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

    Antony Ta wrote:

    If Heatley isn’t on the Oilers radar… who is? I’d rather have Gaborik than Hossa.

    I'd have to agree, if Hossa's shown us anything it's that he's a great complimentary player (OTT, ATL, PIT, & DET), Gaborik (while risky) can carry an offense on his back.

  • Hippy

    All this back and forth speculation is killin' me. First I hear we're going hard after Heatley, then we're not. Then I read we are one of the 4 teams on the short list. Then I hear we haven't even approached the Sens. What is really going on here. Too many sources. Too many opinions. I just want it to end already.

  • Hippy

    NFINITEone wrote:

    All this back and forth speculation is killin’ me. First I hear we’re going hard after Heatley, then we’re not. Then I read we are one of the 4 teams on the short list. Then I hear we haven’t even approached the Sens. What is really going on here. Too many sources. Too many opinions. I just want it to end already.

    Agreed. Speculation and gossip are great, but it does get tiresome reading completely conflicting reports on a seemingly daily basis. Ah well, it's part of the fun I suppose.

  • Hippy

    I wouldn't put too much on Murray saying he has a team that is close to offering what he wants. That is the standard sales pitch, "I have a guy coming to look at this house later tonight that is very interested and plans to make an offer". This way, every team that has approached the Sens think "someone is close, but its not us, we better up our offer."

    I also wouldn't make much of the comment that the Oil haven't contacted the Sens yet. I guarantee you that every team in the West, other that Detroit, has at least contacted Murray to see if they are on Heatly's list. Tambo has at least done that and then would work on a package. Murray will let this go to the 11th hour on June 30th to get as much as possible so the later you can put in a proposal, the easier it is to offer up a counter offer.

    Like one of the articles said, wait until after the draft and the rumours will start to become more accurate. I can't see Murray wanting any significant draft pick this year for Heatly, he needs to replace him now, not 2 to 3 years from now. A deal will not be done before or at the draft.

    The one thing that gives us the advantage is that I don't think Katz would have an issue paying the $4 mill bonus if thats they guy he wants. Not many other teams could say that, and the cap hit is still the same.

  • Hippy

    @ OILER86:
    True, but I'm done getting my hopes up only to have them change the VERY next day. Well, at least we should know in no longer than a week. Then we can have the same thing happen with Free Agency. It's rather stressful being an Oilers fan. Here's hoping for the best!!!

  • Hippy

    toprightcorner wrote:

    I guarantee you that every team in the West, other that Detroit, has at least contacted Murray to see if they are on Heatly’s list.

    Well, let's review it.

    Anaheim and L.A. have publicly stated that they aren't interested (they could be lying).

    Colorado is rebuilding, and looking to move salary.

    Columbus, Nashville, Phoenix all presumably don't have the money. That's six teams, plus Detroit, out of it.

    I agree with the general point (teams are going to check) but the field isn't quite as wide as people generally think.

  • Hippy

    I don't see us landing Heatley just because of his cap hit and the fact we have tooo many over payed contracts. Lets say Horcoff was a million less, Moreau was gone and Staios or Souray then I would say go after Heatley full speed. However, getting rid of the higher cap hit players will not be easy or just not possible so I think they need to go with plan B or C. A younger player with less cap hit, or a risky pick. I suggest, Kessel (BOS), Gaborik (Min), Hossa (DET) or maybe someone else. I just have a bad feeling with the whole Heatley situation.

  • Hippy

    Oilersordeath wrote:

    I have this sick feeling the Oilers will not end up landing anyone worth going nuts about. Just the 10th pick ooooh yay Stanley here we come.

    Patrick Marleau?

  • Hippy

    FROM ANDY STRICKLAND:
    Sources tell me the Wild and their new GM Chuck Fletcher are concerned about possible offer sheets coming their way for Harding. The Wild have already committed long-term to Niklas Backstrom and if you’re Harding it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for you to be there. Harding is a strong asset for Minnesota and they aren’t looking to give him away. The club is likely to match any offer that’s below $2 million. Minnesota can get more than just a draft pick in a trade for a player many teams feel has number one goalie potential.

  • Hippy

    The more I think about it, the more I think we should back away slowly. He is a wonderful goal scorer, and I would love him in Oiler silks I'm sure.

    Its like going to the car dealership with a $10,000 budget and coming out driving a new car with Nav and leather. You wake up the next morning feeling like you over shot your budget a touch.

    I've had a chance to get cold feet.

    I'm bailing.

  • Hippy

    Anyone listen to Gregor's show today? Ryan Rishaug (who's in Montreal) seemed to think the Oilers were cooling somewhat on Heatley due to the "red flags" raised as they did their research. Things like the fact that Heatley wasn't in very good shape at the end of the season and questions about his dedication on and off the ice. I still want him, but it's going to be really interesting to see what Ottawa ends up getting for him.

