Sunday, November 20, 2005

Farewell Semenov

The Oilers have dealt D Alexei Semenov to Florida for a conditional draft pick.

I'm not sure what the "conditional" part might be, but I'm a bit chagrined by the move. Semenov was kind of stuck in neutral for the last two years, but he's still valuable as an asset and I fear we didn't get full value for him in the trade. We have some depth, but the Oilers aren't exactly bursting with defence prospects after Greene, Syvret and Dan Smith (can Smith even be called a prospect? He's more like blueline fodder than anything).

Almost all defencemen are late-bloomers and Semenov's still just 24, and I thought there'd still a chance he'd break out and be a regular player. Maybe I'm the only one who thought he wasn't all that bad, just prone to indecisiveness in moving the puck. Plus, you can never have too many defencemen in the NHL. Meanwhile, we have about 2-3 fourth liners too many, with Kolanos in the mix. Rita should be dropped over the High Level Bridge, this is for certain.

прощайте Alexei!

UPDATE: From Dan Barnes in the Journal:
"It's a seventh-rounder now, a fifth-rounder if the Panthers make the playoffs." I guess we can officially consider this move a salary dump. A 7th Rounder!? We drafted him 36th overall in 1999! The Oilers totally gave up on the guy to save $700,000 bucks. Tis a shame.

11 comments:

Pleasure Motors said...

Smith and Syvret must have impressed Oilers brass enough in their spot work that they thought we could do without. Still, though, the timing of this deal is what surprises me most. Sadly, the writing seemed on the wall for Semenov in training camp, when the coaching staff fired up Terry Jones et al and got them to tell everyone how bad Semenov was. But still, I would have thought they would have dumped him soon after, or waited longer--like, at least until Cross was back for sure (anyone know when he's returning? Actually, if he's close, this makes more sense to me).

Oh well, I wish him luck.

Chris said...

What the hell is Kevin Lowe thinking? There are a ton of teams starved for a defenseman and we trade Seminov away for essentially a bag of pucks? That's ridiculous! Why couldn't Bob Gainey be running our hockey team? *mutters to himself and rails against the cruel fates*

Prus said...

Wow, i guess the Flames getting a 3rd rounder for Toni Lydman back before the season wasn't as bad a trade as it looked.

Or Lowe just got schooled.....which isn't out of the question either

Colby Cosh said...

Cross is close to coming back, but then again, he's Cory Cross. And Syvret looks at least a couple years from being ready, nu?

Randy said...

Here's an interesting question: What possible use does Ulanov serve now?
Supposedly he was helping Semonov dodge the transitional pylons of North America can present to a young Russian. Now it's just him and his Soviet-era defensive maneuvering. I gernally don't mind the guy but, geez.
Also, let's recap Rod Phillips red-hot defensive prospects:
Alex Henry: Riseborough still likes him and his projected 8 assists (no goals) this season.
Eric Brewer: thrown overboard, albeit for Pronger, but wouldn't you rather have half-Pronger circa 1992 rather than aging full-Pronger v. 2005.
Granted this has been a strange double draft class but is Danny Svret ready?
Considering the gaps in top-line scoring and Goaltending, I forgot about their Defence in the season preview.
It's maybe not fatal but very sketchy all of a sudden.
-Randy

Anonymous said...

What the hell is Kevin Lowe thinking? There are a ton of teams starved for a defenseman and we trade Seminov away for essentially a bag of pucks? That's ridiculous!

Such a dumb way of looking at this. Do you not think KLo looked around the league for Semenov's value before dealing him for basically nothing???

Obviously no one was willing to offer more than Keenan for Semenov, so how is he all the sudden a worth-while trading chip???

Semenov was only worth as much as someone was willing to pay for him, and that was a conditional pick.

Lydman, a MUCH better d-man goes for a 3rd round pick this fall. Jillson and Hainsey clear waivers. A 5th/7th round conditional seems about right for Semenov, no???

mike w said...

>A 5th/7th round conditional seems about right for Semenov, no???

No!!! ...to answer your question. You may understand how trading him maybe wasn't such a great idea to begin with if we, as you put it, dealt him "for basically nothing."

Anonymous said...

No!!! ...to answer your question. You may understand how trading him maybe wasn't such a great idea to begin with if we, as you put it, dealt him "for basically nothing."

You're right. Let's pay him $800,000 to eat popcorn in the pressbox when it is clear that he was bumped to 9th on the depth chart and was no longer going to play.

Someone out there must be willing to send us a 2nd line sniper in return.....

Brilliant... but why didn't Lowe think of that???

mike w said...

Anonymous, I wanted to share a poem about friendship I found on the Internet:

A friend is like a flower,
a rose to be exact,
Or maybe like a brand new gate
that never comes unlatched.
A friend is like an owl,
both beautiful and wise.
Or perhaps a friend is like a ghost,
whose spirit never dies.
A friend is like a heart that goes
strong until the end.
Where would we be in this world
if we didn't have a friend.

Chris! said...

"Where do you get off???" asshole strikes again! It's hard to argue with a man who uses so much punctuation. And doesn't use a screen name.

Anonymous said...

Considering the Oilers are in the finals now, seems like everything Lowe did is genius...seems...