Draft Week Post No. 1: 10 Items or Less

by Lowetide

In past summers, the Oilers have telegraphed exits. We knew in 2016 Hall was in play, certainly by the time the name Milan Lucic leaked. In 2017, this blog ran Strome’s numbers against Eberle’s 10 days before the deal was done. This year? Ken Holland has been dropping some hints but we’ve yet to discover his delivery, his cadence, and we don’t know if he’s going counter trey with the verbal.

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, here’s an incredible Father’s Day Offer!

  • New Jonathan Willis: How are the Oilers affected by early offseason trades and buyouts to Dion Phaneuf, Andrew MacDonald?
  • New Lowetide: Falling talent and other fun facts that could benefit the Oilers in the NHL Draft
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Evaluating the pros and cons of potential Oilers buyout candidates
  • New Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland is shopping for 20-goal scorers on a budget. What will he find?
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Jay Woodcroft returning to coach AHL Condors and be reunited with Ken Holland
  • Lowetide: Looking at the Oilers’ options for the No. 8 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft.
  • Jonathan Willis: How many of Sam Gagner, Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira can play top-nine minutes for the Oilers?
  • Daniel Nugent-BowmanQ&A with Ken Holland: On the draft, buyouts, free agency and how to have a successful offseason
  • Lowetide: Trading for Loui Eriksson: What makes sense for the Oilers?
  • Jonathan Willis: Differing needs of Oilers, Jets could create a trade fit
  • Lowetide: How will Ken Holland build around Connor McDavid?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The top five players the Oilers could lose in the expansion draft
  • Jonathan Willis: What a trade involving Edmonton’s No. 8 pick might look like given Ken Holland’s history
  • LowetideHard Target Search: Finding the Oilers a centre who can penalty kill, help shape a useful third line, and serve in a mentor role
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How a third-line grinder launched the star-filled Oilers to their first Stanley Cup and a hockey dynasty.
  • Lowetide: Is Zack Kassian the answer for the McDavid-Draisaitl line?

QUESTIONS

Who is a lock to be traded? It depends on how much Holland wants to get done in one summer. What deals that can be made? How many conversations can Edmonton get themselves involved in? Holland’s career as a trader is a lot about a pick for a player and vice versa.

Who do you think is in play? I’ll say Milan Lucic, Jujhar Khaira, Jesse Puljujarvi and Matt Benning, plus maybe the second rounder are in play. But that’s a guess. Lucic is the only name on Frank Seravalli’s latest trade board.

What are the Oilers looking for? We have to take Holland at his word. He wants a goalie, in free agency, he is not of a mind to chase a defenseman, but has said he wants to change the bottom six forwards. Maybe Nik Ehlers enters the conversation but it’s likely to be small moves.

When will these trades go down? It could be any time, but the deals discussed (Benning for Brown, Lucic for Eriksson) can be done later on. These aren’t blockbusters.

What about Nurse for Ehlers? A new general manager means a new set of eyes on the roster. I don’t know that Nurse has the same status as he did under MacT and Chiarelli. If you look at things logically, a LHD being dealt is drawing from a roster strength. I don’t know that it’s Nurse, maybe it’s Klefbom or Larsson. I wouldn’t trade any of them until one of Jones, Bouchard, Samorukov or other has proven they can play inside the top-4 successfully.

And the draft pick? I think the Oilers will use No. 8 overall, not as certain about No. 38. This remains a building organization, imagine Holland recognizes it.

What about trading Kris Russell or Andrej Sekera? Ideal scenario has Russell being dealt for little or no money, or a scoring forward. Jonathan Willis wrote on this subject and others this morning (here). Sekera’s injury history reduces potential return, but Russell should have value.

I’m impatient for this party to get started. If you look at Holland’s previous summers, he makes moves when it arrives. Last June, he made one small move (June 24, traded Robbie Russo for a pick). The previous offseason, they re-acquired goalie Thomas McCollum. The last major summer deal was the Datsyuk trade on the draft floor (offloading money).

