May 2, 2001
By JIM MATHESON
The Edmonton Journal
Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe heard about that little item in
Newsday, the Long Island, N.Y., newspaper that suggested Doug Weight
might be going to the Islanders for the No. 2 overall pick in the
NHL's June draft.
"I'm surprised that kind of slipped by. There wasn't much made of
that here,'' said Lowe.
So is there a chance he could deal Weight to the Isles?
"No, it's not going to happen,'' Lowe said.
"Isles GM Mike Milbury hasn't called me, and no, I haven't talked to
There is some history between Lowe and Milbury. Last June, Lowe
traded Roman Hamrlik to the Isles for Eric Brewer, Josh Green and a
second-round draft, who turned out to be University of Wisconsin
forward Brad Winchester.
Milbury has made no secret about being willing to trade the Isles'
second overall pick because he needs help now and his neck is on the
line -- the new owners have basically told him as much.
Lowe, meanwhile, still wants to sign Weight and for more than one
That's part of the reason the Oilers are pushing to get 15,000 season
tickets sold, so they can give Lowe some extra money with which to
"If we get to 15,000 season tickets, then it's easier to get to
17,100 every night and that means extra revenue,'' said Lowe.
Weight has until July 15 to decide if he will go to salary
He will become a group two free agent.
Lowe won't be trading any of his draft picks this year. He has the
13th pick, the 43rd and 49th.