RUN TO DAYLIGHT

Peter Chiarelli is the General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers and the players procured under his watch will, all things being equal, get the push. That’s not an attempt to frame Chiarelli as an unfair guy, that’s a fact based on every GM who ever came down the pipe. The boss is usually hired because the guy before him didn’t do the job and the personnel who are in house the day of the takeover are usually viewed as spot carriers. What does this mean? Well, entering camp we’re probably going to want to identify the players who arrived on Chiarelli’s watch.

50-MAN LIST

  1. G Cam Talbot (No. 1)
  2. G Ben Scrivens (On the way out of town?)
  3. G Anders Nilsson (New G, adds to competition)
  4. G Laurent Brossoit (AHL starter)
  5. G Eetu Laurikainen (A great damn bet)
  6. D Andrej Sekera (A massive add, Herculean add)
  7. D Mark Fayne (A big part of next year’s team)
  8. D Oscar Klefbom (The future and the present)
  9. D Justin Schultz (newly qualified)
  10. D Nikita Nikitin (He’ll make $4.5M, he owes Oilers $9M)
  11. D Eric Gryba (Another D-zone blue with NHL experience to help Fayne, Ference)
  12. D Andrew Ference (It’s possible he won’t play a lot)
  13. D Brandon Davidson (Could be No. 7 or first callup)
  14. D Griffin Reinhart (Looks like he’ll be an NHL rookie in 2015-16)
  15. D Darnell Nurse (Hurry Darnell)
  16. D Brad Hunt (He’ll see NHL time)
  17. D David Musil (Could get some NHL time)
  18. D Jordan Oesterle (Fast and skilled, could surprise)
  19. D Dillon Simpson (Probably a full season in Bakersfield)
  20. D Martin Gernat (They may try to get him off the roster)
  21. D Ben Betker (May need to spend some time in the ECHL if it gets crowded)
  22. D Joey Laleggia (Can learn plenty from Hunt and Oesterle in Bakersfield)
  23. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (He’ll be a fantastic mentor for McDavid)
  24. C Connor McDavid (Franchise)
  25. C Anton Lander (With Gordon’s exit, more will go to Lander)
  26. C Mark Letestu (Strong option at C, he can play other positions)
  27. C Leon Draisaitl (Man amongst boys in Memorial Cup)
  28. C Bogdan Yakimov (Big C still developing, factor down the line)
  29. C Jujhar Khaira (Solid checker, offense may keep him from NHL career)
  30. C Kyle Platzer (New pro has two-way skills)
  31. L Taylor Hall (Things are lining up for a big season)
  32. L Benoit Pouliot (Important player for next season)
  33. L Lauri Korpikoski (Fast winger with experience, two-way skills. Mentor)
  34. L Matt Hendricks (May see minutes on skill line)
  35. L Luke Gazdic (How much will he play?)
  36. L Ryan Hamilton (he’ll be the veteran hand in the  minors helping to guide the kids)
  37. L Anton Slepyshev (Can’t wait to see him in TC)
  38. L Mitch Moroz (Should see way more action in Bakersfield in 2015-16)
  39. L Kale Kessy (Lost season to injury, another chance in 2015-16)
  40. R Jordan Eberle (Top RW primed for a big year)
  41. R Nail Yakupov  (He’s still here, people!)
  42. R Teddy Purcell (May lose minutes on skill line to Korpikoski, because speed)
  43. R Rob Klinkhammer (4line RW, crash and bang)
  44. R Tyler Pitlick (Newly qualified)
  45. R Iiro Pakarinen (Has a chance to make the team)
  46. R Andrew Miller (A strong option for NHL time in 2015-16)
  47. R Greg Chase (His game should flourish in pro’s)

You know, that’s a fine summer by the GM. He needs a stud defenseman but the market has to cooperate. When Christian Ehrhoff and Cody Franson sign elsewhere, it’ll mean a trade. I hope Chiarelli can get something done with either but am less hopeful now. I think this group—this 47—may be the men we see at training camp in the fall. The Oilers burned too much daylight and couldn’t reach for the stars because of crippling free-agent deals, that—despite their relatively short length—conspired to end the shopping at the exact point real bargains arrive.

Chris Stewart today, Cody Franson tomorrow. Damn shame. The Connor McDavid entry-level contract begins ticking.

Now.

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71 Responses to "RUN TO DAYLIGHT"

  1. John Chambers says:

    Chin up, LT.

    Still time for a Nikitin buyout and an Oduya or Ehrhoff sign.

    Chiarelli is like your friend who strolls casually down the fairway, placing his approach shot elegantly onto the green with confidence. We’re just used to playing with guys who whack with desperation and swear at the ball.

