In June, the Ottawa Senators were none too happy to pay Dany Heatley a big bonus while he was requesting a trade. But they did pay and then dealt him to the San Jose Sharks. Now, the Sens want the money back.
Owner Eugene Melnyk filed a grievance to recover the $4 million this past summer, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside confirmed on Tuesday. Sun Media first reported the filing.
Heatley refused a trade to the Edmonton Oilers in July, on the eve of the bonus kicking in. The Senators owner was reportedly furious that the team worked out a trade for their disgruntled star that also saved the team some money.
Heatley signed a six-year, $45 million deal in October 2007 after the Senators reached the Stanley Cup finals the previous June.
The NHL Players Association will defend Heatley in the dispute, Sun Media reported, but there is no date set for the grievance to be heard.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.