SCRIVENS SIGNS TWO YEAR DEAL

Jason Gregor
March 03 2014 10:54AM

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The Oilers have signed Ben Scrivens to a two-year extension worth a total of $4.6 million.

Scrivens will be at $2.3 million cap hit, and It will be interesting to see who the Oilers sign to battle/platoon with him next season.

Scrivens still leads the NHL in SV% amongst goalies who have started more than 20 games. Scrivens has a .934SV% split between Edmonton (.940) and LA (.931).

He is in his 4th season as a pro.

He split his first year between the ECHL (13 games) and the AHL (33). The next two years he was in Toronto, 61 games in the AHL with the Marlies and 32 games with the Maple Leafs.

This is his first season where he has spent all his time in the NHL and he has put up great numbers.

I've read and heard many suggest he is a career backup, but I think that might be a tad premature to say. He has improved every season, and each year he has played more games in the NHL and his SV% has improved during each campaign.

This is a great contract for the Oilers. Scrivens should be extremely motivated to earn the starting job, and his price point could make him one of the best bargains in the NHL if he wins the job.

I don't see a negative with this signing. What are your thoughts?

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#51 dougtheslug
March 03 2014, 01:04PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

And where are all the dubnyk supporters today?

It is now fair to say that perhaps the very worst thing KLOWE did as GM and then as Master of Tambo was to not try and get an established goalie from outside the organization as the pillar in net but rather put all of the team's future in net on two team prospects - Dubnyk and Delauriers. HE got Khabi to be a transitional player and mentor for those two.

And it cost the oil several spots in the standings for six(?) years.

I don't know, Gord, there's lots of competition there for the worst thing KLowe has done.Failing to address center depth, failing to recognize what a pro d-man looks like, fostering a losing culture in order to draft skill, and then being unable to develop that skill, presiding over a parade of coaches without building a stable development strategy, trading away draft picks for bottom six forwards and 5-6 dmen. And failng to sign a number one goalie. Take your pick

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#52 Al Low
March 03 2014, 01:07PM
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Solid signing by MacT. He needs a few more of these to help turn this team around.

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#53 nuge2nail
March 03 2014, 01:08PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Team needs at the start of season:

#2 Two Way Center with Size - Open

#2 Gritty Offensive LW - Perron

#3 Defensive Center - Gordan

#3 Gritty Tough LW - Hendricks

#1A Goalie - Open

#1B Goalie -Scrivens

Now we just need a #1D, #2D, #3D, #2C, and #1G and we are set.

Not a bad start for MacT, lots of work to do but he's filled in some holes. 40+ mil in cap space this off season, Mac will need to address at least two of the issues above for any chance at progress.

We should draft our future #2C or #2D this draft.

2763 days since the oilers last playoff game and counting...

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#54 Frank the dog
March 03 2014, 01:09PM
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@Serious Gord

I would have thought that Bachman, after his performance against LA, wouldn't be a bad fallback as a #2 backstop if MacT cant find a 1A.

Especially as Bryz is apparently not prepared to re-sign with the Oil.

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#55 Ed in Edmonton
March 03 2014, 01:10PM
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$2.3 per year is a grey area for goalies. A bargain for a starter or an overpayment for a back-up. Lets hope its the former in this case.

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#56 99
March 03 2014, 01:17PM
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I think its best if we draft a center this year. Gagner days are numbered here and we don't have any 2nd line center prospects that would be able to fill the void in the future.

On the back end we have prospects that need time to develop. Nurse, Klefbom, Gernat should not be rushed. In the meantime, add stop gaps even if it means we have to overpay for a few years.

Read that Edler is available. Sign Markov.

Markov-Ference Edler-Schultz Marincin- Petry

A guy like Lander is beginning to score in the AHL. Doesn't mean we should bring him next year for a 4th line role. Let him get another season down there to build confidence.

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#57 Zamboni Driver
March 03 2014, 01:28PM
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Good signing, good number. He is immeasurably better than Dubynk (nice guy, made tonnes of dough for his limited skill set....have fun riding the buses in the ECHL).

Win/win - nice to see a local guy get paid.

(and worse case is he's a $2.3 mil good backup....that's not outrageous these days).

