Game 57 2018-19: Oilers at Hurricanes

The Edmonton Oilers have the No. 6 spot in the 2019 draft before the lottery. I spoke to Corey Pronman this week about this year’s draft, he has exactly six men ranked either “special” or “elite” in 2019. Never forget this is still a building team, undergoing a foreverbuild reminiscent of the “Year of Hell” episodes of Star Trek Voyageur. Aptly named episodes, truth to tell.

Tonight in Raleigh, Connor McDavid will make another Herculean attempt to push a giant boulder straight up a hill. The Edmonton Oilers next general manager should watch these games, the ones being played now. Despite all the troubles on the roster, this team boasts the world’s best hockey player, a rocket man with the heart of a lion. That’s a very nice place to start.

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of the group. Outstanding offer is here.

  • New Jonathan Willis: Inside the success of the Bakersfield Condors, and what it means for Edmonton
  • Lowetide: The Oilers sure have a lot of problems, but there is a simple solution.
  • Jonathan Willis: Taking stock of Oilers positives as they enter the final third of a dismal 2018-19 season.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Keith Gretzky on the Oilers trade deadline plan, Andrej Sekera’s return and Jesse Puljujarvi’s season
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ potential roster upheaval might set a record for summer activity
  • Jonathan Willis: Teams should beware of these players at the 2019 NHL trade deadline.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Will he stay or will he go? Possible trade destination for Cam Talbot.
  • Lowetide: Comparing Oilers prospects Tyler Benson and Kailer Yamamoto
  • Lowetide: Is Ken Hitchcock helping Jesse Puljujarvi find his way as an NHL player?
  • Lowetide: It’s time for Oilers owner Daryl Katz to stand and deliver a winning organization.
  • Lowetide: Entry deal AHL forwards give the Oilers an excellent trade pool.
  • Lowetide: Finding a path to the playoffs may involve reckless use of future assets by the Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: An Oilers blueprint for the 2019 NHL free agency period
  • Corey Pronman: 2019 NHL Draft midseason rankings
  • Jonathan Willis: An Oilers blueprint for the 2019 NHL trade deadline.
  • Lowetide: Edmonton’s 2019 entry draft plans may change with new GM but needs are clear
  • Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects, Winter 2018

OILERS AFTER 57

  • Oilers in 2015: 22-29-6, 50 points; goal differential -27
  • Oilers in 2016: 30-19-8, 68 points; goal differential +10
  • Oilers in 2017: 23-30-4, 50 points; goal differential -34
  • Oilers in 2018: 24-27-5, 53 points; goal differential -21

All four teams are now over 50 points, the playoff team is almost at 70 points. Todd McLellan (9-10-1) and Ken Hitchcock (15-17-4) were unable to bring this club closer to the 2016-17 crew, but I maintain (and have all year) they didn’t have the horses.

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 2-5-0, four points; goal differential -16
  • Oilers in February 2017: 4-3-0, eight points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in February 2018: 1-5-1, three points; goal differential -4
  • Oilers in February 2019: 1-3-2, four points; goal differential -8

WHAT TO EXPECT IN FEBRUARY

  • On the road to: Philadelphia, Montreal (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-2)
  • At home to: Chicago (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Islanders (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • At home to: Arizona, NY Islanders, Anaheim (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Nashville, Toronto, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 1-3-2, four points in six games

OILERS 2019 DRAFT PICKS

  • No. 6 overall
  • No. 37 overall
  • No. 64 overall (originally belonged to NJD, Oilers acquired it for Patrick Maroon and sent it to Philadelphia for Cooper Marody)
  • No. 68 overall (dealt to Florida for Alex Petrovic)
  • No. 89 overall (acquired from NY Islanders for Brandon Davidson)
  • No. 99 overall
  • No. 130 overall (traded to Montreal for the rights to Hayden Hawkey)
  • No. 161 overall
  • No. 192 overall

