BLUE JACKETS AT OILERS G33 (12-13) 28.3.13

Last night was a blast on the Al Gore, with talk of Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and various other Bruins in exchange for Hemsky, Paajarvi, Whitney, picks and prizes. There is ‘something in the air’ about these Edmonton Oilers. I think there’s a sense of urgency, a need to improve the areas that are costing victories.

I think the problem is this: not everyone is going to agree on what is needed, the order of importance for the items on the list, and the amount required to pay for the help. If we’re talking Lucic, the haul would be a mountain of assets and could fairly gut the rebuild–moving Edmonton from building a foundation to pressing for the top in a heartbeat.

No. Acquiring Nathan Horton and his contract is one thing, paying in full to get him here? Oilers aren’t there yet. Still, fun.

Here’s (once again) my list of possible assets out at the deadline:

  1. Ladislav Smid (UFA)
  2. Ryan Whitney (UFA)
  3. Mark Fistric (UFA)
  4. Ryan Jones (UFA)
  5. Nikolai Khabibulin (UFA)
  6. Ales Hemsky (UFA 2014)
  7. Ben Eager (UFA 2014)
  8. Eric Belanger (UFA 2014)
  9. Sam Gagner (RFA 2013)
  10. Theo Peckham (RFA 2013)

I don’t think the Oilers should be trading picks. Not yet, certainly not the first round selection in 2013.

souray1

Steve Tambellini arrived late summer of 2008, and about three years later would make the move that defined his time in the GM’s chair: humbling Sheldon Souray and buying out his contract. It happened on the day Tambellini made 7 transactions–putting his stamp on the team.

  1. February 28, 2011: Oilers trade L Dustin Penner to Los Angeles for D Colten Teubert, 2011 1st rd pick (Oscar Klefbom) and 2012 3rd rd pick (Daniil Zharkov). This trade–at the 2011 deadline–signaled the rebuild would continue for another season. The Oilers dealt a solid top 6 winger in exchange for three assets who are outside the NHL as we speak today, 2 years later. That’s going to make progress difficult. One note: the return for Jarome Iginla last night looks inferior compared to what Edmonton got for Penner. I remain convinced the return on the deal was fine, but giving up/not trying to compete for many seasons in a row was completely unfair to the fanbase.
  2. June 15, 2011: Oilers sign F Lennart Petrell to a 1-year contract. We didn’t know him then, but Petrell has carved out an NHL career in the same way expansion clubs acquire Euro free agents not under contract as roster options until a better player arrives through trade or the system. He’s still here.
  3. June 26, 2011: Oilers trade C Colin Fraser and Edmonton’s 2012 7th rd pick (Dmitri Sinitsyn) to Los Angeles for Ryan Smyth. I still think this is a high water mark for the Tambellini regime. Smyth’s return had enormous actual and emotional value, despite the current season’s results.
  4. June 27, 2011: Oilers do not tender qualifying offers to forwards Zack Stortini and J-F Jacques. The finishing touches on the transactions that flushed the minor league system, from Schremp to Stortini Tambellini did it in record time.
  5. July 1, 2011: Oilers buy out Sheldon Souray. The story is now infamous and has been re-told so many times I won’t bother here; suffice to say it derailed Souray’s career for a time and robbed the Oilers of an NHL defenseman in a year they probably didn’t want one. A cynic might view this as ‘perfect timing’ or ‘buying the lottery’ but I’m not convinced the Oilers were thinking that far ahead during this period. Their stated concern involved protecting the kids from Souray’s clearly negative view of the organization.
  6. July 1, 2011: Oilers sign L Ben Eager to a 3-year, $3.3M contract. Eager was the upgrade on Jacques, his resume included being a 1st rd pick and a Stanley cup ring. He was most certainly expected to play in the top 9, but concussions and ineffective play made him waiver worthy halfway through the contract.
  7. July 1, 2011: Oilers sign D Cam Barker to a 1-year, $2.25M contract. The advanced stats screamed what the boxcars suggested: this player couldn’t help the Oilers team in the role projected. Arriving the same day Edmonton bought out Sheldon Souray, it framed Steve Tambellini’s team building perfectly: he was going the wrong way–and this time, while apparently trying to improve the team.
  8. July 1, 2011: Oilers sign L Darcy Hordichuk to a 1-year, $825,000 contract. Enforcer signing was a clear upgrade over Zack Stortini, the club signed him for a second season but he did not survive the year, hitting the waiver wire early in the year.
  9. July 1, 2011: Oilers sign C Eric Belanger to a 3-year, $5.25M contract. What looked like a solid, veteran signing to address C was not successful. Of all the moves Tambellini made, I think it’s fair to say that very few thought it would be this wretched in fact. I’m inclined to file this one under ‘signings that didn’t work out’ as opposed to ‘mistakes in procurement.’
  10. July 1, 2011: Oilers trade D Kurtis Foster to Anaheim for D Andy Sutton. A good hockey trade, with Sutton playing well enough to earn another contract (and that deal did not work out due to injury). I’d place this deal in the plus column.
  11. July 1, 2011: Oilers sign D Corey Potter to a 1-year, 2-way contract. The best signing on Steve Tambellini’s big day was an item right at the end of the day, as the club used Tom Renney’s local knowledge of an old Ranger farmhand. Turned out quite well.
  12. July 12, 2011: Oilers trade Andrew Cogliano to Anaheim for 2013 2nd rd pick. The Oilers ended the summer of 2011 by sending away another player who learned in the capital and then moved on to flourish in a new town. Recalling Kyle Brodziak, Jarret Stoll, Raffi Torres and others, Cogliano has emerged as a useful player.

