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07-06-2009, 10:05 PM
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2009 Free Agency Thread II (All Blog Rumors, Proposals, etc in here)

Let the Heatley Hysteria continue. But please, consider the source.

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I was told we would only be responsible for 4 million dollars of his salary this year. The rest was bonus.


Senschirp is a pretty good source

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But if we have Filatov, Voracek, Brassard, or whomever worth a big raise, we could certainly look into dealing them for assets. Just because players play well enough to earn a big contract doesn't mean we have to give it to them. Although you want to keep your homegrown talent, if Heatley at $7 million is exponentially better, and more proven, than X player at $4 million, you make it work.
Potentially. That's kind of what I was referring to when I said "voodoo magic". I'd much prefer lower cost talent to stay with the organization.

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Repeat after me--there is no salary cap issue.

People are concerned about 3 years out...a year in which we are currently $27 million under the cap. Plenty of time to move assets, replace guys with less expensive players, etc. Detroit has 3 guys make $6 million plus this season, and they are significantly under the cap, but we can't do it with just two guys making more than $6 mill/year?

In the meantime, in those first two years after Heatley's acquisition we could contend for a championship.

I think some of you have been conditioned to only accept cheap signings.

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Just wanted to say I agree with this post. I didn't get to respond before the thread was closed. Plus, you want to maximize the talents of your best player. Make him worth what you are paying him, too . Which is the better way to do that?

Nash - Brassard - Huselius

or

Nash - Brassard - Heatley

I also think it would be okay to trade Filatov for Heatley. I would prefer to avoid doing that, but it would be okay. We are hoping Filatov can become, some day, as good as a guy like Heatley already is. Also, I probably wouldn't be as for this if Heatley wasn't still just 28.

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Add to the argument that Heatley's contract is significantly front-loaded (6 mil in 12/13 and 5 mil in 13/14), and it gives some credence to payroll flexibility down the road even with his 7.5 mil cap hit.

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Repeat after me--there is no salary cap issue.

People are concerned about 3 years out...a year in which we are currently $27 million under the cap. Plenty of time to move assets, replace guys with less expensive players, etc. Detroit has 3 guys make $6 million plus this season, and they are significantly under the cap, but we can't do it with just two guys making more than $6 mill/year?

In the meantime, in those first two years after Heatley's acquisition we could contend for a championship.

I think some of you have been conditioned to only accept cheap signings.
Filatov, Mayorov, Voracek, Hejda, Mason. And this is after decisions on Brassard, Russell, Vermette, Kesla, Methot, and any other entry-level guys we may or may not add.

There is a potential cap issue. There are ways around it, but pretending there isn't one is folly.

(That said, if one of the youngsters that would be resigned - thus contributing to the cap issue - is involved in this trade, it does minimize the potential impact.

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I go back and forth, while the thought of a Nash-Brass-Heater line is very tempting, I want to hear exactly what Ottawa would be looking for...They've been good trading partners so far, so I would think they'd be fair.

I'm just not sold where Filatov fits into the system, he's small, plays little defense, not that heatley plays defense either, but he is already a #1 forward, not a 4th liner breaking in...No way would I even consider if Brass or Russ were involved....those two are entrenched in the lines already and we know what we have....Juice + Filatov for Heatley and a late pick??? something around those lines I can see. Or can we get Heatley and Kuba for Juice, Filatov, and ????

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I go back and forth, while the thought of a Nash-Brass-Heater line is very tempting, I want to hear exactly what Ottawa would be looking for...They've been good trading partners so far, so I would think they'd be fair.

I'm just not sold where Filatov fits into the system, he's small, plays little defense, not that heatley plays defense either, but he is already a #1 forward, not a 4th liner breaking in...No way would I even consider if Brass or Russ were involved....those two are entrenched in the lines already and we know what we have....Juice + Filatov for Heatley and a late pick??? something around those lines I can see. Or can we get Heatley and Kuba for Juice, Filatov, and ????
They'd probably send some salary back on a short term basis - most likely Jason Smith (UFA after this year).

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First Havlat to the CBJ rumors, now Heatley.

Should be interesting, would be nice, but somehow I'm not convinced by any stretch of the imagination. Is Senschirp somewhat accurate (honest question, as I have no clue)?

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Who were the people who brilliantly called that Auld for Russell trade?

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First Havlat to the CBJ rumors, now Heatley.