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#58 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 03 2014, 01:30PM
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If only they could land that Fredrick Andersson kid now from the Ducks. The Oil would go into next season with some actual hope in goal. Have to eat some crow on this Scrivens signing as well. Figured Ben would use the Oilers to try and drive up the price and go elsewhere during the summer.

If Ben is moved before Wednesday, he comes with a very affordable contract. There's probably half a dozen teams looking to add some depth in goal for when the real season starts.

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#59 Serious Gord
March 03 2014, 01:31PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

I don't know, Gord, there's lots of competition there for the worst thing KLowe has done.Failing to address center depth, failing to recognize what a pro d-man looks like, fostering a losing culture in order to draft skill, and then being unable to develop that skill, presiding over a parade of coaches without building a stable development strategy, trading away draft picks for bottom six forwards and 5-6 dmen. And failng to sign a number one goalie. Take your pick

The generally accepted wisdom is that you build from the net out. that has not been KLOWE and co.'s MO.

I dont thnik any of the items would being addressed would have won more games than a top flight goalie would have over the past six years (imagine if we had gotten niemi when we had the chance...)

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#60 Hall of a Player
March 03 2014, 01:34PM
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Wonger wrote:

MACT PLEASE PICK UP FRAZER MCLAREN OFF OF WAIVERS.......4TH Line with Gazdic...... PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!......even if you have to waive Jones or Joensuu.......otherwise Burke is going to add him to go along with Trevor Gillies, McGrattan, Westgarth, Kanzig, Breen, etc. C'mon MacT you also need him for Vancouver games.... MacIntyre is probably going to retire at the end of the year.....he can even play a little bit....Eakins knows him well........C'mon MacT PLEEEAAAASSSSEEEEEEEEE!In our division ou can never have enough SIZE and TOUGHNESS!!!!!! PLEEAAASEEEE MACT PLEEAAAAAAAAAAASSSEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Wonger,

I think it's TIME for your MEDS!!!!!!!!!!!

JK, bud....I wouldn't mind seeing McLaren here.

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#61 nuge2nail
March 03 2014, 01:35PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

If only they could land that Fredrick Andersson kid now from the Ducks. The Oil would go into next season with some actual hope in goal. Have to eat some crow on this Scrivens signing as well. Figured Ben would use the Oilers to try and drive up the price and go elsewhere during the summer.

If Ben is moved before Wednesday, he comes with a very affordable contract. There's probably half a dozen teams looking to add some depth in goal for when the real season starts.

Oiler Domination To Follow

I could see the oilers swapping the pick they get In the Hemsky trade for Viktor Fasth.

Rumour is he's available, amazing rookie season last year. Not sure we need an unproven injury prone goalie though- big gamble, high risk move.

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#62 Zarny
March 03 2014, 01:36PM
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Awesome. As good as Scrivens has looked he is still unproven as a 60 starts per year guy so a 2 yr term is perfect with a reasonable cap hit.

Job well done MacT.

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#63 Oilerz4life
March 03 2014, 01:37PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

If only they could land that Fredrick Andersson kid now from the Ducks. The Oil would go into next season with some actual hope in goal. Have to eat some crow on this Scrivens signing as well. Figured Ben would use the Oilers to try and drive up the price and go elsewhere during the summer.

If Ben is moved before Wednesday, he comes with a very affordable contract. There's probably half a dozen teams looking to add some depth in goal for when the real season starts.

Pretty sure Scrivens wasn't signed so they could try to move him before Wednesday, thats rediculous.

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#64 Fresh Mess
March 03 2014, 01:37PM
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Wow. Excellent contract for the Oilers. Nice job by Maclooselips. I'm surprised.

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#65 Zarny
March 03 2014, 01:38PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

The generally accepted wisdom is that you build from the net out. that has not been KLOWE and co.'s MO.

I dont thnik any of the items would being addressed would have won more games than a top flight goalie would have over the past six years (imagine if we had gotten niemi when we had the chance...)

No it's not.

Chicago didn't build from the net out. Neither did Pit or Bos or LA or Det.

I completely agree that one of the Oilers failings was betting it all on Dubnyk; but there is no set formula for building a Cup winner other than to actually win the Cup you need every piece in place.

