OILERS ACQUIRE MOFFIE

For Kyle Bigos. Lee Moffie is a 6.0 defenseman played for Michigan (NCAA) last season. Oilers had no plans to sign Bigos based on reports, so this is solid asset management. Appears to be a puck mover, more here.

  • Pronman (who probably has a scouting report on YOU): Moffie is a smart two-way player with good physicality and some offensive upside.

Interesting. He’s a senior so would need to be signed.

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  1. Kris11 says:

    nickname: Mofo

    “That mofo is one tough dude.”

    Sadly, goven how boring NHL nicknames are, they’ll call him “Mofsy.”

  2. wordbird says:

    Talent Analysis

    Moffie is a mobile defenseman with excellent poise with the puck, will jump up into the rush and is not afraid to become the trailer on the offensive play. The puck-moving defenseman possesses a very good shot and can get pucks through the traffic to the net by traversing the blue line to change the shoot angles and finding better lanes. His skating is outstanding with smooth strides; good speed and can play both sides of the ice effectively. He needs to shoot the puck more often with his big point shot and play with more physicality down low in his own end of the ice. – from Hockey Futures

  3. G Money says:

    wordbird: excellent poise

    Yes! Poise!

  4. striatic says:

    32P in 41GP for Michigan last year.

    not bad.

    certainly seems to bring more offense than Bigos 17P in 34GP for Merrimack although quality of teammates and TOI has to be taken into account here.

  5. gogliano says:

    G Money: Yes!Poise!

    But is he flappable?

  6. Noodles says:

    Kris11:

    Sadly, goven how boring NHL nicknames are, they’ll call him “Mofsy.”

    Or “Muff”.

  7. wordbird says:

    gogliano: But is he flappable?

    Flammable?

  8. Rondo says:

    Had a huge drop off in points

    2011-12 32p

    2012-13 13p

    Jacob Trouba stole his offensive side, he was used differently in 2012-13

    http://prospects.dobbersports.com/index.php/teams-west/san-jose-sharks/4697-lee-moffie

  9. G Money says:

    On a topic more related to general talent acquisition rather than Poisey McMuff, after reading this article:

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/07/05/free-agent-frenzy-rating-the-buys

    I remain convinced that I’m glad we missed out on most of the deals out there, EXCEPT MacArthur (and Lapierre, who’s not on the list).

  10. Ryan says:

    “I’m an impatient guy and I bring that impatience to this situation. We’re at the stage… that we have to do some bold things.”

  11. gogliano says:

    Ryan:
    “I’m an impatient guy and I bring that impatience to this situation. We’re at the stage… that we have to do some bold things.”

    Does this mean he is not allowed to do little things?

  12. Lowetide says:

    I want more poise. A posse of poise, please!!!

  13. jp says:

    Sounds a little like another Fedun. Nothing wrong with that in exchange for a guy who wasn’t going to be signed.

  14. TheOtherJohn says:

    Lowetide:
    I want more poise. A posse of poise, please!!!

    Pretty sure Pronger is on LTIR

  15. Tarkus says:

    I bet the plan all along was for the Oilers to draft Bigos just so they could flip him later. Well played!

    But yes, if Bigos wasn’t gonna get signed, might as well get something useful for him.

  16. godot10 says:

    After a good night’s sleep:

    1) I’m okay with the Ference signing. A bird in the hand. Not perfect. The term is too long, but that is the free agent market. That said. The Oilers are going to be breaking in young cheap defensemen over the next few years, so the term on Ference’s contract isn’t fatal. Basically, it saves them from paying more to re-sign Nick Schultz, who can now be traded at the trade deadline for a 2nd round pick. And Ference slides into the Jame Patrick role as a 3rd pairing veteran mentor to pair with the new guy they are breaking in.

    2) Ference is clearly an upgrade on one-legged Whitney.

    3) The Oilers can now ice two veteran pairings if they want. Smid-Petry, and Ference-NSchultz (with Belov and JSchultz as the 3rd pairing).

    4) The Oilers DON’T have too many defensemen. Potter and Larsen are #7 and #8 (for now).

