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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#401 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 04:47PM
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@ ScubaSteve:

I smell a troll here. I won't feed it if you don't.

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#402 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 04:50PM
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@ Librarian Mike:

Deal,

"hey Heatley, you see how easy that is?"

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#403 socaldave
July 01 2009, 04:50PM
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Dave999 wrote:

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.

did you even look at his stats before posting that? Robin did us all a favour and posted them on this very thread. Just in case... y'know... you actually cared

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#404 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 04:51PM
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@ ScubaSteve:

Hahaha. Nice!

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#405 Sweet Jimmy K
July 01 2009, 04:53PM
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ScubaSteve wrote:

@ Librarian Mike: Deal, “hey Heatley, you see how easy that is?”

Hey, are you sure don't want to sleep on that until tomorrow, and give us an answer at some point, before midnight, just so you can explore your other options? We might even get some people from the "Don't feed the troll" camp to give you a call and help you make up your mind. You never know, the other options like Maybe, and Yes, might offer a better deal for your decision.

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#406 Helmerfied
July 01 2009, 04:54PM
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Yet More On Heatley: According to Dreger, Heatley feels that the Ottawa Senators "put a gun to his head" and he wants more options than just Edmonton. Absolutely amazing.

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#407 Helmerfied
July 01 2009, 04:54PM
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Yet More On Heatley: According to Dreger, Heatley feels that the Ottawa Senators "put a gun to his head" and he wants more options than just Edmonton. Absolutely amazing.

As per coppernblue.com.

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#408 freeze
July 01 2009, 04:56PM
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you have got to be kidding me. walk away Tambo, walk away.

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#409 jt in Oilertown
July 01 2009, 04:57PM
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FWIW - Kypreos figures the Heatley situation will be resolved in the next hour, and he'd be "shocked" if he doesn't go Edmonton.

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#410 LOIL
July 01 2009, 05:00PM
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I love the guy as a player but if he isnt going to say yes to the oil unless he has no other option then we are just going to be in this same situation one year from now when he wants out of edmonton. The only bright side is penner out of town. I am fully of the opinion that tambi should drop out.

LOIL

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#411 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 05:01PM
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Helmerfied wrote:

Yet More On Heatley: According to Dreger, Heatley feels that the Ottawa Senators “put a gun to his head” and he wants more options than just Edmonton. Absolutely amazing.

I saw that on Sportscenter and I could feel my brain start to melt. How is it that Ottawa is putting a gun to his head when HE is the one that said he wanted the f*ck outta there? Ottawa should settle for a bag of pucks just because ol Dany wants to lay on the beach in San Jose during the season? These NTC's are pure garbage. And if you ask for a trade it should automatically be voided.

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#412 17
July 01 2009, 05:02PM
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Heatley felt like he had a gun to his head? Well no freaking kidding. Geez, I'm almost glad he hasn't been traded here...as far as we know.

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#413 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 05:05PM
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Isn't it ironic that Heatley is claiming that the Senators "put a gun to his head" when, in fact, he actually was the one putting Ottawa under the gun?

Ha Ha, oh well. I say bring the Heatley train to Edmonton. I'm convinced he's coming and I'm happy about it.

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#414 mattyfinch
July 01 2009, 05:05PM
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this is interesting true.

"For Heatley’s part, whatever he may say should he choose to go to Edmonton, the Oilers are his last choice. He’s waiting until all other suitors exhaust their opportunity, and will choose Edmonton over Ottawa only of those are his final two options."

Mark Spector is a columnist for sportsnet.ca

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#415 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 05:06PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

Ha Ha, oh well. I say bring the Heatley train to Edmonton. I’m convinced he’s coming and I’m happy about it.

True that, plus I'm convinced he have the right coaches to keep him under control. quinn doesn't take a lot of crap from anyone

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#416 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 05:10PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

Isn’t it ironic that Heatley is claiming that the Senators “put a gun to his head” when, in fact, he actually was the one putting Ottawa under the gun?

No kidding. It's like a John Woo movie with all these guns pointed at each other's heads. I have no idea how it's going to turn out, but I'm pretty sure it's about to get a whole lot uglier before midnight rolls around.

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#417 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 05:11PM
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He is being petty for someone who is 5 hours away from cashing a 4 million dollar pay check just for being him. Gotta love prima donnas!

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#418 Fiveandagame
July 01 2009, 05:11PM
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Strudwick resigned. at 700k as per sportsnet

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#419 Jodes
July 01 2009, 05:14PM
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Strudwick.. yay.. so what, we have another 4th line winger/7th Dman?

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#420 Fiveandagame
July 01 2009, 05:14PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Strudwick resigned. at 700k as per sportsnet

Sorry from Millard on Twitter

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#421 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 05:18PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Strudwick resigned. at 700k as per sportsnet

Good signing. Plays with heart, when and where he has to Great community guy Genuinely Loves Edmonton

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#422 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 05:19PM
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Heatley's attitude is pissing me right off and I'm sure I will not be the first to say this (I don't feel like reading over 400 posts lol.) The fact is he obviously doesn't want to be an Oiler and I really hope in 5 hours from now the deal falls through and Murray tells him show up or you're suspended for the year. /end rant

p.s. ~use those assests and trade for ovechkin~ I better stop drinking haha

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#423 Robin Brownlee
July 01 2009, 05:23PM
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mattyfinch wrote:

this is interesting true. “For Heatley’s part, whatever he may say should he choose to go to Edmonton, the Oilers are his last choice. He’s waiting until all other suitors exhaust their opportunity, and will choose Edmonton over Ottawa only of those are his final two options.” Mark Spector is a columnist for sportsnet.ca

Oh please, Dany, come to Edmonton. Pleeeeeease come to Edmonton and score 40 goals. Sure, we might be your last choice, but we aren't proud. Once you see the city and meet the guys, you'll change. You won't bail out on us after 18 months. You won't disappoint us. Will you?Pleeeeeeeeeeeease come to Edmonton.

