What do the Oilers need to do this summer to get back into the playoffs?

With the Oilers going from Game 7 of the Stanely Cup Finals to not making the post season for the second straight year i think its safe to say there needs to be changes.

If the Oilers want to be a better team that can be able to compete in the playoffs again I think there needs to be a change on the 1st line and a bit on the blueline. Since Dustin Penner has been an Oiler it seems like Ales Hemsky has not been playing as good as he can. Also since Radek Dvorak left the Oil Ales Hemsky has been different. They were great friends when they were on a team so i think Lowe should maybe go after another Czech player for Hemsky that can play the left side. Some Czech players going into Free Agency this summer include: Marian Hossa,Marek Svatos,Ladislav Nagy,Antti Miettinen,David Vyborny,Pavol Demitra,Mirsolav Satan,Andrei Kostitsyn (close enough), and for me there are three players on that list that would fit perfect: Marian Hossa,Marek Svatos and Andrei Kostitsyn.

Marian Hossa might not be the best fit out of the three because he will cost alot for the team and will get many offers. Plus he’s almost 30 years old. The only upside is that hes an Unrestricted Free Agent.

Marek Svatos would be a pretty good fit, he’s an energy player that would thrive along side Ales Hemsky.

Andrei Kostitsyn also would be a great fit, he would be cheaper than both Svatos and Hossa and would also thrive with Hemsky

So that leaves what to do with Penner.Last offseason we signed him to a 5 year 4.25 milliion per year contract but he is definetly not playing like it. Lowe definetly should have gone for Parise instead. Jarret Stoll is a RFA which would leave a spot in the center position. So what if the Oilers tried to trade Penner at the Draft to what ever team wins the lottery to get Steve Stamkos.

Now on defence Pitkanen and Gilbert are RFA’s and it looks like the Oilers are going to get deals done for both but there is one more spot on defence.Grebeshkov has it right now and if i were Kevin Lowe i would Sign one guy.. Jay Bouwmeester. He was born in Edmonton and the Oilers have had an eye on him for a long time.He brings great leadership and great offensive ability. This year he had 15 goals!!

After all of this, this is what the team would look like:

Hossa/Kostitsyn or Svatos-Horcoff-Hemsky

Torres-Stamkos-Gagner

Moreau-Cogliano-Nilsson/Pisani

Glencross-Brodziak-Stortini

Souray-Greene

Bouwmeester-Pitkanen

Staios-Gilbert

Garon

Roloson


40 Responses to What do the Oilers need to do this summer to get back into the playoffs?

  1. CofRED says:

    I'm a little curious.  Assuming the either LA or Tampa gets 1st overall pick, what exactly would you be planning on offering them so you could get Stamkos??  Is it only Penner and Stoll??  I ask because the way the Oilers played down the stretch, despite all their key injuries, proves that they weren't as bad a team as their early record showed.  I don't think LA, Tampa, or whatever team gets the 1st overall pick is likely to give it up without a better package than that.  Particularly Tampa, who is just beginning to get out of the payroll mess they created and would likely much rather roll the dice on Stamkos to replace Stuart at a low cost than Stoll and Penner, who will cost considerably more than Stamkos and haven't played up to their potential (or in Penner's case, justified all that money) yet.

  2. Habfanforever says:

    if Lowe puts an offer sheet for Kostitsyn I hope Gainey does the same for Stoll, Pitkanen and Gilbert.

  3. careyprice31 says:

    Remember they made an excellent push and that was without horcoff or sourray. As far as im concerned oilers may need one or two players but thats it. The young players on their team could only get better. There is no way abosolutely no way lowe will get kostisyn

  4. careyprice31 says:

    Won't happen

  5. LeafsNation91 says:

    Derek Lowe loves to ***** up teams, ask Buffalo and Anaheim…

    Would not surprise me…

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  7. KingCanada says:

    LOL oh god, my favorite part of the article is when u said the Oilers should sign a Czech player then you only mentioned one that was ACTUALLY Czech (David Vyborny)

    Hossa, Nagy, Demitra, Svatos And Satan are all SLOVAKIAN
    Antti Miettinen is FINNISH
    Andrei Kostisyn is BELARUSSIAN

    OK and then Andrei Kostitsyn yes might be cheaper then Hossa but not cheaper then Svatos considering you would have to OVERPAY for a RFA by offering him an offer sheet the Habs cannot match.  And then not to mention you would be giving up minimum 3 top picks for him.  Same goes for Bouwmeester who is also a RFA

    Lastly the Oilers dont have any picks in the 1st round so it will be impossible to get Stamkos because the team with the first overall pick would usually only trade to move down a little in the draft, it wont happen.