  2. Ben says:

    After everything, I still look at the G depth and wonder if it might not still all be in the shi**er by December….

  3. Lowetide says:

    John Chambers:
    Chin up, LT.

    Still time for a Nikitin buyout and an Oduya or Ehrhoff sign.

    Chiarelli is like your friend who strolls casually down the fairway, placing his approach shot elegantly onto the green with confidence. We’re just used to playing with guys who whack with desperation and swear at the ball.

    I don’t like the good prices now, Edmonton needs to get in there! Franson and Glencross! Let’s go!!1 Burning daylight!! I’ve been watching Lenny Petrell for NINE YEARS!!!

  4. Lowetide says:

    Ben:
    After everything, I still look at the G depth and wonder if it might not still all be in the shi**er by December….

    Nope. That’s an in-season fix. Chiarelli is a GM.

  5. Richard S.S. says:

    If Chiarelli can clear a bit more Cap Space, this could set the Oilers up for opportunities. Teams will continue to have Cap issues and a smart GM might see an opportunity. GMs will continue to be unhappy with their Team’s makeup and might not make the best decisions. To be a good GM, you need to be smart and you need to be lucky. More than a few GMs are neither. Chiarelli, on the other hand, is both.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Richard S.S.:
    If Chiarelli can clear a bit more Cap Space, this could set the Oilers up for opportunities.Teams will continue to have Cap issues and a smart GM might see an opportunity.GMs will continue to be unhappy with their Team’s makeup and might not make the best decisions.To be a good GM, you need to be smart and you need to be lucky.More than a few GMs are neither.Chiarelli, on the other hand, is both.

    The key time may be right at the end of summer, the Leddy-Boychuk period.

  7. John Chambers says:

    Lowetide,

    We’re used to MacT saying, “time for summer vacation” on July 10th when the rest of us are thinking, “but we have just 2 NHL centres!!!”

    Chiarelli offers only vague, cryptic messages because he has targets but he won’t tell a damn soul. We want to know how this summer’s movie ends, but the grandmaster must first wait for his opponent to make the next move.

  8. Numenius says:

    What about trading Yak and Schultz for Burns?

    Is that remotely realistic?

  9. leadfarmer says:

    The way I see it.
    MacDavid – franchise
    RNH – franchise as well

    Opposing dmen and goalies will hate playing against MacDavid, while opposing forwards will hate playing against Nuge as he comes up behind them and takes the puck away in Datsyukian form. I think he may even finally break 50 points next year 🙂

  10. v4ance says:

    WAR On Ice ‏@war_on_ice 18m18 minutes ago
    FEATURE: our team cap pages now indicate those players who are exempt from waivers. http://war-on-ice.com/cap/CHI.html

    Nice feature that I was happy to see instituted.

    http://war-on-ice.com/cap/EDM.html

  11. Factotum says:

    Does this make sense? –
    Sign Franson or Ehrhoff (or inset your preferred free agent(s) here) but if Chiarelli’s going to do it make sure he does it BEFORE he signs Schultz so he knows how much space has to be freed up via buyout.

    Theory being there’s no need for any buyouts unless the right player(s) can be acquired for the right price.

    Personally, I would probably buy out Ference regardless but I doubt the Oilers will.

  12. barry.moore23 says:

    Do you guys ever NOT think about hockey ?? Good. I’m in the right place. Go Oilers !!

  13. v4ance says:

    Lowetide: The key time may be right at the end of summer, the Leddy-Boychuk period.

    That’s what I’m hoping for. Pounce when teams against the cap are getting desperate to offload salary.

    But I’m not in favor of getting Seabrook even though he might be the most well known option. I’m leery that we might feel obliged to sign him to a bloated retirement contract during his late career playing days.

    I’m more in favor of getting a younger or mid-career player like Seth Jones or Adam Larsson. The acquisition price might be the same but their salary cap hits should be less than Seabrook. Plus if we pay, we’re paying for current or improving levels of production rather than an almost certain decline in Seabrook’s production. Does paying Larsson $6M x 7years make more sense or $7M x 7 for Seabrook?

    Going forward, the cap hit will mean just as much as the actual contributions from the players that we acquire.

  14. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    You know what’s crazy?

    We added the #1 available goalie
    Signed the #1 available Dman
    Drafted the #1 prospect of the past 10 years
    Picked up a very good prospect Dman who recently anchored a memorial cup winning defence
    Have the best OHL Dman and WHL C competing for spots in camp.

    With all this, we’re still not there.

    That’s some hill to climb.

