Before I start, I want to apologize for the lack of consistent updates lately. Compounding the lack of Sens news in the past few days is the fact that I've been having some technical issues with my computer. Fortunately, a new laptop is on its way and things will run a bit more smoothly for me. Anyways, on to my piece...
I think it's important to acknowledge Brendan Bell for signing a one year deal with the St. Louis Blues. This site hasn't been the most flattering of Bell in the past, but he deserves credit where it's due. Unlike some of his peers who have been unable to ignore the bigger money being offered to players of his ilk, Bell hasn't given up on his goal of earning an elusive one-way contract.
Tambellini Grows A Set Pt II:
The Dany Heatley situation took another strange twist Friday with Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini publicly announcing he's no longer interested in the disgruntled Ottawa Senators sniper.
Edmonton spent the better part of a month courting the former 50-goal scorer -- a process that started after Tambellini hammered out a deal with the Ottawa Senators for Heatley, only to have the winger refuse to waive a no-trade clause.
Talks continued until Tambellini decided earlier this week that enough was enough.
"We gave ourselves an allotted amount of time internally ... to explore every opportunity to see if there was something that would work -- it didn't," Tambellini said during a conference call with reporters. "It's time for us to move on. We're very comfortable with that."
Tambellini and the Oilers braintrust might be comfortable walking away, but the their involvement in the Heatley can't be viewed as anything but an unmitigated public relations disaster. Not even an Oilers highlight tape could convince Heatley to don their uniform. In retrospect, I can't help but wonder whether it would have been better to send a female Edmonton reporter to his Kelowna home instead. Hey-yo!
With Edmonton out of the picture and with San Jose unable to add Dany until they can do their best Nortel imitation and trim payroll, the remote possibility of Heatley showing up to camp seems to be looking more plausible by the day. And that's not exactly a good thing. Don't get me wrong, with a Team Canada roster spot on the line, Ottawa could use a motivated Heatley and his scoring touch (assuming he'd show up). However, beyond this superficial production, his return will guarantee that any Senators discussion will begin and end with speculation on when and where Heatley will eventually be moved. Awesome, I can't wait for this distraction. It's not like the mainstream media here dwell on stuff and make lives difficult for players they're not fond of, right?