OILERS SIGN SEKERA AND LETESTU

The Edmonton Oilers reached into the free-agent pool and signed a fantastic option: Andrej Sekera.

TOP FREE-AGENT OPTIONS (DEFENSE)

FREE AGENT BLUE 2015

Fine numbers across the board and he’s a legit option for the top pairing (and may be paired with Mark Fayne).

CHIARELLI’S LIST

  1. Draft McDavid (Done)
  2. Find a quality goalie option (Cam Talbot)
  3. Acquire a legit top pairing blue (Andrej Sekera)
  4. Sign a two-way F (Lauri Korpikoski)
  5. Ignore MacT re: Marincin (Or trade Marincin for real value) Eric Gryba
  6. Veteran two-way center (Letestu)

Looks like some goalie activity too. LOTS of comments this morning about the pairings, I think (based on McLellan’s preferences) that NYC Oil’s idea of a tough minutes tandem of Klefbom—Fayne and then a second duo of Sekera—Schultz may resonate more with the new coach. More to come.

SEKERA’S VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER

sekera vollman

This is a nice bubble and a great signing. I like this option and believe Peter Chiarelli had to go out and get this player. He’s going to play a lot and it’ll be interesting to see how much power play time he gets in the coming season.

CURRENT ROSTER (46)

roster with sekera

Letestu steps in at center and gives the team several things: good in the faceoff circle, he’s experienced and kills penalties a lot.

VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER, LETESTU

LETESTU VOLLMAN

Looks Gordon like, really. His skill set suggests more offense, I wonder if McLellan runs him with less harsh ZS’s and sees what he can do. Interesting signing, we’ll double back later on him.

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  1. V.XIV.VI.I says:

    v4ance:
    Ryan Rishaug Live on TSN:

    If we knew we’d get Sekera, we’d have bought out Niki.Logjam on D now.

    Brought up option of club elected arbitration of Schultz.

    Wonder how all this makes MacT feel.

    Oilers sign a Petry replacement, say they’d like to buy out one of MacT’s big free agents.

  2. striatic says:

    v4ance: Brought up option of club elected arbitration of Schultz.

    Opens up another buyout window for Nikitin, right?

    If so, and Chiarelli takes the opportunity, then he will be doing things the right way, not moving the redundant piece out until he has the roster filled out first.

  3. Ducey says:

    Letestu is very interesting player. Never drafted. Scored 105 pts in 58 games in the AJHL. He had 61 pts in 78 games in the AHL in 08-09 and then 55 in 63 in 09-10.

    His best season was the lockout season when he put up 27 pts in 46 games including 3 PP goals. In fact he has 16 PP NHL goals.

    He has 17 playoff games. Last year he was 55% on the dot at home. While he was PK guy, he also got 6 shootout chances and scored twice.

    Last year he had 0 PIM’s in 54 games. Amazing.

    Howson traded for him when he was the Jackets GM.

    Letestu seems like a guy with some skill and that they could move around a bit and use in a lot of different circumstances.

  4. Connorrhea says:

    Good for Fedun – signs with Nucks.

    http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=773288

  5. v4ance says:

    James Mirtle ‏@mirtle
    Senators sign Zack Stortini for some reason.

    LOL

  6. Woogie63 says:

    Kmart99,

    Agreed

  7. G Money says:

    oliveoilers: LOL, just like the word ‘allegedly’ after any rumour/slur you’d like to make.Such as:

    G Money’s secret kick is to gorge on twinkies and ketchup, whilst watching re-runs of the Flames cup run, naked except for his Gaudreau Jersey.Allegedly.

    It’s a Monahan jersey, thank you very much.

  8. Bag of Pucks says:

    Lucinius:
    Bag of Pucks,

    Be realistic now.

    It would take at least Ference, Nikitin, and Gazdic to get Hanifan.

    EA sports approved trade. If only it was that easy,

  9. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    V.XIV.VI.I: Wonder how all this makes MacT feel.

    Oilers sign a Petry replacement, say they’d like to buy out one of MacT’s big free agents.

    That he should look for a job somewhere else I hope.

  10. G Money says:

    It would not surprise me if Nurse still makes the roster next year.

    But what Chia has done is to ensure that, if he’s on the roster, he will truly have EARNED a spot by beating out another, qualified player. Ditto Drai. And Reinhart.

    This is a massive change. Massive.

    Not just for the current crop of players, but for all the young players on the roster and still to come. They don’t play in the NHL til they earn the gig.

    It’s not rocket surgery! Depth on the NHL team, combined with patience and good coaching on the farm. THAT’s what the Red Wings development model ultimately boils down to.

    And there is good reason to believe we have that now.

  11. v4ance says:

    striatic: Opens up another buyout window for Nikitin, right?

    If so, and Chiarelli takes the opportunity, then he will be doing things the right way, not moving the redundant piece out until he has the roster filled out first.

    Unfortunately, no.

    The deadline for normal course buyouts was Tuesday. Nikitin needed to be on waivers for the purpose for buyout by that day and Oilers didn’t proceed.

    If we need to trade Nikitin, I can see a trade sometime between now and the end of training camp with a 6th or 7th rounder coming back and Oilers retaining some salary. We still have about $4+M in cap room so we can use it now to help manage the roster and remove dead weight.

  12. Yeti says:

    Soup Fascist: I thought he was Slats because when he played he spent so much time sitting of the bench. The pieces of wood making up a bench are called “slats”. No?

    Was it the particular imprint this left in his posterior that led to the nickname?

  13. striatic says:

    Is the Oilers D better than it was at the start of last season?

    Petry versus Sekera
    Gryba versus Marincin
    Reinhart versus .. Nikitin?

  14. wheatnoil says:

    striatic:
    Is the Oilers D better than it was at the start of last season?

    Well Hunt’s not in the line-up.

  15. Dipstick says:

    When was the last time LT’s summer list for the Oilers GM was completed, let alone this early?

  16. oilfan9911 says:

    v4ance: Unfortunately, no.

    The deadline for normal course buyouts was Tuesday.Nikitin needed to be on waivers for the purpose for buyout by that day and Oilers didn’t proceed.

    If we need to trade Nikitin, I can see a trade sometime between now and the end of training camp with a 6th or 7th rounder coming back and Oilers retaining some salary. We still have about $4+M in cap room so we can use it now to help manage the roster and remove dead weight.

    You’re in error. Taking Schultz to club elected arbitration opens a 2nd buy out window which they could use on Nikitin.

  17. Braden88 says:

    v4ance: Unfortunately, no.

    The deadline for normal course buyouts was Tuesday.Nikitin needed to be on waivers for the purpose for buyout by that day and Oilers didn’t proceed.

    If we need to trade Nikitin, I can see a trade sometime between now and the end of training camp with a 6th or 7th rounder coming back and Oilers retaining some salary. We still have about $4+M in cap room so we can use it now to help manage the roster and remove dead weight.

    According to Rishaug, even now, if we take Schultz to arbitration we open up another buyout window for Nikitin

    Not sure how that works, but thats what he said

  18. v4ance says:

    G Money:
    It would not surprise me if Nurse still makes the roster next year.

    But what Chia has done is to ensure that, if he’s on the roster, he will truly have EARNED a spot by beating out another, qualified player.Ditto Drai.And Reinhart.

    This is a massive change.Massive.

    Not just for the current crop of players, but for all the young players on the roster and still to come.They don’t play in the NHL til they earn the gig.

    It’s not rocket surgery!Depth on the NHL team, combined with patience and good coaching on the farm.THAT’s what the Red Wings development model ultimately boils down to.

    And there is good reason to believe we have that now.

    Exactly the points that Ray Ferraro was making on TSN. He ranted,(paraphrasing) “The Oilers kept bringing in these kids before they were ready in to the NHL to get their teeth kicked in. There’s no way these kids get ruined by playing big minutes in the AHL. The opposite where they get shoehorned into the NHL before they’re actually ready and get ruined happened all too often.”

  19. striatic says:

    Braden88: Not sure how that works, but thats what he said

    I think it is because teams theoretically need the flexibility to offload money in order to meet the arbitration result, so you get another shot at buying guys out.

    I think.

  20. Bag of Pucks says:

    G Money:
    It would not surprise me if Nurse still makes the roster next year.

    But what Chia has done is to ensure that, if he’s on the roster, he will truly have EARNED a spot by beating out another, qualified player.Ditto Drai.And Reinhart.

    This is a massive change.Massive.

