THE MOTHER OF ALL ORIENTATION CAMPS

The Edmonton Oilers have an enormous number of talented kids in town this weekend, giving fans like you and me a chance to observe greatness at the very beginning. You know I’m not one to tell you what to do, but if you get a chance—and especially if you have young ones—this is one of those “remember when?” moments for our town and that’s a nice event for all families. Kids are on the ice every morning through Sunday and then Monday night there’s the ‘Billy Moores Cup’ and public is invited. One of the highlights of summer, no doubt, it’s all at Rexall. The kids are on the ice 9:30-12:30 noon today, schedule and roster is here.

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ORIENTATION CAMP ROSTER AND NOTES

  • D Darnell Nurse. Big, strong, mobile defenseman is a big part of the future. Even AFTER the additions I’m not certain they can keep him off the opening night roster if they decide things on merit.
  • D Joey Laleggia. Small, skill defenseman who delivered a terrific college career and now embarks at the pro level. Magician with the puck but the key will be what he can do without it. If he can play defense in pro hockey, Laleggia should have a significant career.
  • D William Lagesson. Two-way defender with good speed and mobility, his size (6.02, 196) and mean streak make him intriguing. I have read he’s prone to mistakes with the puck when pressured but it’s early days.
  • D Caleb Jones. Two-way defender with a range of skills, he doesn’t have one dominant trait. A good passer, needs to be more consistent defensively but his skating is a big plus and that’s a big deal.
  • D Ethan Bear. Looking forward to seeing Bear, who is a smart passer and plays a rugged game. His big shot from the point may help him put up big numbers in the WHL next season. Powerful skater, so the scouts say.
  • D Ben Betker. Big man is a good skater and played heavy minutes in junior. A concussion derailed him as things approached mid-season but he’s a promising stay-at-home type.
  • D John Marino: Another two way defender with speed, he’s a player with some skill, too. Played at a lower level last season, no real idea about where he is although most of the verbal is positive (and more available than, say, info on Troy Hesketh).
  • D Loik Leveille. Fascinating defenseman (6.00, 223) that Red Line calls “a burly rearguard (who) is built like a tank and likes to use his thick, stocky frame to play a physical game.” He also has a big shot and chaos. Sounds fun!
  • D Kevin Davis: Cody Nickolet of WHL From Above says Davis is “an efficient puck-moving blueliner,  owns an extremely smooth and comfy skating stride. Solid positionally.
  • D Josh Healey. Former Sherwood Park Crusader is an effective college defender for Ohio State. Reportedly has some puck moving ability but most of what I’ve read concentrated on defensive play. draisaitl playoff
  • C Connor McDavid. Beatlemania—Oilers edition begins now. He honestly seems to good to be true, on and off the ice. It’s incredible, he’s as obsessed with hockey as we are! Fantastic luck, pure heroin insanity.
  • C Leon Draisaitl. One of the players (along with Yakupov) I worried over being traded this spring, Leon’s combination of size and skill remains unique on the roster. I think they’re going to have a helluva time keeping him down on the farm.
