WHAT HUMP?

I think in an organization, every manager needs four or five real key people that allow you to be successful. A head coach and an assistant manager, one or two people running your amateur draft, somebody in player development and your head coach at the American League level. Now, much like you build a team, you’ve got that foundation in place in your front office. Now you can fill. Then, if you can have the stability, then these fill people will learn. They’re going to learn from the people that are the foundation. -Ken Holland (BEHIND THE MOVES)

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 HEAD COACH: DALLAS EAKINS

MacT hired him this summer, Eakins has been on the job for 14 NHL games. The won-loss record is a disaster, but this team would have to go 3-9-2 again for talk of replacement to grab some traction. There’s just not enough elapsed time to seriously consider replacing the guy–especially considering this organization’s recent history at the position. I’m exhausted just talking about it. The outer marker on the Eakins story might be airlifting in an assistant with NHL experience. Who were the other names that were discussed as possibles before Eakins got the job? I don’t remember.

ASSISTANT MANAGER: SCOTT HOWSON/RICKY OLCZYK

Howson is newly returned to the organization and to my eye probably improved his reputation based on the overall Jacket in Columbus.  He made some bold moves and traded the franchise, so he’s certainly a guy who can endure stormy weather. Olczyk is getting a lot of play for his hard work in the Arcobello acquistion.

Elliotte Friedman: Arcobello was a college free agent, but assistant GM Rick Olczyk had to fight to get it done because the Oilers were concerned about his size. Another team said after it was filed, they saw it was a two-way AHL/ECHL deal, which, at the time, was worth less than $60,000 — combined. That one worked out nicely.

I think that’s a helluva story, and should bode well for Olczyk. The downside? He is not a MacT hire. Doesn’t mean a damn thing if Arcobello’s keep showing up.

DRAFT: STU MACGREGOR

Much of MacGregor’s work is yet to be graded, but the 2008 edition (Eberle) along with 2009′s Perron lure (Paajarvi) are nice touches. I imagine Craig MacTavish is more concerned with recent draft picks and their progress, and there are some nice late picks, a quality run in the first round, and some trouble in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. It’ll be interesting to see how MacT grades this group (he was certainly complimentary on hiring).

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: RICK CARRIERE/MIKE SILLINGER

I guess you’d judge this role by (partly) how many players develop beyond their draft number and quality of NHL players. Among the men who have played in OKC and then become Oilers for a time are Jeff Petry, Teemu Hartikainen, Linus Omark and Mark Arcobello.

AHL COACH: TODD NELSON

Nelson has been excellent if you believe winning at the AHL level is important, but he’s been sent three 2nd rounders from the 2010 draft and only one (Tyler Pitlick) has made the NHL. That’s not a terribly fair criticism though, as Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton have been bogged down by injury and Martin Marincin seems to be developing in an efficient manner.

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MacT says he thinks Corey Potter might get claimed. I say MacT hopes Potter gets claimed. Too much of the same thing, although they’ll find a role for him should he clear. Grebeshkov I’m not as sure of, MacT says he needs conditioning to get up to NHL speed, but I think this is probably the beginning of the KHL flight.

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On yesterday’s blog I wrote “stay the course, build on what works, turn this thing around and get buy-in from those who want to move forward, flushing those who do not. The Oilers right now are a collection of talents being ground into a useful hockey team. We’ve been singing show me the way to go home for years now, and Dallas Eakins is the man chosen to do it. Let it bleed.”

  • MacT“I don’t see how making a bad trade helps anybody. Are we trying to do something to shore up the deficient areas? Absolutely. But I’m not doing something at all costs. We’ve got significant pieces. Does the record really reflect the first 13 (14 games actually)? Everybody can draw their own conclusions there. And I’m drawing mine. I don’t think it’s reflective. We’re improving.”

Music! It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I understand the fanbase being upset, it’s tough to watch them get rolled over by Toronto and behind Calgary (4 enormous points with 2 games in hand) and this team today is 8 points out of the playoffs and the team holding the final spot has 4 games in hand. Lordy.

Losing teams make stupid moves at this point in time. Darren Dreger reported yesterday that other teams are asking after the Klefbom and the Oilers are going to stay the course. That’s the play here.

