Quick Strikes: the Two Sides of General Managing in the NHL
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Unlike some General Managers in the National Hockey League, Julien BriseBois has a clear and logical plan for the Edmonton Oilers going forward. He has planned ahead, done his homework on all aspects of the team, and has an answer for all questions surrounding the roster. Can you tell what I’m getting at? We’ll get to that later. Patience, young reader.
Anyway, Tampa Bay Lightning GM JBB provided a “State of the Bolts” update on the franchise. It’s a very good read. Very uplifting. [NHL dot com]
Rookie defenseman Erik Cernak has been a pleasant surprise, so much so it certainly sounds like he could be in Tampa to stay. “He’s too good for us to send back,” BriseBois said. “He makes us better. He balances our right side and our left side. He and Ryan McDonagh turned out to be a really good pair. There’s chemistry there.”
The Lightning have been scoring a lot of goals this season. 163, to be exact. But the win against the Montreal Canadiens opened a question: why do we have to out-score our problems? What if we can’t? [Tampa Bay Times]
“If there’s one thing that we need to improve a little bit, our goals against,” coach Jon Cooper said before Saturday’s game. “We’re probably one higher than we should be.”
Also in this piece, I caught up with family of Benjamin Roy, the 8-year-old Quebec Make-A-Wish kid who shared special moment with #TBLightning @YanniGourde Saturday night. “He’ll never forget it,” his dad says. https://t.co/AlIFku8Qg5 pic.twitter.com/rKIgsvrUaA— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) December 31, 2018
Dan Girardi grabbed a mic for the aforementioned Habs game, and provided some great footage from the evening. Enjoy five minutes of Mic’d Up with Uncle Dan!
Captain Steven Stamkos has broken a lot of records this month. Dave Mishkin breaks it all down on the second-last day of the month. [NHL dot com]
December has been a record-shattering month for the Lightning, who still have one more game to play before the calendar turns. Their 12 wins and 25 points in the month are both new franchise-highs. Individually, Nikita Kucherov already has posted a franchise-best 28 points this month. And Steven Stamkos has set a franchise record by scoring 14 goals in December.
Kucherov’s 15 points through five games (4-11—15), are the most by any @TBLightning player over a five-game span, besting the previous mark set by Vincent Lecavalier from Nov. 8-19, 2007 (6-8—14). #NHLStats #MTLvsTBL pic.twitter.com/dp4LEYnVDh— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 30, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Radim Salda got in his first game of the tournament for the Czech Republic, and played really well! They lost to Canada, but that’s besides the point! [Raw Charge]
“As I looked ahead to the games on December 29th even before this year’s tournament began, I knew that this day would be pivotal. Not only would these games yield telling results for final group rankings, but it also gave us some really good matchups. Rather than spoil it all now, I’ll just let you read, because yesterday’s games did not disappoint.”
It’s an understatement, but Slater Koekkoek has been a very good soldier for the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. He’s now getting some time to show off his stuff whilst on a conditioning stint with the Syracuse Crunch. So far, so good. [Syracuse]
“He fits in right away. And the style he plays, he knows the way we play here. It’s very similar to Tampa Bay,’’ Groulx said. “So for me, it was only a matter of him getting comfortable quickly. I think he needed a few minutes, but then he was a general out there. I’m very happy with his performance.’’
“I just got to be strong defensively – make good breakout passes, box outs at the net and then just kind of get my groove back, get back in games.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) December 30, 2018
Slater Koekkoek on his focus during the conditioning assignment. #SPRvsSYR pic.twitter.com/eg6W6dP0Sf
First, a letter.
Dear Edmonton Oilers,
What did you expect? Did you expect Peter Chiarelli to change every fibre in his being and turn into a good general manager simply because he was on his “last chance”? Did you really expect Peter Chiarelli to evaluate players and systems properly for a change, while keeping the exact same “brain trust” in the front office of Rogers Place? Did you expect Peter Chiarelli to win a negotiation with someone, anyone?
No, and you were foolish to think otherwise.
Fire Peter Chiarelli.
