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Jason Gregor
July 01 2009 02:01AM

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What an interesting unofficial start to the Free Agent Frenzy.

I will state for the record that I still stand by my source, because in the time I’ve known him he has never misled me before. If it turns out that Heatley doesn’t come here, then my apologies for getting your hopes up. But know this - the Dany Heatley situation seems fishy on many levels.

For weeks and especially the last few days leading up to today it seemed many felt that his $4 million bonus/lump sum payment was due at midnight on July 1st. Now it turns out it isn’t due until the end of July 1st at 11:59:59. His contract says payment is due on July 1st, but doesn’t specify which day part. I just find it funny that for the past three weeks it has been reported in many places, including TSN, RDS, Sportsnet and both radio broadcast rights holders, as well as non-rights holders, and blogs that the deadline was at midnight Tuesday. Why would the league let their partners report this without quietly correcting them?

It seems that Heatley hasn’t completely said NO to Edmonton; rather that he’d liked to sleep on it. Reading, hearing and being directly told this explanation leads me to believe that he never thought Edmonton was a realistic destination, and that another team would step up, so he never gave it a lot of thought. Then the realization comes that Edmonton is the most interested and offers the best package, so he says yes, albeit briefly, and then decides he needs to think about it.

If that is the case and he wakes up in the morning and feels Edmonton is a good fit, then Oiler fans won’t care. They have been through much worse in recent memory. But if he decides he isn’t interested in coming here, then Senators Fans will suddenly find a great many Citizens of the OilersNation in the refund line at the Dany Heatley fan club. Perhaps Heatley didn't believe Edmonton would be his only choice?

A short memo to Dany Heatley

Why list the Oilers as a team you would go to in the first place? When you submitted the list didn’t you realize then, that everyone one of those teams could be your next team. Shouldn’t you have prepared yourself for that?

No one wins if he decides to veto the deal.

The Senators will be left scrambling trying to find a partner, especially if he doesn’t decide by 10 a.m. MST when free agency begins. The Oilers will have three players who knew they were on the verge of being dealt, but they will remain and play for an organization that was willing to part with them. And the Oilers will have to decide by 10 a.m. if they will pursue a UFA or wait for Heatley to decide if he’d like to play for them.

Oiler fans will be feeling rejected once again and wondering why?

Even if Heatley gets dealt to another team that he prefers, he will still be looked upon as a selfish guy who quit on one team and then refused to go to one that really wanted him. If he wakes up tomorrow and decides E-town is not right for him, I’ll take my lumps from those who will question my accuracy, that is part of the job, but this deal seemed too close to evaporate at the last minute.

Bob McKenzie, who is more connected than anyone, and extremely accurate had the names in a PROJECTED deal earlier than anyone. Normally when he makes a projection it comes true. Bob never once CONFIRMED this deal, but he isn’t one to toss out names and then not have something pan out very often. I know of a great many deals that have supposedly fallen apart at the last second, but in most of those cases the names of people involved were never reported.

Why did all the names get out this time?

And if it wasn’t almost a done deal how come no one from the Oilers denied it?

If everyone thought the deadline was tonight, and there was never a report of a trade with the Rangers before the deadline, if they get a deal done on Wednesday how will that make the NHL look?  And what if Heatley sleeps on it and decides he wants to be an Oiler, will Oiler fans still be upset?

It was an interesting and for me an educational start to the free agent frenzy. Things might not always seem as they appear, even when you are certain of it.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#101 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:26AM
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oiler icon wrote:

there i slept on it ……. nope still p*ssed off

Best comment this morning yet

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#102 dunciano
July 01 2009, 09:27AM
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Spector is an idiot.

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#103 Prop Jay
July 01 2009, 09:27AM
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@ Archaeologuy: aight you guys all got me. Spec = awesome PropJay = garbage

I just don't like seeing edmonton oilers articles tarting with "The young, single millionaires don’t want to live in Edmonton. But that’s OK — because the married guys can’t stand it either.

If you ever wonder why the Edmonton Oilers are paying Shawn Horcoff $7 million this season, why Fernando Pisani makes $2.5 million or Steve Staios $2.8 million, take a look at what’s going on with Dany Heatley right now.

