Duhhh. No shit. I don't think taking bad contracts is what O-Ottawa has in mind when they are listening to trade offers. They are talking about the kid line guys, EJ, Petro, picks, etc. Hell yes, if they could trade Jackman, McKee, Kariya, etc then it would be great, but that ain't happening.
True, but Heatley wants out, which means Ottawa doesn't wanna risk their 7.5 million dollar investment half-assing it through the season, and for that reason what Heatley brings back will be a bit smaller. Not to mention, the economic climate as it is, not very many teams have the cap space or dollars to take on an additional 7.5 million. Again, that drops Heatley's value and also the number of teams competing for him. Also, Kariya and McKee's contracts expire after next season, so it's not as if they'd be taking on long term money if one of those guys were involved in a deal for Heatley.
I'm sure one of the kid liners will probably go the other way, but not with a significant contract as well, or else the Blues will be over the cap, and still need to qualify or re-sign Polak, Crombeen/Winchester, and add a backup goalie. In your words, this deal ain't happening without Ottawa swallowing one of our big contracts as well.