LOWETIDE TOP 50 FOR 2019

  1. (1) C Jack Hughes, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
  2. (2) R Kaapo Kakko, Turkku (Sm-Liiga).
  3. (3) R Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge (WHL).
  4. (4) RC Kirby Dach, Saskatoon (WHL).
  5. (7) LC Trevor Zegras, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
  6. (5) R Vasili Podkolzin, St. Petersburg (MHL).
  7. (9) LC Peyton Krebs, Kootenay (WHL).
  8. (8) L Jakob Pelletier, Moncton (QMJHL).
  9. (6) L Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton (OHL).
  10. (13) LC Alex Turcotte, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
  11. (12) LD Bowen Byram, Vancouver (WHL).
  12. (10) LC Ryan Suzuki, Barrie (OHL).
  13. (11) R Cole Caufield, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
  14. (15) L Matthew Boldy, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
  15. (18) LC Alex Newhook, Victoria (BCHL).
  16. (14) LD Cam York, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
  17. (16) RC Raphael Lavoie, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL).
  18. (17) LD Thomas Harley, Mississauga (OHL).
  19. (19) LD Matthew Robertson, Edmonton (WHL).
  20. (20) LD Philip Broberg, AIK (Allsvenskan).
  21. (21) RC Philip Tomasino, Niagra (OHL).
  22. (22) R Bobby Brink, Sioux City (USHL).
  23. (23) LC Connor McMichael, London (OHL).
  24. (24) RD Victor Soderstrom, Brynas (SHL).
  25. (25) LD Ville Heinola, Lukko (Sm-Liiga).
  26. (26) L Nick Robertson, Peterborough (OHL).
  27. (27) L Nils Hoglander, Rogle (SHL).
  28. (28) RD Moritz Seider, Mannheim (DEL).
  29. (29) L Nolan Foote, Kelowna (WHL).
  30. (NR) R Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John (QMJHL).
  31. (31) RC Brett Leason, Prince Albert (WHL).
  32. (NR) F Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SHL).
  33. (NR) G Spencer Knight, US National Team (USHL).
  34. (NR) RD Anttoni Honka, Jyp (Sm-Liiga).
  35. (NR) LW Egor Afanasyev, Muskegon (USHL).
  36. (NR) LD Tobias Björnfot, Djurgardens (SuperElite).
  37. (NR) R Nathan Légaré, Baie Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL).
  38. (NR) RD Lassi Thomson, Kelowna (WHL).
  39. (NR) LC Jamieson Rees, Sarnia Sting (OHL).
  40. (NR) R Josh Williams, Edmonton (WHL).
  41. (NR) G Mads Søgaard, Medicine Hat (WHL).
  42. (NR) L Ethan Keppen, Flint (OHL).
  43. (NR) LD Liam Ross, Sudbury (OHL).
  44. (NR) R Albin Grewe, Djurgardens (SHL).
  45. (NR) G Hunter Jones, Peterborough (OHL).
  46. (NR) L Robert Mastrosimone, Chicago (USHL).
  47. (NR) L Dillon Hamaliuk, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL).
  48. (NR) RD Drew Helleson, US National Development Team (USHL).
  49. (NR) RD Billy Constantinou, Kingston (OHL).
  50. (NR) Patrik Puistola, Leki (Mestis).

The top 7 are fairly secure, Pelletier and Kaliyev will drop a little as I read more and more about foot speed (currently rankings are very close to straight numbers). If the Oilers draft No. 6 and the Russian is there, I believe they’ll take him. A real buzz around the player.

ACQUISITIONS

I spoke to Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic on the Lowdown yesterday, we chatted about possible trade targets. His article (link) that contained a Keith Gretzky interview suggested the management has a very specific player-type that might be pursued.

Corey Pronman has an article up about possible prospect trade targets for teams offloading veterans. It’s an enjoyable read, I think Eeli Tolvanen would be a fantastic get, although Edmonton doesn’t have the major trade piece to get it done.

Using my tried and true “who is playing well in his entry deal?” and applying it to the Flyers, I like Connor Bunnaman (14 goals in 36 games, age 20) as perhaps an under the radar option. Perhaps he’s available as a sweetener in a trade for Cam Talbot.

Stolarz has been more minors than majors since turning pro in 2014, his cap is less than $1 million ($761,250) and I think we can all agree that Shane Starrett is the better goalie at this point in time.