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I think this club can do some minor tweaking (twerking?) and help themselves immediately:

  • The 4line needs another penalty killer. Three sets of two among the forwards, a centerman on all three units. That 4line has Gazdic-Eager with Acton, hell man find a PK guy and put him there. Call up Fedun and have him play that role, I don’t care. The Eberle-Hemsky experiment isn’t working, try it again when things are well.
  • Get Hall back in the lineup. Any word? Haven’t seen anything in awhile.
  • Smyth and Joensuu are apparently on their way back, they’ll be road trip possibles (early and late) and that’ll help. LW has been a mine field for injury this season (as Bruce McCurdy noted yesterday).
  • Put Dubnyk back in and leave him there.
  • Whatever the instructions re: pinching, stop it. Stop it right damn now.
  • The penalty kill is killing this team. Fix it, or find a coach who can.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

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THIS is going to be an interesting show! Scheduled to appear:

  • Dennis King. Anyone who reads the Oilogosphere knows Dennis and his unique view on all things Oiler. It’s been too long since we had a chat, so we’ll look deep into the Oil world with emphasis on Eakins, MacT and the PK.
  • Anthony Cozenza, Cincy Jungle. The Bengals are winning for the first time since Kenny Anderson. What’s going on?
  • Ryan Batty, Copper and Blue. I never know where we’re going to go, but I promise we’ll talk Oilers at least 70% of the time.
  • Sean Donovan, The Phinsider. It started so well for the Dolphins, but they’ve stepped into an elevator shaft and it’s been a month.
  • Paul Almeida, Azorcan Global. We’ll talk WJ’s and soccer.

Text 10-1260 or twitter @Lowetide_. See you on the radio!

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52 Responses to "WHAT HUMP?"

  1. nqmt says:

    Hey LT,

    https://twitter.com/Bob_Stauffer/status/395565737055502336

    Stauffer was saying Hall might come back for the Flyer’s game

  2. Lowetide says:

    nqmt:
    Hey LT,

    https://twitter.com/Bob_Stauffer/status/395565737055502336

    Stauffer was saying Hall might come back for the Flyer’s game

    Good news!

  3. bones says:

    Good to see the return of the King

  4. j says:

    It is a bit sobering to consider how much Petrell, Lander and Horcoff contributed to the penalty kill. High pressure on the defense resulting in few shots from the point making it through. We don’t have the war horses in front of the net to effectively box out the forwards and/or block the puck as they stand their ground. Unless we get Tyler Myers to block out the sun we’d better have forwards filling in the lanes. Hindsight is a bitch…

  5. Zipdot says:

    We need a guy who will work as hard as Petrell. All the PK is, is hard work. Petrell was the hardest working Oiler in years…

  6. Ice Sage says:

    Hump and Terri Garr in the same post? It’s gonna be a good day – distraction from this chronic Oiler disease.

  7. hoser313 says:

    j,

    zipdot,

    ..but that would imply having a fourth line that does something other than just “sports entertainment”.

  8. kosiork says:

    That quote from Mac-T has done wonders in allaying my fears. I’m still frustrated, and they are still painful to watch, but at least we know Yak isn’t going to score 50 in another town (at least not this year).

  9. regwald says:

    The answer is Ralph Krueger. He’s even already on the payroll. Give him a special title – executive specialty team coach. Turn the reigns over to him for the PK and PP. He will right that part of the ship.

  10. commonfan14 says:

    j: It is a bit sobering to consider how much Petrell, Lander and Horcoff contributed to the penalty kill

    I checked on Petrell’s stats the other day and found that he had by far the worst SHGA per 20 minutes of any of the regular PKers.

    We should not be pining for him or anyone like him.

  11. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    8 points out of the playoffs?

    As of this morning the Oilers are 11 points out of the playoffs since they would need to finish at least 1 point ahead of the LA Kings who currently have 18 points.

    (the Oilers can’t take STL’s spot in the central division.)

  12. hoser313 says:

    I agree with MacT’s quote. A couple other thoughts:

    - the team can’t keep giving up 2 on 1′s every single game. Eakins should start reducing ice time for guys who make bad pinches, don’t backcheck hard enough, etc.

    - I think there’s no way the team can trade for a worthwhile D-man without giving up some combination of Yakupov, Klefbom and this year’s 1st round pick (which could be a very good one). MacT has probably realized this in talking to other GMs. Next year I would fully expect Nurse to join the team. So next year you have Petry/Smid, Ference/Nurse, and Jultz/Belov (assuming he returns). If Smid can fix his game, that’s not terrible as a top 6.

