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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rickithebear

Open shots are the only shots that have a chance of going in.
If you do not exclude the closed shots.
All shot measures are well crap.

Mike Smith is the best HD open shot save% goalie in the league.
Calgary is consistently one of the worst HD open shot defence in the league.

A. stralman has been one of the best Elite HD Dmen for years.
I stumped him before all of you knew what My HD SH Area was.
Little own differentiating based on a Bolean 3D situational play map team, comp, zone start.

As we see now almost 10 years later binary academic analysis is being treated like the joke it is.
You have to have all 3 variables

As for preventing Corsi that can actually go in.
Russell is still one dman you want.

Our teams problem is still the 2 open SH def nightmares Klefbom & Nurse.

Who abandon the def of HD area. Taking our def from a standard 3-2-1
To a 3-1-1-1

But the GA structures really going from 2-1 to 1-1.

A bloody nightmare.

Nurse can be a first comp HD dman if we rain in his desire to be the rover in a 3-1 forward system.

Only one rover in a Tippett system.

Love when Tippett demands the NZ trap.
One of the highest WIN% actions when it comes to preventing Z entry & ultimately GA.

I have started to apply SOE action by position mapping to NFL sys schematics.
Discovering that a high drive Efficiency driven by 3RB system yields the highest playoff game success @ 84% of the time.
Is counter to current football belief. Except teams like NWE

Just like the Off dman ( rover) Scoring like a 4 th line forward & an Open HD SH nightmare.
Is hard to accept for most people.
Largely due to them not differentiating between shots that have 0% chance of going in and shots that require movement by goalie to stop the puck directed in open space in net elevation.

Sat next to a guy early in season with a real cool flames jacket at Tom Baker Cancer Center.
Asked if it was an Org Jacket.
As soon as Ken King started to speak, I said “ you are Ken King”

Stated I had developed a collection of Hockey based theories.
Like HD SH theory that his Analytics department likely used.
He stated “ We are currently Happy with our analytics team”
I stated “your team is built to win in reg season.”
I stated “his team had a major flaw that was counter to my cup roster core theory.”
My name was called to go in for bags of IV treatment.
Stood up and looked at him.
“ You can ask for Rickithebear in the bone marrow clinic after the playoffs if you want to win”
Went in but came out to use a bathroom out in area.
King was gone.

But a guy sitting near said he turned to look at me when I first went in.

HD open SH Defence 2-1 in HD area partnered with a forward run NZ trap is the critical driver of elite GA success.
Which is the highest win % mechanism for Cup & Conf Championship success.
Calgaryhas brutal open HD SH Dmen

Started looking at prospects available in the draft who were 16 yr old July 1 2018 and add an extra year to slide rule, plus an extra year before age 27 compared to rest of players in draft.
looking for potential 30 G scorers based on age NHLE (which I have pushed since 07-08)

Age NHLE
Bobby brink (.703) 33G 31A 64P
Alex Beaucage (.715) 33G 34A 67P
Nicholas Robertson (.747) 33G 34A 67P
Philip Tomisino (.717) 32G 36A 68P
Blake Murray (.701) 28G 19A 47P

Done right we can get 2 of these plus
Arthur Kailyev June birth (.695) 43G 43A 86P

Kinger_Oil.redux

jp: This was encouraging regarding offense:
https://oilersnation.com/2019/05/23/nhl-offence-under-dave-tippett/

– Yeah it’s going to be interesting what he does with CmD and Drai (and figures out how to get them to play with other players to lift them)

– The one thing that is unique about Tippet is he’s had 2 years toe be kind of looking at the league and players and gathering intel (I presume that was his main job)

– So perhaps that gives him more insight

jp

Kinger_Oil.redux:
– I’m just kind of meh with Tippett.I feel he’s going to be same brand of Hockey as Coach and Hitch: get into the right position, limit chances first then look at offence.

– Hitch gave better pressers, and Tippet “nicer” to the players than Coach.It’s boring and safe and button down: and we will be better.I don’t think it was inspired, nor the result of a period of internal reflection or strategy on what the Stanley Cup Oil should look like, or reflects any trends in hockey.

