I was making reasonable money by the time punk rock hit and by that I mean my 1967 Chevy Bel Air Super Sport (with white hardtop roof) was full of gas and oil (took about the same of each every time I stopped). I could afford to do all kings of things, like catch Goddo at the Riv Rock Room or meet friends for late night pizza at Baaco. One of my favorite things was hitting the punk rock record store, Obscure Alternatives, located at that time in the Tegler Building downtown. Bought the Sex Pistols, Clash, Jam, Damned, Talking Heads, Ramones, Blondie, Television, I swear that place offered the best available during that time (along with mainstream Dire Straits and a Dave Mason solo album with a song called We Just Disagree). I left the city 1980. By the time I got back in 1986, Obscure Alternatives was gone, the Tegler was gone, and the Oilers had two Stanley’s. So many things happen when you’re young, it’s a blur.
- Since we’re through the signing season and any additional roster players are likely to be invites, I’ve moved up both Anton Slepyshev and Eric Gryba since our last look.
- I’ve also moved some of the lines around, putting Jokinen at RW to give that side a little more experience.
- I have Nuge at RW, even though it’s an abomination. Abomination!
- The defense makes the most sense as above, so we’ll run with it until further notice. Complaints in the complaints jar and remember—before insulting me—I generally recognize handwriting.
- This list could be four deep if I was honest, but listing Khaira, Pakarinen and Auvitu twice isn’t going to attract eyeballs.
- Nick Ellis. He is a player to watch.
- The ‘easy three’ to add to the certain Oilers list as Jujhar Khaira, Iiro Pakarinen and Yohann Auvitu.
- Andrej Sekera isn’t on any of these lists.
THE DISTANT BELLS
- Distant bells rarely make the opening night roster. I had Anton Slepyshev as a distant bell August 2015 and he made the big club straightaway. That’s a helluva thing.
- In terms of position opportunity, I think Ethan Bear will eventually overtake Eric Gryba at RHD, but you don’t want Bear as 7D on the big team. He needs to play every night.
- There’s some talent here, with Benson, Jones, Paigin, Bear, Mantha and Wells representing an interesting group either graduating to pro or one year away.
- Oilers badly need to produce NHL-calibre talent at a rapid rate, like Lucille Ball and that conveyor belt in the chocolate factory.
- Kailer Yamamoto. Far more than a distant drum. I still haven’t decided where to put him.
- David Staples has an article up about Nuge, quoting talk of selling low. Edmonton doesn’t have to do anything until next summer and have few options.
- Adding the AAV 18-19 of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Nuge, Milan Lucic, Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Cam Talbot, Adam Larsson and Kris Russell gets you to $55 million in a quick hurry. That’s nine players.
- Value contracts under $5 million for 2018-19 might include Kailer Yamamoto and Zack Kassian. Peter Chiarelli is going to have to do very good work with RFA’s like Ryan Strome, Anton Slepyshev, Drake Caggiula, Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning.
- UFA’s like Patrick Maroon, Jussi Jokinen and Yohann Auvitu may also factor in to the equation. Important now, with Draisaitl’s deal done, to find some real value contracts on this roster.
- One contract that might make sense? Getting Matt Benning signed for reasonable dollars on a long-term deal right now. It’s a risk for sure, but getting the talented youngster signed this summer makes a lot of sense.
- I’ve looked at this six ways to Sunday, and if the Oilers are going to keep Nuge, one of the NMC’s is going to have to be lifted.
- Cam Talbot has to list 10 teams he can’t be traded to next summer. That makes no sense, as Talbot has exceptional value to the team. Source: CapFriendly.
- Andrej Sekera’s NMC doesn’t partially lift until summer 2019, meaning the organization would have to ask him to waive if the plan was to do it next summer. Sekera is a very valuable player, so the move is problematic on the face of it. He was also signed by Peter Chirelli, general managers traditionally honor these deals (sets a terrible example and possibly hurts procurement). Source: CapFriendly.
- Milan Lucic’s NMC doesn’t have an outlet of any kind until 2021 summer. He’s also one year into his long-term deal and I don’t think it’s a realistic option. If Lucic posts a poor season, maybe we see a change in the weather, but I don’t think it’s close to an option the organization would consider. CapFriendly.
- Kris Russell’s NMC is very similar to Sekera’s, partial opening 2019 summer. He is just about to start the four-year contract, not a chance in hell Edmonton signs a deal and then turns on him this quickly imo. CapFriendly.
I’d love to see Nuge here for the next decade, love what he brings. I think the Oilers have gotten themselves in a box here, and won’t be able to get out of it with 93 on the roster after this season. Pray baby Jesus I’m wrong, RNH gives this team all kinds of options when he’s in the lineup. I bet Todd McLellan loves him.