As first reported here back on Monday morning, the Minnesota Wild have been pushing hard for Dany Heatley all week long.
For some reason, sites like Hockeybuzz and other Sens message boards/sites have failed to give the proper credit to our site for first reporting Sens related news. If you go back to a few signings in either Ottawa or Binghamton, credit was given to Michael Sharp of the Press and Sun Bulletin in Binghamton when I clearly had the news up a few hours before him. I have known Michael for a few years now and he is aware of this too. It would be nice if people did their due diligence in researching to see who had the news up first before posting a blog about it. Enough of the rant and onto Sens news.
Updated at 11:30pm EST – As I have reported all day, Murray has extended the deadline on either moving Heatley or forcing him to report to Ottawa until Monday morning. The NY Rangers stand a slim of chance of acquiring Heatley, unless they change their stance on Dubinsky and include him in any package they present Murray. The Sharks have dumbfounded many NHL executives with their reluctance to remove Cheechoo from any trade proposal. Which leaves the Wild as the front runners to acquire Heatley. Nobody has been able to confirm if Heatley will waive his NTC for Minny. That will be the sticking point in all of these talks.
Updated at 4:20pm – The SJ Sharks haven't made another offer this afternoon, I have this from a source extremely close to the Sharks situation. I was told the Sens and Wild are trying to come to an agreement on a deal so they can then approach the Heatley camp on waiving his NTC. In my eyes, any deal with the Wild has to start with Brent Burns. The connection of Brent Flahr who just left the Sens upper management team for Minny has alot to do with the Wild's increased interest with Heatley. Regardless, as I reported earlier, it's doubtful something gets done today and that Murray wants to know which way he is moving forward with Heatley by Monday morning.
Updated at 11:30am – Bryan Murray will extend his deadline through the weekend in hopes of having a press conference by Monday morning on a Heatley trade or that he won't be moved at all.
I am told that the Senators are seriously considering the Wild offer for Dany Heatley. Two sources have informed this morning that Brian Lee would be going to Minny with Heatley. Lee is a Minnesota native and his parents still reside in the Minneapolis area. So far I have two players confirmed coming back to Ottawa, Nick Schultz and first round draft pick/Ottawa 67's defensemen Tyler Cuma. It has been rumoured that Mikko Koivu would be part of any deal, but I have yet to be told that Martin Havlat would be ruled out. If Koivu was part of any package I wonder how he would get along with Alexei Kovalev. Kovalev and Saku Koivu were at odds quite alot in Montreal and didn't get along. One has to wonder if that would carry on to Saku's brother in regards to Kovalev. I am waiting to get confirmation on other names that the Wild are offering.
The NY Rangers are still in the mix but any potential deal will most likely not include Bradon Dubinsky, but would include Ryan Callahan. Rangers GM Glen Sather feels he is thin up the middle and would rather make a deal for a top end center. So at this point, I would say the Rangers interest in Heatley has cooled substantially.
Back later today with an update. Keep checking back.
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