edmonton.

Are you serious? Clarkson has been a bust over here in Toronto, over pay and had a few suspensions already. He has 9 points in 37 games and -5 for the season. Gagner has 23 points in 45 games (missed some games with broken jaws) and -20 for the season, the fans there run him out of town. WOW that's why no UFA want to come to Edmonton. Oilers fans never happy with what they have, Oilers need a real coach, Eakins is ruining the team and players confidence there.

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#54 Dman09
February 05 2014, 10:58AM
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Newj wrote:

FYI...this in from HockeyBuzz.com (Eklund) .....yes its full of conjecture & hype (maybe that's why I read it?) but....

tracking something this morning....

I realize the Oilers came out recently and said they wouldn't trade away youth.....however....the Kings just might be offering up a "serious" deal for one of the Oilers top line guys...stay tuned today, all day...will have a major rumor/chart update in the next two hours...possibly sooner...

Also hearing Detroit in on Vanek. The Islanders are VERY taken aback by the fact their offer was dismissed...it was way more substantial than anyone else believed it would be....

more coming up.

Anything is possible, I mean there have been lots of rumblings from all over about the Oil and the kings talking trade and from credible sources. Maybe as part of the big trade LA is interested in a player the leafs have. Maybe it will be a three way trade. If one of the young guns is included then there is likely a lot of pieces to the puzzle because I don't see MacT being interested in 1st round picks.

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#55 mayorblaine
February 05 2014, 11:13AM
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maybe he's concerned about his air miles*. do they expire?

*please be this.

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#56 They're $hittie
February 05 2014, 11:39AM
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Brad 21 wrote:

I can't even read anything Eklund writes, he is so full of crap. Not one thing he has ever written has come to fruition. Just throws things against the wall and hopes they stick. I know 10 year olds who could be better reporters.

Has anyone met him? confirmed him as a legitamate source? Verified his account? Know he is even and adult and not some 12 year old?

Good for a laugh and someone to tell shove it. Not good for credible info and rumours.

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#57 Silver streak
February 05 2014, 11:54AM
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The Kings have way more of what we need than do the Leaf organization.....L.A. Has size with grit up front, solid D, and above all.....they are winners..that small intangible that we so bloody desperately need.....

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#58 Mack Strong
February 05 2014, 12:00PM
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This sounds like a bad episode of TMZ!

Mac T spotted in NYC…

Mac T spotted in T.O…

This is weak…...

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#59 Lochenzo
February 05 2014, 12:02PM
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watkinator wrote:

Could MacT be playing the Kings and Leafs off against each other, trying to get them to up the return, bidding war style? It's what I'd expect my GM to do.

IMO, MacT should wait for the offseason to trade Gagner. Right now everyone probably wants him to hold on to a bunch of his salary for THREE years just to fit under the cap for two months. Wait until the offseason and then tell Gagner to give you a list of teams he'd accept being traded to and get him to waive the NTC. The return would have to be way better then than it is right now.

Maybe, but why wait if LA really, REALLY wants Gagner now for their playoff run. LA needs offence. When you have a roster like LA's, you should be doing your best to make a run at the Cup. I think there is a good deal for Edmonton there, if they can agree on the right assets.

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#60 Tikkanese
February 05 2014, 12:06PM
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It could simply be another AHL trade in the works. The Barons need help up front still and a journeyman D to lighten the load for the kids would not be a bad idea either.

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#61 ubermiguel
February 05 2014, 12:23PM
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Dan wrote:

Craig's son goes to Queen's, I bet he is just stopping by Toronto during a visit.

He goes to a hockey game while he's there, calls it a business expense and writes it off on the taxes. This makes the most sense out of any explantion I've heard yet.

Patrick Burke (former scout, son of Brian) tweeted something about this a while back: basically people start all these crazy rumours when scouts show up at unexpected games, but half the time they're in town for a family reason and just go to catch a game.

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#62 Oiler Al
February 05 2014, 01:09PM
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Zarny wrote:

I love it!

MacT goes to a Marlies game and the Eakins haters completely wet their pants and lose their sh*t.

Get a grip already.

MacT probably isn't looking at principles of any deal. Gags and Gardiner have been linked for over a year now. It likely wouldn't be straight up. Back in the day GM's used to just pick names off a list as throw ins. Today they do a little more research.

The LA rumors involving a major piece the Oilers need is interesting. Voynov and Muzzin on the blueline would be likely targets for the Oilers. Clifford and King on F perhaps. Or maybe a guy like Stoll?

Gardiner skates with the Leafs, and not the Marlies.So why go to Ricco to see Gardiner when he is not there.

MaT, might be doing an upgrade on his MBA, and his thesis is on comparison of hot dogs at AHL arenas.

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#63 S cottV
February 05 2014, 01:36PM
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@Zarny

OK - not going to bite on the Eakins deal at least for today....

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#64 Joy S. Lee
February 05 2014, 04:56PM
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I hope he's looking at one of Brad Ross, Tyler Biggs, or Jerry D'Amigo. They're the only ones who intrigue me out of that group, but I won't make any sort of claim to know all of them, either. My perspective is very limited, but I like the 3 I mentioned.

Hope the cost isn't too high, is all, since none has been able to crack the NHL yet, either, and the Leafs aren't exactly flying high these days. (Which makes a trade that much more feasible...neither team is getting it done.)

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#65 David S
February 05 2014, 07:50PM
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Joy S. Lee wrote:

Not to be negative nelly, but man, you are becoming like the advertising mogul. Your postings consistently represent a business or product that the Oilers are flaunting...did you get a promotion? Kickbacks?

Well, nicely done. Good luck in your new role.

What? It was just a jo...

Ohhhh...nevermind.

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#66 Brian
February 05 2014, 10:04PM
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Harlie wrote:

Oh really now? So your saying that every GM goes and looks at every single player he trades for? So what happens during trade deadline and multiple trades? The GM was secretly visiting and watching 10 players in advance or was it his Scouts?

C'mon man, these guys have Scout teams that this is their job to provide the data and information for the GM to make a decision.

Lastly, you tellin me that a GM watching one game is enough of a sample size to make a trade?

And yes, I guess I missed the memo on Gardiner. Thanks for scouting that out for me. Maybe I'll fly to Toronto and ask someone about the memo face to face to make sure it's a good deal first before I decide if it is or not.

Uh .... We are talking about Oiler pro scouts. That's why MacT is there .

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#67 VK63
February 06 2014, 08:01AM
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Is the Zanzibar still a thing in T dot?

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#68 TigerUnderGlass
February 06 2014, 09:33AM
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@Joy S. Lee

You'll recall, some of Kevin Lowe's earlier moves included having shared farm teams. Before that, no farm team at all.

Is this a serious comment?

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