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Lowetide
April 13 2014 01:53PM

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Yesterday, we had a look at Craig MacTavish's roster exits. Today, we look at what he brought in to change the team's fortunes.

WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE

  1. David Perron: Skilled player, first shot scorer, skilled and gritty. Great season. 
  2. Andrew Ference: The big addition to the blue line, he struggled. 
  3. Boyd Gordon: The ideal UFA option and they landed him. Wow! Nice season. 
  4. Jason LaBarbera: Oh, it did NOT go well. 
  5. Denis Grebeshkov: A reasonable long shot bet that didn't work out. 
  6. Anton Belov: I don't think he returns. 
  7. Jesse Joensuu: The new Hartikainen, I think Hartikainen was better. 
  8. Phil Larsen: He looked good on the wing, not so much on the blue. 
  9. Ryan Hamilton: AHL winger signed with hopes of NHL time, foot speed a killer. 
  10. Andrew Miller: Spent the season in OKC. 
  11. Will Acton: Spent significant time in the NHL this season. 
  12. Richard Bachman: No matter what happens, we'll remember "the game". 
  13. Brad Hunt: AHL All-Star, played 3 NHL games. Yes he did. 
  14. Darnell Nurse: Almost made the Oilers, spent a productive season in the OHL. 
  15. Marco Roy: Injuries derailed a strong start. 
  16. Bogdan Yakmiov: Big C from Yak City, he had a good year and may be coming over. 
  17. Anton Slepyshev: Looked good at WJ's, we'll see. 
  18. Jackson Houck: Scored 34 in the WHL. 
  19. Kyle Platzer: Scored 22 in the OHL
  20. Aidan Muir: Started slowly, but posted 41 points in 54 USHL games.
  21. Evan Campbell: Didn't score for a long time, but ended up with 9 goals. 
  22. Ben Betker: Impressive season with Everett. Big, strong, good speed. 
  23. Greg Chase: Enjoyed an exceptional season. Looks like a draft steal. 
  24. Luke Gazdic: Found himself a home.
  25. Linus Omark: He arrived, he played, he left. 
  26. Ilya Bryzgalov: Ditto.
  27. Steve Pinizzottto: Gritty winger came over for Martindale, interesting player.
  28. Laurent Brossoit: ECHL dynamo, we'll see how things go in the AHL.
  29. Roman Horak: I always liked him in Calgary, and he looked good last night.
  30. Jordan Oesterle: Recently signed college defender, we'll see.
  31. Ben Scrivens: Rivals Nurse, Perron and Gordon as MacT's best moves of year one.
  32. Viktor Fasth: Suitable 1B, we'll see if he has sustain.
  33. Mark Fraser: Gritty defender, coverage gaps.
  34. Matt Hendricks: Added some experience to the bottom 6F.
  35. Ty Rimmer: He played well in a few AHL games.
  36. Chet Pickard: He did not. 

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ARRIVING SOON

  1. Dillon Simpson: His college career is over, we await his signing.
  2. John McCarron: College winger could stay another year.
  3. Joey LaLeggia: Ditto.
  4. Erik Gustafsson: Had a good year in Sweden, may be ready.


WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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Sometimes, we can all look ridiculous in the middle of an important task. However, there's some very good names in this group: Perron, Gordon, Ference, Nurse, Scrivens and others. Craig MacTavish has a lot of work to do this summer, but he put in a lot of miles this season to set up the coming moves.

Will they be bold? Will we like them? If he sends away Martin Marincin in a package for a veteran defenseman who can play 22+ minutes, will you like him then? What if he deals the lottery pick this season? The McDavid pick from next year?

Hold on. It's coming.


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#51 God
April 14 2014, 09:58AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Barry Trotz just became available.Wonder if Eakins has skype?

All kidding aside he would be a great associate coach doubt he would take the job though.

That would be a dream come true! He was scapegoated in Nsh. Demote Eakins to assistant and bring in Trotz!!

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#52 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 14 2014, 10:05AM
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NJ wrote:

*le sigh*

Gagner gets us nothing. Get it through your heads, at least nothing that we need. Part of our "core" has to go to get value, or our 1st round pick this year and/or next year. In fact, next year's pick may be worth more than this year's with next year being the McDavid draft.

Something of value brings something of value, unless you find a way to fleece a team like MacT did with the Perron signing. (Remember all the discussions we had last summer about his supposed "concussion issues"?) My guess is that MacT will get it done and I don't give a rip if he makes a million more no risk potential reward moved like Grebs, understanding that yes, we do have a 50 player cap.

He knows it, but if he finds a gem in 5 moves out there, good on him. I liked the JJ signing mostly because it shows they were looking at UFAs. He had size and potential... even if he is fragile like Hemsky (was).

