It may not be Russell or Davidson. It could very well be both.

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2017 11:41AM

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Given the choice between keeping Kris Russell and Brandon Davidson, the poll currently on our site suggests that readers of Oilers Nation would prefer the cheaper, younger Davidson.

That, though, may be a false choice. There is a strong argument that Edmonton should move out two defencemen, in which case both Russell and Davidson might find themselves on the chopping block.

The Need to Improve

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Yesterday we talked about the lack of an elite defenceman in the Oilers’ lineup. Obviously finding one would be a big step forward for the team, but is a difficult proposition. Less difficult is improving in areas of definite weakness—for example, by adding a right-shot, puck-moving defenceman to the top-four.

Barring at least one move, however, it’s difficult to find a spot for such a player. Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson are long-term building blocks on reasonable but expensive contracts. Andrej Sekera is the team’s best defenceman today, and is also signed long-term at a $5.5 million cap hit.

A trade is one possibility. Larsson and Sekera were both acquired by the current GM, making Klefbom the most likely candidate for such treatment. Klefbom has the most varied skillset of the group and my guess is that he’ll ultimately end up being the best of the bunch, so barring a mammoth return I think this would be a mistake.

Sekera is a more plausible trade candidate than Larsson, but he’s also the best of them today and I don’t think Edmonton would get the same return for him anyway.

That leaves pending free agent Kris Russell, whose future remains undecided. Given his age, this summer is probably the best chance he’s ever going to have to get a big contract, one with a high annual value and the security of term. If he re-signs in Edmonton, the Oilers will be committed to four expensive defencemen for years to come.

That doesn’t make it impossible to bring in a top-four defender, but it does make it more difficult. The Oilers could plausibly pay Russell and then run him as a special teams guy and a partner for Darnell Nurse on the third pairing, a move which would bump at least one of Brandon Davidson or Matt Benning off the roster. That probably isn’t ideal, though; given what the years ahead look like, Edmonton will probably need to find economical choices for depth roles and a Nurse/Russell third pairing would be quite expensive.

Cheaper Players in the System

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As the Oilers look for cheaper players to populate depth roles, they will undoubtedly turn to their prospects. Options are limited up front, but on the blue line the team has some real choices. Unfortunately, they’ve also run out of time to make a decision. Come next fall, Griffin Reinhart, Jordan Oesterle and Dillon Simpson will all require waivers to be sent to the minors. For Reinhart and Oesterle, clearing them seems unlikely.

Reinhart is coming off an entry-level deal with massive bonuses because he was a No. 4 overall pick, but should be amenable to a much cheaper deal next season given that he’ll be a fourth-year pro who still hasn’t proven himself as an NHL regular. He’s a good fit for an end-of-roster spot in a lot of ways, having played extensively on both the right and left side of the ice. It’s also hard to imagine that he’s fallen so low in the estimation of Chiarelli and co. over the last two years that they would risk him on waivers after paying such a premium to acquire him.

Oesterle’s current deal is a one-year pact with an NHL-minimum cap hit of $585,000. Even if he just signs his qualifying offer he’ll be about as cheap as a defenceman can be, and his speed and puckmoving ability would be welcome assets at the bottom of the lineup.

Even assuming no additions to the top-four, there just isn’t room to add both players to the team. If the status quo holds, Nurse, Davidson and Benning should have the No. 5 – No. 7 spots on the defensive depth chart locked down. If Eric Gryba is sent out there’s room for one No. 8 guy, but most teams don’t like carrying eight defencemen because the No. 8 guy is so rarely used anyway.

Two Subtractions?

Those two pressures put the Oilers in a situation where it probably makes sense to move two defencemen out. There’s a need to continue improving the blue line, which necessitates making space—either via trade, or by not re-signing Russell. There’s also a need to work cheap up-and-coming players into those bottom pairing spots, which means clearing out space or losing those cheap players for nothing next year.

The pressures are undeniable, but mileage is going to vary on how to handle them. In Edmonton’s position, I’d be sorely tempted to find out how much it’s going to cost to rent a player like Kevin Shattenkirk, and then see how that price compares to the expected return on both Russell and Davidson. If it two costs were close, it would allow the Oilers to see how the team responds to the addition of an elite offensive defenceman, while at the same time not mortgaging the future.

That’s a pretty difficult thing to pull off, though. It’s probably easier to just deal Davidson for a need elsewhere (perhaps a third-line forward) and then let Russell walk in the summer. 

