Dany Heatley asks for trade from Senators (per EJ Hradek on NHL Live)
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06-09-2009, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by
nuckfan in TO
I think a lot of people are overvaluing the type of return he could get...
first of all, doesn't he have a NTC or a NMC? If not that changes things... but if he has one, and I'd assume he does, there will only be a limited number of teams that he'll waive his clause to go to... he won't be shopped on the open market, and that will effect his value.
Secondly, a $7.5mill multiyear deal isn't something that a lot of teams have room for... so not only would the team that he wants to go to need to have the necessary room to add him, they would need to move back the type of contracts to make it fit.
This would, for example, eliminate the trade proposal above by Columbus... it's already been said that they are having financial problems and Rick Nash's contract is already a big one for them to carry... how are they going to add another big money player like that?
Given his contract, and his NTC/NMC, my guess is that the return won't be some rebuilding package of picks and top prospects... there aren't many teams that can afford to take that contract without sending significant salary back... and the few teams that can, are likely all in rebuilding modes of their own, having that kind of open payroll space, and it's unlikely that Heatley is going to waive his NTC to go to such teams.
So my guess is that the return will be a lot more like the original trade that brought him to Ottawa (a 1-for-1 type deal sending a key player with a big contract the other way).... and considering his NTC, my guess is that the options will be limited.
Calgary is always in rumours when it comes to Heatley... but a trade there IMO is more likely going to be a Phaneuf/Heatley trade more so than picks and prospects or lesser contracts.... or with Edmonton for Visnovsky/Souray+ type deals - basically sending a big contract back.
With the cap uncertainty now heading into the next couple years, coupled with the lack of teams that actually have available cap space, as well as Heatley's NTC or NMC, add it all up and I don't see more than a very few options where he can be moved, and the return will likely be a big contract coming the other way.
Phaneuf for Heatley makes a lot of sense to me....
I still highly doubt Heatley is going anywhere, but Phaneuf for Heatley does make sense, especially if Calgary wants to sign Bouwmeester.
However, Calgary already has a similar player in Iginla, and I suspect the Oilers would make the hard pitch because of their lack of proven forwards.
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