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Oilers Get Their Man

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It was LeBron James-like, as the Saturday afternoon unfolded, and hockey fans across the continent learned that their teams had fallen out of the Justin Schultz race, one after another.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were out. Then the New York Rangers. Then the Vancouver Canucks. Then the Minnesota Wild.

It was a day made for Twitter, as fans and hockey writers were glued to their screens, waiting for the final word. And when it came, it was from the Edmonton Oilers’ official Twitter account, so you can guess who the winner was.

“It’s proven that, all of sudden, it’s a much different place to play. It’s kind of the first free agency bidding war the Oilers have ever won,” Edmonton defenceman Ryan Whitney said. “It shows where we’re going, where we’re headed.

“Not only did every coach want the job here, players do as well. It’s got to be a big day for whole organization and all of us players. It’s great.”


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Not only did every coach want the job here, players do as well.

And I bet both Suter and Parise will take huge pay cuts to join the Oil as well. Heck, I’m guessing that, by now, they must be the odds-on favorite to with the Cup next spring.

It’s very demoralizing. After losing Schultz, I think l’ll just give up watching the Wings next season. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/30/12 at 08:29 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Um, “the odds-on favorite to win the Cup next spring.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/30/12 at 08:51 PM ET


To be fair, those of us who are also Lions fans of more than 3 years should be able to understand what’s going on in the heads of these Oiler players and fans.

At some point any good news at all, about anything, is just awesome.

Then, you know, the season starts.  And things start to hurt.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/30/12 at 09:37 PM ET


This whole episode smells. It reminds of previous Kevin Lowe attempts to steal players. I suspect we may be hearing about tampering charges from the Ducks.

Posted by timbits on 06/30/12 at 09:54 PM ET

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