G63 2015-16: OILERS AT DUCKS

The Edmonton Oilers gave a better effort last night, losing 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings and setting up shop solo 30th. They had some great looks early, but the Kings made the third their own and that’s all she wrote. Balance: It’s the real thing.

COMING INTO LOS ANGELES, 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: 4-5-2
  • Oilers in February 2015: 5-6-1
  • Oilers in February 2016: 3-8-1
  • Oilers after 62 in 2014-15: 18-34-10, 46 points (-65 GD)
  • Oilers after 62 in 2015-16: 22-34-6, 50 points (-37 GD)

These Oilers are locked in now, the losses are piling up and February is officially the worst month of the year. Two more losses—it seems inevitable—and it will be the first 10-loss month in some time. In G63 one year ago, they lost 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues.

INDIVIDUAL HIGH-DANGER SCORING CHANCES

  • Three: Connor McDavid
  • Two: Taylor Hall
  • One: Nail Yakupov, Anton Lander, Jujhar Khaira, Matt Hendricks, Benoit Pouiot, Darnell Nurse

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

oilers blue nov 30

  • Sekera—Fayne were not as effective as they usually are to my eye, and despite Sekera’s possession number he seemed plodding and slow. Fayne was also slow on the box out on the first goal, needs to be quicker there—although he was up against a world-class forward. Fayne made a dandy play later to save a goal, veteran defensemen have value even on nights they make mistakes.
  • Davidson—Oesterle had a nice evening, especially the first two periods. They can both wheel, and Davidson was playing with authority last night. Man, what a story. I would like to see more of Oesterle as well, suspect Chiarelli’s summer changes will bury him but you never know.
  • Nurse—Clendening struggled, Nurse with the details (second goal he did everything right but cover the stick, which of course is a major item) and Clendening with the speed and quickness. Rookies. I think it is pretty certain Nurse stays up, but a trip to Bakersfield for a week might be the ticket. He is ‘also in photo’ a lot these days and he has now hit double digits in the minus column (sometimes that motivates teams).

Davidson rush (courtesy Ben)

CENTERS, LAST NIGHT

oil c nov 30

  • Anton Lander played almost 14 minutes at evens, I suspect someone wanted to have a look. I was impressed with the entire line, hope we see them again. Lander was solid if unspectacular, effective (all three men on the line had a high-danger scoring chance) and they sawed off the opposition.
  • Mark Letestu and his veteran crew were less effective, although they did have their moments. This line is making too much to bring so little offense at 5×5.
  • Leon Draisaitl and his group had a good night despite the possession numbers. Kassian scored the goal, but the entire line was effective on the tally. Had some very good looks later too, noticing many tweets and posts about his lack of conditioning—don’t think that is it. I think he is injured, ribs in the Ottawa game and other maladies.
  • Connor McDavid had some fantastic chances (I counted three, matching the War-On-Ice) early, but couldn’t find the range. He is dangerous at all times, starting with the anthem. Doughty is an effective defenseman against everyone, Oilers need Leon to punish opposition more, so the kid can grab some clean air.

WINGERS, LAST NIGHT

oilers f nov 30

  • Khaira—Yakupov formed a solid line with Anton Lander, and at even strength Khaira ranked No. 5 in TOI among wingers, Yakupov No. 4. Someone was getting showcased in my opinion. Yakupov was aggressive, had the puck on his stick a lot and was tough to handle. Khaira has some nice things, including an ability to calm play and re-set, something this forward group needs badly. A strong effort from the rookie.
  • Korpikoski—Hendricks also faced the lesser opposition, but didn’t get as much done. I don’t like this line, save Henricks.
  • Hall—Kassian had some good-to-great moments, have to say they seem to work well together. Kassian is the most skilled 6.03, 217 winger employed by the Oilers in a long time. Hall picked up an assist and drove to the net on many sorties, couldn’t cash. Made a terrible pass in the third period, five feet too strong, and it was noticed by everyone. That tells you how good he is. Kassian looked good, capable, on this line.
  • Pouliot—Eberle seemed to have a lot of try, but like McDavid nothing rhymed. Eberle battled for the puck very well in at least one instance, but Pouliot appeared on the wrong side of things often (he is not that kind of player, so it stands out when he is having an off night). Fell some, and seemed to have a hard time locating the puck (and Sekera was Mr. Magoo out there, Jesus), while also missing passes or not getting to loose pucks. Motor skills looked off.

