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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#151 KozyMel
July 01 2014, 05:19PM
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@hankthetank

I'm not going to totally trash what MacT did - and I love to trash him.

He said all along he was after Fayne and got him.

The D pickups were all reasonable, but I don't understand signing Auley. It's a big improvement over last years pickups.

But today he said they had targeted Pouliot - why?? There's already 5 LW, now 6: Hall, Perron, Pouliot, Hendricks, Gadzic and Joensuu.

You'd think he'd find more than $1.2 for C Goc if he could find $20M for LW Pouliot.

He's still short a #4 RW to play with Gordon and Hendricks and a #2 C (and #3 if they want to let Draisaitl develop more).

All in all, not a disasterous day, but still huge holes to fill.

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#152 They're $hittie
July 01 2014, 10:26AM
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If you were a smid fan an thought his contract was fine, the Fayne deal is great than.

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#153 Quicksilver ballet
July 01 2014, 10:32AM
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Pretty good first half hour. Let's see what the next couple hours bring. Boyle, Penner, others still to decide.

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#154 Spydyr
July 01 2014, 10:45AM
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Boyle to NY

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#155 bradleypi
July 01 2014, 10:46AM
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@The Last Big Bear

Shocker.... guy hasn't been an oiler for an hour and he's getting crapped on...I love the signings today... actual nhl players are never a bad thing...keep them coming Mact!!

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#156 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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#157 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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#158 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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#159 Danger Pay
July 01 2014, 11:42AM
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Mac T is definitely addressing the size and experience issues! Great job so far!

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#160 Smokey
July 01 2014, 11:44AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Funny how a much better team thinks Fedun is of use but the Oilers don't.

San Jose farm team will rule.

Where does he fit in with the Oilers with 5 prospects ahead of him. Oilers did him a service, cutting him loose to a team who probably has less defensive prospect depth.

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#161 Smokey
July 01 2014, 11:50AM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

Why?

Edmonton won't win the cup next year even if their goaltenders play out of their minds. If they play terrible, then MacT can replace one or both of them.

Goalies become available every year and they can be had for minimal assets, but having 2 goalies who are young with a lot to prove pushing each other isn't a bad approach. Hopefully by the time the team develops into a playoff contender, one of the goalies has established himself as a reliable #1.

Vancouver and Calgary are proof that they think goaltending will fix a multiple of sins. Hiller is not Penne Rinne or Carey Price. He was replaced by two rookies from the Anaheim goaltending factory.

Vancouver can have Miller. He has never one anything, and is a solid number 1. Basically replaces Lou with more yearly cap.

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#162 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
July 01 2014, 11:53AM
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@Smokey

Agreed.

Let Vancouver have Miller's 3 x $6million contract. They'll wind up trading him for prospects and picks in 2 years when they finally realize that they're chasing a pipe dream and have to burn everything down to start over.

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#163 Whitey31
July 01 2014, 11:55AM
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Awesome!! One 6'2", Two 6'3", One 6'4", and now a 6'6" player(s) in the last few days!! So far it's only cost us Gags? lol

I am truly shocked that some of you are complaining?? Will you ever find happiness? Too much money, term is too long, fire MacT..wha wha! Any of us that actually follow hockey in the real world know that this is how free agency works. Players are going to take the deal that best suits them. Maybe Benoit was offered the same amount from another team but for a shorter term, so we had to step up a year to get him? Ya lets get bargain deals, because I am sure the ticket prices will go down in the new building? lol Way to go MacT, thanks for actually doing something to show this city that you care!

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#164 hemi
July 01 2014, 12:31PM
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Been a pretty productive day for the Oil's management. Kuddos! For the vast majority of posters here, pay little mind to the few negative trolls whom constantly post nothing but bad news here. It matters not what the Oil do, the same 4/5 know-it-all's will never post anything positive, not in their nature. They are like a boil on an Elephant's ass, insignificant. GO OIL!

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#165 J.R.
July 01 2014, 12:44PM
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Harlie wrote:

I'm a tad worried about that as well, last year it was Dubnyk and his BFF Labarbera who we banked on. You can thank them for Leon.

We have more to thank than just them for Leon don't you think?

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#166 Scottyprime
July 01 2014, 01:10PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I'm giving my opinion the same as you are giving yours.Nothing more.

Just that mine is different from your does not make either right.They are just our opinions.

That's just like...your opinion man.

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#167 Joils
July 01 2014, 01:25PM
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So happy burke handed engelland 3x3. Truckulance lol.

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#168 TigerUnderGlass
July 01 2014, 01:27PM
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aaaand the Flames join the race for worst signing.

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#169 6 ring circus
July 01 2014, 01:32PM
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No other GM has been more active than Mactavish in less than a year and half on the job ,he isn't going to hit a home run with every signing or trade ,at least he isn't scared and sitting on his hands like his predessor (Dithers),as a long time Oilers fan ,I can't really fault him with the moves he has made since this years draft.

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#170 nuge2nail
July 01 2014, 01:49PM
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? wrote:

Picking up players who are used to winning from winning organizations- should rub off on the rest of the roster.

