Monday Mailbag – June 29th

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It’s the first McDavid Monday of the new era and we couldn’t be more excited! All I want to do is read about him, gaze upon him, and kill as much work related time as possible. Enter the Mailbag. Want to be a part of it? Just email it to me at [email protected] or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.  As a thank you, I’ll send everyone that submits a question a sticker package from the Nation.  Questions don’t all have to be Oilers related, so be creative.

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1) Sean M. asks – Free agency is almost upon us. Who was your favourite Oilers free agency pick up in the last 10 years?

Lowetide:

Benoit Pouliot. Fantastic addition and he should pay dividends for years to come, possibly alongside young McDavid. Very much liked this move, then and now.

Matt Henderson

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The last 10 years have been pretty terrible, on the whole, but I’m going with Sheldon Souray. Big Sexy was physical and had a cannon of a shot. I wish injuries and inept management hadn’t ruined his career. Tough to find a good free agent signing here of an impact guy except Souray came in and played 24-25 minutes a night on D. I think he’s the best UFA to sign here in the last 10 years.

Jonathan Willis:

Dustin Penner. I like a little bit of anarchy, I love offer sheets and my feelings toward scheduling barn fights are difficult to express in mere shabby words. Anaheim was in a bad salary cap situation and the Oilers put them over a barrel; that’s absolutely how the system is supposed to work. Edmonton got some good seasons out of a fun player, then sent him on down the line for a very similar return to the RFA compensation they paid the Ducks. Stricly speaking, the team has probably made better free agent signings over this period, but that one remains my favourite.

Jason Strudwick:

I think we all know the consensus answer to this question. Number two would be Sheldon Souray.

Jeanshorts:

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I think we’ve got to go with Studly Wonderbomb himself, Big Sexy Sheldon Souray. Obviously things between him and the Oilers didn’t QUITE work out as well as we hoped, but he had one really great season and I can’t say we’ve had an offensively inclined D-man anywhere near as good as Souary since.

Robin Brownlee:

I like the addition of Boyd Gordon. Can’t imagine the hole the Oilers would have had at centre without him these past couple of seasons. Workmanlike. Effective in the circle. Veteran leadership.

Jason Gregor:

I’d say Strudwick. Allowed him and I to become friends and co-workers, but most importantly it meant I would have the best sound clip of all time: Struds was on my show and he had the pleasure of having the first pint of Nation Beer. We were doing my show live at the Pint Downtown. After he took a sip I asked him how it tasted…

“Um, it is like a bouquet of flavours coming in my mouth.” Direct quote. Classic.

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Baggedmilk:

Has to be Big Sexy, right? I remember when Souray signed here and we all thought that things were going to be okay – or at least turn around. Unfortunately, the Oilers never fail to find new and creative ways to disappoint us so the Big Sexy tenure crashed and burned in miraculous fashion. Oh the joys of the last Oilers decade.

McDavid

2) Patricks D. asks – What excites you most about Connor McDavid being an Oiler?

Lowetide:

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The sense of joy all Oilers fans shared in that one moment. I always feel for younger fans because being an Oilers fan has been so difficult these last 10 years. It felt good personally to be a part of something so wonderful.

Matt Henderson

I’ve never seen anybody like him before. That’s what excites me. I was born in 83 so Gretzky as an Oiler was over before I started kindergarten. I’ve seen him play at the OHL level and he was electrifying on every shift. I’m excited to see what level he can reach with the likes of Hall/Eberle/Yakupov/Draisaitl surrounding him. He can do things at top speed that nobody else can. Nobody.

Jonathan Willis:

Watching him play 82 games next year. It’s fun to watch great players.

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Jason Strudwick:

I look forward to watching him grow as a player. He has very strong parts of his game and those will be great from day one. Watching him adjust the areas of weakness will really prove how smart he is.

