You can’t always get what you want

by Lowetide

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you’ll get what you need. This Edmonton Oilers team is life and death to make the playoffs and that’s going to be the state of affairs for some time. It’s probably fair to begin taking stock in terms of pieces for next season and beyond. Increasingly, Jesse Puljujarvi and Jujhar Khaira are important storylines for a season that has a good chance to end without playoff success. It is possible to gain much from such a season, JP and JJ are examples of what can be added to a young and talented cluster. More please.

  • Todd McLellan: “Our hockey smarts didn’t exist. They had their share of two-on-ones and three-on-twos that were preventable.”

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LONG DECEMBER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • December 2015: 7-3-1, goal differential -2 (15 points)
  • December 2016: 6-2-3, goal differential +2 (15 points)
  • December 2017: 7-4-0, goal differential +10 (14 points)

The Oilers are slightly behind the last two December runs, but the goal differential suggests the current team is enjoying the better month. Wins and points matter tremendously, but at some point (maybe soon) we’ll be looking for good arrows that don’t include the postseason. That +10 goal differential in December is a very nice sign.

AFTER 37, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 15-19-3, goal differential -20 (33 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 19-12-6, goal differential +10 (44 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 17-18-2, goal differential -5 (36 points)

Edmonton needs points in every game but the NHL is a very difficult league. Ideally, the team arrives at 20 wins before G41, but that would require three wins in the next four games. A big ask for a team that still has some issues.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DECEMBER

  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected: 0-0-1) (Actual: 1-0-0)
  • At home to: Philadelphia (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual: 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Montreal, Toronto, Columbus (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 2-1-0)
  • At home to: Nashville (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose, St. Louis, Montreal (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 3-0-0)
  • On the road to: Winnipeg (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • At home to: Chicago, Winnipeg (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 5-6-2, 12 points in 13 games 
  • Current results: 7-4-0, 14 points in 11 games

Impossible to call this month anything but a rebound no matter the results of the final two games of December. Making the playoffs is more difficult with every loss or three-point game on the out of town scoreboard, but winning seven of 11 games is a playoff team. Making up for October-November may not be possible, but 14 points in 11 games is a good NHL team.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Sekera-Benning were 9-14 in 13:51, 0-1 in GF and 4-1 in HDSCs. Sekera looked good early in the game and then faded a little, suspect we’ll see that for a time as he pays for that long layoff. Went 5-6 with the Nuge line and 8-6 against Ehlers-Little-Laine. I thought this pairing was the best of the lot on the evening.
  • Nurse-Russell went 9-17 in 13:22, 1-1 in GF and 2-3 in HDSCs. Nurse took two penalties, neither a good decision. Russell picked up a nice assist on the JP goal, but he was chasing much of the night. Pinpoint passing is an issue for this team. Were 5-4 against Connor-Scheifele-Wheeler and it’s possible we see a shuffle on this pairing as Oscar returns.
  • Davidson-Larsson were not good, suspect we see Klefbom-Larsson on Friday night. Pair were 10-23 in 13:19, 0-2 GF and 1-6 HDSCs. Ordinarily I’d pick out on or another blue as chief culprit but they were both a day late and a dollar short. Were 8-4 against Tanev-Copp-Lowry, but 1-10 against Hendricks-Perreault-Armia. That’s awful. Both men were ghastly on the Kyle Connor goal.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 35 of 39, .897. He made some phenomenal stops.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS

  • Lucic-McDavid-Puljujarvi posted three points on the evening and 12 of the team’s 24 shots. Three of eight HDSCs. The trio dominated early and late, I think the Jets should be give some credit for figuring out a way to defend 97. Trouba faced McDavid for 12:15 and lost the HDSC battle only 3-2. Lucic was so close to scoring late. Puljujarvi now has seven goals and 55 shots in 20 games, meaning he could score 20 goals this season. That, like the Khaira progress, should be considered a main arrow in the “if you try sometimes, you get what you need” file we’re compiling together.
  • Khaira-Draisasitl-Strome scored a nice goal, this trio does something good most nights now. Khaira has seven goals in 24 games and is on pace for 20. Now his shooting percentage is 20 percent and that’s going to regress, but good days as he wraps up his first half of the season.
  • Maroon-Nuge-Caggiula were ineffective, going 6-10 against the Little line.
  • Cammalleri-Letestu-Kassian waved lanterns at runaway trains, sunup to sundown.
  • Edmonton was 14-3 giveaway-takeaway, lost the HDSCs 0-9 in the second and third period combined (after going 7-0 in the first and generally looked like a team that boarded a plane 12 hours before game time. The last time Winnipeg had that many two-on-one’s Dale Hawerchuk was on the team.

