WILD AT OILERS, G61 13-14

The NHL is back, and the Oilers play their first game post-Olympics. Based on what we saw last night, expect skating in porridge for the first period and then some exciting play in the final 40. On December 27, the Oilers were 39GP, 12-24-3. In the 21 games since, Edmonton is 8-9-4. In their last 10: 5-3-2.

In recent days, Oilers coach Dallas Eakins and GM Craig MacTavish have gone out of their way to mention Justin Schultz as a trending player. MacT said he’d get after a Schultz contract in the days after the trade deadline; Eakins mentioned two players by name during the STH event (Schultz, Nuge) as having quietly improved their game over the season.

VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER DECEMBER 19

blue sledgehammerThere is no blue bubble here on the 19th of December. Justin Schultz is in the easy corridor and getting positive zone starts, while also delivering a bubble that isn’t close to blue. That’s not a good thing—and by eye Schultz struggled during the first half of the season.

VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER AT THE BREAK

vollman oilers blue feb 13The color is the same, but he’s moved up a quadrant to ‘two-way’ and is clearly facing tougher competition. I wonder this: why no mention by Eakins or MacTavish about the new blue moon Marincin? Surely any fool can see (by eye, by math or by sledge) the Marincin-Petry pairing is running the heavy heavy fuel and lifting the biggest boulder.

 WHO’S KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE?

hemsky commonAles Hemsky is leaving town soon, after spending the most bizarre post-SCF coda imaginable in our fair city. Long forgotten are his contributions to a winning team, 83 is looked upon with pity or sadness or both. I’ll not pity Hemsky, but rather rejoice if he finds a new town and breathes the clean air of top 6F minutes and power-play time. The Oilers under MacT are about to get a big one wrong in the name of draft picks.

Let’s say the Oilers trade Hemmer to St. Louis for their first round pick (and we’ll spot it at #29 overall). That would give the club the following picks:

  • #2 overall
  • #29 overall
  • #116 overall
  • #122 overall
  • #152 overall
  • #182 overall

All the info is here. This kind of transaction can be a real setback. Marco Roy is the payment for Andrew Cogliano, and despite some nice things his injuries this season are going to make him more of a long shot to ever make the NHL. Beyond that, it’s extremely unlikely he’ll cover the Cogs bet. That’s what we’re dealing with here. The only reason I can see to justify Hemsky’s exit for draft picks is:

  • his refusal to sign an extension
  • the Oilers exhaustive search for a more NHL ready option finds nothing

There’s no way to know those things are true, and I don’t believe they can afford to keep him through the season and see him walk. However, a draft pick—even #29 overall—is a distant bell. The question that comes after dealing Hemsky for a pick: who replaces him? Back come the answers: on Pitlick, on Horak, on Jones, on Hendricks.

The sky is crying.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE GH

10 this morning on TSN 1260, we hit the air with a terrific lineup. Scheduled to appear:

  • Dennis King, Oilogosphere icon. Olympics, Hemsky trade, the youngsters.
  • Guy Flaming, Pipeline Show. Guy had Dillon Simpson on his show recently, and got a clear indication about how the UND star is leaning as he comes out of college. We’ll discuss that story and the 2014 draft.
  • Alan Hull, Copper and Blue. We’ll set the stage for the Oil-Wild tonight,and talk about the deadline.
  • Harrison Mooney, Puck Daddy and Pass it to Bulis. Kesler moving? Canucks playoffs? Indoor/outdoor game?

10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. It’ll be fun!

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  1. Ribs says:

    oliveoilers:
    Perhaps now’s the time DE unveils the ‘impossible to defend against’ power play.He did remember to tell the players what it was, didn’t he?

    Why am I starting to hate this team…….

    Apparently he was too busy telling them that they aren’t leaving the slot open wide enough like they had been early on in the season. Good grief. Give it up! Play a system that works for the players you have!

    I do like their two man zone entry that they’ve been doing.

  2. VanOil says:

    jp:
    Mark Spector is such an F’ing idiot. I’m glad I don’t have to watch him more often.

    Someday soon we will be able to use DMW’s troll filtering script on TV broadcasts. Spector filter anyone? Yes please.

  3. jp says:

    delooper: They probably both feel a little out of their depth playing the top pairing role.

