Free Agent Centres: Western Conference

Jonathan Willis
June 17 2013 10:50AM

With the likely departures of Shawn Horcoff, Eric Belanger and Jerred Smithson this summer, the Edmonton Oilers are in a position where they need to rebuild their depth chart at centre. Aside from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (who underwent surgery this summer) and Sam Gagner (an unsigned restricted free agent), the Oilers simply don’t have reliable NHL options.

Could some of the answers be found in this summer’s class of unrestricted free agents?

We’ll look at the Eastern Conference options later on; for now let’s look at the West.

The Western Conference Class

This isn’t a strong group, and it gets weaker once seen through the prism of the Oilers’ needs. The names that stand out to me are as follow (in alphabetical order).

Steve Begin. The 35-year old enjoyed a surprisingly effective campaign in Calgary after getting released by Vancouver last year and spending the season before that in the minors. He’s a smallish (6’, 192 pounds) agitator who hits, fights and kills penalties; there is no questioning his effort but there are better players on this list.

Kyle Chipchura. Chipchura really found a home in Phoenix the last couple of seasons after bouncing around the league over the last few years, but despite improved offensive totals he’s in the same range as most of the fourth-line guys on this list; he has yet to crack the 20-point mark in the majors and was never particularly prolific in the minors either. He has decent size (6’2”, 203 pounds) and fights more than most of the guys on this list but he’s not a regular penalty-killer and his on-ice totals aren’t particularly good.

Matt Cullen. He’s definitely a little on the old side (he turns 37 in November) but he’s coming off a very strong season and has been a reliable secondary offensive option for his entire career. Like Filppula, he plays centre and wing, both special teams and wins faceoffs (54.7 percent last year); at 6’1”, 200 pounds he’s also slightly bigger.

Valtteri Filppula. The Finn with the impossible to spell name is coming off a disappointing 2013 campaign, one where he picked up just 17 points over 41 games. On the plus side, he has a history of offensive production (generally in the 35-40 point range, though he recorded 66 in 2011-12), he can play both centre and left wing, he’s a strong faceoff man (winning 55.4 percent of his draws last year) and he just turned 29 in March so he’s in the prime of his career. He’s played on both special teams in Detroit, though primarily on the power play. As far as negatives go, there aren’t many; the most glaring one is that he hopes to cash in this year (reportedly seeking more than $5 million per season). He’s also a little on the small side (listed at 6’, 195 pounds).

Boyd Gordon. Bruce McCurdy wrote a nicely detailed piece on Gordon as an Oilers option a few days back; he’s a defensive specialist and a very good one. Like both Cullen and Filppula he’s a mid-size forward (6’, 200 pounds) and not overly physical; unlike those two he is a dedicated checking centre who has never topped 30 points in an NHL season. Ownership uncertainty in Phoenix means he may very well find himself looking for a new home this summer, but he’s a guy who likely tops out as a third-line centre.

Maxim Lapierre. Every time I say his name I feel the urge to duck; the Canucks agitator is roundly disliked in Edmonton but that doesn’t mean he would be a bad fit for the team. Like Gordon, he’s a defensive specialist who wins faceoffs, kills penalties and sits in the prime of his career; unlike Gordon he is significantly bigger (6’2”, 207 pounds) and extremely physical. Vancouver has been slow to talk to him, so he’s likely heading elsewhere this summer. His offensive numbers also have some possibility of improvement – like Gordon, he’s never cracked the 30 point barrier but he has been a ~20 point scorer in situations where he started almost exclusively in his own end. In a more balanced role, he might deliver more.

Manny Malhotra. One of the best third-line centres in the league between 2005 and 2011, Malhotra’s career is in some jeopardy after suffering a major eye injury near the end of the 2010-11 season. No player in the Behind the Net era has played more defensive minutes; given how close Malhotra came to zero offensive zone usage under Alain Vigneault it’s possible no player in NHL history has started a higher portion of his shifts in the defensive zone. The question is whether the 6’2”, 220 pound centre – who still kills penalties and excels in faceoffs – has lost his game to that eye injury, or whether he’d rebound if given less Sisyphean minutes.

Brad Richardson. Richardson has a Stanley Cup ring, but far more importantly once upon a time he fought Teemu Selanne:

He’s been an effective utility guy with the Kings, but unlike many of the other options here he isn’t a penalty killer and despite playing a chippy game he isn’t all that big. On the other hand, he’s had some pretty good offensive seasons for a fourth-liner – he was a point-per-game guy in the minors and despite poor totals the last few seasons has occasionally challenged the 30 point mark in limited minutes.