    Not just for the current crop of players, but for all the young players on the roster and still to come.They don’t play in the NHL til they earn the gig.

    It’s not rocket surgery!Depth on the NHL team, combined with patience and good coaching on the farm.THAT’s what the Red Wings development model ultimately boils down to.

    And there is good reason to believe we have that now.

    IF Schultz makes the team out of TC and that’s a big if, the paradigm has shifted.

    One bad shift. Words of advice and encouragement from McLellan.
    Two bad periods. The bench.
    Three bad games. The press box.

    This is how winning cultures are built. Ice time is earned. Results matter.

    Get it done or we’ll play someone else who will.

  21. G Money says:

    BTW, one point to make on the Gryba trade.

    There’s still a lot of red flags, but I’m comfortable thinking that Chia’s method in this is that he watched the tapes from last year and decided that one thing the Oilers needed on defense was the size and strength to break cycles and protect Ricki’s Box.

    Gryba’s fancystats aren’t fancy, but they do suggest that he can actually play that kind of tough-nosed defense. He plays with an edge, that’s for sure – just ask Eller’s face and Hall’s knee.

    What has only been mentioned by a few folks and deserves mention is that he’s only played 165 NHL games. I usually use 200 games, especially for defensive defensemen, as the benchmark. He still has room to improve. Let’s hope he does.

  22. Braden88 says:

    Heres the plan.

    if i’m PC, i’m phoning Justin Williams, letting him know to wait a few days to sign and he can play the year with McDavid

    take Schultz to arbitration

    Buyout Nikitin

    Sign Justin Williams

    =Win

  23. rickithebear says:

    Oilers
    12 FWD 37.663M
    Hall; Rnh; Eberle; Purcell; Pouliot; Korpi; Yak; Hendrics; Letestu; Lander; Klink; Gazdic

    6 Defence 19.369M
    Sekura; nikitin; Fayne; Ference; Gryba; Klefbom

    2 Golaies 3.75M
    Talbot; Scrivens

    60.782M Cap

    10.968M space

    Mcdavid 3.775M
    Draisatl 3.4m
    Rheinhardt 3.213m
    Schultz 3.125M
    13.513M space

    Buy out:
    Ference 4yr @ 1.167M
    Nikitin 2yr @ 1.5M

  24. godot10 says:

    The window for club-elected arbitration for Schultz is over. It ended when the Oilers gave Schultz a qualifying offer. A team can opt for club-elected arbitration in lieu of a qualifying offer.

    What remains is that Schultz has the option for player-elected arbitration.

  25. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    G Money:

    It’s not rocket surgery!Depth on the NHL team, combined with patience and good coaching on the farm.THAT’s what the Red Wings development model ultimately boils down to.

    Ha! Check this out re “rocket science, brain surgery”. Haven’t tried posting a link before hope this works.

    http://youtu.be/THNPmhBl-8I

  26. speeds says:

    I can understand why one might prefer 4 years to 6 for Sekera, but for a comparison, in Sekera’s last year he’ll be as old as Ference was in his first season with the Oilers. Also, it’s interesting that Sekera and his agent chose a 6 year deal, I was wondering if they might prefer a 5 year deal so he’d be under 35 for his next contract?

    (this is a re-post, didn’t realize there was a new thread) (also, I see now that NYCOIL already made the second point!)

  27. GCW_69 says:

    striatic:
    Is the Oilers D better than it was at the start of last season?

    Petry versus Sekera
    Gryba versus Marincin
    Reinhart versus .. Nikitin?

    I think they need one more. I would love to see Shatrenkrik out of St. Louis.

    I will say it is better because the pairs make more sense. You can play Sekera and Fayne together against tougher comp. Then you can give Klefbom and Schultz the ozone push. Klefbom development certainly helps over Hunt.

    But, add Shatrenkirk evdn at the price of Yakupov, and then you have a better defence.

  28. James says:

    Hi all. Was there a work-around way to view older comments? It seems once the pages roll over (200+ comments), a huge pile of comments vanish. I’m sure this has been addressed (and vanished), and addressed (and vanished), etc. but somehow I must have missed it. Unless it’s just me? Freaky stuff.

  29. Ice Sage says:

    Real NHL players.
    Connor, thy kingdom cometh.

  30. book¡je says:

    Can anyone tell me origin of the poster’s Steve Smith’s name? That totally is an awesome fake name for posting on an Oilers site.

  31. V.XIV.VI.I says:

    James:
    Hi all. Was there a work-around way to view older comments? It seems once the pages roll over (200+ comments), a huge pile of comments vanish. I’m sure this has been addressed (and vanished), and addressed (and vanished), etc. but somehow I must have missed it. Unless it’s just me? Freaky stuff.

    Small orange text saying “<<Older Comments" right above the big white "LEAVE A REPLY" button. Also similar text on top of comments section.

  32. PunjabiOil says:

    I was wondering if they might prefer a 5 year deal so he’d be under 35 for his next contract?

    There are no absolutes – he could decline by the end of the contract. Sometimes taking the guaranteed money the most prudent course of action.

  33. Bag of Pucks says:

    V.XIV.VI.I: Small orange text saying “<<Older Comments” right above the big white “LEAVE A REPLY” button.Also similar text on top of comments section.

    You have to be logged in as well. I and some other posters have noticed a glitch where some of the older comments are not visible unless you’re logged in.

  34. Visually better says:

    With Nashville signing Jackman, does that mean one of they’re d shake loose to us?

  35. v4ance says:

    Braden88: According to Rishaug, even now, if we take Schultz to arbitration we open up another buyout window for Nikitin

    Not sure how that works, but thats what he said

    I think what he meant was that we open up a buyout window on Justin Schultz’s contract after we take him to arbitration.

    Right now, I believe the options are:
    1) Sign the $3.675M qualifying offer and take Schultz for another year
    2) Trade him
    3) Wait for an offer sheet and giggle as you run away with the pick(s)
    4) Take him to club elected arbitration and accept him at a lower award (max 15% discount)
    5) Take him to club elected arbitration, buy him out no matter the award, make him a UFA, take the one year cap hit and the open roster spot.

    EDIT: Godot may be right though. I saw some information that the deadline for club elected arbitration was 48 hours after the awarding of the Cup so that might remove those options. On the other hand, lots of reporters on Twitter still using the option of club arbitration on Schultz as a viable path so I’m unsure.

  36. Old School G says:

    Oh Do Ya?

  37. Bag of Pucks says:

    v4ance: Exactly the points that Ray Ferraro was making on TSN.He ranted,(paraphrasing) “The Oilers kept bringing in these kids before they were ready in to the NHL to get their teeth kicked in.There’s no way these kids get ruined by playing big minutes in the AHL. The opposite where they get shoehorned into the NHL before they’re actually ready and get ruined happened all too often.”

    I agree with Ray, but he HAS to believe that too or there’s no reasonable explanation for his son being buried in the minors ; )

  38. Snowman says:

    This really puts the pressure on Talbot-Scrivens.

    Being sunk by the goalers this year would really be a let down.

  39. LostBoy says:

    Regarding the “second buy-out window”, I’m, y’know, not a lawyer, but I think the relevant paragraph in the CBA is the following:

    “11.18 Ordinary Course Buy-Outs Outside the Regular Period. Clubs shall have the right to exercise Ordinary Course Buy-Outs outside the regular period for Ordinary Course Buy-Outs in accordance with Paragraph 13(c)(ii) of the SPC. Each Club shall be limited to no more than three (3) such Buy-Outs outside the regular period over the term of this Agreement pursuant to Paragraph 13 of the SPC. However, in the event that a Club has only one salary arbitration hearing pursuant to Section 12.3(a) in a given League Year, such Club shall not be entitled to exercise such an Ordinary Course Buy-Out outside the regular period. Moreover, a Club shall not be entitled to exercise an Ordinary Course Buy-Out outside the regular period for: (i) any Player who was not on the Club’s Reserve List as of the most recent Trade Deadline, or (ii) any Player with an Averaged Amount less than $2,750,000. The dollar amount of $2,750,000 set forth in this Section 11.18 shall be increased on an annual basis at the same percentage rate of annual increase as the Average League Salary, with the first such increase occurring based upon a comparison of the 2014/15 Average League Salary to the 2013/14 Average League Salary. By way of example, if the Average League Salary for the 2014/15 League Year has increased by ten (10) percent from the Average League Salary for the 2013/14 League Year, then the figure of $2,750,000 stated in Section 11.18, shall be increased by ten (10) percent to $3,025,000.”

