FOK: He who signs the cheques makes the rules

Robin Brownlee
August 28 2009 11:17AM

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As much of a surprise as all this talk about the Edmonton Oilers having an interest in Mike Comrie should be, it isn't if you allow for the likelihood that owner Daryl Katz has been influencing decisions on the hockey operations side of the business since he took ownership of the team.

That the Oilers are even remotely considering signing Comrie, a UFA, just six seasons after a bitter split with the team and a falling out with then-GM Kevin Lowe, tells me Katz has his fingerprints all over this one.

Katz and Bill Comrie, Mike's dad, are friends. There's a relationship and a loyalty at play here, and every intuitive bone in my body leads me to believe that relationship trumps anything that has happened in the past and is what's driving the possibility Comrie could return. Katz signs the cheques. Katz makes the rules. Katz wants Comrie.

It doesn't take a vast intellect to conclude Katz's desire to at least take a look at Comrie has been made clear to Lowe, now the president of hockey operations, and GM Steve Tambellini. I'm guessing neither one of them has said, "Forget it, boss. Leave the hockey decisions to us."

If you look at some of the decisions made since Katz took ownership of the team, it's reasonable to conclude there's every possibility the FOK Era -- Friends Of Katz -- might set a new standard for favours and nepotism by a franchise that has a history of both.

Not that that's necessarily, ahem, a bad thing...

Who calls the shots?

This interest in a do-over with Comrie as the hometown-boy-made-good, despite what happened in 2003 and despite the obvious fact the last thing the Oilers need right now is another small forward on the roster, doesn't add up — I listed them here at ON Aug 19 — if you take Katz out of the mix.

The way things went down with Comrie and agent Ritch Winter back then, notably Lowe's 11th hour request for $2.5 million that queered a trade with the Anaheim Ducks, Mike couldn't get out of town fast enough. And Oilers fans, almost in unison, said "Good riddance. Get lost. Bugger off."

Now, I don't know if Comrie has as much interest in the Oilers as they have in him because I haven't asked him and Winter isn't saying, offering only a "No comment" when I spoke with him briefly on Thursday.

Maybe they're just playing footsy with Katz and the idea until a better offer comes along. Then again, maybe Comrie, because of the relationship between his family and Katz, really is willing to wipe the slate clean and play here. I'd be lying if I told you I knew.

The way I see it

From where I sit, there's already been a handful of hockey operations decisions orchestrated or influenced by Katz.

-- I think the decision to take Lowe out of the spotlight and the daily firing line, while keeping him on the company payroll by making him president of operations, was done, at least in part, as a favour to a friend.

-- I think that Kelly Buchberger, who has a summer home not far from Katz on a lake outside Edmonton, was promoted to Craig MacTavish's coaching staff, and later survived the purge of MacTavish, Charlie Huddy and Billy Moores, as a favour to a friend.

Of course, the fact MacTavish and the Oilers parted ways might seem to fly in the face of that logic, seeing as MacT and Katz are tight, but I don't think MacTavish would've been shown the door had he voiced any real desire to stay on. Even at the time of the announcement MacTavish was finished here, there was the perception this was a resignation framed as a firing.

-- Then, there was the Oilers offering Georges Laraque a four-year contract worth $6 million last summer. This, just a few seasons removed from having MacTavish essentially run Laraque out of town. Laraque and Katz, who works out at a gym partially owned by Big Georges, are friends.

Now, Comrie.

From a PR point of view, there could be some mileage in welcoming Comrie back. A do-over might soften the memory of the hard-line Lowe took with Comrie the first time around. See, Mike's back. Edmonton is player-friendly.

How it plays out

Given the stated need by Tambellini at the end of last season to make the roster grittier and tougher to play against, I can't see, from a hockey-ops point of view, how he or Lowe could possibly be on board with a move to add Comrie to the mix. I'd love to jab both of them in the butt with a syringe of truth serum right now.

