Oilers reportedly interested in Heatley

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly expressed interest in disgruntled Ottawa Senators forward Dany...

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly expressed interest in disgruntled Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley. (Ryan Holland/SUN MEDIA)

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

MONTREAL — From his perch on a fence post, Kevin Lowe cast a couple of lines yesterday.

While the Oilers president said yes, he hopes his team can snag a big fish this summer, he also pointed out that if it doesn’t happen, it’s not like Edmonton will be left with chopped liver, either.

Speaking at a press conference to introduce the coaching staff for Canada’s hockey entry at the 2010 Olympics, Lowe admitted that the Oilers are indeed interested in disgruntled Senators sniper Dany Heatley.

Or any other available player who can boost their offence, for that matter.

“We would like to,” Lowe said when asked about owner Daryl Katz’ desire to make an off-season splash. “We’ve tried unsuccessfully in the past, but our owner is ready to do whatever. We want to demonstrate to the fans that we’re going to do what we need to do.”

But not at any price, he added.

“We’ve got a bunch of young players and we’re not going to mortgage the future,” said Lowe.

“We’re picking 10 again, we’ve got (2008 first-rounder Jordan) Eberle from last year coming, and lots of good young guys, so (Katz) is prepared to be patient.

“That’s a bit of an on-the-fence statement, but we’ll do it the old-fashioned way, probably if need be. But we’re prepared to make a move and sign a free agent or make a trade if it’s there, as well.”

It’s believed Edmonton is now on a list of about 10 teams to which Heatley has said he’ll accept a trade.

The former 50-goal scorer asked to be moved a couple of weeks ago, and while Heatley has yet to speak publicly about his demand, Senators GM Bryan Murray says it stems from his reduced playing time and power-play opportunities — as well as what the winger feels is unfair finger pointing directed his way — since Cory Clouston took over as coach in February.

“We’re all aware of the situation,” said Lowe. “And I don’t think I’m straying in forbidden territories by suggesting that Dany Heatley’s been a top scorer in the NHL, so if everything reported is true as Bryan’s talking about, then I don’t think there’d be any team in the NHL (that wouldn’t be interested).

“It’d be unwise if you didn’t at least look into the situation, from my perspective.”


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