Bennie and the Jets

by Lowetide

Matt Benning is a good young NHL defenseman with a solid future. He’s already a solid third pairing rearguard, and there may be more responsibility in his future. Benning is the most successful of Peter Chiarelli’s college free agents and signed a reasonable two-year contract with the organization on Tuesday. In an organization starving for value contracts, perhaps Benning will be one.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • Lowetide: Oilers top 10 prospects in front of the 2018 draft.
  • New Jonathan Willis: The framework of a hypothetical Milan Lucic trade
  • New The Athletic: The 2018 NHL Awards.
  • New Mitch Brown: Tracking the best CHL blue in five data tracking categories
  • Lowetide: tough and important week for Peter Chiarelli
  • Corey Pronman: 2018 Mock Draft.
  • Jonathan Willis: Ranking the 2018 draft based on statistical performance.
  • Lowetide: The WHL draft pool 2018: Where are the forwards?
  • Lowetide: Can the Oilers repeat the 2017 draft haul?
  • Lowetide: Embracing a two-way mentoring role key for Ryan Strome
  • Lowetide: Oilers coveted righty defenceman could come in Round Two of the draft
  • Tyler Dellow: Milan Lucic’s transition into rush player wiped out much production
  • Lowetide: Shopping Milan Lucic for another problem contract.
  • Tyler Dellow: The value of draft picks and reasonable trades Canadian teams can make
  • Corey Pronman: 2018 NHL draft board.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the USHL.
  • 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.

CURRENT PROJECTED 2018-19 ROSTER

  • The cap may be less than $80 million, but we’ll go with that number until a new one appears. Benning’s contract is slightly more than I projected, but we’re still in a range where three players will be added with about $5 million in cap room (plus a need to have some wiggle room).
  • Assuming a $800,000 No. 7D, and a $1 million No. 4C, that would mean the right-wing addition would be required to come in just over $2 million (allowing for some wiggle room). Money’s too tight to mention.
  • Nurse will be a bridge unless PC offloads a lot of coin.

50-MAN ROSTER

  • We’re at 40 now, with Safin the only slide player who could turn pro.
  • Edmonton needs help on the wings, a No. 4 C and the organization is vehement on adding a puck-moving defenseman.
  • There is still plenty of room. Lots.

OILERS FREE AGENT LIST

  • G Nick Ellis RFA. Retired.
  • G Laurent Brossoit UFA. Unlikely to return.
  • LD Darnell Nurse RFA. A bridge deal likely part of the conversation.
  • RD Matt Benning RFA. Signed. 
  • LD Yohann Auvitu UFA. Reportedly heading back to Europe, there’s an NHL player here.
  • RD Mark Fayne UFA. He’s done with the Oilers.
  • LD Keegan Lowe UFA. Signed. 
  • LD Dillon Simpson UFA. Same spot as Lowe, likely room for only one.
  • LD Joey Laleggia UFA. He’ll sign with an NHL team that sees him as a defenseman. Maybe Vancouver.
  • LD Ben Betker RFA. Likely part of a substantial “Leftorium” haircut this summer.
  • RC Ryan Strome RFA. Several options for this player, including a trade.
  • RC Kyle Platzer RFA. I don’t think he’s shown enough in his entry deal.
  • LC Grayson Downing UFA. Unlikely to return.
  • L Mike Cammalleri UFA. I liked his contribution but the Oilers need more speed.
  • L Drake Caggiula RFA. Signed. 
  • L Braden Christoffer RFA. Signed an AHL deal. 
  • R Anton Slepyshev RFA. Heading to Russia. 
  • R Iiro Pakarinen RFA. Also heading to Russia. 
  • R Patrick Russell. RFA. I think there’s a chance he gets another deal.
  • R Brian Ferlin UFA. Barely got on the ice.

BENNING

Benning didn’t play the tough opposition much, but he performed well against elites when deployed. It’s interesting to compare his line with that of Darnell Nurse, who has spent a lot of time playing above his comfort zone in the NHL. Nurse-Benning third pair next season would work well and give this team some depth.

