Free agency begins...Oilers sign Fayne and Pouliot

Jason Gregor
July 01 2014 10:02AM

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The Dallas Stars got a jump on the rest of the NHL when they acquired Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson for Alec Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2nd round pick in 2015.

The West continues to get stronger, and if the Oilers plan to become competitive in two years they must develop Leon Draisaitl correctly. You need elite centres, two of them, to compete in the western conference. 

The Oilers won't get an elite centre in free agency, but they will try to find some quality veterans to help the Oilers young core become more competitive.

BREAKING...Oilers sign Mark Fayne to a four-year deal at $3.5 million/year and Benoit Pouliot for five years at $4 mill/year.

Former Oiler, Ales Hemsky, signs in Dallas for three years at $4 million/year 

Oilers sign Keith Aulie to a one-year deal. Good depth guy. He can be a #6/7 and it is better that he sits in the pressbox instead of a young D-man.

The Oilers will try to land a centre, a 3rd line left winger a 4th line right winger and some D-men.

They will go after players like Legwand, Goc, Grabovski, Jokinen, Boyle, Kulemin, Pouliot, Winnik, Fayne, Engelland, Stralman and Dan Boyle.

If they can land two of those players that would be a good day, if they get three would very good. We'll see what happens.

We will update you as the day unfolds.

Also, before we get to hockey I'd like to say Happy 147th birthday to The True North Strong and Free. I'm extremely lucky to have been born in this great country and make sure you celebrate our great Nation today.

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QUICK HITS...

  • With Dallas trading for Spezza, this puts even more pressure on St.Louis to try and sign Stastny. I like Stastny a lot, but if he gets $7mill/year that is huge money for a guy who is a great 2nd line centre.


  • Jarome Iginla and the Bruins might have to part ways because the Bs have limited cap space. Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Colorado and Detroit are interested. The Avs really like Iginla and want his experience and if they lose out on Stastny, which seems likely, they could go hard after Iggy.


  • Dave Bolland is my pick for biggest overpayment. Who is yours?

SIGNINGS BEGIN...

  • Penguins sign Ehrhoff for one year at $4 million. Good signing for Pens, especially with Maatta coming off shoulder surgery.
  • Manny Malhotra signs a one year, $850,000 deal with Montreal. Malhotra continues to be a great feel good story....
  • Mark Fayne at four years $3.5 million is a solid signing, but I don't see him more than a #4 long term. The most important part of this signing is that means the Oilers don't have to rush their young D-men.
  • Pouliot's five years concerns me. Time will tell, but that money for five years could be an issue in the future. He has played on five teams in five years. The Oilers needed a proven NHL player and he is that, but five years is major risk, IMO. Pouliot is a former #4 overall pick, so he does have some skill. I like that he is very aggressive on the forecheck and he will give the Oilers a good puck retriever.

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#51 v4ance
July 01 2014, 10:52AM
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Bolland 5x $5.5 with FLA ????

Winner of bad contract of the day.... so far...

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#52 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:53AM
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Free agency: The day GM's try to fix their mistakes by throwing insane amounts of money and term at players.

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#53 Serious Gord
July 01 2014, 10:53AM
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v4ance wrote:

Pouliot got $4M/5 yrs and Raymond just signed 3 yrs, $9.5 total or around $3.1/yr with Calgary.

I think cgy got the better deal - time will tell.

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#54 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
July 01 2014, 10:54AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Free agency: The day GM's try to fix their mistakes by throwing insane amounts of money and term at players.

"We dug ourselves a hole here, so we'll just have to dig ourselves out. Spend our way outta this mess!"

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#55 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:55AM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

"We dug ourselves a hole here, so we'll just have to dig ourselves out. Spend our way outta this mess!"

Exactly, and it very seldom works out.

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#56 Sevenseven
July 01 2014, 10:58AM
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Hope we see a #2 center coming.

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#57 gus1000
July 01 2014, 10:58AM
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Pouliot is a good player, but would rather him with Raymond's contract. An overpay, but not overly bad by year three when the cap is probably $75 mil.

Fayne fills a hole, played a lot of minutes on a good team. Big, can clear the front of the net. Doesn't turn the puck over.

So far Mac has been moving the roster.

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#58 Smokey
July 01 2014, 10:59AM
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v4ance wrote:

Bolland 5x $5.5 with FLA ????

Winner of bad contract of the day.... so far...

With little tax in Florida, Bolland makes as much most superstars. I'd take that over POO.

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#59 BleedingOil
July 01 2014, 11:01AM
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still need a 2C

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#60 Slyers
July 01 2014, 11:01AM
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Smokey wrote:

I agree, Nashville and Pheonix will pick up value deals of comparable players for 1 year at basement prices while we enjoy the Pouliot albatross for years to come.

