Monday Mailbag – February 9th

Monday

The weekend is over, you’re back at work, and you need a way to kill some time. As always, I introduce another edition of the Monday Mailbag. The mailbag only works because of you guys, and if you have a question you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Enjoy the break from productivity, friends.  There’s an Oilers game coming up tonight, and chances are you’ll be angry in a few hours. 

1) Backup Bob asks – There are not enough trades in the NHL these days, in my opinion. What can the league due to make it easier for teams to make trades?

Lowetide:

They have already relaxed the cap pressure by allowing teams to retain salary. The only thing I can think of at this point is allowing teams to pay ‘cap penalties’ to rid themselves of money. Say you want to burn off $5 million in cap dollars for next year. Maybe you would have to pay a $10 million penalty—in cash—to be paid to the league for paint and glue. 

Jason Strudwick:

Good question. Trades are exciting. Even as a player it was always interesting to see the moves other team would make. You would grade them and figure out who the winner or loser was. The best way to get more trades would be to take out the salary cap. I am sure they are up for it!

Jason Gregor:

I’d like to see a limit of only three NMC per team. That would free up more players to be moved.

Robin Brownlee:

First step is to limit teams to the number of NTC and NMC they are allowed. A limit of about three sounds right to me.

Jeanshorts:

I think at this point the only thing you can do is get rid of the salary cap. If there were no cap I firmly believe someone would have traded a 27th round draft pick for Mike Richards. Although, in a non-cap world someone would also probably be paying Mike Richards $15 million a year, due to how exceedingly knowledgable he is when it comes to winning all the trophies/medals. 

Baggedmilk:

I think if a guy asks to be traded then his no trade clause to be waived.  There are too many of these dumb trades like the Ryan Kessler trade where the player only gives the team one option.  More trades would be a good thing for the league.

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2) Will Allen asks – Can someone explain what the rift is between the MSM and bloggers?  

Lowetide:

A long long time ago some really smart people came up with a different way to look at the sport. By adding specific measurements to the game we see, some analytics allowed predictive power to the reader. The idea was presented and adopted or not adopted and the factions of each side were most unkind. 

We are here. I am extremely tired of the whole damn thing.

Jason Strudwick:

Who cares.

Jason Gregor:

I’ll pass. No point bringing it up again. No clue why people expect everyone to get along.

Robin Brownlee:

Maybe somebody. Not me. 

Jeanshorts:

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Baggedmilk:

It’s easy. Morons like me can start a blog and give an opinion regardless of how moronic or pointless it may be.  I get it.  To look at it another way, imagine being able to become a doctor just because there was an app that let you do it. But whether a person is a blogger or journalist the best ones will get the readers. At the end of the day, bloggers aren’t going anywhere and we had may as well try to get along.  This is getting ridiculous.

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3) Oilfan1991 asks – I think the Oilers need a mascot and I want you to design it.  If the Oilers were to have a mascot, what should it be?

Lowetide:

Wild Bill Hunter, the roughest toughest rig worker on the planet. He can lift the zamboni with his left ear and he eats only pretzels!

Jason Strudwick:

The Stark logo from Game of Thrones

Jason Gregor:

I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, so I’m not the guy to ask. I think Struds could be a great mascot.

Robin Brownlee:

A groundhog. He can come out in early January and if he sees his shadow it means six more weeks of losing.

Jeanshorts:

It would be a dumpster with fire shooting out the top, but it would have giant googly eyes and a comically large smile so people would think it was CUTE! 

Baggedmilk:

I posted my vision as the picture above.  I think it reflects the state of the team nicely… I just wish the guy’s shirt was a little bit dirtier.

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4) Barry W. asks – Have Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth been as bad as everyone says or is that also a product of how bad the team is? 

Lowetide:

Hmmm. they were bad, I think that’s a fact. If they had been playing in front of a better defense? No doubt Edmonton has more wins. But they’ve been bad.

Jason Strudwick:

Blaming the goalie is the easy way out. It lets the players in front of them off the hook.

Jason Gregor:

They haven’t been great, but the team in front of them allows a lot of quality chances and the Oilers aren’t known for being strong in front of net and clearing guys out. The goalies could have been better early in the year.

Robin Brownlee:

Both. Goaltenders who have played for the Oilers in recent seasons have consistently seen their GAA rise and their save percentage drop. Goaltenders in Edmonton face too many shots and, it follows, too many quality shots. To my eye, the biggest problem is clear-cut chances off giveaways and second and third chances on rebounds as everybody stands around.

Jeanshorts:

I think it’s a bit of both. There’s been a real healthy mix of backhanders going in from the corner and five Oilers covering one guy behind the net while the opposing team rattles off 900 shots unimpeded. But I’m of the opinion that the goalies were more to blame at the beginning of the season than the porous defence. 

Baggedmilk:

Of course they could have played better than they did.  I’m sure if you asked the goalies themselves they would tell you they’ve wanted to play better all year.  But let’s be honest here, it’s not like Scrivens and Fasth are playing behind the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Oilers defensive game looks like trying to drink soup from a colander.

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5) Darrick Breindl asks – I have a daughter that turns 18 in August and she wants me to let her get a tattoo.  I think it’s an awful idea but don’t know how to tell her.  What would the esteemed panel do in this situation?

Lowetide:

My daughter was 15 when she wanted a tattoo. We asked her to decide on her tattoo and then to live with that decision for a year, even encouraging her to get a temporary one so she could get a very good idea about its impact. 

