TELEGRAPHING WHAT’S NEXT

Everybody paying attention knows I keep score and, because of that quirk, they know I hold Bob Stauffer in high regard when it comes to his ability to telegraph what’s going to happen with the Edmonton Oilers.

Truth be told, Stauffer should probably be sending me a cheque, or at least a gift certificate, for all the times I’ve pumped his tires around here, going on and on like a fartcatcher about his ability to call the shots as he laps the rest of the media pack in Edmonton.

Bombastic Bob has a buzz going again with his latest hint/tidbit/suggestion foreshadowing the Oilers could have a trade in the works when the lockout is over, an item that Jonathan Willis wrote about today.

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Stauffer had agent Brian Lawton on Oilers Now on 630 CHED today. If you want the full podcast of the segment, you kind find it here. It’s probably worth a listen to get the complete context of the interview (not to mention what Lawton actually said).

POISED TO MAKE A DEAL?

Lawton’s worked both sides of the agent/management street in the NHL, and as far as I know he’s not being paid by Daryl Katz. So, those who believe everything Stauffer says is tainted by the fact he’s on the Oilers payroll — he’s certainly towed the company line on the arena debate but there’s no denying his track record on player moves — might put more weight in Lawton’s words.

That said, it wasn’t Lawton’s answers — even though they seem to support Stauffer’s contention GM Steve Tambellini is now in a situation after six years out of the playoffs to make a trade from a position of strength – that caught my ear, it was one of Stauffer’s questions.

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Essentially, might all that young talent put Tambellini in the position to acquire needed pieces by way of a trade? Perhaps a proven defenseman or a physical forward who can play in coach Ralph Krueger’s top nine? I think so.

The real tell for me, at least if I’ve come to read Stauffer right over the years, was how he made specific mention of players with no-movement clauses and how they might now consider Edmonton a destination they’d approve. It was about as subtle as a slap in the mouth.

THE CALLED SHOT

"There’s one more group of players out there in my mind that maybe starts considering Edmonton that always kind of dismissed them before – that’s guys with no movement clauses that may be a casualty of a new CBA," Stauffer suggested to Lawton.

"I’m wondering if you think the landscape has changed enough that those players who would once be completely, "I’m not going to Edmonton. What do you mean you can facilitate a trade with Edmonton?"

"I’m wondering if players like that now, if you think, might sit there and go, "You know, those guys could turn it around pretty quickly if they got the right couple of pieces in place."

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Just a hunch, but I’m guessing that Stauffer already had the answer when he asked Lawton the question today. So, a trade involving a noteworthy player with a no-movement clause, then? Duly noted.

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  • Pilgor09

    Why would Bob get this information wrong?

    He works for the Katz Group and gets information directly from Oilers managers, no?

    Of course he will get things right and have more information than others.

    P.S. I wonder what this “casualty of the new CBA means”?

    Does that mean the team will not want this player? Or that these no-movement clauses will be casualty of the new CBA? Not clear to me.

    • The Soup Fascist

      He mentions that the CBA would need to include a mechanism similar to the NBA where a buy out could occur at the end of the season without it counting against the cap so I think “cap casualty” means a player whose contract would be a problem going forward after the transition year (contracts with high cap hits that go on for 2+ more years). For the record I’m guessing Bouwmeester.

  • TeddyTurnbuckle

    Here is the deal with Bob. He travels with the team, big supporter of Katz, big supporter of the rebuild, pushes hard for the arena, talks respectfully of Oiler management even when he criticizes them and last but not least he works for the Oilers. In return he is privileged to inside info providing he keeps his mouth shut. Judging by his past predictions, management allows him to be the first to hint the story for his good deeds.

  • RyanCoke

    If it is lounging(auto correct seemed fitting) I wouldn’t be 100% against it but it depends on who is going the other way. I dont want to lose any depth or big name prospects. I think luongo could be a great mentor to a young Dubnyk. Much better than the bulin wall. I just hope if the clause goes in that a retiring players original team pays the rest of the contract, then that means we screw over Vancouver in a few years too.

  • After Stauffer’s shameless Katz-taint-licking and insulting of fans through the insinuation of pathetic threats to move the franchise, one would think you’d have more self-respect than to even mention Stauffer’s name around here. Never mind praise it.

