Monday Mailbag - Grading Chiarelli's Trade Deadline

baggedmilk
March 06 2017 07:15AM

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Can you believe that we're in March already? It's strange to think about the fact that we're coming down the home stretch with light at the end of the tunnel. I don't know what to do with my hands. Draft related sadness is a story that we've seen many times before, but there hasn't been any draft talk around these parts and that's something new and exciting. Playoffs? We're actually talking playoffs! But on this day we take a look at the answers to everything you've ever wanted to know when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers, and life in general. My friends, it's mailbag time.

Let's Make a Deal

1) Brady asks - If you had to give the Oilers a grade for their deadline approach what would it be and why?

Jonathan Willis:

C+. Desharnais is an important addition to the team, and secures a third-line centre position which has been a real problem all year. I'm not wild about the acquisition cost; in a vacuum I'd rather have Davidson though Desharnais obviously does more to address team need than Davidson did (more on that here). I'd personally have taken a more aggressive approach, targeting at least an additional RW, because I think there's a chance this team could go on a run. I understand Peter Chiarelli's skepticism, though. There's not enough here to bump up the grade - not when teams like Boston or Nashville were able to add cheap insurance on the wing - but there's also nothing worth getting too upset about.

Lowetide:

I am terrible with grades, but would say C+. C because they should have gotten a goalie and + because they didn't trade any draft picks. I find it difficult to be critical of Chiarelli because he didn't trade Jeff Petry for draft picks.

Robin Brownlee:

Peter Chiarelli took a realistic approach to the deadline. If you wanted one of the few big names out there, you won't be happy, but I think adding David Desharnais was a solid move that was needed in the bottom six. Big moves, if made, need to come in the summer. Solid B-plus, maybe even an A. 

Matt Henderson:

C- I think they have had a weakness on the wing for the entire season and the price to fill it was very low. Parenteau of Vanek for a sixth or a third and an AHL D was very low and could have had a huge impact on the roster. At bare minimum, it would have opened up options for McLellan. So they swapped out Davidson for Desharnais and really nothing else. I think this team had a chance to walk away big winners but didn't. 

Chris the Intern:

I would give Chia a B+. First of all, I wasn't expecting much coming into the deadline, so I wasn't really surprised that he didn't do much. AND he told us that his plan was not to do much. I'm excited to see Eberle & RNH in the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

Baggedmilk:

I'd give Chia a 'C' because I wasn't really expecting much in the first place. I like Davi but I don't mind the Desharnais trade. I would have liked to see something more than Justin Fontaine added for RW depth, but to me that says that they're going to be recalling Poolparty before the playoffs start.


2) Sean M. asks - The Oilers made very few moves this deadline, opting to keep draft picks. Considering the lack of prospect depth (particularly among forwards) was this a good strategy for this year?

Jonathan Willis:

With the West being the way it is, I have argued for a more aggressive strategy. Even if we avoid the extreme version of that (Russell, Davidson out; Shattenkirk in, hard run at Vrbata, hard run at Boyle) I don't think a depth pick was too high of a price to pay for a veteran winger. However, it's not hard to understand the reasoning here. If Edmonton's going to be competitive in the coming seasons, it's going to need good, cheap, young players and that means a lot of college recruitment and draft picks. On that score, it's hard not to like the addition of Ryan Mantha to the team - right defence is an area of weakness in the prospect pool and he helps address that. 

Lowetide:

I think the general manager was in fact hamstrung from not having his own second-round pick. The club has been using their picks more wisely in recent years so keeping those picks makes sense to me.

Robin Brownlee:

Yes.

Matt Henderson:

Not from my perspective. The draft isn't going to save the Oilers any longer. The team is simply too good to expect big returns from the draft. Their best young players are a lot more likely to come outside this route, like Matthew Benning and maybe this Mantha kid. Now that this club should be in the 18-31 range for the foreseeable future, the value of their picks will plummet. 

