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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

Elite Team Is Oilers’ Owner Goal

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.

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Stoll’s Uncertain Future

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.”

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Canadian Teams on Draft Day

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.

Article: What will the Canadian contingent do?

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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft

Edmonton Oilers Sale Approved

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.

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  Tags: bog, daryl+katz

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