CANUCKS AT OILERS G48 (12-13) 27.4.13

Entering tonight’s game, Taylor Hall is tied for 9th in points in the entire NHL. He’s also 7th in the league in 5×5/60, worthy of the kind of attention John Tavares is enjoying this season. Tavares is tied for 12th in scoring, tied for 49th in 5×5/60. I’m not saying the world should shun Tavares and exalt Hall, but some credit is clearly due.

hall 5x5

The last time the Oilers drafted this kind of player I was in my 20′s and full of piss and vinegar. I’m in my 50′s now, and I promise not to take this fellow for granted. As long as Taylor Hall plays in an Oiler uniform, there will be at least one reason to watch Oilers hockey. He’s the real thing.

George Jones died yesterday. I used to watch him on television as a kid, and he was on the radio a lot too (my Dad loved country music, the more fiddle the better) and George Jones sang it his way. This was my favorite song, it seemed to have a happier ending than the other songs (country song writers kill off everything–the love, the marriage, the house, the booze, the guitar, the land, the money, the dog, the tractor, everyone gets it–especially the train) on the radio and television. The stories about him are legion and he was truly an original. RIP.

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Ales Hemsky took the usual verbal from the Oiler fanbase and some media members this season, with cries of no heart etc. Coach Ralph Krueger told us this week that there was a lot more than attitude in play:

  • Krueger: “He’s had a crack (bone) and won’t be a candidate for the worlds (Czech) team.” Story is here.

In a hockey mad city like Edmonton, Hemsky’s skills over a decade have been a wonder but there are issues. There is an entire wing of the fanbase who view him as a lollygagger who can’t be bothered to make an effort in practice or speak to the media when called upon. I was in conversation awhile with a hockey guy I respect and said “you know, the Oilers are going to trade that guy and he’s going to score 80 points and make the deal look foolish.” The response: you Hemsky fans always say that, he’s never scored 80 here and that’s what matters.

Sure. Except Hemsky HAS delivered over the years. Let’s look at his point-per-game totals by year:

  • Age 19: .508
  • Age 20: .479
  • Age 21: lockout
  • Age 22: .951 (Stanley run season)
  • Age 23: .828
  • Age 24: .959
  • Age 25: .917
  • Age 26: 1.000
  • Age 27: .894
  • Age 28: .522
  • Age 29: .526

The last two seasons reflect role (Eberle’s presence and now Yakupov’s) and that is reflected in TOI:

  • 2007-08: 14:31EV; 3:52 PP
  • 2008-09: 14:18EV; 4:14 PP
  • 2009-10: 14:08EV; 3:45 PP
  • 2010-11: 14:16EV; 3:13 PP
  • 2011-12: 15:25EV; 2:08 PP
  • 2012-13: 13:00EV; 2:38 PP

If the Oilers run a RW depth chart of Eberle-Yakupov-Hemsky next season, I’d bet the EV and PP numbers either remain in this area or are reduced. So, we’re basically one year away from Hemsky taking less money to stay or leaving town. Whenever a new GM comes in there’s a roster reset, a change in philosophy that can change perception of a player (we may be seeing this with Dubnyk currently, as a for instance).

I don’t think there’s many in hockey who know Ales Hemsky better than MacT. I doubt he trades 83 for 50 cents on the dollar, and that means coach Krueger is going to have two solid pieces for his bottom 6F (Horcoff-Hemsky) this fall. Or at least I think he will.

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The same article from Matty has Peckham getting mono, a fitting end to a horrible season for the young man (talk about a country song: “What made Gary Bettman famous, made a loser out of me!”). I can’t imagine he returns to the Oilers, but wish him the best in his new town.

Bob McKenzie talked about the possibility of the Oilers trading their pick at the draft this year:

  • “What the Edmonton Oilers really don’t need is another 18-year-old blue chipper. They need some help right now and using that first round pick as currency could get them that help right now … (or) … They may use the pick, but they may try and parlay it into something immediate.”

