Dany Heatley arrived in Ottawa Thursday night, but his stay might be short.
While Senators GM Bryan Murray vehemently denied it, ESPN.com reported the club had completed a three-way deal -- first reported by Sun Media -- that would see centre Patrick Marleau go from the Sharks to the Kings, while forwards Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll would go from Los Angeles to Ottawa and Heatley wind up in San Jose.
Asked about the report, Murray replied in an e-mail: "No. Another rumour."
While the disgruntled Senators winger begrudgingly arrived back in town last night on a private jet from his summer home in Kelowna, B.C., he won't be teeing off in the team's annual charity golf tournament today at Kanata Lakes.
Speculation is the Senators decided having Heatley at today's golf tourney would be a distraction and take away from the charitable event.
Murray, meanwhile, will continue to try and complete a deal.
League sources confirmed Murray held more trade talks with Sharks GM Doug Wilson yesterday and the indications were the sides haven't been able to come to an agreement, which means Heatley will report for his medical tomorrow at Scotiabank Place.
One source indicated "they may be further apart."
"It's simply not true," Murray told ESPN.com of a completed trade. "I've had conversations with teams, but I'm not close to a deal."
Sources say talks have heated up in the last 72 hours.
Heatley's agent, Stacey McAlpine, also arrived in town last night, while his other agent, J.P. Barry, is expected to arrive today.
"Nothing happening trade-wise," Murray said in an e-mail from Kitchener, where he was attending the club's final game of the four-team rookie tournament against the Maple Leafs.
Though Murray has spent the past three days diligently working the phones to try and deal Heatley before camp opens, he hasn't found anyone willing to meet his asking price. Sources say the Sharks want to land Heatley, but simply aren't offering what the Senators want.
Barry said there is still time to make a trade, but didn't sound confident that anything would be completed before the players arrive at camp.
"It doesn't look like (the Senators) are close enough to a transaction at this stage and we're going to have to go from here," said Barry.
Sun Media has confirmed the Sharks have tried to get several teams -- including the Kings, Habs and Oilers -- involved in a three-way deal because the Senators have refused to accept Sharks winger Jonathan Cheechoo as part of a trade.
The players expect an explanation from Heatley and they'll get one during a team meeting before they go on the ice. Barry said Heatley is fully committed to having success with the Senators while he's here, but isn't backing away from his trade demand.
"Dany is going to arrive at training camp and he's going to give 100%," said Barry. "He'll sit down with the players in the next couple of days."
The Senators say they will accept Heatley if he's committed to the team.
"If he comes back and he's willing to work hard and play hard, that's all we can ask for," said winger Chris Neil. "Anytime you have a 50-goal scorer in the lineup, you welcome him back. He's a good guy in the dressing room and it doesn't change how guys feel about him."