TSN is reporting that the disgruntled Sens winger’s choices are down to two: the Rangers and the Oilers. With midnight tonight being the deadline to trade Heatley before his $4 million bonus is paid, you should expect some more heavy rumors involving Heatley right up to the very end. If the Sens can’t trade him, and pay the $4 million bonus, you can guarantee that he will not be moved. Ottawa right now believes they can get a Chris Pronger-esque package for Heatley, but what GM Bryan Murray fails to realize is that Pronger didn’t have $4 million coming to him at July 1. Very few teams can afford to take that hit.
Salary will have to go to the Sens to get the deal done, and Gomez or Rozsival will likely be heading the other way IF the deal gets done. It’s also safe to assume two of Korpo/Sangs/Cally/Dubi/Grachev/AA/DZ will be headed over, with some draft picks exchanging hands. There are too many different rumors of players involved for Heatley, so I’m just going to post on what it would definitely cost them. I guess I’m going to upgrade this from irresponsible rumormongoring to responsible rumormongoring.