Jerred Smithson. Oilers fans have had an opportunity to see Smithson firsthand, and he isn’t especially exciting. What he might be is useful as the team’s fifth centre – the guy who sits in the press-box much of the time and fills in as needed. He kills penalties, wins faceoffs, makes safe simple plays and adds a bit of size (6’3”, 209 pounds) and a willingness to hit. If he comes cheaply enough, the Oilers could do worse in a reserve role.

David Steckel. The Oilers could do a lot worse than David Steckel in a fourth-line role. The 31-year old stands 6’6”, kills penalties, wins faceoffs (he’s one of the best in the league in that role) and has an above average physical game. He’s also a guy who does a consistently good job of limiting shots and chances against in a highly defensive role – over the last four years he’s generally been on the ice for three defensive zone draws for every two in the attacking zone. He doesn’t add a lot offensively – he’s in the 15-20 point range most years – but given role and minutes played that’s not bad.

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It's very possible that we could be witnessing the final days of the Phoenix Coyotes - after years of staving off relocation, it appears the club is in serious jeopardy of moving to Seattle:

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#101 DSF
June 17 2013, 08:52PM
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Gaz wrote:

Can you prove that statement? I'm not looking for inference, I'm looking for proof.

Let me save you the effort.

Nope.

So am I.

Prove MacT was the best man for the job.

Please bear in mind that absence of proof is not proof of evidence.

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#102 Citizen David
June 17 2013, 08:55PM
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DSF wrote:

So am I.

Prove MacT was the best man for the job.

Please bear in mind that absence of proof is not proof of evidence.

So Mactavish is guilty until proven innocent?

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#103 madjam
June 17 2013, 08:58PM
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The Oilers attempt at going after Ufa's has been minimal when bidding wars develop . Any good one will have several suitors . I doubt they will go that route . They have to use the trade route as far as I am concerned , and we are being quiet on that front . I,d like to see Smyth be the new assistant coach next season if things go well in acquisitions .

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#104 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:03PM
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DSF wrote:

Dubinsky is a better player than Gagner...by any metric.

Did MacT upgrade?

Explain why you think so.

Ganger is the better offensive player. And no i don't care to tell you because you cant do any better then " the Oilers already had a coach".

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#105 DSF
June 17 2013, 09:04PM
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Citizen David wrote:

So Mactavish is guilty until proven innocent?

No, he's incompetent until proven competent.

He has zero track record in signing players or trading for assets.

Does that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling?

If you have a different opinion, please show your work.

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#106 DSF
June 17 2013, 09:07PM
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MKE wrote:

Ganger is the better offensive player. And no i don't care to tell you because you cant do any better then " the Oilers already had a coach".

Oh, okay.

You obviously have no idea how or why hockey teams win or lose games.

Fill yer boots.

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#107 Citizen David
June 17 2013, 09:08PM
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DSF wrote:

No, he's incompetent until proven competent.

He has zero track record in signing players or trading for assets.

Does that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling?

If you have a different opinion, please show your work.

No one is incompetent until proven competent. Everyone starts with a blank slate.

I am not spooked by the MacT hiring. I have hope in him. Time will tell.

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#108 Eddie Shore
June 17 2013, 09:09PM
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DSF wrote:

No, he's incompetent until proven competent.

He has zero track record in signing players or trading for assets.

Does that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling?

If you have a different opinion, please show your work.

False. He scooped up the hottest up-and-coming coach, according to the centre of the universe. Or does that not count?

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#109 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:09PM
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DSF wrote:

So am I.

Prove MacT was the best man for the job.

Please bear in mind that absence of proof is not proof of evidence.

Its impossible to prove one way or another since results are all that matter.

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

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#110 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:13PM
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DSF wrote:

Oh, okay.

You obviously have no idea how or why hockey teams win or lose games.

Fill yer boots.

No im correcting you. There are metrics where Sam is better then Dubinsky. And just as you can't win with a team of only Bandon Dubinsky's, you can't win with a team of only Sam Ganger's.

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#111 djc
June 17 2013, 09:16PM
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I wonder what DSF did with his evenings before he decided to spend them all responding to articles about a team he doesn't even like?

Wow, since 11:00am DSF has posted on this article 30+ times. Seriously old man, find something else in your life besides this website. Of course I should find something better to do than count all your comments ... maybe I'll go watch all the Grandlund highlights on YouTube.

