Rage In The Cage

by Lowetide

One of the best things about living in Edmonton is seeing the passion of the fan base up close and personal. Yesterday reminded me of the McDavid draft/Reinhart trade.

Why? Oilers fans were rockin’ the casbah when Tyson Barrie signed, walking on sunshine. When Mike Smith signed, the old rugged cross played across the miles. Edmonton loves the Oilers. If you’re the general manager, the fans are behind you, win or tie!

THE ATHLETIC!

I’m proud to be writing for The Athletic, and pleased to be part of a great team with Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis. Here is our recent work.

50-MAN ROSTER (45)

This isn’t the team I thought Holland would construct at the beginning of free agency. Kyle Turris brings more offense at No. 3 center but he’s also less of a checker/penalty killer. Tyson Barrie is more of an offensive defenseman than I thought we’d see. Mike Smith is not the goaltender I thought we’d see based on Holland’s recent comments.

Back in August, Ken Holland was interviewed by Daniel Nugent-Bowman at The Athletic and talked about his goal to improve the team:

  • Holland:I’m about goal differential. You don’t have to score as much if you give up less. But if you give up a lot, you’ve gotta score more. Everybody wants to focus on goals and secondary scoring. Certainly, those are areas we’d like to improve upon. How do we improve our differential compared to the other 30 teams? Those are the things we’ve gotta figure out.

I think the Oilers are going to score more goals, and probably give up more too.

In 2018-19, the average NHL team scored and allowed 244 goals. Edmonton scored 229, off the pace but in the range. However, the team’s goals against total was 271, making the goal differential -42.

In 2019-20, the average NHL team scored and allowed 208 goals. Edmonton played an extra game, so if you take away one game the Oilers landed at 220-212, +8. That’s a lot of improvement in one season.

I think the Oilers are going to score more often in the coming season. I think the passes from defense to offense are going to be outstanding. I think the Oilers are going to be adding a goalie at some point in 2020-21.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

This October doesn’t resemble any in my lifetime. I’ll never forget 2020, it has been memorable from beginning to end. My Dad used to tell me stories about the Depression and the Second World War, and polio and how it impacted his family randomly. I didn’t have a life event to compare, but Covid-19 changed all of that in an instant.

About a month ago, my daughter didn’t feel well and went to the doctor, who was alarmed at her breathing. We rushed her to the Sturgeon, where she stayed for several days making sure she didn’t have the virus (it was pneumonia). She’s fine and back working, but it scared the living hell out of me. I will never forget it. That night, we had my wife’s brother and friend over, and I burned four steaks so badly the fire department had to rush over! I’m kidding, but that poor cow deserved better.

We’re all being extra careful and there’s a spike in cases so wear your masks, wash your hands and if they call you for choir practice don’t answer your phone. I’m thankful for this group who shows up at my blog, thankful for my family and my dog and for an economy that is fighting hard to gain back what was lost.

I think that’s the lesson of 2020. We’re not going to be able to maintain life as it was before, but if we hold our families close, stay safe, recognize the things that are important and let everything else go, it might be a long overdue reset for all of us. If we reach out to the homeless, the food bank and those in need, maybe there’s some good that can come out of this difficult time. Happy Thanksgiving!

LOWETIDE VERSUS THE MACHINE!

Every year, after the draft, I take my list and compare it to the Oilers draft. I pick the top player still available on my list at each stop, and compare that player to the one Edmonton chose. My math list wins some and loses some, but it’s an interesting exercise.

The 2015 draft: Oilers rock it!

Oilers scouts hit three times after the third round on a weekend when picks were being pulled out from under them every hour on the hour. My final four picks are not matriculating. Already a win for the Oilers, this race is over.

The 2016 draft: DeBrincat the difference

Edmonton’s draft looked stalled not long ago, but the return of Jesse Puljujarvi will help and Benson may carve out a role in the next two seasons. My list wins because DeBrincat. I think the Oilers should value math more than they do, and I expect the Oilers consider math a valuable tool but they don’t use it as much as they should use it. Or at least that was the case in 2016.

