G49 2015-16: OILERS AT STARS

Dallas. Why does it have to be Dallas. Freewheelin’, high flying, ‘let’s run the Modano tape again’ Dallas. God they are a load, have been for the entire damned century. Even when they are bad, they have been a tough out for the Oilers. Maybe Mike Keane can come out and tell us all to go home again. In 128 games against the Stars, Edmonton is 46-58-15—only Boston and the Minnesota Wild represent a tougher out for this franchise over years.

BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1
  • Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-3-2
  • Oilers after 48 in 2014-15: 12-27-9, 33 points (-50 GD)
  • Oilers after 48 in 2015-16: 19-24-5, 43 points (-23 GD)

Edmonton beat Buffalo 3-2 a year ago, Anton Lander cashing his first goal of the season. The Oilers have two games left before the All-Star break and have more points than a year ago—while also being a very similar spot.

2014-15 standings15-16

Although the Oilers rank No. 27 overall, the games in hand for Buffalo and Toronto mean Edmonton has a good chance of being in No. 29 overall (again) at the break. A win tonight would be a major help, and a bonus for those who watched the Tampa Bay game.

OILERS DEFENSE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

  • Brandon Davidson is going to get a nice pay day, I hope they grab some seasons. Four years? Not enough, too many? The expensive kids will get paid in the coming summers, would be nice to have a value deal in this player.
  • Oscar Klefbom is going to be a big part of this team for years (Summer of 2023 he is UFA), with health the only issue. He and the Oilers were pretty unlucky this season, the injury appears to be a fluke and shouldn’t happen again. Still, a valuable lesson for the summer—depth and balance.
  • Eric Gryba has been exactly what Travis Yost told us in the summer—he can defend but won’t help you with the passing. Nice possession numbers, he is most effective with Brandon Davidson as a third-pairing, I imagine Reinhart takes Gryba’s place at the deadline if the big man is traded.
  • Andrej Sekera and Mark Fayne have been solid together, but I have a feeling the result will be the trade of Fayne at the deadline (if Klefbom returns healthy). The additional years on Fayne’s contract probably means a small return if a deal is completed. I don’t think they will trade both Fayne and Gryba at the deadline (remember the year they dealt Sean Brown early and then very late sent away Tom Poti? Five defensemen).
  • Darnell Nurse is 52.5 Corsi for Percentage in about 80 minutes with Eric Gryba, hope Todd McLellan keeps him there. One of the reasons I am pretty sure we see at least one trade is that when Klefbom returns, there will be too many by several defenders on the roster.
  • Sekera—Klefbom; Davidson—Schultz; Nurse—Gryba could be your 6D (with Reinhart as 7D) if they deal Mark Fayne.
  • Justin Schultz will be a tricky deal, because a team would be bringing chaos into their team for a playoff run. Seems counter to what we know about coaches. He could be had for a song, I would guess, although Schultz has been playing his best hockey of the season lately. He has been most effective with Klefbom and Davidson this year.

CENTERS, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

  • Leon Draisaitl has had an amazing season, and his chem with Taylor Hall is something we could see again in 2016-17. He was also very strong with the Nuge, something to keep in mind, too.
  • Connor McDavid will be back soon and that should mean the offense has a surge in February. I suspect he gets Pouliot—Eberle in the early days, but Yakupov was outstanding alongside the phenom so maybe he finds his way in there, too.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could be done for the season—I mean, 6-8 weeks in Oiler years is July, right? Disappointing year, but he didn’t get traded. I was surprised at how few remembered Taylor Hall’s tribulations the year previous, this is definitely a what have you done for me lately town. I am hopeful the trade fever has broken on Kingsway (if it was ever a fever) and the club looks for other ways to address RHD this summer.
  • Matt Hendricks has had another solid year, lordy he was a nice trade addition for this team. I wonder if the club considers dealing him? He does so much, don’t know if they can—even if the return is sweet.
  • Anton Lander scored in G49 for the first time a year ago, perhaps he will do it again tonight? He has had a truly weird year. Why? As bad as he has been offensively, he has done all kinds of useful things. He is good with Pakarinen, if that helps.
  • Mark Letestu has done a lot of good this season, somewhat like Lander only he also scores goals and things. Played well with Hendricks and is scoring some on the 5×4. Strange skill set.

