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Morning Line

The NHL supplied extra security in the press box when the Ducks and Oilers met for the first time last season, at Honda Center. The league might need armed guards the next time Burke and Lowe are in close proximity.

-Dan Wood of the OC Register

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Lowe Has Had Enough

from TSN,

In a candid interview with Edmonton’s Team 1260, Lowe - who stayed relatively quiet each time Burke went after him over the last 12 months - finally let it all out.

“Where do I begin?,” started Lowe. “He’s a moron, first of all. Secondly, he really believes that any news for the NHL is good news. Thirdly, he loves the limelight and I don’t think anyone in hockey will dispute that. Lastly, he’s in a pathetic hockey market where they can’t get on any page of the newspaper let alone the front page of the sports, so any of this stuff carries on.”

read on

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Burke Does It Again

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Gotta love that Brian Burke. Just when you think the war of words between the Anaheim Ducks general manager and his Edmonton Oilers counterpart, Kevin Lowe, is dying down, Burke re-ignites the controversy by blaming the rise in player salaries among the NHL’s youngest players on Lowe. In an interview published by the Los Angeles Times, Burke said: “You go right now from entry-level to what used to be the third contract, thanks to two offer sheets from Kevin Lowe. Most managers don’t’ like starting fights with any other managers. Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers, the second contract has disappeared.”

continued...

As Mike Brophy of the Hockey News said on Fan590 this morning about this topic, he basically stated, “getting a little tired of the Burke talk.”  I agree!

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Oilers Owner Having Free Agency Fun

Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz spoke to the media today.

From the CP via TSN:

Minutes before the news conference, the Oilers latest hopes of landing a marquee forward were dashed when word surfaced that Marian Hossa had signed a one-year deal with Detroit.

But Katz simply smiled as he talked about the excitement of working this week with Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe as they bid for Hossa to give Edmonton some much-needed scoring punch.

“We’ve had a lot of fun,” he said. “The experience of pursuing Marian was great for us and it won’t be the last time.”

read on

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The Hossa Talk In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

While general manager Kevin Lowe said “the numbers are a little bit inflated” when it comes to the reported $9 million a year deal over a rumoured nine-year term for 29-year-old Slovakian Marian Hossa, in the same breath he added: “Daryl said from the outset he’ll do whatever it takes and spend to the cap.”

The excitement comes from a community unaccustomed to being in the bidding for the most sought-after player in the Canada Day craziness. The fear comes from paying that kind of money to a player who is recognized as more of a follower than a leader, especially if the deal takes him to age 38. That’s the kind of insanity which history suggests more teams live to regret than not.

read on

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Oilers Trade Pitkanen to Hurricanes for Cole

From TSN,*

The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Joni Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Erik Cole. Details to follow.

Update 12:33pm ET: This TSN link provides more info

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  Tags: erik+cole, joni+pitkanen

Report: Oilers Trade Torres to Columbus for Brule

From TSN:

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.

continued…

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  Tags: gilbert+brule, raffi+torres

Oilers Need The Right Deal

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…

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Edmonton Not Done Dealing

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…

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Oilers Acquire Visnovsky From LA Kings

From TSN:

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jarret Stoll and defenceman Matt Greene.

continued…

More details to come at the Edmonton Oilers website and on the LA Kings site.

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  Tags: jarret+stoll, lubomir+visnovsky, matt+greene

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