JAIL GUITAR DOORS

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers approach free agency with about six million to spend, plus whatever they feel comfortable risking on the Andrej Sekera LTIR move. That’s one big contract or two smaller items. Where to shop? I think RHD is the primary need but there’s not much out there. Trade? Unless the Oilers are willing to deal Nuge, I can’t see it. Until the deadline, this may be us.

CURRENT PROJECTED ROSTER

  • I’ve tweaked the cap number based on ‘reasonable’ expectations for the bonus money, which I have set at $4 million. That covers all of McDavid and some of the other group but not more than half of any of the players eligible (JP, Nurse, Benning, Caggiula, Slepyshev).
  • I have Sekera here, Edmonton could LTIR if they get to the cap without bonuses but it’s a stick wicket since McDavid is likely to max the max. Let’s say $6 million in walking around money for a RHD and C-RW.

FORWARDS (FREE AGENTS)

  1. R Sam Gagner FREE AGENT (81gp, 18-32-50). EV numbers are good too.
  2. LC Martin Hanzal FREE AGENT (71gp, 20-19-39). Everybody loves Hanzal.
  3. L Patrick Marleau FREE AGENT. (82gp, 27-19-46). Knows the coach.
  4. R Radim Vrbata FREE AGENT (81gp, 20-35-55). Scorer.
  5. R Justin Williams FREE AGENT (80gp, 24-24-48). Luxury.
  6. LC Nick Bonino FREE AGENT (80gp, 18-19-37). Two-way C.
  7. LC Joe Thornton FREE AGENT (79gp, 7-43-50). Love to see it, seems doubtful.
  8. R Drew Stafford FREE AGENT (58gp, 8-13-21). Chiarelli type.
  9. R-L Thomas Vanek FREE AGENT (68gp, 17-31-48). Offensive option.
  10. R Jordan Weal FREE AGENT (23gp, 8-4-12). Not a lock for Philly?
  11. R Jarome Iginla FREE AGENT (80gp, 14-13-27). He can still shoot the puck.
  12. R Jaromir Jagr FREE AGENT (82gp, 16-30-46). Now 70, still going.
  13. R Kris Versteeg FREE AGENT (69gp, 15-22-37). What he brings has value.
  14. R Ales Hemsky FREE AGENT (15gp, 4-3-7). Still brilliantly creative.
  15. R Tyler Pitlick FREE AGENT (31gp, 8-3-11). Finally emerged, could return.
  16. R P-A Parenteau FREE AGENT (67gp, 13-15-28). Can still score.
  17. LC Dominic Moore FREE AGENT (82gp, 11-14-25). PK and FO option.
  18. LC Brian Boyle FREE AGENT (75gp, 13-12-25). He is on their list.
  19. L Patrick Sharp FREE AGENT (48gp, 8-10-18). Depending on health and price.
  20. R Alex Chiasson FREE AGENT (81gp, 12-12-24). Has some value.
  21. LC Mikhail Grigorenko FREE AGENT (75gp, 10-13-23). Good faceoff man.

I added Weal to the list, rumors have him heading out west (after early rumor had him staying in the east). Several fascinating RFA’s weren’t qualified so that group increases the overall number available. I like Tyler Pitlick a lot, Ales Hemsky too, but suspect we’ll see a Drew Stafford over either of them. Chiarelli has no problem with the aged, so Jarome or even Shane Doan (not listed) could end up in Edmonton.

I’ve decided Sam Gagner is the best investment for the group. He can play depth RW, help on the power play and perhaps move up as needed. He shouldn’t cost a ton.