The 2017 draft: Yamamoto pick key for Oilers

Edmonton wins the 2017 race, courtesy a truly inspired choice in the first round. Oilers’ Samorukov looks like he’ll add to the haul in the coming years and several others are trying to gain traction. From my list, Tolvanen is having a good start in the KHL but he didn’t play in the NHL at all last year. Scott Reedy is matriculating and we’ll see. Edmonton had a much better draft than my model in 2017, I think that’s clear now.

The 2018 draft: Too soon to know

This is going to be a helluva race, perhaps the most interesting in the group. Bouchard, McLeod, Rodrigue and Kesselring are all worth of following, that’s a solid Edmonton list and I do think two NHL players from that group is reasonable. My list is headlined by Ty Smith, I think he is a better prospect than Bouchard but we’ll see how it plays out. Samuel Fagemo wasn’t drafted in 2018 but he’s a fine prospect. Cannot wait to see how this plays out.

The 2019 draft: Broberg may tip the scales

Broberg appears to be improving by the day, I think this season might be his final one outside the NHL. Lavoie and Konovalov are also prominent and pushing. My list features Kaliyev, who remains a fantastic pure scorer, Robertson who is a nice two-way defender, and scoring winger Blake Murray. I think Edmonton has the edge here.

The 2020 draft: Brand new

This is a brand new draft so there isn’t much to say yet. I like my list a ton but everyone says that. I will say this about the Oilers draft: If you look at the skill drafted by Edmonton, and compare it to the 2012 list, it’s very clear the mathletes have had an impact on the industry.

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dustrock

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thanks to LT for bringing a calm hand in a daily basis, and your work rate is even more impressive when March-July wad a gigantic gong show.

We’ll see what the winter brings. I remind everyone the point of that March lockdown was to flatten the curve, not eradicate the virus. We’re stuck with this until it burns itself out, or there’s a vaccine.

I guess I won’t be doing my 16th annual hockey draft with my brother and friends until January?

What a strange year

Let’s keep talking hockey, music, scotch, whatever works. I love the hockey talk but sometimes it’s the weird tangents that provides the most interesting stories.

Thanks all,.

jtblack

“I think that’s the lesson of 2020. We’re not going to be able to maintain life as it was before, but if we hold our families close, stay safe, recognize the things that are important and let everything else go, it might be a long overdue reset for all of us.”

If Barrie has to play with Russell, thats not Good. Mike Smith??

I Think Ken might be done adding. See how the season goes and then add at the deadline ….

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

slopitch

Happy Thanksgiving LT and all. Stay safe and hopefully we can look back at this year and joke about it 😀

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SVR

One thing I haven’t seen discussed is how the moves in the last few days set us up for the expansion draft. Walking Benning and signing Barrie to just one year leaves us with Klefbom, Nurse, Jones, and likely Bear that have enough games played, and time remaining on current contract to fulfill expansion exposure requirements. Pretty sure we don’t plan on leaving any of these guys for Seattle.

Does this mean we resign Larsson prior to the draft, or plan on playing Lagesson enough games to qualify, or does Holland have something else in mind?

Chris

Happy Thanksgiving all.

I took Lowetide’s and Yaremchuk’s advice, took some time to evaluate what mattered in my life, and shut off all sports related distractions. Let’s face it, it wasn’t a distraction anymore, but became a loud part of the everyday noise.

I have much to be thankful for. My job is secure, regardless of the economy (I put out BBQ fires for a living). I have a healthy and happy family. I have a church community who loves us. I have a view of the mountains to die for.

I plan on returning to my consumption of sport, but maybe more in line with what’s healthy.

Mike Smith? Seriously?

Chris

Happy Thanksgiving all.

I took Lowetide’s and Yaremchuk’s advice, took some time to evaluate what mattered in my life, and shut off all sports related distractions. Let’s face it, it wasn’t a distraction anymore, but became a loud part of the everyday noise.