I don’t see that happening, but a trade down is possible. If the Oilers end up drafting 7th (it’ll be 1st, 6th or 7th) it could mean that all of MacKinnon, Barkov, Monahan and Lindholm (the center’s) are off the board when they pick. We know from rumblings deep beneath the earth’s surface that Edmonton covets Curtis Lazar–who was ranked 25th on the mid-season McKenzie. Could the Oilers deal from from 7th to say 17th and get Lazar? Would that get them a useful piece?

It looks like there’s a spot after the top 5 players in this draft, so the value may not be high. My guess for the Oilers board (top 7):

  1. Seth Jones
  2. Nathan MacKinnon
  3. Jonathan Drouin
  4. Sasha Barkov
  5. Sean Monahan
  6. Elias Lindholm
  7. Anthony Mantha

After those players, Finn D Ristolainen and OHL defender Nurse are possibles but my guess is that the Oilers have Lazar in their top 10.

  • Evan Daum: “Word on the street – or press box in this case – is the Edmonton Oilers are extremely high on draft prospect Curtis Lazar. The whispers of “wouldn’t he look good on the Oilers’ third line?” have gotten louder in recent weeks.”

The RE series will begin this coming week, we’ll have draft and review stuff for the next month and a half. I’ve chosen Bruce Springsteen as the artist for RE this spring, if that’s an issue please speak now and suggest an alternative. I’ve always loved this song–if you’ve ever felt like an outcast then Wild Bill’s Circus should feel a little like home.

A lot of people are pissed about last night’s win, but for me it feels right. The Oilers should be turning the corner, and 30th, 30th, 29th, 24th is at least some progress. And I do think that the hockey Gods were probably grumbling about the Oilers suckitude and discussing plans of action. Last night’s W appeased the Gods, and it was fun to watch Hall and Yak City confound and humiliate.

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  1. uni says:

    spoiler: No difference. It’s weird because the comment box on my work laptop works better than on my home laptop, and they’re both running IE9.But I rarely get punted off the site, or logged out like the iOS users.

    Now lets have us some Oiler Qapla’.

    Hmm…try one more think, in the same general area set the Document Mode to IE9 standards and the Browser Mode to IE Standard.

    If that doesn’t work you might want to see what those 2 values are set at on one laptop and duplicate it on the other. IE has a lot of garbage around their modes.

  2. spoiler says:

    uni: Hmm…try one more think, in the same general area set the Document Mode to IE9 standards and the Browser Mode to IE Standard.

    Document mode already set to IE9 standards. No such choice under Browser mode. Will compare to my workbox on Monday.

  3. Gret99zky says:

    I sincerely hope CBC loses the rights to HNIC.

    Just can’t stand this crew. Except Elliotte.

    Hopefully TSN gets the rights.

  4. Lucinius says:

    Friedman with the only intelligent comments during the intermission, regarding the Oilers.

    God I hate CBC’s hockey coverage. How do you manage to be worse than Sportsnet?

  5. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Gret99zky:
    I sincerely hope CBC loses the rights to HNIC.

    Just can’t stand this crew.Except Elliot.

    Hopefully TSN gets the rights.

    hear hear.

    also. crap. flush this year already.

    also. just realized OKC is playing RK’s son’s team.

  6. Gerta Rauss says:

    Ditto on Friedman.

  7. uni says:

    I could go on for hours on IE’s checkered history. At least Quirks Mode is dead. For a long time there was feldercarb only IE used. Microsoft with their BS ignoring of standards has been the bane of web developers for going on 2 decades now.

  8. Lucinius says:

    uni,

    I still miss Netscape.

    *Cough*

  9. RickDeckard says:

    Gret99zky,

    Or more accurately, CTV. Saturday games on CTV (since they actually broadcast outside the big cities), Wednesday games on TSN. Hell, give Sportsnet a Friday night broadcast on their national channel.

  10. Lucinius says:

    Iron man streaks should require you play in each period, at least.

  11. spoiler says:

    We see that set play to Schultz on the powerplay a lot.

  12. vishcosity says:

    Pretty nice powerplay. Smyth was on it to get the call too. Patterns say these should be 20 good minutes.

  13. vishcosity says:

    Ah smitty. I probably shouldn’t have posted that.

