Jason Spezza for Dany Heatley?

Nelson SantosCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

OTTAWA - MARCH 11:  Jason Spezza #19 and Dany Heatley #15 of the Ottawa Senators stand on the ice during the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 11, 2009 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

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.