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According to the Team 1260 in Edmonton, the Oilers have signed veteran centre Michael Nylander.
The report did not include any contractual details.
Update 3:14pm ET:
Japer’s Rink has stated that 630 CHED radio in Edmonton “is now reporting that Nylander has agreed to 4 years with Edmonton. Salary was not disclosed.”
Nothing from the Oilers, just this earlier comment from Allan Watt, the Oilers VP of Communications, who is quoted as saying “The deal is done when [GM] Kevin Lowe tells me it’s done.”
Update: 4:54pm ET:
Capitals have signed Nylander. More here.
Note: Post originally published at 1:39am ET, July 2.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Oilers fans may well adopt a “show-me” attitude about the deal Lowe made. At least until the painful irony of watching Smyth sign with divisional rival Colorado for the same numbers—five years for $31.25 million US—that Pronger agreed to in Edmonton not so long ago, wears off.
Lowe said he called Smyth’s agent (Don Meehan) first thing Sunday morning to put in Edmonton’s bid. Lowe never received a call back.
from Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,
The fans aren’t going to like it. And the players don’t like it.
Both fans and players will have trouble dealing with the loss of Jason Smith before wrapping their minds around the rest of the deal the Edmonton Oilers did yesterday in lieu of failing to sign a free agent.
Trading your captain? Trading another heart-and-soul player, a war horse and popular player and teammate? For a young ‘maybe’ and an old ‘maybe not’?
TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting a deal might almost be in place between the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers.
As noted by Spector:
TSN’S Bob McKenzie reports the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers may be close to a trade that would send Joffrey Lupul and Jason Smith to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Joni Pitkanen and Geoff Sanderson.
Update 6:47pm ET
TSN now confirming they’re certain that Oilers’ captain Jason Smith has been traded to the Flyers. More info to follow.
Update 7:17pm ET
The Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers have made a four-player trade. The Oilers have moved their captain, defencemen Jason Smith and forward Joffrey Lupul for defenceman Joni Pitkanen, forward Geoff Sanderson and a third-round draft pick in 2009.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Lowe is in an interesting position here.
He’s under the gun, not just from the fans but likely from his own coach, to get somebody to make up for the goals he lost with the departure of Smyth, to get a top talent for Ales Hemsky to play with and a first-rate 25-minute man to play defence.
And the money is there.
He doesn’t have handcuffs.
Lowe, I believe, is prepared to break all the Oiler principles on overspending to bag Briere or a Gomez. Probably not Drury.
Sometimes what looks like bad business can be good business.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Former Oilers defenceman Dick Tarnstrom might become current Oilers defenceman Dick Tarnstrom on July 1.
The 32-year-old blueliner, who spent last season in Europe, is coming back to the NHL.
He has apparently narrowed his list of potential employers to Edmonton and another club and will be making a decision shortly after the start of the free agent frenzy Sunday afternoon.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
“It’s the summer. We’re going to do something. Two deals I thought were going to happen.
“Actually three. But for whatever reason they didn’t happen,” said Lowe via cell phone prior to boarding a plane last night.
“I guess you get to a point where people expect too much and you better step back a bit.
“Miracles aren’t going to happen.
“This draft is evidenced by very few trades. It can be a place where guys get together and trades could get done. But any of the deals we were involved with involved picks for next year, not this year.
“We had one team saying they were going to do it for sure but ...
from the CP via TSN,
Kevin Lowe left the NHL entry draft without the blockbuster deal he was searching for, but the Edmonton Oilers GM isn’t done trying.
“We worked on a bunch of deals, some are possible, others are pending. So we’ll see what happens,” Lowe said Saturday as the draft wrapped up.
Well the emails have started flowing in again, this time asking about an Edmonton deal.
This morning Alanah pointed to Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun regarding those deals…
No names have been tossed around, even at the time of this post. Just hold onto your pants, not much else you can do right now but wait.
added 4:01pm, Listening to Morley Scott (Oilers Radio Network) on Calgary radio- Morley stated Lowe has been upfront and honest at all times, said deal(s) could be done this week, next week or by July 15th…
Morley also made a great point that this will be the first time the Oilers are actually going into the UFA period with some money to spend.
From Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,
Today Lowe expects to land a veteran who he figures will create a bit of a buzz.
“I’m trying to land a bigger one, no question, but this one is a good player,” he said in a telephone interview from Columbus last night.
“I’m learning not to hold my breath, but we’ve actually agreed to it,” he said of the pending deal.
“The thing is, it’s tied to somebody else,” he said of a third team involved.
Lowe worked to the wire trying to pull off a deal to move up in the draft but watched it come undone.
“I wanted to move up,” he said of picking even higher than the sixth where the Oilers chose Gagner.
“We went down to the final minute before the draft started with three teams involved. We were even walking up to the trade desk when one team started not to do it,” he said.
continued… (*Lowe says he’s still got a “couple of deals pending”)
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