Dany Heatley could be on the move prior to Midnight EST tonight!!
UPDATE 12:05am EST – Dany Heatley has chosen NOT to waive his no-trade clause to the Edmonton Oilers. Murray must be losing his mind. The NHL has said the Sens have until midnight tonight, so they have another 24 hours to move him before the 4 million bonus kicks in. I still say he ends up in NY by this time tomorrow folks as first originally reported.
UPDATED 11:31pm EST – Dany Heatley is on his way to the Edmonton Oilers according to TSN for Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid and Dustin Penner. The Oilers pushed hard to the end while the NY Rangers thought they had a deal in place earlier in the evening. The Rangers weren't willing to move McDonough who they acquired today in a trade with Montreal as part of the Scott Gomez deal.
Meanwhile, be sure to read Wayne Scanlan's piece in the Ottawa Citizen today on Heatley. Here is the link:
UPDATED 9:11pm EST- Dany Heatley has been traded to the NY Rangers according to a very good source. I am waiting on the players or draft picks that will be coming back to Ottawa. This source has been 100% correct for me on all Rangers rumours this year. More to come!!
The LA Kings are not in the running for Dany Heatley but the NY Rangers are front and center in their pursuit for the Ottawa Senators winger. After the Rangers dealt Scott Gomez this afternoon to the Montreal Canadiens, a player in which Rangers GM Glen Sather offered up to Sens GM Bryan Murray last Thursday straight up for Heatley, now the Rangers have the cap space required to make a run at Heatley. Murray is steadfast in wanting Marc Staal as part of any deal but Sather has refused to this point.
Now it is a game of cat and mouse game. Which GM will flinch first? When Sather wants a player, he digs his feet in and goes after them at all costs. That type of attitude might force Sather to cave first, regardless Murray realizes he has to cut ties with Heately prior to midnight and I wouldn't be surprised if the deal is done in the coming hours.
A few names that are out there right now include RFA Lauri Korpikoski. The Finish LW is only 22 years of age and Murray is high on him. I am sure Chris Higgins could be another player that might be part of the package. Higgins is an RFA as well and the Rangers are trying to clear cap space in a big way. I am still tryign to get confirmation on who else would go the other way. I am sure one of either Ryan Callahan or Brandon Dubinsky would be part of the package.
Sather has tried to unload defensemen Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival but there have been no takers. As I wrote a few days ago, the Leafs have some interest in Redden but chances are he might find himself down in Hartford of the AHL so they can bury his horrible cap hit. Murray went after Rozsival last summer via free agency but failed in his bid to sign him. I wonder if he could find his way to Ottawa as part of a potential Heatley deal. I have also been told that Nikolai Zherdev could be on his way out. The Rangers hope another team qualifies him and then they get a draft pick as compensation in return for the inconsistent forward. I am told NY would love to part ways with Zherdev.
So Sens fans, would you take a package of Higgins, Korpikoski and one of Callahan or Dubinsky?
Back later with some free agency news.
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