    The sentence relevant to our situation is “However, in the event that a Club has only one salary arbitration hearing pursuant to Section 12.3(a) in a given League Year, such Club shall not be entitled to exercise such an Ordinary Course Buy-Out outside the regular period.”

    Section 12.3(a) is club-elected arbitration.

    In plain English, if our only arbitration case is club-elected arbitration for Schultz, I don’t think we are eligible for the 48 hour second buyout window following a decision.

    Anyone who understands better, feel free to correct me. But that seems consistent with what it says on capgeek about it.

  40. James says:

    V.XIV.VI.I,

    Oh, I know! I’ve been following the site since ’08 or so. Usually I’m not logged in though, and it appears that if that’s the case, comments are disappearing. As in, once the site hits 200+ comments and rolls over to a new page, when you hit ‘older comments’ it will show somewhere between 1 – 20 or so comments from the previous page and that’s it. It’s been like that for a few days now. But now that I’ve logged in, everything seems fine. Curious. Thanks for the response though, appreciated.

  41. speeds says:

    LostBoy,

    I think that is correct, I missed that in my arbitration article last week, am adding that detail. Doesn’t mean they can’t do that now, they could still take 2 players to arb, but sounds like they need 2 cases instead of just one.

  42. James says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Yep, that’s the one. Thanks!

  43. thejonrmcleod says:

    Old School G:
    Oh Do Ya?

    No, fran(ks), son.

    Edit: That was pretty weak.

  44. striatic says:

    LostBoy: In plain English, if our only arbitration case is club-elected arbitration for Schultz, I don’t think we are eligible for the 48 hour second buyout window following a decision.

    Can Schultz still go for player elected arbitration and if so does THAT open up the second window?

  45. G Money says:

    Stalberg to NSH for $1.1M. Would have preferred him to Korpikoski, TBH. $1.1M may turn out to be a steal of a deal, but it also looks like a one year “show me” contract.

    Franson and Ehrhoff still out there … I’m a whole lot more inclined towards getting Ehrhoff given that we already have Sekera (means the injury risk is not as critical).

  46. Ducey says:

    GCW_69: I think they need one more.I would love to see Shatrenkrik out of St. Louis.

    I will say it is better because the pairs make more sense.You can play Sekera and Fayne together against tougher comp.Then you can give Klefbom and Schultz the ozone push. Klefbom development certainly helps over Hunt.

    But, add Shatrenkirk evdn at the price of Yakupov, and then you have a better defence.

    Yeah, you have to think that given the pace of change under Chia that he is trying to move Yak for another Dman. The difference in $ between Shattenkirk and Yak is $2 Million, so it could work under their cap – even if they keep NN and Ference.

    Yak doesn’t exactly look like a Hitchcock player though.

    Sekera – Shattenkirk
    Klefbom – Fayne
    Gryba – Schulz
    Ference

    With Nurse – Nikitin – Reinhart on the farm.

    Pipe dream – I know – but very nice.

  47. Connorrhea says:

    striatic: Can Schultz still go for player elected arbitration and if so does THAT open up the second window?

    If Jultz thinks that he’s worth more than the standard QO bump in salary, it should open some kind of window!

  48. G Money says:

    EDIT: Hodgson NSH for $1M!

    Diaz heading back to the Big Apple.

  49. Rebilled says:

    book¡je,

    Steve Smith was this guy who had this birthday once and he blew out all the candles.

  50. Old School G says:

    thejonrmcleod,

    I’m missing the meaning behind your words?

  51. Wild Bill Hunter says:

    Mark Letestu is a great signing. He can play every fwd position and is a true 200 foot player. But on top of that he is a great guy in the room and one of the smartest hockey players you will ever run across. He is easy to coach and will pick up the systems quickly. Plays pk and pp, right handed center who is good in the dot. The ONLY knock with him is that he does not have elite speed, but he is quick and his smarts make up for that lack of the high end. He has the skill set to step into any postion in the bottom 9 when injuries demand it. Smart move by Chiarelli.

  52. G Money says:

    striatic: Can Schultz still go for player elected arbitration and if so does THAT open up the second window?

    I think if its player elected, that means the team can walk away from the award if its too much, doesn’t it? If it’s team-selected, then the arbitration results are binding.

    Connorrhea: If Jultz thinks that he’s worth more than the standard QO bump in salary, it should open some kind of window!

    Jultz’s contract was above the league average, so his QO didn’t require a bump.

  53. Bling says:

    Great, great work this off-season by Chia.

    Two stellar moves.

    Sekera is a legit top pairing D, enough said.

    Really like the Latestu signing as well; awesome player to have in the 4th line spot, as he has a little bit of offensive upside and can bat higher up in the order if/when injuries strike. I like his offensive upside over Gordon’s.

    Notwithstanding a garbage training camp, Nurse will be here next year. He’s just too good to keep off the roster, and the team can’t afford to piss away games early in the season with a less than optimal roster.

    Because…PLAYOFFS BABY!!! (maybe)

  54. Connorrhea says:

    G Money: Hodgson back to BUF for $1M!

    Follow

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    Cody Hodgson has agreed to a one-year deal in Nashville. Working on terms. #TSN

    ?

  55. LostBoy says:

    striatic: Can Schultz still go for player elected arbitration and if so does THAT open up the second window?

    I’m pretty sure the answers are yes and yes. Schultz was 21 when he signed his first SPC, so requires three years pro to be eligible for arbitration, which he’s just completed.

    Though I don’t know why he would, in light of his salary and the year he had.

  56. Connorrhea says:

    G Money: so his QO didn’t require a bump.

    Thx. Point remains though – he’s the last player who should be seeking arb.

  57. G Money says:

    Connorrhea,

    Just refreshed the TSN page, saw the Preds logo, and corrected my original post. Not sure if I misread the Preds/Sabres logo first shot, or if they had the wrong logo up (a la Letestu the defenseman) the first time.

  58. Lucinius says:

    Connorrhea,

    Yeah. Hodgson is in Nashville for 1 year at 1 mil.

  59. thejonrmcleod says:

    Old School G:
    thejonrmcleod,

    I’m missing the meaning behind your words?

    Franson.

  60. Bag of Pucks says:

    Hate seeing Prust land in VAN. He’ll be an irritant.

    Would be ok with Chia moving Gazdic or Klinkhammer for a light heavyweight that can play. Kind of a younger Chris Neil type.

    No point in having a ‘dirty bastard’ on the roster if he can’t get off the bench.

    Like Matt Martin NYI or Kyle Clifford LA for that role. Imagine one of those guys on a line with Hendricks and Letestu?

    You want to get cocky? Let’s play some hockey!

  61. Bling says:

    G Money:
    BTW, one point to make on the Gryba trade.

    There’s still a lot of red flags, but I’m comfortable thinking that Chia’s method in this is that he watched the tapes from last year and decided that one thing the Oilers needed on defense was the size and strength to break cycles and protect Ricki’s Box.

    Gryba’s fancystats aren’t fancy, but they do suggest that he can actually play that kind of tough-nosed defense.He plays with an edge, that’s for sure – just ask Eller’s face and Hall’s knee.

    What has only been mentioned by a few folks and deserves mention is that he’s only played 165 NHL games.I usually use 200 games, especially for defensive defensemen, as the benchmark.He still has room to improve.Let’s hope he does.

    This.

    3rd pairing guy with enough upside to cover as a #4 in a pinch. I like it a lot.

  62. Old School G says:

    thejonrmcleod,

    Sorry, has a nice ring to it, not weak at all!

  63. Gordies Elbow says:

    Just a quick comment on the cap calculation. Most sites list the cap hit for high ELC picks as the 925k amount.

    For players on their ELC’s (and older players elligible for bonuses like Iginla was with Bruins,) the cap calculation is a little more complicated, due to the bonus cushion, where Edmonton could exceed the cap by 7.5% (per Section 50.5 (h)(ii)), giving Edmonton up to 76,755,000 in space, depending on the bonuses given in the ELC.

    For McDavid, I’d say that he would be at the maximum for his Exhibit 5, Schedule A bonuses (personal one’s, such as minutes played, goals scored over 20, etc.) to a maximum $850k.

