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by Lowetide

I am far less angry at Todd McLellan’s coaching in Edmonton than the vast majority of this blog’s readers. While not an innovator in the ways of chemistry, he did help drive the most complete roster in ages to 103 points in 2017 spring. Many are pointing at the slow adjustment to Nuge as a winger on 97’s line as typical of McLellan’s coaching inertia, but for me that was a veteran coach still unsure Leon Draisaitl could push the river. I do wish he would take advantage of line matching opportunities and the power play may well cost him the job if it doesn’t turn around this season. All of that said, he’s a veteran hand and the team seems to have discipline and structure. I blame last season mostly on Peter Chiarelli, as you can’t win if you don’t have the horses. Todd McLellan is going to get a lot of help coaching these Edmonton Oilers from now on. Starting, apparently, today.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Pennants!
  • New Jonathan Willis: Al Montoya’s likely exit means an end of an era for Peter Chiarelli
  • New Scott Wheeler: Five Sleeper Picks
  • Corey Pronman: Pronman mailbag
  • Lowetide: Laurent Brossoit: 4-year audition results in a career crossroads
  • Jonathan Willis: Cam Talbot’s performance in 2017-18: Does it inject a note of uncertainty in his future with the Oilers?
  • Sunaya Sapurji: Oliver Wahlstrom has been in the spotlight for a long time, but his desire to be ‘special’ burns deep
  • Corey Pronman: 2018 NHL draft board.
  • Lowetide: Summer 2018 on a budget. Calling Warren Foegele!
  • Lowetide: Is Stuart Skinner the real thing?
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Russia: A draft tragedy.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the Republic of Finland
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Sweden.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the QMJHL.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018Oilers and the WHL.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers draft history and the OHL
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the NCAA.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers at the draft: Overagers.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers scouting directors: A history.

This is a strong list of assistant coaches, it’ll be interesting to see who handles what chores. Viveiros is a perfect fit for the power play, Yawney has overseen one generation of young defensemen with considerable success (Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Jason Demers, Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm). Gulutzan represents a second head coach (one year removed) who might be able to help in areas McLellan isn’t strong (line changes, developing young players). It’s an encouraging list of names, let’s see how it plays out.

OILERS AT NO. 10

I get a lot of comments and emails and tweets asking a version of “who do you think will be available at No. 10?” and in the case of the draft the answer is supplied by Bob McKenzie. Using his list and the current top 10 teams, we get this:

  1. Buffalo—LD Rasmus Dahlin
  2. Carolina—R Andrei Svechnikov
  3. Montreal—R Filip Zadina
  4. Ottawa—L Brady Tkachuk
  5. Arizona—RD Evan Bouchard
  6. Detroit—RD Adam Boqvist
  7. Vancouver—R Oliver Wahlstrom
  8. Chicago—RD Noah Dobson
  9. NY Rangers—LD Quinn Hughes
  10. Edmonton—LC Jesperi Kotkaniemi

I think the Oilers might be happy if the draft goes just that way, Kotkaniemi is a substantial talent. Others who would be available (using McKenzie’s list) are Joe Veleno, Barrett Hayton, Ty Smith, Joel Farabee, Grigori Denisenko. Ryan Merkley is on Pronman’s list in this range, might be a player the Oilers are considering.

If the Oilers dealt the pick, what would they be looking for? Maybe a 2016 first rounder like Dante Fabbro or Sam Steel. Or possibly a 2015 first rounder, say Joel Eriksson Ek. I’d use the pick to be honest, with a kid like Kotkaniemi maybe you’re waiting only one winter.

OTHER POSSIBLE OILERS TARGETS

  • Jacob Olofsson is a center I have just outside my top 10 but he could be around at No. 40 overall. His offense is better than he is given credit for and his overall skill set is fairly complete. Speed is good not great but he’s a player who could deliver exceptional value in the second round.
  • Ryan Merkley is the great unknown in this draft. I would be surprised if the Oilers grabbed him at 10, it’s unlikely he’ll be available at No. 40, but he would be an extreme value with that pick.
  • Calen Addison is inside my top 25 but could easily fall, would represent a terrific pick for need and good value at No. 40.
  • Samuel Fagemo has zero buzz happening but would be an excellent second or third-round selection in my opinion. Speedy winger with a terrific shot.

