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Reasoner getting a paycheque to sit

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Since he was injured on duty, and his right knee still hasn't fully recovered, Marty Reasoner will be paid from the scheduled start of the NHL season until he's back on his feet.

The meter starts running today.

Reasoner crushed the cartilage last November and has been on the limp ever since.

Under terms of the now expired 1994 CBA, injured players are to be paid during any work stoppages, so Reasoner begins collecting on his $800,000 US salary.

He might not be on the tab for very long, however.

"Marty is not cleared to play yet," said Oilers' assistant GM Scott Howson. "We expect he's going to be cleared in the near future but as of tomorrow he's not cleared."

BLADED RUNNERS: The Road Runners made their final six cuts yesterday, sending goalie Mike Morrison, defenceman Kenny Smith and forwards Martin St. Pierre, Jean-Francois Plourde, Ed Caron and Tomas Micka to the East Coast League's Greenville Grrrowl.

"In other years some of those guys would have stayed (in the AHL)," said Oilers' GM Kevin Lowe. "That's what everyone knew was going to happen this year; the American League is going to be better and the East Coast League is going to be better.

"The guys we sent to the coast this year are all real prospects this time, as opposed to other years where we were just finding a place for bodies."

WHAT DROUGHT? Edmonton scored just one goal in two pre-season games, but coach Geoff Ward isn't concerned about a lack of offence.

"No, we scored the eighth most goals in the AHL last season," he said.

"We like the depth of our scoring, it's going to come around."

AND ... Jacob Hoggard, one of the final four contestants from Canadian Idol, will sing the anthem for Friday's opener, as well as a live set during the intermission ... The Runners will wear a patch commemorating Edmonton's 100th birthday.


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