I'm quite pleased with the Oilers moves today. Belanger is the exact player we have needed for 3 years now, I'm so happy to get him. Our D has improved and we've added grit that we really needed. You can call the Barker signing a bad one, but I have a feeling he can get back to form in Edmonton, just as Whitney did. Minnesota is a pretty bad fit for an offensive minded defenseman like Barker. Very happy with today.
Eager, Barker and Hordichuk = castoffs that no one wants, will cause many multiple PPs for other teams.
Come on. I can understand Hordichuk (purely a depth signing) and Barker, as a reclamation project, on your castoff list, but Eager? Everyone would love the player they most hate on their team. Eager is the perfect fit for the Oilers. They need the lose cannon who can also play hockey.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Not really up on Belanger as a player, but what are these questionable character flaws that Belanger have? I've heard people say he wears his welcome out pretty fast.
In LA I believe he complained publicly about his role(you'd have to ask a Kings fan). He also did this in the 09 offseason with the Wild, with a new regime and the addition of Kyle Brodziak. After the 09-10 season, our GM made remarks that our locker room needed stronger character, believed to be a shot at Belanger, a player he traded at the deadline. Signing John Madden that off-season only made it clearer that Belanger was a problem in our locker room(we did have an unstable rookie head coach though, and these issues did not seem apparent under Jacques Lemaire his first 2 seasons). He's also made questionable remarks in interviews at times. The contract/no contract issue with Washington last year is also an eyebrow raiser.
On the ice though, he's solid. I'd take him over our current 3rd line center Matt Cullen, who's making twice as much.
I don't get it, oilers picked up a few solid players today. eager and belanger are steals. the other guys are more filler but low risk. the 2 guys that matter signed for dirt cheap cap hits and for a few years.