Winning organizations? Nikitin played in COL, which made the playoffs this year for the FIRST TIME since 2007. Fayne played in NJ, which made it to the finals in 2012, and hasn't made the playoffs since. Purcell is from a TB organization that last had a deep playoff run in 2011. Grabovski is from MTL/TOR, hardly the stuff of legend.

Pouliot is literally the only guy to come from a team that has made it deep into the playoffs recently.

Oiler Domination To Follow

Pouliout- playoffs last year.

Purcell- playoffs last year.

Nikitin- playoffs last year.

Fayne- finals 2012.

Grabovski - playoffs 2013, competitive 2014.

Perron- cup contender

Gordan- many playoff teams

Hendricks- many playoff teams

Fasth-winning organization

Etc...

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#171 MessyEH
July 01 2014, 02:02PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

There ya go spyder. No room here for posters who don't fantasize about giving Yakupov lap dances. If other GM s give out idiotic contracts it's OK for MacLooselips to do it too.

I'm sorry. After reading thread, after thread, of this guy preaching about a players draft number, being an indicator of value, that supercedes what they have accomplished post draft. I have little, to zero, respect for them.

The negatively towards "allthingsOilers " is just as bad as the Kool Aid drinking, glass heel wearing fan boys, that also comment here.

If you are not an Oilers fan, (and you can't be if you hate everything they do, and every move they make.) Or, only call call yourself one for what they did 24+ years ago and/or geography. Then why come here? To be negative all the time?

I am sure that there are more productive things that a rising star of the NHL General managers guild could be doing.

*Drops mic. And salutes with middle finger.*

In MacT we trust.

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#172 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
July 01 2014, 02:54PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Anyways, no Mac T presser yet, maybe another signing in the works?

*Edit* Crap it's over, still a good day

Such as? A 10y/$100M hostile offer sheet for PK Subban?

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#173 hemi
July 01 2014, 03:23PM
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Just listened to the Mac-T's presser, he is still in search mode for a Center. More changes are coming. Gotta give credit to him, he has done more in a very short time (and I believe to the betterment of the team) than any other Management personnel for the last how many years! Good stuff and it definitely feels good to be a Oil fan today. For the nay-sayers, you guys suck today and not the Oil.

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#174 Number99
July 01 2014, 03:53PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

how do you figure that? They have the same meaning. Who decides these things, you and your friends?

Toughen up, or cut yourself off from all media. The faux urbane, sanctimonious, chronically offended bit is old.

what about gay as happy? Is that alright or should it also be banned because your delicate sensibilities can't handle it?

Yikes. If you truly feel that using any label on a minority, perceived or not, in a negative context is appropriate, then I encourage you to please use your given name as a descriptor the next time something terrible happens. For example: "somebody punched me in the nose for being a narrow-minded a-hole, that was really effing (insert your name here)....

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#175 madjam
July 01 2014, 04:11PM
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Should Oilers be the nice guys and take K Versteeg for basically nothing and S.Couturier off Philly for basically nothing , so both clubs can get back under cap ?

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#176 The Soup Fascist
July 01 2014, 04:44PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

First off, don't flip positions and claim 'to each their own' when you are the one who started this with your soap box outrage. That is hypocritical.

Ypu're not expecting anyone to conform, you just don't want them to be able to say what you don't want to hear. whatever.

Second, I didn't use either of the words you mention.

I'm glad you recognize you can't control the way I think.

Ha ha. Now you are telling me "don't do this" and "don't do that" all the while berating me for trying to be controlling of others.

Arguing with an idiot (there, is that un-PC enough for you?) is like wrestling with a pig in the mud. At some point you realize the pig likes it. I have reached that point.

Have a nice day.

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#177 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 04:58PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Clearly I can only judge Mac on what he has done so far. Forward depth is marginally better but center position remains the league worst. Defence has improved, just how much TBA. The way I see it: this remains Hall's team, they go as far as he can take them. No playoffs next year but we should pass a couple teams in the standings, 20th to 25th overall.

I would agree. Not that impressed with the current lineup. Slightly improved at great cost but not good. I didn't like the Perron trade and turned out to be very wrong on that. There is a chance that MacTavish and co 'see something' in some of their hires, and they have another gear.

I doubt it, but we shall see.

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#178 nuge2nail
July 01 2014, 05:32PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...Pouliot becomes the oilers 5th top points getter on the team behind RNH... ...y'can't crap on this pickup...

Oiler Domination To Follow

Perron, Purcell and Pouliot all rank in the Oilers top 6 in scoring based on last years point totals.

All players are entering or are in their prime.

One of these wingers will be on the third line with Yak.

Once we fill the #2c hole this team will be competitive again.

Unless we see Marincin, Yakupov, Hopkins take another step forward it won't be enough for the playoffs though.

Scrivens will need to have a superstar season as well.

