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 Re: Winds of Change [message #706786 is a reply to message #706781 ]
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I wish Chia would just tell the truth on Eberle and why they traded him. Saying it was because of a threat of an offer sheet on Drai is insulting our intelligence. Based on capfriendly, the Oilers have just under 8.4 mill in cap space. I assume that is taking into account all of the potential bonuses that could be paid out. https://www.capfriendly.com/ . The Oilers have the 4th lowest payroll in the league this year. So a team could have offered Leon McDavid money and the Oilers would STILL have money left over. So saying it's because it was to protect against an offer sheet is stupid.

Here is what I think the reason is as to why they traded Eberle.
- Eberle had a rep before McLellan and Chia came in. The rep was probably that he is a good but streaky scorer who often lacked compete, was inconsistent and he didn't give a damn about defense. I don't think what I said is a news flash to any Oiler fan.
- Before those 2 came to the team, what I said above was what I believe they thought Eberle was but that is based on what they have been told by scouts and what they saw briefly when they played against him. So coming to the team, before you completely pass judgement, you want to see first hand if it was true. So they watched him up close for 2 seasons.
- IN the first season with the team, they saw first hand that everything was true BUT Eberle missed some time due to injury so maybe that played a factor and he had a hot finish, so you give him another season. Plus the team was down near the bottom again. Last season, the team takes off with Eberle being healthy but struggling. The Oilers are winning with Eberle chipping but not a ton. You eventually take him off McDavid's line, then you take him off your PP and all of a sudden the PP takes off like a rocket. The team is rolling even with Eberle playing lousy and not scoring a lot and all his warts look even worse. He has a bit of a late hot streak to somewhat make his numbers look OK. You go into the playoffs, win the first round with Eberle scoring nothing. You go up against the Ducks where Eberle was brutal. Not only did he not score a single goal or barely a point, his defensive warts cost you games.
- So before taking the team over, I think both the GM and coach, rightly or wrongly, had it in their minds that Eberle was not going to be an Oiler for very much longer. It was just a question of when. I think last season and the playoffs solidified in their minds that Eberle was not going to be part of the future and with the Oilers getting 103 pts, winning a playoff round and getting screwed out of going to the conference finals all with Eberle contributing very little, it only hammered the point home for them that they could do without Eberle just fine. Rightly or wrongly, I think that is how they felt. Cap space wise, they could keep him for 1 more season but they have already decided he needed to go. By waiting for a season you run the risk of Eberle playing worse and further diminishing the asset AND you probably get less for Eberle because if you wait one more season, then you HAVE to get rid of Eberle for cap reasons because both McDavid and Leon's contract will be on the books. If they traded him when they did, they get a player that can step in your line up and fill a role somewhere. If they wait for one more season, they get a pick or two, maybe a prospect but futures and nothing that will potentially help the team anytime soon. So a true sell off package. So they said "What are we waiting for, let's get what we can now."

So that is what I think the reason for trading Eberle was and as the season has gone on and the way Strome has panned out, I do not for a second think it is necessarily the right decision. BUT if that is the true reason, then tell us instead of feeding us a BS answer. Fans may not like that the reason they traded him was because they wanted him gone because they felt he wasn't an important part of the team but at least its the truth.



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