THEN we talked her into using the money on a Seattle shopping trip instead. Counter trey baby. It works!

Jason Strudwick:

I would take her to a tattoo removal place and have her see how much pain is involved in taking it off. She will run screaming home wanting to buy a nice broach instead

Jason Gregor:

I’d show her pictures of women in their 50s with tattoos. Or  tell her she can get one, but only if you and her get matching tattoos. And you get to pick what tattoo she gets. 

Robin Brownlee:

Depends on the location and the type of tattoo. If she wants the name of her current boyfriend inked where everybody can see it, it’s probably a bad idea. And if she’s 18, why should you “get her a tattoo?” If she wants a tattoo let her pay for it. It is, after all, kind of an adult thing, no? As for how to tell her, saying “I think it’s a bad idea” is a good place to start.

Jeanshorts:

I’d do a Scared Straight style lesson. Take her to a laser tattoo removal place and let her talk to all the girls in there getting Lance Bass themed tramp stamps burned out of their skin by a machine that I can only assume will soon become sentient and enslave us all (I don’t trust lasers). 

Baggedmilk: 

I have a bunch of tattoos and I’m sorry to say that you may as well be into it or she’s just going to get more of them.  By the way, once you get a tattoo you instantly feel like it wouldn’t be a big deal to get another one.  Sorry.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    i saw a TV show where this guy had deep colored tattoo’s removed from his face and neck….many many painful laser procedures and this poor guy had his face swollen for many days on end, then would go back for more when the swelling went down, in some cases having many tatt’s done over and over again because the color was so deep in the skin! after seeing that show and what the guy went through, even though he now has a normal face again with no ink at all on it, made me realize i’ll NEVER get face ink!! oh, and the Oilers suck and will likely lose to Jersey!

  • ThinkingOutLoud

    I used to proudly say, “I grew up watching the Oilers.” Now I just feel like I grew old watching the Oilers. They’ve sucked both the life, and the care out of me. I don’t even watch the games anymore, just turn to this site for updates, humour, and the wonderful and relatively anonymous venting/group therapy the comments provide.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    ^true this. “sucked the life and the care out of me”….me too, but MacT is convinced we have the guys to get the job done in the future, that we can actually win with Hall/Nuge/Ebs as the top line (ya, right MacT!). and all we need is “2 or 3 more players this off season. and you wonder why fans don’t care anymore?

  • Burnward

    ^

    I remember Dad would share season tickets when we were young and proudly tell tales of the glory days as we drove in. Can’t remember him not wearing an Oilers hat.

    Now he doesn’t even turn the TV on.

    Mom still holds out hope, but she’s a saint.

    Really not fair to the good people that have kept this team alive through thick and thin.

  • Gooilgo

    Every Monday I look for a glimmer, yes just a glimmer of hope that things are improving in Oil land.

    Like what Todd Nellie is doing but I simply don’t see where the trades are going to come from that builds for next year.

    Yes we can do tha annual talent give away as McT seems to excel at but where will the talent come from that can help for next year? Sure we will have a team that competes for 2021 playoffs but next year is this the same (dumpster fire)?

    • ThinkingOutLoud

      I just don’t trust any deal MacT makes especially from our position of weakness. It doesn’t help that Fasth for an example is being touted as trade bait then goes out and has an .875 % over the last 3 games. We might get a conditional 7th rounder out of that deal . Petry is gone anyway so we’ll get nothing there, I have no answers either other than somewhere somehow we need a stud defenceman( Boychuk ??) who can play 25 minutes a game and lead by example.

  • Rob...

    I think the mascott, should be a big soft version of Andrei ‘The Tank’ Kovalenko. Oilers fans, young and old, can be assured every season that Oilers fans and management will embrace the tank.

  • ubermiguel

    (1) Make NTCs unwaivable by the players. If you signed up for no trades that’s what you get, unless you want to scrap the whole contract with penalty and start over, with the team still retaining their NHL rights until the term of the original contract ends or a new contract is signed. This “list of teams” garbage gives the players too much power. Also limit the number on your roster at any one time.

    (2) Enough already, no one cares, just give us good hockey writing and we’ll read it.

    (3) Yes, Wild Bill Hunter! Make him a cowboy wrangling an oil derrick. Honours the history of the team and the province (Calgary be damned).

    (4) Listen to the former player, Edmonton is goalie purgatory. They could have the 2001 versions of Patrick Roy and Marty Brodeur as their tandem and they’d still lose because they give up 5 point-blank-alone-in-the-slot chances a game.

    (5) Lowetide, that’s genius. I’m filing that away for use in 5 years time with my daughters.

  • ubermiguel

    Apparently the Oilers must be participating in the “Longest day of Hockey” as well, and judging by their skating on Saturday, they must be into day 7 or 8 by now…putrid example of a hockey team. And the owner “Katzy” the clown, thinks he ask for a big bump in the cost of tickets to the new Hockey “pit of despair”? The only people clammoring to get into that building will be the homeless, that already have their concrete slab season tickets…What a joke this francise has become.

  • ubermiguel

    I’m getting my first tattoo tomorrow-a BRING BACK DALLAS EAKIiNS tattoo on my right ass cheek!!! I may also get an Oil coloured 33 on my left ass cheek in honour of my all time favourite- BIG STEVE MACINTYRE!!!