Agent: Heatley wants options

Senators Dany Heatley during practice at Scotiabank Place on February 9, 2009. (Errol McGihon/Sun...

Senators Dany Heatley during practice at Scotiabank Place on February 9, 2009. (Errol McGihon/Sun Media)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

The agent for Dany Heatley believes there's a deal out there for his unhappy client -- one that doesn't include Edmonton as a landing spot.

J.P. Barry told Sun Media yesterday that Heatley hasn't closed the door on playing for the Oilers, but admitted since Senators GM Bryan Murray declared the deal dead in its original form, there isn't much to say at this point.

"There's nothing to think about right now," Barry, who represents Heatley along with Stacey McAlpine, said from Sweden. "If the deal is dead, then what's Dany thinking about? Based on what I hear, that option may not exist any more."

Murray said Thursday, the day after the Senators paid out a $4-million US bonus to Heatley, the price to acquire the two-time 50-goal scorer had gone up.

Heatley refused to waive his no-movement clause earlier this week in a trade that would have sent him to the Oilers for winger Dustin Penner, centre Andrew Cogliano and defenceman Ladislav Smid.

Barry urged Murray to try to find a deal with other interested teams.

"I know right now (Heatley) still isn't in the position to make a decision about Edmonton. I would hope that the (Senators) would continue to talk or field inquiries to identify a hockey deal that is as good or better than what they have received to date for Dany Heatley. That way Dany has options."

Barry maintained yesterday that he instructed Murray not to complete a deal with the Oilers on Tuesday with what both sides thought was a midnight deadline looming for the bonus payout because Heatley wanted "more options" than just the Oilers.

NEVER CONSENTED TO DEAL

Heatley's camp felt the Senators might be able to make a better trade with the Rangers. The Senators held talks with the Rangers, but they didn't offer enough in return, according to Murray. Same story with the Sharks.

Barry said he told Murray to present them with more than one possible destination.

"I just know what's happened the last couple of days. It's true that we were asked for a list of certain teams and we responded that the Senators could explore trade options with those teams and that list was expanded, but at no time did we provide our consent to a trade with any of those teams," said Barry.

"It was well known that we were all working together to explore options, but it became evident on Tuesday night in my discussions with the Senators that they were not exploring any other options than the Oilers. They were intent on moving forward to consummate a trade with Edmonton."

Barry, who refused to speculate whether Heatley would show up for training camp in September if he hasn't been dealt, accused the Senators of making the trade without the winger's permission.

"I advised Bryan Murray we were not in a position to agree to a trade with Edmonton," said Barry. "The very next call I received from (Oilers GM) Steve Tambellini an hour later saying a trade had been consummated.

"I know Steve Tambellini well and it was a very difficult for me to explain we hadn't authorized the trade."

BRUCE.GARRIOCH@SUNMEDIA.CA


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