PENZA

During our round table conversation yesterday on the Lowdown, I asked the group about the most pleasant surprise in 2017-18. Tyler Hupka chose Anton Slepyshev and stated the Russian winger could score 20 goals in the coming year. That’s a helluva statement, what does the evidence from last year tell us?

ANTON SLEPYSHEV 2016-17

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.34 (7th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 0.00
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 46.0
  • Corsi Rel 5×5 %: -4.1
  • DFF Elite 5×5 %: 44.4
  • DFF Elite Rel 5×5 %: -10.3 (24 percent of TOI v. elites)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 55 shots/7.3%
  • Boxcars: 41gp, 4-6-10 (445 minutes 5×5)
  • (All numbers via Puck IQ, Natural Stat Trick and hockey-reference)

If we’re projecting Slepyshev based on last season, it’s important we break down the at-bats.

  • Slepyshev played half a season, averaged 10:41 a night, 7.41 shots per 60 at 5×5.
  • Slepyshev’s shooting percentage was 7.27. He went 4-6-10 and had 55 shots. (445 minutes 5×5)
  • Slepyshev went 3-2-5 in 110 minutes with Leon Draisaitl during the regular season. 11 shots.

So, if we increase Slepsyhev’s 5×5 minutes to 13:45 a night, we basically give him Jordan Eberle’s time a year ago. If we increase the shooting percentage to 9.1 (from 7.3), and his shots per 60 minutes to 9.1 (from 7.41), we get 171 shots on goal and 15.5 goals. If he plays more with Leon, maybe he hits 20. Plus maybe he gets some power-play time. Conclusion: It’s not crazy. His career regular season shooting percentage in the KHL is 10.4. Slepyshev was golden in the playoffs for the Oilers, three goals in 16 shots. That memory could get him time with Leon Draisaitl and Milan Lucic. Interesting.

PENZA

Slepyshev is from Penza, a city on the Sura River about six hours southeast of Moscow. Since the experience of Nail Yakupov, I have a running theory that adjustment to North America is easier for Russians who grew up closer to Moscow and in modern communities. Six hours south for Slepyshev, nine hours into the past for Yakupov and Yakimov? I don’t think Nail’s part of Russia is similar to Slepyshev’s and the culture shock for some of these kids must be severe. Why did Yakimov bolt? Bakersfield doesn’t have a large Russian population (unlike Los Angeles). I suggested an assistant coach for the Condors yesterday, today I’m thinking a good bakery and a few restaurants. Maybe an apartment with a Russian couple who can cook for these kids and give them something of their own culture while helping to adjust. How much would that cost? Gotta be worth it. Oh, Ziyat Paigin? Penza.

 

JAROME IGINLA

Rumors abound that Jarome Iginla is coming in, either on a PTO or contact. We do not have a bona fide source, so we are speculating. Peter Chiarelli once traded for a 40-year old winger as a key add for a Stanley Cup drive (in 2009) and kept Mark Recchi around long enough for the 2011 championship. Jarome Iginla, at age 40, might be able to help on the power play and offer cover against the youngsters struggling. I don’t know that it happens but the idea of a 40-year old winger would not discourage Peter Chiarelli. Iginla scored 1.14/60 5×5 with John Mitchell in Colorado (314 minutes) but received a giant step up in Los Angeles. Iginal went 1.66/60 in 180 minutes with Anze Kopitar and 2.33/60 in 51 minutes with Jeff Carter. Iginla’s shots per 60 at 5×5 increased from Colorado (5.36) to Los Angeles (6.48). I think Puljujarvi and Slepyshev probably win the day but it’s an interesting idea.

DREW REMENDA

Oilers broadcast crews have been announced, everyone going crazy and I think that’s good for broadcasting in general. I will tell you that Louie DeBrusk is my personal favorite among recent local color men, and that I always liked Ken Brown’s insight alongside Rod Phillips back in the day.

