September 10, 2009
Maybe this is why the San Jose Sharks didn't put Patrick Marleau(notes) in their preseason promotional materials: ESPN is reporting Dany Heatley(notes) to the Sharks is a done deal, and that the former Sharks captain would be headed to Hollywood. If there actually is a trade, that is. From the WWL:
The Ottawa Senators have reached an agreement to send Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks, NHL sources told ESPN's John Buccigross.
The 28-year-old forward was part of a three-team deal that will send the Sharks' Patrick Marleau to the Los Angeles Kings and the Kings' Alexander Frolov(notes) and Jarret Stoll(notes) to the Senators.
Both Sharks GM Doug Wilson and Senators GM Bryan Murray denied the three-way trade when reached by ESPN.com. "It's simply not true," Murray told ESPN.com Thursday night. "I've had conversations with teams today but still I'm not close to a deal [involving Heatley]."
So you've got denials from two of the three camps, even as NHL.com/AP picks up the report. Bucci's last Twitter report read "Dany Heatley will probably be a Shark tonight or tomorrow." So that's where we are. If this is in fact the deal in place, it's exactly what Bruce Garrioch reported this morning in the Ottawa Sun. We goof on the big lug enough to gladly give full marks if this thing pans out.
Stay on Rich Hammond from Inside the Kings and David Pollak from Working The Corners for confirmation. ESPN is way out ahead of the pack on this story right now. Keep in mind Bucci was also ahead of the pack on Luongo's extension. Granted, it was about three months ahead, but nobody's perfect.
Using the brilliant cap calculator on Cap Geek (and watch out for an interview with that site's founder coming soon), a Marleau-for-Heatley swap would put the Sharks $342,496 over the cap even after they cleared space with that Christian Ehrhoff swap with Vancouver. Jarret Stoll's signed through 2012 at a $3.6 million hit; Frolov can be a 70-point guy who goes UFA next summer for Ottawa. Again, in theory.
UPDATE: Kings GM Dean Lombardi to Rich Hammond of Inside The Kings about the Heatley trade report: "Complete bull.'' Doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room.