OSCAR KLEFBOM

He’s back tomorrow night according to reports, I suspect he’ll draw in with Adam Larsson (who had a dreadful time of it in Winnipeg).

TRADES

  • Darren Dreger on TSN1290 Winnipeg: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chiarelli kind of amp it up a little bit in terms of trying to upgrade in some fashion here in the foreseeable future. I think that he’s interested in adding a defenseman. Somebody who, again, can build on their transition game and have some pace to his game and can make that man advantage count more often than it has to date.” Source

Edmonton has to make a roster move in order to get Klefbom back on the roster, that may mean Eric Gryba on waivers at 10 this morning or Anton Slepyshev to Bakersfield or gone via trade. I think Gryba probably survives, but that’s a guess.

OILERS AT THE DRAFT, 2018

  • First Round (No. 8 overall)—R Filip Zadina, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
  • Second Round (No. 39 overall)
  • Third Round (No. 70 overall)
  • Fourth Round (No. 101 overall)
  • Fifth Round (No. 132 overall)
  • Sixth Round (No. 163 overall)
  • Seventh Round (No. 194 overall)

I’ve seen a few mentions of trading the first-round pick this summer, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense based on the prospect pool currently under the Oilers umbrella. I think there’s a better chance the Oilers keep all seven picks and select forwards with each of them.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show, with tons of hockey talk, beginning at 10 this morning. Scheduled to appear, TSN1260:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Last night’s game and remembering Johnny Bower.
  • Rob Vollman, NHL.com and ESPN. 2017 in review.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. World Junior tournament off and running, big early stories.

10-1260, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

 

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I have changed my moniker from Evilas, as the former spelling likely appeared semi-satanic I am guessing. If anyone cares, the pronounciation is EE-VEE-LEE-US.

Flying back to Calgary in about 17 hrs, landing Saturday evening. The temperature here has been around 20 C and I was wearing short sleeves for a few days when it was between 22-24. Some of the locals, who are mostly wearing winter jackets, were heard commenting that because I eat so much beef I can handle the cold, lol. It is very interesting how people think in different parts of the world.

Had a great day, as most days have been. Drove with friends to a mountain top, where we ended up at a 1,000 year old Buddhist temple. Lots of houses up there, but surprisingly very little traffic on the brand-new road we travelled on; it was a refreshing change from the city.

Even with the constant noise, it eventually becomes bearable and I can see a future for myself living in China in the next 3-5 years. In the last 2 weeks I have only seen about 2 dozen foreigners and only 3 others in this city, 2 of whom were on stage as performers at the Christmas party I attended a few days ago.

Despite the seeming chaos with how drivers drive, randomly using signal lights and always honking, the roads are safer than in Canada (speed limit is 60 km/hr in all cities, but there are no stop signs or yield signs, but plenty of traffic lights). The lack of rules actually start to make sense when you have gone for a few rides, of course the worst examples of drivers are cabbies and this does skewer your perception.

Not looking forward to the cold and snow, but at least I am finally returning from a vacation where I have avoided a cold spell. I usually come home to blizzards or am greeted by -30 temperatures when I return to Canada in the winter. Hopefully it was an uneventful cold snap for everyone.

Enjoy the game, I look forward to reading the comments.

#freeslepy
#freekarlsson

Goilers!!

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VOR,

Interesting stuff as always good sir,

Thank you!

OriginalPouzar

Time to beat the Hawks – 2 points, coming up!

