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What an interesting unofficial start to the Free Agent Frenzy.

I will state for the record that I still stand by my source, because in the time I’ve known him he has never misled me before. If it turns out that Heatley doesn’t come here, then my apologies for getting your hopes up. But know this – the Dany Heatley situation seems fishy on many levels.

For weeks and especially the last few days leading up to today it seemed many felt that his $4 million bonus/lump sum payment was due at midnight on July 1st. Now it turns out it isn’t due until the end of July 1st at 11:59:59. His contract says payment is due on July 1st, but doesn’t specify which day part. I just find it funny that for the past three weeks it has been reported in many places, including TSN, RDS, Sportsnet and both radio broadcast rights holders, as well as non-rights holders, and blogs that the deadline was at midnight Tuesday. Why would the league let their partners report this without quietly correcting them?

It seems that Heatley hasn’t completely said NO to Edmonton; rather that he’d liked to sleep on it. Reading, hearing and being directly told this explanation leads me to believe that he never thought Edmonton was a realistic destination, and that another team would step up, so he never gave it a lot of thought. Then the realization comes that Edmonton is the most interested and offers the best package, so he says yes, albeit briefly, and then decides he needs to think about it.

If that is the case and he wakes up in the morning and feels Edmonton is a good fit, then Oiler fans won’t care. They have been through much worse in recent memory. But if he decides he isn’t interested in coming here, then Senators Fans will suddenly find a great many Citizens of the OilersNation in the refund line at the Dany Heatley fan club. Perhaps Heatley didn’t believe Edmonton would be his only choice?

A short memo to Dany Heatley

Why list the Oilers as a team you would go to in the first place? When you submitted the list didn’t you realize then, that everyone one of those teams could be your next team. Shouldn’t you have prepared yourself for that?

No one wins if he decides to veto the deal.

The Senators will be left scrambling trying to find a partner, especially if he doesn’t decide by 10 a.m. MST when free agency begins. The Oilers will have three players who knew they were on the verge of being dealt, but they will remain and play for an organization that was willing to part with them. And the Oilers will have to decide by 10 a.m. if they will pursue a UFA or wait for Heatley to decide if he’d like to play for them.

Oiler fans will be feeling rejected once again and wondering why?

Even if Heatley gets dealt to another team that he prefers, he will still be looked upon as a selfish guy who quit on one team and then refused to go to one that really wanted him. If he wakes up tomorrow and decides E-town is not right for him, I’ll take my lumps from those who will question my accuracy, that is part of the job, but this deal seemed too close to evaporate at the last minute.

Bob McKenzie, who is more connected than anyone, and extremely accurate had the names in a PROJECTED deal earlier than anyone. Normally when he makes a projection it comes true. Bob never once CONFIRMED this deal, but he isn’t one to toss out names and then not have something pan out very often. I know of a great many deals that have supposedly fallen apart at the last second, but in most of those cases the names of people involved were never reported.

Why did all the names get out this time?

And if it wasn’t almost a done deal how come no one from the Oilers denied it?

If everyone thought the deadline was tonight, and there was never a report of a trade with the Rangers before the deadline, if they get a deal done on Wednesday how will that make the NHL look?  And what if Heatley sleeps on it and decides he wants to be an Oiler, will Oiler fans still be upset?

It was an interesting and for me an educational start to the free agent frenzy. Things might not always seem as they appear, even when you are certain of it.

  • RossCreek

    RossCreek wrote:

    RossCreek wrote:
    Team 1260 now confirming Ohlund to Tampa.
    7 years, 22 mil
    Ohlund to mentor young Victor Hedman
    Assume he retires with year or two left on contract to lower cap hit.
    Correction… as per TSN…
    $24.5M, 7 years, $3.5M cap hit

    As per Darren Dreger's Twitter…
    Ohlund will get 22.5 of the 24.5 in the next 5 years.

  • DanMan wrote:

    Gregor I have another question.
    Did the names of the players involved not come out in the proposed comrie deal to Anaheim? I seem to recall Corey Perry’s name being mentioned.
    If this is true maybe the idea that this is payback from Murray isn’t so far-fetched.

    I would like to think that trying to screw a guy over later, while at the same time damaging yourself (Murray) wouldn't make much sense. There was massive speculation about the names, but most came out after the deal didn't go down. At that point a GM can tell a player it was hogwash, and the player could believe him. I think this case is different. Many reports are that Murray thought it was done. We'll see.Theo Rexam (Nepean) wrote:

    I just find that the entire media (not only you Gregor) jumped the gun in regards to an aspect of this story, and are now spewing rhetoric and blaming the NHL and the Senators for misleading everyone.

    I'm not sure what rhetoric you are talking about and it certainly wasn't spewed. The biggest concern in this is that the deadline has changed. The deadline was the biggest reason both teams felt the urgency to get it done, and then at last minute it's announced the deadline is different. How does that not seem strange to you. I have no problem admitting I was wrong if it turns out the deal doesn't go down, but I've also heard he agreed verbally, but then didn't sign the sheet. Which is actually understandable.

    You can believe what you want but how this has played out doesn't help out either team or Heatley at this moment.

  • Uncle Geoff wrote:

    @ Gregor: How do you feel about Bob McKenzie saying it was “amateur hour” reporting that said it was a done deal, and Dreger’s twitter account telling followers to “stick with who you can trust”…? Not suggesting the comment is leveled specifically at oilersnation.com or you, just wondering what you thought of the comments.

    I never read either, but that is normal posturing in the media. They have a good track record, but it isn't perfect either. I'll guarantee that in his time Bob has mis reported something, but like most reporters you have a short memory. And Dreger saying stick to who you can trust, is a good way to keep people coming back. I wouldn't think it was a slag at us, but moreso their direct competition. Just adds some spice to the story in my mind.

  • Why would the league let their partners report this without quietly correcting them?

    Because if they got into the business of correcting the media about things, they wouldn't have time to get any work done?

  • Mike L

    Tyler wrote:

    Why would the league let their partners report this without quietly correcting them?
    Because if they got into the business of correcting the media about things, they wouldn’t have time to get any work done?

    Yeah because that is what he meant. Your negative crap doesn't need to be here. Go back to your lame site that no one reads. We don't need your always negative attitude here.