  • C Kyle Platzer. Massive improvement season over season and he earned a pro contract. I’m not sure what he’ll be as a pro but if the offense falters, there’s enough here to project him into another role (very rare for a player taken late). Love to see prospects blossom, he’s nowhere close to an NHL career right now but his resume has some nice bullet points.
  • R Greg Chase. Similar to Draisatl in that Chase can look down the depth chart on any Oilers team or affiliate and realize he’s unique. The thing for Chase is to be consistent, find the sweet spot in his game that allows him to agitate without getting a penalty, and drill that zone like a jackhammer. Cheering like hell for him and he has more than a puncher’s chance.
  • F Tyler Vesel. Long shot pick from the Alfred Hitchcock draft (2014), Vesel showed some real skill with 23 points in his debut NCAA season (39 games with Omaha). I think he might be a legit prospect, will be fun to see how he looks in this group.
  • L Evan Campbell. HF’s scouting report tells us he’s an average skater and “a big powerhouse center with a gritty playing style” but I’ve ignored him since he was drafted, preferring to see him do something worth noticing. He did this past season, remains a long shot for NHL duty.
  • R John McCarron. Kirk Luedeke talked about him a couple of years ago on the radio show: “He’s another one of those raw guys, pretty hard nosed for college. Nothing flashy, meat and potatoes north-south type player his production was pretty good. He’s got a chance to be a bottom 6 player, at very best he would be a fringe third liner or solid fourth liner.” Has to be signed or set free this summer.
  • C Tyler Soy. Unsigned skill center, he’s a very good hockey player, but speed appears to be his issue. Cody Nickolet calls him ‘quick’ but I’ve also read about some issues in that area. Great stickhandler and passer, might be a guy Edmonton considers drafting next season.
  • L Braden Christoffer. Guy Flaming tells me he’s a hard worker and a blue collar type. 5.10, 185 and 147 pims, he also scored 26 goals so has some skill. Most of the videos available involve fighting, although he’s not a heavyweight.
  • C Alexis Loiseau. Oilers have him on an AHL deal. He’s 21, 6.01, 180, he scored 96 points in 68 QMJHL games. Scouting reports have him as a versatile, skill forward.
  • L Connor Rankin. Bakersfield signing, scored 32 in the WHL. Old scouting reports have him as a reasonably fast winger, that makes him an interesting pro prospect.
  • L Cole Sanford. Undersized winger with a plus shot, foot speed is average.
  • C Lane Bauer. Smart, skill center who has all the tools but foot speed and that’s going to impact his chances of having a pro career. Excellent passer, creative.
  • L Jacob Stukel. He’s a fast skill winger who has had to overcome injuries. His boxcars don’t look like much but his age (18) and speed make him a prospect of interest.
  • L Tyler Robertson. Bigger winger with some skating issues (he’s awkward) but there are some good things about him. He can play with skill (complementary player) but hasn’t blossomed offensively. A big year ahead for him.
  • C Mike Rebry. Former Penticton Vee (BCJHL) now hanging out at Western Michigan. He’s 21, doesn’t look like he’s played much in college but he posted some nice tier two numbers.
  • F Luke Esposito. Harvard F is scoring at about .5/point-per-game, Doug Messier’s grandson.

