A BUSY DAY AFTER ALL

The Edmonton Oilers had a busy day, with several hours in the middle where not much happened at all. At the end of the day, they are bigger, have more contracts, and perhaps some solutions moving forward into 2016-17 planning.

THE MOVES, IN ORDER

  • Signed D Brandon Davidson to a two-year deal. It is a $1.425 million per-year cap hit and represents a very good value deal. Edmonton needs more, but this is a nice one.
  • Signed G Laurent Brossoit to a two-year deal. It is a $750,000 per-year cap hit and a one-way deal. It is reasonable to suggest this means he has a real chance to be Edmonton’s backup, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Edmonton adding a substantial goalie to compete. LB does not have to clear waivers to be sent down next year.
  • Claimed R Adam Cracknell off waivers. He is a fourth-line winger (they used to call them energy winger) who plays a rugged game. Can chip in a goal-a-month, makes $575,000 and is a UFA at the end of this season. Cracknell is very similar to fourth liners employed during Peter Chiarelli’s time in Boston.
  • Claimed D Adam Pardy off waivers. Pardy is a lefty with a lot of NHL experience (329 NHL games) and reasonable foot speed. He is reliable, not flashy and is also a UFA in the summer. His cap hit is $1.0 million and it will be interesting to see if he plays more than a No. 7D role for Edmonton through the end of this season.
  • Acquired L Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks for D Martin Gernat and 2016 fourth-round pick. Maroon is best viewed as another Zack Kassian bet, a bigger player with some previous success but purchased at a sale price. He is big (6.03, 230) and his NHL per 82gp line is very interesting: 10-22-32, 100pims. The risk here isn’t the price—the Oilers got him at a low cost—but rather his salary ($2 million times two, free agent summer 2018). Edmonton already has an expensive group of complementary wingers, so we shouldn’t just skate on this issue before recognizing the risk. With Lauri Korpikoski and Matt Hendricks also on the roster, Edmonton is spending real money on their third-line and fourth-line wingers. The difference for Maroon? Like Zack Kassian, he can play up in the batting order, and Maroon has scored 15 of his 79 carer points on the power play.
  • Late word (via Mark Spector) that the cap hit is better than previously thought: Edmonton’s hit is $1.5 million for the next two seasons, making the deal even more attractive. The pick is inside the top 100 overall this summer.

What does it all mean? Chances are we look back on this day five years down the line and discuss the Davidson contract and the Brossoit one-way deal. There is a chance Maroon has enough sustain to last the rest of this decade in an Oilers uniform, but we can’t tell from here. I would encourage you to read Michael Parkatti’s tweets here and I have written about Maroon here and here.

OILERS 50-MAN LIST (currently 49)

  1. G Cam Talbot. Projects as No. 1 next season.
  2. G Laurent Brossoit. Projects as NHL backup, signed a two-year deal today.
  3. G Eetu Laurikainen, AHL backup, he is signed for next year.
  4. G Niklas Lundstrom. AHL goalie, RFA. Uncertain future.  RFA
  5. D Oscar Klefbom, likely top pairing, needs to stay healthy.
  6. D Andrej Sekera, top 4D, important part of the team.
  7. D Brandon Davidson, top 6D, maybe even top 4D if he continues on current track.
  8. D Mark Fayne, suspect he will be dealt if opportunity arises.
  9. D Darnell Nurse, probably top 6D next season.
  10. D Adam Pardy, complete wild card. UFA.
  11. D Eric Gryba, may sign him for next season. UFA
  12. D Adam Clendening, no feel for him so far, jury is still out. RFA
  13. D Griffin Reinhart, may spend another year in the minors. Could be dealt.
  14. D Brad Hunt, no reason to bring him back, his skills are duplicated. UFA
  15. D Andrew Ference, they will buy him out (if able).
  16. D Nikita Nikitin, he is gone. UFA
  17. D David Musil, AHL D or traded. He is blocked by so many now. RFA
  18. D Jordan Oesterle, AHL D, NHL time. Speed gets him another deal, RFA.
  19. D Joey Laleggia, AHL D matriculating.
  20. D Dillon Simpson, AHL D, matriculating.
  21. D Ben Betker, AHL D, matriculating.
  22. C Connor McDavid, Giant.
  23. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, quality NHL center.
  24. C Leon Draisaitl, emerging NHL talent.
  25. C Mark Letestu, checking NHL C.
  26. C Anton Lander, they may find a buyer.
  27. C Jujhar Khaira, he is a good bet to make the roster in the fall.
  28. C Andrew Miller, fine AHL player, less than 50 percent to return. UFA.
  29. C Bogdan Yakimov, a chance he comes back. Has NHL tools, speed concern.
  30. C Kyle Platzer, AHL C matriculating.
  31. L Taylor Hall, impact NHL player.
  32. L Benoit Pouliot, underrated by many. Injury probably costs the season.
  33. L Patrick Maroon, big winger and complementary offensive player.
  34. L Lauri Korpikoski, he is still here, Oilers may keep him until the end of his contract.
  35. L Matt Hendricks, checking NHL W.
  36. L Luke Gazdic, enforcer could be retained but it is not certain. RFA
  37. L Ryan Hamilton, AHL winger, suspect they move on from him. UFA
  38. L Kale Kessy, AHL winger/enforcer could return, not a lock. RFA
  39. L Mitch Moroz, AHL winger/enforcer, matriculating.
  40. L Braden Christoffer, rugged winger, matriculating.
  41. R Jordan Eberle, scoring winger and a big part of the cluster.
  42. R Nail Yakupov, he survived the deadline. Does he survive summer?
  43. R Zack Kassian, probably part of the future in a top 9F role. RFA.
  44. R Adam Cracknell, veteran energy winger plays a rugged game. UFA
  45. R Iiro Pakarinen, suspect he will push for a spot next fall. RFA
  46. R Rob Klinkhammer, on fire in the AHL, did not get the recall. UFA
  47. R Anton Slepyshev, talented winger should push for NHL time.
  48. R Tyler Pitlick, Could be gone. RFA
  49. R Greg Chase, minor league winger, matriculating.

