Sykora waiting on Dany Heatley?
It has been nearly 2½ months since it became public knowledge that Senators forward Dany Heatley wanted out of Ottawa. Despite the club’s best efforts to deal him, a trade is not close according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com “There’s still nothing happening,” Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray told ESPN.com. “I wish I had something new to say, but there’s really nothing.” With training camps to open in less than 4 weeks, Dany Heatley may be forced to start the season in Ottawa. Murray told ESPN.com that he will continue to seek a trade but to this point, there hasn’t been an offer worthwhile for the Senators. “I plan to continue to talk to teams, but I think fairly soon we’re going to have to make that call,” Murray said. “Maybe we have a call with [agents] J.P. [Barry] and Stacey [McAlpine] and tell them what’s out there and thatRead More »
Heatley sweepstakes Heating Up On the eve of the draft, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has set a deadline of July 1st to trade star forward Dany Heatley who is due a $4 million-bonus on July 1st. Former Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher has the Wild in the mix as the Wild are among the final five teams in the Heatley sweepstakes. The other four teams are the LA Kings, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks are no longer in the mix.
A number of GM’s and agents have arrived in Montreal and the rumor mill is heating up. 1:31 p.m. – The growing consensus is that Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and Leafs GM Brian Burke will be the most active GM’s at the draft. 1:15 p.m. – 47 yr old Chris Chelios wants to play in the NHL next season and join an Eastern Conference Team. Don’t be surprised if the agent for Chelios contacts the Penguins as Chelios expressed an interest in Pittsburgh following the lockout but from Pittsburgh’s end, there won’t be any interest. 1:01 p.m. – The 2010 Winter Class is set: The Boston Bruins will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park which will then set the stage for the New York Rangers to host the Washington Capitals in 2011 at Yankee Stadium.
Trade Talk heating Up With General Managers looking to shed salary and some big names demanding trades, industry sources project that there will be plenty of trade talk and movement this week as the NHL entry draft will be held in Montreal. 15 Names that are on the trade block and could be dealt by the weekend 1. OTT Dany Heatley – Age 28 Cap Hit: $7.5 million Signed Through: 2013-2014 Latest: Has demanded a trade out of Ottawa. Has drawn interest from up to 10 teams but has a NTC and a list of teams he will accept a trade too. Toronto Sun reports the list includes: Kings, Rangers, Sharks, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Canucks and Bruins. Of the eight teams, Kings, Hawks and Rangers are expressing the most interest. Canucks are not interested. 2. FLA Jay Bouwmeester – Age 24 2009 UFA Latest: The Panthers are looking to tradeRead More »
A sleeper team in the Dany Heatley sweepstakes are the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets have expressed significant interest early in the process. Adding a top flight scorer alongside Rick Nash is a priority for Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson. Two names that have come up in talks are forward R.J. Umberger and prospect/defenseman Cody Goloubef according to league sources. It is believed that the Jackets first round pick is also in play. The Senators also like Nikita Filatov but the Jackets don’t want to move Filatov. Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking to move Heatley to the Western Conference with a numbers of teams including the Canucks, Kings, Sharks, Wild and Oilers already expressing interest. Despite internet speculation linking Heatley to St. Louis, I’m hearing St. Louis is not going to make a play for Heatley. In New York, they are looking to add scoring upfront and move someRead More »