G64 2015-16: ISLANDERS AT OILERS

The Oilers trade deadline 2016 is taking on an epic feel. Peter Chiarelli appears to be using this 72-hour period as a combination of roster clarity and ‘cleanup on aisle three’ with fans hoping he can avoid overpaying for Gilles Marotte in an effort to add rugged players. The first three trades this deadline were fine by my eye, it is that next one—the one that sends a big name packing—that could be a memorable item, good or bad.

TUMBLING DICE, 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: 3-8-2
  • Oilers after 63 in 2014-15: 18-35-10, 46 points (-66 GD)
  • Oilers after 63 in 2015-16: 22-34-7, 51 points (-38 GD)

In G64 a year ago, Edmonton got fed by LAK 5-2, Ben Scrivens’ save percentage crashed. The current Oilers are going to be minus Anders Nilsson, Justin Schultz and Teddy Purcell—is that a good thing? This Oilers bunch may pack it in and post miserable performances from now until April Fools, but I hope they find some success and end on a good note. A strong finish this year, with a healthy lineup (for the first time) may give management the idea that keeping most of these characters around makes sense. The problem here is defense, the only question left is how to pay for it.

DEFENSE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

I have added a new item today, called High-Danger scoring chances against per 60. The wordy metric tells us who is performing well against opponents. The mean is 10.76 (my thanks to Darcy McLeod—Woodguy in the post office photos). That means that Brandon Davidson and Oscar Klefbom are young and fabulous—keepers. It also means Andrej Sekera is bona fide, when you take into account the quality of the opposition and the men he faces them with every night. If you get stuck in an elevator with Peter Chiarelli between now and June, and he asks you what three defensemen he should keep from this season, for God sakes tell him Klefbom, Davidson and Sekera.

  • Peter Chiarelli:  “I thought we’d get 82 points. We’re going to fall short and for a number of reasons. But, believe it or not, despite having 51 points at this juncture, I do believe we’ve instilled a good belief system, level of expectation and a good system. I think that was a real good first step and I’m happy with that.”  Source

It is difficult to put aside the last 10 seasons—impossible—and to accept this is the first year of Chiarelli/McLellan. It is even more difficult to see progress, despite the additions of Connor McDavid, Andrej Sekera and Cam Talbot. When entering this deadline, Edmonton fans are right to be undecided about the work of their new GM. Trades that brought in Griffin Reinhart, Lauri Korpikoski and Eric Gryba weren’t enough, and Mark Letestu did not bring what was needed to the pivot position. The deadline offers Peter Chiarelli a chance to make moves after getting a lay of the land, and so far so good, with miles to go.

  • Chiarelli: “I know we have a hole on defence and probably two. I know that. And Oscar Klefbom is out, too. I can’t panic. These are real significant things and, frankly, I’d like to use the rest of the year to evaluate the team and see how these guys respond. I’d just like a week or two to have the whole team in place.” Source

Chiarelli sent away Justin Schultz yesterday, and that alone should be considered progress. A young man that previous management saw as a major part of the solution, Schultz hindered structure, coverage and outlets—and he was on the ice all the damned time. I will go to my grave wondering why in hell all those coaches played him 22 minutes a night, and if they were getting pressure from management, then those people in management should resign this very morning.

CENTERS, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

I added high-danger scoring chances FOR per 60 here, and McDavid is a freaker at the freaker’s ball at this metric. He is averaging a tremendous performance every night—year one, 19, just settling in. The other youngster, Leon Draisaitl, has slowed in recent weeks. However, the line above is very strong and he is an extremely valuable piece. I was heartened by Chiarelli’s words about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (about and around him) and for the first time in months am back to believing that ‘building up the middle’ has a place in our town.

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall are the class of the group, little doubt the two men are sublime talents. I think Hall’s late fade is obscuring a tremendous season, and we would do well to remember he has been playing with a very young center for the entire year. If this summer held an expansion draft, I would choose Benoit Pouliot as my third pullback, and after that would probably have gone with Teddy Purcell—that option no longer being available.

