Free agency begins...Oilers sign Fayne and Pouliot

Jason Gregor
July 01 2014 10:02AM

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The Dallas Stars got a jump on the rest of the NHL when they acquired Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson for Alec Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2nd round pick in 2015.

The West continues to get stronger, and if the Oilers plan to become competitive in two years they must develop Leon Draisaitl correctly. You need elite centres, two of them, to compete in the western conference. 

The Oilers won't get an elite centre in free agency, but they will try to find some quality veterans to help the Oilers young core become more competitive.

BREAKING...Oilers sign Mark Fayne to a four-year deal at $3.5 million/year and Benoit Pouliot for five years at $4 mill/year.

Former Oiler, Ales Hemsky, signs in Dallas for three years at $4 million/year 

Oilers sign Keith Aulie to a one-year deal. Good depth guy. He can be a #6/7 and it is better that he sits in the pressbox instead of a young D-man.

The Oilers will try to land a centre, a 3rd line left winger a 4th line right winger and some D-men.

They will go after players like Legwand, Goc, Grabovski, Jokinen, Boyle, Kulemin, Pouliot, Winnik, Fayne, Engelland, Stralman and Dan Boyle.

If they can land two of those players that would be a good day, if they get three would very good. We'll see what happens.

We will update you as the day unfolds.

Also, before we get to hockey I'd like to say Happy 147th birthday to The True North Strong and Free. I'm extremely lucky to have been born in this great country and make sure you celebrate our great Nation today.

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QUICK HITS...

  • With Dallas trading for Spezza, this puts even more pressure on St.Louis to try and sign Stastny. I like Stastny a lot, but if he gets $7mill/year that is huge money for a guy who is a great 2nd line centre.


  • Jarome Iginla and the Bruins might have to part ways because the Bs have limited cap space. Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Colorado and Detroit are interested. The Avs really like Iginla and want his experience and if they lose out on Stastny, which seems likely, they could go hard after Iggy.


  • Dave Bolland is my pick for biggest overpayment. Who is yours?

SIGNINGS BEGIN...

  • Penguins sign Ehrhoff for one year at $4 million. Good signing for Pens, especially with Maatta coming off shoulder surgery.
  • Manny Malhotra signs a one year, $850,000 deal with Montreal. Malhotra continues to be a great feel good story....
  • Mark Fayne at four years $3.5 million is a solid signing, but I don't see him more than a #4 long term. The most important part of this signing is that means the Oilers don't have to rush their young D-men.
  • Pouliot's five years concerns me. Time will tell, but that money for five years could be an issue in the future. He has played on five teams in five years. The Oilers needed a proven NHL player and he is that, but five years is major risk, IMO. Pouliot is a former #4 overall pick, so he does have some skill. I like that he is very aggressive on the forecheck and he will give the Oilers a good puck retriever.

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#251 jake
July 01 2014, 04:20PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Because I disagree with you, I am pious and sanctimonious? How hypocritical of you.

I am not expecting anyone to conform. But don't be shocked if you get called on it if you use the word "retard" or drop n-bombs. I disagree with it but I can't control how you think or speak.

Another key thing today is the fact Nuge, Hall and Ebs all have cost certainty for ++ years into the future. Had Tambellini done 2 year bridge deals for 4 and 14 back in summer 2012, this might be a whole different day.

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#252 jake
July 01 2014, 04:21PM
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@jake

Soup, did not mean to reply to your specific post above. Disregard.

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#253 HardBoiledOil
July 01 2014, 04:23PM
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pretty good moves for some useful players today, but still waiting for MacT's "bold" moves. i think Jim Nill in Dallas has made "bold" moves the last couple of years, acquiring Seguin, Spezza and Hemsky.

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#254 The Soup Fascist
July 01 2014, 04:23PM
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jake wrote:

Another key thing today is the fact Nuge, Hall and Ebs all have cost certainty for ++ years into the future. Had Tambellini done 2 year bridge deals for 4 and 14 back in summer 2012, this might be a whole different day.