  • Hippy

    Jamie wrote:

    Anyone listen to Gregor’s show today? Ryan Rishaug (who’s in Montreal) seemed to think the Oilers were cooling somewhat on Heatley due to the “red flags” raised as they did their research. Things like the fact that Heatley wasn’t in very good shape at the end of the season and questions about his dedication on and off the ice. I still want him, but it’s going to be really interesting to see what Ottawa ends up getting for him.

    I see this as a ploy to get other teams to think they aren't interested when in fact they are… maybe the asking price drops a bit if no one is interested

    I was at a silent auction fundriaser for the Stollery (great place – they saved the life of my nephew, so they will always have a special place in my heart) and I was looking at an item to bid on when someone else came up and told me 'Don't bid on that, it's no good, and too expensive' etc etc. So I walked away. Later on that night, that guy who told me all the negatives bought the item! I see this report as a way to try and get a lower price for Heatley

  • Hippy

    RossCreek wrote:

    FROM ANDY STRICKLAND:
    Sources tell me the Wild and their new GM Chuck Fletcher are concerned about possible offer sheets coming their way for Harding. The Wild have already committed long-term to Niklas Backstrom and if you’re Harding it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for you to be there. Harding is a strong asset for Minnesota and they aren’t looking to give him away. The club is likely to match any offer that’s below $2 million. Minnesota can get more than just a draft pick in a trade for a player many teams feel has number one goalie potential.

    I wonder if those were the same guys who told him "Pronger to LA" :0

  • Hippy

    @ Jamie:
    I did hear all of that and it made me think twice about bringing Heatly in. And if the Oil are turned off by him that's fine they must have a plan B.

    Then I get home and read Jay Onrait's twitter: JayOnrait Heard Darren Dreger on the radio today say that 3 teams are currently in the hunt for Dany Heatley: The Rangers, The Sharks and The Oilers.
    about 4 hours ago from web

    So I decided not to believe anything until Brownlee or Gregor posts here, until then is all just guesses.

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    toprightcorner wrote:
    I guarantee you that every team in the West, other that Detroit, has at least contacted Murray to see if they are on Heatly’s list.
    Well, let’s review it.
    Anaheim and L.A. have publicly stated that they aren’t interested (they could be lying).
    Colorado is rebuilding, and looking to move salary.
    Columbus, Nashville, Phoenix all presumably don’t have the money. That’s six teams, plus Detroit, out of it.
    I agree with the general point (teams are going to check) but the field isn’t quite as wide as people generally think.

    I totally agree, my point was that anyone who had the ability would at least check. That being said, you would be very safe betting the farm that Tambo has made contact with Murray at least once.

  • Hippy

    RossCreek wrote:

    FROM ANDY STRICKLAND:
    Sources tell me the Wild and their new GM Chuck Fletcher are concerned about possible offer sheets coming their way for Harding. The Wild have already committed long-term to Niklas Backstrom and if you’re Harding it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for you to be there. Harding is a strong asset for Minnesota and they aren’t looking to give him away. The club is likely to match any offer that’s below $2 million. Minnesota can get more than just a draft pick in a trade for a player many teams feel has number one goalie potential.

    Talk about seeing what sticks to the wall. Why on God's green earth would anyone throw an offer sheet for Harding? If the offer is a reasonable price, the Wild match and then they don't have to trad him because of a low cap hit. If you throw in an offer that is too high for them to match, you are likely over paying.

    With so many goalies available, I don't see an offer going to any of them. Lowe proved that you have to over pay a lot in order to actually get the player you make an offer to. Not happening with the future drop in cap.

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    RossCreek wrote:
    FROM ANDY STRICKLAND:
    Sources tell me the Wild and their new GM Chuck Fletcher are concerned about possible offer sheets coming their way for Harding. The Wild have already committed long-term to Niklas Backstrom and if you’re Harding it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for you to be there. Harding is a strong asset for Minnesota and they aren’t looking to give him away. The club is likely to match any offer that’s below $2 million. Minnesota can get more than just a draft pick in a trade for a player many teams feel has number one goalie potential.
    I wonder if those were the same guys who told him “Pronger to LA” :0

    I know you are joking around… but in spite of where he blogs at, Strickland does excellent work. I'd take him at his word every time.

  • Hippy

    I wonder how outlandish the rumors will get before they peak on Friday night when all the wheeling and dealing is supposed to take place????

    Anyone else think the Oilers snub Heatly, Gaborik and the rest and do something totally off the radar?

    IMO prying a guy like Boyes out of St. Louis would be something totally off the map. And yes highly unlikely but basically everything being written pre draft is rumor and innuendo.

  • 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?

    Raises hand