Jerry, it’s Frank Costanza! Mr. Steinbrenner’s here, George is dead, call me back!

The Edmonton Oilers were busy late this afternoon and early evening. The injury list is quickly growing from a MASH unit to a bricks and mortar hospital, with two more men added to the roll today.

That’s a lot of information. Last we heard, Pitlick was recovering from a concussion and that Laleggia was struggling. The calls make sense based on skill set, but after that it’s a mystery. Is it POSSIBLE the Oilers run Nurse, Davidson and Laleggia ahead of Andrew Ference tomorrow night? Really?

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  1. Reasonableness says:

    Scott Zerr ‏@scottmaxfight 41m41 minutes ago
    #RT @OilersNation @LowdownLowetide Can’t fathom why #Oilers would deem LaLeggia worthy of callup? Even Hunt better choice. Pitlick sure.

    Strange winds are a-blowing

  2. fifthcartel says:

    In other somewhat related call-up news, the Blackhawks called Erik Gustafsson up to the NHL.

  3. speeds says:

    Lowetide, from the article:

    Is it POSSIBLE the Oilers run Nurse, Davidson and Laleggia ahead of Andrew Ference tomorrow night? Really?

    Earlier this summer I was wondering if the Oilers might look at something like that if they thought it might increase the chances of him waiving his NMC. Not that they’d necessarily intentionally ice a weaker lineup, but if they thought they could move him if they retain half the contract, if they’d look at something like that?

  4. Eastern Oil says:

    If a PP specialist was what you needed, Hunt would seem to be the guy to go with. Or Oesterle if you needed a puck mover no?

    And I would have to think this may be Pitlick’s last kick at the can. Liked his game when he was up but with the injuries and time catching up to him, it’s going to be tough.

  5. Gret99zky says:

    Is it POSSIBLE the Oilers run Nurse, Davidson and Laleggia ahead of Andrew Ference tomorrow night? Really?

    Yup. Remember what TMac said? He doesn’t want to see the same mistakes repeated over and over.

    He’s practicing what he’s preaching by not playing TFCAF anymore.

  6. p3rsonman says:

    My guess? Montreal is not a big, heavy team, so LaLeggia can contribute by moving the puck.

    Also, I’m guessing Reinhart is close and may play Saturday.

  7. JDï™ says:

    Gret99zky: TFCAF

    Looking forward to TFOAF.

  8. J-Bo says:

    I have to agree with the move that puts basically everybody in the organization ahead of Andrew Ference. I wondered if the last game he played might be basically the last straw for TMAC. I’m excited that the organization has the guts to tell him (by Nurse and Laleggia coming up) that he’s done. Again, under no circumstances ever should a NMC be given. I don’t care who it is!

  9. Woodguy says:

    I would bet Reinhart will be good to go vs MTL and Joey Leggs won’t play. He’ll just get the “thanks!” of a NHL paycheque for a week (which is about what he makes in 3 months in the AHL)

    Oilers and other teams do this for prospects all the time.

    “Come eat popcorn and practice with the big team for a week. Thanks for signing with us and not going FA like you could after you were done school”

    Pitlick will probably get a look though.

  10. böök¡je says:

    Speaking of which, is there any league review of the hit on Klinkhammer – that should be a 2-3 game suspension.

    or was that hit on someone else…I forget now.

  11. Gret99zky says:

    With regards to the last couple of threads (RE) and the discussion of trading one of the blue chips for a bonafide #1-2 DMan:

    Are Chia & TMac doing a pump and dump? *cough*yakupov*cough*

    Is this org even capable of it? I mean, once they pump they seem to fall right back in love with the player instead of moving him when his value goes up to fill a more pressing need.

    This defense is horriawful. Something absolutely has to be done.

    Pump and dump?

  12. anonymous says:

    J-Bo,

    I’d give Mcdavid one tomorrow.

  13. Reasonableness says:

    Woodguy:
    I would bet Reinhart will be good to go vs MTL and Joey Leggs won’t play.He’ll just get the “thanks!” of a NHL paycheque for a week (which is about what he makes in 3 months in the AHL)

    Oilers and other teams do this for prospects all the time.

    “Come eat popcorn and practice with the big team for a week.Thanks for signing with us and not going FA like you could after you were done school”

    Pitlick will probably get a look though.

    Wow, thanks for tearing me out of my excited and hopeful state of ignorance… the air of enlightenment tastes so stale and boring

  14. "Steve Smith" says:

    J-Bo: Again, under no circumstances ever should a NMC be given. I don’t care who it is!

