The 37-year-old Regina product is slated to depart this weekend for training camp with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, who've offered him a free-agent tryout. Heward, a veteran of eight NHL campaigns, spent last season with St. Petersburg of the Russian elite league.
Heward is joining Tampa with no guarantees, which in a sense is the way he wants it. If all goes well, he'll earn a contract with the NHL club -- likely a one-year deal for the league minimum. If it doesn't work out, he's not contractually obligated to report to the minors.