  14. spoiler says:

    Re: Cherry’s comments on fighting and winning…

    While fighting itself might not lead directly to winning, if it is thought of as an indication of how emotionally and physically involved the Oilers have been in games this year, then I have to be the contrarian and agree with Cherry.

    Not saying they would have needed to fight all these losses to have a better record, but I would have liked to have seen the same emotion and physicality.

  15. Lucinius says:

    Paajarvi…!

    Boo.

  16. spoiler says:

    Is Cherry laughing at us now?

  17. Lucinius says:

    Eberle (J. Schultz, N. Schultz)

    Oilers had the better of the second.. some really close ‘almosts’.

  18. vishcosity says:

    spoiler:
    Is Cherry laughing at us now?

    I think there are only about 3 of us (type 2/3 fans) watching the game, so, no, probably not.

  19. spoiler says:

    vishcosity: I think there are only about 3 of us (type 2/3 fans) watching the game, so, no, probably not.

    I just thank Gord that we don’t see him this intermission, because you gotta know he’d relate the goal to Smid’s wonderful antics.

  20. Lucinius says:

    So..

    Anyone know how the Bieksa/Smid penalties broke down?

    NHL.com has it as Smid getting two for roughing (I can see that) and two for tripping (wtf? no one fell down, even), and nothing for Bieksa… yet they played 5v5? How did he not get something for throwing off the gloves and throwing punches at Smid who did zero in retaliation?

    Edit: Nevermind.. they updated it with Bieksa getting double minor for roughing. But still.. how’d Smid get four? There was no trip.

  21. RickDeckard says:

    Lucinius,

    Updated to a slash on Bieksa and a rough on Kesler.

  22. Lucinius says:

    RickDeckard,

    Meh. I just don’t see the second penalty on Smid. Roughing or slashing, not both (and both on Kesler).

  23. striatic says:

    all this talk about St. Louis winning the Art Ross means Hall puts in a 13 point 3rd period to steal it.

  24. spoiler says:

    Lucinius:
    So..

    Anyone know how the Bieksa/Smid penalties broke down?

    NHL.com has it as Smid getting two for roughing (I can see that) and two for tripping (wtf? no one fell down, even), and nothing for Bieksa… yet they played 5v5? How did he not get something for throwing off the gloves and throwing punches at Smid who did zero in retaliation?

    Edit: Nevermind.. they updated it with Bieksa getting double minor for roughing. But still.. how’d Smid get four? There was no trip.

    I don’t know why they called it tripping but I think it was for an elbow on Kesler.

    Ahh, slash, that makes more sense, then roughing on Bieksa. I can see that.

  25. Lucinius says:

    Oh please, Khrudey. Bull shit that was an accident and he was stopping.

  26. spoiler says:

    I think Lou just made Hrudey cum in his pants.

  27. spoiler says:

    Yak attack! Looked like a matter of time though.

  28. Lucinius says:

    YAK!

  29. vishcosity says:

    Yak’s celebrations are tremendous. I just love that kid.

  30. Lucinius says:

    Give credit where credit is due, though.. Luongo has kept the Canucks in this one.

  31. spoiler says:

    vishcosity:
    Yak’s celebrations are tremendous.I just love that kid.

    Pure exuberance.

  32. Lucinius says:

    vishcosity,

    Cherry will be displeased with Yak, again.

    One more reason to love the kid.

  33. Lucinius says:

    Bah. Smid…

  34. vishcosity says:

    And they follow up with Jones Belanger and Lander.

    SIGH.

  35. Lucinius says:

    vishcosity,

    They weren’t the problem, though; they’d applied some good pressure before Smid made the wrong decision to pinch.

  36. spoiler says:

    That kid sitting right in front of Yak is going to be talking about that celly all summer long.

  37. Gerta Rauss says:

    spoiler,

    Yeah, I saw that….nice.

  38. speeds says:

    Bob McKenzie tweet:

    https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/328360503493681152

    @coreypronman no guarantees of course but I’ll be curious to see which outside of 7 prospect might unseat one of SJ, NM, JD, AB, EL, VN, SM.

