YOU’RE A NAUGHTY ONE, SAUCY JACK

by Lowetide

The Chamber will tell you Edmonton summer is driven by festivals and walking on sunshine in the river valley. I’ll admit we all love the Folk Fest, the Fringe, Heritage Festival, Taste of Edmonton, Cariwest, but what drives this town is rumor. Hockey rumor. Oilers hockey rumor. If I started today and wrote down every rumor from every swinging Dick (and us guys are the worst) it would take me until Christmas to complete the chronicle. The most gossipy gossips who ever gossiped!

Patrick Marleau? He’s on the way! Kris Russell? He wants to stay, only a matter of money. In the McDavid era, these crazy rumors have an added gear: There’s a chance they’re true.

SCOTT CULLEN’S OILERS

I think Scott Cullen may not sleep much because he does 30 (soon to be 31) offseason game plans, one for each team. This year, he has the Oilers:

  • Adding L Patrick Marleau (27 goals via free agency), RD Travis Hamonic (trade for Jordan Eberle, quality second pairing solution), LD Kris Russell (another second pair D, he would play LH side until Andrej Sekera returned), L Andrew Desjardins (also free agency, candidate for Matt Hendricks role), LC Derek Grant (to replace Anton Lander as 5C, UFA) and RC-R Patrick Brown (FA) to push Iiro Pakarinen and others for 14F.
  • Offloading R Jordan Eberle (for Travis Hamonic), L Jujhar Khaira (expansion draft) and the already established losses of Anton Lander, Matt Hendricks. Cullen has Reinhart replacing Eric Gryba as 7D and Drake Caggiula as 3C.
  • Source

I find Cullen’s annual crystal ball look at the Oilers to be educational. He has the advantage of distance, and indifference (I don’t mean that in a bad way) about specific roster players. Scott Cullen sees the roster, believes the club needs a new second pairing, a first-person shooter for the McDavid line, and upgrades on the 4line (with Grant helping in the faceoff circle).

My list (as you know) includes two blue for the second pairing and a C-RW who can riff with Leon as a mirror man. I had a lash at the job back in May, trading Jordan Eberle and Mark Fayne to Florida for Nick Bjugstad and Mark Pysyk, while signing free agents Martin Hanzal (you all loved that idea) and Kris Versteeg (again, home run by me). I’m going to try again as we enter the big week, but let’s start with the possible targets out there.

TARGETS, DEFENSE

  1. RD Josh Manson, Anaheim Ducks. A dream solution to 2RHD
  2. RD Travis Hamonic, NY Islanders. The drums are beating loudly.
  3. RD Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild. Power play option, chaos in his game.
  4. LD Calvin DeHaan, NY Islanders. A fine player.
  5. RD Jason Demers, Florida Panthers. Veteran D visited Edmonton as UFA last summer.
  6. RD Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche. Seems to be in the mix.
  7. LD Kris Russell FREE AGENT. GM and coach like him, good chance he’ll return.
  8. RD Kevin Shattenkirk FREE AGENT (80gp, 13-43-56). One year at big coin?
  9. RD Sami  Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks. Talented, inconsistent.
  10. LD Brandon Davidson, Montreal Canadiens. Would love to see him back.
  11. RD Cody Franson FREE AGENT. His fancy stats: Out of the blue and into the black.
  12. RD David Savard, Columbus. Rarely mentioned but an interesting option.
  13. LD Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks. Someone said he was available.
  14. LD Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets. Doesn’t seem a fit.
  15. RD Colin Miller, Boston Bruins. If available, interesting option.
  16. LD Brian Campbell FREE AGENT (80gp, 5-12-17). The man can still wheel.
  17. LD Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins. Played over 23 minutes a game this past season.
  18. RD Michael Stone FREE AGENT (64gp, 3-12-15). Last chance Texaco.

