They did another of those ‘all-time top 10’ teams this month and the 1985 Edmonton Oilers came in at No. 1. It was a pleasing choice for me, because the 1985 club featured all of the elements we’d come to love and the entire Boys on the Bus remained intact. It also contained the heart and soul of those Oilers.
- “One night last season, he awoke in Hartford, Connecticutt with a screaming toothache. He called long distance to his sister-in-law, a dental hygienist. “Wait til morning,” she said. “I can’t,” said Fogolin. “I have to play tomorrow.” Then he went to his hotel room closet, dismantled a coat-hanger, made a small hook and ripped the cap off his offending molar. In the game the next night, he beat up Hartford’s Warren Miller, whose errant stick had cut him for six stitches–outside the mouth.” (Peter Gzowski, The Game of our Lives)
Why the Buffalo Sabres ever let him loose remains a mystery, but Lee Fogolin’s time as an Oiler is a key story in the team’s history. Ask Kevin Lowe about Fogey and you’ll receive chapter and verse on just how important a player he was to a large group of enormously talented youngsters. Today I celebrate the 1985 Edmonton Oilers, and the ferocious lion who showed them the way through the power of his presence and the evidence of his game.
I had John Short on the Lowdown a little while ago, and he identified Adam Larsson as the modern Lee Fogolin. John told me McDavid (99) and Draisaitl (Messier) were still building and Larsson’s heart and soul effort was a nice comp for Fogolin. I expect we’ve all made our minds up about Larsson but John’s comments were poignant and yesterday’s announcement about that 1985 had me thinking about the current team and the various roles.
In early May, Darren Dreger sent out an update, saying the plan was to narrow down the list of possible teams to three and then make a decision after the expansion draft. Gerry Johansson’s agency is representing Foo and he made it clear (on Bob’s show) Edmonton is one of the teams that remains in the running. Now Foo awaits activity leading up to the expansion draft and (this is me reading the tea leaves) deciding on the most attractive option. I think Foo and his representation are handling this well, using every advantage to make an informed decision. Once you commit, the relationship changes, just like buying a house. Be sure, make the most informed decision possible. A lot of good advice around this young man.
Dreger stands by his Eberle comments from Fri. Mentions NYI. Says "we know Travis Hamonic is in play".
— RCN (@akaRCN) June 6, 2017
This comes down to “do you believe Dreger has solid information?” and I do believe it to be the case. I’m still not sure this deal happens, Snow will want the Oilers to retain (is my guess) and Chiarelli has to be mindful of the cap. Still, that’s a very good trade for Edmonton in my opinion.
TRAVIS HAMONIC 2016-17
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.87 (5th among regular defensemen)
- 5×4 points per 60: 2.33 (in just 25 minutes, 0-1-1)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 44.0
- Corsi Rel 5×5 %: -5.4
- DFF Elite 5×5 %: 42.0
- DFF Elite Rel 5×5 %: -2.0 (39 percent of TOI v. elites)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 74 shots/4.1%
- Boxcars: 49, 3-11-14
- (All numbers via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and hockey-reference)
- Special thanks to GMoney and Woodguy for sharing the DFF’s
Hamonic played an enormous amount of his season against elites, and the numbers show he struggled. Injury also impacted him (49 games), lots of people saying he struggled with Nick Leddy but he also had a time with Calvin DeHaan. He was hurt, that’s a fact (knee and thumb injuries) but I think he’d be a nice addition to the Oilers defense. Trading Eberle has its own problems though, and my bet is that Snow either wants to make the trade before the expansion draft, or Edmonton to retain, or both. This deal could happen sooner than later, but I don’t believe PC will have an appetite to go 4-4-1. Suspect it could happen in the hours after the expansion draft and Hamonic is a player I would value as an Oiler, but much of the value for New York in making this deal comes in doing it before expansion. Sticky wicket.
I wonder if the Foo camp are waiting for a shoe to drop? Dealing Jordan Eberle to the Islanders would make Edmonton’s RW depth chart far more attractive to a college graduate with goal-scoring acumen. The Oilers would still be protected (Leon Draisaitl) and Foo would have an open chance against younger players like Anton Slepyshev and Jesse Puljujarvi (although Foo and Slepyshev are the same age). Makes some sense.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
We’re back! A fun and busy show at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Jonathan Willis, Oilers Nation. We’ll talk about Eberle’s future, and about Travis Hamonic’s value.
- JR Lind, Patch.com. We’ll talk Preds!
- Scott Cullen, TSN. A little birdy told me Scott’s offseason gameplan for the Oilers will be out today! We’ll discuss.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!