Talking to Ralph on the Great White Telephone

The Edmonton Oilers are closer to acquiring Dany Heatley today. How do I know? Well, with Ottawa’s signing of Alexei Kovalev to a “full price” contract the choices for Heatley appear to be “agree to a deal, puke” or “rot in hell, prick.”

The nature of the Kovalev deal may also mean Edmonton takes on an additional contract (possibly Jason Smith) meaning Smith, Robert Nilsson or Steve Staios may spend 2009-10 in the minor leagues.

Too much? Irrational? I don’t think so. The possibility of an Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid for Dany Heatley and Jason Smith trade is so strong today one imagines it could be announced before I stop typing. The only other possibility is a third NHL team entering the negotiations, although the General Manager who chooses the route will need the job security of Lou Lamoriello.

Is there a GM in the NHL with the stones to trade full value tonight for Dany Heatley? I’d bet money Dany Heatley is an Oiler in the near future.

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