THE VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER

Today, we’re going to move from identifying MacT’s shopping list (suspect we have it surrounded) to offering useful options to solve the problems. We start with the UFA’s, forward and defense and ask Robert Vollman to use his Sledgehammer. For our purposes today, we’ll be dealing with position players only.

First, let’s identify the list (this is my list, you may have different items, please list and I’ll ask Mr. Vollman).

  1. A left-handed puck moving defenseman. Veteran, has to be an actual defenseman, has to be a veteran NHL player. 
  2. A left-wing with skill who can play a physical game. It would help if he were 6.03, but skill is the main requirement.
  3. A “shutdown” center, someone the Oilers can use on the 4line and for defensive zone faceoffs.

My nominees in the category, using behind the net and brain power (and let’s face it, this blog and its members mull over these fellows and we usually come to some kind of consensus) are the following:

  1. Mark Streit, with Sergei Gonchar as a fall back option
  2. Viktor Stalberg, Dustin Penner, Valtteri Filppula, Raffi Torres, Bryan Bickell
  3. Boyd Gordon

Now, feel free to add names but remember this is a UFA list. Now, the Vollman Sledgehammer.

VOLLMAN D UFA 2013 SUMMER

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Notice the quadrants: “Less Sheltered” “Sheltered” “Two-Way” and “Shutdown” and the names in each quadrant. Fascinating list, certainly an eye opener in terms of what is available this summer via free agency.

VOLLMAN D 5 YEAR SUMMER 2013

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More interesting viewing. I love the Vollman Sledgehammer!

VOLLMAN F UFA 2013 SUMMER

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Interesting list, puts Gordon on an island but also offers some other options and really puts forward some interesting LW possibilities. It also tells us a story about Mr. Stalberg.

VOLLMAN F 5 YEAR SUMMER 2013

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Another interesting look. And remember: blue=good, red=bad, and the bigger the bubble the better/worse the performance. Okay, I’m going to ask Robert to walk us through these this morning at 10, and sincerely thank him for the charts (he posted them on twitter yesterday).

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This morning at 10, Lowdown with Lowetide on Team 1260. Scheduled to appear:

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  1. FrankenOil says:

    LT,

    Could you ask Mirtle on his thoughts from a Leafs perspective of a potential Grabovski and either Kulemin or Gunnarsson for Gagner trade scenario? I wonder if Toronto would consider Gagner if they believe Bozak is asking for too much money. I’m not sure if Gagner would be enough to get two players out of Toronto, but if the Leafs were to keep say $1 to 1.5million/season of the Grabovski contract, he’d be a good option as a #2 Centre who could slide down to the #3 if/when they draft a C in the 1st round.

  2. DBO says:

    Mentioned some of these guys before, and the Hammer seems to back it up. If we merely go on the above charts, take away the “saw him good” and the “reputation”, and use the Money ball approach, maybe we will find out new Staios esque player (top 4 dman, solid contributor for 5 years).

    D: Lovejoy (top 2 minutes in playoffs at EV’s, plays PK and PP, plays physical, right age range). Not saying he’s a #1, but he is an upgrade and is a two way dman who will not be as expensive as a Streit or Gonchar.
    - Streit: may be the ideal short term, fit, but he is old. really old (thought we were over overpaying old guys over 35. Hasn’t really worked for us too well to date).
    Add them both, deal Shultz to a team that needs purely stay at home type (we already have Smid).

    LW: I mentioned Macarthur before, and he seems to look OK by the Hammer, and will come cheaper then most names. Stalberg and Bickell would both be upgrades, but players who have Cup runs always get more money (see Pisani).

    C: I actually think the development of Lander means they don’t go looking for anyone unless the money fits. Lander would be better served with one more year learning, but I think he may force himself onto the roster.

  3. FrankenOil says:

    I also wonder, based on MacT’s willingness at one time to go with the Bulldog line, if he may consider giving that Rajala-Lander-Harti line a chance together at the NHL level.

