AIRPORT '14?

Lowetide
March 02 2014 01:24PM


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Captain Canada. Mr. Oiler. Ryan freaking Smyth. Does he want to go? Can we endure one more airport moment? Is there a market? Oh my. This again.

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He's a part of us, just like Groat Road or the Wee Book Inn or Wanye or potholes are a part of us. Ryan Smyth is the kid who wanted so badly to be an Oiler and had his dream come true. His tearful exit years ago is a distant bell, but if there's a market—and he's willing—will we repeat the ordeal?

Oiler fans may not have a choice.

IS THERE A MARKET?

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Probably. Smyth is playing a depth role but has delivered offense in that role, and his possession numbers are well clear of most other Oilers. Smyth is having a good season


THE VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAHMMER

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This graph compares Smyth to his own teammates (Corsi Rel) in terms of shot differential. It shows us that he's playing tougher opposition and his zone starts are severe. This is the uphill battle area of the graph -- Smyth, Gordon, Hemsky and Perron are facing tough opps AND starting in their own zone a lot. Smyth's bubble color is rich blue, telling us he's doing an exceptional job compared to his teammates.

He's not perfect. Smyth's 5x5 offense is well down the list, but then again those zone starts and quality of competition impact those numbers in a big way.

Smyth is playing 15:30 a game in Edmonton, getting EV, PP and PK time every game. A contending team wouldn't necessarily need to use him as much, and Smyth might be a more effective player.


WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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These old guys may need a little extra TLC, but come in handy at playoff time. For an NHL team looking for an inexpensive veteran, Ryan Smyth looks like a viable option.

Just don't ask me to drive him to the airport. Or wave goodbye again.

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#51 Rod from Viking
March 02 2014, 02:38PM
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Gofucoffee wrote:

Maybe we can package Hall Nuge Ebs Yak and Smitty for Johnny Toews? Sorry prob not enough. What a beauty, I'll throw in three years of first rounders to get that done.

We would probably have to take back Keith and Hossa as well to make it fit under the cap for the Hawks (lol)

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#52 Walter Sobchak
March 02 2014, 02:47PM
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I wonder if St. Louis show's a little interest in Smyth?

I can see Smyth taking Paajarvi or Reaves place.

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#53 Boys on the Short Bus
March 02 2014, 03:29PM
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Off topic. Best soundbite of the Heritage Classic. Pat Quinn walking the carpet before the game to greet the 1994 Stanley Cup Finalist Canucks (ha ha nucks don't even have a winner to parade before the 50 000 faithful). Anyways as Quinn does the handshake with the legendary Campbell Trophy winners, one player tells Quinn to be carful it's slippery. Quinn responds something like, I could get up I'm not Hitchcock. The only enjoyable part of being an Oilers fan this year....watching the Canucks go down in Flames. Love ya Mullet Man you deserved better than this season. Always thought he was a humble class act who was willing to do all dirty work the majority of current roster can't be bothered with. Hear lots of comment he is too slow, the game has passed him by. Very true but I never saw his work ethic and desire questioned.

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#54 jake
March 02 2014, 03:35PM
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When I think of 94 and trade, I think of that post-trade death march in spring 2007, which then makes me think of that Bisaillon emergency call-up. I just read a french article on him, playing in Ligue Magnus in France. He said his best memory in his hockey career was playing in those 2 NHL games for the Oilers some 7 years ago, both losses to Vancouver and Colorado.

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#55 Robert Fraser
March 02 2014, 03:42PM
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Nelson wrote:

How does KLowe Mact, Smith, and Buchberger look at themselves in the mirror?

Simple......Larry, Moe and Curly Nuck Nuck!

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#56 Mason Storm
March 02 2014, 04:08PM
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Max wrote:

I'd like to see #94 get a Stanley Cup, I'd like to have him resign and retire an Oiler, then be on the coaching staff. I'd like to never have to listen to Eakins spouting off again (meaning he's gone) and I'd like the so called "young guns" to stop taking their fat salaries for granted and actually EARN the money. I'd like to hold my head high when saying I'm an Oilers' fan and I'd also like to win the lottery - right now there's more chance of that than anything else.

If you mean the draft lottery, then yeah, there's a great chance at winning that

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#57 RexHolez
March 02 2014, 04:28PM
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Oilers have bigger problems to worry about than getting some sort of mid pick for smytty. He can do whatever he wants. Now, the real question is how is this team gonna win games next year?? Looks like they'll win 25 this year. What's the plan to get this team out of being the emberassment that it is??