    Yes, of course. I wasn’t being completely serious, but it is pretty impressive that those two keep showing well. It seems like every 2nd game they’re the only two on the team “in the blue”.

  4. Lowetide says:

    The Oilers are oilering tonight.

  5. hunter1909 says:

    This game is starting to slip away.

  6. jp says:

    Lowetide:
    The Oilers are oilering tonight.

    I’ve missed most of it, but it’s coming back to me pretty quickly. We are not watching the Olympics.

  7. delooper says:

    Eberle needs his clutch replaced. This one is looking worn-out.

  8. book¡je says:

    Read this and replace Quinn with Eakins.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=512941

    Now spin around in circles while slapping yourself.

    Life as an Oiler fan.

  9. book¡je says:

    hunter1909:
    This game is starting to slip away.

    Just the game?

  10. gogliano says:

    Your 2014 Edmonton Oilers:

    It’s like a car accident that doesn’t make you want to watch.

  11. Ribs says:

    hunter1909:
    This game is starting to slip away.

    Lol.

  12. Ben says:

    Eberly looking like a guy who’s maybe or maybe not gonna get a frozen yogurt at the mall.

  13. spoiler says:

    These guys couldn’t enter the Kid Zone at MickeyD’s without losing the puck.

  14. 106 and 106 says:

    I can’t remember, do we want them to win … or show ‘levels of competing?’

  15. TheOtherJohn says:

    Just when some here worry whether the Oilers can keep in the top 3 (i, of course, mean the bottom 3) the Oilers shit the bed! Again.

    Buffalo……..it’s not over yet. We’re #1, we’re #1

  16. jp says:

    delooper:
    Eberle needs his clutch replaced.This one is looking worn-out.

    Very well said.

    But someone on here (I forget who) noted recently that Eberle hasn’t had an opportunity (i.e. a meaningful game) to be clutch in for quite some time. It’s difficult to expect “clutch” in an non-clutch situation, no? Conservation of greatness and all that.

    Anyway, this is sad.

  17. VanOil says:

    The Tank battle is heating up.

    Buffalo consensus #1. Oil, Flames and FLP come out of the break showing form. NYI getting it all wrong.

    NYI now have 7 more points than the Oilers, that means the Oil would have to have 3 wins more and a Bettman point to catch them. In the tougher West that is unlikely. Even with Tarvres gone, Vanek and Macdonald leaving sucking worse than the Oilers is tough. Plus they got Lobo back.

    Panthers and Flames are the only real threats. Both with 4 more points and 1 and 2 games in hand respectively.

    I have the draft as Reinhart, Bennett, Ekblad and ??? So as long as we stay behind Florida we should be in the clover, or more correctly the Cow shit.

  18. jp says:

    106 and 106:
    I can’t remember, do we want them to win … or show ‘levels of competing?’

    Gadzic and Hendricks are keepers…

  19. jp says:

    Btw, I live in Boston now. Have Center Ice to watch the Oilers. For anyone else currently in the US, there appears to be a free preview of Center Ice going on. Not sure how long or how far reaching it is, but it could be worth checking out.

    Note: I do not suggest using it to watching Edmonton Oilers games.

    All of this is true.

  20. НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴ says:

    Team Latvia came back from the Olympics with a win over the Bruins and are only 5 back with a game in hand. ALL is not lost.

  21. Ribs says:

    Paraphrased…

    Reporter : Were you surprised when you were left open in the slot with an empty net to shoot on?

    Granlund ; Yea, I was like, uh, Wow! *eyes pop out of head*

    Ugh.

  22. Younger Oil says:

    The thing with Gagner in my opinion is that aside from the kid line in his rookie season, he has had a fundamental failure in building any kind of consistent chemistry with anyone. Am I the only one who thinks that regardless of the line combinations, wherever Gagner is, he just doesn’t seem to fit on that line?

    I know that Gagner has a bit of a redundant skill set on this team, so it’s hard to find proper linemates for him, but it’s almost like his wingers become invisible when he is on the ice. I barely notice Eberle when he is playing with Gagner, but when he is with Hall, RNH, or Perron, he rarely has a bad shift. People say that Gagner and Eberle are essentially duplicates, but when Gagner plays with better players, he seems to bring them down rather than his linemates bringing him up.

    Again, I might be the only one seeing it this way, but Gagner just doesn’t seem to fit with anyone.

