OILERS HIRE HOWSON

The Edmonton Oilers added to their managerial “murderer’s row” this week by adding former Columbus GM Scott Howson. He has plenty of experience–including a run with the Oilers as asst GM–and is considered a pretty smart guy in the capology room.

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  • Former Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has joined the Edmonton Oilers organization, working as a pro and American college scout.  Howson spent 13 years in the Oilers’ organization, including six as the team’s assistant general manager, before he was hired by the Blue Jackets in 2007. Howson, fired on Feb. 12, is expected to scout the Blackhawks-Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

This has possibly major implications for the Oilers, as the Blue Jackets have done business with them in the past and have a plethora of defensemen. I’ll be posting an article by Darcy (Woodguy) McLeod at 5pm today that shines some light on this situation, but the Howson hiring is an interesting item in regard to trade talks–deadline and summer.

Yann Danis is going back to OKC, meaning Nikolai Khabibulin is healthy enough for backup duty. I wonder if they give him some starts as a showcase? I wouldn’t, Dubnyk is having a fine season (despite what the fanbase thinks, apparently) and Khabibulin is one awkward moment from being hurt again.

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Dubnyk is having a good season.

We’ve talked about Brett Clark recently and his strong showing with OKC. Jonathan Willis had an article yesterday on the player and interest from Minnesota and Dallas. It makes sense if you’re looking for defensive depth, but the Oilers have plenty of rearguards who can fill the 5-6-7 role.

It’s up the depth chart where they have issues.

We’ve talked recently about getting something out of a lost season. I call it the “one ugly baby” scenario because of the Bill James article 25 years ago about the Minnesota Twins. Basically, the idea is that a team losing a lot of games has a watershed season in terms of young players emerging. This season:

  • Gagner has taken a step forward as a quality offensive player
  • Taylor Hall has reached the point where he is a point-per-game player.
  • Justin Schultz has been a revelation.
  • Magnus Paajarvi has arrived.
  • Nail Yakupov is on pace for an 19-goal season (if the season were 82 games).
  • Teemu Hartikainen has shown an ability to win battles along the wall and create offensive opportunities.

Those young men added to Nuge, Eberle, Petry, etc give the Oilers so much promise. This is a breakout group at some point, it is only a matter of time (and making damn good and sure  they have the right support).

Remember when Shawn Horcoff went down with that injury? Remember when we were impatient for the organization to find a veteran hand to replace him? I wonder how many points were squandered on that one lack of management?

Edmonton has been connected to this gentleman.

Welcome home, you Oilers.

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  1. Ryan says:

    Boggles the mind… doesn’t even capture it.

    With the duration of Horcov’s injury well-known at the time, not finding a replacement and running with the Belanger triangle / VV boggles the mind.

    Worse yet, after not finding a replacement, they go out and blow a pick on Brown. Nothing against Brown, but that pick could have been spent on a centre to stop the bleeding.

    Finding an upgrade on VV couldn’t have been hard (there has to be a 100 players in the AHL who would have been an upgrade alone). :)

  2. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    “This has possibly major implications for the Oilers, as the Blue Jackets have done business with them in the past and have a plethora of defensemen.”

    Please let that mean Tyutin.

    “meaning Nikolai Khabibulin is healthy enough for backup duty. I wonder if they give him some starts as a showcase?”

    for whatever reason, RK has shown no compunction in playing Nik. I’d expect to see him play. Here’s the question though… if it is a showcase… doesn’t his injury trouble this year (despite his sound play) kind of make him a rough looking signing for anyone?

    “This season:”

    I guess because you have an article up at ON on Magnus, there’s no need to include his corning turning?

    “Edmonton has been connected to this gentleman.”

    further evidence Nik is on the way out? and/or the team doesn’t have any faith in the Finns?

  3. slopitch says:

    I’d be ready to declare Pajarvi as emerging. Nuge has been a lot better the last 5 games.

    I’m fine with the Howson hire – its a part time gig and he adds perspective to the room. Man it would be nice to make 2 moves that replace/upgrade a player on d and f. And I don’t mean any of the core, I’m talking one of the possession bleeders. Fedor Tytuin plays something like 28 min per game. Make it happen Howson! :)

  4. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Ryan: Worse yet, after not finding a replacement, they go out and blow a pick on Brown. Nothing against Brown, but that pick could have been spent on a centre to stop the bleeding.

    A 3rd (what they were willing to give up for Brown) could have fetched a decent depth C. Of course, people like Connolly were available for nothing via waivers IIRC.

  5. DBO says:

    Michael Russo ‏@Russostrib
    Per #NHL sources, the #mnwild has indeed signed veteran defenseman Brett Clark. Will take physical today; if he passes, joins tomorrow

    bye bye depth. we really shoulda brought him up.

  6. Mark-LW says:

    How long until Sather and Ted Green are brought back as well?

  7. regwald says:

    Stauffer just retweeted Russostrib tweet that the Wild have signed Brett Clark. Will take physical today.

  8. HBomb says:

    All this talk about players emerging and not a single mention of Paajarvi.

    Dammit Lowetide, why do you hate Magnus? Is it because he’s a soft Euro and you’d rather see those opportunities going to a hard-working Canadian kid with great “flow” and “grit” like Ryan Jones?

    (end sarcasm)

  9. Woodguy says:

    “Edmonton has been connected to this gentleman.”

    From the article about Northern Michigan Wildcat goalie Jared Coreau :

    “Really it just comes down to where I will get an opportunity to play and I’ll take it from there,” Coreau said. “There is no certainly yet where it could be. It’s exciting. I’m kind of nervous.

    *looks at Oilers depth chart at G*

    “Gimme a pen!”

    Similar decision process to J.Shultz I’d imagine.

    We have to be happy that v4.2 built this team with absolutely no depth at any position besides RW, young FA’s want to come here because they can crack the roster!!

    Thanks Steve!

    Also,

    I’m not sure that the Oilers can make Howson the GM when ST get “promoted”.

    Its bad enough optics as it is. Making him the face is not a good idea.

    He may be a smart hockey man in many respects, but trading for Jack Johnson and picking Ethan Moreau off waivers makes me think I don’t want him being the guy who is running the pro-scouting department.

    Bar_Qu had this to say in the COL GDT and I think its very fair and sums it up:

    When someone displays a high level of competence in one area, then moves higher up and doesn’t display the same competence, it automatically means he/she is unfit to serve in any capacity whatsoever. This is the brave new world we live in, filled with tolerance for anything, as long as it is yourself and no one else.
    Howson did a good job here in Edmonton, and likely is more than competent to evaluate talent at a pro and college level. Brent Sutter failed as a coach in Calgary, but is succeeding in Red Deer as another example of this.
    I am not defending the hiring but I am arguing the guy isn’t a total bum because he didn’t turn around a torpid franchise, making some horrendous/questionable choices along the way.

    I’m uneasy about Howson because:

    -Traded for Jack Johnson
    -Picked up Moreau when he was clearly done
    -Didn’t address goaltending which was obvious the critical need (shades of Oilers 2006)

    He did pick up Bobrovsky this year and he’s posting a .923. Fancy stat guys liked the move while the MSM derided it (like the Hemsky and Semin contracts)

    To Howson’s defence he did pick up Allen York to back up Mason last year.

    York posted a .923 for Springfield in the AHL the year before and was regarding as one of the best goalies not playing in the NHL.

    York got a bad high ankle sprain at the end of camp and was out for months. Mason and Sanford ending up playing a lot and stunk the joint out to start the season and ended CBJ’s playoff hopes early.

    When York came back he posted a respectable .920 in 11 games, but CBJ didn’t resign him.

    Now York seems to have lost his game and is playing in the ECHL and has a .892 in 11 games.

    Injuries are a real bitch. I wonder if last season screwed with his head too?

  10. jonrmcleod says:

    HBomb,

    You beat me to it. I think Paajarvi’s emergence has been the most encouraging aspect of this road trip.

  11. 42 percent body fat says:

    we have to; for the near and distance future, need to find a trading partner for Horcoff. A team in which he will be bought out so that we can resign him hear as a third line center at a reasonable third line center contract.

    Obviously we would need him to be on board, and also need to trade for a player that we would likely buy out also.

    Any candidates out there. My thinks Rangers or Leafs, have a few. They like to waste money.

    Also LT, really what will be the changes to this team next year. I know there is all kinds of possibilities but I see the same line up.

    Maybe belanger is bought out, and Eager and Petrell sent away. One defence, maybe two gone. But not likely more than one that plays.

    My bets for next years DEPTH CHART are

    Hall RNH Hemsky
    MPS Gagner Eberle
    Hart Horcoff Yakupov (tsar bomba)
    Jones Lander Brown
    Petrell

    I dont see any big changes in the forwards other than belanger gone. Maybe shop Jones, Petrell, Eager and get what you can and ad some depth via UFA. You will get the same quality players but add assets for a deep draft.

    J. Schultz
    Petry
    Smid
    Schultz
    Klefbom
    Fistric
    Peckham (tuebert if peckham is traded)

    No moves here, klefbom will be better than whitney but no experience, Yikes.

    Dubnyk
    Roy?

    Ouch, like Roy, but he needs to start 50+ in the AHL next year. than maybe 2015

  12. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Woodguy,

    I like Bar_Qu’s take on Howson too. The guy clearly has some hockey sense and dismissing him outright from the future of the game seems foolhardy…

    but, with respect, I’m not sure this argument isn’t a straw man.

    I’m sure there are voices out there saying Howson’s x, y and z and that this move in-and-of-itself is a bad one….

    but… most of the criticism of the move is orthogonal to this line.

    the major complaint I have and that I’ve read is that this team seems immune to abandoning some fiction of the ‘glory days’ and are willing to hire anyone and everyone with some/any history with the team…

    it’s not what the move says about Howson and his talents, it’s what it says about mgt. and their inability to let go of the past.

