This is a scene from a terrific movie, In the Heat of the Night. Rod Steiger (“what do they call you up in Philadelphia?”) and Sidney Poitier (“they call me Mister Tibbs”) could be from different planets (watch the movie, it’s still a very good film these many years later).
Since the trade that brought Chris Pronger to Edmonton and the bookend deal that sent him away, the Oilers have been chasing superstars like a moth to a flame. So when news broke that Dany Heatley had requested a trade, Oilers fans (me included) began mulling over the trade possibilities.
Penner? He’d have to go. Cogliano? Well you have to give up something to get something. Gilbert? The Oilers do have some depth there.
The problem comes from the actual cap hit for Heatley. It’s $7.5M per year over 4 seasons (source: nhlnumbers.com). That’s Dustin Penner and Steve Staios and a little bit more. It’s a massive dollar amount and I think it might mean even fewer NHL players than they’ve been running with over the last two seasons.
Can you win anything of value with 5 players making 28.1M:
- Heatley 7.5M
- Visnovsky 5.6M
- Horcoff 5.5M
- Souray 5.4M
- Hemsky 4.1M
More to the point, can you win anything of value with those 5 players taking up that much of the cap? Not too many “complete” players on that list.