THANK GOODNESS: NOT DONE YET

Robin Brownlee
July 09 2012 01:41PM

Jason Gregor, who has lost his mind and is jumping out of planes with old ladies, is talking about his obsession with sun dresses again (watching them, not wearing them) and, ahem, tennis.

Keener Jonathan Willis is taking time away from writing 17 stories a day to dutifully mock bogus rumor-mongers on the internet (this is a worthwhile pursuit and should be applauded and encouraged).

Jason Strudwick is providing us with the inside dope about life in the NHL – he had a prime seat from the end of the bench and the press box – and talking chips and dip, at least until some NHL team gets smart and offers him a gig as an assistant coach.

Me? Even in my days working the hockey beat with the dailies, this is the time of the off-season, after the Entry Draft and the first week of the free agency season, when I putter around the house doing Family Guy things and bide my time until something ACTUALLY happens, which isn't often. It's slow.

Thank goodness there is some actual news on the way, at least according to Bob Stauffer, the plugged-in host of Oilers Now on 630 CHED. I was doing some quilting work today waiting for the next Willis article, word Gregor had regained his senses or news an astute GM had hired Strudwick when Stauffer tossed out a crumb.

NOT DONE YET

"They are not done," Stauffer said of the Oilers and GM Steve Tambellini, referencing the pursuit of another top-four defenseman. "They are looking for an opportunity to create a mechanism to improve the team via trades and, most likely, for defense in a perfect-case scenario.

"I don’t think for a second that the Oilers are done. I think that the desire would be to add a top-four guy on the back end. Pretty difficult to add a top-two. If you do, you’re going to be taking some significant money back.

"I think they're going to need to capitalize on maybe one of those teams out there that has grown tired of somebody. That's usually how this works. They're going to have to be pretty, you know, they need a lot of stickwithitness going on right now to make this thing happen, but I don't think they're done in terms of improving the defense."

When not inventing new words on the radio, Stauffer is pretty adept at taking the pulse of the Oilers and getting an inside track on what they're doing, or at least trying to do. This much we know. He's not the typical radio rights holder broadcaster in that regard – book off after the draft, make an appearance at a few golf tournaments and take vacation until training camp opens.

WE WAIT

Unlike Bikini Girl or the unfortunate stiff (or multiple stiffs) Willis has been strafing with great aplomb, Bombastic Bob has a pretty good record of telegraphing what's up with the Oilers. His tone today in a conversation with co-host Reid Wilkins – a conversation that included the names Keith Yandle and Jay Bouwmeester -- leads me to believe he isn’t guessing.

You can take that for what it's worth. Yandle? Bouwmeester? Who else? And who might have to go the other way? Good questions. What most Oilers fans can agree on, even with all the bodies on the back end, is the pursuit of another bonafide blueliner is a good thing. This, we've already discussed.

Action, as in adding a proven rearguard to the mix, make sense for the Oilers and is good business for a hockey website like this one. Until that happens, pray that Gregor regains his sanity, enjoy the bogus rumor busting and cross your fingers Strudwick gets an NHL job (or the radio show I deserve).

I must get back to quilting now.

Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260.

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#1 A-Mc
July 09 2012, 01:49PM
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Ack, i check the site so often expecting something new. It doesn't matter that i get twitter updates, i still check the site every 10 mins.

I sure hope Bob is right - i want some good news to really kick up the excitement for next year.

So far the addition of Justin Schultz isn't enough (at least for me). He might turn out to be a great addition but i hardly think we'll realize that until at least the 13-14 season. I'm really hoping for something that will get the Oil through next season so we're at least picking later than Calgary. As it stands right now, the Oilers aren't really any better off than last season in terms of what is going to get us closer to a playoff spot. The potential is high with the 2 bodies we picked up, but as of right now that's all it is: potential.

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#2 Cody anderson
July 09 2012, 01:49PM
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This is not the fist time these 2 dmen have been brought up in trade rumors with the Oil. As long as we don't give up too much either would be a welcome addition and help insure against injuries or growing pains.

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#3 junior mint77
July 09 2012, 01:50PM
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hey robin your show might come quicker than you think if gregor is going to make a habit of skydiving!

