DIRECT HITS

The Edmonton Oilers were active in free agency today, adding three unrestricted free agents and signing one of their own restricted players. Here’s the rundown on the dollars:

  • LW Benoit Pouliot signed for 5-years times $4 million per season.
  • D Mark Fayne signed for 4-years $3.625 million per season.
  • D Keith Aulie signed for 1-year and $800,000.
  • LW Luke Gazdic (restricted) for 2-years and $800,000 per season.

General Manager Craig MacTavish spoke about each player at the afternoon press conference:

  • MacT on Pouliot: “Pouliot was maybe our most important add. He is a guy with size and speed that tracks the puck very well.”
  • MacT on Fayne: “Fayne gives us a guy that makes simple, smart effective plays. He’s a good defender.”
  • MacT on Aulie: “Aulie has an opportunity because of his age and skill set to make a significant impact on our team.”
  • MacT on Gazdic: “Gazdic has built a pretty fearful reputation for himself around the League. He’s earned the contract.”

OILERS DEPTH CHART 2014-15 (PROJECTED)

 

LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
TAYLOR HALL RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS JORDAN EBERLE
DAVID PERRON MARK ARCOBELLO?? TEDDY PURCELL
BENOIT POULIOT LEON DRAISAITL NAIL YAKUPOV
LUKE GAZDIC?? BOYD GORDON MATT HENDRICKS
  ANTON LANDER TYLER PITLICK

 

LEFT DEFENSE RIGHT DEFENSE
MARTIN MARINCIN JEFF PETRY (RFA)
NIKITA NIKITIN MARK FAYNE
ANDREW FERENCE JUSTIN SCHULTZ (RFA)
OSCAR KLEFBOM KEITH AULIE

 

STARTING GOALIE BACKUP GOALIE
BEN SCRIVENS VIKTOR FASTH

 

This roster is beginning to resemble a logical, balanced set with veterans in the important spots. It is not there. I think they need to add a quality two-way center and there’s still some issues around that “tough minutes 4line” that houses Luke Gazdic. It was an effective, responsible day of free agency with innovation and imagination.

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  1. nqmt says:

    LT, would us getting Berglund be a the cherry on top for you?

  2. jake70 says:

    Pretty sure they are a better team now than last year… playoffs, not likely but who knows.

  3. striatic says:

    I think it’ll take 7m to get Petry and Schultz signed, which doesn’t leave a lot of money to address that 2C slot..

  4. Moose says:

    Add Grabovski tomorrow and then you can run a 4th line of Hendricks – Gordon – Arco. That lends some skill to that line and keeps Gazdic on the bench. I think Lander is gonna see some wing this year based on Eakins verbals.

    I too would like to see Draisaitl sent back, but it doesn’t sound like that’s the plan at the moment.

  5. finn_fann says:

    Just out of curiosity, if they sign a 2-way center, do you think Arcobello or Draisaitl gets the shaft?

    If they slot Arcobello as 3C (thus achieving the mythical “3 scoring lines”) do you think Draisaitl slides to wing on the 4 line or goes back to junior?

  6. Moose says:

    Also, remember in all these cap calculations we have to account for Leon’s hit, which given the holes is all the more reason to send him back. His bonus hit would probably be the cost of signing a Legwand or Jokinen.

  7. striatic says:

    Boyd Gordon: 560 NHL GP
    Ryan Nugent Hopkins: 182 NHL GP
    Mark Arcobello: 42 NHL GP
    Leon Draisaitl: 0 NHL GP

    Looks awfully thin.

  8. supernova says:

    Moose:
    Also, remember in all these cap calculations we have to account for Leon’s hit, which given the holes is all the more reason to send him back. His bonus hit would probably be the cost of signing a Legwand or Jokinen.

    Bonuses work different in the new CBA

    This years cap hit would be in that 975 k range, anything he hits for bonus could come off next years cap.

    Cap next year will be highly likely in the 74 million range (maybe more)

    I am thinking they may want to offer a Legwand a Iginla/ alfredson contract from last year

  9. striatic says:

    Moose:
    Also, remember in all these cap calculations we have to account for Leon’s hit, which given the holes is all the more reason to send him back. His bonus hit would probably be the cost of signing a Legwand or Jokinen.

    My understanding is that his maximum total compensation including bonuses must be under 925k.

    That’s slightly more than what the Oilers will be paying Keith Aulie.

    Should this really be a consideration in terms of keeping him up or sending him down?

  10. fuzzy muppet says:

    striatic,

    McDavid thin when you playin the west.

    Its hard not to be pleased with what theyve done (tough the NN contract isnt great and i dont get why they qualified Milller, larsen and Horak)

  11. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s pretty much how I see the lines as well

    Maybe they put Pouliot on the Gordon line and Lander/Arco/Pitlick/Gazdic rotates through the Draisaitl/Yak pairing

    That 2C hole is glaring, but the good news is that a wide variety of player types can fit that role, with a Berglund/ROR trade at the top end to a Vern Fiddler type at the bottom end

    Hall-Nuge-Eberle
    Perron-x-Purcell
    Pouliot-Gordon-Hendricks

    x-Draisaitl-Yak>soft minutes offensive zone starts

    Not sure if Pouliot signed to spend his time in Shawshank though. Purcell either for that matter.

  12. fuzzy muppet says:

    I hate typing on this Ipad!

    Get a center here asap Mact!

  13. G Money says:

    Wonder if Mark Fraser will end up somewhere in the NHL?