DEFENSE (FREE AGENTS)

  1. RD Cody Franson FREE AGENT (68GP, 3-16-19). Out of the blue and into the black.
  2. RD Kevin Shattenkirk FREE AGENT (80gp, 13-43-56). One year at big coin?
  3. LD Brian Campbell FREE AGENT (80gp, 5-12-17). The man can still wheel.
  4. RD Christian Folin FREE AGENT (51gp, 2-6-8). New free agent arrival.
  5. RD Michael Stone FREE AGENT (64gp, 3-12-15). May be some interest.
  6. RD Eric Gryba FREE AGENT (40gp, 2-4-6). Good chance he returns.
  7. LD Jordan Oesterle FREE AGENT (2gp, 0-0-0). I like him as a 7D option.
  8. RD Dennis Wideman FREE AGENT (57gp, 5-13-18). Going to the end of the line.
  9. RD Adam Clendening FREE AGENT (31gp, 2-9-11). Still hanging around.

Cody Franson makes it all the way to No. 1 on my list. I also added Folin and Clendening and made the Wideman portion of summer official. MSM seems to be thinking Eric Gryba is a lock, suspect that’s true. After that, PC has to decide whether or no Mark Fayne projects as an NHL option. If not, we could see two of these names added. Don’t forget college man like Teemu Kivihalme, that could be a hidden option. Matt Benning arrived in the NHL last fall and doubt he’ll be leaving for a long time.

Bruce wrote a wonderful piece on Coach Drake here, recommended reading. A legendary figure, he touched so many lives in a positive way and this letter is simply breathtaking. If you can make that much of a difference (as above) in one person’s life you are exceptional. To do it over many decades is something else again.

CODY FRANSON

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.88 (1st among regular Sabres defensemen)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 1.22 (two points in 98 minutes)
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 50.9
  • Corsi Rel 5×5 %: 5.0
  • DFF Elite 5×5 %: 47.0
  • DFF Elite Rel 5×5 %: 4.8 (31 percent of TOI v. elites)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 93 shots/3.2%
  • Boxcars: 68gp, 3-16-19
  • (All numbers via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and hockey-reference)
  • Special thanks to GMoney and Woodguy for sharing the DFF’s

Cody Franson, as of now, is the No. 1 free agent on my board for the Edmonton Oilers. I know he is not a grand skater and there is some chaos to his game. I understand his power-play numbers weren’t terrific last season and I get that Edmonton may have him as 7D once Andrej Sekera returns. All that understood, he’s the best available fit. I’ll go even farther than that, Cody Franson is a good fit for the Oilers at this time.

SPENCER FOO

If your son is a young college hockey player with tough decisions ahead of him, the last six months of Spencer Foo’s career offer some really good insight. Faced with returning to a Union College team on the downswing due to graduation, Foo would have been something of a Stone Alone on the squad. His boxcars may have suffered and his value as a pro prospect eroded. As it is, he waited until after free agency to find the right spot and that’s ideal for him. Is that spot Edmonton? Don’t know. If we assume that one of Draisaitl/Strome will be 1R and that Zack Kassian will hold down another spot, it means two positions are open on the roster at this time. Here are the NHLE’s of candidates who spent time outside of the NHL last year.

  1. Anton Slepyshev (AHL) 43
  2. Jesse Puljujarvi (AHL) 31
  3. Spencer Foo (ECAC) 31
  4. Greg Chase (AHL) 13
  5. Patrick Russell (AHL) 10

For the Oilers, part of the appeal might be to have the option of sending Jesse Puljujarvi to Bakersfield. It burns off the bonus money and gives the big Finn another (say) half season to develop. Drake Caggiula may also slide into a RW job so there are plenty of options. I do think we’ll see a free agent added somewhere along the way.

THE DRAFT ANALYST AND EDMONTON’S DRAFT

Steve Kournianos and the folks at The Draft Analyst do the most exhaustive work on each year’s entry draft. It gives us some unique opportunities, including access to an actual mountain of prospects for each year’s selection. Here’s Edmonton’s list and how TDA ranked them.

