Craig MacTavish has some holes to fill this summer, and some of them are going to be expensive. Things like a top 4D and a 2line L will eat up much of the available cap space, and buying items like an improved 4line and a backup goaltender might have to be acquired via the bargain bin.
Which brings me to today’s thought: How likely are we to see former Oilers–warriors under MacT–return to the organization? There are a ton of candidates, as many of the men brought in during MacT’s time are still playing somewhere in organized hockey. Here’s a sampling:
- Raffi Torres: I don’t think he’ll cost the moon, and would be a very nice addition. Raffi’s famous for lots of reasons, but strangely being an effective hockey player isn’t one of them. MacT would certainly know what he can bring.
- Denis Grebeshkov: Still only 29, he struggled this past season with two KHL clubs but played well as a young man under MacT (with some growing pains).
- Patrick Thoresen: Big time player now in the KHL, MacT liked him then, maybe he likes him now.
He also coached guys like Kevin Connauton and Chris Tanev in Chicago, so maybe they’re on the radar too.
The OKC Barons face the Grand Rapids Griffins starting this weekend in the next round of the AHL playoffs.
The story here (for me, anyway) is the number of prospects who are contributing to the team’s success. OKC coach Todd Nelson doesn’t give time away to prospects–as it should be–so legit prospects Taylor Fedun, Brandon Davidson, Anton Lander, Martin Marincin, Tyler Pitlick, Phil Cornet and Toni Rajala are all getting experience in a tough league and showing well.
Guys like Marincin and Lander may see NHL action next fall, guys like Rajala and Fedun are going to force the issue sooner or later, and guys like Pitlick are showing well after a long stretch of injury and ineffectiveness.
Today’s Lowdown with Lowetide features:
- Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey. We’ll talk MacT’s shopping list and possible options.
- Kirk Luedeke from Redline Report Kirk has information on a lot of draft picks we don’t see (NCAA, USHL, EJHL) and will pass along updates. We may spend a minute or two on the Bruins as well.
- Daren Millard from Sportsnet. We’ll talk Memorial Cup and NHL draft.
- Rugby Canada has a big event this coming weekend in Edmonton, we’ll talk about the sport and its growth.
- Jeff Krushell from Krush Health. We’ll talk baseball, surviving the NHL playoffs and a few other items.
Ten to noon on Team 1260.