WTF? The Dany Edition

Robin Brownlee
July 01 2009 11:04PM

If you're asking me, let's hope the done deal for Dany Heatley that came undone last night stays that way. The Edmonton Oilers will be better off without him.

The best thing the Oilers and GM Steve Tambellini can do today with the free agency season officially underway -- unless that deadline has been reported incorrectly without clarification by the NHL as well -- is yank their offer to the Ottawa Senators off the table and move on.

Let's review . . .

-- Heatley and his agents demand a trade out of Ottawa because Dany Boy is unhappy with the way he's been handled by new coach Cory Clouston. Instead of going to GM Bryan Murray on the down-low, Heatley and his agents go public, forcing Murray's hand.

-- In the days since, Heatley, through his agents, make it known that the Oilers would be one of the teams he'd waive his no-trade clause to go to and it's widely reported by MSM outlets, including TSN, that's the case. Oiler fans work themselves into a lather about landing Heatley.

-- Murray fields offers leading up to the NHL Entry Draft. In the wake of the draft, the Oilers step to the front of the line Tuesday with an offer that includes Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid. Dump PDP as part of a Heatley deal? Oilers fans are in a frenzy.

-- Late Tuesday afternoon, with a midnight deadline for a $4-million bonus payment to Heatley looming (or so everybody thought), several MSM media outlets, including Sportsnet, TEAM 1260 and The Score, report that the Oilers and Senators have completed the Heatley swap for Penner, Cogliano and Smid. Done deal. Oilers fans rejoice.

-- Other media outlets, notably TSN and Bob McKenzie, say, "Not so fast." Heatley has yet to approve the deal by waiving his no-trade clause. The done deal starts to unravel. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that Heatley has killed the deal. Heatley's agents later clarify Heatley has not killed the deal. He hasn't said no but he hasn't said yes. He wants to "sleep on it." Shunned again, Oiler fans are outraged.

Is that about right?

THE MORNING AFTER

So, as Oilers fans awoke this morning with teeth and fists clenched and cursing Heatley and everybody who reported the done deal, delivering a kick in the collective nuts the way Chris Pronger, Michael Nylander and countless others have done, we're led to believe there's still a chance Heatley might yet give Edmonton his blessing.

Sure, there's still a chance -- if Heatley and his camp can't orchestrate a deal with the New York Rangers before the REAL deadline for the bonus payment ticks by at 11:59 tonight.

Tell me this: how is it that nobody with the Senators or the Oilers had the actual deadline locked down? How is it that the NHL never clarified when the deadline fell? How did everybody get it wrong? Kind of an important detail, don't you think?

That said, and knowing what we think we know today, does the possibility of landing a 40-50 goal player of Heatley's stature trump the red flags that surround him?

While I'm not into the "Dany Heatley's mom wears army boots and dresses him funny" venom that was spewed in Ottawa when he went public with his trade request, for me the answer is no. Not a chance.

The way I see it, the boondoggle that infolded late Tuesday gives the Oilers a chance to reconsider their position, withdraw their offer and run the hell the other way as fast as they can. They should take it.

Ask yourself this: Is Heatley a cornerstone player Tambellini can build his team around for years to come? At $7.5 million per season in a salary cap world, he'd damn sure better be. Are you thinking, "maybe" or are you thinking "no?" Anybody thinking "yes" please raise your hands.

The best thing for the Oilers is that this deal stays undone. Heatley isn't the answer.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

-- It's been suggested that Murray knew the deadline actually fell at 11:59 tonight, but didn't disclose it. The reasoning behind that train of thought is that Murray was using the Oilers to leverage better offers, most notably from the Rangers.

It's also been offered Murray screwed with Tambellini and the Oilers as payback for the Mike Comrie deal that came undone during his days as Anaheim GM -- when Kevin Lowe queered a trade involving Cory Perry with a late stipulation Comrie cough up $2.5 million to complete the swap. In other words, karma is biting the Oilers on the backside.

