Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Trade Me RIght Fucking Now! Sort of Live Blogging


6:40 pm - ok we're pretty happy here; a fifth round pick and 20 games of Cole for 20 games of Kotalik and Patrick O'Sullivan. Another D would have been nice and a backup for Roli but overall this is excellent. Back with more later.

4:16 pm - Also there is talk from Mirtle of Kotalik coming to Edmonton for a second round pick.

I think that there has to be another move to be announced because this team suddenly has a whack of forwards but I may be wrong.

I'm heading home and will come back with more thoughts in a bit.

4:00 pm - I read somewhere earlier that LA was after Justin Williams and they send Patrick O'Sullivan to Carolina for him, but wait ... there's more.

Carolina sends O'Sullivan to Edmonton.

But for who? Or is it whom?

Erik Cole.

And?

3:51 pm - Anaheim throws in the towel. Moen and Huskins to the Sharks.

Pronger likely gone this summer I would say.

Can't believe nothing out of Detroit or Vancouver yet.

3:46 pm - rumours say Cole for Ruutu

A UFA for a pretty decent young player. Good deal if its true. Not sure why Carolina makes it although they certainly sign Cole in the summer.

Maybe the Oilers have to sweeten the pot.

Never have too many Finns.

3:38 pm - Philly picks up some depth on the blueline in Kyle McLaren, the BJs pick up a goalie I've never heard of, Florida and Tampa swap two defencemen who I have heard of before plus a pick and in a nice move the Hawks pick up Sami Pahlsson.

Somewhere in California Earl Sleek weeps.

I'm sure there is more to come. From the Oilers' point of view its good to see that they didn't move (as far as we know) any of their good young talent. Then again considering that there was one first round pick and no real prospects of note moved (correct me if I am wrong) they certainly could have thrown out a fourth round pick and a middling prospect for some help no?

Or does it matter? With Lubo out and Hemsky hurting this team has been just scraping by for weeks now.

3:19 pm - Ok as usually happens the deals come fast and furious at the end. Buffalo picks up Moore from Toronto. Les Sabres might not go anywhere, hell they might not even make it, but you have to like what they've shown their fans.

Remember when Derek Morris was actually expected to be really good? Certainly Sather does as the Yotes pick up Prucha, Dawes and Kalinin for him. I guess Sather didn't get the memo about the Cap maybe going down and the importance of having young cheap players. Wow.

Anaheim picks up Christiensen from Atlanta. Yawn.

Tambellini snuggles in under the covers for his afternoon nap. Hah, just kidding. Tencer reports they've made a deal. Ten bucks says its Pouliot for Marty Reasoner.


2:53 pm - Here we go. The Flyers pick up uberpest Carcillo for Upshall and a second round pick. TSN reports Antropov to the Rangers for a 2nd and a conditional pick.

Steve Tambellini orders a hot chocolate at the Tim Horton's near the hotel. Skating on the Canal was fun but it made his feet cold!

2:35 pm - Pens pick up Guerin for very little. Weird. Thought it was supposed to be a sellers' market but would you rather have Guerin or Antropov? And Burke was hoping for a first.

I still expect a flurry here at the end as the sellers try and get something, anything, for their UFAs but over all other then Calgary nobody has done too much interesting here. The Bruins did well but other then that its pretty meh overall.

1:35 pm - Boston picks up Recchi and a 2nd for a couple of prospects. Nice for the Bruins.

Also the Gerber pickup is explained as Vesa goes on IR.

12:43 pm - Flames are going big all of the way. Lombardi, Prust and a 1st for Jokinen. Looks like Oli is finally going to make the playoffs, although if he didn't now how awesome would that be ;)

I'm not a fan of Jokinen at all but with he, Langkow and Conroy up the middle and Leopold back on the blue the Flames look pretty solid. Of course they could go out in the first round because the West is scary deep but despite the price I agree with Sutter on this one. Iginla, Langkow and Kiprusoff's time is now - what the hell are you going to wait for?

12:25 pm - Here come some housekeeping/depth deals.

Buffalo pick up Tellqvist in the hope that between him and Lalime they can make the playoffs or hold on until Miller returns.

The Leafs pick up Gerber on waivers? Um, why? Nobody would want Joseph or Toskela. Guess we'll find out. Maybe they plan on getting Curtis to hang them up.

Dallas picks up Morrison. Haven't seen him at all although the consensus is he's done.

The Pens pick up former Leaf Andy Wozniewski. He's no good.

Tambellini is spotted skating on the Rideau Canal having a beavertail. Mmmm, good.

