dougieL Posted February 24 Share Posted February 24 (edited) Even though the last three games in which we've gone 2-0-1 haven't been against very good teams (Flyers, Preds, Blues), it is still pretty clear from watching these games that we are no worse off without OEL than we are with him. I recall earlier in the season some arguing that our defense would be in tatters without him. Well, it turns out that you can replace OEL with a replacement-level player and at the very least not look measurably worse. Yes, some of his minutes are being eaten by Hughes, but can anyone really argue that Wolanin looks any worse or contributes less than OEL? Will we get perforated by Boston next game? Probably. But we've been perforated multiple times with OEL in the lineup (and on the ice for many of those perforations). Again, not measurably worse. I'm hoping we can kind of end the debate as to how much OEL is actually worth - no, he's not a low-end first pair, not a high-end second pair, not worth in the vicinity of $5m. Look - I'm sure OEL is a good guy. By all accounts, he takes pride in his performance, and takes it personally when he doesn't perform well. There must be a reason he wore a 'C' in Arizona and an 'A' here. He had some good years, no doubt. But there is no way he is coming even close to playing up to his contract, UFA-aged or not. And there is no way to deem the OEL trade anything but an enormous setback for the future (and present) of this franchise. Edited February 24 by dougieL 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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