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“I definately gave them a group of teams. Teams that I would definitely go to, and the Edmonton thing was not discussed up until that point. That just kind of came out of the blue. They knew which teams I gave them, that I gave them permission to do something with. Edmonton wasn’t on there… I’ll say San Jose was at the top of the list, they are a great team. I am excited to try to help this team win a Championship. As far as what I was looking for, I wanted a good situation, a good team, and a place where I can be the best player I can be. I think San Jose fits all of those categories.”
-Dany Heatley via Sharkspage where you can read more.
via David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The ongoing competition for a forward spot on the Sharks’ roster is getting a little tougher just as the exhibition season that determines who stays and who goes is about to begin.
Free agent Manny Malhotra, a 29-year-old center who has spent the past five seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is about to become a Shark, according to an NHL source.
Malhotra, who immediately becomes a favorite for a spot on San Jose’s third line, won’t be in the lineup tonight when the Sharks face the Los Angeles Kings in Southern California but should be with the team in the next two or three days.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Igor Larionov, the only player in the Hockey Hall of Fame to ever wear a Sharks’ jersey, is spending a couple days in San Jose at Coach Todd McLellan’s invitation.
“Igor and I created a friendship in Detroit,” McLellan said. “I asked him if he’d like to come out and spend some days with us in training camp. I think bringing the alumni back, especially of his stature, is real valuable. He’s got a very unique hockey mind and I like to bounce some ideas off of him.”
Larionov, who said he and his family have moved back to Detroit from Southern California so his 11-year-old son could participate in a stronger hockey program, said he and McLellan were at the rink at 6 a.m., going over video.
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from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,
Dany Heatley hasn’t revealed all of his reasons for wanting out of Ottawa yet, but a rift with certain teammates may have been one of them.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray suggested there was more than personal issues with coach Cory Clouston behind Heatley’s trade request.
“It wasn’t only Cory,” Murray told Toronto radio station The Fan 590 earlier in the day. “I think it was the role on the team a little bit, I think it was ice time a little bit, I think there was, you know, maybe it was the relationship with a couple of the individual players.”
Murray downplayed that assertion somewhat when he spoke to the Citizen later in the day, but confirmed it was among Heatley’s complaints.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Reluctantly, in the aftermath of the San Jose Sharks’ bold trade for Dany Heatley, it might be time to jump back on the bandwagon of the NHL’s perennial underachievers.
The Sharks, who generally follow an exceptional regular season with a do-nothing playoff, have been hinting about major changes since their first-round pratfall to the Anaheim Ducks last spring.
That it took until the eve of training camp for Sharks general manager Doug Wilson to pull off a deal speaks to the warring factions inside the organization, the unwillingness to gut a team that finished with 115 points to win the President’s Trophy last season against the clear sense that something needed to be done to rouse his remaining players to attention.
In the 28-year-old Heatley, a two-time 50-goal scorer who had demanded a trade from the Ottawa Senators in the spring, they may just have found the missing piece of the puzzle.
“It was a little bit of a shock, but you look at it as a great opportunity go out and prove I can still do what I can do.”
“It’s a no-brainer for them (the Sharks). That’s somebody they targeted and you’re going to have to give up things to get things. To be part of that deal, I’ve got to go to Ottawa and show them they didn’t make a wrong choice.”
-Jonathan Cheechoo on the trade to Ottawa. More from Cheechoo from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley has gotten his wish.
The Ottawa Senators dealt the veteran forward to the San Jose Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick.
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired left wing Dany Heatley and a fifth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, left wing Milan Michalek and San Jose’s second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
Back to Marleau and the reported trade on espn.com Thursday that had him shipped to Los Angeles in a three-way deal that brought Dany Heatley to San Jose.
Everybody else got caught up in it, but Marleau said he wasn’t worried. For one thing, he knew he hadn’t been asked to waive his no-trade clause and that would have to happen first.
“This last one, I got a lot of phone calls but I was just going about my business,” he said after this morning’s Captain’s Ice session. “I can’t worry about that other stuff. …. I know I’m going to know before it’s in the media.”
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Buccigross loves Twitter,
frolov and stoll to Ottawa..Marleau to LA
update 8:28pm, Scratch that, fake Buccigross.
update 8:30pm, Ha, maybe not fake, but tweet is no longer there.
added 9:08pm, via ESPN,
The Ottawa Senators have reached an agreement to send Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks, NHL sources told ESPN’s John Buccigross.
The 28-year-old forward was part of a three-team deal that will send the Sharks’ Patrick Marleau to the Los Angeles Kings and the Kings’ Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll to the Senators.
Both Sharks GM Doug Wilson and Senators GM Bryan Murray denied the three-way trade when reached by ESPN.com.
added 9:52pm, from James Gordon of Hockey Capital at the Ottawa Citizen,
The Ottawa Senators have announced Dany Heatley won’t be attending a team golf tournament Friday amid reports the disgruntled winger has been dealt.
added 10:01pm, via the Kings official Twitter,
Kings are aware of today’s ESPN report but there is nothing to it.
added 10:07pm, via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Well, that’s the two-word text-messaged response from Dean Lombardi, in regard to the ESPN-reported Marleau/Frolov-Stoll/Heatley trade: ``Complete bull.’‘
added 10:25pm, from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
Murray is also getting increasingly frustrated with the many and various rumours about possible destinations for Heatley. Every time a new team is mentioned as being in the mix, Murray ends up getting a call from a general manager asking how his team ever ended up being named because it isn’t remotely interested. Murray knows rumours come with the territory, but they’re still annoying.
added 10:37pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Amid reports that the Ottawa Senators have traded Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks as part of a three-way deal with the Los Angeles Kings, sources tell TSN nothing could be further from the truth.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
Add Dan Hinote’s name to the list of players about to compete for a spot on the Sharks’ revamped third and fourth lines.
The initial phase of training camp gets under way at 2 p.m. Saturday — and, yes, I’m advised the session is open to the public — when rookies skate for the first time. Veterans won’t be out there until a week from Sunday and that’s when the 32-year-old Hinote will begin trying to make San Jose the third stop in his NHL career.
That was the word from a source at Sharks Ice today, though I couldn’t pin down whether Hinote would be coming with a contract in hand or as a tryout, an arrangement along the lines of Jeff Friesen’s unsuccessful effort a year ago.
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