SUNDAY MORNING, 8:30

The summer sun is gifting us with incredible days and stormy nights, and the mind wanders away from hockey and onto other important pursuits. For the Edmonton Oilers, unfinished business hangs over these days and nights—the roster is incomplete in very important places, and the options available for just money are bleeding out onto other rosters.

Tyson Barrie’s arbitration results will come down in the next 24 hours or so, and my guess is that Colorado opts for two years—and then trades Barrie one year from now. I think there is just one obvious name left.

JAMES WISNIEWSKI 2014-15

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.91
  • 5×4 points per 60: 3.94
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 49.1
  • Qual Comp: 3rd pairing
  • Qual Team: 2nd pairing
  • Corsi for 5×5 % REL: 4.7
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 147 shots/5.4
  • Boxcars: 69, 8-26-34

(All numbers via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and BehindtheNet.ca)

  • Klefbom—Larsson
  • Sekera—Fayne
  • Davidson—Wisniewski

That is a veteran group of defenders, and if Wisniewski can stay healthy there is an enormous opportunity for him. He could enter free agency in an expansion summer with 35-40 points on his resume. I honestly think this is a likely path at this point—unless Colorado does something rash. I would mention an Oilers offer sheet for an available restricted free agent, but it is such a distant bell.

THE LEFTORIUM

leftorium

  • I think we are at a breaking point with this damnable graph. If Peter Chiarelli had a mind to do it, he could trade two LH defenders for a bona fide RH blue. Klefbom and Sekera are not going anywhere, and I remain somewhat convinced that Brandon Davidson will be in play at some point.
  • I have mentioned Davidson being in play several times over the spring and summer, and always get comments like ‘you are nuts, Davidson has insane value, don’ trade him!’ I would remind you that my opinion (Davidson is an insane value deal) isn’t really the discussion default point for this blog—the default is ‘what might the Oilers do?’ and in this way trading Davidson is a legitimate talking point. After PC traded Taylor Hall, who can reasonably argue against that point?
  • What would Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson get you in the way of a young RH defender?

VALUE DEALS

One of the things Edmonton lost in the Hall deal was a dandy value contract. Now, I happen to believe the Adam Larsson deal is a good one, but not at Hall levels. Without Hall, I could point to the Brandon Davidson and Patrick Maroon contracts, and of course Connor McDavid’s contract is a ridiculous value for this and next season. After that? Klefbom could be (seriously) and we wonder about young men like Drake Caggiula. Trading Brandon Davidson is not a great idea, but I absolutely believe he is someone who could be in play. Why? I refer you to the Leftorium, and remind you that Oscar Klefbom and Andrej Sekera are here long term—plus Darnell Nurse and Griffin Reinhart represent Bruinization more closely than Davidson. It could happen, please understand that is different than me saying it will happen. You need to understand that Peter Chiarelli has shown a willingness to release the gold requested—and the past informs the future.

Ordinarily, I would tell my Charlton Heston story (actors who get political should be ignored with extreme prejudice) and we would move on. In this case, I would argue two things: First, there are often issues with language when it comes to what is actually said. Nuance, inflection, facial expressions, all of these things can and do change the meaning of a single sentence. Second: It is very difficult to come away from this article with the same degree of respect for Oscar Klefbom. If what is quoted is what he meant, it is a stark look into a young dressing room that appears to have deep divisions even in the same age group. Stark.

Of all the things you should be worrying about in the Edmonton Oilers organization, the apparent ease with which these quote were apparently uttered are disturbing.

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  1. rickithebear says:

    Lt: Nakladal as # 6 or # 7.

    Remember i value reducing ga and passing to forwards most.

    We really needed klefboms 52 gms missed.

    Davidson – Larsson

    Klefbom – Fayne

    Sekera – xxx

    Nurse

    Talbot

  2. theDjdj says:

    Lowetide,

    Author of the article went back and clarified what Klefblom said. Klef meant the entire team, Including himself, struggled against the better teams which is why the Oilers aren’t a playoffs team. He also clarified the McDavid statement, saying that he found the comparisons flattering- not that he thinks he’s of McDavids calibre.

