"A Canadian team I'm sure will have interest is the Edmonton Oilers as they continue to search for a top three forward," TSN Insider Darren Dreger said.Dany Heatley wants to move to the Western Conference and the Edmonton Oilers have been looking for a 1st line LW since Ryan Smyth left town. Heatley was born in Germany and raised in Calgary, so he's no stranger to Edmonton or the Battle of Alberta - which are both bonuses and incentives to trying to acquire this player.
The price would be steep for both teams, as Edmonton would have to give up a lot and at the same time pick up his massive contract. Conversely, Ottawa would have to take back some major salary in order to make this deal plausible.
Yet more and more, the Oilers first triple-H line looks ready to be formed.
Many positives could result from such a trade:
- Dustin Penner (who IS a good hockey player, imo) will be given lesser minutes on the second line and perhaps even enjoy an offensive renaissance
- Hemsky, who has been complaining about not having the right linemates for a long time, will finally have a finisher. If it doesn't work with Heatley the way it "didn't work" with Smyth, Sykora, and Kotalik, then the problem may lie elsewhere ...
- The Ottawa Senators need help on the blueline and the Oilers would be dealing from a position of strength