Landslide

by Lowetide

Ken Holland does a few things that increase the talent pool available to his teams. Aside from using draft and development, aside from signing college free agents, Holland created a welcoming environment for the aged during his time as Detroit Red Wings general manager. His last Stanley team boasted two men 40+ (Dom Hasek, Chris Chelios) and 11 men in their 30’s, including seven 34+. Holland isn’t down on the aged.

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. INSANE OFFER IS HERE!

  • New Lowetide: What will Ken Holland see in Evan Bouchard?
  • New Lowetide: Does Oilers’ signing of Joakim Nygard signal a measured approach to summer 2019?
  • Lowetide: Dave Tippett’s roster deployment in Arizona and what it might mean for the Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: Why Ken Holland’s worst years in Detroit tell us the most about how he’ll fare in Edmonton
  • Jonathan Willis: Three offseason scenarios and how each one would affect the Oilers salary cap
  • Lowetide: Examining the Oilers’ goaltending options in free agency.
  • Lowetide: Ken Holland’s Oilers could go the high octane procurement route but will need a driver
  • Lowetide: How much can Connor Brown help the Oilers?
  • Lowetide: Dmitri Samorukov is off to the Memorial Cup and is the Oilers’ fastest rising prospect
  • Jonathan Willis: Craig MacTavish leaves the Oilers, signalling the first major front office change under Ken Holland
  • Lowetide: What kind of coach should Ken Holland hire for the Oilers?
  • Jonathan Willis: Every Oilers AHL prospect, rated by how close they are to the NHL
  • Jonathan Willis: A resurgent Andrej Sekera gives the Oilers much-needed defensive options
  • Lowetide: Is Joe Gambardella destined to become the Oilers’ next Fernando Pisani?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Protector, supporter, confidant: Connor McDavid’s mom, Kelly, is his off-ice rock through good times and bad
  • Lowetide: An offseason plan for Ken Holland to remodel the Oilers roster.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland steadfast that buck stops with him as new Oilers GM.
  • Lowetide: How will Ken Holland proceed in Year 1 as Oilers general manager?
  • Jonathan Willis: What does the arrival of Ken Holland mean for the Oilers coaching search?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Prioritizing the roster issues that await Ken Holland in Edmonton.
  • Lowetide: Ken Holland’s procurement list for his rumored move to Edmonton will include front-office personnel
  • Jonathan Willis: A Milan Lucic trade is at the top of the to-do list for the Oilers’ next GM.

The older free agents

Many of the older free agents aren’t heading to Edmonton this winter. Joe Thornton plays guitar for the Beach Boys, Matt Cullen may say yes to Pittsburgh or Carolina, no to the rest. Here are a few possibilities.

G Mike Smith. This is a possibility in my opinion, especially if Dave Tippett becomes coach. Smith’s regular season even strength SP (.907) was poor but his playoff SP in the same discipline was .938 in five games. I’m not endorsing it but it could happen.

G Curtis McElhinney. Although he’s 36 and has posted a journeyman’s career, sometimes goalies go on runs of several years later on. He was rock solid in goal in 2018-19.

RC Jason Spezza. There are many things about his season that scream downbeat, including 1.03/60 5-on-5 scoring plus the coaches in Dallas preferred all of the other centers against elite competition. However, he can still make plays (4.10/60 at 5-on-4) and won’t cost a lot.

R Thomas Vanek. He was slow at 30, it’s gotten worse now that he’s 35. I don’t think you could employ Vanek and (say) Sam Gagner on the same team, but Vanek’s scoring ability (and PP acumen) make him an interesting target. Former DRW.

LC Valtteri Filppula. Another aged former DRW, Filppula is a center and PK’s. He posted 1.93/60 at 5-on-5 this past season. He’s an interesting option.

RD Anton Stralman. He played 37.3 percent of his minutes against elites last season, had a 47.40 DFF. If the Oilers traded Kris Russell and used Stralman as No. 2 RHD, that’s an interesting bet.