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#58 RexHolez
March 02 2014, 04:44PM
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Dangilitis wrote:

I honestly just hope that whatever happens to Smytty, it is on his terms. He is owed that. Watching last year's Iginla saga, it was clear that the Flames did right by him. Was probably bad for business (the Bruins deal was a better one, and looks silly now that he's a big bad Bruin), but no one was really laughing at the Flames for poor management.

What happened to Smyth 7 years was the first of many black marks for this organization, and trading away the last 2 players from the 05-06 cup run for magic beans while they remain competent players within assigned roles, will surely be a symbolic way to show the city how far this team has fallen (as if we didn't have enough reminders).

To those who expevt Smyth to be the Smytty of old, then call him past his "best before date" if you must. But as a 4th line WINGER (that's right, not center), I would like to see him back for 1 more year.

But if he is traded, let's all wish that he can finally deliver on what he promised at that airport 7 years ago.

Lets go over those black marks.... We'll call it Kevin Lowes resume......

Pronger, Smytty, Souray, Comrie. 2tier fans.... Etc

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#59 Oiltown3000
March 02 2014, 06:03PM
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Ryan Smyth might get traded to Blues or Blackhawks I'm guessing. But honestly I don't care, I don't think anyone cares because we want the Oilers in the playoffs and our team might be the exact same next year which means another year of losing. MacT said he wants the draft picks back which means that we aren't getting players that we NEED from what we're trading away. I doubt anyone would want to sign here except for rookies because our team sucks and most players want to be on a contending team.

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#60 Dalg
March 02 2014, 06:48PM
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That is the sweetest gif I have seen in a long time.

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#61 NsxZero
March 03 2014, 08:20AM
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Send Smyth off to a contender and hopefully he'll win a cup before he retires. Maybe he'll bring it back to Edmonton, it'll be the closest that we'll get to the cup for a long while...

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#62 Rama Lama
March 02 2014, 02:24PM
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When Smyth is your most consistent player overall I think you have a lot to worry about.

I for one will be extremely worried how bad we will lose games when Smyth gets moved......if he gets moved. It's sad to say but good players are always wanted and I suppose that some smart GM will make a move for him.

He is fit and ready to contribute to some team that has a good system in place. We all know that there is no system of play in Edmonton, that much is obvious.

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#63 admiralmark
March 02 2014, 02:43PM
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If Smytty gets a shot to go on a Cup run with another team thats great! Its not a tear jerker moment. The guy has one last kick at the can might as well give him a shot if you can? If Smytty says yes then macT should facilitate it any way possible.

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#64 Rod from Viking
March 02 2014, 03:25PM
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Sevenseven wrote:

For christ sakes, if the guy doesnt want to leave, do not trade him. Let him retire an Oiler. It looks horrible to the rest of the league if you push a vetern guy out. The flames handled kipper with respect, lets do the same. Only push smyth out if he wants to go. I hope a contender does ask for him, and he agrees to go. Then hire him back for one day to retire him as an Oiler, and hopefully with a stanley cup ring on his finger.

I know he said he would be flattered if a contender wanted him but I don't know if he wants to go, you would think he would.

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#65 Rod from Viking
March 02 2014, 03:28PM
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? wrote:

"2 way center"

lmao

#gagsblows

:)

I was being sarcastic, he is a way too easy to play against and way too slow of a center, that is as close as he gets.

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#66 Rod from Viking
March 02 2014, 04:56PM
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Did anyone else enjoy the Canucks loss to Ottawa?

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#67 Derian Hatcher
March 02 2014, 05:18PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Did anyone else enjoy the Canucks loss to Ottawa?

I loved it. Typical torts team. Looks good on all of them. I particularly enjoyed all of the flashbacks to '94 when they won ....well nothing. Now, before all of the nucks fans tell me how many presidents trophies the Canucks have won and that the Oilers suck...I'm fully aware. Hey torts how's that shot blocking working for ya? We ll give you Gagner and Alex Plante's practice jersey for Torts' practice plans for the last two years.

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#68 Zarny
March 02 2014, 05:57PM
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Dangilitis wrote:

I honestly just hope that whatever happens to Smytty, it is on his terms. He is owed that. Watching last year's Iginla saga, it was clear that the Flames did right by him. Was probably bad for business (the Bruins deal was a better one, and looks silly now that he's a big bad Bruin), but no one was really laughing at the Flames for poor management.

