G37 2015-16: OILERS AT FLAMES

by Lowetide

That was whatever is beyond ugly. The Oilers had some passengers—well paid—and were shy on the puck luck, bottom line they got a point in a game they probably lose 3-1 a year ago. Lordy this team can look craptastic when they’re of a mind to do it.

  • Todd McLellan: “At the end of the night they got one by our goaltender, but it was a pretty evenly matched game. I liked a number of our players coming out of the Christmas break. I thought they had a little jump in their stride and made some plays. And then there was about five or six that I thought was pulling us down anchor-wise. And hopefully they give us better games tomorrow.” Source

This season, or at least the first half, involved a lot of evaluation. Time is running out for some of these players and I do suspect we are going to see some changes. When? Sooner than later is my guess, but a lot of that depends on when injured players return. I will say this: It is going to be fairly hard to trade Teddy Purcell when he is your best RW and you are in a playoff race.

GEORGE CANYON, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-3-1
  • Oilers after 36 in 2014-15: 7-22-7, 21 points (-54 GD)
  • Oilers after 36 in 2015-16: 15-18-3, 33 points (-16 GD)

Game 37 last season was a SO win over the Los Angeles Kings. Things began to get better a year ago after this day on the calendar. The Oilers have been very good in December, but this week’s games will go a long way to determining what kind of excitement Connor McDavid comes back to next month.

THE DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

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  • Sekera—Fayne had a fine night, with No. 2 going 8-1 against Henrik Sedin in 6:09 and 4-5 against Bo Horvat in 4:42. Sekera had an insane chance late and was effective with the puck, I will use adequate to describe Fayne’s puck moving. I am pleased Todd McLellan went with this pair.
  • Nurse—Schultz were an interesting story, beginning with their usage. I am going to cut Todd McLellan a lot of slack because there were no other options, but 23:26 for Nurse cannot go on. The rookie was 4-7 in 6:29 against Henrik and low event 2-3 in 5:40 against Horvat. The commentary had the Sedins chasing the third pairing but in truth the twins played about equal time against the top two pairings.
  • Nikitin-Gryba is a bad pairing. They played less than two minutes against the Sedins and it was not good, although the possession numbers didn’t reflect it. Nikitin was 3-7 against Horvat and that is probably the best result imaginable. If this pairing is out against Gaudreau tonight, they will be setting the woods on fire. Nikitin’s lunatic pass to the opposition killed the shutout, tied the game and put me in a bad mood for quite awhile.

It is a transaction worth making today—unless one of Oscar Klefbom or Brandon Davidson is available tonight. If he is healthy, and GR played last night, the Oilers should have had him on the red eye last night.

CENTERS, LAST NIGHT

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  • Letestu scored the goal, looked effective and his line performed well. Coach McLellan gave him almost 12 minutes at even strength and he earned it. He was 5-0 versus the McCann line, 6-2 versus Henrik and 2-2 against Horvat. He should be proud of that point in the standings this morning.
  • Lander went 5-0 versus the Vey line, but he is now 4C and has been for a time. I don’t know if it is because there is more ask in the McLellan system but he looks less effective this year, even without the offense. My guess, along with quality of linemates, is that he just needs a damn goal to go in off his stick.
  • Draisaitl didn’t get a point but he was dangerous all night, I especially noticed him in OT. 7-6 against Henrik and 5-6 against Horvat, I have no quarrel with his performance and remember LD had two assists in the Winnipeg game.
  • Nugent-Hopkins was part of the incredibly disappointing 2line again last night. Here are his 5×5 Corsi for events: Horvat 2-7; H Sedin 1-2; Hansen 2-5; D Sedin 1-1; Vrbata 2-8; Baertschi 2-8; Dorsett 0-0; Kenins 1-4!!!; McCann 1-4; Vey 1-5; Cracknell 1-5; Prust 1-5 and he was 3-16 against Yannick Weber. I know he worked hard and I will give credit for drawing a penalty after a long period of disaster when he stole the puck in the neutral zone to make a play, but he and his linemates were beyond shoddy. Is he hurt? He was 1-3 with Taylor Hall. Nuge is now officially a concern.