I am not certain the Bruins would trade for Schultz (why not wait until the Oilers don’t qualify him?), but the insiders are all saying there is a market. The baseball trade deadline may have changed since I followed the sport closely, but you would never trade for a poor hitter at the deadline. I remain convinced Mark Fayne is a far better trade option for a contender.

Someone is going to get a good player, and the Oilers may get something interesting back, as well. You may recall I had a look at all 30 teams (and all levels of prospects) earlier in the month, here are the possibles I found for each team:

  • Dallas Stars: L Brendan Ranford. Bill is his uncle, Brendan is a solid AHL scorer looking for an NHL opportunity; R Brett Ritchie. Injuries have impacted the young PF prospect (he is 6.03, 220 and 22), so he could shake loose now or in the summer; L Curtis McKenzie. Another power forward, he is a little older (24, 6.02 205) and has some NHL experience. D Niklas Hansson. A raw talent when drafted, he is a talented offensive defender with all kinds of useful tools. He is 21, has 21 points in 37 SHL games.
  • Florida Panthers: R Rocco Grimaldi. Very small forward who is something of a buzzsaw, Grimaldi is in year two of his pro career and is running in place a little; F Brandon Pirri was mentioned by Elliotte Friedman in his recent 30 thoughts, he is an interesting offensive player; D Ian McCoshen. He is a very nice prospect, combining size, speed and two-way ability. He has been very consistent in college. C Jayce Hawryluk. A quality offensive center who also plays a strong game without the puck. He is 5.10, 197 but plays a more complete game than a lot of the smaller forwards mentioned here.
  • Los Angeles Kings: L Michael Mersch. Scored goals from the moment he arrived in pro hockey, from bad angles and on good shots; R Justin Auger. I have no idea if he is a real prospect, but at 6.07, 229 (and 21) he can score a little; R Valentin Zykov. A new pro who has some promise (he was part of that crazy deal involving Oilers picks), and has shown reasonably well as an AHL rookie; D Erik Cernak. Big defender, reports have him as a wrecking crew who can move. L Austin Wagner is a speedy winger who can score, having a nice year with the Regina Pats.

LOWETIDE TRADE VALUE BOARD

Frank Seravalli of TSN set trade values for various rentals, has Purcell (2nd) and Schultz (3rd) covered in this article. Those assessments match mine, here is my list (I put Gryba back on the list, but he is injured and his being dealt seems doubtful):

  1. RW Teddy Purcell—He is gone, suspect we will see a second-round pick (or a legit prospect).
  2. F Matt Hendricks—Chiarelli is unlikely to trade Hendricks, but there is always a chance an offer changes his mind. I recall someone mentioning there was significant interest last deadline. Second-round pick.
  3. D Mark Fayne—A bit tricky, for two reasons. He is helping now, so the Oilers could use him for the first 60 games next year and shop him at the deadline. Call it righty blue insurance. Return? Second-round pick if the Oilers retain salary (defensemen are always worth more at the deadline).
  4. D Justin Schultz—He is gone if they can find a taker. Third-round pick.
  5. D Eric Gryba—I think they will sign him unless a team offers up full value (and his being injured is a major development). He should fetch a fourth-round selection, about what he cost the Oilers.
  6. L Lauri Korpikoski—Perhaps Chiarelli can save Todd McLellan from himself. If he can trade Korpikoski, Chiarelli is a mad genius. Fifth-round pick obo.
  7. C Anton Lander—He played a lot last night, after not playing much at all for a long time. Has to be a showcase. Sixth-round pick.

Yes. It has been a difficult time for everyone, including the players, management and the fans. Organizations follow the man at the top, and since he arrived as owner Daryl Katz has not proven to be a fantastic franchise owner. As bad as the Pocklington threats and ridiculous mutt moves like selling Gretzky were, at least they were winning. I don’t give a rat’s ass about his politics, his personal life, how he earns his money or what kind of car he drives. I do worry that Daryl Katz interferes in the hockey side of the business, and if he is still doing it, whether on his own or via his lieutenants, this organization is doomed to failure. And that I do not forgive.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show, as you might expect with the trade deadline just around the corner. Scheduled to appear, beginning at 10 this morning, TSN1260:

  • Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. The importance of getting something out of the last 20 games of the season, and producing a live television event like the trade deadline—how much is the crazy?
  • Antony Bent, FC Edmonton. Eddies made another signing and are well into their training. The EPL is back in action and the top of the table features some unusual teams.
  • Gerry Moddejonge, Edmonton Sun. The Eskimos signed the good Getzlaf, and attention will soon turn to the draft.
  • Ryan Batty, Copper & Blue. I haven’t had him on in forever, and that is my bad. We will talk trade deadline, Grateful Dead and this article by Paul Freeman.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

Also, Ryan Rishaug telling us to stay by the phones.