You’ve heard of a hometown discount? Those longtime Oilers are getting what we like to call it a “bad town bonus.” "

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#104 Heazues
July 01 2009, 09:28AM
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oiler icon wrote:

there i slept on it ……. nope still p*ssed off

me too. im pretty dissapointed in the whole situation. to me this looks like murray has less than zero ethics. i fully understand that he wants the best deal for his team, but to drive up the price by creating a false deadline, then pulling the plug at the 11th hour, is just wrong.

as the GM he had to know what the deadline was, and im sure he wouldnt have negotiated with the oil if he didnt think he could make that trade. which looks to me that there was no problem with edmonton to heatley. but murray is simply trying to drive up the price.

what i find funny about it, is BOTH teams have the opportunity to make other deals, and sign another FA today. the price for heater will more likely drop rather than go up.

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#105 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:28AM
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Sportsnet reporting : Vancouver Re-signs Henrik Sedin

hxxp://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl_signing_tracker/

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#106 Chester Copperpot
July 01 2009, 09:29AM
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I don't understand all the spector hate. I thought the article was amusing. Talk about shooting the messanger.

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#107 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:29AM
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TSN is to. For those that "stick to who you can trust"

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#108 myteammytown
July 01 2009, 09:30AM
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@ Prop Jay:

destroy a city?

what in that article wasnt already common knowledge?

yes, it was written with a sarcastic tone, but c'mon now.

every time someone says the smallest thing about good old e-town people get their panties in a bunch.

if you were a multi millionaire playing hockey for a living, would you want to play here right now? I sure as hell wouldnt.

1) cold as f*** in the winter 2) SOME of the fans (yes, a small group has ruined it) 3) SOME of the media 4) the last couple seasons

etc etc etc

Katz is trying to change the perception, and it wont happen over night. Overreacting to every little thing isnt going to help either

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#109 DBO
July 01 2009, 09:30AM
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Walk away. Sign hossa to the Sedin deal. Sign a 3rd line centre. If they are pissed you can get value for Cogs, Smid and Penner somewhere. Send them to Atlanta for Lehtonen, Armstrong and a prospect. Saves us money, and you move the guys who may be pissed

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#110 Oilcourntry
July 01 2009, 09:31AM
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wheres everyone getting this destroy a city? whats this all about?

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#111 Prop Jay
July 01 2009, 09:33AM
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@ myteammytown: aight I get it I was wrong. If i could edit I would. Spec = awesome

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#112 Chester Copperpot
July 01 2009, 09:33AM
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@ Hemmertime:

But I like my rumours quick and unsubstantiated

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#113 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:33AM
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Wonder if Sam Gagner would rather keep his roomie or get a shot playing with Heatley

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#114 Oilcourntry
July 01 2009, 09:34AM
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why does he want to play hear ummm maybe because her grew up an alberta boy nothing new to him.. hes a canadian boy the press is nothing new

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#115 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:34AM
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@ Chester Copperpot: Me too, just not Eklund's magic 8-ball... of coke

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#116 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 09:34AM
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@ Prop Jay: i agree that paragraph sucks for Oiler fans, but it isnt untrue. Maybe the reasons those guys got overpaid isnt COMPLETELY due to a bad town bonus, but it can be viewed that way.

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#117 myteammytown
July 01 2009, 09:34AM
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@ Prop Jay:

where did i say that?

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#118 MattL
July 01 2009, 09:34AM
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More jilted lover syndrome.

First Pronger dumps us for a prettier city...

Then we ask Heatley out to the prom, and he says yes, only if we buy him flowers and candy and rent a Rolls Royce to pick him up, which we agree to, and then when we come to pick him up at the door, he says "sorry, I think my first choice for the prom might still call. He's from New York. Why don't you just wait in the parking lot for me, I might still need a back up plan."

Sigh.

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#119 Prop Jay
July 01 2009, 09:36AM
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The team guys just said "that there is so much damage done here the oil wll have to overpay bigtime"

Once again, I am not sure who to be angry at. Obviously Healey, Obviously Murray, but what about oil management. The CFP fiasco took forever for us to overcome and we still haven't. Same with Nylander. Now we can add heatley to this list.