TARGETS, FORWARDS

  1. LC Martin Hanzal FREE AGENT (71gp, 20-19-39). Has to be high priority.
  2. L Patrick Marleau FREE AGENT. (82gp, 27-19-46). New addition.
  3. L James Neal, Nashville Predators. Volume shooter.
  4. LC Brock Nelson, NY Islanders. What is Snow doing?
  5. R Jonathan Marchessault, Florida Panthers. Brilliant player, surprise exposure.
  6. R Radim Vrbata FREE AGENT (81gp, 20-35-55). Scorer.
  7. R Justin Williams FREE AGENT (80gp, 24-24-48). Luxury.
  8. LC Nick Bonino FREE AGENT (80gp, 18-19-37). Two-way C.
  9. C-R Ryan Strome, NY Islanders (69gp, 13-17-30). Rumors.
  10. R Sam Gagner FREE AGENT (81gp, 18-32-50). PP savant.
  11. R-L Thomas Vanek FREE AGENT (68gp, 17-31-48). Offensive option.
  12. R T.J. Oshie FREE AGENT (68gp, 33-23-56).  Not affordable.
  13. R Brett Connolly FREE AGENT (66gp, 15-8-23). Inexpensive scoring on RW.
  14. R Patrick Eaves FREE AGENT (79gp, 32-19-51). Volume shooter!
  15. RC Derek Ryan FREE AGENT (67gp, 11-18-29). Fine utility player.
  16. L Evander Kane, Buffalo Sabres (70gp, 28-15-43). Buy low power forward.
  17. RC Mika Zibanejad, New York Rangers. Averages 46 points per 82gp.
  18. LC Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche. Please please please Baby Jesus.
  19. LC Vladimir Sobotka, St. Louis Blues. Signed to a nifty $3.5 million times two.
  20. L Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey. Splendid KHL season, he’s coming back.
  21. R Pontus Aberg, Nashville Predators. Intriguing youngster.
  22. R Josh Anderson, Columbus Blue Jackets. Scored 17 goals, has size.
  23. R Brett Ritchie, Dallas Stars (78gp, 16-8-24). Shoots the puck a lot.
  24. RC Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche. UFA 2023. Would cost the moon.
  25. R Jaromir Jagr FREE AGENT (82gp, 16-30-46). Now 70, still going.
  26. RC Derek Stepan, NY Rangers. He would be higher, cap hit is very big.
  27. R Kris Versteeg FREE AGENT (69gp, 15-22-37). What he brings has value.
  28. R Ales Hemsky FREE AGENT (15gp, 4-3-7). Still brilliantly creative.
  29. LC Dominic Moore FREE AGENT (82gp, 11-14-25). PK and FO option.
  30. R Drew Stafford FREE AGENT (58gp, 8-13-21). Chiarelli type.
  31. LC Brian Boyle FREE AGENT (75gp, 13-12-25). He is on their list.
  32. R Jarome Iginla FREE AGENT (80gp, 14-13-27). He can still shoot the puck.
  33. L Patrick Sharp FREE AGENT. Depending on health and price.
  34. R Tyler Pitlick FREE AGENT (31gp, 8-3-11). Finally emerged, could return

BALANCE PHOTO ALERT!

It is possible we’ll see the balance photo this fall, with Peter Chiarelli getting closer to the goal. Scott Cullen identified second pair RHD, sniper for McDavid’s line and a more substantial 4line. I’m going to stick to my list.

CHIARELLI SUMMER NEEDS LIST

  1. Negotiate the expansion draft rapids without giving up a valuable piece of the future.
  2. Find a second pairing D with two-way acumen.
  3. Find a stopgap measure to replace Andrej Sekera’s minutes until he returns.
  4. Find a C-R who can help the offense and mirror Leon. Ideally a first-person shooter.
  5. Make enough cap room to get everyone in under the number with enough room to spare for the trade deadline.

We’re close to crossing off No. 1 on the list, if PC doesn’t make a big trade with George Corleone (as in trading Jesse Puljujarvi for Eric Staal) we can safely credit him for negotiating the rapids. Not a high bar, but as we see in Detroit some general managers weren’t up to the task. This list has remained the same for some time, only deletion is the McDavid and Draisaitl contracts and they won’t be here until July.

ASSETS LIST

  1. Jordan Eberle
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  3. Jesse Puljujarvi
  4. No. 22 overall
  5. Caleb Jones
  6. 2018 first-round selection
  7. Benoit Pouliot
  8. Anton Slepyshev
  9. Cap Space
  10. Jujhar Khaira
  11. Ethan Bear
  12. Griffin Reinhart

As you know, I am working on a theory that goes like this: After spending significant time shopping Jordan Eberle, general manager Peter Chiarelli moves away from that plan and sets course on solving his issues elsewhere. With that in mind, I set sail on making a deal.

