Tuesday, February 10, 2009
A Dawes and Rozsival deal in the works? Hmm...
This first post ever for this blog is going to be a blog bombshell.
After learning there is no truth in seeing Jaromir Jagr escape the financially strapped Kootinental Hockey League in Russia to play in an Oilers unnie this season, don’t think for a second GM Steve Tambellini doesn't have something cooking.
And after doing the math, this transaction is waiting to happen.
With struggling to strike deals for more good talent all season, Tambellini is going to Manhattan to talk to Kevin Lowe’s old friend, Glen Sather.
We’ll give up some baggage — Rob Schremp, Kyle Brodziak, Marc Pouliot — for a speedy forward who isn’t afraid to bang it up along the boards for a forecheck and a defenseman who could replace injured Lubomir Vishnovsky who is reportedly gone for the rest of season.
What we’ll get in return from the New York Rangers is defenseman Michal Rozsival and forward Nigel Dawes and no, I’m not drunk.
Rozsival has 13 points this season — nine of those points are goals, a good support to fill that role with Sheldon Souray.
Dawes only has 16 points in 43 games this season as I am tapping this post, but he’s fast, he hits, he dangles, and it’s only his second season in the NHL for the former WHL standout.
Under Craig MacTavish’s system, Dawes is the type of player that would thrive in Edmonton.
He would work well in a line with Fernando Pisani who is close to coming back. He’s already skating.
The Oil are neck-and-neck with the Vancouver Canucks for the last playoff spot, and if team continues to tank over the next three games, you can forget about the trade ever happening because Tambellini will sell, sell, sell.