L Gustav Nyquist. In many ways, he would be the ideal free-agent signing for this team. Nyquist scored 2.1/60 at 5-on-5 and delivered 60 points. No idea if he’d sign but Nyquist would be an encouraging bet.

NHL COMBINE 2019

Since 2010, 40 of the 70 Oilers draft picks attended the NHL combine (coming up this week). In fact, using only the first three picks of each draft, 25 of 27 picks ’10-’18 were at the combine (Leon Draisaitl was the only attendee in 2014). If you’re wondering about the Oilers in the first 100 selections at the 2019 draft, pay close attention to the combine list (it is here).

Looking through the names, there are a few curios. I have Ronnie Attard at No. 20 on my USHL list, No. 85 overall. He is ranked No. 76 Central, putting him about No. 110 if you include all lists (my estimation). He is 20 and has a monster shot. Headed for Western Michigan.

There isn’t much out there on LHD Roman Bychkov beyond McKeens saying he is a smart defender with top-4D potential. Nothing about his boxcars implies he’s value on a top 100 pick but you never know. He did score a goal at the Hlinka-Gretzky.

Who isn’t on the list? Blake Murray and Maxim Cajkovic will be inside my final top 40 but do not appear. That isn’t unusual: My 2018 final list had Samuel Fagemo and Linus Nyman inside the top 35, neither man was drafted.

Kurt Leavins from the Cult of Hockey was first on the story and it appears Frederik Tiffels is on the Oilers’ radar. He’s a very good skater (that’s a theme so far this spring in procurement) and plays a responsible game. Can he deliver enough offense? That’s the question. I’m liking these targets currently. Here are his numbers (with NHLE) over the last three seasons:

2016-17: Western Michigan (NCHC) 37, 9-12-21 (NHLE: 20)

2017-18: Wheeling (ECHL) 44, 16-17-33 (NHLE: 10)

2018-19: Cologne (DEL) 27, 6-16-22 (NHLE: 19.7)

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

What an incredible weekend! We’ll chat all about it at 10 this morning, TSN1260. We get rolling at 10:20 with Gilbert McGregor from DAZN, as we put the Raptors win on Saturday night into context. Guy Flaming from the Pipeline Show follows with his opinion on the Memorial Cup and the 2019 draft. Jason Gregor will chat Raptors, Eskimos and Dave Tippett at 11:05. Text 10-1260 and tweet @Lowetide. It’ll be a blast!

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godot10

//L Gustav Nyquist. In many ways, he would be the ideal free-agent signing for this team. Nyquist scored 2.1/60 at 5-on-5 and delivered 60 points. No idea if he’d sign but Nyquist would be an encouraging bet.//

Louie Ericksson 2.0

Man, stop signing 30-year olds to retirement contracts. Please. Have we learned nothing?

Brandon Tanev is 27. There is a much better and cheaper bet.

Woogie63

Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

Trade for Miles Wood

Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

LadiesloveSmid

I like Connolly, Ferland, Donskoi, Panik.

At the right price/term, I’d have time for Nyquist/Johansson/Dzingel.

Johansson’s injuries the past 2 seasons are a worry. Nyquist is 30 when the season starts and should command some term. Dzingel will get more than he’s worth IMO, should settle in at 35-40P.

Alpine

Woogie63:
Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

Trade for Miles Wood

Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

Ferland’s contract probably won’t be so subtle.

OriginalPouzar

One thing about the much older guys like Vanek, Fillupula, Spezza (and Datsyuk) is the ability to do a performance bonus contract (all those guys are 35 plus).

It may take guaranteed money in order to get them to come to Edmonton but the option is there to provide a little extra cap flexibility.

I mentioned Spezza the other day as a potential for 3C and asked if his skill-set was OK for the 3C role – the answer I got was negative.

Filppula is a very interesting thought…..