WINGERS, LAST NIGHT

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  • Hendricks was effective save for a 1-4 Corsi trip with RNH (sigh), and he did some heavy lifting too (7-8 against Hansen) although the box suggests he was playing softer opp.
  • Hall was a force (7-4 v. Henrik) and McLellan rode him hard (will again tonight) because he had no choice. What an exceptional player.
  • Pakarinen didn’t play much but when he did the puck was generally headed in a good direction. I imagine the coaching staff is beginning to love the Finn, doesn’t bring a lot of offense but can be counted on. Had an effective 59 seconds with Hendricks (3-0), although the other Finn is starting to push so that point may be moot.
  • Purcell had good numbers and some good looks, but the puck wouldn’t go in. Slick passer, he can keep the train moving with a deft pass and does a nice job of making up for lack of foot speed by waiting for a good passing seam. Smart player.
  • Korpikoski had another good night, I am really warming to his play. WOI has a category called Individual High Danger Scoring Chances and it is mostly filled with the usual suspects. Edmonton had six last night: Hall (2), Leon (1), Nuge (1) and then one each for Hendricks and Korpikoski. Letestu didn’t get one, but did score a goal. Edmonton appears to have their checking line and they do appear to have some of that Pisani offensive ability. He was 0-4 with Nuge (gack!).
  • Gazdic made a dumb banana play, icing the puck because two more strides just weren’t there and it contributed (but a whole helluva lot else happened) to the first VAN goal.
  • Eberle isn’t right, he is skating like a bag of milk and the only thing he did well last night was fold like a cheap suit along the boards in the name of comedy. I really like this player, but he hasn’t caught up after the injury.
  • Pouliot was lost in the supermarket. My Mom used to play me a 45 when I was just a little kid, it was a song I loved called Sleepwalk by Santo & Johnny. Santo & Johnny contributed as much to Edmonton’s cause as Pouliot did last night.

TONIGHT

If they play like last night, have a backup plan. This organization is going to turn north, but I don’t think everyone who plays tonight is going to be part of the solution. They were talking about turkey legs on the broadcast, I think turkey brains may have been the larger issue.

https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/680948402880929792

I remember when Kassian was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, there was a sense he would eventually give them an answer to Lucic and other big forwards in the conference. It never did work out there, or Vancouver, or now Montreal. We have seen this fellow up close and personal, we have seen who he is, and it was not attractive. If the price is right and he has changed his ways, then maybe he is worth it. They better be right.

The guy Peter Chiarelli probably wants is Michael McCarron. He is big, powerful and scoring in the AHL, along with being a physical player. I mentioned this the other day, but if PC is snooping around the Habs, then McCarron is a guy he would like (6.06, 231, 29gp with 13 goals and 50pims as an AHL rookie). Chiarelli did trade NHL players for minor leaguers (Matt Hendricks for Johnny Boychuk) but I cannot imagine the Habs dealing their big winger. That is the kind of player he will be looking to add, a big winger with skill. How many are there in the AHL? Not many.

I suspect that the interest in Kassian (if it is true) springs from the lack of availability of these men and others at the NHL level. Chiarelli will have his list of players who satisfy a need,  and is probably in the market for a big winger to play inside the top 9F, with some time in the top 6F possible. It is more likely a summer thing, but that kind of player will no doubt be added and there is no one that fits in Bakersfield.

Young Mr. Platzer is emerging as an interesting prospect in the AHL this season. The rookies are beginning to push for playing time, interesting top 5 freshman (in scoring) so far:

  1. Kyle Platzer 27gp, 5-7-12
  2. Joey Laleggia 27gp, 3-7-10
  3. Greg Chase 15gp, 1-5-6
  4. Anton Slepyshev 19gp, 4-1-5
  5. Braden Christoffer 22gp, 1-3-4

Platzer leads the way, Laleggia is getting some time at forward, and Chase is beginning to show up on the score sheet after beginning the year in Norfolk. I think Slepyshev will have the strongest NHL career but we are just getting started.

