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 "Playoffs preserve Chia's Job" - Nicholson [message #725085]
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This is behind the paywall, so I can't see the full text here, but if you can, apparently Nicholson says that Chia only needs playoffs to keep him in his seat for another year, despite cap mismanagement and a brutal trade record.

https://theathletic.com/715039/2018/12/14/qa-bob-nicholson-t alks-ken-hitchcock-peter-chiarelli-and-the-state-of-the-oile rs/

Here's Jonathan Willis on this:

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New, from @DNBsports: Bob Nicholson confirms that Peter Chiarelli's job is safe if Edmonton makes the playoffs.


That's...not smart. Chiarelli (and those above him) have been an unmitigated disaster, and so if they scrape in to the playoffs, that really should not absolve him of the responsibility for what's happened to this point. The team should be asking - is he the best person to lead the team forward. I can't think of any way that someone should look at his record here and believe that there aren't much better options out there.

Here's Oilfans Alumnus Dennis King weighing in on the article:

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I have friends and acquaintances pimping that Nicholson interview but all I learned was that, in terms of on-ice contribution, he should be fired. Of course, I already knew that

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Maybe he is only saying this to keep things in the upper levels of the organization from going into a state of flux. Regardless of what happens this year, they should grab any candidate for replacement if someone better than Chia is still available, such as Stevie Y.

Last night's game in Winnipeg showed just how little Chia did to address depth issues with the Oil D despite the fact that it was an issue last season and was easily one of the main reasons for their failure to get to the playoffs again. Now they have less scoring depth to go on top of that while being saddled with contracts that will strangle their cap room for years to come. Hitch can only cover up so much with his structured team defense system, and I hope Bobby Burgers is paying attention to this while watching the games.



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Ragnarok73 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:02

Maybe he is only saying this to keep things in the upper levels of the organization from going into a state of flux. Regardless of what happens this year, they should grab any candidate for replacement if someone better than Chia is still available, such as Stevie Y.

Last night's game in Winnipeg showed just how little Chia did to address depth issues with the Oil D despite the fact that it was an issue last season and was easily one of the main reasons for their failure to get to the playoffs again. Now they have less scoring depth to go on top of that while being saddled with contracts that will strangle their cap room for years to come. Hitch can only cover up so much with his structured team defense system, and I hope Bobby Burgers is paying attention to this while watching the games.


Show me a team that would be ok losing 3 of their top 4 or 5 defensemen?



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NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 19:16

Ragnarok73 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:02

Maybe he is only saying this to keep things in the upper levels of the organization from going into a state of flux. Regardless of what happens this year, they should grab any candidate for replacement if someone better than Chia is still available, such as Stevie Y.

Last night's game in Winnipeg showed just how little Chia did to address depth issues with the Oil D despite the fact that it was an issue last season and was easily one of the main reasons for their failure to get to the playoffs again. Now they have less scoring depth to go on top of that while being saddled with contracts that will strangle their cap room for years to come. Hitch can only cover up so much with his structured team defense system, and I hope Bobby Burgers is paying attention to this while watching the games.


Show me a team that would be ok losing 3 of their top 4 or 5 defensemen?


100% correct. Most teams cant handle that.
The issue for me is that the Oilers already had/have one of the weakest d groups in the league even before Sekera, Klefbom and Russell got hurt.

Klefbom started the season looking lost but the last 20 games or so was our best defencemen and really seemed to have turned a corner.
Larsson is a good shut down D but on a team with a good D group he isnt your top guy. Ideally he is the best on your 2D pairing
Nurse has been very up and down and should be on your second pairing but ideally with a steady guy like Larsson
Russell has been ok but still extremely frustrating some nights and ideally suited to the third pairing.
I have no confidence that Sekera will ever be a top 4 in the NHL again.

None of our other D this year are full time NHL caliber.

So no, very few teams would be ok with top 3 D out but for a lot of teams Sek, Russell and Klefbom would be in their bottom 3.
Every single one of them is playing one spot, one pairing and sometimes one league above their skill level so it becomes an A+ AHL lineup after the injuries.



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PlusOne wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 19:32

100% correct. Most teams cant handle that.
The issue for me is that the Oilers already had/have one of the weakest d groups in the league even before Sekera, Klefbom and Russell got hurt.

