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  1. [Trade] Kris Russell to Stars

    Dougies turning out alright for a 22 year old dman, 10 or 12 goals, 30 something points, headed towards meeting or beating his career best, I'd say he'll be #2 here behind Brodie for many years.
  2. Although I dont see Hammer getting 5+ on the open market as one poster suggested, just due to him not aging as gracefully as other Dmen, his injurie troubles of the last few seasons have really sped up the aging process for him and slowed down his play considerably. Althought 2011 was only 5 years ago, his play of that era seems a decade ago in quality. Because free agents do command a tad higher then their worth, I can see someone throwing 4, maybe 4.5 plus 3-4 years term at him, Maybe and Edmonton or Carolina team, who needs someone to mentor their younger up and coming D, or else maybe he does take the hometown discount and signs for 3-3.5 in Vancouver for 3 years and then fades into retirement, but as Forseberg mentioned, he's aging and Vancouver is probably hungry to see what someone of the cupboard prospects have to offer. As for Sbisa vs Hamhuis, at this point in both of their careers its tough, I don't see Sbisa as having very high sealing, but he can certainly be at least a steady dman who can play game in game out, I don't see him in the top 4 if the top 4 improves drastically over the next few seasons, but if the top 4 disintegrates then he could certainly serve time there while solutions are found. Either way, if I had to chose one over the other, at this point it'd be a coin flip.
  3. [Claim] Oilers claim F Adam Cracknell

    Good pickup for the Oil. Chiarelli needs to build up that bottom 6, and Cracknell is your ideal career bottom 6 centre. Now figure out which one of the big guns gets shipped out for a 23-27 year old impact top pairing Dman, heck even through your first this year on the table, shore up that defense, let the Nurse and Klefbom, Reinhardt to a lesser extent develop some more and bam the Oilers are there. Just seems like Chiarelli came into Edmonton knowing what they need, it may take him a couple of off seasons and trade deadlines to get it all, but once he does, and he weeds out some of the overrated guys, and replaces them with the meat and potatoes guys Benning likes, the Oilers are going places, thats for sure.
  4. [Trade] Kris Russell to Stars

    I had a feeling Russell was gonna get traded, was really hoping Calgary would re-sign him, really underrated guy, he sure did awesome when Gio got hurt last year, he actually made Wideman look like a top for Dman in the playoffs. Gonna miss his league leading shot blocks too, plus hes scored a few clutch goals here and there and is a great skater. He'll fit in perfectly with Dallas' top six, as he's able to make those beutiful stretch passes out of the zone, he can rush the puck, just an all around great dman. As much as I feared him getting traded, I actually love the return, we added size on the blueline, which we needed, so we got a younger, cheaper bigger guy who is ready to step in right away, and Im really loving how they through in Pollock too, again adding more size, I can see him playing bottom six minutes in the near future, and the 2nd I couldnt believe they through that in too(and that it becomes a first if they get to the west final, which they wont cause, you know, Chicago), but now we got 3 seconds again this draft, along with our most certainly top 5 pick, I think its gonna be another exciting draft day. If BT can package some of them seconds and get us a goalie who can be a stop gap until the Gillies/McDonald era then I think were laughing. Just let the boys continue to develop, but I am really seeing Treiliving and Burkes vision here, they are certainly building us up to be a big time contedor, and probably only 2-3 seasons away too. Hopefully Chiarelli can make a big splash at draft day for the Oilers, and speed their rebuild up too.
  5. [Report] Dennis Wideman suspended 20 games

    Agreed, hoping to see Wideman traded for pretty much anything, hes a third pairing Dman who can play a PP, we have 4 Dman ahead of him on the depth chart, whats so special about him?
  6. At least this year the Oilers have noticeably changed for the better. They actually try to play a system now under McLellan, before they were just all over the place, but this year they look like a professional team. Goaltending has been pretty decent too all things considered. I think if this young group keeps following Mclellans system, and gels together, another key trade and a big UFA signing, and there ready to compete.
  7. I don't see why Drouin is so highly touted, if you scour my post history back to 2013, his draft year, you'll see I've always maintained that he rode the contrails of McKinnon and a highly stacked Mooseheads team during his draft year, I mean look at all the players in the top 10 from the '13 draft, all but him are regular NHLers, and a lot of them are key contributors to their team, I would have taken him in the first round that year, but not in the top 20,. I think the potential is there with him, but I just don't see him as the gifted superstar most here seem to project him as. I mean I guess if he had the right coach and line mates he would probably put up good numbers and all, but I just don't see him as a game changer like the rest of the draft picks taken around him in that draft class.
  8. [Game] Either-or (V2.0)

