According to The Ottawa Sun there is talk between the Sharks and Senators, but the Sharks may not have what Senators General Manager Bryan Murray wants for Heatley, so the deal is rumored to opened to a third team, reportedly the Montreal Canadiens.
The Sun said the Sharks have shown interest in Heatley, a two-time 50-goal scorer who wants out of Ottawa, but what they're offering isn't interesting to Murray. According to the report, the Sharks have tabled a package that includes winger Jonathan Cheechoo, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and a first-round draft pick.
"If the Sharks don't have what the Senators want, then (GM) Doug Wilson might have to go get it from another team," a league executive told Sun Media Saturday. "The Senators want a proven scoring winger in return and that means you might have to get a third team involved."
Sources told The Sun that a third team could be the Canadiens, but wasn't sure what San Jose could acquire from Montreal to satisfy the Senators' needs to deal Heatley.
Heatley, according to the report, would be willing to waive his no-movement clause to go to the Sharks.
"This is all up to Doug Wilson. If he wants to make big changes, this is the biggest one he can make," said a league executive.
On Friday, Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said the Oilers were no longer interested in acquiring Heatley. Edmonton had originally agreed to a deal with Ottawa, but Heatley invoked his no-trade clause. Edmonton spent the better part of a month courting Heatley, but to no avail.
"We gave ourselves an allotted amount of time internally ... to explore every opportunity to see if there was something that would work -- it didn't," Tambellini said during a conference call with reporters. "It's time for us to move on. We're very comfortable with that."