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by Paul on 01/10/07 at 11:07 AM ET
from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,
It’ll also help if Smyth and the Oilers can hammer out a contract. Negotiations kick off in the next day or so, and how long they last is anyone’s guess.
“We’re imminently close to starting,” said general manager Kevin Lowe, who has no idea how long things will take, or if they’ll even get it done before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
“He’ll be weighing his options, between committing here long term and seeing what’s out there in the summer.”
Conventional wisdom says that you don’t want to let an impending UFA get past the trade deadline unsigned because you risk losing him for nothing in the summer. Lowe doesn’t want to get into hypothetical what-ifs, but admitted yesterday that Feb. 27 will loom very, very large in all this.
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