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by Lowetide

Steve Tambellini was the most conservative Oilers general manager of my lifetime, your lifetime and that of our children. That’s not a bad thing on its own, but middle managers (Mr. Tambellini was one) have a tendency to be on the wrong side of “no guts, no glory” before the start line. Peter Chiarelli might be the most aggressive general manager in Oilers history (Slats was kind of a maniac at times) and that has its own rewards and punishments. One of the risky moves made by PC this offseason was the signing of Mikko Koskinen. He is signed, sealed and delivered but the story he’ll write is a blank chapter in the 2018-19 season. What do we know about him?

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Handicapping the race to win jobs on McDavid/Draisaitl wings
  • Lowetide: Three prospects on the upswing after orientation camp, free agency
  • Lowetide: Oilers grab Tobias Rieder in free agency
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers hopes rest on players already on the roster
  • Lowetide: Frugal Oilers grab Kyle Brodziak in free agency
  • Lowetide: Hard Target Search: Tobias Rieder.
  • Lowetide: Oilers still preferred CHL and older prospects in 2018 draft.
  • Jonathan Willis: How will Oilers manage rich collection of goalie prospects?
  • Lowetide: Is Evan Bouchard NHL-ready?
  • Lowetide: Low budget free agents can deliver Oilers big bang
  • Lowetide: The maturation of Daryl Katz, or heading down a dangerous road?
  • Lowetide: Oilers top 10 prospects in front of the 2018 draft.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers scouting directors: A history.

MIKKO KOSKINEN

Mikko Koskinen is a big goaltender (6.06, 205) who posted some major numbers in the KHL last season (29 games, .937 save percentage). He also had a strong playoff and has been one of the best goalies in Europe over the past four seasons. His size is the big thing, he blocks out the sun. Among the most unusual bets for Edmonton this coming season will be Koskinen. It’s a one-year deal, $2.5 million and if it works out he might be the No. 1 goalie this time next year.

A year ago, Edmonton moved Laurent Brossoit up from the farm and that seemed a reasonable bet to me. My argument was he had done his time in the system, earned the opportunity. You have to give a man his chance. He didn’t pass the test. Al Montoya is still here and with the number of goalies still on the market he could in fact get sent down during training camp and clear. For me, I’m comfortable with the Oilers goaltending because Cam Talbot. He posted a .920 save percentage from March 1 through season’s end. He’s a good goaltender.

LANCE BOUMA

When it comes to Edmonton signing another forward, the names mentioned include the attractive (Anthony Duclair, Nick Shore), the aged (Jason Chimera, Scottie Upshall), the curious (Tyler Ennis) and Lance Bouma. Bouma kills penalties (Shore does it better) and doesn’t bring a lot offensively (5-on-5 per 60 numbers):

  1. Scottie Upshall 1.93
  2. Kyle Brodziak 1.89 (signed) 
  3. Anthony Duclair 1.63
  4. Tyler Ennis 1.31
  5. Tobias Rieder 1.27
  6. Nick Shore 1.19
  7. Jason Chimera 1.09
  8. Lance Bouma 0.85

Duclair is my top option, because he is young, has scored 20 goals in an NHL season and can grow with the group. I’d be fine with Shore too. Upshall had a cool season, maybe there’s some gas left in the tank and Ennis is a why not option. Bouma and Chimera are the rank outsiders.

PATRIK SIIKANEN

  • Marco Bombino, McKeens: A big forward who can play both center and wing, has a good shot with a quick release. Skating is not his best attribute right now, but there’s potential here Source
  • Bob Green, Edmonton Oilers: Hard working kid, our guys in Europe really liked him. Bigger guy, hard working, has some skill. Have some time with him, playing men’s league next year, will have some time to develop.

MAKING BETS

The Oilers went into last season with Andrej Sekera on the shelf and soon encountered all manner of injuries. Peter Chiarelli signed Kris Russell to a contract in an effort to keep the band together, but needed both Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning to step up.

