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from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Heatley, 33, represents a low-cost gamble — a bargain-basement one-year contract worth $1 million. A two-time 50-goal scorer — both times with the Ottawa Senators — Heatley is a reclamation project in the truest sense of the term. As recently as 2010, he played for the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal in Vancouver.
"He's a guy, over the years, I've always liked," Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said. "He's been intriguing because he is a pure goal-scorer. He's much better away from the puck than people think he is.
"He's struggled the last couple of years for different reasons. A great opportunity presented itself. We're a good match for each other at this moment.… I think he's a very proud athlete. It hasn't gone quite right and I think he knows that somewhere down the line the end is coming. And I don't think he wants it to end like this."...
"I feel good," Heatley said. "I feel leaner. I know the knock on me is that I'm not quick enough anymore. I disagree with that. I can still play this game. I'm still quick enough, fast enough, and I can score goals.
added 5:56pm, Ducks release is below...
Patience is a Virtue: Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley and former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone may have to be patient in free agency according to Dreger. Dreger says their willingness to take one-year contracts will draw attention from more teams. The Lightning used their second compliance buyout on Malone on Tuesday while Heatley will become an unrestricted free-agent on July 1.
Canucks Complex Dealings: The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade Ryan Kesler but this is a complicated negotiation. It's believed Kesler has identified just two teams in the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. That puts rookie general manager Jim Benning and the management of the Canucks in a tough spot because they're just negiotioation with the two teams. Maybe it's possible that the Canucks try to pull in their horns in an effort to encourage Kelser to expand his list.
Blackhawks Hope to Keep the Band Together: GM Stan Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks are very eager to make sure the star component remains intact for a lengthy period of time. We're talking about how the new CBA is going to impact the superstar model of player and certainly Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews qualify as such. No longer is it allowed to frontload and go with that 10, 12 or 15-year mega-deal. Now we know it's a maximum of eight years so it's not inconceivable that, as long as the salary cap climbs to around $75 million in 2016 that Kane and Toews could come in around $11-12 million each.
The "Off-Season Watch" continues, and Dreger reports that Daniel Alfredsson's going to be "flexible" with his decision-making timeline. It is possible that, should the Boston Bruins don't re-sign Jarome Iginla, both Iginla and Alfredsson could be Wings next season.
from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,
Standing at the blue line at TD Garden during Monday's morning skate, coach Mike Yeo and winger Dany Heatley engaged in a long, spirited conversation as drills continued around them....
Heatley isn't happy that he has been relegated to 8-10 minutes of ice time since the deadline additions of forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick. That's OK, Yeo said; a player like Heatley shouldn't be happy on the fourth line.
"We had a talk when it first happened, and he's been handling it really well," Yeo said. "I don't want him to be, 'Oh everything is great.' I want him to be demanding more ice time. But the No. 1 way to do that is through your play."
Entering Monday night's game against the Bruins, the former 50-goal scorer had 12 goals, 14 assists and was a minus-12.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
As Dany Heatley made his way back to the city where he enjoyed his greatest NHL successes, it was impossible to ignore the fact that he had become a shell of his former self. Twice a 50-goal man with the high-flying Senators teams of the mid-2000s, Heatley returns to Ottawa Wednesday as a fourth-liner for the Minnesota Wild. The only thing more dramatic than his drop in production this season is a $7.5-million cap hit that makes him arguably the highest-paid role player in the league.
Heatley scored just three goals during the opening 22 games and none were of much consequence for the up-and-coming Wild. The first was into an empty net, the second provided insurance during a 4-0 victory and the third came Tuesday in Montreal with just 1.3 seconds remaining in a 6-2 loss.
Yet, despite that slow start, during a recent visit to Minnesota it was hard to find anyone around the Wild who didn’t have praise for the 32-year-old.