Mark Fayne I can live with. Reasonable contrast, a much needed player.

Albatross ... Give me a break, at the most it is a million over pay, which is normal for a free agent. Do you really believe a million bucks is going to make any difference in 3-5 yrs with the cap continuing to go up. Also they could buy out if it gets really bad, it's 4 million not 7 like Horcoff a buy out would be nothing. Some of you bitch just to bitch, if Mac Tavish did nothing you whine, it's free agency you are competing with other teams you either over pay or watch and pray someone falls to you who you may or may not like. McT. Is doing well targeting usefull players with contracts that will not cripple us, well done!!!!

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#61 Smokey
July 01 2014, 11:01AM
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Sevenseven wrote:

Hope we see a #2 center coming.

Ollay Ollay Ollay Ollay Ollay Yokinen in on the way is where I hedge my bet.

Will the Oilers give him 3 years 5 million, please no.

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#62 Smokey
July 01 2014, 11:04AM
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Slyers wrote:

Albatross ... Give me a break, at the most it is a million over pay, which is normal for a free agent. Do you really believe a million bucks is going to make any difference in 3-5 yrs with the cap continuing to go up. Also they could buy out if it gets really bad, it's 4 million not 7 like Horcoff a buy out would be nothing. Some of you bitch just to bitch, if Mac Tavish did nothing you whine, it's free agency you are competing with other teams you either over pay or watch and pray someone falls to you who you may or may not like. McT. Is doing well targeting usefull players with contracts that will not cripple us, well done!!!!

It is an albatross, 4 million for one year, fine, for 5?

Come on, look at comparable players over the last 3 free agencies. In 2 weeks if I am wrong, Id meet you and buy you lunch at McDonald's.

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#63 BleedingOil
July 01 2014, 11:05AM
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Smokey wrote:

It is an albatross, 4 million for one year, fine, for 5?

Come on, look at comparable players over the last 3 free agencies. In 2 weeks if I am wrong, Id meet you and buy you lunch at McDonald's.

see bolland deal. comparable player

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#64 a lg dubl dubl
July 01 2014, 11:06AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I think cgy got the better deal - time will tell.

Meh, 900,000 less sure its one yr longer but Pouliot has no ntc in his contract.

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#65 pelhem grenville
July 01 2014, 11:07AM
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Smokey you said"...Mark Pouliot is not a driven player and in no way deserves term..."

oilers got BENOIT POULIOT...are confusing the stench of M.A. Pouliot the oilers used to have ?

Hemsky a Star...

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#66 SlowTalker
July 01 2014, 11:10AM
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My wish came true. Hilarious!

Ryan Miller 3yr 18 Mill.

I'm going to be laughing all day!!

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#67 Ryan2
July 01 2014, 11:11AM
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Slyers wrote:

Albatross ... Give me a break, at the most it is a million over pay, which is normal for a free agent. Do you really believe a million bucks is going to make any difference in 3-5 yrs with the cap continuing to go up. Also they could buy out if it gets really bad, it's 4 million not 7 like Horcoff a buy out would be nothing. Some of you bitch just to bitch, if Mac Tavish did nothing you whine, it's free agency you are competing with other teams you either over pay or watch and pray someone falls to you who you may or may not like. McT. Is doing well targeting usefull players with contracts that will not cripple us, well done!!!!

You are assuming that the salary cap goes up. There is no guarantee of that.

It was a big overpay in both term and $$$ for an underachieving former 1st round pick with consistency issues. He is essentially MacT's Pisani - Pouliot had a so-so year and a decent playoff and got rewarded for it. This will likely be another Gagner-like outcome in the end for the team........

The term is the head scratcher for me. At that length this contract will likely cause issues down the road. The good teams keep the core stars and develop cheap depth players to plug in and play as the more veteran ones get overpaid elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Oilers are nowhere near that stage yet so they have to overpay for depth players. Hopefully, likely 3 years out, they have enough NHL ready role players in the system that they do not have to do this and can focus the $$$ to upgrading the lineup or addressing true needs. MacT still needs some true NHL centers......

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#68 Smokey
July 01 2014, 11:12AM
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SlowTalker wrote:

Are you tracking this? Raymond 3yr 9.5 mill.

You corrected yourself but jeez..Marc Pouliot??

Raymond earned it. That's reasonable. I was not saying Raymond could be had again for that this year. He was an example from last year which I assumed you understood.

I think Poo is a good an example too from last year. These types are available on reasonable 1 and 2 year deals. Phoenix and Nashville have consistently let stupid GM's sign 3rd liners to term and scooped up and gotten value deals on equal talent.

