According to the Ottawa Sun, here are tonight's lines:
On defence will be Chris Phillips, Anton Volchenkov, Filip Kuba, Erik Karlsson, Derek Smith and Tomas Kudelka.
According to the Ottawa Sun, here are tonight's lines:
On defence will be Chris Phillips, Anton Volchenkov, Filip Kuba, Erik Karlsson, Derek Smith and Tomas Kudelka.
This ain't your father's season preview son. This is part one of a five part The 6th Sens exclusive series that will preview your Ottawa Senators.
Without further ado...
When we first started writing this blog over the past year or so we did so for a few reasons. First of all, boredom and psychedelic drugs. Secondly, there wasn't a lot of enticing Senators stuff out there to read. Thankfully, blogs have become much more socially acceptable things to admit to writing these days and are no longer considered social suicide. As a result, they are becoming more and more prevalent and influential. Nowadays, it seems like there's a lot of Senators material that's being pumped out faster than a Chinese baby factory (without the drowning, but still male dominated).
Fortunately, the two of us developed a strong rapport based on the inter workings of the Ottawa Senators which usually started in serious conversation and ended in laughter. So being two young, strapping and brash men we would take our banter to the internet and see how it played out publicly.
Now, we don't want to come across as the be all to end of Senators literature. We're more like the toilet Hemingway would have thrown up in, or at least spoken to while the room was spinning. Fact is, while many people hate the mainstream media there are many options available (not that we have to tell you, you're reading a blog!). It's a great alternative to the wikipedia and "just Google it" crowd who consume information with as much thought process as cracking a bag of chips. There's a variety of opinions from everyday folks like us and the others listed below in this entry. Sure, we may not have media passes or eat free popcorn in a pressbox but that doesn't make an opinion more pertinent. We simply encourage fans to perform due diligence, (If this term confuses you, contact Gerald Norton, or make like Glenn Kulka and consult a thesaurus.) and foster some perspective that should help create constructive and at the very least, interesting discussion.
At the end of the day we're just an alternative. And we're glad that you read us. Now buy a t-shirt and tell your friends to click the ads. We know where your get your water cooler discussion, pay it back.
Here's a variety of other blogs that will either make you the Zach Morris of the water cooler discussion or the Screech. Use them wisely.
Think of Sensay as the Iliad of the Senators online world. It's author, Gerald Norton, can weave a tale like no other and despite a wordiness that may not appeal to the unintelligent Sens fan, GN's verbosity is delivered fluidly without ever feeling contrived - a talent that Glenn Kulka can only dream of possessing.
Because of his intellect, we're not surprised that GN: loves his statistics; is a sort of fantasy hockey savant; and remains grounded in the harsh realities of being a Senators fan. Hell, we wouldn't even be surprised if he was working on translating volumes 1 to 5 (Dany of Ottawa) of his blog into Latin and volumes 6-10 (The Balsillic Epic) into ancient Waterloo'ian text.
And while this blog can rear many different heads on any given day depending on which law school text book GN feels like summarizing or what egregious gaffe the Senators have just committed, we prefer it when GN sticks to his coverage of the Senators. We realize that it was a slow summer, but through Sensay's thorough psychoanalysis of Jim Balsillie and Gary Bettman, we now feel like we know exactly how these men take their coffee.
Our old friend Alabama Panda writes a cute blog filled with the types of things you would write in your notebook in grade 6.
He loves speculation, managerial and personnel suggestions, pencilling in line combinations, and hosting his weekly live chats. He has recently adopted a co-author leaving us to wonder how two Robin's can manage a blog without a Batman. We'd also stake our reputation on him having a massive hockey card collection. The name is a peculiar hybrid of the words Sens and Shot and we're not really sure how they fit or what the author is going for. We're tempted to ask Gerald Norton to write a 3,000 word essay explaining the URL.
Five for Smiting:
According to Senators Lost Cojone's site, he and three other sites form the exclusive Ottawa Blog Collective. How do you become part of this OBC? We're not entirely sure but like Dany Heatley, we're fucking resentful of this old guard. (Just kidding. Well, sort of.)
