Oilers Recall VandeVelde

Edmonton has recalled Chris VandeVelde from OKC. Shawn Horcoff’s injury must be bad enough for the Oilers to be making plans without him. The current C depth chart (RNH, Gagner, Belanger, VandeVelde) suggests Eric Belanger may be starting at the bottom of the well for the next while.

VandeVelde is “rangy” and had a 12 game audition last season with the big club. VandeVelde is an RFA this summer and would appear to be a bubble player on the pro depth chart; this little showcase might benefit his standing in the organization.

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24 Responses to "Oilers Recall VandeVelde"

  1. Ducey says:

    Good leadership by the captain. He obviously knew the tank needed a little push.

  2. oilersfan says:

    Billy Boisey

    If you see this, would you mind giving us a commentary on Ryan Murray throughout the playoffs?

    In the article by Matheson last week where Doug Soetart compared Murray to Mark Howe…do you agree with that comparison? I have seen him compared to Bourque, Niedermayer, Lidstrom and Leetch. I know you compared him to Tom Gilbert. While i liike Gilbert fine I wouldn’t want to use a top three pick on him. Of they 5 hall of fame players listed above, who do you compare Ryan Murray to most?

    Thanks

  3. spoiler says:

    Safe call up. I think there’s some push within the organization to try and end the season on a good note. They might feel the same way about the draft that Woodlief did in his last missive (“near disastrous prospect season”).

    Also nice to see an NHL paycheque as a reward for VV’s work this season and his time with the Oilers org (if it is coming to an end). That’s a difference-maker for some of these guys. I have a couple as clients and I know it’s tough on them making the bills on an AHL salary.

  4. Schitzo says:

    Missed the game last night, what’s the story on Horcoff?

  5. DSF says:

    Schitzo:
    Missed the game last night, what’s the story on Horcoff?

    Back spasms.

  6. Jordan says:

    DSF,

    He must be getting worn down, carrying that big -20 around.

    Maybe if he keeps he carrying that big minus, or if it gets bigger, his back will get worse, and he can be LTIRed!

  7. nelson88 says:

    Rieder with another 1+1 and game winner tonight.

  8. DSF says:

    Jordan:
    DSF,

    He must be getting worn down, carrying that big -20 around.

    Maybe if he keeps he carrying that big minus, or if it gets bigger, his back will get worse, and he can be LTIRed!

    -20, a 5.5M cap hit, and a FO% below 50% is a tough load to bear.

  9. stevezie says:

    Ducey,

    Seriously, everyone wins with this one. Horcoff, VandeVelde, the Oilers… everyone wins. Gagner and Belanger too. Good for everyone.

  10. DSF says:

    stevezie:
    Ducey,

    Seriously, everyone wins with this one. Horcoff, VandeVelde, the Oilers… everyone wins. Gagner and Belanger too. Good for everyone.

    Horcoff should be embarrassed

  11. stevezie says:

    DSF,

    At getting hurt? At the fact that his absence makes the team more likely to lose, which at this time benefits them? At the fact that his team is so far gone this year that it makes sense for them to lose? That last one is the only one that makes sense, but I don’t think you can pin this on him.

  12. danny says:

    Its obvious that Lander would have been +20 in his role.

  13. MrSmitty says:

    Friggin Landeskog got another point tonight. Nuge you better be watching and playing like a wild man the rest of these games cause I want to see an Oiler win the Calder this season.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Back on the meds, DSF.

  15. hunter1909 says:

    Horcoff injury just in time for oiler’s to find themselves in 26th place as soon as after Wednesday’s game.

    26th picks 5th, or 6th unless oiler’s or one of the top 4 teams win the lottery.

    Imagine picking 6th, after this abortion of a season. 10% of the casual fanbase, in dismay at the eternal + endless bungling, disappear altogether.

  16. Ducey says:

    hunter1909:
    Horcoff injury just in time for oiler’s to find themselves in 26th place as soon as after Wednesday’s game.

    26th picks 5th, or 6th unless oiler’s or one of the top 4 teams win the lottery.

    Imagine picking 6th, after this abortion of a season. 10% of the casual fanbase, in dismay at the eternal + endless bungling, disappear altogether.

    If the team finishes 26th, the casual fanbase will start to notice the very real improvements that took place this season (regardless of finish).

    Add in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal missing the playoffs and the casual fan would be happy.

    Try it sometime :)

  17. Brett Gee says:

    I would be very happy if the Oilers finished as high as 26th. Finishing above a few teams can’t help but benefit the current group and their view of themselves. Plus, the Oiler are better than a few teams now, so it makes sense to finish ahead of them. And by ‘a few’, I mean no more than 4.

  18. "Steve Smith" says:

    Yeah, I’ve always subscribed to the notion that the object of the game is to be the first to win.

  19. Schitzo says:

    No Horcoff? The Oilers will run the table from here on out, proving once and for all that our troubles can be laid at the feet of that mismatch-eyed witch.

  20. delooper says:

    The Oilers will very quickly become a much better team. Inching out of the cellar is just part of the process. Aside from the draft not looking fabulous this year, the Oilers don’t really need the draft as badly as they used to (short to medium term). Defense doesn’t immediately improve with a good 1st round pick, nor does your goaltender.

    I feel like channelling Rumsfeld. You don’t get to compete for the Stanley cup with the NHL team you’d like to have, but you’ve got to work with the one you do have. And the Oilers have a lot of the basic ingredients. Hopefully in the next two seasons they can pick up some smart free agents that like the direction they’re headed.

  21. russ99 says:

    Even with Horcoff and Lander in the mix, that depth chart badly needs a player like Grigorenko.

  22. Bos8 says:

    Well after Grigorenko, there are Galchenyuk, Girgensons, Faksa and Gaunce.

  23. knighttown says:

    Christ on a raft I can’t believe I have to come on here and defend fucking Horcoff. He signed a terrible contract so let’s put that aside. The only way he was ever going to justify that was if he rode shotgun on a scoring line against the softs.

    Only a few teams really employ a true shutdown center. Think Malholtra, Pahlsson, McClement. Maybe a David Steckel.

    These players all play horrible minutes (zone start and toughest competition) allowing the offensive stars to get easier matchups. They penalty kill. They take tons of faceoffs. And they almost all have brutal plus/minuses. Malholtra and Pahlsson have combined for less points than Horcoff in 150+ games and are a combiend -16 on a truly elite team.

    Yes his contract is terrible. He was signed to be something he isn’t and now he’s been put in a role where 30 points and -20 is probably even par. As Danny mentioned, if Lander (or Nuge or Gagner) had his role their numbers would be absolutely disgusting.

    He’s a sacrificial lamb and a well paid one at that.

  24. knighttown says:

    Marty Reasoner. Similar role on Long Island. 5 points and -20.

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