Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 09/23/06 at 02:42 AM ET
Chris Pronger is gone, so is Mike Peca, Jaroslav Spacek, Sergei Samsonov, Georges Laraque, Ty Conklin, Radek Dvorak, Dick Tarnstrom and Rem Murray. So, the Edmonton Oilers will fall back into the pack the season after contesting the 2006 Stanley Cup Final? A lot of hockey savants think so, but Oilers GM Kevin Lowe isn't one of them. "I don't think this summer has been much different than previous years," Lowe said. "You always have to target the guys that you expect will defend, the ones who will score, the ones that provide toughness and the ones that provide leadership and experience. You factor all those things in and then you seek to fill needs. "I don't know if that has changed much as a result of last year's new collective-bargaining agreement with its emphasis on cost certainty. There may be more turnover in rosters now, but if you look at the Oilers of the 1980s, there was always a fair amount of turnover and that was a team that won fairly regularly. I don't see much difference in terms of the new world vs. the old world."continued
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