The trade deadline approacheth

Jason Gregor
February 04 2009 08:03AM

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It’s exactly four weeks, or 28 days until the most anticipated day of the year for hockey fans -- trade deadline day. And for the first time in a long time it will happen on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday.

But how many deals will take place? Will the Oilers make a move in the next month to jumpstart their annual playoff push? It’s all but guaranteed the Oilers will make a move, but don’t expect them to land that coveted left-winger to play with Ales Hemsky. If Tamblowe makes that type of acquisition I would be stunned. Will the Flames tinker to ensure they get out of the first round? I think so.

Please don’t waste our time with an Eklund-like tale of Spezza for Grebeshkov and Cole, or some other fabricated rumour from your co-worker’s sister’s housecleaner that Lecavalier is coming to Edmonton.

Let’s try to look at it realistically. Most teams don’t want to add any salary past this year, so that takes a lot of players out of the equation. Not all of course, but many. So pending UFAs and RFAs will garner the most interest.

In the East there are five teams out of the race right now. The Leafs, Lightning, Senators, Thrashers and Islanders barring a major push in the next month will be sellers, and here are the players that might attract interest.

Along with their contract status after this season, and what their approximate cap hit would be if acquired on the 4th of March.

Atlanta

Mathieu Schneider | D-man | UFA | $1.125 million

Niclas Havelid | D-man | UFA | $540,000

Colby Armstrong | Forward | RFA | $240,000

Marty Reasoner | Forward | UFA | $200,000

Eric Perrin | Forward | UFA | $150,000

Schneider has the most appeal and will certainly get moved for something. He can quarterback a PP better than most, is a good puck mover and partnered with the right guy he can be solid 5-on-5.

Armstrong will get lots of interest, but if Atlanta deals him that just shows you why Don Waddell should be gone. Armstrong is a great energy guy and Pittsburgh would love to have him back.

The rest are bit players at best, and depending on a need might garner some interest.

New York Islanders

Bill Guerin | Forward | UFA | $900,000

Doug Weight | Forward | UFA | $350,000

Mike Comrie | Forward | UFA | $800,000

Richard Park | Forward | UFA | $160,000

Guerin has a no movement clause, so he will only go to a team he thinks has a legitimate shot, but expect him to be moved. Weight told me when he was in Edmonton that he would love to stay in Long Island, but wouldn’t be against a move. Translation he will be moved if they find a taker. Both of those veterans could add something. Guerin has 15 goals to date, while Weight is second on the Islanders in points with 34.

Comrie won’t get as much interest and the Islanders do need to keep some younger forwards around, plus Hillary Duff probably likes having him in New York. Park could be a serviceable 4th liner if a team was looking for depth.

Ottawa

Filip Kuba | D-man | UFA | $600,000

Jason Smith | D-man | One year left | $2.6 next year, $520,000 this year

Chris Neil | Forward | UFA | $240,000

Dean McCammond | Forward | UFA | $180,000

Neil is clearly the most attractive at almost every team would love what he brings. The Oilers would love to get an energy guy who can fight but can also play a regular shift. Kuba is as good as gone if the Sens can find a taker, and they would love to unload Jason Smith, but his foot speed and his contract for next year will make it tough.

McCammond can still fly, and if a team floats a mid-to-late round pick in Bryan Murray’s direction I could see him leaving. There has been lots of speculation surrounding Spezza being moved, but I’d be stunned if that happens. He’s 25, has scored 90 points three times already and is a top-five playmaking centre. Murray would be an idiot to move him.

Tampa Bay

Olaf Kolzig | Goalie | UFA | $300,000

Gary Roberts | Forward | UFA | $240,000

Mark Recchi | Forward | UFA | $240,000

Marek Malik | D-man | UFA | $240,000

Matt Pettinger | Forward | UFA | $220,000

Not a stellar list by any stretch. Roberts still has old man strength and is a great character guy, so I can see someone taking a shot on him. Recchi possibly, but his foot speed has deteriorated badly. Kolzig would be a good insurance policy. And I would be stunned if either Lecavalier or St. Louis is moved.

The Bolts would probably take a bag of pucks for any of the other five guys, just to save a bit of money down the stretch, but the long-term pain in dealing either of the big guns would be tough to take. Right now it is more likely that St. Louis gets moved ahead of Lecavalier, but, again, I think that is a stretch.

