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Devils to Deal Gomez?

From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,

The Oilers and Flyers could be trying to land a big one before tonight’s NHL draft.
League sources say both teams may have made calls to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello about acquiring the negotiating rights to centre Scott Gomez, who will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
It’s believed the Oilers, who have three first-round picks, can offer the most attractive package to the Devils.

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Lowe’s Open For Shopping Season

from the Edmonton Sun,

“In the last two or three days the trade talk has really heated up,” said the under-the-gun, man-on-the-run Lowe.
“We’re probably making more calls than we’re getting. I guess via this public forum I can announce we are open for business.
“I can’t wait to get there,” the hyper Mr. Lowe said of the Columbus gathering.

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Oilers Try To Impress UFAs with DVD

from the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers have put together DVDs before, trying to get the gospel out to sponsors, but, in this case, the spiffy eight-minute presentation is a marketing tool for the free agents like centre Scott Gomez or Daniel Briere or defenceman Kimmo Timonen and Brian Rafalski. They’re trying to sell players on wanting to tug on an Oiler jersey. It features highlights from the club’s Stanley Cup run in 2006 and pictures of their glory days in the 80s, fans singing 0 Canada at Rexall Place in the playoffs, a few scenes from backyard outdoor hockey games, spliced around a narration from assistant coach Craig Simpson. He settled here after joining the Oilers in a 1987 trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for Paul Coffey.

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Oilers Plan To Wheel & Deal

from the Edmonton Sun,

With three picks in the first round of this year’s entry draft, and more young bargaining chips than he knows what to do with, GM Kevin Lowe will be making at least one big trade on or before June 22.
“We’re really going to look to get a player or two at the draft, through a trade.”
The next step in the plan, landing a high-profile unrestricted free agent, might be a little tougher.

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Edmonton Wins Too

from the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers general manager was pulling for the Ducks to hold on against the rallying Detroit Red Wings. When the Ducks prevailed 4-3, the last piece of the Chris Pronger trade puzzle was completed and the Oilers secured a first-round draft pick in 2008 because Anaheim won the Western Conference title.
Lowe held out for an extra first-rounder last July after Ducks GM Brian Burke agreed to give up a first-round choice in this June’s draft in Columbus. If Anaheim won the West in 2007, the Oilers would get a first-rounder next June. If they won in 2008, it was a first-round pick that year. If not, the same scenario held for 2009.

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Short List For GM Job In Columbus

from the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers assistant general manager Scott Howson is reportedly on the short list to replace the fired Doug MacLean as general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Howson has been the Oilers’ assistant GM since 2000 and has been with the organization since 1994. He hasn’t had an interview, but sources say he is in the running for the position along with Dallas assistant GM Les Jackson and Steve Tambellini, who has the same post with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Out Of The Blue

from the Edmonton Journal,

Drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz, the reclusive owner of the 1,800-store Katz Group pharmacy empire, has launched a surprise $145-million bid to acquire the Edmonton Oilers.
The all-cash offer by Katz, 45, an Edmonton native and University of Alberta law school grad whom Forbes magazine now ranks among the world’s richest men, was made to the 37-member Edmonton Oilers ownership group earlier this week.
Under terms of the offer, disclosed to The Journal late Friday by a source familiar with information shared at the meeting, the Oilers would remain in Edmonton.

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Edmonton Explains Bad Season

from the Edmonton Journal,

In a full-page newspaper advertisement in both Edmonton dailies, Patrick LaForge details a string of obstacles, including injuries and extended road trips, that hampered the Oilers’ performance this year. Under the headline, Proud to be in Oil Country, the letter from LaForge also defends Edmonton as a great place to play hockey.
“It’s our annual report back to the fans and the community on how we did,” LaForge told the Journal in an interview today.

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Edmonton Plotting a New Arena

From CBC,

Mayor Stephen Mandel will soon announce a blue-ribbon committee to examine building a $400-million arena in downtown Edmonton.
The downtown arena, an idea talked about in Edmonton for years, would be built on the site of the downtown post office just north of city hall.
Mandel will name a panel next week that will be charged with examining the details, such as figuring out how to pay for the arena.

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What? Edmonton still has a hockey team…?
(Just kidding, Oilers’ fans, honest!) wink

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The Spoiler Role

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Like it or not, it’s hard to lure players to Edmonton, unless they grossly overspend, which is not going to be an option, not after this year, not after banking zero dollars in playoff revenue. In the third year of the new CBA, even with the salary cap rising, more teams are going to want to stick to a budget as opposed to spending to a limit, Edmonton among them. Some teams that notoriously overspent in the past may go back to their old ways, thus making it less of an even playing field - financially if nothing else - next season.

more on the Oilers and how the Avs could handle Theodore…

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