SWEDISH POSTER ON SAMUEL FAGEMO

  • This quick winger plays for Frölunda, he has a really good wrister, has scored well in the U20 League, quick first few steps but his top speed is just ok to good, Pretty skilled with the puck and has that jack in the box ability of goalscorers to just show up in the right spot. Plays with intensity but I think a guy with his skill should be making plays more consistently. He’s also really frustrating at times, not very smart with the puck, has a tendency to just skate right into opponents and lose the puck, has flashes of creativity but there’s a little too much straight lines and junior decision making that won’t fly at a higher level. He got into two SHL games this season, according to his coach he could’ve gotten a few more games but they wanted him to stay in juniors to develop his offensive game instead of getting used as a grinder in the SHL which is probably smart, if devloped right there’s enough of a skillset to make him a player but he could also end up as nothing more than an SHL journey man and bottom sixer if he can’t work out the glitches in his game. I think Fagemo is a worthwhile pick in the back half of the draft since there is a good set of skills and also enough intensity and grit to play him in different roles if he can’t play higher in the line up.

Huh. Phil Kessel has a contract that pays him $8 million annually for the next four seasons, and his NMC allows him to list eight teams he can be traded to this summer. Extremely unlikely the Oilers are on that list, and the cap hit would be an impossible burden. I would like to see him on McDavid’s (or Leon’s) wing for a season, though.

Otten and his blog are a gift. I have my contacts from the QMJHL and the WHL, but no league that feeds the draft has a better chronicle than Otten’s blog.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

It looks like the Oilers will roll out their new assistants/associates today, expect coverage on the Lowdown and an article on it over at The Athletic later today. Scheduled this morning are Steve Lansky from BigMouth Sports (we’ll chat about his SC finals experience working the games), Matt Iwanyk (Eskimos get going this weekend) and Paul Almeida (Liverpool-Real Madrid, Oilers coaches, preview of Saturday Sports Extra). It all gets going at 10, TSN1260. See you on the radio!

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Tesla's Hair

Awesome!

OP what cartoon did you watch when you were younger? What toons do you watch today?

The reason this place is awesome because its a great mix of on the ice and off the ice.

What really is hockey anyway? People, Stories, Luck, Skill, Heroes and More Stories sharing with friends and family…what are we really going to remember 30 years from now?

Enjoy hearing some great jokes, unknown songs and lunchtime cartoons… here is another sports one by Seinfeld which I heard today and made me laugh.

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“Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify.

Because these days the players are always changing, the team could move to another city…you’re actually cheering for the clothes, when you get right down to it.

You’re standing and cheering and yelling for your clothes to beat the clothes from another city.

Fan will hate a player so much, but if he comes to our team and wears our clothes, we will cheer for him.

Fans will be so in love with a player, but if he goes to another team, they’ll boo him.

This is the same human being in a different shirt, they hate him now! Boo! Different shirt! Boo…”

Tesla's Hair

Is anyone else watching Champions League or NBA Finals the last 2 days?

A chance to see TWO Edwards, Crosbys, Nicklaus, Abletts, Rossis and Warnes of generational talent in Football and NBA back to back!

LB at 33 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_LeBron_James

CR @ 33
https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/cristiano-ronaldo/erfolge/spieler/8198

PS. I didn’t really come home for lunch often (when I did I do remember Flintstones) but watched the Trifecta preparing for dinner toons – Thundercats, and GI Joe, Transformers in late 80s. Cause knowing is half the battle.

PSS. A great day my football team from Premiership when I lived in London…they got promoted today. Imagine the NHL had relegation battles with lowest 3 teams dropped to AHL. You don’t get top 3 draft picks…you get relegated instead. Then absolutely no one tanks or wants to get close to the drop zone.

Wilde

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Wilde,

Great point!I’ve had my eye on him for a couple of years now.I am betting someone grabs him in the 1st round, despite all the red flags.

