Oilers Ink Four

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Ethan Moreau and Georges Laraque, as well as Brad Winchester and Joe Cullen. Moreau has signed for one year, Laraque has signed for three years, and Winchester and Cullen both signed for two years.

Bob Stauffer of Total Sports radio show (TEAM1260, Edmonton) reported the signings on his show Thursday afternoon.

All Hands on Deck

The Edmonton Oilers Training Camp starts tomorrow, Friday the 12th, and with today’s signings, the team has almost all the pieces together for next season.

Mike Comrie is as yet unsigned, but has reported for his medical and physical exams, and plans to attend training camp regardless of his contract situation. Comrie is quoted as saying “I’m still property of the Edmonton Oilers, just because you don’t have a contract doesn’t mean you don’t go for the medical or physical. Hopefully we’ll figure out something shortly, at this point I plan on coming out and participating (in training camp)without a contract.”

Off the Cuff

Mike York has received full clearance to play this year courtesy of Dr. David Reid, the Oilers team doctor. His scaphoid bone has fully healed but ongoing physiotherapy is necessary to fully recover the range of motion and strength in York’s wrist. He will be at training camp and can participate in drills and scrimmages. York has been suffering with this injury since February 25th when he broke it in a game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Radek Dvorak is also ready to go, after suffering his own broken wrist in last year’s playoffs series against Dallas. Dvorak spent the summer in the Czech Republic rehabbing the injury. “The last three weeks I was skating back home and I was shooting hard. It looks really positive.”

Salo Putting His Best Foot Forward

Tommy Salo was quoted as saying, “I always try and do my best out there and I think everybody knows that, but sometimes the puck is not going your way. That’s the way it is.” Salo’s new record is for putting together more than five words when answering a reporter’s question. Salo obviously knows that his performance last year was sub-par, but he will have help this season.

Pete Peeters will return to the Oilers coaching staff this year, as a goaltending consultant. Peeters will oversee Ty Conklin’s development in the NHL, as well as working with Tommy Salo to improve his game. Salo and Peeters have not worked together much over the summer, but Salo says “I might not even see it, but he’s going to work hard with me and I think it’s going to show up.”

Everything Well in Hand for Camp

With Comrie’s pledge, Moreau and Laraque signing, and York and Dvorak healed, the Oilers will have everyone who finished the season in copper and blue at camp, which begins tommorow.

All quotes taken from the Edmonton Journal, Thursday, September 11th, 2003. Credit: Joanne Ireland

Stay tuned for a training camp review and preview next week.

NOTE: I got my Oiler tickets today and if the Heritage Classic can not be played on Saturday, November 22nd, the make-up game will be on Sunday, November 23rd. I just wanted you all to know that I am indeed going to the Heritage Classic. Nyah Nyah.