Klefbom started the season looking lost but the last 20 games or so was our best defencemen and really seemed to have turned a corner.
Larsson is a good shut down D but on a team with a good D group he isnt your top guy. Ideally he is the best on your 2D pairing
Nurse has been very up and down and should be on your second pairing but ideally with a steady guy like Larsson
Russell has been ok but still extremely frustrating some nights and ideally suited to the third pairing.
I have no confidence that Sekera will ever be a top 4 in the NHL again.

None of our other D this year are full time NHL caliber.

So no, very few teams would be ok with top 3 D out but for a lot of teams Sek, Russell and Klefbom would be in their bottom 3.
Every single one of them is playing one spot, one pairing and sometimes one league above their skill level so it becomes an A+ AHL lineup after the injuries.


This 100%. Hitch was in fact a great coach to replace Koala-head because his teams play tight defensive coverage systems that mask the weakness of individual players talent-wise. My only fear is that if the Oil become too successful, Chia's job could in fact be safe right to the end of his contract. Screw that.



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PlusOne wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 19:32



100% correct. Most teams cant handle that.
The issue for me is that the Oilers already had/have one of the weakest d groups in the league even before Sekera, Klefbom and Russell got hurt.

Klefbom started the season looking lost but the last 20 games or so was our best defencemen and really seemed to have turned a corner.
Larsson is a good shut down D but on a team with a good D group he isnt your top guy. Ideally he is the best on your 2D pairing
Nurse has been very up and down and should be on your second pairing but ideally with a steady guy like Larsson
Russell has been ok but still extremely frustrating some nights and ideally suited to the third pairing.
I have no confidence that Sekera will ever be a top 4 in the NHL again.

None of our other D this year are full time NHL caliber.

So no, very few teams would be ok with top 3 D out but for a lot of teams Sek, Russell and Klefbom would be in their bottom 3.
Every single one of them is playing one spot, one pairing and sometimes one league above their skill level so it becomes an A+ AHL lineup after the injuries.



There's only a handful of teams where one of those guys wouldn't be at least at #2. CAL, SJ, WIN, NSH, STL, and maybe BUF.



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NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:56

PlusOne wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 19:32



100% correct. Most teams cant handle that.
The issue for me is that the Oilers already had/have one of the weakest d groups in the league even before Sekera, Klefbom and Russell got hurt.

Klefbom started the season looking lost but the last 20 games or so was our best defencemen and really seemed to have turned a corner.
Larsson is a good shut down D but on a team with a good D group he isnt your top guy. Ideally he is the best on your 2D pairing
Nurse has been very up and down and should be on your second pairing but ideally with a steady guy like Larsson
Russell has been ok but still extremely frustrating some nights and ideally suited to the third pairing.
I have no confidence that Sekera will ever be a top 4 in the NHL again.

None of our other D this year are full time NHL caliber.

So no, very few teams would be ok with top 3 D out but for a lot of teams Sek, Russell and Klefbom would be in their bottom 3.
Every single one of them is playing one spot, one pairing and sometimes one league above their skill level so it becomes an A+ AHL lineup after the injuries.



There's only a handful of teams where one of those guys wouldn't be at least at #2. CAL, SJ, WIN, NSH, STL, and maybe BUF.



Ok, I know that there will be a never ending debate on if Larsson and Klefbom belong on a top pairing so for the sake of discussion let's ignore them. For the record I REALLY like how Klefbom was coming on this year and think Larsson is a very good shut down player.

Focusing just on the bottom 4 can you honestly say that on a good D group these guys arent all playing one to three spots above their caliber?



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PlusOne wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:03



Ok, I know that there will be a never ending debate on if Larsson and Klefbom belong on a top pairing so for the sake of discussion let's ignore them. For the record I REALLY like how Klefbom was coming on this year and think Larsson is a very good shut down player.

Focusing just on the bottom 4 can you honestly say that on a good D group these guys arent all playing one to three spots above their caliber?



Just good look at what a lot of teams are icing on defence. It's not any better than what we have. Some teams like PIT or LA have 1 good guy, but a lot don't. Check out what DAL is putting out there at this point.



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NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 21:07

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Ok, I know that there will be a never ending debate on if Larsson and Klefbom belong on a top pairing so for the sake of discussion let's ignore them. For the record I REALLY like how Klefbom was coming on this year and think Larsson is a very good shut down player.

