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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#251 GSC
July 01 2009, 02:45PM
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Havlat with Hemmer? Sign me up.

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#252 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 02:45PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

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

'Nother classic stop!

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#253 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:46PM
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RossCreek wrote:

LOIL wrote: Ha. He just tagged along to hit Peter’s Drive In Classic burger joint!

Pete's Drive in is why i now look like penner since moving to Calgary from Edm 2 years ago.

LOIL

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#254 JB
July 01 2009, 02:46PM
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Oh jesus. A 4-year offer for Chris Neil? Is that necessary?

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#255 Harlie
July 01 2009, 02:47PM
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GSC wrote:

Havlat with Hemmer? Sign me up.

Anson is that you?

**sees flash of a velvet tracksuit, spins around and runs away**

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#256 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:47PM
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Hall Gill 2.25 mill per for 2 years

LOIL

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#257 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:47PM
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Oilers actually only offered 3 years to Neil.

-TSN

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#258 Lofty
July 01 2009, 02:47PM
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I will sign with the Oil for $100.00 right now.

I only wanna play one game against Heatley when I will throw a knee that will end his career. I will then piss all over his crying body as the Ottawa and Oiler fans give me a standing ovation... then I get sucker punched and pounded.

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#259 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 02:49PM
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JB wrote:

Oh jesus. A 4-year offer for Chris Neil? Is that necessary?

Dreger just corrected that rumor saying the Oil corrected him saying they only offered 3. The Rangers apparently have offered 4 years.

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#260 Dino
July 01 2009, 02:49PM
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Dreger just came on and said the Oilers corrected him on the Neil offer, it's 3 yr offer from EDM. TOR has a 3 yr offer as well, and NYR offer Neil a 4 yr deal.

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#261 cambosmash
July 01 2009, 02:50PM
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THIS JUST IN: HEATLEY FAILS PHYSICAL Because Dustin Penner ate his leg.

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#262 LOIL
July 01 2009, 02:50PM
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Anyone else about to order a slap-chop AND a sham-wow ?

LOIL

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#263 KayleW
July 01 2009, 02:52PM
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@loil and get a graty for FREE!!!

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#264 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 02:53PM
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LOIL wrote:

Anyone else about to order a slap-chop AND a sham-wow ?

The ShamWoW guy got arrested for beating a hooker. He used famous slap-chop technique and when the cops busted him they couldnt believe how clean he got the floors!

Source: hxxp://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0327092sham1.html

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#265 rob
July 01 2009, 02:53PM
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@ LOIL:

LOL! Sports news stations have 4 commercials and they just roll them for a month.

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#266 mike.mike
July 01 2009, 02:54PM
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That's just what the Oilers need. Heatly who does not want to play in Edmonton. That will destroy what little chemistry the team has already. OILERS,,, talk to the Flyers...

Dino wrote:

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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#267 West Coast Oil
July 01 2009, 02:56PM
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Maguire sticks up for E-town you go boy! Maybe I will have to reconsider my thoughts about him... Nah

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#268 Harlie
July 01 2009, 02:59PM
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Emery's deal is for 1 year 1 mill or just under a mill...sportsnet reporting

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#269 Jodes
July 01 2009, 02:59PM
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Just stay away from the milkshakes at Peter's.. still don't trust them from the E Coli breakout a few years back.

Don't get me wrong, I love Peters, but sometimes they rush their food and their burgers don't always come out cooked properly.

But by that time you're half a mile away and of course you can't turn back around..

Joe Pesci is still right til this day.. they f*ck you at the drive thru!

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#270 freeze
July 01 2009, 02:59PM
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lol, slapchop.

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#271 Harlie
July 01 2009, 02:59PM
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sorry..just over 1 mill..

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#272 idrinkPilsner
July 01 2009, 03:02PM
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Son of a...... It's 3:00, still no big goal scorer and now I have to get off of my lazy ass, go dig through the bone yard and find a piece of chanel iron to weld onto the trailer I am building. I will be back though. Thanks for the scutlebut and comments guys. Awesome site!

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#273 Naz
July 01 2009, 03:04PM
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@ RossCreek: CLASSIC comment

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#274 LOIL
July 01 2009, 03:06PM
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Does he say "Wait till you see my nuts" in the slap chop add. I am half deaf so i have to ask.

LOIL

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#275 Naz
July 01 2009, 03:06PM
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cambosmash wrote:

THIS JUST IN: HEATLEY FAILS PHYSICAL Because Dustin Penner ate his leg.

HAHAHA!

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#276 Jodes
July 01 2009, 03:09PM
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cambosmash wrote:

THIS JUST IN: HEATLEY FAILS PHYSICAL Because Dustin Penner ate his leg.

With a nice Chianti and Lima Beans..

