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10-26-2003, 09:53 AM
Oi'll say!
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We need Brind'Amour, Carolina doesn't

So far this season the Oilers have:

-the Comrie deal hanging over their heads
-lost two more games than they've won
-a respectable gf
-a decent pp at home
-been shut out twice on the road
-the second worst ga in the league
-yet to win on the road
-had almost as many fights as all of last season
-already blown a 3 goal lead
-lots of shorthanded goals

Did I miss anything important?

Overall the Oilers have:

-a very talented young team
-good size/speed/toughness
-some very highly ranked prospects

What's the main ingredient missing here, both for the present and the future?

A strong veteran presence at the #1 center position. No team can be successful without that and our prospects will be better off if they come into a winning environment.

Sure there are some teams with young guys there that do ok like last year's Oilers, Canucks, Bruins, Lightning, etc, but the Devils are the rare exception to the rule that you need a top notch center to be a great team.

In my days it's been Sakic/Forsberg, Yzerman, Lemieux, Gretzky, Messier, Modano/Nieuwendyk, Trottier...

I'm not saying that Rod will get us a Cup this year, but he'll create a lot of stability here and the team will be in good shape when he's ready to hand over the reins to whomever.

Carolina doesn't need him, they're in the Ovechkin derby for certain now after finishing dead last a year ago and now having one win so far this season.

Comrie for Brind'Amour and a pick/prospect, plus we get $1m/year of Rod's contract paid for.

This way Carolina is in no danger of losing their spot in "the derby", and the Oilers have a good shot at a 100 point season and a playoff run.

Smyth Brind'Amour Dvo
Izzy York Hemsky
Moreau Reasoner Pisani
Chimera Horcoff Laraque

Call me crazy, but I've always had a ton of respect for Brind'Amour and I think he's still got lots of gas left in the tank, plus he's like a forgotten man in Carolina. I think he's the best center in the world that we could almost afford here, if we overpay in young talent we may get some money in return to help make it work out financially.

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