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  • Zach Nagelvoort. Described as a decent goalie with the ability to consistently stay square to the puck. Very good glove, needs to work on rebound control. I have no idea what I’m talking about this is from ISS.
  • Miroslav Svoboda. A .942 SP at the WJC’s is a fantastic number but he was only .917 in his own regular league. Interesting player, I never mind using a late pick on a G.
  • Jordan Papirny. A nice WHL goalie, I’m not sure why Edmonton didn’t draft him in the seventh round but they must have their reasons. Hybrid goalie, standup mostly (courtesy Black Book).
  • Keven Bouchard. The man, the myth, the legend. Don’t know much about him beyond that period he played in the Memorial Cup, but the good news is that’s probably about what the Oilers have on him.

Players worth signing: Loik Leveille has a unique set of skills and it’s easy to imagine Edmonton getting him under contract before he goes back to junior this fall. John McCarron is an Oilers draft pick and he must be signed by August 15 or cut loose, my guess is he doesn’t get a contract. Tyler Soy is a high skill player, might be worth a contract depending on those skating issues. Jordan Papirny has stolen some junior games at Rexall, imagine the Oilers saw him good.

THE CURRENT 50-MAN (46)

  1. G Cam Talbot (As Casey Kasem would say ‘a new No. 1′)
  2. G Ben Scrivens (Pursuing a backup may mean trouble for Ben)
  3. G Laurent Brossoit (AHL starter had a good year, needs another)
  4. G Eetu Laurikainen (A great damn bet)
  5. D Andrej Sekera (A massive add, Herculean add)
  6. D Mark Fayne (A big part of next year’s team)
  7. D Oscar Klefbom (The future and the present)
  8. D Justin Schultz (newly qualified)
  9. D Nikita Nikitin (Growing sentiment that he’s here for the year)
  10. D Eric Gryba (Another D-zone blue with NHL experience to help Fayne, Ference)
  11. D Andrew Ference (It’s possible he won’t play a lot)
  12. D Brandon Davidson (Could be No. 7 or first callup)
  13. D Griffin Reinhart (I predict he’ll play 49 NHL games in 2015-16)
  14. D Darnell Nurse (I predict he’ll play 70 NHL games in 2015-16)
  15. D Brad Hunt (He’ll see NHL time)
  16. D David Musil (Could get some NHL time)
  17. D Jordan Oesterle (Fast and skilled, could surprise)
  18. D Dillon Simpson (Probably a full season in Bakersfield)
  19. D Martin Gernat (They may try to get him off the roster)
  20. D Ben Betker (May need to spend some time in the ECHL if it gets crowded)
  21. D Joey Laleggia (Can learn plenty from Hunt and Oesterle in Bakersfield)
  22. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Nuge is gonna shine)
  23. C Anton Lander (With Gordon’s exit, more will go to Lander)
  24. C Mark Letestu (Strong option at C, he can play other positions)
  25. C Leon Draisaitl (Man amongst boys in Memorial Cup)
  26. C Bogdan Yakimov (Big C still developing, factor down the line)
  27. C Jujhar Khaira (Solid checker, offense may keep him from NHL career)
  28. C Kyle Platzer (New pro has two-way skills)
  29. L Taylor Hall (The original teenage river pusher)
  30. L Benoit Pouliot (Important player for next season)
  31. L Lauri Korpikoski (Fast winger with experience, two-way skills. Mentor)
  32. L Matt Hendricks (May see minutes on skill line)
  33. L Luke Gazdic (How much will he play?)
  34. L Ryan Hamilton (he’ll be the veteran hand in the  minors helping to guide the kids)
  35. L Anton Slepyshev (Can’t wait to see him in TC)
  36. L Mitch Moroz (Should see way more action in Bakersfield in 2015-16)
  37. L Kale Kessy (Lost season to injury, another chance in 2015-16)
  38. R Jordan Eberle (Top RW primed for a big year)
  39. R Nail Yakupov  (He’s still here, people!)
  40. R Teddy Purcell (May lose minutes on skill line to Korpikoski, because speed)
  41. R Rob Klinkhammer (4line RW, crash and bang)
  42. R Tyler Pitlick (Newly qualified)
  43. R Iiro Pakarinen (Has a chance to make the team)
  44. R Andrew Miller (A strong option for NHL time in 2015-16)
  45. R Greg Chase (His game should flourish in pro’s)

No. 46 is Connor McDavid, he hasn’t signed yet but I’m holding his spot in honor of his comments yesterday about wearing an Oilers jersey forever. It’s going to be very difficult to hold our expectations of this young man at normal human levels if he keeps delighting us with his attitude and maturity.

This is an epic photo. More brown shoes than one would think possible, Katz’ boy has sprouted like a maniac, MacT hears a who, Katz with that fantastic camera savvy normally reserved for Mr. Magoo, and the teenager with all the things smiling back at us in THE moment of summer. Man. That’s a photo, folks.

ARE THEY DONE?

oilers current rosterYou’d love to see one more puck-moving defenseman back there, seriously. Chiarelli probably feels he’s changed enough out here and will want to see how this thing looks rocking down the highway. Remember, he’s aggressive DURING the season too, so that damnable inertia we have been experiencing for 15 years won’t be as much of a factor (we hope).

How much of what has happened here is McDavid? I mean, Bob Nicholson gets a lot of credit, Katz too really, but how much of Chiarelli, McLellan and Sekera is about the child that shall lead them all? I think the answer is most of it. Seriously. McDavid’s a winner and in the NHL winning is the only thing.