Not sure of the tie in but I appreciate the fact you are trying to turn this back into a hockey forum.

Well done.

Those should be looked at as value contracts if those guys play well and stupid dollars continue to be handed out.

Despite the cap being a couple of million below the anticipated $71 million this year it will go up substantially over the next couple of years.

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#255 Lofty
July 01 2014, 04:25PM
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How about Tom Gilbert finding his way into a contract for $2.8 per year for a pair of years?!

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#256 2004Z06
July 01 2014, 04:25PM
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The Last Big Bear wrote:

How about these comparables?

Benoit Pouliot: $1.3m, signed for 1 year at age 26, after a 20 point lockout season, good defensively, big body.

Benoit Pouliot: $1.8m, signed for 1 year at age 25, 32 points on previous contract, good defensively, big body.

Benoit Pouliot: $1.1m, signed for 1 year at age 24, 30 points the previous season, good defensively, big body.

Benoit Pouliot: $1.375m, signed for 1 year at age 23, 28 points the precious season, good defensively, big body.

I'd say those are some pretty good comparables to 27 year old Benoit Pouliot.

He's been a fringe NHLer, bouncing from team to team on 1 year, $1-ish million contracts, not getting renewed, and having to look elsewhere.

The Oilers just signed the same player to triple the salary and five times the term that everyone else has been giving him.

This is not the kind of contract needed to land this kind of player, as objectively demonstrated by *this exact player*.

How about these comparable's...

Oilers 2010-11...30th place...No one wants to play here Oilers 2011-12...29th place...No one wants to play here Oilers 2012-13...24th place... No one wants to play here Oilers 2013-14...27th place...No one wants to play here

What part of free agency and having to over pay for players to come here don't you understand?

Don't think your signature was on the contract either so why the hell do you care?

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#257 Rob...
July 01 2014, 04:28PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Yukon Jack...really? Wow, way to make an argument based on what a "Radio Personality" said on the radio once upon a time.

So, according to you and Moron Jack... it's ok to use the "N" word in public, just as long as it's not directed to your Black Relatives and only if it's directed at other people who are not Black.

You two are the definition of "Idiots".

Yes really. So I'm guessing if Yukon Jack pulled up beside you and told you that you had a flat tire, you'd call him him an idiot and flip him off, because obviously he isn't capable of stating anything that's true. I never stated that anything the guy said was golden, I said he had a great rant. It would take more than an idiot to understand that I guess. You prove my point and likely have been called an r'tard behind your back more than once.

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#258 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 04:33PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Because I disagree with you, I am pious and sanctimonious? How hypocritical of you.

I am not expecting anyone to conform. But don't be shocked if you get called on it if you use the word "retard" or drop n-bombs. I disagree with it but I can't control how you think or speak.

First off, don't flip positions and claim 'to each their own' when you are the one who started this with your soap box outrage. That is hypocritical.

Ypu're not expecting anyone to conform, you just don't want them to be able to say what you don't want to hear. whatever.

Second, I didn't use either of the words you mention.

I'm glad you recognize you can't control the way I think.

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#259 The Soup Fascist
July 01 2014, 04:44PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

First off, don't flip positions and claim 'to each their own' when you are the one who started this with your soap box outrage. That is hypocritical.

Ypu're not expecting anyone to conform, you just don't want them to be able to say what you don't want to hear. whatever.

Second, I didn't use either of the words you mention.

I'm glad you recognize you can't control the way I think.

Ha ha. Now you are telling me "don't do this" and "don't do that" all the while berating me for trying to be controlling of others.

Arguing with an idiot (there, is that un-PC enough for you?) is like wrestling with a pig in the mud. At some point you realize the pig likes it. I have reached that point.

Have a nice day.