Last major June acquisition? June 30, 2001. Holland traded Slava Kozlov and a first-round pick to Buffalo for Dominik Hasek. Helluva trade. Hasek won all 16 games in the 2002 Stanley run.

What are your expectations of this team in 2019-20? If the Oilers want to make the playoffs, the team should buy out Sekera and Gagner, trade the No. 8 overall pick and bring in names like Gustav Nyquist. That’s sort of what Peter Chiarelli attempted in 2015, and it’s possible or even likely Holland would do a better job of it. I don’t believe that’s the route the organization should or will take.

Can they make the playoffs? Yes, I think they can but it won’t be pretty. Choosing wisely on the second goalie, finding a second scoring line from Nuge and remnants/roll ends, and reworking the bottom six forwards to add some penalty killers and secondary scoring. There are two jobs, next year and then every year after. Holland can’t rob Peter to pay Paul.

Who is the biggest name they’ll pursue? Jacob Trouba. They won’t land him (Trouba won’t sign here) but he’s a Holland-type player.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

Father’s Day began with my walking downstairs and being greeted by my son sitting in the rocking chair. A house with young people should have a flashing ‘open all hours’ sign, it’s a living thing. NO idea when these people sleep. My son is going to NAIT in the fall or next year, taking the Radio and Televsion program. I’ve seen hundreds of kids benefit from their experience, thrilled he’s going to give the industry a try. He’s very creative (writes his own songs for the video games he and his friends create) so maybe there’s a job out there for a producer who can wield a keyboard.

My daughter is looking for work and upgrading with an eye to teaching. She’ll be great at it, very caring person with a mountain of empathy. She doesn’t like me telling you about her, so I’ll just say the funniest lines in this house come from her. She’s a hoot.

We’re all fine, the family is progressing as it should. Mom and I are painting the deck this week, getting the cars in for checkups, maybe doing a dump run, following trades and the draft. I’m a lucky father and husband, we’re all so fortunate to work for Ziggy.

Enjoy your day, men. And if you’re lucky enough to have a living, breathing Father (even if he isn’t your biological Dad, you know who your Father is) then you hug the stuffing out of him today and I mean it

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OriginalPouzar

I don’t think there are any locks to get traded.

We all want a Lucic disposition. Some feel its all but done. I, personally, don’t see how its done without too much pain.

Most want a Russell disposition for cap space. If it wasn’t for the trade protection, this would be much easier.

I could see a Manning deal with retained salary. Yes, if the Oilers retain $1M on Manning, there will be trade value there.

Benning is in play, I’m sure.

OriginalPouzar

I really like Holland’s stated plans:

– a solid 1B type goalie is a priority – he mentioned free agency and after July 1 so he’s not looking at Varlamov or Bob, makes sense – hopefully he can get Riemer for a <$1.8M cap hit

– he's not looking to upgrade the defence – 2 months ago, I wanted a stop gap 2RD – Now, I'm fine with another year of "internal bets and development" and see where we get to and how quickly Bouchard develops

– he's looking for wingers but speaks more to finding depth and skill for the bottom 6. Again, OP is happy as OP is not looking for commitment with term to "older established wingers" – good bets for the top 6 – maybe one Connolly level type guy.

OriginalPouzar

I really don’t see Holland trading Nurse. When Nugent Bowman asked Holland about signing him long term a year early, Holland was resistant because he didn’t “know the player” and then listed a bunch of attributes that he favors – he essentially was describing Nurse with those attributes – commitment to working out, heart, skating, etc.

There may be a time when we need to move up from an incumbent material left D – I think we are at least a year away as we will know much more about the youngsters in a year.

OriginalPouzar

Holland all but said he’s making that pick at 8 – “can’t foresee a scenario where he trades it”.

Of course, 38 is in play, as are all assets but at some point this organization needs to stop trading away 2nd rounders.

Our 2nd round picks in recent years: Benson and McLeod – that’s it – both legit solid prospects/assets.

