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03-01-2007, 03:28 PM
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Kevin Lowe coming up on Prime Time Sports (FAN 590 in Toronto)

Just a heads up that Lowe will be on sometime between 4:30 and 7:00PM EST

I'm guessing the Edmonton FAN affiliate also has Prime Time Sports on now, if not you could probably catch it on fan590.com.


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you can listen to the FAN 590 at fan590.com... he still hasn't been on yet, but they are talking about edmonton

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He's on now.

KLowe says they were very close...

"Fair, lucrative contract offer - 5 year deal"

"NTC was an issue initially. They did offer Ryan a NTC in the end."

"Made token offer at training camp, but Smyth + Meehan weren't interested."

Says, "if they were 10 pts ahead, he wouldn't trade Smyth." (duh)

Wasn't shopping Smyth everyone (as mentioned before), but dodged the question (doesn't answer yes or no) on whether he got the best value. He wasn't suprised he had to do the deal (I think that's what he said). Must have been a backup plan...

Mentions - Trading "assets" for a restricted free agent in the future.

KLowe calls Ryan an "on-average" 25 goal scorer, but brings "other things" (trying to rationalize his position?)


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I missed the beginning, stupid player would not load in firefox or Opera finally tried IE and it worked.

Did I hear right did Lowe say something like if I do not replace some of the goals lost by Ryan in the Summer then I've failed doing my job.

Did I hear that right, he was in mid-sentence when I tuned in...


Mentioning again (like he did on the Team interview) he can move picks and prospects in the Summer to get a top notch RFA from another team. But will also be active on the UFA market.


Unlike people are saying we did not do this deal because we are being cheap. We may have another 7 or 8 mill level player on this team one day. We felt Ryan is a very good player but he is not an elite player so we were not comfortable tying up that much money for that long. We had the money but felt it was a bad hockey decision to pay that much.

blah it is over already haha.


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03-01-2007, 05:30 PM
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said Ryan ia a very good player not an top tier player
said is a guy who averages 25 goals a year

says 1 day perhaps very soon we may have a 8million dollar player on our team

when told you could replace the goals by getting him back in the summer....Lowe said yeah but we will be looking at other UFAs

said if they were closer in the race they would have been making pitches for Foresberg and Smyth would not have been dealt

was trying since mid season to add to team via trade but nobody was moving anyone

I get the feeling lowe did what he could do to try to sign him, but now hes is gone he wont be looking at that money for smyth again in the UFA market, he will be going for a top gun

i would encourage all of you to watch it on sportsnet at 530pm, i just saw it on the ontario feed on the dish


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I'll say this...Lowe certainly is planting some heavy hints he's going to be a player in the summer.

Let's see if his rear end can cash the cheques his mouth is writing.

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I'll say this...Lowe certainly is planting some heavy hints he's going to be a player in the summer.
Let's see if his rear end can cash the cheques his mouth is writing.

i think he has no choice and he knows it

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I'll say this...Lowe certainly is planting some heavy hints he's going to be a player in the summer.

Let's see if his rear end can cash the cheques his mouth is writing.
i'm sure he'll do something and we won't hear how he tried to trade up for Pitkanen or Boumeester or things like that.

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I'd be more comforted if he said all this to the EDMONTON media.

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I'd be more comforted if he said all this to the EDMONTON media.
He did.

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Replacing Smyth's goals isn't the hard part. Finding someone to take on the tough minutes and outscore the other team's best is going to be much harder.

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says 1 day perhaps very soon we may have a 8million dollar player on our team
That makes sense. No way in hell he says anything resembling that without the qualifiers you bolded.

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Good interview. I feel a hell of a lot better about it all after watching that...

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Replacing Smyth's goals isn't the hard part. Finding someone to take on the tough minutes and outscore the other team's best is going to be much harder.
To be fair the question asked was only about how is Lowe planning to replace the goals that Smytty scored. So he responded to the question at hand.

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Lowe didn't seem to be afraid to answer some fairly tough questions. It makes me feel a little better about Lowe's outlook for the off-season and draft day.