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#260 Danger Pay
July 01 2014, 04:47PM
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Rob... wrote:

Yes really. So I'm guessing if Yukon Jack pulled up beside you and told you that you had a flat tire, you'd call him him an idiot and flip him off, because obviously he isn't capable of stating anything that's true. I never stated that anything the guy said was golden, I said he had a great rant. It would take more than an idiot to understand that I guess. You prove my point and likely have been called an r'tard behind your back more than once.

Ok, The IQ level of this conversation has gone way down. Your comparing using derogatory comments to advising someone they need to change a tire? I'm starting to understand why "Developmentally Challenged" run's in your family.

*see now you've gotten me to lower myself to your neanderthal level*

I am done with you and this terrible back and forth.

God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. - Amen

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#261 Serious Gord
July 01 2014, 04:50PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

How about these comparable's...

Oilers 2010-11...30th place...No one wants to play here Oilers 2011-12...29th place...No one wants to play here Oilers 2012-13...24th place... No one wants to play here Oilers 2013-14...27th place...No one wants to play here

What part of free agency and having to over pay for players to come here don't you understand?

Don't think your signature was on the contract either so why the hell do you care?

And the clown show the got the oil into this mess is still running things...

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#262 Reg Dunlop
July 01 2014, 04:52PM
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Clearly I can only judge Mac on what he has done so far. Forward depth is marginally better but center position remains the league worst. Defence has improved, just how much TBA. The way I see it: this remains Hall's team, they go as far as he can take them. No playoffs next year but we should pass a couple teams in the standings, 20th to 25th overall.

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#263 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 04:52PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Ha ha. Now you are telling me "don't do this" and "don't do that" all the while berating me for trying to be controlling of others.

Arguing with an idiot (there, is that un-PC enough for you?) is like wrestling with a pig in the mud. At some point you realize the pig likes it. I have reached that point.

Have a nice day.

I was following the hockey news and feeling gay. But your queer comments changed that. Your use of the word "idiot" is insensitive to anyone who is developmentally delayed. Unacceptable.

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#264 The Soup Fascist
July 01 2014, 04:53PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

And the clown show the got the oil into this mess is still running things...

I can't defend the state this team was in or some of the decisions made at the highest level.

However Gord, is the team better or worse since MacT took the helm?

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#265 DoubleJ
July 01 2014, 04:56PM
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I'm not going to skim the 250 plus remarks. So If someone already mentioned it sorry. I wonder what it would take to land Sharp from Chicago.

Chicago needs to dump salary just to start the year plus they need to resign toews,Kane and Saad next year all three will be getting at least a 2 mill raise.

I'd be all over Chicago right now trying to free Sharp from them.

He'd be perfect for the oilers.

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#266 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 04:58PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Clearly I can only judge Mac on what he has done so far. Forward depth is marginally better but center position remains the league worst. Defence has improved, just how much TBA. The way I see it: this remains Hall's team, they go as far as he can take them. No playoffs next year but we should pass a couple teams in the standings, 20th to 25th overall.

I would agree. Not that impressed with the current lineup. Slightly improved at great cost but not good. I didn't like the Perron trade and turned out to be very wrong on that. There is a chance that MacTavish and co 'see something' in some of their hires, and they have another gear.

I doubt it, but we shall see.

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#267 The Soup Fascist
July 01 2014, 05:00PM
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DoubleJ wrote:

I'm not going to skim the 250 plus remarks. So If someone already mentioned it sorry. I wonder what it would take to land Sharp from Chicago.

Chicago needs to dump salary just to start the year plus they need to resign toews,Kane and Saad next year all three will be getting at least a 2 mill raise.

I'd be all over Chicago right now trying to free Sharp from them.

He'd be perfect for the oilers.

Two problems. He has a NMC and he is a winger.

You are correct he could be the guy on the way out. But not sure how he ends up here.

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#268 hankthetank
July 01 2014, 05:03PM
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It's amazing all the negativity in here today. Some of you guys should take your toys and go home.

