Trade bonanza begins with Grebeshkov trade..

By , March 1, 2010 3:28 pm

Per e-mail from the Oilers:


General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired a second round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Denis Grebeshkov.

54 Responses to “Trade bonanza begins with Grebeshkov trade..”

  1. Haboiler says:

    Grebeshkov traded to Nashville for a 2nd round pick this year. That pick might be used in another deal to manouver some of the older guys out.

  2. NorwegianOiler says:

    Bad, bad deal. If a 2nd rounder was all you could get, NO MOVE would be better than this move…

    Predictably feeble start to the trade ‘deadline’ rush.

  3. Trogdor says:

    I doubt we were going to re sign him, so something is better than nothing.

  4. NorwegianOiler says:

    Meh, watch him become awesome in an organisation where players with potential are actually coached and managed to fulfill it. The pick’s likely a 45-50th overall, which isn’t much at all.

    I won’t even do the ‘maybe THIS is a prelude to something awesome”, because it’s obviously not a ‘must trade’ deal.

  5. mrgod2u says:

    As far as dismantling the room and starting fresh… It’s a move.

    As far as getting fair value it is an ok trade…

    The best thing I can say is… It’s a start.

  6. Steve-O says:

    I agree that I would have liked to see Souray, Staios or Strudwick moved before Grebber Grabber, I’m glad it isn’t Gilbert as I feel Gilbert has a bigger upside.

    But this gives credence to the fact that lots of teams are calling…just calling for the players we don’t want to give up.

  7. NorwegianOiler says:

    It’s a start, but it seems we don’t know where we’re going…

  8. Racki says:

    I’m still going to insist that Grebeshkov is a better D-man than Gilbert. I’m with N.O. here… it’s not a very good deal. It does at least free up a lot of cash, but I’m not really happy about it.

    One thing to note though is like Haboiler says, that pick could be flipped.. so it might help move a guy like Moreau. But still doesn’t seem good yet. I’ll keep an open mind though.. deadline hasn’t come yet…

  9. Steve-O says:

    Also, we got Grebber Grabber for a 7th, so if you look at it from that perspective, we turned a 7th into a 2nd, and only needed to turn a prospect into a good d-man to do it

  10. NorwegianOiler says:

    For a seventh rounder? No, for MA Bergeron and a 3rd rounder. And, I don’t think the logic of being happy as long as draft picks are turned into higher draft picks apply very well to the real world. Firstly, draft positions are just a result of the common impression of a player at the time of the draft. By your logic it would be appropriate to be happy if Rafalski was traded for a 7th rounder, seeing as Rafalski went undrafted (for example).

    If, as Racki says, the 2nd rounder is used merely to unload someone else, I’d be even more depressed. That means our overpaid veterans actually force our (on the fence) management to give away players who could actually contribute in the future…

    I’d rather see Gilbert gone, same as Racki on that one.

  11. MetalOil says:

    We just could not afford to qualify him.

    Is Grebs really worth 3.5-4 million?

    Also glad to see Peckham get the Call !!!

  12. Steve-O says:

    NorwegianOiler: For a seventh rounder? No, for MA Bergeron and a 3rd rounder. And, I don’t think the logic of being happy as long as draft picks are turned into higher draft picks apply very well to the real world. Firstly, draft positions are just a result of the common impression of a player at the time of the draft. By your logic it would be appropriate to be happy if Rafalski was traded for a 7th rounder, seeing as Rafalski went undrafted (for example).
    If, as Racki says, the 2nd rounder is used merely to unload someone else, I’d be even more depressed. That means our overpaid veterans actually force our (on the fence) management to give away players who could actually contribute in the future…I’d rather see Gilbert gone, same as Racki on that one.

    hmmm, not sure where i got 7th round pick from, i was also joking about the upgrading picks but my humor doesn’t translate well onto the internets

    my bad…and from what tsn just said, gilbert is on the trade block too…rangers are inquiring about him

  13. Horpensky says:

    We had to trade someone on defense. Grebeshkov was the easiest given his contract. I’d still rather get rid of Gilbert (again contract reasons, but other teams won’t touch it). Just glad it wasn’t Lubo going.

  14. Bostonoiler says:

    I like the trade. We are able to shed 3+ million in salary and free up a contract and allow Peckham to get full ice time. Grebeskov was a turn over machine and just wasn’t worth the money. Add to that the fact he would be asking for a raise and we odds are were not going to re-sign him after the season. This years draft is pretty good, so any overpaid player for a 1st or 2nd round pick sounds great to me right now. Its a start though, and I expect Moreau,Pisani, Comrie, Staios and Cogliano to be dealt at the deadline. I’ll be honest I didn’t think grebs would be gone, but one less overpaid dman sounds good to me. Sorry NO, but I respectfully must disagree with you here.

