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article imageTrading Heatley: Bryan Murray Speaks and New Possible Trades

By Mark Kersten     Jun 16, 2009 in Sports
More news has emerged about the Dany Heatley sweepstakes. Today Ottawa General Manager Bryan Murray spoke saying Heatley's decision left him "shocked and disappointed". Meanwhile, trade rumours continue to swirl.
While there was a shakeup in the Ottawa Senators' front office, it was the Heatley situation that everyone wanted to talk about.
GM Bryan Murray told reporters that "I have had some conversation with several teams. I don't really have a timetable but I have encouraged anybody that is really interested to try to make the contact before the draft and we will get something done by that time I hope."
Heatley shocked the hockey world last week when he demanded a trade from the Senators just one year into a lucrative 6-year contract that would have seen him earn an average of $7.5 million dollars.
Murray is working hard to get a fair package in return for Heatley, who has two 50-goal performances under his belt in the past two seasons. He has already fielded a number of calls about Heatley.
There has been some speculation that a signing bonus owed to Heatley on July 1st may be a sticking point for a possible trade. However, many believe that if any team interested in a player of Heatley's caliber and financial stature, $4 million won't stop them from trading for him.
The possibility of Heatley being traded to the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings has already been well documented. However, in recent days other potential suitors have emerged.
Eklund, of the popular rumour site, Hockey Buzz, claimed today that sources are discussing a deal that could bring Vincent Lecavelier, the Tampa Bay Lightning superstar, to Ottawa. According to Eklund, "Dany Heatley would be sent to LA. Vinny Lecavalier would be sent to Ottawa and The Lightning would get a lot in return. Several solid picks, Jack Johnson, and two big time prospects from Ottawa...Somehow in this deal as well a top scoring forward from the Flyers ends up in LA for the 5th overall pick."
Such a trade would be monstrously complicated and would redefine the foundations of all teams involved. It would arguably be the biggest trade since Wayne Gretzky was sent from the Edmonton Oilers to the LA Kings.
Rumours are also ruminating around a trade between the San Jose Sharks and the Senators. San Jose is rife with young and veteran talent. Names that have popped up include forwards Patrick Marleau, Ryane Clowe, and Joe Pavelski as well as defensmen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Christian Erhoff.
Some have even suggested a possible one-for-one trade with Joe Thornton moving to Canada's capital in exchange for Heatley. However, reports suggest that Murray would want a first round draft pick in any deal and San Jose does not have one in this years draft.
There is little doubt about one thing: Until a deal is done, Murray will be a very busy man.
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