G46 2016-17: COYOTES AT OILERS

”I’ve made deals where I know the other team is getting the better player, but I knew what we needed. Sometimes you’ve got to trade a better player to get what fits what you ultimately need.” -Jim Rutherford, Behind the Moves.

I think general managers are easier to read than they are sometimes made out to be by fans and media. We talked about the Oilers possibly trading Taylor Hall before the warm weather, and the national media (Bob McKenzie, Frank Seravalli, Elliotte Friedman) had Edmonton in play for a big deal. By the way, so did the local media (Bob, Ryan Rishaug, Robert Tychkowski). Here is a passage from this blog, April 2016:

  • Lowetide: It is a bad time to be heading to market, with your prime bullets being devalued by another losing season. The standings suggest there has been no improvement this season, but the goal differential and the 5×5 scoring suggest real progress. This point in time reminds me of the summer Edmonton fired Tom Renney. He was making progress, and it has taken many years (four!) to get back to what Renney had idling in the driveway. Keep your powder dry, Peter Chiarelli, these are good hockey players and you do not want to be the man who trades Taylor Hall for 60 cents on the dollar. This town will never forgive, no matter what the scribes are writing today. And that’s for sure. Source

Well, Peter Chiarelli traded Taylor Hall, for Adam Larsson but also for the freedom to sign Milan Lucic with the Hall dollars. Note: This does not mean I am arguing that the trade was Hall for Lucic and Larsson, I am making a different point you won’t like.

While you and I chat about the sunk cost of the Hall trade and the Lucic contract or Larrson impact, the general manager has moved on and is looking down the line. For, as important as those moves (and others, like Matt Benning and Patrick Maroon) have been, there is more building to do, and the standings—the standings—allow Peter Chiarelli to do that work, instead of another man.

You and I keep score on a giant whiteboard in our minds. Peter Chiarelli is approaching this deadline with an eye to the standings, and winning, and ultimately getting that Stanley to Edmonton. He clearly isn’t going to do it the way you or I would, and that’s fair because neither of us threw our hat in the ring and pursued sports management as a career. We are left to discuss, rage, cipher, and ultimately wait. No matter how fine our minds, we don’t know all of the elements in play, and even the most passionate of us will admit there are things we cannot know without being in the chair. What we can say is this: The moment PC traded Taylor Hall, his chosen rebuild path fractured in comparison to most Oilers fans and observers. I said it then, I say it now: Chiarelli traded Hall because he had the highest value, but he better be right. A Stanley in our town is his redemption.

I am struck this morning by just how different Peter Chiarelli’s view of his team is from that of the people who read and post on this board. We are discussing the past and projecting it into the future. Chiarelli is trying to overcome management errors going back 10 years by building an NHL team, an AHL team and a scouting staff who can sustain the McDavid era. I expect we will all be exhausted by the time Stanley arrives in Edmonton, Chiarelli from making moves, and us from second guessing them. There is much to talk about, and today we begin a discussion of the spring and summer in Edmonton.

BLUE MONDAY, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0, goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2016: 7-2-0, goal differential +10
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2, goal differential -6
  • Oilers in November 2016: 5-8-2 goal differential -3
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1, goal differential -9
  • Oilers in December 2016: 7-2-5, goal differential +3
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-5-2, goal differential -5
  • Oilers in January 2017: 4-3-0, goal differential -3
  • Oilers after 45, 2015-16: 17-23-5, goal differential -27
  • Oilers after 45, 2016-17: 23-15-7, goal differential +7

G46 one year ago was a 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames, Teddy Purcell the hero. Jordan Oesterle was recalled yesterday, that probably means Adam Larsson on IR and we hope it isn’t a month of Sundays until we see him again. Oilers play the Coyotes, Panthers, Predators and Flames this week, and should pass 25 wins by Saturday night—by game 50! Some nice milestones to come this season, if things continue to roll in their current direction.

OILERS 2017-18, PROJECTED

  • I think Benoit Pouliot is gone for sure, and Jordan Eberle might be available too but the return would be very poor. Edmonton is probably better off keeping him for a soft minutes 3line next season.
  • The McDavid line looks set, despite the issue with moving Leon out of the pivot position. The Oilers don’t have anyone in the pipeline, so we should probably make a list of $2-$3M RHCs who might be able to fit a two-way role as 3C on this team. Sam Gagner? Nah, Oilers need a player who can face tough opposition, as required.
  • The Nuge line probably gets Jesse Puljujarvi, who should be able to hammer and cycle with Lucic, while Nuge is the defensive conscience for the trio.
  • The 3line is going to need an overhaul, beginning with the replacement for Leon at center. Benoit Pouliot would be a reasonable fit for this line, but it has been too long at the fair.
  • In the forward scenario above, Drake Caggiula becomes a valuable utility forward, or at least that would be his projected role. Caggiula could play 3C, 3L or play on the 4line and give that trio speed and skill.
  • Mark Letestu remains a valuable player, being used heavily on both special teams and anchoring the fourth line. Cagguila spending a season on his wing may have in development.
  • The emergence of Matt Benning is a big item for this team, as he may grow into a strong second pairing blue and could have a prominent role on the power play. Of all the moves PC has made since arrival, this might be the big one (the McDavid selection was a no-brainer) so far in his time with the team.
  • Griffin Reinhart is probably on this list in the fall, but I have spoken to people who think the big defender is possibly vulnerable to the expansion draft. LV is going to need players who can hang around for years, and GRs age and contract (moving forward) may be too attractive to pass over at the expansion draft.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS

  • RC David Krejci, Boston Bruins. It would probably cost the Nuge, and Krejci is 30 and has a no move. He was the perfect fit for Milan Lucic in Boston, and makes $7.25M through 2021 summer. A Lucic—Krejci—Puljujarvi line has some potential as a wrecking crew/successful possession unit.
  • RC Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs. He is often maligned but he is a veteran and would offer the Oilers quite a bit as a soft line 3C with Eberle and the new Benoit Pouliot. He wouldn’t cost the moon, although Sweet Lou would want too much.
  • RC Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ottawa Senators. Wonderful player can do all kinds of things, including forecheck like a demon, penalty kill and agitate. Why would Ottawa trade him? Well, he is due a raise this summer and the notoriously frugal Sens may decide he wants too much.
  • RC Derek Ryan, Carolina Hurricanes. He is having a breakout season and is UFA this summer. Former University of Alberta Golden Bears star has made good on the belief some (Bob) had in him going back many miles. If he reaches free agency, he would be an interesting fit to this group.
  • RC Ryan Strome, NY Islanders. Garth Snow is living through the winter of Brooklyn’s discontent, and who knows what is going to happen with this team over the spring and summer. Strome is currently a disappointment, but there is plenty of skill here. Interesting option, one I think might be worth pursuing.
  • R Sam Gagner, Columbus Blue Jackets. He will be getting a raise from the $650,000 he currently makes, and perhaps Edmonton will be a good fit for him. I think you put him on 4R (meaning he replaces Zack Kassian) and 1PP, and this is the first pure winger I have listed (although Strome may end up there).
  • C Nick Bjugstadt, Florida Panthers. All kinds of reasons to stay away, including injury and cap hit ($4.1M through 2021 summer). If Sunrise retained? There is a lot to like about his skill set.

PATRICK HONEYMAROON

What will the contract look like? $5 million times four years? My guess is that is exactly what the Patrick Maroon deal ends up being—unless it is $4 million for five years. In a twist of cruel hockeying, Peter Chiarelli acquired Milan Lucic in the spring before signing him. All of the Milan things done on Connor McDavid’s port side are done by a giant man from St. Louis named Patrick Maroon. What are going going to do?

MAKE IT SO!

I have watched in (mostly) silence as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins skated through what surely must be his most frustrating season. Nuge remains a good possession player, but consider his (and 14’s) output when Jordan Eberle is on the ice with him:

  • Nuge with Eberle: 1.59 5×5 points-per-60, 54 percent possession in 226 minutes.
  • Eberle with Nuge: 0.79 5×5 points-per-60, 54 percent possession in 226 minutes.

Jordan Eberle is a shadow of his former self in terms of the numbers. He has been getting good chances, hitting iron, et cetera, but I also think he has fallen in love a little with his stickhandling ability. Time and again this season, Eberle has gone into his bob and weave mode, only to get run over by a faster checker who plops him in the corner and runs off with his lunch. I think we are at a point where Jordan Eberle needs to reinvent his game—tough to do in mid-career. His speed seems to be less impactful, his shot takes too much time, and he can’t deke by most oncoming traffic this season. He looks dead in the water.

CONNOR MCDAVID

Is the most valuable player in the NHL. No player has done more to help his team win hockey games, or hold on for ties, or watched his wingers fail to tap in the damned puck, than 97. He should have a 10-point lead in the scoring race and this team should be at the top of the division. That will have to wait for next year, and I believe we will see another $6M forward heading to the YEG airport on his way to a new home this summer.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun, busy show this morning. I love Mondays, but don’t tell anyone it pisses them off! Scheduled to appear, beginning at 10 this morning on TSN1260:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. Oilers as a playoff team, Letang hurt in Pittsburgh, the Capitals are rolling.
  • Andy McNamara, TSN4Downs. What a classic football game yesterday! Also Chiefs-Steelers.
  • Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Taylor Hall romps through Western Canada on his Exile on Main Street tour.
  • Sunil Agnihotri, Copper & Blue/The SuperFan. Sunil correctly called last week (2-1-0) so we will ask him about this week, the defense, and what PC should do at the deadline.

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

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  1. spoiler says:

    Eberle…

    He’s all Tango and no Cash.

