Well, in many ways the free agent signings don't bode well for the Oilers. As I'm typing this I've just read that the Kings have signed Demitra, terms not available.
Perhaps our slide presentation on Edmonton's great Slovakian community and lovely river valley didn't win him over...
Already many possible fits have signed elsewhere (Holik 3.65 million in ATL, Foote 4.6 million over 3 years in COL, Aucoin 4 million over 4 years in CHI and Rathje 3.5 million over 5 in PHI). This is a bad season to be a buyer, plain and simple - especially since the crop is mostly over-valued veterans well past the UFA age. I can admire Lowe's restraint in not making boneheaded moves since some GMS have already done it for him. Despite a "new era" in fiscal prudence the Columbus Blue Jackets signed an overrated and soon to be decrepit Foote at 4.6 million annually for three years, and oh yeah, he has a no trade clause. Florida also signed Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts for too much. And Holik might prove unwise, although I'm less sure that's a terrible deal. But those other guys got essentially got RAISES. It's unfortunate that the Oilers simply can't ignore the need for a centre and puck mover on the back end. As much as I like to put faith in prospects making the team we still have Horcoff as Number 1 centre, my friends. We're obviously going to have to sign someone (perhaps underwhelmingly) or just as likely trade for a player. Wish I could type more...off to work!
Kris Russell, A Molehill.
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