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What’s the point of MacIntyre?

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m sure Steve MacIntyre is a nice guy but, nice guy or not, I just don’t understand why he’s employed by the Oilers. I didn’t understand it when Tambellini signed him as a free agent in the off season and I don’t understand it now. Presumably his presence is intended to deter the opposition from taking liberties with our young and/or small forwards, but does that really happen? He’s only skated in 11 of the Oilers 41 games this season. Is he really that intimidating in the press box? When he is in the lineup he averages on 3:51 of ice time, which doesn’t seem like much time to accomplish much of anything. But even if MacIntyre was played more frequently would it really impact how other teams play against the Oilers?

I don’t know why it would because he doesn’t fight the average player, only other heavyweights (in MacIntyre’s defense he isn’t alone here, all heavyweights do this). So in the event that a player did take a run at an Oiler or threw a borderline hit they, in all likelihood, wouldn’t have to answer to MacIntyre for it. His fight card this season doesn’t dispute this. His four fights have been with Ivanas, Boogaard (twice), and Orr – not a group of guys known for their hockey skills. So why would any player change their game for fear of MacIntyre if they wouldn’t have to fight MacIntyre? Read more…

I love that little red headed bastard

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

How can you not love Liam Reddox? At 5’11” and just 178 lbs he’s probably been told more times than he cares to count that he isn’t big enough to play in the NHL. If you made a list of the most talented players within the Oilers organization you wouldn’t find him anywhere near the top. And yet Reddox is a guy that simply gets things done when he’s inserted into the lineup.

Reddox’s games isn’t flashy but he fills his role to a tee. Last night he skated alongside Brule and Omark and even though he was on the ice for just 11:28 but he managed to contribute in that time. He made a great pass from behind the Wings net to Brule in the slot for the Oilers first goal. He skated his ass off all night and his four hits were the most any players was credited with. If you’re looking for a downside to his game last night you could find it on the Wings third goal where he probably should have picked up Draper as he was streaking to the net; but one mistake shouldn’t colour the whole game. Read more…

The Oilers Are Down To 24 – Just One Move Left

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

News of the Oilers more cuts from training camp was released this morning. The group that just missed the cut included Belle, Giroux, O’Marra, Omark, Ondrus, Petiot, Reddox, and Vande Velde. By placing Jacques on the IR the Oilers will be down to a 24 man roster. The final decision will be to assign Souray to the AHL or keep him here until a trade can be made and send one of Deslauriers or Dubnyk down instead.

My gut says that the Oiler will send Deslauriers down and keep Souray around (in name only) for now and keep working on a deal. If they assign him they are all but accepting that they will have to take on half of Souray’s contract for the next two years. Despite all the evidence to the contrary it seems like Tambellini still believes there is a market for Souray. The only downside to this course of action would be if a team made a waiver claim on Deslauriers. Or Dubnyk if that’s the case. I almost can’t imagine a team claiming either one but stranger things have happened. Read more…