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#179 Ed in Edmonton
July 01 2014, 08:10PM
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@The Last Big Bear

Bear

Any thoughts on the Flames asset management wrt Camalerri? MacT got a 3rd and 5th for a RFA worth $4m today, whilst Burke got SFA for a $5.25m man today.

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#180 Yardbird
July 01 2014, 08:13PM
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Methinks that the majority of posters on this board were born in this century. Just sayin........

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#181 SlowTalker
July 01 2014, 10:33AM
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Spydyr wrote:

I would not mind a better second goalie than Fasth to push Ben......Hiller would be nice.

The Oilers are OK for goaltending.

What about Vancouver though? Can't go through the season with an AHL tender in Lack. Hiller and Miller to Vancouver will have me laughing alll day though!

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#182 Lofty
July 01 2014, 10:34AM
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The Last Big Bear wrote:

Pouliot is a 15 goal depth winger, who is 27 years old and is pretty much a finished product.

Better lock him up to a heavy contract for the longest term possible.

#because6rings

He's an actual NHL player that's going to play for the Oilers... Its an improvement.

The salary cap has gone up almost 20% over the last 5 years. Your $4 million dollar player now gets paid around $5. Inflation.

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#183 pelhem grenville
July 01 2014, 10:37AM
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...Pouliot becomes the oilers 5th top points getter on the team behind RNH... ...y'can't crap on this pickup...

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#184 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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#185 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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#186 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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#187 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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#188 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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#189 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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#190 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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#191 CaptainLander
July 01 2014, 11:34AM
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Keith Aulie fills the number 7 role nice

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#192 Harlie
July 01 2014, 11:48AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Hillier to cgy.

MacT/Klowe have made a very risky bet on two goalies with less than a seasons worth of experience - could have gotten hiller or Niemi. If the bet fails everything else is irrelevant.

I'm a tad worried about that as well, last year it was Dubnyk and his BFF Labarbera who we banked on. You can thank them for Leon.

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#193 Craig1981
July 01 2014, 11:58AM
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Will wrote:

Whooo! Keith Aulie, More left shot D, More left shot D, comon everyone, lets chant it. We'll do the ooptioop, overload em on the left side and have tweeter beat em one on one.

He is a HUGE guy that can be the 7th D-man. You don't want your young prospects playing only 15-25 games a year riding the bench when they do, you want them in the AHL earning big mins. This is what this signing is for

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#194 Soccer Steve
July 01 2014, 12:15PM
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Spydyr wrote:

You do understand that the Oilers make a profit.Therefore money sunk on the Oilers is in the end the fans money.You get that right?

You also get that teams can only spend to the cap.If you overpay for marginal players it hurts the team.You get that too right?

I don't spend any money on the Oilers so it ain't mine.

Show me a maxed-out at-the-cap team and I'll show you a scenario where they get around it. It so often doesn't matter yet people (like you) still moan about other people spending money.

One example: Horcoff and that whole situation. He could've retired an Oil legend - for better or worse - but we (you) ran him out of town because he signed the dotted line in front of him. EVERYONE would've signed that line, yet people still dumped their crap all over him.

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#195 Bladiator
July 01 2014, 12:42PM
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Wanye should change his pen name to Fanye now.

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#196 Wax Man Riley
July 01 2014, 12:44PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I would have given him the bare minimum to qualify him.Then would have used him as a call up for injuries or traded him for a draft pick to a team suffering their own injuries somewhere during the season. Perhaps trade him to a team looking for insurance at the trade deadline .

Just like I'm thinking SJ is going to do.

Thanks for asking.

I asked what you would pay for him.

I am MacT and you are 29 other GMs. What do you pay for Fedun?

Nothing.

He is not being traded for a draft pick, so the team lets him go to FA where he should be.

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#197 Wax Man Riley
July 01 2014, 12:50PM
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Spydyr wrote:

And I told you what I would pay for him in the first line:

"I would have given him the bare minimum to qualify him."

Did you miss that

Are you telling me Fedun would not of helped in the AHL and been a OK call up?

The same thing a much better team SJ is going to do with him.

You're not reading well today are you?

We are role playing. I am MacT.

You are 29 other GMs.

I am offering you Fedun. What are you willing to pay?

Nothing I am sure. So the Oilers let him go to FA where he should be if not for the horrible accident.

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#198 Lochenzo
July 01 2014, 01:03PM
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I'm guessing with the glut of centres still out there that everyone was waiting for the Spezza/Statsny shoe to fall. Sure hope Edmonton lands one centre.

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#199 MessyEH
July 01 2014, 01:14PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I would have given him the bare minimum to qualify him.Then would have used him as a call up for injuries or traded him for a draft pick to a team suffering their own injuries somewhere during the season. Perhaps trade him to a team looking for insurance at the trade deadline .

Just like I'm thinking SJ is going to do.

Thanks for asking.

You are way too smrt for this site.Please pass go. Collect 200 dollars... and beat it. I am sure there is some other teams fan base that really needs, and would appreciate your level of in sight.

The Washington generals are always recruiting.

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#200 Fresh Mess
July 01 2014, 01:17PM
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Engelland to flamers

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