Did you know that the Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson? And that trade was topped by the Montreal Canadiens, who shipped PK Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber! Are we living in a dream?
Fans of the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens are miserable after losing the faces of their franchise. With the departure of PK Subban from the Habs and Taylor Hall from the Oilers, the respective fan bases are anticipating the next move. Is the next move the right move for either team?
The Edmonton Oilers are reported to be the front runners for Milan Lucic, while the Montreal Canadiens want Milan Lucic.
When paying six million dollars…
In the summer of 2015, the Boston Bruins traded Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for Colin Miller, Martin Jones, and the 13th overall pick. The Bruins picked Jakub Zboril, who scored only 20 points in 50 games.
Lucic thrived with the Los Angeles Kings on the second line with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, where he scored 55 points in the regular season, and three in five playoff games.
Because Milan Lucic is testing free agency, the Edmonton Oilers likely want him after trading Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils.
The Oilers already have Patrick Maroon, a grinder. The Oilers already have Zack Kassian, a grinder. The Oilers already have Matt Hendricks, a grinder (he’s an underrated shootout wizard). And now the Oilers, the Edmonton Oilers want Milan Lucic, a grinder. Do you see where this is going?
It’s because Peter Chiarelli wants his heart-and-soul left winger from Boston. But grit doesn’t win you games. Scoring ability and depth does. Just look at the Pittsburgh Penguins! Phil Kessel was on the THIRD LINE!
It’s amazing that the Oilers want to pay almost six million dollars for a second line left winger?
Lucic is 28. Sure, he’s still young, but the Oilers want to pay Mr. Lucic almost as much as Taylor Hall, without the elite scoring ability. A player should not be paid just about six million dollars who doesn’t have quick foot speed. You can say the same thing about Patrick Maroon, but Maroon only has two years remaining, where he’ll be paid two million dollars yearly. He’s not overpaid for his role with the team.
The Oilers should look into signing Loui Eriksson and Jason Demers. Eriksson can probably fit perfectly alongside McDavid in replacement of Taylor Hall. He won’t be Taylor Hall, but it would be the second time Chiarelli welcomes Eriksson to a new home.
Jason Demers is a right-shot defenceman that would fit on the second pairing behind Adam Larsson, and beside Andrej Sekera or Darnell Nurse. The Oilers need defence, and as long as he’s not fed more than four million per year, Demers could be the best fit.
Overpaying for an overrated forward…
After acquiring a veteran in Shea Weber, the Montreal Canadiens are looking to sign Andrew Ladd. At 30 years young, Ladd is another veteran like Lucic, who is also on the decline.
Ladd had 12 points in 19 games with the Blackhawks, while scoring 34 points in 59 with the Winnipeg Jets. He is a great second line forward, but does he deserve 6.8 million dollars to play behind a line of Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, and Brendan Gallagher?
The Habs could really use a guy like Ladd, but paying the price of almost seven million dollars seems illogical. But Bergevin traded Subban, so who knows what will happen.
Like the Oilers, the Habs could just pay Loui Eriksson five million dollars. Eriksson is 30 years old, so he, like almost every other unrestricted free agent, is on the decline. However, Eriksson potted a good 63 points in the 2015-16 campaign after he couldn’t hit 50 since the 2011-12 season with the Dallas Stars.
Please don’t take Lucic either. You already have Shaw and Gallagher!
Loui Eriksson seems like the most logical choice for the Oilers and the Canadiens. The Oilers could go for a right-shot defenceman in Jason Demers, and the Canadiens shouldn’t overpay for Andrew Ladd. Could we see either team go for an offer sheet? Maybe tackle a Chris Kreider? Tyson Barrie?
Just don’t disappoint your fans again.