Underlined players have a chance, slight or great, of exiting the system this summer.

RFA’S

  1. G Niklas Lundstrom.
  2. D Adam Clendening.
  3. D David Musil.
  4. D Jordan Oesterle.
  5. L Luke Gazdic.
  6. L Kale Kessy.
  7. R Zack Kassian.
  8. R Iiro Pakarinen.
  9. R Tyler Pitlick.

UFA’S

  1. D Adam Pardy
  2. D Eric Gryba
  3. D Brad Hunt
  4. D Nikita Nikitin
  5. C Andrew Miller
  6. L Ryan Hamilton
  7. R Adam Cracknell
  8. R Rob Klinkhammer

BOTTOM LINE

The Oilers are getting closer to the Chiarelli Bruins, but they will need a complete defenseman and a power-play shot from the point. Maroon may help on the 5×4, as he can block out the sun in front of the net (and has been doing it for a long time). The Maroon risk has a direct comp in Zack Kassian, and we may see Chiarelli apply that kind of bet to at least one defensive position this summer.

I think we are likely to see an active summer, with two defensemen coming in and more skill heading out. The Oilers are morphing into a big, rugged team with some skill. You may not like that kind of team, but it is here. It is also pretty expensive in the bottom 6F.

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101 Responses to "A BUSY DAY AFTER ALL"

  1. spoiler says:

    So that’s what a competent trade deadline looks like…

  2. spoiler says:

    Well done, LT. The late report of the Maroon deal must have had you typing like a madman this afternoon.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Spoiler: JUST got done!

  4. Younger Oil says:

    Dumb question, what do the underlined players refer to?

  5. Lowetide says:

    Younger Oil:
    Dumb question, what do the underlined players refer to?

    AH sorry. lol. Underlined means there is a chance, slight or great, they won’t be back

  6. zatch says:

    Like this move for what it represents. Buying low on guys who have real upside is a welcome change. Korpse better be gone soon.

  7. Younger Oil says:

    Lowetide: AH sorry. lol. Underlined means there is a chance, slight or great, they won’t be back

    Ah OK, thanks! So just to clarify, for the RFAs and UFAs that are not underlined, you think are either guaranteed to be gone or staying?

  8. spoiler says:

    I wonder if the Pouliot injury played into the Maroon acquisition.

  9. wheatnoil says:

    I don’t know if Chiarelli is listening to Dellow or not, but Maroon and Kassian both strike me as buy-low options that Dellow would approve of.

    They’re both kind of like acquiring Pouliot the year before the Oilers actually acquired him, when he would’ve been a much cheaper pick-up (though I still think he’s full value).

    Edit: Parkatti made reference to Maroon being something Dellow could possibly be behind. As LT pointed out, his timeline is superb.

  10. Edmonton_fan says:

    Maroon is averaging 9 fights a season in the NHL. Team toughness just got a wee bit better…

  11. JDï™ says:

    Sail on, slender Slovak.

  12. leadfarmer says:

    I absolutely hated the Korpse acquisition, I’m cool with Maroon though. He does help with the doing the tough things that this team struggles with. Now get the test tube off the power play and have maroon block out the sun and give Davidson a chance to show of his underrated slapshot.

  13. spoiler says:

    Edmonton_fan:
    Maroon is averaging 9 fights a season in the NHL. Team toughness just got a wee bit better…

    It’s quite likely we will never see Gazdic take another shift for the Oilers. Despite all the ribbing I gave him the first season, I feel bad for him, as he is an honest player with a tough job. Still, that is great news for the Oilers.

  14. frjohnk says:

    Edmonton_fan:
    Maroon is averaging 9 fights a season in the NHL. Team toughness just got a wee bit better…

    Maroon-Cracknell-Kassian
    Pardy-Gryba

    old time hockey

  15. OF17 says:

    Very pleased with this. Maroon is big, skilled, and until this year, he’s been among Anaheim’s top shot metrics performers. To have him next year at $1.5 million at 3LW is a great thing, and we only had to give up a 4th for the pleasure.

    If nothing changes between now and next year, our top-9 will have two guys that are big and throw that weight around (Kassian and Maroon), 2 guys that are big and use that to their advantage in the cycle game (Pouliot and Draisaitl), and 2 guys that are average to small but play with an edge (Hall and Yakupov). Add that to the fact that Nuge is far from soft and there’s still another top-9 forward to account for (that would go to Pakarinen/Khaira at this point), and the Oilers finally look like a group of forwards that can compete physically against the LAs and Anaheims of the world. They won’t beat them that way, but we’re a way’s away from them being embarrassed every time things got into a cycling game, and that I’m happy for.

    Plus, we got a legit NHL forward for a 4th round pick. If that happens 5 years from the pick, you have to be happy. This was a great trade for the Oilers in the same way that trading Larsen, re-signing Davidson and Brossoit, and trading Schutlz were great moves for the Oilers. Small steps, but all definitely in the right direction, and that’s more than we could say about most of the trade deadlines post-Pronger.

