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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#201 Word
July 01 2009, 02:14PM
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Word wrote:

I don’t think it’s too fart fetched

Heh. Fart typo.

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#202 mattmarcin
July 01 2009, 02:16PM
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GREAT SIGNING!!!

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#203 Propeller
July 01 2009, 02:18PM
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Naz wrote:

ooops wrong box

That's what Pronger said...

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#204 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 02:18PM
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The best part is Flames can never beat Khabby!!!!!

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#205 analbumcover
July 01 2009, 02:19PM
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Interested to see how things turn out when the chips are done falling. As much of a rollercoaster ride the last day has been, might turn out to be a step forward to getting back to the playoffs.

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#206 Chris
July 01 2009, 02:20PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

If $3.75 million over four years is right as the cap hit, then this is the best the Oilers could possibllty do.

Good contract. Good goalie. Good for Tambellini.

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#207 Robin Brownlee
July 01 2009, 02:20PM
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LAST FIVE SEASONS Khabibulin 2003-04 TB 55 54 3274 28 19 7 0 5 127 2.33 1414 1287 .910 3 2005-06 CHI 50 50 2815 17 26 0 6 3 157 3.35 1379 1222 .886 0 2006-07 CHI 60 57 3425 25 26 0 5 7 163 2.86 1668 1505 .902 1 2007-08 CHI 50 49 2892 23 20 0 6 6 127 2.63 1389 1262 .909 2 2008-09 CHI 42 40 2467 25 8 0 7 1 96 2.33 1192 1096 .919 3 Career 678 658 38705 299 267 58 24 56 1720 2.67 18774 17054 .908 41

ROLOSON

2005-06 MIN 24 23 1361 6 17 0 1 3 68 3.00 759 691 .910 1 2005-06 EDM 19 19 1163 8 7 0 4 1 47 2.43 497 450 .905 1 2006-07 EDM 68 66 3932 27 34 0 6 9 180 2.75 1969 1789 .909 4 2007-08 EDM 43 38 2340 15 17 0 5 5 119 3.05 1204 1085 .901 0 2008-09 EDM 63 62 3597 28 24 0 9 4 166 2.77 1953 1787 .915 1 Career 462 422 26102 167 198 42 25 34 1141 2.62 12665 11524 .910 23

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#208 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 02:20PM
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BULIN! BULIN! BULIN!... still kinda rolls off the tongue, better than Khabby! at least. Cya Roli, dont let the door hit you on the way out.

Great signing

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#209 Dino
July 01 2009, 02:20PM
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Goog signing for Tambo; this solidifies EDM's goaltending for the next 4 years. Are there any updates with Chris Neil?

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#210 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 02:21PM
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@ Propeller

LoL "That's what Pronger said"...ZING!!

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#211 Harlie
July 01 2009, 02:22PM
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Bulin is a bit younger than Rolli, has a cup ring, and carried a team on his back in the playoffs only months ago. He signed for probaly only 1 mill more that Rolli would have. Decent signing.

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#212 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 02:22PM
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If oil are after Neil and still trying for heatley- wasn't neil pissed at heatley for demanding trade?

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#213 DanMan
July 01 2009, 02:23PM
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THE BULIN WALL!!!!

YEAH BABY!!!!

nik-ki, nik-ki

khab-i, khab-i......yeah that ones better

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#214 Dave
July 01 2009, 02:24PM
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I also love the fact that Khabibulin owns the Flames.

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#215 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 02:24PM
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RE: Bulin

I don't mind the money. The cap hit is pretty reasonable, and hopefully he will be a nice bridge while we wait for the younger goalies to come up. But the term I don't like. I think 4 years is way too long for a goalie who's more than likely seen his bet seasons behind him. Ah well, at least we didn't sign Hossa to a 12 year deal.

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#216 Sandra
July 01 2009, 02:25PM
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Havlat has been offered a 4 year 16M contract by Oilers Looks like Heatly is out.

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#217 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 02:26PM
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Thanks harley now if heatley agrees and we can land cammy and trade for some gritty faceoff guys we will be alright definetly like the bulin signing though who agrees it's an upgrade on rolly

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#218 Shutout
July 01 2009, 02:26PM
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Are we sure about this signing. I mean, are we REALLY REALLY sure.

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#219 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 02:27PM
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nice pick up best goal available .. got to be a top 10-12 goalie in the nhl ? is he ahead or behind kipper ?

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#220 Skidplate
July 01 2009, 02:27PM
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Neil is going to Toronto

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#221 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 02:27PM
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Shutout wrote:

Are we sure about this signing. I mean, are we REALLY REALLY sure.

lol we may have to wait till september and see him wearing a jersey

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#222 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 02:30PM
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andystrickland Scott Clemmensen to get a 3 yr. deal worth 1.2 per season from the Florida Panthers. 2 minutes ago from web sources say the Rangers, Oilers, and Maple Leafs are the leading candidates to land Chris Neil. He's expected to make a decision soon. 8 minutes ago from web Blues still showing interest in D-man Mathieu Schneider about 1 hour ago from web

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#223 freeze
July 01 2009, 02:30PM
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Good for Clemm.

RT @andystrickland Scott Clemmensen to get a 3 yr. deal worth 1.2 per season from the Florida Panthers.