SLATS

Glen Sather announced he was stepping away yesterday, and I can’t let that moment slip by without jotting down a line or two. Sather’s impact on the Stanley teams was massive and his imprint on this team’s overall history remains Everest. Kevin Lowe, Steve Tambellini and Craig MacTavish followed but it feels like fresh air with Chiarelli (we’ll see, early days). Thanks Slats, for the memories. I hope you have a wonderful retirement, but doubt it takes.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Lots to discuss today and a great guest list to do it. 10 this morning, TSN1260:

  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Free agency and I’ll ask his opinion on recent Oilers deals.
  • Andrew Bucholtz, 55-Yard Line. CFL week two gets underway tonight, crazy crazy start to the year.
  • Dennis King, Oilogosphere Icon. We’ll get King’s input on the free agent and what’s left to do.
  • Paul Almeida, SSE. Paul will drop in to talk about the impact of McDavid and changes made since the lottery.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. G Money says:

    Another article by Macramalla on the Richards situation, updating commentary based on the OxyContin allegations:

    My latest Forbes article "Mike Richards, OxyContin and the Termination of His Contract" – http://t.co/kqhcvS6ow5— Eric Macramalla (@EricOnSportsLaw) July 2, 2015

  2. Pouzar says:

    Random thought: I wonder if the “snowpants sellout” will be coached out of the Penalty Kill this year?

  3. spoiler says:

    G Money: The day after he was hired here, Brent Burns said he’d waive his NMC to come to Edmonton if it came to that

    Unfortunately, I’d have to think SJ is as leery about trading with Edmonton as Boston is. This is Doug “Fuck the deal” Wilson we’re talking about.

  4. Wonder Llama says:

    Jujhar:
    Definitely Need a Franson or Ehrhoff…

    Waiting for Godot…

  5. G Money says:

    spoiler: Unfortunately, I’d have to think SJ is as leery about trading with Edmonton as Boston is. This is Doug “Fuck the deal” Wilson we’re talking about.

    Yeah, I don’t think its realistic that we’ll get Burns. Just nice to hear, after 10 years of being on everyone’s no trade list, that we are now very distinctly not. McDavid begat Chia begat TMc. McDavid changed everything!

  6. DBO says:

    wow. Washington making huge push. Traded for TJ Oshie for Brouwer, prospect and a 3rd rd pick.

  7. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    G Money,

    With McDavid all things are possible, for he is the power and the glory.

  8. Connorrhea says:

    G Money: updating commentary based on the OxyContin allegations:

    With the CBA provisions for players with drug problems, this move by Lombardi looks less likely to succeed.

    I mean, Lombardi is either the luckiest fkr on the planet, that his worst contract just got rid of itself, or there’s shenanigans about.

  9. square_wheels says:

    G Money,

    I will state for the record : “Lombardi is an asshat “.

    This was an irresponsible act towards a player and a dangerous game to play with the NHLPA.

    I hope they fine them draft pics, but then again if they take the draft pics, how else could they acquire more gritastical players on their last year of an overpay contract.

    Look out Dustin Brown, tylenol 4’s look just like unleaded tylenol.

  10. G Money says:

    Connorrhea,

    Luckiest fkr, or shiftiest fkr. EDIT: per Square, asshatiest fkr.

    One possibility that was raised that *might* support the termination is if Richards has already been through the two stages required by the CBA. If so, the termination might be valid. But I think even then there would have to be proof that the drugs weren’t prescription, weren’t reasonable, etc. Gets back to the original thought process, I think – desperate move by a desperate team.

  11. Connorrhea says:

    G Money: if Richards has already been through the two stages required by the CBA

    Surely this info would be out there already then? That would be a slam-dunk, and not even worthy of a grievance.

  12. G Money says:

    Connorrhea,

    Don’t know, I imagine that kind of stuff would be held pretty close to the vest.

  13. Connorrhea says:

    square_wheels: Lombardi is an asshat

    I hope so, as in I hope he’s found to be in the wrong here, and pounded by the league and PA for his actions.

