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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#351 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 04:07PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Eklund Komisarek to Toronto is official. 6 per. 4 minutes ago from TweetDeck LOL

Even when it's reported, Eklund can't get it right, sad, sad

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#352 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 04:07PM
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@ Naz:

Nowhere as of yet.

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#353 Sandra
July 01 2009, 04:08PM
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Jay Gray wrote:

@ 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.

Ok just for men, how is the "Trim"

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#354 rOILty
July 01 2009, 04:08PM
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I'd like to see us sign a guy like manny malhotra or get chris neil

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#355 c33
July 01 2009, 04:08PM
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@ Jay Gray: Hey, kill the comment about women....I actually know more about hockey than most of the guys I know, and am one of the few females ever to get on the air with something relevant to say....guys do not have the monoply on knowing things about sports.

That being said, Sandra needs to stop just throwing crap out there....nothing to do with her being a woman.

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#356 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 04:08PM
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@ Naz: no where yet

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#357 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 04:11PM
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it was so much easier to follow the comment sections when they topped out at 150, this is getting whacky.

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#358 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:12PM
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Eklund It looks like Havlat to Minnesota and Heatley to Edmonton. less than a minute ago from TweetDeck Komisarek 4.5 3 minutes ago from TweetDeck Wild in play for Havlat (e4) 3 minutes ago from TweetDeck Komisarek to Toronto is official. 6 per. 11 minutes ago from TweetDeck

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#359 Sandra
July 01 2009, 04:13PM
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and i am still a skank

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#360 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:15PM
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DarrenDreger Sullivan agrees to 2 year extension with Nashvile. $3.75 per year says TSN. less than a minute ago from mobile web steve Begin agrees to 1 year, $850,000 deal with Bruins. TSN 4 minutes ago from mobile web

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#361 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 04:15PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Eklund Komisarek to Toronto is official. 6 per. 4 minutes ago from TweetDeck LOL

Great news. Now we get to watch him get is a$$ kicked by Lucic in English.

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#362 Naz
July 01 2009, 04:15PM
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Neil would be awesome with JFJ and Zach

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#363 heavyd
July 01 2009, 04:17PM
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How does everyone feel about the new goalie?

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#364 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 04:18PM
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heavyd wrote:

How does everyone feel about the new goalie?

22-5-2 in the regular season vs Calgary good stuff

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#365 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 04:18PM
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@ heavyd: Mixed - Great deal as far as Cap goes... Long term, though

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#366 Jay Gray
July 01 2009, 04:19PM
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@ heavyd: I like it. He's younger than Roli, make around the same (750,000 apart) and he had better numbers last year. I welcome the arrival of the Bulin Wall.

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#367 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:19PM
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Simon Gagne to Oil (rc2)

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#368 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 04:21PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Simon Gagne to Oil (rc2)

in exchange for Smid and Nilsson (ag3) *screw you Heatley, no deal for you*

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#369 Randy
July 01 2009, 04:22PM
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Jay Gray wrote:

@ heavyd: I like it. He’s younger than Roli, make around the same (750,000 apart) and he had better numbers last year. I welcome the arrival of the Bulin Wall.

He gives us a few years to bring our prospects around. good signing for the next few years.

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#370 heavyd
July 01 2009, 04:22PM
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The only thing that i am surprised about is the 4 year deal thats all.

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#371 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 04:22PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Simon Gagne to Oil (rc2)

Yeah. I could get on board with that.

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#372 Beukaboom
July 01 2009, 04:23PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

RossCreek wrote: Simon Gagne to Oil (rc2) in exchange for Smid and Nilsson (ag3) *screw you Heatley, no deal for you*

Where did you get this? That would be cool.

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#373 heavyd
July 01 2009, 04:23PM
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Anything new about heatly?

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#374 Jodes
July 01 2009, 04:24PM
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I wonder if the "signings" coming soon are of the RFA's (Grebs, etc) then the UFAs..

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#375 Dave999
July 01 2009, 04:26PM
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"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"

I had heard the opposite actually...

GO FLAMES!!!

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#376 Archaeologuy
July 01 2009, 04:26PM
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Beukaboom wrote:

Where did you get this? That would be cool.

The same place Eklund gets his inside info.

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#377 heavyd
July 01 2009, 04:26PM
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Dave999 wrote:

“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” I had heard the opposite actually… GO FLAMES!!!

wow thanks man we already knew that.

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#378 Dave999
July 01 2009, 04:27PM
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oilerzz wrote:

How does everyone feel about the new goalie?

He's been riddled with injuries...too long of a contract for a goalie that age.

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#379 Randy
July 01 2009, 04:27PM
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Have we still going to try signing Ales Kotalik??