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theres oil in virginia

I don’t agree with Schultz getting all the grief last night (in the comments) and nothing said about Nurse.

Schultz had some good plays and some bad, I think some folks are obsessed with Schultz and can’t see any of his good plays, only the gaffes. Not to say that he’s perfect, but the only problem I have with him is that he’s not worth the money and we’re not seeing any sign that he ever will be. I do like that he has started adding just a hint of an edge to his game. Still “a long way to go and a short time to get there”.

Nurse is so obviously worn down that it’s going to get aggravating soon. I don’t like seeing a young player ridden so hard. Leave GR in the AHL until he’s ready to come back and stay, and give Nurse adequate minutes/assignments.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

Since his World Junior days Eberle has been one of my favourite players, his hands are amazing and the skill he brings in tight are top tier but holy smokes that line this month hasn’t been good at all. more curious than Eberle has been the complete absence of Pouliot lately. I’m guessing the injury threw him off but I haven’t seen him good in a very long time. Very very curious that all three are completely lost right now.

HT Joe

You know, if RNH is getting killed as a 2nd line centre, the solution would be to play him as the 3C the media seems to think he is. *kidding*

Or on a serious note, play him with some different wingers. Would anyone else put Drai with Pou and Purcel for a game to see if Hall can wake up RNH and Eberle?

Ice Sage

Gee that McCarron guy looks like McD… the second coming would be welcome.

Thank you for acknowledging the un-emergence of the 2nd line, especially RNH. He should be thriving right now. Eberle is a concern too but he’s never been a river-pusher.

I can’t see this crew stopping JohnnyHockey (TM) or breaking through a much-improved Flames D. 2015 had some good things, though.

smellyglove

I don’t think the Oilers played bad per se, in person it was a fairly evenly matched game. The Oilers outshot the Canucks, but the Canucks had more dangerous chances. Much better defensive zone structure in the Oilers play or have the Canucks really regressed?

Nuge and Eberle-$16 million of nothing. Only the top line looked remotely dangerous in the offensive zone, save for a couple grinder shifts with chances. Talbot stood on his head and played very fine, although you’d hope for a little more on that OT goal against.

If this is all we got and it’s on the bag of Taylor Hall supernova, god help us.

Mr DeBakey

Hall was a force (7-4 v. Henrik) and McLellan rode him hard

Just want to take a second to remind all that when Hall returned from injury last season he stunk pretty much the rest of the way.

Have a nice day.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

HeatTreaterJoe,

I’m all for it 100% after last night it can’t get any worse for the Nuge 3 so why not switch it up for a period?

DRFNsuperstar

Lowetide you cannot call out Nikitin for one bad pass if you don’t call out everyone for their bone head plays. Fayne got walked like an old lady crossing the street last night, by Bo friggin Horvat.

Jethro Tull

“This organization is going to turn north…..”

LT, I don’t think it’s going to be a sharp 180, like a WRC car hand braking round a hairpin in a mountain range in Italy.

I’m thinking more of the turn radius of a big cruise liner, or American land-yacht.

I believe we’ve already begun.

That game last night was no where near as bad as some were making out.

Funny, the 2nd line, as it were, are now the goat line. Where as against Boston, they were back, baby!

I would suggest some go for a brisk walk in the snow today and maybe lay off the egg nog for a day or two.

Jethro Tull

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!: that line this month hasn’t been good at all. more

This is what I’m talking about.

Bro, do you even Boston game?

Kmart99

TMac obviously believes in Schultz. TOI speaks for itself.
I don’t agree with him, but I don’t like Gryba, Nikitin, or Fayne(so slow) any more than Justin. In fact, I prefer Justin over these players. At the minimum, he is their equal IMO, a bunch of sixes and sevens.

