• Oilers’ Qualifying Offers

    by  • June 28, 2010 • Uncategorized • 15 Comments

    Qualified: Brule, Cogliano, JDD, Dubnyk, Fraser, Gagner, Jacques, O’Marra, Peckham and Reddox
    Not qualified: Potulny, Pouliot, Paukovich, Trukhno, Hrabel and Lerg

    Four quick thoughts: (1) The Oilers are at least sort of worried about the possibility of Khabibulin not being available to start the year and are keeping both goalies as a cheap insurance policy. (2) I’m disappointed in Pouliot not being qualified as I thought he could be a useful lower end guy. Part of the reason that the Hawks won the Stanley Cup is because they had four lines that could play. I felt like Pouliot could have turned into a player who could be a useful piece of depth on a good team if he could ever stay healthy. For what he costs and what he could be, he seems like a useful roll of the dice to me. (3) Ditto for Ryan Potulny. (4) I don’t even know what to say about JF Jacques at this point. Rick Olczyk said “Jacques did a great job for us before he got injured,” which, you know, seems insane, since Jacques was a sinkhole. Good players get killed playing with him. I think that the Oilers are targetting a certain sort of player for the bottom two lines – big and strong – which is all fine and well, provided that these guys can play hockey.

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    15 Responses to Oilers’ Qualifying Offers

    1. John K
      June 28, 2010 at

      JFJ is a travesty of a hockey player in the NHL… It saddens me that the Oilers quali’ed him. It seems clear both from a hard-numbers AND subjective viewpoint that he is one of the worst players the Oilers have suited up as a regular in quite a few seasons.

    2. Quain
      June 28, 2010 at

      Just in case the lusty cries of ‘Hall!” convinced you otherwise: Our management is still pretty stupid.

    3. freeze
      June 28, 2010 at

      Bummer about Potulny walking. I like him better than many of the pylons this team has. I hope he gets picked up.

      Jacques is a disaster; they are far too infatuated with ‘big men’. Let’s start a pool to see how long it is before he is on IR.

    4. Showerhead
      June 28, 2010 at

      At one point, someone had suggested the most affordable option for Pouliot would be to skip qualifying him and offer a cheaper contract to him as a UFA. For all I know it was last year at this time that we had this conversation but I’m hoping that’s what has happened here.

    5. Mike W
      June 28, 2010 at

      Someone please explain O’Marra’s signing? He’s barely hanging on in the AHL, and IIRC a recent knee injury to boot.

    6. June 28, 2010 at

      Someone please explain O’Marra’s signing?

      Watch the infomercial. It’s all there. Anyone expecting this team to be good with this management is totally fooling themselves.

    7. OilW30
      June 28, 2010 at

      I’m sad to see Pouliot and Potulny let go, but I’m more sad to see JFJ stay. Qualifying O’Marra seems like an odd choice too, although I guess he’ll only get a two-way deal, whereas Pouliot and Potulny would have need one-ways deals.

    8. June 28, 2010 at

      I don’t know. I’m okay with putting O’marra in OKC. He’s not a great AHL’er, but he can probably play a 3rd line, AHL role.

      So, qualifying him only really costs us one of the 50 max. contract spots. That sucks, given that we could’ve signed a similar or better AHL’er to an AHL only deal, but it’s not such a big deal IF the Oilers find a way to dump a few players through trades, buy outs, or waiver losses.

      Losing Pouliot and keeping Jacques is a bigger deal, though not for any concrete results for the club. Rather, as Tyler uggests, it shows we’re evaluating players by the wrong criteria. None of these guys are worth picks, though, and all of them can be waived, or lost on waivers with negligible cap hits. (No?)

      So, if the org. can find a better Pouliot replacement, a guy who can play tougher minutes, then it’s okay.

      But I’m not holding out hope that they’ll do that.

    9. June 28, 2010 at

      I don’t know. I’m okay with putting O’marra in OKC. He’s not a great AHL’er, but he can probably play a 3rd line, AHL role.

      He’s not shown that he can.

    10. June 28, 2010 at

      OilW30, I’m almost certain Pouliot could have been qualified on a two-way deal because he didn’t play at least 180 games over the last three seasons or 60 games last season. Potulny needed a one-way offer.

    11. RiversQ
      June 28, 2010 at

      I think JFJ has a very strong argument for being the worst Oiler ever. Let’s face it – players this bad usually don’t get enough games to be memorable. Yet JFJ keeps getting out there.

      O’Marra really blows me away too. Nothing happening there whatsoever.

      At this point, I’m really hoping they stand pat for most of the offseason. Just sucking is the easy part of the new model.

    12. June 28, 2010 at

      I say we build the Oilers a new arena, bring in Tambellini and Katz to look around by themselves, then burn the fucker to the ground. That’s easily worth a billion dollars.

    13. June 28, 2010 at

      You know the ending of Inglourious Basterds? I want that!

    14. Vic Ferrari
      June 29, 2010 at

      You have to feel for Potulny. All the guy has done is outchance at the NHL level, both this year and last. Admittedly he hasn’t been playing in a lot of tough circumstance.

      Still, the rest of the AHL call-ups have been absolutely creamed by the scoring chance metric, except for Stone. And there have been plenty of them over the past couple of seasons.

      Marchant likes to quote Sather’s advice to him, this when Todd was a rookie: You need to do one thing really well to stick in the NHL.

      I think that is a true comment from Glen. Not right, but true. And it may be Potulny’s downfall. I hope he lands somewhere. NSH, BOS, N.J, PHX, L.A, CBJ, DAL, BUF would all be good fits with GMs who are more moved by the tangible results of players. CHI too if Potulny comes cheap enough.

      If anyone knows Potulny’s agent, they should send him the Oilers aggregate scoring chance +/- data for the last two seasons.

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