    If so, will he look for revenge on Aulie for taking his spot?

    Can we therefore look forward to (wait for it) …

    The Bout of the Century: Aulie-Fraser

    baddump bump

    Sorry, someone had to say it.

  14. Lowetide says:

    nqmt:
    LT, would us getting Berglund be a the cherry on top for you?

    I’d like him plenty, but would shy away from gving up next year’s 1st round pick.

  15. Rondo says:

    Lowetide,

    He is STL 3rd line centre now.

    I think Ottawa will go after him

  16. Lois Lowe says:

    Legwand, Grabovski, Koivu, and what other C’s are left now?

  17. Southern Oil says:

    CapGeek ‏@capgeek 2m
    #Oilers have $11.85M in cap space with three roster openings. RFAs: Schultz, Petry, Larsen. http://www.capgeek.com/oilers/

    I thought we had less than this, no? I haven’t been able to keep track through the day – just got home from work. If so, I don’t see a problem getting something with Petry, Schultz & a cman done.

  18. G Money says:

    Assuming for a moment that there are no more changes (like everyone else, still hoping for news of the Petry signing plus adding that veteran C), here’s how the deltas for this team seem to shake out:

    Yak -> Purcell

    Smyth -> Yak

    Jones -> Pouliot

    Gagner -> Draisaitl

    Larsen -> Fayne

    Belov -> Nikitin

    Fraser -> Aulie

    Apart from the whole “keep him on the farm” ethos with Draisaitl, that’s some might big steps up.

    Dare I say, the Oilers might have just morphed from “The Oilers are a team in the NHL” to “The Oilers are team that deserves to be in the NHL”.

  19. G Money says:

    Lois Lowe,

    Haven’t heard of Goc or OJok landing anywhere yet either. Also Fiddler and Santorelli.

  20. striatic says:

    G Money: Apart from the whole “keep him on the farm” ethos with Draisaitl, that’s some might big steps up.

    With the exception of Gagner -> Draisaitl in the short term, which should be considered a significant step down in the short term.

    I like Draisaitl’s potential more but do not expect him to compensate for the loss of Gagner’s production next year, assuming he plays.

  21. G Money says:

    Southern Oil,

    I thought we QO’d Larsen, which is $1.15M. So if he accepts that offer, that drops the roster requirement to 2 players plus the coveted C and $10.7M. I suppose if he wants more, they’d let him walk.

  22. cabbiesmacker says:

    Have to say I’m pleasantly surprised at what the Oilers have done the past week. There is some addition by subtraction and a couple of pretty decent FA signs to boot. Not a playoff team yet but one helluva lot better team to start the season than 2013.

    Still think theres a trade looming to pop things a little though.

  23. carrmike says:

    What does it or does it not say about the LA Kings not signing any UFA’s?

  24. cabbiesmacker says:

    G Money:
    Lois Lowe,

    Haven’t heard of Goc or OJok landing anywhere yet either.Also Fiddler and Santorelli.

    Goc re-signed in Pitt

    This is a nice little TSN tool with a sort feature to simplify things http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=25880

  25. Gerta Rauss says:

    G Money:
    Southern Oil,

    I thought we QO’d Larsen, which is $1.15M.So if he accepts that offer, that drops the roster requirementto 2 players plus the coveted C and $10.7M.I suppose if he wants more, they’d let him walk.

    Larsen is playing in Europe/KHL

    They qualified him just to keep his rights, he shouldn’t factor in your cap estimates

  26. striatic says:

    carrmike,

    I’m pretty sure they didn’t sign any the first time the won the cup.

  27. Zangetsu says:

    Money sure disappears fast hey? Doesn’t look like we can afford both kulemin and grabo. If we could get legwand and goc I’d be thrilled. Money wise it’s best we send draisaitle away for a year. I’d like to see him and nurse play in europe next season. Dreams though. Drat can’t go back to PA, whl sure, but not PA. Nurse could use another year since he hasn’t blown the doors off yet.
    I like the signings, pretty rich and long on pouliot though.

    Da boyz
    Pouliot LEGWAND/GRABBO Purcell
    Perron (like him with yak) GOC/drat YAk
    Hendricks Gordon Lander(fuck if i know who plays here)
    Gazdic

    Petry Fayne
    Ference nikitin
    Marincin Schultz
    Klefbom (aulie doesn’t hold a candle)

    I like that likeup. It’s not contender strong, but I do think it is playoff capable. See how the defence looks with top 4 guys (I count 4.5 with schultz and klef on the way). Fraser, nschultz, and the bottom six really drug us down I think. Despite what my head says, experience tells me that ference turns 70 overnight, hendricks forgets how to skate, mad inconsistency plagues the lineup, goalies stand backwards in the net, and everyone who doesn’t have their head up their ass gets injured. Throw in a fall to earth for perron, a relapse from marincin, and a few thug pickups at TC. If I know my oilers all the above will happen and we’ll see connor next year.

  28. rickithebear says:

    MacT said we needed more goal production; Possesion and size.
    Our current Wingers EVG rank last 4 years.
    Eberle 69 EVG #15 W 5’10″ 180lb
    Hall 60 EVG #25 W 6’1″ 210lb
    Perron 47 EVG #53 W 6’0″ 200lb
    Purcell 47 EVG #53 W 6’3″ 210lb
    Pouliot 43 EVG #70 W 6’3″ 205lb
    Yak top 30 year 1 year.

