Melnyk is worth about 700 million. If I were him, I would put goalie pads on Heatley and tell him that he is playing net through the preseason.
Now, that's not going to happen as much as we'd like it, but what does this really mean for the Sens and Heatley?
1. Pretty much no way getting back that 4 million. Cash can't be traded and it looks like most of the teams that are trading partners are close enough to the cap that they aren't going to looking to take on Smith/Schubert contracts for fun. Heatley will be paid $31 million over the next 5 years now (4, 8, 8, 6, 5) - $6.2 per. Of course his cap hit is still $7.5.
2. NYR, MIN have added the skill up front they needed yesterday and are now unlikely suitors.
3. StL, LA didn't sign any contracts - still suitors?
4. With Heatley still in the fold our current cap hit is $52.6 (I think) with a lineup like this:
Not enough room to add Koivu who'd I would really like to see center our 2nd line or is it?