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Monday Mailbag – The Oilers’ shopping list

Happy Family Day long weekend, Nation! I hope you’re using this time off to sleep in, add Baileys to your coffee, and do all of the things you’ve ever wanted to. For those of you that have to work today, I offer my condolences and this mailbag to help you get to quitting time just a little bit faster. As always, I need questions and if there’s something you’d like to ask, email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Have a good week, everyone.

Apr 8, 2017; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan addresses players during a time out during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Edmonton Oilers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

1) Craig asks – With the playoffs out of reach do you think Todd McLellan should spend more minutes on younger players? To me, it doesn’t compute to have Cammalleri playing more minutes than someone like Puljujarvi. What do you think?

Jason Gregor:

Cammalleri is playing more minutes now in hopes a team wants to acquire him at the deadline. I’m not sure it will impact his trade value, to be honest, but after the deadline, I expect the young players will play more.

Robin Brownlee:

I agree with you.

Matt Henderson:

Once the trade deadline has passed its time to see what these kids have got. If JP is playing 9 minutes a night in March then there’s a problem. I get pumping the moveable assets as much as possible though.

Cam Lewis:

Get Slepyshev and Puljujarvi in the top six and use Draisaitl on his own line. Those are things that actually matter beyond this year.

Christian Pagnani:

Cammalleri will probably be gone by the deadline. Give Slepyshev extended time in the top six. Call up Ty Rattie. Maybe even give Joey Laleggia a shot. Now’s the time.

Chris the Intern:

I agree with that to a certain extent. If you’re giving someone like Puljujarvi more minutes now, I’m afraid you’re essentially throwing him into a dumpster fire already which won’t be good for his development anyways. If overall team chemistry and effort is lacking, then more minutes for younger players won’t really be helping them but instead maybe creating bad habits for them.

Baggedmilk:

I hope it’s because they’re trying to pump and dump some of the UFAs but honestly who knows at this point. Sometimes I feel like Todd McLellan is trolling Peter Chiarelli with some of these line combinations but I obviously have nothing to bass that on.

2) Francis asks – Bob Nicholson said the Oilers’ shopping list includes a top pairing winger, a top defender, and a goalie to push Cam Talbot. Given the return on past trades (Hall and Eberle) does that wishlist sound reasonable?

Jason Gregor:

Not all three. They don’t have enough assets to move to acquire all three. I’m not sure they need the latter that badly. Talbot is having a down year, but I expect him to be better next year. I’d sure hope Chiarelli has learned from the Hall and Eberle trade, so if he does deal RNH, he needs a player of equal skill back. If not, then don’t make the trade. Simple.

Robin Brownlee:

Do-able? Yes. The ask in return is the rub. The least of my concerns is the goaltender to “push” Talbot. I believe he can bounce back from a bad season. Need a competent option behind him.

Matt Henderson:

No. He might as well be asking for a unicorn. With Chia in charge it’s much more likely all the assets in play net the Oilers nothing higher than a 3rd rounder and it would take moving Nuge to get another 4D who shoots left.

Cam Lewis:

It’s amazing that Pistol Pete has dealt two of the best things that came out of the Decade of Darkness and still has the same gaping hole anyway along with a brand new one. Chiarelli hasn’t been able to make good moves consistently and he’s pissed away a good chunk of his assets. Why should we believe he can pull it together?

Christian Pagnani:

No. It reflects poorly on Peter Chiarelli. I’d be curious how he thinks they can acquire all these players next season. He hasn’t exactly shown he can acquire good players for very little. Most of these should have been acquired last summer.

Chris the Intern:

I mean it’s true, but do we really want Peter Chiarelli to make those moves for us? I sure don’t trust him.

Baggedmilk:

Pretty amazing that they have the same shopping list as they did before trading Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. Not sure how they managed to pull that off but here we are.

February 9, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom (77) shoots against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

3) Stewart asks – I noticed some of the Insiders talking about Oscar Klefbom potentially being available for a trade. Why would Chiarelli do that and trade yet another player on a down year?

Jason Gregor:

Oilers have a lot of LD. Most players are “available” for the right price. I don’t see them shopping Klefbom, but, for argument sake if Arizona wanted Klefbom as main piece (plus more of course) in an Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade then I suspect Chiarelli would listen. Many names are brought up around the league and 90% of the time those names don’t get moved. I do, however, understand the trepidation from Oilers fans when they hear Klefbom is available, because they fear losing the trade.