I’m afraid of Nyquist now as I’ve realized his age and that his next contract is going to be his retirement contract and all in this 30s – I think there is buyer beware there.

Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR

A good analytics dept. would go a long way towards identifying potential under-the-radar targets that provide depth and don’t break the bank. It would at least increase the odds on some of the bets.

McNuge93

Woogie63:
Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

Trade for Miles Wood

Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

Not sure about Ferland. He had a poor year especially the second half and playoff. His style of play may mean injuries start to take a toll.

Reja

godot10:
//L Gustav Nyquist. In many ways, he would be the ideal free-agent signing for this team. Nyquist scored 2.1/60 at 5-on-5 and delivered 60 points. No idea if he’d sign but Nyquist would be an encouraging bet.//

Louie Ericksson 2.0

Man, stop signing 30-year olds to retirement contracts.Please.Have we learned nothing?

Brandon Tanev is 27.There is a much better and cheaper bet.

Would love to get Josh Anderson from the Jackets 25 years old signed one more year at 1.85. Big strong and fast shoot first winger that potted 27 last year easily scores 35 plus with Leon and Mcdavid. what’s it take to get a aspiring winger that’s on the cheap for now?

hunter1909

Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
– 2nd 2016-17
2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
– 5th 2014-15
3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 7th 2017-18
4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
– 5th 2017-18
5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
– 7th 2018-19
2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

IMPORTANT UPDATE!! These Standings are no longer unofficial! They’re now VOID!!

New Standings being prepared for future update.

the DeathMarch Team

OriginalPouzar

Spector is reporting the Tippet announcement will be tomorrow.

Ben

I like the Richard Panik idea. The Oilers haven’t had Dick Panik since the big gonorrhea outbreak at The Ranch in 2011.

jtblack

hunter1909:
Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
– 2nd 2016-17
2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
– 5th 2014-15
3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 7th 2017-18
4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
– 5th 2017-18
5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
– 7th 2018-19
2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

Common Fan. What is going to happen in 2019-2020?

N64

hunter1909:
Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
– 2nd 2016-17
2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
– 5th 2014-15
3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 7th 2017-18
4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
– 5th 2017-18
5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
– 7th 2018-19
2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

Hunter, Perhaps you missed the answer to your question. HT Joe should be 2nd star.

hunter1909: Did you used to be Heat Treater Joe? Before HT Joe?

HT Joe:
hunter1909,

Yes, I just shortened the name at some point. I live in Edmonton.

YKOil

Cap Friendly says Tiffels last contract was terminated but I haven’t seen anything that explicitly says he is an UFA; what is his status?

Psyche

Maybe, Mr. Holland’s Opus includes a trio of St. Petersburg SKA forwards:

Player GP-G-A-PTS
Nikita Gusev 62-17-65-82
Pavel Datysuk 54-12-30-42
Nail Yakupov 47-23-10-33

A point getter, a former Red Wing, and a beloved (and controversial) former Oiler. Music to my ears!

RyMosh4

I love the idea of Filppula. Could be a great C for Jesse.

Romulus Apotheosis

hunter1909:
Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
– 2nd 2016-17
2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
– 5th 2014-15
3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 7th 2017-18
4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
– 5th 2017-18
5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
– 7th 2018-19
2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

Wahoo
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N64

hunter1909:
Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
– 2nd 2016-17
2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
– 5th 2014-15
3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 7th 2017-18
4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
– 5th 2017-18
5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
– 7th 2018-19
2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

Hunter, This was the first full season Death March with a tiebreaker. If there were no tiebreaks for the other years your five stars should look like this:

1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
– 1st 2016-17 (tie)
2 Heater Treat Joe aka HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 2nd 2015/16 (tie)
– 7th 2017-18
3 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
– 5th 2014-15 (tie)
4 Romulus Apotheosis – 2nd 2017-18 (tie)
– 7th 2018-19
5 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15 (tie)
– 5th 2017-18 (tie)

hunter1909

HunterDeathMarch Emergency Update!!