The rest of the hockey world, who is laughing at you.
P.S. You are so so so lucky Connor McDavid has been brainwashed into being loyal to a shipwreck of a hockey team. You are so lucky he hasn’t already tried to leave. I don’t know why he enjoys Milan Lucic and Kris Russell‘s company so much. I hope, for the love of the sport, that Newmarket, Ontario’s own sums up the courage to leave that Western Canadian hell-hole and play on a good team in the playoffs. Hockey is being robbed of that, and Peter Chiarelli, Bob Nicholson, and Daryl Katz are to blame.
Where would the Oilers be if Connor McDavid actually used his unlimited power within the organization. He has LeBron pull and doesn't use it.— Frosty the SnowLad ☃️ (@HardevLad) December 30, 2018
Here’s a picture of Peter Chiarelli the day the Oilers hired him. pic.twitter.com/YPjP3wpYTv— Weebo (@OilersPain) December 28, 2018
And now, some context. In the form of tweets and links. You know, the usual QS stuff.
First, the Edmonton Oilers traded former Ottawa Senators Uber-rider Chris Wideman to the Florida Panthers (where Mike Hoffman resides) and a third-round pick for a worse (and more expensive) defenseman in Alex Petrovic.
Panthers trade Alex Petrovic to Oilers for Chris Wideman and 2019 third-rounder
Oilers Acquire Alex Petrovic From Florida
Then, a few hours later, Chiarelli called the Chicago Blackhawks, which is never a good idea. The full trade was Drake Caggiula and Jason Garrison to Chicago for Brandon Manning and Robin Norell. So, the Oilers traded one of their better NHL wingers (seriously) and a healthy scratch for the problematic defenseman that broke Connor McDavid’s clavial. Cool. Cool.
Blackhawks trade Brandon Manning, Robin Norell to Oilers for Drake Caggiula, Jason Garrison
Trade: Oilers send Drake Caggiula to Chicago Blackhawks in Exchange for Brandon Manning
For those who substribe to The Athletic will be able to read why Manning was such a problem for the Blackhawks, and that the Oilers once again don’t know what they’re getting into. But size, right?
What trading Brandon Manning means for the Blackhawks now and in the future https://t.co/t2tRSWkwo9— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) December 31, 2018
I highly recommend reading this entire thread. It is ... incredible. I put Chiarelli’s first move as Oilers GM below, but it gets much worse both before and after that fateful day.
Peter Chiarelli and his many mistakes, a thread— Mr Booth ❄️ (@MrBooth_7) December 31, 2018
June 26th, 2015: With his first trade as the new Oilers GM, Chiarelli trades the 16th and 33rd overall picks of the 2015 draft for Griffin Reinhart. At 16th overall, Matt Barzal was selected, while players such as Kyle Connor, Brock Boeser, and Thomas Chabot were available— Mr Booth ❄️ (@MrBooth_7) December 31, 2018
Garisson isn't a NHLer. Caggiula is a tweener at best I think.— Woodguy (@Woodguy55) December 31, 2018
Pete still managed to lose the trade.
Oilers acquire Alex Petrovic from Florida. He has one assist this year. He’ll fit right in.— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) December 30, 2018
the edmonton oilers front office trying to improve their team pic.twitter.com/FXzJrM5UXc— dom luszczyszyn 👀 (@domluszczyszyn) December 31, 2018
Welcome to the Edmonton Oilers show, starring Peter Chiarelli as “Drunk Guy Desperately Trying To Convince Everyone At The Party That He’s Totally Okay To Drive"— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 30, 2018
Oilers fans wondering where the already-thin secondary scoring will come from with Drake Caggiula now traded, are completely forgetting about Milan Lucic, who has two goals since Christmas.— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) December 31, 2018
Wait, that’s two goals since *last* Christmas.
Told Chiarelli tried to include Ryan Spooner in one of the deals he made Sunday, to no avail.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) December 31, 2018
The Spooner-for-Ryan-Strome deal that seemed regretful at the time is, alas, regretted.
Fire the guy. Honestly. It’s beyond time.