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

  • Taylor Hall is having a fantastic season, I really wish the playoffs were on the other end.
  • Jordan Eberle is having a tough time getting that 5×5/60 number to 2.00, but I think he will by the end of the year. As much as he gets mentioned in rumors, the Oilers don’t exactly have a bunch of these guys.
  • Teddy Purcell is going to get traded. It is his own damn fault, he had too good a season.
  • Benoit Pouliot played on a line that struggled badly on Tuesday night, but he also had a couple of brilliant chances (including a quick breakaway that he just missed by rifling a shot wide).
  • Nail Yakupov has 22 high-danger scoring chances in 318 5×5 minutes. Pouliot has 25 in 525 5×5 minutes. Nail is a chance machine this year, just has to keep gaining the confidence of his coach. He had Kassian and Letestu a lot the other night, wonder where he slots in with Pakarinen pushing and Pouliot playing on a struggling line. Could see a shuffle tonight.
  • Zack Kassian is showing up nicely in the 5×5/60 after a two-point effort the other night, and seems to have found a line with Letestu and Yakupov.
  • Iiro Pakarinen is making a case (along with Kassian) for one of the eight winger slots next season. A strong finish could shut out not only the Condors’ hopefuls but allow the team to enter the summer proceedings without worrying over the third and fourth-line wingers. In-house solutions are a good thing for a building team, especially if they come with value contracts.

ROSTER KEEPERS, 2016-17

As we discussed last night, Peter Chiarelli can do his 16-17 Oilers an enormous favor by offloading some contracts with term. I believe that is one reason Mark Fayne is probably in play, and a reason Justin Schultz likely does not return. Here is my list of players who are very likely to return for 2016-17:

  • Goal (1): Cam Talbot
  • Defense (4): Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Brandon Davidson, Darnell Nurse
  • Center (4): Connor McDavid,, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Mark Letestu
  • Left Wing (4): Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot, Zack Kassian, Lauri Korpikoski
  • Right Wing (4): Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Matt Hendricks, Iiro Pakarinen

That is 17 players, or 74 percent. Now, we might see Jordan Eberle out and Travis Hamonic in, but that’s a trade we can’t predict today. It is also true that Mark Fayne will be tough to trade, so he could be right back here in the fall (and I am fine with it, I would have him on this list).

Six slots here, who best fills them? If Edmonton ends up with Laurent Brossoit, Travis Hamonic, Griffin Reinhart, Eric Gryba, Anton Lander, Luke Gazdic and Milan Lucic or David Backes (to replace Eberle, who we assume goes in the Hamonic deal), is that enough? I don’t think it is.

 

  • Goal (2): Cam Talbot, Laurent Brossoit
  • Defense (7): Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Travis Hamonic, Brandon Davidson, Darnell Nurse, Eric Gryba, Griffin Reinhart
  • Center (4): Connor McDavid,, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mark Letestu, Anton Lander
  • Left Wing (5): Taylor Hall, Milan Lucic, Benoit Pouliot, Lauri Korpikoski, Luke Gazdic
  • Right Wing (5): Leon Draisaitl, Nail Yakupov, Zack Kassian, Matt Hendricks, Iiro Pakarinen

 

I think we see fewer additions this summer, but substantial ones. A defender and a winger are probably the key pieces for Chiarelli. Things left to be done? Shot from the point on the PP, still don’t see a Pisani. Please forgive me for trading Eberle again. Money works if you can shed Fayne, walk Schultz, buy out Ference.

Kassian and Iiro Pakarinen potentially solve some issues on the wing for Edmonton next season. If those two (along with Matt Hendricks and Lauri Korpikoski) patrol the bottom two lines, there should be enough offense and checking/PK to satisfy those areas. Fair? It is early days but Kassian looks the part of a guy who can contribute and Pakarinen is a bull in a china shop. He could join Davidson as a value contract for next season.

I am all in on this trade, save for the contract. Shattenkirk is UFA in 2017, meaning he is an extended rental ala Keith Yandle. It would be folly for Peter Chiarelli to make a trade without major conditions attached, and remember the value of a draft pick for Edmonton today is far less than in 2012.

khaira ferguson 1415One player from Bakersfield who might find his way into next season’s conversation? Jujhar Khaira. If the Oilers have injuries in the bottom 6F, he is probably the first recall option. Others from the farm? Laurent Brossoit has a chance to unseat Anders Nilsson, Griffin Reinhart will get a shot, and I do think David Musil, Anton Slepyshev and Jordan Oesterle could work their way into the conversation. Long term? I like Kyle Platzer and if Bogdan Yakimov returns to NA in the fall he has a chance for sure.

G is bringing it now, he appears to have found miles of blacktop and has a full tank of gas. This graph is the best of times (Hall, Leon), the worst of times (Korpikoski, Sekera) and pure heartbreak (McDavid). It tells us a lot in one frame. Well done, G. Nerd.

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  1. Ice Sage says:

    Decline the penalty!

  2. G Money says:

    Weird combo there, beauty setup by Yak, and Eberle’s shot goes off the crossbar.

    Seems like the names should just be in different places.

  3. Zelepukin says:

    A one-timer!! wow.

  4. Centre of attention says:

    Jordan Eberle doesn’t always do one-timers.

    but when he does, he gets all of it. every time.

  5. G Money says:

    A ONE TIMER ON NET FROM SCHULTZ!!!

  6. G Money says:

    Looked offside to me.

  7. T0ML says:

    Wasn’t that ebs? Or you talking after the power play?

