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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#451 Fiveandagame
July 01 2009, 05:39PM
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Hey remember what yesterday was like before we hated Dany Heatley? That was fun... When we could oilervision him scoring highlight after highlight reel goal taking passes from Hemsky.

Oh well I am sure the Bulin wall will win ever game for us. right? 82-0.....

I suggest as a city we start building some mountains around our city and leave all our doors open in the winter. There by increasing the scenic beauty and raising the temperature in January. Wouldn't hurt to have the world super model championships held here every second sunday from October to April either. OH and nobody should be allowed to talk about hockey so we don't put any additional pressure on the players.

Thats doable right?~

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#452 Robin Brownlee
July 01 2009, 05:40PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: Okay dude, we got it with the 10 posts and 2 blogs about how you dont want Heatley.

First, don't call me dude. Second, don't even think about trying to tell me what to write and how often to write it. Understand?

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#453 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 05:40PM
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Monday Guy wrote:

@ ronaldo: Perhaps, but there will always be a GM out there who will take a chance on an elite scorer.

Lets just hope it isn't our GM

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#454 Harlie
July 01 2009, 05:40PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

good advice...it worked for Forest

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#455 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 05:42PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

mattyfinch wrote: this is interesting true. “For Heatley’s part, whatever he may say should he choose to go to Edmonton, the Oilers are his last choice. He’s waiting until all other suitors exhaust their opportunity, and will choose Edmonton over Ottawa only of those are his final two options.” Mark Spector is a columnist for sportsnet.ca Oh please, Dany, come to Edmonton. Pleeeeeease come to Edmonton and score 40 goals. Sure, we might be your last choice, but we aren’t proud. Once you see the city and meet the guys, you’ll change. You won’t bail out on us after 18 months. You won’t disappoint us. Will you?Pleeeeeeeeeeeease come to Edmonton.

Lmao robin

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#456 Harlie
July 01 2009, 05:42PM
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@ Fiveandagame:

you should run for Council. There may be a few openings one day soon..

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#457 Jack Bauer
July 01 2009, 05:42PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

I think I just did dude. Thanks.

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#458 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 05:46PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: I think I just did dude. Thanks.

*runs and hides behind a chest-high wall*

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#459 Skidplate
July 01 2009, 05:46PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: Robin, if we don't trade for Heatley, I do not see us delving into the FA market for a top line forward. We have to trade for one, since our salary cap and # of contracts is close to the limit. Who do you suggest we go after?

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#460 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 05:46PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: lol its starting to dawn on RB that we are getting Heatley and he is grumpy. Seems not to be pulling any punches. With the crap Gregor got I can understand it.

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#461 Harlie
July 01 2009, 05:47PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Jack Bauer wrote: @ Robin Brownlee: I think I just did dude. Thanks. *runs and hides behind a chest-high wall*

**move over, this rocking chair sucks to hide behind**

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#462 Jodes
July 01 2009, 05:48PM
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Garon to the Jackets

2 Years, 1.2 M a Year..

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#463 Word
July 01 2009, 05:48PM
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If we get Heatley are we going to inexplicably renegotiate his contract and pay him more money too?

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#464 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 05:50PM
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@ Word:

I guess you haven't heard, but Kevin Lowe is no longer the GM.

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#465 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 05:50PM
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With Heatley or without Heatley, There's no way that we can look as bad as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats do right now. Brutal lol.

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#466 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 05:51PM
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We need a new blog to post under over 400 posts that's gotta be some kinda record LOL

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#467 socaldave
July 01 2009, 05:51PM
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don't make him angry... you wouldn't like him when he's angry...

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#468 LOIL
July 01 2009, 05:52PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

Roz wrote: darren wrote: So if Heatley does end up in Edmonton does *his* NMC come with? I think if the Oilers honor it but as soon as a player is dealt the NMC is null and void. hahahahha, no its not!

Jack Bauer is correct. Section 11.8 of CBA.

LOIL

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#469 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 05:52PM
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Word wrote:

If we get Heatley are we going to inexplicably renegotiate his contract and pay him more money too?

Can you imagine if he expected to do that after this gong show he's put everyone through? I'm not sure this city would be big enough for his balls.

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#470 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 05:52PM
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@ idrinkPilsner: lol - I dont know, they just kicked the crap out of that sign

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#471 The NFL
July 01 2009, 05:53PM
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who are these "tiger-cats" you speak of. do they play in the same league as all those "roughrider" franchises?