– He was the best guy on paper and wasn’t available, but once he was they got ’em

GOILERS

This was encouraging regarding offense:
https://oilersnation.com/2019/05/23/nhl-offence-under-dave-tippett/

jp

russ99:
I’m a big fan of Filppula, and he’d fit in well with Tippett, the way forward would be a little less rocky with some lower priced NHL players to fill the gaps until the kids are ready.

Kinda the anti-Chiarelli. lol

I thought so too, but his results have been uniformly bad relative to team for 5 seasons now.

Team CF% SF% GF% SCF%
14-15 TB 53.0 53.8 56.754.4
15-16 TB 52.2 51.3 54.2 52.6
16-17 TB 51.3 49.9 49.1 51.3
16-17 PHI 51.1 51.0 45.2 49.7
17-18 PHI 49.7 51.1 52.0 48.5
18-19 NYI 47.9 48.6 56.1 49.4

Filppula CF% SF% GF% SCF%
14-15 TB 50.5 50.1 44.8 50.0
15-16 TB 51.1 51.3 45.0 50.6
16-17 TB 49.7 49.7 47.1 46.3 (59 games)
16-17 PHI 45.6 46.1 38.1 47.2 (20 games)
17-18 PHI 44.5 46.5 42.3 43.0
18-19 NYI 44.1 45.4 60.7 43.7

He was lucky with GF/GA last season, but pretty much terrible by every other metric and in every other year.

Kinger_Oil.redux

– I’m just kind of meh with Tippett. I feel he’s going to be same brand of Hockey as Coach and Hitch: get into the right position, limit chances first then look at offence.

– Hitch gave better pressers, and Tippet “nicer” to the players than Coach. It’s boring and safe and button down: and we will be better. I don’t think it was inspired, nor the result of a period of internal reflection or strategy on what the Stanley Cup Oil should look like, or reflects any trends in hockey.

– He was the best guy on paper and wasn’t available, but once he was they got ’em

GOILERS

Pescador

russ99:
I’m a big fan of Filppula, and he’d fit in well with Tippett, the way forward would be a little less rocky with some lower priced NHL players to fill the gaps until the kids are ready.

Kinda the anti-Chiarelli. lol

Fillpulla, Connolly, Wood, Pirri
All of these players would be good to great bets

russ99

I’m a big fan of Filppula, and he’d fit in well with Tippett, the way forward would be a little less rocky with some lower priced NHL players to fill the gaps until the kids are ready.

Kinda the anti-Chiarelli. lol

Pouzar

OriginalPouzar: Is he bringing Lamb or Playfair?

My bet is both.

EDIT: We won’t find out today according Rishaug.

Pouzar

Please no Bob at this presser. Nails on a chalkboard. #ahh

OriginalPouzar

Will be curious to see what the deal is with the assistants. Is he bringing Lamb or Playfair?

Any of the incumbents staying? I think Yawney is as good as gone to LA but Gulutzan could stay and I hope Viverios stays.

OriginalPouzar

Presser at 11am this morning.

jp

Jaxon: He was one of my targets back on July 6, 2017 on Lowetide:
“Fringe Players, reclamation projects, AHL, & WHL Players who may be cheap enough and desperate enough to sign low cap hit, multiyear deals and have enough upside and youth that a gamble may work out:
RHD – Darren Dietz (recently KHL bound), Nick Ebert (AHL), Aaron Irving (WHL Oil King), Michael Paliotta (AHL), Clayton Kirichenko (WHL).
Forwards:
Alex Chiasson (RW), Jimmy Hayes (RW), Brandon Pirri (LHCW)”

Some of the others are interesting, too, especially Ebert, who outscored Joel Persson by 2 points in the SHL in one less game and is 9 weeks younger with a pretty enticing draft year scoutng report:

“Ebert is a defenseman with good hockey sense and a big shot. An excellent skater, he is speedy and agile, and can rush the puck up the ice.
– Erik K. Piri, EP (2013)”

Yeah, there’s lots of players out there. A few will make it following a non-traditional path. Ebert is likely worth a contract from someone. The Oilers did well to find a player like Logan Day as well.