  15. Mr.Majestyk says:

    Well count me as someone who is happy to get rid of Grebs. We got something for a guy that I think has negative value. I look at it this way, will he be missed? I honestly don’t think so. We have other guys in our organization that can do as good or better job as Grebs. We just can’t continue to pay guys to be top 6 forwards, or top 4 D, and then have them be as bad as Grebs has been.

  16. DropIt says:

    Not a great value for someone who just returned from an Olympic team, and at such a young age.

    I’m not sure Tambellini is going to be the right guy to rebuild this team.

  17. Racki says:

    Yah, Drop It nailed it.. he’s still young. I guess the same goes for Gilbert too, really. But yet I’m perfectly OK seeing him go. Probably moreso because his contract is too risky.. 6 years at $4M.. oi! If it was just a couple years, maybe. I’d be fine seeing him go… Rangers though… they better not be trying to give us Redden!

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    Grebs was/is a risk I think to both the Oilers and to trade partners. He’s played well and not well. He’s been inconsistent and he hasn’t had a good year. From the Preds perspective they are taking a chance on not being able to re-sign him so a 2nd rounder is probably all Tambi could get. From the Oilers perspective he might not have re-signed and I don’t think they wanted to qualify him at the same amount of salary anyway.

    Although he doesn’t have as much leverage this year as last year, he is arbitration eligible this year. The Oilers wanted to sign him to a longer term contract last year and he would only sign for 1 year, just avoiding arbitration. He was hoping to increase his value this year – that didn’t work out but I can honestly see him going to Russia. He did that before when the Isles wanted to put him down to the AHL and he was in a contract dispute with them before the trade to the Oilers. I like Grebs, even though he had a tough year, but I think he’s the type of player who will go where the money is, and I think Tambi figured he wasn’t worth the hassle of trying to re-sign.

  19. MetalOil says:

    Funny how Grebs first game with the Preds is against the Oil too.
    Reminds me of when we acquired Doug Weight from the rangers about an hour before we played them at MSG. His girlfriend was in the stands and was told half way through the game that he was playing for the other team, the Oilers.

  20. Horpensky says:

    DropIt: Not a great value for someone who just returned from an Olympic team, and at such a young age.
    I’m not sure Tambellini is going to be the right guy to rebuild this team.

    At this point our goal is to shed salary/contracts, not trying to hold out and get as much ‘value’ as possible. If Tambo kept holding out, we might not be able to get rid of anyone at all, and we’d be bitching and complaining about Tambo sitting on his hands (although I see a lot of you still aren’t happy when Tambo shows signs of a pulse)! Take what you can I’d say, nothing wrong with a 2nd rounder for Grebs. No team will give up a 1st rounder or a high end prospect for a risky player.

    More trades will be done.

  21. LateNightOilFan says:

    Another point to consider – say Grebs applies for arbitration again this year, I mean what would have have to lose, he’d be guaranteed at least his current salary (I think). Anyway, one of the factors that is considered is the performance and salary of any comparable player, so long as that other player didn’t sign his own contract as a UFA. Enter Tom Gilbert, with a few less pts on the season than Grebs (11 vs 17), a slightly better +/- (-13 vs -15), his D partner for a lot of the year, same birth year, signed his contract as a pending RFA. You want Grebs awarded the same contract as Gilbert? I doubt the Oilers do, and then they would just walk away with nothing and a whole lot of time invested in nothing.

  22. Haboiler says:

    I don’t mind this deal as much as some of you, as long as we are continuing to work on other deals and shedding cash for next year. Yes the 2nd round pick is a 45-50 but I don’t think he is worth $4M a year which is close to where he would want to be if he stays in NA and doesnt leave for Russia. Its nice to have some cash freed up for next year. I’ll reserve total judgement until about late Wednesday afternoon before I see what the team looks like at that point.

  23. zackman35 says:

    It’s gonna be weird seeing him tomorrow on the other team. Typical interviews: this is a business, good/great guy to play with, surprised to see him go, I see some opportunities open up.

    No sugar coat: Opens up cap-space, get a 2nd round pick for a guy who would eat up more cap space next year or even leave.

