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Yesterday, we had a look at Craig MacTavish’s roster exits. Today, we look at what he brought in to change the team’s fortunes.


  1. David Perron: Skilled player, first shot scorer, skilled and gritty. Great season. 
  2. Andrew Ference: The big addition to the blue line, he struggled. 
  3. Boyd Gordon: The ideal UFA option and they landed him. Wow! Nice season. 
  4. Jason LaBarbera: Oh, it did NOT go well. 
  5. Denis Grebeshkov: A reasonable long shot bet that didn’t work out. 
  6. Anton Belov: I don’t think he returns. 
  7. Jesse Joensuu: The new Hartikainen, I think Hartikainen was better. 
  8. Phil Larsen: He looked good on the wing, not so much on the blue. 
  9. Ryan Hamilton: AHL winger signed with hopes of NHL time, foot speed a killer. 
  10. Andrew Miller: Spent the season in OKC. 
  11. Will Acton: Spent significant time in the NHL this season. 
  12. Richard Bachman: No matter what happens, we’ll remember “the game”. 
  13. Brad Hunt: AHL All-Star, played 3 NHL games. Yes he did. 
  14. Darnell Nurse: Almost made the Oilers, spent a productive season in the OHL. 
  15. Marco Roy: Injuries derailed a strong start. 
  16. Bogdan Yakmiov: Big C from Yak City, he had a good year and may be coming over. 
  17. Anton Slepyshev: Looked good at WJ’s, we’ll see. 
  18. Jackson Houck: Scored 34 in the WHL. 
  19. Kyle Platzer: Scored 22 in the OHL
  20. Aidan Muir: Started slowly, but posted 41 points in 54 USHL games.
  21. Evan Campbell: Didn’t score for a long time, but ended up with 9 goals. 
  22. Ben Betker: Impressive season with Everett. Big, strong, good speed. 
  23. Greg Chase: Enjoyed an exceptional season. Looks like a draft steal. 
  24. Luke Gazdic: Found himself a home.
  25. Linus Omark: He arrived, he played, he left. 
  26. Ilya Bryzgalov: Ditto.
  27. Steve Pinizzottto: Gritty winger came over for Martindale, interesting player.
  28. Laurent Brossoit: ECHL dynamo, we’ll see how things go in the AHL.
  29. Roman Horak: I always liked him in Calgary, and he looked good last night.
  30. Jordan Oesterle: Recently signed college defender, we’ll see.
  31. Ben Scrivens: Rivals Nurse, Perron and Gordon as MacT’s best moves of year one.
  32. Viktor Fasth: Suitable 1B, we’ll see if he has sustain.
  33. Mark Fraser: Gritty defender, coverage gaps.
  34. Matt Hendricks: Added some experience to the bottom 6F.
  35. Ty Rimmer: He played well in a few AHL games.
  36. Chet Pickard: He did not. 

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  1. Dillon Simpson: His college career is over, we await his signing.
  2. John McCarron: College winger could stay another year.
  3. Joey LaLeggia: Ditto.
  4. Erik Gustafsson: Had a good year in Sweden, may be ready.


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Sometimes, we can all look ridiculous in the middle of an important task. However, there’s some very good names in this group: Perron, Gordon, Ference, Nurse, Scrivens and others. Craig MacTavish has a lot of work to do this summer, but he put in a lot of miles this season to set up the coming moves.

Will they be bold? Will we like them? If he sends away Martin Marincin in a package for a veteran defenseman who can play 22+ minutes, will you like him then? What if he deals the lottery pick this season? The McDavid pick from next year?

Hold on. It’s coming.

  • Oilfan69

    This is the FIST day of a new era, hopefully this era gets 1 step closer to Lord Stanley’s prize than the last era.

    Edit: missed and on a second note that dog is awesome

      • PlayDirty

        You get lots of thumbs down for the lowe comments, but I will give you props everytime you post. People need to stop forgetting how much hurt he has/is causing. All these distractions are just lengthening what NEEDS to be done before we can turn to corner!
        Who freekin cares if you have a theory that he doesn’t do anything besides planning parades and signing vendor contracts.. this guy NEEDS to go for his past sins on their own merits ALONE!! He sucked as gm? YES!! He sucked at hiring his replacement that every else blames? YES!!
        He has contributed absolutely ZERO to this club! Even if you can now consider him a benign tumor, it still NEDDS to go. It will be a moral victory, and have WAY more meaning to the FANS, than any player moves…
        Oops.. did I just reference the feelings of the fans that make a team? For shame on me.. for SHAAAME hagar!!