Drew Remenda has a tough gig in that we know him from his San Jose days and it’s inevitable he would compare that team to the one in front of him. I can tell you as someone who has been in the industry since 1980 (radio, not television) old habits die hard and it takes time to iron things out in what is an unusual relationship between the brain and the voice.

Remenda does give us access to the coach and what he is thinking. In my opinion. The next time you hear a broadcast and Mr. Remenda is discussing roster deficiencies or what specific players should be doing, I recommend you take into account who he might be talking to on a regular basis. Human nature. Pretty sure. In that way, you should be delighted by Drew Remenda’s return.

As for me, I’m fine with his broadcasts. I like the current Oilers crew and suspect the things that irritate you about him (the comparisons to the Sharks teams) will slowly melt away. If you worked at a job for 15 years and then moved to another where the coffee machine worked a different way, HR was email instead of a walk down the hall, and your parking spot was on Guam, maybe you too would irritate those around you. Mr. Remenda is still growing into this job and I think he does give us a unique perspective.

OILERS 17-18 WITH IGINLA

I think it would impact Iiro Pakarinen or Ty Rattie in terms of roster spot, and all of the youngsters (Jesse Puljujarvi, Anton Slepyshev and Drake Caggiula) in terms of playing time. As I mentioned, no certainty it happens, but it’s an interesting idea.

ROOKIE CAMP ROSTER

It should be here soon. While we wait, here are the estimated 5×5/60 scoring numbers for some of  the rumored and actual invites via Prospect-Stats:

  1. Kailer Yamamoto 3.06
  2. Tyler Benson 2.71
  3. Brandon Saigeon 2.47
  4. Davis Koch 2.22
  5. Kirill Maksimov 1.86
  6. Austin Glover 1.86
  7. Luke Coleman 1.75
  8. Trey Fix-Wolansky 1.69

Not all of these names have been confirmed so we’ll hold back the water on a complete list. It does give us an idea about the skill we’ll see at camp. Expect Yamamoto, Masimov and Ostap Safin (when he arrives) to get a push in Penticton.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A full boat of guests this morning, beginning at 10 on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. As we gear up for training camp and the season to come, we’ll discuss invites like Jarome Iginla and roster needs.
  • Dave Dawson, Onside CFL Fantasy. QB power and how to  choose the right receiver on deep CFL teams.
  • Derek Taylor, TSN. Mike Reilly is super nova when trailing in the game.
  • Rob Vollman, ESPN and NHL.com. Doan retirement, Iginla in Edmonton.
  • Ilya Ostrovsky, EMHL. What is the difference between Moscow, Penza and Neftekhimik. Is there a cultural gap we should know about?

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

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58 Responses to "PENZA"

  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’d say that Klefbom playing 82 games was one of the most pleasant (and important) surprises.

    With respect to Slep, I’m not really sure where his offensive potential lies – he has great speed, a nice shot and a willingness to use it. With that said, he’s never really been an upper end offensive producer at any level, his underlying offensive numbers weren’t great last year and, frankly, I’m slightly worried about his offensive hockey IQ.

    I can see some Chad Kilger or Josh Green in him – size, speed, skill but it never really comes together.

    With that said, he could easily be one of those players whose offense spikes at the NHL level playing with other smart and skilled players.

    He shows well via the eye test.

    I wonder if he’ll get PP time – with his decent shot, does he have a shot at taking over the Letestu spot on 1PP (fighting with Letestu, Strome, JP)?

  2. meanashell11 says:

    Remenda is like that guy you headhunt into your business and he spends his entire time telling you how great it was at his old shop. If it was so great, why are you here bothering us.

    I’m sorry but I do not think he has that much insight and his shtick comes across as trolling for a reaction.

  3. Psyche says:

    LT – “Maybe an apartment with a Russian couple who can cook for these kids and give them something of their own culture while helping to adjust.”

    These details are huge in the adaptation and adjustment these young men have to make. I imagine folks who worked with WHL teams on the Prairies understand this reality very well.

    I hope the Oilers manage these details in Bakersfield for the kids.