That leaves us to decide between Zack Kassian and Nail Yakupov. I like both players, and if the Oilers ever had a thought about three scoring lines (Chiarelli did talk at length about three centers) we could discuss it. This is not an easy decision, both men are likely to be value contracts next season for various reasons, and Edmonton is once again likely to have only one spot open (occupied this year by the departed Mr. Purcell). I think the problem in evaluating these two men is the fact they have been cast with Mark Letestu as their No. 1 center for most of the season:

  • Nail Yakupov’s No. 1 center: Mark Letestu 178 minutes, 43 seconds (Yak is 1-0-1)
  • Zack Kassian’s No. 1 center:  Mark Letestu 139 minutes, 38 seconds (Kassian is 1-1-2)

We are about to enter the final final for this season, with a spot open on the wings. Who will join Hall, Eberle and Pouliot? Kassian has the job in recent days, Yakupov is ready and available on the Letestu line.

It is rumor time, and you should beware of false ones. That said, if you see something along these lines (Incarcerated has been right in the past), then think Nail Yakupov as opposed to the Nuge and one suspects you will be on the right track. The summer moves will be the big ones, no one is dealing Travis Hamonic or Seth Jones today. I will post my trade deadline cheat sheet below, but Yakupov is the only top draft pick left on it for the deadline, and if he is going I would expect Montreal or Tampa Bay to be in the mix. Still, likely summer, but if I am reading the tea leaves and the player is not part of the grand plan, then dealing now as opposed to summer falls into the ‘settling all family business’ theme we are seeing this weekend.

Pirri’s name has been around for awhile (Elliotte Friedman had it in one the 30 Thoughts leading up to the deadline) and Edmonton has now been mentioned a few times. The Oilers added third round selections, but no second yesterday. Interest in adding a talented winger like Pirri lends credence to Yakupov heading out of town soon, in my opinion.

GOT STAMKOS?

Rob Soria has a story up this morning kicking around the idea of Edmonton signing Steven Stamkos this summer, in free agency. It makes complete sense from Edmonton’s point of view—McDavid and Stamkos could make beautiful music together—and all it would cost is money and term. It would also allow the Oilers to cash Jordan Eberle (my apologies for always using him, but in this case the idea is position sensitive) for Travis Hamonic—but they would have to dump contracts like Mark Fayne, Lauri Korpikoski and possibly Matt Hendricks to make it happen.

  • Pouliot—McDavid—Stamkos
  • Hall—Nuge—Draisaitl

Is that any good? Holy crow.

TRADE DEADLINE UPDATE AND CHEAT SHEET

  1. R Teddy Purcell—Traded for a third-round selection (I estimated a second).
  2. D Justin Schultz—Traded for a third round pick (I estimated a third).
  3. G Anders Nilsson—Traded for a low goalie prospect and a fifth-round selection in 2016.
  4. D Phil Larsen—Traded  for a fifth-round pick in 2017.
  5. R Nail Yakupov—Habs following the Oilers closely and it feels like something could happen (now or at the draft). Lars Eller has been mentioned as a possible return, that would allow Edmonton to enter next season with an experienced (if pricey) 3C. May also see a prospect or pick, if the Stamkos idea has legs.
  6. F Matt Hendricks—I will say a second-round pick, could be high.
  7. D Mark Fayne—No one is mentioning his name, suggesting to me that either the Oilers have no interest in dealing him, or the term is too dear for contending teams. Either way, he is the best defensemen the Oilers have who is potentially available, and I will guess second-round pick. If the Stamkos angle is right, they could offload his $3.625M for little return and consider it a win.
  8. D Eric Gryba—If they trade him, he should fetch a fourth-round selection, about what he cost the Oilers.
  9. L Lauri Korpikoski—There seems to be some rumbling about Korpikoski, showing that NHL GMs don’t really pay close attention to performance and famous names rule the day. Fifth-round pick.
  10. C Anton Lander—He has played quite a bit recently. Has to be a showcase. Sixth-round pick.

Man, you never know about waivers. That said, with the Nuge coming back soon, and with Laich having a $4 million contract and one year left, doubt Edmonton touches him.

