by Patrick Hoffman on 06/26/09 at 04:26 PM ET
From Ryan McFadden at Blueshirt Banter:
It seems like Murray is refusing to allow the market to set the price for Heatley. The Senators need to come to grips with the fact that Heatley is not going to return equal value before or after July 1st when the $4 million in salary to him is due. Not in a salary capped league and not in a recession.
Every since the news of Heatley wanting a trade broke, I have been saying over and over that it is not going to be easy for him to be moved. I’ve beaten the proverbial dead horse saying that Heatley is not going to return equal valuefor four reasons:
1) They don’t have much leverage at the draft with the $4 million that Heatley is owed hanging over their heads.
2) That sum will immediately eliminate a number of teams from pursuing him until after July 1st when the amount is to paid to Heatley.
3) There is the limited number of teams which Heatley will accept a trade too.
4) The number of potential trading partners dwindles even further as some are not willing to take on a large contract during this economy.
Click here for more. I’m tired of all this Heatley talk. How about you?
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