This is Kevin Shattenkirk. He would be a perfect fit for this Edmonton Oilers team (depending on price) but the tumblers refuse to align. We can’t really get into price, because Shattenkirk as a pure rental would be reckless behavior. If he could be signed to a two-year deal? Different matter. What can a general manager do?
Peter Chiarelli did it last year, when he acquired Patrick Maroon. Now, Maroon isn’t in the same category as Shattenkirk, but if we marry need with the Maroon template (two years or so left on a contract, and a team that has tired of the asset), maybe we can find something.
- C Matt Duchene would obviously be overkill, but what a fantastic player. Imagine this guy on the same team with McDavid!?!? Cost: The actual moon.
- C Martin Hanzal would be a very good addition. 40gp, 10-9-19.
- R Kyle Palmieri is off his 30-goal pace from a year ago and signed through 2021 at 4.65M.
- L Carl Hagelin is scoring less this year (6-12-18) and makes $4M through 2019. The Penguins are attached to about five guys, the rest of the roster is on spin cycle.
- L-R Tobias Rieder is on the list just in case he is available. For me, he is a Pisani type, and could really help this Oilers team in all kinds of areas.
- C Boone Jenner is another player off his scoring pace of a year ago, makes $2.9 this and next season.
- C Ryan Strome is just kind of hanging around, but surely he is worth a shot? $2.5M this and next year, Glen Sather would trade for him tomorrow in his Edmonton days.
- R Loui Eriksson is too much ($6M cap) for too long (2022) but if the contracts work? Eriksson has been a disappointment in Vancouver.
- L Ryan Spooner makes less than $1M and is running 51gp, 7-17-24—a big fall from the 49 points one year ago. The Oilers need a RW more, but the price might be right.
- R-C Craig Smith shoots the puck a helluva lot and makes $4.25M through 2020. He has the name thing (guys named Craig Smith tend to slide under the event horizon), but could help and doesn’t cost a great deal.
- R Radim Vrbata is a rental, but he would be a perfect fit for Edmonton this season.
- R P-A Parenteau is scoring again, my goodness he and Vrbata get no respect.
- C Patrik Berglund will be a UFA this coming summer, and Edmonton could take him for a test drive. Currently 11-7-18.
- R Matt Read is making big coin ($3.625M for this and next season) while shooting and scoring less this year.
- C Brian Boyle is unlikely to come available, but if he does Edmonton would do well to check out the prices.
- R Kris Versteeg may have realized the error of his ways by now.
- L Valtteri Filppula has a year after this one to go on his contract, and is having a good season (48, 7-25-32). He is a loose (but expensive) comp for Maroon, current success aside.
- L-R Patrick Sharp is an interesting name (I first heard the idea from Dustin Nielson), UFA at the end of the year and still shoots the puck a lot.
- R Jarome Iginla. I am including him because he is a possible option, but I don’t think he is a reasonable option.
- R Ales Hemsky. He is hurt, but I would love to see him back.
This is in so specific order, I guess you could say they are sorted by range (injured and old at the bottom, unattainable at the top). I suspect Martin Hanzal’s cost will be too dear, but Patrik Berglund’s price may be affordable for Edmonton. Not ideal, but he can play center or wing and is an established veteran.
- RD Kevin Shattenkirk would be a slam dunk, but would have to be accompanied by a new contract. Price? Dear.
- RD Sami Vatanen remains an interesting option. He is off his previous numbers, and more expensive now, but I like him as an option. Chaos in his game a concern, but worth the risk.
- LD Cam Fowler makes $4M this and next season, and could pop available depending on how the Ducks plan to proceed on their blue. Having a good season offensively.
- RD Brandon Montour is a very nice fit.
- RD Tyson Barrie has a biggish contract and is having a poor year. I think he would be an interesting option, but the Oilers better be sure they are getting the right Barrie.
- RD Brent Seabrook is a name we have heard before, and Chicago would love to offload him based on cap worries. His numbers do not scream go for it.
- LD Brandon Manning, and then send him to the minors. I kid. Kinda.
I think Peter Chiarelli will check out prices, but defensemen cost the sun, moon and stars at the deadline. In fact, with Darnell Nurse coming back, I think we could see an Oilers defender dealt.
- Anders Nilsson. Another Nielson idea, he left last deadline, maybe he comes back this deadline?
- Reto Berra is a solid choice for backup goalie.
Berra should be a fairly easy get, and would be a reasonable upgrade for Edmonton. I admit to being intrigued by the idea of Nilsson, he knows the team and certainly played well as an Oiler.
- 2018 second-round selection to St. Louis for C Patrik Berglund
- 2017 sixth-round selection for Reto Berra.
Not a fit in my Cult of Hockey post today, but #Oilers D-man Darnell Nurse has his walking cast off & has resumed skating. Unsure of ETA.
— Kurt Leavins (@KurtLeavins) January 28, 2017
Anton Lander can be sent out easier than a defenseman (I think, could be wrong), so we may see this alignment or a defender on IR when Darnell Nurse returns. I would do things a little differently (Hendricks out, Puljujarvi in) but Todd McLellan likes a veteran lineup and there are just three rookies in this lineup. I also like the idea of test driving a UFA like Berglund, although I imagine Peter Chiarelli would like to add a Maroon deal.
HIGHLIGHTS: Condors start the weekend with a 6-3 win over Texas 👉https://t.co/KDokJf5RZD
— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) January 28, 2017
I watched last night’s game and have to say the lack of ice time for Jesse Puljujarvi—added to a lack of quality linemates—is alarming. What, exactly, are the Oilers doing here? Is Taylor Beck the big prospect in Bakersfield? I would estimate JP got 12-14 minutes of playing time last night, Beck over 20. Sad. If Peter Chiarelli wants to develop Jesse Puljujarvi in Bakersfield, then the young man must play. I understand pushing for the playoffs, but the young Finn is having an impact on almost every shift. Baffling. Simply baffling.
FORWARDS 5X5 PER 60
My favorite stat for forwards is this one. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. My line in the sand is this: Skill forwards need to be pushing toward 2.00/60, and you would like to see as many Fs over 1.50 as possible. If a forward is under 1.30/60, then it is a real concern. Edmonton should have three players inside the top 90 (top line), three more between 91-180 (second line), and on it goes.
- No. 10—Connor McDavid 2.65
- No. 33—Tyler Pitlick 2.22
- No. 63—Leon Draisaitl 1.96
- No. 101—Patrick Maroon 1.79
- No. 106—Zack Kassian 1.77
- No. 142—Mark Letestu 1.62
- No. 200—Jordan Eberle 1.45
- No. 200—Jesse Puljujarvi 1.45
- No. 207—Anton Slepyshev 1.43
- No. 227—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.36
- No. 284—Matt Hendricks 1.14
- No. 299—Milan Lucic 1.09
- No. 299—Benoit Pouliot 1.09
- No. 317—Drake Caggiula 1.01
There is a tendency to stare at these things in a vacuum and make sweeping statements (Milan Lucic is drowning!) but it is important to remember that even veterans have slumps that last for a long time. Claude Giroux is 1.01, Kyle Okposo is 0.96, and on it goes. Source
Milan Lucic has good boxcars because of his power-play time, but one of the keys to the second half should be unlocking this player’s offense 5×5. It is there. He was 2.04/60 in this category one year ago, and I think Peter Chiarelli could really help by adding a veteran center like Berglund. I think Ryan Spooner—was has played with Lucic—could also be a player of interest.