OILERS TRADE FOR PERRON, DEAL PAAJARVI

In the end, the Oilers stopped short of trading one of their Jacks and Kings and instead traded a 10 with face card rising, along with a 2nd rd pick. Whatever else we can say about this deal, it is most certainly (on this day) an overpay. The questions then are:

  1. How much was the overpay?
  2. Was the overpay necessary?

In order to answer those questions, let’s look at the positives and negatives of David Perron (we have oodles of information on our man Magnus). Let’s begin with the Vollman Sledgehammer.

THE VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER

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Perron shows up in a nice spot on the map, and his color is good. Combined with his skill (Perron per 82gp is 20-28-48 in his career) this is a nice player. The concussions are a definite concern his contract (3 years times $3.8M) is not a small matter. I like Perron, always have–wanted the Oilers to take him at #15 overall on his draft day–and am pleased with the acquisition. I wrote about the possibility on the weekend, no special credit there we’ve been talking about Perron for some time on this blog.

I like the idea of Perron playing with Yakupov, that’s a wonderful duo and hopefully they can put Sam Gagner in the middle and have some real success.

 DAVID PERRON 12-13

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.58 (5th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 3.09 (8th among regular forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 4th toughest among regular forwards
  • Qual Team: 9th best teammates among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: 2.5 (5th best among regular forwards) (5.61 CorsiON)
  • Zone Start: 50.8% (7th easiest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 46.9% (8th best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 84/11.9% (3rd among F’s>70 shots)
  • Boxcars: 48, 10-15-25

Summary: I think the Oilers got a fine player in his prime, and as best we can tell he’s a fine matchup for the skilled Oilers who populate the top two lines.  This is a rock solid acquisition–concussion aside–and Craig MacTavish landed an actual NHL player who can help in an important role.

SAIL ON MALMO REDHAWK

paajarvi1

I remember the day they found him, this board was thrilled with Paajarvi.  We’ve cheered like hell and worried over him and now he’s down the line. I think it might be an idea to quote a few posters from the draft day item as a send off:

  • Mark Ryan: Awesome, just awesome. The math is wrong on this guy. There’s no reason he should have been on this board at 10. Silly, silly Toronto. 
  • Maverick: Awesome is right!! I can’t believe he fell to 10th. Wow!
  • CrazyCoach: Wow, I am overjoyed. Skilled kid who called the Oilers a classic team. Here’s hoping he’s the next Forsberg and not the next ????
  • doritograndeI can’t believe Toronto took Kadri. I knew right then that we had a shot at Paajarvi-Svensson. Solves the Oilers needs for LW and size (albeit in a couple years) and possesses the traditional Oilers qualities of blinding speed and character. A winner.
  • Woodguy: *sheds tear* Never ever though the Oilers had a chance at this guy without moving up.

 MAGNUS PAAJARVI 12-13

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.54 (5th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 2.05 (9th among regular forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards
  • Qual Team: 10th best teammates among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: -1.6 (7th best among regular forwards) (-12.88 CorsiON)
  • Zone Start: 51.0% (7th easiest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 55.3% (best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 75/12% (4th among F’s>70 shots)
  • Boxcars: 42, 9-7-16

This is a fine young player, not yet established in the NHL but a likely bargain for the next couple of years and very likely to be a gem in St. Louis. I don’t like saying goodbye to him and no one I know is suggesting he isn’t a value contract and player. Sail on Magnus, there’s not really one thing about you we didn’t value and cherish. I hope you don’t mind if we check in on you from time to time, maybe keep tabs on you with your Dad on twitter.

We won’t forget you.

Summary: Let’s go back to the top and ask the questions again:

  1. How much was the overpay? I think we can say with some authority that a genuine 2line scoring winger has more value than a 3line option, and that Perron is more proven. The concussion issue is a concern, but it isn’t like he’s missed 25 games a year with it. Perron is an offensive winger bought on the down beat and he is the best player in the deal, and could make the deal look like a bargain one short year from now. I believe the overpay is real, probably the difference between 2 and 3 lines, the different between established and emerging.
  2. Was the overpay necessary? Yes. If this team is ever going to get better, they need experience, quality and more established players. The Oilers have a lot of emerging talents, and one of them bought an actual NHL player today. That’s worth the price in my opinion.