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#66 Rod from Viking
March 03 2014, 01:40PM
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Great to see so many on board(come on Gord Buddy)this looks a lot better that Dubby's 2.75x2. I hope the best for Devon but I think Scrivins is mentally tougher, far better positionally, better at tracking the puck and more athletic. This deal is great all around and for of you that bashed Ben's wife on twitter she is obviously on board and willing to sacrifice to live in this weather. I am a little worried about rumors for Markov trade.

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#67 Buke
March 03 2014, 01:41PM
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Randaman wrote:

Who makes the rules that a starter has to come up a certain way? Thought so. This is a bright spot on a very bleak year. Now we just need a #2 & #3 D, a #2 C and trade some smurfs for some size in the top 6. Eberle comes to mind. Tired of the fly bys and lack of effort defensively. Hanging with Snow pants too much.

Sorry did I miss something? Who is our #1 D?

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#68 Wonger
March 03 2014, 01:42PM
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v4ance wrote:

I tried to double trash this post but it wouldn't let me.

You haven't been watching Toronto's 4th line (with McLaren) getting owned and outscored almost as badly as our 4th line.

If we really want to stay in 29th-30th place, we pick up McLaren types. If we actually want to improve, we pick up real players who can skate and score.

Listen GENIOUS, watch which NHL team picks up RAZOR FRAZER MCLAREN - it will be a team that is more successful than us! The kid can play, is super tough, a BC boy and will be an effective member of a western division team for man years to come- is he even 25 yet? A great 12/13 forward for any team- why not us????????????? MacT is doing great things, however, the Oil could have had McGrattan, Sestito and previously McLaren for nothing off of waivers in the last couple of years! Instead we have to put up with way over the hill Smytty and big fairies/fake toughies/fly by non-hitters like Jones/Joensuu on our fourth line. Sestito/Gazdic/Mclaren would be a very good 4TH line!!!!!VERY GOOD - ALL PURPOSE-TRUCULENT!!!!!!!!!!! Sestito and Gazdic can even kill penalties!!!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

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#69 Zarny
March 03 2014, 01:42PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

If only they could land that Fredrick Andersson kid now from the Ducks. The Oil would go into next season with some actual hope in goal. Have to eat some crow on this Scrivens signing as well. Figured Ben would use the Oilers to try and drive up the price and go elsewhere during the summer.

If Ben is moved before Wednesday, he comes with a very affordable contract. There's probably half a dozen teams looking to add some depth in goal for when the real season starts.

The Oilers won't move Scrivens but I agree 100% that MacT should look for another young G to push Ben. Andersson, Allen, Lehner, Lack...heck the Latvian G who stood on his head is probably available in TB.

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#70 Danger Pay
March 03 2014, 01:45PM
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Mac T and Lowe got one right! Scrivens has earned it plus the term and amount is ...(dare I say) fair. Easily and by far a major upgrade from 5 goal Dubnyk and didn't have to overpay. Not bold but a solid move.

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#71 Randaman
March 03 2014, 01:50PM
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SRELIOFAN wrote:

How about a #1 D??

Ok, but who on our current roster will get us a #1 D? Eberle won't, Gagner certainly won't. We need to keep Hall & Nuge. #1 D don't grow on trees and if someone has one available we don't have the assets availbale to deal in my opinion without stripping the cupboard.

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#72 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 03 2014, 01:53PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

Pretty sure Scrivens wasn't signed so they could try to move him before Wednesday, thats rediculous.

I'm a little confused by your comment.

Your term "pretty sure", must mean he's in that untouchable category for you now I guess, eh?

I'm also "pretty sure" Ben would be a throw in if it helped MacTavish bring in a top pairing blueliner. Ben is just the next in line to benefit from that hopeful label that Dubey hid behind these last 5 yrs. Time will tell. He just buys MacTavish a little more time.

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#73 Randaman
March 03 2014, 01:54PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Rumour has the Oilers pursuing Markov (and likely a big overpay on a 3-year contract). I'm supportive as there just isn't anything else available for LD that can fill the role. This to me is a necessary stop gap until Nurse is ready for the big assignments.

