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06-30-2004, 08:34 PM
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A Likely UFA signing for Lowe

Richard Matvichuck...thoughts?

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It could happen. But considering our defensive depth in terms of prospects and also who's available to play at the NHL level on our roster right now, I don't think signing another #4/#5 d-man would be a priority for Lowe.

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The thing is that hes a local guy and maybe we could get him for cheap. The only problem is making room for him with Brewer, Staios, Smith, Bergeron, Ulanov, Cross and then Woywitka and Lynch also coming up in the next couple of years.

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The thing is that hes a local guy and maybe we could get him for cheap. The only problem is making room for him with Brewer, Staios, Smith, Bergeron, Ulanov, Cross and then Woywitka and Lynch also coming up in the next couple of years.
I dunno how cheap he would be willing to sign for. I'm thinking a minimum of 2 mil per season here, and that might be too much for a #4/#5 guy on our team, especially when we have cheaper alternatives in Semenov, Ulanov, Bergeron, etc. And I think one of Woywitka or Lynch will be ready to play a significant (not necessarily the whole season) number of games next year. Like you said it would be hard making room for him here.

Speaking of local boys, I would have rather signed Sydor, but Tampa took care of that.

Add to that the fact that hockey may not be played until 2005-2006, and I think by then our prospects on D will be ready to step up, making Matvichuk an overpaid PB guy.

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I think the Oilers are gonna sign the moose if he doesn't retire this year

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most likely??? Nedved without a doubt.

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most likely??? Nedved without a doubt.
Yep!

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most likely??? Nedved without a doubt.
Hey for sure...I mean non-Oiler UFA's.

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Other than Nedved. I cannot see the Oilers playing in the UFA markret this year.

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Is the AHL still playing next season?

If so, I could see the Oilers padding their minor league team with prospects, to get a good year of professional development in for their kids.

That would be the one bright spot in what might turn out to be an otherwise ugly year for hockey.

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Is the AHL still playing next season?

If so, I could see the Oilers padding their minor league team with prospects, to get a good year of professional development in for their kids.

That would be the one bright spot in what might turn out to be an otherwise ugly year for hockey.
yes the AHL is still a go next year. With Isbister signing a two way deal he could play in Toronto next year if there is a lockout.

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Aside from Nedved? Craig Conroy, maybe Brian Rolston.

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yes the AHL is still a go next year. With Isbister signing a two way deal he could play in Toronto next year if there is a lockout.
Are you sure? I would think he would have to be put on waivers. Columbus just picked up Sanderson on waivers so obviously it can happen...

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Richard Matvichuck...thoughts?
that aint never goin to happen

however--I think Kevey might pull a rabbit out of the hat

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yes the AHL is still a go next year. With Isbister signing a two way deal he could play in Toronto next year if there is a lockout.
I believe the AHL stated that they would only accept NHL players during a lockout if that player had player 30+ AHL games the previous season.

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