  • No. 22 Kailer Yamamoto (DA No. 16)
  • No. 78 Stuart Skinner (DA No. 9 goalie)
  • No. 84 Dmitri Samorukov (DA No. 65)
  • No. 115 Ostap Safin (DA No. 56)
  • No. 146 Kirill Maksimov (DA No. 178)
  • No. 177 Skyler Brind’Amour (DA No. 146)
  • No. 208 Phil Kemp (DA No. 168)
  • Source
  • Goalie Source

Steve will join me on the Lowdown this morning to discuss the Oilers’ draft. That’s three (Bob McKenzie, Craig Button) lists so far that have Edmonton’s draft showing well.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning, full boat and lots to discuss. TSN1260 beginning at 10, scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Oilers Nation. Eberle gone, Russell back, are the Oilers done?
  • Derek Taylor, TSN. CFL Week One, Ricky Ray timeless, Eskimos raunchy!
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Oilers moves, Leafs non-moves, Flames blue moves.
  • Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst. We look at the Oilers draft as well as some other astute draft boards.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

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Hall Awaits

I think people need to be prepared for a very unsexy free agency. I’m thinking Iginla, Gryba and maybe even Girardi (GM PC has a history of liking this player).

But then again he could trade Nuge for Faulk and sign Hanzal. What the hell do I know.

Melman

If Fayne could hold the fort as solid 3RD with some PK until Sekera gets back that would be the best solution barring a significant add. Wonder how a guy in his position approaches the summer. He’s young enough that you’d think he wants to keep playing after this contract and sees the roster as it stands as a window to show he wares to the rest of the league.

It seems though that the coach has closed his mind to the possibility.

TO10801

I think we are looking at a fairly quiet free agency period, but I’m thinking based on the rumours Marleau (Stauffer yesterday) and Gryba could be all that is done. Marleau could replace Eberle’s production and should be cheaper and then you have to survive without Sekera for the first 3 months. If the D doesn’t hold up maybe we see an early trade to shore it up.

Richard S.S.

Benoit Pouliot is a good player who needs to consistently be better. I don’t think that’s a reasonable expectation. Right now he’s signed for two years – one year too many. Unfortunately when he should be moved, he has insignificant trade value. Las Vegas might be a trade partner. What do they have that Peter Chiarelli might accept? What do we need to include to do this? Clearing Cap Space for the 2018/19 Season must start now.

Ducey

LT

Just noticed that the amount that comes off when a player is buried in the minors increased this year, per Capgeek as the minimum salary increased to $650,000.

Its now $650,000 + $375,000 = $1,025,000

This could free up some extra cap room

They could send Fayne and Pouliot to the minors along with Pak and that is an extra $2.775 Million.

Ribs

2. LC Martin Hanzal FREE AGENT (71gp, 20-19-39). Everybody loves Hanzal.

Well, maybe not everybody… http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/minnesota-wild-owner-wishes-team-didnt-make-martin-hanzal-trade/

Pretty safe to say he won’t be signing in Minnesota!

McNuge93

Richard S.S.:
Benoit Pouliot is a good player who needs to consistently be better.I don’t think that’s a reasonable expectation.Right now he’s signed for two years – one year too many. Unfortunately when he should be moved, he has insignificant trade value.Las Vegas might be a trade partner. What do they have that Peter Chiarelli might accept?What do we need to include to do this? Clearing Cap Space for the 2018/19 Season must start now.

How about Pouliot for either Emelin or Sbisa.. Would Vegas do that? They both have one year remaining rather than two for Pouliot.

Truth

Ribs: Well, maybe not everybody… http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/minnesota-wild-owner-wishes-team-didnt-make-martin-hanzal-trade/

Pretty safe to say he won’t be signing in Minnesota!

To me, that’s the owner wishing he still had the first and second round pick than to have won only a single playoff game with Hanzal. I think the Wild should have used their exclusive negotiating rights to try to extend him. There’s no doubt he’s a valuable player. The wild just simply stained the sheets at the end of the year.

Brantford Boy

I have mixed feelings about most of the UFA forwards list… some players seem like a good match:
(player, age, salary – source google)
Stafford 31, 1 million
Boyle 32, 2 million
Vrbata 36, 1 million
Marleau 37, 6 million

So I see Stafford and Vrbata as possibles for a 1 year deal (~< 2m per). Boyle is in high demand and you can't ignore Marleau's past (recent season included) and think they will both want more than 1 year contracts. 3.5m x 2 for Boyle? 6m x 1 for Marleau (how much of a bargain do you believe he takes on a 1 year if not 2)?