  23. TheOtherJohn says:

    Ribs:
    Paraphrased…

    Reporter : Were you surprised when you were left open in the slot with an empty net to shoot on?

    Granlund ; Yea, I was like, uh, Wow! *eyes pop out of head*

    Ugh.

    Must have omitted covering the slot this week at the Oilers training camp. No worries, not much bad can happen from there

  24. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide:
    The Oilers are oilering tonight.

    Oh, those Oilers!

  25. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    PP looking good!

    Good to see that mini camp sorted out the special teams.

    I think Belov is going to wear this one tonight. His D partner Ference looked more responsible for the goals to me (neither looked good), but I don’t think Eakins can see Ference doing wrong.

    He may not play again until we lose some players to trade.

  26. The Great One says:

    Taylor Hall:

    CF%: 36.4%

    CF% rel: -15.7%

  27. The Great One says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    PP looking good!

    Good to see that mini camp sorted out the special teams.

    I think Belov is going to wear this one tonight. His D partner Ference looked more responsible for the goals to me (neither looked good), but I don’t think Eakins can see Ference doing wrong.

    He may not play again until we lose some players to trade.

    Belov isn’t a very good defenseman.

    Parise made him look silly late in the 3rd period.

    Dreadful foot speed.

  28. jp says:

    book¡je:
    Read this and replace Quinn with Eakins.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=512941

    Now spin around in circles while slapping yourself.

    Life as an Oiler fan.

    Clicked on the link.

    Fully understood what you were saying.

    Decided not to (re-)read further. Not in the mood for self-slapping.

    So that kid Ekblad. He’s pretty good I hear…

  29. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    The Great One: Belov isn’t a very good defenseman.

    Parise made him look silly late in the 3rd period.

    Dreadful foot speed.

    I’ve got a soft spot for him. But, he needs work, that’s for sure.

  30. The Great One says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: I’ve got a soft spot for him. But, he needs work, that’s for sure.

    Belov will be 28 when next season starts.

    WYSIWYG.

  31. delooper says:

    Meh, I bet Belov can morph into a strong 3rd pairing D-man. Its the Oilers relative weakness on D that makes him look exposed.

  32. delooper says:

    Anyone see the movie “Frozen”?

  33. delooper says:

    “Cabin in the Woods” is more appropriate for this season’s Oilers fans, though.

  34. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    The Great One: Belov will be 28 when next season starts.

    WYSIWYG.

    I don’t follow your acronym.

    His age is fine IMO. He’s not going to develop in the classic sense. He’s going to learn the small rink, or not.

    Already he’s ok as a 3rd pairing guy. I’d put him with 19 though. They’ve had success in the past the the Ference pairing is a mess.

  35. Hammers says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: I don’t follow your acronym.

    His age is fine IMO. He’s not going to develop in the classic sense. He’s going to learn the small rink, or not.

    Already he’s ok as a 3rd pairing guy. I’d put him with 19 though. They’ve had success in the past the the Ference pairing is a mess.

    Seems the Ference pairing (whomever it is ) is a mess . Really starting to wonder if the coach plus assistants get there pairings or the lines correct . If I was a UFA in our city I would hope like hell I get moved .

  36. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Thoughts on the game. The Oilers didn’t get out played tonight they just couldn’t score. I liked Yaks game but I thought Hall was terrible. I hope they keep Nail up on the top line, nothing to loose. Marincin was great , Belov was horrid. I didn’t like the fact that Nuge couldn’t hit the net on the one good pass Hall made all night. When he wiffs on shots like that it makes me wonder if he has what it takes to be a scorer in the NHL.

  37. Surly says:

    I don’t always buy into the ‘friction’ topic between NHL players. Have heard others talk about Eberle not being overly enamoured with Yakupov. Here is a still on the PP. Eberle has the puck…very good (but brief) passing lane to Yak for a one-timer. He never made this pass. Ended up taking his own shot on net.
    http://i.imgur.com/ul87tcB.jpg

  38. art vandelay says:

    VanOil: Someday soon we will be able to use DMW’s troll filtering script on TV broadcasts. Spector filter anyone? Yes please.

