From Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen:
The Edmonton Oilers are pulling out of the Dany Heatley sweepstakes.
General manager Steve Tambellini was expected make that announcement in a conference call with journalists later Friday.
Heatley, the disgruntled Ottawa Senators forward, twice refused to waive his no-trade clause to complete a trade that would have sent him to the Oilers for Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid.
Read the story here.
No surprise. Let’s be honest, the Oilers Nation didn’t even want this guy anyhow. The way Heatley has handled this situation boggles my mind. His disdain for Ottawa, unwillingness to go to Edmonton, and lack of ability to realize that no one wants him is going to end up with him returning to Ottawa. I say that because there is no way he sits home and let’s that salary go to waste.
If I’m Bryan Murray, I make Heatley play for the Senators (a pretty good top-six forward group there if that happens) and wait until he drives up his trade value. Give Murray credit for not selling low on Heatley; although that may be mainly due to the fact that no one wants him.