  2. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    That puck looked like an Angels in the Outfield ball, mysterious drop.

    Man that was a good movie, and I totally agree…

  3. russ99 says:

    Nice goal, Pulju!

  4. The Trade Guy says:

    I’m tired of Mike Smith bullshit on the Oilers. In fact, I’m tired of all the career games goalies get on the Oilers. I just want to see Smith get ran with five goals on 9 shots.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Khaira scores his first goal! Nice.

  6. square_wheels says:

    JJ beautiful !!!!!!!

  7. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!

  8. jp says:

    Nice JJ!!

    #1 of many I hope!!

  9. flyfish1168 says:

    Change your stick Jordan

  10. spoiler says:

    I love first goals. Good job, Jujhar.

  11. pocession charge says:

    Congratulations JJ!

  12. Oil2Oilers says:

    Heat Sikh-ing missile!

  13. russ99 says:

    Khaira!

  14. The Trade Guy says:

    Yeeeeesss I told him to do that.

  15. jp says:

    He’s probably not heading back to Bakersfield.

  16. LadiesloveSmid says:

    JUJU!!

  17. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Ebs has been hot fire all game and can’t buy a goal, and jj makes it look easy on his first shot… unbelievable…

    Edit: apparently it was his 2nd shot… didn’t notice his first shot

  18. oscarmike says:

    hurrah JJ !!!

  19. pocession charge says:

    The Coyotes looked scared of Kassian during that whole sequence.

  20. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Eberle has been fantastic.

    Deserves to score 10 tonight after the first half he’s had.

  21. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    jp:
    He’s probably not heading back to Bakersfield.

    He scored on the one goalie that usually has our number?
    I most certainly agree!!

  22. oscarmike says:

    Hello Eberle, use the force. Mind over matter.

  23. Diesel says:

    The Juice!

  24. Rich M says:

    Good for JJ. Nice to see the kid score.

  25. square_wheels says:

    Holy hell Jesse P’s goal tonight was a bullet

  26. pocession charge says:

    JJ certainly has a proper playoff beard.

  27. Diablo says:

    Khaira!
    Very proud today as an immigrant from India – never thought I’d see one of my countrymen get a goal for my favourite NHL team.

  28. Pescador says:

    Old Kassian would have concussed Chuchryn, decided in a split second not to get suspended there. Very impressive. Congratulations to JJ!! I’ve liked him from his very first NHL shift, he is a Chiarelli type player.

  29. geowal says:

    Imagine this place erupt if Ebs actually got a goal in this one?

  30. Lowetide says:

    Leon scored. Ugly goal though.

  31. Pescador says:

    flyfish1168:
    Change your stick Jordan

    Gonch too

  32. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    SWEEETTT!!!! Drai!!!!

    Also, McPoint!

  33. square_wheels says:

    Oh baby that was pretty

  34. pocession charge says:

    Wow. Draisaitl!!

  35. jp says:

    Oh. My. Lord.

    That was an amazing goal!!!

  36. spoiler says:

    Looking good

  37. Pescador says:

    Lowetide:
    Leon scored. Ugly goal though.

    Subtle sarcasm?

  38. jake70 says:

    That’s what I’m talkin bout.

  39. Oil2Oilers says:

    A hat tip to ROM,

    That German kid sure can play hockey

  40. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Ho-Lee-on

    Wow!

  41. Lowetide says:

    Diablo:
    Khaira!
    Very proud today as an immigrant from India – never thought I’d see one of my countrymen get a goal for my favourite NHL team.

    He is going to play a long time, I think. Lots of good things about Jujhar Khaira.

  42. Rich M says:

    Beautiful goal. Pour it on now.

  43. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Benning with another 5v5 point, should warm Woodguy’s heart

  44. littleenglish says:

    Woodguy: stephen sheps:
    Woodguy,& Woodguy v2.0,
    reading both of your personalities is a lot like LT’s split persona during his reasonable expectations series, except unlike in that scenario, we’re not sure who is going to be the dink and who is going to be the intelligent voice of reason
    I wouldn’t bet “intelligent” on either of us.

    Is it Norma, or Normal?

  45. Lowetide says:

    Pescador: Subtle sarcasm?

    I was not trying to be subtle, but yes. 🙂

  46. Klima's_Bucket says:

    That last shift by Lucic was Fugly.

  47. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I delay delay and delay… quickly rush to put kids to bed and miss 2 goals.

    On the other hand.. 2 goals to make it 3-0!

  48. flyfish1168 says:

    russ99:
    Nice goal, Pulju!

    Lander gets the assist

  49. oscarmike says:

    Eberle lacks Gung-Fu

    Draisaitle is dovahkiin, dragon born!!

  50. treevojo says:

    Kassian full on beast mode.

    He is not nice to dmen.

  51. GMB3 says:

    Kassian making me eat crow here

  52. square_wheels says:

    Anyone at the game, interested in how the ice is doing ?

