Today the Oilers re-signed Jean-Francois Jacques to a 1-year, one-way, $615k deal.
As mentioned before, I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m happy about this re-signing. I think Jacques was easily our best energy guy last year. The unfortunate part was Quinn used him pretty heavily in a power forward role. I didn’t even mind that so much, but it didn’t work out.
Really, I’d like to see Renney clearly define his role as an energy/checking guy. Give up the power forward experiment. As an energy guy, he is absolutely fun to watch. Him and Stortini have teamed up for some great shifts together where they’ve gone out and ran over anything that moved. I think we can expect much of the same this year, if the both of them stay fairly healthy.
One stat that helps defend Jacques was something that Jason Gregor brought up. Jacques played a mere 49 games last year, but still led the Oilers in hits with 158 hits. Stortini was second with 144 hits in 77 games. So that alone tells you just how much Jacques hits.
He’s ruthless out there. He doesn’t care if a guy is facing him or turning to the boards (some what of an art form for some players these days is trying to draw a hitting from behind penalty by turning their back to the hit). He borders on the edge of dirty, and I fucking love it. It’s something we haven’t had here since Torres, and Jacques does it much more often and better (and without sniffing a line of coke first).
I think it was a bit of a shacques … er… shock to us all that Jacques filed for arbitration, but I think given how little he settled for, he wasn’t expecting anything crazy. I think he just wanted a one-way deal and a slight pay raise. What he got, I would say is a bargain for us, if that bacques holds up. One thing Gregor also mentioned that was good to hear: “Jacques’ back is progressing nicely”.