In the spring of 2013 Craig MacTavish wanted to make specific moves to improve his roster. There was strong talk about a goalie (Vancouver reportedly asking for No. 7 plus plus for Cory Schneider) but those early draft picks are the life’s blood of an organization.
Other names in play for Edmonton were Braydon Coburn and Cal Clutterbuck. MacT didn’t make the deal because the ask was too great, the Oilers struggled along for two more seasons before settling the goalie situation. Trading for three veteran assets would have improved the team’s chances in 2013-14, but would it have been enough?
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- New Jonathan Willis: A Milan Lucic trade is at the top of the to-do list for the Oilers’ next GM.
- New Jonathan Willis: Why Edmonton should expand its GM shortlist now that Kelly McCrimmon is out of the running
- New Lowetide: Should Oilers practice more patience in adding Evan Bouchard to the roster?
- Jonathan Willis: Is Ken Holland yesterday’s man or the ideal GM candidate for the Oilers?
- Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi and his uncertain future with the Oilers
- Lowetide: ‘I see something special’: Are Oilers prepared to make Caleb Jones a fixture on the roster next season?
- Jonathan Willis: Gritty comeback performance sends Edmonton’s farm team to the second round of the AHL playoffs.
- Lowetide: Dylan Cozens might be ideal fit for Oilers at No. 8 overall in the 2019 draft
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Hard to please, but easy to work for’: How Sean Burke’s philosophy as a GM would benefit the Oilers.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A dogged realist, Kelly McCrimmon’s resume makes him an attractive candidate for the Oilers GM job
- New Lowetide: Is this the season the Oilers take the plunge and draft a USHL player in the first round?
- Jonathan Willis: Top Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard stars in his first AHL game as Condors dominate.
- Lowetide: Adam Larsson’s importance to the Oilers and why trading him is a bad idea.
- Lowetide: Tyler Benson’s comparables offer Oilers fans plenty of hope for the future.
- Lowetide: Making the call on the Oilers’ RFAs with a new general manager on the way.
- Lowetide: Red Wings front office shuffle could impact Oilers’ future.
- Jonathan Willis: Potential coaching candidates and why the Oilers don’t need to rush the GM search to get one
- Lowetide: The Milan Lucic saga rolls into Year 4 for Oilers with no easy answers
- Jonathan Willis: Who stays and who goes? An early projection of which players will remain on the Oilers’ roster in 2019-20
- Lowetide: How high can these Condors fly?
- Lowetide: The Oilers possible summer trade pieces, and which longtime players might be saying goodbye.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ten prospects likely to be available when the Oilers make their first-round pick
MacT didn’t make his big summer trade until July 10, 2013. He sent Magnus Paajarvi and the second-round pick that became Ivan Barbashev to St. Louis for David Perron. As your eyes connect with the name “Perron”, your mind no doubt wanders to “what did the Oilers get for him?” and the answer is Rob Klinkhammer and the pick that turned into Mathew Barzal (part of the Griffin Reinhart deal). Vegas took Reinhart, saving Jujhar Khaira from the expansion draft.
In a nutshell, that’s the biggest job facing Edmonton’s next general manager. He needs to turn draft picks and entry free agents into players of value, either for deployment or for trade. He needs to win trades, to create trade trees that do not enrage the locals. He also needs to make the playoffs next spring, and it might be an idea to make it with some room to spare. That’s the job.
I’ve guessed Ken Holland, that isn’t inside information, that’s a guess. I guessed Holland because Rod Pedersen seemed so sure, and he’s lived long enough to know the backlash if he’s incorrect. We don’t know what we don’t know, but it’s an interesting race to the finish here. I have no horse in the race, nor am I bitterly disappointed in the trio. I got all of the cheering out of my system when Peter Chiarelli arrived, and it turned out badly. It could be Holland-Dozier-Holland and I’d feel the same way (although I’d love the music). The need is great, the way is clear, what is the new guy going to do about it?
If it’s Ken Holland, I think it might be goaltending. He could even buy out Koskinen (here), sign Robin Lehner, Sergei Bobrovsky or Semyon Varlimov. Maybe he keeps Koskinen and trades for Jake Allen. I don’t really think he would do those things, but it’s an interesting thought exercise. We, as a group, approach the Oilers problems in a specific way, mostly agreeing on the big things (while setting each other on fire over minutiae).
He might pursue older free agents and former Red Wings. Maybe he would trade Milan Lucic for Justin Abdelkader. One thing he won’t be able to do: Damage the cap situation much more. That’s already been done.
AHL POINTS-PER-GAME AT 20 (F)
These are the leading Oilers prospects (at 20, AHL) since the turn of the century. The men who played over 500 games are Jarret Stoll and Kyle Brodziak. How about Holland’s Red Wings since the turn of the century? How did his AHL forwards do at 20?
The first thing you may notice is how each era is marbled through the century. There’s representation from each five-year stanza, meaning the minor league team was sending quality to the NHL consistently.
How many played 500 games? Jiri Hudler (708), Darren Helm (629), Tomas Kopecky (578), Tomas Tatar (507 and counting) are already there. Riley Sheahan (447), Andreas Athanasiou (248), Anthony Mantha (217) and Tyler Bertuzzi (128) are all matriculating. If you know Cory Emmerton, give him a hug today. Sports is cruel.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
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Reading the tea leaves, and we’ll chat tonight, maybe Ken Holland is considering offers from Edmonton and Seattle. That might explain the current situation. We’ll chat on the Lowdown.