Available

Over the last few days, a few more names are shaking loose from the established group of available Oilers at the deadline. Ales Hemsky has been in the rumor mill for ages, and there have been items on Andy Sutton, Theo Peckham and Darren Dreger of tsn told us this week Sam Gagner’s name is being mentioned by other GMs when Steve Tambellini calls about defense.

The Oilers appear to be active based on reports and it’s an interesting time for the organization. Steve Tambellini’s style is to observe and report, but it does appear that men like Peckham may be offloaded for the next in line with a similar skill set (Colten Teubert, Alex Plante).

I think the Oilers would want a player back for Gagner, makes no sense to deal him for picks or prospects. Hemsky might fetch a first round pick and the club may feel another bullet for Stu MacGregor is a decent payoff for a few weeks of 83. Sutton, Peckham and others are probably picks. Fair?

What the Oilers need is a guy who can play a lot of minutes effectively, at even strength and on the PK. The club has four signed blue (Whitney, Gilbert, Smid, Potter) and then rfa’s in Petry, Peckham and Barker. Plante is going to get a look in the fall, Teubert too. There were also rumors the club was talking contract with Sutton’s people not long ago. Plus you’d hope they would be looking at a puck mover.

Which means too many bodies:

  • Whitney-Gilbert
  • Smid-Potter
  • Petry-Barker
  • Sutton-Peckham
  • Teubert-Plante
  • Chorney-Fedun

Plus guys like Marincin, Davidson, Blain on the way and Klefbom and Musil rising. There’s not enough room for these guys, let alone adding a puck mover and Jason Smith. I think the Peckham rumors might have some truth to them just based on next year’s depth chart.

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  1. "Steve Smith" says:

    Barker won’t be qualified. He can’t be. I’m aware of the rumours, but I just can’t see it happening.

    I could see them refusing to qualify him, and then signing him for cheap as a UFA (which would also be a mistake, though a less egregious one).

    If we get one more top-paring guy – I don’t necessarily mean Suter or Weber, but somebody at least at Gilbert’s level – and if Whitney’s able to play at 80% (and not the 30% he’s been playing at this year), then I think we go into next year with a satisfactory defensive corps when healthy (Gilbert, XXXX, Smid, Whitney, Petry, Potter, Peckham), and then it becomes about depth when injuries hit. Re-sign Sutton, and Peckham becomes that depth (unless we lose him on waivers).

    I don’t think we need to add a lot of D, just one that will push everyone else down to where they belong on the depth chart. Same old story.

  2. cabbiesmacker says:

    Not sure I want to see Peckham traded despite the kids foibles. Could he not become Matt Greene with a little time and a decent 5-6? If he isn’t going to cost a ton then why throw out the time spent maturing him? I wonder if some of the current ??, Teubert, Plante, etc will even get to Peckhams current level.

    Been mulling the local scribes talk of many opp GM’s asking about Gagner while they tire kick. When one thinks about it, who the hell else would they be asking about if they were looking for a forward? They all know Hall, Eberle, and Nuge are off the table and the rest outside of Gagner aren’t worth talking about. Hemsky excluded.

    No big revelations I don’t think.

  3. Lowetide says:

    All of them (Whitney, Gilbert, Smid, Potter, Petry, Peckham, Sutton) will be waiver eligible if I’m reading things correctly. So adding someone to that group means someone will be exposed.

  4. Lowetide says:

    cabbiesmacker,

    True, although a year ago Paajarvi was a player thought to have great value. I’m a Peckham fan, and do know it takes forever for them to develop but have to say he’s been so poor this season it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go.

  5. cabbiesmacker says:

    Re my above. Hemsky excluded of course but we all know thats a sad possibility already.

  6. cabbiesmacker says:

    Lowetide:
    cabbiesmacker,

    True, although a year ago Paajarvi was a player thought to have great value. I’m a Peckham fan, and do know it takes forever for them to develop but have to say he’s been so poor this season it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go.

