RE 16-17 TODD MCLELLAN: EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACE

103 points. No matter what your fuss, no matter what your bother, progress is here. After such a long time, the turn north was dramatic and beautiful. Todd McLellan is a more traditional coach than some would like, but the results he delivered in San Jose have also moved north. You can point to the arrival of Connor McDavid and the acquisition of Cam Talbot and you would be right. The bottom line is this: A coach is responsible for the team’s record, and in that way Todd McLellan has been successful in Edmonton. Full stop (Everything in its Place).

  • 2015-16: 31-43-8, 70 pts (199-242) (GD: -43)
  • 2016-17: 47-26-9, 103 pts (243-207) (GD: +36)
  1. Not bad. Helluva year. I think the Oilers improved two seasons in one, probably due to the McDavid injury in 2015-16.
  2. Are you surprised they improved more on offense than defense? No, I think there are still defensive issues that need to be cleaned up. Quick transitions by defensemen is job one, and of course there is more work to do up front.
  3. How are McLellan’s Oilers at even strength? All of these numbers are via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com. Edmonton finished No. 8 in 5×5 goals (165) and No. 9 in goals against (139). In 5×5 goal differential, the Oilers finished No. 6 with a 54.3 goals-for percentage.
  4. That’s good! Yes. This is a good NHL team. A lot of it is Connor McDavid so let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this team is not yet balanced. That said, you can’t deny the numbers.
  5. What about power play? Their 52 goals ranked them fourth.
  6. Penalty kill? They allowed 38 goals, ninth place.
  7. These are good totals! Yes. The Oilers improved in a lot of areas this season. I’m never sure how much credit to give the coaching staffs, but since they get crapped on when things go sideways, we should probably credit a job well done.
  8. What are the PP and PK percentages? Power play was 22.9 and that was good for No. 5 overall. PK was 80.7, good for No. 17 overall. PK needs work. Via NHL.com.
  9. What’s your take on all of this? The Oilers had a season that reflects a club who won 47 games and finished with 103 points. There are good numbers everywhere.
  10. How many times have the Oilers won 47 or more games in a season? Won 48 in 1982, 47 in 1983, 57 in 1984, 49 in 1985, 56 in 1986 and 50 win 1987. Different era because of overtime wins, but I think we can reasonably argue that 2016-17 was the best regular season since 2006, and likely beyond that for some time.
  11. Let’s talk about the roster. Sure.
  12. Why does he like Kris Russell so much? Good things happen when he’s on the ice. McLellan wants to win hockey games and Kris Russell was doing things in games that the coach values. The question for you is this: Are the Oilers valuing the right things? I value Corsi and Corsi rel, the Oilers (I believe) value Shots-against per 60. Maybe there’s another metric, like the Woodmoney, we can all agree on someday.
  13. How many rookies did he help this year? A few, I think. McLellan guided Matt Benning along well, backing him off sometimes and pushing him others. He slow played Anton Slepsyhev when the big winger wasn’t getting scoring chances and rewarded him when AS pushed the envelope with the puck on his stick.
  14. Is he good with rookies? I would say he is typical of veteran coaches. By that I mean a young player has to be patient because opportunities are rare and veterans are preferred. This was McLellan’s best year in recent memory for it though, although the quality of rookie was very good.
  15. He didn’t handle Puljujarvi well. I’m not sure who to blame there, but agree it was mishandled.
  16. What would have been a better plan? Puljujarvi is a special case because he looked good in many areas of the game.
  17. Until he didn’t. Yes. Exactly. Sending him down was the right call, but they probably should have started there. When sent out, most of us felt he would get recalled, and then the team played well and pushed to the top of the division. JP couldn’t get back and others stepped in.
  18. He didn’t play McDavid enough! 97 played the third most minutes per game among centers across the league (via NHL.com). I said the same thing at times, but he rode the young man pretty hard (with amazing results).
  19. What did he do well? I think he managed the roster well. I would have tried Pouliot with McDavid (it had worked the previous season) but so many media folks said ‘he didn’t deserve to play with 97’ one imagines that may also have been the opinion of the coach. That said, I like that he recognized Benning was Benning early, and that he had a good feel for the roster in areas like Leon moving from wing to center.
  20. What does McLellan need? Dan Boyle in his prime, or even Dan Boyle slightly past his prime.
  21. Is the defense getting better? His first opening night defense was Sekera—Fayne, Klefbom—Schultz, Reinhart—Gryba. Yes, I think it is a better blue now.
  22. They need a point shot from the power play. Have one in Klefbom, and Benning might be a dandy 5×4 option as he matures.
  23. What was the best thing about McLellan’s season? For me, he recognized that bringing along the youths (Nurse, Benning) slowly was a big part of roster maturation. He didn’t have a chance in year one, when Nurse moved up, but this year he stubbornly stuck by his guns. Good health aided him, but still.
  24. What was the worst thing about McLellan’s season? I feel he could have given the roster more depth if he trusted some guys more. Anton Lander, Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne, I would mention all of those names who should probably have played more.
  25. Why this song? I think it’s about order and every coach is in search of order. I think McLellan had a good season, was blessed with roster health, rode his goalie too much and deployed the eighth wonder of the world at will. Everything in its right place.
  26. What do you think he told Peter Chiarelli he needed? A mirror man for Leon, a shooter, a young Dan Boyle and a few players moving on.
  27. Eberle, Pouliot? I’m not going to try to pretend to read minds.
  28. So yes? Yes.
  29. Can Todd McLellan win the Stanley Cup with this roster? Yes. He needs a puck mover and the kid Puljujarvi would do this franchise an enormous favor by emerging whole.
  30. Is there one defenseman out there who can thrust this team into another galaxy? Yes. Erik Karlsson.