Furthermore, I have an issue with Nurse’s game right now. Well, I have a few, but the main one being his main habit of just pinning guys then doing nothing. To be able to consistently out muscle high end forwards and pin them is a great ability, but the next step is getting the puck yourself. You shouldn’t always have to wait for a teammate to come and get it. I’d like to see Nurse start to take the next step in these puck battles.

Surly

Going to the game tonight and the injuries, the back-to-back, and the effort (or lack thereof) last night have me worried I will get laughed out of the Saddledome. Hopefully they prove me wrong and we are owed a couple bounces against the Flames after Letestu got his goal called back last BOA and that awful GWG Frolik snuck past Talbot.

Turkey brains is an apt description LT. Right now too many guys on this roster could attribute one of their career highlights to convincing a guy named MacTavish to put a much larger number on a contract than they deserve.

DRFNsuperstar

I say Eberle and Khaira should be playing with Lander. Give Lander some linemates and Eberle a shot to the ego. Nuge can have Pouliot and Pakarinen…Schultz is as bad as bad gets in the d-zone, chiarelli must get so mad that he had a more offensive and better defensive player in the 5 foot 6 Torey Krug and he cost half the price but played with twice the heart.

Woogie63

The balance of the year will be interesting for Nurse, the league has caught on to three of his tendencies.

At the blueline, shoulder fake right, one step left and shoot.

Face to the glass as the puck is rung around the boards, step north, stop and go south for separation.

Break up up the cycle with his arm draped around the pinned player, with stick on the knee cap, but pointed down, directing the player to his backhand.

The Canucks clearly anticipated these plays last night. He will have to evolve, watch for a new role for Nurse as he works on his game under the bright lights.

Mr DeBakey

Oilers in December:

3 W, 5 T, 3 L with 4 BP

sliderule

Gazdic only played 4 minutes but was able to make a contribution for Canucks by icing and leaving a tired bunch out for the tieing goal.
Ebbs and Poo could be injured or recovering from too much holiday egg nog.
Unlike a lot of you I thought other than Nikitin the defence played a decent road game.
Talbot was solid.

Kmart99

The Pou-Nuge-Ebs line struggled last night. As well as the three games prior. But prior to that, December was going OK for them. Last night the issues seemed to be in neutral ice and the dzone. In their limited time on the Ozone they still looked dangerous by my eye. Drai whiffed on a beautiful Nuge pass, and Eberle managed to get himself right in the slot for a dangerous SC + that line created a good cycle that resulted in Ebs trying to roof it in tight with nobody in him at the side of the net.

At the other end? That’s where the problems were. Eberle. So long as the opposition keeps the cycle on his side, they can keep possession. Ebs can’t intercept a pass to save his life, he’s definitely not separating any of the opposition from the puck, he’s floating too far from the man he should be covering, and he flies the zone way too early. I honestly believe in Jordan, but he needs to up his defensive game. Even if only by a small margin.

Pouliot isn’t playing the same game he played last season. It’s like he’s emulating Eberle for no good reason. He is still better than Jordan in D zone, but last night had too many bad own zone moments.

teddyturnbuckle

4th_Line_Plug,

I agree Fayne got walked by Horvat like it was Saturday night beer league. It’s because he doesn’t take the body. Fayne settled down after that. I didn’t think Nuge was that bad last night but his wingers were brutal. Time to switch up the second line and also scratch Gazdic and play JJ.

DBO

So what do you do with Nuge and McDavid when McJesus comes back? Especially since Yak may be further away. Do you run Nuge as a winger? Or do you still run pairs? I wouldn’t want to break up the top line. And maybe you just keep Yaks spot warm on the right of McD and Pou.

