Chiarelli: I Haven’t Talked To Edmonton. Yet.


“We’ve got our rating on the guys. That’s how we’re going to determine if we’re going to make that move and what we’ll offer. We haven’t made that determination yet, as far as if there is a difference between the two players. They’re both terrific players. I haven’t talked to Edmonton yet. I will have a discussion with Steve. I just haven’t had that discussion yet.” – Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on whether or not he’ll discuss a trade with Edmonton to move up to the number one spot in the 2010 draft.

Reading between the lines of the above quote, taken from a Stephen Harris story in the Boston Herald today, it would certainly seem that the Boston Bruins will be approaching the Edmonton Oilers with an offer of some sort to move up one slot in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and give themselves the opportunity to take highly coveted wing Taylor Hall above Tyler Seguin.

As they should be.

I’m here to say this to Chiarelli and Co. Make the deal. Do whatever it takes.

My reasoning in this is clear and it’s not just that I, like many others in Boston and Edmonton, have had their eyes opened wide by Taylor Hall’s performance winning both the Memorial Cup and the Tornament MVP with the Windsor Spitfires for the second straight year. Hall was a spectacular, dominant force in all contests and a driving force behind the win. It’s clear that this is a kid who thrives in big game situations and has that killer intangible: The Desire to Win.

Oh, and he can do this:

You see why it’s hard not to start drooling here, right? The thing is, though, is that Hall is a winger and suits the Bruins needs so perfectly it’s disgusting. Already strong at center, which is Tyler Seguin’s natural position, the Bruins need hall to slot into Left Wing beside David Krejci and play there for the next 10 years. The kid is such a natural fit in a Bruins uniform, it’s sickening. I mean, he wears number 4 in honor of Bobby Orr, does he not? It’s too perfect.

Now, we all know what the problem is here. The furor in Edmonton is already snowballing and the pressure to take Hall is going to be tremendous for Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini. So much so that, even though the Oilers might have more need at center, he might not have any choice but to take Hall and satisfy the hunger of his fan base.

That’s why Peter Chiarelli has to give him another option and make it good. As good a prospect as Seguin might be (they compare him to Steve Yzerman) the fit here for Hall is too good to ignore and Chiarelli needs to make this thing happen.

Can he do it? I don’t know. I think he has the sense to be able to make decent trades in the NHL (see Phil Kessel) but does he have the savvy. Or the balls? It’s going to take something bold to get this thing done and I’m just not sure if Pete has it in him.

One thing is for certain. There better be a plane ticket for Edmonton is his hand as soon as this season ends. Never mind the phone calls. Go up there and sit down with the guy and start working on this. Sell it to Tambellini. Whether it’s Blake Wheeler or 2nd round draft picks or a lifetime subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club.

Do whatever it takes.

We want Hall.


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5 Responses to “Chiarelli: I Haven’t Talked To Edmonton. Yet.”

  1. nightfly Says:

    I’d be cautious, my friend. Sometimes it’s not worth the extra cost to move up one spot, even if the player is a bit better. The calculation is not whether Hall is better than Seguin, but whether Hall is better than Seguin AND David Krejci, or Seguin AND Looch, etc. Edmonton MAY be silly enough to settle for Ryder and some spare parts, but likely they will ask for a lot here. You can always sit tight and take your future star, and then trade elsewhere for a stud winger who’s already set for prime time.

  2. nightfly Says:

    ALTHOUGH – now that I think of it, they may be interested in Thomas, unless they feel like they simply must get some use out of Khabibulin.

  3. Ozzy McGurt Says:

    Ken, I first want you to know that I love this blog. Keep it up.

    That said, I want to let you know that this isn’t a comment on the above blog. This is to let you and everyone who reads this that I have just finished reading Dave Hanson’s “Slap Shot Original” and if you like hockey at all, you must read this book.

    Thank you. Carry on.

  4. Ken Socrates Says:

    Thanks, OZ. I’m taking a recommendation like that pretty seriously. Might be time for the very first HGW Book Review, eh? Yes! We are literate, here! We read! And not just Barely Legal, either.

    For those of you who don’t know, Ozzy McGurt, the Manboy Mountain of Righteous Rage, was the very first sportswriter over at the KSWNO before he took his considerable bulk and his arsenal of journalistic assault weapons to greener pastures and founded his own site, the suitably named

    He created the term “Barbarian Hockey” and, verily, HGW itself might not exist it wasn’t for his inspiration back in the day.

    The only man I know calls three shots of Glenlivet and an Italian Sub with everything “breakfast”.

  5. Ken Socrates Says:

    ‘Fly, my enthusiasm and lust for Hall might be getting the better of me, I admit. Still, I’m not saying they give up absolutely everything. Krejci or Looch would be too much. Thomas or Wheeler would work. Unfortunately, in the case of Thomas, who I would LOVE to move because of his weighty contract and the fact that he looks like the certified back-up now, is going to be a tough sell thanks to off-season surgery that’s going to take 3-4 months to rehab. Add in his age (just turned 36) and that contract and selling him to Edmonton might be tough.

    It’s never fucking easy, is it?

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