  15. Doug McLachlan says:

    LT, the premise of the piece is that GMs support their choices. Agreed. That will colour his view of Ference too. He had a chance to keep Ference in Boston and chose not to. I doubt that Ference has done anything to change that opinion. Buy-out.

  16. Attila says:

    A huge issue this season is who will be the RW on McDavids line? I am not sold on Purcell (too slow) or Yak (scary on the defensive side of things). If we go with Hall on LW, (and we go RNH, Eberle and Pouliot on the other line) consider this as an option and your comments:

    Alexander Semin: 6’2″ 209 lbs – Free Agent
    Offer minimum league salary and add bonuses of: $200,00 for 20 goals, plus $200,000 for 30 assists and an added $200,00 for 60 points. So max is around $1.3-1.4 million for 1 year.

    Why you have to ask…as he was a disaster in 2014. But consider these stats from last season VS since 2010:
    1. points 29 vs average of 53/yr.
    2. shots 93 vs average of 180/yr.
    3. power play goals- 0 goals vs average of 4.5/yr.
    4. plus minus: -10 vs average of plus 10/yr.
    5. shot percentage- 6.6% vs average of 9.3%/yr

    Can he return to his older self and produce for us? Who can be certain. Not a lock for success but a small gamble only- on a one year deal. Low risk and high reward potential. Thoughts?

  17. The Trade Guy says:

    Numenius:
    What about trading Yak and Schultz for Burns?

    Is that remotely realistic?

    Throw in Musil as a sweetner and maybe a late round pick.

  18. Магия 10 says:

    v4ance:
    WAR On Ice ‏@war_on_ice18m18 minutes ago
    FEATURE: our team cap pages now indicate those players who are exempt from waivers. http://war-on-ice.com/cap/CHI.html

    Nice feature that I was happy to see instituted.

    http://war-on-ice.com/cap/EDM.html

    But I thought they already indicated if the contract was 1 way or 2 way? 😉

  19. Lowetide says:

    Doug McLachlan:
    LT, the premise of the piece is that GMs support their choices. Agreed. That will colour his view of Ference too. He had a chance to keep Ference in Boston and chose not to. I doubt that Ference has done anything to change that opinion. Buy-out.

    I think Nikitin goes this year, though.

  20. Ducey says:

    It is still too early in the summer to find bargains.

    Chia likely has had the discussion with the agents, who were looking for big bucks and term. Chia likely just said “get back to me when you check out the market” – knowing that the market is very tight.

    If they get more realistic, he can then sign Schulz, buyout Ference or NN, and then sign Ehrhoff. If they get an overpay somewhere else, then he just keeps NN for the season.

    The deadline to complete arbitration isnt until Aug 6. No rush.

    In the meantime stop stalking Petrell.

  21. Stelio Kontos (Formerly Zangetsu-Formerly Thinker) says:

    Attila,

    Sure, then go over the cap by two million and void Nikitin, Ference and Purcell. Then offer Crosby $500000 to leave the pens. Sign erhoff, glencross, and franson for matching $300000 deals.

  22. v4ance says:

    Магия 10: But I thought they already indicated if the contract was 1 way or 2 way?

    That’s a different issue.

    Players on ELCs or on their second contract have waiver eligibility up to a certain number of NHL games played or seasons with an organization after their draft year.

    1 way or two way contracts can be signed at any age. The two way contract has a value for NHL salary and an AHL salary. If you have a 1 way contract, you are paid the same amount whether you are in the AHL or the NHL.. AN ELC is a specific type of two way contract.

    In general, teams sign contracts based on how much leverage a player has. So for instance, Taylor Hall could have been signed to a two way contract coming out of his ELC but as a star, he had tons of leverage so he signed to a 1 way deal. Ryan Hamilton is a 28 year old signed to a 2 way deal with league minimum at the NHL and a $138k salary at the AHL. He’s an AHL journeyman so he takes what he can get. Leon Draisaitl’s ELC is a 2 way with 400k in the AHL and 800k+ bonuses in the NHL. Plus he still has waiver eligibility since he hasn’t played that many games in the NHL after only one season post-draft.

  23. Rip Fan Winkle says:

    The cap floor teams are all near there so it is probably not easy to move overpaid guys of marginal rep unless as part of a bigger package.

    I’d bet they all go at the deadline. Pete will be on it all the time. I used to comment about the GM knowing what he wants so when the chance comes up or a bit of crazy happens he is ready to act. So far I am comfortable that is what will happen.

