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  1. Future of the Flames

    With all the signings and trades this off season, I'm surprised the Flames did not address the backup goalie situation. Is their plan to start the season with a 36-yr old injury-prone starter and two unproven young goaltenders (assuming they will sign Rittich)? The Oilers were a prime example last season of how inadequate goaltending can bring down the whole team.
  2. Jesse Puljujarvi Welcome Thread

    Just to add some more perspective, Puljujarvi just turned 20. He's only lived in North America for two years (mostly Bakersfield, CA and Edmonton, AB of all places...) and was drafted by a team that's been notorious for mishandling young talented players.

    Seeing Rattie as our top line RW is making me very concerned but I guess beggars can't be choosers. That right wing is very shallow to say the least. I don't see Reider listed. I bet he could occasionally play on top of the second line. Yeah, this does not look like a playoff team unless they gel magically and start off hot. This team basically needs to win 10 more games compared to last year. That's not entirely impossible but to achieve a 20 point improvement the things would have to turn around pretty dramatically.
  4. Trade proposals?

    The Oilers' cap space is currently $4.9 million so basically his agent is starting as high as he can. Signing Nurse for that kind of money could unfortunately bite the Oilers a year later when they will need to resign Khaira, Rattie, Puljujarvi and both goalies. The cap crunch is probably coming no matter what and PC will need to trade or buy out some more expensive players to make room. Sekera, Russell and Lucic might be on that list midway through the season.
  5. Future of the Flames

    Hanifin and Lindholm to be signed. The Flames have also qualified Garnet Hathaway, Mark Jankowski and Brett Kulak. They still need to sign Gillies and/or Rittich but I don't think that addresses their backup need. With over $12 mil in cap space left they should be OK. However, I don't see the team improved on paper.
  6. Latest Oiler Signings and Acquisitions

    I doubt they are trying to reach 50 contracts. It will most likely be around 45 if that. I think 2018-19 roster is pretty much set unless there's a big trade involving Lucic. There are several prospects that have a legitimate shot at making the team, which is good.
  7. Latest Oiler Signings and Acquisitions

    PC did a good job so far. No jerk trades just for the sake of making a trade. Next step is to sign Nurse and Strome asap. I hope the Lucic situation will calm down and both sides agree to hit a reset button. Unless they decide to trade Lucic I don't think there will be room for any major acquisitions ahead of the start of the season. The RW depth chart is really shallow in my opinion but we knew that going in.
  8. Ryan Strome etc.

    Strome is only 25. A lot of room for growth with proper coaching. He's been a regular NHL player for 4 years already so he must be doing something right. A cap hit of $2.75 - 3.0 mil for 2-3 years would probably be adequate. Compare to similar RFAs in his category:
  9. Thoughts on PC's next moves?

    My picks for the 4th line would be Blake Comeau, Tom Kuhnhackel, Tobias Reider, or Antoine Roussel. Vermette would be great as well.
  10. Thoughts on PC's next moves?

    Meh, Cammalleri out, Chimera in. A switch like that would not make the team much better unless PC is just looking for bodies to fill the spot. I always thought Chimera left Edmonton on a bad note in 2004. Maybe he got over it. Either way, he's 39. I would rather give that spot to Slepyshev to start the season.
  11. UFA Proposals

    Apparently, Yakupov did not receive a qualifying offer and will become a free agent. Not saying the Oilers should sign him... He's probably on his way to play in Russia as he always wanted. No he has a reason to actually go there. I'm surprised that Devante Smith-Pelly did not get qualified by the Caps. Also, Pens are letting Tom Kuhnhackel become a UFA. They seem to be under a bit of a cap crunch. Both affordable role player options.
  12. IMO Some of the future pieces going forward....

    Winnipeg is a great example of the patience, determination and hard work paying off. It would have been easy and understandable to blow up the team and hit the reset button after the 15/16 season or the next year but they stuck to the plan and now they have a contending team: Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs 2013–14 82 37 35 10 84 227 237 7th, Central Did not qualify 2014–15 82 43 26 13 99 230 210 5th, Central Lost in First Round, 0–4 (Ducks) 2015–16 82 35 39 8 78 215 239 7th, Central Did not qualify 2016–17 82 40 35 7 87 249 256 5th, Central Did not qualify 2017–18 82 52 20 10 114 277 218 2nd, Central Lost in Conference Finals, 1–4 (Golden Knights) Oilers have historically not had a structured approach to drafting and developing players. Expecting the second coming of Gretzky in every #1 draft pick was an unrealistic dream. The fan base expecting a deal of Pronger's proportion and impact should remember that Chris Pronger was the last piece that made that team competitive and the core was already here.
  13. Ethan Bear - Is he ready?

    Anybody know why Bear is not at the development camp this week?
  14. Thoughts on PC's next moves?

    He's 20. How many of our 20-22 year old prospect forwards have 40 NHL games and 50 AHL games under their belt?
  15. Thoughts on PC's next moves?

    That might indicate the Sharks are after Tavares or Kovalchump. Both would be an exciting addition to the Pacific division.