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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#951 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 10:47PM
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OilMessiah wrote:

Discussion on 630 about going after LeCavalier.

Cant begin to re-explain why THAT would be an absolutely terrible decision.

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#952 dw
July 01 2009, 10:48PM
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Murray would not make the trade if we pulled Cogs out and put Nillson in his place.

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#953 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 10:49PM
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@ The Towel Boy: dont get me started ...

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#954 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 10:49PM
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dw wrote:

Murray would not make the trade if we pulled Cogs out and put Nillson in his place.

and that would change the current status of Heatley in Oilerville how?

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#955 Chris
July 01 2009, 10:50PM
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Heatley, apparently, is upset he "wasn't presented with more options"...

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#956 Hocknee Fann
July 01 2009, 10:50PM
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Hocknee Fann wrote:

@ Mike76: Mike - its “Stauffer”

Sorry Mike - I was late with my post - I see you got the spell check going!

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#957 Andrew W
July 01 2009, 10:51PM
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Don't slow down now, 1K is well within sight!

Who'll get the honours if we make it there, I wonder?

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#958 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 10:51PM
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Chris wrote:

Heatley, apparently, is upset he “wasn’t presented with more options”…

Screw him...he demanded a trade, he got one.

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#959 RobInALab
July 01 2009, 10:51PM
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I hear the deal is off.

Tambi and Lowe made a last hail mary pitch at 11:30. They brought out a scale model of the Danny Heatley Center For Children Who Can't Read Good. Danny screamed that they must think him an idiot, as you couldn't fit more than one, maybe two kids inside, and ran from the room yelling 'No Deal!'.

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#960 Chris
July 01 2009, 10:52PM
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Andrew W wrote:

Who’ll get the honours if we make it there, I wonder?

me

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#961 heavyd
July 01 2009, 10:52PM
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I don't know what to say anymore.

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#962 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 10:52PM
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@ RobInALab:

classic!

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#963 heavyd
July 01 2009, 10:52PM
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What other sites are you guys reading about this?

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#964 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 10:53PM
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Chris wrote:

Andrew W wrote: Who’ll get the honours if we make it there, I wonder? me

I was gonna try and be the one, but the town where I live has fireworks at 11:00pm...and I'm thinking thats gonna be the timeframe...oh well, I should spend atleast 10 minutes with my wife and kids today, no?

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#965 Chris
July 01 2009, 10:53PM
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I tried to write me... repeatedly, fifty times.... I got censored.

The thingy told me to slow down...

(Sounds like my wife)

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#966 Andrew W
July 01 2009, 10:54PM
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@ Jay Gray:

If you have a wife and kids you have much more of a life anyway.

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#967 mjsh
July 01 2009, 10:54PM
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Like a couple other people I would still like to have Heatley as an Oiler. As I read the posts, it is apparent that we know very little of the real reasons he wants out of Ottawa or what he said to Tambo tonight.

Tambo, Lowe and Quinn all know him well from the Olympics and the World championships. They should have a pretty good idea of what kind of a man he is.

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#968 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 10:55PM
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Gentlemen I think we are in for a momentous occasion here within the next 3-5 minutes. Everyone get your champagne and party hats ready!

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#969 THE HOFF
July 01 2009, 10:56PM
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Seriously, do we all really believe that it is Heatley controlling this garbage? Its Ottawa all the way. That extra 24 hrs gave them more time to look for better offers. They ahte Heatley right now and could care less where he wants to go. Heatley gave them his list of teams, and Ottawa is looking for the best deal. Heatley wants to come to Edmonton, and something is screwing this whole deal up, but its not Heatley. Wait and see I guess.

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#970 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 10:56PM
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@ jeanshorts:

not exactly the celebration most of us were hoping for...

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#971 Mike76
July 01 2009, 10:57PM
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I wonder if they told Dany to watch the tape of the 09 draft and he will see that Katz made his kid grow his hair just like Dany's so he must play here.

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#972 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 10:57PM
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I cant wait to start a "Sniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiideeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrr" chant the next time Heatley is in E-town.

yes. yes, i am that evil.

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#973 OilMessiah
July 01 2009, 10:57PM
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Ottawa Citizen...good read.

