Oilers D for Tonight’s Game "Interesting"

This is Dick Tarnstrom, just after the turn of the century. At age 25 he came over to the NHL and had a pretty good (if somewhat chaotic) season on the Island. Funny thing happened. Islanders put him on waivers and he ended up in Pittsburgh. Strange days indeed.

Tarnstrom is one of 6 defensemen with some NHL experience dressing for the Oilers tonight, in what could be a preview of the opening night lineup.

Joni Pitkanen-Steve Staios
I suspect this will be the top pairing this season, with Pitkanen’s offensive (PP) numbers suffering because of the greater need at EV. Neither player is a true top pairing D at this point in their career, but they are well clear of the rest of the group on this roster.

Sheldon Souray-Matt Greene
I think it’s good we get this out of the way right away. I haven’t seen the Flames roster for this evening, but if power (Iginla) or speed (Lombardi) are in the lineup then EV plays off the rush have the chance to be highlight reel for the other guy every shift. The phrases “passed like a house on the side of the road” and “Matt Greene, hooking” have a chance to be regulars in the Oiler lexicon this winter, and pairing them together is like playing Russian roulette with no empty chambers.

Denis Grebeshkov-Dick Tarnstrom
I’ve been very disappointed in Grebeshkov so far, after all the Oilers dealt a perfectly good NHL defender for the guy. It’s early in camp, but not that early and he needs to cut down on the errant passes and show some better recognition on plays. Tarnstrom doesn’t get a free pass from me, but so far he’s certainly been in the top 4D in this camp.

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11 Responses to "Oilers D for Tonight’s Game "Interesting""

  1. dawgbone says:

    It’s interesting how you are complaining that a perfectly good defenceman was trade for Grebs, and that Grebs makes errant passes.

    The guy we traded for him was just about the biggest passing enigma we had… anytime the puck was on his stick it was tape to tape for either one team or the other.

  2. Lowetide says:

    Bergeron was certainly a chaos defender, but results are results and he got them.

  3. IceDragoon says:

    OT – ;-p
    yeah, the D still makes me dizzy, but Grebeshkov gets some slack from me. He has to adapt to the angles of the smaller ice surface.

    The Flames have cut their roster to 29… 19f, 7d, 3g. Besides Brett Sutter, Phaneuf is the youngest left on the team.

    L8r
    Louise

  4. digger says:

    Bergeron was certainly a chaos defender, but results are results and he got them.

    Grebeshkov’s preseason thus far:

    2-1-0-1, +1

    Results are results, right? ;)

  5. Lowetide says:

    Digger: Listen YOU! :-)

  6. kurri_17 says:

    Grebs is on pace for 40 goals if he can translate that to the regular season ;-0 *smirk*

  7. Art Vandelay says:

    When did Kurt Cobain play for the Islanders?

  8. Joey says:

    …and pairing them together is like playing Russian roulette with no empty chambers.

    Nice.

    What do we think Huddy is getting at with this pairing (Greene-Souray)? I don’t quite understand.

  9. Lord Bob says:

    What do we think Huddy is getting at with this pairing (Greene-Souray)? I don’t quite understand.

    We’re going to get reamed this season on one pairing or another, and Souray has at least shown he is theoretically capable of playing NHL defense in his career. Plus, Sheldon’s offense will hopefully balance out some of that windburn.

  10. Dennis says:

    Yeah but SS’s offense doesn’t come at EV so there is absolutely zero redeeming quality about that pairing at EV. The only way that would be sensible is if we had an 80 million payroll while the rest of the league had a 40 mill and we had four excellent EV dmen in our top four and we could afford to waste money on SS’s PP abilites.

  11. digger says:

    Regarding the Souray/Greene pairing, I can only assume that Huddy’s going for an attempt at levity here, to break up the monotony of camp.

    Neither guy’s all that hot at the initial pass out of the zone, so we can expect a lot of extended forechecking cycles by Calgary, as Greene plays D like his hair is on fire.

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