After weeks in which every Sens fan was refreshing TSN every minute to see if Dany Heatley had been traded, things have cooled down. Bryan Murray would like to turn his attention to a couple of free agents out there in the markert then if he doesn't snatch one, he'll go back to Heatley.
First off, I never got the chance to thank everyone for joining me in the Live Chat last Friday. We went about 4 hours and had a great discussion about Heatley, Brian Elliott, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Todd Bertuzzi, and the Sens' development camp. I've decided to do the Live Chat a weekly thing, every Friday. It will be a treat to end of the week it had been.
Back to DanyMan. The Oilers are still going hard after him and still appear to be frontrunners but the package they offered may have to change a bit. Jason Smith could be headed the other way. The Kings are out of it after they acquired Ryan Smyth last weekend, but it also allows the Avs to pursue Heatley. The Avalanche have been interested in the Heater before he asked for a trade from Ottawa. The Sharks are also prepared to make an offer that would include Ryan Clowe and Marc Edouard-Vlasic. I also mentioned a week ago that the Hurricanes may be interested but I don't se how they would get Heatley. They're defense is much the same as the Sens and unless the want to give up a premier prospect such as Zack Boychuk, it doesn't seem like it's happening. According to another source, "Beware the Pittsburgh Penguins, Heatley-Crosby would be sick". Gives you something to think about, eh?
Chris Kelly, according to some rumblings may have asked for a trade as well. He's another player who has seen his offense decline and has started to become another 3rd-liner, something the Sens have a lot. I see Detroit being interested. They need to improve their Penalty Killing and Kelly is one of the best in the league on the PK. Kelly for Hudler rights, 4th round pick?
I'll end this post with Todd Bertuzzi. He likes Ottawa and Murray likes him. There are teams piling up for him and it may be hard for the Sens to sign him, but relatively worth $2-$2.5 mil a year which the Sens can afford. Having that big body in front of the crease and striking shot would help the Sens in a lot of ways.