    Would YOU trade away Stamkos for Penner???  I dont think anyone on this website could answer yes..

  8. ovechkin8 says:

    well the oilers do have another 1st round pick from anaheim in the Pronger deal that they could trade along with Penner..

  9. CanadianbornPlaya says:

           It isn't time to freak out in Edmonton. It's not like they have signed 4 or 5 useless vetrans to longterm deals, for big money, with NTC's. Also they were in the hunt for 8th until the last 3-4 games of the season. The Oilers lost a lot of man games to injury this season which  were made up by young players with lots of potential. You could see the future of the team down the stretch.  If the Oil had stayed healty this year they would have made it in there. Pisani and Horcoff missed 30 games each and Torres, Moreau and Pouliot played less than half of the season so there is the playoff berth right there.
            Kevin Lowe has made some interesting moves as GM. I have to question the Smith, Lupal to Phily trade. I like both players and think they fit in well with Edm. Of course Ryan Smyth (what the hell?). Penner hasn't worked out that well either but there is lots of potential for him to come into his own with this team.
          I don't see Lowe going after RFA's this year because of what has happened in the past and the strong draft's that are in the future. Specifically Kostitsyn (Hab fan here), I believe he is a happy camper in MTL with his current linemates. He's had a breakout season and will be offered a serious contract by Gainey. His brother plays in MTL as well.
          Svatos is an RFA as well, I think this will keep Lowe away. Lowe may run the price up on these guys a little bit but that will be all. Hossa is the most avaliable guy. He will cost you salary and that is all. I am glad Gainey didn't get him at the deadline. I made a post concerning Hossa, a while back, basically comparing him to OLD Alex Kovalev(Kovy is a different player this year). Old Kovalev was a talented player who didn't worry about anyone but himself. I put Hossa in this category, likely even more talented than Kovalev. This being said, if the Oil pick up Hossa don't expect him to lead the team, he's not a Captain, he's a complimentary player(maybe just what Penner needs).
           Bowmeester would be a great addition to Edm. Great D-man with a scoring touch. He's physical like Pronger and never a liability in his own end. His style fits the Oilers perfectly. I like Garon and think his numbers will improve as the team improves. He won't lose the game for you and gives you a chance to win everytime.
          Hemsky, Horcoff, Coglanio and Nilsson are all solid. Gagner and Penner have to learn to play defence. Moreau and Pouliot will have better seasons next year simply by playing most of the games.  I will leave the Souray question up in the air. He's got some tools but is weak on D. He's a tough offenceive player when he is healthy. When he was traded away from MTL no-one flinched.
    Good Luck at the Draft.                   Go Habs Go

  10. CanadianbornPlaya says:

       Wanted to mention Nagy in the pervious post. If he is avaliable I think he is a player that can help in EDM. I watched him play all of his games in Halifax while in the Q. He's got great hands and lots of speed.

  11. jonnygf40 says:

    That was probably the dumbest and most far fetched post I've ever read.

  12. jonnygf40 says:

    Do you mean Kevin Lowe?

  13. CofRED says:

    That's the first point I tried to make as well. The Oilers aren't as bad as the first half of the season indicates.  A couple of small adjustments, and some better luck as far as injuries are concerned, and they'll be back in the playoffs.  They don't have to trade away 2 key players for a draft pick that may never become what they had hoped for anyways.

  14. oilcountry88 says:

    I dont think the oilers need help on the Defence but up front i like your ideas. But if the oilers were actually to trade Penner to what ever team wins the lottery for Stamkos you would probably have to add the 1st round draft pick we got from anaheim and maybe a prospect like O'marra.As for the left winger for hemsky i agree with "CanadianBornPlaya" when he said Nagy would be a good fit. What a line Nagy-Horcoff-Hemsky would be! On defence we should just let some of the young players fighting for a spot for next year to take that position.The only way we would sign Bouwmeester is if we could'nt get a deal with Pitkanen or Gilbert.

  15. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I'm a huge Oiler's fan (obviously), as some of you may already know. And I love to see Oiler related articles on this site, as it takes away from the standard Maple Laughs articles……….but seriously, this article is RIDICULOUS!!!!

    First off, who ever gets the first overall pick will definitely hold on to it. I mean, why would they trade away a guy like Stamkos who has such great potential, and who could become a franchise player. I highly doubt that the Oilers would be willing to give up anything to even tempt a Stamkos trade. Trust me when I say that Jarret Stoll is not something that would tempt another team to give up Stamkos. And the Oilers aren't about to trade away Gagner, Cogliano, etc if that's what anybody is thinking.

