BRUCE GARRIOCH: "You guys will spin it whatever way you want," but Heatley has been bristling at the media a lot this year. If that's blaming someone else, I suppose we are going to put whatever spin we want on it.
DON BRENNAN: I find it interesting that Dany boy doesn't like us much. We've respected his privacy regarding off-ice stories, and we've gone pretty easy on his game. Easier than the ride Jason Spezza gets, and Spezza seems to enjoy our company! Go figure. Fact is, Heatley is not having a good season. And pssst Dany, I'm not even talking about your goal scoring.
CHRIS STEVENSON: I'd like to see more of the type of play we saw from Dany Heatley in the latter part of the 2006-07 season. His play picked up when the team ran into injuries at the time. He had more tools in the toolbox, it seemed, at both ends of the rink. I don't know if it was the way the team was playing under Craig Hartsburg, but there have been too many nights where Heatley hasn't been a factor this season. Not that's he unique in that this season.
TIM BAINES: It seems like he's dancing on eggshells in his own little world. His recent inability to score, or apparently buy into a new coach's system, isn't a writer's opinion. It's fact. And if he thinks the media is rough on him, he should hear what Senators fans are saying about him while they're filling up Scotiabank Place. I can guarantee you there's an F-bomb or two placed in front of his name. When you're paid to produce, you'd better produce ... and not make excuses about it.
GARRIOCH: I think Heatley is as concerned as anybody about the way he is playing. He is on pace for 36 goals and he knows they need more from him. I'm sure he realized today that he was going to get heat, so he thought he had better calm the waters.
BRENNAN: Rarely do we ever bring his salary into the discussion, either. We hardly ever trot out the fact he makes $10 million and is the highest-paid player in the NHL. For that, you'd think he could be one of the top 32 scorers in the league (before last night he was tied for 33rd). What I want to see for that kind of coin is some more effort or desperation to his game. I'd like him to play a few shifts a night like they were his last. I'd like to see him finish an effing check.
GARRIOCH: There he goes again swearing. Hey potty mouth: Stop swearing. Publisher Gibbons will fire you or Baines if one of these ever gets in.
BAINES: Forget the swearing. I want to know why all the city's school buses were cancelled yesterday. My kids, usually sleep-walking at 7 in the morning, couldn't wait to tell me buses were cancelled (yesterday). They don't even take the school buses and they were expecting to take the day off school. Geez, don't they have enough PD days?
BRENNAN: I said the same thing, Bainzie. It wasn't cold, wasn't snowing and there was no rain. And yet they get a "snow day?" Why, because The Weather Network said we "might" get freezing rain? Kids have it way too easy these days.
STEVENSON: Did ya tell the kids how you walked through the snowdrifts, Tim? Did we even get any freezing rain? They cancel buses on the threat of bad weather now? If you were going to cancel things because you thought things might get bad, the Senators wouldn't have played many games this year.
GARRIOCH: Next Monday is Family Day, Tim. I hope you are staying home with the family.
BAINES: Geez, another day off school?
STEVENSON: I think Heatley has made himself a target because he doesn't do much apart from score goals and when the pucks aren't going in, what else is on the table? Maybe he was hurt more than others by the way the team played under Hartsburg, sitting back rather than attacking.
BRENNAN: Accountability. Heatley doesn't understand the word. The coach says he's "got a ways to go" in learning the system and Heatley responds by saying the media doesn't understand that sometimes, when he's not scoring, he can still be playing well. Gee thanks. Try some accountability Dany.
GARRIOCH: Accountability has been the most overused word in Ottawa this year. It really has been.
BAINES: Accountability was never your best subject in school either, right Don? I'm guessing your algebra was a bit weak ... English couldn't have been a strong suit ... maybe not geography or history. But I bet you killed home economics!
BRENNAN: Thanks for your input, Tim. Goof. Hey, we had a good chuckle over Heatley's comments. "I was a little bit disappointed in (yesterday's) article. It couldn't be further from the truth." What part, Dany? What truth? Stevenson reported what Cory Clouston said, and he reported what you said. That's all. He didn't even offer his own opinion in the "article." So what truth are you talking about? You must mean what Clouston said, because you couldn't be saying what you said couldn't be farther from the truth. Could you?
GARRIOCH:: The heat has finally reached Heatley after being heaped on Jason Spezza all year.
BAINES: Spezza takes the criticism like a man. So do others.
BRENNAN:: What? A final thought from me? Okay. It's about Bruce's story. Heatley said: "The only thing I disagree with (Clouston is maybe that I'm pressing a little bit." The way I read that? Clouston says Heatley is trying too hard. Heatley disagrees. I agree with Heatley. No way he's trying too hard.