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For Whom The Shawn Belle Tolls

The Oilers took a big step towards solving their problems today by reassigning Shawn Belle to the AHL. GM Steve Tambellini was overheard saying "this is the kind of proactive decision making that I define my career on". In a later press conference Tambellini praised Belle for his play in Edmonton but suggested that he needed time in Oklahoma to improve on specific skills. "We see a lot of potential in Shawn, but we need him to work a little more on being good in the room before he can transition fully to the NHL. We felt he would get a bigger opportunity to develop his humour and charisma with the Barons". The move was  applauded by veterans Jim Vandermeer and Jason Strudwick who are expected to release a collective statement later today welcoming the ressurection of their careers. "Shawn played well in his time here", commented Strudwick, "but unfortunately a rebuild needs leadership, comedy and ineptitude. At the end of the day, only hardened veterans like Jim and myself can really bring those intangibles to the NHL game". His teammate Vandermeer added, "Jason's right. We consider ourselves team leaders in ineptitude".

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