Anyways, this site is a pleasure to read, even when we can only ever understand about 3 out of every 10 words SLC uses. Fortunately, his blogs are so concise and well structured that we usually only have to look up between 10 and twenty words per entry. If you want to read something that's riddled with passion, historical context and local colour, look no further. You can also learn a number of new curse words and foul terminology that can be used to impress young children and educated adults alike next time you get a case of the too many 300 level libations.
And piss off, we're not contractually obligated to say that he runs one of our favorite sites because he's part of the Bloguin brethren. Honest.
The official Ottawa Senators blog is basically a less formal press release. It's full of positive reinforcement and feel good stories about people's hometowns and local connections. This is the type of blog you would take home to meet your mother only to have her say, "Wow this girl's a stiff". This blog is boring and corporate and should be renamed "Tow The Line". It is only worth reading if you liked the Liberal Red Book.
If you ask us, Sens Chirp is great because it serves a sect of the Sens Army population that we couldn't possibly appease - the obsessive compulsive fans who NEED gossip, speculation and rumours. Even though the concept as an anonymous personality for scuttlebutt and insider news lacks originality, Sens Chirp deserves to be recognized for the great rapport he has for utilizing a polite and eternally optimistic view. (General Observation: His popularity could also stem from the fact that he usually breaks news 10 minutes before it can be seen on TSN. And for those 10 minutes, his readers are the coolest guys and gals at their work. We're in the know!!!)
The Sens Prospector:
This site is unique to the Sens blogosphere in that it strictly provides lengthy and extensive coverage of Ottawa's farm system. Okay, even we can admit that it can be kind of depressing to read about Ottawa's system given the lack of high-end prospects. (It's like reading a blog about everything you've done wrong in your life.) However, this site is great for referring people who are in your fantasy hockey league to before draft day so that they buy into the hype of guys who will only play 6 minutes a night instead of drafting some real studs. "Didn't you know? Peter Regin has great opportunity to be the second line center in Ottawa when the season starts. SLEEPER."
Despite the fact that we don't necessarily agree with all of his drawn conclusions, Jeremy Milks sets the bar with impassioned analysis that rarely requires the use of F-Bombs to articulate an opinion or argument. (Case in point: Black Aces is an unapologetic Neil supporter. Regardless of how much that unproductive, 4th line middleweight ginger earns.)
The home of the No Habs No!campaign is renowned for their famous child-like letters and monetary gifts that are sent to NHL players who score game-winning goals against les Canadiens. If you're interested in seeing what a serial killer's handwriting resembles, check it out. Also, walk on eggshells when discussing Peter's departure from Sens Army. He does not like to be called a gold-digger. This blog is still top notch and hopefully Ben receives some alimony from time to time.
When we first received an email from the author Duff, we actually thought, "Ah fuck, another Sens blog." Amazingly, this site's name isn't apropos. This isn't just another Sens blog, it's an entertaining read that deserves to be read. Well, at least it was until their prized Q&A guest, John Buccigross, began to Tweet about fabricated trade scenarios.
Silver Seven is a very professionally written blog written by Peter R. (formerly of Sens Army) and Darren M. At times we wonder if they are actually trying to topple the AP and CP news-wire market with their timely, well written and easily digested recaps, previews and information about recent transactions. One day we fully expect to open a Yahoo! box score and see a (SS) tag next to the story title. It also happens to have one of the best blog names out there, although we don't appreciate the numerical one upping of our own site. (It's competitive like those rival abdominal Exercise DVDs.) For this reason, discussions are now underway for us to rename our site "Tim and Graeme Plus Eight". They have also managed to have more ads on their site than ours, no small feat.
Once a whipping boy of The 6th Sens, this author was a freelance blogger once wrote for Hockeybarn.com and the MVN. Apparently, Colin Jeffrey has since forayed into turncoat blogger status. Yes, since being publicly shat on by Tim, Jeffrey recognized the potential for writing as part of a respected blog network. And after unsuccessfully campaigning for our job (read our comments), Colin has sold out on the Senators fan base and instead will author a Leafs blog for the Bloguin network. (If you ask us,we think we should be entitled to commission here.)