    Yeah, as Anonymous points out, that’s ridiculously absolutist. There’s going to be a trade-off between flexibility (in the form of the absence of NMCs and NTCs) and cap hit – their relative values will depend on the scarcity of each in any given situation. If, back when they were negotiating their post-ELC contracts, each of Hall, Eberle, and RNH had agreed to sign for $5.5 million, rather than $6 million, if they got a NMC, you’d have said no? You’d have been a fool (and I’m not even rolling hindsight into this – I mean based strictly on information available at the time). I mean, that’s just Bookije-level idiocy.

  15. Woodguy says:

    Reasonableness: Wow, thanks for tearing me out of my excited and hopeful state of ignorance… the air of enlightenment tastes so stale and boring

    I don’t know what this means.

  16. "Steve Smith" says:

    Woodguy: I don’t know what this means.

    Me neither, but I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  17. Reasonableness says:

    Woodguy: I don’t know what this means.

    I was thinking along the lines of something monumentous, like a trade perhaps…. but your point:

    Woodguy:

    Oilers and other teams do this for prospects all the time.

    “Come eat popcorn and practice with the big team for a week.Thanks for signing with us and not going FA like you could after you were done school”

    Sounds far more reasonable

  18. "Steve Smith" says:

    One oft-underrated feature of this blog is that the url shows you how many times LT has previously used a given post title. For example, this is his seventh use of Frank’s answering machine message.

  19. Bulging Twine says:

    The message from organization to player is clear. We don’t think that you can help us.

  20. "Steve Smith" says:

    Bulging Twine:
    The message from organization to player is clear.We don’t think that you can help us.

    …because we’re not all three of blind, stupid, and drunk.

  21. Woodguy says:

    Reasonableness,

    Ahhh.

    Sorry.

    I hope you’re right.

  22. RexLibris says:

    “Steve Smith”: Me neither, but I don’t think it means what you think it means.

    We could parse it, conduct some textual exegesis and discuss parallels.

  23. RexLibris says:

    “Steve Smith”: Bulging Twine:
    The message from organization to player is clear.We don’t think that you can help us.

    …because we’re not all three of blind, stupid, and drunk.

    This is perhaps my favourite pithy quote from you. Or at least my favourite of late.

    Funny, succinct, appropriate.

  24. Lowetide says:

    “Steve Smith”: …because we’re not all three of blind, stupid, and drunk.

    Build more marijuana!

  25. J-Bo says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Hahaha. Okay, I understand it is strong, but young, high-end players don’t ask for NMC’s. It is a moot point. They don’t trade their money for stability because they know their talent gives them stability. The players who ask for NMC’s are the ones that at some point during the contract are likely to need them. If I’m GM I sign players who are confident enough in their skill set and work ethic that they don’t want them. To me, if they are asking it is a red flag. Also, to me if I’m GM and I’m considering giving one to save some cap or attract a free-agent it is a red flag. I shouldn’t be so desperate. So, I stand behind what I said. If I’m GM I’m never giving them out and I hope Chia takes the same stance (although I’m not sure his history suggests he will).

  26. Reasonableness says:

    “Steve Smith”: …because we’re not all three of blind, stupid, and drunk.

    One or two maybe

  27. speeds says:

    J-Bo:
    Hahaha. Okay, I understand it is strong, but young, high-end players don’t ask for NMC’s. It is a moot point. They don’t trade their money for stability because they know their talent gives them stability. The players who ask for NMC’s are the ones that at some point during the contract are likely to need them. If I’m GM I sign players who are confident enough in their skill set and work ethic that they don’t want them. To me, if they are asking it is a red flag. Also, to me if I’m GM and I’m considering giving one to save some cap or attract a free-agent it is a red flag. I shouldn’t be so desperate. So, I stand behind what I said. If I’m GM I’m never giving them out and I hope Chia takes the same stance (although I’m not sure his history suggests he will).

    They would ask for them if they could – the CBA bars NMC’s until a player would have been UFA eligible.

  28. RexLibris says:

    BTW – Flames are corsi-ing the HELL out of the Sens game tonight, 41/24 last I checked, early in the 3rd.

    So Brodie is the incarnation of the Ark of the Covenant. Who knew?

  29. Cahoon says:

    I think people on this blog underestimate Joey Leggs. I think he brings what both Hunt and Oesterle bring to the table as a puck moving defensemen with a high offensive hockey I.Q
    I love this call up. I want to see him more than I want to see Ference or Davidson play.

  30. Younger Oil says:

    I think they called up Pitlick because whoever plays with Hall and Nuge gets injured so they decided to keep with tradition the best they could.

