|Dustin Penner||Shawn Horcoff||Ales Hemsky|
|Raffi Torres||Jarret Stoll||Fernando Pisani|
|Geoff Sanderson||Marty Reasoner||Marc Pouliot|
|Patrick Thoreson||Rob Schremp||Robert Nilsson|
|Sheldon Souray||Joni Pitkanen|
|Steve Staios||Ladislav Smid|
|Matt Greene||Dick Tarnstrom|
The Oilers sure made a big upgrade up front with Penner. Well, size-wise anyways. It will be interesting to see what kind of line match-ups Craig MacTavish may employ at the start of the season. If the four lines above are something close, the Oilers may have a better shot at the playoffs this season. I'm not terribly sure if Penner is really going to make any of his linemates better, although he could be the guy available for the backdoor pass from a guy like Hemsky or Stoll.
We all know how much better the blueline became when Souray and Pitkanen came to town. Now that they are both under contract for the coming year, Oiler fans can rest easy when it comes to offense from the point. A few big shots gives a lot of options, especially on the powerplay.
In goal, Dwayne Roloson will return as the number one guy, but he'll get a bit of a push with the acquistion of Mathieu Garon. Garon couldn't quite fit in with the Canadiens or the Kings, but if Roloson can get along in the Oiler crease, you would think just about anyone could.
The $4.25 million that Penner will make brings their salary level up to around $46 million, which should keep them somewhat competitive in the West. It does leave them some space for a rental player, should they need one, and it won't break the bank of the ownership.
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