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including the Edmonton Journal, Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Natejax97
February 10 2017, 01:55PM
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Spydyr wrote:

The thing you are not taking into account is that if they trade Davidson they are still going to lose another player in the expansion draft.

So what if they protect 8 and a goalie and leave guys like Ebs and Nuge Exposed?

The only way we get Shatty signed in Edmonton (if he would even be willing to) would be by clearing cap immediately.

And should likely hold the phone, because I am not sure that St. Louis would trade Shatty to a team that they may end up playing in the first round of the playoffs anyways.

Look, the depth on Defense this year has allowed the Oilers to stay in the race. The group would be another year older and stronger next year. Maybe the answer is stay the course. Use the remaining cap to sign Draisaitl, when Pou and Fayner come off, give that money plus the 3.75 to Mc David (totaling about 10.5) and let er rip.

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#52 camdog
February 10 2017, 02:03PM
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I am Batman wrote:

Maybe, but he is better than Davidson. Davidson looks so darn slow lately

He looks slow to me as well. If he doesn't get his skating back to the way it was last season, he's not a slam dunk pick by Vegas. Definitely not worthy of giving up picks to keep.

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#53 dolenupnorth
February 10 2017, 02:03PM
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The oilers are gonna be in cap hell soon, with a flat cap this year and probably not a big jump next year they need to send one of three players to Vegas, ebs, poo or fayne. Fayne will be off the books soon so he isn't as big a deal but, ebbs and poo are gonna be taking up much needed cap space. If the don't protect ebs then Vegas needs to send them something back. Not sure about pouliot. Also I don't think the blues will move shattinkirk they are still in a playoff spot and might just buy a goalie and try to make a run, which would make me happy because I don't think he is the answer for the oil. He will be over payed wherever he goes!

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#54 Spydyr
February 10 2017, 02:04PM
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Natejax97 wrote:

So what if they protect 8 and a goalie and leave guys like Ebs and Nuge Exposed?

The only way we get Shatty signed in Edmonton (if he would even be willing to) would be by clearing cap immediately.

And should likely hold the phone, because I am not sure that St. Louis would trade Shatty to a team that they may end up playing in the first round of the playoffs anyways.

Look, the depth on Defense this year has allowed the Oilers to stay in the race. The group would be another year older and stronger next year. Maybe the answer is stay the course. Use the remaining cap to sign Draisaitl, when Pou and Fayner come off, give that money plus the 3.75 to Mc David (totaling about 10.5) and let er rip.

There is no way I leave Nuge exposed .

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#55 oilerjed
February 10 2017, 02:24PM
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OilCan2 wrote:

Shattenkirk wants to go to New York. Russell SHOULD be left unsigned. Davidson is a keeper.

The RD fantasy continues; Hamonic, Trouba, etc. Let's just take the best available RD when we draft at 30th this year.

Shattenkirk wants to go to New York but that doesn't mean that New York wants him. Rangers already have 3 dmen over 4.5mil and the Islanders have Boychuc and Leddy at 5.5 and 6 mil. Can either team afford to add Shattenkirk? He wont go to Jersey because they are so far away from being a good team, same for Buffalo.

He may get paid but it very well might not be in the geographic area of his choice. Very well may choose where his best chance to win will come from.

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#56 TKB2677
February 10 2017, 02:26PM
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I am a bit surprised by this article. Not because the part about Russell as any advanced stats guy hate Russell but about the Davidson part. I have heard numerous Oilers advanced stats guys singing the praises of Davidson and how wonderful he apparently is. They even go so far as to say the Oilers need to go 4-4-1 and protect Davidson rather than 7-3-1.

To be clear, I like Davidson. He's a great story. He skates pretty well, seems to have a good head for the game, moves the puck decent, has good size. He doesn't score much, he isn't as physical as I would like given his size and unfortunately he's not right handed. But overall, he's a good solid dman and nice to see the Oilers actually develop a guy. But he's a defensive dman and both Sekera and Klefbom are better dman than him on the left side. Larsson shoots right so he will be ahead of Davidson. Benning shoots right and I know it's early but all signs point to him being at least a #4. So given he's right handed, he would slot higher than Davidson. Then there is the chance that the Oilers bring in another right handed guy. So in reality, Davidson is in your 3rd pair. Long term, I see Davidson as a good #5 and maybe an OK #4. Plus when you think about it, Sekera, Larsson and Klefbom are automatic protects. Then you have Benning and Nurse who are exempt. So the Oilers next season have 5 of their 6 defensive spots spoken for if they make zero moves.

