Time for Tambellini to make trade for some sandpaper for his Edmonton Oilers

It’s painfully clear that the current Oilers can be pushed out of games. It’s not that they won’t go to the areas where the heavy traffic is (along the boards and especially in front of the net where 8 out of 10 goal are scored) but it’s a matter of they can’t get there. The heavy lineup of St. Louis leaned on them. Minnesota, a middling team, battled harder than them and went where you score goals.

The Oilers aren’t soft, but they sorely need a Lucic type player (good luck getting that exact makeup) or a David Clarkson, who is tough to handle and can score, or a Wayne Simmonds or a Scott Hartnell.

OK, I admit I’m a huge fan of spaghetti legs Wayne Simmonds. I think he’s a helluva player, skilled and tough. I’ll throw LA’s Kyle Clifford in there too, although he doesn’t have the skill level of the other guys, not yet, but he’s what the Oilers need. I’m like Ryane Clowe but he’s older (31 in September, and there’s a feeling his best-before date might have been two years ago. Yet, he’s a gamer. They badly need players like this. It’s the hardest thing to get, and find if you’re drafting because those players are usually projects.

They also need a Marchand type. A pain in the butt middleweight. Marchand is unique in that he can also score.  But, they need an Andrew Shaw in Chicago, a feisty, get in your face, pretty talented forward. I think that Antoine Roussel in Dallas is that kind of player; he doesn’t have Shaw’s talent level, but he’s hard to play against. He used to play for Craig MacTavish when he was coaching Vancouver’s farm team, the Chicago Wolves. He signed this season with the Dallas Stars.

This is a long answer to a pretty short observation. The Oilers have to trade skill for more will, or at the least skill for bigger, and if they arrive at the net in ill-humour with fairly nice hands, so much the better. It’s up to GM Steve Tambellini to make a trade like Vancouver did where they sacrificed the more skilled Cody Hodgson for more of a project, big forward Zach Kassian. Kassian has had his moments in Vancouver, although his consistency of performance still isn’t there. But, he could turn out to be a force.

It’s not easy trading anybody right now. But Tambellini has exhausted his minor-league team. He has to make a deal for bigger people to complement a number of his skilled guys. He has to trade for somebody because his team is crying for a jolt; they can’t be a bottom three or bottom five NHL team again. That’s not much progression.


7 Responses to Time for Tambellini to make trade for some sandpaper for his Edmonton Oilers

  1. doorman says:

    Oilers bring in Brown for a 4th rd pick. I think you guys will be happy with the energy he brings every single shift.

  2. nordiques100 says:

    It may be all a coincidence but….

    Towards the end of last season, with injuries and the like, the A’s on the team were Komisarek and at times Kessel had an A. Grabovski also wore the A.

    Lupul and MacArthur were given the full time A’s this year and McClement has had it with Lupul out.

    The team brought in McClement and he effectively replaced Joey Crabb, an American on the roster. In the lineup itself, McClement has taken for the most part, Steckel’s 4th line role. He too is an American.

    McLaren was brought in on waivers and it seems he won the job over Brown, an American who was just traded to Edmonton.

    Due to injuries, Gardiner has been placed with the Marlies to get his game back. But, with the play of Fraser, Holzer and Kostka, he has had a tough time getting back to the main team. I personally think its a blessing in disguise.

    Speaking of the D, there are two guys in the press box making 8+ mil. Komisarek and Liles, two Americans.

    Speaking of the Marlies, Tim Connolly was demoted prior to the season. He’s another American.

    For a team that had zero Ontario borns last year for the full season, they now have 4. They recently started a lineup of All-Canadians with Kadri, MacArthur, Orr, Fraser and Franson with Scrivens in goal.

    While they did add JVR, we’ve seen now Crabb, Brown, Connolly dumped. Liles and Komi sat, and Gardiner can’t get back into the lineup. Lombardi gone too.

    I think the main idea behind the many Americans was that Leafs disease perception. At least that was mostly Wilson’s feelings.

    Burke made some mistakes, but clearly, not getting a different coach in there will be his Toronto legacy. Their relationship apparently soured for a bit. Understandable. I believe Gretzky and Mike Barnett, his long time agent didn’t speak for years after Gretz had to fire him in Phx.

    • reinjosh says:

      Apparently Burke and Wilson are still friends…

      Still Nonis is clearly putting his own spin on things. This is merely him making a spot for Frattin and getting a pretty good return on a guy they acquired for a pittance.

      4th or a 3rd if the Oilers make the playoffs? That’s pretty damn nice for a 4th liner.

      Sad to see Brown go, but let’s be honest, once that moustache was gone, he just wasn’t cutting it anymore (that’s a joke…).

  3. reinjosh says:

    Did anyone else realize how dman good Mike Bossy was? He had one season under 91 points, and one season under 51 goals. ONE! And it was his last season at that. And he was still over a PPG.

    Two 90 point seasons, seven 100 point seasons, five 60 goal seasons. Probably one of the most statistically impressive careers in league history. And he’s got the shitty luck to have Gretzky putting up 200 point seasons during then, and getting overshadowed.

    • doorman says:

      IMO, the best pure goal scorer to ever play. I loved his game and even more that he never once cried about having to retire early because of back problems suffered from cross checks, just accepted it as part of the game!! It is hard to believe in his draft year that teams passed on him 14 times, lol.

    • nordiques100 says:

      the 9 straight 50 goal seasons is a record that wont be broken

  4. doorman says:

    ughhh still shaking my head lol, passed over 14 times, including by the Leafs twice, lmao….ughhhh.

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