In 2011, the Oilers sent away Dustin Penner, Sheldon Souray, Colin Fraser, Kurtis Foster and Andrew Cogliano. They acquired Oscar Klefbom, Lennart Petrell, Ryan Smyth, Ben Eager, Cam Barker, Darcy Hordichuk, Eric Belanger, Andy Sutton, Corey Potter. Of the group acquired, Petrell, Smyth, Barker, Belanger and Potter are currently in the NHL. Oscar Klefbom and the ANA 2nd are on their way.

The big day–July 1, 2011–fizzled long ago. Souray has recovered his career, Eager, Hordichuk, Barker are barely hanging on, Sutton lost his career to injury and Belanger looks finished. Only Corey Power Potterplay remains, although the contracts of Belanger and Eager are hanging around beyond this summer.

Up next: the biggest free agent signing in many years, and his unique arrival.

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Back to the Bruins story. I’m always cynical on a trade story until smoke appears, in this case smoke represented by one or more media outlets with some credibility confirming elements of a deal.

hacks

 

Haggerty works for Comcast Sports Network, that satisfies (for me) the required threshold. So, with that as the backdrop, can we figure out the trade? I don’t think the players in the Iginla deal would be a fit for the Oilers, but the Bruins do have some things the management group would find interesting:

  • G Anton Khudobin, a soon to be UFA goaltender (age 26) with a .916SP. Oilers might find him useful as a backup to DD. 
  • R Nathan Horton, a soon to be UFA who has under-performed and had injury woes during his time in Boston. Oilers might want to acquire him and make an effort to get the big man under contract. At 27, he should have many miles left–but the injuries are a concern. Concussions are the big concern, but he’s had leg, ankle, knee injuries in the past. I think he’s a guy Boston might consider moving now, owing to his impending free agency and current struggles.
  • L Milan Lucic, soon to be extremely well paid (I don’t know how he’ll cover a $6M bet with his skill set). I can’t see any reasonable way for the Oilers to acquire him before summer, as the Bruins are committed to winning the Stanley this spring. If you’re all in–and Lucic is a unique player, despite the offensive falloff–then this player doesn’t leave the organization.

Haggerty mentions Hemsky (Horton?), Whitney and Paajarvi, but I can’t figure out a way to get Paajarvi onto the roster with value coming back in  return. Can you?

DEKEYSER SOZE

We should hear in the next 48 hours about Dan DeKeyser, I think that’s probably the beginning of the tumbler clicks for Edmonton. Sign DeKeyser and then trade Whitney? Smid? Peckham? Hell, maybe they go get Bouwmeester from Feaster, lord knows he could use an overpay.

Anyway, I’ve felt for some time the Oilers would be active this time, the organization usually does at least one thing at the deadline. This time? I’ll say two, as Tambellini claws back the 2010 selloff with additions.

  1. Last deadline: Gilbert for Schultz the elder
  2. 2011 deadline: Penner deal.
  3. 2010 deadline: Grebeshkov to Nashville, Jones waiver claim, Lubo for Whitney, Staios to the Flames.

