ROCKET MAN!

The NHL chronicles its history via awards, post-season All-Star teams and Stanley Cups. Each of these measurements are important and all of them rely heavily on greatness, and teamwork. Last night, in the flashiest place on earth, Connor McDavid rocketed to the top of the NHL world. Next stop? Stanley.

“I’m so proud to play in Edmonton, I’m so proud to be an Oiler, and I’m so proud to play with the guys.” -Connor McDavid

LIFE COMES AT YOU  QUICKLY

In the coming days, Jordan Eberle could be in Brooklyn and Kris Russell might have a brand new contract. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ryan Strome on the Oilers roster by the weekend. Based on rumor, innuendo and the brains God gave us, it doesn’t take a lot to create a scenario that could go down just this way. Quickly. You can find a place anywhere online where folks will diss this scenario, but my question is this: If all comes true, what is the plan for the $3.5 million in savings on the Eberle-Strome swap? RHD? RH sniper? Patrick Marleau?

SUMMER NEEDS LIST

  1. Negotiate the expansion draft rapids without giving up a valuable piece of the future. (Griffin Reinhart).
  2. Find a second pairing RHD with two-way acumen.
  3. Find a stopgap measure to replace Andrej Sekera’s minutes until he returns.
  4. Find a C-R who can help the offense and mirror Leon. Ideally a first-person shooter.
  5. Make enough cap room to get everyone in under the number with enough room to spare for the trade deadline.

ASSETS OUT LIST

  1. Jordan Eberle
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  3. Cap Space
  4. Jesse Puljujarvi
  5. No. 22 overall
  6. Caleb Jones
  7. 2018 first-round selection
  8. Benoit Pouliot
  9. Anton Slepyshev
  10. Jujhar Khaira
  11. Ethan Bear
  12. Griffin Reinhart

TARGETS DEFENSE

  1. LD Kris Russell FREE AGENT. GM and coach like him, good chance he’ll return.
  2. RD Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche. Seems to be in the mix.
  3. RD Travis Hamonic, NY Islanders. The drums are beating loudly.
  4. RD Jason Demers, Florida Panthers. Veteran D visited Edmonton as UFA last summer.
  5. RD Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild. Less certain he is available.
  6. RD Kevin Shattenkirk FREE AGENT (80gp, 13-43-56). One year at big coin?
  7. RD Cody Franson FREE AGENT. His fancy stats: Out of the blue and into the black.
  8. RD David Savard, Columbus. Rarely mentioned but an interesting option.
  9. LD Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks. Someone said he was available.
  10. RD Colin Miller, Vegas Golden Knights. If available, interesting option.
  11. LD Brian Campbell FREE AGENT (80gp, 5-12-17). The man can still wheel.
  12. LD Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins. Played over 23 minutes a game this past season.
  13. RD Michael Stone FREE AGENT (64gp, 3-12-15). Last chance Texaco.

TARGETS FORWARDS

  1. C-R Ryan Strome, NY Islanders (69gp, 13-17-30). Rumors.
  2. L Patrick Marleau FREE AGENT. (82gp, 27-19-46). New addition.
  3. LC Martin Hanzal FREE AGENT (71gp, 20-19-39). Has to be high priority.
  4. LC Brock Nelson, NY Islanders. What is Snow doing?
  5. R Radim Vrbata FREE AGENT (81gp, 20-35-55). Scorer.
  6. R Justin Williams FREE AGENT (80gp, 24-24-48). Luxury.
  7. LC Nick Bonino FREE AGENT (80gp, 18-19-37). Two-way C.
  8. R Sam Gagner FREE AGENT (81gp, 18-32-50). PP savant.
  9. R-L Thomas Vanek FREE AGENT (68gp, 17-31-48). Offensive option.
  10. R T.J. Oshie FREE AGENT (68gp, 33-23-56).  Not affordable.
  11. R Brett Connolly FREE AGENT (66gp, 15-8-23). Inexpensive scoring on RW.
  12. R Patrick Eaves FREE AGENT (79gp, 32-19-51). Volume shooter!
  13. RC Derek Ryan FREE AGENT (67gp, 11-18-29). Fine utility player.
  14. L Evander Kane, Buffalo Sabres (70gp, 28-15-43). Buy low power forward.
  15. RC Mika Zibanejad, New York Rangers. Averages 46 points per 82gp.
  16. LC Vladimir Sobotka, St. Louis Blues. Signed to a nifty $3.5 million times two.
  17. L Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey. Splendid KHL season, he’s coming back.
  18. R Pontus Aberg, Nashville Predators. Intriguing youngster.
  19. R Josh Anderson, Columbus Blue Jackets. Scored 17 goals, has size.
  20. R Brett Ritchie, Dallas Stars (78gp, 16-8-24). Shoots the puck a lot.
  21. RC Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche. UFA 2023. Would cost the moon.
  22. R Jaromir Jagr FREE AGENT (82gp, 16-30-46). Now 70, still going.
  23. RC Derek Stepan, NY Rangers. He would be higher, cap hit is very big.
  24. R Kris Versteeg FREE AGENT (69gp, 15-22-37). What he brings has value.
  25. R Ales Hemsky FREE AGENT (15gp, 4-3-7). Still brilliantly creative.
  26. LC Dominic Moore FREE AGENT (82gp, 11-14-25). PK and FO option.
  27. R Drew Stafford FREE AGENT (58gp, 8-13-21). Chiarelli type.
  28. LC Brian Boyle FREE AGENT (75gp, 13-12-25). He is on their list.
  29. R Jarome Iginla FREE AGENT (80gp, 14-13-27). He can still shoot the puck.
  30. L Patrick Sharp FREE AGENT. Depending on health and price.
  31. R Tyler Pitlick FREE AGENT (31gp, 8-3-11). Finally emerged, could return