This is the Puck IQ 2017-18 run, what a beautiful glimpse into what’s going on. Nurse played a lot against the elites (tied with Larsson for No. 1, at 35 percent) and struggled in possession. In his three NHL seasons, Nurse has moved to the upper pairing twice (as a rookie with Andrej Sekera, last season with Adam Larsson). His Corsi for 5-on-5 with Larsson (50.92 percent in 820 minutes) is slightly worse than Oscar Klefbom (53.35 percent in 214 minutes) with Larsson, but Nurse could play with Larsson this coming season. I prefer the Swedes together.

The big improvement year over year will be Andrej Sekera. In his final six games of the season, his Corsi for 5-on-5 was 55.63 (all numbers via Natural Stat Trick).

  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Darnell Nurse—Matt Benning
  • Andrej Sekera—Kris Russell/Evan Bouchard

MCDAVID’S CONTRACT

It was one year ago today the Edmonton Oilers signed Connor McDavid to his eight year extension. At least once a month since he was drafted, someone will email or dm me with “the Oilers better start winning or Connor McDavid will ask for a trade” and I message back saying something like “hockey players aren’t wired that way.”

There are two things I believe that might contribute to 97 wishing to leave. First, is criticism of the contract by the public. Make no mistake, he is worth the max ($15 million at the time of the signing) but people are people and in Edmonton (a series of towns/villages/small cities strung together) those dollars are a lightning rod for criticism. I think it’s easier to be Connor McDavid in a bigger city, but his signing with the Oilers for what will be 11 seasons, and his clear focus on the team’s success, override all but rampant criticism of the contract. I believe that to be true. So, when you see a video of the player leaving a restaurant with his parents and getting heckled, that’s your danger right there.

The other item is constant rebuilding. The Oilers aren’t addicted to winning, they are obsessed with the ‘five-year plan’ and getting it right. They remind me of the Star Trek Voyageur episode  about a man obsessed with restoring his world to a perfect point from the past, manipulating the restore point over and over again. That’s the Oilers, and if this constant resets continue, one of these rebuilds, as was the case with Rick Nash in Columbus, the organization will run the risk of its best players asking out.

That’s it. If you’re worried about McDavid’s loyalty to the team, don’t spend a second on it. Remember, Taylor Hall didn’t ask out. Neither did Gretzky. Hockey players are a damned loyal bunch and they are absolutely devoted to team.

FREE AGENCY

Patrick Maroon is number one on the TSN free agent list today, I don’t think it will be long before he gets signed. I would sign Duclair. He might grow with the group. Edmonton needs value contracts, Duclair could be one of them.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun morning, as we tee up the weekend and talk about the remnants of free agency. At 10 this morning, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Derek Taylor, TSN #Details on the CFL. We’ll talk week four and some of the surprises, including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
  • Rob Vollman, ESPN and NHL.com. Erik Karlsson trade imminent? Should the Oilers sign Anthony Duclair?
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Our final visit of this season, we’ll chat about the Oilers, Karlsson and the business still to be done this summer.

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

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"Steve Smith"

In case anybody is wondering, I am fairly indifferent as to this afternoon’s World Cup game.

Woodguy v2.0

Andy Dufresne: Chayka has no clue how to develop talent

Duclair
Domi
Strome
Crouse
Rieder
etc

Of the top 9 forwards in the organization, how many were drafted and developed by Arizona….ZERO…NON…..NADDA

Stepan, Derek “A”NTCC

Bolland, DaveM-NTCC

Galchenyuk, Alex

Grabner, MichaelM-NTC

Krüger, MarcusRSM-NTC

Pánik, Richard

Richardson, BradNMC

Cousins, Nick

And in an organization who has been drafting high for six years now.

Is this guy the worst GM in the NHL?!

The fact that you didn’t mention Keller, Dvorak, or Perlini tells me you don’t know who is playing for ARI.

The fact that you didn’t mention Bolland was a LTIR salary dump by FLA, has never played a game for ARI (never will) and that ARI got Crouse as payment tells me you don’t know who is playing for ARI.