    For the Schedule B bonuses, though:
    – A Player who finishes among the top five (5) in balloting for the Hart, Norris, Vezina, Selke, Richard or any new award of like stature, 250k 1st, 200k 2nd, 150k 3rd.
    – A Player who finishes among the top three (3) in balloting for the Lady Byng: 150k, 100k, 50k
    – A Player who finishes among the top three (3) in balloting for the Calder: 212.5k, 150k, 100k
    – A Player who is named to the official NHL All-Star Team at the conclusion of each season: 100k, 50k
    – Top 10 in goals/assists/points: 150k, 140k, 130k, 120k…
    – Top 10 in points per game, minimum 42 games: 100k, 90k, 80k…

    Even as good as we hope Connor McDavid (and/or our other players on ELC’s) winning Schedule B bonuses would be very difficult. For players like Leon, some of the bonuses have expired (e.g. Calder.)

    I have Edmonton with around $4.6m in effective cap space, after today’s deals. Not bad.

  64. G Money says:

    LostBoy: Though I don’t know why he would, in light of his salary and the year he had.

    Connorrhea: Thx. Point remains though – he’s the last player who should be seeking arb.

    I think you guys are misreading the nature of arbitration. These typically aren’t hockey men that are arbitrators, they’re lawyers.

    The two sides put forth their arguments and the arbitrator figures whats fair.

    Here’s what the Oilers (and most fans) would say: we like Justin Schultz’s offense, but he gets a lot of that because he plays with guys like Hall and RNH, plus he gets crazy zone starts. But he’s horrible defensively. So we want to pay him only the $3.75M from his QO.

    Here’s what Schultz’s side would say:
    – I got more ice time and more points than Petry last year. He just signed for $5.5M.
    – Ditto Sekera. Ditto $5.5M.
    – In fact, I lead the teams defense in ice time, points, and these newfangled things called shot metrics.
    – I get cherry zone starts because I’m the only defender that can score. I was 50th in the league last year for scoring. Tied with Seabrook, Edler, Niskanen, DeKeyser, all of whom (except for DeKeyser) make a lot more money than that, and all of whom play on MUCH better teams than mine.
    – And they think that should make me only the third highest paid defender on the team

    I’d say Schultz’s side has a good shot at coming out of arbitration with a much bigger award than what he’s getting right now.

  65. speeds says:

    Gordies Elbow,

    I wrote this a couple days ago on that subject, after the Reinhart trade.

    http://hockeysymposium.blogspot.ca/2015/06/cap-consequences-of-reinhart-trade.html

  66. v4ance says:

    Slava Malamud ‏@SlavaMalamud
    Viktor Tikhonov, signed by the #Blackhawks for just over $1 mil, is coming off a $3.3 million deal in KHL. Kid really want to give it a go.

    TSN mentioned less signings and lower money thrown around than expected.

    The week long period before July 1 seems to be working great for the GMs. In past years, teams had to throw out their best bid (or higher) right away and it ended up being an accelerated auction/easter egg hunt for every player.

    Now, GMs can get a better feel for the market and they don’t join the bidding on players that they have no hope of signing. With less bidders and more time to reflect, drastic overpays won’t get thrown around as much.

    In previous years, the ~$1M contracts usually happened later on in the day or in the following few days but now they happened early on today.

  67. speeds says:

    G Money,

    you can’t use ufa’s as comparables in arbitration

  68. G Money says:

    speeds,

    You can’t for salary, but you CAN point out where you ranked on an absolute basis both in the league and on the team.

  69. striatic says:

    LostBoy: Though I don’t know why he would, in light of his salary and the year he had.

    As a favour to his GM in order to open up a buyout window? Then the team could repay him by giving him a contract above the arbitrated amount.

    wishful thinking.

  70. Halfwise says:

    striatic: As a favour to his GM in order to open up a buyout window? Then the team could repay him by giving him a contract above the arbitrated amount.

    wishful thinking.

    They don’t have to wait for an arbitration hearing, they can come to terms any time between when arbitration is requested and the hearing itself.

    But yeah, still wishful thinking.

  71. v4ance says:

    To DSF’s point about it doesn’t matter that Dallas signed two goalies to over $10M in salary/cap room:

    Draglikepull ‏@draglikepull
    “Who cares, it’s only $1.2M” is exactly the kind of thinking that lead the Leafs to not have the cap space for call-ups a year ago.

    Draglikepull ‏@draglikepull
    A salary-capped league is an efficiency competition. $1.2M off the cap means you’re being less efficient than other teams. It matters.

    This.
    This
    THIS.

    All day long.

    Just because you didn’t need the cap room now doesn’t mean it won’t limit you later on.

  72. Connorrhea says:

    G Money: I’d say Schultz’s side has a good shot at coming out of arbitration with a much bigger award than what he’s getting right now.

    Well with Petry gone, Rexall will need a new boo target.

  73. LostBoy says:

    G Money,

    You seriously think Schultz would file for arbitration?

    Anything’s possible, I guess. He spoke pretty humbly on exit day, not like someone expecting a raise.

  74. G Money says:

    Connorrhea: Well with Petry gone, Rexall will need a new boo target.

    We can still get rid of Schultz and fill that need. I’s easy, just set sky high expectations for Reinhart out of the gate, then boo him out of town when he doesn’t meet them. Poti the son of a bitch I say!

  75. Connorrhea says:

    G Money: high expectations for Reinhart out of the gate

    Reinhart has Norris potential!

  76. John Chambers says:

    If Franson was avsilable to sign $4M x 3, and we could dump Schultz, would you make that move?

    I think I would.

  77. G Money says:

    LostBoy:
    G Money,

    You seriously think Schultz would file for arbitration?

    Anything’s possible, I guess.He spoke pretty humbly on exit day, not like someone expecting a raise.

    I don’t know.

    But I think we as a fan group are so consumed with our hatred of Jultz’s Jultzing Defensive Brain Farts, that we forget how good his numbers look on an absolute basis.

    His defense may suck, but points are what get you paid. Especially if the payment decision is being made by an arbitrator who isn’t particularly knowledgeable about hockey.

    Whether he files for arbitration or not, whether he truly feels contrite for his lazy ass defensive play, I don’t know. But if his agent isn’t at least discussing using arbitration as a bargaining chip, he isn’t doing his job.

  78. G Money says:

    John Chambers,

    Yes.

    Because
    a. Franson is probably better at both ends of the rink, and
    b. Watching Godot’s head explode never gets old.

  79. Old School G says:

    One more add on the blue, would bump Schultz to a unique position with the club. He’d be our ‘soft minutes, extreme zone start, PP weapon’, and receive way less ice time. He’s got one trick and one trick only, but he’s really good at it, that’s worth something.

    Oscar needs someone to meet him halfway, will be a solid 3D next season, I’ll continue to hope for Oduya as our 4D.

    Reinhart and Nurse split time with Gryba. Schultz gets 15 ‘special’ minutes a night.

    Chia, Pete handles Nikitn and Ference like a boss.

  80. G Money says:

    Sounds like Oilers may be done on free agent front for now, still looking at options to move a Dman but nothing imminent.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 1, 2015

    Guess Chia’s tired.

    Plus, moving Ference or Nikitin won’t be easy anyway.

  81. Marc says:

    James Mirtle ‏@mirtle 3h3 hours ago

    Well the Leafs finally got Kessel a centre.

    LOL

  82. LostBoy says:

    G Money,

    Well, all of the talk has been about club elected arbitration.

    I don’t think either scenario is likely myself. If Schultz remains an Oiler, he’ll most likely just sign his QO.

    There’s a fair chance he gets moved, though.

  83. v4ance says:

    Live on TSN:

    Green to Det 3 yrs x $6M

  84. godot10 says:

    G Money:
    John Chambers,

    Yes.

    Because
    a. Franson is probably better at both ends of the rink, and
    b. Watching Godot’s head explode never gets old.

    But I would be right in the end. That Franson is not good is not as sure a thing as Eakins’ being horrid, but it is pretty close to a sure thing.

    Schultz on a one year bet is a way better option than Franson on any length of bet, because Schultz (along with Nikitin and Purcell) would come off the cap next summer, and there will be a much better player than Franson available next summer.

    Franson is slow and can’t play defense. The Oilers have all sorts of power play options. He adds nothing.

  85. Ducey says:

    G Money: Guess Chia’s tired.

    Not as tired as Slats. Who retires right in the middle of July 1 signing period?

  86. vishcosity says:

    Seems I’ve now gone through two different Oiler dynasties. Each, at the peak of the curve, seemed they were never going to end. While there is a part of me that will miss drafting 1OV, and today it seems that music has ended, thru my friend’s Bruin ears, its like I can still hear and remember.

  87. Ducey says:

    godot10: But I would be right in the end.That Franson is not good is not as sure a thing as Eakins’ being horrid, but it is pretty close to a sure thing.