Jeanshorts:

Just watching him do incredible things while wearing an Oiler jersey. Obviously it’s super fun watching the Crosbys and Ovechkins of the league play, so I can’t even imagine how awesome it’s going to be watching one of those guys PLAY FOR THE OILERS! It’s going to be magical! I CAN’T WAIT!

Robin Brownlee:

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McDavid’s considerable on-ice skills aside, the buzz and optimism he provides a long-suffering fan base is a welcome change. Negativity has been hanging in the air like a sour fart around here far too long. His arrival in concert with the coaching and management changes makes it feel like a truly new era for this team.

Jason Gregor:

That it could lead to a competitive team. I think we are all tired of covering a team that isn’t close to competitive.

Baggedmilk:

Since Crosby was drafted I’ve always been jealous that Pittsburgh fans have had the opportunity to watch him every night. We’re about to find out what that feels like, and I couldn’t be happier. 

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3) Craig asks – How long do you think Craig MacTavish stays on as Peter Chiarelli’s number two? 

Lowetide:

Well, they have to define his job first. Suspect MacT won’t like it, and it lasts less than a year.

Matt Henderson

Until his contract runs out next summer. Then he and the team will part ways and it will be “mutual.”

Jonathan Willis:

How long until he gets a better offer? There are a finite number of general manager jobs out there and it’s hard to imagine that MacTavish’s time at the helm of the Oilers has him at the top of many hiring lists. Now, there are all manner of internal dynamics of which I am unaware but from the outside it’s hard to peg any reason MacTavish would be interested in leaving, and if Chiarelli were interested in ousting him one imagines he would have done it immediately or close to it.

Jason Strudwick:

It would be a great place to acquire experience on the management side of hockey. Why wouldn’t he stay for a while?

Jeanshorts:

My gut is telling that this season will be used as a bit of a feeling out period. As I’ve said before, though his GM tenure was pretty…yeah…. MacT isn’t a blubbering moron. He’s a smart hockey man, and he has familiarity with most of the players in the organization, so on paper he seems like a fairly nice asset for Chiarelli to have at hand. That being said I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him let go next summer if he and Chiarelli don’t mesh well, or if Chiarelli doesn’t want a backseat GM or what have you.

Robin Brownlee:

Until the end of his current contract.

Jason Gregor:

Good question. It is a bit odd that he does not have a title yet. It either works out and he is here for many years or he is one and done. I will go with the former.

Baggedmilk:

That’s a good question. I bet MacT will find a way to stick around until the planet gets nuked or global warming melts us all. He’ll be sitting in an office with Kevin Lowe and 43 cockroaches wondering where everyone went. Speaking of MacT, how funny was it that he snuck in right beside McDavid for the post draft picture? How did Chiarelli get pushed all the way off to the side? 

LionKing

4) Oilguy16 asks – When was last time the Oilers had a rival in the NHL? What is the best sports rivalry right now?

Lowetide:

Aside from themselves? Dallas Stars, late 90s through early oughts.

Matt Henderson

Last real rival was probably Dallas because of all the times Edmonton met them in the playoffs. You have to be good enough to matter to have a rivalry and the Oilers haven’t mattered in years. I wish Calgary was a rivalry but it really hasn’t been. I hate Vancouver so it’s as close as *I* feel to there being a rivalry but the teams don’t act like there’s a rivalry. There could be a good one with Winnipeg if both the Jets and the Oilers ever meet in the playoffs because the Jets have demolished the Oil physically and that could lead to some fun hate. Best rivalry today in any sport? I’m not sure. I still love watching Montreal vs Boston. We’ve lost some good rivalries like Federer vs Nadal and Tiger vs The Field lately.

Jonathan Willis:

I don’t think rivalries ever really go away; they just become less relevant on the national stage. Ask most Oilers fans about Calgary and Vancouver and they’ll explain the special feeling they have in their hearts for those clubs. As for the best rivalry in sports, I have no idea. The only sport I pay any attention to is hockey. Within the NHL, the rivalry I enjoy most is probably Boston/Montreal.