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  1. square_wheels says:

    Well played by Davi/Oesterle. Schultz would have chased him into the corner than lost the other man at some point.

  2. hunter1909 says:

    Win Win for the Oilers tonight.

    Win, and they’re so terrible they keep 30th place.

    Win, and they steal a game vs a real playoff team.

  3. Lackadaisical says:

    Lol, McDavid is trying to take a souvenir.

  4. Suntory Hanzo says:

    dirty stick play by 97. Saucy!

  5. Professor Q says:

    Sneaky not be by McDavid.

  6. Southern Oil says:

    Davidson is just owning Getzlaf at this point – am I seeing things?

  7. Suntory Hanzo says:

    predicting a point for the Oil

  8. square_wheels says:

    Southern Oil,

    88 and 2 have been tremendous tonight. Oesterle keeping Nurse’s mins lower, which helps as well.

  9. Lowetide says:

    A point in California. I didn’t see that coming.

  10. Aron_S says:

    This is two games in a row I’m seeing Oesterle good. Is this just the Davidson effect? Call-up adrenaline? Those two look excellent together. Davidson is a beast!

  11. D says:

    Talbot played great today.

  12. Lowetide says:

    AND we may get a trade after, Nilsson is in the news.

  13. Ice Sage says:

    Davidson and Oesterle have been pretty good. Mobile n smart > big n slow for modern D.
    Talbot has been calming. Gritty last 5 min for the Oil.

    … maybe Jultz has been the issue?…

  14. hunter1909 says:

    Perry is so great.

    My fave NHL player. Glenn Anderson incarnate.

  15. unca miltie says:

    Last night I noticed Lander out in the last minute of the first two periods. Saw him out for last bit of game. Someone likes him.

  16. AsiaOil says:

    Nobody has ever said Eberle does not have offensive skill – certainly not me – he obviously has heaps. But in a lineup as light as this one – we are way beyond the limit of one dimensional offensive guys will produce more wins than loses. If you ignore everything except performance in the offensive zone then it’s all good – keep this lineup – results will not change.

  17. hunter1909 says:

    Gee, imagine a whole season without Justin bloody Schultz.

  18. Water Fire says:

    Aron_S:
    This is two games in a row I’m seeing Oesterle good. Is this just the Davidson effect? Call-up adrenaline? Those two look excellent together. Davidson is a beast!

    Oesterle is a good player.

  19. Centre of attention says:

    holy smokes. what a goal by rackell

  20. D says:

    Wow. That was an amazing move.

  21. Oil2Oilers says:

    That was a great goal

  22. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Ricard Rochelle…one mans journey from Milan to Minsk.

  23. square_wheels says:

    ugh, tough play

  24. hunter1909 says:

    Big kids score goal, win game.

  25. Southern Oil says:

    Well that sucks

  26. G Money says:

    Man, poor Drai is gonna be looking for his undies a week from now.

  27. hags9k says:

    Well I guess we won’t move Leon to D when Nuge gets back…

  28. square_wheels says:

    WHAT offside ?

  29. Ice Sage says:

    That’s a nice play.
    Ducks keep pace with Kings.
    Oilers get their 15th moral victory of the year.
    Everyone’s a winner, baby, that’s for sure

  30. hunter1909 says:

    A fine brace of Tank nights in California.

  31. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention:
    holy smokes. what a goal by rackell

    I wonder if he learned that move in Milan or Minsk?

  32. Professor Q says:

    Well this could be interesting…

  33. BAUCE says:

    Another great effort. If we played every game this year with the effort of the last 2 we wouldn’t be dead last.

  34. Professor Q says:

    I never really got this subjective offside they’ve been calling all year long.