Whatevs. In the end, I'm finding myself caring less and less seeing as it's pretty unlikely we're looking at the playoffs for a 9th straight year next season. FML

The value of the 2015 pick is at it's highest right now! With the perception that the Oilers will be finishing the 2015 campaign in the 22nd to 30th place range.

That 2015 top 8 pick in the Nathan McKinnon Lottery carries a lot of trade value.

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#53 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 14 2014, 10:09AM
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God wrote:

That would be a dream come true! He was scapegoated in Nsh. Demote Eakins to assistant and bring in Trotz!!

Trotz has a reputation for getting the most out of less than stellar roster by playing disciplined defensive style hockey where players are held accountable. Oilers management would never go for that.....and sadly, I'm not being sarcastic.

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#54 Spydyr
April 14 2014, 10:10AM
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God wrote:

That would be a dream come true! He was scapegoated in Nsh. Demote Eakins to assistant and bring in Trotz!!

Eakins should have came here as an associate coach in the first place.He obviously was not ready to be a head coach.

Can't see Eakins being demoted now though.

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#55 Spydyr
April 14 2014, 10:12AM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Trotz has a reputation for getting the most out of less than stellar roster by playing disciplined defensive style hockey where players are held accountable. Oilers management would never go for that.....and sadly, I'm not being sarcastic.

Unfortunately IMO Lowe would never hire Trotz nor would Trotz want to come here.This teams "Braintrust" is a mess.

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#56 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 14 2014, 10:18AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

I think a ballsy, bold move for MacT to pull off would be to trade our 2015 first round pick this off season. With our recent history, I'm sure a lot of teams would be interested in that pick considering McDavid is the potential prize. Even if we finish one spot out of the playoffs, that team would have a chance to potentially land him. Would definitely show a lot of confidence and guts to move that pick for a roster player.

My money is on Draisaitl coming to e-town this draft.

Keep in mind that other teams covet exactly what we covet...we're not any smarter than the other guys......Draisaitl and Ekblad will likely go in the top 3....if some team that's behind us wins the lottery...we're probably SOL....

Our choices will then be pick a smurf, pick Dal Colle, or trade the pick.

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#57 Spydyr
April 14 2014, 10:26AM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Keep in mind that other teams covet exactly what we covet...we're not any smarter than the other guys......Draisaitl and Ekblad will likely go in the top 3....if some team that's behind us wins the lottery...we're probably SOL....

Our choices will then be pick a smurf, pick Dal Colle, or trade the pick.

Oilers have a 14.2% chance of winning the lottery about the same chance they have of making the playoffs next season.

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#58 Oiler63
April 14 2014, 10:38AM
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Brining in someone like Trotz has way more impact than who we pick this draft. Get it done MacT. That's true BOLD!

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#59 ubermiguel
April 14 2014, 10:51AM
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Lowetide, do you have a sense of how many moves MacT made compared to an average Tambo year?

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#60 Sevenseven
April 14 2014, 10:51AM
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Ville Leino's contract is far worse then Gagner's. Mac t probably wont get much back for him, but at least he should get a return.

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#61 Oiler Al
April 14 2014, 11:09AM
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RexHolez wrote:

I'd also like to ask why the fact that Lowe is no longer gm and doesn't make any roster decisions a good argument not to fire him? who cares? He's the reason we're in this position to begin with. Thats reason enough to let him go in 29 other NHL cities.

Any day now, we will see and announcement from Katz, that Lowe has been promoted to Senior,Senior President of the Oilers in charge of Tire Pressure on the Zamboni's.

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#62 backup bob
April 14 2014, 11:09AM
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Plenty of roster changes, and the team finished worse then ever. Change in the top three is needed. Clean house in the remaining areas of the team. Management and coaches.

Keeping the coach to save face? Dallas was the wrong choice. Lindy Ruff was the right choice. A young, inexperienced team needs an experienced coach.

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#63 Zarny
April 14 2014, 11:31AM
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RexHolez wrote:

I'd also like to ask why the fact that Lowe is no longer gm and doesn't make any roster decisions a good argument not to fire him? who cares? He's the reason we're in this position to begin with. Thats reason enough to let him go in 29 other NHL cities.

I'll start with I'd have fired Lowe as GM not promoted him to POHO. And now that the season is over he could certainly be fired.

However, the Oilers are in this position because Tambo did not add a single piece to the roster that is part of the solution beyond draft picks.

Obviously Lowe was part of the decision making process; but making trades isn't his job. It was Tambo's and now MacT's.

As a GM, Lowe was aggressive. He acquired Pronger, Roloson, Peca, Samsanov, Spacek, etc for the 2006 Cup run. When UFA's spurred Edm he aggressively went after Vanek and Penner with offer sheets.