Focusing just on the bottom 4 can you honestly say that on a good D group these guys arent all playing one to three spots above their caliber?



Just good look at what a lot of teams are icing on defence. It's not any better than what we have. Some teams like PIT or LA have 1 good guy, but a lot don't. Check out what DAL is putting out there at this point.


I will be honest. Outside of highlights every day I see Oiler games and usually one Leafs game per week.
What I am saying is that I dont see a huge sample size of every single teams group. Perhaps the Oilers really arent as bad as a group as I think they are.

You didnt answer my question though. Do you think that anyone outside of Larsson and Klef are in a role they belong in and are doing it well?



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NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 19:56

PlusOne wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 19:32



100% correct. Most teams cant handle that.
The issue for me is that the Oilers already had/have one of the weakest d groups in the league even before Sekera, Klefbom and Russell got hurt.

Klefbom started the season looking lost but the last 20 games or so was our best defencemen and really seemed to have turned a corner.
Larsson is a good shut down D but on a team with a good D group he isnt your top guy. Ideally he is the best on your 2D pairing
Nurse has been very up and down and should be on your second pairing but ideally with a steady guy like Larsson
Russell has been ok but still extremely frustrating some nights and ideally suited to the third pairing.
I have no confidence that Sekera will ever be a top 4 in the NHL again.

None of our other D this year are full time NHL caliber.

So no, very few teams would be ok with top 3 D out but for a lot of teams Sek, Russell and Klefbom would be in their bottom 3.
Every single one of them is playing one spot, one pairing and sometimes one league above their skill level so it becomes an A+ AHL lineup after the injuries.



There's only a handful of teams where one of those guys wouldn't be at least at #2. CAL, SJ, WIN, NSH, STL, and maybe BUF.


Don't forget TB, WAS, PIT, etc. Teams that want to contend for the Cup need to have legit top-pairing D-men who can match up against the firepower of top opposing teams.



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Ragnarok73 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:08


Don't forget TB, WAS, PIT, etc. Teams that want to contend for the Cup need to have legit top-pairing D-men who can match up against the firepower of top opposing teams.


I'll take any of Larsson, Klefbom, or Nurse over Matt Niskinen, Brian Dumoulin, or Ryan McDonagh



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NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 21:18

Ragnarok73 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:08


Don't forget TB, WAS, PIT, etc. Teams that want to contend for the Cup need to have legit top-pairing D-men who can match up against the firepower of top opposing teams.


I'll take any of Larsson, Klefbom, or Nurse over Matt Niskinen, Brian Dumoulin, or Ryan McDonagh


Up front; the following is a genuine question, not loaded or disingenuous

What do you not like a bout McDonagh?
I have only seen the lighting play a couples games but he is playing high minutes on a team that is among the top in GAA.
He is over half a point game with limited PP points (two)

Only 29 so not over the hill yet.

I think TB has very good group and by all numbers he seems to be only slightly behind Hedman and Stralman in importance to that team.



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Up front; the following is a genuine question, not loaded or disingenuous

What do you not like a bout McDonagh?
I have only seen the lighting play a couples games but he is playing high minutes on a team that is among the top in GAA.
He is over half a point game with limited PP points (two)

Only 29 so not over the hill yet.

I think TB has very good group and by all numbers he seems to be only slightly behind Hedman and Stralman in importance to that team.


Nothing wrong with McDonagh, I'm just higher on the Oiler guys the most.

TB also has Stralman and Sergachev, so maybe they go in the list with the 5 or 6 others.



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NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 21:46

PlusOne wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:31



Up front; the following is a genuine question, not loaded or disingenuous

What do you not like a bout McDonagh?
I have only seen the lighting play a couples games but he is playing high minutes on a team that is among the top in GAA.
He is over half a point game with limited PP points (two)

Only 29 so not over the hill yet.

I think TB has very good group and by all numbers he seems to be only slightly behind Hedman and Stralman in importance to that team.


Nothing wrong with McDonagh, I'm just higher on the Oiler guys the most.

TB also has Stralman and Sergachev, so maybe they go in the list with the 5 or 6 others.


Fair enough,I was just surprised to see him on your list given I see him as WAY better than the two you grouped him with.

