Jason Spezza for Dany Heatley?

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Jason Spezza for Dany Heatley?
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Dany Heatley has recently asked the Ottawa Senators for a trade.

This is not what Byran Murray wanted to hear when he arrived at work that morning. I'm sure.

If I'm Murray, here is why I would dread that news; Heatley asking to be traded means that Bryan now has to work the phones and coordinate two deals.

Without Heatley, Ottawa does not only lose a perennial 50-goal scorer, they lose a top center that has averaged 85 points over the last four years playing alongside Dany Heatley: Jason Spezza.

If Bryan Murray is at all competent as a GM in the NHL, he will work the phones over the next couple of weeks looking for a taker for Spezza. Nothing will hurt Spezza's value more than playing a few months worth of hockey in 2009-10 without Heatley, his partner in crime.

I'm not suggesting Spezza would be a terribly horrible offensive performer. However, there is a great chance that Murray would be risking the chance of Spezza's market value dropping considerably. One has to think Ottawa would get a lot more in return for Spezza now than they would in, say, November.

Murray's summer dilemma is that one star player asking for a trade may mean that he has to orchestra two deals involving big names.


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