Jason Strudwick:

I maintain the Canucks have been the Oilers chief rival for a number of years. The best rivalry is my New York Giants against anyone!

Jeanshorts:

I think the closest we’ve had to a rival in the last decade has been the Canucks. We all hate them with a fiery passion. They’ve employed guys like Kessler, Burrows and Kassian. And speaking of Kassian I don’t think we’ll ever forget what he did to Sam Gagner, so for me personally I get a little more geared up for potential losses to the Canucks than pretty much any other team. 

As for the best rivalry right now I really, really love watching Bruins/Habs games and/or playoff series. Those guys DO NOT like each other, and they both have insane, vocal fan bases, so those games are always bound to be entertaining.

Robin Brownlee:

Last true rival was the Dallas Stars in the late-1990s early-2000s because of all the playoff meetings between the teams.

Jason Gregor:

Last rival was Dallas. Best rivalry in sports now — I’d lean towards Barcelona/Madrid, but Pakistan/India in cricket is huge as well. In the NHL — Bruins/Habs is still pretty great.

Baggedmilk:

The only Oilers rivalry I can personally remember is when they used to match us with the Stars every year in the playoffs. I heard the Battle of Alberta (am I allowed to say that?) used to be awesome, but I’m not old enough to remember that. Here’s hoping that the BOA is set for a revival with all the action that has gone on with these two teams over the last few months. 

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5) Allan Fields asks – If you were an inmate on death row what would your last meal be?

Lowetide:

Steak — medium (barbequed), baked potato (with onions, butter), 4,000 beer and a dish of ice cream.

Matt Henderson

Probably a big turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and all the sides that go with it. I would just like everyone to know that while I’m on death row and Justice has judged me harshly, I regret nothing. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I wouldn’t think twice.

Jonathan Willis:

This is my last meal, so I’m going to go all out here. Properly smoked salmon is a real delight as an appetizer and pairs wonderfully with a good scotch. I was thinking Johnnie Walker Blue but as this is my last meal there’s no sense in sparing expense so let’s go with a 30-year-old Highland Park (anything in the Orcadian Series will do, but given that price isn’t an issue let’s go with the 1968). For the main course I’m not thinking anything too elaborate; a rib-eye with black truffles, roasted garlic potatoes  and some kind of braised vegetable. Some high-end dark chocolate for dessert would top off the evening.

Jason Strudwick:

That would depend on what I was convicted for.

Jeanshorts:

Beef tortellini with alfredo sauce, a chicken club pizza from Panago, multiple tubs of half baked ice cream and to wash it all down a bunch of Arnold Palmers.

Robin Brownlee:

Big, honking apple pie with a hacksaw blade in it.

Jason Gregor:

Hope I’m never there — BBQ chicken, esparagus, mashed potatoes and homemade lemon pie.

Baggedmilk:

How long am I allowed to eat for? I think I would start off with tacos. I’m talking shredded beef tacos, fish tacos, chicken tacos. From there I’d move on to a roast pig. I’m talking a full sized pig that has been roasted over an open fire. I’d like the whole thing. After the pig has been taken care of I’m looking for a four litre tub of black cherry ice cream. Since I also love candy I’m also going to need a big bag of either coke bottles or gummy dinosours. For dessert I would probably polish off 43 beers. All in all I figure my last meal would take three months to finish and that’s three more months that I’m alive. Thank you. 

P.S.

I want to give a shout out to the boys at Jobsite Workwear for treating us so well and hooking us up with all those GCs for the Draft Party on Friday. We didn’t even ask and these champions volunteered to help in any way they could. If you’re ever looking for anything go see the boys at Jobsite and they’re sure to treat you as well as they’ve treated us. *standing applause*


  • MacT's Neglected Helmet

    Best free agent signing, Habby. Think of all the number one picks that one signing was responsible for. I’d say at least 2, at least!