One thing I will say is that I think the Oilers D is trending up.
I have stated before what I like about Larsson. Hopefully Kelfbom maintains his trajectory and can stay healthy. Nurse has a ways to go but I still think he will be a very good player for a lot of years.
Hopefully Bouchard is the real deal as it would solve a lot of problems. A legit threat from the blue line and good puck mover would solve a lot of issues for the team.
Add in a couple of prospects who I think have a good chance in Bear and Jones and that is a pretty young group overall, that has a decent range of skills.



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Fair enough,I was just surprised to see him on your list given I see him as WAY better than the two you grouped him with.

One thing I will say is that I think the Oilers D is trending up.
I have stated before what I like about Larsson. Hopefully Kelfbom maintains his trajectory and can stay healthy. Nurse has a ways to go but I still think he will be a very good player for a lot of years.
Hopefully Bouchard is the real deal as it would solve a lot of problems. A legit threat from the blue line and good puck mover would solve a lot of issues for the team.
Add in a couple of prospects who I think have a good chance in Bear and Jones and that is a pretty young group overall, that has a decent range of skills.


I put those 3 guys out there because they are (by TOI) the #2 d-men on the teams mentioned in the above post (PIT, WSH, and TB)



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Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




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Kr55 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:18

Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




Bouchard is the one guy who can (eventually) help us fix our biggest problem and you want to trade him and a big future piece and another big future piece for a rental we couldn't afford to keep even if we wanted?



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Kr55 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:18

Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




Bouchard is the one guy who can (eventually) help us fix our biggest problem and you want to trade him and a big future piece and another big future piece for a rental we couldn't afford to keep even if we wanted?


Hey man, if I can get a contract extension for making the playoffs this year, Bouchard can eat my shorts.



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NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:30

Kr55 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:18

Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




Bouchard is the one guy who can (eventually) help us fix our biggest problem and you want to trade him and a big future piece and another big future piece for a rental we couldn't afford to keep even if we wanted?


Serious questions for you:

1) If you had your choice of GM - would you really have Peter Chiarelli calling the shots? If so, why?

2) If you were building a hockey executive, would you include any of Lowe, MacTavish, Howson? If so, why?

It's easy to sit and complain about people complaining about management, but do you actually believe this is a good leadership crew, and that the Oilers are better for having those guys in charge?



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Adam wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:46



Serious questions for you:

1) If you had your choice of GM - would you really have Peter Chiarelli calling the shots? If so, why?

2) If you were building a hockey executive, would you include any of Lowe, MacTavish, Howson? If so, why?

It's easy to sit and complain about people complaining about management, but do you actually believe this is a good leadership crew, and that the Oilers are better for having those guys in charge?


I haven't supported anything the OBC has done in at least 10 years.

On Chiarelli, I don't think he's the best, but I don't think he's the worst. He's made 2 terrible moves, 2 moves that were unpopular but had to be done, and has a few small wins. He's stabilized the farm system, set it up to at least have a chance to succeed, drafted quite well, and hasn't traded away the future to save himself now.

Would you trade Bouchard and 2 #1 picks for Pietrangelo?



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Adam wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:46



Serious questions for you:

1) If you had your choice of GM - would you really have Peter Chiarelli calling the shots? If so, why?

2) If you were building a hockey executive, would you include any of Lowe, MacTavish, Howson? If so, why?

It's easy to sit and complain about people complaining about management, but do you actually believe this is a good leadership crew, and that the Oilers are better for having those guys in charge?


I haven't supported anything the OBC has done in at least 10 years.

On Chiarelli, I don't think he's the best, but I don't think he's the worst. He's made 2 terrible moves, 2 moves that were unpopular but had to be done, and has a few small wins. He's stabilized the farm system, set it up to at least have a chance to succeed, drafted quite well, and hasn't traded away the future to save himself now.

Would you trade Bouchard and 2 #1 picks for Pietrangelo?


Nope.

For one thing, the money doesn't work for the Oilers on a deal like that, but also there's going to be defencemen available this year, and you might be able to get a good one a lot cheaper than that. I don't believe in giving up your top assets in almost any circumstance, because those pieces are so hard to come by. Pietrangelo is on a contract that expires in a year and a bit. You're giving up too much for possibly too short a time.

A guy who comes and plays on our powerplay needs a long contract because if we get a decent powerplay coach, then that point person could put up a lot of points. Pietrangelo would either flop (likely due to injuries), or he would be too expensive to re-sign.