Chris the Intern:

I am a little bit confused with the Taylor Beck trade. Seemed sort of lateral to me. Although it seems apparent Chia is looking to sign older guys so if that's what he's going for he followed through with it. With that said it will be nice heading into this years draft with a bunch of picks (minus a second).

Baggedmilk:

Apparently, this year's draft class isn't overly good so keeping picks wouldn't matter as much. That said, maybe Chiarelli is going to use them as trade bullets for the draft or as a means to keep Vegas' grubby mitts away from someone specific. At the end of the day, I'm just happy that we're not talking about where the Oilers will be drafting this year.


3) Ashley asks - Did Peter Chiarelli mess up by not adding an experienced backup goaltender?

Jonathan Willis:

I know a lot of people have a problem with this, but I don't really. Brossoit has to make the jump now if he's going to be on the team next year, and given that he has to clear waivers we can look at this as his career being at the crossroads. There's also the concern of taking on additional salary given the Oilers' likely rookie bonuses. To me it comes down to the coaching staff being willing to give Brossoit a few starts over the next month and a half. If Brossoit plays the Colorado game on Mar. 23, one of the Vancouver games on Apr. 8/9, and one or two others, that should be enough.

Lowetide:

Mess up may be a bit strong, but I bet on some level Mr. Chiarelli wanted to add a goalie.

Robin Brownlee:

Mess up? No. Was it worth looking at? Sure.

Matt Henderson:

Yes. He's working without a safety net. You won't know you needed one until it's too late.

Chris the Intern:

It would have been nice bringing a guy like Halak in while letting Brossoit win an AHL chamipionship but I'm not angry we didn't get one. I'm fine with him playing the odd game. Talbot has not gotten fatigued...yet. For now I will assume this is impossible and that he'll play in the NHL until he's 50. 

Baggedmilk:

No, he didn't screw up by not adding a backup goalie at the deadline, he screwed up by adding Gustavsson in free agency. There were much better options out there and Chiarelli landed on Gustavsson which didn't make any sense. Remember how I said that at the time and some of you guys roasted me for it? I'll wait for my apology cards to come in the mail.


4) Graham asks - Was there a particular trade or deal that happened on or before deadline day that you wish the Oilers would have been able to swing? I thought the Vanek deal was doable for Edmonton but they missed out again.

Jonathan Willis:

I didn't think Vanek was a fit for Edmonton - he's been one of the four most sheltered forwards in the entire analytics era - and Todd McLellan just doesn't run his lines like that. As much as he would have been a help to the power play, it's hard to find room for a slower, one-dimensional forward at evens. I'd have had time for P.A. Parenteau for a sixth-round pick; that's basically no cost for a guy who can help the power play and chip in on a veteran third line with Desharnais and Pouliot.

Lowetide:

Not really, no. The Oilers time will come and when it does. I expect we will be dancing and singing.

Robin Brownlee:

I wouldn't have minded seeing Curtis Lazar get a second chance in Edmonton. Minor deal, but I think there's a useful bottom six forward there. 

Matt Henderson:

You mentioned Vanek, that one for me stands out. His reputation is in the gutter with a lot of fans (and hockey people) but that's real talent acquired for almost nothing. I still would have loved to see the Oil swing for the fences and go for Shattenkirk. The price was not that high and I would have bet on myself as GM that I could sell him on being 97's teammate with an extension.

Chris the Intern:

I thought the Parenteau deal was very plausible and surprising. Wish we could have got him.

Baggedmilk:

I too think the Parenteau deal was something that Chiarelli should have looked at. Heaven forbid we don't lose that sixth round pick. Vanek might have been nice to bolster the power play, too. The real prize was Shattenkirk but it didn't sound like he wanted to be here anyway so what was the point of trying to force a square peg into a round hole?


5) Always Oilers asks  - With the Oilers playing 11 of 13 games in March at home what would be an acceptable record over that span to make sure they solidify their playoff position?

