Mike Comrie: do over?

Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009 07:52AM

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Not once since Mike Comrie left this city after the Edmonton Oilers traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers in December 2003 have I thought to ask him if he'd ever consider playing for the Oilers again.

I didn't think to ask during his tenure in Philadelphia, or during his time with the Phoenix Coyotes, the Ottawa Senators or the New York Islanders in the six seasons since he played here.

I didn't think to ask in any of the off-seasons along the way. Or the other day, when I ran into Mike down the street from my place at brother Paul's house. It didn't dawn on me at the K of C Arena during an interview we did Monday. And why would it?

Given all the ill-will I remember in the months leading up to Comrie being traded -- a nasty bit of business involving Mike, agent Ritch Winter and then-GM Kevin Lowe that came to an ugly head when Lowe queered a deal with Anaheim by asking for $2.5 million to complete the trade -- you'd have to be nuts to even ask, no?

Well, apparently not. The question of whether Comrie might be a fit for the Oilers right now was discussed by Dan Tencer and Bob Stauffer on 630 CHED Tuesday night. Really.

God Almighty, Steve Tambellini, in the name of sweet mercy make a move of some kind before everybody is completely insane. I can hear Hillary Duff screaming at the top of her lungs now, "Noooooooooooooooooo."

I hear you, girl.

Second time around

I'd be the first to suggest Tambellini be fitted with a rubber mouthpiece and a jacket with extra-long arms if he even considered inking Comrie, who is a UFA and is bunking at his brother's house while awaiting a contract offer.

I'm not sure if Tencer, who I'm guessing was barely out of high school when the Comrie fiasco unfolded, was just filling air time, floating a trial balloon or fell down the stairs and hit his head before going on the air, but there's nothing about the first time around I didn't understand.

Now, there's no indication whatsoever from anybody I know the Oilers are even considering talking to Comrie. I'm taking the discussion to be nothing more than a what-if bit of radio filler.

While Comrie, now 29, is good enough to play in the Oilers top six and could be had for a discount rate, like maybe $2 million in a one-year contract, it's a profoundly bad idea on so many levels I don't even know where to start. But, hell, let's try.

Let’s get real

-- Comrie didn't enjoy the attention he got as a home town boy while playing for the Oilers his first time around, and he's not going to be spared the spotlight now on a team that's missed the playoffs three straight years.

-- While Lowe has been bumped to the background in favour of Tambellini, the fact that he's president of hockey operations means he still has a say in player personnel. He's the head of hockey ops.

Forget what made it into the papers back in 2003 when things got ugly -- the best stuff that conveyed the depth of the bad feelings between Lowe and Comrie never made it into  print, and I can tell you that because I knew most of it. I don’t see the passing of six years healing that wound.

-- Comrie and Winter never did go public with the reasons they wanted out of Edmonton, despite suggesting the "real story" would come out at the appropriate time and fans would understand their position.

While I don't see a need to sift through that pile of dirty laundry, Comrie and Winter never did deliver the dirt. All fans know, without the reasons why, is Comrie took a pile of bonus money and turned his back on his hometown. They haven't forgotten.

-- The last thing the Oilers need right now is another five-foot-something forward to join the ranks of Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Patrick O'Sullivan. Where's the fit? Where's the cap room?

No cigar

Look, I've got no beef with Comrie. As you might recall, I was accused by some of being in Comrie's camp throughout the whole mess back in 2003. Maybe, in some ways, I was.

I never thought he owed it to fans here to stay if he was unhappy, whether he went public with his reasons or not. I was sympathetic to his position. It was criminal how some people tried to smear Comrie with the allegation he slept with Tommy Salo's wife. That was bogus.

For those who don't know, when it looked like the deal with Anaheim was done -- before Lowe asked for some bonus money back -- the Oilers had a going away party at Comrie's house. Salo was there. So was captain Jason Smith, who, according to somebody's fantasy, had roughed up Comrie for bedding Mrs. Salo. Again, bogus.

Be that as it may, any flights of fancy about Comrie returning here will crash and burn when he signs with Ottawa, Philadelphia or New Jersey, Maybe even Los Angeles, if Ms. Duff has any pull around the Staples Center. But here? No way.

I'm not even going to ask him.

-- 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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#51 Ender the Dragon
August 19 2009, 12:15PM
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Man news is slow these days. We're discussing all the reasons why we shouldn't bring back a guy who wouldn't come anyway? Really?

