KITCHENER -- Dany Heatley is expected to arrive in Ottawa today, but he could eventually find his way to San Jose.
Two league executives told Sun Media Wednesday they've heard talk the Senators, Sharks and Kings have discussed a three-way deal that would send Heatley to San Jose, centre Jarrett Stoll and winger Alexander Frolov to Ottawa and centre Patrick Marleau to the Kings.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson has insisted he has “never” asked Marleau to waive his no-trade clause. The executive said Marleau, recently stripped of his captaincy by the Sharks, likely wouldn’t remove the clause to move East, but might be enticed if he could stay in the West.
While Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed he talked to several teams Tuesday, following yesterday’s 4-3 rookie loss to the Bruins he said he doesn’t have anything in place.
If nothing happens swiftly, Heatley will attend tomorrow’s Senators golf tournament at Kanata Lakes.
Murray threw cold water on the idea of a deal happening soon.
“It sure doesn’t appear (anything is imminent),” said Murray. “I talked to other teams (Tuesday) for quite a bit of time actually. I haven’t received any phone calls as any follow-up.”
Murray said the club won’t be ordering any extra security for the golf tournament. Murray said he tried to reach out to Heatley through agents J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine to see if the matter could be resolved.
“They’ve indicated all along that they prefer to be traded,” said Murray. “We keep talking and hoping that we can resolve the issue either with him or with a trade. Nothing seems to be happening on either front, really.
“I did talk to the agents a couple of times Tuesday and as of right now training camp is opening.
(Heatley) has assured us he’ll be there and he’ll try his best. We’ll see what happens.”
Murray will have to explain the situation to his teammates. He will likely also have to sit down with Murray and coach Cory Clouston.
“There’s going to have to be some answers,” said Murray. “There’s going to be some questions. The players are going to have to talk to their teammate. This is not the first time a player has demanded a trade. It’s been such a huge deal, but it has happened in the past and players have come back and, in some cases, played pretty darn well.”
One team that won’t be taking a run at Heatley is the St. Louis Blues. While they have the space to take on his $7.5-million US cap hit for the next six seasons, Blues president John Davidson told The Sporting News this week that dealing for the two-time 50-goal scorer isn’t what St. Louis needs.
“To me it doesn’t make any sense,” said Davidson. “For us to acquire a contract of that magnitude and give up two or three pieces that can rebuild a franchise — I don’t think that the Blues should rebuild somebody else’s franchise.”
Davidson said he feels for both sides.
“I like Dany and I know Dany from Calgary where I grew up,” said Davidson. “He’s a good kid. He’s been vilified here. It’s a tough scenario for everybody involved.”