But are you thinking @ #10?

Yes

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Wilde,

Great point! I’ve had my eye on him for a couple of years now. I am betting someone grabs him in the 1st round, despite all the red flags.

But are you thinking @ #10?

Wilde

Now that we have Yawney, I’d feel a lot better about a Merkley selection.

OriginalPouzar

Hopefully Hebig can finish off a great season with a Memorial Cup victory.

Coming back from missing an entire season with that concussion, staying healthy all year and producing is great for Cameron – look forward to him centering one of the top two lines in Bakersfield next season.

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Hebig pots the go ahead goal, very nice shot and wherewithal to position himself for the return pass.

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I disagree with the disallowed Regina goal in the Mem Cup semi-final. The player may have “opened up” his skate and directed the puck to the net, BUT I didn’t see a distinct kicking motion at all, but more impactful on this play was the goaltender’s pad preventing the shooter from making a play on the puck.

I don’t see how this any different from a goaltender being prevented from making a save; this should be a two-way street.

Terrible decision.

jonrmcleod

Any truth to the rumour that Mark Hunter might join the Oilers in some capacity?

Melvis

Munny,

Far too many lhours last night and this am in a fruitless search through a lot of crap on various lists. Stephen kind of sums it up. I’ve been distracted by and far more interested in my production as opposed to music or hockey world over the last couple decades.

I always liked the tune, but oddly enough, despite it’s ubiquity, I never heard a DJ mention Stefani in conjunction. It was always some pun on “No Doubt” – If mentioned at all.

I was searching “dance dance dance” instead of Hella Good. I mean really. How silly of me.

Finally started in on somewhat similar sounding voices. I hit Hollaback Girl, which I knew. After which, easy peasy.

Then I was distressed at a couple of decades flying by with my head up the ass of the art world. Jeeez.

Munny

Oilman99: VGK likes team guys,notl guys, don’t think they would want mess up the team bonds.

By what providence do you know Kessel is an “I” guy?

Munny

Woodguy v2.0: No, it doesn’t imo.
He’s a top 30 NHLer 5v5 in many respects and the return for him was poor.

Considering your second sentence has little relevance to my point, I think you may have completely missed my point (implicit as it was).

Oilman99

hunter1909: Nurse got hurt. Then he came back and held back a lot – i figured at the time he was taking it slowly with himself.

That was the year before. Last season’s disaster even Paul Coffey couldn’t just step up to and fix. Nurse was and remains highly scrutinized. I’m somewhat of a betting man. I’d be ecstatic to get 50/50 odds on whether or not Nurse blows the doors off at training camp etc.

hunter1909: Nurse got hurt. Then he came back and held back a lot – i figured at the time he was taking it slowly with himself.

That was the year before. Last season’s disaster even Paul Coffey couldn’t just step up to and fix. Nurse was and remains highly scrutinized. I’m somewhat of a betting man. I’d be ecstatic to get 50/50 odds on whether or not Nurse blows the doors off at training camp etc.

Valuable experience playing at the worlds should do wonders for his confidence having played with some other very good dmen. My bet is he comes in stronger and meaner too.

YKOil

digger50:
We had a good end of season discussionabout coaching (here at the lowetide) Or maybe about 300 discussions. One of the main points being the biggest improvement for this team should come from a coaching change. Change the coaching strategy, rethink special teams ect…. watch the performance s turn around.

Better coaching, better goaltending, fewer injuries = good year

Interesting that only one of those has anything to do with talent

Oilman99

Woodguy v2.0: Yes, his hit for PIT is 6.8

Still pretty steep.

Maybe a VGK target?

VGK likes team guys,not l guys, don’t think they would want mess up the team bonds.

Gerta Rauss

bendelson: I halted my futile search when I found my way to the E-Girls ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’.
One can only sacrifice so much…

lol….I landed there last night as well and realized it was time to cut Melvis loose

Love the Stefani song btw

stephen sheps

So here’s something that just occurred to me, and if I missed it in an earlier thread I’m sorry, but has anyone thought about the fact that GMGM essentially built both teams in the cup finals? Obviously he left the caps 4 years ago but that core of homegrown talent are all McPhee draft picks and their current GM was GMGM’s right hand for nearly a decade.