  4. Nuclear leak says:

    Remenda is sportsnet Ontario office getting their revenge for the Mcdavid grab n dash, well played you corporate bastards.

    Louie doesn’t talk to the Oiler faithful like we haven’t been born with hockey in our blood, rather hear the guy that probably has more ins with the players then the guy that tries to act like the coaches mouth piece.

    Can’t really see Todd saying much to the colour guy about the team that isn’t plain in sight for everyone to already see.

    Get ready for season 2 of 101 facts about Jumbo Joe!

  5. Psyche says:

    Regarding Remenda:

    I think he made a strong effort to lessen the frequency of Sharo comparisons in the latter half of the season.

    My pet peeve with him is the good ole boys from Saskatchewan references everyone time an NHL player/coach, who spent 10 min in Saskatchewan 20 yrs ago, appears in a game. I live in Sask, it’s unnecessary, nauseating and often inaccurate.

  6. jake70 says:

    I enjoy color guys who are critical of the home team, not excessive though, it creates some awkwardness from time to time with the play by play guy. Posted this last year but a good example was Alan Ashby filling in for Pat Tabler few years ago, along side Buck Martinez….Ashby was so negative and Buck is such a Jays homer, it was fun listening to Buck squirm.

  7. jp says:

    Iginla might still have some left in the tank, and certainly makes more sense than Jagr in terms of not blocking the kids too much.

    Each of JP, Sleppy and Caggiula could reasonably be expected to outperform Jarome, while Jagr is more likely guaranteed top 6 minutes.

    More depth, cheap, experienced. I like it, and it makes a lot of sense.

  8. stush18 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I’d say that Klefbom playing 82 games was one of the most pleasant (and important) surprises.

    With respect to Slep, I’m not really sure where his offensive potential lies – he has great speed, a nice shot and a willingness to use it.With that said, he’s never really been an upper end offensive producer at any level, his underlying offensive numbers weren’t great last year and, frankly, I’m slightly worried about his offensive hockey IQ.

    I can see some Chad Kilger or Josh Green in him – size, speed, skill but it never really comes together.

    With that said, he could easily be one of those players whose offense spikes at the NHL level playing with other smart and skilled players.

    He shows well via the eye test.

    I wonder if he’ll get PP time – with his decent shot, does he have a shot at taking over the Letestu spot on 1PP (fighting with Letestu, Strome, JP)?

    I think the fight will be between strome and letestu for 1PP time.

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Would Iginla be a material enough add to give that 49th contract spot too? Maybe.

    I am a bit intrigued by his spike after the deadline trade but am not sure if he has a full season in the tank.

    If he’s willing, I see no risk/harm in a PTO and see if he can earn a contract.

    With that said, it seems like Chia wants to see what he have with the forward group – the young right wingers and all the versatility. He will likely evaluate for a few months and make an in-season/trade-deadline acquisition if we seem to have a material hole.

  10. notarealdoctor says:

    I think the problem is not so much Remenda individually but the team of Quinn and Remenda. Quinn (the Human Shot Clock) spends way too much time on meaningless statistics and obscure factoids instead of you know actually calling the game. Those bits of information are usually the second man in the booth’s job, so instead we have Remenda endlessly trying to show he’s the Smartest Guy In The Arena. And he’s wrong often enough to show everyone he isn’t That Guy.

  11. LMHF#1 says:

    If Slepyshev plays even half the season with McDavid (which I firmly believe he should, they are a great skill match), he’ll score 25. Such a talented hockey player. Needs to get on the powerplay though. Not using him last year was a mistake.

    I don’t really care about ‘access’ and find it leads to weaker commentary/journalism. Remenda doesn’t add any value to the broadcast for me. Nothing personal – just don’t enjoy it at all. Was really hoping that both he and Michaels would be gone. Having Jack voicing Connor’s great moments for posterity is just painful.

    How much longer is Cuthbert under contract to TSN? I sure wish they’d bid like they meant it on the NHL deal.

