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Everyone's inked, and there's still wiggle room

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

With veteran Ryan Smyth signed, sealed and delivered with the two-year contract worth $7 million he inked yesterday, the Edmonton Oilers have their entire roster signed - with plenty of salary cap wiggle room and budget room to spare.

Factoring in Smyth's $3.5 million salary this season, the Oilers total payroll is now standing at $32,162,340.

That's $6.837 million under the NHL's $39-million salary cap and about $837,000 under a budget figure pegged at $33 million by team governor Cal Nichols in the off-season.

GM Kevin Lowe said yesterday he isn't working with the firm budget figure. The figure is said to be in the $33-35 million range.

There's money available if the acquisition of another player is necessary.


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