  • Oilers trade D Mark Fayne, D Caleb Jones and R Jesse Puljujarvi to the Vegas Golden Knights for D Matt Dumba and R Jonathan Marchessault.
  • Oilers sign college free agent R Spencer Foo.
  • Oilers sign D Kris Russell to a two-year, $3.8 million deal.

OILERS PROJECTED ROSTER AND CAP

  • The Oilers get their second pairing in Russell and Dumba, with Sekera coming back mid-season (another blue would have to be signed of course).
  • The bonuses are less because of the Puljujarvi trade, also impacting the cap.
  • I am kicking the cap problem down the road but this team has a better chance to win.
  • If Peter Chiarelli wanted to push that cap up to the point where the LTIR for Sekera could benefit the team, an addition big ticket free agent would be in order. I can’t see anyone on a one-year deal who would be willing and have it benefit the team.
  • Up the middle this team is good, and may even rock when Andrej Sekera gets back.
  • I mortgaged the future for now. That’s the bad news. The good news? I’d hang a balance photo on this roster.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

We’re back! A full boat and the bases are drunk! TSN1260, beginning at 10, scheduled to appear:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. Expansion draft and how many awards for Connor McDavid this week?
  • Tom Lynn, Player Agent. George McPhee is acting like a Corleone. What would a good week for him look like?
  • Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Oilers roster will see changes in the next two weeks, what is Jason looking for?
  • Sunil Agnihotri, Copper & Blue/The SuperFan. What does Sunil like on that LV possible roster?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Soon!

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Louis Levasseur

Hi Lowetide. Is it fair to say that based on your proposed trade with Vegas, that you have serious concerns with young Jessie? It seems like a steep price to pay by including both Jones and Puljujarvi.

Diablo

TSN reporting that Vegas is talking with Russell…

dsr29

Just curious why Josh Manson is a dream solution. Seems like a good player, maybe a lesser Adam Larsson. He’s 25, 26 in October, still yet to play 200 games and provides little offense. I would prefer to see a more complete 2RD that could help on the pp. Think he’d be a good addition but not at the cost it would appear to take.

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LMHF#1

Diablo:
TSN reporting that Vegas is talking with Russell…

Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease

digger50

jonrmcleod,

Great Idea Jon

I know I am without a doubt in the best hockey blog on the net. Still, I enjoy reading content and opinions from all.

Psyche

That’s the first time I’ve heard about Marleau to the Oilers (in recent months). I noticed that he won 53.5% of his face-offs last season (not sure of the total attempts). Is he perceived as a LW/C option? I’m guessing that Coach Todd had him taking draws back in the days together in SJ.

Louis Levasseur

Lowetide,

I agree that he’s slipped a bit this past year, but one year ago we, and the Oiler brass, were tripping all over ourselves on having him drop into our laps at #4. Now one transition year later he seems to have lost his shine. Dumba, for me, is ok, but not sure I give up a huge package to get him. He will want to get paid, if he isn’t already. As for Marshessault, he had a good year last year, but was a huge minus player. He’s not young and he’s small. A one hit wonder? If he was that valuable I have to think that he’d still be in Florida’s plans, or Tampa’s or Columbus’ or whoever else he once belonged to.

Diablo

dsr29:
Just curious why Josh Manson is a dream solution. Seems like a good player, maybe a lesser Adam Larsson. He’s 25, 26 in October, still yet to play 200 games and provides little offense. I would prefer to see a more complete 2RD that could help on the pp. Think he’d be a good addition but not at the cost it would appear to take.

I agree, he’s a bit over-rated by this blog. He’s a solid 2nd pairing RHD, whose been zoomed by playing mostly with Lindholm and some with Fowler – he’s played with those guys almost exclusively since he arrived in the NHL (last season!), so there is no evidence that he can carry a D-pairing, which is something he’d be asked to for the Oilers. He’s also got a famous name, though he’s no where near as good as his old man. For that he’s going to want 4-5 million on his next deal.

Also he’s not likely to be available, as Anaheim reportedly has a side deal in place with Vegas to select Vatanen instead.

The lack of trade activity has people here losing stock of their senses a bit.

digger50

Thoughts:

JJ Khaira or Griff Rienhart – what value do they really have to Vegas?

Since they are unlikely to even make the starting line up, yet they wont clear waivers, what value do they really have?

Turn them into assets, what is the return? Third round pick? Second round pick?

