Oilers thrilled for Moreau return

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EDMONTON -- Ethan Moreau might not be enough to end the futility and frustration the Edmonton Oilers have endured since he last played a game, but a jolt of leadership and desire can't hurt.

Moreau will provide both when he returns against the Minnesota Wild tonight after missing 113 straight regular-season games because of shoulder surgery and a broken left leg.

The Oilers are 43-60-10 since Moreau last played.

BOLTS LOOK TO WAIVE DENIS

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Lightning put goaltender Marc Denis on NHL waivers yesterday.

If he clears waivers at 11 a.m. today, the Lightning will send the 30-year-old Montreal native to AHL Norfolk.

Denis was 1-5-0 with a 4.05 goals-against average and .859 save percentage in 10 games with the Lightning this season. He became the odd man out after Tampa recalled rookie netminder Karri Ramo. Johan Holmqvist is the other goalie for the Lightning.

Denis is earning US$2.8 million this season and will make $3 million next season, the final year of his deal.

TIPPETT STAYS WITH STARS

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have signed coach Dave Tippett to a one-year contract extension, through the end of the 2008-09 season.

Tippett is 212-109-45 in five seasons, the best record among active coaches. The 46-year-old has led the Stars to two 50-win seasons. Tippett's deal was set to expire in June.

ISLES INK TOP PROSPECT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders signed top prospect Kyle Okposo to a three-year, entry level contract yesterday.

Okposo, playing for the United States at the world junior tournament in the Czech Republic, reached a deal with the Islanders just more than a week after he left the University of Minnesota.

He will join the Islanders organization, which selected him with the No. 7 pick in the 2006 NHL draft, after the junior tournament is over. The 19-year-old right winger from St. Paul, Minn., has a goal and two assists in two games with the American team.


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