By Arpon Basu – 5 hours ago

MONTREAL — Bryan Murray wanted to have the Dany Heatley situation settled by the end of the first round of the NHL entry draft.

It didn't happen.

The Ottawa Senators general manager expressed some frustration Friday over the slow pace of trade talks regarding his top sniper as teams continue to nibble without offering anything of substance.

"I have talked to a couple of teams," Murray said. "But we're just beating around the bush, it appears right now."

Heatley requested a trade a month ago, despite having five years left on a US$45 million, six-year contract, with Murray fielding offers for the star scorer ever since.