  13. DBO says:

    Woodguy,

    He would be our oldest “prospect” goalie right away, and could possibly slide into the backup role. If you sign Danis again, you can always swap them if the college kid struggles. I don’t see Roy as our AHL #1 yet, so hopefully they sign Danis or an equivalent to split time with the kids. Bunz a full year as top starter in the ECHL is a good thing (goalies definitely take longer).

    Paajarvi has earned the 2 LW. Our big issue now is adding someone to the spot with Nuge and Gagner. Cause Jones is a 4th liner, and to be honest he isn’t even that compared to Harsky, Smyth and Brown. Trade him if needed, along with Eager and Belanger (fitting if we move out our 4th line from last year)

    ??? (Penner!!)-Nuge-Eberle
    Hall-Horcoff-Hemsky
    Paajarvi-Gagner-Yakupov
    Smyth-Lander-Brown

    Harsky can possibly be that LW with Nuge and Eberle, but right now a better vet with more skill then Jones would be nice. But Tambellini won’t be bringing in a Clowe (stop it, we wen’t though this even though he would be a good fit), but maybe they would go get Penner. Cause Penner on that line makes this team 3 deep with size, scoring and some defensive conscience. Could you do Jones for Penner?

  14. pboy says:

    LT,

    Anytime you can add the mastermind who turned Jakub Voracek + Sean Couturier into Jack Johnson + LAK 1st rounder, you absolutely have to do it!!!!

    It’s going to be very, very interesting in Oil Country over the next few weeks. IMO, they absolutely have to bring Smid back on a long term deal. We’ve gone through the growing pains with him and he’s turned into a solid, NHL d-man who can be counted on. Who will they replace him with if they let him walk? They certainly aren’t going to get a comparable player back in a trade, so signing him seems like the only logical option. Gagner has found his stroke and I don’t think there is a player with his skill set but more size that we are going to luck into next season. Also, I have a feeling (based on absolutely nothing) that Samwise is looked upon as a bit of a leader by the other kids. That’s only based on watching his interactions with the kids on the bench.

    In a perfect world, the team would be looking to move Jones, Belanger, Petrell, Potter, Khabi, Whitney and Peckham for anything at all before April 3 and the remainders should be flushed in the off season.

    It’s funny how the temperature changes after a few wins but this management structure is still the problem here and until they are removed, it’s just going to be more “Hey look kids, it’s Big Ben”.

  15. Clay says:

    I thought that, going into this season, one of the biggest question marks was whether or not Dubnyk was an actual NHL goaltender. His emergence as a legit goalie has massive implications for this team.

    And he really is having a great season, considering the dog’s breakfast playing in front of him most nights. There are a lot of “franchise” goalies below him on that save percentage list.

    Luongo, Schneider, Fleury, Backstrom, Howard, Miller, Brodeur, Price, Ward, Hiller…

    How good would he be if he had 6 veteran, able bodied defensemen in front of him every night?

  16. Lowetide says:

    Forgot Paajarvi. He’s been listed now. Argh.

  17. Roughneck says:

    Woodguy,

    Would you view interest in Coreau as insurance or an organizational belief that Tyler Bunz might not be cut out of the right stuff?
    He sure is scuffling in stockton.

  18. FrankenOil says:

    I absolutely am grateful the org didn’t flush MPS. Instead they flushed the culprit for his stunted development (Renney). You can see that MPS is getting a push (and deservedly so) from someone.
    Is it Krueger? MacT? Someone in the org has made it their mission to get Magnus back into the conversation with the other kids. I love that Krueger isn’t giving Jones ice time at the the expense of Paajarvi.

  19. RMGS says:

    So, what happens when Belanger’s back from IR?

    93-14 need a NHL-calibre LW (with or without flow), but 10-4-83 and 89-91-64 have performed relatively well.

    I’m assuming Belanger takes the 4th line C position. Given the roster, the least poor option is 94 alongside 93-14, right? Although, I’d love to see Penner for Jones (as suggested by DBO), should Lombardi have a “Steve Tambellini” moment.

  20. Bar_Qu says:

    Woodguy,

    Another thing we need to remember about GMs is that goaltenders can drive them crazy, or make them out to be a genius. Right now Ottawa looks great because they have Anderson in net (.952 SV%!!!) while Colorado is on the outside looking in because they gave up on a ‘career back-up’ when he had a sub-par year. Goaltending also kept Daryl Sutter in the GM spot in Calgary, well past the time he was able to defend his roster moves.

    How Clarke stays in place in Philly with the idiocy he has shown in pursuing goalies is an essay in itself.

    And we all remember how picking up Roloson made the 2006 run possible, establishing KLowe in the upper echelons of the Oilers until death do them part, instead of seeing him fired that season or the next (for sure if they didn’t make the playoffs and the Pronger fiasco blew up the way it did, Lowe would have been gone).

    Its why I am grateful for someone as steady and unspectacular as Dubnyk. With a better D corps in front of him, he will continue to provide the last line of defense the Oilers need, when they need it. Regardless of the GM.

  21. Bar_Qu says:

    As far as PRV goes; imo, it was just a matter of time until he broke out. I’m sure glad it happened before the management traded him, a la Gagner’s 8 pt night last season. I’m sure he has proved his worth as a depth guy now, both offensively and defensively.

    I would have hated to see him become the new Daniel Cleary on a contender (not for his sake, but mine).

  22. Bos8 says:

    Any news on Lander? He of the lost season. That’s the injury I bemoan the most. Well, he and Klefbom.

  23. RMGS says:

    Bos8,

    Assigned to OKC, I believe.

  24. Gret99zky says:

    Wow, all this chatter about moving Jones, Belanger, Petrell, Potter, Khabi, Whitney and Peckham for anything at all before April 3?

    Remember who manages the team? This is ST we’re talking about here.

    I will be stunned if Tambi manages to move even one of these pieces without a waiver or buyout option. Stunned.

  25. Bos8 says:

    Magnus is making the Gagner, Yakupov line not suck slough water on D. How great is that?

  26. bookje says:

    Per the season and the lack of a centre signing, I think management has their 5 year rebuild glasses on and doesn’t really care about where they finish this season (or last – the year prior they tried hard to finish last and the year previous they wanted to win the cup but half way through embraced the idea of finishing last). This is a great plan provided that it doesn’t totally piss all your players off. The waste of picks on Brown and Fistric are incongruent with the longer run perspective though, unless the only intent was to placate the fans and the team.

    Brett Clark – I don’t know that the team needs another defenseman who falls at the margin of AHL/NHL play. It seems to me that they have a few too many of those now. No sense wasting a contract at this point.

    Howson – I think Bar que offered up a wise perspective. Its possible that Howson may be a great scout, but a failed GM. I don’t see any reason to be overly concerned about this specific hiring.

    Woodguy – You got a 5pm deadline, better get writing!

  27. gcw_rocks says:

    If Howson is scouting college players, here is the list he should start with:

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/86005/laganiere-dekeyser-among-ten-ncaa-free-agents-that-could-be-nhl-bound/

    Oilers could use: Greg Carey (goal scoring LW), Dan DeKeyser (big puck moving defenceman), Eric Hartzell (6’4″ goalie, .936 save percentage), Eriah Hayes (6’4″ 201 lb power forward with good hands); Antoine Laganiere (6’4”, 197-pound power forward with strong play in the dirty areas), Drew LeBlanc (6′ playmaking centre with “some of the best hands in all of college hockey”), Rylan Schwartz, (5’10”, 205 lbs C with top face off skills and clutch goal scorer), Andrej Sustr (6’8”, 225-pound D-man that combines size and skill), and/or Shayne Taker (6’4” and 201 pound excellent skating, puck-moving defenseman).

    Flush CVV, House, Nico, and Plante and sign 2-3 of the forwards, a defender, and the goalie.

  28. Bos8 says:

    RMGS:
    Bos8,

    Assigned to OKC, I believe.

    Thanks, I guess I could have checked the OKC site, dummy here didn’t think of it.

  29. gcw_rocks says:

    bookje,

    I think the biggest issue with the Howson signing is it continues the “old boys club” trend in Oiler management. They aren’t bringing in anyone who might actually disagree with the way they run the club. No new ideas. just Lowe’s old cronies.

  30. RMGS says:

    gcw_rocks:
    bookje,

    I think the biggest issue with the Howson signing is it continues the “old boys club” trend in Oiler management.They aren’t bringing in anyone who might actually disagree with the way they run the club.No new ideas.just Lowe’s old cronies.

    There’s likely some sort of oath of allegiance to the “Rebuild Prophecy” involved as well.

  31. bookje says:

    Gret99zky:
    Wow, all this chatter about moving Jones, Belanger, Petrell, Potter, Khabi, Whitney and Peckham for anything at all before April 3?

    Remember who manages the team?This is ST we’re talking about here.

    I will be stunned if Tambi manages to move even one of these pieces without a waiver or buyout option.Stunned.

    Tambellini has actually gotten decent returns on some similar players in the past including Garon, Sestito, Grebeshkov, and Staios. I think its reasonable to think that they will get something back for a few of those players if they are looking to trade them.

  32. bookje says:

    gcw_rocks:
    bookje,

    I think the biggest issue with the Howson signing is it continues the “old boys club” trend in Oiler management.They aren’t bringing in anyone who might actually disagree with the way they run the club.No new ideas.just Lowe’s old cronies.

    I agree, I don’t think the critisisms are about Howson, but rather just general frustration with management.

  33. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide:
    Forgot Paajarvi. He’s been listed now. Argh.

    Way to run him out of town.

  34. Clarkenstein says:

    Neutral on the Howson signing other than they continue to add quantity instead of quality. A glimmer of hope after the past two games but the inherent weaknesses on this team will not stand the test of time. Magnus’ stock has risen but Ebs has fallen by an equal amount. His defensive play has gone from bad to pathetic. I love the player and his attitude but if the right deal came along….