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#4 Cru Jones
July 09 2012, 01:52PM
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Oh good, they are "looking for an opportunity to create a mechanism to improve the team via trades." For a minute there they had me worried that they wouldn't do whatever the hell it is that they're talking about doing there.

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#5 Walter Sobchak
July 09 2012, 01:55PM
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I've been saying Bouwmeester would be a really good fit here. Would be a steal if we got him out of Calgary.

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#6 Quicksilver ballet
July 09 2012, 01:55PM
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It's the Shea Weber deal they must be finalizing, i just know it. Obviously Shea's not big on going to Quebec City next summer.

..... anyone else would just be fodder/more of what we have plenty of already.

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#7 Archaeologuy
July 09 2012, 01:56PM
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Yandle? Goodbye Magnus. Have fun in Phoenix, or Chicago, or Quebec, or in whater team takes you in the dispersal draft that happens when the Coyotes are disbanded.

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#8 A-Mc
July 09 2012, 01:56PM
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Cody anderson wrote:

This is not the fist time these 2 dmen have been brought up in trade rumors with the Oil. As long as we don't give up too much either would be a welcome addition and help insure against injuries or growing pains.

With the way Mr. Feaster has been operating, he may just give up Bouwmeester for Omark - straight up.

=P

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#9 junoir mint77
July 09 2012, 01:59PM
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but i dont want to give anything of real value player or pick wise to calgary!any ideas who would or should be in a deal like that except for sam cause we need him at 2nd line centre unless a legitimate update on him is in the works

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#10 Gret99zky
July 09 2012, 02:06PM
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I can't imagine what we would have to give up for Bouwmeester and his $6.68M cap hit.

I also can't imagine enduring what Calgary fans have endured since he joined the Flames.

I hope Tambi and the brass can find something because icing the same team as last year, besides the two new rookies, is a recipe for the lottery.

OT - Bronte, the "Fist" thing has moved from tradition to absolutely annoying to read. Also, shouldn't posters who fail to post first with the lame tradition be banned for let's say 30 days?

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#11 Vaclav
July 09 2012, 02:08PM
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It would be great if the Oilers could add another d-man from the vaunted 2008 draft. Their development pairs nicely with Hall/Nuge/Eberle.

Any chance Hamonic is available now that the Isles selected 37 defenceman at this year's entry draft?

Is Terry Pegula wanting to pinch some pennies and not pay Tyler Myers his $12M this season?

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#12 glenn (headpins) schwarz
July 09 2012, 02:09PM
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Waiting for a guy there tired of or a guy that can't get signed hmmm

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#13 Sean17
July 09 2012, 02:14PM
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Quilting? I pictured you more into Macramé.

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#15 A-Mc
July 09 2012, 02:23PM
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Gret99zky wrote:

I can't imagine what we would have to give up for Bouwmeester and his $6.68M cap hit.

I also can't imagine enduring what Calgary fans have endured since he joined the Flames.

I hope Tambi and the brass can find something because icing the same team as last year, besides the two new rookies, is a recipe for the lottery.

OT - Bronte, the "Fist" thing has moved from tradition to absolutely annoying to read. Also, shouldn't posters who fail to post first with the lame tradition be banned for let's say 30 days?

Calgary doesn't have much cap space left to improve the team. You never know when Jay may just decide to dump salary.

He did just pickup Wideman for 5.25/yr, so i suppose you could look at it one of two ways. 1. He grabbed him to beef up the D or 2. He grabbed him with the intent to move Bouwmeester to free up a little cap space.

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#16 Dman09
July 09 2012, 02:23PM
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Well I would think that Yandle would make a lot more sense than Jay Bow just considering age and current team. I would think that Hemsky, Belanger, Omark, Plante and Peckham may all be part of the deal(very appealing to Calgary). If they could off load 3 contracts that would also give them the freedom to look at a guys like Doan if hes looking for another team.