Professor Q

–hudson–: Didn’t they wear orange at home in 16-17?I know the PK that year was also not great but not sure if it had such a discrepancy between home and away.

That could be an interesting study – see what jersey colours have the best pk stats.I would guess all the red, orange and yellow jersey teams have similar performance if it’s a thing

They also wore it during the 1970s.

VOR

The problem with Ricki’s Where is Waldo game is that a lot of guys he claims as Ricki box defencemen went a roving far from Ricki’s box, leaving their partners at home minding the store.

As an example imagine arbitrarily freezing the action all those years ago. What you see is a languid goaltender possibly using his stick to prop himself up while he sleeps. Ricki’s box is being guarded by a defenceman who was a dazzling skater until he broke both ankles and lost 2 and 1/2 years of his career. Now he doesn’t skate anywhere unless the risk/reward ratio is massively in his favour.

So where is Waldo? The answers are many.

Waldo is a notorious headhunter. He loves the big hit. He doesn’t narrow the gap, he vaporizes it, taking away all time and space. Waldo is of the position that if you never allow a zone entry the other team is going to find it hard to score.

Waldo loves to jump into the rush. If the puck doesn’t stay in your end the other team is going to find it hard to score so Waldo likes to chase down the puck carrier, cripple him, take the puck and head man it. Then he joins the rush.

Oh and it is possible Waldo isn’t in the frame because he has dropped his gloves and is beating the shit out of someone. Waldo is one of the best fighters in hockey history.

Now according to Ricki none of this other stuff Waldo does matters because it takes him out of the box.

On this blog Ricki has referred to the Waldo I am describing as one of the greatest HD dmen of all time. Whereas the Waldo in question has said he always thought the key was to never let the other team have possession of the puck in your end. His amazing ability to deny the other team sustained possession made this wandering Waldo into a legitimate contender for the greatest defender of all time.

Larry Robinson proves how useless frozen frame video analysis is for hockey. He wouldn’t be in most Ricki box pictures because he was out on the road winning hockey games.

So the question isn’t Where is Waldo, it is What is Waldo Doing?

Melvis

Bendelson and Stephen Sheps:

-As much as I wanted to get back to you on cultural minutiae, barbecue protocol and watchfullness prevailed, otherwise known as “meats don’t fail me now”. And now I’m just too lazy.

-Carnivore diet. Meh.That isn’t going to last. Right now, I’m salivating over the thought of a half inch of peanut butter lathering a thick slice of white paired with a tall glass of ice cold milk.

-Those slagging Edmonton have overlooked that high culture icon known as the West Edmonton Mall.

VOR

bendelson: Mile Zero!I have no doubt SW…
I know the Shaftesbury Trail well.

bendelson: Mile Zero!I have no doubt SW…
I know the Shaftesbury Trail well.

I learned to drive on the Shaftesbury Trail.

Alpine

Biggus Dickus: I don’t think TO has improved that much after havinf los JVR. Yes they improved, but it wasn’t like Demarcus cousins over Javale McGee.

JVR only scores goals and that’s it. Tavares scores just as many goals and makes guys like Josh Bailey and Anders Lee score more points and goals respectively. JVR isn’t a huge loss at all when Tavares can zoom Nylander to 80 points or Kapanen to 50.

Scungilli Slushy

Paddy Morans Jockstrap: Not my opinion or indicative of my own feelings – surveys of players on preferred NHL destinations has EDM and WPG at the bottom every time.

https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/2017/04/winnipeg-attractive-destination.html

A year old and:
“Edmonton places second on ESPN’s list, but its success this season may remove the team from future lists. Before this season Edmonton mired in the NHL basement despite having numerous first overall draft picks. Rounding out the top three, the Islanders may make this list based on its lack of success, uncertain ownership issues, and unpopular arena location.

Residence and fans of the above cities shouldn’t fret. It’s no coincidence that this list omits successful teams. Players seem to want to go to winners regardless of locale. A couple of playoff performances should change players’ views very quickly.”