  • vetinari

    Wow, alot of expiring contracts and a few players we don’t want back. Mact is going to have his work cut out for with just filling the roster never mind improving the team

  • Word to the Bird

    Matt Hendricks was the biggest surprise for me. His play and leadership on the ice impressed me. He came in with a 4 year contract that was panned by most writers. By Robin Brownlee he shoved all those reservation right up the critics behind. The guy was solid.

    The other surprise for me was the emergence of Luke Gazdic. His arrival and subsequent 13 fights showed the rest of the league that the Oilers were no longer putting up with the guff they were dealing out.

    I still would like to see a dman with Jason Smith kinda of skill/grit. A guy who can be on the ice 17-20 minutes a night and be there in the scrum when Hall etal need a bit of backup. Like that scrum against the Nucks last night.

    Perron delivered big time and he has increased his asset value by atleast 40% since his arrival.

    Of course they were some meh’s. JJ was one. Acton another.The Arcobello resigning shocked the heck out of me.Did not see that coming.At all.

    Now the off season begins. Ah spring.

  • Oilfan69

    Why do Oiler bloggers keep referring to freakinGrebeshkov as a reasonable risk worth taking? He stunk in his first go round in Edmonton, and he recently stunk in the KHL.

    Terrible signing.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        This was a poor signing. A waste of a contract. As the previous writer wrote horrendous his last season in Edmonton, brutal his last season in Nashville, and bad his last season in the KHL.

        However, the repercussions of signing him were minimal so not detrimental in any way. I just think signing a garbage player is a waste when you could use it on a potential solution. The fact he was seen as a potential solution is another illustration of the poor Pro scouting the Oilers have employed for awhile now.

      • PlayDirty

        Burning up a contract and a guaranteed $1.5 million dollars on a player who played poorly in an inferior league is laughable. The Oilers were up against the contract limit for much of the season.

        A competent manager brings a longshot player like that into camp on a professional try out. Then when FreakinGrebeshkov stunk up the place he could have been released. THAT would have cost nothing.

        Not a real hard concept to grasp.

  • OilClog

    MacT has done the team a lot of good, Every manager has misses if people are crying about Grebs as a bad move.. He’s done lots of good lol.

    Everything hinges on one man next season.. EVERYTHING!! We’re looking at you Eakins. If this team is out of it again after 8games and you still look over your head. Fire Everyone.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    “It’s going to get worse before it gets better” (Ray Ferraro)

    Words from a guy who knows an agent or two in the business me thinks. That worse could hit sooner than most expected, if he knows of a couple Oilers who have already told their agent they want out.

    We shall soon find out if MacTavishs bold moves this summer are really just damage control in motion. Is it at all possible, I have to think so after 4 yrs of this crap for some of these kids.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      Ray Ferraro it can get worse before it gets better does not equal Oiler players telling their agents they want out… Come on that’s just pure rumour mongering with no basis.

      • Alsker

        Actually it means we once again we have 6 months to go until the Oil take to the ice, so….what do we have left to discuss that we haven’t covered over the last 7 offseasons….let the rumours fly and the fun begin.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Time to make a bold move and get NHL ready players. Some teams will realize that they need to re-built so will swap their older players for our younger.

    Trade one or two of Gagner, Yak, Eberle, Marinchin, Klefbom, first round pick for older players to play with the core – Hall, Perron, RNH, Shultz, the new goalies, etc

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      i’m personally not against trading Gagner, Yak, Marincin or even Eberle if necessary, but not Klefbom and not the likely #3 pick unless it’s for part of a package for a top d-man or #1 or #2 center with size, two of our most glaring needs. we didn’t seem to miss both Yak and Gagner when they were out.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    I think if you look at Steve Pinnazato and Roman Horak we may have some players there.

