COREY POTTER RE 12-13: PROVE IT ALL NIGHT

On the day Steve Tambellini put his stamp on the Edmonton Oilers (July 1, 2011), his “end of day” signing of minor league D Corey Potter was barely noticed. Two years later, it turns out to be his best move that day.

Corey Potter 11-12

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.60 (5th among Oil D, 141st in NHL)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 4.00 (3rd among Oil D, 38th in NHL)
  • Qual Comp: 4th toughest among D
  • Qual Team: 5th best available among D
  • Corsi Rel: 4.1 (2nd best among D)
  • Zone Start: 54.3% (easiest among D)
  • Zone Finish: 48.9% (4th best among D)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 98 shots/4.1% (4th among Oil D>40shots)
  • Boxcars: 62, 4-17-21
  • Plus Minus: -16 on a team that was -26

Corey Potter 12-13

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.38 (6th among Oil D)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 1.69 (3rd among Oil D)
  • Qual Comp: 7th toughest among D
  • Qual Team: 5th best available among D
  • Corsi Rel: 3.3 (3rd best among D) (-8.52 Corsi ON)
  • Zone Start: 46.1% (3rd tough among D)
  • Zone Finish: 47.8% (6th best among D)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 36 shots/8.33% (3th among Oil D>30shots)
  • Boxcars: 33, 3-1-4
  • Plus Minus: +8 on a team that was -15

2012-13 vollman oilers d

  1. What do these numbers tell us? You know, he was a pretty nice end of the batting order option for what was basically an expansion team. Size, speed, performs okay. He’s an expansion level player who turned out okay, could end up getting more NHL seasons.
  2. He’s an AHL player! There are many men who played 500 minor league games and never got a chance, and there’s a sliver of difference between those guys and the #6D who hang around the NHL for years and years. Potter’s one of those guys, and his size/speed probably puts him on the front edge. Good for him, he made it and has been able to keep the job for more than a cup of coffee.
  3. Expansion calibre D? Yeah. I don’t think there’s much difference, just luck and opportunity. If you go back and find some defenseman from 1984 who won the AHL defenseman of the league award–Garry Lariviere that year–basically that’s Potter 30 years ago.
  4. Where does he go from here? Potter is 29 now. He could play in the NHL for the next 5 years, or he could end up in the AHL by Halloween or get his marching orders to OKC in TC. It’s impossible to predict.
  5. Where did he play? Strictly third pairing, mostly with Whitney and Fistric. The WOWY tells us the Fistric-Potter pairing was superior but coach Krueger didn’t like it. My sense is they were giving Whitney every opportunity to prove it all night and that cost Fistric-Potter some playing time.
  6. He played pretty well with Nick Schultz, too. Sure, Potter can move the puck and can play some defense.
  7. Where will he rank on next year’s team? Probably 8th on the blue, and I do think they’ll keep 8 defenders. And of course he may not be on the team at all.
  8. What’s your depth chart? Well, I think it will go something like: ????-J Schultz; Smid-Petry; N Schultz-Klefbom; Fistric-Potter. Something like that.
  9. They’ll probably deal someone from that list in the trade for the question mark: Maybe. But Potter isn’t the kind of player you deal for, and if MacT trades Smid or Petry in a deal for Pietrangelo or Shattenkirk he’ll still have to add another defender.
  10. What’s the Potter cap hit? Very reasonable, $775k. That’s a big advantage, he’s a low end contract and if you had to send him on waivers you might lose him for that reason alone.
  11. Your Springsteen song selections are stuck in a rut. Too many 1970′s anthems, too many songs from Darkness. The River (5) and Born To Run (4) have been used a lot, but not Darkness (2). The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (3), Nebraska (2), Tunnel of Love (2) and then one each from Live 75/85, The Rising, Wrecking Ball and Born in the USA.
  12. You hate Born in the USA. I don’t hate it, I just think there’s a few songs that have been played to death and aren’t really pertinent to the subject at hand. This isn’t a “looking for some action” kind of team, it’s more a “I pulled over the side of the highway and watched his taillights disappear” kind of team.
  13. So, some of these players won’t be back? Seven or eight is my guess.
  14. Name them! Nikolai Khabibulin, Theo Peckham, Ryan Whitney, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Jarred Smithson, Lennart Petrell, Eric Belanger.
  15. What about Horcoff? Maybe, I think he’ll pass the C over and then complete his contract as a role player. If that doesn’t work, maybe he gets dealt, but that’s for down the road.
  16. So they keep Potter? They might. He doesn’t cost a lot, can be inserted when injuries/ineffectiveness occur and there’s no problem sitting him a week at a time and worrying over his development. He’s a perfect black ace.
  17. Black ace? Hockey term for taxi squad.
  18. Taxi squad? Lordy.
  19. If they flush him, who comes in and takes that job? I’ll say Denis Grebeshkov but really have no idea.
  20. What’s the biggest roadblock for his return? MacT has no attachment to the player, no loyalty, no real reason to keep him beyond the resume. When a team brings in a new GM, guys like Potter are vulnerable because (as mentioned above) there are lots of guys who have similar ability. Maybe some kid MacT coached in Chicago caught his eye, and maybe MacT gets him this summer.
  21. Kevin Connauton? Yes. At least that kind of guy. Managers like to put their stamp on things, change the direction and morale. Maybe Connauton is a funny guy or a holler guy and maybe Potter is the odd man out despite being a great teammate. When you live your life on that kind of fine line, it doesn’t take much to put you over.
  22. Prove it all night? Yes.