How does adding Comrie, even at a reasonable salary of, say, $1.5 million, and putting aside his diminishing points totals in recent seasons, address the needs of a roster that includes Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Patrick O'Sullivan and has missed the playoffs in three straight seasons?

It doesn't. But FOK trumps that. If the boss is the one who is pulling the strings, if the guy who signs the cheques is driving the bus, then this isn't a hockey decision, it's just another favour to a friend.

-- 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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#201 cableguy
August 29 2009, 07:25AM
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Dallas wrote:

Does anyone know how to refresh the page with an iPhone?

isnt there an APP for that?

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#202 Fiveandagame
August 29 2009, 07:41AM
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@ vern:

I'd agree, there were a bunch of people on here all last season saying we should trade Souray.

How many 235lbs 20 goal scoring physical defenseman are there in the league? Maybe in the last year of his contract but for now, Souray is gold.

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#203 Colin
August 29 2009, 07:49AM
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cableguy wrote:

Dallas wrote: Does anyone know how to refresh the page with an iPhone? isnt there an APP for that?

lol, good one.

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#204 Lofty
August 29 2009, 07:52AM
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@ cableguy:

Just the refresh button on the address bar at the top

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#205 JRyanMac
August 29 2009, 08:28AM
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@ Fiveandagame:

I agree. I think even J.W. had mentioned that now would be the time to trade him, because his value was so high coming off a good season, and he may not have that type of season this year considering his injury-proned past. I think he can and will be the same player this year, and we're much better of keeping him, as long as the new coaches set up the PP with more plays than "wait til Souray is half open and feed a one-timer". I just hope the trade request R.B. mentioned at the end of last season turned out to be a false rumor.

@ Robin Brownlee:

Have you heard any more about that possible request?

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#206 Robin Brownlee
August 29 2009, 08:42AM
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@ JRyanMac: The talk Souray had requested a trade was speculative but had some legs because he was clearly not thrilled with the way the season unfolded on and off the ice.

My sense is much the frustration that had him at least thinking of moving on was alleviated when MacTavish left. Still, there's the family dynamic at play -- his ex-wife and children are in Los Angeles.

I haven't talked to Sheldon this summer, so I can't say with any certainty where his head is at right now.

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#207 Cerebus
August 29 2009, 08:54AM
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Matheson has chimed in and says this signing is not happening:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/truth+Comrie+Edmonton+return+rumour/1941861/story.html

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#208 BigE57
August 29 2009, 08:58AM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

If the Comrie deal has legs and comes to fruition hopefully he can contribute in a meaningful way. But if he comes here and is a bust where does that leave this organization where the owner is pulling the strings like it is some kind of social club.

I respect Daryl Katz, he is a hell of a business man but when he purchased the Oilers from the EIG there was talk of how this would be a more solid organization with one guy at the top......right now it's looking more like the New York Islanders.

Are Oiler fans in for a lifetime of torment here?

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#209 JRyanMac
August 29 2009, 09:02AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Still, there’s the family dynamic at play — his ex-wife and children are in Los Angeles.

Thanks for the response. I would think he'd like to be closer to his kids too, and does seem like an L.A. type of guy. Hopefully his ex-wife is a b!tch and he'd prefer to stay away from her...

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#210 MrOiler
August 29 2009, 09:09AM
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Robin,

Sorry, but this is one giant piece of "speculation". If you want to offer up something more substantial than "intuition", I'll listen. But right now, this article tells me more about you than anyone in the Oilers' management group.

How many 33,20,30,and 21 goal scorers do we have at the price of $1.3M-$1.5M (rumour) do we currently have? He hasn't even turned 29 yet.

It's a bargain signing. He can play wing or center. It's an upgrade on a number of our players at least 40% off. Is he gritty? Nope. But we may be thinking about clearing some space on the roster.

If it's the last move we make this season, yes there's a problem. But there's little chance of that.