    Of course this could be Klefblom back peddling from the controversy. Up to you as to what you believe. The fact is Klefblom amended what was put on record to not disparage a former teammate. If you assume the worst, you have to at least recognise Klefbom’s desire to not have bad blood.

    IMO I think this was horrible cocktail of attention-seeking media, translation issues and over reaction.

    http://www.hockeysverige.se/2016/07/31/klefbom-svarar-pa-uppstandelsen-var-bara-smickrande-att-man-var-saknad/

  3. Lowetide says:

    theDjdj:
    Lowetide,

    Author of the article went back and clarified what Klefblom said. Klef meant the entire team, Including himself, struggled against the better teams which is why the Oilers aren’t a playoffs team. He also clarified the McDavid statement, saying that he found the comparisons flattering- not that he thinks he’s of McDavids calibre.

    Of course this could be Klefblom back peddling from the controversy. Up to you as to what you believe. The fact is Klefblom amended what was put on record to not disparage a former teammate. If you assume the worst, you have to at least recognise Klefbom’s desire to not have bad blood.

    IMO I think this was horrible cocktail of attention-seeking media, translation issues and over reaction.

    http://www.hockeysverige.se/2016/07/31/klefbom-svarar-pa-uppstandelsen-var-bara-smickrande-att-man-var-saknad/

    Yes. For sure. Comments written previous to the clarification read now as outrageous, but the new information clarifies. I hope this passes over without incident for Klefbom.

  4. SwedishPoster says:

    Lots of talk on Klefbom and Hall today. I’ll try to translate, and not just word by word which is what I’ve seen from other swedes(and Google translate) on this topic but instead I’ll try to catch the nuances somewhat. I’ll only do the Q&A part.

    On his infection:
    “I had a slight redness on my leg, by the skate, throughout the fall but it felt like we had it under control. As long as I played and the skate pressed against my foot there was no problem”
    “But then after I broke my finger against the Rangers and was sidelined for a week it got much worse. On christmas day the foot became big as an orange so there was nothing left to do but go to the ER.”
    It turned out to be a staph infection:
    “Apparently it can be quite dangerous. I was admitted with iv fluids and antibiotics but at the end of the day they decided to operate. They wanted to remove infected skincells and fluid. Despite this it didn’t get better and they had to operate a second time, where they removed more infected parts.”
    “Once the wound healed I couldn’t get my foot into the skate. I did everything I could to get back and play the last ten games but once we were out of the playoffs we decided there was no point in taking any chances. There was nothing to gain from playing.”

    Reporter: Was it extra frustrating to get sidelined like this since you had started the season so we?

    “It was kind of typical. The same thing happened during the 12/13 season when I played with Färjestad. I had tested the waters for two years and started to take big steps in the right direction and then everything was ruined.”
    “It really felt like everything was on the right track and in harmony. That’s why this injury came as such a kick in the gut. But now on the other hand you can only be positive and reload.”

    Reporter: What’s your status(injury not Facebook , translators note) right now?

    “It feels good. The infection has healed perfectly though I do have a big ugly scar. I’ve been to Montreal and got custom made skates since the ones I’ve tried didn’t fit well after the surgery.”
    “Now I ‘ve had a good summer of training where I worked out a lot with Jonas Brodin and Marcus Johansson so now I’m heading into the season at 100% and dying to start playing.”

    (This next part is a bit strangely worded by the reporter imo but the gist is that a light in the darkness for Klefbom was that his value to the team became obvious in his absenceas the team was much worse without him showing that the player is on the right track , in the article there is no question leading up to the quote just this rather strange statement but this is what Klefbom had to say on the subject)

    “Of course you never want to see your team lose, but the difference I made when I was on the ice made me feel proud. It was very flattering when you read media and fans writing” Now we see Klefbom’s greatness”
    “There were even some who thought I was more needed than McDavid who was injured at the same time. That obviously gave my ego a boost.”

    On the Hall trade(also known as the juicy part…):
    “I spoke with Adam, who is in Edmonton right now. He’s looking at an apartament in the building where I live, so we might become neighbours. That would be perfect- because then we could ride together to practises and games.”