    Hear you re both players LT. Just wonder if we’re really improving by moving him unless it’s part of a larger package.

    As far as MPS goes? I don’t know. I just don’t know. The talents there. Is the desire?

  7. DBO says:

    Peckham is that Defenseman that has the “physical stay at home, mean dman” look. Other teams will see the plus minus, see the size, see the nasty physical play and want him. Maybe not straight up, but in a package he is a nice sweetener for Tambo.

    So whether it’s in a deal with Hemsky, or whether along with Gagner he is the piece we need to add to upgrade, I expect he’ll be gone.

    I like the idea of Sutton on a 1 yr deal. Add a solid vet via trade or UFA and I am much happier with our D. 2 vets makes me think the management actually know what they are doing. You only give kids a shot if they actually outplay a vet, not just because you want them to feel good (ie. this fall).

  8. Zack says:

    Hey LT, don’t forget about Martin Gernat!

    39GP 8-29-37 +30

    The Oil Kings have a strong blueline this year but not bad for a rookie. I should try and catch a few games while I’m here for school, I’ve heard his defensive play is not as great but at ~6’5″ 190lbs+ I’m sure his projectable NHL frame makes up for it. Pretty good for a 5th rounder, something tells me he was underscouted. His Forsberg shootout move was pretty slick too, especially for a d-man.

  9. Lowetide says:

    Zack: He is a very nice player, but I don’t think they turn him pro in the fall. LOTS of kids ahead of him in terms of age and with fewer options. Bigos is a guy I can see turning pro, though.

  10. ironsight says:

    FWIW, the Director of Amateur Scouting in LA was Peckham’s GM in Owen Sound.

    http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=40773

    Bernier and Voynov remain worthy targets.

  11. Gret99zky says:

    “Steve Smith”:

    I think we go into next year with a satisfactory defensive corps when healthy (Gilbert, XXXX, Smid, Whitney, Petry, Potter, Peckham),

    I’d like to know on what other NHL team is this group considered satisfactory.

  12. Lowetide says:

    Well there are some good things there. Depending on X, if he can work with Whitney .80 then there are two solid pairings (Smid-Gilbert) and then the three P’s for the third pairing. That’s way better than what they left the station with imo. because Barker won’t be X.

    I hope.

    My preference though would be 2 additions, JAson Smith 2.0 and X.

  13. justDOit says:

    I feel that Peckham has played much better lately, with more minutes going to him during the injuries on defence. He looks like a player ready to turn the corner next season, and I really hope that if he’s offered in a trade that the return is an upgrade to what we have now.

  14. Gret99zky says:

    It’s simple. Tambi just needs to find a Dman that is 120% good to go and pair him with Whitney. Done.

  15. Ducey says:

    Do we know that Peckham isn’t Jason Smith v.2?

    I don’t know why but I have the feeling Barker has spend some time drying out over the last few months.

  16. Lowetide says:

    Ducey: It’s so hard to tell. Peckham has been effective imo at 4×5 and certainly gives this organization someone the other side has to be aware of every night. A lot of the problem is that the club hasn’t had enough depth to pair him with a strong veteran and he’s still young.

    Tough call.

  17. Hack says:

    I would think, if CBJ are cleaning house, that Wisniewski would be a good target for Tambellini. Of course he’d have to waive his modified no-trade if Edmonton’s on his list(probably). Could you get him for Paajarvi and Peckham?

  18. spoiler says:

    I’m not so sure the Oil will be all that active this deadline.

    I am sure they’re listening to offers, but will there be enough on the side of the trade to make it worthwhile? Will they be happy with a 25th or worse for Hemsky? And playoff teams don’t trade. Away Dmen at the deadline, so it’s tough to believe Gagner is going anywhere.

    I can see Khabby to Tampa for Roli and something like a 6th. But I agree with LT, I think they will re-sign Sutton. If Barker can get back, he has another couple of months to complete his audition. The biggest hole on D, from listening to Renney and Tambo over the course of the season, is the lack of a LHS option on the PP while Whitney and Barker were out. The coach has had no reliable option for that slot.

