Oilers "keenly interested" in defenceman Paul Ranger
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06-10-2013, 11:55 AM
The Pain Is Coming
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Players leave organizations that give them a chance all the time?
If he decided he wants to play pro and Liked Eakins alot and sees the opportunity i dont think its far fetched to beleive he might go to Edmonton? Just cause he played for the Marlies doesnt mean he is guaranteed to play for the Leafs if he decides to go pro.
Not saying he will for sure sign with the Oil either. but dont act like he has to stay in TO
Why would he leave Toronto to go to Edmonton? The only drawing factor is Dallas Eakins.
The Leafs have a good, young team just like the Oilers. He'd be offered top 4 minutes on both teams, including PP time. He'll be given just as good of a salary offer in Toronto as he would in Edmonton.
Edmonton has Eakins, but the Leafs organization has basically been incredible in how well they've accomidated Ranger. Ranger wanted a one-year AHL deal, after coming out of hiatus; the Leafs gave it to him. Ranger didn't want to play in the NHL this year; despite being an upgrade on the Leafs blueline, the Leafs didn't push him.
One of the theories about why Ranger left in the first place has to do with him wanting to be close to both home and his significant other (GTA resident). I think this was part of why he originally signed with the Leafs in the first place. Edmonton is pretty far away, and is not even in the same conference as the Leafs.
When it comes down to it, it really makes sense for Ranger to sign with the Leafs if he wants to make the jump to the NHL. It makes almost zero sense for him to join Edmonton. Sorry Oilers fans.
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