Bouchard for Parayko? Maybe - that's a real player for a might-be player - but even there, I'm not throwing first round picks on top of that. I"d rather deal the first rounders than Bouchard too...if the Oilers are properly managed, they shouldn't be picking in the top ten again.

FWIW - I don't think that was a serious proposal from Kr55 - he was saying that if Chia's job rides on making the playoffs and he still has full latitude to do his job now, he may mortgage the future for the short term goal.

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I thought he did everything right in the first year, and don’t mind the Reinhart move. Lots of good work in that year.

The next year was fine, except that the Hall trade was generationally bad.

Last year and last summer were comically bad. Koskinen was the one saving grace. Since the summer though, it’s been all good.

There’s someone better, yes, but will he be effective with Lowe and the boys on his backend 247? He seems to be making good decisions now, maybe he’s learned to navigate the OBC?

Maybe Todd really was the wrong coach for the situation, and he was the cause of the terrible play of the team? If so, can Chia really be blamed?



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NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:53

Adam wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:46



Serious questions for you:

1) If you had your choice of GM - would you really have Peter Chiarelli calling the shots? If so, why?

2) If you were building a hockey executive, would you include any of Lowe, MacTavish, Howson? If so, why?

It's easy to sit and complain about people complaining about management, but do you actually believe this is a good leadership crew, and that the Oilers are better for having those guys in charge?


I haven't supported anything the OBC has done in at least 10 years.

On Chiarelli, I don't think he's the best, but I don't think he's the worst. He's made 2 terrible moves, 2 moves that were unpopular but had to be done, and has a few small wins. He's stabilized the farm system, set it up to at least have a chance to succeed, drafted quite well, and hasn't traded away the future to save himself now.

Would you trade Bouchard and 2 #1 picks for Pietrangelo?

People really seem to forget the worst contract in the league.

And how many years are left on it? Yeah..



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g2k wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 22:28

NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:53

Adam wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:46



Serious questions for you:

1) If you had your choice of GM - would you really have Peter Chiarelli calling the shots? If so, why?

2) If you were building a hockey executive, would you include any of Lowe, MacTavish, Howson? If so, why?

It's easy to sit and complain about people complaining about management, but do you actually believe this is a good leadership crew, and that the Oilers are better for having those guys in charge?


I haven't supported anything the OBC has done in at least 10 years.

On Chiarelli, I don't think he's the best, but I don't think he's the worst. He's made 2 terrible moves, 2 moves that were unpopular but had to be done, and has a few small wins. He's stabilized the farm system, set it up to at least have a chance to succeed, drafted quite well, and hasn't traded away the future to save himself now.

Would you trade Bouchard and 2 #1 picks for Pietrangelo?

People really seem to forget the worst contract in the league.

And how many years are left on it? Yeah..

The highest-paid 4th-liner in NHL history? Quite possibly.



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g2k wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 22:28


People really seem to forget the worst contract in the league.

And how many years are left on it? Yeah..


Signing Lucic was by far the worst thing Chiarelli has done. It didn't even make sense on day 1. Free Agency is the worst thing a GM can be involved with.

That being said, I'm pretty sure it's not the worst contract.

There's Ryan Kessler or Kyle Okposo or James Neal or Kevin Shattenkirk or David Backes or Brent Seabrook or Nate Horton or Bryan Little or Bobby Ryan or Dion Phaneuf or Brandon Dubinsky or David Clarkson or one of 4 guys sent to the salary graveyard in Arizona or Loui Erikson or Sam Gagner or Karl Alzner or Cal Clutterbuck or Andrew Ladd or Jordan Staal.

I'm sure 4 or 5 of those are worse.

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NetBOG wrote on Sat, 15 December 2018 00:07

g2k wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 22:28


People really seem to forget the worst contract in the league.

And how many years are left on it? Yeah..


Signing Lucic was by far the worst thing Chiarelli has done. It didn't even make sense on day 1. Free Agency is the worst thing a GM can be involved with.

That being said, I'm pretty sure it's not the worst contract.

There's Ryan Kessler or Kyle Okposo or James Neal or Kevin Shattenkirk or David Backes or Brent Seabrook or Nate Horton or Bryan Little or Bobby Ryan or Dion Phaneuf or Brandon Dubinsky or David Clarkson or one of 4 guys sent to the salary graveyard in Arizona or Loui Erikson or Sam Gagner or Karl Alzner or Cal Clutterbuck or Andrew Ladd or Jordan Staal.

