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07-12-2013, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Hockey Buddha View Post
I really don't get the same impression that MacT is satisfied with the roster, and I think that he will continue to make changes to the roster, if he thinks that he can improve the club further.

He said that it will probably be relatively quiet on the trade front, but that he's always open for business. I think that some teams have roster and cap issues now, and now is the time to make some good deals for players. I really get the feeling that MacT is not yet finished, nor do I think that he's done what he wanted to do with the roster changes over the summer just yet. He wants to add more size and toughness to the line up. I can see Lander being packaged with another prospect and picks for a more experienced and skilled centreman. The Oilers have a lot of the key pieces in place with their young core and will have only a limited window of opportunity to win. They have to move into a "win now" mode.
Well, I certainly hope you're right, but I read the tea leaves quite differently. Smyth is coming back, as is Gagner. After Gordon was signed MacT was asked if he needed another center, and he said he was comfortable with what they had now. Jones was re-signed. Joensuu, from what I gather, was brought in to play for the big team, not OKC. Brown will be back. Eager is going to get another chance. They have 9 Dmen signed when you include Larsen, Potter, and Klefbom. I think 7 will stay, with 2 of the 3 I just listed going down to OKC.

As for the comment about being open for business, listen to the audio of it. Stauffer asks MacT if he's done for the summer or if there's more trades coming and, after a bit of an awkward pause, MacT finally says he's open 24/7 to do anything that will improve the team. That doesn't sound like someone who's actively perusing deals to me. It sounds like someone who is basically done but obviously would never close the door if someone came calling. MacT said he wanted to move Hemsky and I don't doubt that continue on that front, but otherwise I think he's done making roster moves. And if nothing good comes from the Hemsky offers, I wouldn't be surprised to see him back next year either.

That's just my take on things. Obviously, there can be more than one interpretation here.

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