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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#301 Alon
July 01 2009, 03:35PM
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I wouldnt believe it until TSN reports it and I haven't heard anything from them about it

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#302 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:36PM
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Eklund ZANON TO WILD (e5) less than a minute ago from TweetDeck Komisarek to Toronto (e4). very possible. 4 minutes ago from TweetDeck

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#303 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:36PM
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darenmillard beauchiman getting plenty of interest. more than 4 milion dollars per. will anaheim match? exelby is on the blue-line for kubina 5 minutes ago from web our buddy colby armstrong but little brother is not. Riley Armstrong leaves San Jose for Calgary. 7 minutes ago from web

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#304 Apps
July 01 2009, 03:37PM
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@ Jodes: I thought it was fava beans, lol!!

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#305 OilersFan4Life
July 01 2009, 03:38PM
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Heatley will be an Oiler as of 11:59 pm tonight...(just have that feeling)

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#306 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:38PM
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Tsn just reported the cammy signing

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#307 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 03:39PM
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Yeesh. I like Cammy a lot but man that contract is frickin steep. I figured he wasn't going to go for much less, but still.

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#308 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:39PM
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As per TSN, Cammalleri to Habs - 5 years, $30 mil

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#309 Jodes
July 01 2009, 03:40PM
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Apps wrote:

@ Jodes: I thought it was fava beans, lol!!

Oops lol

Been a while since I've seen that movie lol

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#310 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 03:43PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Yeesh. I like Cammy a lot but man that contract is frickin steep. I figured he wasn’t going to go for much less, but still.

basically a 40 goal man though

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#311 Sandra
July 01 2009, 03:43PM
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Oilers talking to Antropov

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#312 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:46PM
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Sandra wrote:

Oilers talking to Antropov

I wouldn't mind if this was true, but Sandra wrote it, so I'm not getting my hopes up. Stop posting things that you make up!

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#313 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:47PM
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darenmillard oilers management working dany heatley. multiple conversations with heatley himself. 6 hrs and 13 min until ottawa pays the bonus cash less than 20 seconds ago from web

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#314 Jodes
July 01 2009, 03:48PM
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I'm glad we addressed our #1 goalie situation, but Robin or Gregor, any info on the Oil persuing a 3rd line center? Someone that can help out in the circle now that Horcs the only guy on the team that can win a faceoff?

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#315 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 03:48PM
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@ ScubaSteve: This is why there shouldn't be women allowed in on this discussion...if we were talking about 'The View', I'd take her input...but on this.

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#316 Jodes
July 01 2009, 03:50PM
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Hmm Fiddler to Phx.. interesting..

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#317 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:50PM
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Jay Gray wrote:

@ ScubaSteve: This is why there shouldn’t be women allowed in on this discussion…if we were talking about ‘The View’, I’d take her input…but on this.

Not cool son, women are allowed, but just like us guys, if you don't know what they are talking about, I don't want to hear it, guy or girl

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#318 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:51PM
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TSN Leafs one of 3 teams in on Mike Komisarek Pavel Kubina & Tim Stapleton for Garnet Exelby & Colin Stewart. Already added Colton Orr. Sounds like they're getting more truculent!

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#319 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:52PM
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@ RossCreek:

and beligerent!

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#320 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:52PM
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darenmillard steve tambellini has reached out... now we wait for an answer.. players in edmonton are as puzzled as everyone else.. less than a minute ago from web

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#321 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:52PM
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DarrenDreger Leafs will get Exelby and Stuart for Kubina and Stapleton. Leafs have made a strong offer for Komisarek. www.tsn.ca less than a minute ago from mobile web

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#322 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 03:53PM
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basically the oil are waiting on heatly and the sens to try and find another team that is not the sens or the oilers .. if he truly wanted to come to edmonton he would of waived his no trade clause already .. so do they really want him ?

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#323 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:53PM
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@ ScubaSteve: Francois Beauchemin next? After a Kaberle trade?

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#324 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 03:55PM
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ScubaSteve wrote:

Jay Gray wrote: @ ScubaSteve: This is why there shouldn’t be women allowed in on this discussion…if we were talking about ‘The View’, I’d take her input…but on this. Not cool son, women are allowed, but just like us guys, if you don’t know what they are talking about, I don’t want to hear it, guy or girl

Just a good natured jab at the fairer sex...I said it out loud to my fiance' as I wrote it...she laughed. It was basically what I thought 70% of the readers were thinking...not all...but most.

