Sharks ship out Heatley
Acquire Havlat in swap with Wild
TIM BAINES, QMI Agency
|Dany Heatley in action during a preseason game against the Ducks at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Sep. 24, 2010. (EZRA SHAW/Getty Images)
OTTAWA - Dany Heatley has worn out his welcome ... again.
And don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Disgruntled Dany.
Now the count is three — teams that have soured on the enigmatic winger — after the San Jose Sharks stunned the hockey world by dealing one former Senator, Heatley, for another, Martin Havlat.
And now, Heatley, who also played in Atlanta, is the Minnesota Wild’s problem.
TSN reported late Sunday night that Heatley, a 50-goal scorer in Ottawa, had a modified no-trade contract and had to submit a list of 10 teams he couldn’t be traded to by July 1.
Obviously, the Wild was not on that list.
After scoring 39 goals the previous season, Heatley slid to 28 goals and 38 assists for the Sharks. He was moved on and off the first line regularly because of his lack of production. Havlat had 22 goals and 40 assists for the Wild.
As for the nuts and bolts of their contracts, Heatley has three years left — $8 million next season, $6 million in 2012-13 and $5 million in 2013-14. The salary-cap hit is $7.5 million per season.
Havlat, with a cap hit of $5 million, has four years left on his deal.
Senators fans who tuned up their vocal chords with a rousing round of boos when he visited Scotiabank with the Sharks last season will get another crack. As it turns out, the Wild visits Scotiabank for the Senators’ home opener on Oct. 11.
The Senators were forced to dump Heatley when he demanded a trade in the summer of 2009. Ottawa wound up with Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second-round pick after Heatley vetoed a trade to Edmonton.
After signing Heatley to a six-year, $45-million contract extension in October 2007, and giving him a whopping $4-million bonus on July 1, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk found Heatley’s request disrespectful at the time.
“When you make that type of commitment to a player where you front-end load a contract, you expect, just as a human being, when you shake somebody’s hand — never mind a 130-page contract — that they will be reciprocal to it. Yes, it has left a sour taste.”
Havlat was not a problem child in Ottawa at all, but as a restricted free agent, he was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2006, with the Senators getting Tom Preissing and Josh Hennessy in the three-way deal that ironically also included San Jose.