No loyalty from the new Edmonton Oilers GM could lead to an unpredictable offseason how to get rid of ants nest in house

Fans and media all have players that they simply like how to get rid of ants nest in house more than others. That’s a fact. Certain players get a little bit more leeway depending on how to get rid of ants nest in house how you personally feel about them. You tend to forgive the mistakes of players you like how to get rid of ants nest in house a little bit easier.

Look at how fans react to kris russell. Some will say that he’s one of the oilers best defensemen because of his how to get rid of ants nest in house compete-level and willingness to block shots while others look at how to get rid of ants nest in house his numbers and puck-moving ability and think the oilers would be a better how to get rid of ants nest in house team without his $4 million cap hit.

Just like how fans have certain bias’ and opinions, so do coaches and general managers. I remember points last season when fans were irate with how to get rid of ants nest in house todd mclellan’s love for drake caggiula while he seemingly never wanted how to get rid of ants nest in house to give jesse puljujarvi the same opportunities, despite the general manager clearly wanting puljujarvi to get more how to get rid of ants nest in house ice time.

Maybe that loyalty isn’t so much built from the player personally, but it’s a result of a general manager wanting to be how to get rid of ants nest in house right. Peter chiarelli likely would have never dealt adam larsson because how to get rid of ants nest in house it would mean that he’s accepting that he lost the taylor hall trade. Chiarelli forced puljujarvi into the NHL so that his draft how to get rid of ants nest in house pick would make him look good. Maybe it’s even a little bit of an ego thing.

The best managers and executives learn how to accept when how to get rid of ants nest in house they’re wrong and they know when to put personal feelings how to get rid of ants nest in house aside. Look at bill belichick in new england. The cliche around him is that he will cut tom how to get rid of ants nest in house brady the second that they have a better quarterback. That’s the way championship organizations operate. Loyalty can sink organizations to some extent and when the how to get rid of ants nest in house oilers name a new GM, I expect that person will come in and feel no how to get rid of ants nest in house loyalty to anyone on the roster outside of connor mcdavid.

That’s why the upcoming offseason for the edmonton oilers seems how to get rid of ants nest in house so unpredictable. The man who brought in a lot of the oilers how to get rid of ants nest in house current depth players is no longer here and when the how to get rid of ants nest in house new GM will likely have no problem moving out anyone how to get rid of ants nest in house on the roster, regardless of how they got here.

That applies to a lot of players including the aforementioned how to get rid of ants nest in house russell, who is a prime “cap-dump” candidate. The previous regime clearly thought very highly of the rugged how to get rid of ants nest in house defenseman, it’s tough to tell if the next group will feel how to get rid of ants nest in house the same way.

Same goes for zack kassian. The last group of management saw what he did for how to get rid of ants nest in house them in the 2016-17 playoff run. He’s proven that he’s capable of sliding into the top six for stretches, and he finished this past season on a ridiculous hot how to get rid of ants nest in house streak on connor mcdavid’s wing, but for most of his time with the oilers, he’s been a fourth line winger. The next GM might look at his $1.9 million cap-hit and feel like the oilers could replace his contributions how to get rid of ants nest in house with a cheaper player. He might also see kassian as a realistic top-six option. It’s hard to tell.

The list goes on and on. How will the new GM feel about matt benning? He’s 24-years-old and has played in 200 NHL games. With right-shot defensemen like ethan bear, evan bouchard, and even joel persson in the system, I wonder benning could be dealt for a young forward. The blue line is an area of organizational depth for how to get rid of ants nest in house the oilers.

On a deeper level, there are many who think that the oilers need a how to get rid of ants nest in house massive shakeup this summer. A lot of people will point to the big trade how to get rid of ants nest in house that calgary and carolina made last summer as a prime how to get rid of ants nest in house example of what the oilers should do. The flames sent dougie hamilton, michael ferland and the rights to adam fox to the how to get rid of ants nest in house hurricanes in exchange for elias lindholm and noah hanifin. The deal worked wonderfully for both teams as they each how to get rid of ants nest in house returned to the postseason.

On one hand, I think we could definitely see that kind of trade how to get rid of ants nest in house and it might involve names like darnell nurse, adam larsson, jesse puljujarvi, or even ryan nugent-hopkins. I don’t think it would be a good idea to trade how to get rid of ants nest in house someone like nugent-hopkins, but the incoming GM might want to make a big how to get rid of ants nest in house swing and put his stamp on the team early in how to get rid of ants nest in house his tenure. The other side of that coin is that the oilers how to get rid of ants nest in house could also choose a more cautious GM who may want how to get rid of ants nest in house to watch this team with his own eyes for a how to get rid of ants nest in house season before dealing off a core player.

