I thought we would play fantasy hockey; pretend that we are all fantasy general managers (in my case it is really fantasy). What would you give up to get the Heater? Is Danny the franchise player, or better yet, does he make the players around him better?
Well, first of all, you can bet the Sens would like to get a top dman and number one prospect. Also, maybe another forward, depending on the forward. One of the biggest questions is to the Avs, Bolt, and Isles: are they willing to give up their number one picks to get Heatley?
In Calgary, the rumors have already started with Dion for Heatley. Danny is from here, his family lives here, perfect fit for the prodigal son to come home. The main problem is that Daryl wants Dion to stay, and the Flames cannot take Heater's salary unless they send some cap back. You do have to admit though, Dion would be the puck moving dman the Sens seriously need.
In Edmonton they have loads of defensemen to pick up. Too many to mention, but I think the best option is Gilbert; a nice cheap option with tons of talent. They have plenty of excellent talent in the forwards. Danny Heatley would be a perfect fit for the Oilers, and they have plenty of forwards to chose from, including Horcoff, Gagner, and Nilsson, just to mention a few.
I think just maybe the Oil may have the most options for the Sens.
In La, I would not give up Doughty, but just maybe I might offer Johnson, a young forward, and a prospect. The Kings have plenty of cap to fit Heatley in. Can you imagine having Kopitar with Heatley on your first line? The Kings are close to the Oil in offering the best package to get Heater.
In Colorado, Tampa, and Long Island do you offer your number one pick to build your team around Heatley? I know for a fact that Snow will not let his pick go especially if the Sens want some more of the young talent in the Isles line up.
One of the strangest rumours I have heard is in Colorado: Wolski and their first pick in exchange for Heatley. I know if I am in Ottawa I am seriously tempted to get two top tens in this year's draft. I would seriously be thinking about building my team in a hurry.
In Montreal, they have plenty of cap room and a terrific dman in Komisarek; they also have the Kastsitsyn twins. Does Gainey sell the farm to pick up Heatley? The Habs do have plenty of cap room to pick up a star. Would they rather have Heatly or Vinny? An interesting question.
Yes, I could go through many other teams, but because of the length of this blog. Let's face facts, I am not the most exciting blogger out there; I mostly hypnotize my readership I would like to thank my wife for letting me do so. So back to the original question: Do I think build my team around Danny Heatly? I say yes, if I am have a team that is close to being a contender. But if I am a rebuilding team, I think not.