LANDER SIGNS ONE YEAR DEAL

Jason Gregor
May 12 2014 12:58PM

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The Oilers signed Anton Lander to a one year, one-way deal worth $600,000. It makes sense for both sides, but it doesn't guarantee Lander a roster spot.

Lander was drafted in 2009. He made his NHL debut in 2011, even though he wasn't ready for NHL minutes. Lander's development curve is not one the Oilers will use for any powerpoint presentation on how to develop young players.

"Lander played 56 games as a 20-year-old rookie and he averaged 10:36/game. He was essentially a 4th line player averaging 8:53 of ES TOI/game and 1:36/game on the PK. How would anyone expect him to produce offensively playing in that role?

He was eventually sent down to OKC in late February and played 14 regular season and 14 playoff games. Last season, he started in the AHL due to the lockout, played 4 NHL games early in the year, was sent back to OKC and then recalled for the final 7 NHL games before going back down for the playoffs.

He never had a consistent, defined role until this past season in OKC. He was named captain and started the season very well. During two lengthy stints in OKC he produced 18 goals and 52 points in 46 games.

He was recalled to the Oilers and played eleven between December 5th and January 2nd. He played 10 minutes or less 6 times, before being sent back to OKC. He was recalled again and played 15 games between March 14th and April 12th. These 15 games were the first time he was given consistent minutes. He averaged 16:26 over the final 15 games. He only produced one point."

I wrote that summary of Lander's first few years earlier this year, and while the past hasn't been great, his present and future could still be bright.

Lander will come to training camp in September and compete for a job. The 4th line C spot is vacant with the retirement of Ryan Smyth, so Lander, along with Mark Arcobello (who has the exact same contract as Lander) and others will compete for a centre position. If Lander can improve his foot speed this summer he will have a good shot to make the team.

He will need to earn his icetime and if he can provide some offence he could swap spots with Boyd Gordon. Gordon is an elite 4th line centre, who can play 3rd line minutes, but he doesn't provide much offence. If Lander is going to earn more minutes he has to find a way to translate his offence from the AHL last year into the NHL.

It won't be easy, but Lander is still young, 23, and he is a hard worker.

When I spoke to Lander earlier today (he will join me on TSN 1260 today at 5 p.m. MDT), he said his main focus his getting stronger and faster. He knows his limitations, so we'll see how much he can improve on them before September 15th.

Lander needs to make a positive impression on the Oilers, at the NHL level, to earn another contract. They like his leadership skills, his defensive awareness and his drive, but he needs to produce in the NHL if he wants to stay here next season.

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#51 Harlie
May 12 2014, 10:35PM
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YEAH OIL KINGS!!

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#52 madjam
May 12 2014, 10:39PM
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Congrats to Oil Kings - on to the Memorial Cup .

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#53 HardBoiledOil
May 12 2014, 11:03PM
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eases the pain of watching the Oilers and Eskies suck year after year....congrats to the 2-time WHL champs....The Edmonton Oil Kings!!

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#54 jonny94
May 13 2014, 12:01AM
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So proud of the Edmonton Oil kings! Makes me believe the city is indeed NOT cursed and hopefully these guys are the start of greatness to come over the city of champions! Pelss is looking over this team and lets go Edmonton Rush!!

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#55 james_dean
May 13 2014, 12:14AM
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RIP Kristains Pelss

Sweetheart move having his jersey out there

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#56 Sorensenator
May 13 2014, 12:19AM
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Naky wrote:

Wow. That Smid trade is making MacT look Garth Snow level incompetent now. Horak bolts to the KHL, trades Roy for Brossoit. LB is a gem at the ECHL level and a dog at the AHL level so far, whereas at least Roy could hold his own at the AHL level. Jury's still way too far out on LB but Smid + Roy for LB is a joke of a trade and one hell of a good example of bad asset management. I wonder which class he took with that MBA that made him think that was a good deal - I'd like to know so I can tell others to avoid it.

Yeah because every GM in the league has a stellar trade record, especially ones that have only been GM for one year.

You are also forgetting about the salary dump that allowed for Bryzgalov to be signed because the goaltending was THAT BAD.

You won't be able to tell "others to avoid it" because NHL hockey teams don't care about armchair GM's opinions.

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#57 John Chambers
May 13 2014, 07:41AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Horcoff was mainly a 4th line C and winger this year.

Gordon can be a 3rd line C on a bad team, but not sure I see him on a good team. He doesn't come close to offensive production of Stoll or Horcoff historically, and today Stoll also plays about 1:30/game on the PP. Gordon not close to him offensively.

Gordon can play hard minutes, and be in your top PK unit, but if he is on your 3rd line you can't play him with offensive players. He is not a point producer. Never has been. If he and Hendricks are your 3rd line then you are putting too much pressure on top-six to produce. Need a 3rd line with some offence IMO.

You can mitigate a low-scoring 3rd line with Defensemen who score.

I think if the Oilers have button-down 3rd and 4th lines, and add some Dmen who can deliver on the powerplay and on the rush, they can survive.