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#224 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 02:31PM
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Sandra wrote:

Havlat has been offered a 4 year 16M contract by Oilers Looks like Heatly is out.

Source?

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#225 Harlie
July 01 2009, 02:31PM
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Sandra wrote:

Havlat has been offered a 4 year 16M contract by Oilers Looks like Heatly is out.

that would be decent too..i'd rather a 3 year term...but take what we can get at this point...his salary allows us 1 grit player...

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#226 freeze
July 01 2009, 02:33PM
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any word on where Laperriere will go?

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#227 Skidplate
July 01 2009, 02:34PM
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@ Sandra: The problem with signing an UFA forward is we have too many forwards under contract as it is. We need to trade some of these assets. That is why the Heatley fiasco fit our situation.

I am a born and raised OILER RAN, but I have to admit, I like what Sutter is doing in Calgary. My number 1 choice was Bouwmeester, he has another 10 - 15 years in the league and he will get better. ARGHH!!!

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#228 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 02:34PM
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Good signing for Bulin, Oil landed the best FA goalie out there, a proven winner, a proven playoff performer, and not much more than what we payed Roli last year. Nice pick-up, hopefully a sign of things to come.

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#229 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:34PM
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Sandra just keeps posting BS rumours all day haha. Ignore.

LOIL

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#230 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 02:35PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Sandra wrote: Havlat has been offered a 4 year 16M contract by Oilers Looks like Heatly is out. Source?

yeah havent heard this? and frankly thats not enough to land him.

heater and cammi are the best senario.

with the dump and pick up we will be better and have a clear idea of our team.

although neil would be nice too.

id love a tootoo train in edmonton someday though.

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#231 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 02:35PM
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Khabibulin is coming here? Hey, some good news at last.

Now, as for getting a forward...

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#232 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 02:36PM
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McKenzie: Edmonton or bust for Heatley

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#233 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:37PM
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This just in...

Penner, Smid and Cogs drive down to Calgary and offer to play for Sutter for free.

LOIL

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#234 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 02:37PM
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Are we making the mistake of running with the story of a player coming to the Oilers less than 24 hours after the Heatley debacle? Is Khabibulin confirmed?

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#235 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:38PM
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idrinkPilsner wrote:

McKenzie: Edmonton or bust for Heatley

Thats not what he said. He said if Ottawa doesnt find any other good offers then that is what he is going to say to Heatley. Stop spreading BS.

LOIL

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#236 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 02:38PM
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NO CHRIS NEIL! NOOO!!! If the Oilers sign Chris Neil to a 4 year deal I'm going to poop right here.

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#237 Harlie
July 01 2009, 02:38PM
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LOIL wrote:

This just in… Penner, Smid and Cogs drive down to Calgary and offer to play for Sutter for free. LOIL

Pretty sure Penner went down for the free eats.

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#238 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 02:39PM
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Nevermind, TSN just confirmed. Good signing Tambo!

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#239 rob
July 01 2009, 02:39PM
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@ Cory Dakin:

TSN says its a done deal. No jokes.

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#240 Dino
July 01 2009, 02:39PM
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Just saw Dreger & McKenzie said that Chris Neil is mulling over a 3 yr offer from TOR and a 4 yr offer from EDM. Also, the ball is still in Heatly's court; NYR ans SJS offers are not enough for OTT.

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#241 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:39PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

Are we making the mistake of running with the story of a player coming to the Oilers less than 24 hours after the Heatley debacle? Is Khabibulin confirmed?

Yes. This one is a for sure. They posted a video of him physically signing on youtube.

LOIL

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#242 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:40PM
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Harlie wrote:

LOIL wrote: This just in… Penner, Smid and Cogs drive down to Calgary and offer to play for Sutter for free. LOIL Pretty sure Penner went down for the free eats.

Ha. He just tagged along to hit Peter's Drive In

LOIL

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#243 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 02:41PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Sandra wrote: Havlat has been offered a 4 year 16M contract by Oilers Looks like Heatly is out. Source?

@ RossCreek: Eklund LOL amatures

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#244 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 02:41PM
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Harlie wrote:

LOIL wrote: This just in… Penner, Smid and Cogs drive down to Calgary and offer to play for Sutter for free. LOIL Pretty sure Penner went down for the free eats.

He didn't make it to Calgary. He got sidetracked at that windmill doughnut shop on Gasoline Alley.

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#245 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 02:42PM
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I don't believe penner DROVE to calgary, too many km/ time between donair shops.

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#246 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 02:42PM
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darenmillard Montreal is in the game again.. Stanley Cup winning defenceman Hal Gill. Waiting for money.. does this have Komisarek ramifications half a minute ago from web

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#247 Skidplate
July 01 2009, 02:42PM
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Ian Laperriere signed in Philly 3 yr - 3.5 Mil

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#248 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 02:42PM
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@ LOIL: He said right now no one else is talking to Ottawa about Heatley, so right now his options are Edmonton or bust (Ottawa).

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#249 freeze
July 01 2009, 02:42PM
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freeze wrote:

any word on where Laperriere will go?

nvrmind. 3yrs in Philly.

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#250 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 02:45PM
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LOIL wrote:

Ha. He just tagged along to hit Peter’s Drive In

Classic burger joint!

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