Senators, Oilers agree on Heatley trade: reports
Agent J.P. Barry says client will 'sleep on' proposed deal
For now, Dany Heatley isn't turning in one Canadian NHL jersey for another.
Reports early Wednesday suggest the Ottawa Senators winger is pondering a deal that would send him to Edmonton for forwards Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and defenceman Ladislav Smid.
Heatley, a two-time 50-goal scorer due a $4 million US bonus at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, has a no-trade clause.
According to cable sports network TSN, the bonus payment can be transferred to another team if Ottawa is able to consummate a trade prior to midnight ET Thursday.
Heatley's agent, J.P. Barry, told Sportsnet.ca late Tuesday night that "it is our position that the [bonus] deadline is not until [Wednesday] night. We believe the [trade] decision does not have to come until that time.
"Dany is going to sleep on it," said Barry of the agreed-upon trade, adding Heatley neither rejected nor agreed to a move.
In early June, Heatley asked Senators general manager Bryan Murray to trade him. Murray dismissed a rumour that the player wanted out because of a rift with head coach Cory Clouson.
Heatley is owed $7.5 million next season in the third year of a six-year, $45-million deal he signed with Ottawa on Oct. 4, 2007.
He posted 39 goals and 33 assists for 72 points in 82 games this past season, his lowest total in four seasons as a Senator.
"It is hard to give up 50 goals," Murray said recently. "He didn't get it last year. [However], a lot of people underachieved. But Dany Heatley is that calibre of goal scorer."
Heatley, 28, has amassed 260 goals and 543 points in 507 games over seven seasons since he was drafted second overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2000.