CURRENT 50-MAN

The roster will see the addition of Leon Draisaitl in the coming days, and I do think Kris Russell signs before July 1 and free agency. It also appears Jordan Eberle is gone with Ryan Strome as the return (or part of it). I think additional names we could see include Cody Franson and maybe Tyson Barrie (but then we’re talking Nuge or similar).

CURRENT FREE AGENTS

Among the 14 men listed here, I’ll guess Leon Draisaitl, Kris Russell, Zack Kassian, Joey Laleggia, Tyler Pitlick, Jordan Oesterle and Dillon Simpson return. That’s seven, and would bring the 50-man list to 40. Spencer Foo? Maybe.

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS LIST

  1. Negotiate the expansion draft rapids without giving up a valuable piece of the future. (Griffin Reinhart).
  2. Find a second pairing RHD with two-way acumen. Kris Russell
  3. Find a stopgap measure to replace Andrej Sekera’s minutes until he returns. Matt Benning.  
  4. Find a C-R who can help the offense and mirror Leon. Ideally a first-person shooter. Ryan Strome and Patrick Marleau. 
  5. Make enough cap room to get everyone in under the number with enough room to spare for the trade deadline.

THE $3.5 M QUESTION

What will Peter Chiarelli do with the cap room he acquires in a (rumored) Eberle for Strome deal? Hell, maybe he retains on the trade and this becomes moot. That said, you’re looking at a substantial savings and at a time of year when the team could use that money on an asset. If that asset is Kris Russell, then I don’t think we’re looking at acquiring the puck mover unless another shoe drops. Bottom line: If the big acquisitions of summer are Kris Russell, Ryan Strome and Patrick Marleau, you should assume the plan is to be super active at the deadline. You might also see Cody Franson here on a one-way deal.

  • Assets Out: Jordan Eberle
  • Assets In: Kris Russell, Patrick Marleau, Ryan Strome, Cody Franson

POSSIBLE ROSTER JUNE 22, 2017

Apologies for the visual but I wanted to make sure this would work. You could also sign Sam Gagner to a reasonable deal if available just to make it more provocative. As I said yesterday, the issue with Eberle for Strome is your mirror man isn’t better than Leon at C nor Eberle at RW, so the $3.5 million has to be put to good use.

The defense improves when Sekera gets back, the addition of Marleau should help scoring. The problem is RW, because of a lack of experience. Ryan Strome is an unusual name to bet so much on, but this trade does it. Franson isn’t Tyson Barrie, but spending big tit on a puck mover is inefficient and I think Benning may grow into a (more) offensive role.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A full boat today, and maybe we’ll see a trade or two. It all begins at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. A big day for Connor McDavid in Vegas, how should PC proceed in surrounding him with a team that can win?
  • Corey Pronman, ESPN. The man himself makes an appearance on the eve of the entry draft. Who goes No. 1?
  • Farhan Lalji, TSN. CFL season gets underway tonight! We’ll preview the game and all of Week One.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Where is Eberle headed and when? What can Chiarelli do with the savings?