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#472 Mike76
July 01 2009, 05:54PM
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How come no one is talking about another team jumping into this deal and it becoming a three-way with our three guys still going to ottawa?

IMO that is what will happen by midnight tonight and it will be SJ that is the third team.

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#473 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 05:54PM
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Yep ticats are getting rocked 20-0 by the lowly args LOL go esks

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#474 Jamie
July 01 2009, 05:55PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: It's not like we don't know we're desperate. Us and the entire rest of the league. So what, that's life for us. Losing seasons don't make me proud either.

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#475 Rusty Shackleford
July 01 2009, 05:56PM
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I love Cogs and Smid. I also love goals and a quality 1st line.

Will he get us goals? I think we need goals. DO IT!

*crawls back under rock*

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#476 Word
July 01 2009, 05:56PM
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There have been waaaay too many posts in the last 3 days for met o sift through - What is the "crap" that Gregor apparently got?

It sounds like people were being unreasonable dicks, but that doesn't sound something an Oiler fan would do... 5 days ago we were singing his praises while he was at the draft. Now we're running him out of town for a very understandable mistake? ~Definitely not like an Oiler fan... I bet it makes Wanye's job pretty easy when trying to convince other MSM insiders to come blog on the welcoming board of ON...~

- I wonder if that's what it feels like to be GM in Edmonchuk.

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#477 Jodes
July 01 2009, 05:56PM
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Hmm, 1.2 million to be a backup, play maybe 20 games a season and do the splits. I guess the rest of the time he can polish his Stanley Cup Ring..

Where does one sign up for that kinda coin?

He's on easy street now..

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#478 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 05:57PM
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@ Word:

It was pretty much just one guy. Who would not leave it alone that, god forbid, a news story was not 100 percent accurate. It was basically just a troll job.

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#479 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 05:59PM
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I agree with the guy on the team right now cogs could be a 30 goal scorer the kid has speed and hands and can put the puck in the net if he would just try to win a faceoff

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#480 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 06:00PM
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It was gregor that said it

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#481 darren
July 01 2009, 06:00PM
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I think the Oilers are just caught up in a pissing match between Murray and Heatley.

Here is quote from Murray from June 16th National Post: hxxp://www.nationalpost.com/related/topics/story.html?id=1702481

However, Murray said he's not going to do it if he has to take a deal that's inferior to another one on the table.

"They've indicated some teams that they prefer," Murray said. "I don't know that I'm going to be, at the end of the day, stuck to that list.

"If he doesn't want to be in Ottawa and there's another team that offers me a deal that I think is a better deal, then obviously I've got to put some pressure on them to accept that, or he may end up playing back here," said Murray.

"If the deal doesn't come down that we need to make, he'll have a choice at that point in time.

"I'm just not going to let him walk away for nothing."

At the moment Heatley is probably just holding out to make the Sens fork over the $4million because Murray didn't adhere to his list. He is also acting like he is a free agent and waiting for the best offer.

The Oilers are essentially collateral damage between the two camps' egos, I don't think it reflects on Heatley not wanting to play in Edmonton nor a comment on Edmonton's ability to attract name players.

my 2cents.

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#482 Word
July 01 2009, 06:00PM
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@ jeanshorts:

Cool. I got the impression it was a lynching. Good to know people generally kept their polish.

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#483 Jodes
July 01 2009, 06:01PM
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Hey Robin, any updates on us trying to get a faceoff specialist?

I still think we are definately lacking in that department..

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#484 The NFL
July 01 2009, 06:03PM
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Speaking of troll jobs, i was trying to get a reaction and have us all band together defending the CFL. I love Canada, it's far superior to the 'middle NA', but you have to admit the fooseball sucks. It doesn't help that they put all the tiny players on a gianormous field.

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#485 Harlie
July 01 2009, 06:03PM
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yeah my buddy first thing he said was that Penner and Cogs could bag 50 goals between them and Penner and Smid added size and grit on top. It's a good argument thats for sure. I guess the heart of the matter is that we're looking to find a legit 1st liner that can make magic with Hemsky. That's who were building around. Not Cogs and Penner.

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#486 Robin Brownlee
July 01 2009, 06:04PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Word: It was pretty much just one guy. Who would not leave it alone that, god forbid, a news story was not 100 percent accurate. It was basically just a troll job.

