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Report: Heatley rejects trade to Edmonton

Forward refuses to waive no-trade clause, blocks move to Oilers

Wednesday, 07.01.2009 / 12:46 AM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

By Phil Coffey - NHL.com Sr. Editorial Director

Hours after reporting the Ottawa Senators had traded disgruntled forward Dany Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers, TSN and Sportnet.ca are now reporting that the deal is on hold, with TSN's Bob McKenzie stating that Heatley has refused to waive his no-trade clause.

The agreed-upon deal reportedly would have sent forwards Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and defenseman Ladislav Smid to Ottawa.

Heatley had requested a trade from Ottawa, but such a move would require him to waive his no-trade clause for any potential deal to be finalized. Last season, Heatley tallied 39 goals and 33 assists in 82 games. He had back-to-back 50 goal seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

With the deal off, Ottawa is now responsible for a $4 million bonus due to Heatley on July 1.

Penner, 26, has been a disappointment for the Oilers after signing as a free agent from Anaheim two seasons ago. Penner scored 17 goals and 20 assists in 78 games last season.

Cogliano was the Oilers' first-round pick in 2005. He scored 18 goals and 20 assists last season.
Smid, 23, has played three-seasons in the NHL. Last year, he picked up 11 assists in 60 games.
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I'm hoping Bob [Murray] didn't go out and get Dany Heatley just to get someone. I'm sure he's excited and motivated.

— Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on general manager Bob Murray's decision to sign Dany Heatley