  24. stush18 says:

    Attila:
    A huge issue this season is who will be the RW on McDavids line? I am not sold on Purcell (too slow) or Yak (scary on the defensive side of things). If we go with Hall on LW, (and we go RNH, Eberle and Pouliot on the other line) consider this as an option and your comments:

    Alexander Semin: 6’2″ 209 lbs – Free Agent
    Offer minimum league salary and add bonuses of: $200,00 for 20 goals, plus $200,000 for 30 assists and an added $200,00 for 60 points. So max is around $1.3-1.4 million for 1 year.

    Why you have to ask…as he was a disaster in 2014. But consider these stats from last season VS since 2010:
    1. points 29 vs average of 53/yr.
    2. shots 93 vs average of 180/yr.
    3. power play goals- 0 goals vs average of 4.5/yr.
    4. plus minus: -10 vs average of plus 10/yr.
    5. shot percentage- 6.6% vs average of 9.3%/yr

    Can he return to his older self and produce for us? Who can be certain. Not a lock for success but a small gamble only- on a one year deal. Low risk and high reward potential. Thoughts?

    I like bets like this. Short term, good chance for a rebound year.

    Toronto had a bunch of cheap smart adds this summer.

  25. Optimism is Foolish says:

    Stelio Kontos (Formerly Zangetsu-Formerly Thinker),

    Attilla has something here but yes is way low on price point. About a week ago I brought up this option, Semin is very likely to be a rebound candidate and has indicated he would be willing to sign a 1 year deal. Hall-McD-Semin would be an amazing 2nd line. I just don’t think he signs for less than 3 mil.

  26. Doug McLachlan says:

    Lowetide,

    I am still inclined to buy out both Nikitin and Ference but if the decision is to only buy out one, then let the younger (and presumably in-shape) Nikitin have a chance at redemption.

    His fancy numbers showed there could be a player this year and if not his whole salary will be off the books next year. Ference will not be of value this year or next. Take the hit and let him go.

  27. Halfwise says:

    v4ance: Магия 10: But I thought they already indicated if the contract was 1 way or 2 way?

    That’s a different issue.

    Магия 10 knows that, evidenced by the Winky after the ? in the original comment.It’s an old running joke here…seems that every month or so some schmuck figures two way contract = waiver exposure while one way contract = immunity.

  28. Магия 10 says:

    Halfwise: Магия 10 knows that, evidenced by the Winky after the ? in the original comment.It’s an old running joke here…seems that every month or so some schmuck figures two way contract = waiver exposure while one way contract = immunity.

    Like here:

    "Steve Smith": Update for May 29, 2015: Waiver eligiblity remains, for the billionth day running, completely unrelated to whether a contract is one- or two-way; further updates as they become available.

  29. Doug McLachlan says:

    Bleacher Report’s @adater is saying he’s being told that the Hawks will not be resigning Oduya. Is that not a more achievable – and needed – player than Franson/Ehrhoff or even the unicorn of Seabrook?

  30. blainer says:

    Have to wonder if the Oil have chatted to Erhoff and said we will sign you as soon as we buy out Ference. There is a connection there with TMc and also we have a very talented German on the team not to mention the best player to come into the league in at least the last 10 years..

  31. Dashingsilverfox says:

    So, a guy goes away salmon fishing for a couple of days and Jim Nill just killed it again.

    Scott Cullen breaks down the trade here:

    http://www.tsn.ca/stars-score-getting-sharp-from-chicago-1.329804

    The most salient part:

    “There ought to be a good opportunity awaiting Sharp in Dallas too. Last season, his ice time was cut – 16:49 per game was his lowest since 2005-2006 – and he spent a fair amount of time on Chicago’s third line (his second most-common linemates were Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw). In Dallas, Sharp is surely going to play on one of the top two lines, which means having either Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza as his centre; all the more reason to suspect that Sharp should be productive in 2015-2016.

    That Sharp has been a better-than-56% possession player over the past four seasons is in part a credit to the talent with which he played in Chicago, but also an indication that he should be a positive possession player with the Stars.

    With two years left on his contract, and a $5.9-million annual cap hit, Sharp was widely assumed to be the prime candidate for the Blackhawks to move in order to get under the salary cap. Perhaps the bigger surprise is that Chicago hasn’t been able to gain as much financial flexibility as they might have hoped.

    Johns is an NHL-ready defence prospect. The 23-year-old was a second-round pick in 2010 and played four years at Notre Dame. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder plays a physical game and has 33 points (8 G, 25 A) in 67 (regular season plus playoff) AHL games.”

  32. Doug McLachlan says:

    blainer,

    I would love Ehrhoff for all the reasons we all have discussed but he took less $ and security (term) last year to go Cup-hunting.

    I think the Oilers are in the hunt for a playoff spot with one more upgrade on defense but, even then, not in the conversation to win it all.