KEITH GRETZKY

It’s go time for Keith Gretzky. This may be the only chance of his career to be the general manager, and if he can deliver quality in the Talbot deal that’s a damn fine bullet point on a resume. I wonder if he’s trying to make this into a bigger deal? Shayne Gostisbehere gets mentioned a lot, but for me Travis Sanheim or Ivan Provorov should be the targets. Of course the price would be dear. I do know the Flyers coveted Darnell Nurse at the 2013 entry draft.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy, fun morning after a crazy week. We get started at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Are the Oilers over? Plus pitchers and catchers.
  • Jared Diamond, Wall Street Journal. We’re talking baseball and who will surprise.
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. After a wild week in CFL free agency, is the league’s power moving farther west?
  • Michael Smith, Senior Web Producers and writer for Carolina Hurricanes. We’ll chat about the recent surge and what the Hurricanes might be looking for at the deadline.

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

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  1. Sierra says:

    OmJo,

    You mean Exhibit C

  2. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    I honestly would have rather seen Talbot traded for a third round pick. Or at least got a 5th round pick thrown in with Stolarz. Even with Chia gone, the level of suck the oilers are at when it comes to trades is astounding.

  3. texmex says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    Talbot was gonna leave for nothing anyway.

    If management didn’t know about the requirements before the trade, I’m sure the media will let them know

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors hold on for their 14th straight win.

    I assume Stuart Skinner will get the start tomorrow night.

  5. TartanArmy says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    OmJo: Just like Montoya needed to play X amount of games for the pick to be upgraded.

    #BecauseOilers

    Wait…according to NHL.com he’s played 12 this season. Am i missing something?

  6. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    I do not think anyone would have given up a 3rd for Talbot. His numbers have been dreadful the last two seasons. This was a cap dump, that is all.

  7. oilersfan says:

    Brian Burke said a month ago the oilers weren’t going to be able to trade Talbot because he has a sub .900 save percentage and is making over $4 million.

    His contract gave him negative value so taking back $800,000 from Stolarz is better than $2.75 from Elliot.

    I would like to see the oilers sign Mcelaney for $900,000 next year apparently he is Hasek in his prime.

  8. Material Elvis says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    I honestly would have rather seen Talbot traded for a third round pick. Or at least got a 5th round pick thrown in with Stolarz. Even with Chia gone, the level of suck the oilers are at when it comes to trades is astounding.

    He has a sub .900 save percentage and a $4.16M cap hit. Your expectations are too high in this instance.

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Sounds like the Oilers didn’t do their homework before a trade (again). This is basically going to end up as a Talbot for (nothing) trade

    Maybe so but that is pure speculation.

    I’m sure they want to see what they have in this player and will likely have no issue giving him 11 games in any event.

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    TartanArmy:
    Crazy Pedestrian,

    Wait…according to NHL.com he’s played 12 this season. Am i missing something?

    A player that is 25 or older at the end of his contract and hasn’t played 80 NHL games (28 NHL games for goalies) become a Group VI UFA (instead of an RFA).

    He’s played 19 NHL games so needs 11 more for the Oiler to keep his rights.

  11. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    OriginalPouzar: A player that is 25 or older at the end of his contract and hasn’t played 80 NHL games (28 NHL games for goalies) become a Group VI UFA (instead of an RFA).

    He’s played 19 NHL games so needs 11 more for the Oiler to keep his rights.

    Then that would make it 9 more games not 11.

  12. tileguy says:

    So basically a different starter every night. I can see Miko rolling his eyes wondering why the fuck did he sign here.

  13. treevojo says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Then that would make it 9 more games not 11.

    Math is hard when you have been up for almost 21 hours

  14. Klima's_Bucket says:

    The Flyers are 8 points out.
    Do they think Talbot can help get them into the playoffs?
    Or do they want a longer time to negotiate a contract with him?

    Why else would the Flyers pick him up???
    Especially when they have Neuwirth and Elliott

  15. treevojo says:

    tileguy:
    So basically a different starter every night. I can see Miko rolling his eyes wondering why the fuck did he sign here.

    Doubt it.

    He probably has a life size poster of Chiarelli above his bed.

