This was sent to us last night from a Toronto source --- this by no way is the guess-work or insider-work of THE DARK RANGER or anyone affiliated. What do you think?
KINGS TO ACQUIRE HEATLEY IN BLOCKBUSTER DEAL
I am going out on a limb and declaring the Los Angeles Kings the winner of the Dany Heatley sweepstakes. The Kings has the cap room and more than enough young talent to satisfy the Ottawa Senators.
The deal will go down as follows –
To the Senators
Alexander Frolov (32 goals last season) - 2.9 million cap hit
Oscar Moller (2nd round pick in 07 draft – 19 years of age 7 goals 8 assists in 40 GP)
Thomas Hickey (1’st round pick 07 draft – 4th overall)
A conditional pick based on Frolov resigning or not resigning with the Senators
This deal opens the door and cap room to sign Sykora for 1.5 million on a 2 year deal. (similar money as Bertuzzi)
To the Kings
Danny Heatley – a top player in the NHL who brings baggage but scores 40-50 every year.
So here is how both teams will look at the beginning of the season:
Senators Lineup 2009-2010
Frolov Spezza Alfredsson
Foligno Fisher Kovalev
Sykora Kelly Neil
Ruutu Moller Shannon
# Erik Karlson (1’st rounder 15th overall 2008) and Thomas Hickey (acquired through the LA deal) have an outside chance of making the team out of training camp. Along with Jared Cowen (9th overall 2009 draft) the Senators are deep on defense paving the way for their future. Look for Brian Lee (1’st rounder 2005 – 9th overall ) to make a huge step forward this season. Nick Foligno and his 17 goals last season is a sure bet to hit 20-25 goals playing on the second line with more ice time and better offensive players. Frolov will score 35 goals and help make fans slowly forget Heatley. Sykora adds playoffs experience, secondary goal scoring, winning attitude and multiple Stanley cup rings. He is good for 10-15 goals this season. This team makes the playoffs and could be a dark horse in the East.
LA Kings Lineup 2009-2010
Heatley Kopitar Brown
Smyth Stoll Williams
Simmonds Handzus Purcell
Ivanans Lewis Richardson
# The Kings are a team that is young, fast and talented. They are ready to take the next step and join the upper echelon in the NHL. The emergence of Jonathan Bernier between the pipes is vital for the future of this franchise. Taken in the first rounds 11th overall in 2006 he must take the next steps. Brayden Schenn 5th overall this year could play next season on the third line and is captain material in the NHL. Heatley, Kopitar, Brown, Smyth, Doughty, Johnson and Bernier clearly establish the Kings as perhaps the best team this season out of California! Welcome back to the playoffs Los Angeles.