    Potentialy 6 top 60 EVG scorers.

    Hall-XXX- Yak
    Perron-XXX-Purcell
    Pouliot-XXX-Eberle

    that is 5 scoring lines.

    Grabovski 56 EVG #20 center
    O. jokinen 49 EVG #35 center
    RNH top 40 EVG two healthy years.

  29. malinpaul says:

    By the end of the year Schultz was playing around 22min a game. my guess is that doesn’t change. soooo i wouldn’t have him as part of the last pair.

  30. Lowetide says:

    malinpaul:
    By the end of the year Schultz was playing around 22min a game. my guess is that doesn’t change. soooo i wouldn’t have him as part of the last pair.

    And how’d that work out for them?

  31. striatic says:

    The Oilers have roughly 11m [once Leon's contract is factored in] left to sign 3 players, 2 of which are RFAs Petry and Schultz.

    Assuming Petry and Schultz split 7m – probably 4m to Schultz and 3m to Petry [life is unfair] – Then the Oilers have 4m left to sign a 2c, which precludes signing the top end guys.

    Firmly Santorelli, Ott, Fiddler territory.

  32. DBO says:

    striatic,

    Schultz will get the Yandle treatment. 3rd on EV’s, 1st PP.

  33. Moose says:

    supernova,

    Ah, didn’t realize. Even more incentive to lock up a vet 2C if cap expected to go up significantly.

  34. Moose says:

    striatic:
    The Oilers have roughly 11m left to sign 3 players, 2 of which are RFAs Petry and Schultz.

    Assuming Petry and Schultz split 7m – probably 4m to Schultz and 3m to Petry[life is unfair] – Then the Oilers have 4m left to sign a 2c, which precludes signing the top end guys.

    Firmly Santorelli, Ott, Fiddler territory.

    Define “top end” – I think 4m puts you in with a shout of getting any or all of Grabo (if market exhales), Legwand, or worst case a 1yr for Jokinen.

  35. striatic says:

    DBO:
    striatic,

    Schultz will get the Yandle treatment. 3rd on EV’s, 1st PP.

    So you think he won’t get 4m?

    Yandle got 5m in a reduced cap world.

  36. Halfwise says:

    rickithebear: MacT said we needed more goal production; Possesion and size.
    Our current Wingers EVG rank last 4 years.
    Eberle 69 EVG #15 W 5’10″ 180lb
    Hall 60 EVG #25 W 6’1″ 210lb
    Perron 47 EVG #53 W 6’0″ 200lb
    Purcell 47 EVG #53 W 6’3″ 210lb
    Pouliot 43 EVG #70 W 6’3″ 205lb
    Yak top 30 year 1 year.
    Potentialy 6 top 60 EVG scorers.
    Hall-XXX- Yak
    Perron-XXX-Purcell
    Pouliot-XXX-Eberle
    that is 5 scoring lines.
    Grabovski 56 EVG #20 center
    O. jokinen 49 EVG #35 center
    RNH top 40 EVG
    two healthy years.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, sir.

    Thank you.

  37. DBO says:

    striatic,

    Not saying he won’t get paid. But here’s hoping he gets a 2 year $3 mill per bridge deal.

  38. Numenius says:

    striatic:
    The Oilers have roughly 11m [once Leon's contract is factored in] left to sign 3 players, 2 of which are RFAs Petry and Schultz.

    No need to factor in Leon’s contract because that’d be offset by having to send Joenssu down, say.

    So there really is about 11.8M for Petry, Schultz, and UFA C (though you’d want to leave a little breathing rooms as well).

  39. godot10 says:

    Draisaitl’s salary plus bonuses will be over $3 million something, with the salary component being just under $1 million.

    Earned bonuses can be rolled to next season if you lack the cap space in the current year.

    Ference and Schultz looked horrid last year. I’m hoping Ference and Fayne rehabilitates Ference to 2nd pairing level of play.

    Nikitin should be paired with Schultz. And get the easiest of the EV matchups OR a favorable zone start push.

    The 2nd line centre can wait awhile while prices come down (to put between Perron and Purcell).

    I sort of like Arcobello on RW with Hendricks and Gordon on the Chicagoesque 4th line. Pouliot, Lander, and Yakupov on the soft minutes line.

    Aulie gets the pressbox, and Klefbom is the real #7 in OKC.

    Draisaitl and Nurse hopefully to junior without the nine games. The Oilers can’t fool around at the start of the season. Only if injuries hit, should they get a nine game trial.

    Today will be for not if Petry isn’t signed. Arbitration to UFA status as the default. Gives the OIlers to the trade deadline to get the long term contract signed, and if not, Petry would have enormous value at the deadline.

    A Petry trade would likely be a massive MacT #FAIL to cap off a pretty good couple of weeks.

  40. striatic says:

    Moose: Define “top end” – I think 4m puts you in with a shout of getting any or all of Grabo (if market exhales), Legwand, or worst case a 1yr for Jokinen.

    Previous cap hits:

    Legwand 4.5m
    O. Jokinen 4.5m
    Grabovski 3.0m

    The first 2 guys aren’t going to take a pay cut in a world where the cap has gone up since they signed their last contracts. Grabovski is looking for 5×5 and even if the market exhales we are still looking at over 4m and certainly looking at a lot of term.

  41. Zangetsu says:

    New thought, Dustin penner the center? Could be a cheap option. Good player, go fo% if i recall. Don’t know if he played c since his first run in anaheim though.