Hall. Draisatl. Purcell
Pouliot. McDavid. Korpikoski
Hendricks. Nuge. Eberle
Lander. Letestu. Parkarinen

Or you run
1st line
Pouliot. McDavid. Parkarinen
Lander. Nuge. Eberle
Hendricks. Letestu. Korpikoski

Keep Letestu line together. Run the Finn as the place holder for Yak. Give Lander some real line mates and see if he can’t be a cheaper version of Pouliot who grinds and plays two way (and takes face offs for Nuge) and get Nuge line out there against weaker opponents so that trio can get some swagger back.

GCW_69

The only thing that makes sense about Eberle’s play is that in classic Oilers fashion he came back from injury too soon. We know what this player is capable of and it’s much more than this.

Let’s book his shoulder surgery now and get it over with.

mit167

A few things… Most teams put the puck in deep and then pressure our Defense cause they know we are going to panic and make bad plays. Schultz to my eye is the worst. He loses every puck battle especially if along the boards. Purcell by my eye was looking faster than most and unless my ability to handle liquor has been greatly reduced, looked like he was driving a few plays last night.

GCW_69

DBO:
So what do you do with Nuge and McDavid when McJesus comes back? Especially since Yak may be further away. Do you run Nuge as a winger? Or do you still run pairs? I wouldn’t want to break up the top line. And maybe you just keep Yaks spot warm on the right of McD and Pou.

Hall. Draisatl. Purcell
Pouliot. McDavid. Korpikoski
Hendricks. Nuge. Eberle
Lander. Letestu. Parkarinen

Or yourun
1st line
Pouliot. McDavid. Parkarinen
Lander. Nuge. Eberle
Hendricks. Letestu. Korpikoski

Keep Letestu line together. Run the Finn as the place holder for Yak. Give Lander some real line mates and see if he can’t be a cheaper version of Pouliot who grinds and plays two way (and takes face offs for Nuge) and get Nuge line out there against weaker opponents so that trio can get some swagger back.

If Eberle is not injured (and I think he is) then you try him with McDavid. The Oilers need to see what a healthy Eberle looks like with McDavid before they make a decision on this player.

theres oil in virginia

Kmart99: At the other end? That’s where the problems were. Eberle. So long as the opposition keeps the cycle on his side, they can keep possession. Ebs can’t intercept a pass to save his life, he’s definitely not separating any of the opposition from the puck, he’s floating too far from the man he should be covering, and he flies the zone way too early. I honestly believe in Jordan, but he needs to up his defensive game. Even if only by a small margin.

I agree with this. This is the largest deficiency in his game. He’s got to get the puck out of the zone when he’s on the wall at the line. Pouliot manages to get it done mostly, although without possession. Eberle has got to improve there. He, RNH, and Nurse (and others?) all failed at that last night. I’m sure that their possession numbers suffered as a result.

Woodguy

Kmart99,

TMac obviously believes in Schultz. TOI speaks for itself.

When 88 and 77 have been in the line up 19’s TOI has often been 5th and 6th on the team.

I think last night’s TOI reflects the lack of trust for 86, 62 and 5.

That being said, Schultz was not the problem last night, thought he had a solid game with only the occasional Jultz.

Woodguy

PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS USING GAMES (TIES BROKEN USING ROW)

3RD AND FINAL PLAYOFF SPOT WILL ALWAYS = 0

LAK +9
SJS +1
ARI 0
———————-
CAL -1
VAN -1
EDM -4
ANA -4

Woodguy

Lowetide:
nathan pollock ‏@natepollock92 6m6 minutes ago

@dstaples @NateInVegas @lowemustgohttp://www.jatkoaika.com/Uutiset/laurikainen-siirtyy-takaisin-nhl-seuraansa/174681 … Oilers recall Lauri after loaning him.
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Scrivens didn’t dress last night.

Scrivens for Kassian?