Robin Brownlee:

I would hope that he wouldn’t. Klefbom is a good player having a bad year. I wouldn’t trade him.

Matt Henderson:

Because Chiarelli does not understand what PDO is. He’s shown that his entire management career. He can’t help himself.

Cam Lewis:

Don’t let him make any more trades. Please.

Christian Pagnani:

Well, Andrej Sekera and Kris Russell have no-move clauses. Adam Larsson is the lone right-shot defenceman who can play top-four minutes. Darnell Nurse is loved by the organization and needs a new contract, and the other big-money defenceman have trade protection. I wouldn’t trade Klefbom, but Chiarelli’s painted himself in a corner. This is the way he operates so I could see Klefbom for a less valuable player. He always deals off the top.

Chris the Intern:

Why would Peter Chiarelli trade Taylor Hall for JUST Adam Larsson? Why would Peter Chiarelli trade Jordan Eberle for JUST Ryan Strome? Chiarelli does a lot of things no one understands. If Chia does get fleeced in another trade, this time including Klefbom, it will add another move onto his already bad resume.

Baggedmilk:

Why would Peter Chiarelli trade Jordan Eberle for cap space and do absolutely nothing with the savings? His moves don’t always have to make sense for him to pull the trigger and he’s just proving why he was fired in Boston after leaving that team in shambles.

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4) Kristen asks – Is it realistic to think Peter Chiarelli can fix the mess he’s created heading into next season with the Oilers being up against the cap? Won’t we be looking at more Eberle for Strome salary dump trades that make the team worse?

Jason Gregor:

With the cap expected to go above $80 million I don’t see Oilers in a massive cap crunch. They won’t be able to overspend, which is probably a good thing, but adding a $4-$5 million top-line winger won’t crush their cap. They have many cheap contracts across the lineup in Caggiula, Slepyshev, Benning, Davidson, Khaira and I expect those players to be better next year. But Chiarelli needs to reverse his recent trend of losing big deals or overpaying players.

Robin Brownlee:

I think he can. The question is if he will. Chiarelli has made some good moves, but he can’t keep sending out offensive talent for lesser players.

Matt Henderson:

No. Of course it’s not realistic. He made the team significantly worse in 3 years while convincing himself it was getting better. He is a poor negotiator in trades and contracts. Edmonton needed him to make the club better last summer. That was the critical point. He paid through the nose for his players and downgraded his roster. Nobody should be confident in him.

Cam Lewis:

No!

Christian Pagnani:

No. The bulk of Chiarelli’s moves as Oilers general manager have been either trading down in talent or adding a tough contract. He’s put the Oilers in this cap situation, I’m not sure why you’d trust him to get them out of it.

Chris the Intern:

That’s exactly what I’m thinking. Do we want Chia to attempt to fix this mess he created? Or should we put it in the hands of someone else? I hate the idea of quick GM turnover but I mean what else can we do at this point?

Baggedmilk:

Is it realistic that Miranda Kerr divorces the founder of Snapchat to instead date a lowly blogger named Baggedmilk? No, it’s not but it could happen.

5) Bo asks – In the game against Vegas, the Oilers looked as though they’ve lost the will to compete. What do you need to see from this team as we head down the stretch?

Jason Gregor:

Just be competitive, but one game will never tell the entire story. I’d like to see more consistency from the group, especially in their defensive zone coverage. All the talk about losing skill has overshadowed the fact the Oilers have been a trainwreck in their own end for much of the season. They are 20th in 5×5 goals allowed this year. Last season they allowed the 9th fewest. Don’t just focus on scoring wingers. They need to play better team defence from the goalie out to the forwards.

Robin Brownlee:

You can’t take one game and draw a conclusion like that. What I want is the kind of assessment you’re talking about over the remaining games. Let’s see who folds when the chips are down and who goes hard to the wire.

Matt Henderson:

Season is over. I’m looking for McPoints and signs of life from Puljujarvi and Talbot. Shut the injured players down and play the kids. Otherwise, tank on!

Cam Lewis:

This is a group that looked like they had given up two weeks into the season so these poor efforts aren’t a surprise.

Christian Pagnani:

I don’t think it matters. They’ll be worse when they sell off Maroon and Letestu. That means more AHL-caliber players in the lineup. It’s better for the organization to realize what this team is rather than get fooled by a strong finish.

Chris the Intern:

Will to compete?

