Reason to Believe

by Lowetide

How much offense should we expect from Tyler Benson as an NHL player? Second round in a good draft, injuries in junior but solid numbers when healthy, impressive AHL campaign at 20 and a lesser season at the same level age 21.

Is he a lock for top-9 minutes in the NHL for, say, five years or more? If we could bet on his playing more NHL games in his career than Jujhar Khaira has played up to this point in his career (218), would you put your money down?

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 Athletic, check it out here.

  • New Jonathan Willis: Peter Chiarelli wants to be a GM again. Has he learned from his Oilers mistakes?
  • New Lowetide: Oilers’ challenge could be finding relief with a low cap ceiling
  • Lowetide: Projecting Oilers prospects Raphael Lavoie and Kirill Maksimov
  • Lowetide: What does Jesse Puljujarvi’s Liiga season tell us about his future?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Oilers plan to help arena workers unclear with games postponed
  • Lowetide: NHL season on hold might impact Oilers evaluations, summer plans
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis: Key questions surround Oilers in wake of NHL’s coronavirus suspension
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: GM Ken Holland on Oilers’ playoff push, offseason plans and Hart thoughts
  • Jonathan Willis: Evan Bouchard, Tyler Benson and more: 20 observations on the Bakersfield Condors
  • Lowetide: Caleb Jones represents Oilers template for development success
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Determining Connor McDavid’s linemates remains a pressing and perplexing problem
  • Jonathan Willis: Which players pose the biggest threat to Leon Draisaitl winning the Hart Trophy?
  • Lowetide: Is the OHL still the Oilers’ primary resource at the draft?

OILERS DRAFTED FORWARDS CAREER NHL PTS-GAME

This is a list of all forwards drafted by Edmonton since 2010 who have played in the NHL for a significant period of time. None of the men drafted outside the first round posted .5 points per game. In fact, two men chosen inside the top five overall failed to reach that mark.

Players inevitably graduate to either a skill line (Hall, Nuge, Draisaitl, McDavid, Yamamoto) or a support line (everyone else), with a special “Europe exit ramp” built in just for the Oilers.

Of all the men who have delivered less than .5 points per game above, who would be your choice to emerge as a legit offensive player? I’ll pick Puljujarvi.

AHL numbers

Using only players drafted outside the first round, and combining the first two AHL seasons, how many forwards performed better than Benson? None.

The last player to be drafted outside the first round by Edmonton who averaged more than .5 points per game in his NHL career was Mike Comrie (.619) who was chosen in 1999.

I think Benson’s best comparable is Dillon Dube, although he delivered more offense (1.04 points per game) in his AHL time. Dube’s NHL points per game so far in his career? .300, or about what Tobias Rieder has been delivering his NHL career. I believe Dube (and Benson) will rise to .5 during their NHL careers although their final number (at career end) is unlikely to be that high.

THE PIPELINE

Benson’s emergence as a top nine forward is badly needed, both in terms of roster quality and cap value. The value contracts under $3 million for next season (McDavid will always be a value deal) will likely be Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, Kailer Yamamoto, Tyler Ennis, Josh Archibald, Matt Benning, plus Evan Bouchard and Benson. Need that pipeline.

NHLE

Anything above 30 points in junior or AHL is solid, Bouchard’s number for a defenseman is very strong. Slepyshev’s number (and Puljujarvi’s) makes him worth signing in my opinion, but expecting .5 points per game in the NHL is probably too hopeful based on his first 100 NHL games.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260, we hit the air with compelling guests and lots of news. I honestly thought yesterday would be a slog but there remains plenty of sports activity to discuss. Jonathan Willis from The Athletic will join us to talk about his article on Peter Chiarelli and the summer business to come. Geoff Ulrich from Draft Kings will talk NFL in what looks like a massive week of loud noises in free agency and Corey Graham (Oil Kings pbp broadcaster) will talk about a team that is locked and loaded for a deep run and waiting for the opportunity to earn a championship. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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dessert1111

Their quality being equal, would we draft a skilled centre or explosive winger with the first round pick?

jtblack

“Is he a lock for top-9 minutes in the NHL for, say, five years or more? If we could bet on his playing more NHL games in his career than Jujhar Khaira has played up to this point in his career (218), would you put your money down?”

No way he is a Lock for Top 9. Skating skatimg skating. If he can somehow slightly improve maybe he can grab a 5 yr career. WE all know he has soft hands. But can he get to the play on Offense at the NHL Level? & maybe more importantly, can he defend well enough at the NHL level for coaches to Trust him?

