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05-17-2005, 01:53 PM
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Master Lok
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Blech. Sorry Edm fans - but I do like Raycroft and Toivenen I think the assets we're giving up does not help the Oilers in the holes that they have.

Giving up Brewer would hurt the defense - who's supposed to be the top defensive pairing? Smith and.... Staios? Bergeron? Give me a break.

Giving up Smyth - would hurt the Oilers big time. I'm not convinced that Torres, Moreau or anyone else the Oilers have is ready to be the top LW.

Giving up Hemsky - one of the few young skilled wingers that the OIlers have is a luxury we do NOT have. Isbister, Torres, Winchester, Rita, Moreau are all in the same physical powering mold.

And for what - a young #1 goalie? We already have two goalies currently on the team - Conklin and Markkanen who MAY be ready to take the position. Deslauriers is training and I'm willing to wait. And there will be options available either in the waiver draft (Buffalo) or through free agency or cheaper options.

AND THE OILERS BIGGEST NEED IS A #1 CENTRE.

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