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

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  1. blainer says:

    Ducey: I don’t really understand all the upset about a Russell return

    1. He cost nothing in terms of assets to sign and nothing to re-sign. The alternative is to trade assets for a different D. Top 4 D are expensive.

    2) Faulk would be great, but the difference between Faulk and Russell isn’t Nuge. That’s what the cost would be.

    3) And the rumoured contract of $4M x 4 doesn’t bother me too much. That contract will be tradable once the younger players are ready to take over. David Schlemko, 30, has 3 x $2.1 left on his contract and he just got a 5th from MTL. He has played for 5 teams, 4 in the last 3 years, has never played more than 67 games and is the definition of a 6/7 defenseman. Russell can skate. That will always have value.

    4) The MSM that knows a little about analytics craps on Russell because his Corsi isn’t great, but doesn’t care to take the time to look at other measures, or concern themselves with the fact that Corsi is not a great way to measure D men. Fact is that Russell was a very good fit in EDM.

    EDIT 5) The analytics community was impressed with the Fayne signing. He got 5 x $3.65M. Are they still impressed?

    I agree with this. I have no problem with Russell.

    I would prefer a three year contract though. Chia has to be very careful here as a long term could really hurt.

    I let him walk if he asks for Four or longer at greater than the 4 M number. JMO.

  2. LadiesloveSmid says:

    treevojo: The climate is definetly changing.

    That is not up for debate.

    Exactly my point

  3. treevojo says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Exactly my point

    The reasons the climate is changing is what’s up for debate.

    Lol

  4. N64 says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Exactly my point

    So many issues that all sides agree are not up for debate.

  5. stephen sheps says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    treevojo,

    Friends, let’s remember our gracious host’s policy on politics. The Eberle discussion is heated enough…

    (see what I did there? that was mostly for JDI!)

  6. N64 says:

    stephen sheps:
    LadiesloveSmid,

    treevojo,

    Friends, let’s remember our gracious host’s policy on politics. The Eberle discussion is heated enough…

    (see what I did there? that was mostly for JDI!)

    Yeah. Let’s stick to debating hockey issues that aren’t up for debate.

  7. Thinker says:

    Who are our pro scouts? Why do we keep taking slumping draft picks? This sort of disappeared when Chia got here, but before that it was basically agreed that our amateur guys were doing a passable job, while the pro guys were atrocious. Just gonna name some guys we’ve identified: Kale Kessey, Griffin Reinhart, Anton Belov, Lennart Petrell, and the myriad of other guys like Mark Fraser, who didn’t even deserve to be in the NHL. We have 2 guys, who were solid bets in Maroon and Talbot in the last 12 years. One of who played about 15 goals better than anyone would have expected.

  8. Scungilli Slushy says:

    The main thing to me is that Strome is young and a right shot centre. He is a skilled player who has size and can skate, and from my reading has a decent shot. The only thing holding him back is stationed between his ears.

    The Oilers really needed to get another RHC. They don’t have one in the system, they could draft one but especially in this draft we’re talking 3 -5 years out. They could get an older one, perhaps. But that probably means a big and possibly longer contract for what would likely be decline.

    Ryan Johansen wasn’t highly regarded in Columbus despite having more offense than Strome. Johansen was also getting first line minutes when he got his points. Most young centres take time.

    There is risk here for sure. But if it works out in that he can move from 3C to 1 RW depending on where Leon is deployed it is a win as I see it. I don’t think he was brought in to be a winger long term, and has said he likes to play centre and sees himself as a centre.

    Fresh start on a more exciting team, not expected to be the focus up front. I think he will do what is asked of him and will move ahead in his game. He has the ability. In his draft ratings he was said to have good puck protection even if he wasn’t a banger, and that fits what they like in players, Chiarelli has mentioned it often. He wasn’t brought in to be a power forward anyway.

  9. treevojo says:

    stephen sheps,

    I don’t ever argue about politics.

    Quite honestly I only take issue with when people are so sure of themselves that a trade has been won or lost at the time of the trade from afar not knowing any of the details involved.

    That’s why trades are always debatable.

    But I think we can certainly put a fork in the Reinhardt trade.

  10. who says:

    classict: 24 point Kassian had a better season? In what world? Also Maroon is almost guaranteed to regress from his SH% at 17. Drai’s SH% will also likely regress.