If you want to speculate about ownership involvement, go back to the Lowe day's and speculate about Nylander or Penner.

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#211 Kingsblade
August 29 2009, 09:22AM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

How many 235lbs 20 goal scoring physical defenseman are there in the league? Maybe in the last year of his contract but for now, Souray is gold.

How many injury prone defensemen are there coming off one of the best years of their career in the middle of a contract and have the highest trade value they have had or will have at any point in their career?

As a manager asset management is everything.

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#212 Hockey Gods
August 29 2009, 09:57AM
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Hey Robin... or anyone who knows the CBA better than I,

When do teams HAVE to be under the salary cap? I heard there is rule you can be over by 10% during the off season, but when is the deadline to get under the cap? Is it training camp, the startof the season or some other random date?

Thanks

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#213 BigE57
August 29 2009, 10:00AM
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Kingsblade wrote:

As a manager asset management is everything.

I'm more concerned about the return on any asset that might be leaving town. I can live with a guy like Souray or Visnovsky being traded as long as Robert Nilsson's little brother isn't coming back in the deal.....

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#214 charlieangels
August 29 2009, 10:10AM
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Robin, great piece. This friendship issue just never wants to go away with the Oilers. At least we don't have the Sutterritte problem that Calgary has

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#215 patty
August 29 2009, 10:10AM
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@ Hockey Gods: the CBA says teams can be 10% over until the end of 'training camp'. generally its been the case that teams have to be under by the day before the regular season starts. Mirtle just did a blog about this the other day if you need/want more details.

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#216 Hockey Gods
August 29 2009, 10:19AM
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@ patty: Thanks I appreciate the response. I was just noticing more and more teams over the cap. I was wondering when all the trading/positioning would start.

I guess in hindsight I asked a pretty dumb question considering teams have upwards of 50 players to start camp and carry around 30 through the majority of camp. It only make sense they don't need to be under the cap until their opening day roster is set.

Sorry for wasting your time, you can have your 5 minutes back.

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#217 Shifty203
August 29 2009, 10:22AM
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BigE57 wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: If the Comrie deal has legs and comes to fruition hopefully he can contribute in a meaningful way. But if he comes here and is a bust where does that leave this organization where the owner is pulling the strings like it is some kind of social club. I respect Daryl Katz, he is a hell of a business man but when he purchased the Oilers from the EIG there was talk of how this would be a more solid organization with one guy at the top……right now it’s looking more like the New York Islanders. Are Oiler fans in for a lifetime of torment here?

I really don't think this is as big of a deal as you are making it out to be for 2 reasons:

1. We have an owner that loves hockey. It's different if the owner only bought a team for an investment. Don't think that every other owner who's actually a fan of the game doesn't pull at least a couple strings on their respective teams.

2. It's called networking. If you find yourself out of a job, what's the first thing you do? You call the people you know to see if anyone can get you a job. For all we know comrie does want to come back and he asked his dad to talk to Katz. It happens in every other company in the world, someone with less experience, gets hired to fill a job they are not necessarily the best at cause of who they know in the company.

My point of view on this is, yah he's not exactley what we need right now, but the owner getting him the job probably isn't the worst thing in the world, and the team probably isn't going to implode cause the owner is meddling a bit.

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#218 Dodd
August 29 2009, 10:31AM
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MrOiler wrote:

Robin, Sorry, but this is one giant piece of “speculation”. If you want to offer up something more substantial than “intuition”, I’ll listen. But right now, this article tells me more about you than anyone in the Oilers’ management group.

It may or may not be speculation, but I laugh at how people enjoy belittling an article, and then going on to discuss it further.

What trade or signing discussion doesn't involve a bit of speculation? Why post a comment that you "aren't going to listen to this"? Why chuck stones? Oil discussions with Comrie have been reported by enough sources that something must be going on, so relax and speculate with the rest of us.