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#52 douggy
August 19 2009, 12:20PM
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Mike Comrie, Bill Comrie, the Brick and Rob Scremp can all kiss my ass. Bringing comrie back to edmonton would be like bringing pronger back... nuff said! Schremp will never make the NHL full time. he doesnt have the skating ability. although, I could be wrong...great hands and poor attitude have gotten him thus far.

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#53 Josh
August 19 2009, 12:25PM
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supposedly there is a credible story thats went around that Comrie slept with Tommy Salo's wife when he played there that created alot of tension in the room.... (lovingly edited by bingofuel, because he's feeling extra nice today)

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#54 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 12:26PM
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douggy wrote:

Bringing comrie back to edmonton would be like bringing pronger back… nuff said!

Yeah and that would suck why?

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#55 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 12:27PM
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Josh wrote:

supposivly(is that how you spell it?) there is a credible story thats went around that Comrie slept with Tommy Salo’s wife when he played there that created alot of tension in the room….

Have you read Robin's replies in this article? no truth.

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#56 Boris
August 19 2009, 12:39PM
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Good comments today. But why does it always come back to a "lets bash Penner" series of comments. He was shafted last year by his coach. Setting him up to fail I think someone said earlier. He has averaged 20 goals per season here and his is not the worst contract in the NHL either. If he doesn't earn his wages this upcoming year I will eat my words but I think he will have the season everyone would like him to have. He is still just kid really.

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#57 PATCH
August 19 2009, 12:40PM
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Mike Comrie always reminds me of the king from the first Shrek movie....

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#58 Faceoff
August 19 2009, 12:43PM
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@ douggy: Now what did the Brick do to piss you off. You don't have to pay until 2011.

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#59 OvenChicken8
August 19 2009, 12:43PM
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@ PATCH: You mean Lord Farquaad :p

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#60 The Menace
August 19 2009, 12:44PM
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@ Tull: I don't think the beef was that Lowe asked for the money - it was when he asked for it.

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#61 The Menace
August 19 2009, 12:49PM
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The one thing that's tempting about Comrie is that if we sign him, we get a free 46" flatscreen too.

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#62 King Mob
August 19 2009, 12:54PM
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The Menace wrote:

The one thing that’s tempting about Comrie is that if we sign him, we get a free 46″ flatscreen too.

and we don't have to pay for one full year!

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#63 zaxxonking
August 19 2009, 12:56PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

I am not sure if he or any reporters would report on a players indiscretions. Just look at how much coverage these stories from the past received. Shannahan-Janney and Lindros-Brindamour.

On a side note is it worse in the eyes of the NHL to make comments to the media about your ex girlfriend's or to beat up a cabbie for 20 cents?

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#64 Tyler
August 19 2009, 12:59PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Tyler wrote: Assuming that’s true…does anyone think that the Oilers lost out by ditching Comrie and sticking with MacT? Comrie stars on a lot of bad hockey teams And MacT coached a lot of bad ones.

Well, he had a lot of mediocre players in his time here. The one time he had a legit team + goaltending, he got results. He may well have pissed everyone off by the end of last season but when the history of the Edmonton Oilers is written, I have a feeling that we'll see that guys like Penner and Robert Nilsson don't enjoy particularly prominent places, even under a new coach.

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#65 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 01:09PM
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@ Tyler: I very much agree with you. Besides a few questionable decisions last year, I really believe that he was a good coach. It bothers me a lot that a prominant figure in the Oilers history had to leave in such a way due to the inability of a few players to perform.

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#66 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 01:12PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

Man news is slow these days. We’re discussing all the reasons why we shouldn’t bring back a guy who wouldn’t come anyway? Really?

Slow enough, apparently, that instead of passing up the item because it's of no interest to you, you took the time to read it and then pull the somewhat dickish move of making your comment. Really.

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#67 MrOiler
August 19 2009, 01:19PM
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Of everything mentioned in the post, this is all that matters:

The last thing the Oilers need right now is another five-foot-something forward to join the ranks of Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Patrick O’Sullivan.

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#68 cableguy
August 19 2009, 01:21PM
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Josh wrote:

supposedly there is a credible story thats went around that Comrie slept with Tommy Salo’s wife when he played there that created alot of tension in the room…. (lovingly edited by bingofuel, because he’s feeling extra nice today)

you should pull your head out of your ass and at least take three minutes and read brownlee's article before "commenting"

honestly...