I could see the Oilers going after Spezza, or trading the pick for a C who can play on the top 2 lines. Gagner won't cut it, and Draisaitl or Bennett or Reinhart aren't the answer for the next two seasons.

I guess that all depends on whether the plan behind closed doors is to go after McDavid. It's all too obvious that the fans don't matter to this organizatoin. What's one more year to Lowe or Katz. The coffers are full and with the new building coming I can actually see them looking at this angle.

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#75 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 01:58PM
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Gregor, in the next media scrum, or when you have an appropriate guest on your show, can you ask them why it took the Oilers so long to evaluate Dubnyk, when Nashville played him for two games then put him on waivers?

Is it because our team is so unstable in so many areas the it makes evaluating individual players that much harder?

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#76 Sean
March 03 2014, 01:59PM
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@John Chambers

And how do you plan on dropping Gagner? I see nothing in your post about how he is all of a sudden gone. Trade? Minors?

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#77 Zarny
March 03 2014, 02:00PM
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Rick wrote:

A deal anyone could make on this site. This was obvious. I'm not giving too much credit for the GM.

Not so.

The first 20 games rendered many on this site completely out of touch with reality. Perspective has been completely lost.

A common refrain was that Scrivens would never sign in Edm or the Oilers would have to massively overpay.

It was of course just silliness no different than "Hall, Eberle, Nuge etc will demand trades to get out of Edm".

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#78 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 03 2014, 02:02PM
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Zarny wrote:

The Oilers won't move Scrivens but I agree 100% that MacT should look for another young G to push Ben. Andersson, Allen, Lehner, Lack...heck the Latvian G who stood on his head is probably available in TB.

Your comment is clearly in violation of chapter 4837563294 paragraph 4 in our HFD handbook Zarny. I thought we had a binding agreement to not intervene in each others binness/opinions here.

I'm living in a glass case of emotion on this issue. Are we good now, so to speak? Like myself, i figured you fell into that, doesn't play well with others category as well.

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#79 bwar
March 03 2014, 02:04PM
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I think the assumption at this point is that Nurse and Klefbom both end up as top 4 D-men for the club with hopefully at least one of them as a legit top pairing guy. I also think the hope is the Jultz turns into a top pairing guy as well. The bad news is that these guys turning into legit NHL D-men isn't something that is going to happen in the immediate future. So looks like a few more years of rebuilding, aka MacT has about 3 years to find us a 2C and another D-man.

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#80 Zarny
March 03 2014, 02:09PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Gregor, in the next media scrum, or when you have an appropriate guest on your show, can you ask them why it took the Oilers so long to evaluate Dubnyk, when Nashville played him for two games then put him on waivers?

Is it because our team is so unstable in so many areas the it makes evaluating individual players that much harder?

Your question ignores the obvious fact that until this year Dubnyk's numbers were very good while playing behind a very bad team.

His 0.920 SV% last year was 14th in the NHL tying him with Ben Bishop. Would you really have been foolish enough to put that on waivers last year?

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#81 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 02:12PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Rumour has the Oilers pursuing Markov (and likely a big overpay on a 3-year contract). I'm supportive as there just isn't anything else available for LD that can fill the role. This to me is a necessary stop gap until Nurse is ready for the big assignments.

I could see the Oilers going after Spezza, or trading the pick for a C who can play on the top 2 lines. Gagner won't cut it, and Draisaitl or Bennett or Reinhart aren't the answer for the next two seasons.

You can't let Perfect be the enemy of the good. I'd take Markov or Erhoff or Meyers or whoever the heck we can get.......the pursuit of perfection often results in no change at all.

Having said that.....Go get Dustin Byfuglien MacT!

Get someone because our young guns development is suffering because of the lack of supporting cast and experienced mentors.

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#82 oilerjed
March 03 2014, 02:16PM
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Wonger wrote:

Listen GENIOUS, watch which NHL team picks up RAZOR FRAZER MCLAREN - it will be a team that is more successful than us! The kid can play, is super tough, a BC boy and will be an effective member of a western division team for man years to come- is he even 25 yet? A great 12/13 forward for any team- why not us????????????? MacT is doing great things, however, the Oil could have had McGrattan, Sestito and previously McLaren for nothing off of waivers in the last couple of years! Instead we have to put up with way over the hill Smytty and big fairies/fake toughies/fly by non-hitters like Jones/Joensuu on our fourth line. Sestito/Gazdic/Mclaren would be a very good 4TH line!!!!!VERY GOOD - ALL PURPOSE-TRUCULENT!!!!!!!!!!! Sestito and Gazdic can even kill penalties!!!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

Hate to state the obvious flaw in your thinking WONGER. but unless its the Sabres every other team is more successful then us.