    The Oiler’s were going to need more goals even before trading Eberle. Today the situation only got worse.

    Yes Eberle is a better offensive player (points) than Kassian. Eberle was also given lots of powerplay time and gifted minutes with Mcdavid. Kassian got neither. All he did was kill penalties and forecheck AND back check like a demon. Most of his 5v5 minutes were centered by Letestu who doesn’t create much 5 on 5.
    I’ll stand by my statement, Kassian had a better year than Eberle. If you can’t see that then I think you’ve been playing too much fantasy hockey.

  11. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Ciao Ebs! $23mil in cap space? Sure!

    Jagr available???!???!?! YES PLEASE at RW!

  12. Pouzar says:

    McSorley33:
    Pouzar,

    Ouch…..

    Can I at least get the consolation of us signing the Foo kid?

    No Foo for you!

  13. digger50 says:

    Peter shops, spends and trades like a rich man.

    A few losses in value here or there who cares.

    He has McDavid in the bank.

    This team will get to Stanley due to Connor, not due to GM.

  14. N64 says:

    treevojo: But I think we can certainly put a fork in the Reinhardt trade.

    Never say never 😉

  15. Thinker says:

    I like laughing at Bergevin for being stupid. Don’t like being stupid.

  16. Thinker says:

    I think we can all agree to vote for whatever politician is against building a new football/hockey stadium in Calgary.

  17. treevojo says:

    N64: Never say never

    I guess it’s possible that the knights put him on waivers and the Oilers claim him and by the end of the year he replaces Klefbom on the top pair scoring 25 goals on the power play.

  18. Admiral Ackbar says:

    who,

    51points out of a RW is first line production. Eberle does one of the most difficult things in hockey – score. Kassian is valuable as a 3rd or 4th liner so long as he doesn’t make more than $2.5mil/year. I’d still rather have on my roster a down-year Eberle than a big-year Kassian. The Oilers were lucky to have both last year.

  19. stephen sheps says:

    treevojo: That’s why trades are always debatable.

    Agreed. That said, these debates can be exhausting when constantly rehashed, but in the immediate aftermath of the trade, it’s kinda fun to watch the discussion unfold. It’ll be interesting to see how this one is remembered in a year or 2

  20. classict says:

    who,

    What Kassian did that “made him better” you can replace 12 months of the year for next to nothing.
    The only time you get what Eberle provides is by trading a key piece, tanking for high picks or being first in line when Chiarelli lines himself up for the yearly summer fleecing.

  21. N64 says:

    Pouzar: No Foo for you!

    Want Foo is for no other reason than the box score:

    2 min Spencer Foo Fighting

  22. McNuge93 says:

    Cassandra: There is no chance Chiarelli is fired.None.The Pacific is down, down, down.Barring a catastrophic injury to McDavid, the playoffs are guaranteed for years.

    We need a different measure of success.

    How about instead of team points in the season and number of playoff rounds won we use number of blog posters thumbs up vs down?

  23. Thinker says:

    who: Yes Eberle is a better offensive player (points) than Kassian. Eberle was also given lots of powerplay time and gifted minutes with Mcdavid. Kassian got neither. All he did was kill penalties and forecheck AND back check like a demon. Most of his 5v5 minutes were centered by Letestu who doesn’t create much 5 on 5.
    I’ll stand by my statement, Kassian had a better year than Eberle. If you can’t see that then I think you’ve been playing too much fantasy hockey.

    Kassian was a direct cause of more GA in the playoffs than GF. After game 2 of the SJS series, he did all he could to cost us defensively. He played pk, but was not a good defensive player 5×5. He hits, and puts up a mild amount of offense. I know this team hasn’t had a good 4th line player since forever ago (Gazdic, Petrell, etc), but don’t overblow how good Kassian is.

  24. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Ducey: EDIT 5) The analytics community was impressed with the Fayne signing. He got 5 x $3.65M. Are they still impressed?

    Fayne’s problem is boots, and when anybody’s analysis doesn’t take in to account such things it can fail.

    Almost all players that struggled on the Oilers after being acquired or drafted had a fatal flaw or two that was overlooked. Or flaws as related to the changes in the way the game is played.

    Things like size and slow boots. Weak hockey sense. Size but not enough ability. Undersized without enough scoring or tenacity. Undersized without enough quickness.

