There's room alongside Kovalev for Heatley

SHANE ROSS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

Senators GM Bryan Murray says if Dany Heatley decides to stay with the Senators, he would likely find himself on the top line with newly acquired playmaker Alex Kovalev.

Murray reiterated yesterday that the Senators can fit both hefty contracts under the salary cap ($12.5 million US combined).

“We can fit both of these guys on our team very nicely, maybe one on left wing and one on right wing,” said Murray.

Kovalev played with Heatley in Kazan, Russia, during the NHL lockout in 2004-05. He hopes to play with him again this year in Ottawa.

“This year is going to be important and his help is needed,” Kovalev said.

Murray didn’t say who he expected would centre the line, but Jason Spezza would be the obvious choice.

Murray said he is in contact with Heatley’s agents “on a regular basis,” but there is still nothing new regarding the disgruntled sniper’s request to be traded.


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