Hold on. I think this is going to be a wild ride.

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  1. Derek says:

    Outshot 9 to 1 at home against last years 30th place Columbus Bluejackets.

    Playoffs? They’ll be lucky if they don’t get relegated.

  2. hunter1909 says:

    jake70,

    Lemon tea over here. I wouldn’t recommend tying alcohol consumption to anything much to do with the Oilers.

    But when a guy wants a drink…any excuse tends to work. Proven fact.

  3. spoiler says:

    An actual shot on net!! Kind of.

  4. hunter1909 says:

    Pretty good game from both sides so far.

    I hope the oilers understand, and I mean understand alkies and that tonight’s “not a good one” for Khabibulin meaning he’s absolutely useless so everyone, including Whitney, must play extra carefully.

  5. jake70 says:

    hunter1909:
    jake70,

    Lemon tea over here. I wouldn’t recommend tying alcohol consumption to anything much to do with the Oilers.

    But when a guy wants a drink…any excuse tends to work. Proven fact.

    Only down 1 through 12 min…i’ll hold off ……for now..

  6. hunter1909 says:

    Smid just saved the game.

  7. VanOil says:

    PULL BULLIN

  8. Derek says:

    Drink.

  9. Lucinius says:

    Sigh. Nick Schultz…..

  10. hunter1909 says:

    Those goddamned fans again. 2-0.

  11. regwald says:

    Gee that Gilbert for Schultz trade is the trade that just keeps on giving and giving … away

  12. Lucinius says:

    To be fair, the second goal is on both of the Schultz’s. Nick for the dumb play at the blue line and Justin for failing to take away the pass, which is the defenceman’s job on a 2v1.

  13. Lowetide says:

    Magnus!

  14. Lucinius says:

    Paajarvi!

    DO NOT TRADE HIM!

  15. spoiler says:

    Damn, we scored. I was considering going out.

  16. regwald says:

    Lowetide:
    Magnus!

    Sure love the way Magnus goes to the net now ! WOW !

  17. hunter1909 says:

    oiler alleged forward Petrell, bullied by Tyutin(defender) in his own zone, what a loser.

    Pajaarvi!!!!!!

  18. Derek says:

    I may be remembering incorrectly, but on that last goal was Schultz not the only man back on a 3 on 1 against? Why put it on him?

    In other news Maggie is pretty cool.

    Edit: I see it was J. Schultz defending the 3 on 1.

  19. delooper says:

    MPS “The Ohio Strangler”

  20. Lucinius says:

    No Hands Paajarvi with one fewer goal than Hemsky and Hall and two fewer than Eberle.

  21. jake70 says:

    MPS starting to show a little, dare I call it swagger.

  22. Lowetide says:

    Hemsky hahahahaaha. I’ve never seen that before!

  23. hunter1909 says:

    Hall will die playing like that. He’s going to get a skate in the face.

  24. Lucinius says:

    Now that’s how you draw a penalty!

    Hemsky hits a force field!

  25. jake70 says:

    Lucinius:
    Now that’s how you draw a penalty!

    Hemsky hits a force field!

    jedi mind trick on ref

  26. delooper says:

    hunter1909:
    Hall will die playing like that. He’s going to get a skate in the face.

    A second skate in the face.

  27. hunter1909 says:

    2 oilers in the slot. Love it.

  28. Lucinius says:

    God damn Gagner.. how did you not manage to clear that?

  29. hunter1909 says:

    Pajaarvi with wtf, 7 goals? He’s practically leading the team.

  30. Woodguy says:

    Fun game to watch.

    Shitty that the forwards were all flat footed on the second goal, but lordy at least bust ass back to the net in case there’s a juicy rebound. When the puck went in they were barely inside the circle.

    NIce of Khabby to let in the early softy to make it interesting.

    This game has lots of game left.

    Go Oilers!

    *clap,clap*

  31. spoiler says:

    Gagner is way too young to be going bald.

  32. hunter1909 says:

    Just imagine how insane dumb it would be to trade Pajaarvi right now. A big bodied, scoring + checking machine in showroom condition.

    Pajaarvi’s up there along the top five, imo.

  33. Woodguy says:

    Lucinius:
    No Hands Paajarvi with one fewer goal than Hemsky and Hall and two fewer than Eberle.