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#69 MrOiler
August 19 2009, 01:35PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Tyler wrote: I actually thought that asking Comrie for $2.5MM was perfectly defensible. I defended Comrie when he used his leverage when he signed initially. Nothing wrong with Lowe doing the same. I agree asking for the money was defensible, but the timing of it was hinky. Wanting $2.5 million back is a significant and uncommon caveat to a trade and is something that should be up front, not slipped into the mix so late that Winter and Bryan Murray thought they had a deal. You can’t offer something as vague as “Before we sign off on this, there’s something we have to discuss” and call it fair ball. That’s what Lowe did.

All is fair in love and war (and business is both).

When a GM puts his stamp of approval on a player/employee and asks the Board for bonus cash from 31 owners on a cash weak team, his reputation is on the line.

Comrie and Winter shouldn't be surprised by Lowe's reaction. If a player can demand a trade, then an organization can demand for signing bonus cash back.

RFA demands for trades are not "fair ball". Tit for tat.

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#70 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 01:39PM
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cableguy wrote:

Josh wrote: supposedly there is a credible story thats went around that Comrie slept with Tommy Salo’s wife when he played there that created alot of tension in the room…. (lovingly edited by bingofuel, because he’s feeling extra nice today) you should pull your head out of your ass and at least take three minutes and read brownlee’s article before “commenting” honestly…

What a concept. Either there is a disproportionate number of people with ADD who post on sites like this or there's a lot of folks who can't be bothered to read what's written before firing off their "take."

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#71 Ogden Brother
August 19 2009, 01:39PM
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jeff wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: This is gettin back to the whole putting guys in spots that they should be. Not sure if Horcoff was completly unproven, but agree on Stoll.

No Horc was unproven (at least as an option as the 1C... heck most still argue he's not proven as a 1C) he was coming off a 15 goal/40 point season (career high)

You put your best players in your major roles, at the time Peca was the best option for 1C.

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#72 smiliegirl15
August 19 2009, 01:39PM
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zaxxonking wrote:

On a side note is it worse in the eyes of the NHL to make comments to the media about your ex girlfriend’s or to beat up a cabbie for 20 cents?

Obviously it depends who you are. Avery shouldn't have made the comment he made but who did it hurt? No one but himself. Patrick Kane beating up a cabbie for 20 cents is way worse in my books yet it seems like less has been made of it because he's one of the NHL's golden boys. I would even say it's worse than Dany Heatley's part in Dan Snyder's death because there are a lot of us who have come through things completely unscathed when the outcome could/should have been similar.

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#73 Ogden Brother
August 19 2009, 01:42PM
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Cam wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: jeff wrote: He really had no choice, at that point Horc/Stoll were completly unproven. Ont he contrary, KLowe was the only guy that had a choice. He traded for Peca and then put him on the spotlight to be number one. Then everyone was all over Peca for not living up to that expectation. It was a shame since Peca was a great player, but not a first line guy.

Unfortunatly you can't just waive a wand and get a 1C... so no, Lowe really didn't have a choice.

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#74 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 01:50PM
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@ MrOiler: Nice axiom, but it's not true. ALL is not fair.

It's fine by me if a team decides to trade a player they've signed for three years, or whatever, one year into the deal. Likewise, it's fair for the player to ask to be moved. That is business. Like I said to Tyler, I can see why Lowe would want to ask for $2.5 million back -- it's worth a try -- but that's not something you try to slide in at the last minute. That caveat has to be up front -- "OK, Mike, we'll trade you, but we're asking for that money back before we sign-off an any deal with a team. OK?"

Slipping it in when Lowe did, after Winter and Murray thought they had a deal, is akin to a car dealer waiting until you're signing off on the brand new car you've agreed to pay $40,000 for, then telling you he's adding a $5,000 surcharge because your mom dresses you funny. It's not up-front. That's not fair ball.

