HEAVY FUEL

Lowetide
April 25 2014 09:22PM

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The Edmonton Oilers are two months from the draft and have miles and miles of challenges. The goals this summer? Almost endless.

SOLUTIONS....

There are a lot of problems with this roster. Before we start looking at solutions, let's make a list of real and present dangers.

  1. Nail Yakupov is one year away from the end of his entry level deal, and a few months removed from a very public display of frustration.
  2. Justin Schultz is over 120 games into his NHL career, and may not be a big league calibre defenseman.
  3. The Oilers remain one of the truly horrible possession teams in captivity.

Let's start with that, or I'm going to change the title of this segment to "drink"!

Now, let's talk about what the Oilers have in terms of positives:

  1. Taylor Hall.
  2. The Nuge should be healthy next season, and a year older.
  3. The skill wings (Hall, Perron, Eberle, Yakupov) are very talented, if somewhat (as a group) one dimensional.
  4. On defense, the cavalry—while young—is starting to arrive. Marincin and Klefbom are here, or close, and Darnell Nurse's Army is on the way.
  5. The club has some actual assets—#3 overall, a plethora of young blue, others—that can be used to acquire immediate help.
  6. There's two-thirds of a shutdown, severe zone-start line in Gordon and Hendricks. 
  7. The goaltending looks stronger than a year ago.


SHOPPING LIST

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  1. A two-way center who can be the defensive conscience on the Perron-Yakupov line and support the two wingers offensively.
  2. A veteran two-way defenseman who can cover for Schultz while he wheels and when he misses assignments.
  3. A two-way winger who can be that third man on the tough minutes line and slide up to the third line and offer support for what is (likely to be) a younger trio.

UP NEXT

Next time, we'll look at options for the three majors areas of need, and discuss assets that may be available to send away (including players, picks and free agent dollars).

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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The Oilers season ended April 12th, the Blues season may end Sunday, just two weeks later. It's a tough damn league, and Craig MacTavish has a lot of work to do before September. 

This Oiler team needs to improve up the middle, at center and on defense. Before September. Bold? I don't see any other way.

(Nuge photo by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved)

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#1 Dave #
April 25 2014, 09:33PM
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Isn't a real and present danger the fact that MacT values Gagner more than any other team in the NHL ?

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#3 TonyT
April 25 2014, 09:45PM
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I'm just throwing video game trades out there, because realistic ones will just make me depressed. So feel free to thumbs down this one.

Gagner for Clarkson with TOR eating some cap.

Eberle for Staal (pick one from CAR)

This would immediately add size and defensive acumen to the top 6. Also based on "rumors", seem at least feasible.

Top 6

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Staal-Perron-Clarkson

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#4 blainer
April 25 2014, 09:53PM
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This should be the year we find out exactly what we have in Shultz. I would prefer that MacT offers a bridge contract to be sure. He needs to have that breakout year before committing long term. We don't need another Horcoff situation on our hands. The troops are on their way on defense. We really are desperate for that big two way talented center.

If Reinhart is available we have to draft him. He has some size but is a right handed center..those are gold at the top of the draft. Although I wouldn't be surprised that Burke offers up something to snatch him up if he is available.

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#5 Raider Jesse
April 25 2014, 10:01PM
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Kulemin and Grabovski rumored to be a package deal this summer. I cant think of a better available combo that will cost under 9 million.

Hall Nuge Eberle Kulemin Grabovski Yakupov/Wilson (Gagner trade?) Perron Arcobello Wilson/Yak Hendricks Gordon AnyonebutGazdic.

The magical three scoring lines.

In a year Draisaitl/Bennett take over for Arco

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#6 Young Oil
April 25 2014, 10:19PM
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If I'm making a dream trade, the New York Islanders are the team I'm targeting, especially if they give their pick to Buffalo. They have so many pieces that could fill big holes in our lineup.

Josh Bailey- Solid two way defensively responsible forward who can get 40-50 points a year.

Brock Nelson-A young, ideal 3rd line winger, physical, decent offensively, and can play some two way game.

Matt Martin-One of the best hitters in the league, and can actually contribute offensively, unlike Gazdic.

Anders Lee- Young 6'3, 227lb Center who put up 14 points in 22 games in his rookie campaign-exactly what the Oil need, size and offence up the middle.