LOOKING AHEAD

I don’t think Peter Chiarelli is done, this doesn’t have the look of completion. The GM did not say he would be calling up a replacement for Justin Schultz and Teddy Purcell, he said they would cast about and that he had things on his white board. Adding picks, bringing in big contracts with a year left for buyout (in exchange for considerations), and a guy like Pirri make some sense. I do wonder if there is a substantial market for Nail Yakupov and that will be fun to follow in the next 30 hours.

Stay tuned, I will update if anything breaks.

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  1. Ice Sage says:

    Weird that kinda shit happens TO the Oilers.
    Loving it.

  2. square_wheels says:

    This ice is complete and total dogshit.

    Kassian really earning an extension, love what he brings to this lineup.

  3. StevieG_8 says:

    Leon!!!

  4. Lowetide says:

    Nice run here in the third after two ridiculous penalties, and now Letestu takes another one. Jesus.

  5. square_wheels says:

    Testube – WTF, dumb penalty

  6. G Money says:

    Oh, what a surprise, another dogshit penalty.

  7. square_wheels says:

    G Money,

    he actually kicked his feet out from under him, bad penalty

  8. G Money says:

    square_wheels,

    LOL, no kicking motion!

    It was a penalty, just a dogshit one given the ones that haven’t been called.

  9. square_wheels says:

    Pou buggered his shoulder, ugly

  10. Lowetide says:

    And now Pouliot with the shoulder. Le sigh.

  11. Centre of attention says:

    Talbot is friggen’ amazing.

  12. Surly says:

    If Pouliot needs surgery I think our card is full and this 10th one is free.

  13. Visually better says:

    Looks like it happened prior to him even before he hit the boards to me. Man le sigh is right LT

  14. DBO says:

    That was a freakin penalty. Damn.

    And yeah Lander! Please play him PP and not Letestu. Couldn’t make it worse.

  15. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    And now Pouliot with the shoulder. Le sigh.

    Guess that means step up to the plate on Pirri?

  16. frjohnk says:

    All I ask for next year is just league average injuries.

  17. Visually better says:

    Centre of attention:
    Talbot is friggen’ amazing.

  18. Halfwise says:

    I thought he was slashed on the wrist, by Lee. No call, so it couldn’t possibly have been the way I saw it.

  19. G Money says:

    Case in point, the hit that just injured Poo was a slash, a trip, a hit from behind, AND interference all rolled into one delightful package.

  20. square_wheels says:

    G Money,

    That play reminded me of the Bart and Lisa bit where they each decided to punch/kick in this space and if someone comes into it and gets hit, totally their fault.

    Testube planted the old foot, Johnny was kind enough to skate into it.

  21. G Money says:

    But, you know, Kassian’s shoulder to shoulder hit was a penalty, as was Letestube going into the boards with his feet wide.

  22. square_wheels says:

    Who is our best guess at LW call up ?

  23. khildahl says:

    G Money:
    Case in point, the hit that just injured Poo was a slash, a trip, a hit from behind, AND interference all rolled into one delightful package.

    The way he used his right leg to make sure he got air was straight out of a judo throw.

  24. jake70 says:

    Talbot has had some stinkers but he has prevented some major embarrassments this season.

  25. square_wheels says:

    Davidson – lordy, the boy is getting a VERY nice contract

  26. G Money says:

    square_wheels,

    Precisely!

    Davidson’s goal is some sort of justice.

  27. unca miltie says:

    Finally McDavid gets a point

  28. Centre of attention says:

    Sign Davidson. I’m fucking serious.

  29. BONVIE says:

    Well hopefully we can move Letetsu and his contract. The rest of the Oilers are really working hard battling for real estate in front of both nets, except damn Letetsu who is standindin 15 feet from his man screening his goalie. If they could understand that if they brought this effort and battle from 21 guys they would win alot of games.

  30. Lowetide says:

    This has been a really gritty effort. Brandon Davidson is awesome.

  31. Ryan says:

    Nice game.

    No jultzing.

  32. Younger Oil says:

    square_wheels:
    Who is our best guess at LW call up ?

    Pirri?

  33. Ice Sage says:

    Ryan:
    Nice game.

    No jultzing.

    3 good games after getting the Jultz-ectomy

  34. G Money says:

    jake70,

    Every goalie has stinkers.

    Last year when our goalies were running sub-.900, a lot of people were saying that it was the defense.

