Jul 302013
 

Philip Larsen

Better know a new Oiler: Philip Larsen- With my last few posts centred around newcomers to the Oilers organization, Will Acton and Jesse Joensuu, I was reminded of one of my favourite segments of the  Colbert ReportBetter know a district. Like the last few items I have posted, this article will surround Philip Larsen who was acquired from Dallas in the Shawn Horcoff trade. Is Larsen actually part of GM Craig Mactavish’s plan for the future or is he a simple ‘must take back’ like Aaron Johnson was when he was the player the Oilers received for Steve Staios a few years ago? Continue reading »

Jul 192013
 

trade

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.

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Jul 112013
 

Sam Gagner debate

Is Perron the consolation prize or the prize? And cue the Sam Gagner debate…..- Everyone in Oil Country is buzzing over yesterday’s trade of Magnus Paajarvi and a 2nd rounder for David Perron. Some people feel the Oilers gave up too much and some feel the Oilers won the deal in a landslide. The reality is, while the Oilers got the best player in the deal, David Perron wasn’t their first choice for the second line; David Clarkson was. So how does Perron stack up against Clarkson? Continue reading »

Jul 082013
 

loading up for a trade

Is GM Craig Mactavish loading up for a trade? - This morning over breakfast I was reading the Edmonton Journal’s Cult of Hockey Blog. Bruce McCurdy posted an article Sunday night referencing the Oilers latest pickups on defense. Organizationally, the Oilers have had a number of moves on defense this off season. Gone are Ryan Whitney, Theo Peckham, Colton Teubert, Alex Plante, and Kyle Bigos. Additions include:  Anton Belov, Philip Larsen, Darnell Nurse, Lee Moffie, Ben Betker, and Brad Hunt. The additions and subtractions so far even out, but I was still left to wonder why the emphasis on organizational defensive depth early this off-season when there is so much need in other areas? Is it possible that Mactavish is loading up for a trade? Continue reading »

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