  16. tileguy says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Then that would make it 9 more games not 11.

    Perhaps one of those games was mop up duty and not the required 30 minutes of play. Servalli tweets 10 more games.

  17. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    tileguy:
    So basically a different starter every night. I can see Miko rolling his eyes wondering why the fuck did he sign here.

    Because no other team in their right mind would sign a unproven goalie with 35 NHL games played (actually closer to 30 games at the time of the signing) to a 3 year $13.5M contract.

    …le sigh…

  18. Scungilli Slushy says:

    tileguy:
    So basically a different starter every night. I can see Miko rolling his eyes wondering why the fuck did he sign here.

    I think he’s the happiest player on the team. He should send Santa Pete kinder surprises every Christmas.

    18M US guaranteed, unlike the KHL. Smiling ear to ear. If he’s whiny make him buy lunch.

  19. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Scungilli Slushy: I think he’s the happiest player on the team. He should send Santa Pete kinder surprises every Christmas.

    18M US guaranteed, unlike the KHL. Smiling ear to ear. If he’s whiny make him buy lunch.

    Oops 3 years

  20. Scungilli Slushy says:

    They have their backup now, SNGM can liquidate without much issue if need be. Stoli should be a cheap re-sign especially if he sucks getting his minutes in, and there is a good chance how things are and it wouldn’t necessarily be his fault

  21. Gret99zky says:

    All the best to Cam Talbot in Philly and wherever he signs next season.

    Solid guy, good community member. Gonna miss him.

  22. Reja says:

    Kos and Stolarz have to be the tallest tandem in nhl history.

  23. OmJo says:

    Material Elvis: He has a sub .900 save percentage and a $4.16M cap hit.Your expectations are too high in this instance.

    He also played for the Edmonton Oilers. Meaning what you see isn’t necessarily what you get.

  24. PokeCheck says:

    The winner of this trade is Cam Talbot, and I wish him the best.

  25. OmJo says:

    Scungilli Slushy: SNGM

    Can I ask what this stands for?

  26. OmJo says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    The Flyers are 8 points out.
    Do they think Talbot can help get them into the playoffs?
    Or do they want a longer time to negotiate a contract with him?

    Why else would the Flyers pick him up???
    Especially when they have Neuwirth and Elliott

    A mentor for Hart? And with him off the market, the value of those two might have gone up.

  27. Wilde says:

    The Oilers have the 2nd lowest score & venue adjusted CF%, the worst FF%, the 2nd worst GF% and the 2nd worst points % in the last 25 games.

    If they trade that 1st round pick, it better be for another player that’s only obtainable through fanbase suffering. This is going to be a top-5 pick, 50/50 it’s going to be top-3.

    Which is, of course, one of the only ways that this team will ever be truly elite for a long period of time – to have three+ forwards like that.

    If it’s a top-2 pick, it’s basically a decision between either a) trading the pick and having a 90-100 pt team next year and three-four more years of 100+ point teams (probabilistically) and that’s your window, or keeping the pick and icing a wildcard team next year, a 90-100 pt team the next year, and then a shot at having 110+ pt teams for five years after that.

    All assuming that you have average GMing.

    I know which one I’d choose. If it’s a pick outside Hughes/Kakko, trade it for Ehlers. If it’s top-2, keep it.

  28. OmJo says:

    Does this mean new guy starts tomorrow against the Islanders?

  29. McSorley33 says:

    Congratulations to Cam Talbot.

    He has served his time…..

  30. RonnieB says:

    Looking at Stolarz’s stats, I really doubt that the Oilers intend to keep him beyond this season.
    This was a straight salary dump, and a good deal for the Oilers IMHO.

  31. Wilde says:

    So, I dug into every forward that I could find who recently got drafted while playing some time in the SHL in their draft year during the period that even-strength icetime and point totals are given on the SHL website (which is WAY better for data than I thought it was, same with the SM-Liiga, great stuff) and I found some super confusing results when I manually got their even strength points per hour.

    I’m trashing the piece it was going to be a part of, but here’s what I found b/c obviously the draft will now be the focus – outside of politics. No real order, sorry.

