Oilers sign Bulin Wall

Edmonton jumped into the deep end of free agency today with the signing of goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Bob McKenzie is reporting this is a 4-year, $15M deal and represents the remaining “cap room” for the Edmonton Oilers this summer.

I think we should prepare ourselves for a trade that sends dollars away later tonight. No immediate word about whether or not this kills the Heatley deal.

He’s a veteran NHL goaltender, and this would be considered an overpay.

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  1. Smarmy Boss says:

    DBO: I get that Columbus has cap room and Pahlsson is a good player but Malholtra has to be worth more then that contract no?

  2. Smarmy Boss says:

    Oilers should go for Gagne. Philly really needs some cap help

  3. DanMan says:

    I think 8 years under the regime has stuck our creative hockey minds inside the MacT box.

    The one where Toby Peterson can Play 20 minutes a game and run our PP.

    The one where Liam Reddox can play with Ales Hemsky when we have several highly talented players waiting in the wings for a chance.

    The one where 21 year old minor leaguers can get called out on tsn, while Moreau, Horc, and other favourites get off the hook.

    Quinn is change I can believe in.

  4. Smarmy Boss says:

    You know what. The CFL opening on Canada day. That's pretty awesome.

  5. DBO says:

    Smarmy: I think they offered the same deal to malhotra and he turned it down looking for $3 mill. Pahlsson is a solid replacement, and I commend Howson for sticking to his guns on what he wants to spend. I'm not sure Malhotra is even better then Pahlsson. he may be bigger, but Pahlsson plays more physical.

  6. PDO says:

    Radio off, football on.

    I expect all of you to keep me updated!

  7. Smarmy Boss says:

    Fair enough DBO. I hear yeah.

    CFL is so awesome.

  8. godot10 says:

    Quinn didn't know who played for the Oilers when he signed.

    He knows who Dany Heatley and Chris Neal and Khabibulin are

    He doesn't know who Craig Anderson, Brandon Dubinsky, and Ryan Callahan are.

    I understand the Heatley strategy. Hemsky, mobile defense, win games with the power play. But the "bad" Dany Heatley is bad. I don't know if the OIlers would see the "good" Dany Heatley.

  9. R O says:

    On the Fan 960: Erik Duhatschek, finally acknowledges that perhaps the first-place Montreal team of 07/08 was an abberation.

  10. Boondock says:

    Strudwick one year $700k according to Darren Millard.

  11. PDO says:

    Strudwick is a great guy and all, but couldn't we have got a D that could actually play in the top 4 when/if injuries strike and not suck?

  12. godot10 says:

    Strudwick as a 7th D is fine. He is physical. He is good in the room. You bring up somebody from Springfield to play actual D if somebody gets hurt.

  13. Traktor says:

    "Strudwick is a great guy and all, but couldn't we have got a D that could actually play in the top 4 when/if injuries strike and not suck?"

    For double the price.

    Plus Strudwick can play up front fairly well.

  14. godot10 says:

    Scott Howson is quietly efficiently competent.

    Garon to backup Mason.

  15. R O says:

    I think 8 years under the regime has stuck our creative hockey minds inside the MacT box.

    The one where Toby Peterson can Play 20 minutes a game and run our PP.

    The one where Liam Reddox can play with Ales Hemsky when we have several highly talented players waiting in the wings for a chance.

    The one where 21 year old minor leaguers can get called out on tsn, while Moreau, Horc, and other favourites get off the hook.

    Quinn is change I can believe in.

    Obama won on the same platform. But politics doesn't change, economics doesn't chage, and hockey doesn't change.

  16. Ribs says:

    Garon to Columbus, huh. Neat.

  17. Deano says:

    LT has another post up – move forward.

  18. Chris says:

    Believing that pigs can sprout wings and fly isn't a terribly effective way to deal with the American economy, nor is it a way to run a hockey team.

  19. DanMan says:

    Obama won on the same platform. But politics doesn't change, economics doesn't chage, and hockey doesn't change.

    Actually after the lockout hockey has changed.

    And the Oilers under MacT haven't.

    The Canes beat us by scoring goals. Their top 3 lines were scoring lines albeit with brindy as the 3rd C.

    3 scoring lines and an energy/checking line is the new template for success as shown by the last 3/4 stanley cup winners since the lockout.

  20. R O says:

    Actually after the lockout hockey has changed.

    Well, no, you still win hockey games by outscoring last I checked.

    The Oilers team of 05/06 was formidable. Not because of the star power or "3 scoring lines and energy line" layout but because the players knew the formula: get puck north, get puck to net.

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