SevenSeasJim Posted August 23, 2005 Report Share Posted August 23, 2005 Senators deal Hossa for HeatleyHossa and HeatleyTSN.ca Staff8/23/2005 4:29:38 PMThe Atlanta Thrashers have arranged media availability for this afternoon at which time they are expected to announce that the team has acquired Marian Hossa and a defenceman from the Ottawa Senators for forward Dany Heatley."We had approached the Thrashers a couple of weeks ago requesting a change of environment," agent Stacey McAlpine told The Canadian Press. "It was an extremely difficult decision, but we all worked together to try and get things resolved and it looks like we were able to do that."Heatley, drafted second overall by the Thrashers in 2000, has 80 goals and 181 points in 190 career games. His best season thus far came in 2002-03, when he set career highs in goals (41) and points (89).Heatley played last season with AK Bars Kazan in Russia and SC Bern of Switzerland during the NHL lockout.He is a restricted free agent and is on the verge of agreeing to terms with Ottawa on a new deal.McAlpine said Heatley would meet the media Wednesday in Ottawa.Hossa and the Senators avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to a new contract Tuesday morning, just before the case was scheduled to go to arbitration. A source said Hossa will earn $5 million this season, $6 million in 2006-07 and $7 million the following season.Hossa recorded 36 goals and 46 assists in 82 regular-season games in 2003-2004. In 467 career games, the six-foot-two, 215-pound Slovak has 188 goals and 202 assists.More to follow. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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