What happened to Smyth 7 years was the first of many black marks for this organization, and trading away the last 2 players from the 05-06 cup run for magic beans while they remain competent players within assigned roles, will surely be a symbolic way to show the city how far this team has fallen (as if we didn't have enough reminders).

To those who expevt Smyth to be the Smytty of old, then call him past his "best before date" if you must. But as a 4th line WINGER (that's right, not center), I would like to see him back for 1 more year.

But if he is traded, let's all wish that he can finally deliver on what he promised at that airport 7 years ago.

What nonsense. The Oilers offered Smyth 4-6 years @ $5-5.5M when he was 32.

He chose to leave for 5 yr @ $6.25M and only put up 37, 59, 53, 47 and 46 pts. Smyth was still more than competent but certainly didn't live up to that contract.

As for magic beans they got a 15th overall draft pick and two prospects each drafted 15th overall in the 1st round. They didn't work out but three 15th overall prospects/picks for an expiring contract was good return.

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#69 **
March 02 2014, 06:09PM
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The Oilers have a grim, grim future ahead. Let's say Yak, Hall, Ebs and Nuge turn allright. LEt's say Justin SChultz figures it out. Let's say Scrivens is the real deal and Mac. T. keeps him. Gordon, PErron, Ference and Hendricks (and GAzdick at his particular job description) are game.

Let's even say Eakins figures it out too.

The Oilers still need the 2C that can play at both ends, the power winger, at least 2 more useful top 9 wingers who can score and check. A good back up goalie, and the most important, d men 1, 2 and 3. The Oilers don't have anything to trade for those guys without subtracting where it hurts. They are unable to attract top free agents. They have sucked at drafting top prospects outside the first overall pick.

IF they only started to get it right last summer, we're looking at at least 3 years before they can ice a competitive team.

This is not me being negative, this is not me pouncing on management, this is me just stringing some facts together.

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#70 D-Unit
March 02 2014, 08:18PM
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Oiltown3000 wrote:

Ryan Smyth might get traded to Blues or Blackhawks I'm guessing. But honestly I don't care, I don't think anyone cares because we want the Oilers in the playoffs and our team might be the exact same next year which means another year of losing. MacT said he wants the draft picks back which means that we aren't getting players that we NEED from what we're trading away. I doubt anyone would want to sign here except for rookies because our team sucks and most players want to be on a contending team.

Deadline deals don't return a lot of useful players, especially players the Oil NEED. What kind of team is going to trade useful pieces for bit part players that hopefully help on a playoff run? For Smyth a draft pick is all that can be expected at this stage of his career. Asset management hopefully gets a draft pick for an expiring contract. Hemsky was available all summer, and with a year left on his contract MacT couldn't get useful pieces. For the Oilers to get needed players, something serious needs to be dealt, not aging players on deals expiring to UFA status.

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#71 RexHolez
March 02 2014, 11:55PM
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Zarny wrote:

I'd point out the obvious question of are you dumb but the answer is rhetorical.

Lowe panicked? Good grief, this isn't the Kardashians.

Yes, it was a negotiation. The Oilers offered 4-6 yrs @ $5M before the season started and Smyth turned it down. They offered closer to $5.5M over the same term during the year and Smyth didn't take it. He wanted more and the Oilers weren't willing to overpay. So they did what virtually every team does with an expiring contract they can't resign and traded him.

That's not panic; that's basic asset management.

Smyth's performance didn't warrant what the Oilers offered let alone what he signed for. Sorry but that's just how it went. That doesn't mean he was a bad player but he didn't live up to $5.5M let alone $6.25M.

And no it didn't turn out to be a good trade but most trades don't. That doesn't change the fact the Oilers got 3 15th overall prospects and picks out of the Islanders for what turned out to be a rental. Making a bad selection with the pick doesn't make it bad return.

Get a grip.

yup, im glad Lowe didn't over pay and used that cap space on more important areas to stay competitive! oh, wait...

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#72 VK63
March 03 2014, 12:07AM
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I would equate being traded from this team to being released from prison. Thus any tears shed by the old warrior will be of joy.

He has put in an admirable shift pulling the old stone boat, and is one of few who can lay his head down at night and make a case for earning his wages.

as for some of his co workers. thief comes to mind.