I know McPhee was deservedly ripped on for that Forsberg for Erat trade (though to an Oilers fan that’s just your average weekenday in June), but it seems like maybe he doesn’t get enough credit for being a strong talent evaluator and builder.

digger50

We had a good end of season discussion about coaching (here at the lowetide) Or maybe about 300 discussions. One of the main points being the biggest improvement for this team should come from a coaching change. Change the coaching strategy, rethink special teams ect…. watch the performance s turn around.

As things worked out, we did not replace Tmac but looks like the next best thing. Even Woodcroft in Bakersfield May help us. Have to view it as a big win today and let’s see it play out.

Coaches – check

Now it’s all about Peters summer. You think he was being honest with his “tweaks” comments? He has to see it makes a lot of sense. But has he given up the idea of trading #10? I doubt it.

And has he given up the idea (even mentioned by Booby Nicks) of acquiring a top defenceman? I doubt it .

I think he’s setting expectations. He still should be and hopefully is, looking high and low for opportunity. If he finds it great, if it’s good pull the trigger, otherwise sit tight. So although I think he’s bluffing a bit, it’s still the right move.

jtblack

RonnieB: If his ceiling is anywhere near Marc-Edouard Vlasic I think the Oilers would be pretty happy.

I agree 100%. You probably just cherry picked the best shutdown D man of the last 4 years. Limited Offense and not in the Category of any player named in the original post.

If the original post said I could see Darnell with a ceiling as a top pairing shutdown guy, maybe as high as Vlasic; I would have agreed

But the names were All World, All around D men who deliver the O. Not Nurse ever.

RonnieB

jtblack: Keep Dreamin’ ….You might try and move the goalposts as to what constitutes a #1 .. if it makes you feel better. No chance Darnell ever is a 50 – 65 point; 26 Minute a night, all situations D man.He has never shiwn enough Offense as far back as junior

Can he be a really good shut down guy @ 27.Sure.Buts thats his ceiling.

If his ceiling is anywhere near Marc-Edouard Vlasic I think the Oilers would be pretty happy.

jtblack

godot10: More doesn’t always mean better.

Belichick has one of the smallest front office staff in the NFL.

The game is evolving.

30 years ago – 1 HC 2 AC . Roger Nielsen is coined “Captain Video”
15 years ago – 1 HC 2 AC 1 VC. Analytics is in its infancy.
5 years ago – Dubas hired into Leafs front office https://www.google.com/amp/s/ca.sports.yahoo.com/amphtml/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/maple-leafs-hiring-kyle-dubas-an-assault-on-old-boys-network-162114598.html

Today – All teams use multiple coaches, use video daily and anaalyze each player individually and give feedback the next day. My Midget AAA team does this.

5 years from now – Puck tracking technology, more readily avail analytics, & other progressions.

You cannot keep adding technology without adding bodies. IE: TMac is not being the head coach, showing each player video next day, coaching practice, etc etc …
The Times; They are a changin’

RonnieB

Dustylegnd,

Dustylegnd:
RonnieB,

Vegas as the betting favourite is a dream for the people long Vegas at the 500-1 level…they are getting paid to lock in their profits via the Caps bet

Yes. I understood your post. Not everyone has $100,000 U.S. sitting around.

I was simply laying out another possible option.

stephen sheps

Melvis,

A little late to the party, but thanks for the shoutout yesterday. We’ll figure out a music related bat signal eventually!

“Keep on Dancing” might have been the clue. I searched a whole bunch of contemporary pop songs this morning when I should have been working on my conference paper, but nothing seemed to quite hit your description. I didn’t appreciate the pure pop bliss of that track when it came out, but at the time I was in my early 20s and listening to far too much punk and metal to allow myself the space for such things, primarily because that was the kind of music I was writing (poorly – very poorly). Plus it was so ubiquitous for a while that even if I didn’t want to hear it, it still earwormed into my brain.