I love WHL draftees and am cheering like hell for Benson; but I just don’t know.

Ben

So they’ve turned out about one NHL F per year. How close is that to average draft success across the league?

It would be interesting to look at particular draft+development systems that seem to select/produce certain player types—your reputed “goalie factories” or NAS with mobile d-men, for example.

Further, if the GM thinks that mobile RDs (for example) have highest currency value as trade chips, why not choose more of them once BPA gets murky?

dustrock

Is it not “Riesen to Believe?”

dustrock

https://theathletic.com/1679146/2020/03/17/peter-chiarelli-wants-to-be-a-gm-again-has-he-learned-from-his-oilers-mistakes/

Holy cow, this is a doozy. Chiarelli now claiming the Larsson deal was the only offer he had for Hall. His explanation was garbage at the time but this is even worse if it’s true.

I wish I had the unshakable self-confidence guys like him have.

Ben

That is the Dunning-Krugerest thing I have ever read.

I must once again paraphrase from Bull Durham: “The world is made for those who are not cursed with self-awareness.”

Wilde

What a league. Just a murderer’s row of serial rake-stepping mediocrities.

frjohnk

Just read “not as young as he used to be” Willis article on Chia wanting to be GM again of another team

I feel sorry for that fanbase already

Oil2Oilers

If shut down D are to become a thing of the past for the Oilers a Larsson for Kerfoot trade might work.

A Benson – Kerfoot – Slepyshev third line would likely out score it’s opposition. Likely not enough special teams upside for the current coach/GM but all three could fill in higher up the order on skilled lines for injury cover.

Oil2Oilers

frjohnk:
Just read “not as young as he used to be” Willis article on Chia wanting to be GM again of another team

I feel sorry for that fanbase already

The other 30 fanbases would be in dare to dream mode though! But yes , I too would struggle to wish that upon anyone, even the Flames.

Wilde

Running through some defensive pairings, by player

Bouchard:

Lowe – Bouchard
51.30 CF% with / / 57.59 CF% Bouchard away
15 GF – 20 GA

Kulevich – Bouchard
58.72 CF% with / / 54.00 CF% Bouchard away
5 GF – 1 GA

Lagesson – Bouchard
59.49 CF% with / / 52.90 CF% Bouchard away
12 GF – 10 GA

Jones:

Lowe – Jones
58.61 CF% with / / 60.98 CF% Jones away
2 GF – 5 GA

Lowe:

Lowe – Bouchard
51.30 CF% with / / 53.47 CF% Lowe away
15 GF – 20 GA

Lowe – Jones
56.37 CF% with / / 51.82 CF% Lowe away
2 GF – 5 GA

Lowe – Day
51.97 CF% with / / 52.49 CF% Lowe away
3 GF – 7 GA

Lowe – Persson
56.46 CF% with / / 51.77 CF% Lowe away
8 GF – 7 GA

Day:

Lowe – Day
51.97 CF% with / / 49.12 CF% Day away
3 GF – 7 GA

Samorukov – Day
51.41 CF% with / / 48.95 CF% Day away
8 GF – 8 GA

Kulevich – Day
50.17 CF% with / / 49.48 CF% Day away
8 GF – 4 GA

Manning – Day
43.83 CF% with / / 50.50 CF% Day away
1 GF – 7 GA

that’s it for now

Paulie

Is not LD a value deal? Is not LD’s value deal better than CM? Ducks ….

Sanderson

Ahh, reading about Oiler prospects in the morning. With everything else going on, this is just the most pleasant and normal thing. Thank you for this blog Mr. Lowetide.

New Improved Darkness

I’ve been reading that the virus survives on soft surfaces like cardboard for about two days. If true, this makes Amazon Prime potentially the next Typhoid Mary, whereas Canada Post will surely be nominated in December 2020 to receive the all-new Package Distancing trophy.

In related news, HOV lanes on sale today, two for a dollar.

Munny

Wow animated ads right in the middle of text, making the article almost impossible to read.

Munny

And then they disappear after you scroll back up?

I guess its comments first, article second for reading order.

defmn

Munny:
Wow animated ads right in the middle of text, making the article almost impossible to read.

DuckDuckGo is your friend.

defmn

How long now until we hear about a Lavoie signing?

Munny

defmn: DuckDuckGo is your friend.

I use nothing but, unless its a complex search.

And Firefox with all privacy controls

No crossplatform tracking etc.

