Is that a Heater in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

Robin Brownlee
June 30 2009 07:30PM

You can believe all the talk this afternoon the Edmonton Oilers are in hot pursuit of Ottawa Senators malcontent Dany Heatley because I'm hearing the very same words from a source close to the situation.

In the wake of a report by TSN's Bob McKenzie that Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is pitching hard for Heatley, and with time ticking down until the Senators must pay him a $4-million bonus at midnight tonight, I'm hearing that Ottawa GM Bryan Murray is listening.

The names I'm getting as being in the mix are Dustin Penner, as was rumoured earlier today, and Ladislav Smid as part of a package for the talented Heatley.

"There's definitely something going on with Edmonton," a person I trust told me at 5 p.m. this afternoon.

THE NAME GAME

Of course, "something going on with Edmonton," is open to pretty broad interpretation, but it's the best information we've got with Murray and Tambellini staying tight-lipped -- perhaps they're too busy talking to each other to answer the telephone. As much peril as there is in the Oilers taking on Heatley's cap hit, you'd have to think there's just as much risk for Murray with Penner, who has been mediocre in two seasons with the Oilers and packs a $4.25 million cap hit.

Penner broke into the NHL with Anaheim after Murray's tenure as GM with the Ducks ended. Smid, who was drafted by Anaheim in 2004, didn't turn pro until after Murray was gone. Still, Murray knows both players.

While I'm not willing to make a quantum leap that ongoing talks between Tambellini and Murray are headed to a done deal -- there are indications Los Angeles and San Jose are also interested -- there's enough smoke here to believe there's some fire. If the Oilers come out on top in the Heatley sweepstakes -- an outcome that could be finalized by the stroke of midnight, given the $4-million bonus -- don't be surprised if Penner and Smid are involved.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on Team 1260.

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#51 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 08:00PM
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2 hours until Heatly gets his 4 mil... Who's it going to come from?

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#52 Charlie
June 30 2009, 08:01PM
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This guy says the deal is done and waiting for Heatley's approval...

http://blog.canoe.ca/offtheposts/

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#53 Diggy mob mo
June 30 2009, 08:03PM
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What are the possibilities of Jason Smith being part of the package..and do you pick smid or gilbert.i would trade smid because smid hasnt made the team in the past two years and gilbert has a big contract.

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#54 Charlie
June 30 2009, 08:05PM
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Holy crap oilfans is going crazy right now... links to bloggers saying it's done, and he's going to NYR!? Makes sense with the Gomez move.

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#55 Dr. Zombie
June 30 2009, 08:13PM
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as per HF, that blog belongs to Kevin Lee formerly of hockeybuzz.com. Credibility shattered. Thank jeebus.

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#56 MattL
June 30 2009, 08:16PM
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It's nice to know that there are so many Oil degenerates just like me out there... Anyone know what the weather's like right now?

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#57 oilersordeath
June 30 2009, 08:17PM
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What the hell does NY have to offer, damn I'll be pissed they always get everbody! BS

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#58 Monday Guy
June 30 2009, 08:18PM
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@ MattL: you mean.... Outside ??? :s

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#59 Jenga
June 30 2009, 08:18PM
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@Mattl

Yahoo weather says it is nice but might be raining.

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#60 Monday Guy
June 30 2009, 08:19PM
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@ Jenga:

LOL -

.. is it 10:00 yet ?

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#61 MattL
June 30 2009, 08:20PM
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@ Monday Guy:

Yeah, in the real world...

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#62 Jolene Fendelet
June 30 2009, 08:22PM
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wow i like that deal hope that one goes penner to get heatley sounds sweet

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#63 Word
June 30 2009, 08:22PM
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oilboy76 wrote:

@ Hemmertime: NO there is a huge Lebanese community in Ottawa! There is a donair shop on every coroner, Penners heaven!

Heh... "Coroner".

I respect your inadvertent joke about donair death leading to death. I also would have accepted "There is a donair shop on every coronary."

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#64 Word
June 30 2009, 08:23PM
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oilboy76 wrote:

@ Hemmertime: NO there is a huge Lebanese community in Ottawa! There is a donair shop on every coroner, Penners heaven!

Heh... "Coroner". I respect your inadvertent joke about donair addiction leading to death. I also would have accepted "There is a donair shop on every coronary."

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#65 Hemmertime
June 30 2009, 08:23PM
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@ Word: lol

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#66 Word
June 30 2009, 08:24PM
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Apologies for the double post. I have fat typing fingers.

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#67 ronaldo
June 30 2009, 08:27PM
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@ Word

Penner has same problem- zing!

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#68 Diggy mob mo
June 30 2009, 08:28PM
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Wait!!Why In The World Does Ottawa Want PennerHe Is Slow And he Would Be mad cuz there is like no donair places there

heres what i think

heatly and a pick for penner schremp and smid thts it alright

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#69 Monday Guy
June 30 2009, 08:29PM
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@ Diggy mob mo:

Twitters saying Cogs might be involved

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#70 Headmetal
June 30 2009, 08:31PM
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TSN reports the deal may just need Heater's approval

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#71 Aseef
June 30 2009, 08:31PM
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@ Diggy mob mo: He'd fall in love with Shawarma :)

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#72 oilersrule99
June 30 2009, 08:32PM
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TSN reporting deal involves cogs penner and smid for heatley

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#73 Helmerfied
June 30 2009, 08:35PM
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So, in the event that all the moons align and the Heater makes his way to E-town, what can be done to ensure he doesn't suit up with #15? #15 seems to be the Oil's #13...nobody wearing #15 with the Oil can seem to put together anything resembling a successful season.