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  1. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Good stuff, LT.

    I grew to appreciate this player more this season than last, and more still as the season went on. No great shakes, third pairing all the way, but he did cut a fair bit of the chaos out of his game. That blue Corsi REL bubble is decent enough for a guy who started in his own zone a fair bit and who played twice as much with Whitney as with any other D partner.

  2. RexLibris says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Agreed. Funny thing is, even if he is cut from the team, I think he might just catch on somewhere else. Blueline injuries are a league-wide concern.

  3. RexLibris says:

    Connaughton is an interesting name to come up but…

    Pietrangelo? That’d be Petry a 1st and a scoring forward? That would count as bold. Love to see him in an Oilers jersey. Wait a minute, didn’t the Oilers get a pretty good blueliner from St. Louis once? Tall guy with a long stick, if I recall correctly.

  4. Pajamah says:

    RexLibris,

    Is Brewer, Woywitka, and Lynch > Petry, 2014 1st, and Paajarvi

    We shouldn’t have to give up more for Pietrangelo than we did for “he who shall not be named”

  5. Lowetide says:

    One of the reasons Pietrangelo or Shattenkirk might be available is cap space. The Blues have lots of room, but lots of rfa’s to sign too (Chris Stewart, Patrik Berglund, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ian Cole, Kris Russell) and they also need to improve their offense too.

    Maybe Petry and his very nice contract could be married to Hemsky get something done? Maybe the Oilers have to take some money back on top, so you add in Halak:

    St. Louis trades D Pietrangelo and Halak to Edmonton for D Petry, R Hemsky and ????

    I don’t know. Seems to me there’s something there and if you want to improve the defense getting a guy who can play 25 minutes a night capably is a good place to start.

  6. Mr DeBakey says:

    Plus, there’s always the famous, but never tried, double offer-sheet option:

    Offer Pietrangelo a front-loaded $5,000,000 per [a 1st & 3rd]
    and
    Shattenkirk a front-loaded $3.2 Million per [a 2nd]

  7. supernova says:

    Pietrangelo is as untouchable as Hall is to the oilers.

    If the blues are to move a D it would be most likely shattenkirk.

    If the blues are pinched maybe the would move one of their forwards.

    Backes is the perfect piece missing from the Top 6 for the oilers.

  8. bookje says:

    Speaking of Steve Tambellini, has anyone seen him since he was fired?? Does Katz have some private Gulag for those who fail him? Maybe that’s why Lowe has been so crazy.

  9. bookje says:

    Has anyone checked the Hershy Bears to see if Tambellini is folding towels for them or something?

  10. Lowetide says:

    bookje:
    Speaking of Steve Tambellini, has anyone seen him since he was fired??Does Katz have some private Gulag for those who fail him?Maybe that’s why Lowe has been so crazy.

    I read an article awhile back that had Tambellini watching his son practice somewhere in the lower mainland. If we know anything about him, it’s that he is extremely unlikely to say something in a hurry. He seems like a good and decent man, just miscast in the job he probably considered his dream.

  11. supernova says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    Plus, there’s always the famous, but never tried, doubleoffer-sheet option:

    Offer Pietrangeloa front-loaded $5,000,000 per [a 1st & 3rd]
    and
    Shattenkirk a front-loaded $3.2 Million per [a 2nd]

    This scenario is far more likely to happen then them willingly trading either D.