OriginalPouzar

As far as what the Oilers should do if they really wanted to push for playoffs (which is clearly NOT what Holland is going to do) – I don’t see how buying out Sekera helps. It opens up some cap space but not enough to make the team better than what Sekera brings. Sekera is a real NHL d-man and reasonably likely a solid 2nd pairing d-man. Does a couple million dollars of cap space buy that (or the equivalent forward)? I say no.

OriginalPouzar

The more I think about it, the more I think Jame Reimer would be a nice fit – no, not at his current cap hit but there is much speculation about him being bought out which means he should be available to sign fairly cheaply or could be acquired pre-buyout with FLA retaining.

Not a great year this past year but he was hurt. Previous three years have really good traditional numbers – without digging in to it, I wouldn’t think he was zoomed by a high end defensive team.

wheatnoil

Happy Father’s Day LT. Glad your family is doing well.

OriginalPouzar

Lowetide:
OP: Sometimes general managers lie. They say things because they don’t want anyone to know what they’re thinking. I do agree Holland “appears” to be committed to working around the edges but we don’t know for sure. Yet.

Very true – fool me once….. then again, until I see otherwise, I’ll take him at face value – maybe that’s because his verbal lines up generally with how I would like to see things proceed.

Happy Fathers Day Al – I’m sure I’m not over-stepping when i say we ALL have gratitude for the platform you provide.

Have a great day!

Jethro Tull

Pancakes and smoothies for breakfast. Taking my new Clipper canoe on her maiden voyage with the kids at the lake. Then a BBQ with some sour beer in the sun. Perfect Father’s day.

My own Dad is back in the UK. We’ll probably talk later, my brother and sister have taken him out for a hike and then the pub. He’s had his battles with mental health issues. He was in the army in Northern Ireland during the early ’70s. Only pictures of him there are with long hair and civilian clothing. He won’t talk about it. Then he was a police officer for 15yrs before being invalided out due to back issues stemming from the army. I guess running around with over 80lb strapped to you at a time when there wasn’t them there fancy backpack systems does that to a guy.

He’s a lot better now. I always remember him as being very harsh with me but loving to my brother and sister, which I can love him for. Maybe I wasn’t the easiest child.

Be kind to one another. Hockey can go pound sand today.

dustrock

Extra bonus LT, Ziggy Stardust was released today back in 72. One of the greatest albums of all time.

My daughter is turning 8 very soon and we spent all day yesterday at a U9 soccer tournament which we won. Let me tell you a 1-0 win in the final game was just as epic as watching Game 7 of the SCF, at least for this dad.

My own father will never retire and continues to putter around. He will be 50 years at the bar next year, which is hard for me to imagine.

Happy Father’s Day to all.

Rube Foster

LT,
Happy Fathers Day!
Thrilled to hear that your family is thriving and that life is good working on Ziggy’s Farm!

I’m hopping one of Dach or Cozens is there for us in the 8th hole and that Holland lands us a swack of fast and affordable Swedes – Red Wings North!

npanciroli

Happy Father’s Day everyone! Today will be my first with my 8 month old. Still feels surreal after years of trying.

I do wonder if Russell is more likely to go and Benning more likely to stay with Tippett and Holland at the helm.

leeinvan

I think this is the year you make the trades you need to.
Next year there will be much more competition as far as trading goes because of Seattle.
Everyone will be trying to get something for a decent player they can’t protect.

If you can’t get the Nuge decent wingers then maybe look to making the hard decision, and that would be trading the Nuge and Nurse for two top end wingers. This allows you to move Dria to center and the team finally has two scoring lines. These wingers would have to be young and under control for a while.
I think the Oiler’s could get Drouin from the Habb’s + a 2nd round pick for either Nurse or Nuge.
If you can’t end up with 2 top wingers then you stay the coarse. I think that the Nuge has been through so much that unless the Oiler’s are a kick ass team by the time he is a free agent, I think he tests the waters, who would blame him.

I also think that Nurse will price himself out of the team, clearly he wants the huge contract and the Oiler’s would be fools to give it to him.

Reja

OriginalPouzar:
The more I think about it, the more I think Jame Reimer would be a nice fit – no, not at his current cap hit but there is much speculation about him being bought out which means he should be available to sign fairly cheaply or could be acquired pre-buyout with FLA retaining.