I have much to be thankful for. My job is secure, regardless of the economy (I put out BBQ fires for a living). I have a healthy and happy family. I have a church community who loves us. I have a view of the mountains to die for.

I plan on returning to my consumption of sport, but maybe more in line with what’s healthy.

Mike Smith? Seriously?

GordieHoweHatTrick

Happy Thanksgiving LT and All.
Glad to hear your daughter is on the mend – that is scary!

Last weeks transactions are a net positive for the Oilers. The only significant fly in the ointments is Smith, but I guess we can’t have everything…or so I am told. We are likely to witness some high event hockey with this team “next season”, which is entertaining to say the least and rather enjoyable when the good guys come out on top of the chaos.

On a personal note, I am sorry for my venting/temper-tantrums here on occasion, like yesterday RE Smith. I should do better to control my rage in the cage when I don’t get my way. I try to sprinkle in a little bit of humour with the rage…most of the time…not sure that comes across with all the RED. I certainly don’t want to be upsetting any of the readers here (too much). Yesterday, I took a short break from venting on the blog to make a donation to the foodbank. I try to do this a few times a year. A few days ago here in Toronto, a mother and her ~12 year old came to our door asking for food. A stark reminder of the suffering and struggles facing so many these days. I have much to be thankful for….

dustrock

I’ll never forget the study that concludes the average sports fan gets more negative energy out of a loss than positive energy from a win and doesn’t that just say it all? 🙂

jtblack

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Of the 9 players you profiled, Turris ranked the lowest. This is concerning. His best category was “cheap contract”🤓

I liken the Turris hiring to my new purchase. A 2008 Toyota Yaris. A commuter for work. Reviews weren’t great. Features limited. But it came with winter tires and cost $1,600 CHEAP, like TURRIS. So far I love my little Yaris and it’s been a pleasant surprise. I am hoping the same holds true for Turris

Its neat to see your numbers and learn that with a competent 3rd line, Edm would wade into Elite Team territory.

leadfarmer

I’ll be interested to see how Turris does next year
Preds having 2 forwards above 40 points shows they were offensively inept
And Rinne gave them half of their games with Ahl level goalering with a sub 900 sp
He’s still not that old
Either way he’s still dirt cheap

John Chambers

I was a big fan of most of Holland’s moves individually, but when you add them up the net result seems that this team will both score and get scored on.

1980’s hockey is here to stay in Edmonton!

Woodguy v2.0

jtblack: Of the 9 players you profiled, Turris ranked the lowest.This is concerning. His best category was “cheap contract”

I liken the Turris hiring to my new purchase.A 2008 Toyota Yaris. A commuter for work.Reviews weren’t great. Features limited.But it came with winter tires and cost $1,600CHEAP, like TURRIS.So far I love my little Yaris and it’s been a pleasant surprise.I am hoping the same holds true for Turris

Its neat to see your numbers and learn that with a competent 3rd line, Edm would wade into Elite Team territory.

I’m hopeful for Turris as he also scored low on “PK History” but if Tippet and co. can take the 2nd worst PK and turn it into the 2nd best with mostly the same players, they can put Turris on it as well.

His fancy stats were also still pretty good, so he could bounce back for sure.

2 of his 3 best seasons were when he changed teams, could happen again.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thanks for the space LT, you’ve truly provided a unique corner of the Internet for a diverse group of people to converge. As I’ve said before, I come for the blog and stay for the comments. Happy to hear about your daughter’s recovery, that must have been stressful.

Looks like we are finally turning the page as a team, based on last year’s trajectory and a historically good UFA season. I look forward to what New Holland has in store with relish.

leadfarmer

Woodguy v2.0: I’m hopeful for Turris as he also scored low on “PK History” but if Tippet and co. can take the 2nd worst PK and turn it into the 2nd best with mostly the same players, they can put Turris on it as well.

