The anatomy of a trade

Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

A day-by-day look at how the trade between the Senators and Thrashers came to fruition:

JULY 24: The Sun reports there are indications Atlanta F Dany Heatley has no interest in returning to the club and may ask for a trade.

JULY 30: Atlanta GM Don Waddell says in the lobby of the Westin Hotel during the NHL draft that he hasn't been given any indication Heatley doesn't want to play for the Thrashers and plans to try to get him signed as a restricted free agent.

AUG. 8: Sun reports Senators W Marian Hossa has turned down a three-year, $11.9-million (all terms US) offer from the Senators and wants a three-year deal worth $21 million -- similar to the one W Jarome Iginla signed with Calgary.

AUG. 9: Working at his Atlanta office late in the afternoon, Waddell gets a call from Heatley. The two have an emotional discussion and Heatley indicates he would like a change of scenery. He says there are too many reminders of the tragic accident in Atlanta and feels it might be best for his career if he moves on. Later that night, Heatley's agents -- Stacey McAlpine and J.P. Barry -- call Waddell to discuss the situation further. Waddell requests that Heatley speak with Atlanta's owners.

AUG. 10: Heatley repeats his request to Atlanta's owners and speaks with Waddell again. Another phone call is made by Waddell to McAlpine and Barry to discuss what is going to happen. A decision is made not to open up the market to everybody because nobody wanted to have a bidding war for Heatley and have the process become public.

AUG. 12: Back from a short retreat, Waddell is on the phone with McAlpine and Barry. They suggest three situations he might want to look at that are good fits for Heatley: Ottawa because it's having problems signing Hossa; Detroit, which is having trouble trying to get W Pavel Datsyuk under contract; and the Canucks where there were rumblings W Todd Bertuzzi might be dealt. Waddell indicates he wants to think about it and he'll get back to them. That afternoon, Waddell calls GM John Muckler in his Ottawa office and indicates there's an interest in making a deal involving Heatley.

AUG. 14: Muckler thinks about the call for a couple of days and phones Waddell to make sure he's serious. The two sides decide they might have a deal that would fit and they talk about including Senators D Greg de Vries in the deal.

AUG. 15: Hossa files for salary arbitration, which means if the club doesn't get him signed he'll be an unrestricted free agent following the 2005-06 season. The Sun reports he turned down a two-year deal worth $8 million.

AUG. 19: The Senators decide to get serious about their pursuit of Heatley because talks with Hossa are stalled. Hossa is made several offers --including a five-year, $30-million deal, which he turns down. Several teams are now calling Muckler to see what it would take to acquire Hossa.

AUG. 21: The Senators receive medical information from McAlpine and Barry that assures the team that Heatley's knee and eye are fine.

AUG. 22: Muckler and assistant GM Peter Chiarelli fly to Toronto to prepare for the arbitration hearing with Hossa. They make last-ditch efforts to sign Hossa, but he won't agree.

AUG. 23: The Sun reports there are rumours swirling that Hossa could be dealt. After working with Hossa until 3 a.m. to try to get a deal signed, Muckler and Chiarelli are back in a Toronto coffee shop at 5 a.m. working on a deal with Hossa and his agent, Jiri Crha. Waddell is being kept informed of the negotiations. Muckler asks for a 1-on-1 meeting with Hossa. He tells Muckler during the short session that he intends to take a one-year deal in arbitration and shop himself around as an unrestricted free agent. Muckler calls Waddell and tells him he's got a done deal with Hossa on a three-year, $18-million contract so the trade is a go. Heatley signs a three-year, $13.5-million deal with the Senators at 5:30 p.m., finalizing the deal.


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