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#75 Ogden Brother
August 19 2009, 01:53PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ MrOiler: Nice axiom, but it’s not true. ALL is not fair. It’s fine by me if a team decides to trade a player they’ve signed for three years, or whatever, one year into the deal. Likewise, it’s fair for the player to ask to be moved. That is business. Like I said to Tyler, I can see why Lowe would want to ask for $2.5 million back — it’s worth a try — but that’s not something you try to slide in at the last minute. That caveat has to be up front — “OK, Mike, we’ll trade you, but we’re asking for that money back before we sign-off an any deal with a team. OK?” Slipping it in when Lowe did, after Winter and Murray thought they had a deal, is akin to a car dealer waiting until you’re signing off on the brand new car you’ve agreed to pay $40,000 for, then telling you he’s adding a $5,000 surcharge because your mom dresses you funny. It’s not up-front. That’s not fair ball.

Could that have come from elsewhere? ie ownership instructed him last minute.. or asked him instruct him last minute.

That was a financial decision more so then a hockey decision.

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#76 Librarian Mike
August 19 2009, 01:58PM
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I was just looking at that picture again, and now I can't get the Grease soundtrack out of my head.

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#77 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 02:01PM
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@ Ogden Brother: I can't imagine Lowe making a move potentially involving $2.5 million without discussions with Cal Nichols and the EIG board. Whether Lowe hatched the money grab or somebody else did, the key is the last-minute nature of it, no matter how it happened. I get it that people would be pissed at Comrie for wanting to leave, but that doesn't justify 11th-hour attempts at pulling a fast one like that.

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#78 Hemmertime
August 19 2009, 02:06PM
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I hate Comrie more than Pronger.

Robin Brownlee wrote:

I never thought he owed it to fans here to stay if he was unhappy, whether he went public with his reasons or not.

Seems entirely in conflict with all your feelings about Heatley. Not a Brian Burke "Ill never trade for a player that asks to be dealt" size conflict, but definitely off kilter. Why does Comrie get a pass and Dany doesn't?

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#79 Ogden Brother
August 19 2009, 02:09PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: I can’t imagine Lowe making a move potentially involving $2.5 million without discussions with Cal Nichols and the EIG board. Whether Lowe hatched the money grab or somebody else did, the key is the last-minute nature of it, no matter how it happened. I get it that people would be pissed at Comrie for wanting to leave, but that doesn’t justify 11th-hour attempts at pulling a fast one like that.

I agree, the last minute nature of the move is bush league. But to me it looks more like an ownership decision then a managment one.

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#80 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 02:14PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

I hate Comrie more than Pronger. Robin Brownlee wrote: I never thought he owed it to fans here to stay if he was unhappy, whether he went public with his reasons or not. Seems entirely in conflict with all your feelings about Heatley. Not a Brian Burke “Ill never trade for a player that asks to be dealt” size conflict, but definitely off kilter. Why does Comrie get a pass and Dany doesn’t?

No conflict at all. Heatley has every right to ask for a trade if he's profoundly unhappy in Ottawa -- even if, on the faace of it, his reasons for doing so seem rather flimsy. It's his manipulation of the NMC clause that rubs me the wrong way. Between being unhappy with being so high profile here and what unfolded with Lowe and MacTavish, Comrie had a lot more reason to want out. And, no, I'm not going into those details.

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#81 Dan Tencer
August 19 2009, 02:17PM
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Robin forgot to mention in his article that it was so obvious to him that this was ridiculous radio filler that he was on the phone with Bob Stauffer before the 10pm news had started immediately following our segment.

And, Robin, if the segment last night on my show was "filler"...then what is this column? You know how it is in the middle of August, man. Hell, I drove all the way from my home on the south side today to deep north Edmonton just to do 6 minutes with Blair Betts. It's the dog days.

P.S. I was a 2003 Grad. Still trying to figure out how that factors into anything.

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#82 Ender the Dragon
August 19 2009, 02:24PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

No disrespect intended, RB; your article is well written, based on solid information, and is entertaining. I meant only to point out that it's like writing an interesting commentary on bean dip; as insightful, humourous, and well researched as it might be, at the end of the article you'd still be left knowing more about bean dip, which might not be of any great relevence to many of us. Granted you've also been entertained for the time you spent reading, and perhaps that is the point of the article in which case it suceeds beautifully.

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#83 OvenChicken8
August 19 2009, 02:27PM
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Dan Tencer wrote:

Robin forgot to mention in his article that it was so obvious to him that this was ridiculous radio filler that he was on the phone with Bob Stauffer before the 10pm news had started immediately following our segment. And, Robin, if the segment last night on my show was “filler”…then what is this column? You know how it is in the middle of August, man. Hell, I drove all the way from my home on the south side today to deep north Edmonton just to do 6 minutes with Blair Betts. It’s the dog days. P.S. I was a 2003 Grad. Still trying to figure out how that factors into anything.

