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No room here for Heatley's bleating

JOHN SHORT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:55 AM ET

Poor Dany Heatley.

When he finally explained why he wanted to be released from his prison term as an Ottawa Senator, it was all I could do keep from crying for him.

He wants to be the organization's Big Guy but lost his chance because some cold-hearted coach has reduced his playing time.

In all of Heatley's bleating from Kelowna about his reduced role, never once did he suggest that his own on-ice performance might have something to do with it.

Never once did he mention the possibility that Cory Clouston was right to cut him back after being hauled in because the Craig Hartsburg regime, which gave the me-first Heatley all the playing time he wanted, resulted in a lousy record.

Never once did Heatley come clean about why Edmonton was unacceptable to him.

As far as this small voice is concerned, every word of the alleged superstar's big-ego presentation on Thursday confirmed that he would not have been acceptable to Edmonton.

Every loss would have been someone else's fault.

Every win would have been thanks to Heatley's massive contribution.

No community -- not even this win-starved hockey community -- can absorb much of that.

It's understandable that the Oilers tried to make the deal -- obviously, they need talent and 40- or 50-goal wingers don't grown on trees -- but Steve Tambellini was right, finally, when he backed away.

My only criticism is that the guys in Good Old Ourtown held on so long that it looked like they were begging.

Heatley said other teams are interested in his services.

It's a matter of record that the San Jose Sharks were, and it will be interesting, finally, when we learn who the others are.

SPOTLIGHT ON ANDREWS

Talking boxing the other day with Glen Carriere and Jerry Gilroy, the point was made that Kris Andrews gets less recognition than he deserves.

Other local scrappers, it was said, get much more attention.

I wish I'd been the one to say it, because it's true.

Andrews, once a standout amateur, had been a less-than-mediocre pro until a couple of years ago, when he finally got serious.

He trained harder. He got down off his toes and started to punch with serious intent. He regained the confidence that made him a good prospect in the first place.

On Friday, he'll meet Anthony Lessard for the Canadian light middleweight championship.

Lessard is a big banger. The question is whether he knows enough to beat Andrews.

I don't know the answer, but I expect the two local guys to wage a war for 10 rounds or less. Probably less. I don't see it going the distance.

Cruiserweight Ryan Henney, back from shoulder surgery that limited his ability to jab, will be on the card, too.

DERBY'S PROMISE

Every year, the Canadian Derby does two things for sports fans: provides great entertainment and tells of even better things to come.

Speaking of the Derby, apologies for a dumb error: I misspelled jockey Julie Krone's last name in yesterday's story. She deserves better.

SEASONAL MADNESS

The Eskimos are down to the business part of their season. The Oil Kings have staged their rookie camp. Soon, fans will dissect every move by the Oilers to the same ridiculous extent as always.

World Serious is just around the corner. The NFL gets its betting booths in order.

Hey, it's only four months to Christmas!

JCSHORT@SHAW.CA


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