Monday, February 26, 2007

What Comes Next?


The Canucks have just picked up Sopel and Smolinski as they look to add to a team that has surprised many and must be considered a pretty good darkhorse pick in the upcoming playoffs. With a nice top 4 D, Roberto Luongo and the ability to win on the road they are a team that I would want to avoid if I had my druthers.
Lots of action today as teams try and strike early - I think we'll see reaction trades tonight and tomorrow as teams try and keep up with the early buyers.
The Oilers won't be buying. After a terrific win in Detroit Friday night they sat five out but you could see what was coming and it did. Flames won Saturday. Oilers lost to Wild on Jack Lemaire last night. A Flames' victory tonight puts them and Minnesota nine points clear of the Oil.
The Oilers have been playing pretty good hockey lately but its not getting them anywhere and its too little too late as they say.
Carter costs a fifth but Zednik a second? Who knows what Sykora will bring - I guess it depends on the buyer. After the Carter deal I figured a third but now, maybe a second or a first?? I'd rather have him then either of those retreads.
Remember when the Flyers picked up Zhitnik and everyone said wtf? Well, they flipped him for Brayden Coburn (desperation in Atlanta) and they look pretty smart now. They now have two pretty good young prospects on D to go with Pitkanen or does this allow them to move him? Oh, to dream.
Going to Leafs/Sabres tomorrow night. $50.00 seats - for those of you unfamiliar with Leafs' seating, that means we'll be in an alleyway near Richard Peddie's office - they project the game onto a bedsheet. Pretty quality shit from MLSE.
As for Lowe tomorrow - who knows what he will do? I have a feeling that he's going to pull something nobody expects but besides that I think its safe to say that Sykora, Tjarnqvist and Markannen will get moved. Smith is an outside possibility but it would take a great offer because without him next year is this year but worse. Maybe a package including Torres will head out for that Dman we've needed all year. He's the logical one to get moved and if talks went well for Smyth today then he's a goner. JFJ needs a spot just like Pouliot did. He's wasted on the fourth line and its time he got his shot.
Or maybe a package of kids. Greene is a possibility. Does he have a lot of potential? He sure does. But something has to give with a blueline loaded with prospects, many who look to have more upside then him.
As for Smyth well I've gotten up and down with this saga and I am up again. Rumours that Smyth has asked for 5/25 and is being offered 4/20- makes me think they're going to get it done, provided its accurate. That's too small a gap to fail to act on.
Lowe sells tomorrow but softens the blow by announcing Smyth is an Oiler for life. The Oiler faithful give him a standing O, as does a buck naked, fully erect Mark Messier, who gives Lowe a handjob at centre ice on behalf of the legions of bemulleted Ryan Smyth fans from the Kootenays to the Avalon Peninsula.

9 comments:

Mr DeBakey said...

Tjarnee is back in the M*A*S*H unit so he isn't going anywhere. Does he resign with the Oilers - 2 years, $2.6 Million total? They need at least one more veteran.

Hejda's value has to be going through the roof. [relatively speaking].

Found a couple of interesting Lowetide quotes from early August:
"Hell if Lowe goes with this defense, Holland might be dealing for Dwayne Roloson at the deadline."

"Unless Kevin Lowe makes a trade Marc-Andre Bergeron is in for a tough winter."

On a semi-related topic, I wonder if Waddell had a stroke last Wednesday?

Anonymous said...

not expecting any major moves (i.e. smyth, smith- agree with you on both points), but perhaps more lateral to slight upgrades tomorrow. perhaps another draft pick, which then can be used for off-season trades... i am preparing for a little disappointment, from a fans' perspective tomorrow. really, i don't know anything else, when it comes to the oilers. i'm thinking lowe waits 'til the summer to get a decent dman upgrade. what do you think of berard as a possibility? making 2.5M this year. i suppose some health/vision issues and a defensive liability at times, but not bad for a pp guy (at least an upgrade over petersen) and a puck mover. i guess a lot of questions with him. would love to see pitkanen but i don't think that will happen.

lowetide said...

This is without doubt THE worst porn site ever. Jesus.

I'm pretty confident Lowe is going to go balls out tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

That's too small a gap to fail to act on.
When I do the math, 4x20=80; 5x25=125; 125-80=45.
For $45M, fill in my gap! It's not about the gap, it's always about the cap.

Kyle said...

You had me until the hand job. Actually,who am I kidding, thats where you got me.

Andy Grabia said...

Lowe sells tomorrow but softens the blow by announcing Smyth is an Oiler for life. The Oiler faithful give him a standing O, as does a buck naked, fully erect Mark Messier, who gives Lowe a handjob at centre ice on behalf of the legions of bemulleted Ryan Smyth fans from the Kootenays to the Avalon Peninsula.

Awesome. Now what would he get if he brought back Le GG, too?

I'm pretty confident Lowe is going to go balls out tomorrow.

It will either be nothing, or about six trades that fall like dominos.

Black Dog said...

Uh, anon - that's four years at just under five a year or five years at five a year. So basically no difference for four years and then obviously five in the fifth.

Andy - if he brought back LeGG ... well, do you remember that thread at CinO a while back?

Andy Grabia said...

Andy - if he brought back LeGG ... well, do you remember that thread at CinO a while back?

Do I ever. It's still daily "reading" for me.

Black Dog said...

Barnes has a pretty positive article about the Smyth situation today.

If LeGG returns will you go all Pierre Maguire on him, Andy?