Biggus Dickus

Primetime:
You know the best part of both Tavares and Karlsson going to the power teams in the Atlantic?Only one of the teams can make it out of the division!Someone is going to have a loaded team and not even get to the conference finals!It’s the Smythe Division all over again!

I hope every high-priced free agent signs in that division…the winner of the Pacific (hopefully the Oil) can slide in and clean up the shrapnel for the Stanley Cup!

I don’t think TO has improved that much after havinf los JVR. Yes they improved, but it wasn’t like Demarcus cousins over Javale McGee.

Richard S.S.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is an ideal LW to Connor McDavid’s Center. He is an added bonus as he’s a good enough Center in his own right to be the Centre on Line One or Line Two if necessary. Until the Oilers find a young, better, faster cheaper upgrade for LW, Ryan’s staying.

Oilers hope Jesse Puljujarvi wins the RW job in Training Camp/Presesaon Games. Otherwise the Oilers are gambling on Ty Rattie to be as good as the Oilers thinks he can be. Tobias Rieder may get time with McDavid. Hopefully the Oilers finds something that works well.

Primetime

You know the best part of both Tavares and Karlsson going to the power teams in the Atlantic? Only one of the teams can make it out of the division! Someone is going to have a loaded team and not even get to the conference finals! It’s the Smythe Division all over again!

I hope every high-priced free agent signs in that division…the winner of the Pacific (hopefully the Oil) can slide in and clean up the shrapnel for the Stanley Cup!

OriginalPouzar

Primetime: Yeah, heard the same. Just can’t imagine Treliving trades for the guy without having some idea of what he wants and presumably believes it’s workable.Going to arbitration right off the bat is not a great way to start a relationship with a new team.That’s why I wondered if he elected to file more based on conversations with Carolina but optimistic with Calgary.
If Chia had to take a recent pickup to arbitration before he ever played a game for the team , he would get roasted!

Agreed – arbitration is from, many accounts, a brutal process – with that said, the vast majority of arbitration filing cases get settled well before the hearing. I don’t imagine Lindholm’s hearing ever happens.

Wilde

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Elliotte Friedman

Verified account

@FriedgeHNIC

Getting denials on a Karlsson trade….we’ll just have to let things play out

7:45 PM – 5 Jul 2018

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OH WILL WE?!!!

OriginalPouzar

rickithebear: Sure we can score 275 goals to maybe make the playoffs this year with this roster.

F…………..

Kris Russell had negative possession metrics, a negative goal share and his relative metrics were acutely negative.

This was partially, I’m sure, due to being put in a position to fail (on the right side and in the top 4 on the right side), however, the team gives up more than it gets with him on the ice and to a greater degree with him on the ice than off.

He defends the high danger areas, sure, but he is a large part of the reason why the puck is near those areas – allowing easy access to the zone, inability to maintain possession when he does get the puck, etc.

rickithebear

jp: Russell is coachable. Very, very coachable.

What gap control.
You press the blue.
It is chipped behind you.
By players with more directional speed.
Not dumped in the corner to be fought for.

Zone entry standard has been established by running NZ trap with forwards.
Then we can talk about gap control.

The game is a lot faster.
The baseline performance of the speed game has elevated dramatically.

Russel has COrsi against numbers in 40-52/60 range with HD d partners.
Larsson, Sekera, Benning, Auvitu.
Loose ships 54-65/60:
Klefbom, Nurse, bear.

I know what I seez.

And the math seez it too.

Primetime

Wilde:
Karlsson to Tampa is done?

I hope so.

It will set off all the other major dominos and we can finally move into summer:
– Carolina will move out Faulk to anyone who feels like they missed out on a offensive RHD
– Move Skinner at the same time
– Patches and Maroon follow soon to those who miss out on Skinner

Wilde

Kinger_Oil.redux:
Wilde,

Book it

Will do.

Kinger_Oil.redux

Wilde,

– I think recency bias is clouding your judgement on ourbwonger and theirs.

– last year has no bearing on next. I bet our wingers score more than theirs next year. Book it

Primetime

jp: You don’t think arbitration might save him from himself?