  31. "Steve Smith" says:

    Cahoon: I want to see him more than I want to see Ference or Davidson play.

    I want to see a remake of “Two Girls, One Cup” in which both parts are played by John Kruk more than I want to see Ference play.

  32. Dicky94 says:

    Reasonableness,

    Can’t fix stupid…So blind and drunk it is!

  33. böök¡je says:

    “Steve Smith”: …because we’re not all three of blind, stupid, and drunk.

    …except when we are drinking the sock whisky

  34. Cahoon says:

    RexLibris,

    I don’t remember who posted it, but I seem to remember seeing WoWYs that made Brodie look like the best Flames defensemen towards the end of last season, and it looked like he was pulling Gio up. i could be wrong though, and I have no idea how to dig that stuff up, I just read it.

  35. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: Build more marijuana!

    Man, if the government goes through with legalizing marijuana church bake sales are going to be a blast!

  36. Cahoon says:

    “Steve Smith”: I want to see a remake of “Two Girls, One Cup” in which both parts are played by John Kruk more than I want to see Ference play.

    This made my night!

  37. RexLibris says:

    böök¡je: …except when we are drinking the sock whisky

    I used to have a recipe for prison wine.

    Wow, that sounds really, um, incriminating.

  38. khildahl says:

    “Steve Smith”: …because we’re not all three of blind, stupid, and drunk.

    What do NHL referees have to do with anything?

  39. RexLibris says:

    “Steve Smith”: I want to see a remake of “Two Girls, One Cup” in which both parts are played by John Kruk more than I want to see Ference play.

    That implies that you saw the original.

    Was it on Netflix?

  40. Reasonableness says:

    RexLibris: Man, if the government goes through with legalizing marijuana church bake sales are going to be a blast!

    I mean, brownies were good before, but….

  41. Woodguy says:

    “Steve Smith”: Me neither, but I don’t think it means what you think it means.

    You were right.

    You’re always right.

  42. RexLibris says:

    2-1 Ott.

    Check back, 3-2 Flames.

    Check back, 4-3 Sens.

    The internet makes this game sound really exciting.

  43. RexLibris says:

    Cahoon:
    RexLibris,

    I don’t remember who posted it, but I seem to remember seeing WoWYs that made Brodie look like the best Flames defensemen towards the end of last season, and it looked like he was pulling Gio up. i could be wrong though, and I have no idea how to dig that stuff up, I just read it.

    Brodie really did well with Giordano, and wasn’t as good away. Although he did drag Engelland along after Giordano was injured.

    He’s a good player. I’m just not convinced he, as a defenseman especially, is the kind of player who immediately improves a team’s shot differential so dramatically.

    I think this is a combination of playing a good matchup opponent, having better defensive depth, and some sense of urgency within the group.

    Shame the Blue Jackets hired Tortorella. It would’ve been hilarious if he’d replaced a fired Hartley.

  44. Woodguy says:

    RexLibris:
    BTW – Flames are corsi-ing the HELL out of the Sens game tonight, 41/24 last I checked, early in the 3rd.

    So Brodie is the incarnation of the Ark of the Covenant. Who knew?

    @Woodguy55: Brodie’s back? We’re about to hear how CAL’s “getting it, playing harder, wanting it more, grittier” etc because now they’ll win more games.

    @CodexRex: @Woodguy55 @Reasonableness9 I live in hope that on Brodie’s first shift back Giodano turns to him and mouths the words “You complete me”.

  45. Dicky94 says:

    Scrivens to Calgary. Hiller limped off the Ice.

  46. leadfarmer says:

    Oh please don’t play Pitlick with Hall and Nuge. That really might kill the guy.

  47. Lois Lowe says:

    RexLibris: I used to have a recipe for prison wine.

    Wow, that sounds really, um, incriminating.

    *ahem*

    It’s called Pruno.

  48. RexLibris says:

    Dicky94:
    Scrivens to Calgary. Hiller limped off the Ice.

    Source or don’t even tease us. 🙂

  49. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy: @Woodguy55: Brodie’s back? We’re about to hear how CAL’s “getting it, playing harder, wanting it more, grittier” etc because now they’ll win more games.

    @CodexRex: @Woodguy55 @Reasonableness9 I live in hope that on Brodie’s first shift back Giodano turns to him and mouths the words “You complete me”.

    “You had me at ‘Hello'”

  50. RexLibris says:

    Flames/Sens tied 4-4, end of OT.

  51. godot10 says:

    Dicky94:
    Scrivens to Calgary. Hiller limped off the Ice.

    They still have Ramo.

