Wasn't it nice today to hear Chiarelli say all the things we bloggers have been saying? He's disappointed. The team HAS been underperforming. Some may be better suited on a different team. He's not making excuses. He wants a better and bigger team. You can't get much at the trade deadline. Have to wait until post-season to make the big trade.
|Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli LARRY WONG / EDMONTON JOURNAL FILE|
By that tone, Purcell and Schultz are gone Monday, and possibly Hendricks (sad face). Post-season it's Yakupov for sure now, hopefully Korpikoski, Letestu, Lander, and maybe Fayne.
But none of this is going to get you that D-man in return except in a package deal. This is where Pouliot, Nuge, and Eberle come in. They are NOT big. They have NOT really improved their style of play. Maybe they have peaked. If so, now is the time to trade them. Pete may trade a guy like Pouliot for prospects to cap dump if he believes he can sign a UFA defenseman.
Anyway, today's homestand against Ottawa features a downgraded team Lineup Value Metric from 87% to 81%. McDavid down to 4, Yak to 1, and Nurse to 1. Forwards are at 97%, defense at an abysmal 57%. Click this link for more detail.
Oilers killed Ottawa last time, and Karlsson hasn't been playing well, but maybe with some stability in newly added former Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, that may change.