    It wasn’t! As bad as that defense was, those kind of numbers are inexcusable. Maybe the Oilers defense lost you .1 relative to an average defense, but that put the goalkeeping up to only about .900, which is terrible.

    This year, Talbot at .912 – *that’s* a number that is very decent in front of this defense Add that .1, and you’re at .922 in front of a decent defense and that seems about right.

  35. Mattaklap says:

    This is Davidson’s team now.

  36. Gerta Rauss says:

    Nice win

    Full marks for that victory

  37. square_wheels says:

    What I’m loving about this current lineup is the effort.

    Kassian had a HUGE influence on this game, you cant deny this player type does something to this lineup.

  38. Thor762 says:

    How many faceoffs has Lander won in this game? A couple big ones against Tavares I noticed for sure.

  39. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    Fantastic team win. Enjoyed the entire game thoroughly.

  40. Ice Sage says:

    square_wheels:
    What I’m loving about this current lineup is the effort.

    Kassian had a HUGE influence on this game, you cant deny this player type does something to this lineup.

    Big men with hands
    Always in demand
    Chia Pet makes a stand

  41. Visually better says:

    Just doubled checked… And yep. Verified, definitely have a man crush on Brandon Davidson. HE IS GODSENT! Somebody get MacT away from him ASAP

  42. square_wheels says:

    Younger Oil,

    Pirri is likely the opposite player Chia wants, although he might make a nice LW for McD. I’m with G, what’s is to like about an average size, streaky scorer with some injury history.

    Winquist, Sleppy or Klink ?

  43. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    I officially love Davidson too and I gotta admit, I want to keep Kassian on this team next year.

  44. square_wheels says:

    Ice Sage,

    Its nice to know he’s an RFA, but sure hope he works his ass off this summer and signs a short term prove it contract.

    OOOOOOOHHHHHH boy, Jackie Redmond is wearing a nice dress.

  45. Dicky94 says:

    Ice Sage,

    No yelling at the tv and throwing remotes. I could get used to this. Starting to think Katz kept Shultz from being traded to keep everyone on high blood pressure meds.

  46. jp says:

    square_wheels:
    Who is our best guess at LW call up ?

    Laleggia?

  47. square_wheels says:

    Kiltymcbagpipes,

    Davidson makes 585K this year, suspect we put a 2.X in front of that # and ask for at least 5 years.

  48. square_wheels says:

    jp,

    Chia wants to see what he has, I would think Winquist or Sleppy.

  49. Alsker says:

    Dicky94:
    Ice Sage,

    No yelling at the tv and throwing remotes. I could get used to this. Starting to think Katz kept Shultz from being traded to keep everyone on high blood pressure meds.

    Did they help, god knows rum alone sure as hell didn’t!!!!!

  50. godot10 says:

    Offer Davidson 8 years @ $3.5 million per season. Once one has a young D that can play, lock him up for max duration.

  51. frjohnk says:

    Anything about Poo yet?

    Sure didn’t look good. Tough bastard.

  52. Lowetide says:

    Klinkhammer might get the call. Oilers pull out and pass the Leafs, leaving a giant pile of dung mud for them to drive through.

  53. Younger Oil says:

    Doesn’t Winquist not have an NHL contract?

  54. jp says:

    square_wheels:
    jp,

    Chia wants to see what he has, I would think Winquist or Sleppy.

    Wasn’t being serious about Legs.

    Sleppy still isn’t scoring (damn tough AHL season for him), and Winquist would need an NHL deal, so it’ll probably be Klink.

  55. Mr DeBakey says:

    square_wheels: Chia wants to see what he has, I would think Winquist or Sleppy.

    Winquist has to be signed, but I like your way of thinking

  56. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide:
    Klinkhammer might get the call. Oilers pull out and pass the Leafs, leaving a giant pile of dung mud for them to drive through.

    11 goals in 14 games for him down there. Wow!

  57. jp says:

    frjohnk: 11 goals in 14 games for him down there. Wow!

    Just plug him in on McDavid’s wing, maybe he’ll keep it up!

    Weird seeing him dominate in the AHL though.