Jonathan Willis:

I'm not worried about them solidifying their playoff position. They're almost certainly in, barring something truly catastrophic happening. What I'm curious about is whether they can climb the standings in the Pacific division and get some of the kinks ironed out prior to the postseason. Given the softness of the schedule, something like 7-4-2 would be the minimum that I'd find acceptable, and it wouldn't surprise me if they went on a real tear.

Lowetide:

I think this is the point in the season when it is hard to do that, to be honest. If Edmonton clinches third place and cannot reach second in the final four games, we may see players rested. I will say they should average more than a point per game, though.

Robin Brownlee:

Oilers should win eight of those 13 games.

Matt Henderson:

8-4-1 is a record I would be pretty happy with. It seems lofty, but it's doable. Edmonton has opponents breathing down their neck. They need to separate themselves if they want home ice in the first round. It's barely more than a month before the regular season is over. Finish strong heading into the playoffs. 

Chris the Intern:

Honestly, I feel like they could clinch the playoffs by going 7-4-1 but I think they are going to do much better than that. 9-1-3. Book it!

Baggedmilk:

They need to win at least 60% of these games which equals out to about eight wins. They have a friendly schedule against a lot of non-playoff teams down the stretch and they'll need to take advantage of that as Calgary and LA are now right on their heels. 


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#1 Ned
March 06 2017, 09:47AM
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Heavy Stick wrote:

You have to remember...very few top end players want to come to Edmonton. It's likely in the bottom 10 for sure. Climate and taxes alone do it but add eccentric fans and you have a overpay or I stay situation..see Lucic et AL. Would McDaviD rather been playing in Florida or Texas. He'd pocket another mil a year at least and be around hot girls.

Nice try. Lucic (last summer"s top UFA) was offered considerably more money from Montreal and still chose Edm.

You're a goof.

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#2 OriginalPouzar
March 06 2017, 07:46AM
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Its March 6 and the question isn't "are they actually going to make the playoffs?" - Six months ago, that is the question most Oiler fans would be happy to be asking.

Questions, in reality, are:

- will the Oilers be able to hold on to home ice advantage for round one?

- can the Oilers hold on to a division spot and stave off finishing in simply a wild card spot?

- can the Oiler push to take the division title?

Amazing questions to be asking on March 6.

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#3 Ambassador humantorch
March 06 2017, 08:44AM
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Calgarypuck is adorable today in their discussion of which team they'd like to face in the playoffs, and almost every answer is some form of "We could easily sweep Edmonton."

points at season head-to-head record

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#4 madjam
March 06 2017, 07:56AM
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Trading away Hall expedited a fast culture change , and Oilers have benefitted since then , despite somewhat less skill in lineup . Doubt Chia feels he had the time or luck to add a few more pieces for this season to be a finalist in playoffs . As long as training wheels do not fall off, we should see Oilers make the playoffs this year behind sensation McDavid . After spending over 5 weeks in Arizona , the nice thing is to see the Oilers in such a nice position at this time of year .

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#5 camdog
March 06 2017, 08:27AM
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The Oilers traded a depth d-man for an NHL center. This should be a good deal for both teams. Caggiula's struggled to produce at centre and right now is more suited for the wing. The third line in that game against Detroit was exciting to watch. Moving Caggiula to the wing is a win for the Oilers. I'd say it's 50-50 whether a rental winger would out produce him in this line up in this system over the next 20 plus games. He knows the system, he knows the coach, he's a better fit for this team right now, than those veterans that were available.

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#6 Stanley
March 06 2017, 12:14PM
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Why does anyone bother responding to Hockey123? He is either an obvious troll or an absolute idiot. Either way its a waste of time talking to him.

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#7 Redbird62
March 06 2017, 10:06AM
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Lazarus wrote:

The Flames are 31-16-3 since November 15. Have they played any playoff teams in that stretch?