  16. Lowetide says:

    Younger Oil: Ah OK, thanks! So just to clarify, for the RFAs and UFAs that are not underlined, you think are either guaranteed to be gone or staying?

    I think the guys who are not underlined (in the 50) should be here in the fall.

  17. Thor762 says:

    So Chia has Davidson, Brossoit, and Maroon for less than the price that Schultz used to cost per year?

    I can live with that.

  18. Chris says:

    The TSN panel sure don’t like the trade. I like it already!

  19. OF17 says:

    Thor762:
    So Chia has Davidson, Brossoit, and Maroon for less than the price that Schultz used to cost per year?

    I can live with that.

    That’s insane. Shows what a good GM can do with cap space. A top 9 forward, a 4/5 D, and a promising backup for a 5/6 D?

  20. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    I love the fact Maroon’s #19 is available and he gets to be reunited with his buddy Gadzic!

    http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/130632?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  21. Psyche says:

    My current line-up:

    L/C/R

    Hall/Draisaitl/Kassian
    Yakupov/McDavid/Eberle
    Maroon/Hendricks/Pakarinen
    Lander/Letestu/Cracknell

    LD/RD

    Sekera/Fayne
    Davidson/Clendening
    Nurse/Pardy

    G
    Talbot

    My healthy line-up:

    L/C/R

    Hall/Draisaitl/Kassian
    Pouliot/McDavid/Yakupov
    Maroon/Nugent-Hopkins/Eberle
    Hendricks/Letestu/Pakarinen

    LD/RD

    Sekera/Fayne
    Davidson/Clendening
    Klefbom/Pardy

    G
    Talbot

  22. JDï™ says:


    Ben Kuzma
    ‏@benkuzma

    Benning talked to the eight teams on Vrbata’s limited NTC list and didn’t get a single offer, not even a draft pick. #Canucks

    🙌

  23. JOHNNY OPERATOR76 says:

    As far as the opposition is concerned….The forecast calls for pain.

  24. frjohnk says:

    Saw this tweet before

    Craig Custance ‏@CraigCustance · 8 hours ago

    “Teams collecting draft picks or hoarding are doing so in part because high end players expected to be available in summer because of cap.”

    Oilers have 9 picks this June.
    1 1st
    1-2nd
    3-3rds
    2-5ths
    1-6th
    1-7th

    Oilers could not only use 1 or more of those picks for some roster players who become available because of the cap, but also use 1 of those picks to help jettison a player out. Such as a Korspe (retain 500K) plus a 5th for a 7th.

    Really liking the Maroon add.

    Solid weekend for Chia.

  25. Psyche says:

    Was this a foreshadow of today’s trade? Maroon defeating the Flyers’ Manning in a fight earlier this month:
    http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/132539
    McDavid’s clavicle hates that Manning guy!

  26. Tarkus says:

    Kiltymcbagpipes,

    I think Fayne should give Maroon his number, dammit.

  27. BAUCE says:

    You know what kind of team I like? The kind that wins.

  28. RedArmy says:

    I foresee a David Musil for Kerby Rychel trade.

  29. Rondo says:

    frjohnk,

    Mark Edwards ‏@MarkEdwardsHP
    I’ll be interested to see the draft year for picks included in trades today. Great players at the top of ’16 draft but depth drops off quick

    Mark Edwards ‏@MarkEdwardsHP
    @Stoshilman for me it “feels” like 1st rounders end in the 23-25 range. 25 to 35 very fluid for me. 2nd round not as deep overall as usual.

    Mark Edwards ‏@MarkEdwardsHP
    @Lavoie27 I/we haven’t spent enough time on it yet to answer confidently. My quick take is not quite the star power at top but more depth 2017

  30. russ99 says:

    Interesting move.

    Maroon seems tailor-made for McLellan’s system. Seems like the Penner-like player we’ve been missing for a while.

    But I’d prefer Chia bringing in big wingers who are truly two-way players, and the book on Maroon is his skating is average at best and isn’t good in the D-zone.

    Still, got an NHL player cheap and then Ducks ate some salary, Seems they’re totally screwed with their FAs and the cap this summer, so many we raid them a bit more soon.

    I’m hopeful that Chia makes some moves to the forward corps to make us tougher to play against this summer, not to just get bigger and tougher.

  31. Ice Sage says:

    Tarkus:
    Kiltymcbagpipes,

    I think Fayne should give Maroon his number, dammit.

    Well played!
    Lets hope he has ‘Moves like Jagr’

  32. Mr DeBakey says:

    Psyche: My current line-up:
    L/C/R
    Hall/Draisaitl/Kassian
    Yakupov/McDavid/Eberle
    Maroon/Hendricks/Pakarinen
    Lander/Letestu/Cracknell

    Hendricks is a crappy Center.
    Swap him and 54.

  33. JDï™ says:

    Ice Sage: Well played!

    It was a ‘whoosh’ for me until you said that.

  34. AsiaOil says:

    Could plus sized unicorns be the plan next year?

    Hall Drai Kass
    Pou CMD Yak
    Maroon RNH Ebs
    Hendo Lander/TSTB Pak

    But of course some moves will be made…….

