NHL News and Rumors – September 5, 2009

Best if Heatley gone: Alfie

Kesler could be next to sign contract

Comrie not averse to being Oiler again
Best if Heatley gone: Alfie


Daniel Alfredsson would be quite happy if Dany Heatley is packing his bags in the next seven days.

The Ottawa Senators captain told reporters yesterday the best-case scenario would be to have the disgruntled winger dealt before camp opens next Saturday with medicals at Scotiabank Place. But if Heatley still is around when camp open, he is going to have to tell his teammates why he wants out of Ottawa.

Ideally, Alfredsson would like to see the distraction removed all together, but he can understand the difficult time Senators general manager Bryan Murray is having making a deal.

Sources say the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers remain in the mix.

“Obviously, that would be the best scenario for everybody (if Heatley was dealt). But, if it would have been that easy, then something would already have been done,” Alfredsson said.

“We’re ready for whatever happens and we’ll make something good out of it.”

Speaking publicly for the first time since arriving in Canada after spending the summer in Sweden, Alfredsson said he hasn’t spoken with Heatley since the request was made and wants to make sure the two-time 50-goal scorer is fully committed if he is going to be playing in Ottawa.


Kesler could be next to sign contract

Jason Botchford

Next up: Ryan Kesler.

With five core players now signed through the 2012-13 season, the next item on the Vancouver Canucks’ agenda is re-signing Kesler, who is coming off a career year — one that ended with him being a finalist for the Selke award.

“Our intention was to begin speaking with [Kesler’s agent Kurt Overhardt] once we got some other business taken care of,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. “And now we have that business taken care of.”

Since Kesler was drafted, he’s carried the tag of being a defensive forward. His speed, edge and tenacity combined with his lack of playmaking finesse were thought to be best suited for a checking-line role.

But he evolved. And that evolution is one of the biggest reasons the Canucks had the best record in hockey during the final two months of the season. In his final 32 games, Kesler scored 15 goals and 32 points.


Comrie not averse to being Oiler again

Joanne Ireland

Turns out time can heal most wounds. Despite being lumped into the same division as villains Chris Pronger, Dany Heatley and Michael Nylander, Mike Comrie is not ruling out a second go-round with the Edmonton Oilers.

Following a pre-camp conditioning session at a south side Edmonton rink on Friday, Comrie did not want to talk specifically about the Oilers but did say that it was one of the clubs that his camp has been speaking too.

He also knows that because Edmonton is his hometown and because he left after an acrimonious contract dispute, there is heightened interest in his next move. He’s OK with all of that.