    G Money:
    A ONE TIMER ON NET FROM SCHULTZ!!!

  8. G Money says:

    T0ML,

    Later in the PP. Schultz at the blueline.

  9. G Money says:

    Nope, onside.

  10. Ice Sage says:

    Thanks Ales (but still a BS rule)

  11. geowal says:

    The San Jose Sharks are challenging the Dallas goal.

  12. G Money says:

    Oh, it IS offside.

  13. Centre of attention says:

    Remenda just called us the San Jose sharks…

    Didn’t even bother correcting himself…

  14. Professor Q says:

    If this isn’t offside, then the Oilers deserve a goal from the other game (that wasn’t offside but was called offside resulting in a non-goal).

  15. Centre of attention says:

    It is off side.

  16. G Money says:

    OH GOOD.

    Davidson hurt.

    Wonderful.

  17. oliveoilers says:

    NOT DAVIDSON!!!!!

  18. tcho says:

    I’ve decided to just follow this game through the comments on Lowetide. I’m betting this will be a good way to follow the action.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Brandon Davidson hurt. Fuck right off.

  20. Ice Sage says:

    Ah Man and there goes #88

  21. Hope is a good thing says:

    Really liked the defensive play by Schultz earlier in that sequence; stayed in front of the net instead of chasing. Not Davidson too!!

  22. Centre of attention says:

    Good call.

  23. G Money says:

    oliveoilers,

    It’s because we won a challenge.

    The Hockey Gords are not to be fucked with.

  24. Centre of attention says:

    Whats wrong with Davidson!?!?!?!?!?

  25. Zelepukin says:

    Hello, Reinhart.

  26. Centre of attention says:

    We paid the price for that call to the hockey gods with Davidson soul!

    5 defensemen. How many minutes does nurse play?

  27. Professor Q says:

    Ouch. And I was worried that Draisaitl and Hall were injured on the same play earlier.

    If all three had went down, THAT would have been a bitch.

  28. Dominoiler says:

    WTF, Davidson?!.. Looked bad..

  29. Centre of attention says:

    I swear Lowe is in OEG’s basement doing alchemy right now.

    He bought us that call and paid with Davidson.

    Its the only way.

  30. Professor Q says:

    Centre of attention:
    Whats wrong with Davidson!?!?!?!?!?

    He looked like a 90-year old with spine issues.

    Not good.

  31. Receptor Antagonist says:

    Lowetide:
    Brandon Davidson hurt. Fuck right off.

    Qft.

  32. Hope is a good thing says:

    Maybe Nurse could mentor Fayne on how not to look at the puck on a one-on-one! Nice play!

  33. G Money says:

    Professor Q:
    Ouch. And I was worried that Draisaitl and Hall were injured on the same play earlier.

    If all three had went down, THAT would have been so Oilers.

    ftfy

  34. Zelepukin says:

    players are gonna start making trade requests due to injury superstitions.

  35. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    Brandon Davidson hurt. Fuck right off.

    Don’t worry we have Brad Hunt to replace him.

  36. Zelepukin says:

    Hope is a good thing:
    Maybe Nurse could mentor Fayne and how not to look at the puck on a one-on-one! Nice play!

    And give up his patented move? Never.

  37. Protagonist says:

    Did anyone catch how Davidson got hurt?

  38. G Money says:

    Can the Hockey Gords please dress in drag and lock themselves in a cab with Patrick Kane.

    Just fuck right off. Fuck you in your earholes.

  39. frjohnk says:

    Let’s just take all injuries this year and be free for the next 5 years.

  40. Centre of attention says:

    Hyper extended a hammy and it started cramping on the bench?

  41. geowal says:

    From what they showed I wonder if it’s just a cramp or Charlie horse…but probably not

  42. G Money says:

    #HereComeTheOilersInjuries

  43. Магия 10 says:

    Zelepukin:
    Hello, Reinhart.

    “I wanted him to play more games without the pressure of being up here and I’ll get him back at some point in the relatively near future.”

    As much as I’d like to see some of 8 this year hope 88 comes back right after the all star break.

  44. Protagonist says:

    Looks like a knee or groin issue. Apparently he sat on the bench for a bit. Pulled groin or charleyhorse is our best bet. The worst? I saw some knee torquing, might be ACL or MCL.

  45. frjohnk says:

    Protagonist:
    Looks like a knee or groin issue. Apparently he sat on the bench for a bit. Pulled groin or charleyhorse is our best bet. The worst? I saw some knee torquing, might be ACL or MCL.

    Pubis.

    Book it.

  46. Ice Sage says:

    For all the misery, the Oilers are still in this and playing a fairly solid road game*

    posted with 7 min left in 2nd

  47. oliveoilers says:

    It’s probably a pubis thing.

  48. Zelepukin says:

    Protagonist:
    Looks like a knee or groin issue. Apparently he sat on the bench for a bit. Pulled groin or charleyhorse is our best bet. The worst? I saw some knee torquing, might be ACL or MCL.

