Oilers "keenly interested" in defenceman Paul Ranger
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06-10-2013, 12:03 PM
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Don't believe for a moment that what Burke said is true. Technically, had Tampa Bay wanted to toll his contract he couldn't have come played for the Marlies until his contract, which he walked away from, expired. For that reason alone I could see the optics of Ranger ditching the Lightning to come play for the Marlies looking pretty bad so Burke said what he did so that way it didn't look like Ranger ditching the Lighting was premeditated, which the Lightning could have argued.
I can't see a player ditching an NHL team for 3 years just to play for the Marlies (on purpose)
But you could be right about Burke saying that to take some heat off Ranger. He did always try to deflect attention away from his players by publicly taking responsibility for a lot of different things.
Just an overall strange situation from an outsider's POV. No idea what his plans are for the future, but if he went to Edmonton I wouldn't feel like we lost anything to be honest.
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