Three of the top candidates for the GM job (burke, mccrimmon, and hunter) have never been NHL gms before so once the oilers how to get rid of ants nest in house make their hire, we won’t have an NHL track record to reference. We know mccrimmon has been solid in the pro-scouting department with vegas, hunter has a reputation of being someone who is big how to get rid of ants nest in house on drafting and developing, and burke is maybe a little bit of a wild how to get rid of ants nest in house card. Whereas if they were to hire someone like ron hextall, mike gillis, ken holland, or dean lombardi we would be able to look at how to get rid of ants nest in house some of their past moves and maybe project what kind how to get rid of ants nest in house of team they would like to build. That’s not really the case with a first time GM.

Whoever the oilers hire could come in and feel no how to get rid of ants nest in house loyalty to the current roster which could lead to some how to get rid of ants nest in house fringe fan favourites being moved out of town or possibly how to get rid of ants nest in house some massive changes to the core. At the same time, the new GM might be handcuffed by the salary cap how to get rid of ants nest in house and that could lead to the 2019-20 oilers looking very similar to the team that missed how to get rid of ants nest in house the playoffs this past season. In short, this summer is going to be a very unpredictable one how to get rid of ants nest in house around edmonton.

The way I look at it and I will be how to get rid of ants nest in house blunt, why should whoever the GM ends up being have ANY how to get rid of ants nest in house loyalty to any oilers player except mcdavid and leon? If you take off your oilers colored glasses and look how to get rid of ants nest in house at this team objectively, who other than mcdavid and leon has lived up to how to get rid of ants nest in house expectations or even consistently been good? I honestly can’t think of anyone else.

Even nuge. As much as I am a big time nuge fan how to get rid of ants nest in house and do not want him to be traded, up until this season, he’s NEVER scored 25 goals and his career high was how to get rid of ants nest in house 56 pts. Plus he’s been mostly a minus player who has a career how to get rid of ants nest in house 44% faceoff percentage. He was 45.12 this year. Again, I really like nuge but when the oilers drafted him, I wasn’t expecting him to be a mid 50’s pt center who can’t win a faceoff consistently. When he was drafted, he was directly compared to datsyuk. Datsyuk typically scored WAY about 56 pts. He had a bunch of 80 and 90 pt seasons. At 37, his last NHL season he had 49 pts in 66 how to get rid of ants nest in house games. That’s on pace for over 60 pts. He is a career 53.9% on faceoffs. Nuge isn’t even close to datsyuk. Nuge had his best season EVER this year scoring 28 how to get rid of ants nest in house goals and 69 pts but he played a lot with how to get rid of ants nest in house mcdavid. What do you want to bet that if nuge didn’t play with mcdavid this past year, his numbers would be around low end 20’s in goals and 50 pts.

Nuge played most of his career with taylor hall. The reining MVP and one of the best left wingers how to get rid of ants nest in house in the NHL and then had eberle on his right how to get rid of ants nest in house who was a 25 goal man. So he had pretty darn good wingers and all he how to get rid of ants nest in house could put up was 56 pts as a career high.

I am not trying to run nuge out of town. My preference is to keep him but who ever the how to get rid of ants nest in house GM is can’t be blinded by 1 season of nuge actually putting how to get rid of ants nest in house up good numbers for a change. His value will most likely NEVER be higher. So if a team desperate for some center depth comes how to get rid of ants nest in house calling and thinks that nuge can be a 70+ pt center from here on which personally, I highly doubt he will do that and a good how to get rid of ants nest in house trade comes. If you can trade 1 player in nuge and in how to get rid of ants nest in house return you can get a couple of good forwards back how to get rid of ants nest in house that increases your teams overall depth AND fills a couple how to get rid of ants nest in house of needs while costing you close to what nuge makes, you have to look at it. Who knows, you might get lucky and hit a jackpot.