    Larsson didn’t and Strome doesn’t have these impediments. I think Chiarelli gets this from what he has done. I also still think Reinhart likely was not wholly his idea. Korpikoski wasn’t good, but Gordon was on his last legs so not a terrible transaction really.

  25. N64 says:

    treevojo: I guess it’s possible that the knights put him on waivers and the Oilers claim him and by the end of the year he replaces Klefbom on the top pair scoring 25 goals on the power play.

    Yes, Or that Barzal and Stephens flub out. And that the Davidson for DD was the reason that Chia joins Snow as the goat (if the final verdict is that GR and BD have great careers).

  26. Pink Socks says:

    Something not mentioned yet is that Strome can sign an extension this summer. Extending him for a few years at $3m would be a smart move.

  27. jake70 says:

    Is anyone aware of any footage of Eberle taking a slap shot during an official NHL game? 7 year..have never seen one from him.

  28. N64 says:

    McNuge93:

    Can I test drugs that way?

  29. who says:

    classict:
    who,

    What Kassian did that “made him better” you can replace 12 months of the year for next to nothing.
    The only time you get what Eberle provides is by trading a key piece, tanking for high picks or being first in line when Chiarelli lines himself up for the yearly summer fleecing.

    I don’t know. We got more than what Eberle provides for a fourth round failed draft pick at the 2016 trade deadline

  30. Pink Socks says:

    jake70:
    Is anyone aware of any footage of Eberle taking a slap shot during an official NHL game?7 year..have never seen one from him.

    It is on the Al Gore. Conveniently it is also in the same category as a Sasquatch sighting.

  31. Showerhead says:

    Jaxon: Over the past 3 seasons, Strome and Eberle have scored at the exact same primarty points rate at even strength with 1.45 primary points / 60.

    This is the only non-subjective argument I could find in the thread to give me any peace. In and of itself, it doesn’t change me from disappointed to happy but it’s a definite positive. Thank you, and I’m surprised more people haven’t responded to this.

  32. digger50 says:

    Garth would you stop it already!

    Peter already knows the way to the cleaners, he can get there fine by himself.

  33. treevojo says:

    McNuge93:

    Lol

    You obviously didn’t get Cassandra’s memo that 99.9% of blog posters are bigger morons then Chiarelli himself.

  34. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Demers, Hamonic, Barrie all apparently available and Friedman guessing the oil go 4 years 4-4.5M for Russell. Awful

  35. Pouzar says:

    N64: Want Foo is for no other reason than the box score:

    2 min Spencer Foo Fighting

    2 min for fighting? He’s signing in ANA?

  36. classict says:

    who: I don’t know. We got more than what Eberle provides for a fourth round failed draft pick at the 2016 trade deadline

    If you want to compare Maroons career high year, that is almost guaranteed to regress, with Eberle’s career worst and tell me they have the same value as players then there’s no point to this conversation.

    Bets on guys like Maroon, while definitely worth making at such low prices, are just as likely to turn into nothing as they are to turn into Maroon. You can’t bet your future on them.

  37. stush18 says:

    Showerhead: This is the only non-subjective argument I could find in the thread to give me any peace. In and of itself, it doesn’t change me from disappointed to happy but it’s a definite positive. Thank you, and I’m surprised more people haven’t responded to this.

    I think everyone wants to get their two cents out, and we’re all trying to shout everyone down. There’s been some good points made about strome.

    As always, I’m going to reserve judgement.

  38. Munney says:

    Chia presser at 1.30.

  39. pocession charge says:

    StixMalone:
    I would’ve traded Ebs salary for just draft picks. Getting Strome was the sweetener. Too bad it’s not his brother we are getting….. before you hate on me I am an Ebs fan.

    Not sure why people have to qualify their criticism of Eberle with ‘I’m an Ebs fan’. I was a fan of Eberle when he arrived on the scene but this year he looked terrible. Yeah he put up some points but his lack of intensity was frustrating. I found Lucic’s apparent lack of intensity to be equally annoying but at least he turned it around in the playoffs. Eberle looked like a guy going through the motions. It’s not an ideal return but I’m not surprised. The other GM’s and scouts all saw what we saw.

  40. Bag of Pucks says:

    Teams don’t trade known quantities they’re happy with. They trade question marks.

    This is a trade of two questions marks with the Oilers getting the cash advantage to hopefully add another answer.