  42. Racki says:

    Still need a 2C.. still need a minute eating LHD (in my opinion). But even without that, this team is a much more NHL ready team, imho

  43. Gerta Rauss says:

    godot10: A Petry trade would likely be a massive MacT #FAIL to cap off a pretty good couple of weeks.

    What if he trades him for Patrick Berglund and picks up Boychuk for a draft pick..?

  44. Jon K says:

    Well, I missed all the excitement but came home pleasantly surprised by MacT’s haul for the day. As a coach MacT had a reputation for being able to sort out very quickly who could play and who couldn’t. If he continues to separate the wheat from the chaff year over year, we may very well see a competitive team for the opening of Xanadu in 2016.

    I can’t wait to see what happens at 2C still but suspect in my heart of hearts that the big German has it locked down.

    Happy Canada Day, all.

  45. godot10 says:

    Gerta Rauss: What if he trades him for Patrick Berglund and picks up Boychuk for a draft pick..?

    If you think Petry entering the prime of his career is not more valuable than Boychuk in the declining phase of his career…

    Petry has all the skills that one wants in the modern hockey defenseman.

    Berglund isn’t that good if St. Louis finds him disposable. He is already fully paid for his value. The Oilers are better off with Petry and a stop gap to Draisaitl, in the short, medium, and long term.

  46. striatic says:

    Wait .. the solution is abundantly clear..

    Taylor Hall for second line C!

  47. Jon K says:

    Lowetide: I’d like him plenty, but would shy away from gving up next year’s 1st round pick.

    Under no circumstances should the Oilers move the 2015 1st. We are only days removed from the 2014 draft and the hype machine for 2015 is already underway. Smart people are losing their minds, talking about how it could be one of the deepest NHL drafts ever. Supposedly a 2nd in 2015 is valued similarly to a 1st in 2014.

  48. cabbiesmacker says:

    Jon K:
    As a coach MacT had a reputation for being able to sort out very quickly who could play and who couldn’t.

    Toby

    Brodziak

  49. gr8one says:

    G Money:
    Wonder if Mark Fraser will end up somewhere in the NHL?

    If so, will he look for revenge on Aulie for taking his spot?

    Can we therefore look forward to (wait for it) …

    The Bout of the Century: Aulie-Fraser

    baddump bump

    Sorry, someone had to say it.

    You’re second sentence made me think “what an idiot”…but then you recovered very nicely, well played sir, well played. lol

  50. cabbiesmacker says:

    striatic: Previous cap hits:

    Legwand 4.5m
    O. Jokinen 4.5m
    Grabovski 3.0m

    The first 2 guys aren’t going to take a pay cut in a world where the cap has gone up since they signed their last contracts.

    Really? If Jokinen gets offered more than $ 2.5 per x 2 someone’s been smoking the drapes. The fibreglass kind with cat pee in the corners

  51. Gerta Rauss says:

    godot10,

    I see Petry and Fayne as similar style defenceman. I think they may have given Petry’s money/term to Fayne.

    And St Louis didn’t have Stastny before this morning- they may want to adjust their payroll/roster to the new reality.

    I’m fine signing Petry and a C stop gap-I’m a big fan of Petry

    I think Berglund in the 2C spot and another RH D(doesn’t have to be Boychuk) is better

  52. Zangetsu says:

    If you sign olli, he has to be 3c, drat has to be gone. Not a terrible thing imo.

  53. malinpaul says:

    Lowetide,

    ha. well, I thought he got better defensively as the year rolled on, but my point wasn’t where he should be, but just that he is listed at or near the bottom, and it’s not the reality.

  54. Lowetide says:

    malinpaul:
    Lowetide,

    ha. well, I thought he got better defensively as the year rolled on, but my point wasn’t where he should be, but just that he is listed at or near the bottom, and it’s not the reality.

    He’ll get monster PP time, and that’s on merit compared to the rest of the roster. I think he ran about 18 EV minutes a night in 13-14, suspect Petry and Fayne will grab bits from it.

  55. malinpaul says:

    striatic,

    how do we get our #2C this year? since RNH or neon leon will eventually take that role, we need someone who can move down the lineup – versatile. or a rental for the year.

    CAP SPACE post Petry Schultz will be toight.

  56. Lowetide says:

    malinpaul:
    striatic,

    how do we get our #2C this year? since RNH or neon leon will eventually take that role, we need someone who can move down the lineup – versatile. or a rental for the year.

    CAP SPACE post Petry Schultz will be toight.

    Patrik Berglund is my choice, no idea how to get him here. Also Cody Eakin in Dallas would be nice.

  57. G Money says:

    gr8one: You’re second sentence made me think “what an idiot”…but then you recovered very nicely, well played sir, well played. lol

    Heh heh … my big worry is if the current MMA-weaned generation even remembers what boxing is, let alone Ali-Frazier!

  58. John Chambers says:

    Lois Lowe,

    Yes lots of C’s available still. MacT is probably hunting for value on a short term deal.

    Legwand, Grabbo, Roy, O Jokinen, Ott, and then possible buy-low trades on O’Reilly, Eakin, and Berglund.

    Patience my boy. Patience.

  59. G Money says:

    The more I mull on it, the more I like the idea of a Legwand as 2C for a year.

    Still unsigned so might get him on a one year value contract like Mason Raymond ended up with last year.

    After a 51 pt year, he still should have enough left to put up a decent showing between two hot shot wingers (and all the Oiler wingers are now hot shot wingers).