Another benefit to trading with NYI is that Gagner and Tavares have ties together, and it would be possible to package Gagner with the pick (Gagner for Bailey rumors have already been circling).

I would do the 3rd OV, Gagner, Lander, and Musil for those four players listed above. That would give us a forward core of:

Hall-RNH-Eberle, Perron-Bailey-Yakupov, Nelson-Lee-Winnik, Hendricks-Gordon-Martin

Then try to get a good Dman (along with a Winnik type) through free agency, and that gives us more depth than we have had in a long time.

Edit: Sorry the formatting on the lines didn't work.

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#7 etownman
April 25 2014, 10:27PM
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Lowetide wrote:

There's no place for Gagner. Oil won't get 100 cents on the dollar, but they'll need to move him to make room for the big center rolling in.

UNLESS they trade Yak City, but imo that's a very bad idea.

Just for starters, how about a team like the Preds who need offence & probably don't want to sign Del Zotto for what he wants & because of the numbers he put up! A trade for Sam could actually happen in this type of scenario. Remember, everybody knows what happened to Sam at start of season & know it had a bearing on his stats. Del Zotto has talent just like Gagner but has run into some tough circumstances over the last year & a half. This is the type of deal I see for 89!

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#8 littleconer
April 25 2014, 10:31PM
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Any one of the Eberle, Nuge and Hall triumvirate cannot and will not be traded. They are like Precogs - if you remove one, the other two become useless.

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#9 Dave Manson
April 25 2014, 10:47PM
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Is it just me, or do you all feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. The issues haven't changed in six years, improve the D, trade for a center, our goaltending seems fine and we have a great core of young skilled guys in Cogliano, Gagner & Nilsson. Oooops - I mean Nuge, Hall & Eberle.

I can't believe I'm still reading Oiler blogs in late April... I'm pathetic!

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#10 bazmagoo
April 25 2014, 10:51PM
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@Young Oil

The Islanders should definitely be a target for a trade, they've got a lot of young talent similar to us and a GM who doesn't have a clue. I don't really see us snagging all 4 of the players you mentioned, but 1 or 2 could be a distinct possibility. Josh Bailey would be first on my list, Matt Martin would be 2nd.

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#11 Mason Storm
April 25 2014, 11:05PM
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For the love of all that is holy and good, do not even think about trading for Clarkson. The Oilers have an almost uncanny ability of forecasting terrible signings. Any big name player who they Oilers try and sign/trade for turn into crap. Nylander, Heatley and now Clarkson. Just be happy none of these bums are or were here.

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#12 bazmagoo
April 25 2014, 11:07PM
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@Mason Storm

If the Oilers could somehow turn Gagner into Clarkson, I'd go for it. We are going to have to take something bad back to get rid of Gagner. Given that reality, Clarkson is a risk I'd take.

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#13 David S
April 25 2014, 11:13PM
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That GIF is the perfect visual for #HereComeTheOilers

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#14 David S
April 25 2014, 11:16PM
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If/when Gagner turns into the play making center he was on the way to being - next year, Perron and Yak are going to be finishing ALOT of sauce. Defence will be the last of their problems because that line will be scoring so much.

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#15 bazmagoo
April 25 2014, 11:26PM
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@Dave Manson

I think the worst part of this off season for me is MacT saying we will likely go with our youth on d next year, yeesh. We need at least one top 4 experienced d-man, likely two, or we are hooped. How likely do you think it is we will go 10 straight years without making the playoffs? A whole decade! Only two seasons away.

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#16 Time Travelling Sean
April 25 2014, 11:36PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

I think the worst part of this off season for me is MacT saying we will likely go with our youth on d next year, yeesh. We need at least one top 4 experienced d-man, likely two, or we are hooped. How likely do you think it is we will go 10 straight years without making the playoffs? A whole decade! Only two seasons away.

Next year is the McDavid draft, didn't you get the memo?

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#17 mesa
April 25 2014, 11:38PM
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Dave # wrote:

Isn't a real and present danger the fact that MacT values Gagner more than any other team in the NHL ?

funny oilers fans accusing MAC T for over valuing sam Gagner and in the same time they want the world for him.