THE LIST (FORWARDS)

  1. R Artemi Panarin, Columbus Blue Jackets. I’d absolutely pay full price.
  2. L Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals. He’s a brilliant young player.
  3. R Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins. A strong scoring option.
  4. R Andreas Athanasiou, Detroit Red Wings. Impressive young player.
  5. R Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers. One of my favorite players.
  6. L Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes. Speed merchant and a born scorer.
  7. L Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens. Talented scorer.
  8. L Vladislav Namestnikov, NY Rangers. Skilled winger apparently available. (RFA)
  9. R Connor Brown, Toronto Maple Leafs. Solid young winger with some NHL experience, he also played with Connor McDavid in Erie.
  10. R Daniel Sprong, Pittsburgh Penguins. Excellent skater, strong fit.
  11. RC Austin Czarnik, Boston Bruins. Among the top scorers in the AHL.
  12. R David Backes, Boston Bruins. If Boston takes back Lucic.
  13. R Josh Leivo, Toronto Maple Leafs. Talented winger never plays.
  14. L Warren Foegele, Carolina Hurricanes. Big forward with skill and two-way acumen.
  15. L Nic Petan, Winnipeg Jets. Undersized and very creative.
  16. W Peter Cehlarik, Boston Bruins. Big forward with skill.
  17. LC Lucas Wallmark, Carolina Hurricanes. Nice range of skills.
  18. LC Zack Smith, Ottawa Senators. One of a few No. 4C options.

THE LIST (DEFENSE)

  1. RD Dougie Hamilton, Calgary Flames. The impossible dream.
  2. RD Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild. A strong option at a major price.
  3. RD Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche. Might be the best option.
  4. LD Noah Hanifan, Carolina Hurricanes. Impressive young player.
  5. RD Chris Tanev, Vancouver Canucks. Seldom mentioned, he can help the Oilers.
  6. LD Torey Krug, Boston Bruins. He posts terrific boxcars.
  7. RD Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes. He is available, seems a default option.
  8. RD Alex Petrovic, Florida Panthers. Big, strong shutdown blue.
  9. RD Chris Wideman, Ottawa Senators. He’s a depth pickup but has some nice arrows.

I don’t think Edmonton has a chance at most of these players but their names are out there and they would be exceptional additions for the team. Signing Kris Russell limited Peter Chiarelli’s ability to wheel so badly, that’s a transaction that will impact several summers.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun morning, rich with draft talk as we get closer to Friday and the first round. 10 this morning, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. We’ll chat draft, ideal trade targets, and what the roster will look like a week from now.
  • Corey Pronman, The Athletic. One final look at the 2018 draft.
  • Cam Hillis, Guelph Storm. Young center will be drafted by an NHL team this weekend, we’ll check in on a talented young prospect.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR

OriginalPouzar,

If we’re paying 1.9M more than we are right now and have “Balance” and a PP QB who plays physical I’d take it in a heartbeat.

knighttown

One thing on offer sheets I don’t often see mentioned. The idea in sport with the amateur draft and the salary cap is to rebalance talent around the league and strive for competitive balance. The NHL offer sheet program is one of the most flawed systems I’ve ever seen for doing that. The NHL is very lucky that GMs are too scared to use them.

An offer sheet should be a mechanism for a bad team to get better and instead it offers an amazing way for the rich to get richer.

Let’s forget incompetent teams like Montreal and Edmonton for awhile and focus on simply low budget teams and/or undesirable locations. Let’s use Buffalo versus Toronto or Tampa.

If Tampa decides to target a Buffalo RFA Jack Eichel (if he was) with an offer sheet:

-Eichel will likely sign it because it’s a better market
-Toronto or Tampa would pay huge money and possibly price Buffalo out of matching
-the compensation cost to Tampa or Toronto will be relatively cheap because they are pretty safely going to be in the top-10 in the NHL for the next few years. Especially with Jack Eichel…almost a sure thing they’d finish top-5 in the NHL and have to give Buffalo 4 x #27 overall. A pittance.

Now reverse the equation. Let’s say Buffalo tries to sign away Auston Matthews.
– Matthews would need a premium over what Toronto was offering to consider signing because it’s a crappy market
– almost no price Toronto wouldn’t match unless they just choose not to
– even if they let Matthews walk (for say 15M per year) the compensation to Buffalo would be much, much stiffer. How many of those first rounders are lottery tickets even with Matthews on board?

Roughly, the cost to Toronto to sign an elite RFA is 4 picks around #27.

The cost to Buffalo to sign an elite RFA is 4 x lottery tickets.

It still might be worth it to Buffalo but it’s definitely more than Toronto has to pay which is why it’s so unfair.

