Lots of cool people are from Denver. Phillip Bailey from Earth, Wind & Fire, Pam Grier, Roy Halladay, Karl Rove–all the good ones. The two I’ll never forget are Peter Forsberg and Burnaby Joe. The Oilers are extremely unlikely to get the 2.0 version of those two crazy talents, but the Hall-RNH combo looks pretty damn good early.
The Nuge has been out for so long I can barely remember the sublime passes, the sixth sense around the net and the anticipation that bordered on Keonesque. I sure hope he returns, my short term memory isn’t what it was, well, awhile back. I think the Oilers probably have three keepers up front in Hall, RNH and Jordan Eberle, plus Sam Gagner has done a lot to impress lately. I’d like to remind you that last season’s 5×5/60 for Gags (1.91) looks fine next to this year’s number (2.33).
Let’s say we’re running this team. If you had 4 terrific young talents up front but nothing resembling same in the backfield, would you:
- trade one of the four;
- offer sheet a defenseman with a complete skill set?
- draft a defenseman with a wide range of skills and hope he develops quickly?
- hire a bunch of 6’s and 7’s and 9’s.
Oilers made a small deal yesterday, it’s uncertain who would have pulled the trigger (Tambellini, Olczyk, Bill Scott) but it looks like an interesting trade. Rodney’s scouting report has been around the Oilogopshere (McCurdy, C&B) so you know we’re dealing with a mid-20’s chaos defender with offensive ability. His AHL/NHL contract (250/525) implies someone thought enough of him to pay real money, and he has posted a couple of nice seasons in the AHL.
Looks like a minor deal, but you never know.
O’Marra gets a nice chance with a new club, this one a little shy down the middle. ROM earned a reputation for being a quality 2-way center and faceoff man, and a little shy offensively. You never know.
This doesn’t quite close the books on the Ryan Smyth trade, but with Alex Plante being used for target practice in the AHL one could argue that’s all she wrote. The ship has long sailed on the argument, but my belief has always been the major error in the Smyth fiasco was the team’s lack of urgency summer 2006. Leaving your best forward out on a limb and signing lesser lights to extensions is bad form at the low end and business suicide at the outer marker.
The new hire does have some NHL experience.