  52. flyfish1168 says:

    phlegms sure gets lots of calls go there way. Only wish the hockey gords are a generous to us.

  53. Dicky94 says:

    RexLibris,

    Just dreaming.

  54. iHockeyWpg says:

    So I guess the Condors can recall Betker & Chase.

  55. Pouzar says:

    A ton in here.

    http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/28/peter-chiarelli-looking-for-improvement-in-veteran-defencemen-looks-forward-to-when-youngsters-at-their-peak

    After watching 10 games, new Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli suggested he’s going to give the Edmonton Oilers 10 more before making any moves.

    Chiarelli is thrilled with Connor McDavid, surprised by Nail Yakupov, happy with his goalies, disappointed in the defence including two of his off-season acquisitions Andrej Sekera and Eric Gryba, not particularly impressed by the bottom two lines and telegraphed a trip to Bakersfield in the future of Anton Slepyshev.

  56. fifthcartel says:

    http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/28/peter-chiarelli-looking-for-improvement-in-veteran-defencemen-looks-forward-to-when-youngsters-at-their-peak

    Terry Jones interview with Chiarelli.

    Some pretty interesting stuff here.

    edit: Haha, whoops just saw it was posted!

  57. delooper says:

    Lovely interview. He’s not saying nothing. Very nice.

  58. Woodguy says:

    Pouzar: Where is V-e-r-d-a-d-2-.-0?

    Where is V-e-r-d-a-d-2-.-0?

    I expect an apocalyptic meltdown.

  59. TeeVee says:

    In my NHL 16 Be a Pro career I’m playing with Pitlick in Bakersfield and he’s been ripping it up. Could be a sign.

  60. Gret99zky says:

    Lois Lowe: *ahem*

    It’s called Pruno.

    I substitute the ketchup with tomato sauce.

    I prefer a dry Pruno to a sweet one.

  61. McSorley33 says:

    Fifthcartel / Pouzar……awesome article. Thanks.

    Chia seems to shoot straight…..even with his own toys.

  62. Aron_S says:

    Pouzar,

    Good read, nice to see Jones is still relevant. Unfortunately I have no idea who Conner is. Really? Multiple times?

  63. Lois Lowe says:

    Gret99zky: I substitute the ketchup with tomato sauce.

    I prefer a dry Pruno to a sweet one.

    They didn’t have tomato sauce at our commissary, Mr. Fancypants.

  64. Zelepukin says:

    Aron_S:
    Pouzar,

    Good read, nice to see Jones is still relevant. Unfortunately I have no idea who Conner is. Really? Multiple times?

    It’s how you know it’s still Jones.

  65. rickithebear says:

    Cahoon:
    RexLibris,

    I don’t remember who posted it, but I seem to remember seeing WoWYs that made Brodie look like the best Flames defensemen towards the end of last season, and it looked like he was pulling Gio up. i could be wrong though, and I have no idea how to dig that stuff up, I just read it.

    RexLibris: Brodie really did well with Giordano, and wasn’t as good away. Although he did drag Engelland along after Giordano was injured.

    He’s a good player. I’m just not convinced he, as a defenseman especially, is the kind of player who immediately improves a team’s shot differential so dramatically.

    I think this is a combination of playing a good matchup opponent, having better defensive depth, and some sense of urgency within the group.

    Shame the Blue Jackets hired Tortorella. It would’ve been hilarious if he’d replaced a fired Hartley.

    Giordano was a whole level of suck defensively.
    Without sarich and brodie.

    I showed this last year with WOWY.

    There is the site that shows player affect on teamates.
    Brodie is one of the best.

    He is my # 11 ranked D in the game.

  66. godot10 says:

    I have an alien popping out of his chest against Calgary Saturday in the pool for the next misfortune to befall Tyler Pitlick.

  67. Gret99zky says:

    Lois Lowe: They didn’t have tomato sauce at our commissary, Mr. Fancypants.

    tsk, tsk, should have talked to Red. He’s known to locate certain things from time to time.

  68. Pouzar says:

    Aron_S:
    Pouzar,

    Good read, nice to see Jones is still relevant. Unfortunately I have no idea who Conner is. Really? Multiple times?

    It’s not like Connor is Wade Gretzky or something.

  69. stevezie says:

    Even (especially) if it’s just for popcorn, i don’t see why it isn’t Hunt on his way North over Legs.

  70. RexLibris says:

    godot10:
    I have an alien popping out of his chest against Calgary Saturday in the pool for the next misfortune to befall Tyler Pitlick.

    Dag-nabbit. I was going to take that.