  35. RMGS says:

    bookje: I think its reasonable to think that they will get something back for a few of those players if they are looking to trade them.

    An old, dirty shoeshine rag?

    http://battleofalberta.blogspot.ca/2010/02/mike-ws-art-therapy.html

    That doesn’t get old.

  36. BlacqueJacque says:

    Howson only managed to turn the Jackets from a laughing stock into a cesspool. A sidegrade on Tambo?

  37. Woodguy says:

    Bar_Qu:
    Woodguy,

    Another thing we need to remember about GMs is that goaltenders can drive them crazy, or make them out to be a genius. Right now Ottawa looks great because they have Anderson in net (.952 SV%!!!) while Colorado is on the outside looking in because they gave up on a ‘career back-up’ when he had a sub-par year. Goaltending also kept Daryl Sutter in the GM spot in Calgary, well past the time he was able to defend his roster moves.

    How Clarke stays in place in Philly with the idiocy he has shown in pursuing goalies is an essay in itself.

    And we all remember how picking up Roloson made the 2006 run possible, establishing KLowe in the upper echelons of the Oilers until death do them part, instead of seeing him fired that season or the next (for sure if they didn’t make the playoffs and the Pronger fiasco blew up the way it did, Lowe would have been gone).

    Its why I am grateful for someone as steady and unspectacular as Dubnyk. With a better D corps in front of him, he will continue to provide the last line of defense the Oilers need, when they need it. Regardless of the GM.

    Excellent point.

    Goaltending makes and breaks coaches and GM’s.

    I’m not sold on DD just yet because of this:

    DD 5v5 SV% = .916
    DD 4v5 SV% = .922

    The mean for starting goalies in the NHL seems to be:

    5v5 = .925
    4v5 = .880

    Last year DD was:

    5v5 = .927
    4v5 = .854

    I hope his 4v5 number this year doesn’t regress in a hurry.

    I think DD will be ok, and early on there were some 5v5 goals that were scored just as the PP had ended that skewed those numbers a bit.

    Goalies are voodoo.

  38. Bos8 says:

    I’m surprised no one is talking about the line changes – going to three scoring lines thereby sheltering at least one line depending on the matchups.

    That’s the big Paajarvi magnifying effect, both developing Yaks and maintaining a semblance of D on that line.

    Sneak in a guy like Penner on the Nuge line and I think the team challenges for a playoff spot. They came out of the tortured road trip on a high and they might just be, reaching critical mass. That Cerberus configuration could be the igniter..

  39. Woodguy says:

    Bos8:
    Magnus is making the Gagner, Yakupov line not suck slough water on D.How great is that?

    Agreed.

    I’ll weep when they trade him away.

  40. Bos8 says:

    Woodguy: Agreed.

    I’ll weep when they trade him away.

    I see a Gainey type developing. A little bit of individual coaching, teach him how to skate people off and voiler. Unfortunately we have Buchberger for that task. Last night was a blast, a force at both ends of the rink. Size and speed are a wonderful thing.

  41. bookje says:

    Woodguy: d on DD just yet because of this:

    Magnus isn’t going anywhere!

  42. Gret99zky says:

    bookje: Tambellini has actually gotten decent returns on some similar players in the past includingGaron, Sestito, Grebeshkov, and Staios.I think its reasonable to think that they will get something back for a few of those players if they are looking to trade them.

    Alright.

    I don’t think ST knows if he is a buyer or seller. With all the obvious holes not being filled from outside the org I have zero faith that Tambi will be able to do anything but stare at the FAX machine.

  43. jonrmcleod says:

    Eager on waivers.

  44. jonrmcleod says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    I hope I get credit for having it first on Lowetide’s blog. :)

  45. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    so, add Eager to the Hordichuk pile huh?

    if they hadn’t spent a pick on Dave Clark I’d think they were flushing non-nhl players from the roster… instead they are just signing players and then dropping them and duplicating their talents via overpays.

  46. RMGS says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    http://oilersnation.com/2013/3/13/edmonton-oilers-waive-ben-eager

    couldn’t find a pick for him?

    Not with that contract, probably. Who signed him to it, anyway?

    But, credit where it’s due. It’s the right move.

  47. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    jonrmcleod:
    Romulus Apotheosis,

    I hope I get credit for having it first on Lowetide’s blog.

    I award you five LT credits.

    (cannot be used with any other promotion; void in Kansas)

  48. MrSmitty says:

    If they trade or flush belanger and petrell next maybe management has woken up.

  49. Bar_Qu says:

    jonrmcleod:
    Eager on waivers.

    *Collective jaw dropping sound*

  50. FPB94 says:

    Toni Rajala’s a player. Kid got 24 in 28 in OKC.

  51. bookje says:

    Brown replacing Eager and Hortichuk (both signed by Tambellini not too long ago)suggests to me that Ralph Kruger is better at understanding NHL talent than Tambellini (and co).

  52. Lucinius says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Meh. Brown has been good in Edmonton, imo. He’s actually been a good force out there on that fourth line.

    Hall — Horcoff — Hemsky
    Paajarvi — Gagner — Yakupov
    Harski/Jones/Smyth — RNH — Eberle
    Jones/Smyth — Belanger — Brown
    Petrell

    Isn’t too bad a line up. Three scoring lines (!!!!!), with effort, net presence and skill on each. A fourth lines with some crash, bang, and most importantly effort, isn’t a bad composition. I like Harski on that third line, as it drops Jones and Smyth down to fourth line/press box position.

    Drop Petrell from the line-up and you can rotation Smyth and Jones there, or elevate whomever is hot in OKC and deserving of NHL try out.. works for me.

    I’d like that Gagner spot to be taken by someone more defensively responsible/more affordable, but if they can somehow manage to keep Gagner at a decent salary… more than happy with it. Seeing some real chemistry since we’ve gone to these lines.

    And Horcoff showing all his haters how important he is? Worth every moment.

    Now if only the Oilers can retain Smid, Fistric.. trade Whitney for a good enough pick, trade Peckham for something.. and bring in Klefbom next year on the bottom pairing with Fistric/Potter/veteran presence.. I don’t mind our defense too much. Not elite, granted, but I think it’d do the job well enough.

  53. RMGS says:

    FPB94:
    Toni Rajala’s a player. Kid got 24 in 28 in OKC.

    Can he slide in alongside 93-14?

    (Cue the uproar about “size,” if this were another forum, that is.)

  54. tubes says:

    Friend of mine went on the Oilers trip to California last year ($$$$$) and said all Eager did is bitch and complain about the coaches and management and seemed to think that everyone was out to get him. Also mentioned that Belanger and Khabi were a blast to hang out with, Hall was a dick and I think it was Bucky that was an absolutely “beauty.”:

  55. Captain Obvious says:

    Rajala is a worse version of Omark. Unless Omark was a bad guy, there is no way Rajala is going to get a serious chance with the Oilers.

  56. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lucinius: Meh. Brown has been good in Edmonton, imo. He’s actually been a good force out there on that fourth line.

    the last two games he’s looked better than I expected… credit due.

    still. he’s not worth a 4th or potential 3rd. and, he’s getting too much TOI.

    and the oil tinkering with their “toughness” sends all kinds of bad signs IMO.

  57. bookje says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: the last two games he’s looked better than I expected… credit due.

    still. he’s not worth a 4th or potential 3rd. and, he’s getting too much TOI.

    and the oil tinkering with their “toughness” sends all kinds of bad signs IMO.

    I agree, I am not happy about the trade for the pick, BUT he is quite a bit better than Eager and Hortichuk. So, from a roster point of view, I like the move.

  58. Kitchener says:

    MacTambeloweson > MacTambelowe? At first glance, I don’t see how.

    At least Howson didn’t cost a pick.

  59. bookje says:

    Kitchener:
    MacTambeloweson > MacTambelowe?At first glance, I don’t see how.

    At least Howson didn’t cost a pick.

    I think he has been hired as a scout, so I don’t necessarily see him being in on the ‘big’ meetings.

  60. denny33 says:

    42 percent body fat,

    Where did Ryan Smyth go…

  61. CrazyCoach says:

    Bar_Qu: How Clarke stays in place in Philly with the idiocy he has shown in pursuing goalies is an essay in itself.

    I actually wrote a term paper on the subject for my first year philosophy course: PHI 101-Your ass from a hole in the ground, a comparative study. I used Clarke’s goalie madness as a glowing example of someone who contradicted the course’s basic premise.

  62. asiaoil says:

    I’m not upset about the pick for Brown since you are delighted when a 4th rounder actually turns into a useful NHL player, but a better GM gets a guy like this for nothing. What reasonable people are upset about is doing nothing when Horcoff got hurt except recalling marginal AHL players, stocking the 3rd and 4th lines with trash, and sitting on a defense that included wounded Whitney, fat Peckham and useless Potter. Addressing these issues does not require Sam Pollack 2.0, just some basic hockey mgmt skills which do not seem to be present on this team.

    A couple of wins does not change this either……

  63. denny33 says:

    Clay,

    Agreed. Very pleasant surprise….

    When I try to defend the oilers to people outside of Edmonton – the first place I have to start is goaltending…For some reason – a lot of hockey fans gravitate towards blaming Dubnyk.

  64. Bar_Qu says:

    CrazyCoach,

    How cool is that?

    Meaning that Clarke couldn’t discern derriere from ditch? Seems to sum up his goaltending scouting.

  65. Jordan says:

    Back to the Original topic, Jason Gregor had an interview with John Shannon (https://s3.amazonaws.com/the-jason-gregor-show-website/2013+March/John+Shannon+-+March+12.mp3) yesterday on his show and they talked specifically about the hire. Now, granted – this is a media guy’s take on the move, but I think it holds a lot more water than all this speculation about Howson coming back to Edmonton’s management team.