    So I disagree with LT that the Oil are in the hunt for a 2 way, PK, big minutes eater. I think they’re looking for a LH option on the PP for when Whitney isn’t available. If they can’t find one through trade or free agency, then they will probably be forced to qualify Barker.

    On the right side, we’re fine… Gilbert, Potter, and Petry can all play the PP point. But on the left side, if Whitney is hurt and Barker gone, that leaves Sutton, Smid and Pecks to play PP point. And there’s no way they’re going to fill that hole with another shutdown guy like Gleason.

    I cannot see us entering next season with that hole still an issue.

  19. spoiler says:

    I would kill if someone could make this text box we type in fit on the screen. Scrolling left and right to proofread is a real pain the ying yang.

  20. Traktor says:

    The problem I have with Peckham is he didn’t show up to camp in shape. I think he brings an element of toughness that this team lacks, and players often go up and down in terms of development but I have a hard time looking past someone that had a down season and also didn’t put in the work on the offseason. Smid, for instance, does everything in the offseason to get better – that is someone that you can at the very least work with. Peckham spent his summer tweeting, golfing, and eating burgers. I suspect this year will be solid learning lesson for Theo but it might be too late if he wants to stay in Edmonton.

    I agree with trollin’ Steve Smith that our D isn’t far off from satisfactory. If we had more than 1 good center I don’t think they would spend as much time in our own zone. We also have too many wingers that don’t win enough 50/50 battles.

  21. DSF says:

    Fans rally outside Nationwide Arena in Columbus to demand the ouster of the Blue Jackets Management team.

    http://goo.gl/DMCBo

  22. Traktor says:

    Hack:
    I would think, if CBJ are cleaning house, that Wisniewski would be a good target for Tambellini.Of course he’d have to waive his modified no-trade if Edmonton’s on his list(probably).Could you get him for Paajarvi and Peckham?

    He has 5 years left on his contract at 5.5 per. I wouldn’t take him for free (without giving up any assets). I might trade Horcoff for him though but even that isn’t a given because Horc’s deal ends two years earlier.

  23. TheOtherJohn says:

    Lowetide:
    Fast start, big whoop. My guy is built for distances.

    LT great line !! But did anyone realize Poo was contestant running ultra marathon?

    Not sure we can rely on Whitney. Damn shame but we are full year out and little progress on his ankle. Wouldn’t it be prudent to plan that he might not be back next year?

    Would it be possible to find out which players the Buffalo owner dislikes because he seems to have a bit of the Steinbrenner crazy in him….” I hate that guy, get rid of him” Myers? Stafford? Roy?

    Remain of the view priority should be to get a top pairing guy. Do not care if it is Suter, Weber, etc or a less prominent guy capable of playing tough minutes with lower profile at less cost. No rush to do anything right now. Too costly

  24. shane leavitt says:

    Isn’t depending on Whitney foolish at this point going forward? Doing so seems to be setting ones self up for disappointment and likely going to get you into a numbers/depth mess again, like this year.

  25. Lowetide says:

    shane leavitt,

    Of course it is, which is the reason I’ve suggested Jason Smith and a puck mover. Then you make Whitney your 7 and if he plays it’s a bonus.

    I don’t think the Oilers have ever thought this way.

  26. spoiler says:

    Yup. When Whitney is out, we’re hooped. A LH PP point shot and puckmover is the most urgent need betwixt now and September. They will probably continue to take a run at Ellis, but that’s about the only player I can see pulling the Oil into a big deadline trade (with the exception of Bernier).

  27. Lowetide says:

    Well, from what I’m reading they’re working on Jason Smith 2.0 as we speak.

  28. shane leavitt says:

    Lowetide,

    Whitney-Gilbert
    Smid-Potter
    Petry-Barker
    Sutton-Peckham
    Teubert-Plante
    Chorney-Fedun

    Sorry, I was seeing this. Yes, if there’s any truth to them extending Barker, then they’d be brokenheaded enough to continue counting on Whitney.

