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  1. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    Also Kompany leaving City to be player-manager at Anderlect was a shock too.
  2. Transfers & Rumors: Deadline Drama!

    According to the Mirror (believe at your own peril barring a few decent writers), Us and United are in for LW Sessegnon from Fulham (also some nonsense about us gazumping United). Fulham want $40M. He's got pretty good potential and has shown good things, however 40M for a player with 1 year left on his contract seems a little steep. Still he's the type of player I want Liverpool to target this summer.
  3. 2018/2019 EPL Thread

    Agree with this. A LB and a RB (we lose the attacking impetus when Gomez plays there) and another winger to spell Mane/Salah. I think getting Ox back and Keita continuing to mature will help the CM. Overall, I really can't complain. 97 points, losing 1 game, golden glove winner, 2/3 golden boot winners, most assists by defensive player. To have all that and still come in second is a kick in the nuts, but you can't ask more from a team. I am glad we have the CL final to look forward to. At the very least, we shouldn't lose anyone important from the squad. So the majority of the squad should be back, it'll be hard to repeat this years total, but I think we can challenge again.
  4. Official 2018-2019 NHL Thread

    It's gonna be either Nelson or Tippett. I'm actually good with either. Tippett gets a bad rap due to his tenure in Arizona, but most of those rosters were horse crap. He's a top coach.
  5. Official New Jersey Devils Thread | Hall's Balls are LUCKY

    So as an Oiler fan I can give you some insight into Pulju. Pulju's potential overall is going to depend on 2 things. 1.) Going to a coach who can develop players and 2.) He fixes his attitude. Pulju is a confidence player, he needs a coach for atleast next year give him PP time and easy opposition. Right now he is the same forward as he was when he first got into the NHL. Useless without the puck and limited with it. He struggles to create space in the NHL. Now all this sounds like a lost cause, but he has the tools to be a really effective NHLer. He reminds me of a Nino in Carolina. It's gonna take him a minute to figure out how to play, but if/when he does, he'll be a useful top 6 W. If your coaching staff and front office can do that, I'd take a flyer on him (especially if you aren't competing next season). Edmonton has been useless at that stuff for a while, so no doubt we're struggling in that regard. On #2 however, is an issue. I flat out don't think Pulju wants to be in Edmonton, but he's also been very difficult. Despite his struggles, he and his agent think he should be in the NHL rather than the AHL. I believe he bought into the hype from this management and media keep repeating the "the new Karri to the new Gretzky" or McDavid's long term winger. As such, he hasn't really taken any big steps to improve. One summer our front office asked him to stay in Edmonton to work on some skills, and Pulju opted to go back to Finland to play some roller hockey tournament. If he's to realize his potential, he has got to kick the ego. I'm not sure where the Devils are in terms of rebuild, but if you aren't competing for the 1-2 seasons, and you have the right structure, I'd take Pulju. The payout is going to be good if he can put it together, but the work needs to be done first.
  6. 2018/19 Europe Thread - It begins again

    All English European finals. First time ever both CL finalists and EL finalists are from one nation.
  7. Official New Jersey Devils Thread | Hall's Balls are LUCKY

    I hope you guys don't mind me commenting. Saw this list and thought it was interesting. Right off the bat I think #6 is unlikely. Carolina plan to build their D around him, Hamilton and Slavin. #1 Zucker is most likely to get moved. He was nearly traded to the Flames at the deadline for Frolik + Calgary's 1st. The Wild are either looking for a top line C or ammo to move up so they can draft a top line C. On the Oilers board, many are speculating that on draft day if a C prospect like Dach/Cozens drops, we could trade down to 12 from 8 and get Zucker in return (send other stuff their way obviously). #2 Trouba is most likely done in Winnipeg. With their cap situation they'll want a cost controllable RHD in return. I really like Trouba but the ask for him is going to be silly, and some team is going to overpay (looking at you Toronto). Still he's a guy who has the potential to be on your top pairing for the next 5 years, so if the price is solid, I'd take him. #3 He's the guy I hope the Oilers try go for. The Leafs are screwed 5 ways to Sunday. The Finn is young and has the potential to be 20g-50p point player in your top 6. They normally shouldn't shake loose. He's well rounded and room for improvement. $4.2M/yr offersheet is only a 2nd round compensation. #4 Decent player but I think he's Sabres bound for Risto. Overpaid for my taste, has the tools to be an effective player, but doesn't consistently put it together imo. #5. He's an interesting case. He sucked in the playoffs and has a big contract, but generally he's skilled and produced in the regular season. I still think they'll keep him but he'd be very worth getting if he can be had. He's got the ability to drive a line, but I don't think he's put it together just yet. He also won't come cheap in terms of assets. Anyway hope you don't mind me giving my 2 cents. Also noted you guys drafted Ty Smith. Loved him coming out, think you got top 4 guy in him.
  8. Official 2018-2019 NHL Thread

    Canes vs. Bruins Sharks vs. Blues Who ya got? Canes in 6 and Blues in 7 are my shots in the dark.
  9. 2018/19 Europe Thread - It begins again

    Are you kidding me?? What the heck
  10. 2018/19 Europe Thread - It begins again

    Unbelievable night. Without 2 of our best players, we overcome a 3 goal deficit. TAA, 20 year old, just made the most heads up play I've seen in years.
  11. Official 2018-2019 NHL Thread

    Bruins move on. That team looks good, but I'm rooting for the jerks.
  12. Official 2018-2019 NHL Thread

    See I'm more optimistic. I liked him more than the alternatives (Burke, Kretzky and Hunter).
  13. Official 2018-2019 NHL Thread

    Ken Holland will be the new GM of the Edmonton Oilers. Please dear god let this work out.
  14. 2018/19 Europe Thread - It begins again

    So that sucked. Go to Camp Nou, play fairly attractive football, and go into the second leg down 3-0. That's a tough pill to swallow. It's not even that we played poorly, Barca just played better and we couldn't bury our chances. We also missed TAA on the right.
  15. 2019 NFL Draft Discussion

    I honestly do understand the point of view and to a certain extent I agree with it, but the Patriots are such an anomaly it's really hard to copy what they do. Since B and B got together, they operated on simply another level than everyone else in the league. Belichick's ability to identify and develop talent, or find people who can, has been unmatched. The reason I bring this is up is because copying their format hasn't work for any team. And teams have tried! I think the reality for the Saints is, we probably won't have a QB of Brees' talent for another generation at least. The front office knows that once he's gone, we're probably either going to replace him with an average starter (Teddy....sorry Teddy) or go full rebuild. It will take a while to amass a team like this is what I'm saying. So they are maximizing their window. Yes trading up costs assets and yes in the long run it hurts us, but in the long run we won't have a shot like this with a QB and team like this.
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