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With just mere minutes remaining before the Ottawa Senators are on the hook for a $4 million signing bonus, it looks as though Dany Heatley is no more inclined to waive his no-movement clause to facilitate a trade to the Edmonton Oilers than he was 24 hours ago.
Sources close to Heatley say he doesn’t intend to make a decision by 11:59 p.m. eastern tonight and that he’s not comfortable making a decision on the Senators’ timetable.
But until the ‘‘deadline’’ actually passes, nothing is carved in stone just yet.
Source: Meeting went OK with the Oilers. It’s more about Heatley trying put the screws to Ottawa.
Update 12:50am ET: From Darren Dreger at TSN, a summary of today’s events.
Part of the problem can be traced back to the NHL entry draft last weekend in Montreal. Heatley was led to believe both the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers were both strong trading partners. Some suggested, the Los Angeles Kings showed interest as well.
Heatley was preparing for the trade.
read on for the full story
via Sportsnet’s tracker, Jason Strudwick has signed a 1 year, $700K deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
According to Bob McKenzie on TSN, Nikolai Khabibulin has come to a “tentative agreement” with Edmonton Oilers, to be announced soon.
Update 4:11pm ET: TSN reports the deal is done, 4 years, $15 million.
Nikolai Khabibulin is the latest big name off the board in free agency, as the veteran netminder has signed a multi-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Edmonton Oilers’ major priority may shift away from Dany Heatley and towards finding a No. 1 goalie now that Dwayne Roloson has left to sign a two-year contract with the New York Islanders. Edmonton didn’t want to go two years on a contract extension, fearing that if Roloson – as a player who’ll turn 40 in October – loses some of his edge, they would be stuck for both years of his contract., counting fully against their salary cap. It was a gamble the Oilers weren’t prepared to take.
Internally, they see Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers as a player who can play 20 to 25 games in the NHL next year, but they need someone else to play the majority of games.
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.
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