    But he’s also the GM who didn’t want to buy-out his captain, and gave him a second chance because of loyalty to his players. That doesn’t sound like an ass-hat.

  14. spoiler says:

    Oshie means another spot Chicago can’t drop Sharp or Bickell.

    I know these guys want value but I have to think first-mover, or at least second, wins this game.

    It’s by no means a close analogy but in the markets when the mood turns to sell you wanna be first out that door. Right after the HFT algos, that is.

  15. Ducey says:

    spoiler:
    Oshie means another spot Chicago can’t drop Sharp or Bickell.

    I know these guys want value but I have to think first-mover, or at least second, wins this game.

    It’s by no means a close analogy but in the markets when the mood turns to sell you wanna be first out that door. Right after the HFT algos, that is.

    Doesn’t it also open a spot for one of them on the Blues?

  16. spoiler says:

    Had a brief moment where I thought I might create a hockey humour site… you know something along the lines of ‘Arcobello Going After Gagner’s Coach Record,” “Jack Adams Trophy for Best PDO in Coaching Goes To…” yadda yadda…. never would have thought that http://www.backhandsauce.com would already be taken.

    I swear to god there’s a computer out there spitting out word combos that someone with more money than brains buys in the hope that they don’t keep issuing TLDs like they print FRNs.

  17. Ducey says:

    In other news, the Canucks have fired a bunch of their executives.

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/vancouver-canucks-fire-assistant-gms-director-of-player-personnel/

    Kind of weird to fire assistant GM’s and Director of Player Personnel right after they just took you thru the draft and free agency.

  18. Connorrhea says:


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  19. Doug McLachlan says:

    Ducey: Doesn’t it also open a spot for one of them on the Blues?

    How do you see a Chicago-St. Louis deal coming to fruition? Do you see St. Louis’ motivation to help Chicago out of cap-jail being greater or lesser than Chicago’s desire to provide gritty Cup-experience to the Blues?

    🙂

    Seriously, it this was a movie the two GMs would be spit-screened across from each other both looking longingly at their white boards unable to pick-up the phone.

  20. spoiler says:

    Ducey: Doesn’t it also open a spot for one of them on the Blues?

    Blues been capped harder than the bad guy in a Mickey Spillane ripper.

  21. Connorrhea says:

    Statement from the Kings on their (other) player’s legal woes:

    “We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment.”

  22. wheatnoil says:

    Ducey: Doesn’t it also open a spot for one of them on the Blues?

    Brouwer makes $3.667 per year though, so it’s not like the Blues cleared a ton of room.

  23. Doug McLachlan says:

    Regarding the thoughts on Erhoff.

    He overlapped with Sekara for a couple of years in Buffalo, if memory serves. Did they ever partner together?

  24. wheatnoil says:

    Connorrhea:
    Statement from the Kings on their (other) player’s legal woes:

    “We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment.”

    Hmmmm… that’s a much more patient approach to termination of a contract than they took with Richards. Guess it’ll be up to the NHL to terminate the contract.

  25. Doug McLachlan says:

    I see that the Ducks are wanting to take back Nonis from Toronto.

    http://www.tsn.ca/leafs-give-ducks-permission-to-speak-to-nonis-1.323907

  26. spoiler says:

    Doug McLachlan:
    Regarding the thoughts on Erhoff.

    He overlapped with Sekara for a couple of years in Buffalo, if memory serves.Did they ever partner together?

    The first year they spent the least TOI together out of regular defensemen. The second year, the most. Looked it up earlier, but haven’t had a chance to see how well yet.

  27. Professor Q says:

    Williams AND Oshie with Ovechkin and Bäckström?

  28. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Professor Q,

    Don’t forget that Russian who would go ahead of Hall in a 2010 redraft.

  29. rickithebear says:

    spoiler: The first year they spent the least TOI together out of regular defensemen. The second year, the most. Looked it up earlier, but haven’t had a chance to see how well yet.

