Craig MacTavish continued his Magical Myster Tour of the media today, stopping in at the Oilers website to lay down some smack. I’m a MacT devotee, so he can get away with bloody murder on my watch, and he seemed intent on doing just that today.
- MacT: “I think that’s the model that we’re ultimately trying to piece together where we have a fourth line that would have lots of defensive zone starts and be able to play against anybody and then have three lines that are able to have success offensively.”
Unicorns! Free sex! Here, have some money! No, YOU take the last steak! I don’t know, but I hope it’s chocolate! Women with legs to the sky!! Look, I love this team and believe there’s all kinds of good things on the roster, but they’re several forwards short of 12 useful. Tell me I’m wrong.
The Edmonton Oilers won’t have three scoring lines next season. They’ll have two offensive lines, Boyd Gordon’s line with tote that barge and lift that bale, and then a fourth line that we can safely call ‘mixed nuts’ and not go far afield.
That’s my opinion. I’m prepared for unicorns and chocolate and will discuss the rest with Mrs. Lowetide.
Speaking of Mrs. Lowetide, you bastards made her cry. She’s the chief financial officer, so your generosity today floored her and she did in fact cry a few tears. Thanks so much, I’ve read most of the notes and will read them all before nightfall. Sincerely, thanks. I feel a little guilty after today, but promise to put the dollars to good use.
THREE SCORING LINES CAN’T BE DONE
- The New Gagner-Perron-Yakupov
MacT suggested the club would be willing to take on a large contract to minimize the required asset given, so let’s say the club acquired Vincent Lecavalier for a load of hay, and can sign David Moss as a free agent:
- The New Gagner-Nikolai Kulemin-Yakupov
- Vincent Lecavalier-Perron-Moss
Is that better? I guess it depends on the new Gagner. What IF they brought in Grabovski and Kulemin:
- Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin-Yakupov
If MacTavish can bring in five guys who can have an impact—Grabovski, Kulemin, Moss, Coburn, Gilbert—this team rolls along in a very good way. However, history tells us that Rome wasn’t built in a day, that these things take time. The shopping list is smaller than it was last season, but it’s still significant.
MACT’S SUMMER 2014 LIST
- A veteran top pairing defenseman. A real man, big time EV minutes and a history of successful sorties.
- A 2line C with experience and the ability to play a two-way game. This is the other vital piece.
- A legit two-way winger who can score 12-15 goals. The Pisani role. Mentor, calms the waters.
- Find a way to get value, or make use of, Sam Gagner. This does not include time at center.
- Improve the bottom 6F’s.
- Retain as much of the young cluster as possible, understanding that the player who represents #1 on this list might cost a young D who will one day fill that role.
- Get Petry signed long term.
- Sign Schultz but DO NOT break the bank.