 

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  1. Justthestatsman says:

    I see Karlsson is UFA in 2019. Probably no chance to fit him under the cap with CMD and Leon getting big money. Almost makes me wish for the no cap era, since we have an owner that has the ability to write those cheques without blinking.

  2. N64 says:

    Frank Seravalli‏Verified account @frank_seravalli 15m15 minutes ago
    Peter Chiarelli says his belief is that 7 or 8 deals have been made so far between teams and Vegas to keep/move certain players.

    Bob McKenzie‏Verified account @TSNBobMcKenzie 16m16 minutes ago
    We in media have all been speculating those teams likely to incl ANA, CBJ, CHI, NYI, PIT, TB but now belief is MIN and FLA may be added.

    Bob McKenzie‏Verified account @TSNBobMcKenzie 19m19 minutes ago
    As I mentioned on @OverDrive1050, my sense is there may have been at least 8 deals done with VGK prior to teams submitting lists on Saturday

  3. leadfarmer says:

    N64:
    Frank Seravalli‏Verified account @frank_seravalli15m15 minutes agoPeter Chiarelli says his belief is that 7 or 8 deals have been made so far between teams and Vegas to keep/move certain players.

    Bob McKenzie‏Verified account @TSNBobMcKenzie16m16 minutes agoWe in media have all been speculating those teams likely to incl ANA, CBJ, CHI, NYI, PIT, TB but now belief is MIN and FLA may be added.

    Bob McKenzie‏Verified account @TSNBobMcKenzie19m19 minutes agoAs I mentioned on @OverDrive1050, my sense is there may have been at least 8 deals done with VGK prior to teams submitting lists on Saturday

    With the first 31 picks of the 2017 NHL draft the Vegas Golden Knights would like to select …

  4. godot10 says:

    //Is there one defenseman out there who can thrust this team into another galaxy? Yes. Erik Karlsson//

    McLellan would play Karlsson at forward, like he did Burns. He’s got Russell and Gryba to play right D.