    Just one question though, can the xenomorph play RHD?

  71. RexLibris says:

    Bruce McMcCurdy Retweeted
    Darren Haynes ‏@DarrenWHaynes 31m31 minutes ago

    Lower body injury for Jonas Hiller, who has also tumbled to last in the NHL in SV%.

    Tweet shows .861 sv%, below Bobrovsky, Varlamov, Rask and Khudobin. All listed as sub .876 sv%

  72. Pouzar says:

    RexLibris:
    Bruce McMcCurdy Retweeted
    Darren Haynes ‏@DarrenWHaynes 31m31 minutes ago

    Lower body injury for Jonas Hiller, who has also tumbled to last in the NHL in SV%.

    Tweet shows .861 sv%, below Bobrovsky, Varlamov, Rask and Khudobin. All listed as sub .876 sv%

    The Voodoo files.

  73. RexLibris says:

    That Chiarelli says he’s disappointed in his two D acquisitions is a massive move from the previous regime.

    He’s not calling them out, questioning their character or saying that they are “visually better” and blowing smoke up everyone’s butt.

    It suggests a level of, how shall I put it, intellectual honesty.

    If he can see that his own guys aren’t getting the job done it demonstrates a level of reflection that has been rare amongst managers around here for a long time.

    Interesting that all of Jones’ typos are in the dictation parts of the article. “Conner”, “Slepychev”

  74. RexLibris says:

    Pouzar: The Voodoo files.

    Well Hiller has been bad against a good past history.

    Bobrovsky is signed at a ridiculous price tag, so that’s just some crazy regardless of his performance.

    Varlamov I’ve liked since his Washington days, but Roy’s systems give up far, far too many shots.

    Rask could come back if he had a half decent team and D in front of him. We know this from experience.

    Khudobin is still relatively un-established. A little surprised, but it is still early.

    What I’m interested in seeing is whether Hartley goes back to Ramo willingly or digs in his heels.

  75. G Money says:

    Interesting little shot distance tidbit I’m thinking of adding to my game data pages:

    Average Shot Distance against, by defensive pair

    ‘2D’, ’62D’ 42.9
    ‘5D’, ’88D’ 44.2
    ’25D’, ’62D’ 47.6
    ‘2D’, ‘5D’ 39.8 – Fayne Sekera worst at keeping shots to the outside
    ’62D’, ’88D’ 45.7
    ‘2D’, ’77D’ 43.4
    ’25D’, ’77D’ 49.6 – Nurse Klebom best
    ‘5D’, ’77D’ 44.6
    ’62D’, ’77D’ 47.6

  76. RexLibris says:

    G Money:
    Interesting little shot distance tidbit I’m thinking of adding to my game data pages:

    Average Shot Distance against, by defensive pair

    ‘2D’, ’62D’ 42.9
    ‘5D’, ’88D’ 44.2
    ’25D’, ’62D’ 47.6
    ‘2D’, ‘5D’ 39.8 – Fayne Sekera worst at keeping shots to the outside
    ’62D’, ’88D’ 45.7
    ‘2D’, ’77D’ 43.4
    ’25D’, ’77D’ 49.6 – Nurse Klebom best
    ‘5D’, ’77D’ 44.6
    ’62D’, ’77D’ 47.6

    You know, this is getting perilously close to RickiStats.

    Good data, but you are closing in on being contractually obligated to assume an ursine identity.

  77. G Money says:

    RexLibris,

    Yeah, but we all know Ricki is a one man bearpack.

  78. Gerta Rauss says:

    godot10:
    I have an alien popping out of his chest against Calgary Saturday in the pool for the next misfortune to befall Tyler Pitlick.

    I’ve got abandoned Russian satellite debris in the office pool

    or bear attack

    *edit-rickibear attack

  79. TeeVee says:

    RexLibris: You know, this is getting perilously close to RickiStats.

    Good data, but you are closing in on being contractually obligated to assume an ursine identity.

    Uncle G TheBear

  80. RexLibris says:

    G Money:
    RexLibris,

    Yeah, but we all know Ricki is a one man bearpack.

    We could call you a…Goala!

    Yep, LT’s gonna ban me for sure for that one.

  81. G Money says:

    RexLibris,

    And a well deserved ban too!!

  82. Justthestatsman says:

    RexLibris: We could call you a…Goala!

    Yep, LT’s gonna ban me for sure for that one.

    Just to clarify, a Goala is a marsupial and not a “real” bear…

  83. Lowetide says:

    RexLibris: We could call you a…Goala!

    Yep, LT’s gonna ban me for sure for that one.