    Which would seem to indicate McKenzie is hearing there is seen to be a clear top 7. If so, better hope either EDM (obviously) or one of teams as 1-6 wins the lottery.

  39. vishcosity says:

    Lucinius:
    vishcosity,

    They weren’t the problem, though; they’d applied some good pressure before Smid made the wrong decision to pinch.

    They all three were down by the goal line when the puck got turned over. If a d man pinches, one of the forwards is kinda supposed to be back.

    Well, teams that win, they do stuff like that.

  40. Lucinius says:

    vishcosity,

    They were all down low when Smid decided to pinch, however. Its on Smid at that point to know not to pinch.

  41. TemujinBC says:

    Wow Dubnyk

  42. Lucinius says:

    J. Schultz!

  43. striatic says:

    Gerta Rauss: That kid sitting right in front of Yak is going to be talking about that celly all summer long.

    this is what i hate about Cherry and his entitled attitude.

    he and other broadcasters get to go to all these games for free. they get paid to go. they call games like this one “meaningless”.

    if it is so meaningless, why is that family paying 100s of dollars to sit up on the glass? if it is so meaningless, why are the fans watching and justifying the broadcaster’s jobs?

    hockey games aren’t meaningless because hockey is FUN. maybe it isn’t so fun for those whose job it is to go to games or analyze them on TV but letting that get jaded attitude get in the way of that kid on the glass and Yakupov celebrating together is total bullshit. Yakupov kissing his Oilers crest will be one of the defining images for Oilers fans coming out of this remarkably disappointing season.

    fuck that sexist blowhard killjoy.

  44. vishcosity says:

    The forwards never really had possession of the puck, yet all three committed deep.

    Then the next sequence the nucks get three shots on one drive because, again, the forwards aren’t back.

    Junior is having quite a game. I think I read somewhere today that he was selected for the Worlds. If he wasn’t before, he probably will be after this.

  45. spoiler says:

    Gord Dammit, I want a Yaktrick.

  46. Lucinius says:

    YAK!!!

  47. fuzzy muppet says:

    Yak for Calder!

  48. Numenius says:

    Ebs!!!

  49. spoiler says:

    Wow is right.

  50. Lucinius says:

    EBS!

  51. Gerta Rauss says:

    I think Huberdeau got 3 points tonight..Yak has got to get 1 more to make the Calder interesting.

  52. jake70 says:

    Of course Huberdeau had 3 assists in his last game. Looks like Yak needs one more point to tie.

  53. striatic says:

    Goalie controversy in Vancouver!

  54. vishcosity says:

    That may have been the best five minutes in the last three years.

  55. BlacqueJacque says:

    YAKUPOV HAT TRICK! holy shit

  56. Numenius says:

    Yaktrick!!

  57. striatic says:

    Gerta Rauss: I think Huberdeau got 3 points tonight..Yak has got to get 1 more to make the Calder interesting.

    Huberdeau’s plus/minus is -15

    Yakupov has more Goals.

    Huberdeaus ..

    HOLY SHIT!

  58. Gret99zky says:

    Yaktrick!

  59. jake70 says:

    Ahahah…..woohooo.

  60. Gerta Rauss says:

    atta baby…!!!…Ya Ya Yak…

  61. spoiler says:

    YAKTRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Lucinius says:

    YAK TRICK!

  63. uni says:

    Yakupov with 3 goals to answer Huberdeau’s 3 primary assists. 1 more for the Calder?

  64. vishcosity says:

    Drink!

  65. TemujinBC says:

    Running up the score is bad karma.

    :D

  66. Gret99zky says:

    The last thing Cherry may see on this earth is a Yak celly.

  67. Aron_S says:

    What a beauty. Love reading this site and the comments and in the immortal words of Lowetide:
    I’m going to have a beer. And then I’ll have another. What a finish to the season.

    So does this offensive explosion mean Yak and Hall are in for some big bonuses?

  68. Gret99zky says:

    Later on after hours….

    Scott Oake: How about those 3 beauties by Yakupov?

    MacT: yah. It’s a shame I have to trade the kid.

    (drops mic)

  69. striatic says:

    in know this isn’t against the “real” Canucks but this is a much better note to go out on that a 0-3 Loss to them like last year.