Most times I frown on the thought of Shattenkirk, but if you are even thinking of Marleau then Shattenkirk must be in the mix for a high pay season (6.5m x 1).

Unless another shoe drops (ie: Nuge) I don't see big game hunting (Hanzal, Faulk – not UFA) happening during the offseason. With the contract Chiarelli got Kassian signed to he is obviously thinking 'value'. I think Boyle is about the line in the sand for 'high end value'.

OriginalPouzar

While there may be apx $6M to play with for the the coming season, subject to material cap increase, we don’t really have the room in the coming season. Yes, some contracts come off the books after this season but we have many RFAs that will need to be re-signed at raises including McDavid.

We could spend that $6M but I’d be hesitant to add anything over a one-year term and, frankly, it will be tough to get any significant player on a one-year term.

For example, is Patty M. going to come to Edmonton on a one year deal?

dustrock

I mentioned this in the last night thread this morning, reposting here.

This is from HFB, but the guy posted his sources to the mods and they approved, so this is what he said:

[i]Oilers free agency targets are Sam Gagner, Brian Boyle, Micheal Stone, and Patrick Marleau. Was told theyll only take Marleau on a one year deal though. Have inside info that I’ve already confirmed to mods in the past before you start questioning me lol.

I asked:

Originally Posted by dustrock View Post

Any trade targets?

I was told there looking free agency route. And on Marleau, they like the idea of him with RNH.[/i]

dustrock

So looks like LT has some of the same hard targets identified, and incidentally, I checked Treenasoil’s Twitters timeline and it mentioned Gagner, Marleau and Stone for sure.

Maybe we’re all identifying the most reasonable targets and that’s all this is, but it’s at least consistent.

Not hugely surprised at hearing Chia is looking at free agency. Guessing he mostly likes this roster and doesn’t want to shake it up too much.

Cassandra

The idea of Sam Gagner signing with the Oilers is delicious. That way, the fanbase can run him out of town twice, thus saving Klefbom for an extra year or two.

I also like the idea of signing Jordan Weal. It’s only 23 games, but those were 23 very effective games in Philadelphia. By any measures, over those 23 games , he was an excellent player. He has a track record of being a top scorer in junior and the AHL. And because it is only 23 games, he isn’t going to cost anything.

This is the kind of low cost smart move that Chiarelli should be doing. Just like he should have traded a second round pick for Van Riemsdyk.

Oilin4

OriginalPouzar:
While there may be apx $6M to play with for the the coming season, subject to material cap increase, we don’t really have the room in the coming season.Yes, some contracts come off the books after this season but we have many RFAs that will need to be re-signed at raises including McDavid.

We could spend that $6M but I’d be hesitant to add anything over a one-year term and, frankly, it will be tough to get any significant player on a one-year term.

For example, is Patty M. going to come to Edmonton on a one year deal?

Agreed. Using those $6M on a multi-year deal is the final straw on Nuge getting traded. Expect a slowly accelerating run-Nuge-out-of-town train to develop amongst professional writers who need to fill column space, and only know two ways to do it. 1. Run players out of town. 2. Lament about the old days when goalies stunk and everyone punched each other senseless when they were bored or angry.

Richard S.S.

McNuge93: How about Pouliot for either Emelin or Sbisa.. Would Vegas do that? They both have one year remaining rather than two for Pouliot.

I think Vegas would trade anyone for anyone if the price is right. I just don’t know what price P.C. is willing to pay.

Truth

dustrock:

[i]Oilers free agency targets are Sam Gagner, Brian Boyle, Micheal Stone, and Patrick Marleau. Was told theyll only take Marleau on a one year deal though.

My meaningless opinions:

Boyle would be great. I have the feeling he’s testing the market and circling back to Toronto with their option to match. Marleau would also be great, but I think his price and term take the Oilers out of it. Gagner will cash in on his deserved paycheck and term that the Oilers cant offer IMO. Stone is meh to me.

