The Edmonton Oilers’ forensics department is starting to make me nervous. Forensics is only as good as the analysis and I’m really wondering what the hell these people are contemplating.
McKenzie thinks Taylor Hall is all-in with the Oilers, but hot-take media morons are still trying to stir-up the idea of a trade. STOP IT.
— Tyler Hupka (@HBomb1982) January 16, 2015
The problem (as I linked to yesterday) apparently isn’t Taylor Hall, but rather Edmonton’s forensics possibly coming to bizarre conclusions. To reiterate what Bob McKenzie said a couple of days ago on NBCSN:
- “So at this point in time, they’re not fully committed to trading a core player like Taylor Hall, but I think they’re at least entertaining the notion of it. My guess is, if it were to happen, it’d be much more likely to happen in the summer than the deadline. But again, not guaranteed that it will happen at all.” Source
And this morning with Nielson and Fraser on TSN 1260 about Hall being dealt:
- “I think that’s possible. I mean, there’s been no pronouncements of any kind from Craig MacTavish or anybody connected with the Edmonton Oilers.” Source
So, if we marry Tyler’s tweet and the McKenzie information together, it seems Hall is devoted to being an Oiler and the forensics are exploring all avenues. I’ve been a sports fan since the 1960’s and can tell you losing teams who trade their franchise player never get better from it. Trading Taylor Hall is insane. Full stop.
And I do think Craig MacTavish should stand in front of a microphone and say it. As you know, I’m a pro-MacT person and this is (until recently) a pro-MacT blog. If his destiny is to be the man who trades Taylor Hall in order to reach ‘a new tomorrow’ then I’m confident in calling it now: We’re in for another five years of wandering.
If that isn’t the plan—if trading Hall isn’t the organization’s forensic assessment— MacT should make that known. Today. And if he isn’t in charge, then Bob Nicholson should go on Toronto radio again and tell us that way. Either way, for a fanbase that has lost confidence in ownership and management, I think it vital to inform the fans about what they plan to do with the center piece of the cluster. The fan base endured all those losses right along with ownership and management and even though they don’t get a say, surely keeping them informed is the right thing to do.
The Oilers are going to have an impossible time beating Buffalo for No. 30 overall and that means there’s every chance McEichel will slip through their hands. I’m not certain that’s a bad thing—sending this generation’s Crosby to an organization that may turn him into something less than he could become isn’t good for anyone—and since we have time let’s discuss candidates for No. 3 overall in 2015.
— Romulus’ Apotheosis (@RomulusNotNuma) January 14, 2015
I think Strome would be my choice, despite my misgivings about his offense getting a push from McDavid (this is similar to Kane—Gagner 2007). I know there are with or without you numbers floating around but for me it’s sort of impossible to separate teammates unless you have actual WOWY stats. If I’m a betting man, Edmonton passes on Noah Hanifin (he is not a complete defenseman—lacks offensive acumen) and takes a center with size for the second year in a row (he is currently 6.03, 187).
Benoit Pouliot is on a helluva streak currently, it’s a damn shame the Oilers aren’t cashing wins through this run. That said, when we’re discussing a 2line for the fall, the big man is bona fide as the LW option. Scott Cullen has more here.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. Trading Hall and the Leafs after Carlyle.
- Kent Wilson, Flames Nation. Are the Flames still looking good? Cracks forming? Sam Bennett.
- Travis Yost, TSN. The lunacy of trading Taylor Hall.
- Paul Almeida, SSE. Oilers, Oilers, Oilers.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide_ on twitter.