I'd bet on the former. That, or Murray is grossly incompetent.

-- There's plenty of consternation among Oilers fans that Tambellini now has a problem in the dressing room because Penner, Cogliano and Smid are going to feel unwanted because their names came out in the deal.

Too bad. Get over it. It's part of the gig and part of a business that makes players like Penner, Cogliano and Smid millionaires. The possibility of being traded is part of the package.

Did Penner feel bad because the Ducks didn't match Edmonton's offer sheet? No. He took the money. Still with the Ducks, it seems to me Perry has recovered nicely from being offered up in the Comrie deal that came undone. No?

-- When reporters push to break stories and announce that a deal is done and it goes sideways, they have to wear it. That, like trades for players, is part of the game.

In that regard, it's obvious Jason Gregor of the TEAM 1260, didn't have all of the bases covered in reporting the deal as done.

Fine. Gregor went with his best information and trusted a source and the story went bust. Wrong is wrong. No excuses, but it happens. Own it, as Gregor has, and move on.

That said, there's no excuse for some of the over-the-top crap written by fans and directed at Gregor over what unfolded Tuesday. None.

-- 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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A sports writer since 1983, including stints at The Edmonton Journal and The Sun 1989-2007, I happily co-host the Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260 twice a week and write when so inclined. Have the best damn lawn on the internet. Most important, I am Sam's dad. Follow me on Twitter at Robin_Brownlee. Or don't.
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#751 Jae
July 01 2009, 09:20PM
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@ David S: David S wrote:

Unless you have a Macbook Pro. Then you just turned up the sound. That’s the sound of sweet, sweet trade talk. Mmmmm…

Fn+F5 of the MacBook Pro

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#752 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 09:20PM
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dantencer Source: "Not done yet. Maybe they're wakeboarding." half a minute ago from web

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#753 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 09:21PM
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@ RossCreek: I had a good laugh when I heard that.

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#754 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:21PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

That's why we're all here.. Waiting for word.. At this point I just want to hear one way or the other. There are a lot of people here who have some sleep to catch up on and possibly relationships to save.. Damn you Heatley.. Damn you

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#755 jt in Oilertown
July 01 2009, 09:22PM
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RossCreek wrote:

dantencer Source: “Not done yet. Maybe they’re wakeboarding.” half a minute ago from web

Probably at Flashbacks.

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#756 Hocknee Fann
July 01 2009, 09:22PM
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RossCreek wrote:

dantencer Source: “Not done yet. Maybe they’re wakeboarding.” half a minute ago from web

Maybe they should try waterboarding him in making a decison!

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#757 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 09:22PM
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Mike76 wrote:

Bouwmeester is tossing Phaneuf’s salad right now while they do the dirty @ The French Maid in DT Calgary. Kiprusoff is pulling a Michael jackson on the kid that imitates him behind the net @ home games. And Iginla, well he’s at home with the wife and kids knowing that Sutter blew his load on too many high priced guys on the back end and is trying to figure out who he is going to pass the puck to or get a pass from. For some reason I have no empathy for the Flamers as this is going to blow up in their faces.

~Ya...riiiiiiite~

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#758 Harlie
July 01 2009, 09:23PM
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t-minus 37 minutes and counting!

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#759 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:23PM
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@ Hocknee Fann: Agreed!

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#760 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:23PM
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Hocknee Fann wrote:

Maybe they should try waterboarding him in making a decison!

Zing!

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#761 Fiveandagame
July 01 2009, 09:24PM
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RossCreek wrote:

dantencer Source: “Not done yet. Maybe they’re wakeboarding.” half a minute ago from web

Now That was funny.

Here is a question. If you have to work one really hot girl all night long at the bar, even though she rejected you repeatedly, then at the moment before they turn on the ugly lights she takes your arm and you go home and she scores 50 goals playing on a line with hemmer, wasn't the early rejection worth it?