My start page has been a blank tab for 15 years.

This is coming from the webhost… search engines don’t determine where the ads are placed on the page only what the ads are.

Only LT or the webhost can do that.

For eg. his first blue box of text was split in two by an animated ad with another different animated ad directly below the last of the blue box.

--hudson--

Use the uBlock Origin add on in your browser

defmn

Munny: I use nothing but unless its a complex search.

And Firefox with all privacy controls

No crossplatform tracking etc.

My start page has been a blank tab for 15 years.

This is coming from the webhost… search engines don’t determine where the ads are placed on the page only what the ads are.

Only LT or the webhost can do that.

Weird. I use Firefox and DuckDuckGo and haven’t seen a single ad on this site in years.

Munny

I have a sneaking suspicion the webhost served me the mobile version in error first, which is now why it is corrected when I scroll back up.

Harpers Hair

Watching in real time as the Canadian dollar tanks. Will likely end the day below 70 cents.

This will have a huge impact on the salary cap.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/investing/markets/currencies/CADUSD/

Hitman77

Lowetide: I would always take the center, although in 2020 I was on the Hall train.

I think I’d go for a center as well. Especially considering Nuge is UFA after next season and may be priced beyond what we can afford.

defmn

Harpers Hair:
Watching in real time as the Canadian dollar tanks. Will likely end the day below 70 cents.

This will have a huge impact on the salary cap.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/investing/markets/currencies/CADUSD/

I wouldn’t be surprised to see 65 cents by the end of the month.

N64

That high?

defmn

I try to be optimistic since what I really think on this subject is not fit for PG distribution. 😉

Wilde

Serious question – does anyone actually care about this Condors stuff right now? Should I save it?

N64

More interested in it now that usually. Nice to see it roll out through april.

wolf8888

I appreciate it a lot Wilde. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

dustrock

Wilde honestly I really do appreciate it.

jp

Yes, it’s appreciated (unless of course you have more important things to do).

Genjutsu

Yeah I’m huge fan of these as well.

Thanks for all your hard work sir.

€√¥£€^$

I love reading all the stuff that you are compiling on the Condors

This info is gold, thank you!

Oz

Thanks for your reports I follow them

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Count me among those who value your efforts.

oilersfan

Some very exciting news out of Regeneron this morning. They think they have an antibody that is sort of a 30 day vaccine ready they could test on a smaller population of at risk for covid 19 people as well as front line workers as early as June, and if it works they could start dosing hundreds of thousands of at risk people by August. This is not a vaccine since it only works for 30 days but could be given to those most at risk and the rest of the world could go back to normal for next years flu season.

https://www.thestreet.com/investing/regeneron-surges-after-identifying-coronavirus-antibodies

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/regeneron-aims-to-have-coronavirus-drug-ready-for-testing-early-summer.html

N64

@ScottGottliebMD
14h
Disturbing new analysis from the modeling team at Imperial College shows initial #COVID19 epidemic lasting much longer in U.S. than other circulating models that show a peak in April/May; with a resurgence of infections when mitigation steps are lifted. https://imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf

@ScottGottliebMD
12h
South Korea continues to show signs that its epidemic is abating, today reporting 74 new cases. Their massive testing effort aimed at identifying and isolating infected patients was no doubt a key part of their success in combatting virus, as were their early mitigation steps.

@ScottGottliebMD
4h
Government leaders should launch major effort to get therapeutic to #COVID19. Where is sense of urgency we need? This isn’t ordinary moment. An antibody prophylaxis that protects healthcare workers, elderly, immunocompromised has lot of near term promise.

Scott Gottlieb, MD
4h
Government leaders should launch major effort to get therapeutic to #COVID19. Where is sense of urgency we need? This isn’t ordinary moment. An antibody prophylaxis that protects healthcare workers, elderly, immunocompromised has lot of near term promise.

Scott Gottlieb, MD Retweeted
@SquawkCNBC
4h
“We are learning to treat this better,” says
@ScottGottliebMD
on #coronavirus #COVID19. “Regeneron does have the capacity to do this at scale.”

Good profile on the Gottlieb:

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/15/shadow-coronavirus-czar-scott-gottlieb-129563

@NateSilver538
2h
Policymakers probably do need to focus on worst-case outcomes, at least for now. You can turn off interventions (e.g. re-open stuff), but you can’t implement them retroactively.

Huge test, respirator and therapeutics build outs. That’s the end game to have a livable new normal long before vaccines arrive.