    Take a listen – the part about Howson’s hire is right at the beginning. The comparison to Burke scouring for Anaheim seems quite apt.

    Truth is anything is possible, right? But I think that presuming that this is some sort of cabal for another MacLowe patsy when Steve is shown the door is more than a little silly.

  66. CrazyCoach says:

    Bar_Qu: How cool is that?
    Meaning that Clarke couldn’t discern derriere from ditch? Seems to sum up his goaltending scouting.

    I got an A+ for the class. Prof gave me extra marks for Brian Boucher and Bobrovsky

  67. denny33 says:

    Bos8,

    Great point.

    That is exactly what i suggested a few days ago….better line balance.

    Even I will concede MPS has been playing well of late….effort far outstrips a lot of guys. To be honest though, he is going to the net a lot more now.

    I am even forced to concede Ryan Whitney is playing better.

  68. asiaoil says:

    denny33:
    Clay,

    Agreed. Very pleasant surprise….

    When I try to defend the oilers to people outside of Edmonton – the first place I have to start is goaltending…For some reason – a lot of hockey fans gravitate towards blaming Dubnyk.

    If you take out the 19 games from his rookie season during the debacle that was the 09-10 season, then Dubie is about a .916 goalie. He’s been league average in front of the worst team in the league while he was learning to play in the NHL. He’s now a young vet and give him a solid defense and he’ll be better than average. I outlined a reasonable development timeline for Dubie in the last 3 years of Niks contract: backup, 1B starter, starter and he’s hit the marks. Kid got thrown to the wolves over the past few years but he seems to have survived. Guess playing on those awful Kamloops teams helped in the end.

  69. denny33 says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Even the Colorado crew was giving props to Mike Brown ….same with MPS.

    Funny crew – on oilers goals – their play by play guy almost was whispering…real quiet. Monotone.

    Besides that – really impressed with the TV crews in most cities. Very knowledgeable about the Oilers and not too bad for homerism. Lots of praise for the Oilers.

    San Jose and Minnesota guys are the exceptions – just my experience this year.

  70. denny33 says:

    From David Staples..

    Eager was signed along with Eric Belanger in the summer of 2011, both given three year deals, but neither has produced much. Eager has been about what’s expected, a fourth-line guy who skates fast, hits hard now and then, fights now and then, and plays mediocre hockey. Belanger has been swamped, save for when he’s out against only the most mediocre competition. These two signings represent two more major fails of the Tambellini era when it comes to pro signings and pro trades.

    It looks like we will get no return for Ben Eager….really thought we would at least get a bag of pucks back…Love Staples last sentence. Probably an understatement.

  71. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    denny33,

    I often find the “other guys” better commentators…

    but there are some funny mix-ups… somehow no one can get 83 and 93 straight. not sure why the numbers are similar but their position, linemates and styles are all very different.

    re: 13. I’m not anti-13 per se. I just don’t see why you need to spend a 4th on him or why you’d ever look at the oil lineup and think shuffling tough guys is the way to go.

  72. regwald says:

    denny33,

    Between Matty’s column yesterday and now Staples today, the Edmonton media has pulled out the swords for Tambo.

    Even heard comments on Sportsnet to that effect where Tambo wears the failures of this team and it may cost him his job.

  73. prairieschooner says:

    Eager on Waivers

  74. crude says:

    regwald,

    If I were more of a betting man I would bet even more money that Tamby is relieved of his position this off-season. It didn’t make sense to do it sooner, Tambo still needed to drive the team into the ground as hard as possible – full marks, I guess. Now that it’s time to stop this conspicuous tanking and breathe some optimism into things they will let him go I’d wager. It resembles a plan, maybe not a good plan but it’s “our” plan.

    Maybe a good plan, we’ll see.

  75. bookje says:

    The Eager and Belanger signings are the moment when Tambellini started to try to improve the team. The time spent from Khabi getting injured in 08 to these signings is the ‘Tank Zone’ in my mind and I don’t care about the Frasers or Fosters in that time period.

    While I could be wrong and maybe the intentional tank is still on, I think the mandate at the time was to start improving (not playoffs but improvement) and no improvement has come.

    If that was the mandate, then Tambellini should be fired. If (and Katz will know this) Lowe has been very involved in decision making with Tambellini, than he should be fired as well.

    With that said, if Katz, Lowe and Tambellini made a plan to tank as long as the fans will permit it (the comments about Pittsburgh having 5 years of top draft picks comes to mind), then Katz should continue to support them as they are doing a bang up job.

  76. Gret99zky says:

    regwald:
    denny33,

    Between Matty’s column yesterday and now Staples today, the Edmonton media has pulled out the swords for Tambo.

    Even heard comments on Sportsnet to that effect where Tambo wears the failures of this team and it may cost him his job.

    Tambi: Where’s your other hand?
    Lowe: Between two pillows…
    Tambi: Those aren’t pillows!

  77. CrazyCoach says:

    I think that Tambi and Lowe should be shown the door pretty soon, and now the hiring of Howson is a tell that this organization is not in the business of winning or succeeding. Howson’s experience and past behaviours should show anyone with half a brain that he is not the solution. There is a definite skewed sense of logic and loyalty in the upper management of the Oilers.

    If NHL hockey is a business, then the Oilers need to do more in their hiring practices. I think they take that, “Once and Oiler, Forever an Oiler”, too far. It’s ok to remember former players on opening night or homecoming ceremonies, but not in the front office unless they are a proven commodity outside of your organization.

    As a coach who is accused often of being too loyal and too close to their players, I know from vast experience that loyalty can cloud judgement and logic. Katz needs to run his hockey team like a business. Not his personal antidote from middle age.

  78. stevezie says:

    bookje,

    Everything Bookje said is true. Ever.

    Bos8: I’m surprised no one is talking about the line changes – going to three scoring lines thereby sheltering at least one line depending on the matchups.

    That’s the big Paajarvi magnifying effect, both developing Yaks and maintaining a semblance of D on that line.

    I don’t know how long he can keep it up, but Horcoff is giving the biggest middle finger to his critics I have seen from an oiler in years. For me his renewed ability to keep up with Hemsky is as big or bigger than MPS’ sudden turning of a corner. Whoever you credit, I dig your point: Three scoring lines and no useless ones (when everyone is healthy I don’t mind the fourth).

  79. stevezie says:

    Happy for Clark, and while I am guessing he would have been an upgrade on Potter, I don’t think the argument that he was too old and temporary to justify the logjam on defence is crazy (even if I don’t buy it). Reasonable minds may differ.
    Sadly the real solution won’t come until summer when we can sign… oh shit, no one.

  80. russ99 says:

    Please, somebody take Eager’s contract off our backs for next season.

    Gotta love Horc showing how much he was missed. As long as we have the cap room, I’m OK with kicking his buyout down the road another year, but I really don’t want his contract as the annual excuse why we don’t sign good FAs to make up a decent shutdown line…

    Kind of bummed with Clark, seems poor asset management, which is the stock in trade of this management group. Why are we carrying 8 defensemen, and why is the brass so violently opposed to pick up a piece on waivers?

    One tech note – I can’t comment here on my iPhone or iPad with any browser, the app crashes. Anyone know of a workaround or app that works? I rarely surf on my computer anymore.

  81. bookje says:

    White Smoke indicates that a new Pope has been chosen. Given that there are no Swiss Guards with a Popemobile at my door, I get the sense that I have not been selected. Damn, I was really looking forward to all the gold.

  82. bookje says:

    russ99:

    One tech note – I can’t comment on my iPhone or iPad with any browser, the app crashes. Anyone know of a workaround or app that works? I rarely surf on my computer anymore.

    This has been happening to me for about 6 weeks, but it was not a problem before then. I thought it was perhaps something with my settings. Sometimes it works (about 1 in 10 times), but usually it does not.

    LT – did you change any settings or add anything to the site 6-8 weeks ago? I used to have no problem commenting.

  83. Lowetide says:

    bookje: This has been happening to me for about 6 weeks, but it was not a problem before then.I thought it was perhaps something with my settings. Sometimes it works (about 1 in 10 times), but usually it does not.

    LT – did you change any settings or add anything to the site6-8 weeks ago?I used to have no problem commenting.

    Not that I know, will check on it (meaning I’ll email Danny).

  84. Vince says:

    Bookje,
    I’m pretty sure the white smoke means 6 more weeks of winter, so don’t count yourself out yet.

  85. bookje says:

    Lowetide: Not that I know, will check on it (meaning I’ll email Danny).

    Just to provide some details. I can sign in with no problems. When I click on the text box to start entering text, the browser hangs for a second and then crashes throwing me back out to the main screen. This happens with multiple browsers (Safari, Google, Opera) and on multiple Iphones and Ipads. It is the only site that I have ever had problems with. Lastly, my 6-8 guess in terms of timeframe could be terribly off. I find that having two kids and a overly busy career and a house under renovation has totally messed with my recollection of the passing of time.

  86. dessert1111 says:

    This is one of the gutsiest moves Tambellini has made in a while (Eager on waivers). Brown seems to be a clear upgrade so far in the small sample size, and if he keeps playing decent, I’m OK with a 4th rounder for him. He seems fine for a 12/13F. Now just gotta get rid of Belanger, but I’d be very disappointed if they didn’t get something for him. If they could get an upgrade on the 4C position and Paajarvi/Hartikainen continue to develop, the forward corps look pretty decent. Defense is still pretty messy, though.

    Very happy with the move today. It’s not one I thought they’d make, but if you can’t get a trade, it’s the right move in my opinion. Haven’t been able to say that much with the Oilers, so it’s a good step. Not enough to convince me Tambellini is a good GM though, that’s for sure.

