OTTAWA -- There has been a Dany Heatley sighting.
The Senators' reclusive winger turned down a request for an interview from a reporter who showed up on Heatley's doorstep at the star's big spread on Okanagan Lake in B.C.
It remains to be seen if there will be a Heatley sighting in Ottawa, both in the long- and short-term.
There has been a lot of speculation about whether Heatley would show up for the upcoming wedding of teammate and linemate Jason Spezza. Included in that speculation has been the suggestion among those close to the team that if Heatley plans to attend the Spezza nuptials, it would be in everybody's best interest that Heatley make himself available to the media or make some sort of statement beforehand.
If Heatley just shows up, the term "media circus" comes to mind.
Well, as much of a media circus we can muster up here in Ottawa.
Heatley, who requested a trade out of Ottawa at the beginning of June, has been mum on the reasons.
On Tuesday, Larry Fisher, a reporter for the Kelowna Daily Courier, made the trek to Heatley's house on the lake. Fisher rang the doorbell, and Heatley answered. Fisher introduced himself and asked if he could have an interview, specifically about some "hockey stuff."
"Not right now, man," Heatley told Fisher. "Sorry, I'm just about to take off."
When Fisher asked Heatley if they could set up an interview at another time, Heatley replied: "You know what? I'll take your card, and I'll give you a call or have someone give you a call. We'll be in touch."
I'm guessing that's pretty much exactly the way it went down when Oilers president Kevin Lowe and GM Steve Tambellini showed up the night of June 30 to try and convince Heatley to accept a trade to the City of Champions.
That's the only concrete deal on the table right now: Heatley to Edmonton for forwards Dustin Penner and Andrew Cogliano and defenceman Ladislav Smid, although word is the "best before" date on that deal has passed.
Word is Heatley didn't use his no-movement clause to veto the trade. He just said "not now," in the hopes something better would come along.
I bet Lowe and Tambellini pitched the former 50-goal scorer on the merits of life in Edmonton (never mind what the Prongers have to say), how he could be part of a young, fast team and how the team would be built around him. I can imagine Heatley standing there, leaning against the doorway in his surfer dude attire and rubbing his hand over his face, Lowe and Tambellini standing on the doorstep, bags filled with Oilers trinkets dangling from their fingers, shifting from foot-to-foot.
Heatley, ever polite, probably said: "You know what? I'll take your card, and I'll give you a call or have someone give you a call. We'll be in touch."