A lot has gone on in Oil Country since my last post three and a half months ago. Back then the big story of the day was Linus Omark, and his implying he wanted a trade on twitter. Since then, we have drafted and signed Nail Yakupov, changed head Coaches (again) with Ralph Kreuger now at the helm, signed Justin Schultz as a free agent, and furtherd the Edmonton Arena project with two votes in City Council.
As a Salesman that works in the Oil & Gas Industry here in Edmonton, Spring is a busy time of the year. Not only from a sales perspective, but it is also the start of Trade-Show Season. Which i attend and co-ordinate for the Company I work for. I’m telling you this as I am feeling guilty for not posting for the aforementioned amount of time, and feel like I should explain myself. Not that any of you care… Any of you that may follow me on twitter you know that I have also been struggling with a major kitchen reno. This has left me with very little time to do anything except the occasional whiskey to save my sanity. So, now that i feel better and you are falling asleep and going back to one of jeff’s posts…I’ll get down to it.
There has been a lot of talk since Nash was traded yesterday to the New York Rangers, that Edmonton should try to trade one of several young wingers and even the suggestion of Ales Hemsky to try and get Erixson form CBJ. Personally I think that if someone was going to get traded, it would have to be Omark. Yes, I said it. Linus Omark. I don’t think Omark will get you Erixson, but you may be able to sweeten the deal somewhat with a D prospect like Colten Teubert. This way CBJ gets a skilled winger which they desperately need. And, they replace a D prospect with another D prospect. This will also help get Teubert and Omark some NHL playing experience.
Yesterday Bob Stauffer on the “Oilers Now” radio show suggested a player like Paajarvi could possibly get the deal done. Stauffer has definitely been pushing the idea that GM Steve Tambellini is not quite finished this off season. Even today he’s still on this track of topic. I never discount what Bob “suggests” as he is an employee of the team and very well connected. I don’t think he would be floating these ideas if he wasn’t on to something. I would not want to give up Paajarvi if I didn’t have to, especially when we have a plethora of offense assets to make a deal with.
For the upcoming season, I am curious to see how Ralph Kreuger handles the third and fourth lines. There has been comments from Kreuger and Darcy Hordichuk that sound like the Coach will allow a little more leeway when it comes to ice time and how players of Hordichuk’s ilk will be utilized. I am also curious to see if ales Hemsky will be in more of a third line role and kill some penalties. I think Hemsky would be good on the PK and give us a bit more offensive threat when down a man than say…Ryan Jones. Jones is good on the PK and has had quite a few break-aways when killing penalties. If that were Hemsky getting the break-away maybe there would be the odd goal out of them.
Well..as this is my first post in quite awhile, I’ll leave some more for tomorrow.
GO Oilers GO!