At some point the oil have to be careful as to how these issues are dealt with. I mean they cannot mess with a player that will F them in the end.

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#120 Chester Copperpot
July 01 2009, 09:37AM
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I blame Jimmy Carson. If he wouldn't have called Edmonton a "Hick Town" non of this would be happening now.

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#121 Prop Jay
July 01 2009, 09:37AM
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@ myteammytown: Im jus joking around. Others have just been sayin that spec was right. I just didn't mean to push any buttons.

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#122 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:37AM
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Hemmertime wrote:

@ Chester Copperpot: Me too, just not Eklund’s magic 8-ball… of coke

Hey now eklund has impeccable sources, sports websites, and various blogs. He is uber connected!

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#123 Reagan
July 01 2009, 09:39AM
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We all are. Eklund is a joke.

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#124 Loki Dead Fox
July 01 2009, 09:39AM
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go on msn.

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#125 Chester Copperpot
July 01 2009, 09:41AM
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@ Prop Jay:

I hope Oiler management doesn't feel that way and go over pay for a UFA. It's time to just walk away.

Last year this team was going to contend for the divion title and the reason they didn't according to Oiler many fans was because of MacT. With new coaches, and a year's expereince under the young guys, it's not like this team needs to strangle inself in salary cap to be somewhat comptitive.

a) Sign Goalie b) Acquire 3rd liner who can win a faceoff.

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#126 The Pestival
July 01 2009, 09:42AM
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Heatley is the biggest cockblocker in the league, I really hope we don't get him now

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#127 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 09:45AM
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Reagan wrote:

We all are. Eklund is a joke.

-Pressure on Heatley Mounts as Oilers/Hossa Prepare (E3) "Talking to sources right now, I really think that we may see a decision from Heatley by noon, once and for all. At least that would be the professional and right thing to do." - Eklund

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#128 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:45AM
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@ Chester Copperpot: Im really interested to see how many overpays will happen this year considering the cap is bound to go down next year and many teamns are up against the cap or their own internal cap. I think Heater is still viable after reading abit this morning since I still think oilers offer is better than NYR, which is I think what heater is waiting on.

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#129 Chris
July 01 2009, 09:45AM
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myteammytown wrote:

Katz is trying to change the perception, and it wont happen over night. Overreacting to every little thing isnt going to help either

I agree with your sentiment... but this is no "little thing". Just since the lockout: Pronger, Nylander, Heatley. It would be nice if our two black eyes had a chance to heal before getting a kick in the balls.

I'm sure more Oilers who are under contract will come out and say, "Edmonton is a great place to play". Waste of time...Horcoff has zero credibility on the matter as he prepairs to cash in on a $7million season. Most players around the league only know Edmonton as a dark, freeezing destination... part of a miserable western road trip.

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#130 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:46AM
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@ RossCreek: Does any on e know wth the (e3 (e4) crap means?

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#131 Reagan
July 01 2009, 09:48AM
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Eklund is a joke. Of course it may not be resolved by noon. Why do you guys bother with that dribble?

(R1)

(R1) = Eklund is a waste of time (R2) = Eklund is dreaming crap up (R3) = Eklund is wasting your time (R4) = Eklund is making stuff up

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#132 Chester Copperpot
July 01 2009, 09:48AM
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Time for Tambellini to go after Erik Cole as a 2nd line RW... What a great PR move the press conference would be to have Cole saying how much he loved his time in Edmonton and that his familly wanted to return.