    5) Lots of threes and fours and fives and sixes and sevens, but they will be competing for ice time. The one’s and two’s will come from the development of Petry, JSchultz, Klefbom, Marincin, and Gernat. But the Oilers are clearly deeper in defense in numbers of D who pass a threshold of competence.

    6) The solution to the big top 6 LW might be in house. Paajarvi is a work in progress. He is still the Oilers prospect with the most potential unrealized upside. If what Eakins says about himself is true, that that he really looks at coaching individuals, and figuring out what makes them tick, then I am pretty optimistic that the potential in Paajarvi may be further unlocked.

  17. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    I want more poise. A posse of poise, please!!!

    I’d prefer a plethora of poise, personally.

  18. Ryan says:

    gogliano: Does this mean he is not allowed to do little things?

    No, but it does mean that he still has to do something bold. :)

    I don’t mind so much what he’s done so far, but let’s face it we haven’t yet improved the NHL roster.

    Don’t get me wrong, being the GM of the Oilers is clearly a tough gig.

    We’re in dire need of a 2 LW, top 4 d, and a 4c. While there’s plenty of time left, 2/3 of these things don’t grow on trees.

  19. Ribs says:

    I vote for Moffballs.

  20. striatic says:

    Ryan: I don’t mind so much what he’s done so far, but let’s face it we haven’t yet improved the NHL roster.

    now now, the NHL roster has improved.

    just not very much.

  21. jp says:

    godot10:

    4) The Oilers DON’T have too many defensemen.Potter and Larsen are #7 and #8 (for now).

    6) The solution to the big top 6 LW might be in house.Paajarvi is a work in progress.He is still the Oilers prospect with the most potential unrealized upside. If what Eakins says about himself is true, that that he really looks at coaching individuals, and figuring out what makes them tick, then I am pretty optimistic that the potential in Paajarvi may be further unlocked.

    100% agree about the D. Good depth (definitely not too much), and Schultz Sr. isn’t going anywhere unless they’re able to bring in someone higher up on the food chain.

    Also agree that Paajarvi COULD be an in house 2LW option. Maybe Eakins can help him take another step, but MPS is never going to bring the grit that MacT is looking for to complement/create space for the current group.

  22. Chris says:

    I know this isn’t exactly going to blow anyone’s mind but it appears David Steckle and Marty Reasoner are still free agents. I’d feel alot better if we had one of those guys on a reasonable contract ass our fourth line centre who can win face offs, play some penalty kill etc. Last year our centre depth was putrid and it seems like something we could address at a low cost.

    Also if we still want a 2nd line left wing it seems like the options on the table are Brendan Morrow. I could see this on a two year deal. He would bring size, grit, vetran leadership. He’s kind of like Iginla in the sense that even his downward slope is still a heck of a player. Although he’s probably looking for a contender so he may not want to come here.

    Dustin Penner appears to be the best option left on the table. He’s big and has some skin. Perhaps Eakins can work his magic “Players want to walk through walls for him” that you heard alot about in the calder cup run. Penner did play well here. Sign him to a two year deal and perhaps he’s motivated to show he’s still got it.

    Alternatively we could simply damn size and say skill uber alles and sign Grabovski. You flip Gagner to left wing and likely have a heck of a productive line in Gagner Grabovski and Yakupov. Dellow has been trumpeting the advanced stats for Grabovski and the Leafsnation guys were all “NOOOOOOOO” when he was bought out. Smurf or not the guy can play some serious hockey and we’d have strength down the middle.

    Latendresse could be a cheap reclaimation project. He scored 25 for Minnesota a few years back. He’s another guy whose career has sort of been derailed by injury. He is big though. But if you can get him for a song he’s not necessarily a bad depth guy. Wotjek Wolski would be another reclaimation project.

  23. Chris says:

    Also SIGN GILBERT.

  24. Ryan says:

    jp,

    I like PRV and have been cheering for him like crazy. That being said, betting on him at 2 LW to start the season would be a bad idea. The size/grit isn’t the issue. He doesn’t produce enough offense to play there.
    My guess is that he’s being dangled in trade talks anyway. In that sense our solution to the hole at 2LW could be in house, just not in the way you’re framing it.