    As for Souray, I hated watching him play. He’d glide around like a sofa on ice. Watching him hold the puck behind the net for decades while the team skated around in their zone, uggg! And yes, he had a shot from the point, but in those days that’s all the team EVER DID on the PP. I remember how quickly Souray started getting double teamed rendering his point shot useless. Oh, those were dark days.

    I am far more enjoying Gordon and Pouliot as free agent pick ups. Gordon really is the unsung hero if the team and it saddens me to think he won’t be here when the cups start rolling in. Pouliot gives me hope the recent trade for Rienheart is not a bust. They were both highly touted 4th overall picks. And it took Pouliot a little while and a few different teams, but he really looks to be a big part of this team going forward, especially after that top line was created. I simply love the make up of the Pouliot, Nuge, Eberle line. And now with McDavid, I think this is the first time in sooooo long, the team actually has two legitimate scoring lines.

    Anyway, point being, Souray was awful.

  • ubermiguel

    And here I was hoping Struds would answer “What excites you most about Connor McDavid being an Oiler?” with “watching him play will be like a bouquet of flavours coming in my mouth.”

  • freelancer

    Just for some conversation. Viktor Stalberg was just bought out by Nashville. The way I see it, we have a spot on our third line LW side that needs to be filled. If you can sign him cheap, would you bring him in and have him compete with Drasaitl for that spot?

      • freelancer

        Lazy? I am not very familiar with his play. I know he suffered a pretty bad injury last year. He put up slightly better points on a more offensive minded team in Chicago. Guys like James Neal had issues scoring on that Nashville team.

        Just brought it up because I feel we need to find a value contract for that third line position. Do you have any names you would want in that spot?

      • camdog

        Last year the Preds were 14 in goals for during the season and 2 in the playoffs. There problem was they couldnt keep the puck out of their net against a great Hawks team. I think you are thinking of the Predators of 2-3 years back.

  • Ready to Win

    I don’t think the word rivalry really is appropriate unless both teams are experiencing it. To say the Canucks of the past five years or even the Stars from the late 90s/early 00s were in a rivalry with the Oilers is like saying the dynasty era Oilers were in a rivalry with the Winnipeg Jets; sure the two teams met in the playoffs 6 times in 8 years and sure the Jets players and fans hated the Oilers with a passion, but to the Oilers players and fans the Jets were just another team along the way.

    • paul wodehouse

      …THAT was interesting … when I saw it I thought here’s the new boss giving the old boss his last hurrah and so I’m finding it tough to believe that MacT AND Howson will see the start of the 2015-16 season in their present positions with this franchise…

  • judgedrude

    Chris Stewart should be #1 on the Oilers list BIG JOHN SCOTT#2 and Brian MCGRATTAN #3. Imagine if we added these three SWEETHEARTS to protect our highly skilled/vulnerable SUPERTARS!!!!!WOO!!!!!’

  • stonedtodeath61

    Well t has taken a couple of days to get over the trade of Eric Gryba as I would have preferred to see Wiercoch or Cowen moved in that deal. Great trade for the Oil. Gryba will not put up more than 15 pts. in a season but there are things he brings that is much needed. He hits like a truck, not a great scrapper but will go with anyone to protect his boys. He owns the slot in the DZone and not often that he looses a puck battle. He was our top PK Dman last year, was always sent over the boards when protecting a one goal lead in the final min. His biggest issue here in Ottawa was that he played the right side behind King Karl (30 min. TOI) THAN Cody Ceci ( former 1st rounder, local kid and Ottawa’s 2nd best Dman. Gryba also started about 70% of his shifts in the Dzone with the 3rd and 4th lines. Hence his Corsi stats.He also skates well for a big man and oh, did I mention that he likes to hit (will not bring up the hit on Hall), This is what he does to oncoming forwards http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/gotta-see-it-grybas-helmet-popping-hit/

  • Alsker

    Last day for qualifying RFA’s. Any word on when/if Chia will do presser or will they simply do a news release instead? Some intriguing decisions for management.

