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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#51 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:53AM
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andystrickland on twitter... Mike Knuble hearing from 9 teams, Philly is not one of them. 1 minute ago from web Looks like Rangers will sign tough guy Donald Brashear 2 minutes ago from web Blues have also contacted Mathieu Garon 3 minutes ago from web Ty Conklin down to two teams. St. Louis is one of the two. Decision to be made soon. 3 minutes ago from web

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#52 rob
July 01 2009, 11:54AM
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The longer this goes the more I think Tambo is sitting on his Roloson and Heatly offers and not making others. I guess it's only 2 hours in but I was really hoping we would do something right away for a change.

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#53 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 11:58AM
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Wish list: Malhotra, Beauchemin, Anderson, Havlat(?)

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#54 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:59AM
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@ RossCreek:

Sure. Burke flew to Sweden to talk to ~Gustavsson~. I wonder if, upon hearing the Sedins extended with Gillis, Burke's face turned the same color it did when the Kings took Schenn.

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#55 Propeller
July 01 2009, 11:59AM
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@ Librarian Mike:

Yes and no about his career. He will earn the same $ either way for the next few years and will continue to be near the top of the league in goals. But this without doubt will tarnish his image and value as a professional hockey player.

How much does his actions hurt his colleagues? Does this not impact other NHLPA members and deter GMs from giving upfront contracts (be it front loaded salary or signing bonuses)? Does it not deter GMs from giving no trade or no movement clauses?

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#56 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:02PM
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Leafs land Colby Armstrong for Pavel Kubina? Say what you want about Burke, but he could run my team any day.

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#57 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:03PM
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@ Archaeologuy: Anderson gone to Colorado as per Daren Millard.

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#58 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:05PM
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Chris wrote:

@ RossCreek: Sure. Burke flew to Sweden to talk to ~Gustavsson~. I wonder if, upon hearing the Sedins extended with Gillis, Burke’s face turned the same color it did when the Kings took Schenn.

As per daren Dreger. Sounds like they're landing Colby Armstrong and Mike Komisarek. Great GM.

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#59 Chaz
July 01 2009, 12:05PM
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Did the Oiler management not think to ask Dany Heatley if he would actually come here? Are you kidding me? Isn't that just due diligence on their part? That and not getting the bonus payment date right to me spells gross incompitance. Another reason they need more business / legal types in important positions, not former players without proper education or training (with all due respect).

Also, why is everyone surprised that Dany boy would do something like this? The guy has no character. I said last week I thought it would be terrible Karma for our team to covet a primadonna, a la the Human Rake who damaged our franchise so badly. Walk away Tambo, this guy's a cancer.

Poor Cogs.

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#60 rob
July 01 2009, 12:05PM
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Hossa to hawks

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#61 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 12:06PM
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@ RossCreek: did i say Anderson? I meant...uh...*looks around the room hoping a name will pop into his head*...Belfour. No! I mean...Biron. Yeah, thats what i meant.

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#62 Helmerfied
July 01 2009, 12:07PM
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Word was they actually did speak to Heatley live and it was positive. Let's be careful not to make harsh judgements when we really don't know any of the facts for sure.

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#63 rob
July 01 2009, 12:08PM
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So is the draft next year suppose to be good?

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#64 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 12:08PM
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Hmmm...Eklund is saying Heatley said no. I wish someone with some actual knowledge would tell us.

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#65 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 12:08PM
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@ SierraRacs:

It would be nice to keep our talent for sure, but while I should not knock the Oilers recent draft history, previous to '06 they are prone to terrible draft selections. The only reason the Oilers had guys like Doug Weight who wanted to stay, but we couldn't afford, was because of the "Old Oiler" yard sale. But if their drafting record continues to improve, I totally agree with you.

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#66 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 12:08PM
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Is it just me, or have some people on this site made Gregor a little gun shy on reporting things that are possibly in the works now?

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#67 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:09PM
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@ Archaeologuy: Lol. Smooooooooooooth.

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#68 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 12:09PM
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...and he proves his incompetence...he says he posted by accident. How does that happen? Seriously, you either know or you don't...

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#69 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:10PM
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Jay Gray wrote:

Is it just me, or have some people on this site made Gregor a little gun shy on reporting things that are possibly in the works now?

Hope not!

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#70 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:12PM
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Sweet Jimmy K wrote:

…and he proves his incompetence…he says he posted by accident. How does that happen? Seriously, you either know or you don’t…

Eklund really sorry for that last one. misunderstood text from source. need sleep. #EPICFAIL half a minute ago from TweetDeck take that back. Heatley has not said no to Edmonton. posted accidentally 3 minutes ago from TweetDeck

LOL

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#71 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 12:12PM
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RossCreek wrote:

s per daren Dreger. Sounds like they’re landing Colby Armstrong and Mike Komisarek. Great GM.

Sigh. I agree. Why can't I shake the feeling that by the end of the day all we're going to end up with is Erik Cole and Jesse Boulerice again.

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#72 socaldave
July 01 2009, 12:12PM
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Jay Gray wrote:

Is it just me, or have some people on this site made Gregor a little gun shy on reporting things that are possibly in the works now?

I don't want to speak for him, but I'm obviously gonna try! ;)

I really don't think anything/anyone here would stop Gregor from posting. He's a smart fella with impeccable sources, much like Robin has already alluded to. S**t happens, let's all acknowledge Heatley's a douche and move on. Right? Right.