    William Nylander – 1.24

    Kevin Fiala – 3.00 (He did this in 17ish games, his next year he dropped to 1.35! There’s your first confusing datapoint)

    Elias Lindholm – 1.67

    Magnus Paajarvi – 1.71 (Here’s another, although I do believe if this player was developed by the Swedish program that knew him well for a couple years he’d be an offensive player)

    Jacob Josefson – 1.97 (And another. Don’t know much about this guy, might check out his d+1 and see if he was a draft-year spiker like Fiala)

    Marcus Johansson – 1.32

    Anton Lander – 1.56 (And another; although he probably could have been a middle-six centre if his wheels were better or he had a coach who liked him; or if he was born 5 years earlier)

    Calle Jarnkrok – 1.54

    Pontus Aberg – 1.44

    Joel Eriksson Ek – 0.83 (I think this is an accurate arrow, I think the guy’s a checker or at least complementary offensively)

    Rasmus Asplund – 1.26

    Lias Andersson – 1.78 (I was a fan of this guy in his draft year, still believe in him)

    David Gustafsson – 1.46

    Isac Lundestrom – 1.14 (A guy with a chance to be another negative data-point for using EV P/60 for these guys)

    Nils Höglander – 1.79 (The reason I dug into this in the first place)

    I’m more confused than where I started, but I still think Höglander is great value anywhere past #20.

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    tileguy:
    So basically a different starter every night. I can see Miko rolling his eyes wondering why the fuck did he sign here.

    All he would need to do to understand is look at the size of his paycheque’s come the summer…..

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    treevojo: Math is hard when you have been up for almost 21 hours

    This is all factually correct. With that said, it does depend on if all those 19 games qualify as a “game played” which I believe means 30 minutes min.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    RonnieB:
    Looking at Stolarz’s stats, I really doubt that the Oilers intend to keep him beyond this season.
    This was a straight salary dump, and a good deal for the Oilers IMHO.

    I’m not so sure about that.

    The Oilers didn’t need to make a trade to get cap compliant – they need to move one d-man out to make room for Sekera in any even and a simple second transaction (Malone down or Puljujarvi down and Russell or Joe G. up) would have done it.

    They no longer need cap space this year as they can’t possibly be looking to buy a short term asset – the only reason they should need cap space this year is if they are making a transaction for a player with term and they need to room to fit him in this year as well – that’s more of a spring type transaction generally.

    Stolarz has some pedigree and pro success. I imagine they play him enough to keep him an RFA and qualify him. I would think he’ll re-sign for an amount low enough to be fully buryable and he can compete for the back-up job in the fall.

  35. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m not so sure about that.

    The Oilers didn’t need to make a trade to get cap compliant – they need to move one d-man out to make room for Sekera in any even and a simple second transaction (Malone down or Puljujarvi down and Russell or Joe G. up) would have done it.

    They no longer need cap space this year as they can’t possibly be looking to buy a short term asset – the only reason they should need cap space this year is if they are making a transaction for a player with term and they need to room to fit him in this year as well – that’s more of a spring type transaction generally.

    Stolarz has some pedigree and pro success.I imagine they play him enough to keep him an RFA and qualify him.I would think he’ll re-sign for an amount low enough to be fully buryable and he can compete for the back-up job in the fall.

    Don’t underestimate “don’t have to pay Cam for the rest of the season and it saves real $$$” as a part of this.

    The OEG has apparently cut back on minimum wage ushers at Rogers so their breaks aren’t covered and that’s why so many people are walking to their seats during play lately.

    If they’re cutting back on people making $15/hr then not paying the rest of Cam’s contract (~$1.26MM) in exchange for the rest of Stoltz’s which is ~$228K is probably attractive too.

  36. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m not so sure about that.

    The Oilers didn’t need to make a trade to get cap compliant – they need to move one d-man out to make room for Sekera in any even and a simple second transaction (Malone down or Puljujarvi down and Russell or Joe G. up) would have done it.

    They no longer need cap space this year as they can’t possibly be looking to buy a short term asset – the only reason they should need cap space this year is if they are making a transaction for a player with term and they need to room to fit him in this year as well – that’s more of a spring type transaction generally.