The RFA compensation should be tied to a total amount of draft pick value and should NOT call all first rounders equal. There are tools out there that could be used as a template. Perhaps 3 x 27’s equals one Top 5 pick or whatever.

If I’m Kyle Dubas I ABSOLUTELY GO NUTS with RFA offers for the next few years and take advantage of this massive imbalance.

godot10

Nugent-Hopkins and Klefbom are both 25 when the season starts this fall. Time to trade them, before they enter the peak years of their career.

Like Hall, Eberle, Petry, Stoll, Pitkanen, Cogliano, etc.

Gotta keep that big doughnut hole in the roster between 26-29 years of age.

hunter1909

McDavid, Hall both win Hart in consecutive years as Oilers.

Oops!

Many Oiler fans now forced to think like Dick Cheney NeoCon clones; being fed the official line(which is, lol…like…where does a club that trades away the Hart winner for a defenceman), then now, 2 measly seasons later has to talk about trading away it’s basically mediocre defence players along with other desperately needed assets to get a winger.

Okay that’s it LOL

Summer starts now!

leadfarmer

OriginalPouzar,

Actually it cost us a chance at winning a cup. This team isnt sniffing a cup for at least 4 years when the dead weight contracts are gone.
“They werent going to pick Barzal”
Does that make you comfortable with management?
When casual fans are chanting Barzal. Let me guess. They thought he was too much like Nuge

Onemanblitz

OriginalPouzar: Wishful thinking – its not going to end for years and years and years – even after we win the cup we’ll still read about how we could have had McDavid, Hall and Barzal on the same team.

I’m not so sure that if we delete Larsson from the lineup and add Hall that we are a better team.

Thank you for stating this, it needs to be said even if it’s against the grain and risks heavy retaliation.

OriginalPouzar

russ99:
Can we put this Barzal nonsense to bed? Every team can look at every draft and say “ I should have picked that player”.

16 teams passed on him including the Oilers who weren’t going to draft him.

Wishful thinking – its not going to end for years and years and years – even after we win the cup we’ll still read about how we could have had McDavid, Hall and Barzal on the same team.

I’m not so sure that if we delete Larsson from the lineup and add Hall that we are a better team.

jp

OriginalPouzar: Nothing Brad Malone did in his 7 NHL games over the last two year show that he can be serviceable.

He wasn’t just ineffective, he made the team worse by taking multiple bad penalties.

What did he do in those 7 games to show he can be serviceable?

He actually had exceptional metrics across the board in this 7 NHL games last year, the 3 minor penalties excepted.

https://www.naturalstattrick.com/playerreport.php?season=20172018&stype=2&sit=ev&stdoi=oi&rate=n&v=p&playerid=8474089

In the ball park of 60% for pretty much all possession measures, 41% OZ/NZ starts, 67% on faceoffs.

Seems he fooled a lot of folks with the small sample size heater, but I agree he shouldn’t be in the opening night lineup, and he’s not a prospect.

digger50

Timing couldn’t be better.

We are probably right on the verge of another trade. Oscar and the tenth for???. And we may get incrementally better. Say the resturn brings back 20% greater performance than Klefbom. Not worth it.

I hope that Peter thinks really hard on any moves, we simply cannot afford a single blunder.

My congrats to Hall as well, I’m happy for him.

Alpine

Well I’m glad Chia fixed the D and paid a shit high price to barely do so. Maybe he can solidify RHD this summer and trade McDavid for Ekblad.

VOR

Richard S.S.:
Does anyone remember how putrid the Defense was in Edmonton prior to Peter Chiarelli taking over? Boston was terrified to deal with Chiarelli so they took a substandard offer to get anything for Dougie Hamilton.Chiarelli offer was, at a minimum, twice as good.Everyone forgot that all Chiarelli had to try and get better quickly was trading Draft Picks, career AHLers and spending in Free Agency. The Oiler Scout didn’t have anything current on Reinhart or any others so Chiarelli got misinformed.If Reinharthad a better work ethic he’d be in the NHL.

I would really like to know a) how you know Griffin Reinhart has a lack of work ethic, and b) how you know he would have played in the NHL if he had a better work ethic?

