NHL News and Rumor Update – July 23, 2009

Time for Oilers to give up on Heatley

New Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has shoulder injury

Gerber off to RussiaTime for Oilers to give up on Heatley

By Dan Barnes, Edmonton Journal

Desperate only begins to describe the Oilers’ latest, and let us hope final, attempt at getting Dany Heatley to notice them.

The Oilers bundled up some videos for the malcontent Ottawa Senator and had a well-meaning person hop on a plane and deliver the infotainment package last weekend to Heatley’s agent, Stacey McAlpine, who is staying with his client in Kelowna, B.C.

How sad is that?Let’s hope the earnest employee received danger pay, or at least a humiliation bonus, in addition to the nutritious and delicious snacks that WestJet serves its passengers.

There was apparently some compelling stuff in the Oilervision gift basket on the offensive wizardry of Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff, no doubt intended to convince Heatley that playing with any or all of them on a regular basis next season would be good for his point total, which would be good for his ego, which is apparently large enough to merit even more consideration than it is already receiving.

On Wednesday, McAlpine confirmed the arrival of the videos, but declined to say whether or not Heatley had bothered to screen any of them. The big, sulking left-winger would have to know the Oilers went to a lot of trouble, so he wouldn’t just ignore them, right? That doesn’t sound like him.


New Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has shoulder injury

Chris Kuc | Tribune reporter

The Blackhawks’ roller-coaster off-season has taken another downhill turn.

Winger Marian Hossa, who signed a 12-year, $62.8 million free-agent contract July 1 — the richest in team history — is rehabilitating an injured rotator cuff, general manager Stan Bowman said Wednesday.

Bowman called Hossa’s injury “relatively minor” but did not rule out surgery that could sideline the five-time All-Star for the start of the 2009-10 season.

“At this point we’re watching him and monitoring how he progresses,” said Bowman, who took over the GM job after Dale Tallon was reassigned July 14. “We’re hoping that like a lot of other guys, they rehab it and are good to go.”

The left-handed shooter is in Minnesota rehabbing his right shoulder with a specialist and the team will wait to see if the shoulder responds favorably. If it doesn’t, Bowman said Hossa would have surgery to repair it but that it “would be a last resort.”

“The goal is to get this thing to settle down,” Bowman said. “If we have to do [surgery], we’ll do it. It’s not a major injury, that’s the good news. We want to make sure we do the right thing. We’re still determining what that is.”


Gerber off to Russia

Canwest News Service

Martin Gerber replaced Ray Emery as the No. 1 goalie for the Ottawa Senators a few seasons back.

Now he’s following Emery’s path to Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

Gerber, 34, signed a one-year deal with Atlant Mytischi of the KHL in hopes of re-establishing himself as an NHL-calibre netminder. Before signing with Atlant Mytischi, Gerber was contemplating signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a backup to Marc-Andre Fleury, but opted for a situation in which he could play regularly.

After being bought out by the Senators last season, Gerber finished up the National Hockey League season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


17 Responses to NHL News and Rumor Update – July 23, 2009

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    What a F*CKING JOKE!  Heatley is a jerk and the Oilers just look like that really desperate chick on a date.  Pathetic.

    Let that dick ride the pine for the rest of his contract then.  Or better yet go off to Russia. 

    What a douche!

  2. muckies says:

    He'll look pretty good on a line with Kovalev don't you think??

  3. bbruins37 says:

    does anyone have any idea why the islanders signed biron when they already have dipietro and roloson? i know dipietro is injury-prone but to have 3 guys that are starter-material?

    also why would biron sign with a team where he's probably going to be 3rd string?

  4. hockey_lover says:

    The only reason I can see for this is if the Isles already know that DiPietro wont be 100% next season (for whatever reason). Thats the only thing that makes sense to me.

    But Im with you man … its not a "bad" move .. but it sure is strange.

  5. albertateams says:

    Yeah its alittle odd, I think Dipetro must not be 100%. On the bright side for the Isles its no like it affects them cap wise and they can possibly move one at trade deadline and grab some picks or prospects. I don't really see a downside to it for NY.

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    Cause I bet Rick DP isn't healthy and isn't ready for the regular season.

  7. HABSSTAR says:

    At this point it wouldn't surprise me to find out that Kovalev is the only guy on Ottawa's team that would want to play with him. 

    There's no denying his talent.  He's just a dick, and I really can't see anyone in Ottawa even wanting him back. 

  8. bodangles87 says:

    DP will be bought out….eventually…i mean hes gonna miss a ton of games this season with the signing of biron, and even if he is healthy i cant see him winning his number one job back from these two guys. He will go with tavares.

  9. HABSSTAR says:

    I dunno about that.  How many years does he have left on that monster contract?  Like 9?  That will mean a cap hit for the Islanders for the next 18 years won't it? 

    It's a nightmare for sure.  I think their only way out is if he retires due to "glass hips" lol

  10. RealisticNick says:

    It will either work really well or terribly.

    The reason being, Kovalev likes to have the puck (always) and tends to slow down the attack in the offensive zone and tries to beat a couple guys 1 on 1, this could work as he will draw the defenders to him leaving Heatly the shooter open.  This also fails if Kovalev keeps the puck for himself and fires one of his many shots from a weird angle (sometimes work) and Healty gets upset (and also innefective).  They are two guys that like the puck and could ultimately be best suited for seperate lines; however, on the Power-Play would work well.

  11. Kramer says:

    Heatley misses Atlanta cuz there's better babe reporters there.

  12. RealisticNick says:

    Its all about Supply and Command kramer, it doesn't take rocket appliances to know that's the reason.

  13. alpalstewart says:

    to have 3 guys fighting for number 1 rights only hurts the goalie that does'nt shine. the islanders will benefit from this

  14. alpalstewart says:

    as an edmontonian i have to agree with dan barnes. its time to move on with the heatley deal. i think the oilers should try for more character  players and let gagner and cogs develope. the oilers are small and could use some size and heart. i love ethan moreau,stevie staios and sheldon souray but we need more grit. i would love to see the oilers try for brendon morrow. if we offered the same deal for him as we did heatley i dont know if dallas would bite. or even try to get jason arnott back. the oilers are in trouble with talented size up front. we have penner but he fought once last year because he was in the dog house and needed to get out, that is not how penner plays and the oilers need to quit over training players and putting so much pressure on the young guns.

  15. alpalstewart says:

    if he visited west edmonton mall he could make his own babe reports. i'm in edmonton and if i want to see a bunch of hunnies i'll go there lol

  16. HABSSTAR says:

    They probably will, besides one of either Biron or Rollston could probably be flipped at the trade deadline for a decent return.  Either a pick or a prospect.

    I just think that Isles fans are probably looking at their goalie tandem for this year is all.  I don't think DP will play this year.  Hence the signings. 

  17. muckies says:

    It'll be interesting to see Kovalev play with the Ottawa players. They all like to hold onto the puck like Spezza and Alfie, Heatley loves to score but he also loves to handle the puck and should do more of it in Ottawa.

    Whatever happens, our PP will be sick, and it can attack from both sides of the ice now instead of just the left side, kinda like how Chicago works theres. It'll be a ton of fun watching the PP do its thing.

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