Hemsky, Stoll next in line ...

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

With their head coach inked for the next four years, Edmonton Oilers are turning their attention to unrestricted free agents Jarret Stoll and Ales Hemsky.

Both players have filed for salary arbitration with their hearings scheduled for next week.

"Our estimation of the market has been very good," said Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe. "Scott (Howson) did a great job, we were right on where we figured we were going to have to be with Horc (Shawn Horcoff). With Stolli there is a little bit more variance, but we want to get him signed and hopefully we can do that."

Stoll scored 22 goals and added 46 assists in 82 regular-season games with the Oilers last season. He had four goals and six assists in 24 playoff games.

His arbitration hearing is set for Monday. "We've proven in the past, if we have to go to arbitration we'll do it," Lowe said. "None of our players have ever had a problem with it."

Hemsky led the Oilers in scoring with 19 goals and 58 assists for 71 points in 81 games. He added six goals and 11 assists in the playoffs. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for next Friday.

"In Hemmer's case, he's at a time where he's coming into his prime and it might be in our best interest to think about locking him up long-term," Lowe said.

LAFORGING AHEAD: For the past six years, Patrick LaForge has been at the heart of the Edmonton Oilers' business operations.

Apart from guiding the team through difficult times, LaForge was the driving force behind the Heritage Classic, brought the Roadrunners in to fill the void left by the NHL lockout and secured a WHL franchise for the city.

Yesterday the Edmonton Investor's Group rewarded LaForge with a four-year contract extension.

"Patrick has met and exceeded every expectation that we had set out," said chairman of the Edmonton Investor's Group Cal Nichols. "We felt it was extremely important that we had Patrick with us for the years to come."


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