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article imageUpdate: Heatley to Edmonton Oilers - Nixed by Heatley? Not Yet.

By Mark Kersten     Jun 30, 2009 in Sports
According to a number of sources, the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers had agreed in principle on a trade that would see Heatley become the newest Oiler. Heatley, however, has put the trade on hold.
The reported deal has Heatley going to the Oilers for defenseman Ladislav Smid and forwards Dustin Penner and Andrew Cogliano.
The trade, however, was on hold as Heatley ponders whether or not to waive his no movement clause that was negotiated in his 6-year $45 million contract last summer. TSN reported that Heatley did not waive his no trade clause, and therefore, "For now, and quite possibly forever, the deal is dead." However, TSN then recanted that he had not used his no-trade clause, and that the player has not "technically speaking, not issued an outright refusal to move."
The Senators have said on a number of occasions that if a deal is not reached by July 1st, Heatley may remain a Senator next season. If he is not moved before then, the Senators will owe him a $4 million bonus.
Now, however, according to TSN's Bob Mackenzie, "the NHL says as long as a Heatley trade is concluded before midnight eastern tomorrow night, the bonus payment allocation can be transferred to the new team," meaning the team has "another 24 hours to find a suitable deal that Heatley will approve and NOT be on the hook for his $4 million signing bonus."
At around 12:30am Sportsnet updated their story from "Heatley nixes trade" to "Heatley deal to Oilers on Hold". They are now reporting that Heatley's agent, J.P. Barry has said his client will "sleep on it" and the deadline will actually be tomorrow.
It was clear from the get-go that Edmonton had significant interest in Heatley. They had long looked to acquire a bonafide superstar and failed to attract Marian Hossa last year. New owner Daryl Katz is also not afraid to dish the dollars for prime talent.
Earlier this month Heatley asked to be traded from the Senators and provided them with a list of teams he would be willing to be traded to. It came as a shock to many and a disappointment to the organization and fans alike. Since then Senators General Manager Bryan Murry has been working to accommodate Heatleys request and have him shipped out of Ottawa.
Heatley's trade demand marked the second time that Heatley requested a trade. He came to Ottawa after requested a trade from the Atlanta Thrashers.
Rumours continue to swirl in the hockey world as teams prepare for the unrestricted free agency period which begins tomorrow at noon. Some of the players likely to be available are Marian Gaborik, the Sedin twins (Daniel and Henrik), Mike Komisarek, and Marian Hossa.
Earlier today, highly sought after Jay Bouwmeester signed a five-year contract with the Calgary Flames who had traded for the right to negotiate with him on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft.
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