HT Joe is the New Superstar DeathMarch™ Player!

With a sparkling 3 Top Ten finishes HT Joe’s the Current Hunter1909 DeathMarch Superstar Player

1 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 3rd 2015-16
– 7th 2017-18
2
3
4
5 Same order as before.

Thank You for Your cooperation!

hunter1909

Nit64: Hunter, This was the first full season Death March with a tiebreaker. If there were no tiebreaks for the other years your five stars should look like this:

1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
– 1st 2016-17 (tie)
2 Heater Treat Joe aka HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 2nd 2015/16 (tie)
– 7th 2017-18
3 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
– 5th 2014-15 (tie)
4 Romulus Apotheosis – 2nd 2017-18 (tie)
– 7th 2018-19
5 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15 (tie)
– 5th 2017-18 (tie)

Nit64: Hunter, This was the first full season Death March with a tiebreaker. If there were no tiebreaks for the other years your five stars should look like this:

1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
– 1st 2016-17 (tie)
2 Heater Treat Joe aka HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
– 2nd 2015/16 (tie)
– 7th 2017-18
3 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
– 5th 2014-15 (tie)
4 Romulus Apotheosis – 2nd 2017-18 (tie)
– 7th 2018-19
5 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15 (tie)
– 5th 2017-18 (tie)

You might be onto something. Just saw the list, and it read like Commonfan14 was in 2nd place. Will “look into it” lol

N64

hunter1909: Please check the last post.

What was the tiebreakers last year? Think CF14 has two first place finishes not a 1st and a 2nd. Hard to beat a pair of Aces.

N64

hunter1909:
You might be onto something. Just saw the list, and it read like Commonfan14 was in 2nd place. Will “look into it” lol

Also Rom has a 2nd not a 4th 17/18. Same issue. Moves him up a spot?

hunter1909

Nit64: What was the tiebreakers last year? Think CF14 has two first place finishes not a 1st and a 2nd. Hard to beat a pair of Aces.

When the Superstar Five are eventually Incorporated into the Brand New Unofficial Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ Top Ten…

Ht Joe, like Secretariat the 1970’s Super Racehorse has won 3X in the top 10 upcoming rankings which will automatically supercede the 5 Superstars list. DeathMarch™ prefers to keep things simple, and List

HT Joe with his Gretzky like 3 seasons of Top 10 Domination…or

Commonfan14 who is the Mario with the shorter career allegedly a 2X Winner which has it’s own statistical voice.

hunter1909

Nit64: Also Rom has a 2nd not a 4th 17/18. Same issue. Moves him up a spot?

There is a Red Book, and a Black Book.

Which Book should your cash Donation be for…

note: This might not be resolved until tomorrow, with the way things are rapidly spiralling out of control down here at DM™ HQ right now.

N64

hunter1909: When the Superstar Five are eventually Incorporated into the Brand New Unofficial Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ Top Ten…

Ht Joe, like Secretariat the 1970’s Super Racehorse has won 3X in the top 10 upcoming rankings which will automatically supercede the 5 Superstars list. DeathMarch™ prefers to keep things simple, and List

HT Joe with his Gretzky like 3 seasons of Top 10 Domination…or

Commonfan14 who is the Mario with the shorter career allegedly a 2X Winner which has it’s own statistical voice.

Would go with the 2 cup winner (CF) vs the 3 playoff appearances (HT).

These guys have been like that Pens/Hawks Cups streak alternating at 1st or 2nd the last four years.

Professor Q

Reja: Would love to get Josh Anderson from the Jackets 25 years old signed one more year at 1.85. Big strong and fastshoot first winger that potted 27 last year easily scores 35 plus with Leon and Mcdavid. what’s it take to get a aspiring winger that’s on the cheap for now?

Columbus probably re-signs him.