Reja

Ari:
Russo from Minnesota reports that Zucker would have been traded (again) had it not been for Kessel’s veto.Holland’s really got to get in on that.

Despite his recent “year,” he leads all forwards in relGF%!And it’s not even close.

He can score you know the flames will be in on him again.

BONE207

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

Rosie Ruiz…she would have been quite a party back in the 80’s…90’s…00’s. She won’t stop.

Read her Wiki page. Funny gal.

Pescador

godot10:
apropos of nothing! -).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFjjO_lhf9c

What a summer that was

N64

GM always has the most to lose!!!

John Shannon
@JSportsnet
1h1 hour ago

With Dave Tippett being named Oilers’ coach tomorrow, that leaves the Ducks as the only team without a head coach…

Stories swirling that Ownership favours Dallas Eakins for the job, while GM Bob Murray wants to look at all his options.

N64

hunter1909: Wow. Thanks for the Romulus Apotheosis update!

LOL. As the last bar of the Imperial Death March played Common Fan 14 re-appeared on the top rung and the everyone else switched spots. Hunter for IOC!

Ari

Russo from Minnesota reports that Zucker would have been traded (again) had it not been for Kessel’s veto. Holland’s really got to get in on that.

Despite his recent “year,” he leads all forwards in relGF%! And it’s not even close.

Ari

smellyglove,

I was just thinking about that a couple of weeks ago, actually. Miss it, but completely understand why it has changed.

godot10
Glovjuice

smellyglove:
Remember when LT used to post the babe pics?

Times have moved on. For the better.

I’m not so sure. That hurdler was hurdle worthy.

smellyglove

Remember when LT used to post the babe pics?

Times have moved on. For the better.

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)

Wow. Thanks for the Romulus Apotheosis update!

Jaxon

jp: Darren Dietz. Canadian, but just played in the D1A World Championships for Kazakhstan. 25, RD, 6’1″, 200. Just lead KHL defenders in scoring. 8th in the league in +/-. Lead his team in both categories as well. Known as a puck mover, but never managed to put up any points in his AHL years. Seems like he may have turned a corner.

He was one of my targets back on July 6, 2017 on Lowetide:
“Fringe Players, reclamation projects, AHL, & WHL Players who may be cheap enough and desperate enough to sign low cap hit, multiyear deals and have enough upside and youth that a gamble may work out:
RHD – Darren Dietz (recently KHL bound), Nick Ebert (AHL), Aaron Irving (WHL Oil King), Michael Paliotta (AHL), Clayton Kirichenko (WHL).
Forwards:
Alex Chiasson (RW), Jimmy Hayes (RW), Brandon Pirri (LHCW)”

Some of the others are interesting, too, especially Ebert, who outscored Joel Persson by 2 points in the SHL in one less game and is 9 weeks younger with a pretty enticing draft year scoutng report:

“Ebert is a defenseman with good hockey sense and a big shot. An excellent skater, he is speedy and agile, and can rush the puck up the ice.
– Erik K. Piri, EP (2013)”

Pescador

leadfarmer: You hoped for 69 but you 6 yourself like always

“6”
Well I don’t like to brag but;
wait hard or soft cone?

OriginalPouzar

oilersfan:
Was Koskinen asked to play for the finnish team at the whc or not?

I don’t believe that information was every made publicly available but, given how often he’s represented Finland internationally (World Cup, Olympics, twice at this tournament), my guess is, yes, but he decided not go – he played ALOT of hockey in the prior few months – I would posit the most he’s ever played.

hunter1909

Hunter1909DeathMarch 2014-19 Superstar Top Five Update:

Today saw HT Joe rocketing up the standings seemingly to an easy 1st place…

Then someone pointed out that Commonfan14 in fact had 2 1sts with the other one a tie…

1 Commonfan14 remains in 1st with 2X 1st place finishes.

2 HT Joe climbs up but not to 1st place, in lieu of the Commonfan14 developments.

3 Yeti continues to appear

Pescador

Glovjuice: The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

Sure if you’re woman.
As a man I can say that the over/under is brilliant!
Actually I find all positions to be severely Underrated

Bag of Pucks

Wow, going to be a quick series if the Blues don’t find an answer for that Bruins forecheck. They looked like a team of wolverines tonight.