    Don’t think Ehrhoff is a player you offer term to so think he takes a real haircut to go elsewhere – maybe even back to Pittsburgh.

  33. godot10 says:

    Cody Franson is NOT a stud defensemen. He is a DUD defensemen.

  34. v4ance says:

    Halfwise,

    Sorry. My bad! I mistook your emoticon to be the confused one not the winky!

  35. book¡je says:

    Halfwise: Магия 10 knows that, evidenced by the Winky after the ? in the original comment.It’s an old running joke here…seems that every month or so some schmuck figures two way contract = waiver exposure while one way contract = immunity.

    With that said, providing a refresher on that matter is always helpful!

  36. Stelio Kontos (Formerly Zangetsu-Formerly Thinker) says:

    Can we stop being stupid about the playoffs. They aren’t a guarantee, but this team isn’t locked out like it has been in the past. Somewhere along the line, we turned making the playoffs into some sort of magical proposition. It isn’t that hard to make it.

    Our Division

    Calgary – Garbage. We know this. We set our eyes on hamilton, but he really isn’t the kind of player to turn a team around (at least not currently).

    Vancouver – lucky last year. Do they really have enough to make you think they can’t be passed?

    Arizona – Hahaha

    San Jose – Getting worse every year. Lost their coach. Very underrated defence, but I don’t think they are unappeasable.

    LA – Can’t score. Lost two big time defensemen this summer. Good goalie, but they aren’t unbeatable.

    ANAHEIM – they are actually good

    Rest of West

    Sl Louis – goaltending is a concern for them, but they are a deep team, and can’t be passed.

    Nashville – Can’t score worth a damn.

    Chicago – Studs, but losing tons of depth every year. Even they can’t continue to sustain the losses. Out of our reach for next year anyway.

    Dallas – Shaky goaltending. Couple good forwards, but nothing that really scares you.

    Avalanche – not good

    Winnipeg – Not scary

    Minnesota – Dubnyk played out of his mind to get them in. They aren’t that good.

    The oilers have turned over a third of their roster with actual NHL players, and Korpikoski. The OKC kids started to emerge in the latter half of last year, and that is a BIG item. If Talbot scrivens can give average goaltending (a good bet), this team is greatly improved. We have more first line players than any team in the west. The defence isn’t so horrendous that we are stuck behind teams like colorado, calgary, arizona, vancouver, Dallas. This team is a playoff calbre team. There are 10 of those in the west, but there is nothing to say that their issues are bigger than some of the other guys.

  37. Магия 10 says:

    book¡je: With that said, providing a refresher on that matter is always helpful!

    If the site had a faq or sticky post this might be the first item. The running joke is educational or therapeutic or funny. One of those.

  38. Chachi says:

    Attila: Alexander Semin: 6’2″ 209 lbs – Free Agent
    Offer minimum league salary and add bonuses of: $200,00 for 20 goals, plus $200,000 for 30 assists and an added $200,00 for 60 points. So max is around $1.3-1.4 million for 1 year.

    It seems like “you can only pay perfomance bonuses to players on their ELC or to players who are 35 years old and up” is the new “whether or not a player has to go on waivers has nothing to do with whether he has a one or two way contract.”
    Semin is 31.

  39. Richard S.S. says:

    If we add in buying out Purcell, Nikitin and Ference to existing space of approximately $2.368 Million, there will be an absolute max of $7.5-ish Million to work with. If all three could be traded instead, it would add another $4.5 – $5.0 Million to spend. So if Chiarelli falls into something magic (intentional or not), there will be enough to work with.

    That being said, there will be consequences to getting too close to the Cap. Reinhart, Nurse and other will stay down until the chances of earning bonuses are greatly reduced. Carrying 23 players and making injury call ups may not be possible at the same time. Other problems might arise.

    I firmly believe Chiarelli is not done yet, not even close. I just don’t know what he wants to do, but it will be fun waiting for it to happen.

  40. Магия 10 says:

    Chachi: It seems like “you can only pay perfomance bonuses to players on their ELC or to players who are 35 years old and up” is the new “whether or not a player has to go on waivers has nothing to do with whether he has a one or two way contract.”

    Forget the bonuses. Include a team option like the Dickey contract. 😉

  41. Chachi says:

    Магия 10,

    A 1 million dollar buyout on a 12 million dollar contract year (available at the club’s option) is a pretty team friendly deal. If only he was a top 4 d-man!

  42. Ryan says:

    Dashingsilverfox,

    What I know about Johns is less than zero.

    Jim Nill likes taking on bloated contracts on declining players and the early returns haven’t been great so far.

    He also has has some new theories on cap management relative to spending on goalies.

