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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.
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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
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.”
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.”
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!
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.”
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.
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