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Smyth to Philly rumour 'bogus'

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Totally bogus. That sums up the assessment of Edmonton Oilers' GM Kevin Lowe when it comes to speculation he's orchestrating a trade that would send unsigned Ryan Smyth to the Philadelphia Flyers for Michal Handzus.

With contract talks between Lowe and agent Don Meehan dragging on and training camp approaching, respected Philadelphia Inquirer hockey writer Tim Panaccio suggested this week the Flyers might be willing to part with one of their centres, namely Handzus, for a winger, as in Smyth.

The suggestion that a swap might make sense has fuelled rumours Lowe is actually chatting with Flyers GM Bobby Clarke about a Smyth-for-Handzus swap. It isn't so.

"Totally bogus," Lowe told reporters after the second day of rookie camp at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan yesterday. "It's totally unsubstantiated. You guys know all about that business. You create this stuff. There's not a thing there."

While there's nothing new on the Smyth front - Lowe and Meehan have a one-year deal on the table if a multi-year pact can't be negotiated - talks between the parties will continue this week.

NOT MESSING AROUND: Likewise, there's no news on the Mark Messier front, either. Lowe has already told the Moose he'll make room for him on the roster if he wants to take on more twirl in Oilers silks, but Messier is leaning toward retirement.

SOROCHAN SHINES: Goaltender Aaron Sorochan, who'll tend twine for the Alberta Golden Bears this season, stole the show yesterday by backstopping Team White to a 4-2 win over Team Blue ... LW Frederik Pettersson, a five-foot-10 jitterbug drafted by the Oilers 157th overall from Frolunda in Sweden last June, was the best forward, although Yan Stastny had another good day ... Pettersson, who scored 9-8-17 in 24 games with Frolunda, will play down the road with the Calgary Hitmen this season ... Troy Bodie, the hulking winger from the Kelowna Rockets the Oilers took a flyer on with the 278th pick in 2003, had the biggest hit of the day when he punished Brock Radunske in open ice, although Zach Stortini gets an honourable mention for mowing down Eric Hunter ... Team White gets today off for winning yesterday's scrimmage, while Team Blue skates at the Agri-Com ... Robbie Schremp scored a pretty goal for Team White to make it 2-0, burying a feed top shelf from the slot.


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