Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/16/13 at 07:33 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
New Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said Monday he’s up for a bold move (trade), which to me would mean dealing of one of their kids: Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz or Nail Yakupov but not, say, Sam Gagner, even if Gagner is almost a point-a-game player this season.
But I would say Hall, RNH and Schultz are untouchable.
The other two wingers Eberle and Yakupov are close to it unless one of the NHL’s top two or three defencemen Shea Weber is in the picture. Eberle isn’t having a good statistical season (28 points, 12 goals) after 34 goals and 76 points last year, but he’s a one-shot scorer, and there aren’t many of those in the NHL. He starts a six-year, $36 million contract next season.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The hallmark of any championship team is consistency, the ability to win games on nights when they are not at their best and not fall into the sort of lengthy tailspin that took Edmonton from the brink of playoff contention to hopelessly out of the playoff mix in about a fortnight this spring.
Thankfully for MacTavish, there is a recent blueprint he can follow – in Pittsburgh, where the general manager Ray Shero inherited a promising Penguins team in May of 2006, and efficiently guided it to the next level.
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