  35. Lowetide says:

    That was a fine effort by the Oilers.No complaints from here. The issues are roster issues (and special teams) imo.

  36. JDï™ says:

    hunter1909:
    Gee, imagine a whole season without Justin bloody Schultz.

    But what about the draft lotto?

  37. Centre of attention says:

    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC 43s44 seconds ago
    Would expect clarity on Nilsson in am. Discussions with STL were for a mid-round draft pick.

  38. G Money says:

    I watched it carefully in slomo, did not see an offside tbh.

  39. square_wheels says:

    Consolation prize, Carli’s green dress and kettle bell swing shoulders…..

    I’d let her pick me up and spin me around over her head.

  40. JDï™ says:

    David Pagnotta
    ‏@TheFourthPeriod

    Barring a dramatic turn, told Blues will acquire G Anders Nilsson from the Edmonton Oilers for a draft pick. Deal agreed to, but not final.

  41. Water Fire says:

    Davidson is an admirable hockey player. He sees what he wants and goes for it. McLellan says he has no PP quarterback, Davidson doing his best to step into it and an offensive role.

    If Oesterle can learn to block bigger players on the boards and driving off of them he has a really good shot at it. He has everything but 25 lbs.

    Good game by the lads.

  42. JDï™ says:

    BAUCE:
    Another great effort. If we played every game this year with the effort of the last 2 we wouldn’t be dead last.

    “I swear to Gord, Matthews is the last one.”

    – Katz

  43. Johnny skid says:

    any coach who plays letestu on the power-play does not deserve to win that game.

  44. Lowetide says:

    JDï™:
    David Pagnotta
    ‏@TheFourthPeriod

    Barring a dramatic turn, told Blues will acquire G Anders Nilsson from the Edmonton Oilers for a draft pick. Deal agreed to, but not final.

    Will see Laurent Brossoit for the final 19 games? I am okay with that, although maybe the Oil pick up a hitcher.

  45. El Duderino says:

    The Defence is better without Shultz.

  46. Aron_S says:

    My wishlist: if Nuge is injured and Letestu is going to be a square peg on the power play, why don’t they give Lander that slot in front of the net?

    He’s been excellent on the PP before (last year, obvs) and it’s not like that hot garbage power play can get any worse. Besides, he might actually get his first goal of the year.

    Gonna miss Lander when he’s gone. Deserves a better fate than this. If the Hawks are proving anything, it’s that you’re gonna need value contracts on the 3rd and 4th (and apparently second lines) in this cap world. Look at the numbers on this roster: my jaw dropped at this earlier after the latest trade:

    http://www.generalfanager.com/teams/chicago-blackhawks

  47. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: Will see Laurent Brossoit for the final 19 games? I am okay with that, although maybe the Oil pick up a hitcher.

    Yeah, I feel for Bakersfield giving up their #1 to warm the bench most nights with the Oilers. But if you can get a draft pick for Nilsson, you go for it and figure out the details later.

  48. LoDog says:

    Like the last month or so I only watched half the game but good effort?

    And shush, come cloe, I have a secret to tell..

    That Davidson is kinda good.

  49. Stanley 2018 says:

    The key for Oilers is to make sure LB is ready for playoffs in Bakersfield. Imagine Nurse will be doing that again, too.

  50. fifthcartel says:

    I like bringing Brossoit up.

  51. RexLibris says:

    So Chiarelli has got a deal in principle for Nilsson with STL, a player that was waived only a few weeks back PC is about to cash for an asset.

    He’s traded another player whom the Oilers were never going to see come back from Europe for a draft pick.

    He’s created a bidding war between LA and FLA for Purcell and has teams, including his old team and current nemesis Boston, expressing interest in Schultz.

    I’m impressed. He is being proactive and working to place his team in a favourable position in negotiating with other teams.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a GM worth his salt.

    On another note, has anyone heard a whisper about either Russell or Hudler being shopped or deals ready to be made?

  52. Centre of attention says:

    Commodore says there is a “bidding war” between LA and Florida for Purcell.

    Does Florida have a first? LOL.

  53. RexLibris says:

    David Pagnotta ‏@TheFourthPeriod 1h1 hour ago

    Told the St. Louis Blues have a trade in principle for a backup goaltender. Not finalized/official yet. Might not be until Sat morning.