  87. Thiru says:

    In defence of Tambellini:

    While the current management group deserves some criticism, I’m not sure if Tambo has committed any fireable offences. I’d argue that most GMs get fired for, in addition to the obvious criterion of not putting a winning team on the ice, making poor signings or poor trades.

    Tambo is not perfect, but he hasn’t really made any egregiously poor trades; the closest is probably Schultz/Gilbert, but that’s certainly no Kessel Trade, no Voracek or Nash trade, etc. Gillis in Vancouver gets a lot of credit, but just how much evidence was there for a Kassian/Hodgson trade? I don’t think Tambellini has made one that bad in his tenure.

    On the subject of signings:

    I want to dig into the numbers from previous seasons here (and I’ll post the results once I’ve done so), but I suspect that the Belanger and Eager signings were good bets when they were made. Eager, to my recollection, was an above average 4th liner/3rd line tweener, while Belanger had a good track record over the preceding 5 seasons. Dollar values on both contracts were excellent, even if the term might’ve been a tick too long. Khabibulin was stupid, but that was before the “season of clarity” as Tambo put it.

    On the team today:

    There’s been a lot of criticism of Tambellini from media types outside Edmonton. How much of that criticism is based on the standings, and how much on their level of play?

    In the early part of this season, we saw a team that was holding its own in terms of scoring chances and Corsi. This went unnoticed, of course, because of a ghoulishly low EV SH%. Things started to come unhinged Corsi-wise during the homestand preceding the road trip, and that’s when the knives started to come out.

    Things look a lot better with Horcoff back, but Horcoff is a good player. He is not a player type that is easily found on the waiver wire, or via trade route.

    I STILL maintain, as I did 2 weeks ago, that this team can go on a good run. The 89/83 problem is solved (Thanks Maggy!), there are now 3 lines that should be able to hold their own. The defence is shit, but if Petry/Smid can continue to improve that should get better as well.

    Tambo should add a dman, and another forward if he can and if it makes sense.

    Another guy who was criticized endlessly for inaction, btw? Pat Gillick. They used to call him Standin’ Pat.

  88. Ryan says:

    I only have this problem with my iPhone. I’m using my Ipad right now. This blog definitely isn’t Iphone friendly.

    LT, when you talk to Danny ask him about Disqus or Livefyre–both free WordPress comment plugins. They both allow youtube/images.

    bookje: Just to provide some details.I can sign in with no problems.When I click on the text box to start entering text, the browser hangs for a second and then crashes throwing me back out to the main screen.This happens with multiple browsers (Safari, Google, Opera) and on multiple Iphones and Ipads.It is the only site that I have ever had problems with.Lastly, my 6-8 guess in terms of timeframe could be terribly off.I find that having two kids and a overly busy career and a house under renovation has totally messed with my recollection of the passing of time.

  89. godot10 says:

    1) Eager will be compliance buyout #1 if noone takes him.

    2) There was never any problem with Paajarvi. The problem with Paajarvi was always Renney.

    3) From RE: 12-13 Magnus Paajarvi July 31, 2012
    GODOT10 says:
    July 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    I think the future of the Oilers are three lines based around the following pairs which should give opposing coaches matchup nightmares.
    Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle
    Hall, Gagner
    Paajarvi, Yakupov.

    4) I was thinking
    ???, Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle
    Hall, Gagner, Hemsky
    Paajarvi, Horcoff, Yakupov

  90. godot10 says:

    Tambellini is a process and organizational structure guy. Not a talent guy. Blaming Tambellini for the failures of pro scouting is directing the criticism in the wrong direction. It is not the area where he has influence and control. He was brought in to do all the stuff Lowe wasn’t good at or hated doing…managing the amateur scouts, and managing the AHL organization. The pro scouts and pro talent lines of accountability run through Lowe.

  91. Нинтендо⁶⁴ says:

    bookje: my 6-8 guess in terms of timeframe could be terribly off.I find that having two kids and a overly busy career and a house under renovation has totally messed with my recollection of the passing of time.

    If it’s a typical reno that tech problem you figured was 6-8 weeks is now 6-8 months old and the end date has red shifted out of the visible spectrum.

  92. RickDeckard says:

    Thiru,

    Tambi may not have met his Waterloo (though I would argue that the Gilbert trade was one) but he is bleeding the team out with a series of bad moves.

  93. spoiler says:

    Pope Frank the First! From Argentina!

    Aka Pope Frankfurter… wonder if he’s ever watched Rocky Horror.

  94. Kris11 says:

    Godot,

    Eager’s cap hit is like 1.1MM, and I thin the new rule is that about (correct me if I’m wrong) 900 gramd of a player’s cap hit can be buried in the minor’s, but anything over that counts toward the overall cap.

    So burying Eager in the AHL insteD of buying him out would result in almost no cap savings or monetary savings for Katz. And he could be great in the AHL.

    If they aren’t going to buy out Horcoff, which I hope to God they don’t, they would be better off trading for someone else’s bad contract and then buy that player out in the summer, Though that would require Katz to spend cash.

  95. Gerta Rauss says:

    godot10:
    1) Eager will be compliance buyout #1 if noone takes him.

    He might be, but they can play him in OKC next year and I think they get $875K relief from the cap, so his cap hit in OKC next year will be less than $300k against the big club(I could be mistaken here)

    But yeah, if he is not in the plans for the big club, a buyout will save them some real dollars.

    Edit-kris11 beat me to it

  96. rickithebear says:

    Players left to howson june 2007:
    -Nash traded to NYR for Dubinsky, Anisimov. Erixon, 1st 2013
    His departure was guaranteed with the depth left by Mclean
    -Federov Maclean traded young Beuchemin for 35 Yr old federov
    Howson Trade Federov coming of Contract for Ted ruth and 2008 2nd
    Svitov walked back to Russia
    Vyborny walked back to Russia
    Foote traded for a 2008/2009 1st rd pick.
    Zheredev & Fritsche for Tyutin and C. Backman. Zher& Frit out of nhl a year latter.
    (He klled Sather on this one)
    Brule Traded for Torres
    Shelley traded to San jose for 6th rd pick.
    Glencross (limited NHL games UFA)to Edmonton for Tarnstrom
    Clay Wilson Tradeed to ATL for Jason Williams
    Beech claimed off waivers by Vancouver
    Klesla retained.
    Modin reatained
    Mackenzie Retained
    Chimera retained
    Malhotra Retained
    Mark Methot reatianed
    Boll retained
    Brassrard retained

    No real upper end talent avsailable in the current depth
    so years ufsa addition

    2007
    Signed FA: Peca, Hedja, Nyvotny
    Drafted: (mcleans scout team)
    Voracek iam sure was his pick
    Nothing from rest of draft.

    2008:
    Traded for Vermette for P. Leclaire and 2009 2ND
    Signed Huselius
    Traded for Umberger (averaged 24G 50P for CBJ) and Flyer 4th for Afdam foote 1st rd and there 4th.
    Drafted(with his Scout Staff)
    Filatov, Golooubef, Calvert, Kubalik(just traded by new regime), Atkinson

    2009
    Signed Phaulsen UFA
    2010 3rd pick for Anton Stralman
    Signed M. Commadore to 5 year contract. (bad move #1)
    Torres expiring contract to Buffalo for Paetsch and 2nd rounder
    Fredrik modin to LA for 2nd rounder
    Chimera to Wash for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina
    Drafted:
    Moore, Lynch, Savard

    2010
    Klesla coming off contract and ufa elligble traded to PHX for Upshall & Lepisto (bad?)
    Claim rivet off waivers
    Claim Moreau off waivers
    Drafted:
    Johansen, D. smith, Straka, Corbiel-Therrieult

    2011
    Signed FA: wizniewski, prospal
    Traded Voracek and 2011 first and 2rd for Jeff carter.
    Carter turned out to be a classless entitled bitch prevalent in S. Ont. Hockey.
    The 1st turned into The best two way center in the last 15 years cause WPG GM was stupid beyond belief and selected Schiefle over Couturier.
    Kris Russel to Stl for Nikita Nikitin
    Jeff carter to La for Jack Johnson and 1st in 2013
    4th round pick for Letestu
    Claim Boyce off waivers
    Claim Gilles off Waivers
    Trade vermette for 2012 2nd and 2013 4th
    Drafted
    Boone Jenner, Tynan

    2012
    Trade Nash for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon, 2013 1st rounder
    Mark Methot for Nick Foligno
    Trade 2nd and 2 4ths for Bobrovsky
    Drafted murray and Dansk

    So from aged shite and a superstar already sure to be gone with a collection of bottom 6
    He is dismissed leaving this depth:
    Umberger-Johansen-Foligno
    Calvert-Anisimov-Atkinson
    Prospal-Brassard-Letestu
    Boll-Dubinsky-Dorsett
    Lynch-Jenner-Tynan

    Tyutin-Wizniewski
    J. johnson-Aucoin
    Nikitin-Erixon
    Moore-Prout
    Murray-Savard
    Gouloubef

    Bobrovsky
    Allen York
    Mason

    Plus three first round picks in the deepest draft since 2003 were by statistics should be 3/3 rather than the traditional 55%

    It will be the during the
    Trade deadline, summer ufa period, and 2014 draft before the new regime will have affected
    the amazing job howson did!

    All you Mclean apologist who try and lay any blame on Howson can go fuck themselves!
    MSM Sheep! BAH! BAH!

    to have that kind of willingness to trade and the number of clear wins for even situations
    and break evens from hands tied behind the back.

  97. Kris11 says:

    The real problem with Tambellini is that he hasn’t improved the team at all with signings or trades.