So I scratch my head when I heard some of the advanced stats guys say the Oilers need to go 4-4-1 and protect Davidson. The Oilers have lacked depth and have been crap for years. This year, they are FINALLY turning the corner to being a good team and are finally developing some depth. So why would you not want to protect 10 players in order to keep that depth vs only protecting 8 skaters in order to protect your #5 or 6 dman? Especially when you are already loaded with left shots?

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#57 nuge2drai
February 10 2017, 02:28PM
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Nurse/Davidson is ideal third pairing.

Larsson - Klefbom

Sekera - FA Signing

Nurse - Davidson

If Davidson gets picked up sign a defenseman like Stone.

We are going to lose a player, if its Davidson thats acceptable.

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#58 I am Batman
February 10 2017, 02:31PM
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Question for Jon Willis or anyone who cares to chip in:

What did Chia do on trade deadline on the year that the Bruins won the cup? How did those trades turn out? (Individually, collectively they won the cup and destroyed Vancouver-no pun intended)

Maybe we can anticipate a similar story for trade deadline???

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#59 I am Batman
February 10 2017, 02:32PM
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nuge2drai wrote:

Nurse/Davidson is ideal third pairing.

Larsson - Klefbom

Sekera - FA Signing

Nurse - Davidson

If Davidson gets picked up sign a defenseman like Stone.

We are going to lose a player, if its Davidson thats acceptable.

Davidson is left handed

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#60 TKB2677
February 10 2017, 02:36PM
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@nuge2drai

You not a fan of Benning who's a right shot and looked damn good?

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#62 Lanny McJesus
February 10 2017, 02:49PM
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@I am Batman

If we could somehow get an offensive RHD (Shat, Barrie, Faulk, Trouba, Fowler, Dumba or similar) in the off-season we would then have 3 solid pairings

Klef-Larsson Sekera-New Guy Nurse-Benning

All mobile, capable puck movers that are able to put up 20 plus pts and still have a bit of snarl!

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#63 VK63
February 10 2017, 02:52PM
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Longest held pointless streak for Connor this season... 3 games.

Longest gap between Kris Russell related ON pieces......... ?

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#64 I am Batman
February 10 2017, 02:53PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I wrote a couple of weeks back about the Rich Peverley trade, which was one of the deals Chiarelli made that year.

He also made two other moves at the deadline:

  • Dealt a 2nd round pick to OTT for Chris Kelly
  • Dealt Joe Colborn, a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick to TOR for Tomas Kaberle

Thank you. Aside from the Peverley deal I don't think I love these trades.

But they won the cup so what do I know?

Also worth noting: he went after Kaberle very hard.... if he has a player in mind clearly he isn't afraid of going all in....

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#65 Lanny McJesus
February 10 2017, 02:58PM
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As much as I like the Davidson story and the solid play of Russell I am not concerned about losing either...Neither player brings and semblance of offence to the table and are easily replaceable

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#66 the dope $teez
February 10 2017, 03:15PM
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Lanny McJesus wrote:

As much as I like the Davidson story and the solid play of Russell I am not concerned about losing either...Neither player brings and semblance of offence to the table and are easily replaceable

I see merits in this article for sure... Looking at the expansion draft as well as our internal options to fill spots, I am really not that concerned with losing both defenders.

It really is a shame what Tkachuk did to Davidson as it may have cost him his spot on the roster, but ultimately what does our depth chart look like without Russell and Davidson?

Kelfbom - Larsson

Sekera - Benning (the kid has had great numbers in limited time with #2)

Nurse - Gryba/Oesterle/Simpson

To me that is a serviceable d-corps, and undoubtedly if Chia is willing to lose Russell and Davy, he'd be looking at RH options as rentals or long term (Shatty, Barrie, etc. etc.).

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#67 Keepyourstickontheice
February 10 2017, 03:33PM
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nuge2drai wrote:

Nurse/Davidson is ideal third pairing.

Larsson - Klefbom

Sekera - FA Signing

Nurse - Davidson

If Davidson gets picked up sign a defenseman like Stone.

We are going to lose a player, if its Davidson thats acceptable.

Nice 3rd pairing sure, but ideal? I'd use Team Canada's 3rd pairing as a bench mark for "ideal".

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#68 Shredder
February 10 2017, 03:38PM
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Keepyourstickontheice wrote:

Nice 3rd pairing sure, but ideal? I'd use Team Canada's 3rd pairing as a bench mark for "ideal".