  58. G Money says:

    Shot … er analysis of data, I shouldn’t really call it shot data anymore.

    https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/g64-2016-02-28-oilers-vs-brooklyn-tree-sweaters/

    This is a game where the gameflow charts are really useful to interpret the stats (which look relatively and somewhat misleadingly even).

  59. jp says:

    Looking good G (except for the duplicated shot distance charts).

    I was thinking Nurse had an effective game tonight – nice to see the “shot” data agree.

  60. AsiaOil says:

    Get RNH back and add another big RW similar to Kassian and the top 6 will be looking OK. Not giants – but at least competitive with the big boys – and the smaller centers have some beef with them. Having an effective, physical Kassian playing with another big guy in Drai and an averaged sized player like Hall who can hold his own was obviously effective. As GMoney said – NYI is a middleweight – and we actually tried to boss them around. Been a long time and the Shultz deal seems to have delivered the message – core guys will get traded (and Shultz was very much seen as core to the old mgmt).

    So yeah I would trade both Eberle and Yak. Probably do Eberle now to get a dman (if possible) and then pump Yaks tires down the stretch and deal him at the draft. Eberle has 1 goal in 6 games against playoff teams playing with CMD and is -5. Not good enough when you don’t really bring anything else (defense, physicality) to the rink. Just trade Yak – and I don’t really care if they actually try to enhance his value or not. The handling of this guy has been so juvenile it hurts – and the zero sum game going on in some people’s minds (some in Oiler mgmt) between Yak and Eberle is boring. I just want a big talented team that plays hard and kicks some teams around for a change instead of taking it the nuts every night. Something like tonight.

  61. Gerta Rauss says:

    McLellan audio

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=54220

    I think we’re going to lose Poo for a little while..it’s more than day to day

  62. Oil2Oilers says:

    Shame he is another Lefty, Davidson was every bit as good as Hamonic tonight.

  63. Frank the dog says:

    just finished work, nice effort by the boys. Everything looks so calm and logical without Jultz on the ice.
    Just wondering, if we could look into Hall’s thoughts, could he have been the catalyst to Kassian replacing Purcell, and Jultz sailing on?
    If I was Chia and Hall came to me to tell me he was ok with being traded, and I asked why, and he expressed his frustrations in a mature and non-confrontational manner, i.e. sick of losing because of one person in particular, likes Purcell’s skill but would do better with his old Friend Kass, I’d do just that to keep him happy.
    Maybe someone can give us some reads on truculence, body language and eye shadow…….

  64. oilinthepeg says:

    No Jultzing and no yelling ‘&$@! ‘n Gryba’ at my television. Me like.
    My girlfriend asked: “did they suddenly get better defensemen?” I said “hmm… Mostly they just got rid of some really questionable ones.”
    Addition by subtraction.
    Loved the effort level tonight. It has been so sad to watch this team play without that level of intensity every night… Can they sustain this? Better yet, can they bring it when all hope is not lost for the season!?

    On the Gryba front… What’s up with him? I must have missed something… Is he injured? Still think we’ll move him tomorrow? I am in the camp of seen him bad despite decent numbers for the most part this year. Probably not the worst guy for a bottom pairing, but seems like he makes boneheaded plays and takes bad penalties. I figure we have enough guys in the cupboard who can play bottom pairing that it’s better to not play him, but I guess he brings the heavy. I guess I am ok with him in small doses, as long as Kassian means that Luke Gazdic never has to play for the Oilers again…

  65. Lowetide says:

    Gryba has been injured for a couple of weeks.

  66. Frank the dog says:

    oilinthepeg:
    No Jultzing and no yelling ‘&$@! ‘n Gryba’ at my television. Me like.
    My girlfriend asked: “did they suddenly get better defensemen?” I said “hmm… Mostly they just got rid of some really questionable ones.”
    Addition by subtraction.
    Loved the effort level tonight. It has been so sad to watch this team play without that level of intensity every night… Can they sustain this? Better yet, can they bring it when all hope is not lost for the season!?