    If we got a roster player in return it would most likely only go against or cap hit (unless he was a key component to rebuild/reconstruct but I doubt it with only Grebs going) and if we got a prospect in return + draft pick it would have been a much lower draft draft pick and still going against the cap it, just not nearly as much. Salary dump.

    Everyone pretty much summed it up, Haboiler most recently, hopefully we can shred more cap space. And would it be weird if I made a Crystal Leriger wallpaper?

  24. gr8one says:

    Reality is we won’t know whether this trade was good until the offseason.

    If Grebs ends up playing in the the KHL or gets overpaid next year, then I say great trade, however if he ends up signing a multi-year deal with an NHL team for 2-3 million then I’d have to say we didn’t get enough for him.

    of course, this is also dependent upon what else Tambellini ends up doing in the next two days, if this is a just a small piece of a much larger picture my opinion could still very much change one way or the other.

  25. dawgtoy says:

    Grebeshkov,had six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 47 games this season and was minus-16. 3.15 million
    Leopold, 29, had 7 goals, 11 assists and a minus-7 rating in 61 games this season. 1.75 million

    Both were traded for second round picks, plus Grebs makes 1.25 million more then Leopold. I think Tambi did a good job on this one. Free up space, rid ourselves of a give-away machine, IMHO a good move.

  26. gr8one says:

    Edmonton Journal article makes this point as well…I didn’t quite realize we had to mandatorily offer a minimum of a 10% raise to retain his rights…that definitely sways me to the really liking this trade side of the fence.

    “Grebeshkov, 26, will be a restricted free agent at season’s end, and in order to retain his rights, the Predators will have to offer him a 10 per cent bump on his $3.15-million contract, something the Oilers were not prepared to do”

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Oilers+trade+Grebeshkov+Nashville/2628784/story.html

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    I might be looking at old rules, but the 10% bump used to only apply if the RFA was earning under $660k. If betweeen $660k and $1m it was a 5% bump and if over $1m it had to be matched to the prior year salary. That’s why I said in my first post the Oilers might not have wanted to qualify him at the same salary.

    Anyway, I think it was a move that had to be made. Quite a swing from this time last year, but that’s how it works out some times. He might thrive in Nashville, or he might go to Russia, time will tell.

  28. chucker says:

    What a terrible trade. Rebuilding is supposed to be about getting rid of guys with no potential, old useless vets and high contracts. Grebs has arguably been our best D-man many nights and yes he stumbles, but he’s on a last place team.

    I was extremely pissed when I saw this. Does management even know what players are worth keeping and which ones are not? This trade stinks of doing a trade just to do a trade. A 2nd rounder for a guy who will be making 3.5-4 mill next year and is not yet in his prime? That’s terrible asset management.

    I’m glad Smid is on the IR because they’d likely trade him too. If you move a guy who was on the Russian Olympic team and is a young emerging puck mover, you get more than a 2nd rounder, especially when he’s in your conference.

    As for this being a pre-cursor to another deal, that’s entirely possible, but I hate trading away talent for picks, especially this guy. I’ve always liked him and I know that’s not popular, but this is another situation similar to letting Hejda walk. The Oilers management has no bloody clue how to evaluate what’s wrong and how to fix it. Of this I am completely confident now.

    The only situation that makes me change my mind is if Horcoff is able to be moved because of the cap space this frees up, but that would also mean a guy like Drury coming back, which I’d be okay with actually. At least he wins faceoffs.

  29. Racki says:

    Yah, what chucker said.. good stuff as always.

  30. Racki says:

    haha wow…
    (Per Tencer’s twitter) Quinn on Grebeshkov: “He didn’t play anything like I was advised he could play.”

    I guess that’s why he was moved. Coach just didn’t like him at all, by the sounds of it.

  31. zackman35 says:

    On Chucker’s comment, where do we draw the line? The only positive I could really see for Grebber moving was the salary dump (I still like him better than Gilbert). Not exactly sure on the salary cap but I think his contract goes up next year but I would have liked to see him stay over Gilbert.

    If Smid got moved I don’t know what I’d do… What do we have for expectations next year? Even if we land top pick, which would be nice what do we expect going into training camp this fall. How many more moves will we see by management and will that make us playoff ready?

    Time will only tell but I hope this won’t turn into a grueling 5 year playoff drought that still has dead cap weight on the team.