Not a great year this past year but he was hurt.Previous three years have really good traditional numbers – without digging in to it, I wouldn’t think he was zoomed by a high end defensive team.

I’ve always liked Reimer he’s a gamer I hope Holland picks him up if he’s healthy he gives you quality starts and outright steals a few along the way. I would roll the dice 50-50 with Kosh and see what happens.

Woogie63

Buy out Sekera, trade Benning for a winger, seems crazy to me – We need 8 good dman, 6 of which have played +3300 NHL games to have a chance of winning the SC.

Lots of Lucic awful contract – get him out of town – This is part of what is in the water in Edmonton. The ROT (Run out of Town) Club. Is brutal and a thing in Edmonton (and other cities). We have two bad contracts and some overpays on three others (19, 4, 89). We want perfection but, every team has this ratio. Katz freely spending to the cap and a cap that seem to consistently move up is a huge advantage for the Oilers, .

Keep drafting great, and the coach has to find roles for the players so they contribute.

12 percent body fat

sorry guys, even if the sneak in it will be because Connor and Dra carried the team in. Not sure they will have the gas to do the same in the playoffs. We have to admit another year of retooling thanks to Chia.

We can not afford trading future assets for quick fixes with expansion looming. Only contracts like Russel Gagner Sekera Lucic and Manning should be traded for plug and plays. Trading prospects or picks that wont need to be protected for a short term solution is not ideal considering the situation. If this team didnt trade hall, or the picks for reinhart it would be a different situation. Make the best of the year by opening up cap space, seeing where Benson, Jones, Bouchard, Persson, Bear and Gamber fit in.

Even if you slightly lost a few trades for talent but set the team up for expansion and a drastic improvement the following year is that win?

Hypotheticals,
Russell for prospect or pick
Benning for Brown
Lucic maneuvering to get him out,
Sekera out the following year
Gagner, Manning, Brodziak, Gryba off the books the following year.
Draft best forwards avaialbe with all picks except a third or fourth for a left D

2020-21 Now has the following
Lots more cap space
Plug and play decent bottom six forwards on decent contracts
No huge over pays on contracts

Right D pushing for spot – bouchard, perssons, day, bear, with Berglund and Kemp restocking Bakersfield
Left D pushing for a spot- Jones, Lagesson Samourakov, need to restock
Wingers – Benson, Maksimov, yamo. with maybe mcphee to restock, (sorry heavy hockey fans Safin is done)
Centers – Marody and McLeod, (dach/cozens). Rasanen to restock
Goalies – lots of prospects stop wasting pick on them, if you need to draft a late euro goalie, why the heck would they trade for hawkey if they had no intention of signing him, Starret is proving that there is no reason to draft goalies, and Binnington is also proof not to give up on them out of the entry level deal. We spent 2 good draft picks on goalies, and now we have three that will be competing. That is good but unfortunately the quality of games and a lot of sitting may not be the best interest, than the oilers will give up on all of them at 23.

This year should be about patience, sorry guys, Unless he can win some big trades and not expose the future this should be the game plan.

Try to come out of the draft with Dach/Cozens, Tracy and Fagemo from the first three rounds.

Try to recover assets for Marino, Brindamour, Cairns, Neimelanen, and Safin if possible even if its just sevenths. Than draft the highest NHL player or high ranked player that is left, project third rounders are there every year.

slopitch

Happy fathers day Al! Thanks for the continual content and being a big part of my hockey fandom the last decade or so. I can only image what youd write if the oilers ever won a cup.

The oilers cap situation should be fine if they can move one of Lucic, Sekera and Russell in each of summer 2019, 2020 and 2021. Its only really a problem this summer. But making space seems important.

The q is, how important do they think it is to add an impact winger THIS summer. And if so, how do they add said player. The oilers don’t have enough valuable moveable pieces to make it happen. When u look at the RoR trade St louis made, it worked out great but almost backfired. Would u move the 2020 1st? I think i would roll the dice and include it in a package on the right player. Its more likely that draft and develop + make a few short term ufa adds is Hollands play for 2019-20. But playoff hockey would sure be nice 🙂 this team has 97. Making the playoffs shouldnt be that hard

Glovjuice

dustrock:
Extra bonus LT, Ziggy Stardust was released today back in 72. One of the greatest albums of all time.

