THESE ARE THE DAYS OF MIRACLE AND WONDER

Travis Hamonic and his blasted happiness have really put a wrench in the Oilers offseason. Not even misery is on our side, which is incredible based on all the time we have spent together. With Hamonic now in Brooklyn for the next few seasons, perhaps we should revisit the list of potential blue acquisitions from a week ago. Hamonic was a strong option, but quality remains.

THE BLUE ROOM

  1. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators. Franchise player. He won’t move.
  2. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens. Franchise player. He won’t move. Right?
  3. Jason Demers, Dallas Stars. Effective defenseman, he costs only money. With Hamonic gone, I have moved him up—and remember he costs only money.
  4. Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche. He is close to a perfect fit for the puck-moving portion of this Oilers team, and might be available.
  5. Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes. The gap between Faulk and (say) Barrie is not large in my mind. He cooled off as the season wore on but he would be a nice option.
  6. Travis Hamonic, NY Islanders. This is a solid player and a great option for Edmonton.
  7. Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks. I like his puck-moving ability but as with all young blue there is not a clearly established level of ability. What we see is very good offensively.
  8. Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers. Strong, effective defender who keeps showing up in good places in possession.
  9. Michael Stone, Arizona Coyotes. Two-way D spiked offensively this year, you would like to have a little more track with those kind of boxcars.
  10. David Savard, Columbus Blue Jackets. Interesting player, has a range of skills and could be among the more available names near the top of this list.
  11. Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets. Strange year for a talented young player. Could be a buy low situation or a waste of assets.
  12. Mark Pysyk, Buffalo Sabres. He has had several false starts in Buffalo, but the numbers imply there is a player here. Might shake loose and could help.
  13. Ryan Pulock, New York Islanders. Big shot from the point has high value, he is a very young target for a team looking for bona fide help.
  14. Damon Severson, New Jersey Devils. Under the radar name, he did pretty well in 2015-16. I have no idea if he is available but this is a player who is young enough to grow with the group in Edmonton.
  15. Ryan Murphy, Carolina Hurricanes. Some chaos, but good speed and puck-moving ability. Hurricanes have a lot of options among blue and need forward help.
  16. Jordan Schmaultz, St. Louis Blues. One thing we haven’t looked at a lot is the substantial offensive defensemen in the AHL. Schmaultz is such a player and we could see the Oilers acquire a player like Schmaultz. He is a very good prospect.
  17. Anthony DeAngelo, Tampa Bay Lightning. Another player with a puck-moving element to his game but not yet estsblished as an NHL player. We have talked about him quite a bit, most recently here.
  18. Brandon Montour, Anaheim Ducks. This could be a special player. He is not far from a point-per-game as a rookie defensemen in the AHL. No idea if he is available but worth the ask.
  19. Colin Miller, Boston Bruins. He never gets mentioned, but if you look at the numbers this guy keeps showing up in interesting places. No idea if he has a future, but his now is interesting.
  20. Cody Franson, Buffalo Sabres. I am probably the only one who still likes him enough to list him, but that hammer from the point would come in handy and he fits a real need.
  21. Eric Gryba, Edmonton Oilers. I doubt Mark Fayne returns, and Gryba could slide in as an inexpensive option in the stay-at-home department.
  22. Ville Pokka, Chicago Blackhawks. Young defender in the Chicago system just posted a solid year in the AHL. Suspect they will keep him, but you never know.
  23. Frank Corrado, Toronto Maple Leafs. Very little evidence but he showed up in some good places.
  24. Ryan Sproul, Detroit Red Wings. Puck-moving defender in the AHL, he might be ready for an NHL role this fall.
  25. Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames. A year removed from a fantastic offensive season, he would probably be available for less than zero. Wildly unpopular idea, it might work.
  26. Taylor Aronson, Nashville Predators. Minor-league defender with some interesting numbers and he shouldn’t be expensive.
  27. Matt Irwin, Boston Bruins. He was buried in the minors this season and at 28 that could be it for his NHL career. That said, he did some good things as a San Jose Sharks blue and maybe there is a connection.

One thing we haven’t discussed much is taking a goalie at the draft. The addition of Nick Ellis was a solid move in my opinion, but two holes remains on the organizational depth chart at this position:

  1. Cam Talbot
  2. Missing substantial backup
  3. Laurent Brossoit as AHL starter—first callup
  4. Eetu Laurikainen on the Bakersfield-Norfolk route
  5. Nick Ellis on the Bakersfield-Norfolk route
  6. Missing quality prospect matriculating
  7. Miroslav Svoboda and Zach Nagelvoort as prospective pro signings

Brossoit is the best prospect on the list and I like him, but there may be an opportunity to take Carter Hart with their second-round pick. Is that a wise option? Picking goalies early is a dangerous thing—there is every chance the pick will never turn out—but this young man’s resume is very good.

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Dillon Simpson photo by Mark Williams

THE NEW CONDORS

The minor league depth chart has seen some new possible additions over the last few days, giving us a real chance to see what Peter Chiarelli is looking for from his AHL team. By the looks of things, he was not enamored with his young forwards, and playing time is not guaranteed to the recent draft picks.

  • Goal: Laurent Brossoit, Eetu Laurikainen, Nick Ellis
  • Defense: Griffin Reinhart, David Musil (RFA), Jordan Oesterle (RFA), Dillon Simpson, Joey Laleggia, Ben Betker (plus some righties on the way, I imagine)
  • Center: Bogdan Yakimov, Jujhar Khaira, Kyle Platzer and more on the way, I suspect
  • Left Wing: Ryan Hamilton (AHL contract), Drake Caggiula, Jere Sallinen, Mitchell Moroz, Braden Christoffer
  • Right Wing: Anton Slepyshev, Patrick Russell, Greg Chase

I didn’t add Josh Winquist but you would have to think he is in the conversation for an NHL contract. Possible AHL deals include Marco Roy, Josh Currie and of course the club could sign Tyler Pitlick for another year. Two players who may be on the outside looking in? Kale Kessy and Luke Gazdic.