I am obviously a part of the optimistic minority who feel that MacT did some good work in the last few days...I'm excited for the start of the season.

Any one else....?

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#269 Johnnydapunk
July 01 2014, 05:04PM
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I guess overall I'm not head over heels about the signings, but I'm also pretty aware that until the Oil start winning and being at least competitive, it's gonna be a struggle to get players here.

I do like that depth wise the Oil improved greatly and didn't pay crazy crazy money for that, they are better then before the day begun and MacT seems to be sensible enough to make signings that are needed to make the team better. It doesn't mean that the Oil are a cup contender, but for the first time in a while, they seem to be going forward and depth signings are needed for that.

The signings make sense and in the press rhe mentioned that the search for a centre man is still ongoing so it's not like he is oblivious to what's needed.

MacT is realising the needs and dealing with them one at a time and that's nice to see, from goaltending, toughness, semi decent defenceman, protecting the young players a bit and now allowing them to develop a bit, to getting rid of not so great contracts, he has not been afraid to make a move or two.

Now is the time that the doorcrasher/ bidding war is over and the dust can settle and the prices will not be as crazy for whatever is left.

I'm not expecting miracles, but success will bring players, so hopefully there will be a bit coming up. Shame that the Western conference is sooo tough though :-p

I do think that Katz has put a bit of a timeline on that the Oil need to be successful by the time the new Arena is built though.

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#270 BleedingOil
July 01 2014, 05:06PM
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Pouliot, Purcell and Aulie all played together in Tampa.......hmmmm

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#271 madjam
July 01 2014, 05:07PM
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Fickle ON fans . I said in another blog (Texaco) that it would be a success if we added two defenceman first day . 75% of ON trashed it , and the only one cheer was my own . Funny ON fans .

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#272 KozyMel
July 01 2014, 05:07PM
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All I really need to know right now is whether Mark is "Dark" Fayne or "Light" Fayne.

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#273 Quicksilver ballet
July 01 2014, 05:11PM
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I'd give Craig a B- on todays efforts. He did better than I thought he might.

He needs to sit tight now and let teams come to him now. There are more than a few clubs with cap concerns. They could have an surprise addition now that a few teams need to shed a contract or two. Be patient during this buyers market for teams who overspent.

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#274 KozyMel
July 01 2014, 05:19PM
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@hankthetank

I'm not going to totally trash what MacT did - and I love to trash him.

He said all along he was after Fayne and got him.

The D pickups were all reasonable, but I don't understand signing Auley. It's a big improvement over last years pickups.

But today he said they had targeted Pouliot - why?? There's already 5 LW, now 6: Hall, Perron, Pouliot, Hendricks, Gadzic and Joensuu.

You'd think he'd find more than $1.2 for C Goc if he could find $20M for LW Pouliot.

He's still short a #4 RW to play with Gordon and Hendricks and a #2 C (and #3 if they want to let Draisaitl develop more).

All in all, not a disasterous day, but still huge holes to fill.

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#275 KozyMel
July 01 2014, 05:22PM
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@Johnnydapunk

I don't thing Daryl "Harold Ballard" Katz has put one bit of pressure on any of these guys.

He has his NHL toy and that's all that matters.

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#276 Oilers
July 01 2014, 05:24PM
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Not impressed. Team no worse. But no better. Mac t is NOT the big saviour.

Free agency is a waste of time. Usually you over pay for junk and then are stuck with it.

The only way to improve is with strategic trades. Look at lombardi.. oh.. we are the oilers... 9 years of Not That Smart

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#277 KozyMel
July 01 2014, 05:27PM
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@The Soup Fascist

And @ DoubleJ

Not only is Sharp a LW, but MacT has loaded up on the left side with 6 LW's now signed.

He's short on the RW side (no #4) and down the middle - no #2 or #3.