N64

hunter1909: There is a Red Book, and a Black Book.

Which Book should your cash Donation be for…

note: This might not be resolved until tomorrow, with the way things are rapidly spiralling out of control down hereat DM™ HQ right now.

The rate at which your podium medals change colour….. you clearly have a future with the IOC 😉

You need a tiebreaker procedure at HQ. How about:

1. # of golds
2. # of top 10s
3. best top 10 finish
4. 2nd best top 10 finish etc.

stephen sheps

hunter1909,

No mention of playoff winners or assists to tie breakers?

Without the death march there would be no weekly yak. Everyone loved the weekly yak. I want validation, dammit!

Mostly kidding. I appreciate the tabulations you’ve done and to see the death march winners history to say nothing of the gratitude for your efforts to keep us all sane throughout the darkness.

Romulus Apotheosis

I’m pretty sure I registered “a ham sandwich” for the years prior to 17-18. Not sure if this means my cynicism has waxed or waned over the years.

Darth Tu

Nit64: The rate at which your podium medals change colour….. you clearly have a future with the IOC

I await the accusations of Russian interference/PED use.

Professor Q

Could the Oilers’ interest in and signing of all these European players not only help with speed and skill in the bottom lines, but also help with the prospect mentoring/sheltering and the Expansion Draft?

Apparently the Oilers have interest in two Germans, Frederick Kiffels and Marc Michaelis. Why not add in Dominic Kahun and help make Draisaitl very happy?

N64

Darth Tu: I await the accusations of Russian interference/PED use.

I await the blog melting down when Hunter gets the IIHF job and Bob has to stay with the Oil.

I’d also be worried about Rosie Ruiz time travellers, but our good host can see the edit times on posts like this:

https://lowetide.ca/2018/09/11/2018-19-rookie-camp-game-two-oilers-vs-nait-ooks-and-macewan-griffins/comment-page-1/#comment-760521

slopitch

Id be leary of signing anyone to over 30 deals right now. The key would be short term.

Holland finding value in the 2000’s from older players is a classic moneyball move. Im not convinced that bet is there right now but the key is that you do it for top end talent (Thorton, Burns, Pavelski). These players tend to fade slower than others. I have no data to prove this but I think there is opportunity right now from the German leagues. The game is growing there right now and we have a player Draisatl that many young Germans would want to play with. Possible moneyball type play…

Like the idea of Gusev.. Vegas doesnt have cap space right now. Unsure why he didnt work but Vegas sure seemed to bail quickly. Datsyuk would be able to tell Holland if he is a better player.

Alpine

Tiffels has a good NHLe but I’m really not sold on his previous North American experience like playing in the ECHL in 2017-18 or having some mediocre college numbers. Feels like more of a Patrick Russell signing but he could be more like Vesel or Vesey.

Doesn’t seem like a guy who should be close to an NHL job. He’s a fine signing if you’re expecting an AHLer at first who can improve over the next couple years.

Darth Tu

Nit64: I await the blog melting down when Hunter gets the IIHF job and Bob has to stay with the Oil.

I’d also be worried about Rosie Ruiz time travellers, but our good host can see the edit times on posts like this:

https://lowetide.ca/2018/09/11/2018-19-rookie-camp-game-two-oilers-vs-nait-ooks-and-macewan-griffins/comment-page-1/#comment-760521

Hunter for IIHF is a good shout. A better fit than Bob Nicholson to be sure!

And going back and editing contest entries is a cheap tactic. We should all have more honor than that!

Yeti

Nit64: Hunter,Perhaps you missed the answer to your question. HT Joe should be 2nd star.

Interesting to note that my commitment to the number 69 got me into second place on the all time list. I’m not sure if that says more about the Oilers or about me? True to form, I did predict that Yak would score 69 goals so may not have done too well on the tie-breaker…

Pescador

Ben:
I like the Richard Panik idea. The Oilers haven’t had Dick Panik since the big gonorrhea outbreak at The Ranch in 2011.