  4. godot10 says:

    Three offer sheet candidates in the max 2nd round compensation level (~$3 million per year)…try Gunnarsson, or if that fails, try Tanev, or if that fails, try Voynov, or try in any order you like. Also Chicago, because of cap issues (the need to sign Leddy) might be willing to trade Hjalmarsson, who is one-year away from UFA status.

    Bolland is also one year away from UFA status in Chicago. He also might well be available in a deal, as Chicago might want to being transitioning to younger cheaper centre options.

    True, Chicago might want to go a the Cup again next year, and risk losing those two as UFA’s for nothing after next season. But I would pick up the phone, and ask.

  5. Lowetide says:

    FrankenOil:
    I also wonder, based on MacT’s willingness at one time to go with the Bulldog line, if he may consider giving that Rajala-Lander-Harti line a chance together at the NHL level.

    I heard a rumor MacT was in OKC last night (trying to confirm). If true, he got an eyeful of Rajala (2 assists, 5 shots).

    http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1011059

    In 10 playoff games, Rajala has 42 shots on goal! Over 80 games, that would be 336 shots! hahahaa.

  6. godot10 says:

    Gonchar has played the right side D, as a LS almost his entire career.

  7. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I’m surprised how well Kostka shows up in those charts. Considering he’s an older AHL regular who popped up and down between the clubs this year… maybe he’s available cheap.

    Gagner for Grabo and Kostka?

    He’s a RD i think though.

    FrankenOil: Could you ask Mirtle on his thoughts from a Leafs perspective of a potential Grabovski and either Kulemin or Gunnarsson for Gagner trade scenario?

    See JW’s article:

    9. Should the Oilers look at Mikhail Grabovski? There has been some talk of the Maple Leafs centre as a buyout candidate after a miserable year, but I tend to agree with Lyle Richardson that it’s more likely Toronto will try to trade him while retaining a portion of his salary. Despite the poor season (Randy Carlyle didn’t help – Grabovski faced brutal opposition and started in his own end a ridiculous amount of the time) I see Grabovski as a very useful player with two problems. The first is that he’s small (5’11”, 183 pounds) and the second is that contract ($5.5 million cap hit for five years). But if Toronto’s willing to hang on to some money, he would be a fine replacement for Shawn Horcoff as a tough minutes centre. I don’t see him coming to Edmonton, but I do think some NHL team might get themselves a very good player at a reduced rate.

    http://oilersnation.com/2013/5/16/ten-points-this-draft-and-the-last-draft

  8. Henry says:

    DBO,

    I fear that you are right about Streit. His best buy date has likely passed. Could be the new Khabbi deal.

  9. FrankenOil says:

    I’ve been messing around with capgeek and I came up with a roster based upontwo trade scenarios:

    1)Trade Hemsky (+ Potter or Peckham or mid-level prospect such as Pitlick) to Boston for Peverly and Boychuk on the condition BOS retains 20% of his salary
    2) Trade Gags(and prospect or 2014 2nd round) to Toronto for Grabovski and Gunnarsson on the condition TOR retains 20% of Grabovski’s contract

    CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
    My Custom Lineup
    FORWARDS
    Taylor Hall ($6.000m) / Ryan N.-Hopkins ($3.775m) / Jordan Eberle ($6.000m)
    Raffi Torres ($1.750m) / Mikhail Grabovski ($4.400m—20.0%) / Nail Yakupov ($3.775m)
    Magnus Paajarvi ($1.300m) / Shawn Horcoff ($5.500m) / Rich Peverley ($2.600m—20.0%)
    Teemu Hartikainen ($0.827m) / Anton Lander ($0.900m) / Toni Rajala ($0.817m)
    Ryan Smyth ($2.250m) / Mike Brown ($0.737m) /
    DEFENSEMEN
    Justin Schultz ($3.775m) / Ladislav Smid ($3.500m)
    Nick Schultz ($3.500m) / Jeff Petry ($1.750m)
    Johnny Boychuk ($3.367m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($3.000m)
    Oscar Klefbom ($1.244m) /
    GOALTENDERS
    Devan Dubnyk ($3.500m)
    Anton Khudobin ($1.875m)
    OTHER
    Buried: Ben Eager ($0.175m)
    Buyout: Eric Belanger ($0.000m)