My daughter is turning 8 very soon and we spent all day yesterday at a U9 soccer tournament which we won. Let me tell you a 1-0 win in the final game was just as epic as watching Game 7 of the SCF, at least for this dad.

My own father will never retire and continues to putter around. He will be 50 years at the bar next year, which is hard for me to imagine.

Happy Father’s Day to all.

It certainly is. Bowie; everything before everything.

Bag of Pucks

My Dad has passed, so today is all about golf with the Father-in-law. We’ll play a round, probably watch a bit of the Open, and maybe even play some Tiger Woods on the X-Box. The man is positively obsessed. ?

For this Dad, I’ll get a bbq steak, likely some sort of tool/chore masquerading as a gift, and a jam session with my two rocker sons in the music room.

Gonna be a good day tater. That line is for Ziggy (and Ron White fans).

Happy Fathers Day!

Bag of Pucks

For some reason, found myself revisiting the Taylor vs Tyler debate this morning.

Now that we have a few miles on the odometer, I wonder who Oiler fans see as the clear choice?

For me, it’s interesting how closely their actual careers have tracked to the pre draft chatter.

When he’s on, Taylor has the higher ceiling but durability has been an issue. Seguin is the more consistent producer but he’s a bit of a flake.

I still like the credo of building down the middle so the RHC seems in hindsight the better pick, especially as it would’ve setup the Oil to draft Larsson or Landeskog instead of RNH. But then Taylor goes and becomes one of my all time favourite Oilers.

Still difficult to choose between the two.

Mr DeBakey

Fun Fact
Milan Lucic has dressed for more games than any other Oiler over the past three years.

Pouzar

Bag of Pucks,

Tyler for me.

JimmyV1965

Maybe we could trade Russel for Reiner if he waives. Very similar contracts.

godot10

slopitch:

The q is, how important do they think it is to add an impact winger THIS summer. And if so, how do they add said player. The oilers don’t have enough valuable moveable pieces to make it happen.

Take the forward (not Callahan) that Tampa is going to have to dump. JT Miller has no trade protection till July 1. He is the logical one. Benning is a affordable asset in an area of need for Tampa.

godot10

dustrock:
Extra bonus LT, Ziggy Stardust was released today back in 72. One of the greatest albums of all time.

It has been longer than Five Years for the Oilers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bcnO3VQ_fc

Reja

JimmyV1965:
Maybe we could trade Russel for Reiner if he waives. Very similar contracts.

Would be nice. What sober person not only gives a juicy contract but also a selected NMC to a PTO. Pete sure made some Bizarre decisions. Question just to piss me off on Fathers Day where would this team be if we had gotten Holland instead of Pete? Whatever anyone thinks of MacT he did set up Pete for a decade in my opinion.

jtblack

HAPPY FATHERS DAY ALL !!

I am blessed to have my Father still around.
My Father in Law as well.

I am a Father to 2 healthy pre teens.

Our Fathers Day Tradition is we all meet my Dad at the Horse Races.
We soak up some Sun, sip on a cold brew and lay down some Big Bets ($2 per race). The kids pick a horse and I bet $2 for them also. This is year 4 of our Tradition!!

Whatever you Lowetiders are up to, Have a Great Day!

jtblack

LT:

Have you ever thought of doing a Lowetide Convention?

You set a date in the Summer and we all get together and meet each other and talk hockey and ……… whatever else.

Jethro Tull

jtblack:
LT:

Have you ever thought of doing a Lowetide Convention?

You set a date in the Summer and we all get together and meet each other and talk hockey and ……… whatever else.

Never meet your heroes.

Scungilli Slushy

Jethro Tull: Never meet your heroes.

That’s what I was thinking, ha!

Bag of Pucks

jtblack:
LT:

Have you ever thought of doing a Lowetide Convention?