The Ottawa Sun is reporting that the final chapter of the Dany Heatley trade demand saga has finally come to an end. Sens owner Eugene Melnyk had filed a grievance against Heatley and his agent J.P. Barry, which was being defended by the NHLPA, aleging financial losses from Heatley's refusal to waive his no trade clause to accept a trade the club had worked out to the Edmonton Oilers. The grievance, filed in 2009, had been moving towards arbitration prior to the settlement.
Upset that he shelled out more than $14 million to Heatley in a span of $12 months, the Sun was first to report in November 2009 that Melnyk was trying to get a portion of his money back from the bonus that was paid.
Sources say Melnyk contends in the paperwork filed at the NHL’s New York headquarters, that Heatley’s camp — including agents J.P. Barry — gave the Senators permission to speak with the Oilers and the two-time, 50-goal scorer should have accepted the deal to Edmonton.
It’s believed Melnyk not only claimed the decision by Heatley to kill the deal cost him $4 million, it also hurt the club’s ability to sell season tickets because of the uncertainty in the Senators camp.
“After every game, we look at our lines and we say what do we need to do going forward, and every game we’ll evaluate it. I’m not going to say he’s at his best right now. I’m not, for sure.
“But I also know that he’s capable of more, and I also know that we need him right now. It’s easy to say, ‘Let’s just take him out,’ but with who? Who do you put in instead? The easy thing to do is for us to just give up, but that’s not what we’re going to do. We’re going to keep trying to push him and keep trying to get him better and keep trying to work with him because we know what he’s capable of.”
-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild on Dany Heatley. More on Heatley and the Wild from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
The latest we heard on Dany Heatley was he was having arthoscopic surgery today on his shoulder with hopes he would return for the playoffs..
added 8:15pm, via the Wild website..
Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced that forward Dany Heatley underwent successful surgery today on his left shoulder by Dr. Tony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic. Heatley will miss the remainder of this season and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
via Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
As I began to indicate the past few days, I finally got it confirmed tonight that Heatley will undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday. That’s why the itinerary changed and he flew here to Ohio.
It’s a scope to repair a dislocated left shoulder suffered in San Jose during that altercation with former teammate Marc-Edouard Vlasic on Wednesday. Mike Yeo says this doesn’t necessarily mean Heatley will miss the remainder of the regular season, but you know it’ll be pretty darn close. The reason he and the team has elected for surgery is because this should quicken his return rather than just letting it heal naturally.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Coach Mike Yeo, after a very abbreviated 20-second press scrum, indicated that Dany Heatley will out for awhile with what looked on replay to be a left wrist injury after an altercation he had with San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic after the game.
Vlasic, Heatley’s former teammate who had an ongoing battle with the veteran much of the third period, got into it with Heatley in front of the Sharks’ net in the final seconds after Vlasic cross-checked Heatley.
Vlasic slashed Heatley across the top of the back. Heatley got up and tried to connect with his stick and missed. Vlasic then two-handed Heatley across the forearm and jumped him. Vlasic got the shirt over top Heatley’s head, lifted him and then violently one-last time drove him down to the ice. That appears to be when Heatley got hurt. He skated to the exit in pain.
more plus watch the only video I could find of the incident below... Russo has the same video too....
update 12:27pm, Added another video below showing the incident and Vlasic talking about it.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- Dany Heatley’s foot speed is a concern in today’s racehorse NHL, but it’s his hands that have really deserted him. He’s a half-second slow on the trigger, which is not surprising for scorers as they get older. “Everybody talks about your feet going as you get older, but it’s your hands,” said Jari Kurri, in his last NHL days. Heatley is only 32, but it would surprise no one if the Minnesota Wild used one of their get-out-of-jail cards to buy out Heatley this summer. He’ll make $5 million next season.