  12. OriginalPouzar says:

    I find Drew’s style annoying and his analysis average – with that said, he does know the game and seemingly has access to the coach (not that he’s ever provided any sort of inside info that I know of expect “bad practice habits”). I much prefer Louie – mostly for personality and presentation.

    With that said, I’m not going to spend the mental resources to bitch and moan about the broadcast team – it is what it is and, frankly, I’m just so happy we live in an era where each and every game is televised.

    Also, almost half the games this year are national so Drew won’t be on those broadcasts (I don’t think).

  13. bendelson says:

    Drew Remenda is back? How disappointing. That someone, somewhere believes him to be the best option available suggests there is a lack of good options available…

    Short on bad ideas? Put him on the radio with Jack Michaels (or worse, lol, put Michaels on TV with Remenda).

    https://media.giphy.com/media/Am1nhjxVA0fEQ/giphy.gif

  14. Side says:

    I’ve noticed a turn with Drew. I felt like he has warmed up to the team in the last half of 2016-2017 season and the playoffs. It’s when the Oilers play bad or go on a bad stretch I find he becomes the most annoying.

  15. Melvis says:

    Remenda might be better off in a U.S. market where the hockey cognescenti are few and far between…although he was inexplicably canned from just such a place. In Canada, he’s almost always preaching to the choir. And I’ve watched far too many Oiler games with the sound muted – for that reason among others.

    I’ve written and produced a few words and music themed radio shows at CBC- Toronto as well as CHFI, CFTR, and Rogers Broadcast Productions – which means the entire chain in Canada and syndication in about 160 markets on the ABC network in the US. And I wasn’t in the habit of hiring male and female voices which came across like the equivalent of Disney chipmunks for the drive time slots in a major market – put bluntly.

  16. Justenvogt says:

    How key to Chia’s deadline activity is the development of Slepy, along with the other young forwards (Caggs, Puj, Benson).

    4/4 step up – All in (1st, 2nd are in play)
    3/4 step up – 1st
    2/4 step up – 2nd
    1/4 step up – stand pat
    0/4 – God help us!

  17. adamjames says:

    Remenda coming back just means I get another season of listening to good records during Oiler broadcasts. Not so bad I guess.

  18. LMHF#1 says:

    Side:
    I’ve noticed a turn with Drew. I felt like he has warmed up to the team in the last half of 2016-2017 season and the playoffs.It’s when the Oilers play bad or go on a bad stretch I find he becomes the most annoying.

    For me it isn’t so much the tone – it’s the analysis being wrong. The amount of times he’s worried about being first rather than right and has to correct himself is quite large.

    If you’re going to do color – you have to be entertaining as hell or bang-on all the time. Ideally both but that’s rare.

  19. RumBurgundy says:

    While I do not enjoy Remenda at all, the commentators on a TV broadcast are whipped cream on a sundae; they are nice to have, and can definitely improve the product, but are not essential. Jack Michaels as a radio play by play man is like eating a sundae that is just whipped cream and sprinkles.

  20. kgo says:

    Of all the people posting lineups, including you LT, nobody seems to catch that Strome is our only viable RHC and will definitely play with Lucic. Also, Draisatl will be Mcdavid’s right winger, and sometimes his Centre. Puljjarvii will be stapled to JJ on the third line with RNH, Slep and Cags will dress as 4th liners, with Khaira replacing Sleep against bigger squads…Kassian will be Strome’s RW. If we sign iginla then JP will be taking some nights off…which will help to reduce his massive bonus potential.

    Maroon/MCD/Drai (best line in hockey)
    Lucic/Strome/Kass (mean, fast, skilled, affordable, cycle warriors)
    JJ/RNH/JP (defensive, PP specialists, will feast on weak comp)
    Cags/Letestu/Slep (skilled, cheap, high energy, PK and PP)

    Khaira/iginla

  21. N64 says:

    kgo: Of all the people posting lineups, including you LT, nobody seems to catch that Strome is our only viable RHC and will definitely play with Lucic.

