Some Sing, Some Dance

This is Michel Pagliaro. “Pags.” He was all over English radio 35 years ago with songs like “Some Sing, Some Dance” and “What the Hell I Got.” Although not well remembered today, most of my generation would flash a familiar smile if they heard the chorus of any number of Michel Pagliaro’s hit songs.

The Edmonton Oilers have told us that the cutdown day for 2009-10 will be tonight or tomorrow. There are no tough decisions in goal or along the blueline, but the forward group is still a muddled mess as I type this during the postgame of Sunday night’s broadcast. We can guess about the bubble names but here are the names still in play up front with the “for-sure’s” in bold:

  1. Ales Hemsky
  2. Shawn Horcoff
  3. Dustin Penner
  4. Patrick O’Sullivan
  5. Mike Comrie
  6. Sam Gagner
  7. Andrew Cogliano
  8. Ethan Moreau
  9. Fernando Pisani
  10. Zack Stortini
  11. JF Jacques
  12. Gilbert Brule
  13. Ryan Stone
  14. Steve MacIntyre
  15. Marc Pouliot (IR possible)
  16. Robert Nilsson
  17. Rob Schremp-x
  18. Liam Reddox
  19. Kip Brennan-x
  20. Jordan Eberle-x

If my bold (top 12) is correct and the Oilers don’t find a home for Robert Nilsson the club could IR someone like Fernando Pisani for a week until a deal can be made. We should also see Rob Schremp on waivers and find out if he clears in the next couple of days. There’s a chance the Oilers will claim or trade for a right-handed veteran center in the next few days.

When we started this process I felt the Oilers would end up sending out some of the smaller men. It looks like Robert Nilsson, Rob Schremp and Liam Reddox are going to be sent away to Springfield or another NHL city. Some of that surely has to be a surprise based on what we knew at the beginning of training camp.

Finally, Marc Pouliot. Even if they place him on the IR it’s clear that others have passed him on the depth chart. You need luck and timing, but also effort and a skill set that is unique enough to have terrific value. Marc Pouliot might not make the grade and for me that’s the biggest surprise.

Some Sing, Some Dance and some don’t do enough of either to make their way above the event horizon.

UPDATE

Five cuts tonight (Sunday): Jordan Eberle, Kip Brennan, Rob Schremp among the forwards listed above, along with goalie Devan Dubnyk and defender Taylor Chorney. Theo Peckham has been placed on injured reserve. Rob Schremp’s agent should be calling Long Island right now.

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