It’s funny – you’d think as a younger person I would have had space for pop music in my life and become more rigid and loyal to genres as I age. In fact it was quite the opposite. Late teens/early 20s I was probably at my least open minded (guitar rock, and maybe some rap provided that the lyrics had depth and it felt like the production was more organic and indebted to jazz/soul but nothing more). Now? Well… give me all the things, even pop music and electronic music and country.

Wonder Llama: Bonnaroo in lless than two weeks: Ron Gallllo, Alex Llahey, Sturgillll Simpson, Llarkin Poe, The Killllers, (and Broken Social Scene).

Not attending Bonnaroo while I was living an hour away was one of my biggest disappointments about my year in Tennessee. Unfortunately it was the same weekend as the sociology of sport conference, and after careful deliberation, I decided that a paid trip to Budapest to talk about hockey was better than a music festival. I know I made the right decision, but it was a more difficult choice than you’d think.

Apropos of Broken Social Scene, I saw them again last night at the ‘Budweiser Stage’ (the amphitheatre at Ontario Place for those of you who don’t know Toronto). They’re just incredible live, especially for hometown shows where any given member of entire extended BSS family can just sort of saunter on to the stage, pick up a guitar and make some beautiful noise and then saunter off. At one point I think there was like 17 of ’em up there, so many guitars, even a 5 piece horn section. Only missing pieces from the extended family were Feist and Emily Haines, but I didn’t really miss them. Great show.

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New coaching hires seem good. Manny seems like a very smart, out of the box kind of choice, which is shocking given the (mis)management team’s track record. No real complaints. That’s all I’ve got w.r.t this bit of Oilers news.

hunter1909

Incredible finals storyline: 1st year team tries to defeat team led by one of the elite players in the game.

I hope Ovi win this, but Vegas are an outstanding team. Still, I can’t help but think the pumpkins and mice return for the Nevadans.

I’m sick of Ovi being dissed, so I’ll cheer for the Caps.

hunter1909

godot10: More doesn’t always mean better.

Belichick has one of the smallest front office staff in the NFL.

My initial thought was something along the lines of “Oilers are making sure they have as many brains as possible”…then visualized that scene in Orson Welle’s The Trial where the protagonist is confronted by what feels like a stadium full of hostile witnesses.

godot10

jtblack:
Completely onboard with the coaching choices.

There is no cap on office staff; so although we applaud owners that “spend to the Cap” ; the first thing I would do if owned a team was double my spending on the following 3 areas.
1 – HOCKEY OPS (All Levels)
2 – COACHING (asst’s, video, training, psychological, etcl)
3 – SCOUTING

IMHO, in most businesses prople are asked to do too much and become taken away from their core responsibities.More staff, with the proper role distribution and structure, allows everybody to best do the most Important part of their job.

SELLERS SELL
SOCIAL MEDIA PPL TWEET
GM’S GM
SCOUTS WATCH TALENT
ETC……

More doesn’t always mean better.

Belichick has one of the smallest front office staff in the NFL.

Woodguy v2.0

Yeti: Pfft. Does your phone hold the WoodMoneys for Gwen Stefani or what?

Gwen controls her own QoC and given here success I don’t question it.

Woodguy v2.0

VOR: I have now found eleven media reports about the relationship between Prior and Fleury and none of them give any insight into what exactly Prior has goalies do. The closes was Prior saying if the goalie works the program he set up they end up having greater confidence. That is it.

Apparently none of his goalies have ever said what he had them do. Which is quite amazing. I can find articles with Kolzig and Osgood talking in generalities but no specifics. You’d think by now it would be common knowledge. But it isn’t.

I only know second hand what he looks for when he is drafting goalies. He said he’ll do an interview when he is retired.

Mr. Prior is one secretive dinosaur.

Any goalie whisperer is worth their weight in gold.

Hockey is actually Mostly Goalie.

Woodguy v2.0

RonnieB: He could have done what Chia would have done, which is to accept their first offer.
OR: Since Vegas has VGK as the betting favorite they were obviously low-balling him. He could have negotiated with them. For example, offer to sell them 50% of the ticket for $50k and let the other 50% ride, while also suggesting they might want to give him another call after the Knights win Game 1.