    Schultz on a one year bet is a way better option than Franson on any length of bet, because Schultz (along with Nikitin and Purcell) would come off the cap next summer, and there will be a much better player than Franson available next summer.

    Franson is slow and can’t play defense.The Oilers have all sorts of power play options.He adds nothing.

    G Money, you are right, it really never does get old. 🙂

  88. flygoalie says:

    Sign Shultz, trade him, Purcell & a pick to STL for Shattenkirk.

  89. mit167 says:

    Just waking up from a night shift and see we signed Sekera… Very Nice..!

    Have’t read through all of the posts yet, but has anyone mentioned the fact that Klefbom at the worlds played RHD next to OEL. Not suggesting Sekera is his comparison, just that a top pairing of Sekera and Klef might be our best bet for top two minute munchers

  90. Oddspell says:

    Old School G,

    If we could somehow make Klefbom – Schultz our soft minutes pairing and Gryba our #7 D then I think we make the playoffs this year. With plenty of dmen seemingly available I don’t think it’s even out of the realm of possibility.

  91. Cahoon says:

    Remember when DSF said he would bet a Woodguy that Sekera gets signed by L.A.? I was suuuuper tempted to take him up on the bet, I should have

  92. G Money says:

    godot10,

    KABOOM!

    Actually, a serious question for you: what happened to your avatar?

    Despite the sh*t I sometimes send your way, you’re one of my favourite posters. You’re a bit DSFian in the strength of some of your opinions, but you’re actually an Oiler fan, and you have a brain!

  93. G Money says:

    Cahoon:
    Remember when DSF said he would bet a Woodguy that Sekera gets signed by L.A.? I was suuuuper tempted to take him up on the bet, I should have

    I think one of the posters (V4ANCE?) did take him up on that bet, but there is some question as to whether it was fully agreed to or not. If so, DSF is already out a woodguy.

  94. oliveoilers says:

    flygoalie:
    Sign Shultz, trade him, Purcell & a pick to STL for Shattenkirk.

    I would do it. STL might not…..

  95. godot10 says:

    G Money:
    godot10,

    KABOOM!

    Actually, a serious question for you: what happened to your avatar?

    Despite the sh*t I sometimes send your way, you’re one of my favourite posters.You’re a bit DSFian in the strength of some of your opinions, but you’re actually an Oiler fan, and you have a brain!

    I tried changing my avatar and it disappeared. The change exists at gravitar, but it didn’t take over here. I haven’t got around to trying to figure out what the problem is.

  96. AsiaOil says:

    So which would you prefer – A or B?

    A) Reinhart, Sekera & the late second round pick that we needed to obtain Talbot

    or

    B) Hamilton + $633,000 cap room

    Both good but I’m more than satisfied with option A

  97. Connorrhea says:

    One thing remaining on LT’s list:

    and sign Him.

  98. John Chambers says:

    Connorrhea:
    One thing remaining on LT’s list:

    and sign Him.

    Unless McDavid wants to go back to the OHL I think we can be certain that this will happen

  99. G Money says:

    Man, these fake Twitter accounts are amazing in how much they can sucker people in.

    A fake Darren Dreger tweeted that “Wayne Simmonds is now an Atlanta Thrasher” – which should give a mighty big clue as to the fakeness of the tweet – but it was picked up and retweeted by TSN.

    Wonder how many people bought in?

  100. Halfwise says:

    AsiaOil:
    So which would you prefer – A or B?

    A) Reinhart, Sekera & the late second round pick that we needed to obtain Talbot

    or

    B) Hamilton + $633,000 cap room

    Both good but I’m more than satisfied with option A

    In the heat of the draft and UFA frenzy moment, many would say “Whatever kneecaps Calgary” because several Calgary moves somehow took the shine off Edmonton’s good work.

    Oiler fans have a lot to be pleased with after the past week’s decisions. The roster has gone from doomed to competitive in 5 days. What’s not to like?

    All without touching the core or mortgaging the future. Is this what competent management looks like? Wow, it just might catch on.

  101. Connorrhea says:

    Another Reinhart trade:


    James MirtleVerified account
    ‏@mirtle
    Predators get Max Reinhart from Calgary.

  102. Bootstrap Effexor says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    One bad shift. Words of advice and encouragement from McLellan.
    Two bad periods. The bench.
    Three bad games. The press box.

    This is how winning cultures are built. Ice time is earned. Results matter.

    I guess that’s why they call it a “press” box. I could see this working if it weren’t for the league rule about maintaining a minimum complement on the bench.

    The reality on a weak squad is that it quickly becomes terribly subjective which unperformer gets singled out (hello, Nail).

    This is one of the methods that good teams use to remain good teams, where underperformers stick out in a sea of clicking and competence.

    It’s generally not the primary method that a bad team uses to become a good team. Unfortunately, not all correlates are causative. If only life should be that simple.

    Here’s one for you. Pick out the non-rhyming word:

    wax
    Pluto
    phlebotomy

    After the infamous “balance” picture, we can play again.

  103. Old School G says:

    Oddspell:
    Old School G,

    If we could somehow make Klefbom – Schultz our soft minutes pairing and Gryba our #7 D then I think we make the playoffs this year. With plenty of dmen seemingly available I don’t think it’s even out of the realm of possibility.

    I like your thinking. Still a lot of time and a lot of scenarios in which this could happen. Every summer I pick favourite FA’s Sekera is one of them, and have always liked Letestu, it’s been a good day.

  104. misfit says:

    I me tioned after the Gordon trade that Letestu was my hopefor a replacement (though I thiught maybe they wanted He dricks to play C full time). He’s a little younger but much cheaper and probably brings more offense. I like him more than Soderberg and he’s a 3rd the cost. And we still have a good RH faceoff man, which is nice. Good signing in light of yesterday’s move.

    Sekera signing is huge. My hope would be for he and Fayne to pair up for a true shutdown pair, but the suggestion earlier of Sekera-Schultz and Klefbom-Fayne is interesting.

  105. Connorrhea says:

    Vancouver radio blowing up over what Benning has done.

    Is it too early for a beer and another?

  106. thejonrmcleod says:

    godot10,

    I see your avatar on my Android phone put not on my PC.

  107. G Money says:

    AsiaOil,

    Interesting way of putting it. Not sure I can answer it!

  108. dannyboy says:

    love all the excitement this time of year. a blog readers delight. LT you do a fine job, this blog is my number 1 place to come and hear all thats happening!!!!

    I think Nugent-Hopkins began to really show the player hes capable of being, i believe next year he will progress even more. on a line with ebs and poo and those threee already have proven to do damage

    i prefer to see Hall away from the nuge and ebs, spread the attack around. i dont know if mcdavid will be put in the 2c slot, probably. either way a line with hall and mcdavid is gonna be nuts, allow nuge to fight the heavy’s and give the bit softer competition to mcdavid.

    yakupov i hope can turn it around under the new coach on a line with anton lander and ? perhaps we grab a derek roy later for insurance? yak has gritt to his game, and altho chaotic under eakins, hopefully mclellan can calm him down, hes certainly an aggressive forward is fun to watch

    nurse and drai in the AHL to start the year is a great thing. our defense depth is coming along, itll be fun to read of possible pairings over the summer.

  109. Bag of Pucks says:

    Bootstrap Effexor: I guess that’s why they call it a “press” box.I could see this working if it weren’t for the league rule about maintaining a minimum complement on the bench.

    The reality on a weak squad is that it quickly becomes terribly subjective which unperformer gets singled out (hello, Nail).

    This is one of the methods that good teams use to remain good teams, where underperformers stick out in a sea of clicking and competence.

    It’s generally not the primary method that a bad team uses to become a good team. Unfortunately, not all correlates are causative.If only life should be that simple.

    Here’s one for you.Pick out the non-rhyming word:

    wax
    Pluto
    phlebotomy

    After the infamous “balance” picture, we can play again.

    Good point.

    Been meaning to ask you this for a while now.

    Where do you get that wonderful peyote?

  110. godot10 says:

    thejonrmcleod:
    godot10,

    I see your avatar on my Android phone put not on my PC.

    It likes my old picture, but my new picture didn’t take. So I’ll leave the old one.

  111. Connorrhea says:

    Weirdest hockey tweet of the day:

    Follow

    Chantal
    ‏@habsgirl4life
    Alex Burrows tells TVA Sports newly acquired #Habs Kassian would show up at the rink with lumps the size of tennis balls in his back.

  112. G Money says:

    Connorrhea,

    They’re just shipping players out and not getting anything meaningful back.

