So remember how on April 26th I mentioned that the Oilers had to sign both Phil Cornet and Teemu Hartikainen by June 1st, but was then corrected by the organization that the date didn't actually affect the Finn? It sounded odd to me then but that's what the team told me.
Then on May 3rd I passed on the further details of Edmonton's explanation as to why they actually had until June 15th to sign Hartikainen.
Well guess what?
Tuesday night on The Pipeline Show I also made mention of the information an Oilers source had given me - that a deal with Hartikainen didn't have to be reached until June 15th. Apparently, that's not correct after all.
"The correct date for Hartikainen is June 1st."That today courtesy of the source who called me to give the latest correction. Apparently the team had been in contact with the league office for clarification and were told that June 1st is the correct date because he is an "unsigned 2008 draft choice."
In the end it's probably not going to be a big deal, the team expects to be able to get the 6'1, 201 lbs winger under wraps before then. However, as some fans have pointed out, this is the second time in as many seasons that the team has publicly miffed on CBA information given to the media (see Gilbert Brule last summer).
Hartikainen was a 6th round pick in 2008, a choice that I'm told was spearheaded by recently fired Kevin Prendergast, who had a career year in Finland scoring 33 points in 53 games. That total was top 50 in the league and earned him a tryout with the National team in advance of the World Championships that begin this weekend.
So that's the update and hopefully things don't change again. The Copper & Blue guys have a bunch on this too and have spoken to a bunch of Euro sources that also confirm the June 1st deadline.