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#73 spliff
March 03 2014, 04:35AM
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The Oilers are truly screwed. KLoser let the worst GM in team history screw up the team for five years, and after he finally fires him, hires a rookie GM. MacT will eventually learn the ropes, but how long will this take? And why would KLowe hire a rookie GM, who will need to learn on the job, when he has a fed-up fanbase who want to see results from a wavering rebuild? Do KLowe and Katz even think about this stuff?

Then the rookie GM makes his first mistake, which he will never admit, by hiring a rookie coach. What a sh*tshow, and many of these mistakes could have been avoided with some simple foresight.

Add to this the fact the Oilers scouting department and player development is arguably the worst in the league. This is a recipe for finishing in lottery position year after year after year.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your Edmonton Oilers.

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#74 Oilerfan
March 03 2014, 08:13AM
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Oiltown3000 wrote:

I think Yak, RNH, and Hall would turn out to be awesome players because they are compared to:

RNH - Datsyuk

Yak - Stamkos

Hall - Messier

You're way off:

RNH - God

Hall - Jeebus

Yak - Russian Jeebus

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#75 Johnnydapunk
March 03 2014, 10:09AM
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Apparently the Oil have signed Scrivens to a 2 year deal worth just over 2 mill a year according to TSN..

I will say well played MacT, well played.

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#76 BingBong
March 03 2014, 10:12AM
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So we have 1 goalie signed, not necessarily a starter. Does MacT try to get a guy like Hiller, and use Scrivens as a backup? Or will he get a vet goalie like Halak to split the time?

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#77 loweblows
March 03 2014, 11:01AM
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Larsen put on waivers..making room for?? klefbom or fedun?

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#78 Bucknuck
March 03 2014, 11:24AM
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For the itty bitty return the Oil would get, i think that the franchise should show some respect and ask Ryan Smyth what he would like, and then honour that. Yeah, it's a business, but it's a PEOPLE business.

They talk about having pride for the uniform, but sometimes the pride is from the men who wear the uniform. As an Oiler fan I am proud that a player like Smytty wanted to come back here. Don't tarnish it, please, MacT.

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#79 Bucknuck
March 03 2014, 11:44AM
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Noooo!!! wrote:

Sentimental actions are for amateur sports. This is a professional sport and therefore,a business.

Get everything and anything you can for Smyth or anyone else who is traded. They are being paid to do a job, and being paid well to do it...

My money gets spent because I have a sentimental attachment to the team. I don't want Smyth to go, unless he wants to. The only reason the Oilers have him is because he asked to be traded here and gave LA no room to negotiate.

As far as I am concerned, doing that should earn him the right to stay if he would like.

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#80 D
March 03 2014, 11:52AM
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Noooo!!! wrote:

Sentimental actions are for amateur sports. This is a professional sport and therefore,a business.

Get everything and anything you can for Smyth or anyone else who is traded. They are being paid to do a job, and being paid well to do it...

@Noooo!!! - Your view is what could be referred to as the "Peter Pocklington" way of running a business. Bucknuck's view would fall into the Mike Ilitch model.

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#81 Bucknuck
March 03 2014, 12:21PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Silly to claim tambo was the worst ever. Dozens were. Just of the top of my head I will give just one who really is in the running for worst ever:

Mike milbury.

As for MacT he has made zero 1-2 line moves. Just Pygmy trades. Should moved gagner. Should have moved hemsky or bought him out. He chronically overvalued his assets and thus is on the sidelines when the big fish are in play.

Perron plays on the second line.

Ference is a top four defender.

Scrivens is a starter.

Your statement is false.

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#82 Noooo!!!
March 03 2014, 03:41PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

My money gets spent because I have a sentimental attachment to the team. I don't want Smyth to go, unless he wants to. The only reason the Oilers have him is because he asked to be traded here and gave LA no room to negotiate.

As far as I am concerned, doing that should earn him the right to stay if he would like.

And that is a fair stance to have.

Just don't whine when your team of sentimental favorites finishes in 29th place.

You can cheer really loud for Smytty while he shoots that 30 mile an hour slapshot from the blueline into the chest of the other team's goalie.

Maybe have cocoa or hot soup after the game.After all,winning doesn't matter, it's having fun that counts.

GOOOO SMYTTY!!!!! Give Him the "C"...He deserves it!!! Captain Canada!!!!!

Please.

