SO LONG!

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The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish have been flushing players at an incredible rate, and that’s not going to slow down this spring. Here’s a quick look at the exits over the last 12 months.

HERE’S YOUR HAT, WHAT’S YOUR HURRY!

Craig MacTavish did a lot of work before training camp last spring and summer, bringing in David Perron, Andrew Ference Boyd Gordon and others. He also sent away 18 men:

  1. Shawn Horcoff: The captain left via trade, and signaled a new era in Edmonton. Horcoff’s new team made the playoffs.
  2. Magnus Paajarvi: Moved on to St. Louis and a his first playoffs.
  3. Ryan Whitney: His career may be over. 
  4. Lennart Petrell: Finn was fuun but he’s goone forever.
  5. Mark Fistric: Big man cost a fairly high pick but they didn’t sign him. Off to playoffs.
  6. Theo Peckham: Wandering the minors.
  7. Teemu Hartikainen: Traded to Toronto for Mark Fraser. 
  8. Eric Belanger: Retired. 
  9. Jarred Smithson: Played 18 NHL games this season. 
  10. Yann Danis: AHL depth for Philly.
  11. Darcy Hordichuk: Didn’t play this season. 
  12. Chris VandeVelde: 18 NHL games in Philly this year. 
  13. Nikolai Khabibulin: Ghastly in 4 games with Chicago this season. 
  14. Phil Cornet: Middling season in the AHL for Charlotte. 
  15. Colten Teubert: He’s now a Iserlohn Rooster! 
  16. Alex Plante: Played in Austria this season. 
  17. Antti Tyrvainen: Went back to Finland. 
  18. Niko Hovinen:Terrific season in the KHL. 

OFFLOADED DURING THE SEASON

  1. Mike Brown: Gazdic ate his lunch.
  2. Ladislav Smid: One of the strangest moves of recent seasons. 
  3. Jason LaBarbera: He couldn’t stop a hockey puck.
  4. Linus Omark: One of the predictable moves of recent seasons.
  5. Devan Dubnyk: Belly flop off the high board. Hope he recovers.
  6. Corey Potter: One day up near Salinas, Lord, they let him slip away,
  7. Ales Hemsky: Huge uptick in production for 83 in Ottawa. 
  8. Nick Schultz: Deadline exit, everyone saw it coming. 
  9. Ilya Bryzgalov: In through the out door, quick as you please.
  10. Ryan Smyth: Sail on, Moose Jaw Warrior. Godspeed.

LIKELY GONE SOON AFTER THE SEASON

  1. Sam Gagner: It’s time to start again, for both sides. 
  2. Anton Belov: I like him, mobility a big concern.
  3. Ryan Jones: He mentioned it a few days ago, he’s down the line.
  4. Jesse Joensuu: Signed for another year, he didn’t do much.
  5. Ben Eager: Concussions impacted his Oiler career.
  6. Denis Grebeshkov: He didn’t get much of a chance, but he’s gone.
  7. Mark Fraser: Needed to show more.
  8. Anton Lander: You have to score. At least a little.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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The NHL is the toughest league on the planet. Standing still? Chances are you’ll be snowed under. Craig MacTavish changed a lot in one year.

Next: What did he bring?

    • billythebullet

      MacT has proved one thing so far, he’s not gun shy. Can he upgrade 2c? Maybe even get Ference some help? One things for certain, he’s going to try.

    • billythebullet

      That’s 37 players! Holy Zoink Batman – the bat cave got cleaned out! Nothing says this ain’t a stable stable like pushing the old mares out to the glue factory at that rate.

    • billythebullet

      THE GM HAS DONE WELL AND REMEMBER, IT WAS HIS ROOKIE SEASON AS AN NHL GM. NOT BAD AND OBVIOUSLY NOT PERFECT.HE WON MOST, SOME WERE BIG WINS SOME OF THE SMALLER VARIETY BUT THERE WERE NO BIG LOSSES.
      I AM EXPECTING THAT HE IS GAINING RESPECT FROM THE REST OF THE GMS IN THE LEAGUE WHICH IS SOMETHING LOWE DID NOT AND I SEE FRUITS OF HIS HARD WORK COMING UP WITH SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES (BOLD MOVES) WITH THE UPCOMING DRAFT IN JUNE AND THE FREE AGENCY SIGNINGS IN JULY.
      HE HAS DONE WELL AND IS MATURING IN HIS ROLE AS GM FOR THE OILERS.
      I SAY WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT GM AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE GOOD WORK HE HAS DONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO AS THE OIL FINALLY TURNS THE CORNER.

    • camdog

      He’s purged most everybody except his cronies behind the bench! Combine that with the fact that he hired a Coach that has bombed…I don’t care what anybody says. Maybe if he could fire the Owner and Pres he’d have a chance.

    • camdog

      Disagree with the comment that Grebs didn’t “get a chance”. That’s like saying Pechkam didn’t get a chance, they both got their chances and both failed.

    • O.C.

      Bring in a strong centre please.

      Edit. Looking this over, I have to give MacT props. You can’t expect 100% of the moves to be correct, but most of these made great sense. The questionable ones deal with other matters. Smid brought a major goaltending prospect. Hemsky wasn’t what this team needed going forward, and he wasn’t going to be extended. The other right wingers are more durable, and he deserves a shot while his skill set can be matched with established centres.

      The more I look at this the more I wonder what was Tambo doing, and how did everyone stand back and watch this for so long?

      • book¡e

        The only answer with Tambo that I can think of is that he was under direct orders to tank, and his silence (bought and paid for) after the fact only adds credence to the theory. I believe Katz’s fingerprints are all over this trainwreck and he’s too arrogant and controlling to let the hockey guys run things. I was never a fan of Tambellini, but I would love to hear his story.

        • Bucknuck

          Tanking is one thing. Making stupid trades and poor asset management is another. You can tank without bleeding picks for borderline players.

          His silence after the fact is probably due to embarrassment for being the Worst GM in the NHL since Milbury.

          The guy was terrible, but I don’t believe for a second that he was told he had to be. He was just inept.