When you really look at it the NW only has one true heavyweight, Derrick Boogaard.
Colorado-Laperierre...big time middleweight.
So you've basically got the Boogeyman and that's all.
Maybe we don't need a tough guy? Even look at rest of the conference. McGratton (Pho), Fedoruk (PHO), D.J. King (STL), Parros (ANA), Ivanans (LA), Shelley (SJ) and who else? There are lots of middle guys like Boll, Stortini, Ott, Barch, Janssens, Cowan, Laperriere and so on but not much in terms of true goons.
Vancouver signed Hordichuk and Colorado re-signed Parker.
I think he makes the team based on a tremendous year on that 4line. That trio just didn't get scored on when they were out there, did ridiculous things.
Which, of course, is the big question. Can that line have sustain? Over the past 10 years the Oilers have rarely had a 4line that did that well (Dowd line) and they had more of a veteran feel to them.
My own guess is that Stortini starts the season as a regular and sputters a little, allowing someone else to have a shot at the job. If he can't get back on track, the Oilers would probably be forced to make a trade, since Stortini does bring a physical element not duplicated by anyone else on the roster.
You would have thought Stortini and his agent would have made notes on the way the Oilers handled Glencross. Fringe/4th line players are not priorities for the Oilers at this time. I always liked Stortini's heart and backed him through the huggy bear times, but if he thinks he is worth a million bucks a season he needs to be drug tested.
Take your 6 or 7 hundred thou and keep working your tail off, or go away.
I hope we skid Stortini. Anyone know of a player by the name of Mitch Fritz? Yea heavy weight! Not a great skater and wont score you any goals haha. One thing he will bring to the table is a fight and will make Boogaard, Parker and hordichuk think twice about going after our top players. They laugh at Stortini but im guessing they wont at Fritz. Not only is he ugly but he is 6' 8" and 260lbs and tough