The wingers are getting a bit of a makeover, but I think there is talent among the group who are about to return. Greg Chase should get a bigger role in Bakersfield this fall, and men like Platzer also have a chance. Mitch Moroz and Braden Christoffer are not slotted for key roles, and in the case of Moroz—entering the final year of his entry-level deal—this is a big season coming. Dillon Simpson will be worth watching, he appears to be doing that thing where he quietly passes people on the depth chart, this season will be an important one for him.

davidson capture

CHIARELLI ASSET LIST

  1. No. 4 overall selection (trading down—not out—sounds like the current plan)
  2. Benoit Pouliot (Anaheim for Vatanen?)
  3. Jordan Eberle (will mentions go down with Hamonic off the table?)
  4. 2017 1st round selection (certainly in play)
  5. Young LHD (Darnell Nurse, Brandon Davidson) (this list may depend on the health of both Klefbom and Davidson. If one or both are not expected to be full speed by TC, this may not be an avenue)
  6. Nail Yakupov (if they get a reasonable offer, he is exiting the system)
  7. Cap space (Edmonton might be able to get a player like Bozak on the cheap because of it)

CHIARELLI SUMMER LIST

  1. Top-pairing D to partner with Klefbom (Jason Demers/Radko Gudas)
  2. Second-pairing RHD to partner with Sekera (Tyson Barrie/Sami Vatanen)
  3. Acquire RHC with some skill (Small group available. Andrew Shaw? Tommy Wingels? Tyler Bozak?)
  4. Offload unwanted contract (Lauri Korpikoski)
  5. Backup goalie (Jhonas Enroth, James Reimer)
  6. Find value contracts (Davidson, Maroon, possibly Caggiula)
  7. Re-stock the Condors, partly through Euro, college and CHL signings (Caggiula and Russell, but also Ellis and Sallinen)
  8. Build up the system (especially forwards) via draft (big summer)

Although Peter Chiarelli hasn’t made any moves yet to impact the NHL D, things are coming into view. Signing Jason Demers has to be a target now, and the idea of trading Nugent-Hopkins in a Justin Faulk deal—which I find to be a horrible thought—has entered the room of possibilities and is talking to the bartender.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show, TSN1260 beginning at 10. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. The new college kids, trading down, targets that fit the ‘complete defender’ definition aside from Jason Demers.
  • Perry Stothart, Classic Landscapes. Perry’s show kicks off this weekend, if you are a backyard putterer (is that a word?) this is your guy. Great ideas and concepts, plus he is a basketball madman.
  • Gerry Moddejonge, Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal. The Eskimos were daring at the CFL Draft last night—will it pay off, and when?
  • Jump The Shark. Long time friend and poster going back to HFboards days, JTS is in St. Petersburg and will give us a taste of the city, fan experience and the hockey.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. The Eastern Conference final is going to be a doozy, who wins this? Plus Scott will be the one guy you hear today who won’t blame Ovechkin for the loss.

@Lowetide on twitter, 10-1260 text. See you on the radio!

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74 Responses to "THESE ARE THE DAYS OF MIRACLE AND WONDER"

  1. leadfarmer says:

    I think we have too many defensemen that need mentoring. We need some experienced guys to mentor the guys we have.

  2. Skeeziks says:

    I really like the addition of Gudas as a possible target. He has enough of an unpredictable edge that he would keep many players honest in the Oilers D zone. On top of that, he is a solid player. The type you hate playing against and love having on your roster.

  3. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Still on board with one or two years of Brian Campbellat relatively high dollars.

  4. Younger Oil says:

    Josh Manson from the Ducks is another very attractive option to me. Kind of seems like their right handed version of Davidson, a very good 3rd pairing D who can play up if needed, who is young and has lots of upside.

    No idea what it would take to get him though, and would be very surprised if the Ducks gave up both him and Vatanen.

    To me, the ideal summer for getting defenders is to sign Demers, use the 4th pick in a deal to get a Vatanen/Barrie/Faulk type, and then trade Yakupov or Reinhart for a right handed version of Davidson (a possibly underrated prospect ready to break into the NHL). Still would love for them to find a way to keep Yak though, our RW depth is piss poor even before we trade him for peanuts.

    If that happens though, really need to find a way to get rid of some of our poor contracts (Korpse, Fayne, Letestu).

  5. monsterbater says:

    From last night’s post:

    I think we all need to stop worrying about the expansion draft until the timing becomes official and the rules are clearly outlined. Several reasons for this are:

    – We don’t know for certain how NMC will be handled (ie can they be waived, other loopholes) or how pending free agents will be handled. We can only speculate.
    – Making the team better for this coming year is a priority regardless of what “may” happen the following year. You can’t avoid making a deal because you are worried about maybe losing a Davidson a year from now. Looking to the future is absolutely important but is losing one of our top 8-10 players going to be a backbreaker that sets us back again?
    – Really like Davidson but he is still just now showing promise. If he regresses this coming year he wouldn’t need protection. If he has a similar year, is it that big of an eye opener that he immediately becomes one of the top 6 or so D that will be made available?
    – Are we really worried about a team taking an Oilers Dman? Isn’t it more likely that one of our forwards (non-elite one) would be taken if unprotected? Say a pouliot, maroon etc.

  6. schmed says:

    I wonder if a phone call to washington, and ask about Carlson, what’s the fancies say about him?

  7. JimmyV1965 says:

    I think RNH makes sense in a Faulk deal because we could include Jordan Staal in the deal. He has a $6 million cap hit until he’s 34. The contract doesn’t make sense for a rebuilding team, but it would really help us in the short term and allow Drai to apprentice at C with a veteran showing him the way. We could also unload guys like Fayne and Korpi, who have short-term cap hits that allow the Canes to get to the cap floor. We might hate Staal’s contract three years from now, but with Faulk it would really help us get over the hump in the short term. On a team with even decent forwards, Faulk has the potential to put up huge numbers. He actually had 30 pts in his first 36 games this year and then his season was derailed by injury.

  8. haters says:

    Welp
    Any chance he was told to say that by Snow ? ….

    I dunno, if I was was GM I would back a truck up to Demers, while not ideal it still gets us going in the right direction without blowing good forwards out the door. I would also dangle Reinhart and say ebs for Ristolienan (sp) in Buffalo.

    Get creative. Hamonic most likely wanted Winnipeg anyway, prolly wasn’t the ideal fit here for him.

    Anyone else want to move Nurse out for a similar Rhd ? Not giving up on him but his play this year was cringe worthy, and as much as I like a good face puncher I’m not convinced to this point that he will be anything more than a Gryba in a couple years. “Ducks”

  9. HeatTreaterJoe says:

    I’m still thinking about the Reinhart trade and Gryba trades last year, and am wondering if any of you could help out.

    Marincin
    6’4″, 201 lbs, age 24
    2015-2016: 65 GP, 1G, 6A, 7P, -3

    Reinhart
    6’4″, 212 lbs, age 22
    2015-2016: 29 GP, 0G, 1A, 1P, -6

    From the standard box-scores, it’s tough to say which player is better. Both big men, wide wing spans, not overly physical, but (from my recollection – which is probably severely flawed or incomplete) Marincin seemed further along the development.