  5. Kevin Lowe says:

    Eberle Lucic Pouliot all had their worst even strength scoring years of their careers.
    Nugent-Hopkins had the 3rd worst even strength scoring year of his career and two of his three worst years are with this coach and the other one is when he hurt his shoulder.
    Maroon and Draisaitl had their best years
    Maroon and Draisaitl played the most with McDavid.
    That’s not a good coach.
    That’s a coach who is lucky he has McDavid.

  6. Dino says:

    How boring I wish teams were going to actually lose good exposed players. Instead we get to wait weeks just to see VGK make a bunch of deals and spend the night at the draft podium on day 1. Boooooooooooooo!!!!

  7. N64 says:

    Dino:
    How boring I wish teams were going to actually lose good exposed players. Instead we get to wait weeks just to see VGK make a bunch of deals and spend the night at the draft podium on day 1. Boooooooooooooo!!!!

    The question that should be asked: Why is the Vegas draft show part II being shot in Chicago?

  8. Lowetide says:

    Kevin Lowe:
    Eberle Lucic Pouliot all had their worst even strength scoring years of their careers.
    Nugent-Hopkins had the 3rd worst even strength scoring year of his career and two of his three worst years are with this coach and the other one is when he hurt his shoulder.
    Maroon and Draisaitl had their best years
    Maroon and Draisaitl played the most with McDavid.
    That’s not a good coach.
    That’s a coach who is lucky he has McDavid.

    Lucic got his chance with 97 and didn’t piss a drop. McLellan moved him off the line. Nuge played tough minutes but should have been able to handle it (I’m a Nuge guy but that was one of the disappointing portions of the season). Eberle we’ve discussed, he had some bad luck in the shooting department.

  9. N64 says:

    Dino:
    How boring I wish teams were going to actually lose good exposed players. Instead we get to wait weeks just to see VGK make a bunch of deals and spend the night at the draft podium on day 1. Boooooooooooooo!!!!

    Good thing this is not the 2003 draft class. Mind you that draft team could have had all of Vegas’s picks and found a way to miss on every one.

  10. Scungilli Slushy says:

    godot10:
    //Is there one defenseman out there who can thrust this team into another galaxy? Yes. Erik Karlsson//

    McLellan would play Karlsson at forward, like he did Burns.He’s got Russell and Gryba to play right D.

    I think he’s pretty smart, and is trying to impose the structure he feels his roster needs to use to win the Cup. His use of the World Cup roster and the success they had was inventive and effective. The Oilers improved in every area. He is not a clod.

    Actually a few old goats did better than I expected this year in Carlisle and Torts. Most of coaches at that level are competent if not perfect.

  11. N64 says:

    The maximum number of D Vegas can claim is 13. The over under on D he is paid not to take should be 5.5. The over under on the D Vegas takes should be 12.5. 7-3-1 is not going to shake loose the hoarding of D. GMs will pay a hoarding tax to keep on hoarding D.

  12. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Great post LT! But boy that was an irritating song for me in the background that you chose

    – I do agree: on paper this team is good enough right now to win the cup…It’s GO time

  13. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Dino:
    How boring I wish teams were going to actually lose good exposed players. Instead we get to wait weeks just to see VGK make a bunch of deals and spend the night at the draft podium on day 1. Boooooooooooooo!!!!

    I know what you mean… this supposed expansion “draft” is more than likely going to help cap-strung team WAY more then vegas… I too was hoping teams like Anaheim, LA, Pittsburgh, Chicago etc. Would lose a quality player they could not protect due to their varying levels of success and high cap NMC contracts which would “finally” start to trigger their inevitable turn south down the standings… bringing forth the next crop of cup contending teams (Mainly the Oilers)

  14. Lowetide says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – Great post LT!But boy that was an irritating song for me in the background that you chose

    – I do agree: on paper this team is good enough right now to win the cup…It’s GO time

    I have enough Radiohead for the summer RE (17-18), I am considering continuing with it. 🙂

  15. Chachi says:

    godot10:
    //Is there one defenseman out there who can thrust this team into another galaxy? Yes. Erik Karlsson//

    McLellan would play Karlsson at forward, like he did Burns.He’s got Russell and Gryba to play right D.

    https://www.google.ca/amp/www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/23/oilers-mclellan-was-happy-to-see-sharks-advance-to-cup-final/amp/

    McLellan was asked about Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, who appears to be on track to be a Norris Trophy finalist for a second straight season with 30 points in 33 games.