    Although I think Pietrangelo is going to be looking for a Doughty type contract maybe slightly less.
    $6 million times 5 years is probably the range.

    Shattenkirk is probably a $4 to $5 million a year contract for 5 years.

    I too think St. Louis is ripe for offer sheets and trade scenarios but I think they work really hard to keep their D and move one of the F aside from Cole and Russel.

  12. Lloyd B. says:

    St. Louis should be a good trading partner for the Oilers. They need to add some scoring and have the defensive assets we need. I’m not silly enough to engage in identifying specific players as I believe that is a mugs game but the two organizations should be able to make a really solid hockey trade that benefits both organizations.

  13. regwald says:

    Off topic, but from the last thread. Wasn’t home last night to read it.

    LT, you gave some credit to Tambo for the successes in OKC. I had this thought a while ago about Tambo. Does anyone know what Tambo was responsible for as assistant GM in Van ?

    I am wondering if one of his selling features to KLowe was his experience and plan for bringing back a viable farm team structure. He set up OKC, ensured the GM had to live in OKC to connect with the team and fans there. In fact, the first candidate for GM (was it Hay ? can’t remember) walked away after learning he had to live down there.

    So, I believe the credit for the new investment, structure and a significant success was the work of Tambo. Also, jettison of people like Billie Moores who was helping out with player development – all work of Tambo.

    Just some speculation, but I do believe Tambo had a good plan that was executed in OKC.

    Also, a few weeks back Stauffer was spittballing on twitter and he believes that MacT will reduce the focus of vets in OKC to “develop the young players” by giving more ice time, etc.

    Seems to me OKC is making the kids earn the ice (nothing wrong with that) and Todd Nelson seems to be pushing the right buttons. Just my thoughts.

    Sorry for the thread jacking.

  14. Woodguy says:

    I still think one year of Jbo would be interesting (i know he’s declined)

    What it does is get you through one year.

    14/15 might have better option available for Dmen.

    This year with the cap going down may give a good long term option, but if its not there, a short term deal would work.

    Certainly wouldn’t cost much either.

  15. Woodguy says:

    regwald,

    Also, jettison of people like Billie Moores who was helping out with player development – all work of Tambo.

    Billy Moores retired for other reasons.

    Very, very good hockey man to teach and mentor kids by many, many accounts.

    Rick Carriere was a good replacement as well.

  16. Captain Happy says:

    Lowetide:
    One of the reasons Pietrangelo or Shattenkirk might be available is cap space. The Blues have lots of room, but lots of rfa’s to sign too (Chris Stewart, Patrik Berglund, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ian Cole, Kris Russell) and they also need to improve their offense too.

    Maybe Petry and his very nice contract could be married to Hemsky get something done? Maybe the Oilers have to take some money back on top, so you add in Halak:

    St. Louis trades D Pietrangelo and Halak to Edmonton for D Petry, R Hemsky and ????

    I don’t know. Seems to me there’s something there and if you want to improve the defense getting a guy who can play 25 minutes a night capably is a good place to start.

    Don’t you think a full, healthy season of Tarasenko plus the additions of Jaden Schwartz and Ty Rattie will be enough to bolster the Blue’s offence?

    They also brought up Dmitrij Jaskin from the Moncton Wildcats for a couple of games at the end of the season. He’s their 2nd round pick from 2011 and scored 46 goals and 99 points in his final year in the Q.

    Can’t imagine anything the Oilers would be willing to send their way that would pry Pietrangelo from their hands.

    Considering the Blues have the second lowest current payroll in the league and almost $25 million in free cap space I would think trying offer sheets on Pietrangelo or Shattenkirk would have to be massive overpays to be successful.

    I have heard they may be willing to deal Patrick Berglund.

  17. spoiler says:

    Woodguy:
    regwald,

    Also, jettison of people like Billie Moores who was helping out with player development – all work of Tambo.

    Billy Moores retired for other reasons.

    Very, very good hockey man to teach and mentor kids by many, many accounts.

    Rick Carriere was a good replacement as well.

    Tambo was the guy that hired Moores as head of Player Development. I believe he is still on the Oiler staff as a consultant to that department and also handles some pro-scouting duties.

  18. regwald says:

    Woodguy,

    Yes, I had heard very positive things about Moores for sure.

