June 17th, 2009:

As for Brule wrong again. He doesn’t have to clear waivers. I have no idea why you think playing 19 games as a 19 year-old changes that. I’ve spoke with [Oilers Assistant G.M.] Rick Olczyk many times and [he's not] waiver eligible next year… I know this 100% since I spoke with Rick this week.

(The Oilers and Brule both acknowledged in training camp that Brule would need to clear waivers to be demoted).

July 1st, 2009:

Edmonton puts together a package that Ottawa finds palatable, and Bryan Murray asks Heatley to waive his NMC to go to the Oilers. Heatley says (through his agent) that he wants to “sleep on it”. At this point, we find out that neither the Oilers nor Senators have been interpreting his contract correctly — the $4 million signing bonus that Heatley is owed won’t be due until the next night. Heatley’s agent, meanwhile, knew this the entire time.

And finally, yesterday:

[Senators G.M. Bryan] Murray had previously believed the only way the team wouldn’t lose a year on Karlsson contract was if the player returned to Sweden for another year of development…

“The fact that he’s a European player, he can go to Binghamton and play and not trigger the contract,” Murray said. “We do get a slide, and that’s part of the reason, certainly, but a big part is just to let him play, become more important, hopefully be real effective on the power play and at some point make a determination if he can come back up and be a regular member here.