Let the games begin...

Jason Gregor
June 25 2009 12:13PM

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Trade talk is heating up, and based on some phone conversation I had this morning, trades might trump the draft tomorrow.

Darren Dreger reported this morning that the Sharks are looking at moving Ryane Clowe.

Clowe turns 27 in September and tallied 22 goals and 52 points last year. He has the size to be and hands to be considered a true power forward.

He’s an RFA, and with the salary cap going down next year, I highly doubt he’ll get a Penner-like offer from a team to try and get him.

I spoke with a western-based NHL scout a minute ago and here’s what he said, “Clowe is tough and gritty, but he scored half his goals on the powerplay. Their powerplay was one of the best in the league. I like him as a player, but I’m hesitant to think he’d be a 30-goal man on teams with less skill.”

It is an interesting point. Eleven of Clowe’s goals came on the PP last year. The Sharks were 3rd in the league on the PP and Clowe averaged over three minutes a game. There is nothing wrong with being a powerplay producer, in fact it is very important, but how good is Clowe.

His size would benefit the Oilers for sure and he’d got ample PP time. But is he worth $3.5 million or more? I’ll bet that’s what it will take to get him signed.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 Souby
June 25 2009, 02:18PM
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Helicopterguy wrote:

B-rad wrote: GREGOR, IF ECKLUND IS THERE….PUNCH HIM……IN THE FACE. We’ll have to start a collection for the Gregor legal defense fund….money better spent on the Stollery maybe.

I have an idea that will not involve any legal ramifications for Gregor. Instead of having JG punch Ecklund in the head, have him tell Burkie that there is a guy named Ecklund that thinks K-Lowe is the greatest GM ever and that he has no problems with GM's using RFA offer sheets to drive up player salaries.

All JG would have to do then is point out Ecklund to Burkie, stand back and watch the fur fly!

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#52 BUCK75
June 25 2009, 02:20PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Pictures of Eklund can be found here. Scroll down and on the right hand side.

BAHAHAHAHAHA - I will have to subscibe to that.

You would think a person like him pulling in as much cash as he does on his website would get rid of that launching pad under his eyes.

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#53 bingofuel
June 25 2009, 02:26PM
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@ Kung Pow:

Thanks for letting me know about the proper spelling there. I've changed it up in the story.

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#54 Librarian Mike
June 25 2009, 02:39PM
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Souby wrote:

I have an idea that will not involve any legal ramifications for Gregor. Instead of having JG punch Ecklund in the head, have him tell Burkie that there is a guy named Ecklund that thinks K-Lowe is the greatest GM ever and that he has no problems with GM’s using RFA offer sheets to drive up player salaries. All JG would have to do then is point out Ecklund to Burkie, stand back and watch the fur fly!

Nice! Here's how it would really play out though: Burke would stand there and make threats about how he was going to kick Ecklund's butt to anyone listening. Then, Ecklund would take a swing at Burke, who would go running to the authorities crying 'he started it'.

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#55 BUCK75
June 25 2009, 02:51PM
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@ Librarian Mike:

That sounds strangely familiar. Perhaps Eklund will have pink hair today as well? Or will both sides post a Youtube video to tell their side of the story? Will Eklund post tweets to his followers to call the police?

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#56 The Menace
June 25 2009, 02:51PM
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jeff wrote:

@ Jason Gregor: He looks like a pedophile

Might be hard to narrow it down at the draft.

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#57 OvenChicken8
June 25 2009, 03:02PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

@ Librarian Mike: That sounds strangely familiar. Perhaps Eklund will have pink hair today as well? Or will both sides post a Youtube video to tell their side of the story? Will Eklund post tweets to his followers to call the police?

News Headline "Parez Eklund tweets for help"

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#58 Souby
June 25 2009, 03:09PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Nice! Here’s how it would really play out though: Burke would stand there and make threats about how he was going to kick Ecklund’s butt to anyone listening. Then, Ecklund would take a swing at Burke, who would go running to the authorities crying ‘he started it’.

I can't argue with that.

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#59 Milli
June 25 2009, 03:58PM
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@ Librarian Mike: that's beautiful!!!!!

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#60 Garett
June 25 2009, 04:15PM
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This is the same douchebag Eklund that said "95% that Tavares ends up in Nashville". What an f'n loser!

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#61 patty
June 25 2009, 04:42PM
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nerd question: my rss feed isn't updating for comments in Gregor's posts anymore. Everything else is still running smoothly. Anyone else having this issue or should I put on my dunce cap?

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#62 Dyckster
June 25 2009, 06:31PM
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Sportsnet is reporting it's pretty much for certain Cammalleri won't be resigning with the Flames. IMO he'd be a better option than Heatley (younger, cheaper, similar type of player, no $4 million bonus pending, we'd still have to trade some salary though)....Thoughts?

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#63 Hockey Gods
June 25 2009, 10:22PM
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does this thing work?

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#64 toprightcorner
June 25 2009, 10:32PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I just got word it doesn’t look like the NHL will give the teams the salary cap for next season before the draft. If that indeed is the case, it’s ridiculous. It looks like the cap won’t change a lot, but even if it is one or two million that could limit the moves some teams make. It makes no sense to not give the teams the CAP FIGURE before the draft…

That's because they are too busy blowing up the life raft for Phoenix. We can't really expect Betman to do 2 things at once can we?

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#65 Eklund is Dumb Tambs is doing great
June 27 2009, 12:49AM
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Ducey wrote:

B-rad wrote: GREGOR, IF ECKLUND IS THERE….PUNCH HIM……IN THE FACE. Given his inability to predict things, you know he wouldn’t even see it coming…

Yes he will. I can see it now. BREAKING NEWS..... Eklund here I have a rumor coming from multiple sources. I will be punched in the face later today. This is an E5 as it is coming from quite a few of my very reliable sources. As I type this out a see a man in an oiler jersey coming towards me it looks to be Jason Greg..........Oh god my nose I knew it was coming it was an E5!!! an E5 i say!

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#66 Eklund is Dumb Tambs is doing great
June 27 2009, 12:49AM
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I would also like to mention that the cap was increased by 100,000$ hardly anything but at least it didnt go down!

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