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Are The Oilers And Tootoo A Match?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With the trading of the NHL’s best stache, Mike Brown, to San Jose — let us hope Brown packed more than one suit because the Sharks are on a five-game road trip, with four left, and the Oilers are just winding up a 12-day six-gamer — the Edmonton Oilers opened up a spot on their 50-man max reserve list....

There’s been some discussion that the Oilers should now take a run at Tootoo as a fourth-liner because he has some ability with  the puck (he has 133 points and 49 career goals). The Wings really have no room for Tootoo on their salary cap and he’s been in and out of their lineup this season, since they signed him to a three-year free-agent deal in the summer of 2012 to give them some fourth-line energy and a willingness to drop the mitts. They’ve certainly been making phone calls on Tootoo, a healthy scratch for almost all of the playoffs last spring and with only five games this season to see if anybody’s interested.

Tootoo’s cap hit of $1.9 million for this year and next would seem a problem however, if he is going to play on the fourth line and get fewer than seven or eight minutes a night. You can get somebody in the $1 million range for that job. Then again, he is an emotional guy–31 in February– who likes to hit like Cal Clutterbuck likes to hit. He can stir a dead building or team to life.

Tootoo, to me, seems a longshot pickup, though.

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Posted by Garth on 10/22/13 at 04:50 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Tootoo, to me, seems a longshot pickup, though.

Somebody shut this Matheson guy up. Toots is a great fit for the Oilers. And I’ll bet Holland won’t ask for more than a first in return. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/22/13 at 05:41 PM ET

Chip4Pips's avatar

If they are willing to take the cvontracyt, I would swap Toots for Linus Omark and see what he can do at GR for the year in the Red Wings system?

Posted by Chip4Pips on 10/22/13 at 05:51 PM ET


more likely Eaves than 22 there. oilers need a coach on the ice that is willing to do anything to help the team win.

Posted by jkm2011 on 10/22/13 at 06:06 PM ET

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If they are willing to take the cvontracyt, I would swap Toots for Linus Omark and see what he can do at GR for the year in the Red Wings system?

Posted by Chip4Pips on 10/22/13 at 06:51 PM ET

Even with the issues surrounding Omark, what kind of crack would the Oilers have to be smoking to do a deal like that? Omark was a PPG player his final year in the SEL, and has been a PPG player in the AHL. Becoming a mature adult is something we all learn. The hockey talent Omark has is not something anyone can learn, otherwise Jordin Tootoo would be Sidney Crosby.

Even if the Oilers would make this deal, Omark doesn’t have options. I don’t know if because he’s already in the AHL if that means a trade between the Oilers and Wings can result in him going right to GR without being exposed to waivers? If he has to be exposed to waivers, it would be pointless because you obviously aren’t going to have him on the big club this year.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/23/13 at 07:58 AM ET

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