    Has anyone done the fancies comparing these two over the last season? I’d be especially intrigued to see how the RickiTheBear numbers compare. Thanks in advance.

  10. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    schmed,

    I think they’d tell you to go pound sand.

    Alzner maybe. Maybe.

    Carlson was an elite PP option, all situations defender tasked with partnering with Brooks Orpik most of the time.

    On the backup goalie question:

    Assuming we go the UFA route, what’s the ranking? Assuming we look at guys in the cheaper end of the spectrum.

    Enroth seems like the first choice but given his frustration about playing time he expressed to the media recently I doubt he goes anywhere that has a guy making more than $4 million for a few years in front of him. I expect him to take a deal with a team with either no clear starter, a less established one, or an old guy. He wants his opportunity and I don’t think he gets it here.

    Chad Johnson is another common choice. I worry he might be looking for $2 million or more than 1 year.

    What about Al Montoya? I think he might be open to a $1million/1year kind of deal. Makes room for Brossoit to run another test if he earns it, which I think is important if possible.

    Any other creative backup solutions out there?

  11. haters says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!,

    I would go with a veteran goalie. Someone capable to step in incase of injury and a mentor of sorts. Bryz anyone ?!! I joke, but Anderson is my target.

  12. JimmyV1965 says:

    schmed:
    I wonder if a phone call to washington, and ask about Carlson, what’s the fancies say about him?

    Not sure what his advanced stats look like, but he had top 5 numbers for dmen until injuries derailed his season. Much like Faulk, he just didn’t look as good when he came back from injury. He actually came back too early, played about 8 games and then went back on DL. No way Caps move him. They might move Orlov though. Not sure if he shoots right though.

  13. Jaxon says:

    I would add the following options: Madison Bowey (WSH), Michael Paliotta (CBJ) and Steve Santini & Reece Scarlett (NJD). Pulock and Scott Mayfield may shake loose from NYI now that Hamonic is staying.

    Bowey would be my top option. He played with Nurse and McDavid on the gold winning Team Canada Jrs. and with Draisaitl on his Memorial Cup run. He also played with Damon Severson. although one year younger, he was the Captain in Kelowna while Severson was the Assistant Captain and he scored at close to the same pace in his D+1 as Severson’s D+2 and outscored his pace in his D+2 (over a pt/gp). They are also roughly the same size. Bowey has the potential to turn into one of the best RD in the NHL. That is the only way Edmonton is going to get an elite RD without creating another hole in their lineup and giving up too much in assets. Washington is deep on RD and are in win-now mode for next year again. Would Chiarelli be able to convince Brian MacLellan that Ovechkin may be the key to unlocking Yakupov. They play opposite wings and Ovechkin is the closest model to what Yakupov should aspire to.

    RFA Paliotta had a similar NCAA career to Parayko. He is similar in size and scouting reports say he is a gifted skater and was known as a shutdown D before his offense exploded in his final year of college. Can Chiarelli convince their Finnish GM to take Korpikoski and Caleb Jones to play with his brother Seth. It may be a great negotiating tool for their GM in his contract talks with Seth so they can sign him long term at a lower dollar value with the added incentive of possibly playing top pair with his brother for years to come. Their GM also named Korpikoski to the Finnish World Cup team, so he must see some value in his game. Korpikoski and Caleb Jones for Paliotta and Kerby Rychel (who requested a trade last year and has a hard time getting into their lineup).

    Now that Hamonic is staying, maybe Pulock can be pried away from the Islanders. At the very least, RFA Scott Mayfield should be available from the Islanders at a discounted rate. Scarlett should not cost much at all, maybe one of Edmonton’s lower level LD prospects (Musil, Simpson?). I really like Severson as well. In between Severson and Scarlett is Santini. He shouldn’t cost much either as the Devils are pretty deep in young RD.

    RFA Morgan Ellis is another option in Montreal. As long as Subban is staying their RD is pretty deep nad Ellis is near the end of that depth chart. He certainly shouldn’t cost much at this point and he has decent size, and offense.

  14. digger50 says:

    leadfarmer,

    Do you think two years of Character would fit that role?

  15. Jaxon says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!,

    For or me Chad Johnson looks like he might be the best fit as Talbot’s backup.

    He’s played well in Buffalo this season and is a former goalie of Chiarelli’s (where he posted a .925% over 27 games). He’s got decent numbers (although his time in NYI was not good) with a .916 career SV% and a career .924 ES SV%.

    Talbot and Johnson have played 3 seasons together already so there should be a comfort level there. He was born in Saskatoon, raised in Alberta and played in the AJHL so maybe they could nab him for a relatively cheap contract on a hometown discount.

    Could they got him for under $2M? I’d go up to 3 years at $2M or less per for sure and Talbot / Johnson is your duo for Talbot’s whole contract.

    Hell, it might be wise to sign him for 4 or more years. If he is playing solid and challenging Talbot in Talbot’s final year, it bodes well for negotiations if the Oilers have some insurance for the next season in a veteran goalie.

    Johnson may not have the starting goalie position in Buffalo next season, but he has played 44 games with a .919 SV%. That is a pretty good stat line for a starting goalie. Only 10 less games and a higher save percentage than our anointed #1. Talbot 54GP, .917 SV% and we’re paying Talbot $4.16M.

    I think half that, at $2.08M, for a backup that can challenge your starter and even take over in the event of an injury or talent implosion as we well know can happen (see Dubnyk, Scrivens, Fasth, Nilsson, etc) would be money well spent.

  16. digger50 says:

    JimmyV1965: Not sure what his advanced stats look like, but he had top 5 numbers for dmen until injuries derailed his season. Much like Faulk, he just didn’t look as good when he came back from injury. He actually came back too early, played about 8 games and then went back on DL. No way Caps move him. They might move Orlov though. Not sure if he shoots right though.

    Chara

  17. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Can’t imagine Philly moving Gudas. Why would they?

  18. Richard S.S. says:

    Unless Chiarelli is willing to go at least $7.0 MM X 7 Years for Demers, the chances of him signing with Edmonton is at 20% or less. He will be in that much demand and it only takes one other GM to say I want him and drive up the price.

  19. John Chambers says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!:
    Still on board with one or two years of Brian Campbellat relatively high dollars.

    This is a very good plan. UFA signings are always overpays, so much prefer them on shorter-term contracts.

    Plus Campbell is the best puck-mover of all the UFA options.

