As reported on TSN just today, Dany Heatley wants out of Ottawa.
I think this is great news. As a Sens hater, I get tired of hearing about Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson all the time, and how they are the greatest line in hockey history.
With Heatley gone, look for Spezza’s numbers to take a big hit. Most of his assists are thanks to Heatley, and when Heatley isn’t playing, Spezza is almost invisible.
Heatley makes about $7.5 million a year, and has a no-trade clause. But if he wants out, he’ll have to waive it.
This is actually a good thing for the Sens. They are near the top of the salary cap, and can’t afford to go after many big free agents. By taking $7.5 million off the books, they can go and sign some big-name players that can help them.
Where could Heatley end up?
There’s not many teams that can afford to take on a big contract for the next few years, especially if the salary cap goes down in the next couple of years as expected.
While Heatley would look good on my favourite team (the Montreal Canadiens), I don’t think the Habs have enough to offer, although they definitely have the cap space.
But what if they offered, say, their first round pick, PK Subban and Sergei Kostitsyn? Ottawa could try to package both first round draft picks (their own #9 and the Habs 18) for a higher pick. They get someone that could help with secondary scoring. And a prospect that would be automatically at the top of their prospect depth chart.
Plus, Sens fans would love Subban, as they got to see him during the world junior championships and fell in love with him.
So what do Sens fans think? Would you go for that trade?