  19. admiralmark says:

    Your listed 8 names leaving is an absolute dream come true.

  20. speeds says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    Plus, there’s always the famous, but never tried, doubleoffer-sheet option:

    Offer Pietrangeloa front-loaded $5,000,000 per [a 1st & 3rd]
    and
    Shattenkirk a front-loaded $3.2 Million per [a 2nd]

    No chance that works with those 2 players, and O/S in that range. STL has too much cap space.

    I don’t see why STL fails to match anything below the 4-1sts bracket.

  21. regwald says:

    spoiler: Tambo was the guy that hired Moores as head of Player Development. I believe he is still on the Oiler staff as a consultant to that department and also handles some pro-scouting duties.

    What I meant to say, but it didn’t come across properly. I meant from the assistant coaching staff to player development.

  22. Woodguy says:

    Lloyd B.:
    St. Louis should be a good trading partner for the Oilers.They need to add some scoring and have the defensive assets we need.I’m not silly enough to engage in identifying specificplayers as I believe that is a mugs game but the two organizations should be able to make a really solid hockey trade that benefits both organizations.

    Same reasons CBJ would be a good partner as well.

  23. mattwatt says:

    Disappointed that you couldn’t use something from Born in the USA for your RE series Lowetide. Really felt that “I’m on Fire” and Yakupov went well together, but understand your reasoning for the songs you picked.

    Except for how “Trapped” was not selected for Shawn Horcoff though, I will never know.

  24. Lowetide says:

    mattwatt:
    Disappointed that you couldn’t use something from Born in the USA for your RE series Lowetide. Really felt that “I’m on Fire” and Yakupov went well together, but understand your reasoning for the songs you picked.

    Except for how “Trapped” was not selected for Shawn Horcoff though, I will never know.

    Not over yet! I still have one more defenseman, the goalies and all of the management group!

  25. Captain Happy says:

    Woodguy: Same reasons CBJ would be a good partner as well.

    Other than Hemsky, what “scoring” would the Oilers be willing to move?

    You have to bear in mind that Columbus added Marian Gaborik near the end of the season and both Cam Atkinson (35GP 9G 9A 18P) and Matt Calvert (42GP 9G 7A 16P) are showing signs they can score at the NHL level.

    They also have Boone Jenner likely pushing for a spot this fall.

    They may have some excess on D if Ryan Murray and David Savard are ready to make the jump but I would think the only reasonable target there would be Jack Johnson.

  26. justDOit says:

    I thought that Renney was more or less credited with dragging Potter along from the Rangers’ system, which would mean that Tambo deserves only credit for listening to his coach.

  27. speeds says:

    Woodguy: Same reasons CBJ would be a good partner as well.

    CBJ is a pretty good fit as a trading partner on paper, they have a bunch of LH D (Tyutin, J.Johnson, Nikitin, Erixon, Murray), Howson was the GM there so you’d have to think he has a great read on those players.

    I prefer that, if they look at a trade with CLB, they look at Erixon and Tyutin, and not so much J. Johnson.

  28. justDOit says:

    Lowetide: Not over yet! I still have one more defenseman, the goalies and all of the management group!

    I see now – you’re saving ‘I’m on Fire’ for Khabby’s groin muscles! Brilliant, as usual.

    Edit: and back muscles…

  29. godot10 says:

    I presume “Glory Days” is being kept for “Six Rings”.

  30. Lowetide says:

    The thing about Bruce is there’s just so much. I haven’t even started on Greetings!

  31. art vandelay says:

    We shouldn’t have to give up more for Pietrangelo than we did for “he who shall not be named”
    That was a gift from a nearly bankrupt franchise. Stop believing in Santa Claus.

    St. Louis trades D Pietrangelo and Halak to Edmonton for D Petry, R Hemsky and ????
    Get serious. A legitimate No. 1 Dman and the remains of a No. 1 goalie for a bum, a guy who nobody outside of Edmonton regards as anything, and – presumably – some tube socks?

    What is it with Oiler fan, thinking they’re going to grab a difference-maker without giving up any of their former Top 2 picks?

    1 fluke season in 23 years. That’s the Oilers. Wake up to reality.

  32. Lois Lowe says:

    Hi Art!

  33. justDOit says:

    Hi Art! Disagree with your assessment of Petry – agree with your assessment of those proposed trade scenarios.

  34. Woodguy says:

    Captain Happy: Other than Hemsky, what “scoring” would the Oilers be willing to move?

