The Edmonton Oilers have arrived in New York and are no doubt trying to conduct business. They have a ‘baker’s dozen’ on their to-do list and a fan base singing ‘let’s see action’ in a loud and rowdy manner.
THE LIST (FOCUS ON #9)
- Sign Sam Gagner to a multi-year deal that has begins with a number in the 4′s.
- Get Paajarvi signed and then find a role that suits him (suspect it’s 3line).
- Deal Hemsky for immediate help (even if its a checker).
- Deal Horcoff or slot him into the 3line job for which he is actually ideal.
- Find a 2line L who can complement Gagner-Yakupov with puck retrieval, blocking out the sun, etc
- Find a 3line C and L to play with Paajarvi
- Find a 4line C to play with Smyth/Brown
- Decide on Lander/Belanger or other for 13F (and 14F if they go with 7D).
- Top 4 defender (a genuinely effective one, no ‘almosts or sortas’)
- Better blue depth (MacT has done this with Belov, plus Klefbom/Fedun/Marincin)
- Backup goalie
- AHL #1/NHL #3 goalie
- Sign Paul Ranger
LETANG A DELUXE SOLUTION
This is 5×5 CorsiOn and Letang is the cock of the walk. No surprise. What is the possible cost to an NHL team? Well, you would think #7 overall is a nice starting point and of course they’ll need a replacement blue (Petry?) but how much more would you need to give? Is it worth it? Would you even go near this deal without an contract extension?
Your depth chart for RH blue (Letang, Justin Schultz) is insane if you make the deal. Would you make that deal? Jason Gregor asked the queston earlier in the week, and I’m still wondering about my answer.
I think this gets done sometime soon, maybe in the next 24 hours. One thing no one has talked about: Paajarvi’s deal. I know he’s a secondary concern, but still you would think that some chatter would be out there.