Updated, 2:45 pm: Garrioch is reporting that a deal is done and Heatley is indeed a San Jose Shark. For real this time. Cheechoo, Michalek and a 2nd round pick go the other way.What a fleecing by Doug Wilson!
In a matter of years, Doug Wilson has turned Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, Brad Stuart, Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek and 2nd rounder into Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton. More importantly, Wilson kept his word when he vowed to change the look of the team and did it without giving up Patrick Marleau.
Fantastically: Thornton, Heatley and Setoguchi are sure to have career years together. Or perhaps it will be Marleau on that line, who played the wing for most of last season. During the recent Team Canada Olympic camp, Coach Mike Babcock put Marleau-Thornton-Heatley on a line together.
Heatley is a lock for 50 goals, and Thornton should reach the 100 point plateau again. Being a Thornton and Marleau fantasy owner, my head is still spinning.
As for the other side of the trade. Cheechoo and Michalek will likely play on the second line in Ottawa, as Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Alex Kovalev will occupy the 1st line. The biggest winner in Ottawa is Kovalev who takes Heatley’s spot and moves to a very good scoring line. Unfortunately, this is Ottawa’s only quality line, but this has been the same story there for years.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported 15 minutes ago that Dany Heatley could finally get his wish and be gone from Ottawa as soon as a few hours.
League sources told Sun Media they expect a deal to be done in the next couple of hours.
Heatley reported for camp this morning, but the Senators are working feverishly to deal the disgruntled forward before the team hits the ice Sunday.
The Sharks have been linked to Heatley ever since he requested a trade. The Blackhawks’ addition to the Heatley sweepstakes is a tad confusing. However, even Darren Dreger is reporting that the Hawks are very much in the hunt for Heatley.
What could the Blackhawks possibly offer the Senators for Heatley and still keep them under the cap? Right now, the Hawks are right against the cap. Brian Campbell’s hefty $7 million cap hit would make sense, but the Hawks will need to give up a forward as well. Perhaps a Patrick Sharp ($4.2 million) and Brent Seabrook ($3.5 million) package. Do the recent troubles of Patrick Kane make him available in a trade for Heatley? Probably not, but something to think about. The Hawks can make it real interesting by linking Heatley and Marian Hossa ($7.9 million) in the same trade.
Although the Sharks have been in Heatley’s grill all summer, it is still unknown what they will give up. Patrick Marleau has to be the name that leaves San Jose. He is an upcoming free agent and makes enough money ($6.3 million) to relieve San Jose of cap troubles. Jonathan Cheechoo’s contract comes to mind, but what sucker will take on $3.5 million. Milan Michalek ($4.25 million) and Ryan Clowe ($3.5 million) could also become expendable at this point if it means acquiring 50 goals from Heatley.
We have to take this recent news on a possible Heatley deal with a grain of salt. There have been rumors of a near deal all summer long and they obviously have not happened. Bruce Garrioch is also one of the leaders of the NHL Internet rumor ring. Appropriately, Puck Daddy refers to Garrioch as “Malkin to the Kings” for a rumor that he reported that Evgeni Malkin was to be traded to the Los Angeles Kings.
That is how far Garrioch is willing to go to create a stir. But it works.