    He’s schooled in the Nashville/Trotz defensive system.

    And he’s a former #2 overall pick, so as a mentor, our high pick youngsters might be more inclined to listen to him when he speaks of trials and tribulations.

  60. Zangetsu says:

    Lowetide,

    But he’s a ginge. Only good thing about him is he actually pronounces his name right. Goddam eakins.

    Also
    Dallas’s eakin vs Dallas eakins

  61. Melman says:

    Santorelli on a 2 year deal might be a nice bet. Fits with the cluster, played well in Van. B4 he got hurt..

  62. gr8one says:

    I’m not sure in what capacity it will affect the Oilers , but there will certainly be some fat trimming from the cap strapped teams like Philly, Chicago and Boston that other teams should be able to scavenge an advantage on futures for actual NHL bodies.

    I hate, hate, hate the idea of Petry/Schultz moving out, but with the new additions, I hate the thought of losing them a lot less if it means it’s in return for a nice C or high end D coming back.

  63. Rondo says:

    Chemistry

  64. Ducey says:

    Melman:
    Santorelli on a 2 year deal might be a nice bet.Fits with the cluster, played well in Van. B4 he got hurt..

    I wouldn’t mind if they signed Booth on a cheap 1 yr deal as the 4th line winger.

  65. Lowetide says:

    Zangetsu:
    Lowetide,

    But he’s a ginge. Only good thing about him is he actually pronounces his name right.Goddam eakins.

    Also
    Dallas’s eakin vs Dallas eakins

    Yeah, point. Dallas Eakins would make him change his name.

  66. Aitch says:

    Re: Legwand. From what I’ve read today, I’m hoping MacT doesn’t even test the waters. Apparently, he looked lost in Detroit and many suspect that the Nashville way has been ingrained in his hockey psyche and he had trouble adjusting to their system, quickly falling down the depth chart and losing playing time to Red Wing rookies.

  67. Dicky94 says:

    gr8one,

    Would still be nice to get Coburn out of Philly. Would have to send one of them back. They might even throw in Vinny for nothing. Two more holes filled.

  68. Jon K says:

    cabbiesmacker: Toby

    Brodziak

    Toby Petersen played one season with the Oilers.

    Brodziak was traded for magic beans on draft day. MacT as a GM knows better than his predecessors so far. He is aware that draft picks are most valued at the draft. His predecessor was swindled.

  69. russ99 says:

    A few thoughts:

    1) Everyone’s forgetting that Gazdic is going to miss the first two months with the injury he suffered at the end of the season, and even then it will take him time to get back. He’s the extra forward until he’s healthy, and I’d love to see us sign Moss or Winnik fairly cheap in a few weeks to take his place and push the bottom six players so there’s no guaranteed spots.

    2) Unless we get a 2C in the next few days, then IMO the FA focus turns to 3C until either Draisaitl takes a spot or we acquire someone for the 2C role. In that case I see the 3C, Gordon, and Lander each moving up a spot. I don’t see MacT going into a season with two NHL centers. I still like Trevor Lewis as a stopgap if the big names don’t sign here.

    Nowhere do I see Arcobelo in the 2C spot for more than needed due to injury. Be it sideburns or whatever that ship has sailed for this management group. Had he been an option he would have stuck there more last season.

    3) We’re getting a bit tight to the cap. A trade could still be brewing, but I really hope MacTs smart enough not to dump Yak.

  70. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: Patrik Berglund is my choice, no idea how to get him here. Also Cody Eakin in Dallas would be nice.

    That’s really weird.

    I was out mowing my lawn and thinking who needed D with a C to give and my ideal scenario was a Petry/Jultz for Eakin deal.

    Dallas still needs D and all the good ones are gone.

    I prefer to deal Jultz but the writing on the wall is Petry.

    Petry would have to be signed with term and Oilers probably add a sweetener.

    Also,

    I like Berglund a bit, but not a lot. Certainly not 2015 1st worthy, even if the Oilers make the playoffs.

    Early report have next year’s draft with 2 superstars, 8 guys who would be top 4 in a regular year and 35 or so who are 1st round in a regular year.

    1979, 2003 type verbal.

  71. Woodguy says:

    Melman:
    Santorelli on a 2 year deal might be a nice bet.Fits with the cluster, played well in Van. B4 he got hurt..

    I don’t think that there’s much to give between Arco and Santorelli.

    I’d aim higher.

  72. spoiler says:

    With Jori Lehtera finally coming over from Finland to play for St, Louis this year–and I imagine playing time was part of the pitch–St. Loo really do have a plethora of Centers.

    Berglund has a decent cap hit and is signed on a 3 year extension. Big body and a shooter. Just turned 26 and coming off a down year. Can he be got for something like Lander and a 2016 2nd?

  73. franksterra says:

    Have to admit my view here is based purely on a quick tour around hockeydb, cap geek and hockeys future but what does Eakin provide that merits Petry plus a sweetener? Shouldn’t the sweetener be from the other side? Or is his projected upside that (saw him…) good?

  74. Woodguy says:

    RIshaug had the Oilers in on Perrault, but WIN got him at $3MM x 3.

    RelCor monster in ANA and WAS vs 2nd toughs.

    Would have made a sweet French Connection line with Perron and Pouliot.

  75. Woodguy says:

    franksterra:
    Have to admit my view here is based purely on a quick tour around hockeydb, cap geek and hockeys future but what does Eakin provide that merits Petry plus a sweetener? Shouldn’t the sweetener be from the other side?Or is his projected upside that (saw him…) good?