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#219 Shifty203
August 29 2009, 10:33AM
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As per Edmonton Journal:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/truth+Comrie+Edmonton+return+rumour/1941861/story.html

No truth to Comrie rumours.

Somebody's connection is lying. Who's right?

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#220 Racki
August 29 2009, 10:35AM
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Jim Matheson has a new article up and says he has a source that says this deal is a no go.

It ain't happening ... he ain't coming here. Mike doesn't fit any need that we have right now.

God I hope he's right. He's definitely right about point #2.

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#221 David S
August 29 2009, 10:53AM
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MrOiler wrote:

Robin, Sorry, but this is one giant piece of “speculation”. If you want to offer up something more substantial than “intuition”, I’ll listen. But right now, this article tells me more about you than anyone in the Oilers’ management group.

I'd take the word of the only guy here who actually knows what he's talking about as far as the Oilers inside workings are concerned. This deal isn't done yet as far as we know. So how about laying off the trite comments and bashing a credible media guy to make yourself feel important.

The Oilers site has a great bunch of Zach Stortini videos up right now. Or perhaps you'd like to read about Tom Gilbert's new house. Maybe those sort of concrete facts would be more to your liking.

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#222 Batman34
August 29 2009, 11:04AM
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David S wrote:

MrOiler wrote: Robin, Sorry, but this is one giant piece of “speculation”. If you want to offer up something more substantial than “intuition”, I’ll listen. But right now, this article tells me more about you than anyone in the Oilers’ management group. I’d take the word of the only guy here who actually knows what he’s talking about as far as the Oilers inside workings are concerned. This deal isn’t done yet as far as we know. So how about laying off the trite comments and bashing a credible media guy to make yourself feel important. The Oilers site has a great bunch of Zach Stortini videos up right now. Or perhaps you’d like to read about Tom Gilbert’s new house. Maybe those sort of concrete facts would be more to your liking.

Brownlee is not crediabal media guy,they way he writes and uses "no one wants to go to Edmonton crap"is annoying. The commenter has the right to fight back at him.

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#223 BigE57
August 29 2009, 11:10AM
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Shifty203 wrote:

My point of view on this is, yah he’s not exactley what we need right now, but the owner getting him the job probably isn’t the worst thing in the world, and the team probably isn’t going to implode cause the owner is meddling a bit.

You might be right but that's a slippery slope. Why did the Brett Hull expirement in Dallas end so quick? Advice given by an executive of one of Canada's larger corporations, if you want your business to succeed, there is no place for family and friends in operations or management.

It's the owners perogative but it's almost always doomed to fail.

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#224 David S
August 29 2009, 11:13AM
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Batman34 wrote:

rownlee is not crediabal media guy,they way he writes and uses “no one wants to go to Edmonton crap”is annoying.

Apparently the HF boards crew hasn't sat through the "satire" module yet in high school english.

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#225 Librarian Mike
August 29 2009, 11:15AM
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@ David S:

The trolls are back. Is it the weekend again already?

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#226 tkap84
August 29 2009, 11:18AM
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In my opinion. I think the Oilers tire kicking needs to be kept quiet until they actually fire the trigger on something. As fans we don't need to ponder Comrie or Heatley or anything. Lets let Tambo do his job and then hopefully sometime in early September he can suprise us with a big move or last minute signing. Until then, lets ignore this Comrie b.s., we are hearing about his name because he played in Perry Pearn's little camp and had a couple interviews in Edmonton with Dan Tencer asking some nosey little questions.

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#227 M.V.P
August 29 2009, 11:21AM
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M.V.P wrote:

but i think tambo is going to make a huge trade within 2 months to get that top 6 forward cuz they haven’t had player who score 40 or more since peter kilma in 92.The closest player to do that smyth in 97 n to do that is to go give 3 or 4 players for kolvocuk from alanta n sign him long term,do whatever it takes n there’s ur 50 goal scorer
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#228 David S
August 29 2009, 11:27AM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

@ David S: The trolls are back. Is it the weekend again already?

