Let’s rewind about 24 hours.
Rick Nash finally gets dealt from the Blue Jackets to the Rangers for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, and a first round pick. Along with Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets include a third round pick to the Rangers. A ransom was expect for the services of Rick Nash, and that’s what the Rangers gave up.
Fast forward just a bit to yesterday’s Oilers Now episode with Bob Stauffer, where he’s having a nice conversation with Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch about the Rick Nash to-doings.
Immediately, Bob Stauffer goes to Tim Erixon. Why? This leads to the Internet becoming abuzz about how the Oilers ought to get in on the Tim Erixon sweepstakes. Heck, deal Hemsky while you’re at it.
Hang on a minute.
Attempting to deal for Tim Erixon shouldn’t even be on your radar. Like, go back in time, forget you heard it, and if you do hear it again, shake your head til you stop hearing it.
WHY DO YOU KEEP SAYING YOU WANT A DEFENCEMAN? ERIXON PLAYS DEFENCE!
- Listen to that audio clip. Portzline even says that Columbus’ D is pretty solid. I tend to disagree with that overall statement, but let it be. Does it interest you at all that Erixon isn’t even listed in the top six on a team that just finished last in the league? Portzline even says that although he hasn’t heard Erixon hadn’t yet been listed in trade rumours what, some fifteen minutes after he became a Jacket – that he’s not top six material on the last place team in the league.
- Remember this? Erixon wanted to make the Flames and wasn’t interested in playing in the AHL. Before you start your Omark to Erixon comparisons, Omark hasn’t said a thing about ‘salary’ like Feaster indicated Erixon had. Hell, Feaster even included a European clause in his contract should Erixon want to go that route. No dice. So, the Flames dealt him to the Rangers. At least Justin Schultz chose to become an Oiler. Erixon was busy telling the Flames he wanted out last year. Yeah, bring that poison to my well. Not on my watch.
- The Oilers have seven one-way deals, with Justin Schultz all but being an eighth. Frankly, I’m not interested in bringing in another PROSPECT on defence, especially if it costs me a current NHL player. You want to deal Magnus Paajarvi? OK, let’s bring back some groceries that haven’t been pests behind the scenes on other teams before they’ve played one NHL game.
Late last week, Sather added Erixon to the talks as a “sweetener” to get the deal done, sources told The Dispatch, but only if the Jackets would add something to their offer. Howson added the third-round pick, and he and Sather mulled the trade over the weekend.
-Aaron Portzline, Columbus Dispatch (24 JUL 2012)
Tim Erixon was the ‘sweetener’ to that deal. The Jackets added a third round pick for Tim Erixon. NYR was OK with this.
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