    David Pagnotta ‏@TheFourthPeriod 11m11 minutes ago

    If all goes as planned, official announcement is expected to be made in the morning. Could be tonight, but was told likely in morning.

  54. Aron_S says:

    St. Louis has the Jackets 5th as well as their own, so I bet it’s one of those for Nilsson. Basically they hit the refresh on Couglin if they can turn him back into a 5th round pick. Chia isn’t the paper clip guy, he’s a reverse-engineering magician.

    I still remember that strong run Nilsson had in December (partial to a hot goalie since the Roli/Garon days), but his numbers are no screaming hell, so get what you can I guess.

  55. Ice Sage says:

    As a terminal extraneous comment: I really like the broadcasts from the honda centre – the perspective is higher up and it looks like there’s more room out there…

  56. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: Will see Laurent Brossoit for the final 19 games? I am okay with that, although maybe the Oil pick up a hitcher.

    Saturday, April 2nd, Hockey Night in Canada. The Flames.

    Should I start hoping now that Brossoit gets his first shutout? Because oh my heaven wouldn’t that be a sweet, sweet way to usher out the season.

  57. Lowetide says:

    Ice Sage:
    As a terminal extraneous comment: I really like the broadcasts from the honda centre – the perspective is higher up and it looks like there’s more room out there…

    Agree. The Sharks broadcast I am watching currently is the opposite.

  58. RexLibris says:

    Aron_S:
    St. Louis has the Jackets 5th as well as their own, so I bet it’s one of those for Nilsson. Basically they hit the refresh on Couglin if they can turn him back into a 5th round pick. Chia isn’t the paper clip guy, he’s a reverse-engineering magician.

    I still remember that strong run Nilsson had in December (partial to a hot goalie since the Roli/Garon days), but his numbers are no screaming hell, so get what you can I guess.

    Nilsson wants to prove himself in the NHL, so even though he’s an RFA I’m guessing that if things didn’t end well here he was going to go back overseas.

    Coughlin was a longshot in the 5th round. He has 9 pts in 31 games playing in Vermont this year, so getting a 5th rounder back here is, at worst, a mulligan or, at best, an upgrade.

  59. Surly says:

    Talbot looks like a keeper

  60. Lowetide says:

    Verite: I know you are frustrated, but we have tired of your verbal. Perhaps find a less angry way, or maybe make other points. I don’t enjoy keeping people away from the conversation. Honestly.

  61. Centre of attention says:

    32 saves and a .941 save% for Tal-Bot

    Comforting.

  62. stush18 says:

    Woodguy: if the D could move the puck quickly the forwards would be skating and not waiting.

    Agreed, although I still think our forwards swing too high stil.

    You only need one winger to flee the zone to draw defenders with him. The rest need to come quite a bit lower

  63. LoDog says:

    RexLibris,

    Yup.

    Soon people will see this is a whole new world.

    On a different note Draisaitl and nurse to the minors after the deadline and ahl playoffs would be nice.

  64. Lowetide says:

    Surly:
    Talbot looks like a keeper

    I think so. Have received pushback on that subject but for me Talbot has played well in front of a bad team this season.

  65. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide: Agree. The Sharks broadcast I am watching currently is the opposite.

    How many turnips would it take to get Brent Burns this summer?

  66. Professor Q says:

    Anyways, I guess if anyone has a definite ruling on what an offside actually is, and what part of your body can be over the line or not and still be legal?

    Unwisely got myself into a lengthy debate on an NHL Facebook post about the goal…apparently it ‘wasn’t even close’ (then why the hell would they review it?), although I’ve seen similar plays be called for offside (I thought they changed it this year where you could indeed straddle the blue line and have the puck inside the line, but I’ve seen it also be called when the puck is inside the line, as well as not called, and similar to straddling the line)?

  67. Gerta Rauss says:

    LoDog: On a different note Draisaitl and nurse to the minors after the deadline and ahl playoffs would be nice.

    I hope Nurse finishes the year in Bakersfield

    I wonder though about Leon, he might want to play in the World Championships

  68. LoDog says:

    Spam that it may be Draisaitl is tired and could use the practice/less games per week of the ahl.

  69. Gerta Rauss says:

    Professor Q,

    The Sportsnet broadcast mentioned that you can’t challenge an offside goal in overtime

    Take that for what’s it’s worth…they were kind of scrambling themselves

  70. LoDog says:

    LoDog,

    Edit Gerta has a good point about the worlds for Draisaitl.