    ~ That’s because he’ll be playing with Jussi and Jesse. Coach says he needs to work on his Finish. ~

    OK back to my day job.

  22. jtblack says:

    LT: I have really enjoyed all of the individual RE’s that you do. Do you also do one for the team; projecting their record and also if so, did you do one last year?

  23. Henry says:

    Iginla could score 5 EV goals and 20 PP goals for the Oilers. His release is terrific.

  24. Ned says:

    If the Iginla rumour is true, I’m confident in my suspicion that Puljujarvi is not making this team. All summer long it has been tacitly assumed that he’s guaranteed a spot, and I’ve never agreed. And in regards to RNH playing wing, I have no doubt it’s been discussed, but I doubt it has been seriously discussed. Let’s be real, 1RW is Strome’s job untill it’s not. I would also think the team is enticed by Caggiula and Kassian’s playoff results.

    Anyways, this is my deduced lineup:

    Maroon–McDavid–Strome
    Lucic–Draisaitl–Slepyshev
    Caggiula–RNH–Kassian
    Jokinen–Letestu–Iginla

  25. Bag of Pucks says:

    My dislike of Remenda comes from the fact that he’s hired to provided ‘colour’ on the broadcasts and he’s as vanilla as they come. The entertainment factor doesn’t spike appreciably when he’s talking.

    Broadcasting is funny. They understand innately that the radio guys have to have personality to maintain an audience because of the lack of visuals, but on so many television crews, the alleged on-air ‘personalities’ spend the bulk of their time simply re-describing what you can see for yourself with your own eyes.

    Ideally, you’d get insight, humour, topicality, opinion, and a touch of controversy on occasion. Unfortunately, those elements rarely rise to the surface.

    When I lived in Gibraltar, there was a guy who did analysis on Premiership games on Sky that was brilliant. He had a Scottish brogue so thick, he was borderline intelligible but SO entertaining. One thing in particular that he did, and in fact very much separates English sports broadcasting from North American, is they’re not afraid to be super critical of players. When players make mental errors or worse lack of effort errors, the broadcasters call them out big time. Very refreshing AND entertaining.

  26. Professor Q says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Remenda does the last point, however.

  27. Bank Shot says:

    I still think Caggiula will get more of a push than Slepyshev but it seems like I’m on an island on that one. 🙂

    Sign me up for Iginla though. If he does come to town, I see him getting the longest of looks in the top six.

    Although they truly need a good two-way winger (The Pisani) more than Iginla, man would that guy ever be able to wire in a lot of pucks from the Letestu spot on the PP.

  28. Jethro Tull says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    My dislike of Remenda comes from the fact that he’s hired to provided ‘colour’ on the broadcasts and he’s as vanilla as they come. The entertainment factor doesn’t spike appreciably when he’s talking.

    Broadcasting is funny. They understand innately that the radio guys have to have personality to maintain an audience because of the lack of visuals, but on so many television crews, the alleged on-air ‘personalities’ spend the bulk of their time simply re-describing what you can see for yourself with your own eyes.

    Ideally, you’d get insight, humour, topicality, opinion, and a touch of controversy on occasion. Unfortunately, those elements rarely rise to the surface.

    When I lived in Gibraltar, there was a guy who did analysis on Premiership games on Sky that was brilliant. He had a Scottish brogue so thick, he was borderline intelligible but SO entertaining. One thing in particular that he did, and in fact very much separates English sports broadcasting from North American, is they’re not afraid to be super critical of players. When players make mental errors or worse lack of effort errors, the broadcasters call them out big time. Very refreshing AND entertaining.

    I think you’re talking about Andy Gray. He was fired for misogynistic remarks and inappropriate sexual behaviour toward a female co-host. But if you ever want ‘seen him good/bad’ analysis with little statistical support, then football (soccer) is undoubtedly the reigning champion. Polar reversal of NA sports where commentators will watch a player with the object (be it ball or puck) and reel of stat after stat without actually tell you what they’re currently doing with it.