  35. frjohnk says:

    Rondo:
    frjohnk,

    Mark Edwards ‏@MarkEdwardsHP
    I’ll be interested to see the draft year for picks included in trades today. Great players at the top of ’16 draft but depth drops off quick

    Mark Edwards ‏@MarkEdwardsHP
    @Stoshilman for me it “feels” like 1st rounders end in the 23-25 range. 25 to 35 very fluid for me. 2nd round not as deep overall as usual.

    Mark Edwards ‏@MarkEdwardsHP
    @Lavoie27 I/we haven’t spent enough time on it yet to answer confidently. My quick take is not quite the star power at top but more depth 2017

    Well we should get a decent player with our 1st pick 🙂

    Hopefully a consensus 1st rounder drops to us with the 2nd pick.

    Would be nice to get an NHL player down the road with at least 1 of the 3 3rd rounders.

  36. frjohnk says:

    AsiaOil:
    Could plus sized unicorns be the plan next year?

    Hall Drai Kass
    Pou CMD Yak
    Maroon RNH Ebs
    Hendo Lander/TSTB Pak

    But of course some moves will be made…….

    My money is on EBERLE going for Hamonic. LT’s filter wont let me link to that lighthouserticle. Here is some main points
    “An in-season match was never in the cards, but the logic for an offseason Hamonic trade increasingly points”

    The Oilers do not have the “like for like” defenseman the Islanders were originally believed to be seeking in a Hamonic trade, but that stipulation dissipates if the trade doesn’t happen in-season. And it’s in that context — a trade holding off until the summer — a fit between the Islanders and Oilers starts to emerge:
    •Edmonton needs an upgrade on defense to move forward and the right-shooting Hamonic would fit perfectly.
    •Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli probably needs to move one of his young forwards (who now expect it themselves) with $6 million cap hits: Jordan Eberle (signed through 2018-19), Taylor Hall (through 2019-20) or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2019-20).
    •If Okposo walks this summer, the Islanders will be looking to replace him as a scoring winger.
    •If Ryan Pulock, ironically expected to debut against Edmonton Sunday, continues his development curve, he’d plug in-house hole on the right side, though not exactly a Hamonic clone.”

    EBERLE for Hamonic deal in the offseason seems like a perfect match.
    Yak is probably gone at the draft.

  37. blainer says:

    I expect Maroon to play in Pouliot’s spot.

    Playing a line of Yak CMD and Ebs would be a defensive nightmare. They need size with Connor and Ebs.

  38. russ99 says:

    AsiaOil:
    Could plus sized unicorns be the plan next year?

    Hall Drai Kass
    Pou CMD Yak
    Maroon RNH Ebs
    Hendo Lander/TSTB Pak

    But of course some moves will be made…….

    Hope not, our D need to stop being on an island, and none of the bigs could be considered a quality 2-way forward.

    The key to moves like this give McLellan something to work with, some days he can run more of a scoring setup and others he can run more of a traditional checking line,

  39. Dominoiler says:

    AsiaOil:
    Could plus sized unicorns be the plan next year?

    For me, almost identical

    Hall Drai Kass
    Pou RNH Ebs
    Maroon CMD Yak
    Hendo Lander/TSTB Pak

    But your lineup does look more balanced.. This has a very soft comp 3rd line.. Plus Sized Unicorns!!!..

  40. russ99 says:

    blainer:
    I expect Maroon to play in Pouliot’s spot.

    Playing a line of Yak CMD and Ebs would be a defensive nightmare. They need size with Connor and Ebs.

    Agree, until RNH gets back.

    Then we roll:
    Hall – Draisaitl – Kassian
    Maroon – McDavid – Yakupov
    Hendricks – RNH – Eberle
    Korpikoski – Letestu – Cracknell

    Thought all the Ducks fans I talked to today said Maroon is weak in the D-zone, his value is all on the wall and in the crease in the O-zone – so I’m not sure how much added defense we’d get.

  41. Backhand says:

    What are people’s thoughts on Okposo? Ability/Price wise. Eberle to NYI for Hamonic + and then sign Okposo to replace him seems like replacing Eberle and gaining Hamonic + for free. Too optimistic?

  42. Water Fire says:

    I don’t get Cracknell Pardy but the top 9 adds are hard to complain about. Kassian and Maroon are as productive as “skill” players that are non physical and remove the “need for a non hockey fighter. And because they aren’t staged fighters they offer more deterrent than Gaz.

    Mcl can run one with Connor and also choose fo target a D if they start to take liberties. As long as it’s guys with game its better than most of the last decade

  43. Little Poteet says:

    Rondo,

    So 2017 looks like another 2012?

  44. jake70 says:

    RIP George Kennedy, loved those Airport movies from the 70s. And Cool Hand Luke (LT, car washing girl from Cool Hand Luke- I dare ya….lol)

  45. Centre of attention says:

    Maroon-McDavid-Kassian

    That wouldn’t be my choice for a line but this is the kind of line Chiarelli is working towards.

    This is pretty much Lucic-Krejic-Horton from Peters 2011 Stanley team. With down grades on the wings but a big upgrade in the middle, that is.

    You can see what Chiarelli envisions. Big wingers who can play a bit and sublime skill at center.

    I didn’t even know Maroon was available. So looking at just UFA’s is being narrow minded. Chiarelli is looking at all options. Even making hockey trades for actual roster players with term.

    We wait.

