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<p> It's obvious to most that Edmonton's biggest need is on the Blue line. With all the tinkering to the bottom 6 forwards, drafting of the high end skill forwards and masterful fixing of the goaltending, Mac T's biggest focus will be on the defense.</p>rn<p> It is highly unlikely that the Oilers will be able to fix the blueline in free agency, or that the prospects like Nurse,Klefbom and potentially Eckblad will be able to reverse the teams fortunes right away, so this will have to happen by trade.</p>rnrn<p>Let's analyze the current group, and decides who stays and who goes. Jeff Petry is likely one of the most under-rated D-men in the league.In classic Oilers fashion, he is somewhat mis-cast as a top pair D, when he is likely a 2nd pairing defender at best,which is fine, except his confidence is probably so low that it would be best if both parties moved on.. One of the bright spots has been the play of his partner, Martin Marincin, who leads the D core in +/-, a highly under-rated and under used statistic. Justin Schultz has all the potential to be a classic 2nd pair D, and with a pretty good 2nd pairing player, but his defensive lapses, should probably play bottom pair minutes with Power Play time. Andrew Ferrence should probably be moved, but that is unlikely given the contract value, term and NMC, so he sits on the 3rd pairing . Klefbom should probably be in the minors for one more year, filling in on the big club when injuries and opportunity present them selves. All in all, the Oil have a not bad 2nd pair and veteran #5, leaving the small task of acquiring 2 top pairing D-men and another bottom.</p>rnrn<p> Everybody knows that the one guy that can anchor this blue line is the current captain of the Nashville Predators, Shea Weber, so let's just focus on getting this deal done. The only way they move their franchise defenseman, the rarest of commododites, id for an elite forward. Since they seem to come by much easier, the price will be elite forward +,+!! Steep price to pay for a Top 3 Defensemen with prime years and contract term. I think the conversation starts with Hall, and finishes with adding Nurse to eventually replace Weber, and Sam Gagner to fill the hole left by Legwand</p>rnrn<p> The next step will have to be finding the right partner for Weber. Looking at his skill set, and analyzing his play in the last 1.5 years, it's obvious he misses Gary Suter as his partner. So how do you find a player with the exact same skill set as Suter? You can't! You go after the man himself.The only 2 problems with Suter are his contract, and fitting it under the cap, and providing a decent enough return to get it done. Minnesota has a solid 2-way center in Koivu, but have never had a flashy skilled Center with the talent of Nugent-Hopkins. The salary trade off works for both teams, but in terms of value is very lopsided in Edmonton's favour, not to mention the gap on the Wild's blueline. Edmonton will probably have to sweeten the deal by adding Petry and the chance to draft the next Chris Pronger in Aaron Eckblad. This trade hinges on the Oilers position at the draft, but let's call it a done deal.</p>rnrn<p> Now we need that partner for Martin Marincin. He needs to be a veteran so he can keep an eye on his partner, make sure he doesn't screw up too often. Experienced Blueliners are hard to find, but I think Detroit would be interested in a deal. On the verge of a rebuild, they would love to acquire a Jordan Eberle to fill in one of the spots that will be abandoned by Zetterberg or Alfredsson when they decide to pack it in. Straight is pretty fair IMO.</p>rnrn<p> Lastly, we need that veteran D for the bottom pair. We are building an elite blue line, not an average one, so let's not scrimp on Ferrences partner here.A quality role player will need a quality role player in return, so I propose a trade with LA. Robin Regehr is exactly the kind of guy we need on the back end. Big ,mean, tough, and with Hemsky no longer on the team, we don't need to worry about hard feelings that might polarize the room. Yakupov needs a fresh start,and his value has dropped significantly , so if we could move him for a pair of 2nd round draft picks , we could in turn flip those for Regehr, which is the exact cost it would take to get him, since that is what LA paid a few years ago to Buffalo.</p>rn<p> So there you have it.Arguably the best defense in the league. Mac T will have to be pretty busy to pull it off, but I have confidence. Please, if I missed anything, please leave a comment below, but I'm pretty sure this spells Stanley Cup Champions in the end. </p>
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March 18, 2014 2:49 PM ET | Delete
100% you are the real bubba!
March 18, 2014 3:08 PM ET | Delete
100% bubba. You are the real jabroni!
March 18, 2014 4:01 PM ET | Delete
0% hubba...you are the realagent
March 19, 2014 9:49 AM ET | Delete
100% use actual fucking paragraphs of two sentences or less.
March 19, 2014 10:44 AM ET | Delete
100% bybbera, eyraerna the tha teaet
March 19, 2014 10:52 AM ET | Delete
And the top line becomes David Perron, Matt Hendricks, and Ryan Smyth....
March 19, 2014 4:17 PM ET | Delete
So then you have a good blue line and no more offensive talent, brilliant.
March 19, 2014 5:40 PM ET | Delete
March 19, 2014 6:18 PM ET | Delete
Jesus fucking Christ. Brilliant. Reminds me of NHL 94 when I would trade a 64 for a 65 then for a 66. End up with Gretzky-Lemieux-Messier line. To finish your master plan off though we should really get an assistant coach just for the defence. I suggest HOF Bobby Orr with a couple of junior-associate-assistant-co-coaches ie. HOF Ray Bourque and HOF Paul Coffey
March 19, 2014 10:15 PM ET | Delete
" /-, a highly under-rated and under used statistic."Stopped reading right there.
March 19, 2014 10:20 PM ET | Delete
I like it! Take the plan to KLOWE ASAP! This has to happen !!!!
March 21, 2014 7:07 AM ET | Delete
Chances are very poor trades are being made to the degree it was previously expected given a projected lower cap level of 67 or 68 million per team.That makes your trade projections, already doubtful, probably in the fantasy range.While Eberle may be an interesting trade, it seems NHL Gms have less respect for the Oil lineup. They might have more interest in the Oil draft selection this year and next, but Edmonton might realize their fans will have none of it unless a Weber comes back. A very optimistic belief, your trade scenarios in any case.
March 22, 2014 4:25 PM ET | Delete
One flaw with your entire article...Nashville is never moving Weber...try again
March 22, 2014 7:39 PM ET | Delete
omg this is a joke right?
March 22, 2014 11:50 PM ET | Delete
RYAN*** Suter.. idiot
March 24, 2014 1:02 AM ET | Delete
How can anyone take this as satire? Seriously? There is zero intended humor in this blog, donyaknow?
March 25, 2014 6:08 AM ET | Delete
thank gosh cause you are RealAgent enough in the Oiler threads.
March 28, 2014 1:14 PM ET | Delete
"thank gosh cause you are RealAgent enough in the Oiler threads."Lol!
May 7, 2014 1:34 PM ET | Delete
Hahahahaha so Hall, Eberle, Yak, 1st round pick, Petry, Gagner, Nurse and Hopkins for Weber Suter and Regehr....SMH. So with Accobello being the first line center next year, giving up on a 19 year old kid, trading away the top 2 lines and trading the youngest defensive prospect. Thats gonna get the Oilers back into the playoff. hmm whos gonna score the goals? Boyd Gordon, Luke Gadzic? Stick to cutting lawns kid.
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