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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#851 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 10:04PM
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@ dragon: Most inconsistent line ever. *sigh*

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#852 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 10:04PM
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So the money is now in heatley's account. Can we just complete this effing thing and get on with our "lives".

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#853 Jason Gregor
July 01 2009, 10:04PM
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No decision tonight it sounds like. He doesn't want to be pressured into a decision it sounds like? What does that mean. It seems everyone knew this timeline, what is the extra pressure. How big of a slap in the face is that to the Oilers to fly there, make their pitch and he says I have to sleep on it.

The animosity amongst him and Senators is deep and he wants to put screws to their finances. A deal can still happen, but you have to think the Oilers will have to up the ante a bit now, or any team for that matter.

What a strange story. Heatley either holds the biggest grudge ever, or just is too self absorbed to understand the complexity of the situation. WOW.

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#854 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 10:05PM
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hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JC6w9hgl7c

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#855 socaldave
July 01 2009, 10:06PM
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did I read that right? SOmeone quoted Heatley as feeling badly for the Oilers maybe having to pick up the $4 mil and that's why he's dragging his feet? Awwwwww poor muffin... that's so sweet of him!!

~to be read with 90000lbs of sarcasm~

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#856 Candy
July 01 2009, 10:06PM
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This is not the worst news. 7.5 million was way too much for us. Rebuilding properly is the way to go. No short cuts!

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#857 dragon
July 01 2009, 10:06PM
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@ Jason Gregor: will we ever know which?

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#858 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 10:06PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

No decision tonight it sounds like. He doesn’t want to be pressured into a decision it sounds like? What does that mean. It seems everyone knew this timeline, what is the extra pressure. How big of a slap in the face is that to the Oilers to fly there, make their pitch and he says I have to sleep on it. The animosity amongst him and Senators is deep and he wants to put screws to their finances. A deal can still happen, but you have to think the Oilers will have to up the ante a bit now, or any team for that matter. What a strange story. Heatley either holds the biggest grudge ever, or just is too self absorbed to understand the complexity of the situation. WOW.

i think its a mixutre of both gregs.

hes rom calgary, should we really be suprised?

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#859 Naz
July 01 2009, 10:07PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

No decision tonight it sounds like. He doesn’t want to be pressured into a decision it sounds like? What does that mean. It seems everyone knew this timeline, what is the extra pressure. How big of a slap in the face is that to the Oilers to fly there, make their pitch and he says I have to sleep on it. The animosity amongst him and Senators is deep and he wants to put screws to their finances. A deal can still happen, but you have to think the Oilers will have to up the ante a bit now, or any team for that matter. What a strange story. Heatley either holds the biggest grudge ever, or just is too self absorbed to understand the complexity of the situation. WOW.

F*** HIM! I HOPE HE ROTS! DIRTBALL! OUR ORG LOOKS PATHETIC FOR TRYING SO HARD TO BRING IN THIS SLIME BALL

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#860 Harlie
July 01 2009, 10:08PM
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@ Jason Gregor:

or he just wanted to be moved to a big enough city that he could hide in

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#861 Word
July 01 2009, 10:08PM
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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

If that's true, I'm even more furious. I've been at work since 10:00 this morning and haven't been able to finish what I need to 'cause I'm at about 50% efficiency thanks to this debacle. If he planned on signing all along then I could have actually worked hard and gone out for a beer!

Dany Heatley you owe me a new Canada Day 2009...

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#862 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 10:08PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

amongst him and Senators is deep and he wants to put screws to their finances. A deal can still happen, but you have to think the Oilers will have to up the ante a bit now, or any team for that matter. What a strange story. Heatley either holds the biggest grudge ever, or just

Yeah I can see Murray saying take Penner out and throw Gilbert or O'Sully in.

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#863 dw
July 01 2009, 10:11PM
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I hope we don't up the ante. If we have to give up more than what is on the table for Heatley (especially after this) I will be severely disappointed.

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#864 heavyd
July 01 2009, 10:11PM
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Crap know we are stuck with penner.

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#865 heavyd
July 01 2009, 10:11PM
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now

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#866 heavyd
July 01 2009, 10:12PM
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Any chance this trade happens in a few mintues and edmonton already paid the 4 million? Just like on trade deadline day.