  • ubermiguel

    About the defence, it seems pretty telegraphed by the moves made Chi is making good on his desire for a heavier playing team. I know everyone hates the Reinheart trade especially in the wake of the Hamilton deal, but consider this. We’ve been complaining for about a decade the biggest problem with the oilers is too easy to play against and no compete.

    If our bottom pairing next year is Reinheart – Gryab. And Ference – Fayne are also a thing. Then you have to expect Klefbom is likely getting someone on his right for the top pair.

    My guess is Chi buys out Nikitin, either trades or walks away from Schultz, and grabs a puck moving right side vet like Erhoff or Sekera. Or I could also see him trading as he said seems like an option. For who I don’t know.

    But, assuming the guy on the top line is for argument’s sake Sekera, then next year the defence is:

    Klefbomb – Sekera

    Ference – Fayne

    Reinheart – Gryba

    Obviously Nurse will take over for Ference at some point down the road. That could be a great combination of size, skill mobility, and toughness of which this team has not seen in a while. And after nurse replaces Ference, that back end is huge. To me, this is what I see as necessary for competing in the western conference. Now if somehow instead of Sekera that name is Brent Burns (though I don’t know how that’s possible without giving up an Eberle or at least a Yakupov), then that becomes a defence which could rival some of the best in a year or two.

    • freelancer

      Personally I think Chiarelli qualifies Schultz for one more year. Then someone like Erhoff is brought in to play bigger minutes with Fayne. Klef and Schultz will get the most offensive zone starts, Fayne and Erhoff the defensive zone, Reinhart and Gryba pick up the slack. Ference remains as a 7th.

      • freelancer

        Hmmm, that is interesting. My only problem with that is both Erhoff and Fayne are right side D. But I guess not every team is made up with 3 perfect L and R pairs.

        And I know Schultz gets a lot of flack, which I think is well deserved, but who knows what a different coach could get out of the guy. I mean, even a tandem like Kieth and Seabrook aren’t used against top competition in a defensive heavy role. Difference being if push comes to shove, those two can actually defend a rush without turning over the puck or playing like they are made of glass.

        Is today the last day players can be qualified? If so I suppose we’ll hear about Schultz fate sooner than later.

        • freelancer

          I`m not the biggest Schultz fan either. But I think we should expect this as a moderate growth year (hate using that phrase). With a new coach who hopefully won`t give Jultz more than he can handle he could still be an effective NHL player.

          I still think we will bring in at least one more established top 4 D, whether. Maybe not the top end guy people want, but at least someone who can take some heat off of the younger guys.

  • Alsker

    Nothing seems to change #16 + #33 in a deep draft for a prospect with skating issue. This draft was suppose to be a great day in Oilers history and now this sour taste in my mouth, all I can think of is how stupid the Oilers are when it comes to hockey.

    Nothing against GR not his fault Oilers are stupid.

    • Shaun Doe

      He might not be a Boumester, but you can’t teach size. I look t a guy like Lander and see how lots of hard work can pay off when it comes to skating. Also I think the reports of his poor skating are a bit blown out of proportion. From the few times I’ve seen him play, combined with what many scouts say, it’s not that he’s a bad skater really, simply that he’s usually in good position so he doesn’t need to rely on his mobility as much. He’s kind of a low risk low event guy. Watching him in the Dub he didn’t lose many battles for the puck, nor did the opposition do anything too dramatic when he was on the ice.

      I think that could hurt him in the NHL if he makes a mistake as he won’t be able to cover the bet getting back against guys like Kane or Cogliano, but his strength will lie in not making many of those mistakes. Anyway, he’s not being asked to come in and lead the team, we already have Nurse and Klefbom to hang our hopes and both those guys are amazing skaters.

  • stonedtodeath61

    Can’t teach size sounds like when you got nothing else you use that as a positive.