  46. kinger_OIL says:

    – Going to be brand new top-9:

    Talent: Hall, RNH, Drai, McDavid
    Hairy Asses: Kass, Maroon
    Non-Chia type players: Yak, Pou, Eberle

    Bet 2 non-Chia’s get traded for 2 more hairy-asses:

    Hall-RNH-Hairy Ass#1
    Pou-McD-Hairy Ass#2
    Hairy Ass#3-Drai-Hairy Ass#4
    Hendy-Letetsu-Hairy Ass in training

    Klef-someone cool
    Sekera-someone cool
    Davidson-Gryba-Griff-Nurse (but guess Nurse is part of someone cool D trade)

  47. Centre of attention says:

    According to an interview Maroon did with Sportsnet, he was sitting down to dinner with Corey Perry and Perry’s wife when he got the trade call. Completely unexpected, not even a hint of warning.

    This information makes the trade even better.

    Not only did we get a player, we ruined Corey Perrys dinner plans while doing it! HA!

  48. blainer says:

    The single biggest move Chia made at this deadline is the subtraction of Shultz.

    This move alone has made us a much better team and it shows.

    His 1st game with the penguins tonight and he is a scratch already.

    I am still amazed Chia got a third for him. Chia is looking much better to me after today.

  49. rickithebear says:

    Anaheim:
    We acquired a lot of forwards.
    At end of day.
    Maroon became available.
    Knew He Fit what Chiarelli needed.
    So I phoned him.

  50. AsiaOil says:

    Water Fire: I don’t get Cracknell Pardy but the top 9 adds are hard to complain about.

    Running all of Nurse, Clendening and Oesterle is way too much marginal youth in the lineup – so Pardy’s experience won’t hurt – and he’s UFA in short order. Cracknell is another big abrasive body for the 4th who is not entirely without talent. The Maroon deal appears solid enough. We are getting bigger finally.

  51. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Centre of attention,

    Ha! Love it. Suck it Perry!

  52. Gerta Rauss says:

    Nice weekend overall, sets the stage for the summer moves

  53. Ryan says:

    frjohnk: My money is on EBERLE going for Hamonic.LT’s filter wont let me link to that lighthouserticle. Here is some main points
    “An in-season match was never in the cards, but the logic for an offseason Hamonic trade increasingly points”

    The Oilers do not have the “like for like” defenseman the Islanders were originally believed to be seeking in a Hamonic trade, but that stipulation dissipates if the trade doesn’t happen in-season. And it’s in that context — a trade holding off until the summer —a fit between the Islanders and Oilers starts to emerge:
    •Edmonton needs an upgrade on defense to move forward and the right-shooting Hamonic would fit perfectly.
    •Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli probably needs to move one of his young forwards (who now expect it themselves) with $6 million cap hits: Jordan Eberle (signed through 2018-19), Taylor Hall (through 2019-20) or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2019-20).
    •If Okposo walks this summer, the Islanders will be looking to replace him as a scoring winger.
    •If Ryan Pulock, ironically expected to debut against Edmonton Sunday, continues his development curve, he’d plug in-house hole on the right side, though not exactly a Hamonic clone.”

    EBERLEfor Hamonic deal in the offseason seems like a perfect match.
    Yak is probably gone at the draft.

    Pulock has one hell of a clapper.

    I could see Yak dealt at the draft. Wasn’t there a rumor that chia wanted a couple picks and there were no takers?

  54. frjohnk says:

    Ryan: Pulock has one hell of a clapper.

    I could see Yak dealt at the draft.Wasn’t there a rumor that chia wanted a couple picks and there were no takers?

    It was from Gary lawless. But he said that Florida had a second on table for Pirri but was basically waiting for the best second round pick.

    Pirri ended up going for a 6th.

    So take Lawlesses word with a grain of salt.

  55. Oilspill says:

    2 mill players his age are seldom good in both zones

    russ99:
    Interesting move.

    Maroon seems tailor-made for McLellan’s system. Seems like the Penner-like player we’ve been missing for a while.

    But I’d prefer Chia bringing in big wingers who are truly two-way players, and the book on Maroon is his skating is average at best and isn’t good in the D-zone.

    Still, got an NHL player cheap and then Ducks ate some salary, Seems they’re totally screwed with their FAs and the cap this summer, so many we raid them a bit more soon.

    I’m hopeful that Chia makes some moves to the forward corps to make us tougher to play against this summer, not to just get bigger and tougher.

  56. JDï™ says:

    blainer: His 1st game with the penguins tonight and he is a scratch already.

    I heard that he’s waiting for his work visa.

  57. HugThePost says:

    I don’t know how to react to a GM who seems to have a goal and is slowly and methodically making moves towards that goal.

    I’ve just gotten used to a management team that burns through players like someone trying on clothes at the store, but not finding anything because they don’t know what they want, but the overall strategy is the flashier the better.

  58. razor says:

    frjohnk: It was from Gary lawless. But he said that Florida had a second on table for Pirri but was basically waiting for the best second round pick.

    Pirri ended up going for a 6th.

    So take Lawlesses word with a grain of salt.

    I’ ve been thinking about this, and I think its way too coincidental that Edmonton was in the mix for Pirri for a second, who is a LW, along with ANA, then ANA gets Pirri for a 6th, then ANA trades their own LW that fits the Chia target player better than Pirri to EDM for a 4th. I think Bob and Chia had the Maroon trade already finalized and not called in before the Pirri trade and basically screwed Tallon with the timing.

  59. CurtisS says:

    In regards to the LB contract, one way deal.

    Doesnt that mean he needs waivers next year to be sent down?

  60. Ryan says:

    CurtisS:
    In regards to the LB contract, one way deal.

