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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sign Garon to a long-term pact

From Bob Stauffer of the Edmonton Sun:

This past week Marian Hossa's agent Ritch Winter made an interesting comment regarding a factor in the decision-making process for Hossa when he was in free agency.

Winter inferred that when it came to evaluating the Edmonton Oilers, a concern that the Hossa camp had was goaltending.

I do not share those same concerns.

In fact it is my belief that Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe should strike quickly and sign Mathieu Garon to a long-term deal.

Garon was one of the top free-agent buys in the 2007 off-season.

Read the entire article here.

Garon far exceeded expectations last season, but he hasn't proven he can be a number one netminder over the years. I think Kevin Lowe is handling this situation perfectly by letting Garon play out the final season on his contract. The Oilers probably want to watch Garon play at a high level for one more season before re-upping him for a couple more years.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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