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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#1001 mjsh
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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lets get to 1000 so I can sleep. Wonder how Heatley is sleeping tonight. Tambo?

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#1002 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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No fireworks yet

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#1003 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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1000?

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#1004 OilMessiah
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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Doh

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#1005 heavyd
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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I can see the fireworks from my house its funny seeing all the people lining up, great times.

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#1006 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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@ Jay Gray: I was hoping for something a little more provocative

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#1007 Heatly
July 01 2009, 11:04PM
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#978 Mike76 July 1 2009, 10:59 pm.

Am i 1000? Let’s see

That's why I'm sticking around : )

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#1008 mazola
July 01 2009, 11:05PM
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How'd everybody get into my room?

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#1009 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 11:05PM
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Jodes wrote:

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

THERE IT IS! IT'S GLORIOUS!

*walks away so dissapointed*

Could this day have been any more of a let down?

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#1010 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 11:05PM
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Congrats to ON... who'd a thunk 1000 posts ?

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#1011 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:05PM
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1000

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#1012 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:05PM
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RossCreek wrote:

1000

LOL

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#1013 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 11:06PM
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RossCreek wrote:

RossCreek wrote: 1000 LOL

Yeah...no doubt...we suck...time for lives

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#1014 heavyd
July 01 2009, 11:06PM
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mjsh wrote:

lets get to 1000 so I can sleep. Wonder how Heatley is sleeping tonight. Tambo?

We should meet him at the airport and give him a Heatly jersey, not an Ottawa jersey, an Edmonton one, lol.

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#1015 Josh Spurell
July 01 2009, 11:06PM
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First time post... wanted the glory

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#1016 RobInALab
July 01 2009, 11:07PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I cant wait to start a “Sniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiideeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrr” chant the next time Heatley is in E-town. yes. yes, i am that evil.

I'd just rather have Smackintyre drop the gloves, grab him, and make sure that his face becomes as permanently disfigured as his his soul. It'd be poetic to have such justice done by a guy who was grateful to become an Oiler and relishes every moment he gets to put on the jersey.

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#1017 Gerald R. Ford
July 01 2009, 11:07PM
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We need to walk away now. Heatley is clearly a petulant child with mental health issues walking around in the body of a hockey player with SICK talent. As badly as we need that talent, we don't need the mess that comes with it. He can rot. I mean, I'm at the point where I'm ready to say: "No, thanks. We'll just keep Penner." Read that sentence back slowly, and then ponder Heatley's astounding level of doucheness, to drive me to make such a statement.

As for this lovely annual tradition of our city being dragged through the mud, it kind of reminds me of the Minnesota Metrodome. Bob Costas has always hated that place. Hated the roof, hated the old, springy turf, the giant Glad Bag hanging in right field... he even hated the STYLE of play that the Twins developed playing there. And, when he used to do nationally televised games for NBC there, he'd let EVERYONE know about it. It got to the point where the people who maintained the dome eventually put up a massive sign over the baggie:

WELCOME TO THE HUBERT H. HUMPHREY METRODOME *WE* LIKE IT HERE

I think we need to do something similar at the city limits:

WELCOME TO THE CITY OF EDMONTON IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, YOU CAN F*** OFF AT THE NEXT THREE EXITS

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#1018 Jodes
July 01 2009, 11:08PM
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Woot 1000 Baby!!

Now off in 20 minutes to go see the fireworks in the merry metropolis of St. Paul, AB..

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#1019 dw
July 01 2009, 11:08PM
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How about a three way deal between the Oil, SJ and OTT? Could we get Marleau and Setoguchi if Heatley and Nillson went to SJ and the current package of players (Cogs/Penner/Smid) went to Ottawa?

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#1020 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:11PM
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@ Archaeologuy:

I'm not asking you to be a good person. I'm CERTAINLY not asking you to let up on Heatley...