    Several factors have led to Burns’ success, including working with Sharks assistant Bob Boughner and having a defense partner like the steady Paul Martin. McLellan said Burns’ time as a forward with the Sharks during part of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season and the 2013-14 season also helps him today.

    McLellan also coached Burns when the two were part of gold-medal winning Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championships, where Burns was named the tournament’s most outstanding defenseman.

    “I think the time that he spent up front has allowed him to finally become that dynamic offensive d-man. He understands what it feels like to drive the puck to the net, where the holes are,” McLellan said.

    “I think that time that he played up front really allows him to be a multi-positional type guy. He’s not playing second fiddle. He’s shooting the puck whenever he wants to, he’s not giving in to other opportunities that may exist. He’s taking charge and it’s happening for him. Tremendous player.

    “It started at the World Championships was where it really came out. He became so confident there.”

  16. Wild Bill Hunter says:

    Best regular season since 2006? Get serious! In 2006 they barely squeaked into the playoffs and finished in 8th place. They went on to have a great playoff of course, but this season was far better than 2006. It isn’t even close.

  17. Lowetide says:

    Wild Bill Hunter:
    Best regular season since 2006?Get serious!In 2006 they barely squeaked into the playoffs and finished in 8th place.They went on to have a great playoff of course, but this season was far better than 2006.It isn’t even close.

    That 2005-06 team finished with 95 points and was a helluva team. Seriously. The goaltending was off for much of the year, but don’t discount that crew.

  18. Scungilli Slushy says:

    The Oilers are going to trade Eberle, the first and possibly + for Strome, Hamonic and Halak.

    July 1st Russell is resigned at 4×4 with a limited trade clause.

    The Isles dump salary, a player with sideburns and have to throw in Hamonic to get Eberle to have a chance at resigning Tavares, who is waiting to see what they do to commit to the illusion of winning against the balanced McDavid Oilers.

    The Oilers get the balanced picture, a good right hand D cheap and not to long term to block Benning. And a solid backup with one year left, and a chance at that centre who can take over from Nuge at some point and allow the switching of Leon to where McL want to deploy him, and that has in the past killed the soft parade at centre. And in signing Russell whom they like, a Sekera replacement and playoff insurance that can be moved.

    Off to wherever it is he goes in the summer and done until training camp. After signing some D 7-8’s.

  19. stush18 says:

    Lowetide: That 2005-06 team finished with 95 points and was a helluva team. Seriously. The goaltending was off for much of the year, but don’t discount that crew.

    Gotta disagree here. I think this regular season was better than that season.

    Perhaps you’re confusing which team was most balanced? 😜

    This was the better regular season. Difference between top seed in playoffs and bottom seed is much tighter than when the oilers squeaked in in 2006

  20. Scungilli Slushy says:

    The Isles want to replace the first they give to LVK, and Garth owes Pete one for Reinhart.

  21. fifthcartel says:

    Signing Russell, especially for 4 years, would be such a reactionary move to Sekera’s injury. There’s no need to sign him to that contract.

  22. Gret99zky says:

    MrFancypantss:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/oilersnation/status/877323115222540288
    New sweaters have leaked. Not bad

    Not a fan of the thin stripes on the arms and bottom.

  23. Scungilli Slushy says:

    fifthcartel:
    Signing Russell, especially for 4 years, would be such a reactionary move to Sekera’s injury. There’s no need to sign him to that contract.