What about Poulliot? LT had a good potential idea around Eberle that Vegas could do and that is once you get him, retain salary and put him out there to gain other assests such as picks. The same could be done for Poulliot. Put him out there for 2M and you will easily get a third rounder for him.

But the question for Vegas is “Why bother?”

Lots of farting around to get a third rounder back, maybe a second rounder. Might be simpler and easier to say Edmonton, just give us a third rounder and we’ll be on our way….

Silver Streak

Hey Guys…I must have missed something in the expansion draft rules…..i read somewhere last night that Vegas has the option of NOT accepting just the offered players from team B to keep safe that player from team B even after the initial list had been submitted ( where we are currently )…….but that Vegas can now go shopping and actually auction, or set up multiple other offers for that original player from other teams !! WTF…..is this correct ??

N64

digger50: Since they are unlikely to even make the starting line up, yet they wont clear waivers, what value do they really have?

After they do protect and flips deals for 1st round picks are you sure they aren’t starting depth?

TO10801

Lowetide,

Just wondering what you think about Sustr or Dotchin from TB. Both young RHD that likely won’t have the cost of a Dumba. I’m guessing you want to aim higher?

wintoon

I absolutely love the trade suggested for Dumba and Marchessault. Finally a proposal that is outside the group think box.

Both of these players can skate and have talent. Furthermore, they are both relatively young with an opportunity to develop beyond where they currently are.

Full marks LT.

digger50

Louis Levasseur:
Lowetide,

I agree that he’s slipped a bit this past year, but one year ago we, and the Oiler brass, were tripping all over ourselves on having him drop into our laps at #4.Now one transition year later he seems to have lost his shine.Dumba, for me, is ok, but not sure I give up a huge package to get him.He will want to get paid, if he isn’t already.As for Marshessault, he had a good year last year, but was a huge minus player.He’s not young and he’s small.A one hit wonder?If he was that valuable I have to think that he’d still be in Florida’s plans, or Tampa’s or Columbus’ or whoever else he once belonged to.

Agree on JP. If we are mortgaging the future, I’d rather give p this years #22 than JP. Not the same value, but still rather build a package around the pick vs JP

SoCaloil

I don’t see how your proposed trade to Vegas works. That’s beyond lobsided and unreasonable

theres oil in virginia

Love the opening to the article, LT. Hopefully my comment the other day about not believing anything I’m hearing (smokescreen) did not come across as a chide.

digger50

You would think Vegas would be happy to receive Eberle in exchange for one of their talented D men.

I like:

Eberle, Poulliot, Osterle Jones. for Dumba and Nelson.

Eberle improves their team now
Pou they retain $ and flip, helps both teams and Pou himself
two prospects, one waiver ineligible

Fair? Throw in a third rounder?

Agree they sign Foo and Russel

JD_Wry

Silver Streak: but that Vegas can now go shopping and actually auction, or set up multiple other offers for that original player from other teams

Here’s what Vegas can’t do:

1) Buy out a player they select in expansion until next summer.

2) Trade a selected player back to his original team (until December, if I recall).

Other than that, they can do anything and everything that can be considered normal hockey asset management. But as always, if McPhee does anything to piss off the other GMs, then he’ll see that come back to him in other ways, so obviously he wants to remain a good guy in the eyes of his peers.

Diablo

Silver Streak:
Hey Guys…I must have missed something in the expansion draft rules…..i read somewhere last night that Vegas has the option of NOT accepting just the offered players from team B to keep safe that player from team B even after the initial list had been submitted ( where we are currently )…….but that Vegas can now go shopping and actually auction, or set up multiple other offers for that original player from other teams !!WTF…..is this correct ??

Nobody really knows for sure – from what has managed to leak out it seems there are 3-4 teams (Columbus, Chicago, Anaheim, NYI) that have deals “in place” to protect certain players – we don’t know if they have a written or merely a verbal agreement since the NHL is suppressing news on any deals that may have been finalized. Now that the expansion lists have been finalized, there is speculation that McPhee could in theory renege on those deals and see if he can get a better return.

I think it is far more likely that those 4 teams have made trades that were approved by the league prior to finalizing the expansion lists, and they will be announced on Weds once the gag order is lifted.