His fancy stats were also still pretty good, so he could bounce back for sure.

2 of his 3 best seasons were when he changed teams, could happen again.

Seems like he was dealing with a injury the previous season and last year Rinne was a sieve
Maybe realizing to just focus on 3rd line duty and not having to live up to that albatross will take the weight off
Guess we will see

John Chambers

Another way to look at these signings, Barrie and Turris, is that they could both put up points in Oiler silks and become excellent trade / expansion fodder.

Let’s say Bouchard looks ready to handle pp1 after 50 games and Klef appears ready to return, Barrie at his contract could fetch a first rounder.

Likewise, if Turris puts up 40 points and the crop of expansion centres is poor, I could see his $1.65M hit being an attractive option for Ronnie Franchise, ahead of options like Kassian or an injured Klefbom.

blainer

Overall I think KH did a great job in UFA. The loss of Klef is huge and having Barrie for Cover is crucial.

Was very unhappy with Smith but I guess compared to what was left he may be okay as a backup while we look for an in season solution.

The Turris signing should work out as we were desperate for a RT shot center who can at least saw off on the draws.

The only thing left I would like to see is a vet LT shot D for depth.

Chara would be perfect.

BONE207

Happy Thanksgiving Lowetidians. A place where we can talk turkey every day.

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Thanks WG. I enjoyed reading your series and learned quite a bit…

I look forward to this: “Next up: Will probably dive into Tyson Barrie and troll some Leaf fans on twitter about the Brodie contract.” I may just have to suck it up and get a twitter account…I am rather skeptical Brodie can help the leafs top pairing, and I take some pleasure in the suffering of other teams….hehehe.

blainer

After watching some highlights of JP coupled with his great start in the FEL and his latest interview in which his English sounds much better I can’t help but think this player may have turned a corner for the better.

I had this player wrote off. Cudo’s to KH for hanging in there on this one. If he pop’s like Yammer did last year we will have two very strong lines.

Ennis Connor JP

Nuge Drai Yammer

It might be early to put JP on the top line but he will be up to speed pretty good if and when the season starts from playing in Finland.

The Covid break I think gives him even more time to develop over in Finland. His staying over there until the season starts should give him that much more confidence.

digger50

John Chambers:
Another way to look at these signings, Barrie and Turris, is that they could both put up points in Oiler silks and become excellent trade / expansion fodder.

Let’s say Bouchard looks ready to handle pp1 after 50 games and Klef appears ready to return, Barrie at his contract could fetch a first rounder.

Likewise, if Turris puts up 40 points and the crop of expansion centres is poor, I could see his $1.65M hit being an attractive option for Ronnie Franchise, ahead of options like Kassian or an injured Klefbom.

Ouch. Think if Barrie signed a 3.75M contract, turning down 6M just to play in Edmonton and then the club send him packing? There goes the free agent good will that was just established. I get your point though but I don’t see it happening.

One thing about Holland though is he seems to speak honestly to the players and he keeps his word. Benning made a comment on this. I believe he was honest with Smith, and I wouldn’t be surprised if has not made some type of commitment to Barrie.

digger50

blainer:
Overall I think KH did a great job in UFA. The loss of Klef is huge and having Barrie for Cover is crucial.

Was very unhappy with Smith but I guess compared to what was left he may be okay as a backup while we look for an in season solution.

The Turris signing should work out as we were desperate for a RT shot center who can at least saw off on the draws.

The only thing left I would like to see is a vet LT shot D for depth.

Chara would be perfect.

How much would Chara be asking for? How much per linear foot?

DBO

Still hoping we can get some upgrades for reasonable money.

Kahun would be a solid and cheap option

blainer

If we are paying by the foot no way we can afford him..lol

I would think two million. We would have to move someone out but he would be a great pickup even at his age.

Scungilli Slushy

Happy Thanksgiving LT and everyone.

Thanks WG for the series, really interesting and numbers we can trust.

As we know most players are complimentary – they really on line mates and usage to produce.