Based on Peter’s negotiations caught on camera with Nill regarding Seguin he’d offer a 80% return to buy out.

Woodguy v2.0

Melvis:
bendelson,

So I was out a few years – and a few lyrics. One can’t underestimate the power of a brainllock.

“Barkeep, cut this Bendelson guy off. He gnaws the handthat holds the tab.”

Fuck Bendelson and people who look like him is what I always say.

jtblack

Completely onboard with the coaching choices.

There is no cap on office staff; so although we applaud owners that “spend to the Cap” ; the first thing I would do if owned a team was double my spending on the following 3 areas.
1 – HOCKEY OPS (All Levels)
2 – COACHING (asst’s, video, training, psychological, etcl)
3 – SCOUTING

IMHO, in most businesses prople are asked to do too much and become taken away from their core responsibities. More staff, with the proper role distribution and structure, allows everybody to best do the most Important part of their job.

SELLERS SELL
SOCIAL MEDIA PPL TWEET
GM’S GM
SCOUTS WATCH TALENT
ETC……

Woodguy v2.0

Munny:
Woodguy v2.0,

Does that further impair the return for Eberle?

Strong chance it does.

No, it doesn’t imo.

He’s a top 30 NHLer 5v5 in many respects and the return for him was poor.

VOR

Woodguy v2.0:
VOR,

Very cool story.

I was listening to Kevin Woodley (In Goal Magazine- great guest on Gregor’s show all the time) and he had mentioned one of the things that Fluery changed in the last few years was cutting down on the flopping and having a much more calm body, and more “head tracking”

There is no question that Fleury was a huge reason that PIT didn’t win a few more Cup in the early part of this decade, he was atrocious in the playoffs for a few years: 09/10 .891, 10/11 .899, 11/12 .844, 12/13 .883 just to start.

That said, his turn around (which started 3 years ago in PIT) has been phenomenal

Full props to him for rebuilding his game.

I bet getting away from Letang was good for his SV% too.

I have now found eleven media reports about the relationship between Prior and Fleury and none of them give any insight into what exactly Prior has goalies do. The closes was Prior saying if the goalie works the program he set up they end up having greater confidence. That is it.

Apparently none of his goalies have ever said what he had them do. Which is quite amazing. I can find articles with Kolzig and Osgood talking in generalities but no specifics. You’d think by now it would be common knowledge. But it isn’t.

I only know second hand what he looks for when he is drafting goalies. He said he’ll do an interview when he is retired.

Mr. Prior is one secretive dinosaur.

jtblack

Dustylegnd:
Richard S.S.,
How long did it take people to figure out Doughty and Carlson were #1…..less than 2 seasons…..Duncan Keith,Headman a bit longer…Big Buff and Burns (assuming Burns is a #1) even longer…after stints as forwards….Chara took a long long long time to present himself as a #1….only generational players present early

I would say there is still a chance Darnell could be a #1 by 27

Keep Dreamin’ …. You might try and move the goalposts as to what constitutes a #1 .. if it makes you feel better. No chance Darnell ever is a 50 – 65 point; 26 Minute a night, all situations D man. He has never shiwn enough Offense as far back as junior

Can he be a really good shut down guy @ 27. Sure. Buts thats his ceiling.

PunjabiOil

Given how much Peter Chiarelli gets chastised, it’s only fair he gets praise for nailing the hires at assistant coach. It does not mean his work has stopped – but it’s a good start

With special teams being such a factor in the NHL these days – it’s refreshing the hires have track records in that regard.

Gulutzan had hiccups but at the same time had too 10 corsi teams in his time in Calgary.

This was a good day for the organization.

As Lowetide says, “I’m going to have a beer. And then I’m having another”

Kinger_Oil.redux

Dustylegnd,

– thanks dusty – managing money I was going to bite my tounge. But you have to lock down that gain.

– you’ve got guaranteed money. Hedge it out. Take the other side and get paid.

meanashell11

Yeti: I might be missing context here, but does this mean that Gwen Stefani is running the PP or heading up the PK? I’m cool with either.

