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Sources tell TSN the Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Gilbert Brule. Details to follow..
Update 11:36am ET: TSN,
The Edmonton Oilers have created some financial flexibility by dealing hard-hitting left winger Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for 21-year-old centre Gilbert Brule.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
To me, hitting the home run for Katz would be finding a first-rate scoring star the likes of, oh, say Rick Nash to complement Ales Hemsky as the gifted playmaker heads into the prime-time years of his career.
I’m not saying that you could do that deal, specifically.
But the Oilers have a pretty good stockpile of assets that they could put on the table to get a guy who would make Hemsky complete.
If you offered up Shawn Horcoff and Joni Pitkanen from column A, and Raffi Torres and Robbie Schremp from column B, for example, shouldn’t you be able to acquire a pretty good player to be Hemsky’s first-line soul- mate here?
Pitkanen, clearly, is about to be moved.
more on the Oilers…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
This is the first skate to drop.
There will be a second skate to drop for Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers today. It’s almost certain that a blockbuster trade yesterday will result in another trade involving Joni Pitkanen to follow quickly.
The trade of Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene to the Los Angeles Kings for Lubomir Visnovsky - instantly making the Slovakian defenceman the highest paid player on the hockey team - definitely registers on the hockey trade Richter scale.
continued with more on the trade for Visnovsky…
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jarret Stoll and defenceman Matt Greene.
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
Katz said he wants to do something special with the Oilers. Boiled down, he said, his mission is for the Oilers to be an “elite team at the heart of the city.”
“I think the city deserves it, and now is the right time. And I think the Oilers franchise deserves it. This is one of the most storied franchises in the league. This team deserves to be an elite team.”
Dressed in jeans and a track-suit top, Katz took time out from his deal-making to sit down for an interview in his riverbank mansion overlooking Hawrelak Park.
From Robert Tychkowski in the Edmonton Sun, these words from Edmonton Oiler, Jarret Stoll:
“It would be nice to know for sure, one way or another, what’s going to happen,” said the 26-year-old centre, who made it through the draft without being dealt but knows there’s still a long way to go between now and when the Oilers open camp in September.
“You hope a team wants you. If it’s Edmonton, that’s great, that’s what I want. But if it’s not, then you move on.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s kind of the thing that, if anything, bothers me. Not knowing. It can be a little nerve-racking.”
Globe & Mail writers Matthew Sekeres, Eric Duhatschek, Allan Maki and Tim Wharnsby have put to together an assessment of the draft situation for all six Canadian teams. They take a look at each team’s available picks, specific needs, salary cap space and the progress of their top picks from last year.
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From Dan Barnes at the Edmonton Journal,
The sale of the Oilers to Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz has been approved by the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors.
A source said the approval was granted earlier this morning during the governors meeting in New York.
Rexall Sports, the Katz Group company that purchased the Oilers for $200 million from the Edmonton Investors Group, will now proceed to close the sale on or before June 30 by issuing cheques to the 34 EIG members.
from Bob Stouffer of the Edmonton Sun,
Daryl Katz will officially become the new owner of the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
If Katz is looking for an owner and an organization after which to model the Oilers, he should look no further than Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Red Wings.
With their fourth Stanley Cup victory in the last 11 seasons to complement seven straight seasons with 48+ wins, it goes without saying that the Red Wings are far and away the best organization in the NHL.
From Terry Jones of Sun Media, some words from the anonymous fan that bought Peter Pocklington’s hockey memoribilia earlier this week:
“I’m somebody from Oiler Country who bought them because I think they belong in this area and because it takes me back to my childhood watching the Oilers have all that success in the 1980s.
“I think there are only six people who had all five rings, Pocklington, Glen Sather, Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Jari Kurri and Randy Gregg. I might be wrong about that. I was just trying to figure that out myself. I’m sure there are others in the organization.
“But Pocklington brought Wayne Gretzky to Edmonton. He also sold him but he brought Gretzky here for the best years in his career and I was able to watch him those years as a kid when my dad took me into Edmonton for the games.
Looking back, I consider Gretzky to have been very instrumental in my life.”
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