Oilers re-sign Reddox and Potulny

Jason Gregor
July 29 2009 02:40PM

Liam Reddox: Unlikely Hero

The Oilers have re-signed Liam Reddox and Ryan Potulny.

When Reddox refused his offer sheet, it was surprising that that even got out, since Ladislav Smid and Gilbert Brule didn’t accept their original offer sheet either.

These are depth signings and I’d bet both will be more involved in helping the Falcons than they will plying their trade with the Oilers.

Reddox will probably be the 14th forward on the team when camp breaks. He has shown he can be a reliable forward in a limited role, and despite his size he actually competes harder on the puck than most of the Oiler forwards who are bigger than him.

But if the Oilers have to ice a lineup that has Pouliot, Pisani and Reddox in the same game then they are in trouble because they all have similar traits, although Pisani is the best of the bunch.

As for Potulny he seems destined for the Falcons, and he is a good signing for Falcons fans, but Oiler fans shouldn’t be to giddy about this signing. I don’t see how he ever becomes a regular on this team. Still you need depth on the farm if you want the kids to at least be competitive in the AHL.

While Reddox gives the Oilers depth, I don’t see his re-signing making them a better team. He doesn’t address what Pat Quinn said he wanted from his bottom six forwards: size and hard to play against. While Reddox at least competes for the puck, he won’t ever have defencemen thinking about blowing snow if he is on the forecheck.

Depth signings for the Oilers, is what these two are, but the problem is they are small forwards. Do the Oilers really need more depth in that department? I say no.

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#101 Fish
July 30 2009, 09:08AM
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Harlie wrote:

fire down below, on the Red Ox

Brilliant!

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#102 The Menace
July 30 2009, 09:14AM
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The Menace wrote:

DanMan wrote: Abdelkader is a big body with nice hands, the opposite of Liam Reddox tsntRddxshndsthtthBfflplynthpctrbvlksntrstdn

This isn't what I wrote - I do know about vowels! ;)

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#103 Jason Gregor
July 30 2009, 10:40AM
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freeze wrote:

Is he implying here that Reddox held out for more AHL money? That would make sense since it is unlikely that he will stick out of camp.

That's what I said a few weeks ago...but that doesn't seem to makes sense since he only will make $55,000 in the minors. The only guys making less than $55,000 in the AHL next year for the Oilers are Paukovich, McDonald, Wild, Pitton and Trukhno. Seems like Reddox didn't get any sort of really bump in salary.

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#104 DanMan
July 30 2009, 11:12AM
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Fish wrote:

Reddox has p!ssed me off ever since I saw an interview with him where he stated that he liked to eat alone on the road and go to bed early. I like my NHL’ers to light it up on the road and go to bed late. The guy is a major league Dork!

I like my NHLers to go AWOL in South Central Los Angeles

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