  32. chucker says:

    zackman35: On Chucker’s comment, where do we draw the line? The only positive I could really see for Grebber moving was the salary dump (I still like him better than Gilbert). Not exactly sure on the salary cap but I think his contract goes up next year but I would have liked to see him stay over Gilbert. If Smid got moved I don’t know what I’d do… What do we have for expectations next year? Even if we land top pick, which would be nice what do we expect going into training camp this fall. How many more moves will we see by management and will that make us playoff ready? Time will only tell but I hope this won’t turn into a grueling 5 year playoff drought that still has dead cap weight on the team.

    I’m thinking they moved Grebs because a massive stinker of a deal is in the works with NYR. They still didn’t get enough return.

    I’m thinking that we may see a Horcoff+POS+Souray for Rosival/Redden + /Drury + ???? type of trade. It’s the only reason to get rid of Grebs IMHO and still not a good one.

    I know you have to draw the line, but the line for me has Grebs on one side of it and Staios, Pisani, Moreau, POS and Reddox on the other side of it.

    It seems like a waste to move a good young player for the sake of needing to trade our garbage for other teams’ garbage, which is what we’ll likely see tomorrow if anything. If not, then this deal is even worse than my initial assesment.

    EDIT: I also think the management is thinking they have to make the playoffs next year just like TO is saying. This trade makes even less sense if that’s the case.

  33. LateNightOilFan says:

    I view the Grebs return as a 2nd rounder with an asterisk. I don’t think it’s indicative of the talent or the potential, but not all trades are, especially at this time of year.

    If the coach has given up on the guy, saying he’s spotty, nervous and didn’t play like he was advertised, then no sense keeping him around because it’ll turn into a Penner/MacT situation like last year and neither the player nor the team need that environment.

    Grebs was in a contract dispute with the Isles b/f he came here and went to Russia when he got pissed off. He was difficult to sign here last year. I think the Oilers got the message he would be difficult to sign and got what they could when they could. I don’t have a problem with that, especially when he might be demanding Gilbert term and money.

    Just because there is young talent that might fit the rebuild doesn’t mean you have to bend over backwards to keep it. It also doesn’t mean every young talent is going to fit with a particular team’s rebuild.

    It may not be the move everyone approves of, but I think there were additional things to consider. It also doesn’t mean the ‘garbage’ won’t get moved, just shows it is easier to move ‘potential’.

  34. Mr.Majestyk says:

    chucker: What a terrible trade. Rebuilding is supposed to be about getting rid of guys with no potential, old useless vets and high contracts. Grebs has arguably been our best D-man many nights and yes he stumbles, but he’s on a last place team.I was extremely pissed when I saw this. Does management even know what players are worth keeping and which ones are not? This trade stinks of doing a trade just to do a trade. A 2nd rounder for a guy who will be making 3.5-4 mill next year and is not yet in his prime? That’s terrible asset management. I’m glad Smid is on the IR because they’d likely trade him too. If you move a guy who was on the Russian Olympic team and is a young emerging puck mover, you get more than a 2nd rounder, especially when he’s in your conference. As for this being a pre-cursor to another deal, that’s entirely possible, but I hate trading away talent for picks, especially this guy. I’ve always liked him and I know that’s not popular, but this is another situation similar to letting Hejda walk. The Oilers management has no bloody clue how to evaluate what’s wrong and how to fix it. Of this I am completely confident now.The only situation that makes me change my mind is if Horcoff is able to be moved because of the cap space this frees up, but that would also mean a guy like Drury coming back, which I’d be okay with actually. At least he wins faceoffs.

    All due respect Chucker, we’re usually on the same page, but I completely disagree. The biggest factor in this trade is the dollars that Grebs is getting paid, and what he will get moving forward. We’re a last place team, and a big part of the reason for that is because the organization commit dollars on guys like Grebs, and they didn’t earn the money. We can’t keep paying players based on their potential, one day he might be a great D-man. Bottom line is he’s not worth the money and for me, thats all there is to it.

  35. Racki says:

    MrM: Similar thoughts on Gilbert?

    There seems to be a division between supporters/haters of Gilbert and Grebeshkov. A lot of people support one, dislike the other. A lot of people seem willing to wait out one of them thinking the other will be a good defenseman some day.

    I still think Gilbert was the one that should have been moved, just based on his 6-year term, mostly, at $4M. I’d be happy if both were moved though. I have never been a fan of moving Souray or Visnovsky and always suggested Gilbert.. and well, if they move both Gilbert and Grebeshkov without taking salary back, that still frees up quite a bit.

    They both have promise, yes, but they also very easily could be duds. I still don’t think a 2nd rounder is good value for Grebs, but you know, he’s playing like crap lately and he will get a contract he’s not worthy of.