Well that radio filler has helped me fill my boring ass day thank god! Side note: Dan, did you get any good quotes out of Betts?

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#84 The Menace
August 19 2009, 02:28PM
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Dan Tencer wrote:

P.S. I was a 2003 Grad. Still trying to figure out how that factors into anything.

Perhaps the point was to take a jab at inexperience, or how you might be considered "green" or "wet behind the ears".

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#85 The Menace
August 19 2009, 02:29PM
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but I'm only guessing... ;)

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#86 sittingatmydesk
August 19 2009, 02:37PM
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@ jeff:Cap geek shows 1.2 and nhlnumbers shows 1.4. So we do have some money. Plus are we going with the 14 forwards we currently have listed or are one or two of them going to the minors? are you counting bonuses?

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#87 Dan Tencer
August 19 2009, 02:40PM
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@ OvenChicken8:

Betts on not having a job: "I'm doing alright. It's my first experience with free agency and it obviously hasn't been going well so far. There's been a bit of interest but not enough to have any offers on the table right now."

Does it come as a surprise? "It does, yeah. I didn't expect it to get done in the first couple days, but I didn't think it would take 8 weeks either. It's frustrating, a little disappointing and a little scary."

On playing in Edmonton: "Right now I just think that they have a lot of good, young forwards that are signed right and there's just no real opportunity at this point. As of right now, I don't think Edmonton is a realistic opportunity."

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#88 sittingatmydesk
August 19 2009, 02:42PM
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Dan Tencer wrote:

Robin forgot to mention in his article that it was so obvious to him that this was ridiculous radio filler that he was on the phone with Bob Stauffer before the 10pm news had started immediately following our segment. And, Robin, if the segment last night on my show was “filler”…then what is this column? You know how it is in the middle of August, man. Hell, I drove all the way from my home on the south side today to deep north Edmonton just to do 6 minutes with Blair Betts. It’s the dog days. P.S. I was a 2003 Grad. Still trying to figure out how that factors into anything.

ZING!!!!!

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#89 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 02:45PM
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@ Dan Tencer: First, before you get indignant, please point out where I called your segment "ridiculous radio filler." Start with that. It is slow. That's why I made a reference to Steve Tambellini making a move before we all go insane rather than saying, "Please, Dan, stop talking about stupid sh*t like this before we all go insane."

Second, months ago, you took issue with me for taking something that was said at a morning skate with 10-15 people present and relaying it here. I recall you tried to put a fine point on it by writing, "Thanks for the heads-up" that what's said in the setting is fair game. Now, you're bringing up a private phone call between myself and Bob Stauffer? Where in this item do I refer to a conversation with Bob Stauffer? For your information, not that I owe you an explantion, I started thinking about writing this item on Monday after I talked to Mike and decided to do it based on another conversation earlier Tuesday. The discussion on your show provided a reference and an "in" to something I was already going to write. Nothing more.

Third, the reference to you being in high school was made because I question your grasp of how bitter the split back in 2003 was. You weren't working in the business then, so you'd have no way of knowing, outside of what you read or heard. Covering the story as I did, and knowing what I do, I don't see Comrie ever playing here again no matter what the other circumstances -- roster, cap space, coaching, whatever -- might be.

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#90 Chris.
August 19 2009, 02:49PM
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I'm tired of hearing how Mike Comrie was unfairly portrayed in the media... Maybe Mike and Rich should have given us their side of the story.

I sure wish they had: I don't like that Lowe and MacT were given a free pass and that the Oiler faithful boooo Comrie at every turn without knowing why. The whole Comrie incident is just another example that nicely illustrates the bush league way my beloved franchise has been run.

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#91 Ogden Brother
August 19 2009, 02:55PM
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Chris. wrote:

I’m tired of hearing how Mike Comrie was unfairly portrayed in the media… Maybe Mike and Rich should have given us their side of the story. I sure wish they had: I don’t like that Lowe and MacT were given a free pass and that the Oiler faithful boooo Comrie at every turn without knowing why. The whole Comrie incident is just another example that nicely illustrates the bush league way my beloved franchise has been run.