  41. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    McD-Maroon
    Drai-Lucic
    RNH-Strome

    – All three wingers go to places that Oil wingers didn’t normally. They aren’t perimeter wingers

    – They hit, get in front of net, and Strome and McD are buddies from Otter Days

    – You’ve got Sleppy/Cags/Pool/Kassian/Foo?/New guys to finish those lines

    – I bet they score more goals than last year…

  42. pocession charge says:

    Four year term on Russell would be an error; a catastrophic mistake if there is a NMC attached. If this comes to fruition, I will be here to soundly criticize the GM.

  43. digger50 says:

    Showerhead: This is the only non-subjective argument I could find in the thread to give me any peace. In and of itself, it doesn’t change me from disappointed to happy but it’s a definite positive. Thank you, and I’m surprised more people haven’t responded to this.

    Yes, I want to look at some solid numbers and details, but not today.

    I’m fond of saying that opportunity has been knocking this off season and I wanted Peter to jump in and take advantage.

    Peter talks about “hard to play against” but in regards to how I view him as a negotiator, he is as soft as a marshmallow. Always takes the easy road, jams in the corners.

    So I will pick on him today, look at the reasonable arguments tomorrow.

  44. pocession charge says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    McD-Maroon
    Drai-Lucic
    RNH-Strome

    – They hit, get in front of net,and Strome and McD are buddies from Otter Days

    Ryan Strome didn’t play for Erie Otters. You are thinking of Dylan Strome.

  45. Pink Socks says:

    pocession charge:
    Four year term on Russell would be an error; a catastrophic mistake if there is a NMC attached.If this comes to fruition, I will be here to soundly criticize the GM.

    I don’t mind Eberle for Strome, cap savings, more to come on how that is used, more to come on Strome’s performance this year. Best to reserve judgement. That being said, like you said, if the cap savings are being used on a big money (4×4) deal for Russell, I will be livid.

  46. Bag of Pucks says:

    Unlike Ebs, does Strome have the speed to keep up with Connor?

  47. Stanley says:

    classict,

    Thats fine and valid, but i was responding to someone not understanding people being happy if Strome scored the same as Ebs this year.

  48. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    pocession charge: Ryan Strome didn’t play for Erie Otters.You are thinking of Dylan Strome.

    – Yeah but they are still buddies, because of his brother (I just made that up to not look so bad!)

  49. Showerhead says:

    stush18,

    digger50,

    Hmm, yeah – good points both and thank you for chiming in. Seems that when something major happens we react to it first and then think about it / discuss it after that.

  50. godot10 says:

    From January 14th to February 6, the Oilers play a grand total of 5 games…5 home games in 23 days.

    There 5-day break, three home games, the All Star Break, then two home games.

  51. pocession charge says:

    godot10:
    From January 14th to February 6, the Oilers play a grand total of 5 games…5 home games in 23 days.

    There 5-day break, three home games, the All Star Break, then two home games.

    Basically the same schedule as last year.

  52. Pouzar says:

    godot10:
    From January 14th to February 6, the Oilers play a grand total of 5 games…5 home games in 23 days.

    There 5-day break, three home games, the All Star Break, then two home games.

    This is really gonna test Sober January.

  53. pocession charge says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Unlike Ebs, does Strome have the speed to keep up with Connor?

    Just get in Connor’s wake and there is no wind resistance.

  54. Pouzar says:

    Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) · Twitter

    https://twitter.com/drosennhl

    Strome called Tavares a 1on1 player, said McDavid/Draisaitl are great distributors. Well JT can distribute and McDavid can go 1on1 w/anyone.

    13 mins ago · Twitter

    I lost count of how many times Strome said he is excited. He also said he thinks Weight helped him a lot once he took over for Capuano.

    17 mins ago · Twitter

    To say Ryan Strome is excited about his opportunity in EDM would be a massive understatement. Says he’s got an extra jump in his step now.

    18 mins ago · Twitter

  55. Munny says:

    Pouzar,

    Thank Gord there’s no such thing as sober June.

  56. McSorley33 says:

    N64,

    Well played….

  57. Pouzar says:

    Munny:
    Pouzar,

    Thank Gord there’s no such thing as sober June.

    My liver would reject that outright.

  58. McSorley33 says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Teams don’t trade known quantities they’re happy with. They trade question marks.
    This is a trade of two questions marks with the Oilers getting the cash advantage to hopefully add another answer.
    *************************************************************************************
    Bang on…..I believe it is as simple as that.