    Undisclosed lower body injury. Done for the year. #becauseoilers

  49. Ice Sage says:

    oliveoilers:
    It’s probably a pubis thing.

    that’s not yet pubic knowledge

    and there it is – happy all star break, Oilers – you need it

  50. oliveoilers says:

    frjohnk: Pubis.

    Book it.

    Beat me to it.

    Fucking Jamie Fucking Benn.

  51. Lowetide says:

    Dallas. Man. It is death.

  52. Oil2Oilers says:

    I got up to pour myself a wee dram, the Stars scored the dram got bigger. True story.

  53. Protagonist says:

    oliveoilers: Beat me to it.

    Fucking Jamie Fucking Benn.

    Get the trainer to a Sobeys, we need a bunch of onion belts, STAT!

  54. geowal says:

    Just one more game….

  55. Zelepukin says:

    Classic Gryba penalty.

  56. Zelepukin says:

    C’mon ref, he just wants to give guys a hug.

  57. Visually better says:

    My favorite team is the Edmonton Oilers

  58. Soup Fascist says:

    Protagonist:
    Did anyone catch how Davidson got hurt?

    Back injury from carrying the rest of these sleds all year.

  59. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Brutal play by Fayne on the goal against

  60. G Money says:

    Stars third least injured team in the league.

    Oilers #1 with multiple bullets.

  61. Dr. Taboggan says:

    I wonder what the record is for most man games lost to injury in a season is? I wonder how close the Oilers will get this year.

  62. Centre of attention says:

    I hope the Oilers don’t just throw in the towel right now. Lots of Hockey left and Dallas isn’t perfect defensively.

    They could make it a tampa-bay like loss and tie it up in the third only to give up one in dramatic fashion to lose.

  63. Lowetide says:

    Fuck right off. Hendricks.

  64. G Money says:

    Oh fantastic, we don’t need that many players anyway.

  65. oliveoilers says:

    It just gets better.

    There’s a country song in this.

  66. Oil2Oilers says:

    Visually better:
    My favorite team is the Edmonton Oilers

    I am blaming this comment for the Hendricks injury.

  67. Halfwise says:

    Hendricks caught that on the fly.

    Ouch.

  68. Centre of attention says:

    Hendricks goes down.

    Just throw in the fucking towel

  69. slambanna says:

    I’m pretty sure Benn’s skate knicked Davidson at the top of his left skate on the play. Hopefully he wears the protective socks. It didn’t look too bad. I pray his Achilles is intact.

  70. Mattaklap says:

    Oh dear god Hendricks.

  71. Protagonist says:

    Just once could we not … be the Oilers?

  72. Zelepukin says:

    The slow-mo replay of that blocked shot is the year-in-review video they’ll play at the Oilers end-of-the-year banquet.

  73. G Money says:

    WHAT THE FUCK MAN?!?! Even the posts are against us?!?!

  74. oliveoilers says:

    Ted.

  75. G Money says:

    Nice job Teddy Four Inches!

  76. Protagonist says:

    G Money:
    WHAT THE FUCK MAN?!?!Even the posts are against us?!?!

    You must be new here. 🙂

  77. Hope is a good thing says:

    Teddy! Not just the goal, but the will and leadership throughout the sequence

  78. Centre of attention says:

    Thats a power play boys lets go!!!!

  79. G Money says:

    Yup.

    Because Oilers.

  80. Centre of attention says:

    bleh.

  81. G Money says:

    Own goal from Poo…

  82. Halfwise says:

    Off Poo. Dang.

  83. Protagonist says:

    This team doesn’t need a defenseman, it needs an exorcist.

  84. Professor Q says:

    Protagonist:
    Did anyone catch how Davidson got hurt?

    There was someone who went down in front of Niemi before the Hemsky-Offside goal. Although if that wasn’t Davidson, and I really didn’t notice him on the ice anyway, then he must have gotten injured during the review or on the bench.

    Which is, unfortunately, “so Oilers”.

  85. Centre of attention says:

    G Money:
    Yup.

    Because Oilers.

    Pouliot with a sweet tip on Talbot.

    The Oilering is strong with this one.

  86. Zelepukin says:

    The Oiler-trick:

    injury
    own-goal
    ?

  87. Klima's_Bucket says:

    First goal all year the Oilers went to the hard area in front of the net and got a nice tip past the net minder. Too bad Benny did it on his OWN goalie….

  88. G Money says:

    Nice job by Gryba roughing up Seguin.

  89. BAUCE says:

    So that’s 15 own goals this year?

  90. Protagonist says:

    Zelepukin:
    The Oiler-trick:

    injury
    own-goal
    Traded to another team, a goal and two assists against your former team

    FTFY.

  91. Zelepukin says:

    wow Gryba is really putting the least amount of effort this game. Jultzing like a pro.