11:48am - Flames pick up Leopold and are rumoured to be chasing Jokinen. They're all in. Sutter makes mistakes at times but his club has been at the top (or near it) of the NW for five seasons now and hasn't missed the playoffs once. He must be doing something right.

And he obviously agrees with me that the Wings and Sharks may be had. If they get Jokinen I'm not so sure I would be eager for that Battle of Alberta we're all hoping for.

11:15am - I'm glad I'm not at home watching this on TV. Of course this is the way it always goes. It will heat up.

Kuba and Connelly sign extensions. Saw Connelly a couple of weeks back and the guy's hands are amazing. Of course he is always hurt but the fact is the Sabres can afford to keep him and its only two years. Add in all of the guys they have moved over the years and you can see this is, like the Backstrom signing, one for the fans in may ways.

Bryan Murray is trying to have it both ways, something Tom Benjamin alluded to when they made the Comrie trade. it might work out but Murray probably won't be around for it.

Loser.

10:04 am - And here we go. The BJs deal from a position of strength and move Leclaire and a 2nd to Ottawa for Vermette.

Nice trade for both teams. Sens pick up a decent goalie who is still young and the pick. BJS have Mason so they can move Leclaire. Vermette will do well under Hitchcock. Maybe a slight overpay by the BJs.

I wouldn't want to play the BJS in the playoffs. No way. I think the Oilers let the wrong executive leave.

9:57 am - Having Rogan Josh for lunch. Homemade too. Love Indian food. Never had it until about five years ago. I would eat it every day now if I could. Then I'd die of a heart attack.

So far not a damn thing. As for my predictions, Rachel called this morning and she will not be sleeping with me today. So that's one for ten.

Seriously though I suck at the prediction business. Go back and check. Not bad in the playoffs but other then that ... well, just two weeks ago I was picking LA to be the team the Oilers would be battling for a playoff spot.

One thing I did forget about - the Oilers have 49 contracts which means, I believe, that if they pick up more then one player they will have to move someone out the door.

9:07am - perusing the dailies and Barnes talks about picking up a centre and moving Horcoff to LW. Interesting. Everywhere the talk seems to be the same, don't give up the farm, which is smart. Names like Recchi, Higgins, Afinogenov (with 1 more goal than JF Jacques - why?), not Satan though. Matheson brings up St. Louis. He also brings up Frolov and makes it pretty clear that Penner is going to get moved.

And Bruce Garrioch says the Oilers might move LW Erik Cole.

Quality.

9am - Nothing yet. I have ten bucks that says the Nordiques move Brent Ashton and Tony McKegney for Mike Sillinger though.

8am - Oilers get a point out of Nashville, which is better then nearly every other visit there recently, but again one is left to wonder why Strudwick was out in the overtime and why MacT had the fourth liners out against the Preds' top line twice in the third.

Not too smart.

Meanwhile Jacques waits for his goal to be taken away.

News so far:

Pronger is off the market. Lauren must have put her foot down.

This Gillis guy worries me. Burrows has more goals then every Oiler but Hemsky, plays the toughs, kills penalties and is a grade A agitator and they lock him up for two per over four years. Great deal for the Canucks. I think this guy might know what he's doing.

The Backstrom deal has gotten a lot of flak but the Wild bleed players like nobody else. They had to keep somebody and imo they have nobody to pay over the next few years but Burns and Koivu. So if you're going to be way under the cap anyways and your roster is always made up of kids and the league's flotsom then you may as well overpay a guy to show your fans that you will pay somebody, anybody, to stay in town. I can understand it.

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Maybe I should say shoot me right fucking now.



As the Oilers tie up the biggest most massive gigantic must win never say die hit the beaches guns a blazing going over the top take no prisoners give no quarter game in humanity's history I have a little Sportsnet Ontario going on and am surprised to see that apparently no team but the Leafs is going to be selling tomorrow.



I have missed their usual "playoff run" like those over the last few years and the wall to wall coverage of those sadsack squads as they attempted to make up thirty point deficits with fifteen games remaining.



It appears that at least one network is going to try and make up for that lapse in coverage on Wednesday.



Help us all.



Anyways Mirtle has his breakdown of contenders, pretenders and sellers; the only quibble I have with it is I would call the Canucks a contender right now.



Its an interesting year. I think that the Sharks and Wings are the favourites but the reality is San Jose has never won a single thing and the Wings' goaltending is iffy so this could be one of those years where anything can happen.



So your contenders see Conklin in net for the defending champs and say 'yeah right' and so they load up and all of the teams scrambling for those extra spots look around and figure if they can get a leg up then they can squeak in and then they look at the defending champs and see Conklin in net and say 'yeah right' and figure hey why not us?



Anyone who couldn't see the Canucks and BJs knocking out SJ and the Wings? And then its wide open.



