January 28, 2013
Oilers making $$$ and sense

Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall celebrate a second period goal against the Calgary Flames on Saturday at the Saddledome in Calgary. Mike Ridewood/Getty Images/AFP

EDMONTON - It’s a team only four games into a new era and clearly a long way from coming together.

And already you have to ask the question: Are the Edmonton Oilers going to be able to keep the team together?

It’s been three weeks since a new collective bargaining agreement ended the lockout and long enough for Kevin Lowe, Steve Tambellini, Craig MacTavish and Ricky Olczyk and the big picture team to have an idea of what it’s going to mean going through the 10-year CBA. Which is about the same time you’d like to be able to keep the expanding core group of this talented young troupe together.

But is that going to be possible?

A lot of people are pretty pessimistic about that.

But Lowe isn’t one of them.

“I don’t see it being a problem to be honest,” he said after leaving the first of four days of the annual mid-season meetings with Stu MacGregor and his amateur scouting staff.