    Stolarz has some pedigree and pro success.I imagine they play him enough to keep him an RFA and qualify him.I would think he’ll re-sign for an amount low enough to be fully buryable and he can compete for the back-up job in the fall.

    This is a little terrifying.

    Next years depth chart?
    Koskinen
    Stolarz
    Starrett

    Not exactly cover for Koskinen. Cheap though. Maybe it’s brilliant lol

  37. Dustylegnd says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Don’t underestimate “don’t have to pay Cam for the rest of the season and it saves real $$$” as a part of this.

    The OEG has apparently cut back on minimum wage ushers at Rogers so their breaks aren’t covered and that’s why so many people are walking to their seats during play lately.

    If they’re cutting back on people making $15/hr then not paying the rest of Cam’s contract (~$1.26MM) in exchange for the rest of Stoltz’s which is ~$228K is probably attractive too.

    The benevolent dictator better start paying attention to the details of this shit show…..cutting back on ushers sounds like insanity……some low level manager decision by the sounds of it….that is amazing

  38. Oil2Oilers says:

    The imbedded media is hailing KGretz:s first trade as a runaway success, because of Cap savings. Who was the Capologist under Chiarelli?

  39. Dustylegnd says:

    If your Carolina don’t you try to talk Edmonton into trading PoolParty for a 2nd and staple him to Aho

    I am guessing there is no way in the name of Jobe the Oilers let that happen but maybe Carolina can pull the Old Stevie Y back door deal where u pre arrange a third party flip back to you….hell I would give that a go if I was Carolina

  40. Dustylegnd says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    The imbedded media is hailing KGretz:s first trade as a runaway success, because of Cap savings. Who was the Capologist under Chiarelli?

    Bill Scott still is…all he can do is tell Chia what is available for room….he crunches numbers and little else

  41. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    OriginalPouzar: Flank McDavid with Spooner and Puljujarvi for a good stretch of games – lets see what happens.

    Yes!!!!! But it probably won’t happen this year….

  42. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Oh, geezus – agent’s meddling:

    Mark Spector

    Verified account

    @SportsnetSpec
    Following Following @SportsnetSpec
    More
    Jesse Puljujarvi’s agent, Markus Lehto, tells Sportset he is unsure if staying with Edmonton is best for his client.
    Column to come shortly.

    The tweet has the agent’s quote:

    https://twitter.com/SportsnetSpec/status/1096626282845089798/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1096626282845089798&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.roughingafterthewhistle.com%2FThread-Oilers-News-and-Notes%3Fpage%3D370

    It is obvious to everyone but I still don’t want to let him go just yet….

  43. godot10 says:

    Dustylegnd:
    If your Carolina don’t you try to talk Edmonton into trading PoolParty for a 2nd and staple him to Aho

    I am guessing there is no way in the name of Jobe the Oilers let that happen but maybe Carolina can pull the Old Stevie Y back door deal where u pre arrange a third party flip back to you….hell I would give that a go if I was Carolina

    Carolina can offer sheet Puljujarvi for $2 million for one year, and the compensation is a 2020 3rd round pick. Do the OIlers have the cap room to match that?

    Why pay a 2019 2nd round?

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Don’t underestimate “don’t have to pay Cam for the rest of the season and it saves real $$$” as a part of this.

    The OEG has apparently cut back on minimum wage ushers at Rogers so their breaks aren’t covered and that’s why so many people are walking to their seats during play lately.

    If they’re cutting back on people making $15/hr then not paying the rest of Cam’s contract (~$1.26MM) in exchange for the rest of Stoltz’s which is ~$228K is probably attractive too.

    I did not appreciate this was happening.

  45. OriginalPouzar says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick: Yes!!!!! But it probably won’t happen this year….

    Oh, it most assuredly won’t but its what I would like to see.

    Give the players the opportunity and see where we get to.

    I’m sure Spooner is on the block and he’s likely to be divested of without having an actual chance to show if he can provide secondary scoring in the top 6 – something the team dearly needs and something he has a history of providing. It will be a shame if they take an asset or cap penalty to divest of the player.

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