Oil2Oilers

New Improved Darkness:
I’ve been reading that the virus survives on soft surfaces like cardboard for about two days. If true, this makes Amazon Prime potentially the next Typhoid Mary, whereas Canada Post will surely be nominated in December 2020 to receive the all-new Package Distancing trophy.

In related news, HOV lanes on sale today, two for a dollar.

Canada Post as savior! Also is this incredibly short post, by your standards, an act of social distancing in it’s own right? ?

Harpers Hair

Just thought I would solicit some streaming options for those of us in self quarantine.

Mrs Hair and I are about halfway through the 5 seasons of Bosch…a crime drama set in LA and Vegas on Prime.

Highly recommended.

wolf8888

Great series HH. I finished and am waiting for a new season. Any other suggestions?

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

Good idea.

Fleabag was hilarious and awkward. Would recommend. It is a drama/dark comedy.

If anyone has not watched the Wire…. do it…. do it now.

Avatar the Last Airbender is a fantastic cartoon for adults and kids. 10/10.

Killing Eve is fun. Action/comedy.

And a bonus movie: Persepolis. French Cartoon about a girl who grew up in revolutionary Iran. Based on an even better graphic novel.

That is all I got for now.

Bill

Harpers Hair,

If you enjoyed the series, strongly suggest reading the books. Michael Connelly’s writing is phenomenal. His Bosch books are top notch.

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

Oh, also Luther is really good if you like a good crime drama.

Genjutsu

The Boys on primrose worth a look if your into checking out a dark mirror Justice League.

N64

tsn and sportsnet dreamed about 24 team playoffs today using pts%:

2 pac bye + 2 cen byes: dallas vs chicago to play oilers

4 wc byes: oilers vs chicago to play dallas

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

I am scared of Dallas. PTSD from my childhood watching the Oilers.

OriginalPouzar

The Oilers have three main needs to be a real contender, in my opinion:

– another legit top 6 winger
– a legit 3C
– a back-up goaltender (really a 1B with Mikko).

Kailer Yamamoto has all but solidified himself as a legit top 6 winger going forward and that 2020-solidfiication is a boon going forward.

If Tyler Benson (or Jesse Puljujarivi) could do the same, it would be another boon.

Tyler Benson has the skill, the hands, the offensive IQ, the work ethic and grit (he is not a shrinking violet). I think the only thing holding him back is the much talked about skating.

I have little doubt that Tyler will be a full time NHL player shortly – the question is if he tops out as a middle 6 guy or a legit top 6.

Time will tell.

———-

The other internal options for top 6 winger next season are:

Tyler Ennis – not a long term solution and not ideal

Andreas A. – after a full training camp with Tippett and his staff and being healthy maybe he does solidify himself as a legit top 6 guy with either Connor or Leon.

———

Management probably can’t count on Benson or any internal option being a legit top 6 guy but there may not be enough cap to acquire externally (I think the main focus should be 3C).

At some point in the next 12 months, we likely get to the point where we have enough defensive depth with kids pushing and proving ready where a D for F trade will be prudent.

N64

Dr. Deena Hinshaw
@CMOH_Alberta
Another personal update. The results of my test have come back negative for COVID-19. This morning, I returned to work in person after self-isolating. I would like to thank all those who reached out and sent me your well wishes. #COVID19AB (1/3)
It’s important to underline that no one is exempt from staying home when sick, even with mild symptoms. If you’re not feeling well, stay home. Self-isolate. Do not risk exposing Albertans if you’re sick. (2/3)
Self-isolating is the right choice and the compassionate choice. We must do what we can to help one another. (3/3)

OriginalPouzar

Wild card for the “legit offensive player” – Anton Slepyshev.

He’s going to be an Oiler next year (I think) and, while the plan I’m sure is a bottom six role, this is a player that is going to come with offensive confidence after a massive 2nd half in the KHL – this will be a player with size, skill, speed and a shot that will be looking to prove himself in the best league in the world.

Come back “home” Anton – I have a good feeling about this.

————-

KHL originally “paused” for one week to re-schedule to a six team player but a couple of teams have pulled out of the Jargin Cup and now the league has extended their “pause” to April 10.

I look forward to Slepy continuing in the KHL playoffs and then having his contract expire so he can sign.

Lets do this!!!!!

OriginalPouzar

Yup, value contracts are a key to building a true contender in the NHL under the current cap system – a main reason why trading away high draft picks and prospects can be very risky and damaging for longer term success.

