What's the deal with Dany?

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Dany Heatley wants out of Ottawa.

Last week, the two-time 50-goal scorer sent a letter, through agents J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine, informing the Senators that he wants to be traded.

While Heatley has five years and $37.5 million US left on a no-trade deal he signed two years ago, league sources told Sun Media the winger has huge differences with coach Cory Clouston, who replaced Craig Hartsburg in February.

Heatley's role diminished under the new coach. He was on the second power-play unit and had his ice time reduced.

While Barry, who was in Pittsburgh for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final last night between the Red Wings and Penguins, was choosing his words carefully, he didn't deny Heatley made the request.

"We have been having discussions with Bryan Murray concerning Dany's role on the team," said Barry. "I'd like to continue those discussions in private before determining what's best for Dany."

Heatley couldn't be reached for comment because he was travelling from San Diego to his home in Kelowna, B.C.

Murray released a statement that didn't rule out the possibility of dealing Heatley.

LONG-TERM DEAL

"We signed him (Heatley) to a long-term deal and we expect him to honour it," said Murray. "At this point in time, he's a Senator."

League sources say Murray hasn't talked trade yet, but has been studying his options.

The Senators would rather keep the 28-year-old, who had 39 goals and 33 assists this season. But that may be tough.

The indications are the Senators tried to set up a meeting between Clouston and the frustrated Heatley to get the matter resolved, but it never took place.

Heatley and Clouston had to regularly defend their relationship during the season, including on Feb. 10, a week after the coach arrived, when it was revealed they had different philosophies on the way Heatley should play.

A league executive said there are a lot of possible landing spots for Heatley, but the difficulty will be finding a team with cap space:

- The Kings, who have been in hot pursuit of Tampa C Vincent Lecavalier, might be a good match. Los Angeles is trying to deal D Jack Johnson and might be willing to include LW Alexander Frolov in a deal for an impact player.

- The Blues made the playoffs and might be willing to spend some money to make sure they get back again next season. St. Louis has lots of young prospects.

- The Flames are tight with cap space, but they might be willing to move D Dion Phaneuf to get Heatley. Heatley grew up in Calgary and his parents live there.

- The Wild has a lot of money to spend and needs to replace RW Marian Gaborik, who is expected to leave as an unrestricted free agent come July 1.

- The Rangers would like to move either Chris Drury or Scott Gomez and would also likely make a call on Heatley.


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