#244 – Todd Bertuzzi to the Edmonton Oilers

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Guys, he’s really, really sorry, OK?!?!

Cap Hit: $1,500,000

#272 – Jay McKee to the Edmonton Oilers

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Jay McKee spells it “Mark Perish.”
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Cap Hit: $800,000

I wanted to add some size to my wing and to my defense without paying the big dollars.

Looking at the stats, I couldn’t let these two slip away.

Jay McKee is a shot-blocking machine who destroys people who enter his zone. Last year, he was more defensively reliable (though offensively challenged) than his wealthier counterpart, Barrett Jackman. Though Jackman faced some pretty high competition, McKee was not exactly sleeping either when he waltzed to a +11 rating. His Corsi could be much better but he’s not the same young buck he was in his Buffalo days. Paired with the right offensive blueliner, McKee could be rather useful and could become my favourite sleeper pick so far this draft.

At the time, it was between picking Todd Bertuzzday and Curtis Glencross. I love Glencross’ speed and style of play, but at the end of the day I needed to choose the player who would better settle into a 2nd line role. Plus, Glencross left the Oilers to play in Cow Town and that’s a big no-no. Bertuzzi has size and skill, and past experience in a 1st line role. This may not factor much into the video game itself, but for now, he’s cheaper than drafting Dustin Penner.

However, many people say Bertuzzi doesn’t have enough character.

In my opinion, Bertuzzi has paid his dues for  what he did to Steve Moore. What he did, in some ways, is more justified (yeah, I can’t believe that I’m saying this) than what Dale Hunter did to Pierre Turgeon or what Claude Lemieux did to Kris Draper. Because face it, the argument about pre-meditation is less relevant to me when you consider Moore is not exactly John Grisham’s the “Innocent Man” as he made his own dirty hit on Naslund and he had retribution coming to him.

Bertuzzi took it overboard with the punishment, but it was beckoning like the second coming of Christ. And that’s the last time I side with the Canucks on any issue.

CLS Re-draft

Cycle Like The Sedins is doing a Fantasy Draft of the NHL and all the teams’ GMs are represented by a blogger(s) from each city. Yours truly is representing the Edmonton Oilers. I plan to draft a checking center and a #1 goalie next.

The winner is determined on a full season and playoffs simulation of the new EA Sports game NHL 10 coming out in September.