Epilogue

This was MacT’s first real trade, and a bold move in my books. Those who  want to be critical of this deal can certainly find ammo to make the argument, but there’s a thread of logic and reason in this deal that gives iron to it from the Edmonton side. Sometimes you have to lose a battle to win the war.

Today may be such a day.

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  1. wheatnoil says:

    Lowetide: Yeah, it’s one of the reasons I think this trade has to have a bookend, or another shoe, or the bottom of the bottle.

    Unless MacT saw even less out there for Hemsky than for Horcoff and so plans to run a Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky 3rd line unless he can get something for Hemsky.

    Of course… on further thought, did someone quote MacT as saying that he saw Jones on the 3-line at LW?

  2. fifthcartel says:

    The potential of Smyth being on the third line is the worst part about this trade, otherwise it’s pretty good. Just fill out that third line.

  3. stevezie says:

    I like the trade because we got the better player. While I am not as dogmatic about it as Captain Obvious (who is going to need a promotion to retain his individuality), in general the team with the most good players wins.

    Our top two lines now look world class.

    Of course, injuries happen so we should probably keep Hemsky and upgrade 3lw to prepare for the inevitable, and obviously the top-end of the D isn’t good enough, and we will have trouble against teams with large d-men, but there’s no point in handing out medals before the finish line.

    MacT wants to get better this season, and as The Rolling Stones said, “Always get what you want.”

  4. Lowetide says:

    El Kapitan G MÖNEY: Heh heh, I did say ‘mildly improved’ not ‘wildly improved’!

    I also ran a year-on-year Corsi comparison for the forwards and D from Renney to Krueger, and I think it is understating it to say the team ‘regressed a bit’ – they regressed a LOT under Krueger.All of the D save Schultz Sr (assuming you trust Corsi for D, which is not necessarily wise, but …) regressed to Alex Plante-ian levels … that is to say, the Corsi’s for the D under Krueger were comparable to Plante’s Corsi under Renney.Similarly cliff-like dropoff for the forwards save the 3 gifted kids on line 1 – dropoff especially noticeable for Hemsky and to a similar extent Gagner.

    Mulling on the free agent list:

    Would a 3rd line winger group of Raymond and Mueller, and a 4C of Wellwood (hello DSF) do the trick?

    EDIT: waiting moderation – have I been put in DSF jail???

    You’re not in jail, don’t know what happened. Sorry, great post.

  5. Young Oil says:

    God our bottom 6 is going to be scary bad without a few more moves…I would love to grab a couple pieces from NYR (Boyle, Kreider, Palmieri), but I don’t know what they would want back…Hemsky @ $2.5M would be a great fit for them, they need a #2RW, but with their cap situation I don’t know if they would go for that.

  6. El Kapitan G MÖNEY says:

    Lowetide: You’re not in jail, don’t know what happened. Sorry, great post.

    Phew, that’s a relief! As Geddy Lee once said: “G Money! He’s a hit! Don’t give him that do goody good bullshit!”

  7. striatic says:

    TheOtherJohn: If that is going to be the 3rd line it is going to be a complete shit show
    Not disagreeing with you but the 2 Ryan’s are unable to play tough competition

    you have to think that with the attempted Clarkson signing MacT had MPS slotted at 3LW in his head, not Smyth.

    so somewhere in MacT’s brain you have to figure he isn’t content with the 3LW situation.

    unless the plan was to move MPS even if Clarkson was signed as a UFA.

  8. striatic says:

    i can imagine all the name changing resulting in the blog having an auto-immune response and placing peeps with changed names in “shenanigans purgatory”.

  9. Jordan says:

    OT – Oilers Captaincy

    I was talking with a friend today, and an idea popped.

    Don’t give the C to Hall or one of the Star Youths this year.

    Don’t give the C to Ferrence, who’s just arrived.

    Give the C to Smyth.

    – Should have been his when Smith got trade, but he wasn’t on the team for some inexplicable reason at that time.
    – Gives a great Oiler the place in Oilers history he deserves
    – Gives Hall another year to mature into the league before he’s also the Captain.

    Put As on Hall and Ferrance for home games and Ebs and Gagner for Away games.