    Reporter: In Canada the trade that brought Adam to Edmonton in exchange for Taylor Hall has been criticized. What do you think of it?:
    “I think the team is better. We already have so many talented forwards and we really needed a high end D who shoots right. I also think Adam will have a massive breakout this season and hopefully I get to play with him and build chemistry.”
    “At the same time I understand the reactions. Taylor has been our best player the last few years, but it’s also hard to say what his contributions were. He never played his best games against the best teams, when we needed him the most. He was amazing against the slightly inferior teams though.”
    “Now it’s basically up to other promising forwards like McDavid and Draisaitl to step up and show even more. It’ll be very exciting to see.”

    Reporter: In Edmonton it’s been deja vu all over again the last few years. The optimism has been brimming every preseason and every year there’s been another failure. Though Klefbom believes the pattern will change this season:

    “We’ve added important players like Adam and Milan Lucic. Lucic btw is the exact type of player we need, a player who can create space for others.”
    “If we can also have a healthy McDavid the whole season and everyone else kicks it up a notch then I think this will be really good.”

    Translators notes:

    I’ve shortened some of the reporters part, kept his questions but cut down the “article stuff”.
    As stated above the wording from the journalist on the effect of Klef being out of the lineup is not very smooth, feels like the question leading up to the quote was one of those where the reporter puts words in the players mouth, ” so the fact that the team got worse in your absence must have felt good, really boosting your ego right?”, this is just me speculating I have no clue about what lead up to the quote.
    The most talked about quote is obviously the one on Hall. I decided to go with best teams and not toughest, the straight up translation is toughest but it could mean both toughest as in most physical and grinding team, or toughest as in most difficult to beat. I went with the latter since his next comment is mentioning inferior/lesser teams, not less physical teams.
    It is a pretty blunt statement though maybe not as harsh as it’s been percieved. I personally don’t mind it, one thing if it’s a personal attack, but this is a comment on Hall’s on ice play. It’s hardly an attack on Hall as a player either, he says that Hall’s been the teams best player for several years. He clearly sees that he is a great player. The part on contributions is kinda tricky to decipher but if I was to speculate and add some of my own between the lines reading it’d be something like this; Taylor has been our best player the last few years but it’s hard to say what his actual contributions to the team were since we didn’t win enough games. Again, speculation on my part and I won’t speculate further, at least not tonight.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Swedish Poster: Thanks so much for this, appreciate it very much. Cannot imagine the amount of work that it took (I know only one language). 🙂

  6. SwedishPoster says:

    Lowetide,

    No worries, took a little longer than usual since I did it on my phone but it’s kinda fun to do.

    Saw that Klefbom has clearified a few things. The McDavid thing was as I expected just something that came off as strange, basically just him saying he was flattered by the comments he heard.
    And the comment on Hall he says goes for the whole team, himself included, not just Hall. Feels like the original quote was more on individual points being eh pointless if the team ain’t winning and not an attack on ha per se. So I don’t think I was that far off with my reading between the lines tbh.

  7. Lowetide says:

    SwedishPoster:
    Lowetide,

    No worries, took a little longer than usual since I did it on my phone but it’s kinda fun to do.

    Saw that Klefbom has clearified a few things. The McDavid thing was as I expected just something that came off as strange, basically just him saying he was flattered by the comments he heard.
    And the comment on Hall he says goes for the whole team, himself included, not just Hall. Feels like the original quote was more on individual points being eh pointless if the team ain’t winning and not an attack on ha per se. So I don’t think I was that far off with my reading between the lines tbh.

    Yes, agreed. He doesn’t have that kind of reputation, that probably made the reaction even more pronounced—people were genuinely surprised when hearing it in the original frame (I know I was).

  8. Bruce McCurdy says:

    SwedishPoster,

    Great stuff, thanks. Klefbom’s answer was specific to Hall only insofar as the question was specific to the trade. If he said “we weren’t getting it done against the big teams so it was time to change the mix” would people have been up in arms? The sentiment would be virtually the same.

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