    For a Cup run I think they might ‘prefer’ to sign a vet. If there is a limited NTC it’s not a problem because he is a free asset. Even if they trade him for a second he cost nothing but the contract.

    If he is locked in it’s a disaster. Every year of McDavid is a chance to win it. I have posted that I don’t think PC will block and lose one of Nurse or Benning as they are up for resigning next year. He might, but that would be a very weak decision.

    Hamonic is quite inexpensive so perhaps a really strong D group with him is possible cap wise. Fayne off, move Pouliot, sadly Nuge as well to clear cap. If Lucic can’t find his groove I think PC has the moxy to ask him to waive, and I think Lucic would out of pride and an long term relationship with the GM.

  24. Cahoon says:

    Lowetide,

    I would absolutely LOVE that LT. I always like the Re music, but Radiohead is one of my favorite bands and seeing which songs you choose for people is just a treat.

  25. Kevin Lowe says:

    Lowetide: Lucic got his chance with 97 and didn’t piss a drop. McLellan moved him off the line. Nuge played tough minutes but should have been able to handle it (I’m a Nuge guy but that was one of the disappointing portions of the season). Eberle we’ve discussed, he had some bad luck in the shooting department.

    Yeah and if 8 players had their worst years I’m sure there would be reasonable explanations for all of them too.
    3 forwards who have been good top 6 forwards on this team had their worst year ever and so did the big free agent top 6 signing.
    That’s not 4 separate things that just happened to happen on the same team.
    That’s a pattern.

  26. Lowetide says:

    stush18: Gotta disagree here. I think this regular season was better than that season.

    Perhaps you’re confusing which team was most balanced? 😜

    This was the better regular season. Difference between top seed in playoffs and bottom seed is much tighter than when the oilers squeaked in in 2006

    If you put Roloson on that team to start the season, 2005-06 Oilers pass 100 points easily in my opinion. That team didn’t have McDavid, but had nice depth and a killer defenseman. Underrated club across the hockey world.

  27. JDI says:

    Gret99zky: Not a fan of the thin stripes on the arms and bottom.

    And the faded orange, the white collar, or the cut of it’s jib.

  28. leadfarmer says:

    Lowetide: If you put Roloson on that team to start the season, 2005-06 Oilers pass 100 points easily in my opinion. That team didn’t have McDavid, but had nice depth and a killer defenseman. Underrated club across the hockey world.

    You didn’t enjoy the 0.880 save percentage Markannen, Conklin, Morrison provided?

  29. Psyche says:

    Based on my dusty memory I liked how McLellan coached the PK and I didn’t mind what he tried with the top 6 forwards. I also liked his impact on the top 4 D-men (especially Klefbom and Larsson). I recall many nights where I wondered (out loud to my wife) what was happening with the PP, the bottom 6 and the 3rd pairing D-men.

    I felt he showed too much confidence in Gryba/Nurse/Caggiula, but not enough in Slepy/JJ/Pouliot. And poor Fayne – I believe the man could have helped. He definitely offered more than Gryba.

  30. digger50 says:

    I think Peter grabs Davidson of Vegas as cover for Sekera.

    Islanders deal brings a right hand d man back, or else Russel draws in.

    If Vegas selects Reinhart, great news for Gryba.

  31. digger50 says:

    Funny how expectations change. I along with many were okay with the playoff results, but reviewing the numbers, that was a heck of a season and if similar next season, everyone will have huge expectations. I think we already do.

    But we need to move the puck up

    And we need to win a face off

  32. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer: You didn’t enjoy the 0.880 save percentage Markannen, Conklin, Morrison provided?

    I did enjoy Morrison’s accent, gotta say.

  33. Brantford Boy says:

    Lowetide,

    If that’s the case, I concur with THEDJDJ that ‘In Rainbows’ is a very good album, in fact its the only thing I’ve been listening to for the past week (the 2 CD version)… cheers!