    Yourealize the network Mark Spector works for just bought the national broadcast rights to NHL hockey for the foreseeable future, correct? I realize it wasn’t Oiler-centric news and there was no mention of Corgis or 5×5 Volhammer’s in the Off Zone Starts against the advanced stats toughs, but it was pretty big news at the time. You should probably get used to seeing his grill on your hockey broadcasts.

  39. gvblackhawk says:

    The Great One: Belov will be 28 when next season starts.

    WYSIWYG.

    Wguiopjngfdcbjjffbnnc

  40. gvblackhawk says:

    The Great One: Belov isn’t a very good defenseman.

    Parise made him look silly late in the 3rd period.

    Dreadful foot speed.

    I flew in from Van to watch the game tonight. What a mistake. This team is terrible. Belov is a joke. For those who think he should be re-signed ‘because he was in the Olympics’….you have not watched him play live, and stop wishing for that. He sucks.

  41. VanOil says:

    art vandelay: Yourealize the network Mark Spector works for just bought the national broadcast rights to NHL hockey for the foreseeable future, correct? I realize it wasn’t Oiler-centric news and there was no mention of Corgis or 5×5 Volhammer’s in the Off Zone Starts against the advanced stats toughs, but it was pretty big news at the time. You should probably get used to seeing his grill on your hockey broadcasts.

    Yes, I had heard the news. My crack team of coders is working on an automated script as we chat. The digital age has many marvels, I am sure the Spector specific mute will be one of them. Thankfully the God bothering Americans have funded research into the V-Chip and the Prudish Brits have tried to ban porn in there whole country, we Canadians can modify this for something that really matters; tuning out hockey commentary we don’t like.

  42. gvblackhawk says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: I’ve got a soft spot for him. But, he needs work, that’s for sure.

    He is awful. Time to lose that soft spot.

  43. gcw_rocks says:

    Welcome back to reality. Good to see the team took Eakins “hard to play against” comments to heart.

    Hendricks seemed to think it meant play dirty, while the rest don’t appear to care what Eakins says.

  44. Captain Smarmy says:

    Eakins meant hard to watch not play against. But they’ve been that way for years so he doesn’t deserve much credit.

  45. hunter1909 says:

    gcw_rocks: Hendricks seemed to think it meant play dirty, while the rest don’t appear to care what Eakins says.

    Why the hell should they listen to this prick? Wtf has he proven, outside of the minors? Dude turns up like some substitute teacher and treats the team like he’s Brian Clough – but without any understanding how to make professional NHLers play any other way than his minor league way which never goes down well with free thinking human beings.

    What I saw last night coming from Hall and Eberle was a pair of supremely talented players skating around with an Eakins voodoo doll on their shoulders, nagging them to play his way and their attitude is “the team is crap, the season is a disaster, Eakins is a wanker and we’re young men with out entire careers ahead of us – no point in getting hurt for this prick”.

    So they do exactly what I do when confronted by a priggish overseer – play by the asshole’s rules, but don’t worry about giving anything extra, because the asshole won’t appreciate your trying to help them anyway; and said jerk overseer has so many other problems to deal with so long as you do the minimum, you won’t get nagged too hard in tomorrow’s practice.

    Hall+Eberle have been playing like this since November.

    Oh yes. As a fan I should probably feel ashamed of myself, for not believing a word coming from Katz on down anymore, but like any half intelligent seven year old, I recognize when out and out liars/clowns are running things. It’s their shiteshow, and my alleged entertainment.

  46. hunter1909 says:

    Captain Smarmy: Eakins meant hard to watch not play against. But they’ve been that way for years so he doesn’t deserve much credit.

    I beg to differ. Last season the team was simply bad, yet with incredible upside. This season that upside’s been dealt with. It’s been sent home, shown the door.

    To paraphrase Katz’s letter to the fans, everyone can look forward to many more years of dysfunctional hockey.

  47. hunter1909 says:

    Eakins reminds me of MacT – neither have a clue how to develop players.

    Watching these top picks struggle brings back memories of Schremp’s 4 game call up where he scored 3 points in 4 games, and MacT couldn’t wait to get him back down to the AHL fast enough.

    Eakins knows best. In Eakins we trust. Eakin’s way, or the highway.

    “Punch” Eakins, lol.

  48. Pouzar says:

    We have Hemsky, Gagner, Schultz who are dead men walking. That’s going to have an effect on a team. I am staying away till post trade deadline when we get a couple/few callups to breathe a bit of life into this sh!tshow.