Tesla's Hair

VOR: DEARDYLAN

Wow VR that was a whole story within a story. Thanks for sharing. As usual I learned some things I never knew and saw from new perspectives. Never tried hardcore rock climbing, flying a plane or polevaulting although in the next life I will definitely ask for one of those sports.

Guess a pro athlete these days has to really be a pro in what they eat and drink especially during breaks. Do GMs and coaches have a role in this? Or is it up to the agents and players? I’m guessing a small 1% change in habits (drugs, pain killers, relationships, alcohol, food) can make or break $$$ in such a competitive and short term career. #Tiger

In a future question I also wonder what positive effect on the analytics is due to the tenderlovecare from girlfriends & wives of the GM, coach, team & players?!

Spooky Lynx

VOR,

Fascinating stuff. Thanks for posting VOR.

VOR

deardylan:
Sloppy and entertaining.I am amazed that 3 day break in hockey is regarded as a long break for the players.3 days would go in a blink of the eye. Maybe a short break is smarter than longer one looking at how sluggish and sloppy both teams were when they returned.Might be the ice caretaker and zamboni taking holidays too.

Three questions:

1. Some of the big guys on Oil seem to struggle to catch up to speed after holidays. Was this the case after breaks in past years also?Which big guys didn’t struggle (Khaira) and what did they NOT eat/drink during their holidays?

2.Wonder what the diet of NHL players is during their breaks and if big alcohol consumption plays a role in slowing any of the pro athletes down?

3. Does alcohol affect analytics?Any correlation?

I am about to do that thing I do that really annoys some of you. I am going to tell you all sorts of useless information about the effects of alcohol on the human body. And along the way I will probably sound more than a little pedantic. I will be drawing on personal experience with athletes and alcohol and some of those years I spent wandering in Academia.

It takes way longer than you think for alcohol to clear the human body. Subtle effects can show up for 24 hours after your last drink. Micro effects can occur for up to 48 hours. These time lines are dose dependent by the way so if you drink to excess you can easily double those timelines.

The problem is that micro bubbles caused by the consumption of alcohol get stuck on tiny hairs in your inner ears and screw up your balance. Now for most of us these small disruptions to our balance are just one, not very important, part of the symptoms we refer to as a hangover. But imagine if you are a surgeon or a pilot. Now you will notice these balance problems far more than the rest of the population.

Some airlines won’t let a pilot fly until at least 24 hours of their last drink. Truthfully they would make it longer than that if they had access to a test for these micro-trace levels of alcohol in the blood stream. In simulations, with experienced pilots in simulators the effects of even moderate alcohol consumption can be seen in diminished performance on even routine tasks up to 48 hours after the last drink.

Now needless to say many high performance athletes drink alcohol in significant quantities. It is part of the culture of many sports. Mick Jones told me he was so concerned about his heavy alcohol use and its effect that he’d go two weeks without a drink before he climbed. Mick is a former SAS non-commissioned officer who was in his prime the best rock climber in the world. On flat land I honestly never saw him with out a libation in his hand. He was convinced alcohol, altitude, and highly technical climbing was a ticket to the morgue.

That was in the 70s. Modern research has shown he was right in ways that we would never have guessed back then. A history of recent extensive drinking makes the risk of altitude sickness much greater and symptoms occur at far lower altitudes.

I used to think a lot about Mick, an arrogant little Welshman who occasionally, usually when inebriated, liked to remind anyone who would listen that he could kill you in 30 different ways with his bare hands, while I was coaching pole vault.This is because Mick had a strange hobby. In probably began with him wanting to prove what a great climber he was. He would drag a young, terrified woman, up some major rock wall, like El Capitan in Yosemite. While doing this he’d take these great pictures, professional quality, of these women’s struggles. Mick travelled the world training SAS commandos and everywhere he went he’d stage slide shows of these climbs. You’d never see pictures of him, just these women, always stunning eye candy.

Most of you are thinking Mick was an asshole. But were you to go back and look at those pictures today you’d see something else. You would see the world changing and women’s climbing becoming a main stream sport. In those pictures you would find women who would go onto to break the glass ceiling on Everest, Anapurna, K2, the Troll Wall, El Captain, etc. And they dragged men up those climbs. I don’t think they took cheesecake photos of their male climbing partners along the way but you never know.