    That’s strike one..

  84. kevin says:

    RexLibris: Yep, LT’s gonna ban me for sure for that one.

    WTF.
    All librarians should be banned for that one!

  85. dustrock says:

    Bad roster is bad, even worse with injuries.

    Don’t get the love affair with Pitlick, this guy gets injured brushing his teeth. hands of stone but I guess he’s another Oiler that can kinda skate north-south and hit guys.

    Man, the Oilers must really want Draisaitl to be hungry. Hard to believe that Iiro, Miller and Potluck can contribute more than Leon.

    I love Joey Legs but he’s going to get stamped.

    Anyway, great interview with Chiarelli, he has everybody pegged exactly. Incisive without being either fawning, trite or overly critical. What I expect from a lawyer. 😉

  86. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: That’s strike one..

    WHAT! I was sure I was in the dozens by now.

    ANNE MURRAY IS NO LONGER RELEVANT AND NOBODY REMEMBERS THE GUESS WHO!

    *dusts off hands* There, that ought to do it.

    ——-

    Heard your talk with Jamieson today about top 40 music and the CFL halftime show, so I figured I’d put it to good use.

  87. RexLibris says:

    Justthestatsman: Just to clarify, a Goala is a marsupial and not a “real” bear…

    Good catch.

    But do we have any evidence that Ricki is not, perhaps, also a marsupial? At least in so far as he carries with him in a small pouch a set of actuarial tables relevant to box protection.

  88. Reasonableness says:

    RexLibris,

    Rex, that one was physically painful

  89. RexLibris says:

    dustrock:
    Bad roster is bad,even worse with injuries.

    Don’t get the love affair with Pitlick, this guy gets injured brushing his teeth. hands of stone but I guess he’s another Oiler that can kinda skate north-south and hit guys.

    Man, the Oilers must really want Draisaitl to be hungry.Hard to believe that Iiro, Miller and Potluck can contribute more than Leon.

    I love Joey Legs but he’s going to get stamped.

    Anyway, great interview with Chiarelli, he has everybody pegged exactly. Incisive without being either fawning, trite or overly critical.What I expect from a lawyer.

    I think Chiarelli is committing to a timeline with Draisaitl and he’s getting his sights cleared on all these other guys he kept hearing about from his “close advisors”.

    MacT and Howson said Pitlick looked like a hockey player. So, he’s going to give him a shot. Let’s see if he lasts longer in Chiarelli’s eyes than Miller.

    If he gets sent back down immediately following the Montreal game (which I expect will feature positives few and far between) we can probably guess what his take is.

    My guess is he’s clearing the deck so he knows what prospects he wants to move and which he wants to keep. That includes Laleggia who could be an intriguing prospect for a team looking to move a defender with a different skill set and at a different stage of development.

  90. RexLibris says:

    Reasonableness:
    RexLibris,

    Rex, that one was physically painful

    Mission. Accomplished.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get out of this flight suit, the irony is starting to chafe.

  91. RexLibris says:

    Dellow on sportswriters:

    Hon. mc79hockey ‏@mc79hockey 15m15 minutes ago

    Maybe my problem is that boomers are really prominent in media and they don’t really do irony. It’s all earnest moralizing.
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    Hon. mc79hockey ‏@mc79hockey 16m16 minutes ago

    It’s easier to enjoy someone taking a pointlessly contrarian position if he’s doing it with a wink. All these guys are too old for that.

  92. jp says:

    Eastern Oil:
    If a PP specialist was what you needed, Hunt would seem to be the guy to go with.Or Oesterle if you needed a puck mover no?

    Laleggie-Nurse was a thing one time, no?

    Surprising call up for sure. WG is likely right they’re just giving him a little taste and me might not make it into the lineup.

    Or maybe someone noticed his NHLE.

  93. jp says:

    G Money:
    Interesting little shot distance tidbit I’m thinking of adding to my game data pages:

    Average Shot Distance against, by defensive pair

    ‘2D’, ’62D’ 42.9
    ‘5D’, ’88D’ 44.2
    ’25D’, ’62D’ 47.6
    ‘2D’, ‘5D’ 39.8 – Fayne Sekera worst at keeping shots to the outside
    ’62D’, ’88D’ 45.7
    ‘2D’, ’77D’ 43.4
    ’25D’, ’77D’ 49.6 – Nurse Klebom best
    ‘5D’, ’77D’ 44.6
    ’62D’, ’77D’ 47.6

    So Sekera may actually be bad at this. He’s part of the worst 3 pairs.

    And Nurse may be good – part of the best two.

