Archive for August, 2009

Could we? Should we?

Posted: August 28, 2009 in NHL, Oilers, Uncategorized

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Mike Comrie at $1.3 million.  That is the rumour.  Oilersnation.com first, then a non denial from Dan Tencer of Ched (Credit lowetide), and a Ritch Winter “no comment”.  Speculation that the Owner is involved in this potential move.  If you are asking me, this plan is half baked if I have ever seen it.  Unless…it is a precursor to something else.

If this is a move by itself in a vacuum, I hate it.  We have a “number 1” centre in Horcoff.  We have TWO number two centres in Gagner and Cogliano.  We have two number four centres in Pouliot and Brule.  We have small centres….out the ass.  We have small forwards, soft forwards, all over the place.  Comrie isn’t the second coming of Theoren Fleury. (Well apparently Theoren Fleury is the second coming of Theoren Fleury…but that is another blog.)

So what could the motivation be to add a small 2nd line centre?  Someone else moving?  Suggesting this is a precursor to Heatley is marginal at best.  There are no signs that there is a heartbeat in this deal laying on the operating table.  It looks dead.  Someone other than Heatley?  Well, rumours did kick around about Kessel (But my foggy memory thinks that might have been on Eklund so my comfort with its validity is not that great.) but even if that was true, adding TWO small centres isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered.
If we were talking Manny Malhotra, we would all be doing a bit of a happy dance.  Blair Betts?  Nice to get some help on the PK.  But Mike Comrie?  Unless this has something else to it, it sucks as a move.  Period.

Of Mice and Men

Posted: August 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

Just a quick post about Dany Heatley, the biggest villain in Ottawa and Edmonton on this side of the blueline.

Ultimately as I have posted on HFBoards.com Dany Heatley is exactly what everyone thought he was.  Selfish and consumed.  That doesn’t make him a villain.

He wants to work elsewhere.  That is fine, but the Senators selling him out by making his demands public, then leaking the players in the Oilers deal, or even the fact there was one, is the reason everyone hates Heatley.

If they would have just kept their mouths closed and dealt him, they would be in a far better spot right now.  Same goes for the Oilers that not only looked pretty desperate in trying to acquire him, also have to deal with their young players Smid, Cogliano and Penner whose psyche are damaged kn0wing they were no the boat out of town.

As some in the  media have mentioned, even the petulant Don Brennan who Dan Barnes roasted on Team 1260 on Friday, that Heatley probably just wants out of the microscope.   He wants to be a leader on the ice, but anonymous after the game when having a couple beer.

With his past, I don’t really blame him, and even at that, I wonder if there was a better way for him to handle it.  I am not sure there was.