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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#801 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 09:42PM
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If he decides to sign here, he'd better get AT LEAST 50 goals this year. If he scores 32 I'm going to .... something.

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#802 David S
July 01 2009, 09:42PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

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

The last cuts towards the center of the tube are the best. Cooks faster and man is it good. Dustin Penner told a friend of mine that one night in the donair lineup.

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#803 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 09:42PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ mattyfinch: I just said the Oracle told me he is an Oiler.

dont believe it, the oilers are like my life, nothing comes easy, were getting fatter with age, and under achieve. lol

fml

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#804 Fiveandagame
July 01 2009, 09:42PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ mattyfinch: I just said the Oracle told me he is an Oiler.

That Oracle better not be Eklund wearing a dress, that tiny tim listening Liberace fan has been pissing me off!

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#805 Harlie
July 01 2009, 09:42PM
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DarrenDreger It doesnt look like Heatley is making a decision tonight. Unless that changes...Sens will be on the hook for $4 mil. less than a minute ago from mobile web

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#806 dragon
July 01 2009, 09:43PM
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@ Jay Gray: i guess he doesn't really care who pays his 4 mil.

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#807 jt in Oilertown
July 01 2009, 09:43PM
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dreger's twitter:

It doesnt look like Heatley is making a decision tonight. Unless that changes...Sens will be on the hook for $4 mil. posted on txn.ca half a minute ago from mobile web

faccck

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#808 Heazues
July 01 2009, 09:44PM
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@ dragon: ya, up till now ive been trying to keep from getting my hopes up. just getting close to finding out i guess :)

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#809 Naz
July 01 2009, 09:44PM
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I wish the Oil didn't look so desperate over this whole fiasco, truly sad.

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#810 Harlie
July 01 2009, 09:46PM
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Naz wrote:

I wish the Oil didn’t look so desperate over this whole fiasco, truly sad.

i know. We're always getting a kick in the nuts publicly.

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#811 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 09:46PM
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lol now heatley is NOT going to make a decision tonight.

f88king C*nt BAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

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#812 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:46PM
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edmonton has been told.. no heatly decision tonightless than a minute ago from mobile web

Darren Millard, Multiple people now, is heatley just screwing over Ottawa before accepting?

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#813 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 09:47PM
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15 minutes left boys, it ain't gonna happen. Hope im wrong though

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#814 Travis Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:48PM
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If the Sens pay the 4 mil then the trade is done.

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#815 Travis Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:48PM
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done as in NOT done.

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#816 dragon
July 01 2009, 09:48PM
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@ mattyfinch: heatly the f... toddler. this will turn into a long summer for tambo. hope he can pull another rabbit, 'cause this one's dead.

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#817 LOIL
July 01 2009, 09:48PM
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Whats 4 million to a hockey owner ? The oil are still paying the full cap hit. Doesnt matter if the money is paid up front.

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#818 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:49PM
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hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jNbe3hld-A

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#819 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 09:49PM
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So when Murray said they're keeping him if they pay the $4 million, was that just posturing or would that mean that the deal is officially dead?

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#820 Reggie
July 01 2009, 09:49PM
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dragon wrote:

@ Jay Gray: i guess he doesn’t really care who pays his 4 mil.

Maybe, Heatley gets the last laugh ... Ottawa pays the $4M and then 5 minutes later he says ... sure, I'll go to Edmonton. lmao

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#821 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 09:49PM
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How can Heatley not make a decision tonight? Ottawa has to pay 4 million now. Now they'll want more than just Cogs, Penner and Smid. This is probably done.

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#822 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 09:49PM
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No decision tonight? Arrrrggggghhhh.~I guess my productivity tomorrow will be top shelf.~

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#823 OilMessiah
July 01 2009, 09:50PM
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Heatley's a wanker.

I hope Melnyk buries him in the minors.

It's time that owners make an example of a player like this. Enough is enough with this crap. Once a player decides to obviate his contract, he should lose the protection of the NMC. This is the height of stupidity.

Dany, we can only hope that you get a one way ticket to the minors. Putz.

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#824 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 09:50PM
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if he screws the sens they should just screw him back.

in REALITY removing ourselves from this situation as biased fans, he is still a complete vagina for treating everyone this way. Not only should he rot, but he should be bought out and left to spent his monies alone.

i dont get how our hot a** weather girls havent clinched the deal with him yet.

should have had pronger call him.

oh well

11th place is my prediction, bulin dumped at the deadline.

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#825 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 09:51PM
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OilMessiah wrote:

Heatley’s a wanker. I hope Melnyk buries him in the minors. It’s time that owners make an example of a player like this. Enough is enough with this crap. Once a player decides to obviate his contract, he should lose the protection of the NMC. This is the height of stupidity. Dany, we can only hope that you get a one way ticket to the minors. Putz.

clearly you cant read, he doesnt have a no trade clause, he has a no MOVEMENT CLAUSE.

he cant be sent down.

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#826 charlieangels
July 01 2009, 09:51PM
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Browny you are right on. How come is it that the Oilers are the only ones interested in him out of all the teams in the NHL? Seems to me that the best decision to make is to walk about and let Ottawa and Danny suck each others thumbs.

Maybe the other NHL teams know something that the Oilers don't?

Danny boy, get in your car and see how fast it can go!

Tambo, you tried and did the best you could, good for you. Keep up the good work.

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#827 dragon
July 01 2009, 09:52PM
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@ mattyfinch: he's screwing the sens 'cause they screwed him first: traded him to the oilers. LOL

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#828 Naz
July 01 2009, 09:52PM
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Kissed Spaceks ass...signed in Buffalo Kissed Hossa's ass...signed in Detroit Kissed Jagr's ass...signed in the KHL Kissed and massaged Heatley's ass...

