OILERS SIGN BEN EAGER, AND UFA THOUGHTS

Jason Gregor
July 01 2011 11:40AM

The Oilers dipped into the free agent pool, and signed gritty veteran forward Ben Eager to a three-year deal, at a reported $1.1 million cap hit today. Eager is tenacious, at times unpredictable, and he's popular with the ladies in Vancouver; at least the one who flashed him during the playoffs.

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OILERS NOT IN THE MARKET

Jason Gregor
June 29 2011 11:25AM

Some days it  sucks being a fan of a back-to-back 30th place team, okay most days it does. You keep wanting, hoping and praying that your team will improve, but in reality you know it will be a few more years before you can actually draft one of them in your playoff draft.

I'm guessing it becomes a real drag around July 1st when you know that your team likely won't be making any significant signings, and you are destined to watch another season without playoffs.

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UPDATED...STORTINI AND JACQUES ARE UFAs

Jason Gregor
June 27 2011 11:08AM

The deadline to submit qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents is today at 3 p.m. MDT, and if they don't send out an offer by 3 p.m., then those players will become Unrestricted Free Agents. The Oilers RFAs include:  Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid, Theo Peckham, Taylor Chorney, JF Jacques, Zack Stortini and Ryan O'Marra.

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TRADES: A TANGLED WEB

Jason Gregor
June 25 2011 09:23PM

I woke up from a well-needed nap, and much to my chagrin, but not to my surprise,  the Ryan Smyth saga still lingered. I will say the Smyth spectacle has given me a new appreciation of how fanatical some Oiler fans are. I've received emails and tweets suggesting Tambellini be fired on the spot if he doesn't complete this trade, while others are asking for updates every 2nd hour, because they won't be able to rest until they crack the case.

It is great to hear, read and see the passion, and it is why I love my job, but for those who are frustrated, and bordering on being mad. - take a deep breath it will be okay.

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SMYTH, TRADES AND WHAT'S UP FOR DAY TWO

Jason Gregor
June 25 2011 07:41AM

Do you remember the lovely Lilian Hosking? In December of 2005 she turned 101, and all she wanted for her birthday was to run her fingers through the most famous mullet in Edmonton. She got her wish when Ryan Smyth and a few members of the Oilers staff showed up at Meadowcroft seniors' complex with a cake and his hair.

The Oilers found out about her request and Smyth gladly agreed to go meet her, too bad negotiating a deal to bring Smyth back to Edmonton wasn't as easy.

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