    Remaining Cap space

    $2,806,458

    Also, this whole notion of we can’t buy-out Horcoff because of who would fill his role is a little ridiculous imo. The Oilers could then use the 5.5 cap hit plus the money the spent on Torres in my scenario, giving them 7.25 to acquire two more versatile “middle-6″ forwards.

  10. JohnnyRocket says:

    We can’t offer sheet anyone in the 3.3 -5 range because we’re missing our third round pick. And we’d have to give up our first anyways. Is there any RFA worth that price? But under 3.3 is only giving up a second rounder. Surely Franson or Gunnerson would be worth that. Toronto has alot of names to sign. Lowetide, could you ask Mirtle if Toronto is vulnerable to offer sheets this year? And if so, what are the names they’d be unlikely to match offers for in the 2-3.3 range, if any?

  11. FrankenOil says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Kostka is actually a UFA so he is a very intriguing option. I like it!

  12. Jordan says:

    JohnnyRocket:
    We can’t offer sheet anyone in the 3.3 -5 range because we’re missing our third round pick. And we’d have to give up our first anyways. Is there any RFA worth that price? But under 3.3 is only giving up a second rounder. Surely Franson or Gunnerson would be worth that. Toronto has alot of names to sign. Lowetide, could you ask Mirtle if Toronto is vulnerable to offer sheets this year? And if so, what are the names they’d be unlikely to match offers for in the 2-3.3 range, if any?

    Johnny, if we offersheet after the draft, its our 2014 picks, of which we have all of them.

    FrankenOil,
    FrankenOil,

    Kostka is a very interesting option, based on the graphs. I didn’t see any data for Pancakes on there though – he still got another year or something?

    Also, based on these numbers, I like MacArthur a lot more than I thought I would. Also, I’ve never been a big fan, but Saku Koivu’s a name I never would have considered, but his numbers look reasonable too. 1 year overpay maybe?

  13. Mr DeBakey says:

    Johnny, if we offersheet after the draft, its our 2014 picks, of which we have all of them.

    True.
    The key point being is that there are no offer sheets until after July 1.

  14. HallAwaits says:

    D – Streit on a 3 year deal at anywhere between 4 to 5 million seems to much for an aging vet. But with such a weak crop of d-men this year it seems like he would be a catch. Suspect he ends up back on the island or in Detroit. Gonchar sounds good if he would take a one year deal. Could be a good mentor for Yak. For me though, I think the best way to improve the D on this team is targeting a Shattenkirk, Yandle, Martin etc type for the top pairing left hand side.

    LW – Personally I would go hard after Bryan Bickel. I like Stalberg but think he’s going to try to cash in this summer. Let Calgary have him. Sharks will resign Torres is my guess and I have a feeling MacArthur will be in consideration but isn’t big enough to fit the role.

    RW – Nathan Horton. Hemsky is as good as gone it seems and Horton is playing lights out right now. This would be a huge addition for the organization IMO. Concussions are a risk but so is signing an aging vet. It’s all a crap shoot.

    C – Gordan. 57% in the FO dot last year is enticing. But Belanger has me scared shitless of 4th line Centres right now to be honest haha. Lander as a 13th forward is a waste. Play him all year in the AHL. Maybe Adam Hall as a 13?

    G – Khudobin. Please? If not him maybe Thomas Greiss.

    All pie in the sky stuff.

    Still fun as hell to make these lists though!

