A depth defenceman might be off the trading block; Nick Kypreos of Sportnet tweeted yesterday that the Oilers are rumoured to be closing in on a contract extension with Andy Sutton that would see the blueliner stay for one more year at a value of 1.75 mil. While paying a third pairing dman close to 2 million isn’t ideal, the Oilers cap situation will be no worse for wear. If this signing is indeed true, add me to the list of people who think it’s a decent move. Sutton brings all the physicality that Peckham does while being more dependable in his own end. Keep him on 3rd pairing minutes/PK duty and he’s a stop-gap signing, allowing for David Musil and Oscar Klefbom another year to develop.
As for Sutton perspective, he’s a slow, aging defender, so it’s understandable he might not want to test the free agent waters when he’s getting decent playing time in Edmonton. By no means however; should Tambellini think that his defense for next year is now set. Trade deadline and free agency needs to bring us upgrades on Cam Barker and Theo Peckham.
Taylor Hall shows off his speed and other Sunday Musings after the jump.
TAYLOR HALL OVERTIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME WINNER
One of the biggest knocks I’ve heard on Taylor Hall is that he’s fast, but doesn’t always know how to effectively use it. You make it easy on defenders if you’re always going at the same speed, even if it is stupid fast. You could probably fill a highlight reel of Taylor Hall blazing down the wing and getting pinched off by a defender just from the first month of the season alone. Yesterday though, he skates towards Spezza, before turning on the jets to cut around him and eventually bang in the winner. My words don’t do it enough justice however, so watch:
It was very nice of Ottawa to have 4’s on the boards and one the ice behind the net in honour of Taylor Hall day, the other 28 teams in the league should follow suit.
Usually that kind of look of relief and satisfaction is followed by a cigarette. Nice to see Magnus rewarded by going to the slot. Hopefully this gets the ball rolling for him. The faster he can become a consistent player, the quicker he can get plugged in as a permanent fixture on the second line behind Hall. He has the size the Oilers need on the front six, he just needs the confidence to use it.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Goes to Dennis King with his thoughts on Hemsky’s trade value:
“I imagine price has gone up for Hemsky: not even Jesus himself could set up both Horcoff and Paajarvi in the same game”
I’ll take it a step further and suggest even Tebow couldn’t do it.
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