    Just finished his ELC so he has value as a cheap C.

    Forwards are always worth more than D, especially C.

    I could be wrong with the sweetener part as well.

    Really depends on Petry’s contract length.

    1 year of Petry <<<<<< Eakin coming off ELC

    Maybe 3 years of Petry ~= Eakin coming off ELC

  76. Pouzar says:

    Woodguy:
    RIshaug had the Oilers in on Perrault, but WIN got him at $3MM x 3.

    RelCor monster in ANA and WAS vs 2nd toughs.

    Would have made a sweet French Connection line with Perron and Pouliot.

    Perrault was definitely in the Sheltered quadrant. How did he play the 2nd toughest minutes?

  77. Woodguy says:

    I’d give 2016 1st for Berglund.

    Wouldn’t give 2015 1st.

  78. Pouzar says:

    I would argue there isn’t much difference between Arcobello and Perrault.

  79. Woodguy says:

    Pouzar: Perrault was definitely in the Sheltered quadrant. How did he play the 2nd toughest minutes?

    Oops, I sorted the wrong column, you’re right about that.

    Not sure how you rate Arco with Perrault though.

    Here’s his 5v5 pts/60 for the last 5 years:

    MATHIEUPERREAULT 2.14
    MATHIEUPERREAULT 1.92
    MATHIEUPERREAULT 2.41
    MATHIEUPERREAULT 2.07
    MATHIEUPERREAULT 2.45

    Here’s his RelCor (albeit with favourable match ups) for the last 5 years:

    2009-2010 Season -9.6
    2010-2011 Season 11.1
    2011-2012 Season 14.5
    2012-2013 Season 11.7
    2013-2014 Season 6.7

    He’s a 5 year NHL vet, with 4 of those years being soft minute killer.

    I can see why a team would take a chance to put him on 2C, he’s destroyed 3 C for 4 years.

    You can’t compare that to Arco.

    Arco might be good, but he doesn’t have the track record to even start comparing him to Perrault.

  80. Rondo says:

    Woodguy,

    I’m confused regarding Berglund.

    He had 32 points in 78 games. Derek roy had more points

    Played 4 games in the playoffs got 0 points , I don’t recall if he was injured but he missed 2 playoff games

    He is the 3rd line centre now for STL.

    He is better than anything Oilers have for the 2nd line but a 1st round pick seems very high especially 2015

  81. Woodguy says:

    Rondo:
    Woodguy,

    I’m confused regarding Berglund.

    He had 32 points in 78 games.Derek roy had more points

    Played 4 games in the playoffs got 0 points , I don’t recall if he was injured but he missed2 playoff games

    He is the 3rd line centre now for STL.

    You’re right.

    Looking at him closer he’s not worth a 1st.

    Last year was his only +RelCor as well (on a great team, which is tougher to do)

    5v5 pts/60 high water mark is 1.72. (this past season)

    Good catch.

    Armstong is dreaming if he think he’s worth a 1st.

    My bad.

    Perrault rates higher.

  82. Pouzar says:

    Woodguy: Oops, I sorted the wrong column, you’re right about that.

    Not sure how you rate Arco with Perrault though.

    Here’s his 5v5 pts/60 for the last 5 years:

    MATHIEUPERREAULT2.14
    MATHIEUPERREAULT1.92
    MATHIEUPERREAULT2.41
    MATHIEUPERREAULT2.07
    MATHIEUPERREAULT2.45

    Here’s his RelCor (albeit with favourable match ups) for the last 5 years:

    2009-2010 Season-9.6
    2010-2011 Season11.1
    2011-2012 Season14.5
    2012-2013 Season11.7
    2013-2014 Season6.7

    He’s a 5 year NHL vet, with 4 of those years being soft minute killer.

    I can see why a team would take a chance to put him on 2C, he’s destroyed 3 C for 4 years.

    You can’t compare that to Arco.

    Arco might be good, but he doesn’t have the track record to even start comparing him to Perrault.

    Arco doesn’t have MP’s track record. Agreed. Only going on last year’s stats and seen him good. Arco scored 18 in 41 playing with mostly knuckle draggers. Give him a full year with actual hockey players playing soft minutes he scores 40 pts easily imo. His RelCor was close to MP with tougher zone starts and similar QofC. I am confident he is 90% of MP.

  83. PDO says:

    If Petry or Jultz is being dealt, I think it should be for a better option on D. The D with Fayne/Petry/Jultz is nice down the right side, but far from loaded with not a lot behind them because all our good kids are LH.

    For the C, I like Berglund, though I’m not sure there’s a trade to be made there without us giving up too much.

    I’d take a hard look at Washington, maybe something can shake loose there? Laich, Green, Alzner?

  84. blainer says:

    If we can’t find a way to trade for Berglund then we have to find an actual NHL center for that 2nd spot. MacT put in a few decent days shaping the roster but we Need that Big center.

  85. denny33 says:

    Jon K,

    Notice the trades today were for 2016 picks…….

    2015 draft picks are untouchable….save for Garth Snow.

  86. Woodguy says:

    Pouzar: Arco doesn’t have MP’s track record. Agreed. Only going on last year’s stats and seen him good. Arco scored 18 in 41 playing with mostly knuckle draggers. Give him a full year with actual hockey players playing soft minutes he scores 40 pts easily imo.His RelCor was close to MP with tougher zone starts and similar QofC. I am confident he is 90% of MP.

