A "rumor" that was posted in today's Ottawa Citizen:
So let me get this straight - there's a rumor that the Rangers are willing to trade Michal Rozsival, Brandon Dubinsky AND Marc Staal for Dany Heatley and another Ottawa defenseman with a low cap hit.
There may only be days to spare, but it remains to be seen whether the reluctant Senator will actually have to show his face in Ottawa. It would certainly appear that no trade is imminent, but the rumours continue to come at us from all angles.
One that made a lot of sense, and still does, involved the New York Rangers and two of their good, young players, defenceman Marc Staal and forward Brandon Dubinsky.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray has always liked Staal, a big, smart defenceman with ideal family bloodlines. The younger brother of Eric and Jordan Staal (with one more bro to come) makes just $765,000 this season before becoming a restricted free agent.
Murray, then the Senators' head coach, wanted his GM of the day, John Muckler, to draft Staal in 2005. Muckler chose Brian Lee ninth overall. Staal went 12th to New York. Dubinsky, 23, who produced 41 points and 112 penalty minutes last season, has not yet come to terms on a new Rangers contract.
To make it possible for the Rangers to absorb Heatley's cap hit, Ottawa could agree to take beleaguered defenceman Michal Rozsival, who has three years left on his contract, with a $5-million cap hit.
This isn't a rumor - this is a dream that some Senators fan had last night. There's no way that Glen Sather (despite all of the crazy things that he's done), is going to trade a future Rangers captain in Dubinsky along with a top young defenseman in Staal to Ottawa. I repeat, no way that this trade offer should circulate in Glen's brain for more than a second.
There's no doubt that Dany Heatley is a very good player, heck, he's one of the most naturally gifted goal scorers in the NHL. But, he also has a reputation as being a spoiled brat - requesting a trade from Atlanta (because of that fatal car accident he had involving Dan Snyder) and now Ottawa when things didn't go his way.
I can see why this would interest the Senators, but looking at what is going back in return, can't say that I'd consider this anything more than a fantasy ending to a circus sideshow that has lasted the entire summer. If these are the type of offers that Bryan Murray is waiting for, Heatley will be a Senator for a very long time.