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#18 Quicksilver ballet
April 26 2014, 12:07AM
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Its the most...wonderful time...of the year.

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#19 nuge2nail
April 26 2014, 12:22AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Gagner for Clarkson (Leafs eat 1 mil per year).

Sign Legwand, Downie, Moss, Nikitin.

Hall Hopkins Eberle

Perron Legwand Yakupov

Clarkson Bennett Downie

Hendricks Gordan Moss

Nikitin Shultz

Marincin Ference

Petry Klefbom

Second line is questionable, first pairing is weak, second pairing is weak.

Third and fourth line look playoff caliber. Top line should hold their own with a healthy Nuge.

Goaltending will be a team strength. Only 20 of the 34 mil in cap space is used in the above scenerio.

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#20 bwar
April 26 2014, 12:26AM
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This thought that Gordon and Hendricks are going to be on the fourth line next season while still being considered a shut down line kind of boggles my mind. So they are going to have increased responsibilities while having decreased ice time all while we magically produce at least three new players to leapfrog them on the depth chart.

First and second line for scoring, third line for shutting down the other teams top guys and a fourth line for energy. I can't think of any team off the top of my head who actively tries to pair their fourth line against the opponents top line on a defensive zone start.

I'm also curious who is on this younger third line for next season? Khaira - Yakimov - Moroz? Pitlick - Lander - Joensuu? Chase - Bennett/Reinhart - Arcobello? #HereComeTheOilers

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#21 bwar
April 26 2014, 12:31AM
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@nuge2nail

I would love to see that lineup for opening night next season. I could see the Oilers potentially signing Downie and Moss but Legwand and Nikitin seem very doubtful to me. I expect Legwand to sign with a contender and I bet Nikitin stays put in Columbus. We can always dream though.

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#22 season not played
April 26 2014, 07:08AM
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You know what? I had a big long comment written completely bashing every aspect of the Oilers organization but the proof is in the product.

Maybe just own it next year MacT and show up at the draft lottery show.

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#23 Sizzler
April 26 2014, 07:12AM
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Need: - line 1 centre(stasny) (nudge is line 2 centre right now) - top pairing dman ( everyone sliding down is fine) - sign legwand, you can never have enough centre - trade gagner to end this misery, clarkson would be a great return. On the positive side we feel better about our goaltending going forward

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#24 Wintoon
April 26 2014, 07:28AM
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I began writing a piece that would highlight how to get the best possible return for Sam Gagner and then I stopped.

The Oilers don't have to hit a home run with the return they get from trading Gagner, they simply have to ensure they get an asset which will benefit the overall team. The fundamental key is that they must trade Gagner and they must get an asset in return.

Those who suggest that Gagner might have a better year next year could be right. Those who say the Oilers are selling at a low value are right. Those who say Gagner can play the wing are insane.

The bottom line is that the Oilers will never be a contender with Gagner as the #2C on this team. He therefore must go.

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#25 Lofty
April 26 2014, 08:09AM
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If Ekbald drops to the Oilers in the draft. I would like to see MacT sign Brad Richards after he's bought out by the Rangers.

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#26 oilfanincalgary
April 26 2014, 08:23AM
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Dave Manson wrote:

Is it just me, or do you all feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. The issues haven't changed in six years, improve the D, trade for a center, our goaltending seems fine and we have a great core of young skilled guys in Cogliano, Gagner & Nilsson. Oooops - I mean Nuge, Hall & Eberle.

I can't believe I'm still reading Oiler blogs in late April... I'm pathetic!

Addressing the same issues. what do the oilers need. see last year the year before that, the year before that etc. Fully expected at least the assistants would be gone by now. as i said in my last post if they continue down this path i can no longer support this joke of a franchise. Sending $300.00 donation to the Okotoks Oilers today. i will still read ON and trash and prop but until there are serious changes in management and coaching i am done with these K-lowns

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#27 The Soup Fascist
April 26 2014, 08:26AM
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Mason Storm wrote:

For the love of all that is holy and good, do not even think about trading for Clarkson. The Oilers have an almost uncanny ability of forecasting terrible signings. Any big name player who they Oilers try and sign/trade for turn into crap. Nylander, Heatley and now Clarkson. Just be happy none of these bums are or were here.