I think the last three Cup winners also show how important coaching is to deep playoff runs, and of course luck, you have to be healthy enough.

I think Holland has added enough to give the coaches a lot of good options and if they play as a unit they will be a very good team. It doesn’t hurt that our divisional competitors have not improved much and some are probably worse.

I’d still like to see a better player than Russell and more experienced than Jones added on D. I’d try to move Chiasson as well and have some cap space going into the season. I suppose not knowing what will happen with Klef makes that risky. If the season starts in the spring Kelf will be recovered.

A January start might be hopeful. Although if Biden wins there is a chance the US will get it’s act together with Covid making play a lot easier to plan out.

Paulie

dustrock:
I’ll never forget the study that concludes the average sports fan gets more negative energy out of a loss than positive energy from a win and doesn’t that just say it all?

We’re like our athletic heroes. Jimmy Conors once said “I hate to lose more than I love to win”.

Scungilli Slushy

blainer:
After watching some highlights of JP coupled with his great start in the FEL and his latest interview in which his English sounds much better I can’t help but think this player may have turned a corner for the better.

I had this player wrote off. Cudo’s to KH for hanging in there on this one. If he pop’s like Yammer did last year we will have two very strong lines.

Ennis Connor JP

Nuge Drai Yammer

It might be early to put JP on the top line but he will be up to speed pretty good if and when the season starts from playing in Finland.

The Covid break I think gives him even more time to develop over in Finland. His staying over there untilthe season starts should give him that much more confidence.

I think he’ll end up there even this season IF he is willing to play how he is asked, which is a different thing under Tipp than McLelland.

It’s up to him. There are a few games where Kassian will play there is the opposition is getting uppity. But many games I’m sure they’d rather have a more skilled and of course a core hopeful player there.

jp

jtblack:

I Think Ken might be done adding.See how the season goes and then add at the deadline ….

The biggest money adds are done I’m sure. But I highly doubt Holland is finished tinkering.

There’s cap room and candidates for another forward and/or another D under $1.5M (with Klefbom’s LTIR space). I think enough cap to add a $3M salary if it were warranted. Plus Chiasson or similar will probably move on.

I wouldn’t be shocked if McDavid’s LW hasn’t arrived yet (that is, someone who might play ahead of Ennis). More likely it will be a forward who could slot ahead of Khaira/Haas/Nygard or a LD who might be in the mix with Lagesson or possibly Russell.

I do think Holland will keep sifting the bargain bin all off season though, and the quality will be better than usual.

(He could also give Bear a little more to get a deal done for 2-3 years – would he potentially accept 3 X $1.8M given the flat cap for those years?)

defmn

digger50: I wouldn’t be surprised if has not made some type of commitment to Barrie.

I don’t know if I would go as far as “commitment” but listening to Barrie it is pretty clear that there were longer term discussions around money coming available after this season.

I’m pretty sure Bouchard’s agent heard it the same way.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Brantford Boy

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual

Faksa gets his long term deal @ 3.25mil for 5 years. Disappointing to see they value him like they ought to, but good for him!

Pescador

Woodguy v2.0: I’m hopeful for Turris as he also scored low on “PK History” but if Tippet and co. can take the 2nd worst PK and turn it into the 2nd best with mostly the same players, they can put Turris on it as well.

His fancy stats were also still pretty good, so he could bounce back for sure.

2 of his 3 best seasons were when he changed teams, could happen again.

Sometimes players reunited with former coaches = success.
The PK will be just fine without Turris even with a little regression.
I hope they save his legs for 5v5.
If the Turris line can get 50% of the goal share
I will wax poetic about the F.A. signing

OriginalPouzar

Tippett had no choice last year but to go with two “traditional bottom 6 lines” which, really, were two fourth lines. He didn’t have the roster to deploy “3 scoring lines”.

He did use this “constructed 3rd line” in tough minutes and they got absolutely caved – not surprisingly, guys like Sheahan, asked to play 3C, were playing above their pay grade.

