SO LONG!

Lowetide
April 12 2014 02:02PM

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The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish have been flushing players at an incredible rate, and that's not going to slow down this spring. Here's a quick look at the exits over the last 12 months.

HERE'S YOUR HAT, WHAT'S YOUR HURRY!

Craig MacTavish did a lot of work before training camp last spring and summer, bringing in David Perron, Andrew Ference Boyd Gordon and others. He also sent away 18 men:

  1. Shawn Horcoff: The captain left via trade, and signaled a new era in Edmonton. Horcoff's new team made the playoffs.
  2. Magnus Paajarvi: Moved on to St. Louis and a his first playoffs.
  3. Ryan Whitney: His career may be over. 
  4. Lennart Petrell: Finn was fuun but he's goone forever.
  5. Mark Fistric: Big man cost a fairly high pick but they didn't sign him. Off to playoffs.
  6. Theo Peckham: Wandering the minors.
  7. Teemu Hartikainen: Traded to Toronto for Mark Fraser. 
  8. Eric Belanger: Retired. 
  9. Jarred Smithson: Played 18 NHL games this season. 
  10. Yann Danis: AHL depth for Philly.
  11. Darcy Hordichuk: Didn't play this season. 
  12. Chris VandeVelde: 18 NHL games in Philly this year. 
  13. Nikolai Khabibulin: Ghastly in 4 games with Chicago this season. 
  14. Phil Cornet: Middling season in the AHL for Charlotte. 
  15. Colten Teubert: He's now a Iserlohn Rooster! 
  16. Alex Plante: Played in Austria this season. 
  17. Antti Tyrvainen: Went back to Finland. 
  18. Niko Hovinen:Terrific season in the KHL. 

OFFLOADED DURING THE SEASON

  1. Mike Brown: Gazdic ate his lunch.
  2. Ladislav Smid: One of the strangest moves of recent seasons. 
  3. Jason LaBarbera: He couldn't stop a hockey puck.
  4. Linus Omark: One of the predictable moves of recent seasons.
  5. Devan Dubnyk: Belly flop off the high board. Hope he recovers.
  6. Corey Potter: One day up near Salinas, Lord, they let him slip away,
  7. Ales Hemsky: Huge uptick in production for 83 in Ottawa. 
  8. Nick Schultz: Deadline exit, everyone saw it coming. 
  9. Ilya Bryzgalov: In through the out door, quick as you please.
  10. Ryan Smyth: Sail on, Moose Jaw Warrior. Godspeed.

LIKELY GONE SOON AFTER THE SEASON

  1. Sam Gagner: It's time to start again, for both sides. 
  2. Anton Belov: I like him, mobility a big concern.
  3. Ryan Jones: He mentioned it a few days ago, he's down the line.
  4. Jesse Joensuu: Signed for another year, he didn't do much.
  5. Ben Eager: Concussions impacted his Oiler career.
  6. Denis Grebeshkov: He didn't get much of a chance, but he's gone.
  7. Mark Fraser: Needed to show more.
  8. Anton Lander: You have to score. At least a little.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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The NHL is the toughest league on the planet. Standing still? Chances are you'll be snowed under. Craig MacTavish changed a lot in one year.

Next: What did he bring?


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    #51 mesa
    April 12 2014, 07:44PM
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    nunyour wrote:

    The oilers are terrible defensively ,have been for years,I have a hard time believing 5 different coaches don't know how to teach defense.So either the core players can't learn to play defensively or don't want too.

    with the D oilers have you put the 80's forwards and still lose.

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    #52 nunyour
    April 12 2014, 08:06PM
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    mesa wrote:

    with the D oilers have you put the 80's forwards and still lose.

    I have seen many goals this year from forwards not covering their man in the d-zone,they should know this by now,but it happens every game.

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    #53 Darn it!
    April 12 2014, 08:19PM
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    We will see if McTaviish has what it takes . If he can rid the oilers of Eberle and his selfish play and get something worthwhile in return ( a good 3 , 4 guy on the back end) then this tanker can start the long turn.

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    #54 Brinbackslats
    April 12 2014, 11:13PM
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    Darn it! wrote:

    We will see if McTaviish has what it takes . If he can rid the oilers of Eberle and his selfish play and get something worthwhile in return ( a good 3 , 4 guy on the back end) then this tanker can start the long turn.

    Get a grip on the "selfish play" accusation... Jesus man. He's a kid, and stll finding his game. Guy's got some of the best hands on the planet, and you want to cut him off at the knees? Just because he's not a banger doesn't mean he's not worth keeping ir valuable. Don't confuse selfish with creative.

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    #55 Mike Modano's Dog
    April 12 2014, 11:56PM
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    Yeah, what was up with that Smid trade?!

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    #56 Smokey
    April 13 2014, 12:36AM
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    Darn it! wrote:

    We will see if McTaviish has what it takes . If he can rid the oilers of Eberle and his selfish play and get something worthwhile in return ( a good 3 , 4 guy on the back end) then this tanker can start the long turn.

    Three players not the problem in Edmonton are Nuge, Hall, and Eberle. 30th in scoring in the league, and by all acounts having an off year, he can play for my team.

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    #57 Loweblows
    April 13 2014, 08:23AM
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    Mike Modano's Dog wrote:

    Yeah, what was up with that Smid trade?!

    In a post game interview after a loss Smid saiid things may get worse. He was gone the next day. Kim Jung Lowe accepts no dissent.

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