I think trying to pry RD Colin Miller out of Vegas should be option #1, especially if he’s considered a lesser player than Methot at that price point.

OilSafety

Truth: My meaningless opinions:

Boyle would be great. I have the feeling he’s testing the market and circling back to Toronto with their option to match. Marleau would also be great, but I think his price and term take the Oilers out of it.Gagner will cash in on his deserved paycheck and term that the Oilers cant offer IMO.Stone is meh to me.

I think trying to pry RD Colin Miller out of Vegas should be option #1, especially if he’s considered a lesser player than Methot at that price point.

Pouliot for Miller would be something I could live with.

I still think the best move is Nuge for Faulk and sign Hanzel, but if I know anything, its that Chia isnt going to do what we expect or think is ideal.

That being said, I have faith in him to continue to build a winner.

Snowman

Ok I’m officially all in on Marleau. Would love that.

Come to Edmonton, score a bucket of goals, maybe take a deep run at the cup with your old Coach Todd. Sure its only one year but you’ll get to play with Connor, Leon or Nuge so you should get plenty of goals to use to sign another contract next summer.

Marleau to mentor. Marleau to score. Marleau for the cup. What’s not to like?

Oddspell

dustrock,

That would be a successful off season in my opinion. I assume Gagner is a backup target for Marleau, or we’re planning to move someone out.

I wonder if Gagner could be a good fit for McDavid?

jp

That nomination letter for Claire Drake is pretty moving.

I’m not from Alberta and don’t know all that much about the man. Honestly most of what I know is probably from LT and the posters on this site. Sounds like he’s a worthy inductee who’s touched a lot of peoples lives in meaningful ways.

Dominoiler

I prefer Pitlick to Gagner; lower cap hit, better speed, more grit, will go to the dirty areas.. i don’t see gagner helping much in the bottom 6 (does anyone expect that 4th line to score?.. i dunno about letestu 5v5) or the pk, which is a greater need than pp specialist (letestu, nuge, drai, McD, strome in as other rh shot).. slow n soft, feasting on the soft underbelly, are traits better utilised in the regular season than the playoffs..

Dominoiler

PS.. i could see marleau coming on a 1-year.. man wants a championship, familiarity and respect for coach, simple as that.. he’s made his money, plus he can maximise a single years profit.. no way he gets 6+ on a multi year deal..

hodgkins

Cassandra:
The idea of Sam Gagner signing with the Oilers is delicious.That way, the fanbase can run him out of town twice, thus saving Klefbom for an extra year or two.

I also like the idea of signing Jordan Weal.It’s only 23 games, but those were 23 very effective games in Philadelphia.By any measures, over those 23 games , he was an excellent player.He has a track record of being a top scorer in junior and the AHL.And because it is only 23 games, he isn’t going to cost anything.

This is the kind of low cost smart move that Chiarelli should be doing.Just like he should have traded a second round pick for Van Riemsdyk.

Hi Art!

Funny thing about getting Jordan Weal would be that he’d be the 4th member of the 2010 Regina Pats to suit up for the Oilers, like Ebs, Teubert and Davidson before him.

franksterra

Marleau may want more stability than 1yr, he has 4 young kids and that’s a lot of moving around. But I love the idea of hum coming here in theory.

Side

Cassandra:
That way, the fanbase can run him out of town twice, thus saving Klefbom for an extra year or two.

Troll.

geowal

Has this free agency negotiating window opened yet? I think this is the time when some UFAs sign with their old team, once they know there’s nothing enticing enough around the league.

Ducey

Not keen on Gagner. I can’t see the point of having Strome and Gagner on the team. They seem to occupy the same role.

Not keen on Marleau either. I have not looked at the numbers but I would think they would be influenced by Jumbo Joe. Plus he is 37. He will fall off a cliff at some point, it might be this year.

Maybe I am counting on Slepy too much, but I like the depth on RW.

geowal

Side: Troll.