Honestly, I don’t expect much from them for the rest of the season as terrible as that sounds. They’ve just lost five in a row and their playoff hopes are unofficially dead. It’s not really natural for a human to give 110% in circumstances like these so I don’t really blame them.

Baggedmilk:

Just show up to play for 60 minutes. That’s all I ask. I mean, that shouldn’t be too tall of an order considering what these some of these guys get paid to do for a living.

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  • camdog

    So how are we adding this 4-5 million winger – trade or UFA? Oilers 4 year plus contracts to UFA’s generally turn out to be a disaster that look as bad as our post second round drafting history. I guess if we trade a 4 million dollar d-man, we will have no problem with the cap question. So who’s going to write the blog about ghosts of big free agent pasts?

    • Dan 1919

      At $8.5mil he’s certainly tradeable. The thing about Draisaitl is he’s effective as a centre or winger so justifying trading him for another forward would be a very unlikely scenario. Someone would have to be desperate for a centre and be willing to give up a top winger and likely a top end prospect. Trading him for a #1 dman is more plausible to me.

      Unfortunately, Chiarelli has lost the Seguin trade, the Hall trade(nothing against Larsson, he didn’t make the deal), the Eberle trade… can the Oilers really afford to hope that he doesn’t lose the next big trade he WILL make. I agree with Chris and am not a fan of quick GM turnover, but Chiarelli has made some really unusual decisions.

      • Johnny Utah

        100% agree with this. Trading Draisaitl will only create another hole. Better be sure it fills a couple needs (top RD + winger)… and that RD better be a stud – Ekblad, Ristolainen – something along those lines. Despite being overpaid Drai’s contract will surely be ‘market’ in the 3rd/4th year onwards, and point-per-game guys in their early 20’s are tough to come by.

        • crabman

          I don’t think a trade for Draisaitl is a trade you can win. The return that would be needed is a return no one would pay. A young true #1RD. For everyone saying he is having a down season just look at hos production. 52 pts in 54 games. The team and the have been awful on the pp. If he was scoring at last year’s pace on the pp he would have another 11 or 12 points putting him just outside top 10 scoring again.

          • Dan 1919

            If my aunt had d*%# she’d be my uncle. He’s paid like an elite forward and he’s just not there. Chiarelli got fleeced on that deal as well.

            Here is the forward salary company Draisaitl associates with (order is >).
            Kane, Toews, Kopitar, Ovechkin, Malkin, Benn, Crosby, Perry, Stamkos, Draisaitl, Giroux, Getzlaf

            He played great next to Hall and McDavid, same as Baggedmilk would do. On his own he should have been $6.0mil to $7.3mil (Monahan range). $8.5mil is embarrassing for Chiarelli.

          • crabman

            @Dan 1919, even with his pp scoring in the toilet he is almost a point a game player and much of the season it was away from McDavid. The Oilers paid for his prime years and in a world where the cap is much higher than it was for some of those contracts. Players like Ovechkin and Crosby signed contracts before the rules changed to a max of 8 years and their cap% were much higher than Draisaitl’s at the time of signing. And most of your comparables will be 35-36 at the end of their contracts, well out of their primes. The best comparable is Stamkos and many believe he took a big discount to stay in Tampa Bay, good on Yzerman.
            Being a 3rd overall, a big skilled center, and coming of a season in the top 10 scoring and just shy of a point a game he was going to get at least $7-7.5M. So he got at the most $1M more and that is debatable.
            My point about his pp scoring this year is valid because he is still almost a point a game player at evens and will more than likely continue as he developes and his pp scoring will improve as the pp improves.
            I stand by my statement that it would be really hard to win a trade involving Draisaitl. No one is trading a player that is in his scoring range but at a lower cap hit unless they are aging. And it’s rare for a team to trade a legit top pair Dman so trading him just doesn’t make sense. Chiarelli did slightly overpay but who would you trade him for that could possibly be available?

  • Jimmer

    To be fair…and trust me I am no Chia “fan”…Peter banked on two centres making the wingers around them better. Like Crosby and Malkin in Pittsburg with Sheary, Guentzl, Rust, etc. That is why moving two 6 million dollar wingers made sense to him. Build down the middle and hope you create stars on your wings with your stud centres. What I hope we don’t do is bring in a 28 year old (or older) winger to….being paid $5-$6 million a year to make up for losing Hall and Ebs. What I want to see is a guy under 25….like a Nik Ehlers or Jonathan Drouin who could be ready to explode if placed on Connor’s or Drai’s wing. Oh yeah….he needs to be fast too! Not asking a lot! LOL.

