This is Charlie Huddy. He played some huge games for the Edmonton Oilers back in the day, providing rugged play and impressive skill along the blue. The Oilers could use about 6 of him.
During Huddy’s time coaching in Edmonton, he helped along a long list of diverse talents. Men like Eric Brewer, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Matt Greene, Tom Gilbert, Denis Grebeshkov and Jan Hejda.
The same thing is happening in Dallas. Their defensemen are efficient at getting the puck up and out, guys like Jeff Woywitka look like they’ve figured out the NHL game and a no-name defense is right in the middle of the playoff mix. Good for Charlie Huddy, nice to see good people succeed.
It looks like Brad Richards and Jamie Benn are out for tonight’s game; that’s a lot of offense not on the ice. Horcoff is apparently good to go and that should do a lot for the center positon this evening.
Steve Tambellini spoke to the troops yesterday. It wasn’t exactly Ike’s D-Day speech (The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!) but ST wants the team to win and win now. Stay close to your radio’s people, Tambellini is about to add players at the deadline! Not.
As near as I can tell, the solution from fans is to add toughness to the roster. I don’t get that at all. Hey, the Oilers have talent and some of these rookies (Hall, Eberle) really do appear to be capable of playing straight up and winning against some tough NHLers.
That said, adding Steve MacIntyre and J-F Jacques to the roster every night isn’t going to help the Hall-Eberle fashwashes. You know what would? A powerplay that clicks. I refuse to believe that the Oilers can’t put a good PP group out there every night. I know Tom Gilbert gets no love, but putting him on the 1PP gives you a quality decision maker back there. Omark is excellent at puck retrieval and Penner should be the other winger. Horcoff for the faceoffs and Hemsky on the point with Gilbert.
That leaves Gagner, Hall, Eberle, MPS, Cogliano, Foster, etc for the 2PP.
No trades yet for the Oilers, but Brian Burke made another solid deal with Philly yesterday. That’s two impressive trades for the Leafs in less than a week. Nicely played by Himself.