  92. Water Fire says:

    Note to self: trying to stop puck with shaft of stick 4 feet in front of goal more likely to result in deflection goal than anything good.

  93. geowal says:

    I hope Nilsson watched that play by Niemi.

  94. Centre of attention says:

    Niemi shows Nilsson how its done

  95. G Money says:

    Oooooh Drai. Ooooh Hall. That was awesome, too bad the shot missed.

    Hall leadering again this game – he’s been one of the few Oil constantly parked in front of the net.

  96. Protagonist says:

    You know what, I always enjoy watching Oilers games, but it’d be nice to not be the lovable losers. Just once.

  97. ashley says:

    It’s not good enough to be fast, shoot hard, and have elite skills in today’s NHL. The majority of these guys play smart hockey. They are smart people making smart plays to improve their team’s chance of success with the margin between good and bad the narrowest it’s ever been.

    Pouliot’s got all the goods, but owns a 10 cent head. Sadly, that can’t be fixed with training or coaching.

  98. Zelepukin says:

    Oiler Trick:

    injury
    own-goal
    longest no-point streak ends for opposition player

  99. Lowetide says:

    Derek Van Diest ‏@SUNdvandiest 16s16 seconds ago

    Hendricks is back. Dude is as tough as a coffin nail … #Oilers #Stars

  100. hags9k says:

    Purcell is nifty.

    Sign him.

    Find good players, keep good players and all that jazz.

    We need him on that line next year, not a 2nd round pick.

  101. Klima's_Bucket says:

    hags9k: We need him on that line next year, not a 2nd round pick.

    Can’t the Oilers do both??

  102. Dominoiler says:

    Pouliot, ouch, that was brutal.. Hoping for a good third.. Leon, wow..

  103. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    Derek Van Diest ‏@SUNdvandiest 16s16 seconds ago

    Hendricks is back. Dude is as tough as a coffin nail … #Oilers #Stars

    Why did those words have to be used?

    Phrasing is bad omens…

  104. steveb12344 says:

    Zelepukin:
    The Oiler-trick:

    injury
    own-goal
    ?

    Former-Oiler goal.

  105. G Money says:

    Fancies:
    CF%,SACF%,FF%,DFF%,SF%,Avg Dist F,Avg Dist A,RelDist%,GF%
    47.9 , 45.8 , 42.0 , 40.0 , 39.4 , 37.8 , 33.8 , -10.7 , 0.0

    H2H: http://i.imgur.com/HTErS9o.png

    Is there such a thing as ‘injury adjusted Corsi’? Because there should be.

  106. hags9k says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    I’m assuming a return of a 2nd if he is dealt at the deadline.

  107. Centre of attention says:

    Zelepukin:
    Oiler Trick:

    injury
    own-goal
    longest no-point streak ends for opposition player

    I chortled.

  108. Магия 10 says:

    Zelepukin:
    Oiler Trick:

    injury
    own-goal
    longest no-point NHL CAREER ends for opposition player

    ftfy

  109. geowal says:

    G Money,

    Note the time on your team cumulative Corsi flow the time of Davidson Down?

  110. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    Derek Van Diest ‏@SUNdvandiest 16s16 seconds ago

    Hendricks is back. Dude is as tough as a coffin nail … #Oilers #Stars

    Didn’t an Eskimo player played the rest of the game with a busted up testicle?

  111. vinotintazo says:

    Kassian’s been pretty invisibl today

  112. OilClog says:

    G Money:
    Fancies:
    CF%,SACF%,FF%,DFF%,SF%,Avg Dist F,Avg Dist A,RelDist%,GF%
    47.9 , 45.8 , 42.0 , 40.0 , 39.4 , 37.8 , 33.8 , -10.7 , 0.0

    H2H: http://i.imgur.com/HTErS9o.png

    Is there such a thing as ‘injury adjusted Corsi’? Because there should be.

    That Yak kid ?

  113. Lowetide says:

    flyfish1168: Didn’t an Eskimo player played the rest of the game with a busted up testicle?

    Yes. As he is still in the league, I will not say his name.

  114. Hope is a good thing says:

    We are actually right there – a couple breaks or bounces and we are tied. The last two Dallas goals were fortunate breaks for them. If we keep working for it we can turn the Gords in our favour. Big period needing a big effort. No pouting – let’s see who our leaders are. Time to step up.

    I’ve seen a few of those Achilles injuries happen, and that was my first thought watching the replay of Davidson’s injury. Unbelievable! Sure hope not.

  115. Water Fire says:

    ashley:
    It’s not good enough to be fast, shoot hard, and have elite skills in today’s NHL.The majority of these guys play smart hockey.They are smart people making smart plays to improve their team’s chance of success with the margin between good and bad the narrowest it’s ever been.

    Pouliot’s got all the goods, but owns a 10 cent head.Sadly, that can’t be fixed with training or coaching.