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#83 Rod from Viking
March 02 2014, 04:22PM
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@Boys on the Short Bus

Those are funny comments about Canucks, very true about Smitty , the Canuck coaching and management are trying to take over from the Oilers with their bone head contracts and decisions, I can see this team becoming a place players won't want to go as well and missing the play-offs for a few years.

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#84 ?
March 02 2014, 05:46PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I was being sarcastic, he is a way too easy to play against and way too slow of a center, that is as close as he gets.

Lol I know you were being sarcastic :)

I was just ready to continue dumping on Gagner. It's as more fun than watching this team play..

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#85 ?
March 02 2014, 05:49PM
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Thumby wrote:

Hey - if getting a hand job from a bald headed fluffer between shifts is what makes Jagr the player he is, maybe Gregor would do the Nation a favor and get on the Oilers bench to give them a "helping hand"...??

(sorry Gregor!)

;D

Knew a comment about that pic was coming eventually lol

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#86 D-Unit
March 02 2014, 08:23PM
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@Chambers

Agree with what you say. I just hope that MacT doesn't over pay or term J. Schultz. Bridge contract is the way to go with him, and hope he can get across the bridge. I am not sure he can. Same with Yak if he is still around.

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#87 NsxZero
March 03 2014, 08:25AM
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Off topic and might be old news but Kreuger is working for a soccer (football) club in the UK.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/26328115

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#88 Rod from Viking
March 03 2014, 09:10AM
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The way I remember the Smyth trade going down(I even remember where I was when I heard the news)It was Don Meenhan re-assuring Smyth that the Oilers would pay his demands and he was not to worry. Kevin Lowe had put a time deadline on it getting done because he had one from the Islanders, Ryan Smyth's tears and sadness was real, this was a case of the agent screwing up. Kevin Lowe made a lot of bad decisions but I never felt this was one of them, if I recall correctly they were $200k/year apart.

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#89 Walter Sobchak
March 03 2014, 09:28AM
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Zarny wrote:

I'd point out the obvious question of are you dumb but the answer is rhetorical.

Lowe panicked? Good grief, this isn't the Kardashians.

Yes, it was a negotiation. The Oilers offered 4-6 yrs @ $5M before the season started and Smyth turned it down. They offered closer to $5.5M over the same term during the year and Smyth didn't take it. He wanted more and the Oilers weren't willing to overpay. So they did what virtually every team does with an expiring contract they can't resign and traded him.

That's not panic; that's basic asset management.

Smyth's performance didn't warrant what the Oilers offered let alone what he signed for. Sorry but that's just how it went. That doesn't mean he was a bad player but he didn't live up to $5.5M let alone $6.25M.

And no it didn't turn out to be a good trade but most trades don't. That doesn't change the fact the Oilers got 3 15th overall prospects and picks out of the Islanders for what turned out to be a rental. Making a bad selection with the pick doesn't make it bad return.

Get a grip.

Lowe got hosed here as New York received Smyth, who was still in his prime, the Oilers received almost nothing. Nilsson had a terrible work ethic & Lowe had to call his DAD to come help. O’Marra was injuried prior to even coming to the Oilers, and while Plante is just an accumulation of fail on Lowes behalf, the Oilers could have picked almost anybody past 15th and got a player.

You are forgetting the whole point of Smyth being traded in the first place; Smyth wanted 5.7 after GIVING the OILERS a home town discount (3.1) for his whole career. Smyth stood firm LOWE TRADED HIM OVER 100 K…………………………………….

That’s Lowe for you.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/oilers-regret-having-to-trade-ryan-smyth-1.644367

http://lowetide.ca/blog/2008/02/smyth-trade-revisited.html

Lousing up the Mike Comrie for Corey Perry trade by asking at the 11th hour that Anaheim reimburse the Oilers for Comrie’s signing bonus. Just incase you forgot that one too.

This is also the same time the Oilers decided to whale hunt, letting players like Glencross go so they could try and buy players like Hossa, Nylander eta al.

This also is the time, to those that follow the Oilers close, the start of the first re-build.

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#90 nuge2nail
March 03 2014, 10:24AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

MacT has done a great job in his first 5 months of taking over.

Not perfect, not amazing ... But great.

Scrivens signing is another example of that.

1. Perron Trade

2. Horcoff Trade

3. Dubnyk Trade

4. Scrivens Trade

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#91 Johnnydapunk
March 03 2014, 10:46AM
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Dubnyk placed on waivers today, I would be curious to know who would sign/resign him in the off season?