Good point,

There should be an independent arbitrator in the room for all his contracts and major trades.

Wilde

Shawn Simpson

@TSNSimmer
5m
5 minutes ago

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My NHL sources tell me a Karlsson deal to Tampa is done, pending a call with the league office. @TSN1200

I’ll guess Ryan + Callahan/Johnson + picks to NYR, Karlsson to TBY, Cal Foote + picks + Gourde to OTT

Wilde

Karlsson to Tampa is done?

Wilde

–hudson–: Crazy imo that they wouldn’t play in the AHL.We’d love to play Bouchard in the AHL since he’s already put up two solid seasons in a row, but can’t because of the CHL agreement.Boqvist is supposed to be the better player, what is he going to prove/learn in junior?

We’re still six weeks away from Boqvist turning 18… whereas Bouchard played the large majority of this season already being 18.

This will also be AB’s first season on smaller ice.

Juolevi was another late birthday who did the same thing.

Liljegren didn’t, but he was 40 lbs heavier than Boqvist at the same age, and taller. Boqvist is very much a project-type.

That being said, they should be confident enough in their AHL club to do what Toronto did and not send him to junior, but the AHL right away.

Also I don’t think this stops him from going to the AHL in 2018-19, could be wrong.

Paddy Morans Jockstrap

Oilman99: What you want and what you get are two different things, just maybe Folin would rather play for an eastern conference team that gets to sleep in their own beds 90% of the time.

Sure travel is one of the negatives for EDM (and all other western teams).

Andy Dufresne

Lowetide,

Like a view of the inside workings of the draft.

Check out Scott Burnside at The Athletic

“Inside the war room with Tom Dundon and the Carolina Hurricanes”

rickithebear

Arm Chair Gm
My research shows cups can be won with bottom 25, 29 gf reg season teams with a top GA team.
But top GF teams cannot with GA teams ranked less than 14.

So Grevel shows top 10 HD performance in 2nd/3rd comp play.
Exactly what gets you to the playoffs and conf/cup finals.

That is why I like him.
Plus he now has his disease under control.
And the strength to play at his full level again.

Dicky94

rickithebear,

Fantastic?

jp

OriginalPouzar: Player A – Defending the blue line and zone entries with good gap control

Play B – poor gap control and easily giving up the zone

This is coaching?

Russell is coachable. Very, very coachable.

jp

Primetime:

If Chia had to take a recent pickup to arbitration before he ever played a game for the team , he would get roasted!

You don’t think arbitration might save him from himself?

jp

Richard S.S.:
ArmchairGM,

1) Bouchard will get nine games of that I’m sure.As a result, the 7th Defenseman is in the AHL.
2) If he stays, the 7th D is actually the 8th or 9th D.
3) If he doesn’t stay, but comes back after 20-25 games, 7th D is 8th or 9th D again
4) If he doesn’t stay and doesn’t return or returns late in the season.The 7th D might be important.
5) If he doesn’t make the Team, a 7th D could be important.
Some people never think things through before their zeal to bitch and complain overrides common sense. But you are a thoughtful person so this doesn’t apply?

1) If Bouchard gets sent down he doesn’t come back. It’s not the AHL, you can’t shuttle players between NHL and CHL.
2) 7th D really is important.
3) 7th D isn’t quite as important as I thought though. I was thinking they usually get ~50 games, but actually checked to see. Only 1 team had 7 different D play 50 games last year.

On average 7D played 37 games and 8D played 23 games. I’d still like the most competent player there.

Primetime

OriginalPouzar: Thank you for the clarification/correction.

I’m not so sure on Lindholm – from accounts, he is looking for $5M plus and contract demands were a main reason he was traded.

Yeah, heard the same. Just can’t imagine Treliving trades for the guy without having some idea of what he wants and presumably believes it’s workable. Going to arbitration right off the bat is not a great way to start a relationship with a new team. That’s why I wondered if he elected to file more based on conversations with Carolina but optimistic with Calgary.
If Chia had to take a recent pickup to arbitration before he ever played a game for the team , he would get roasted!

