Monday Mailbag – September 8th + the Photoshop Winner

Mailbag

It’s Monday, once again, and we’re here with another edition of the mailbag.  Each week, I take your questions (email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com) and send them out to our writers for their opinion.  As always, I got a bunch of great questions, but I need questions for next week. If there’s something you want to know email me your question, and I’ll do my best to get it posted ASAP. With that, here is this week’s mailbag. Enjoy!

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1) James asks – If you were King of the NHL would you contract/expand, and to how many teams? Why?

Robin Brownlee:

Contraction will not happen, so I won’t even argue that point even though I see some merit in it. I’d expand by two teams and I’d like to see those teams in Quebec City and the greater Toronto area. QC is a hockey hotbed and a natural rival for Montreal. The GTA has more than enough population to support a second team. The rink is the question.

Lowetide: 

The NHL really hurt their quality during the last expansion, but I’m fairly happy with the current quality of the game. If they added two teams summer 2016 and two more summer 2020 that would be fine by me. 

Jason Strudwick: 

I would get to 32 teams. I think balance is important. I also like the idea of the extra NHL jobs.

Jason Gregor: 

I would keep same number, but relocate Florida to Southern Ontario. You could build a rink in the worst place ever in Southern Ontario and the team would still be a success, but I’d need a new rink in Quebec before sending a team there. I’m against expansion because I don’t believe there are enough skilled players to fill out more teams.

Jonathan Willis: 

If I were the king, I’d lean towards some kind of relegation system – keeping all of the current teams (or the vast majority anyway) but restricting top level play to a dozen or so. That way I get the best of both worlds – a top league of elite teams with the best talent while at the same time a broad base of support for television purposes and well-served markets generally.

baggedmilk:

When I am king of the NHL I will contract the league by 2 teams.  I don’t think expansion makes any sense when you consider that some rinks in the league are empty on most nights. Does Florida really need 2 teams? No, I don’t think so either.

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2) Matt asks – How much rope do think Yakupov will get this year? How much do you think he deserves?

Robin Brownlee: 

Enough to hang himself, and that’s a good thing. Dallas Eakins has taken steps to reach out to Yakupov this off-season and, from what I hear, is serious about starting with a clean slate. That needs to translate to the ice this season and I have no reason to think it won’t — I’m talking about giving the kid a chance to succeed. After that, it’s up to Yakupov to take the ball and run with it.No excuses. Let’s see what the kid can do.

Lowetide: 

He won’t get a lot, the coach has to win. I think Leon Draisaitl making the team is a very bad indicator for Yakupov. I think he deserves a lot of leeway, it’s ridiculous to blame the player for what he is. The Oilers had to know going in that Yakupov was one dimensional and not at all a two-way player. This is ALL on the Oilers.

Jason Strudwick: 

He is the wildcard for this team. The need him to score to bring secondary scoring to this club. Scorers need to take chances to score but there needs to be some kind of defensive awareness within the team system. 

Jason Gregor: 

If he shows he is committed away from the puck, he will play a fair amount, likely 16-17 minutes a night.

Jonathan Willis: 

It’s really pretty dependent on what’s going right and what isn’t going right, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to be an issue because I expect we’ll see a pretty nice bounceback campaign from Yakupov.

baggedmilk:

My sweet Nail should get all the rope he needs.  The kid is 19 years old and is finally being forced to learn the defensive side of the game.  In my mind, it will take time for him to pick up on defence, especially when you consider that he hasn’t been forced to play it throughout his entire career. Give. The. Kid. Time. 

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3) Calvin Arndt asks – Don’t you think Craig MacTavish put his foot in his mouth by calling Justin Schultz a Norris candidate? 

Robin Brownlee:

At a minimum, I think he certainly overstated. I don’t see the same potential in Schultz. 

Lowetide: 

Meh. He was protecting his guy. The first question (from Jason Gregor) spoke to Schultz’ shortcomings, and after answering the question Jason’s followup was once again pointed in that direction. I think MacT went ‘over the top’ to end the line of questioning.

Jason Strudwick: 

Yes. Puts more pressure on this young man.

Jason Gregor: 

He said he has Norris Trophy potential. Different than saying candidate, but I didn’t see the need for him to say that. You can say we believe Justin will be a key piece for us moving forward. By mention Norris trophy, it puts unrealistic expectations on the player, which has been a long standing tradition in Edmonton. I didn’t see the need to promote him.

Jonathan Willis: 

I’m a little torn. I don’t think it’s a terribly smart thing to say when there’s a negotiation with the player coming up less than 12 months down the road. On the other hand, I’m sure MacTavish would rather have fans talking about his comments than complaining about how much Schultz demanded from the team.

baggedmilk:

Not only is he a Norris Candidate, but also the next replacement for the Most Interesting Man in the World beer commercials. On top of that, he will be taking over Ryan Seacrest’s job on American Idol, and will be hosting the Grammys next year. Is there anything Justin Schultz can’t do? Ohhh MacT, what have you done?

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4) Darcy O. asks – In your opinion, who got the worst contract in NHL history?
Robin Brownlee:

Worst as in most money for nothing or next to it? Rick DiPietro has to be at or near the top of that list.

Lowetide: 

Hmm. Gordie Howe from the time he entered the league until Bob Baun had lunch with him while a member of the Oakland Seals.

Jason Strudwick: 

I will take a pass on this one.

Jason Gregor: 

From a players perspective, Wayne Gretzky. He grew the game in the West coast and compared to what some plugs make today he was grossly underpaid. As for worst from a team perspective… that is tough. A lot of good candidates, but I’d go with Alexei Yashin.

Jonathan Willis: 

Including or excluding Islanders? Rick DiPietro is going to be paid until 2029 (!) while Alexei Yashin is still on the Islanders books nearly a decade after his departure from the team. They’re No. 1 and No. 2 in my view.

baggedmilk:

Has to be either Dipietro or Yashin for the Islanders. They’re paying both guys to NOT be there. That’s amazing! Honourable mention can also go out to the Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, and Wade Redden contracts from the Rangers – ol’ Slats sure did a number on those 3. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Bobby Holik earn $9 million per season at one point? Ahhh Slats, you amaze me.

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5) Meaghan Suggit asks – I’m right handed and I always have a hard time painting the nails on my left hand without messing them up. What tips do you have for the female readers to solve this problem?
Robin Brownlee:

Stop painting your nails. (By the way, if you’re right-handed and this isn’t a FAKE question meant to confuse Baggedmilk, I’d think the difficulty would come in painting the nails on your right hand using your left hand, no?)

Lowetide: 

Well Meaghan, I usually slug back four or five Crown Royal before I do the ‘crossover nails’ so you might want to try it. Also, baggedmilk is the real expert here.

Jason Strudwick: 

Good question.

Jason Gregor: 

If you are having a hard time paint the nails on your left hand, I’m not sure I can help you. That should be easy. Even I have painted mine for Halloween costumes and the left hand is the easiest…

Jonathan Willis: 

First off: Don’t Panic. Secondly, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT BEHIND YOU? (sound of running footsteps, door slamming)

baggedmilk:

I’m pretty sure Robin is right, and I was tricked with this question.  If you’re right handed and you can’t paint your left hand, you’ve got problems with your motor skills.  Here I was excited that a girl sent in a question, but now I’m not so sure. If it is a dude, bonus points are awarded for taking the time to come up with an email address and everything.

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Congrats to Tom for submitting the Dude, Where’s My Centreman entry! You are a skilled man, and we speak your name! Big thank you, again, to everyone that submitted an entry.