Gretzky bringing a new bride back to Edmonton
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.
Tom Gilbert flees Edmonton...
In response to a topic on the forum, I figured I’d write up a long repost that is both a defense of Tom Gilbert, as well as support of Nick Schultz. I personally think the trade is a bit of a wash. But this is a 10-game in review of Tom Gilbert and Nick Schultz with their respective teams… mostly by the numbers.
So first off a disclaimer: I’m not a big “stats guy”. So I definitely take any numbers with a grain of salt, but I do use them from time to time.. this will be one of those times. Oh, also… while their is some “fact” in the form of statistics in here, like any of my posts there is a lot of opinion.
Anyways, Gilbert’s offensive numbers in Minnesota have been.. well, offensive. But I think his other numbers have been good. They are working this horse pretty hard there too. At least as much as we did here, at his most used times.
He’s averaged 24:39 per game in Minny (with even 31.5 minutes in one game!). Part of that, he’s gotten decent PP time, for sure, and should be making better use of that. However, he’s also eaten up a lot of PK time too (he even had as much as 6 minutes in one game). He’s averaged 2 minutes and 4 seconds per game on the PK (although it looks like he’s either put in a lot of PK minutes a game, or hardly any if any).
Of the 36 goals the Wild have allowed since acquiring Gilbert, he’s been on the ice for 11 of them, including 1 empty netter. That’s a little over 30% of the Continue reading 'Gilbert vs. Schultz, 10 games in…'»
Oilers have just traded Tom Gilbert for Nick Schultz
Steve-O’s initial thoughts: Terrible trade. Absolutely terrible. Although I know nothing about Schultz.
Steve-O more rational thoughts 3 hours later: I still think we gave away a better D man. At best we broke even.
Here’s what I’ve been able to dig up about Nick Schultz:
Has excellent speed, mobility and grit for the blue-line position. Plays with poise and is capable of logging a lot of minutes. Always gives his all and leads by example.
Lacks the physicality to truly dominate offensive forwards. Doesn’t play with a lot of confidence in the offensive zone at the NHL level.
Solid defensive defenseman.
He’s 6’1, 200 lbs and shoots left (sucks losing a righty in Gilbert.. especially one that excels at moving the puck) and 29 years old.
$3.5M cap hit until end of 2013-14, so the Oilers save $500k in salary.
This is what the experts are calling a “hockey trade”. Tom Gilbert returns to his home of Minnesota.
Schultz averaged 19:35 in TOI this year so far with the Wild, with what looks like 2nd line pairing on the PP and top pairing on the PK.