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Should NHL force Nylander to sign with Oilers?
Wed, July 4, 2007

Can you sue to get a free agent hockey player you believe you already had acquired? Is that what the Edmonton Oilers plan to do to get Michael Nylander, er, back? Will NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman become involved to force the "return" of Nylander to the team?

Would the Oilers really want Nylander here after this? Would the Washington Capitals be forced to provide player compensation to Edmonton? Was the agent negotiating with the Oilers and the player with the Capitals?

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Losing Nylander (who would want him anyway)is another mistake by the GM, nobody in the NHL has had this problem, another first by Kevin Lowe.

Ed

Calgary
Ed, 2007-07-13 11:38:48

Never mind Nylander, the

Oilers organization might want to review their coaching staff & GM. Maybe they can be traded???
Marie Adams, 2007-07-09 03:51:37

nylander says its too cold in edmonton were is he from isnt he from sweden? and if so how is it cold in edmonton?
bill, 2007-07-08 09:51:26

lets face it nylander saw the light,the edmonton organization has become nothing but a farm club, they have managed to trade every player that lived and breathed oilers. time to get rid of the coaching and head office staff,. maybe iron mike should have been sought after.
dirk, 2007-07-06 10:43:29

O.k., let's clear a few things up. For starters, Edmonton is not the cold winter city it used to be, not by a long shot. Anyone that's been here for the past 5-6 years knows the winters in Edmonton (ex last year!)have been exceptionally mild, among the most mild in Canada.

Second, the rest of Canada, North America, and the world are beating a path to Edmonton, and the city is literally bursting at the seems trying to accomodate the growth. Every indication is that this will be one of the fastest growing and economically prosperous regions in the world for the forseeable future, many predict until 2025. People are coming here from every walk of life, mainly highly skilled and paid professionals for a hundred reasons, and we can't build homes fast enough.

The problem, the whole problem, lies with the Oilers ownership group and senior management, particularly Kevin Lowe. Something happened after game 7, 2 seasons ago, and Kevin and the club has never been the same. I respect fully what the Oilers ownership group did to keep the team here during the lean years, and even more what Lowe did with a meager budget, but something has to change at that level. Until a person like Katz is able to purchase majority ownership of the team, clear the old-boys network that exists today, and rebuild it from the top, we will continue to have difficulty attracting the tier 1 talent we deserve.
Shawn, 2007-07-04 22:07:05

It is time for the Oilers to make real changes with their head office and coaching staff. Trading Smith, Laraque, Smyth etc. has ripped the heart out of the team. But what a great idea to go after a heartless player like Nylander. Someone needs to remind Lowe that teams win when they have skilled Canadian born players rather than Europeans.

I believe that Edmonton was royally screwed in this deal and should be compensated. I doubt that the NHL will do anything about it because of it's love for American teams and the need to grow the market.


Aaron, 2007-07-04 19:36:33

Did I miss something? I thought I read that the Oilers had a signed letter of intent from the agent? So who negotiated with Washington, and under what authority? If the agent was involved, then his license should be taken away, and he should be heavily fined. If not, then Washington is guilty of interfering in a legal activity, and that organization should be fined heavily. Edmonton's contract offer was also better than the one Nylander accepted from the Caps, by about 4 million. So let the Oilers pick someone from the Caps roster who is getting paid that much, and let Nylander see if he can get a deal with anyone else in the future. He isn't worth that much anyway. As for Edmonton not being a desireable place to play, whoever said that has been eating in the stables too long. Edmonton may be cold, but so are most of the towns the great players come from. It's a hockey city that supports their team loudly, and proudly. You can't play this game without being committed to it, and if it's all about the game, then Edmonton is one of the best possible venues. If it's about the money, and the lifestyle, then you aren't committed enough to ever be a great player, and Edmonton doesn't need you. I'm not an Oilers fan, but they got screwed here. This is exactly the kind of thing that can build team solidarity though, and if they take the right attitude, this can help build the team into the kind of force they once were. I hope so. I'll be pulling for them this year.
Roy, 2007-07-04 18:05:15

No I dont think he is edmonton property .It is an unfortunate situation but he didnt signed with edmonton his agent did...he signed with washington...so who's signature has more pull the agents or his...cause couldnt washington turn around and say he is property of the capitals...why is edmonton in the right and washington not...they both got signatures
tracey b, 2007-07-04 17:02:47

...so what would Edmonton get for compensation anyway ? A prospect that they could develop into a player that they will be forced to trade for another prospect that they could develop into a player that they will have to trade for a prospect that they will develop into a player that they will have to trade for a prospect that...
Barry, 2007-07-04 16:32:30

Yes I believe he is Edmonton property since the agent and Lowe had a verbal agreement in place. I say for Edmonton to pursue this all the way and get Nylander back and the trade him to Columbus or some other place he wouldnt like to be in if the Oilers were successful. But of course we know Bettman would side with Washington since he loves to put the screws to us Canadians every chance he gets! The agent should be punished as well, maybe he was telling Nylander to work out a deal at the same time he was and then Nylander could pick between 2 teams and 2 contracts.
Jimmy, 2007-07-04 15:37:04

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