UPDATED: OILERS SIGN SIX...

Jason Gregor
July 05 2013 11:25AM

Andrew Ference (@FerKnuckle) tweeted this picture of himself at 10:15 a.m, officially announcing he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers. Safe to say he grew up an Oilers fan, and easily the best way to announce you've signed with a team.

The Oilers have also signed centre Boyd Gordon and goalie Jason LaBarbera.

I mentioned all three of them as leading candidates to fill some of the Oilers holes.

Ference signed a four-year deal at $3.25 mill/season. That is one year longer than most expected, but that is usually the case in free agency. Teams either overpay in price or in term.

Gordon signed a three year deal, terms **edit** just announced at $3 million/season. Gordon is very good in the faceoff dot. He isn't flashy, but he's solid defensively and a huge upgrade over Eric Belanger.

LaBarbera got a one-year deal and he trains with Dubnyk, so they will get along well and push one another. LaBarbera is 33 years of age and his last four seasons he's had SV% of .923, .912, .909 and .928 in Phoenix. He's mainly a backup.

None of these are huge signings, but they are upgrades over the guys they replaced.

Gordon> Belanger
LaBarbera> Khabibulin, mainly because he stays healthy.
Ference>Peckham,Fistric.

You need to improve every element of your team if you hope to become successful, so I'd say so far MacTavish has done a decent job. He still needs to find another centre, some size in this top-six and likely a big, strong physical D-man.

I received this text from an eastern conference player when I asked about Ference, "He will help them. He isn't naturally skilled, but has tremendous work ethic. Harder to play against than people think."

I suspect the Oilers next big moves will come via trade. With Ottawa losing Alfredsson to Detroit, they have a void at RW. The Ales Hemsky rumours to Ottawa will heat up. Also, Phoenix needs a RW with skill.

UPDATE...

The Oilers just signed free agent winger Jesse Joensuu. He is 6'4 and 225 pounds. He's played 67 NHL games with the Islanders and was the 60th pick in 2006 draft.

(3:00) The Oilers have signed Ryan Hamilton and Wil Acton to two-year contracts. Both played for Eakins with the Toronto Marlies last year. Team stats are here...

Andrew Ference will become the 10th player (I think)  to play for the Oilers after suiting up for the Flames.

Mark Lamb played 235 games, including playoffs, while Dwayne Roloson (211) Frank Musil (77), Jim Vandermeer (62), Kent Nilsson (44) Aaron Johnson (19), Len Esau (14) German Titov (12) and Nick Fotiu (1) were the others.

Are there others?

Also Lamb only played one game for Calgary before playing in Detroit for 22 and then in Edmonton, but he still did play for both teams.

**UPDATE...Michel Petit played 18 for the Oilers after playing for Flames. Jim Dowd played 75 games with Oilers after being in Calgary. Brian Glynn played 105 games.*** Keep them coming.

QUICK THOUGHTS ON OTHER DEALS...

  • Columbus gives Horton a 7-year deal, but he won't be able to play until December. Wow.
     
  • Typical Flames. They could have picked up Kris Russell on waivers, elected not to, and then traded a 5th round pick to St.Louis today to get him. That is a head scratcher.
     
  • Haven't heard much from the Kings or Blues. Both are interested in Iginla.
     
  • Doesn't sound like Ryan Jones will be coming back to Edmonton.
     
  • Shawn Horcoff will be on my show today at 4 p.m. to talk about his time in Edmonton.
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#101 John Chambers
July 05 2013, 12:57PM
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Steve Smith played for both.

So did Grant Fuhr.

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#102 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 12:58PM
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OILERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH C WILL ACTON

The Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Will Acton on a two-year deal.

Acton, a native of Stouffville, Ontario, is 25 years old and is listed at 6'2" 190 lbs. Last season, in 67 games with the Torto Marlies of the AHL he had eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points and 60 penalty minutes.

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#103 bazmagoo
July 05 2013, 12:58PM
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@Bucknuck

Ya very unlikely Couturier or Schenn get moved in my opinion. I could see Philly needing to move Coburn if they decide to land a big free agent like Iginla or someone else.

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#104 Bucknuck
July 05 2013, 12:58PM
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@John Chambers

Yes but both Smith and Fuhr (and Staios) played for the flames AFTER the Oilers. The question was who played for Flames before coming to Edmonton.

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#105 OilersBrass
July 05 2013, 12:59PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

RNH, Gagner, Gordon, Lander/Acton. That is not going to be good enough, not to mention Gagner hasn't even signed yet.