    Here are the good players who the Oilers drafted:

    3 Super Kids
    Eberle
    Gagner
    MPS
    Petry
    Dubnyk
    Hartikainen

    He are the mixed bag of players that Tambellini inherited:

    Smid
    Horcoff
    Hemsky
    Whitney (Maybe Lowe)

    Here are the awful players that Tambi has added:

    Khabibulin
    Petrell
    Eager
    Brown
    Potter
    (Hordichuk, who may be back)

    Here are the disappointing, overpaid players that Tambi has added:

    N Schultz
    Belanger
    Smyth

    Here are the good players or decent performers for cap-hit that Tambellini has brought in:

    J Schultz
    Fistric

    J Schultz chose the Oilers. He fell into their laps. Fistric is a depth D, cost a 3rd and is UFA, IIRC,

    I conclude that the players Tambi inherited combined with the players that the league has handed to Tambi out of pity form the nucleus of a great team with a low overall cap hit, and with all the cap space in the world and lots of picks and prospects to deal, Tambi was unable to add some half-decent players to create a good team. There are a lot of commenters here, if they have a business background, who would have done substantially better than Tambo.

  98. LoDog says:

    From the majority of posters here I was sure PRV was going to be sent down.Well I guess you can’t get them all right.

    Like when they traded Hemsky last deadline or when they didn’t resign Smyth. Or that time they drafted Murray.

    Don’t worry, I am sure they trade Smid and PRV at the deadline and the collective batting average will be right back up there.

  99. spoiler says:

    LT said:

    Gagner has taken a step forward as a quality offensive player

    Taylor Hall has reached the point where he is a point-per-game player.

    Justin Schultz has been a revelation.

    Magnus Paajarvi has arrived.

    Nail Yakupov is on pace for an 19-goal season (if the season were 82 games).

    Teemu Hartikainen has shown an ability to win battles along the wall and create offensive opportunities.

    We should be as careful with our estimation that Pääjarvi has turned the corner, and our estimation that Hall is now a PPG player as we were about Eberle’s “breakout” season last year.

    Small sample sizes and all that.

  100. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Kris11: Here are the good players or decent performers for cap-hit that Tambellini has brought in:
    J Schultz
    Fistric

    I would add Sutton to your good list and Barker to your crap one.

  101. pboy says:

    The Minnesota Wild have traded the 99th and 133rd picks to the Edmonton Oilers for Kyle Brodziak and the 161st pick.

    I’m still pissed off about this trade. It was indefensable at the time and it hasn’t started to look any better since. A right handed centerman with a defensive conscious and Tambi dumped him because???????

    We have yet to find a more effective 4th line than Glencross – Brodziak – Stortini.

  102. Нинтендо⁶⁴ says:

    LoDog,

    The Sturm und Drang about no offers to Hemsky repeats again with Smid. As someone pointed out recently when there is a significant gap in valuation and length an offer from management can be counter productive until a deadline approaches. Smid is not coming off an injury so valuation should not be too hard. Unless the player has a hard line to get a premium, I think this gets done. The worst stuff was when the EIG was fractured re: Lowe and Lowe carried the water for the insane Comrie-Perry debacle.

  103. BlacqueJacque says:

    pboy,

    Glencross wanted big cash and I have no idea what Tambo was smoking when it came to Brodziak. Probably didn’t like his skating. Stortini, likable as he is, was completely replaceable.

  104. Mr DeBakey says:

    If they do a straight buy-out of Eager , the Cap hits are $300,000 and $400,000 over the next two years.
    So a compliance buy-out would probably be a waste of time.
    Belanger, on the other hand, comes in at $916,667 and $416,667.

    Do you think the always Win Now Flyers would trade Couterier & their worst contract for Hemsky?

  105. spoiler says:

    Very sad to hear that Blake Geffrion hasn’t recovered from his injury and is contemplating retirement from hockey.

    Thought he was one of the best stories in the NHL when he came out of college… Hobey Baker winner that was descended from Boom Boom and the great Howie Morenz.

    Here’s hoping you’re future is filled with health and happiness, Blake.

  106. Mr DeBakey says:

    Glencross wanted big cash

    He signed with Calgary for $1,200,000 per for three years.

  107. spoiler says:

    Mr DeBakey: Glencross wanted big cashHe signed with Calgary for $1,200,000 per for three years.

    It wasn’t over cash. He wanted to be guaranteed 3rd line minutes.

    The Oilers wanted to wait to sign him while they went fishing for Moby Dick and Glencross promptly signed with some team in Southern Alberta.

  108. spoiler says:

    spoiler: Very sad to hear that Blake Geffrion hasn’t recovered from his injury and is contemplating retirement from hockey.Thought he was one of the best stories in the NHL when he came out of college… Hobey Baker winner that was descended from Boom Boom and the great Howie Morenz.Here’s hoping you’re future is filled with health and happiness, Blake.

    You’re? Really? Dumbass.

  109. justDOit says:

    spoiler:
    Very sad to hear that Blake Geffrion hasn’t recovered from his injury and is contemplating retirement from hockey.

    Thought he was one of the best stories in the NHL when he came out of college… Hobey Baker winner that was descended from Boom Boom and the great Howie Morenz.

    Here’s hoping you’re future is filled with health and happiness, Blake.

    Very sad indeed. If you wish to see it, here’s the video of the hit:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1O-JzD4lFU

    I read a stat that suggested NHL hits can carry 20% more energy than an NFL hit, even though the average weight of an NFLer is much higher. I can believe this, because kinetic energy is calculated by 0.5 times the mass, then multiplied by velocity SQUARED.

    What I can’t believe is that the average hockey helmet is still just a plastic bucket with some medium density foam glued into it – a far cry from what an NFL helmet is made of.

  110. denny33 says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Can’t argue with that….lots of waiver wire action this year. As someone else pointed out, really, what do we think Tambo would have done with a 4th rounder anyway? But I definitely hear what you are saying…

    Regarding shuffling…I think it is because Eager – for whatever reason – stopped playing physical. In the last few weeks especially – rare was the opposition player that was even nudged by Ben Eager.

    In just a handful of games, I have already seen Mike Brown make opposition Dmen pay a price for trying to hold the line.

  111. justDOit says:

    spoiler: You’re?Really?Dumbass.

    Hey! Lay off him – he’s just…

    oh.

  112. CrazyCoach says:

    justDOit: What I can’t believe is that the average hockey helmet is still just a plastic bucket with some medium density foam glued into it – a far cry from what an NFL helmet is made of.

    I saw a story once and read some articles regarding the standards for hockey helmets. The standard test for a hockey helmet is the 1M drop in which a weight is placed inside the helmet and it is dropped onto a hard surface from a height of 1M. The drop is controlled to a degree in that the helmet is tracked on a consistent fixed path. At this height, all helmets meet CSA standards quite easily.

    However, the sport of lacrosse has higher standards even though the hits are similar to hockey (high velocity, small impact zone) and different from the NFL (low velocity, bigger impact zone). Lacrosse helmets utilize the same test as hockey helmets, but the height for the drop test is three times higher.

    I remember Marketplace conducting a test of hockey helmets using lacrosse standards and I believe most of the helmets failed except for a couple models. And to add to this, one could argue that the lab tests don’t replicate game situations (temperature, point of impact, etc.), and the testers use new helmets, not the ones slammed onto the dressing room floor.

    I know when I coach I like to point out to parents that in my experience, I often see parents who spend insane amounts of money on their kids skates, yet they spend the bare minimum on their kids helmets. If you have kids in hockey, please splurge on their helmets and never buy used or hand me downs. If you buy used, make sure the sticker shows the expiration date of the helmet.

  113. denny33 says:

    regwald,

    I agree….and I wonder if the local media picks up on all the National attention thrust on our organization or if they are getting subtle messages from within the organization.

    Or they are all just reaching the conclusion at the same time….

  114. spoiler says:

    justDOit: Very sad indeed. If you wish to see it, here’s the video of the hit:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1O-JzD4lFUI read a stat that suggested NHL hits can carry 20% more energy than an NFL hit, even though the average weight of an NFLer is much higher. I can believe this, because kinetic energy is calculated by 0.5 times the mass, then multiplied by velocity SQUARED. What I can’t believe is that the average hockey helmet is still just a plastic bucket with some medium density foam glued into it – a far cry from what an NFL helmet is made of.

    I believe there are class action lawsuits a-comin’. I know the NFL is paying very close attention to the legal ramifications of concussions and head injuries. What they knew and when, kind of like the tobacco industry. And the lawyers might go after HIgh School football and College first.

    The other leagues willl be affected by the fallout from the big money league.

    Then again an argument could probably be made that none of us should be allowed to leave the house without a helmet on. Or say be allowed to drink large doses of sugary soda. How’s that workin out for ya Mayor Bloomberg? (Finally thrown out by the courts, lol).

  115. Henry says:

    CrazyCoach,

    Nice post coach!

  116. B S says:

    spoiler: I believe there are class action lawsuits a-comin’.I know the NFL is paying very close attention to the legal ramifications of concussions and head injuries.What they knew and when, kind of like the tobacco industry.And the lawyers might go after HIgh School football and College first.

    The other leagues willl be affected by the fallout from the big money league.

    Then again an argument could probably be made that none of us should be allowed to leave the house without a helmet on.Or say be allowed to drink large doses of sugary soda.How’s that workin out for ya Mayor Bloomberg?(Finally thrown out by the courts, lol).

    What I don’t get is why GMs don’t make safer equipment mandatory. Better standards for helmets, visors, Kevlar socks, full arm gloves, large bibs for goalies. Why hire a player only to have him get injured in a stupid accident, you still end up having to pay for it. If the NHLPA protests they lose the popular opinion every time because it looks like they don’t care about player health.

    Also, I think its too bad they voted down that ban. I would have bet that it would have worked, I mean no way in hell any human being needs to drink 20 ounces of anything in one sitting, the only reason people buy that size is because it’s the biggest and marketing has insisted that bigger/more is always better, especially in America. Despite what the people in NY claimed, if 16 ounces was the biggest size people would just drink that, no-one would bother getting 2 drinks.