Toronto

Nik Antropov | Forward | UFA | $410,000

Dominic Moore | Forward | UFA | $180,000

Pavel Kubina | D-man | One year left | $5 million next year, $1 million this year

Jason Blake | Forward | Three years left at $4 million | $800,000 this year)

Tomas Kaberle | D-man | Two years left at $4.25 million | $850,000 this year

Brian Burke wants to make a splash so you know he will make a few moves at the deadline. Moore is cheap and has become a pretty good PK guy, but he wouldn’t get lots in return. I can’t see any team really wanting Antropov, but someone might take a flier. Kaberle has a no-movement clause, but his salary is pretty decent and he would attract lots of interest if the Leafs can convince him to be traded. He and coach Ron Wilson don’t get along.

The other two are wishful thinking on the Leafs’ part and when you consider they both wear numbers higher than 40, then Burke clearly wants to move them. (In case you missed it Burke said last week that he would like no one to wear a number higher than 40. Stupid, but true.)

There are some other teams in the East who might consider being sellers, but at this point these are the sure bets to be out of the race. The interesting team to watch will be Pittsburgh. Remember they came out of nowhere to get Hossa last year, so don’t be surprised if they try to make a statement either way in the next four weeks.

In the West it’s a little harder to determine who the sellers are. Right now, even the 15th place Blues are only six points out of eighth place, but jumping seven teams to get in would be a stretch.

I think there might be four sellers in a month’s time, and maybe less, but here are my four.

St. Louis

Keith Tkachuk | Forward | UFA | $900,000

Dan Hinote | Forward | UFA | $200,000

Andy McDonald | Forward | UFA | $660,000

Brad Winchester | Forward | UFA | $120,000

Manny Legace | Goalie | UFA | $430,000

Tkachuk has a no-move clause, but the right team could persuade him to lift it. I can’t see the Blues signing him next season, unless he takes a big pay cut.

McDonald is the interesting one. The Blues are trying to extend him right now, but if they can’t by the deadline you wonder if they would move him to ensure they get something for him. Hinote is another pest who can play decent enough and would have some cache on the market. Same for Winchester, who is having a career year in St.Louis, but he is only 27 and dirt cheap right now. I suspect the Blues would like to re-sign him to a two-year deal.

The Blues would almost take anything to rid themselves of Legace, and considering there aren’t many UFA goalies that teams would be willing to deal he might garner some slight interest.

Los Angeles

Denis Gauthier | D-man | UFA | $440,000

Sean O’Donnell | D-man | UFA | $250,000

Kyle Calder | Forward | UFA | $540,000

Derek Armstrong | Forward | UFA | $320,000

The Kings aren’t out of it yet, but with only eleven home games left out of 33 I don’t expect them to stick around. All of the Kings best assets are young and Dean Lombardi is not an idiot, so I would be shocked to see him move any of his young guns.

These four don’t exactly make you tingle with excitement, but Gauthier and O’Donnell are veterans who can play tough, and would be added depth on a blueline. Don’t be surprised to see the Wings or Sharks land one of these guys to protect themselves in case of an injury. Armstrong is near the end of his career and would love one last shot at a cup if the Kings can find a taker, while Calder would be a depth guy at best.

None of these guys would be a difference maker, but they might be an unsung guy for one important game during a Cup run.

Nashville

Steve Sullivan | Forward | UFA | $640,000

Radek Bonk | Forward | UFA | $320,000

Scott Nichol | Forward | UFA | $180,000

Vern Fiddler | Forward | UFA | $150,000

Greg Devries | D-man | UFA | $550,000

Greg Zanon | D-man | UFA | $150,000

The Preds have won a few straight to get them within four points of the final spot, and they desperately want to get to the playoffs so they might not make any moves, but in a month’s time if they’re still six points out with four teams ahead of them then David Poile might have to sell off some assets.

Nichol would be attractive to many teams due to his salary, his tenacity and grit. The Oilers would love a guy like this to bring energy as would many other teams. Bonk is a good draw man and can be a good third- or fourth-line guy. Sullivan is an interesting player. The Preds have got nothing out of him for two years due to injury, so you wonder if they try to at least recoup something. Devries is a willy veteran who could solidify a third pairing. I’m sure lots of teams would take Zanon, who plays 20 minutes a night and is only a -1 in Nashville. Unless the Preds expect him to command a big raise in the off-season I don’t see why they would trade him.