Its looks like this season there is the opportunity to deploy more of a “scoring 3rd line”. I’m not sure who exactly will flank Turris – be it Puljujarvi or Kassian on the right and be it Benson, Neal, Nygard or Ennis on the left but it seems like it will be more of a “skilled/offensive 3rd line” and it will very likely need to be sheltered a bit and see the soft comp.

My concern here is the tough minutes for the McDavid and Drai lines. Absolutely, they can handle them. Nuge/Drai/Yama, while they won’t have a 77% goal share for the year will very likely remain an elite line. McDavid, with whoever is with him, will be able to score goals against tough comp (the key is wingers to help with the goal against).

While those two lines “can handle the toughs” one of my few criticisms of Coach T. through the year was not working hard enough to get the McDavid line soft air. Sure, after a PK he would stack the ice but, for the most part, he wouldn’t line match McDavid at all and work to get him some soft comp.

With a 3rd lines that isn’t likely able to take tough minutes, it may be even tougher to find McDavid that clean air and, really, I think that’s part of the coaches job, to find him that clean air.

Maybe if we have some sort of Neal/Khaira/Archie 4th line – it can be take on some tough minutes.

razor

Looking at the 2015 draft, can you imagine how good of a draft the Oilers could have had if they kept the 16th pick and picked Barzal? McDavid, Barzal, Jones, Bear, Marino is a record breaking haul for one draft year

buck yoakam

Happy Thansgiving to LT and all lowetidians!…my favourite spot to land on a daily basis. Still waiting for HH’s liver casserole recipe!

Alpine

Mike Smith isn’t even really a gamble at this point. It’s just lighting money on fire. He’s had two bad years in a row and he’s 38. What upside could there possibly be to bringing him back? Any random 3rd string tender could put up his numbers.

I also think people are kidding themselves if they think Tippett is just gonna start playing him less. Smith was going to be his starter down the stretch before Covid hit and then he still went back to him after the layoff.

Eh Team

defmn: I don’t know if I would go as far as “commitment” but listening to Barrie it is pretty clear that there were longer term discussions around money coming available after this season.

I’m pretty sure Bouchard’s agent heard it the same way.

I can see Barrie here for the long term. Barrie-Bear-Bouchard on the right side with Larsson gone.

But Barrie has to play with the McD or Drai line. They need his offensive skills with one of the top two lines. So by definition he will be playing against elites more often.

defmn

buck yoakam:
Still waiting for HH’s liver casserole recipe!

It’s a complex mixture but a little bit sour & bitter. 😉

defmn

Eh Team: I can see Barrie here for the long term. Barrie-Bear-Bouchard on the right side with Larsson gone.

But Barrie has to play with the McD or Drai line.They need his offensive skills with one of the top two lines.So by definition he will be playing against elites more often.

Bear on the PK?

Eh Team

OriginalPouzar: With a 3rd lines that isn’t likely able to take tough minutes, it may be even tougher to find McDavid that clean air and, really, I think that’s part of the coaches job, to find him that clean air.

Maybe if we have some sort of Neal/Khaira/Archie 4th line – it can be take on some tough minutes.

Khaira was awful last year, really sub-replacement other than PK. Haas has to play centre in place of Khaira.

Harpers Hair

Landed a lovely big Albacore tuna yesterday.

Liver can wait.

Lewis Grant

razor: Looking at the 2015 draft, can you imagine how good of a draft the Oilers could have had if they kept the 16th pick and picked Barzal? McDavid, Barzal, Jones, Bear, Marino is a record breaking haul for one draft year

Yes, it would have been epic.

Word is that the Oilers were going to take Joel Eriksson Ek at 16 – not so good.

Word is that the Oilers were also going to take Brandon Carlo at 33 – very good.

Could you imagine drafting Carlo, Jones, Bear, and Marino in one year? That’s 2/3 of a good defense corps.

