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Cujo courtesy call?

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers are one of at least three teams that have talked to the Phoenix Coyotes about Curtis Joseph.

Whether those talks have gone beyond an inquiry or courtesy call to what could be characterized as negotiations isn't known, but a source close to the Coyotes insists Phoenix GM Mike Barnett, as reported in the Arizona Republic yesterday, have talked to the Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and a team in the Pacific Division about Joseph.

With the Coyotes still in reach of a Western Conference playoff spot after a 6-2 win over Dallas Thursday, indications are Barnett will await the outcome of tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings before deciding whether he becomes a seller.

A win over the Red Wings would likely see Barnett stand pat, at least until Thursday's trade deadline, while a loss could prompt an escalation of talks, and more than one trade, by Monday.

The Oilers, seeking goaltending help, the addition of a scoring forward and a player to bolster their fourth line, are interested in Phoenix forward Geoff Sanderson and Tyson Nash. Speculation is that Barnett and Oilers GM Kevin Lowe or assistant GM Scott Howson could end up discussing a multi-player trade.


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