Woodguy

Lowetide:
nathan pollock ‏@natepollock92 6m6 minutes ago

@dstaples @NateInVegas @lowemustgohttp://www.jatkoaika.com/Uutiset/laurikainen-siirtyy-takaisin-nhl-seuraansa/174681 … Oilers recall Lauri after loaning him.
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That article via Google translate:

The final period of the loan agreement HPK made with Eetu Laurikainen was called back unexpectedly Edmonton Oilers organization.
In November become the League loan Eetu Laurikainen return back past the Edmonton Oilers NHL organization. HPK announced this on Sunday.
Laurikaisella with the Oilers a valid contract, but was loaned to the end of a period of HPK’s strength. However, the Oilers had the right to be called back to the keeper if the team makes, for example, the player stores.
Laurikainen managed to play eight Premiership matches, in which the control rate was 92.13 and the average discharged into the paint was 2.16. Laurikainen won gambling matches of three.

Laurikainen won gambling matches of three.

I love google translate

And Laurikainen!

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

oliveoilers,

Typing on a new phone with two cats and a dog running across my lap. All apologies for the horrible grammar folks

Clarkenstein

After watching two of the worst periods of hockey I’ve seen in a while I couldn’t make myself watch a third! I think this is essentially the same team as last year with better goaltending. Nothing changes. I realize the Kid is out but every night there are passengers. Some nights many of them. Last night there were more than usual it seemed. It’s an AHL team with a few #1 drafts sprinkled in. The only thing that is turning North is the goaltending. But they can only drag a mediocre bunch so far before they play out or get hurt. If the Oil are to win tonight they need to get up early… like 2-0 before CAL gets their legs. Otherwise, hide the women and children.

Bruce McCurdy

Mr DeBakey:
Oilers in December:

3 W, 5 T, 3 L with 4 BP

…with 9 blown leads

Klima's_Bucket

Anyone else getting the ads on LT’s site about a Byzantine winter festival in Edmonton.
The little girl in the ad is wearing a Viking Helmet made out of ice.
Looks pretty cool.

Johnny skid

Clarkenstein:
After watching two of the worst periods of hockey I’ve seen in a while I couldn’t make myself watch a third!I think this is essentially the same team as last year with better goaltending.Nothing changes.I realize the Kid is out but every night there are passengers. Some nights many of them.Last night there were more than usual it seemed. It’s an AHL team with a few #1 drafts sprinkled in.The only thing that is turning North is the goaltending. But they can only drag a mediocre bunch so far before they play out or get hurt. If the Oil are to win tonight they need to get up early… like 2-0 before CAL gets their legs. Otherwise, hide the women and children.

yes goaltending is much improved from last season.

Jethro Tull

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
oliveoilers,

Typing on a new phone with two cats and a dog running across my lap. All apologies for the horrible grammar folks

Wasn’t the grammar.

It was the claim that the line hasn’t been good all month.

They were, for one glorious game.

Dicky94

Clarkenstein,

You obviously didn’t watch the Jets game before the break.

blainer

Ok folks.. we need to remember that our record is 7-3-1 for December. I am quite happy at the moment.

Our D is banged up and we are playing Shultz and Nurse way to high as a result. After tonight we have a six game home stand and a chance to practice the PP.

Tmc needs to be playing Sekera 28 mins a night not Shultz for now.

When CMD returns I would like to see..

Hall Drai Purcell

Nuge CMD Eberle/Yak

Need to get Nuge going on offense. I am disappointed as I really was expecting a big season from him. Hopefully CMD ignites him.

Love McCarron LT but it would take a lot to get him.. he is their number one prospect right now and is a beast on skates. What a player they have there.

Dicky94

Dicky94,

Those were the worst two periods I’ve ever seen an NHL team play.

Dicky94

blainer,

Maybe Eberle is involved in the deal with Scrivens.

blainer

Dicky94:
blainer,

Maybe Eberle is involved in the deal with Scrivens.

Love Ebs but if we are getting McCarron in return with a good D bring it on !!

OilersFuture

Woodguy,

It might make sense for the Habs with their goalie issues.

Outside of Kassian being a perceived asshole & having personal issues. I say perceived because, it’s his role to play this player type.