  117. denny33 says:

    bookje,

    In 2005 – the Penguins selected Sydney Crosby 1st Overall….

    In the 2006/7 Season the Penguins finished 3rd in the East with 105 points.

    Crosby had to endure 1 poor season….

    Now Taylor Hall on the other hand….

  118. denny33 says:

    rickithebear,

    Mr.Howson kept all ( or very close to ) off of Doug Maclean’s staff.

    That one line is enough be fired.

  119. spoiler says:

    B S: P>Also, I think its too bad they voted down that ban. I would have bet that it would have worked, I mean no way in hell any human being needs to drink 20 ounces of anything in one sitting, the only reason people buy that size is because it’s the biggest and marketing has insisted that bigger/more is always better, especially in America. Despite what the people in NY claimed, if 16 ounces was the biggest size people would just drink that, no-one would bother getting 2 drinks.

    Really? Where do you think that would end? As far as slopes go, that’s one of the slippiest I’ve ever seen.

  120. Kitchener says:

    rickithebear,

    Great – thanks!

    Is this a fair summary of your findings? “Howson was good at getting 7′s/8′s/9′s via pro scouting; the high picks he acquired haven’t turned into Kings & Queens yet, but might”

    In short, that he may benefit the Oil in our quest for veterans & depth?

    Still trying to figure out why they hired him…

  121. spoiler says:

    denny33: bookje, In 2005 – the Penguins selected Sydney Crosby 1st Overall….In the 2006/7 Season the Penguins finished 3rd in the East with 105 points.Crosby had to endure 1 poor season….Now Taylor Hall on the other hand….

    What was the make-up of the team Crosby joined compared to the make-up of the team Hall did?

  122. Нинтендо⁶⁴ says:

    spoiler: Really? Where do you think that would end? As far as slopes go, that’s one of the slippiest I’ve ever seen.

    The Soda Marketing Board. Who else would set rules on size, color, and packaging of product?
    see crazy milk, butter, margarine rules over the years.

  123. justDOit says:

    B S,

    I totally agree that the NHL owners should pull their heads out of whatever crevice they usually have them stuffed into, and realize that better equipment for their players equals a better return on the money invested in them.

    As sad as the soda ban ban thing in NYC is, I can’t feel good about gov mandating so many things in our lives. People have to realize the immense odds against them via marketing, advertising and addictive food ingredients, and take appropriate action in their personal decisions. “No, you don’t WANT a 28 ounce soda – you’ve been tricked into thinking you want it, and now you’re addicted to it.”

    Even more sad than the NY soda ban ban: Mississippi (most obese state in the US!) passed ‘anti – Bloomberg’ legislation that would prevent further laws which attempt to regulate foods.

    Now I better mention something Oiler related here, before I get banned from LT: I’ll miss Eager like he misses his check (not).

  124. Нинтендо⁶⁴ says:

    spoiler,

    Rebuilding D first brings all the talent to the critical mass right around the time you end up with 3C hitting their prime:

    2000 Brooks Orpik D
    2001 Colby Armstrong RW
    2002 Ryan Whitney D
    2003 Marc-Andre Fleury G
    2004 Evgeni Malkin C
    2005 Sidney Crosby C
    2006 Jordan Staal C

    Also see Blackhawks, Chicago

  125. B S says:

    spoiler,

    Haha, don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why the ban got overturned, I’m just saying that I think people are underestimating the impact of advertising and food selection on our eating (and drinking) habits and from a scientific perspective I would have liked to see how well such a ban helped peoples’ health in the long term. The “freedom to choose” is already being subverted by marketers who have access to massive amounts of research on human psychology, but heaven forbid someone regulate their exploitation of subconscious human tendencies. Also,cutting 4 ounces of sugar water (of Coca Cola that translates into roughly 24 grams of sugar) out of a meal a day would likely have an observable impact on average health of your citizens.

  126. B S says:

    Нинтендо⁶⁴,

    Thanks for posting that I was wondering the same thing myself, I knew Pitt had a bunch of top picks long before they were given Crosby by the league. I will say that the possibly advantage to offsetting the development of D-men and forwards would be a team that maintain a high level of competition over a much greater period of time (as the new forwards come in we have veteran D to cover for them and vice versa, would also reduce total cap hit as players on ELCs play with 3rd or 4th contract players), the concern being whether both our forwards and defence are at peak performance together long enough to win some cups. It’s important to note that unlike Chicago and Pitt, Tambi has been forced to rebuild the entire organization, not just the big club, in only a few (5) years and that the goal of the rebuild isn’t just to compete in the next few years but to continue to contend, even after the kids are gone (hopefully retired in Oilers uniforms in 15 years).

  127. ashley says:

    The Eager-waiver decision is a good decision. Management made a bet, and it didn’t work out, so Tambellini is dealing with it properly. I don’t know why all the knives come out for putting him on waivers. If the criticism was because he waited this long to do so, then I could maybe get on board.

    It takes courage to put pride aside and make this decision. This is a good thing, not a bad thing.

    Bad would be Tambellini telling Kreuger to play Eager so the free agent signing doesn’t make him look bad.

  128. B S says:

    justDOit,

    Right, but the current education system glosses over critical thinking skills and science in favour of just getting everyone a diploma that they don’t have to try too hard for and shipping them off to Fort McMurray. Introductory university students come in with an inability to form even simply structured arguments (because, then, if, therefore), or differentiate between evidence and suppositions. It scares the hell out of me because it turns people into irrational, ignorant sheep, rather than intelligent informed consumers, voters, employees.

  129. B S says:

    ashley,

    Where’s the criticism of this move? Everyone seems in agreement with it. The move I’m interested in is Brown’s performance, and ice-time. Hardly anyone liked that move when it was made (I, like many others, was neutral) but now I’m wondering if Krueger has been getting through to Tambellini about what he wants on the team (I don’t think Renney ever got to ice the team he wanted) or if Tambellini’s actually started to get an idea of what the Oilers need to ice for a roster, as in he actually considered whether Brown would be a good fit.

    It’s worth noting that Brown stepped right into the lineup after the trade, which leads me to suspect Kreuger knew what he was getting.

  130. spoiler says:

    Нинтендо⁶⁴: spoiler, Rebuilding D first brings all the talent to the critical mass right around the time you end up with 3C hitting their prime:2000 Brooks Orpik D2001 Colby Armstrong RW2002 Ryan Whitney D2003 Marc-Andre Fleury G2004 Evgeni Malkin C2005 Sidney Crosby C2006 Jordan Staal CAlso see Blackhawks, Chicago

    My point exactly.

  131. stevezie says:

    Why even meatheads like me should be glad to see Eager on waivers:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llWnBfoRfwQ

    Re: Howson
    GMs of expansion teams are almost always doomed to fail because a lack of organizational depth and difficulty attracting free agents will always sink them. The exception is Poile (with a huge assist from Trotz). Edmonton purposely decimating themselves to the point of an expansion team was a mistake because it is really, really hard to build these things back up. (No bonus points for finishing last by 20 points)

    Howson did an okay though not genius-level job (I’m with Rikki on this one). Really what sunk him was the Carter trade which was probably mandated by ownership (win now or be fired!) That and sticking with Mason. If Bobrovsky gets there one year earlier… Other than that his biggest crime was a lack of genius.

    Don’t fault him for picking up Moreau- he had the cap space and roster spots to take a chance. Garth Snow is a decent GM if only because of his liberal use of the waiver wire.

    It’s the moves Tambo hasn’t made that inspire hate. I guess this is preferable to making bad moves, but mediocrity isn’t much of an endorsement. I don’t blame him for us not being a playoff team, but I have yet to here a good argument against insuring against Whitney problems and getting a better 5th line centre when Horcoff went down. Those two moves would probably have been worth three points and a mulligan against Minnesota.

  132. B S says:

    stevezie,

    I believe the saying for that is “don’t tell daddy how to F___” Schooled by the old man.

    RE: the Carter trade only makes sense if Carter wanted out. For all the MSM bullsh#$ about how Carter wasn’t performing, he had good numbers on a terrible team, and was on pace for 30 goals until he was injured, exactly what was expected of him. Howson had the data to back himself up and say, ‘Carter is helping the team, and we would be in a lot better shape if it weren’t for injuries. If we trade now we won’t get what we need and it will take years to recover’ Unfortunately Howson gave in to popular opinion and sunk the team. A good GM recognizes what is working and what is and acts accordingly, not succumbing to fan and media pressure. Tambellini does this last part really well, the first two not so much

  133. DeadmanWaking says:

    Last night I was skimmy-dipping Getting Things Done by David Allen. It’s not the book I most wished to attend, but the due date is looming, and other method-Done addicts have placed their claims.

    One passage jumped out at me in which he motivates his “natural” planning model. Here the word “natural” means what we learned in kindergarten and should continue doing, in contrast to how we behave in high-drama organizations having reached our adult years. (No one ever notices a low-drama organization, so we can lump these in with unicorns and knockout women who publicly bare their breasts.) Bear in mind that the natural way to add numbers in kindergarten is to count fingers, and that nothing at all could be less natural than literacy. Another book I’m reading concurrently, Attack of the Copula Spiders laments the advent of the post-literate society.

    Henry Miller’s work was banned in the United States. But not anymore. No need to burn or memorize or smuggle books because, in fact, nobody reads them anyway. School boards routinely and quietly choose what classics our children can’t read, and nobody cares.

    Perhaps he did suck me in after all; likely it’s the book’s author, Douglas Glover doing the lamenting. I’m going to dump that sentence about the diabolical inner workings of school boards into my special glass jar where I quarantine “MacT is an idiot”; you might hate the outcome, but you’re not on a course to set things straight having confused black with white.

