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Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers some questions from readers and this one is about the Oliers signing Jagr…
I would say the organization is torn right now because they are in a rebuild. Do they really want to spend $4 million on a 38-year-old player who certainly isn’t the offensive threat he used to be?
That said, Jagr looked fine in the Olympics, but for getting clobbered in the open ice and knocked for a loop by Alexander Ovechkin. I did notice his cycling along the boards is a little shorter than it used to be. He runs out of gas a little quicker now, but what player his age doesn’t?
I do believe Jagr would be very good for Hemsky, who says he used to be a left-winger, so could move over if Jagr came on board. What Jagr reportedly wants however, is a package deal. He also wants the Oilers to sign Czech Olympian forward Roman Cervenka, who is an emerging star in the Czech League but on the smallish side and looked like he was over his head at the Olympics.
more plus other questions and answers…
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
Journal reporter Jim Matheson has been around Oilers ace Ales Hemsky, 26, since Hemsky broke into the NHL at age 19.
Now, with two years to go on his $4 million a year deal, Hemsky has been mentioned (by fans and bloggers at least) in trade talks and management hasn’t exactly been bursting with superlatives in terms of his play.
But what does Hemsky think? Matheson, a Hockey Hall-of-Fame reporter, provided a few major clues in a candid live chat talk he and Dan Barnes did with fans today.
Here are some of Matheson’s entries:
* “Hemsky will be going in two years when he’s unrestricted free-agent. Bet on it.”
* “I say they give Hemmer one more year then they will look around. They would have to trade him to a team that wants to re-sign him and keep him around to get full-value for such a young forward.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray asked Steve Tambellini to be traded as far back as last spring, so his demand now for a change of address—while a loud, public one—didn’t come as a surprise to the general manager.
The question is whether Tambellini can move Souray.
While Souray has some very good tools—a booming shot, the ability to play the point on the power play and a penchant for playing the game in ill-humour—he has also missed 101 of 246 games as an Oiler with back and hand surgery, along with a nasty concussion. He is still hooked up to an IV drip, running antibiotics into the infection in his hand.
He’s also a $5.4-million salary cap hit to another team, although his salary for the next two years is $4.5 million.
from Steve Speaks of EdmontonOilers.com,
Less than 24 hours after winning the top pick in the NHL Draft Lottery, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini was back in Edmonton for his end-of-season press conference at Rexall Place.
Media packed the conference room and questioned Tambellini on a number of topics, including the upcoming draft, what went wrong this past season, the status of certain high-profile player personnel, and prospect development.
Here are the highlights:
“We have good people, good players, but we have to make some change,” he said. “Going into this year’s draft, you know there will be potentially more change. We’re going to try to do some things there as far as moving bodies.
“If I was to stand up here in front of all of you and say, ‘If I make one trade, if I make one good free agent signing then things are going to be better,’ that’s not true. I’m not going to be the person to tell you that there’s a quick fix,” he stated.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Boston Bruins didn’t win the draft lottery Tuesday night, but they may still get the player they wanted when all is said and done June 25 in Los Angeles.
That’s if, and I stress if, the Edmonton Oilers draft by need.
Tyler Seguin is a center. Taylor Hall is a winger.
The Oilers, who won the No. 1 overall pick, need a lot of things, but nothing more so than a bona-fide stud down the middle, one that could play between first-line wingers Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner. Enter Seguin.
The Bruins, who have the No. 2 selection, are set at center with Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, but are seriously lacking when it comes to big-time offensive talent on the wing. Enter Hall.
Unless, of course, the Oilers’ scouting staff and GM Steve Tambellini ultimately concludes Hall is simply the better player and can’t pass him up. That could very well happen.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
The decision whether to take Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Entry Draft will be made by the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers, the last-place team in the regular-season, won the top pick in the draft at the 2010 LG NHL Draft Lottery. It’s the fourth consecutive year that the last-place team in the regular season retained the top pick in the draft lottery.
Seguin, a center with the OHL’s Plymouth Oilers, and Hall, a left wing with the Windsor Spitfires, are ranked No. 1 and 2 by Central Scouting.
continued including the results of the complete lottery…
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Pat Quinn isn’t going to beg Sheldon Souray to stay in Edmonton….
“It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade),” said Quinn, who spoke with the discontented defenceman on Monday.
“I’m one of those guys that if you don’t want to play here, don’t screw around, get the hell out.”
“We have a hard enough time trying to build team framework. I always believed you should be able to look around that room and look into a teammate’s eyes and say ‘I’m giving it my best and I want you to do the same. That’s how a team builds trust.
“If you have one guy sitting over there who doesn’t bloody well want to be here, how do you build trust, how do you have a team? You don’t.
“Sheldon knows how I feel about that sort of thing.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Another big name player wants out of Edmonton, as Sheldon Souray on Sunday uttered those four words that have come to haunt the Oilers franchise:
“I want a trade.”
“I do,” Souray repeated, sounding a little disappointed at the admission. “Yes, I do want a trade.”
If this isn’t rock bottom for the Edmonton Oilers, an organization that never recovered from Chris Pronger’s trade demand in the summer of ‘06, it’s hard to fathom things getting any worse.
This is a mess in Calgary, and suddenly both teams in Alberta, the Oilers and Flames, have hit hard times. The Sutters might think they can patch things and get back into the playoffs next spring, but as currently constructed, this is a team without a present or a future.
The Oilers, likely with the top pick in the June draft, have a bushel of bad contracts. So their return to competitiveness won’t be easy, either.
-Damien Cox of The Spin, where you can read more on Calgary.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
After the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, a game that saw its share of altercations and trash talking, Oilers coach Pat Quinn addressed the media and talked about the need for players to be tough.
Said the Old Time Coach: “You got to go get those things. Some small guys will do it, some guys won’t. On the other side, there’s chickenshit, there’s chicken big guys, too, you know. They got four or five guys on their team (the Ducks) that probably got some yellow and brain stains in their drawers tonight when they thought it was going to get a little tough.”
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