  34. JDI says:

    Nice guy Oilers – redesigning their great jersey so that the new guys feel better about their jersey:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCzzbIpUAAQDv0X.jpg:large

  35. godot10 says:

    Navy and copper…okay.
    Blue and orange….okay.
    Navy and orange…yuck.

  36. JDI says:

    godot10,

    Grey and black and gold and red… designed by a focus group or possibly Homer Simpson. Maybe a focus group of Homer Simpsons.

  37. Gret99zky says:

    JDI: And the faded orange, the white collar, or the cut of it’s jib.

    TBH, the jib’s the deal breaker. Will not buy.

    As Jonathan Willis pointed out, looking forward to the inevitable redesign in a couple of years.

  38. Lowetide says:

    JDI:
    godot10,

    Grey and black and gold and red

    Mr. Jones and me…..

  39. N64 says:

    Lowetide: Mr. Jones and me…..

    Picasso.

  40. JDI says:

    N64: Picasso.

    Should I cut my eyes off?

  41. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Really love the blue home jerseys. Don’t know why they are going orange.

  42. Thinker says:

    Could be worse. Could have gotten the orange logos back. I’m not a huge fan of these ones, but I’m also probably the only person I’ve met who liked the oil drop.

  43. JDI says:

    Thinker: who liked the oil drop.

    You mean the gear Oil drop?

    First step is admitting it. Good for you.

  44. russ99 says:

    Kevin Lowe:
    Eberle Lucic Pouliot all had their worst even strength scoring years of their careers.
    Nugent-Hopkins had the 3rd worst even strength scoring year of his career and two of his three worst years are with this coach and the other one is when he hurt his shoulder.
    Maroon and Draisaitl had their best years
    Maroon and Draisaitl played the most with McDavid.
    That’s not a good coach.
    That’s a coach who is lucky he has McDavid.

    No this is a group of players the coach trusted to buy into the program and lead by example and they spit the bit. Some players aren’t cut out for what this staff and front office demand for being on a cup contending roster and we need to move them out.

    No room for floaters playing rebuild “Oilers Hockey”, only effort fits now, and when young players and rookies out effort some guys, the writing is on the wall.

  45. Thinker says:

    JDI: You mean the gear Oil drop?

    First step is admitting it. Good for you.

    Not as a primary jersey, but as a thrid jersey, I think it’s cool. I like alternate logos. Like have you seen the University of Alberta football logo with the bear claws?

  46. Scungilli Slushy says:

    I sure hope Oiler orange isn’t the peach that shows in that Twit pic. It would be truly historically awful. And ugly.

  47. N64 says:

    JDI: Should I cut my eyes off?

    Now you can cut my eyes out.

    russ99,

    oh dear.
      what a frame!
        what a frame!
          what a frame!

  48. Kevin Lowe says:

    russ99: No this is a group of players the coach trusted to buy into the program and lead by example and they spit the bit. Some players aren’t cut out for what this staff and front office demand for being on a cup contending roster and we need to move them out.

    No room for floaters playing rebuild “Oilers Hockey”, only effort fits now, and when young players and rookies out effort some guys, the writing is on the wall.

    100% the writing is on the wall for Lucic, NugentHopkins, Eberle and Pouliot because they can’t play the way the coach wants them to and they all had bad years.

  49. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Kevin Lowe: 100% the writing is on the wall for Lucic, NugentHopkins, Eberle and Pouliot because they can’t play the way the coach wants them to and they all had bad years.

    Players have down years. A lot of players were low offensively compared to typical across the league.

    Maybe they return to normal levels, maybe they don’t. Changes in systems affect players, but we can’t really argue it wasn’t worth it, can we?

    The bigger issue is the cap. Those players are 6M 6M 6M 4M. So, not all can stay because there is McDavid and Draisaitl.