- Jeff Skinner’s two concussions in the last 14 months are a concern, for sure. He’s only three years into his NHL career. The first came on the Andy Sutton smackdown at Rexall Place last season. The second was against the Toronto Maple Leafs a few days ago when he piled headfirst into the boards after a Mark Fraser hit. In both cases, he seemed fine, then the headaches and post-concussion stuff started a few days later. Skinner is an Olympic team candidate with some of the NHL’s sweetest hands. “He can score at any moment,” said Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Eugene Melnyk will finally face off with Dany Heatley in court once the two sides can agree on a date.
League sources confirmed Thursday, almost three years after filing a grievance to get the $4-million bonus the Senators owner paid to Heatley on July 1, 2009, the case is inching closer to being heard.
Independent arbitrator George Nicolau had agreed to a March 23 hearing in New York, but the date didn’t work for either side and is being rescheduled — soon.
As first reported by QMI Agency in November, 2009, Melnyk filed the grievance shortly after Heatley refused to lift his no-movement clause and accept a deal to the Edmonton Oilers (for Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid).
from Chip Scroggins of the StarTribune,
Dany Heatley scored 26 goals for the San Jose Sharks last season and described it as a “bad year all the way through.”
Halfway through his debut season with the Wild, Heatley is on pace to score 26 goals again, but nobody inside the organization seems overly concerned. Why?
“Everybody probably came into the season saying he’s going to score 50 goals for us,” coach Mike Yeo said. “But the thing I would say is he’s been very consistent. He’s been getting chances every game. He’s a great pro the way he comes to the rink and leads our group every game. And every day he’s playing a very responsible two-way game.”
That’s probably not music to the ears of Wild fans longing to see more scoring punch from the team overall and Heatley in particular. Heatley leads the team in goals (13) and is second in scoring (28), but he hasn’t beaten goalies with the consistency expected of a two-time 50-goal scorer.
We continue our preview of the top players at each position with a look at the left wing. In my auction league with bidding that is taking place all month, I am currently looking for a low-cost left wing option, of which there are plenty. But here are the options that you can reasonably pay top dollar for or feel comfortable drafting with an early-round pick.
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From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune:
Heatley scored 26 goals and 64 points last season for the Sharks. That’s not a down year for most, especially when you consider those numbers would have led the Wild.
But this is Dany Heatley—a two-time 50-goal scorer, a point-a-game player, someone who possesses one of hockey’s most toxic shots.
General Manager Chuck Fletcher is confident Heatley will fill the net.
“His track record speaks for itself,” Fletcher said. “He’s a proven goal scorer.”
And the Wild is starved for goals. In his end-of-the-season analysis, Fletcher believed the Wild had too many pass-first players. So on Sunday, he asked one of them—Havlat—to waive his no-move clause.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On the day the NHL season ended, if you’d listed all the contracts that absolutely positively couldn’t be dumped on anyone by the time training camps opened in September, you’d probably have settled on two: Brian Campbell’s eight-year, $56.8-million (all currency U.S.) deal with the Chicago Blackhawks and Dany Heatley’s six-year, $45-million deal with the San Jose Sharks.
Campbell’s contract came in at a $7.1-million annual average and, even though he’s coming off a decent season, it wasn’t $7.1-million worth of decent. As for Heatley, whose contract runs out in 2014 and has a cap hit of $7.5-million a season, his struggles to score in the playoffs on behalf of a Sharks team that was entertaining Stanley Cup dreams were well-documented. Heatley had had two erratic seasons under his belt in San Jose. The plans to play him with Joe Thornton stalled at the end of the first season and in 2010-11, playing with Logan Couture and Ryan Clowe, the two-time 50-goal scorer sniped just 26 times in the regular season – and his playoff numbers were worse.
Who, in his right mind, would take on those financial albatrosses? It just wasn’t going to happen – that is, until it did.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Nine days after the earthquake came the aftershock.
In another Wild-San Jose Sharks blockbuster, General Manager Chuck Fletcher acquired much-maligned but potentially lethal goal scorer Dany Heatley on Sunday night after Martin Havlat waived his no-move clause to head west.