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#867 Harlie
July 01 2009, 10:13PM
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heavyd wrote:

Crap know we are stuck with penner.

Local Donair shop owners are found dancing in the streets. News at 11:00

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#868 heavyd
July 01 2009, 10:13PM
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Now what do we do?

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#869 Hocknee Fann
July 01 2009, 10:13PM
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Word wrote:

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 If that’s true, I’m even more furious. I’ve been at work since 10:00 this morning and haven’t been able to finish what I need to ’cause I’m at about 50% efficiency thanks to this debacle. If he planned on signing all along then I could have actually worked hard and gone out for a beer! Dany Heatley you owe me a new Canada Day 2009…

I'm with you. I want to take holidays next week and planned on working my but off last night so I could take a relaxing break. Got nothing done last night, and nothing done tonight following this debacle!

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#870 Word
July 01 2009, 10:13PM
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Honestly though, who else is in a position to make a move for Heatley? Will anyone want to "up the ante" to an offer than would beat Edmonton's after seeing what just happened?

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#871 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 10:13PM
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Up the ante? NO! NO! NO! Walk away, say "sorry cogs, sorry smid, here's a mr. Donair coupon pens. No hard feelings right. We were just playin. We still love you. Don't be mad."

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#872 Harlie
July 01 2009, 10:15PM
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twitter

DarrenDreger Heatley wont decide tonight. He believed NYR and SJ were the main targets before Oilers offer was accepted. Too much too soon.

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#873 heavyd
July 01 2009, 10:15PM
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See we waited on Heatly and now you lost out on gabriok and hossa and all the top end forwards. Im pissed now.

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#874 Doug
July 01 2009, 10:15PM
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I just have to rage now. I, like many of you I am sure, was super freaking pumped last night when this story originally broke. Me and my twin brother were jumping up and down and chest bumping. It was freakin awesome.

Then all of the sudden the deal falls apart and at first I didn't know who to blame. I'm driving to the lake listening to my boys at the team and Millard is makin it sound like Ottawa might have been screwing with Edmonton. So at first I am willing to forgive Heatley.

Then as the day goes on and nothing happens like many of you I spend my holiday thinking about this trade and watching as the other top forwards in this free agent class sign respectable, affordable deals with other clubs and no mention of the Oil trying anything.

So now as the deadline comes and goes it looks like Edmonton was caught up trying to make a trade for a prima donna and missed out on even attempting to make a play for another star.

I think Heatley totally sucks. I don't want him on my team. I am just mad that instead of pulling the offer and going after somebody, ANYBODY else, the Oilers kissed Heaters ass and begged him to come here and he STILL stiffs us.

Even if he ends up here now I will have a hard time liking this guy or wanting him to be a leader of my team, nevermind the face of the franchise. I hope the Oilers pull their trade offer and pursue other options this summer cause Heatley is not cut out to play for us.

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#875 Word
July 01 2009, 10:15PM
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PS - we should complain for about 130 more posts just so ON can remember this as the day that 1000 comments were posted rather than the day that Heatley told Oiler Fans to "bite the pillow, I'm coming in dry".

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#876 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 10:16PM
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I hope Tambo doesn't feel pressure to get it down and ups the ante, if anything, I would pull that offer and lowball the next one.

This whole deal has been craptacular, what a gong-show

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#877 Mike76
July 01 2009, 10:16PM
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it will be interesting to hear what happened in Ottawa and why things fell apart so bad.

I'm gonna guess that his past Car Accident came up in a heated conversation and they called him a baby and killer to his face.

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#878 dw
July 01 2009, 10:17PM
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SJ might still be in the mix for Heatley. And their fans have been asking for a makeover...

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#879 Heazues
July 01 2009, 10:18PM
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there really is no point in continuing to chase him after this. it was bad enough last night, but even if he simply wanted to sleep on it, people can forgive that. but do the oilers really want a guy that shows absolutely no regard for the organization he is leaving? if he is willing to stick the sens with a $4M bill just to make a point, and possibly nix a trade at the same time is he really worth taking the gamble?

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#880 Harlie
July 01 2009, 10:18PM
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@ Mike76:

dude, inside voice. Please.

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#881 Heatly
July 01 2009, 10:18PM
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Let's move on and think about another trade. How much cap space do we have left?