    - Man, is the power play ever bad. Under 15%.

    - One other chronic problem with this team is that it can’t hold a lead. I’d say this has been a problem for the last 3 or 4 years. It’s totally on Eakins to fix this.

  13. Andy P says:

    How about we put players in their natural roles alongside the centers that they have worked well with in the past, then focus on the weak areas?
    i.e. Play Hemmers and Yak on the right side, shelter Yak etc.

    For the time being let’s forget about trades and think about who from our present NHL and AHL rosters would represent the best home and away lines, e.g. 3 scoring lines for the road trips, 2 scoring lines and a checking line that can score for home games, realistic role for the 4th line etc.

  14. rickithebear says:

    j:
    It is a bit sobering to consider how much Petrell, Lander and Horcoff contributed to the penalty kill.High pressure on the defense resulting in few shots from the point making it through. We don’t have the war horses in front of the net to effectively box out the forwards and/or block the puck as they stand their ground.Unless we get Tyler Myers to block out the sun we’d better have forwards filling in the lanes.Hindsight is a bitch…

    Just look at BTN.
    big minutes with below average results are not the same as big minutes with above average.
    I will take the results over the minutes to judge a player.

    last year top 180 PK TOI players and GA/60 rank.
    #1 R. Hamilton 0.00 GA/60 1.26 TOI
    #15 S. Gagner 3.13 GA/60 1.60 TOI
    #25 R. Smyth 3.58 gA/60 2.50 TOI
    #30 J. Smithson 3.72 GA/60 2.15 TOI
    #52 S. horcoff 4.72 GA/60 2.46 TOI
    #85 B. Gordon 5.88 GA/60 2.55 TOI
    #89 L. Petrell 5.97 GA/60 2.58 TOI
    ————————————————-
    #103 A. Lander 6.21 Ga/60 1.76 TOI
    #106 R. jones 6.38 GA/60 1.39 TOI
    #121 E. belanger 6.91 Ga/60 3.01 TOI
    #180 C. Van de velde 17.09 Ga/60 .96 TOI

    This year top 180 TOI rank
    #1 T. hall 0.00 GA/60 .9 TOI
    #32 J. Eberle 2.59 Ga/60 1.65 TOI
    #68 M. arcobello 4.31 GA/60 1.00 TOI
    ——————————————-
    #151 B. Gordon 10.27 Ga/60 2.99 TOI
    #171 RNH 12.72 Ga/60 1.18 ga/60
    #174 Acton 14.81 GA/60 2.32 TOI
    #175 Hemsky 15.74 GA/60 .82 TOI

    Plaease roll:
    Gordon 5.88, Gagner 3.13, Arco 4.31 @ C
    Smyth 3.58, Halll 0.00, Eberle 2.59, Jones 6.38 @ wing

  15. rickithebear says:

    Andy P:
    How about we put players in their natural roles alongside the centers that they have worked well with in the past, then focus on the weak areas?
    i.e. Play Hemmers and Yak on the right side, shelter Yak etc.

    For the time being let’s forget about trades and think about who from our present NHL and AHL rosters would represent the best home and away lines, e.g. 3 scoring lines for the road trips, 2 scoring lines and a checking line that can score for home games, realistic role for the 4th line etc.

    Stats hockey Analysis.com it is all there and have preached it for 2 years.
    you are asking for common sense.

  16. Wolfie says:

    I would like to see them keep Arcobello at C and move Gagner to LW for the time being. Once Hall is healthy than you can move him back to the middle with Yak and Perron. Have the Hall-RNH-Eberle line and then Gordon with Joensuu and Hemsky. The question than becomes what to do with Arcobello? Is he a better 4th line C option than Acton? Maybe if that 4 line is Smyth and Gazdic with Arco.

  17. Wolfie says:

    Of course having everyone healthy and upright is a pipe dream.

  18. OilClog says:

    1000 things could be said, they’ve already been uttered. This is the most frustrated in the last 22 years a Oilers fan one could be. Bad goaltending, followed by the typical Typhoon of IR placements.. We are where we are.