    On the Gryba front… What’s up with him? I must have missed something… Is he injured? Still think we’ll move him tomorrow? I am in the camp of seen him bad despite decent numbers for the most part this year. Probably not the worst guy for a bottom pairing, but seems like he makes boneheaded plays and takes bad penalties. I figure we have enough guys in the cupboard who can play bottom pairing that it’s better to not play him, but I guess he brings the heavy. I guess I am ok with him in small doses, as long as Kassian means that Luke Gazdic never has to play for the Oilers again…

    I don’t think you can move injured players

  67. Hockey Buddha says:

    Spitballing here. The Habs have been scouting the Oilers. It would make sense for them to have interest in Yakupov, who had great chemistry with Galchenyuk in junior. The Oilers have been rumoured to like massive right winger Michael McCarron for a while and probably would like defenseman Morgan Ellis’s solid two way game.

  68. Really? says:

    Frank the dog,

    Buffalo moved Evander Kane last year.

  69. GCW_69 says:

    Great to see the Oilers win last night. So happy for Lander.

    I do not understand the Oilers powerplay. Do they not watch film of the Caps powerplay? Do they not understand the value of the one timer?

    Watching Eberle play on the right side with McDavid on the left was brutal. Eberle should be on his off wing. He doesn’t have Ovi’s power, but he is quick and accurate. Gotta try Davidson at the top and they need a bomber up there and he had a cannon.

  70. kinger_OIL says:

    AsiaOil,

    – Asia says: “The handling of this guy has been so juvenile it hurts”

    – Yes! When Eberle goes on his 10 game goalless streaks, and provides nothing while that is happening, does he get put with plugs? Ever?

    – It really isn’t a team trying to help Yak develop by playing him 10 mins

  71. hags9k says:

    Even though he is LH, I wonder about Yandle.

    Maybe that is the test drive, I can see the old boys loving him.

  72. hunter1909 says:

    Another cheap win vs a team that couldn’t take them seriously until it was too late.

    Every season it’s the same old story. Out of contention by the end of February, start cheap little run of wins as a zero-pressure hockey team…followed by top contender status on Lottery Day…with the Number One Overall Pick Dynasty Chase following…

    Then some plug shines at training camp and everyone forgets something minor: e.g. this season it was the team’s lacking any semblance of a credible NHL defence.

  73. Klima's_Bucket says:

    2 year extension coming for Davidson.

    I wanted 8 dammit!

  74. cc says:

    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC 13s13 seconds ago
    Hearing EDM will announce a two-year extension for Brandon Davidson later today. Great story, well-deserved.

  75. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    Hockey Buddha:
    Spitballing here.The Habs have been scouting the Oilers.It would make sense for them to have interest in Yakupov, who had great chemistry with Galchenyuk in junior.The Oilers have been rumoured to like massive right winger Michael McCarron for a while and probably would like defenseman Morgan Ellis’s solid two way game.

    Just wanted to point out McCarron has been playing more Center now. He was 6 for 14 on faceoffs vs Leafs the plan is for him to play Center the rest of the year apparently with the big club. 6’6″ centers with his skillset are hard to come by.

  76. Johnny skid says:

    kinger_OIL:
    AsiaOil,

    – Asia says: “The handling of this guy has been so juvenile it hurts”

    – Yes! When Eberle goes on his 10 game goalless streaks, and provides nothing while that is happening, does he get put with plugs?Ever?

    – It really isn’t a team trying to help Yak develop by playing him 10 mins

    i fully expect yak to get healthy scratched to lower his value even more. move him along and stop this nonsense.

  77. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    cc:
    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC13s13 seconds ago
    Hearing EDM will announce a two-year extension for Brandon Davidson later today. Great story, well-deserved.

    Amazing and well deserved. Atta boy Davy!

  78. square_wheels says:

    Hell ya, Davi getting a 2 year bridge contract from Chia.

    Well played by the agent, wonderful news.

  79. square_wheels says:

    Kiltymcbagpipes,

    This has made my day ! Now if the Flames trade Russel for a Korpikoski equivalent……perfect day.

  80. Surly says:

    We shall look at it as a good problem if he plays his way into a significant raise after this deal expires. Same summer 97 will be due.

  81. square_wheels says:

    Poor Matheson, a day late and a dollar sh

  82. frjohnk says:

    No brainer on Davidson.