  53. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Oilers mint online feed working and then dies and won’t reload.

    On the other hand, tried the Coyotes stream and it works great. And now with no Remenda.

  54. pocession charge says:

    square_wheels:
    Anyone at the game, interested in how the ice is doing ?

    By eye it seems a bit better.

  55. Lowetide says:

    Terrible coverage on Vrbata. Good grief.

  56. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Awww….

  57. jm363561 says:

    Catching up on state of the game. Can anyone remember the last time “nice break out pass” was posted?

  58. square_wheels says:

    Umm guys, why were you all in one spot ?

  59. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lowetide:
    Terrible coverage on Vrbata. Good grief.

    Yeah… I knew it was coming too…

  60. Suntory Hanzo says:

    What the fuck 55?

  61. pocession charge says:

    Haven’t seen the ‘ol Abandon Net Front’ play in awhile.

  62. LadiesloveSmid says:

    I call that the old, don’t have 4 guys at a board battle with a guy in front of the net on the PK

  63. MrEd says:

    Crushelnyski,

    Thank-you. It really does help.

  64. square_wheels says:

    By my eye this ice looks like shit again, close to end of period though

  65. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    And suddenly… the yotes don’t look like the yotes…

  66. Klima's_Bucket says:

    God, Lucic is a black hole.

  67. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    I’m soooo hoping either Ebs or McDavid break out of their goal scoring funk in the next period… they need one

  68. littleenglish says:

    square_wheels:
    Umm guys, why were you all in one spot ?

    The Eakinia swarmidis vaccine doesn’t provide immunity to all strains, unfortunately

  69. Mattaklap says:

    I think I heard Coyote crew capriciously compare Burmistrov to Peter Forsberg.

  70. square_wheels says:

    Kings lost. Oilers need 2pts clean tonight.

  71. russ99 says:

    Ebs needs to do that to his cursed sticks.

  72. LadiesloveSmid says:

    nhl.com has Benning stripped of his assist, don’t know that I understand why

  73. Seismic Source says:

    We need to open a Kickstarter campaign for Eberle. Maybe we can buy him a goal.

  74. LMHF#1 says:

    Best regular season game in a long time in Pittsburgh tonight? Wow, that would have been something to see.

  75. treevojo says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Oilers mint online feed working and then dies and won’t reload.

    On the other hand, tried the Coyotes stream and it works great. And now with no Remenda.

    Unfortunate for you.

    Kevin Quinn’s voice is on point tonight.

    Remenda says award winning.

    Keep that in mind.

  76. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Larsson with 3P in his last 4, showing some life from seemingly dead boxcars

  77. Crushelnyski says:

    Melvis,

    I would argue Craig Simpson is the OG dreamy from all what all the girls used to say back in the day lol.

  78. Lowetide says:

    3-1 after two 26-25 in the Corgis 5×5 (some score effects) and 24-17 Oilers in shots.

  79. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    My feed is a little slow but holy smokes did they ever blow their coverage as a unit on that Vrbata goal. Ha! Sharks won tonight so Oil need to win. Moreover, they need to start building some momentum after squeaking by on the last two wins.

  80. oscarmike says:

    I don’t see what so special about Hanzel or Vbrata.
    Vbrata got lucky on the PP

  81. jzed says:

    Oilers need the 1st goal in the 3rd, that shitty penalty kill will have the Yotes thinking about how brain dead is still part of our repertoire and come in with their ears pinned back.

  82. Derek says:

    Sleppy seems to be deferring to his teammates a bit too much when going on the offensive.

  83. jzed says:

    Sleppy needs to get slappy

  84. jzed says:

    Oilers playing sloppy..

  85. LadiesloveSmid says:

    oscarmike:
    I don’t see what so special about Hanzel or Vbrata.
    Vbrata got lucky on the PP

    I’d love a Hanzal type, just to bump Caggiula to the minors. A 3C that can take some tough minutes, and score here and there would be great. Think ideally it would be a finisher, Looch doesn’t seem to have chemistry with the oiler Cs and is a pass-first guy

  86. oscarmike says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    That’s because Drake isn’t a center. He was drafted a winger

  87. Klima's_Bucket says:

    If the ice stays this bad, you’d think it plays to Slepy’s strengths.
    Slepy loves the slop.
    His father was a muddah.
    His mother was a muddah.

  88. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    McDavid line timing just a wee bit off tonight….

  89. spoiler says:

    Would someone fukkin shoot!!

  90. pocession charge says:

    Draisaitl made OEL look silly on that play. He’s a special player.

  91. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Looks like the 97 line accidentally grabbed 14s stick cache

  92. Oil2Oilers says:

    Pouliot is have a very good game

  93. jp says:

    Pouliot-Nuge-Ebs all look good. It’s just a matter of time (I think!)