  29. Professor Q says:

    Bank Shot:
    I still think Caggiula will get more of a push than Slepyshev but it seems like I’m on an island on that one. 🙂

    Sign me up for Iginla though. If he does come to town, I see him getting the longest of looks in the top six.

    Although they truly need a good two-way winger (The Pisani) more than Iginla, man would that guy ever be able to wire in a lot of pucks from the Letestu spot on the PP.

    I’d still rather Jagr, but I’d get an Iginla jersey to troll Flames fans. Hopefully it’d pay off with a Cup, too.

  30. Ned says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Drew Remenda is ambien in human form and I find Kevin Quinn’s vioce to be too intense for games outside of April. It’s just not a great combo. Why couldn’t we be blessed with Jim Hughson/Craig Simpson and maybe Mike Peca for in between periods. Always loved that guy on TSN.

  31. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ned:
    If the Iginla rumour is true, I’m confident in my suspicion that Puljujarvi is not making this team. All summer long it has been tacitly assumed that he’s guaranteed a spot, and I’ve never agreed. And in regards to RNH playing wing, I have no doubt it’s been discussed, but I doubt it has been seriously discussed. Let’s be real, 1RW is Strome’s job untill it’s not. I would also think the team is enticed by Caggiula and Kassian’s playoff results.

    Anyways, this is my deduced lineup:

    Maroon–McDavid–Strome
    Lucic–Draisaitl–Slepyshev
    Caggiula–RNH–Kassian
    Jokinen–Letestu–Iginla

    That very well may be the opening night lineup at puck drop (although i believe the Iginla rumors are just that, rumors, and have even likely less substance than the Jagr to CGY rumors – therefore replace Kassian with JP and replace Iginla with Kassian) but those lines could change by the 2nd period.

    We spend so much time talking lines and positions when, in all likelihood, things will change within the first few weeks of the season if not the first few period – even without taking injuries in to account.

  32. Ned says:

    Professor Q,

    Lucic–Draisaitl–Jagr

    Puck Protection per 60 would be through the roof!

  33. Professor Q says:

    And imagine if we sign Iginla and then trade for the Sedins at the Deadline, and then go on to win the Cup?

    These are the dreams, people. Troll fodder for years.

  34. russ99 says:

    The thing that drives me crazy about Remenda is the constant kudos to opposition players and then doesn’t or is slow to give Oiler players similar props when they do well.

    It’s like watching an opposition broadcast.

    Don’t want an obnoxious homer gloating over Oiler players either, but somewhere in the happy middle.

  35. Lowetide says:

    jtblack:
    LT:I have really enjoyed all of the individual RE’s that you do. Do you also do one for the team; projecting their record and also if so, did you do one last year?

    Yes! I was way off one year ago, predicting the Oilers would improve by only 43 goals. I had them winning 38 games and missing the playoffs, while scoring 226 goals and allowing the same number.
    http://lowetide.ca/2016/08/29/the-2016-17-edmonton-oilers-slow-train-coming/

    This year I am predicting 257-208 as GF-GA and second place in the Pacific with 100 points
    http://lowetide.ca/2017/08/27/the-2017-18-edmonton-oilers-never-kept-a-dollar-past-sunset/

  36. Ned says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Certainly, dude. The lines are never set, but it’s moreso a representation of where I think players are, and a refutation of poorly thought out speculation. Specifically, this team is in win now mode. This team is not sacrificing wins to experiment with RNH, nor are they going to gift a spot to Puljujarvi.

  37. Ned says:

    russ99,

    “Remenda secretely cheers against the Oilers” is a meme. Try coming up with your own opinions intsead of parroting what you’ve heard elsewhere.

  38. Rake 2.0 says:

    Professor Q,

    Only if a player is slow going to the bench. 😉

  39. russ99 says:

    Ned:
    russ99,

    “Remenda secretely cheers against the Oilers” is a meme. Try coming up with your own opinions intsead of parroting what you’ve heard elsewhere.

    I watched every Oilers game last year on Gamecenter. It’s not a meme.