  20. bendelson says:

    Jaxon,

    Nice job with the young RD prospects you are tossing out there.
    Bowey certainly is an interesting option. A great option actually…

    Regarding Korpikoski: It would be a big win to trade him to CLB for a 7th Rd pick – he has no real trade value. I don’t think Korp and C. Jones gets you anywhere near Rychel AND Paliotta. Pick one of the two and you may have an interesting idea. Both? No chance.

    Regarding Johnson: Again, fine idea in the short-term but let’s stay away from any 3 or 4 year deals. Not the right message for Laurent IMO…

  21. HiddenDarts says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Can’t imagine Philly moving Gudas. Why would they?

    Can’t think of a reason in the world. He is probably a serious fan favorite by now. I honestly could see them trade virtually every D-man on their roster before him. Ghost-bear excepted.

  22. kinger_OIL says:

    John Chambers: This is a very good plan. UFA signings are always overpays, so much prefer them on shorter-term contracts.

    Plus Campbell is the best puck-mover of all the UFA options.

    – I mentioned this awhile ago: I don’t think you are going to get 2 RD’s without really overpaying

    – Get one RD, plus a Chara or Campbell (or another vet that has game that has only 2 years left)

    – The whole Harmonic thing is bizarre: apparently his family member’s health is “stable now”

    – Just get a real top-4 D, with one RHD: 2 is a bonus, that you don’t pay up for now.

    – 4 D is key, order of magnitude over 2RD/2LD: only Klef and Sek from this roster should be top-4

  23. OilClog says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Unless Chiarelli is willing to go at least $7.0 MM X 7 Years for Demers, the chances of him signing with Edmonton is at 20% or less.He will be in that much demand and it only takes one other GM to say I want him and drive up the price.

    This is a pre-McDavid Quote.

    Seriously, this kid is altering everything for the next few seasons.

    Veterans on short term cheap contracts trying to wring the last of the juice out.

    Players willing to take a one year gamble on themselves for a fat long term deal.. This applies to forwards and defence, to be burned or not to be burned.

    McDavid is going to get people paid, Chia will not have to offer top tier money to free agents.

  24. dustrock says:

    I still don’t understand why Wilson traded Demers for Dillon. Sharks would be done with the Preds if they kept Demers. 🙁

    I looked at Vatanen and it doesn’t look like he zooms anyone, but nobody is significantly better without him, except Lindholm.

  25. OilClog says:

    Chia is not going to get fleeced aquiring 2 top 4 d for this team, he’s not a rookie GM, his words are that of a GM in control. It’s been a long long time in Oiler land watching muppets run the show yet Chia is no muppet.

    Demers is not getting 7 million
    Unless it’s Subban, Karlsson, or Doughty none of the 666 is being moved.

    Picks, tons of LH D prospects, Pouliot, Yak, and cap space.. He has oooodles to work with, sky isn’t falling, bold moves will be replaced by logic.

  26. Kepler62 says:

    I wouldn’t put Gudas in the “Top Pairing D to partner with Klefbom” category – but would be very happy with an addition like him. Though is he really an upgrade on Eric Gryba? Gryba was great and his play is getting overshadowed by the fact that he has faded from memory a bit due to missing the end of the season. He anchored that 3rd pairing, and he did it very well.

    Gudas would probably be able to play higher on the chart though – 2nd pairing with Sekera? Meaner than Fayne and a little more offence.

    Faulk would be a huge get, one of the most underrated Dmen in the league in my opinion because he plays for Carolina. Nuge would be a tough price to pay but if Chia signed a legitimate 2-3 C as injury insurance to Connor and Drai I could probably stomach it.

  27. Ronald Chevalier says:

    Like Haters I wonder if Hamonic is still on the block. Does anyone think it is feasible that Snow said something to the effect of “I want to honour your request, but this talk of you wanting out, has put me in a tough spot. Any chance you could publicly rescind your request and I will still work on getting you closer to home…”
    Thoughts?

  28. dustrock says:

    Sorry if this was previously posted:

    Slava Malamud ‏@SlavaMalamud · 2h2 hours ago

    Yakupov involved in public war if words with Russian coach. Says stated reason for dropping him from worlds (injury) is bogus. #Oilers

    Slava Malamud ‏@SlavaMalamud · 2h2 hours ago

    Russian coach says Yakupov had multiple injuries. Adds that Yak “is probably saying this to sign a contract.” Probably means trade. #Oilers

  29. dustrock says:

    I asked Slava the following:

    Red 5 standing by ‏@dustrock · 4m4 minutes ago

    @SlavaMalamud I’d love to hear more about Yakupov. What’s the Russian take on him? Oilers fans think he seems like a really nice guy.

    Slava Malamud ‏@SlavaMalamud · 2m2 minutes ago

    @dustrock nice guy, but high maintenance. Probably needs a new situation

  30. GCW_69 says:

    If trading down, not out is the plan, then I wonder if a better approach then trading down to 9 is to trade down to 11 with new jersey and pick up Severson to close the gap. That would allow the Oilers to draft McAvoy at 11.

    Then you can offer Yakupov for Strome to pick up an extra centre in case you do want to trade Nuge for Faulk.

  31. SkatinginSand says:

    As much as I would be extremely happy if Hamonic was still on the market, at this point I believe that speculating this is nothing more than grasping at straws.

  32. magneto says:

    GCW_69,

    I really like Severson, but I don’t think NJ trades him. Their RH D is non-existent outside of Larsson, if they trade Severson all they have is the rookie Santini.

  33. leadfarmer says:

    7 million per for Demers?? Anything about 5.5 I would have no interest in. I would much rather sign Goligoski and trade one of our left d for a right D. The way I see it the top pair for Dallas is
    Goligoski – Klinberg
    Then three guys make up the next tier with ice time being slightly led by Kris Russel!! then Demers then Oduya and then Johns gets 15 min.

    Goligoski is the guy you want out of that team. He has been a legit top pairing dman for years. Demers is more of a Petry replacement, a good second pairing guy that can lead a second pairing.

  34. Richard S.S. says:

    NHL Players signing contracts, with money being equal, prefer US Teams because once you are away from the Arena, no one knows you. When signing with Canadian Teams they must be willing to live under a spotlight in a fishbowl. Even playing with McDavid doesn’t change this. Jason Demers isn’t any different. Signing Demers should never be more than a third or fourth option.

  35. RexLibris says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Can’t imagine Philly moving Gudas. Why would they?

    This is the first I’d heard his name in this regard.

    I agree, not sure why Philadelphia would do that. Maybe Gudas for Nurse or something like that?