  50. JDI says:

    Someone found a way to dramatically improve the new threads:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCz6BvVUIAI7gW9.jpg

  51. Chachi says:

    Kevin Lowe: 100% the writing is on the wall for Lucic, NugentHopkins, Eberle and Pouliot because they can’t play the way the coach wants them to and they all had bad years.

    Yeah, Lucic is so out of here in 6 years.

  52. rickithebear says:

    Godot:
    Burns has allways been a forward.
    His EVGA was a fucking disgrace before Martin showed up.
    Martin the Dman trained to cover for defensive jokes like Burns.

  53. Diablo says:

    JDI:
    Someone found a way to dramatically improve the new threads:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCz6BvVUIAI7gW9.jpg

    That looks a million times better.
    I’m really not a fan of the new home unis. Are the road jerseys going to change as well – if so have they revealed them yet?

  54. dustrock says:

    JDI:
    Someone found a way to dramatically improve the new threads:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCz6BvVUIAI7gW9.jpg

    So much better. Don’t like the stripes, the navy may as well be black, and don’t like the white names.

    Surprised Vegas kit is better than I expected.

    Who would have thought the Wild would have one of the best jerseys?

  55. Scungilli Slushy says:

    JDI:
    Someone found a way to dramatically improve the new threads:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCz6BvVUIAI7gW9.jpg

    Still peach.

    George Carlin ” the San Francisco 69’ers, flesh tone and ultra violet”.

  56. rickithebear says:

    Russ:
    Do you know the Goal dif mean for thoseplayers Comp, Team, ZS%’s.
    I know you do not!
    Cause you would not have stated such drivel.

  57. JDI says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Still peach.

    Agreed. Not sure why they’re backing away from such a BOLD color.

  58. rickithebear says:

    Lowetide: If you put Roloson on that team to start the season, 2005-06 Oilers pass 100 points easily in my opinion. That team didn’t have McDavid, but had nice depth and a killer defenseman. Underrated club across the hockey world.

    Oilers had 3 top 12 HD Dmen
    In order of best ranked
    Spacek
    Pronger
    Staios
    MAB
    Smith
    The were all top 35.

    The only D deeper was LAK first cup win.
    6 Top 30 HD Dmen.

  59. theDjdj says:

    Brantford Boy:
    Lowetide,

    If that’s the case, I concur with THEDJDJ that ‘In Rainbows’ is a very good album, in fact its the only thing I’ve been listening to for the past week (the 2 CD version)… cheers!

    It’s definitely their most accessible album. I feel like they successfully merged their use of abstract sounds with more straight forward rock sensibilities. Reined in Yorke a bit . Not a single weak moment on that album.

  60. JDI says:

    I knew that picking this avatar would pay off eventually:

    James Mirtle‏Verified account @mirtle 16m16 minutes ago

    Vegas could have side deals with nearly half the other 30 NHL teams I’m told. That’s crazy.

  61. Hockeyman 99 says:

    gotta say the stripes on the New Jersey don’t look right. Pretty disappointed:(

  62. Hockeyman 99 says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    That’s how they should be!

  63. Bruce McCurdy says:

    1) The 2005-06 Oilers led the league in shots against & had the third best shot differential in the NHL. They had shitty netminding but the team was excellent.

    2) Am hoping there’s finally enough contrast on the new unis to read the damn numbers.

  64. godot10 says:

    So Chicago has is going to use LTIR to escape cap recapture on the last few years of Hossa’s contract. How convenient!

  65. russ99 says:

    rickithebear:
    Russ:
    Do you know the Goal dif mean for thoseplayers Comp, Team, ZS%’s.
    I know you do not!
    Cause you would not have stated such drivel.

    I do.

    McLellan expected Nugent-Hopkins to play a similar role as in the World Cup that he was less effective and his offense suffered. Maybe his constant play behind the circles was cheating to get back, but I don’t buy it. Of all the second scoring line (other than Lucic) only Pouliot is effective at cycling, and he got in the coach’s doghouse.