  94. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    oscarmike:
    I don’t see what so special about Hanzel or Vbrata.
    Vbrata got lucky on the PP

    Hanzal is not so hot right now, but I guess you can dere-lick my balls capitan.

    😉

  95. Derek says:

    I know we have to account for who Edmonton is playing against tonight, but seeing all of RNH, Eberle and Pouliot with a pulse tonight is so damn encouraging for the second half of the season.

  96. LadiesloveSmid says:

    oscarmike,

    exactly. Play him with Lander-Pulju in Bako

  97. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Seems like Smith looks pass the whole way with Drai/97, would love to see one of them just rip it

  98. Diablo says:

    Derek:
    I know we have to account for who Edmonton is playing against tonight, but seeing all of RNH, Eberle and Pouliot with a pulse tonight is so damn encouraging for the second half of the season.

    Agree, they’ve been very good.

  99. oscarmike says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    No way play him with Nuge and Eberle and send Pou to the 4th line

  100. John Chambers says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Benning with another 5v5 point, should warm Woodguy’s heart

    It wasn’t quite ‘Midnight in a Snowstorm’ but Chia did manage to find an excellent young defenseman well off the radar.

  101. Jaxon says:

    I hope Pouliot / Nugent-Hopkins / Eberle can find the chemistry they had in February-March of 2015, when Hall was out and they played together on the top line against top competition. Eberle had 25 pts in 19 games, Nuge had 23 pts in 19 games and Pouliot had a longer good stretch albeit at a lesser pace with 21pts in a 28 game stretch that started in early January.

    That’s an 82 game pace of:
    Pouliot (62 pts) / Nugent-Hopkins (99 pts) / Eberle (108 pts)

    That kind of 2nd line would solve a lot of issues.

  102. GMB3 says:

    oscarmike:
    LadiesloveSmid,

    No way play him with Nuge and Eberle and send Pou to the 4th line

    No. Poo will be a big part of this team down the stretch. I feel it

  103. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Seems like Smith looks pass the whole way with Drai/97, would love to see one of them just rip it

    Yes… McDavid DEFINITELY needs to shoot more… I fear he my turn into the next Hemsky… Albeit a Generational All-star version of one

  104. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Derek:
    I know we have to account for who Edmonton is playing against tonight, but seeing all of RNH, Eberle and Pouliot with a pulse tonight is so damn encouraging for the second half of the season.

    They are going to score more in the second half. So is Lucic. And also Kassian. And McDavid is going to score some goals soon. This team is keeping its head above water despite having a lot of underperformers on the roster. There is a good run coming–another gear.

  105. oscarmike says:

    Jaxon,

    Pou never once exceed 36 points on a season he played 3rd line minutes with the NYR. He doesn’t contribute on that line. He’s a 4th line winger at best

  106. GMB3 says:

    Looch 😱

  107. Ryan says:

    GMB3: No. Poo will be a big part of this team down the stretch. I feel it

    Remember when Pouliot was considered to be a ‘big body’ or pretty much the only one in the top nine…also the only guy who wasn’t stuck playing in the perimeter.

    Lordy times have changed.

  108. LadiesloveSmid says:

    First half gave me visions of a more exciting game. Hopefully an ENG for Eberle at least

  109. oscarmike says:

    GMB3,

    Whatever you’re smoking I want some lol

  110. Derek says:

    oscarmike:
    Jaxon,

    Pou never once exceed 36 points on a season he played 3rd line minutes with the NYR. He doesn’t contribute on that line. He’s a 4th line winger at best

    Patrick Maroon has never once exceeded 34 points in a season, what are your thoughts on him?

  111. treevojo says:

    It’s a lot nicer watching Arizona have to play without the lead.

  112. oscarmike says:

    Pouloit has moments where it looks like something is going to happen but then it just dies. Nuge and Eberle are carrying him.

  113. Acumen says:

    This ice is a real problem. Nuge line looks great. Kinda imposing our will on the opposition, again, as we should with the league’s cellar dwellers. Encouraging game from basically everyone but Looch.

    Good night of hockey.

  114. GMB3 says:

    oscarmike:
    GMB3,

    Whatever you’re smoking I want some lol

    Well he’s sure accomplished more over his career than Drake Caggiula has. He has the talent and has had stretches of really strong games in Edmonton.

  115. treevojo says:

    Good back check poo

  116. Lowetide says:

    Very strong back check by Benoit Pouliot there.

  117. oscarmike says:

    Derek,

    Luck and chemistry
    just because it works with Maroon doesn’t mean it’s going to work else where.
    Besides Maroon was on a line with Mcd earlier this year and was taken off. It was only after they put Drai on that line it works.

  118. GMB3 says:

    Benoit Pouliot sure looked like a marginal NHL player on that back check there 🤔

  119. jp says:

    oscarmike:
    Jaxon,

    Pou never once exceed 36 points on a season he played 3rd line minutes with the NYR. He doesn’t contribute on that line. He’s a 4th line winger at best

    First 2 seasons with the Oilers Pouliot was 0.62 PPG (31st among LW in the NHL). 44th in total points among LW, even with all the games he missed.

