Kevin Prendergast: Oilers Have “Given Up Hope” On Dany Heatley

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When it comes to truly dream-crushing quotes, Dan Tencer has the best set I’ve seen lately courtesy of Oilers’ assistant GM Kevin Prendergast.

I won’t give away everything, but here’s the money quote:

“I think we’ve given up hope on the Heatley scenario; but, I guess it’s not dead in the water. But, at this point, it looks like we’ll go to camp with the same team we finished with last year outside of a new goaltender.”

“I think at this point, it’s pretty evident what’s going to happen. But, we haven’t closed the door on the whole issue yet.”

Of course, when Prendergast says the ‘same team’ as last year, he means the same team as last year minus Ales Kotalik, Kyle Brodziak and Liam Reddox. Fun stuff.

Honestly, this quote is so ludicrous that I wonder all sorts of things. There are still players on the market who could shore up weaknesses – most notably the obvious lack of a qualified checking centre. The Oilers still have enough cap space to make a play for a guy like Manny Malhotra or Radek Bonk – and if they are truly considering moving away from Heatley than there is no reason not to sign a player of this ilk. Malhotra’s reportedly looking for a deal in the 2MM/season range, while Bonk would undoubtedly be cheaper even than that.

If we can believe that Prendergast is both a) completely aware of the situation and b) being honest with Tencer, than we should be concerned about the competence of the men currently making decisions for the team. Dany Heatley was never a sure thing, and there are an abundance of flaws with the team, so not having a Plan B is simply inexcusable.

The Edmonton Oilers may still improve; young players like Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano might take significant strides forward, the team might enjoy better halth as a whole (not that there were an inordinate number of injuries last season) and a better schedule could all help the Oilers be a better hockey team.

But there are any number of positive steps still left to Steve Tambellini and his staff, and not taking them would be a mistake.

  • Hippy

    @ Librarian Mike:

    That was the most frustrating part of last year by far. The complete lack of effort most nights. At least when we were barely squeeking into the playoffs the boys would come to play hard every night. I would rather watch this team come out and compete for 60 minutes and lose 3 outta 4 times then watch them coast around for 2 periods and squeek out a win.

  • Hippy

    Obviously the Oilers' management team doesn't watch enough movies. If they did, they would know that Plan A never works.

    At this point, I don't even really care if they make the playoffs….I can't believe I just said that…I just want to see them having fun and playing like that jersey means something to them, which would be an improvement over last year.

  • Hippy

    To repeat the theme of complete disapointment, WTF have we done to get saddled with such a burden? In all the years I have been an Oiler fan (since joining the NHL), I have never been this frustrated with the team as a whole.

    Can Tambellini pull off some sort of miracle? At this point, the answer is undboubtedly a resounding NO.

    We are hooped!

  • Hippy

    Travis wrote:

    It is part SPIN machine. Listen, when you say this to the public…it isn’t only us that read and hear it. The Oilers organization is putting out two signs to all the other GMs and Agents: 1) Oilers are open for business with other organizations and open to offers 2) Heatley better decide soon as Oilers are giving up
    You cannot think the Oilers have not been calling and have possible options and trade possiblities…they just want a better ones… Maybe now that people know the Heatley thing might not go…they go hey…Cogliano, Smid, Penner are available? Maybe not Penner so much. But seriously… this is all SPIN.

    +1

  • Hippy

    Kinda wonder what the rest of the Oilers management thinks of Prendergast saying this? Can't think they would be happy…unless this is some kind of odd posturing.

    KP should have been gone from this organization a long time ago…hopefully this will help get his a** out the door.

  • Hippy

    Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

    Like was someone impressed that Springfield didn’t lose EVERY game last year?

    hahahahaha. Yes.

    @ Doug:
    I heard that Lowe offered up all his daughters to Heatley just to sweeten the deal.

  • Hippy

    It is part SPIN machine. Listen, when you say this to the public…it isn't only us that read and hear it. The Oilers organization is putting out two signs to all the other GMs and Agents: 1) Oilers are open for business with other organizations and open to offers 2) Heatley better decide soon as Oilers are giving up

    You cannot think the Oilers have not been calling and have possible options and trade possiblities…they just want a better ones… Maybe now that people know the Heatley thing might not go…they go hey…Cogliano, Smid, Penner are available? Maybe not Penner so much. But seriously… this is all SPIN.

  • Hippy

    would it be wise for him to say 'We're working hard at signing a 3rd line center'? No, it would drive the cost up.

    I doubt that's whats going on though. They're probably done. FKPNF

  • Hippy

    @ jeanshorts:

    I can see it now. Heatley finally accepts the trade. The media gathers for a presser.

    HEATLEY: Well, what can I say. I held out all summer long waiting on "3 options" and now it comes down to this. It was either here or Ottawa and Chris Neil had been making some threatening remarks.

    LOWE: You comfortable Dany? How's that chair for you? Can I get you anything?

    TAMBO: Back off Kevin! I'm the GM! I made this trade! I GET TO BRING DANY HIS COFFEE!

    HEATLEY: Thanks Steve, one cream, three sugars if you don't mind. By the way, I don't see the red carpet I was promised leading up to the podium. And where's my crown?

    LOWE: (exploding in anger at Tambo) YOU DIDN'T BRING THE CROWN?

    TAMBO: I thought you were gonna – er… i… how about a blowjob, Dany?

    HEATLEY: Both of you, on your knees right now. Oh, right. You're already down there.

  • Hippy

    How exactly did Prendergast survive the off-season house cleaning? What exactly is his value to this organization? Like was someone impressed that Springfield didn't lose EVERY game last year?

  • Hippy

    I would not be unhappy to see what happens with new coaches. I do realize that we have two many small players both here and on the way, but give them a chance. Nilson and Penner may yet be players or at least improve their trade value.

  • Hippy

    What have i done to the hockey gods for them to have cursed my team with such inept leadership? Did i not sacrifice enough goats and pour enough libations?

    Unbelievable.

  • Hippy

    @ Doug:

    Amen. But I think they're playing it safe though, because they still believe in the .0001% chance he'll finally give up and begrudgingly suit up for the Oilers next year.

  • Hippy

    And don't you love how this is the first time anybody from Oiler's management has spoken up regarding Heatley, and all he has to say is that we are "giving up hope?"

    Why couldn't he say "F*** that guy, who wants him anyway?"

    Forget about having respect for ourselves. Let's just wave the white flag. KP sounds like a dork who just got jilted by his prom date. WHERES THE PRIDE?

  • Hippy

    Can anyone else picture him sighing and shrugging his shoulders as he says it? Almost like they're already giving up before the season has even started?
    Come on Prendy, chin up buddy. AND FOR F*CKS SAKE SIGN A THIRD LINE CENTER WHO CAN WIN DRAWS AND KILL PENALTIES!!!

  • Hippy

    It feels like the worst fears of Oiler fans this summer are being realized.

    No backup plan for the first line LW. No plans to improve the checking forward corps. Forget Roli, we'll just pay another goalie whose two years younger but has a million more miles.

    WHAT…. THE…. [EXPLETIVE, DELETED]?