Yes, but perhaps Oiler's management and coaching would have been able to get more out of those players than the teams that actually landed them did ........

..... cue the crickets.

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#28 The Soup Fascist
April 26 2014, 08:40AM
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The team I am really hoping Mac T targets is Philly - especially if they lose in the first round.

They have a lot of pieces that fit with the Oilers needs. Since they are hosting the draft and would need to make a splash to appease their fan base, the Flyers would overpay for the 3 OV.

I would think Couturier or B. Schenn and a D-man could be in play as part of a package. I know Holmgren jerked MacT around last year but an early exit in the playoffs and the draft in his barn could make the Flyers GM a target.

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#29 Towersofdub
April 26 2014, 08:58AM
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TonyT wrote:

I'm just throwing video game trades out there, because realistic ones will just make me depressed. So feel free to thumbs down this one.

Gagner for Clarkson with TOR eating some cap.

Eberle for Staal (pick one from CAR)

This would immediately add size and defensive acumen to the top 6. Also based on "rumors", seem at least feasible.

Top 6

RNH-Hall-Yakupov

Staal-Perron-Clarkson

That certainly sounds like a realistic trade! Clearly you're someone who is well connected in hockey circles, who knows what's going on around the league. You know that Toronto is going to embarrass themselves by unloaded clarkson after one year, eat some of his salary and actually want Sam Gagner in return! That's a brilliant idea. I can't imagine why the deal hasn't been made already. the Staal deal...yeah..makes a lot of sense for edmonton. trade away a player entering his prime, for one that is likely leaving his. More genius. Surely, you must be a 12 year old to think either of these trades would ever happen.

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#30 Towersofdub
April 26 2014, 09:00AM
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@The Soup Fascist

why do people insist on thinking that philadelphia wants edmonton's rejects!? Other than Hall, who does Edmonton have that philly would want? What possible trade is there with edmonton that would improve Philly? Try to understand, teams don't make trades just for the sake of making them, and the certainly don't make them just for the sake of ruining their own team. Is Philadelphia about to enter rebuild mode?

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#31 Towersofdub
April 26 2014, 09:01AM
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@The Soup Fascist

surely that was a sarcastic remark regarding oilers management & coaching getting more out of players!

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#32 Towersofdub
April 26 2014, 09:02AM
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Lofty wrote:

If Ekbald drops to the Oilers in the draft. I would like to see MacT sign Brad Richards after he's bought out by the Rangers.

I assume that's only because you find Brad Richards attractive and you want to see those pearly white teeth game in and game out.

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#33 Towersofdub
April 26 2014, 09:05AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

Gagner for Clarkson (Leafs eat 1 mil per year).

Sign Legwand, Downie, Moss, Nikitin.

Hall Hopkins Eberle

Perron Legwand Yakupov

Clarkson Bennett Downie

Hendricks Gordan Moss

Nikitin Shultz

Marincin Ference

Petry Klefbom

Second line is questionable, first pairing is weak, second pairing is weak.

Third and fourth line look playoff caliber. Top line should hold their own with a healthy Nuge.

Goaltending will be a team strength. Only 20 of the 34 mil in cap space is used in the above scenerio.

what is this obsession people have with David Clarkson!? Why does everyone think the leafs will deal him after one year, for Sam Gagner of all people, and eat a chunk of Clarkson's salary in the process?! I thought Quaalude's were a thing of the past!!

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#34 Towersofdub
April 26 2014, 09:07AM
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Young Oil wrote:

If I'm making a dream trade, the New York Islanders are the team I'm targeting, especially if they give their pick to Buffalo. They have so many pieces that could fill big holes in our lineup.

Josh Bailey- Solid two way defensively responsible forward who can get 40-50 points a year.

Brock Nelson-A young, ideal 3rd line winger, physical, decent offensively, and can play some two way game.

Matt Martin-One of the best hitters in the league, and can actually contribute offensively, unlike Gazdic.

Anders Lee- Young 6'3, 227lb Center who put up 14 points in 22 games in his rookie campaign-exactly what the Oil need, size and offence up the middle.

Another benefit to trading with NYI is that Gagner and Tavares have ties together, and it would be possible to package Gagner with the pick (Gagner for Bailey rumors have already been circling).