Now Colin can proudly stand alone on his pedestal so that he can be seen and be acknowledged as the Leafs and former Sens Blogger that everyone hates. We are crossing our fingers that his picture featuring his pink glow-stick necklace accompanies his transition. If you're a fan of Belinda Stronach, flip flops and traitors, you should enjoy his musings.
Mark Christopher -HockeyBuzz:
Mark "Eff Buffalo" Christopher has really come out of nowhere to be one of Eklund's lapdogs. Say what you want about Hockeybuzz and it's credibility, but we actually enjoy Christopher's work. Just recently, Mark came out of the closet as a All-American Rejects fan, next week we hope he tells us all about how Billy Talent signed his chest.
Erin Nicks - The Universal Cynic:
Aside from inherent talent, the universal cynic, Erin Nicks, also bears the distinction of being a credentialed writer. We're not sure what's more impressive - her writing and musical tastes or the fact that she was employed by a testosterone dominated publication like the Sun to cover the Senators. Erin - we need to start a blog called "Beat on the Brat - Senators highlights and mid-80's punk"
Kevin Lee - SportsTalkBuzz:
As an eternal pessimist, we're not even sure that Kevin's a Senators fan. Regardless, Sportstalkbuzz is the home of former HockeyBuzz Senators columnist who has negative connotations stemming from breaking the signing of Jason Williams and guaranteeing that Jason Spezza would be dealt this summer. (Neither occurred).
When Kevin broke away from HB and started his own website, we anticipated some of the same old juicy gossip and rumours that he was known for. Instead, most of his Senators information has consisted of gossip pertaining to the Binghamton Senators. To compound matters, his postings have become less and less frequent. However, he'll be the first to say "You read it here first", when he reports things like athletic therapist promotions and the signings of minor league goalies.
Despite all this, we're just disappointed that his work has become as infrequent as one of his valid rumours.
I was reading a favourite baseball website of mine when I saw one of those flashy ads that offered real time advice and answers to all of life's questions. I have questions like everyone else in Ottawa. I've read a lot about Dany this summer from a lot of different place and I realized I had never sought the advice of a Mormon. I knew that I must seek spiritual guidance after seeing this ad. My Mormon chatline was the last place I could go for help. I was desperate and found my Mormon disciple to be quite helpful, although at times unrealistsic (ie. how am I supposed to come up with Dany's facebook or cell number?) Below is an exact transcript of the conversation I had with Chandler. I think we could all take some lessons from Chandler.
You are speaking live with Chandler, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church.
Hey how can i help you?
Hey how are you Chandler?
I'm doing really good, how about you timothy?
I'm doing okay, just enjoying a quiet evening in Ottawa
I have a bit of strange question for you, it's not about me, but this guy I know
Oh sounds awesome! It's been quite rainy down here in Utah today. What's the question?
There is this guy named Dany, his last name isn't important and a lot of people have been saying some really terrible things about him. Even sometimes I find myself partaking in the bashing. It's so easy and everyone is doing it, I'm not very strong.
ok, what about Dany can i help you with/
Well, he hasn't exactly been a great 'community' guy and a lot of people are very upset about this. I was wondering what your Church could suggest to help me out and help us make things okay again.
Well Timothy, I'm not really getting a really good grasp on what you need. From what i understand, Dany just isn't that great of guy and not very nice to other people, and you're just wondering what we would suggest to help him out?
Yes Chandler, that's what I'm looking for, just how to handle a difficult person.
Timothy i struggle with this problem a lot. I find myself looking at people a lot and judging them for things I don't like about them. What's important we remember is that we're all God's children and he loves every single one of us the same.
I would suggest sitting down with him
Talking to him and seeing what's going on in his life
Be someone he can go to
As you do that you'll see the good traits about him and you'll start to look at him differently and you'll have a strong desire to help him
It's hard though with him Chandler, he's so quiet and keeps his emotions close! This makes it worse because then sometimes people make up things about him because they don't know any better. He doesn't talk and it's like - "C'mon Dany just say something already". Like is he a talented mute like the guy in The Who's 'Tommy'?