    You have to bear in mind that Columbus added Marian Gaborik near the end of the season and both Cam Atkinson (35GP 9G 9A 18P) and Matt Calvert (42GP 9G 7A 16P) are showing signs they can score at the NHL level.

    They also have Boone Jennerlikely pushing for a spot this fall.

    They may have some excess on D if Ryan Murray and David Savard are ready to make the jump but I would think the only reasonable target there would be Jack Johnson.

    I remain convinced that despite all the lovely words by MacT Gagner will move for the 1LD.

    I think it might be a package with a team.

    2-3 players moving from each side to fill holes.

    1LD Tyutin-2LW Umberger for Gagner-Hemsky type of thing.

    I also wouldn’t count out a Gagner + ? for Grabovski + LHD

    Grabbo is a MacT type player. Overpaid, but that makes him available.

    I’d rather have Grabbo at $5.5MM than Gagner at $5.5MM which is probably what he’s asking for.

  35. prairieschooner says:

    The Mac T conference had discussion about Horcoff being emotionally beat down as Captain and hinted ( or maybe I am reading too much into the comment) that another venue may be what Horc needs.
    Did anyone else get the feeling that Horcoff was close to the exit door?
    If that is the case it would seem to fly in the face of the search for competiveness and also leave us looking for even more help at centre

  36. spoiler says:

    I didn’t mind Potter. I think he’s perfect for what he is… a 6/7 point man who can fill in on the PP for short term emergencies or a change-up shift, and who can provide a decent bat for some secondary scoring from the bottom of the order. Big, strong, physical, durable. Great price.

    I keep this guy over Peckish or Fistric. He has just a little wider range of skills. Teddy is a better skater and more aggressive, but will not be part of the future after letting the team down this past winter. I don’t mind Fistric, but Potter came at half his price and there’s gonna be some pine-riding as part of the job description.

    If Fistric or Potter go un-signed, we know they are making room for Klefbom. No AHL time. Given the Bomb’s injury history, I wonder what the back-up plan is? Keep Sutton in the background on the taxi squad? If Andy doesn’t get a job offer and can still skate, I hope they consider doing so.

  37. regwald says:

    prairieschooner:
    The Mac T conference had discussion about Horcoff being emotionally beat down as Captain and hinted ( or maybe I am reading too much into the comment) that another venue may be what Horc needs.
    Did anyone else get the feeling that Horcoff was close to the exit door?
    If that is the case it would seem to fly in the face of the search for competiveness and also leave us looking for even more help at centre

    My guess on the Horcoff banter was that either Horc at his exit interview said he is tired and worn out and might be open to a change or maybe Ralph said to him, I could see as the season wore on that your enthusiasm waned and others noticed. Discussion ensues. Message relayed to MacT and they put the ball in Horc’s court if he wants a move or is ready to soldier on.

    Likewise, something similar with Hemsky where they asked if he was willing to settle for a lesser role and they are waiting to hear back from him or his agent if a new address is preferred.

  38. Lloyd B. says:

    Woodguy,

    The only problem I have with CBJ is they do not have proven experience in “what it takes to win”. It is kind of like trading with ourselves. The team I think lines up best to address this need and has cap issues are the Bruins. Multi player trade for both sides to address needs should make for a very solid hockey trade. Although it is hard to suggest the Bruins have issues except for age and a slightly bare prospect cupboard. Not mother hubbard empty, just not as full as it could be. I suspect their lack of PP scoring may get exposed during the next series with Pittsburgh.

  39. Lowetide says:

    art vandelay:
    We shouldn’t have to give up more for Pietrangelo than we did for “he who shall not be named”
    That was a gift from a nearly bankrupt franchise. Stop believing in Santa Claus.

    St. Louis trades D Pietrangelo and Halak to Edmonton for D Petry, R Hemsky and ????
    Get serious. A legitimate No. 1 Dman and the remains of a No. 1 goalie for a bum, a guy who nobody outside of Edmonton regards as anything, and – presumably – some tube socks?

    What is it with Oiler fan, thinking they’re going to grab a difference-maker without giving up any of their former Top 2 picks?

    1 fluke season in 23 years. That’s the Oilers. Wake up to reality.

    Hi Art!

  40. Gerta Rauss says:

    I think tube socks are seriously undervalued on this blog.

  41. spoiler says:

    Captain Happy

    I have heard they may be willing to deal Patrick Berglund.