I'm sure 4 or 5 of those are worse.

Nice list.

And I would trade our 6 million dollar stiff for almost everyone on that list. Except Seabrook. That is a real problem. He’s 33 years old and has 6 years remaining. That’s really ugly.

So I rescind. The second worst contract in the NHL.



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Not sure why you're worried g2k - Chia's a genius.

Just ask Terry Jones:

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/jo nes-hes-baaaaack-edmonton-oilers-gm-peter-chiarelli-looking- like-the-resident-genius?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=So cial&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1544879025

So embarrassing the depths these guys will sink to.

And now the Cult of Hockey is falling in line too:

https://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey /why-im-ok-with-bob-nicholsons-line-in-the-sand-for-peter-ch iarelli

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Adam wrote on Sat, 15 December 2018 11:32

Not sure why you're worried g2k - Chia's a genius.

Just ask Terry Jones:

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/jo nes-hes-baaaaack-edmonton-oilers-gm-peter-chiarelli-looking- like-the-resident-genius?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=So cial&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1544879025

So embarrassing the depths these guys will sink to.

And now the Cult of Hockey is falling in line too:

https://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey /why-im-ok-with-bob-nicholsons-line-in-the-sand-for-peter-ch iarelli

Resident genius? Good grief.

Listening to Millard on the way home from the game last night, I could have sworn he was pining for Stauffs job the way he was going on about the success of Chiarelli THIS season. It’s not even Christmas.

He brought up the bad deals prior to this season with exception to the Lucic signing, but didnt really shine much light on it. His side kick last night seemed pretty timid on opposing him, but gave it a school boy try at least.

The sports media in this town are so afraid of the boogeymen on Kingsway.



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The last thing want is Chia with a gun to his head at the trade deadline. Watch him trade away the future for a rental.


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Adam wrote on Sat, 15 December 2018 11:32

Not sure why you're worried g2k - Chia's a genius.

Just ask Terry Jones:

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/jo nes-hes-baaaaack-edmonton-oilers-gm-peter-chiarelli-looking- like-the-resident-genius?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=So cial&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1544879025

So embarrassing the depths these guys will sink to.

And now the Cult of Hockey is falling in line too:

https://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey /why-im-ok-with-bob-nicholsons-line-in-the-sand-for-peter-ch iarelli



Terry Jones flip-flopping today.

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/jo nes-edmonton-oilers-best-two-players-should-call-out-managem ent?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=T witter#Echobox=1546133378

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[quote title=NetBOG wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:53]
Adam wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 20:46



Serious questions for you:

1) If you had your choice of GM - would you really have Peter Chiarelli calling the shots? If so, why?

2) If you were building a hockey executive, would you include any of Lowe, MacTavish, Howson? If so, why?

It's easy to sit and complain about people complaining about management, but do you actually believe this is a good leadership crew, and that the Oilers are better for having those guys in charge?


I haven't supported anything the OBC has done in at least 10 years.

On Chiarelli, I don't think he's the best, but I don't think he's the worst. /quote]

Your performance evaluation of him is "well, as long as one other GM is doing a worse job then he should stay"?

He's not a GM that builds Cup winners in 2018, primarily because he loses on the big deals. No one is disputing that he has a knack for finding some gems in the rough but that's not going to cut it to be successful.



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Holy overpays Batman!!!
And you want Chia-head fired !?!?



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welcometotheOC wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 21:02

Holy overpays Batman!!!
And you want Chia-head fired !?!?


Those are my "make the playoffs this year at any cost to keep my job" trades. That's just the price you pay...to keep your job as GM.



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When does Chia's contract expire if he isn't let go? Right now things are going pretty good for the team and he'd be foolish to try to make a big splash trade. As much as goal tending can make or break a coach, it can also make or break a GM. Koskinen is the difference right now in my opinion although the team is playing so much better under Hitchcock. I wonder if hiring Mclellan was Chia's decision.


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Ah, ok then. Sarcasm meter needs to be calibrated ... sorry!


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Kr55 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:18

Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




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Kr55 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:18

Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




Are your trades actually legit ones that you think are OK or joke ones where people go off on a tangent about how crappy Chia is as a GM? I honestly can't tell anymore.