I'm assuming Acton is just depth for the farm team.

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#106 Lochenzo
July 05 2013, 01:01PM
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As per MacT's previous discussion of moving Sam Gagner to the wing, there are still a couple of guys out there that would be great in the #2 hole that offer a more complete game than Sam.

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#107 Walter Sobchak
July 05 2013, 01:04PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

I would be SHOCKED if Couturier ended up traded anywhere. He's a value contract on a cap team. They need to shed salary, so I would suspect he's close to untouchable at his price point for this season. I could see him getting traded at the deadline... maybe... not now.

Maybe not Philly, but the Oilers centre depth is Gordon and Gagner.

If the Oilers go into the season without a legit #2 centre the Oilers will be a lottery team by the middle of December.

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#108 bazmagoo
July 05 2013, 01:06PM
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Would like to see the Oil pick up Frazer McLaren and Ryan Hamilton from the Toronto system, both big boys on the upswing in their careers, familiar with Eakins and could potentially fit a need on the team. McLaren would give us a legit 4th line winger with bungalows with bad intentions (could alternate with Brown in and out of the lineup), Hamilton is a big boy putting up some solid numbers in the minors and not looking out of place in the big leagues.

Both could be had for around a million per year, so not a lot of risk involved.

*edit* Frazer McLaren resigned with the Leafs - boo

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#109 Shifty203
July 05 2013, 01:06PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Maybe not Philly, but the Oilers centre depth is Gordon and Gagner.

If the Oilers go into the season without a legit #2 centre the Oilers will be a lottery team by the middle of December.

I see them picking up another #2 center through trade, and moving Gag's to the wing. Gives them depth at center incase of injury's, especially if RNH isn't ready to start the season.

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#110 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:09PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

I'm assuming Acton is just depth for the farm team.

I'm pretty sure his last coach saw something he liked in him.Perhaps 4C here or a call up.

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#111 Bucknuck
July 05 2013, 01:10PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Maybe not Philly, but the Oilers centre depth is Gordon and Gagner.

If the Oilers go into the season without a legit #2 centre the Oilers will be a lottery team by the middle of December.

Well obviously the oilers need more centre depth (hence the overpay to land Gordon). Couturier would be a great fit, but the Flyers aren't trading him to the Oilers without a significant overpay (like Yak or Eberle). I wouldn't make that trade.

Gagner is a legitimate #2 Centre.

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#112 Eddie Shore
July 05 2013, 01:10PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

I'm assuming Acton is just depth for the farm team.

Stauffer implying he and Lander will battle for the 4C role.. Hopefully not.

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#113 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:12PM
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NHL on TSN ‏@NHLonTSN 38s Valteri Filppula signs with Tampa Bay – 5 years, $5 million per year. #TSN #NHL

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#114 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:13PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Well obviously the oilers need more centre depth (hence the overpay to land Gordon). Couturier would be a great fit, but the Flyers aren't trading him to the Oilers without a significant overpay (like Yak or Eberle). I wouldn't make that trade.

Gagner is a legitimate #2 Centre.

I agree Gagner is a legitimate #2 Centre.On a non-playoff team.

On a contender not so much.

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#115 Walter Sobchak
July 05 2013, 01:15PM
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Shifty203 wrote:

I see them picking up another #2 center through trade, and moving Gag's to the wing. Gives them depth at center incase of injury's, especially if RNH isn't ready to start the season.

I agree, RNH out till December at the longest. I think the Oilers want Gagner on the wing, but will play him at centre till RNH comes back.

The Oilers need a big, good two way centre who can win draws PK and get you around 40 points.

Two teams jump out and that's Philly and CBJ.

The cost will be high as bucknuck mentions Phillys cap hit is an issue but I think taking back Salary from Philly will get it done.

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#116 OilersBrass
July 05 2013, 01:16PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I'm pretty sure his last coach saw something he liked in him.Perhaps 4C here or a call up.

I've been happy with all Mac Ts signings so far, but this is the kind of crap I don't like. They should be bringing in the BPA, not some AHL player that the Eakins coached before.

This is like when Renney brought in Potter, sure Potter is a cheap fix but he isn't really that much help to the team. Once again the coach brings in a player isn't that great.

Also everyone go watch Actons fights with Cormier, and Foligno.

