The MacT media meeting yesterday took the pressure off the players and re-set the season for the fanbase. We may not like it, but from the sounds of things additions will come when and if they make sense, not as a reaction to losses piling up, pressure from owner or fan. I’m not certain we can believe it 100%, but it’s also true we’re unlikely to see the team make a large, risky trade soon after MacT’s words yesterday.
- “I don’t view another first round draft choice as what we need. Whether I can get suitable value for that remains to be seen.”
- “The blueline needs to be improved upon… Do we need a big stud defenceman? It would help immensely.”
So, there’s a trade offer sent 29 times via the wonder of the media avail. That pick as it currently stands has a great deal of value, and the Oilers can probably go to market now and get any number of guys who can help (Brian Campbell, Michael Del Zotto, Christian Ehrhoff, maybe even Braydon Coburn) but MacT suggests he’d like a player in his entry level deal.
Jared Cowen? Dougie Hamilton? Ryan Murray? Griffin Reinhart? Brendan Dillon? Dan DeKeyser? Erik Gudbranson? Jonas Brodin? Adam Larsson? Jake Gardiner? I don’t know I’m sure. However, the list isn’t a long one–an entry level defenseman with top pairing potential. It shouldn’t be too hard to track down which of these names are worthy.
THE OAKLAND SEALS
(L-R: Ernie Hicke, Bobby Sheehan, Reg Leach)
The San Jose Sharks have a fascinating history, one that dates back to the Oakland Seals. The Gund family had minority ownership (Mel Swig majority) at the time the club moved to Cleveland and became the Barons. Swig sold his shares to the Gunds during that period, and then the problems with the Cleveland lease and Minnesota ownership were solved when John Ziegler merged the two teams in Minnesota with the Gund men taking ownership of the team (complicated).
By about 1991, the Gunds decided they would move the North Stars back to the Bay area, but Ziegler blocked it. He did agree to grant the Gunds an expansion franchise after they sold the North Stars.
That franchise became the San Jose Sharks.
THE BIG HERTL
Tomas Hertl was mentioned on this blog heading into the 2012 entry draft (here and here) and it looks like the Sharks have pulled a Couture (again). This kid has it all: the Bossy hands, the Shutt nose for the net and a million dollar smile. Don Cherry will hate him forever because he apparently ended Marty Biron’s NHL career (Marty would be starting in the NHL for another 15 years if Hertl hadn’t celebrated that night), but I love the kid. More youthful enthusiasm, please. More celly as the kids say.
Barons are in action tonight, it should mark the debut of Ilyz Bryzgalov in Oilers (well, close) colors. If Bryz plays well I’d bet he gets called up tomorrow morning but this might take a little longer.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
10 this morning on TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports.
- Matt Henderson from Hockeybuzz
- Jeff Chapman from Copper and Blue
- Andreas Morse from FC Edmonton
- Jungle Jim Hunter
10-1260 via text, @Lowetide on twitter.