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 Re: Winds of Change [message #707014 is a reply to message #707011 ]
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mightyreasoner wrote on Thu, 11 January 2018 14:27

RDOilerfan wrote on Thu, 11 January 2018 14:13

According to a tweet by Mark Spector, Chia has sent out an email to all teams saying Slep is now available in trade. Get excited people!!! icon_lol

In all seriousness, I don't see a ton of teams lining up for Slep. I had big hopes for him that he would have a good year as I like his skill set but he hasn't been good.


That Slepyshev is available should have been obvious to 30 other NHL GMs. That no one has called on him should be painfully obvious what his interest is around the league right now. Moving Slepyshev doesn't bring in anything that will help the Oilers, and really which AHL player are you planning on replacing him with where you don't get a little worse?

I'm still skeptical about McLellan's relationship with Russian players (see pregame thread against Nashville), but where we are right now, I'd be shocked is Slepyshev doesn't sign in the KHL this off-season. Which is probably why the Oilers want to trade him and there is little market for him.


I also think that sending a "this player is available email" is an incredibly poor way of marketing your player. Figure out what you want and go try to get it.

What does a 30-team email blast accomplish? It says to the league that you WANT to move the player and are giving up on him. There's going to be questions as to why (conditioning? attitude? drinking problem? weirdo who doesn't fit in?) and no one is going to come in guns a-blazing to pick up the player. If we move him now, you can expect a pretty low return.

Third round pick of the Oilers, developed by the team, only 23 years old, 70 games in to his NHL career (and a real NHL player, even though he'll never be the second-liner that some around these parts once imagined - despite lack of stats to suggest he'd ever get there) and what do you bet the Oilers get less than a third rounder in the future for him?

I know that we've heard about GMs doing similar things for years - back to when they were sending faxes and handwritten letters about players up for trade - but that doesn't mean it is the best way to do things. Chiarelli's just reduced the value of an already declining asset...and for no good reason.

He's cheap, he's an RFA who will only get another cheap deal. He's home-grown, he's still young. He may yet develop further - still a bottom-sixer, but he's never been anything but that - and it's not like we need the roster spot or salary cap room. No good reason for this letter, and once again, the Oilers management does the wrong thing.



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