    • GK1980

      I know we all bash Chia and for good reason for sure but after last years performance nobody would predict the Oilers to be this bad this season, NOBODY. All the media and most of us on this blog thought they would at least make the playoffs. Some even predicted a cup final appearance. Losing Eberle and Pouliot from the eye doesn’t seem like a huge loss, not enough to cause the team to have a disastrous a season anyways.

      • Dan 1919

        In all honesty plenty of people predicted they could miss the playoffs. I certainly did. In the summer when the media was looking at this team saying they could win a cup, many of us were still perplexed at how this lineup dominated the year before. I would have thought that they would still need to improve the team last offseason just to tread water with the overachieved prior season. Instead Chiarelli was apparently as naive as the media and thought he could get away with downgrading the team.

        • GK1980

          Miss the playoffs? Come on, it’s impossible to predict going from a 103 point team to a 70 point team. With that said I have no idea what team shows up for next season.

          • Johnny Utah

            People predicted a step back sure, but I’d like to see one prediction (outside of a Flames fans) who said they’d miss the playoffs. I think people underestimate the personal life aspect in a lot of ways – goalie who stood on his head last year having newborn twins at home, huge contracts to the 20 year old leaders in the dressing room, young foreign prospect dealing with culture shock last year. Things like that. Even Vegas – underdog team rallying together, away teams thinking more about their night out than the game (look at that home/away record difference).

          • Dan 1919

            Lol I did really, although from an Oilers’ fan point of view I hoped and often said they’d make it this year despite the tough start. I did said right after game one against the Flames that this roster was very capable of missing the playoffs if things got away from them. I couldn’t believe all last year how well the team was playing and sustaining it.

            Most don’t agree with me on this point but I think with 31 teams the talent is spread so thin that if a coach can really pull a group of guys together for a season it’s enough for any team to make the playoffs now-a-days. The problem is over a 7 year period, those types of teams probably only squeaked in once or twice. Especially if your GM is blind enough to believe his own hype and goes and downgrades the team after one of those exceptional years (cough… Chiarelli).

            Put it this way, if I was the Vegas GM I wouldn’t be resting one second on this year’s laurels. I’d be going into this offseason ignoring the success and pretending I was just another expansion team that had a solid season but needs to continue improving. I wouldn’t just assume I’m a guaranteed playoff team like Chiarelli did.

    • camdog

      Sherry, Guentzl, Rust, Drouin, Ehlers are all guys under 6 feet and can skate and play the game like Pitlick and Desharnais. For this season PC’s answer to the small skilled forward that can skate is Cagguila. He did draft Yamamoto, who should be ready in 2 years. To be fair PC going with small and fast wingers isn’t what he tried to do here…

      • ed from edmonton

        I agree that banking on the “Pittsburgh” model that great centers can make average wingers look good. Obviously this hasn’t worked as has been mentioned many time none of the Oiler’s young wingers have distinguished themselves this year. Maybe the wingers not as good as the generic wingers that have made the step up for the Pens or maybe McD and LD not at the Crosby, Malkin level. This failure plus unreliable goal tending, bad PK and here we are.

  • GK1980

    It’s been a strange year. Earlier on this season Edmonton played well, got a ton of shots on the oppositions net and is it more or did they hit an unusually high amount of posts early on? They also seemed to not get the breaks and I think despite playing good enough to win it demoralized them and the season went downhill from there.

    Talbot and Klefbom will rebound. Trading Nuge is a mistake. They cannot move him. McDavid is fine but nobody knows what Drai is yet? Will he be more on McDavid’s wing or will he drive his new line? Keep Nuge.

  • 24% body fat

    hall the casuality of Lucic, Eberle the casuality of Russel, and Klefbom soon to be the casuality of both. I don’t think this GM gets that good contracts and good players are more important than “character” in the locker room.

  • 24% body fat

    could Strome Caggulia and Benning get Faulk, probably not. But if that could help out big. Than Maroon and a 3rd for Kyrou. Russel for a bad of dog turds, and Lucic traded to Space X on one of those go to mars and never come back trips. Woke up, and realized Chia still in charge.

  • 24% body fat

    We need to get the momentum going where we all go down to ford hall and start a fire chiarelli protest. He has done more damage to this city than Trudeau and Notely combined.

