The Edmonton Oilers put their modest three game winning streak up against the Stanley Cup champions tonight because, well, this is the season from hell and that’s how it works. The club has been building some momentum (especially on the powerplay) and would appear to be out of their early season doldrums—but a game against middling competition would have been nice before climbing Everest.
Logic and reason suggest Dubnyk gets the start—he’s certainly rested—and the club can look to start Bryzgalov sometime during the road trip. It’s wait and see, but at this point Dubnyk would have to have the inside track on the starter’s role since he’s been money the last while. I don’t agree with those who feel signing Bryzgalov was a giant waste of time, if only because it gives them another trade asset for the deadline.
What would it take for you to be comfortable dealing Dubnyk to (say) the Islanders at the deadline? Let’s say he’s playing well and Bryzgalov has matched him step for step, and the Islanders want Dubnyk? What’s enough? It would have to be more than a second, right? But not a first certainly. Fair? Interesting thought anyway, we have plenty of time to chat about it.
Jason LaBarbera is an interesting case. I imagine he’ll have enough value during the season for a team to come calling.
TRADE RUMORS AND FREE AGENCY
HNIC talked about Dion Phaneuf taking less than 100% to stay in Toronto, and that makes me smile. It might be tough to give up all those Stanley’s by leaving the Big Smoke, but pure money for a top D is much better than assets and money to land the big man. Dion Phaneuf as an Oiler? Sure. It’ll take some getting used to and we shouldn’t let him near the blackboard when the kids are watching, but that’s a strong option.
Bruce Garrioch has the Oilers kicking the tires on Michael Del Zotto, that looks like a sideways move if any, and Del Zotto’s value isn’t outstanding at this time. Garrioch also says he talked to an executive who said “they (Oilers) want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high.” I’m fine with that, MacT is dealing with jackals and pirates and they’d end his GM career in a heartbeat if it meant extending their own. I’ve also read (somewhere) the Flyers told the Oilers not to bother them anymore unless Eberle’s on the table.
Rowboats for Ocean liners. Jackals. Garrioch also had two scouts at the Boston-Carolina game and Lowe, MBS and Musil were at Guelph-Kitchener yesterday afternoon.
Elliotte Friedman mentioned Ales Hemsky to Ottawa on Saturday night, if he must go then the Senators (if they get things straightened out) would be an acceptable landing spot. Ottawa has some nice things, one wonders if the Oilers will take picks back, or possibly picks and a player (Ottawa is money aware).
Christian Ehrhoff is getting a lot of mentions here and other Oiler blogs, I have always liked him and his Vollman looks good
Ehrhoff’s CorsiON is better than Pysk’s and Myers and lordy Pysyk is in the deep end early. I imagine Matty will have a Drew Stafford article up this week, and I kind of wonder if the Oilers are still interested in Mikhail Grigorenko (although he’s been poor), but Ehrhoff to Edmonton is something to ponder and endorse (depending on price).
Cliff Koroll was one of my favorite players as a kid. I saw him a lot in 1971 and 1973 and then Chicago didn’t get a lot of playoff time for a few years (read: TV time) but he hung around a long while and played in the first season Edmonton was in the NHL (Oilers and Hawks have had a lot of things in common over the years). Cliff Koroll got an assist on the first goal-against in Oiler NHL history (goal by John Marks, other assist by some guy named Mikita).
I’ve been saying forever that the Oilers need a Pisani-Koroll type, but as it happens they appear to have lucked out with Ryan Smyth and the fountain of youth. They’ll have to ride that nag til he drops—and at 400 years old, he will—but it’s nice to see all the same.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
- Tyler Dellow from mc79hockey. We’ll talk about the Oilers improvement at 5×4, preview tonight’s game and find a #1D.
- Travis Yost from hockeybuzz. Ottawa Senators and Hemsky rumors.
- Scott Reynolds from Copper and Blue. We’ll talk about the Blackhawks and just how far the Oilers have to go in order to compete at their level.
- Andrew Bucholtz from 55-yard line. Grey Cup!
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