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#17 Shredder
July 09 2012, 02:26PM
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This read inspired a trade idea...not sure if it's a good one, but it got me thinking. Now I know what you guys are all going to say...enough with the bogus trade rumor/trying-to-be-a-leaf-fan-by-throwing-out-every-trade-idea/armchair-GM'ing...

But if Nashville knows that Weber wants to go somewhere else maybe a deal such as follows makes sense, as these players don't have much term left except Klefbom:

To Oilers: Shea Weber

To Nashville: Ryan Whitney Ales Hemsky Oscar Klefbom Conditional picks: if Oilers sign Weber to a deal over 2 years Nashville gets 2013 1st round pick, 2014 1st round pick, 2013 2nd round pick

I just don't know if either team would go for that as the risk is all in the Weber re-signing.

Let the discussion begin...

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#18 Woogie
July 09 2012, 02:33PM
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Dman09 wrote:

Well I would think that Yandle would make a lot more sense than Jay Bow just considering age and current team. I would think that Hemsky, Belanger, Omark, Plante and Peckham may all be part of the deal(very appealing to Calgary). If they could off load 3 contracts that would also give them the freedom to look at a guys like Doan if hes looking for another team.

Belanger, Omark, Plante or Peckham appeal to Calgary for a 1-2 NHL denfenseman.

Belanger - our 4th line center Omark - won't be making our NHL team Plante - Won't be making our NHL team Peackham 7-8 Dman.

Sorry I just don't see how giving these guys for Jay Bow would at all appeal.

Hemsky is the only one with any value as he is a top 6 forward on every NHL team.

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#19 Glenn Schwarz
July 09 2012, 02:34PM
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Well article in Nashville paper says Pollie should do what pit did with Staal offer the big contract if it's no trade him asap. Weber has no contract for next season and he didn't apply for arbitration and last years arb went faily rough preds offered 4.5 and he won 7.5. If it was me i'd be all over this constantly montoring the situation if he comes up go hard to get him. Weber could be a #1 for 10 years here

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#20 Quicksilver ballet
July 09 2012, 02:35PM
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I admire your spunk Shredder but no way you give that up unless he's committed to Edmonton longer term. That's quite a leap of faith for just a few months of the real deal.

Sign and trade only. Weber,J Shultz and a healthy Whitney put this team in the second round of the playoffs this coming season.

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#21 A-Mc
July 09 2012, 02:38PM
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@Shredder

So lets say Webber comes here and plays for 4 years.

Is 4 years of Webber worth Hemsky, Whitney, Klefbom, 2013 1st and 2nd round picks and 2014 1st round pick ?

IMO, not even close. I wouldnt sell all of that for 1 player. I wouldn't be moving Klefbom for anything: he's the Oilers legitimate shot at their own home grown (Sorta) Suter/Weber.

IMO, the trade would likely stop at Hemsky and Whitney and maybe the 2nd round pick for Weber. Nothing more.

Klefbom and the 1st rounders are your future. Your potentially giving up 2 jordan Eberle's, Hemsky, Whitney and Klefbom for Weber for 4 years. Too steeeeeeep for my blood.

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#22 chad
July 09 2012, 02:42PM
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If the Oil D is healthy they should be fine, i mean N.Schultz might be in the bottom pair that's not bad. What the Oil really need is to get tougher, we badly need a Hartnell Clowe type. Both are UFAs next summer.

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#23 Bob Cob
July 09 2012, 02:44PM
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As long as Tambellini doesn't pull a Tillman when making a trade I'll be happy.

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#24 justDOit
July 09 2012, 02:46PM
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Weber = crack. JustSAYno.

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#25 D
July 09 2012, 02:49PM
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RB,

Any chance we can get a blanket quilt with the Oilers logo, maybe embedded on the Stanley Cup?

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#26 @Oilanderp
July 09 2012, 02:51PM
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I'd love to have Jay Bo in Oiler silks, but the idea of what would have to go back scares me. Which of our prospects would come back to haunt us?

Also, I'd much rather see the FIST™ movement take over the entire site than entertain any more (imo) idiotic Weber-comes-to-EDM proposals. Shea Weber will not be an Oiler. Understand? Now go back under your rocks at the HF boards.

What is JayBo worth to Calgary anyway?