    Second, the Oiler's do not need to make a lot of changes, because they've already done this over the past season or two. We are clearly in rebuilding stage once again (YAWN), and we're building with youth. Dustin Penner had a slow start to the season, but he's picked it up now and has scored 23 goals this season. Keep in mind that he's still young and there's tons of time for him to excel even further.

    I'm sure all of us Oiler fans are hoping for a signing such as Marian Hossa. I'm trying to not get my hopes up, but that would be awesome. Jay Bouwmeester may be a good pickup for the Oilers, I'll give you that. However, I would assume that they're going to focus on signing Wade Redden to add some more experience and leadership to our d-core. But either works for me.

    The Oilers are on their way up, there's no denying that. But don't for one minute think they're going to strip down this team just to get Stamkos, who has potential but is not a sure thing. And Grebeshkov won't be going anywhere. He's one of our up and coming d-men, along with Pitkanen.

    GO OILERS GO!!! 2009 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!!

  16. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    Yeah, Penner and Stoll would not net you the 1st over-all pick.

    The Oilers don't need to make any changes. They almost made the play-offs with a young team that will only get better.

    Considering they sign all their RFA's, this is their line-up next season:

    Penner-Horcoff-Hemsky
    Gagner-Cogliano-Nilsson
    Moreau/Torres-Stoll-Pisani
    Glencross-Brodziak-Stortini

    Souray-Staios
    Pitkanen-Greene
    Gilbert-Grebeshkov

    Hemsky had a career high 20 goals this year, but was only 7 assists off his career high.

    Horcoff was on pace for a career season.

    Penner is not worth 4 million, but they had to give him up, or Anaheim would have matched it. He's still a better bargain then alot of other over-paid players. He's only in his second season, and only 6 goals off his career high, not to mention a career high in assists and points.

    Gagner-Cogliano-Nilsson will hopefully continue to improve and become a viable 1st line.

    Glencross-Brodziak-Stortini is a great young checking line that came through in the clutch.

    Now, it's veterans like Moreau, Stoll, Torres and Pisani that need to step it up. Ok, they were decimated by injuries, and Pisani played well (had he had a full season, he would have been close to 20 goals). But Torres was struggling even before his injury, and needs to step it up. Stoll looked to be a future number 2 centre, but has struggled the last two season, and he too needs to step it up. On a good year, these four should get you 15-20 goals each.

    This is a team that looks very good on paper. Several outstanding youngsters (Gagner, Cogliano, Nilsson, Glencross, Brodziak, Storini) mixed with veterans of the 2006 Cup Run (Horcoff, Hemsky, Moreau, Torres, Stoll, Pisani, Staios).

    If the youngster keep devloping, and the veterans pick it up, this team has a very good chance of making the play-offs next year, and may even be a contender in the near future.

  17. oilcountry88 says:

    I like the way you think… GO OILERS!!

  18. Cake says:

    Your prediction at the start of the season that the Oilers were gonna win the cup was RIDICULOUS. And the fact that you continue to say that is RIDICULOUS. I just had to point that out since you said this article is RIDICULOUS. Oilers have a lot of work to do to become a better team. Good luck with Surray!

  19. kamullia says:

    I won’t outright rule it out. It is Kevin Lowe we are talking about…

    When he sits there again without having signed any of their target free-agents watch him do it all over again. Especially now with a new owner coming in, because he wants to impress, regardless of what Katz has said about Lowe’s job not being in jeopardy.

    If you have a GM that is ineffective every single off-season in making the target moves, it does not matter how much you like him, you will replace him for one that can get it done. Lowe has a small window of opportunity to keep his job which can be easily cut during the next season, and he is not comfortably sitting in that GM chair. Lowe has been twitching all year long (and being ignored by most of the other GMs) to make moves, and I see him prime to try a big move as soon as the draft.

  20. HABSSTAR says:

    Did I hear someone say Ineffective GM???  Is he interested in a job in Toronto? 

    Sincerly

    MLSE

  21. oilcountry88 says:

    i know Penner is going to be a star in the league but i dont think he will in edmonton. It always looks like Hemsky hates playing with him… I would keep the same lineup for another year and then next year at the draft trade him to move higher up and get tavares and then save your money for Gaborik in free agency

  22. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Chill out. My "predictions" about how the Oilers will do is just that, a prediction. It's called being optimistic about the team that I love. We had a ton of injuries this season as I'm sure you know, which is why we fell short of the playoffs and a possible cup run……..But I have no doubts that next year will be much different, and the Mighty Oilers of Edmonton will be back on top.