    Unpossible.

    Every guy with a mic on 1260 (except LT) says he should be playing in the AHL because he’s not a top 6 forward.

    They’re experts.

  34. delooper says:

    hunter1909:
    Just imagine how insane dumb it would be to trade Pajaarvi right now. A big bodied, scoring + checking machine in showroom condition.

    Not happening. Just as trading Smid is **not** happening.

  35. GordM says:

    spoiler:
    Gagner is way too young to be going bald.

    Getzlaf says “hi”

  36. delooper says:

    GordM: Getzlaf says “hi”

    It’s to ensure you don’t mistake him for a girl.

  37. hunter1909 says:

    Of course by trading Pajaarvi, oilers management COULD end up looking really smart. “themselves”.

  38. spoiler says:

    GordM: Getzlaf says “hi”

    Lol…. I was gonna make a Getzlaf comment too.

  39. Lowetide says:

    I just want to say the first goal against was a hammerhead move by the goalie followed by not stopping the puck by the goalie.

    fin.

  40. delooper says:

    MPS is becoming the player the Oilers really need right now. Teach him to take a faceoff and their only problems are on defence.

  41. hunter1909 says:

    delooper,

    They could get at least a 2nd for him, and it’s a really deep draft.

    Maybe MPS replaces Mitch Moroz on Lowe’s “true” depth chart.

  42. spoiler says:

    I think that’s the first time since reading him in The Gateway in 1985 I have ever agreed with Spector.

    And that’s how you start a period!

  43. Lowetide says:

    The energy line turned the period around? The energy line turned the period around? The ENERGY line turned the period around? The energy line TURNED the period around? The energy line turned the PERIOD around? The energy line turned the period AROUND?

    Oh. eberle just scored.

  44. Woodguy says:

    I think 14′s hand is better

  45. Kris11 says:

    I’m okay trading one of the young star forwards (maybe not Hall) for a Dman, in theory. (That includes: Eberle, Yak, Gagner, RNH, and MPS. Though moving RNH out would require moving Hall to C.)

    I’m not okay with Tambellini trading one of the young star forwards for a Dman.

  46. Lucinius says:

    YES! Eberle!

  47. GordM says:

    too much skill…too much stickhandling…shoulda just shot

    Oh wait…nice goal Eberle!

  48. delooper says:

    2011 Eberle! He’s refurbished his clutch.

  49. hunter1909 says:

    That was a really, really nice goal.

  50. delooper says:

    hunter1909:
    That was a really, really nice goal.

    They could maybe get a 2nd rounder for that kid.

  51. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide:
    I just want to say the first goal against was a hammerhead move by the goalie followed by not stopping the puck by the goalie.

    fin.

    You mean the part where 35 had three Oiler options with the puck and decided to bounce it off the boards to a Jacket?

  52. danny says:

    Jordan Eberle is a bad bad man.

  53. Lucinius says:

    Oilers could win this game if they manage to check the scoring phenom Atkinson into obscurity.

  54. Derek says:

    delooper:
    MPS is becoming the player the Oilers really need right now.Teach him to take a faceoff and their only problems are on defence.

    MPS doesn’t throw near enough THUNDEROUS BODY CHECKS to be the LARGE, GRITTY SECOND LINE CENTER.

    Sorry Mario, your princess is in another castle.

  55. spoiler says:

    Winning puck battles like mad right now.

  56. Lowetide says:

    Krueger HAS to get more work for the top 2 lines.

  57. Woodguy says:

    All of the sudden 91-89-83 know where each other are like 4-93-14.

    Oh boy.

  58. delooper says:

    Hemsky hasn’t had a do-it-yourself goal in a couple weeks. He’s due.

  59. delooper says:

    I’m calling it now! Petrell hat trick!

  60. GordM says:

    LAK with an empty-netter to all but seal a regulation win against the 7th place Blues

    Opportunity is knocking for one of these teams.

  61. delooper says:

    Hall is a monster!

  62. Lucinius says:

    Am I the only one who’d like to see the top line get ~20-21 minutes a night, the second line see ~18-19 minutes a night and the third line ~14-15 minutes? Would leave 5-8 minutes for the fourth line.

  63. spoiler says:

    I doubt Principe even knows what a CDS is.