    As to the “why”, well I’ve stopped wondering why a GM might do something, only whether he would or not.

    We’ve discussed Severson here before, is Gudas any more or less likely to be moved? He would certainly be a favourite amongst some fans.

    I wonder how Gudas compares to L. Schenn?

  36. GCW_69 says:

    magneto:
    GCW_69,

    I really like Severson, but I don’t think NJ trades him. Their RH D is non-existent outside of Larsson, if they trade Severson all they have is the rookie Santini.

    There is an issue between Hynes and Severson. If he gets traded it’s because Hynes is giving him the old Eakins-Petry treatment. Severson was scratched multiple times for inferior defenders during the season. I think Severson is gone, regardless of whether it’s a smart move because as we oiler fans should know, hockey teams do dumb shit for stupid reasons from time to time. Detroit and San Jose will be after him.

    http://www.allaboutthejersey.com/2016/3/3/11156606/the-sitting-of-severson

    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Todd-Cordell/New-Jersey-Devils-On-The-Handling-Of-Damon-Severson/159/75579

  37. Jaxon says:

    bendelson,

    I don’t think Korpikoski has a lot of value either, but MacLellan kept playing him and the CBJ GM named him to the Finnish World Cup team when there seems to be much better Finnish options available. Paliotta is an RFA and stuck behind a solid RD depth chart in Seth Jones (will get a long term contract this summer), David Savard (just signed for 4 more years), Dalton Prout (just got a 2yr extension) and Cody Goloubef (has 1 more season left) with John Ramage leading the AHL team in scoring (with 2 more seasons left).

    Caleb Jones is a solid prospect in his own right, but the chance to make your franchise cornerstone D happy while going into contract negotiations may be a really attractive opportunity. Caleb had a great first season in the WHL, Behind only Provorov, Bear, Bean, D Quenneville and Wotherspoon in pts for under 19 D. I would guess that if this wasn’t an adjustment year for him he could have scored at a higher pace and keep pace with Provorov, Bear and Bean. His scouting reports read very well too. I think he could be a top pair D someday and that has to be enticing for the CBJ GM.

    Plus, Rychel requested a trade and that has to diminish what they can get for him to at least a small degree.

    Would a swap of a 2nd rounder for their 3rd rounder even it up enough? If I had to decide between Rychel or Paliotta though, I’m definitely more interested in Paliotta.

    Re: Johnson. I wouldn’t worry too much about Brossoit. He’ll have to force the issue someday by playing the lights out. He didn’t really do it this season. I’d rather have the insurance of an experienced backup who has played starter minutes and has achieved a good NHL SV%. If Johnson is solid for 3 years and Brossiot forces the issue sooner, then you have to make a decision on who to keep and who to trade for assets that can help you elsewhere (that’s a great problem to have / create). I don’t see Johnson’s value falling off anytime soon and they surely won’t give him a NMC or NTC so there isn’t much cause for concern as he can always be traded later.

  38. Psyche says:

    Jaxon,

    I really like your idea of Bowey as a RHD with excellent upside. I could see him being a great partner for Nurse in 2-3 years. Probably needs 40 more games in the AHL next season, while getting some 3rd pairing minutes and press box time with the Oilers.

  39. rickithebear says:

    Klefbom LD vs Davidson LD vs Vatanen RD vs K. miller RD vs hamonic vs Barrie RD
    out of 208 even D
    1. Comp faced
    #23 (1st) – #111 (Bot 2nd) – #143 (3rd) – #80 (UPR 2nd) – #33 (1st) – #108 (bot 2nd)
    2. EVP/60
    #17 1.08 – #118 0.61 – #66 0.77 – #40 0.91 – #88 0.69 – #47 0.88
    3. HSCA/60
    #57 10.12 – #35 9.68 – #79 10.53- #39 9.70 – #184 12.45 – #183 12.37
    ———————————————————————————————
    Klefbom 23-17-57
    Miller 80 – 40 – 39
    ————————————–
    Davidson – 111 – 118 – 35
    Vatanen – 143 – 66 – 79
    ——————————-
    Hamonic – 33 – 88 – #184
    Barrie – 3108 – 47 – 183

    if you are bottom 25 HSCAD you better be top 10 EVP/60 to break even
    and
    be very Cap cheap, cheap, cheap. to pay for the 6-10M ea forwards needed to break even at even.

    4. PKGA
    #20 3.95 – #19 3.91 -NQ TOI – #137 7.93 – #42 4.93 – NQ TOI

    I rarely look at PP cause that is a unit/System thing.
    3rd under nelson
    21st under Mceakins!
    Tthe factors critical the best GD affect from PP d is Goals and high Shooting %.
    you want to chase high SH% D at even and PP.
    1. Klien 13.0%
    2. Gostisbere 11.2%
    5. Weber 10.6%
    7. Giordano 9.9%
    10. OEL 9.2%
    12. Spurgeon 9.0%
    14. Faulk 8.7%
    17. Klefbom 8.3%
    20. Ekblad 8.2%
    23. K. Miller 7.8%
    23. Shattenkirk 7.8%
    26. Burns 7.6%
    26. Brodie 7.6%
    26. Barrie 7.6%
    29. Demers 7.4%
    30. Letang 7.3%

    Some one want to explain to me
    Miller; Vatanen Barrie. Demers

    Miller
    -Faces tougher comp; top 80
    -has better Even production top 40 EVP/60
    -better defence top 40 HSCA/60; top 18 Career
    -more effective G generation with no PP time.
    -better career PKGA top 40
    -will cost zero assets. UFA
    -will cost less on the cap hit.

    Why do you guys think it is hard to get an elite RH D?

    Why do you like Vatanen; Barrie; Demers all largely 3rd comp d.

    Wait!
    No f………… way!

    IT IS SAW THEM GOOD! 😉

  40. rickithebear says:

    Severson:
    Comp #106 D better than Davidson; Barrie; Vatanen
    EVP/60 #58 D .82 better than Vatanen; Barrie; Davidson; Hamonic
    HSCA/60 #52 D 9.99 3rd best of NJ top 4 D Larsson; Greene.
    PKGA/60 #56 D 5.63 #5 PKD TOI

    so yeah I did not think NJ would even consider moving this young Dman.
    2nd comp w/ top 60 Even P; HSCA; PKGA

    Klefbom (57) (17) -Fayne
    Sekera- Miller (39) (40)
    Davidson (30) (118) – Severson (52) (58)

    that is
    4 top 60 HSCA D playing the comp the were able to handle.
    with a
    top 20 even OFF D on 1st comp
    top 40 even off D on 2nd comp
    top 60 even off D on 3rd comp

  41. Truth says:

    This is the most meaningful off-season for the Oilers since the summer of the Gretzky trade. The top forward prospect is recently signed Senior NCAA player Drake Caggiula, and the they have been forced to play their best defensive prospect (Nurse) on the NHL team due to their abysmal depth of actual NHL D.