    11-12 to 12-13
    Sekera w williams 54.98 Ca/60 2.97 EVGA/60
    That is bad!

  30. vinotintazo says:

    rickithebear: williams

    I think you mean ehrhoff.

  31. spoiler says:

    So the second year together on Buffalo, 2012-13, Sekera’s most common D partner is Ehrhoff, but Ehrhoff’s is Myers followed by Sekera not far behind. Sekera spent almost as much time with Regehr.

    CF60–CA60–CF%

    Ehrhoff
    56.06–55.43–50.3%

    Ehrhoff with Myers
    53.39–55.30–49.1%

    Ehrhoff Without Myers
    53.3–57.40–55.49%

    Myers Without Ehrhoff
    45.74–60.73–43.0% !!

    Ehrhoff With Sekera
    56.68–53.91–51.3%

    Ehrhoff Without Sekera
    55.88–55.88–50.0%

    Sekera without Ehrhoff
    43.72–66.00–39.8%

    Buffalo looks like an offensive black hole when Ehrhoff isn’t on the ice.

    CF60–CA60–CF%

    Sekera
    47.75–62.23–43.4%

    Sekera with Regehr
    40.38–70.11–36.5% !!

    Sekera without Regehr
    51.01–58.76–46.5%

    Regehr without Sekera
    46.19–53.57–46.3%

    Both making the other much worse. One of them would be playing the wrong side, like with Sekera-Ehrhoff.

    Keep in mind this particular year is susceptible to sample size issues.

  32. Doug McLachlan says:

    spoiler,

    Thanks for this.

    I pulled up the Vollman Sledgehammer for that season and the two are remarkably, along with Shulzer, the only blue bubbles in a sea of troubles. Makes sense that they would try and divide the wealth, such that it was.

  33. Lois Lowe says:

    I think the Kings are fully aware that material breach won’t fly, they probably also know that they’ll have to ‘support’ Mike Richards as he goes through treatment for what looks like an opioid addiction. I think all this boils down to is Lombardi feeling butthurt. It’s a giant ‘fuck you’ to Richards over a broken promise.

  34. Doug McLachlan says:

    No surprise but if the NHLPA succeeds in grieving Richards and the league pulls the suspension on Voyanov, the Kings’ current $8.9M of cap space disappears into almost a half-million deficit.

    Presumably the league will allow a buy-out under the CBA retroactive to the buy-out window but even then, they still have to sign/promote 5 roster players to get to 23. This gets so ugly, so fast.

  35. square_wheels says:

    G Money,

    Might have to go back the Boogard story to see if the NHLPA or team had leaked inadvertantly or as part of the investigation into his death, just how much they were involved in his prescription.

    Richards could very well have:
    A – brought a controlled substance , requiring a prescription into Canada
    B – squirreled his precious like Golum in a condom he swallowed

    The outcome of both requires a trial in a court of law, then the NHLPA drug policy would take over and he would be granted rehab rights etc.. as described in the article you linked.

    Either way, LA is using this to slip away from a bad contract, and it was clear the player was suffering from something serious. When’s the last time a player this elite has depreciated this far, this fast.

    The worst part is Mike Richards now is widely assumed to have an Oxy problem, and that is not a habit that many kick very easy. Notice Stoll is not even hinted at in UFA circles – hard drugs are career suicide these days unless you are young, elite and only punch cab drivers.

  36. spoiler says:

    Can’t tell how the Regehr trade to LA impacted the Sabres using their defensemen.

    Regehr’s second most common partner after Sekera was Meyers.

    So, common pairings were:
    Ehrhoff>>>>> Myers & Sekera
    Sekera>>>>> Regehr & Ehrhoff
    Regehr>>>>> Ehrhoff & Myers
    Myers>>>>>> Ehrhoff & Regehr

    Clear as a Stampede cowpie?