  64. hunter1909 says:

    Pajaarvi returning to form is my story of the season. I wouldn’t trade MPS for Gagner right now.

    MPS has this force field quality around him, like he’s as strong as Eric Lindros but hasn’t yet realised it. Opponents bounce off him like flies, so they know.

  65. Lucinius says:

    This powerplay, both units, have looked.. well, like people are out of position.

  66. hunter1909 says:

    I like to see Whitney rushing with the puck more than anything – because that’s the least chance he’s going to have to defend.

  67. Lowetide says:

    Mike Brown is a game rooster, I’ll tell you that.

  68. Henry says:

    spoiler:
    I doubt Principe even knows what a CDS is.

    Good. I know what they are but wish i didn’t.

  69. hunter1909 says:

    I don’t want to fight Mike Brown.

  70. Lowetide says:

    J Schultz with a gorgeous poke check there. Musci!

  71. BlacqueJacque says:

    Twitter is more bipolar than usual about the game today. What’s going on? My cable is on the fritz.

  72. Lowetide says:

    Schultz with ANOTHER outstanding play when Gagner made an ill advised pass at the CBJ blue. Holy hell boys!

  73. spoiler says:

    Lowetide:
    J Schultz with a gorgeous poke check there. Musci!

    He has one of the smartest sticks I have ever seen. He won a puck battle in the first along the wall by fooling the Jacket on how he was going to attack with his stick.

  74. Henry says:

    Were the Stastny’s Slovaks?

  75. Lucinius says:

    God.. that line shouldn’t run our show that badly.

  76. hunter1909 says:

    Trade Hemsky. Unless oilers prefer matching skillsets here, and total lack of depth there.

    Yakupov’s going to explode next year, with Pajaarvi and Monahan(:P)

  77. VanOil says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    The game is more bipolar than normal, and that is saying something for these two teams. Oilers spotted them a two goal lead and now are playing like Pittsburgh. Bizarre.

  78. Woodguy says:

    Been waiting a loooooooong time to watch a game like this.

    Just need to get 28 off of 10′s line and maybe ever line will out shoot for the rest of the game.

  79. delooper says:

    Musci is a type of Japanese ice cream.

  80. delooper says:

    Petrell better get out of the penalty-box soon or he won’t have the time to score his hat trick!

  81. VanOil says:

    I get Jones not handling a Yak fast ball but that was a Gagner T-ball stand

  82. Lucinius says:

    VanOil,

    It was a touch too far, though.

  83. dawgtoy says:

    Is it still even debatable that Brown wasn’t a very good acquisition? Serious question actually for the advanced statistician types. He’s a beauty in my books.

  84. spoiler says:

    Back to Fancy Dan passing and of course it results in a goal.

  85. dawgtoy says:

    Kicked IMO

  86. Lucinius says:

    Brutal fucking turn overs. God damn Hall.

  87. VanOil says:

    If they called that back on the Oilers I would have my pitch fork out.

  88. Lucinius says:

    I think this should stand.

  89. spoiler says:

    Very poor puck management by the kids that whole shift.

  90. hunter1909 says:

    I knew this was coming. Why anyone thinks this is a great game, is beyond me.

    It’s a lousy team, playing another lousy team for the lousiest team other than the Flames Cup tonight.

    I hope the goal counts. lol

  91. jp says:

    He kicked that f-ing puck in and laid on his back like a victim to prove it.

  92. spoiler says:

    Can’t believe that wasn’t a goal.

  93. Lowetide says:

    That was a goal. That’s bullshit

  94. spoiler says:

    Is he supposed to avoid the puck?

  95. Lucinius says:

    Wow. Oilers catch a break.

  96. VanOil says:

    Hey Woodguy I saw a center back check there! Nuge is a bully.

  97. GordM says:

    referee microphones in the NHL are about as consistent as suspensions….and video goal reviews.

  98. delooper says:

    The Columbus announcers are funny to listen to.

  99. hunter1909 says:

    Jackets robbed.

    I take that back. The Jacket kicked it in, the dirty rat.

  100. delooper says:

    I could have seen that call go either way. The Columbus player was exactly where Khabibulin wanted to be, to make the save. The Columbus player isn’t supposed to be there and didn’t try to avoid being in the crease.

  101. Lowetide says:

    Hockey Gods smile on Columbus.