Its Pathetic, I'm embarrassed for our once very proud franchise.

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#829 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 09:52PM
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I'm a patient man...but with only 10 minutes remaining until the bonus kicks in, my patience has run out.

SCREW YOU DANY HEATLEY!

YOU ARE WHAT'S WRONG WITH PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES TODAY!

I HATE YOU, EVEN IF YOU COME TO EDMONTON, BECAUSE I KNOW YOUR JUST WAITING TO GET OUT!

F U BUDDY!

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#830 OilMessiah
July 01 2009, 09:53PM
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mattyfinch wrote:

OilMessiah wrote: Heatley’s a wanker. I hope Melnyk buries him in the minors. It’s time that owners make an example of a player like this. Enough is enough with this crap. Once a player decides to obviate his contract, he should lose the protection of the NMC. This is the height of stupidity. Dany, we can only hope that you get a one way ticket to the minors. Putz. clearly you cant read, he doesnt have a no trade clause, he has a no MOVEMENT CLAUSE. he cant be sent down.

Get your head out of your you know what. Here, let's fix that for you...his no movement clause. Appease you? Your cosmic order all OK now?

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#831 TonyT
July 01 2009, 09:54PM
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Can we pull this freakin deal already and get on with our lives. I've been waiting for something since 10am this morning and all we got is Khabibulin. This is driving me nuts, checking the web every 2 min.!!!!

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#832 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 09:54PM
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Tencer says its just about putting the screws to Ottawa and meeting went fine

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#833 Harlie
July 01 2009, 09:54PM
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so what's next? The Sens eat Heatley's 4 mill and then try to get him to come around by caving in and sacking Clouston? Is that what Heatley wants?

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#834 Curious
July 01 2009, 09:55PM
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What is Heatley thinking ...if Murray does what he should he should keep him and make him play. How could you walk into a dressing room in the fall after this and say hey boys how was the summer? Nobody but the Oilers wants this guy

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#835 Hocknee Fann
July 01 2009, 09:56PM
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Stauffer just reports on CHED that the Heatley camp has problems with the Sens, particularly the pressure they are putting on him, not so much with the Oilers. Bitter things between the Heatley's & the Sens.

Said that Bob McKenzie may get more specific in his blog on tsn.ca

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#836 RobInALab
July 01 2009, 09:56PM
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So is this a debacle of monumental proportions? MacT wants to know.

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#837 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 09:56PM
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OilMessiah wrote:

mattyfinch wrote: OilMessiah wrote: Heatley’s a wanker. I hope Melnyk buries him in the minors. It’s time that owners make an example of a player like this. Enough is enough with this crap. Once a player decides to obviate his contract, he should lose the protection of the NMC. This is the height of stupidity. Dany, we can only hope that you get a one way ticket to the minors. Putz. clearly you cant read, he doesnt have a no trade clause, he has a no MOVEMENT CLAUSE. he cant be sent down. Get your head out of your you know what. Here, let’s fix that for you…his no movement clause. Appease you? Your cosmic order all OK now?

again you child, you completely missed why i posted, lets look.

"I hope Melnyk buries him in the minors."

you can send him to the minors, get it? putz

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#838 Mike76
July 01 2009, 09:57PM
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Stofford is saying that things are so bad with heatley and Ottawa that he is purposely trying to stick them with the 4 million before a trade.

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#839 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 09:57PM
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Hopefuly we at least get some kind of a statement outta managment tonight. We at least deserve that right?

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#840 Curious
July 01 2009, 09:57PM
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@ Hocknee Fann:

The Sens should be putting pressure on him. He asked for this.

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#841 Hoss
July 01 2009, 09:57PM
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This guy is unbeleivable.

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#842 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 09:58PM
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Eklund Source: "Heatley willing to go but doesn't feel right making Oilers pay for a bonus he earned in Ottawa." WOW half a minute ago from TweetDeck

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#843 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 09:58PM
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of course i would mess up, you CANT send him to the minors, no waivers, no minors, nothing, you can sit him, toss him in the press box, and look down on him, but no movement at all outside of something he okays.

simply put its the silliest and stupidest clause ive ever seen in professional sports.

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#844 Hocknee Fann
July 01 2009, 09:58PM
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Curious wrote:

@ Hocknee Fann: The Sens should be putting pressure on him. He asked for this.

You are correct!

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#845 dragon
July 01 2009, 09:58PM
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RobInALab wrote:

So is this a debacle of monumental proportions? MacT wants to know.

now that's how Murry can get back at Heatley: fire Clouston and hire MacT. lol

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#846 Harlie
July 01 2009, 10:00PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Eklund Source: “Heatley willing to go but doesn’t feel right making Oilers pay for a bonus he earned in Ottawa.” WOW half a minute ago from TweetDeck

the guy goes from zero to superhero with a thought process like that!

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#847 dw
July 01 2009, 10:00PM
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According to reports Heatley actually asked to be dealt during last season. Maybe he doesn't appreciate the fact that the Sens chose to ignore his request until the 11th hour and doesn't feel obliged to help them out.

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#848 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 10:01PM
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So...

I hear Kovalev is still available lol.

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#849 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 10:02PM
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Mike76 wrote:

Stofford is saying that things are so bad with heatley and Ottawa that he is purposely trying to stick them with the 4 million before a trade.

This question isn't directed at you, but what is Heatley gonna do? Collect 4 million and sit on his ass and not be paid his contract, because I can't see anyone involved in the Senators wanting anything to do with him. From what we offerd in exchange for Heatley and without any other bidders, I can't see him going anywhere for a while. Like the headline says WTF?

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#850 dragon
July 01 2009, 10:03PM
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OvenChicken8 wrote:

So… I hear Kovalev is still available lol.

hmmmm...Kovalev, Penner, Nilsson. 3rd line?

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