Chances are, if you’re trading your lottery pick sevens summers after arrival, things have not gone well in the recent past. For Oiler fans, that statement is worth both a tear and a giggle. It has been an enormous disappointment. Sam Gagner’s Oiler career ended in a wildly disappointing fashion, and for that reason I think it’s safe to say the return was better than expected under the circumstances.
TEDDY PURCELL 13-14
5×5 points per 60: 1.37 (7th among regular forwards)
5×4 points per 60: 3.34 (7th among regular forwards)
Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards (second-line opp)
Qual Team: 4th best teammates among regular forwards (second-line teammates)
Corsi Rel: 8.9 (best among regular forwards)
Corsi for % 5×5: 53.6
Corsi for % Rel 5×5: +3.5
Zone Start: 56.2% (2nd easiest among regular forwards)
Zone Finish: 52.0% (2nd best among regular forwards)
Shots on goal/percentage: 157/7.64%
Boxcars: 81, 12-30-42
VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER (CORSI ON)
RE 14-15 PREVIEW
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- This is frustrating, dealing away lottery picks for role players. Sure. I agree. Having said that, I don’t think it was going to work out and Purcell perhaps represents a new day for the Oilers.
- Riiight. It was not a good value trade. I think Gagner will far outdistance Purcell when things are done, but also believe it was time to move on. I really like Sam Gagner, hope he has a helluva career, but it was time for the Oilers to grow up a little.
- And now we’re younger at center. Yes. That’s an issue for sure, however they haven’t played a game yet, we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
- Darkness. Oh come on, you haven’t been negative at all so far this summer, why start now?
- Right, good point. I’ll wait for the defense. There ya go!
- You like Purcell? Well enough, I guess. He’s an NHL player, has had some fine seasons and hey you never know.
- You have him repeating last season. Yes. It’s difficult to project a player moving from east to west, Tampa to Edmonton. I decided to stay the course.
- Purcell’s addition helps the team, but how much? The team’s 1-2-3 RW depth chart is Eberle-Yakupov-Purcell, that’s pretty damn good if Yak gets straightened away.
- Purcell, Pouliot, Fayne, that’s quite the addition. It reminds me of the Montreal Expos in about 1977. That winter, they added veterans Tony Perez, Dave Cash and Chris Speier in one winter and they went from 55 wins to 75. They had to make some decisions on some young players, but man did that team look better with the veterans.
- Did they lose good young players? Oh sure. Mike Jorgensen, Tim Foli, Andre Thornton, Bombo Rivera.
- BOMBO Rivera? Yes.
- Ha! Jesus. That was his real name.
- Who’s real name? Bombo’s.
- Bombo’s real name. Yes.
- Jesus. Bombo’s real name.
- That’s not how it goes. Fly ball.
- Fly ball? That’s what Bombo means.
- Where? I don’t know, wherever Bombo lives.
- I’d say Christ, but that’s probably what he calls his glove. Anything else about Purcell?
- Can he win faceoffs? He hasn’t been in that role forever, so one would think the answer is no.
- MacT used to move wingers to center all the time. Probably better options than Purcell.
- Like? Mark Arcobello and Will Acton were both at 50% or better last season.
- Will Acton? Yes. Certainly possible he plays for the Oilers this coming season.
- I hate you. Well, the truth is (from what we know) Edmonton has tried all summer to acquire a veteran center with offense (notably Olli Jokinen). It hasn’t happened, and when you keep checking down sooner or later the decision becomes more grey in nature. At this point, it’s probably like picking Mac apples for apple crisp. IS Chris Kelly a better bet than Mark Arcobello? Not for the money. DO you want to send away Jeff Petry for Cody Eakin? Not on this team. So, MacT might have a deal or two in his back pocket should he decide to pull the trigger, but they are grey deals, no black and white.
- Why this song? I chose it because it’s a pleasant surprise. It’s a famous song for Mitchell, but her version is not the well known track (Nazareth). However, it’s actually brilliant, with the guitar and the tone of her voice (Mitchell has a really interesting voice, especially the changes mid-verse. Very unique) and the lyrics combine anticipation and regret—which I suspect Purcell has experienced in equal amounts since the trade.
- Purcell’s going to help, but he’s not a center. Any Mitchell songs about that? Well, her plane hasn’t landed yet in the song, so there’s another verse.
- Bombo Murphy, this is a mess at center. It’s a long fly ball, wait until it lands.