It would also help immensely if Yakupov can take a step forward offensively giving the 2nd line a big push.

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#58 Wintoon
May 13 2014, 08:15AM
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Looking back at comments made by MacT last summer, he stated that he had to improve the bottom six because the team needs to be able to ice players with the potential to do more than just break even.

In order to accomplish this, Gordon must be your #4C not your #3C. He would be an excellent #4C on a good team. MacT must find (trade, UFA, develop) a quality #3C that is responsible defensively and can score a bit. If he does that, it will take some pressure off the top six and allow them some leeway.

For this reason the 2014 draft is critical. It must yield the Oilers a prospect to fill the #1C or #2C slot. Whoever they draft must complement RNH and be offensively gifted. If this happens, the Oilers have a chance to be very competitive within the next two seasons. Personally, I can't wait to see what happens.

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#59 Frank Rizza
May 13 2014, 09:28AM
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Harry2 wrote:

Hahahaaa!!! Your gonna make Markov the second highest paid player in the league! Holy hell. NEXT

Do you have a better way to get a #1 Dman until our guys can develop? If you do I would love to hear it. Just for the record, IMO, Phanuef, is nowhere close to a #1 Dman and neither is Braydon Coburn.

The whole point of the deal is that he may not be able to say no and its for only 2 years.

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#60 Sorensenator
May 13 2014, 10:23AM
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Frank Rizza wrote:

Do you have a better way to get a #1 Dman until our guys can develop? If you do I would love to hear it. Just for the record, IMO, Phanuef, is nowhere close to a #1 Dman and neither is Braydon Coburn.

The whole point of the deal is that he may not be able to say no and its for only 2 years.

There is no "better way" to get a #1 defensemen because it would involve trading RNH or Hall to get one of the 10 - 15 #1 D men in the league.

While I agree with you Dion Phanuef is not a #1 D man, he is definitely a #3 and a #2 on most teams as his stats suggest.

Phanuef has racked up 371 points in 680 NHL games, which is good for 0.55 PPG as a defensemen, and he was a +3 this year while facing the toughest competition.

If the Oilers picked up Phanuef he would immediately be their best defenseman.

Think they can do better?

Here is a list of the top 15 defensemen in the league right now, think hard of what it would take to acquire one. (Not necessarily in order)

1. Zdeno Chara 2. Shea Weber 3. Duncan Keith 4. Ryan Suter 5. Erik Karlsson 6. Drew Doughty 7. P.K. Subban 8. Kris Letang 9. Alex Pietrangelo 10. Ryan McDonagh 11. Brent Seabrook 12. Kevin Shattenkirk 13. Niklas Kronwall 14. Oliver Ekman Larsson 15. Dan Girardi

Head spinning?

The list spirals downward from there drastically.

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#61 Zarny
May 13 2014, 10:47AM
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Frank Rizza wrote:

Do you have a better way to get a #1 Dman until our guys can develop? If you do I would love to hear it. Just for the record, IMO, Phanuef, is nowhere close to a #1 Dman and neither is Braydon Coburn.

The whole point of the deal is that he may not be able to say no and its for only 2 years.

A 1D by definition is one of the top 30 D in the league.

Phaneuf makes that list before Markov. And Coburn has better corsi stats than both. Offering Markov $18M over 2 years would be stupid beyond belief.

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#62 Sorensenator
May 13 2014, 11:00AM
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Zarny wrote:

A 1D by definition is one of the top 30 D in the league.

Phaneuf makes that list before Markov. And Coburn has better corsi stats than both. Offering Markov $18M over 2 years would be stupid beyond belief.

Not every team has a #1 D man because there are not 30 of them in the League, 20 is pushing it.

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#63 LOIL99
May 13 2014, 11:23AM
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Frank Rizza wrote:

I'm not sure if I would want to get in a term war with them but I would offer him a 2year $18M contract. He's gonna get 4 years at $6M per at least so maybe he'd take $9M per for 2 years. I might do the same 2 year, stupid money deal for David Legwand. There's no way any sane elite or semi elite player is signing here this summer unless they get overpaid. I would do it short term until our d can get some experience and our forwards learn how to win.

This HAS to be a tongue in cheek comment. $9M per for DAVID FREAKING LEGWAND let alone Markov. LOL.

Yeah lets make one of these 2 guys (or both it sounds like you are suggesting) one of the highest paid players in the history of the NHL. LOL.

CLASSIC!!

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#64 madjam
May 13 2014, 11:48AM
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Just how close does management feel we would be to a competitive /viable playoff club with Phaneuf as an addition ? A legit long term contender ? I don't think they want an expensive short term diminishing veteran at this stage , like a Markov . We already have one in Ference .

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#65 Jordan1126
May 13 2014, 01:19PM
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Katz business model...

The edmonton Oilers = Edmonton's main attraction. (people pay no matter what)

The Edmonton Oilers = one of the worst franchises in North America

One of the worst franchises in north america = headache after headache, possibly even depression or other illnesses.

