Oilers dispute Nylander contract
The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club is compelled to clarify the unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Edmonton Oilers and Michael Nylander.This could get ugly. And you have to feel for the Oilers, who could have been pursuing other players while this Nylander mess was all playing out.
On Sunday, July 1, 2007, Kevin Lowe, Oilers General Manager, and Mr. Mike Gillis, Certified Agent for Michael Nylander, negotiated and agreed to a multi-year NHL Standard Players Contract, starting in 2007/08. Mr. Gillis confirmed same to the Oilers in writing.
The Oilers then proceeded with preparations to announce Mr. Nylander’s contract agreement on July 2, and concurrently continued with the process of negotiating with other free agents based upon Mr. Nylander being an important roster ingredient for the future.
However, while the Oilers were expecting the returned, signed agreements from Mr. Nylander and Mr. Gillis, the Oilers discovered through public announcements made mid-afternoon on July 2, that Mr. Nylander had subsequently entered into a long-term contract with the Capitals.
The Oilers can find no precedent for such conduct in our history. The Oilers are examining and pursuing every course of action available in the best interest of the team and our fans.
For legal reasons, the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club will not be discussing the details any further at this time.
UPDATE Colby Cosh has a good rundown of what went down on the Edmonton side yesterday.
UPDATE mc79hockey has some more good words here, including something I entirely agree with regarding Mr. Nylander:
This whole thing strikes me as silly anyway. Two years from now, when Kevin Lowe is the VP of Remembering the Eighties and someone (competent?) is running the show, I’d suspect that the Oilers management will be happy not have Nylander around pulling down $4.75 or whatever he got from Washington. ... I think that they got lucky here.Everyone's been screaming bloody murder the past few days over what the likes of Gomezsmythbrieredrury got, but perhaps the true sign the hockey apocalypse is upon us is the fact that non-playoff teams are tearing each other apart to give Jagr's 34-year-old setup man $20-million on a long-term deal.
If Kevin Lowe really wants to turn things around in Edmonton, he should swing as many Pitkanen-type deals as he can and hope like hell what he gets in return turns into what everyone said Pitkanen was going to turn into two years ago.
Or offer Yashin big money. It's really all up to him.
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