    Both of these guys have looked good so give them a real chance to play next year. Its time to stop always looking at everyones else is players thinking there are so much better than our players.

    We have at least 6 to 8 serious players in the AHL that should be thoroughly explored before we go and get more of the same.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    75% if the Nightmare list is garbage so to speak!
    The other 25% are NHL players , AHL and some maybes.!

    But if you land just one Jamie Benn, I guess its all worth it. Dont have the confidence in the scouting department. Outside the 1st’s and lotto picks their batting average isnt not that great.
    But like most area they just keep bumbling along.

    As the saying goes, this fish rotted from the head.

  • Derian Hatcher

    Before considering who is coming and going, maybe the Oilers, especially Eakins, should prioritize a consistent WORK ETHIC and COMPETE LEVEL as a MINIMUM standard, game in, game out. Somewhere I recall someone saying something along the lines of if you are going to play for the Oilers, you are going to compete…still waiting to see that. If Eakins does not get buy in from every player on the team regarding competing, winning battles and outworking the opposition (instead of the the opposite like we;ve seen this year) it wont matter who they trade, draft or sign. Can signing a couple of high-character vets help in this area? Sure – but easier said than done.

  • Word to the Bird

    I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but Gagner should be shipped out in a package for whatever they can get for him. He really doesn’t do anything to help the team at all.

    • Wax Man Riley

      I like that one too.

      I also wonder, LT, if this was a bit of a play on spelling and pronunciation too…

      “16. Bogdan Yakmiov: Big C from Yak City, he had a good year and may be coming over.”

  • Word to the Bird

    *le sigh*

    Gagner gets us nothing. Get it through your heads, at least nothing that we need. Part of our “core” has to go to get value, or our 1st round pick this year and/or next year. In fact, next year’s pick may be worth more than this year’s with next year being the McDavid draft.

    Something of value brings something of value, unless you find a way to fleece a team like MacT did with the Perron signing. (Remember all the discussions we had last summer about his supposed “concussion issues”?) My guess is that MacT will get it done and I don’t give a rip if he makes a million more no risk potential reward moved like Grebs, understanding that yes, we do have a 50 player cap.

    He knows it, but if he finds a gem in 5 moves out there, good on him. I liked the JJ signing mostly because it shows they were looking at UFAs. He had size and potential… even if he is fragile like Hemsky (was).

    Whatevs. In the end, I’m finding myself caring less and less seeing as it’s pretty unlikely we’re looking at the playoffs for a 9th straight year next season. FML

    • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

      The value of the 2015 pick is at it’s highest right now! With the perception that the Oilers will be finishing the 2015 campaign in the 22nd to 30th place range.

      That 2015 top 8 pick in the Nathan McKinnon Lottery carries a lot of trade value.

  • Wax Man Riley

    Definitely some good additions but the results of this season show just how far we have to go. Certainly there is lots of roster turnover needed but the bottom line is our best players need to compete harder more consistently. It’s time for the ‘kids’ to grow up.

    • Wax Man Riley

      Yes, our best players refuse to enter Team Canada for the World Cup…in reference to: Hall, Eberle and Nuge.

      Wonder who the leader of that parade may be?

      • PlayDirty

        These kids aren’t machines, they played the toughest minutes (other than Gordon) and are likely beat-up/injured. This is typically why players decline Team Canada invites.

        I served this country for 20 yrs, and I have no problem with these players saying no. Each one of these kids have played for our country multiple times and represented it very well….I see how they compete every night and I would not worry about “ring leaders” or any such nonsense. It’s called personal choice.

  • Word to the Bird

    What’s up with the trashes for any comment related to the biggest POS in Oilers history, Kevin Lowe??? How many paid shills are trolling on Oilers Nation? Kevin Lowe is a heinous man. The franchise is shady as their owner and POHO.

  • Just a couple things, would like to know what you think.

    Trading Yakupov early IMO is a terrible idea.

    I think back to Ryan Smyth’s 97-98 & 98-99 seasons, what if the Oilers decided to trade him then?

    A case could be made that the Oilers gave up far to soon on a young Miro Satan, I recall the same things being said about Yakupov that were said about Satan.

    I didn’t work out then, won’t work out now. IMO.