Well, the Flames did play the Oilers twice in the middle of that stretch (Jan 14 & 21) and came out on the losing end both times.

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#8 Ned
March 06 2017, 11:02AM
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@Hockey123

I'm not sure exactly what your point is by posting here other than being biased against the Oilers at every opportunity. You obviously cherry pick data/quotes etc. to be negative against the Oilers in anyway possible.

How full of jealousy and anger does a person have to be in order to act this way? I imagine that you'll have to be talked off a ledge if the Oilers and Flames play each other in the playoffs and the Flames lose. You really need to walk away from the computer for awhile for your own mental health. Seriously.

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#9 camdog
March 06 2017, 10:56AM
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Flames fans must be getting dizzy jumping on and off the bandwagon so many times the last 6 months.

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#10 ubermiguel
March 06 2017, 08:31AM
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The loss to Washington convinced me that Chiarelli was right, they're not quite ready to tangle with the big boys in the playoffs yet.

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#11 freelancer
March 06 2017, 08:56AM
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@Ambassador humantorch

Trying my hardest to avoid homerism, I do believe Edmonton is much better suited for a playoff series, Edmonton has more hits per game, more shots per game, more goals per game.

Calgary has more goals allowed per game so there is that...

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#12 McRaj
March 06 2017, 09:34AM
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madjam wrote:

Trading away Hall expedited a fast culture change , and Oilers have benefitted since then , despite somewhat less skill in lineup . Doubt Chia feels he had the time or luck to add a few more pieces for this season to be a finalist in playoffs . As long as training wheels do not fall off, we should see Oilers make the playoffs this year behind sensation McDavid . After spending over 5 weeks in Arizona , the nice thing is to see the Oilers in such a nice position at this time of year .

Remember the day the trade was made? So many people on here were losing their minds, yourself and me included. How we were all wrong.

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#13 Jordan McNugent-Hallkins
March 06 2017, 07:57AM
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It's amazing how fast the season flies by when you're not floundering on the sea floor. Hoping for a BoA in the 1st round, make it happen!

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#14 Kaplan
March 06 2017, 09:58AM
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Heavy Stick wrote:

You have to remember...very few top end players want to come to Edmonton. It's likely in the bottom 10 for sure. Climate and taxes alone do it but add eccentric fans and you have a overpay or I stay situation..see Lucic et AL. Would McDaviD rather been playing in Florida or Texas. He'd pocket another mil a year at least and be around hot girls.

This is always such a dumb take. Apply the same logic to other leagues. Why would a free agent want to play in Green Bay? It's tiny, has no culture, freezes up half the year, and all the hot girls are in Florida or California, right?

But guess what? It's a team with a winning culture and has secured HOF-calibre quarterbacks for decades now. And let's see, where does your average free agent want to sign? What team is on their short-list? Uh, Green Bay Packers.

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#15 Towersofdub
March 06 2017, 10:36AM
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Hockey123 wrote:

Huge mistake not having a legit backup goalie for the playoffs. Chia has made this mistake twice since he has been here.

Relying on a back up goalie to win the stanley cup, or what?

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#16 toprightcorner
March 06 2017, 01:01PM
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Unsurprisingly, Hendersons answers were the exact opposite of Brownlees. They would have been opposite of Gregors as well. I am glad we dont have a "Matt Henderson" type GM or we would give Colorado and Vancouver a real run for their money.

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#17 madjam
March 06 2017, 12:05PM
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CMG30 wrote:

Correction. Having Talbot on his game and McDavid playing all season translated into this.

A healthier and newly added defence was just as important to our emergence , as Talbot and McDavid did not add much last year to the new culture that has emerged this season . Trading alpha male Hall made culture transition much easier , and seemed to bring rest of players together to a new level of acceptance of all playing for one another , and perhaps the breaking of the clique that seem to be Hall's groupees . New group seems to be more accepting of veterans , team concept and alumni .