Do you really think Lowe did a 180 and advised Tambo to dither and do nothing?

After failing to add players to make a push up the standings at last year's trade deadline Tambo was promptly fired. This year, MacT has been very active.

That suggests the problem was Tambo. Lowe or any POHO can hand out all the advice they want...they don't execute trades. GM's do.

Now Lowe hired Tambo. Fair criticism. He also replaced the amateur scouting staff and picks like Marincin and Klefbom are starting to make an impact. He also oversaw setting up the minor league team.

The notion that Lowe runs the Oilers like a 1 man show simply doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

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#64 Zarny
April 14 2014, 11:37AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Unfortunately IMO Lowe would never hire Trotz nor would Trotz want to come here.This teams "Braintrust" is a mess.

And thank God.

In 15 seasons Trotz coached the Preds to only 7 playoff appearances. They only made it out of the 1st round twice and got absolutely destroyed in the 2nd round both times.

All while playing the most boring, defensive hockey the NHL has ever seen.

No thanks. I'd rather watch paint dry than a team coached by Trotz.

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#65 God
April 14 2014, 11:51AM
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@Zarny

Regardless of what the specific problems are, and there are many of them, the use of a scapegoat could gain the organization a bit more credibility.

It's true that MacT has done quite a bit more than Tambo, all while under the current POHO. This isn't a giant body of evidence but it suggests that at least things are trending in the right direction: action.

Regardless of trends and real reasons for underachievement, the organization needs to present a reason/scapegoat to the media and fans. I know that the team is missing grit, fight, heart, skill in the bottom 6, size in the top 6, two top pairing Dmen, lacked quality goaltending for most of the year, but someone's head would be a nice gesture.

Who knows, maybe it'd help to attract players who've heard such terrible things about the organization and were otherwise reluctant to sign here.

For these reasons, I'd say: fire Lowe.

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#66 God
April 14 2014, 11:54AM
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Zarny wrote:

And thank God.

In 15 seasons Trotz coached the Preds to only 7 playoff appearances. They only made it out of the 1st round twice and got absolutely destroyed in the 2nd round both times.

All while playing the most boring, defensive hockey the NHL has ever seen.

No thanks. I'd rather watch paint dry than a team coached by Trotz.

As an Oiler fan that has suffered this much losing, I just want them to win. I barely care how they do it. I'll take a hardworking trap team over the current track-meet playing punks.

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#67 jeremy
April 14 2014, 12:19PM
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Zarny wrote:

I'll start with I'd have fired Lowe as GM not promoted him to POHO. And now that the season is over he could certainly be fired.

However, the Oilers are in this position because Tambo did not add a single piece to the roster that is part of the solution beyond draft picks.

Obviously Lowe was part of the decision making process; but making trades isn't his job. It was Tambo's and now MacT's.

As a GM, Lowe was aggressive. He acquired Pronger, Roloson, Peca, Samsanov, Spacek, etc for the 2006 Cup run. When UFA's spurred Edm he aggressively went after Vanek and Penner with offer sheets.

Do you really think Lowe did a 180 and advised Tambo to dither and do nothing?

After failing to add players to make a push up the standings at last year's trade deadline Tambo was promptly fired. This year, MacT has been very active.

That suggests the problem was Tambo. Lowe or any POHO can hand out all the advice they want...they don't execute trades. GM's do.

Now Lowe hired Tambo. Fair criticism. He also replaced the amateur scouting staff and picks like Marincin and Klefbom are starting to make an impact. He also oversaw setting up the minor league team.

The notion that Lowe runs the Oilers like a 1 man show simply doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

Thank you for providing common sense, but unfortunately you will be called out by the majority who say Lowe still runs everything despite having no proof.

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#68 SuntanOil
April 14 2014, 04:28PM
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@God

How would creating a scapegoat give them further credibility again? Creating a scapegoat could actually destroy their credibility even further. Nobody respects a revolving door organization any more than they like a losing one. If they are trending in the right direction in an area, then firing someone just to satisfy blood lust in the fan base could also hurt the team down the road. Why fire someone after they've finally learned to do their jobs adequately if you didn't when they were learning and making mistakes?

Maybe we should just get out the pitchforks and the hanging ropes because... ... ... if they are not going to give us someone's head as a "nice gesture," then we darn well have the right to go in and take it for ourselves! After all isn't this early 20th century Mississippi?

Maybe you fire Lowe because of the mistakes he made in the past: hiring Tambo. the 2-tiered fan comment, the "I now a thing or two about winning" exaggeration, etc. Doing it for the reasons you suggest is simply a witch hunt.

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