Ha ha! School is almost started again. 'puter time is only for when you finish your homework. Mom makes the rules.

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#229 Jonathan Willis
August 29 2009, 12:33PM
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To all:

Robin Brownlee is as credible as media guys come. That is all.

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#230 Digger12
August 29 2009, 01:19PM
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Jonathan:@ Jonathan Willis:

Jim Matheson is pretty damn credible too.

So now we have two credible veteran media guys reporting rumours that are totally in opposition of each other.

I'm not sure who to believe, but it does make me wonder if neither side really knows the truth of what's going on.

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#231 David S
August 29 2009, 01:43PM
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Digger12 wrote:

So now we have two credible veteran media guys reporting rumours that are totally in opposition of each other.

Brownlee's article is talking about the back story of Katz being more involved than he probably should be. Nowhere does he state that the Comrie deal is done. He's only giving plausibility to the rumor. Although he's one of the unofficial conduits of the Oilers, Matty is quoting his sources as saying there's no deal. Both are talking about the rumored deal, not reporting an actual deal.

Our leader (Wanye) was the guy that broke the rumor in the first place and Tencer supported the possibility in a tweet or two. As far as we know, Wanye isn't in the league of either Matty nor Brownlee or he could be Kevin Karius' alter ego. Only bingofuel knows for sure and he's not telling.

Jeez man. Try to keep up.

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#232 yo
August 29 2009, 01:47PM
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Mr.K wrote:

@ yo: Huh ,Daryl has only been a owner for a year.Team mediocrity is not his fault. Agin ,let judge him when he owns the team for five years.

He is acting like an employment agency for washed-up ex-Oilers. Ex-Oilers are the reason this current GM has been handcuffed with a bunch of under-sized, soft, overpaid humps. He is continuing the tradition. Five years...that's not the message you want to send to sponsors and already over-charged fans.

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#233 Gerald R. Ford
August 29 2009, 01:58PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

To all: Robin Brownlee is as credible as media guys come. That is all.

Yes.

Is it possible that BOTH sides are right? What if Katz DID want him, but Tambo 'No'. Now, at first, I know that sounds crazy. Batman gets what Batman wants. Or DOES he? What if the fanboy side of DK thinks, says, and tries to do things that the Owner side vetoes, by way of letting the hockey operations guys have the last say. I mean, the text message was wrong, after all. Maybe part of Tambo's job is to protect Katz from himself?

Or something. Just speculating. CUZ THAT'S WHAT WE DO HERE.

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#234 ronaldo
August 29 2009, 02:37PM
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David S wrote:

Our leader (Wanye) was the guy that broke the rumor in the first place

You should see my collection of Wayne "leader beans".

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#235 jake
August 29 2009, 03:02PM
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Tambellini came on board after (although fairly soon after if I remember correctly) Katz took over. I can't see him comming to Edmonton to get flopped around on Katz' puppet strings. Although maybe he just wanted out of Vancouver and jumped at Edmonton.

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#236 digger12
August 29 2009, 04:25PM
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David S wrote:

Digger12 wrote: So now we have two credible veteran media guys reporting rumours that are totally in opposition of each other. Brownlee’s article is talking about the back story of Katz being more involved than he probably should be. Nowhere does he state that the Comrie deal is done. He’s only giving plausibility to the rumor. Although he’s one of the unofficial conduits of the Oilers, Matty is quoting his sources as saying there’s no deal. Both are talking about the rumored deal, not reporting an actual deal. Our leader (Wanye) was the guy that broke the rumor in the first place and Tencer supported the possibility in a tweet or two. As far as we know, Wanye isn’t in the league of either Matty nor Brownlee or he could be Kevin Karius’ alter ego. Only bingofuel knows for sure and he’s not telling. Jeez man. Try to keep up.