  49. anonymous says:

    Missed the game, had to work. Box score says Yakupov only played more than Jones and Gazdic. I hate Eakins, the season is lost and he thinks this is the best way to develop a number 1 pick. LOSER!

  50. Lowetide says:

    Anon: Yak was hurt during the game.

  51. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    gvblackhawk: He is awful.Time to lose that soft spot.

    Nah.

    he’s fine.

    He’s just big and stands out more when others fuck up equally or worse.

    I went through all the goals last night:

    Romulus’ Apotheosis ‏@RomulusNotNuma 7h
    I don’t know folks.
    Not a great night, but I’m hard pressed to drop this turd in 77′s lunch pail for tomorrow.
    Also,
    http://www.extraskater.com/game/2014-02-27-wild-oilers

    Romulus’ Apotheosis ‏@RomulusNotNuma 7h
    93 can’t contain Nino; 21 can’t contain Coyle.

    Romulus’ Apotheosis ‏@RomulusNotNuma 7h
    3rd G
    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020897-589-h
    77 puts Heatley down, who manages to ironically get a better shooting angle; 30 can’t close on the puck

    Romulus’ Apotheosis ‏@RomulusNotNuma 7h
    14 gets caught watching puck, not marking shooter in the slot; 89 is on a pleasure skate in the middle of a defunct country… say Siam.

    Romulus’ Apotheosis ‏@RomulusNotNuma 7h
    2nd G
    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020897-288-ingame-h
    21 quarterbacks 77 around behind the net (not sure why… terrible move)

    Romulus’ Apotheosis ‏@RomulusNotNuma 7h
    Looks like a team effort of a fail. No communication, no structure to fall back into. A lot of watching the puck.

    Romulus’ Apotheosis ‏@RomulusNotNuma 7h
    1st G
    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=2013020897-59-h
    There a communication breakdown at the blue line btw 77 and 93. 77 thinks 93 takes Granlund and marks Parise.

    Romulus’ Apotheosis ‏@RomulusNotNuma 7h
    I’m seeing Belov getting torched tonight. He didn’t look great. But I think the hand-wringing might be misplaced.

  52. anonymous says:

    Lowetide:
    Anon: Yak was hurt during the game.

    Oh really, I didn’t see anything on the webs, didn’t read the previous page of comments. I’m guessing it’s not serious?

    I will retract the loser comment. Won’t be able to do anything about the hatred though.

  53. theres oil in virginia says:

    Rom, WYSIWYG = what you see is what you get

  54. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    anonymous: Oh really, I didn’t see anything on the webs, didn’t read the previous page of comments. I’m guessing it’s not serious?

    I will retract the loser comment. Won’t be able todo anything about the hatred though.

    apparently he left the game in a walking cast. I have no idea if that is serious or not… but it’s not good.

    theres oil in virginia:
    Rom, WYSIWYG = what you see is what you get

    cheers!

  55. anonymous says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: apparently he left the game in a walking cast. I have no idea if that is serious or not… but it’s not good.

    Too bad, kid can’t get any traction this year.

  56. russ99 says:

    I hope Yak is OK, but a break from this nonsense may be helpful.

    Gotta wonder what exactly did Eakins work on during the break, cause this looks like same old, same old.

    Maybe his quote about 1-0 games really means 1 (or more) for the other team and 0 for the Oilers.

    The shackles he’s put on our forwards are way worse than anything Renney did, and at least Renney had a semi-workable plan, instead of whatever genius hockey strategy Eakins has only in his head.

  57. oliveoilers says:

    theres oil in virginia:
    Rom, WYSIWYG = what you see is what you get

    Best use of WYSIWYG: Sabotage by the Beastie Boys

  58. theres oil in virginia says:

    oliveoilers: Best use of WYSIWYG:Sabotage by the Beastie Boys

    A variation on the theme. I thought you were an old guy!? (ie – older than me and predating the Beastie Boys)

  59. oliveoilers says:

    theres oil in virginia: A variation on the theme.I thought you were an old guy!?(ie – older than me and predating the Beastie Boys)

    My age: According to wife: 15yo
    Your ‘Earth Years’: 35yo
    Dog years : 225yo
    Cynicism : 300yo
    After watching last night vs the Olympics: 1000yo

    RIP Adam Yauch.