  29. Lowetide says:

    Ah, gotcha. I do think the Oilers will have him front and center in their plans. That’s always been their way of doing things.

  30. shane leavitt says:

    Well, if they continue to pencil Whitney in as a sure thing, they deserve what they get, and we as fans will be punished for it as per usual. What you’re suggesting is to me what a reasonable practical Org would do. If’s he’s healthy/available “Excellent”, and if he’s not, you didn’t bank on his presence anyways and had planned accordingly.

  31. Gret99zky says:

    Trading for Wisniewski, IMO, would qualify as unforgivable.

  32. Lowetide says:

    I hadn’t heard that name.

  33. bookje says:

    spoiler:
    I would kill if someone could make this text box we type in fit on the screen.Scrolling left and right to proofread is a real pain the ying yang.

    Proofraeding is f,or losers!

  34. OilClog says:

    what would it take to get a Yandle out of phx in the summer? Seems like the quarterback we need back there. I would love to see the Oilers keep Teddy, he sticks up for his team out there, takes a few dumb penalties, but his horrible give aways have been toned down, and you can see he’s really starting to get at it out there. Would absolutely hate to see him moved, and then watch him flourish. Good for him, yet another debacle for us.

  35. SoxandOil says:

    What about letting Whitney walk (it doesn’t look like good health is in his future) and putting the money towards Dennis Wideman?

  36. Matt.N says:

    It really doesn’t matter what we do with Whitney or if he is healthy or not. He is a UFA at the end of next season. He is gone long before the Oilers are in any kind of position to contend. The best possible scenario is that he gets healthy before the trade deadline next year and they can move him for something. He won’t be here long term, even if he manages to get healthy and get his career back on track.

    This is why the Visnovsky trade was such shit. It wasn’t old player for younger player. Both of these guys expire on the same day.

  37. Matt.N says:

    BTW – Ladi Smid is a UFA after next season as well. Gilbert at the end of 13-14.

  38. HeavySig says:

    spoiler:
    Yup.When Whitney is out, we’re hooped.A LH PP point shot and puckmover is the most urgent need betwixt now and September. They will probably continue to take a run at Ellis, but that’s about the only player I can see pulling the Oil into a big deadline trade (with the exception of Bernier).

    There is a 6′ 2″, 21 year old, LH offensive D-man who could grow into that description playing in Toronto. Jake Gardiner, anyone?

    Speaking of the Leafs, could Luke Schenn be our Jason Smith #2?

  39. knighttown says:

    Which means too many bodies:
    Whitney-Gilbert
    Smid-Potter
    Petry-Barker
    Sutton-Peckham

    In what universe is this too many? You want to know how many games this top 6 played together this year? Zero.

    Zero.

    A review of how things have progressed for this defensive unit. For the first handful of games, Whitney was not ready so Gilbert, Smid, Barker, Sutton and Barker played every game and Petry, Potter and Peckham each took turns sitting. Petry was first, then Potter and then Theo had a few nights off. Then Whitney came back against the Flames and the Oilers dressed 7 D and sat Petry. Then Petry got sent down for a bit while everyone was healthy and Peckham sat out. Two games later, Whitney got tweaked so sat out and Peckham drew back in. I’m going to stop for a second here to mention that during out best run in years, we had 5 defensemen rotate in and out of the lineup. This was absolute perfection.

    Over the next game or two Petry, Plante and Teubert got recalled. Plante was because of a passport error with Teubert but that puts us 10 into the depth chart on November first. These call ups were for Sutton’s first suspension, Whitney’s injury and a scratch for Barker. By this time, we were playing 3 of our “intended” opening 6 defensemen. For the next two weeks this lineup got pounded every night with Barker moving back and forth with the kids as a healthy scratch. In the blowout against the Hawks we played Teubert and Chorney…defensmen #11 by November 19th. Barker was gone, Sutton was suspended again and Potter was now hurt. Chorney lasted a game or two and was replaced by Plante.

