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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THE SIDES OF SMYTH DEAL

Jason Gregor
June 24 2011 01:41PM

Most fans believe the Oilers should jump at the chance to bring Ryan Smyth back to town, but do the Oilers have a legitimate reason not to?

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TAMBELLINI: TIME TO STEP UP

Jason Gregor
June 24 2011 11:29AM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. -- The honeymoon, if there even was one, is over for Steve Tambellini. The Oilers' GM will celebrate his 3rd year as GM on July 8th, and while he was a quiet observer for the first nine months, he has been the decision maker since he announced Craig MacTavish wasn't going to return as head coach on April 15th, 2009.

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