Just asking.

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#762 oilersordeath
July 01 2009, 09:24PM
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Havlat you stupid idiot!! What the hell were you thinking?

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#763 onehitwonder
July 01 2009, 09:25PM
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No word on Grebs... Does that mean Souray is still on the table?

Who's at H.Q. trying to sign a 3C? Assuming Brule's in the 4C spot, that leaves MAP on the third (w/out Cogs). Unless Tambo really likes Stone and that's why that trade went down?

Where's Willis? Does anyone know how Stone is on the dot?

Yikes.

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#764 darren
July 01 2009, 09:25PM
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Do I have to press the F & the 5 together?

snicker snicker

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#765 jt in Oilertown
July 01 2009, 09:26PM
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darren wrote:

Do I have to press the F & the 5 together? snicker snicker

or F+3+2.

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#766 Jason Gregor
July 01 2009, 09:27PM
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Hearing meeting is over and now Heatley will decide.

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#767 McCabe
July 01 2009, 09:27PM
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Dubnyk should soon be requesting a trade. This kid is sup;posed to be better than deslauriers.. Then they sign khabibulin for four years. It shows no confidence in there young players and maybe this is the reason we have trouble getting guys to come here. the way they get treated

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#768 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 09:28PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Hearing meeting is over and now Heatley will decide.

Hopefully this debactle is over

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#769 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:28PM
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@ Fiveandagame: At this point you're just happy that the hot girl is still talking to you. Usually you are kicked out of the bar by 8 p.m. and are standing in line behind Penner for a donair on the way home. But somehow tonight you've managed to elude the bouncers and convince the hot girl that you might not be creepy. So, yes, consider the rejection worth it.

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#770 Harlie
July 01 2009, 09:28PM
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@ Jason Gregor:

c'mon Heatley!! Say yes!!

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#771 Travis Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:29PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Hearing meeting is over and now Heatley will decide.

You're killing me Gregor!!!!

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#772 Mike76
July 01 2009, 09:29PM
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i like Tencer's show, but he looks like a freakin nerd.

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#773 Heazues
July 01 2009, 09:29PM
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that was a long meeting. anyone else think it would have been faster if heatley was showing no interest?

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#774 Fiveandagame
July 01 2009, 09:30PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

@ Fiveandagame: At this point you’re just happy that the hot girl is still talking to you. Usually you are kicked out of the bar by 8 p.m. and are standing in line behind Penner for a donair on the way home. But somehow tonight you’ve managed to elude the bouncers and convince the hot girl that you might not be creepy. So, yes, consider the rejection worth it.

HA HA! ( it was the Penner dig that killed me.!)

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#775 Travis Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:30PM
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@ Cory Dakin: I am currently in Delphi. I went and saw the Oracle and she said that Heatley has agreed to come and it will be announced soon.

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#776 Travis Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:31PM
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Mike76 wrote:

i like Tencer’s show, but he looks like a freakin nerd.

That's why he's in radio....

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#777 dragon
July 01 2009, 09:31PM
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@ Heazues: i guess when he's the last one left, you throw everything at him...

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#778 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:32PM
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@ Travis Dakin: Is he the one Morpheus?

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#779 Mike76
July 01 2009, 09:32PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Hearing meeting is over and now Heatley will decide.

it will be a yes. i bet they told him to come in and score another 50. If he does that they will quietly move him along for a package in a few years. Or get 30 by the all star break and if we are not in a playoff spot they will move him.

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#780 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:32PM
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the meeting is over.. heatley discussing with family... decision any minute...4 minutes ago from mobile web

two of the craziest days of my career... does dany heatley save ottawa home happy and hand the oilers a 50 goal scorer

from darrenmillard

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#781 Naz
July 01 2009, 09:32PM
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@ Fiveandagame: At this point you’re just happy that the hot girl is still talking to you. Usually you are kicked out of the bar by 8 p.m. and are standing in line behind Penner for a donair on the way home. But somehow tonight you’ve managed to elude the bouncers and convince the hot girl that you might not be creepy. So, yes, consider the rejection worth it.

