It has just been reported that the Senators star winger, Dany Heatley has been traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner, and Ladislav Smid. However this report may have come out a bit to early, as it now looks like this is not the case!
The Oiler players involved in the trade apparently were notified that they were on their way out of Edmonton and on their way to Ottawa. It was not too long after that, when new reports had come out saying Dany Heatley has not approved the trade and has in fact rejected it.
Both the Oilers and Senators had come to agreements on the terms of the trade, however it seems that there was a major miscommunication between Heatley and both teams involved. Heatley never agreed to waive his no trade clause, therefore the trade is not going to happen.
Heatley who posted 39 goals and 33 assists for 72 points this past season with the Senators, asked for a trade from the team in early June. Bryan Murray however has not been able to find a team willing to give up some assets for his unhappy superstar.
It was thought earlier today that a deal between the Sens and Rangers involving Heatley was a done deal, but this too seems to be only speculation so far.
Don't count Glenn Sather and the Rangers out of the Heatley sweepstakes though, as they have just dumped the large contract of Scott Gomez on the Montreal Canadiens after a trade this evening.
The Gomez trade could definitely be a salary dump, as they may be expecting Heatley to be on his way to the Big Apple shortly. Now that Murray is getting some interest for Dany, I expect to see him on his way to a new city within the next couple of days as the Free Agent Frenzy gets under way.
Rangers fans can shed a sigh of relief, as Heatley is still up for grabs. However how much longer will he be on the block? Not much longer, so I expect the Rangers and Oilers will be working the phones all day tomorrow, whether it be working on a deal or trying to get Heatley to accept a trade to their organization.
The clock is ticking for teams looking to add the star forward to their roster next season.