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#73 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 12:13PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

RossCreek wrote: s per daren Dreger. Sounds like they’re landing Colby Armstrong and Mike Komisarek. Great GM. Sigh. I agree. Why can’t I shake the feeling that by the end of the day all we’re going to end up with is Erik Cole and Jesse Boulerice again.

or less

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#74 rob
July 01 2009, 12:14PM
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Duthie on TSN just said " apparently Heatly has said no waiving trade clause, for now...." WTF is with these guys

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#75 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 12:16PM
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Jay Gray wrote:

Is it just me, or have some people on this site made Gregor a little gun shy on reporting things that are possibly in the works now?

No way. I suspect the Oilers have put up the siege walls and are trying to get SOMETHING done before next season goes completely down the toilet. If there was news, he would be all over it, I think.

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#76 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:16PM
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DarrenDreger Conklin to Blues, 2 years. TSN

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#77 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 12:16PM
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Why are the Oil not trying to get in the running for Camalleri?

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#78 SierraRacs
July 01 2009, 12:17PM
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idrinkPilsner wrote:

@ SierraRacs: It would be nice to keep our talent for sure, but while I should not knock the Oilers recent draft history, previous to ‘06 they are prone to terrible draft selections. The only reason the Oilers had guys like Doug Weight who wanted to stay, but we couldn’t afford, was because of the “Old Oiler” yard sale. But if their drafting record continues to improve, I totally agree with you.

Katz has spent the last two years building up the management ranks that the previous owners could not afford to do. As long as Katz keeps up that side of things I don't think drafts are going to be as bad as they have been. Also getting a stable farm system in place will be a huge improvement as well. Getting the Roadrunners up and running again in a city like Oklahoma City (closer, with a new arena) will be the next big step the Oilers need to take on the organization side.

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#79 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:21PM
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DarrenDreger Hossa's deal heavily front loaded. 53 mil for the first 7 years of the 12 yr deal. TSN 3 minutes ago from mobile web

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#80 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 12:23PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Jay Gray wrote: Is it just me, or have some people on this site made Gregor a little gun shy on reporting things that are possibly in the works now? No way. I suspect the Oilers have put up the siege walls and are trying to get SOMETHING done before next season goes completely down the toilet. If there was news, he would be all over it, I think.

That's what I thought....Roli an Islander

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#81 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 12:24PM
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Rollie to the Island. Ha Ha Ha Ha. Have fun.

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#82 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 12:24PM
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Roloson is gone cries

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#83 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 12:24PM
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So...Roli to NYI, we definitely need a goalie now.

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#84 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 12:25PM
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rolli gone .. 2 year 5M good for rolli

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#85 socaldave
July 01 2009, 12:25PM
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idrinkPilsner wrote:

Rollie to the Island. Ha Ha Ha Ha. Have fun.

x10000000000000000000000000000000000

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#86 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:28PM
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Roli and Biron have same agent. Think he tells Oil to take a hike on Biron? Whats the cost of Ilya Bryzgalov?

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#87 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 12:30PM
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@ RossCreek: You want conspiracy? What if he sat them both down and did a quick swap, get Roli signed for what he wanted, Edm loses a goalie so he throws Biron in there for retarded money, all three of them make out like bandits.

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#88 Jodes
July 01 2009, 12:31PM
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So there's another hole in our lineup.. sigh.

So how many is that now?

Lets count shall we?

1)First line center 2) First line Right Winger 3) Someone with size on the second line 4) A solid, gritty/good in the faceoff dept 3rd line center. 5) A solid stay at home D-man 6) #1 goalie.

Six spots.. ugg..

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#89 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:31PM
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Sweet Jimmy K wrote:

@ RossCreek: You want conspiracy? What if he sat them both down and did a quick swap, get Roli signed for what he wanted, Edm loses a goalie so he throws Biron in there for retarded money, all three of them make out like bandits.

Good stuff!

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#90 jmcgeoug
July 01 2009, 12:32PM
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As per TSN and Newsday: Roloson to NYI for 2 years, 5 mil.

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#91 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:32PM
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Cammalleri to Edm (E3) "getting closer?" - Eklund

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#92 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 12:36PM
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TSN needs to STFU about how EDM sucks. Them stressing that not giving Roli that year is a "black mark" on the city.

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#93 rob
July 01 2009, 12:37PM
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They are trashing us good right now, TSN u suck!

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#94 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 12:38PM
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I wish someone would sick Don Cherry on Michael Farber again.

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#95 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 12:38PM
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DarrenDreger Hossa will make $59.3 mil in the first 8 years and $3.5 over final four. www.tsn.ca less than 20 seconds ago from mobile web

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#96 Blair
July 01 2009, 12:38PM
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"@Sweet Jimmy K" STFU?

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#97 Wanye Gretz
July 01 2009, 12:40PM
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Well this is all going well. Roli is backing up DiPietro and suddenly my new Heatley jersey is not as cool as it was last night.

*loads shotguns, starts writing out list of people to kill*

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#98 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 12:40PM
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oil are going to have to go the trade route for a goalie .. not much left

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#99 myteammytown
July 01 2009, 12:41PM
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@ Blair:

shut the (insert word that rymes with duck) up

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#100 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 12:41PM
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Eklund you bastard, my cracked up conspiracies are not a source, they sh*t I am throwing at the wall...damn I might be Eklund subconsciously...

EklundBiron Still an (e3) to Edmonton.

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