The trade that jolted the NHL late in the evening came after the Wild acquired 24-year-old goal scorer Devin Setoguchi and two other pieces from the Sharks during the NHL draft June 24 for defenseman Brent Burns and a second-round pick.
“We are excited to add Dany Heatley, one of the top goal scorers in the NHL, to our team,” Fletcher, who will be available during a Monday morning conference call, said in a news release. “He is a quality player who has averaged more than a point a game in his nine-year career.”
Heatley, 30, long a controversial figure who two years ago asked out of Ottawa and before that Atlanta, has seen declining production since consecutive 50-goal seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07 with the Senators.
via Gord Miller of TSN,
A Sunday night bombshell. San Jose trades Dany Heatley to Minnesota for Martin Havlat. Done deal.
note: noticed Bob McKenzie broke the deal while sitting on his cottage porch, just wanted to point this out.
added 10:39pm, from Sharks.com,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired forward Martin Havlat from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Dany Heatley.
Heatley left for a few shifts in the first period but did return.
from Mark Emmons of Working the Corners,
Here are some quotes with my paraphrasing of the questions from the media scrum.
Your thoughts on the suspension? “It was definitely a bad penalty at a bad time in the game. But I did not hit him in the head. But that’s the decision they made, and I have to live with it.”
Bad timing, considering the NHL general managers were in Florida discussing head hits this week? “Yeah it wasn’t a real smart play and it wasn’t real great timing. But it is what it is, and I’ve got to live with it.”...
What do you think of Ott calling it a cheap play? “I’m not going to get into a war of words with him. Obviously he’s taken his fair share of suspensions in the league. For him to all of the sudden have a halo on his head is kind of funny.”
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Heatley got suspended 2 games by NHL fot elbow on Ott
TORONTO (March 16, 2011) – San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $80,645.16 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head of Dallas Stars player Steve Ott in NHL game #1049 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
Heatley’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 15:54 of the third period and Heatley was assessed a minor penalty for interference.
added 8:25pm, Scroll to the 40 second mark of the video below to see the elbow…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a supplemental disciplinary hearing with the NHL via phone tomorrow, Globe reporter Kevin Paul Dupont has confirmed.
The hearing is believed to be related to Marchand’s elbow to the head of Blue Jackets left wing R.J. Umberger last night. Umberger told the Columbus Dispatch he wasn’t happy about it.
continued and watch the hit…
Darren Dreger tweets Dany Heatley has a conference call today at 5:00pm EDT for an elbow incident last night.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
For the highest-paid Shark, it has been a season where production is down and the volume of criticism is up.
Dany Heatley’s two key goals in the Sharks’ 3-1 victory over the Red Wings show his scoring touch has not deserted him. But he wasn’t ready to say Friday whether that Detroit game is a harbinger of what lies ahead.
“Who knows,” he said. “I think it’s just about getting chances, and a couple went in last night. That’s over, and you’ve got to get going tomorrow again.”
Those two goals give Heatley just 22 for the season—third highest on the Sharks, but a figure that puts him on pace for only 27. While that figure marks a successful season for most players, that number is well below the 39 he scored a year ago and an even bigger drop-off from the 45 he averaged before that in four seasons with the Ottawa Senators.
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
Heatley’s return to Ottawa this week marks the first time the San Jose Sharks have paid a visit to Scotiabank Place since the blockbuster trade between the two teams in September 2009. Senators fans circled the December 2nd date on the calendar when the NHL schedule was released in June, giving them a chance to voice their displeasure towards Heatley. The winger admits that he also looked at the date this summer and knows that he will be the target of the fans’ wrath on Thursday night.
“Obviously, I looked at that date for sure. There’s going to be some booing and things going on. But that’s fans and that’s hockey. People pay a lot of money to go to games and that’s fine,” said Heatley.
Heatley is also certain to face some pointed and direct questions from the Ottawa media, whom he has not seen since he was traded on the opening day of the 2009 training camp.
