Time to Put the Big Boy Pants on Dany

August 23, 2009

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Jeff Ponder

Time to Put the Big Boy Pants on Dany

After a grueling summer of NHL media not knowing the full synopsis of the Dany Heatley saga, the man in the spotlight finally spoke.

The German-born right winger informed the Canadian media for the first time since asking for a trade in Kelowna, British Columbia about his situation.  Dany stated that his desires of leaving Ottawa have not changed.

"When I signed in Ottawa two years ago, I felt it was to be an integral part of the team," Heatley said. "Over the last two years and more recently over the past year, I feel my role was diminished. This past season, it diminished a lot more.”

Dany went on to say that this is a “straight hockey decision” and he did not have any harsh feelings toward the city of Ottawa.  I am sure that will help GM Bryan Murray sleep at night.

The reason that Heatley feels this way is because he had troubles with newly-appointed head coach Cory Clouston.  The head coach made headlines instantly, bumping Heatley's ice-time down and taking him off the first power-play unit and placing him on the second.  This is a tragedy that no hockey player should ever have to face.

Dany's numbers have had a steady drop-off since his 105-point season in 2006-07.  Two seasons ago, Dany posted 82 points before posting 72 in 2008-09.  While these numbers still put him in the all-star ranks, this is a factor of the Senators' poor downfall since they lost in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals to the Anaheim Ducks.  The team has failed to make the playoffs since their Cup run, and faced a trying season last year to cap it off.  The Senators were an inadequate 36-35-11 in 2008-09, placing them 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The bottom line is that Dany will face adversity wherever he plays.  If he just asks for a trade whenever he loses ice-time, he will play for all 30 teams in his career.  Dany complains that he did not want to go to Edmonton because there was only “one option” available to him at the time.  This is the case because few teams want to give up that much roster room to acquire a disgruntled player that could stab his new team in the back as quickly as he did to Ottawa.

Dany also went on to say that he would be ready to suit up for Ottawa come training camp if it came to that decision.  He better be preparing to face his teammates because things are looking dim on the trade front.

Grow up Dany.  Making $7.5 million and playing in the NHL is not the worst tragedy in the world.

Keywords: bryan murray, cory clouston, dany heatley, nhl, ottawa senators

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