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Old 07-19-2019, 06:44 PM   #41
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We sign Talbot and Smith signs there.

Now Neal is dealt for Lucic...

Legitimate question: why is Tre chasing reclamation projects from Edmonton?

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Old 07-19-2019, 09:43 PM   #42
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We sign Talbot and Smith signs there.

Now Neal is dealt for Lucic...

Legitimate question: why is Tre chasing reclamation projects from Edmonton?

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Because Edmonton is the worst and anybody leaving there should improve
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:25 PM   #43
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I'm surprised people haven't mentioned that Neal is too slow to play with McDavid. He was too slow to even touch top line this year, gets worse in Edmonton. And if not first line, less supporting cast there too...

They are screwed with this player, just watch...
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:33 PM   #44
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I'm surprised people haven't mentioned that Neal is too slow to play with McDavid. He was too slow to even touch top line this year, gets worse in Edmonton. And if not first line, less supporting cast there too...

They are screwed with this player, just watch...
I said this about 5 times in the trade thread and no one seems to be reading it. Theres no chance neal can keep up with ncdavid on the ice and we saw his shot was a shadow of its former self last season.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:43 PM   #45
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Neal was the worst of the worst, worst worst worst.....Lucic will at least beat the odd guy up.
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:05 PM   #46
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I think that's it. The result for the Flames is that they will be more or less the same. The result for the Oilers is that they got better.
I really don't see how the Oilers got better today.

Trying to Look at this from an Oilers fan perpective (I know, gross); I would be happy to get rid of Lucic but not at all happy to get Neal.

What would have helped the Oilers was to somehow shed the Lucic contract and use that cap space to sign an actual offensive talent.
They swapped him for an equally bad contract, leaving them in the same place they were and no money to fix their huge issues.

Neal can't keep up to play with McDavid and will fall down their lines like he did for the Flames.
The Oilers will be left with an underperforming player that they need offence from and no money. They did not improve their situation in any meaningful way at all and they kept themselves in the same financial handcuffs that will pretty much doom them to another horrible season.
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:30 PM   #47
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That's a given if you look at how Chaisson had a career season last year and Neal is now primed to assume his spot. It's not inconceivable Neal gets in the 25-30 goal range next season. Even if from the Flames point of view Neal for Lucic is a wash there's little doubt they helped the Oilers get better with this trade and that sucks.

But the Oilers resigned Chaisson as well. So they kick him off McDs line and his production drops off so basically it's a wash then, no? Also no guarantees Neal plays with McDavid. Neal is a very slow cherry picker (Chaisson is faster too) McDavid needs fast linemates it's why Lucic was taken away from MD. McDavid also hangs back from the play often to get those breakaways can't have 2 players on the same line doing that. I bet Neal last 10 games or less with McD if they play together
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