I'm asking you to remember that Snyder was a good Canadian boy who died too young. Snyder has family in the area... and most importantly, Snyder has NOTHING to do with Heatley's current trade request. MacT also killed a guy. Would you bring that up because you feel Cogs didn't get enough PP time? IMO we should all focus our rage in a more positive manner... lets push this blogroll to 1500.

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#1021 TheGambler
July 01 2009, 11:12PM
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I would love to have 30 minutes with Heatley to find out what is going through his head.....

He must have a hate on for Ottawa. crazy, crazy stuff....

I guess we hope there is an acceptable reason for all this but start to look elsewhere.

Jesus, I have no idea who we can look at now. How about we start the "Schremp is the answer" comments now!

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#1022 TheGambler
July 01 2009, 11:13PM
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At least the Stamps are getting pounded by Montreal tonight!

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#1023 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 11:13PM
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@ Chris:

Actually MacT killed a woman.

Just saying.......

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#1024 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 11:14PM
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@ Chris: Well put.

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#1025 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:14PM
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TheGambler wrote:

Jesus, I have no idea who we can look at now. How about we start the “Schremp is the answer” comments now!

Passe. The NEW U-tube king is Magnum P.S.... Or that Omark kid.

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#1026 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:15PM
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@ jeanshorts:

That's even WORSE!

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#1027 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:16PM
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Okay. Time for PLAN B....

One word:

Jager.

*Breathes deeply...completely underwhelmed*

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#1028 heavyd
July 01 2009, 11:17PM
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Mact went to jail, heatly didn't.

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#1029 TheGambler
July 01 2009, 11:18PM
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@ Chris.

Jager as in Jagermeister? I could use a few shots to get this bad taste out of my mouth.

JAGR would be an ok fix for a year or two...hopefully cost a lot less.

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#1030 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:18PM
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BOB STAUFFER just says...

...his source says the Oil aren't prepared to give up yet!

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#1031 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 11:19PM
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I'm not going to lie. It's pretty rad that I can sit on my balcony and watch fireworks in 10 minutes.

Now to drown my sorrows in Bud Light Lime!

#worstdayever

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#1032 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 11:19PM
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Stauffer just said Oilers still interested but couldnt give more details from his source

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#1033 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:19PM
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As per Stauffer:

"my source has said that the Oilers are not prepared to give up on the deal"

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#1034 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:21PM
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@ RossCreek: @ Hemmertime:

You guys type fast. Why am I even trying to break news to guys who are watching TSN, monitoring twitter, listening to Ched, and the Team....

YOU guys have a problem.

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#1035 mjsh
July 01 2009, 11:22PM
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Chris wrote:

As per Stauffer: “my source has said that the Oilers are not prepared to give up on the deal”

That tells me that there is much more to the story in Ottawa. I do believe the Oil have some smart people on staff who still believe in Heater

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#1036 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 11:23PM
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@ Chris: dont worry. i cant afford to go to too many games so the chant likely wont be heard by anyone except my neighbour (if my window is open)

and to be fair, MacT killed a girl, not a dude.

i was only 17% serious anyway. However, i do believe that somebody ought to be reminding Heatley of his place in life. Who raised this guy? The Lindros'?

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#1037 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:23PM
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Chris wrote:

@ RossCreek: @ Hemmertime: You guys type fast. Why am I even trying to break news to guys who are watching TSN, monitoring twitter, listening to Ched, and the Team…. YOU guys have a problem.

Thank you sir

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#1038 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 11:25PM
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@ Chris: lol. You called it, I actually have both Team and 630 running through my PC. Sadly I know when Eklund went to bed, and he was the most entertaining

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#1039 TheGambler
July 01 2009, 11:26PM
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Hey....is there an Ottawa blog similar to OilersNation.com?

I bet there is some lively blogging there.......

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#1040 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:26PM
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@ Archaeologuy:

I don't think I ever really belived you anyway. I'm just projecting. This site is like therapy...