  70. Lucinius says:

    Aron_S,

    If nothing else, I think they’ll get laid.

    Might be more important for them than the bonuses, even.

  71. Gret99zky says:

    pre-game:

    “If I score tonight I’ll come back for one more season.” — Ryan Smyth.

  72. Lucinius says:

    SMITHSON!

    His first point as an Oiler.

  73. jake70 says:

    If this was match play, I think the Canucks would just concede and get out of Dodge.

  74. spoiler says:

    I wonder if Hrudey has cancelled Bobby Lou’s first star yet.

  75. Gret99zky says:

    7uongo.

  76. Kris11 says:

    Technically the Yaktrick requires him to say something weirdly controversial, possibly due to a problem in translation.

    But I’ll take three goals as a YAAAKTRICK!

  77. Gerta Rauss says:

    jake70,

    I think the Canucks walked off the course after that 5th goal.

  78. Lucinius says:

    spoiler,

    Sad thing is that until this flurry Luongo had been stellar.

  79. TemujinBC says:

    spoiler,

    I’m surprised the Canucks haven’t given him the mercy pull, and let the back-up kid have a few minutes as an NHL goalie

  80. spoiler says:

    TemujinBC:
    Running up the score is bad karma.

    It will be interesting to see how your Canucks do this playoffs without first place and all the focus and pressure on them. Under the radar a bit.

  81. speeds says:

    Kind of off topic in the game thread the way this 3rd period has gone, but:

    An interesting series of tweets regarding the top of the draft between https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie and https://twitter.com/coreypronman

    Corey Pronman
    With final bottom 10 standings in place, should note that NHL scouts I’ve talked to feel the “top tier” of the draft runs 7-8 players deep.

    Bob McKenzie
    @coreypronman based on my surveys, there’s a little separation after 4 and a bigger one after 7. Scatter gun after 7.

    Corey Pronman ‏
    @TSNBobMcKenzie that’s about what I’ve heard as well. That top 4 differs is someone likes Nichushkin and Barkov a lot.

    Bob McKenzie
    @coreypronman I could be wrong but I think VN gets “factored” out of top 4.

    Corey Pronman
    @TSNBobMcKenzie absolutely, just talking talent-based not where Nich will be on a team’s board on draft day.

    Bob McKenzie
    @coreypronman For sure. My separation after 4 takes into account the “factor.” In a KHLless, passport free world, separation is after 5.

    Corey Pronman
    @TSNBobMcKenzie I even heard from one scout who thought Nich could be in discussion for 1-2 without the factor after his great Feb tourney.

    Bob McKenzie
    @coreypronman Agreed, but hasn’t been as good this wk. According to some I talked to, 5 of 6 wouldn’t take him top 5 tho they rank him top 5

  82. Lucinius says:

    TemujinBC,

    This. Very much this.

    Especially with Schneider nursing an injury.

  83. jake70 says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    jake70,

    I think the Canucks walked off the course after that 5th goal.

    Yeah and pull a Rory and have wisdom tooth issues.

  84. BlacqueJacque says:

    Oilers did a lot of damage to the goals for/against stat these past two nights.

  85. uni says:

    Very much looking forward to MacTavish tonight.

  86. Lucinius says:

    Oilers win last two games 13-3.

    Needed some of that offense in the eight games prior.

  87. TemujinBC says:

    spoiler,

    I really just don’t know what to think. Part of me thinks they’ll pull it all together and go on a run the Cup, but there’s an equal chance they shite the bed (especially against the Sharks) and are out in Round One.

    Derek Roy has been a real nice addition though. He could very well be a difference maker in the playoffs.

  88. Gret99zky says:

    TemujinBC:
    spoiler,

    I’m surprised the Canucks haven’t given him the mercy pull, and let the back-up kid have a few minutes as an NHL goalie

    The Canucks hate Roberto Luongo.

    Their bench was chanting, “We want 10.”

  89. spoiler says:

    With Schultz out-scoring the next defenseman by 8 points, he has to be in the Calder running.

  90. Gret99zky says:

    spoiler:
    With Schultz out-scoring the next defenseman by 8 points, he has to be in the Calder running.

