HEARTBREAKS AND NEW LIFE (GAGNER BROKEN JAW)

Sam Gagner’s broken jaw added to RNH’s recovery puts the Oilers in a big hole. How does this week look now? Click through and see.

TRANSACTIONS BEFORE THE GAGNER INJURY

I thought the Oilers might IR Corey Potter, Denis Grebeshkov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to start things, and then go into full cut down mode:

  • Return Darnell Nurse and Jujhar Khaira to their junior teams.
  • Demote to OKC G Richard Bachman.
  • Sign G Ty Rimmer and send him to Barons camp.
  • Send down Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, Brad Hunt and Taylor Fedun.
  • Send down Anton Lander, Mark Arcobello, Andrew Miller, Ryan Martindale, Linus Omark, Curtis Hamilton and Tyler Pitlick.

OPENING NIGHT 23 MAN ROSTER AFTER THE GAGNER INJURY

  • Goal (2): Devan Dubnyk and Jason LaBarberta
  • Defense (7): Jeff Petry, Ladislav Smid, Andrew Ference, Justin Schultz, Nick Schultz, Anton Belov, Phil Larsen
  • Center (4): Taylor Hall, Mark Arcobello, Boyd Gordon, Will Acton, Anton Lander
  • Left Wing (5): David Perron, Jesse Joensuu, Ryan Smyth, Ryan Hamilton, Ben Eager
  • Right Wing (5): Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Jones, Mike Brown

After the Gagner injury, I think Arcobello and Lander may make the team.There’s no Gagner replacement out there and the Oilers top center is also on the shelf. This is a massive item for the Edmonton Oilers season. I would guess this could be bad news for Ben Eager, Ryan Hamilton or Ryan Jones. Ryan Smyth may be asked to play center.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

It’s a bitter bitter pill. Wow.

  • hallsyoilerforever5

    I don’t understand when Hall hit Clutterbuck, Hall gets suspended. But this gets nothing from Shanahan. The NHL sure loves screwing the oilers. If it’s not awards now, its suspensions. Brutal.

  • lostdog82

    Not tradeing from a position of strenght but MacT has to find a real NHL centre man. October will be a long month for the Oilers with these injury problems.

  • DSF

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 5m

    #Oilers assign Klefbom, Marincin, Hunt, Martindale, Miller, Bachman and Rimmer to the @OKCBarons and Khaira to Everett (WHL).

  • Crackenbury

    It’s nice to actually have legitimate discussion about who the Oilers should keep and who they should demote.

    We haven’t seen enough competition against actual NHL players to get a good feel for where some of the players belong, but based on actual play to date Fedun and even Hunt outplay Larsen all day long for the final D spot. Grebeshkov wasn’t as bad as I thought he would be last night. The guy can definitely make a pass. Please send down Nurse, I don’t care how good he looks. Give it at least a year and then have another look at him and Khaira. Man that lineup is going to be huge in a year or two!

    Mike Brown has outplayed Jones by a wide margin based on the role he needs to play. There is no point in keeping Jones on the roster for a fourth line role. He doesn’t fit the position as defined by his coach. Opposition players certainly have no fear of Jones when he jumps over the boards. Brown, Eager and Acton could be hell on skates and exactly what Eakins is looking for.

  • The Oilers Shot Clock

    Sadly, if RNH does come back earlier than expected, we will all in the back of our minds wonder if he was rushed because of Sams injury.Because Oilers.

  • hallsyoilerforever5

    Kassian should be suspended. Same with Weise. How there’s nothing on them getting a hearing with Shanahan is truly discouraging. Especially with Gagner out with a broken jaw from a intentional stick from that cheapshot Kassian.

    • DSF

      Oil skill players took many cheap shots from Canucklehaeads last night!!! Other than little Mike Brown Oil have no deterrents for jerks like Kassian, Bieksa, Weise, Alberts and DORITO- SES-useless TITO!!!Watch the next Canuck- Flame games and watch how coach Hartley deploys MCGRATTAN to neutralize and destroy these clowns- Sestito or Weise will be getting a severe beating early in the next Flame- Canuck game!!! You head it here first!!!

    • Spydyr

      Bad news. They really need to pick up a center or two now.

      Looks like your final roster is bang on IMO even though I really liked Hunt and Fedun this camp.

      Maybe it is Sunday morning but I can’t see Grebeshkov any where. Is he out getting fitted for a tin foil hat?

      Edit found Grebeshkov on the IR.

  • hallsyoilerforever5

    Also last nights game was SICK. Even though the nucks were without their big guns. There were times when the skill of our team made a laughing stock of the nucks lol. Yakupov was just scary lol.