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#974 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 10:58PM
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FROM DARREN DREGER... Part of the problem can be traced back to the NHL entry draft last weekend in Montreal. Heatley was led to believe both the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers were both strong trading partners. Some suggested, the Los Angeles Kings showed interest as well. Heatley was preparing for the trade. No doubt he started thinking about life in California, playing for a contending Western Conference team like the Sharks, or the much improved Kings. Heatley thought about the excitement of New York City and how he might fit in with the Rangers. If any of those teams had come up with a package suitable to the Senators, this deal would be done and Heatley will be merrily on his way. Instead, Ottawa accepted the only offer Sens GM Bryan Murray deemed worthy. The only offer he had based on an asking price some teams reveal was too steep. An offer from the Edmonton Oilers that some close to Heatley say, ''blindsided'' him. Heatley knew Edmonton was in the mix. How could he not? From the moment news broke he had requested a trade, Edmonton has been at, or near the top of the list of likely destinations. Heatley's meeting with the Oilers brass on Wednesday night was described as very good and he liked what he heard…just not enough to waive his no-move, end this saga and join a team that is desperate to bring him on board. Heatley still believes there are other NHL options that haven't surfaced and he wasn't willing to bend to meet Ottawa's financial deadline to clear this trade. He's not ready and won't be pushed, and fully understands the nastiness he's likely to face and the possibility his only option may be to go back to Ottawa, now enemy territory if Murray and Senators owner Eugene Melnyk dig in their heals, as some predict they might.

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#975 Helmerfied
July 01 2009, 10:58PM
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THE HOFF wrote:

Seriously, do we all really believe that it is Heatley controlling this garbage? Its Ottawa all the way. That extra 24 hrs gave them more time to look for better offers. They ahte Heatley right now and could care less where he wants to go. Heatley gave them his list of teams, and Ottawa is looking for the best deal. Heatley wants to come to Edmonton, and something is screwing this whole deal up, but its not Heatley. Wait and see I guess.

If that's the case, why wouldn't they pull the trigger tonight and avoid paying Heater $4M an hour ago if they plan to trade him anyway?

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#976 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 10:58PM
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@ THE HOFF:

Apperentely you just got here, but, the deal was done Yesterday. Ottawa agreed to it. Edmonton agreed to it. The only person who never agreed to it was Heatly. I'm not sure where you got so lost, but it's clear as day who's holding up the proceedings here.

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#977 Jodes
July 01 2009, 10:59PM
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@ Archaeologuy:

Dude.. that's just.. awful.

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#978 Mike76
July 01 2009, 10:59PM
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Am i 1000? Let's see.

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#979 Chris
July 01 2009, 10:59PM
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@ Archaeologuy:

Some things are bigger than this. Being snubbed by Heatley is one thing.

Snider had a family.

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#980 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 11:00PM
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Did anyone sign Nic Atropov yet. I remember Edmonton wanting him at the draft but I think he went 10th or 11th or something like that and Edmonton took Michael Henrich at 13. But that was during Sather's day. 28 goals this year though..... not bad if the price is right, which it probably isn't.......

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#981 dw
July 01 2009, 11:00PM
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@ Archaeologuy: It doesn't. I'm just responding to a number of posts saying we should pull Cogs from the deal and add Nillson.

We would all like to think Heatley is trying to shaft the Sens for the bonus money and will accept a trade to the Oil tomorrow but I don't think it is that complicated. Murray tried to force his hand to accept a trade to EDM when Heatly knew there was a lesser offer from SJ. Heatley wanted Murray to take the lesser offer so he could play in SJ and it ended up in a standoff. Now that the $4 mill bonus has been paid by the Sens, I would think that Murray will stick to his guns and either take the offer from EDM or make him report to camp.

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#982 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 11:00PM
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@ Jodes:

I'm not terribly sympathetic to professional athletes who act like prima donnas. Terrible? yes. Deserved? absolutely.

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#983 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:01PM
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FROM BOB McKENZIE... There are some practical ways to offset the $4 million. For example, if the Oilers were inclined to do it, the Senators could send additional players to Edmonton whose salaries come close to equaling $4 million. Jason Smith and Christoph Schubert, for example, are scheduled to make almost $3.5 million between them this season. If the Senators were inclined to include them and the Oilers were amenable to taking them, there are ways around the thorny financial issue. But to even get to that point, the Senators would have to want to accommodate Heatley's trade request – that will now be Melnyk's call – and Heatley would still have to be agreeable to waive his no-movement clause and unless Heatley likes the destination, and thus far he hasn't shown a strong affinity for Edmonton, that may not happen either. In other words, this whole thing is now in uncharted and turbulent waters. Heatley was wooed by Edmonton Oiler ownership and management in Kelowna just hours before the Senators' self-imposed "deadline" but at the end of the day, literally, he just wasn't comfortable making a commitment at that time. Might he change his mind about Edmonton in the days ahead? Only he knows that. All he knows is that he wasn't prepared to work to the Senators' timeline on the trade and felt there may have been other options beyond Edmonton that could be explored as his new home. The Senators, meanwhile, angrily counter that no other team in the NHL showed the interest that Edmonton did and now that the acquisition price is likely to be higher because of the Sens will feel the need to recoup some or all of the $4 million payout, there's even less of a chance of another team stepping up to the plate. Both sides in this messy, nasty dispute, which is only going to get more bitter, believe they have some leverage. Maybe the only thing they could agree on at this point is that Heatley playing in Ottawa this season appears to be an untenable situation. The Senators' fans have branded Heatley public enemy No. 1. It would be very difficult for Heatley to go back into the Sens' dressing room and line up alongside his teammates after having demanded a trade. The Sens would suggest it would be beyond uncomfortable for Heatley to return to the team. Heatley could argue the same thing on the flip side, that the Senators could no more tolerate his presence in the lineup than he could. So the prevailing thought is that, at some point, the Senators will have to cut their losses and perhaps make an inferior deal (to Edmonton's offer) that Heatley would find acceptable, just to rid themselves of their problem. That, though, presumes that the Senators' ownership and management are more concerned about practicality than revenge or making an example of Heatley. Either way, it's likely to get ugly. Heatley knows that and knew it when he made his decision and understands he's not going to win any popularity contests.