    The pairings on Nov 22:
    Smid-Gilbert
    Packham-Petry
    Plante-Teubert

    Not surprisingly, Whitney was rushed back to replace Plante and might have been even slower. Potter then returned in mid-December and we were icing a nearly NHL caliber defense excepting Whitney’s horrid play.

    Gilbert-Smid
    Whitney-Potter
    Petry-Peckham

    Our Christmas present was the return of Alex Plante on December 26th to replace the hobbled Whitney. He lasted all of a game before being concussed necessitating the return of Colt Teubert. On January 2nd, Andy Sutton’s suspension ended (man was that long when you really look at it)…and the death knell came from Dan Carcillo, BSc, PhD. (douchebaggery). Tom Gilbert was now done for the foreseeable future replaced…again…by Colt Teubert.

    We actually played most of January with the same defensive 6-some.

    Smid-Petry
    Packham-Potter
    Sutton-Tuebert

    Finally someone realized we lost nearly every game and thought…hmm…we need Taylor Chorney so down goes Teubert again. Whitney came back and looked pretty decent replacing Chorney so as it stands we’ve got:

    Smid-Petry
    Peckham-Potter
    Sutton-Whintey

    or said by pre-season depth chart rankings:

    3-7
    6-8
    5-1

    The point of all this is that you need 6 Top 4′s and 10 Top 6′s in today’s NHL. If waivers is a concern you keep 8 defensemen on the NHL roster at the expense of the extra forward who doesn’t matter one bit. You overpay a guy like Barker so he won’t be attractive on waivers and you keep Plante in the #8 spot although I don’t think he’s much of a flight risk. We need to change the way we think about the backend of NHL rosters.

  40. stevezie says:

    LT you make a good case that we have many d-men who would have value to contenders, and that clearing some of them out might make things better next year, but what about this year? I know we’re not ready for a playoff run, but what about respectability? How depleted a D can we roll out and still look ourselves in the mirror? I know Sutton could get something, but does this team need another 4th ronder or do we need to win some games?

    I know there’s a lot of folks out there who would love nothing more than another lottery pick, but keeping Sutton, or even Barker and Peckham could help us:
    A)Let some of these kids play on a winning team (or rather a team that wins, ever)
    B)Keep Teubert on the farm
    C) Showcase to potential UFAs that we’re not Islanders West.

    I might be short-sighted, but I’d love to see the OIlers put their tanking days behind them, and keeping what D we have is part of that. Unless we get Godfathered, then you gotta do what you gotta do.

    P.S (Is there a chance Barker could be healthy enough to be traded by the deadline?)

  41. TheOtherJohn says:

    Absolutely love Jason Smith? Can we resign him?

    Whitney is an example of Oiler management to a tee. We trade a very good D man for another very good D man, one of whom has chronic injuries. Yup, we got the injured guy. No one wants to admit a mistake so “we are just waiting for Whitney to get healthy”.

    Guess what……. so did Barbaro’s owners………pssst that didn’t work out either.

    Sat in meeting this weekend where someone said : I recommended we sign so and so for X amount of dollars. I made a mistake. He is not working out. Everyone in room respected the guy for acknowledging his mistake. Last time you heard that from Oilers?

    Math guys will kill me for this: what about Travis Hamonic? Or are we wedded to Schenn? Plus how do we get Comeau out of Calgary?

  42. Lowetide says:

    Just to clarify, when I say “too many players” I mean too many players who will be waiver eligible.

    Whitney-Gilbert
    Smid-Potter
    Petry-Barker
    Sutton-Peckham

    I believe–but could be wrong–they are all waiver eligible.