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#69 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 11:13AM
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Smokey wrote:

Ollay Ollay Ollay Ollay Ollay Yokinen in on the way is where I hedge my bet.

Will the Oilers give him 3 years 5 million, please no.

Yokinen signed with Florida a while ago.

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#70 Ed in Edmonton
July 01 2014, 11:13AM
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I see that Hemsky signed for 4mil/y (for 3 years. Does that impact the perception of the Pouliot contract?

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#71 madjam
July 01 2014, 11:14AM
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WOW . Hemsky to Dallas for 3year - $4M/season . He'll be back with Spezza . Nill doing a good job in Dallas . R.Miller to Canucks .

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#72 a lg dubl dubl
July 01 2014, 11:15AM
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Hear with Fayne in the mix, a dman could be moved for c help. Petry?

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#73 Slyers
July 01 2014, 11:17AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I think cgy got the better deal - time will tell.

P.A. Wow shocker you don't like anything the Oilers do. If Mason had signed with the Oil you would be complaining about another small player. Benoit is way bigger and more aggressive with just as much offensive up side. Wow you are like the saddest puppy ever. Pathetic !

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#74 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 11:19AM
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Free agent day is like Christmas to the kool-aid drinkers.Every new toy is bright and shiny.Wait a season or two and those new toys are either broken or not as shiny.

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#75 Will
July 01 2014, 11:19AM
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Kind of looking at Florida and saying Dyaaaaaam. Huberdeau, Barkov, Ekblad, Jokenin, Bolland, Luongo, ect. ect. They are not going to picking 1st next year.

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#76 Sevenseven
July 01 2014, 11:19AM
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Hey numbers people, how do the oilers stack up size and weight wise now? At least they addressed the size issue, and not with coke machines.

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#77 Will
July 01 2014, 11:20AM
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madjam wrote:

WOW . Hemsky to Dallas for 3year - $4M/season . He'll be back with Spezza . Nill doing a good job in Dallas . R.Miller to Canucks .

Not back with Spezza, back with Horcoff. CAAAAAANNNNNN you FEeeeeel the LOOOOUUUUUUve 2Nyyyyyyght toooniiiiiiiite.

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#78 ThatButthurtOilersFan
July 01 2014, 11:20AM
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Anyone reading the tweet bar on TSN? I like the one that says that Florida should trade Ekblad for Theo Fleury and Dion Phaneuf.

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#79 Smokey
July 01 2014, 11:21AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

Hear with Fayne in the mix, a dman could be moved for c help. Petry?

The Oilers can ill afford to trade Petry for a center. Defensive looks reasonable for once. I think Petry name was out there in order to be part of a package to get a top pairing defender.

I think the Oilers are targeting Olli.

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#80 pelhem grenville
July 01 2014, 11:22AM
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"...Pouliot signed with Florida a while ago..."

Spydyr...huh?

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#81 The Last Big Bear
July 01 2014, 11:22AM
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Sevenseven wrote:

Hey numbers people, how do the oilers stack up size and weight wise now? At least they addressed the size issue, and not with coke machines.

Well, the column of thin air that currently occupies the #2C position is going to bring the average weight down significantly.

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#82 Danoilerfanincalgary
July 01 2014, 11:22AM
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Both Pouliot and Purcell are bigger less a defensive liability and cheaper than Gagner, looks like an upgrade to me.

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#83 SlowTalker
July 01 2014, 11:23AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Free agent day is like Christmas to the kool-aid drinkers.Every new toy is bright and shiny.Wait a season or two and those new toys are either broken or not as shiny.

Spelling police here.

Shinny hockey is fun, but a SHINY new hockey player for the Oilers really makes me happy.

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#84 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
July 01 2014, 11:24AM
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Oilers sign D Keith Aulie 2 yr deal, no $$ announced

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#85 Smokey
July 01 2014, 11:25AM
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Will wrote:

Not back with Spezza, back with Horcoff. CAAAAAANNNNNN you FEeeeeel the LOOOOUUUUUUve 2Nyyyyyyght toooniiiiiiiite.

Jim Nill is my hero...Dallas looks poised to take a run if they can get a puck mover.

Hemsky and Spezza playing soft minutes will be scary.

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#86 v4ance
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Ryan2 wrote:

You are assuming that the salary cap goes up. There is no guarantee of that.

It was a big overpay in both term and $$$ for an underachieving former 1st round pick with consistency issues. He is essentially MacT's Pisani - Pouliot had a so-so year and a decent playoff and got rewarded for it. This will likely be another Gagner-like outcome in the end for the team........

