ACTION REQUIRED

The college free-agent season is underway and the Edmonton Oilers have also signed a CHL free agent (Ryan Mantha) so far this spring. There is a long way to go, especially up front. Let’s begin the conversation with some news from our friend Stud Muffin:

With Lagesson back in Sweden this fall, that gives us some idea about the fall roster in Bakersfield. If I’m a betting man, the following list is what we might call a lock for California in October:

The Oilers have plenty of RFA prospects, and I imagine we’ll see the team walk away from many. Edmonton’s 50-man list for 2017-18 is here:

We could see any number of RFA’s re-signed, but I’ve chosen only Dillon Simpson and Joey Laleggia as Condors in the fall. Men like Griffin Reinhart and Jujhar Khaira are likely to be in the NHL this fall and are eligible for waivers.

It’s also true that men like Anton Slepyshev, who is not waiver-eligible this fall, will likely be in the NHL with the Oilers. That further narrows the possible list of Condors this fall.

2017 SUMMER (CONDORS)

  1. G Eetu Laurikainen: Unlikely to return.
  2. D Jordan Oesterle: Smart money is on him signing with another NHL team (with fewer LHD).
  3. D Mark Fayne: Has one more year on his NHL deal.
  4. D William Lagesson: We will wait for confirmation of Swedish season ahead.
  5. D David Musil: Already loaned to Arizona org, suspect he will move along (possibly KHL).
  6. D Mark Fraser: He might return in same veteran role.
  7. C-L Drake Caggiula: The possibility exists he could see AHL time in 2017-18.
  8. C Jere Sallinen: RFA, but his first NA season was disappointing.
  9. C Zach Pochiro: RFA, my guess is he won’t return.
  10. C Bogdan Yakimov: My guess is he will not return.
  11. C Henrik Samuelsson: Unusual signals from organization after he was acquired.
  12. R Jesse Puljujarvi: Strong possibility he is on the NHL roster this fall.
  13. R Iiro Pakarinen: He is RFA and likely to sign an NHL only deal if he signs with the Oilers.
  14. R Tyler Pitlick: He is UFA and should get an NHL deal from some team (maybe Edmonton).
  15. R Justin Fontaine: I think there’s a chance he gets a deal.

The Oilers can go to free agents like Spencer Foo and offer a pretty attractive option. The NHL depth chart is going to see some tweaks and, at least for forwards, the minor league team offers little resistance in terms of depth chart at this time.

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38 Responses to "ACTION REQUIRED"

  1. Bulging Twine says:

    Interested to see if Oesterle finds an NHL career. With superior skating like that he’s got a good chance.

  2. Bulging Twine says:

    Musil’s KHL rights were traded today for Yakupov’s rights as part of a bigger deal

  3. Bulging Twine says:

    Samuelsson – 40 pts in 68 games in his first AHL season then injuries.

  4. Bulging Twine says:

    Crosby hit in the head by Niskanen! Stays down.

  5. Cahoon says:

    Connor’s a hart finalist, surprising nobody.

  6. Stelio Kontos says:

    So what I’m hearing is that Tyler Benson can play one more year in the dub.

  7. Professor Q says:

    TSN isn’t even hiding their bias anymore.

    Where are the articles about Lindholm’s Rear-Naked Choke on Maroon, or Getzlaf getting away with everything else?

    http://www.bardown.com/hockey-fans-weigh-in-on-if-lucic-tried-to-choke-ducks-lindholm-in-game-3-1.739755

  8. Professor Q says:

    Stelio Kontos:
    So what I’m hearing is that Tyler Benson can play one more year in the dub.

    That’s why he wasn’t traded at the deadline. They want him to lead the young crew to Playoff Victory.

  9. Brantford Boy says:

    One would think that both Griffin Reinhart and Jujhar Khaira are on the outside looking in for being protected in the expansion draft, if there is room on Chiarelli’s roster (only one), who of the two do you think he protects? Lot’s given up to attain Reinhart just to let him go for nothing, my money says Griffin… perhaps that’s why Davidson is no longer here?

  10. Seismic Source says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Crosby hit in the head by Niskanen!Stays down.

    Hockey play

  11. Lowetide says:

    Brantford Boy:
    One would think that both Griffin Reinhart and Jujhar Khaira are on the outside looking in for being protected in the expansion draft, if there is room on Chiarelli’s roster (only one), who of the two do you think he protects?Lot’s given up to attain Reinhart just to let him go for nothing, my money says Griffin… perhaps that’s why Davidson is no longer here?

