Wayne has scored again. Gretzky gave the Oilers organization a reach-around by calling the #1 sought after (Ryan Suter aside) defensive free agent talent of this year and presumably told him about how f—ing awesome it is winning cups in Edmonton. Now, we don’t know it was ol’ Wayner that sealed the deal.. but really.. no one says no to Wayne. You say no to Wayne, then you are saying no to hockey.
Also joining the flock of panhandlers was fellow legend Paul Coffey, current coach Ralph Krueger, Taylor Hall (via phone?), Kevin Lowe, and Craig MacTavish. Reijo Ruotsalainen was busy this weekend.
All in all this is a big deal for the Oilers who have seen struggles in recent years to entice big name players to come to Edmonton. Justin Schultz is very unproven still, but the word on the street is this kid is very good. He’s also a right-handed defenseman, which is something I’m always nagging about the importance of, due to their rarity. I’m looking forward to seeing this guy in our lineup next year. I’m thinking the Oilers will leave Smid and Petry together, and Whitney may see some action alongside Justin Schultz. The Oilers will likely have to move a defenseman sometime soon now, as they have 8 NHL (loosely speaking) defensemen in their group. Most teams will only carry 7. Also, it’s unlikely this team is done with the defense.
So.. what now for Gretzky? Who can we have him call next? I think he should call Dany Heatley next and let him know what an asshole he is, but thank him for helping out the rebuild. Next, maybe we can have him call Nashville Predators GM David Poile, and let him know that he is going to trade us Shea Weber, and/or one of his many young, stud D-men. After that, I wouldn’t mind if he called the City of Edmonton and told them to speed up construction of the last leg of the Henday.