  15. Rondo says:

    Memorial Cup starts tonight with

    Six players projected for top 10 in draft 2013

    http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/hockey/pats-hockey/This+Memorial+scout+dream/8400409/story.html

  16. Smarmy says:

    Rondo:
    Memorial Cup starts tonight with

    Six players projected for top 10 in draft 2013

    http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/hockey/pats-hockey/This+Memorial+scout+dream/8400409/story.html

    I’ve got tickets but all three best teams came out of their leagues and the Blades look weak as hell and their coach is saying all kinds of lame things in the papers which makes me think I’m going to be watching some curb stompings.

    I don’t know if I’m going to enjoy this tourney as much as I should.

  17. Smarmy says:

    Oh and Lowetide you should roll that sweet radio and ON money into buying Gretzky’s 87 sweater.

    http://www.classicauctions.net/Default.aspx?tabid=263&auctionid=75&lotid=1

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Looking a little deeper in the Kostka situation.

    For Tor D who played at least 20 games (this excludes Gardiner FYI who kills it at CorsiRel), Kostka leads the team in both CorsiRel and CorsiOn, the latter by quite a margin.

    http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?ds=11&s=29&f1=2012_s&f2=5v5&f4=D&f5=TOR&f7=20&c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67+11+12+13+14+15+16

    His Qualcomp is a little distorted by that Vollman graph (he’s not compared against his own teammates, which I’ve been given to understand is how this stat works best).

    For Tor D, he is fifth best on the team:

    http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?ds=11&s=11&f1=2012_s&f2=5v5&f4=D&f5=TOR&f7=20&c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67+11+12+13+14+15+16

    Which, is actually kind of odd… because he is 2nd on the list at TOI/60 5v5 from the same group:

    http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?ds=11&s=8&f1=2012_s&f2=5v5&f4=D&f5=TOR&f7=20&c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67+11+12+13+14+15+16

    And his TOI/60 5v5 closely mirrors Dion’s (who by eye he was always paired with)… so I’d expect his Qualcomp to be closer to Dion’s (who is 1st on the team in the QC)

    Maybe someone can run the WOWY numbers?

    The only other thing I can think to look at is his Zone start… he’s starting in the middle of the pack:

    http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?ds=11&s=63&f1=2012_s&f2=5v5&f4=D&f5=TOR&f7=20&c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67+11+12+13+14+15+16

    and losing a bit in his finish.

    At any rate, for a guy that’s basically getting paid nothing:

    http://www.capgeek.com/player/1433

    and keeping his head above water over a lot of 5v5 minutes… looks like Toronto had a pretty cheap option this year. the fact that he was sent back down and didn’t play much in the PO might mean he is still cheap and available.

  19. Rondo says:

    Smarmy,

    I’m interested in seeing Nikita Zadorov play who just turned 18.

  20. jake70 says:

    Rondo:
    Memorial Cup starts tonight with

    Six players projected for top 10 in draft 2013

    http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/hockey/pats-hockey/This+Memorial+scout+dream/8400409/story.html

    That’s the MASTERCARD Memorial Cup….get it right. ;-)

  21. godot10 says:

    Kostka has an extremely small sample size, and a lot of his ice time was with Phaneuf.

    The Leafs were one of the worst Fenwick Close teams in the NHL this year. One should be wary of players who played there without a longer track record.

    If the Oilers don’t bring back Fistric or Peckham, then he is a guy they should look at.

    How hard Jon Cooper and Tampa go after him should be a tell.

    Still Kostka is not a option for the legitimate top 4 defensemen that the Oilers need to acquire.

  22. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    godot10:
    Kostka has an extremely small sample size, and a lot of his ice time was with Phaneuf.

    The Leafs were one of the worst Fenwick Close teams in the NHL this year.One should be wary of players who played there without a longer track record.

    If the Oilers don’t bring back Fistric or Peckham, then he is a guy they should look at.

    How hard Jon Cooper and Tampa go after him should be a tell.