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#112 Gaz
June 17 2013, 09:17PM
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@DSF

So, in response to my query: you cannot.

You've also assumed that I am of the belief that MacT was the best man for the job. Wrong again.

Poor work on your last statement as well. You've fouled the argument and Locke is spinning. The correct quote is:

"absence of evidence is not evidence of absence"

Which, actually, works against you here.

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#113 Fantheoilman
June 17 2013, 09:17PM
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Why so angry DSF? Mommy not feed your kitty? Here is a concept for you. Add to the conversation, don't take from it and turn it into a DSF hate fest. You make some real good comments. Stick to those and stop pissing of oilers fans. If your team is any team but the oilers then go to any other of the 29 teams sites. Oilers fans have been beaten down for years, we don't need you to add to the misery. It's the off season and a time for hope. So I ask of you. Let us have our hope without you being a controlling dick.

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#114 Gaz
June 17 2013, 09:18PM
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@MKE

You, sir, are a smart man! You beat me to the punch on ol' D.

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#115 DSF
June 17 2013, 09:19PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

False. He scooped up the hottest up-and-coming coach, according to the centre of the universe. Or does that not count?

Oh. good grief.

There were far better coaches with a winning track record to choose from.

Eakins might well work out fine but there is significant evidence that AHL head coaches fail at the the NHL level.

Would you like a list?

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#116 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:20PM
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Gaz wrote:

You, sir, are a smart man! You beat me to the punch on ol' D.

ha ha if not me someone else would have. i know there are many wise people on here. it makes for good discussion

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#117 DSF
June 17 2013, 09:21PM
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djc wrote:

I wonder what DSF did with his evenings before he decided to spend them all responding to articles about a team he doesn't even like?

Wow, since 11:00am DSF has posted on this article 30+ times. Seriously old man, find something else in your life besides this website. Of course I should find something better to do than count all your comments ... maybe I'll go watch all the Grandlund highlights on YouTube.

Serial killer.

Where do you live?

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#118 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:23PM
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DSF wrote:

Oh. good grief.

There were far better coaches with a winning track record to choose from.

Eakins might well work out fine but there is significant evidence that AHL head coaches fail at the the NHL level.

Would you like a list?

Just like no team has ever won the cup withput a number 1 defenceman? *cough* carolina *cough*

Give it a rest already. When you get hired somewhere you can do with your team what you want to do.

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#119 Eddie Shore
June 17 2013, 09:25PM
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@DSF

I guess all those people, like the guys on tsn/sportsnet and the vancouver canucks and the new york rangers and the edmonton oilers, who believe Eakins to be ready for primetime are all mistaken. And you are right. How stupid of everyone.

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#120 Gaz
June 17 2013, 09:25PM
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DSF wrote:

Oh. good grief.

There were far better coaches with a winning track record to choose from.

Eakins might well work out fine but there is significant evidence that AHL head coaches fail at the the NHL level.

Would you like a list?

I would like a list.

Prior to a list, we should agree on what defines failure.

Then, for the sake a balance, please provide a complimentary list of coaches who did not "fail" at the NHL level. We can add a "neutral" category to that categories as well, if you like. Let's just make sure we're above board before embarking here.

I would also appreciate it if you made this list inclusive of all head coaches since creation of the league.

Excel format is fine. Colour-coding always helps too.

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#121 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 17 2013, 09:26PM
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For a GM with a lot of work to do, Craig sure doesn't appear to be anxious to get things rolling. Certainly appears to be no plan at all.

A whole lotta talk and very little action so far. Time to pick up the pace. There's 27 other teams open for business already.

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#122 Johe
June 17 2013, 09:29PM
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DSF wrote:

Oh. good grief.

There were far better coaches with a winning track record to choose from.

Eakins might well work out fine but there is significant evidence that AHL head coaches fail at the the NHL level.

Would you like a list?

Does the list include Dan Bylsma? ; )

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#123 Citizen David
June 17 2013, 09:29PM
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Gaz wrote:

I would like a list.

Prior to a list, we should agree on what defines failure.

Then, for the sake a balance, please provide a complimentary list of coaches who did not "fail" at the NHL level. We can add a "neutral" category to that categories as well, if you like. Let's just make sure we're above board before embarking here.

I would also appreciate it if you made this list inclusive of all head coaches since creation of the league.