    • JimmyV1965

      So you think he’s overweight? Have you ever seen him? He’s frickin ripped. Lucic said he would like to get down to 225 lb to start the season. It will require a different type of offseason training. The absolute best way for Lucic to increase his speed is to start actually hitting people with a pass, rather than missing by five feet. Or actually receiving a pass without fumbling it. He needs to EXECUTE.

      • Madhatter

        How long are you going to wait for him to ‘execute’? Time to admit he’s horrible and signed to the worst contract in the league. Get rid of Hall at $6mm and sign Lucic at $6mm…..priceless!

  • Yourresignationpeter

    Same old crap in here. Asking questions to people who know nothing. Great opinions tho. Best thing I read in this article was when it was written that chiarelli sucks at trading and signing players. Look at the mess he left in Boston. Which is exactly why the oilers should not have hired him in the first place. But here we are ?! And we gave up a draft pick to bring him here and make our team worse. When will Katz stop caring about the money and actually step up and find hockey people and bring them here so we can get back to the glory days !!??? Go be a lawyer chiarelli. Lose court battles. Not trade deals. Guy is a joke !!!! I forgot more about hockey then he knows or will ever know. NEXT !!!!

  • Bobnett

    Maybe Todd could leave a line together for more than 5 minutes. The second somebody is having a good game they get moved up tp play with McDavid. How is your second/third line centre supposed to succeed when they keep getting thrown an anchor ( or a Lucic ). When is RNH back?

  • Beer

    The season started with 8am flight to VAN to play that night, should have seen this coming folks. Been watching the Oil since 79, never seen back to back afternoon games before either. Looks like full contact hockey is not going to be far behind fighting in the history books. Players today are soft in more ways than one. Should the incompetent officials be fired or the idiots who thought the talent was their for a 31 team league? Does anyone remember when the KHL was the laughing stock of pro hockey? I wish the NHL was that good. Feel much better now.

  • gordo

    in the nearly 3 years peter has been driving the bus i have lost confidence in his ability to get value for trades and to properly evaluate the value of ufa’s. sure he won a cup in boston, but a few years later they slid out of the playoffs. find a real gm

  • Total Points

    How the players play for the rest of the season doesn’t matter as how they will perform next year. It is foolish to evaluate a player after their team is out of the playoffs.

    In the past decade of doom some Oilers players have performed better after being eliminated from the playoffs only to revert to their real skills when the next season starts.

    I will sit back and watch McDavid make a charge for the scoring title. The performance of all the other players will matter very little as to how they will perform next year.

  • Bills Bills

    Seriously who let Matt H out from under the troll bridge to write his garbage? “He made the team significantly worse in 3 years while convincing himself it was getting better.” If he honestly believes that, he shouldn’t be analyzing anything never mind being paid to write about hockey.

    This team has some warts, but it is still far superior to where they were 3 years ago. Any clown can see that. Just not Matt.

    • Klarn

      Are they better because of Chiarelli? Anybody in the GM seat that gets gifted McDavid as they start their GM tenure would have to think the results would be better. What would the last 3 years look like without winning that draft lottery and just relying on Chiarelli’s ability to improve this team. My guess is no better than any of the previous 10 years.

    • BringtheFire 2.0

      Okay, so the first paragraph of your post is noise. The second begins with a declarative statement but provides no supporting evidence (there is, however, evidence against the statement, i.e. goals, wins, losses and GM). Then more noise.

      Yup.

    • RJ

      The goaltending has improved. Prior to McDavid, Scrivens was 75th in SV%. This year Talbot is 61th.

      Centre depth is better, no thanks to Chia though. Winger depth is far worse.

      Special teams is far worse. 30th in PP, 31st in PK. How does a team with McDavid and Drai end up in 30th 58 games in?

  • crabman

    I am a big Klefbom fan and believe he will bounce back next year. But to find balance on D some moves will need to be made. I’m fine with Davidson and Benning as a cheap bottom pair. Larsson isn’t going anywhere. But our need on the right side still needs to be addressed and we have 4 LD for the top 2 LD lines. So either Nurse or Klefbom will probably need to go to address the need on the right side. I think if it would be possible to move one of Sekera or Russell for cap relief and replace that cap space with wing help I would but with the nmc that will probably need to wait another year before that move is made. I would like to keep both Nurse and Klefbom bit I don’t see that happening and improving the right side

    • ed from edmonton

      Agree that with the emergence of Nurse Klefbom might be moveable for the right deal. Russel’s no movement clause does not kick in until next season and then is a limited no movement. If the OIl LHD next year was Nurse, a healthy Sekera, Russel or Klefbom and Davidson as a 7th, that doesn’t scare me. Of course any potential trade would need to address a team weakness in return. I’m not saying I want Klefbom or Russel to be traded, but I can he how it might work.