    I like him too.

    Hope he gets a chance.

    He should when someone goes down to injury.

  87. Woodguy says:

    PDO:
    If Petry or Jultz is being dealt, I think it should be for a better option on D.The D with Fayne/Petry/Jultz is nice down the right side, but far from loaded with not a lot behind them because all our good kids are LH.

    For the C, I like Berglund, though I’m not sure there’s a trade to be made there without us giving up too much.

    I’d take a hard look at Washington, maybe something can shake loose there?Laich, Green, Alzner?

    I follow WAS bloggers (there are some great ones) and the rumour is Green is on the block.

  88. Woodguy says:

    Typer had a closer look at Green earlier this year and it turns out his numbers vs. NHL best is the best on WAS.

  89. Woodguy says:

    Pouzar: Arco doesn’t have MP’s track record. Agreed. Only going on last year’s stats and seen him good. Arco scored 18 in 41 playing with mostly knuckle draggers. Give him a full year with actual hockey players playing soft minutes he scores 40 pts easily imo.His RelCor was close to MP with tougher zone starts and similar QofC. I am confident he is 90% of MP.

    He wouldn’t be the first college rookie to start really hot and then cool off.

    Conacher started like lightning and then came back to earth: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8476195

  90. Tarkus says:

    Woodguy,

    Going back a little further, this collegian started out like a house on fire for the Oilers…then fell off the map a couple seasons later:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=4072

  91. book¡je says:

    Tarkus:
    Woodguy,

    Going back a little further, this collegian started out quite well for the Oilers…then fell off the map a couple seasons later:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=4072

    I’m not going to click your link. Just tell me who the player is.

  92. gcw_rocks says:

    Interesting day. For me:

    - thumbs up on Fayne. Right money, right term. Mind you, if it means losing Petry rather than adding to Petry then MacT deserves a kick in the nuts anyway.
    - thumbs down on Pouliot because of the contract. If you look at Perrault and Raymond, the market for these wandering third liners is 3 x 3 and MacT pays 4 x 5. That’s $1m of unnecessary cap space consumed each year, plus two extra years.
    - two thumbs down of Gazdic. He can’t play hockey and he gets two years? At least leave yourself the possibility of an upgrade next season
    - Aullie is a bit of a whatever signing. Hope he really isn’t Petry’s replacement.

    So, with Hendricks, Nikitin, and Pouliot we have three players getting paid about $1M over market each, or about $3M in wasted cap space. And yet the team still has major holes to fill. Wonder if that’s going to bite them in the ass?

  93. RexLibris says:

    Tarkus:
    Woodguy,

    Going back a little further, this collegian started out like a house on fire for the Oilers…then fell off the map a couple seasons later:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=4072

    Blast from the past.

    I remember seeing him at an Oilers’ skills competition way, way back.

    He, Mats Lindgren, Dean MacAmmond, the whole gang.

    Those were dark days.

  94. VanOil says:

    If Petry (please) and Schultz sign does Nurse still get his 9 games? He will probably earn it but unless there is an injury i can’t see him getting it.

    Also if you squint your eyes and ignore that the second line Center on LTs depth chart should be knocking the goon off the 4th line, the third line looks great.

    I mean unicorns shitting rainbows great. I mean as great as the young ladies who think even Vancouver’s Downtown beaches should be topless on Canada day great.

  95. RexLibris says:

    book¡je: I’m not going to click your link. Just tell me who the player is.

    Rhymes with Mavid Goliver.

  96. Bank Shot says:

    Woodguy: He wouldn’t be the first college rookie to start really hot and then cool off.

    Conacher started like lightning and then came back to earth: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8476195

    Risk is there on Marincin as well. The Oilers have improved a bit now Mact needs to turn that wing depth Into a center and a top pairing left D if the Oilers hope to make any noise this season.

    There are teams making some big moves in the west and the Oilers need to really nail shut some major holes if they want to gain ground.

  97. RexLibris says:

    Just had a look at some rosters to get caught up on the day’s activities.

    This made me catch my breath.

    The Flames RW depth chart reads: David Jones – Brian McGrattan – Ben Hanowski…

    LW is good, C is palatable for a rebuild, but holy jumping sheep dip, what in the heck?

  98. RexLibris says:

    Bank Shot: Risk is there on Marincin as well. The Oilers have improved a bit now Mact needs to turn that wing depth Into a center and a top pairing left D if the Oilers hope to make any noisethis season.

    There are teams making some big moves in the west and the Oilers need to really nail shut some major holes if they want to gain ground.

    When the Oilers traded Gagner it was like breaking a bone because it hadn’t set properly.

    The result is a hole so obvious that no management group outside of Long Island could ignore it.

    They’ll get it fixed, but I don’t think it will come at the cost of the defensive depth that MacTavish has spent the last few months trying to establish.

  99. nycoil says:

    Like the Fayne signing but I disagree somewhat with the statement that the Oilers made responsible moves. The Nikitin overpay was short-term at least. The Gazdic signing isn’t great and the Pouliot signing is a big overpay and Edmonton will likely sour on him quick. And I like the guy.