    Doesnt that mean he needs waivers next year to be sent down?

    No, he’s waiver exempt.

    One way deal just means he doesn’t get an AHL paycheck if he’s sent down.

  61. CurtisS says:

    Ryan: No, he’s waiver exempt.

    One way deal just means he doesn’t get an AHL paycheck if he’s sent down.

    Ok I thought he was only waiver exempt on a 2 way deal. I thought one way deals instantly expose a player to waivers even though they would be exempt on a 2 way deal.

    Edit nope you are correct 😉

    Thanks

  62. Stelio Kontos says:

    Wish lb was on a 2 way deal so we can send him down ;P. Good day. Really like maroon. Wish we got davidson for a few more years or for just 1. Either bet the house, or play it safe and bet next year. Hate the waiver pick ups, but whatever.

    Don’t worry LT, they could always trade eberle at the draft. I know you’ve wanted him gone for years.

  63. Stelio Kontos says:

    Ryan: No, he’s waiver exempt.

    One way deal just means he doesn’t get an AHL paycheck if he’s sent down.

    Beat me to it. This is a longstanding joke here. Gets asked every single time.

  64. Stelio Kontos says:

    kinger_OIL:
    – Going to be brand new top-9:

    Talent: Hall, RNH, Drai, McDavid
    Hairy Asses: Kass, Maroon
    Non-Chia type players: Yak, Pou, Eberle

    Bet 2 non-Chia’s get traded for 2 more hairy-asses:

    Hall-RNH-Hairy Ass#1
    Pou-McD-Hairy Ass#2
    Hairy Ass#3-Drai-Hairy Ass#4
    Hendy-Letetsu-Hairy Ass in training

    Klef-someone cool
    Sekera-someone cool
    Davidson-Gryba-Griff-Nurse (but guess Nurse is part of someone cool D trade)

    Chia has had guys that are like eberle. Savard comes to mind. I don’t think that they are necessarily at risk. I think Chia’s mentality is more about the guys who at best are neutral (Lennart Petrell). If you have a guy who can’t do much, might as well be a physical guy. Think the lander’s of the world are more at risk than the eberle’s.

  65. Ryan says:

    Stelio Kontos:
    Wish lb was on a 2 way deal so we can send him down ;P. Good day. Really like maroon. Wish we got davidson for a few more years or for just 1. Either bet the house, or play it safe and bet next year. Hate the waiver pick ups, but whatever.

    Don’t worry LT, they could always trade eberle at the draft. I know you’ve wanted him gone for years.

    Cracknell, Maroon, Kassian, Nurse, Gryba, Khaira, Hendricks… That’s some eyeglow per 60.

  66. Colieo87 says:

    The waiver pick ups and trade for maroon is just to pad yaks stats and make him more appealing at the draft.

  67. jp says:

    Interesting day.

    Nurse will be in Bakersfield for the playoff run.

    Nice deals for Davidson and Brossoit. More years for Davidson would have been great, but it’s tough to complain about your 5D signing for 1.4M per.

    Pardy is a surprising pickup. He’s basically been a 7D for years – doesn’t appear to be any upside there. Did they need to replace Purcell? Most likely just a guy who won’t get his head kicked in down the stretch I guess (or at least who won’t be damaged long term by having his head kicked in). Is he great in the room or something? Anyone have any additional insight?

    Cracknell is heavy. Maybe he finds a niche and sticks around. Most likely not.

    And Maroon. Looks like a great bet. He appears to be a decent 3rd liner. And huge obviously. There’s a little risk with the term, but at 1.5M per it’s not too huge.

    I guess there was lots of dialogue about this stuff during the day, but i wasn’t able to follow the earlier thread.

  68. Dr. Taboggan says:

    I really really hope the Pardy pick-up results in Nurse being sent down for the rest of the season.

  69. Gerta Rauss says:

    Chiarelli audio today

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=54232

    The media avail was obviously before the Maroon trade was announced

  70. Really? says:

    Overall, I am very pleased and reassured with what Chiarelli accomplished this deadline. Nothing earth shattering but nothing soul destroying. It appears that each move has a chance to benefit the Oilers. This is a foreign concept and will take some getting used to.

    While this has been a great audition, the real test will be the draft and free agency. Should be fun.

  71. AsiaOil says:

    Yak’s “development plan” is getting pretty boring, but I’m not surprised is was retained. Chia knows how to pump (see Purcell, T.) and there was no way he was going to deal from this degree of weakness. Maybe the previous group of buffoons would do that – but not Chia. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t on the table – but it was going to take something like a McCarron and obviously Montreal didn’t want to do it. Yes I also expect another “hairy ass” to be added and one of the non-chia’s to be dealt. But a strong possession RW like Craig Smith who is decently sized, fast and has some hands might be nice as well. Basically a somewhat better RW Pouliot.

  72. eastcoastoil says:

    jp,

    I was just about to ask this. didnt they need to do all the paper transactions today for any oiler to be availble for the condors?

    If they did, i just didnt see it, who was “sent down”?

  73. TeeVee says:

    So looking on the AHL transaction site, Nikitin and Gazdic have been recalled, Osterle and Khaira have been sent down, Brossoit and Nurse were paper transactions.

  74. eastcoastoil says:

    TeeVee,

    Ok, so Nikitin and Gazdic can not play in playoffs?
    Thanks for the reply by the way

  75. TeeVee says:

    eastcoastoil:
    TeeVee,

    Ok, so Nikitin and Gazdic can not play in playoffs?
    Thanks for the reply by the way

    That I’m not sure about but assume they can because they were on the AHL roster at some point today.