    Gazdic is a terrible hockey player, full stop.

    IMO you stop being a soft team when you have team toughness not just one face puncher.

    I know a lot of people here think Peron should be part of the future going forward, I say if he’s willing to sign a LTC 4 or 5 years then I’m good with that.

    If not his value is so high that I would use that as an asset for a possible # 1 defensmen.

    I’m actually not at all upset that the Oilers may lose out on Ekblad, I’m old school and feel that taking a defensmen in the top 5 is still a massive risk.

    I take a center 10 out of 10 times over a defensmen when draft status is close.

    Personally I package that pick to get me size and skill in the top six.

  • The Soup Fascist

    The fact that Lowe is still with the oilers use to be a joke. It stopped being funny about 5 years ago and became sad. then it went back to being a joke. Now it just boggles the mind

  • Reg Dunlop

    I’d also like to ask why the fact that Lowe is no longer gm and doesn’t make any roster decisions a good argument not to fire him? who cares? He’s the reason we’re in this position to begin with. Thats reason enough to let him go in 29 other NHL cities.

    • Sevenseven

      Any day now, we will see and announcement from
      Katz, that Lowe has been promoted to Senior,Senior
      President of the Oilers in charge of Tire Pressure on the Zamboni’s.

    • Zarny

      I’ll start with I’d have fired Lowe as GM not promoted him to POHO. And now that the season is over he could certainly be fired.

      However, the Oilers are in this position because Tambo did not add a single piece to the roster that is part of the solution beyond draft picks.

      Obviously Lowe was part of the decision making process; but making trades isn’t his job. It was Tambo’s and now MacT’s.

      As a GM, Lowe was aggressive. He acquired Pronger, Roloson, Peca, Samsanov, Spacek, etc for the 2006 Cup run. When UFA’s spurred Edm he aggressively went after Vanek and Penner with offer sheets.

      Do you really think Lowe did a 180 and advised Tambo to dither and do nothing?

      After failing to add players to make a push up the standings at last year’s trade deadline Tambo was promptly fired. This year, MacT has been very active.

      That suggests the problem was Tambo. Lowe or any POHO can hand out all the advice they want…they don’t execute trades. GM’s do.

      Now Lowe hired Tambo. Fair criticism. He also replaced the amateur scouting staff and picks like Marincin and Klefbom are starting to make an impact. He also oversaw setting up the minor league team.

      The notion that Lowe runs the Oilers like a 1 man show simply doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

      • Admiral Ackbar

        Thank you for providing common sense, but unfortunately you will be called out by the majority who say Lowe still runs everything despite having no proof.

  • bazmagoo

    I think a ballsy, bold move for MacT to pull off would be to trade our 2015 first round pick this off season. With our recent history, I’m sure a lot of teams would be interested in that pick considering McDavid is the potential prize. Even if we finish one spot out of the playoffs, that team would have a chance to potentially land him. Would definitely show a lot of confidence and guts to move that pick for a roster player.

    My money is on Draisaitl coming to e-town this draft.

    • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

      Keep in mind that other teams covet exactly what we covet…we’re not any smarter than the other guys……Draisaitl and Ekblad will likely go in the top 3….if some team that’s behind us wins the lottery…we’re probably SOL….

      Our choices will then be pick a smurf, pick Dal Colle, or trade the pick.

  • Spydyr

    Hall ended tied for 6th in scoring.He was the highest scoring left winger in the NHL.

    “If he sends away Martin Marincin in a package for a veteran defenseman who can play 22+ minutes, will you like him then? What if he deals the lottery pick this season? The McDavid pick from next year?”

    If they make any of the knee jerk moves listed above after this much suffering it would be a mistake IMO.

    It is not often trading a high first round pick for veteran help works out in the long run.Trading Marincin now for an older player would be a mistake. Marincin looks like he may be the teams best defenceman next year.

    Gagner has to go. I’m not sold on Fasth as backup.I’m hoping Mac-T can get a better option with a UFA to push Scrivens.Earlier this year I was all for trading one of the kids for a top pairing defencman.After watching Marincin,Klefbom having Nurse on the way and still hoping for Ekblad at the draft.I feel it might be prudent to wait for them to develop. Two more years of suffering.Then the playoffs.

