Maciocia feels Lowe's frustration

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Danny Maciocia feels for Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe.

In the aftermath of the Michael Nylander free agency fiasco - where it appeared he was leaving the New York Rangers to become an Oiler, and then bolting to Washington - Maciocia chimed in with his two cents.

"I shake my head at what happened," said Maciocia, the Esks' head coach and point man on CFL free-agent deals.

"I'm a firm believer, if you are pursuing an individual and you think you have a deal, you better get him on the next flight out. And then you might want to check to see if he got on that plane.

"I'm sure Kevin is a man of his word and he is thinking he is dealing with men that are going to keep their word. But this is the world that we live in.

"Some people may say I am with you and then the next day they are not."

Maciocia was very active - with plenty of money to spend - in the CFL free-agent market this past off-season.

Unlike the Oilers, he lured some big fish with aggressive offers.

Omarr Morgan, Stanford Samuels and T.J. Acree are all free-agent pick-ups.

But Maciocia is very afraid of getting burned like Lowe apparently has.

"I am always leery that one day it's going to happen," added Maciocia.

"That's why I am really paranoid about stuff like that when we attack free agency.

"If we have coaches in that area (of the free-agent player) we will Purolator them a contract and have him go to his house and take him out for dinner and say: 'Sign the contract.' Until that contract is signed, you never know."


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