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#117 Dog Train
July 05 2013, 01:17PM
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Smart and calculated so far by Mactavish: -Labarbera makes sense because of the price and his relationship with Dubnyk. I prefer him to Emery because he doesn't bring the expectation of being a starter but he can still push Dubnyk -Ference is a tremendous fit. The term is a bit long but the price is reasonable and his contributions to the team will go far beyond the ice. The Oilers acquired a true winner. -We overpaid for Gordon but we needed at least one centre. The contract is far from a boat anchor and he brings a lot of what we need in the bottom six. Gordon is better than Belanger and likely a bit behind Horcoff when you consider Horcoff is the superior offensive player. Still, Gordon is much cheaper so it was a good move. It would be ideal if we can trade for a third line centre and bump Gordon down the 4th line but we at least need another bottom six centre. -Joenssu is big, young and Finnish so he can fill Teemu's spot for now.

All in all, a solid start for Mactavish. Still lots of work to do if this team is compete for a playoff spot but perhaps the best news of the day is that we didn't do anything stupid that will hurt us down the line. Like paying over 5 million dollars in cap hit over 7 years to a player who has never scored 50 points before or signing an injury prone player to a 7 year deal.

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#118 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:19PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

I've been happy with all Mac Ts signings so far, but this is the kind of crap I don't like. They should be bringing in the BPA, not some AHL player that the Eakins coached before.

This is like when Renney brought in Potter, sure Potter is a cheap fix but he isn't really that much help to the team. Once again the coach brings in a player isn't that great.

Also everyone go watch Actons fights with Cormier, and Foligno.

The team lacks centre depth.Mac-T brought in centre depth.What is wrong with that?

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#119 OilersBrass
July 05 2013, 01:21PM
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Spydyr wrote:

The team lacks centre depth.Mac-T brought in centre depth.What is wrong with that?

Depth for AHL is fine, Grocery Stick said he's going to be competing with Lander for a spot on the NHL team, there's easily a better player out there suited for that spot.

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#120 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
July 05 2013, 01:21PM
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@Spydyr

This, we're paper thin on centermen now. Another bottom 6 center and an AHL/#3 goalie would make me happy, center and goal are our thinnest positions right now.

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#121 Eddie Shore
July 05 2013, 01:27PM
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Spydyr wrote:

The team lacks centre depth.Mac-T brought in centre depth.What is wrong with that?

There's no depth yet. Horcoff and Belanger gone and Gordon and Acton in. Is our "depth at centre" any better today than it was yesterday? I don't think it is. Not yet anyway.

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#122 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:27PM
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Gretzlover wrote:

Oilers close on two year 6 mill contract on JAROME!!!! Suck that flames!

Please no just no

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#123 OilersBrass
July 05 2013, 01:29PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

There's no depth yet. Horcoff and Belanger gone and Gordon and Acton in. Is our "depth at centre" any better today than it was yesterday? I don't think it is. Not yet anyway.

EXACTLY! And there are more players available other than Acton who would add more depth.

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#124 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:29PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

There's no depth yet. Horcoff and Belanger gone and Gordon and Acton in. Is our "depth at centre" any better today than it was yesterday? I don't think it is. Not yet anyway.

IMO there will be trades to bring in a 2C and a top 4 D. After everything dies down and teams trade to fill needs.There are some teams pushing the cap after today.Nothing wrong with having some depth at C on the farm.

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#125 OilersBrass
July 05 2013, 01:29PM
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Gretzlover wrote:

Oilers close on two year 6 mill contract on JAROME!!!! Suck that flames!

Iginla is exactly the type of leadership the Oilers need right now.

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#126 Eddie Shore
July 05 2013, 01:30PM
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Spydyr wrote:

IMO there will be trades to bring in a 2C and a top 4 D. After everything dies down and teams trade to fill needs.There are some teams pushing the cap after today.Nothing wrong with having some depth at C on the farm.

I would agree.. Or hope so!

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#127 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:30PM
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Bobby Ryan to the Sens.

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#128 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:32PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

Iginla is exactly the type of leadership the Oilers need right now.

Sure to bad he can't get around the ice anymore.Just say no.Between him and Smyth they would be so slow.

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#129 fig pucker
July 05 2013, 01:32PM
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tsn just made an excellent point. offer sheet for alex peterangelo in st . louis top d man for draft picks if were lucky and the blues don't match, ps there's no way to tell untill you make the offer

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#130 Walter Sobchak
July 05 2013, 01:35PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Well obviously the oilers need more centre depth (hence the overpay to land Gordon). Couturier would be a great fit, but the Flyers aren't trading him to the Oilers without a significant overpay (like Yak or Eberle). I wouldn't make that trade.

Gagner is a legitimate #2 Centre.