  71. AsiaOil says:

    Yeah not watching Shultz in a game like this is a relief. Oesterle may be small and big boys like Getzlaf blew him off like an annoying bug at times – but he can skate, pass and he’s a gamer. Here’s the deal though. You need a big mobile defense around him – and especially a big cycle breaking partner – to offset his weaknesses. Nurse or Reinhart could be nice partners down the line if he can put on 15 lbs. But he’s a 3rd pair luxury right now when we are totally lacking the basics of a decent defense.

    Nice effort but we lose this game 9.5 times out of 10 because we are hopelessly out-matched from a physical perspective. They were toying with us for more than half the game. It’s not the 1980s folks with run and gun players like Gretz exploiting simplistic systems, big plodding dmen and shitty goaltending. It’s no surprise that Gretz spent his last 6 or 7 season with falling production as a minus player getting hurt regularly. The game changed dramatically in the 90s. But the BOTB refused to recognize that change and kept trying to build a run and gun team in the modern NHL where that is simply not effective anymore. Do I wish that was different – well yeah – but it’s not and it’s not changing any time soon. CHI is not an example to the contrary. They may be smaller than a few big team – but not small – and their skill player are pitbulls on the puck who are extremely solid defensively. No one would describe any of our skill players that way – and Taylor Hall is the only one who made some progress this year toward that goal.

    So nice effort tonight and I respect TMacs work on getting the team playing the right way against a couple of squads who completely dominate them in a physical sense. Will be nice for us to manhandle a team some day in that way and everything Chia has ever said points to that as the direction this is going.

  72. rich says:

    Great game by Davidson, Oesterle looked solid too. Keep that pairing together until Klef is back.

    Might be something to the idea of allowing your d-men time in the AHL to properly develop. Just a thought.

    Don’t believe in moral victories, but that was two good games against quality opponents. No shame in that.

  73. Professor Q says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    I know. It’s just really confusing and I’m über tired. I just think that it wasn’t *obvious* that he was onside (they honestly tried sending me screenshots, when I watched the damned game and the replay doesn’t show the overhead view we saw at the end of the game, nor Hendricks trying to challenge and being denied), whether or not he actually was.

    I will let it rest, and breathe deeply. Forget and move on, and look forward to trades…

  74. JDï™ says:

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 1m1 minute ago

    So it looks like Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz will return to EDM with Oilers from SoCal road trip but netminder Anders Nilsson won’t.

  75. JDï™ says:

    Can’t they just leave Jultz in Bakersfield?

  76. Lowetide says:

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 10s10 seconds ago

    It’s believed EDM has traded Nilsson to STL in exchange for a mid-round draft pick. Possibly a 4th or 5th rounder.

  77. monsterbater says:

    Would saddle be playing right now if rnh were not hurt? I think LT is correct that he is playing hurt and I think it has to do with nuge not being available

  78. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Aron_S,

    wacky. The roster is like the Feudal system where 1/2 make all the money, and the other make none.

    Rookie is gonna be “fuck you, pay me, in a year”.

    Next year with 61 on books and barely a roster, we will see what happens.

    They have rocked it tho!

  79. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide,

    MOAR BEANS!

  80. Lowetide says:

    Lou Korac
    ‏@lkorac10

    Lou Korac Retweeted Elliotte Friedman

    On Anders Nilsson, Armstrong said if #stlblues acquired G help, it would need to be someone they could send to AHL.

    Heh. That is part of the appeal. Brossoit punches his ticket tomorrow. And there you go.

  81. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 10s10 seconds ago

    It’s believed EDM has traded Nilsson to STL in exchange for a mid-round draft pick. Possibly a 4th or 5th rounder.

    So Chiarelli made two bets, one paid off and the other he’s returning for a refund.

    Some good work.

  82. Centre of attention says:

    Maybe we can trade some depth picks like these 3rds, 4ths and 5ths to get into the second round and steal a guy like Benson?

  83. RexLibris says:

    Centre of attention:
    Maybe we can trade some depth picks like these 3rds, 4ths and 5ths to get into the second round and steal a guy like Benson?

    Let’s see where the Oilers end up after the deadline.

    They’ll have their own, presumably, and perhaps at least one more.