  43. TheOtherJohn says:

    LT

    You are trying to think like a GM, thankfully we already are paying a couple of people to do that kind of reasoning. Surely they are attune to the issue

  44. Lowetide says:

    TOJ: Well, I want them to add two defensemen to this group. They can trade Sutton and flush Barker and it’ll work if you keep all 8D. Otherwise PEckham or Potter will have to clear waivers in the fall.

  45. DSF says:

    Tracy
    TreenasOil Tracy

    Dining with Garfield tonite
    2 hours ago

  46. Captain Obvious says:

    Stay away from Luke Schenn. He’s Peckham with pedigree and Peckham is near useless. Jake Gardiner is better than Schenn now and has more upside.

  47. Lewis Grant says:

    If I could get the Oilers to read one thread a year, it’d probably be this one.

    Without Jason Smith 2.0 and Ryan Suter (or equivalent), the Oilers are the Islanders of the West. Bad teams don’t start winning when they get good forwards; they start winning when they build a serious defense.

    We have a ton of depth at forward (Have we forgotten that MPS and Omark could still both turn into top 6 forwards?). But on defense, we have about 3 actual NHLers. Until that number gets up to 7, we’ll be spinning our wheels.

    Sure, we have defensive prospects, but defencemen develop by sundial. Smid took 5 years to really arrive. Draft your forwards, trade for your defencemen, and find your goalie from the trash heap.

    (Or, if you plan to be terrible for several years, draft your defencemen first).

    At this point, I’d probably trade Gagner + Omark + 1st next year for a signed Ryan Suter. Ryan Murray won’t be helping a team win games until Eberle and Hall are UFAs, and nor will any of our current D prospects.

  48. robinrussia says:

    All in all, the oil need about 16-17 D signed for next year, including AHL only contracts, of which there are currently 6. They should have about 15 NHL one way, two way contracts based on the 50 contract limit. Next year, they should be able to count on their draft picks to be veteren AHL players, along with a few AHL vets. They should also have a fairly young core in OKC next year.

    NHL
    1 Whitney- 2 Gilbert
    3 Smid- 4 Potter
    5 Petry, 6 Sutton
    7 Peckham

    AHL
    8 Teubert 9 Plante,
    10 Fedun 11 Marincin,
    12 Davidson, 13 Blain
    + 4 AHL contracts

    ECHL
    14 Biggos,

    Europe
    Klefbom

    Junior
    Musil
    Gernant

    Gone
    Barker,
    Chorney,

  49. ashley says:

    DSF:
    Tracy
    TreenasOil Tracy

    Dining with Garfield tonite
    2 hours ago

    If I put forth my best guess, I would say the true identity of TreenasOil is Katz’ curly haired kid and garfield is dad. The kid is the right age now to be kind of a shit disturber with a lot of time on his hands, yet not old enough to go out partying with his friends most nights yet. Katz brings his son to all major Oiler events. The kid even has a seat at the draft table. They seem to have a close relationship, and Katz probably shares all the stuff he hears from Tambellini every day with his son, and the kid turns around and posts it on the internet. Tambellini is not the type to release sensitive information. He keeps his cards close to his chest, and apparently even MSM is frustrated by the lack of juicy scoops available from the organization compared to previous GM’s, so I doubt TreenasOil is condoned by the Oilers. The Oilers, if they are aware of TreenasOil, are probably trying hard to find out who deepthroat is, but don’t dare glance in the owner’s direction.

    “Dining with garfield” means his dad his home for dinner for once.

    Now I’m going to start drinking the really good stuff. ;-)

  50. Chamucks says:

    Shea Weber if moved is worth oodles and I would pay it.
    Paajarvi + Lottery Pick + Gagner + Any filler for 6-8 years of Weber.

    Suter is second place in my mind, but signed long term is worth a considerable package.
    Pronger calmed the Oilers zone for half a game when he was here. That level of defenceman
    can turn a team around in a hurry.

  51. Gret99zky says:

    DSF:
    Tracy
    TreenasOil Tracy

    Dining with Garfield tonite
    2 hours ago

    Odie tweets, it’s Lasagna.