  43. "Steve Smith" says:

    Dashingsilverfox,

    Oh, DSF…don’t ever change.

    (Kids: this is an example of reverse psychology.)

    Магия 10: Like here:

    “Steve Smith”: Update for May 29, 2015: Waiver eligiblity remains, for the billionth day running, completely unrelated to whether a contract is one- or two-way; further updates as they become available.

    We can’t help it that you’re just so damned believable in your feigned ignorance.

    (“I played dumb. It wasn’t hard; I’m a lousy actor.”)

  44. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: I don’t like the good prices now, Edmonton needs to get in there! Franson and Glencross! Let’s go!!1 Burning daylight!! I’ve been watching Lenny Petrell for NINE YEARS!!!

    Best Headline in the history of your blog:

    Oilers sign Petrell, Confuse Thousands.

  45. Woodguy says:

    Ha!

    I the thread I linked to I typed this:

    If he plays for the Dys then DSF will assure us he’s as good as Doughty and how utterly inept every GM except Tallon was for not picking him up.

    I typed that on June 19th, 2012.

    I can’t believe people wanted him banned.

  46. Dashingsilverfox says:

    Woodguy:
    Ha!

    I the thread I linked to I typed this:

    If he plays for the Dys then DSF will assure us he’s as good as Doughty and how utterly inept every GM except Tallon was for not picking him up.

    I typed that on June 19th, 2012.

    I can’t believe people wanted him banned.

    And of course, Karlsson has never scored fewer than 66 points AND won TWO Norris Trophies.

    Who could have seen that coming?

    Where does that PDO guy work again?

    🙂

  47. Edmonton_fan says:

    The Seinfeld concept last topic thread got me reviewing my music library. Songs that would be perfect from everything from buyouts to being sent down or traded – to a McDavid 5 goal night (It’s hard to be humble) are:

    The Beatles song was in a HNIC CBC goalie video about 30 years ago – I loved it…

    ABBA – Take a Chance on Me

    Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen

    The Beatles – Help

    Bee Gees – How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

    Cheap Trick – Ain`t that a Shame

    The Cooper Brothers – The Dream Never Dies

    Elvis Presley – The Impossible Dream (Elvis sang it not first but best)

    Judy Garland – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Loverboy – The Kid is Hot Tonight
    – Turn Me Loose

    Mac Davis – It`s Hard to be Humble

    Pat Benetar – Don`t Let It Show
    – Hit Me With Your Best Shot

    Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
    – I Want it All

    REO Speedwagon – Time For Me to Fly

    Simon & Garfunkel – The Sounds of Silence

    Supertramp – Dreamer

    Sweet – No You Don`t

    Three Dog Night – Easy to Be Hard

    Trooper – We`re Here for a Good Time

    Vera Lynn – We`ll Meet Again

  48. Woodguy says:

    Edmonton_fan,

    I like a Queen based “Re:”

    Brian May and Freddie Mercury made a lot of good music.

  49. Chachi says:

    Woodguy,

    Nikki Nikitin – “Fat Bottomed Girls”?

  50. Edmonton_fan says:

    Woodguy,

    The Vera Lynn – We`ll Meet Again song was sung in 1939 for WWII soldiers. Vera is still alive today.

    Yet, it is a perfect song for “on the cusp” players sent down… 😉

  51. Dee Dee says:

    Attila,

    Attila: A huge issue this season is who will be the RW on McDavids line?

    Everyone and their Uncles played as the 3rd with Gretzky-Kurri and they seemed to do OK….

  52. flyfish1168 says:

    MacT’s song ” Hard to say I’m sorry” – Chicago

  53. Numenius says:

    The Trade Guy: Throw in Musil as a sweetner and maybe a late round pick.

    I would’ve added Ewanyk, but he’s already traded.

  54. Cameron says:

    Woodguy:
    Edmonton_fan,

    I like a Queen based “Re:”

    Brian May and Freddie Mercury made a lot of good music.

    Greatest front man ever. I’m willing to fight over this.

  55. Doug McLachlan says:

    Cameron,

    Queen – Princes of the Universe for CMD.

  56. Kitchener says:

    On the post’s theme, I’d like to suggest that Anton Lander was “brought in by Chia” in the sense that Gordon was shipped out.

    If you’ll let that stand, here’s a July hope: that Lander is the new center who can play with Yakupov. Lander is unique amongst Oiler centers in that he is not flashy himself, he is desperate to stick on the roster, he can play with talent though he is not himself “talent”, and he is as smart & pragmatic as anyone. If he could figure out how to play with Hall & Miller (paraphrased Swedish interview, “those buggers are so fast; I just try to get the puck on their sticks ASAP”), maybe he can figure out how to play with Yakupov? Maybe also he’ll provide the defensive cover that a Yak center apparently needs to provide?

