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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#151 MKE
July 05 2013, 02:41PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

People who think Ference is a 5-6 will be in for a nice surprise.

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#152 madjam
July 05 2013, 02:44PM
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I count six new people in our new lineup so far If you include Klefbom and Belov . That's seems to leave one more to go , perhaps 2 , which seemed to be the figure MacT. thought this process might bring . Hemsky should bring one more and hopefully more than Horcoff . If you count the 7th round draft choice I suppose you claim 7 already . Seems like we are just about done ?

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#153 bill
July 05 2013, 02:45PM
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Typical Oilers.

1. Make a lot of noise about change and 5 cups

2. DO NOTHING

3. Over pay for Boyd and post Apex Ference

4. Still not addressing the goaltending or size up front

result: missing the playoffs AGAIN

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#154 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 02:46PM
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MKE wrote:

People who think Ference is a 5-6 will be in for a nice surprise.

Ference played the third most minutes in the playoffs for a finalist. Ference will defiantly be top 4 here for 2-3 years.By then the AHL kids should be ready.

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#155 Bonvie
July 05 2013, 02:47PM
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MKE wrote:

People who think Ference is a 5-6 will be in for a nice surprise.

And obviously haven't watched any of the playoffs the last two years although that term concerns me but by the time he is in his third and fourth years we should have a lot of vaue contract d coming up from our system playing a larger role than the cost of their salary.

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#156 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 02:48PM
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bill wrote:

Typical Oilers.

1. Make a lot of noise about change and 5 cups

2. DO NOTHING

3. Over pay for Boyd and post Apex Ference

4. Still not addressing the goaltending or size up front

result: missing the playoffs AGAIN

C'mon Bill, don't beat around the bush. Tell us how you really feel. Don't hold anything back, both barrels or bust. We can take it bud.

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#157 MKE
July 05 2013, 02:48PM
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Smokey wrote:

Bogus. He got 4.5 last year. Put up what 35 points in 45 games, I am not sure. Had a mediocre playoffs. Danny Alfredsson signed for 5.5 for one yer. Iginla might get 5 mil for a year or two. Clowe got 5 mil and scored hardly any goals. Clarkson robbed TO,.whats the worst thing he plays poorly, we trade for a second round pick. Jagr. a potential 55-60 point 15 minute a night Jagr can play on any teams top 6 in the league. He will get min 4 mil or I'll buy you a bottle of Spiced Rum.

You say bogus, and then tell me he will get a min 4 mil? 4 still isn't 5.

The Alfredsson signing by years end will look like a bad deal. Iginla will get 4 on the high side. He could get more money elsewhere, but he wants to play for a winner, and a winner can't pay him 5.

I'm not saying I wouldn't like Jagr on my team. I just don't believe he will get more then 3 million a year.

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#158 MKE
July 05 2013, 02:49PM
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I agree

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#159 2004Z06
July 05 2013, 02:50PM
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Penner to Boston? A third cup for him? Not even 30? Yeah he sucks!

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#160 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 02:50PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Ference played the third most minutes in the playoffs for a finalist. Ference will defiantly be top 4 here for 2-3 years.By then the AHL kids should be ready.

Amen to that.

The Oilers blueline youngsters have the role model now. If Coburn ends up here, it's only because he's bringing Couturier with him. Puck Holmgren.

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#161 MKE
July 05 2013, 02:50PM
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Exactly. We only need him to be a top 4 guy for two of those 4 years. I like the signing. And by the time he is a 5-6 guy on this team we will have a very strong defence

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#162 MKE
July 05 2013, 02:54PM
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JMHO but I think there are three left handed shot forward they would be targeting ahead of Couturier.

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#163 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 02:55PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

C'mon Bill, don't beat around the bush. Tell us how you really feel. Don't hold anything back, both barrels or bust. We can take it bud.

Nothing to see here move along.

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#164 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 02:57PM
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MKE wrote:

JMHO but I think there are three left handed shot forward they would be targeting ahead of Couturier.

There's one down. Ryan Hamilton, a disciple of Eakins from the Marlies. Dallas knows how this kid ticks. Hopeful for the opportunity Eakins will surely give him.

