There were players who thought they would get picked in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, and they weren’t. There were some that thought they’d get selected higher than they did. But none of them could be as personally insulted right now as Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley, who has to be a bit worried right now that he’ll be back in a Sens uniform when training camp opens this fall.
Heatley, who a few weeks ago requested a trade out of Ottawa, is just too expensive for potential trade partners right now, as the Ottawa Citizen reports. In addition to the $7.5 million cap hit Heatley carries, there’s also the not-so-small matter of the $4 million bonus Heatley is due $4 million. Things are getting so hairy for Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray, the Citizen writes:
He may be forced to make more of an “accommodation” — his word — in the next few days, because it will even be tougher to trade Heatley after Wednesday.
Should the Sens be forced to take cents on the dollar in exchange for Heatley, they could take a major step back after making positive strides in the second half of last season.
•Damien Cox of The Star writes that the price has now been set for Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. Cox also recounts the miscommunication that took place between Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and his Toronto counterpart Brian Burke about a deal that would’ve exchanged Phil Kessel for Kaberle.
Burke wandered over to Chiarelli at the Boston Bruins table and said he planned to wait until after he’d made the seventh pick in the draft, and then announce a deal that would send veteran Maple Leaf defenceman Tomas Kaberle to the B’s in exchange for winger Phil Kessel and a 2010 first-round pick.
“What do you mean? I’m making that pick,” responded Chiarelli.
As we know, the deal was blown up right there. Maybe it’ll be revisited between now and Wednesday’s opening of free agency. Or maybe both players wind up with their respective teams. We’ll know over the course of the next 48 to 72 hours.