You really think Lowe was given a free pass? Re-read the posts on this (and every other article related).

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#92 Quicksilver ballet
August 19 2009, 03:10PM
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EPIC FAIL

......but what about Heatley?

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#93 jeff
August 19 2009, 03:11PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

jeff wrote: @ Ogden Brother: This is gettin back to the whole putting guys in spots that they should be. Not sure if Horcoff was completly unproven, but agree on Stoll. No Horc was unproven (at least as an option as the 1C… heck most still argue he’s not proven as a 1C) he was coming off a 15 goal/40 point season (career high) You put your best players in your major roles, at the time Peca was the best option for 1C.

I don't know Peca was coming off a similar season and was older starting the down turn of his career. It shouldn't have taken long to figure out Horcoff was greater then Peca. And I don't think it did take very long.

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#94 Tyler
August 19 2009, 03:12PM
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Dan's got a point Robin. Take shots at his obvious naievete, horrendous puffery (Steve MacIntyre: Gentle Giant) and general toeing of the Oilers line, not the fact that he's so young.

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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Like I said to Tyler, I can see why Lowe would want to ask for $2.5 million back — it’s worth a try — but that’s not something you try to slide in at the last minute. That caveat has to be up front — “OK, Mike, we’ll trade you, but we’re asking for that money back before we sign-off an any deal with a team. OK?” Slipping it in when Lowe did, after Winter and Murray thought they had a deal, is akin to a car dealer waiting until you’re signing off on the brand new car you’ve agreed to pay $40,000 for, then telling you he’s adding a $5,000 surcharge because your mom dresses you funny. It’s not up-front. That’s not fair ball.

I'm sort of in agreement with this, although it depends how far in front it is. If I'm Kevin Lowe, I have to get a certain value for Mike Comrie before I'm willing to trade him. If, for example, Anaheim had offered Getzlaf, Perry, Pahlsson and Giguere...I'm not asking for money. If they give me the deal that they ended up offering and I say "I'll accept it, provided I get $X", I don't see the problem with that.

If, as you seem to be suggesting, Lowe told Comrie and Murray the deal was done and then changed his mind on the money, that gets a little problematic. I don't have a problem though with him casting about for the best he could get and then telling Comrie what the price was going to be in addition. How can he know what the price will be until he knows what portion of the price will be paid by the team acquiring him?

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#95 Josh
August 19 2009, 03:13PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: i actually did read it and thought it was an alright read. i guess i should have maybe wrote something in better taste instead of the comment I made and sorry to any of those i offended but when your best friend who has a cousin who plays on the oilers right now and tells you about the whole comrie thing that happened back in the day, it kinda makes you think a bit as to how something like that could happen. i would hope that it isn't true for comrie's sake just for the fact that he still has fans in oil country. weather its true or not, i could careless about comrie and what he does

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#96 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 03:19PM
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@ Tyler: Robin Brownlee wrote:

Third, the reference to you being in high school was made because I question your grasp of how bitter the split back in 2003 was. You weren’t working in the business then, so you’d have no way of knowing, outside of what you read or heard. Covering the story as I did, and knowing what I do, I don’t see Comrie ever playing here again no matter what the other circumstances — roster, cap space, coaching, whatever — might be.

But also, as I approach 30... (sucks doesn't it Tyler?) I will definately say that I have no problem taking shots at people due to their age. Friggin punk good for nothing kids. HAHA

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#97 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 03:23PM
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Josh wrote:

when your best friend who has a cousin who plays on the oilers right now and tells you about the whole comrie thing that happened back in the day

Current Oilers on the team back then... Ales Hemsky Shawn Horcoff Ethan Moreau Steve Staios

HAHA your best friends cousin is..... I'm thinking Horcoff. He's from the closest city.

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#98 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 03:24PM
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Oh I forgot Fernando!!!! That's the one! Dammit.

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#99 The Towel Boy
August 19 2009, 03:29PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

As you approach 30?

*suddenly feels old*

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#100 jeanshorts
August 19 2009, 03:32PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

~2 Christmas' ago I played shinny with Fernando's brother-in-law and he told me that Fernando told him, that Horcoff told him, that Laraque told him, that Salo told him that the real reason he was mad at Comrie was because he never returned a cassarole dish they lent him one time.

And because he f*cked Salo's wife.~

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