    Votes are probably already in. I will be shocked if any Oilers are given cred.

  91. gogliano says:

    J. Schultz was robbed of the rookie of year honors in the AHL. We could be talking about the possibility of winning the same award in two different leagues.

    Don’t think he gets it but he deserves to be in the conversation.

  92. BlacqueJacque says:

    gogliano,

    Heh, yeah. How can you be the best defenceman in the entire league, but not its best rookie?

    Oilers will get screwed on the Calder.

    Oh snap, the Sharks scored with 2:26 left.

  93. maudite says:

    Same points 14 goals 14 assists, +10 better plus minus, 3 minutes less regular strength ice time a night (same PP time).

    Yak over Huberdeau

    but Conacher probably takes it.

  94. vishcosity says:

    I hope SJ wins this game because then the nucks get the Kings. I would LOVE to see that series. Especially after feeling ripped by the whole columbus thing.

  95. BlacqueJacque says:

    Yak has 17 goals now, 31 points. A better +/- than Hube and lower ice time.

    If anything, I think Gallagher is his competition.

  96. striatic says:

    maudite: Same points 14 goals 14 assists, +10 better plus minus, 3 minutes less regular strength ice time a night (same PP time).
    Yak over Huberdeau

    if only logic prevailed in these matters.

    like Gret99zky said, votes are probably already in.

  97. uni says:

    Lucinius,

    That’s easy, they just need the opposing teams to either be bottom feeders as well, or to sit most of their players including their entire first line.

  98. Gret99zky says:

    Luongo giving the Canucks a big Fuck You!

    Nice.

    Edit: Well, AV anyways.

  99. gogliano says:

    Also, for those keeping track. League rank in points up to 90:

    12. Hall
    37. Gagner
    40. Eberle
    76. Yakupov
    (RNH is 138th, J. Schultz 120th)

    Hopefully MacT knows how to fill out the rest of the order because this team has a lot of nice things.

  100. Gret99zky says:

    Our biggest hole is D.

    Mac, it’s the defense.

    the Blue.

    wtf?

  101. striatic says:

    Gret99zky: Our biggest hole is D.
    Mac, it’s the defense.
    the Blue.
    wtf?

    as a manager, he said the right thing.

    sure, we all know the biggest problem is the D, but he can’t say anything that lets the Fs and G think “it isn’t my problem”.

  102. skinny65 says:

    Gogliano, that’s wrong. Hall is 9th now. He passed datsyuk.

  103. Scotty LaDouche says:

    The Edmonton Oilers are a riddle wrapped in a cliché wrapped in a conspiracy theory.

  104. Gret99zky says:

    So Yak is first on the ice and last off in practice. Wonder what MacT was saying there?

  105. spoiler says:

    striatic,

    striatic: as a manager, he said the right thing.

    sure, we all know the biggest problem is the D, but he can’t say anything that lets the Fs and G think “it isn’t my problem”.

    He mentioned the Forwards twice in that response… Top 6 kids play away from the puck, and role players not doing enough.

  106. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    So I guess I’m not the only one googling “dark horse analytics”

    their website is down:

    http://darkhorseanalytics.com

  107. Gret99zky says:

    striatic,

    Good point.

    “And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.”

  108. regwald says:

    Darkhorse Analytics. Seems like the Oilers are using analytics more than it looks like on the ice.

  109. uni says:

    regwald,

    We won’t know that until we know what exactly this company is doing for them.

  110. Gerta Rauss says:

    Somebody better check on LT. I think he might have fallen and injured himself after that MacT interview.

  111. uni says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    He might have; after having beer, and then another. MacTavish keeps saying that talk is cheap and it’s what he does though, so let’s see what the man does.

  112. Gerta Rauss says:

    uni,

    Yup, talk is cheap. The easy part of this rebuild is over, now comes the difficult decisions.

  113. PunjabiOil says:

    Was at the game. The Oilers were trying to get Hall an assist, and he played the full 2 minute powerplay I believe. he was a little ”disappointed” when he didn’t get the assist on the Yakupov goal, but then followed it up with the assist on Schultz goal and all his teammates seemed to congratulate him.