Yep, team Canada is the ultimate team. If you took the salary of that team you'd realize it wouldn't fit in the NHL's salary cap. Sooooo...what's ideal in the real world? Having 2 superstars like Crosby and Malkin up front, Letang on the back end, and 2 goalies fighting for duties sounds good.

But then you get Schultz on the 3rd line (no thanks)...although he's doing ok there...

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#69 The Ghost of Alex Plante
February 10 2017, 03:39PM
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Natejax97 wrote:

So what if they protect 8 and a goalie and leave guys like Ebs and Nuge Exposed?

The only way we get Shatty signed in Edmonton (if he would even be willing to) would be by clearing cap immediately.

And should likely hold the phone, because I am not sure that St. Louis would trade Shatty to a team that they may end up playing in the first round of the playoffs anyways.

Look, the depth on Defense this year has allowed the Oilers to stay in the race. The group would be another year older and stronger next year. Maybe the answer is stay the course. Use the remaining cap to sign Draisaitl, when Pou and Fayner come off, give that money plus the 3.75 to Mc David (totaling about 10.5) and let er rip.

Because that would be absolutely horrendous asset management. That's why they won't leave guys like Ebs and Nuge exposed.

You don't leave guys that have value exposed unless you absolutely have to. I don't care how much people are hating on Eberle right now, he still has A LOT more value than someone like Kassian, so if it comes down to it, you leave Kassian exposed over Eberle 10 times out 10.

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#70 Rock11
February 10 2017, 03:46PM
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Sean17 wrote:

So you would rather be St Louis or San Jose? I'm sure those fans would trade a playoff appearance or two for one cup...

Yes I would rather be St. Louis or San Jose. In hockey terms the Marlins from my original post are the Hurricanes*spits*. We are not talking about a playoff year or two to give back. We're talking about decades of frustration that can be caused by 2 or 3 years of traded picks and overpriced contracts.

As a fan I would rather watch my team year after year have a legitimate shot at winning a cup, even if it never happens, then having a brutal team for decades at a time and having lightning strike for one Cup win. This is entertainment after all and I think we can all agree that this year has been more entertaining already than the last 10 years combined. Put my team in contention every year and I'm a happy fan. Throw a couple of wins in there and I'm happier yet.

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#71 The Whispererer
February 10 2017, 03:50PM
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@Shredder

I would venture a guess that if Schultz had been on a sheltered 3rd pairing and PP specialist with a salary of $1.4 instead of $3.9 we would never have chased him out of town. ( He might still have been traded, but not denigrated by the fan base.)

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#72 Klef abs
February 10 2017, 03:58PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I wrote a couple of weeks back about the Rich Peverley trade, which was one of the deals Chiarelli made that year.

He also made two other moves at the deadline:

  • Dealt a 2nd round pick to OTT for Chris Kelly
  • Dealt Joe Colborn, a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick to TOR for Tomas Kaberle

Yes but. The Bruins were already a legit cup contender before those deals. The Oilers are not even close yet.

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#73 RJ
February 10 2017, 04:06PM
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Anyone else read Lowetide's blog?

He uses a term to talk about the Oilers lack of balance among defenceman: the Leftorium.

If you think balance is an important goal, and most advanced stats folks do, then the Oil should have some balance between LHD and RHD.

If you're naming the LHD who should be here next year, Sekera, Klefbom, and Nurse are the three logical choices. Then you have Russell, Davidson, Oesterle, Reinhart and Simpson in some order. On the RHD side you have Larsson, Benning, Gryba and Fayne.

You have eight guys on the left and only three NHL RHD (not a personal criticism of Fayne, but it's clear they don't see him as an NHL D).

You're going to lose at least one player through the expansion draft, and possibly lose others through waivers. So moving our two or three make some sense.

Though I'd move Reinhart first and then not re-sign Russell.

As someone else noted, Reinhart is a sunk cost. You're not getting back a 1 and 2 for him, and now he is trying to make a lineup as a 6/7/8. Do you throw away players who are currently better (Davidson and Russell) to keep him? That makes no sense. Better off trading him than losing him for nothing. While he's not slow, he is not an elite skater. He's not an elite puckmover. He doesn't put up points. Let him go, let Verdad come back for one day to criticize Chiarelli and move on.

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#74 nuge2drai
February 10 2017, 04:19PM
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TKB2677 wrote:

You not a fan of Benning who's a right shot and looked damn good?

I dont mind Benning, but rookie dman usually go through sophmore slumps so im happy with him as the 7th man.

