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09-03-2013, 08:33 AM
T. Yoshi Muchakoopas
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
I thought their hands were tied when they effed up all those QO's and had to overpay guys like Versteeg and Hammer to keep em?
Not Hammer. He had a contract, they matched San Jose's offersheet for him the next summer.

Funny story, four of the six guys they ****ed up with have played for the Oilers since. Aaron Johnson, Colin Fraser, Ben Eager and Cam Barker.

They didn't let Niemi walk until the next summer, and to be fair, he had a meh season and a meh playoffs - he just happened to be the guy in net. So it's fair that they would want to upgrade, Niemi just became more consistent than the guy they eventually replaced him with.

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