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Kevin Lowe didn't want to overpay for Ryan Smyth so he traded him.

Now he's going to be forced to overpay for an RFA or a UFA to replace him.

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Kevin Lowe didn't want to overpay for Ryan Smyth so he traded him.

Now he's going to be forced to overpay for an RFA or a UFA to replace him.
Lowe will get what he needs to compete.

I'd rather see them overpay a scorer by two million a year for two years, than risk a five or six year deal. As the cap increases are tied to revenue - it's likely that it will not increase by more than 5% per year. Given that, in five years, the cap will be around $55,000,000 US.

For example - if Smyth signs with NYI a five year, 28.5 million dollar deal, four years into the deal, 30.5% of the total teams cap will be paid to three players (Yashin, Smyth, and DePietro.) Could you win a cup with those players, surrounded by muckers? Maybe. Maybe not.

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Lowe will get what he needs to compete.

I'd rather see them overpay a scorer by two million a year for two years, than risk a five or six year deal. As the cap increases are tied to revenue - it's likely that it will not increase by more than 5% per year. Given that, in five years, the cap will be around $55,000,000 US.

For example - if Smyth signs with NYI a five year, 28.5 million dollar deal, four years into the deal, 30.5% of the total teams cap will be paid to three players (Yashin, Smyth, and DePietro.) Could you win a cup with those players, surrounded by muckers? Maybe. Maybe not.
He WILL get what he needs? We'll see about that. Going back to after the Cup finals, his track record is not nearly good enough for me to have the confidence you are showing.

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I'll say this...Lowe certainly is planting some heavy hints he's going to be a player in the summer.

Let's see if his rear end can cash the cheques his mouth is writing.
if i had 100,000 oiler fans calling for *my* head (like they are with lowe), id be lying through my teeth about going after UFAs as well... hell, id practically say anything to appease the mob for the time being... come july most of them wont be thinking about hockey, and when lowe doesnt do anything in the UFA market he can say something like "we trying to get player XXX and player XXX, but it just didnt work out. we'll go into the season with what we have and since we have so much cap room, we'll be able to add players throughout the season"... you know, just like he said last year

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Kevin Lowe didn't want to overpay for Ryan Smyth so he traded him.

Now he's going to be forced to overpay for an RFA or a UFA to replace him.
Well this way we get the proceeds of the trade for sure, and still get to try and resign another player. Maybe even Smyth.

I think Lowe is going to try to be a big player at the draft first. Then he starts worrying about the UFA market. But he's focusing on the draft now.

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i would rather overpay and spend like 7.5 on a danny briere or forsberg than 5.5 on smyth. but thats just me

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Yeah

Lowe has a great history of being able to move up on draft day

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people largely are having trouble differentiating between Lowe's deficiencies and the EIG's frugalities. The cap may be $47M next season, ours won't.

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Lowe can talk tough right now, but we'll see how he's talking in the summer when he's trying to swing these deals to improve the team. I think Oiler fans should be very wary of what Lowe is saying. Read between the lines and look at recent history.

Lowe is going to go after RFA's. Why? Because the RFA's have very little leverage and have no choice but to report and play the string out until they earn UFA status. It is during this time that Edmonton will be sold on the players and a connection will be made. If the connection is enough, some of these players may stick it out and the Oilers can build something. This is what the Oilers will have to hope for, or its going to be a draft and develop scenario.

Secondly, Lowe mentioned an $8 million player, meaning knows he's going to have to be the top spender for a player, and by a fair margin. He's going to hope that he can bring in a Pronger type player with a Pronger type salary that will accept Edmonton for what it is and what it has to offer. It is very obvious that trying to attract free agents has been an extremely difficult task and his only hope is to throw a boat load of cash at someone to make it happen.

You add those two things together and it doesn't paint a very bright picture. He's going to appeal to mercenaries and guys that have no options and try to develop some some organizational momentum. That is not a good situation.

BTW... I really think it sucks that Smyth is gone. He's the face of the Oilers and it just isn't the same watching the Oilers without Mulletman. My condolences Oil fans, it was not a good day for hockey in Alberta IMO.

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