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Oilers no longer interested in Heatley

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini told a media conference Friday that he'll stop pursuing former 50-goal scorer Dany Heatley, who has asked to be traded by the Ottawa Senators.

The Edmonton Oilers say they're no longer interested in Dany Heatley.

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said Friday he'll stop pursuing the disgruntled former 50-goal scorer, who's being dangled by the Ottawa Senators.

"We gave ourselves an allotted amount of time internally … to explore every opportunity to see if there was something that would work — it didn't," Tambellini said during a conference call with reporters. "It's time for us to move on. We're very comfortable with that."

The Oilers appeared to be the frontrunner to acquire Heatley after he demanded a trade at the end of last season. A deal was reportedly struck at the beginning of this month that would have sent forwards Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner, and defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Senators, but Heatley killed the trade by refusing to waive his no-trade clause.

"We took a very aggressive approach on July 1," said Tambellini. "There's not too many people out there that are in the prime of their career and have the potential of scoring 50 goals every year."

Heatley, 28, scored 38 goals last season for Ottawa. He recorded exactly 50 goals in each of his first two seasons with the team, starting in 2005-06.

With files from The Canadian Press