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Where does Torres fit in?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Dustin Penner is growing into his spot as the first line left-winger. Robert Nilsson is oozing skill on the kid line. Ethan Moreau has a spot reserved on the third. Curtis Glencross ignited the fourth.

So where does that leave Raffi Torres? If you look at the left side of Edmonton's lineup right now, there doesn't seem to be any room at the inn.

"That's something that's going to be up to Raffi," said coach Craig MacTavish. "It's a performance-based business, a dog-eat-dog world. It will be incumbent on Raffi to come in and grab a spot for himself."

CANADA MAY BE CALLING

The invitations haven't been issued yet, but expect a number of Oilers to be at the upcoming World Championships, including MacTavish.

Team Canada coach Ken Hitchcock is a fan and has intimated that MacTavish would make a fine addition.

Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano say they'd be on the first plane if GM Steve Yzerman asked for their help.

"If I get asked, it's a given," said Gagner. "Any time you get a chance to play for your country, it's a huge honour. To even go as a practice player would be something that's a big honour for me, pretty exciting."

OFF-SEASON DECISIONS

Unlike past seasons, there shouldn't be a whole lot of turnover this summer. The Oilers only have three UFAs - Glencross, Marty Reasoner and Geoff Sanderson - and don't have a lot of holes to fill.

"Last year, when we were having this discussion at the end of the year, we were in a crusade to try and find players," said MacTavish. "Now we don't need to do that."

REASONS TO STAY

Reasoner is one of the greybeards on the club at 31, but MacTavish likes what he brings to the team and hopes GM Kevin Lowe re-signs him.

"When you're talking about building a team and building chemistry, you need guys like Marty around who are really good at doing that, who bring a lot of life to the room," he said.


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