Friday, April 11, 2008
According to Mirtle Gilbert has signed with the Oilers. No details yet.
Lowe said in his post season wrapup that he was in talks with all of the Oiler free agents except Joni already and that he expected to have everyone done by Canada Day.
So it begins with Gilbert. Tom had a nice season. His play in camp earned him a spot and then injuries forced him into a bigger role. Facing tough opposition he did quite well. He struggled a bit as the season wore on but his overall season was terrific and he is likely going to make the NHL all rookie team, I would think. He scored 13 goals and added 20 assists, mostly at ES. Moves the puck smartly. Nice skater. Smart and efficient in his own end. No dummy penalties.
He's a smart well rounded player. Lots to like. Good signing.
ADDITIONALLY - so its a six year deal at ~ 4 million per. LT said that these guys (Gilbert and Grebeshkov) would likely get more then expected and I think that is the case here - I figured 3 to 3.5.
I would say Joni is goni.
AND FURTHERMORE - wow, Lowe was not kidding when he said that things were moving. Gilbert and Nilsson signings announced today and my guess is Grebeshkov is to soon follow. I don't mind either signing too much. I think both guys are pieces of a pretty nice puzzle. A little bit of an overpay maybe but not by much. This is what young players are getting now, for better or for worse. Its a gamble and I don't mind either bet, although some would disagree.
Mr. Debakey does a quick look at salaries in the comments section. They might be able to fit Joni in - I'm thinking it might be a one or two year deal. I would prefer that they keep him then deal him but I still think he's gone.
Stupid Souray contract.
A few things I do like - Lowe is moving quickly. I thought he dithered each of the last two offseasons (and seasons for that matter) when it came to just getting things done. Now I believe the whole RFA paranoia is way overblown but Lowe is being decisive and I like that. Secondly there is something to be said about locking up the team's young players. There was an article about the Jays today remarking on how their signing of Wells, Rios and Aaron Hill is important because it shows the franchise taking care of their own. We all know when it comes down to it its all about the green of course but a franchise that signs its youngsters is a lot more attractive then one which plays hardball at every turn. Further to that is that same point as it relates to we fans. Its nice to see the franchise spend money and its nice to know that they are on the way to locking up the young core of this team.
P.S. Please extend Horcoff
Posted by Black Dog at 11:50 AM