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8/18/2006 10:23:13 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have lost another defenceman from last season's squad, with Dick Tarnstrom following Chris Pronger and Jaroslav Spacek out the door.

The Edmonton Journal reports that Tarnstrom, who was an unrestricted free agent, has signed with Lugano of the Swiss Elite League.

Tarnstrom was acquired by Edmonton in a january trade with Pittsburgh that saw the Penguins get Cory Cross and Jani Rita. He was a disappointment down the stretch, scoring four points in 22 games.

According to the Journal, the Oilers had not spoken to Tarnstrom's agent in over a month, and other NHL clubs were not offering the money he wanted.

The Oilers are not worried about an apparent lack of depth on the blue-line.

"But that's why we got (Ladislav) Smid and (Jan) Hejda," Oilers assistant general manager Scott Howson told the Journal. "And that's why we signed (Peter) Sykora, because he can help our power play on the point."

Howson also confirmed for the Journal that the Oilers have recently inquired about free-agent defenceman Brian Leetch, who remains a friend of former teammate and current Oilers GM Kevin Lowe.

"We did talk to his agent, Jay Grossman, in early July and we've done so in the last few days, too, to see if there's any interest there," Howson told the Journal, while noting that a deal with Leetch is not on the horizon.
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