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Report: Oilers Unhappy With Strome Deal

Sometimes you’re just sitting there, watching Hockey Night in Canada — minding your own business — and someone says something that makes you think, “Well what were you expecting?” It happened to me when Nick Kypreos said that the Oilers were already disappointed with the Eberle/Strome trade and were thinking about moving Ryan Strome already.

As you can imagine, this is both tragic and hilarious, expected and yet infuriating nonetheless. As Nick Kypreos noted in that broadcast, we are uncertain if Ryan Strome brings back any significant value in terms of a return on this deal. It’s interesting that this comes 10 games into this season because that question has existed for much longer than a month. We know what value Peter Chiarelli will give for Strome. We have no idea what ANY OTHER general manager would pay.

Now, there are things about Ryan Strome that I am disappointed about that I didn’t know before. For example, he’s slower than I assumed. But the Oilers don’t have the same excuse that I have for not knowing that about him. They have scouts and access to hours of video. I have Google and Twitter. See the difference? I’m SUPPOSED to know less than an NHL team.

What makes things a little more frustrating on that front is that as soon as Kypreos finished telling everyone that the Oilers were looking for scoring help on the wings, Friedman stressed that the team was looking for speed. So they are looking for the exact OPPOSITE of Strome, for whom they traded Eberle.

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Outside of the speed, he’s pretty much exactly what I figured the Oilers were getting. Through his first nine games, Strome has 3 points. That’s a 27 point pace over 82 games. That’s pretty much right where he has been for the last two seasons.

Ryan Strome has been everything, offensively, that any reasonable person could have expected. Getting mad at Strome for only having three points in nine games is like getting mad at the sun for rising in the East. It’s getting a pet rock and being mad that it doesn’t do anything. Yeah, he doesn’t do anything. You knew that when you spent your money!

Is it upsetting that Jordan Eberle has nine points in 11 games and the Oilers have oodles of cap space and a need for scoring at right wing AND are reportedly unhappy with the player they traded Eberle for?


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Friedman wondered out loud if the Oilers would be interested in Chris Kreider. What about a 26-year-old, 6’3”, 225-pound winger who can skate like the wind and score between 45-55 points a year sounds appealing?

Before we get our hopes up, I sincerely doubt that Ryan Strome has enough value to be more than a throw-in for Chris Kreider unless he has severely worn out his welcome in New York. I don’t know what the Oilers do if they want to seriously go after Kreider, but if Chiarelli tries for another one of his patented One-For-One deals then I’m expecting a Nuge sized hole in the lineup.

But let’s come back to the basic concept of the Oilers being unhappy with the trade of Eberle for Strome. What the hell were they thinking? What could Peter Chiarelli possibly have expected when he made that deal? He took a perennial 20-30 goal guy and traded him for a 30 point forward. He knew it when he pulled the trigger. What could he possibly have learned in October that wasn’t available for him to know in June?

This whole thing is unreal. Unreal.

Source: Nick Kypreos, Hockey Night in Canada, 10/28/2017

  • Harry2

    Whats unreal to me Henderson is that you are so unbelievably gulable that you blindly believe what analysts speculate Chiarelli feels about the trade.

    Your constant belly aching has become borderline pathetic. The positives that Chiarelli has brought to Edm far far out weigh the negatives yet here we are 10 games in and your crying already about the trade. Embarrassing

      • Harry2

        Something tells me Chiarelli isnt crying over anything 9 games in. He leaves that up to hack writers.

        Your mistaken . Those are tears of disbelief that you puked out yet another negative article. And mere moments after Kypreos stated what everyone in the universe knows that Edm is unhappy with secondary scoring. You just got baited hook line and sinker.

        Now go stick another pin in your homemade Chiarelli doll.

      • AJ88

        Do you have proof that Chia is unhappy with the trade. If so do tell. If not, why does this site allow writers to spread rumours yet comes unglued about the rumours of Drai’s injury.

      • Harry2

        The good.
        Signed Klefbom (amazing cap hit), McD, Draisaitl, Sekera, Caggula, Benning. Brought in a high end head coach. Overhauled the scouting department. Traded for Maroon (fleeced Anahiem). Traded Hall and solidified the top pair with Larsson on yet another amazing cap hit.

        Up for debate.
        Lucic signing. Yak trade

        The bad
        Reinhart Trade. Gustavsson.

        Notice how I didnt add Eberle trade? Only a moron would make asumptions after 9 games.

      • jsch999

        Chiarelli has traded:
        Stealing Maroon for Marty Gernat
        Zach Kassian for Scrivens
        Trading Yakapov for anything
        Unloading the amassed garbage that Tambelini and Mactavish acquired

      • Dean S

        6M x 7, for the Looch Cheech Train? Talbot, so inconsitent its frusturating and har to watch.
        Knee Drop Talbot (before the shot). Slid across on his knees (out of position) past the net on the 4th goal tonight. Oh and no proven NHL backup.

      • Dan 1919

        Lol seriously? You just made Chiarelli look good if we stop there. Without Larson and Talbot the Oilers don’t come close to playoffs last year. Done deal. Minus Sekera, further away. Minus Kassian, still getting further away.

        I think you answered your own question if you look at it logically instead of emotionally.

      • Harry2

        Kypreos speculated and Henderson was all over it minutes later like a stoner on a bag of doritos.

        And you arent wrong by saying I have a grudge against him. His consistent crying is like being beaten with a bag of oranges.

    • jsch999

      I agree there is a lot of negative bandwagon jumpers after the first 9 games of the season.
      Real oiler fans can see that after a slow start the oilers are starting to turn their game around.
      Ryan Strome is also looking better and settling in with each game. The line of Lucic, Nuge and Strome has looked better the last few games and are trending upward.
      Don’t worry we will let all you jumpers back on the bandwagon soon.

      (The sky is not falling !!!)