Sens Chirp, a pretty reliable source, is stirring up a three-way deal between the Sens, the Montreal Canadiens, and the San Jose Sharks. Here’s what Dave, the author of SC, had to say:
“All kinds of whacky rumours when it comes to possible Heatley outcomes so its pretty tricky to tell which are legit. I had a rumour sent in to me last night that says a three team deal could be nearing completion and it involves the Ottawa Senators, the San Jose Sharks and the Montreal Canadiens.The deal would apparently see Patrick Marleau end up in Montreal, Dany Heatley get his wish and end up in California while the Senators would get a package that involved Tomas Plekanec and Milan Michalek.“
When I saw this, I believed it because it was legit. If I was a betting man, you’d probably think some draft picks and even some prospects would be involved to round out the trade. Marleau has said in the past he’s leery of waiving his NTC. Heatley probably wouldn’t have a problem at all in regards to waiving his NTC. This rumor would also give San Jose cap room, something they need to get the backup they’ve also wanted.
I had heard in the past Heatley may be involved in a three-way. If memory serves right, Havlat was traded in a three-way which got us Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka, and the CHI 2nd round pick in 2008 (Patrick Wiercioch). The idea between the three-way is to get the best possible return. The Havlat deal wasn’t one of them though.
If you ask me, this should be the final trade…
To Ottawa: Milan Michalek, Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban
To Montreal: Patrick Marleau, Derek Joslin, OTT 2nd round pick in 2010
To San Jose: Dany Heatley, Jaroslav Halak, Cody Bass
In other news, I just read that Martin Gerber was offered the backup job in Pittsburgh before Brent Johnsons got it. How did he not accept it? If he signed and they made the Finals once again, what would it be, 4 times he’s gone to the Finals? He must be really obsessed with Ray Emery.
NOTE: ESPN is reporting that the Sharks made an offer of Jonathan Cheechoo, Christian Erhroff, and Jamie McGinn for Dany Heatley that Bryan Murray rejected over the weekend. I don’t like that trade either if you ask me.