Illnesses = Prescriptions

Prescreptions = Rexall Drugs

Rexall Drugs = Katz being rich, by both peoples devotion to the team, and by needed prescriptions related to being a fan.

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#66 Sorensenator
May 13 2014, 01:25PM
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Jordan1126 wrote:

Katz business model...

The edmonton Oilers = Edmonton's main attraction. (people pay no matter what)

The Edmonton Oilers = one of the worst franchises in North America

One of the worst franchises in north america = headache after headache, possibly even depression or other illnesses.

Illnesses = Prescriptions

Prescreptions = Rexall Drugs

Rexall Drugs = Katz being rich, by both peoples devotion to the team, and by needed prescriptions related to being a fan.

You're hilarious bud, if everyone had your attitude we wouldn't have an NHL team.

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#67 pkam
May 13 2014, 01:27PM
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I thought this is a thread about signing Lander. Why is all the latest comment related to our defense? If you guys are interested in this topic, isn't there an article not long ago on Phaneuf?

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#68 BLAKPOO
May 13 2014, 02:09PM
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madjam wrote:

Just how close does management feel we would be to a competitive /viable playoff club with Phaneuf as an addition ? A legit long term contender ? I don't think they want an expensive short term diminishing veteran at this stage , like a Markov . We already have one in Ference .

Honestly, it's not worth it for us to pick up any long term deals. Ideally, we pick up a #1, #2 guy.. even if he is a little older, that will help mold our current youngsters into good pros. In 2 years time, especially if we end up with Ekblad, there won't be any room for an older guy in the top 4.

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#69 bazmagoo
May 13 2014, 02:46PM
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@Sorensenator

I think Markov at 3 years/15 million could be a reasonable overpay (if there is such a thing). According to rumours, Montreal is wanting to sign him for a 1 year deal at a time from here on, and they have to sign PK Subban this offseason which is going to be a monster hit for them. Could be an opportunity for a desperate team/manager to overpay for a temporary fix to the problem. Markov has been awesome this playoffs!

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#70 Sorensenator
May 13 2014, 02:57PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

I think Markov at 3 years/15 million could be a reasonable overpay (if there is such a thing). According to rumours, Montreal is wanting to sign him for a 1 year deal at a time from here on, and they have to sign PK Subban this offseason which is going to be a monster hit for them. Could be an opportunity for a desperate team/manager to overpay for a temporary fix to the problem. Markov has been awesome this playoffs!

Not with his history of injury, I don't touch him with 10 foot pole.

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#71 Mb
May 13 2014, 06:49PM
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Zarny wrote:

A 1D by definition is one of the top 30 D in the league.

Phaneuf makes that list before Markov. And Coburn has better corsi stats than both. Offering Markov $18M over 2 years would be stupid beyond belief.

By that logic the Oilers had a 1D..... Wow is that dumb!!!!

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#72 Frank Rizza
May 13 2014, 07:52PM
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LOIL99 wrote:

This HAS to be a tongue in cheek comment. $9M per for DAVID FREAKING LEGWAND let alone Markov. LOL.

Yeah lets make one of these 2 guys (or both it sounds like you are suggesting) one of the highest paid players in the history of the NHL. LOL.

CLASSIC!!

I agree that it would be a massive overpay and maybe the number isn't quite $9m, but if the oilers are offering the same money or term as every other team why the heck would either of those players or anyone else of value sign here this year. They won't! So the 2 year term mitigates the stupid money in my opinion. This does a few things, it means you don't have trade Eberle plus whatever for a high end dman. Nuge gets a little softer minutes defensively. Whoever you take at the draft gets a chance to develop properly either back in junior or with less pressure and in two years if our current group plus prospects aren't ready for prime time then were gonna have waaaay bigger problems than making Markov and Legwand two of the highest paid players in the world.

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#73 Harry2
May 13 2014, 10:01PM
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Frank Rizza wrote:

Do you have a better way to get a #1 Dman until our guys can develop? If you do I would love to hear it. Just for the record, IMO, Phanuef, is nowhere close to a #1 Dman and neither is Braydon Coburn.

The whole point of the deal is that he may not be able to say no and its for only 2 years.

I completely agree with your logic but 9 mil is assinine for markov.

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#74 madjam
May 13 2014, 10:57PM
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Frank Rizza wrote:

I agree that it would be a massive overpay and maybe the number isn't quite $9m, but if the oilers are offering the same money or term as every other team why the heck would either of those players or anyone else of value sign here this year. They won't! So the 2 year term mitigates the stupid money in my opinion. This does a few things, it means you don't have trade Eberle plus whatever for a high end dman. Nuge gets a little softer minutes defensively. Whoever you take at the draft gets a chance to develop properly either back in junior or with less pressure and in two years if our current group plus prospects aren't ready for prime time then were gonna have waaaay bigger problems than making Markov and Legwand two of the highest paid players in the world.

Probably same reason J.Schultz signed here is why others might as well . They get to play more and in a prominent role on what looks to be a team on the rise . Albeit , this year was more a flop .

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