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Boyle, AB • Canada • 40 Years Old • Male
Hi friends. I wasn't planning on writing a blog today, but I couldn't resist with all the names swirling about. The lines are buzzing in respect to potential trades and free agent movement. Plus, writing about hockey gives me a chance to talk about something other than the mouse problem I discovered in the farm house I just moved into. Yuck. I haven't seen so much crap in one place since the Chicago-Edmonton bloodbath last season. What was the final score of that, 11-4? Geez, the Hawks have some talent.

Okay, right, back to Oilerville...They signed Liam Reddox yesterday, which somewhat confused me. Didn't he reject his qualifying offer and sign with the KHL? Anyway, Liam is a good all-around player; a solid fourth line guy. But here's where I get confused. How many fourth-line guys can a team have before things get overloaded?

The Oilers must be only a player or two away from the league's 50 contract maximum, which means there is little to no room for UFA's to be signed. Further complicating matters is that the Oilers have approximately $3mil cap space, with Vlady Smid yet to sign. He should come in around $1.5mil per season. The Oilers and their near-50 contracts are all dressed up with no place to go.

After consulting with my team prediction method (i.e. a bag of chicken bones that I dump out over a Oilers logo on the floor), I came to the following conclusions:

1. The Oilers need to move some contracts, stat. Like I said before, how many fourth-line players can you have on one team. Who stays and who goes? I know my picks; I would vote Pouliot and Jacques off the island, but will they be who goes? I think Schremp, Brule, Potulny, Reddox, Jacques, Pouliot and Storini are all vulnerable for trade. In return, 4th to 7th round picks. Well, perhaps Schremp or Brule could bring in a higher yield, but those are the two I wouldn't trade from the bunch.

2. On the topic of trading 4th-liners, you'd think the Islanders would be a destination for some of these players? Atlanta, the Islanders, Phoenix, Nashville and Florida are all teams that seem to love 4th line players. No offense guys.

3. I want to say the H word really badly, so here goes. Oh, dear God, tell me the Oilers aren't still sitting around waiting for Heatley the Clown to watch his video tapes and beg to come to Edmonton. In respect to the H word, if the rumors are true and Kessel is headed to San Jose, would Heatley be moved to the Sharks for either Kessel or Marleau going to Ottawa? If so, congrats Ottawa. Of course, Boston, San Jose, and Ottawa all have cap issues, so if you ask me, the thought of a three-way trade is comparable to sticking a round peg in a square hole. Or in Heatley's case, an A-hole? Nevermind...

So just what exactly are my beloved Oilers doing? They can't seriously be still waiting on Heatley, and I just don't believe they are prepared to enter training camp with the team as it currently stands. I still think the Oilers would add Grier, and perhaps Sykora, if they had the ability to. And they must move a defenseman or two. As August is quickly approaching, I am becoming more and more confused with the lack of activity, not just with the Oil, but throughout the league. Why do I get the feeling an earthquake is about to happen?

Stay tuned...
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July 30, 2009 4:46 PM ET | Delete
I really don't undertsand the Reddox sigining. Thats one contract that could have went to Kotalik or another free agent. I think I have given up on trying to figure out what this team is up to. Gonna be a long season....
July 30, 2009 4:55 PM ET | Delete
Lowe left us in fantastic shape didn't he?
July 30, 2009 4:56 PM ET | Delete
You know, that's the strange thing...the Oilers have lots of young talent, and a number of assets they could move around. It isn't like this team is horrible; it just needs a few player moves.
July 30, 2009 5:25 PM ET | Delete
Tambi made it clear that UFA signings weren't in the cards this year. He said on record that any improvements (bigger ones) would be done via trade. We all just need some patience. Hitting panic buttons can sometimes be costly. (Read: Penner)
July 30, 2009 5:35 PM ET | Delete
I think when Tambi said that, he was under the impression that trades would come quickly, which they clearly haven't. But that being said, there can be no UFA's if there are no trades, and if they acquire a Top 6 forward and move some bodies via trades, there is no need for UFA's.
July 30, 2009 6:51 PM ET | Delete
Definte shock on the Reddox thing, after listening to that Pendergrast interview a few weeks ago it sure sounded like the Red-Ox was going to plying is trade elsewhere this season.
July 30, 2009 6:51 PM ET | Delete
Too many 3rd and 4th line guys is bang-on. Too many contracts. These signings aren't that big a deal as they are both 2 way contracts, so they can be moved up and down without clearning waivers-injury replacements. I believe Gagner, Cogliano (I hope he stays, but the Oil will have to pony up the bucks), O'Sullivan, etc will all be better and with a healthy Lubo, we should be better even as we stand now. I hope. Being a true copper and blue fan in Calgary is much harder when Calgary is ahead of my boys.
July 30, 2009 10:23 PM ET | Delete
Unless some of the players come out and play a better game and we get a lot more scoring out of Gagner, Cogs, Penner and Hemsky I can't see this team finishing any higher than 8th. The following year may be better. Hard to say right now, the team is still too small IMHO. Good blog MB
July 31, 2009 1:14 AM ET | Delete
wow I am liking your stuff.
July 31, 2009 2:25 AM ET | Delete
July 31, 2009 10:38 AM ET | Delete
Thanks for all the kind words folks. I appreciate it.
July 31, 2009 10:55 AM ET | Delete
Great Blog again Mr. Maxbone, I am past confusion and onto just being scared for the season to start!! Didnt we get a new coach, I thought that would change the Oil mentality on all of these 3-4th line players? Maybe Quinn can get more out of these players? I dont know, I hope your right Maxbone, hopefully this is the calm before the storm.
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