    IMO, Chiarelli wanting to trade down makes sense. If he drops 5 spots in the 1st round and acquires an early 2nd round pick he can get a really good prospect that is still at least 2 years away from playing in the NHL with the 9th overall pick. He can then attempt to package the rest of his picks (including the one he just received by trading down) plus roster players to upgrade the D. If no one is willing to bite then they keep the picks and re-stock the prospect system.

    What they can’t do is repeat the Reinhart trade. The Oilers best offensive prospect (Caggiula) finished 20 pts behind Kyle Connor in the NCAA, who was still available at the draft when they gave up 1st and 2nd picks for Reinhart.

    Connor, a freshman, turned 19 in December, while Caggiula, a Senior, turns 22 in June. Not to mention Barzal was also still available, and promising Leafs prospect (and former teammate of McDavid) Travis Dermott was still available for when the Oilers original 2nd round pick was on the board. Dermott is smaller than Reinhart but outscored and out-PIM’d Reinhart in his draft and draft +1 year. Why I continue to beat this dead horse I don’t know, but every time I think about it I have to question the acumen of Oilers management and I worry about what the return for a $6M player will be this summer.

  42. PunjabiOil says:

    Slava Malamud ‎@SlavaMalamud

    Yakupov involved in public war if words with Russian coach. Says stated reason for dropping him from worlds (injury) is bogus. #Oilers

    The Russian coach just doesnt understand Russian culture
    cc: AsiaOil

    As Lowetide would say, “the problem is you develop a past”

  43. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    rickithebear:
    Severson:
    Comp #106 D better than Davidson; Barrie; Vatanen
    EVP/60 #58 D .82 better than Vatanen; Barrie; Davidson; Hamonic
    HSCA/60 #52 D 9.99 3rd best of NJ top 4 D Larsson; Greene.
    PKGA/60 #56 D 5.63 #5 PKD TOI

    so yeah I did not think NJ would even consider moving this young Dman.
    2nd comp w/ top 60 Even P; HSCA; PKGA

    Klefbom (57) (17) -Fayne
    Sekera- Miller (39) (40)
    Davidson (30) (118) – Severson (52) (58)

    that is4 top 60 HSCA D playing the comp the were able to handle.
    with a
    top 20 even OFF D on 1st comp
    top 40 even off D on 2nd comp
    top 60 even off D on 3rd comp

    Except that they healthy scratched him a bunch and there has been smoke around this player for a while.

    Doesn’t mean it would be a good move for NJ, but I think the mistake you are making is assuming that they think the same way you do.

  44. LadiesloveSmid says:

    rickithebear,

    NJ wouldn’t consider trading Severson but BOS will let Miller walk!! Such contradicting thoughts on elite Dmen!

  45. Bruce McCurdy says:

    RexLibris: This is the first I’d heard his name in this regard.

    I agree, not sure why Philadelphia would do that. Maybe Gudas for Nurse or something like that?

    As to the “why”, well I’ve stopped wondering why a GM might do something, only whether he would or not.

    We’ve discussed Severson here before, is Gudas any more or less likely to be moved? He would certainly be a favourite amongst some fans.

    I wonder how Gudas compares to L. Schenn?

    Circumstantial evidence suggests Gudas ate Schenn’s lunch in Philly, & for a fraction of the money. He’s RFA now but I would fully expect Philly will extend him for a few years one of these days.

    He’s a fairly effective d-man, moreover he’s a total greaseball from the Ed Van Impe tree; the near certainty that he is a fan favourite (as noted also by Hidden Darts) is part of what prompted my initial comment.

  46. Fog of Warts says:

    In a pique of nostalgia over your misspent youth, you go out drinking one evening on the wrongest side of town.

    The next morning you awake—mildly surprised that you somehow staggered home—with a painful gap in your teeth and a lump under your pillow. You lift the pillow. There you see a yellow index card. On top of the card is a short, thin, stiff wand, of the magic-seeming variety (its stiffness explains the other crease in your face).

    Thinking the card might have some kind of note written on the underside, you attempt to flip it over, but it won’t budge. Well, perhaps you gassed that bicep throwing some big haymaker you no longer recall. You try the other arm, same dice.

    Squinting now at the stubborn object, you notice some very tiny lettering, too fuzzy to make out. You grab your glasses from the bedside table—oh, shit, they’re not there!—but then as you flop around patting various nearby surfaces, you feel an uncomfortable object digging persistently into your hip. Sure enough, one arm of your glasses—miraculously unbent—is neatly tucked into the elastic waistband of the underpants you’re still wearing—the right way around, as it turns out, perhaps the day’s first good omen so far.

    So you fish out your warm eyewear and take another look. The fine print becomes sharper in outline—multiple outlines—which briefly coalesce between throbs—is that dried blood flaking down from my hairline?—just long enough to resolve: “If you can’t read this, fetch your eyewear, and try again.” Fuck. Of all the tooth fairies, on all the mornings after, it just had to be this one.

    Irked—and more than a bit suspicious—you make another effort to flip the card, which this time yields easily. There is, indeed, a message here.

    ———
    Limited time offer

    For X dollars [figure round to the nearest hundred thousand] to count against the Oilers’ cap, a flick of the wand will mirror the handedness of any defenseman of your choosing from the present 50-man list.

    Offer expires in ten seconds. Avoid prolonged contact with fingers, furniture, or floors.
    ———

    Quick!—while you frantically assess your sleeping quarters for some thing or somewhere altogether “none of the above” (your bladder of all organs offering up the most practical suggestion in a practiced, urgent voice)—do you shake the wand, for what largest value of X, and whom do you flip?

  47. Магия 10 says:

    PunjabiOil:Slava Malamud ‎@SlavaMalamud

    Yakupov involved in public war if words with Russian coach. Says stated reason for dropping him from worlds (injury) is bogus. #Oilers

    The Russian coach just doesnt understand Russian culture
    cc: AsiaOil

    As Lowetide would say, “the problem is you develop a past”
    #Oilers

    And which team can we think of that has developed a past playing injured players? Maybe the Russian coach doesn’t understand Oilers culture.

    Kid has heart but he should accept that this isn’t something that needs him hobbled. It’s not like this is the Golden State playoffs or regular season Oilers game or anything.