For your Petro trade, I think that is pretty steep for a guy who will be 29 in January and needs an extension after next year. He makes 6.5 mill, an extension if he agrees to one, will probably be 8 at least and you will be giving a 30 yr old, 8+ mill for what at least 5 years? Plus in my opinion, any trade has involving Bouchard has to be a non starter.

I think your Nyqvist trade is also too steep. Yes both Yamo and JP are unproven but I believe they are NHL players. So you are giving up at minimum 2, top 9 forwards and a second for a soon to be 30 yr old.



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RDOilerfan wrote on Mon, 17 December 2018 08:31

Kr55 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:18

Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




Are your trades actually legit ones that you think are OK or joke ones where people go off on a tangent about how crappy Chia is as a GM? I honestly can't tell anymore.

For your Petro trade, I think that is pretty steep for a guy who will be 29 in January and needs an extension after next year. He makes 6.5 mill, an extension if he agrees to one, will probably be 8 at least and you will be giving a 30 yr old, 8+ mill for what at least 5 years? Plus in my opinion, any trade has involving Bouchard has to be a non starter.

I think your Nyqvist trade is also too steep. Yes both Yamo and JP are unproven but I believe they are NHL players. So you are giving up at minimum 2, top 9 forwards and a second for a soon to be 30 yr old.


Not to put words in kr55's mouth, but he was suggesting some of the foolish things a GM who knew his job was completely dependent on one short-term outcome might do.

It's completely unclear from Daniel Nugent-Bowman's article if Chiarelli actually has any latitude to make moves - apparently there's some direct oversight by both Nicholson and Katz at the moment, if anything can be understood from Bobby Nicks rambling answer. But if he has a free hand and knows that he NEEDS to get to the post-season this year to survive, then he might make some move in desperation like the ones mentioned...



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RDOilerfan wrote on Mon, 17 December 2018 08:31

Kr55 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:18

Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




Are your trades actually legit ones that you think are OK or joke ones where people go off on a tangent about how crappy Chia is as a GM? I honestly can't tell anymore.

For your Petro trade, I think that is pretty steep for a guy who will be 29 in January and needs an extension after next year. He makes 6.5 mill, an extension if he agrees to one, will probably be 8 at least and you will be giving a 30 yr old, 8+ mill for what at least 5 years? Plus in my opinion, any trade has involving Bouchard has to be a non starter.

I think your Nyqvist trade is also too steep. Yes both Yamo and JP are unproven but I believe they are NHL players. So you are giving up at minimum 2, top 9 forwards and a second for a soon to be 30 yr old.


100% serious. This would be a small price to pay to get the benefit of another 5 year extension for Chia.

Although, Adam may be right that Chia is being handcuffed by the OBC from doing what needs to be done.

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Kr55 wrote on Mon, 17 December 2018 10:06

RDOilerfan wrote on Mon, 17 December 2018 08:31

Kr55 wrote on Fri, 14 December 2018 18:18

Bouchard, 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020 for Pietro?

Yams, Pulju and 2nd in 2019 for Nyquist?




Are your trades actually legit ones that you think are OK or joke ones where people go off on a tangent about how crappy Chia is as a GM? I honestly can't tell anymore.

For your Petro trade, I think that is pretty steep for a guy who will be 29 in January and needs an extension after next year. He makes 6.5 mill, an extension if he agrees to one, will probably be 8 at least and you will be giving a 30 yr old, 8+ mill for what at least 5 years? Plus in my opinion, any trade has involving Bouchard has to be a non starter.

I think your Nyqvist trade is also too steep. Yes both Yamo and JP are unproven but I believe they are NHL players. So you are giving up at minimum 2, top 9 forwards and a second for a soon to be 30 yr old.


100% serious. This would be a small price to pay to get the benefit of another 5 year extension for Chia.

Although, Adam may be right that Chia is being handcuffed by the OBC from doing what needs to be done.

That is why I asked if you were being serious because it can be fun to play arm chair GM and propose what a person thinks is an actual fair trade and then debate it with others. But in here, the huge majority of trade proposals are all just ridiculous trades designed to spur on another complaint session about Oilers management and bring up old trades and why they suck, etc etc. I am not sticking up for Chia like most of you think I do all the time. He's done a lousy job and a lot of his moves have sucked. There is no debating it. Sometimes, it's just nice to do something else other than complain about Chia for the 10,00th time but oh well.



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