Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley refused to waive his no-trade clause and killed a deal that would have sent the former 50-goal scorer to Edmonton, according to several media reports published Thursday.
The trade, first reported Tuesday, would have sent Heatley to the Oilers in exchange for centre Andrew Cogliano, winger Dustin Penner and defenceman Ladislav Smid.
The Senators had hoped to get a deal done by midnight Wednesday to avoid paying Heatley a scheduled $4-million US bonus.
But the deadline reportedly passed without the sniper agreeing to waive his non-movement clause in order to allow the trade to go through.
Heatley twice scored 50 goals for the Senators, but requested a trade after the regular season because of a rift with coach Cory Clouston.
Jason Spezza, a friend and teammate of Heatley, said he wasn't shocked by the news that Heatley wanted off the team.
But he said it's time Heatley made up his mind by either deciding to stay or accepting an offer to leave.
"For us, I'm just worried about our team moving forward and the city of Ottawa and us bringing a championship here and winning, and that's it," said Spezza.
"If he either wants to be here with that, then we accept him back — and he was a great teammate when he was here. If he doesn't want to be here, then he's got to let us move on."
Heatley's trade demand comes less than two years after he signed a six-year, $45-million US deal with the Senators.
He is the only Ottawa Senator invited by Hockey Canada to participate in the Olympic development camp, which takes place in Calgary from August 24-27.
Bryan Murray, the general manager of the Senators, said that Heatley's option now is simply to stay in Ottawa.
"The deal changes now; there's no question," Murray said about Heatley's refusal to go to Edmonton.
"Right now, he's an Ottawa Senator," said Murray. "We have an agreement; it's called a contract."
Heatley had reportedly given the Senators a list of destinations where he would agree to be traded.
Edmonton was reportedly not on the list.