Playoffs??? The Edmonton Oilers now have 5 points through their first 9 games, already 6 points back from the eighth spot, and will need to turn it around in a hurry if they have any chance of making the playoffs.
Once again, is Mactavish adding to make a deal? With today’s news that the Edmonton Oilers have once again acquired Denis Grebeshkov, fans are left to wonder why? Prior to today’s announcement, the Oilers already had eight NHL calibre defensemen under contract and by anyone’s count, you can only play six in any given game. If nothing changes, the Oilers will start camp with 9 NHL defensemen and a very decent pipeline of prospect blueliners knocking on the door from OKC. What makes this move even more strange is that the Oilers currently only have 2 proven NHL centremen (RNH & Gordon) under contract (until Gagner is signed or dealt) and will possibly start the season with an unproven (an so far underwhelming) Anton Lander as their fourth line centre. In addition, other than Joensu (sort of), the Oilers haven’t addressed their need for size and grit amongst their forward ranks. When there are so many holes upfront, why the continued focus on adding rearguards? One could easily speculate that it is because defence is a position of extreme importance and depth in this area is a good thing; however, couldn’t the same be said of centre ice?
There may be more to the Grebeshkov signing than is initially obvious.
On the eve of the 2013 free agent frenzy: do you borrow from Peter to pay Paul? The 2013 NHL Free Agent period starts tomorrow and Oilers fans are all abuzz about the potential signings for the team. The one thing that is always absent from free agency is any sort of fiscal restraint (or planning) on the part of general managers. Emotional decisions are rampant as are poor decisions based on the small potential for short term gain rather than the long term big picture. A salary cap places artificial constraints not only on the total amount a team can spend, but also on how much a team can spend per position (if an organization hopes to be competitive). There have been numerous reports today that the Oilers have been “going hard” at David Clarkson. Currently, this is a poor idea which will lead to an even more uneven and unbalanced roster as far too much money will be committed to the wings leaving not enough resources to adequately man the rest of the roster.
Let me explain.