  36. Steve-O says:

    Racki: There seems to be a division between supporters/haters of Gilbert and Grebeshkov. A lot of people support one, dislike the other. A lot of people seem willing to wait out one of them thinking the other will be a good defenseman some day.

    I would have rather seen them both kept over any of the older veterans (including Visnovsky) as thats what you do during a rebuild…keep the young possible stars and aim for a future date to start kicking ass. No point in keeping a 33 year old if you plan on not being competitive for another 3 years (even if he is your best player…I’m not saying I would like to see Visnovsky go, but if you are going to rebuild then do it the right way, ie. not send out our young players)

    I also think Gilbert has a bigger upside than Grebeshkov.

  37. Steve-O says:

    Racki: I have never been a fan of moving Souray or Visnovsky and always suggested Gilbert

    I’m going to have to disagree 100% on this. If we are in a rebuild then we do it right.

    Keeping the vets means we are in a playoffs now mode, and that makes no sense based on how well the team played this year.

  38. Racki says:

    Keeping vets doesn’t always mean we’re in playoffs now mode. Even those rebuilding teams keep a couple of vets around. It always helps to have them to help these young kids along and shoulder some of the burden. Think about how much Visnovsky had done for Grebeshkov and now Smid. Grebeshkov was great under Visnovsky’s wing. Smid didn’t really start to look great until playing with Visnovsky as well (oddly enough though, playing with a different vet was a disaster).

    Anyways, yah, I don’t think at all that keeping vets means we’re in win now mode. I’d still like to keep a guy like Comrie for the same reason… he can teach the smaller players a thing or two. We need to hang on to a few savvy vets. The ones we want to dump are the guys like Moreau, Pisani and Horcoff who are definitely past their expiry date now. Visnovsky still has a fair bit left in the tank and can show the kids the ropes. Souray is a question mark though, yes, but outside of his offensive ability he does still provide a lot to the team.

    Keeping Souray and Vis still allows for plenty of ice time for other young up and comers to excel.

  39. Steve-O says:

    But if shedding salary (which one would have to assume the Grebeshkov move was about), it makes sense to drop the veteran salary as opposed to someone who can be a difference maker in 2 years. And is still cheaper than the veteran.

    I agree that if we can keep Vis then do so because he’s awesome. But if we need to shed salary, then we need to cut the dead weight, not the up and comers.

    Plus, everyone says he’s having a terrible year (same with Gilbert) but how much of that is being on a terrible team? Even Gilbert has started to turn it around lately.

  40. neufab says:

    It’s always been either Grebs or Gilbert. I don’t there that keeping both has been an option. My impression of Gilbert is that he’s a guy that could be a part of this team for a long time, where as Grebs time here was numbered anyway. (Now that I said that, Gilbert will be traded today). I would liked to see a good defensive d-man come back instead of simply dumping salary. Peckham might be that guy in a year or 2… maybe.

    If the only guy left from the 06 run is Hemsky by the end of the day Wed. I won’t be surprised.

  41. Racki says:

    Yah, honestly I did have faith that Grebeshkov would pull it out of the fire, but it would appear that Quinn and possibly others did not. So in that case, we’d be about to pay Grebeshkov another $3+M contract to possibly continue to stink the joint up. Even as much as I was/am a fan of his, it’s hard to justify that. I used to be a pretty big Gilbert supporter right up until he was signed at the crazy contract he was (although granted, that isn’t so much his fault). Right now these guys aren’t bang for their buck players and are question marks as to whether they ever will be. On the flip side, Visnovsky is worth his weight in gold. Souray.. again.. that’s a question mark if you consider his offensive production only this year.

    On a positive note, I had caught some of Jeff Petry this year, and with any luck he’ll be in the lineup in the next year or two. He will take some time to get used to the NHL game, of course, but I really am optimistic by what I see in his College game.

    Guess our D is now:

    Souray Gilbert
    Visnovsky Smid
    Chorney Staios
    Strudwick

  42. Steve-O says:

    But next year Gilbert can be playing like a 6 mil player only making 4 mil/year

  43. Racki says:

    Could be. :P Thats the thing.. still a question mark. We’ll see. If he survives the cut, I hope he can play like a “6 Mill dman make 4/year”. I’ve always liked his offensive upside, but his defensive/physical downsides can be a huge concern. Maybe they just need to find a good pairing for him. Souray seems to work decently with him though, although Souray’s offense seems to have dried right up.