    No way you give up 2 1st rd picks for a non- NHL players. I say 2 because deep draft.

    If GR ends up as a top 4 this is still a losing bet, the only way Oilers win this bet is if he becomes a legit 1-2 Dman.

    99/100 I don’t make this bet. NYI gave him away because they did not think he was a top pairing D.

    • paul wodehouse

      He’s good positionally, calms everything down on the back end, doesn’t need to cover mistakes because he makes very few. When I say you can’t teach size I mean he can learn to be a better skater, but he can’t learn to be a bigger player.

      As for giving up the picks. Well, okay number 16 was a centre. Honestly, and it’s crazy to say this, but I don’t think the organization needs anymore centres at the moment especially ones that are small and skilled. Is Brazal going to be better than McDavid, Nuge, Draisaitl, or even Lander or Yakimov? And then pick 33 I see was… another undersized centre, much less likely to be as good as the one picked at 16.

      So perhaps you are saying another prospect picked in that range will be better than the one the Oilers got. Let’s see, for direct defence comparable we have Chabot, Juulsen, Larsson, Carlsson, and Roy. I think maybe one of these guys might just go full Cam Fowler and be better than Reinheart or even some of the defencement picked higher this year, but when will that be? and do you have a crystal ball to tell me when? Of those guys only Roy and Juulsen shoot right and both those guys are small. None of those guys are over 200 lbs, none of them lead their respective teams.

      But then maybe you are wanting a forward with those picks. While I do agree the Oilers could have used Evgeny Svechnikov, you have to remember they already kind of have a big skilled LW russian player further along and more proven then Svechnikov in Shlepyshev.

      Like I say, maybe one of these prospects picked between 16 and 33 are going to turn out better then Reinheart, but at the moment I think the Oilers made the safer bet. Just my opinion though, let’s revisit this discussion in 3 years time.

  • Serious Gord

    1. Souray

    2. Hope for the future

    3. when they stop sending him cheques. (and based on what evidence is he a “smart hockey Guy”?)

    4. Stars. Going forward the Flames return as THE rival.

    5. A full rack of ribs from Bar-B-Barn on Guy Street Montreal, washed down with a bottle of Blanton’s Single Cask Bourbon. Hopefully I die of alcohol poisoning before they have a chance to stick the needle in.

  • I love that the person who asked question #3 is named Craig………did the question also come in via skype?!

    “3) Craig asks – How long do you think Craig MacTavish stays on as Peter Chiarelli’s number two?”

  • Lofty

    Something weird is happening in LA. This salary cap thing gets less and less relavent by the day. First Chris Prongers contract gets traded again, then LA terminates the contract of Mike Richards?

    • Serious Gord

      Let’s see what the reason LA is giving for the termination is. If it’s for lack of conditioning, refusing coaching mandates etc then its a BIG deal. If it’s some kind of infringement of the morality section of his contract then it isn’t.

  • T.J.F.M.

    The GR trade is not on Chia. He is too new to this team to make that call alone. This is all on Bob Green. He made the call, he stands by the decision, and he is the one that will ultimately fall on the sword when it is apparent that GR is not ready for the big time.

    This was not a good trade. It was exactly the TYPE of trade we needed to make, but it was for the wrong player and for the wrong reasons. We do not need anymore “future players” or more “potential”

    We all know that we needed to trade to make the team better today, not tomorrow.

      • ubermiguel

        “I’ve always liked him as a player,” said general manger Peter Chiarelli. “I saw him in pro a couple of times last year and I saw him in London at the Memorial Cup and he was just a horse.” (Edmonton Sun)

        So the GM saw him play as a pro; it’s a non-issue.

      • paul wodehouse

        Chia on the other hand has publicly stated that he had seen GR play this year and supported Green’s assessment. I admire the high standards that you continue to measure the Oilers by (hopefully they will come close to meeting them in the near future) but suggest your assessment of the decision process to trade for GR is not up to some of your other evaluations. Maybe live up to your own high standards before you chastise others in a public forum.