  59. rickithebear says:

    Cup winning Core
    1. Top 10 HD goalie
    Goalies:
    MAF
    Pickard
    Berube

    2. 3+ top 60 HD Dmen
    Defence:
    1. Stoner #2 EVGA 1.57
    2. Mcnabb #3 EVGA 1.62
    3. N. Schmidt #5 EVGA60 1.67
    Sbisa #38 EVGA60 1.97
    4. C. Miller #52 EVGA60 2.03
    Emelin #52 EVGA60 2.03
    Garrison #60 EVGA60 2.06
    Methot #70 EVGA60 2.08
    Engeland #108 EVGA 2.24
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    Merrill #176 EVGA 2.44
    Reinhart #239 EVGA D 2.77
    TVR #74 EVGA60 2.09 traded
    Schlemko Traded

    3. 5+ top 125 Forwards 31g 74P last 2 years
    Neal 154gm 54G 99P
    R. Smith 162 40G 87P
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    top 150 28G 69P
    Mashesault 120gm 37g 69P
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    top 180 25G 63P
    Perron 153gm 30G 72P
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    Haula 148gm 29G 60P
    Eakin 142gm 19G 47P
    Lindberg 133gm 21g 48P
    W. Karlsson 162gm 15g 45P
    Pulkanin
    Bellmare
    Thorburn

  60. Doug McLachlan says:

    Chia made a trade and everyone is going nuts here. In the immortal words of Hal 9000. “Take a stress pill, Dave, and think things over.”

    The model the Oilers are going to be following is the Penguins/BlackHawks model. A couple of highly paid stars and low-priced parts to supplement those stars. I loved Eberle (as I love Hall before him). That first goal against the Flames is one of the greatest goals in Oiler history – mostly because of who he scored on but still, amazing. Unfortunately that Eberle hasn’t been around much lately and at $6M per season his price/value calculation doesn’t work.

    Cap has gone up $2M from last year but we have some additional expenses on the way. We have, right now, just shy of $24M in cap space for next season. That’s pretty good given that we have only a handful of roster spots yet to fill.

    We get $3.5M in savings by swapping out Eberle’s offense, and it was really good. 20 goals in a down year is nothing to sneeze at and Chia will need to replace that but the “win” here is the cash and control. Don’t forget Eberle’s deal ends in two years when he becomes a UFA.

    Let’s put this $ into Drai’s extension. $3.4M (including bonuses) + $3.5M in Eberle->Strome savings puts him at just under $7.0M. Sounds about right. If he comes in a $7M our cap space drops to $17M.

    Strome himself replaces David Deharnais on the roster and comes in at $2.5M as opposed to $3.5M (not that we had DD for the whole year). This money is already accounted for in the cap but he’s on the last year of his contract. He will have arbitration rights but not sure how much more third-line centers/wingers earn. Perhaps a boost to $3M is in the cards for next contract but Chia may be able to keep him closer to the current bridge deal since he hasn’t topped his 50pt plateau from his first full season.

    Russell resigning isn’t the issue, it’s the $ and the term. I get that there was a lot of Russell hate out there (I share it) but I also understand that coaches think he is contributing some value and I am not so arrogant to think that I am smarter than TMac on this one. Last year’s $ amount of $3.1M was, I would submit, a good deal for Edmonton. Everyone is throwing around $4M as the price, too much IMHO, but manageable if it isn’t for too long. Hope he keeps the term shorter than I fear. This puts us down to $13M.

    Kassian needs to be resigned but I can’t imagine that will be too challenging a negotiation. Let’s say $2.5M per. Cap space down to a little over $10M. Add a Gryba and Pitlik resigning and we are still looking at $8M in room.

    We still need another d-man and I’m hoping one is still coming by trade. I fear that the deal involves RNH out so that will, I suspect, be at worst $ neutral and probably a savings of at least $1M – though now we are back to having a hole at C unless we are now convinced we can run Drai as the #2 pivot.

    This doesn’t include JP’s bonus money so let’s include that as well and say we are running with $4M in unallocated cap. That is still a lot of cap space available – for this year – so I have to believe Chia has some other cards to play.

    We wait.

  61. stush18 says:

    Doug McLachlan,

    Not to belittle your excellent post, but I believe it’ll be a free agent for the rest of the cap space. Franson perhaps for ~3 mil.

    The rest allocated to the roughly ten players we need to sign to get to the 50 man roster limit

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