With the window of opportunity to strike a collective bargaining agreement and salvage the remainder of the 2004-05 NHL season about to slam shut, here's what Edmonton Oilers players have been doing until now and what they've got planned if the season is cancelled.
He and his agent began talking to the Oilers about an AHL contract to join the Road Runners in November, but the sides have put discussions on hold until the season is cancelled. He's been playing four-on-four hockey in and around Montreal.
In 14 games with the Oilers last season, Bishai has been with the Road Runners since the start of the AHL season and won't he be going anywhere.
Has worked out in Edmonton for several weeks. Played in Brad May's three-game charity series in B.C. in December. "I have no immediate plans," Brewer says of looking for work if the season is cancelled.
Split time between working out in New Hampshire and Alaska and played for the U.S. in the Deutschland Cup. Conklin isn't waiting for a resolution to the lockout and will sign if the offer is right.
The former Golden Bear is playing shinny with the University of Alberta alumni and skating in town. He won't pursue a contract elsewhere if the season is cancelled. "I won't be playing," Cross said.
Arrived in Edmonton two weeks ago. Was skating with the Calgary Dinos and playing recreational hockey in Cowtown. Isbister will wait to see how things unfold before he decides what's next.
Played in May's charity series. Laraque has been skating in Edmonton. He's doing his Friday radio show, making appearances around the city and contemplating organizing a charity series with Ryan Smyth. No plans to play in Europe.
Skated with the Road Runners while rehabbing his knee until he was declared healthy Dec. 15. He's working out in Boston and exploring options in Europe. "I'm looking at all possibilities," he said.
He's been with the Road Runners since the start of the season, save for a four-game stint at the Rosno Cup, after seeing action in 13 games with the Oilers last season. He's staying put.
Aside from his duties as an NHLPA rep with the Oilers, he's been skating locally and taking advantage of family time. "I'm improving my cooking skills," he says. Smith has no plans to play elsewhere.
Played in May's series and inquired about playing with Bentley of the Chinook Hockey League. Attended the World Junior Championship. With his wife expecting a child in April, he has no plans to look for a job in Europe. He's interested in organizing a series of charity games.
Assigned to the Road Runners by the Oilers to start the season as a player on an entry-level contract, Stoll will stay in the AHL for the rest of the season.
Raised some eyebrows within the NHLPA when he signed an AHL deal with the Road Runners in November as a player not on an entry-level contract. He's in the AHL for the duration of this season.
He's in Toronto working out and skating at York University with several other NHLers. He's had inquiries from several teams in Europe, but he's waiting for a drop-dead date. "I'll decide then," he said.
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He's at home in the Czech Republic and playing for HC Ceske Budejovice, the team he spent two seasons with - 1993 to '95 - before breaking into the NHL with Florida.
Oiler sophomore stayed in the Czech Republic and signed with HC Pardubice of the Extraliga. Going into this weekend, Hemsky has scored 9-13-22 in 34 games. Milan Hejduk and Jiri Dopita play with Pardubice.
Signed with Mora IK. Playing alongside former Oilers teammate Daniel Cleary and battling Peter Forsberg atop the Swedish Elite League scoring race with 16-19-35 through 34 games.
Tending the twine with Lada Togliatti of the Russian Super League. Markkanen sits second in goals-against average at 1.30 and has five shutouts in 27 appearances.
Skated in Edmonton through December, then signed a tryout contract with Villach of the Austrian League. He's since committed to stay in Villach for the rest of the season, which runs through March.
Returned from a seven-game stint with Langnau in Switzerland, skated in Edmonton for a few weeks and then signed with Asiago of the Italian A League. He reported after Christmas.
The native of Murmansk has spent the season at home in Russia with St. Petersburg of the Russian Super League. Latest statistics have Semenov with 0-7-7 and 14 PIM in 35 games.
Played in May's charity tour. Staios was approached by the Hamilton Bulldogs about a contract, but the Oilers said no to him playing for Montreal's AHL farm team. He's weighing offers from Europe.
He signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German Elite League at the beginning of the season. York's been lighting it up over there with 14-33-47 through 35 games.