Turning up the Heatley

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Dany Heatley said his vision is fine now, that the enlarged pupil in his left eye, the reminder of being hit with a puck in a game in Switzerland during the lockout, is no hindrance to him doing his job.

That job, of course, is scoring goals for the Senators in the National Hockey League.

If there is any restriction on Heatley's vision, it is that he now allows himself only to look ahead.

It will be tough for him this week as Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of that horrifying car accident which left teammate and friend Dan Snyder in a coma. Snyder died a few days later.

Heatley is over the injuries he sustained in the accident, the worst a badly-injured knee. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanour vehicular homicide Feb. 4 and received three years of probation.

The physical wounds heal with time.

Heatley said that will be the case with the emotional aftermath, as well.

"Time heals all. I'd be lying if I said I didn't still think about (the accident), but definitely it's a lot better," he said after a recent Senators practice.

"I've gotten a lot of support from everybody and I'm at the point now where I just want to get back to playing straight hockey and thinking about hockey.

"That's always going to be with me, no question, but like I said, I want to play hockey, I want to win games and be a great player in this league."

When confronted with the contract demands of winger Marian Hossa, Senators GM John Muckler knew he had a problem.

Hossa's demand of a $7-million a year contract didn't fit into the Senators' payroll structure.

Heatley had made it known to the Thrashers, after some difficult deliberations, that he wanted a change in scenery.

Two teams, two players, two problems.

Would either team have made the trade without those non-hockey issues?

Almost certainly not.

"It's a calculated risk," said Muckler, "and you have to take them."


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