Heatley a 'quality person'?

Dany Heatley watches from the bench during a preseason game against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena...

Dany Heatley watches from the bench during a preseason game against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., Sep. 26, 2009. (CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images/AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

OTTAWA - For once, Dany Heatley didn’t get his own way.

San Jose dumped Heatley on the Minnesota Wild Sunday night in a deal that sent another former Senators winger, Martin Havlat, to the Sharks.

“It’s really two disgruntled players getting dealt for each other,” a league executive said Tuesday. “It’s going to be interesting to see how all this all shakes down.”

Only two years after demanding a trade out of Ottawa and being dealt to the Sharks, Heatley will play for his fourth NHL team in his 10th season.

The only control Heatley had was offering up a list of 10 destinations where the Sharks couldn’t send him that included Ottawa, Buffalo, Edmonton, Florida and the Islanders.

As it stands, Heatley will suit up against the Senators in Ottawa’s Oct. 11 season opener at Scotiabank Place.

After eating a nice meal with friends on his deck at his summer estate in Kelowna, B.C., Heatley got a call from Sharks GM Doug Wilson informing him of the trade.

“It was pretty off guard. It wasn’t expected, obviously,” said Heatley. “I knew it was a possibility with the contract and the way it works. But I’m moving on. I feel good. I’m excited and looking forward to getting to Minny.”

This is the first time Heatley hasn’t been dealt in a trade he requested. He demanded to be moved by Atlanta in 2004, then was dealt to the Senators in exchange for Marian Hossa. Heatley demanded a trade from Ottawa in 2009, angered by what he thought was a diminishing role on the team. He then scuttled a trade to Edmonton before accepting a deal to the Sharks.

Minny GM Chuck Fletcher snapped when it was suggested Heatley could be a poisonous influence.

Anything but, insisted Fletcher.

“I’ve done a lot of background (checks) and you do that before you make any trade,” said Fletcher. “Dany is a quality person and we think he’ll fit well in our room.”

OK, it’s obvious Fletcher didn’t call any Senators fans when he was looking for those character references, but it’s clear it wasn’t working out for Havlat in Minnesota, either. His agent, Allan Walsh, complained publicly about Havlat’s ice time last season.

Fletcher wouldn’t confirm Havlat asked for a trade. The belief is he wasn’t thrilled with the club’s decision to hire Mike Yeo to replace Todd Richards as coach. Fletcher said he asked Havlat to waive his no-trade clause Sunday.

“Marty Havlat is one of the better offensive forwards in the league,” said Fletcher. “You look at this trade and it’s two pretty good hockey players. We’re always looking for the right fit and I think there are situations where some players fit into some teams better than others.

“We’ve seen it a lot over time. San Jose was looking to achieve certain things and we were looking to achieve certain things and both teams had to give up a good player to get a different fit.”

Heatley defended his own character when it was suggested the word “controversial” is always attached to his name.

“Anybody who I have ever played with tell you that’s not the truth,” said Heatley. “In the past when I’ve been traded, they were probably not the smoothest trades.”

Now, Heatley and Havlat are both being given fresh starts.

“When Chuck Fletcher approached us about a possible trade to San Jose, Marty analyzed the situation and determined that San Jose could be a better fit for him at this point in time,” said Walsh.

“Marty has performed previously at a very high level in the playoffs. While everyone in the Wild organization has been wonderful to Marty, the move to San Jose made a lot of sense for everyone.”

The belief is Havlat got the better of this deal.

Time will tell.

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Martin Havlat trade July 11, 2006

THE DETAILS: F Martin Havlat and F Bryan Smolinski dealt from Ottawa to Chicago. F Mark Bell go from Chicago to San Jose for D Tom Preissing. Preissing, F Josh Hennessy and D Michal Barinka dealt from Chicago to Ottawa.

HOW IT WORKED OUT: Preissing was supposed to be the centrepiece of the deal, but left as a UFA after one season. Hennessy played a few NHL games and Barinka never reported to the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Dany Heatley trade Sept 13, 2009

THE DETAILS: F Dany Heatley and No. 5 pick in the draft were sent to the Sharks in exchange for F Milan Michalek, F Jonathan Cheechoo and a second-round pick. Heatley requested a deal and Ottawa wanted to get him out.

HOW IT WORKED OUT: Michalek has been an effective player for the Senators, playing on the left side of C Jason Spezza. Ottawa didn’t want Cheechoo, but had to take him. He was bought out after one season.

Dany Heatley dealt for Martin Havlat July 3, 2011

THE DETAILS: Signed as a UFA by the Wild last summer, Martin Havlat was supposed to be the centrepiece of the offence. San Jose’s Doug Wilson has always been a fan of Havlat’s. Heatley, apparently, wore out his welcome.

RATING THE TRADE: Trouble just seems to follow Heatley around. He never seems happy, and, ultimately teams aren’t happy with him. This really isn’t that tough for the Sharks to cut ties with him. It’s not like they paid a huge price to get him.

By the numbers

Dany Heatley 669 GP 325-364-689 566 Pims

Playoffs: 66 GP 15-42-57 59 Pims

Salary: Cap hit $7.5 million for three years.

Martin Havlat 621 GP 209-303-512 332 Pims

Playoffs: 67 GP 19-30-49 Pts 44 Pims

Salary: Cap hit $5 million for four years


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