Heatley to keep low profile in Ottawa

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

Dany Heatley doesnt arrive in Ottawa until late Wednesday, but he is already the talk of the town.

The former Senators winger, who makes his debut in Ottawa Thursday after being dealt to the San Jose Sharks last September, will face a chorus of boos when he steps onto the ice in his No. 15 jersey.

The Senators are aware this will be an emotional game.

Its not going to be very nice for him, but Im sure hes expecting that, said Mike Fisher. Other guys have come in here and its kind of the same thing. Guys on our team get booed in other rinks. That just happens all over.

The Sharks have told all media to stay away from their hotel. They wont allow any access to Heatley until after the morning skate Thursday.

Coach Cory Clouston, a key figure in the whole saga, said hes not concerned about Heatley.

It doesnt bother me, said Clouston. The only time I think about it is when it is brought up by media. Thats fine. You guys need to do that. To me, our whole focus, is getting our team ready to play the way they need to be.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson wasnt on the ice. He has the flu and his status will be determined Thursday. Winger Alexei Kovalev was given a second straight "maintanence day" and also missed practice.

As expected, defenceman Brian Lee cleared waivers at noon. He wont be sent to Binghamton immediately.


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