    This is a transition year, MacT has done all sorts of good and I think in a couple seasons this team will be turned around.. I just don’t know if I can’t last until year 10… 10?!?! For crying out loud! This is a team in the heartland of hockey, yet everything they do is… Fail.

    Eakins better damn well get this ship turned around in November looking like a team or.. I guess more angry dad posts

  19. Hammers says:

    Andy , been saying the same thing Yak with Gags ; Ebs with RNH ; Hemsky with Gordon then decide on the other wingers between Hall , Perron , Arcobello, Smyth , Joensuu , Gazdic ,If he insists on keeping Acton put Lander on the 4th line with him and that gives us another PK player . So we loose Eager & Jones . I see 6-7 guys you can put on the PK .

  20. RexLibris says:

    Reading the MacTavish article in the EJ today and I got the impression that most GMs are calling the Oilers looking for blood.

    Fine.

    Now let’s turn that around. MacTavish can call his good friend Darcy Regier and lament about how those other GMs are all a bunch of heartless vultures trying to pick at a carcass.

    Then turn the conversation around to rebuilding, the value of draft picks and oh by the way how is that Myers kid doing?

    Seriously though, at this point I agree with the stay the course mantra. No sense sending good players overboard to improve a team from gawd-awful to only-slightly-terrible.

    At some point a move will have to be made, but not now and not this way. MacTavish took advantage of the Blues being up against the cap, don’t undo that good work by being taken advantage of in the next trade.

  21. Lowetide says:

    I hope you got a chance to hear Dennis King just now on the show. Awesome stuff.

  22. Andy P says:

    rickithebear: Stats hockey Analysis.com it is all there and have preached it for 2 years.
    you are asking for common sense.

    Exactly.

  23. Well Oiled and Enthusiastic says:

    RexLibris,

    MacT’s comments instill confidence for me that he gets it and isn’t vulnerable. Keep the calls coming in and keep dialing out. Once he’s drawn a hard and clear line on terms for trade, the GM’s with the right needs to deal will adjust offers for something more fair and meaningful – and potentially bold. The needs of other GM’s will be fluid and evolving through the course of this season so time is our friend. I have a feeling our needs in trade this season will not be obfuscated by short term drivers like getting into playoffs. We can have a long view with foundational reinforcement top of mind. There are a lot of chips in our stack.

  24. G Money says:

    Bohologo: -David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, footnote 324

    Great stuff! Dad was a math prof …

  25. Andy P says:

    7th December. Game 31. If the Oil needed 30 games to settle the roster, learn the systems, and start playing like a playoff contender, that will be the proof or otherwise that they needed 30 games.
    Battle of Alberta. At home.

    Not that we should lose it if they lose, but that would mean that even the distressing 30 game giveaway was not enough.

    Another thought: Will the upswing have arrived when they consistently average .500 and above? That’s pretty simple math. Alternately how many points per game (including Bettman points) does that equal? How about 1.5, which would be a full season equivalent of 123 points, a strong playoff finish in other circumstances.

  26. Hammers says:

    Lowetide:
    I hope you got a chance to hear Dennis King just now on the show. Awesome stuff.

    Plus he has a sense of humor and Oiler fans need that right now . I said earlier bring Lander up and now understand they are going to do just that . The other part was send Acton down and I have said that from training camp . One thing that I totally agree with Mr King on is the arrogance of Eakins . Set in his ways and a good coach but boy that’s the perfect word when I look at him in news conferences or behind the bench .

  27. denny33 says:

    As someone pointed out – great article in EJ by Matheson:

    Key for me was the obvious admission by Mac T :

    He says he’s “as shocked as anybody” by the Oilers’ anemic record, but he’s not ready to make a trade today and regret it tomorrow just to pacify an angry audience. He knows the team has **major blemishes** and he knows he **doesn’t have the right mix of players**.

    *******************************************************************

    Massive contention of mine for a LONG time….doesn’t have the right mix of players.

    Not much too say when your GM acknowledges – what most have been saying for some time…

    Glad he is not pressured to any rash moves…

    My two cents:

    1) He needs to see what/if he can sell at the deadline ( draft picks are needed )
    2) Focus on the 2014 Draft
    3) Prepare to change mix of players in the summer.

    Goaltending, Defence and a change of mix of forwards who are willing to not cover up rink board advertising in the offensive zone.

    That is not a small list or an easy job.