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#27 Dman09
July 09 2012, 02:52PM
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Woogie wrote:

Belanger, Omark, Plante or Peckham appeal to Calgary for a 1-2 NHL denfenseman.

Belanger - our 4th line center Omark - won't be making our NHL team Plante - Won't be making our NHL team Peackham 7-8 Dman.

Sorry I just don't see how giving these guys for Jay Bow would at all appeal.

Hemsky is the only one with any value as he is a top 6 forward on every NHL team.

With the exception of Belanger the rest are all still pretty young. Calgary has a lot of older players and are going to need replacements. Hemsky is the real kicker for the deal to happen because most teams don't like Jay's cap hit considering his recent performance's. And if you think this is bogus then look at this

The Calgary Flames have traded defenceman Dion Phaneuf, forward Fredrik Sjostrom, and prospect defenceman Keith Aulie to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White.

Phaneuf is a better defenseman that Jay Bo in my opinion

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#28 Mutt Heatly
July 09 2012, 02:54PM
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Your comments about Jason the Strudwick are well received; he would make an excellent assistant coach, and an even better Edmonton Oiler assistant coach.

Easy for all to suggest potential trade candidates that would fit well in Edmonton. Not so easy to suggest guys and/or future picks who would have to go the other way.

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#29 Dipstick
July 09 2012, 03:21PM
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J-Bo really should not cost a lot to acquire. His contract is no bargain and is only for two years. A player who has RFA years left or is on a longer term bargain contract is worth something. Neither of these conditions apply to J-Bo.

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#30 Dman09
July 09 2012, 03:27PM
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Dipstick wrote:

J-Bo really should not cost a lot to acquire. His contract is no bargain and is only for two years. A player who has RFA years left or is on a longer term bargain contract is worth something. Neither of these conditions apply to J-Bo.

Bob Stauffer was saying that he wouldn't be surprised if it only took Tuebert and a 2nd to get Jay Bo.

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#31 Rama Lama
July 09 2012, 03:39PM
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@Shredder...............good thing you are not the GM!

Extreme overpayment for a guy that has one year left on his deal. I think that Webber is upset at his current salary, ( given what Suter got)and will probably walk after his term is complete.

If we are going to go after him, let it be the UFA, route.......no GM is running to sigh this guy when they can get hem for free!

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#32 Mike Krushelnyski
July 09 2012, 03:45PM
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@Dman09

It would be amazing if we could tweak that deal so that we swap 1st rounders with Calgary. Our best shot at another lottery pick!

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#33 Chris
July 09 2012, 03:47PM
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Cody anderson wrote:

This is not the fist time these 2 dmen have been brought up in trade rumors with the Oil. As long as we don't give up too much either would be a welcome addition and help insure against injuries or growing pains.

That is one awesome profile pic for an all dudes website forum.

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#34 nuge2nail
July 09 2012, 03:48PM
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OILER DOMINATION TO FOLLOW

If we can get Weber - wthout giving up the Chosen Line- Hall Hopkins Yakupov OR Eberle, Gagner, J Schultz, Petry or Smid - GET IT DONE.

The Future is now and OILER DOMINATON MUST FOLLOW!

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#35 junior mint77
July 09 2012, 04:03PM
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this time of year sucks with all the trade speculation and ufa talk,thank god the esk are playing again oh wait why is ricky ray wearing an argos jersey,i know we must of traded him for a cant miss stud quarterback who just needed a chance to start!

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#36 The Beaker
July 09 2012, 04:06PM
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I think we need two peices to make this team Competitive. Most importantly we need a D of at least a "top 3" Variety. Also a big 2C.

One of those is going to have to be acquired without giving up any significant roster players (guys like Belenger, Eager, Jones are all fair game) and one us likely going to take Gagner and/or Hemsky.

If we can somehow get a Yandle/Jbo type without giving up Gagner or a Klefbom then i wouldn't be mad if Gagner stayed.

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#37 Time Travelling Sean
July 09 2012, 04:14PM
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"A big 2C."

What does size have to do with anything?

Size doesn't always equal grit or toughness btw.