    Best part of this distraction is that Chia may still get to see him here uninjured before trading him.

  48. Truth says:

    Slava Malamud ‎@SlavaMalamud
    Yakupov involved in public war if words with Russian coach. Says stated reason for dropping him from worlds (injury) is bogus. #Oilers

    What is Yakupov’s end game? “I’m actually healthy but just not good enough to make the team.” That’ll boost his marketability.

  49. Магия 10 says:

    Truth:
    Slava Malamud ‎@SlavaMalamud
    Yakupov involved in public war if words with Russian coach. Says stated reason for dropping him from worlds (injury) is bogus. #Oilers

    What is Yakupov’s end game?“I’m actually healthy but just not good enough to make the team.”That’ll boost his marketability.

    Or he was just as injured playing for the Oil. The Russian coach might also be referring to him playing injured here to get his “contract” i.e. trade.

  50. rickithebear says:

    Severson:
    comp faced #106 better than Vatanen; Davidson; Barrie; Demers
    EVP/60 #58 .81
    HSCA /60 #52 9.99 3rd best of NJ top 4 D.
    PKGA/60 #56 D 5.63; #5 PKD TOI

    (EVP/60)[HSCA/60]{PKGA/60} rank
    Klefbom (17)[57]{20}
    Fayne
    Miller (40) [39] top 20 PKGA 2 of 3 seasons.
    Sekera
    Davidson [35]{19}
    Severson (58) [52] {56}

    PK 1
    Klefbom-Davidson

    PK2
    Severson-miller

    4- top 60 HSCA D
    1 top 20 EVP/60 D
    1 top 40 EVP/60 D
    1 top 60 EVP/60 D
    2 top 20 PKGA D
    1 top 40 PKGA D
    1 top 60 PKGA D
    Sekera getting to drop to 2nd comp were he is sub 8.00 HSCA.

  51. AsiaOil says:

    Watching the Washington-Pittsburg games it became obvious that Ovechkin is clearly the best winger in the world – but Pittsburg has the elite center in Crosby and Malkin. Lesson for the Oilers – keep the centers at all cost – all of them. Give them top 6 time on the wing if necessary – but keep the centers.

  52. monsterbater says:

    Jaxon,

    I think Chia would be doing the team a disservice by signing any backup goaltender to more than a 2 year contract. There are always backups and 1b goalies available every year and you can’t lock yourself into something like this for such a long term. It’s bad cap and team management IMO. I liken it to signing bottom 6 forwards to long contracts and more more money than they are actually worth. it always comes back to bite the team in the butt one way or another.

    My question to you is, when was the last time a backup goalie (brought in to be backup) got anymore than a 2 year contract? i can’t think of any semi-recent examples

  53. Jayamania says:

    Hey LT, wouldn’t Dumba be a good candidate for your list? He’s somewhat blocked for ice-time in Minny by 3-4 pretty good D-men. He is young, but he fits the bill in what the Oilers need.

  54. AsiaOil says:

    rickithebear,

    I would be delighted if we started the year with Davidson-Severson as our 3rd pair.

  55. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    monsterbater,

    I agree.

    A backup goalie on a long term deal makes it difficult to develop our next starter. I realise Brossoit had a bad outing at the end of the year, but other than that 5 games all his development suggests he has real potential (and if not him, somebody else). Putting a $2million long term goalie in the backup spot simply makes it impossible to transition a solid up and comer into the 2 spot.

    Not to say it should be gifted to him, it shouldn’t. But he shouldn’t have to push a guy on a long term deal out of the way. Keep the backup to no more than 2 years. You can always go get another one.

  56. Ducey says:

    Магия 10: And which team can we think of that has developed a past playing injured players? Maybe the Russian coach doesn’t understand Oilers culture.

    Kid has heart but he should accept that this isn’t something that needs him hobbled. It’s not like this is the Golden State playoffs or regular season Oilers game or anything.

    Best part of this distraction is that Chia may still get to see him here uninjured before trading him.

    Yak finished the season and didn’t miss any games in the last few weeks. By my eye he played some of his best hockey as well.

    Doubt he was injured or that the Oilers would take a chance on letting him play with anything serious.

    Maybe the Russian coach was just trying to save him the embarrassment of cutting him. Or maybe he saw him wandering around lost in his own end and thought he must be hurt 🙂

    Poor Yak. So misunderstood.

    Expect that his trade to a new organization will result in further misunderstandings.

  57. G Money says:

    Speaking of days of miracle and wonder, anyone listened to Paul Simon’s recent “So Beautiful or So What”?

    Big picture, I find it kind of all over the place, but tracks 2 through 4 (Afterlife, Dazzling Blue, and Rewrite) are Peak Simon.

    The usual medley of world rhythms (African, Indian, Southern US, plus good old acoustic folk) blended seamlessly, and lyrics that are mildly clever on the surface, and quite profound on deeper listening.

    Very low key but I can listen to them (those three tracks in particular) over and over again. They are … I don’t know how to describe them … warm and loving.

    Like hugging a dear friend or relative you haven’t seen in much too long a time.

    If you liked Graceland or Rhythm of the Saints, worth a listen, for sure.

  58. rickithebear says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    rickithebear,

    NJ wouldn’t consider trading Severson but BOS will let Miller walk!! Such contradicting thoughts on elite Dmen!

    Have some Balls and give facts for your position.
    Not some HF board OPINION.

    Though you are implying that BOS current GM is highly competent Gm letting a poor Dman go.

    So support this position of yours.

    so far you are implying that Bos GM not signing him is the reason we do not get him.

    From Wiki:
    END of AHL season 2011: age 23
    Miller signed an amateur tryout contract with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) and played six games for the team during the regular season.

    Sept 2011: age 23
    “After five games with Providence, Boston signed him to an entry-level contract,opting to keep him with Providence for the 2011–12 season.”

    “Prior to the 2013–14 season, Miller was re-signed by the Boston Bruins to a one-year, two-way contract.”

    “On January 21, 2014, Boston announced that they had re-signed Miller to a two-year, one-way contract extension.”

    Who was the GM who extended Miller?

    Must have been just an awful at measuring talent! 😉

  59. Truth says:

    Магия 10: Or he was just as injured playing for the Oil. The coach could be saying he played injured here to get his “contract” i.e .trade.

    That makes sense up until the trade deadline. It’s *only* an ankle sprain, so if I was his agent or Chiarelli I’d rather Yak not play at all than to play at less than full ability. The Oilers should not be looking for a return in trade based on his last season, it should be based on his draft pedigree and early career. Him playing poorly because of being hurt and practically declaring himself not good enough to make the national team does not help his trade value.