The term is the head scratcher for me. At that length this contract will likely cause issues down the road. The good teams keep the core stars and develop cheap depth players to plug in and play as the more veteran ones get overpaid elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Oilers are nowhere near that stage yet so they have to overpay for depth players. Hopefully, likely 3 years out, they have enough NHL ready role players in the system that they do not have to do this and can focus the $$$ to upgrading the lineup or addressing true needs. MacT still needs some true NHL centers......

Actually, the cap WILL go up to $74 million for the 2015-16 season when the Rogers TV deal will kick in. That was the negotiation earlier this week between the NHL and the PA over this year's (2014-15) salary cap. They were discussing $70 with some of that Rogers money added to this cap or $68 million based on actual 2013-14 revenues. They split the difference and went with $69 million.

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#87 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 11:25AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

"...Pouliot signed with Florida a while ago..."

Spydyr...huh?

Opps meant Yokinen .

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#88 RJ
July 01 2014, 11:26AM
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If you read non-oiler message boards, pouliot is in the running for worst contract.

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#89 rickithebear
July 01 2014, 11:26AM
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Pouliot Personal procession numbers last 4 years(3.6 seasons) takeaway give away +34.

+9.5/season One of the best Pocession forwards.

90% of other forwards get better results with him than without.

He is a 13-14 EVG/season Forward.

Since 10-11

Perron 47 EVG

Purcell 47 EVG

Horton 46 EVG

J. staal 46 EVG

Callahan 45 EVG

Pouliot 43 EVG

J. jokinen 43 EVG

Oshie 41 EVG

M Raymond 38 EVG

Mcginn 37 EVG

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#90 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 11:27AM
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SlowTalker wrote:

Spelling police here.

Shinny hockey is fun, but a SHINY new hockey player for the Oilers really makes me happy.

One extra letter.I'm so sorry I was not perfect.I will fix it for you.

Enjoy your new toy it sure is shiny today.

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#91 Will
July 01 2014, 11:29AM
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Smokey wrote:

Jim Nill is my hero...Dallas looks poised to take a run if they can get a puck mover.

Hemsky and Spezza playing soft minutes will be scary.

I was thinking Dallas is turning into the Florida of the west. I am already terrified of their top line going forward. Benn, Seguin, Nichuskin. Every year that line is just going to get more and more scary. And now a Spezza Hemsky second line. That is worrying.

But then, you look at their defence and anything after their second line and its all okay.

I don't think Dallas is known for having a deep prospect pool either, and other than pulling Benn out at 44, they haven't landed a late round draft winner in a long time.

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#92 TCG
July 01 2014, 11:29AM
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I just noticed on TSN Free Agent list that the Oilers have signed Keith Aulie. Big D - 6'6" 230lbs.

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#93 SlowTalker
July 01 2014, 11:29AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Opps meant Yokinen .

I think some of you guys should take a breath or two before posting.

However I totally don't blame you for screw-ups if you are rapidly posting the shortcomings of players and teams on multiple fan boards at one time.

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#94 Will
July 01 2014, 11:30AM
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RJ wrote:

If you read non-oiler message boards, pouliot is in the running for worst contract.

Orpik, 5 years at 5.5 million. That has to win the day.

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#95 FISH
July 01 2014, 11:31AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

8.5 million on Purcell and Pouliot. Ouch. I don't get why they would sign Pouliot unless they are about to trade one of their wingers. Hopefully it's Yakupov.

just wanted to point out ho much of an idiot your are, i would think your terry jones trying to trade yakupov.

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#96 Will
July 01 2014, 11:31AM
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TCG wrote:

I just noticed on TSN Free Agent list that the Oilers have signed Keith Aulie. Big D - 6'6" 230lbs.

The new Mark Fraser, hurray!!!

Why are the Oilers always taking Leafs' 7th defenceman?

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#97 a lg dubl dubl
July 01 2014, 11:32AM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

Oilers sign D Keith Aulie 2 yr deal, no $$ announced

@edmontonoilers tweeted 1 yr am I wrong?

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#98 pelhem grenville
July 01 2014, 11:32AM
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Keith Aulie 6 foot 6 TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

order the step stools!

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#99 Sevenseven
July 01 2014, 11:33AM
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Sevenseven wrote:

Hey numbers people, how do the oilers stack up size and weight wise now? At least they addressed the size issue, and not with coke machines.

I spoke too soon, Another Marlies coke machine in Keith Aulie. The new Fraser. We have quite a few good d in okc. Why him?

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#100 CaptainLander
July 01 2014, 11:34AM
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Keith Aulie fills the number 7 role nice

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