    Huh. Interesting metric.

  94. delooper says:

    dustrock:
    Man, the Oilers must really want Draisaitl to be hungry.Hard to believe that Iiro, Miller and Potluck can contribute more than Leon.

    It sounds like you’ve lost the plot a little. The issue isn’t which player helps the main team the most in the short-term. The issue is which player they can bring up that helps the team short term and doesn’t sacrifice too much in the long term.

    They probably worry they might have made a mistake in bringing up Nurse so quickly. But Nurse has been showing much better in the AHL than Draisaitl. So Leon has more time to work on things in the AHL.

  95. Frank the dog says:

    Woodguy: Where is V-e-r-d-a-d-2-.-0?

    I expect an apocalyptic meltdown.

    I thought that came and landed in LT’s spam folder…..

  96. G Money says:

    jp,

    That was just a first cut, so I wouldn’t trust the numbers just yet. I’m still refining and the numbers jump around a bit as I refine and run. Plus it’s just one game. Though Sekera through the various iterations is remaining near the bottom, so … yeah.

  97. jp says:

    G Money,

    The tiny sample size was fully noted. It’s certainly suggestive though.

    This would be a cool addition to your other stuff once you’ve got a bit larger sample to work with and all the refining done.

  98. Kmart99 says:

    What is wrong with Lander?

    I’ve heard mention that he needs a driver on his line, and maybe that’s true, but by eye he hasn’t looked dangerous in the offensive zone the way he did late last season.

    One of the tell tale signs for me that he was playing with confidence was, and this will sound silly, his willingness to try his spin move when pressured by strong D men. When he was playing well last season he was spinning off checks and maintaining puck control all the time. He rarely just rushed to chip the puck away. This year… Not so much. Always chipping it up the boards. Always rushing to get the opuck puck off his stick. Haste makes waste Anton. You have skill, poise, and patience. If you don’t start using it, this team is going to struggle to find it’s offensive depth. A couple goals by the third line would have gone a long way in the first 10 games.

  99. Kmart99 says:

    Sekera is in transition. Give him time to figure things out. He’ll get there.

  100. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Kmart99,

    Lander’s offense comes from crashing the net, particularly on the power play. It always has, at both the NHL and AHL levels.

    At even strength no one on his line is capable of carrying the puck in, so they have to dump and chase, and when they do no one is skilled enough to create the kind of separation required to allow for a clean scoring chance and hence a rebound for him to bang home.

    He needs a speedy skilled puck carrier to allow for a clean zone entry. That was Miller in the AHL and it would be Hall in the NHL (or both Hall and Miller in the NHL last year).

  101. Diesel says:

    PC is evaluating Mac T and Scotty How (as is how in the hell did you see a future with NN?!) as much as any player, and their chips are doing the talking.

  102. JDï™ says:

    http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/28/peter-chiarelli-looking-for-improvement-in-veteran-defencemen-looks-forward-to-when-youngsters-at-their-peak

    Interview with Chiarelli. The money quote is this:

    Yeah, you know – this summer I kind of goofed when I didn’t trade for a number one, stud defenseman.

  103. russ99 says:

    JDï™:
    http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/28/peter-chiarelli-looking-for-improvement-in-veteran-defencemen-looks-forward-to-when-youngsters-at-their-peak

    Interview with Chiarelli. The money quote is this:

    Yeah, you know – this summer I kind of goofed when I didn’t trade for a number one, stud defenseman.

    Did they redact that? Can’t find it in the article.

    Looks like Chai’s sticking to his 10/20 game evaluation points. So I wouldn’t expect a big deal until after that “20-game, one quarter of the season evaluation.”

    My money quote Is:

    “Those bottom two lines have been just O.K. They have to be better. Slepychev probably needs, no, he does need, some seasoning. He’s up here for numbers right now. There are good things to his game that I’ve seen.

    “A guy like Matt Hendricks was playing real well until he was hurt. Even Klinkhammer, for what he brings, he brings it pretty good.

    In this league, often those top two lines even out. It’s those bottom two that are very significant. We need the bottom two lines to be better.”

    Hope that eventually means a few new 2-way veterans, Bruins-style and less kids from the AHL learning in the NHL.

  104. Kmart99 says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!,

    I know that was how he was able to provide the massive uptick in production for the PP last season, but he is skilled enough to make plays on his own in the offensive zone. For me, it’s his confidence.

  105. JDï™ says:

    russ99,

    Sorry Russ. I know it seems strange to troll just one person, but I am.

  106. Pouzar says:

    JDï™:
    russ99,

    Sorry Russ. I know it seems strange to troll just one person, but I am.