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#278 Danger Pay
July 01 2014, 05:28PM
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hankthetank wrote:

It's amazing all the negativity in here today. Some of you guys should take your toys and go home.

I am obviously a part of the optimistic minority who feel that MacT did some good work in the last few days...I'm excited for the start of the season.

Any one else....?

100% agree.

The one thing I don't wanna see though is Hall, Eb's and Lil Nugy talking about making a push for the playoffs during training camp, like they did last year.

The message from the "Kids" has to be and should be "It's time to take our games to the next level and put in an honest effort game in and game out" "Our focus is game one, winning that game and going from there"

I'm not falling for that "had a great summer of workouts, which should help make a playoff push" crap again.

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#279 Eddie Shore
July 01 2014, 05:30PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

I can't defend the state this team was in or some of the decisions made at the highest level.

However Gord, is the team better or worse since MacT took the helm?

Still waiting for your thoughts, Gord...

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#280 Rama Lama
July 01 2014, 05:30PM
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OK I'm sure that many of the faithful at ON are very very happy that Mac T is in charge over Mr. Dithers! SS had regressed this organization so far back, and now we finally have someone that can actually do something........how refreshing.

Props for liking our current GM to have the vision and balls to do something.

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#281 nuge2nail
July 01 2014, 05:32PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...Pouliot becomes the oilers 5th top points getter on the team behind RNH... ...y'can't crap on this pickup...

Oiler Domination To Follow

Perron, Purcell and Pouliot all rank in the Oilers top 6 in scoring based on last years point totals.

All players are entering or are in their prime.

One of these wingers will be on the third line with Yak.

Once we fill the #2c hole this team will be competitive again.

Unless we see Marincin, Yakupov, Hopkins take another step forward it won't be enough for the playoffs though.

Scrivens will need to have a superstar season as well.

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#282 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 05:44PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

100% agree.

The one thing I don't wanna see though is Hall, Eb's and Lil Nugy talking about making a push for the playoffs during training camp, like they did last year.

The message from the "Kids" has to be and should be "It's time to take our games to the next level and put in an honest effort game in and game out" "Our focus is game one, winning that game and going from there"

I'm not falling for that "had a great summer of workouts, which should help make a playoff push" crap again.

I hear what you're saying, but I don't blame the players for saying that. I agree with your sentiment about consistent effort. I do think winning should be the goal.

The ones I don't believe anymore are the management selling a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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#283 camdog
July 01 2014, 05:47PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

I agree 100%. If you hate the oilers management, hate the coaches, the roster and all the new players that join the team...

How can you call yourself an Oilers fan?

Seems like we have a ton of DSFs on steroids posting negative comments on a regular basis.

You sound like a leaf fan. Blind loyalty to the team is as bad as the DSF negative posters.

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#284 RexHolez
July 01 2014, 05:56PM
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if gagner stays healthy and the coyotes play dubnyk, we might win a game next year

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#285 mesa
July 01 2014, 06:14PM
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for any body who is bashing the oilers just to let u know that according to TSN that NISKANEN and Dan boyle and one more ufa refused to sign with the RED WINGS.

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#286 backup bob
July 01 2014, 06:16PM
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I give MacTavish a B- or a C+.

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#287 Zarny
July 01 2014, 06:17PM
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The Last Big Bear wrote:

How about these comparables?

Benoit Pouliot: $1.3m, signed for 1 year at age 26, after a 20 point lockout season, good defensively, big body.

Benoit Pouliot: $1.8m, signed for 1 year at age 25, 32 points on previous contract, good defensively, big body.

Benoit Pouliot: $1.1m, signed for 1 year at age 24, 30 points the previous season, good defensively, big body.

Benoit Pouliot: $1.375m, signed for 1 year at age 23, 28 points the precious season, good defensively, big body.

I'd say those are some pretty good comparables to 27 year old Benoit Pouliot.

He's been a fringe NHLer, bouncing from team to team on 1 year, $1-ish million contracts, not getting renewed, and having to look elsewhere.