    Posted this late in the Pouliot thread but reposting here.
    Some of you will know i’ve advocated for the Oilers to sign Pouliot for a while now as an “under-the-radar” candidate.
    I’ve seen him plenty on the Rangers. Here’s what you can expect:
    The good:
    Smooth skater
    Solid in his own zone
    More than a modicum of skill
    Some size
    Good possession player on a great line with Zuccarello
    The bad:
    Takes boneheaded, lazy offensive zone penalties. A lot of them.
    Can’t finish: He gets breakaways and clear chances and misses or hits the goalie in the chest.
    Doesn’t use his size to hit.
    Guaranteed he will drive the average Oiler fan bat shit crazy.
    I personally think this is way, way too much term and money for the player. This is a massive overpayment for what he brings, make no mistake. I was thinking with his past history of bouncing around on one year deals he would come around a 3 x $3M price tag.
    He will help the team on the 3rd line, don’t get me wrong. Happy we got him. Very unhappy about the cost.

    And watch those lazy o-zone hooking penalties. He will drive Oiler fans nuts.

    I don’t think there’s much cap room for a decent 2C unfortunately. MacT instead spent $8.5M on the 3rd line wingers in Pouliot and Purcell. My priority would have been 2c first. Or at least one wing, one C, then another wing with whatever money left over.

  100. bendelson says:

    A lot of discussion about Berglund.
    Very little to no mention of Anisimov.
    Very similar players.
    Both play on teams with depth at centre.

  101. VanOil says:

    In the blinding light of the fireworks I think I found defensive pairings on the Oilers that make sense to me.

    Nitikin-Perty, power v. power, not an inspiring top pair but they are both NHL players.

    Ferrence-Fayne, shut down pairing, we pay Ferrence to be a 2nd pair shut down player. If he can’t buy him out.

    Marincin-Schultz, soft parade, yes Schultz got top pairing minutes last year but he sucked at playing them. Marincin is due a sophomore slump and I would rather he had it on the third pair. Marincin is the only Oilers D man that Schultz has ever play at a elite level with (admittedly in a lower league).

  102. spoiler says:

    nycoil: And watch those lazy o-zone hooking penalties. He will drive Oiler fans nuts.

    His bad Ozone penalties were driving me nuts in the playoffs and I’m not a Rags fan.

    But other than that he has good numbers, whatever his style might be. Was pretty heavily courted too. We already know it takes an overpay to come here, especially prior to being a playoff team. Or at least some of us have come to accept it. That contract is going to look like a $2.5M one now in 4-5 years and big wingers tend to be pretty liquid commodities at deadlines.

  103. spoiler says:

    nycoil: I don’t think there’s much cap room for a decent 2C unfortunately

    I don’t think cap space will be a problem. They have enough room for everybody except maybe Grabo, who probably wouldn’t come for the kind of shorter term I think the Oil would prefer anyway.

    And if the 2C comes by trade…

  104. misfit says:

    First off, is that a LW-C-RW depth chart I see? In an LT post? I knew you’d come around ;)

    Overall, it was a good day if for no other reason than the Fayne signing. Perfect free agent pickup. Guy with experience playing against the toughs from his own end (and excelling!). Signed to a healthy contract, but not a significsnt overpay. At some point in the deal it could be seen as a value contract, which is rare for UFAs, especially those signed on day 1.

    Aulie is ok when you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that we’ll always have a Mark Fraser on the roster. He’s cheap, which makes him a good option when he’s sitting in the pressbox, but it would be nice if the 7th defenseman was someone you actually don’t mind getting into a game when someone gets hurt.

    Pouliot was simply a bad signing. Lots of talk about him having strong possession numbers, but that’s exactly what you should expect from any player with 60% offensive zone starts and middling-to-soft opposition. It’s pretty easy putting up positive corsi numbers when you’re starting in the offensive zone and your centerman is a faceoff ace like Moore is. That should result on a shot directed towards the net whether you had anythng to do with it or not. I just dont buy that he’s a guy who pushes the river, and at no time in the next FIVE YEARS do I see him ever earning his $4M anual salary.

    Gazdic? Don’t see him playing much, and if we’re going to have a designated fighter on the roster, he’s as good as any. I just hope his injury doesnt prompt another MacIntyre-like waiver claim (or worse, a trade). Hendricks should provide all the thuggery we need.

  105. Marc says:

    Tarkus:
    Woodguy,

    Going back a little further, this collegian started out like a house on fire for the Oilers…then fell off the map a couple seasons later:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=4072

    So did this guy:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=13788

    Just long enough to convince the Rangers to give him a multi-year contract, then he went back to being a career minor leaguer.

    Still the only Dartmouth guy to pull on Oilers silks.

  106. hoser313 says:

    Agree mostly with LT’s lines. I see Lander sharing Gazdook’s place on that 4th line.

    I think the dye is cast folks. THIS is the roster until the young guys earn their places on D.

    Hextall hates the Oilers. Don’t see him giving us Couturier.

    Can we please stop with the Julz/Petry + prospect = top pair D? Other teams don’t see Julz/Petry that way, unfortunately.

    Don’t see Hextall giving us Coburn either.

  107. Marcus Oilerius says:

    As I look at that depth chart for defenders, I can’t help but wonder what if Klefbom undeniably outplays Ference in training camp? Between Nikitin and Marincin, we already have two defenders arguably superior to him. One more puts The CaptainAndrewference into the number 7 slot.

  108. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Btw, thank you for posting an L-C-R chart.

  109. mumbai max says:

    I could live with an Eberle for young defensively sound genuine 2C. O’reilly esque.

  110. Eastern Oil says:

    @ REXLIBRIS

    “…but holy jumping sheep dip…”

    Blocked and reported…

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