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from Robin Brownlee of Oilers Nation,
...as it stands right now, after a 15-minute, face-to-face conversation I had with Comrie this afternoon, I’ve got to tell you we’d all better get used to the idea of seeing MC in Oilers silks again.
While I’m told there’s no deal done as of now and that there’s at least one other option for Comrie — I believe it’s the Atlanta Thrashers — I’d be willing to wager MC will be an Oiler by noon Friday.
In what stands as a classic case of letting bygones be bygones, Comrie and the Oilers have settled their differences to the point where I believe the ink is a formality and the unlikeliest of do-overs will begin when Comrie reports for training camp physicals Saturday.
via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Rob Schremp has signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, The Journal has learned.
Schremp’s new contract is a two-way deal, meaning Schremp will command $715,000 if he makes the NHL club, but less than $75,000 if he is sent down to the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
It also means that Schremp will have to clear waivers if he’s sent down to the minors because he has now played three full seasons in the AHL.
via Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
Notwithstanding persistent rumours, the Oilers are not in negotiations with Mike Comrie and have no plans to sign him, Tambellini said.
“Mike’s a good player,” he said Thursday at an announcement about Telus’s new sponsorship of the Oilers. “No decisions have been made to add any player to our roster. We’ve got a full roster, we’ve got salary cap issues. Nothing’s been decided at this point.”
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
The Edmonton Oilers are deciding whether or not to give former Oiler Mike Comrie another tour of duty at Rexall Place.
They are not the only team on Comrie’s radar screen right now, but in a development that’s straight out of the Strange But True file, the unrestricted free agent is seriously considering a return to the town that’s heckled him mercilessly ever since his bitter departure six years ago.
While Comrie is warm to the idea, Oilers management is not unanimous in their desire to bring him back.
That, and the fact that Comrie is still speaking with other teams, means this is no slam dunk.
But the fact it’s even being considered, given that Comrie left town in the second-most volatile break-up in franchise history—Chris Pronger remains No. 1 in Edmonton’s hearts—is jaw-dropping.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
It may be the hottest rumour on Internet sites, but forget about Mike Comrie and the Edmonton Oilers kissing and making up.
“It ain’t happening ... he ain’t coming here,” said a well-informed source. “Mike doesn’t fit any need that we have right now.”
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
Ladislav Smid heard the about the trade via a 4 a.m. wakeup call.
He wasn’t happy.
Nor was he too impressed about waiting over a month to see if it would actually come to fruition.
“I thought I handled it pretty well,” said the Edmonton Oilers defenceman.
“I was trying hard not to think about it. I was just waiting to see what was going to happen. It sucked, but I was just trying to relax back in the Czech Republic, spend some time with my family and try not worry about it.”
from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,
It’s one thing for a contending team to be pressed up against the cap ceiling, but quite another for a middling squad to be shackled by financial restraints.
Teams such as the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks can take a win-now-and-worry-about-the-future-later attitude because they are all rational Cup contenders. Fans will forgive serial shedding of salary in the wake of a championship high.
Clubs like the Edmonton Oilers, however, don’t look good now and, thanks to roster mismanagement, don’t look good for the future, either.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If the Edmonton Oilers could get a do-over, would they move Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll for Lubomir Visnovsky?
Would they have felt the crushing need to get the pro’s pro Visnovsky from Los Angeles last summer if they knew that Denis Grebeshkov would evolve into a fine puck-mover in his own right, giving the Oilers a surplus of offensive guys on the back-end? enthusiasm, not to mention his ability to play the body.
In addition, they have yet to fill Stoll’s role on draws, as a right-hander. He wins 56 to 58 per cent of his faceoffs. He may never be the second-line centre they thought he would be in his early days with the Oilers, when he had 68 points one season, but he can (a) play the point on the power play, (b) shoot a ton and (c) check and win faceoffs, something the Oilers could always use more of.
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Ladislav Smid on a two-year contract, and forwards Gilbert Brule and Ryan Stone on one-year, two-way deals.
Smid, 23, established career highs in assists and points with 11 in 2008-09. He also had 57 penalty minutes in 60 games played.
Steve Tambellini commented on today’s signing. “I’m very pleased to have Ladislav signed. He’s a very competitive young defenceman that has the ability to contribute in all situations.”
from Todd Kimberely at NHL.com,
The Heatley affair sullied what otherwise has been a solid offseason for the Oilers, who are trying to find their way back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after three years out.
After parting ways with veteran coach Craig MacTavish after eight seasons, Tambellini delivered a master stroke—drawing on his old Vancouver Canucks connections by bringing on board the tandem of Pat Quinn and Tom Renney as head coach and associate coach, respectively.
Between them, the duo has coached nearly 2,000 NHL games—Quinn in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto; Renney with Vancouver and the New York Rangers—and use a common approach of strategizing, teaching and demanding total commitment.
That’s seen as a perfect fit for a young Oilers group, including Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson, Patrick O’Sullivan, Cogliano and Tom Gilbert, which took a collective step backward last season in the face of high expectations.
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