I’m a fan of what the Edmonton Oilers are doing this summer. However, as with the entire Steve Tambellini era there’s a growing impatience with inertia. Is patience a virtue summer 2012?
The Oilers still have work to do. There are reasons for the current delay, chances are the club is both:
- waiting to find out where their players of interest land (Doan possible, Carle too and I’m hoping Winnik).
- waiting for other teams to make players available after those clubs acquire their big fish (Hjalmarsson).
However, business is being done and the NW division clubs are making hay. If you’ve followed this blog over the last week, you know I’m onside with the additions of Justin Schultz, Ryan Smyth, Yann Danis and Darcy Hordichuk (with an explanation).
The Oilers list that has been completed:
A better Renney.Based on reports, the key moments in the Schultz negotiations came when the Ralph Krueger and Taylor Hall gave the “big picture” scenario. Krueger appears to be a major asset. Justin Schultz or similar. Huge item for the Oilers. Brilliant. Ryan Smyth or similar.Beauty result. A reasonable goaltending option for the Khabibulin free fall. Danis is a solid option. Crust.Hordichuk is perfectly suitable in this role, as I put forward in the RE series.
Still to do:
- A top pairing defenseman capable of delivering big minutes at evens and at least one of PK and PP. 20+ overall. Carle is still out there and of course trades are likely in this area. The Oilers COULD move forward “as is” if they are absolutely certain Ryan Whitney is healthy.
- An established 2-way winger to mentor the young players who will compete for bottom 6 roles (Lander, Hartikainen, Pitlick, etc). Winnik is my bpa, suspect the Oilers will want to talk to Shane Doan.
- Get the rfa’s signed. Gagner, Dubnyk and Petry are they key fellows now, Oilers might be wise to use this current window to at least begin the process with these three valuable players.
So, is patience the right plan or is the better plan to jump in there and get something suitable for the final blue and the veteran mentor? Maybe it has something to do with my feeling about MacT being in the room, but for the first time in years I’m leaning toward staying patient.
Make the right move, not the first one.