  25. godot10 says:

    jp:
    Also agree that Paajarvi COULD be an in house 2LW option. Maybe Eakins can help him take another step, but MPS is never going to bring the grit that MacT is looking for to complement/create space for the current group.

    Magnus has never had to be gritty. He made the NHL on pure talent, without really even knowing how to play his position offensively. After a crash course from Nelson, he now pretty much knows how to play the NHL wing position, but who is to say that he cannot add grit to his game. He is a work in progress.

  26. Captain Happy says:

    The STL Blues are shopping David Perron.

    http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/stl130706.html

    25 years old.

    6’0″ 200

    RH shot.

    Plays C or LW

    Signed for 3 more seasons at $3.8M.

    Perfect.

  27. Ryan says:

    striatic: now now, the NHL roster has improved.

    just not very much.

    That’s basically what I’m saying, lol.

    Sure, if you want to get technical here, the team instantly improved when they walked away from IsMental, the Triangle and especially Ryan Whitney.

    I would also suggest that the team improved by cutting bait on Krueger (whom we all liked). The consensus among smarter hockey minds than mind suggest that his unconventional system was heavily flawed.

    At the same time, there’s also the upward career trajectory that our young core of wonder kids (Nuge, Hall, Eberle, Schultz + Gagner & PRV & Petry) are currently on. Throw in a second healthy shoulder for the Nuge etc…

    You could even argue that Gordon is an upgrade on Horcov if you factor in expected games actually played next season.

    Overall though, I’m sure you like me are still hoping for something bold to happen or at least for some of the roster holes to get filled. :)

  28. jp says:

    Ryan:
    jp,

    I like PRV and have been cheering for him like crazy.That being said, betting on him at 2 LW to start the season would be a bad idea.The size/grit isn’t the issue.He doesn’t produce enough offense to play there.
    My guess is that he’s being dangled in trade talks anyway.In that sense our solution to the hole at 2LW could be in house, just not in the way you’re framing it.

    Agreed all around, I was just agreeing with Godot that Paajarvi still has a chance to develop into a top 6 player. Definitely not suggesting that he’d be the ideal option to start the season there.

    And on the grit issue, I’m just reading into what MacT is clearly trying to add to the top 6. I’m a big Paajarvi fan and really hope he’s not the guy shipped out to bring that grit on board, but he is not what MacT is looking for in a 2LW.

    godot10: Magnus has never had to be gritty.He made the NHL on pure talent, without really even knowing how to play his position offensively.After a crash course from Nelson, he now pretty much knows how to play the NHL wing position, but who is to say that he cannot add grit to his game.He is a work in progress.

    Love the player and agree that he can learn to play a grittier game, but it’s tough (impossible?) to teach a player to want to put guys through the boards. I’m pretty sure that’s what MacT is looking to add.

  29. Lois Lowe says:

    I think that the Ference signing is a lot like the Nick Schultz trade insofar as they both had questionable, declining underlying stats but are known as excellent locker room guys. I seem to recall Schultz playing mostly 2/3rd comp in Minny and getting soundly outshot. With either player it’s easy enough to see the upside if you look for it. Eakins’ comments were very positive, and I think it’s clear he will wear a letter next season.

    I also think that the Marlie parade of yesterday is an organizational tell as far as the systems play. The tweeners create some competition for roster spots in OKC and will have the advantage of knowing Eakins’ style of play. I fully expect that Nelson will be told exactly how to structure his game from above and that Acton and Hamilton are there to help him and the team with the learning curve.

  30. Yeti says:

    Lois Lowe,

    Sure, but did someone forget to remind MacT that we already have Nick Schultz “The Warrior with Poise”.

  31. VanOil says:

    Many pundits worry about match ups in the big bad Western Conference. How about making other teams worry.

    RNH-Hall-Eberle
    Gagner-Mathias-Yak
    Garbo-MPS-Hemsky (I know Garbo does not want to be a 3d line guy but this is better than many Oiler 1st lines over the last 7 years)
    Gordon-Joensuu-Rajala
    Lander-Smyth

    3 scoring lines and a 4th that can win a face off, block out the sun and dipsy doodle. This would make other coaches nervous. Experience and youth in the press box.