    Some of us aren’t up with the verdacular

  107. JDï™ says:

    Pouzar,

    My bad.

  108. PhrankLee says:

    Pouzar: Some of us aren’t up with the verdacular

    I am compelted to agree.

  109. godot10 says:

    Kmart99:
    What is wrong with Lander?

    Tougher matchups and tougher zone starts compared to last year. More crappy wingers. i.e. He is doing more of the Gordon heavy lifting, and Gordon had Hendricks. Nobody suggested there was anything wrong with Gordon, and Gordon was earning 3 times as much.

    So when an overpaid veteran does his job with limited offense, people think everything is fine.

    When an underpaid young guy does the same job (and more, net presence on PP) with limited offense, many people think he is a bum.

    Lander is doing Gordon’s job at 33% of the cost, with worse linemates. Hendricks is better than anyone Lander has been playing with this year. This is a net improvement.

  110. Pouzar says:

    godot10: Tougher matchups and tougher zone starts compared to last year.More crappy wingers.i.e. He is doing more of the Gordon heavy lifting, and Gordon had Hendricks.Nobody suggested there was anything wrong with Gordon, and Gordon was earning 3 times as much.

    So when an overpaid veteran does his job with limited offense, people think everything is fine.

    When an underpaid young guy does the same job (and more, net presence on PP) with limited offense, many people think he is a bum.

    Lander is doing Gordon’s job at 33% of the cost, with worse linemates.Hendricks is better than anyone Lander has been playing with this year.This is a net improvement.

    Can I get a whoop whoop!

  111. verdad2.0 says:

    The notion that Pitlick plays while Draisatl rots in Bakersfield is beyond understanding.
    It is abuse to both Oilers fans and Draisatl himself.

    It only confirms to me that Chiarelli has no real committment to make the Oilers actually win hockey games this season.

    All of you must finally get this.

    Pitlick truly can do nothing on the ice. Expect three periods of aimless crashing into the boards after having failed to receive a pass. Aimless energy, probably coupled with unforced errors.

    How is this ever rationalized?

    Oiler fans are abused by Chiarelli – we are forced to watch Gazdic, Klinkhammer, Korpikoski, Pitlick etc do functionally nothing for the team while a player who can actually pass is not on this team.

    i cannot wait to see Sam Bennett light up the Oilers Saturday night. Nothing could be more deserving to Chiarelli’s willful indifference . Imagine how alienating and dispiriting it is to Draisatl to be in some boondock hockey rink Saturday night while the other 3 men who were drafted in the top four of his draft year are flourishing in the NHL. How to ruin a player.

    What Chiarelli should be doing is fixing this defense, not breaking and insulting Draisatl.

    And please dont tell what Draisatl hasn’t yet done in the AHL. What we know is what Gazdic etal will never do in the NHL.

    Chiarelli is a willful ditherer and seemingly a spiteful ego when it comes to young talent.

  112. Pouzar says:

    verdad2.0:
    The notion that Pitlick plays while Draisatl rots in Bakersfield is beyond understanding.
    It is abuse to both Oilers fans and Draisatl himself.

    It only confirms to me that Chiarelli has no real committment to make the Oilers actually win hockey games this season.

    All ofyou must finally get this.

    Pitlick truly can do nothing on the ice. Expect three periods of aimless crashing into the boards after having failed to receive a pass.Aimless energy, probably coupled with unforced errors.

    How is this ever rationalized?

    Oiler fans are abused by Chiarelli – we are forced to watch Gazdic, Klinkhammer, Korpikoski, Pitlick etc do functionally nothing for the team while a player who can actually pass is not on this team.

    i cannot wait to see Sam Bennett light up the Oilers Saturday night. Nothing could be more deserving to Chiarelli’s willful indifference .Imagine how alienating and dispiriting it is to Draisatl to be in some boondock hockey rink Saturday night while the other 3 men who were drafted in the top four of his draft year are flourishing in the NHL.How to ruin a player.

    What Chiarelli should be doing is fixing this defense, not breaking and insulting Draisatl.

    And please dont tell what Draisatl hasn’t yet done in the AHL. What we know is what Gazdic etal will never do in the NHL.

    Chiarelli is a willful dithererand seemingly a spiteful ego when it comes to young talent.

    I’m going to call Chia right now and demand Drai be called up immediately.

  113. russ99 says:

    JDï™:
    russ99,

    Sorry Russ. I know it seems strange to troll just one person, but I am.

    LOL! Got me.

    I was hopeful he wouldn’t be tipping his hand like that.

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