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Mike Brown traded to SJS for 4th rounder in 2014

By , October 21, 2013 9:55 pm

The Edmonton Oilers traded Mike Brown to the San Jose Sharks for a 4th round pick in 2014. That puts the Oilers at 48 pro contracts now (limit is 50), giving them some wiggle room in a deal. You have to figure there is something else coming in the near future. At the very least, it’s good to have flexibility. I liked the kind of player Mike Brown is, but unfortunately that type of guy just isn’t useful on a hockey club. This is addition by subtraction. The Oilers recalled Tyler Pitlick today, and also Ben Eager. There is some reports that they also recalled Tyler Fedun, as he shows on the AHL transaction list as being recalled and is on the Oilers active roster page currently. Mysterious.

Oilers waive Ben Eager… my thoughts…

By , March 13, 2013 10:37 am
If he did more of this, he'd still be here..

If he did more of this, he’d still be here..

I like this.

Wait, the pessimists will say that the Oilers are losing an asset for nothing, and they will hate this. “Why did we sign him just to waive him?” I will definitely grant that. But we gave it a shot with Eager. I like that we tried. When we first got him, he was a hockey player.. and the guy we were looking for. He could skate fast (still does) and was a willing combatant and worked hard. That seems to have dropped off a cliff. He doesn’t seem to be at all helpful to the team anymore. He did fight once this year, but it’s starting to become clear that for whatever reason, he isn’t interested in that role. He’s not protecting his teammates anymore, and Mike Brown has come in and robbed him of his job.

Mike Brown has been doing all the things we could expect of him. He’s played with a lot of energy, already drawn a couple penalties, gotten into two scraps, PKed a small bit, gotten himself a goal, and one of his drawn penalties led to a PP goal (can’t remember if the one last night did too). He is exactly what I’d hoped for. He’s made Ben Eager completely unnecessary. A lot of people hated that we picked up Mike Brown, but the way I saw it, we were picking up a guy to replace Darcy Hordichuk and Ben Eager, and I think we did that perfectly.

Now I don’t want to rag on Ben Eager too much. Enforcer is absolutely the hardest role in hockey. I don’t know why he has stopped being that guy to stand up for teammates. My best guess is that the concussions he’s suffered have played a big part, and for that I feel bad for him, if it’s true. I don’t think he’s become soft, or a pansy or anything like that.. something is holding him back other than him just wanting to turn into a scorer, I believe (which isn’t going to happen). So I wish him best of luck, but I hope he is claimed on waivers. That will bring the Oilers down to 48 contracts, and be a good move in trimming more fat from this team.

Next goals by deadline day: move Ryan Whitney, Eric Belanger, and (sorry Steve-O) Ales Hemsky for better parts.

And on the 1st day, he created the heavens, then called it an off-season…

By , July 2, 2011 12:23 am
Tambi was a busy man today...

Tambi was a busy man today...

OK, really, today wasn’t THAT good. It was good though, and I was surprised how much the Edmonton Oilers got done in a single day. This is the same crew of people that snailed their way through last off-season and did much to improve the farm team, but very little to improve the big club with Colin Fraser, Jim Vandermeer and Kurtis Foster being the “big” additions.

So, let’s summarize: Continue reading 'And on the 1st day, he created the heavens, then called it an off-season…'»

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