    LT – don’t know if this is something you could float to gregor or others on your show, but I’d love to get this idea moved more mainstream – does a lot to address some significant injustices in Oilers history.

  10. Scotty LaDouche says:

    I have vague memories of Cherry going on about Perron having some of the best in close stick skills he’d ever seen. 2-3 years ago, mebe.

  11. "Steve Smith" says:

    striatic,

    As I understood it, it applies to everyone that mentions D-S-F or Cappen Happy in a post, as G Money did; am I wrong about that, LT?

  12. wheatnoil says:

    fifthcartel:
    The potential of Smyth being on the third line is the worst part about this trade, otherwise it’s pretty good. Just fill out that third line.

    You know, before we all completely write off Smyth, let’s not forget that he played a good portion of the year at centre as opposed to his usual wing. Also, his most common forward line-mates, in order of most minutes together, were: Mike Brown, Lennart Petrell, and Eric Belanger.

    Further, looking at the WOWY numbers (Corsi events for)
    Smyth + Brown = 41.9%, Brown without Smyth = 34.1% (!)
    Smyth + Petrell = 44.0%, Petrell without Smyth = 28.7% (!!)
    Smyth + Belanger = 43.3%, Belanger without Smyth = 33.6% (ly!)

    The following forwards played at least 50 minutes with Smyth last season: Brown, Petrell, Belanger, Horcoff, Yakupov, Jones, Smithson, Eberle, and Eager. Out of those 9 players, 8 of them had lower corsi numbers without Smyth than with him (only Eberle did better). Now, in fairness, Smyth didn’t have great possession numbers without all of them either, so it’s not like he played great last year, but the numbers are particularly damning for Brown, Petrell, Belanger, and Eager… all of whom may not be back on the team last year.

    Smyth isn’t what he was, but he wasn’t the main culprit in that bottom 6 last year.

  13. Lowetide says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    striatic,

    As I understood it, it applies to everyone that mentions D-S-F or Cappen Happy in a post, as G Money did; am I wrong about that, LT?

    Yes you are correct, I just didn’t see it. As Agatha Christie wrote in DEATH ON THE NILE “these pretzels are making me thirsty!”

  14. "Steve Smith" says:

    Lowetide: No, I just didn’t see it. As Agatha Christie wrote in DEATH ON THE NILE “these pretzels are making me thirsty!”

    That one I’m positive was from Exile on Main Street.

  15. striatic says:

    wheatnoil: Smyth isn’t what he was, but he wasn’t the main culprit in that bottom 6 last year.

    the problem is that saying he is better than Brown, Petrell, Belanger, and Eager is setting an extremely low bar.

    the questions should be – will he be a better than average NHL 3LW? if he is better than league average in that position, can he play a full season of 3rd line minutes?

    i don’t really care how good he is compared to other Oilers, especially when the other Oilers kinda sucked. where is he relative to league average?

  16. El Kapitan G MÖNEY says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    striatic,

    As I understood it, it applies to everyone that mentions D-S-F or Cappen Happy in a post, as G Money did; am I wrong about that, LT?

    That is *exactly* what popped into my head when I first saw it! And frankly, it’s a damn good idea! (Though I do believe the blacklist now needs to include DCB).

    striatic: shenanigans purgatory

    I like the sound of that!

    wheatnoil: Smyth isn’t what he was, but he wasn’t the main culprit in that bottom 6 last year.

    I am fine with Smyth as the 4LW, I think he’s got another year of 10mins/night of sturdy two-way in his ancient legs. For similar reasons, Jones at 4RW is fine too – his defensive lapses hurt a lot less when the other teams facepunchers are out there, and if by chance he does get it in the O zone, he might actually contribute to a goal here or there. A bottom line goal for! Shocker!

    But either of those guys on the 3rd line is a playoff-preventing disaster…

  17. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    “Steve Smith”: That one I’m positive was from Exile on Main Street.

    “Murder by Death” was much better.

  18. "Steve Smith" says:

    Dead Cat Bounce,

    Sure, if you’re into Pokemon.

  19. wheatnoil says:

    striatic: the problem is that saying he is better than Brown, Petrell, Belanger, and Eager is setting an extremely low bar.

    the questions should be – will he be a better than average NHL 3LW? if he is better than league average in that position, can he play a full season of 3rd line minutes?

    i don’t really care how good he is compared to other Oilers, especially when the other Oilers kinda sucked. where is he relative to league average?