I for one agree it’s perfectly likely Gagner would be met with a certain amount of disgust by a wide margin of the fan base. Not deservedly so, but it would happen.

Acumen

Any reason Brett Connolly doesn’t make the cut? Not qualified by the Caps and he seems like a great fit at a low price point. Chiarelli has traded for him before as well.

OilersFuture

Acumen:
Any reason Brett Connolly doesn’t make the cut? Not qualified by the Caps and he seems like a great fit at a low price point. Chiarelli has traded for him before as well.

http://www.tsn.ca/capitals-agree-to-terms-with-connolly-1.789797

€√¥£€^$

Possible 6-7 RHD targets: Collin Miller, Paul Postma, Taylor Fedun.

Thoughts?

Pouzar

Interesting. Beau Bennett not tendered a QO with the Devils.

Scungilli Slushy

Cassandra: The idea of Sam Gagner signing with the Oilers is delicious. That way, the fanbase can run him out of town twice, thus saving Klefbom for an extra year or two.

I wonder if it’s the fanbase ‘running players out of town’ or the previous regime putting the word out about their dislikes and the average fans (who follow whatever the MSM line is because they aren’t into analyzing the game like we do here) just picking it up.

Players face criticism at times in every sport on every team, comes with the turf. Mcdavid will see it with his contract unless he can perform at a very high level all of the time. No games off or slumps allowed at 14M. Imagine the hullabaloo if he’s not the highest scoring player on the team in next year’s playoffs, even if it’s because he’s being targeted which helps the others out.

Scungilli Slushy

Scungilli Slushy: I wonder if it’s the fanbase ‘running players out of town’ or the previous regime putting the word out about their dislikes and the average fans (who follow whatever the MSM line is because they aren’t into analyzing the game like we do here) just picking it up.

Players face criticism at times in every sport on every team, comes with the turf. Mcdavid will see it with his contract unless he can perform at a very high level all of the time. No games off or slumps allowed at 14M. Imagine the hullabaloo if he’s not the highest scoring player on the team in next year’s playoffs, even if it’s because he’s being targeted which helps the others out.

The current regime is much quieter about things, they just sort of disappear the guys they don’t like.

TO10801

Pouzar:
Interesting. Beau Bennett not tendered a QO with the Devils.

He would be a nice depth piece to compete with Kassian/Sleppy for a bottom 6 role

Professor Q

geowal:
Has this free agency negotiating window opened yet? I think this is the time when some UFAs sign with their old team, once they know there’s nothing enticing enough around the league.

As far as I know, the negotiation (well, “interview”, but we all know money is probably being discussed) window began on Sunday, and runs until June 30.

Professor Q

Also, McDavid sort of looks like Luc Robitaille in that photo.

Glass

Marleau or Weal would be great pick-ups… an alternative option for 3C would be great. Trading for Colin Miller wouldn’t be bad also… I wouldn’t be willing to give up a 2nd though as 2018 is supposed to be a strong draft.

However, Dallas traded their 2020 2nd so I don’t think I’d mind trading 2019’s for example.

Edit: Thought that Miller would slide into the top 4. I’d send over Fayne + a 3rd… SOMETHING CHIA

Side

geowal: I for one agree it’s perfectly likely Gagner would be met with a certain amount of disgust by a wide margin of the fan base. Not deservedly so, but it would happen.

I highlighted Cassandra’s section specifically about Klefbom being the next target to get run out of town.

There is absolutely no evidence to support this. But yet, Cassandra just trolls away.

Bruce McCurdy

jp:
That nomination letter for Claire Drake is pretty moving.

I’m not from Alberta and don’t know all that much about the man. Honestly most of what I know is probably from LT and the posters on this site. Sounds like he’s a worthy inductee who’s touched a lot of peoples lives in meaningful ways.

