Boyd Gordon has one of the toughest jobs in show business. While the kids run wild, Gordon does the dirty work and dreams of the offensive zone. He’s well paid for the chore but he earns every penny and that’s for sure.
RE 14-15: 72GP, 5-15-20 .278
ACTUAL 14-15: 68GP, 6-7-13 .191
BOYD GORDON BOXCARS THREE YEAR TREND
BOYD GORDON FANCY NUMBERS THREE YEAR TREND
- I was wondering who would get this song. Yeah, could have been any number of players or management, but for me Gordon really had a tortured season. Again.
- Look at those zone starts! Yes, it’s insane really. I’d have to say, that if he’d been healthy, Gordon would have been a strong team MVP candidate.
- Who was your MVP? Nuge.
- Will Gordon’s role change? It could, I imagine they could use his line as a trad checking line, but why bother? Drastic zone starts and 44% possession is about as good as it’s going to get until the Oilers are pushing the river with those three scoring lines.
- Wait! Three scoring lines?!?! Settle down, we’ll get to it.
- He’ll play with Hendricks and Klinkhammer? There’s a new sheriff in town, so we’ll have to wait and see. Klinkhammer has no bat at all, 1-1-2 in 290 minutes of 5×5 with Gordon-Hendricks. I know the ZS’s are tough, but lordy that’s third-string catcher bad offensively.
- Are there other candidates for that RW job? Sure. Tyler Pitlick is the most prominent but Anton Lander may end up there if Nuge-Connie Mack-Leon becomes an option up the middle. I suspect we’ll see a slow playing of the kids up the middle, so 2015-16 should see Gordon in the same role.
- And then he’s gone? Likely not, I think Gordon is a strong re-signing option for Chiarelli in the next 12 months.
- You tried to trade Gordon at the deadline. I felt Edmonton was unlikely to re-sign him, but that’s all changed. If they have a less expensive option who can deliver the same level of performance, then it makes sense. Gordon did have some back issues last season (twice) and he’s past 30, so there’s no guarantee he’ll keep being Boyd Gordon.
- Who will replace him eventually? We have to remember that there’s a new GM and he has employed men in similar roles, too. There may be options available to him we haven’t considered before now.
- Did the Bruins have a tough ZS center? Two actually. Gregory Campbell and Patrice Bergeron.
- How tough the ZS’s? Campbell was 39.95% and Bergeron 43%.
- How much did Campbell make? $1.7M.
- Would he be a suitable replacement? Hmm. I prefer Gordon, but Campbell has some nice things. Wins 53.6% of his face-offs, agitates opponents, but his partner in crime Daniel Paille appears to be the better player.
- Who is the tough ZS center-in-waiting under Oilers control? I think Anton Lander is the best option but you never know who might grow into that role down the line. Oilers liked Jujhar Khaira a ton last time they talked about such things, so maybe he ends up doing it, there’s not a lot of offense in him so you’re not sacrificing a great bat.
- What do you think Chiarelli will think of the minor league talent? Well, he sure spent a lot of time looking at those men in his first week on the job.
- Seriously. I wrote a thing over at ON yesterday, suspect all of the kids down there will get a giant helping of more AHL for the next several seasons. Chiarelli appears to like his minor league prospects well seasoned.
- Will life change for the prospects in OKC? Sure, there is always a culling of the herd in spring. Chiarelli’s RFA flushes will probably be identical to what MacT had planned, but there are going to be casualties either way among Tyler Pitlick, Matt Fraser, Justin Schultz, Keith Aulie, Martin Marincin, Brandon Davidson, etc.
- Can we assume a few things there? Sure. Chiarelli acquired Matt Fraser in the Seguin trade and lost him to waivers. He liked him enough to trade for him, that’s a tell.
- Anything else? Well, Marincin is a long, tall Slovak, Chiarelli has had success with one, maybe another? That’s a stretch but it’s all in fun.
- Final thoughts on Gordon? The back is a worry, the $3M is a lot, but the role he plays is important. The new coach and Chiarelli will decide on roster and the coach will deploy players as he sees fit. If the Oilers run a tough zone-start line moving forward, pay the man.
- And now about the song. Yes, it’s about being down and out, and being made a fool of by a woman he loves—takes his money, wrecks his car, then heads out to party with a friend at a crosstown bar. Your basic nightmare, and that’s pretty much Gordon’s role as an Oiler.
- Anything we should be aware of about the song? Berry Oakley came up with the bass line and it all wraps around it. Oakley would die in a motorcycle accident in 1972, not far from where Duane Allman had his accident (unusual video here). Duane Allman/Betts guitars and Gregg Allman organ and we’re off. Incredible musicians, the studio version is very good too, but the Fillmore version is probably the quintessential Allmans song.