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#984 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 11:01PM
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@ RossCreek:

Thanks for that. It clears things up a little bit. I still think the Oilers should just cut the chord and move on, and try and land some second tier talent.

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#985 Helmerfied
July 01 2009, 11:02PM
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idrinkPilsner wrote:

Did anyone sign Nic Atropov yet. I remember Edmonton wanting him at the draft but I think he went 10th or 11th or something like that and Edmonton took Michael Henrich at 13. But that was during Sather’s day. 28 goals this year though….. not bad if the price is right, which it probably isn’t…….

He apparently wants around $5M/year for a few years. Bit much if you ask me.

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#986 Andrew W
July 01 2009, 11:02PM
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@ RossCreek:

Thanks for sharing that post. Hopefully it's accurate, as I'm still amongst the growing minority who hope that Heatley will come to the Oil, despite the high cost of Smid and Cogs.

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#987 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 11:02PM
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I really hope I see some Wanye microsoft paint skillz tomorrow with the above heatley picture :)

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#988 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:02PM
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FROM BRUCE GARRIOCH... Heatley Didn't waive his "no move" clause. Senators have to write $4 million cheque. Deal is in jeopardy, if not dead already. The craziest, most bizarre thing I have ever seen in my career. The Oilers have tried everything. Time for both sides to stop.

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#989 OilMessiah
July 01 2009, 11:02PM
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Who is left that you guys would go for, in place of Heatley?

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#990 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 11:02PM
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OvenChicken8 wrote:

I really hope I see some Wanye microsoft paint skillz tomorrow with the above heatley picture

May I suggest a soother and diaper?

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#991 heavyd
July 01 2009, 11:02PM
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Mike76 wrote:

Am i 1000? Let’s see.

Ypur not it is beside ypur name

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#992 Mike76
July 01 2009, 11:03PM
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I guess Dreger got the scoop. This is done. I'll check tomorrow to see who got 1000. in the mean time I am with Archeaology......

Vrooom Vroom............Sniiiiiiiiiiiiiider!!!

This guy is going to get it good.

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#993 jt in Oilertown
July 01 2009, 11:03PM
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OilMessiah wrote:

Ottawa Citizen…good read.

Interesting line in that article

Edmonton was not on Heatley’s list of preferred teams, hence his reluctance to waive his no-trade clause.

So we weren't on the list? Then why the H-E-double-hockey-sticks did we waste so much time on it? I realize that based on our cap situation, it has to be a trade to get a sniper (with contracts coming off the books) - was Ottawa the only team interested in a big contract like Mr. Donair?

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#994 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 11:03PM
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Dany Heatley..I hate you...now let's hope I'm 1000.

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#995 heavyd
July 01 2009, 11:03PM
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What happened to the walk about pub advertisment?

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#996 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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@ dw: i can only imagine that Murray must be fuming.

@ Chris: I never claimed to be a good person.

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#997 jt in Oilertown
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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and with that, the ON hits 1K.

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#998 OilMessiah
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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1000 FTW

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#999 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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idrinkPilsner wrote:

Did anyone sign Nic Atropov yet. I remember Edmonton wanting him at the draft but I think he went 10th or 11th or something like that and Edmonton took Michael Henrich at 13. But that was during Sather’s day. 28 goals this year though….. not bad if the price is right, which it probably isn’t…….

Antropov is rumored to have asked the Rangers for 5.5. They immediately called marian Gaborik.

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#1000 Jodes
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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@ Archaeologuy:

I couldn't care less about Heatley, but come on man, to bring up Snider? Thats low.

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