    If available, and I’ve heard the same rumours, then Berglund is a player that needs to be considered.

    6’3″ 217 lb C/LW with three 45 point seasons and three 20 goal seasons by the age of 24. He was on pace for 29 this year although he gets decent power play time to pump that number and he had a crazy SH% this season. PKs too. Struggles with road face-offs, but otherwise is about a 50-50 guy.

    I would be happy with either him or Stalberg. If Stalberg comes at the cost of no assets, obviously he’s the better choice, but I think there’s more of a player in Berglund. Berglund almost seems the perfect fit. Gives the coach some line options.

    As Stalberg usually plays on the off-wing, hell, get both of them. Put them on a line with Paajarvi and let them go all Sweet Swede.

  42. Gerta Rauss says:

    prairieschooner,

    I took the MacT comments the same way re: Horcoff and his future. What is gained by saying those things publicly about your captain unless there is an ulterior motive? I think they have had a conversation about Horc playing elsewhere next year and if MacT can’t move him they’ll buy him out.

  43. leadfarmer says:

    Hi Art, 1 fluke season in 23 years.

    Right back at you Nucks fan.

  44. asiaoil says:

    Potter is just fine for what he is and you need salaries like his – he’s big, can skate and has a bit of offense. Perfect 6/7 dman. If Fistric wants $2 million then seeya later – but the $1.5 million offered is fine.

    Talk of Pietrangelo is fantasy – no way he’s moved – but I’d talk to STL about JayBo. They have LHD in abundance and maybe we can do a deal that includes Hemsky and our 2nd rounders which would give them a bit of cap relief. Adding a young dman like Musil instead of one of the 2nd rounders also works for me. We’ve got too many young dmen and they have too many established guys – especially LHD – seems a match.

    I’d also consider taking Steen if the deal needs to be bigger since he’s UFA in 2014 and they have plenty of centers. Say Steen and JayBo for Hemsky, Musil and both of our 2nd rounders? Might need to add more from our side but you get the idea. They would get a lot of cap relief for soon to be UFA players and we would also be free to trade Gagner for another asset with Steen on the roster.

    JayBo Schulz
    Smid Petry
    Kbomb Schulz Potter

  45. Captain Happy says:

    Woodguy: I remain convinced that despite all the lovely words by MacT Gagner will move for the 1LD.

    I think it might be a package with a team.

    2-3 players moving from each side to fill holes.

    1LD Tyutin-2LW Umbergerfor Gagner-Hemsky type of thing.

    I also wouldn’t count out a Gagner + ? for Grabovski + LHD

    Grabbo is a MacT type player.Overpaid, but that makes him available.

    I’d rather have Grabbo at $5.5MM than Gagner at $5.5MM which is probably what he’s asking for.

    There certainly may be the germ of a trade here.

    Toronto could use another centre and they are about to become stacked on D:

    Phaneuf

    Gunnarsson

    Gardiner

    Franson

    Liles

    O’Byrne

    Kostka

    Fraser

    Rielly

    Finn

    That’s 10 without Holzer, Gysbers and Blacker..

    Question is, which of those would Toronto be willing to give up.

    I would think Gardiner. Rielly and Finn are all but untouchable and Carlyle seems to love Gunnarsson.

    I think I would pull out all the stops to try and land Cody Franson.

    Gagner, Hemsky and a 2nd round pick for Grabovksi and Franson?

    That would seem to be too one sided on the Oilers side of the ledger but it does give the Leafs relief from Grabovski’s contract if they want to be rid of it.

  46. misfit says:

    - RHD
    - Vetran
    - $775K cap hit

    I’m ok with Potter as the #7D on this team (better yet, 8th), but if we don’t have 6 clearly superior players ahead of him, then the D is going to remain a problem.

  47. russ99 says:

    regwald,

    MacT was a coach for a year under probably the best owner in the AHL, Don Levin.

    The Wolves do very well here in Chicago as an inexpensive option for families to watch hockey, and at one point was the new home or tons of disgruntled Blackhawks fans. The Wolves are so well run, from the top, to marketing down to the product on the ice, many of those lean years Hawks fans never left.

    So I wouldn’t worry about MacT dismantling the hard work the Oilers have done to bring OKC up to this point, especially after the half-tries with the Roadrunners, Bulldogs and Falcons,

    If anything, he’ll probably do more to bring the AHL part of the operation closer to how the Wolves are run.

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