    It may be a slight on McLellan that he only let the Connor line roam free on the rush but based on his press comments in preseason, the season, playoffs and the end of season avail, he gave Eberle, RNH and Pouliot specific instruction on what he expected from them and he didn’t get it, save the last week or two of the season.

    If anything divides this front office from the previous one, not delivering what the coaches expect won’t be tolerated. Pouliot and Eberle are one foot out the door and if Nuge doesn’t take McLellan’s post season comments to heart, he’ll soon follow.

  66. DBO says:

    LeBrun saying that Vegas has around 10 picks over 3 years plus a few three way trades. That’s is interesting as I wonder if Edmonton is in on those.

  67. Coffeys_Messy_eh says:

    Did you see New Jersey’s new jerseys? I like the new New Jersey jerseys.

    I like the English language.

    (I also don’t see the fuss about the Oilers’ redesign. It’s fine and I won’t notice them by about November.)

  68. JDI says:

    godot10:
    So Chicago has is going to use LTIR to escape cap recapture on the last few years of Hossa’s contract.How convenient!

    Pretty convenient that this progressive skin disorder is now too much to play hockey with, as his salary drops to $1M while his cap hit is still $5.25M.

    I hope all the best for the player, but this smells bad.

  69. Pouzar says:

    godot10:
    So Chicago has is going to use LTIR to escape cap recapture on the last few years of Hossa’s contract.How convenient!

    Yup. Zero chance he retires.

  70. LMHF#1 says:

    I watched every single home game of the 05-06 season live in person. Pre, regular and post season.

    After the deadline especially, that was an outstanding hockey team.

  71. Pouzar says:

    Mark Lazerus
    (@MarkLazerus)

    Assuming Hossa to LTIR and Kruger and TvR to Vegas, that’s about $9 million in cap relief for the #Blackhawks. About $6M under the cap.

  72. JDI says:

    Pouzar: About $6M under the cap.

    Good for them. I was worried about how they’d get out of this.

  73. JDI says:

    Pouzar: Hossa to LTIR

    And excellent timing of this news. It’s like announcing that you can’t figure out where $2.3T of taxpayer money went on Sept 10th, 2001.

  74. Pouzar says:

    JDI: And excellent timing of this news. It’s like announcing that you can’t figure out where $2.3T of taxpayer money went on Sept 10th, 2001.

    *braces self*

  75. JJS says:

    JDI: And excellent timing of this news. It’s like announcing that you can’t figure out where $2.3T of taxpayer money went on Sept 10th, 2001.

    So good

    And is there gold in the bowels of Roger’s Place?

  76. Rondo says:

    Darren Dreger‏
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    Spencer Foo isn’t expected to make decision on an NHL home until Monday/Tuesday. As reported, Edmonton, Calgary, VGK and Philly all in mix.

  77. BONE207 says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    I sure hope Oiler orange isn’t the peach that shows in that Twit pic. It would be truly historically awful. And ugly.

    Here are the reasons for the Peach jersey…

    https://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2017/6/16/15678188/lets-remake-nhl-jerseys-before-adidas-new-sweaters-boston-carolina-la-anaheim-minnesota-cbj-dallas

    The Edmonton Oilers! Keeping Cornea repair surgeons in work since 1972!

  78. Pete says:

    Lowetide: I have enough Radiohead for the summer RE (17-18), I am considering continuing with it.

    Noooo!

    Purely being selfish here. Radiohead is a band that I certainly respect – they’re one of the most creative and intelligent rock bands still operating – but I just don’t like them very well for whatever reason. They don’t click for me. Maybe it’ll kick in someday (happened suddenly with Pink Floyd after years of disliking them) but I dunno.

    What about the Replacements? Huh, huh? Know you like them. And they have so many great song titles – “I Bought A Headache”, “Color Me Impressed”, “Treatment Bound”. So much great material there.

    “I Bought a Headache” would have been a great one for a lot of players over the last decade. Nikitin springs to mind.

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