As for the Markov rumor, are their any links??

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#83 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 02:19PM
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Zarny wrote:

Your question ignores the obvious fact that until this year Dubnyk's numbers were very good while playing behind a very bad team.

His 0.920 SV% last year was 14th in the NHL tying him with Ben Bishop. Would you really have been foolish enough to put that on waivers last year?

I don't think it's an obvious fact that a lot, and I mean a lot of people, I know and a lot of people on this site have been calling for the removal of Dubnyk for not just this year, but from the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

I wasn't one of them, but I am willing to acknowledge that they saw some things that weren't so obvious to me....and you.

My point is that the Oilers have had a fair amount of difficulty evaluating talent at the pro scouting level the last couple years and I'm wondering if evaluation is more difficult in the cesspool that is a 30th place team.

Brian Burke has said many times, mediocre talent can look top six capable on a poor team.

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#84 Wonger
March 03 2014, 02:22PM
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oilerjed wrote:

Hate to state the obvious flaw in your thinking WONGER. but unless its the Sabres every other team is more successful then us.

As for the Markov rumor, are their any links??

You know I am a well connected insider! Markov will be an Oiler by Wednesday 1 PM at the latest! Lander, and surprise, Big Steve MacIntyre, will be going the other way!!!!SSShhhhh!!!!!, don't spill the beans-beano!!!!!!

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#85 whoaaaaa
March 03 2014, 02:25PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I also have to eat crow , I did not expect him to sign here.

Sure glad he did great term and money. Hope he wins the starting job and they get another young guy to push him.

dammit Spyder...I was ready to throw this in your face:

Spyder wrote: Mrs. Scrivens is now overjoyed other warmer teams will have a bigger interest in her husband.

I was then going to ask you if you you were ready to eat your words.

You wrecked the whole moment for me. No I have to respect you for admitting you were wrong...

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#86 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 03 2014, 02:26PM
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Markov and/or Erhoff are definitely plan B options. I'd shy away from those two based on injury history or just marshmallow'esque type play in Erhoffs case.

Best stick it out, grab Ekblad and take a shot at McDavid next summer. This sure looks to be Oiler managements gameplan. Stay the course.

Weber, Gudbranson and Myers, good. The rest not so much.

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#87 michael
March 03 2014, 02:32PM
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I see a lot of CUJO in Scrivens. He battles hard and never gives upon the play. The thing I like is he has a Grant Fuhr mentality. He does not give up the soft goal that kills the team. His attitude is near perfect. I don't know whar more we could ask. As the teams defence improves we'll see a definite increase in wins. Scrivens gives the team a chance to win.

As for as IB goes what has he done wrong since signing as an Oiler. He has been solid. I would sign him too. His attitude has been solid.The situation for him here is perfect. He has shown he is capable goalie. I hope MacT resigns him.

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#88 Zarny
March 03 2014, 02:33PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Your comment is clearly in violation of chapter 4837563294 paragraph 4 in our HFD handbook Zarny. I thought we had a binding agreement to not intervene in each others binness/opinions here.

I'm living in a glass case of emotion on this issue. Are we good now, so to speak? Like myself, i figured you fell into that, doesn't play well with others category as well.

Haha...break out of your glass case my friend.

Emotion is understandable but never abandon logic and reason when trading stocks or analyzing hockey.

Good call on Andersson.

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#89 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 02:34PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Markov and/or Erhoff are definitely plan B options. I'd shy away from those two based on injury history or just marshmallow'esque type play in Erhoffs case.

Best stick it out, grab Ekblad and take a shot at McDavid next summer. This sure looks to be Oiler managements gameplan. Stay the course.

Weber, Gudbranson and Myers, good. The rest not so much.