When people make fun of him, stand up for him. And DON'T participate in it. It's really unkind and something that is hurtful to Dany. I'm sure you wouldn't say those things to his face so it's even more hurtful behind their back.
He is much bigger than me and only one neighborhood boy named Brennan will say things like that to his face. I would never have the guts.
Maybe just go up to him and say "hey dany, how are you doing today?"
Simple things like that can make the biggest difference!
Don't conform to what other people are doing and make fun of him, stand up for what's right and treat him as a friend.
I know this is not Catholic confession, but I have said some bad things behind his back. It's kind of hard for me to talk to him, even though at one point I worshiped him (not in a spiritual sense, but I admired him for his abilities).
Well if you once treated him horribly and now are looking to help him, there's no better way to help him then to get to know him! find out the truth and don't base your opinion of him off rumors and crude jokes.
Get to know him and i know you'll start to see those traits in him you used to admire!
I just worry that the truth will never come out. I worry that the sands of time will wash away the truth.
Timothy, I have a really good friend named Brent. He moved into my neighborhood and i thought he was just weird, he dressed differently and was out of my comfort zone. But my grandmother urged me to get to know him. Before i made fun, to get to know what
i was makin fun of
I got to know him, we ended playing sports together all through school. Roomed together at college. And was have become pretty much brothers.
Did you go to BYU?
He's still given a hard time today because he's shy and doesn't like to talk, but when you stand up for righteousness and just be someone's friend, it can make the world of difference and you can gain so much experience!
haha no surprise there, I guess
You raise good points Brent. Sometimes playing sports with people make things okay but a lot of people who say bad things about Dany don't play sports with him either.
I know that if you just get to know Dany, take the time to ask how his day is going or what's new in his life, slowly he'll trust you and talk to you more.
He'll want to talk to you and your relationship with him will grow. Everyone can do this.
Problem is, he just moved away and i'm not sure if i'll ever be able to make amends
Just a history me and my friends and the community will have to deal with, which none of us are proud of. I hope my kids never find out about the Dany Days of Summer..
Text him, e mail, call, Facebook, no matter where somebody is we have means of communication for the most part. If you truly want to make amends with him, i'm sure there is a way.
I don't know...he spent the summer in Kelowna, in B.C., and never called a single person except for Stacey and J.P. (people don't like them either).
Although I think my window is closed, I will take this lessons forward with me. The next time I encounter a situation like this, I may treat it differently
I hope you do Timothy, by applying those principles instead of judging first, i've made some lifelong friends
You can too
Thank you very much or your help today Chandler, I was a little nervous about trying this, but I appreciate your advice and hope others seek it too
The internet sure is a crazy place these days!
Take care Chandler!
Since the moment that Dany Heatley's trade request became public knowledge, Chris Neil has easily been one of the most candid and outspoken teammates. And just as he's engaged in any on-ice fight, Neil hasn't pulled any punches.
“We want guys who want to be in a Senators uniform. We’ve got a good thing here. I stayed here because it’s a great organization, a nice city and they’ve bent over backwards to accommodate all of us.
Other teams do that as well, but they go above and beyond their duties here to make the players comfortable. You can’t say enough about that. They brought (Heatley) in from Atlanta and gave him a fresh start. Dany had some good years here, and if he’s not happy here, then move on, get out of Dodge and don’t look back.” ~ Chris Neil, One Smug Fuck, courtesy The Ottawa Sun
If you haven't paid much attention, let me explain -- In Chris Neil's line of thought, having his employer trade Dany Heatley makes him come off smelling like roses. Now understand, to this point, Chris Neil has been a career Ottawa Senator. It's the only professional organization that he's ever known. Unlike Dany Heatley, he's never asked for a trade and when he had the opportunity to leave as an unrestricted free agent this summer, he opted to sign a new four year contract that should see him sporting that three-dimensional trojan head on his jersey for a long time.