    It’s like going full rebuild, but without the top 5 picks.

    Unless they manage to ship the Sedins somewhere, I imagine they’re stuck in Lotus La La Land for a while.

    Love it.

  113. Truth says:

    Connorrhea:
    Weirdest hockey tweet of the day:

    Follow


    Chantal
    ‏@habsgirl4life
    Alex Burrows tells TVA Sports newly acquired #Habs Kassian would show up at the rink with lumps the size of tennis balls in his back.

    What does that even mean?

  114. v4ance says:

    James Mirtle ‏@mirtle 5s5 seconds ago
    Leafs sign Marc Arcobello.

    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC 59s59 seconds ago
    Arcobello in TOR, 1 year, $1.1M

    Good luck Marco!

  115. thejonrmcleod says:

    Connorrhea,

    What does this mean?

  116. Connorrhea says:

    Truth,

    thejonrmcleod,

    I really don’t know. That’s the weirdest quote I’ve heard in regards to a player.

    First thing that came to mind is some new-age procedure called ‘cupping’, which I won’t post pictures of here.

  117. Connorrhea says:

    Paraphrasing Treliving:

    “I really believe that this is a two goalie league now. With so many back to back games, you can’t afford to just put in the backup and hope for the best. Unless you have a Price or Lundqvist, you need two capable goalies.

    Here’s hoping that Benny can rebound bounce back this year.

  118. thejonrmcleod says:

    Connorrhea,

    Maybe Sam Gagner hired someone to throw baseballs at Kassian.

  119. Connorrhea says:

    thejonrmcleod,

    That would make two dream jobs that I’ve missed out on recently.

  120. Nostradumbass says:

    G Money:
    Man, these fake Twitter accounts are amazing in how much they can sucker people in.

    A fake Darren Dreger tweeted that “Wayne Simmonds is now an Atlanta Thrasher” – which should give a mighty big clue as to the fakeness of the tweet – but it was picked up and retweeted by TSN.

    Wonder how many people bought in?

    The rule for most fake Tweets is that at the very least you fool Jim Matheson

  121. jake70 says:

    Connorrhea:
    Vancouver radio blowing up over what Benning has done.

    Is it too early for a beer and another?

    Wonder what Prust’s lady friend thinks….Morning Talk Show host in Quebec, and would be really pissed if he cheated on her…. from Hockey Wives Show: : “If Brandon cheated on me, I would cut his balls off, cook them and make him eat them.” Vancourver is a bit away from Monrayal.

  122. theres oil in virginia says:

    Connorrhea:
    Truth,

    thejonrmcleod,

    I really don’t know. That’s the weirdest quote I’ve heard in regards to a player.

    First thing that came to mind is some new-age procedure called ‘cupping’, which I won’t post pictures of here.

    I read something about Kassian a month or two back. The article described injury trouble affecting his play. I believe there was talk about back muscle injuries. This sounds like corroboration.

  123. flyfish1168 says:

    G Money:
    I think you guys are misreading the nature of arbitration.These typically aren’t hockey men that are arbitrators, they’re lawyers.

    The two sides put forth their arguments and the arbitrator figures whats fair.

    Here’s what the Oilers (and most fans) would say: we like Justin Schultz’s offense, but he gets a lot of that because he plays with guys like Hall and RNH, plus he gets crazy zone starts.But he’s horrible defensively.So we want to pay him only the $3.75M from his QO.

    Here’s what Schultz’s side would say:
    – I got more ice time and more points than Petry last year.He just signed for $5.5M.
    – Ditto Sekera.Ditto $5.5M.
    – In fact, I lead the teams defense in ice time, points, and these newfangled things called shot metrics.
    – I get cherry zone starts because I’m the only defender that can score.I was 50th in the league last year for scoring.Tied with Seabrook, Edler, Niskanen, DeKeyser, all of whom (except for DeKeyser) make a lot more money than that, and all of whom play on MUCH better teams than mine.
    – And they think that should make me only the third highest paid defender on the team

    I’d say Schultz’s side has a good shot at coming out of arbitration with a much bigger award than what he’s getting right now.

    I’d let him walk and tell him go see what you are worth in the real world

  124. G Money says:

    I find it interesting that Ehrhoff is still unsigned.

    Injury risk aside, in my view Ehrhoff is a legit top pairing 2D puck mover. He’s still not the ideal 1D the Oilers could use, but boy would he be an immediate upgrade.

    He’s stated that he’s waiting to go to a contender. He’s probably got a three year window (if he stays healthy) to get to a Cup.

    At this point, the question is: who might that contender be?

    Not Chicago, they’re full up and still in cap hell.

    I guess LAK, if the whole Richards fakery works for them, has $8M in cap room. But they need to sign two defenders and two forwards with that money. Doesn’t seem likely they can pony up $4M for Ehrhoff.

    Detroit’s probably done, they just signed Green and have $10M to get Nyquist, Jurco, and one more F signed. If Ehrhoff goes there, he’s taking a significant discount, and I’m not convinced the Red Wings are that solid a contender anyway.

    No cap room in Minny.

    Maybe NYR, but they have $11M in cap room and need to sign 6 more players. Tight. Ditto the Blues – lots of room, but lots of players left to sign.

    Dallas is a possibility, they have tons of cap room, and upgrading the defense might make them contenders. Far from a sure thing though. Also in question is whether they have an internal cap.

    I’d guess maybe Anaheim, they clearly understand the value of defenders. Even though they just signed Bieksa, they have $21M in cap room and need to add at least (by my count) one defender and four forwards. Certainly is doable.

    That or maybe the NYI. Room, need, and probably a contender next year.

  125. v4ance says:

    G Money,

    Apparently BOS needs someone to replace a former 9th overall pick on their blueline. 🙂

  126. G Money says:

    flyfish1168: I’d let him walk and tell him go see what you are worth in the real world

    Yes, if his ask is too high, I would do the same thing.

    With Sekera in the fold, the risk of doing so (losing the only defender with a track record of supporting your high octane offensive players) is mitigated.

    Nonetheless, if you take him to club elected arbitration, you cannot walk away. And as I noted above, I don’t think the arbitration results are likely to be as favourable as people think it will be.

    And if you walk away, you lose the asset for nothing. Better to trade him if so, even if its for magic beans.

  127. G Money says:

    v4ance:
    G Money,

    Apparently BOS needs someone to replace a former 9th overall pick on their blueline.

    Indeed they do. But!

    – They have $5M in cap room to sign three more players.

    – Watching Sweeney’s moves, what chance do you think Ehrhoff gives BOS for being a contender next year!

  128. v4ance says:

    Chiarelli on TSN doing presser

    or Youtube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvdCSHki7mc&feature=youtu.be

  129. RENNAVATE says:

    Connorrhea:
    Weirdest hockey tweet of the day:

    Follow

    Chantal
    ‏@habsgirl4life
    Alex Burrows tells TVA Sports newly acquired #Habs Kassian would show up at the rink with lumps the size of tennis balls in his back.

    Back problems. “Lumps” probably refers to knots in muscles.

  130. V.XIV.VI.I says:

    v4ance:
    Chiarelli on TSN doing presser

    or Youtube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvdCSHki7mc&feature=youtu.be

    He’s fantastically honest without being blunt. Straight up admits to Korpikoski having struggled. Doesn’t soft-play it. Evaluates Sekera fairly, says he can play first or second power play, probably more natural on the second. More of a lynchpin on the third pairing but can play first as well.

  131. Yeti says:

    RENNAVATE: Back problems. “Lumps” probably refers to knots in muscles.

    I assumed it was implants left by the alien probes.

  132. hodgkins says:

    v4ance:
    Chiarelli on TSN doing presser

    or Youtube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvdCSHki7mc&feature=youtu.be

    Thanks for the link!

    I kept waiting for the question: “So how does it feel to have Lowetides offseason list already done?”

  133. G Money says:

    "Tell you what fancy-stats guys. Here's $5.0M, go see what you can do." – Shanny. Parenteau+Marincin+Hunwick+Arcobello. Nice.— Rob Vollman (@robvollmanNHL) July 1, 2015

    Yup.

  134. V.XIV.VI.I says:

    Sekera with a ton of excellent work to score a goal against Anaheim. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTaF7_Yj4SA – had the bigger, stronger Maroon working him and held onto the puck for the goal.

  135. FPB94 says:

    Oilers really starting to look like a hockey team.