Thanks, JP. And also to LT for that section in this post. The linked article by me lists snippets of the 33 testimonial letters that supported a serious effort to get Coach Drake into the Hall back in 2011. Among them a large number of “career coaches”, a whole shitload of them who coached in CIS Canada West. Among his disciples, current NHL coaches Mike Babcock, Ken Hitchcock, Barry Trotz, and you’ll recognize the names of “lifers” like Tom Renney, Dave King, George Kingston, Gerry Fleming, Billy Moores, Perry Pearn… pretty much the whole famdamily of Hockey Canada coaches over these decades of dominance. Including two time women’s Olympic champion coach Melody Davidson.

Then there were the letters from doctors (Randy Gregg, Dave Otto), lawyers (Ed Molstad, Jim Carr), judges (Allan Wachowich), parliamentarians (Chief Wilton Littlechild), people who went on to be successful in life and bolster our community. Coach Drake’s legacy is immeasurable, but immense.

McSorley33

So, league is getting younger and faster…..and people want a soon to be 38 rear old winger in Marleau….

We just got finished watching Western Conference playoff hockey where some members of the Ducks stopped just short of jumping off the top turnbuckle and grabbing a chair an slamming on McDavid’s head.

After watching that, yeah , yeah, we need Sweet Sammy Gagner.

Sammy would be like a fish in water for Western Conference Playoff hockey.

godot10

Melman:

It seems though that the coach has closed his mind to the possibility.

“My good opinion once lost is lost forever.”

Is that Mr. Darcy speaking, or #ThoroughlyMediocreCoach?

#TheWrathofTMC Fayne, Pouliot, Lander, Eberle, Yakupov, Schultz, Reinhart, etc

Run for your life RNH! -).

Bruce McCurdy

Evilas:
Possible 6-7 RHD targets: Collin Miller, Paul Postma, Taylor Fedun.

Thoughts?

Miller has been mentioned often here. I’ve been looking at Postma, a righty who has been absolutely buried in the ‘peg behind the Byfuglien-Myers-Trouba troika. He scored 1.22 P/60 last year, but only 11 minutes a night, may be a sample size thing as his assists were out of character.

Still, he’s 28 years old, 6’3’, fairly mobile, closing in on 200 NHL games & did I mention he’s a righty? Has never made as much as a million bucks so won’t cost the ☀️ ? & ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.

As for Fedun, I’m rooting for him hard but he is 29 & has been cast adrift by 4 NHL teams now (3 of them shitty ones) with under 40 combined GP. I fear the die is cast.

godot10

Ron Hainsey is the best option for a Sekera stopgap.

npanciroli

Bruce McCurdy,

Wow, just looked up Postma’s numbers. Looks like a good 6/7 D add. Solid possession numbers too at first glance.

Truth
jake70

McSorley33:

After watching that, yeah , yeah, we need Sweet Sammy Gagner.

Sammy would be like a fish in water for Western Conference Playoff hockey.

Having audio flashbacks to the beautiful voice of Cliff Clavin……..;-)

doritogrande

I’ve been looking at Postma, a righty who has been absolutely buried in the ‘peg behind the Byfuglien-Myers-Trouba troika. He scored 1.22 P/60 last year, but only 11 minutes a night, may be a sample size thing as his assists were out of character.

He’s earned only 11 minutes a night unfortunately. I had high hopes for him in Winnipeg but cannot be trusted with anything other than a 6/7 role. When Trouba was holding out and Myers injured, they chose to play the life out of Byfuglien instead of increasing Postma’s role, which to me is a tell. The only reason he wasn’t bumped further is Winnipeg’s lack of depth D. Once you get past their top-5 of Buff, Myers, Trouba, Enstrom and now Morrissey, they’re in a world of hurt.

Snowman

McSorley33:
So, league is getting younger and faster…..and people want a soon to be 38 rear old winger in Marleau….

We just got finished watching Western Conference playoff hockey where some members of the Ducks stopped just short of jumping off the top turnbuckle and grabbing a chair an slamming on McDavid’s head.

After watching that, yeah , yeah, we need Sweet Sammy Gagner.

Sammy would be like a fish in water for Western Conference Playoff hockey.

I get your point here but Marleau can still skate and Samwise problem wasn’t his truculence. It was his D zone coverage. #alsointhepicture