NHL Trade Rumors – September 11, 2009
1. MCKENZIE: NO TRUTH TO REPORTS THAT HEATLEY HAS BEEN TRADED
2. Kings: We aren’t part of a Heatley trade
3. Will Leafs cough up to get Kessel?
4. Canucks hoping Sundin will return
5. Sources: Kessel doesn’t plan to negotiate with BruinsMCKENZIE: NO TRUTH TO REPORTS THAT HEATLEY HAS BEEN TRADED
Here we go again.
Amid reports that the Ottawa Senators have traded Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks as part of a three-way deal with the Los Angeles Kings, sources tell TSN nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, sources tell TSN that not only is the report of a three-way deal being done not true, but the Senators are no closer to trading Heatley now than they have been for most of the summer.
It’s eerily similar to earlier this summer when there were reports the Senators had traded Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers. The difference then, though, was the Sens and Oilers actually had a deal worked out, but Heatley refused to waive his no-movement clause. This time around, it doesn’t appear there’s been any agreement with the Senators and one other team, never mind two.
Kings: We aren’t part of a Heatley trade
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi late Thursday shot down a rumor that his team was involved in a three-way deal that would have had disgruntled Ottawa center Dany Heatley landing in San Jose, while the Kings would have sent Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll to Ottawa and would have eventually ended up with former Sharks captain Patrick Marleau.
“No, not involved,” Lombardi said via e-mail, adding that he had been in meetings with players until 7:30 and emerged to find a blizzard of calls and messages asking him about a trade he didn’t make.
The rumor began circulating early in the day and was denied by Lombardi. However, it picked up steam after ESPN’s John Buccigross, citing “NHL sources,” said an agreement was in place to move Heatley, who had asked to be traded. ESPN later softened its story by saying all three general managers–Lombardi, San Jose’s Doug Wilson and Ottawa’s Bryan Murray–strongly denied that a deal was in place.
Will Leafs cough up to get Kessel?
The lingering suspicion that Phil Kessel is no longer interested in being part of the Boston Bruins is now confirmed.
But that doesn’t make him any closer to becoming a Maple Leaf. At least, not yet.
Sources told the Boston Globe yesterday that Kessel won’t conduct any more negotiations on a new contract with the Bruins, and really, that’s no big surprise. To many, the inability of the speedy winger to come to terms with the club over the past three months has been partly about money, and partly about no longer wanting to play in Boston.
For starters, it’s been suggested that Kessel isn’t a big fan of the tight-checking, close-to-the-vest style of play favoured by head coach Claude Julien, who just signed a new contract with the Bruins.
As well, Kessel knows the Bruins tried to trade him to the Leafs at the entry draft in a deal that would have involved defenceman Tomas Kaberle, a transaction wrecked by a strange miscommunication between Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Leafs GM Brian Burke over an exchange of draft picks.
Kaberle, the last remaining member of the infamous Muskoka Five, never wanted to leave the Leafs and is under contract. But Kessel, like most young players, undoubtedly felt stung by the Bruins’ efforts to trade him.
Canucks hoping Sundin will return
By MIKE BROPHY
If Mats Sundin wants to continue his NHL career, the Vancouver Canucks would roll out the red carpet.
“We’re interested in having him back,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. “We were very happy with Mats last season. It took him a while to get going, but we were pleased with his performance.”
Sundin was offered a two-year, $20 million contract by the Canucks prior to last season, but didn’t join the team until midway through the year. He scored nine goals and 28 points in 41 regular season games and scored three goals and eight points in eight playoff games.
The 38-year-old Swede is said to be in negotiations with the Canucks and could sign a contract valued in the neighborhood of $2 million to be the team’s second-line centre. Vancouver may be prepared to make a trade if it is necessary to fit Sundin under the salary cap, if necessary.
Sources: Kessel doesn’t plan to negotiate with Bruins
Phil Kessel has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to negotiate any longer with the Bruins, his Toronto-based agent in recent days informing the Boston front office that the right winger’s priority instead is to sign a free-agent offer sheet with one of the league’s 29 other teams.
All of which doesn’t necessarily mean that Kessel’s days in the Hub are numbered.
The Bruins, per CBA rules and guidelines, still reserve the right to match any offer sheet Kessel signs, and if they choose to match they are only prohibited from trading Kessel for the first year of his new deal.
”No comment,” Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli responded via e-mail early this afternoon when asked about Kessel’s latest stance on negotiations.
Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, when contacted by the Globe earlier this week about his side’s current negotiating stance, claimed the change in tactics wasn’t true. But two sources familiar with the talks, which on Monday were proclaimed by Chiarelli to be at a ”philosophical impasse,” confirmed the new passive-aggressive approach by the 21-year-old right winger.