    Poor season. Injury prone. But not a 4th liner.

  120. Lowetide says:

    3-1 late in the game. Lets bring this home, men!

  121. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Sekera no!!!!

  122. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Poor decision there by Larsson. Just a brain fart.

  123. T0ML says:

    Sekera just went to the locker holding his left hand.

  124. LMHF#1 says:

    Did Sekera get hit in the hand or the groin?

  125. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Great game!!!

    Hope sekera is ok… he of all defencemen can’t get injured!!!

  126. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Damn, really thought Ebs would get one after that first

    Hope Seks is OK, really liked Larsson’s game for the most part tonight

  127. StixMalone says:

    Holy crap a win in regulation! Against the dogs? Awesome!

  128. jzed says:

    Bring on the Pantsuits, and oh yah, Fuck the Coyotes!

  129. jzed says:

    Coyotes need to get used to losing to Oil

  130. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Oilers are kind of funny. Playing with the lead they look like a decent shut-down team 90% of the time, then have colossal coverage breakdowns (Vrbata goal, Larsson’s pinch below the net leaving the Coyote wide open with Draisaitl already had the man below, no one moving to check Duclair on his late rush, etc.). Against a better team that might have cost them.

    Watching the Coyotes now it is almost unimaginable to think they had a point against us in 25 straight games. They are pretty bad.

    All that aside, 2 points is 2 points and some players looked more lively this game. There is still another gear for this team and it feels like it may come soon. That is a good sign.

  131. oscarmike says:

    jp: First 2 seasons with the Oilers Pouliot was 0.62 PPG (31st among LW in the NHL). 44th in total points among LW, even with all the games he missed.

    Poor season. Injury prone. But not a 4th liner.

    Yup 40 games and 8 points. Definitely a 2nd line. But hey he back checks so he must be a Top 6 player

  132. Melvis says:

    Crushelnyski,

    What I truly need. A debate about male dreamies. lol

  133. Melvis says:

    Melvis,

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  134. treevojo says:

    Thought Russell looked strong breaking the puck out of his zone tonight.

    Seemed calm and made some good outlets.

    Hopefully the stats back up my eyes.

    Wheat?

  135. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Going to suck to watch Demers on wednesday, hope he drops a deuce of a game

  136. oscarmike says:

    I don’t hate Pou But tonight has been the first
    night in a while that Eberle and Nuge teamed
    up to make a play. That was an awesome play.

    but the potential that Drake has over Pou on a line
    Is far greater.

    But who knows. I said it before Todd is crazy like a fox.
    The games always changing and to stay ahead you have
    To think ahead. So maybe Oilers want do develope
    Drake as center before they move him to wing. Team
    Canada had a lot of centers and it works for them.

    JJ played center in the AHL
    He looks great on the wing
    Good for him. Oilers have a player there.

    Drai was a center now he plays wing.

    Mcd plays wing on the PP

  137. Chachi says:

    Some thoughts: Arizona did a wonderful job of holding that 3-1 deficit. Dave Tippett is a scourge on hockey. Love that Shane Doan’s go to move in a scrum is to choke someone – what a dirtbag. Thankfully the refs let the Coyotes get away with murder that last period or else the fans in the arena may have had a chance to be entertained and we would not want that.

  138. jp says:

    oscarmike: Yup 40 games and 8 points. Definitely a 2nd line. But hey he back checks so he must be a Top 6 player

    2nd line was your words, not mine. Though he was that for the previous 2 yrs. You’re probably right, he’s washed up at age 30. And he clearly needs to be replaced by an undrafted rookie who also has 8 pts this year. Perfect.

  139. The Hermit says:

    Chachi,

    Must keep the illusion of competitiveness.

  140. Gerta Rauss says:

    It wasn’t a masterpiece but some nice things to take from that game

    Poo-Nuge-Ebs looked good again, they got 1 tonight and it’s just a matter of time before they break out

    Good for Khaira, kid looks like a keeper

    I would have liked to have put 3 or 4 more past Smith, but I’ll take the 2 points

  141. who says:

    The oilers looked real good for the first two periods but we have to remember the Coyotes are a bad hockey team right now.
    Couple of thoughts on the Coyotes.
    1. Explain to me why we would want hanzal. He is a taller version of Lander, that is all.
    2. Always liked burmistrov with Winnipeg. Showed flashes of skill there but never really got a push on a scoring line. Winnipeg has a lot of good young forwards. He might do well in arizona.
    3. Chychrun is going to be a good dman but he should have gone back to junior. He almost got killed again tonight. Just doesn’t see the ice well enough yet. Great skill set though.

