The latest in the Dany Heatley Soap Opera (according to ESPN.com) is that the Senators have rejected a trade offer that would have sent Sharks RW Jonathan Cheechoo and offensive defenceman Christian Erhoff to Ottawa for Heatly.
Reasons why the trade was not accepted were not posted, but judging by what I've read all summer long it came down to money.
Since Heatley's bonus kicked in on July 1, the Senators have upped the price tag on their star forward. Any team that wants to take on his $7.5 million cap number will also have to take on an addition $3-4 million in Senators payroll. The Sharks can barely afford Heatley, so there was no way they could take on additional salary.
In fact, I wonder why San Jose was even pursuing Heatley to begin with. The Sharks are currently about $600k from the salary cap, and still need to find two more forwards and a backup goaltender to fill out their depth chart.
Assuming that the trade was accepted by the Senators, I still doubt that Heatley would approve. He left Atlanta because he wanted to go to a real hockey market. With all due respect to my fellow Sharks fans, San Jose is not a real hockey market. As a group we complained more than Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton didn't answer questions after a disappointing first round playoff loss than we did about the fact that they were the only ones actually doing anything the last two games aside from Blake and Boyle.
Where Heatley will end up I have no idea, but I expect he will be back in Ottawa or off to Edmonton when camps open in Spetember.