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#38 bdiddy18
July 09 2012, 04:17PM
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Stauffer also threw out there for amusement on twitter - what if Phoenix Coyotes fold and there is a dispersal draft?

this was repeated by Yahoo's Greg Wyshynski today.

perhaps Yandle does arrive just not via trade..... [cue vodooo/ twilight / spooky music]

summer fodder

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#39 Copperblueandwhite
July 09 2012, 04:18PM
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Bouwmeester would work well here...don't know how that gets done with Feaster...the outcry from Calgary's finest would be deafening....JBo sure eats up a lot of ice time tho', avereage of 26 min TOI last year...and that's what we need.

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#40 David S
July 09 2012, 04:19PM
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@Robin - I was under the impression Strudwick quietly retired from the NHL. Are you inferring he still wants to play and is making/taking some calls?

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#41 Sloppy Joe
July 09 2012, 04:22PM
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A trade for Weber isn't happening, so we should stop torturing ourselves on that front.

Re J-Bo - He's a very effective D-man who takes a lot of crap in Calgary because he's not putting up the points they wanted. I have to disagree quite strongly with Dman09 when he says he thinks Phaneuf is a better D-man.

I would take J-Bo on my team any day (it would be robbery if we could get him for Teubert and a 2nd, as Stauffer apparently suggested). But, as crazy as Feaster seems to be this summer, I really don't think Calgary would trade Bouwmeester to a divisional rival. If the price is as low as Stauffer is suggesting, there will be a lot of interest (notwithstanding the cap hit), and they'll send him somewhere else before they send him here.

I think Yandle is the more realistic trade possibility.

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#42 MrCondor
July 09 2012, 04:22PM
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I think a trade to Calgary for J Bo makes a lot of sense.

We don't give a crap about his salary as pretty much our entire team comes off the books in 2014 - exactly when he does.

Gagner as a starting point? They need a center...

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#43 junior mint77
July 09 2012, 04:26PM
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whats the the point of getting j-bo to shore up the d at the expense of decimating our already questionable centre positions?

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#45 junior mint77
July 09 2012, 04:39PM
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@ robin maybe assitant in okc?

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#46 horndog77
July 09 2012, 04:42PM
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So if Edmonton is to trade for a top 4 defenseman, what type a offensive or defensive defenceman. Who would they look at trading on their back end and what would the lines look like? I wish we still had Matt Greene and Jarrett Stoll, that Lubo trade sucked

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#47 @Oilanderp
July 09 2012, 04:43PM
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My god you don't give Gagner to the Flamers! Maybe we could give them Staios and Omark's laptop.

Make it so!

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#48 Will
July 09 2012, 04:56PM
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I'm really surprised people are considering a trade for Yandle and a trade for J Bo in the same breath. I mean which would the Oilers rather have. A higher point producer, for way less money, for more years, whose also been a plus player on a team whose best player is a goalie. Or would we rather take a minus player, for more money, for less years, who gets less points on a team whose best player is a goalie, and we'd have to watch one of our beloved players don a flames uniform and line-up against us? Seriously, Yandle has the better contract, the more points, the better defensive record, oh ya, and he's younger too. Again, I'm surprised there's even a debate to be had here.

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#49 Pouzar99
July 09 2012, 05:02PM
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What makes me nervous is our record in trades and free agent signings (apart form JJ. Schultz I hope) is as bad as our recent drafting record is good. ANY deal must conform to our long-term cap picture, which makes the under-achieving JBO and even the excellent Shea Weber too rich for our blood. We also look at our depth of D prospects and ask if we want someone long-term or someone to transition us until Klefbom, Musil and others are ready. As for moveable assets, Gagner can't go without a center to replace him, and it may be hard to find a team willing to over genuine value for Hemmer. Buf if a deal can be made to make us better now and in future, we have to be in favor of it.

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#50 smiliegirl15
July 09 2012, 05:04PM
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Please let Robin and Struds have their own radio timeslots on Team 1260!! If I never had to hear Rome again it would be too soon!!!

I would rather have Yandle over Bowmeester. Whatever talent he had, he seems to have left in Florida.

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