  52. rickithebear says:

    Lewis: Tobias reider mid november push till now is elite. if he continues the rest of the season. he will be the ohl’s best forard since.

    November 17 to 27 9G 4A in 6gm then injured first shift dec 1. Returned Dec 6 scored a goal. 2Pt/GM.
    Released to Germany for WJC Div. 2 5G 8A in 5gm 2.3Pts/GM. Lead tournament in scoring.

    Returns post Xmas is unproductive for four games 1G 1A. Team relaizes shoulder still hurt. sit him out and returns Jan 12. unproductive for 2 games then 6G 8A last 7 Games.

    So 21G 20A in 19 Gms

    If a healthy Reider runs 2pts/gm scoring for kitcheners last 21 games, the Kitchener rangers Media and blogger predictions of reider making the Oilers may be a consideration. Especially with his Goals/GM rate being in the Stamkos, Perry, Ryan Rate.

    We can afford to Move Omark or Hemsky at the Deadline for a Dman for this group next year.
    Smid-Gilbert
    XXX-petry
    Klefbom-Potter

    Whitney IR.

  53. DSF says:

    ashley: If I put forth my best guess, I would say the true identity of TreenasOil is Katz’ curly haired kid and garfield is dad.The kid is the right age now to be kind of a shit disturber with a lot of time on his hands, yet not old enough to go out partying with his friends most nights yet.Katz brings his son to all major Oiler events.The kid even has a seat at the draft table.They seem to have a close relationship, and Katz probably shares all the stuff he hears from Tambellini every day with his son, and the kid turns around and posts it on the internet.Tambellini is not the type to release sensitive information.He keeps his cards close to his chest, and apparently even MSM is frustrated by the lack of juicy scoops available from the organization compared to previous GM’s, so I doubt TreenasOil is condoned by the Oilers.The Oilers, if they are aware of TreenasOil, are probably trying hard to find out who deepthroat is, but don’t dare glance in the owner’s direction.

    “Dining with garfield” means his dad his home for dinner for once.

    Now I’m going to start drinking the really good stuff.

    Not a bad bit of sleuthing although the syntax is not what I would expect from a teenager.

    Since we’ve never heard him speak, it’s possible though.

  54. art vandelay says:

    If that’s your D for next year, the Oilers have a shot at 4 consecutive No. 1 picks.

  55. rickithebear says:

    Art; if you are refering to me. that is not the D I want.

    Gleason-Healthy Whitney or replacement
    Smid-Gilbert
    Potter-Petry
    Klefbom

    But what i listed is what we will get.

  56. DSF says:

    rickithebear,

    Gleason and 60% Whitney are not top pairing D on anything but a lottery team.

    The Oilers need 2 legit top pairing defensemen.

    End of story.

  57. DSF says:

    Pierre LeBrun saying Tuomo Ruutu likely to get moved this week.

    My best guess is Vancouver.

  58. Lowetide says:

    Dammit, he’s down to 60%! This reminds me of my first car, ’65 Chevy Bel air. Drive 10 miles, put in more oil!

  59. DSF says:

    Lowetide,

    I was trying to be charitable.

  60. rickithebear says:

    DSF, Healthy Whitney.

    Gleason is one of three Dmen who cut the mustard in the league, based on facing the toughs, GA, PK, outshooting, Tough zone start, Blocks, Hits. you list all these great options and he is the ONLY damn to do this the last three years. THE ONLY DMAN. Number one when creating the top D pair. Suter and Weber two out of three years.

  61. D says:

    LT,

    Listened to Nation Radio. Really great interview with Terry Jones. To answer your question, in my not-so-expert opinion, the best path that the Oilers could take for the next 30 games is to tank the season (while still playing entertaining hockey). If the price to be paid for a possible decade or more of dominance in the NHL is 30 more games of misery, then the Oil should tank it all. Not only is this year’s Number 1 pick available, with labour troubles right around the corner, next year’s Number 1 could be there as well.