Have a feeling it's the end of the NHL highway for him.

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#92 BingBong
March 03 2014, 11:17AM
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pkam wrote:

You don't sign a 27 year old at 2.3M a year to be your backup. We have to find out whether Scrivens is the man by the end of this 2 year bridge contract, and we won't be able to by playing him 25-30 games a season.

I know Scrivens has played well, but I wouldn't be comfortable declaring him our starter next year without a legitimate backup plan. Maybe not Hiller per se, but a vet who's capable of playing a lot of minutes if Scrivens faulters. (Halak, Elliot, etc.)

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#93 hankthetank
March 03 2014, 11:23AM
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Oil shopping bryz to minn...looks like we are still looking for a starter after signing scrivenator?

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#94 Serious Gord
March 03 2014, 04:13PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Perron plays on the second line.

Ference is a top four defender.

Scrivens is a starter.

Your statement is false.

None of the players traded by MacT were. 1-2 line. That is true

On the teams they came from none of the players were 1-2 or starting in net. That also is true.

That some of those players are 1-2 or starting on the oil is testament to how sub-par the oil roster is. That also is true.

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#95 Serious Gord
March 03 2014, 04:16PM
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NsxZero wrote:

I still don't know why you would want the Oilers to buy Hemsky out. We're not in a state of being strapped for salary room and come this deadline we might be getting a mid pick for him rather than buying him out and having another team sign him for free.

Having him traded is an argument but I have no idea why you would want him bought out.

I am referring to last year. And actually I have been calling for a trade since RNH was added to the roster. The extra cap room this last summer and season could have been used to sweeten some trade deals or other acquisitions.

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#96 Chambers
March 02 2014, 08:15PM
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The Oilers have a grim, grim future ahead. Let's say Yak, Hall, Ebs and Nuge turn allright. LEt's say Justin SChultz figures it out. Let's say Scrivens is the real deal and Mac. T. keeps him. Gordon, PErron, Ference and Hendricks (and GAzdick at his particular job description) are game.

Let's even say Eakins figures it out too.

The Oilers still need the 2C that can play at both ends, the power winger, at least 2 more useful top 9 wingers who can score and check. A good back up goalie, and the most important, d men 1, 2 and 3. The Oilers don't have anything to trade for those guys without subtracting where it hurts. They are unable to attract top free agents. They have sucked at drafting top prospects outside the first overall pick.

IF they only started to get it right last summer, we're looking at at least 3 years before they can ice a competitive team.

This is not me being negative, this is not me pouncing on management, this is me just stringing some facts together.

Unfortunately the future is far grimmer than you paint it above. Your assumptions of the players you mention working out may be impossible. You see these young stars who grew up in an environment of winning have been engrained far too long in an Oiler culture of losing that will take many many years to overcome. In case you haven't noticed many of them have already given up on the Oilers and crave a change of scenery so this affects performance and ultimately winning. Also Oiler management does not have the skill set to pull off the major trade and does not recognize that you need to give up quality to attain quality! What further complicates things is that Oiler management has overpaid the young stars at an early stage of development creating expectations from others (Justin Schultz) that they deserve the same value contract.

As all Oiler fans are aware ownership has stopped listening to the fan base. Oiler fans will continue to be frustrated and they certainly deserve better!

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#97 Dog Train
March 02 2014, 09:21PM
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I think the decision should be up to Smyth. If he wants to go take one last shot at the cup, then best of luck to us. If he wants to go down with the ship, then I hope he announces that he will retire at season's end so we can send him off with one last tearful hurrah. It's really sad that they twilight of his career is being wasted on such a circus squad.

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#98 oilers2k14
March 02 2014, 09:44PM
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Maybe some other fanbase can get used to the Smyth blueline clapper.

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#99 Alsker
March 02 2014, 10:19PM
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62 hours left until we begin the debate on who we get(trade) for with the picks we acquired by moving our UFAs or the ranting for why the f*ck didnt MacT do anything. Im not sure which it will be, I just hope we're not asking why he moved guys off of OKC for picks!!!!

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#100 admiralmark
March 02 2014, 10:41PM
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Oiltown3000 wrote:

It's good to dream isn't it

Yes it is. Keep on dreamin buddy. You forgot J Shultz = Paul Coffey though.

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