Less than two weeks ago it was reported and confirmed that superstar winger Dany Heatley had requested a trade out of Ottawa. Newspapers and blogs alike were soon buzzing, trying to guess where he would end up.
Beat reporter for the New York Rangers at the Post, Larry Brooks, suggested that the Rangers would be pursuing him, or at least they should, and suggested an offer of Michal Rozsival, restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev (after making him a qualifying offer; sources suggesting around $3.25 million) and perhaps Bobby Sanguinetti and/or a draft pick.
We don't know if that would be the exact deal but now it has been confirmed that the Rangers are going after Heatley and are one of seven teams including the Kings, Sharks, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Canucks and Bruins that have contacted his agents J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine.
The above information came from the Toronto Sun while new information is just starting to come in from Sportsnet Canada. Senators General Manager Bryan Murray alluded to the fact that there was one team out there that was closer then the others in terms of the deal they offered.
Heatley is the owner of a no-trade clause, which is the reason why there had to be teams submitted. Before he can be dealt he must approve of the destination.
If the Rangers are going to acquire him, however, there must be a little more to it than simply Michal Rozsival and Nikolai Zherdev; both of whom who are good but no where near the caliber of Heatley, who is second in goal scoring amongst all players since the lockout in the NHL.
For the Rangers to make this work and fit under the cap, perhaps Scott Gomez needs to be dealt in place of Rozsival. Either that or Naslund's retiring really helped this team more then originally thought.
There was also a suggestion that the Rangers would send Heatley, Callahan, Girardi, and a first-round pick Ottawa's way in exchange for not only Heatley but someone else; but that remains to be seen. Perhaps defensive stalwart and shock blocking specialist Anton Volchenkov could be thrown in the deal.
If there is one thing we know about Glen Sather is that he is a master at trades, albeit his free agent signings have taken some of the shine off his luster. You can be sure that talks are heating up on the trade front and the next three days leading up until the draft on Friday are going to be more then just a little interesting.
Greg Caggiano is a writer on Bleacher Report covering the New York Rangers. He has a New York area sports teams blog called Metro-Sports, where you can read great articles about all professional sports teams that play in the area by a dedicated team of young writers.