  102. VanOil says:

    They deserved that. as I mentioned earlier, PULL BULLIN

  103. Lucinius says:

    Hemsky and Hall both love to turn the puck over. Hemsky, however, back checks with persistence afterwards…

    and the Hockey Gods put things where they should be.

    Brutal dump in by.. Jones?

  104. GordM says:

    Yakupov…wow.

  105. spoiler says:

    Absolutely Beautiful,

  106. delooper says:

    Woot! Horcoff!

  107. hunter1909 says:

    I was just thinking how nice it would be when Woodguy’s pov wins tonight, as the oilers win and everything…

  108. Lucinius says:

    WOW.

    WOW.

    Yak…

  109. spoiler says:

    hunter1909:
    Jackets robbed.

    I take that back. The Jacket kicked it in, the dirty rat.

    Thought you were cheering for the Jackets?

  110. hunter1909 says:

    Not Horcoff lmao

    Woodguy’s coming back!

  111. Derek says:

    Russian connection. Yakupov is really gonna be something.

  112. VanOil says:

    No No No, Yak that might of worked but stop respecting your elders. You are better than they are.

  113. BlacqueJacque says:

    Heh.

    “#Oilers are so bad that Darryl Katz fondly remembers his investment in Lehman Brothers #firelowe”

  114. Genjutsu says:

    Yak city bitch!

  115. Woodguy says:

    Filthy Russians

    th

  116. Lucinius says:

    So weird to see the Oilers with three lines scoring in a single game.

  117. Lowetide says:

    Yakupov could end up being the best of the whole damn bunch. ебать he’s good.

  118. hunter1909 says:

    Khabibulin’s let in his 3 terrible, awful goals.

    Woodguy’s right – this is a great game to watch. I can’t even cheer for the Blue Jackets. But 3-3 with (bad)Khabi in net is not good for my digestion.

  119. Woodguy says:

    Just watched the 3rd CBJ goal again.

    What the fuck is The Elder thinking/doing?

  120. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide: Yakupov could end up being the best of the whole damn bunch.

    He even makes Horcoff look good.

  121. delooper says:

    hunter1909: he

    He always looks good. It’s his eyes.

  122. VanOil says:

    Lowetide: ебать

    Nice Slavic cursing! And your right.

  123. Woodguy says:

    OTC talking strategy with Keenan and McLean!!!!

    Lordy, I might have to hire a stenographer to take down the conversation then mimeograph the results and post them in the square so we can all have a chuckle.

  124. ASkoreyko says:

    That Strategy Room promo reminds me of when you used to play “house” as a kid. It’s all these buffoons acting how they think actual NHL Analysts would behave.

    I wonder how much NHL misery has come at the hands of those assembled men.

  125. hunter1909 says:

    Woodguy: OTC talking strategy with Keenan and McLean!!!!

    He needs to be back on tv all the time.

  126. kinger_OIL says:

    Holy Hell: the whole: “trade Hemsky” The OIL have what a dozen bona fide NHL’s: and you want to trade away a 29 yr old roster player: just because…Like anyone who owns a house, OIL fans over-value their own: THERE IS NO WAY YOU TRADE HEMSKY THIS YEAR FOR PLAYERS THAT IMPROVE THE TEAM NEXT YEAR. BUYERS GET BETTER, SELLERS KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD FOR PROMISE LATER.

  127. BlacqueJacque says:

    ASkoreyko,

    You know, after Mike Keenan drove Curtis Joseph out of St. Louis, you’d think that would be enough to guarantee he’d never get a job elsewhere.

    You’d be wrong, because this is the NHL, but still… you’d think otherwise.

  128. hunter1909 says:

    I don’t need to mention that this is the definition of a must win game.

  129. BlacqueJacque says:

    kinger_OIL,

    Hemsky is somewhat redundant. An in-kind trade with a team weak on the right but strong on the left, down the middle, or on defence would be beneficial. Yakupov isn’t going to play better than Hemsky this year, but next?

  130. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy:
    OTC talking strategy with Keenan and McLean!!!!

    Lordy, I might have to hire a stenographer to take down the conversation then mimeograph the results and post them in the square so we can all have a chuckle.

    for the win!

  131. Lucinius says:

    Ugh. Hemsky with the great back check…. and then the turn over.

    Edit: And its that same damn line!

  132. Woodguy says:

    Jesus Nick.

