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Odds & Ends-Volume 102


Oilers fans have to be happy with the moves new GM Peter Chiarelli has been making over the weekend. First,he and the team select Connor McDavid with the first overall pick at the NHL draft in Sunrise,Fla. Then he trades for defensive depth by trading the No. 16 and No. 33 pick to the New York Islanders for 21-year-old Griffin Reinhart.GTY 478661986 S HKO HKN USA FL

Then on Saturday,Chiarelli wasn’t done. One need he felt the team needed was goaltending and he got that by trading for Rangers goalie Cam Talbot. They also acquired defenseman Eric Gryba from the Ottawa Senators. These moves came at the price of draft picks from the OIlers,but I’m sure they didn’t mind with what they got back in return. The Oilers also got prospect Brad Ross from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Martin Marincin.

I absolutely love what Chiarelli has done with the moves he has made. He has added both youth and experience all at the same time. Chiarelli says it takes the pressure off him now once free agency begins on Wednesday.

“It certainly changes things for free agency,” Chiarelli said. “There’s still some needs we have. Free agency, you never know if you’re going to get the player you want, and I’m actually pretty good with where we’re at now so if we can’t get those things it lessens the pressure a little bit. We’ll still be on alert.”

Us Oilers fans will be,too,Pete!

SharksThe San Jose Sharks have continued with the dismantling of talent by sending netminder Antti Niemi to the Dallas Stars for a seventh round draft choice in this past weekend’s draft. Niemi is set to be a free agent on Wednesday and the Stars now have his negotiating rights.

The Sharks were players in trying to land Cam Talbot of the Rangers before the Oilers were able to trade for him during the second round of the draft on Saturday.

While it seems like the roster is turning over,maybe it might be a good thing. This team did,after all, miss the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons and a culture where winning a championship once and for all needs to be put in place. Sure,they’ve been playoff contenders year in and year out,but they’ve never gotten over the hump to get to a Stanley Cup Final and compete for a Cup. Maybe GM Doug Wilson and new head coach Peter DeBoer have something in mind for the future. If they do, they’ll either sink or swim.

It is early June and a lot of moves are left to be made. Be patient,Sharks fans.

OK,New York sports fans, it’s time to stop booing every god damn draft pick your sports teams have ever made. We get it,it’s tradition no matter who they draft,but the act is tired and old.2015 NBA Draft

This practice was continued on Thursday when the Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis out of Latvia with the fourth overall selection in the NBA Draft. Boos were showered from the Knicks fans in attendance. I’m sure that fans weren’t necessarily booing Porzingis himself,but the pick in general,but the fact of the matter is that the Knicks were a shitty team last season that resulted in them picking fourth and this may be the guy that can help get them back too prominence.

I know that Phil Jackson has yet to make the grade so far as GM of the Knicks,but I hope fans can give him more of a chance and a little more time to get this team back to being a winner.

BuzzCityUniJust when I thought that NBA teams might be steering the other way when it comes to sleeves on jerseys,the Charlotte Hornets pull us right back in.

The team unveiled a sleeved black alternate uniform (Black is not a listed team color,by the way) with BUZZ CITY on the front of the hideously sleeved jersey and the number in the front.

Why,when a majority of fans don’t like sleeves on jerseys to begin with does this league continuously insist on having these on their uniforms? This is probably as worse of a fad as when the Chicago White Sox wore shorts in a 1976 regular season game and the Hornets are continuing the ugly trend that,so far,is here to stay at least another season.

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