JD_Wry

There’s talking, and then there’s talking:

Pierre LeBrun‏Verified account @PierreVLeBrun 2h2 hours ago

Hearing that VGK touched base with the Kris Russell camp though nothing serious at this point. VGK will check in with several UFAs…

TheGreatMutato

Enjoy this photo of two-time Stanley Cup winner, Justin Schultz drinking by himself during the celebratory parade:

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We always knew it was going to end this way 🙂

Fortinbras

I have to think Jonathan Marchessault is not the answer. He’s a small winger coming off a career year, with nothing resembling that level of production previously. Oh, and -21.

JJS

Question for the group – how valuable is a power play point shot these days?

I am in my mid 40s so still have visions of MacInnis and Souray blasting away. And I love seeing Weber and Subban hammer it today.

But in today’s game, is it as critical as having a playmaker walk the blue line?

I think for the Oilers, this is a critical question as it would appear Dumba has the best shot, Barrie the most offence, and Hamonic the best 2 way play.

The best tool for our job really depends on how we wish to run the power play for the next 5 years.

JD_Wry

TheGreatMutato: We always knew it was going to end this way ?

Just him and his old buddy Weiser.

JD_Wry

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dustrock

JJS:
Question for the group – how valuable is a power play point shot these days?

I am in my mid 40s so still have visions of MacInnis and Souray blasting away.And I love seeing Weber and Subban hammer it today.

But in today’s game, is it as critical as having a playmaker walk the blue line?

I think for the Oilers, this is a critical question as it would appear Dumba has the best shot, Barrie the most offence, and Hamonic the best 2 way play.

The best tool for our job really depends on how we wish to run the power play for the next 5 years.

If you ask Tyler Dellow, it’s not as important. He looked at San Jose’s PP with Burns firing away from the point, and though Burns got lots of goals and a ton of shots, overall he felt the SJ PP was less efficient than in previous years.

McSorley33

I am very curious about what LV is getting from some teams…because – I can think of worse ways to start off a franchise that with Matt Dumba ( 22), Calvin De Haan (26) and Josh Manson ( 25) anchoring your D for years..

Stud Muffin

Trading Puljujarvi and the only forward you get back is 5’8 thatIs due to comeback to earth. That would be a major major down Arrow.

Diablo

JJS:
Question for the group – how valuable is a power play point shot these days?

I am in my mid 40s so still have visions of MacInnis and Souray blasting away.And I love seeing Weber and Subban hammer it today.

But in today’s game, is it as critical as having a playmaker walk the blue line?

I think for the Oilers, this is a critical question as it would appear Dumba has the best shot, Barrie the most offence, and Hamonic the best 2 way play.

The best tool for our job really depends on how we wish to run the power play for the next 5 years.

You’ve raised a very good point. It is assumed that having a big cannon from the point would open up more space down low for the forwards. But there is a lot of evidence that goalies are too good now to be consistently beaten by a clapper from the blue line.

For instance, neither Burns nor Karlsson employ the big clapper much – they are constantly in motion and prefer to take wrist shots in order to direct the puck through all the sticks and legs to the net, hoping to sneak one past a screened goalie, or get a favourable deflection.

Given that we already have the Klef-‘bomb’, arguably finding a D-man with a big shot is not really necessary (just have Klef shoot the puck more). The weakness on the Oiler’s blue line last year, was not having someone who confidently carry the puck through the neutral zone and push the pace to put the opposition back on their heels – a ‘Barrie”-type (or the antithesis of Russell). Nurse has some ability in that regard, but has no idea what to do with the puck once he’s gained the opposition blue line.

I haven’t watched Dumba much, so I’m not sure what his strengths and weaknesses are.

Barrie would add a unique element to the Oilers attack in that he is a fabulous skater with excellent offensive instincts – but one would have to be confident that we could pair him up with a D-partner that can mitigate what he gives up in the D-zone.

Diablo

Rondo: http://www.tsn.ca/hischier-rides-meteoric-rise-to-top-of-tsn-draft-ranking-1.783025

Damn – Maker up to 4 now and Liljegren down to 16. Tippett at 10.
This draft is going to be all over the place after the first 2 picks.

rickithebear

Offensive Dman abandon defence of the free path to their HD area. were goals go in at 5 times the rate f perimeter shots.
they usually have poor HD shot rates to their side.
and
eliminate the ability for forwards to press the neutral zone which allows the D to press the bull.
they and the forwards often yield high CA rates.