Cassidy is a helluva coach. They’re playing his system to perfection. They force you up the wall in your end and take away every cross ice passing lane in the neutral zone.

The Blues are going to have to find a way to slow up that forecheck to let their D skate it out or headman it. Hopefully Berube can adjust.

oilersfan

Was Koskinen asked to play for the finnish team at the whc or not?

Reja

OriginalPouzar: and he’s not really that good and I don’t imagine he will provide value for this next contract (given previously reported demands).

Is contract would be worth it to punch out Gio for fuking up Connor in a meaningless hockey game and meaningless hockey move.

who

OriginalPouzar: and he’s not really that good and I don’t imagine he will provide value for this next contract (given previously reported demands).

Actually, he is a pretty damm good player.
Although 5 million is a little high.

Rich M

godot10:
Forward salary cap dumps from Tampa, Winnipeg, or even Toronto are much more promising than almost all UFAs except perhaps Tanev.

This is exactly it. Stop over-paying for UFA’s when you’re not in a position to add the last piece to put you over the top.

We have some assets (LHD) that can help us in this regard.

We wait.

HT Joe

Nit64: 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.

That seems fair for Common Fan to be the overall superstar since they actually won it all twice.

Thanks again to Hunter and NIT64… I just caught up on most of the thread and it put a smile on my face. 🙂

Reja

Rebillled:
Ben,

That gonorrhea outbreak wasn’t that big. Class 3 tops.

Gonorrhoea that’s the name wash your troubles down the drain run Peter run Peter run.

Ice Sage

Glovjuice: The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

Yeah, the 96 is way more fun

jp

Glovjuice: The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

It is overrated, but it seems there is also a considerable gender bias in the assessment.

OriginalPouzar

godot10:
Forward salary cap dumps from Tampa, Winnipeg, or even Toronto are much more promising than almost all UFAs except perhaps Tanev.

Except the Oilers are a team that requires cap dumps.

Lots of talk about taking advantage of cap hell teams but the Oilers are one of them.

The realistic way to open up cap space this year is a Russell disposition (until I see a reasonable Lucic deal consummated, I won’t count on him leaving and Sekera should not be traded at this point unless actual value is coming back).

Don’t you have Russell’s disposition earmarked for Perrault (and overpaid, declining bottom 6 forward)?

Where does the cap space come from to take advantage? Remember, $2M to $2.5M is likely needed for a goalie.

OriginalPouzar

Jordan: I had Nyquist in my fantasy pool this year so I’ve followed him quite carefully.

He’s got average wheels, a good head, and skill to take and make a pass.Shot’s better than NHL average.He didn’t play consistently on any one line in Detroit, fluctuating between lines 1-3 depending on how he and the team were performing.He produced more moving over to SJ, playing with better players and on a deeper team.

He’s a strong complementary player on a skill line.Think Nuge, but a winger.He’d be a killer with Leon and CMD.If they idea is to get the best players you can, I’d take him for 1 year and see how he does, and sell him on that idea.Does he think he can get 80 pts on Leon and Connor’s wing?If he does, he should sign with us for 1 year and earn more next year in FA.

That’s what the Oilers should be doing with FAs – Offer them the Leon + CMD UFA bump.1 year.If the team sucks, we’ll trade you to a team you want to go to at the deadline (but only if they can afford your cap hit, so don’t ask for the moon).

Sign with the Oilers for 1 year – either we win, or we send you to a winner.

Of course I’ll take him for one year, I’ll even take him for two.

How in the world is he going to be convinced to sign a one-year deal with the Oilers? The only thing I could imagine would be a massive overpay (i.e. $8M plus) for that one year – something the Oilers are obviously not in a position to offer.

Glovjuice

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

The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

Woodguy v2.0

godot10:
Forward salary cap dumps from Tampa, Winnipeg, or even Toronto are much more promising than almost all UFAs except perhaps Tanev.

Matheson of all people mentioned offer sheets for Johnson and Kapenen from TOR given that a 4MM offer is only a 2nd in return.