As an example. Prior to getting traded, elias lindholm was an under performing forward who had a how to get rid of ants nest in house career high 17 goals, 45 pts, skated well, is right handed, can play both special teams and wins over 53% of his faceoffs. He was making 2.750 mill and needed a new deal. Canes dumps him for ferland in the hamilton deal. He scored 27 goals, 78 pts, 54.3% on draws for the flames. He makes 4.875 mill. I am a big nuge fan but I do not how to get rid of ants nest in house think nuge will EVER put up those type of numbers. Nuge is worth WAY more than ferland. So if you could go out and find a guy how to get rid of ants nest in house like lindholm who’s decent, can be in a top 6 role but under performed how to get rid of ants nest in house and on top of that. Worst case scenario, he hovers around high teens – 20 goals and 45-50 pts. Just like lindholm did. Then maybe get yourself say a penalty killing bottom 6 how to get rid of ants nest in house winger who typically scores 10-15 goals, 30 pts, like rieder was supposed to be. Worse case you are getting 30 goals, 80 pts for similar money.

I have no issue with what mcdavid or leon make. As each year goes by, those contracts are going to become more and more of how to get rid of ants nest in house a bargain. But they still make 21 mill combined which is a how to get rid of ants nest in house lot. This doesn’t just apply to the oilers, it applies to all teams. When you have that much money locked into 2 guys, you have to find guys who over achieve for heir how to get rid of ants nest in house salary. Other than mcdavid and leon, there isn’t a single player on this team that overachieves and how to get rid of ants nest in house a hell of a lot that grossly underachieve. As good as nuge has been, he hasn’t overachieved once and I would argue that until this how to get rid of ants nest in house past season, I am not so sure he has even earned his how to get rid of ants nest in house 6 mill. I look at the center down the highway and who how to get rid of ants nest in house makes 375K more than nuge and he flirts with 30 how to get rid of ants nest in house goals, scored over 30 3 times. Except for his rookie season has never been below 27 how to get rid of ants nest in house goals, typically scores over 60 pts and is an above 50% faceoff guy. He had 34 goals and 82 pts this year and how to get rid of ants nest in house makes 375K more than nuge. We are all dancing in the streets over nuge’s 69 pts.

Your statement can be true but it all depends on how to get rid of ants nest in house what you think you would need to replace if you how to get rid of ants nest in house trade nuge. As much as I love seeing mcdavid and leon together, I think the oilers best line up has those 2 how to get rid of ants nest in house separated centering their own lines. You have decent players with each and then you have how to get rid of ants nest in house 2 elite players driving their lines. So then a team can’t just focus on 1 line like they did this how to get rid of ants nest in house year. The mcdavid/leon line would score a couple goals a game which how to get rid of ants nest in house for any line, is pretty darn good, then the rest including nuge would score nothing. So the oilers would lose. The only time they would win is the when mcdavid/leon scored 3 or 4 goals as a line. Needless to say that is hard to do which is how to get rid of ants nest in house why they missed the playoffs again. So moving forward, I think that they need to split those guys up.

So for a nuge trade. If mcdavid is your #1 center and leon is your #2 center and nuge himself says he prefers to be how to get rid of ants nest in house center that means nuge is your 3rd line center. So if you are trading nuge who on your team how to get rid of ants nest in house is your 3rd line center, then you can absolutely replace him.

A new GM was replacing an outgoing GM. The outgoing GM met with the incoming GM for an how to get rid of ants nest in house exit interview. During the discussion, the departing GM stated he had placed 3 very important how to get rid of ants nest in house letters in his drawer just as his predecessor had done how to get rid of ants nest in house for him. He explained the new GM would find opening the letters how to get rid of ants nest in house in order useful when a serious problem occurred. He also said the letters left for him really helped how to get rid of ants nest in house him over his tenure as GM.

Months passed before a major slum happened. The new GM remembered the letters numbered 1, 2, and 3. The new GM opened letter #1 and the letter said “blame it on your predecessor.” the new GM did as the letter stated and amazingly how to get rid of ants nest in house he was able to avert serious problems and keep his how to get rid of ants nest in house job.

A month passed before another big losing streak happened. Things were starting to get ugly at the rink. There were even calls for the GM to step down. In desperation, the GM opened the drawer and pulled out letter #2. With great fear he, opened it carefully to read the word “make some trades.” he followed the instructions and just as before he was how to get rid of ants nest in house saved. The whole organization quieted down.

By the end of the season, it was clear the team wasn’t making the playoffs this news was much worse than how to get rid of ants nest in house the earlier bad news. But the GM knew how to get out of the how to get rid of ants nest in house mess because he had a third letter left to open. With a smile he reached for the letter #3 and opened it. It said: “write 3 letters.”

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