Should be interesting, would be nice, but somehow I'm not convinced by any stretch of the imagination. Is Senschirp somewhat accurate (honest question, as I have no clue)?
The folks on the Sens board say he's got a very good track record. Seeing as though he apparently broke the Kovalev signing about an hour early not too long ago, I think I can see why.

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Filatov, Mayorov, Voracek, Hejda, Mason. And this is after decisions on Brassard, Russell, Vermette, Kesla, Methot, and any other entry-level guys we may or may not add.

There is a potential cap issue. There are ways around it, but pretending there isn't one is folly.

(That said, if one of the youngsters that would be resigned - thus contributing to the cap issue - is involved in this trade, it does minimize the potential impact.
As does trading them in the future. The fact is, if our prospects play good enough to where we can't afford them, that is a good thing. That means we probably win a lot of games in the next 2 years. It also means teams would want them and would be willing to trade us good young players/picks for them.

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Bob Stauffer of 630 Ched Edmonton just posted on the Oilers forums that he spoke to Management at the Jackets and they told him there was zero truth to this Eklund stuff.
For what it's worth.

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First Havlat to the CBJ rumors, now Heatley.

Should be interesting, would be nice, but somehow I'm not convinced by any stretch of the imagination. Is Senschirp somewhat accurate (honest question, as I have no clue)?
They seem to be. Thats where I went to get info on possible trades with Ottaw during the trading period last year.

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Who is Bob Stauffer?

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Of course they did. No one in "management" is going to say any trade or signing is happening or in the works. Not saying it isn't true, but I doubt you will find Howson or anyone in the front office admitting to stuff like this to radio guys.

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While I have my doubts about this trade scenario happening, it makes perfect sense that an Edmonton reporter doesn't want this trade to happen.

I know we've floated some names about who would be headed to Ottawa, but does anyone have specific predictions they want to make known?

I'll go with:

To Columbus:

Danny Heatley
Jason Smith

To Ottawa:

Kristian Huselius
Nikita Filatov
Marc Methot

I don't know, I'm not too good at these proposals.

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Guys? Howson used to work for the Oilers. I'm not shocked at all if there are radio guys there who have contacts with him.

Just 'cause I said "take it for what it's worth" doesn't mean it's worthless.

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Guys? Howson used to work for the Oilers. I'm not shocked at all if there are radio guys there who have contacts with him.

Just 'cause I said "take it for what it's worth" doesn't mean it's worthless.
Doesn't make it gospel either. CBJ management isn't going to come right out and say "Yeah, we're in talks right now!" Reality is, we have no idea what's going on.

But we have Sens Chirp and Eklolund vs Oilers Radio guy...My guess is that there are or were discussions but aren't or weren't serious yet.

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Doesn't make it gospel either. CBJ management isn't going to come right out and say "Yeah, we're in talks right now!" Reality is, we have no idea what's going on.

But we have Sens Chirp and Eklolund vs Oilers Radio guy...My guess is that there are or were discussions but aren't or weren't serious yet.
Very true. Just pointing out that it's just as acceptable or dismissable as the rest.

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Guys? Howson used to work for the Oilers. I'm not shocked at all if there are radio guys there who have contacts with him.

Just 'cause I said "take it for what it's worth" doesn't mean it's worthless.
seeing as both teams are potentially going for Heatley, i wouldnt be totally upfront with the Edmonton media if i was Howson

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Very true. Just pointing out that it's just as acceptable or dismissable as the rest.
Pretty much.

Eklund makes me very...skeptical of this whole thing, though.

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hmmm... seems that almost any deal/signing we have made HASN'T been pre-empted by rumor. that said, the Vermette/Leclaire swap with OTT is the only one that did sorta come out before it happened.

While this isn't a move that seems likely as far as our needs, I wouldn't doubt Hitch/Nash and therefore Scotty being at least interested in what kind of deal it would take to acquire Heatley. Httch has coached him and Nash has played on a line with him for Canada.

I won't lie-as much as I want to shrug this off as almost certain bullsh*t, it gets me a little excited. If we make this happen without moving Brassard, I might not be upset. That said, I think we have the pieces to contend with or beat the Edmonton deal.

Interesting to see if this develops any further or dies on the vine.

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I'm surprised Porty hasn't come out of the woodwork yet to completely shoot down this rumor yet

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