Thread: Prospect Info: David Musil vs. Oscar Klefbom
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02-19-2014, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by CupofOil View Post
You're not looking at the deal in context. It's not so easy to say that Penner was an NHL player who played a small part in the Kings run so it's an automatic loss for the Oilers. The fact of the matter is that the Oilers were a team that was clearly looking to get younger and Penner was becoming a depreciating asset. His play was becoming more and more apathetic by the game probably due to the frustration of playing for a losing team so Tambellini got value for him while he could and another big factor is that he was likely going to walk after the next season with an eye for California so Tambo sold him at the highest value that he could. Rebuilding teams make these type of moves all the time so it's not exclusive to the Oilers. It's actually one of the few smart moves that he made in his tenure.

Now, if you want to say that this was a win for L.A., i agree with that because they got exactly what they wanted out of the deal and really didn't have as much a need for prospects and draft picks. They were looking for a short term solution and it worked out for them.
Conversely, the Oilers needed draft picks and prospects considering what state they were in and less veterans who quite frankly, didn't seem to have much interest playing for a team that was going nowhere anytime soon so they were looking for a long term solution which has yet to bear fruit.

I just take issue with those who say that the Oilers lost this deal. It's easy to say that without looking at context but the reality is that it is yet to be determined how the Oilers made out in the deal until we see what type of impact player Klefbom turns out to be or not.
The fact that Tambo couldn't get ANY useful roster player or prospect ready to make the jump makes this deal a complete loss. If Tambo gets Clifford or Dwight King or Voynov or basically any prospect thats ready to step in the deal would have looked respectable. And I'm willing to bet we could have got the same deal for Penner in 2012 as 2011. Especially when you consider he'd have ended up playing with either RNH or Gagner full time.

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