My name is Chris. And I'm an Oilerholic.

* chorus of, "Hi Chris. welcome to OilersNation" *

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#1041 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 11:26PM
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mjsh wrote:

I do believe the Oil have some smart people on staff who still believe in Heater

Yeah. The same guys who believed in Nilsson, Pouliot, and Garon.

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#1042 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:27PM
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@ Hemmertime:

Yeah... I have about 20 windows open right now.

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#1043 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 11:28PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

@ Chris: lol. You called it, I actually have both Team and 630 running through my PC. Sadly I know when Eklund went to bed, and he was the most entertaining

x2

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#1044 mjsh
July 01 2009, 11:29PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

mjsh wrote: I do believe the Oil have some smart people on staff who still believe in Heater Yeah. The same guys who believed in Nilsson, Pouliot, and Garon.

None of those guys ever looked this bad. For the Oilers to still believe in trying says that there is more here than a shiny forward

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#1045 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 11:30PM
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Chris wrote:

My name is Chris. And I’m an Oilerholic. * chorus of, “Hi Chris. welcome to OilersNation” *

You arent gonna make me give in to a higher power are you? Cuz Archy dont play that game. Unless the higher power's name is Gretzky, or, to a lesser degree, Katz.

Seriously though, my girlfriend's facebook status read something to the effect of me needing an intervention regarding my July Hockey obssession.

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#1046 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 11:31PM
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@TheGambler

I read Silver Seven and Sens army, nothign major.

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#1047 Robin Brownlee
July 01 2009, 11:34PM
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Mike76 wrote:

The original piece by Brownlee is now 12 hours old and a whole bunch of crap has happened since. I wonder what Robin’s take is on the issue now that we are 12 hours later and much has been speculated.

Same as it was 950 posts ago -- the Oilers are better off without Dany Heatley.

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#1048 Hocknee Fann
July 01 2009, 11:36PM
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Gerald R. Ford wrote:

We need to walk away now. Heatley is clearly a petulant child with mental health issues walking around in the body of a hockey player with SICK talent. As badly as we need that talent, we don’t need the mess that comes with it. He can rot. I mean, I’m at the point where I’m ready to say: “No, thanks. We’ll just keep Penner.” Read that sentence back slowly, and then ponder Heatley’s astounding level of doucheness, to drive me to make such a statement. As for this lovely annual tradition of our city being dragged through the mud, it kind of reminds me of the Minnesota Metrodome. Bob Costas has always hated that place. Hated the roof, hated the old, springy turf, the giant Glad Bag hanging in right field… he even hated the STYLE of play that the Twins developed playing there. And, when he used to do nationally televised games for NBC there, he’d let EVERYONE know about it. It got to the point where the people who maintained the dome eventually put up a massive sign over the baggie: WELCOME TO THE HUBERT H. HUMPHREY METRODOME *WE* LIKE IT HERE I think we need to do something similar at the city limits: WELCOME TO THE CITY OF EDMONTON IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, YOU CAN F*** OFF AT THE NEXT THREE EXITS

I attended the very first ever event at the Metrodome - an pre-season baseball game between the Twins and Phillys in 1982, and it snowed like hell out - a good welcome for a new domed stadium in the Twin Cities. Got a cap - "I opened the H.H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Just want to bring the # of posts up.

Goodnight gang, this sports soap opera has drained me.

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#1049 TheGambler
July 01 2009, 11:37PM
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@ Robin Brownlee

You've been pretty vocal on that point, Robin.....tell us how you really feel. lol

Would you have any thoughts on what the oilers should/might do in place of this?

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#1050 Chris
July 01 2009, 11:38PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

Nobody born in Canada has scored more goals than Danny Heatley since the lockout.

28 GM's didn't make a serious offer for Heatley. You recommend the Oilers pull theirs.

Let this be a lesson to anyone who use point totals almost exclusively when evaluating Hockey players. Thanks for your insight Robin.

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