• Trader Steve

    by  • February 3, 2010 • Uncategorized • 9 Comments

    From Darren Dreger:

    NHL sources say the Edmonton Oilers are pushing hard to move out bodies, but Oilers gm, Steve Tambellini hasn’t reached a point of desparation where he’s willing to sweeten the pot to make a deal.

    For example, the Maple Leafs would likely move either Exelby or Stempniak for Oilers captain Ethan Moreau, if Edmonton throws in a draft pick to soothe the pain of swallowing Moreau’s contract which includes another year at $1.75 million and a $2 million cap hit.

    I’m on the record as thinking that it’s not impossible for the Oilers to make the playoffs next year, if they can clear away some of the flotsam and jetsam that makes up the roster and add about six useful forwards and a backup goaltender. I’ve also thought it would be just about impossible to clear some of the crap off the roster. If Tambellini ends up spending draft picks to get rid of Lowe’s mess – well, he better be pretty certain that he can add the right pieces in the summer. Borrowing from the future to chase a Stanley Cup during the late years of Jarome Iginla’s dominant period is one thing. Doing it so that you have the cap room to offer $8MM to this year’s Chris Neil is another thing entirely.

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    9 Responses to Trader Steve

    1. February 3, 2010 at

      They need the cap space to bring in a goalie.

    2. February 3, 2010 at

      On the other hand, the Nilsson, Moreau, Staios and O’Sullivan contracts all expire at the end of next season. If next year turns out to be a rebuilding year (probably in the best long-term interests of the franchise) then it wouldn’t make sense to trade Moreau now if it costs the club.

      On the other hand, I’m generally in agreement with you about next year, and Nilsson should be relatively easy to clear out in any case.

    3. Quain
      February 3, 2010 at

      And they need the roster spot to assess Jordan Eberle’s courage.

    4. Ribs
      February 3, 2010 at

      I think maybe this post should have been titled “Bend-Over Steve”.

    5. Jim Harnock
      February 3, 2010 at

      So, assuming I’m reading the tea leaves correctly, Stempniak makes $3.5MM this year with a $2.5MM cap hit and is a UFA at the end of the season. He’s 26, so theoretically he has quite a few hockey years left in him. If you can unload Moreau and his $2MM cap hit (and his penchant for penalties) and extend Stempniak for a cap hit similar to what he has now, would it be worth giving up a 3rd or 4th to grease the wheels? As things currently stand, he’d be 5th on our team in points and 2nd in goals.

    6. Jordan
      February 3, 2010 at

      I agree with JW. I hate the way this team is made up right now. It’s terrible. But with the team playing like the Seals, and a goaltending tandem that looks like they still need their training wheels, how much long-term value is there to giving up assets that have value in an effort to give up assets that have little? Especially when we get rewarded at the drafting table, and it ensures that we have enough of a backlog in the system to keep players like Eberle, MPS, and others who have talent away from the team for another year. Why burn off the cheap years when we are no where near contention?

      We are in a perfect-storm for high draft picks. Why would you risk a the possibility of another dynasty for a quick fix to try and sneak into the playoffs?

    7. February 3, 2010 at

      I’d rather we keep the guy and buy him out over the summer or bring him back and send him down and hope someone claims half the freight on a recall.

      For as much as I’d like to foist this guy upon all things Leaves I don’t want to have to spend a draft pick in order to do so.

    8. February 3, 2010 at

      It’s not my money to spend, but I think the priority from Tambellini (With Katz on board) should be as follows:

      1) Try to move Souray without getting too badly hosed.
      2) Try to move the mid-range contracts such as Moreau, Staios, O’Sullivan, perhaps a Gilbert/Grebeshkov.
      3) If you fail to free up a decent amount of cash and Moreau and/or Staios are still here, put them on waivers.

      I don’t have a guesstimation at the moment how much cap space the team will need to re-sign everyone, but if it’s the difference between a less amiable way to say goodbye to our captain and getting Glencrossed again, I’ll choose the former option. I would really like to see Gagner, Cogliano, Brule, and Potulny back, in particular. I’d also really like to see Comrie back as I think if he stays healthy he is a difference maker in the lineup and a guy that other smaller players can learn from (as his size isn’t a hindrance to him anymore).

      I’d also prefer to see Jacques back (I know he’s the fave player for Oil fans to rag on, but if you look at him as a hitter and not Quinn’s top line LW, he’s a great player to keep around), as well as Grebeshkov (although his qualifying offer isn’t going to be one I’ll be too happy with).

    9. nightfly
      February 4, 2010 at

      Jordan: “We are in a perfect-storm for high draft picks. Why would you risk a the possibility of another dynasty for a quick fix to try and sneak into the playoffs?”

      You sound like an Islanders fan. A smart one, anyway – I know, that may sound like an oxymoron…

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