this is all done so they can generate even offence at a mid 4th line forward level.
D Even offensive production the last 2 seasons.
750 EVTOI 220 D into #8 D
443 forwards into #15 fwd
1. Burns 1.60 EVP/60
161- 165 (#6) Fwd: Eichel; E. Staal, J. Staal, Frolik, Ryan

2. Karlsson 1.49 EVP/60
200-203 (#7) Fwd

D 3-5. Skeji, Hamilton, Hedman 1.30 to 1.22
277-295 (#10) Fwd

D 6-15: Clandening; Markov; Byfuglien; Subban; Letang , Orlov, Josi Carlson, Chychrun, Klingberg
1.17 to 1.09
#310 – 330 (#11) Fwd

D 16-23 1.05 to .97
#351 to 373 (#12-13 Fwd)
Press box Fwd offence

D 24-34 .95 to .92
#377 to #382 (#13 Fwd)
All but 2 of the top 30 offensive D is #10 to #13 Fwd production

D 35 to 59 .90 to .83
#384 to 407 (#13-14 Fwd)

After the first 2 Dmen; The top 30 D ismid 4th to press box forward offence.
That is offensive!

To say mansons offence is poor?
That is all but 2 Dmen in the game!

that is why Getting the puck to the 330 to 410 forwards who are more effective as quickly as possible is a huge asset.
Dmen skating the puck up is the worst you can do.

Manson is the 2nd best EVA/60 Dman on Anahiem
while being the best SA60 Dman in the game
and
top 30 EVGA dman.

dustrock

Stud Muffin:
Trading Puljujarvi and the only forward you get back is 5’8 thatIs due to comeback to earth. That would be a major major down Arrow.

I’d like to see Marchessault’s scoring against the Western Conference playoff teams.

Diablo

McSorley33:
I am very curious about what LV is getting from some teams…because – I can think of worse ways to start off a franchise that with Matt Dumba ( 22), Calvin De Haan (26) andJosh Manson ( 25)anchoring your D for years..

Are any of those players destined to be more than 2nd pairing D?

Is it better to be a mediocre team that gets into the playoffs right away like Florida did, or would it be better to tank for a few years and collect a lot of high end young talent like TB did. The latter approach comes without a guarantee of a Stanley, as Ottawa can attest to.

Whether McPhee selects any of those D probably depends on whether LV wants to be competitive right away, or whether they are aiming to be build a nucleus of players that will coalesce 4-5 years from now – if its the latter plan that they’ve chosen, then its in their best interest to get picks and waiver-exempt prospects.

Melman

LT – out of curiosity would either the Pittsburgh (wobble in their D) or Nashville (thin scoring up front) roster at the start of last season warranted the infamous Balance Photo? I wonder how many NHL teams fall into Balance territory at the beginning of any given season. Half?

Diablo

rickithebear:

Manson is the 2nd best EVA/60 Dman on Anahiem
while being the best SA60 Dman in the game
and
top 30 EVGA dman.

Ricki – thanks for that info. Could you tell us how does Manson compare to Lindholm and Fowler? My concern with Manson is that he is being carried by two other clearly talented D-men.

Scungilli Slushy

Marchessault has red lights flashing all around him, and the cops have nothing to do with it.

He’s turning 27, no established NHL history, 15.5 SH%, -21 as said, not a full time C. His previous year 17 pts in 45 games, -10 and 8.6 SH%. Stevie didn’t want him on a small contract.

Good for him how it’s going, seems like a better fit for for the Knights who probably need offense of any description rather than the Oilers. I see a high risk of a one dimensional player getting a contract he can’t live up to over it’s term.

Diablo

Anyone know what exactly Holland was thinking protecting Howard?

Diablo

Scungilli Slushy:
Marchessault has red lights flashing all around him, and the cops have nothing to do with it.

He’s turning 27, no established NHL history, 15.5 SH%, -21 as said, not a full time C. His previous year 17 pts in 45 games, -10 and 8.6 SH%. Stevie didn’t want him on a small contract.

Good for him how it’s going, seems like a better fit for for the Knights who probably need offense of any description rather than the Oilers. I see a high risk of a one dimensional player getting a contract he can’t live up to over it’s term.

Yep – one hit wonder.

GCW_69

The centre options for Vegas are poor. If I were GMGM I would be calling the Avs on Duchene and Oilers on Nuge.