    Hard to believe after such a long, long long time of rebuilding…

  28. TheOtherJohn says:

    I assume that everyone understands that if we have to play .571 hockey from here to the end of the year to have a “shot” at the playoffs. That is a pretty tough row to hoe.Particularly when we have 3 games against Vancouver, LAK, Phx and 4 games against SJS & ANA. If we are optimistic and say we split those game at .500 (which would be a phenomenal result that is not going to happen) the Oilers will have to play the balance of the schedule at a .598 clip

    Not a math guy but can definitely see where sports books have Oilers odds at making the playoffs at 2.8%

  29. Andy P says:

    TheOtherJohn:
    I assume that everyone understandsthat if we have to play .571 hockey from here to the end of the year to have a “shot” at the playoffs. That is a pretty tough row to hoe.Particularlywhen we have 3 games against Vancouver, LAK, Phx and 4 games against SJS & ANA. If we are optimistic and say we split those game at .500 (which would be a phenomenal result that is not going to happen)the Oilers will have to play the balance of the schedule at a .598 clip

    Not a math guy butcan definitely see where sports books have Oilers odds at making the playoffs at 2.8%

    In the belief that we are unlikely to make the playoffs this year, I am thinking that if and when we start consistently playing above .500, with solid underlying stats, we can a) start enjoying our hockey again and b) see evidence of having the best platform going into the next season we have had since 2006.

  30. Rondo says:

    All these professionals and look at the results in the last 7 years. Most people here could have run the team equally as “well”.

  31. Logan91 says:

    Looks like the Canes signed Malhotra to a 1 year two way contract worth 600K…….

  32. Andy P says:

    Rondo:
    All these professionalsand look at the results in the last 7 years.Most people here could have run the team equally as “well”.

    FFS How many people are incapable of comprehending the delta between the positive, constructive, methodical rebuild that has taken place since MacT came onboard, and the fruitless ramblings of Mr. Dithers??

    Is anybody else sick of this “8 year rebuild crap? Enough already!!

  33. HugThePost says:

    If the Oilers were any other business whose product was one where there was no emotional attachment/ investment, we would have all left a long time ago. That is how paying customers normally react when a vendor shows incompetence, ineptitude, ongoing blatant cronyism and a consistent disregard and disdain for the paying customer like the Oilers do.

    Having said that though, people in these parts are addicted to NHL hockey and the oilers like crack, and Katz and his cronies are the sleazy dealer who has cornered the market here.

    We’re a captive audience, folks. That’s why we are here and that’s why we go back and keep watching the games, blindly thinking it will get better. That’s why when players like J. Jokinen, Manny Malhotra, Mason Raymond, and the list goes on are available, the great oilers ignore it and get shit like Ryan Hamilton, Acton, Smack, Jones, we all think, maybe they know something. But they don’t. They never have and never will. The whole operation is rotten. They’ve ruined player after player, and are in the process of ruining the best crop of draft picks we’ve ever had.

    I’ve been admonished here for suggesting some of the young stars of tomorrow will start jumping ship. Would anyone be surprised if and when some or all of them do? At some point, the losing breaks a guy, no matter the money. Look at Horcoff.

    It’s just gotten to a point now where it is actually an embarrassment to say that I cheer for this team.

  34. sliderule says:

    In regard to Eakins he is a work in progress.I give him a partial pass in he was saddled with the same assistant coaches that RK said were lacking.Last year the oilers pinched really poorly resulting in lots of odd man rushes and same this year.Steve Smith as the defence coach is a common denominator .Coincidence?
    The power play was great last year and RK was I believe responsible.This year we have Bucky in charge and it is brutal.The only difference I see in system is no one goes to front of net to screen.Is it the players or Bucky.
    The penalty kill failure I put on Eakins as initially he tried too many offensive players who hadn’t done it at nhl level.Lately he seems to have adjusted so we will see how it does over the next set of games

  35. hunter1909 says:

    Glad MacT doesn’t talk like some of the fan base re trading away the great players Oilers have got, for marginal improvement.

  36. russ99 says:

    The power play is probably the easiest thing to fix, we have the personnel who can do it.

    Move the puck quicker and put a lot more shots on net. We’re giving the opposition PK and goalie tons of time to set up for/block the shot that they know exactly is going to come when and where, cause we’re trying to pass our way into the perfect set-up.