    But if they think they have a <> at D and they should get rid of Nikitin then they’re dumb. There’s no such thing as D logjam. If you get an actual one it ends 5 games into the season when one of your D either sucks or gets injured.

  136. Wonder Llama says:

    Interesting to note (per Chia’s presser) that Sekera can play either side. We’ve seen Klefbom do the same. Lends more flexibility to the pairings should either Nurse or Reinhart make their case for full-time employment.

  137. frjohnk says:

    V.XIV.VI.I:
    Sekera with a ton of excellent work to score a goal against Anaheim. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTaF7_Yj4SA – had the bigger, stronger Maroon working him and held onto the puck for the goal.

    Sekara has been noted as being very strong and always in good shape.

  138. G Money says:

    OK, I think I’ll sign off and enjoy the rest of Canada Day. And it has been a GOOD ONE, without a doubt.

    I’m still holding on to a faint hope that Chia somehow moves Ference or Nikitin and brings Ehrhoff in on a decent deal, but I know that’s way out there …

    Regardless, with Connor McDavid, they instantly (again) become one of the leagues bigger draws on the road.

    And with TMc behind the bench, McDavid at 2C, a new found recognition of just how good Hall and Eberle are and can be, a young roster now given some balance and some decent veteran support, there should be no more easy games against this team.

    You know what I’m most looking forward to next year?

    I can wear my jersey out in public again. No fans of other teams who know I’m an Oiler fan will be asking me “what the heck is going on up there?”

    The Oilers, no matter what, will no longer be a laughing stock.

    Man, for the first time in ages, it feels good to think about the future of this team.

  139. lazerguidedmelody says:

    Had to be Boston…

    @DarrenDreger 3m3 minutes ago
    Told Matt Beleskey very close on 5 yr deal to Boston.

  140. rickithebear says:

    Sekura 1st/2nd com 18: 31 EVTOI 23 EVP 51.89 CA/60
    Fayne 1st/2nd comp 16:49 EV TOI 12 EVP 44.56 CA/60

    Klefbom 1st/2nd/3rd comp 19:47 EV TOI 24 EVP 50.60 CA/60
    Gryba 1st/2nd/3rd 16: 47 EV TOI 14 EVP 51.20 CA/60

    Schultz 3rd comp 18:41 EVT TOI 20 EVP
    12-13 to 13-14 63.95 CA/60
    14-15 54.40 CA/60

  141. Connorrhea says:

    Great to see Pelletier working with the prospects on the first day:

    @EdmontonOilers
    #Oilers Skating Coach David Pelletier explains a drill to the prospects as they hit the ice at Orientation Camp. pic.twitter.com/7rMAC9d6Aw

  142. Woodguy says:

    G Money:
    I find it interesting that Ehrhoff is still unsigned.

    Injury risk aside, in my view Ehrhoff is a legit top pairing 2D puck mover.He’s still not the ideal 1D the Oilers could use, but boy would he be an immediate upgrade.

    He’s stated that he’s waiting to go to a contender.He’s probably got a three year window (if he stays healthy) to get to a Cup.

    At this point, the question is: who might that contender be?

    Not Chicago, they’re full up and still in cap hell.

    I guess LAK, if the whole Richards fakery works for them, has $8M in cap room.But they need to sign two defenders and two forwards with that money.Doesn’t seem likely they can pony up $4M for Ehrhoff.

    Detroit’s probably done, they just signed Green and have $10M to get Nyquist, Jurco, and one more F signed.If Ehrhoff goes there, he’s taking a significant discount, and I’m not convinced the Red Wings are that solid a contender anyway.

    No cap room in Minny.

    Maybe NYR, but they have $11M in cap room and need to sign 6 more players.Tight.Ditto the Blues – lots of room, but lots of players left to sign.

    Dallas is a possibility, they have tons of cap room, and upgrading the defense might make them contenders.Far from a sure thing though.Also in question is whether they have an internal cap.

    I’d guess maybe Anaheim, they clearly understand the value of defenders.Even though they just signed Bieksa, they have $21M in cap room and need to add at least (by my count) one defender and four forwards. Certainly is doable.

    That or maybe the NYI.Room, need, and probably a contender next year.

    I bet he ends up back in PIT

  143. Old School G says:

    I have no idea how the negotiations with Schultz will go.I’d have no problem cheering for him like I cheer for Arco. He’d work as a PP specialist, but I’d rather a more well rounder defender to help Fayne and Sekera and, to a lesser extent, Gryba bring Klefbom, Nurse, and Reinhart along. The longer we wait the more likely a fan dividing trade will have to happen for the sake of D balance.

    I just want to forget Niki and Captain are still part of the D, does that make me a bad fan?

  144. Woodguy says:

    lazerguidedmelody:
    Had to be Boston…

    @DarrenDreger3m3 minutes ago
    Told Matt Beleskey very close on 5 yr deal to Boston.

    Gord bless Neely and Sweeney.

  145. pocession charge says:

    G Money:
    OK, I think I’ll sign off and enjoy the rest of Canada Day.And it has been a GOOD ONE, without a doubt.

    I’m still holding on to a faint hope that Chia somehow moves Ference or Nikitin and brings Ehrhoff in on a decent deal, but I know that’s way out there …

    Regardless, with Connor McDavid, they instantly (again) become one of the leagues bigger draws on the road.

    And with TMc behind the bench, McDavid at 2C, a new found recognition of just how good Hall and Eberle are and can be, a young roster now given some balance and some decent veteran support, there should be no more easy games against this team.

    You know what I’m most looking forward to next year?

    I can wear my jersey out in public again.No fans of other teams who know I’m an Oiler fan will be asking me “what the heck is going on up there?”

    The Oilers, no matter what, will no longer be a laughing stock.

    Man, for the first time in ages, it feels good to think about the future of this team.

    Hallelujah! Let’s get drunk!

  146. Connorrhea says:

    Woodguy: Gord bless Neely and Sweeney.

    Don’t forget asst GM JF Jr.

    Early hints are 5 x $4M.

  147. Connorrhea says:

    pocession charge: Hallelujah! Let’s get drunk!

    Was… was I supposed to wait?

  148. LMHF#1 says:

    Lots of talent still out there. Sure hope they can move out the money-wasting contracts and pick up talent. There’s a real chance remaining to add depth. Especially up front.

    Adding Fehr and Ehrhoff (or similar) would make things really interesting.

  149. Shizuka says:

    Just getting over the last vestiges of food poisoning. The last 36 hours have been pure hell, ugh. I don’t want to see another piece of chicken for the next month. Anyways, some nice signings. Sekera is certainly capable as a top pairing guy, and to a reasonable contract as well. I was a bit confused about the Korpikoski trade but with the Letestu signing it makes sense now. He’s really had a tough stretch the last couple of years in AZ though, will be interesting to see if he bounces back (my money is on no, but let’s see). If Chiarelli can get Nikitin off the books, that would comprise a pretty decent off-season thus far. You’ll have to excuse me as I pray the porcelain god for the next 12 hours and let this run through my system.

  150. pocession charge says:

    Connorrhea: Was… was I supposed to wait?

    It’s Canada. I think we are allowed to put beer in our cereal today.

  151. frjohnk says:

    Woodguy: I bet he ends up back in PIT

    They have about 5.5M left to sign 7 guys.

  152. Lowetide says:

    Shizuka:
    Just getting over the last vestiges of food poisoning. The last 36 hours have been pure hell, ugh. I don’t want to see another piece of chicken for the next month. Anyways, some nice signings. Sekera is certainly capable as a top pairing guy, and to a reasonable contract as well. I was a bit confused about the Korpikoski trade but with the Letestu signing it makes sense now. He’s really had a tough stretch the last couple of years in AZ though, will be interesting to see if he bounces back (my money is on no, but let’s see). If Chiarelli can get Nikitin off the books, that would comprise a pretty decent off-season thus far. You’ll have to excuse me as I pray the porcelain god for the next 12 hours and let this run through my system.

    Hope you feel better. food poisoning is a bad, bad thing to go through.

  153. gr8one says:

    So, listening to the presser now….

    I’m confused but and I’m not sure of I’m hearing right but at about the 9:45 mark a reporter asks Chia about a player signing with Vancouver….I’m pretty sure he says Broissoit, and in Chia’s response he says the name Broissoit back…am I hearing this right, and if so I’m guessing they meant Bachman?

    Anyone else notice this?

