The 2009 NHL Draft, Edmonton, and Dany Heatley: Links From My Favourite Dying Industry

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It was a fairly good day for news coverage of the Oilers, with plenty of relevant coverage in the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun on the upcoming draft, some thoughts about pending UFA’s, and of course Dany Heatley.

Let’s start with the article that had everyone here talking this morning, Jim Matheson’s piece on Dany Heatley, featuring this quote from the ever-popular anonymous source:

“The Oilers aren’t close,” said a source.

While not overly encouraging, we can get a more rounded view of the situation from Allan Panzeri (an Ottawa-based reporter with Canwest):

Several league executives contacted Tuesday said they’ve heard that a number of teams interested in Heatley will not make an offer until after July 1 to avoid paying the bonus….

The Edmonton Oilers are thought to be interested in Heatley, though the word is that haven’t yet approached the Senators.

As eager as fans are to spend Daryl Katz’s money, it doesn’t surprise me that he’d like to avoid paying the 4MM signing bonus.  If the Oilers are interested, I’ll imagine we’ll find out about it after the draft, since Bryan Murray’s recent statements seem to indicate that he has a deal in place that he’ll make before July 1st.

Meanwhile, both Tychowski and Ireland have articles up about the coming draft, featuring many quotes from Steve Tambellini which are also available on the Oilers official site.  Without any disrespect, I think it’s fair to say that the preview Robin Brownlee put together for OilersNation yesterday was not only more in-depth but also gave us a far better picture of the Oilers’ intentions in Montreal.

Moving on, Steve Tambellini was pretty cavalier about signing free agents Dwayne Roloson and Ales Kotalik – particularly the former, shrugging off concerns that the Oilers wouldn’t have a goaltender:

“At the end of the day, we want to make sure we have a strong goaltending team, but if it doesn’t happen right now, I’m not worried about it,” Tambellini said. “If we don’t have something in place a week from now, we’ll have time to make sure we have a strong goaltending team by the time we start our season.”

That article also discusses the decision to put Rob Daum in charge of Springfield.  It’s a one-year contract only, so this is really a zero-risk move for Tambellini and should finally give us a chance to see what an experienced AHL coach can do with the Oilers’ prospect group.  Daum garnered a lot of public sympathy for being unceremoniously dumped from Craig MacTavish’s coaching staff; now, we’ll see what he can do with a group of underachievers and a thin roster.

Speaking of which, assistant G.M. Kevin Prendergast (who may or may not be on thin ice himself) is going to be tasked with overhauling Springfield’s disappointing roster – a roster which had been put together by him in the first place:

“We have to replenish the players in Springfield, too,” said assistant general manager Kevin Prendergast. “We have a lot of important things to do in the next two to three weeks.”

With a new G.M. in place here in Edmonton, I’d imagine that Prendergast needs to show something here if he’s going to be in the management mix going forward.

  • Hippy

    I know we've been conditioned to give our hopes up only for nothing to happen. But, I really think this is the year.

    There seems to be too much good players available and too little teams with the right mix of cap room, assets, and real dollars to work with.

    I just hope it's the right deal, and that Hemsky, Gagner, Smid and Grebeshkov are still Oilers at the end of it.

  • Hippy

    RossCreek wrote:

    If the best deal the Oil have a chance of making revolves around Marleau for Souray (with other components possible), who here pulls the trigger?

    Depends what the extra components are. Let's all keep in mind that as much as we bash Horcoff for his 53-point season, Marleau's only one year removed from a 48-point season.

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    RossCreek wrote:
    If the best deal the Oil have a chance of making revolves around Marleau for Souray (with other components possible), who here pulls the trigger?
    Depends what the extra components are. Let’s all keep in mind that as much as we bash Horcoff for his 53-point season, Marleau’s only one year removed from a 48-point season.

    What the hell happened to Marleau that year?? He seemed to be back to form last season but pulled his usual disapearing act in the playoffs.

  • Hippy

    scorecoff hemmercules wrote:

    Jonathan Willis wrote:
    RossCreek wrote:
    If the best deal the Oil have a chance of making revolves around Marleau for Souray (with other components possible), who here pulls the trigger?
    Depends what the extra components are. Let’s all keep in mind that as much as we bash Horcoff for his 53-point season, Marleau’s only one year removed from a 48-point season.
    What the hell happened to Marleau that year?? He seemed to be back to form last season but pulled his usual disapearing act in the playoffs.

    He's 29 and has really only had 3 decent years, one of the most overated players in the league IMO. That said, I think Souray has one… maybe 2 good years left in him, so I'd be all for cashing him in for something that would likely give us that one good year… without sticking us with him for 1-2 crappy years.

  • Hippy

    Jorge wrote:

    Could anyone see tampa bay trading Leclavier for the 1st round pick and getting both tavares and hedman?
    that would be crazy!

    That just blew my mind.

  • Hippy

    I like Tambi's approach to the goalie situation. He likely knows Roli won't get much interest on the open market. With the glut of goalies and tight budgets, he can likely get a pretty good goalie signed to a decent deal in August.

  • Hippy

    scorecoff hemmercules wrote:

    He seemed to be back to form last season but pulled his usual disapearing act in the playoffs.

    One of the stat guys can check this out, but I believe PATRICK MARLEAU HAS THE MOST PLAYOFF GOALS SINCE THE LOCKOUT. (This may have been prior to this seasons playoffs, I can't recall)

    Also, a Souray-Marleau swap would create some cap room after next season. That cap room could still be used on a Marleau extension or it could be used elsewhere.

    I could see Marleau playing LW with Hemsky, and with a prescence like him you wouldn't be pigeon-holed into playing Horcoff on the 1st line. For instance, Marleau's a solid enough player that he could become the conscience of a Marleau-Gagner-Hemsky line. He could help out in the faceoff circle as well, and if need be, could be used as a center in the case of injury.

  • Hippy

    @ RossCreek:

    Marleau would fit wonderfully into the Oiler depth chart; as he is comfortable playing either on the left wing or at center… The question is: would he want to play here? Patrick's lovely wife Christina is a San Jose native and may not appreciate Edmonton winters, or living so far from her family with her baby son.

  • Hippy

    @ Chris:
    1. Does he have a no-trade?
    2. He only has 1 year left anyways, so it gives both sides 1 year to see if thet're comfortable with things.
    3. Marleau's from Sask. and if I'm not mistaken, has family in the Edmonton area and in Alberta. His parents may even be near by, but my memory's a little foggy.

    @ Jamie:
    The issues with picking up Kessel are the $$ he wants ( >3.75, but not sure how high so it could become a problem), and the fact that he's coming off of shoulder surgery and is likely to miss the beginning of the season. Other than that, he'd be a good pickup. I bet Minnesota would love to land him.

    Maybe we see a 3-way with Ott(youngsters)/Min(Kessel)/Bos(Heatley).