Actually, Matheson's article talks not just about there not being a deal in place, but that there's seemingly no interest at all in the idea of offering a deal to Comrie...IMO "Mike doesn't fit any need that we have right now." doesn't exactly scream that they're banging down Mike's door to offer him a contract.

To me that's Matheson telling one and all that the Oilers have no interest in pursuing this, which IS in opposition to what this website's been reporting. Who's right? Who knows.

I'm merely suggesting that neither side is likely more plugged in than the other. My personal belief is that there is *some* interest from both parties, but that belief is based on nothing more than gut instinct...not on this source or that source.

I guess the truth will come out in due course. It's just amusing to me, nothing more.

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#237 Robin Brownlee
August 29 2009, 04:52PM
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MrOiler wrote:

Sorry, but this is one giant piece of “speculation”. If you want to offer up something more substantial than “intuition”, I’ll listen.

Oh gosh, and I live for the possibility that YOU might listen. Start paying attention and you'll figure out I'm either the world's best guesser or I don't show all my cards in what I write.

Racki wrote:

Jim Matheson has a new article up and says he has a source that says this deal is a no go. It ain’t happening … he ain’t coming here. Mike doesn’t fit any need that we have right now. God I hope he’s right. He’s definitely right about point #2.

I agree Mike isn't what the Oilers need and I've made that abundantly clear. But that doesn't change the fact there's interest on both sides on this one. If Matty is using who I think he's using, and it's the same guy who told me years ago the Oilers had absolutely NO interest in bringing Bill Ranford back when that's exactly what was happening, then his "guy" is as out of the loop now as he was then. Doesn't mean this will come off, but it's damn sure on the table.

Batman34 wrote:

Brownlee is not crediabal media guy,they way he writes and uses “no one wants to go to Edmonton crap”is annoying. The commenter has the right to fight back at him.

Really? Is that right? Is that so? I'm not a credible media guy, says you? Who are you? Now that we've got that established . . .

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#238 Unnamed source
August 29 2009, 04:56PM
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If this isnt true i would be surprised but will take the flack for it. Wanye wasnt going to post it till i told him it was a done deal and just needed to be announced. If it is true however i will proclaim Myself and Wanye smarter then everybody.

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#239 Shifty203
August 29 2009, 06:32PM
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Unnamed source wrote:

If this isnt true i would be surprised but will take the flack for it. Wanye wasnt going to post it till i told him it was a done deal and just needed to be announced. If it is true however i will proclaim Myself and Wanye smarter then everybody.

How's the holidays going Gregor?

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#240 HOFFA
August 29 2009, 06:58PM
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Shifty203 wrote:

Unnamed source wrote: If this isnt true i would be surprised but will take the flack for it. Wanye wasnt going to post it till i told him it was a done deal and just needed to be announced. If it is true however i will proclaim Myself and Wanye smarter then everybody. How’s the holidays going Gregor?

:)

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#241 Racki
August 29 2009, 09:20PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I agree Mike isn’t what the Oilers need and I’ve made that abundantly clear. But that doesn’t change the fact there’s interest on both sides on this one. If Matty is using who I think he’s using, and it’s the same guy who told me years ago the Oilers had absolutely NO interest in bringing Bill Ranford back when that’s exactly what was happening, then his “guy” is as out of the loop now as he was then. Doesn’t mean this will come off, but it’s damn sure on the table.

That's funny because I've been talking about this for the past couple of days, and my thoughts on Matheson's source were that he isn't using factual information to say that this rumor does not have legs. I think he's using logic here by simply stating that it doesn't make sense that the Oil pick him up (and really it doesn't). But like you, I do see that maybe Katz is getting a bit involved in matters normally saved for a General Manager.

I think there's substantial reason to think this could happen, whether or not it should happen. And well, it's too bad if it does. That $1.3M sure would have looked a lot better if it were spent on... ohhh, I won't got there again.