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#380 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:28PM
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#381 heavyd
July 01 2009, 04:28PM
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Randy wrote:

Have we still going to try signing Ales Kotalik??

I think it all depends on what heatly does, and what other free agents do, but I wouldn't mind seeing him back.

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#382 Jodes
July 01 2009, 04:29PM
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Looks like we didn't get Pahlsson, scooped up by Columbus, 3yr 7.95 million deal.

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#383 LOIL
July 01 2009, 04:29PM
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Gange hauls mad trim.

LOIL

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#384 oilerzz
July 01 2009, 04:29PM
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@ Dave999:what do you do someone has to be in the net .. hes a vet , won a cup .. and is a good goalie .. everyone gets hurt from time to time part of the game

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#385 Oilersordeath
July 01 2009, 04:29PM
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Dave999 wrote:

“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” I had heard the opposite actually… GO FLAMES!!!

Riiiight.... So who's gonna score goals for ya Iggy? Isnt he like 62 now? oh thats right Glenncross that scoring machine!!

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#386 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:30PM
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Beukaboom wrote:

Archaeologuy wrote: RossCreek wrote: Simon Gagne to Oil (rc2) in exchange for Smid and Nilsson (ag3) *screw you Heatley, no deal for you* Where did you get this? That would be cool.

Woo, Woo, nothin to see here. Eklund spoof.

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#387 Jodes
July 01 2009, 04:30PM
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I thought Kotalik's agent wasn't even going to deal with the Oilers, since they showed no interest in him before the deadline..

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#388 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 04:31PM
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LOIL wrote:

Gange hauls mad trim. LOIL

Please post in english, and stop posting idiotic comments you think are funny

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#389 Randy
July 01 2009, 04:31PM
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heavyd wrote:

Randy wrote: Have we still going to try signing Ales Kotalik?? I think it all depends on what heatly does, and what other free agents do, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him back.

Just hope we don't wait and let him slip away like Glenncross last year this time.

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#390 Alan
July 01 2009, 04:32PM
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RossCreek wrote:

dantencer TSN: Tambellini, other Oilers representatives, have communicated repeatedly directly with Dany Heatley. 9 minutes ago from web

Last night he was basically ripping Gregor and the TEAM 1260 saying he was 100% certain deal was dead. So does he recant? Gregor might have jumped the gun, but if the deals transpires like he said then technically wasn't he right, just a bit early? I'll be curious to see how Tencer spins his claims. I'm no fan of his.

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#391 LOIL
July 01 2009, 04:33PM
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ScubaSteve wrote:

LOIL wrote: Gange hauls mad trim. LOIL Please post in english, and stop posting idiotic comments you think are funny

Thats not english? All the words are in the english dictionary. Weird...

LOIL

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#392 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:33PM
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Oilersordeath wrote:

So who’s gonna score goals for ya Iggy? Isnt he like 62 now? oh thats right Glenncross that scoring machine!!

-Iginla's goal production dropped with Cammalleri's prescence. I'd expect that to change. -Jokinen potted around 21-22 gino's before he landed in Calgary last season (29 in total). I'd expect him to pot 30.

Its not as though they were a low scoring team last season.

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#393 Oilerguyforlife
July 01 2009, 04:34PM
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@ Sandra: REALLY:D

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#394 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 04:36PM
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@ LOIL:

True, but to make a sentence you need to put the words in a proper order, and what is a "Gange"? Needless to say you aren't adding anything to the conversation here.

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#395 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 04:37PM
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RossCreek wrote:

-Jokinen potted around 21-22 gino’s before he landed in Calgary last season (29 in total). I’d expect him to pot 30.

Hell, I'm sure Jokinen can get at least 35 if Iginla just bounces shots off his face. It's the size of a drive-in screen.

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#396 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:40PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

RossCreek wrote: -Jokinen potted around 21-22 gino’s before he landed in Calgary last season (29 in total). I’d expect him to pot 30. Hell, I’m sure Jokinen can get at least 35 if Iginla just bounces shots off his face. It’s the size of a drive-in screen.

LOL

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#397 heavyd
July 01 2009, 04:41PM
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I hope we can get Neil?

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#398 RossCreek
July 01 2009, 04:43PM
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dantencer Roli asked if he was surprised that Oil didn't offer him 2 yrs: "Yeah I was surprised. They wouldn't move. I guess they didn't want me back" less than a minute ago from web

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#399 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 04:43PM
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heavyd wrote:

I hope we can get Neil?

Isn't he dating Britney Spears or something?

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#400 LOIL
July 01 2009, 04:46PM
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ScubaSteve wrote:

@ LOIL: True, but to make a sentence you need to put the words in a proper order, and what is a “Gange”? Needless to say you aren’t adding anything to the conversation here.

Gange is english for Gagne.

LOIL

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