Sharks making room for Heatley?

Deal with Canucks leads to renewed trade speculation

By Ken Warren, The Ottawa Citizen; with files from The Associated Press

The Dany Heatley to San Jose Sharks speculation picked up steam in a hurry Friday.

After Sharks general manager Doug Wilson dumped $4.66 million U.S. in salary by trading defencemen Christian Erhoff and Brad Lukowich to the Vancouver Canucks for prospects Patrick White and Daniel Rahimi, he suggested the door was open for more trades.“It gives you the ability to explore all opportunities that do come our way,” Wilson said. “It also creates some flexibility in our team payroll for potential future transactions as the season progresses.”

Heatley has been linked to the Sharks in trade talks all summer, but they couldn’t take on his salary because they were too close to the salary cap of $56.7 million.

After Friday’s trade, the Sharks have a team cap hit of about $51.5 million. Heatley’s cap hit of $7.5 million would still put San Jose over the limit, but it would be more manageable to send the difference of $2.3 million in salary back to Ottawa in any trade.

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7 Responses to Sharks making room for Heatley?

  1. reinjosh says:

    in other news, Bettman announces expansion offers will be accepted
    his rationalization
    "We feel that Dany Heatley may need more options to choose from, when deciding whether or not to drop his NTC"

  2. reinjosh says:

    in other news, Bettman announces expansion offers will be accepted
    his rationalization
    "We feel that Dany Heatley may need more options to choose from, when deciding whether or not to drop his NTC"

  3. the_word says:

    Why do the Sharks want Heatley? They'll most likely have to part with either Marleau or Thronton to land him….

    Having a one, two punch down the middle with Marleau and Thronton makes the Sharks a better team than loading up the first line with Marleau/Heatly or Thronton/Heatly.

    Having to sacrifice your second line to load up on an already productive first line is dumb.

    Not mention shipping prospects to Vancouver to facilitate this trade.

  4. hockeylegend488 says:

    exactly tottaly agreed!
    heatly is an embaresment to pro sports, canadian hockey and alberta as a whole. love to see him put on waivers and down to the minors

  5. cam7777 says:

    as of now, Marleau plays the wing with Thornton at center on the first line.  The lines look something like this:

    Marleau – Thornton – Setoguchi
    Clowe – Pavelski – Michalek

    so heatley's position doesn't really effect the makeup of the roster.

    according to dreger though, san jose's interest has gone cold.  eklund had a bit today about the wild possibly being interested.  i could see that, given they lost out on tanguay and gaborik.  i always thought minnesota was a good place for him.  they are in need of leadership up front, and are trying to establish a new "score first, defend later" attitude.  they have a fan base that isn't embarassing play in front of (like most of the Southern US teams), but they still operate with enough anonymity as to take the pressure off him. 

  6. sensnation says:

    No movement deal, so he can`t go to the minors

  7. sensnation says:

    Who would come back Ottawa`s way?  I`dd have to believe that at least P.M. Bouchard and a good youngster would be needed, probably with a draft pick.

    Maybe Bouchard, Sheppard and a first.

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