    Krutov Who comes out top of the west this year Chicago or LA
  9. [Trade] Kassian to EDM

    At worst this trade is neutral for both teams. Oilers pick up a project player, who could really help bolster their third/fourth line, while the Canadiens pick up a goalie to back them up till Price is 100%. If the Oilers deal with Kassian properly he could certainly be a big help to their bottom 6, providing some energy and size that they much need. If the new coaching staff can help him with his defensive game he could really be a steal for them.
  10. McDavid vs Eichel

    Doesn't he have like 5 goals already lol McDavid looks to be the real deal, and I was always calling him overrated when he was in junior, I might be eating my words
  11. McDavid vs Eichel

    Are you serious? Have you watched him or the Oilers play this season? McDavid is already up aginst first pairing d against both St. Louis and Nashville, and I don't think I have to tell you who the top pairing is on those teams and he's played them phenomenally, the passes he makes, the rushes he creates, he'll have plenty of points this season playing that way, and the Oilers defence actually looks like they know what they are doing this season. The race between McDavid and Eichel won't even be close, put that in your sig if you want
  12. Burrows expects another trip to the playoffs. (article)

    Good interview by Burrows, I like how he addressed the changes this summer and acknowledged some of the discontent of the fans, but put a positive spin on everything. In my opinion the Canucks have no reason not to be optimistic. The west really is wide open, in fact, aside from maybe Arizona, I would not be surprised by any of the other teams making the playoffs. There really is a great deal of parity across the west, and indeed the league. I can see at least 6 or 7 teams competing for the Presidents Trophy, and I can honestly see just about every western team in the hunt for a playoff spot, it really will come down to the wire this year, and I expect from 1-10/11 in the west there wont be a huge gap in points, everyone will be close. I can't see any reason the Canucks arent in the hunt for a spot, barring any major injuries to key players.
  13. [Trade] Canucks trade for F Brandon sutter

    As a fan from a different fan base I honestly think Sutter will prove to be a fantastic acquisition for the Canucks. He is defiantly a step up from Bonino, he will bring a lot more intensity to the team, I think he'll likely do close to 40 points if he plays the entire season on the second line with some PP time, and more importantly he will be a huge impact player come playoff time. I do agree the Canucks overpaid a little with the swap of picks and Clendening, but I honestly believe Sutter is a perfect acquisition and his game is much more suited to the Western Conference style of play, where as I also believe Bonino will be much better suited in the east as a 3C behind the best and one of the best centres in the game, takes alot of pressure off him and I think we'll see his offensive numbers pick up in Pittsburgh.
  14. Which nhl players or folk have you met in person?

    While working part time casual as a baggage handler doing the NHL charter flights into and out of Calgary around 2009-2011ish, I met quite a few. Now I was working full time as an aircraft mechanic during the day but I heard about this part time gig that nobody wanted because you only worked on Flames home game days, or the day before or after. This was when the Nucks dominated the old North West division. It was also when each team played 8 games against each divisional opponent. So I saw a lot of the Canucks, Wild, , didn't see the Avalanche because they, along with Columbus were the only two teams that didn't use that facility for their charters. I also saw alot of the Oilers, and of course the Flames when they were leaving on a road trip. So I met quite a few players, and said hi to a bunch, but only a handful standout in my mind, and only a few would engage in a conversation. Now, in 2010-11 I had a bit of a jealousy issue with the Canucks, I mean I think they went 8-0 against us that year, anyways I still cheered them in the playoffs, I just can't cheer against a Canadian team, not even Edmonton, unless they are playing the Flames. So anyways, it was late in the season, the Flames were a few points out of a playoff spot, we all still held hope, Kipper, JBO, Iggy made up the core and we Flames fans were still in denial, though those of us who knew anything about hockey knew that our team needed to be completly gutted, but we loved Iggy so much we wanted him to get a cup here, so we played along. Anyhow, the powerhouse Canucks,(seems weird saying that now) were just finishing off the monthly floor mopping of the Calgary Iginla's. 4 or 5-1 I think. So I'm watching the last few minutes of the game in the employee room, knowing that Calgary was now 2 points further from another Cinderella cup run, thanks to the usual Canucks beat down . I was in a sad mood, my Flames had lost again.