Given these circumstances, some narrow-minded or casual Senators fans are probably relishing the fact that Neil has ran some smack. Personally, I can't fucking stand it.
Like many fans, since the news that Heatley had been dealt to San Jose, I have put pen to paper scribbling out some various line combinations. By bringing Michalek and Cheechoo into the fold, Ottawa's depth at the forward position is exceptional. With Kovalev, Cheechoo and Shannon ahead of him, Neil's likely destination appears to be that highly coveted fourth line right-wing position. (My apologies to Sloth Donovan.) Now, on paper this isn't bad, but when you examine Neil's cap hit, it's slightly disconcerting as no fourth line player should gross $2M per season. It's egregious.
Neil will remind fans that he left money on the table to stay in Ottawa because this is where he wants to stay. At the time, TSN reported that Neil was offered a four year deal from the New York Rangers that averaged $2.3M per season. But given that the cost of living in New York is higher than it is in Ottawa, and given the fact that Neil already has permanent residence in Ottawa, isn't it safe to say that Neil probably would have banked more money by staying put?
I'm not intending to shit on Neil or his salary with this piece. I personally don't have any problem with Neil or the style and physicality that his presence brings to the Senators lineup. Nor do I shit on Chris Neil's right to negotiate his price on the NHL's open market. He put in his time and he deserved the opportunity to do so. What I do have a problem with this facade of having organizational loyalty. If this were truly the case, why would Neil even enter into contractual negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs? And similarly, if he truly felt he was doing us a favour, why not take a legitimate home-town discount that would allow Bryan Murray to allocate more money into improving the rest of the roster.
If Neil really wants to feel appreciated, he needs to have a banner year. 10 goals, an 82-0 fight record and numerous Chris Drury'esque hits sounds about right. And if he can't match these numbers, the very least he could do insult the educated fans with references to loyalty. Or better yet, don't remind us that he signed a new deal. Nobody should want to be reminded of the terms of his contract.
Update: Sunday @ 4:00PM:
Okay. So I was going to try and host a Live session for you guys at around 7pm. (Un)Fortunately (?), I have dinner plans now for 5pm, so I don't think I'll be home in time to run at that time. It might have to be later in the evening. I'll try to have one up and running for 8:30Pm.
Thanks for reading.
Alright so the Heatley deal has been finalized and Tim and I want to hear from you guys. Email us with your thoughts, feelings, ideas, humour, or whatever to the6thsens(at)live.com and we'll publish what is sent to us.
Also, I'm contemplating doing a Cover It Live Blog tomorrow night at around 7pm EST as an opportunity for you guys and gals to speak your mind.
Thanks for reading.
According to Bob McKenzie:
Trade discussions heated up on Friday and Saturday morning before a deal was finally agreed to. A deal that sends Heatley to the team he secretly wanted all along. A team he believed was an option when he refused to waive his no-move clause to accept a trade to the Edmonton Oilers.
Saturday's trade ends a saga that began with a verbal trade request in mid-May. A request, sources say, led to several discussions between Heatley, Senators coach Cory Clouston, Senators GM Bryan Murray, as well as Heatley's agents, JP Barry and Stacey McAlpine.
I have to be honest, my first reaction to the trade was one of disappointment. That's not to say that I was disappointed in the return that the Senators got back in Michalek, Cheechoo and a second rounder. I'm not. However, given the current average state of the defense corps, I was hoping that Bryan Murray would be able to acquire a young stud who could immediately step in and blossom into a top pairing defenseman. Considering the possibility that Anton Volchenkov could leave as an unrestricted free agent after this season and the fact that none of the team's blue-chip defensive prospects are close to assume these kind of responsibilities, it was an area that I felt needed to be addressed.
Regardless, this is the move that Bryan Murray made and I'll give him credit for making a trade that should balance out the scoring. With a top six that includes: Kovalev, Spezza, Alfredsson, Michalek, Fisher and Cheechoo; the theory is by distributing the firepower, opponents can no longer focus upon exclusively shutting down the first line. In principle, this sounds great but in practicality, it's not without some concern.
