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MacT thinks the Oilers are a ‘compelling story’ for free agents

Jul 1, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

Craig MacTavish. AP

The Edmonton Oilers have not been a good team in almost a decade. But general manager Craig MacTavish thinks he has “a compelling story to tell” when trying to lure free agents to the Alberta city.

“Our story is quite compelling,” MacTavish said, per the Edmonton Journal. “We’re going into a beautiful new building. It’s going to be a spectacular structure. We’re well down the road in the rebuild and the building’s been full through it all.

“This is going to turn, and players have a chance to get in on the ground-floor. I believe we have a very good story to tell.”

This is pure speculation, but would Brian Boyle, 29, make sense for the Oilers? The big forward is looking for “more responsibility” than the fourth-line role he was given in the playoffs with the Rangers, while MacTavish is looking for “second, third-line forwards” who are “in their 20s” and can support the young talent the club has drafted during its rebuild.

  1. upyourstodd - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Edmonton…. where developing talent is a thing of the past.

    • rainyday56 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Edmonton Oilers never developed talent, they just lucked into it once …

  2. luz56 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    The the KILLER make a compelling plea again!… MacT is a real POS…How is that young woman doing Craig? Yeah that right you killed her drinking and driving

    Yes and 29 other teams are making the same pitch..

  3. credible316 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Edmonton: Where the inmates run the asylum.

  4. rmccleary97 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Edmonton: we’re what Winnipeg hopes to grow up and become!

  5. nyking1963 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    They are a compelling story for free agents. Where else can you go that you will have no chance to sniff the playoffs year after year, but never be held accountable?
    They’re down the road on the rebuild. Problem is the road is a dead end. Back to square one…again!

  6. jernster21 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    This is hilarious.

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