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Heatley Prepared To Attend Sens Camp

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators winger confirmed he’ll be in Ottawa later this week in time to participate in the club’s annual golf tournament Friday at Kanata Lakes and take part in medicals Saturday at Scotiabank Place, but his agent, J.P. Barry, told Sun Media he believes there’s still time for a trade.

While Barry isn’t sure if the deal Heatley requested in June from the Senators is going to happen by the weekend, the agent said the disgruntled winger is willing to meet with GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston before camp opens.

Heatley will also likely have to address the situation with his teammates.

“He’ll do whatever they want him to do and if they want to sit down, that’s fine,” said Barry, who represents Heatley along with Stacey McAlpine. “The situation isn’t any different. He’ll be there when camp opens and he’ll be ready to go. But I want to make clear that there is still time for a deal. This situation isn’t totally in our control.”

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The Latest Heatley Talk

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“Basically, what I’ve said (to other teams) is just tell me what you’re willing to do, I’ll talk to you and we’ll go from there and we’ll make a decision one way or another. But, I can’t say I’m overly optimistic now.”

League sources say the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers both remain interested, but neither side is close to deal. It’s believed if the Senators are going to make a deal with San Jose, they want Joe Thornton in return.

The Sharks don’t want to move Thornton and have never offered centre Patrick Marleau, either. Another league executive told Sun Media yesterday that “discussions are quiet on the San Jose front and they might resume during training camp.”

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via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

As for the Hawks, rumors started Friday and into Saturday that they might be interested in trading for disgruntled Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley.

So far this is only a rumor, and it hasn’t been reported anywhere. Funny, I sat near GM Stan Bowman at Friday’s White Sox game and he was working his Blackberry most of the night. Maybe it was just typical GM stuff.

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Alfredsson Says Best To Trade Heatley

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

The best resolution to the Dany Heatley saga would be to see the disgruntled left wing traded before the start of training camp on Sept. 12, captain Daniel Alfredsson said on Friday.

That would allow the team to prepare for the 2009-10 without the distraction of having to take back a player who doesn’t want to be here.

But whether that happens is a different question.

“Obviously, it would be the best scenario for everyone,” said Alfredsson. “But if it was that easy, I think something would have already been done.

“We’re ready for whatever happens and we’ll make something good out of it.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Welcome Dany, But You Need To Do Some Explaining

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

Each day, the group of Ottawa Senators taking part in the informal scrimmages at the Bell Sensplex grows by a player or two, as they straggle into town after a long summer vacation.

However, as each day passes and the official start of training camp approaches, the players also draw closer to a date with the elephant in the room: Dany Heatley.

Will he be traded by Sept. 12? Will he be compelled to return to the National Hockey League team? Until those questions are answered, the Senators are stuck in neutral.

The players say they would be willing to forgive Heatley—once he explains himself, of course—but a number of them said on Thursday they want more than just an explanation from him.

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It’s Been A Bad Summer For The Sens

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

By the dozens, Senators players, themselves, will soon be gathering for fall training camp. Not soon enough will the real game on the ice replace the head games of summer.

Have the Senators had a worse summer, the summer of Heatley/Mlakar/Kovalev and Balsillie-bites-Melnyk?

Emphatically, no, other than the offseasons eclipsed by labour interruptions, in 1994 and 2004—blackout periods for all NHL franchises.

The Senators haven’t had a summer quite like this one. Looking back, missing the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring turned out to be the least of the team’s worries after the 2008-09 season ended.

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Jason Smith Retiring

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Smith is calling it a career.

The 35-year-old defenceman has called a news conference for 10 a.m. with team general manager Bryan Murray this morning at Scotiabank Place where he’s expected to announce his retirement after an NHL career that has spanned 17 years.

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added 10:36am, from the Ottawa Senators,

“I have been fortunate to have played in the NHL for 16 years. I have played alongside many great teammates and for organizations that I was proud to have been a part of,” said Smith. “I would like to thank all of my teammates, owners, coaches, managers and staff that I have had the privilege of working with through the years and would like to recognize the fans for their tremendous support.

“It has been an honour and a privilege for me to have played in over 1,000 career National Hockey League games, and I would especially like to thank my wife, Wendy, my daughters, Britney and Jordan, my mother and father, my brother and sister, and my many loyal friends for their support through the ups and downs, and for always being there for me.”

more on Smith…

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Sens GM Thinking Of The Fans

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

Bryan Murray said Monday he’s thinking about establishing a drop-dead date for dealing Dany Heatley.

If the disgruntled winger is not dealt by then, said the Ottawa Senators general manager, he’ll be back to play for the team.

“At some point we have to let the fans know,” Murray said during a conference call with fans.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Senators Have Interest In Sykora

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators are keeping their options open up front.

While the club is still holding talks with unrestricted free-agent centre Mike Comrie, league sources say GM Bryan Murray has also held serious discussions with Penguins winger Petr Sykora — also a UFA — and he’s at the top of the Senators’ radar screen if they can trade Dany Heatley before training camp.

The Senators would like a big forward back, but indications are Murray isn’t sure that will happen.

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Heatley Too Big A Risk For Kings

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Acquiring Heatley, who asked to be traded from his first team, Atlanta, and more recently asked the Senators to deal him, would be “too risky,” Lombardi said, an emphatic response that drew applause from the audience assembled at the Nokia Theatre for the final day of the Kings’ first Fan Fest.

Lombardi’s unequivocal answer also should silence the Heatley-to-L.A. rumors that have refused to die, probably fueled by the ample cap space the Kings will have and their need for a pure scorer.

“I would like to focus more on this group reaching its potential,” Lombardi said. “A big part of this process is culture, making an identity. What does it mean to really be a King?”

Apparently, it doesn’t mean whining when things don’t go well and being a bad influence on a group of young players who are only now beginning to become leaders and forge an identity as a team.

more on Heatley and other LA Kings topics…

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Did Heatley Get A Wake-Up Call?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,

For now, the consensus around the NHL is that the only reason Heatley hasn’t been traded yet is because no one is prepared to give the Senators full value in return. When the dollar commitment to a player is so staggering, any GM making that sort of deal puts himself squarely on the firing line.

He needs to be absolutely convinced he can make it work. Otherwise, if it blows up in his face, it is the sort of gaffe that can send a GM to the unemployment lines in a hurry. And so, these managers protect themselves by offering a discounted value - and if the deal doesn’t go through, there is no harm in trying.

On Thursday night, during Canada’s intra-squad game at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Heatley made his first public appearance since his trade demand and was roundly booed whenever he touched the puck - or until he scored a goal in the shootout. That had to be a sobering moment for him - to get that sort of reaction in his hometown, where you’d think the fans would be happy that he didn’t end up in Edmonton.

And if that experience has an effect on Heatley, then who knows? Maybe it will act as an awakening for a 28-year-old young man who, up to now, skated away clean through all the trials and tribulations of his life thus far - presumably leaving him with the feeling of being bulletproof, invulnerable.

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