    They all know the few shots from above the circles will either be blocked or off target so they clog up the usual inside passing lanes and leave no room next to or in front of the net to shoot from.

    It’s the reverse swarm powerplay. :)

  37. Andy P says:

    In every business takeover I have witnessed or been part of, the new guys have got to choose their own management team. In rare cases, there has been a big staff cleanout, but never the latter without the former.

    In this case it’s puzzling that Eakins retained Smith and Bucky.

    However there has been so much churn, for so long, that it would likely do more harm than good to replace them right now. But it would not surprise me if we did see some change in that area in the offseason.

  38. Logan91 says:

    russ99:
    The power play is probably the easiest thing to fix, we have the personnel who can do it.

    Move the puck quicker and put a lot more shots on net. We’re giving the opposition PK and goalie tons of time to set up for/block the shot that they know exactly is going to come when and where, cause we’re trying to pass our way into the perfect set-up.

    They all know the few shots from above the circles will either be blocked or off target so they clog up the usual inside passing lanes and leave no room next to or in front of the net to shoot from.

    It’s the reverse swarm powerplay.

    The Oilers PP is so predictable now. They need to have their D getting more shots off, even if they don’t score there will be rebounds going to the players in the circle.

  39. denny33 says:

    TheOtherJohn,

    I assume that everyone understands that if we have to play .571 hockey from here to the end of the year to have a “shot” at the playoffs. That is a pretty tough row to hoe.Particularly when we have 3 games against Vancouver, LAK, Phx and 4 games against SJS & ANA. If we are optimistic and say we split those game at .500 (which would be a phenomenal result that is not going to happen) the Oilers will have to play the balance of the schedule at a .598 clip
    Not a math guy but can definitely see where sports books have Oilers odds at making the playoffs at 2.8%

    ******************************************************************************

    I agree as you can see from my post…..focus on the 2014 draft.

    As so many have mentioned, this place has long been the last bastion of optimism for the Oilers. I think many people feel the punch bowl of optimism has been drained.

    The truly sad part is – it is not yet November.

    I find myself coming in here looking for light and hope – and quite honestly I find it.

    Few questions though:

    Should we consider ( once we are healthy ) pairing back the icetime of Hemsky and Smyth…I don’t think there is any question they both will likely not be back next year.

    Throw most of our icetime at our youth?

  40. Well Oiled and Enthusiastic says:

    russ99,

    Agreed on the PP and to add to it…..and its as old as the hills…..get a big arse in front of the goalie and make them work to get you out of the way. Our top six will not do that and prefer parking on the tight perimeter and look for quick passes to create a seam The old school way isn’t pretty but its reliable and constituted the careers of a couple of not half bad goal scorers in Oilers lore – Ryan Smyth and Craig Simpson. Joensuu showed he is capable of shoveling in the garbage in front of the net and obstructing the goalies view when he first played. It will help to get him back – healthy and with a very clear understanding of where to position himself out there.

  41. RexLibris says:

    With regards to the draft talk, my approach would be: sell a few expiring UFAs or a signed roster player (ie: Smid) for picks when bodies are at a premium. Then when the draft hits and GMs start losing their minds over this or that prospect, sell again for those undervalued roster players that the team needs to find balance.

    If you can’t make a linear move to upgrade, delaying by a few months via draft picks may allow you to get to the same destination without paying a penalty.

    For instance, let’s imagine that Holmgren wanted a 2nd round pick and a prospect for Coburn at the draft. Had Tambellini sold off the expiring UFAs at the deadline MacTavish might have had the currency to make that deal and still carry out the rest of his draft deal down plan.

    This year is blown, and I’d bet that Hemsky gets re-signed sometime around Christmas, so focus on getting everyone on board with the Eakins plan and position the franchise with the assets needed to make the lateral moves required to bring balance to the force, er, I mean roster.

    Part of MacTavish’s problem, in my opinion, is that when he calls about a trade he only has face cards and low cards. And GMs aren’t interested in the low cards. In order to get the right supporting cast in to bolster the lineup he needs the right currency. The next few months need to be about accumulating that currency for the next shopping season.

  42. FastOil says:

    RexLibris:
    With regards to the draft talk, my approach would be: sell a few expiring UFAs or a signed roster player (ie: Smid) for picks when bodies are at a premium. Then when the draft hits and GMs start losing their minds over this or that prospect, sell again for those undervalued roster players that the team needs to find balance.

