Senators trade Marian Hossa for Dany Heatley
UPDATE My apologies... the defenceman included in the deal is Greg Devries and not Chris Phillips as I was informed earlier. That certainly swings things in favour of the Senators on this one, as Devries was overpaid at $2.28-million.
Wow. With hockey news at its lowest point it has been since the free agent frenzy began, hockey pundits didn't see this coming.
Hours after signing high-scoring winger Marian Hossa to an $18-million/3-year deal, the Ottawa Senators turned around and shipped Hossa to the Atlanta Thrashers for young phenom Dany Heatley.
Once again, wow.
Hossa must have really burned his bridges with the Senators during his salary negotiations in order for Sens GM John Muckler to deal him. While Hossa did have 36 goals and 82 points last year, his comparisons to Jarome Iginla weren't exactly endearing him to hockey fans.
That said, I'm sure 28 other GMs would be interested in Heatley's services.
A reader's email yesterday asked me about Thrashers GM Don Waddell not having signed Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley, and I had planned on talking about that today. Waddell's plan to sign the pair to deals similar to Marian Gaborik was thrown out the window when Rick Nash signed his beefy deal, forcing the general manager to seek out other options.
Trading Heatley should not have been one of them.