No, just crappy spelling on my part. Extension.
Anyway, my general rule for players in professional sports is that if they're going to be a free agent at the end of the season, they tend to play harder so they get a better contract. Guys that get contracts tend to relax a bit (many of them, not all) and maybe underperform. I was sort of hoping that Heatley would go without a contract extension this year meaning he'd test the free agent waters or Ottawa would have to pay him even more.