    Ryan Rishaug ‏@TSNRyanRishaug · 1h1 hour ago

    Could see the Oilers wanting to move Mark Fayne if they can find a fit, term and money left so may be tough, but they can retain $ if needed

    And another no brainer.

    Chia lining up his ducks for next year.

  83. jonrmcleod says:

    Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug
    As reported earlier, Brandon Davidson extension is done, 2 year deal.

  84. speeds says:

    I don’t love the sound of a 2 year extension, it sets up the Petry situation where he’s 1 year from UFA status.

  85. frjohnk says:

    square_wheels:
    Poor Matheson, a day late and a dollar sh

    Jim Matheson ‎‎@NHLbyMatty
    One long time pro scout on Davidson progress:”He would be in top four right now on lot of Stanley Cup contenders

    So we have been saying we need to add 2 more top 4 Dmen.
    There was one percolating right under our noses.

  86. jonrmcleod says:

    Bob Stauffer @Bob_Stauffer
    2 x 1.425M

  87. frjohnk says:

    jonrmcleod:
    Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug
    As reported earlier, Brandon Davidson extension is done, 2 year deal.

    2 X 1.425

  88. jonrmcleod says:

    speeds,

    But that’s great value on those 2 years.

  89. jonrmcleod says:

    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie
    Two-year, one-way contract extension for EDM G Laurent Brossoit.

  90. frjohnk says:

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie · 42s42 seconds ago

    Two-year, one-way contract extension for EDM G Laurent Brossoit

    Busy Chia

  91. frjohnk says:

    jonrmcleod,

    Looks like second place for me today.

  92. Unwashed Oilfan says:

    I am a little unsure about the hype around Pirri. Is Chia looking at him as 3C next year with Drai playing wing? He doesn’t appear to be a heavy player but does anyone know, is he a forecheck demon? Non-stop motor?

  93. frjohnk says:

    Unwashed Oilfan:
    I am a little unsure about the hype around Pirri.Is Chia looking at him as 3C next year with Drai playing wing?He doesn’t appear to be a heavy player but does anyone know, is he a forecheck demon?Non-stop motor?

    He would be an upgrade on Letestu and Lander.

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

    frjohnk:
    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie· 42s42 seconds ago

    Two-year, one-way contract extension for EDM G Laurent Brossoit

    Busy Chia

    And it would appear that Chia is not in any way looking at goaltenders this offseason. Focus is squarely on the defensemen and it seems that we have already ticked one in house box.

  95. jonrmcleod says:

    frjohnk,

    What’s your Twitter handle?

  96. rickithebear says:

    Thank you!
    SMB!

    Klefbom #19 2011
    Davidson #162 2010

    5 years to get a good Measure.
    Davidson 326 HSCA/60

    Klefbom one of 2 D in League:
    1. Faces 1st comp
    2. top 60 (1st pr) HSCA/60
    3. Top 30 (1st pr) Evp/60
    4. Top 60 (1st unit) PKGA

  97. jonrmcleod says:

    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC
    AAV on Laurent Brossoit two-year extension is $750,000

  98. frjohnk says:

    jonrmcleod:
    frjohnk,

    What’s your Twitter handle?

    I don’t have one. I have tried to stay away as it could be a time waster for me

    I just open up twitter web pages from all the big dogs on the computer.

  99. russ99 says:

    Good deal, nice work Chia.

    Now if you can dump Fayne and Korpikoski on someone else, and not sell low on Yak, it would be a successful deadline.

    Davidson’s two years decision could be the player/agent rather than the Oilers. There’s no reason he should lock into a lowball deal for 5 years.

  100. kinger_OIL says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    – SGS says: “Focus is squarely on the defensemen and it seems that we have already ticked one in house box.”

    – Fine as long as Davidson is pencilled in as a 5/6, not top-4.

    – Marincin was pencilled in as top-4 once after brief success. Griff was pencilled in to contribute at NHL this year, Nikitin was top-4, Shultz was Norris: and on and on…

    – Please, don’t pencil in Davidson as top-4: let him earn it over better D in front of him.

  101. Water Fire says:

    Interesting they didn’t go longer on Davidson, either his agent wanted to wait a bit to get him more established or they aren’t 100% sure.

