Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Boy, oh, boy oh Dany boy, is this a double whammy of Pronger proportions to the well-bruised Edmonton ego.
Edmonton product Jay Bouwmeester signing with Calgary was the first skate to drop. But that was nothing until Calgary product Dany Heatley played coy when it came to to waiving his no trade clause on a done deal.
The price was a little stiff. But it would have allowed the Edmonton Oilers to unload a stiff and add a 50-goal scorer to play with Ales Hemsky.
But now young gun Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid and Dustin Penner know the Oilers had traded them, which is only minor damage.
But now the world knows that a Calgarian would apparently rather take the spit and abuse of coming off as a bigger jerk than he already appeared to be to play in the city a three hour drive to the north.
Sources tell TSN a Dany Heatley deal to the Oilers is getting close, but not yet finalized.
The expected deal would see Edmonton sending Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid to the Senators in exchange for Heatley.
Heatley will be required to waive his no-trade clause.
added 10:48pm, Senators have now asked Heatley to waive his NTC. All the information is at the above link to TSN.
added 11:01pm, via Sportsnet,
Sources tell Sportsnet that the Ottawa Senators have traded disgruntled all-star Dany Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid.
added 7/1/09 12:05am, RDS (translated) says Heatley will not waive his NTC.
added 7/1/09 at 12:11am, If you want to follow this story to conclusion, I suggest watch Dan Tencer’s Twitter. He will provide you with the outcome, meanwhile, I need some sleep.
Bob McKenzie of TSN says deal is dead.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So, here’s the rumour:
The Calgary Flames add Jay Bouwmeester, then flip Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa for Dany Heatley.
They lose some offence from the blue-line in the transaction, but bring in a local boy who scores 50 goals up front. And the salary cap hit in losing Phaneuf and gaining Heatley only costs GM Darryl Sutter $1 million.
Senators GM Bryan Murray gets the offensive defenceman he covets and can justifiably grant Heatley his trade request, and everyone is happy….
Meanwhile, 300 km up Highway 2, rumours persist that Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini is shopping one of his four offensive defenceman in an attempt to kickstart the rebuild in Edmonton.
We’re hearing Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles — where his children live with his ex-wife, a long distance relationship that Souray has found taxing through two seasons in Northern Alberta. The package coming back would include defenceman Jack Johnson, and we’re guessing a forward with some grit, like a Wayne Simmonds.
via Dan Tencer of 630 CHED,
With less than 48 hours to go before free agency, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is focusing his efforts on two of his own key free agents. The club has tendered what they believe to be a “very strong” 1 year offer to goaltender Dwayne Roloson. But, Tambellini isn’t sure if Roloson is going to take the offer. “It’s Dwayne’s choice,” he says. “He’s earned the right to free agency and if he thinks he can do better elsewhere, maybe (he’ll leave). We’ve got a day and a half to go.”
Tambellini says they also hope to come to terms soon with defenseman Denis Grebeshkov. “Denis is in our plans and we’ll get moving on that soon,” Tambellini says. He admitted that the delay in negotiation so far was due to the Oilers wanting to see what was available on the trade market.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,
With their goaltending situation in flux, the Edmonton Oilers are intrigued about Minnesota Wild backup and Regina product Josh Harding if the price is right.
The Wild’s new general manager Chuck Fletcher lamented a shortage of draft picks when he got the job—they pick 12th and not again until 99th (in the fourth round)—but he’s looking more for instant help up front. The Oilers have some young forwards but would they deal one of them for a young goalie in Harding who had a sterling junior resume but has played in only 59 NHL games. The Oilers are one of the half-dozen teams Fletcher has sounded out.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Will the Edmonton Oilers make a play to sign Florida Panthers defenceman Jay Bouwmeester or trade for his negotiating rights just before the free-agent market opens on July 1? Sources say the Oilers would rather, for now, spend the $6 million US or so a year it would take to sign the 25-year-old unrestricted free agent on somebody to play with winger Ales Hemsky on their No. 1 line.
The Oilers like the Edmonton product, who will likely be on Canada’s 2010 Olympic team, maybe as a shutdown-type defenceman. But they see other bigger holes on their club. They’re crying out for a goal-scorer.
Edmonton would also have to move a blue-liner to bring Bouwmeester in and they aren’t prepared to do that.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
Pat Quinn is a helluva quote, that’s for sure, based on his recent interview with Dan Tencer of 630 CHED, where he essentially said goodbye to Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson and criticized Oilers attack ace Ales Hemsky for not passing the puck.
Here’s Quinn on Roloson and the Oilers goaltender position: “We know there is very likely to be a change in goaltending.”
And here he is on Hemsky: “You’ve got a great talented center here that never distributes the puck. Is he a great talent? Yeah. But he’s like playing with the Lone Ranger.”
added 8:55am, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
There have been no discussions between the Oilers and Kotalik’s agent, Larry Kelly, on a new deal, with the NHL free-agent store opening for business in less than two weeks.
Kotalik hasn’t told Kelly to tell the Oilers he’s going to try free agency, but the Oilers’ inaction so far would seem to indicate they are prepared to let the 30-year-old winger walk.
That seems strange, considering that Kotalik had seven goals and 11 points and was plus-six in his 19 games with the Oilers after they acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Which brings us to Dany Heatley. He shoots Edmonton a sideways glance and fans are reaching for their wallets -or, Katz’s wallet - faster than a drunken sailor on the first day of shore leave.
Let’s hope Oilers management shows a little more restraint.
Edmonton, of all places, should be wary of mercenaries like Heatley. Have we learned nothing from Mike Comrie and Chris Pronger?
With a salary cap that’s dropping fast, do the Oilers really want to invest a big chunk of their allowance for the next five years on a guy who only seems to care about one thing: Himself?
We’re not talking about Henrik Zetterberg here. We’re talking about one of the lead dogs on one of the biggest, softest underachievers of the last 20 years. The Ottawa Senators were supposed to be Stanley Cup champions two times over by now, but they gagged and folded and got outworked year after year until their window of opportunity had finally closed for good.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The NHL’s free-agent doors swing wide open in 28 days, but goalie Dwayne Roloson still hasn’t received a contract offer from the Edmonton Oilers.
Roloson’s age obviously is a factor—he turns 40 in October—so the Oilers may not be willing to pitch anything more than a one-year deal.
“We haven’t started talking at all,” Roloson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “But they’ve had other issues to get resolved ... lots to do with hiring coaches and firing coaches.”
Oilers general manager GM Steve Tambellini, who attended meetings in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, said the two sides would begin serious negotiations on a new contract very soon. But how many years the Oilers want to offer and how much money is available is anybody’s guess.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
If you looked at the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday morning and assessed that — new coaches or not — they are not a Stanley Cup contender, you’d get no argument here.
But if you ever thought that this was a team vulnerable to being outcoached, or you wondered whether a new set of opinions was required to raise the compete level of a soft and easy-to-play-against club, then you can put those opinions to bed as of this morning.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org