And if I were Chiarelli, I would be asking for a quality depth centre like Nelson and a right defender like Dumba/Vatanen/Manson. If it’s Dumba, no even out likely required. If Vatanen or Manson, maybe. But as we and the Leafs have learned, getting 1Cs and 2Cs is very hard. Avs and Oilers have a chance to leverage this with Vegas likely be defence rich and centre poor to drive an interesting deal.

Professor Q

dustrock: If you ask Tyler Dellow, it’s not as important.He looked at San Jose’s PP with Burns firing away from the point, and though Burns got lots of goals and a ton of shots, overall he felt the SJ PP was less efficient than in previous years.

If I remember correctly, this was actually due to Vlasic. I had come across it a few days ago on Fear the Fin (albeit an older article) and mentioned it here during a similar discussion and detracting of Burns.

Scungilli Slushy

Scungilli Slushy:
Marchessault has red lights flashing all around him, and the cops have nothing to do with it.

He’s turning 27, no established NHL history, 15.5 SH%, -21 as said, not a full time C. His previous year 17 pts in 45 games, -10 and 8.6 SH%. Stevie didn’t want him on a small contract.

Good for him how it’s going, seems like a better fit for for the Knights who probably need offense of any description rather than the Oilers. I see a high risk of a one dimensional player getting a contract he can’t live up to over it’s term.

His +/- was second worst only to Ekblad, JM’s TOI has him 7th forward on the Panthers, third line usage. 65% of his points were 5v5 which is good, seems like he lost the war though.

Professor Q

Scungilli Slushy: His +/- was second worst only to Ekblad, JM’s TOI has him 7th forward on the Panthers, third line usage. 65% of his points were 5v5 which is good, seems like he lost the war though.

And he Marchessaultn.

jtblack

TheGreatMutato,

“We always knew it was going to end this way ” – That’s the poor me pity party … Cherry Picking 101. PLease post a pick of Yakupov. Gagner and the numerous other ex oilers with the same caption; we always knew it would end this way!

Just sayin’ …

And good for Schultz. Got in a great situation and flourished … Happens to every team throughout the league .. sometimes a change of scenery IS what is required for a player to reach their original potential ..

Chachi

Diablo:
Anyone know what exactly Holland was thinking protecting Howard?

He was probably working on his Opus instead of paying attention to the protected list.

Justthestatsman

Diablo:
Anyone know what exactly Holland was thinking protecting Howard?

Perhaps a dumb question, but does he have a no movement clause?

jtblack

“I mortgaged the future for now. That’s the bad news. The good news? I’d hang a balance photo on this roster.”

LT: Is there a way to hang the Balance photo W/O mortgaging the future? My hope is PC can find a way.

Also, you were considering moving Draisatl one summer ago, and have conceded on your blog that it would have been a mistake in Hindsight. I see JP in the same light. I could see being down on JP if he was posting Jake Virtanen stats … But JP, given age, language, first time away from home and every other factor, had a great year. If he was in the CHL, like Leon was, he would have tore it up (would you agree?) …

anyway, of course you might be right and JP’s offense may not arrive at the NHL level. But IMO he is tracking great. Outside of the freaks likes McD, nobody steps in at 18 and looks good. Smyth was horrible at 19. Drai was horrible at 18. I think JP”s offense AND overall package will arrive and will have us all looking back, saying, I am glad we did not move that piece!

Love your stuff. Expansion draft aside, cannot wait for the NHL Entry Draft!!

Ducey

Mortgaging the future is a big friggin problem. There are a lot of teams that figured they would wait to deal with issues down the road, and they got hammered.

Teams like CHI and PIT have figured out that you keep your core and keep the kids coming in.

When Connor’s $10 Million kicks in, this team is going to need good young cheap players.

Dumba will need a big raise next year as he will be in his last RFA year.

Jones and Bear are the heir apparents on D. JP, Benson, hopefully Foo, and whoever they pick at 22 this week will be the main pieces up front.

The can manage the situation well enough this year by signing Russell for the 2nd paring RHD and an older LHD to play 1/2 the season. Keep JP on the farm for 1/2 the season and you need not worry about his bonus.

Remember, it is important to have a strong team come the playoffs. You don’t need balance in October. By playoff time the Oilers will have Sekera back, with Nurse and Benning challenging for 2nd pairing. I really don’t think they need a year of Dumba.

If they can’t sign Russell, then they likely do have a problem. Hence the Eberle rumours.