While it likely makes his 2nd contract a bit more expensive as he’ll be “more established”, having three years of Bouchard on his ELC, starting in his draft plus 3, is all but certain to be a massive value deal – I think bonuses can take him up to $1.6M per but still – if he’s hitting those bonsues……

The other is Caleb Jones – this kid basically solidified himself as an every day NHLer and starting to show that there is a very reasonable chance he will be a legit top 4, the minute he signed his 2 year extension for barely above league minimum. Caleb Jones is an every day NHL d-man and he may be a legit 2LD by the time October comes but likely within a calendar year from now.

Harpers Hair

All non emergency dental work in BC cancelled after 15K dentists attended a conference in Vancouver and some have tested positive.

N64

March 5-7 Pacific Dental Conference

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pacific-dental-conference-attendees-exposed-covid19-1.5499437

“Dr. David Ciriani, president of the Kamloops and District Dental Society, said the conference set records this year for attendance.”Traditionally, attendance there is probably about, oh, just about 90 per cent of the dentists in the province,” Ciriani said from his home, where he is now in self-isolation.

The day before that Dental Conference opened the Comic Con in Seattle responded to cancellation by many featured exhibitors and public demands for refunds with a full steam ahead public letter and a no refund policy. The day after that Dental Conference the Comic Con was cancelled.

Munny

Some dentists here have already closed their doors temporarily on a voluntary basis, except for emergency work.

defmn

OriginalPouzar:

The other is Caleb Jones – this kid basically solidified himself as an every day NHLer and starting to show that there is a very reasonable chance he will be a legit top 4, the minute he signed his 2 year extension for barely above league minimum. Caleb Jones is an every day NHL d-man and he may be a legit 2LD by the time October comes but likely within a calendar year from now.

I consider the Jones signing a bonus of having a HC & GM in synch with each other. Pretty sure Holland asked Tippett or Tippett went to Holland and told him to get him signed now because I have seen enough to know.

Glovjuice

N64:
Dr. Deena Hinshaw
@CMOH_Alberta
Another personal update. The results of my test have come back negative for COVID-19. This morning, I returned to work in person after self-isolating. I would like to thank all those who reached out and sent me your well wishes. #COVID19AB (1/3)
It’s important to underline that no one is exempt from staying home when sick, even with mild symptoms. If you’re not feeling well, stay home. Self-isolate. Do not risk exposing Albertans if you’re sick. (2/3)
Self-isolating is the right choice and the compassionate choice. We must do what we can to help one another. (3/3)

Based on the description of her symptoms (sore throat) she should not have been tested as per the protocol on Alberta.ca.

Munny

Wilde:
Serious question – does anyone actually care about this Condors stuff right now? Should I save it?

It might be better to get everything altogether in one full article (along with a breakdown of your own game-scoring methodology) and see if LT will post it as the Article-of-the-Day.

Would be handy to have everything together in one spot, and things might format better in actual tables etc rather than in a comment post. And then you can analyze the data right there.

Just a thought.

You’ve put a lot of work into this and it is appreciated.

Munny

Glovjuice: Based on the description of her symptoms (sore throat) she should not have been tested as per the protocol on Alberta.ca.

She was only tested at the request of the Cabinet so that she could be more available to the province if the results came back negative.

It is what Trudeau should have done.

N64

Yes. That was publicly stated at the time.

godot10

Trudeau had no symptoms. So a negative test would have been inconclusive.

Munny

wolf8888:
Great series HH. I finished and am waiting for a new season. Any other suggestions?

The first season of Westworld is just about the best season of television I have ever seen.

In the world of miniseries, Chernobyl is very well done.

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

Seconded. Both are great.

I still have not finished Westword season 2. It is a bit of a slog.

Harpers Hair

Is Westworld only available on Crave?

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

I think so. You might be able to buy it on googleplay.

wolf8888

Thanks Munny, I’ll check them out. Are they on netflix?

Munny

HBO… in other words, Crave.

fries n gravy

This virus is a big “reset” button. So many entrenched positions up for re-evaluation. Who knows, maybe Slepy & JP are less unrealistic options than they were a month ago?

Pouzar

N64: @ScottGottliebMD
12h
South Korea continues to show signs that its epidemic is abating, today reporting 74 new cases. Their massive testing effort aimed at identifying and isolating infected patients was no doubt a key part of their success in combatting virus, as were their early mitigation steps.

Zinc and chloroquine treatment also say hello.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7F1cnWup9M&t=40s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIymfznD7YA

N64

Pouzar: chloroquine

Yes. Part of the first wave used in Wuhan and elsewhere in combination with a number of others.

