Enough of the Talks, Heatley Will Not Be a Ranger

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Enough of the Talks, Heatley Will Not Be a Ranger
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There's no denying it, the New York Rangers need to bring in some offensive help during the offseason, but it just doesn't make sense to go after Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators.

Some rumors/suggestions that the Rangers should make a trade for Heatley have been flying around the web, but if you actually think about it, bringing Heatley to New York is virtually impossible to do.

After reading a post from Rangers Report, as well as even here on Bleacher Report, I have to respectfully disagree with making a trade for Heatley from a Rangers' standpoint.

First off, the Rangers have pretty much no cap room thanks to the wonderful job done by President and General Manager Glen Sather. By throwing a ridiculous amount of money at players such as Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Wade Redden, and Michal Rozsival, there isn't much cap space left to acquire an offensive juggernaut like Heatley.

The only way a trade would work out is if Ottawa agreed to bring in someone like Scott Gomez and Michal Rozsival, but why take on the unnecessary salaries? Gomez has a seven-year $51.5 million contract (five years remaining), while Rozsival has a four-year $20 million deal (three years remaining). No team in their right state of mind would want these contract mistakes that Sather has created. The Senators would be no different in this capacity.

In addition to the tight salary cap the Rangers are in, a wish list has just hit the web in regard to where the superstar forward wants to go. That list was reported on both Sens Buzz and also by a a fellow Bleacher Report writer. The list includes:

San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Dallas Stars

Sorry to say, but the New York Rangers are nowhere to be found on that list. So, don't expect to see a blockbuster trade for Heatley involving the Rangers, if Heatley himself isn't even considering New York as an option right now.

New York will have to look elsewhere for their much needed offensive support. Where it comes from continues to remain the big question though.

Once again because of cap issues, the free agent market will prove to be difficult for the Rangers to snatch a top offensive player, so the upcoming NHL Draft becomes more and more valuable.

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