  142. Frank the dog says:

    FFS people, stop being a bunch of ee-aws and enjoy the moment! Ok sure Sekera might have a broken hand but look at this team play! They beat their nemeses and are continuing to come together as a team right before our eyes! Never mind tomorrow. Carpe diem!

  143. MrEd says:

    How do you spell “Shnide”

  144. Professor Q says:

    MrEd:
    How do you spell “Shnide”

    “Schneid”.

    Colloquialism turned more acceptable word derived from German “Schneider”, “schneiden”, und “Schneide” (I believe).

    A Cutting Edge, a Tailor, “Guts”, etc.

  145. Frank the dog says:

    Chachi:
    Some thoughts: Arizona did a wonderful job of holding that 3-1 deficit. Dave Tippett is a scourge on hockey. Love that Shane Doan’s go to move in a scrum is to choke someone – what a dirtbag. Thankfully the refs let the Coyotes get away with murder that last period or else the fans in the arena may have had a chance to be entertained and we would not want that.

    It was even worse in the last game at Ariona.

  146. Scungilli says:

    Personally. myself, I am not comfortable at all with this ‘winning games they should win’ thing.

    At all. Makes me uneasy.

  147. MrEd says:

    Lucic is a 15-17 minute player.
    Work that into your “lines”.
    #Bigfan.

  148. Cozzy says:

    Talking with someone who is close to Ebs….playing with a shoulder that will likely need surgery.Migt just explain some of his struggles this season.
    Can’t seem to buy one right now

  149. Puckberger says:

    Still ……talking…..about…..the Hall trade…….facepalm

  150. Professor Q says:

    Crosby with 4 points tonight to tie McDavid.

    EDIT: He is 1 point behind McDavid.

    Connor needs to get moving!!! 😉

  151. Lowetide says:

    Cozzy:
    Talking with someone who is close to Ebs….playing with a shoulder that will likely need surgery.Migt just explain some of his struggles this season.
    Can’t seem to buy one right now

    That would explain a lot.

  152. Crushelnyski says:

    Melvis,

    Haha true, speaking of dreamies… It’s been awhile since our host has put up that scarjo picture. Perhaps that’s what he’s been saving for the balance photo.

  153. Crushelnyski says:

    Professor Q,

    Schultz with 4 pts too!

  154. spoiler says:

    FLA
    NAS
    CAL
    ANA
    SJS
    MIN

    While it’s hard to not-like January so far, the Oil could play well and still lose 5 out of the next 6.

  155. Professor Q says:

    spoiler:
    FLA
    NAS
    CAL
    ANA
    SJS
    MIN

    While it’s hard to not-like January so far, the Oil could play well and still lose 5 out of the next 6.

    They could also win that many, or more. Maybe only the last two teams would prove overwhelming, but Oilers have held on and dominated them this season too.

  156. stevezie says:

    stephen sheps,

    Ha! How embarrassing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ46fyGf89Y

    Anyway, yeah.

  157. LadiesloveSmid says:

    spoiler:
    FLA
    NAS
    CAL
    ANA
    SJS
    MIN

    While it’s hard to not-like January so far, the Oil could play well and still lose 5 out of the next 6.

    FLA and NSH on back-to-backs. Need to be beating Calgary at this stage. If they’re serious about playoffs, ANA and SJ need to be close games.

  158. Seismic Source says:

    Wow…I don’t read the journal often, but I caught that Staples article looking back on the Subban no trade from the summer.

    There are not enough adjectives to describe how self serving that article was. Embarrassing.

  159. GMB3 says:

    The Oilers are two games above actual .500 for the first time I can remember. Exciting days to be a long-suffering Oilers fan

  160. PhrankLee says:

    Best thing MacT did was BP. He is likely gone and has marks on his face from GM’s touching him with an 11 foot pole cause nobody will touch him with a 10 footer.

    But BP played a good game. Finally. So did Eberle and Nuge. Finally.

    NYCOil has it right. They are above water with serious under-performers and can’ts.

    LT I think Darcy was right a couple threads ago nominating Lucic as the Pisanni. He is mentoring 2 rookies on the 3rd line and they did some damage. Sleppy had his best game. I am out of patience for the Drake handling. But he rolled off defenders and kept his feet moving. Lucic is a really good passer and his horses are just waking up.

    So flipping happy about a regulation win. Hope that feeling never goes away. Good win in a quiet building.

    I’ve read a few times that no matter where you install al new rink it takes a couple years to become ‘good ice’. A myriad of factors from ventilation, ambient moisture, compressor efficiency…all gets settled or tweaked over that time. Ice gurus are hard to come by, it seems.

    Eberle will remember this as The Great Drought od 16/17. He’s finally out of it except for 1 goal to tip the scale.

  161. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/jujhar-khairas-first-nhl-goal-special-moment-hockey/

    So…a nice little piece on JJ’s story until Spector just can’t help himself and takes an uncalled for dig at the Oilers at the end.

