The NHL Insider: Heatley Talks Heat Up, Kessel a King?

Steve McSween@dansallowsSenior Analyst ISeptember 11, 2009

OTTAWA, CANADA - DECEMBER 17: Dany Heatley #15 of the Ottawa Senators drinks water during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs  on December 17, 2005 at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The Senators defeated the Maple Leafs 8-2. (Photo by: Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Here is just the latest stuff I've heard on the wire folks; let's just get down to business on another installment of the NHL insider.

Heatley Heading To Alberta after All?

Well, the media circus in Ottawa delivered in full force the day before training camp for the Ottawa Senators. Among all of the commotion, it has now become a priority to move disgruntled winger Dany Heatley as soon as possible.

Reports indicate that while the San Jose Sharks and Patrick Marleau are still involved in some capacity, the Calgary Flames and Dion Phaneuf may be in the picture as well.

Whether it's a three-way deal or not is unknown, but it will be interesting to see if the same Calgarians that booed Heatley repeatedly, during the Olympic inter-squad game, would now cheer for No. 15.

Either way, if you ask me, the guy's a Flamer!

King Kessel of Los Angeles?

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Rumours have circulated that the Toronto Maple Leafs will sign Phil Kessel to an offer sheet in the coming days, but the Los Angeles Kings also have interest in signing the Bruins' phenom.

While Kessel would fit in and take pressure off of the Kings' already talented group of young stars in Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi doesn't want to blind side the Bruins. He was reportedly talking compensation that included picks and Jarret Stoll.

If Kessel does become a King, count on L.A.'s acquisition to shift the power in the West a little.

'Nucks "Nied-a-Mayer" Named Robb?

As Vancouver has added a few defensemen to the mix in recent weeks, they are also said to be pursuing Robb Neidermayer in the hopes to bring in a little more size and experience.

The B.C.-bred Neidermayer brothers would both love to finish their careers in Vancouver so don't be surprised, Canucks fans, if Scott was on his way next season.

Throw recently acquired Mikael Samuelsson and Christian Ehrhoff along with their top pick from 2008 Cody Hodgson into the mix and you have the makings of a genuine Cup contender next season.

Vancouver fans have waited 16 years to get back to the finals, so really what's one more?

Penguins Maxed Out

The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to add free agent Maxim Afinogenov to replace Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykora.

If Afinogenov can stay healthy and finally live up to his potential playing alongside Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby, this could be the best free agent signing of the summer, even though it will look pretty low key.

Whether they make an offseason signing or not, the road to the Cup will have to go through Pittsburgh. But their chances of repeating may just increase with this subtle signing.


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