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Senators expect Heatley trade talk to continue at draft

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6/23/2009 3:31:12 AM
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There are teams calling the Ottawa Senators about forward Dany Heatley and general manager Bryan Murray expects talks to continue at the NHL Entry Draft this weekend.

He told reporters that there is one team getting close to an offer that would interest him, but it is not where he wants it to be at this point. While Murray knows it would be difficult to get full value for his sniper, he says the cost to another team will still be steep.

"If they want to add this kind of talent to their team they know there is a price," explained Murray on Monday.

"I'm going to try and get the best player back that I can and add some parts to it."

There are factors working against Murray, including the 5-years ($7.5 million per season cap hit) left on Heatley's contract and the $4 million bonus due to be paid out on July 1. Murray hinted the team wants any potential deal done before that bonus is due.

In the fall of 2007, Heatley agreed to a six-year, $45 million contract that started this past season.

The 28-year old asked for a trade in early June over how his role on the team changed last season.

Heatley scored 39 goals with 33 assists during 2008-09, his lowest totals since arriving in Ottawa after a trade in August of 2005.

He has 180 goals and 182 assists over his four seasons with the Senators. 

Dany Heatley (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
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