Colorado

Ian Laperriere | Forward | UFA | $230,000

Tyler Arnason | Forward | UFA | $350,000

Jordan Leopold | D-man | UFA | $300,000

Daniel Tjarnqvist | D-man | UFA | $150,000

Andrew Raycroft | Goalie | UFA | $160,000

Laperriere is a great locker room guy and an energy guy, so I’m sure lots of teams would have interest in him. If a team could predict they would play the Oilers, if they make it, in the first round, then picking up Arnason would be worth it. He plays and produces his best against the Oilers.

Leopold has been a bust since coming to Colorado, and if they could get anything for him they would. He might garner some interest, because when he is healthy, which is rare, he can still move the puck efficiently. Raycroft might be an insurance policy, albeit a risky one. The Avs would love to move Darcy Tucker, who was carved in the Rocky Mountain News last week as being the worst UFA signing in Avs history. He has one year left at $2.2 million so I doubt there will be any takers, but he might be a surprise come the deadline.

These are the nine teams who look to be out of it come Mar. 4, so they would be the best bets to be sellers. There are some other names that could be moved. What will the Hawks do with their goaltending? Can they afford to move Khabibulin? The Habs have eleven UFAs this summer; will Bob Gainey move one or two of them in order to make a big splash?

And will the Wild move Marian Gaborik? He could be the Marian Hossa of this year. Sure he is an injury waiting to happen, but when healthy he is a difference maker, and it sounds like there is little chance he will return to Minny. He should be cleared to return from his hip surgery in late March. Will a team take a chance on him?

He might become the most talked about player leading up to the deadline, because outside of him it doesn’t look like there is another big-name player that will be dealt. Let’s hope not.

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#1 OvenChicken8
February 04 2009, 08:35AM
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Out of all those names the one that stands out for me is Radek Bonk, he is one of the top face-off guys in the league and could really help the Oilers there. He could be our new Reasoner, on the ice to win that important face-off and then change. What do you think it would take to land him here?

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#2 Boundz
February 04 2009, 08:39AM
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Two things I don't want the Oilers to do:

1)Trade Hemsky, Souray, Visnovsky, Gagner, Nilsson or Cogliano. 2)Do Nothing.

Enough of the incompetence and emotionless Oilers. Get tougher and bigger without losing too much skill.

Tambi, your time has come.

B

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#3 Smokin' Ray
February 04 2009, 08:55AM
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Out of this list:

I want Doug Weight.

My Own List:

I want Ryan Smyth

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#4 Iginla12
February 04 2009, 09:02AM
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Good rundown of the scenarios.

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#5 Mike Krushelnyski
February 04 2009, 09:23AM
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Haha I would be so stoked if we picked up Weight and Guerin! For all the people wondering who the last player was to get picked up by the Oilers and have his offensive numbers improve, I'm pretty sure it was none other than Billy Guerin. He hasn't declined at all in the last 10 years has he?

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#6 Ducey
February 04 2009, 09:28AM
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The Oilers are not one or two players away from making it out of the first round (if they make the playoffs). In fact, this team is two years away from going anywhere.

The Oil and their fans also need to realize that the teams with Cap space and money are going have their pick of the litter this summer.

I would be happy if they were actually sellers at the deadline with an eye to next year. They should be looking at moving:

Robert Nilsson. I have nothing against him, but this team has too many smurphs. I keep Cogs and Gagner. Eberele is two years away. Would the drop-off from Nilsson to Schremp be that big?

Steve Staios. He should interest a playoff team. He seems to have a lost a step and is #5 on the depth chart here. Peckham and Smid can replace him easily.

Eric Cole. A Free Agent. Has been a major disappointment in the results department. Might as well get something for him before he walks. Can always resign him in the summer.

Dennis Grebeshkov: A RFA, he might be a little too expensive to resign given the $$ already committed to the blueline.

Dustin Penner: Yeah right. Noone would want him and Lowe would have to admit a mistake. The thought of Brian Burke smirking would be enough to nix this one. Still, deserves looking into.