While some suggest that Heatley will avoid the media spotlight in Ottawa, he promises to make himself accessible to answer any questions.
“I’m not going to be frosty. I’m going to come in and answer questions,” he said. “That’s my job as a player and then I’ll go about my business and play the game. We’ll leave it up to the media in Ottawa to see how they are.”
But he can score…
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Sharks winger Dany Heatley has two goals in his past 18 games, including the regular season. San Jose needs him to put the puck in the net in the West finals against the Blackhawks.
“He does,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Monday. “You know, that’s why Dany’s a part of our organization. That’s what makes him a tremendous player, is the fact he had the ability to put the puck in the net. I’m going to answer the question with a collective reply. I think we all have to find a way to get one more past [Antti] Niemi and not leave it on Dany Heatley’s shoulders.
“But he does have to find a way to put the puck in the net, especially on the power play. That’s what he’s here for. That’s what we believe he can do. I believe he will get that done as the series goes on.”
from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,
So I was watching Canada dominate Norway after a slow start Tuesday night and my wife, who is a rabid Ottawa Senators fan, didn’t seem to know how to react to Dany Heatley’s two goals in the first game. If you’re new to this blog and only pay attention to hockey when the Olympics are on, Heatley mysteriously demanded a trade from the capital last summer and was dealt to the San Jose Sharks at the beginning of training camp.
continue & James wants feedback from Senators fans on how they feel about Heatley on Team Canada. I may as well ask Oilers fans (or any other fan base) the same question.
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Sun,
It’s certainly not what any fan of the Ottawa Senators would have wished for Dany Heatley.
They would have liked to see any number of calamities strike the 28-year-old left-winger for the agony he put the city through last summer, when he suddenly demanded to be traded, refused a trade to the Edmonton Oilers and finally accepted one to the San Jose Sharks, a team that was on his list of preferred destinations.
Such gall deserved to be punished—and surely would, if all was right with the world.
Perhaps his scoring touch would disappear. Perhaps he’d forget how to skate. Perhaps it would start to snow in San Jose.
Alas, it’s time to give up on any dream of any divine retribution. In fact, this situation is as close to perfect as it could be for Heatley.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun, Injury, meet insult.
If the beaten and bedraggled Edmonton
Oilers can lift their faces out of the muck long enough, they’ll look up and see Dany Heatley tonight.
The same Dany Heatley who held the organization’s pride hostage for 30 uncomfortable days last summer. The same Dany Heatley who has a league-leading 18 goals for the league-leading San Jose Sharks.
The Oilers took a terrible PR beating for publicly kowtowing to a guy who never wanted to come here, for letting their own guys twist in the wind for a month while giving a petulant winger the keys to their dignity.
And now, as they stumble around rock bottom searching for their fifth win in 17 games, along comes the prima donna on the first place team who said ‘I told you so.’
This is like running into an ex-girfriend a month after she dumps you—she’s holding hands with a Tom Cruise-looking fighter pilot and you’re asking if they’d like fries with that.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Publicly, the NHL’s position – on the rare occasions when commissioner Gary Bettman will discuss the NHLPA’s trials and tribulations – is that the league believes a strong union is good for business.
Deep down, it is hard to imagine they truly believe that. Otherwise, would they have not have discouraged Sens owner Eugene Melnyk from filing a complaint that seems like a sure-fire loser, given that Heatley – whatever you may think about him asking for a trade after negotiating a no-movement clause - did not technically breach his contract….
In some ways, the NHL has inadvertently done the players a favour by heading down this path. Just in case the players association required further evidence of the need for strong leadership heading into the next CBA talks, this pre-emptive shot across the union’s bow can only reinforce that belief.
And the NHLPA does have one card to play – the option of extending the CBA to 2012, or for an extra year beyond the original six-year term, to prepare for the battle that lies ahead.
