by Lisa Brown on 11/17/11 at 12:30 AM ET
Before the scheduled hearing with Gary Bettman, the dispute between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings has come to a conclusion as inferred after this tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
EDM-LAK settlement reportedly a small cash outlay to offset some of Fraser’s medical costs. No big deal apparently. Everyone moving on.
After months of speculation, the ordeal is now a thing of the past. Fraser has played two games as a King and has a goal and 4 penalty minutes. The Kings have even written a feature on Fraser asking his take on the long and drawn out trade discussion.
“If you date it back to when the injury first happened, last March, it feels like a really long time. But I’m really excited to maybe prove myself and prove what I’ve got, and hopefully I can stay in the lineup and bring some energy and bring something different to the team.” Fraser said before his first game. Oiler fans have heard similar sentiments before, this season even from players such as Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky.
Of course as an Oiler fan, I’m happy to see that both parties were able to come to a conclusion after what we can assume to be a relatively short meeting this afternoon. A small cash settlement that is going towards medical bills seems to be within reason.
There was no chance that the trade between the Oilers and the Kings for Ryan Smyth in exchange for Colin Fraser would have been negated, but there was a chance that the Oilers could lose draft picks, or receive a fine if it was determined that the Oilers didn’t disclose the full extent of Fraser’s injury as they knew it. Now that this is settled, there may still be some tension between Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini and Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi, but hopefully with time that will be a thing of the past as well as the Oilers and the Kings have made several notable trades through the years.
EDIT: This agreement was decided before the scheduled meeting with commissioner Gary Bettmen.
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