Ryan

I’ve heard Chloroquin was on a 6-month backorder before the Covid 19 Pandemic.

N64

It wasn’t a first line item so not a lot it and needs to ramp up. But it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Chinese tried a lot of stuff and some helped more than others. But we still need things that increase hospital capacity by orders of magnitude and that includes tests, respirators and treatments. if efficiacy, scale and safety work out, the antibody approach (e.g. regeneron) is an interesting direct shot short term approach.

defmn

Harpers Hair:
Just thought I would solicit some streaming options for those of us in self quarantine.

Mrs Hair and I are about halfway through the 5 seasons of Bosch…a crime drama set in LA and Vegas on Prime.

Highly recommended.

I am ploughing through ‘Philosophy of Physics – Space and Time’ by Tim Maudlin at the moment.

About 35 pages in on a 169 page book. I figure I am good until September. 😉

Harpers Hair

Oh my…that may be above my pay grade.

Munny

I took that course at University waay back in the day. Hardest course I have ever taken.

I was also the only undergrad in the class and the first UG to be allowed in 10 years so it was probably above my pay grade too.

Harpers Hair

Another query for the community if you don’t mind.

Switched last week to Shaw Blue Curve internet to get 600 mps service but now my wifi is shit.

Wondering if others have experienced this and what the remedies may be.

I’ve checked out reviews of Shaw’s Blue Curve Pod wifi extenders and they have been generally very negative.

Are there other good options?

wolf8888

Check your modem. My friend returned his and the new one works perfectly

defmn

Harpers Hair:
Oh my…that may be above my pay grade.

5-10 pages a day is all my poor little pea brain can digest. Natural philosophy is not really my field but incredibly interesting.

Harpers Hair

Checked it out on Amazon..looks like a great read. May have to go down that rabbit hole.

Harpers Hair

BC cancels K-12 classes.

Oil2Oilers

For the last two summers the top of my to do list for the Oilers GM was the same;

Get rid of at least one of the two boat anchor contacts, Lucic and Russell.

Fortunately Holland achieved this and I can start a new list. I will probably change my mind a little as the summer goes on but for now:

1. Sign Bear long term, 7 years 30M for 4.285M AAV.
2. Move on from Kris Russell
3. Find a 3C that can play with skill, trading a D might be required
4. Upgrade 1B goalie from Smith (sadly this seems unlikely)

Basically my priorities are very similar to OP’s above sign 3C, upgrade goalie depth and hope for an internal solution to fill out top 6 beyond the fabulous four. Though it is not ideal suffering through another year of the Neal contract seems to be prudent.

OriginalPouzar

defmn:
How long now until we hear about a Lavoie signing?

If this was a normal course off-season, it would likely be shortly after Chicoutimi is done for the year.

I’d guess it doesn’t happen until after the CHL is officially cancelled for the year (I don’t think it has been, has it).

Harpers Hair

OriginalPouzar: If this was a normal course off-season, it would likely be shortly after Chicoutimi is done for the year.

I’d guess it doesn’t happen until after the CHL is officially cancelled for the year (I don’t think it has been, has it).

The QMJHL has just cancelled the remainder of the season.

leadfarmer

N64:
tsn and sportsnet dreamed about 24 team playoffs today using pts%:

2 pac bye + 2 cen byes: dallas vs chicago to play oilers

4 wc byes: oilers vs chicago to play dallas

They can keep dreaming. This isn’t going to get better any time soon

N64

Yep

OriginalPouzar

HarpersHair: The QMJHL has just cancelled the remainder of the season.

Yes, I was just coming back on to post that i just saw that – thanks.

Reja

leadfarmer: They can keep dreaming.This isn’t going to get better any time soon

They’re trying to justify their jobs for a few more days anyhow.

defmn

Well, that’s it. They closed all the pools and whirlpools in the complex where we have been staying here in Palm Springs so we are headed home first dawn tomorrow morning. We have basically been in self-isolation here for over a week so another two once we get to Calgary shouldn’t be a problem other than that we cleaned out our freezer before heading down here since we were planning to be away for 6 weeks.

Has anybody tried the delivery service from any of the grocery stores in Calgary to see how well they work? Recommendations?

wolf8888

I believe Spud.ca is good DEFMN. They are very good in Vancouver.

N64

Superstore parking lot pickup is another option.

Munny

You can shop with an app through Wal-Mart and pick up or send a cab to pick up.