          • Serious Gord

            I disagree with his lack of professionalism and what he thinks as passable in terms of knowing what a player is capable of.

            As for GR I have no opinion on whether he was a good get or not. Though reports of his lack of speed are worrying. Speed of the game is THE major differentiator between the NHL and all other leagues.

          • ubermiguel

            Here’s how it probably went:

            Chia: Hey Bob, the Isles are offering Griffin Reinhart. I saw him play last year, we scouted him a bit for the Bruins, I really like his size, endurance and hockey vision…you know him really well, what’s his character like?”

            Green: Top notch, a real leader and he takes coaching well. If he spends some time before training camp with Pelletier I bet his skating will improve.

            (End Scene).

            Again, the actual decision maker actually saw him play; non-issue.

  • Mike Krushelnyski

    I totally saw Nikitin doing some shady stuff the other day. I’m no expert, but it looked like a fundamental breach of his contract from what I could see.

  • clrsnldvc81

    We have some really bizarre fans…

    I’m sick of losing… why are we drafting players who won’t help us for years?

    I’m sick of us trading away draft picks for unproven talent… we’re such a dumb organization. We should’ve draftedc instead and kept stock piling assets…

    WHICH ONE IS IT OIL COUNTRY!?!?!?!?!?

    My take on it is that Chia has plans for next season’s offseason to really make his splash.

    14 million off the books (not including Gryba’s contract i think)

    This year and the additions he has made, leads me to believe it’s a “let’s get some traction and give some of our players some CONFIDENCE and something to get excited over”

    You can’t tell me we are worse or can get any worse with the additions he has made not to mention the generational talent that is McJesus.

    But for a fan base and some key players (Hall, Nuge Ebs) we could really use some positive traction. Build and take steps this year. See if we can surprise people the way Calgary did. Get a taste of some positivity.

    For all those who think Benning was going to give Lack up to a division rival for picks he got from Carolina don’t know hockey… He would’ve asked for Ebs or something equivalent.

    And as childish as it is to say Boston turned down the offer from Chia because of personal feelings then get over it… It happened. Boston has to step in front of their fans to explain why they took the deal from calgary. IF Hamilton struggles out of the gate without Chara do you think Chia would get crucified for giving up so much? Probably… I wanted Hamilton but with Nurse thrown in there? no thanks.

    Calm the f*** down and let it all play out…
    He traded away picks and filled holes…

    No Roster players were sacrificed unless you call MM that…

    July 1st is still around the corner and if he doesn’t sign anyone guaranteed some people will be up in arms and I assume those very same people will be the ones pissed if we he gives Mike Green 6+ million for 6 years…

    For the first year in so many there is light… there is a pulse… there is some ACTUAL hope…

    We have a GM with some credibility… a coach who has a better track record

    Less Bipolar Thinking… More Happy McDavid Days aread…

  • Shaun Doe

    So here’s a fun exercise: based on each of the writers last meal requests, decide what they’re getting the chair for. I’ll start.

    Lowetides meal is pretty blue collar so I’d have to say he murdered his boss after years of abusing the other 99%

    Henderson based on his pride in his conviction probably sexed the head cheerleader to death in the bouncy castle at the autumn fair

    Willis is obviously the boss lowetide tried to kill and after surviving the attempt on his life was put to death after frauding little old ladies out of their bingo money

    Struds has to be a meth induced crime spree since he seems to be a little fuzzy on what it was he actually did

    Jeanshorts got busted for selling bad glue to preschoolers, got high on his own supply and was pinched robbing malt liquor across the boarder

    Brownlee got caught stealing a bunch of bags with dollar signs on them while wearing an olde timey burgled mask and moustache

    Gregor got busted doing something pretty innocuous like spelling asparagus with an E

    And well bagged milk probably was put to death for the inexcusable crime of being himself in public

    Enjoy