By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Both teams also will exchange draft picks in the deal. This move ends more than two months of drama that’s been going in between Heatley and the team.
The 28-year-old has voiced his displeasure with the team since Cory Clouston was named the team’s interim head coach in February. Then, when details of a proposed trade was made public that could have sent him to the Edmonton Oilers, things got worse.
Heatley exercised his no-trade clause to block the trade from happening. Bryan Murray, the Senators general manager, said that he wanted a trade to happen before training camp — which just happened to start this weekend.
“It’s a deal that we talked about throughout the summer, although
Michálek came in late,” Murray said after making the deal. “I talked to Dany yesterday and he was adamant that he wanted to be moved and we felt based on that, more than anything, that we should get the value that we could get for him and move on.
“What we care about are the guys that are in our room, and we feel that this makes the core group know where they are going forward.”
Captain Daniel Alfredsson wasn’t pleased with Heatley’s displeasure to be on the team. He said it would be best if Heatley got his wish and just moved on.
Heatley signed a six-year deal with the team in 2007, worth $45 million. With the team, he numbers dropped to 39 goals and 33 assists last season, which was the lowest in his four-years with the team.
He had two 50 goal and 100 point seasons.
“I want to thank the City of Ottawa,” Heatley said. “I had a great four years here but now the organization and myself can move on. I’m excited to be a Shark.”
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