  32. khildahl says:

    I’m not sure why so many think Smid’s being moved. Isn’t he that gritty LW on MacT’s depth chart?

  33. VanOil says:

    khildahl:
    I’m not sure why so many think Smid’s being moved.Isn’t he that gritty LW on MacT’s depth chart?

    I would feel I got my money’s worth attending that game.

  34. dessert1111 says:

    4) The Oilers DON’T have too many defensemen.Potter and Larsen are #7 and #8 (for now).

    I would argue they have one too many “bottom pairing” guys. I believe they have 8 on 1-way contracts, and I guess you’re not too worried about losing Larsen or Potter if they go on waivers, but I also believe that there are 2-3 other plays who deserve cups of coffee this year (Klefbom, Fedun, possibly Marincin in ’14). Of course if there are injuries, so maybe it’s just right, but when adding in all the D prospects in OKC….that’s a lot of blue. Someone’s gotta go, no? Even if it’s just at the prospect level.

    Add in that the org seems very high on Klefbom, I could see 1 or 2 guys with one-ways getting moved. Ference seems to have a similar role to N Schultz, so if Schultz can bring back a worthwhile return, I am all for dealing him. I should also add that I am high on Fedun and feel like he should get games this year.

    Pretty impressed with the returns MacT got for Bigos and Horcoff. Could’ve easily seen him letting Bigos walk for nothing and buying out Horcoff with all the other buy-outs that happened. I think he’s doing just fine, aside from his creepy enamorment with Clarkson.

  35. godot10 says:

    dessert1111: I would argue they have one too many “bottom pairing” guys. I believe they have 8 on 1-way contracts, and I guess you’re not too worried about losing Larsen or Potter if they go on waivers, but I also believe that there are 2-3 other plays who deserve cups of coffee this year (Klefbom, Fedun, possibly Marincin in ’14). Of course if there are injuries, so maybe it’s just right, but when adding in all the D prospects in OKC….that’s a lot of blue. Someone’s gotta go, no? Even if it’s just at the prospect level.

    The Oilers have 4 proven NHL defensemen. Smid, Petry, Ference, and NSchultz. 4 is actually not enough. (JSchultz is a proven offensive quantity, but not so much defensively.)

    That is why one has to have an excess of unproven NHL defensemen.

    If you have 6 proven NHL defensmen, you are unlikely to probe #10 on your depth chart, but if you have only 4 proven NHL defensemen, you are highly probably to probe #10 on your depth chart, or haven’t you been paying attention for the last 5 years.

    Klefbom, Fedun, and Marincin are #9, #10, #11 to start the season. When your top four are threes and fours, 4 fives and sixes and sevens, before one gets to the raw prospect pool is NOT too many.

  36. Koho says:

    Ribs,

    Seconded.

  37. godot10 says:

    Potter and Larsen on one-ways is a good thing. It means they can be shuttled to OKC and back with limited risk of being claimed on waivers until the 2nd half of the season.

  38. striatic says:

    Ryan JonesVerified account
    ‏@jonesry28
    In the words of Eminem, “It feels so good to be back!!” #OilCity

    hm ..

  39. Ducey says:

    striatic:
    Ryan JonesVerified account
    ‏@jonesry28
    In the words of Eminem, “It feels so good to be back!!” #OilCity

    hm ..

    Tencer said yesterday that the Oilers had made him an offer. It was up to him to accept it.

    I guess he did.

  40. Ca$h-Money! says:

    Does Moffie look just like Eberle, or is it just me?

  41. GordM says:

    Jones tweets that it’s good to be back…shortly after Oil announce a 1 year deal. Curious about the $s

  42. jp says:

    Ducey: Tencer said yesterday that the Oilers had made him an offer.It was up to him to accept it.

    I guess he did.

    I thought MacT mentioned that in his presser too. Guess Jones didn’t get any other strong offers. Just a guess, but I’m thinking the Oil only offered him 1 yr.

    I’m no huge Jones fan, but he beats Brown on the 4th line, and depending what Hemsky goes for there might be a hole at 3RW. Good depth signing – and I doubt they broke the bank on him.

  43. Ducey says:

    Is there a deadline by with Mofo has to be signed or can they just bring him to training camp and decide whether to sign him there?

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