    At the outset of this essay he mentions Don Quixote, then Mansfield Park and finally Fahrenheit 451, to heft this paving stone into place:

    In order to preserve books from the book-burners, they become books. But, chillingly, as a character in the book tells Montag, it’s not as if the book bans and [book burning] firemen were necessary. “The public itself stopped reading of its own accord.”

    Right at that point in my reading, I said to myself–actually speaking out loud to my voice recorder–in paraphrase “this is a three part device (the three books mentioned) in chronological order, of considerable span over time and genre; I wonder what’s his design here”.

    Here’s a quiz: How many of you can tell what a gerund is? [... compound vs complex sentence ... subordination / inversion for effect] Everyone seems to know how to write a simile but how many consciously experiment with parallel construction, image patterning, puns, aphorisms? [... who pays attention to revision ...] How many of you study or even notice the structure of sentences and paragraphs in the work of authors you admire? [... and then studiously compare with your own ...] How many make technical notes in the margins, count repetitions, note the elaborations of image patterns on a single page, in a whole work? When was the last time you read a piece of literature more than once? More than twice? More than three times? When was the last time you forced yourself through a difficult work that seemed initially unreadable to you even though you knew its greatness by reputation? Don’t answer.

    Dude, thanks a bunch for assuming the worst. Oh, and while I’m at it, I’m digesting and divesting your ideas, too. For instance, who has time? If Conrad Black made it through War and Peace three times unbroken, its only because his crafty managed-time junket has reached the punitive straights where there’s not a single plummy word remaining in his favourite, fat-assed thesaurus warranting a double or triple underline; he’s your classically-educated busy man.

    The GTD method is primarily a bottom-up thing, but natural planning flips the egg timer and sifts from the top down: definition, vision, brainstorming, organizing, and identifying next actions–in exactly that natural order. Recall that the natural method for adding number is to count fingers. Recall that my topic sentence (index finger of the left hand) of my topic paragraph (middle finger of the right hand–if you’re part of a culture that counts the thumb last) seemed to convey that I was about to launch into commentary on a “passage that jumped out at me”, before I lost it over the word “natural” which drifted into a swipe at this unthinking epitaph of literacy, whose demise–in a fit of “kids these days” pique–was greatly exaggerated.

    Shall we? Here it is:

    People are starved for “wins” these days. We love to play games, and we like to win, or at least be in a position where we could win. And if you’re not totally clear about the purpose of what you’re doing, you have not chance of winning [like totally]. Purpose defines success. It’s the primal reference point for any investment of time and energy, from deciding to run for elective office to designing a form.

    Oh dear. Am I winning? Don’t answer.

    I guess I’ve always wanted to be winning, though I end my prayer “but not yet”. You see, to be winning one must court approval, and approval is death on wheels. “When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died chortling in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car, which never tidily debarks at the seething tower.” What makes GTD a compelling read is the marginal quote on page 69: I’ve always wanted to be somebody. I should have been more specific. — Lily Tomlin. There it is, Mr Allen has won me over for the rest of the book. Now it’s kind of cruel to say this, but Mr Glover’s book also improves immensely when he’s quoting others. He lards his exposition with passages from Tolstoy and Virginia Woolf and when these appear, one suddenly goes “my, my, an author has entered the building”. I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a poor writer but he’s definitely jaded. But then, a man who lards with Tolstoy and Woolf definitely has confidence. Confidence goes a long way. “Ah, so by that rationale, if a pulp fiction hack had more confidence, he would cease to be filthy hack. Is that true?” Well, I’ve read several books lately that were top heavy on charm and light on substance, and not one of these creamy confections came anywhere close to being “ten times more charmin’ than that Arnold on Green Acres”.

    Am I winning? Don’t answer.

    A paradox has emerged in this new millennium: people have enhanced quality of life, but at the same time they are adding to their stress levels by taking on more than they have the resources to handle. It’s as though their eyes were bigger than their stomachs.

    This declares the underlying value system of David Allen and GTD: modern life has degenerated into an aspirational rat race. As trite as that sounds, even Daniel Kahneman agrees: six hard hours breaking soil behind your least favourite ox does little to deplete one’s multitasking reserves. Life has indeed changed.

    This fresh today: Neanderthals’ large eyes ’caused their demise’

    Turns out that the demand of big vision doesn’t spare enough neural tissue for actually getting there–according to the infallible logic of headline grabbing conjecture. I read also today that the office of infallibility is no longer vacant. What a relief. In any case, I distrust the colour of this Neanderthal smoke more than most, though it’s certainly entertaining.

    I’m personally not that keen on responsibility. For one thing, “responsibility and desire just butt heads”. The problem with responsibility these days is that it’s too darn busy. Is it no longer possible to live a life of industry without constantly feeling busy, or falling prey to a world-class busyness management system? Murakami also says that an author–or any kind of creative person–needs to make space by stringent application of structure and discipline; this is certainly true, yet all the same it feels different than when it grows an exoskeleton and bursts its telescopic maw through the alluring book jacket of GTD, right underneath the empowerment subtitle, typeset in austere Helvetica with a distance-runner’s physique and blushed complexion–an optimally primal and non-threatening hint of teacher’s red–which calmly beckons us to embrace The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

    Here’s the most amazing quote of all:

    At least a portion of your mind is really kind of stupid, in an interesting way. If it had any innate intelligence, it would remind you of things you need to do only when you could do something about them.

    Did the man entirely skip male puberty, or what? I’ve been reading a lot about the lizard brain, as has been apparent in my writing. Describing the nether depths as “kind of stupid” is simply not on the path to any insight worth having. Disorderly, yes; stupid, no. Writers cogitate. We want our “stuff” to keep boiling back up to the surface, where it might actually encounter the content of the moment, that unique gift that made Murakami the special author he is (by reputation, for me, still, until I actually read his fiction, starting with Woodguy’s favourite).

    I spurted my seethe the other day, declaring that my goal in life is to master the erratic and meandering vines up above the curated hedge-maze of straight-line accomplishment as viewed through the small porthole of human rationality; I’m diligently working my toward a good, steady, roiling seethe about all things at all times. No day trips to the seething tower, I’ve got too many cauldrons to skim. Yes, this keeps me busy, but not Dave Allen busy.

    Here’s the thing. After watching Living in Emergency about the lives of MSF personnel out in the field, the field of conflict, main-lining medical stress minute by minute, hour by hour, having always too little to give to meet too much demand, I’m moved to box up a few copies of GTD at my own expense and fire them off to beleaguered do-gooders taking up medical missions in remote outposts of Somalia, Rwanda, or Sudan. Surely they will welcome the art of stress-free productivity with open arms. “People want wins.”

    Actually, half the movie deals with the ever-present, underlying reality that every doctor who signs up knows that in the big picture of things, there are no wins in the festering sink-holes of human conflict. Many of these doctors are running from something–they openly admit this. One, in particular, seems to be running from the bureaucracy of efficiency without cause, only to discover that cause without efficiency is not one whit better. There’s a messy divorce sequence with the charismatic Chef du Mission. He succumbs to frustration and they lose a promising doctor.

    Hawkeye had one win after another under the meatball surgery tent–more wins than any other surgical tent in all of North Korea–and this leads him to the joyous drink of a satisfied man, or so I understand the plot.

    Now for my five minute adrenaline rush massaging my markup masterpiece. Today I’m determined to chalk this challenge under the W.

  134. stevezie says:

    B S,

    I agree- Tambeliini’s ability to ignore popular opinion is one of his greatest strengths.

  135. godot10 says:

    The reason you use a compliance buyout on Eager is to free up one of the 50 contracts.

    I think Belanger will be a pressbox player, forward #14 next year, rather than bought out. Waiver wire fodder. As we found out this year, you can’t have too many centres. Belanger is still passable as a 4th line centre backup. He can win draws and PK.

  136. ashley says:

    B S,

    I was referring to the Staples article quoted upthread.

    Hockey is filled with ego driven, arrogant men. Arrogant men think they know it all, are reluctant to change, and don’t learn from their mistakes. If Tambellini comes out in the press saying we made a mistake, and Eager didn’t work out as they had thought, I will be delighted. Humility is the road to a better hockey club, or a better anything. More Hitchcock, less Burke or Quinn.

    On the other hand, if Tambellini comes out in the press and makes excuses for the signing like: “Eager didn’t play well here. He had a lot of injuries, and didn’t play as well as he has in the past”, then I’ll be disappointed. Perhaps it could be argued he is protecting the player’s fragile psyche, but to me it will just look like he is protecting his own ego.

  137. CrazyCoach says:

    spoiler: I believe there are class action lawsuits a-comin’. I know the NFL is paying very close attention to the legal ramifications of concussions and head injuries. What they knew and when, kind of like the tobacco industry. And the lawyers might go after HIgh School football and College first.

    There are class action suits by a group of former NFL players who charge that the NFL knew about the inherent risks associated with brain injuries, but did nothing about it. This is actually a step up from previous cases, because in previous cases, any good league lawyer would simply say that all players know the inherent risks associated with playing any sport, but chose on their own free will to participate.

    I think hockey learned a valuable lesson about player safety when they mandated mandatory full facial protection for players back in the late 70′s. Dr. Tom Pashby lobbied heavily for full face guards and his legacy will be that eye injuries have virtually disappeared from minor hockey. However, as many of you know who coached hockey through the 80′s & 90′s, the full face guard gave kids a false sense of absolute security, and as the eye injuries disappeared, the rate of concussion rose dramatically. It could be argued that full facial protection put the head in play. Nowadays, there are rules that protect the head and much more education given to coaches and players on dangerous hits. Mike Bossy was very instrumental in lobbying for safer hockey after his career was shortened due to a questionable hit (Ironically, in one of his safe hockey videos he uses dangerous actions in showing how to receive and give a hit).

    If there are ever any changes to rules in the quest for player safety, you have to look at the long term and ask yourself how will this rule change affect the way the game is played.

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