If Matheson is talking low level offer sheets (not in his usual wheelhouse) then it’s probably a thing.

This summer should be fun.

godot10

Forward salary cap dumps from Tampa, Winnipeg, or even Toronto are much more promising than almost all UFAs except perhaps Tanev.

jp

Jordan,

He’s about to turn 30 and is coming off a career year. I agree that pitch could work for some players, but Nyquist would have to turn down multiple rich offers with term. I don’t think he’s a realistic target unless the AAV and term are at least competitive. That pitch is only going to work for guys like Rieder or Eberle coming off down years, at least until the Oilers are actual cup contenders.

Jordan

OriginalPouzar: Nyquist is likely about the level of top 6 forward that they may be able to “afford” cap wise this up and coming season, and he would be a good fit for the team, however, I agree completely – when I noticed his age a couple days ago, my heart sank a bit as I am totally against paying players for their 30s for big money, in particular offensive minded forwards who are likely well past their offensive primes already.

Sure a one year contract to a Dasyuk or Filppula as a stop gap but nothing with term.

I’m worried about Holland and Nyquist.

I had Nyquist in my fantasy pool this year so I’ve followed him quite carefully.

He’s got average wheels, a good head, and skill to take and make a pass. Shot’s better than NHL average. He didn’t play consistently on any one line in Detroit, fluctuating between lines 1-3 depending on how he and the team were performing. He produced more moving over to SJ, playing with better players and on a deeper team.

He’s a strong complementary player on a skill line. Think Nuge, but a winger. He’d be a killer with Leon and CMD. If they idea is to get the best players you can, I’d take him for 1 year and see how he does, and sell him on that idea. Does he think he can get 80 pts on Leon and Connor’s wing? If he does, he should sign with us for 1 year and earn more next year in FA.

That’s what the Oilers should be doing with FAs – Offer them the Leon + CMD UFA bump. 1 year. If the team sucks, we’ll trade you to a team you want to go to at the deadline (but only if they can afford your cap hit, so don’t ask for the moon).

Sign with the Oilers for 1 year – either we win, or we send you to a winner.

OriginalPouzar

McNuge93: 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.

and he’s not really that good and I don’t imagine he will provide value for this next contract (given previously reported demands).

OriginalPouzar

Woogie63:
Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

Trade for Miles Wood

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

Has he come down off his “reported” asking price of $5M plus (reported by more than one pre-deadline)?

OriginalPouzar

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.

Nyquist is likely about the level of top 6 forward that they may be able to “afford” cap wise this up and coming season, and he would be a good fit for the team, however, I agree completely – when I noticed his age a couple days ago, my heart sank a bit as I am totally against paying players for their 30s for big money, in particular offensive minded forwards who are likely well past their offensive primes already.

Sure a one year contract to a Dasyuk or Filppula as a stop gap but nothing with term.

I’m worried about Holland and Nyquist.

jp

Filppula, a Fin, 3C, good on faceoffs, still some offense.

It all sounds good, but on a slightly closer look Filppula is kinda scary.

Team CF% SF% GF% SCF%
14-15 TB 53.0 53.8 56.754.4
15-16 TB 52.2 51.3 54.2 52.6
16-17 TB 51.3 49.9 49.1 51.3
16-17 PHI 51.1 51.0 45.2 49.7
17-18 PHI 49.7 51.1 52.0 48.5
18-19 NYI 47.9 48.6 56.1 49.4

Filppula CF% SF% GF% SCF%
14-15 TB 50.5 50.1 44.8 50.0
15-16 TB 51.1 51.3 45.0 50.6
16-17 TB 49.7 49.7 47.1 46.3 (59 games)
16-17 PHI 45.6 46.1 38.1 47.2 (20 games)
17-18 PHI 44.5 46.5 42.3 43.0
18-19 NYI 44.1 45.4 60.7 43.7

He’s underperformed his team in basically every metric for 5 years now. I dunno.

razor

Lots of Holland connections in LT’s senior UFA list. Fippula seems like a decent target for 3C (Although we said the same about Jokinen -another aging Finn to help Jesse). Also like the idea of a Russell trade Stralman signing to button down the right side until the kids are ready.