Milan Michalek has consistently demonstrated that he's able to produce between 55 to 70 points annually. And unlike the previously rumoured return of Alexander Frolov, Michalek is under team control until the conclusion of the 2013-2014 campaign and at a reasonable cap hit of $4.333M. But as a 25-year old left-winger, I'm not sure that you even play him in Dany Heatley's spot on the first line. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see Spezza flanked by Cheechoo and Kovalev while Fisher is flanked by Alfie and Michalek. But, I'm sure if given the opportunity to play with Spezza and Kovalev, Michalek will have a great opportunity to establish some career bests.
That being said, Jonathan Cheechoo's acquisition is a bit disconcerting. Here are his statistics for the past few years:
You'd have to be Ray Charles not to notice this trend. However, in light of the organization's recent admission that ticket sales are down, Cheechoo's addition could have immediate dividends given his popularity in the surrounding native community. For those of you who attended last season's Sharks game, you'll know what I'm talking about. Hell, at best it'll at least add to an otherwise stale atmosphere at SBP.
I digress. Now when you consider Cheechoo's lack of production carries a cap hit of $3.0M, he could be an expensive bust. Granted, he's only signed for this season and next, but there's a chance that his cap hit could limit what the Sens could do to improve their team further. I've read a few sources detailing how injuries have marred his production in recent years. Here's a take from Sharkspageon the recent problems that have stalled Cheechoo:
That Ottawa allegedly didn't "want anything to do" with right wing Jonathan Cheechoo according to Garrioch is short-sided and foolish. His heavy shot and quick release have not diminished in the slightest, and he remains a deadly option for any power play. Cheechoo struggled with a broken thumb and a double hernia surgery which limited his production to 37 goals and 23 goals the two seasons after his Rocket Richard winning 56 in 2005-06. This year Cheechoo was the odd man out in a numbers game that saw seven top-6 forwards in the same lineup. Cheechoo was relegated to limited minutes on a third line that was racked with injuries (Goc, Plihal, Marleau, Roenick).
Despite his raw talent, Mike Fisher has never been able to replicate the chemistry that he had while playing on a line with Martin Havlat. Over the past few seasons, the coaching staff has played him alongside some productive wingers, but Fisher has never been able to demonstrate that he can be a consistent and productive second line center. In order for the Sens to improve their position in the standings, it's imperative that Fisher develop some chemistry with two of Kovalev, Cheechoo, Michalek. (I'd include Alfie here but this experiment has failed way too many times.)
By improving the depth in the top six, there's less of a burden on the likes of Nick Foligno, Ryan Shannon and Chris Kelly to carry the secondary load. This trio should combine to be one of the more energetic and intriguing third lines in the League. It's also worth stressing how inexpensive the third line is because of our depth, Ottawa has one of the most expensive fourth lines in the NHL. With Ruutu ($1.3M), Neil ($2M) and some hybrid of Winchester, Bass, Schubert and Donovan. It was easy enough to shit on the Chris Neil contract at the time and think that the Sens were ripped off. But to look at it in retrospect, it looks that much worse. Especially now, considering that a number of Binghamton prospects look apt and ready to crack the roster as third and fourth liners. (As an aside, you really have to feel for the prospects who were on the cusp, with seemingly all the forward and defensive spots locked up in camp, where's the competition going to come from in camp? Fuck, even Neil and Yablonski are in the same group.)
Given these circumstances and numbers, it's reasonable to assume that Bryan Murray has another deal in mind. Whether he packages this newly acquired second rounder or a prospect to bring in a legitimate second line center will be a story to watch as camp develops. (My suggestion? Chris Kelly + Brian Lee + San Jose's second rounder for Brandon Dubinsky.)
In case you're wondering, the only time we'll be seeing Heatley this year is on television. The Sharks won't make an appearance at SBP until next season, so we'll have to just sit on the couch and yell obscenities at the television when the Senators face the Sharks in San Jose on December 1st on Sportsnet (10:30PST). However, don't let that prevent you from showing your contempt for Heatley. Be the first on your block to sport your own The Heat Is Gone! t-shirt. Click here to view our store. (Note: The value t-shirt goes for $10 USD. So it's pretty affordable and is a good way to help us promote our website.)