I would do the 3rd OV, Gagner, Lander, and Musil for those four players listed above. That would give us a forward core of:

Hall-RNH-Eberle, Perron-Bailey-Yakupov, Nelson-Lee-Winnik, Hendricks-Gordon-Martin

Then try to get a good Dman (along with a Winnik type) through free agency, and that gives us more depth than we have had in a long time.

Edit: Sorry the formatting on the lines didn't work.

more clueless fanboy fantasy.

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#35 a lg dubl dubl
April 26 2014, 09:08AM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

The team I am really hoping Mac T targets is Philly - especially if they lose in the first round.

They have a lot of pieces that fit with the Oilers needs. Since they are hosting the draft and would need to make a splash to appease their fan base, the Flyers would overpay for the 3 OV.

I would think Couturier or B. Schenn and a D-man could be in play as part of a package. I know Holmgren jerked MacT around last year but an early exit in the playoffs and the draft in his barn could make the Flyers GM a target.

Plus the Flyers are around 6mil under the cap, without signing or tading for players. Philly is the team I'd target too.

Since video game trading is the thing today, heres mine:

Oilers get: Couturier, Simmonds and Coburn or L.Shenn

Flyers get: Gagner, the 3rd pick, and Marincin

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#36 Towersofdub
April 26 2014, 09:10AM
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TonyT wrote:

I'm just throwing video game trades out there, because realistic ones will just make me depressed. So feel free to thumbs down this one.

Gagner for Clarkson with TOR eating some cap.

Eberle for Staal (pick one from CAR)

This would immediately add size and defensive acumen to the top 6. Also based on "rumors", seem at least feasible.

Top 6

RNH-Hall-Yakupov

Staal-Perron-Clarkson

another absoultely ridiculous fanboy fantasy! do you people spend all night dreaming about David Clarkson, and if you were an NHL GM, how you'd go about making the most ridiculous trades in history? Have you got any idea what David Clarkson has accomplished in his career, or do you just know that he turned a career season in a contract year into a 7 year contract?

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#37 The Soup Fascist
April 26 2014, 09:10AM
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Towersofdub wrote:

why do people insist on thinking that philadelphia wants edmonton's rejects!? Other than Hall, who does Edmonton have that philly would want? What possible trade is there with edmonton that would improve Philly? Try to understand, teams don't make trades just for the sake of making them, and the certainly don't make them just for the sake of ruining their own team. Is Philadelphia about to enter rebuild mode?

I thought I was clear that the centrepiece of the trade would be the 3rd OV. The point being that pick would be more valuable to Holmgren sitting in his own barn with 15000 pissed off Flyers fans looking for a change after a first round exit.

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#38 The Soup Fascist
April 26 2014, 09:11AM
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Towersofdub wrote:

surely that was a sarcastic remark regarding oilers management & coaching getting more out of players!

The crickets figured out that it was sarcasm.

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#39 Towersofdub
April 26 2014, 09:13AM
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If i have to read another Gagner for Clarkson trade suggestion, i'm gonna go all WCB all over the Oilersnation. I'm sick and tired of overgrown 12 and 13 years dreaming up a way to get their loverboy du jour to Edmonton. There is no hockey sense whatsoever in that trade suggestion. Not for Edmonton, and certainly not for toronto if they ultimately end up paying an extra million for Sam Gagner! Someone explain to me where the logic in this trade is!? Because the Oilers need a big aggressive forward who can score all of 10 goals when his contract isn't expiring?

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#40 Sizzay
April 26 2014, 09:13AM
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Potential replacement second line centres for gagner

Wilson Anisimov Bailey

Each one scores less than gagner, is a bit bigger than gagner and plays better two way. Nashville in particular May want more scoring. Columbus has more size and may like gagner in their mix. Bailey could use a change.

Sign goc or ott. I'd be ok with overpaying ott a bit (not bolland money)

Centre depth:

Nuge

Wilson/anisimov/bailey

Ott/goc

Gordon

Arco

Draisaitl/bennet

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#41 michael
April 26 2014, 10:06AM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

I thought I was clear that the centrepiece of the trade would be the 3rd OV. The point being that pick would be more valuable to Holmgren sitting in his own barn with 15000 pissed off Flyers fans looking for a change after a first round exit.

