Alright, listen up, people. Our fugitive has been on the run for ninety minutes. Average foot speed over uneven ground barring injuries is 4 miles-per-hour. That gives us a radius of six miles. What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at fifteen miles. Your fugitive’s name is Dr. Richard Kimble. Go get him.
-Deputy Marshall Samuel Gerard, The Fugitive
We’re getting a glimpse into the Oilers summer now, with the Schultz meeting and the Smyth get-together plus the very strong Streit rumor from yesterday. I think the Oilers will have to make trades in order to improve, or at least offload some players in order to make room for the new hire.
I rarely do this, but since the Oilers appear to be aiming higher this summer, they will acquire some quality. The team should be something of a calling card, as playing with the kids can improve point totals and if Gagner scored 8 points one night maybe some of these characters feel they could do the same.
I’d like the Oilers to add Ryan Smyth, Daniel Winnik, Justin Schultz plus a veteran top 4 defender and a solid goalie option. My UFA list is here.
WHAT WILL THEY DO?
I believe this week will have some good news for Oiler fans, but the dialogue on this blog will be similar to the post draft discussion: big, tough, Coke machines arriving on scene. The Ben Eager family is moving in lock, stock and barrel.
That’s what I think. I think management was pissed when the Nuge got pasted against CBJ with Eager 10 feet away, and again with Hartnell kneeing Paajarvi because he took a clean, hard hit from Potter and wanted payback. I believe the Oilers will spend a lot of money and roster placements on making sure they can man up every shift.
I’m talking agitation (Tootoo), enforcement (Hordichuk), guys who can do all that but think they’re hockey players (Parros), guys who shone brightly in the role and will command silly money (Prust).
And if this is Ryan Smyth’s final weekend as an Oiler–and I can’t imagine he’d return a third time, than sail on, Moose Jaw Warrior. If it gives you any consolation, the guy they’re looking for right now is a 20-year old Ryan Smyth. Life’s a bitch.
Godspeed, Ryan Smyth.