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#18 McRaj
March 06 2017, 10:23AM
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Mr. Dad Bod 22 wrote:

Also seems to be a strong belief that McDavid and Co. are getting the benefit of a ton of biased reffing. Did I miss something? Grasping at straws for the beatdown the Oil threw at them over the course of the first half I guess.

Jenny averages more penalties drawn per 60 minutes than McDavid. In fact Tkachuk leads the entire NHL in that category. If anything, the Oilers have gotten unfavorable officiating.

Edit: Calgary is 5th in the league in PP time while Edmonton is 25th. Cgy is 7th in opportunities while Edmonton is 24th.

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#19 Randaman
March 06 2017, 10:40AM
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Hockey123 wrote:

Huge mistake not having a legit backup goalie for the playoffs. Chia has made this mistake twice since he has been here.

You make the mistake of posting here too often.

What's your point?

LB will be just fine.

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#20 Hemmercules
March 06 2017, 11:19AM
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Hockey123 wrote:

Oh good comeback

Do you bring anything to the conversation other than being childish and self righteous??

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#21 toprightcorner
March 06 2017, 01:05PM
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I find it funny how Chia tells everyone before the deadline tht he wasn't going to do much and for the most part, people were fine with that. He ends up doing exactly what he says and people are not happy.

It is stupid to make big changes and lose assests in an effort to try and win 2 more playoff games.

Keep those assets now, add some prospects to the system so in 1-2 years when they are much closer to competing for the conference finals or the cup, you can give up those picks with less affect on the organization.

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#22 Lucas McDavid
March 06 2017, 09:14AM
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Baggedmilk says:"At the end of the day, I'm just happy that we're not talking about where the Oilers will be drafting this year."

Since you brought it up, where ARE we drafting at currently?

Chris the Intern says:"I'm excited to see Eberle & RNH in the playoffs for the first time in a long time."

Why do I have the feeling you run around your headquarters singing Frozen's 'For the first time in forever'?

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#23 Hemmercules
March 06 2017, 11:05AM
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Hockey123 wrote:

Next

PS Don't forget to uptick your comment

Thats what I thought. You ran away last time I "schooled" you too.

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#24 McDavid's Comet
March 06 2017, 10:29AM
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Ambassador humantorch wrote:

Calgarypuck is adorable today in their discussion of which team they'd like to face in the playoffs, and almost every answer is some form of "We could easily sweep Edmonton."

points at season head-to-head record

Lol, that is cute; a 7 game winning streak tends to make some people feel invincible. Careful what you wish for........

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#25 McRaj
March 06 2017, 10:34AM
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Mr. Dad Bod 22 wrote:

Exactly, I wouldn't go spouting things like stats and facts over there though, wouldn't want to muddy the waters...

I live in Calgary so I constantly hear the whining and complaining. I hope we face the flames and slap em out in 4.

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#26 Hemmercules
March 06 2017, 10:46AM
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Hockey123 wrote:

Huge mistake not having a legit backup goalie for the playoffs. Chia has made this mistake twice since he has been here.

We had no idea you felt this way. Tell us more oh wise one.

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#27 Seriously Bored
March 06 2017, 12:35PM
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Hemmercules wrote:

I was just trying to poke at him today because he was trying to prove me wrong last week and he keeps bringing up the goalie thing. Im not really sure what his angle is or who he cheers for?? I can't recall many positive comments towards the Oilers.

He is a flames fan just pretends like he isnt one. Has had a few names trolling us for awhile now.

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#28 SSB1963
March 06 2017, 12:40PM
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Hockey123 wrote:

Detroit was playing a back to back , they traded away 4 players and were down 1 D-man in the game and bottom team in the NHL. So to review any player during that game is a joke.

I will reserve my opinion on Desharnais .

Seems to me a while back that the flames lost to the Devils after playing the night before in Edmonton.