Oilman99

Paddy Morans Jockstrap: Your “fair” criticism also assumes that every player you view as a miss actually wanted to play in one of the least attractive markets in the league.

What you want and what you get are two different things, just maybe Folin would rather play for an eastern conference team that gets to sleep in their own beds 90% of the time.

Paddy Morans Jockstrap

Pretendergast:
Paddy Morans Jockstrap,

how do you know we are so unnatractive for a coveted spot in the nhl, youre just a jockstrap

Not my opinion or indicative of my own feelings – surveys of players on preferred NHL destinations has EDM and WPG at the bottom every time.

https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/2017/04/winnipeg-attractive-destination.html

Oilman99

PennersPancakes: Damn. Zero risk, one year contract that could easily be buried to see if he can hit 20 goals again? How does he come in so low and Caggs get what he got?

PennersPancakes: Damn. Zero risk, one year contract that could easily be buried to see if he can hit 20 goals again? How does he come in so low and Caggs get what he got?

Caggs has a compete level much higher than Duclaire. Oilers obviously believe Caggs can contribute offensively to some degree, and the guy does have good wheels.

Pretendergast

Paddy Morans Jockstrap,

how do you know we are so unnatractive for a coveted spot in the nhl, youre just a jockstrap

rickithebear

Dicky94:
With Weber out until December , Chia should be pushing one of Sekera or Russell on them if they would wave their nmc.

Sure we can score 275 goals to maybe make the playoffs this year with this roster.

F…………..

Paddy Morans Jockstrap

ArmchairGM: Folin is twice the player Gravel is. If 7D is such an important position, at least put in someone with a track record. That’s my point. Better players were available, he chose to “build” with lessor. That’s fair game for criticism, IMO.

Your “fair” criticism also assumes that every player you view as a miss actually wanted to play in one of the least attractive markets in the league.

OriginalPouzar

–hudson–: Crazy imo that they wouldn’t play in the AHL.We’d love to play Bouchard in the AHL since he’s already put up two solid seasons in a row, but can’t because of the CHL agreement.Boqvist is supposed to be the better player, what is he going to prove/learn in junior?

I don’t know about “supposed to be the better player”.

I think its more accurate to say has the potential to have a more dynamic offensive game.

Its also fairly accepted (I think) that Bouchard is one of the closer to NHL-ready of the draft class whereas Boquist is at least a few years away.

OriginalPouzar

Primetime: Your comment made me realize I really don’t know much about the arbitration process, so I read up on it.I believe that a club may only take a player to arbitration one time in their career, however, a player may elect to go to arbitration as many times as they are eligible.

Typically one would only elect for arbitration if initial negotiations are far apart, which is why I suspect Strome and the Oilers are probably in the same ballpark.Others would likely elect for arbitration “just in case” even if they haven’t really started negotiating seriously (would think this is the case with Lindholm and Calgary).

Thank you for the clarification/correction.

I’m not so sure on Lindholm – from accounts, he is looking for $5M plus and contract demands were a main reason he was traded.

OriginalPouzar

rickithebear: It is not on Nurse.
It is coaching!

It is thier.

It drives me Crazy

I can’t help mysef

Player A – Defending the blue line and zone entries with good gap control

Play B – poor gap control and easily giving up the zone

This is coaching?

Dicky94

With Weber out until December , Chia should be pushing one of Sekera or Russell on them if they would wave their nmc.

--hudson--

Wilde:
**CC: PROFESSOR Q AND ANY OTHER LONDONERS HERE**

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Ryan Pyette

Verified account

@RyanatLFPress

Man, the Knights could have quite a defence if everything works out this fall. Sources say they’re signing Blackhawks first rounder Adam Boqvist today.

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Crazy imo that they wouldn’t play in the AHL. We’d love to play Bouchard in the AHL since he’s already put up two solid seasons in a row, but can’t because of the CHL agreement. Boqvist is supposed to be the better player, what is he going to prove/learn in junior?