  154. marty62 says:

    gr8one,

    It was Bachman. Chia said the Oilers tried to sign him too but Bachman chose Van. Chia said its not that we dont want to give Broissoit the minutes its just that Bachman did well for Edm and they wanted to get him back again

  155. LadiesloveSmid says:

    isn’t the problem right now that there are too many Dmen? all of FSN have got to be gone if you want to bring in Ehrhoff

    LHD:
    Sekera
    Klefbom
    Nikitin
    Ference
    Reinhart
    Nurse
    Davidson

    RHD:
    Fayne
    Schultz
    Gryba

    If Reinhart is ready like Chia thinks and Nurse is ready like LT+co think, that’s 10 Dmen on the big club. Davidson isn’t anything all that important to lose on waivers.

  156. marty62 says:

    Saw it posted earlier that it would be nice to dump Nikitin and Ference and use the cash to grab Fehr.

    Im thinking he is still there cause his ask is too rich. Is it just me or have most of the GM’s been fairly sane with their spending? except of course whomever give Belesky his craz price… Hear it may be the Bruins or Rangers

  157. Connorrhea says:

    Shizuka: Just getting over the last vestiges of food poisoning.

    My last ever visit to a chain restaurant named after a northern US state, involved the ribs and over 12 hours of hard hurling.

    Hope you feel better enough for a beer on Canada Day, eh?

  158. square_wheels says:

    G Money,

    And we can buy #97 Jerseys that will have at least 10 years life in them.

    Hell, I can grow into a medium as I move from 40 to 50 watching the McDavid years.

    Now back to work, at an Oilsands mine, on Canada day !

  159. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    I’d still love to see Nikitin ask to be released to KHL (is this even possible or is this just a dream I keep having?) and Ference being convinced to retire and take on the VP of Making Sure Connor McDavid is Happy?

    Any love for Stewart as a F option? He can be effective and plays “heavy” but is so inconsistent in effort. I do like Eric Fehr better though. What about Oduya? Looks like trades are becoming increasingly unlikely.

    Gotta say though it sure feels better to have seen so many positive changes happen for the Oilers instead of you know hoping Ryan Jones has a breakout year or Anton Belov is the “one”. Those were dark times…

    Happy Canada Day everyone.

  160. Shizuka says:

    Thanks alot for the well wishes LT and Connorrhea, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. Has been awful cramping = (

  161. Connorrhea says:

    Shizuka: Has been awful cramping = (

    You need to burp. Tell someone to ‘beer you’.

  162. Connorrhea says:

    Well, they got him in the 3’s…

    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger now2 minutes ago
    5 yrs, $19 mil total for Beleskey in Boston. Aav of $3.8 mil. No move clause in first two years.

  163. spoiler says:

    Woodguy: Gord bless Neely and Sweeney.

    Really? I am quite pissed that the most hapless GM in the league can be swindled by every other GM but our own, and is not running a team in our division or even our conference.

    Woodguy: I bet he ends up back in PIT

    Hmmm…. I bet he doesn’t.

  164. hoser313 says:

    Walter Gretzkys Neighbour:

    Gotta say though it sure feels better to have seen so many positive changes happen for the Oilers instead of you know hoping Ryan Jones has a breakout year or Anton Belov is the “one”. Those were dark times…

    Happy Canada Day everyone.

    It’s a far cry from Eager, Belanger, Barker and Hordichuk. That’s for sure.

  165. Connorrhea says:

    hoser313: Eager, Belanger, Barker and Hordichuk

    The four horsemen of the apuckolypse!

  166. russ99 says:

    Then Boston compounds the Belleskey stupidity by moving Reilly Smith to Florida for Jimmy Hayes.

    Tallon ate their lunch on that one.

    The downward Bruins spiral continues.

  167. Connorrhea says:

    russ99,

    Florida also took the Savard contract, which is a lot of value for Sweeney.

    Bruins fans I know aren’t very enamored with Smith. Inconsistent and uninspired play at times.

    That said, I have no idea what this Hayes guy is about.

  168. John Chambers says:

    russ99,

    Perhaps the Bruins are inspired by our re -build and have elected to embark on their own.

  169. russ99 says:

    Connorrhea,

    That makes a little more sense. But still a bad cap dump to make room for Belleskey? Eep.

  170. Connorrhea says:

    russ99:
    Connorrhea,

    That makes a little more sense.

    Yup. Also, the Belesky contract wasn’t as dear as some had predicted. Now let’s see if he can live up to the term.

  171. Connorrhea says:

    Sail on Elk Point Bomber:


    Sheldon SourayVerified account
    ‏@SSouray Sheldon Souray retweeted Sean Ryder
    Seems like yesterday!!! I’m going to enjoy my last day today on an @NHL roster!! #whataride @NHLDevils

  172. Магия 10 says:

    FPB94:
    Oilers really starting to look like a hockey team.

    But if they think they have a <> at D and they should get rid of Nikitin then they’re dumb. There’s no such thing as D logjam. If you get an actual one it ends 5 games into the season when one of your D either sucks or gets injured.

    Even without injury that 10 ( incl. Davidson) might open the season as 7+3 in the A getting ready to pop. What if the Oil walk from an arbitration award to 19? What if they get another buyout period but the following year’s cap is more important? I doubt NN moves out any other way than a trade with salary retention.

  173. prairieschooner says:

    Every time someone mentions the Oilers rebuild
    The image of Peter O’Tool as Lawrence about to head out into the Sahara comes to my mind.
    I was also surprised that LT ‘s list (I think for the first time ever) has been completed.Interesting that we had all pretty much been conditioned that we couldn’t have nice things all at once
    PC went about things in a different way but he got his Pass mark but what grade would we give him

  174. spoiler says:

    prairieschooner: the Sahara

    I usually don’t quibble about minor details, but in this case I do feel it necessary to point out that they tell you where he is in the very title of the film. It’s not “Lawrence of Sahara”, lol.

  175. hodgkins says:

    prairieschooner:
    Every time someone mentions the Oilers rebuild
    The image of Peter O’Tool as Lawrence about to head out into the Sahara comes to my mind.
    I was also surprised that LT ‘s list (I think for the first time ever) has been completed.Interesting that we had all pretty much been conditioned that we couldn’thave nice things all at once
    PC went about things in a different way but he got his Pass mark but what grade would we give him

    Even better, LT decided to add an item to the list today and Chia promptly crossed it off.

    I wonder how many degrees of separation there are between LT and the Oilers GM… I mean, we know that at least one of the management team reads this blog. Maybe Paypal for Lowetide is somewhere in the Oilers salary structure.

    Who’s pushing the river here?

  176. rickithebear says:

    Since 07-08:
    there are 7 X82 gm 574gm + 48 = 622 gm available for the 6 D.
    622 X 6 = 3732 gms

    we recieved 29gm from Tarnstrom at 51.96 Ca/60
    We recieved 35 Gm From Petry at 51.97 CA/60
    64/3732 games with quality Ca/60 D.
    1.7%

    And now
    we have
    Sekera 74gm
    Fayne 74gm
    Gryba 73gm
    that should provide us
    221/492 44.9 %
    But is actually a higher % of the even time based on past EVTOI ice for each player I posted Yesterady.

    //
    rickithebear says:
    July 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Sekura 1st/2nd com 18: 31 EVTOI 23 EVP 51.89 CA/60
    Fayne 1st/2nd comp 16:49 EV TOI 12 EVP 44.56 CA/60

    Klefbom 1st/2nd/3rd comp 19:47 EV TOI 24 EVP 50.60 CA/60
    Gryba 1st/2nd/3rd 16: 47 EV TOI 14 EVP 51.20 CA/60

    Schultz 3rd comp 18:41 EVT TOI 20 EVP
    12-13 to 13-14 63.95 CA/60
    14-15 54.40 CA/60
    //

    Alot less EVTOI for the 3rd Pair.
    Which i Assumed people should easilly get.

    As for the rest of the top 10 CA/60 games in those 8 seasons.
    #3 Gilbert 47gm 11-12 52.79
    #4 Vishnovsky 50gm 08-09 53.57
    #5 Klefbom 60 gm 14-15 54.40
    #6 Smid 78 gm 11-12 54.50
    #6 Vishnovsky 57gm 09-10 54.50
    #8 Grebs 71gm 07-08 54.70
    #9 Nikitin 42gm 14-15 54.98
    Everyone bitches about Nikitin!
    Think again!
    #10 Schultz 81gm 14-15 (55.66)

    3 of the top 10 occured this year
    Klefbom; Nikitin; J. Schultz.

    Sekera-Fayne
    Klefbom-Gryba
    Nikitin-Schultz
    Ference

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