If Dany Heatley's the villain, Jason Spezza's going to come out of the whole debacle as the hero.
So the prevailing thought is that, at some point, the Senators will have to cut their losses and perhaps make an inferior deal (to Edmonton's offer) that Heatley would find acceptable, just to rid themselves of their problem. That, though, presumes that the Senators' ownership and management are more concerned about practicality than revenge or making an example of Heatley.
Either way, it's likely to get ugly.
Another update on the Dany Heatley drama: the Senators have one more day to find a suitor before being stuck with a $4M dollar bill, and the deal with Edmonton has not yet been officially rejected.
Outlets are reporting that a trade is in place between the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators, but needs Dany Heatley's approval.
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray said on Monday that he wasn't going to allow Dany Heatley dictate the terms of any possible acquisition, and that he is willing--and would in fact prefer--to enter training camp with the high-scoring winger still in Ottawa. He also said the Sens are looking for a second-line centre, and that they have high expectations of this year's first-round draft choice.
Chris Neil becomes the second Ottawa Senator to speak out against his former teammate Dany Heatley's trade request, calling it "shocking" and "frustrating".
Recent reports have indicated that Dany Heatley has not only demanded the Senators trade his rights to another team, he has also excercised his no-movement clause to restrict the teams Ottawa can negotiate with. PeterR of Silver Seven examines the sense of this stipulation, and the possible repercussions it may have for the Senators organization.