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Monday Mailbag – What happens to Al Montoya and Laurent Brossoit

Whether you’re killing company time or sitting on your couch in your favourite Connor McDavid PJs, this week’s mailbag is here to help you get through a little part of your Monday. I don’t care whether you’re killing company time or killing time until it’s socially acceptable to start drinking, I’m just happy you’re here and for that I thank you. If you have a question for the mailbag, you can email me or hit me up on Twitter.  Until then, I present another edition of the Mailbag.

Email sent from: “Grant, Rob” rgrant@thestar.ca Subject: gettychiarelli Date: 12 April, 2015 8:14:40 PM EDT Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 25: General Manager of the Boston Bruins Peter Chiarelli attends the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

1) Hank asks – Are you at all concerned that Peter Chiarelli will mortgage the future for immediate gains in order to save his job? As a lifelong fan of the team, I’m worried that he will ship out long term assets such as Puljujarvi for immediate fixes just because the heat is on.

Jason Gregor:

I’d expect him to do the job thinking about the big picture. Last summer he didn’t add vets and move out young players, so if he did this summer then he is clearly panicking and not following his plan, or what I perceived as his plan, last summer.

Robin Brownlee:

How much of an asset is Puljujarvi? Do we know yet? What I’d like to see is for Chiarelli to do everything he can to ensure this team has a chance to win a Stanley Cup or two during Connor McDavid’s prime years — the next 5-7 seasons. I don’t care what his motivation is, as long as that’s his focus. When you have a generational player you’d best do everything you can to take your best shot during his prime years. After that? Whatever.

Matt Henderson:

I am absolutely worried about that. He had a full year with lots of cap space to plan for the future and crapped his pants. What will he do with his job on the line, no space, and a lineup full of holes? I can’t believe he still has a job.

Christian Pagnani:

It’s a concern for sure. If they miss the playoffs again, he’s definitely gone. It’s a curious position but that’s the direction they’ve chosen. He’s going to move assets for immediate help and Oilers fans should be worried given his track record.

Chris the Intern:

I’m upset that we’re even in this position right now where Pete might have to do something to try save his job. But I think there is reason to be concerned. At the same time though, I too am leaning towards doing what’s necessary to allow us to win NOW. People are going to start burning this city down if we miss another post-season.

Baggedmilk:

I guess we’ll see what happens with this year’s first round pick, right? The last time Chiarelli moved a first round pick it didn’t really work out so well so I’m not exactly looking forward to him potentially doing it again. Personally, I think he’s in ‘save job’ mode and it will start with trading this year’s first as a package for an established player with varying levels of success and outrage being the result.

2) Aaron asks – What can the Oilers players and management learn from the final four that are still in the playoffs?

Jason Gregor:

Vegas is an oddity. You never get to pick players from another team and give up nothing. But you could say, giving players opportunity is good. However, the players have to be ready and able to take advantage of it.

Washington stayed the course. They didn’t make major changes last summer despite another second round exit. Stick with the plan.

Tampa Bay. Draft and develop properly and it will pay dividends for many years.

Winnipeg. Be patient. Remember last summer most of us felt the Jets should have moved out their GM and coach. They didn’t.

Robin Brownlee:

They can learn that there’s more than one way to be successful in terms of player personnel and on-ice strategy — the remaining teams are not carbon copies of each other. Vegas a team with something to prove. Winnipeg stuck with staff from a team that underachieved a year ago. There are bits and pieces that can be taken from each team and applied to what best fits here.

Matt Henderson:

That a manager’s job is to collect as many good players as possible, not constantly switch them out because this is “X player’s team now”. The Jets may have given up many opportunities to make trades, but they held onto guys and forced good players into third line roles because they had better ones come up to the second line. They didn’t ditch those former second liners, they moved them down.

Christian Pagnani:

Winnipeg has drafted and developed with very few trades or poor signings. Patience has paid off for them. Washington shows that your best team doesn’t always make it. This Capitals team is arguably worse than a lot of their previous teams. We can consider Vegas a good team at this point, but also acknowledge a hot goalie helps a lot. There’s a lot of ways to win, which is good news for the Oilers.

Chris the Intern:

That street parties in Winnipeg are the coolest things ever and we definitely have to make that happen next time we’re in!

Baggedmilk:

Don’t lose so much. Suck less. Also, don’t trade away your talent before they’ve developed (Jets). Put it all on black!

