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Report: Senators, Heatley resolve bonus money grievance

Oct 22, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators and current Wild forward Dany Heatley have reached a resolution stemming from bonus money in the wake of his 2009 trade to San Jose, according to the Ottawa Sun.

The Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, citing league sources, reports the grievance has been settled with terms of the resolution being confidential.

Here’s a recap of the issue, from an August column in the Ottawa Citizen:

The Senators made the move after Heatley demanded to be traded out of Ottawa in 2009, but then used his no-trade clause to nix a deal that would have sent him to the Edmonton Oilers before $4 million bonus came due. The Senators later sent him to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jonathan Cheechoo and Milan Michalek.

In an interview with the Citizen Friday, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said both camps are close to an agreement on the issue.

“We’re coming very close to resolution,” Melnyk said. “I think we’re at the stage now of resolving matters with him to our satisfaction and his satisfaction and, you know, we’re talking directly with his agent and seeing how we can … and we have tentatively come to an understanding of how to resolve it, so I think we’re going to be fine.”

When Melynk originally filed the grievance in ’09, several of Garrioch’s sources suggested the Sens owner wasn’t convinced the filing would be successful, but also wasn’t going to “fork over” an additional $4 million after paying Heatley $18 million in salary over the first two years of his six-year, $45 million contract.

Related: Heatley sues ex-agent, partners for $11 million

  1. pizzaman77 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Jonathan Cheechoo…forgot about that guy

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      He had a horrible hernia surgery that ruined his career, shame this story didn’t go mainstream. A lot of people don’t really know what happened to this guy !

  2. kingcobraman - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    a river of tears from anther overpaid prima dona…

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Total jerkoff player and human being. Total garbage dump of an organization. What a mess!

  4. 19to77 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I see why Melnyk and the Sens are upset about paying Heatley merely to exist, but they should count their blessings. Minnesota pays him $7.5 million a season and they still can’t get him to actually give a sh*t.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      It was the same Melnyk who handed Heatly this contract in the first place…

  5. bigben1513 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Now if he could only put the puck in the net

  6. spochiefsfan - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Cheechoo was the man.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Jerkoff? I didn’t know Don Vito was out jail lol

  8. juniortex - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    What a putrid little turd Heatley is.

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