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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.


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.


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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Kovalev Leaves Door Open For Return To Montreal

from Barry Riz of TSN,

The former Montreal Canadiens forward - who signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Ottawa Senators as a free agent this summer - told reporters on Thursday that he would like to finish his career in Montreal.

“I was disappointed, I thought for sure I’d be staying here,” said Kovalev at his charity golf tournament in Montreal. “I couldn’t really understand what had just happened. In the end, I took it from a business point of view. You had a chance to stay here, and you didn’t, so you just go and do the job somewhere else. But maybe somewhere in the future I’ll be back again, and get the same support.”

read on

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Clouston On Heatley

from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston denied Wednesday that winger Dany Heatley’s role diminished on his watch.

In a media availability at Scotiabank Place, Clouston suggested any moves he made were meant to help the team, not punish the player.

“As far as a diminished role, it was very slightly diminished and, in my opinion, it wasn’t diminished,” Clouston said. “It was to try and spread out the scoring, as it’s been printed on several occasions.

“Everybody knows (Heatley’s) production actually went up over the last while as well,” he added.


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Evening Line

“Any time you haven’t met that person or know the whole story it’s tough to jump to conclusions, but that’s the way it goes,” Heatley said. “That’s what we, as hockey players, have to deal with sometimes, but the summer has been fine. I haven’t really been listening too much. I’m just getting ready for the season.”

-Ottawa forward Dany Heatley.  More on Heatley from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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