So Dany Heatley has proven that whiny superstars can get anything they want.
He wanted a trade out of Ottawa, but wanted to go to San Jose. He vetoed another trade to Edmonton. Finally, he was given his wish, and traded to San Jose.
Heatley and a fifth round pick was traded to the Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick.
This is pretty much what I anticipated Ottawa would get all along. I originally said it would be a prospect, a draft pick and a second or third line player. They got the draft pick, but two roster players.
Ottawa fans will sure to be upset about this trade as the season moves on. Cheechoo is an underachiever, and fans will be sick of him by the time January rolls around and he has six goals, especially since he’s making $3.5 million a year for two more years.
Michalek will be a different story. Playing on a second line with Alexei Kovalev and getting significant powerplay time, I can see him cracking 30 goals for the first time in his career.
But Michalek’s salary is set in a way so that he will be getting an increase every year until his contract is up (for a total of $6 million in 2013-14). That’s a $4.3 million cap hit.
In total, the Sens are $1.6 million under the cap now.
Heatley, playing alongside Joe Thornton, will probably get 50 goals this season.
It was the best trade the Sens had, but will be seen as a bust as time moves on.