I have avoided talking about Edmonton acquiring a ‘name’ puck mover because it runs counter to the roster pieces that might be available, runs counter to the cap reality, and is the hockey equivalent of throwing 50 yards down field into triple coverage.
That said, it’s the elephant in the room and today, on a day when Mom’s the world over are asking ‘did you do your homework?’ it’s time for us to do the due diligence on Peter Chiarelli’s showcase trade of summer 2018.
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- Lowetide: Oilers scouting directors: A history.
- Jonathan Willis: Matt Benning brings value to the Oilers.
- Lowetide: Even in a trying season, Adam Larsson delivered solid defense.
- Jonathan Willis: Edmonton can’t afford to enter ’18-19 with Kris Russell as top 4D.
- Ian Tulloch: The search for a right defence upgrade (Leafs, but fits Oil)
- Scott Wheeler: Final Draft Rankings 2018.
- Lowetide: Oilers summer to-do list short and sweet.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Russia: A draft tragedy.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the Republic of Finland
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Sweden.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the QMJHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers and the WHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers draft history and the OHL
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the NCAA.
PUCK MOVERS: A LIST
Defensemen are listed by 5×4 scoring, I’ve also included the money and cap situation.
- Tyson Barrie, Colorado 6.43. He has two more years left ($5.5 million) and would be a terrific fit for the Oilers. Please understand I’m not in favor of bringing in a puck mover, but Barrie crosses off all of the boxes. His 5×5 play is a different matter.
- John Carlson, free agent 5.78. Carlson’s last contract ($3.967 million times six years) expired and now, at age 28, he is UFA. Does he get $7 million times seven? Oilers can’t afford to be in the conversation unless they can move a big contract.
- P.K. Subban, Nashville, 5.74. His contract ($9 million times four) is impossible but he’s a perfect fit for Edmonton. You’d have to include Leon Draisaitl or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the deal, no idea what it looks like from there.
- Torey Krug, Boston, 5.19. His cap hit ($5.25 million for two more years) is manageable for Edmonton, and the idea of Edmonton and Boston making a deal has come up in interesting places. Quoting Fluto Shinzawa: “Edmonton has 24-year-old Oscar Klefbom (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and 23-year-old Darnell Nurse (6-foot-4, 221 pounds) on the left side. A one-for-one deal is unlikely for either, given the Edmonton defenders’ age and promise. Sweeney would have to package Krug with additional assets.“
- Justin Faulk, Carolina 5.10. He has two years left ($4.83 million) and people are so down on him Faulk might be underrated at this point. Depends on the price, I would aim higher.
- Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota 4.57. He has two years left ($5.1875 million) and I’ve always liked him. He’s 28 and perhaps the Wild are looking for a change. Not certain what the ask might be at this point, new general manager on the way.
- OEL, Arizona 3.88. He has one year left at $5.5 million and several media folks (Pierre Lebrun, Jim Matheson) have mentioned Edmonton’s interest should the Coyotes shop him. A lot of what we talk about in regard to a puck mover acquisition doesn’t make sense but this trade could happen if the Oilers can get him signed long term.
- Erik Karlsson, Ottawa 3.53. $6.5 million UFA summer 2019. He has a 10-team no trade list and Edmonton is probably out of the Karlsson sweepstakes. It’s a lovely dream.
- Ryan Ellis, Nashville 3.50. $2.5 million UFA summer 2019. Ellis played in just 44 games (knee injury), a brilliant player when in the lineup. He would be near the top of my list if healthy, no obvious trade match with the Predators.
- Shea Weber, Montreal 2.01. Spent a lot of the season injured (missed 49 games with a foot injury) and his contract is still a monster ($7.857M until everybody dies). I can’t see a way and I don’t see a reason. Does Peter Chiarelli?
I would love to see Ryan Ellis in an Oilers uniform but don’t believe it’s realistic. Tyson Barrie is probably the most realistic option, there have been rumors about his availability in the past. What would it cost? A lot, and part of the package would be a good young player from the McDavid cluster. This is a thread the needle play fraught with danger. Should have given Yohann Auvitu a bigger chance at the 5×4.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
When I was 10 or 11, we moved from British Columbia to Maidstone, Saskatchewan. We moved in the middle of winter and it was a traumatic experience for me. Soon after we arrived in town, my Mom bought me a little transistor radio (it was called an “Anik” after the Canadian satellite).
God works in mysterious ways, and a lonely kid in the middle of Saskatchewan discovered, on that Anik radio, in the middle of winter, radio waves bounced all the way from 14 CFUN Vancouver to our little house on the prairie—after 10pm every night. I spent every night for years listening to Tom Lucas and Raccoon Carney and Brother Benson on CFUN, connecting to the part of my world left behind. It’s probably a big reason I got into radio.
There was one problem with the Anik radio: It ran exclusively on batteries. I used to fall asleep with the radio on and thus ran out of batteries at a rapid rate. This problem would soon find me in direct conflict with my Dad, who (rightly) pointed out it was a silly damned thing to fall asleep every night listening to a radio station from Vancouver. Turn it off, problem solved, he’d say.
Mom and Dad had a fight in our kitchen about it, after they thought I’d gone to bed. The winning line was delivered by my Mom (“you buy him those damned batteries, Ira”) and I got my batteries, courtesy of the hardest screw that ever walked a turn at Shawshank prison.
Thanks Mom, and Dad too. I miss you both so much. Happy Mother’s Day to your Mom, if she’s a phone call away or you can drive over, make sure to hug the stuffing out of her. Moms are the best, that’s a fact.
A final note to wish Mrs. Lowetide a Happy Mother’s Day. The connection between you and the mother of your children is pretty damned tight. Thank God I chose wisely. Happy Mother’s Day Jo, you’ve done brilliant work on the two kids you gave birth to, and the one you married.
WHAT ABOUT OEL?
Scott Cullen is running his fabulous Off-Season Game Plan series and has now posted Arizona Coyotes plan. He has the Coyotes trading OEL to the Detroit Red Wings in a fascinating deal. Now, there could be picks and various other items in the trade, but Scott has OEL on Detroit’s roster and Andreas Athanasiou plus Filip Hronek on the Coyotes’ roster.
I think that’s a deal Edmonton could cover plus a little, although (as mentioned) there could be a pick involved. It’s difficult to predict the trade value for OEL’s one season, wanted to pass along Scott’s thoughts on the matter.
I like doing these for fun and to help us learn about the available players in the draft. This time I’m going to use my list and take the highest ranked player available at each spot compared to Scott Wheeler’s list. I am passing over Ty Smith in the interests of not driving you mad with my choice and the draft works better with a forward at No. 10.
- First Round—No. 10 overall— L Joel Farabee, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). Speedy winger with legit skill, watching him at the U18’s he seems to be able to change gears and directions quickly. Appears to be a chance machine based on limited viewing, he’s been a force offensively at all levels that have been presented to him. There are also reports about his fine play without the puck, a very nice arrow at this age.
- Second Round—No. 40 overall—LD K’Andre Miller, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). Big defender who can skate and has a big shot. Miller would represent terrific value here.
- Third Round—No. 71 overall— W Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SuperElite). Good boots and an excellent shot. Pedestrian season has him falling, I like his goal scoring ability and the fact he can scoot.
- Fourth Round—No. 102 overall (Oilers acquired goaltender Al Montoya from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. Montoya covered the condition).
- Fifth Round—No. 133 overall
- Sixth Round—No. 164 overall
- Seventh Round—No. 195 overall