The Oilers in return would bring in some younger, cheaper, faster, bigger players so they can start playing their forechecking game for a change. Overall plan is to be active in the offseason. Given all the pain being suffered by many of the southern teams, a few excellent players are going to be available.

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#7 Kent
February 04 2009, 09:28AM
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Leopold has been a bust since coming to Colorado, and if they could get anything for him they would.

I dream about the Flames re-acquiring Leopold. He and Regehr meshed perfectly during his time here.

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#8 BUCK75
February 04 2009, 09:31AM
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Bonk is a MAD-MAN on the face-off dot. He will fit in with our soft team too...although Arnason kills us everytime we play them.

Laperriere or Armstrong would get the grit in the line-up.

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#9 BUCK75
February 04 2009, 09:32AM
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@ Kent:

Shouldn't you be at your website rubbing another loss in our face? ;)

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#10 jeanshorts
February 04 2009, 09:35AM
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In case you missed it Burke said last week that he would like no one to wear a number higher than 40. Stupid, but true.

Does Burkie not realize that the Leafs have "honored" like 28 numbers? The players are kind of running out of options there when it comes to sweaters.

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#11 smytty777
February 04 2009, 09:53AM
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@ Ducey:

I have to agree, with Lubo out for an extended period I don't see this team doing much besides treading water until the trade deadline. The Oilers are still a young team and I would prefer that they maximize the assets they have by unloading Cole, one of Staios or Moreau and one of Nilsson or Pouliot.

I don't seem them realistically competing with the upper echelon teams this year, especially without Vishnovsky.

There will be far more buyers then sellers this year and the Oilers could probably get a decent return in terms of picks and prospects for next year and shop more effectively for the missing pieces in the offseason.

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#12 BUCK75
February 04 2009, 09:59AM
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@ jeanshorts:

He did the same thing in Anaheim - Getzlaf used to be 51. He didn't think that players should wear NASCAR numbers.

Pick your battles - that one seems ridiculous.

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#13 Big Deal
February 04 2009, 10:03AM
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It’s not time to blow up the team, but a large readjustment is necessary. The team needs a big defenseman that other people are nervous about being in front of the net with. He doesn’t have to be overly skilled but he must be nasty. We haven’t got that guy and we can’t have Souray trying to be that guy. It’s time to either move Staios while you can get something for him or move Grebs before you can’t afford to keep him. Both have value on the market.

As for the forwards, we have too many of the same forward. Too many small so called skilled forwards on this team. We need some grit, some sandpaper some toughness, whatever you call it. The Oilers do not have that any position in the first three lines. Move Penner, Brods, Pisani, Shremp, Pouliout and get some draft picks that maybe can be turned into a gritty mean forward. The Oilers may be the softest team in the NHL. If they are not, then they are in the top 5 softest in the NHL. They are never going to win with that image hanging over their head.

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#14 Stall35
February 04 2009, 10:04AM
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What about Jordan Staal? Think he would be a good fit here? With the amount of $$$ the Pens have commited to Malkin and Sid the Kid...what would it take to get Stall out of there?

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#15 Pokie Reddik
February 04 2009, 10:06AM
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@ Jason So did Jon lose any locker room privlages for his call to axe macT? NO Have some gonads Jason

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#16 jeanshorts
February 04 2009, 10:18AM
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@ Pokie Reddik:

I don't know where everyone is getting that Willis is some kind of reporter or something, but, he's not. He lives in Northern B.C so that'd be one hell of a commute to the rink everyday. He's just a dude that likes the Oilers and is crazy good with stats. There's no locker room privileges to lose in the first place.

And can we please stop harping on these guys to call out MacT? For one, they've already done it before. They aren't stupid. They know there's a problem in the room and it's not like they've refused to acknowledge he's probably part of it.

But what do you want them to do? Should every article just be Gregor and Brownlee bashing all things MacT? I think we do a good enough job of that on here everyday. So why don't you let them report on actual team news.

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#17 Pokie Reddik
February 04 2009, 10:22AM
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@ jeanshorts: Team news??? Where the hell are you? there is no team it's all individuals. Like Tamps did with Vinny, the more calls then something might happen. MacT is a cancer to the room no one plays for him. Thats a priority to get rid of him. Quit sucking up

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#18 Travis Dakin
February 04 2009, 10:26AM
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Pokie Reddik wrote:

MacT is a cancer to the room no one plays for him.