  76. TeeVee says:

    15 forwards on the roster, Pouliot will be IR’d at some point tomorrow or already is, which will leave 14 and 2 to sit.

    Most likely Gazdic and 1 of Korpse, Lander, Pak or Crack.

  77. smellyglove says:

    I don’t mean to beat the conspiracy theory horse, but the issue of Schultz’s icetime won’t quit me.

    Is it possible to have a binding ice-time agreement in a contract? If not, how plausible there was some sort of ‘hand shake’ agreement between Katz and/or inherited through MacT to PChia?

  78. Gerta Rauss says:

    smellyglove,

    A poster yesterday made the assertion that there was some kind of guarantee made to Schultz. I’m far too lazy to look through the comments, you’ll have to look for yourself

  79. Lowetide says:

    I honestly dont understand that Lighthouse thing. I posted it yesterday but no one else can. Weird. The filter disallows multiple links, but seems to be picking on LH for some reason.

  80. G Money says:

    Lowetide,

    Had the same issue with a Blue Shirt Banter article a while back.

    Your server just hates New York I guess.

  81. jp says:

    smellyglove:
    I don’t mean to beat the conspiracy theory horse, but the issue of Schultz’s icetime won’t quit me.

    Is it possible to have a binding ice-time agreement in a contract? If not, how plausible there was some sort of ‘hand shake’ agreement between Katz and/or inherited through MacT to PChia?

    I think it’s unlikely that a guaranteed ice time clause was given to Schultz when he was originally signed.

    It seems extraordinarily unlikely that such an agreement would persist through 2 GMs, 4 (5) coaches and 3 contracts.

    I don’t KNOW, but I can’t see it.

  82. jp says:

    Also on Schultz’s TOI:

    For what it’s worth, he played less under MacT than under Eakins/Nelson last year (20:57 vs 22:36).

    Not what you’d expect from the guy who touted him as a Norris candidate and who would originally have given him the TOI guarantee.

  83. spoiler says:

    I’m still worried that Lucic is a target… which likely means Hall is down the river for a defenseman back. So it’s not that I hate the addition of Lucic, but loathe the idea of trading Hall. Ebs is more of a favorite of mine, but I understand if he’s traded… just really really want to see one playoff game with the ice-cold killer in the line up that was so *clutch* in the WJCs.

    The defenseman that would be my first choice to target (besides Hamonic), would be Tyler Myers. You want big and skill, here’s big and skill, muthafuckahhhhhhhh.

    *not actually a thing. I think. Sometimes.

  84. JDï™ says:

    TeeVee: Nikitin and Gazdic

    ?????

    They’ve designed a trebuchet capable of reaching the sun?

  85. Frank the dog says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    smellyglove,

    A poster yesterday made the assertion that there was some kind of guarantee made to Schultz. I’m far too lazy to look through the comments, you’ll have to look for yourself

    Someone else may have asserted it, I suspected it. Before he came he was saying he was looking for playing time. Why else did he get tha playing time? If not in his contract the from the owner?

  86. JDï™ says:

    Frank the dog,

    If his icetime wasn’t somehow agreed to, then every one of his coaches must have employed this troubleshooting method with the player:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rryQfAnQs3M

  87. Lowetide says:

    spoiler:
    I’m still worried that Lucic is a target… which likely means Hall is down the river for a defenseman back.So it’s not that I hate the addition of Lucic, but loathe the idea of trading Hall.Ebs is more of a favorite of mine, but I understand if he’s traded… just really really want to see one playoff game with the ice-cold killer in the line up that was so *clutch* in the WJCs.

    The defenseman that would be my first choice to target (besides Hamonic), would be Tyler Myers.You want big and skill, here’s big and skill, muthafuckahhhhhhhh.

    *not actually a thing.I think. Sometimes.

    I think Lucic will be a target if he reaches free agency. Doubt he does, though.

  88. stevezie says:

    I could live with Eberle for Hamonic but with the impending cap-crunch i really do think there will be better deals yo be had.
    Yak and his paycheck may suddenly seem valuable

  89. kinger_OIL says:

    stevezie:
    I could live with Eberle for Hamonic but with the impending cap-crunch i really do think there will be better deals yo be had.
    Yak and his paycheck may suddenly seem valuable

    In terms of cap and perfromance: yak+harmonic > ebs + fayne for instance, and a few million less.

  90. rich says:

    Lowetide:
    I honestly dont understand that Lighthouse thing. I posted it yesterday but no one else can. Weird. The filter disallows multiple links, but seems to be picking on LH for some reason.

    Your filter still hates Billy Smith.