    GO OILERS GO!!! 2009 Stanley Cup Champions!!!

    If you don't like what I said about this article, too damn bad.

  23. careyprice31 says:

    I admire your determination and the passion u display for your hockey club.  But lets not get to ahead of ourselves stanley cup champs 2009? Not a chance

  24. Cake says:

    sure thing kid

  25. HABSSTAR says:

    Hey why don't the oilers take another contract off of Montreal's hands and sign Ryder.  He might be able to turn it around in another city but I fear he might be done in Monteal. 

  26. Oil-Life says:

    You sound like a Leaf fan making an Oilers article man.  I'm a little disappointed in it.  
    1. Hemsky had an OUT-STANDING year.  Dvorak had little if any effect on the way Ales has played.  
    2. Anyone who thinks Torres is going to fit in the Oilers line up next year is totally wrong.
    3. Stamkos, I'm not even going to comment on that.  Come on.
    This was not a good one, you can do better.

  27. Oil-Life says:

    You're right about everything, I just wrote pretty much the exact same thing a few posts below.  It's not time to freak out in Edmonton, many critics predicted us to finish about 14th or 15th in the Conference.  We finished in 9th!  That's a hell of a season if you ask me.

  28. Oil-Life says:

    People make to big of deal about this guy every year he writes that.  Good luck spelling Souray next time.

  29. turdfergusson says:

       Here's a thought. Not have over 200 man games lost from your top center, D-man and captain etc.. Cut that down to 100 games and Nashville's golfing with Vancouver.

       Not sure where you're going with some of this but two things I liked that you said were Svatos and Bouwmeester. What a coup that would be to get this guy and like u, I think the timing is right . I'd get Svatos with Cogliano and Gagner in mind. There's a pretty decent second line. Hemsky's fine he's just 24. Martin Straka would be a good fit on this team , could mentor Hemsky a little and would probably come at not too bad a price. 

      I would try to get rid of Pitkanen. Missing games in March because of "the flu" ?!  No bussiness wearing an Oiler uniform and quite surprising considering he's a FINN. Bye. 

      They need to go out and get a super heavy weight . Though willing , Stortini is a better agitator and would compliment a line of Stoll or Moreau and Torres quite well.  How hillarious would it be to see Stortini and Torres running around together?!

        When and hopefully Kevin Lowe signs what he wants off the current roster I don't think there will be alot left to spend . Don't think the Oil really need a whole lot though,  just time considering the team's avg. age is 26yrs.. This is a young, tight hockey team that played their asses off for Kevin Lowe and Mc.Tavish this year.

       One more thing. I don't understand why some of you d bags out there are still giving it to Lowe over Penner . You wanna see funny, wait and see what Corey Perry draws in a few months. Any team who has the room on their books takes Penner's contract . Lowe didn't create any monster here , he just got the drop your team's GM  : )
     
       I know, how immature and shallow of me .

  30. lukeleim says:

    Offseason Transactions:

    buyout Dwayne Roloson

    Trade Shawn Horcoff, Matt Greene and Raffi Torres to the San Jose Sharks for Patrick Marleau, Mike Grier and Logan Couture

    Fernando Pisani and Marc-Antoine Pouliot to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Andrew Raycroft and Darcy Tucker

    Resign Joni Pitkanen
    Resign Jarret Stoll
    Resign Robert Nilsson
    Resign Denis Grebeshkov
    Resign Tom Gilbert
    Resign Dany Syvret
    Resign Curtis Glencross

    Sign David Hale

    Dustin Penner – Patrick Marleau – Ales Hemsky
    Sam Gagner – Andrew Cogliano – Robert Nilsson
    Ethan Moreau – Jarret Stoll – Darcy Tucker
    Curtis Glencross – Kyle Brodziak – Mike Grier
    ————————————————
    Zachery Stortini

    Sheldon Souray – Steve Staios
    Joni Pitkanen – Denis Grebeshkov
    Tom Gilbert – Ladislav Smid
    ———————————–
    David Hale – Bryan Young
    Mathieu Roy – Dany Syvret

    Mathieu Garon
    Andrew Raycroft

    Prospect Depth:

    Jean-Francois Jacques – Rob Schremp – Colin McDonald
    Alexei Mikhnov – Ryan O'Marra – Chris Vande Velde
    Slava Trukhno – Riley Nash – Liam Reddox

    Jeff Petry – Taylor Chorney
    Theo Peckham – Cody Wild
    Alex Pante – Sebastien Bisaillon

