The rest of the NHL is looking forward to tomorrow and free agency, but there’s a chance Edmonton’s news will come today.
If Dwayne Roloson accepts the one-year offer from Edmonton and the Senators deal Dany Heatley before midnight (and they have 4 million reasons to do so) Oilers fans will have lots to talk about on Canada Day but little news will break.
I’m not certain Roloson is the right call, but if it’s a one-year deal for 3M or so then no harm done. The Heatley deal makes me nervous. Why?
Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano aren’t even average NHL players at this point, but the organization (and the fans) has suffered the growing pains with the good times just over the hill.
Bad organizations do this kind of thing all the time. The Kansas City A’s were legendary in this area, basically becoming a farm team for the New York Yankees for a long period of time.
A deal that brings Dany Heatley to town improves some areas and makes the Oilers a much better bet for the second season in spring 2010. The long term will be less certain, and the cap problems of today will be replaced by monster difficulties one summer from now.