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#165 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 02:58PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Amen to that.

The Oilers blueline youngsters have the role model now. If Coburn ends up here, it's only because he's bringing Couturier with him. Puck Holmgren.

We finally agree on something.I'm keeping my eye out for lightning.

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#166 Spydyr
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bill wrote:

Typical Oilers.

1. Make a lot of noise about change and 5 cups

2. DO NOTHING

3. Over pay for Boyd and post Apex Ference

4. Still not addressing the goaltending or size up front

result: missing the playoffs AGAIN

2)According to TSN they signed more free agents then any other team.

3)Every free agent is an over pay.You are not giving up anything for them.See Clarkson 7 years at 5.5

4) They signed an NHL back up.I would have preferred someone to push Dubbie.

6)They signed at big Finn Joensuu, 25, is a 6'4" 209 lb .

Rome was not built in a day.After things calm down and the NHL cottage break is over look for some trades before camp.They have holes yes many but they did not make any stupid moves.

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#167 fig pucker
July 05 2013, 03:01PM
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Not sure if the Ducks would want to trade him in their division.Just for fun what would you have given up for him?

would paarvai and two 1st round picks do it? expensive but he's a skilled forword with some size.

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#168 Spydyr
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OILERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH LW RYAN HAMILTON

The Oilers have agreed to terms with left wing Ryan Hamilton on a two-year deal.

Hamilton, 28, has played in 12 NHL games in his career with three assists and two penalty minutes. Last season, he had 56 games played, 30 goals and 48 points for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Looks like Dallas is raiding the Marlies.

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#169 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 03:03PM
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fig pucker wrote:

would paarvai and two 1st round picks do it? expensive but he's a skilled forword with some size.

That is a lot.Too much IMO.The firsts might be lotto picks.

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#170 Benny Botts
July 05 2013, 03:05PM
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bill wrote:

Typical Oilers.

1. Make a lot of noise about change and 5 cups

2. DO NOTHING

3. Over pay for Boyd and post Apex Ference

4. Still not addressing the goaltending or size up front

result: missing the playoffs AGAIN

My guess is your uneducated on the NHL, and free agency...

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#171 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 03:08PM
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Oilers- 36 contracts and nearly 14 million in cap space

Philadelphia- 43 contracts and currently 1.3 million over the cap.

This concludes this public service announcement.

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#172 Spydyr
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Oilers- 36 contracts and nearly 14 million in cap space

Philadelphia- 43 contracts and currently 1.3 million over the cap.

This concludes this public service announcement.

Rubs hand together vigorously with and evil grin, chuckling.

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#173 Benny Botts
July 05 2013, 03:10PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

C'mon Bill, don't beat around the bush. Tell us how you really feel. Don't hold anything back, both barrels or bust. We can take it bud.

Go on, tell me how you feel MacT failed to make an EA Sports NHL all star team on the first day of free agency.

That was meant for Bill by the way.

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#174 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 03:19PM
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Benny Botts wrote:

Go on, tell me how you feel MacT failed to make an EA Sports NHL all star team on the first day of free agency.

That was meant for Bill by the way.

It wasn't so much as today being an important day. I'd pin the lion share of the blame on the near 60 days of virtually no activity before this day. Teams not involved in the playoffs were capable of doing business all along.

Where's the drive, the ambition to build yourself a stronger hockey club/reputation when you pull up to work everyday? You'd think one of those management types would've had a worthwhile opportunity come their way.

Doh! sorry. We await your response there Bill. Damn itchy trigger finger...

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#175 2004Z06
July 05 2013, 03:21PM
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Is Iginla and upgrade over Ryan Jones?

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#176 michael
July 05 2013, 03:22PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Oilers- 36 contracts and nearly 14 million in cap space

Philadelphia- 43 contracts and currently 1.3 million over the cap.

This concludes this public service announcement.

No pressure Holmgren but we would like to help you but we feel that we should kiss you before we deliver the coup de gras. I like Brayden and Luke Shenn. 2 fer is good by me.

