Sportsnet has learned that the Edmonton Oilers have been told Dany Heatley will not make a decision on Wednesday evening. Therefore, the Ottawa Senators will have to pay Heatley a $4 million bonus as of 11:59 pm on July 1.
Edmonton’s offer for Heatley is believed to include forwards Dustin Penner and Andrew Cogliano as well as defenseman Ladislav Smid.
Heatley’s agent, J.P. Barry, is upset with the current situation, believing Senators general manger Bryan Murray isn’t working hard enough to trade the disgruntled forward.
“Edmonton is the only option that has been presented to us, and you can’t tell that there aren’t more,” Barry told Sportsnet.ca. “Dany is going to sit down with Steve and Kevin. He has an open mind. They’re both great people. And then he’ll have to decide.”
Heatley, who signed a six-year, $45-million contract in October 2007, fresh off his second consecutive 50-goal season and a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, requested a trade after the season concluded.
The sniper has scored 38 goals last season, while the Senators missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996.