    Khaira iseasy to protect in 7-3-1.

  12. russ99 says:

    Seismic Source: Hockey play

    A cross check to the face isn’t a hockey play.

    How far does this have to go before the league cracks down on all this unwhistled stickwork in the playoffs.

  13. Professor Q says:

    russ99: A cross check to the face isn’t a hockey play.

    How far does this have to go before the league cracks down on all this unwhistled stickwork in the playoffs.

    I’m not even sure they are close to that, even with the Crosby play. They haven’t been protecting stars or anyone really.

    Not only was it a crosscheck to the head, but he was clearly going down already and in a vulnerable position. Shows intent even more.

  14. russ99 says:

    I still think Oesterle has a better chance to stick than Simpson, unless some team swoops in with a one-way deal, which may or may not happen.

    Especially if Reinhart goes to Vegas or another team before the expansion draft.

    We could do worse for our #8 D next year.

  15. N64 says:

    Brantford Boy: who of the two do you think he protects

    The choice is actually between protecting a 4th D or 5th+6th+7th F. They’d be leaving a lot more unprotected then JK.

  16. papa96 says:

    Not sure if anyone else thought of this, but I woke up this morning thinking that the Carlyle double reverse two-gate play action fake was pure Roger Neilson. As I recall Randy and Roger didn’t get along very well, but somehow it reminds me of the Neilson “apple as baseball” play.

  17. N64 says:

    Lowetide: Khaira iseasy to protect in 7-3-1.

    Right now the team playoff goal leaders with 3 each are 97, 19 and 55.

    Ignoring Monahan who is golfing the NHL PPG leaders at 3 are Kessel, Getzlaf and Letestu.

    If ML does some more of what he did vs. the Sharks the decision about Khaira or Kassian or Letestu gets harder.

    Then again Vegas may need a PP finisher and Chia keeps 8.

  18. jp says:

    Professor Q:
    TSN isn’t even hiding their bias anymore.

    Where are the articles about Lindholm’s Rear-Naked Choke on Maroon, or Getzlaf getting away with everything else?

    http://www.bardown.com/hockey-fans-weigh-in-on-if-lucic-tried-to-choke-ducks-lindholm-in-game-3-1.739755

    That’s genuinely offensive, given the context of the series. I think it was Manson that put (and held) the choke on Maroon, but lordy that wasn’t something you see every day. What Lucic did was nothing in comparison.

  19. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Great post LT! I’d be shocked if Edmonton wasn’t Pitlicks first choice. He wouldn’t be on the radar of other teams. Unless his injuries have caught up to him he’s a lock IMO

  20. Evilas says:

    N64,

    Edmonton will have to expose two vet forwards and one vet Dman; Fayne, Pouliot and Letestu fit the bill. I doubt Maroon or Eberle will be exposed, but you never know….

  21. treevojo says:

    jp: That’s genuinely offensive, given the context of the series. I think it was Manson that put (and held) the choke on Maroon, but lordy that wasn’t something you see every day. What Lucic did was nothing in comparison.

    Lindholm

  22. Stud Muffin says:

    Do the Oilers keep Yakimovs rights? Or do they have to tender him an offer? If so I could see him being tendered just to keep the rights, just in case he ever turn into something.

  23. Gerta Rauss says:

    I didn’t know Justin Schultz could shoot the puck like that

    2 late goals by PIT has the game going to OT

  24. DenverOilFan says:

    Justin effing Schultz. Good on him…I guess

  25. Bank Shot says:

    Brantford Boy:
    One would think that both Griffin Reinhart and Jujhar Khaira are on the outside looking in for being protected in the expansion draft, if there is room on Chiarelli’s roster (only one), who of the two do you think he protects?Lot’s given up to attain Reinhart just to let him go for nothing, my money says Griffin… perhaps that’s why Davidson is no longer here?

    The Oilers should trade for a good NHL forward from a team like Nashville who will surely lose a quality player. Then protect that new player.

    Leave Khaira and Reinhart out as bait.

  26. Jaxon says:

    Well, at least Foo won’t be deterred by seeing the RWs in front of him perform well. The RW depth chart looks crackable right now.

  27. Wolfie says:

    Question for the analytics/conspiracy crowd.

