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04-05-2013, 01:34 PM
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Jimmi Jenkins
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Originally Posted by Fourier View Post
I agree. He has had his moments this year but he has also taken a major step back in terms of his ability to keep up with the play and to compete game in and game out.

I am not sure what will happen the rest of this year, but I honestly think they have to have the talk with him at the end of the year. He can't play above the 4th line anymore with any constistency and next year there will be no room at the inn.

While the honorable thing to do might appear be to let him retire and give him a job in the organization, a compliance buyout saves cap space and gives him a nice parting gift.
The simpliest thing the Oilers can do, as far as the forwards, go with 4 centers, Nuge, Gagner, Horcoff and Smithson, keep the kid line and Gagner's line together, pair Horcoff and Yakupov and rotates Jones, Smyth, Hartikainen, Brown, Petrell and Lander through those other 3 wing positions, obviously depending on preformance and need.

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