    Devan Dubnyk
    Jeff Deslauriers

  31. lukeleim says:

    Offseason Transactions:

    buyout Dwayne Roloson

    Trade Shawn Horcoff, Matt Greene and Raffi Torres to the San Jose Sharks for Patrick Marleau, Mike Grier and Logan Couture

    Fernando Pisani and Marc-Antoine Pouliot to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Andrew Raycroft and Darcy Tucker

    Resign Joni Pitkanen
    Resign Jarret Stoll
    Resign Robert Nilsson
    Resign Denis Grebeshkov
    Resign Tom Gilbert
    Resign Dany Syvret
    Resign Curtis Glencross

    Sign David Hale

    Dustin Penner – Patrick Marleau – Ales Hemsky
    Sam Gagner – Andrew Cogliano – Robert Nilsson
    Ethan Moreau – Jarret Stoll – Darcy Tucker
    Curtis Glencross – Kyle Brodziak – Mike Grier
    ————————————————
    Zachery Stortini

    Sheldon Souray – Steve Staios
    Joni Pitkanen – Denis Grebeshkov
    Tom Gilbert – Ladislav Smid
    ———————————–
    David Hale – Bryan Young
    Mathieu Roy – Dany Syvret

    Mathieu Garon
    Andrew Raycroft

    Prospect Depth:

    Jean-Francois Jacques – Rob Schremp – Logan Couture
    Alexei Mikhnov – Ryan O'Marra – Colin McDonald
    Slava Trukhno – Riley Nash – Liam Reddox

    Jeff Petry – Taylor Chorney
    Theo Peckham – Cody Wild
    Alex Pante – Sebastien Bisaillon

    Devan Dubnyk
    Jeff Deslauriers

  32. Cake says:

    Thanks, Mrs. Chokes-on-di**. I will do better on my next spelling test

  33. Moose161 says:

    Trade Pitkanen and Schremp (his career is done in Edmonton due to play of the kids) for goaltender like Dan Ellis

    Trade Staios, Torres and Stoll for whatever you can get probably draft picks and prospects.

    Buyout Rolosson

    resign the rest of the restricted free agents

    BRING BACK JASON SMITH!!!

    Stand pat in free agency this year and then in the following year sign Gaborik to big dough.  He has already said that he will not return to Minnesota as long as Lemaires is coach.

  34. oilcountry88 says:

    never get rid of horcoff.. instead of him make it stoll

  35. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I've had a gut feeling for a while now that the Oilers will pickup Patrick Marleau this off season. He just fits the team so well, it would be a perfect match. However, I don't see the Oil parting with Shawn Horcoff. I think Stoll and Staios would end up being shipped to San Jose for Marleau and a draft pick or prospect………I also see the Oilers making a play for Wade Redden, to add some more leadership to our d-core……..And because I think Rollie is still a decent goalie, and I don't think anyone else will attempt to sign him, he'll sign with the Oilers at a pay cut and spend the season backing up Mathieu Garon who btw is a quality #1 goalie. Our lines would look like this :

    Nilsson – Marleau – Hemsky
    Penner – Horcoff – Gagner
    Moreau – Cogliano – Pisani
    Glencross – Brodziak – Stortini

    Redden – Gilbert
    Souray – Grebeshkov
    Smid – Pitkanen

    Garon
    Roloson

  36. JannettyTheRocker says:

    My thoughts EXACTLY!!!!! I'm glad you could express them, because I was so baffled by the article that I couldn't.

    GO OILERS GO!!!

  37. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Exactly!!! Last season when we won 2 of the last 20 games, that was time to panic……and believe me I was. But this years team did great IMO, much better than most of us had expected. It's all up from here, and we Oiler fans have so much to be happy and excited for.

    GO OILERS GO!!!

  38. Cake says:

    No great is missing out on the playoffs last year then clinching first in the east. How can you be pleased with missing the playoffs when they have a team that should be in there. Not trying to be a jerk, I just honestly don't understand how they did great when they were capable of so much more.

  39. Oil-Life says:

    Lool that was great do you write your own stuff shit head?

  40. Oil-Life says:

    But they weren't!  We were the youngest team in the NHL coming into the season had very little games of experience and a sub par coach at best to teach them.  With all the man games lost to injury and the depressing season Stoll and a few others put out, I'd say I'm happy with the year and look forward to the future.  You're right, making the playoffs would have been a thrill and Montreal was incredible for what they did.  But an Oilers team who was bashed by the media for not attracting top UFA's and being unable to keep superstars did pretty good this season given the many circumstances that went on this year.

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