    I’m assuming a league like the NHL pays attention to where it’s money comes from. It’s not always about growing into other markets. But you can’t ignore new opportunities.

    Last year, no Canadian clubs made the playoffs. SN took a huge ratings dive in round 1 last year(Which is usually the most exciting round). The Cup Final didn’t do nearly as well despite having Sid.

    So I’m assuming SN put the heat on the NHL to have some Can Con for them to sell. After all SN paid a mint for the rights.

    So I’m wondering if the NHL is paying attention to social media? Is there a way to have influence as a fan in how the game is played? I think there might be.

    If a group of people with similar interests gameplan a series of tweets addressed and hash tagged to draw attention to stuff like Teflon Getzlaf or offsides.

    Ultimately the people actually watching the games are the ones consuming your product. If a tweet trends it draw attention to things….

    The NHL is heavily media dependant.

  28. Woogie63 says:

    VGK will aim higher than our 8/9th best dman and our 6th best Center

  29. Scungilli Slushy says:

    BS on Crosby. That carelessness should be a suspension. He was looking at the net when he chose to cross check another player.

    Crosschecking is not allowed in the NHL. That his quarry was going down and he didn’t notice, for me increases his lack of care for his fellow player.

    If callous play is allowed old school retribution should also be allowed and come back in style. Messier style for the Oilers.

  30. vishcosity says:

    Wolfie:
    Question for the analytics/conspiracy crowd.

    Heard the bat signal.

    The NHL is a private corporation bound to no standards of honesty. They can lie to their customers and it’s totally fine until you stop paying.

    Tweets from Canada mean SFA because those dollars are consistent. While y’all keep buying, there is no reason to change.

    Speaking of biased, the onhockey feed has been excellent in California. Just excellent.
    How’s it in canada? Streamers only need reply.

  31. MrEd says:

    Action required. RAA.
    Cup music:)

  32. jzed says:

    Ovechkins vicious high stick/slash started the whole thing off, Ovi should have been tossed and suspended, Niskanen tossed but not suspended. IMHO

  33. jp says:

    Evilas,

    treevojo,

    Lindholm indeed, my bad!

  34. Whatif says:

    This year during the payoffs we have seen an incredible amount of cross checking and slashing being ignored by the officials. Many of us have commented on the total lack of respect players show for one another and we have expressed concern for the safety of players like McDavid

    Last night this would appear to have come to a head.

    In the aftermath of Niskanen’s cross check to the head of Crosby, it was immediately visible that Crosby was on strange street. We can only hope that he is able to make a full recovery. He is a marvellous hockey talent and a credit to the game.

    The NHL is now faced with the potentially devastating loss of one of the games marquee players for the rest of the playoffs and perhaps longer. This, in part, results from the “revised rule book” they seem to use during the playoffs.

    It is time for dinosaurs who promote this double standard of officiating to disappear. Hockey is a beautiful game. We do not need it to be ruined by goonery and poor officiating.

    After all, the next player to be seriously hurt could be McDavid or Draisaitl or Nuge or Klefbom or ……

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

    This is the correct call by the NHL. He shouldn’t have gotten a 5 either

    http://www.tsn.ca/niskanen-will-not-face-suspension-for-hit-on-crosby-1.740480

  36. Evilas says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    I am sick of seeing players use their sticks on other players like they are a lumberjack and their opponent is a tree. I hated it 30 years ago and I hate it today. It should have no place in the game, but here we are.

    This league is their own worst enemy, by not enforcing the rules, like the Ovechkin whack/hack/slash on Crosby who was in all alone on Holtby at the time, what kind of message are they sending to fans and players? Why was that okay, should that not have at least been a penalty shot? And why is it okay for Niskanen, who is the only one who knows what his intentions were, to use his stick as a weapon against another player, regardless of intent?

    The sticks are to be used to hit pucks, not players. Why is it okay for grown men, who have very strong wrists and forearms, to repeatedly hit other grown men with their sticks? It’s frickin ridiculous.

    By playing the game is the player giving other players consent to hit them with their sticks repeatedly? Really? Where in the rule book does it say this is permitted? Where does it say that crosschecking another player is okay. This is only in the game because the NHL has NO will to take this crap out of the game.