Now what the hell does that have to do with pole vaulting? Well right off the bat you should know pole vaulting attracts serious adrenalin junkies. The sort of person that chases an adrenalin fix will chase other fixes. I learned recovery position as a way of looking after pole vaulters who had passed out from binge drinking so they wouldn’t choke on their own vomit. I have had to deal with vaulters having bad acid trips, bad mushroom trips, riding uppers and downers, and so on.

And you often can’t tell how inebriated they are when they are competing. Other than they typically don’t do very well and break a lot of poles. It is really on the ground their drug use catches up with them. Unless of course they are women.

Years ago there were just two coaches in North America who would coach women in the pole vault. We worked together. We didn’t start off planning to coach women’s pole vault. I did what was called pit duty. Some coach has to make sure the equipment is set up and taken down every day and make sure nobody gets seriously hurt. Thus since the pit is what we call the landing area pit duty.

One day as I am getting ready to put the pit away this girl, and she was still a girl then, walks up to me and asks if she can try pole vault. She was in one of the track classes I taught (remember my saying I spent some years being a sessional and more stuck in Post Doc hell – you wouldn’t believe the stuff I taught) so I said sure.

Next thing I knew I had more than a dozen women I was coaching in the pole vault. Within a year they were coming from around the world. I set up meets for those women and miraculously other women showed up. They came from the US, Australia, and yes, Russia. I met rogue coaches from Russia, Britian, Australia, Germany and South Africa. All of us coaching women in a sport they could never compete in at any sanctioned event anywhere in the world.

In what seemed like the blink of an eye I was coaching women in any number of un-sanctioned sports. Triple jump was actually the second but soon I had quite a roster.

But it was back in the early days that I used to think about Mick. I would be standing beside the pit filming young women who often were just taking a dare from friends and yet I knew I was co-enabling a revolution. By then of course I was starting to charm young women into trying pole vault. For those of you who have never tried the sport it is an incredible blood rush. So yes I wanted to share my love of the sport but possibly a little Svengali had slipped in there.

As it happens body mass and gender are important compounding factors in determining the effects of alcohol on the human body. These women I was coaching were addicted to the thrill. That behaviour was accompanied by among other things heavy drinking. Smaller bodies, different biology, and larger consumption than my male vaulters created a perfect environment for studying the impact of alcohol on athletic performance. Especially since I taped all of their practices.

It was in the rock back you noticed it. At that moment where the vaulter is at the end of a highly bent pole with their head pointed straight at the ground that the effects of alcohol were unmistakable. They’d wait too long to extend. Poles snapped. They released to the side, couldn’t complete the extension and often totally mistimed the extension. In other words, alcohol, women, and vaulting were a really dangerous combination. Missing the pit altogether was not uncommon.

When I pointed this out my athletes accused me of being a sexist with a double standard. Eventually the evidence convinced me they were right. Alcohol reduces human performance. The evidence is overwhelming and nobody gives a shit. But your question is quite fair and the answer is well known. Drinking and elite athletics don’t mix. But suggesting so gets you fire bombed. Trust me, been there, done that, have the t-shirt.

Can I tell you for certain alcohol consumption ever caused a team to lose an NHL game? No. I can however tell you this. Pilots are especially at risk from alcohol consumption. This is because rapid accent causes more bubbles to come out of your blood and adhere to your inner ear hairs. A tip, don’t fly drunk or hungover. So the road team will always be more vulnerable to alcohol than the home team. The closer to the consumption you fly the more problematic the bubble problem will be. An early morning flight after a night of drinking might not be a good idea.

I am not certain what impact impairment in fine balance would have on professional hockey players. Given it has been shown to have an effect in soccer, basketball, baseball, and football I am guessing NHL players don’t get a free pass. I am, however, unclear on how it would effect them and their performance.

Pescador

OriginalPouzar:
Maksimov assists on the tying goal late and scores the OT winner.

Team Russia could use him.

