From here, there are only positives in claiming Roman Hamrlik this moring. He played 19 minutes a night one year ago and his BTN playing card is solid deep into his career. Here are my positives:
- There isn’t enough an argument on planet earth available to convince a rational person that Hamrlik is worse than all 8 Oiler defensemen.
- Asking waivers on 3 of the Oilers current D qualifies as “low risk” and “so what if they’re claimed?”
- Maybe he helps, maybe you trade him at the deadline.
- At least you’re sending a message to your team that the management isn’t giving up.
Sadly, Hamrlik is likely to be claimed by Columbus or Calgary or Florida or Buffalo or Colorado. That’s right, the Oilers are the 7th worst team in the NHL this morning.
I’m absolutely amazed that the Oilers ran Ryan Smyth out at center again. The last time they did, Smyth ended up getting a HS and dragging his wingers around last night must have been a special hell. Hey, he’s well paid and all that, but VandeVelde doesn’t cut it and Smyth has uses but this isn’t one of them. Don’t know why this is more galling than a half dozen other moves, but for me it is and the center position continues to be an elevator shaft. Man o Man.
On a night when his other right wingers were Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky and Ryan Jones, Ralph Krueger played Mike Brown 11:10.
There’s a little clearance now for Vancouver, even a crack for the Wild, but the 3-4-5 slots are up in the air this morning. Calgary has two games in hand, Colorado one. I find it incredible that the Oilers are third in the division in GF, they don’t seem to be able to score at all.
The 5×5/60 numbers are coming into focus now, they’ve flown enough sorties for the cream to rise. Nuge is unlikely to recover to last season’s totals (1.98/60) as we’re halfway through the shortened season. He’s about 5 EV points off last season’s pace based on his current TOI and point total. I don’t remember a player having better looks while getting nothing, especially a guy who posted good numbers a year ago.
I keep waiting for the flood, but it isn’t coming. He got caught on a breakaway last night and he had a brilliant chance late in the slot and the puck didn’t get within 10 miles of the net.
He’s rolling snake eyes.
The toughest part of the schedule–I say, I say–the toughest part of the schedule is straight ahead. Detroit, Nashville, Chicago, three games in four days and one would think two points from those games is a bit of a reach based on their current performance level.
How many of these guys are hurt? Eberle seems to be off, Nuge too and of course Hall’s hammy means that drive isn’t as dynamic currently.
I bet Hamrlik is a Flame by the time I get home from work, but the Oilers should put in a claim.
I’d like to see the Oilers sign Martin Gernat soon. Great draft pick for where they got him, Guy Flaming told me on the radio show last Saturday he felt the club might send him to Europe for a year (felt he was too raw for AHL duty right away). I’ve noticed other teams cleaning up their signings of these players who are eligible to return to the draft, it would be nice to see the Oilers get this fellow signed.
I think we should prepare ourselves for Laddy Smid to be dealt at the deadline. I don’t agree with it, but the club apparently isn’t negotiating with him yet and that’s one of the “tells” for Oiler management. Hemsky was signed just before the trade deadline, we may see that with Smid, too. However, it might take a few words from Taylor Hall to get it done.