The Oilers are terrible. Mac T tried to add to the line up in an effort to improve the club, but they are still garbage. This is fact. Now that I got that out of the way, I want to also that Mac T did indeed make some nice additions, but the team needs something much bigger, much bolder.
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I'm going to suggest that 2 players can turn this team around. Not just players, but veteran NHL Superstars. The Oilers have been collecting talent for far too many years and have seen minimal gains. It's time to take a big risk (or two).
The Players I think Mac T should target are Joe Thornton and Shea Weber. I know, I can hear the groans, we've been talking Weber for years, and even me myself always thought it was silly. Of course, Oilers fans were offering up little more than Ales Hemsky, Anton Landers potential and the rights to David Musil and little else, and we of course were laughed off the Hockey Buzz message boards. So whats different now?
Well a couple short years ago we had diddly squat for depth in any position, and the only players of value we had were Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Jordan Eberle recently acquired Justin Schultz and our fresh new draft choice Nail Yakupov. Aside from that we had the oft-injured Ales Hemsky, Captain Shaun Horcoff and the gout infected Ryan Whitney, Nhl players with little or no trade value. Sure we had some prospects, like Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, and Magnus Paajarvi , but they were largely just prospects, nothing that would get us a Hell of a lot in return.
The idea of trading any of the super kids, or “Fab 5” as they have often been referred to was terrifying, mostly because we didn't have much in the way of talent to replace them . We would be digging one hole to find dirt to fill another.
Fast forward to today and it's a much different story. I know, the team is still crap, it's not much different at all, at least not on the score sheet, but now have depth. Wiggle room. House money to play with, not just rent money. The Oilers have done nothing but collect high end prospects, and quality NHL hockey players in the past five years. We can afford to take some chances.
So why would the Nashville Predators want to trade Weber? I don't think they want to at all. Sure, he has a 12 years left on a deal with a cap hit of 7.5+ million annually, but a good chunk of the real money has already been paid. The potential cap recapture probably scares the Preds office a fair amount, and the fan base would likely go bananas if they traded the best player in Predators hockey history. You have to offer the Preds a potentially franchise altering deal.The Predators matched an offer sheet that otherwise would have awarded them 4 1st round draft picks from the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are a decent enough team, and with the addition of Weber it would most likely put them high in the standings, among the elite in the Eastern conference. Those picks would likely be somewhere around 18th to 25th overall, if not lower. That is the benchmark.
My proposal to the Nashville Predators is this:
2015 1st round pick
conditional 2017 1st round pick
conditional 2016 2nd round pick.
The conditions of the 2017th pick would be that the pick is removed if the 2016 pick is in the top 7 of the draft.
The Conditions of the 2016 2nd round pick would be met only if the Predators do not sign Jeff Petry to a deal by the start of the 2016 season.
In no way shape or form does Jeff Petry replace Shea Weber, but the addition of Darnel Nurse does potentially give them an excellent prospect for the future. Jordan Eberle is a quality asset with game breaking scoring ability and the 2015 1st could end up being a massive piece to the future, with the potential of that draft.
The additional pieces are not likely to be star players, but could be useful to the Preds down the road.
The Predators might pass on the deal, but I think it's a fair offer.
Nashville Cap Dollars out: $7,857,143
Nashville Cap Dollars in: $9,969,167
Nashville Cap Space :$7,175,216
Oilers Cap Space: $5,198,959
Despite losing Weber, I think Petry, Nurse, and Eberle could fit in nicely with the Predators future plans, building around youngsters Filip Forseberg, Setrh Jones, Ryan Ellis, Kevin Fiala and current core pieces like James Neal, Roman Josi and Colin Wilson.
On to Joe Thornton. The biggest problem with trading for Joe Thornton is getting him to waive his NMC. Would he do it now? HELLS NO! Would he do it with Shea Weber suddenly in the line up? I bet he starts to think about it. Let's say he does agree to waive to become an Oiler. What would it take?
If the Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn't completely full of poop and actually wants to move Joe Thornton, it shouldn't cost nearly as much. My guess is he wants some youth, and some talent. Here is my proposal:
2016 1st round pick.
I think it's a steep price, myself, but is it enough to convince the Sharks brass?
I think it is a pretty big risk by the Oilers, but one that will pay immediate dividends .
Hall RNH Purcell
Draisaitl Thornton Yakupov
Poulliot Yakimov Pitlick
Hendricks Gordon Lander
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