  40. flea says:

    russ99,

    Going a little sideways with this comment – are you out of the broadcast zone? Or what are you using to get around the blackouts (If you are in Alberta).

    I have streamed hockey the last 5 years, honestly it is great but I am considering going back to cable this year because it’s actually cheaper than NHL.tv + VPN service.

  41. godot10 says:

    Professor Q:
    And imagine if we sign Iginla and then trade for the Sedins at the Deadline, and then go on to win the Cup?

    These are the dreams, people. Troll fodder for years.

    Why not actually offer the Canucks this deal right now?

    Nugent-Hopkins (4 years left), Maroon, and Fayne (for salary matching reasons) and Paigan

    for Henrik and Daniel.

    Play McDavid with the Sedins, One might then be able to convince them to re-sign for cheap.

  42. russ99 says:

    flea:
    russ99,

    Going a little sideways with this comment – are you out of the broadcast zone? Or what are you using to get around the blackouts (If you are in Alberta).

    I have streamed hockey the last 5 years, honestly it is great but I am considering going back to cable this year because it’s actually cheaper than NHL.tv + VPN service.

    Yup, I’m a Chicago-based Oilers fan. Sometimes that’s good, few if any blackouts – sometimes bad only get to see them twice a year in person, plus limited TV before the internet era.

    I did listen to non-televised Cup final games on the radio, and the Oilers and Hawks had a few epic playoff meetings.

    Long story. Short version is my Dad was a goony-era Hawks fan when I was a kid and I saw the early 80s Oilers at a formative age and they blew me away, rebelled against Dad’s favorite brand of thug hockey for Gretzky and crew flying up and down the ice.

    Been a fan ever since. Got to get up and visit the new arena sometime soon.

  43. Jordan says:

    godot10,

    Because the Sedins are super slow and are not effective at moving the puck in the current NHL paradigm?

    The Oilers lose that trade badly. You would have to pay theGM to take the 12M cap hole they eat into a team.

    Except Las Vegas, but they are designed to tank anyways.

  44. slopitch says:

    godot10,

    Nahhh.. we lose that trade. Wait till the deadline and the cost would be cheaper.

    No need to move Maroon. His contract is a beaut and hes well liked.

  45. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Re: Remenda

    I started watching the games without sound specifically so I wouldn’t have to listen to him.

    What I discovered is that I saw way more without sound.

    Maybe it’s our brains trying to combine what we hear with what we see, but I find I tend to “puck watch” a lot with the sound.

    Without the sound it’s easier to watch players not directly involved near the puck and appreciate/understand “play away from the puck” better as well and observe the systems, tendencies and how plays develop.

    It’s really much, much better for “active watching” and understanding the game.

    I highly recommend trying it.

    It’s take some mental effort to not puck watch but after a while it becomes second nature and you start to watch the whole ice and it’s rewarding.

  46. rope-a-dope says:

    Apologies if I’m derailing here. Wondering if anyone has experience purchasing tickets in the secondary market a couple of days prior to a game? We’ll be stopping by Edmonton and will likely catch a game or 2 over Christmas/holiday period, dates fluid though hence not buying now. Is it easy to pick up tickets at short notice? Or wise to get in earlier?

  47. Melvis says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    That’s a good point, for which one can thank Mr. Remenda.

  48. Bruce McCurdy says:

    I think what aggravated me the most about Remenda last year was the way he constantly sided with the opposition on seemingly every video review or borderline call. I think round about February he finally saw one the Oilers’ way.

    He was actually fine the last few weeks but there was a long stretch there where I was going “fuck off Drew!” on a very regular basis.

    That said, I don’t want John Garrett who constantly sides with the home(r) team & who pisses me off exponentially more than Remenda. A little balance would be nice, though.

    All-time best Oiler commenter, and it’s not remotely close, was Ray Ferraro after the Second Bettman Lockout. Ray is just so good.

  49. Lowetide says:

    godot10: Why not actually offer the Canucks this deal right now?

