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Soli 05-23-2013 09:37 PM

MacT Conference Call For Tier 1 Fans [Transcribed by @colinpriestner]
 
@dantencer
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is doing a conference call with season ticket holders tonight. Oilers will make audio public later in evening. The call starts at 7pm and my friend @colinpriestner has dutifully promised to tweet everything newsworthy, so give him a follow.


@colinpriestner
For those interested I will live-tweet anything quotable from the MacTavish conference call at 7:00pm tonight.

We're underway! Mactavish calls season ticket holders "shareholders" and says he will give a few updates on priorities. #mactpresser

MacT says size up front is a big priority as well as depth on 3rd and 4th lines. Says many nights they couldn't could on much contribution.

Mactavish wants size but not at expense of puck moving. Says they're looking for Detroit or Chicago model not "chip and chase style".

Mac says he has "high hopes" for Klefbom next season. Watched him in Sweden and says he was extremely impressed in all facets. He's big fan

Says UFA market is to be approached "cautiously". Says players are often in decline at UFA stage. Says Gagner is highest priority re-sign.

MacT says Sam Gagner could be youngest player in history to be UFA but his goal is for that not to happen. Wants to sign him long term.

Likes his 1-2 centreman but says he wants to land a big centre this summer if he can. Says he can't comment on Iginla but wants that type.

He says from July 1 to July 5 there is a recruitment window for pending UFA's. Also says his priority is A centre with 7 overall pick.

Lists McKinnon, Barkov and Monahan as the 3 centres he wants. He's had many talks about moving up OR down with fellow GMs.

"Very doubtful" he would move any of his "six core guys". Which includes Hall, Yak, Eberle, RNH. Didn't name the two others.

Craig would not say that Schultz and Gagner are players 5 and 6 when asked by Michaels. Perhaps Klefbom over Gagner? Interesting,

Hard work, good humour and cooperation are the 3 things he insists on having in the culture of the team.

81% of the ticket holders polled said the first priority should be acquiring a defensemen and not a forward.

Mac is not interested in adding a tough guy who can't play at a fairly high level. Says he's very aware they need to get tougher.

Caller says what is plan for goaltending. Very active in looking for "a couple goalies". He says verdict is out on Devan Dubnyk.

Calls Dubnyk's play was "adequate" but didn't disagree with caller who said he has been disappointing as a number 1. Says Denis isn't likely

Asked where he realistically predicts the Oilers will finish in 13-14 season, Mac says "competing very aggressively to make playoffs".

He says to "guarantee" a play off spot he admits some things need to fall into place. Needs internal growth and big external off-season.

Says shots on goal total was unacceptable, and team didn't have enough "push" and blames that on depth. And needs D to make better plays

Horcoff's future is with club: Mac "that will be determined over the summer". Being here too long "has had negative effect on his spirit".

I'll expand on Horcoff. MacTavish said him "being here too long may have had negative effect on his spirit" and "will determine over summer"

That's all folks. Appreciate the feedback and follows, new friends!

BarDownBobo 05-23-2013 09:40 PM

So Iggy could be on the radar........ :yo::yo::yo::yo::yo:

Soli 05-23-2013 09:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BarDownBobo (Post 66509783)
So Iggy could be on the radar........ :yo::yo::yo::yo::yo:

Iginla's not a center though.

The fact he wants to keep RNH and Gagner, and then ADD a bigger center, and wants to draft a center at 7... this to me shows an underlying sentiment to roll 3 scoring lines.

... if not 4. :sarcasm:

Krut 05-23-2013 09:44 PM

It's almost unbelievable how much MacT spills compared to Tambo.

smackdaddy 05-23-2013 09:46 PM

It's so refreshing having a former player and coach intimate with the on-ice dynamics understand the needs of the team. Almost brings a tear to my eye.

Joey Moss 05-23-2013 09:46 PM

Yea.. seems like he might be saying too much. Nice to know we will be drafting a center at 7 though. If Lindholm and Monahan are gone I really hope he doesn't pass on Nichushkin for Lazar or Horvat though.

Neatman 05-23-2013 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krut (Post 66510139)
It's almost unbelievable how much MacT spills compared to Tambo.

He does it without tipping his hand though. He doesn't say anything the informed fan (or any other team) wouldn't know anyways, but somehow manages to look competent by confirming the obvious.

It'll be an extremely interesting and exciting offseason for sure. The next year could easily define the team for the next decade imo depending on what happens in the draft, UFA, and with trades.

BarDownBobo 05-23-2013 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Soli (Post 66509933)
Iginla's not a center though.

The fact he wants to keep RNH and Gagner, and then ADD a bigger center, and wants to draft a center at 7... this to me shows an underlying sentiment to roll 3 scoring lines.

... if not 4. :sarcasm:

I'd still take him. I can just picture a PP with Iggy on one side and Yak on the other....Wow...

Soli 05-23-2013 10:02 PM

I'm updating the OP as new tweets from Priestner roll in, but this one was interesting..