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#177 Bucknuck
July 05 2013, 03:25PM
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THE SUMMER IS NOT OVER YET.

What a bunch of whiners. Holy sh!t. I'm glad they got a centreman and a decent D and a backup goalie. Gives them some depth and more certainty so they can pull the trigger on a trade. How could he make a trade before he knew whether he could replace some the players through free agency or not?

You'd think everyone would be overjoyed that he traded the "untradeable contract" named Horcoff and picked up a cheaper replacement.

To steal from Braveheart "If you call yourself (fans), then I'm ashamed to call myself one."

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#178 MKE
July 05 2013, 03:26PM
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@Bucknuck

Couldn't agree more

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#179 The Soup Fascist
July 05 2013, 03:28PM
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michael wrote:

No pressure Holmgren but we would like to help you but we feel that we should kiss you before we deliver the coup de gras. I like Brayden and Luke Shenn. 2 fer is good by me.

I like the sentiment fellas ...... Really I do. But the Flyers are not obligated to deal with the Oilers. There are tons of teams with cap space and inexpensine movable parts.

There are deals to be made but why would the Flyers not deal with .... Say ... Winnipeg if they think the Oilers are trying to take them to the woodshed?

Am I missing something?

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#180 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 03:30PM
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@Bucknuck

To steal from Braveheart "If you call yourself (fans), then I'm ashamed to call myself one." _________________________________________________________________________________________

My favorite line was.... FREEEEEEDOMMMMMMMM! Man, that guy's the bees' knees of actors.

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#181 bill
July 05 2013, 03:32PM
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Well in a must win game at home, you guys lost to our AHL team. Enough said, the Oilers are post apex. Enjoy 3 mill for Boyd Gordon, Burke was right when he said stupid moves are made on free agency day. Hope those 2 goals a year are wroth it, SCORE!

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#182 Rama Lama
July 05 2013, 03:32PM
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Am I the only one surprised that there are no takers on Brad Boyse..........big , strong, and decent hands.

We seemed to have signed every Tronto Marlie available..........not sure how thats going to help us? I do very much like the Ference signing but everyone else is a complete mystery to me?

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#183 Spydyr
July 05 2013, 03:33PM
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I agree so much especially the Horcoff part I'm going out for a beer then another,

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#184 Bucknuck
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

To steal from Braveheart "If you call yourself (fans), then I'm ashamed to call myself one." _________________________________________________________________________________________

My favorite line was.... FREEEEEEDOMMMMMMMM! Man, that guy's the bees' knees of actors.

That was such a great movie. A lot of good lines in it too.

"Well we didn't get dressed up for nuthin'"

"He wasn't right, in the head."

"It's MYYYY Island. Mine."

"So your mom's been telling stories about me again, eh?"

EDIT - I forgot: "Burn it" in a thick Scottish accent.

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#185 Bonvie
July 05 2013, 03:40PM
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bill wrote:

Well in a must win game at home, you guys lost to our AHL team. Enough said, the Oilers are post apex. Enjoy 3 mill for Boyd Gordon, Burke was right when he said stupid moves are made on free agency day. Hope those 2 goals a year are wroth it, SCORE!

Bill I can assure you Boyd was not signed for his goal scoring.

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#186 Soccer Steve
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Braveheart sucks.

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#187 MKE
July 05 2013, 03:47PM
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bill wrote:

Well in a must win game at home, you guys lost to our AHL team. Enough said, the Oilers are post apex. Enjoy 3 mill for Boyd Gordon, Burke was right when he said stupid moves are made on free agency day. Hope those 2 goals a year are wroth it, SCORE!

Ya and 5 years from now that will still be the only highpoint of being a flames fan

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#188 2004Z06
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bill wrote:

Well in a must win game at home, you guys lost to our AHL team. Enough said, the Oilers are post apex. Enjoy 3 mill for Boyd Gordon, Burke was right when he said stupid moves are made on free agency day. Hope those 2 goals a year are wroth it, SCORE!

Based on what Calgary did today in trading for a 4th liner they could have had free off of waivers yesterday and signing a 4th back up goalie, I wouldn't be throwing stones!