That extension, you’d think, is as good as done…
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
In less than two years, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association will have to begin negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, which ends in September 2011.
Against that backdrop, it can’t be a good thing to have them facing off now in a dispute over a $4-million signing bonus paid to one of the game’s superstars. But that’s what they have on their hands, a battle that could set the emotional level for the next round of contract talks….
Even if it was Heatley who demanded a trade, he did have a no-movement clause in his contract, which did give him the right to veto a trade, however unpalatable that may seem. Melnyk might be stuck by the very contract he approved for Heatley.
However, at the time the possibility of a grievance was first raised in early July, league deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there are “strong grounds upon which a claim can be pursued. The Ottawa franchise believes it has been damaged.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,
It’s payback time for Eugene Melnyk.
Sun Media has learned the Senators owner was so furious with being forced to shell out a $4-million bonus to Dany Heatley, who refused to accept a trade to the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, he has filed a grievance asking for his money back…
It’s believed Melnyk not only claims the decision by Heatley to kill the deal cost him $4 million, it also hurt the club’s ability to sell season tickets because of the uncertainty in the Senators camp.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Dany Heatley is moving on and loving life in San Jose, remaining unmoved by the public opinion that his reputation has taken a serious hit after a tumultuous and controversial summer that included trade demands and trade rejections.
Heatley’s approach may seriously irk the passionate fans in Ottawa and Edmonton, but that’s not what he is trying to do, nor is it something he even cares about at this point. His focus, plain and simple, is on helping the Sharks win games and performing well enough to hopefully get a call from Hockey Canada sometime in December.
“I don’t know if I needed a fresh start, but after the summer it was nice that something happened,” Heatley, who was dealt from Ottawa to San Jose on Sept. 12, told NHL.com. “If you want to call it a fresh start that’s fine, but it’s not so much that I had a down year and needed to go somewhere else to have a fresh start. There were issues that I felt made it best that we go our separate ways. All I can say is I’m happy to be a Shark.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Let’s see how San Jose Sharks left winger Dany Heatley handles this delicious new career challenge. With the Sharks’ power play stuck in an early season slump, coach Todd McLellan bumped Heatley down to the No.2 unit for last Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders.
Predictably, the move to reunite last year’s top unit of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi paid immediate dividends as the Sharks went an efficient 2-for-3 with the man advantage, with Thornton turning in a virtuoso performance. Heatley, remember, demanded a trade of out Ottawa last season after his role was “diminished” by Senators’ coach Cory Clouston, in part because he was shifted to the second power-play unit.
Since pouting in his new NHL home is not a viable option, Heatley’s patience – and the ability to bite his tongue – will be put to its first test of the new season, as the Sharks’ six-game trip continues tonight in Manhattan, against the streaking New York Rangers.
continue for a few more nhl bits…
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
“The press this past summer in Canada has been vile,” the elder Heatley said. “They’ve been toxic.”
He talked about a double standard in Ottawa, where nobody seemed troubled in 2005 when the Senators signed forward Marian Hossa to a three-year, $18 million contract and traded him the same day to the Atlanta Thrashers for, coincidentally, Dany Heatley.
“That’s all fine, because that’s business as usual,” Murray Heatley said. “But when a player is not happy in a situation and he asks to get out, it’s ‘Oh, how could he do that, that ungrateful guy. Doesn’t he stick to his word?’ “
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Heatley’s first roommate in Atlanta back in 2002, and now a TSN analyst. Turns out Ferraro had a lot more to say than what ended up in the story and Emmons passes the rest along for fodder here. Without further ado, here’s more of what Ray Ferraro had to say about Heatley:
On Dany Heatley’s image around Canada: “Much of the stuff written about him personally, is inaccurate. Now, you can disagree with his decisions — asking for a trade and then turning down the first one. You can say that’s the modern athlete and you probably wouldn’t be wrong. But it doesn’t change that Dany’s a good person and has a good heart.”