  44. chucker says:

    Lots of good stuff to read today.

    @ The Gilbert vs. Grebs theory. I was hoping to keep both quite honestly, but I’m think that the longterm contract of Gilbert makes him very hard to move until he earns it. I can see your point there MM. I guess the thing for me is that D men are expenssive compared to other positions, so a 3.5 -4 million dollar puck mover is kind of the norm. I wouldn’t have wanted to see them give more than a two year deal on him anyways because of the cap issues. I understand it’s salary gone, but a 2nd rounder still stings. I guess they knew he would use Gilbert as a comparable, and rightly so (middle finger up to Klowe on that one ;P ). Combine that with his previous move back to Russia and they likely thought he’d be pain in the butt to re-sign. As LNOF pointed out, if the coach hates him, what’s the point I guess. I still think he’ll flourish in Nashville.

    EDIT: I just had a thought here; Would Nashville, of all teams, trade for a guy who would likely bolt to the KHL during contract negotiations? I really doubt it.

    It would have been interesting to see who they moved if both Gilbert and Grebs were RFAs this summer. That huge contract of Gilbert’s has to be a major factor and I agree MM, it’s time to stop paying for potential but in Grebs case, for him to be picked to play on the Russian Olympic team ahead of so many others makes me wonder if we let one get away. Doesn’t matter I guess, Medvedev is advising they all be sent to the guilatine. (Not joking, he actually said that. Idiot.)

  45. Racki says:

    I think the whole KHL stuff is overblown. Some guys will do it, but for the most part it’s uncommon, yet a lot of people talk about it like its an epidemic. I quoted Quinn above (per tencer) on his unflattering thoughts on Grebeshkov.. that’s why he’s gone, really. I don’t necessarily agree with him here though. At the same time, he’s played poorly for the majority of the year.

  46. Racki says:

    Cody Wild traded for Matt Marquardt.

    Wild was a prospect d-man. Sounds like Marquardt’s a foward with some fighting skills. I wonder if he can play at all. Points don’t look so hot. I wonder if they maybe gave up on Wild a bit early there.

    Edit: it would appear that Wild was more so over-rated by Oilers fans due to stats. Daum skirted it a bit when comparing Wild and Chorney, but alluded that Chorney is a better d-man: “I think statistics can be extremely misleading and if that’s what you’re basing a player comparison on… it’s one tool that you can use but there’s a lot more to a player than his stats good or bad.”

  47. dawgtoy says:

    I don’t believe that the KHL thing is overblown, just mention that your thinking of moving to the KHL (especially if your Russian) during contract talks and voila, instant bargaining chip. Just ask Grebs how easily he got 3.15 out of the Oil. GM’s are afraid of Russians, their stock is at an all time low, watch on Draft day how many times they’ll mention “gambling on Russian talent.”
    Marquart 6’3″ 222LBS … He’s big, but can he play?

  48. Racki says:

    How many good players have actually gone to the KHL (in their primes too)? Usually it’s fringe players going there. There have been a few good players, but no.. it’s not as big an issue as some make it. The other side of it is there have been a lot of issues with the KHL and players not getting their cheques. So hey, they can threaten all they want. The best players in the world play in the NHL, and the majority of Russians even realize it. You’ll get the odd player that will use it as a bargaining chip, but a smart GM won’t let them push them around.

    Here’s the list of NHLers that signed in the KHL for this season:
    http://www.thekhl.net/list-NHL-players-in-the-KHL.php

    There’s a few good names on there, but most are fringe guys who had no hope here anyways or are on their way to retirement.

    Filatov is one player that jumps out, but from what I recall, this was a mutual decision by the team and him, and he’ll be back in Columbus.

    Honestly the large majority on that list are bums or guys not worth much.

  49. Racki says:

    According to the Fourth Period:

    – Interesting note… Blue Jackets scratch Derrick Brassard tonight.
    – Leafs are close to dealing Ponikarovsky, who is scratched tonight. Trade isn’t done yet, but it’s imminent.
    – Jeff Finger scratched by Leafs tonight too
    – looks like bruins, kings, canucks among numerous teams after Raffi Torres
    – I’m hearing all the Roloson/Philly chatter, but that’ll depend on if Flyers make move with Preds for Hamhuis and if Ellis is in mix
    – Boynton moved to Chicago for future considerations
    – Apparently there was a Moreau to LA (complete) rumor.. 4th period shot that down.

  50. Mr.Majestyk says:

    Derrick Brassard? Oh, I hope we trade Moreau for him:D

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