    Why I traded him for Shat earlier. I think St Louis would value him because he is physical and can score.

  116. Klima's_Bucket says:

    hags9k,

    Trade him for a 2nd, then bring him back in the summer if you like at a fraction of what he’s currently making.
    If he won’t sign in the summer for a reasonable sum, there are going to be about 10 other guys just like him to pick from.

  117. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide: Yes. As he is still in the league, I will not say his name.

    Totally understand. He too is a tough nut

  118. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Lowetide: Yes. As he is still in the league, I will not say his name.

    If you gave me a multiple choice question with four answers and three lifelines, I bet I’d be able to figure it out….

  119. Centre of attention says:

    Eberle damn near scored.

  120. Lowetide says:

    Kassian can cycle the puck. That was impressive.

  121. geowal says:

    Davidson done for the night.

  122. Centre of attention says:

    Great shift for Klinkhammer.

    Kassian looks tired.

  123. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Kassian can cycle the puck. That was impressive.

    Letestu helped alot

  124. geowal says:

    Dallas’ powerplay is pretty good.

    What’s that you say? Dallas penalty kill?

    Never mind.

  125. Centre of attention says:

    Another weak call by the refs

  126. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention: Letestu helped alot

    Yes. Good line tonight.

  127. G Money says:

    Posts are evening up!

  128. Centre of attention says:

    Draisaitl was clearly tripped and then held down to the ice for like 15 seconds.

    Refs are disgusting this season. I mean, they are usually bad but its been unbearable this season.

    When it rains it pours in Oil Country…

  129. Dominoiler says:

    Kassian, nice pass and hit!..

  130. Centre of attention says:

    Sekera is a wonderful defenseman.

    Just a delight to watch. Cerebral, poised.

    If he makes a mistake he usually recovers pretty well.

    We need 2 more of him. Make it so.

  131. hags9k says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    I’d rather pass on the trade, risk the 45% chance that pick becomes an NHLer and lock him up now. Because who knows how those other 10 guys will mesh with 4 and 29.

    *Malkovich KGB voice*. Pay dayat mayeen iz muhnee.

  132. Dominoiler says:

    Yes!!.. Yak HD Ind SC!..

    (Edit, thought he must have roofed it)

  133. G Money says:

    Ha, after all this terrific chances last two games that didn’t go in, Yak scores on a wrister from a bad angle!

  134. Centre of attention says:

    Yak City!!!

  135. Lowetide says:

    Nail!

  136. Zelepukin says:

    haha Kassian is awesome.

  137. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Corgi’s are not lovin Nurse tonight. It is too bad he is expected to play so much.

  138. Lowetide says:

    God, Dallas is a tough team to beat. Would dearly love a tie going to OT here. Come ON!

  139. Centre of attention says:

    The Oilers are making a game of this, when they really have no right too haha.

  140. Centre of attention says:

    It was mentioned before, but we will get a good look at Rienhart if Davidson is out long term

  141. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention:
    It was mentioned before, but we will get a good look at Rienhart if Davidson is out long term

    Yep. Fuck. Fuck Fuck Fuck.

  142. Hope is a good thing says:

    That was a great effort against a top team, at home, 3rd game in 4 nights, 4th in 6. The coach won’t be happy, but everyone should be pleased with the never-say-die work ethic. It hasn’t always been like this. Things will turn for them.

  143. Zelepukin says:

    well…

    Sekera played great.

    Poo had a tough go at center.

    Jultz gap control isn’t so much of a gap but rather a canyon.

    Kassian line actually made things happen.

  144. Zelepukin says:

    Hope is a good thing:
    That was a great effort against a top team, at home, 3rd game in 4 nights, 4th in 6.The coach won’t be happy, but everyone should be pleased with the never-say-die work ethic. It hasn’t always been like this. Things will turn for them.

    We’re also like, 5-32-4 in Dallas.

  145. Магия 10 says:

    G Money:
    Ha, after all this terrific chances last two games that didn’t go in, Yak scores on a wrister from a bad angle!

    That’s 4th liner Yak summing up his nut shell again.

  146. Магия 10 says:

    Centre of attention:
    It was mentioned before, but we will get a good look at Rienhart if Davidson is out long term

    Hope they leave 8 down during the all star break.

  147. frjohnk says:

    Dallas is one helluva team but

    Let’s see an oilers team with only a third pairing d man injured (like Dallas was tonight)
    Against a Dallas team that would have 2 of 3 best centers out and 2 of their 3 best d man out (like edmonton was tonight)

  148. frjohnk says:

    Zelepukin:
    well…

    Sekera played great.

    Poo had a tough go at center.

    Jultz gap control isn’t so much of a gap but rather a canyon.

    Kassian line actually made things happen.

    Holy fuck

    If there was a giant marshmallow in front of the oilers net and schultzed tried to move it out, there would not be a dent.