    This is a valid point. I’m not trying to argue that Smyth is a solid 3rd liner… just that he’s not as bad as was last year, being dragged down by extremely poor players and having to play out of position.

  20. striatic says:

    wheatnoil: This is a valid point. I’m not trying to argue that Smyth is a solid 3rd liner… just that he’s not as bad as was last year, being dragged down by extremely poor players and having to play out of position.

    my issue is that i think even in a best case scenario i think Smyth is a below average 3LW. he would most certainly be a well above average 4LW and 4th line minutes would certainly help him given his mileage.

    the Oilers should aim to be above average in every area, and given their cap space and the excellent state of the top 6 there is no reason the forward core cannot be uniformly above average.

  21. SpotTheLoon says:

    Woodguy,

    I firmly believe that if Paajarvi had larger legs and a bigger ass he would have won more puck battles.

    So Frank Zappa was right? The bigger the cushion, the better the pushin’?

  22. striatic says:

    comparing the MPS highlight reel currently on the Blues’ site and the Perron highlight reel on the Oilers’ site is sort of hilarious.

    all of PRV’s goals are tap ins due to sublime playmaking of other players, whereas Perron’s are .. well, you can go to the sites to see for yourself.

    i think the Blues need to hire better highlight pickers.

  23. Manitoba Oilers says:

    Lowetide: Ryan Smyth on LW and Ryan Jones on RW at this point, unless Joensu can play at that level.

    LT do you think they would bring in a free agent like Raymond and Brunner

  24. ASkoreyko says:

    I dont know if anyone else caught this, but it seems like Perron magically grew 1″ and put on 10lbs as soon as he was traded to the Oilers.

    I know everyone has always suspected the Oilers embellished their measurements, we now have pretty conclusive proof.

    From Google cache when he was still a blue:
    http://goo.gl/1psg1

    What now shows on the Blues website:
    http://goo.gl/sQylm

    I guess that is one way to make our forwards bigger!

  25. Tarkus says:

    SpotTheLoon:
    Woodguy,

    I firmly believe that if Paajarvi had larger legs and a bigger ass he would have won more puck battles.

    So Frank Zappa was right?The bigger the cushion, the better the pushin’?

    Great album, “Jim’s Garage”.

    If Perron does indeed have some bite to his game despite his smaller frame, can we call him “Perronha”? Or if he becomes a lush, “Perron Cocktail”?

    You’re welcome, Gene.

  26. Lowetide says:

    Manitoba Oilers: LT do you think they would bring in a free agent like Raymond and Brunner

    I know they’ll have some dollars based on how this is tracking, but have no idea how they’ll spend it. Penner, Gilbert? Raymond? Don’t know. Might be done with ufa for all we know.

  27. gogliano says:

    If they keep Hemsky I’m not too concerned about our 3LW. Yes, upgrade it, but a team’s top six forwards are still key in the NHL. Hall/Perron are going to tilt the ice quite a bit so anything close to a saw off with our third line will do the job. Gordon + Hemsky can get more than a saw off if teams throw out their 3rd line and if they don’t Gordon can still pull a Peca 2006 playoffs (seriously, his #s are dynamite, can’t wait to watch him closely) and we have two dynamite lines at least one of which will kill it against easy comp. And then Hemsky provides nice depth when a top sixer goes down.

    Perron presents a risk but he is a real nice player. Win-win trade, as others have said. But I’d rather be worrying about filling 3LW than 2LW.

  28. striatic says:

    gogliano: Perron presents a risk but he is a real nice player. Win-win trade, as others have said. But I’d rather be worrying about filling 3LW than 2LW.

    agree with this 100% but it seems silly not to fill the 3LW slot with the best available option and that option is probably not Smyth.

    also, it very much sounds like Hemsky will be traded so i don’t think it is safe to pencil him into the 3RW slot.

  29. cc says:

    Scotty LaDouche,

    Good Call on the “C” idea to give it to Smyth. Yet I hope Hall never wears the

    “C” he’s to selfish. Following Smyth, Ebs should wear it.

