Pathetic pun, but whatever. Since he keeps coming up here, I thought I’d share this recent column from Ottawa Sun blogger Don Brennan, who called Heatley “The Modern Day Yash.” Discussion on him may be totally moot considering the likelihood of us affording him, but since character is often a subject regarding our players, I thought this was interesting…
But yes, first! A photo and Laurel’s daily sidebar before the news! Not of Dany boy (oh boy, the New York tabs would have fun with his name) but of another old timer who was near and dear to my heart, and who I had the pleasure of sitting next to one year (more time stamping of my fine self) at the annual Rangers fan dinner. My brother took me one year as a Christmas present and he and I went out with many players afterward. My brother’s good at finagling that kind of stuff. It was so long ago that a young defenseman I got lucky enough to sit next to referred to himself as “just a kid.” His name was Brian Leetch.
But here was my dinner partner. Name that Ranger…
Whew, I am getting long winded. OK, from the Ottawa Sun:
Don’t shed too many tears over what is now the inevitable departure of Dany Heatley.
The Senators will be better off without him.
Sure, his goals will be missed. But the millions the team saves on his salary will buy back some goals, and maybe even some character.
That last quality, Heatley lacks.
Here’s a couple of questions for Heatley, who will remain in hiding until a deal is done and therefore steer clear of all questions:
If it is indeed about the coach, exactly when did your relationship with Cory Clouston turn sour?
Couldn’t have been over the last two months, unless you had a phone conversation that hurt your feelings. So it must have been at some point during the season – when you were busy denying reports that you did not see eye-to-eye with him.
And what could possibly bother you about Clouston? The team was better with him in charge, right? There’s promise for next season, right? Isn’t that the most important thing?
Of course, he did cut back your ice time. Bumped you down to the second power play unit, even. And why would that be? He wouldn’t say, but there was a reason and again, the team had success with him behind the bench. Isn’t that the most important thing?
Or maybe that’s the problem. Maybe, as far as Dany Heatley is concerned, Dany Heatley is the most important thing. That’s what it looks like from here. Here’s a team that moved its best player for you a few years ago, making your trade wish in Atlanta to be granted. Here’s a team that set you up with a very rich, multi-year contract.
Made you the highest paid player in the NHL last season, even though you were nowhere near the best player in the NHL last year, or any year before it.
And now, because you don’t like something that happened, you are repaying its loyalty by saying you want out?
Of course, you will get your wish again, Dany.
Some team will give up some talent and devote a large chunk of its cap budget to you.
If not, I fully expect you to hold out of camp next September, until a deal is worked out. You remind me a lot of Alexei Yashin, Dany.
You’re a great goal scorer, just like him. One of the best. But you bring absolutely nothing else to the dance, just like him.
And now you’re proving to be just as selfish, too.