Next year he will help them & we will watch. Hopefully along with whichever high end RHD they select in the coming draft

Pouzar

OriginalPouzar: Key there is “10 game”.

He’s been a healthy scratch more often than in the lineup.

He’d be a healthy scratch in Edmonton as well – fighting for a lineup spot.

You can only do what you can when you get a chance.

On the power house 2015-16 Oilers he was 50.6 CF% ( 4.8 rel) in 17 games.

For the Hawks, he is playing roughly 20 min a night now. He got his shot when Franson went down with injury. While healthy enough to play, Franson hasn’t been able to draw back in because of Oesterle’s play.

EDIT: He’s also 1st pairing with Keith right now.

OriginalPouzar

Maksimov assists on the tying goal late and scores the OT winner.

Team Russia could use him.

OriginalPouzar

Pouzar:
Jordan Oesterle…

10 gms now…54.7 CF% (1.2 rel).

Key there is “10 game”.

He’s been a healthy scratch more often than in the lineup.

He’d be a healthy scratch in Edmonton as well – fighting for a lineup spot.

OriginalPouzar

texmex:
OriginalPouzar,

There is non roster waivers as well. Stauffer was talking about it today. Section 16.12 of the CBA.

It’s not ideal and very seldom used is my understanding.

I looked at that a few weeks ago – doesn’t seem to fit our scenario.

Fairly confident Slepy will be re-assigned if no one else is hurt enough to go on the IR.

Pouzar

Jordan Oesterle…

10 gms now…54.7 CF% (1.2 rel).

Pouzar

Melvis: The oracle of original has spoken. Let it be so. Although that inflexible coach of ours might deign to try something a little bit different….playing Auvitu at forward, a position he’s played in the past.

How about benching the entire sad sack BS 4th line?

#FreeSlepy
#FreeSlepyCrowd

texmex

OriginalPouzar,

There is non roster waivers as well. Stauffer was talking about it today. Section 16.12 of the CBA.

It’s not ideal and very seldom used is my understanding.

Yeti

Pescador: I don’t know what the hell they are doing anymore

We violently wait to find out.

Pescador

OriginalPouzar: Sure but, if they were going to do that, they would have just waived Gryba in the first instance, wouldn’t they have?

You don’t think I wasn’t already thinking that?
What are you thinking,
In all seriousness,
I don’t know what the hell they are doing anymore

Munny

OriginalPouzar: Yes, I agree but I would say option #1 is about 90%.

They may also be holding off making a decision until tomorrow, when they can be more certain about Klef, paper send Sleppy down, then waive someone.

Jethro Tull

Bruce McCurdy,

That’s awesome, Bruce. All my monikers come from my dad’s favorite bands. Uriah Heap would be my next choice. Deep Purple another. Sad that I will never get to see them and womder who we will be talking about in the same way 20 yrs from now!

The (Cast off) Kinks often play in my parents’ local pub.

Bruce McCurdy

PhrankLee: Signed in and everything to say this very thing. Curses!!

On a side note my sons got me tickets to your avatar namesake in July. So psyched. Last time I saw them was in the 80s.

Good day, nobly named sir.

Have seen Jethro Tull six times, mostly in the ’70s but twice at the Jube in more recent years, in one of which Ian Anderson referred to the “Jolly Jethros” & the “incredibly fucking old Jethros” in his opening remarks.

Band is (or should I say, was) still solid, mostly formed of the core group or at least guys that played with the band at some point during their peak years. They were still playing the old 12/8 time signature stuff wth energy & experience, but Anderson himself has developed what I called a “voice impediment” where it seemed a mammoth struggle for him to force the vocals out.

Fun group; in their heyday had a fanfuckingtastic stage show that never disappointed. Their Thick as a Brick tour in ’72 (opening act: The Eagles) at the Edmonton Gardens remains on my short list of favourite concerts ever.

Enjoy!

OriginalPouzar

Munny: That’s the most likely option. Another is that Klef isn’t quite ready. A third is that someone else is going on the IR. And the fourth, and least likely option, is a trade.

Yes, I agree but I would say option #1 is about 90%.

OriginalPouzar

Pescador: Sooo assign Slep, waive Grub, recall Slep?