    One would be wrong, clearly, but hope springs eternal.

  • Hate on the guy all you want, I know I have. But top ten goalies don’t get moved while they are still young enough to play very often. This is one you have to consider.. even though it is Luuuuuu! (God help us if that chant follows him here..)

    • Travis Dakin will drop by soon to tell us to shut our wh*re mouths, but I’d have to agree with this. Hemsky is out of the core group age-wise, yet still might be considered to have enough cache to make this deal work.

      • The Soup Fascist

        Still not buying the Canucks trade Luongo within the division. Other options for them with less risk.

        Don’t like moving Hemsky now, anyway. Pretty much letting him go at his lowest value. Gamble he starts the season – whenever we are graced by Fehr and Bettman’s egos – on a roll. Then make a splashy trade.

      • DSF

        The Canucks have no need for Horcoff…he’d be their 5th best centre.

        Hell, a one eyed Manny Malhotra had worse zone starts than Horcoff, played with lesser linemates and still finished far ahead of Horcoff in plus/minus while winning 58.5% of his faceoffs.

        I don’t see any deal that makes sense other than Hemsky and, even then, I don’t think he would be a good fit with either Sedin or Kesler.

        Like it or not, Luongo is one of the top ten goalies in the league and would improve the Oilers overnight…but I just don’t see it happening.

  • What if the Oilers trade for Chris Pronger? WOW!

    – Has the ultimate NMC towards Edmonton.

    – Even at 38 he would seriously help the back-end.

    – Buying him out after next year isn’t too expensive. (Provided his $4.9 cap doesn’t count)

    – The Flyers aren’t afraid of making trades.

    I’d still be wowed if Edmonton could get P.K Subban or Ryan Getzlaf.

  • DSF

    I always said that we don’t need great defense if the forwards score more than the other team. A proven Olympic Gold golie is more important now than defensemen.

  • DSF

    Time will tell I suppose… I’m not buying a lot of what Stauffer is selling these days… In any case, Gregor was right, the timing to acquire a player like Luongo doesn’t make sense for a team that is going to be a contender (likely) in 3-4 years when he is entering his late 30’s.

  • I have no problem with Bob.

    Yes. He works for the Oilers. Big deal. Like any reasonable person I can’t expect 100% objectivity, nor do I care because we’re talking about a bloody hockey team here, not the latest cancer cure updates.

    At the same time you’d be an idiot to not give him a listen if you’re interested about Oilers news. Everybody around these parts knows the team is prone to floating interesting balloons through their trusted media people like John Mackinnon and Stauffer. If you listen carefully you can pick up quite a bit.

    Bob knows his stuff, is well connected to the team and consistently has some of the best Oilers-related interviews you can hear. He’s one of the few sports media guys around here outside of Brownlee and Gregor I’d really like to meet.

    • Certainly, Bob is less critical of the Oilers than he was before he joined the team, as many seem so eager to point out. Duh! What a revelation.

      Even allowing for that, Stauffer is more critical of the team he works for than anybody I can think of in the NHL right now (Rod Phillips got pretty cranky once in awhile too before he retired), and I’ve been around the league awhile.

      Yes, Stauffer has taken a pro-Oiler/Katz stance every step of the way in the arena debate. That’s not even up to argument, is it? What, pray tell, does that have to do with his accuracy when it comes to providing his listeners insight into player moves?

      • Personally, I’m jaded from the arena debate, and we have no NHL right now, so I’m extra cranky, and don’t have a whole lot of Oilers talk to keep my mind busy. There is no question that Stauffer is very well connected, and thanks to social media, I can read all his little tidbits of info out without having to listen to him. Best of both worlds for me.

  • Not sure what Luongo’s trade is worth, afterall he is a huge contract and aging.

    No one else seems to be calling on that contract so the Oilers should not give up much to anything to take that on.

  • FMS

    I think Bob left a lot of hints as to what will happen. Teams that are up against the cap will have to rid themselves of some salary. That is when the Oilers will swoop in. JMO

  • toprightcorner

    Reading between the lines I see two options.

    1. Long term high price contract of a very good player but cant quite live up to what he makes. Guessing 4-5 years left in contract. Can buy out contract when cap issues come into play for Yaks long term contract.