    This draft is being described by some as being top heavy and then falling off noticeably around 10. So the difference between a 26th and 32nd overall pick might not be that significant.

  84. Professor Q says:

    JDï™:
    Can’t they just leave Jultz in Bakersfield?

    I think that was stated as the plan if he wasn’t traded in time, non?

  85. Lowetide says:

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 1m1 minute ago

    Thought there was chance Purcell, and to slightly lesser extent Schultz, might’ve been left in LA. Kings and FLA with interest in Purcell.

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 43s43 seconds ago

    Purcell and Schultz are, however, expected to be traded before Monday’s 3 pm ET deadline. #TSN #TradeCentre

  86. Gerta Rauss says:

    Professor Q,

    Not to beat this thing to death, but I believe the rule is the trailing leg has to be on the ice, and fully onside. If the trailing leg is in the air or touching the blue paint, you’re offside

    I slowed it down on the PVR and the ANA player looked onside to me..it was a good goal(filthy actually)

    And then the Sportsnet crew chimed in and said you can’t challenge an offside in OT and that was that

  87. geowal says:

    I think it’s about time for me to leave a woodguy or two and start following spring training. I’ll stop by, but missed today and I regret little. Planning to see the McD host Arizona in March (at Rexall, last hurrah there) leaning towards checking out till then. Maybe I’ll read a book, Or some other sage LT advice. There’s some good ones often mentioned here I haven’t gotten to.

  88. Suntory Hanzo says:

    geowal:
    I think it’s about time for me to leave a woodguy or two and start following spring training. I’ll stop by, but missed today and I regret little. Hope to see the MCD host Phoenix in March, leaning to check out till then. Maybe I’ll read a book. There’s some good ones often mentioned here I haven’t gotten to.

    Try Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby. About an English boys/mans obsession about Arsenal and his journey as a 1st tier fan. Watched the film first, and being a teacher, my wife thought it was a little too close to home. Only really works I think, if you are an Euro football fan though.

    Very fitting as an Oiler fanatoc like I am though.

    My fellow teachers here no longer feel sorry for me.

  89. Genjutsu says:

    Water Fire: It’s not like you to be so understated. Why not a Viking Blood Eagle? You know, the ribs are chopped off the spine and splayed open like wings, then Krueger and Eakins could pull their lungs out for revenge and the Katz kids could pop straws in them and play them like bagpipes.

    For the new arena and all that.

    Best episode of the best show on TV right now.

  90. Bank Shot says:

    monsterbater:
    Would saddle be playing right now if rnh were not hurt? I think LT is correct that he is playing hurt and I think it has to do with nuge not being available

    Why in the world would anyone play hurt on a 30th place club?

  91. G Money says:

    Opinions on this chart:

    http://i.imgur.com/YRDg1MS.png

    Interesting visualization (shows comparative shot quantity, distance, and type) or not really useful?

  92. Lowetide says:

    G Money:
    Opinions on this chart:

    http://i.imgur.com/YRDg1MS.png

    Interesting visualization (shows comparative shot quantity, distance, and type) or not really useful?

    Very effective. I am color blind, but other than that (and I don’t blame you 🙂 ) it tells a powerful story.

  93. Lowetide says:

    geowal:
    I think it’s about time for me to leave a woodguy or two and start following spring training. I’ll stop by, but missed today and I regret little. Planning to see the McD host Arizona in March (at Rexall, last hurrah there) leaning towards checking out till then. Maybe I’ll read a book, Or some other sage LT advice.There’s some good ones often mentioned here I haven’t gotten to.

    See you soon, Geowal. All the best.

  94. G Money says:

    Lowetide,

    100% true story:

    – it’s called a swarmplot
    – because it plots the points in a non-overlapping fashion that resembles a swarm of bees

    Swarm.

    Bees.

    I’m not sure software documentation has ever made me laugh out loud before.

  95. Genjutsu says:

    G Money:
    Opinions on this chart:

    http://i.imgur.com/YRDg1MS.png

    Interesting visualization (shows comparative shot quantity, distance, and type) or not really useful?

    I like that a bunch. More great stuff sir, really fine work.

    The difference from 40 feet in I’d pretty stark.

    Lucky to get a point by the look of that and that’s about what my eyes saw.

    Good thing we have ourselves a goaler.

