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the 28-year old who signed a six-year, $45 million contract extension with the team in October of 2007 - that includes a no-movement clause - informed the team a week ago of his desire to play hockey elsewhere.
The veteran forward became unhappy with his role in Ottawa last season, especially after the Senators made a coaching change. Heatley discussed his concerns with head coach Cory Clouston in the Senators end of season meetings. However, both sides agreed some time away would help remedy the situation. So, the issues were left to settle while Heatley represented Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray confirmed Tuesday that he has spoken to the Heatley's agents, J.P. Barry and Stacy McAlpine.
"He's got a contract, he signed a long-term deal in Ottawa," Murray said Tuesday. "I have heard from his agent, but that's all I'm going to say right now."
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