Yes Gagner is a second line center, having said that the Oilers won't have one for three months.

Gagner will be paying first line centre while RNH is injuried.

At the end of the day Gordon will be comparable to the UFA's.

If the Oilers trade for Colburn and take Meszaros back for the rumour of Smid and Paajarvi then ya, you can include Couturier in that deal.

How did you like that overpay for Bobby Ryan.

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#131 oilbaron
July 05 2013, 01:35PM
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check these boyd gordon highlights out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poDNppuM0QM

this one is against the oilers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sW1untv1TI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOPNYh39P0o

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#132 G Money
July 05 2013, 01:36PM
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Khudobin goes to Carolina for 1 yr @ $800K.

Would have been happy to see BOTH he and Barbie in Oiler silks at $1m/yr each.

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#133 Ducey
July 05 2013, 01:38PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

EXACTLY! And there are more players available other than Acton who would add more depth.

Acton didn't even have an NHL contract last year. He put up 19 points in 60 games.

I am pretty sure the Oilers are not going to rely on him for the 4th line role.

He is depth.

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#134 G Money
July 05 2013, 01:38PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

So you honestly wouldn't want Iginla on the Oilers?

Nope, I sure as hell wouldn't.

I admire Iginla (seen a lot of him since I live in Cowtown), and he's a good solid Edmonton-area boy.

But even at $3M/year (unlikely), his best days are far behind him, and he doesn't exactly fill a need when we have Eberle and Yakcity at RW.

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#135 OilersBrass
July 05 2013, 01:40PM
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G Money wrote:

Nope, I sure as hell wouldn't.

I admire Iginla (seen a lot of him since I live in Cowtown), and he's a good solid Edmonton-area boy.

But even at $3M/year (unlikely), his best days are far behind him, and he doesn't exactly fill a need when we have Eberle and Yakcity at RW.

What if he was a third line guy though?

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#136 WhattaMike
July 05 2013, 01:44PM
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I am still buisy watching the free agency shows and now...Wow Bobby Ryan goes in trade to Ottawa...

I am very pleased so far with MacT by picking up Ference, Gordon, Joensuu, LaBarbera and now depth with Will Acton (good size 4th line centre). ference and Gordon are excellent leading type role players for defence and 3rd line centre..(Very good here)

Joensuu is a big size decent type winger, and Acton must be related to keith and he id play for eakins on the Marlies so he is known good to them so i have trust...

LaBarbera has decent save percentage averages/GAA and he is okay for back-up but I was hoping for Khudobin or Emery.

No Top LW yet nor another big tough winger for the 3rd to 4th lines and still I would like to see Lapiere to get over to the Oilers, but overall..I say... great Way to start off MacT and thanks fop no such huge to wrong overpays thus far.

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#137 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:53PM
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OilersBrass wrote:

So you honestly wouldn't want Iginla on the Oilers?

Not at this point in his career.Now if Mac-T can trade for the next Iginla that would be great.Not sure who the next Iginla will be but then again I don't have a million dollar scouting staff.The trick to winning is finding the next one not over paying for the last one.See Clarkson Toronto for 7 years.Now that's a anchor.

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#138 Walter Sobchak
July 05 2013, 01:57PM
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WhattaMike wrote:

I am still buisy watching the free agency shows and now...Wow Bobby Ryan goes in trade to Ottawa...

I am very pleased so far with MacT by picking up Ference, Gordon, Joensuu, LaBarbera and now depth with Will Acton (good size 4th line centre). ference and Gordon are excellent leading type role players for defence and 3rd line centre..(Very good here)

Joensuu is a big size decent type winger, and Acton must be related to keith and he id play for eakins on the Marlies so he is known good to them so i have trust...

LaBarbera has decent save percentage averages/GAA and he is okay for back-up but I was hoping for Khudobin or Emery.

No Top LW yet nor another big tough winger for the 3rd to 4th lines and still I would like to see Lapiere to get over to the Oilers, but overall..I say... great Way to start off MacT and thanks fop no such huge to wrong overpays thus far.

I'm not sure the Oilers have upgraded at all?

Joensuu 4th line (maybe) = Hartikainen

Gordon = Horcoff with almost same across the board stats, in fact Horcoff maybe better!

LaBarbera might be the only upgrade right now.

Ference is a boat anchor contract and is clearly a 5-6 defensmen or a little grittier version of Schultz Sr, his advanced stats are not good.

Having said that, personally I like the Gordon, Ference and LaBarbera signings, but to say the skill level has gone up is misleading.