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#133 Alon
July 01 2009, 09:49AM
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myteammytown wrote:

Katz is trying to change the perception, and it wont happen over night. Overreacting to every little thing isnt going to help either

Amen. Oiler fans should stop acting like needy girlfriends

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#134 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 09:51AM
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F#*k Spec. There is lots to love about E-town: lack of heat stroke, can't be killed by falling pawm trees, no sharks, jelly fish or other scary sea creatures, no hills or mountains to block view of sky, 2 convenient airports to quickly wisk you off to anywhere in world, friendly drivers waving you in all the time, clean well kept streets, frisky weather girls (or so I've read) and so on. This is prime location. Spec must have been referring to Winterpeg, now that is a dump.~

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#135 Chester Copperpot
July 01 2009, 09:51AM
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@ Hemmertime: (e1) Throwing names out there (e2) Read it on a message board (e3) Some guy wrote a blog about it (e4) Dreger, MacKenzie, ect said teams are talking (e5) TSN has it posted as a done deal

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#136 Reagan
July 01 2009, 09:53AM
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True that Chester! Too Funny, and pretty much realisitcally.

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#137 charlieangels
July 01 2009, 09:53AM
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Jason, keep it going strong, you had a good source, you reported but you were told, nothing you can do, that's your job.

From what I have heard, it's Ottawa that delayed the trade, not Heatly. I think Ottawa is playing a game to get the best deal out there, wouldn't the Oilers do that to?

Relax everyone, it's part of business.

I do find it interesting that Calgary signs JayBo. My friend from Calgary suggests they were going to trade Phaneuf to Ottawa for Heatly. This may be something to watch today.

I do find it hard to believe JayBo would sign in Calgary just prior to becoming an UFA, why not test the market? I'm wondering if Edmonton was on the shopping list of JayBo?

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#138 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 09:54AM
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@ Hemmertime: Not exactly. Something along these lines... e1 - thought it up in his head e2 - someone else thought it up in there head. after thinking it over, eklund believes it would be good e3 - a reporter told him e4 - 2 reporters told him e5 - tsn is reporting...

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#139 Chester Copperpot
July 01 2009, 09:55AM
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Is Heatley awake yet??

C'mon, someone drive to his house with an Egg McMuffin meal and start banging on some doors.

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#140 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 09:56AM
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Reagan wrote:

Why do you guys bother with that dribble?

Pure entertainment.

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#141 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:57AM
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@ RossCreek: no matter what its retarded.

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#142 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:57AM
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@ Reagan: Its amusing.

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#143 Chester Copperpot
July 01 2009, 09:57AM
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All this Eklund talk hand me go over to Hockey Buzz and I found:

Eklund Heatley accepting Deal to Edm (E3) (new) "Need we say "cautious optimism""

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#144 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 09:58AM
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Anybody else wonder if, at the last minute, Bryan Murray demanded an additional $4 million from the Oilers as part of the Heatley deal?

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#145 Jenga
July 01 2009, 09:59AM
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Get over it E-town. Some Prima-donnas don't want to play here. Some don't want to play in Montreal orVan or Ott or New York (insert any city except Detroit) which says nothing about the City and everything about winning and a good organization. When the Oil were rolling 5 lines every night in the 80s did noone to be here (and for those of you too young to remember E-town REALLY sucked in the 80s).

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#146 Prop Jay
July 01 2009, 09:59AM
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Eklund says it is done:

Heatley accepting Deal to Edm (E3)

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#147 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:59AM
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@ Librarian Mike: according to the CBA money can not be transfered between teams in a trade.

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#148 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 10:00AM
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Chester Copperpot wrote:

All this Eklund talk hand me go over to Hockey Buzz and I found: Eklund Heatley accepting Deal to Edm (E3) (new) “Need we say “cautious optimism”"

#126 RossCreek July 1 2009, 9:45 am.

Reagan wrote:

We all are. Eklund is a joke.

-Pressure on Heatley Mounts as Oilers/Hossa Prepare (E3) “Talking to sources right now, I really think that we may see a decision from Heatley by noon, once and for all. At least that would be the professional and right thing to do.” - Eklund

ADHD, you say?

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#149 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 10:00AM
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Chester Copperpot wrote:

Is Heatley awake yet?? C’mon, someone drive to his house with an Egg McMuffin meal and start banging on some doors.

Maybe he would prefer a Homestyle Ham and Egger, or a Double double and a sausage breakfast sandwich.

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#150 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 10:00AM
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Prop Jay wrote:

Eklund says it is done: Heatley accepting Deal to Edm (E3)

it does say e3 so that means he read it on a blog or made it up or some such

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