As much as I think that MacTavish makes ridiculous calls, if there is a player on the team that won't "play for him" then THAT player is a cancer to the team and I don't want him. I don't care if its Hemsky or Souray.

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#19 jeanshorts
February 04 2009, 10:31AM
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Who am I sucking up to? Just because I sit here everyday in front of my computer, just hoping and praying that the mighty JASON GREGOR will personally reply to a comment I've posted on here.

I've been riding shotgun on the Fire MacT Bandwagon® since 07, but even I realize that MacT isn't the be all, end all of the teams problems. He's a huge part, yes, but there are lots of holes in the roster that need to be filled before this team starts to play up to its potential. And like I said before, if you think that firing MacT at this point in time is 1. A good idea, and 2. Going to turn this ship around and land the Oilers firmly in 5th place or better then you are an idiot. I'm 100 percent for getting a new coach, but now is not the time. MacT got us within sniffing distance of the playoffs, so why not stick with him and see where he can take us. If he gets us into 8th place, and we flounder in the playoffs, then fine, and if we miss the playoffs then even better, it would just cement MacT's fate. But firing MacT with no suitable replacement set up would be a bigger mistake than signing Dustin Penner to a 6 year contract extension.

Rather than getting a new coach, and having the boys take 10-15 games to get used to his new system before they actual start to gel, I'd like to see a depth guy, or an impact player come in and spark this team. How many points are you willing to give up for the sake of not having to stare at MacT's clown hair every night? I'd rather be in playoff contention with a mediocre coach at this point in time then drop completely out with an unknown.

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#20 RyanD
February 04 2009, 10:35AM
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Weight or Bonk would be nice. We could use that kind of presence, particularly in the faceoff dot.

But one guy I'd be interested in is our 'ol pal Petr Sykora. He's not an ELITE sniper, but he's that one shot scorer that we need in the top six. No one else seems to be able to work with Hemmer, so why not make an attempt to get him if the Penguins are looking to deal?

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#21 Travis Dakin
February 04 2009, 10:35AM
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@ jeanshorts: You're an idiot.

Just Kidding buddy.

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#22 Pokie Reddik
February 04 2009, 10:36AM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Who am I sucking up to? Just because I sit here everyday in front of my computer, just hoping and praying that the mighty JASON GREGOR will personally reply to a comment I’ve posted on here. I’ve been riding shotgun on the Fire MacT Bandwagon® since 07, but even I realize that MacT isn’t the be all, end all of the teams problems. He’s a huge part, yes, but there are lots of holes in the roster that need to be filled before this team starts to play up to its potential. And like I said before, if you think that firing MacT at this point in time is 1. A good idea, and 2. Going to turn this ship around and land the Oilers firmly in 5th place or better then you are an idiot. I’m 100 percent for getting a new coach, but now is not the time. MacT got us within sniffing distance of the playoffs, so why not stick with him and see where he can take us. If he gets us into 8th place, and we flounder in the playoffs, then fine, and if we miss the playoffs then even better, it would just cement MacT’s fate. But firing MacT with no suitable replacement set up would be a bigger mistake than signing Dustin Penner to a 6 year contract extension. Rather than getting a new coach, and having the boys take 10-15 games to get used to his new system before they actual start to gel, I’d like to see a depth guy, or an impact player come in and spark this team. How many points are you willing to give up for the sake of not having to stare at MacT’s clown hair every night? I’d rather be in playoff contention with a mediocre coach at this point in time then drop completely out with an unknown.

MacT has no system in place and this will be another lost year.another year off of Hemsky's contract and Cole will be gone. so we stay in rebuild cap team mode? why waste the year, the players need a system to play and it won't take 15 games for them to learn. Bring Lowe to coach and clean up the mess, Oilers hockey is a joke, no one knows what it is.

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#23 Jeremy
February 04 2009, 10:38AM
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@ RyanD: Good call. We have not had any wingers show any sustainable chemistry with Hemmer since we let him go in the off-season. What could it hurt to do a little tire-kicking for a proven commodity?

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#24 jeanshorts
February 04 2009, 10:38AM
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@ Travis Dakin:

Apparentely I'm causing a stir by not screaming from the mountain tops how much I hate MacT and that he should be afflicted with some sort of flesh eating disease. How could I be so naive!!!!