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#29 freelancer
March 06 2017, 09:22AM
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@Anton CP

They certainly are an improved team but a couple big things to keep in mind....

Since the All Star game, Calgary has a record of 8-1-1 in 10 games played against non playoff teams and a record of 3-1-0 against playoff teams.

4. Calgary has played against 4 current playoff teams since the All Star Break.

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#30 SSB1963
March 06 2017, 12:37PM
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Stanley wrote:

Why does anyone bother responding to Hockey123? He is either an obvious troll or an absolute idiot. Either way its a waste of time talking to him.

Your wrong. He is and Idiot Troll!

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#31 Hemmercules
March 06 2017, 10:58AM
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Hockey123 wrote:

Your back again you were schooled by me a couple days ago.

Not sure what Edmonton was trying to pursue in moving Andrew Ference’s expiring contract, but it sounds very intriguing. What made things more difficult is that it wasn’t insured, so an acquiring team had to be willing to spend the cash. I do think they took a look at Jaroslav Halak, and it’s possible they talked a Halak/Mark Fayne trade with the Islanders. (Both have one year remaining.) There were probably other parts to that deal, but, whatever the case, it obviously didn’t happen.

Elliott Freidman

You schooled me? Hahahaha. Nice try.

So Friedman says "I do think" and "its possible" and these are facts?

I already showed you the Chia end of trade deadline press conference, which I had assumed you already watched because you are gods gift to Oilers fans and know all and everything about them. Maybe they did take a peek at those guys before deadline day but going by Chias comments they seem to be happy with LB as the backup and didn't take a big run at any other backups.

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#32 GK1980
March 06 2017, 01:06PM
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"They have a friendly schedule against a lot of non-playoff teams down the stretch and they'll need to take advantage of that as Calgary and LA are now right on their heels. "

Calgary yes, LA though? Really? Have you seen them play lately? They are brutal and I can't see them making the second season.

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#33 toprightcorner
March 06 2017, 01:51PM
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I don't blame Chia for the lack of moves at the deadline, I blame the NHL and that stupid compensation rule for hiring fired staff and stealing our 2nd round pick.

If we still had the second round pick, I am almost certain Boyle would be with the Oilers right now and everyone would be happy.

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#34 Dr. Merkwurdigliebe
March 06 2017, 02:02PM
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I think Chia's strategy is to see what this team can do in the playoffs, assess, and then make the necessary changes in the off-season. I'd give him a B. Desharnais was a good addition. The Oilers are very strong at centre.

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#35 wiseguy
March 06 2017, 09:01AM
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But where are the questions about who the top draft eligible players and who we are most likely to get? We need to know about those this time of year. I feel so uninformed going into draft day which is a short 3 months away!! Cmon ON. Forget this mythical "playoff" thing. Draft day is where we shine!!

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#36 Towersofdub
March 06 2017, 09:49AM
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Heavy Stick wrote:

You have to remember...very few top end players want to come to Edmonton. It's likely in the bottom 10 for sure. Climate and taxes alone do it but add eccentric fans and you have a overpay or I stay situation..see Lucic et AL. Would McDaviD rather been playing in Florida or Texas. He'd pocket another mil a year at least and be around hot girls.

In texas and florid he'd be around overweight afro-mexicans as well. I think there are a few attractive women in Edmonton.

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#37 BasementDweller
March 06 2017, 11:14AM
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It's amazing that it's March 6th and I know virtually nothing about next year's draft class instead of knowing way too much.

Nice change of pace on the old ON site!

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#38 Towersofdub
March 06 2017, 09:12AM
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I'm willing to bet $5 that the oilers make the playoffs.

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#39 Hemmercules
March 06 2017, 12:30PM
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I was just trying to poke at him today because he was trying to prove me wrong last week and he keeps bringing up the goalie thing. Im not really sure what his angle is or who he cheers for?? I can't recall many positive comments towards the Oilers.