    I think Chiarelli decided to keep Lander and that this decision matters. Anyone else remember what Lander did at the World Championships? I bet Chiarelli watched those games and saw a poor man’s version of Patrice Bergeron, or in Oiler speak, the eventual perfect 4C for the 2020 Oilers.

  57. Zelepukin says:

    Attila:
    A huge issue this season is who will be the RW on McDavids line? I am not sold on Purcell (too slow) or Yak (scary on the defensive side of things). If we go with Hall on LW, (and we go RNH, Eberle and Pouliot on the other line) consider this as an option and your comments:

    Alexander Semin: 6’2″ 209 lbs – Free Agent
    Offer minimum league salary and add bonuses of: $200,00 for 20 goals, plus $200,000 for 30 assists and an added $200,00 for 60 points. So max is around $1.3-1.4 million for 1 year.

    Why you have to ask…as he was a disaster in 2014. But consider these stats from last season VS since 2010:
    1. points 29 vs average of 53/yr.
    2. shots 93 vs average of 180/yr.
    3. power play goals- 0 goals vs average of 4.5/yr.
    4. plus minus: -10 vs average of plus 10/yr.
    5. shot percentage- 6.6% vs average of 9.3%/yr

    Can he return to his older self and produce for us? Who can be certain. Not a lock for success but a small gamble only- on a one year deal. Low risk and high reward potential. Thoughts?

    I have an inkling that Yaks and McD is going to work beautifully. Yaks doesn’t have the top-end speed to match McD but he doesn’t really need to. It’s his passing quickness and ability to release the puck that I think will match up with Connor perfectly. Roy wasn’t exactly doing anything unheralded that improved Yaks game. He was just playing patient, adequate defense and was good at finding his wingers in open spaces. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that McD can do all things and better. Purcell on the other hand does everything slow.

  58. dangilitis says:

    Nikitins not going anywhere as of now. That may change, but what won’t change is that nikitin won’t be bought out during the window that opens up after Schultz is qualified. I was told this by someone trustworthy in a rather unusual circumstance that involves both our good friend, nikitin and chiarelli. The gist of it is that chiarelli told him that he should be operating on the premise that nikitin would be here year. Can only hope it’s ference that gets bought out instead, and the buy out for him makes the most sense.

  59. AsiaOil says:

    Hope it’s true and it fits with Chia’s rational decision-making:

    Nikitin could be better, was slightly less than awful last year, and only has a single contract year left

    Ference will not be better, he was more than awful last year, and he has multiple contract years left

    It’s not rocket science folks and Ference’s personality should not sway a hockey decision – give him a front office job now if it’s that important to him and he can retire. Otherwise let him cost some other team wins and points in the standings.

    dangilitis:
    Nikitins not going anywhere as of now. That may change, but what won’t change is that nikitin won’t be bought out during the window that opens up after Schultz is qualified. I was told this by someone trustworthy in a rather unusual circumstance that involves both our good friend, nikitin and chiarelli. The gist of it is that chiarelli told him that he should be operating on the premise that nikitin would be here year. Can only hope it’s ference that gets bought out instead, and the buy out for him makes the most sense.

  60. Richard S.S. says:

    What do we have to look forward to?
    1) The Justin Schultz signing.
    2) The Buyout Window that follows.
    3) Hiring the 3rd Assistant Coach.
    If Chiarelli still intends to have Reinhart start the Season with the Team, bonuses must be considered so a buyout must occur.

  61. book¡je says:

    Lowetide: Nope. That’s an in-season fix. Chiarelli is a GM.

    Wait, you’re allowed to make in season trades. Did Tambellini and MacT know this?

  62. book¡je says:

    LT – I think an article/assessment on Chiarelli’s cap situation would be interesting. Is he managing it well? Is he repeating the mistakes made in Boston?

  63. Woodguy says:

    DeeEssEff,

    From the post:

    I said: “I bet you Karlsson’s pts/gm decrease in the 12/13 season from the 11/12 season.”

    Karlsson pts/gm:

    11/12 – .962
    12/13 – .824
    13/14 – .902
    14/15 – .805

    Oh look.

    I was right.

  64. oliveoilers says:

    Woodguy:
    Edmonton_fan,

    I like a Queen based “Re:”

    Brian May and Freddie Mercury made a lot of good music.

    Cameron: Greatest front man ever. I’m willing to fight over this.

    Hammer to Fall for Chia?

    Who gets Tie Your Mother Down?

