The Final Tally: The Vanek Offer Sheet

Jonathan Willis
June 22 2011 10:48PM

In the summer of 2007, then-Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe made a pair of bold moves, signing first Thomas Vanek and then Dustin Penner to offer sheets. The Oilers eventually added Penner after much grumbling from the Ducks, but only after the offer sheet to Vanek was matched by Buffalo.

Four years later, we’re finally in a position to know exactly what Lowe would have surrendered, had Buffalo not opted to match the Oilers’ offer sheet. I’ll put it this way: they dodged a bullet.

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Rumours & Speculation About Rough & Tumble Players

Jonathan Willis
June 22 2011 06:29PM

Way back in the summer of 2009, with the Oilers coming off a season that failed to live up to the expectations of the coach, the fans, and general manager Steve Tambellini, a need was identified. At the same press conference where Tambellini announced that the Oilers and Craig MacTavish had made a “mutual” decision to part ways, he made repeated statements about the team’s grit – how he wanted it to be better, how he wanted to see emotion, how he wanted the Oilers to be “hard to play against.”

It’s a quest that continues in the present. After the jump, we’ll look at three players – a rough and tumble NHL right wing and a nasty NHL depth player, as well as a WHL enforcer the Oilers might be looking at in this year’s draft.

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AT RANDOM: THE NATION INVADES MINNY

Robin Brownlee
June 22 2011 12:22PM

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- I don't imagine Steve Tambellini's flight had been on the tarmac for very long when his phone started ringing. I don't expect it'll stop until he selects Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the first pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Friday.

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Risk Aversion

Lowetide
June 22 2011 06:53AM

One of the key elements in the recent success of the Edmonton Oilers at the draft table: reducing risk.

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QUICK HITS

Jason Gregor
June 21 2011 09:20PM

The rumour mill has kicked into high gear and the Oilers are front and centre in many of them. Players from Sheldon Souray, Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and either of their first rounders have been thrown around, but right now it seems more fiction than fact.

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