Last night Helene Elliott reported that the Kings have filed a formal grievance with the NHL against the Edmonton Oilers in regards to the Ryan Smyth / Colin Fraser fiasco. This week on Judge Judy, Fraser saw another doctor by recommendation of league lawyer David Zimmerman, to reevaluate the ankle injury an LA doctor thought might heal by right of miracle. Jesus was too busy in Norway however and sadly forgot to mend Colin’s malady, so accordingly he was put under the knife to end this ankle cyst saga once and for all. The silver lining of Fraser’s hospital gown is twofold: the 26 year old center finally gets the treatment he needs to resume his playing career as soon as he can and Dean Lombardi has the last piece of ammo needed to approach the league with the case of The Tricksy Tambellini.

Meanwhile, Canadian bloggers are upset, and not because pee-stained icicles have permanently frozen their buttocks to the computer chairs in their basements. They are upset because they suffer from improperly diagnosed symptoms just like their former 4th line center did under their not-so-scrupulous medical watch; no one has ever taught them how to think.

“As if!” they say. Or wait, that was Wayne and Garth.

As is.

Oh yes, that’s the phrase that is being crowed incessantly from yonder to the North. We don’t need to get in to this again, the legal ramifications of an asset being dubbed ‘as is’. It’s unnecessary to mention that ‘as is’ does not refer to the condition in which one finds the wreckage of a plane crash. That’s a different kind of as is. So it won’t do much good to tell the flabbergasted slick backs on high that this trade is not a case of finder’s keeper’s. We might remind them that when Tambellini had the term as-is written down in his trade paperwork, that the phrase is not a stand alone condition with inherent criteria but rather an affectation of Tambellini’s own words. The same words that said Fraser would be skating almost a month ago. The words that were false.

All that’s left is for for Gary Bettman to judge intention. Did Steve Tambellini knowingly falsify Fraser’s medical status in order to not part with a more useful asset while still shedding himself of a contract the Kings never wanted to take in the first place? Or did he just not know? Ignorance may be bliss, but Bettman may render that said bliss is more akin to negligence as such that would need be slapped off Tambellini’s face with with one of his very own draft picks. Or he could decide that Dean Lombardi is the big whining blowfish the righteous frozen lake bloggers purport. He may just tell everyone to go home and play nice.

As you may have noticed, I have not linked to any of these articles. I won’t. You can find them with a quick google search if you please. I hear one of them has quite a ‘buzz’ around it, if you catch my meaning. Much like the buzz of locusts.

I will throw a quote at you for frame of reference.

“You know what would be funny? If the Oilers got mad at the Kings for misrepresenting the Calgary Flames interest in Smyth. Oh, have you heard that story? The Flames apparently asked about Smyth, but made no trade offers. The Kings, through “leaking information” to the media, lied about the Flames interest, as a way to pressure the Oilers to increase what they offered. The whole Flames angle to the Smyth deal during the NHL Draft was a hoax created by the Kings. Should the Oilers get compensation for the Kings manipulation of the media? Should the Kings be punished for their tactics?”

Someone with the same unfortunate last name of the former great Kings’ goalie that went by Dan wrote that. I think that should count as a good enough citation. Reading it over a second time, I’ve nearly lost my appetite to discuss how inane it is to compare a contractual misrepresentation to a negotiating tactic. Seems silly now to have to point out that bluffing is not a crime until something that is a bluff is signed, sealed and delivered to the league office. While I have not read the actual trade paperwork, I doubt that in the fine print was written “the Oilers accept Ryan Smyth in exchange for Colin Fraser and a 7th round pick, even though we would have given less if Calgary hadn’t made an offer to the Kings.”. But I guess anything is possible.

But enough about them, what about us, damnit?

Well, this might blow up in Lombardi’s face. When it comes down to bringing an issue directly before Grand Master Bettman, anything can happen because Bettman can do anything. I mean that literally. Bettman can resolve this grievance however he pleases. Once he has come down with a verdict, when it is time to dole out punishment or apologies, he does not need to consider the wishes of either party. Point being, he may judge in favor of the Kings… And then decide to reverse the trade, which the Kings don’t want. Suffice it say, it will be interesting to see what Bettman decides and what ramifications he offers for his ruling. Best realistic case scenario is that the Oilers have to take Fraser back until he is cleared to play and/or must give up another draft pick to the Kings.

While I do not kid about the bloggers of whom I speak, I mean my declarations of ignorance quite literally, let it be said that there are Oiler blogs who have handled this with either class or indifference. I have probably not handled it with class and most definitely neglected to be indifferent. If you were looking for indifference, you came to the wrong King’s blog. But you already knew that.