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Oilers need to clean house plain and simple.
they keep recycling the same execs who have absolutely no idea what they're doing
and don't have the guts or the balls to make the necessary moves, I don't know how long they can keep making excuses when they have zero wins against their own conference.
It's not knee-jerk response, but it's just fucking embarassing when you can't even eke out a win in your own conference. I don't know why fire alarm bells aren't ringing in that organization. Jesus Christ on skates at first overall next year couldn't save their sinking ship.
Eakins is clearly incapable of being an NHL head coach
Suck it up and trade your young guns for grit and heart. They're just festering in Edm and wasting the early part of their careers.
I hate to sound like an armchair GM but the solution is so simple. Apparently no one in that organization knows what to do and is just hoping for another 1st overall to save their bacons.
However... we don't have foolish management... (yet to be seen)
although we dont have any "glory" to call our own...
we dont DWELL so much on the past that it becomes an embarrassment.
Canuck fans do dwell, and for almost as long as Oilers fans are dwelling in their past triumphs. We celebrate the Cup losses as much as Cup wins. Think about how much we Canuck fans revere the 94 team. Sure, they were an awesome underdog team, but they still lost. And yet we hang on to "the post" and "Messier cheapshot" as if it happened last season.
Did you guys know about this?? First I have heard about the trade.
Throwing away third round picks
In case you missed it, the Canucks acquired another prospect last week. Jim Benning pulled the trigger on a minor deal that sent Alexandre Mallet and a 2016 third round pick to the New York Islanders for defenceman Andrey Pedan.
Here is Pedan’s bio, courtesy of the Canucks press release:
Pedan, 21, has played six games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, recording three assists and 51 penalty minutes. The Moscow, Russia native played three seasons with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League before making his professional debut in 2012.13 with the New York Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During the 2010.11 season Pedan played for Russia at the World Junior Championships earning two points in six games and recording 25 penalty minutes.
The 6’4”, 210-pound defenceman was originally selected by the New York Islanders 63rd overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Mallet, the Canucks second round pick from only two years ago, scored just one goal last year in the AHL and is playing in the ECHL this year. He is already a bust. That’s Patrick White-like bust speed.
My issue here is that the Canucks are giving up a third round pick for a guy who has yet to establish himself as a fixture in the AHL. Sure, the Islanders may have a lot of defensive depth in their organization, but I would feel more comfortable giving up future assets for someone a bit more proven.
Hopefully Jim Benning knows something that I don’t with this one.
The very gifted Ben Kuzma, scouting author and soon to be lawyer Shane Malloy and your agent were talking during the first period intermission when the Canucks GM wandered up. Not surprisingly he was asked about the trade for Andrey Pedan earlier in the day. Considering this is a kid who is further down the depth chart than Peter Andersson at the moment, it was a bit surprising to hear that one day in the next two years or so he is expected to play some games for the big team.
And since Pedan’s miles down the pecking order it’s not really as though he’s just acquired Steven Stamkos. Nonetheless Benning does chapter and verse on this kid, talks extensively about his background, his family, their income status, how and where his brothers play or played, his deportment towards playing in the K as opposed to the NHL and on and on. It was virtually everything you could know about the kid before dating him and he could have continued had the period not been about to start.
Benning loves this kind of detail, this kind of preparation before making even the most modest move. He’s absolutely in his element when he’s calculating the chances of a player making an impact or making the NHL roster. Put him in a tux at a lavish event with the well-heeled season ticket holders he’s not so comfortable – but talking to a guy like Malloy, he was a jewel. You put this kind of background knowledge together with his already demonstrated ability to act decisively and in theory you should have a guy with a tremendous chance to be successful in this line of work. We shall find out in a few years.
- See more at: Canucks Hat Trick: Trader Jim knows his Pedan, scouting issues and a twin target | The Province
Crazy how detail Benning goes on scouting.
Not sure if this was ever posted. Pretty hilarious.