  133. VanOil says:

    I might of mentioned this when Bullin looked behind him on the second shot after letting in the first but please put him out my misery. He aggravated me not his groin.

  134. Ducey says:

    Announcer: “Maybe Khabibulin aggravated something”.

    Yeah, his chances of being traded.

  135. hunter1909 says:

    Fuck this. I’m going to do some work.

  136. Lowetide says:

    WONDERFUL backchecking by Paajarvi. Holy hell!

  137. Lucinius says:

    Paajarvi! Saves a goal.

  138. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Fk this team gives away easy goals. Whole lota bad on that one. Hemsky way to casual with the puck and NK overcomitting early. That’s an easy save for a more traditional butterfly goalie.

  139. Lucinius says:

    DeBrusk… he got pulled because two goals were stinkers.

  140. Ducey says:

    Take that Potter haters!

  141. VanOil says:

    As crazy as this game is, Phoenix Nashville 7-4 is bizarro world.

  142. ASkoreyko says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    I just can’t believe someone is actually paying Doug MacLean to dispense advice about hockey!

    What is even more galling for me is I know these guys exact type. The blow-hard asshole “my way or the highway” bigoted dinosaurs that still manage to somehow succeed (in one way or another).

    Watching the Sportsnet deadline day might actually be more entertaining that TSN if nothing is actually happening during the deadline, just think of it!

  143. spoiler says:

    Woodguy:
    Jesus Nick.

    It went off Smid’s stick.

  144. delooper says:

    This is a funny game.

  145. Lucinius says:

    Paajarvi with an assist!

  146. Lowetide says:

    Paajarvi is just amazing. Just amazing.

  147. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Amd Bob raises NK with a stinker

  148. voxwah says:

    Hot damn, nice shot Potter.

  149. VanOil says:

    MPS is this years MVP for the Oil.

  150. Lucinius says:

    So.. Hemsky out with Eberle… so many RWs!

  151. Lucinius says:

    Why do you put out the fourth line against the one Columbus line that’s scoring!

  152. Lowetide says:

    Krueger benched Hall. Good grief. Ralph, for crying out loud. Have a talk to him tomorrow about turning over the puck!

  153. SK Oiler Fan says:

    It’s often entertaining hockey between the Oilers and other bad teams, but there really needs to be a second division for the NHL. The gap between the contenders and everyone else is growing.

  154. Lucinius says:

    Jones directing traffic in the defensive zone is scary.

  155. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lowetide:
    Krueger benched Hall. Good grief. Ralph, for crying out loud. Have a talk to him tomorrow about turning over the puck!

    Hey now, LT, take it easy on him. It took only 4 goals in 41 minutes and 21 shots for him to pull Khabi.

  156. spoiler says:

    Lowetide:
    Krueger benched Hall. Good grief. Ralph, for crying out loud. Have a talk to him tomorrow about turning over the puck!

    He took the very next shift.

  157. spoiler says:

    spoiler: He took the very next shift.

    And he’s on again.

  158. maudite says:

    RE PVR:
    Who knew if you gave the kid some confidence in not automatically getting HS or demoted if he makes one error or even after he had a better or no worse level of game than anyone else around him…

    I’m glad he forced the issue to the point they couldn’t justify auto demoting him due to waiver status. Despite the fact I think a bit more strategic line matching couldn’t hurt things, RK’s complete unwillingness to ice sub replacement level players is definitely deserving of praise for PVR being here as well. WIthout him, I’m pretty sure Eager would still be here and Spec would be salivating over the possibility of putting him in the top 6 every few games.

  159. delooper says:

    They should probably call the situation where Columbus has one more player on the ice than the other team something other than a “power play”.

  160. Lowetide says:

    Dennis King ‏@DKingBH 23s

    Chances 8-8 after 40 min; Oilers with third period’s first four chances

  161. BlacqueJacque says:

    My favorite* stat of the game so far? Ryan Whitney, +1.

    *most amusing

  162. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide:
    Krueger benched Hall. Good grief. Ralph, for crying out loud. Have a talk to him tomorrow about turning over the puck!

    I don’t think he sat for a shift because he turned over the puck.

    I think he sat him for doing fuck all after he turned it over.

    Good for him to sit and think about it.

    Just a shift and TOI is the coach’s only learning stick

  163. Lucinius says:

    Did Yak almost put that into our own net ala Petry?