So we'll see what we get - I'm going to try and keep an eye on things and interject comments here when I can.



Here's a few things I think happen on Wednesday:



1/ All kidding aside the Leafs are going to be huge players. Burke is going to clear the decks. With Armegeddon II coming in two seasons the Torontos are in nice shape already cap wise and will likely work towards clearing as much space possible to take advantage of the dummies who are strapped already.



2/ The Oilers won't move Cole or any other vets. No point as anyone they move they will need to replace. Unless they can move Cole for a very attractive package and then replace him with someone who costs them less then what's the reasoning?



3/ Tambellini will wake up long enough to pick up depth up front and on the back end. We'll call them Jim Dowd and Don Awrey.



4/ Nilsson may have played his last game as an Oiler. They're not paying him almost 2 million to be in and out of the lineup. And they're not paying Penner twice that to lose his job to the boy so expect that he's next, though not until the summer.



5/ All signs point to the Oilers being smart and hanging onto their top youngsters like Gagner, Cogliano, Smid, Peckham and so on. Thank goodness.



6/ Detroit is going to pick up a goalie. (well duh)



7/ There will be one or two big surprises. I'm thinking Philly moves a big name in order to clear space to pick someone up. And a team like St. Louis, on the bubble, buying a big name, we'll call him CFP for short.



8/ The Flames and Canucks will be active buyers. It won't matter in the end but for a day their fans will feel good about themselves. Humour them.



9/ As Matt Fenwick said Jacques Martin will screw it up somehow. He'll trade Bouwmeester to the Oilers for MacIntyre or something and then watch, mouth agape, as Jay signs for ten years at 3 million per just to make a point about Florida's worthlessness as a market.



10/ Rachel McAdam won't sleep with me. Again!

12 comments:

Jay said...

ESPN has an interesting little article up where they interview a handful of GMs about their deadline experiences. Lowe talks about the Smytty deal, and of course they have a giant photo of the blubbering big lug. Still breaks my heart...

I don't really see many major deals happening tomorrow, but of course I'll still watch about ~5 hours of the non-Sportsnet coverage. Because I'm a big sucker.

HBomb said...

Ok, great contract for the Canucks, but Gillis is still an unethical douchebag and Burrows is going to get speared in the face, dirty little fucker. FTC, FTF. Rant over (FTC - Fuck the Canucks, FTF - Fuck the Flames).

I'd like to see the Oilers stand pat and simply fire MacT. Well, make one trade - Staios for a bag of pucks.

And Pat, it's Wednesday, not Tuesday - or since you started this post before midnight, is that why it says this is a March 3rd post?

Black Dog said...

Yeah, began to write it yesterday.

They'll pick up some depth and probably trade Pouliot who will then score 15-20 a year for 5 to 10 years.

I'm on board with firing MacT but it won't happen until the summer.

HBomb said...

I'll go on record that I'm strongly opposed to trading Pouliot, or Jacques, for that matter.

Schremp? Free to a good home. Disband the Captain America HF Army.

Black Dog said...

Agreed.

HBomb said...

Double agreeance. Nice.

Anyways....Vermette for Leclaire and a 2nd rounder. Good deal for both Columbus and Ottawa, I'd say.

Jay said...

Not really a fan of the Leclaire trade. As Mirtle says, he'll most likely be the new Gerber.

Pat, you're not missing much on the tv front. Pierre has been running around for the past ten minutes trying to find a working microphone, which is nice.

Black Dog said...

Hard to say Jay, he was doing quite well before the injuries I thought. He's still pretty young.

I didn't realize that Vermette was almost a PPG in the last quarter though.

Maybe the producer finally got tired of Pierre too.

kanadienkyle said...

Interesting thoughts all around. Speaking of Burrows, have the Oilers considering stealing the Manitoba Moose scouting staff en masse? They find all these productive players and keep Vancouver afloat despite the 'Nucks so-so drafting.

Black Dog said...

Kyle - was Burrows an undrafted free agent?

And yes you're right on there. I always figure Vancouver for a dive every year but they seem to be bringing up some decent players from Manitoba who can help all of the time.

kanadienkyle said...

Pat, I believe he was. I think they found him in the ECHL if I recall correctly. I interned with the Moose and had a few interesting conversations with one scout and the GM about procurement. Fascinating stuff.

Between the ECHL and the Q, they do good work finding serviceable players.

Black Dog said...

Thanks Kyle.

I presume you read the Joyce book on scouting? If not, pick it up its a great read.

More and more guys seem to be coming out of the ECHL and making careers out of it. I didn't realize that minor league clubs did their own scouting though. Great stuff.