Will it be Jussi versus Conks?

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Is Craig MacTavish leaning to going back to Jussi Markkanen in goal for a second straight game after his spectacular second period and solid game against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday?

"You mean Jussi vs. Ty,'' he said of a possible matchup between Markkanen and Ty Conklin, who is now a Columbus Blue Jacket.

The two split the Oilers goaltending duties until Dwayne Roloson was acquired on the trade deadline.

"It's very possible,'' MacTavish said of going with Markkanen again Wednesday. "We'll probably make that decision (today), but keep it under our hats for awhile. I thought Jussi played great.''

WAITING FOR WORD

Ryan Smyth had still not heard details of the Edmonton Oilers' first serious offer for a new contract when he went to practice yesterday.

With a now daily focus on doing a four-to-six year deal to keep him here for his career, Smyth said, "This is exactly what I did not want to happen throughout the year.''


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