    Same with clearing the puck out of trouble. Fuckin hammer it. maybe it’s not schultz it’s his stick and his stick is actually a wet fucking noodle.

    I’ve defended Schultz for the majority of his oiler career.

    But I’m done. Absofucklutely done

  149. Hope is a good thing says:

    Zelepukin:
    well…

    Sekera played great.

    Poo had a tough go at center.

    Jultz gap control isn’t so much of a gap but rather a canyon.

    Kassian line actually made things happen.

    Good summary. If Shultz needed to see text book gap control, he just needed to watch Dallas’ defence. Man they play up tight. Draisaitl was a beast breaking it though – he is something special.

  150. Zelepukin says:

    frjohnk: Holy fuck

    If there was a giant marshmallow in front of the oilers net and schultzed tried to move it out, there would not be a dent.

    Same with clearing the puck out of trouble. Fuckin hammer it. maybe it’s not schultz it’s his stick and his stick is actually a wet fucking noodle.

    I’ve defended Schultz for the majority of his oiler career.

    But I’m done. Absofucklutely done

    I just think he doesn’t actually like playing hockey. He likes scoring goals, but not all the other things you have to do while on the ice.

  151. Thor762 says:

    Zelepukin: I just think he doesn’t actually like playing hockey. He likes scoring goals, but not all the other things you have to do while on the ice.

    Haha. My 6 year old nephew said the exact same thing once. He liked scoring goals, but didn’t really like all the other hockey stuff he had to do in the mean time.

  152. Pouzar says:

    *hanging from Jets blanket*

  153. G Money says:

    Zelepukin:
    well…

    Sekera played great.

    Poo had a tough go at center.

    Jultz gap control isn’t so much of a gap but rather a canyon.

    Kassian line actually made things happen.

    You’ll be happy to see that my fancy stats summary pretty much agrees with every word!

  154. frjohnk says:

    Zelepukin: I just think he doesn’t actually like playing hockey. He likes scoring goals, but not all the other things you have to do while on the ice.

    There was also a couple (maybe more) he was chasing the play in our zone and he there was a guy left open in front. Once was the PP the other time 5 on 5. Thankfully there was a crossbar and Talbot to bail him out.

    Also whst drove me crazy was the lack of urgency to skate back when Dallas had the puck in the neutral zone in the last minute so that Schultz could..oh I don’t know..maybe provide some support so Dallas does not have a chance to score. They didn’t score but….

    ARRRRGGGHHH

  155. frjohnk says:

    Just noticed spelling mistakes and bad grammar in my last comment.

    *guzzles beer*

    I’m actually quite happy with most of the team.

    *guzzles more beer*

  156. Centre of attention says:

    “Coach McLellan says Brandon Davidson won’t play Saturday as the #Oilers host Nashville after leaving tonight’s game with an injury.”

    The fact they haven’t said things like “long term” and “surgery” yet is positive arrows.

  157. oliveoilers says:

    So, Ihave the chance to go Saturday.

    Do I?

  158. Lowetide says:

    oliveoilers:
    So, Ihave the chanceto go Saturday.

    Do I?

    Oh yeah. For sure. Absolutely. I have gone a few times this year, they are entertaining and in the game to the end.

  159. oliveoilers says:

    Lowetide: Oh yeah. For sure. Absolutely. I have gone a few times this year, they are entertaining and in the game to the end.

    Thanks LT!

    They do seem close to something.

    Something I’ve noticed by eye is that the other teams we’ve played recently, well, it looked as if we could have beaten them.

    Couldn’t say that a year ago.

  160. Centre of attention says:
  161. Магия 10 says:

    Centre of attention:
    “Coach McLellan says Brandon Davidson won’t play Saturday as the #Oilers host Nashville after leaving tonight’s game with an injury.”

    The fact they haven’t said things like “long term” and “surgery” yet is positive arrows.

    Pretty safe and non revealing comment with only 1 game until all star break. If they call up 8 they are sitting on bad news

  162. PunjabiOil says:

    Wonder if Ference held off surgery for hip for this long to avoid the buy-out this summer. Keep in mind it’s nearly 1M US (~1.4M CAD) in real dollars he loses if he is bought out. Money he is unlikely to recover as getting another contract is unlikely.

    Of course hips can be long-term type of thing, and perhaps he’s going to be on the LTIR all of next year. Thereby, helping the Oilers avoid a buyout.

  163. JDï™ says:

    frjohnk: But I’m done. Absofucklutely done

    It’s enough to make you guzzle beers.

  164. Zelepukin says:

    PunjabiOil:
    Wonder if Ference held off surgery for hip for this long to avoid the buy-out this summer.Keep in mind it’s nearly 1M US (~1.4M CAD) in real dollars he loses if he is bought out.Money he is unlikely to recover as getting another contract is unlikely.

    Of course hips can be long-term type of thing, and perhaps he’s going to be on the LTIR all of next year.Thereby, helping the Oilers avoid a buyout.