  65. book¡je says:

    Woodguy:
    DeeEssEff,

    From the post:

    I said: “I bet you Karlsson’s pts/gm decrease in the 12/13 season from the 11/12 season.”

    Karlsson pts/gm:

    11/12 – .962
    12/13 – .824
    13/14 – .902
    14/15 – .805

    Oh look.

    I was right.


    Beeeeep

    We are sorry, DSF will not be available to acknowledge your statement. However, we are pleased to tell you that he will be back later to offer up his wisdom on new topics as opportunities arise. Thank you again for taking the opportunity to play.

    Beeeep

  66. Kmart99 says:

    Chiarelli may indeed wait until the deadline before adding that #1 D man,or he may think he has that guy somewhere in Kleflip, Nurse, and Sekera…. But something tells me he’d rather grab the #1 guy now instead of waiting.

    My question is: Who are the most obtainable #1s?

    Seabrook? He’s a great number 2 who may or may not be the beast of a #1 the oil need, plus… How available is he?

    Phaneuf? He’s also proven to be a great #2 who ultimately failed when given the #1 spot. Phaneuf has a far worse rep than Seabrook, but I’m not convinced either guy is much better or worse than the other.

    Chara? A proven #1 who’s days as a #1 are over….. Plus Boston will just send him to CGY for free if PC goes after him, so let’s avoid him.

    Larsson? I’m not sure how obtainable he is, but I’m certain he is under rated and has a really good shot at being a #1. His EV p/60 is also top shelf.

    As far as I can tell, those are really the only possible top defenders that PC could snag. And I’m not convinced he’d have more than a 10% shot at getting any of them.

    I’m curious as hell to know if PC is satisfied with this D core to start the season or if he has a plan to grab one of the above men….. Can’t wait.

  67. cc says:

    book¡je:
    Beeeeep


    We are sorry, DSF will not be available to acknowledge your statement.However, we are pleased to tell you that he will be back later to offer up his wisdom on new topics as opportunities arise. Thank you again for taking the opportunity to play.

    Beeeep

    Wait, Im nota supporter of DSF but DSF never specifically said he would match the .962 pts per game. That was woodguys reply to DSF saying Karlsson wouldnt revert to .5 pts/g. Dsf said that Karlsson was worth his 6.5 milion cap. Which I think in my opinion makes DSF correct.

    Only 2 defenseman scored above Karlssons Pts/G in a single season the last 10 years GREENX2 and Lidstrom. Considering in the last 5 seasons only 1 defenseman has averaged .8pts/g multiple times and Karlsson has done this after a major injury. I think his opinion of Karlsson being an elite defenseman was fair statement by DSF.

  68. Woodguy says:

    cc: Wait, Im nota supporter of DSF but DSF never specifically said he would match the .962 pts per game.That was woodguys reply to DSF saying Karlsson wouldnt revert to .5 pts/g.Dsf said that Karlsson was worth his 6.5 milion cap.Which I think in my opinion makes DSF correct.

    Only 2 defenseman scored above Karlssons Pts/G in a single season the last 10 yearsGREENX2 and Lidstrom.Considering in the last 5 seasons only 1 defenseman has averaged .8pts/g multiple times and Karlsson has done this after a major injury.I think his opinion of Karlsson being an elite defenseman was fair statement by DSF.

    I wasn’t a part of PDO and DeeEssEff’s bet re: Karlsson and my prediction came true.

    I was mostly having fun with how low DeeEssEff was trying to set the bar for being right.

    That being said, whenever you are betting its good to set the bar to win as low as possible so I’m not making fun of him, just had fun exposing it.

  69. czar says:

    Dashingsilverfox,

    How was the fishing?

  70. book¡je says:

    cc: Wait, Im nota supporter of DSF but DSF never specifically said he would match the .962 pts per game.That was woodguys reply to DSF saying Karlsson wouldnt revert to .5 pts/g.Dsf said that Karlsson was worth his 6.5 milion cap.Which I think in my opinion makes DSF correct.

    Only 2 defenseman scored above Karlssons Pts/G in a single season the last 10 yearsGREENX2 and Lidstrom.Considering in the last 5 seasons only 1 defenseman has averaged .8pts/g multiple times and Karlsson has done this after a major injury.I think his opinion of Karlsson being an elite defenseman was fair statement by DSF.

    Wait, are you suggesting that Woodguy was twisting statements and misrepresenting both what he said and what DSF said just to annoy DSF?

    Our children is learning!

  71. GCW_69 says:

    godot10:
    Cody Franson is NOT a stud defensemen.He is a DUD defensemen.

    Cody Franson is a good offensive second pair defender with some grit. Fits in well as a Schultz replacement. Should do very well playing with the young guns.

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