You set a date in the Summer and we all get together and meet each other and talk hockey and ……… whatever else.

Setup an Octagon. Charge admission…

Scungilli Slushy

Happy Father’s Day all!

I think playoffs are possible for any team. We’ve seen big turnarounds, those guys often become darlings here.

If we look at the latest champs, a long history of being a good team that couldn’t get over. This season was bizarre for them. I think the lesson to take is the importance of a disciplined coach that the players ‘will’ follow.

They won because of good decision making on players, their prospects developing to take on the tough assignments, such as Parayko freeing up Pietrangelo. They have depth, a balance of players which LT tells us out team needs.

I don’t think the Blues have any elite players, but they have a range of second tier players that are suited to playoffs. And they have O’ Reilly, long a fav of mine, the type like Bergeron that makes teams win without blowing the lights out offensively. I suppose Ryan is elite in an overall way.

After Parayko and Piet, the D is big and rangy but not stacked. It was their buy in, humility as they said, and everyone doing their job that won it for them. Seeing the Bruins stuck on the perimeter when it counted was a feat, it also made Binnington’s job easier, he might not be as good as he looked, contract alert.

To me the playoffs for the Oilers comes down to Tippet getting the OIlers to consistently play a disciplined, more patient game. One thing about having elite players is they will often try to force things because they can make things happen, but it doesn’t always work. Patience to play a safer more boring game when needed is the next step.

If Tippet can get everyone on board and Holland brings in better players I think they can play with anyone, I’m not saying Cup, yet.

jp

leeinvan:
I think this is the year you make the trades you need to.
Next year there will be much more competition as far as trading goes because of Seattle.
Everyone will be trying to get something for a decent player they can’t protect.

That should be an opportunity for the Oilers though. It sure doesn’t look like they’ll have 7 forwards they’ll be desperate to protect.

Pescador

Bag of Pucks:
For some reason, found myself revisiting the Taylor vs Tyler debate this morning.

Now that we have a few miles on the odometer, I wonder who Oiler fans see as the clear choice?

For me, it’s interesting how closely their actual careers have tracked to the pre draft chatter.

When he’s on, Taylor has the higher ceiling but durability has been an issue. Seguin is the more consistent producer but he’s a bit of a flake.

I still like the credo of building down the middle so the RHC seems in hindsight the better pick, especially as it would’ve setup the Oil to draft Larsson or Landeskog instead of RNH. But then Taylor goes and becomes one of my all time favourite Oilers.

Still difficult to choose between the two.

Still haven’t figured out which one is worse in the dressing room
Both traded by PC, I hope he chokes on his pretentious scrambled eggs

Chris

Happy Fathers Day to all, especially Al. Woke up this morning with a killer back, played paintball with my sons and their friends yesterday. My youngest turns 14 this week. Great kids, great time, but feeling old this morning.

Thinking this morning about the hockey. Would the Oilers be better off doing nothing and letting the chips fall where they may, rather than trading or signing bloated contracts? There is a part of me that is pleased with Holland saying the defence is fine. Goalie? Is our guys in the A not worth a shot? Bottom 6 could be filled with those that excelled in the A last season.

Give the kids a chance, wait out contracts, replace as expired. Can’t be worse than Chia.

leadfarmer

Happy Father’s Day to LT and all the dads out there.
Today is your day!!
I will have a beer for you and then I’ll have another

Victoria Oil

Happy Father’s Day to LT and all the other dads.

As I’ve been traveling in Europe and commuting between the Island and NY, I saw my two teenage daughters this weekend for the first time in 5 weeks – the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing them. And in a couple months, my oldest is off to school at McGill.

Cherish every day you have with your piglets.

P.S. #GoCanadaWomen’sSoccer
#GoBrookeHenderson

digger50

Yesterday Dad is out fixing my sons Jeep.

Cross institute past few weeks. Chemo this week. Hair falling out. But he’s dam well going to get into the garage and get that Jeep fixed. Unbelievable, no quit, make the best of it attitude that came out of hard times.

It’s a sad but happy day.

flyfish1168

digger50:
Yesterday Dad is out fixing my sons Jeep.