Sure but, if they were going to do that, they would have just waived Gryba in the first instance, wouldn’t they have?

Munny

OriginalPouzar: So, without anyone going on waivers today (Gryba), does that mean that Slep is being re-assigned to Bakersfield to make room from Klefbom tomorrow?

That’s the most likely option. Another is that Klef isn’t quite ready. A third is that someone else is going on the IR. And the fourth, and least likely option, is a trade.

Pescador

OriginalPouzar: They wouldn’t be able to activate Klef though – can’t re-assign a guy until after the waiver exposure period is over – so, in order to get Gryba off the roster to activate Klef for tomorrow night, Gryba would have had to go on waivers today.

Sooo assign Slep, waive Grub, recall Slep?

Pescador

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Trading with both Alberta teams has saved Snow’s job.

Fact

Melvis

OriginalPouzar: I see no reason why Auvitu should get a single shift at forward over Slepyshev considering, you know, Auvitu is a d-man and Slepyshev is a forward –

The oracle of original has spoken. Let it be so. Although that inflexible coach of ours might deign to try something a little bit different….playing Auvitu at forward, a position he’s played in the past.

Ryan: I’d hope by now that someone has added Snow’s number to the blocked caller list on Chiarelli’s cell Phone.

Trading with both Alberta teams has saved Snow’s job.

thehop,

Although you have evidently decided to go back to skipping my posts, I just wanted to say that I replied to you in terms I hope you would find civil in the game thread from yesterday. Consider it an olive branch. Have a good evening.

Ryan

leadfarmer:
Isles looking for a top 4 defenseman.Will someone please unplug Chias phone

I’d hope by now that someone has added Snow’s number to the blocked caller list on Chiarelli’s cell Phone.

OriginalPouzar

Pescador: I’m gonna say no, it just means that Gryba goes on waivers tomorrow

They wouldn’t be able to activate Klef though – can’t re-assign a guy until after the waiver exposure period is over – so, in order to get Gryba off the roster to activate Klef for tomorrow night, Gryba would have had to go on waivers today.

Melvis

Scungilli Slushy,

Not that I haven’t noticed a few dedicated hobbiests and enthusiasts prone to cooking up observations and scenarios that seem to have eluded the OBC’s in a few front offices. Hockey just seems well short of creative thinkers a lot of the time…imho.

OriginalPouzar

I really like the Cameron Hebig signing.

Not a big guy but a right shot center who is 11th in the Dub in scoring and 56% on the dot (granted, as an overager at 20).

Should be slated for Bakersfield in the fall (maybe after the Blades season is done) and should help the offence next year along with Benson and Yamamoto.

Condors should get a night influx of skill up front next year.

Pescador

OriginalPouzar:
So, without anyone going on waivers today (Gryba), does that mean that Slep is being re-assigned to Bakersfield to make room from Klefbom tomorrow?

That keeps 9 d-men on the roster (although I guess Auvitu is technically being used as a hybrid).

I see no reason why Auvitu should get a single shift at forward over Slepyshev considering, you know, Auvitu is a d-man and Slepyshev is a forward – waiver eligibility notwithtanding.

If they want to transition Auvitu to a forward, they should try and do so in the AHL – waiver exposure notwithstanding.

Half way through the season when every point is hugely important is not the time to experiment with changing positions.

I’m gonna say no, it just means that Gryba goes on waivers tomorrow

Tesla's Hair

Sloppy and entertaining. I am amazed that 3 day break in hockey is regarded as a long break for the players. 3 days would go in a blink of the eye. Maybe a short break is smarter than longer one looking at how sluggish and sloppy both teams were when they returned. Might be the ice caretaker and zamboni taking holidays too.

Three questions:

1. Some of the big guys on Oil seem to struggle to catch up to speed after holidays. Was this the case after breaks in past years also? Which big guys didn’t struggle (Khaira) and what did they NOT eat/drink during their holidays?

2. Wonder what the diet of NHL players is during their breaks and if big alcohol consumption plays a role in slowing any of the pro athletes down?