I agree that that appears to be the managements plan and that Markov, Erhoff, etc are plan B options. and I also don't think they are planning to give up their lottery pick this year. so plan B might be the best we can hope for at this point. We definitely need at least one plan B Dman to Mentor this young crew.

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#90 Sevenseven
March 03 2014, 02:41PM
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This group of players just needs steroids. I havent heard of them at the nhl level. The oilers can show up faster, stronger, heavier and meaner. Hell, let a 200lb arcobello beat the hell out of an enforcer, prove a point, you dont mess with the oil. A faster 225lb hall would be a demon. Might as well be the groundbreaking team of cheating. Eakins is all about training, so stack the test with epo. Livestrong for life!

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#91 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 02:44PM
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99 wrote:

I think its best if we draft a center this year. Gagner days are numbered here and we don't have any 2nd line center prospects that would be able to fill the void in the future.

On the back end we have prospects that need time to develop. Nurse, Klefbom, Gernat should not be rushed. In the meantime, add stop gaps even if it means we have to overpay for a few years.

Read that Edler is available. Sign Markov.

Markov-Ference Edler-Schultz Marincin- Petry

A guy like Lander is beginning to score in the AHL. Doesn't mean we should bring him next year for a 4th line role. Let him get another season down there to build confidence.

I think that who they draft will give us a lot of insight into what they think they can get done this summer. If they draft a center, then Samwise is surely gone as part of a package for a top pairing or top 3 Dman.

If they draft Ekblad, perhaps Gagner stays and we wait for 2 or 3 more years for things to round into shape.

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#93 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 02:49PM
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@Harry

what NHL team other than Edmonton would want Sam Gagner? 8 years in Edmonton, and he still plays like he's 18. No one wants him. No one is offering Edmonton anything worth having in a trade.

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#94 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 02:49PM
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michael wrote:

I see a lot of CUJO in Scrivens. He battles hard and never gives upon the play. The thing I like is he has a Grant Fuhr mentality. He does not give up the soft goal that kills the team. His attitude is near perfect. I don't know whar more we could ask. As the teams defence improves we'll see a definite increase in wins. Scrivens gives the team a chance to win.

As for as IB goes what has he done wrong since signing as an Oiler. He has been solid. I would sign him too. His attitude has been solid.The situation for him here is perfect. He has shown he is capable goalie. I hope MacT resigns him.

Yeah....Scrivens is an athletic, quick reflexes, never say die type of goalie.....Dubnyk was a larger play the angles and let the puck hit you type of goalie...... But puck didn't hit him often enough.

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#95 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 02:52PM
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@John Chambers

What rumour says Edmonton is looking at Markov? It's hardly a rumour that Edmonton needs a top pairing D-man, nor is it a rumour that Markov is an unrestricted free agent in the off season. Really...that's quite the scoop you've come up with.

the Spezza gig is pretty funny too. Maybe Ottawa desperately wants to replace a competent 1st line center with Sam Gagner!

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March 03 2014, 02:54PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

After his last three years it would have been foolish to waive him for nothing.

He had played okay, and he was paid like a goalie who had good games, but had yet to be a proven starter.

Having Pekka Rinne makes it easy to waive Dubnyk...

Yeah....no ones talking about waiving Dubnyk in 2012-2013, but a lot of people were questioning his ability to be a starter. I'm just curious if his evaluation time, he is 28 after all, is a symptom of a condition here in Edmonton wherein it's hard to evaluate players when there are SO many areas of weakness on the team?

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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

yup, it's certainly an intelligent, long term plan to sign a back-up AHL goalie on the basis of him playing a career best in the biggest game he's ever likely to play. If the oilers can't make a deal for him, maybe they can dig up Brian Boucher! remember when he rattled off 5 straight shutouts?

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Anyone else think that moving Hemsky for a late 2nd round pick is counter-productive?

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@Sevenseven

I'd also like our players to show up drunk. Not happy, party drunk. Angry, violent drunk. The kind of drunk where someone has to pay the price. Violent, angry steroid using drunk. Throw a little dab of speed in there too. No fear, take no prisoners..

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@Wonger

I can't wait to hear which set of ligaments markov will need to have reconstructed at about 5 pm on the same Wednesday.

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