  30. admiralmark says:

    I like Perron enough and i feel he upgrades the top 6. The question remains do we have enough size/grit to handle “playoff” hockey with this top 6? Although Paajarvi maybe didnt play a gritty style he did bring size to the 3rd line and at times was effective. I think the bottom 6 is still a very big ?. And we dont have enough toughness at this point in the bottom 6 to make up for the smallish top 6. I have very little faith in Jones and Smyth as being very effective… And this Jonesuu?? Anybody actually heard of this guy? I know its tough to make effective changes through trades and FA without blowing the Cap… But in my opinion this team has improved but not enough to make the playoffs.

  31. GoalieBob says:

    LT, been a big fan of the site for a while. Thought I would throw out a couple of possible trades I think would be good for the Oilers. Not sure the other teams would go for them. Feasible?

    1.
    To Detroit:
    Hemsky (Oilers retain $2Mil of salary)
    Gernat or Musil

    To Edm
    Abdelkader
    M. Samuelsson (salary dump for Detroit)
    3rd round pick in 2015 (becomes a 2nd if Hemsky resigns in Detroit)

    Gives Detroit a legit 2nd line RW and gives Edm a versatile 3rd line player that can play wing or centre.

    2.
    To Ottawa
    N Schultz (Edmonton retains $1 Mil in salary)
    3rd round pick in 2015 if Schultz does not resign in Ottawa

    To EDM
    Z. Smith

    3. Resign Fistric for $1.8Mil for 2 years.

    FORWARDS
    Taylor Hall ($6.000m) / Ryan N.-Hopkins ($3.775m) / Jordan Eberle ($6.000m)
    David Perron ($3.813m) / Sam Gagner ($4.800m) / Nail Yakupov ($3.775m)
    Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m) / Boyd Gordon ($3.000m) / Mikael Samuelsson ($3.000m)
    Ryan Smyth ($2.250m) / Zack Smith ($1.888m) / Ryan Jones ($1.500m)
    Jesse Joensuu ($0.950m) / Mike Brown ($0.737m)
    DEFENSEMEN
    Andrew Ference ($3.250m) / Justin Schultz ($3.775m)
    Ladislav Smid ($3.500m) / Jeff Petry ($1.750m)
    Mark Fistric ($1.800m) / Anton Belov ($1.525m)
    Philip Larsen ($1.025m)
    GOALTENDERS
    Devan Dubnyk ($3.500m)
    Jason Labarbera ($1.000m)
    OTHER
    Buried: Ben Eager ($0.175m)
    RETAINED SALARY TRANSACTIONS (4.743% of upper limit)
    Ales Hemsky ($2.000m—40.0%) Nick Schultz ($1.050m—30.0%)
    ——
    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
    SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $67,636,667; BONUSES: $9,150,000
    CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $1,485,833

  32. PunjabiOil says:

    David Perron is a good hockey player.

    The Edmonton Oilers need more good hockey players, not less.

    Haven’t felt this way about an Oilers trade since the Visnovsky and Pitkanen (part I).

    ABove the fact Perron is a good player, he’s locked up for 3 more years, and has potential for overperformance. This can be a value contract.

    Never got that vibe from MPS, that he’ turn the corner and be a legitimate 2nd liner. What you see with MPS is closer to the finished product, IMO.

    Wish him well though. Professional all the way.

  33. Chris says:

    If we are keeping Hemsky we need two more NHL players on the team for this lineup to be decent.

    Right now we have Hall-RNH-Eberle, Perron-Gagner-Yakupov, xxxx – Gordon – Hemsky and Smyth – xxxxx – Jones with Brown and Jonesuu in the press box.

    It doesn’t seem like a fourth line centre is a hard thing to find. Steckle, Reasoner, Wellwood are still out there. We also need another left winger. The problem with this team the last number of years is we have started the season short on guys who are legit NHL players and then run into injuries. We’re obviously in a much better position if we start the season with the roster fleshed out.

  34. PaperDesigner says:

    Hey Lowetide, any chance you’ll do a post on Ny possibilities for third line forwards in free agency? The Oilers desperately need to pick someone up without losing a roster player in the process. Actually, make that two, because right now, the Oilers have Boyd Gordon and a bunch of guys who should be competing for a fourth line role right now. I am going to cringe if Gordon is flanked by Jones and Random Finnish Fringe NHL player for opening night (Joensuu, or something?).