Cannot say I disagree with your assessment of the Flyers but until they lose out they are still contenders. The series is tied up 2-2.

The draft hinges on Eckblad and where he falls.If Florida passes on him the Oilers will suredly pick him at 3.The sabres are without a doubt taking either one of Bennett or Rheinhart. If Draisatl is taken though by either Buffalo or Florida its major blow to the Oilers.

At that point they will have either Eckblad,Rheinhart or Bennett to choose form.2 of those 3 would be on the board. At that point who do you leave for the frakin heathens from the South to pick? Imagine leaving a Rheinhart? Or an Eckblad? Or a Bennett? Good land it would be mayhem at the Oilers draft table if that were to happen. If only it was not the Flames and I Know I need a Haircut Burke picking fourth.

Its a fraking mind game that keeps guys like me on the hook. The draft is a crapshoot. But man when you win it feels sooooooooo good.

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#42 TigerUnderGlass
April 26 2014, 10:18AM
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Couple of players that interest me as buy lows candidates.

Evander Kane. He's not on the list of needs, but Perron at a high point might buy him while he's at a low. If this was possible it would represent a real chance to add the grrrr everyone wants and raise total asset value on this team for a change.

Adam Larsson. He needs a change of scenery and could still turn into that #1. Grab him before he does. Myers or Bogosian could be in the same boat with a lesser ceiling.

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#43 Oiler Al
April 26 2014, 10:18AM
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Forget trading away core players. Spend some of Katz money and go after Stasny.

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#44 Quicksilver ballet
April 26 2014, 10:21AM
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~MacTavish should go hard after Clarkson, he could be had after the year he had. Perhaps Gagner and a 4th rounder would do it,~

Makes sense since both teams are likely wanting to rid themselves of the Player/contract.

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#45 Dizzy
April 26 2014, 10:43AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Forget trading away core players. Spend some of Katz money and go after Stasny.

This.

I would not be mad if we signed statsny to a 5 year 35 mill contract to bring him here. Overpayment? Yep! But better to overpay on him then another clarkson. Plus he replaces gagner. Makes us better. Solidly built, 2 way, intelligent player.

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#46 godot10
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Nick Leddy is still a 3rd pairing defensemen.

Jake Gardiner is still just a borderline 2nd pairing in Toronto

And they both play with actual NHL defensemen.

Justin Schultz has played 2nd pairing competition with a lousy defense partner.

Brian Rafalski spent 4 years in Europe after 4 years in college before starting his outstanding career with the Devils.

Bryan Campbell had a couple of season in the AHL, and then was broken in on the 3rd pairing with a veteran D stud James Patrick.

Klefbom and Schultz should be the 3rd pairing next year. And Schultz will be fine.

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#47 RT26
April 26 2014, 10:51AM
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LT,

Could we draft Bennett and have him play 3RW while he apprentices? I would rather he play in the AHL, but Seguin started in Boston on the 3rrd and 4th lines and turned OK.

Trade or pick up a FA 2nd line center and then focus on top pair D.

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#48 a lg dubl dubl
April 26 2014, 10:58AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Forget trading away core players. Spend some of Katz money and go after Stasny.

Stastny or O'Reilly would be ok with me. But the Avs have 26mil to spend, sadly me thinks they both get resigned.

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#49 oildrop
April 26 2014, 11:02AM
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Hall- Nuge- Yakupov Perron- Stastny- Simmonds Downie- cotourier- Setoguchi Pitlick/Gazdic-Boyle-Gordon/Hendricks

Orpik-Schultz marincin-Petry Ference-Nikitin Klefbom

Also I would trade the pick unless its ekblad. What would it take to get guys like Krueger, Bolland, and bollig. Oilers need guys who are physical and can still put up some points.

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#50 Big slick
April 26 2014, 11:24AM
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@Wintoon

His value is down a bit. But he has another 6 year record to base his trade value on. He is still relatively young, may have some upside yet. He is less likely to burn Oilers than a Yak trade. Could they get a 2015, 2nd round pick out of him? Maybe a 3/4 D? 3rd line winger with size. His yearly salary is a bit high but 2 years left is a reasonable risk for another team. Perron's value was down and he had concussion concerns...some trade like that anyway.

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