Heatley has ticket to ride

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

KITCHENER — Dany Heatley has booked his flight to Ottawa.

But he's holding out hope his travel plans will change before then.

The Senators winger confirmed he'll be in Ottawa later this week in time to participate in the club's annual golf tournament Friday at Kanata Lakes and take part in medicals Saturday at Scotiabank Place, but his agent, J.P. Barry, told Sun Media he believes there's still time for a trade.

While Barry isn't sure if the deal Heatley requested in June from the Senators is going to happen by the weekend, the agent said the disgruntled winger is willing to meet with GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston before camp opens.

Heatley will also likely have to address the situation with his teammates.

“He’ll do whatever they want him to do and if they want to sit down, that’s fine,” said Barry, who represents Heatley along with Stacey McAlpine. “The situation isn’t any different. He’ll be there when camp opens and he’ll be ready to go. But I want to make clear that there is still time for a deal. This situation isn’t totally in our control.”

Heatley, who has been working out over the summer in Kelowna, B.C., and took part in Team Canada’s orientation camp last month in Calgary, is well aware if he’s forced to report to camp he could be walking into hostile territory.

Murray has mused with the idea of setting the start of camp as a drop-dead date to make a trade, but he has been around long enough to know that teams could change their minds on the two-time 50-goal scorer once they’ve seen their teams on the ice.

“There’s nothing new unless something happens to crop up over the next couple of days,” Murray said last night before the club’s rookie game against Pittsburgh. “Maybe (the drop-dead date) is the first day of camp. I’m not sure how I do that. If we go through the process of getting to camp and starting, maybe I just have to say, ‘You’ve just gotta play here.’

“It doesn’t appear that it matters if there is a date or not. Nobody is saying anything. I just have to at some point talk with (McAlpine) and (Barry) and eventually (Heatley) and just let them know that we’re starting up (in camp) and we’ll go from there.”

A league executive said yesterday camp will be a “pressure point” to get a deal done.

“Camp is going to act as a pressure point. It always does. There are certain times of the year that are pressure points: Camp is one. The opening of the season is another and the trade deadline. You’ve got to think there will be some movement this week,” he said.

“Teams usually like to have the pieces in place before camp. This is going to be a big deal with an impact player. You’d like to have him there throughout camp to get used to the new surroundings. I would have to think it’s going to heat up a little bit this week.”

Murray said there hasn’t been any sense of urgency in the discussions he’s having with “one or two teams” believed to be the Sharks and Rangers. Murray is trying to get some compensation for the $4-million US bonus the Senators shelled out to Heatley on July 1.

“I’m not going to get that (money) back, but there has to be some consideration in the money part. I haven’t been able to do anything there yet,” said Murray. “There’s no new offer. There’s no new discussions. That’s all I’ve done so far.

“I haven’t really received (any different offers) since the start of the summer and I haven’t asked for anything different. We just keep talking to a couple of people.”


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