Kings rule out Heatley

Dany Heatley is going to need some help from above to settle his future with the Sens. (Sun...

Dany Heatley is going to need some help from above to settle his future with the Sens. (Sun Media/Jim Wells)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:24 PM ET

Dany Heatley can scratch La-La Land off his list.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi ruled out acquiring the disgruntled Senators winger during the club's fanfest Sunday in Los Angeles -- where Terry Murray, the brother of Senators GM Bryan Murray, is coach.

Lombardi made it abundantly clear he won't be in active pursuit of Heatley, who asked for a trade in June.

As far as Lombardi is concerned, adding Heatley to the Kings' core of young stars doesn't make sense -- and fans agree.

When Lombardi told them his thoughts about the two-time 50-goal scorer, they applauded.

“Do I want to bring in a Dany Heatley with all that baggage? It might work,” Lombardi said in a report on the Los Angeles Times website last night. “But I don’t think we’re in a position where we can afford that ... Maybe a change of environment and he grows up. But my point is, do we need to take that risk right now? It scares me.

“If your core is established and they’ve proven they can win, it’s different. I think you can take that swing. I don’t think we’re in that position yet. Because if we’re wrong, (Anze) Kopitar and (Dustin) Brown and (Drew) Doughty and these guys lose control. (Heatley) becomes the room and then you have a huge problem. And he’s not going to be controlled by them. That leadership group is not strong enough yet to deal with a guy who can change your team.

“I’m not saying those kids can’t do it. It’s still in the formative stages. I don’t need to put that burden on them. They’ve still got to perform and go to another level.”

Meanwhile, Heatley is running out of destinations.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Bryan Murray will update season-ticket holders on the Heatley talks — along with other subjects -- during a conference call today at 12:30 p.m. Indications are there might not be much to talk about.

Unless there is a change of direction soon in the Heatley situation, he will report for medicals on Sept. 12 at Scotiabank Place. Melnyk and Murray don’t want him in camp, but they’re not going to give away a valuable asset because he wants out.

The Sharks are interested, but GM Doug Wilson left a message with Sun Media yesterday saying he has “never” asked centre Patrick Marleau to waive his no-movement clause. Wilson didn’t confirm the Sharks’ interest in Heatley.

“I’m not sure if there are any teams interested,” said a NHL executive Sunday. “That contract, and especially the $7.5-million cap hit, is going to make it tough for anybody to take. My guess is he’s going to have to suck it up and report to training camp.

“That should make it really interesting. A guy who doesn’t want to be there in camp. It’s going to be tough for him.”

If Heatley does start the season with the Senators, he’ll have to play well to raise his trade value and get out.

“That’s about the only choice he’s going to have,” said the executive.


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