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12-04-2003, 09:49 AM
Join Date: Nov 2003
1.) 2003 draft - passing up Zach Parise. Now the number 1 prospect in the Devils system.
2.) 2002 draft - not drafting Jiri Hudler. A young centre who made this years Red Wings team.
3.) signing Tommy Salo to a 3.9 million dollar contract after an awful 2003 playoffs and shaky second half in 2002 (after returning from the 2002 Olympics).
4.) keeping your best player, Ryan Smyth, at 3rd line centre instead of keeping him in his position of 1st line LW (one of the best in the league).
5.) Not signing the franchise player, Mike Comrie, in favour of Tommy Salo (who was the worst of the underachievers in last year's playoffs).
6.) Playing Mike York (with one arm) ahead of a healthy Jason Chimera.
7.) Taking too long to trade Tom Poti. Then, when he returned, playing him with a young Eric Brewer rather than a veteran. Then trading him along with a big, veteran centre in Rem Murray for a small forward. Note: we missed the playoffs that year. Although Mike Comrie carried the team on his back that season (2001/2002 - 60 points) while Ryan Smyth was injured.
8.) Playing Igor Ulanov with one bad eye in the 2000-2001 playoffs rather than playing a healthy Sean Brown.
9.) Trading Sean Brown for Bobby Allen.
10.) Trading Mike Grier for 2 draft picks.
11.) Drafting Alexei Mikhinov (no.17) ahead of Brian Sutherby in 2000's entry draft. Accoring to the Edmonton Journal, at last years trade deadline Lowe tried to trade Niinimaa for Sutherby.
12.) Drafting Jani Rita (no.13) ahead of Barret Jackman (no.17) in 1999's draft.
13.) Not getting Barrett Jackman in the Doug Weight trade from St.Louis.
14.) Having too much depth at forward and very little on defense.
15.) Making it hard to like the Oilers: Comrie, Carter, Niinimaa, etc. ....
In management I'm holding Kevin Lowe, Kevin Prendergast, Scott Howson and even Craig MacTavish responsible. I would rather the Oilers fire MacTavish than trade Mike Comrie. Any Oiler fans who miss Comrie, Carter or Niinimaa, how do you feel ?
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