    Happy for the guy. He earned that bonus. It’s human nature.

  114. rich says:

    Gerta nails it.

    The easy part of the rebuild IS over. There are a lot of tough decisions to make this summer and getting the right pieces is so easy to a lot of us arm-chair GM’s who tend to over-value our vets. But for MacT, if we’re going to take a step forward next year and beyond, what happens between now and probably mid-July is going to be the most important period in this team’s history.

    When teams call to talk trade, they want to see if we’re dumb enough to part with the kids (Hall, Yak, Nuge, Ebs, MPS, Petry, Schultz the Younger and Smid). Gagner might have some real value given the season and his age. Non one else is going to bring back any significant value other than the draft pick.

    Tough choices ahead.

  115. striatic says:

    Does anyone have an opinion on trying to sign Grant Clitsome as a UFA this summer?

  116. striatic says:

    rich: Non one else is going to bring back any significant value other than the draft pick.

    that’s why the UFA market is going to be so important to this club.

    there’s not a lot of obvious high value signings this year, so finding a diamond in the rough might be necessary.

  117. bookje says:

    NIce to see some Oiler Faces at the following site.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/rookies.htm

  118. bookje says:

    I expect that MacT will trade their 2014 first round draft pick.

  119. Gerta Rauss says:

    striatic: that’s why the UFA market is going to be so important to this club.

    there’s not a lot of obvious high value signings this year, so finding a diamond in the rough might be necessary.

    Agree 100% here. We’ll have to make a few trades for sure, but signing a Jagr/Iginla/Horton up front or a Scuderi/Gonchar/Streit on the back end will be crucial. More good players.

  120. rich says:

    striatic,

    Striatic – that’s why I’m cautiously optimistic that w/Howson and MacT involved, we might actually be a little better at finding these jewels moving forward.

    One of the things that this team did a decent job of back in the early 2000′s was finding those FA’s – and that magic seemed to disappear when it was just Lowe in the chair making decisions along w/Tambellini.

    My theory is that Lowe was not up to the pressure after 2006-07 and made some moves with the short term in mind – and in many cases stopped listening to some of the sound hockey advice around him. And as Howson left and MacT became more exasperated with the pieces that were handed to him, things got worse. Tambellini was never really in a position to challenge Lowe because he did not have the conviction of his decisions and the results speak for themselves.

  121. striatic says:

    so no opinions on Clitsome?

  122. stevezie says:

    Watching the BJs get their heart broke has me ready to sign on to the team that gets the closest to the playoffs without making it gets the 1st oa.

  123. Gerta Rauss says:

    striatic:
    so no opinions on Clitsome?

    I’m not that familiar with the player to comment in any detail, but he fits my criteria as a UFA that might be available to Edmonton. I think they need 1 puck mover and 1 stay at home type-whether you pencil both those guys in as your first pair or 1 on the first and 1 on the 3rd pair depends on who you can acquire.

  124. PunjabiOil says:

    Have a feeling the Oilers will pass on Nichushkin and select Nurse if it came to it. Too much potential baggage (threat of KHL, player indicating he wants to play straight in the NHL, poor U18s, etc).

    The team who gets him will have a good chance at a steal though.

    87.7% chance the Oilers draft in the top 7.

    4.7% chance they draft 1st overall.

  125. art vandelay says:

    That was a dominating win over the Chicago Wolves.

  126. Rocknrolla says:

    Lucinius:
    Friedman with the only intelligent comments during the intermission, regarding the Oilers.

    God I hate CBC’s hockey coverage. How do you manage to be worse than Sportsnet?

    Yes…Healy…PJ, can’t believe I just wrote that. Kevin WEAKs

    Please save us

  127. Ducey says:

    art vandelay,

    Keep smiling, Art.

  128. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    striatic:
    so no opinions on Clitsome?

    Don’t really know the player, but at first blush… He’s inspired my memory:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlCMg4xyT98

    Great name. Not as good as Johnny Oduya. Getting him would fill a critical organizational need. Ever since Kirill Tulupov left the organization we’ve been weak at this essential position.

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