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#40 3 Little Birds
March 06 2017, 01:42PM
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Towersofdub wrote:

In texas and florid he'd be around overweight afro-mexicans as well. I think there are a few attractive women in Edmonton.

Wow dude, just wow.

This just in - Mexicans don't have afros.

Tweet out your (lack of) intelligence report to Fox news and Trump will build his wall out of Velcro.

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#41 Oilerz4life
March 06 2017, 02:46PM
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Towersofdub wrote:

Afro-mexicans as in biracial people who have one Black parent and one Mexican parent. I can elaborate further if you need.

How about no. You should be banned.

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#42 Mr. Dad Bod 22
March 06 2017, 10:18AM
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Ambassador humantorch wrote:

Calgarypuck is adorable today in their discussion of which team they'd like to face in the playoffs, and almost every answer is some form of "We could easily sweep Edmonton."

points at season head-to-head record

Also seems to be a strong belief that McDavid and Co. are getting the benefit of a ton of biased reffing. Did I miss something? Grasping at straws for the beatdown the Oil threw at them over the course of the first half I guess.

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#43 Oiler Al
March 06 2017, 03:05PM
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Hemmercules wrote:

Do you bring anything to the conversation other than being childish and self righteous??

Hey, dont pick on Hockey 123, in a couple of years when he turns 15 yrs of age,he will think differently!

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#44 3 Little Birds
March 06 2017, 02:37PM
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Towersofdub wrote:

Afro-mexicans as in biracial people who have one Black parent and one Mexican parent. I can elaborate further if you need.

No elaboration needed, kind sir. I just found it hilarious that you pick the smallest sub-set of minorities to use as an unattractive example.

Norwegian-Cubans, Malaysian-New Zealanders and Polish-Guatemalans all seem to have escaped your critical, monocled eyed scrutiny!

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#45 Mr. Dad Bod 22
March 06 2017, 10:29AM
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@McRaj

Exactly, I wouldn't go spouting things like stats and facts over there though, wouldn't want to muddy the waters...

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#46 MillHoodsHockey4Life
March 06 2017, 02:01PM
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@toprightcorner

So you're saying it would be better to have every writer on here having the exact same opinion on everything? Next thing you'd be complaining that all the writers are paid by OEG to only have puff pieces. Why bother reading if you only want to hear the same voices over and over as long as they align with what you want to hear?

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#47 Lazarus
March 06 2017, 09:37AM
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freelancer wrote:

They certainly are an improved team but a couple big things to keep in mind....

Since the All Star game, Calgary has a record of 8-1-1 in 10 games played against non playoff teams and a record of 3-1-0 against playoff teams.

4. Calgary has played against 4 current playoff teams since the All Star Break.

The Flames are 31-16-3 since November 15. Have they played any playoff teams in that stretch?

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#48 Towersofdub
March 06 2017, 11:53AM
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Hockey123 wrote:

He went into this season without a legit backup Jonas G. There were many goalies out there. And look w hat happened Jonas is in the AHL

I don't think Edmonton has suffered because they didn't sign a different backup goalie.

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#49 Anton CP
March 06 2017, 08:58AM
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Ambassador humantorch wrote:

Calgarypuck is adorable today in their discussion of which team they'd like to face in the playoffs, and almost every answer is some form of "We could easily sweep Edmonton."

points at season head-to-head record

It will still be a tough match up since it is a kind of different PffLames since after all-star game. If anything that the Oilers should not take them lightly once the playoffs starts that their roster do have more playoffs experiences than the Oilers. If the Oilers eventually ended up facing PfffffffLames in playoffs that I'm expecting a 7 game series with the Oilers winning the last at home.

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#50 SSB1963
March 06 2017, 11:25AM
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McRaj wrote:

I live in Calgary so I constantly hear the whining and complaining. I hope we face the flames and slap em out in 4.

I second that!

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