Sens coach still miffed

Cory Clouston says he is still not really sure what led to a trade demand by sniper Dany Heatley....

Cory Clouston says he is still not really sure what led to a trade demand by sniper Dany Heatley. (Sun Media File)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:50 PM ET

Cory Clouston still doesn't completely understand why Dany Heatley wants out of Ottawa.

The Senators coach admits he did slightly cut down on the highly paid winger's ice time, but Clouston said today he doesn't feel he diminished Heatley's role when he took over the coaching job in February.

"I don't think we learned a whole heck of a lot more or got a whole lot more information (from Heatley's conference call on Friday)," said Clouston as he addressed the media today. "As far as a diminished role, it was very slightly diminished and in my mind it wasn't diminished.

"(Placing Heatley on) the second power play unit was not a punishment. It was to increase the scoring."

Clouston reiterated the trade demand from Heatley came as a surprise, considering his season-ending chat with Heatley. He isn't sure if he will remove the assistant captain's 'A' from Heatley's chest.

"I will wait and see on that. Until we see the whites of his eyes in the dressing room, we will address it then," said Clouston.

In case Senators GM Bryan Murray is not able to work out a deal to trade Heatley before training camp starts in September, Clouston said is making plans to return his disgruntled sniper to the fold.

"I didn't take it personally and it didn't offend me," said Clouston.


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