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The Islanders have acquired Edmonton’s second round pick in the 2008 NHL draft by trading depth defenseman Allan Rourke and a 2008 third round pick to the Oilers. The Islanders now have two second round picks in what is expected to be a deep draft in June, 2008.
“Although it may seem a relatively small deal from a players’ standpoint, this is very good news for us,” said Islanders assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. “Next year is expected to be a stronger and deeper draft than the past few years. In this draft, you can never have enough early picks.”
from the Edmonton Journal,
A frustrated Lowe says the Oilers are thinking of hiring a “concierge” to look after player needs in the future, but he can’t understand why free agents won’t sign here.
He acknowledges the travel out west is harder than in the east, but he says a third of the league’s teams travelled more miles than the Oilers last year. He also knows some players don’t want to play in Canada.
At this point, Lowe’s Plan B could be to go after other teams’ Group 2 free agents with offer sheets, like 43-goal scorer Thomas Vanek or big winger Dustin Penner or centre Zach Parise, all young kids with huge upside.
via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Matt Greene to a two-year contract.
The 6’3”, 223-pound native of Grand Ledge, Michigan is coming off his first full NHL season in 2006-07. The 24-year-old defenceman scored 1-9-10 with 109 penalty minutes in 78 games to establish single-season career-highs in games, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. Greene led the Oilers in penalty minutes and was second in both hits (135) and blocked shots (143).
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Hockey News.com the league is awaiting further details before deciding whether to step in.
“Clubs and players both should have a right to rely on the sanctity of contractual commitments, regardless of how those commitments are memorialized,” Daly said in an emailed statement. “To our knowledge, there has been only one Standard Player’s Contract executed and filed with the League, and under our CBA, that contract should be enforceable.
“But if, after reviewing all of the relevant facts here, there has been a breach of a contractual commitment, we will certainly assist the Oilers in any way we can in seeking an appropriate remedy. We are not in a position to opine what those remedies might be at this point.”
Regarding the Nylander situation, from Japers’ Rink,
Just received a call back from the Oilers VP of Communications, Allan Watt. When asked to comment on the team’s complaint filed to the NHL, Watt responded, “I don’t have anything to say to bloggers.” I quickly reminded him that we had spoken at length Monday morning. Said Watt,
Well that was a mistake on my part.
Just like there are bad journalists out there, there are bad bloggers, some who just toss junk and hope some of it sticks.
It is unfortunate from the response of Mr. Watt that he is grouping all bloggers in the same group.
I for one can verify Japers’ Rink is good for the game and am stunned by the response from Allan Watt. I do hope they re-consider their position regarding bloggers and as always, I am willing to help in any way.
from Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,
Can you sue to get a free agent hockey player you believe you already had acquired?
Is that what the Edmonton Oilers plan to do to get Michael Nylander, er, back? Will NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman become involved to force the “return” of Nylander to the team?
Would the Oilers really want Nylander here after this? Would the Washington Capitals be forced to provide player compensation to Edmonton? Was the agent negotiating with the Oilers and the player with the Capitals?
The Edmonton Oilers have resigned restricted free agent Raffi Torres to a three-year, $6.75-million contract
via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club is compelled to clarify the unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Edmonton Oilers and Michael Nylander.
On Sunday, July 1, 2007, Kevin Lowe, Oilers General Manager, and Mr. Mike Gillis, Certified Agent for Michael Nylander, negotiated and agreed to a multi-year NHL Standard Players Contract, starting in 2007/08. Mr. Gillis confirmed same to the Oilers in writing.
The Oilers then proceeded with preparations to announce Mr. Nylander’s contract agreement on July 2, and concurrently continued with the process of negotiating with other free agents based upon Mr. Nylander being an important roster ingredient for the future.
via the Edmonton Oilers, The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent goaltender Mathieu Garon to a two-year contract.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Despite rumours and an erroneous radio report and the allegedly waiting all day for returned paperwork, Michael Nylander did not become an Edmonton Oiler yesterday.
So upset at whatever transpired when the Washington Capitals announced they’d signed the free agent to a four year deal yesterday afternoon, Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe was said to be so livid he refused to talk about it, even to a Sun Media reporter parked outside the team officies for two hours.
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