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#242 Robin Brownlee
August 29 2009, 09:42PM
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I don't dismiss anything Matty says because he's been around this team twice as long as I have and he's not often wrong. That said, you can get vastly different stories from people within the same organization. If you or anybody else is thinking, "Yeah, sure," I'll give you an example.

A fews seasons back when the Oilers were looking for a puck-moving defenceman and Matty and I were both on the sniff trying to find out who it was, we got different stories. I kept hearing one name and Matty kept hearing another, which always makes me nervous. This went on for about three weeks and we both had a lot of fun razzing the other guy about who was right as we kept dropping the names of our guys in the paper. January comes around and we're in Los Angeles. We get the heads-up from the PR guy that the Oilers have a trade to announce. It's Dick Tarnstrom, which is the guy Matty had all along. Now I'm crazy mad, thinking my source is a brainless tool. Matty just smiles. "I told you," he said. About 45 minutes later, the team announces another trade. It's Jaroslav Spacek, who was my guy all along. We both looked at each other, like, WTF? Same team, two sources, both of us right. True story.

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#243 ronaldo
August 29 2009, 10:00PM
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@ Robin Thanks for the great story. I love reading the glimps (sp?) behind the scene so keep er up.

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#244 Shifty203
August 29 2009, 11:55PM
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Racki wrote:

Robin Brownlee wrote: I agree Mike isn’t what the Oilers need and I’ve made that abundantly clear. But that doesn’t change the fact there’s interest on both sides on this one. If Matty is using who I think he’s using, and it’s the same guy who told me years ago the Oilers had absolutely NO interest in bringing Bill Ranford back when that’s exactly what was happening, then his “guy” is as out of the loop now as he was then. Doesn’t mean this will come off, but it’s damn sure on the table. That’s funny because I’ve been talking about this for the past couple of days, and my thoughts on Matheson’s source were that he isn’t using factual information to say that this rumor does not have legs. I think he’s using logic here by simply stating that it doesn’t make sense that the Oil pick him up (and really it doesn’t). But like you, I do see that maybe Katz is getting a bit involved in matters normally saved for a General Manager. I think there’s substantial reason to think this could happen, whether or not it should happen. And well, it’s too bad if it does. That $1.3M sure would have looked a lot better if it were spent on… ohhh, I won’t got there again.

Matheson does have a quote, however, the quote says ain't twice. Now I don't know the managers personally, but they usually sound like well spoken people. If the source uses the word ain't, I am led to believe his source is a stoner stick boy.

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#245 Joey Moss
August 30 2009, 04:00AM
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@ Shifty203: or perhaps a certain brain damaged assistant coach?

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#246 MattL
August 30 2009, 08:37AM
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Joey Moss wrote:

@ Shifty203: or perhaps a certain brain damaged assistant coach?

I'm going with the guy who used to dance to Cotton Eye Joe. You gotta think he's moved into scouting by now... Yeah, that's Matty's source. Yeah.

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#247 Unnamed source
August 30 2009, 01:06PM
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@ Shifty203:

Not even close.

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#248 Robin Brownlee
August 30 2009, 02:59PM
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MattL wrote:

Joey Moss wrote: @ Shifty203: or perhaps a certain brain damaged assistant coach? I’m going with the guy who used to dance to Cotton Eye Joe. You gotta think he’s moved into scouting by now… Yeah, that’s Matty’s source. Yeah.

Let's not get goofy here. Matty's not the type to use weak sources. He doesn't get info from a friend of a friend of the guy who used to wash Igor Ulanov's caddy at Bubbles. On this one, though, his source either isn't in on the Comrie talks or isn't telling him the truth.

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#249 Librarian Mike
August 30 2009, 03:46PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

On this one, though, his source either isn’t in on the Comrie talks or isn’t telling him the truth.

...not in on the Comrie talks...Aha, so it's Tambellini then?

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#250 ronaldo
August 30 2009, 04:06PM
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@ Librarian Mike ZING! Well played.

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