Excel format is fine. Colour-coding always helps too.

Yes please.

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#124 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:30PM
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DSF fact is neither of us are right...yet. Wins and losses are all thay matters. And MacT and Eakins havent had a chance to win or lose in these positions.

I like the moves that have been made. And thats enough for me. I dont have to justify that to you. Because unlike you i dont need my spelling and grammer to be perfect or be right all the time because my self worth is not tied to the comment section of this website.

I will pray for restoration and healing for you. I know what its like to be that angry. Its no way to live.

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#125 Walter Sobchak
June 17 2013, 09:30PM
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I will say this, and I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with DSF but he has some valid points.

On Mac-T....If we over value him now, then we are not holding the organization accountable for the last ten years.

He has done very little to warrant any type of congratulatory praise.

Signing a rookie coach after firing a rookie coach also, does not warrant praise.

After Mac-T left the Oilers how many teams hired him as even an assistant?

He finally had to go to the AHL to coach again.

As for Dubinsky vs Gagner, what Gagner has in offense he gives up defensively.

Take the -6 points offensive differential and go with Dubinsky everyday!

Mac-T has done nothing yet, until he does, by July 5th nobody should be praising this guy.

He has 12 positions to fill, I'll hold my judgment until July 6th.

Until then, it's the same organization for the last 10 years.

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#126 Taylor Gang
June 17 2013, 09:30PM
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DSF wrote:

Oh. good grief.

There were far better coaches with a winning track record to choose from.

Eakins might well work out fine but there is significant evidence that AHL head coaches fail at the the NHL level.

Would you like a list?

When hiring a coach, you also need to keep in mind their coaching style and how it fits with your team.

With Eakins, he has a history of coaching young, developing players and he has a winning record doing so. Tortorella coached a team that is built much differently than the Oilers are. At least Mactavish is trying to make a competitive club already; I'll take a proactive GM that fails over one that does nothing and fails (looking at you Tambellini)

Also, I don't think that because he coached in the AHL that makes him a lesser coach. Patrick Roy was hired as a coach in Colorado and I haven't heard you criticizing that move. He has no NHL coaching experience. They look more and more like an old boys club each day...

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#127 Gaz
June 17 2013, 09:31PM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

That's a silly thing to say. Are you lurking in the bushes outside of his office, watching him play Minecraft, and therefore know conclusively that he isn't working the phones?

Just because a couple college guys were signed and an over-the-hill d-man was shipped to the zaniest org in the league doesn't mean everyone else is spinning on their thumbs.

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#128 djc
June 17 2013, 09:31PM
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Serial killer.

Where do you live?

Oh please, like you would ever leave your Kyle Wellwood doll and jar of Vaseline to hurt anyone.

You are so riled up today! It's sad this is all you have old man.

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#129 15w40
June 17 2013, 09:32PM
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And another comment section of a thread being polluted to the point of unreadable.......

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#130 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:33PM
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Gaz wrote:

I would like a list.

Prior to a list, we should agree on what defines failure.

Then, for the sake a balance, please provide a complimentary list of coaches who did not "fail" at the NHL level. We can add a "neutral" category to that categories as well, if you like. Let's just make sure we're above board before embarking here.

I would also appreciate it if you made this list inclusive of all head coaches since creation of the league.

Excel format is fine. Colour-coding always helps too.

i think you and i will get along just fine!

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#131 Gaz
June 17 2013, 09:34PM
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@15w40

Meh, I'm having fun.

It's better than everyone slapping ass and designing their MacT tattoos together.

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#132 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:34PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

For a GM with a lot of work to do, Craig sure doesn't appear to be anxious to get things rolling. Certainly appears to be no plan at all.

A whole lotta talk and very little action so far. Time to pick up the pace. There's 27 other teams open for business already.

absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

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#133 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:41PM
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@Walter Sobchak

Good to see you Wes. I mentioned earlier that id rather have Dubinsky on THIS Oilers team right now. I agree with all your points. But Ganger is more gifted offensively. I think we all agree.

We have to give MacT and Eakins a chance to see what they can do. We can judge without any wins and losses

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#134 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 17 2013, 09:44PM
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MKE wrote:

absence of evidence is not evidence of absence

Can I atleast get a thumbs up for the absence of motivation?

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#135 Taylor Gang
June 17 2013, 09:46PM
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MKE wrote:

Good to see you Wes. I mentioned earlier that id rather have Dubinsky on THIS Oilers team right now. I agree with all your points. But Ganger is more gifted offensively. I think we all agree.