Pescador

rope-a-dope,

Nah,
How many people do you know in Management of any kind sit around second guessing themselves saying geez I can’t believe how wrong I was.
At best you typically get a thinly veiled admittance of possible oversight,
which is usually qualified in someway or probably blamed on someone lower on the totem.
Everyone else is wrong, that’s why I’m in charge.
You’re criticism is unfounded because you don’t see what They see.
Fin

rope-a-dope

A rather sobering awards night likely for the management group as a whole. I say that because my view is the Reinhart trade was less Chiarelli, more Green/others. Hopefully this leads to extra consideration and caution when assessing potential trades this summer.

Bag of Pucks

godot10: The Oilers didn’t draft Gretzky.

Good catch.

Jethro Tull

Anyone seen the movie Fatherland? I’m thinking reboot, but instead of the Nazis winning the war, the Oilers drafted perfectly and nobody was ever traded and we won every game by every metric imaginable.

godot10

Bag of Pucks:
The Oilers have now drafted 4 Hart Trophy winners, none of whom won the Calder.

3 of them won the Hart with other teams (Gretzky, Messier, Hall) though Gretz obviously won it plenty with the Oilers as well.

The Oilers didn’t draft Gretzky.

godot10

russ99:
Can we put this Barzal nonsense to bed? Every team can look at every draft and say “ I should have picked that player”.

16 teams passed on him including the Oilers who weren’t going to draft him.

50-60% of the picks before Barzal were fine. Only 6 were really suspect. It is wrong to say 16 teams were wrong on Barzal. Really on 4 or 5 were (since Boston had 3 picks).

McDavid
Eichel
Marner
Hanifin
Provorov
Werenski
Meier
Rantanen
Debrusk

Dylan Strome
Zacha
Crouse
Gurianov
Zboril
Senyshyn

Bag of Pucks

The Oilers have now developed 4 Hart Trophy winners, none of whom won the Calder.

3 of them won the Hart with other teams (Gretzky, Messier, Hall) though Gretz obviously won it plenty with the Oilers as well.

godot10

leadfarmer:
Hall gets the Hart
Barzal gets the Calder
How is Chia still employed?

Lowe and MacT were probably the most adamant about getting rid of Hall. And Lowe and MacT were probably the ones most insistent on acquiring Griffin Reinhart.

Bag of Pucks

russ99:
Can we put this Barzal nonsense to bed? Every team can look at every draft and say “ I should have picked that player”.

16 teams passed on him including the Oilers who weren’t going to draft him.

Just cos a bunch of people make the same dumb decision, it doesnt make that dumb decision more defensible.

The Oilers should be kicking themselves for not drafting Barzal today along with all the others who let him slide down the board.

Unfortunately the Oilers don’t kick themselves, so i have to do it for them!

russ99

Can we put this Barzal nonsense to bed? Every team can look at every draft and say “ I should have picked that player”.

16 teams passed on him including the Oilers who weren’t going to draft him.

tsg

Richard S.S.:
Does anyone remember how putrid the Defense was in Edmonton prior to Peter Chiarelli taking over? Boston was terrified to deal with Chiarelli so they took a substandard offer to get anything for Dougie Hamilton.Chiarelli offer was, at a minimum, twice as good.Everyone forgot that all Chiarelli had to try and get better quickly was trading Draft Picks, career AHLers and spending in Free Agency. The Oiler Scout didn’t have anything current on Reinhart or any others so Chiarelli got misinformed.If Reinharthad a better work ethic he’d be in the NHL.

With Taylor Hall on this team (and health) you’re a playoff team with a poor defense and a stanley cup contender with an average NHL defense.

Scungilli Slushy

Bag of Pucks:
Kessel. Wheeler. Seguin. Hall.

You could probably win a Cup with the Top Fs Chiarelli has traded away.

Other than Wheeler who I know nothing about work wise, all 3 others had reported attitudinal issue when young and maybe still.

Players like that never worked for the Oilers even before PC. They shouldn’t bother acquiring them.

This draft that means no to Boqvist or Merkely. I know how skilled they are, but for the Oilers it’s wasting a first round pick.

Also forget any ‘Russians’ other than Svech. No point given history. Panarin probably also, they’d immediately want him to bang in the corners and block shots, and I’m sure that doesn’t suit his style. Probably why Torts wants him out.

Professor Q

Bag of Pucks:
In an alternate universe…

Hall/McDavid/Pulijarvi
Barzal/Draisaitl/Rattie

And RNH plus Eberle likely gets you Seth Jones plus a pick…

Hopefully a 1st. RNH almost got Jones by himself.