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#74 Lucinius
June 30 2009, 08:35PM
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Woah, woah.. Cogliano, Penner and Smid? Seriously? That's incredibly steep. If Smith is coming back with Heatley its still ... horrible.

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#75 Fiveandagame
June 30 2009, 08:35PM
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hxxp://oilers.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=432284

As per the Oilers web site, it looks like they have moved Devan Dubnyk to RW.... I thought the MacBlender was gone? ~~ ;)

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#76 Zwantinus
June 30 2009, 08:36PM
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Too much with Cogs, I don't like it. Needs something else back from Ott.

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#77 heavyd
June 30 2009, 08:38PM
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james duthie is reporting that ottawa asked heatly to waive his notrade to go to edmonton for gogs, smid, and penner

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#78 Jana
June 30 2009, 08:38PM
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Zwantinus wrote:

Too much with Cogs, I don’t like it. Needs something else back from Ott.

I agree. Adding Cogliano would be a big mistake (in the eyes of this humble fan).

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#79 heavyd
June 30 2009, 08:39PM
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sorry cogs

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#80 Sandra
June 30 2009, 08:39PM
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Cogs Penner and Smid for Heatlty , waiting approval of Heatly

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#81 Racki
June 30 2009, 08:39PM
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Cogs :( Sad to see him go, if this deal gets approval, but yah, TSN reporting Cogs+Smid+Penner for heater.

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#82 Yakman
June 30 2009, 08:41PM
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Just Heatley coming back... guess we will be able to sign Gagner next year... how many years of Heatley do we get? Before he demands a trade? This is an overpay...

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#83 heavyd
June 30 2009, 08:41PM
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sad to see cogs go but i want heatly so bad and just imagine if we get hossa also

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#84 ronaldo
June 30 2009, 08:41PM
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If we had heatley, probably couldn't afford to sign cogs and samwise next summer. Still...don't want cogs to go.

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#85 B-rad
June 30 2009, 08:45PM
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HELLO TRIPLE H LINE.....I CAN SEE IT NOW.

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#86 analbumcover
June 30 2009, 08:45PM
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I think the trade is reasonable. Essentially, it'll be a 5-6 Dman, an underachieving top 6 FWD, & a very good top 6 prospect. All this for a top tier, shoot first LW.

IMO, Edmonton wins this trade. It not only addresses the top line issue, but it addresses the roster space issue & the gets rid of a big contract. I like Cogliano as much as the next guy, but I like the trade.

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#87 Sandra
June 30 2009, 08:45PM
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Where is Brownlee? need his sources.

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#88 heavyd
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How is this an overpayment?

Our highest goal scorer last year was 23 heatly is probably going to score us 40 that is 17 more i cant see why we wouldn't make the trade.

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#89 JRocks247
June 30 2009, 08:46PM
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it's done as per Jason Gregor....DONE!!!!

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#90 Sandra
June 30 2009, 08:46PM
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B-rad wrote:

HELLO TRIPLE H LINE…..I CAN SEE IT NOW.

Horc will be 2nd or 3rd line, Heatley Gags Hemmer

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#91 heavyd
June 30 2009, 08:46PM
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B-rad wrote:

HELLO TRIPLE H LINE…..I CAN SEE IT NOW.

Ya if we get hossa who plays center hemsky? lol.

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#92 Bryant
June 30 2009, 08:46PM
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THANK you Tambo!!!!

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#93 JRocks247
June 30 2009, 08:46PM
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live on the team 1260 :)

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#94 Kieso
June 30 2009, 08:47PM
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We all complain about how small the top six are. I like Cogs but to be bigger the Oilers have to pick some (good or bad) players and just go with it. I am more concerned with losing Smid as there is no grit on the back-end.

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#95 Chris
June 30 2009, 08:47PM
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Heater.... Now waive that NMC you douche!

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#96 natedoo22
June 30 2009, 08:48PM
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Confirmed on Team 1260 HEATLEY is an OILER!!!

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#97 Vic Oiler
June 30 2009, 08:49PM
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O'Sullivan, Gagner,Nilsson is your second line if this goes down. Not bad, and 1st line goes from meh to Wow.

it's a good deal, we have too many 5'11 190lb forwards, an Nilsson woudn't get it done.

Peckham moves up, Grebs gets signed, and you could still move Gilbert for help.

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#98 Hemmertime
June 30 2009, 08:51PM
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cmon heater dont be a nylander, this mans heart cant take it.

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#99 Yakman
June 30 2009, 08:51PM
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Okay this is at least potentially an overpay... 3 young players for an older player... but if said three younger players keep playing like last season...

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#100 Soup
June 30 2009, 08:51PM
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H G H - Human Growth Hormone line?

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