Now it sounds as if the Rangers are done for the night — I was wondering why they had the Glen Sather conference call so early. And if they are done for the night, that probably means they are done in the dealing for Dany Heatley.
Earlier I said it looked like it was getting done. Apparently what I was actually hearing but not comprehending was the Gomez deal going down. Sorry about that.
But once Ottawa makes that $4 million bonus payment to Heatley, I’m pretty sure there is no reason for the Senators to trade him … or to do it any time soon. So I assume the Sens will make a deal with Edmonton or some other team by midnight tonight.
And, again, Glen Sather should be applauded if he refused to give in on one of his valued younger players in a deal for Heatley when he had Ottawa over a barrel. With the cap space he opened up by dealing Gomez, Sather can be a player in free agency today and get some offense without giving up anything.
Or he can get something better than Heatley (Vinny Lecavalier?) with those assets.
Maybe I’m misreading this, too. Maybe it’s possible the Rangers will reimburse the Senators for the $4 million if they can get a deal done another time. But I think Ottawa will trade Heatley tonight, and now I think he won’t be coming to New York.
LATE NIGHT UPDATE, 10:40 P.M.:
UPDATE, 11:07 P.M.:
Thanks to reader Mike D who tipped us off to the Sportsnet report that the Heatley-to-Edmonton deal is done.