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#277 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:09PM
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DarrenDreger Oilers continue to court Heatley, but he hasnt waived yet. 1 minute ago from mobile web

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#278 Death Metal Nightmare
July 01 2009, 03:10PM
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"The Edmonton Oilers will be better off without him. http://www.oilersnation.com/2009/07/wtf-the-dany-edition/#ixzz0K2o7voFh&D"

no, it makes them just as crappy as last year and another year of Hemsky going to waste playing with Offensive Flunkies.

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#279 Harlie
July 01 2009, 03:11PM
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Jodes wrote:

cambosmash wrote: THIS JUST IN: HEATLEY FAILS PHYSICAL Because Dustin Penner ate his leg. With a nice Chianti and FAVA Beans..

fixed

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#280 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 03:13PM
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With a nice Chianti and a donair.

Fixed.

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#281 LOIL
July 01 2009, 03:14PM
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TSN reporting that some oiler players AND Tambi have personally talked to heatley today trying to convince him that edmonton is not as bad as he hears. Here to hoping.

Send him some pics of the trim that runs around at the WEM water park. If that doesnt convince him then I dont want him.

LOIL

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#282 Harlie
July 01 2009, 03:15PM
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@ ronaldo:

well played!

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#283 Harlie
July 01 2009, 03:16PM
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Cammaleri to MTL is the rumor

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#284 freeze
July 01 2009, 03:16PM
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@ LOIL: you'd think that Horcoff and Souray would have some pull with him.

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#285 Alan
July 01 2009, 03:16PM
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RossCreek wrote:

DarrenDreger Oilers continue to court Heatley, but he hasnt waived yet. 1 minute ago from mobile web

Gregor was saying same thing at 3:00...says the Oilers are still working hard at this. Doesn't sound like Oilers can get Gaborik or Havlat if Heatley falls through. I don't want either one of those bandaids in my opinion.

I won't hold anything against Heatley if he comes. One day late is still fine in my mind.

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#286 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:19PM
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darenmillard sportsnet's hockeycentral reporting the habs putting the final touches on a deal for mike cammillari sportsnet.ca more 2 minutes ago from mobile web montreal isn't done... working over mike cammalleri.... toronto may be left out.. 4 minutes ago from web

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#287 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:20PM
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Eklund CONFIRMED: WILD REPLACE RANGERS IN HEATLEY RACE AGAINST OILERS. (e4) 2 minutes ago from TweetDeck

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#288 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 03:22PM
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This is tough. If it takes this much arm twisting to get heatley, how bad do we want him. Is he going to go through the motions because he really does not want to be here. Not saying it can't work out but kind of feel like this may be a no win for the oilers.

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#289 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:23PM
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dantencer TSN: Tambellini, other Oilers representatives, have communicated repeatedly directly with Dany Heatley. 9 minutes ago from web

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#290 Blair
July 01 2009, 03:24PM
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ronaldo, I think Murray is the culprit, not Heatley...Rangers pulled out because of what they perceived to be "dirty poker" (from Eckund, so take it with a grain of salt)

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#291 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:25PM
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Eklund here comes Montreal's move...Watch Cammalleri 1 minute ago from TweetDeck

darenmillard we are breaking it.. hockeycentral 5 year deal.. money is at sportsnet.ca!!!!!! montreal gets a big fish... 2 minutes ago from web sportsnet's hockeycentral reporting the habs putting the final touches on a deal for mike cammillari sportsnet.ca more 7 minutes ago from mobile web

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#292 Chris
July 01 2009, 03:27PM
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LOIL wrote:

Send him some pics of the trim that runs around at the WEM water park.

Who still uses the term: "trim"?

Lofty wrote:

I will sign with the Oil for $100.00 right now. I only wanna play one game against Heatley when I will throw a knee that will end his career. I will then piss all over his crying body as the Ottawa and Oiler fans give me a standing ovation… then I get sucker punched and pounded.

Bitter?

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#293 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:27PM
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Leafs trade Kubina to Atlanta in a deal involving Garnet Exelby

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#294 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:28PM
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darenmillard mike cammalleri lands the montreal contract. 5 years... more than 5 million a year... kippy with the scoop.. 3 minutes ago from web

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#295 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:30PM
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Over 5 mil a year for cammalleri? Bad contract if that's true.

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#296 Lofty
July 01 2009, 03:33PM
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Chris wrote:

Bitter?

ya think?

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#297 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:33PM
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30 mil over 5 years for Camm 6m/year, ouch!

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#298 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 03:34PM
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Geez I just realized, Gilbert bought a new house, if Cogs is dealt who the heck is going to take care of Gagner? Dude will starve or get filth disease. If the bubbles from the dishwasher don't drown him that is.

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#299 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:34PM
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ScubaSteve wrote:

30 mil over 5 years for Camm 6m/year, ouch!

sorry, forgot to source it, this is from sportsnet.ca

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#300 Lofty
July 01 2009, 03:35PM
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LOIL wrote:

TSN reporting that some oiler players AND Tambi have personally talked to heatley today trying to convince him that edmonton is not as bad as he hears. Here to hoping.

hes from Calgary... I'm sure he's been to the chuck

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