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#75 nuge2drai
February 10 2017, 04:22PM
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Keepyourstickontheice wrote:

Nice 3rd pairing sure, but ideal? I'd use Team Canada's 3rd pairing as a bench mark for "ideal".

Ideal in the cap era.

Expecially if #4 is 5 mil plus.

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#76 TigerUnderGlass
February 10 2017, 04:24PM
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I am Batman wrote:

Thank you. Aside from the Peverley deal I don't think I love these trades.

But they won the cup so what do I know?

Also worth noting: he went after Kaberle very hard.... if he has a player in mind clearly he isn't afraid of going all in....

Going all in like trading Taylor Hall to make room for Lucic?

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#77 justDOit
February 10 2017, 04:53PM
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Not that's how you treat Shaw!

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#78 MacT's Neglected Helmet
February 10 2017, 04:54PM
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nuge2drai wrote:

I dont mind Benning, but rookie dman usually go through sophmore slumps so im happy with him as the 7th man.

Do you have data to back this up? I think the chances of him improving next year are greater than him taking a step back.

I'd say that he's a solid #5 this year. I would not pencil him as a #7 next year.

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#79 Danoilerfanincalgary
February 10 2017, 05:04PM
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Funny how this fan base has complained alot about how this team doesn't groom its prospects properly like Detroit does and when they do the player is considered a bust. Everyone loves Brandon but he can't be protected so I say keep him and take the chance Vegas passes on him. Then we have him for insurance in the playoffs if we make it. If Vegas does grab him it will not effect the D corp overall too badly. Life goes on.

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#80 oilersfan30
February 10 2017, 05:15PM
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Man if only Larsson could develop his offensive game and unleash a heavy shot from the point, he would be our number one defenseman

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#81 IRONman
February 10 2017, 05:24PM
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Bye # 4 and 88

Got get return on 88.

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#82 RJ
February 10 2017, 07:57PM
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MacT's Neglected Helmet wrote:

Do you have data to back this up? I think the chances of him improving next year are greater than him taking a step back.

I'd say that he's a solid #5 this year. I would not pencil him as a #7 next year.

Ekblad has gone from a 0.6 PPG pace as a rookie to 0.54 PPG to a 0.28 PPG pace this season.

Sometimes young defencemen struggle, even the great ones.

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#83 I am Batman
February 10 2017, 08:23PM
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oilersfan30 wrote:

Man if only Larsson could develop his offensive game and unleash a heavy shot from the point, he would be our number one defenseman

Yeah and if my grandmother had wheels she'd be a bicycle and not my grandmother

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#84 Klef abs
February 10 2017, 08:25PM
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oilersfan30 wrote:

Man if only Larsson could develop his offensive game and unleash a heavy shot from the point, he would be our number one defenseman

Not going to happen. He's got a muffin wrister. He's a below average skater. And he's hasn't got the puck skills. He is what he is going to be. A good second pair shutdown guy. Good guy to have. But not worth Hall.

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#85 Craig1981
February 10 2017, 08:58PM
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OilCan2 wrote:

Shattenkirk wants to go to New York. Russell SHOULD be left unsigned. Davidson is a keeper.

The RD fantasy continues; Hamonic, Trouba, etc. Let's just take the best available RD when we draft at 30th this year.

I dont want to lose in the final again, lets hope for the 31st pick

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#86 oilersfan30
February 10 2017, 09:26PM
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Klef abs wrote:

Not going to happen. He's got a muffin wrister. He's a below average skater. And he's hasn't got the puck skills. He is what he is going to be. A good second pair shutdown guy. Good guy to have. But not worth Hall.

Still lots of time to develop his game... he's only 24

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#87 nuge2drai
February 10 2017, 10:14PM
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MacT's Neglected Helmet wrote:

Do you have data to back this up? I think the chances of him improving next year are greater than him taking a step back.

I'd say that he's a solid #5 this year. I would not pencil him as a #7 next year.

Marincin.

Ghost.

Davidson.

Etc...

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#88 Hatrack
February 10 2017, 10:46PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

Going all in like trading Taylor Hall to make room for Lucic?

I'm pretty sure if he traded Hall for Lucic he made a mistake. Lucic is looking slow ,old and not very interested in been here. Just like the mistake of trading Hall for Larsson who is no better then a second pairing defenceman. Then everyone wonders where the secondary scoring is. And the same people want to give Russell a 4x4 contract who has no offensive upside at all.

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#89 Reinman
February 11 2017, 12:22AM
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The state of the defense just brings to light what a completely terrible trade the Reinhart trade was.