  164. GordM says:

    Yakupov earns a shift in the 2nd half of the 3rd…good to see RK rewarding good behaviour.

  165. Lucinius says:

    Man.. I really want to see Smid score.

  166. voxwah says:

    You know Brown isn’t amazing or anything but he’s an upgrade over Eager and Hordichuk for sure.

  167. VanOil says:

    Not quite the quality of the Habs v. Bruins 4-4 game last night but more amusing than being trapped into boredom.

  168. spoiler says:

    Hemsky’s been looking for that drive goal for three games.

  169. jp says:

    Holy Fuck.

    Edit: The goals/wins are close to pointless now, but that was nice.

  170. Lucinius says:

    BAD MAN!

  171. delooper says:

    Woot! A Hemsky do-it-all-yerselfer.

    Now if Petrell gets a hat trick, I’m a prophet.

  172. Woodguy says:

    hesmky is redundant!!!

  173. GordM says:

    looks like pulling Khabby was the right play…atta boy Dubby and Hemmer makes up for that bad giveaway on CLB goal #4

  174. Lowetide says:

    Dubnyk 5 bell, Nuge clear, Hemsky touched by God. 5-4.

  175. VanOil says:

    Your forgetting one of the golden rules: do not get in the track meet with the Oilers they have a bad bad man

  176. Genjutsu says:

    Hemmer!

  177. Lowetide says:

    Why wouldn’t Nuge get an assist on the 83 goal?

  178. hunter1909 says:

    Looked up at the screen just in time to see the 5th goal, so might as well bandwagon the rest of this must win contest.

    ps: whoever pulled Khabibulin did the right thing.

  179. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Nice drive by 83, but wow, Bob’s full of holes.
    Oilers thrive in chaos games

  180. Jon K says:

    That guy’s good at hockey.

  181. danny says:

    Why cant Eberke do that?

  182. hunter1909 says:

    Tonight’s game is all Woodguy.

  183. spoiler says:

    The Top 6 have been bleeding goals all game, but fortunately tonight they’ve been scoring in bunches. (Thank gord that kicked in goal on the kid line didn’t count.) Always fun to see a team skate with the Oilers.

  184. Genjutsu says:

    voxwah,

    He’s a fine 13/14F

  185. squeezboks says:

    Give an unofficial assist to Magnus. That was a beauty of a net drive to open the seam.

  186. Lowetide says:

    Jackets sure have improved their depth up front. Bobrovsky has had a poor outing tonight but if he can play as he has recently I don’t think the Jackets back up down the stretch.

  187. delooper says:

    danny:
    Why cant Eberke do that?

    Hemsky has had years of knowledge that if he didn’t do that, the Oilers would never score a goal unless it was off Smyth’s ass.

  188. Lowetide says:

    Samwise the curler!

  189. spoiler says:

    Nice curl on that puck, but probably the wrong play.

  190. delooper says:

    Gagner, greedy bum.

  191. VanOil says:

    Gagner could score with his eyes closed this year and probably has.

  192. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Add another $250k / year

  193. Genjutsu says:

    Hockey is fun again!

  194. spoiler says:

    Well if he had missed and it came back for icing, we would not have been impressed. Pretty stupid and lucky, but I will take it.

  195. VanOil says:

    That was a godawful display of goal keeping by both sides. Was that Bullins last game of as an Oilers it seems kind of fitting.

  196. Lucinius says:

    Nice win. Largely enjoyable hockey despite the plethora of fuckups.

  197. hunter1909 says:

    Nice win tonight, especially for Calgary fans contemplating years and years wandering in the wilderness for the Iggy-less Flames.

    5-2-2- since the midpoint of this season.

  198. squeezboks says:

    I think he was trying to get it higher and have it drop and die around the far blue. Sam uses that chip shot a lot to get the clear and avoid the icing. Its usually off his forehand though which might explain the distance. Lucky it went in.

  199. Lucinius says:

    But what a weird game. Every period had a goal scored in the first minute. 10 goals scored and none of them came from special teams.Khabbi gets pulled and of the three goalies had the second best save percentage. Paajarvi with more ice time than Hemsky, who in turn only had 2 second more than Yakupov.

  200. Bos8 says:

    Gagner with a four point night – Ahem. Horseshoes or what.

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