Category: unrestricted free agency

See that?

That’s faceoff specialist Marcel Goc at work. He was 58.2% on 570 draws last year.

He just signed a contract with I mentioned him as an option for the 3C checking role in a post back in the Strange Deadfellows days. He signed for a measly $550,000, a heck of a lot less than even Blair Betts would be asking for.550000

Marcel Goc had a Corsi better than any Oiler and the by at least 2.9 shots (Dustin Penner, at 7.0).

He didn’t face the toughest competition and wouldn’t be the best option for 3C but he would be a cheap option. He certainly would’ve been overqualified for the 4C position, at the very least.

Why all the inaction?

Tambellini needs to get to work pronto and put this whole Heatley thing behind us.

Make some moves.

Ditch some contracts.

Nilsson. Staios. Pouliot.

These are guys with some value around the league who have their skills duplicated elsewhere in the lineup. II don’t think it’s unfair to say that they are close to expendable.

It’s rather depressing to watch one administration replace the old one and keep making the same mistakes.

It might be a long season, Oiler fans. It just might.


According to BTN, Here are the Advanced Stats Comparison of Three Familiar Names in the Oilogosphere:

DUSTIN PENNER LW EDM 27 78 11.71 0.92 -0.00 0.11 7.0 0.79 0.72 0.20 1.71 45 32 2.96 2.10 13
DANY HEATLEY RW OTT 15 82 14.97 0.21 0.04 0.00 2.2 1.17 0.64 0.39 2.20 59 64 2.88 3.13 -5
NIKOLAI ZHERDEV RW NYR 13 81 13.23 1.32 0.03 0.03 14.6 0.95 1.06 0.50 2.52 56 44 3.14 2.46 12

The highlighted column describes QUALCOMP, or Quality of Competition. As you can also see, Penner and Zherdev rape Heatley in terms of Advanced (+/-).

Dany Heatley salary = $7.5 M a season

Dustin Penner + Nikolai Zherdev salary = about $8.5 M or 9 M a season

Dany Heatley

6’3″ 216 lbs, scored 39-33-72

Main Comparison(s): Brett Hull

Main Criticism(s): Lack of heart, team spirit, etc.

Dustin Penner

6’4″ 240 lbs, scored 17-20-37

Main Comparison(s): Scott Hartnell, Ryan Malone

Main Criticism(s): Lack of heart, fitness, etc.

Nikolai Zherdev

6’2″ 197 lbs, scored 23-35-58

Main Comparison(s): Ales Hemsky

Main Criticism(s): Lack of heart, team spirit, etc.

As you know, the Rangers passed on paying him 3.9 M for one year as awarded by an arbitrator. Zherdev was seeking 4.75 M a year so I’m assuming his eventual settling price will be somewhere in that range, near the middle. Maybe 4.3 M or 4.5 M.


The Oilers are better off signing Zherdev and making salary cap room for both Zherdev and Penner than for Heatley alone.

Why, you ask?

  • Zherdev is a PP and SO specialist who can play on both your 1st and 2nd line
  • Penner plays PP, PK, and anywhere from your 1st to 3rd lines
  • Heatley is a guy who can play PP and only play on your 1st line
  • If one of Zherdev or Penner gets hurt, you’re not completely screwed
  • Penner has size that Quinn can utilize

This would give the Oilers a couple pretty decent scoring lines, especially with Penner and Gagner paired up and playing lesser oppositions they would probably kill the soft minutes. Here’s a preview:

Zherdev – Horcoff – Hemsky

Penner – Gagner – WHOEVER

Moreau – Pouliot – Pisani

Reddox – Brule – Stortini


The only problem for Tambellini … is making cap room right now. But it will cost the Oilers only 1 M to 1.5 M more than they would be paying for Heatley.

But if you ask me, it’s a no-brainer.


What a deal!

Some people were scoffing, saying that this was a poor replacement for Jiri Hudler on the Wings roster, but I see it differently. I think this is a good way to fill the vacancy left by Mikael Samuelsson, since they both Eaves and him play RW, whereas Hudler is a center and an occasional winger, and a douchebag.

Fine, he’s a skilled douchebag.

And how!?

Samuelsson is slated to make 2.5 M a year coming off a third line role in Detroit where he played behind guys like Daniel Cleary and Jiri Hudler. Sure, you can argue that the Red Wings group is as deep as anybody’s roster, but is he ready for a top-2 line role in Vancouver? Furthermore, Samuelsson has had a tumultuous career, with the seasons from hell in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 before finding success with the Wings in 2005-06.

How about Patrick Eaves?

Eaves is slated to make 500 K this season and that my friends is a 2 M discount. Though he’s coming off a subpar season, it’s nothing that Samuelsson hasn’t experienced himself. Eaves scoring prowess in his college years shows that he’s on pace at his age with Samuelsson’s early AHL production and SEL production, or exceeding it in potential. Even better, he’s younger than Samuelsson.

I’m unconvinced that Eaves cannot outstrip Samuelsson’s production once he hits the Wings roster, depending on whether he can stay healthy.

It’s a wonder the Oilers don’t find ways to lighten the accounting books and hire some cheap help so that they can make some big moves where they might necessarily have to take on salary to increase their offense.

I’m looking at you fellas, Blair Betts and Mike Zigomanis.


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