Update @ 3:30PM:
In a piece over at Yahoo! Sports, Puck Daddy details a conversation that John Buccigross had on Gabriel Morency's Sirius Satellite Radio program last night. Here's how Buccigross explained the LA / SJ / Ottawa three-way trade that has been debunked by every other hockey journalist or news source:
"Right now, obviously, nothing is officially done or it would have been announced by all parties. What I heard earlier tonight was that it was a three-team trade. First I had heard it was going to be tonight or tomorrow. Obviously they want to move him before training camp. So I sniffed around and my best source, who's been perfect for me, mentioned he got an email from a front office personnel member. He forwarded me the email, and it's a pretty significant name (laughs) in the NHL, and I thought 'Boy, I would have gone on it just with my initial source, because he's been great for me.' Then he showed me this email, and it was completely supporting it.
"So I was surprised when it hasn't come through tonight. Now, things are complicated, there could be other parts to it, but I still believe he will be moved. But it appears, as I was told, is not going to happen tonight anyway."
It really makes you wonder though. If Buccigross is willing to put himself out there like this and Bruce Garrioch is priding himself on being the first to report a rumour that has been shot down by all three involved parties, maybe where there's smoke, there's fire. That or they have the same sources and Buccigross took it too far. Ah, the perks of hiding behind a veil of anonymity.
Bryan Murray and Dany Heatley had a face to face meeting today, Murray tried to convince Heatley to accept a trade to the Oilers...
not sure how that will end up but Murray is still trying to trade him by today, as of now it's between the Sharks and Oilers...
..no official offer has been made from the Sharks, but the Oilers offer is still on the table.Im sure rumors will pick up going into tonight. ~ NHLSourcesSay via Twitter.
UPDATE 9:45p.m.: Looks like this ESPN report has no more legs than the Garrioch report last night. ESPN was able to reach Murray for comment tonight and he had this to say:
""It's simply not true," Murray told ESPN.com Thursday night . "I've had conversations with teams today but still I'm not close to a deal [involving Heatley]." Read it here.
Sounds like we should call it a night. Bust. Maybe tomorrow. Hopefully better return and better results. I think this is a case of where there's smoke....You get the idea.
UPDATE 9:33p.m.: Trusted news source and friend of the 6th Sens James Gordon of the Citizen has confirmed via twitter that Heatley will not be at the golf tournament tomorrow as not to distract from the charity. The first of many canadian respected media types starting to weigh in on the "trade". We'll see.
UPDATE 9:16p.m.: Same link as before, GM's are denying it. I kinda hope so, I like both the rumored players coming to Ottawa it's just not good enough return for Heatley. Not to mention the contract issues (ie. pending UFA and overpaid).
UPDATE 8:54p.m.: ESPN is reporting the deal is done. Link here.
I'm sure, much much more to come.
This is what we'll be using to update you readers through the night:
Dany Heatley will probably be a Shark tonight or tomorrow. ~ John Buccigross' Twitter.
Lehner reminds me of Steve Mason. ~ Amateur Announcer on Rogers 22 during the Sens vs Leafs prospects tilt
7-0 for the Senators after two in the prospects game. Standing out for me thus far: Condra, Hoffman, Svendson. I'd mention a defensemen but the bulk of the game has been spent in the Leafs end.
TSN has released the terms of the contract that Mike Comrie has signed with the Edmonton Oilers -- 1 year, $1.125M
Update @ 11:21am:
I was just talking with Tim and we came up with this idea:
Let Dany arrive in Ottawa. Have him address the media and let him sit down and talk to Clouston. Once that's done, let him sit down and explain his reasoning to his teammates. Once he's finished, Bryan Murray should walk up to him, thank him and then inform him that he's been punked. "Dany, while you were in the dressing room, I managed to trade you to the LA Kings."