    How many more games does Connor have left until he leaves the ice with broken fingers (like Gaudreau) or a concussion (like Crosby) because the NHL does not really care that players routinely brandish their sticks like weapons. The only reason Crosby whacked Methot or did the crotch spear or that Draisaitl did the same was for their own survival. These players do not have to play this way to be successful, the lesser players do so they can “compete” with the more talented players. Permitting this garbage is the fault of the NHL, they propagate this behavior by allowing it to happen.

    And now, unfortunately for everyone, especially the stars of the game, this is “part of the game”.

    As the title of LT’s post states:. Action Required​!!!!!!!!

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

    Evilas,

    I just don’t understand all of the melodrama that hits the fiber optics the minute something remotely violent happens in hockey. Maybe I’m too young to get it or understand why the volume keeps ramping up but as I watch videos from any decade, from any division, from any team in any era all I can see is a trend that shows the level of violence steadily decreasing in the game while the speed and skill hit new incredible levels.

    Is slashing annoying? Yup it sure is but go back and watch how slash/fighting/tackling happy everyone was in any era preceding our current one. Things are immeasurably better from a violence standpoint in today’s game, its not even close.

    If one wants to turn hockey into a no-contact league just say it and we can debate that, but the manufactured outrage is tiring and I find that the temptation for a lot of people to eagerly clamor “what kind of league would allow is” to be just annoying when everyone including the stars love to do it when it suits their purpose.

    To illustrate I’ll dissect your quote:

    “The only reason Crosby whacked Methot or did the crotch spear or that Draisaitl did the same was for their own survival.These players do not have to play this way to be successful, the lesser players do so they can “compete” with the more talented players.”:

    The Crosby slash on Methot was two feet into the Pens zone, was a one on one play and was offside! The Pens had a playoff spot locked up and were only playing for stats at this point, there was absolutely zero reason for Crosby to reach out and slash him.

    http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2017/03/23/video-crosby-slash-leaves-methots-finger-bloodied-and-injured/

    Crosby then turns away from this “lesser player” and tells him to bugger off before skating away.

    The exact same thing happens on the O’Reilly play, where O’Reilly is turned facing the net trying to find space to get a scoring chance when the best player in the game comes up behind him and tags him in the bag.

    http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2017/03/25/ryan-oreilly-comments-on-sidney-crosby-spearing-incident-it-happens/

    Anyone who has had to put on cup knows how vulnerable you are from behind that’s why you don’t see guys randomly doing it to each other. It was a gutless play by Crosby, in a nothing game, on a guy that based on his history, stats line and contract is also a high skilled player.

    If those two plays signify that Crosby is only protecting himself from other threats I’d hate to be the fella that actually gets in his face with something dirty.

    Bottom Line: Hockey is a fast and at times brutal game where even the biggest stars engage in playing the gray zone with whatever they have at hand. If that wasn’t the case there wouldn’t be stories of Maurice Richard beating an official, Messier butt-ending guys in the corner, Bobby Clarke breaking Victor Karlomov’s ankle and on and on.

  38. Evilas says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    You shouldn’t be looking at this incidents in isolation A series of other actions led to the “cup taps”. The Methot slash is a routine hack that players use to try to prevent opponents from getting pucks to where they want them to go. This slash just happened to land in an unprotected area and Methot took his glove off in full view of the world.

    Regardless of anything else, there is a culture of stick violence in the NHL and there is absolutely no good reason for it to be allowed to exist. But it does and since it is allowed to exist in the NHL, where it is now on display in High Definition, it exists everywhere in the game.

    My co-worker plays in a novice rec league, where you wouldn’t expect it to be very intense. I am talking about one of the lowest levels of adult hockey that exists. He showed me the giant bruise on his forearm where he was whacked last week. He said he drew 3 penalties in that game for this slash, a nut whack and after receiving a slew foot. I could be wrong, but I don’t think these incidents are unrelated to the shit that people see while watching NHL hockey.

    I have been watching NHL hockey for 40 years and I don’t recall seeing or hearing about very many slew foot incidents, but this year I have seen it about a dozen times (I live in Calgary, maybe it’s the Tkachuk influence, lol).

    This year there have been 2 sack whacks that I am aware of in the NHL. I can only recall one incident previously.

    My point really comes down to that the game would be a much better game if the rules were actually enforced in the NHL, which is extremely influential at all levels in North America. If the NHL removes this stuff, by actually calling g penalties, instead of ignoring a great them, it will have a ripple effect and everyone will be better for it.

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