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Which team won Heatley deal?
Mon, September 14, 2009

By DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

Combined, Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo will make a little less money than Dany Heatley this season.

They also have the potential to score a few more goals.

In the eyes of Ottawa-born defenceman Dan Boyle who plays for San Jose, however, it's impossible to determine right now the winner in Saturday's blockbuster deal between the Senators and the Sharks.

Which team do you think won the Heatley trade? Have your say in our forum.

Sharks accept Heatley as is



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It's amazing how an inflated ego can mess up your thinking. Not only does he rate his play higher than his stats indicate, he thinks he can make better coaching decisions than his own coach. I wonder whose ice time he would have cut in order to accommodate for his need for more minutes. I wonder what kind of plus/minus numbers he would need to post before he would cut his own ice time.

So he asks for a trade, then stuffs the only viable trade offer on the table. Apparently, he felt that there would be all sorts of teams that would fall all over each other trying to win the Heatley lotto. The complete absence of viable offers while Edmonton's offer was still open should have been enough of a hint that he should have either taken it, or withdrawn his trade request altogether. Imagine the reception he's going to get every time he plays in Edmonton for the rest of his career. I wonder if it will be any better in Ottawa, trade or no trade.


Lucas, 2009-08-21 23:39:01

Put Heatley down in the minors, let someone who really wants to play come on up. Lower the cap to $20 million, cut the tickets prices in half. Bring on more Canadian teams, Winnipeg, Halifax, Quebec. Lets get back to what hockey used to be.
Doug Shackles, 2009-08-21 19:29:30

I agree he is a talented player. But this really leaves a sour taste in everyone's mouth. Its time for the NHL to stop giving out "No Trade Clauses". Its time for the players to start honoring those contracts and respect the game. Dany Heatley should be treated like a rookie. He has to prove he belongs on the team in the eyes of the coaches and the players. If not, then give him all the ice time he wants. Make him the zamboni driver for all the home games of the Sens and the 67s


Lee, 2009-08-21 18:12:38

Heatley's full of crap.

Clouston might look like Howdy Doody - go ahead and google it - but he seems a competent coach.

Ottawa improved dramatically under his tenure and what was Heatley doing to deserve his diminished role ???

Yeah of course, it's always the coaches fault. Ya-Da Ya-Da.

Grow up Dany boy. I'm not a Senators fan, but they don't need another Alex Daigle or Alexei Yashin.

Money - you know that word pretty good, now learn another - accountability.

Do you have the balls to live up to that word ???


Andy V., 2009-08-21 17:27:12

Team Canada should take a pass unless they think he is 100% on their first line. He has publically acknowledged that he will take his ball and go home if he is not "THE MAN". His attitude has the potential to bring down Canada at the Olympics.
James, 2009-08-21 15:46:11

Kate, I respect your right to form your own opinion, but when you get right down to basics you, and those who think like you, are perhaps what's wrong with today's professional sports leagues. You are ready to fork over your hard-earned cash so they can live high off the hog, always willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, and never holding them accountable.

The thing is, as matters now stand, those who think like you are clearly in the majority so, as long as you are willing to put your rear-ends in the seats, and buy their products without raising much of a fuss over the performance, team or individual, management (and to some degree the players) are never going to be pressed. How else to account for the 42-year love-affair the Leafs fans have had with their under-achieving team?
Gary O., 2009-08-21 15:12:32

I don't blame Heatley for wanting a trade... I wouldn't want to play for the Sens either, the way things have been going--on and off the ice--the past couple of seasons.

He blew his chance by blocking the trade to Edmonton. Can't say I feel sorry for him now.

I hope he plays for Canada. He's one of our top offensive players. Unfortunately, the media will continue make this a distraction. That's what they do best.
Ron, 2009-08-21 15:01:33

Dany, Dany, Dany...after all the pain you have caused in your NHL career.(car crash ring any bells) you think you would have dedicated yourself to be the best person you could be. You signed a contract stick to it and then move on. If you want to be traded, don't use your NTC and go were the deal is. (you would be a star in Edmonton). If I was the coach of the Senators, I would dress you every night and let you sit on the bench and let you watch the players that give 110%, they would be earning every bit of the salary I was paying them..unlike you.
CJR, 2009-08-21 14:52:26

Send him back to the south where no one cares about hockey and he can play 25 minutes a game - not that anyone will be watching. Great to see him putting himself before the team that rescued him...disgusts me.
Ned, 2009-08-21 14:31:24

Guess what Dany: you earn your ice time. Produce on the power-play, score goals at key times, play with some "jam" and show some dedication to defence and you'll likley see your role improve. And if you were really a "leader" and not just a self-absorbed diva with a misplaced sense of entitlement you'd see that.

Anyone who aspires to a "leadership" role on any team would bust their butt in the off-season, and come back with a renewed sense of purpose, not hijack their team with a trade demand and whine about their role, especially after the debacle that was the Sens past season.
Will, 2009-08-21 14:21:40

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