They scored a ton that year

N64

Darth Tu: Hunter for IIHF is a good shout.A better fit than Bob Nicholson to be sure!

And going back and editing contest entries is a cheap tactic. We should all have more honor than that!

Said the Boston Marathon before 1980. 😉

Pescador

Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR:
A good analytics dept. would go a long way towards identifying potential under-the-radar targets that provide depth and don’t break the bank.It would at least increase the odds on some of the bets.

Department?
They could seriously just pay 1 guy to read this blog(some posters, not all) & the Athletic & get the run down on almost any potential player acquisition pro or junior.
That would be a massive improvement over MacT, Howson & Dwayne Sutter of years past.
Credit to this fine site & others like it

Pescador

Yeti: Interesting to note that my commitment to the number 69 got me into second place on the all time list. I’m not sure if that says more about the Oilers or about me? True to form, I did predict that Yak would score 69 goals so may not have done too well on the tie-breaker…

You always hoped for 69 but sadly it never came to fruition

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

Woogie63:
Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

Trade for Miles Wood

Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

Miles Wood skating on the McDavid line would be pure joy to watch.

hunter1909

Yeti: Interesting to note that my commitment to the number 69 got me into second place on the all time list. I’m not sure if that says more about the Oilers or about me? True to form, I did predict that Yak would score 69 goals so may not have done too well on the tie-breaker…

You might not be in 2nd Place. HT Joe has emerged with 3X Top 10 finishes. Right now, the place is in turmoil; in fact it’s like the night Titanic sank.

hunter1909

Will be publishing a Top Ten either Today like has been originally planned or tomorrow in case I haven’t the chance to find the drunk who compiles this crap.

hunter1909

Yeti: Interesting to note that my commitment to the number 69 got me into second place on the all time list. I’m not sure if that says more about the Oilers or about me? True to form, I did predict that Yak would score 69 goals so may not have done too well on the tie-breaker…

Thanks for taking the Mickey, Yeti. This gives DeathMarch all the reason it needs to drop your 2 top 10(New amended list with 10 2X or better finishers in only 5 seasons of DeathMarch into 3rd place. You have managed a top 3 place among the hundreds and hundreds of players over the last 5 seasons.

Note: Original Tiebreakers rule.

Therefore: Who was the most accurate between the top 2 players currently duking it out for the top prize?

ps: Don’t worry Yeti. You are also being considered for a prize, subject to the city you reside in.

hunter1909

Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Miles Wood skating on the McDavid line would be pure joy to watch.

I’d rather prefer myself to see Miles Davis skating on that line.

Pescador

Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Miles Wood skating on the McDavid line would be pure joy to watch.

Woogie63:
Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

Trade for Miles Wood

Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

Love that Wood guy

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

hunter1909: I’d rather prefer myself to see Miles Davis skating on that line.

I don’t know … if we are going with a Davis, I would prefer Al or Sammy for the entertainment factor, assuming of course they were still with us.

leadfarmer

Pescador: You always hoped for 69 but sadly it never came to fruition

You hoped for 69 but you 6 yourself like always

Bag of Pucks

hunter1909: I’d rather prefer myself to see Miles Davis skating on that line.

You could call it the Kind of Blue line.

jp

Alpine:
Tiffels has a good NHLe but I’m really not sold on his previous North American experience like playing in the ECHL in 2017-18 or having some mediocre college numbers. Feels like more of a Patrick Russell signing but he could be more like Vesel or Vesey.

Doesn’t seem like a guy who should be close to an NHL job. He’s a fine signing if you’re expecting an AHLer at first who can improve over the next couple years.

Yeah you’re not going to find too many impact free agents from European leagues these days (aside maybe from the KHL). That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try though. And there’s nothing wrong with adding depth players from wherever you can find them either. Agree that his numbers prior to this season look not at all encouraging.