3) Oilers fan in Van asks – Now that Mikka Koskinen has been signed to a one-year contract, what is your best guess on what will happen with Al Montoya and Laurent Brossoit?

Jason Gregor:

Brossoit is a UFA…I don’t see him returning. Montoya will come to camp and compete for a job. He likely will be waived and sent to minors. Maybe traded, if someone suffers an injury to their backup goalie.

Robin Brownlee:

They’re gone. Montoya has a year left on his contract. Brossoit is a UFA. Not a matter of if but when.

Matt Henderson:

Laurent Brossoit will be a firefighter within two years of this post and Al Montoya will roam around the NHL as a backup again, eventually retiring to be a colour commentator for Seattle.

Christian Pagnani:

Montoya gets traded or ends up in Bakersfield. Brossoit isn’t signed.

Chris the Intern:

It would be odd to have them both in Bakersfield so I’m assuming one of them may get traded? I suppose they could both split the games in the AHL but I don’t think it makes sense to have one of two developing goalies just riding the bench all season long in Bakersfield.

Baggedmilk:

I’ve heard that Brossoit won’t be back and I don’t think Al Montoya has any chance to be in Edmonton either (injuries aside). I bet Chia tries to move him for at least the fourth round pick he gave up to get him (probably won’t happen), or he’ll be in Bakersfield.

4) Ty asks – What are your predictions for both the West and East Finals? Why?

Jason Gregor:

Jets in six. They are really good. I’ve bet against Vegas all playoffs — why stop now? Capitals in six. A bit of an upset pick. I’m picking with my heart a bit here. I’ve always been a huge Ovechkin fan, so I’d like to see him in the Cup Final.

Robin Brownlee:

Jets beat Golden Knights in six. Byfuglien. Capitals beat the Lightning in six. Might be Ovechkin’s best and last shot at a Cup.

Matt Henderson:

I think Ovie finally makes it to a Cup Final. The Jets dominate the Knights.

Christian Pagnani:

It’s hard to bet against Vegas but I don’t think they stack up well against Winnipeg’s top players. Tampa is more of a threat than Washington so I’m expecting a Jets-Lighting Stanley Cup.

Chris the Intern:

I’m 100% torn for the West final. I have no idea who to choose between the two. Every time you think Vegas is going to slip up, they pull through, so it’s extremely tough to predict. I’m going WPG in six.

On the other side, it will be another close series. I think the Caps have momentum like they’ve never had before and they’ll take it in six games.

Baggedmilk:

Jets in seven because the mayor of Winnipeg promised to build them an airport if they win a Stanley Cup. Washington in six.

Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

5) Josh asks – I’m curious to know what everyone thought about Brad Marchand licking his opponents in the playoffs and, now that the Bruins have been bumped, that he’s apologized for his actions after the fact?

Jason Gregor:

Was an odd, strange, immature decision. I don’t think it had anything to do with the Bruins losing. Tampa Bay was better. Good for him to apologize. Not much more needs to happen. Too often everyone wants to punish people for a bad decision. He didn’t hurt anyone, other than himself. In the grand scheme of the NHL I don’t think the lick was really that big of a deal. Gross, sure, but it was one second. No damage, other than to his own reputation.

Robin Brownlee:

It was stupid. Made himself look like a tool.

Matt Henderson:

I think it’s disgusting and no different than spitting in someone’s face. He should have been suspended one game the first time he did it and 10 games the second time he did it. Also, I would have been fine if he had been two-handed over the head after it happened. But that’s me.

Christian Pagnani:

Kind of gross. Kind of funny. I like star players showing personality but I’m not sure this is what I expected.

Chris the Intern:

Why the NHL took out the gross misconduct rule makes no sense to me. The licking has no part in this game and I wish he would have faced some sort of discipline for it. It’s stupid. It honestly made me happy that the Bruins got bumped, and anything said by Marchand shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Baggedmilk:

 

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  • Gravis82

    They can learn something from all teams even Vegas. All of those teams have depth, and likely have individual players playing lower in the lineup than their skill suggests.

  • ed from edmonton

    Other than the LV what impresses me with the other 3 semi finalists is staying the course. Both TB and the Jets missed the playoffs last year and the Caps have been playoff disapointments for a number of years. I wonder how ON will react if the Oil don’t change much between now and the start of the next season? If TB come back, both teams in the final will not have been in the playoffs the previous year. Has that happened before?