Penner line KILLED ME... TOO FUNNY

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#782 RobInALab
July 01 2009, 09:33PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

RossCreek wrote: dantencer Source: “Not done yet. Maybe they’re wakeboarding.” half a minute ago from web Now That was funny. Here is a question. If you have to work one really hot girl all night long at the bar, even though she rejected you repeatedly, then at the moment before they turn on the ugly lights she takes your arm and you go home and she scores 50 goals playing on a line with hemmer, wasn’t the early rejection worth it? Just asking.

So you're saying that with premature rejection bide your time and try again? This'll allow you to score 50 times?

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#783 jt in Oilertown
July 01 2009, 09:34PM
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RobInALab wrote:

So you’re saying that with premature rejection bide your time and try again? This’ll allow you to score 50 times?

That requires medical intervention.

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#784 Heazues
July 01 2009, 09:34PM
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@ dragon: ya maybe. but your not going to pester him like a toddler :P

*got a mental picture of lowe throwing a tantrum.

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#785 Curious
July 01 2009, 09:35PM
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i am kinda hoping heatley says no. The more I hear about this, the more I dont like it. There is something wrong with this kid...

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#786 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 09:35PM
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So that was Penner in the donair line in front of me. No wonder they had nothing left for me.

@ Mccabe Just because we don't hand unproven goalies an nhl job doesn't mean they are being treated unfairly. I would be shocked if any nhl players on other teams have heard of these goalies let alone decided this is why they shouldn't come to edmonton.

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#787 Mike76
July 01 2009, 09:36PM
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BIG BOB is on 630 Said exactly what i suggested, bring him in for a year and then promise to moe him.

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#788 Travis Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:36PM
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@ Cory Dakin: Yes he is. You've never heard of the Oracle of Delphi? They see her in the movie 300.... Greeks from all over the country used to come and see her and she would guide them. Long story short, Heatley is an Oiler.

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#789 dragon
July 01 2009, 09:36PM
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@ Heazues: :-) 50 goal scorer toddler...sounds like him.

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#790 Fiveandagame
July 01 2009, 09:36PM
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HOw crazy is this? 2 years ago we never would have had the step by step instant info on all on ongoing negotiations.... man sometimes too much information is worse....

STILL super cool though. I imagine nerds around the world rejoice daily at the alter of their PC's...( as evident by the 10 post stream about the F5 refresh button)

COME HEATER BE A MAN, BE AN OILER!

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#791 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 09:36PM
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@ Naz: Radio Naz?

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#792 Travis Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:37PM
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ronaldo wrote:

So that was Penner in the donair line in front of me. No wonder they had nothing left for me.

he got all the crispy meat. dammit that's the best part.

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#793 Heazues
July 01 2009, 09:37PM
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@ dragon: lol.

but really. im sure there was at least some positive talk. if it was going downhill from the start, it probably would have ended faster IMO.

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#794 Naz
July 01 2009, 09:38PM
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The one and only brotha

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#795 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:38PM
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@ Travis Dakin: Yeah.. I was attempting to branch it out into as many movie references as possible to pass the time and distract myself.

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#796 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 09:39PM
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i dont see this happening... sucks really cause we miss out on today.

our only real moves to get better will be via trade and thats hardly a sure thing.

oh well.

hopefully we pick higher then 10th next few years.

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#797 dragon
July 01 2009, 09:40PM
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20 more minute@ Heazues: tend to agree but hate high hopes...

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#798 Travis Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:40PM
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@ mattyfinch: I just said the Oracle told me he is an Oiler.

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#799 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 09:41PM
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Dreger says he doesn't think Heater is making a decision tonite

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#800 OILER86
July 01 2009, 09:42PM
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Heatley will say yes.

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