A season that has already produced casualties may result in some familiar faces being sent away as the growing pains continue. The Oilers have made trades on road trips, but don’t make deals in November. Then again, this isn’t a normal November. Or maybe it is, and that’s the problem.
The Oilers don’t make a lot of trades in November. Here’s the count since 2000:
- November 10, 2000: Oilers trade Bill Guerin and their 2001 1st rd pick (Shaonne Morrissonn) to Boston for Anson Carter and the Bruins 1st rd pick in 2001 (Ales Hemsky).
- November 11, 2005: Oilers claim C Krys Kolanos off waivers from Phoenix.
- November 11, 2008: Oilers claim F Jesse Boulerice off waivers from Colorado.
- November 11, 2009: Oilers lose F Steve MacIntyre to Florida via waivers.
- November 10, 2011: Oilers re-claim D Taylor Chorney off waivers from St. Louis.
This is not a major list. However,
There’s any number of players on either team (Anaheim: Hiller, Maroon; NYR: list below) the Oilers might be interested in, and it appears that the Rangers are kicking tires on Hemsky with a Yakupov chaser. There are lots of Rangers to like (McDonagh, Del Zotto, Kreider, Brassard) and Slats loves, loves, loves trading for skill when that skill is down on its luck. He did it plenty here and continues to do it in NYC.
My guess is that Hemsky goes to Manhattan, with someone like Brassard or JT Miller heading here. Hiller is the obvious Anaheim connection, but the smart play is to let Dubnyk establish himself as the #1 again. Trading Yakupov this early–and when he’s struggling–is not a sound decision based on history.
Jonathan Willis has a nice article on waiver eligible Rostislav Olesz and makes a strong argument for picking him up.
Ryan Smyth returns tonight, I’m fond of that guy and I think he’s proven a few people wrong this year–the club badly needs him to play his heart out tonight. Knowing Eakins he’ll play 28 minutes and sweat off 80 pounds, but this team needs a win.
- Nuge-Hemsky-Eberle (this line needs to score 9 points)
- Gagner-Smyth-Yakupov (love moving Yak to R, smart decision.Showcase?)
- Gordon-Jones-Arcobello (Gordon has a sore foot, Arcobello at R again)
- Acton-Gazdic-Eager (it irritates me that THIS is the healthy line)
- Smid-Petry (settle things down, men)
- Ference-Larsen (this is a guess)
- N Schultz-Fedun (also a guess, thrilled for Fedun)
- Dubnyk (back in the South Beach groove)
Hall is likely back on the weekend (SAT-Philly, SUN-Chi-town) and my word we’ve missed him.
EDMONTON OILERS RE 2013-14
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My projections are in the ditch. Hall (76, 25-42-67) and Eberle (projected for 82, 16-38-54) aren’t out of sight yet, but Yak City (80, 6-12-18) is long gone blue. Nugent-Hopkins (on track for 80, 25-37-62) may hit the point total but in many more games. Perron (80, 12-43-55) is ahead of the game but (of course) injured and we don’t have a timeline for return and Smyth (75, 28-9-37) is also tracking well. Gagner has zero points in 2 games, we’ll have to wait awhile to see how he tracks.
A lot of talk about Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish and Dallas Eakins getting fired, but I’m not buying. Craig MacTavish didn’t survive cancer, get his degree and build his resume for a GM job so he could crawl down the hallway and ask Kevin Lowe if he could have the key to the executive washroom. That’s not his style. Lowe may indeed be called in for his expertise, but the buck stops with MacT–I can’t imagine it any other way.
As for Eakins: they hired him for his ideas and ability to turn promising players into NHL players, and you have to give it time. I have a few questions about his decisions, but that’s true of any coach we’ve seen since arriving at the game and evaluating from a coach/manager point-of-view. Eakins has had a rough go, and he’s going to have to change some things, but firing him now is a bad idea.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
- Bruce McCurdy from Cult of Hockey. Bruce is the calm, experienced voice of reason. We’ll attempt to keep each other from jumping off the ledge.
- Andrew Bucholtz 55 yard line. The Eskimos fired their coach yesterday, and the GM is going to search the world over for a new solution.
- Ryan Batty, Copper and Blue. The interview outline suggests we’ll talk about tonight’s game, Hall’s return and what MacT can do, but with Batty the discussions usually wander. So, expect submarines and locusts.
- Corey Graham, Oil Kings pbp on TSN 1260. Corey gives us an update on the OK and their improving record.