Oilers re-sign Reddox and Potulny

Liam Reddox: Unlikely Hero

The Oilers have re-signed Liam Reddox and Ryan Potulny.

When Reddox refused his offer sheet, it was surprising that that even got out, since Ladislav Smid and Gilbert Brule didn’t accept their original offer sheet either.

These are depth signings and I’d bet both will be more involved in helping the Falcons than they will plying their trade with the Oilers.

Reddox will probably be the 14th forward on the team when camp breaks. He has shown he can be a reliable forward in a limited role, and despite his size he actually competes harder on the puck than most of the Oiler forwards who are bigger than him.

But if the Oilers have to ice a lineup that has Pouliot, Pisani and Reddox in the same game then they are in trouble because they all have similar traits, although Pisani is the best of the bunch.

As for Potulny he seems destined for the Falcons, and he is a good signing for Falcons fans, but Oiler fans shouldn’t be to giddy about this signing. I don’t see how he ever becomes a regular on this team. Still you need depth on the farm if you want the kids to at least be competitive in the AHL.

While Reddox gives the Oilers depth, I don’t see his re-signing making them a better team. He doesn’t address what Pat Quinn said he wanted from his bottom six forwards: size and hard to play against. While Reddox at least competes for the puck, he won’t ever have defencemen thinking about blowing snow if he is on the forecheck.

Depth signings for the Oilers, is what these two are, but the problem is they are small forwards. Do the Oilers really need more depth in that department? I say no.

  • Ogden Brother

    ScubaSteve wrote:

    Jonathan Willis wrote:
    Do you know how many minutes Alex Ovechkin played with Tyler Sloan last year? 123:32. Roughly six times as many as Reddox played with Hemsky.
    Way to cherry pick stats, JW, but Ovechkin also played 23:00/gm to Hemsky’s 18:38. He played 500 more minutes than Hemsky this year. Of course Alex will play with other players more, he’s on the ice for almost 1/2 the game.
    To lay it out better, Ovechkin played with Sloan for less than 8% of his TOI each game.
    Your MacT love is distorting the facts here, putting Reddox on the top line was a bad decision, period.

    Wow, the point isn't the total amount of time spent. It's that multiple NHL coaches will put plugs with their stars.

    It's about time people start realizing almost all coaches make the same type of decisions that MacT made

    and that

    NHL coaches >>>>>>> NHL fans when it comes to evaluating who and when player should play.

  • DanMan

    OB and Willis: There is a difference between Ovechkin double shifting and Reddox getting a regular top-line shift.

    The way you guys are grasping at straws to defend MacT is getting to be hilarious.

    There are other ways to coach hockey, we just haven't seen much of it in 8 years.

    There aren't any rules that say your third line has to be a "shutdown" line. You don't even have to shutdown anyone if you plan on having the puck. Puck posession and a strong forecheck when not in posession imo wins in the new NHL.

    Pat Quinn will certainly try to employ that strategy more than MacT ever did.

  • Ogden Brother

    DanMan wrote:

    OB and Willis: There is a difference between Ovechkin double shifting and Reddox getting a regular top-line shift.
    The way you guys are grasping at straws to defend MacT is getting to be hilarious.
    There are other ways to coach hockey, we just haven’t seen much of it in 8 years.
    There aren’t any rules that say your third line has to be a “shutdown” line. You don’t even have to shutdown anyone if you plan on having the puck. Puck posession and a strong forecheck when not in posession imo wins in the new NHL.
    Pat Quinn will certainly try to employ that strategy more than MacT ever did.

    What do you not understand? Det had an injury to their top line and they didn't automaticaly switch in their top 2nd liner, they put an AHL rookie on the line. If multiple NHL coaches use the strategy (especially one as well regarded as Babcok…espcially in the SCF) then it should be pretty clear that it's not some "wild and crazy idea" to slot some AHL'er on your top line for a handful of shifts.

  • myteammytown

    DanMan wrote:

    Puck posession and a strong forecheck when not in posession imo wins in the new NHL

    and how is the "strong forecheck" theory going to go when almost all of the top 3 lines have non-physical players?

    i agree 110% this is the way the oilers SHOULD play. The problem, IMO anyways, is the Oilers dont have the type of players to actually play the style… maybe tambo has another move or 5 planned

  • freeze

    Jason Gregor wrote:

    Good question, his QO was maybe $55,000 more. Not enough to make him that much more attractive to stay in the NHL as far as a salary bargain.

    The Matheson article today talks about this today:
    cccp://tinyurl.com/nnv323
    Is he implying here that Reddox held out for more AHL money? That would make sense since it is unlikely that he will stick out of camp.

  • @ Pfeif:

    Ptcha…that's the game that the Oilers totally took it to the Sabres. In fact, our goalie remarked after the game that he felt bad that they lost so bad…but was happy for the Sabres for "giving a good effort."

    *remembers what actually happened and cries uncontrollably*

  • Fish

    Reddox has p!ssed me off ever since I saw an interview with him where he stated that he liked to eat alone on the road and go to bed early. I like my NHL'ers to light it up on the road and go to bed late. The guy is a major league Dork!

  • The Menace

    The Menace wrote:

    DanMan wrote:
    Abdelkader is a big body with nice hands, the opposite of Liam Reddox
    tsntRddxshndsthtthBfflplynthpctrbvlksntrstdn

    This isn't what I wrote – I do know about vowels! 😉

  • freeze wrote:

    Is he implying here that Reddox held out for more AHL money? That would make sense since it is unlikely that he will stick out of camp.

    That's what I said a few weeks ago…but that doesn't seem to makes sense since he only will make $55,000 in the minors. The only guys making less than $55,000 in the AHL next year for the Oilers are Paukovich, McDonald, Wild, Pitton and Trukhno. Seems like Reddox didn't get any sort of really bump in salary.

  • DanMan

    Fish wrote:

    Reddox has p!ssed me off ever since I saw an interview with him where he stated that he liked to eat alone on the road and go to bed early. I like my NHL’ers to light it up on the road and go to bed late. The guy is a major league Dork!

    I like my NHLers to go AWOL in South Central Los Angeles