Horcoff's future is with club: Mac "that will be determined over the summer". Being here too long "has had negative effect on his spirit". I'll expand on Horcoff. MacTavish said him "being here too long may have had negative effect on his spirit" and "will determine over summer"

Going to have to listen to the call. I think Priestner made a typo there in respect to futures is with club. That quote does not sound convincing.

McRib 05-23-2013 10:04 PM

Iggy will take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh. He's made his money.

Comments about Dubnyk were interesting though. Maybe MacT isn't a big fan of Dubnyk?

Disappointed that nothing was really asked about coaching.

Lindo 05-23-2013 10:05 PM

That is a very interesting quote. You wonder if they actually think of buying him out.

Soli 05-23-2013 10:07 PM

Conference call over.

Tad Mikowsky 05-23-2013 10:08 PM

The Horcoff one is very interesting. Wow.

Senor Catface 05-23-2013 10:09 PM

Well to be fair, Horcoff being here this long has hurt our spirits too.:sarcasm:

SHO NUFF* 05-23-2013 10:20 PM

Kind of an indictment of Dubnyk there, seems pretty clear he doesn't have a lot of confidence in him moving forward. Hope Dubnyk can take these comments constructively. Also doesn't sound like he's considering bringing Khabibulin back.

SHO NUFF* 05-23-2013 10:32 PM

Reading between the lines with his comments on the draft, if a center is the priority with #7 and he wants one of MacKinnon/Barkov/Monahan, he's looking to trade up for a shot at one of these 3 guys. If he can't get there, he'll look to trade down.

Dubnykov 05-23-2013 10:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scoobs (Post 66512399)
Iggy will take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh. He's made his money.

Comments about Dubnyk were interesting though. Maybe MacT isn't a big fan of Dubnyk?

Disappointed that nothing was really asked about coaching.

Well iggy was born in E-town.. maybe he wants to play in his hometown :sarcasm:

BarDownBobo 05-23-2013 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EpicEric (Post 66515813)
Well iggy was born in E-town.. maybe he wants to play in his hometown :sarcasm:

That's my logic/hope for it.

Soli 05-23-2013 10:51 PM

Found a few more things that Priestner did not mention.

@regwald
Bold moves is about moving draft picks for players and not dumping kids #mactpresser
#mactpresser Krueger. Satisfied ? not a coaching problem. Job with Nail was exceptional. Positive message important in challenging times.
#mactpresser. 4th coach in last 5 yrs. need better tools to do a better job. learning experience for Ralph. bright guy. able to adapt.
#mactpresser feels Ralph is the guy to go forward with.
#mactpresser Back to Horc. Is that the long time losing here might wear on Horc and maybe desire to move on alluded.

Dubnykov 05-23-2013 10:56 PM

[QUOTE=Soli;66516835]Found a few more things that Priestner did not mention.

@regwald
[I]Bold moves is about moving draft picks for players and not dumping kids #mactpresser
#mactpresser Krueger. Satisfied ? not a coaching problem. Job with Nail was exceptional. Positive message important in challenging times.


I agree with that a lot because towards the end of the season compared to the start was night and day his play

OILSLICK94 05-23-2013 10:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Soli (Post 66516835)
Found a few more things that Priestner did not mention.

@regwald
Bold moves is about moving draft picks for players and not dumping kids #mactpresser
#mactpresser Krueger. Satisfied ? not a coaching problem. Job with Nail was exceptional. Positive message important in challenging times.
#mactpresser. 4th coach in last 5 yrs. need better tools to do a better job. learning experience for Ralph. bright guy. able to adapt.
#mactpresser feels Ralph is the guy to go forward with.
#mactpresser Back to Horc. Is that the long time losing here might wear on Horc and maybe desire to move on alluded.

Great news...... Can't have a revolving door behind the bench. STABILITY

I also think Krueger did handle Yak well,

OILSLICK94 05-23-2013 11:04 PM

Really like that they are targeting a CENTRE, we have D prospects in the stable like this draft class, besides the obvious (Seth Jones)

Barkov would be an amazing trade up,
Would love Monahan as a fall back

After that trade down and go with one of the following
Lazar
Horvat (MacT loves him)

Seen Horvat play here in London all season and he has a David Backes type centre style to him, in my mind

AlowlyOilersfan 05-23-2013 11:06 PM

Yeah, what he said about Horc isn't surprising.

He mentioned in his presser about having some "tough" decisions ahead. I think buying out Horcoff is one of those.

Valic 05-23-2013 11:08 PM

Soooo who else is as excited as me about the offseason?

When I hear about an Oilers trade its like Christmas Mlmorning. I still remember dropping my Fries Supreme when the Smith for Pitkanen trade went down due to excitement.

I suspect I better hold onto my lunch pretty tight this summer.

Tarus 05-23-2013 11:09 PM

Bottom 6 couldn't keep up, bottom 6 fixture in Horcoff and part of the problem might be on the way out. Guess it's premature to say the Oilers aren't considering, and would never buy him out(since no one wants that contract in a trade).

Doubt it happens, but there might finally be some common sense in the organization if it does.


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