    And to be in his shoes, this is it for him. He needs to milk as much cash as possible because he isn’t getting another NHL contact from anyone after this. He’s is hanging em up.

  165. JDï™ says:

    Zelepukin,

    But being on the LTIR until his contract ends will make him sort of valuable for a cap team, no? And because he isn’t going to play if he’s traded, it’s not really a big deal for him to waive.

  166. jp says:

    G Money:
    Hey all!

    Was occupied today, I was up mucho late last night (even for me) and I was one tired sonofagun today.

    Thanks for the kind comments on the graph, getting lots of buzz out in Twitterland.

    However, all of that pales in comparison to this:

    G is bringing it now, he appears to have found miles of blacktop and has a full tank of gas.

    I AM A LOWETIDE METAPHOR!!!

    I HAVE TRULY ARRIVED!!!!

    Wonderful looking graphic G, as well as everything that went into it!

  167. stevezie says:

    oliveoilers,

    Crazy not to. Better live

  168. PhrankLee says:

    I was happy to be in the game at the end. That’s something that is getting a lot of attention. Hell we were out of so many games by the middle of the 2nd last year. This is refreshing and indicative of the winds of change.

    My main complaint about the referees is that NHL HR dept. seems to have dropped the requirement to get the hell out of the way!! I’ve never seen it so pronounced as this year. Is the game too fast for 4 refs? I am not even going to bring up the “judgement/respect” calls. If they called the rules the game would be better.

  169. Water Fire says:

    Zelepukin: I just think he doesn’t actually like playing hockey. He likes scoring goals, but not all the other things you have to do while on the ice.

    This is the money quote for more than just Schultz sadly.

  170. Pajamah says:

    I don’t internet well, or else I would link the picture, but anyone who wants to vicariously feel their manhood hide from all danger, google Hendricks cup.

    Nice dent, and split open.

    Yipe, yipe, yipe……..

  171. russ99 says:

    frjohnk: There was also a couple (maybe more) he was chasing the play in our zone and he there was a guy left open in front. Once was the PP the other time 5 on 5. Thankfully there was a crossbar and Talbot to bail him out.

    Also whst drove me crazy was the lack of urgency to skate back when Dallas had the puck in the neutral zone in the last minute so that Schultz could..oh I don’t know..maybe provide some support so Dallas does not have a chance to score. They didn’t score but….

    ARRRRGGGHHH

    It’s frustrating how Schultz is perceived by our fanbase.

    Despite the remaining flaws in his defensive game, he’s taken a step forward this year, and this notion that he’s not trying is totally misconstrued.

    Yet, people expect him to play like Doughty or Karlsson, and it seems like it’s less on the player and more on how MacT pronounced him as a savior and his bloated salary due to previous management desperation.

    Considering how he was misused in the past, I see real growth and still see a player there, and it will be sad to see him take the next step with someone else. He may not have the same defensive acumen as Petry, but it seems the same thing is happening with Schultz and it’s bad management of assets.

    If only some of our other defensemen’s own zone play (not to mention the forwards) were held up to the same microscope as Schultz.

  172. Water Fire says:

    I’ve not been bothered by the losses this year, the growth has been enough. Last night’s game though, man a lot of players had really poor games between the ears.

    I am also left really hoping one of the minor league goalie prospects steps up. I just don’t see Talbot as a solid starter. Lots of talent, still too many major issues for a guy turning 29 this summer. If Broissoit can’t be back up he’ll have to add one to the list again.

    I hope Chia is able to see and remove the unstable players that are sinking the team before next season. Please.

  173. Water Fire says:

    russ99: It’s frustrating how Schultz is perceived by our fanbase.

    Despite the remaining flaws in his defensive game, he’s taken a step forward this year, and this notion that he’s not trying istotally misconstrued.

    Yet, people expect him to play like Doughty or Karlsson, and it seems like it’s less on the player and more on how MacT pronounced him as a savior and his bloated salary due to previous management desperation.

    Considering how he was misused in the past, I see real growth and still see a player there, and it will be sad to see him take the next step with someone else. He may not have the same defensive acumen as Petry, but it seems the same thing is happening with Schultz and it’s badmanagement of assets.

    If only some of our other defensemen’s own zone play (not to mention the forwards) were held up to the same microscope as Schultz.

    I agree with you, but the thing is he’s not even close to playing the kind of game he needs to to be good. He still isn’t good. He has to play like Brodie, unbeatable stick, skating the puck up and putting it to the right place at the right time.

  174. Yeti says:

    russ99,

    Really? This board is pretty harsh on most of the players when they underperform. And Schultz certainly deserves criticism – he’s shown a few flashes of promise this year, but that’s it – flashes. He doesn’t produce much offensively, is prone to junior level defensive coverage issues, and is earning a salary that far outpaces what he brings to the team. Even the things that have improved are inconsistent from game to game, while some big flaws are consistently displayed.

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