Scungilli Slushy

Bag of Pucks:
Is Larsson on a Victor Hedmanesque development path?

Cos that’s the only way that trade remotely makes any sense.

Reinhart was worth a 2nd at most when traded for, absolutely not a first even if Snow used one to pick him. An appallingly bad trade. Barzal was possible still, although they wanted the plugger C Ek. Thankfully drafting seems better now.

Bag of Pucks

Kessel. Wheeler. Seguin. Hall.

You could probably win a Cup with the Top Fs Chiarelli has traded away.

Scungilli Slushy

leadfarmer:
Hall gets the Hart
Barzal gets the Calder
How is Chia still employed?

Nicholson take note. It’s up to him to stop this.

leadfarmer

Bag of Pucks,

I’m sure that second rounder we gave up in addition to that Barzal pick in the Reinhardt trade could have been used to pick up a decent forward. (quickly ducks)

Bag of Pucks

Is Larsson on a Victor Hedmanesque development path?

Cos that’s the only way that trade remotely makes any sense.

Scungilli Slushy

Rafa Nadal:
Hard not to be disappointed seeing Hall win that trophy. Happy for the player, but extraordinarily disappointed in the GM for the move. Sometimes it’s difficult to think about what could’ve been. Two amazing scoring lines that would probably come close to 57-58% GF. We’d win a lot of hockey games like that. Sigh…

It’s looking really bad on the Oilers (OBC) and PC today.

Hopefully they have somehow learned from it, for once.

leadfarmer

Hall gets the Hart
Barzal gets the Calder
How is Chia still employed?

Bag of Pucks

In an alternate universe…

Hall/McDavid/Pulijarvi
Barzal/Draisaitl/Rattie

And RNH plus Eberle likely gets you Seth Jones plus a pick…

Richard S.S.

Does anyone remember how putrid the Defense was in Edmonton prior to Peter Chiarelli taking over? Boston was terrified to deal with Chiarelli so they took a substandard offer to get anything for Dougie Hamilton. Chiarelli offer was, at a minimum, twice as good. Everyone forgot that all Chiarelli had to try and get better quickly was trading Draft Picks, career AHLers and spending in Free Agency. The Oiler Scout didn’t have anything current on Reinhart or any others so Chiarelli got misinformed. If Reinhart had a better work ethic he’d be in the NHL.

Rafa Nadal

Hard not to be disappointed seeing Hall win that trophy. Happy for the player, but extraordinarily disappointed in the GM for the move. Sometimes it’s difficult to think about what could’ve been. Two amazing scoring lines that would probably come close to 57-58% GF. We’d win a lot of hockey games like that. Sigh…

OriginalPouzar

Oilman99:

Nothing Brad Malone did in his 7 NHL games over the last two year show that he can be serviceable.

He wasn’t just ineffective, he made the team worse by taking multiple bad penalties.

What did he do in those 7 games to show he can be serviceable?

Richard S.S.

The NHL Players chose who wins/deserves the Ted Lindsay Award – the Best Player in the Regular Season. The Hart, chosen by the Media Menace, is for the Best Player. As the Award reads (available to anyone who looks) Best Player. No qualifications or interpretations are mentioned or are needed.

godot10

I am so happy for Taylor Hall. He is totally deserving of the Hart Trophy. Sweet vindication.

Bag of Pucks

Barzal with Calder.

Wasn’t talked about much here, but the Oil could’ve drafted him with one of the picks traded for Griffin Reinhart ; )

Bag of Pucks

Congratulations to Taylor Hall, Hart Trophy winner as League MVP.

Oilman99

Oilman99: Three players of higher caliber makes more sense. Contrary to your beliefs, Malone can be serviceable.

Oilman99

OriginalPouzar:
I believe that four players should be added, not three, as Brad Malone is not an NHL player and should not be on the team.Add $650K to the cap space and reduce the roster to 19.

Money is tight – we’ve known for months and months and months that there would be apx $2M for acquisitions and that no material acquisition can be made without a corresponding move to move out cap.

Personally, I wish we didn’t commit an extra $1.5M to the back-up goaltending position and we aren’t even sure if we’ve improved at the position.We can hope but the add has not track record of success in the league he will be playing in.

