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from Dave Staples at The Cult of Hockey,
Patrick LaForge, the Oilers president, recently told Dan Tencer of 630 CHED that the Oilers would be announcing a new third jersey for the 2008-09 season, likely in August….
Katz’s vision for the team is to be an elite squad, one that competes deep into the playoffs every year.
So maybe it’s time to bring back some of that old time Oilers style, a take-off on the Oilers classic uniform of the early 1980s done up in the modern uniform style.
But as Katz settles in as the NHL’s newest owner, he would be wise to remember the immortal words of Groucho Marx who said, “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” The NHL is filled with scoundrels, cheats and liars, all led by a pint-sized czar, a former lawyer no less. Some NHL owners seem to live by another of Marx’s rules: The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
-Andy Holloway of Canadian Business
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
If you haven’t seen Kevin Lowe’s Edmonton Oiler big picture strategy developing along the way you can certainly see it now with the signing of Shawn Horcoff to a six-year contract extension through 2014-15 worth $33 million US.
“This team has a lot of upside right now and I see the fruits of that sooner than later,” said Horcoff. “I’m thrilled with the direction in which the team is headed. I’m so excited with the new ownership and the moves we’ve made.”
Pieces are in place
Horcoff said he looks around him and knows the pieces are in place with the core players in place long term to have a real success story here.
“With the core group of guys signed, we’re going to be able to do that.”
via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Shawn Horcoff to a six-year contract extension. More details to follow.
Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe says, “Shawn has proven himself as one of the premier players in the National Hockey League and has been and will continue to be an integral part of our organization moving forward. By being proactive with this deal, we avoid being in a situation where Shawn could become an unrestricted free agent after next season and the unknown free agency can bring to the organization. Having him under contract long-term is something that has been on our radar for a long time and we are extremely pleased to finalize this deal.”
more at the above link and it is a 6 year extension…
via 630 CHED,
The Oilers have re-signed tough guy Zack Stortini to a 3 year contract. Stortini had 201 penalty minutes in 66 games for the Oilers last season and was among the league leader in fights.
The Oilers have also added some depth to their minor league system today by signing former Detroit Red Wings farmhand Carl Corazzini to a 1 year contract.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
The 2008-09 season, which happens to be his ninth in Edmonton, MacTavish has greater expectations.
“I can’t remember a period of time over the last 15 years where we’ve been so excited heading into training camp,” he said. “We say that every year, mind you, but this year we actually mean it.”
MacTavish is especially thrilled to have defenseman Lubomir Visnovksy, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, in the mix. He’s also looking forward to working with the Oilers’ other recent additions, including left wing Erik Cole and centers Ryan Potulny and Gilbert Brule.
via 630 CHED,
630 CHED Sports has learned that the Edmonton Oilers have made a minor free agent splash by signing hard-nosed, stay-at-home defenseman Jason Strudwick.
Strudwick, who spent the last 3 seasons with the New York Rangers, is an Edmonton native and lives here in the off season. He has accumulated 678 penalty minutes in 488 games and will replace some of the toughness and physical edge the team lost in dealing Matt Greene and Raffi Torres.
Terms of the deal are not yet known. The Oilers are expected to officially announce the signing later today.
from Tencer’s Blog at the Edmonton Oilers,
Moreau knows that fans will be skeptical. With the injury trouble that he and Souray have experienced the last 2 years, it’s human nature to wonder if they’ll be available for 82 games next season. “I’ll be more than 100% come training camp,” Moreau says emphatically. “It’s a pretty simple injury, unfortunately it happened twice. I just broke my leg; there’s no ligament damage. As far as me playing my game and playing tough and physical, there won’t be any ill effects.”
Moreau also knows that it isn’t all about toughness. If the team succeeds in playing a puck possession game, that will take care of a large part of the battle
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
...Bettman hasn’t done so yet – and even if he did, I doubt he’d do it publicly – but I sure hope he doesn’t listen to those buttoned-up arbiters of appropriateness.
In fact, I’d love nothing more than to see him add more fuel to the fire and give Lowe and Burke (a) full license to draw caricatures of each other in public, (b) two of those giant cotton swab devices they use on American Gladiators, and (c) a dump truck’s worth of salt for each other’s wounds.
added 2:47pm, from TSN,
A few days after Edmonton Oilers’ Kevin Lowe fired back at rival GM Brian Burke, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tried to pour water on the feud of the two rival team executives.
Following comments by Burke over the past year and comments Lowe made recently to an Edmonton radio station, Bettman ordered the two to cease and desist in a conference call Monday.
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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