The Oilers just signed the same player to triple the salary and five times the term that everyone else has been giving him.

This is not the kind of contract needed to land this kind of player, as objectively demonstrated by *this exact player*.

Hey, it could be worse.

The Oilers could have David Jones signed to $4M per year.

Or worse yet, they could have given Deryk Engelland $2.9M for 3 years lol. That's over 5 X more than any GM has ever paid him to be a 3rd pairing Dman.

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#288 Oiler Al
July 01 2014, 06:18PM
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For all those bemoaning that some of todays deals were overpayments,[ Nikitan, Pouliot], you may be right, but that's the nature of the Free Agent Frenzy, its always an over pay, get over it.

Further more this is a testament to fact that annual bottom feeders will always have to over pay for their wants.

If MacT would have sat on his butt and did nothing you would be crying about that.

These weren't bold moves but decent.At least the team is bigger with out wearing the Fridge tag.

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#289 AutoOiler
July 01 2014, 06:27PM
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Oilers wrote:

Not impressed. Team no worse. But no better. Mac t is NOT the big saviour.

Free agency is a waste of time. Usually you over pay for junk and then are stuck with it.

The only way to improve is with strategic trades. Look at lombardi.. oh.. we are the oilers... 9 years of Not That Smart

It took Lombardi 3 years to get the kings into the playoffs. Ending the kings 6 year drought. He focused on trading for and signing veterans. Thus allowing his prospects the time to develop properly.

Now let's give MacT 2 more years. And hope he's been paying attention to what Lombardi has done.

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#290 bwar
July 01 2014, 06:28PM
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I don't know anything about Aulie. Was he essentially signed as the 7th dman or does he have a shot at leap frogging others on the depth chart?

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#291 drevillion
July 01 2014, 06:34PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

Perron, Purcell and Pouliot all rank in the Oilers top 6 in scoring based on last years point totals.

All players are entering or are in their prime.

One of these wingers will be on the third line with Yak.

Once we fill the #2c hole this team will be competitive again.

Unless we see Marincin, Yakupov, Hopkins take another step forward it won't be enough for the playoffs though.

Scrivens will need to have a superstar season as well.

Well said. Question is....will that #2 centre hole be filled this summer or will we be carrying this debate into next March? I hope for the former but as a longtime fan, I sadly assume the latter. ..

Anyone have thoughts on whom would be our trade bait and what team is dealing that coveted centre?? Go!!

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#292 Smokey
July 01 2014, 06:39PM
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Don't understand all the left wingers, and why they signed Gadzic to a 2 year deal. Frankly I'd roll with Hendricks on the 4th, seems to be extra money wasted.

You have to assume the Oilers are working on landing one of O.Yokinen, Legwand, Grabbo. Picking up these free agent wingers seems pointless if he does not don't have a insulator for Draisaitl, and I don't buy MacT would roll with Deutsch Diggler in that 2nd line center position and throwing him against the Thornton and Kopitars of the conference.

I've also wondered if there may be a deal being worked out for Berglund. Maybe Lecavalier if he would waive his no trade (not likely) and if Philly retain a third of his salary or something. Chicago has got to figure out their cap issues, I would like to think Sharp would shake loose with the signing of Richards, albeit his usage has been at wing recently.

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#293 Smokey
July 01 2014, 06:44PM
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Zarny wrote:

Hey, it could be worse.

The Oilers could have David Jones signed to $4M per year.

Or worse yet, they could have given Deryk Engelland $2.9M for 3 years lol. That's over 5 X more than any GM has ever paid him to be a 3rd pairing Dman.

Engelland deal made me feel good about all our overpays. Its nice to know one GM is worse then ours.

3 million for a popcorn muncher/facepuncher makes me glad.

I can't see any Calgary fan liking this.

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#294 2004Z06
July 01 2014, 06:49PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

And the clown show the got the oil into this mess is still running things...