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#25 The Towel Boy
February 04 2009, 11:18AM
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@ jeanshorts:

Ya dude...turn down the suck. Sheesh.

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#26 Matt
February 04 2009, 11:36AM
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Kolzig's done for the season with a possibly career ending arm injury, Gregor.

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#27 swany
February 04 2009, 11:43AM
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This team needs to hit have some jump and work hard, this is just like the old days we are not skilled enough to win but we don't have the workmen like guys to just beat the other teams down. What about Ryan Stone, from what I have heard from the media and scouts he sounds just like Glencross, Tamblowe said from within well give this guy a call he can't be as bad as Redoxx, I mean he is bigger can skate fast enough to hit the skilled players and kill penalties, Or make a friggen trade already before we are behind LA. If we lose to the Blues something better happen fast.

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#28 CurtisS
February 04 2009, 11:49AM
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Lets sell.

Blow this thing up

Get rid of

Roli Moreau Pisani Staios Penner Nilsson Stortini

Thats mostly our core of the team or has been. Well time is up. THey have had how many years now to make a impact. Guess what same situation year after year with most of them leading the team.

God dam I miss Ryan Symth. He played for that symbol on that jersey every ******** time. We traded away the face of the franchise and we have been paying for it ever since.

Im sure glad we got a non competitor. A send pairing junior defencemen and a complete bust of a prospect. Brought in Penner to replace smyth. Guess what. Never once did Ryan not bring his best on the ice. The same cant be said with Penner and Nilsson. Complete opposite of what Ryan brought.

Awesome job managment team. Ever since you decided to let our Face of Frachise go and name our new Hemsky face of franchise, this team has be terrrible at best.

We traded the wrong guy that year. Thats a fact.

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#29 Kent
February 04 2009, 11:55AM
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BUCK75 wrote:

@ Kent: Shouldn’t you be at your website rubbing another loss in our face?

Actually, this post is appearing at both sites simultaneously.

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#30 APE
February 04 2009, 12:05PM
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@ CurtisS: Smyth could've resigned but HE decided not too and wait for more money. Lowe was forced to move him. GET OVER IT.

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#31 APE
February 04 2009, 12:06PM
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But I'm with you, I wish we would sell the farm and start over. At least we would lose the way Toronto is losing this year. They work hard but have less talent. That is much easier to swallow than this bullsh!t.

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#32 OB
February 04 2009, 12:12PM
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This team will continue to be a joke as long as management is.

The leadership on this team is questionable too.

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#33 Wanye Gretz
February 04 2009, 12:16PM
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Hey everyone I have an idea:

Maybe it's just me but I think the Oilers should trade some players and think about getting a new head coach. Does anyone have something to say on that topic?

*drool*

@ jeanshorts:

You are taking more shots to the face than a Vivid Film Star on here today. BAHAHAHA

Internet justice is a mighty weapon!!

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#34 Jason Gregor
February 04 2009, 12:25PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Does Burkie not realize that the Leafs have “honored” like 28 numbers? The players are kind of running out of options there when it comes to sweaters.

Honoured jersey's aren't retired in Toronto, so players can still wear them. The only numbers out of commission are #5 Ace Bailey and #6 Bill Barilko. The irony of Burke's statmente regarding numbers was it came on the night they honoured Gilmour's #93!!!

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#35 David S
February 04 2009, 12:25PM
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Ducey wrote:

Would the drop-off from Nilsson to Schremp be that big?

Grand Canyon big.

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#36 Jason Gregor
February 04 2009, 12:32PM
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Pokie Reddik wrote:

@ Jason So did Jon lose any locker room privlages for his call to axe macT? NO Have some gonads Jason

Once again you show your complete lack of knowledge. JW doesn't have a press pass and doesn't come in the Oilers room, so now he hasn't had his priviliges (That's how you spell it Einstein) revoked. Speaking of gonads, you were the fraud who came on here stating you actually are on the inside and cover the team. Well FRAUD, like I said you are wannabe poser. In case anyone forgot you are the biggest type of loser. Claiming to be something you are not.

I suggest no one bother responding to any comment from this poser in the future. You've exposed your true colours. Lame...truly lame...I've wasted enough time even acknowledging you today. Have fun living your fantasy life, and hopefully your Mom cooks you a nice dinner and tucks you in with your teddy tonight. LOSER.

