Re: Heatley To Boston?
posted at 6/24/2009 11:01 PM EDT
I was just poking around on the net again and I found this.http://www.canada.com/Bonus+money+slows+Heatley+trade+talk/1727254/story.html
Bonus money slows Heatley trade talk.
OTTAWA - Though Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray would like to trade star winger Dany Heatley before the NHL draft starts on Friday, there are four million reasons why that might not happen. Specifically, the $4- million US bonus due Heatley on July 1.
Several league executives contacted Tuesday said they've heard that a number of teams interested in Heatley will not make an offer until after July 1 to avoid paying the bonus.
The risk of trying to get Heatley at a discount, of course, is that he might be gone by then. Several teams have already spoken to Murray and it appears as if at least one is getting close to being serious, so Murray may not get stuck.
However, he is nonetheless in a tough spot.
Once the Senators pay the signing bonus, the money is gone. Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams can't trade money, which means Murray couldn't ask the team that takes Heatley for part of the bonus money back.
However, Murray could increase his asking price, which is what several agents expect would happen. Murray would ask for another player, for at least partial compensation. Whether he'll get what he's asking for is, of course, another question.