  60. The Great One says:

    Brin Sutherby with a piece about last night’s game on ON:

    http://oilersnation.com/2014/2/28/olympic-hangover

    His comments about Belov are withering.

  61. theres oil in virginia says:

    oliveoilers: My age:According to wife:15yoYour ‘Earth Years’:35yoDog years:225yoCynicism:300yoAfter watching last night vs the Olympics: 1000yo

    RIP Adam Yauch.

    Aah, I see. I failed to make the “cynicism correction”. I’m ahead of you in earth years (staring down the barrel of 40), but I’m lagging in cyn years. As far as Oilers years go, I think I’m dead, because they’re not making me feel older anymore. Maybe you should change your handle to “Methusoilah”!

    ;)

    I missed that a “Beastie Boy” had died recently. I don’t get out much. The stuff I liked the best from them was the earliest stuff, and they kinda moved away from my interests afterwards. They were definitely a creative force, though.

  62. theres oil in virginia says:

    Rom, FWIW, I thought Belov was good enough through the first two periods. (Any time somebody downs Cooke at the blueline, they get a +1 in my book.) I can’t see him being the biggest cause for either of those two goals against. I didn’t see the third. “Early to bed…” and all that.

  63. oliveoilers says:

    theres oil in virginia: Aah, I see.I failed to make the “cynicism correction”. I’m ahead of you in earth years (staring down the barrel of 40), but I’m lagging in cyn years. As far as Oilers years go, I think I’m dead, because they’re not making me feel older anymore. Maybe you should change your handle to “Methusoilah”!

    I missed that a “Beastie Boy” had died recently.I don’t get out much. The stuff I liked the best from them was the earliest stuff, and they kinda moved away from my interests afterwards.They were definitely a creative force, though.

    Lol, yes, the Boys have an interesting history. Having been told they’d never make it as rap/hip hop artists alone, they decided to ‘disappear’ for a couple of years and taught themselves to play instruments and re-invented themselves with a punk edge. Sometimes you just have to fight for your right…..

  64. matt says:

    During the Olympics Hemsky’s father defended Hemsky to the Czech press (think this was on this site or Dellow’s site). There was a lot of apologizing for the lack of production on the basis that Hemsky was playing as requested, and playing on the third line – in other words, my boy would be scoring more if only he was played higher on the roster.

    it’s a safe bet Hemsky thinks that too. If so, why on earth would Hemsky re-sign if (a) the Oilers are committed to both Eberle and Yakupov, or (b) he thinks that irrespective of the guys on the roster, his treatment in Edmonton during the next few years will mirror the past few years?

    In the past, Edmonton viewed him as a first line player with elite potential whereas other teams viewed him as a solid second line player. Now, Edmonton views him as a third line player with defensive resposibilities. It’s highly likely that other teams still view him as a solid second line player.

    He’s not going to get what he thinks he’s worth from the Oilers. He’s not going to get a better deal from the Oilers than from another team. If he refuses to re-sign he might get traded to a team that plays him more in the top 6 than the Oilers currently do and, in so doing, increases the value of offers he gets in free agency.

    I think that the Cogliano-2nd round pick-bust scenario LT paints is highly probable and, relative to both Hemsky’s history with the team and to how an asset like that ought to be efficiently managed, highly regrettable. I also think that it might might be the team’s best move right now, recognizing that the Oilers have painted themselves into a corner.

    What I hope MacT is doing is taking offers on all 3 RWs (I would love to know what the team honestly thinks of Hemsky’s injury history: bad luck vs. brittle, etc. – they have his medical records, after all – and how that view handicaps the Oilers’ view of his ability to be relied on as a 1/2 RW). If nothing else, it drives up Hemsky’s value by showing that the team considers him to remain a realistic 1/2 RW. And someone might overpay for Eberle (who is the best RW on the team and who I would like to see stay – but the most efficient way to manage 3 1/2 RWs is to sell the one that provides a return that beats the market).

    In summary, if Hemsky is unlikely to re-sign to play as a 2/3 RW, then trade him. If another RW can be traded for a better overall return (relative to the player), then trade that RW, provided that doing so would (1) persuade Hemsky to re-sign and (2) medical information persuades you Hemsky can be relied on to be a top 6 RW notwithstanding past injuries. MacT tried to cross this bridge during the summer, and things are what they are now.

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