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.