3. Does alcohol affect analytics? Any correlation?

OriginalPouzar

So, without anyone going on waivers today (Gryba), does that mean that Slep is being re-assigned to Bakersfield to make room from Klefbom tomorrow?

That keeps 9 d-men on the roster (although I guess Auvitu is technically being used as a hybrid).

I see no reason why Auvitu should get a single shift at forward over Slepyshev considering, you know, Auvitu is a d-man and Slepyshev is a forward – waiver eligibility notwithtanding.

If they want to transition Auvitu to a forward, they should try and do so in the AHL – waiver exposure notwithstanding.

Half way through the season when every point is hugely important is not the time to experiment with changing positions.

Professor Q

OriginalPouzar:
Benson was only -2 in an 11-0 loss – I guess that is a plus.

Technically a -2 is still a minus, though, not a plus.

Though being a plus in a shutout loss would be impressive.

Scungilli Slushy

Melvis:
Scungilli Slushy,

He’s also a fast skating, puck moving right hander who haslearned a few lessons the hard way. I suspect he’s open to andcan be taught a more disciplined approach and still be fucking scary in the role.

And as LT pointed out, his value would certainly increase. I think I’m going to tweet him with a question/ suggestion.

Look what a few guys spitballing can come up with.

OriginalPouzar

Benson was only -2 in an 11-0 loss – I guess that is a plus.

Melvis

Scungilli Slushy,

He’s also a fast skating, puck moving right hander who has learned a few lessons the hard way. I suspect he’s open to and can be taught a more disciplined approach and still be fucking scary in the role.

And as LT pointed out, his value would certainly increase. I think I’m going to tweet him with a question/ suggestion.

Crazy Pedestrian

Scungilli Slushy: Slepy should learn to play D.

Woodguy v2.0: Freaking great idea.

They need a RHS who is also a good skater in that spot.

Wonder if he can skate backwards well enough… would be an interesting idea if he can…

Scungilli Slushy

Melvis: I’ve said this before….seriously, Kassian should learn to play defence.

In my defence, I saw Josh Morrissey good when Rom was raving about Drai. Now he’s what the front office might have hoped for in Shultz.

If someone could deal with the bees chasing him he’d be a formidable guy to go into the tough areas against. Like Stevens bad. Probably would get 20 PM a game.

Melvis

Woodguy v2.0: Freaking great idea.

They need a RHS who is also a good skater in that spot.

I’ve said this before….seriously, Kassian should learn to play defence.

In my defence, I saw Josh Morrissey good when Rom was raving about Drai. Now he’s what the front office might have hoped for in Shultz.

Scungilli Slushy

Professor Q: How about for Pesci?

You think I’m funny, like a clown??!!!!!!!!!!’nnn

Professor Q

Scungilli Slushy:
Nuge for Pesce!

How about for Pesci?

Gayfish

Scungilli Slushy: You also don’t want to lowball a player with his talent and have him well underpaid for that long a term, and sign lesser players to higher paid market deals. That is a recipe for unhappy campers.

I think it’s part of why Leon was overpaid, they are betting in a few years it will be value and he’ll still feel well paid enough. Doughty and Karlsson don’t seem to happy PK makes a whack more than they do even if on a different team.

He can deal with 4million. It’s better than what Draisaitl decided to do after his payday.

Gayfish

leadfarmer:
Isles looking for a top 4 defenseman.Will someone please unplug Chias phone

Klef for Eberle? Klef for Dal Colle is probably more realistic, but we may need to add the first.

Munny

Also, Friedman didn’t even glance Edmonton’s way when discussing possible trade matches for Letang.

Munny

From the Friedman 31:

I worry about writing this kind of sentence because things change and it blows up in my face, but it doesn’t seem like there’s an Edmonton-Ottawa match for Mike Hoffman – curious to see if a Carolina or a St. Louis looks at him.

Scungilli Slushy

Seriously what about Mike Green? The Wings have Franks on them just waiting for celery and blue cheese. IF he agrees to a reasonable contract pre, I’d trade Benning for him. 3 x 4M? No NMC.

Scungilli Slushy

Nuge for Pesce!