Dany Heatley To New York Rangers?

Kevin PapaCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

TORONTO - APRIL 11:  Dany Heatley #15 of the Ottawa Senators skates with the puck in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 11, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Leafs defeated the Senators on the strength of a 3 goal performance by Boyd Devereaux #22. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

According to ESPN.com, Senators GM Bryan Murray is trying to trade Dany Heatley per his request. Both GM Murray and Senators coach Cory Clouston are "devastated" that he requested to be moved, but are attempting to find him a new home before the NHL draft. Murray has said he has already contacted a few teams that are interested.

But what does this mean to the New York Rangers? A lot.

After repeated signings of inconsistent (at best) players like Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, and the nightmare on skates (Wade Redden), here is a chance to acquire a player who brings a new dynamic to the entire offensive line. Heatley posted 39 goals and 33 assists last year, and has two 50 goal seasons at the age of 28.

There's only one catch.

Heatley still has four years left on a six year, $45 million dollar contract. The last thing the Rangers need is a $7.5 million bomb going off on their cap space next year. But, if they can make an interesting trade, and get a rid of a player that is anchoring our cap down, we might be able to pull it off.

Glen Sather would actually need to think to get this one to succeed, but if he can pull it off, the 2009-2010 season looks that much nicer for the New York Rangers.