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#189 bored
July 05 2013, 03:57PM
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@Bucknuck

"Every man dies...not every man REALLY lives"

- William Effing Wallace

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#190 Smokey
July 05 2013, 03:57PM
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madjam wrote:

I count six new people in our new lineup so far If you include Klefbom and Belov . That's seems to leave one more to go , perhaps 2 , which seemed to be the figure MacT. thought this process might bring . Hemsky should bring one more and hopefully more than Horcoff . If you count the 7th round draft choice I suppose you claim 7 already . Seems like we are just about done ?

I say we need 4., Need one top 6 winger, a third line 2 way winger, and 2 fourth liners. A top 4 dman would be. gravy too. It would move Smid to a 5.

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#191 Bucknuck
July 05 2013, 04:17PM
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The Flames finished behind the Oilers this last year. It makes it so much easier to deal with the Southern Alberta blowhards. Now it is their turn to suck, and I think Feaster is just the man to do it.

Seven new players have been added to the Oilers in the last 24 hours. Most of them depth players, but when was the last time the Oilers really had decent depth. This is a good sign.

Now that all the "free" players are getting gobbled up, teams will be forced to turn to trades to address their needs, and the Oil will need to be in the discussion.

I'm disappointed the Oil didn't get Clarkson, Ryan or Clutterbuck, but there's still a few players who will be moved, and I know the Oilers will be in the mix.

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#192 michael
July 05 2013, 04:37PM
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the additions of Acton and Hamilton tell me that Eakins wants a couple of his guys with him going into next season. These 2 guys must have stood out and Eakins told MacT to go out and get them. Eakins must feel that they'll bring what this teams needs. I would not discount those 2 signing and by the end of training camp would not be surprised to see them both in the opening day lineup.

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#193 Walter Sobchak
July 05 2013, 05:00PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Ference played the third most minutes in the playoffs for a finalist. Ference will defiantly be top 4 here for 2-3 years.By then the AHL kids should be ready.

Ya, I agree, I also would like to add that Hall, Eberle will be in the last year of their contract.

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#194 Walter Sobchak
July 05 2013, 05:04PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

I like the sentiment fellas ...... Really I do. But the Flyers are not obligated to deal with the Oilers. There are tons of teams with cap space and inexpensine movable parts.

There are deals to be made but why would the Flyers not deal with .... Say ... Winnipeg if they think the Oilers are trying to take them to the woodshed?

Am I missing something?

~ But......but....but.....we're the Oilers? You have to trade with us ! :( ~

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#195 Oiler Al
July 05 2013, 05:05PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

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.

Recall when Steve SMith, played for Edmonton and Calgary.. the same night.

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#196 Oiler Al
July 05 2013, 05:30PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Am I the only one surprised that there are no takers on Brad Boyse..........big , strong, and decent hands.

We seemed to have signed every Tronto Marlie available..........not sure how thats going to help us? I do very much like the Ference signing but everyone else is a complete mystery to me?

RL... me thinks Akin looked at the depth on OKC, and taught to himself, god help us if there are injuries this year, there's not too much on the farm as far as forwards go....who would you call up.... Guys like Acton Hamilton would be on two way deals and could be emergency call ups ... Hamilton played a few games with the Leafs last year. Whats happening with Paul Ranger?

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#197 OilClog
July 05 2013, 06:13PM
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@Soccer Steve

You're favorite movie is Bend it like Beckham, never speak on this again.

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#198 **
July 05 2013, 07:32PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Oilers- 36 contracts and nearly 14 million in cap space

Philadelphia- 43 contracts and currently 1.3 million over the cap.

This concludes this public service announcement.

Holmgren should be bending over to Mac. T fairly soon.

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#199 **
July 05 2013, 07:38PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Is Iginla and upgrade over Ryan Jones?

Who let the troll out?

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#200 Quicksilver ballet
July 05 2013, 08:01PM
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Holmgren should be bending over to Mac. T fairly soon.

Hope you're right. Still get the feeling Craig is looking for a home run of sorts. Couturier or Schenn would qualify. Braydon has a little mean streak in him to.

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