Alfredsson’s Ottawa address was a foregone conclusion, as much due to his cult status in the city to his current injury woes.
Given that exception, if you were to draw up a list of impossible trades that would never happen, Murray performing a coup de gras on the team’s leadership and community anchors, by shipping out Mike Fisher, would have been at the top of the list. But the man many thought might take up Alfredsson’s captaincy someday, leader enough to let Heatley have the ‘A’ before he departed, is indeed gone. There is much to like about Fisher’s game from Nashville’s perspective, and much to like about a first round pick whose conditional pick has never quite been explained properly (it’s a 2012 2nd round pick if Nashville wins two playoff series this year, but Ottawa hasn’t made it clear if it’s a 2012 3rd round pick if Nashville fails to win any rounds).
While Nashville will be the team talking more about intangibles when speaking of Fisher’s value to the team, you have to look at the intangibles Ottawa has further solidified in the act that sent Mike away.
There may not be burning jerseys the way LeBron James inspired Cleveland, but if you look around Ottawa, Heatley’s return is definitely getting all kinds of rise out of the city.
How could it not? Usually people speak of Ottawa as the town without a tongue, voiceless government employees who seem to willingly give up their seats to transplanted Canadian divisional rivals’ fans, a small market team with small upside.
As players and coaches determine how best to play the game as much for the two points they need in the standings as for the irate fans in the stands and other matters currently less apparent, the reality of Ottawa’s passion — and the reason there is a need for it — is much different.
It was the longest summer anyone in Ottawa could remember, for all the wrong reasons, but at the very least there’s closure now.
The names—Heatley, Cheechoo, Michalek—they weren’t the relevant detail of this afternoon’s transaction. That training camp can start with a whole new set of questions instead of the same old tired ones, even only pushed to the back of our minds as they are, that’s what matters.
From the Ottawa Senators’ website,
“I’m just worried about our team moving forward and the city of Ottawa and us bringing a championship here and winning,” Spezza said when asked about the pending trade of Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers – a deal that won’t happen unless the two-time 50-goal scorer waives the no-movement clause in his contract. “That’s the focus for our players and if Heater wants to be here with that, then we’d accept him back.
“He’s (been) a great teammate when he was here and if doesn’t want to be here, then he’s got to let us move on.”
Six more rounds after the four hour overtime of the first, and still enough buzz to keep you guessing. I’ll be here all day, sanity not guaranteed.
How long can they stay quiet? When will the deals, and there are sure to be some, come out of the woodwork? It’s time for a long day of men and boys who play different games, all dressed up in so many suits. I’ll let you know below whatever I can about today.
One day away awaits one of the deepest crops of prospects in years. The posters of Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby are long gone from the bright city of Montreal, but a quiet excitement sizzles in the air. I will be here for it all, and bring you as much as I can these next few days, with anything interesting coming straight to you below.
But TSN confirmed. Let the speculation and chatter begin.
The dust has settled, did you get what you wanted?
The Senators feel they got things they’ve been craving, but at the same time, the fans just don’t seem to be buying it yet, with worry befitting these tough economic times.
Goodbye Dean, your penalty killing skills and speed apparently were not what was desired. That much-traveled San Jose 1st rounder (and it had better be San Jose’s first rounder, turns out it is) gets the boot too.
Welcome back Comrie. Don’t worry, you’ll only have to stick around for a couple months. Campoli? Well, you might be around for a while longer.
At this moment, I’m not sure what to think, just how I feel.
Update - Comrie and Campoli on the trade, audio clips.
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