Anyway, I would optimally trade Davidson this year, or leave him unprotected next. With klef, Sekera, and nurse our left sidebis solid. Reinhart can act as the 4th LD. Larsson, Benning, and possibly a new #2 RD would be great. What would it take to take a run at Hamonic in NYI. Davidson, oesterle + our 1st rounder in2017?

Eberle + Davidson + we retain a couple milion of ebs contract?

The second one obviously could not happen until the summer.

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#90 Reg Dunlop
February 11 2017, 01:24AM
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Hatrack wrote:

I'm pretty sure if he traded Hall for Lucic he made a mistake. Lucic is looking slow ,old and not very interested in been here. Just like the mistake of trading Hall for Larsson who is no better then a second pairing defenceman. Then everyone wonders where the secondary scoring is. And the same people want to give Russell a 4x4 contract who has no offensive upside at all.

No doubt! If only we still had Hallsy, we could avoid wasting time on discussions about potential playoff additions and resume draft lotto party planning. Damn you Chia, damn you to Hell.

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#91 Darkmanic
February 11 2017, 02:17AM
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With our exempt players (McDavid, Caggiula, Puljujärvi, Nurse, Benning, Ellis) it's hard to see how that will affect how expansion draft will work differently for us as well. 7 forwards (Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Lucic, Driasaitl, Kassian, Letestu, and Maroon)? Or 4 forwards (Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Lucic. Driasaitl)? We are protecting our forwards because we have more to lose and if Davidson is the player we lose then I'll feel bad but Vegas will gain a part-time fan. I don't think we need to make a trade, I enjoy watching the Oilers play or listening to the game if I must. We are in a playoff spot and let's let Chiarelli do his magic like last year and hope for a Maroon that none of us know about or can fathom right now

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#92 Danoilerfanincalgary
February 11 2017, 02:36AM
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Do I really need to come here to defend Looch's free agent signing you know the player we got for free no assets? He is the same age as Toews for example only 3 fewer points, Lucic brings intangible to this team that are not measurable. Look at the abuse Hall used to get that doesn't happen as often for Connor because this team is tougher with Looch in the lineup. I miss Hall but Larsson gave us balance and the team is better with that trade.

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#93 S cottV
February 11 2017, 07:09AM
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I'm surprised that McL has apparently not changed up the lines, coming off of their break.

Primary and secondary scoring has stalled in last few games. You would think that he would give a look to some of his other options.

Options like Drai at 2C, Nuge at 1RW, Lucic at 2LW etc. etc.. I think a number of solid hockey reasons to take an alternative look, but - on the flip side - we do need reinforcements to get into playoff run battle stations. A power RW, a vet two way 3C and - if possible a RH D man who can shoot. Otherwise - the present forward line up is pretty thin, when gearing up to play for real toward the playoffs. Maybe - McL is waiting for PC to get him a few more guys to work with?

As for the back end, yeah - we just have too many LH d men on the go, and a big hole in RH d men, that can presently handle top 4 in a playoff push. Larsson fits, Russell is off handed, and Benning isn't ready for top 4.

We really need a heavy one time rh d man slapper on that power play. Doesn't have to be a QB kind of guy, just a competent d man with a bit of offensive flair, but most importantly - a shot to fear. This would stop the opposition PK cheat to the heart of our present PP - McD and Drai on the low right side. With a big back side shooting threat, moving the puck around would force a much better pull and stretch of the PK alignment.

While I think Larsson is a very nice addition, his lack of pp prowess - magnifies the problem fitting Russell into top 4 on his off hand. It really - really doesn't work. Sooner - rather than later this needs to be fixed.

Russell is a guy you want to like, smaller guy - lots of heart, good character - that whole bit. However - there are issues with the way he plays, to compensate for his lack of size. It's not solid enough if you really look close. All things considered - it's just not a great fit and I would think that Russell ends up elsewhere, one way or another.

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#94 Gravis82
February 11 2017, 09:09AM
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But if we trade Davidson prior to getting claimed, then someone else will be plucked off our roster instead. So we lose two good players? Just protect him and expose Maroon.

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#95 camdog
February 11 2017, 10:29AM
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Right now Davdison is this teams #7 d man. Next year he will be this teams #7 d-man.

Sekera, Benning, Klefbom, Larsson, Nurse are all ahead of Davidson on this teams depth charts going forward.

The Oilers will likely need to either sign Russell to play on the right side next year or find somebody else. I don't believe the team sees Davidson as a long term option on the right side.

When Nurse comes back from injury Davidson is going to either be sitting on the bench or playing for another team.

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