  62. Lowetide says:

    D: Actually, that point was made by an emailer during the show (could have been you, don’t know) and I hadn’t thought of it. But FOUR first overalls would be incredible. Could they afford to pay them?

  63. LMHF#1 says:

    D:
    LT,

    Listened to Nation Radio.Really great interview with Terry Jones.To answer your question, in my not-so-expert opinion, the best path that the Oilers could take for the next 30 games is to tank the season (while still playing entertaining hockey).If the price to be paid for a possible decade or more of dominance in the NHL is 30 more games of misery, then the Oil should tank it all.Not only is this year’s Number 1 pick available, with labour troubles right around the corner, next year’s Number 1 could be there as well.

    The idea that this could somehow lead to a decade of dominance is beyond laughable.

  64. TheOtherJohn says:

    It would be hilarious :

    Steve: Daryl you have to do something about your son. He is hurting the team.

    Daryl : Steve I want to make sure I get your point. You want me to discipline my son because you are beejesus bad at your job.and my 14 year old realizes that. Do I have that right?

    Steve: precisely!

    Daryl: Steve didn’t Jonesy just write a piece on how much you helped OKC? Why don’t you go down there for 2 or 3 or 4 years

  65. gcw_rocks says:

    I think Peckham is the key to any Gagner or Hemsky deal where you expect the other team to return an actual NHL defenceman. Peckham slots in to fill the hole created by dealing a good defenceman to the Oilers. Because he isn’t an UFA, someone trading for Hemsky could pay more know they will not be left empty handed in 8 weeks.

    Otherwise you can’t do a deadline deal and expect an NHL player in return. Look at the St Louis – Colorado deal. To get Johnson Colorado had to send a defenceman the other way.

  66. DSF says:

    rickithebear:
    DSF,Healthy Whitney.

    Gleason is one of three Dmen who cut the mustard in the league, based on facing the toughs, GA,PK, outshooting, Tough zone start,Blocks, Hits.you list all these great options and he is the ONLYdamn to do this the last three years. THE ONLY DMAN. Number one when creating the top D pair. Suter and Weber two out of three years.

    Rickibear…it wasn’t all that long ago you were declaring Horcoff was the best player in the NHL and now Gleason is the best defenseman?

    It’s late so I’m not going to counter your argument point by point except to say you’re WRONG.

  67. bookje says:

    Ashley – that is exactly who I thought of when the question of Who is ‘Treena’. Katz kid.

    Though, I also seem to remember someone else showing that almost everything that the TrinaTee person posts can be found on some other key rumour sites at times briefly before they go up on Treena’s site.

  68. DSF says:

    TreenasOil Tracy
    #Canucks have interest in Petrell and Sutton, Blues have also shown interest in Sutton as per Garfield
    6 hours ago

    Tracy
    TreenasOil Tracy
    Tampa still interested in Khabibulin, but want the Oilers to take Rolison back…as per Garfiled
    6 hours ago

    Tracy
    TreenasOil Tracy
    #Kings also have interest in Hemsky, Tambelini wants Bernier.
    6 hours ago

    Tracy
    TreenasOil Tracy
    Tambelini has inquired about PK Subban, willing to deal Gagner as per Garfiled
    6 hours ago

    Tracy
    TreenasOil Tracy
    Lil tipsy tonite #Oilers and #Rangers in talks Rangers like Hemsky and Peckham Oilers want Ryan McDonagh as per Garfield
    6 hours ago

  69. Denniss says:

    haha. Yeah I imagine the Oil Would offer 89 for Subban;)

    In regard to moving 49, what will be at full capacity? 5 still doesn’t have a shot or offensive instincts but he can pass and he eventually gained an appreciation for the tougher side of the game; and that’s not something players usually cotton, too.

    So, 49 is already tough and a bully but for him to be worth keeping you’d have to hope he learned how to make a pass; there has to be a few things in a toolbox to make it worth lugging around.

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