Is the NHL Behind the NFL, MLB, and NBA When It Comes to Trade Rules?

July 15th, 2011 by Imtiaz Ferdous Leave a reply »
It has become fashionable to call out the Edmonton Oilers. Several years ago, the Buffalo Sabres had called out the Oilers on inflating the prices of RFAs by signing Thomas Vanek to a seven-year, $50 million offer sheet. The Sabres matched the contract.

After that the Oilers turned their attention to Dustin Penner and signed him to a five-year, $21.25 million contract. Again outrage ensued from then-Anaheim GM Brian Burke. To be fair, this was the Oilers' fault. They were doling out contracts like crazy, and now that they will soon have their own talented RFAs to resign, don't be surprised to see Buffalo or other teams inflate their prices.

Now the Oilers saga has become even more entertaining. Dean Lombardi has said that with various trades with Edmonton the Oilers had lied regarding the extent of their players' injuries. Lombardi went so far as to say he would rather invest with Bernie Madoff than trust the Oilers' words. He first tried to trade Smyth to the Oilers for Gilbert Brule but found out he was injured. Then he made the trade for Colin Fraser and a seventh-round pick. He probably intends to waive Fraser.

Now we find out that Fraser has not b ...

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