    What a petty, unprofessional “reporter.” I guess he began as a rumor-collector so may have worked his butt off to get his seat and his mic, but all I can think is it is really too bad that he has to act like a petulant child.

  162. Professor Q says:

    Interesting. Two posters have brought up supposedly unprofessional reporting/writing regarding the Oilers in the past 7 hours.

  163. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Professor Q,

    The dig Spector makes is so not necessary to the telling of JJ’s story.

  164. russ99 says:

    Seismic Source:
    Wow…I don’t read the journal often, but I caught that Staples article looking back on the Subban no trade from the summer.

    There are not enough adjectives to describe how self serving that article was. Embarrassing.

    Did you listen to the podcast with McCurdy?

    Pretty reasoned in my book.

  165. Professor Q says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Professor Q,

    The dig Spector makes is so not necessary to the telling of JJ’s story.

    I haven’t read it but I do believe you. I just thought it was interesting that the Oilers continue to have the MSM and other media against them.

  166. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Professor Q,

    Link is right there for you to judge for yourself.

    The dig itself is not off the mark. It’s just that there was no need to be smug and take that kind of a glib dig. This was not an op-ed piece, but a human interest story on Khaira as a Punjabi Canadian hockey player. A dig at the Oilers’ drafting/development track record, while it might be true just has no place in this article. It’s petty.

  167. Jethro Tull says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Professor Q,

    The dig Spector makes is so not necessary to the telling of JJ’s story.

    Spector’s gone from having Frankie the Squealer as GM (MacT) to having Johnny Tightlips (Chia). He either has to work harder for his bones, or report quasi-truths and be bitter.

  168. Simmer24 says:

    Hey guys, side note question. I am looking for a cheap single ticket for Friday nights game against Nashville. My dad is in town for business and I wanted to send him.
    If you know of a good place to find cheap singles, or if you have one, can you message me?
    Or sned me an email justin@prairiehockey.ca

    Thanks!

  169. Jethro Tull says:

    Simmer24:
    Hey guys, side note question. I am looking for a cheap single ticket for Friday nights game against Nashville. My dad is in town for business and I wanted to send him.
    If you know of a good place to find cheap singles, or if you have one, can you message me?
    Or sned me an email justin@prairiehockey.ca

    Thanks!

    Try facebook. There’s pages dedicated to the buy, sell and exchange of tickets.

    Just protect yourself, if it looks to good to be true, it is. Look to pay about $20-$50 below face value.

  170. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Jethro Tull: Spector’s gone from having Frankie the Squealer as GM (MacT) to having Johnny Tightlips (Chia).He either has to work harder for his bones, or report quasi-truths and be bitter.

    And I am not sure that is even what’s going on. Reasons being Spector has been vocal about how bad the Oilers are run for several years, including the MacT era and that Spec got one of the big scoops of the year via Chiarelli and all the other reporters in town were bitter and accused Chia of favoring Spec, remember? I don’t think this has much to do with Chia or MacT but just someone who has an ego that he has to insert into his stories, which is a shame. If he cut the glib, he would be alright. Difference between BEING a consummate professional in terms of what you do for a living and instead making it about what you do for a living (and isn’t that great?).

  171. who says:

    Seismic Source:
    Wow…I don’t read the journal often, but I caught that Staples article looking back on the Subban no trade from the summer.

    There are not enough adjectives to describe how self serving that article was. Embarrassing.

    Which part of the article was not true? Maybe I am biased because I agreed with him or is it self serving to say that.
    I think it is fine to state when you were right as long as you are willing to admit when you were wrong.

  172. Professor Q says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Professor Q,

    Link is right there for you to judge for yourself.

    The dig itself is not off the mark. It’s just that there was no need to be smug and take that kind of a glib dig. This was not an op-ed piece, but a human interest story on Khaira as a Punjabi Canadian hockey player. A dig at the Oilers’ drafting/development track record, while it might be true just has no place in this article. It’s petty.

    They really do have quite a plethora ethnicities, which is awesome. They had more when Yak was here, of course…

  173. Simmer24 says:

    Jethro Tull,

    Thanks Jethro. I will take a look

  174. spoiler says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: And I am not sure that is even what’s going on. Reasons being Spector has been vocal about how bad the Oilers are run for several years, including the MacT era and that Spec got one of the big scoops of the year via Chiarelli and all the other reporters in town were bitter and accused Chia of favoring Spec, remember? I don’t think this has much to do with Chia or MacT but just someone who has an ego that he has to insert into his stories, which is a shame. If he cut the glib, he would be alright. Difference between BEING a consummate professional in terms of what you do for a living and instead making it about what you do for a living (and isn’t that great?).

    He has been this way since his first article in The Gateway circa 1984 or 85. Have hated his writing since Day One for his snide, glib digs… and sadly he has been a part of my life, because Oilers, for 30 years now

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