  60. LadiesloveSmid says:

    rickithebear,

    ricki if you cherry pick the facts, they are useless. A random hf board comment is the equivalent to extrapolating from small sample sizes, ignoring external factors, and lashing out when people don’t find your preferred stats to be gold status. The merit that could be found in your work is lost in your approach!

  61. monsterbater says:

    rickithebear,

    Not to poke the bear so to speak but i think he was implying that if GMs were all so smart and using similar data as you do (with similar reliance on HDSCA) then why would Miller be available all of a sudden, yet Severson is untouchable? Is Ray Shero just that smart or Don Sweeney that stupid

  62. bendelson says:

    AsiaOil:
    rickithebear,

    I would be delighted if we started the year with Davidson-Severson as our 3rd pair.

    Indeed. A total cap hit of about 2M/year for the next 2 years… with the possibility of the two being 2nd pair quality ‘extreme’ value contracts. Giddy up!

  63. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Speaking of Davidson, look at his game log before his injury.

    24:48, 25:01, 22:02, 22:12, 26:32, 22:17, 18:52, 22:50, 22:36, 21:04, 22:38, 25:06, 20:34, 25:01.

    Wonder what his possession results were like because the guy was playing big minutes, always looks good by eye. Feel like he’s a guy we all love but will continue to underrate because of his sample size and age.

  64. dustrock says:

    G Money,

    I’ll take a listen to the recent Simon. Had a vague recollection of being somewhat impressed. As much of a master as he’s been, much of his work in the last 20 years hasn’t grabbed me.

  65. Bruce McCurdy says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Speaking of Davidson, look at his game log before his injury.

    24:48, 25:01, 22:02, 22:12, 26:32, 22:17, 18:52, 22:50, 22:36, 21:04, 22:38, 25:06, 20:34, 25:01.

    Wonder what his possession results were like because the guy was playing big minutes, always looks good by eye. Feel like he’s a guy we all love but will continue to underrate because of his sample size and age.

    From Feb 01 to the end of (his) season Davidson was north of 50% in all possession & scoring chance metrics, including 54.6% in HSCF% and 58.8% in GF%. Pretty sure he led the Oil in ice time throughout that period, unless Sekera passed him when BD left his last game in the first period.

  66. AsiaOil says:

    Please don’t embarrass yourself pretending you have any understanding of Russian culture or what is going on.

    PunjabiOil:
    Slava Malamud ‎@SlavaMalamud

    Yakupov involved in public war if words with Russian coach. Says stated reason for dropping him from worlds (injury) is bogus. #Oilers

    The Russian coach just doesnt understand Russian culture
    cc: AsiaOil

    As Lowetide would say, “the problem is you develop a past”

  67. Woodguy says:

    Fog of Warts,

    Klefbom.

    1,000,000 max

    Take off the top of the big LH pile.

    He’ll be underpaid as soon as next year.

    Love you.

  68. Woodguy says:

    Ducey,

    ARI GM John Chaska was on Stauffer’s show today.

    Impressive.

    He is wise and knows what he doesn’t know.

    Is looking for an experienced ex-GM or similar to help him with what he does not know.

    No one who sounded that impressive has worked at Kingsway since before the turn of the century.

  69. Chachi says:

    Bruce McCurdy: From Feb 01 to the end of (his) season Davidson was north of 50% in all possession & scoring chance metrics, including 54.6% in HSCF% and 58.8% in GF%. Pretty sure he led the Oil in ice time throughout that period, unless Sekera passed him when BD left his last game in the first period.

    Imagine how high his trade value is! 😉

  70. godot10 says:

    G Money:
    Speaking of days of miracle and wonder, anyone listened to Paul Simon’s recent “So Beautiful or So What”?

    Big picture, I find it kind of all over the place, but tracks 2 through 4 (Afterlife, Dazzling Blue, and Rewrite) are Peak Simon.

    The usual medley of world rhythms (African, Indian, Southern US, plus good old acoustic folk) blended seamlessly, and lyrics that are mildly clever on the surface, and quite profound on deeper listening.

    Very low key but I can listen to them (those three tracks in particular) over and over again.They are … I don’t know how to describe them … warm and loving.

    Like hugging a dear friend or relative you haven’t seen in much too long a time.

    If you liked Graceland or Rhythm of the Saints, worth a listen, for sure.

    Paul Simon is to world music as Pat Boone was to black music. Discuss! -).

  71. commonfan14 says:

    Woodguy: Is looking for an experienced ex-GM or similar to help him with what he does not know.

    That kinda thinkin can get a fella Skyped round these parts.

  72. Магия 10 says:

    Woodguy: Is looking for an experienced ex-GM or similar to help him with what he does not know.
    No one who sounded that impressive has worked at Kingsway since before the turn of the century.

    Let’s hope that’s one of the things he doesn’t know. We have some ex-GMs in the stacks there for him.

  73. PunjabiOil says:

    AsiaOil:
    Please don’t embarrass yourself pretending you have any understanding of Russian culture or what is going on.

    Poor Yakupov. Eakins and Tmac were out to get him.

    Even those ingrained into the Russian culture (I.e Russian head coach) and Igor Kravchuk (Russian scout) have publicly called out Yakupov.

    Could it just be, Yakupov’s failures have entirely to do with himself rather than the ‘Russiaphobic’ North Anerican society that you asserted?

    It’s quite sad, actually.

  74. Skeeziks says:

    So many posters continuously talk about the Oilers need to “fix the D”. It does need attention.

    One area that seldom gets talked about, however, is upping the speed of the overall team. When I watched the Pens defeat the Caps the other night I was super impressed with the speed throughout the Pens line up.

    The player who stood out above the rest was Hagelin. He repeatedly broke up break outs, stymied transition through the neutral zone and created offensive chances for the Pens. All this was a direct result of his speed. Hansen with the Canucks has had somewhat similar results.

    People think of the Oilers as a fast hockey team. That is because the first names that come to mind are McDavid, Hall and Nurse. But what about Eberle, Yakupov, Maroon, Hendricks, Letestu, Kassian, Lander, Khaira. All of them are decent skaters but none of them are fast. This is one place where we suffer because we are not fast enough to forecheck effectively in the current high speed NHL. Our lack of speed also shows up in our transition game. This lack of team speed, when combined with a sub standard puck moving D has contributed substantially to our ten year playoff drought.

    Sure hope Chiarelli addresses team speed as well as the woeful D this off season.

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