For a couple of weeks now, the Oilers have parked their summer in hopes of bagging an actual NHL sniper. Acquiring Dany Heatley appears to be no closer today, but we’re finally reading that Steve Tambellini may be prepared to go in another direction.
This can only be seen as excellent news.
The Ottawa Sun’s Chris Stevenson is reporting today that the Oilers may be prepared to look in another direction. Quoting the article “but an NHL source indicated yesterday the Oilers’ patience is wearing thin to have Heatley agree to a deal and they could give up and move on perhaps as early as today.”
This may mean the Oilers are about to deal for another scorer. There are any number of rumors available on the Al Gore-Simon Gagne, Nikolai Zherdev, Andrei Kostitsyn, Alex Frolov, Kristian Huselius and Phil Kessel all possibly in play. I believe the Oilers may also be in the Alex Tanguay sweepstakes. Why? Rumor has it that there are four (or so) teams in pursuit and the money is similar from all teams. The major difference is term of contract, which reading the tea leaves tells us the Oilers may be about to add another Khabibulin contract (5 years, 5M-that kind of deal) for the best forward currently available through free agency.
The Oilers may also decide to wait and see how the summer progresses with various rfa’s and there’s also the possibility of an offer sheet plus Jaromir Jagr is out there somewhere. The major piece of news today is that the Oilers and their pursuit of Dany Heatley may be coming to an end.