    The coach worked very very hard to make sure Regehr and Ehrhoff were never on the ice at the same time (7 minutes the whole season at EVs).

    By the end of the season Regehr had played almost as much with Doughty as he had with Sekera.

  37. Professor Q says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!:
    Professor Q,

    Don’t forget that Russian who would go ahead of Hall in a 2010 redraft.

    A joke, right? My sarcasm meter is whacky today…

  38. spoiler says:

    Professor Q: A joke, right? My sarcasm meter is whacky today…

    Evegeny Kutsisnutsoff

    A favorite of our very own Emasculated One—Dashing Tambo, Professor of Trollish.

  39. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Professor Q,

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=771540

    From NHL.com no less.

    Ridiculous, I know.

  40. RexLibris says:

    If Chiarelli can find a way to subtract Ference and Nikitin while adding Ehrhoff on an affordable deal?

    I’d be a big fan of that move.

    Fayne, Sekera, Ehrhoff and Klefbom in your top four isn’t a Cup contender, but my heavens that looks like a competent NHL defense that can handle most anything a team can send it’s way.

  41. theres oil in virginia says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!:
    Professor Q,

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=771540

    From NHL.com no less.

    Ridiculous, I know.

    One of the worst sites on the interwebs. Every fucking headline has to be a pun.

  42. theres oil in virginia says:

    spoiler: Evegeny Kutsisnutsoff

    Hilarious!

  43. cabbiesmacker says:

    square_wheels:
    G Money,

    hard drugs are career suicide these days unless you are young, elite and only punch cab drivers.

    If this is a reference to Pat Kane in any way it’s pretty irresponsible on your part wouldn’t you say?

  44. Professor Q says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!:
    Professor Q,

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=771540

    From NHL.com no less.

    Ridiculous, I know.

    I need a drink. Or two.

  45. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Lois Lowe:
    It’s a giant ‘fuck you’ to Richards over a broken promise.

    Kinda like “fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice… you can’t fool me again!”

  46. cabbiesmacker says:

    vinotintazo: I think you mean ehrhoff.

    If he doesn’t it would certainly explain the poor numbers tho.

  47. Professor Q says:

    theres oil in virginia: One of the worst sites on the interwebs.Every fucking headline has to be a pun.

    I must admit that I love wordplay and dabble in it all the time, however those headlines cross the red line of funny and pitiful most of the time…

  48. Moose says:

    wheatnoil: This is the tweet that I saw about it.

    Seems to imply that teams were looking at Ehrhoff as a 3rd or 4th option once the top D-men were gone. Perhaps Oilers were thinking about him as a fall-back option in case Sekera didn’t go through.

    Certainly possible they circle around again though.

    I think we have to be realistic, the Oilers have huge man crushes on Nurse, Klefbom and Reinhart. That’s probably they’re left side for the foreseeable future. Realistically, I can’t see them continuing to add guys with term that would block those guys. They are all expected to be on the roster next year.

    So does 2016-17 looks something like:

    Klefbom – Sekera
    Nurse – Fayne
    Reinhart – ???
    Ference

    In a perfect world, looking at that depth chart for next year, a #1 RH D that bumps everyone down a peg, sends this team into the stratosphere. The only way I see them adding another defenseman this year is if they deal Schultz. Which seems more and more like the best thing to do.

    Don’t forget, Klebom needs his extension in the next 12 months. So that and Korpikoski basically takes away the Scrivens + Nikitin money coming off the books. Gryba and Purcell will be gone as well, but they will still need a big raise for Talbot (assuming he delivers). Who knows what cap does if certain projections about canadian dollar are correct. Some say it may dip into the high .60’s.

  49. square_wheels says:

    cabbiesmacker,

    about as responsible as a “Cabbiesmacker” – just caught that now

  50. cabbiesmacker says:

    square_wheels:
    cabbiesmacker,

    about as responsible as a “Cabbiesmacker” – just caught that now

    Let us all know what “hard drugs” he was on during the long, long ago incident ok?

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