Describe Heatley’s mentality: “He’s far more competitive than you might think from his outward appearance. Off the ice, he’s the kind of guy who takes five minutes to walk five feet. He goes at his own pace. On the ice, he loves to score and he will do whatever is required to get himself in that position.
The acquisition of Heatley makes me rethink the future in San Jose. Wilson looks more like a mad scientist running about the lab tossing chemicals into the beaker with little regard to their compatibility, or combustibility, for that matter. Oh, Doug said the Sharks did their homework - and then some - before acquiring Heatley. Really?
For a group that appears to need more leadership, grit and mental toughness, how is Heatley the answer?
-Jay Feaster at The Hockey News. Read more...
Craig Custance of the Sporting News in a Q & A with Ray Emery…
Q: When you watched what went on with Dany Heatley this summer in Ottawa did you sympathize with him? Could you relate?
A: Yeah, it’s tough. You kind of bring it upon yourself, and I did, too. But he’s a competitive guy who voiced his opinion. I think the worst part about it all was how it came out, you know? But I think it’ll work out for both sides. They got a couple good players and I know Heater is going to have a crazy year this year.
Q: You think so?
A: Yeah, over 60 for sure.
Q: Over 60 goals? You’re calling it?
A: I’m calling it.
more from Emery
Dany Heatley, the newest member of the San Jose Sharks, will speak at an afternoon news conference today at 3:30 pm ET. The news conference will be aired live on the NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com.
added 3:26pm, Watch the live stream below…
added 3:51pm, Conference over.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
In the end, Heatley may have gotten what he wanted, but he paid a price that will forever tarnish his reputation and diminish his stock among GMs and especially coaches who will think long and hard about taking him, and players like him, into their ranks. He also created a sense among GMs and owners that they no longer have to play the role of victim and that the process must change. It’s a fairly safe bet that it will.
Don’t for a moment think that the next player who wants a big salary and a no-trade, no-movement clause will easily get it. Not without the name Dany Heatley being thrown back in his face.
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.
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
via Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
...this could be a three-way deal involving the Hawks, Sharks and Senators for Heatley.
Sounds like a deal is going to get done today if it can all be worked out.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So you wonder if, at some point, the San Jose Sharks will take the same desperate steps as the Edmonton Oilers did back in the middle of the summer and in a very public way say thanks but no thanks to a possible trade for Dany Heatley.
Until that happens, the rumour mill will probably continue to churn – as it did Thursday night, when ESPN reported the completion of a three-way trade involving the Sharks, Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings, a deal that was roundly denied all around.
Still, one can imagine that Senators general manager Bryan Murray will be feverishly working the phones for the next 24 hours to make something happen – on the grounds that trading Heatley in advance of training camp is the surest way to limit the disruptive effects of the drama on the team’s 2009-10 season.
from the Twitter of John Buccigross,
Dany Heatley will probably be a Shark tonight or tomorrow.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Two snipers, one question: Dany Heatley or Phil Kessel?
Who would you take?
With NHL training camps inching closer by the day, there are, by my math, roughly 90-plus goals worth of uncertainty still floating around out there in the unhappy Senator and unsigned RFA Bruin.
Will one or both be wearing new uniforms when the season starts? Probably not. It seems more certain with each day that Heatley will begin the year in Ottawa and, despite some draft pick shuffling in Toronto, Kessel remains a valued commodity in Boston.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
There may only be days to spare, but it remains to be seen whether the reluctant Senator will actually have to show his face in Ottawa. It would certainly appear that no trade is imminent, but the rumours continue to come at us from all angles.
One that made a lot of sense, and still does, involved the New York Rangers and two of their good, young players, defenceman Marc Staal and forward Brandon Dubinsky.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray has always liked Staal, a big, smart defenceman with ideal family bloodlines. The younger brother of Eric and Jordan Staal (with one more bro to come) makes just $765,000 this season before becoming a restricted free agent.
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.”
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.”
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.