This is messed up though. If Lou gives him an offer with a 6.5-7.5 cap hit, he can say he's going to wait because he wants to see Minnesota's 8-9 mil deal. I think this definitely crosses the tampering threshold. This alone would cause him to put NJ's offer in a drawer and have 29 other teams bid on him.
He's on the decline unless something drastic happens and he's been on extremely strong +/- teams (especially in Ottawa), so people have valid points. But Coyle + Granlund is not close to enough.
Not saying I'd accept Heatley as a replacement for Parise but I mean seriously, I think his numbers would jump right back up being on an actually good team and who wouldn't want to have a healthy Kovalchuk at the point ripping slappers and Dany Heatley on the half boards.