    Nugent-Hopkins (4 years left), Maroon, and Fayne (for salary matching reasons) and Paigan

    for Henrik and Daniel.

    Play McDavid with the Sedins,One might then be able to convince them to re-sign for cheap.

    I would not do that trade and I loved the Sedins.

  50. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m having trouble even analyzing that deal in my head and its potential immediate and long-term impact.

    My first instinct is negative.

  51. Thinker says:

    Been around a lot of broadcast guys in cfl and cis. Can say that they are pretty far separated from the actual thoughts in the room. Stauffer may be an exception since he is paid by the team, but the SN guys are a lot closer to us (some way below) in terms of their read on situations.

  52. Thinker says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Re: Remenda

    I started watching the games without sound specifically so I wouldn’t have to listen to him.

    What I discovered is that I saw way more without sound.

    Maybe it’s our brains trying to combine what we hear with what we see, but I find I tend to “puck watch” a lot with the sound.

    Without the sound it’s easier to watch players not directly involved near the puck and appreciate/understand “play away from the puck” better as well and observe the systems, tendencies and how plays develop.

    It’s really much, much better for “active watching” and understanding the game.

    I highly recommend trying it.

    It’s take some mental effort to not puck watch but after a while it becomes second nature and you start to watch the whole ice and it’s rewarding.

    This and the camera is disorienting to actually watching the game. You can’t see a lot from TSN video when you watch football. It’s ball focused, not play focussed. Same in hockey. It’s why coaches have separate video.

  53. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Thinker: This and the camera is disorienting to actually watching the game. You can’t see a lot from TSN video when you watch football. It’s ball focused, not play focussed. Same in hockey. It’s why coaches have separate video.

    Agreed.

    I’ve had tickets to at least 10+ games forever and saw 30+ when I had my own tickets for 6 years and it’s different live.

    Still need to practice not watching the puck live imo.

  54. Thinker says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Agreed.

    I’ve had tickets to at least 10+ games forever and saw 30+ when I had my own tickets for 6 years and it’s different live.

    Still need to practice not watching the puck live imo.

    That and there’s 10 white shirts sometimes.

  55. Centre of attention says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Since Connor joined the team I’ve found it even harder not to puck watch. The kid has the thing so damn much.

    In person like actually at the arena I’d imagine its absolutely impossible not to puck watch because your eyes are stuck trying to focus on the blue&orange blur that seems to magnetically attract the puck while travelling around the ice at mach 7.

  56. Ranford.85 says:

    Lowetide, I loved the Russian angle on two players drafted a mile (no pun intended) apart. If I had to choose between Slepy and Yak today… Well I think we’d all make the same choice. Stoked that Paigin is also from Panza and we’ll see if your theory is true. Even if the Iggy rumors turn out to be true, I’d like to see what Slepyshev could do on Draisaitl’s wing for 20 games. That is if Drai is centering his own line of course.

  57. pts2pndr says:

    On Remenda:
    He is my opinion anti oiler in his comments both on team and management. As an out of market viewer I will choose the center ice station of the Oiler competition instead of Remenda whenever possible! He talks down to his audience as if we were American non hockey knowlegable quite often. When the only choice is Remenda I watch the game with the sound muted! I will celebrate the day when he is fired! I do believe he has the job with the blessing of the Toronto MSM !

  58. rickithebear says:

    Our best :
    Even production & Goal Differential (+/-) forward pairs:
    XXX-Mcdavid- Draisatl
    Maroon – Mcdavid -XXX
    XXX- Draisatl – Slepyshev
    Lucic – XXX- Puljujarvi

    Best FO% forwards:
    -B. Malone LW/C
    last 4 Seasons 167gm 55.5%
    last 2 seasons 122gm 63.1%
    – jokinen
    last 2 seasons 51.7%
    -Letestu
    last 2 seasons 51.6%
    – Draisatl
    last 2 seasons 48.7%
    – Strome 44.7%
    – RNH 44.4%
    – Mcdavid 42.3%
    – Caggulia 41.2%

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