  • toprightcorner

    Another perfect example of why Matt Henderson drives me nuts. Fans as questions that they want answers to and Matt just pushes his personal opinion of hatred towards Chairelli. Surprised he didn’t throw Russel under the bus again.

    • grumpyKoala

      I can agree that the Oils played better than they were last year but the PDO stats does not indicate it. Matt just throwed this info in the air without any factual check. If Anything, PDO was normal last year (1.01) and crushing low in 2017-2018. (98.9) Also don’t read too much into PDO

  • toprightcorner

    If Klefbom can help the Oilers get a true top pairing D man with offense, preferable right shot, then you make that trade. OEL, McDonagh, Spurgeon or Parayko would fit the bill.

    • crabman

      agree I would move him for a top pair RHD but neither OEL or McDonagh fit the bill as they both shoot left. And they both only have 1 year left after this one. If we trade Klefbom I would like a player with a simular cap hit +/- $1.5M and some term for cost certainty. Parayko or Trouba, depending on his next contract, would be good pickups based on their age and fill our needs. Be nice if there was someone with more offence though.

  • RJ

    Henderson fact check:

    1) Chia is a poor trader – lots of evidence for this. Accurate.
    1)a) can Chia get top pairing W, RHD and goalie – Matt didn’t think he could with assets available. – most people agree with this. Maroon and others are not bringing those back.
    2) poor negotiator – Lucic, Russell contracts. Outside of Maroon, whose contract was negotiated elsewhere, who are the real steals on this roster?Accurate.
    3) Chia doesn’t understand PDO – most people don’t. If I understand it correctly, then basically you’re saying some players have a really good season and their value is artificially high, while others have had a bad season and their value is artificially low. Klefbom has had a bad season compared to last season, so trading him now at his low point is going to bring the least return.

    I don’t see anything Matt has said is really crossing any lines, and compared to some of the other comments, he’s a bit tame.

  • Odanada

    The Leafs have been eying Luke Glendening of the Detroit Red Wings and made an offer.
    From TSN:

    The belief is the Maple Leafs offered a fifth-round pick for Glendening, while the Red Wings countered by asking for a second-round pick. Talks were tabled at that point, with the Leafs unwilling to pay that price. Glendening has three years left on his deal at $1.8 million and the Red Wings are amid a rebuild.

    Yet what did Chia give up for Al Montoya, a guy who was headed for waivers?
    Chia has to be stopped from making any more trades.

  • Kneedroptalbot

    Baggedmilk, you are much more than a lowly blogger. LOL. Your an excellent writer. I look forward to each and everyone of your articles. You give your readers excellent insight to the team we love. 2 thumbs up!!
    Keep up the great work.

  • Rick Carriere

    Fire Peter Charelli as quickly as possible…that would solve half the problem going forward…Oilers will never win with him…hey..I am a die hard Oiler fan..through thick and thin..trading Taylor Hall was the most bone headed trade I have evr seen…and I have seen some bad ones…this guy is clueless…Reinhart???…are you kidding me???..lol..trading Eberle for Strome???…doing nothing last summer to help the team???……show him the door..and do not let the door hit your bald head on the way out….!!!!!!!

  • MrBung

    It is not Chia that should have learned from the Hall and Eberle trade. It should be ownership and upper management that learned that Chia is not a good GM. He has hamstrung this team beyond this two brutal moves. Chia has got to go.

  • Connor McFly

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first read Nickles-worth’s plans for bringing in players to turn things around in just one off-season. I thought he was hockey-savey with some grip on reality however tenuous. Apparently not. The other surprising thing about all this Oiler spin and huge sandwich made from cow chips was that Nickles-worth was opining on what the Oil wanted in just one off-season. Why wasn’t Chia doing that job? Was Nickles-worth tipping the season ticket suckers that Chia won’t be here to make those moves. I pity the poor slob that has to follow Chia and be stuck cleaning up his mess. Not only should the GM be fired but so should the incompetent nimrod who hired him. I read earlier this season that Nick…was looking for another job I think with the Canadian Olympic group. This Oiler ‘organization’ is a conflict in terms.