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#37 Travis Dakin
February 04 2009, 12:37PM
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This is AWESOME!!!

Greggor and Brownlee bringing the heat today.

We got Sass out the wazoo!

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#38 Jeremy
February 04 2009, 12:41PM
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@ Jason Gregor: BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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#39 Jeremy
February 04 2009, 12:42PM
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Seriously Gregor. Best. Post. Ever.

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#40 shakey
February 04 2009, 12:48PM
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@ Jason Gregor: Gregor...you have just been elected 'THE MAN'!!!!!

Please remind me weekly not to cross you.

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#41 jeanshorts
February 04 2009, 12:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Honoured jersey’s aren’t retired in Toronto, so players can still wear them. The only numbers out of commission are #5 Ace Bailey and #6 Bill Barilko. The irony of Burke’s statmente regarding numbers was it came on the night they honoured Gilmour’s #93!!!

This is true, but lets be honest, if you play in Toronto and you want to wear #17, you've got some pretty big shoes to fill.

But I do like their policy of not retiring numbers, because otherwise they turn into the Montreal Canadians, and soon enough no one on that team will be able to wear a number lower than 34.

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#42 Cam
February 04 2009, 01:03PM
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CurtisS wrote:

Awesome job managment team. Ever since you decided to let our Face of Frachise go and name our new Hemsky face of franchise, this team has be terrrible at best. We traded the wrong guy that year. Thats a fact.

So you think they should have traded Hemsky instead? How does that make any sense?

I agree that losing Smyth really hurt this team and they are still trying to recover from that, but why woudl you trade Hemsky... he actually signed a long term multi year deal. Smyth didn't... that was the difference.

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#43 Joe
February 04 2009, 01:16PM
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BWAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAA!!!!

Gregor....you have officially made my day. Thanks for that!

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#44 CurtisS
February 04 2009, 01:16PM
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@ Cam: Nope, I said they traded the wrong player. Maybe I should of said players.

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#45 OvenChicken8
February 04 2009, 01:22PM
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@ OB: I do agree that the leadership is questionable except when you look at Moreau. I haven't watched him take a shift off this entire year, sure he takes the odd bad penalty but he is playing with some heart. It's just too bad that the others don't follow his lead. I think it takes more than one leader in the dressing room to keep everyone on the same page.

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#46 jdrevenge
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Was there any official word on Visnovsky?

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#47 RobinB
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@ Jason Gregor: Nice work.

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#48 Dany Sabourin's Wasted Life
February 04 2009, 02:12PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Pokie Reddik wrote: @ Jason So did Jon lose any locker room privlages for his call to axe macT? NO Have some gonads Jason Once again you show your complete lack of knowledge. JW doesn’t have a press pass and doesn’t come in the Oilers room, so now he hasn’t had his priviliges (That’s how you spell it Einstein) revoked. Speaking of gonads, you were the fraud who came on here stating you actually are on the inside and cover the team. Well FRAUD, like I said you are wannabe poser. In case anyone forgot you are the biggest type of loser. Claiming to be something you are not. I suggest no one bother responding to any comment from this poser in the future. You’ve exposed your true colours. Lame…truly lame…I’ve wasted enough time even acknowledging you today. Have fun living your fantasy life, and hopefully your Mom cooks you a nice dinner and tucks you in with your teddy tonight. LOSER.

Not to lighten the force of the kick you just delivered to Pokie's head (and he deserved it), but it is "privileges." Don't worry, I don't think Einstein won many spelling bees anyways.

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#49 Gord
February 04 2009, 02:19PM
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OvenChicken8 wrote:

I think it takes more than one leader in the dressing room to keep everyone on the same page.

I agree. I think Moreau gets way too much ice time for a player of his calibre, but no one can deny that he gives full effort each shift. The bottom line is that the current Oiler line up isn't talented enough to carry three or four floaters each night and pull out wins. When all 19 players on the ice are playing like they care every shift, the Oilers have looked dominant. Unfortunately, I can count on one hand how many games I have seen like that this year.

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#50 Chaz
February 04 2009, 02:30PM
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@ RyanD: Agreed. I never understood why the Oil didn't re-sign Sykora. He even wanted to stay here, although I'm not sure about his wife...

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