Friday, September 11, 2009
Senators keep Heatley on roster
ESPN.com news services
Dany Heatley was still on the Ottawa Senators' preseason roster Friday, a day after two sources told ESPN's John Buccigross that he was going to be traded to the San Jose Sharks.
Heatley is one of 32 forwards and centers on a list sent out by the Senators on Friday as they prepare to open training camp. Players report for medical tests and physicals on Saturday and hit the ice for the first time Sunday.
Thursday, NHL sources told Buccigross that Heatley was going to San Jose as part of a three-team deal. The Sharks' Patrick Marleau would go to the Los Angeles Kings and Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll would go from the Kings to Ottawa.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson, Senators GM Bryan Murray and Kings GM Dean Lombardi denied the report to ESPN.com.
"It's simply not true," Murray told ESPN.com Thursday night . "I've had conversations with teams today but still I'm not close to a deal [involving Heatley]."
Lombardi told ESPN.com via text message: "It is complete bull."
"It is an absolute fabrication," Wilson told ESPN.com via text message Thursday night.
Heatley had asked to be traded during the offseason, citing a "diminished role." He signed a six-year, $45 million contract extension less than two years ago.
"When I signed in Ottawa two years ago, I felt it was to be an integral part of the team," Heatley said in late August. "Over the last two years and more recently over the past year, I feel my role was diminished. This past season, it diminished a lot more.
"I'm a player who can play in a lot of different situations. I don't feel I was given that role on the team."
The two-time 50-goal scorer said then he will report to training camp.
"I have a contract and I'm going to honor that contract," Heatley said. "At the same time, I think we know there are other teams out there who are interested, and hopefully something can get done."
He had 39 goals and 33 assists in 82 games last season, the lowest point total in four seasons with the Senators.
Heatley comes with a hefty price tag, counting $7.5 million toward the salary cap of $56.8 million next season. He had 39 goals and 33 assists in 82 games last season, the lowest point total in four seasons with the Senators.
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.