  96. Genjutsu says:

    Fine effort against the hottest team in the league in the second of a back to back.

    Especially after the big bad Kings did all kinds of terrible things to us the night before; with no worry of the refs even thinking about calling any crap that would make the master in seven years a slave cringe.

    I

  97. Lackadaisical says:

    G Money:
    Opinions on this chart:

    http://i.imgur.com/YRDg1MS.png

    Interesting visualization (shows comparative shot quantity, distance, and type) or not really useful?

    Maybe a boarder around the shots that were goals, or a different shape for particularly dangerous shots (not sure where your Mendoza line is) otherwise it looks good to me.

  98. Woodguy says:

    JDï™: “I swear to Gord, Matthews is the last one.”

    – Katz

    Never trust a junkie.

  99. OF17 says:

    Chiarelli’s one big swing on the trade front so far has been a miss, but I’ve been impressed with the little moves he’s been able to make.

    Tambellini or MacT would’ve seen Talbot-Scrivens-Brossoit and called it a day, but for the low, low price of Liam Coughlin, Chiarelli was able to parlay a crowded crease into Kassian and a 4th/5th. Kassian, who looks to be the type of physical, skilled, top-9 forward the Oilers have been looking for for forever, and a late round pick that’s more valuable than Coughlin was to begin with.

    Then there’s the pick for Larsen, and you know you have a GM who’s trying everything to get better, even the non-obvious solutions. Interested to see what he can get for Purcell and Schultz.

  100. speeds says:

    Looks like the Nilsson trade is done:

    EDM trade to STL is: Goalie Anders Nilsson for goalie Niklas Lundstrom and. 5th round pick in 2016. Nilsson will be assigned AHL Chicago.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 27, 2016

  101. Woodguy says:

    And its done.

    Looks like Chia got a spare goalie for the AHL (or NHL if he want’s to leave Broissoit down)

    Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun 2m2 minutes ago
    Blues acquire goalie Anders Nilsson from Oilers in exchange for minor league goalie Niklas Lundstrom and a 5th round pick this year

    I would bring up Brossoit for a week, then E2D2 for week, rinse repeat.

    Let them both get a NHL paycheque or two before the end of the year.

  102. Woodguy says:

    Lundstrum is a 23 year old Swede who’s career looks like a ECHL/AHL tweener

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=128368

    He’s in the last year of his ELC and my guess is he goes back to Europe to make better money than ECHL/AHL per diems + $62K

  103. russ99 says:

    Suntory Hanzo: Try Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby.About an English boys/mans obsession about Arsenal and his journey as a 1st tier fan.Watched the film first, and being a teacher, my wife thought it was a little too close to home.Only really works I think, if you are an Euro football fan though.

    Very fitting as an Oiler fanatoc like I am though.

    My fellow teachers here no longer feel sorry for me.

    I’m an Arsenal fan since the mid 90’s and that book is a touchstone for non-English fans to realize what the club and hardcore English fans are all about. Makes me wish that I had gone to Highbury before it was converted into condos.

    Fabulous read. I’d suggest it to all sports fans.

  104. sliderule says:

    With Leon getting undressed I would hope Tmac gets the forwards who play 3on3 some work on playing like a defender.

    No reaching with the stick just look at his chest and move him to side.

  105. theres oil in virginia says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Professor Q,

    Not to beat this thing to death, but I believe the rule is the trailing leg has to be on the ice, and fully onside. If the trailing leg is in the air or touching the blue paint, you’re offside

    I slowed it down on the PVR and the ANA player looked onside to me..it was a good goal(filthy actually)

    And then the Sportsnet crew chimed in and said you can’t challenge an offside in OT and that was that

    Wikiality:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offside_(ice_hockey)#Rules

  106. GCW_69 says:

    Woodguy:
    Lundstrum is a 23 year old Swede who’s career looks like a ECHL/AHL tweener

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=128368

    He’s in the last year of his ELC and my guess is he goes back to Europe to make better money than ECHL/AHL per diems + $62K

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/niklas_lundstrom/

    These guys would agree.

  107. Lloyd B. says:

    I like the philosophy of the trade. Give a goalie, get one in return. Now he may not be very good and head bock to Europe as WG suggests but the thought process behind the trade is solid.

    Although, if I like the thought process behind that trade what would they get back for Shultz?

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