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Oilers tix going fast

CARY CASTAGNA -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Forget Pronger, Peca, Samsonov, Spacek and Laraque.

Lifelong Oiler fan Trina Vinet is looking forward to Smyth, Smith, Stoll, Pisani, Roloson, Lupul ... and possibly Stanley.

"Just because you lose a couple guys doesn't mean you're losing the heart of the team," Vinet says.

"We'll be in the playoffs again. We'll make a good run for it."

MINI-PACKS UP FOR GRABS

The 25-year-old Edmontonian, who can't wait to get her fanny into a seat at Rexall Place for a few games during the upcoming 2006-07 season, was the first to have her name drawn yesterday afternoon for a chance to buy an Oilers mini-pack.

Vinet, one of more than 10,000 fans who registered online for yesterday's draw, scored three pairs of tickets to games against Calgary, Detroit and Vancouver.

All six tickets cost her just under $800.

"And they're worth every penny," added Vinet, who is looking forward to seeing an instalment of the Battle of Alberta on Oct. 5.

The Chris Pronger trade and subsequent exodus of several big-name unrestricted free agents is nothing to worry about, says Vinet.

"I think we still have a good core group," she told the Sun. "It would've been nice to keep him (Pronger), but it would've been a bigger loss if we lost (Ryan) Smyth or (Jason) Smith."

Vinet isn't alone in her excitement for Season 2 of the new NHL.

The Oilers have sold out all 13,000 season tickets and were poised to sell out their mini-packs.

Team spokesman Darren Krill couldn't say how many mini-packs would be available or how many game-day tickets would be up for grabs, but he admitted it'll be tougher to see the Oil in action this season if you don't already have a ticket.

THRILLING SEASON

"Oiler fans are itching to get back into Rexall Place and carry on where we left off last year," Krill said, referring to last spring's thrilling run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Krill added that the many off-season moves - including Pronger's trade to Anaheim - haven't hurt ticket sales or interest at all.

"Fans are just excited about Joffrey Lupul and Petr Skyora," he said.


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