Price too high for pocketbook

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

The price wasn't right for the Edmonton Oilers.

Interested in acquiring Brad Stuart from the Boston Bruins, the Oilers didn't want to pay the price the Calgary Flames did to get the two-way defenceman.

Calgary sent defenceman Andrew Ference and forward Chuck Kobasew to Boston on Saturday to get Stuart, Wayne Primeau and a conditional draft pick.

"It wasn't a fit for us," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"We certainly had a bunch of lines in the water, but it was just too expensive at the end of the day for anybody's liking."

Rumours had been running rampant for weeks about the Oilers interest in Stuart, an Alberta native from Rocky Mountain House.

MacTavish confirmed yesterday that the Oilers were trying to obtain Stuart up until the very end, before Boston and Calgary finally made the deal.

"You always kind of feel the guy that knows all the players in the deal would hold the advantage and Darryl (Sutter, the Flames general manager) knows all four of those guys," continued MacTavish.

"So you would assume he would be improving his team in the deal like that because nobody knows those players better than Darryl."

Stuart, 27, was drafted third overall by Sutter's San Jose Sharks in 1998.

Unable to negotiate a new contract with Boston, Stuart will become a free agent this summer if Calgary can't convince him to sign a new deal.


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