    If you can’t make a linear move to upgrade, delaying by a few months via draft picks may allow you to get to the same destination without paying a penalty.

    For instance, let’s imagine that Holmgren wanted a 2nd round pick and a prospect for Coburn at the draft. Had Tambellini sold off the expiring UFAs at the deadline MacTavish might have had the currency to make that deal and still carry out the rest of his draft deal down plan.

    This year is blown, and I’d bet that Hemsky gets re-signed sometime around Christmas, so focus on getting everyone on board with the Eakins plan and position the franchise with the assets needed to make the lateral moves required to bring balance to the force, er, I mean roster.

    Part of MacTavish’s problem, in my opinion, is that when he calls about a trade he only has face cards and low cards. And GMs aren’t interested in the low cards. In order to get the right supporting cast in to bolster the lineup he needs the right currency. The next few months need to be about accumulating that currency for the next shopping season.

    Bang on. Tambellini letting so many guys walk was not good. That is on Lowe. Cannot be repeated.

  43. kooler says:

    10D in OKC…how does that work?

  44. Lloyd B. says:

    Where to start? Katz bought this team when it was in complete disarray. No farm team..sharing with another team. Who did we think was going to get developed…Our players or the other teams players we were lumping in with. Traded off most good players acquired during the dismantling of the glory days due to financial restraints. None of this is Lowes or Tambellinis fault. It was reality of the day.

    Pre lockout that brought us the salary cap… we were a farm team for the big teams with rich owners. Everybody thinks Detroit is such a great model to follow but I would suggest that now they can no longer buy their way out of trouble and have to play by the same rules as the rest of us that the cap has absolutely served its purpose. The playing field has been leveled or at least is finally being leveled. It has only been a decade since the big money teams could poach our players. Particularly disappointing when we now have an owner that would allow us to do the poaching !!

    Tambellini was not rebuilding this team.. he was rebuilding the entire hockey operation. I think he did OK in that regard. He was not rebuilding the NHL team… he was stock piling assets by taking BPA available so they could be traded to fill in the blanks when the time came for rebuilding the NHL team. Mac T has a great opportunity to fill in the blanks and has done a great job so far in both the draft, free agent signings and trade. I know we want to be successful RIGHT NOW but until this line up settles in and we see what he has, we need to be…wait for it..patient ….so he knows which of the BPAs taken in the Tambellini years can be moved to fill in the blanks.

    So the re-building of the NHL team has just started. Shouldn’t be long now. NO…I’m not Mrs. Lowe nor Mrs. Tambellini and I think I need to go bob for apples to clear my head. Maybe keep it there for a minute too long as I seem to have justified the Tambellini years. Pass the scotch.

  45. DeadmanWaking says:

    Bohologo: Rickey

    Rickey? I think he means Ricci, as in Ricci tenser. Also known as Ricci curvature.

    The mood of the season is more After Hours than Young Frankenstein. DFW is on my reading list. I’m holding off. Might wind my watch until my head spins.

    I’ll add to the fireworks V for Victory. She and Teri were both Elvis girls.

    Her even less subtle frenemies pose reminds me of Oh, beehive!. No, wrong association, that was Teri Garr in After Hours. Or was it this? No, it was something else.

  46. Bulging Twine says:

    How does this team go from 8th in PP % last year to 24th this year.

    And 9th in PK% to 27th.

  47. Bulging Twine says:

    Interesting that Detroit has lost some of that front office core just this last year.
    Assistant GM Nill to Dallas and Head amateur scout to Dallas.

  48. Bulging Twine says:

    3 of the top 4 FW Pkers in sh ice time from last years team are gone

    Smyth
    Petrell
    Belanger
    Horcoff

  49. Lowetide says:

    DeadmanWaking: Rickey?I think he means Ricci, as in Ricci tenser.Also known as Ricci curvature.

    The mood of the season is more After Hours than Young Frankenstein.DFW is on my reading list.I’m holding off.Might wind my watch until my head spins.

    I’ll add to the fireworks V for Victory.She and Teri were both Elvis girls.

    Her even less subtle frenemies pose reminds me of Oh, beehive!.No, wrong association, that was Teri Garr in After Hours. Or was it this? No, it was something else.

    Lovely women. Lordy.

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