  91. GCW_69 says:

    If Lucic hits free agency, I think the Oilers are going to scratch that itch. And if they have to, I would like to see the following:

    – Reinhart for Pysyk
    – Nurse for Hamonic or Trouba
    – Hall for Lindholm (if you haven’t seen his HERO chart, this won’t make sense, but this guy is legit top pairing defender, well ahead of Hamonic, Vatanen, and Trouba).
    – Yakupov for Eller

    Would leave the Oilers with something like this:

    CapFriendly.com Armchair-GM User-Generated Roster

    FORWARDS (14)
    Rightwing: L. Draisaitl ($925,000) – J. Eberle ($6,000,000) – C. Stewart ($2,000,000) – J. Khaira ($875,000)
    Centre: R. Nugent-Hopkins ($6,000,000) – C. McDavid ($925,000) – L. Eller ($3,500,000) – A. Lander ($987,500) – J. Andersson ($900,000)
    Leftwing: B. Pouliot ($4,000,000) – M. Lucic ($6,500,000) – P. Maroon ($1,500,000) – M. Letestu ($1,800,000) – K. Rychel ($863,333)

    DEFENSE (7)
    Right: A. Sekera ($5,500,000) – T. Hamonic ($3,857,143) – M. Pysyk ($1,125,000) – M. Fayne ($3,625,000)
    Left: H. Lindholm ($6,000,000) – O. Klefbom ($4,167,000) – B. Davidson ($1,425,000)

    GOALTENDER (2)
    C. Talbot ($4,166,667) – L. Brossoit ($750,000)

    BUYOUTS
    A. Ference ($1,083,333) – L. Korpikoski ($500,000)

    DETAILS
    Roster Size: 23
    NHL Salary Cap: $
    Cap Hit: $68,974,976
    Cap Space: $2,425,024 (assuming a flat cap).

    Cap space could improve if Ference LTIR instead of buy out and Fayne traded instead of kept and replaced with Gryba or equivalent as the number 7 guy.

    This team would have to trade Eberle for a top defensive prospect and maybe Sekera when McDavid’s deal came up with a goal to replace Eberle with Laine or Puljujärvi after they have seasoned a bit back home.

  92. kinger_OIL says:

    Stelio Kontos,

    Yes he had guys like Ebs: and they are in the list as the skill guys. Of course he likes skill, but he likes more big guys. He’s not going to keep many non-Chia’s, suspect Ebs is one that’s gone.

  93. Frank the dog says:

    With these additions and the return of Nuge and Klef but most importantly the removal of Schultz, this team will be a lot better.
    Bit how many teams never get to ice their full lineup the entire season?
    BTW any player that is supposed to be so talented, touted as one of the core, and shows so little consistency and effort is bound to be booed eventually by fans in whatever city they play.
    I still believe the change from what he was in the A to what he became may have been attributable to off-ice issues.

  94. raventalon40 says:

    blainer:
    The single biggest move Chia made at this deadline is the subtraction of Shultz.

    This movealone has made us a much better team and it shows.

    His 1st game with the penguins tonight and he is a scratch already.

    I am still amazed Chia got a third for him. Chia is looking much better to me after today.

    More likley Visa issues. Which is why James Reimer isn’t dressed until the Sharks go to Vancouver and pick him up.

    But I agree. Schultz is a talented defenseman but he is more than replaceable with Brad Hunt… and quite frankly would be better suited as a RW than a D.

  95. monsterbater says:

    GCW_69,

    i like hampus lindholm, but if you want to look at HERO charts and WARRIOR charts, compare him to Klefbom who is signed to a sweetheart deal (provided he stays healthy). Add this to the fact they already have sekera long term at a healthy cap hit and i don’t see the need to trade hall for lindholm. I would prefer to trade eberle for another RHD who can play in the top 4 to pair with hamonic (who i assume you get for nurse, add picks either side to even out if necessary).

  96. PhrankLee says:

    I truly hope Rogers/TSN drop the whole overwrought trade deadline day coverage.

    Especially in a flat cap environment. What a huge waste of time.

    Plus we are subjected to more hours of Kypreos than anyone should be made to endure. Except Healy.

    That boner deserves every excruciating millisecond.

  97. speeds says:

    PhrankLee:
    I truly hope Rogers/TSN drop the whole overwrought trade deadline day coverage.

    Especially in a flat cap environment. What a huge waste of time.

    Problem is if one of them drops it, the other gets all the viewers.

  98. who says:

    spoiler:
    I’m still worried that Lucic is a target… which likely means Hall is down the river for a defenseman back.So it’s not that I hate the addition of Lucic, but loathe the idea of trading Hall.Ebs is more of a favorite of mine, but I understand if he’s traded… just really really want to see one playoff game with the ice-cold killer in the line up that was so *clutch* in the WJCs.

    The defenseman that would be my first choice to target (besides Hamonic), would be Tyler Myers.You want big and skill, here’s big and skill, muthafuckahhhhhhhh.

    *not actually a thing.I think. Sometimes.

    You are the first person on this form to agree with me. Don’t know if that makes you smart or crazy. The big question is would you do Hall for Myers

  99. GCW_69 says:

    monsterbater:
    GCW_69,

    i like hampus lindholm, but if you want to look at HERO charts and WARRIOR charts, compare him to Klefbom who is signed to a sweetheart deal (provided he stays healthy). Add this to the fact they already have sekera long term at a healthy cap hit and i don’t see the need to trade hall for lindholm. I would prefer to trade eberle for another RHD who can play in the top 4 to pair with hamonic (who i assume you get for nurse, add picks either side to even out if necessary).

    Oscar looks great, but neither Vatanen, nor Hamonic are first pairing defenders in my view, and Sekera is better on the second pair than first. So, I would pay the premium and have Oscar and Hampus anchor the defense on the left side, putting Sekera and Hamonic with them.

    Personal preference for sure.

  100. Infidels says:

    Don’t really understand the Ducks moving out Maroon at this time.

    I get that Stewart has surpassed him but I’d want to keep him for depth
    in the playoffs. He was very good in PO last year.

    I’d have to think they could’ve gotten a 4th for him this summer, especially
    with salary retained.

    Kind of curious – maybe something happened that we don’t know about

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