Scungilli Slushy

Richard S.S.:
Canadian Team Players are under a microscope, nonstop and relentless.They can’t go anywhere with being recognized.
American Team Players deal with much less pressure. One block away from the rink and they are basically invisible.

Some Players thrive with the attention, some can accept the attention, some people struggle with the attention, while others will do everything possible to avoid it.Playing in Canada cost the team more, costs the Player more, costs his family more.Some don’t want the attention.

The athletes in the big pro sports that are rabidly popular in the US seem to be able to handle the pressure.

I think being a winner is the bottom line, and the Oilers haven’t taken that step yet. I don’t want players that can’t handle being in a hockey town, or are seeking warm weather lifestyles. I want guys that will play a winter sport in a winter climate and want to play with the best.

pts2pndr

rickithebear: In every sport linear structure is the only way to defend.
Support below by non puck control dpartner so outlet not eliminated.
Linear defence of top HD area and force to perimeter at all cost.

Failed pressure is a 2 on 1 in 15-25% shot success area. Open shot almost always a goal.

Love the bear posts! Thanks!

Andy Dufresne

Wilde:
SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

I wrote a long answer to this, but the page died so it’s gone.

(Lowetide if you’re reading this, it’s my computer+internet and not all related to the recent issues with the website.)

May address it and godot’s post tonight sometime, but I’m too salty to rewrite it right now.

I know you’re soft-trolling, but John Chayka became GM in summer 2016.

I don’t like his work too much either, but this critique’s weak.

You are correct. I was soft trolling….sorry you lost your work.

Just like to point out once in a while that there are many teams that suffer from similar maladies as we have in the past. Helps maintain perspective. IMO

The critique is in fact weak…….but there is some truth to it. Arizona is failing at developing many of its higher draft picks and its roster is very top heavy with players from outside the organization.

bendelson

square_wheels:
bendelson,

I’m from Grimshaw, we go pretty hard as well

Mile Zero! I have no doubt SW…
I know the Shaftesbury Trail well.

Primetime

OriginalPouzar: You are probably right, however a player can only file for arbitration once so there is the possibility that Strome is saving it for next year.

I do think he’ll sign fairly soon though.

Your comment made me realize I really don’t know much about the arbitration process, so I read up on it. I believe that a club may only take a player to arbitration one time in their career, however, a player may elect to go to arbitration as many times as they are eligible.

Typically one would only elect for arbitration if initial negotiations are far apart, which is why I suspect Strome and the Oilers are probably in the same ballpark. Others would likely elect for arbitration “just in case” even if they haven’t really started negotiating seriously (would think this is the case with Lindholm and Calgary).

The interesting one is Stone. Are they that far apart in negotiations, or does he just not trust Melnyk at all?(I wouldn’t). If he asks for a 2 year award and it is too rich for Ottawa, he will become a UFA after 1 year if Sens walk away. Can’t imagine Ottawa wouldn’t accept the 2 year award…they have to pay someone to get to the cap floor if they trade everyone else away. If Duchene doesn’t care about winning, he is also likely to get a massive contract to stay so they don’t look as bad with what they gave up to get him.

rickithebear

pts2pndr: Did you take into account one closes on the puck while the other backs in. Not a recipe for success but not realyall on Nurse. Just a different way of defending.

In every sport linear structure is the only way to defend.
Support below by non puck control dpartner so outlet not eliminated.
Linear defence of top HD area and force to perimeter at all cost.

Failed pressure is a 2 on 1 in 15-25% shot success area. Open shot almost always a goal.

rickithebear

pts2pndr: Did you take into account one closes on the puck while the other backs in. Not a recipe for success but not realyall on Nurse. Just a different way of defending.

It is not on Nurse.
It is coaching!

It is thier.

It drives me Crazy

I can’t help mysef

square_wheels

bendelson,

I’m from Grimshaw, we go pretty hard as well

leadfarmer

rickithebear: Staying and covering HD area in WJC was beautiful.
It is there.

We will knock that out of him in no time
Make him chase someone to the boards while Caggula protects the HD area