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by Paul on 06/21/09 at 09:32 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Will the Edmonton Oilers make a play to sign Florida Panthers defenceman Jay Bouwmeester or trade for his negotiating rights just before the free-agent market opens on July 1? Sources say the Oilers would rather, for now, spend the $6 million US or so a year it would take to sign the 25-year-old unrestricted free agent on somebody to play with winger Ales Hemsky on their No. 1 line.
The Oilers like the Edmonton product, who will likely be on Canada’s 2010 Olympic team, maybe as a shutdown-type defenceman. But they see other bigger holes on their club. They’re crying out for a goal-scorer.
Edmonton would also have to move a blue-liner to bring Bouwmeester in and they aren’t prepared to do that.
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