Plus some guy named McDavid.

Scungilli Slushy

Eh Team: But Barrie has to play with the McD or Drai line. They need his offensive skills with one of the top two lines. So by definition he will be playing against elites more often.

He could be fine as long as his partner is a good fit. Barrie is a better player than Bear right now, maybe Nurse is his defensive conscience, but that’s may even be a stretch.

Barrie needs his Larsson.

The other issue regarding long term is what would Barrie want? He’s 29 now, and Bouch and Bro will get paid almost certainly. That is 3 years out, there could be a bridge, but there is only room for a couple more higher paid guys until the cap goes up a chunk, McD making what he does, Drai and re-upped Nuge and Nurse as well.

If there is no stiffling movement clauses he could place hold a few seasons and be moved when the time comes.

tsg

OriginalPouzar,

The thinking behind this would support freeing up some cap space and grabbing Hall on a short term deal. Hall-McDavid-Puljarvi and Nuge_Drai-Yamomoto would have no problem hard matched against the toughs, leaving the soft minutes to a third scoring line. Hall has done well against tough comp historically.

As it stands you’ve got McDavid and two 3rd/4th lines going up against the other teams best and McDavid does need a little help regardless of how good he is.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Scungilli Slushy,

Lagesson is the Larsson Barrie is looking for.

pts2pndr

blainer:
Overall I think KH did a great job in UFA. The loss of Klef is huge and having Barrie for Cover is crucial.

Was very unhappy with Smith but I guess compared to what was left he may be okay as a backup while we look for an in season solution.

The Turris signing should work out as we were desperate for a RT shot center who can at least saw off on the draws.

The only thing left I would like to see is a vet LT shot D for depth.

Chara would be perfect.

While I don’t really disagree with the Chara acquisition I think it would be wise to see what we have in Jones and Lagesson. Everything that I have read or observed is that Lagesson is a better left side Larsson. He is adept at clearing the front of the net and is a better skater and passer than Larsson.
Giving Jones 30 or more games as a second pairing D will go a long way in determining just where his ceiling as a D is moving forward. The knowledge that can be obtained by them playing this year can be invaluable moving forward when determining the best course of action as Broberg and Samorukov are pushing for jobs. We may finally reach the point where we can move an established player for value back and replace said player with a cost effective in house replacement.

Bud

Hi LT. Been reading your articles and reading the comments for a few years now. This is my first time logging in to make a comment. Very impressed with the knowledge of the commentary and the civil nature of the readers that provide their insight.
For the cap room that KH had to work with, I’m overall happy with the changes. I still think there maybe some moves that could happen. I thought we might be getting a change in goal, but I do like Mike Smith’s character he brings to the team. Even at 38 he is a fitness fanatic and very competitive so it wouldn’t surprise me if he has a good year. I think like any professional athlete he would like to prove his critics wrong and he does have a few.

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https://becauseoilers.blogspot.com/2020/10/edmonton-oilers-3rd-line-center-search_11.html

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Scungilli Slushy

BornInAGretzkyJersey:
Scungilli Slushy,

Lagesson is the Larsson Barrie is looking for.

We hope, but we don’t know him well enough in the NHL yet

If I remember OPs Bake updates correctly Lagesson Bear were a solid pairing.

On a deep team despite how well Bear did I doubt he’d be top 4.

Barrie was sheltered by Keefe, still I doubt Holland signed him to play third pair.

Russell is a stretch for 2nd pair, Jones an unknown there. It seems something else has to happen to really balance the D Corp out, we know KH likes experienced players and asking developing players to take somebodies job. We wait.

fishman

Harpers Hair:
Landed a lovely big Albacore tuna yesterday.

Liver can wait.

So curious did you actually catch the tuna off the west coast or just acquire
the fish from someone else? As an avid fisherman, tuna fishing off BC coast on my bucket list. Did a trip on the North Sask river yesterday and my partner landed a 10 lb walleye (released of course) An absolute beast!!!!