Sens fans split on deal

SEAN MEAGHER, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:12 PM ET

SENS FANS expressed mixed feelings yesterday about the decision to send forward Marian Hossa and defenceman Greg de Vries to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for sniper Dany Heatley.

Some say it was Hossa's time to go, but others argue it was a big mistake.

"I think it's horrible," said Jose Brun, a Senators fan who thinks there should have been more effort put into keeping Hossa in Ottawa.

"I still think they could have used his offensive skills more than Heatley," he said. "I think Heatley is garbage."

Hossa's long relationship with Ottawa fans also struck a chord with locals who weren't ready to see their star forward playing for another team.

"That sucks, I like Hossa," said Mike McNaught. "Everyone likes him. He's like a hometown hero and he's a better player than Heatley."

Aaron Iacovitti feels otherwise and said acquiring Heatley was a good move for Ottawa.

"I think it's a good step. I'd rather have Heatley than Hossa," he said.

While many fans feel Hossa was asking for too much money and it was probably time for him to go, his impact on the team will be remembered.

"I think Heatley is a better player for the Sens, but people are going to miss Hossa because of his contribution to the team over the years," said Sens fan John Siridat.

'TOO MUCH MONEY'

"The last four years I'd been watching the Sens, I have always enjoyed watching him (Hossa) play," he added.

While there were mixed emotions over seeing one of the best players ever to wear a Sens jersey traded, some knew it was only a matter of time.

"Hossa is a good player but he was asking for too much money without proving himself," said Jason Behm, an avid Sens fan.

"Lecavalier, Iginla, Forsberg. Those are all franchise players who have proven themselves in the playoffs but Hossa hasn't," he said, explaining why he felt Hossa wasn't worth the money he was demanding from the Sens before the trade.

sean.meagher@ott.sunpub.com


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