No argument there!

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#295 v4ance
July 01 2014, 06:52PM
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bwar wrote:

I don't know anything about Aulie. Was he essentially signed as the 7th dman or does he have a shot at leap frogging others on the depth chart?

Strictly signed as #7 so Klefbom and Nurse can stay in AHL and CHL respectively and play tons of minutes.

If either of them can flat out beat Aulie or another D above them in the depth chart for a spot, then they'll totally deserve it. They'll need to show that they've taken another great leap forward in development. If it's even close between Aulie and either of them, they go back down and Aulie is the guy who sits in the pressbox and rotates in every few games for one of the other D.

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#296 The Last Big Bear
July 01 2014, 06:53PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

How about these comparable's...

Oilers 2010-11...30th place...No one wants to play here Oilers 2011-12...29th place...No one wants to play here Oilers 2012-13...24th place... No one wants to play here Oilers 2013-14...27th place...No one wants to play here

What part of free agency and having to over pay for players to come here don't you understand?

Don't think your signature was on the contract either so why the hell do you care?

I know WHY the Oilers have to overpay to get UFAs.

I was debating with someone who claimed that this was NOT an overpay, and that this is just the going market price for players like Pouliot, which is clearly not the case.

The other issue is that while the Oilers may need to overpay to draw certain players, I honestly do not believe that any team, even the Oilers, needs to drop a $20m long-term deal to bring in a 3rd line winger.

I didn't sign the contract, so why the hell should I care?

I'm talking about hockey, on a HOCKEY BLOG. Are you lost or something? What do you think we are ALL doing here?

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#297 v4ance
July 01 2014, 06:59PM
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Don't understand all the left wingers, and why they signed Gadzic to a 2 year deal. Frankly I'd roll with Hendricks on the 4th, seems to be extra money wasted.

You have to assume the Oilers are working on landing one of O.Yokinen, Legwand, Grabbo. Picking up these free agent wingers seems pointless if he does not don't have a insulator for Draisaitl, and I don't buy MacT would roll with Deutsch Diggler in that 2nd line center position and throwing him against the Thornton and Kopitars of the conference.

I've also wondered if there may be a deal being worked out for Berglund. Maybe Lecavalier if he would waive his no trade (not likely) and if Philly retain a third of his salary or something. Chicago has got to figure out their cap issues, I would like to think Sharp would shake loose with the signing of Richards, albeit his usage has been at wing recently.

If I'm MacT, I'm not letting Phi get out of their cap hell that easily.

IF we take Lecavalier as a salary dump, they need to send their 2nd round pick with him for a prospect like Davidson/Musil or a 4th rounder going back.

Either that or we go for the jugular and say Couturier or bust for that same prospect or 4th rnd pick. Might even be nice and send Joensuu back with the pick/prospect ;)

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#298 nuge2nail
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You sound like a leaf fan. Blind loyalty to the team is as bad as the DSF negative posters.

Oiler Domination To Follow

I'm just sayin- if you hate everything about the team, and every change the team makes than what are you really a "fan" of?

The logo? No ones planning a Stanley cup parade here.... I dont get it

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Well that escalated quickly. So much negativity here today. Griping and checking player stats will not give you any closure for the moves made today. I just wanna watch the boys in blue win this year like any of you. Maybe we're a step closer, maybe not. It remains to be seen, but calling each other out in chat rooms over oppinions is becoming insufferably overbearing.

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#300 Mujidog
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MacT did well today. The roster is gaining clarity; players have more defined roles. There are less question marks like Joensuu, Belov, and Grebeshkov; MacT learned his lesson last year..

That said, this puzzle's missing pieces are smack dab in the center (pun intended). The missing pieces aren't on the edge of the puzzle where few would notice. They're right in the middle; right in the cat's face, the sailboat, the Eiffel tower. He needs to find those pieces. He has lots of time though.

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