Tarnstrom could return

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

Former Oilers defenceman Dick Tarnstrom might become current Oilers defenceman Dick Tarnstrom on July 1.

The 32-year-old blueliner, who spent last season in Europe, is coming back to the NHL.

He has apparently narrowed his list of potential employers to Edmonton and another club and will be making a decision shortly after the start of the free agent frenzy Sunday afternoon.

The Oilers can't make an official move until July 1, but the defenceman has made it known that he'd like to come back to Edmonton and the Oilers have made it known that they'd like to have him back.

Tarnstrom, an underrated presence on Edmonton's blueline two years ago, had 29 points in 44 games with Lugano of the Swiss League. The six-foot-one, 205-pounder was part of the post-playoff exodus that sent the club into its downward spiral last season.

He wanted to be closer to his native Sweden to take care of some personal issues and now that he has, he wants to return to the NHL.

If he signs, the Oilers blueline corps will include Jason Smith, Steve Staios, Matt Greene, Ladislav Smid, Tom Gilbert, Jan Hejda, Tarnstrom and another veteran puck mover acquired via trade or free agency.

Denis Grebeshkov and Mathieu Roy could also be in the mix at training camp.


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