    The worst time to sign a player is at their 25-28 YO peak. I’m surprised more teams don’t try to avoid it. ELC, bridge, 8 year, sell past 30 YO with term, or sign at a favourable number.

  102. rickithebear says:

    Klefbom (4.167M) – XXX
    Sekera (5.5M) – Fayne (3.625M)
    Davidson (1.425M) – XXX
    14.717M for next 2 years.

    Last night Nurse continued the tradition of Schultz, Nurse, Gryba on ice for almost all EVGA.

    Chia wanted to resign Larsen. He said no.
    Clearly wanted him for 3rd pair.

    Sure is lining up the Box protection.

    As you know
    Drew doughty says it wins Championships.
    Davidson #41/207 9.68
    Clandening #45 9.73
    Klefbom #62 10.12
    ——————————–
    Sekera #174/207 12.02
    Fayne #176/207 12.09
    Hamonic #179/207 12.20
    ———————————
    Oesterle #199/207 13.03
    Gryba #200/207 13.11
    Nurse #205/207 13.88

  103. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    The #Oilers have assigned forward Jujhar Khaira and defenceman Jordan Oesterle to the AHL’s Bakersfield @Condors.

    Who we making room for? Waiver guys from yesterday?

  104. Professor Q says:

    The two-year deals are interesting. It’d be nice for them both to be a wee bit longer, but maybe if has something to do with McDavid’s contract as well?

  105. Professor Q says:

    Kiltymcbagpipes,

    They also needed to be qualified for the AHL playoffs.

  106. Professor Q says:

    It would have been interesting to see all those able to be sent down and qualified sent down, if only for the required length of time and then called back up just in case.

    Just so they would have the option of playing in the playoffs.

  107. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    Professor Q:
    Kiltymcbagpipes,

    They also needed to be qualified for the AHL playoffs.

    Gotcha. Makes sense.

  108. striker says:

    square_wheels: This has made my day ! Now if the Flames trade Russel for a Korpikoski equivalent……perfect day.

    I hope they keep Russell and resign him. Hugely overvalued. I would wish him on (my teams) worst enemy.

  109. Fog of Warts says:

    Frank the dog: Maybe someone can give us some reads on truculence, body language and eye shadow…….

    Why I am I now hearing the materially departed Obi Wan whisper “use the Jultz, Frank” to the backing track of Staying Alive?

    (Frank is not the least bit put out by the mid-cranial post-hypnotic suggestion, but he is totally blown away by the sound staging—man! the sound you get when there’s no copper to oxygenate against the flow—you can almost count the individual lung polyps contributing to the asthmatic basso profundo.)

    ———

    Which brings to mind another unrecorded conversation of historic significance.

    Soon to be former near-equal: George, how many light-emitting dildos do you really think you can sell?

    George: A metric fu—

    Last credit Texaco: —more that all the other “toys” put together?

    George: Well, why not?

    Fire swamp lion food: I can see it now [presses three fingers to each temple] Toys R Us with an adult play room, with all the kids shopping unsupervised while comparing their preadolescent nipple rings. I’ll show you mine …

    George: Bosh.

    Rough-cut rubber fish food: So you’re just going to have to come up with something more suitable than “Julti” knight.

    George: [Straining visibly so as not to ruin his eye shadow.] My, you sure have a lot of nicknames.

    Bathtub “cleaner” residue: I do?

    George: [Presses fingers to his piebald Wookie peaks so as not to disturb his regal, carbonite comb-back] Yes, I think you do.

    Omaha beach boarding ramp: [Pauses, thinks to himself] Was that some kind of weird threat?

    George: Oh yeah, this just in: make the Wookie eight-feet tall and menacing and the Ewoks cute and tiny.

    Eruptive chest worm: You’re switching them around? Now? We’re almost into production!

    George: You told me Chewbacca looked like a pet Grog.

    Kurtz kebob: Well, he does … and he’ll still look like a pet Grog … a Great Crane Grog stepping out of his parasail after the second leg of the Hawaiian swimming–parasailing–tree-climbing Iron Wolf.

    George: After he’s eight feet tall, it’ll be mister Chewbacca Grog, if you value your home planet.

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