    Still Kostka is not a option for the legitimate top 4 defensemen that the Oilers need to acquire.

    Agree with all of the above.

    I would hope no one was looking at Kostka for that top 4 LD… especially as I noted above he’s a RD.

    But he’s an interesting option in that he is a UFA, was paid nothing and appears (granted the small sample size) to have played well.

    Basically he’d play the N. Schultz role as a 3rd pairing shutdown guy but on the right and cost a lot less.

  23. russ99 says:

    Two possibilities really pop out at me in those charts and only one is a UFA

    1) Pry Edler out of Vancouver. His contract is excessively long and the Nucks may want to move it to get flexibility. Not sure what assets we’d need to give up, but he’s a much better option than Streit, who would likely futher regress carrying a huge load for the Oilers. For that matter, get both of them.

    2) Bring in Patrik Elias in a less expensive bottom 6 role. He’s coming off a $6M cap number, and he’d outperform Horcoff – even at age 37 at a fraction of the price.

    Horcoff goes from a NTC to a limited movement clause on 7/1, so maybe we could make a deal with one of the 10 teams he names…

    If money isn’t an issue, bring in Horton at wing and Ribiero at center.

  24. Wolfpack says:

    I still think there is an opportunity to target teams who will have cap issues next year. There are about half a dozen of them – unfortunately, most of them are in our own division. But I think that both Boston and Philly are going to need to make moves.

    For Boston, Horton will be a prized UFA this offseason but on the blueline, what about Ference? I believe he is UFA, shoots left – would he help out our d-core? I don’t think Boston is going to be able to sign either of them.

    Holmgren is always willing to make a big splash, and I have to think that missing the playoffs this year will make that even more likely. Wonder if he will swing a deal with Nashville to finally land Weber? Either way, I think they will need to shed some salary.

  25. gcw_rocks says:

    Looks like Gordon, MacArthur and Dupruis would be good targets.

  26. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’ll toss Andy McDonald’s name in the UFA ring if we’re shopping for centers. He also plays wing and plays tougher than his listed height and weight.
    A St Louis blogger-can’t find the link right now- mentioned that he felt the Blues were not going to re-sign him at that he’ll get to UFA on July 5.

    He’s not a long term solution by any means,but could serve as a transition player over the next couple of years. Sign him and move Gagner for a D man.

  27. rickithebear says:

    Shot diferential! Yeah!
    It includes player affect on point of release pucks directed.

    At the Sloan institute A wonderful article about entry is all i needed to jog my brain about
    Shots.

    http://www.sloansportsconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/Using%20Zone%20Entry%20Data%20To%20Separate%20Offensive,%20Neutral,%20And%20Defensive%20Zone%20Performance.pdf

    so unless we can review these waves of Pocession on a n individual basis. We cannot have a n expected. Shot rate from a player to compare the real numbers too.

    whta it does show is
    1.face off differential is huge affect in SHot Diff in Ozone and D zone. more than .55 shot per win.
    FOwin% relative to zone start. IE bad FO% low Zone start bad corsi Diff.
    2. Dump pocession creates half the shots carry does and is highly negative in counter shot rates.
    A shot differentail of close to 60% great for Opposition.
    3. Neutral zone Changed pocession is most critical.
    the dump change cause the dump teams defending forwards to yield a 25% higher entry rate and sets them to only have a 2% chance of getting a shot.
    the defenders of the shift after the dump are severly punished for the shift befores lack of puck retention.

    With all the neutral zone play the three most critical shot differential moves;

    1. Return to own Dzone to retain pocession. To limit the Dump change at all costs.
    2. It shows that zone start does matter but the FO won by zone has a better indicator of shots.
    3. A carry first metallity is a must on Zone entry, But further study on entry has to be done based on Neutral, bue line or offensive circle defensive pressure points for a carry versus dump rate.

    So do the oilers get outshot cause we use the dump and change quit often?
    Do we get ttarget the he best face off centers with offensive skill.