I’m cool with anything she is heading up…..

meanashell11

hunter1909:
Apathetic re McLellan at this point.

Should Chiarelli give him a team worth contending with, we’ll see what he can do. Book says he’s a relatively unimaginative, cookie cutter style type who prefers ramming square pegs into round holes over optimizing performance relative to ability etc.

I’d have sacked him after he blew that series to the Ducks.

I completely agree with the square peg, round hole point.

He is so attached to his system he does not care that he has the best player in hockey, McD hasto adjust to his “system. It is total bull shit.

hunter1909

Woodguy v2.0: Peter peddling the “offer sheet preparedness” story as a reason to trade Eberle pissed me off.
I guess he assumes the fans don’t know you can exceed the cap in the summer.

Reciprocally the fans assume Chiarelli knows what he’s talking about.

Woodguy v2.0

Peter interview on Gregor’s show right away

hunter1909

Richard S.S.:
Last year was Darnell Nurse’s first full season, giving him just over 200 NHL games for his career.Despite all the opinions about Nurse, no one knows how good he is, including Darnell.By now we should know if he’s a number one D?

Nurse got hurt. Then he came back and held back a lot – i figured at the time he was taking it slowly with himself.

That was the year before. Last season’s disaster even Paul Coffey couldn’t just step up to and fix. Nurse was and remains highly scrutinized. I’m somewhat of a betting man. I’d be ecstatic to get 50/50 odds on whether or not Nurse blows the doors off at training camp etc.

Yeti

Woodguy v2.0: Here’s McDavid’s TOI vs the 3 WoodMoney bins of QoC from last year:
Elite 37%
Middle 38%
Gritensity 24%

Pfft. Does your phone hold the WoodMoneys for Gwen Stefani or what?

Munny

Woodguy v2.0,

Does that further impair the return for Eberle?

Strong chance it does.

Dustylegnd

Richard S.S.,
How long did it take people to figure out Doughty and Carlson were #1…..less than 2 seasons…..Duncan Keith,Headman a bit longer…Big Buff and Burns (assuming Burns is a #1) even longer…after stints as forwards….Chara took a long long long time to present himself as a #1….only generational players present early

I would say there is still a chance Darnell could be a #1 by 27

Woodguy v2.0

Andy Dufresne: Thank You Sir.

By the way you asked for a source on my “Montreal planning to offer sheet Draisaitl” comments…..and I searched high and low….and found NO sources.

Literally dozens of well know media people speculating and suggesting….but no source for an actual offer being close.

Two things from French media spoke to Bergeron clearing enough cap space and having the right assets/picks in place, but there was a clear quote from a source inside the organization stating that while the Canadiens management discussed the idea of an offer sheet, they clearly nixed the idea before it got passed the discussion stage. Meaning/Implying that they never considered it as a serious option.

This was interpreted by google translate, so the wording may be a little off, but the just of it was clear….no serious concideration of actioning an offer sheet.

I appreciate that.

The way the media is today, if an offer sheet was presented to Drai (but not signed) it would have got out.

Too many moles in too many spots for something that huge not to get out.

Peter peddling the “offer sheet preparedness” story as a reason to trade Eberle pissed me off.

I guess he assumes the fans don’t know you can exceed the cap in the summer.

I think it was figured that even without trading Eberle he could have matched 14MM and been under the cap and 20MM with the summer overage.

bendelson

Melvis:
bendelson,

So I was out a few years – and a few lyrics. One can’t underestimate the power of a brainllock.

“Barkeep, cut this Bendelson guy off. He gnaws the handthat holds the tab.”

I halted my futile search when I found my way to the E-Girls ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’.
One can only sacrifice so much…

Richard S.S.

Last year was Darnell Nurse’s first full season, giving him just over 200 NHL games for his career. Despite all the opinions about Nurse, no one knows how good he is, including Darnell. By now we should know if he’s a number one D?

Munny

Lowetide: receive positive reaction

Lol… the actual news!

Jethro Tull

hunter1909: That’s some of the best bad music I’ve ever heard.

Gavin Rossdale was No Doubt’s Yoko Ono.