The Edmonton Oilers may not have made any blockbusters or big deals thus far (don’t worry, we still have until 3 p.m. EST, fans), but the team has decided to make some moves.
Some fans didn’t care. Some fans didn’t like it. Others were confused by the move. Well, we’re going to clear some things up, and we’re going to explain that this deal is actually beneficial, not Y2K or the end of the world.
First off, Peter Chiarelli explained that he is going to acquire a defenseman to “test drive” for the rest of the season. This would be Pardy. As for Cracknell, he is a “test-driven” forward. We need to sample some players and see how they fit. There is no way Edmonton makes the playoffs this year, let’s be honest, so what’s the worst that could happen by trying these couple of players.
Yes, Pardy is the defender whose helmet was stolen and placed on the head of a crazed, madman fan (yes, maybe intoxicated). But he is more than just Winnipeg Jets struggling defender.
Though he has only played 14 games with Winnipeg this season, where he only came away with an assist, he’s a big guy and a decent defender. He comes in at 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds. Size is something Chiarelli wants to work with, especially on the backend where it will benefit us. I like this pick-up.
As for Cracknell, he is a solid winger who can fill in on the third line for now. Benoit Pouliot will likely be out “long-term,” as per Todd McLellan, so Nail Yakupov is going to be moving up a line, and therefore, Cracknell can slot in as the third-line winger. He comes in at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, which is decent size.
Trust me, they’re big guys who will help us, or maybe they won’t. There’s no harm in trying. Relax, no one’s thinking about the playoffs, and big moves aren’t likely to come until the offseason.