    • DaneTrain94

      Biggest difference between the 16/17 TBL and the 17/18 Oilers is that Tampa missed the playoffs by like 1 or 2 games, and were pretty ravaged by significant injuries (WPG missed by more, but also dealt with major injuries). While you could argue that the Oilers defense also suffered from some injury/personal issues this past season, the reality is that the Oilers aren’t close in depth to either of those teams. Bad contracts and trades have cost this team an unfortunate amount of McDavid’s years.

      With that being said, I do think with the current roster the Oilers have they can come close to or even squeak into the playoffs. Definitely not close to Cup contention though with the likes of NSH, WPG, VGK, and SJS in the west.

      • ed from edmonton

        True enough, but then there is NJ who jumped up from a terrible 70 point season to make the playoffs. Their biggest change was getting Patrick in the draft and Taylor Hall finally maturing. I do think the Oil will need to do something to improveto become a playoff team, but I would have said the same about the Devils and Jets a year ago.

  • Moneyball

    I’m not sure why people consider puljujarvi a “long term asset”? His peers have blown past him and he doesn’t bring much to the table. Why would we hold on to a depreciating asset that doesn’t deliver? He is the one very expendable piece the oilers can trade with no impact on the team.

    • ifiwasgm

      This actually fits with the Oilers management vision.
      Their vision is a 2 line team, if you can’t make the top 2 lines within 2yrs of being drafted, player is a failure.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        If you’re implying that this situation is comparable with the Oilers not trading pick #10, it isn’t. Pick #10 is just outside where the good stuff that the Oilers need is going to be.

        • LAKID

          There are plenty of RHD in the top 20 and don’t forget Jesperi Kotaniemi could be a steal. Keep the pick or trade down in the top 20 for immediate help if it is a good player in return for #10. Keeping the pick is the smart move though.

          • Big Nuggets

            If Kotaniemi is the player I am thinking he is, than that is who I am hoping we draft. A Finnish centerman prospect. I do also want more defense prospects and I like some of the options but sometimes you get a hunch on a player.

  • Derian Hatcher

    It’s obvious the oilers “brain trust “. Cannot cannot evaluate talent or potential talent. That is a major concern for me maybe Keith Gretzky has a good draft and the scouts do a better job this year

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      Actually I think the Oilers have done a very good job the last 3 drafts that Chia has been involved with. Let’s hope that we continue to draft well in Chia’s draft #4 coming up in June!

  • CMG30

    So much wrong with the way the organization is run. Constant churn for years in coaching and decelopment while management gets to keep making the same mistakes every year. Poor drafting, rushing prospects to the show before they’re ready then dumping the weight of the tam on them. When thing inevitably go south they are shipped out at a major discount. The only way this team can continually aquire the assets to operate like this is to stay a perennial bottom feeder.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    1. For me, it depends on what Peter wants to do. If he wants to win now, then he does what he can to help us now. If he wants to take the patient approach, then he does what he can to do that too. For me, this roster is a decent playoff team. 5 on 5, we were fine I felt. It was the PP, PK and early season goaltending that sunk us.

    2. Patience is everything. Save for Vegas, Winnipeg, Tampa and Washington have all been very patient in building their teams. Winnipeg especially since they refused to do much when it comes to trading/signing

    3. While I don’t mind the signing, it did raise a few questions. What if Montoya beats out Koskinen at camp? What if both of them suck? What if Talbot doesn’t recover from whatever killed his mojo this year?

    4. Jets in 6 or 7. They’re too good for Vegas. As for the east…I was going to say Lightning in 6, but after the first two games…woof. Caps in 4

    5. On the one hand, it’s kinda comical and plays into his “getting under your skin personality”. On the other hand, gross. You don’t know where his mouth has been.

  • D'oh-ilers

    Good grief, that Jets team is fun to watch. Size, speed, skill and great goaltending. Obviously, I’d prefer if it was the Oilers in that position, but Chiarelli did Chiarelli things.

    • GK1980

      I’m quickly becoming a Jets fan and of the oilers don’t show positive results at the start of this year my focus will start to shift a little more towards Winnipeg. Tired of my team losing.

  • GK1980

    “Aaron asks – What can the Oilers players and management learn from the final four that are still in the playoffs?”

    To work hard, play quick and smart. Most of the team did not do this last year. Does anyone at ON really think this current oilers team can play like these four teams are playing now? Will McDavid continue to lead the league in scoring while the rest of the team STB?