Neil still stumped by Heatley

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Chris Neil has the same simple question for Dany Heatley that everybody else in Ottawa wants answered: Why does he want a trade?

Neil isn't sure what prompted the club's two-time 50-goal scorer to ask to be dealt out of the capital in June, but Neil said yesterday if Heatley shows up at training camp next month, he must come prepared to give everything he's got.

"If Dany is in our dressing room when training camp rolls around, it's because he wants to be here," said Neil. "Anyone who shows up and wants to be here, we'd welcome. But if he doesn't want to be here, then don't bother showing up. I've said that from Day 1.

"Dany has been a great guy in the dressing room. As a teammate, you can't say enough about the guy, and that's why everybody finds this so surprising. We're his teammates. If he comes back here, we're going to welcome him with open arms."

Neil said the players want an explanation for the all-star winger's trade demand. Many have tried to contact Heatley to discuss the situation, but they either haven't heard back or haven't gotten answers if they have spoken to him.

"Nobody knows why this happened," said Neil. "Not many people have really talked to him about it and we all have the same questions."

The Senators are trying to deal Heatley to the Sharks, but talks have stalled. San Jose GM Doug Wilson isn't willing to satisfy Senators GM Bryan Murray's demands for a top-six forward off the club's roster. The Sharks are trying to get a third team involved in the deal to see if they can get the assets Ottawa wants back in a trade.


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