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#882 Mike76
July 01 2009, 10:18PM
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Tencer is proposing that they change the CBA to reflect that if you have a NMC, but you ask for the trade that your NMC becomes void.

Would be a good move.

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#883 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 10:18PM
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Mike76 wrote:

it will be interesting to hear what happened in Ottawa and why things fell apart so bad

If things were this bad for so long (as it's been said) then that would explain his sub-par year, if only we knew what it was like to have a rift in the dressing room.....

wait a minute.....

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#884 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 10:19PM
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@ Mike76: Get friggin serious

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#885 dragon
July 01 2009, 10:19PM
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dw wrote:

SJ might still be in the mix for Heatley. And their fans have been asking for a makeover…

maybe we go 3 way with SJ and OTT and land Cheechoo or Marleau.

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#886 GoGo
July 01 2009, 10:19PM
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@ ronaldo: Agreed. Prefer to walk away, but Ottawa should be more eager than ever to get rid of him. If the Oil must have him, they should offer less. Take Cogs out of the deal. I say Heatley's value just dropped.

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#887 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 10:20PM
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How has Tambo not walked away yet?? This gets more and more ridiculous the longer it goes on. If he wants to be a baby and sit out then let him. Yeesh, to think a few weeks back when he first asked for this trade, and Ottawa fans started calling him the next Yashin I stood up for this asshat. Let him go play in Minsk. No one will give a crap about him over there.

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#888 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 10:20PM
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even now he is still trying to get somewhere else .. no one else wants him .. this guy really is something .. he knows that by not waiving his no trade clause the sens would not move him .. even with that he still has no interest in coming to edmonton.. he would rather stay in a city he clearly doesn't want to play in and face the wrath of the fans night after night other than coming to edmonton .. wow how lowe can this franchise sink .. just pathetic

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#889 Mike76
July 01 2009, 10:21PM
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Don't be surprised if something like that comes out. He obviously is not happy with Ottawa and I bet it got personal to the point where the Snider thing was brought up to his face.

Or he complained and they said "buddy you owe us, because we got you out of atlanta where you have skeletons"

@ Harlie:

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#890 oilersseasonticketholdersince99
July 01 2009, 10:21PM
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let him rot, who wants a player like him anyway.I rather would keep Penner,Cogliano and Smid than bring this arrogant pr*ck to Edmonton,he would be the last guy I would want in the dressing room this guy is a head case!!!!

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#891 Doug
July 01 2009, 10:21PM
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New strategy Tambo, Lowe and whomever else. Ditch this loser, this guy is not ready to be an Oiler.

If he gets traded here after this I guarantee Bucky punches him in the FACE

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#892 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 10:21PM
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So..................................................................... how bout that Spezza deal to eTown

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#893 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 10:21PM
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Here's to me getting tickets to Dany Heatley's 1st game in Edmonton next year with another team, Ottawa or otherwise, and getting absolutely sh*tbombed and booing that spoiled piece of excrement the entire game.

BOOOOOO, GO HOME YOU BUM! I HATE YOU HEATLEY

GO A LITTLE FASTER NEXT TIME!

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#894 RobInALab
July 01 2009, 10:22PM
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There's no way the NHLPA could be happy about this either. They have to know that this is going to come up in the next CBA talk.

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#895 dw
July 01 2009, 10:22PM
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@ dragon: I would want more than just Marleau for Penner, Cogs and Smid and I don't think we want anything to do with Cheechoo. His 50 goal season is a distant memory at this point. But Marleau and a depth guy would be interesting.

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#896 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 10:23PM
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@ Mike76:

That might be the issue.... if they were all 4 years old. Stop bringing up @$#% that has no bearing on the situation.

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#897 oiler icon
July 01 2009, 10:23PM
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if no team could beat our current offer why the hell should we up the ante as far as everybody know this is the best deal on the table

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#898 Word
July 01 2009, 10:23PM
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Heh. Could you imagine if Heatley was legitimately considering Edmonton but wanted to watch the message boards to see if Oiler Fans are actually as insane as everyone says they are?

I wonder if we convinced him that it's safe...

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#899 Harlie
July 01 2009, 10:24PM
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@ jeanshorts:

i still want him. We don't know the whole story. And the more I learn the more I can see things his way.

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#900 duke
July 01 2009, 10:24PM
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I can't imagine he gets an Olympic invite now.

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