    Bryan Bickel has been a +ve Shot differential player the last two years. in both a 1st comp below 40% zone start and a 2-3rd comp 55+% zone start.

    Consistent +ve diff. players are my targets in the summer.

  28. mxke says:

    I will take 1 to 2 years of Mr. Leopold, please. Even at a slight overpay he would give us a legit aging #2 D-man to lead and fade as the kids come in.

    As for LW I still have to make up my mind since there a few good options available but are all likely to re-sign: Koivu, Iginla, Dupuis, MacArthur. Preferably MacArthur!

  29. OilLeak says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Beware of linemate effects. Kostka often played with Phaneuf although the wowy analysis doesn’t really help the case for Phaneuf. I hope everyone stays far far away from Bozak, however.

  30. russ99 says:

    rickithebear,

    Finally! Definitive proof that carry is a smarter strategy than dump-cycle, and neutral zone play drives everything.

    Very cool… we’ll see if this gets through to the many old-school dump-grind-trap coaches in the league.

  31. RickDeckard says:

    rickithebear,

    You have to run to setup the pass.

  32. rickithebear says:

    RickDeckard: You have to run to setup the pass.

    have you watched the NFL?
    You need a stronged arm QB, Big reciever, Pass catching RB, and Red zone TE to Pass.

    you need the puck to shoot,
    you need to shoot in high % locations to score
    You need to outscore to win.

  33. Rocknrolla says:

    HallAwaits:

    RW –Nathan Horton. Hemsky is as good as gone it seems and Horton is playing lights out right now. This would be a huge addition for the organization IMO. Concussions are a risk but so is signing an aging vet. It’s all a crap shoot.

    Re: Horton

    Considering the risks of aging vets vs. concussion, I choose concussion.

    We can always put Horton on the LTIR and lose his cap if he is injured. A aging vet who’s not getting it done is a boat anchor.

    We have the billionaire owner, it’s time to spend fully to the cap and go for it, taking calculated risks, and adjusting on the fly.

    Sidenote: wondering if anyone can figure out how much money Katz has saved by not spending to the cap since buying the team? Has got to be in the 10s of millions. Guessing that $$ is found money because of the rebuild.

  34. JohnnyRocket says:

    Rocknrolla,

    I’m glad he spent all that saved money in his arena project. He’s pitching in 15 million on a 55 million shortfall while relying on money borrowed on our dime for the rest. Cheapskate.

  35. spoiler says:

    Does anyone know if Vollman is using straight QUALCOMP, league-wide to create this graph, or is he using tem rankings (say with a magnitude of 1-4 for forwards and 1-3 for defensemen). I’m hoping to Gord it’s the latter case.

  36. commonfan14 says:

    HallAwaits: Hemsky is as good as gone it seems

    Agreed it sounds like that, but I still don’t know how there’s any way to get rid of him that makes it worth doing.

    Chances are they’d either have to buy him out or eat a bunch of his salary in trade, and at that point you might as well just keep him.

  37. pboy says:

    Really good radio show today. Thanks LT.

  38. HallAwaits says:

    Rocknrolla,

    I wonder what Hortons price will be? If its 5.25 over a 3-4 year term I can live with that but anything more is crazy. Philly crazy….

    Personally, i’m going to be sad when Hemmer goes. Guy gave me goose flesh and tears in the eyes many times. Going to miss him but we need a new look. My guess is he goes for a second and a lower end prospect at the draft. A shame…..

  39. Bruce McCurdy says:

    pboy:
    Really good radio show today. Thanks LT.

    I’ll second that emotion. Am diggin’ the daily diet.

  40. spoiler says:

    spoiler:
    Does anyone know if Vollman is using straight QUALCOMP, league-wide to create this graph, or is he using tem rankings (say with a magnitude of 1-4 for forwards and 1-3 for defensemen). I’m hoping to Gord it’s the latter case.

