Heatley's return to Sens looking more likely

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

The Senators are trying to help Dany Heatley move — back to Ottawa, for now.

Camp invitations were sent out to Senators players last week and the unhappy winger, who has asked for a trade, was told if he needed any help making travel arrangements between his summer home in Kelowna, B.C. and Ottawa, the team would be happy to help.

Murray said the chances of deal happening before camp, which begins Saturday, are slim.

“There is nothing new to report,” said Murray. “Time is just kind of winding down here towards next week. I’ve talked to a couple of teams. We’ve gone back and forth, but it’s not anything differ than has been said before.

“Basically, what I’ve said (to other teams) is just tell me what you’re willing to do, I’ll talk to you and we’ll go from there and we’ll make a decision one way or another. But, I can’t say I’m overly optimistic now.”

League sources say the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers both remain interested, but neither side is close to deal. It’s believed if the Senators are going to make a deal with San Jose, they want Joe Thornton in return.

The Sharks don’t want to move Thornton and have never offered centre Patrick Marleau, either. Another league executive told Sun Media yesterday that “discussions are quiet on the San Jose front and they might resume during training camp.”

Murray said Heatley’s only choice is to report to Ottawa. It’s not known if Heatley will be in town Friday to participate in the club’s annual charity golf tournament at Kanata Lakes. Usually, veteran players are invited to take part.

“If we don’t do something, he’ll be here for sure. I don’t think either one of us has an alternative at that point,” said Murray. “He’ll come to camp and, hopefully, work really hard and play really well for us and go forward.

“I had our people send the invitation and suggest if he needed travel arrangements to let us know. That was a week ago and I haven’t heard anything from anybody (in Heatley’s group). Most of the guys are already in, but there are some still to come.”

Murray isn’t sure how to feel about a possible deal.

“I don’t know if I should be any different than I have all along,” said Murray. “It certainly hasn’t helped him to have (the trade demand) out there all summer. It hasn’t helped anybody, the team or him. I don’t know if I can say I am overly optimistic because we’ve had the same conversation with people all summer.”


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