Between 2013-14 / 14-15 seasons Kassian’s numbers;
Pts/60 – 1.88 (Only two Oiler’s Eberle and Hall have better Pts/60 over the same time)
CF% – 50.7 (Only the Sedin(s), Burrows and Vrbata had better #’s with the Canucks)
Cap hit isn’t horrible – $1.75 cap hit with less than a year left. If it doesn’t work you do what the Habs do and send him away …

He’d be an instant upgrade over Gazdic. Outside of team chemistry and the Gagner issue. What is the downside to Kassian? Maybe I’m not understanding it.

HugThePost

I’m on board with Chia/ TMac, but they way Shultz is being managed is baffling and maddening. 27 minutes of ice last night and he was not effective at all.

It’s sad to realize that along with flushing useful NHL players by the dozen, the Oilers have always had a pig-headed stubborness with certain players that runs contrary to what the eyes and the stats are telling everyone else.

The only way I can rationalize it for myself is maybe they are trying to showcase him for a trade. But, how is he increasing his value by playing too much and in situations that are way over his head?

It was kind of sad to see the end of the Washington/ Montreal game yesterday in which a 36 year old Chimera was dominating with his speed and size. Man, how good would he or a similar player look right now in our line-up?

Woodguy

cc,

Outside of team chemistry and the Gagner issue. What is the downside to Kassian? Maybe I’m not understanding it.

He has addiction issues and has been in rehab so the chemistry issue is real (pun not intended but left in)

Those guys can be poison.

It all depends on how Kassian views his addiction and recovery.

Pouzar

If you believe in karma.

gary lawless ‏@garylawless 27m27 minutes ago
Maurice confirms Scheifele has a concussion #nhljets

Dicky94

blainer,

Agree.

OilClog

I’ve never seen the Nuge so.. Well it looks like someone shot his dog.

Ebs was invisible and I think not involving him on the PP1 has taken a bit of his soul.

Purcell is playing great! perfect pump n dump… Because if Purcell is the oils best RW, not a playoff team.

Sekera and Nurse are our only D, those other 4 are mid range minor league level of play. Fayne was not good, Schultz was not good, the dead elephant pair was not good.

Hopefully Talbot doesn’t let that soft ending damage him too much.

Fingers are crossed they show up to play tonight, if Johnny Hockey runs us over… Well.

blainer

cc:
Woodguy,

It might make sense for the Habs with their goalie issues.

Outside of Kassian being a perceived asshole & having personal issues.I say perceived because, it’s his role to play this player type.

Between 2013-14 / 14-15 seasons Kassian’s numbers;
Pts/60 – 1.88(Only two Oiler’s Eberle and Hall have better Pts/60 over the same time)
CF% – 50.7(Only the Sedin(s), Burrows and Vrbata had better #’s with the Canucks)
Cap hit isn’t horrible – $1.75 cap hit with less than a year left.If it doesn’t work you do what the Habs do and send him away …

He’d be an instant upgrade over Gazdic.Outside of team chemistry and the Gagner issue.What is the downside to Kassian?Maybe I’m not understanding it.

There has to be a serious problem with Kassian. Now maybe the oil think they can turn his addiction and personality around but count me down as doubtful.

This player has now gone through three teams. What do the oilers think they can do that Buffalo Vancouver and Montreal couldn’t do ?

Best to stay away from this nightmare.

Pouzar

Every time we connect the dots on these things it amounts to nothing.

NHL Rumour Report ‏@NHLRumourReport 32s32 seconds ago
NHL Rumour Report Retweeted Elliotte Friedman
There have been Scrivens for Kassian rumours so this is interesting. Would be room for Laurikainen in AHL

Clarkenstein

Dicky94:
Clarkenstein,

You obviously didn’t watch the Jets game before the break.

Thanks for helping me make my point. I did see that game. I saw the Oil get outshot 43 – 21 or something like that. Next comment?

Woogie63

blainer,

And …

who is going to cook for Hall and McDavid?