TAMBELLINI ON A ROLL: FOSTER SIGNS ON

Robin Brownlee
July 01 2010 03:17PM

Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini added a big body and a wicked shot to his defensive corps as the free agency season opened today, inking unrestricted free agent defenceman Kurtis Foster to a two-year deal worth $3.6 million.

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FREE AGENT SIGNINGS: LIVE UPDATES

Jason Gregor
July 01 2010 02:46PM

The big spending has begun as teams continue to overpay players in free agency. Here’s a breakdown of who has signed and the winners and losers.

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Tambelli Signs Kurtis Foster, Makes Two Other Good Decisions

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2010 02:35PM

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Kurtis Foster #6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning warms up before playing against the New York Islanders on February 13, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Free agent day isn’t over yet, but the Oilers have made their first move, bringing in defenceman Kurtis Foster, and they’ve also made decisions on two other players. In all three cases, General Manager Steve Tambellini comes out looking pretty good.

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Leave the kids alone: say hello to my little friend

Robin Brownlee
July 01 2010 09:12AM

ST. PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 31:  Jody Shelley #45 of the San Jose Sharks and Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild square off to fight December 31, 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

"If you even think of harming one hair on Taylor Hall's precious head, I'm going to beat you until you look like Jeff Odgers. Then, I'm going to do a couple of your sissy buddies, too. Got it?"

With free agency upon us, high, very high, on the list of things to do for Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is to acquire a tough guy. For me, the sentiment above -- along with the fistic prowess to back it up -- is the mission statement for whoever fills that role.

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Decisions > Assessment

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2010 01:36AM

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Ethan Moreau #18 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates after scoring a shorthanded goal in the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on February 10, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Oilers 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

While I’m not euphoric over the recent moves made by Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini, they do show a certain willingness on his part to get his hands dirty and do what needs to be done, and as a result the Oilers approach July 1 in a better position than might have been expected only a few short weeks ago.

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