Either the rumour is true or Ethan Moreau is wasting a plane ticket.
The Edmonton Oilers captain is scheduled on a flight to Las Vegas today -- site of tomorrow's National Hockey League awards.
The Team 1260 reported yesterday, and sources later confirmed, that Moreau will win the King Clancy Memorial Award given annually to the player who best exemplifies "leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community."
Moreau has long been one of the busiest Oilers off the ice, lending his time and energy to causes like the Stollery Children's Hospital and the Oilers Inner City High project. He's one of the most accessible and giving players in the league, character traits that are recognized throughout the NHL.
Philosophy with Roli ...
The Oilers also entered preliminary discussions with netminder Dwayne Roloson this week, but the talks are more about philosophy than contract mechanics.
Roloson's camp considers him an elite-level netminder worthy of elite level money (and term) while the Oilers have to decide whether they're interested in entering a multi-year deal with a veteran netminder who'd be 41 in the second year of a contract. It's a tough call when they have Jeff Deslauriers in the wings and there are younger options out there on the trade and UFA fronts.
They'll talk again later this week.