    Thoresen?

  35. gcw_rocks says:

    Jordan,

    You don’t give the captaincy to a player that has a reasonable probability of spending time in the press box. You just don’t.

  36. gcw_rocks says:

    There are two things I don’t like about the trade:

    1) They filled one whole by opening up another
    2) The concussion history

    That said, if he can stay healthy, Perron is an upgrade over MPS for the next 2-3 years, so I can live with the deal. It also fits MacT’s “willingness to take some risk” comments, so as much as I can’t stand MacT, I respect this fits his stated approach.

    I just hope he is smart enough to deal Gagner before the arbitration hearing if Gagner won’t sign for reasonable money. I would call Florida as Florida’s RW depth is pathetic. Gagner and one of the depth defencemen (Schultz Sr/Potter/Larsen) for Kulikov and Bjugstad or Goc. Throw in top ups as required.

    That trade would fill the hole at 1st pairing LD and one of the third line spots (if its Goc, you shift Gordon to RW and have a terrific shut down duo on your third line, otherwise Bjugstad should be a viable RW option on the third line and would add a lot of size with skill). You then take the Gagner money and throw it at Grabo. Would have been easier to do if they had just grabbed him off waivers in the first place.

    Then you have a playoff team.

  37. Jordan says:

    gcw_rocks:
    Jordan,

    You don’t give the captaincy to a player that has a reasonable probability of spending time in the press box. You just don’t.

    They gave it to Moreau, who spent as much time taking bad penalties as he did making other players feel like ass because they weren’t playing hard.

    They gave it to Corson, whose douchebaggery cannot be quantified by modern science.

    For all I care, they can give Smyth the C and have him run off with two of the octane girls to thailand for a coke and unspeakable acts with the Oilers 1 point out of the playoffs with a game in had and a back to back against the Blackhawks and he STILL would be an above average Oilers Captain.

    The press box doesn’t fit into the equation. Do the right thing, and things turn out right.

  38. Capt'n böökje says:

    cc:
    Scotty LaDouche,

    Yet I hope Hall never wears the “C” he’s to selfish.

    Yeah, I know, like last year he had all those goals and assists while everyone else hardly had any.

  39. Lowetide says:

    PaperDesigner:
    Hey Lowetide, any chance you’ll do a post on Ny possibilities for third line forwards in free agency? The Oilers desperately need to pick someone up without losing a roster player in the process. Actually, make that two, because right now, the Oilers have Boyd Gordon and a bunch of guys who should be competing for a fourth line role right now. I am going to cringe if Gordon is flanked by Jones and Random Finnish Fringe NHL player for opening night (Joensuu, or something?).

    Thoresen?

    It’s a great idea, I’ll see if I can get to it before MacT does. :-)

  40. Ribs says:

    Lowetide:
    Question for the group: would you deal Hemsky to Anaheim for Winnick and a 2nd?

    No, no. The bar is set with the Perron deal. Richard Panik and a second. *dreaming*

  41. Mike Modano's Dog says:

    LT – you know how big of a fan I was of Paajarvi. I was going to go on your show to discuss his stats with Lander and Omark, while the Oilers miscast him with others during his second year here. This is something I had seen on the writing on the wall, so can’t say I was too surprised by trading him away.

    What did surprise me, to the extreme is that I don’t think they traded for a player type they needed.

    We need a big strong 2-way winger who can play up the depth charts to keep the opposition honest with our smaller, and to this point very injury prone forwards..

    My question is why would we trade for a winger with a concussion history when we have nobody to keep him safe, let alone the rest of our guys. This was a waste of a significant trade asset that didn’t address our true needs on this team. The one thing the Oiers had an abundance of was skilled wingers with a desperate need for center, a top 2 d-man.

    We’ve actually gotten smaller, more injury prone and lost the one trump card we had to trade, without giving our current stars. Until the Oilers add some size, and someone who can fight for heaven’s sake our forward are in trouble. I fear their careers might be cut short or they will be shadows of what they could have been. I’m getting really sick of this.

  42. Lowetide says:

    I think the Oilers must have some kind of indication that Perron is completely healthy. I do agree (as indicated in the post above) that losing Paajarvi was a significant item.

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