Start calling him Bruce 'Marleau to the Kings' Garrioch, as Booboo has heard rumblings of a three-way deal that involves Stoll and Frolov to Ottawa, Heatley to the Sharks, and Marleau to the Kings. No confirmation from Murray, even though it sounds like Garrioch has been joined at the hip with him throughout the entire rookie tournament. Murray said he talked to a few teams Tuesday and didn't hear back from anyone Wednesday, thus is expecting Heater in Kanata on Friday for golf.
So at one moment, we're being told that trade talks are as dry as the desert and Heatley has his bags packed for YOW. The next moment, we're hearing this three-way deal might keep everyone happy, since Marleau can waive his NTC and just drive down the coast to SoCal (instead of having to move East). This is one of the only trades that would actually have fans wishing we could have gotten Dustin Penner! Frolov is Alex Kovalev Lite and Stoll is the runaway groom. At least Comrie is still with his hollywood girlfriend!
On a side note, I was talking with a buddy tonight about how badly the publicity of this trade request hurt the actual trade return. The scenario we came up was, what if you woke up one day in early June and read that Dany Heatley the happy Senator had been traded to Edmonton for Penner, Cogliano, and Smid. You would honestly flip out. You'd burn down the arena! Am I wrong?
Garrioch went on to get a pretty good Q&A with Murray on a few topics. Nothing groundbreaking, but reading through it, I found myself getting really excited about this season. Even if Heatley is here, I'm pumped about Pascal and the offensive blueliners and Spezza. The article seems to be that whole 'the summer is over and the ice is ready' kind of thing. The first preseason game is less than a week away!
I'm personally at a point now where I just want to see hockey again. If #15 laces up for us and the players accept him back in the room, then we move on. Who isn't so exasperated with this that they've put their hurt feelings aside? Sure, Heatley will have a tough time with fans and the Ottawa Sun writers, but he's a professional and they'll be just fine on the ice. If Heatley does miraculously get traded in the next few days, then we get some new bodies in the room and all the more reason to be excited.
Seriously, is there anyone out there whose anger over Heatley is still greater than their excitement at just getting back to hockey?