We have to give MacT and Eakins a chance to see what they can do. We can judge without any wins and losses

I've actually said this before on ON; trading Gagner for Dubinsky and a 3rd. Thoughts?

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#136 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:47PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Can I atleast get a thumbs up for the absence of motivation?

How do you know what his motivation level is? Im not trying to bash. Im genuinely asking.

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#137 Taylor Gang
June 17 2013, 09:48PM
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MKE I swear we have identical thoughts on the Oilers, it's almost scary

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#138 MKE
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Taylor Gang wrote:

I've actually said this before on ON; trading Gagner for Dubinsky and a 3rd. Thoughts?

I think you could get that deal done but you'd have to.trade them straight up. Personally i feel they have the same value for different reasons.

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#139 MKE
June 17 2013, 09:50PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

MKE I swear we have identical thoughts on the Oilers, it's almost scary

Ha ha well its nice to have some like minded people around!

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#140 Taylor Gang
June 17 2013, 09:56PM
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MKE wrote:

I think you could get that deal done but you'd have to.trade them straight up. Personally i feel they have the same value for different reasons.

Perhaps that's true, but Gagner is 3 years younger, and offense tends to be a more valued element for forwards than defense is. Not saying it always is but it usually is.

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#141 matt
June 17 2013, 09:58PM
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djc wrote:

Oh please, like you would ever leave your Kyle Wellwood doll and jar of Vaseline to hurt anyone.

You are so riled up today! It's sad this is all you have old man.

Hahaha to funny, made reading all these worth it. Suck on that dsf

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#142 MKE
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Perhaps that's true, but Gagner is 3 years younger, and offense tends to be a more valued element for forwards than defense is. Not saying it always is but it usually is.

Usually but Ganger is..below average defensively. And if he has a higher cap hit...i think those two things even it out. Really you could argue that a number of ways. But with Lestestu and Anisimov I think those two and Dubinsky are the same type of player.

So even if its not for Ganger..i think they need a different type of center in the mix. And Dubinsky is the guy id ask for out of Columbus

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#143 MKE
June 17 2013, 10:07PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Perhaps that's true, but Gagner is 3 years younger, and offense tends to be a more valued element for forwards than defense is. Not saying it always is but it usually is.

And consider too that Dubinsky fills a "need" on this team. That also makes his trade value more

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#144 madjam
June 17 2013, 10:15PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

For a GM with a lot of work to do, Craig sure doesn't appear to be anxious to get things rolling. Certainly appears to be no plan at all.

A whole lotta talk and very little action so far. Time to pick up the pace. There's 27 other teams open for business already.

The plan I believe might be in place in whole or in part , but the execution sure might be lagging/buffered . You get the feeling it's a lot easier said than done . Road blocks , dead ends ?

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#145 Taylor Gang
June 17 2013, 10:15PM
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MKE wrote:

And consider too that Dubinsky fills a "need" on this team. That also makes his trade value more

Well then, I ran out of arguments for Gagner.

Hold my beer

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#146 DSF
June 17 2013, 10:19PM
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Breaking News: Logan Couture has just agreed to a contract extension with #sjsharks

Good thing the Oilers drafted Gagner.

Dodged a bullet there.

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#147 MKE
June 17 2013, 10:21PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Well then, I ran out of arguments for Gagner.

Hold my beer

I like Sam. Dont get me wrong. Just trying to look at it from a non Oilers fan point of view lol

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#148 DSF
June 17 2013, 10:22PM
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MKE wrote:

Usually but Ganger is..below average defensively. And if he has a higher cap hit...i think those two things even it out. Really you could argue that a number of ways. But with Lestestu and Anisimov I think those two and Dubinsky are the same type of player.

So even if its not for Ganger..i think they need a different type of center in the mix. And Dubinsky is the guy id ask for out of Columbus

You realize the Jackets also have Ryan Johanssen and Boone Jenner, right?

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#149 MKE
June 17 2013, 10:24PM
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@DSF

Ya becauee every team except the Oilers has always had a perfect record in the draft....

Not everyone can be perfect.

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#150 Taylor Gang
June 17 2013, 10:25PM
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DSF wrote:

You realize the Jackets also have Ryan Johanssen and Boone Jenner, right?

I'm sure they would at least consider the trade if it was an upgrade on what they have, which it is. Not saying in the next 2-3 years, but next year, almost certainly.

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