Cross institute past few weeks. Chemo this week. Hair falling out. But he’s dam well going to get into the garage and get that Jeep fixed. Unbelievable, no quit, make the best of it attitude that came out of hard times.

It’s a sad but happy day.

Good story. Best of luck to you and your family

Pouzar

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Candidates who interviewed for #NHLDucks head coaching job have been informed they’re out. They believe Dallas Eakins is the last man standing. Formal announcement expected sometime this week. #TSN

Reja

Pouzar:
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Candidates who interviewed for #NHLDucks head coaching job have been informed they’re out. They believe Dallas Eakins is the last man standing. Formal announcement expected sometime this week. #TSN

Eakins sure must be Dynamite on the casting couch.

defmn

Reja: Eakins sure must be Dynamite on the casting couch.

I remember when it was common knowledge that Tortorella was finished as a coach in the NHL. 😉

I don’t question for one minute that Eakins made mistakes as HC in Edmonton but I won’t be surprised if it turns out differently in Anaheim.

Oh, and Happy Daddy Day to all Fathers.

godot10

Reja: Eakins sure must be Dynamite on the casting couch.

He and his wife “wooed” the owner and his wife for the last four years, allegedly. Murray was caught between chopping wood and carrying water.

But as long as Dave McNab keeps the talent pipeline full as he has since the genesis of the Ducks, whoever is running the team can’t screw up too badly.

I feel sorry for Nelson, but his is sort of good news for the Oilers.

The #dementor in Anaheim. #ThoroughlyMediocreCoach in LA.
The OIlers will be able to enjoy the new Stars Wars pavilion at Disneyland on road trips.

godot10

godot10: He and his wife “wooed” the owner and his wife for the last four years, allegedly.Murray was caught between chopping wood and carrying water.

But as long as Dave McNab keeps the talent pipeline full as he has since the genesis of the Ducks, whoever is running the team can’t screw up too badly.

I feel sorry for Nelson, but his is sort of good news for the Oilers.

The #dementor in Anaheim.#ThoroughlyMediocreCoach in LA.
The OIlers will be able to enjoy the new Stars Wars pavilion at Disneyland on road trips.

It was the short con with MacT.

And the long con with the Samueli’s

HT Joe

godot10: It was the short con with MacT.

And the long con with the Samueli’s

I can’t remember where, but I read an excellent interview with Eakins, and he owned up to his mistakes in Edmonton, and it sounded like the Ducks are going to get an Eakins 2.0. I bet he knocks it out of the park. (I also bet he doesn’t take away media donuts)

HT Joe

Happy Father’s Day everyone! Thank you Lowetide for everything you give us year-round!!

Henry

Happy Fathers Day everyone. Among my favourite days the past 10 years.

“When will these trades go down? It could be any time, but the deals discussed (Benning for Brown, Lucic for Eriksson) can be done later on. These aren’t blockbusters.”

I really, really hope Benning isn’t traded at all, and certainly not for Connor Brown. The Oilers have 2 right shot NHL defensemen and they need 3 or 4. As much as I like Russel (he’s a heck of a gamer) having him on the right side means he can’t be out there when McDavid is out there or even the Nuge as Russell stifles offense on the breakout. Russell is the one to trade. Plenty of coaches probably love the shot blocks and he is at an age where players start to lose a step.

Benning is still getting better, the Oilers may as well try to enjoy peak Benning then trade him during this season or next when some GM has injuries and blows up his offense for help on the right side. The offseason is the wrong time. The Oilers must do this when they are sure about Persson/Bouchard/Bear/Jones/whoever. Ehlers for Benning is a win, Brown for Benning is not under the current circumstances.

Trading Nurse is similar. He may have flaws, but he has a tough job and is getting much better each year. I can’t predict where he will top out. He is durable too, trading would be a mistake except for a clear win on the trade at the level of Hall for Larsson.

I wonder if Tippett wants Richard Panik in the fold. I don’t know much about his numbers, but skates and plays well and is a pain in the rear each of the 5-6 times I see him in a year.