Is the one guy you're referring to the person who wrote about burning TEAM 1260 down if the deal didn't go through on another fan board? Or the deep thinkers who wrote things like #%#%^#Gregor, that $%#&# jerk, blah, blah, blah? That's not having an emotional investment in a team, that's a case of people with profound issues.

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#487 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 06:04PM
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darenmillard question? what is holding up the heatley deal when his agent told me last week he would play in edmonton. There is a good question there 9 minutes ago from web

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#488 Word
July 01 2009, 06:05PM
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If he doesn't get dealt today and the Sens have to pay the 4 million, do you think any team will be offering up anything better than Penner, Smid and Cogs?

I know the big risk was that Murray would demand more as compensation after tomorrow, but Heatley (JP perhaps?) has masterminded this so that he can cash in on the $4 million bonus at Ottawa's expense while simultaneously deflating his value on the trade market thus opening up more options over the summer.

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#489 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 06:07PM
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@ The NFL: The NFL wrote:

Speaking of troll jobs, i was trying to get a reaction and have us all band together defending the CFL. I love Canada, it’s far superior to the ‘middle NA’, but you have to admit the fooseball sucks. It doesn’t help that they put all the tiny players on a gianormous field.

I just didn't want to get into an argument.lol.

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#490 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 06:08PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

That's the exact reason why I refuse to read anything on HF boards or whatever it is.

Remember when ON wasn't crawling with asshats who had nothing constructive to add to the conversation? It was a lot more fun back then.

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#491 GLoKz0r
July 01 2009, 06:09PM
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@ jeanshorts:

Such is the price of growth.

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#492 Harlie
July 01 2009, 06:10PM
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@ jeanshorts:

hitting the news may have made us jump the shark

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#493 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 06:10PM
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DarrenDreger Komisarek's deal includes limted no-trade. He submits a list of 12 teams per year he would accept a trade to.

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#494 Fiveandagame
July 01 2009, 06:11PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: Remember when ON wasn’t crawling with asshats who had nothing constructive to add to the conversation? It was a lot more fun back then.

ASSHAT! I think that could be a new nickname for somebody who rhymes with Fany Seatley

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#495 Jodes
July 01 2009, 06:11PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: That’s the exact reason why I refuse to read anything on HF boards or whatever it is. Remember when ON wasn’t crawling with asshats who had nothing constructive to add to the conversation? It was a lot more fun back then.

Mr. Brownlee sir, that has got to be the funniest thing I've read on here today.. asshats.. thats classic!

LMAO!

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#496 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 06:15PM
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@ Fiveandagame:

COPYRIGHT!

*holds a pile of papers against his chest and looks at everyone with shifty eyes*

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#497 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 06:16PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Remember when ON wasn’t crawling with asshats who had nothing constructive to add to the conversation? It was a lot more fun back then.

Ahh, Elitism. Right after "Yay we made the news, more readers". The only opinions I get seriously aggravated at are the Lets Blow for 3 years idiots like it guarantees a top 3 pick - like our players wont try to win because we plan on sucking, like... Ill stop there.

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#498 Roz
July 01 2009, 06:16PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

Roz wrote: darren wrote: So if Heatley does end up in Edmonton does *his* NMC come with? I think if the Oilers honor it but as soon as a player is dealt the NMC is null and void. hahahahha, no its not!

This pretty much sums it up. The only difference is that its prior to the NMC kicking in. I would be willing to bet that if you are traded during your NMC the same sort of agreement is in place.

If the Player is Traded or claimed on Waivers prior to the no-Trade or no-move clause taking effect, the clause does not bind the acquiring Club. An acquiring Club may agree to continue to be bound by the no-Trade or no-move clause, which agreement shall be evidenced in writ ing to the Player, Central Registry and the NHLPA, in accordance wit h Exhibit 3 hereof.

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#499 jt in Oilertown
July 01 2009, 06:18PM
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Let me play conspiracy theorist for a minute. Indulge me in my fantasy world....

Heatley wants a trade, and gives Murray a list of teams he'll go to - the Oilers ARE on the list. Murray negotiates a deal with the Oilers, but then discovers he has another day (11:59pm EST Jul 1) to find a taker. He then goes to Heatley and says "I've got a deal, but want to see if I can get more. You take the PR hit for delaying the deal, or you're never leaving Ottawa."

You may now take off your tin foil hats and return to your original programming.

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#500 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 06:18PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Fiveandagame: COPYRIGHT!

Still waiting for Asshat to decide on that NMC

*Licks envelope, mails Jeanshorts 5 bucks

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