The Oilers need to make significant trades or this upcoming season is a wash.

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#139 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 01:58PM
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At least the Oilers have one compliance buyout left for Boyd Gordon next summer.

3 mill per for a guy who's best seasons were 29 and 23 pts? WTF!

Great signing on Ference...

Ference>Smid, by an Oilcountry mile. Good to land a capable top four blueliner from a more than competitive team. Welcome home Andrew.

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#140 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 01:59PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

At least the Oilers have one compliance buyout left for Boyd Gordon next summer.

3 mill per for a guy who's best seasons were 29 and 23 pts? WTF!

Great signing on Ference...

Ference>Smid, by an Oilcountry mile. Good to land a capable top four blueliner from a more than competitive team. Welcome home Andrew.

Just wondering what do you not like about Smid's game?

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#141 Rocket
July 05 2013, 02:02PM
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I don't really know too much about Ottawa's prospect depth but it doesn't seem like they over paid for Ryan.

I would trade Paajarvi, Marincin, & a first for Ryan.

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#142 Benny Botts
July 05 2013, 02:02PM
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Gretzlover wrote:

Oilers close on two year 6 mill contract on JAROME!!!! Suck that flames!

Who reported this?

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#143 DevoKnows
July 05 2013, 02:02PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I'm not sure the Oilers have upgraded at all?

Joensuu 4th line (maybe) = Hartikainen

Gordon = Horcoff with almost same across the board stats, in fact Horcoff maybe better!

LaBarbera might be the only upgrade right now.

Ference is a boat anchor contract and is clearly a 5-6 defensmen or a little grittier version of Schultz Sr, his advanced stats are not good.

Having said that, personally I like the Gordon, Ference and LaBarbera signings, but to say the skill level has gone up is misleading.

The Oilers need to make significant trades or this upcoming season is a wash.

Hi, my names WattaMike, please don't take what I blog seriously, as I'm very "delusional"

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#144 Rocket
July 05 2013, 02:04PM
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Some OK pick ups for The Oilers today. I wonder what MacT is trying to do with Hemsky today?

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#145 fig pucker
July 05 2013, 02:04PM
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missed the boat on bobby ryan to. i mean silverburg + 1 and a first round pic we couldn't put a competitive package together? all of these big deals snd were in on none of them.

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#146 Bucknuck
July 05 2013, 02:05PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Yes Gagner is a second line center, having said that the Oilers won't have one for three months.

Gagner will be paying first line centre while RNH is injuried.

At the end of the day Gordon will be comparable to the UFA's.

If the Oilers trade for Colburn and take Meszaros back for the rumour of Smid and Paajarvi then ya, you can include Couturier in that deal.

How did you like that overpay for Bobby Ryan.

That was quite the trade. I'm looking forward to seeing where exactly that 1st rounder picks. I figure Sens are not going to make the dance next year. I said that last year too... oh wait...

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#147 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 02:06PM
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fig pucker wrote:

missed the boat on bobby ryan to. i mean silverburg + 1 and a first round pic we couldn't put a competitive package together? all of these big deals snd were in on none of them.

Not sure if the Ducks would want to trade him in their division.Just for fun what would you have given up for him?

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#148 DigDeepNBleedBlue
July 05 2013, 02:09PM
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Gordon looks like a good pick up. 3mil is a good chunk of cash, but, IMO, not a contract that will ever hurt you. I believe there is upside here.

Labarbera is a respectable goalie at a respectable contract both in dollars and term. Mending fences with Dubnyk? It definitely says he's the number one next season.

Ference was tough to play against in the playoffs. I like this signing.

The Jesse Joensuu signing: depth with size. Can't hurt.

Hemsky and Ottawa looks more and more like a fit.

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#149 Benny Botts
July 05 2013, 02:11PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

From what I can see ....... gretzlover's cousin's brother-in-law whose accountant's aunt knew a guy who went to school with Iggy's sister's best friend's badminton partner.

Book it!

Very good sources

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#150 Bucknuck
July 05 2013, 02:12PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

At least the Oilers have one compliance buyout left for Boyd Gordon next summer.

3 mill per for a guy who's best seasons were 29 and 23 pts? WTF!

Great signing on Ference...

Ference>Smid, by an Oilcountry mile. Good to land a capable top four blueliner from a more than competitive team. Welcome home Andrew.

read this. This Boyd Gordon Signing makes a little more sense in this light. http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/06/07/if-oilers-are-looking-to-replace-shawn-horcoff-potential-ufa-boyd-gordon-might-be-a-good-fit/

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