    Sorry, that should read team rankings. Tem is probably Rem’s brother.

  41. Rondo says:

    Nurse vs. Zadarov

    I wonder who Edmonton Oilers like better.

  42. Kert says:

    Rondo,

    I hope Lindholm is available so it doesn’t matter.

  43. leadfarmer says:

    Lowetide,

    Only the oilers would be getting bigger by bringing in Rajala. Leave him in OKC until he forces his way on the roster and then trade Eberle. Cant see this team going forward with a top 6 of Yak, Eberle, Gagner, RNH, and hall being the biggest one out of that bunch. Gagner wont get you much. Yak will be the first Oiler to score 40. RNH stays because he’s a center. Hall stays.

  44. Rondo says:

    Kert,

    I still believe today their list in ranking

    1. Monahan
    2. Zadorov
    3. Nichushkin
    4. Lindholm

  45. OilClog says:

    leadfarmer:
    Lowetide,

    Only the oilers would be getting bigger by bringing in Rajala.Leave him in OKC until he forces his way on the roster and then trade Eberle.Cant see this team going forward with a top 6 of Yak, Eberle, Gagner, RNH, and hall being the biggest one out of that bunch.Gagner wont get you much.Yak will be the first Oiler to score 40.RNH stays because he’s a center.Hall stays.

    I guess you missed the articles covering the top 6, and bottom 6 reasonable expectations… If the bottom 6 could of live up even close to expectations.. they’d be in the playoffs and no one would be talking about how our top 6 can’t win. When the bottom 6 contribute and take even 10% of the pressure of the top 6.. they don’t lose many games. Sadly our bottom 6 contributed in 4 games total.

  46. RickDeckard says:

    rickithebear,

    The point is that if a team is never attempts to dump the puck the defenders can cheat, reducing the success rate of skating it in. This study simply says that skate ins produce better results. It does not have any empirical evidence that going to a zone entry system that is predicated on skate ins and circling back will produce better results.

  47. OilClog says:

    Rajala is in beast mode, he’s doing it differently then Arco did.. He’s playing the role of Hall or Eberle when they were down there.. doing what they want, when they want.

    MacT will trade him in the package deal this summer if he can play like this for the rest of the post season down there. I do believe MacT is going to have much better timing on pulling trades off and getting maximum value. He’s not the type of personality that’s going to get talked down to during negotiations. Tambo was, unless it was L.A.. something weird there.

    I go after Bickell, Gordon, Torres this offseason out of the ufa pool. Love to see Raffi back! even if he’s suspended half the year. Again, MacT isn’t one for silence..somehow, someway, he’ll send without saying names shots at Shanahan.

  48. dangilitis says:

    I know I have said this already but signing Clitsome to do N Schultz’s job at #5 mentor role then trading N Schultz for something now is a smart move. If that something is a reliable checking forward, or a bona fide # 4 D-man, then that’s a step up. I don’t know if our early 2nd round draft pick and N Schultz brings us into discussion for a true #2-3 D-man, but that would be stellar.

    Petry, Smid, Streit(dare to dream), J Schultz, Clitsome (at half N Schultz price) – Klefbom/fistric or Potter + upgrading one of bottom 6F through trade sounds a lot better to me than
    Petry, Smid, Streit, J Schultz, N Schultz (at N Schultz price) – Klefbom/fistric or potter without said upgrade

  49. Gerta Rauss says:

    dangilitis,

    Agree with this.

    I like Nick Schultz and I think the org likes him too, but you’re going to have to move him at the deadline anyway unless he takes a (big) haircut on his next contract.

    Schultz + (something) offered up to a team looking for a little cap and/or salary relief(but want a serviceable Dman in return), should get you a player back that will fill one of the (many) holes.

    We’ll still need to acquire a Dman to play 3rd pairing minutes and hopefully that comes via UFA(or offer sheet)

  50. cdean says:

    i know we seen one during the season but ould we get one for the entire year for the oilers

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