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#424 Harlie
July 01 2009, 05:23PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Strudwick resigned. at 700k as per sportsnet

we got our 1st line center boys!!!!

;)

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#425 Mike76
July 01 2009, 05:24PM
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Phaneuf is still the ugliest SOB in the league.

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#426 Cory Dakin
July 01 2009, 05:25PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: It worked for Pronger... Oh.. wait...

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#427 Smokin' Ray
July 01 2009, 05:25PM
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Harlie wrote:

Fiveandagame wrote: Strudwick resigned. at 700k as per sportsnet we got our 1st line center boys!!!!

~And he's also our Boumeester.~

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#428 Harlie
July 01 2009, 05:25PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

that reminds me of when I proposed to my wife. LOL!

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#429 ScubaSteve
July 01 2009, 05:25PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

I think you have this sarcasm thing down pat

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#430 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 05:25PM
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OvenChicken8 wrote:

p.s. ~use those assests and trade for ovechkin~ I better stop drinking haha

Oh, if only...

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#431 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 05:26PM
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The more info that comes out on this, the less I want heatley. If he (is forced to) chooses to come here, nothing is stopping him from doing the same thing next summer.

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#432 Mike76
July 01 2009, 05:27PM
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Robin,

Do you think a three way deal may be in play where we still send our three to Ottawa and get someone other than Heatley from a third team?

@ ScubaSteve:

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#433 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 05:29PM
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@ ronaldo:

True.... but he's still an asset, granted his value is yet to be determined

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#434 Beukaboom
July 01 2009, 05:29PM
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Just got word from the Dany Heatley camp: No timetable on waiving or exercising their no-trade clause in the deal to Edmonton.

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#435 Beukaboom
July 01 2009, 05:30PM
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Sorry, that was from Mark spector - Sportsnet

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#436 darren
July 01 2009, 05:30PM
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So if Heatley does end up in Edmonton does is NMC come with?

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#437 darren
July 01 2009, 05:31PM
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So if Heatley does end up in Edmonton does *his* NMC come with?

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#438 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 05:31PM
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@ darren: Yes, we can't just acquire him and flip him.

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#439 jeanshorts
July 01 2009, 05:33PM
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@ OvenChicken8:

hahahaha wait. So he may have to begrudingly sign with a team he has no desire to play for, and then we can't even trade him? IRONY!

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#440 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 05:33PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: You forgot the ~. People will think you sound like me otherwise.

ronaldo wrote:

The more info that comes out on this, the less I want heatley. If he (is forced to) chooses to come here, nothing is stopping him from doing the same thing next summer.

His NMC is nullified in the deal. We wont have any guns to pull out.

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#441 Jack Bauer
July 01 2009, 05:33PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

Okay dude, we got it with the 10 posts and 2 blogs about how you dont want Heatley.

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#442 Librarian Mike
July 01 2009, 05:33PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

At this point I think I'd rather have Gaborik for 40 games than Heatley moping through the neutral zone for 82.

Oh well, at least Strudwick likes it here. If he wanted out I might have to go have a 'shower cry'.

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#443 JB
July 01 2009, 05:33PM
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Heatley is climbing to the top of the "Epitome of Everything Wrong With Pro Athletes" list. You'd think some of the experiences he's had might lead him to reflect on how fortunate he is.

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#444 Hemmertime
July 01 2009, 05:34PM
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aww I thought otherwise

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#445 ronaldo
July 01 2009, 05:34PM
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@ Monday Guy Yes he's an asset, but if the cap goes way down and he demands a trade, we are worse off then ottawa today.

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#446 OvenChicken8
July 01 2009, 05:36PM
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@ jeanshorts: Oh the NMC, thou is a heartless b1tch

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#447 Roz
July 01 2009, 05:37PM
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darren wrote:

So if Heatley does end up in Edmonton does *his* NMC come with?

I think if the Oilers honor it but as soon as a player is dealt the NMC is null and void.

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#448 Robin Brownlee
July 01 2009, 05:38PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ OvenChicken8: hahahaha wait. So he may have to begrudingly sign with a team he has no desire to play for, and then we can’t even trade him? IRONY!

Certainly sounds like the start of a wonderful relationship. What could go wrong? One more time, for those slow on the uptake of how this is destined to turn out: R-U-N, T-A-M-B-E-L-L-I-N-I, R-U-N!

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#449 Monday Guy
July 01 2009, 05:38PM
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@ ronaldo: Perhaps, but there will always be a GM out there who will take a chance on an elite scorer.

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#450 Jack Bauer
July 01 2009, 05:38PM
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Roz wrote:

darren wrote: So if Heatley does end up in Edmonton does *his* NMC come with? I think if the Oilers honor it but as soon as a player is dealt the NMC is null and void.

hahahahha, no its not!

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