I’d prefer $3.5M of cap space with Montoya as the backup or the same $2M of cap space but a back-up with more of a track record of success in the NHL (Bernier, Halak, etc.).

Thre players of higher caliber makes more sense. Contrary to your beliefs, Malone can be s

russ99

Connor won the Ted Lindsey. Probably means more to him than the Hart.

leadfarmer

Harpers Hair,

Man games lost is meaningless as a franchise player and a 13th forward equal the same thing. Sedins while had a lesser role are gone.
Here Nurse we know you needed Larsson last year but hey have 23 min a night with Del Zotto

digger50

Scungilli Slushy: I see Simmonds as having a great potential to fade off soon. He’s skilled and tough, but he’s the same weight as Cagguila at 4 inches taller. That is a slight build for a physical player, and while he’s played most games each year reports say he was hampered by injuries last season.

A player I like, but you’re talking about a 30 YO guy with a lot of miles with one year left. For a second and lesser prospect sure, nothing more.

I think Simmonds could help and I think he has 20 goals in him for next year. But at 4M and assets out, why do we do that? Point is Maroon is not sexy to fans at the moment but he’s one of few 20 goal men we can get without assets out.

More random thoughts:
I keep hearing trade proposals everywhere. Maybe, maybe the Oil win one and get incrementally better. That would be nice for a change. But any difference maker we acquire is going to cost.

I think we need to focus more on oncovering Vegas type overlooked players for under 2m. That’s where the gold is this year. If Looch heads out then great we can also get a 3-4 m player.

If I could revise my Kinger prediction model, the first pick the Oilers make this year is the number 40 pick.

Despite the lack of proven NHL talent at forward, Peter, or the Org seems hell bent that bringing in an offensive defenceman the key to a successful season. Huh? Does he know something we don’t?

Harpers Hair

leadfarmer:
Harpers Hair,

That would be amazing.I would laugh as Oilers pick Hughes with the Canucks number one draft pick next year for the low price of a LHD which they dont really need and have trouble affording.That Canucks team is bottom of the Pacific next year and they will give the Sens if they trade Karlsson a strong run for their money for bottom of league

The Oilers finished 5 points ahead of the Canucks last season despite the Canucks having the third most games lost to injury in the league.
The difference between their draft positions is 7 and 10.
If, as you say, the Oilers don’t need Nurse and walk away from him, I would suggest there is an excellent chance the Canucks would finish ahead of the Oilers next season. Vancouver would be picking up a somewhat developed second pairing D, drafted 7th overall for a pick that would likely be in the 7-10 range and need a year or three to have an impact in the NHL.

Not a sure bet but not a bad one

OilFire

Johnny Larue: That’s a pyrogy eh! It has always reminded me of something else but my mind is in the gutter.

Yes, the gentle townspeople of Glendon are aware of how it appears from “The Forbidden Angle.” We do not stand there ourselves, but are too refined to call attention to it with warning signs.

OilFire

bendelson: Fun fact: Did you know they added the fork to the pierog in Glenden after the fact b/c nobody had a clue what it was supposed to be…

Lies! Slanderous lies! I can’t believe you’ll sit there and malign our beloved beige lump like this.

Richard S.S.

The NHL Writers are the worst part about Hockey. The Hart qualification as written, not as interpreted by the NHL Media Menace, has Conor McDavid as #1 or #1A for the Award. Too much Media is as interepreted not as written.

leadfarmer

Harpers Hair,

That would be amazing. I would laugh as Oilers pick Hughes with the Canucks number one draft pick next year for the low price of a LHD which they dont really need and have trouble affording. That Canucks team is bottom of the Pacific next year and they will give the Sens if they trade Karlsson a strong run for their money for bottom of league

--hudson--

Scungilli Slushy: I see Simmonds as having a great potential to fade off soon. He’s skilled and tough, but he’s the same weight as Cagguila at 4 inches taller. That is a slight build for a physical player, and while he’s played most games each year reports say he was hampered by injuries last season.

A player I like, but you’re talking about a 30 YO guy with a lot of miles with one year left. For a second and lesser prospect sure, nothing more.

Wayne Simmonds had a hilarious injury report this spring:
– broken ankle
– six teeth knocked out
– torn ligaments in his right thumb
– pelvic tear
– pulled groin
source: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/flyers-wayne-simmonds-injuries-broken-ankle-torn-thumb-ligament-torn-pelvis-pulled-groin-20180425.html