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01-08-2004, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by LaVal575
that's exactly why it makes a little sense that a move like this has been planned from the beginning. who exactly is there to snipe for Oates on the Oilers? and why have they been bulking up on defense recently (Woywitka, Ulanov)?

a Smyth - Oates - Satan line would be a force.
Couple of things though.

1) Why plan around Adam Oates? He's got about 42 games left in him (plus 4-5 more if they Oilers get hot and make the P/O's).
2) Ulanov is 34 YO, and you know what you get when he's playing well - a decent 5/6th defensive d-man. In no way is he a replacement for Brewer.
3) Woywitka is probably at least 4-5 years from developing into the NHL'er he will become. He's not going to come into EDM next year and immediately be a top pairing d-man.
4) Satan makes $5M this year and next, and will be a UFA after that point. When was the last time the Oilers acquired a player making that kind of coin, and was due to be a UFA within a year? (All based on currect CBA, but I don't think that anyone expects the UFA age to increase).

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