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#325 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 03:55PM
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DarrenDreger komisarek to Toronto is done half a minute ago from mobile web

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#326 ShaunDoe
July 01 2009, 03:56PM
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@ oilerzz:

Its possible that Heatley already has waived his NMC and Murray is just putting in one last desperate drive for a better deal. Perhaps he is having second thoughts about Penner's contract or some other aspect of the deal but doesn't wish to veto the trade now and risk aquiring less or nothing at all. It all seems really bush league to me.

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#327 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:56PM
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@ RossCreek:

Wouldn't surprise me a bit, if they get Komisarek, that's a pretty nasty blueline to play against, not talented or tough, but nasty.

And TSN reports just now that Komisarek signed with the leafs, no details yet.

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#328 Sandra
July 01 2009, 03:56PM
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I'm a Skank

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#329 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 03:57PM
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@ Jay Gray:

I see, i guess sarcasm doesn't translate well over these interwebs.

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#330 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 03:58PM
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Nope...not at all, lol

@ ScubaSteve:

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#331 Sandra
July 01 2009, 03:59PM
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Sandra wrote:

I’m a Skank

Who is posting under my name.

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#332 Tommy
July 01 2009, 03:59PM
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NHL_Oilers

More Oilers signings to be announced very shortly. 3 minutes ago from web

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#333 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 03:59PM
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@ Sandra:

And how is that goin' for ya?

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#334 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 03:59PM
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From the Oilers Twitter page: NHL_Oilers More Oilers signings to be announced very shortly.

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#335 Sandra
July 01 2009, 04:00PM
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Not very good, i'm always sore

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#336 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 04:00PM
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ShaunDoe wrote:

@ oilerzz: Its possible that Heatley already has waived his NMC and Murray is just putting in one last desperate drive for a better deal. Perhaps he is having second thoughts about Penner’s contract or some other aspect of the deal but doesn’t wish to veto the trade now and risk aquiring less or nothing at all. It all seems really bush league to me.

agreed its bush league big time .. and for some reason the oil are always involved in negative press ..

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#337 Sandra
July 01 2009, 04:01PM
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Woman rule time for you cave men to grow up, calling me a skank, look in the mirror.

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#338 Sandra
July 01 2009, 04:01PM
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Fredrik Olauson coming out of retirement to play for EDM

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#339 Sandra
July 01 2009, 04:02PM
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JAY GRAY GROW UP QUIT USING MY NAME LOSER

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#340 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 04:02PM
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Sweet Jimmy K wrote:

From the Oilers Twitter page: NHL_Oilers More Oilers signings to be announced very shortly.

im guessing some of the players that were qualified

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#341 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 04:02PM
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@ Sandra:

Agreed. Let's not be d-bags fellas. Seriously...

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#342 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 04:03PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

@ Sandra: Agreed. Let’s not be d-bags fellas. Seriously…

+1

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#343 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:03PM
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dantencer RT @NHL_Oilers More Oilers signings to be announced very shortly. 5 minutes ago from web

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#344 Porter
July 01 2009, 04:04PM
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Oilers Twitter saying more signings to be announced soon....

http://twitter.com/NHL_Oilers

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#345 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:04PM
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DarrenDreger 5 years, $4.5 average for Komisarek. half a minute ago from mobile web

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#346 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 04:05PM
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@ Sandra: Haha, clearly you don't know me...I'd have no idea how..don't worry, it ain't me...I'm done on this particle subject. Easy now, lol.

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#347 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:05PM
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Eklund Komisarek to Toronto is official. 6 per. 4 minutes ago from TweetDeck

LOL

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#348 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 04:05PM
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Hey guys I just went to see Transformers and i wanted to know what happ- OHMYGODWEJUSTSIGNEDTHEBULINWALLAAAAHHHHHHHG!

sweet.

Now all the Oil need is a 3rd liner who can take a faceoff and Marty Havlat (so that the Oil can officially kill the Heatley deal and worry about the Cap implications later: enjoy Springfield Penner, Staios, and Nilsson)

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#349 Randy
July 01 2009, 04:06PM
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RossCreek wrote:

dantencer RT @NHL_Oilers More Oilers signings to be announced very shortly. 5 minutes ago from web

Heatley must have had a chat with Jason Smith.

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#350 Naz
July 01 2009, 04:06PM
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where did Neil end up?

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