    Imagine if Eakins had played Hall. Ebs and the Nuge together all year? If he does next year Hall may very well challenge for the Art Ross.

    As people who come here often know I despise “The braintrust” I would rather they did not try to make the “bold” move they might make things worse.

      • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

        Trotz has a reputation for getting the most out of less than stellar roster by playing disciplined defensive style hockey where players are held accountable. Oilers management would never go for that…..and sadly, I’m not being sarcastic.

          • Zarny

            And thank God.

            In 15 seasons Trotz coached the Preds to only 7 playoff appearances. They only made it out of the 1st round twice and got absolutely destroyed in the 2nd round both times.

            All while playing the most boring, defensive hockey the NHL has ever seen.

            No thanks. I’d rather watch paint dry than a team coached by Trotz.

          • Admiral Ackbar

            As an Oiler fan that has suffered this much losing, I just want them to win. I barely care how they do it. I’ll take a hardworking trap team over the current track-meet playing punks.

      • Spydyr

        Eakins should have came here as an associate coach in the first place.He obviously was not ready to be a head coach.

        Can’t see Eakins being demoted now though.

  • Sevenseven

    Plenty of roster changes, and the team finished worse then ever. Change in the top three is needed. Clean house in the remaining areas of the team. Management and coaches.

    Keeping the coach to save face? Dallas was the wrong choice. Lindy Ruff was the right choice.
    A young, inexperienced team needs an experienced coach.

  • Admiral Ackbar


    Regardless of what the specific problems are, and there are many of them, the use of a scapegoat could gain the organization a bit more credibility.

    It’s true that MacT has done quite a bit more than Tambo, all while under the current POHO. This isn’t a giant body of evidence but it suggests that at least things are trending in the right direction: action.

    Regardless of trends and real reasons for underachievement, the organization needs to present a reason/scapegoat to the media and fans. I know that the team is missing grit, fight, heart, skill in the bottom 6, size in the top 6, two top pairing Dmen, lacked quality goaltending for most of the year, but someone’s head would be a nice gesture.

    Who knows, maybe it’d help to attract players who’ve heard such terrible things about the organization and were otherwise reluctant to sign here.

    For these reasons, I’d say: fire Lowe.

    • SuntanOil

      How would creating a scapegoat give them further credibility again? Creating a scapegoat could actually destroy their credibility even further. Nobody respects a revolving door organization any more than they like a losing one. If they are trending in the right direction in an area, then firing someone just to satisfy blood lust in the fan base could also hurt the team down the road. Why fire someone after they’ve finally learned to do their jobs adequately if you didn’t when they were learning and making mistakes?

      Maybe we should just get out the pitchforks and the hanging ropes because… … … if they are not going to give us someone’s head as a “nice gesture,” then we darn well have the right to go in and take it for ourselves! After all isn’t this early 20th century Mississippi?

      Maybe you fire Lowe because of the mistakes he made in the past: hiring Tambo. the 2-tiered fan comment, the “I now a thing or two about winning” exaggeration, etc. Doing it for the reasons you suggest is simply a witch hunt.

  • Reg Dunlop

    Brother, this Lowe obsession seems to be taking a lot of your energy. Just let it go. The season is over, summer is around the corner and clearly Lowe is here to stay. I believe that most GM-type decisions are actually Mac’s territory now and Lowe’s main responsibility is to regale Katz with stories of the glory days. Future success or failure of the oil have little to do with #4. Time to heat up the coals to roast Mac’s feet if next year is a disaster like this year was.

  • Reg Dunlop

    I’d argue that future success or failure has alot to do with Lowe. Since he is the one who put Tambi and his buddy Mac in place to begin with. I’d also assume that Mac bounces off ideas with Lowe and gets guidance and advice on what to do. I don’t think for a second Lowe just simply sits on his high horse and does nothing.

    We all know this team is gonna get better. That’s what happens when you suck for a decade and fill your roster with lottery picks. But why should Lowe be able to stick around and pretend he’s done a good job, when’s it’s blatantly obvious that his tenure in management has resulted in one of the worst teams in NHL history.